Curtain’s up: Fall decor takes the style stage

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Theatrical silhouettes. Stirring colors. Compelling patterns. This fall, we’re seeing decor that confidently takes the spotlight, and the story’s got something for everyone.

“It’s like midcentury modern has met Sophia Loren,” laughs New York-based interior designer Elaine Griffin, describing some of the season’s hottest styles. “French and Italian Art Deco influences abound in decor that’s soulful, shapely and voluptuous.”

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TEXTURES AND LAYERS

At Manhattan’s Kip’s Bay Show House in late spring, Joan Dineen combined luxe textural platinum, honey and mink tones with flashes of mineral hues. She played with scale, placing a hefty, cream-colored sofa laden with pillows and faux fur next to an iceberg-shaped metallic coffee table and a delicate rattan bistro chair. (www.dineenarchitecture.com )

Other designers, like Richard Mishaan and Kirsten Kelli, layered their rooms with a melange of pattern, texture and color. (www.richardmishaan.com; www.kirstenkelli.com )

Hammered metals, glossy lacquers and polished glass shared space with plush wools and interesting woods, all punctuated by eye-catching wall art or coverings, and statement lighting.

The minimalism of past seasons has given some ground to this new “maximalist” style characterized by layers of pattern, color and texture. In its more casual iteration, it exudes a boho vibe that’s welcoming and lived-in — piles of books; patterned throws; curated accessory collections and gallery walls.

“Say hello to homes that are full of life,” says Claire Bingham about the look she explores in her new book “A Beautiful Mess: Celebrating the New Eclecticism” (teNeues, 2017).

Christian Lacroix’s Au Theatre Ce Soir wallpaper collection includes a dream-like collage of fanciful creatures and flora, and another pattern features a digital rendering of decoupaged vintage Aztec prints. (www.designersguild.com )

Griffin notes that “the simpler silhouettes become, the more details become important.”

“Look for dense textures like heavy velvets,” she says, “and modern elements like channel and square tufting. Extravagant combinations of materials and finishes within one piece, and an emphasis on the circle and curve.”

“Moroccan and Moroccan-inspired rugs are becoming part of the rug vernacular, inspiring sleeker versions in streamlined flat weaves and overdyed patchworks,” Griffin says. (www.elainegriffin.com )

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GLOBAL TO GLAM

Asian, African and Middle Eastern motifs remain popular, evoking the well-traveled lifestyle. But you’ll see lots of glamour, too. Facets, highly-polished metals, tropical motifs, faux fur, velvet and Deco patterning bring sophistication into a space, especially when color is used thoughtfully.

Modern Scandinavian and farmhouse styles still have sturdy legs, with their focus on comfort and easy living. Layla Faye’s ’60s-era wallpaper and fabric prints are fresh and fun. Target’s Modern by Dwell Magazine collection includes a round, blond-wood coffee table with white metal trim, and several mod rugs. IKEA’s new Veberod storage collection features pieces made of steel, plywood and canvas. (www.laylafaye.com ; www.target.com ; www.ikea.com )

Traditionalists will be pleased to see the return of small florals as an alternative to contemporary oversize blooms. Pottery Barn’s got a dinnerware and glassware collection in vintage prints, and Morris & Co. has introduced updated versions of William Morris’ iconic patterns. (www.william-morris.co.uk )

Warm woods like walnut and oak are main players in virtually every furniture collection, and are also being used as paneling. Look for trims in warm metals, especially brass.

Neal Beckstedt clad his space at Kip’s Bay in oak veneer, bringing it to within about a foot of the ceiling. Then he applied a thick band of teal lacquer the rest of the way, to show-stopping effect. (www.nbeckstedtstudio.com )

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7 tips for easy, stylish decor renovations

7 tips for easy, stylish decor renovations

Revamp a not-so-favorite-space into the decor of your dreams.

