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Decorate with Intention: Clutter Clearing 101

Getting organized is something of a passion of mine. Yes, I consider cleaning out my junk drawer a leisure activity — I love labels and also have been known to put my books in rainbow sequence, so make fun if you need to! But over the years I have commissioned a simple routine for paring down and producing order in the home, and I wish to discuss these 10 tips with you now. Before we dig in, it’s important to know what we are up against. What is clutter exactly? Surplus stuff, right? Well sure, but more than that, clutter is a sign of procrastination. It is the bicycle you have been meaning to have repaired, the books that need to be returned to the library, the most hideous vase from Aunt Mildred you can not bear to throw away, along with the heaping piles of paperwork that require sorting….

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So Your Style Is: Traditional

What it is: From classic furnishings to floral-print cloths, traditional style sometimes gets a bad rap because fusty and outdated. But that is missing the point. While it’s true that this look takes its inspiration in the past, it’s about comfort. Every element feels comfortable, correctly placed and predictable — in a fantastic way. Why it works: There is a reason that conventional decorating has flourished for a long time. It promises warmth and welcome, and it provides. Refined furnishings, mannerly fabrics, dignified colors and a feeling of order make this cherished style simple to live with. What’s more attractive than that? You will love it if… Chaos makes you queasy. Your favorite films are untouched by Technicolor. You’ve vacationed in precisely the exact same spot since you’re 12. You swoon over Blue Willow and Wedgwood. Your perfect day involves a bookshelf filled with classics along with a tumbler of…

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Guest Picks

Finding the right chair to complement a space can be an intimidating job. Instead of looking for one which blends in with your current decor, why not include a chair which makes a statement? — Danyelle from Dandee Designs CB2 Parlour Bold Seat – $799 I have never seen a lot of color on a single chair. If your area needs personality, this guy has plenty of it. West Elm Ryder Rocking Chair – $599 I don’t think I have noticed a rocker this sleek. It appears so comfortable that I’d be tempted to put it in the bedroom, but it’s so beautiful I would like it out where everyone can see it. Anthropologie Howell Wingback, Soleil Linen – $1,898 This really is actually the not-so-classic, classic wingback chair. Anthropologie Lunet Chair – $1,698 The fact that this chair is made from reclaimed French jute sacks gives it a lot…

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Add a Dash of Downton Abbey Style

When the second season of Downton Abbey expired on PBS Sunday it delivered in its uniquely English Romantic way, giving us a high-brow period drama that feels wickedly low-brow. The societal intrigue, period costumes, and those Edwardian insides all make my heart swell. Following is a brief glance at some essential characters and room elements that could be inspired by these as we see the story unfold during World War I. Scenes at the literary halls of Downton Abbey, an English country estate, were filmed at Highclere Castle. The imposing structure is a part of its own on the series that follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and the servants with whom they share close ties. Windsor Companies The majority of us will be fortunate enough to tour an Edwardian castle let alone reside in one, but we can take cues in the layouts of English country houses…

Pendant Lighting

14 Dashingly Bold Chandeliers and Colors

From humble mason jars to luxury chandeliers, light is a superb way to show off and live through design. Take a chance with crazy colors, oversize colors or unanticipated details for instant influence on your space. Whether you live in a country farmhouse, a city apartment or a suburban tract house, light is the simplest feature to switch outside readily. You get a massive bang for your buck with a distinctive colour, even though a dated chandelier may ruin a perfectly fine design. Do not overlook the lights, and move a color different along with your lighting choices! LDa Interiors & Architecture Update an old favourite. This conventional, muted green dining room had a shot of color, and wow! That shot of gloomy does it. Now that is the best way to liven up a country kitchen, do not you believe? Oniroco Working with an old chandelier which is too…

Tropical Style

Fantastic Design Plant: Black Mondo Grass

In the soul of Black Friday, one of the most highly anticipated unofficial American holidays, this week’s plant select features — you guessed it — a black plant. Black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’) has gained fame as one of the most uniquely-hued and easy-to-grow plants on the market. Much like many perennial grasses, autumn is a great time to plant black mondo grass. Elect for well-drained, humus-rich soil for a positive planting. Botanical name: Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’; Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Arabicus’; Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Black Night’Common names: black mondo grass, black lilyturf USDA zones: 5-10Water necessity: Moderate to regular, based on climateSun necessity: Full sun to partial shadeMature dimensions:12″ tall x 12″ disperseTolerances: Drought Distinguishing attributes. Striking matte black foliage resembling a sea anemone immediately catches your attention and draws you to the plant. Droopy leaves reach 15″ in length, leading to an overall plant height of around 10-12″. While the…

Coastal Style

Early 20th Century Meets Contemporary

The home of the Dutch and Argentinean couple is in Marlot, a residential area on the outskirts of The Hague. It was designed and constructed in 1925 by Dutch architect Co Brandes (Jacobus Johannes Brandes), among the most important architects of this Nieuwe Haagse School, popular between the 1920s and 1950s. Brandes made four other homes in the neighborhood, all constructed in precisely the same style. The fa├žade includes a stripe of black bricks that runs horizontally around the house. This is a normal quality of Brandes’ work and of this period, as is the symmetry of this construction, the large chimney along with the mansard roof. in a GlanceWho lives here: Geert, Cecilia and their one-year-old daughter, IsabelLocation: The Hague, South HollandSize: The home is a 375 sq. meter, three-story detached house, with four bedrooms, two baths and a huge office. There is also a spacious kitchen, a semi-combined…

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Quick Fix: Protect Your Mirrors!

If you are like me, you often decorate your house without thinking about afterwards, when you might have to remove something. My walls are littered with nail holes, my doors will have holes from the coat hooks I screwed to them — and do not get me started on the mirror on my closet door. Removing a wall mirror can be tricky. If you’ve implemented anything sticky to keep it there, then chances are you will get a cracked or broken mirror from yanking it off the wall. I know this from experience. Michelle Turner and Brian Rigney of By Design Custom Remodeling at Maui, Hawaii suggested this clever trick to keep your looking glass undamaged via a move. Simply Grove When installing your mirror, Turner and Rigney suggest putting glue carpet protector on the back of the mirror. This sticky plastic movie is usually used to keep carpeting clean…