Forget What You Know About Nautical Decor: The Complete Guide to Coastal Design

Nautical Decor Design Guide
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The widespread appeal of nautical and coastal decor makes a lot of sense when you consider the primal and ancient connection humans have to the sea. Being attracted to the water is hardwired into our very cells. Scientific studies have proven what we already know anecdotally: spending time near, on, or in lakes and oceans make us happier and healthier. It's no wonder that so many of us respond to the colors, clean lines, and natural elements of coastal, beach, and nautical decor.  Continue Reading

A Quick Start Guide For the Soft-Core Minimalist

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It’s tempting to think of minimalism as a “must do” trend. There’s been so much chatter online, in books, and on podcasts about it lately – it’s seemingly on everyone’s mind. Minimalism is getting maximum exposure! For those new to the concept, it’s also all too easy to peek at any of that material and feel immediately overwhelmed.         

 Ironically, it’s that overwhelming feeling that is usually what starts people down this path AND is the leading cause of falling right back off. Continue Reading

Home Guide: Getting Rid Of Squirrels

Wondering how to get rid of squirrels in your home, yard, or attic? Read on for our complete guide. 

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I think I'll burn down some houses today. Yes, that's what I'll do.

Fire, Flooding, and Poop.

 

Those are just a few things you can expect if you have squirrels or rodents in your attic. Since I’m in the process of evicting several squirrel families from my home (they never pay their rent on time), I wanted to learn everything I could about these little rodents. Continue Reading

Curbly Guide: Furniture Styles 101

Furniture styles can be confusing. What's the difference between contemporary and modern? Or rustic and country? Keep reading to find out… we'll spell it out for you with easy to understand definitions and examples too.  

Furniture Styles 101

 

Furniture Styles 101

Arts & Crafts Furniture

The Arts & Crafts movement began in the late 19th century, as a reaction against the ornate and often poorly-made furniture of the time. Simple, rectilinear shapes were characteristic of this style, and pieces were usually handmade using wood (as shown above). Continue Reading

Behind-the-Scenes of Rustic Modernism: Your Complete Guide to Farmhouse and Industrial Chic

Farmhouse and Industrial Chic decor and style guide. How to get the look.

In 2016, NPR’s Natalie Jacewicz asked the question: “Why does every new restaurant look like a factory?” Indeed, over the last ten years, the industrial look has dominated popular interior design, aided by the enduring popularity of boutique companies like Restoration Hardware. Recently, more traditional stylings, sometimes called Farmhouse Modern or Texas Modern – like those featured on HGTV’s hit Fixer Upper – have permeated households far removed from the show’s home in Waco, Texas.  Continue Reading

Things I Can’t Live Without: Fall Must-Haves for Your Kitchen

Things I Can't Live Without: Fall Must-Haves for Your Kitchen
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Now that fall is in full force here in the northeast, I’ve been baking and using my crock pot more… because there’s nothing better than a simmering stew and a warm apple pie on a chilly autumn night. So today I’m sharing ten of my very favorite kitchen items for fall. Click through to check ’em out.   

 

Things I Can't Live Without: Fall Must-Haves for Your Kitchen
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1. Crock Pot – I use my crock pot almost every week… it’s so versatile! Get this one here. Continue Reading

Shopping Guide: 20 Inexpensive Throw Pillows Perfect For Spring

20 Affordable Throw Pillows For Spring
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It always surprises me when I see a throw pillow that costs more than $100, and it happens surprisingly often. But there are plenty of wonderful, more affordable options out there. Here are twenty colorful pillows that are sure to freshen up your home for spring without breaking the bank.   

 

20 Affordable Throw Pillows For Spring

1. Faux Bois Cover from H&M – $12.95

2. Color-Block Cushion Cover from H&M – $17.95

20 Affordable Throw Pillows For Spring

3. Petal Pillow Cover from Samantha Emma – $15

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Shopping Guide: 10 Ways To Add Pops of Color With Fabric & Textiles This Spring

Shopping Guide: 10 Ways To Add Pops of Color With Fabric This Spring
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It’s that time of year, when all we want is warm, sunny days… but what we get is chilly rainy ones instead. So why not freshen up your home with some brightly colored accents to get yourself in the springtime mood? Here are ten of our favorite colorful textiles from around the web.   

 

Shopping Guide: 10 Ways To Add Pops of Color With Fabric This Spring
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1. Give you bedroom a major facelift with this stunning duvet set from Urban Outfitters. $129+

 

Shopping Guide: 10 Ways To Add Pops of Color With Fabric This Spring
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10 Genius Kitchen Gadgets That Will Make Your Life Easier

10 Genius Kitchen Gadgets That Will Make Your Life Easier
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I love to cook but, like most people, I don’t have a lot of time. So I can really appreciate any item that promises to make my life just that much easier. And I’ve found quite a few that I love… so today I’m sharing them with you. Here goes! 10 amazing tried-and-true kitchen gadgets that I would recommend to anybody who likes to be in the kitchen.   

 10 Genius Kitchen Gadgets That Will Make Your Life Easier

1. This is my all time favorite… a pasta pot and strainer in one! Continue Reading

Shopping Guide: 10 Metallic Party Picks You Won’t Want To Miss

Shopping Guide: 10 Metallic Party Picks You Won't Want To Miss

Before we know it, the holidays will be upon us… and we’ll be rushing to buy supplies for parties and dinners and get-togethers. So we thought we’d help you get a head start by sharing some of our favorite metallic goodies perfect for your next shindig. And here’s the best news – nothing on this list will set you back more than $40!   

 

Shopping Guide: 10 Metallic Party Picks You Won't Want To Miss

1. Gold Number Wine Charms from Amazon: $16

Shopping Guide: 10 Metallic Party Picks You Won't Want To Miss

2. Silver Striped Hexagon Plates from Cakegirls: $7 (set of 8)

Shopping Guide: 10 Metallic Party Picks You Won't Want To Miss

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