 

Lots of people ask me to help them redecorate a room or wonder if I can come over to help with a refresh of sorts. I get it, decorating can be hard and completely overwhelming. Sometimes I get stuck making a space look fresh and new in my own home. It’s extra hard to envision a change when you look at the same thing day in and day out. Sometimes an image is so burnt in your head that change is incredibly difficult to imagine or accept. Decorating and life are very similar.

My daughter wanted to redecorate her room for her birthday. Of course this makeover-loving mama was thrilled with the prospect. The process uncovered a list that may help you if you are feeling stuck, uninspired or just plain out of ideas. Here are seven tips to help you revamp a not-so-favorite space into the décor of your dreams.

1. Take inventory

Start by picking the target space or room you’d like to change. I encourage you to start small and go one room at a time…don’t bite off more than you can chew. It will just leave you feeling frustrated and overwhelmed. Look at every aspect of the room, decide what you like, what you don’t like and what you are indifferent to. Make a written list if needed.

2. Purging is hard but necessary

Once you take inventory, it’s time to put action to the lists you made. If you don’t like something, it’s on its last leg or you just haven’t gotten around to tossing it, now’s the time. Make four piles. This is a little different than the typical three piles you hear organizational people talk about. The extra pile is one I learned about from my daughter. Make a keep, donate and trash pile. Key tip: Get rid of what you don’t love even if it’s your couch, table, rug or some key element in a room. You will take longer to replace it if you keep a fill-in hanging around, but if you don’t have anywhere to sit you will move much faster on finding a new couch. The fourth pile is for the items you aren’t quite sure you can part with. Maybe they mean something to you, hold a sentimental value or you just think you’d miss them if they were gone. These items are going to hide away in your attic or closet, out of sight for at least three to six months. If you think about them and miss them you can pull them out. If you haven’t thought of them in three months then it’s time they move on to the donation spot of your choice. If you want to love your space, you need to love everything in it.

3. Work with what you have

I just told you to purge, but I want you to use fresh eyes when you do. Cost is the number one reason people don’t redecorate, so using what you have is key to keep costs down. Thinking of tossing an accessory because the color doesn’t go with the new scheme you’re hoping for? Consider if it can be painted or updated. Look at shape and functionality over color and style. Pillows can be recovered and paint is a miracle worker.

4. Accountability

Let’s face it, most things are better with friends. Decorating is no different. Invite a friend to join you on the journey and offer to help them in return. Their fresh eyes and ideas will help you when you are stumped, but better yet when you carve time out of your calendar and set decorating dates projects actually get completed.

5. Have a plan

The internet is bursting at the seams with ideas. Start a Pinterest board full of inspiration for your target space. There is no need to reinvent the wheel, just gather your favorite ideas and implement them. Again, use laser focus on just one room or space at a time.

6. Start empty

The easiest way to implement your plan is by starting with a clean slate. Take all the pictures off the wall, move furniture if you need to and build fresh from the ground up. This will help you see the space differently. This is where getting rid of the couch or rug you don’t love pays off, you will see what you need and rework a space accordingly.

7. Be patient

Don’t buy something just to fill a hole. Wait until you find what you love. The most inviting spaces are ones curated over time, full of meaning and purpose, not items bought on a whim. Decorating seems so intimidating, but at the end of the day your home is about you and the people living in your walls. You can’t do it wrong. Nothing on this list is about decorating rules, styles or trends it’s about practical ways to change up what you have. It’s not rocket science, it’s surrounding yourself with what moves you. So what are you waiting for? You can do this.

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Do you have 1970s decor?

HOME trends of the 1970s can still be found in almost a third of Scottish homes – with lino floors, Artex ceilings and hanging plants in woven baskets topping the list.

