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Decorating your live-in place to vibe the sentiment, history, culture and a period you feel most connected to is one of the best ways to approach your home design. If you’ve recently been to Morocco, you’ve probably fallen in love with every moment of it. The freedom of mind, letting go of perfection ideals, playing with everything surrounding you and enjoying the product of your experimentation is what Moroccan style is all about. Now, if you’ve decided to bring a little bit of Morocco into your home, read through the tips below to get the latest designer scoop on what works best for a Moroccan-inspired home:

Statement flamboyant colors and intricate detailing

 

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For the best Moroccan vibe, laying out earthly tones as a base for layers of textures, patterns and strong accents that come later is the perfect start. Forget all about balance, matching fabrics and colors when using Morocco as your inspo: this country’s style is about unintentional uniqueness, mixing potentially impossible design elements into a cohesive structure and staying true to your own sentiment. As Moroccan homes are all truly individual, you’ll almost never find two homes that are alike. Along with flamboyant colors, ceiling to floor intricate, alluring detailing is yet another Moroccan feature. Doors, the stairs, floors or cabinets – there’s no limit to where you can find this explosion of detailing and color.

Tiles that tell a story

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Nothing about Moroccan styles is about playing it safe, and a true testament to this charming carelessness is the fact both floors and walls are usually covered in tiles with intricate patterns and embellishments. Use an entire area of your home such as the kitchen, lounge or the dining room and build the look around it: dramatic tiles with interesting textures are the perfect way to start your Morocco adventure.

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Rugs with a personality

In Moroccan design, rugs aren’t only used for the floor but as statement wall décor, as well; the patterns are either dramatic or very subtle, and the colors are bold. Certain types of rugs, i.e. particular patterns have a cultural meaning and are used in various local celebrations like weddings and similar. Check out Moroccan history before you choose the patterns for your home.

Moroccan arches for Islamic inspiration

One of the most beautiful, breathtaking features of Moroccan interiors is definitely the Moroccan arch, also known as the horseshoe arch. Known as Moorish arches in some areas, are archetypal of Islamic architecture and are either lobed, rounded or pointed. Built this way, they are giving a very lavish touch to every typical Moroccan house. You could build a few in your home, as a true statement to your Moroccan enchantment.

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Ottomans and cushions

Predominantly an Islamic country, Morocco draws a lot of its cultural and architectural influence from Arabic countries. One of those, for sure, is the obsession with bold ottomans, small couch cushions and large floor cushions that are both decoration and the place to rest your feet. Choose fabrics with raised embroidery to stay on point.

Moroccan Riad as freedom

Interior courtyards, similar to Indian and Arabic yard concepts are an inevitable element in traditional Moroccan design. Although a traditional riad (riad arab. = garden) had a fountain as its centerpiece, modern riads are likely to have indoor ponds, play areas or swimming pools. As Morocco is a country largely inhabited by Muslims, a Riad is a great gathering spot for women, giving them freedom and privacy. If you’ve got enough space in your home, build a Riad for a true Morocco vibe.

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Build your Moroccan-inspired home to remind you of this beautiful, colorful culture with incredibly rich history and tradition. Include fragrances like nutmeg, cinnamon, saffron or other exotic spices as a finishing touch to link the mind to Moroccan bazaars the moment you walk in. Good luck designing!

Mirrors don’t belong exclusively in the bathrooms. In fact, they have a variety of uses in homes, such as opening up the space, reflecting light and generally contributing to the overall décor. Mirrors are the magicians that create an illusion of spaciousness, but only if you know how to use their magic. Don’t stress about it, you don’t need a magic wand or something, just a few Houdini décor tips that will teach you how to choose, combine and where to place the mirrors.

The shape determines the position

  • Mirrors come in various shapes and styles. If you are not sure how to hang them, you can always use the shape as a guide:
    The classic vertical rectangle can be treated as an artwork and used as a focal point of the room (e.g. above the mantel).
  • The horizontal rectangle can be used in a similar manner, but it is also great for filling up elongated empty spaces, such as the entryway wall.

