Shapely Coral Sparks Summer Decor

Whether your home sits on the beach or at the top of a city skyscraper, a superbly shaped piece of coral can fit into any room. While we may traditionally think of them for beach homes or summer climate, these small bits of nature make great accessories for your landlocked also. Keep it simple with a little piece or include a coral lighting fixture or shelf in your decoration — whichever path you choose, coral natural shape is a chic addition to any layout scheme.

Burnham Design

A piece of real or faux coral using a striking silhouette can become a versatile accessory. While the organic colors are gorgeous, painting a piece to coordinate with all the space is a great option. Silver and gold are our favorites for adding play; fundamental white may tone down a glamorous scheme.

Joel Kelly Design

A larger piece of coral really can hold its own on a case piece. If you want coral which stands proudly, look for a piece with a flat underside. An acrylic foundation, a modest super-strong glue and you’re good to go!

Darci Goodman Design

Depending upon its proximity to waves and the shore, coral could take on all sorts of intriguing shapes. Branched coral such as this generally grows in calmer, deeper waters. Placed on a mirror, it turns into a reflective focal point.

Tiffany Eastman Interiors

A single parcel of coral makes a simple, crisp topper for a stack of novels.

Jessica Bennett Interiors

Red coral, seen in this bookcase, is perhaps the most precious type. Besides looking pretty, it’s reputed to relieve melancholy and excessive nervousness. Set a piece beside your bed for sweet dreams.

Moth Design

Coral Chandelier

A coral chandelier makes a gorgeous , point in any room.

Z Gallerie

Faux Coral – Ivory – $59.95

Faux coral is easy to discover and makes a great alternative to the real item for accessorizing.

Elte

Boca Coral Lamp

For a space that could use a touch of sea life, look at a coral lamp similar to this one.

Wisteria

Floating Coral Shelf – $49

These unique wall shelves would be perfect lining a hallway or as a twist on an object of art above a sofa.

More: Browse coral uncovers in the Products section

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Dip a Toe Into Modern Nautical Style

As with any topic, it’s important not to go overboard with nautical. Ha! Get it? Overboard.

Ahem, anyway. I really like nautical stuff: ropes, navy blue, stripes, wool, canvas, buoys and lanterns. But too much of a fantastic thing and it can look just like you are opening a Long John Silver’s. So sign at it with materials, accessories, colors and even textures. You do not need a boat in a bottle or a chainsaw sculpture of a salty old priest to communicate your love of their water. Go easy, go modern, and your house can be as fresh as a sea breeze.

OK, no more corny seafaring puns. Just 17 beautiful examples of modern nautical done correctly.

Woodmeister Master Builders

Just look at this understated cutie. A single octopus cushion along with a row of ship’s instruments in an open, white space produce a nautical sense without being too obvious about it.

Some navy blue, a couple stripes, a cute styled vintage bathing suit and a little boat on a shelf. Oh, there’s definitely a theme here, but it’s not cloying. (I would eliminate that lighthouse, however — too much)

Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

This nursery succeeds to really have a motif but to remain calm about it. A single sailboat and that steering wheel onto the orange chair are just the right hints. We get it. It is lovely.

Richard Bubnowski Design LLC

Obviously this nautical motif benefits from its location and view. But that ship’s lamp is a really wonderful touch too.

CWB Architects

I adore this. Nothing about it’s obviously nautical, but that very simple cream and navy striped wool blanket is sufficient to send me directly to seafaring paradise.

Life in the Fun Lane

It is the painting which does it. Don’t you agree? I’d maybe add a single rope knot or glass float to complete the tableau.

Bockman + Forbes Design

The rope banister is certainly clever, but what I really love are the stenciled numbers on the measures. They remind me of steamer trunks.

Rethink Design Studio

This bedroom manages to attain that clanging, down-by-the-dock setting with a navy throw rug and rope pulls the canvas drapes. It is about stuff; there’s not an anchor or a spyglass in sight.

Rethink Design Studio

See the rope and canvas drapes. These, together with a couple of vintage beach-theme trinkets and mirrors shaped like portholes, achieve perfect modern climatic equilibrium.

Zhush LLC

Nautical Knot Door Stopper – $52

A knot doorstop. It is nautical, but it’s not too”Ahoy, matey!”

The Lettered Cottage

A knotted doorstop doesn’t need to be a doorstop whatsoever it. It may be a bookend or a giant paper weight, or just something pretty and boaty to add into a vignette.

