How to Make Your Home Feel Like a Cozy Weekend Getaway

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COURTESY OF AMBER INTERIORS

via MyDomaine.com – The modern farmhouse décor style has seen a resurgence in recent years. Visions of loungey and lofty spaces with pitched roofs, reclaimed beams, deep cozy sofas, and small antique pieces are enough to make each of us want to buy a cabin in the woods and retreat from city life forever.

4 Foolproof Ways to Fit Decluttering Into Your Schedule Today

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Decluttering isn’t always on everyone’s list for spring cleaning — it’s not really a cleaning task is it? But if your main goal is feeling like your home is refreshed and renewed, then taking some time to purge and organize is certainly a step in the right direction.

I’m afraid to tell you that there’s no single magic trick that will work for every space and every person who wants to achieve a lifestyle that’s a little lighter on stuff. The best way to do it is just to do it. Get started. Declutter one area of your home today.

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Benjamin Moore Reveals Its 2018 Color of the Year

e_coy_german_cover_48374_11aw_small“The whole thing is about being a detective,” says Benjamin Moore director of strategic design intelligence Ellen O’Neill as she spreads her case files (a stack of newspaper clippings, tear sheets, and various ephemera bound with a velvet ribbon) across a table at New York mainstay the Odeon. Each year O’Neill and her team of private eyes travel the globe on a top-secret investigation: to distill the ideas and imagery from design fairs, art exhibitions, and cultural happenings into a single color that sums up the contemporary zeitgeist. Considering they have more than 3,500 hues to choose from, it’s no simple feat.

Sometimes the case is difficult to crack (last year’s elusive Shadow required some cross-examination and 2016’s Simply White caused somewhat of a stir). But the 2018 verdict—like so much else of the present moment—was unapologetically strong-willed. It transformed the National Mall into a sea of color at the Women’s March in January, it starred in hit TV shows from the eerie Twin Peaks to the somehow eerier The Handmaid’s Tale. It stomped down practically every runway in February and stampeded onto the streets come September. It clad the glowing interior of a concert hall in Stockholm’s Royal College of Music. And it curved around the corners of Eero Saarinen’s elliptical newly restored TWA lounge. There was no doubt about it: O’Neill (and just about everyone else) was seeing red. Well, Caliente, to be exact—a warm, enveloping hue that’s easy to love.

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This Popular Designer Couple Just Launched a Chic Shop on Amazon Prime

novogratz-products-amazonGetting HGTV-approved interior decor has never been so easy, thanks to the duo behind The Novogratz. Robert and Cortney Novogratz have recently paired up with Amazon to give decor-lovers and Amazon Prime fans alike a seamlessly chic shopping experience with their new storefront.

The Novogratz Amazon shop is filled with 150 pieces of furniture, art, lighting, and so much more. If it’s not the incredibly adorable designs that draw you to the shop, maybe the low price points and Amazon Prime efficiency will convince you.

In addition to their entertaining home life with seven children, the couple’s love for decorating has been featured on Bravo and HGTV, and now, we’ll be able to decorate our homes with their taste in mind. Read on to see some of our favorite pieces from the collection, and bookmark these items for your next redesign!

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The 5 Things Interior Designers Always Notice in Your Home

what-interior-designers-notice-homesWouldn’t it be so nice to know what an interior designer actually notices in your home? Having this information would make it that much easier when you clean or decorate new spaces, or even when you decide what to renovate and what to leave as is. It can be somewhat difficult to take a critical eye to your own space that you see consistently day after day, but knowing where to place your focus and creative energy would certainly help to take out some of that guesswork, so we decided to reach out to design professional Shelly Gerritsma from Canter Lane Interiors instead. Read on to learn the five design elements she always notices first and wants you to focus on first as well.

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Declutter (In a Big Way!)

2017-07-12_10-39-19I recently moved to a new place, and most of my things came with me. The moving process gave me a much-needed opportunity to survey the things I own and decide if I wanted to keep them and bring them to the new place, or find a new home for them (which, yeah, includes the trash can in a few instances).

It was tough to decide what would stay and what would go, but one question helped me along the way:

If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?

Imagine you’re in a store, holding the object in your hand. Would you pay to bring it home? If so, then it’s an easy addition to the “keep” pile. If not, you have a little more fuel to help you decide it needs to find its way out of your home.

It applies to clothes and decor, to tech and to tools. And this one question causes you to weigh in on a few other considerations at the same time:

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More Homes Sold, Fewer Available

2017-03-02_11-47-28via The New York Times – According to data from the National Association of Realtors, the number of existing homes sold in 2016 was the highest in a decade: 5.45 million single-family houses, townhouses, condominiums and co-ops were sold, up 3.8 percent from 5.25 million in 2015. The previous high, in 2006, was 6.48 million.

All but the least expensive homes (those priced up to $100,000) showed an increase in sales, with the greatest gains for homes priced between $250,000 and $500,000.

Not surprisingly, by the end of 2016 the number of existing homes for sale had dropped 6.3 percent compared with a year earlier, to 1.65 million — the lowest number since the National Association of Realtors began tracking that figure in 1999. Coupled with rising interest rates, that could make buying a home more challenging in 2017.

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More millennials buying homes without parents’ help

2017-01-11_10-49-39Younger homeowners are increasingly buying first homes, without the Bank of Mom and Dad.

Sometimes they go it alone out of a desire for independence; sometimes it’s a reflection of their parents’ financial realities. Whatever the reason, area real estate agents say the trend speaks well of millennial homebuyers.

According to the National Association of Realtors, millennials were the largest generation of homebuyers in 2015 at 35 percent, and 67 percent of them were first-timers. The association’s 2016 “Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers” report notes that the second-most popular way for first-time buyers to finance their down payment was a gift from a relative or friend, at 24 percent – a drop from 27 percent in 2015. (Savings was the preferred choice among 76 percent of respondents.)

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