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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Incorporating Mid-Century Modern Décor

When it comes to interior design and décor trends, history tends to repeat itself, by coming back bigger and better. A current design trend points to sleek straight lines and bold shapes. This can be found in the decorative style of mid-century modern.

Starting in the early 1930s and lasting until the mid-1960s, this style has been become hot in recent years with TV shows and magazines featuring these decorative elements. With more retailers getting on board, you too can incorporate mid-century modern décor into your home design.

What Is Mid-Century Modern?

For some, these items might make you reminisce. While most popular between 1933 and 1965, its used to describe architecture and design during the middle of the 20th century. This style hit its peak around the 1950s. It can best be defined by its industrial looking clean and sleek lines with geometric shapes. Black, white and natural colors are used to make bright primary colors pop. This is a design can fit into various rooms of the home.

The revival of this vintage style is hitting its peak in modern day. While many original pieces can still be found today, reproductions have hit décor stores. Of course, these come with a price tag to represent their popularity.

Interior Designer Costs

If there’s a specific design you want in your home, you may need a little help. And for a retro style, you may have trouble fitting older and newer pieces together cohesively. An interior designer will know how to make the mid-century modern room of your dreams happen. The average cost to hire an interior designer is $4,776, with most homeowners spending between $2,044 to $4,978. This price can change depending on the size of the space you’ll be decorating.

Mid-Century Modern Furniture

One of the most important elements of creating a mid-century modern home is the furniture. Its signature trait is sleek lines and geometric shapes. However, the furniture itself may have different purposes. A buffet might fold out to become a longer table. It also utilizes non-traditional materials like plastic, plywood and plexiglass.

Mid-Century Modern Kitchen

Creating a mid-century modern kitchen is all about utilizing natural materials and bright colors. Stainless steel appliances is a great choice for any appliance without making your kitchen look too retro.

Cabinet shape is one of the details of a mid-century modern kitchen that stands out. Generally L-shaped, they are long and can are tall, often with storage reaching to the ceiling. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, now is the perfect time to introduce new cabinets that will really enhance the look.

Mid-Century Modern Living Room

In your mid-century modern living room, the furniture you choose will take center stage. Items with straight tapered legs and geometric shapes will fit well. Dark, wooden frames are often used here accompanied by fabrics in bright shades or orange, teal or mustard. Another note about mid-century modern design is that it’s simple and clutter free. This means keeping a clear and organized coffee and side tables.

A mid-century modern living room isn’t complete without metallic accents. One of the most popular finds for the living room is the starburst mirror. In many shapes and sizes, the mirror is placed in the center with gold lines emerging in various shapes and lengths. You can find them at your local home décor store ranging between $50 to $170, depending on size. However, if you’re redecorating on a budget, a cost-effective way to get the look is with a little time to DIY. You can custom make your starburst mirror with these instructions from Small Home Love.

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom

For a lovely bedroom retreat, mid-century modern is a simple and dreamy style to incorporate. Unlike traditional sleigh bed frames, mid-century style is incredibly minimal. Typically, the bed frame is a darker wood platform frame with skinny and pointed legs. White comforters are encouraged with decorative pillows for pops of color. Rugs in geometric patterns will help to warm the floor.

End tables and dressers will follow this similar design, as a square or rectangle and skinny legs. These were built for practicality. Overall, the theme of a mid-century modern bedroom is simple and clutter-free. Not only will this look great, but it will help you sleep better at night!

Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Finally, to bring the look together in any room, be sure to choose appropriate lighting. As we know from this year’s trends, statement lighting is hot right now. The good news is that most mid-century modern lighting features are made to be the talking point of a room. For ceiling lights, choose a fixture with multiple bulbs like “spudnik” lighting. Or, stick with geometric shapes like globe bulbs.

A room can be made cozier with floor lamps. A signature of this style is the tripod lamp, featuring three legs attached to the shade. In addition, the arch floor lamp is a beautiful way to brighten up a room. When looking for lamps, try to find brass or silver finishes, when applicable.

7 Creative Kitchen Upgrades

 1. Bring On The Charm

You may be more inclined to pay attention to the details and personal touches in your bedroom or living room, but they matter in your kitchen too. There are so many great décor pieces out there and DIY projects for you to get lost in. Large display letters, hanging plants, fresh flowers, homemade storage and chalkboards are a few ideas that’ll add instant charm and style to your kitchen. A perfect example of a charming kitchen is represented in the breakfast nook image above, which mixes stripes, plants, red accents and an antique chandelier.

