Some Really Cool Living Rooms

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Happy Sunday everyone!  These rooms are all from House to Home, which typically does not publish rooms that match my design aesthetic, but being a magazine junky, I always look anyway :)  These really caught my eye today.  I probably wouldn't do most of them in my own home, but I really admire the talent showcased here:

































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If you missed it on Friday, I invite you to take a look at my 50 Favorites Year in Review post (Can you believe it's been a YEAR?? I can't!)  Anyway, it's a summary of my 50 favorite rooms of the last year. You can see it HERE.
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My favorite sale today - all things Eastern. Here is a small selection form this wonderful sale:

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From a new Partner: How to choose the right bed for your bedroom

   I'd like to welcome my newest partner, Wooden-Beds.com, 
and thank them for this guest post!

Unfortunately, choosing the perfect bed does not merely mean walking around a showroom and sitting on all the options to find the comfiest. Matching the style of a bed with the rest of your room is also very important and, as there are so many styles available on the market at the moment, this can be a mammoth task. In most bedrooms, space is a concern too, so although we would all like a big bed, in some rooms it is just impractical as it wouldn't leave any space to walk around it.

Before deciding on a style, it is best if you think about how much walking space you require in your room, or measure your current bed, thinking about how happy you are with the current setup. This should help you come up with the amount of space your optimum bed will need, and will reduce the search time required as your options will be limited.

Once you have your measurements, it is time to select the type of bed you will require. Below you will find a guide to some of the most popular bed styles, with notes on how they work with different rooms.

Four-poster bed

If your room is especially large or has high ceilings, the four-poster bed may be a strong option. If the indulgent Victorian mansion feel is what you are looking for, the mahogany four poster is still probably the most luxurious option around. Modern variations on the other hand have a certain understated cool about them; a matte black frame for instance would work well with neutral colours and minimal furnishings.

Sleigh bed

Sleigh beds are, unsurprisingly, based on the 19th century sleigh. Many feature heavy carving, but plainer versions are available too. Due to their heavy, bulky nature, it is best to use this style of bed only in larger bedrooms as they can cause smaller rooms to feel claustrophobic.

Captain's bed

If storage space is an issue, the captain's bed may be the way to go. With the addition of drawers beneath the mattress for storage, the captain's bed solves a variety of problems in one fell swoop. They are especially popular in children's bedrooms, where toys and books need to be easily stored away.


Bunk beds

Again, primarily for children, bunk beds mean you can fit two children in a single bedroom while only using the floor space required for one bed. As ladders are necessary here to allow access to the top bunk, safety is also a consideration. Therefore for young children, bunk beds aren't recommended.

Thank you again Wooden-Bed.com, and welcome aboard!
-Stacy

From a New Partner: Colorful Kitchen Trends

I'd like to welcome a new partner, Topps Tiles, and thank them for this post:


While the minimalist look is definitely in vogue at the moment, there's nothing like a splash of colour to make a kitchen feel more welcoming. Kitchen design has changed over the last few years to create a more sociable room, transforming it from a workplace to a living area, and our own interior styles reflect that. Bright and bold is definitely the way to go for a warm, inviting kitchen that you can use for entertaining and dining as well as preparing meals. Here are some top tips for a kitchen that's bang on trend without compromising on personality.

Walls

Choose your colour palette carefully. Most contemporary kitchens use lots of light and a simple white colour scheme to create an open, airy feeling. You can still maintain this, using LED lighting and white tiles to create reflections and make the room appear bigger, but consider making one wall a vibrant colour to give it a little more of your own touch. Green is a popular neutral colour at the moment, while blues offer an uplifting and homely look. Warm colours such as red and orange should be used sparingly, but in small quantities can add a real modern charm to your design.

If you don't want to go for block colours, consider creating a mural or brickwork tile pattern along the counters. Glass splashbacks are particularly in at the moment, and can be placed over designs to protect tiles, preventing damage to the grouting or fading of the colours.

Flooring

Flooring is an important consideration when planning out any kitchen design. The safest way to go is to use large, dark slate tiles, which give your kitchen texture, but provide a little more comfort underfoot than linoleum. However, if you're feeling adventurous, you could use the floor for your injection of colour, like this beautiful red quartz design with matching wall borders.

Appliances

It can be tempting to deck your kitchen out in brightly coloured appliances, but be aware that your larger items may last a lot longer than your kitchen design! Stainless steel is always in fashion, and won't be a problem to incorporate into any future changes. Instead, look into smaller items that can be switched out without massive expense, such as the coffee machine or the kettle - things that are always on show, and which can be made into a fun part of the design rather than simply a functional device. Take a look at Houzz's favourite colourful appliances for some inspiration!


Thank you again Topps Tiles, and welcome!
-Stacy



20 Rooms I am LOVING and Obsessing Over today

I'm excited to show you these rooms, because they are all new to me, so I'm pretty sure I haven't posted them before.  After hundreds of posts, I'm sure I've shown you some favorite images many times.  But get a load of this new eye candy!








How cool are the kitchen cabinets below?














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My favorite sale today, bedroom items from OKL, click images to view items:


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