Four Elements of a Hotel-inspired Bedroom

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22348766_SFor many, hotel rooms conjure chic, calm feelings. When decorating your own bedroom, borrow elements from your favorite hotel rooms to achieve a sophisticated, relaxing look.

White bedding

Possibly the most important part of a hotel-inspired bedroom is high-quality linens. High thread count sheets, a waffled blanket and a fluffy comforter encased in a sateen duvet will invite you to melt into your bed. Crisp white is surprisingly easier to care for than a pattern or color.

Plush flooring

A place to rest tired feet is essential, especially if you have hardwood floors. A neutral rug, placed on either side or at the foot of the bed, will allow you to step out of bed in comfort. A white rug with a dark grey pattern would look fantastic. Add a memory-foam pad for a surprising indulgence.

Blackout curtains

Deep, restorative sleep can be achieved with the help of blackout curtains. Select a heavy curtain that blocks all light, or add a separate panel to the back of an opaque curtain. A dark grey velvet curtain would pop against a neutral wall and your new bedding.

Sitting area

To really achieve the look of a sophisticated hotel room, you’ll need to add a sitting area. The type is up to you! Maybe you need a plush reading chair near the natural light. Or, perhaps you’d like a small table and sturdy chair for applying makeup. Even a structured settee can invite conversation in the bedroom.
A bedroom retreat is just what you need to escape a long day of work and family. Creating a hotel-inspired master suite can help you feel rejuvenated in your own home.

The Four Seasons of Decorating: Spring

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Post close springWhich season is your favorite? There’s something to love about every season, and any room in your home can reflect any season. Thinking of a specific season when decorating a space helps you keep everything integrated. Without even trying you will end up with a space that is cohesive and inviting.

We’re going to consider how to reflect each of the four seasons in your home, starting with spring. To begin – what does spring mean to you visually? Most people think of growth, light and freshness. After a long winter, the flowering trees and plants provide a wealth of colors and textures to work with.

Starting with flooring, light bamboo perfectly captures the fresh growth tone of spring. Light wood cabinetry and furniture carries that fresh theme throughout the room. Lots of white provides a critical sense of light – how about crown moldings, wainscoting and baseboards painted a bright glossy white? For window coverings, either white shutters or bright white sheers at the windows match the mood of the season.

Wrap up with an inexpensive accessory option – flowering spring plants in pots. Whether you set them on a windowsill or scatter them throughout the room, fresh plants carry the very spirit of spring into your space.

Think of specializing in spring when you decorate, because when you bring spring into a room, you have it with you no matter what the weather.

Lighting for the Bedroom

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Our bedrooms should be our sanctuaries from the hustle and stress of our lives. Creating the feeling of an oasis or sanctuary in the bedroom depends a lot on lighting. Along with flooring and wall color, lighting can completely change the look and feel of a room, especially a bedroom.

Many homes have builders’ standard ceiling fixtures in the bedroom. These ceiling fixtures are most commonly semi-flush or flush mounted lights. While these are great for finding the lost sock under the bed or picking out an outfit, the overhead light can be harsh and flat.  Switching out a standard ceiling light for a chandelier instantly adds romance to the room.  Putting the light on a dimmer is even better. Dimmer switches are easy to install, but consult with your lighting expert or retailer before working with anything electrical.

In addition to overhead lighting, having light next to the bed is a must. Whether you read in bed or not, a bedside lamp can provide easy lighting in the middle of the night. Choose a lamp that suits your style and also works on your nightstand. You’ll want a lamp that is in scale with your nightstand and the height of your bed.  If you have very small nightstands, you can also choose a wall mounted swing arm lamp for reading or a pair of pendant lights hung to flank either side of the bed.  Just make sure you have a switch that is easy to reach from the bed.

Fancy Wrapping

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23430917_SYou’ve taken time to pick out the perfect present. Are you going to just stick it in a gift bag and rumple some tissue paper on top? Well, if you are busy getting ready for the holidays that’s just fine. If you have a few extra minutes wrapping a gift beautifully is a gift in itself. It’s another way of showing the recipient that they are special to you.

For your “green” friends use eco-friendly repurposed wrapping paper. Instead of using tissue paper, use tulle. You can find tulle in all kinds of fun and sparkly colors at your local fabric shop.

