{friday finds: easy 4th of july decorations for your home}

Want a patriotic look for Independence Day that’s quick and easy? Sure you could stop by the store and buy something cheesy, but DIY is as American as apple pie, and these patriotic projects are all quick and easy.

Spray painted lawn stars:

Looking for an easy and unusual way to add some spirit to your lawn? Cut a stencil, grab a can of spray paint, and let the kids help create a very patriotic addition to your front yard.

Credit: Previously Paired

Easy Red, White and Blue table runner:

Add color to a white tablecloth with red and blue strips of crepe paper. Weave the colors and tape them to the table’s edges with double-sided tape. Read the rest of this entry »

{wallcovering wednesday: florals that never go out of style}

Can there be too much of a good thing? When it comes to florals, some designers say no. It seems that flowers never go out of style – it’s just the way they’re presented. Check out these ways to mix florals in your own home, from easygoing to a bit more daring.

Flowers to match floral wallpaper:

If you love flowers, why not go with more? The live bouquet blends beautifully with the watercolor flowers in Brewster’s Claressa Blueberry pattern — from the Catalina Watercolor collection.

Catalina Watercolor Wallpaper | Brewster Wallcoverings

Catalina Watercolor Wallpaper | Brewster Wallcoverings

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{exterior painting: how to pick an accent color}

So you’re painting the exterior of your house, and you’ve got the main color picked. That’s a good start, but the next choice is often more important. How will you choose the accent color — the color of your door, trim, or shutters? It’s all a matter of taste, but we have some time-tested guidelines to help you along the way.

Saturate

Chances are, your main color won’t be loud or highly saturated — unless you’re trying to paint your home Vikings Purple — but your accent color can be bolder. If your siding is toned-down, your accent should be pumped-up, and vice versa. For a white house, you can pick any color you want as an accent — except an off-white, which would just look like you forgot which paint to buy.

A bright red door is a classic choice for a white house. You could go a bit more contemporary or trendy with a coral or orange.

If you have a brightly colored house, though, pick an accent color that isn’t so saturated — either a neutral or a color with a bit more white, black, or gray in the mix. Read the rest of this entry »

{fearless trends: how to pull off interior color blocking}

If you loved it when we discussed color blocking a few years ago, we have good news: the trend is back and bolder than ever. Color blocking returned to fashion last season, and it has funneled back to interior design this year. So, here are 6 tips to fearlessly add color blocking to your decor, plus a few extra ideas from Benjamin Moore.

1. Pick one color to emphasize unique architecture.

Accent walls are a basic kind of color blocking, but you can do so much more. Advance a level by highlighting some interesting architecture or painting around a corner or two.

Credit: ArkPad

Credit: ArkPad

Credit: Remodelista

Credit: Remodelista

2. Use painter’s tape liberally.

If you want geometric, modern lines, grab an armful of painter’s tape and a friend, and tape your walls before you begin painting. Here’s a yellow outlined block filled with pink. Read the rest of this entry »

{6 ways to include matte in your design}

Texture and glossy finishes are out, and matte is in, according to designers like Genevieve Gorder and John Douglas Eason. Especially matte black, which is spreading from the kitchen to the rest of the house.

So, if you’re inspired to add the latest trend to your own home, here are six ways to incorporate matte into your design.

1. Chalkboard paint

Chalkboard paint exploded sometime around when Pinterest did, making it easy to find and easy on your budget. You don’t even have to draw on it, but hey, you’ve got the option.

Shelter Island fisherman

Credit: SchappacherWhite Architecture D.P.C.

Shelter Island fisherman

Credit: SchappacherWhite Architecture D.P.C

 2. Chalk-finish painted furniture

Chalk paint is paint with chalk added into it to give it a matte texture. This, too, has become popular on Pinterest, especially among DIYers and furniture refinishers.

Seaside Style in Brentwood, TN Suburbia

Credit: Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist

To stay sleek, and fit the no-texture trend, choose something that hasn’t been aged or antiqued by sanding or any faux finishes. And consider using Hirshfield’s Cottage Paint. Read the rest of this entry »

{9 creative ways to use pink}

“I believe in pink.”  — Audrey Hepburn

She’s not the only one, either. We reported on the pink trend at Highpoint Market back in April, and it’s just getting hotter. From the hottest of pinks to the subtlest blushes — and everything in between — here are some of our favorite ways to use pink.

Cozy up in a rose quartz sofa. It’s the Pantone Color of the Year, and it warms up this cool, modern living room.

rose-quartza-sofa-with-a-dog

Credit: Daily Dream Decor

Or swap the colors. Go with a soft pink on the walls — like Benjamin Moore’s Love and Happiness — to offset black and white furniture. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: benjamin moore wins j.d. powers satisfaction award}

Benjamin Moore is the clear winner of the 2016 J.D. Powers Paint Satisfaction Study, receiving the highest ranking in customer satisfaction for interior paint and exterior stains in the J.D. Powers 2016 Paint Satisfaction Study. The study also shows that a customer service plays a significant role in customer satisfaction.

Best In Class

J.D. Powers measured satisfaction on a 1,000 point scale, and Benjamin Moore had the highest score for both interior paint (836 points) and exterior stain (814 points). Read the rest of this entry »

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