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Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

November marks Native American Heritage Month.  In celebrating the people and tribes that helped build this country, we are highlighting design elements that incorporate the Native American heritage and culture.

Native Americans leveraged natural elements to craft a culture and a lifestyle.  Using hides from buffalo to create homes and clothing and clay to create serving pieces and art.  Using feathers to create ceremonious head dresses. Using wood to create tools, utensils and sculptures.  Later embracing the gems and stones found in our lands for jewelry.

Using natural elements like stone, exposed wood beams and leather can help incorporate a feel to your home that might pay tribute to the Native American culture.  Adding paintings or weaved art by tribal members to highlight a piece for a personal touch of tribute is another way to incorporate a Native American design style.  Leveraging colors that are natural can highlight the plains of Oklahoma or the red colored terrain of New Mexico.  Using tribal designs to furniture patterns or paintings on your walls can create a unique look to a room while still showcasing your appreciation for the culture.

Native Americans ate from the land and used the hides, furs, feathers and more to respect the animals that fed them by building useful tools, clothing and home furnishings.  Using similar items to create a home design respectful of the culture can add value by incorporating nature to your home.

5 Easy Ideas for Small Kitchens

Guest Blogger: Casey Makovich

Small kitchens present unique challenges for homeowners, but having a small kitchen doesn’t mean you have to resort to takeout every night. Here are 5 easy ideas for small kitchens that will help make your space look and feel larger.

 

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Add storage wherever possible.

Space-permitting, bring in any storage pieces that will fit in your small kitchen. A kitchen hutch, set of drawers, rolling island or hanging pot rack are all great ways to squeeze in extra kitchen storage.  If you have free wall space, consider adding open shelving or wall organizers for storing smaller kitchen utensils. If your cabinets don’t reach all the way up to the ceiling, make use of above cabinet space with baskets and bins.

If you don’t have room to bring extra storage in, Read more

Decorate on a Budget

Decorating can be quite expensive if you are not familiar with where to buy furniture and how to lay it out in a room. Many homeowners have trouble decorating and actually acquire more furniture pieces than they need and can crowd a room.  Using the techniques in this infographic on how to decorated your home, you can save money so that it can be used for another project.  Read more

6 Halloween Decorating Tips

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Goblins and Ghouls are on their way and maybe a super hero or two. Halloween brings all kinds out to show their costume inspiration and is a fun time of year to see all the different colors ready to showcase your home.  Fall, and in particular Halloween, offers some great concepts on decorating and can bring out your inner witch or demon.  Here are some Halloween decorating tips to help you define how you want Read more

Everything’s Coming up Pink

In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are highlighting how to incorporate pink decor into your home. Breast Cancer Awareness Month was designed to bring more awareness to the effect of this disease, the early detection and treatment of the disease.

The color pink gives off a calming or sedating feel to a room and invites romance and love. Here are some great examples of incorporating pink into your home and still remaining stylish.  If you are not a huge pink fan, Read more

Children’s Locker Storage

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It is amazing all the items you need to get the children off and ready for school each day. Do they have their coats, hats, shoes, backpacks, and books?  Do they have some sports event or practice later in the day that requires a uniform or sporting equipment?  The constant worry of does my child have everything they need for the day is consistent if the family is not organized. A way to get organized is by creating locker storage for your children.

When creating this storage area is it important to remember what your child needs in order to seamlessly get off to school everyday.  Some key areas to consider are: Read more

How to Create a Gallery Wall That Wows

Photo Courtesy: Lauren Conrad

Photo Courtesy: Lauren Conrad

Guest Blogger: Tim Smith

Creating an interesting art grouping on the wall is trickier than it looks, but when it’s pulled off, you’ll have a wall straight out of a magazine. Naturally, it’s best to put some careful consideration into how to go about it before you start pounding holes in your wall. First, decide what you want to display. Photographic art, 3D art, textile art, or a mixture of various items?

If you want to create the quintessential photo art gallery with different size frames, simply take some paper (newspaper or garbage bags work fine) and trace around each frame you intend to hang in order to create a temporary template. Experiment with the configuration by taping Read more

Even Moms Need a Back to School Workstation

Photo Courtesy: decorandyouhr.com

Photo Courtesy: decorandyouhr.com

With the kids back in school, activities may have increased for the parents of the house.  Tracking all the different after school and weekend activities from dance to soccer, from trumpet lessons to art classes, from math tutors to volunteer programs is hard for a parent to manage.   Having multiple children that have different activities and different homework can also be challenging.  Managing your children’s schedule during the school year can actually be a full time job.

As a parent, having a command Read more

Greek Inspired Home Decor

When thinking about summer, the Greek Islands come to mind. The Greek Islands are surrounded by water, beach, ruins and beautiful sunsets. Some of the Greek homes are built into sides of mountains or along portions of beach. Because these homes are surrounded by water, using what you have on the island to decorate a home is common. When Read more

10 Patio Upgrades for a Spectacular Property This Summer

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If you’re embarrassed to be seen on your dingy patio, you’re not alone.

Unlike the carpet in your living room or the paint on your walls, patios are often a neglected extension of the home. A common misconception is that it costs a pretty penny to update it, but that’s simply not true. The key is making smart, low-cost improvements to create a space you’re proud to entertain in.

In this article, 10 patio upgrades are revealed that will enhance your property and provide you with a new outdoor retreat.

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