Kitchen Trend: Jewel Tones

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Kitchen Trend: Jewel Tones

We usually don't love to jump into trends because we love timeless style. But there is one trend we keep seeing that has us wanting to follow. This trend takes us right into the kitchen and if you love embracing color you'll love this trend too. We love these jewel toned cabinets. Jewel tones are rich, deep hues like jade, forest green, maroon, plum- you get the picture. Here's our favorites:

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Design Rules You can Break: Dark Walls in Small Spaces

To finish off our series on breaking design rules, we wanted to ficus on paint colors-specifically in small spaces. When it comes to small-space decorating, most people will keep their colors very light, to make the space feel bigger. It's a theory that makes total sense, but it's not the law. We've begun to appreciate the value of darker walls in small rooms. White is becoming an ever-popular color in many rooms, but dark, moody colors can add drama, especially to a small space that might lack architectural features or visual interest. Just review these examples:

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Design Rules You Can Break: Above the Kitchen Cabinets

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Design Rules You Can Break: Above the Kitchen Cabinets

As we continue our Design Rules series we want to move into the kitchen. More specifically the void above your cabinets. Who says when the kitchen cabinets don't go all the way to the ceiling they are begging for ivy, roosters or any other kind of accessory to sit atop them? Perhaps you have felt the "pressure" or assumed that it's the only solution for that barren space. 

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DESIGN RULES YOU CAN BREAK: Dining Chairs Must Match

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DESIGN RULES YOU CAN BREAK: Dining Chairs Must Match

This may be a foreign concept to some of you...not having matching chairs around your dining room table?! But, this is a great way to add interest to a space as well as give your home a designed feel instead of the ever so popular "right out of the furniture store" feeling. But before we go on and give you some tips on breaking this design rule, we just want to let you know that this design rule is not meant for everyone. A dining room can look amazing with a matching set of chairs!

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Design Rules You Can Break: Mixing Metals

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Design Rules You Can Break: Mixing Metals

This month we want to share some design advice that specifically pertains to what you've always been told about decorating. There are a lot of blogs, books, and tv shows dedicated to decorating, and many of them offer up advice and have the reader follow specific rules, when dealing with their home. So we would like to present a mini blog series, Decorating Rules you can break. We want to dispel some of those myths out there and let you know that sometimes rules are made to be broken, especially in a creative atmosphere.

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Find Your Style: Side Tables

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Find Your Style: Side Tables

Side tables are the perfect way to add a bit if function and beauty to a space. They are small enough that they can slip into tiny spaces, but they can pack a big punch when it comes to adding extra storage, or creating a statement piece in a room. Here are a few options we love that will bring out the best in your design style. (Click the Images to shop the tables, these are not affiliate links).

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Perfectly Organized Tiny Closets

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Perfectly Organized Tiny Closets

If you live in an older home that doesn't have much in the way of closets, or if you love looking at perfectly organized spaces, this post is made for you! We are going to outline some amazing tiny closets and how they made good use of their small space.

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The Perfect Banquette

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The Perfect Banquette

If your house lacks a designated dining room, or you just have a bit of space in your kitchen for a dining table, but navigating around the chairs poses a problem a banquette could be the perfect solution for your home. Banquettes can sit against a wall, below and island, or in a corner, and they can be a huge space saver, and perfect for hidden storage. Here are some of our favorite banquette designs. 

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Adding Warmth to White Kitchens

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Adding Warmth to White Kitchens

White kitchens are overwhelmingly popular, and for good reason. White kitchens are not just a passing trend, they are classic; and if you select the right finishes, details, and accessories they will remain classic. The key is to bringing in texture, warmth, and contrast to soften the austere look of an all-white kitchen. 

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Eco Cleaning Recipes Perfect for Spring

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Eco Cleaning Recipes Perfect for Spring

It was the first day of spring last week, which got us thinking about spring cleaning. We wanted to share our favorite green-cleaning recipes. Over the years we’ve picked up a few tips to get the house sparkling without a harsh smell afterwards. With just a few simple supplies, many of which are already in your cupboards, you can create almost any cleaning solution. We've compiled a list of general cleaners, and another list of natural deodorizers. All of these are pet, child, and pregnancy friendly! 

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Decorating with Antlers

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Decorating with Antlers

Have you seen the new Beauty and the Beast Movie? The songs and the sets were out of this world, and after it was over, one lyric kept hanging in the air... "I use antlers in all of my decorating." Of course, the line comes from the rugged villain, Gaston. But we are here to tell you antlers don't have to be a symbol or dark, rustic lodges. Rather, they can be quite fresh, adding texture, and a touch of antique or modern. Here, let us show you how we like decorating with antlers. 

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Blush, Our Favorite Spring Hue

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Blush, Our Favorite Spring Hue

One of our favorite spring hues will make you think you are seeing the world through rose-colored glasses. Blush is an elegant, soft, and versatile tone that can add playfulness, or sophistication depending on how you apply it to your space. Whether coupled with neutral hues or moody greys, the hints of blush in these homes will sweep you off your feet.

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Opal Portfolio: Dance Residence

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Opal Portfolio: Dance Residence

We have another fun project that was completed recently, and we have been dying to share it all with you. If you follow us on Facebook you may have seen some sneak peeks of a few rooms but here is everything! 

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Fun Ways To Display Kid's Art

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Fun Ways To Display Kid's Art

Recently on a follow up with a client, I was asked what kind of art they could display in a main level powder room off of the garage, something that would add color and be super affordable. The first thing I thought of was the kids' drawings I had seen laying on a counter off of the kitchen. Because lets be honest for a minute, it doesn't get much more colorful, and affordable than hanging up your kids' art. And how excited would they be to know their art was front and center? So here are some fun, fresh ways to display your child's artwork.

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Opal Portfolio: Kelly Residence

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Opal Portfolio: Kelly Residence

It has been a while since we shared a sneak peek into one of our projects. We recently photographed this beautiful home, that was a pleasure to work on- and wanted to share it with you! We preserved the amazing details in this home, while mixing new elements to help infuse a fresh feel. And this might be one of our favorite kitchens to date! 

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Our Favorite Bedding

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Our Favorite Bedding

Bedding is something so personal for each client, some sleep hot while others sleep cols. Some share the bed with pets, or kids; and some love 20 pillows while others just want two. Putting the perfect bed together is achieved by marrying those personal quirks and a bit of style. Check out some of our favorite options below:

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Our Favorite Movie Homes

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Our Favorite Movie Homes

A few posts ago we wrote about our love for the new and old designs in Gilmore Girls. We loved researching that post and putting it together, and wanted to continue the theme with some more of our favorite movie homes. When you watch a movie, it is likely that you may be drawn in by the setting as much as the characters. You may have also desired to live in some of the fabulous homes that have been featured on the big screen, we know we have. Here are some of our favorites- tell us if you think we left one off of the list. 

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How to Add Wallpaper to a Space

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How to Add Wallpaper to a Space

Applying wallpaper in your home doesn't always have to be a huge undertaking. We think it can be fun to add touches of wallpaper to your space, especially if you are afraid to pull the trigger on papering an entire room. We pulled together great ways to add touches of wallpaper throughout your home to add a few hints of color without a huge commitment.

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Inside the White House

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Inside the White House

It's the most famous house in America, and December's Architectural Digest took us inside for a look at the private residence for the President and First Lady. We wanted to share the tailored space designer Michael Smith put together for the first family, as they begin their last week in the home. The solarium and dining room are our fave- what's yours?

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