This title could be slightly exaggerated, but paying attention to the tips will guarantee a smoother-running relationship with your significant other for sure.

Lucky are those who have their own bathroom and don’t need to share the space, but sometimes it is what it is and there is no choice.

How to avoid conflict?

Mitchell Parker, Houzz Editorial Staff, asked readers about their biggest bathroom annoyances at home and here’s what they said —with humor!

The bathroom is a sacred space. Or at least it should be. For those who share it with a significant other, it often can feel like a temple of frustration. (I wanted spa-like, not AHHHHH-like!)

We asked readers about their biggest bathroom annoyances at home. More than 150 comments later, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what’s causing all the strife. So, if you’re guilty of any of the following, you might want to fix it, like, yesterday.

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you design spaces that foster happiness and well-being

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You may have a design idea for your home that you love and then in the next minute you shoot it down and say to yourself that it’s probably a stupid idea.

It’s a common thought process that we do. We worry what others may think. Somehow, “other’s” opinions become more important than our own.

The thing is other people don’t live in your home—you do. It only makes sense that to be truly happy at home it has to represent you and who you really are at your core. Your home should feel uniquely yours.

In this article Freshome.com offers 4 ways to bring your personality into your spaces. There’s no reason in the world not to celebrate who you are.

Usually, when we talk about design choices, we come at them from the perspective of how to make the rooms in your home appeal to the masses. However, we’d be remiss if we didn’t admit that, at the end of the day, your home really only needs to appeal to you. It should feel distinctly yours.

That’s why we’re focusing on how to infuse personality into your interiors. We’ve got four tips on how to ensure your home feels like it fits you, no matter what your unique interests may be. Read them over and consider incorporating one or two of them into your next design. After all, there’s no reason not to celebrate who you are.

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Gallery walls give you the opportunity to curate your surroundings. Image: Nathalie Priem Photography

Create a gallery wall

If you’re looking for a quick way to help your home feel more like you, a gallery wall might just be a perfect choice. Put simply, this design choice allows you to showcase who you are and how you’d like for it to be put on display.

The first step is to decide what exactly you’d like to show off. Feel free to peruse sites like Freshome for some gallery wall inspiration, but items like photographs, artwork, movie posters, concert tickets, inspirational quotes, or patterned fabrics are all viable options.

Once you have your items on hand, the next step is to figure out how they should be hung. We suggest laying it out on a table or the floor before attempting to secure anything to the wall. That way, you’ll have the ability to play around and make changes until you’ve landed on the ideal arrangement.

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Let your hobbies play a central role in your décor. Image: KuDa Photography

Highlight your hobbies

If you have a hobby that you love, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be given a position of prominence in your home. Whether you’re a fan of music, art, or are looking for the opportunity to display a prized collection, hanging some of these items on your walls or situating them on shelves is a great way to give your home a unique personal touch.

In this case, however, we’d advise resisting the urge to lean too heavily on a theme. Rather than building the whole room around your passion, simply incorporate these items into the design. That said, whatever your hobby-centric items may be, give them positions of importance, maybe even make one your focal point.

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Whenever possible, play around with bold colors and patterns. Image: Square Footage Inc.

Play with pattern

Bold prints and are also a solid option for those looking to make their interiors a little bit more personalized. Like people, no two patterns are exactly alike, and there are countless options to choose from. Most of the time, these patterns are included in accessories like throw pillows or pieces of wall art. However, that’s not to say that you couldn’t make a stronger statement by choosing something like a bathroom tile or kitchen backsplash.

Which pattern you choose is ultimately up to you, but if you’re going with something that makes a strong statement, we recommend having that be your inspiration item for the room. Let the colors that are present inform your palette for the rest of the space and do your best to mimic any particular aesthetic cues.

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Use open shelving to showcase your style. Image: IPD Partners, Inc.

Include open shelving

Lastly, embracing the open shelving trend will also afford you a unique opportunity to put pieces of your personality on display in your home. Ideally, you’ll have access to some built-ins like the ones pictured above, but if not, start the process by searching for a shelving unit that meshes well with your sense of style.

Once that’s in place, the next step is to procure the items that will make up your design. It’s best to source materials that come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Doing so will keep your design more visually interesting and prevent it from feeling too one-note.

The last step in this process is bringing all of the pieces together in a cohesive arrangement. Take note of how, in the photo, the décor elements are arranged into distinct groupings. Feel free to play around with your items and try grouping them by various numbers, heights, and directions. You’ll know when you land on an arrangement that feels right.

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Use these tips to infuse personality into your interiors. Image: Taylor + Taylor

Most of the time, when we talk about following one of design’s fundamental rules or embracing a new trend, our goal is to help you make your interiors a hit with the masses. Today, we’re coming at the topic from a new perspective. We’ve given you tips on how to infuse personality into the rooms of your home because that’s really just as important. Use our advice to ensure that your design feels uniquely you.

Do you make a conscious effort to highlight your personality in your home? Do you have any of your own suggestions to add? If so, share them with us in the comments below.