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  • Large round mirrors anchor the room and make amazing focal points. Such a mirror can be turned into the star of a room, particularly if the frame is dramatic and jewel-like. If the frame is minimalistic or non-existent, the mirror is simply chic and nonchalant.
  • Small round mirrors are an instant décor pick-me-up, and they can be hung anywhere.
  • The sunburst mirrors are very popular because of the uplifting feeling they introduce into any space. They work the best when used as accents.
  • Classic oval shape possesses a seamless elegance, but it still conveys a powerful design statement. It can break the monotony of square shapes when placed between two windows, or look as it belongs when hung above the entryway console.
  • The floor mirror is a tall mirror often on a stand or leaned against a wall. It is most frequently used in the entryway, but it can also bring life into an unused corner of the living room.
  • The arch shape gives a room a vintage feel and serves as a dramatic architectural element. It can be used in the bathroom, living room or the entryway.

The art of creating a reflection

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As mentioned in the intro, one of the most important roles of mirrors is to reflect the light and make the interior brighter, more open and more spacious. Because of this significant role, mirrors should never be placed randomly around the house, or else they would reflect things you don’t want to see in double (e.g. that chair with a bunch of unfolded clothes). The mirror should reflect a beautiful view or bounce light. For the latter one, it should be placed opposite the window or an artificial light source.

Working on the illusion of spaciousness

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The very bouncing of the light will make a room appear larger, but there are some other tricks you can use to maximize that feel. For example, using horizontal mirrors in a staircase or a narrow entryway can widen the area and create a better flow from one room to another. Mirrored furniture can trick the eye into believing there are no mirrors there, while acting the same way in terms of reflecting the light.

Take Feng Shui into account

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As a centuries-old tradition, Feng Shui makes a lot of valid points when it comes to interior décor, and it is not different with mirrors. According to Feng Shui, it is a great idea to place a mirror over a fireplace. This brings good energy into the room, and the fire element of the fireplace balances the water element of the mirror. Other useful hints you can get from this philosophy is positioning a mirror to face something you love and using curved mirrors to disperse energy more efficiently.

An extra warning: mirrors in your home don’t only reflect the light, but also your style. Besides the shape and the position, you should also think about the frame as the key factor since it will serve as a décor statement.

With the holistic approach to the modern living the majority of families are adopting as their silent rebellion against the exhausting capitalist living, homes are no longer fulfilling their initial roles as being just, well, homes – places where we live our regular days and keep dirty socks next to our beds. These days, homes are largely being turned into meditative spaces, with each room holding a particular reflective significance to the individual or the entire family living in it.

And so, backyards are turned into contemplative outdoor oasis, the sameness and simplicity of room design is being abandoned for the sake of personalized spaces that agree with the occupant’s temperament and sensuality, bathrooms are turned into spas and pampering spaces – and everyone is, all of a sudden, becoming aware of the importance their personal spaces have in their everyday lives.

We’re not entirely sure when bathroom design per se came in the forefront of home renovation and became an important interior stylistic solution but we’re absolutely positive the trend isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. There’s been a lot going on throughout the previous few years in terms of bathroom design trends, but 2018 is bringing something particularly exquisite. Much like the majority of home interior design, bathroom design is also turning to simple solutions and de-cluttered spaces that invite good energy in and celebrate relaxation, and that will also allow you to sell your home faster if you ever decide to do so.

If you are thinking about remodeling your bathroom or building one from scratch, go through these hot 2018 bathroom trends to get inspired:

Ceramics and marble, the romance

Ceramics and everything ceramic-related grew in popularity in the last months of 2017 and designers feel that ceramics are about to get even bigger in 2018. Used in floors, showers, and even vanities, we’re seeing a lot of geometric patterns in uniform, multi-colored, tone on tone or and even patchwork patterns that sure look phenomenal. Almost mural-like, ceramics are intended for both smaller and larger bathrooms and they have the tendency to look super luxurious regardless the space. The market is featuring a lot of ceramics that imitate higher-end materials like marble, wood, and concrete and there’s a lot of quartz featured as well.

Return to nature

The year 2017 has been all about organic living and finding ways to incorporate natural elements in our everyday lives. In 2018 bathroom design we’ll be seeing a lot of seamless lines, super clean colors, and practical and simple space arrangements embellished with a hint of organic coziness and elegance. Using a chopped trunk instead of a bathroom stool, including tall greenery in the corners, using organic wool covers over your vanity chairs, letting the light in, etc. – these and many other organic elements are going to be a true hit in 2018.