Thom Filicia Inc..

Vintage (or made-to-look-vintage) glass fishing floats are amazing in their own right. With some other bits — here a rope knot and some lanterns — they can help make an authentic vintage nautical look.

Cristi Holcombe Interiors, LLC

One easy glass float is well worth a thousand sea chanties.

2Modern

Thomaspaul – Anchor Pillow – $70

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the judicious use of anchors.

CapeRace Cultural Adventures

I adore this display of found ocean objects. It is modern and true all at once.

Etsy

Vintage Brass Ship’s Bell With Rope Nautical Decor by Bird in Hand – $32

A supper bell worthy of a priest. I really could get used to calling the troops with this brass beauty.

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Decorate With Intention: Love Your Living Room

Do you adore your living room? When you are ready to unwind, curl up with a fantastic book, watch TV or hang out with friends, is your living room a location that brings relaxation, entertainment and a feeling of harmony? For a lot of us, our living rooms fall short in at least one area. Here is some troubleshooting for common issues.

First, think about these common living room design issues:
Lacks focusAwkward flowToo smallJust doesn’t feel attracted togetherPoor lightingBoringToo formal or overly casualDo some of these fit your room? Select your solutions below.

Jute Interior Design

Dilemma: Lacks concentrate
Option: Supersize your own accessories.

Bitty little candles, vases and knickknacks lose impact when spread across the room. Instead, choose large-scale mirrors and artwork, and chunky vases and objets d’art. If your room has a fireplace (working or not), it’s a natural focal point, so make sure you place a couple of accessories (a group of three works well) and a mirror over to reflect light.

A notice on fireplaces: when you have a working fireplace, maintain a neat pile of timber nearby and it will feel all the more cozy, even when a fire is not lit. In case you have a nonworking fireplace, then try filling it to the brim with cut timber, novels (pages facing, not spines) or a bunch of hurricane lanterns.

California Home + Design

Dilemma: Awkward flow
Option: Rethink your furniture arrangement.

If it seems awkward to maneuver throughout your living room, it may be time to roll your sleeves up and move that furniture. If you would like to save yourself some unnecessary heavy lifting, then draw the new design on paper first or use a free online tool (search “free floor plan”). When you are ready to get going, here are a few things to remember:

• Seating should be positioned close enough that conversations are simple, but with enough room to easily get into and from the seating area.
• Pull your furniture away from the walls to produce a more dynamic arrangement. In case you have the room, placing a long narrow table behind your sofa can help avoid that “floating” feeling.
• Notice the route from the door to every seat in the room. Is it a straight shooter, or do your own need to swerve furniture around? Aim to have a softly flowing route to every seat.

Alex Amend Photography

Dilemma: Feeling the pinch in a small space
Option: It’s all a matter of scale.

It may seem counterintuitive, but if you have a tiny room it may actually seem larger when filled up with large, comfortable furniture. The secret is to find bits that fill the area without overpowering it. An L-shape sofa works especially well in tiny rooms, and also a straight-backed armchair feels large without taking up too much floor area.

On the flip side, avoid needless space wasters, such as overstuffed seats, rolled-arm couches and colossal coffee tables.

Elizabeth Gordon

Dilemma: Only doesn’t feel pulled together
Option: Use symmetry to add polish.

Adding a couple of symmetrical components is a timeless decorator fix. Pairs of fitting lamps, vases or stools, or two couches facing each other operate well. Just bear in mind that too much symmetry can feel stiff, so set that last seat a bit askew or create an asymmetrical arrangement in your mantel to loosen things up.

LKM Design

Dilemma: Poor or unflattering lighting
Option: Insert more light sources but lower the wattage.

You would be amazed at the difference appropriate lighting can create. Try to have at least three light sources in the room, and frankly, more is better. Overhead fixtures can be great, with the caveat that they’re on a dimmer switch and supplemented with floor or table lamps.

Listed below are a few more things to remember when lighting your living room.

• Sconces are a great choice when floor and table space is tight. Swing-arm lights operate well as task lighting over reading seats.
• Fill dark corners with little pools of light. Lighting the corners of your room will make it feel bigger.
• Utilize lower-wattage bulbs but more lamps to create a warm, luminous effect.

Thom Filicia Inc..

Dilemma: Bland and dull
Option: Spice things up with rich details.

