The Music of Your Home Décor

No matter if it were the golden age of rock and roll with Elvis at the helm, or Nirvana’s discordant outbreak of teenage angst and grunge, or the groovy disco hype of Kool & the Gang, Boney M, and Earth, Wind & Fire; each decade has that defining moment which has caused a boom in style, fashion, and design. Frankly, this is what pop culture is all about. However, there are so many new trends nowadays, it is sometimes hard to keep up, but you can always look back at the legends of music and the sensibility of the era during their reign to draw inspiration for your home decoration.

It may seem like history is repeating itself, but consider it to be an upgrade of sorts, an old-school feel with a modern touch. Take, for instance, Amy Winehouse. Besides her alluring deep contralto voice, she is also known for sporting an exaggerated beehive, which, in fact, was a symbol of the 60’s fashion kitsch. The same goes with décor. Combinations that were once used can be refurbished and even repurposed, thus creating a blend of the old and new. Let’s see what decade can also make our homes both vintage and contemporary.

The ‘50s

This was the time were America’s economy grew and consequently music started to flourish. During that time a young blonde lad, fresh from the US Navy, dyed his hair black, sang like angels, busted some moves and became a legend. Elvis Presley was revered as the godfather of rock and roll and with him, the term “pop culture” became a worldwide phenomenon. So, if you want your home to have that 50’s vibe, think about hanging that vinyl on the wall, head down to a pawn shop and get yourself a jukebox, think about rock and roll paper lanterns or table runners, chrome tables, black and white square tiles, exhibit your acoustic guitar as if it is a holy relic, and finish it all off with a picture of either Marilyn Monroe, or a Hollywood sign.

The ‘60s

The flower power era was one of the most musically prolific. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, the Who, Carlos Santana, Jefferson Airplane; they all emerged during this decade to name a few. The hippie movement was on the rise, people protested against the government and war, and cult songs were pouring like crazy in people’s ears. If you opt to revive that 60’s sentiment in your home, think about shaggy or lurid carpets, floral wallpapers, psychedelic artwork, plastic chairs, open shelving, and don’t forget to hang a photo of the Volkswagen Type 2 or Andy Warhol’s pop art.

The ‘70s

To some, this decade is known for the domination of almost godlike rock music, but there was also a counter-reaction to that dominance. Containing elements of funk, pop, soul, and salsa, this slick body-moving genre came to be known as disco. There were basically two major groups. People who were either Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, David Bowie fans, inspired by their lives and work where everything was about sex, drugs, power chords and spirituality, while, on the other hand, there were smooth brothers and sisters who just want to get their groove on. Translate this to décor and you’ve got: beanbag chairs, floor pillows, built-in desks/beds, disco balls, wallpapers in a sunshine yellow, orange, red, brown, and white color combination, geometry symbols, and lava lamps.

The ‘80s

This is when music became industrialized, mass-production was slowly becoming a household term, heavy metal just exploded, and computers were being incorporated to create all manner of genres ranging from synth pop to industrial. Bands like Depeche Mode, the Cure, Kiss, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Metallica, Guns’n’Roses reigned the scene, however, mainstream culture even produced individuals who will be dubbed as the king and queen of pop – Michael Jackson and Madonna. Well, in terms of décor, everything pastel was in, also reflective surfaces, contemporary LED wall lights, rough geometric motifs, rounded furniture, circular mirrors, and any fearless colour and form in general. As long as it is bold, it is good.

The ‘90s

When Seattle took over the mainstream scene with grunge rock, bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and many others became worldwide sensations. MTV was at its peak, and more and more subgenres emerged out of nowhere. So what was crazy about décor back then? Well, inflatable furniture, fake silk flowers, Hollywood lighting, carpeted bathrooms, band posters, beer signs, and certain degree of minimalism for starters.

This is where our journey stops. As the overwhelming numbers of new trends rush to meet us, we start swaying from genre to genre searching for that band or singer that will define us. Enjoy your music and try to channel some of it into your decor. Make it your own.