Lifestyle bathrooms

Long gone are the days when bathrooms were practical rooms only; these days the shift is transitioning into additional living area giving you the opportunity to use your bathroom for relaxing as well. Chic lighting fixtures, soft furnishings and practical storage solutions have now become the norm while recessed mirrors, indulgent rainfall showers, freestanding baths and open shelving are taking full dominance over bathroom interiors. We will be seeing a lot of ‘His’ and ‘Her’ basins too that not only look extremely stylish but are a super practical solution for busy bathrooms.

Escapism

If there was one word that defined bathroom design in 2018, it was escapism. Although practicality and functionality of bathrooms will still be paramount (cleverly hidden storage inset in walls and behind mirrors), the bathroom will turn into a spa-like space. For instance, bathrooms with a lot of floor-to-ceiling windows will make for a perfect meditative space. The inclusion of the outdoors through the introduction of natural light and earthy materials with the existing nature-inspired design will be a real hit.

A perfect home decoration includes the combination of perfect color and right decorative accessory. There are so many things which you can use for decorating your home but this is important that the color will combine the interior and accessories together. No matter how many people have come to believe that home should feel home regardless of its decorations, the importance of taking care of every bit of your house should always be essential.

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As we know that the many festivals and holidays just about to come so many guests will visit to your house and will enjoy with you and your family. In this case if you want to impress them then decorate your home with new trends and home accessories. Create focal points at those places where you think that your guest can visit. This is the chance for you that you can impress your guest with your creativity and show your royal life style. I am going to tell you what are the important home décor accessories you should add to your home.

First I am going to discuss about the handmade carpets and rug because as we know that this is always a centrepiece in a home. Some interior designers call it the heart of the home decoration.

New Collection of Handmade Rug

Lovely rug

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Many websites which are famous for selling “one of a kind” design carpets and also have launched the new collections of handmade area rug. I like Rugs and Beyond because they are selling very exclusive carpet at reasonable price and have a huge stock.
You can take handmade chindi dhurries. These are cheaper than handmade durries. Chindi dhurries give an attractive and beautiful looks just because of its multi vibrant colors. This is made of cotton waste material which is called chindi with cotton, wool or jute. The warp is in jute, wool or cotton and weft is in cotton chindi. It has fast color and gives a cosy touch.

Erased Pattern Rug

Erased pattern carpets are specially designed for the modern home décor. These carpets are mostly woven in wool and cotton material. The warp is in cotton and weft is in pure New Zealand wool. This is 100% hand washable and highly durable carpet. Choosing a perfect size carpet is very essential while we are decorating our home. Erased patterns carpets are available in various sizes

Decorative lights

Perfect lightning

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Perfect lighting is also a very important part of a well decorated home. So you can take a beautiful light lamp or you can use a candle chandelier for the living room. For the dining room you can put a candle jar in the centre of your dining table.

Decorative furniture

The combination of beautiful furniture with a stunning handmade carpet always gives an outstanding look to a home. So this is the time to take new furniture which is different from the old one and should take in your home.

Color

The combination of green color with a nice shade of gold creates a nice-looking design, besides; it gives your place a welcoming atmosphere with its calm and delicate accent.
So these above ideas you can follow to give elegance look to your room.

This guest post is written by Shivani Singh.

Thanks to its simplicity, organic elements and functionality, many people choose to design their homes in the Scandinavian style. This style can be incorporated in many different rooms and it makes every space look and feel comfortable, cozy, practical and organized. So, here’s how you can maintain a perfect Scandi design in your home.

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The living room

You should probably spend the most time on designing your living room, since it’s the true heart of every home. It should really be a space where you and your family feel most comfortable at, so you can follow your heart on this one, instead of relying on an interior design catalogue. However, there are some elements that you can keep in mind while designing your Scandi living room. The first is probably carpets. The trend of wall-to-wall carpets was never popular in Scandinavia. Instead, they all opt for light wooden floors that are much more practical and functional. Furniture in Scandi style is characterized by clean lines and simple forms, but is also comfortable and functional. If you’re scared your space will be too cold and impersonal, you can add some texture and warmth to your living room with wall cladding and different fabrics.

Scandinavian living room

The bedroom

Scandinavians love the so-called non-colors like white and light gray, and the same goes for the bedroom. While white definitely dominates, you can add some spark to the space with touches of pale blue, pastels or even black details. However, your main concern for the bedroom should be comfort. There’s nothing comfier than thick knit blankets and throws to keep you warm in the winter. Another thing that’s characteristic and not at all unusual for Scandi bedrooms (and living rooms) is a fireplace. It comes very handy when it’s cold outside, especially if you live in areas with harsh winters.

