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Farmhouse kitchens and dining: warm, welcoming, inviting for the holidays and every day

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Cozy, Updated Farmhouse

 

Farmhouse kitchens and dining rooms are making their way into every décor. Whether it’s modern farmhouse, a more traditional approach, or a mix of styles old and new, farmhouse dining gathers everyone ‘round the table for a simple meal, or a holiday feast. Mix updated paint colors with traditional dining furniture for a cozy kitchen/dining environment.

 

Rustic and Traditional All the Way

 

Sometimes it makes perfect sense to take a design theme and run with it. Create the ultimate farmhouse dining/living room space by using every traditional element you can find: natural wood lighting, tables, and seating—plus traditional barn doors and a stacked stone fireplace—give your kitchen a down-home ranch feeling.

 

Come into the Kitchen

 

Modern meets traditional with wide-open gathering spaces meant to keep the cook company. As the heart of any home, providing a large island for guests to gather while the host prepares a meal encourages friends and family to stay in the kitchen. That way, the chef gets to enjoy the festivities while preparing the meal for all to partake.

 

Create an Urban Farmhouse Kitchen

 

Add a large farmhouse sink in the center of your kitchen island for an unexpected traditional element in the middle of a modern pewter countertop. This modern take on farmhouse style offers a more refined environment for cooking and gathering, but still has a welcoming feel.

 

Classic is Always in Style

 

A bright environment of open cabinetry and natural lighting is as functional as it is decorative. Just a natural wood table and rustic collection of chairs to complement the down-to-earth ambiance.

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October design trends: home office edition

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Shelving, Shelving, Everywhere

 

Home offices are becoming increasingly more of a necessity for anyone working from “la casa.” Maximize and organize that space by putting an office wherever it fits. Shelving above and cabinets below a built-in desk keep the workspace tidy.

 

Let There Be Light!

 

Creating an office around a window is a great way to bring natural light into your workspace – and maybe even a spectacular view. Built-in bookshelves keep office supplies neat and close by. A soft chaise offers a comfy place to read or take a break.

 

Natural Wood

 

To create a cozier ambiance and add personality to your home office, use natural wood on the floor and exposed real or faux brick to accent the walls. The window seat cushion in red adds warmth while providing an inviting place to relax.

 

Under-the-Staircase Desk

 

When work comes home with you, a late night at your under-the-staircase desk may be just the occasional workspace you need. While everyone else is upstairs asleep, this hallway approach to an office is quiet and close to the kitchen for wee-hour caffeine cravings.

 

Clipboards Are the New Bulletin Boards

 

Ideas become inspirations when you display them visually above your desk. Clear clipboards hung neatly in rows against a dark wall color make your ideas stand out with a more organized and chic appearance than traditional bulletin boards.

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Design trends: brightening up dark walls, glass backsplashes, and the wild world of wallpaper

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Lighten Up

The Problem? Dark walls.

The Solution: Combine multiple light sources, add bright color accents, and resist over-furnishing. Voila! Less cave-y, more cozy.

 

Patterned Wallpaper

 

No need to buy elaborate furniture or replace lighting fixtures. Those small, simple sitting rooms can become bold and exciting with a little patterned wallpaper.

 

Glass Backsplashes

For a touch of glam, some extra light, or a feeling of extra space in the kitchen, consider a glass backsplash behind the range.

 

Embrace the Mismatched

Create a free flow feeling in your home with mismatched picture frames and staggered placement.

 

Taking Little Risks

Thinking about splurging on wallpaper, but scared to take the leap? The bathroom is the perfect place to make your wallpaper dreams come true. Less space to cover means it’s safer to take a bold risk—and less money to spend!

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Design trends: open storage, backsplashes, and the illusion of space

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Make Board Games the Main Event!

 

It’s easy to forget about Monopoly or Bananagrams when they are tucked away in storage. Keeping your games out in the open will remind you to partake in the fun more often.

 

The Illusion of Space

 

Small living area? No problem! Lean a mirror against the wall for the illusion of more space.

 

Never-Ending Backsplashes!

Why limit yourself to a backsplash just above the sink or oven? Continuing your kitchen backsplash throughout the entire room is dramatic, chic, and stunning.

 

Instant-Hallway

 

Studio apartment problems? Create an entry hall or divide up living spaces with low bookshelves.

 

Open Storage Space

 

Open storage space in the kitchen is both visually appealing and practical—keep your favorite appliances, utensils, and ingredients within arms’ reach at all times!

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Design trends: marble countertops, vibrant velvet, and barn doors

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Bland-Be-Gone with Neutrals and Gold

 

Save white walls from looking flat. Adding neutral colors and gold accents keeps the eye interested in an otherwise boring room.

 

Marble Countertops

Matching marble countertops and backsplashes makes for a chic, fresh kitchen look.

 

Stand Out with Vibrant Velvet Furniture

This thick fabric material deeply absorbs colors, showcasing the full display of color.

