5 Ways to Create Your Dream Living Room

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Each room in your home should have a certain ambiance that makes it a comfortable and enjoyable space for all who are in it. Adding your own personal touch to each room is important, and doing so requires much more than just keeping some furniture and a coffee table. There are many different things you can do to create your dream living room, and it all depends on the little details. However you choose to decorate your living room, adding certain personal touches can make all the difference. Take a look at our 5 ways to create your dream living room.

Unique Wall Art

Art is a perfect way to add that little extra something to your living room. Whether you’re an avid art collector or just looking to add a few pieces to your living room space, using unique wall art will add so much character to your room. Wall art doesn’t have to be just art though – it can be a mirror or a unique design structure that can be hung up on your wall.

The Living Room
photo credit: The Living Room

Beautiful Plants

You can never have too many plants – especially in your living room. Keeping several plants around your living room space, also known as the “jungalow” trend can make your home and living room feel lived-in and relaxed. Even if you aren’t one with a green thumb, you can make it work by picking up a few low-maintenance options that’ll withstand a little neglect.

The Living room plants
photo credit: The Living Room

Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are another great way to create your dream living room. You can choose all different shapes and sizes when using throw pillows on your couches. This will add pops of color and designs that fit your taste to create a comfortable living area for you and your guests.

living-room-throw-pillows

 

Detailed Lighting

We can’t get enough of lighting in our living rooms! For what it’s worth – those outdated ceiling fixtures need to go. Bringing in a new lighting piece will do wonders for the look of your entire living room. Whether you choose lamps or ceiling fans, creating your dream living room also means setting the mood with the right lighting!

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photo credit: VegRecipes

Impressive Floors

Last, but certainly not least, you have to change up those floors a bit. We are fond of beautiful rugs to tie a living room together. We believe it to be a staple piece.  But even if statement rugs aren’t your thing, you can always put some beautiful floors in to make up for it.

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photo credit: Karn Dean

Regardless of what your choose to do for your living room, we can’t get enough of those 5 important aspects of a home.

What do you enjoy doing to create your dream living room?

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Dinner Party Table Settings that will Impress Your Guests

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There are many factors to consider when hosting a dinner party. They say that the details are the most important aspect of creating a scene that will “wow” your guests – and that is absolutely true! From the moment your guests walk into your home, to the second they leave at the end of the evening, hosting a dinner party is much more than serving a great meal. It’s the ambiance, the decor, the smallest detail that will really impress your guests. You want them to leave knowing that you put a lot of time and effort into making sure they have a pleasant experience. One of the most important spots your guests will be in the table, and you can never go wrong with having the best table settings that your guests will appreciate. Take a look at a few of the basics they will notice as soon as they sit down.

Great Tablecloth

Having a great table starts with the table cloth. Depending on what color your theme is, the table cloth is the main factor that will make your table stand out. We always recommend starting your table decor with a cloth that makes a statement. Whether you’re looking for something chic and simple, or glitzy and glamorous, having a great tablecloth makes a world of different. Take this Velvet Sparkle Rectangular Tablecloth for example, that features an elegant and exclusive design crafted with sophisticated hand stone work to achieve a one of a kind look for your table.

Velvet Sparkle

Center Piece

The second most important part of your table settings  is the center piece. Much like the tablecloth, the center piece is something you want to make a statement. Whether it be something simple and elegant, or bold and extravagant, your center piece will also be something each guest will notice when they are sitting at your table. Take this simple center piece below, which are some fresh cut flowers. Simple yet elegant.

Center Piece photo credit: HGTV Home

China

Last, but certainly not least, is your china. China can be displayed in several different ways. You can mix new china with old, mix and match patterns and colors – just as long as it all flows with your theme. The only pieces of china that should be part of a table setting are the bread plate and a charger. A charger (or service plate) is a purely decorative, oversize plate used to add texture, color, or pattern to the table. The china below shows a great example of this.

Table settingphoto credit: Berings Home

Regardless of how you choose to set your table, remember that the details are what makes the biggest different and are what your guests will remember the most!

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Accent Pillows Done Right

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Accent pillows are a staple in any household. Whether you choose to use them on your bed or on a couch in your living room, accent pillows really do add so much character to your space. If you’re looking for something more elegant, or just a few pillows that really pop, there are so many different varieties of pillow combinations to choose from. Some factors to take into consideration when choosing accent pillows can be any of the following.

Pillow number and placement

The first thing to keep in mind when choosing accent pillow is how many you want and where you will place them. We like using an odd number for accent pillows, such as three or five. The best things about how many pillows you have and where you choose to place them is that, there are no rules to doing so! Anything goes. You can scatter them around messy, or place them neat and orderly, some like a certain modern look, and some people just don’t bother with pillows at all. But, if you’re looking to add that extra something to your room throw pillows are the cherry on top for making a bed or sofa inviting.