A room without books and intriguing fabrics can feel bland. If your living room is filled with accessories and furniture, it may be time to mark your calender and reach on a few local flea markets and antiques fairs. Quirky items are excellent conversation starters, and having intriguing books and artwork around makes life more gratifying. Background or a textured wallcovering like grass cloth may also add a sense of history and depth.

A notice on mirrors: I believe most decorators would concur that a room is not complete without a mirror. Some mirrors are meant to be looked in, it’s correct, but at times the ideal location to get a mirror is where it can’t be seen right into straight. On the mantel or a top bookcase might not be great for checking out of your outfit, but it is going to reflect light and perspectives and add a wonderful sense of depth to the room. Don’t always choose a rectangular mirror — ring mirrors are a classic choice, and a pair of square mirrors hung side by side is quite chic.

Wendi Young Design

Dilemma: Too formal
Option: Tailor the room to your actual life.

Mature homes especially are more apt to have a “formal” living room along with the more laid-back den or TV room, and suppose that one has used more often? While the attraction of display time is excellent, you can lure family members and friends to the living room by just introducing a more relaxed vibe. Listed below are a few ways to do precisely that.

• The trend in formal rooms is to place furniture farther apart, which may feel uncomfortable and stiff. Instead, pull your seats near the couch and table for a more intimate feel.
• in the event that you like taking snacks and tea to the living room, or you also like to play cards, why not use a counter table table? You may find some great ones in vintage shops, and there’s something a little bit different about using a tall coffee table which feels warm and friendly.
• Fill a basket with board games and cards, stock up on soft blankets to flake out and very good books to read, and also this chamber could become the new favorite rainy-day hangout place.
• Assess the comfort level. Are the seats worth sitting in? Are the fabrics so valuable that people are afraid to sit? Consider swapping out a few things to deliver the formality down a notch.

Elza B. Design, Inc..

Dilemma: Too casual
Option: Refine the colour palette and add crisp storage options.

Should you stay away from bringing business in your living room because it has turned into a cave for viewing TV and nothing more, it’s time to give your room a lift. Listed below are a few ideas.

• Maintain your colour palette tight. 2 main colours (one “safe” colour like light blue and one punchy shade like raspberry, to be utilised in smaller doses) and one neutral (white consistently works) are a lot.
• If your upholstery is severely sagging, think about having it redone or even buy a new piece. If the cloth itself is nice but the seat sags, look into having your cushions restuffed (much less costly than reupholstering).
• Add art and fun details. A fantastic tea tray, a fresh throw plus a sweet small vase for flowers can perform wonders.
• Hide away the media mess — DVDs, gaming gear and the like — in crisp, matching bins or boxes.

More:
The Family Home: Living Rooms You Can Stay In
Can Your Living Room Be Better Without a Sofa?

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Country-Chic Dutch Family Home

Everything about this 1970s house was brown at first. “The flooring, the walls, the ceiling. That which was brown,” Manon van Niel says. When she and her husband, Ruud, purchased a tomato farm at Westland, the Netherlands, they were not sure they wanted to dwell in the outdated house that came as part of their property. But through a home improvement, Manon, a professional organizer, transformed the house to a light-filled, modern space her household is now pleased to call home.

in a Glance
Who lives here: Manon and Ruud van Niel and their two daughters, Quinty and Sterre
Location: Westland, the Netherlands
Size: 220 square meters (2,368 square feet); 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, studio space

Holly Marder

Space has been the priority in this renovation, so the family bumped out the dining area for additional light and space in the living area.

“In the six years we have dwelt here, my personality has changed a whole lot,” Manon says. Her country-chic style combines design aesthetics from classical to modern. To help organize her recently expanded space, Manon layered in large announcement bits against a neutral color palette.

Sofas: Kivik, Ikea

Holly Marder

A warm shade of gray, white highlights and pale walnut flooring provide a warm welcome.

Holly Marder

A set of Moroccan lanterns contrasts with a large country-style cabinet the couple purchased when they were newlyweds. Through the years, Manon gave the storage device a pretty and practical update by painting the pinewood a fresh white and incorporating shelves.

Holly Marder

The living room furniture is arranged for comfy television viewing around a potbelly stove. A true longhorn cow skull in Fort Worth, Texas, hangs above the stove. The product was brought back from among several trips the Dutch household takes to the United States.

Holly Marder

Manon picked a dramatic black because the accent color in the dining area. New, large windows open up the room, and floor-to-ceiling curtains make the ceiling look higher.

