How to Get a Rustic Look

Do you daydream about frolicking through fields of wildflowers on your way to go strawberry picking in the orchard next to your cottage?  Like old-fashioned things more than new pieces?  If you answered yes, your style is probably rustic, and it’s making a big comeback these days.  Here are a few of our fav tips that will have your home looking like a cozy rustic getaway in no time!

Victoria sofa-Think living in a big city means you can’t have a rustic home?  Wrong.  You can get the look in any space- just focus on highlighting elements such as hardwood floors and fireplaces.  They’ll instantly give your home a rustic look, especially if left unpolished!

-Does your home look a little mismatched?  Good, because rustic style wasn’t made to look polished!  Make use of what you already have.  Found objects, antique accessories, & old mason jars all add a rustic touch to your home.  We love styling our Found Olive Buckets with lemons for a fresh look- be creative!

-Keep the color palette warm.  Rustic style conveys coziness, so stick with lighter shades of wood paired with accessories in a warm color, such as red or yellow, or cooler colors like blue.  We love our rustic Victoria Sofa (pictured above) paired with light wood accent pieces, like our Lakeview Cocktail Table.

sunflower floral-Add natural elements.  Open your windows and let some sunshine in.  While you’re at it, pretend you picked sunflowers in a field and add our Sunflower Floral to your kitchen table (we’ll never tell it was just a daydream!).

Does your space have a rustic feel? How did you get the look?

Earth Day

EarthDayEver seen pictures of those wacky eco-friendly houses made of recyclable materials like water bottles and old tires? Today we’re going to show you how to make your own! Just kidding- but since it’s Earth Day, we thought it apropos to talk about our favorite ways to bring nature into your home without feeling like you live in a recycling bin. Here are our fav tips to “go green”!

          -Who likes an eclectic look in their home? You do! Natural elements are “naturally” eclectic, because no two are the same. Add a few eco-friendly accessories to your space to get the look. We love our Stoney Bowl filled with Moss Balls for an eclectic table centerpiece.

           -To add natural interest to a more traditional space, pair a light wood piece, such as our Valetta Accent Table with a Cedar Ball Topiary. The combination of the light wood and bright green is instantly appealing, and adds a touch of eco-friendly trendiness to your space without straying too much from the overall theme.

MelodyShown above: Melody Collection

          -Thinking about buying a new sofa? Consider buying one with an environmentally-friendly filler material. Many of our CUSTOMLOOK Collections, like the Melody Collection above, use Preserve Foam, a sustainable filler made with a natural soybean base. You can design your perfect piece and go green every time you turn on the TV!

Comment below and tell us how you incorporate natural elements into your space!

staycation: cozy bed & breakfast

It’s the last day of our staycation together. But don’t worry- we have a feeling your staycation style will have lasting effects. Take time for one last wind down in your own cozy bed & breakfast bedroom. Here’s a quick design guide to help you make that happen. We’ve got the beds! You bring the breakfast!

StaycationBBShown above: Cottage Retreat II poster bed, Aviary bedding ensemble, Lille accent table, Marstella lamps, Hey Ewe wall art, D’Orsay accent chest, Downtown rug

Textiles –  Comfort is king here. Thick, shag rugs, textured throws and soft comforters will make you feel cozy and relaxed. Everything from the upholstery to the mattress must scream “relaxing” (or whisper “relaxing” –  apparently screaming is frowned upon at B&B’s)

Furniture – Choose furniture pieces that remind you of a quaint cottage retreat or a B&B. The Cottage Retreat poster bed is the perfect excuse to snooze a little longer. Also, pieces with distressed finishes such as the Lille accent table shown above give your design a “collected” feel.

Botanicals – Fill your space with something naturally pretty. Sounds simple enough, right? Botanicals are often left out of design, but they shouldn’t be. Flowers are beautiful to look at and they automatically bring in the element of life. Hydrangeas are perfect for a B&B retreat – and they don’t even have to be real. Shhhh….your secret is safe with us. Go for faux flower power.