Use familiar materials like paper bags, cardboard boxes, crepe paper, and twine. These are easily made into sophisticated packaging for small gifts and favors with ribbon or decorative paper.

Use fabric. A scarf, a tea towel, or some quilting scraps are perfect. Fasten with safety pins instead of tape.

If you are giving someone multiple gifts, why not create a tower of presents? Stack gift boxes from smallest to largest and then tie with a super wide ribbon.

Instead of purchasing wrapping paper, use your children’s artwork instead. This is a charming and thoughtful way to dress up a present.

Attach sprigs of herbs, flowers or greens and holly to packages as an extra touch. Or add a small Christmas ornament on the outside of each gift.

Customize gift tags by making your own with playful stamps and colorful ink. Or find adhesive craft letters in the recipients initials and fasten them to the box.

And finally, instead of purchasing bows, you know – the kind that stick on, use tulle, wired ribbon or fabric flowers to adorn the top of your packages.

Plan Your Thanksgiving Meal

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15963609_SIn order to survive the last minute dash to the grocery store and the frantic meal planning, table setting, wine choosing moments that sometimes define our Thanksgiving holidays, why not sit down now and plan your meal. Then perhaps you can actually enjoy the cooking and still have time to talk to your friends and family.

Start with how many people you will have over for dinner. Are you going to have everyone bring a dish or are you going to cook everything yourself?

What time are you going to serve your meal? This will determine how early you have to get up, what time you need to start your turkey and how much you can possibly get done the night before.

Are you going to have turkey, ham or something untraditional? Order your ham and turkey now from your butcher. Possibly you have an old family recipe that you always use, but if not scour food magazines and online sites for different preparations. One note of caution, please don’t try anything too complicated. You don’t want to try out a new recipe only to have it flop.

Determine the number of sides you want to have. Do you want mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, stuffing, Brussels sprouts, green beans and rolls? Make your list and then plan your oven time. Your turkey or ham will take up the oven so be sure your sides can be done on the stovetop or made the night before and warmed in the microwave.

Make dessert the night before. If you are planning on making homemade pies, make your piecrust the day before you finish the pies. By splitting up the work you will avoid getting overwhelmed.

Set the table the night before as well. Clean your main floor paying particular attention to the guest bathroom. Set out extra tables for guests to rest their drinks on. Make sure your front porch looks inviting.

Now pour yourself a glass of wine and count your blessings.

Fall Entertaining

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22360248_SWhether you want to gather around the dining room table for a formal sit down dinner, eat one last time in the garden or huddle in front of the TV to watch a football game, entertaining in your home during this wonderful season should be a celebration of the bounty of the harvest and hard worker of the farmers who selflessly worked to bring all of those fabulous fall vegetables to your kitchen.

Sweet potatoes, apples, pears, fennel, garlic and cauliflower are all great seasonal choices. For a more formal dinner roast apples and onions with pork for a main dish. A cauliflower gratin is a great side. Poach pears in sweet wine for dessert.

For a more informal dinner for a tailgate make ham and pear sandwiches. Bake up some sweet potato fries for a side and make caramel apples for dessert. You can also make roasted pears with walnuts and blue cheese or a frisee salad with pears and hazelnuts.

To drink you can’t go wrong with spiced apple cider. Spike it with champagne for the adults.

Since weather during this season can be unpredictable, if you plan to eat outside make sure you have a backup plan if things go south.

To make your table fall perfect, choose a fall color and use it everywhere. Get grocery store flowers; add feathers and stalks of dried wheat for a themed centerpiece. Hurricane lanterns are another nice touch. Make the entrance to your home look ready for fall by adding gourds, pumpkins, corn stalks or wreaths of fall colored leaves.

But most of all enjoy your time with your friends and family as you entertain. There is nothing as satisfying as a good meal with good friends.

Using French Doors Indoors

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Used as an exterior door for years as a chic alternative to traditional sliding doors, French doors also work excellently indoors.  These glass paned doors allow light to flow between rooms while creating a division of space.  Great for use between a hall and den or family room, French doors can provide some sound break while not shutting off the room entirely.  French style pocket doors are even better because when slid into the wall, they disappear completely.

French doors can be used over wood floors, tile or carpet. Flooring can end at the doorway or continue throughout both spaces depending on how much of a space separation is desired.  There are curtain options to cover the glass for even more sense of privacy.  Curtains can be mounted on small rods at the top and bottom of the doors for a tailored look.  This option would not work on pocket doors where the door must slide into a narrow space, but would work on traditional French doors.