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One in ten homeowners admitted in new poll that their home has light fittings, carpets or wallpaper that have remained unchanged for 40 years or more.
Other vintage styles that have stood the test of time include tan leather upholstery, pine kitchen cupboards, patterned carpets, wicker/bamboo furniture, having carpet in the bathroom, coloured bathroom suites and a serving hatch.
Despite the dated decor, most respondents claim to be home improvers and 95 per cent say they have redecorated or remodelled a room in their homes in the last five years.
The most popular ways to modernise range from investing in open plan kitchen/diner/ living spaces, cordless vacuum cleaners and real wooden floors, to pod style coffee machines and white gloss kitchen cabinets.
Contemporary wishlists also include real wood floors, underfloor heating, instant boiling water taps, kitchen islands and log burning stoves.
Jonathan Rogers, of floorcare specialist Vax, who commissioned the study, said: “The typical British home is an amazing contrast between living with the designs of the past, such as Artex ceilings, but also incorporating the latest trends such as hard wooden floors or instant boiling taps.
“Life has changed significantly since the 70s and so have our needs, so it is not surprising that 81 per cent of people have redecorated at least one room in their home within the last two years. The UK are a nation of proud homeowners, with one of the highest proportions of ownership in Europe. Our home is special and therefore we have a real desire to look after it and create living spaces we can enjoy – but interior design is just one element of this.”
TV property expert Amanda Lamb added: “Whether you have a penchant for 70s inspired coloured bathrooms or favour today’s sleek, minimalist finishes, your home should be a space you enjoy and a reflection of your own personality and style.
“Just because a feature was popularised in the 70s does not mean it has no place in modern interior design. The trick is to know the difference between stylish, and simply out-of-date. Bright patterned floors in an otherwise neutral, muted room can create the illusion of space. However, a cut-off of your grandma’s psychedelic carpet is less retro-chic and more plain-ugly.”

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Décor trends you could try

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Following decor trends can help you create a stylish, chic and welcoming vibe in your home. There are some styles that are easy to follow and can be quickly adapted to suit the decor needs of your house. Some of these can be modified to reflect the quirky elements of your personality in a seamless manner.

One of the major surface trends this year is the reclaimed, rustic wood. These are cheaper than natural ones and can literally transform your home — be it the kitchen, bedroom or the living area. Using brass finishes for light fixtures, furniture and gadgets, is another trend that is popular.

Cork, an eco-friendly material has shown up in home ware and in home decoraccessories. Concrete and cork are being used in unusual ways. Following are a few more trends that you could incorporate in your home…


Bring in the greens
Very few Mumbaiites can actually boast of a garden at home. Well one of the biggest trends this year is about bringing the outside, inside, by creating your tiny garden in a glass container. Terrariums are a cool easy way to green up your homes.

Classical elegance

This is about classical themes and sophistication, with baroque design elements incorporated in home decor, thereby enriching the interiors.

Unpainted, untreated walls
This look is surely not for traditionalists and the faint-hearted. The industrial look of plastered walls looks chic. Exposed brick walls are a big trend.


Cluster lights

Use a cluster of naked lights to get a contemporary look to your home decor.

Nature prints
Add some prints like the palm and Swiss cheese plant to your cushion covers, framed wall hanging to usher in this trend at home.

Tropical calm
Injecting a warm touch of the tropics to your home with large leaf prints on cushion covers, wallpapers, wall decoration, upholstery and other objects will lend a relaxed, fresh feel to your decor. Bringing nature in any form, even digital prints helps in stress reduction and contributes to emotional well-being.

Ethnic yet cool decor elements

Ethnic designs are in focus once again as a global trend. This decor trend plays a key role with textured wallpapers, pattern mixing and wooden furniture. The ambience can be complemented beautifully with valued objects.

The vintage look

The ever popular vintage look takes a delicate, sophisticated turn with much softer colours and a lot of extremely exhaustive patterns. Distressed furniture with an old-worldly look can nail the look.

Going Monochrome

Playful, fun and full of passion —the contemporary decor trend is about using a monochrome palette. Geometric designs rock the interior scene and are being used across objects — be it the carpet, cushion cover, upholstery, wallpaper, wall clock faces and more.


