Live Happily Ever After: Creating a Fairy Tale Interior

Once upon a time, there was a home that captured storybook allure with luxe fabrics and delicate details.

Pretty accessories, elegant touches, and finishes fit for a king all combine to create a fairy tale interior. From delicate pastel palettes to chic chandeliers, this sweet and sophisticated style is dreamy, decadent and perfect for any home.

Twinkle twinkle

Pretty statement pendant lights and elegant tableside fixtures create the perfect amount of illumination for a fairy tale interior. Create this look with layered lighting: choose a sophisticated statement pendant and complement it with dimmed floor lamps or bedside lighting.

Glass, nickel, and high-gloss finishes are all princely illumination options, and work perfectly in the master bedroom, dining and living areas.

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Photo from Zillow listing.

Powdery pastels

Create a space straight out of a storybook with soft and lustrous pastel colors throughout the room. Choose a satin-finish paint for the walls in a soft white or powdery gray, and add plush upholstered pieces in muted neutrals for additional elegance.

Top off the look with airy drapery and linens, and soft, tufted textures throughout.

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Courtesy of AdamHunterInc.

Enchanted embellishment

One of the most beloved characteristics of fairy tale interiors is their decadence and grandeur. From crown molding to ornate coving and ceiling medallions, fairy tale style is nothing short of sophisticated.

For your own enchanted space, consider adding molding. Moldings add shape and dimension to a room, lending an opulent feel to the design.

Accessorize the room with ultra-feminine furniture and velvety fabrics topped with masculine elements like fur and metal fixtures.

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Photo from Zillow listing.

Plenty of sophisticated touches can be added for your own personal pampering. Ornate fireplaces, cozy curtains, textured tapestries and delicate details all add their own fairy tale flair. Four-poster beds covered in sensual fabrics, vintage throws, and tufted pillows create decadence, while calming colors create a restful haven.

Combine your favorite fairy tale elements to create an ambiance perfect for a beloved storybook character. Bring the look into modern-day design with transitional elements, or keep it classic by playing up its old-fashioned appeal.

Posted by Kerrie Kelly on Zillow

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Home Decor That Inspires Amour

Set the scene for quiet moments with furniture, lighting and all the subtle touches that add romance to a room.

Editor’s note:  Love is in the air. Why not part with tradition and observe Valentine’s Day in a way that also involves your home?  After all, home is where the heart is. Sure, you could make reservations. But maybe the ultimate in romance is a candlelit evening at home. And those long-stemmed red roses have their appeal, but what about buying your sweetheart (or yourself!) a rose bush that will provide endless blooms? And if you’re celebrating solo, there’s no better way to treat yourself than splurging on something beautiful for your home – it’s a gift that keeps on giving. To inspire you, we’re delivering a weeklong bouquet of tips for filling your home with romance.

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of year to add a little ooh la la to your home. After all, it’s still cold out and getting dark early, so your rooms should look inviting to you and to any guests you may invite in.

Clearing the clutter and adding a few flowers are a given, but you can take it a step further with romantic touches throughout your home.

Wall treatments

The wall treatment you choose can enhance your design choices in a way that no other single element can. Before you begin, think about the basics of the room — the quality of the light, the room’s proportions, any architectural features you want to emphasize or downplay, and the furniture and fabrics you plan to use.

Photo courtesy of Kendall Wilkinson

Color, texture and trim all play a role in how your wall treatment works. Consider how you can use a range of surfaces, such as wallpaper or fabric panels, and hues via paint or plaster, to create depth, interest and charm in your space.

Finally, before deciding on any wall choice, factor in how it will look and work in conjunction with how the room is used. Soft shades in any hue will create romantic flow throughout your home.

Lighting

How a room is lit affects the overall impression of the space. The ideal lighting scheme is natural light supplemented with ambient, task and accent lighting.

Photo from Zillow listing.

Photo from Zillow listing.

The combination of lighting and sunlight can completely change the feeling of a home. A balanced mix of the two sustains the warmth of a room while allowing you to create different moods. The right lighting can add drama and elegance.

Put every light you can on a dimmer to control the mood of your space. If you’re feeling extra romantic, add a crystal chandelier for a shimmering effect.

Furniture

Take your time when shopping for furniture. It’s usually a large purchase, and one you will probably have for a considerable length of time.

Photo courtesy of Jamie Herzlinger.

Photo courtesy of Jamie Herzlinger.

If you are feeling challenged in your furniture quest, don’t hesitate to contact a design professional to assist your search. Learn what appeals to you personally. And don’t be afraid to mix and match different styles — that is what reflects your personal style and adds some romance, too.

A room with a blend of pieces that appeals to you is inherently more interesting than one that resembles a furniture showroom. But no matter what you choose, it’s important to find pieces that are comfortable, of good quality and will last.

