CHINOISERIE WALLPAPER DONE RIGHT

In the realm of the wallpaper world, there are a plethora of options in style: geometric, modern, abstract, chintz, floral and many more. One of my favorite styles and designs in wallpaper is the ‘old-school’ chinoiserie. I understand that for some, this style might be too intimidating and unfamiliar. There is such a wide range in Chinoiserie wallpaper: in patterns and colorways, in period and scale, along with other elements to consider. I always recommend trying to understand your final goal and concept. Do you want to go bold? Monochromatic? Soothing and calm?  Specific period or thematic? Do you want it to …

Purposeful Ways to Style a Multi-Purpose Room

(Family Features) Whether you call it a laundry room, mudroom or something else entirely, that multi-purpose space is likely a hub of activity in your home. For homeowners creating this utility space from scratch, the sky is the limit, but even if you’re updating an existing room, there are plenty of ways to add purposeful style and function. Homeowners are often looking for ways to use the rooms in their homes in multiple ways. With some thoughtful planning and the right materials, even a modest utility area can become a multi-functional space for the entire family. Take a utilitarian approach. …

Guest Bathroom/Powder Room Trends

Both the powder room and the guest bathroom deserve special attention; however, trends in design for these spaces are moving toward trying out different design ideas. While keeping a sense of cohesiveness in design throughout the home is important, for 2021 our experts say guest bathrooms and powder rooms do not have to match the master bath or the kitchen. Powder rooms are a great place to do something unique and fun while trends for guest bathrooms are open and airy. Offering overnight guests some privacy makes the guest bathroom truly important. With the pandemic starting to wane and family …

Award-Winning Outdoor Space Inspiration

(Family Features) Renovating your home’s outdoor spaces not only enhances the aesthetic but can also provide a host of recreational benefits. Taking a look at award-winning projects can help many homeowners draw inspiration while also identifying capable, reputable contractors to take on the project. For example, selected by a panel of industry experts based on functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation and degree of difficulty, these 2021 National Association of the Remodeling Industry National Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award Winners showcase a variety of ideas for upgrading your outdoor spaces. Find the complete list at nari.org/cotywinners. Residential Landscape Design/Outdoor Living Under …

Craftsmanship, Outdoor Living Define Trace Homes

Located on a beautiful Brentwood hilltop, with a stunning view, is the latest Trace Construction home in the stately, gated community of Cartwright Close. This exclusive community boosts several their homes which have really raised the bar on craftsmanship and outdoor living. Entering into the summer months in Tennessee, the real estate market remains strong with this latest home receiving a contract on the day it was listed by Realtor Lisa Culp Taylor, LCT Team – Parks, which she says is a reflection of the market and the popularity of Trace Construction homes. “Finding a luxury home surrounded by multiple acres …

September/October 2021 issue

The Designer: Diana Apgar, Decorating Den Interiors Highlights: Colorful, comfortable and fun. Perfect room for family activities. Cuddle lounge sectional in white inside-out fabric. Aruba blue-green walls, large pink vinyl tufted ottoman. Bold tropical floral draperies. Teal blue swivel chairs for viewing the TV and playing games. Design Solutions Provided: Creating a floor plan first, then deciding on furniture pieces. The husband requested swivel chairs (his favorite chair) in this room so they could easily have a conversation, watch tv or play video games. We chose a sectional that has a cuddle lounge piece. Fabrics were inside out brand for …

Meet Malicious Women Candle Co. the hilarious brand of irreverent candles & more!

Malicious Women Candle Co. the hilarious brand of irreverent candles, diffusers, room sprays and more that are raising awareness for suicide prevention while letting you air your inner snark. Candles – Each of their tongue-in-cheek products is infused with irresistible scents with audacious names like “Our Friendship is Like Pandemic Jeans (Growing Tighter Everyday)” or “She Believed She Could, But Was Really Tired So She Didn’t.”   Room Sprays – Sometimes being stuck indoors all day stinks! These environmentally friendly and pleasantly fragrant sprays can make it better. 3. Reed Diffusers – Whether it’s Drama and Haters or Inequality and …

Glass Shower Design Trends

Glass shower doors and enclosures are simply part of good bathroom design. Providing both beauty and function, glass shower designs offer openness and light into a space that can be dreary and forgotten. While common glass shower doors have hard lines and powerful glaring frames that generalize and neutralize the overall design, a frameless glass shower enclosure and update the design and open the space even more. Just behind the kitchen, bathrooms are probably the most used spaces in a home. Glass shower enclosures allow a homeowner to bring in the beauty of design into a FUNCTIONAL space. Our experts …

Ornamental grasses and designing with texture

Written by Peter Grimaldi, Vice President of Gardens & Facilities at Cheekwood Ornamental grasses are commonly emphasized in garden design for winter interest, and the summer months present an important opportunity to appreciate and manage our perennial grasses as spring blooms fade and our gardens settle into various shades of green. Imagine your garden in black and white for a moment or, better yet, take a series of black and white photographs over the course of the growing season. The thoughtful use of plants with variation in size and texture creates a visual framework for your garden that helps organize …

Attract More Birds To Your Backyard

Basic tips for feeding wild birds (Family Features) With all the constraints people lived through in 2020, many turned to their own backyards – nature, in particular – for hope, solace, wonder and even entertainment. Despite the worldwide crisis, nature’s normalcy remained intact; flowers continued to bloom, bees continued to pollinate and birds continued to fly and forage food. Feeding birds can be enjoyable for any age group and provide stress relief for all who partake. A University of Exeter study, focused on nature’s impact on humans in suburban and urban areas, found lower levels of depression, anxiety and stress …