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Simple GIFs That Show How to Harness the Power of the (Color) Pop — GIF Magic

It’s one of the most overused, annoying phrases in design writing: the “pop of color.” But this expression endures because using small, potent pops of color in a room is truly powerful. You can make a room look bold, dramatic and vibrant, without having to coat every square inch of a room in color. Need proof? Here are some GIFS that showcase the magic of the color pop (and the four most effective ways you can wield this design power).

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Posted on Jul 27, 2017

Before & After: A Small Suburban Bathroom Goes from Taupe to Timeless

(Image credit: Diana Liang )

After living in New York for 11 years, Diana Marsh was ready to move back to her home state of Michigan and design a beautiful nest. As the proprietor of the downtown Ann Arbor store Thistle and Bess , Diana stocks up and offers one-of-a-kind treasures for those seeking a luxurious lifestyle. And not surprisingly, she was looking to create a luxurious lifestyle in the 1890s house she bought . A fan of history and elegant English estates, the house’s architecture was right up her design alley. The taupe bathroom was not.

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Posted on Jul 26, 2017

Harmony at Home: Create a Design Connection Across Rooms

The rooms in Diana Marsh ‘s Ann Arbor home are lovely on many levels. She absolutely nails many design principles, like symmetry and balance, in the individual spaces, making each room an inspiring composition. But something else stood out to me as I scrolled through the photos of her home; she simultaneously created connections across the rooms, upping the harmony of her home.

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Posted on Jul 25, 2017

Rules to Remember When You Want Dark Walls in a Small Space

Angie Teater ‘s Midtown East studio apartment in Manhattan is, quite simply, stunning. There’s plenty of furniture arrangement inspiration for your own studio apartment, but there’s something special Angie aced in her home: She used dark wall paint without making her small (350 square feet, to be exact) apartment feel like a cave.Below, the smart ways she pulled it off translated into “rules” to keep in mind if you are planning on going over to the dark side.

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Posted on Jul 24, 2017

Get the Look: Design Recipe for a Luxe “Modern Farmhouse” Kitchen

The “modern farmhouse” look is the most popular design trend of the moment. One of the draws is that its most common elements evoke a warm, simpler lifestyle, which is lovely. But, if you fear that too many rustic details will make for an overly casual, leaning toward cliche look, you might want to take notes from this kitchen’s design. It’s absolutely a little bit country, but its got a good dose of contemporary high-end style and absolutely rocks the role of Luxe Modern Farmhouse.

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Posted on Jul 21, 2017

Two Savvy Solutions for Ugly Rental Kitchen Lights

Considering the amount of spectacularly hideous light fixtures in rental kitchens around the country, it’s almost as if installing the ugliest, most unflattering light fixture was at one time the law. That’s of course not true, but for anyone who’s ever walked into their rental kitchen, looked up at their light fixture and wondered “why that?”, this post’s for you.

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Posted on Jul 20, 2017

The Five Steps to a Beautifully Designed Living Room

I spotted the living room above in a recent Brooklyn house tour and instantly loved it. You can immediately see that it’s a balanced, well-appointed space. The arrangement is conducive for conversation, it feels sophisticated, and all the elements marry together beautifully. Not only do I think it’s a living room worth getting inspired by, it’s a living room that could be achieved on a budget and fit with many different styles.

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Posted on Jul 18, 2017

Real-Life Renters With Vividly Colorful Homes…Despite a “No Painting” Rule

It’s a tale as old as time (well, as long as leasing agreements have been around): You find a rental apartment or house you LOVE…but you’re not allowed to paint the walls. Perhaps the walls are white or beige and you find them ho-hum. Or perhaps your rental walls do have color — but not color you like. What’s a rule-following tenant supposed to do? You could paint anyway (we won’t tell), but if you want to add the color you want without a paint brush (and get your security deposit back), take some notes from these three fabulous rentals.

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Posted on Jul 13, 2017

How To Master a Modern Twist on a Classic Design Detail — Rooms That Get It Right

Traditional types of architectural woodwork — I’m looking at you, wainscoting — are cropping up more and more in homes these days. Woodwork like this is gaining in popularity due to two main phenomena: folks currently purchasing homes that have original woodwork are interested in restoring the historical craftsmanship, and those who live in homes that weren’t built with charming, handcrafted wooden details are opting to install it to add architectural character.

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Posted on Jul 12, 2017

Before and After: A Dark, Dated Kitchen Gets an Unbelievably Beautiful Update

The kitchen in this Brooklyn brownstone — before its reinvigorating renovation and revival — was dismal. Dark, dated. Grimy and greasy. Peeling paint, cracked walls and a floor you wouldn’t want to walk barefoot on. The whole home needed a lot of work, but the kitchen perhaps most so. After all, for many families the kitchen is the heart of the home. The hub of action. The hangout space of party guests. Nicole and Dan’s pre-remodel kitchen just wasn’t the kind of place you’d want to spend any time in.

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Posted on Jul 11, 2017

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