Statement headboard

Upholstered statement headboards are a hot trend in the design world right now. Your bedroom can get the wow factor and this will also add a majestic charm to the decor.

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Actress Cara Santana Dishes on Combining Decor Styles With Fiancée Jesse Metcalfe

The star of TV show Chesapeake Shores and the cofounder of The Glam App reveal the secrets to a happy home. See their beautiful home here »

How to meld two styles: “I decorated the entire house, and Jesse told me, ‘I’ll love it as long as it’s not all white and beige with gold and mirrored accents’ — which is exactly what it was!” says Cara. “But he finessed it.” Jesse says, “I’m used to dark wood and antique furnishings, so I added that where it was appropriate.”

The secret to keeping things cozy: “The most important thing to me was comfort,” says Jesse. “We don’t want a home that feels like a museum. We let our two dogs do their thing. The reason our house feels like a home is because we live in it and enjoy it.”

Cara’s fashion rules: “Dress for yourself; don’t just follow trends. I always feel great in a white tee, broken-in jeans and a leather jacket. Sometimes wearing the easiest outfit can feel the best.”

Their best relationship advice: “Make a conscious effort to put the phone down and connect with your partner,” says Jesse. “Our relationship has changed so much over 10 years,” adds Cara. “But we continue to listen to each other’s needs and make each other feel important.”

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Decor and design: How to decorate and style the main bedroom in your home

Adding fresh flowers is always a great way to update the look of a room.More than any other room in a house, the main bedroom is the one that provides the biggest insight into the dwelling’s most senior occupants.

Unlike other areas – say, for example, the kitchen, dining or living rooms – bedrooms aren’t primarily designed for show. They are places intended for privacy and relaxation.

It’s interesting, then, that bedrooms tend to be decorated in one of two styles. The first tends towards meditative, even monastic, restraint – think neutral palettes, simple furniture and a general atmosphere of calm. The second favours romance and fantasy, often employing a riotous profusion of colours and patterns and rich textures such as velvet and satin.

Adding fresh flowers is always a great way to update the look of a room. Photo: Cricket Saleh

Regardless of which camp you fall into, decorating your bedroom can be a hard balancing act. If you opt for the former approach, how do you avoid the sort of severity that would have even a Zen Buddhist reaching for a throw cushion or two?

And if you plump for the latter, do you risk feeling like you’re waking up each morning in a peacock’s fever dream? Thankfully, help is at hand.

Domain asked some top interior designers to share their expert tips on how to create a beautiful space.

Decorating your bedroom can be a hard balancing act.Decorating your bedroom can be a hard balancing act. Photo: Annette O’Brien

Melbourne stylist and designer Simone Haag advises finding a “hero” that can serve as a starting point for creating a look.

It could be a piece of furniture, a particular colour, or something else that is non-negotiable for you.

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“It’s a little like preparing for the races – you can’t buy your earrings, or your bag, or your hat until you find your dress, so find the element that anchors your look,” she says.

Melbourne stylist and designer Simone Haag advises finding a "hero" that can serve as a starting point for creating a look.Melbourne stylist and designer Simone Haag advises finding a “hero” that can serve as a starting point for creating a look. Photo: Mark Roper

For a Claremont House residential project, Haag and fellow interior designer Angela Harry, with whom she collaborated, started with a blue shade on the walls.

They then added layers of texture through the carpet and curtains and touches of colour with artwork and brass pots. Details such as wall hooks and bedside ceramics allow the homeowner to change the look by adding fresh flowers or by hanging an item of clothing on display.

“For me, it’s about natural materials, such as wools, linens and leathers – and the best quality bed linen that you can afford,” Haag says.

Bedrooms tend to be decorated in one of two styles. The first tends towards meditative and the second favours romance and fantasy.Bedrooms tend to be decorated in one of two styles. The first tends towards meditative and the second favours romance and fantasy. Photo: Cricket Studio. Photo courtesy of Society of Wanderers. Styling by Julia Green for Greenhouse Interiors.