About Author: Derek is a hopeless romantic and awkward situation enthusiast. He strives to find a perfect home. In his pursuit, he has gained the knowledge he is eager to share.You can find him blogging regularly at Smooth Decorator.

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5 Distinctive Dining Room Styles

Dive into prime entertaining season with a great new look for your dining room.

Dining rooms are a wonderful place to express your style through furniture, lighting, art, and color. Here are five favorite dining room styles, and the elements that make them so appealing.

Tailored and traditional

Traditional style is all about the details: intricate carving, unique upholstery, textured linens, and statement lighting all make up this exquisite look. Take your style for a traditional trip by focusing on architectural details like embellished table legs or an ornate console serving as a bar.

Paneling is also a classic element found in traditional dining rooms. A gray-toned wall with bright white trim creates a crisp and clean look. Top off the style with an eye-catching chandelier and a few sconces along the wall for ideal ambiance.

Some other style-boosting elements? Mixed finishes, graceful decorations, and textured rugs balance the look.

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Modern and modish

The modern-style dining room takes many shapes and forms, but some themes are very prominent and consistent throughout. Abstract art serves as a must-have focal point in any contemporary setting, but especially in a dining room. Modern art and decor add just the right amount of movement to an otherwise structured style.

Clean lines and crisp corners are another important detail in contemporary design. Whether your chairs’ frames are perfectly rectangular, or your table’s angles are prominent and precise, having perfectly formed 90-degree angles is key to a modern motif.

Other favorite contemporary design elements include high-gloss finishes, metallic details, and sleek and simple tablescapes.

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Restful and rustic

Rustic design often conjures up images of old log cabins and less-than-lovely ski lodges. Because the rustic look is so heavily influenced by wood and organic textures, it’s best to keep it as light and airy as possible, adding in elements of contemporary and traditional designs.

Try creating fresh farmhouse style with exposed beams, a distressed dining room table with bench seating, and plenty of greenery. Details like barn-inspired doors, nailhead trim, and reclaimed wood offer up a refined version of the classic rustic style.

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Cool and cottage

If you’re partial to the calm and collected vibe of the Nantucket shoreline, you might be a fan of cottage design. This cozy and unpretentious style offers a light and bright alternative to traditional design with distressed wood elements, tons of texture, and simple, elegant lighting. You can’t go wrong pairing a seagrass rug with an ornate dining table.

Keep colors soft and sinuous with tones of gray, beige and white, and lightly add pattern with an area rug, table linens, or upholstered chairs. Other cottage elements to consider: gentle patina on surfaces like tables, consoles, and shelves, slipcovered chairs, and curated tabletop decor.

Trendy and transitional

Taking cues from modern and traditional design, the transitional style is a cultivation of contemporary elements and classic architecture. Minimal accents and culled accessories lend a clean touch to a timeless dining room setting, and the less-is-more-approach is alive and well throughout the space with statement lighting and just a few curated fittings detailing the space.

If you’d like to mimic the transitional style further, consider these design elements: crisp window treatments, a calming color palette, and organic decor.

Courtesy of Zillow Digs.

While these are only a handful of the possible design styles to outfit your dining room, they are great starting points.

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Styling a Layered and Neutral Living Room

Decorating with a range of neutrals creates a sophisticated yet comfortable living room look.

Nothing says classic design like a neutral palette. For a living room that you’ll still love years from now, throw out the pops of color and opt for soft shades of cream and gray.

Neutral pieces with a lot of layered texture are the perfect fall transition pieces. Your home will feel extra cozy, without compromising style.

1. Abstract Art, Minted, $22 and up | 2. Gray Sofa, West Elm, $1,299 | 3. Louis XIV-style Chair, Arhaus, $1,399 4. Faux Fur Pillow, Wayfair, $45 | 5. Wool Shag Rug, West Elm, $199 and up | 6. Graphic Quote Pillow Cover, H&M, $6 7. Gold Dot Pillow, Wayfair, $30 | 8. Copper Sequin Pillow, H&M, $18 | 9. Cream Tassel Throw, Open Sky, $110

A great sofa with a unique shape and a pair of statement chairs create a beautiful classic base that will really stand the test of time.

