My First Place

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Tips for your first place:

There is something really special about your first home. Whether it is an apartment, condo, or townhouse, young adults usually do not have loads of money to spend on furniture and accessories. However, this is one of the most exciting parts of being out on your own  (officially!). After watching my daughter decorate her own place, I have put together a list of what I think are investment pieces every young adult should buy for their first place.

1. Rug: A good rug will really make an impact in a standard apartment or townhouse. No matter what age, whether you have young children, or are single, we love Dash and Albert’s indoor/outdoor rug collection. They are practical, soft, and come in great color and patterns. Putting something attractive on the floor , even on top of carpet, makes the space less cookie cutter and more custom.

2. Bedding: Your bedroom is your sanctuary so it should be the most COMFORTABLE place in your home. Invest in soft, quality sheets and layer your bed with a quilt, duvet, and lots of pillows. You’ll feel like a princess every time you get ready for bed.

3. Pillows: Pillows will also be the most inexpensive way to bring color into your home. Plus, they are the easiest to change when you are ready for something new.  Start with a good quality filler – we prefer down/feather if allergies are not an issue.  Many pillow covers come with zippers or buttons for an easy change from season to season or room to room.

4. Drapes: Draperies instantly make a house feel like a home; warm and welcoming.  Without drapes a house can feel cold and bare. Although drapes can be very expensive, our ready-made drapery line makes it affordable for almost any budget. (*Call to inquire about our ready-made drapes).  This apartment shows how draperies soften a room without blowing the budget.

5. Sofa: Although this is not the most budget-friendly, it is the one piece that you will keep for 10+ years. You will not regret investing in a quality piece of upholstery. For the longest lasting look, stay neutral and add your colors with accessories.

6.  Leave room to edit and refine:  Part of the fun of having your own place is looking for items that make it unique and special.  So don’t try to have it completely furnished when you move in – leave room for that great looking throw or framed piece of artwork you find while enjoying your well earned weekend.


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Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

January 14, 2014 by  
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Do you like Radiant Orchid but seems too extreme for you? Thanks to a few of our favorite blogs and of course, Pinterest, we have come up with a few ways you can use the 2014 Color Of The Year without feeling overwhelmed.

1. Paint an entire wall… Of course we are suggesting painting a small wall, such as the end of the hallway. If the thought of painting your walls anything other than a neutral color makes you break out in sweat, don’t worry, you can use Radiant Orchid in accessories and accents.

2. A canvas painting with hues of radiant orchid adds detail and a pop of color to any room.

3. Bedding is also a great way to use this dazzling color. Replace your coverlet with one that has shades of radiant orchid or accent with a simple throw or different shades of purple pillows.

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”
– Pantone

4. Play it safe by placing orchids on a simple white table to brighten up a room.
5. Schumacher has many fabrics in shades of purple and trendy designs. These fabrics can be used many different ways, draperies, pillows, upholstery…you name it!
6. The LEE Industries chair featured below is covered in a gorgeous Stonewash Berlin Plumfrost slipcover. This chair will accent any room beautifully.

Radiant Orchid compliments dark greens, and pairs beautifully with turquoise, teal, and light yellows. This energetic color also livens up neutrals such as gray, beige, and taupe. Radiant Orchid is sure to brighten up any room!

What do you think about this color? We’d love to hear from you.

Image Credit: Life As Art|Design Meets Comfort|Michaela Noelle|The Suite Life Design|Schumacher|Pantone|LEE Industries|Pinterest|Cable and Cotton

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