In design we often hear about the “rule of three”, which essentially states that objects arranged in odd numbers are more appealing and effective than those grouped in even ones. And while I surely agree that we want to avoid the “Noah’s Ark Effect” of having everything placed in perfect two-by-two fashion, I do think there’s a time and place for good ol’ symmetry when it comes to styling our homes.
And trust me when I say there’s a variety of ways to do this — sconces, pendant lights, club chairs, artwork, mirrors….all of these objects can look fantastic when placed in pairs. The key is just not to go overboard with it.
This little dining nook has just the right mix. The round table, matching chairs, and symmetrical art print give the space balance and order, while the throw pillows on the banquette help to break up the rigidity.
I love a good dual vanity setup in a bathroom, especially when it gets a little creative. Opting out of the cabinet/countertop option was a good move here. It keeps the proportions just right and prevents the duals sinks and mirrors from appearing oddly cramped together.
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Bedrooms are one of those spaces where you can definitely go a little overboard with symmetry (think Holiday Inn territory), so you have to tread lightly. Here, the matching artwork and sconces provide a nice “frame” for the bed, but the pairing ends there. Two different bedside tables are used and it’s critical to use an odd number of pillows in varying patterns.
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Sometimes I dream of having a dining room with it’s own working fireplace. When you have a space with a unique focal point like this, symmetry can definitely work in your favor. The matching chairs and art print set in this scenario allows the room to feel balanced and grounded.
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I wouldn’t mind having an office meeting here, would you? Club chairs were made to be seen in pairs and this is one of the best uses for them. Using a single large art print, rather than two, above the fireplace is a good option to prevent too much “twinning” from happening.
Mindy Bucklew/ SG Contributor
Sometimes I feel like a rug hoarder. I could possibly have a rug for every season in every room. It’s a hoarding problem. Sukhi Rugs are handmade rugs. Their main goal is to bring happiness into homes and they did that for us. This kilim patchwork rug is the perfect addition to my daughters room. It fits easily in a small space. The quality is on point and the texture is soft and enjoyable for my daughter to play on. The color has a few dimensions, so the rug can be used in various rooms around our home.
Cheers to another great rug!
How many small bathrooms in the world have no character? How many owners of small bathrooms have given up hope for creating a stylish space? Well, I have some secrets for you. Some tips that will help you create the perfect small bathroom. My first secret may be a shock. Painting your small bathroom a deep, dark, rich color will not only create a stylish bathroom but a dramatic space that allows for some great styling to make the most of your small space.
Recently we did a bathroom makeover that proves this point. We took an alley bathroom that belongs to SG contributor, Janna Smith, and we painted it a dramatic color. We chose Essex Deep Green (20-17) from Pratt & Lambert. Without making any permanent changes, this paint color changed this bathroom in minutes! It now looks clean, modern and up to date without spending hardly anything.
This bathroom was very average before. It felt boring and normal. Don’t get me wrong, I love white! But sometimes white can look too sterile.
The after is vibrant and cozy. The paint went on so smoothly and the color looks fantastic paired with brass, greenery, white and black. We used Pratt & Lambert’s Accolade® Premium paint & primer which allowed us to paint the whole bathroom in only one coat and is stain and scrub resistant.
Another tip for a small bathroom is to add brass for a sophisticated look. It creates a million dollar look. This simple round brass trimmed mirror from Target costs pennies and looks lovely against the Pratt & Lambert’s Essex Deep Green 20-17 paint color.
When using a dark color in your bathroom, use white linens for added airiness. I always use white towels and if need be, a white shower curtain.
Bathrooms can be easy to style, mostly because you can find such pretty bottles, ceramics and other objects for budget friendly prices. Also, use jewelry for added style in your bathroom.
Your bathroom can reflect your style without draining your bank account. Rely on paint for a big change! Pratt & Lambert carries some of the most beautiful colors that can change your home immediately.
Photography: Hailey Wilson/ Styling: Janna Smith
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The holidays are officially upon us! Can you believe it?? I kind of feel like they snuck up on me this time but, then again, I tend to feel like that almost every year. With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, you may be making a mad dash to pick up last-minute items for the table or agonizing over which dishes to use. But fear not, I’ve gathered some quick and simple ideas to dress up your table that don’t require lots of expensive florals or fancy plates and flatware. And these tips are super versatile, so they can easily transition from Thanksgiving right into Christmas.
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Looking for a unique, yet affordable, way to personalize your place settings? Try out this genius idea of using kraft paper and a white paint marker. The only skill required is a little bit of calligraphy work. You can do it!
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If you’re lucky enough to own a beautiful rustic table, I say skip a runner altogether and opt for simple greenery, such as eucalyptus, and white pillar candles instead. A small succulent on every plate adds a nice little addition of color.
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There’s really no need to get fussy when it comes to place cards for your guests. A couple of striped feathers and a sprig of greenery (even rosemary will do) looks perfectly elegant when paired with a simple written name tag.
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It’s never a mistake to bring a little of the outside in. These tree stump chargers are so lovely and interesting that your guests will be talking about the table more than the food. Arrange some fir branches and small pinecones down the center of the table and it’s a guaranteed win.
White tapered candles and glass bud vases create the perfect backdrop for neutral woven plate chargers and simple white napkins. The patterned plates and tiny pops of dark florals provide just the right amount of contrast.
Mindy Bucklew/SG Contributor