A neutral rug with an interesting pattern is a great way to liven up your space with a subtle pop. And abstract art is the perfect addition to this design. It’s graphic and modern, so it balances the traditional furniture well.

Layered textures like fur and cable knits are a must when going with a neutral palette. The varying textures and finishes don’t leave any room for bland or boring.

To really take your color-free space to the next level, bring in some metallics. Copper and gold are both neutral, but layering them together creates a collected look. A graphic black and white quote pillow is the perfect final touch that keeps this design from feeling too formal and brings in just the right amount of fun.

The best part about choosing to design with a neutral palette is that you really can’t go wrong. The more layers the better, and all neutral shades mix well together. Have fun styling your neutrals!

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Comparing Cultures: Homes from Around the World

Granite countertops, outdoor kitchens, remodeled bathrooms – we all know there’s a certain art to real estate. Just like here in America, a country’s culture directly affects the look, feel and styles of homes from all over the world. Even in locations such as Indonesia, Cameroon and the Artic, there are always cultural reasons behind the architecture and why homes are made in a particular fashion. For example, Tulou Houses from China were traditionally built in a circle formation to form a defensive village.

The following infographic from Able Skills compares homes like tipis and igloos to residences like the sukiya-zukuri in Japan and the inkajijik houses of Kenya. Take the fastest trip around the world with the information below:

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5 Ways to Warm Up a White Living Room

Nothing’s better than crisp, clean white walls, especially if you can add comfort and character with color and texture. Here are five ways to warm them up from Marni Elyse Katz on Trulia Blog.

The tufted teal ottoman is equally feminine, and potted plants bring the lush landscape in, making this room warm and inviting. Photo by Tessa Neustadt for Homepolish

I’m lucky enough to have a summer place on Cape Cod. While the structure itself is fairly traditional, inside there’s an open plan with all-white walls, light oak floors, and plenty of sun. It’s sparsely furnished, by choice, with clean lines and white upholstery, and pretty much no art on the walls. And I like it like that.

Admittedly, in photos it looks slightly unfinished, almost stark, but it’s a getaway, not just from city life, but from the material possessions that clutter my life. As much as I’d like to live similarly at home in Boston, it’s just not realistic, especially with a family.

Aside from strict modernists, most people can’t live such a spare existence daily, or even want to. But still, that’s no reason to eschew all-white (or at least mostly white) interiors. Nothing’s better than crisp, clean white walls, especially if you can add comfort and character with — restrained! — color and texture.

Here are five ways to warm up white living rooms.

1. Contemporary natural

Natural elements can bring warmth and texture to a space. Photo by William Waldron

The Southampton, NY, home of interior designer Kelly Behun is a sleek, modern marvel by architecture firm Sawyer | Berson, but the interior, which Behun designed solo, reflects that casual air of its beach locale. With all that openness and sunlight, the room could quickly seem stark, but the wood-framed floor-to-ceiling windows, wood dining table, and living room chairs add a pared-down taste of nature. The subdued yet traditional rug, whimsical sofa, and chunky macramé plant hangers infuse additional warmth, textural interest, and an air of casualness, while still maintaining a contemporary vibe.

2. Anchor with black

You can black in an all-white room to soften the overall look. Photo by Maxwell Tielman for Design Sponge (left) Photo by Christine Francis for Yatzer (right)

Pairing white and black can often be a recipe for hard-edged minimalism, but these all-white rooms use black to help ground rather than provide jarring contrast. In the Catskills getaway on the left, which is painted in Pratt & Lambert “Silver Lining,” the black-painted brick fireplace holds one’s attention as the room’s focal point, while the ebony wood credenza provides a clear border on the right. The brass sputnik chandelier, salvaged raw wood floors, and whitewashed beams above add patina.

An overdyed black rug grounds and softens the minimalist living room on the right, in a Victorian home in Melbourne, Australia, designed by Georgina Jeffries and Pip McCully of Wonder Design.

