Bigger Isn't Better: The Tiny House Phenomenon

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Bigger Isn't Better: The Tiny House Phenomenon

Lately we’ve seen an influx in the “Tiny House” movement.  Simply put it is a social movement where people are downsizing the space that they live in. The typical American home is around 2600 square feet, while the typical small or tiny house is around 100-400 square feet. Tiny Houses come in all shapes, sizes and forms but they focus on smaller spaces and simplified living. They are often built on the back of flatbed trailers, or are so small they look like garden sheds. 

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Opal Portfolio: Eden Cabin

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Opal Portfolio: Eden Cabin

Today we wanted to reveal a fun project we finished recently. We wanted to design this cabin in a more light and modern style still using some classic cabin finishes. Incorporating natural elements such as stone and wood brings in a natural element to the space.

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Trendy vs Timeless Tips on Studio 5

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Trendy vs Timeless Tips on Studio 5

In case you missed it Jen appeared on KSL Studio 5 to share some tips on finding the perfect balance between design trends and classic style. You can watch the video below or read more  In our series “Trendy vs Classic” where we share examples of trendy styles, while offering a classic take on the same design elements. This kind of thinking is great for home owners on a budget who are looking years into the future, and want to select timeless pieces for their home.  

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Opal Turns 5: Our Top 10 Highlights

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Opal Turns 5: Our Top 10 Highlights

Happy Birthday Opal Design Group! We are so excited and amazed that Opal is 5 years old this month. It has been such an exciting adventure, we have met so many amazing people and worked on some fantastic projects. Thank you to everyone who has made this journey such a success. Here is to the next 5 years, may they be just as good.
On this special anniversary we wanted to look back over the past 5 years and highlight some of our favorite moments.
 

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OUR FAVORITE COLORFUL BATHROOMS

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OUR FAVORITE COLORFUL BATHROOMS

White is a pretty common color for bathrooms, when you think white you think clean. But bathrooms are the perfect place to experiment with color. They are small so you don't have to commit to miles of color- you can play around with a fun wallpaper, or a bright-colored tile. Here, for your inspiration, is a roundup of our favorite bright-hued bathrooms.

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Trendy vs. Classic: Lighting

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Trendy vs. Classic: Lighting

In our series “Trendy vs Classic” we share examples of trendy styles, while offering a classic take on the same design elements. This kind of thinking is great for home owners on a budget who are looking years into the future, and want to select timeless pieces for their home.  

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Best Plants to Choose for a High-End Look

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Best Plants to Choose for a High-End Look

Landscaping your yard can be a huge task. Especially if you don't know the right plants to get just the look you want. We are here to help, we took a preverbal walk through the mature, tree lined streets of Pinterest and picked out our favorite landscapes and plants that will go a long way to adding charm to any yard.

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How to Decorate with Floral Fabrics

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How to Decorate with Floral Fabrics

Decorating with floral fabrics is a great way to add life, color and excitement to a room, and you don't have to be afraid of florals. They used to look so old-fashioned and some styles just scream 1980's, but the good news is, there are so many floral patterns out there today that are contemporary and fresh. Florals are no longer reserved for country cottages or your grandmother's sofa. But there are a few rules you need to keep in mind. when decorating with floral prints.

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How To Perk Up Your Porch

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How To Perk Up Your Porch

It’s time to get porches, patios and front door stoops ready for outdoor living! Now’s the time to do little things to an outside space to make it a fabulous outdoor living area. With these simple tips you'll have a clean and well decorated area to enjoy the upcoming summer. 

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Our 5 Favorite Nursery Dressers

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Our 5 Favorite Nursery Dressers

One of the most important pieces of furniture in a nursery, aside from the crib, is the dresser. It is a storage hub and often doubles as a  changing table. It’s the one item in the room that can and should stay for a long time. There are a few key points to consider when you’re ready to choose a dresser. We've gathered together our 5 favorite options.