2. Create A Colorful Cookbook Display

It’s easy to get caught up collecting cookbooks filled with unique and tasty recipes. The more you have, the harder it is to find space to store them. Install vertical open shelving cabinets and paint the shelves a fun color, then strategically place and display your favorite cookbooks for all to see. Doing this will upgrade your cookbooks from dusty cabinet fillers to trendy décor in no time. Another option is to sneak in cookbook shelf space on the exposed end of a cabinet or island.

3. Fasten Tailored Slipcovers

Before you head out and purchase brand new kitchen chairs or stools, ask yourself if a simple slipcover could solve your problem. Interior decorators advise to save your money and skip the fancy upholstery and instead, choose fitted slipcovers for your kitchen chairs. They’re easy to wash, practical and an inexpensive solution in a potentially messy, high-traffic area. Slipcovered kitchen or bar stools will add class and character to a dull space. They come in all sorts of patterns and colors too!

4. Spruce Up Cabinets With Glass Door Inserts Or Adhesive Backing

Cabinet refacing is a brilliant way to transform your kitchen’s look without going to the trouble and considerable expense of a complete renovation. I like the idea of installing glass door inserts to add an element of surprise to your kitchen. There are plenty of possibilities besides plain clear glass including, etched (shown), fluted, crackled and colored or patterned glass. Don’t be afraid to show off your new cabinets with a little interior cabinet lighting.

In addition, peel-and-stick adhesive backing, otherwise known as removable wallpaper, has come a long way. There’s a pattern available for every kitchen style these days, and you can even design your own.

5. Paint Wood Floors

Can you believe the way a fresh coat of blue paint brought this kitchen’s wood floors to life? Get creative and let painted wood floors help you achieve a rustic charm or colorful kitchen. It’s also a practical way to hide old, outdated flooring without having to spend the moneyinstalling new hardwood floors.

Alternatively, give a plain wood floor oodles of rustic charm with a simple design of stained or painted diamonds. For the former, you’ll need to sand down to bare wood and use two contrasting stain colors. Disguise worn wood planks and enliven the look of your kitchen with a coat of enamel in a vibrant color, like this cobalt blue.

6. Replace An Old Sink

Before you go ripping out every item in your kitchen, evaluate the condition of your sink. The right kitchen sink will instantly upgrade the surrounding area and make a statement all on its own. Consider depth, texture, material, color and size. The warm, oil rubbed bronze sink and handcrafted detailing immediately makes the kitchen pictured above more desirable.

7. Mix In Unique Furniture Pieces

Assuming the standard table and chair set up is your only kitchen seating option is a mistake. Creative upgrades mean you have to step outside the norm and explore new and exciting alternatives. A bench, old school stools, colorful cushions, a unique or simple platform table base, decorative wrought iron chairs and wood accents, bring a tasteful funk and energy to your kitchen without looking gaudy.

Tips To Create The Perfect Farmhouse Style Bathroom

 Creating a farmhouse bathroom is an exciting project because it encourages you to mix textures, personal style and special features, without too much trouble. Learn how to construct the perfect farmhouse bathroom by familiarizing yourself with the key interior design elements.

Farmhouse Style

Start by narrowing down the style you prefer for your farmhouse bathroom. You need a foundation and overall theme to jumpstart your project before you start decorating. For example, a contemporary farmhouse bathroom will look different than a country or rustic farmhouse. No matter what way you go, remember that it’s all about the details and individual pieces coming together to tell a story.

Farmhouse chic focuses on keeping the décor elegant and simple, but also includes a punch of farmhouse flair. This bathroom is the perfect example of chic, with a white color scheme, dark flooring, a corner window, custom mirror and bathtub. It proves there’s a way to integrate a farmhouse twist for just about everyone’s taste.

Farmhouse Mirror

One of the most important features of a farmhouse bathroom is installing the right mirror. It’s something that seems like a small detail, but it’s actually very significant to getting the right look down. A long, horizontal mirror with a wood frame is just one example of how to easily incorporate a farmhouse feel.

In addition to a long, framed mirror, a round mirror with a wicker border will do the trick. Not only does it add an element of surprise, but it also serves as texture, and texture is always a good thing. Paired with the right vanity and countertop, you have a winning combination.

Farmhouse Wall Décor

Picking your farmhouse wall décor is one of the best parts of creating a farmhouse bathroom. Floating shelves, ladder shelves, wicker baskets, quirky signs, plants and unique containers will make your bathroom come alive. Although you want to decorate with lots of different kinds of pieces, you don’t want to go overboard and create clutter in your bathroom, so be careful. Make it simple and organized and it’ll be attractive.