3. Glam accents

Use beautiful accents to bring a bit of glam. Photo by Tessa Neustadt for Homepolish

Designer Orlando Soria, the West Coast creative director of interior design service Homepolish, put together this casual glam living room in Palm Springs belonging to best-selling author Kelly Oxford. Surrounded on every side in white, with frameless floor-to-ceiling windows with plain white curtains and glossy white wide-plank floorboards, not to mention modern white sofas, the space could easily read as sterile. The neutral rug (love that he resists the same-old, same-old sisal) adds a homey touch and honey glow, while the triple-tier brass side tables announce a glam girl lives here. The tufted teal ottoman is equally feminine, and potted plants bring the lush landscape in.

4. Pretty in pink

Pastels in an all-white room can help create an inviting environment. Stoffer Photography for The Everygirl (left) Photo by Anne de Leeuw for VT Wonen (right)

Danielle Moss, founder of popular lifestyle site The Everygirl, committed to using color in her new Lincoln Park, Chicago, apartment, seen on the left. The walls, painted Conforth White by Farrow & Ball, are actually the palest whisper of gray. Gold sconces and accessories add shine. The piece de resistance is a painting by fellow designer/blogger Jen Ramos.

In the living room on the right, styled by Marianne Luning, pink tones (and undertones) in mottled finishes match the almost unfinished character of the concrete walls. The soft lines of the sofa and plush fabrics, from the rug to the velvet pillow to the shaggy sheepskin ottoman, complete the inviting effect.

5. Rustic chic

Mix vintage and modern design elements for a cozy feel. Photo by Paulina Prcklin for The Style-Files (left). Photo by Pernille Kaalund for Femina (right)

Danielle de Lange of interior design blog The Style Files swathed her 100-year-old farmhouse in neutral colors and natural textures, creating an earthy feel she describes as rustic chic. Combining vintage finds and modern pieces, including antlers and a table that still resembles a tree, aboriginal artwork, and wooden stools, the room is both primarily white and absolutely cozy.

On the right, Danish fashion designer David Anderson uses vintage finds, like a movie lamp spotted in Copenhagen, to lend an industrial feel to his otherwise modernist white house. Safari chairs draped in animal skins add to the rawness.

Get Ready for the ‘Maximalism’ Movement Entering Interior Designs

Hotel design - Photo Credit: Igloodgn,

Hotel design – Photo Credit: Igloodgn,

A new philosophy is taking hold in interior design, and it puts the onus on style without clutter. The recession has finally dwindled and people are yearning for all of the sumptuousness, texture, and good looks that they can get.

This exciting new movement is being called “maximalism.”

So many of us were attracted toward the bare, simplistic movement often referred to as “minimalism” in the last several years. But this new idea of maximalism looks to break that mold and go after the bright, bold, detailed accents that are connected to this new ideal.

During the recession everyone took it down a notch and gravitated toward repurposing. Many people were downsizing and reusing and recycling. People made do with as little as possible.

But are the days of repurposing and reclaiming items fading away and being replaced by maximalism?

The new maximalism means that the recession is almost over, and people are spending again. It’s the place where “more is more” and less is most definitely a bore.

As more designers and the public move toward this notion of maximalism, I’m quick to point out that this does not necessarily mean accumulating things. In fact, it’s quite the opposite!

Maximalism as it pertains to interior design is about having elegance and sophistication in materials but striking a delicate balance between style and keeping disorder at bay. This requires a lot of editing.

What’s important here is maximalism, yes, but not the clutter and not over decorating — it’s all about curating spaces.

It’s important that we not be afraid of bringing luxe and detail back into our lives. It’s not necessarily the opulence of the 1930s and 1940s, but opulence with restraint that truly reflects what our lives are like today. Luxe is not intimidating.

Maximalism is a term that is used to emphasize work-intensive practices and concentrate on the process of creation itself. The term was coined by historian Robert Pincus-Witten to describe a group of artists associated with the challenging start of Neo-expressionism in the late 1970s. Charlotte Rivers describes how “maximalism celebrates richness and excess in graphic design,” characterized by decoration, sensuality, luxury and fantasy.

Heeding this new maximalist movement and integrating it into interior design projects is of particular importance to real estate developers. The fact that consumers are well on their way to seeking out this emerging trend proves the actual weight of this new model of interior design.