Holly Marder

“Every two years that I paint the walls, as my design keeps shifting,” Manon says. It is difficult to imagine the house with its original brown carpeting, ceilings and walls. This view from the dining room addition demonstrates where a wall separating the kitchen in the living room was knocked out.

Holly Marder

Shadows from pendant lights that Manon made from inexpensive baskets add texture to the compact kitchen.

Holly Marder

The couple’s 8-year-old daughter, Sterre, enjoys her womanly bedroom of light pink, floral lace and prints accents. Dutch firm Wood Fever constructed this custom made bed for Sterre, with built in storage drawers beneath the mattress and wardrobes on both ends. Manon painted the wood paneling white.

Bedding: Pip; Calamine, Farrow & Ball

Holly Marder

The couple’s 13-year-old daughter, Quinty, has an equally feminine bedroom that reflects her love of blue. Quinty battled cancer at a really young age, and after she completed her treatments, Manon gave her room a new look for a sign of a new start.

The vintage chandelier has been a thrift store purchase, which Manon upgraded with paint and tiny fabric-covered lampshades.

Bed: Leirvik, Ikea

Holly Marder

The family’s home office has enough room for the women to do their assignments and also for Manon and Ruud to utilize it as a workspace.

Holly Marder

The high-contrast master bedroom comprises 2 stunning photos from Cambodia taken by Manon’s cousin, a travel guide and photographer. When the couple hosted a going-away party for her, then she thanked them by allowing them to choose two of her photos to have printed on canvas.

Paint color: Oval Room Blue, Farrow & Ball; pendants: Candledrops, Zuiver

Holly Marder

An accent wall of black patterned wallpaper adds contrast and texture, and helps the wall-mounted TV to blend in the background.

Manon loathed the white antique dresser she inherited from her grandmother. A spacious walk-in cupboard is located behind the white portrait doors.

Holly Marder

To make more room in the master bathroom, the couple opened the original slanted ceiling and added a dividing wall in the center of the room, with the shower on one side and the bathroom on the other.

Straightforward Ikea cabinets function as his-and-her sink vanities, even though the few intends to replace them shortly.

Holly Marder

Holly Marder

Westland is popularly referred to as the produce and flower region of South Holland. Large potted plants line the greenhouse, in which the household grows berries. A huge studio area sits off the courtyard, between the house and the greenhouse.

Holly Marder

Manon exercises her creative power in this black and white studio, complete with a kitchenette. Here she creates things for your house, such as cushions, clothing, accessories and gifts for your girls’ rooms.

As a professional organizer with her own business, Organize Your residence, Manon also holds here.

Holly Marder

On the exterior, immaculate garden beds of lavender and mondo grass pair with tidy paving. In this image, you can see the dining room extension.

Holly Marder

The household has a swimming pool at the front yard, a rarity in the Netherlands.

Holly Marder

Here is Manon, at home in her living area. The house has come a long way since she first stepped on the property six decades ago, but now, she says,”I love it here!”

View more photographs of this van Niel home

Perhaps you have recently renovated your property? We would love to see it.

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Cardboard Furniture Shows Flat-Out Style

Portable, durable and 100 percent recyclable, cardboard decor is a cheap way to your house’s ecofriendly factor — and update your look, also. With design fashions going beyond the normal box shape, there are lots of design options to pick from nowadays. When you are ready for a seasonal decor swap-out, the furniture under could be folded flat stored away. While you have the option of decking out your entire home in cardboard, you certainly don’t need to. Ease into cardboard with a few important bits that update a space without overwhelming it.

KARTON

The Paperpedic Bed – AUD 194

Start with a few bits. The robust and sturdy bedframe and drawers within this bedroom could be bought as a set or separately, in case you feel like easing into cardboard decor with only one or two pieces. The Paperpedic bedframe from Karton also doubles as a storage device: It’s eight pullout drawers and assembles in just a few minutes. The mattress is ideal for a guest space because it can morph from one into a king-size mattress and gets the load capacity of close to a lot.

SPACE Architects + Planners

Lighting the way to responsible living. The homeowners of this Queen Anne–style home in Chicago’s trendy Lincoln Park area do their part in creating a more environmentally friendly future, and it shows in their decor options. Case in point: Their entryway’s honeycomb pendant lighting by Gray Pant are handmade in Seattle from salvaged corrugated cardboard.

reinharddienes.com

Dickens and Georgia Cardboard Bookshelf

Make a bold statement with colorful cardboard. This contemporary storage solution produces a splashy, practical and ecofriendly addition to any living room or home office. Reinhard Dienes made his Georgia sideboard and Dickens bookshelves from fully recyclable cardboard in seven distinct colours. Lightweight and sturdy, every snazzy shelf has an edge strength of around 190 lbs, which makes it a desirable accessory for contemporary decor fans and bibliophiles alike.

