5 Best IKEA Hacks

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sideboard ikea
Whether it’s the $9.99 side table or the Billy bookcase, IKEA has budget-friendly staples for every home. Sometimes, though, you want something a little more unique, personal, and let’s be honest, expensive looking. Luckily, the Swedish superstore’s products are versatile and easy(ish) to modify, and with a little DIY magic, those mass-produced, assembly nightmare projects can become one-of-a-kind focal pieces that will make even Pottery Barn snobs envious. I’ve scoured the web and collected the 5 best IKEA hacks to make all of your home décor dreams come true. There’s something about mid-century design that is epically classy. This bookcase turned entertainment stand/sideboard would easily fit in Don Drapper’s office. Or your living room. Get the directions on IKEA Hackers . Classic white with a touch of gold make this campaign dresser extra glamorous. Check out how to build it...
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Bring the Outdoors In

Bring the Outdoors In
Carriages at Fairwood Downs
Is there anything better than summer? Living in Washington gives you the ideal way of enjoying the very best that the region has to offer when the weather warms up. At  Carriages at Fairwood Downs, our luxury apartments connect you to all of the amazing summer activities. You’ll see sunsets overlooking Maple Valley in the background and hear the birds chirping. How can you bring this sense of summer into your apartment, though? There are several simple things you can do to add a splash of summer into your day-to-day life within your apartment. Open Your Windows Pull back the blinds and curtains! Allow the sun to shine in. This will definitely help improve your mood since natural sunlight boosts moods and improves overall clarity. Add Some Plants Easily start a small herb garden on your window sill or patio. You can...
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Geometric Designs is Easier Than You Think

Geometric Designs is Easier Than You Think
cad lounge chair
When you think of decorating with geometric designs you may have some flashbacks to 70s interiors, but geometric designs can be used for just about any style and room. Here’s a few suggestions that we are loving this season. Cad Lounge Chair This modern classic lounge chair is the perfect example of a timeless piece that displays geometric designs in a classic way. Great for an office, living room or placed near a window in a bedroom.  WallSmart Hand Printed Lines Wallpaper Adding a single wall of wallpaper to a room can really create an interesting focal point. Case in point this hand printed lines wallpaper. The interesting design makes it look like a one-of-a-kind art piece.  WallSmart Arch Wallpaper Of course you can always amp up the geometric intensity with wallpaper that is meant to catch your eye, like this one with a repetitive yet harmonious...
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Spring Refresh the Look of Your Home

Spring Refresh the Look of Your Home
Christabel Aluminum Round Table
Spring has our stylists excited. Not only is it the perfect time to refresh your home’s style, but it is also a time when we see a lot of new trends emerge for the warmer months ahead. If the idea of pulling these new looks together seems a bit daunting, let our designers help. This spring we are launching dezignable's new home stylist service that is similar to fashion subscription services but rather than getting a box delivered to your door, you receive a personalized design board of your room, a shopping list of products where you can easily purchase products via email as well as a discount on all products and free shipping. Here’s a sneak peek of one of the styles our designers are working on right now in anticipation of the spring launch. All Environment Living Summer creates...
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How To Style A Bar Cart

How To Style A Bar Cart
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A piece of Mid-Century, Hollywood decor that has wheeled itself back into the hearts of stylish hostesses and become a centerpiece of elegant home entertaining in these past few years is the `bar cart’. The sweet romance of cocktail hour inspired by movies like Breakfast At Tiffany’s and The Seven Year Itch , has resurrected itself in the modern living room taking party guests out of the kitchen to gather around this beverage dispenser that’s so much classier than a margarita machine! It’s not just a convenient drink-pouring station. The bar cart has so much decorative potential, it can easily become the talking point of any party, attesting to your taste for gracious entertaining via the crowd-pleasing lubricant that gets any social get together humming alcohol. Stock the cart with all bar necessities, dress it up in your own creative...
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The Biggest Home Interior Trend May Surprise You

The Biggest Home Interior Trend May Surprise You
Spaces Giclee Print by John Beard Collection
One of the biggest trends in home decor this season might surprise you. Ready for it? White walls. That’s right. Gone are the days of colored accent walls. This year it is all about simple, clean and white. And Benjamin Moore ’s color of the year is ... you guessed it, white. White walls serve as an excellent backdrop for showcasing artwork, accessories and interesting fixtures. Providing literally a blank canvas, white walls allow you to play with colors in ways you might not of ever imagined.  Here’s a few ways to play up that white wall.  Showcase a Favorite Collection Those vintage dominos, antique postcards or black and white photos are just asking to get some wall presence. Add a shadow box or arrange them on the wall in an interesting configuration for a one-of-a-kind look.  Or if you...
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Design Style Profile: Art Deco

Design Style Profile: Art Deco
Art Deco
In May of 2013, Baz Luhrmann released his visual masterpiece, The Great Gatsby , showcasing the exuberant and lavish lifestyles that decorated what we know as, "The Jazz Age." When I think about the Jazz Age, I hear trumpets blaring and bodies flying through the Charleston and Lindy hop. The setting is a dimly lit dance club with mirrors, geometric lighting, shiny black lacquered detailing, and lush velvet upholstery. The Art Deco movement began in the 1920's in Paris before moving internationally throughout the 1930's and WWII era. This Jazz Age design era came after Art Nouveau, a movement focused on pastel colors and organic flowery lines. The Art Deco movement brought lively design, bright colors and bold design features made of exotic materials; giving an eclectic opulent vibe to interior spaces. Other common characteristics of Art Deco design include:...
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5 Easy Ways to Update Your Kitchen