When developers are putting up a property they have to be ahead of the curve by eight or even 10 years because it all boils down to this: You have to be able to forecast beyond the trend and forget about “trendy” because by the time it is built, it is not going to be vogue anymore.

Maximalism likely will be the new wave and full future of interior design trends.

I see even more lavishness in the future of interior design, which often follows off of the heels of fashion runways. Since the recession started in 2007 we have been starved, but not anymore – real estate purchasers want a full package. They want to see color, light, detail, pattern, and they want to have fun.

Real estate developers need to realize this and adopt it over the upcoming year with a strategic focus on being ahead of the design curve. Luxe is coming and people want it. It just can’t be ignored.

Anna Abbruzzo and Alain Courchesne

Anna Abbruzzo and Alain Courchesne

About the authors: Anna Abbruzzo and Alain Courchesne are the Principal Designers of the award-winning interior design firm Igloodgn, with headquarters in Canada. The design duo successfully works with real estate developers to scale projects to the next level for both residential and commercial properties. Igloodgn’s previous clients have included the major burger restaurant Mister Steer; opulent housing development unit Roccabella Towers; exclusive men’s retailer Dom Rebel Threads; and the elegant Spa Calme. For more information, visit Igloodgn at


What’s Cooking in the Kitchen?

A spotlight on the latest trends in kitchen design.

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With the kitchen becoming a home’s central meeting place, more homeowners are redesigning their old ones to accommodate the needs of their families.

“It’s where everybody congregates,” says Sue Pelley, the international spokeswoman for INTERIORS by Decorating Den based in Montgomery Village, Md.

Pelley suggests adding a breakfast bar with stools or a table and chairs in the kitchen, if there’s room, so that children can do their homework or play games while the cooking is going on.

Other trends in the kitchen include:

Granite countertops. Although other materials are slowing edging out granite, it’s still the most popular choice. “That is it,” says Pelley. “Granite is the big thing. It’s still what people really want. Corian countertops are really highly sought after as well.” While there are many choices for counter material, Pelley says many homeowners still like tile, although some of them are going for the larger ceramic sizes to minimize grout lines.

Decorative backsplashes. “What people are doing, on tile backsplashes, is using decorative tile to personalize it—you can get decorative tile, decorative accents, architectural shapes, raised surfaces—and they’re personalizing it in that vein,” she says.

Glass-front cabinets. “If you have some beautiful pieces, you can display them. That’s a today look,” Pelley says.

Stainless steel and white appliances. “They’re very neutral, very clean. Stainless steel can work with a lot of different design styles. It lends itself to contemporary kitchens, but clean lines and simplicity are always good,” she says. “They age well. It’s almost like everything old is new again. White kitchens are no different. Toasters, blenders… you look at them, they’re very retro. They’ve got a big look again.”

Turquoise and pink. “It’s any color pink. Pink is the hot shade. Bubblegum, raspberry pink, cherry pink… all those pinks are big. The other big shade is turquoise. Turquoise jewelry is hot and we’re starting to see that in fabric and wallpaper design. It’s just now starting but it will get huge.”

Round or oval tables. “They’re much more conducive for conversation. They don’t take up as much space. That’s a bit of a trend that’s continuing,” she says.

Hardwood floors. “What we still see is hardwood, more hardwood than tile. Some of the new things they’re doing with hardwood is laying it in octagonally and bordering it with deeper shade of wood to call attention to it, making it look like a wood area rug,” Pelley says. Ceramic tile and vinyl continue to be popular choices as well as a large selection of area rugs. “Because some of the kitchens are so big, people want to warm up the hardwood a bit and make a little softer.”

When redecorating a kitchen, Pelley says, it’s best to go for a more timeless look. We find most decorating styles go in eight to 10 year cycles,” she says. “Once everybody has it, it’s over. We don’t seem to want it anymore when everyone can have it. Creating a more timeless look is really prudent for your remodeling budget… unless you have the money to remodel every 10 years.”

This article was originally published by Diana Lundin on See it here.