Scandinavian bedroom

The kitchen

Skandi kitchens are very airy and bright, concentrating on functionality and simplicity above anything else. If your kitchen doesn’t have ample storage space, you can incorporate open shelves that are quite common in Scandinavian design. They are practical and allow easy access to your kitchen necessities. Once again, white dominates and it looks amazing paired with wooden or black and white checkered floors. The black and white combo really makes the space look stylish and sophisticated, and that’s what Scandi design is all about.

Scandinavian kitchen

The bathroom

Just like kitchens, Scandi bathrooms are also quite airy, light and functional. While white reigns here as well, it’s usually accompanied by dark or metallic fixtures and lighting. These darker details provide a perfect visual contrast to the white walls and tiles. If you want your bathroom to reminisce of Scandinavian saunas, you mustn’t forget timber. Choose light-colored timber (you can go green with recycled wood) and use it for your vanity cabinets or storage space. Another thing characteristic for Scandi bathrooms is the presence of greenery. Any plant, big or small, can add color and life to a monochrome space, which is why many interior designers choose to incorporate greenery in the bathroom. When it comes to the famous Scandinavian functionality, your fixtures should always be in top shape. So, have an experienced plumber on speed dial who will fix all your leaks and drips before they render your bathroom useless.

Scandinavian bathroom

An outside room

Scandinavians usually have a strong connection with nature, so it’s not a surprise that every apartment and every home has a balcony or a deck. These spaces are often used for hosting parties and enjoying the fresh air and sun during summer. And since Scandinavians love a good BBQ, make sure to equip your outdoor space with a good grill and some comfy furniture for al fresco dining.

So, if you feel attracted to the sophistication, simplicity, functionality and piece Scandi design offers, don’t hesitate to incorporate it into your home during your next renovation.

At last! You decided to sell your house.  Don’t congratulate yourself yet and expect to move out right away.  The world of real estate is highly competitive and it is very unlikely that you seal the deal with a limited budget, time and exposure.  Preparing yourself and your house for effective home staging could potentially open the door to selling your house for a good deal with a good price – and fast.  Here are 10 tips to guide you:

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1. Assess the marketable status of your house

Salesmanship is a skill that cannot be expected from regular homeowners.   For whichever out of the many reasons that finally made you want to sell your house, it is important to recall that special reason which made you want to live there in the first place.  You’ve lived in it.  You’ve had kids in it.  You’ve had friends over. You’ve dined, wined, slept and even cried in it.  Being too familiar with our homes makes us forget its value and take it for granted.  Take a good look at your house now and evaluate its marketable points.

2. Appraise the value of your house from your perspective

Go through your house from room to room, space to space and corner to corner. Reminisce on moments that the property became more than just a house to you (a prize for hard work, a neutral ground for your parent’s war, the territorial limit of your in-laws, a fortress that your boss could not penetrate or a melting pot for your friends). Bottom-line is you will not be able to sell something that you don’t find value in.  Evaluate each area as to usefulness and functionality.  This will also help you decide which stuff will go to the moving van and which will stay for the open house.  Now, it’s time to declutter and start the inventory.

3. Consumerism is always visually driven

Now is the time to air out those antiques, branded tea sets and expensive dinner wares. Set them up in places conducive for receiving guests and help you engage discussions. Buyers go by what they see but you can manipulate their vision through some optical strategies.  Put mirrors in tight corners to create an illusion of space.  Remove the things that may incite controversies in religion, race or politics. Instead, handpick conversation-starter photos and memorabilia that would make them want to live there as well.

Install artworks that will direct their attention to intricate details of the house (mosaic tiles, wood carvings, handpainted walls).  Lounging areas and places of rest are best adorned with fluffy pillows, soft and clean mattresses.  This will make your house seem cozy and warm.

4. Cleanliness should be prioritized and never compromised

Mildews, stains, dust bunnies and cobwebs instantly decreases market value on sight. Cleaning routines should be established and upkeep should be calculated at the outset (water supplies, water closets, household plumbing, electrical circuits, drainage, garbage disposal, pest control and similar issues).

5. You can control the overall atmosphere and ambiance

Each house exudes certain moods when you enter it for the first time. Naturally, buyers will be looking for any feeling of relaxation and comfort.  This is where proper ventilation and adequate lighting comes in.  Avoid heavy draping and redundant decorations that obstruct the view in order for the buyers to see the flexibility of the spaces therein.  Live plants help make your place fresh and airy.  The smell of freshly baked cookies, brewed coffee and light jazz background music will also certainly work wonders for you.

