• Living Room Decoration

    Mantel decor ideas: 10 tips for fireplace and mantelpieces

    Each time you gather round the fire in the coming months, mantel decor ideas will be at the heart of all these cozy, winter moments.   Interior design ideas for your mantel are all about adding an extra layer of visual warmth to your home as the weather gets colder, meaning that the fireplace should be a priority for a seasonal refresh.  Rethinking your living room or bedroom’s look for after the festive season is also about appreciating the beautiful natural changes happening outside the window, so be sure to sprinkle some seasonal magic in the form of nature-inspired color palettes, rustic textures and raw materials.  Mantel decor ideas  Whether…

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  • Home Design

    9 sustainable design tips from an old Connecticut home

    When an environmentally conscious couple and their two young children relocated from NYC to a 100-year-old house in West Hartford, CT, they wanted to preserve as many of its original features as possible. The house is historically protected, but the family needed the property to work for them as a comfortable and practical living space. They wanted to update the interiors to fit their modern family lifestyle while still retaining its historic charm. They called in an interior designer to help them achieve the right look.  The resulting redesigned home offers exactly the balance the family were looking for. A stylish combination of new and original features, alongside upcycled and…

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  • Garden Design

    Design Tips for an Accessible Garden

    Gardening can bring benefits to all. Unfortunately, some gardens feel exclusionary. If you have mobility issues or some form of disability, or are simply getting on in age, you may feel overwhelmed by the process of designing an accessible garden that you can maintain and enjoy. Creating an accessible garden does require some care and thought. But it need not cost the earth, literally or metaphorically, to create a garden that works for you or all the members of your household.  Linking the Home and Garden A great garden is an extension of the living spaces within a home. But while many homes are fitted out for accessibility, links to…

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  • Home Design

    Real Home: 9 dark and moody design tips to copy from an extended Edwardian semi

    Vanessa and Andy Roberts bought their four-storey Edwardian semi in 2016 in the same town they’d recently renovated a converted coach house. It was one of eight built by the same architect and had been converted back into a house from three flats around 20 years ago. ‘The work had been badly done, but with 3,000 square feet to play with, there was lots of potential,’ says Vanessa. Initially, the couple had grand plans for their house renovation, including a basement kitchen and a mezzanine above, but the quote was too high. Instead, they created an open-plan kitchen-diner by knocking through the old kitchen and dining room, and rebuilt the…

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  • Bedroom Decoration

    Vastu tips for bedroom of a newly wed couple

    A newly wed couple should keep these points in mind before starting a new life together and decorating their bedroom. We all know that it is the wedding season, and the couple who are planning to get married must have already started the preparations for their big day. Wedding preparation is not only about the shopping but the couples who plan to tie the knot do discuss other aspects of their marriage preparation, especially designing their home and the room they will share. It is obvious that the arrival of the new bride brings unlimited happiness in the house. In the Hindu religion, a bride is considered a form of…

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  • Living Room Decoration

    Living Room Ideas: 5 Tips for Staging Your Living Room

    It’s no secret we’re in a seller’s market. And with homes flying off the market and many selling above list price, you might be tempted to put your house up for sale without upgrading your home’s décor. After all, why bother when so many buyers are already clamoring for a low supply of homes? The reasoning is simple: “No matter how hot the market is, selling a home is all about presentation, and staging is your number one marketing tool when you take listing photos,” says Barb Schwarz, a home decorator and stager in Hawaii. Staging is the process of primping a home for sale so that it looks its…

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