See more tips for nautical and B&B-inspired design.

Snooze in Style: Casual Cottage

Don’t forget to check us out at our next Home Fashion Workshop on June 14. RSVP so we can save you a spot.

staycation: beachfront property

Who’s awesome, fashionable and doesn’t mind bringing sand to the beach? You! Welcome to the ultimate staycation in your own beachfront property! We’re starting to really love these Home Fashion Workshops. Yesterday it was the spa. Today it’s the beach. And tomorrow, it’s a cozy bed & breakfast. If you channel your inner designer just right, you can do it all without leaving your house. We have everything you need to know to create your beach-inspired living room. All you need is the right accessories, light-colored upholstery and lots of texture.

StaycationBeachShown above: Seascape sectional, Beacon Hill tables, Seagrass Bay lamp, Sandstone vases, Seafoam Wave wall art

Accessories – Let the accessories tell the story. Try a striking piece of wall art to create a water-themed focal point such as the Seafoam Wave wall art. Gather vases and driftwood accessories to evoke memories of a day at the beach. Don’t forget the blue glass orbs. What’s a day at the beach without a little sea glass?

Upholstery – Keep it light and bright. Sticking with white and neutral colors creates an ocean of light for the beach blues and sunny yellows to pop. If you really want to make the upholstery on your sofa stand out, find ways to let in all the natural light you can.

Texture – You may not feel the sand between your toes on your staycation, but you can certainly add it to your design. How about filling a glass vase with sand and shells for visual interest? Try adding the Seagrass Bay lamp for some added texture. A trip to the beach stimulates all your senses and your beach-inspired living room shouldn’t be any different. Now all you need is a fruity margarita and your work here is done!

 See more tips for nautical and beach-inspired design:

“Coralating” Concepts: Nautical Nuances

“Coralating” Concepts: Coastal Chic

“Coralating” Concepts: Natural Beauty

Check back tomorrow for ways to create a cottage-inspired bedroom.

Don’t forget to check us out at our next Home Fashion Workshop on June 14. RSVP so we can save you a spot.

staycation: spa-inspired bedroom

We had a Home Fashion Workshop on Saturday, and it was held at a spa. Just kidding! It was actually better than going to a spa. We discovered three ways to create a dream staycation. We thought it apropos to begin with our best spa inspiration. Designing a spa-inspired bedroom is as refreshing as it is exciting. Best of all, a staycation doesn’t have to end until you want it to. Your bedroom should be the perfect place for you to relax and close your eyes. But, we need you to keep them open for a few more minutes. We don’t want you to miss these tips for creating the most relaxing ambiance ever.

StaycationSpaShown above: Aurora bed, Ava accent chest, Crystal Flat Urn lamp, Carlyle chair, Beaumont mirror, Casual Elegance rug

Color – Choose soft, neutral shades like gray, tan, blue and green. Using bright colors could be overwhelming and incites restlessness. Ummm…that would be very “un-spa” like.

Pattern – Go with minimal patterns.  Having busy patterns can be distracting if you’re trying to relax. Using bedding with solid colors and minimal patterns invites more soothing sleep.

Furniture – Get comfortable with super- plush upholstery. Try a luxurious, button-tufted chair like our Carlyle chair.  It’s perfect for reading and lounging and is highly recommended for napping.

Accessories – Add a touch of glamor with a mirror and other accessories in muted finishes. Be careful of too much shine – you want to still feel comfortable enough to put your feet up. It’ll be like staying in a 4 star hotel and spa but without the bill.

Check out some other tips for creating a spa-inspired bedroom:

Snooze in Style: Soft and contemporary

Tomorrow we’ll have design tips for creating a beach-inspired living room.

Don’t forget to check us out at our next Home Fashion Workshop on June 14. RSVP so we can save you a spot.

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