For those who prefer a lusher approach, Sydney interior designer Jo Taylor recommends layering textures through patterned wall fabrics behind the bed and covering the bedhead and base in a richly coloured or textured velvet.

“The big trend at the moment is for more of a rough finish,” she says.

“A textured finish can be achieved with, say, a grass-weave fabric behind the bed which contrasts with the lushness of the velvet on the bed.

Unlike other areas, bedrooms aren't primarily designed for show. They are places intended for privacy and relaxation.Unlike other areas, bedrooms aren’t primarily designed for show. They are places intended for privacy and relaxation. Photo: Mark Roper

“I’m doing a lot of blues and greens and a huge amount of fabrics with leaves, and a tropical feel. It’s about mixing those elements together for a little bit of freshness.”

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Stylish decor and pets can coexist in your home. Here’s how.

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Interior designer Vern Yip sits on a couch with his dogs in his home in Atlanta. With progress in technology, durable rugs made with antimicrobial, stain-resistant fibers have become much more pleasant to the touch and are available in a wide range of styles, making them perfect for pet owners, says Yip.

Interior designer Vern Yip's dogs at his home in Atlanta. By creating a dedicated space for pets in a mudroom or laundry room, homeowners can keep their pets' items organized and have a pleasant space to put pets if guests who aren't comfortable with animals come to visit.

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Interior designer Vern Yip’s dogs at his home in Atlanta. By creating a dedicated space for pets in a mudroom or laundry room, homeowners can keep their pets’ items organized and have a pleasant space to put pets if guests who aren’t comfortable with animals come to visit.

It’s gotten easier to have a house full of pets without sacrificing the home decor you want.

Interior designer Vern Yip, a judge on HGTV’s “Design Star” and a dog person, says new technology has led to a variety of stylish AND pet-friendly home-furnishing options.

“The furniture and home-decor industry has really rounded the corner and come to realize that this is a way of life for a lot of people,” Yip says. Durable, easy-to-clean paints, antimicrobial stain-resistant rugs and more mean that a beautiful home and a furry pet are no longer incompatible.

Here, Yip and two other interior-design experts — Betsy Burnham, founder of Los Angeles’ Burnham Design, and small-space expert Kathryn Bechen — offer some tips:

Pet planning

Many pet owners today “are designing a space around their animals,” Burnham says. “Most of the time, I hear, ‘Oh, we’ve got dogs and a couple of cats and three kids, so please be mindful that we can’t have anything too precious.’ Then there are these really specific requests, like, ‘I’d like a built-in dog bed in my island in my kitchen.’ ”

Often, the planning starts with the biggest elements: walls and floors.

Paints have become much more pet-friendly (and kid-friendly) in recent years: “There are a lot of paint companies now that have flat paints that are wipe-able,” a feature previously offered only with glossy paints, Burnham says.

Flooring options have also expanded: Wood flooring companies have developed finishes that resist scratching, Yip says. Ceramic tile designed to look like stone flooring is another practical option.

“It used to be, a few decades ago, that if you put down a ceramic tile floor, it just looked like ceramic,” Yip says. This tile “looks like stone, but unlike stone it doesn’t absorb urine or other things if your dog has an accident.”

And don’t forget the little things: If your pets are very active, minimize the number of items on tabletops and put more fragile things on higher shelves, especially in small rooms, Bechen says. Add a lidded basket or storage ottoman to stash pet toys when guests come over.

Fabric strategies

Fabrics that can withstand life with pets used to be rough and often unappealing to touch, Yip says. Now, you can find stain-resistant and antimicrobial fibers in a range of styles and soft textures. Burnham suggests looking for textiles made with a finish called Nanotex, which makes the fibers stain-resistant and waterproof.

If you have cats, it’s also helpful to choose fabrics that are smooth. “We sort of embrace leathers and flatter weaves so that the cat can’t get their claws into it,” Burnham says.

