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Color Schemes: An Orchid-Inspired Palette

Posted by: on February 12th, 2014 | 4 Comments

Color Schemes: An Orchid-Inspired Palette

There’s always one room at home that needs a little extra love. Whether it’s the guest bedroom or the bathroom downstairs, you know it’s time for an upgrade when that space has left you feeling underwhelmed.

But even if you love paint as much as we do, deciding between color schemes can leave you puzzled. If you long for colorful rooms but don’t know where to begin, bring color into your home with this orchid-inspired palette. This purple color scheme is guaranteed to enliven any room in your home.

While adding color can give your home the boost it needs, bold hues aren’t the easiest to incorporate in décor. But not to fear, we’re here to help inspire you with the perfect palette for your room.

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Inspired by the Patio Style Challenge: Outdoor Accessories

Posted by: on May 13th, 2013 | One Comment

Outdoor accessories inspiration board


For the last month, the Patio Style Challenge has brought you gorgeous outdoor spaces designed by some of our favorite design and DIY bloggers. Whether it’s a lovely DIY deck or a small-space spruce-up, we’ve been inspired by all of the helpful tips that our bloggers have provided.

In this week’s Inspired board, we’ve pulled together some of the popular outdoor accessories and products that our Style Challenge participants used to create the outdoor space of their dreams!

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Stylish and Functional Small Space Patio Sets

Posted by: on April 29th, 2013 | Make A Comment

Inspiration board with different styles of patio sets for small spaces


Even if you have an outdoor space that is on the small side, there’s no reason you can’t turn it into a functional space to enjoy some sun or shade. A petite patio set is the way to go. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite small space patio sets. Which one would work best for you?


The Hampton Bay Summerville Patio Balcony Set in yellow has a nostalgic feel, and its compact scale will give purpose to the smallest of balconies. We love the bright pop of color used in the yellow vinyl-strap chair!

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Places: The Potting Shed

Posted by: on April 25th, 2013 | One Comment
Image of a Potting Shed With Botanical Decor

Image via House To Home


We like to think of the potting shed as the gardener’s studio, an inner sanctum from which to try and propagate never-seen-before works of natural beauty for the garden. And if that fails, you can always use it as a place to just putter about working on craft projects, or to simply get away from the din of daily life.

Whether you’re reading this at the beginning of the growing season, at the end of it, or somewhere in between, we’d like to plant a small seed in your mind about the wonders of the potting shed. If you’re an avid gardener, then we’re probably preaching to the choir. But pros and novices alike sometimes need some inspiration to help them create a space that allows them to do their best work. We hope there are a few ideas here that will inspire you all to great things.

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Outdoor Seating in Every Style

Posted by: on April 23rd, 2013 | Make A Comment

Inspiration board with different styles of outdoor seating sets


Last week, we brought you five different styles of outdoor dining patio sets, and this week, we thought we would offer up different styles of outdoor seating! Which one is your favorite?


The Hampton Bay Edington 4-Piece Seating Set features a black metal frame that echoes traditional patio sets that were made out of cast iron. We love the way the scrollwork on the chair backs feels like the ironwork you might find in an old Southern city, like New Orleans or Charleston.

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Places: The Fairy Garden

Posted by: on April 17th, 2013 | 4 Comments
Image of what looks like a gnome in an old tree stump

Image by Barbara Stanley via Flea Market Gardening


We know what you’re thinking: fairy gardens? Seriously? Yes! Not only do they really do exist, fairy gardening has become an immensely popular home gardening trend.

It’s not hard to see why. Much like the fairy tales we grew up with as children, fairy gardens bring back the innocence of make-believe worlds we imagined for ourselves.

Fairies are known for bringing good luck as well as their fair share of mischief. Legend has it that planting a fairy garden will not only create an inviting space for these wee-folk to inhabit but also add a touch of magic to your home, too.

Don’t feel mystified if you have yet to stumble upon one of these enchanting gardens. Until quite recently, neither had we. What we’ve discovered, though, is like all the best tales, fairy gardens are a source of endless curiosity for both the young and young at heart.

If you are in search of a little fairy dust to spark your imagination, take some time to explore the rest of this post.

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Places: Sunrooms

Posted by: on April 10th, 2013 | 3 Comments
Image of a sunroom enclosed by windows and drapes flanking the doorway

Image via Decoist


A sunroom is in many ways the ideal bonus room. It allows you the vicarious pleasures of being outdoors — such as the lovely views of nature and the energizing affects of natural sunlight — without having to deal directly with nature’s unpleasantness (heat, bugs, wind, etc.).

Being neither indoors nor out, the sunroom also frees you to decorate with high-quality furniture and accent pieces that compliment the décor of your home. You can go for maximum comfort without having to worry about the elements.

If you’re lucky enough to have a sunroom attached to your home, undoubtedly it’s being put to use in some fabulous way. But just in case any of you have been searching for ways to improve your sunroom, we’ve rounded up a few you might want to take a look at.

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Places: The Pergola

Posted by: on April 3rd, 2013 | 6 Comments


The Cedar Breeze is what we think of as your basic pergola. It comes unpainted, notched, pre-cut, pre-drilled and ready to assemble in a day’s time. Paired with an all-weather wicker seating set and surrounded by plants and flowers, it transforms an ordinary patio into an extraordinary outdoor room perfect for a gathering of friends and family.

An architectural structure that can be traced back as far as ancient Egypt, the pergola later became a common feature of Italian Renaissance gardens, often covering walkways or serving as grape arbors. Today, the same design can be used in your landscape to define a passageway, frame a focal point in your yard, or create the illusion of shelter without the feeling of being confined.

Options for pergolas abound. You won’t have difficulty finding one to match your intended use or desired look. You might, however, be surprised by the many different ways people are using pergolas not only to enhance their outdoor living spaces but also the look and feel of their home.

Take a look for yourself.

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Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Your Front Porch

Posted by: on March 18th, 2013 | One Comment

Inspiration board of Outdoor Lighting Ideas


When it comes to curb appeal, outdoor lighting is a great way to give your home’s façade a face lift. We love the way a lantern in an unusual shape or color can set your home apart from every other home on the block. We rounded up a few of our favorites.


If you have a more traditional home, an outdoor light fixture with more traditional styling makes sense. But even if you go that route, consider a fixture with an oversize scale, or an usual color or patina.

The Acclaim Lighting Dover Collection is tall at 16 inches, and while it looks quite classic, two of these lanterns on both sides of a front door would make a dramatic statement.

The gray-green patina finish of the Progress Lighting Crawford Collection Golden Baroque Wall Lantern makes it the perfect complement to a traditional home with a more rustic style.

For a simple, understated option, the Hampton Bay Bronze Wall Lantern is a classic.


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Places: The Screened-In Porch

Posted by: on March 13th, 2013 | 6 Comments


The porch is perhaps the signature architectural feature of the American home. It’s an element that still evokes strong feelings and memories of home life, particularly in the South.

Whether stemming from nostalgia or a desire to create more livable space outside the home, screened-in porches are growing in popularity once again. Contractors and national real estate associations have noted the trend. Movements like new urbanism contribute to the building of more front porch communities. And ad hoc organizations like the Professional Porch Sitters continue to add branches.

We encourage you to follow the unofficial motto of the Professional Porch Sitters as you view the rest of this post: Sit down a spell. That’ll wait.

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