June 21, 2018

While everyone has their own style preference, the rustic look is definitely one that is sought after.  The rustic style embodies natural textures, it is simple and filled with earthy tones and textures, and radiates an organic warmth.  It is a style that makes you feel cozy the second you walk through the door.
If you’re looking to achieve this design style in your home, you’ve come to the right place.  We are going to give you a few tips on how to achieve the rustic look:

  • Decide on a Color Palette
    The rustic style, as previously mentioned, embodies an earthy feel.  Therefore, your colors should fall into this category. Think tans, grays, creams, whites and hues of brown.  A great way to accomplish this is to choose a very neutral wall color and then accentuate that color with furniture, throw pillows, area rugs, and wall decor.  The perfect combination of earthy tones is what will lay the foundation of your rustic home design.
  •  Wood, Wood and more Wood
    The rustic style often presents with a surplus of natural wood.  Wood can be incorporated through furniture pieces: an old barn door turned coffee table, raw wood four poster bed, classic wood floors, or even wood paneled ceilings and walls.
    Insider Tip: consider the use of faux wood panels to save a great deal of time and money.  Faux wood panels are DIY, and far more affordable than authentic wood. As beautiful as it is, authentic wood can be hard to come by and put a pretty big dent in the bank account!
  • Texturize
    Adding texture to a room is the perfect way to provide varying visual effects.  Texture can be added through different materials and the way they are arranged in a particular room.  For example, a living room can have sleek wood floors, a chunky wool area rug, paired with linen furniture.  The differences in textures will be pleasing to the eye and add variation, unlike the monochromatic vibe of style such as modern.
  • Floors
    Floors are everything.  It is imperative you choose the proper material here.  If you opt for tile, you are going to get more of a beachy/mediterranean feel.  If you opt for carpet, you are going to achieve more of a classic feel. The best flooring materials to use for a rustic style are timber or stone.  You can decrease loud noises and add a homey vibe with area rugs as well as your furniture selection.
  • Accessorize
    Once you have the perfect color palette, the right flooring, and plenty of wood, the final way to achieve the rustic look will be through the addition of accessories.  A great way to do this is by adding plenty of plants (no one will know if you use real ones or not!). Plants bring the outdoors inside, bringing the earthy feel full circle.
    It is also fun to add antiques such as vintage grandfather clocks, ladders or window frames that can be repurposed indoors, patchwork quilts and vintage vases.  When people walk in your home, they won’t get the feel that they just walked into a Pier 1 Imports, like the rest of all of their friends’ houses.  Instead, they will feel as if they’ve entered a cozy, inviting place filled with character and unique style.
June 11, 2018

So you’ve made the decision to purchase a new house.  We suppose a ‘congratulations’ are in order.  You are now entering one of the most exhilarating, stressful, anxiety-provoking, and amazing times of your life.

Did we mention exciting?

Listen, let’s be real here.  Purchasing a home is an emotional roller coaster.  There are so many moving parts, and unfortunately things that can go wrong.  As long as you end up in a place you feel comfortable, love, and want to come home to each day- it’ll all be worth it in the end.

We are going to give you some tips and tricks on buying a home.  Hopefully this’ll ease the process a bit for you:

  1. Decide How You Will Afford It

This might feel super obvious…..and that’s kinda because it is.  But believe it or not people, some go into this process without having a full understanding of their finances.

Do you have money for a down payment?  Do you know how what type of mortgage you want to have?  Do you qualify for a pre-approval?  Can you financially afford the monthly mortgage payment?

Many people make the mistake of putting every dollar they have into a new home purchase.  The only thing you’ll end up doing here is making yourself house poor.  No bueno.  There’s nothing wrong with purchasing something below your means so you can adequately afford it and maintain a comfortable lifestyle (you know, like continuing to eat each week?).