 

Give a Nod to the ‘80s with a Bold Bathroom Design

 

Contrasting geometric shapes and a powerful color-stripe brings the best of the era to life.

 

Barn Doors

Most modern homes utilize an open floorplan. But if you’re looking for the option of seclusion, consider rustically-fabulous barn doors—beautiful left open or closed!

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Design trends: practical storage, glamorous bedrooms, and outdoor kitchen space

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Glass Cabinets  

Conventional, closed-off cabinets can block views and light. Instead, consider adding cabinets with glass doors or panels on both sides to make the kitchen feel more open.

 

Top-to-Bottom Storage

Make the most of your storage space! Shelves and cabinets with top-to-bottom storage offer that extra organization you’ve been craving.

 

Glamorous Bedrooms

Want to add some glamor to your bedroom? Place a mirror on the wall above each nightstand. This is perfect for small spaces, creating greater depth in the room, and adding glitzy style to the bed wall.

 

Outdoor Kitchen Space

If you love the outdoors, building a small kitchen space around the grill makes it easier to prep meals on a porch. A sink makes for easy cleanup and cabinets offer storage for tools, dishes, spices and more.

 

Entertainment Rooms

Looking for some Friday night fun with the family? Cinema rooms are a modern way to get the everyone together for movies and games.

 

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April design trends: appliance garages, industrial accents, and space-saving tricks

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Make Space in Creative Ways

Even the smallest apartments can have a dedicated home office with the help of a dividing curtain. Make the most space out of that one-bedroom studio!

 

Create a Cozy, Functional Atmosphere

Do you have an old fireplace collecting dust? Installing a woodstove inside the vacant fireplace will warm up your entire house, make use of space, and create a cozy atmosphere.

 

Appliance Garage

Garages don’t have to just be for your car! Appliance garages keep those bulky—but necessary—kitchen accessories out of view but close by for easy access. Forget the eye-sore.

 

Industrial Accents

Photo by catlin stothers designMore modern bathroom ideas

Add textures like rope and bare metals to your otherwise fresh, chic bathroom for an interesting, industrial accent.

 

Cabinet Inserts

Cut down on clutter with cabinet inserts. In-drawer inserts can be made to custom fit any size, and keep your kitchen tidy.

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February design trends: chevron, terrarium planters, picture rails, and more!

 

 

 

Make Cold Rooms Cozy

Distinctive Details

 

Need to add some warmth to a cold-looking room? A large, wool rug can add some much-needed softness—to your feet and eyes.

 

Chevron Patterns

Madison Heights Powder Bath

When it comes to tile designs, a chevron pattern can draw the eye up to make even the tiniest rooms seem more spacious.

 

Add Green Without the Watering Routine

Victorian Home

 

Terrarium planters let you decorate your home with succulents or air plants that require little to no maintenance.

 

Picture Rails

Condo Project

Hate hammering nails through your wall every time you want to redecorate? Picture rails let you display your favorite pictures and pieces of art without committing to that hole in the wall—reorganize the frames anytime.

 

A New Look for Your Old Dining Room Chairs

Distinctive Details

 

Adding slipcovers to your dining room chairs can create a whole new atmosphere.

 

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Design trends: creative drying racks, kitchen banquettes, and encaustic tile

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Be Creative for a Less Cluttered Home

Baillie Scott Arts & Crafts House - The Cotswolds

High ceilings? Your kitchen can also double as a laundry space—just install a drying rack above the sink for a creative, less cluttered home.

 

Kitchen Banquettes

Putney, Loft Conversion

 

Casual or formal, the cozy appeal of a dining room or kitchen booth is irresistible either way!

 

Wood Accents

Minnehaha Modern - Minneapolis, MN

 

Wood adds warmth to any room. Oak shelves or post and beam ceilings keep it cozy—even with crisp modern designs.

 

Cook With a Sense of Calm

Upper East Side Apartment

 

Cool blues and whites in the kitchen give a relaxed, ocean aura.

 

Pop!

Redel Home

Encaustic tile adds the perfect pattern pop to any bathroom.

 

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Design trends: bay windows, free-standing coat racks, and green everything!

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Beautiful Bay Windows

Los Gatos kitchen

 

Make any space look bigger and brighter with a bay window.

 

Green with Envy

London Fields House

Evergreen has officially made its debut as the newest color trend. Using dark green tiles behind crisp white cabinets makes for a special glossy pop.

 

Less Is More!

Hemma hos Caroline Wass

 

Declutter your home for simplicity in your sanctuary.

 

Free-Standing Coat Racks

Underwater Safari

 

Making a resurgence in entry ways and by staircase, this movable option is great for houses with insufficient closet space—and those who hate using coat hangers.

 

Room Color Falling Flat?

Wilson Residence - Blowing Rock, NC

 

Green, patterned wall paper warms up even the coldest, gloomiest rooms.

 

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