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Anatomy of a Bed

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Anatomy of a Bed

Have you ever opened a Pottery Barn catalog and just lusted over the spaces, especially the perfectly put-together beds? You aren't the only ones. If you crave a beautifully made bed, but just aren't sure how to pull it all together, here is a simple ‘recipe’ to help you make your own bed as pretty as a designer bed. Keep in mind that there are no rules when it comes to outfitting your bed, and the possibilities are endless. The following are just general guidelines to help get you started. 

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Trendy vs. Classic: Window Treatments

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Trendy vs. Classic: Window Treatments

In the second installment of our series “Trendy vs Classic” we want to show you examples of trendy styles, while offering a classic take on the same design elements. This kind of thinking is great for home owners on a budget who are looking years into the future, and want to select timeless pieces for their home.  

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5 Ways to Add Style to Basic Builder Kitchens

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5 Ways to Add Style to Basic Builder Kitchens

Basic builder-grade kitchens are a fact of life. Sometimes you just have to live with it , when going custom isn't in the budget. The good news is a basic kitchen just needs a little decorative nudge to make them more special. Here are a couple of inexpensive tweaks and improvements to upgrade your space, that don’t require major renovations or time.

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Finding the Perfect Exterior Paint Color

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Finding the Perfect Exterior Paint Color

Choosing exterior paint colors for your house can be daunting. Inside, you have more freedom to express color, but outside, you really need to get along with everyone else, and match the style of your home. This is why most paint companies offer two categories of paint: tame exterior colors, and a wider, more vibrant range of interior colors. We pulled together some of our favorite paints and we hope you can be inspired by these beautiful combinations.

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Opal Portfolio: Olson Residence

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Opal Portfolio: Olson Residence

The Olson’s are entering into a new phase of life that includes spending less time at work and more time relaxing and spending time with their grandchildren. For their home, our goal was to create an elegant, fresh,  & simple style that focused on “how to live, not just how to look pretty.”

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Spring Fling: Organization Tips

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Spring Fling: Organization Tips

Today we are concluding our Spring Fling Series. Now that you've cleaned and de-cluttered your home we thought it was time to share with your our secrets to organizing and keeping all the clutter at bay. One thing we should mention before we delve too deep into this post is-  the way that you organize your home is very personal and taste-specific. What works for some won't work for others, but we've picked up some clever tips over the last few years, and we think these will work for almost anybody.

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Spring Fling: De-cluttering your space

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Spring Fling: De-cluttering your space

To continue our “Spring Fling” series we wanted to elaborate more on de-cluttering your spaces. This step and deep cleaning really go hand in hand. We find it’s much easier to deep clean as you are de-cluttering, when you remove items you have less things to clean, right? 

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Spring Fling: Natural Cleaning Recipes

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Spring Fling: Natural Cleaning Recipes

It was the first day of spring last week, and although the weather was a bit crazy all around the country it was gorgeous here! Which got us thinking about spring cleaning, and pulling out all of our spring/summer clothes.  We love this time of year, it’s so refreshing to give your home a good deep clean- go through toys, clothes, and closets and get organized. We decided to put together a little series we are calling our “Spring Fling,” we are going to devote the month of April to refreshing your home with tips on cleaning, simplifying, and organizing. 

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TRENDY VS CLASSIC: Area Rugs

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TRENDY VS CLASSIC: Area Rugs

It is true a rug can literally “ground” a space. It anchors the furniture and gives a room a sense of definition. We can’t help but notice the bold, bright and trendy patterns we are seeing used prolifically on rugs these days. We love bold looks for children’s spaces and in small doses, but we wonder how long the trend will last. Are you a fan of the bold and colorful rug? 

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Spring Florals for Each Room

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Spring Florals for Each Room

Adding flowers to your home in the spring is a great way to freshen up your space. We love the look that a fresh bouquet gives a room. Flowers are really the best accessory- they add color, and can be used in pretty much every room to liven things up. Here's our roundup of the best flowers to use in each space in your home.

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