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Every home is different, always expressing the individuality of every owner or renter. But just like the classic staples that should always be found in the kitchen, every home should have a few basic necessities. These are the essentials, the “key ingredients” that make up the foundation of a good home. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been a homeowner for decades, make sure your home has a version of these items:
1. Good lighting for every room. This typically means three light sources for each room unless the room is very small. This will help you avoid a dimly lit, shadowy home.
2. An “empty surface zone,” a surface in your home that you decide is no longer a home for things… the kitchen island, the coffee table, anywhere that tends to collect clutter.
3. A good, reliable vacuum.
4. One matching set of dishes and “real” napkins.
5. At least one piece of completely unique furniture that you love.
6. A piece of art that you love, whether it’s a $20 print or a $2,000 painting. Hang it so its center is about 57” off the floor.
7. Candles to light during the evenings or at mealtime. There is something calming about lighting candles after a long day, especially at dinner time. Pick out some candles in your favorite scents, such as lavender, to soothe you.
8. Comfortable bedding. Whether that means crisp white cotton sheets and a duvet or soft flannel sheets and a light blanket, your bed should always be made with bedding that will help lure you into sweet slumber.
9. A designated workspace. Whether it’s a full home office, a small desk or a designated corner of the kitchen table, having a place set aside to work or pay bills will allow you to associate the rest of your home with relaxation.
10. Proper fire alarms and a fire extinguisher. This goes without saying, but your home should be as safe as it is beautiful.
Whether you rent or own your home, it should be the primary source for expressing your individuality. Your rooms are extensions of your personal style, and it’s important to have decor that reflects who you are. In case you need some help getting started on a more creative home, we’ve gathered 10 great tips for adding a unique touch to your space.
1. Create a gallery wall in your living or family room. Use a mix of expensive art work and affordable prints (we’ve got plenty of art available at Consign Design). Make sure you have at least two larger pieces to anchor the smaller items.
2. Display your collections in original ways. Think floating shelves for books, open shelving for kitchen knick knacks and hanging old photographs or postcards with wire and clothespins. Use shadow boxes to display old concert tickets or keys from every place you’ve ever lived.
3. Use a chalkboard to add creativity to any room. Display an inspirational quote in your entryway or use it for your grocery list in the kitchen.
4. Find one completely unique piece of furniture for every room. Buy a bold-colored couch, create a DIY coffee table, find an old vintage trunk for your master bedroom… just make sure one piece in each room makes an original statement.
5. Stencil a favorite quote on your bedroom or bathroom wall.
6. Display your magazines on coat hangers hung on the bedroom wall.
7. Place bouquets of your favorite flowers on coffee tables and end tables, and change out the arrangements weekly.
8. Repurpose an old dresser by painting it and using it as a buffet table or for storage in a hallway.
9. If you have a bold personality (and permission, if you rent), paint your kitchen walls a bold hue like yellow or cobalt blue.
10. Give your bathroom a spa-like ambiance by displaying soap, lotion and bath salts on a footed cake plate. Set it on your counter and tuck a few washcloths underneath.
Home design trends may constantly come and go, but there are some tried-and-true ideas that seem to have staying power. Classic elements of decor stay classic for a reason—they work! Here are our top 10 favorite decorating tips:
1. A mirror can not only make a room appear larger, it can make or break a room. Hang a large, beautiful mirror in a small room and watch the space come to life.
2. Always pair accent pillows in bright colors with a neutral-hued couch. The pillows will wake up the couch color and prevent decorating boredom.
3. Incorporate a few antiques into even the most modern home. This may mean an old armoire in your contemporary dining room or a clawfoot tub in the bathroom. Elements from the past always accentuate present-day decor.
4. Trust your instincts. No matter what the professionals say, if something doesn’t look right to you, change it!
5. Paint inexpensive furniture white. This will make it look newer and more expensive.
6. Invest in at least one piece of fine art. If you can’t bring yourself to spend hundreds or thousands on a painting, at least frame those cheap prints in high quality frames.
7. Bring in the green! Houseplants will not only liven up your living space, they’ll add fresh oxygen to your rooms.
8. Move seating a few inches away from the walls. Floating furniture creates a more intimate setting and looks more stylish.
9. Hang your artwork higher in places where you stand and lower in rooms where you sit. If you have to strain your neck to see it, you’ve hung it too high.