Getting ready To Sell - 10 Home Staging Tips

6. Allow the buyer to see his home in your house

A minimalist design, well-kept solid wood furniture elegant and classy, would be appropriate.  Total motif should be kept in neutral tones.  A splash of color should only be used to accentuate details in architecture.  Minimalism gives a touch of sophistication and sense of luxury, giving your buyer the idea that your house will improve his lifestyle.

7. You can stage your area and community

Your house’s market value does not actually depend on where it is actually located but how it is situated. Your community will help you stage your lawn, garden, fences, and outer walls.  Buyers will be looking at safety, health, social acceptance and convenience.  Think ahead of any seasonal occurrence that you have to prepare for based on location (overflow of streams, falling of leaves, height of snow, garbage collection, road closures, etc.).

8. The quality of your lifestyle can be staged

Any lifestyle is dependent on accessibility and community. Access to key places (work, school, hospital, police station, grocery stores, banks, etc.) and key services (internet, telephone, cable television, etc.) will always be considered.  The impression of the community (social status, personalities of neighbors, traffic, population, etc.) is also an influential factor.  You do not need to avail of all it, what is important is that your house has open and ready access for these considerations.

9. There are inexpensive ways to advertise and promote your home

With limited budget, you can always take advantage of your social media accounts and online circles.  It would help to learn from online promotional strategies of established realtors like karkanja. Set up visible posts at allowed public places.  Flaunt your house to attract prospective buyers by installing outdoor decorations and lightings on the nearest holiday or turning your garden lights on every night.

10. You should know how to address depreciation

Staging your home also requires staging yourself. Here are some questions to help you prepare:

  • Why would I choose your house over one that is newly built?
  • Why would I want something that somebody is willing to let go?

As a seller, you’re looking at your house as a property. For any buyer, they will be looking at your house as a possible home.  Stage your home in such a way that you are offering an exclusive opportunity rather than a commodity.  The value of a thing increases when it is unlike any other.  Your house is unique from other houses because it is your home.  A recent shift in lifestyle merely reminded you that others also need to have a good home.  The value of a house will always depreciate but a home will always remain priceless.

Our home is our sanctuary. It is the place we go to feel most like ourselves, to feel completely accepted and at peace. In order to feel that way, it needs to feel like YOU. That’s why adding pops of personality to your home is so important to creating a space that reflects who you are. I’m here to show you how you can add personality to your home with 5 easy projects!

Adding Personality To Your Home

1. Paint your cabinets

Your kitchen cabinets are one of the main focal points in your home. If you have older cabinets, they may be in good enough condition that you can paint them. If you want to purchase new cabinets with an endless world of possibilities, go for our unfinished alder cabinets, in a classic shaker style, that are ready to take home and paint today! Get bored with one color? No problem! Choose another and completely mix up the look!

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2. Adding a fun backsplash

Backsplash is one of the best ways to add a great touch of personality to your home! There are so many styles, sizes, colors and shapes of backsplash tile options available, that you can find something that fits you perfectly. Play on the colors of your cabinets and countertops to tie the look together. Or, if you opt for neutral cabinets such as these, a colored backsplash is a great way to add a fun pop to your space!

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3. Adding bathroom wall tile or a shower surround

Your bathroom is one place that you go to get away from it all, to relax and unwind. Whether it’s a hot shower or a relaxing bath, you should feel like you’re in your element. Being in a well tiled shower or bathroom can also make you feel like you’re in a hotel, which makes it a getaway in your own home! Adding a fun wall tile or shower surround is a great way to make this space feel like your own and add personality to your home overall.

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4. Finding a unique flooring choice

Flooring spans every room in your home. From the time you walk through the door, it’s there. Let your flooring set the tone for your home by choosing something bold, or something that speaks to your personal style! This is the perfect way to add personality to your home. This distressed, white plank laminate whit pops of blue would make a perfect rustic statement. Or, go modern with something sleek. Don’t want wood? Try a brick tile flooring! The options are endless!

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5. Choosing fun cabinet hardware

Cabinet hardware may seem like a small thing. But believe me, the right hardware can make a big impression! Take this St. Vincent hardware in a golden champagne finish. It looks modern and geometric, or even earthy like a tree branch. You can find a fun set of cabinet hardware to fit any style, but that will be memorable and a true showpiece in your home.