Kathryn Waltzer

Invest in an contemporary cardboard icon. Frank Gehry did the impossible by alternating the instructions of many sheets of cardboard and gluing them together for durability and strength, eventually creating the iconic Wiggle Chair. It could throw a curve into a sitting room that is overwhelmed with angles and straight lines.

KARTON

The Paper Play Set – AUD 119

Use cardboard in strategic locations. Anyone with children knows that all of furniture surfaces are open to scrawls, doodles and spontaneous art — making kids’ bedrooms or play places a wonderful spot to have graffiti decoration.

KARTON

As you can see, these children understand how to make the most of their cardboard furniture. This Paper Play Set, including a table using a storage pit and a set of six stools, triples as a flat work surface, storage unit and foldable canvas. Reuse the surfaces time and again using erasable markers and crayons.

sarah & bendrix

Dress it up. Want to use cardboard in your home but don’t enjoy the — pardon the expression — stale-as-cardboard appeal? Take cues from this DIY mom, who coated each cardboard letter with scraps of fabric to make a lively and colorful alphabet wall inside her little girl’s room.

Studio Zerbey Architecture + Design

Get crafty with cardboard shapes. This gorgeous piece of wall art is constructed of the most unattractive of substances: toilet paper rolls. Architects Lauren and Kyle Zerbey utilized an online tutorial by DIY blogger Tali Buchler to craft this whimsical bit of wall art in their Seattle home; they colored the insides of a few bits yellow to give splashes of citrine amid a sea of brown shapes. If you want to have a stab at making the wall artwork in your home, protect the natural expression of the exposed cardboard and make the artwork piece water resistant by spraying semigloss polyurethane on the cardboard.

KARTON

The Berlin Method, Eins – AUD 91

Solve storage issues with cardboard. The five iterations of Karton’s Berlin Method storage system can stand solo or be grouped to create an easy way to keep everything organized.

The shelves are extra strong and capable of carrying the weight of your vintage magazines or stacks of dishes.

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Baseball Decor Steps Up to the Plate

Here we go! The boys of summer are back, as the 2012 Major League Baseball season starts now. This also means lazy days playing catch, fielding grounders and hitting clinic. It means sitting out from the bleachers to catch some sun, see the folks walk by and take in a game. It means hot dogs, peanuts and suds to wash it all down.

However, most significant, it means we’re all equivalent, beginning out exactly zero games supporting. Could this be the year my beloved Cubs finally overcome the curse? Let us hope so.

By the way, if you have never had a opportunity to listen to James Earl Jones reciting”Casey at the Bat” or Harry Caray singing”Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” you’re in for a real treat.

TRG Architects

Perhaps this kid will be another Roy Hobbs (the baseball prodigy in The pure ). As he or she lies in bed staring at the skies, dreams of hitting that game-winning house run can fill his or her head. How sweet and inspirational is that?

LMR Designs, LLC

Lucky child who gets to sleep every night in their personal Field of Dreams.

DKOR Interiors Inc.- Interior Designers Miami, FL

My favorite catcher of all time must become Yogi Berra. Maybe there were better catchers, but Yogi’s ability to convey was his true strength. Who can forget lines like”It’s déjà vu all over again” or even”The games not over till it is over.”

IN Studio & Co.. Interiors

Just because we’re grown up and our room decor is more sophisticated doesn’t mean we do not still enjoy the sport. In reality, a few prized bats as well as other memorabilia, or…

A framed portrait of a baseball fantastic keep us forever young. How suitable for a sport that is not tied to your clock and time.

Tell us Please share your favorite baseball story! It seems that we all have themfrom presidents to Doris Kearns Goodwin. Even better, post a photograph of your baseball home decor in the Remarks section below.

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See How One Feature Could Make a Room Captivating

There is that something in most rooms, that one component that occupies the show and makes a statement. When it’s an expected element like a light fixture or a great part of artwork, or an unexpected choice like the floors, ceiling or banister, that all-important wow bit is more accessible than you might think. Listed below are a couple of of our favourite ways to integrate delight in any decor.

