This week’s article was written by Graeme Wilson, UK contributor. He talks about a surface not usually seen in the kitchen—mirror.
 
Though unusual, mirror has many benefits such as bouncing light around the room which visually enlarges the space and adds a sense of depth. It certainly gives a touch of glamour. It can also hide features such as structural pillars which you may not want to see.
 
Depending on the type of glass used, it works beautifully in both traditional and contemporary designed kitchens.
 
And in spite of what you may fear, mirror is not difficult to keep clean—even behind the cook stove.
 
Take a look at the photos and descriptions. They show imaginative ways that you could add mirror to your own kitchen.
 
Incorporating a carefully chosen mirror into your kitchen injects a touch of glamour and brings other benefits. The reflective surface bounces light back across a room, boosting brightness and adding a sense of depth. It’s also a simple but highly effective way to make your space look bigger. Depending on what type of mirror you go for, it can be a relatively inexpensive way to improve your cooking space. Browse these imaginative ways to add mirrored glass to your kitchen.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping YOU live your rooms—not the other way around
 
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We’ve all done it…
 
Look at a large blank wall and wonder how we want to fill that space.
 
We know artwork always works, but just maybe you’d like to do something different this time—decorate that wall in a more unusual way.
 
Here are 11 examples of adding design zest to a large wall in your home.
 
wall art
SCATTERED SCULPTURES
 
Add a 3-dimensional effect with sculptural pieces. No obvious pattern; the sculptures seem to be placed as if by magic.
 
Note: Use an odd number of sculptures and lay your pattern out first on the floor until you find a design that’s pleasing to your eye.
 

CHOOSE A COLORFUL WALL HANGING

It could be a wall hanging that you found in your travels that you tucked into a drawer and forgot about. Bring it out, hang it and be reminded of a wonderful memory everyday.
 

BOOKS AND COLLECTIBLES

A blank wall is the perfect place for books and collected treasures. More than just a book case, the combination makes a pleasing display.
 
RUGS AND TAPESTRIES
 
There are so many treasures from around the world that make fabulous wall hangings. It could be a beautiful rug, any number of tapestries, or something like a ceremonial robe. They come with a story that’s fun to share and add beauty and interest.
 
PANELING
 
In this photo, plaster paneling was custom designed to create a 3-dimensional effect. Nothing else is needed to make this an architectural feature wall. 
 

A SIMPLE LADDER

 
It doesn’t have to be complicated. Just a simple ladder placed next to a painting completes this wall decor.
 

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL

A wall of mirror can be dramatic when it reflects other things of beauty in a room. Also note the artwork that’s placed directly onto the mirror. Hanging it from fishing line, the painting appears to float.
 
A COLLECTION WALL
 
Gather your collection of like items and place them all together so they show as one. It’s so much more effective that scattered about and makes a statement for sure.
 
ADD STATEMENT LIGHT FIXTURES
 
What makes this example different is the addition of unusual light fixtures that flank each side of the artwork; filling the space in a simple, yet dramatic way.
 

ONE OVERSIZED PHOTO

Needless to say, one large photo is all you need to make a very dramatic impression on a blank wall.
 

ICONIC WALLPAPER

This iconic wallpaper pattern originally from the Beverly Hills Hotel is enough of a statement all by itself.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping YOU live your rooms—not the other way around
 
Images via Elle Decor
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You may have beautiful leftover remnants of fabrics neatly folded in a closet or drawer that you rediscover while doing some early spring cleaning.
 
Or, you may have found a high-end piece of fabric that caught your eye and decided it was so gorgeous you knew somehow, someday, you’d find use for it. That, too, was carefully folded with tissue and stored away.
 
And then there are fabrics you discovered while traveling that represent a culture, an heirloom, or historical artifact and held special meaning for you.
 
Consider using these pieces to create art that can give you pleasure everyday. And all you need to add is the frame.
 
Take a look at these examples:
Contemporary Bedroom by Cristi Holcombe Interiors, LLC

In this photo, leftover fabric from the bed pillows have been placed in the center of 6 Indian-inspired woodcuts. A very clever way of tying the bed pillows to the over-the-bed art and using the extra material.

