What Is So Endearing About Primitive Decor?
by Kori Vincent
Decorating with primitive style is the ideal way to bring a warm and charming feel to your home. It reminds us of a simpler time when every thing seemed less complicated.
People had more time to sit and chat and everything was made by hand. If a girl needed a new dress, her mother would make her one not, run her over to the mall. Keeping a modern home in this primitive style can bring back those feelings of homespun love. Read more.
Spring Cleaning Maintenance
After all of your hard work spring cleaning and organizing your home, you certainly won’t want to see things back to the way they were in a matter of weeks. Staying organized takes a little work and is certainly a learned habit, but for this small amount of daily effort, you will have a cleaner home and a happier family. Try some of these tips to help keep your home looking like you just wrapped up your spring cleaning efforts. Read more.
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Creating A Bathroom That Sparkles
As you know, bathrooms can harbor lots of dirt and germs. Because of that, a thorough cleaning is a must. A spic and span bathroom that is also clutter-free will be an oasis in your home. Read more.
The Basics of Shabby Chic Style
by Michelle Davidson
A shabby chic look is a style that naturally lends itself to decorating on a budget. This is because the Shabby Chic look is based on using furnishings that are comfortable, time-worn, and in keeping with simple and practical living.
If you are on a limited decorating budget and want to create a look that is unpretentious yet elegant, Shabby Chic may be the style for you. Here are a few of the basic elements that make up a Shabby Chic look that you may want to try in your own home. Read more.
Rachel Ashwell founded the iconic brand known as Shabby Chic in 1989, opening Shabby Chic furniture and home décor stores, as well as Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture stores.
Her vision and love of vintage style and flea-market finds have struck a chord with customers, who have found her comfortable, relaxed approach to design both reassuring and achievable.
|She has educated and inspired people through a series of books, including Shabby Chic, Shabby Chic Home, Shabby Chic: The Gift of Giving, Shabby Chic: Sumptuous Settings and Other Lovely Things, and Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Treasure Hunting and Decorating Guide, as well as through her television series, Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic On Style, which was shown on E! and the Style Network.
Waterside Cottages showcases fourteen romantic waterside retreats from coast to coast. Bungalows near the water tend to be snug and modest with exteriors painted in sun-reflecting whites, nautical blues, or playful colors. The interiors of these houses likewise avoid formality in favor of a casual approach.
This home decorating book takes you to tidy New England beach cottages with bright tropical bungalows to a boathouse on the steep pine-studded banks of Michigan's Kalamazoo River.
Waterside Cottages defines the attributes of successful coastal decorating, so that anyone, anywhere, can create a casual atmosphere, even when the nearest body of water is a thousand miles away. Whether you're wanting to decorate a living room in a relaxed island beach style, re-do a kids bedroom with a nautical flair, or give your sea or lakeside kitchen a needed update there are decorating ideas for a variety of tastes. Decorators will find inspiration for shabby chic style to americana, tropical palm tree paradise, and even Cape Cod designs
Romantic Prairie Style embraces simple pleasures, comfort and the long-cherished ideals of natural beauty, simplicity and harmony with the earth. It's a style that says 'home' wherever you may be because, more than anything else, it's a mindset: gentle but strong, welcoming and lasting, durable yet sophisticated and, above all, real. Over the centuries, the humble dwellings built by European immigrants to the US in the 1880s have evolved into sturdier, more comfortable homes, which, depending on their geographic location, took on a variety of designs, be it a ranch, cabin, farmhouse, cottage or adobe.
Each of these styles plays a role in prairie style and its enduring aura of romance and nostalgia. Here interiors bear the influence of European settlers and the poetry of the heart-warming authenticity of simple, natural textures, hand-hewn beams, bleached wood, weathered planks, woven blankets, cow-hide and Navajo rugs. It's a style inspired by the honesty of homespun materials of the past wedded to a flair for the present. It's flower-sprigged brocade, tawny leather, crisp eyelet and soft linen, corduroy with crochet trims, woolen plaids, cosy flannel and wispy organza. It's history retold and all about the enduring connection between people and places and the nostalgia we feel for a rural country life, a yearning for a simpler life, as embodied in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie.
Living Room Decorating Ideas: Three Tips for Color Schemes, Furniture Arrangement and Home Decor
by Jackie R Davis
These three simple and easy living room decorating ideas will help you create pleasing color schemes, a cozy furniture arrangement and stylish home décor in a room where friends and family can gather and feel like they're part of a community. Read more.