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HAPPY 2017! Doesn’t it feel a bit surreal? I swear we just got through summer of 2016. Crazy! Every January 1st, I get hit with the organization bug. I want to start organizing every single drawer, cabinet, closet and any other nook. This week I’ve been cleaning out my bedroom, which seems to have become the catch all for life. It’s time to put away my clothes, clear off every surface and create a restful place for my hubby and I. I’ve got 5 easy tips for you to spruce up your bedroom.
1. Invest in good bedding.
I just recently started using the heirloom french linen duvet set from Morrow and I’m in love! It’s the softest linen that I’ve ever owned. Great bedding really does wonders to your sleep at night. I would rather spend more on my bedding than the furniture itself…no joke.
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2. Create a light and airy color palette.
Switch out your throw pillows, throw blankets and even rugs for light, neutral colors. This will immediately create a very spa like ambiance for you. Also don’t be afraid to mix and match your sheets and pillowcases.
3. Style your bedside table.
Don’t let it become a storage space for tissues and magazines. Take some time and create order. You will wake up in the morning feeling happier and more in control. I like displaying items such as books, plants, candles, ceramics and vintage clocks.
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4. Invest in stylish lighting.
If you have upgraded everything but your lighting, your bedroom is still going to feel dingy. Lighting is a inexpensive way to bring style and sophistication to your bedroom.
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5. Display art in your bedroom.
Displaying a beautiful piece of art in your bedroom adds instant sophistication. Try finding a piece that has colors and textures that remind you of relaxation and rest.
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2016 is quickly coming to an end and the new year is upon us. With all the craziness of this year almost behind us, we all are looking forward to one last hurrah: a New Year’s Eve party! When decorating your end of the year party, it’s easy to go overboard with all the glitz and glam that New Year’s entails. Instead of making 2016 more cluttered and hectic than it has been, throw the perfect minimalist New Year’s Eve party to end the year with a bang (a stylish and simple one, that is)! Take a look at my New Year’s Eve minimalist styling guide for some inspiration for your last 2016 shindig.
Be Selective With Your Colors
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Color choices are key when it comes to keeping your design simple. There are so many beautiful color combos to go for when it comes to New Year’s. Holographic metallics mixed with warm neutrals like blush, cream, and peach give you an incredible palette to work with. If you a true monochrome fan, sticking with a classic white and black scheme works just as well! No matter what selection of hues you decide on, try to maintain cohesiveness in order to stay true to that minimalist vibe.
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Keep Party Favors To A Minimum
When you go to a party, you most likely will be expecting party favors. With New Year’s Eve being an extremely celebratory holiday, interactive hand-outs that keep up the party atmosphere are traditionally the way to go. Classic poppers are widely well-loved and don’t require a lot of bells and whistles. Whether you purchase your poppers or go for a more DIY route, these mini gifts can be stylishly beautiful and a lot of fun. If you feel like keeping the simplistic vibe, but also want something a bit more unique, send your guests home with their very own baby succulent. Handing out plants that represent a new beginning and can double as awesome home decor will definitely be a hit.
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Rely On Banners and Balloons To Get The Job Done
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Pick statement pieces that give your home the holiday look without overpowering your space. Large bubble lettered banners and balloons with festive phrases are the perfect balance of simplicity and boldness. More decorative banners with metallic tassels and eye-catching designs are excellent for hanging over a bar cart or credenza, or even covering up a lonely bare wall.
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Stick With The Theme When Setting The Table
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In order to avoid deviating from the minimal theme, keep your table settings simple.If want to avoid the annoying task of doing dishes, substitute your serveware for some suitable disposable alternatives like Oh Happy Day’s amazing blush, metallic, and marble table settings. When adding finishing touches to your table, try to focus on a few statement items to do the trick. Choose pieces that follow your color scheme or evenly sprinkle some glitzy confetti to add something extra to the party mood.
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Dress Up Your Bar Cart
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We all know that the bar is the center of attention when it comes to New Year’s Eve parties. Take this opportunity to finally show off that vintage, gold rolling bar cart find that you’re so proud of. Pull out your copper moscow mule mugs, your favorite bottle of bubbly, some greenery, or decorative trinkets to create the perfect holiday party vignette.
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If you were to ask me about my favorite material for countertops, I will always say marble. Why? Because it’s beautiful and timeless. It can also be paired with almost any design aesthetic. The biggest question with marble is, is it durable? Why yes, yes it is. It’s not just a trend that we have seen popping up these past few years. It’s a classic natural stone that has stood the test of time!
Associations such as MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute are here to educate the consumer on the beauty and benefits of using natural stone in interior and exterior design/décor. In fact, the usenaturalstone.com campaign has a goal to educate homeowners, designers, architects, and builders. Natural stones like granite, marble, and soapstone are much more than just a stylish trend, and Use Natural Stone is here to give us all the info that we need.
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A natural stone floor is a gorgeous option for indoor and outdoor living. This transitional space is both comfortable and beautiful.
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If you want a fresh take on the classic subway tile backsplash, use marble in longer rectangular shapes.
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I love that this kitchen has marble floors. It shows marble applications can extend beyond counters and backsplashes in the kitchen.
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Dark counters are all the rage right now. Pair it with light cabinets for a sleek look.
Learn more at usenaturalstone.com.
Saatchi Art features the world’s largest selection of original art and helps people all over the world find art and artists they love. The site offers more than 500,000 original paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs by over 50,000 emerging artists from over 100 countries. Saatchi Art is redefining the experience of buying and selling art by providing art lovers with free art advisory services and an expertly curated selection of art, while giving artists a convenient and welcoming environment in which to exhibit and sell their work.
This holiday season they’re offering the chance for 5 lucky individuals to win an original piece of artwork. In the spirit of giving, every sale on Saatchi Art benefits an artist, who will receive a 70% commission, as always. You’ll kick off the New Year with an original piece of artwork to love and the feel-good sensation of supporting real artists in meaningful ways. A true win, win.
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