Transom windows, like seen in this picture, are another way to carry natural light throughout the home while providing something of a sound break.  Placed above doors and doorways, transom windows can either be stationary or tilt to open to allow additional air flow.

This home has a great flow between spaces with hardwood throughout, a transom window above the doorway to the dining room and the French doors into the living area.  Painting the French doors the same color as the molding and wall color allows them to blend into the space perfectly.

Getting Ready for School

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10290847_SYou can feel the crispness in the air; fall is on the way and with it comes – back to school. Well, some parents anxiously anticipate getting back to a routine; others dread the end of long lazy summer days at home with no early morning alarm clocks and only driving to fun activities like the swimming pool or the amusement park. With the beginning of the school year, families are once again ruled by start and end times, sport schedules and homework.

There are a few things you can do to make the transition from summer fun to getting back in the classroom a bit easier on everyone.

First, create a family calendar. Keep this calendar in a central spot, like the kitchen. Older students can be responsible for posting their own events, but you’ll have to record things for your younger kiddos – like when it’s their turn to bring a snack, or when it’s pajama day.

Stock up on foods that your kids will actually eat. Do a grocery run each weekend. Cut up fruits and veggies. Stock the pantry with nutritious snacks. Then, teach your kids how to make their own lunches. If they make them the night before your mornings will go much smoother.

Set your alarm clock for 15 minutes earlier than you think you need to get up. This will allow you time for the little things that can go wrong in the morning.

Have your kids set out their clothes the night before. In fact, have them shower the night before.  And be sure that they have their backpacks and all their homework ready and waiting by the front door.

With a little advance planning you can make the transition easy on the entire family. And remember as you are driving them to school or to the bus stop, it’s a great time to talk about goals for the coming school year.

Trend Spotting: Fretwork

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14371760_SFretwork is a pattern of interlocking lines that dates back hundreds of years.  Sometimes called lattice pattern, fretwork comes from Chinese metalwork designs.  Thomas Chippendale, known for the Chippendale chair as seen in the image above, first introduced fretwork to western furniture in the 18th century. Since then fretwork has experienced numerous revivals and interpretations.

Fretwork patterns can be extremely elaborate or have simpler geometric patterns.  The common thread between them is the repeating intersections of the lines to create an overall geometric pattern. Sometimes similar to the Greek key pattern, fretwork is beloved by modern and traditional design alike.

The current revival of fretwork in design can be found on traditional furniture pieces as well as contemporary interpretations. Variations of fretwork pattern can be found on textiles such as curtains and bed linens, area rugs, pillows and even upholstery.  Fretwork wallpaper and stencils are used to add design to walls and the interiors of cabinets and bookcases.

The limits to where fretwork can be incorporated into your design are only limited by your imagination. Traditional fretwork patterns in metals, as seen in the Victorian era, can be found on radiator covers as well as exterior stair balustrades. Cabinet doors in wood or metal can be decorated with fretwork patterns.

When using a large fretwork pattern, let this be the dominant pattern in the room. Other patterns can be introduced in smaller scales as to not compete with the complex fretwork design on walls, furniture, floors or curtains.

Do’s and Don’ts of Laminate

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  • Glides or floor protectors on the bottom of your furniture will prevent possible scratching or abrasions.
  • It’s important to lift heavy furniture instead of dragging or pulling them.
  • Use pieces of carpet face down under heavy objects when moving them across your floor.
  • Spot cleaning and occasional complete cleaning of your laminate floor can be done using the manufacturer’s recommended products.
  • Never use abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring powder.
  • Do not use soap-based detergents or “mop-and-shine” products.
  • Never flood your floor with water or cleaner.
  • Do not wax or polish your laminate floor.
  • Never try to refinish or sand your laminate floor.
  • Durable but not indestructible, your laminate floor can be damaged by stiletto heels.
  • But the good news is that the finish on your laminate floor can help protect the floor from sunlight and the typical fading you find with aging hardwood floors.
  • Keep in mind that if a repair is necessary in the future, the replacement product may be a slightly different dye lot and/or texture than the initial installation.
  • However, with time and usage, the repair will blend in with your original product.
  • For additional care procedures please refer to the manufacturer’s care and maintenance instructions and recommendations.