Hallways are often not given the design attention they deserve.
 
They’re areas that we quickly pass through to get from point A to point B, and yet this space can be a place to stop and take notice.
 
Hallways offer design opportunities using lighting, artwork, sculptural pieces,mirrors, and furniture (when space allows) to reward you with even more pleasure from your home.
 
Decorating a hallway adds life to the space. Along with color and detail you’ll add personality to the area as well; it goes from “nothing” to “something.”
 
HALLWAY TIPS FOR DESIGN SUCCESS:
 
  .  Average hallways using American standards are generally 36 inches wide which is needed for comfort and accessibility.
 
  .  When hanging artwork and photos, place at eye level which is about 62 inched from the floor to the middle of the piece.
 
  .  Ceiling light fixtures should clear 84 inches.
 
  .  Lighting is important in a hallway, lest whatever you are displaying become obscured in shadows.
 
  .  In a narrow hallway, hang smaller pieces as larger ones require more space to fully see and appreciate.
 
  .  Use the the hallway for a pop of color, but because this area connects spaces, there should be a visual tie between the hallway into the connected spaces beyond.  .  
 
  .  Consider the hallway ceiling. Ideas here could be a different paint color, stencils, or wallpaper.
 
  .  If you need or want a furniture piece in a narrow hallway, look for a skinny console table to give you some surface space. Just be sure to have enough space for easy walk-through room. If in doubt, don’t.
 
HALLWAY DESIGN IDEAS:
 
Scandinavian Hall by Dash & Albert Australia
With the light-colored walls, your eye is immediately drawn to the floor runner and the artwork. There’s enough room to add the chair and small table which completes this simple vignette.
 
Transitional Hall by Allison Lind Interiors
Using a black and white wallpaper pattern and same color picture frames, this red chair pops and visually draws you into the space.
 
Eclectic Hall by Morgante Wilson Architects
This is the same concept as photo 2, except a dark paint color is used making the white chair pop. Notice, too, that the adjoining room on the right is using the same darker shade which visually connects the two spaces.
 
Eclectic Hall by Kim Pearson Pty Ltd
In this white space, the stunning architectural archway and the artwork serve as a punctuation point making you want to walk towards the end of this hallway.
 
Transitional Hall by Chipper Hatter Architectural Photographer
A study in Zen, and beautiful in its simplicity. Uses black and white along with small hits of red and green color.
 
Contemporary Hall by Mafi Australia
Again—simple and clean-looking design. The furniture is perfectly scaled to this hallway. The beauty of the archway and quiet artwork effortlessly draw you in.
 
Contemporary Hall by Vivendi - Luxury Home Builders
You immediately learn something about this homeowner through the display of surfboards and the art at the end of the hallway. This area of your home can be a great place to share your interests.
 
Transitional Hall by Bibby + Brady
Black framed photos add interest, but what really moves you down the hallway is the wallpaper and simple furniture leading into the next room.
 
Transitional Entry by Bibby + Brady
There are many points of interest in this hallway, but especially noteworthy are how the pink in the artwork and the flowers connect with the window treatment in the next room. Also notice the unusual light fixture and the choice of ceiling color. So much of good design is in the fine details.
Modern Hall by Accoya Wood
A hallway so rich in architectural detail only needs the simple mirror as the focal point.
 
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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As an interior designer and lover of all things beautiful, I love re-purposing furniture. It’s not only good for the environment, but it can also be cost-effective, charming, and out-of-the-ordinary.
Here are 13 examples of unconventional bathroom vanities that have stepped out-of-the-box to find  new life in a different way than originally thought of. Take a look.
TIPS:
  • You will likely need a carpenter to re-configure drawers in order to accommodate the sink and plumbing. You also want to maintain as much storage area as possible.
  • If there is not a material like quartz, granite, etc., on the top of the furniture, apply a wood sealer such as used on boats to prevent water damage.
There you have it. Different ideas and different design styles for re-purposing a piece of furniture into a bathroom vanity. You may have an old piece in storage that you could use in this way. If not, and you like the idea, check out Craigslist, antique malls, or yard sales. You may be surprised at what treasures you find.
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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Having recently completed one master bathroom remodel and about to start another, I definitely have bathrooms on the brain.
 
One of the biggest challenges is having ample storage space that is functional and esthetically beautiful and visually calming.
 