Spa and steam

Since master bathrooms are often the largest bathrooms in the house, lots of options are available. Your master bath might include a walk-in closet or dressing area, a separate shower and a tub, plus a water closet. It might even sport enough space for exercise equipment, a sauna, spa or soaking tub and steam shower.

Photo courtesy of Morgan-Keefe Builders.

Photo courtesy of Morgan-Keefe Builders.

Master baths are places where you can splurge on materials and finishes. Because they don’t get as much wear and tear as family bathrooms, you can opt for features that require a little extra care. No matter which choices you make, the result should be both soothing and functional.

Fireplaces

The key to a successful family room design is keeping comfort in mind — and nothing warms a room physically and mentally more than a fireplace. This is the space where you and your significant other settle in to read, play games, watch movies and unwind at the end of the day.

Photo courtesy of Kerrie Kelly.

Photo courtesy of Kerrie Kelly.

The fireplace — whether indoors or out — is a gathering place that embraces family and friends while exuding a relaxed style. So strike a match or flip the switch to let the ambiance begin.

What romantic additions have you made to your own space?

 

Posted by Kerrie Kelly on Zillow

How to Create a Personality-Packed Wall

Wall decor is one of the easiest ways to turn a ho-hum space into a statement-making room. A personality-packed wall is a fun way to embrace your own style without needing to invest in the latest trendy furniture. While the gallery wall, which features a curated collection of photos and artwork, is a major trend, we’d like to take a look at a few different ideas that are a bit more out of the ordinary. From groovy wallpaper and floating books to tapestries and vintage signs, here are a handful of ways to create a unique wall that screams “you.”

Paint and Wallpaper

Make a graphic statement with wallpaper or painted designs. The choices are endless when it comes to wallpaper – pair a neutral pattern with framed pictures, or try a bold design that stands on its own. Walls that have architectural detailing, like an inset or wainscoting, are perfect candidates for a dramatic accent wall. Explore a more cost-effective route with a painted design. Elbow grease, painters tape and a bold paint choice are all you need to create a unique design like metallic stripes, chevrons or a modern marble-dipped look.

Books

As if there wasn’t another reason to love books, they’re also great as decorative accents. Books can easily be mounted in an open position for a unique look—try using vintage finds with a well-loved patina. Invisible wall-mounted bookshelves or floating shelves paired with color-coordinated books can also make a functional and eye-catching feature. Pro tip: try wrapping thrift store books of the same size in pretty wallpaper for a more cohesive design.

Fabric and Tapestries

While every other aspect of design touches on fabric, very rarely does it come up as a go-to for wall decor. However, textiles are unexpected and full of stories, and they have the wonderful ability to combine pattern and color into a complete presentation. The beauty of textiles is that they can be hung in a variety of ways, and they don’t have to come in large scales to be a jaw-dropping piece— a small collection of antique textile fragments is perfect when hung up in delicate flea market frames. Or, stretch fabric over a frame for a handmade canvas. Take a hint from different cultures or showcase your travels: embroidered Suzanis from Central Asia, richly dyed textiles from India, Native American rugs and Turkish kilims can all add depth to a wall that will last for generations. Flat sheets of fabrics aren’t the only option, either. Showcase family heirlooms or beloved uniforms in shadow boxes or frames, and don’t forget the beauty of a sentimental quilt hung in the family or dining room.

Heavy Metal

Give a contemporary room some vintage flair with some metal wall art and signage. Mid-century metal wall sculptures like starbursts and geometric shapes add a retro touch. Vintage wall metal wall signs are frequent flea market finds. A collection of small signs adds eclectic flair, while large metal art can instantly transform the feel of a room and create a new focal point.

Art and Mirrors

Creating an impact in a space doesn’t need to be complicated! Large-scale art provides drama and weight to a simple wall. Pair a sizable print with eye-catching typography over a chic couch for a sleek yet subtle look. An oversized clock can also work wonders for a wall: not only is it a functional piece of art, but there is something about a large, old clock that adds the perfect amount of nostalgia to a room. Looking to add glam to a smaller space? A round, modern mirror or glitzy framed one adds a sense of openness.

Natural Accents

A lack of space for planters is no excuse for not bringing the outdoors in. With the “living wall” craze at its peak, wall planters are available in all shapes, colors and sizes. Showcase delicate moss with a vertical green garden, or plant a few succulents in a wooden corner planter. Play up a cluster of hanging plants with painted pots or delicate ceramic bowls— there are many lovely options available from talented designers and local artisans.

Think Outside the Frame

Keep an open mind, and you can find unique wall hangings just about anywhere! From an antique door or a mounted bike to stunning metal floor grates, the list is endless with possibilities. Who ever knew that a group of assorted woven baskets could be turned into a show stopping piece? Try clustering baskets in varying sizes and colors on the floor and play around with placement before hanging them. Can’t find colorful baskets? A collection of pretty plates or lightweight bowls are great alternatives.