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy,
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being

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As a designer, I’m always thrilled and ever motivated at how many options there are to help someone design a beautiful home.
 
That’s why when I read how Annie Gabillet, Contributing Editor for popsugar.com turned an Ikea couch into a custom design that uniquely defined her sense of style and design, I had to share it with you.
 
Here’s her story:
 
What do you think? Does Annie’s story inspire you with your own decor? Have you done something like this in your home? I’d love to hear in the comments.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you design spaces that foster happiness and well-being
 
Images courtesy POP sugar
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Every design, decorating, or remodeling choice we make will have an emotional impact on us.

Hopefully, we end up loving our decisions and our lives are richer because of it. But sometimes mistakes are made and the outcomes are not as happy as we would wish.

HOUZZ asked readers to share their thoughts on the subject and they generously responded with lessons learned, most likely the hard way—through experience.

Sometimes, forewarned is forearmed and we can avoid making the same mistakes.

Here are a few and a couple of my own:

DESIGN WORDS OF WISDOM

Unless you’re a house flipper or are planning on selling soon, don’t design with that idea. In other words, choosing neutral everything when that doesn’t represent who you are. You’ll never feel inspired or happy at home.

Always do what feels right for you. Certainly gather information and needed advice, but listen to your gut instincts…it’s YOUR home and it must tell YOUR story.

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being

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Design your rooms once and then forget it?

No, this doesn’t work because your life evolves and how you live in your home changes correspondingly.

What was perfect in your college dorm room, for instance, certainly wouldn’t work with how you live your life today.

Fashion in interior design changes almost as quickly as clothing fashion. We call those trends.

Just as most of us can’t change our entire wardrobe every season, we can’t change out our homes as often either.

Not only would that be frightfully expensive, but very fatiguing as well.

So, can you design a space that has staying power?

Yes, you can and here are 8 examples that show you how.

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How do you approach remodeling projects?

Are you calm throughout the sometimes frustrating process or uptight and anxious?

Perhaps you’ve never remodeled but are thinking about it. Do you know how you would be in real life?

Take the Houzz quiz and see. It’s fun and takes just a few minutes. It’s not science, but we all have certain personality traits that are definitely going to display themselves during a home remodel—maybe especially then!

TAKE THE QUIZ HERE

How’d you do? Were your results a surprise?

If you have an idea ahead of time of how you might emotionally handle a remodel, perhaps it will make the whole process easier.

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being

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Mediterranean Kitchen by M. Elle Design
Helping a client decide on the right kitchen countertop is right up there there in importance when designing or remodeling a kitchen.
 
There are so many choices and factors that decide what will be best.
 
Things like budget, personal preference, cooking and cleaning style are all questions that need to be answered before making the final decision.
 
JENNIFER OTT, San Francisco interior designer, designed a quiz for Houzz that can help you answer these questions for yourself.
 
Its fun and quick so take a coffee or tea break and see what you discover.
 
I have to say when I took it, the answer was spot-on—quartz!
 
 
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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This week’s article is a guest post from Amy Spagnola for Luxe Decor.
It’s all about the entryway. Enjoy!

Nothing sets the tone of the home more than the front entryway. A first greeting to guests, the foyer is an important part of a home’s vitality. A cluttered and confusing entryway represents some type of energetic dysfunction.

If you’re seeking to recharge your home’s vestibule, there are plenty of ideas for increasing peaceful and serene vibes. Here are a few design ideas to give your home’s entryway a touch of tranquility:

entryway-image-1Image Credit: Image Via Popsugar

A symmetrical minded entryway is full of character. Matching lamps, picture frames and tables creates a sense of harmony. Neutral colors and simple gold frames add even more delicate and down-to-earth energy to the front of the home.

entryway-image-2Image Credit: Country Living

A farmhouse-focused entryway is filled with trinkets and treasures. Not distracting or disorganized, this layered entry space is country chic. A little bit of plant life, a few baskets and a bit of artwork signals a home with cozy comforts and traditional style.

entryway-image-3Image Credit: Image Via Paul Davis New York

Light, bright and modern, this sleek entryway is inviting and appealing. A central table with a few books and flowers offers a spot for guests to set valuables or homeowners to place keys and handbags. A large orange corner chair indicates the start of a restful and colorful space.

entryway-image-4Image Credit: Image Via Love Home Design

The mood of this home entryway is relaxed and carefree. Filled with calming neturals, multiple seating stations and a bit of friendly décor, this space is easy and effortless. A vintage bench, high-back chair and a couple candleholders, make this space feel charming without being overpowering.

Guest Post by Amy Spagnola for LuxeDecor

 

Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy Meadows,
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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If someone asks what your decorating style is, are you able to define it?
Just for fun, take this short quiz and see if your responses match with the answer you receive.
FYI, when I did the quiz, the style that appeared was Transitional which is pretty accurate.
This is certainly not scientific; just a fun exercise. In the end, if you’re happy at home, if your spaces allow you to live your best life—you’ve already found your true and best “style.”
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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