Houzz Solid w:Patterms                                                                 Photo credit: Houzz

Shape and Size

Shape and size is an important aspect of how your accent pillows will fit in your decor. Some can choose large, square pillows, while others may use small, round pillows. If you want to get really creative, it’s good to mix and match your accent pillow shapes and sizes. You can have some square pillows with some round ones, or different sizes of both. Again, there are no set rules to how you choose your pillows. Just as in the photo below, HGTV uses three different colors, and all different sized for the accent pillows on their outdoor couch.

hgtvPhoto credit: HGTV

Fabric

Fabric really depends on the look your going for in that specific room.A limited color palette and large geometric prints on smooth, tightly woven fabrics, like cotton and linen, work well in a modern environment. But if you love having lots of colors, be sure to pull those colors from your favorite piece of art in the room so it all blends.  A throw pillow cover such as the Spring Garden Floral Pillow Cover  can pick up several different colors, and can blend with many different styles in the room. If you’re going to use a design like this, it’s best to mix it up with some solid colors.

spring floral pillow cover

Regardless of how you choose to use an accent pillow, you can never go wrong with having too many to just a few. They will always add an extra pop to the room!

 

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5 Fabulous Ways to Use Purple in Your House

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If there’s one thing we can tell you, it’s that you can never have too much purple in your home. Whether you use it as an accent color, or as the theme in a room, purple is fresh and unique color to use when decorating. If you’re drawn to the color purple but not sure how to use it, we can give you a few ideas to make sure you’re getting the most out of purple in the room of your choice.

Dining Room Set

Whether you choose purple chairs, purple tableware, or even a dining room table with purple legs or a purple tabletop, the color is excellent to work with.

The purple used in this picture is the perfect amount, not too much and it’s still soft and elegant.

Dining Room Set

Photo credit: House Beautiful

Hand Embroidered Table Runner

Perhaps you want to take purple to a different room; you can always brighten up a table with a beautiful table runner. Using an elegant purple Hand Embroidered Table Runner in your room is a great way to decorate for any special occasion or event.

Hand Embroidered Table Runner

Sofa

For a more dramatic use of purple, using a purple sofa in a living room will keep any other vivid colors grounded. The great thing about purple is you can mix and match it with so many other colors, since it’s already a unique color to use in your home.

Living Room

Photo credit: House Beautiful

Modern Two Tone Accent Pillow Cover, Set of 2

If a whole sofa sounds like a bit too much purple, you can always get a few accent pillows to add that pop of purple. A Modern Two-Tone Accent Pillow covered with chic embroidering will make it easy to make that bold, but subtle statement in your room of choice.

Modern Two Tone Accent Pillow Cover, Set of 2 

Hand Painted Floral Round Tablecloth

Use a tablecloth to brighten up the room without going overboard. Any color tablecloth can be used for any and all occasions, and if you’re doing a purple theme a vibrant hand painted floral round tablecloth is a beautiful way to add that purple pop to the room. Even a plain purple tablecloth will suffice when decorating with purple. Purple goes great with several other colors, you can easily mix and match while setting up the room.

Hand Painted Floral Round Tablecloth

 

However you choose to use purple, whether it be the theme color or just an accent, will add a warm ambiance to the room you choose.

How do you use purple? Tell us in the comment below!

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Simple Summer Table Decorating Ideas

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Want to create a dining table this season that your guests will remember? If you’ve got your perfect tablecloth or table runner sorted, now’s the time to think about those finishing touches. Whether you’re eating inside or out, here are some simple summer table decorating ideas to try that could help bring the wow factor to your dining table.

Candles and tea lights

The beauty of dining by candlelight is not a new thing, but it’s most certainly an old favourite that never fails to appeal. There’s something magical about the gentle flickering of candles on or around the table, especially outside on a balmy summer evening.

You don’t need expensive candles or holders to create impact – a few simple tea lights placed in empty jars does the trick effectively. To add color, use colorful tea lights in your chosen table theme. For height, mix and match large and small candlesticks for an eclectic look. Or why not dot some small lanterns down the centre of your table?

Remember, if you’re going to be outside, add some citronella candles into the mix to help ward off bugs and insects.

Vase and bowl table decorations

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Source: Countryliving.com

Fill vases and bowls with fresh flowers, herbs, fruit or even homegrown vegetables for a striking decorative summer theme.

If you don’t have the perfect vase to hand, try decorating empty jars or tin cans with ribbon, buttons or beads. For a really simple idea, use old beaded bracelets stacked up on the outside of a can, with a matching floral arrangement inside, to create your own re-usable beaded bud vase.

With edible decorations, you’ve even got the bonus of them becoming part of the meal if required. Fresh fruit to finish, anyone?

Fruity place cards

If you’re hosting a formal summer dinner party, why not wow your guests with an unusual form of place card marker. To help them identify where they’re seated, write their names on the waxy outer skin of a fresh lemon or lime.

A black marker pen will do the job efficiently and there’s no wastage involved, as you can still safely use the flesh and juice of the lemon afterwards.

Or if you’re serving a dish that benefits from a squeeze of lemon or lime, perhaps they could slice and squeeze their own fruit as the meal progresses?

Napkin decorations

If you don’t want fresh flowers in your table centrepiece, then there are other ways you can use flowers and plants to add color and fragrance to your table.

Simple white linen or cotton napkins can be livened up by the addition of a small sprig of fresh greenery or floral blooms. Tie a piece of ribbon around the napkin and pop in your favourite stem – a rose bud, sprig of lavender or a bunch of scented herbs, such as rosemary and thyme, all work well.

Summer table garlands or bunting

Use garlands or bunting in your chosen color scheme to dress the sides or length of the table. You can pin it in place if need be.

Bunting is easy to make and you can create perfectly coordinated pieces. If you’re stuck for ideas, you can download free templates or even free printable garlands, such as this super summery watermelon doily garland.

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