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Rustic Romance/Shabby Chic: A How-To Decorate Guide

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Decorating around a theme is often the best way to create a room that is impressive. It provides an easy way to ensure that the room is ‘pulled together’ by way of a common thread. It also helps with decisions such as color selection, accessorizing, and furnishings. Rather than ponder whether or not to buy that amazing couch you just found, you can quickly and confidently say ‘yay or nay.’ Either it works with the theme or it doesn’t!

To make it even easier we are offering our guidelines in short and succinct bulleted lists. We’ve found that when working theme it’s more effective to pick and choose possibilities a la carte. Otherwise you risk ‘overdoing it’ with the theme and end up with a room that might look it belongs in a theme park. Less is more. Lastly, when going about it this way the overall project seems less daunting. Just pick what you like and work it into your plan!

In this installment of our How-To-Decorate series we are going to discuss a rustic romance theme, along the lines of the well known and loved Shabby Chic style. If you love pale hues and a feminine touch, this guide will help your create a dreamy space in your home.

  • Colors:
    • White, distressed white
    • Soft light pink
    • Rose pink
    • Light mint green
    • Lighting
      • Chandeliers
      • Small to mid size table lamps
      • Furniture
        • Highly distressed wood, especially white
        • White rattan
        • Metallic
        • Mirror surface, such as a mirrored end table
        • Accessories
          • Multiple small, short bunches of roses in short vases
          • Antique keys
          • Up-cycled antique window frames, used to frame art from behind the panels
          • Repurposed vintage luggage
          • Quilts
          • The walls
            • Wall paper, micro print roses, white, pink, green
            • Satin sheen, pale hues, silver, pink, white
            • The floor
              • Rustic wood
              • Carpet

9 Ways To Conceal Unsightly Things

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If you’re a perfectionist we’re betting that you are going to LOVE these ideas. It can be such a frustration to create a beautiful, well designed room only to have it interrupted by unsightly features. Some things just can’t be avoided, such as a thermostat or utility meter, but there are creative ways to conceal them. Are you ready to be done with grumbling at the modem every time you walk by it? Read on! 

  1. Utility meter or A/C Unit outside – Cover (and easily uncover) using free standing, accordion shutter doors.
  2. Metal wall vents – Repurpose the side rail from baby crib and mount it in front of the vent. Adorned with ribbons (decorative or prize winning). Air will still flow freely and the ribbons are a pretty way to distract from the metal vent.
  3. Computer printer – Use a dresser or entertainment unit with a drawer deep enough to fit the printer. Detach the front panel and reattach it with hinge so you can open it as needed when using the printer.
  4. Computer modem – Hollow out a hard back book and simply slip the modem inside, display with the book spine facing outward.
  5. Out-of-date ceiling treatments – Cover the entire ceilings by power-nailing wood planks over it. Covering old treatments is typically less work than trying to remove and resurface.
  6. If your TV is mounted on the wall hide the dangling cords by installing a hollow shelf made crown molding.
  7. On a wall that has a thermostat create a collage with various sized frames. The thermostat will blend in rather than being starkly apparent.
  8. Hide a power strip using a photo storage box. Remove the back wall of the box and slide the power strip in.
  9. If you can’t or don’t want to use a bed skirt, simply cover the unsightly box spring using fabric and a staple gun. 

Design Inspiration: The Caribbean

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Aqua blue seas, white crystal beaches and green jungles are the colors of a postcard from the Caribbean. The Caribbean has long been a fantasy destination for beach vacations and cruises. The crystal clear waters and balmy warm breezes inspire a relaxed vacation lifestyle, and aesthetic.  Caribbean design inspiration can be used to bring a little of the islands home to you.

Caribbean design embraces the natural beauty of the islands and island cultures. Bright sunny pastels and hues inspired by the ever changing color of the sea decorate everything from houses to floors and fashion.  Even the food and drinks of the Caribbean are filled with rich color and exotic spices.

Along with the colors inspired by the natural landscape of the Caribbean, Caribbean style has a long history of being influenced by European designs. Many island nations in the Caribbean are former colonies of England, France and The Netherlands so it makes sense that those cultures would leave their influence behind. The British Colonial style is perhaps the most well known of the styles that combine colonial and European influences.

British Colonial style takes the standard forms of European furniture and translates them into relaxed island style. The furniture tends to be bulkier and less refined than the original. Wool and silk rugs are replaced with cotton rugs as well as sisals and jutes. Color palettes tend to be natural neutrals with lots of white. Aquas and greens inspired by the sea and jungle are common accent colors, as are dusty pinks and soft oranges.