10. Always decorate with books, but never use paperbacks. Stacks of books look stylish on the coffee table, on open shelves and even as makeshift end tables piled high next to your sofa. But using hardcover is always best. Remove the jackets on the books to show binding color, embossing and texture. Then display away.
Our homes are our castles, our peaceful retreats, our refuges after a long day of work. And in a perfect world, we’d all have unlimited budgets to renovate and redecorate them anytime we felt like it. Of course, that’s not the reality for most people, who have to plan and budget for home design. The good news is that it’s possible to have a beautiful, well-decorated home without spending as much as you might think. And no furniture assembly or chasing Craigslist finds will be required….we promise.
1. Shop for consigned furniture. This may be stating the obvious, but consigned furniture will help you stretch your budget when it comes to furnishing your home. But here’s a lesser-known tip: if you research furniture brands and check the labels, you can get an even better deal. It’s perfectly fine to shop for looks alone—but if you like the look of a dining room table that just so happens to be made by a designer brand known for its quality and durability, wouldn’t that be an even better buy?
Consign Design offers a wide range of furniture, but we’ve got a large selection of designer brand pieces we offer for half the price (or less!) of new items. Just one example: right now we’ve got several sofas that would retail for well over $10,000 we’re selling for a fraction of the cost. And unlike new furniture stores, every price at Consign Design is up for discussion.
2. Mix lavish splurges with budget items. Tie your expensive curtains up with cheap ribbon. Hang affordable artwork (or your own photographs) in gorgeous designer frames. Knowing when to splurge and when to save is half the battle when it comes to affordable decor.
3. Never underestimate garage sales and estate sales. It will take some time and effort, but you may be surprised by what you find at garage sales. Summer is the ideal season to shop other people’s used goods, so spend a few weekends browsing and see what you can find.
4. Paint. Simply painting a room, or even an accent wall, will make a dramatic difference in the way it looks. Even a casual living room will look elegant with taupe or charcoal gray walls.
5. Save with stock items. Standard blinds trimmed to fit your windows, stock cabinets and off-the-shelf frames and mats will save you a bundle. Buy stock items and customize them yourself.
Now that summer is here, people will be traveling more which means you may find yourself expecting guests. Whether you’re anticipating visits from close family members or distant friends, it’s easy to stress over the state of your home instead of enjoying their visit. Rather than spending days redecorating and cleaning, relax—there are only certain things your company will even notice. No one will mind if you haven’t painted the walls in awhile or you forget to dust every light fixture.
Follow this list for getting your home ready and then start planning your summer itinerary with your loved ones.
1. Organize your entryway. Your foyer or entryway is the first thing your guests will notice upon their arrival. It’s also where they’ll be dropping off jackets, shoes and umbrellas or any other gear. Make sure the area is clean and well-organized. If you’ve got the room, our Tropical Salvage Shagrila Bench gives guests a place to sit and take their shoes off (and some space to stash them underneath).
2. Declutter. Even if you don’t have time to deep clean your rooms, you can organize your clutter. Go through piles of papers, sort them, and decide what to toss and what to put away. Recycle old magazines and newspapers. Get a tray or basket for every room to stash odds and ends like remote controls and keys. Decluttering your space makes your home feel more relaxing.
3. Clean the bathroom your guests will use. If you only have time to deep clean one room, clean the guests’ bathroom. Just because it’s summertime doesn’t mean they may not want to take relaxing bubble baths. Keep freshly washed towels, toothpaste and other toiletries handy.
4. Replace shabby furniture. There’s no need to refurnish your entire home just because you may be expecting guests. At the same time, the thought of entertaining friends and family might motivate you to replace a piece or two that has seen better days. If your living room needs a decor boost, replace your old couch with an Ethan Allen sofa. Or add some extra seating with a comfortable chair or two.
5. Get your guest room ready. Whether you have a full spare bedroom or a quiet office alcove with a pullout sofa, get the space ready before your guests arrive. You don’t want to be awkwardly changing sheets or scrambling while they stand there with their suitcases.
6. Stock your bar. After greeting your guests and letting them get settled, you’ll want to offer them a drink. Make sure you have the basics covered for a few classic cocktails from the bar, and keep at least one non-alcoholic alternative handy.
7. Add some fresh flowers. There’s nothing like a beautiful bouquet of flowers to make any home look better. Add them to common areas like the living room coffee table and dining room table, and place a fresh bouquet in the guest room.