How will you let your space reflect your personality?

Posted by Kerrie Kelly on HomeZada

Nooks and Niches: Here’s How to Optimize Those Quirky Spaces

If you’ve got one, you probably know the head scratching question, “what in the world do I do with this space?” You’re not alone. Nooks, niches and alcoves are tricky areas to decorate, but there are great pros to having them. They add charm to your home while serving functional purposes when innovatively used. So let’s get down to business! Here are eight ways you can utilize those odd corners in your house.

Reading Nook

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It’s the classic reading nook, and, if you have the space for one, it’s definitely worth considering. They’re perfect for anyone that enjoys curling up with a good book or, if you’re like me, your laptop and Netflix (no shame.) All you need is a custom-sized cushion, a few pillows, lighting, and you’re ready to go.

Bar Nook

Laura Hull

Laura Hull

Here’s one for all you mixologists: Transform your empty nook into a bar station. You can go the bar cart route or add a thin sideboard for more storage. You’ll have a well-stocked bar complete with blenders, cocktail mixers, bottle openers and all your bar essentials.

Office Nook

If you don’t have the space to dedicate to an entire home office, a corner nook can be your best friend. Install a shelf and you’ll have a space-friendly work station. For some extra charm, add a pop of color by painting the back wall and a couple decorative shelves.

Multi-Purpose Nook

Meggan Haller/Getty Images

Meggan Haller/Getty Images

What I love about this hideaway nook is it serves more than one purpose. It has desk space and a small lounge area for entertainment. By hanging curtains, you can easily close the nook off for a cleaner look. You can also add shelves and drawers for extra storage.

Dresser Nook

Wendy Labrum

Wendy Labrum

Dressers were made for nooks. They fit so perfectly in those tight spaces and provide additional storage for the things that don’t quite have a specific home. By adding wall art, lamps, clocks and photos, you can add some character to your nook.

Makeup Nook

Tim Lee

Tim Lee

Think of all the possibilities there are with a makeup nook. With one desk, stool and mirror you have your own makeup vanity. Add some drawers and you’ll have additional storage for your favorite beauty products. (You’ll catch me at the makeup counter weekly, if I ever get one of these for myself.)

Attic Nook

Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

Aside from storing holiday decorations, attics make great getaway spaces for both kids and adults. Transform your attic into an extra room for whatever you need: office, hangout area, bedroom or all three combined! For those nooks and crannies, add a floor bed with lots of throw pillows. It’s low to the ground, so the angular ceilings feel taller, and it gives you extra space for entertaining.

Seating Nook

Georgette Westerman

Georgette Westerman

All it takes to transform an awkward corner into a conversation area is a set of chairs and a tiny table. Your guests will feel cozy, and you’ll feel happy that you filled that odd space.

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15 Ways to Upgrade Your Outdoor Decor for $30 or Less

Outdoor decorating season is finally upon us! To celebrate, we’re sharing our favorite finds that won’t break the bank.

Now that winter is finally behind us — well, hopefully — and the sun is starting to shine again, I’m beyond ready to start spending some quality time outside. Summer is coming, after all. But instead of just plopping a towel down on the grass, I’ve decided to take my outdoor decor up a notch.

A few eye-catching accessories can instantly take your backyard, patio or balcony from drab to fab. And the best part? You don’t have to spend a ton of money to upgrade your space. Check out the affordable outdoor decor below, and get ready for the most stylish spring and summer of your life.

1: Geometric Rug

$24; kohls.com

2: Batik Pillow

$19.99; target.com

3: Colorful Lanterns

$19.95-$29.95; cb2.com

4: Patterned Seat Cushion

$12.99; hm.com

5: Pineapple Garden Flag

$12.95; jossandmain.com

6: Terra Cotta Bird Feeder

7: Hanging Pot Holder

8: Mason Jar String Lights

$24.99; worldmarket.com

9: White Drink Pitcher

$29.99; TJ Maxx Stores

10: Floral Outdoor Pillow

11: Triangle Vases

$20-$26; jaysonhome.com

12: Lace-Inspired Lantern

$15.96; pier1.com

13: Cursive Welcome Mat

$28.99; allmodern.com

14: Moon Garden Stake

15: Mini Blue Grill

$19.99; Marshalls Stores
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3 Ingenious Uses for Peel-and-Stick Tiles

Put DIY on your to-do list. These re-positionable tiles have loads of project potential.

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Are you a renter who wants to bump up the style of your apartment without making permanent changes, or a homeowner that isn’t DIY savvy? Would you believe you can customize your home fearlessly, even when it comes to seemingly tricky updates like tile?

If the idea of messing with grout makes you want to hide in a corner, consider trendy peel-and-stick tiles, like SmartTiles, as an option for classing up your home in multiple ways with minimal commitment and effort.