Andrea May Hunter/Gatherer

Among our favorite trends, along with also an idea we hope has staying power, is using lighting to make the major statement in a space. If you’d like a light fixture which wows but are not certain where to begin, here is a good rule of thumb: Add the measurements of your space, and that is the number of inches your fixture ought to be. Therefore a 12-foot by 15-foot room, for instance, would have a 27-inch fixture. Of course, we’re never opposed to moving a little larger!

Meg Adams Interior Design

Considering that the table is usually the major part in a dining area or breakfast area, accessorizing with fashion can be tricky. A stunning light fixture makes making a statement a cinch. If you’re seeking the fixture to be the focal point, try hanging it 30 inches off the table, somewhat lower than the 40-inch recommendation if a different focal point is supporting it.

186 Lighting Design Group – Gregg Mackell

If there is one thing that always leaves a space, it is the artwork. It’s tempting to stick with paintings in the palette of the space, but occasionally finding a piece you love is the most crucial thing. It’s remarkable how easily those bits frequently work with the layout you currently have.

Art that defines a room doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive. Locating a brand new, local artist who is simply getting started is often a good way to snag a one time piece. Function by supertalented artists for each budget is also constantly emerging on Etsy. Or, if you’re so inclined, pick up a couple of paints and a canvas and channel your inner artist. Who knows what you could create?

Grizzly Iron, Inc

It’s easy to get caught in the joys that artwork applies just to paintings. These iron musicians really are a fantastic case of three-dimensional artwork the eye can not help but be attracted to. Hats, sailboats and plates are other great examples of easily accessible three-dimensional artwork.

So frequently the floors are something which fade in the background, requesting to be covered by a rug. Not so with this vibrant black and white pattern. This classic color combination can be re-created in marble, tile or linoleum for any style room and any budget.

Another oft-forgotten surface, the ceiling, is an excellent place to make an impression. In case a custom-made layout is out of the question, patterned ceiling tiles, some stunning medallion and even background are easy ways to give the ceiling punch, no artist required.

LDa Architecture & Interiors

The stairway is another place that can easily fade into the background. Make it pop by painting banister and spindle surfaces using opposing colors, like the traditional black and white. For the exact daring, a glowing pink, green, blue or orange is incredibly eye catching. On the reverse side, if you are not wild about the banister and spindles on your stairs, paint them the exact same color as the walls and watch them fade in the background.

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Coverlet, Duvet, Quilt, Comforter: What's the Difference?

Putting together a gorgeous bed ensemble can be overwhelming — and more pricey. However, a couple of choice thoughtful or purchases uses of pieces you already own can easily result in a gorgeously dressed bed. Obviously, just getting through the definitions of all the choices is the very first hurdle: bedspread, coverlet, quilt, duvet, comforter, blanket — what do they all mean, what do you use what and how? Let us find out!

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Bedspread. A bedspread is the name given to basically all pre-filled bed covers intended for use as the top layer on a bed. Comforters, quilts and coverlets fall into that category. They could be both decorative and warming, thick or lighter weight, in a variety of fabric. They are generally used independently, with only a sheet and some other blankets you need under, but they can be layered for decorative purposes.

Kim Nunn

Comforter. Thick and (sometimes) quilted, a comforter is different from a quilt in that colors are generally dyed and patterns are not embroidered. Comforters are full of layers of material such as lace (a synthetic fiber) down feathers, silk or wool. The loft (thickness) of this filling determines the burden as well as the level of insulation.

Comforters are stitched or quilted to secure the filling and make sure that it’s evenly distributed. They’re intended to function as bedspread, sitting together with sheets, but those who want to produce a layered appearance ought to go ahead and take action. There are not any cardinal rules to be broken in bedding!

Teton Heritage Builders

Quilt. Traditionally composed of 3 layers of fiber, quilts consist of a woven fabric shirt, a layer of batting and a woven spine, all stitched together in decorative patterns. Different from other kinds of bed covers because they are generally pieced together with many pieces of fabric, quilts are sometimes found with a single piece of cloth on the top (a whole-cloth quilt).

There are a lot of classic designs and traditions concerning the design and features of quilts. Many are given or made to mark important life events such as marriage, the birth of a child, a relative leaving house, and graduations.

Kelley & Company Home

Modern quilts are not always intended for use as bedding, and may be used as throws, wall hangings, table runners or tablecloths.