Leather is also a good choice because it’s durable, and it can look even more attractive with a bit of time and wear.

Bechen suggests avoiding very light-colored fabrics if dark pet hair will frustrate you (or very dark fabrics if your pets have light hair). Print patterns are less likely to show pet hair than solids are, she says. And it helps to keep an attractive throw blanket on your pet’s favorite furniture, and then remove it when guests come over.

“You’ll notice a lot more hair and cleaning with animals in a small space,” Bechen says. “It’s all condensed.”

Separate space

It’s a luxury to have a room devoted to pets, or to have a large enough mudroom to create a sort of pet bedroom. But Yip says that’s becoming more common.

When guests who aren’t comfortable with animals come to visit, a dedicated room gives pets “a space that’s theirs, that they can retreat to that doesn’t feel like punishment,” Yip says. Even if the space does double-duty as an office or laundry room, you can create a secure area for a pet by keeping their bed, food dishes and familiar toys all in one place.

Get creative by adding something to entertain your pet (Yip’s dogs have an aquarium to look at), and create a sleeping space they’ll love.

“Cats love to climb,” says Bechen, so cat owners can add a shelf around the perimeter of a laundry room or mudroom and put their cat’s bed up there. It creates a perfect perch for the pet to feel safe while surveying the room.

Litter boxes can also be creatively upgraded: Bechen suggests choosing one with a decorative cover. Her favorites are designed to resemble tiny, painted houses.

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Gallatin trendy spot for local home decor, style boutiques

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Gallatin has a history of welcoming local shops, and recently, word is seeming to spread — specifically to boutiques.

In just the last four months, the city has seen a wave of locally-owned creative home decor and style boutiques, each opening with its own unique vibe.

“I’m thrilled to see Gallatin growing the way it is,” said long-time resident Mary Lee Wilkes, who opened Bee Inspired earlier this month. “I think we’re growing, but I think we’re doing it at a wonderful pace that we actually can support the growth.”

Since March 1, these shops have opened their doors:

  • Timeless Treasures, vintage, jewelry and upcycled goods, 112 N. Water Ave.
  • CuriOddities, antiques, bone art, odd knick knacks, 153 Witherspoon Ave.
  • Rusticoco, furniture, home decor accents, 880 Green Lea Blvd.
  • Bee Inspired, furniture, home decor and art, 223 N. Water Ave.

These shops come to the market of established businesses including Velvet Antler, Revamp, Pickled Beet, and so many more.

And there’s room for them all.

“I want more (local businesses) to start coming in this area and let Gallatin just blow up,” said Charity Gordon, who owns the eclectic — and admittedly a little weird — shop CuriOddities.

Why boutiques settle in Gallatin

Shop owners want to keep their passions in the town where they feel at home, and where they can develop relationships with their customers.

“I think the other people that live here and that are moving here like the small-town feel, and they like to shop local,” said Timeless Treasures owner Shannon Bussel.

So far, customers have responded favorably, even returning to view new inventory.

“I’m a hometown girl, and I’ve always felt the love and support of my community,” Wilkes said.

 Entrepreneurship runs deep

Although they have different backgrounds, Wilkes and Gordon are familiar to the Gallatin retail world.

Wilkes grew up helping in her father’s clothing shops where, most recently, Amberleaf Marketplace occupied, and had her own kindergarten and an antique shop among other ventures.

►Related: Worthington Galleries moving to former Amberleaf space

“I knew all the merchants, and I’ve always loved retail,” Wilkes said.

Gordon grew up helping her grandmother in her thrift shop, the Blue Barn, where Pickled Beet now stands.

►Related: Gallatin honors Pickled Beet with beautification award

That’s how she developed a love for antiques and learned to refinish furniture.

“It had always been a passion of mine to follow in her footsteps,” Gordon said.

Trend of refurbished goods

These shops share another common thread: they all take old pieces and turn them into something new.