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How will you add personality to your home? Let us know in the comments below!


Written By: Allie Bloyd, Marketing Director at Builders Surplus

This article is contribution by Keith Gregory. Keith is an amateur design and decorating aficionado — he blogs about interior design, home improvement, and real estate matters at DeveloperCube.com

We all love Scandinavian design for its simplicity – clean, neat lines, no clutter. If you scroll through images of Scandinavian décor, you’ll come away with a sense of calm. Then reality sets in and you remember that you don’t live in a clutter-free, Nordic den with perfect lighting. Instead of firing your friends and family and hiring a design set manager for your living room, learn the art of functional decorating. Your most commonly used belongings can become your décor and you’ll find it easier to keep clutter from taking over!

Living Room

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You can always use Scandinavian furniture brands as a true inspiration when it comes to living room options to fit your Nordic styling. For example, by choosing a sectional instead of recliners and chairs, you can get the most out of the space in your living room. You’ll get plenty of seating without the extra visual clutter.

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Most ottomans that pair with sectionals have additional storage hidden inside. This creates the perfect storage for the belongings, such as blankets and toys that you want nearby but without the clutter. For example, a modern stressless oval ottoman that converts from a storage unit and footrest to a coffee table can prove to be a great investment, since it can alternate between providing an extra storage, extra seating, and serving as a coffee table.

Home Office

The home office doesn’t need to be cluttered with additional decorative pieces. Keep the things you use most often in plain sight and easy-to-reach. If you spend a lot of time in your home office, an ergonomically designed office chair is essential.

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Don’t have an extra room for an office? Designate space in your living room to become the central processing zone in your home. Sound a little dry? It doesn’t have to be. Choose a wall where you can place a small table and put up a few wall organizers and a bulletin board. Having an organization system in place will be pleasing to the eye and keep paperwork from traveling all over your home.

The Bedroom

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If you love Nordic design, you’re probably the type of person who needs cleanliness and simplicity to relax. The key to keeping your bedroom in optimal condition is having proper storage. What clutters your room? Extra blankets? Clothes? Shoes? All the things you drop when you come home at the end of the day? Select furnishings that provide extra storage for the things that clutter up your room or simply change up your organization system and habits. Keeping things minimalistic and fuss-free are some of the key points when it comes to Nordic trends.

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An ottoman at the foot of the bed is a beautiful embellishment as well as a storage zone. Store extra blankets, shoes, or seasonal clothes where you can reach them as needed. If you don’t have under bed storage drawers, you can always repurpose some of your old suitcases and even decorative boxes.

You can easily find tons of inspiration from looking to our friends in the Scandinavia — steal their simple, minimalist yet elegant styling when you’re looking for a new design or look for your home or apartment.

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Rugs are one of the easiest ways to add appeal to a room. For a long time now, they have been the décor feature that doesn’t change a lot. Sure, there were changes in terms of design and shape, but we can safely say we haven’t seen something new for years. At least not until 2016 when the trend of layering rugs took the world by storm. A few years ago, this idea might have sounded silly, but hear us out while we defend it now: it can add depth and texture to the space, effortlessly create a focal point, and add contrast which makes the space more vivid. So, if you have understood why, let us move on to the how.

Define Areas

If you have a single large or even wall-to-wall carpet, you might find the space looking unfinished and empty, especially when it comes to large room with different functions, such as living room with sitting area, home office, etc. Highlight the different areas with area rugs. A cowhide, for example, would be an interesting choice.

Make It Pop

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Tired of your old boring room? No problem, just add two highly-contrasted rugs on top of each other and you will get the unexpected detail you’ve been searching for. The contrast may come in the form of patterns (e.g. stripes and geometric patterns), or in the form of contrasting colors (e.g. blue and red). The best thing about it is that if you want to change the look a bit, you can just replace one of the rugs.

Add Texture

A room without different textures seems flat, sterile and it reflects the overly modernist, almost futuristic feel. If you want your room to appear inviting and warm, you should include texture with a lush sheepskin layer on top of your ordinary and neutral flat rug. This element would look perfect in a bedroom or a living room.

Make a Statement

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A well decorated room should speak to you, tell a story about who the homeowner is, and why are things displayed in that specific manner. Make sure your room has a lot to tell by layering one narrow or small statement area rug, which will draw attention. The large neutral rug will serve to frame the smaller one.