Jute Interior Design

Duvet and pay. A duvet is essentially a soft flat bag filled with feathers, down or a synthetic option. It is recommended that duvets are added into a detachable cover, much like a pillow and pillow case. Duvets and duvet covers are all designed to be used independently (with no sheets) because the insert can be removed and the outside “bag” can be laundered, but many people use them with sheets anyway.

Many people like duvets because they reduce the complexity of earning a bed, since it’s a single covering rather than the combination of bed sheets, blankets, quilts and other bed covers.

Rough Linen

Linen duvet covers such as these made and marketed by member Tricia Rose are particularly dreamy, creating a wrinkled “messiness” that looks intimate and carefree.

Duvet covers often come with the choice of matching shams, but mixing it is an easy means to produce a gorgeous bed that resembles it had been easily chucked together.

Restoration Hardware

Stonewashed Framed Belgian Linen Bedding – $59

Restoration Hardware has luxury linen bedding in more approachable prices than some of the higher-end companies. Washing and drying sheet bedding makes this breathable textile even softer and more supple.

Mark English Architects, AIA

Coverlet. A coverlet is a lightweight, non-reversible bedspread that is usually either woven or weathered. Classically designed as a decorative coating to go over thicker bedspreads, coverlets often have a thin layer of batting, making them appropriate for use as a stand-alone bed covering, based on the weight. They can also be used as throws on a bed or couch.

Due to their size and decorative quality, they’re not designed to attain a pillow tuck, as a few bedspreads are. A coverlet often has coordinating shams, but it’s most certainly not necessary to match. The design in this photo demonstrates how a simple setup with various textures could be utterly magnificent and fuss-free.

Peacock Alley Design Studio

Othello Collection – $80

Among my all-time favorite coverlets is Othello, from Peacock Alley. It comes in 3 colors and the matelasse design is super versatile, looking good on both formal, tailored beds as well as more laid-back looks, either as a standalone textile or among a more layered makeup. And, it is machine washable, to boot.

Schoolhouse Electric

Brahms Mount Cotton Herringbone Twist – $235

Throw blankets and bed scarves. These include color, texture (or both) along with casual coziness when tossed haphazardly (but attractively) on the bed.

Within this design, a coverlet is wrapped over a duvet and duvet cover to tame the discoloration that is inevitable. A throw in the end of the bed adds just enough texture and an additional coating to make the composition interesting and inviting.

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

If your duvet cover is the showstopper, reverse the norm and use it along with your coverlet.

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Maine Cottage on the Point

This cozy coastal cabin is tucked in the edge of a spruce woods, on a point overlooking mid-coast Maine islands and a hectic lobstering harbor. When the cabin was passed down to the next generation, the new owners, who had loved it for decades (one since she was a little woman ), were anxious to make a few alterations, but they didn’t need to eliminate the rustic charm of the original building. Working with builder John Levenseler, they achieved this aim, boosting the room to make it more family-friendly, maximizing views and bringing the cottage up to its potential.

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This is actually the front part of the house. The deck overlooks the lobstering harbor, and it is a favorite spot for family and friends to enjoy coffee in the morning and a glass of wine in the day. If you examine the far right, then a small bump-out was inserted so a back bedroom could enjoy a water view.

The house is covered in weathered shingles also contains an austere, rustic coastal appeal. This facade is considered the back of the house, where one passes from the grassy driveway. Since the house is at the end of a peninsula, there are ocean views from every side of the house.

The back door leads you directly to the kitchen, in which lots of the biggest changes were created. The area manages to maintain the original feel of the cabin, but has fresh beadboard cabinets, Corian countertops and appliances.

Upon entering, a painted country bench provides a spot to eliminate and store mucky shoes. The graph indicates the greater local area of Penobscot Bay, in which the household loves sea kayaking. A pantry is on the best and a hallway leading to the toilet and three cozy bedrooms is on the left.

This reconfigured kitchen space used to house a small old toilet and a hot water heater, both of which have been removed to open up the space. A window has been inserted so that the water view could be appreciated from the exterior walls. If you look carefully, you will notice a pull cable out of an overhead fixture using a wooden wick hanging out of it, a small detail that retains the soul of the original house undamaged.

A peek around the corner indicates the light coming in from the open dining/living space. I included this image because despite the renovation, they retained the oil lamp and the older pencil sharpener on the wall (are you old enough to recall when this pen sharpener placement was common?) Such small details keep memories alive.

