There are so many ways to change the look of your home and Wallpaper tops my list! Whether it is a small subtle pattern or a bold mural, it definitely makes an impact. The idea of wallpaper can be intimidating. The major turn-offs I hear most often from clients are its semi-permanent nature, the difficulty of doing it yourself, and wasting time and money. Yet, there are simple solutions to all those concerns. This is not your grandma’s wallpaper. Today’s wallpaper comes in a large variety of colors, patterns, and textures. If you are not ready to commit to a pattern or you are renting, many wallpaper options are removable. The visual impact and style are what makes wallpaper are worth the investment. If there is one thing you should try in your home this year its wallpaper.
Why You Should Use Wallpaper
Wallpaper adds visual interest to a room. It’s more than just color and more like art. It adds texture in a unique way bringing individuality to a room. The best part is that it doesn’t have to be permanent. Removeable wallpaper is also an option.
( via Atmosphere Interior Design )
Wallpaper I’m crushing on.
Grey Marble | Blush Marble
Abstract Black + White | Grey Floral
Palm Leaves | Gold Peonies
Gold Chainlink | Pink Geometric
Grey | Blue
Metallic Cork | Lavender Grasscloth
Should I D.I.Y or Call a Pro?
The choice to Do It Yourself or Call a Pro depends on your level of experience and confidence. Below I have outlined ways to help you make your decision:
Call a Pro If:
- It is specialty paper. Some wallpapers are especially delicate or difficult to work with and apply for those of us who are not on an expert level.
- You have never done it before and the paper was very expensive. Sometimes it costs more when you make errors.
- You don’t have the time. Hanging wallpaper can be tedious and time consuming for some.
Do It Yourself If:
- The pattern has a randomly repeated pattern. This is good for beginners and has less complicated and fewer cuts to make when matching edges.
- The wallpaper is removable. If you make a small mistake, this type of paper can be quickly repositioned to be fixed properly.
- Have time and patience. Also, if you have done this before and feel confident that you can execute the project.
The options with wallpaper are endless. Could you see any of these in your home?
Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays.
All my family and friends gather around to share a fabulous meal and even better company. Every year between my mother, sister, and I, we rotate who is in charge of Holiday Decor. As a family, we are very much into decor (shocker, right?), and this year is my turn. My focus for Thanksgiving was home, where I always feel most comfortable and safe.
After traveling so much in the past few months, I have been feeling a bit homesick. So, I wanted to create a table that felt uniquely like “home” for me. Home is simply love and family. No traditional Thanksgiving centerpiece this year. N-O. They often feel too formal and stuffy for me. It needed to be something that was a bit more relaxed and deconstructed. Setting the table should be simple and sophisticated.
Since my family resides in Georgia, I had to add magnolia into the mix. We have a few large trees in our yard so, I just went and trimmed a few branches. I created a small garland of magnolia leaves with a few painted gold for some texture and interest. I added pomegranates and oranges for the “harvest element” and for a touch of glam I used lots of gold accents. Everything is purposely low, so you can have a conversation with the person across from you without oversized flowers in the way. Afterall, the real star of the show is the food.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money and time on thanksgiving decor. A majority of everything I used is what I had laying around. With Christmas right around the corner, staying on budget is important.
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As the weather grows cooler and we spend more time indoors. It is great to have your own special space to relax, curl up with a book, or check your email. Fall is the perfect time to begin this project. It will be winter before you know it.
What are the essential elements of a reading nook?
For a good reading nook, you need these must haves.
- A cozy seat. Having a comfortable seat is a non-negotiable. The entire point of a nook is to be comfy. You want something deep enough to curl up in or stretch out on. Especially since it will be a place where you plan on sitting for while. So, no hard chairs without cushion and nothing to narrow.
- A good light. When you are reading or working, proper light is important. It makes reading and using a digital device easier see than simple overhead lighting. Which keeps yours eyes from straining so you don’t get a headache.
- A side table. You need something to put your coffee and snack.
- A throw. In cool weather, you need something to keep you warm and cozy.
- A pillow. The pillow doesn’t just look good, it provides additional comfort.
Boho Chic Reading Nook
- Floor Lamp
- Side Table
- Butterfly Pillow
- Overdyed Area Rug
- Tangerine Throw
Modern Lux Reading Nook
- Modern Floor Lamp
- Area Rug
- Marble-Top Side Table
- Mongolian Lamb Pillow
- Luxe Throw
A few things to remember when creating your reading nook.
- You want to find a quiet corner of your home, someplace where you can relax and unwind. So, you don’t want to be in area of the house that is noisy or heavily trafficked like a tv room or kitchen. Think zen.
- Also, try to find an area that has good natural light. It is great to be able to enjoy the view and be close to natural elements.
- Include some of your favorite things into your nook. Do you have a favorite painting or photo? Favorite color? If you love it, your should try to make it a part of your nook. Being surrounded by the things we love make us happy and warm the soul.
- If you have a small space and don’t have the room for a designated nook. Try just making your spot on the sofa special. Add some flowers and a nice throw to your end of the sofa.
Whatever your personal style is, a reading nook can be a special space for you. It is the perfect opportunity to carve a “me” zone in your house. A place to away from the daily chaos of life. As the weather begins to cool off and we begin spending more time indoors, it’s even more important to make your home your haven. Try to creating a nook of all your own.
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