 

Here, leftover drapery fabric was framed and placed over the bed. The pillows and throw fabric are different and they complement each other beautifully.

 
Eclectic Bedroom by Geoff Chick & Associates
This exquisite piece of fabric has been used as the headboard. The material has been layered over batting and stapled tightly into place. The colors are echoed in the bed pillows for a unified look.
 

In this photo, the fabric is used as wall panels and mounted within picture molding.

 
Traditional Home Office by Pine Street Carpenters & The Kitchen Studio
This museum piece of special fabric has been artfully framed in a room that seems designed especially to complement it. The fabric has become a focal point.
 
Contemporary Living Room by Studio Marcelo Brito

The framed fabrics in this photo, along with the tribal art placed below, tell a collective, cultural story of gathered objects from far away travels.

 
What about you?
 
Do you have any tucked away fabrics that you could use as framed art?
 
Far better to see and enjoy them everyday, rather than hidden and forgotten.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
 
Photos via HOUZZ
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As a lover of beauty in all of its many forms, I don’t find myself delving into the political world often.
In fact, I stay out of it as much as possible.
However, this year it’s impossible to ignore.
The rancor and divisive political rhetoric has made it so—more than any other presidential campaign in my lifetime and maybe ever.
It has created a malaise and underlying, ongoing anxiety that is shared by millions of Americans.
At the same time, I’m reminded even more of how the warmth and comfort of our home can sustain us in troubled times.
Our safe place where we surround ourselves with friends, family, and all of what makes a house into a home.
This week, I’ve decided to add a little levity to my article and invite you to take a quiz from Houzz.
It’s quick and FUN.
And you may discover another aspect of your design style that you weren’t aware of and might want to add into your home!
P.S. As I write this, there are 26 days until election night. Praise the Lord!!
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
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Area rugs offer a functional and a visual layer of design.
They anchor the seating group they’re under and add to a room’s design appeal.
In a neutral space, this decor element can even be a focal point. Or just add to the overall warmth of a space.
The trick is determining the scale of area rugs. You don’t want it to be too small or too large. Usually I find clients choosing a rug that is smaller than it should be for the area it’s anchoring.
MODERN-RUGS.CO.UK (an online rug company) has a wonderful infographic that takes all the guesswork out of this design dilemma. It will make all the difference in the overall look and feel of your rooms.
http://nancymeadowsdesigns.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/rugdont.jpg
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
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There are any number of reasons why you may choose to rent rather than purchase a home.
You may be downsizing and simply don’t wish to have the burdens that come with home ownership. When the sink leaks, for instance, you’d rather call the manager or owner and the problem is fixed—no muss, no fuss.
Or, you may be building a home and need a place to live in the meantime.
Or maybe you or your parents are moving into an assisted living complex.
Again, there are many valid reasons why renting an apartment or home is the best option. However, there can be challenges. One of them are restrictions as to what you can do with wall decor.
Your apartment is your home and however long you reside there, you want it to reflect your taste and who you are in the world. You don’t want it to look and feel temporary.
So how do you satisfy your design dreams and also the rental owner’s rules?
Freshome offers 13 ideas that can help you with this design dilemma so everyone wins. Take a look.

Removable wallpaper

When most people think of wallpaper, the first word that may come to mind is “permanence”. Not a great move if you’re renting. Removable wallpaper, however, swoops in to save the day for renters, and maybe homeowners with commitment issues. Gone is the terror of peeling off tiny bits of thin, dried paper. This modern decor tool goes easy-on, easy-off in countless modern prints and patterns. Your landlord will be none the wiser.

tapestry modern wall decorating ideas

Image: Nanette Wong

Hang a tapestry

Tapestries aren’t just for bohemian interiors anymore. While there are plenty to be found with intricate medallion designs, there are also countless choices to fit any decor style. Geometric patterns or abstract prints compliment contemporary style, while printed outdoor images, quotes, and minimalist designs bode well with more modern settings.