A drop-leaf table could be dragged out when extra guests come to dinner. Most of the furniture is original to the home, with a few new additions. They are hard to see the manifestation, however, the frames include classic coastal maps; very suitable, as the husband is an oceanographer for USGS.

One new addition was a switch in the rectangular dining table into a round one, which lets dialog flow easily. The picture window has been enlarged to make the most of harbor view; seals in the harbor are a frequent sight in the dinner table.

This original market holds bedtime reading; household favorites, books by local writers and books about in regards to the area. Additionally, it holds meaningful objects gathered in Maine over many years; the carved seagull was whittled by a family friend many years ago; the sculpture of the seal is Andre the Seal, a famous seal that was able to swim out of Mystic Connecticut to summer in neighboring Rockport Harbor every year.

A couple of summers ago, the owners leant out the cottage to their son’s father-in-law, Vermont artist Eric Tobin. He had been so inspired by the environment that he completed 14 paintings the week he had been there, and he left this one behind as a thank-you gift.

The jar to the right holds seaglass collected through the years, the mussel shells and sea urchins were gathered out front on the rocks, and the lupine pitcher onto the best is by local artist Tony Oliveri.

The husband is a gifted magician who builds boats in his spare time, and he built this couch. The piece ties to the remainder of the home through the wood base and fabric options.

The painting on the wall was a new addition and a very special purchase. It is by local artist Eric Hopkins.

Here is a closer look at the painting.

A hallway wall retains a fun gallery of photos of the cabin that reveal how the house and the woods around it have evolved through the years.

This cozy front bedroom was a porch. A drop ceiling has been eliminated during the renovations to give let the small room feel larger.

The linen shams are Pom Pom At Home.

From bed, an individual can delight in watching the sunrise over the harbor out of windows that wrap around two sides of the room.

I took this picture about two days after Hurricane Irene delivered mucky salty squirt all around the windows; they’re usually clean and crystal clear!

Eric Tobin left another treat behind, this painted shingle, which depicts the cabin and its beautiful setting.

The area has an antique brass bed, a cozy quilt and household antiques that have always been in the cabin. The lamp is a traditional jug that has been wired to provide reading light.

Here is the opinion provided by the bump-out you saw from the first photo. The Lookout Lodge hint is original to the cabin.

The bathroom’s layout was kept clean and simple. Blue seaglass is always a favorite rare discovery along the shore, and the blue glass cupboard knobs recall these precious finds.

Finally, I had to throw in a picture of the garage, since it is one of my favorite vernacular buildings. One change the few made to the structure was replacing the dirt ground with a concrete one. I am sure the husband will probably be finishing many terrific jobs out here in his new workshop.

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Turn Your Firewood Into a Focal Point

Fireplaces are and always been a hot commodity, and also the demand of modern convenience has birthed various options to the wood-burning design. Yet, there’s one component that retains many faithful and accurate to the first, wood-burning fireplace: wooden logs.

The presence of firewood immediately evoke feelings of warmth, relaxation, and admiration for nature and her bountiful supply. When cut and piled vertically or horizontally, wood takes on a sculptural look frequently taken for granted. Rather than storing logs outdoors, they now are being saved in convenient wall nooks that display their natural beauty.

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While stylishly and conveniently accommodating the area’s source of firewood, this storage alternative maintains the consistency of form and design in this contemporary den.

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A special compartment for firewood is an especially clever solution in a room with limited floor space. The cutout eliminates the need for freestanding storage and becomes a secondary focal point because of the tall, rectangular form.

Taylor Lombardo Architects

An accommodating nook alleviates the need for fireplace accessories also retains the focus on the dining room furnishings, the formidable stone hearth, and the stunning mountain view.

A hearty heap introduces a rustic element in this contemporary design and becomes a beautiful disturbance to the area’s and blank lines and neutral colour palette.

Jamie Laubhan-Oliver

Logs stacked inside a firebox have a natural sculptural quality that turns out to be an attractive and affordable alternative when fireplace isn’t being used.

InHouse Design Studio

A storage doorway makes it possible for this living room to take on an alter ego. After the door is closed, it maintains its contempory atmosphere. After the door is open and the timber is on display, the room instantly appears warmer.

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Ikat Baskets – $39

If you missed the opportunity to make customized lodging for your wood-burning fireplace, these durable ikat baskets result in a beautful yet functional storage solution to firewood and accessories.

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Neatly contained in a charming basket, firewood is handily within arms reach while simulateously softening the lines of the square fireplace surround.

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