Create Dynamic

If you manage to create a sense of motion in your room with nothing but rugs, you are qualified to be a professional decorator. What if we told you a secret? It is not that hard at all. Just overlap several round rugs or mix rugs of different size, shape and patterns in one place.

Fail-proof Ideas

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If you are still confused about the sequencing and the order of things , here are some ideas that will earn you the “amateur decorator of the year” award:

  • Cowhide over sisal can complement any style, especially rustic.
  • Faux leopard over jute can add a touch of distinction and define an area perfectly.
  • Aztec rugs over American southwestern modern rugs create a mild contrast perfect for a neutral living room.
  • Vintage rugs and modern rugs add a perfect eclectic vibe and serve as a great focal point.
  • Similar patterns create a coherent look. It doesn’t always have to be all about contrast, and you can master the art of subtly layering the rugs if you stick to one style.
  • A neutral rug constitutes a perfect base for just about any style and texture, so you can unleash your creativity.
  • Extend instead of placing one rug over the other. Use extra rugs to extend one that seems too small for the space.

Now go and play with layers, patterns and styles. This is a trend that allows you the freedom to express yourself without following some set-in-stone décor rules.

The celebrities’ sense of style goes way beyond red carpet outfits. Their homes are also affected by that special sense, and not only because of a multi-million dollar profit; after all style is just one of those things that have no price tag. Ok, you can pay for a renowned interior designer, but in the end of the day it is you who makes the call. What makes Australian celebrities’ interior design so different is their capability to create a subtle eclectic decor that is barely visible, yet very appealing. The large Edwardian, Georgian or Victorian mansions are almost always preferred among famous Aussies, but not without exceptions. Now let us peek into the homes of Australia’s darlings to see if that is true.

Hugh Jackman

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Who would have thought that Wolverine will live in 1,000 square meters (11,000 square foot) condo in the artsy enclave of New York City? Well, he does and it is decorated as smooth as the man itself. The five bedroom spread with an amazingly extensive view on the Hudson River is simply captivating. As it is not large enough as it is, the apartment has enormous double-height ceilings to add the illusion of even larger space and fascinating swirling staircase. The design is sleek, streamlined with dramatic details. The prevailing colour is white with occasional pops of grey.

Miranda Kerr

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The Australia’s most beloved beauty, Miranda Kerr lives in a lavish Malibu mansion, which reflects an idyllic, warm and inviting atmosphere. The shades in the house perfectly enchant the coast outside, combining soft blue, white and gentle beige. Bamboo and wooden pieces and plant life (orchids, dracaenas, etc.) furthermore enhance the naturalistic vibe. A major supporter of organic way of living, the model also has her own garden from where she supplies her kitchen.

Iggy Azalea

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The rapper and her NBA star boyfriend, Nick Young bought Selena Gomez’s house in 2014. The six-bedroom estate is located in Tarzana, California, and features basketball court, in-ground pool and a barbecue pit. The interior design is a mixture of classic, rustic and modern decor, with fireplaces, crown moldings, heavy wooden furniture pieces and hardwood floors. One of the eight bathrooms definitely resembles a complete spa and the outdoor space is just as comfy as the indoor, being that it contains plenty of seating, bamboo furniture, cushions and a fire pit.

Nicole Kidman

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Nicole Kidman’s home decor is similar to her fashion style – simple and elegant. Her Georgian mansion on her Bunya Hill farm in Australia is so sophisticated that you can imagine the actress lounging around in floaty white dresses the entire day. Most of the furniture and the walls are pretty much neutral, when it comes to colours, but what truly gives them a sense of hospitality and refines, at the same time is the style. Rustic wooden pieces are combined with leather couches, while the wooden library is in charge of the nostalgia. Behind the main house sits a small charming cottage with kitchen cabinetry, pantry and some sitting space.

Chris Hemsworth

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Although the God of Thunder has put his Malibu mansion on sale to move to his home in Australia, there is no reason not to peek in to see is it actually worth $6.5 million. The spacious Victorian-style estate features green yard space, fabulous interiors, a true chef-worthy kitchen and a gym where Thor works out his muscles. The dominant shades inside the house are white, beige and brown. The modern style (e.g. disco-ball-like chandelier or glass staircase fence, collides with rustic wooden furniture and hardwood flooring). The conclusion: this house is a true catch.

These five Aussies have decorated their homes perfectly, making them not only a reflection of the depth of their wallets, but of their personalities too.

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