  1. Decide What Type of House You Want: Fixer Upper or Turn Key

There are two types of people in this world: handy ones and not so handy ones.  If you’re handy, you should do yourself the favor of purchasing a fixer upper.  Not only are there a gazillion TV shows, magazines, blog posts, etc. on how-to fix up a home, but if you’re handy then you already have the creative bone in your body that will be needed.  And you will profit in the end.

If you’re going for a fixer upper, look for something well below your budget.  Look for something that…

..you guessed it

…needs fixing up. You can absolutely add value to a home this way.  You can do so by re-painting, updating appliances/hardware/countertops, changing out floors, and so on.  There are many ways to do this affordably (i.e. second hand shopping, DIY projects like faux wall paneling with faux stone, faux brick or faux wood, and taking your time!).  In the end, when you go to sell, you will make a profit on top of the original purchase price.

If you’re not a handy person, that’s okay!  You will just have to spend a little more money up front for a house that is ready to rock n’ roll.  Also, you’ll need to be okay if not every little detail is exactly to your liking.  Your profit may not be as big when you re-sell, but you won’t have to concern yourself with remodeling projects, etc.

  1. Shop & Seal the Deal

Last but not least, you have to go looking for the house!  Find yourself a good realtor, and don’t stop until you know you’ve found ‘the one’.  It’s better to look at more than enough houses to make sure you know you’re getting the best deal and you won’t go back on your original decision.

Once you’ve found ‘the one’, it’s time to seal the deal! Go in under asking, and try to get the price down a bit.  (This one will just help you sleep at night ;)..)  Once the financing process is over, you will be able to take a huge sigh of relief and enjoy your new home!

 

We hope this little guide will help you in your search to finding the perfect house to call your own!

June 4, 2018

Who doesn’t love a good plant?  Besides Scrooge, the Grinch, Voldemort (I mean, He Who Must Not Be Named), and anyone else who just simply hates life, we can all pretty much agree that plants are awesome.  They add a pop of color while livening up a space and cleaning the air simultaneously (inexpensively).  Doesn’t get much better than that.  This is why they are considered the interior designer’s ‘secret weapon’.

Many people say they won’t use plants as decor because they “don’t have a green thumb” or because they kill everything they touch.

Hear ye hear ye.

I was once one of you, until I educated myself.  The secret to not killing plants is to choose the proper plant for the space.  Although we are the faux wall paneling experts, and we love all things faux brick, faux stone, and faux wood, we are going to give you some tips on how to choose the right plants for the specific area you are decorating. 

Best Plants for an Office Space

Most office spaces have minimal to zero lighting.  A great way to make that a little less depressing is by adding plants to your desk.  Some plants that will thrive in little to no light and water:

Spider Plant.  Don’t let their name fool you! They look nothing like a spider.

Snake Plant.  These things are practically immortal.

 

Best Plants for a Living Room

Unlike the office, your living room hopefully gets indirect sunlight throughout the day.  Here are some great plants that don’t need tons of light, but thrive with several hours of indirect sunlight per day:

Cacti.  Cacti do great in natural light and only have to be watered once a week!

Air plants.  Air plants are great because they don’t even require soil!  You can literally stick them in whatever you please, and the only maintenance they require is to be dunked in water for 2-3 hours every 10 days or so.

Best Plants for a Bathroom

Why not have plants in your bathroom?  Bathrooms have feelings too, ya know.  They can totally be spruced up with the addition of a plant.  The following are great because they need little water maintenance, but do great in a humid environment:

Succulents

Succulents do need sunlight, so if your bathroom doesn’t have a window then this is not an option for you.  If it does, however, you’re in the clear.  These bad boys hardly need water (once per week), love light, and are less work than a Tamagotchi.

Bamboo

If your bathroom has little to no light, then this is the plant for you.  In addition to needing very little water, they are considered “lucky”!

 

 

Give these a shot, and you’ll quickly amaze yourself at your newfound ‘green thumb’ abilities!

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