wall curtain wall decorating ideas

Image: hooray blog

String a curtain

If a tapestry just doesn’t fit your style, a curtain might do the trick. A simple, solid drapery softens the room without adding too much fuss. The mounts won’t do much damage and, in a pinch, tensions rods would do the trick. We personally love this look behind a bed.

gallery wall decorating ideas

Create a (shelved) gallery wall

Want the trendy gallery wall look, without the mess of drilling a dozen holes in the wall? Consider using floating shelves instead. Sure, you’re still putting a few holes in the wall to install the shelves, but you’re also able to change up your selection at any time without new holes. Look for floating shelves with a small outer lip to stop slippage. Otherwise, use some wall putty to hold the frames in place.

Frame a statement piece

A large piece of art doesn’t have to weigh you, or your walls, down. Hanging a poster or large photo has to do entirely with what it’s framed in. Find a lightweight poster frame, or alternative method — like these wooden bars, which leave the poster intact and give any artwork a clean, crisp look.

big mirror wall decorating ideas

Image: bloglovin’

Add a mirror

You’ll need a mirror anyway, right? Go big with a framed floor mirror, which can be found relatively inexpensively. Not only will it take up a considerable amount of your wall space with zero holes, but it will also help reflect and create light throughout your apartment. Again, wall putty is your friend here.

DIY copper shelves wall decorating ideas

Image: homeedit

Go green

A little green can go a long way. Dress up your walls with some of your favorite houseplants, whether by hanging a pot from a ceiling hook or placing a plant stand in front of your bare walls. The open shelving from your gallery wall also gets a lively upgrade with a plant, as shown above.

Stick on a decal

Wall decal stickers are widely available online and offer something for everyone. Whether it’s adding a shape like stripes, stars or polka dots, channeling nature with trees and leaves, or writing out your favorite quote, there are an endless number of styles and designs. Think about size and placement. Decals come in sticker or wall-cling materials, both which are a breeze to remove when the time comes.

neon sign wall decorating ideas

Image: Z GALLERIE

Flash some Neon

An eye-catching statement piece doesn’t have to be enormous — it just has to be eye-catching. Neon signs are just that. Grab a vintage one of your favorite brand, or find a new one with a fun saying or image that will have everyone talking.

Be crafty with washi

Heard of washi tape yet? It’s the Japanese version of masking tape. Made from rice paper, it doesn’t leave the residue of the stuff we have stateside. Even more appealing, it comes in a massive variety of colors and patterns. Hanging your pictures, prints and other paper goods with a piece of washi tape for an easy gallery wall, or create your own geometric mural with it.

Get organized

Use your spare wall space to get organized. From cork boards to calendars, get your style on while staying on schedule.

 

large wall map wall decorating ideas

Image: Lake Jane

Map it out

Maps aren’t going out of style anytime soon, and we say the bigger the better. A vintage style adds class to your space, while more classic styles can accommodate any decor style. Hang it like you would large art, and you’ll be seeing the world from the comfort of your couch. Bonus points if you flag the places you’ve traveled.

Hang it up

Calling all trendsetters. Displaying your favorite clothing and accessories with this trending wall decor. Hats are big this year (in fashion as well as wall decorating ideas), but sweaters, scarves, even jeans could hand decoratively on small nails for a look that’s ultra-chic.

What are you favorite no-fuss wall decorating ideas? Reach out to us in the comments or on social media — we’d love to hear from you!

Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
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A coffee table is a piece of furniture that most everyone has in their home. Why? It’s functional.
Because it’s so handy, it often becomes the repository of “stuff”; the place where everything can land like used coffee cups, papers, remotes, etc.
However, a coffee table is also a beautiful piece of furniture. The trick is how to decorate its surface so it complements the shape of the table and is pleasing to the eye. In a way, it’s an art form and you’re creating a 3-D composition.
As a designer, I favor a simple arrangement that’s beautiful, yet there’s room to set down a beverage and space to support tired tootsies at the end of a long day.
Take a look at these photos and the descriptions from Houzz contributor, Yanic Simard.
He gives great suggestions and easy how-to’s in arrangements for coffee tables that you will love and that will work in your home.
.Transitional Living Room by Meridith Baer Home
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
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You’ve just received a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
You admire the beautiful colors and you take a big inhaled breath to enjoy the wonderful scents.
You wish they could last forever.
But, of course, they don’t.
If you’re like me, you remove flowers in order of their demise and soon the bouquet no longer exists.
No, they don’t last forever, but there are ways for them to last longer.
Take a look at this short video from HUFFPOST.COM. You’ll recognize some of the tips, but there’s one in particular that will come as a surprise.
I haven’t tried it yet, but I plan to. I bet you will, too.

Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
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It’s often thought that the higher the thread count, the better a bed sheet is—better feeling and more elegant.

Actually, that high thread count doesn’t mean you’ve bought a better quality sheet.

In fact, as a designer, I’d rather my clients save the money and apply it elsewhere in their design budget.

In truth, a 350 thread count is perfectly O.K. vs. a 1,000 count one. Both in how well they hold up to many washes, their comfortable feel, and certainly the difference in cost.

Take a look at this short HUFF POST HOME video that designer ERIC COHLER did. He explains why a medium thread count is an excellent choice and gives you other info when buying your sheets.

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around

This video was produced by Alex Kushneir and Stephanie Petchers on Huffington Post

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Beechwood Farms
We put time, money, and mindful thought into how we design and decorate our home.
We put the same energy into our beloved pets as they play an integral role in our family life and make us feel happier in so many ways.
But sometimes, the two may intersect and create something not so great like scratched furniture and floors or pet hair’fur everywhere.
Fortunately, by making thoughtful choices, we really can have it all—a beautiful home and happy pets.
DECOR AID put together a list of do’s and don’ts that help avoid the time and frustration that can happen in spite of how much we love Fifi and Fido. In the end, everyone wins.

Do: Choose tough fabrics that can withstand heavy use.

Area rugs made from fabrics like sisal, silk, and wool are solid choices for pet owners because they’re sturdy and can be cleaned. Also, rugs with patterns and colors can help mask shedding and light stains.

Don’t: Select materials that stain easily.

Avoid rugs in fabrics like viscose, rayon, art silk (which is short for “artificial,” and not “artful” or “artistic,” in case you were wondering). These rugs can be gorgeous, but overall they’re too delicate to withstand life with a pet.

Any hard-surface flooring is obviously going to be more forgiving to pets than textiles, but there are some other things you can do to keep things as clean as possible. For example, use a floor duster on your hard surface flooring at few times a week, or every day if your dog or cat is a serious shedder.

Do: Pick flooring that can stand up to scratches and moisture.

Tile is a great flooring option for pet owners, but you probably don’t want it in every single room. In that case, try sealed hardwood or synthetic woods, which are durable and less expensive than hardwood.

Don’t: Choose light carpeting if it’s going to make you crazy.

Wall-to-wall carpeting is OK, but obviously it’s more difficult to clean than tile or wood, and light colors especially are going to show stains more easily. Make sure to seal the carpet to avoid stains, and save yourself the hassle if you’re going to obsess over keeping a white carpet pristine.

Even if you don’t allow your dogs or cats on the furniture (and you actually believe they’re not jumping up there the second you leave for work), somehow pet hair seems to end up everywhere. Everywhere. And if they do get free reign on your furniture, the upholstery can take a beating from dirty paws and sharp claws.

Do: Opt for fabrics that stand up to stains.

Consider reupholstering your sofa or chairs in indoor/outdoor fabrics, which can stand up to frequent use without feeling hard or scratchy. Commercial-grade fabrics are another great options, because they were made for high traffic. Leather is another durable option, and you can just wipe off pet hair. But make sure to choose one with a more of a patina, which helps camouflage scratch marks.

Don’t: Buy furniture in fabrics that trap pet fur or scratch easily.

Some fabrics, like velvet and bouclé, seem like fur magnets. And once the fur is there, it can feel impossible to remove. Avoid delicate leathers with smooth, uniform surfaces. One errant claw could transform it from statement piece to yard sale special.

Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
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