Here are 10 examples for creating extra space no matter how big or small your bathroom is. Take a look.
 
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Almost all homes being built today or re-modeled, have an open concept design. Simply put, the kitchen, dining, and living areas become one open space.
While still enormously popular, for this week’s post I’m going to play devil’s advocate and say this might not be the best floor plan for everyone. Here’s why:
.  For one thing, open floor plans can be difficult to decorate as it can be a challenge knowing
   how to best delineate the different spaces. Each area has a different function and there’s the
   risk of looking hodge-podge.
.  Secondly, there’s often little wall space for artwork and other decorative items.
.  Lastly, it’s difficult to create cozy, intimate areas.
What if it’s possible to have the best of both worlds? What if you could have separation without closing off? Achieve unity while still keeping definition? Have a slight separation of each area, yet allowing each its own personality and warmth?
It’s certainly possible as the following photos show. Take a look and see what you think.
In this photo, a fireplace wall subtly separates the living area from the kitchen and dining areas. It’s still open, but gives a feeling of privacy and specific use.
An open shelving partial wall allows light to pass through the spaces, while the wide door opening separates the different areas yet still connects them.
The home office is separated by using an internal window wall. Again, it’s still an open space, yet there’s a feeling of privacy while still being a part of the living area.
A wide opening separates the spaces while still being open to the connecting areas.
All of these examples show how different levels and in some cases different ceiling heights can create separate areas, yet still connected. Psychologically, you can feel alone if you wish, yet still a part of the different home activities.
A partial wall makes the function of each space easy to see and use accordingly while still being in an open space.
A half wall separates the living area from the kitchen. You can still be preparing meals while interacting with family and/or guests. Not every cook wants the mess of a kitchen to be shared.
Sliding doors may be the solution when you want or need privacy, yet still have the option to open completely keeping an open space plan.
These are excellent examples of a compromise between a large and completely open space and closed off individual rooms.
If one large open space is just too big and open for you, open yet separated areas could be the perfect solution.
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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There’s one area of the home that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves.
That would be the foyer.
Because it’s a pass-through place and not where we linger, it’s often not given the consideration that the other rooms are given.
Yet, the foyer is where we greet our guests, the first place where we introduce them into our home. It also may be the entrance you use and why shouldn’t you feel as gracefully welcomed as your guests?
Here are 11 ways that show how your foyer can be as mindfully designed as all of the areas of your home.
We often paint the outside of the front door, but consider doing the same to the inside as you see in this photo. It’s unexpected making it a wonderful surprise.

If you don’t have a high enough ceiling for a chandelier, you can still find a light fixture that will bedazzle instead of having a plain flush-mounted one.

Beach Style Entry by Ethos Interiors

If you have a small foyer, consider a door with flair such as the one in this photo. The window panes can be glazed or textured if you need privacy.

Another trick for a small entrance, is the tried and true mirror. It bounces light and makes the area feel larger.
Instead of a squared corner table, consider a rounded one. It’s good feng shui as well because it allows energy to flow more easily. This is an exceptional piece. It’s not only an unusually designed table, but with no legs it feels suspended taking up less visual space.

Natural wood and fabric pieces add texture and always have a warm and homey feel to them that make it easy to say “welcome home.”

In a narrow entrance, an unusual and narrow side table, art piece, and a plant are all that’s needed to make a welcoming design statement.
This entry has a rather long hallway, so consider using a wall to display a collection as this owner as done. You start sharing your personal story before your guests have even reached the living room.
Imagine stepping into your home and smelling something delicious like the roses in this photo. Appealing to all of our senses is an integral part of Mindful Interior Design because we use all 6 senses everyday, not just visual.
Another of our senses is hearing, and the entrance to our home can be a lovely place to have wind chimes. Just make sure you’re hearing a soft singing of chimes and not a gong sound which would be jarring and irritating.
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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What price space? Many of us choose to live in a large city where in most cases, square footage is at a premium. Perhaps you’re downsizing and moving into the city in order to be close to great shopping, museums, theaters, fabulous restaurants, and excellent medical care.
No matter the reason, a smaller home will be your best choice both in terms of cost and convenience. Best of all, a smaller home requires less upkeep.
Smaller spaces, however, need clever design tricks to make your home functional, beautiful, and feel larger than it actually is.
Here are some HOUZZ examples that show you how:
COMBINING SMALL PIECES WITH REGULAR SIZE
Use stools and ottomans along with regular size furniture. They will give you more seating without taking up a lot of space. What you don’t want is all small-sized furniture. It will make the room appear even smaller
KEEPING COLOR UNIFORM

By using a paint color that is close in color to furniture fabric allows a blending into the room and gives the feeling of more space.