5 Easy Ways to Update Your Kitchen
Renovating the bathroom and kitchen are arguably the most expensive and arduous tasks when it comes to updating your home: moving plumbing, knocking out cabinets and buying big ticket items are usually to blame. However, there are simpler ways to update these rooms so they look fresh and new again. 1. Add Unique Tiles Tile is a great way to add color, pattern and personality to your kitchen. For a classic look, a simple white subway tile backsplash will brighten up your kitchen without making it look too cluttered and busy. A huge trend right now is the square (4x4) white subway tile; this tile with add a more modern, geometric edge but with the same classic properties of its original counterpart. Using colored or patterned tiles for a kitchen floor is a great way to show the age and...
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Best Accessories for the Home

Best Accessories for the Home

Just like adding statement earrings and a beaded clutch to tie together an outfit; filling your home with trinkets and accessories is a great way to add color and vibrant personality. In the beginning stages of furnishing a space, invest in your quality large furniture pieces or framed art to ground your space. Remember, these items should be bought to last and can be reupholstered, restained or reframed over time if desired. Next, buy less expensive accessories that can be changed out by season, trend, or a change of taste. Here’s what’s trending now in home décor accessories: • Loud bookends: Bookends have become a great way to add color and interest to bookshelves, while still remaining functional. Take these pink agate bookends for example. They would add a vibrant pop of color to a white bookshelf or could be...
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5 Ways to “Romance” Your Home

5 Ways to “Romance” Your Home
February is the month of love. As cheesy as it sounds, it really is. Post-Christmas shelves are stuffed with cartoon valentines, and bright pink and red candy packages. Oversized stuffed bears and heart stationary spilling out of the aisles. A different way to approach this season is to head to the flower market or your favorite artisan candle store and stock up. Enjoy this season by simply having a delicious home cooked meal on a table covered with candles and Frank Sinatra cooing in the background. Small touches like these create the most romantic, intimate setting. Here are five ways to add romanic touches to your home this month: Flowers: An easy and subtle way to decorate your home for Valentine’s Day is with fresh flowers. Though really, a great way to brighten your home any day of the year...
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5 Cooking Ingredients with Everyday Household Uses

5 Cooking Ingredients with Everyday Household Uses
There are two types of items we keep in our pantries: those items we use daily which we buy in bulk; and those other items we use less frequently but still insist upon having on hand. Each type of item comes with a limited shelf life, so an easy way to finish off unused or over bought products is by using them as household items. For example, to remove stains and odors from your carpet, exfoliating your skin, or polishing your silver. Baking Soda: Besides making fluffy buttermilk pancakes or flakey biscuits, that box of baking soda sits in the same spot on your shelf month in and month out. But did you know if you poured ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of vinegar down a clogged drain, it would unclog it? You can also soak your...
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The Art of Organizing

The Art of Organizing
Two times a year, we clean house. First, in the spring, we purge our wardrobes and interior spaces to make room for new fashion and design trends. We officially reset our lives every January first with the beginning of a new year. Around this time we also make a list of resolutions that we may or may not give up on two weeks in. This year, forge ahead and add a resolution to your list that is attainable yet trying, a goal that you can reap the benefits of in all aspects of your life. Something as simple as, organizing your home, is an effective goal that will make a big impact. When talking about the organization of your home, there are three ways to approach this task; you can: do-it-yourself, ask the experts, or hire out. To do-it-yourself is...
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Energy Efficient Ways to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

Energy Efficient Ways to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter
Keeping your home warm for the winter amidst the Seattle cool air isn’t always easy. Often, the only solution we find is to crank up the heat causing our heating bills to skyrocket. However, there are other more cost effective and energy efficient ways to keep your home warm this winter season. Here are some tips to getting your home ready for the winter: - Cover your windows with plastic to further insulate your home. Plastic window covering kits are widely available at any hardware store. Just follow the simple directions on the packaging and your home will be air tight in no time. - Have your heating system inspected so you can insure it is operating as efficiently as possible. - Seal any cracks that lead outside, bringing cool air in. Use caulk or any other sealant to seal...
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Winter Color Pallet: Paint Edition

Winter Color Pallet: Paint Edition
As the bitter chill of winter sets in we haul out our faux fur throws, spice-scented candles, blanket scarves and consume warm beverages by the gallon. Another easy way to warm up any space and boost your winter blues is through paint. When was the last time you walked into your white-walled apartment after a bitter rainstorm and thought, “wow, this color makes me feel so warm and cozy!” Never, right? When painting your walls for the wintertime, think warm thoughts. Avoid those cool-toned, blue-based colors such as your greys, whites, cobalts, and indigos. Instead, veer towards warm-toned colors, specifically colors with a red or yellow base. This warm-toned palette includes, your butterscotch browns, deep olives and warm burgundy’s. Anchor these colors with tan, mocha or terracotta accents. If painting an entire space is too much of a commitment, repaint...
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Holiday Table Breakdown

Holiday Table Breakdown
Holiday Table Breakdown
Thanksgiving weekend has come to a close, officially declaring the start of the holiday season! For an easy and stress free dinner party season, I’m breaking down the meat and potatoes of your holiday event…the table setting. As creatures of habit, yearly, we succumb to the same decorations, color palette and dishes; this year I’m challenging you to try something unique, eclectic, and dare I say…trendy? Spice things up this year by adding dramatic and unique winter trends to your traditional seasonal décor, such as: faux fur, sparkle, natural elements, raw wood, and a less is more approach. Add warmth to your living room by using faux fur throws on your leather armchairs. Add dramatic touches by using silver glitter candles or shiny animal figurines on your coffee table. These holiday trends can easily translate into your traditional table setting...
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