Another awesome idea to incorporate in your farmhouse bathroom, in addition to flooring, is replicating the look of siding on your walls. The example above has all the right touches. The walls, wood, mirrors and lighting create a country, cozy bathroom that represents a well-designed farmhouse bathroom.

Farmhouse Paint Colors

As I mentioned earlier, earthy tones and white accents are the type of paint colors you want to choose when decorating your farmhouse bathroom. I love the green pastel paint hue in the bathroom pictured above. It’s warm, inviting, soothing and compliments the white and light brown accents nicely. The bright natural light and gray painted bathroom make this bath simply stunning.

Farmhouse Bathroom Vanity & Sink

You’re probably thinking, that’s great, but what about the vanity and sink? Yes, you’re right. You can’t have a farmhouse bathroom without some country flair below your mirror. Use your vanity and sink to complement your personal style. Are you more vintage or rustic? Do you like a dark sink or eye-catching white?

Don’t forget to match your faucet to the style of sink. You’ll also want to pick a countertop that sets the tone for the overall theme. It doesn’t have to be wood, but it should work opposite the other features in the room and speak for itself.

Tips to Remove Plaster Walls

 As you may already know, an older home tends to need a bit more TLC than others. They’re great for those who love to DIY and want to truly make their house unique to them. Some homeowners choose to take on remodels themselves. If this sounds familar, you’ll likely need to take down a wall or two to truly transform a room.

Plaster walls were commonly used in homes built before 1950, before drywall was introduced. These walls were made to last, so it’s no surprise that if you’re looking to remove a plaster wall, it can be a tedious and messy process. To help, here are a few tips.

1. Prep The Area

Before you begin removing plaster walls, you’ll need to do some prep work so your project can be completed successfully. Removing plaster walls can create a lot of dust and a lot of mess, so you’ll want to tarp off any doorways and flooring you want protected. Seal off any air ducts and vents to protect the rest of the home from the dust. Remove any furniture from the room, as you’ll need plenty of space to work as well. You’ll also need to remove any outlet plates and fixtures on the wall. Put these parts aside.

It’s also helpful to have a garbage can available in the room, so you can quickly dispose of any plaster you want removed.

2. Safety First

As mentioned, removing plaster walls is a messy job. A dusk mask will come in handy for this project to protect you from breathing in anything harmful. Don’t forget protective eyewear and gloves as well. We also recommend this as a DIY project for those who have experience with a few home improvement projects. If you are new to DIY, you may want to contact a pro who can help remove plaster walls.

It’s important to make sure the room is safe to work in. Turn off any electricity and water that’s going to the room. Locate any wiring or plumbing lines to prevent them from getting damaged in the process. You’ll also need to be sure that the wall you’re removing does not hurt the structural integrity of the home.

2. Rent A Dumpster

When removing plaster walls, you’ll need a place to properly dispose of the material. This may be difficult to throw out in your local garbage pick-up. A dumpster can make easy work of disposal as you work through this project. The average cost to rent a dumpster is $395, with most homeowners spending between $316 and $395. These costs can vary depending on how long you’ll be renting and the size of the dumpster.

3. Save The Molding

If you intend on replacing your plaster wall with drywall, it’s a good idea to save the wood moldings. This is a process that must be done very carefully so you do not damage or crack them. If you’re working with a pro, they will know the best ways to save your molding for future use.

4. Slow & Steady

When you’re ready to remove your plaster, it’s important not to start striking the wall aimlessly. Strategically begin tapping a top corner of the wall with a hammer until a hole has formed where you can see the lath. Once you have this hole, use a prybar to carefully pull off the plaster, working downward. Do not expect this to be a quick process. The more careful attention you pay to what you’re working on, the easier the work will be.

5. Remove The Lath Strips

After the plaster is removed, you’ll need to remove the lath strips. A prybar works well here. Be aware that these won’t break off into large chunks, so it can be tedious work. Lath strips will also have nails in them that can pose a safety hazard. Plaster and lath is a technique often found in old homes, so some of the nails you find may be rusty. Wear gloves and proper safety gear when removing nails from your wall.

6. Clean The Room Thoroughly When You’re Done

Removing plaster walls is a big job with a big mess. The dust created from this project will be very fine, giving it more opportunity to get into the air. When throwing the wall debris away, be sure to gently place it in a trash bin, as to not allow more dust to get over the room. You’ll likely need to dust, sweep and mop the room multiple times after the project is completed.

7. Contact A Pro

Removing plaster walls is a big job that if not done correctly, can have serious consequences to your remodeling project. If you’re not confident you have the tools or instructions necessary to complete this project safely and successfully, contact a pro who can help.