FLOATING CABINETRY

By keeping legs off of the floor, the eye sees less cluttered and feels more open.
GLASS OR ACRYLIC FURNITURE
Using glass or acrylic makes the furniture appear almost invisible. However, watch your legs when passing to avoid bumps and bruises!
ADD A MIRROR

The oldest design trick in the book, mirrors almost always double the illusion of space. Plus you receive the added advantage of bouncing light around the room.

TALL BOOKCASES
By taking bookcases all the way to the ceiling, the eye goes upward giving the appearance of a higher ceiling and more space. Also, adding another sofa across from the existing one would have cramped the space. The single chair is perfect.

EVERY BIT OF SPACE COUNTS

Modern Family Room by Scott Weston Architecture Design PL
If you have stairs, utilize the space underneath. In this space, it’s the perfect place for extra storage and who among us has too much of that? Especially true in a smaller 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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Also called screens,panels, privacy walls, or room partitions,, this design feature can serve so many different purposes in your home.
Room dividers can be functional, beautiful, and even provide psychological benefit by creating private and cozy spaces where you may wish to be connected, yet separated from adjacent spaces.
Made from many different materials, they primarily allow light to pass through and maintain a feeling of openness
Take a look at these photos for some great examples on how room dividers can be successfully used. You may see one that would be a great addition to your home.
Photos via HOUZZ
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live yours—not the other way around
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We all know we’re supposed to stay physically fit for any number of good reasons.
However, knowing and doing are two different things.
Take a look at the following helpful design tips shared by JAMIE WIEKE for ELLE DECOR.
They can inspire you to actually create a fitness space that will have you feeling better both emotionally and physically. What could be better than that?

1. Choose peaceful colors. Whites and light grays are traditional picks, but there’s no need to stick to neutrals: Blues, purples, and yellows can be peaceful, too. While we do recommend staying away from bold colors like red and orange, really, it’s about making yourself feel at ease. So if there’s a color you love, paint it!

2. Unclutter. It’s hard to be mindful with a stack of papers sitting a foot from your right knee. Think about how clutter makes you feel: Scattered, disorganized, and anxious. To create a healthy area you’re excited to be in, focus on clearing the clutter — no matter how big the space is.

 3. Add houseplants. Bringing nature into your workout space is a great substitute for working out outside. Plants help filter the air, but they also create a calming environment that feels more natural. Don’t go wild — a few plants is all you need — but adding a little greenery can make your daily workout just a little more pleasant.

4. Take advantage of natural light. No one wants to work out under harsh fluorescent lights. Instead, try to select a workout area that gets plenty of natural light, which is more energizing and relaxing than harsh lights from above. And if you’re working out at night — or if natural light is out of the picture — think “calming,” not bright, choosing sconces and lamps instead of overhead lights.

5. Think minimalistic. It’s so easy to get distracted during a workout — ooh, I should read that book! Fend off potential distractors by removing them entirely. There are plenty of opportunities to go decor-wild in your home, but leave your fitness area simple.

6. Indulge in organization. Fitness equipment isn’t known for being super-attractive, even if you’ve got a minimal set (a few weights and bands and a yoga mat). While its by no means a requirement, don’t feel bad indulging in an attractive bookcase or storage solution.

7. Make space for movement. Forgive me, this may be obvious, but: Fitness takes space. All that lunging, vinyasa flow-ing, and running in place means you need at least a few free feet in every direction. After all, what’s fun about hitting your head on your coffee table while doing push-ups? (Nothing. Not fun at all.)

8. Don’t forget about scent. The best fitness rooms feel spa-like: A calm space in the middle of the hubbub of everyday life. One essential — but often overlooked — ingredient is scent. Whether you opt for diffusers or potpourri or candles or the fresh mountain air floating in through your windows (jealous), don’t skip this important step in creating a peaceful space.

9. Select inspiring artwork. No, don’t clutter your walls. But a few well-placed prints will make your room more beautiful — and more inspiring. Choose panoramas of vistas you love or artwork that pushes you to do your best, even in the middle of a tough workout.

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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