You can find SmartTiles through a variety of retailers, and they’re available in many color options and styles. These tiles are re-positionable and forgiving while you are installing them, but are also very secure once you get them in place and press down firmly.

They’re a great option for renters or non-tilers because they’re a snap to install, and easy to remove without damaging your walls.

All you’ll need for installing peel-and-stick tiles is a cutting mat, an X-Acto knife, and a ruler. Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. (SmartTiles offers handy video tutorials and a pdf instruction booklet.) All you do is measure, cut, peel, and stick. It’s that simple!

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Try using peel-and-stick tiles in these three ingenious ways to make your home classier in a single afternoon.

Make your fireplace a focal point

Builder-grade fireplaces in older homes can be unattractive. They’re often covered in unsightly, outdated tiles, or are even just surrounded with bare painted walls.

Make your fireplace the focal point of your living room in just minutes by adding peel-and-stick tiles to your fireplace surround. They’ll stick to any painted or previously tiled surface. Just make sure not to place them on any areas that will get really hot, as these tiles aren’t graded for intense temperatures.

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Bump up your backsplash game

If you have an ugly backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom, it can really drag your style down. But with peel-and-stick tiles, you can give your kitchen a complete makeover without ever touching a bucket of grout or a tile saw.

Simply cut the peel-and-stick tiles to fit around outlets, and press to stick. Your space will have a whole new look without the astronomical costs that normally come with a kitchen or bathroom reno.

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Make furniture feel custom

You can even make your furniture appear custom and expensive with peel-and-stick tiles. Try filling in cabinet panels or lining the edge of a coffee table for an instantly posh look. Wrap boring boxy table legs or even cover a picture frame with peel-and-stick tiles to show off your favorite snap.

The sky’s the limit for using these versatile tiles to customize your furniture and home decor pieces.

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So if you’re looking for a quick and easy (and temporary) way to embellish your home, check out peel-and-stick tiles. You can update your space in mere minutes — without all the hassle.

Posted by Erica Sooter on Zillow

Brighten Up: Banishing Gloom From Your Rooms

Fight the winter blahs with design tips for keeping your home cheerful.

Most people naturally gravitate toward sunny spots — curling up on the couch near a window, sitting at a desk in a sun-soaked office, or lounging near a table lamp to read a good book.

If your home isn’t naturally well-lit, a few design tricks can help you maneuver around your lack of light. Whether you want to drench your home in sun or add a few task-lighting fixtures, you can transform your space with these simple tips. 

Nordic know-how

There’s a reason the Scandinavian interior design trend is so prominent. The all-white style has become increasingly popular thanks to a growing desire for light and bright spaces that are equal parts clutter-free and totally cozy.

Sprinkle in some Scandinavian elements with a single piece of bright white furniture, like a sofa or arm chair, and complement it with gray, navy, or black throw pillows.

Another great way to add Nordic design to your home is with white shelving against a bright white wall. The white-on-white look is inviting, and visually expands your home for a little extra breathing room.

Mirror, mirror on the wall

If you have a smaller space to work with, mirrors are a terrific solution. Because they reflect light so perfectly, mirrors are ideal for rooms that only have a small window, or little to no natural lighting.

Place one directly across from a window to bounce light all over the room. Hang a few small ones on the wall perpendicular to the window to reflect light in a more subtle way.

Add visual effects by hanging mirrors that have interesting frames, placing a cluster of mirrors together to form a design, or simply propping a tall framed mirror against the wall for extra impact.

 Layered lighting

In rooms with fewer windows, like kitchens, the key to creating a bright ambiance is layering lighting. This key design concept applies to every room, but is especially effective in rooms that lack natural light.

Start by making sure you have appropriate ceiling lights with bright bulbs. Ceiling light will create the foundation for your layered lighting effect.

Next, choose accent lighting, like mini pendants or a table or floor lamp. Pendants in groups of three create beautiful flow, and table lights in pairs beside couches or beds add symmetry for a balanced aesthetic.

Finally, use task lighting. Task lighting is very important in areas like the bathroom and kitchen, because it’s the light you will use to get ready in the morning and to chop food — two tasks that require expert lighting.

Task lighting can be sconces on the sides of a mirror, or recessed lighting perched underneath cabinetry.

Fabric swap

Last but certainly not least, swap out your dark, heavy fabrics for light and airy styles instead. If you normally have heavy insulated curtains, change up your look with a few panels of sheer drapes for an instantly ethereal space.

If you have a dark or heavily patterned duvet, try out a light scallop design in white or French gray to freshen up your bedroom. Other items that can be swapped are lamp shades, pillows, throw blankets, area rugs, and upholstery covers.

What are some of your favorite ways to banish gloom from your rooms?

Posted by Kerrie Kelly on Zillow