“I love to upcycle,” said Timeless Treasures owner Shannon Bussel. “I don’t like for anything to go to waste.”

Rusticoco owner Karen Snyder builds her brand on a look that mixes elegant French with rustic styles.

“What I’m trying to do is preserve an heirloom piece that looks modern,” she said in a previous  interview with the Gallatin News Examiner.

While some of the shop owners searched to take their dreams to other cities, from East Nashville to Hendersonville, the support and feel of Gallatin makes it a sanctuary.

“It’s just so homey,” Gordon said.

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You’re using Pinterest wrong for home decor

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If you’ve ever relied on Pinterest to find home decor style ideas and thought “this must be true because it’s on Pinterest,” then professional interior designer Leslie Hart-Davidson from HDD Studios would like a stern word with you.

In the same way that hypochondriacs will search WebMD until they find a diagnosis of their innocent skin rash as flesh-eating bacteria, many “Problematic Pinners” will search Pinterest to shop for opinions to confirm that their original beliefs (like “beige is a color” and “all neutrals are fun”) are valid and perfect. It’s time to break free of the Pinterest Prison and MAKE YOUR BRAIN HURT!

“Making your brain hurt” simply means stepping outside of your home decor comfort zone and considering alllll the possibilities that exist to update your space and have a fabulous new look that best represents you. You deserve to live better in your home! Here are three steps to creating a terrific new look in your home using Pinterest the *right* way:

Step 1: Acknowledge that all things on the internet are not true.

Please raise your right hand, place your left hand on a mason jar, and repeat the following: I, (state your name), do solemnly swear that I will not believe everything I read on Pinterest.”

Be wary of the pin links that promote “only these 3 shiplap colors” or “how to recreate a Joanna Gaines living room” because they limit your options and may not be the best choices for your particular space. Take time to look deeper into options and not fall for the first pin that tells you there’s only one way to achieve a style.

Step 2: Make a Brain Hurt Board

A great exercise for your new space is to create a Pinterest board that challenges your thoughts about design. Find pins that seem too daring for your current style and list the comments accordingly. Start with easy things like wall color or light fixtures, and move up towards a whole new look for your room. Once you start searching for completely new styles, you’ll find it’s easier to identify the pieces that make your brain hurt. Keep moving the goal line until you find a new style that’s true to you and just a little outside of your comfort zone. The “Pinterest Paralysis” section of Leslie’s second book “It’s Not Your Room, it’s YOU” has helpful step-by-step instructions for creating a great space using Pinterest wisely.

Step 3: Seek Professional Help if needed

Fun fact: out of all the popular home improvement programs on HGTV (Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop, Flip or Flop Vegas, Love it or List it, Love it or List it Too, Rehab Addict), only ONE host has an actual degree and is trained in interior design! Jillian Harris from Love it or List it Too is the sole professional out of that large group of home improvement folks. Sure, it’s fun to watch the drama unfold with all the actor/decorators on tv, but when it comes to your home, professional advice is an important thing. If you’re really struggling with the fashion and function of your space, consider hiring a professional interior designer for an in-home consultation. The money you spend on the sage advice from a practitioner will likely save you big in the end. Look locally for resources and ask for references. Expect to spend between $100+/hr for the advice, but know it’s like having a walking, talking human Pinterest Board at your disposal!

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9 heavenly decor styles for your hallway

<p>White walls, smooth floor tiles and an understated approach to furnishing has absolutely created the ideal hallway here and with some fresh blooms in place, we bet it smells as good as it looks as well, which is great in a high-traffic area.</p>
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Choosing the right decor style for your hallway can seem like a tricky task, as you want to get the right balance of aesthetics and practicality. But, having done our research, we think we’ve honed in on some of the most eye-catching and amazing options!

Talented interior designers are geniuses when it comes to creating the perfect hallway, so come with us now as we showcase some of our all-time favourite projects. We just know that you are going to fall in love with at least one of these designs!

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