Screen Porch Style: sneak peek

Do you have a screened-in porch that needs a little TLC?   So did this family!  But not for long.....because this Friday, May 26, their porch will get a new look!   

The porch had a good base to begin with:

  • Wood floor
  • Vaulted ceiling
  • Tons of natural light coming in from all three sides of the porch
  • Two large outdoor rugs in black/cream 

The porch was missing: 

  • Color
  • Texture
  • Warmth
  • Functionality

For the new and improved space, the home-owners hoped for: 

  • Color
  • Closed storage
  • Accessories 
  • Added seating
  • Window treatments
  • more lighting

The design plan

I used the rugs as inspiration for the color scheme, and style for the porch.  Black is such a great accent color, and when I have the chance to pull it in, I do!  

Color

The dominant colors the room will be sporting:

  • greens
  • grays
  • whites/creams
  • a splash of teal blue
  • a smidgin' of yellow
  • a speck of red  

Move it around!

The porch will be more functional, with the table/chair relocated over one rug, and the other rug placed on the other side of the porch, where a seating arrangement will go.  Rugs are great for setting boundaries between different types of spaces in a single room. 

Furniture

I painted a dresser the customer already owned, black.  It will be great for storing table supplies like napkins and other "things" you don't want sitting out.  That dresser will provide a nice flat surface for accessories!  The dresser will serve as a non-traditional buffet.  I love this concept! 

The table/chairs were already in the space, and the customer purchased three additional seating options for the room; two matching wicker/cushion chairs, and a papasan chair!  The cushions are cream.  (Can't wait to get pillows on these!)

Style in the details

The drawers were lined with fabric containing the accent colors for the space. It's fun to add whimsy to a room with detail like this.....

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Some of the dresser hardware was changed, and the rest were painted white.  I incorporated white in the hardware, which looks striking against the black drawers. The white hardware also ties in with the fabric lined drawers.  (it's in the details!) 

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Accessories

Typically the larger a room, the larger the accessories can be!  When larger accessories like pictures, and table top pieces are used, a little can go a long way.

Accessories that were added to the porch:

  • Wicker of varying shades (vases, trays, baskets, lamp base, chair)
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  • Floral arrangements (smidgin' of yellow)
 I'll be using this large wicker vase and the yellow flowers in the family's porch area

I'll be using this large wicker vase and the yellow flowers in the family's porch area

  • Greenery (wreath) 
  • Glass items with color (buffet area, table)
  • Floor lamp/table lamp
  • Window panels (curtains) 
  • decorative pillows for seating area
  • Seat cushions for dining table
  • Table accessories

I wish I could show you more, but I can't just yet!   It has been so fun designing the space, and I can't wait to see it all come together this Friday! 

I hope you tune in on Friday, May 26 to see the actual porch getting its face-lift!! I will be posting sneak peeks on Facebook all morning, with a full blog post to follow! 

Blessings, 
Kate 

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Debunk these myths and eliminate your home decorating headaches

Good morning!  I'm back on the blog today, talking about the most common home decorating headaches that busy home-owners experience.  But first, let's debunk a couple myths about hiring a decorator: 

1.  "It's too pricey"  or "It's just an added expense"

This one is going to be debunked FAST, because it couldn't be further from the truth!  What sets Novo Decor apart form traditional interior decorators is that projects are done using as much of what the customer already owns as possible. Then, new items are added where necessary, and the "old" outdated stuff is given new life....using a few tricks up my sleeve.  

I even offer a decorating service where I use ONLY what the customer already has.   The customer pays for nothing new, except of course, fresh ideas!  

Novo Decor is resourceful, and customers love it.  Decorating packages are tailored to each customer's budget.  No surprises.  In the end, my packages SAVE the customer money.  Here's how......

2.  "I'll save money if I do it myself"

I'm going to debunk this one.....NOW.   I've seen so many home-owners struggle with successfully finishing a room. Whether it's lack of time, or simply not knowing how to pull it together, the room doesn't get done. 

Often what happens for many home-owners is that shopping trips become longer, more frequent, or more sporadic. Why?  Because finding the right pieces, (or knowing what pieces to look for), isn't as easy as we'd like.   

The result? Frustration. Too many shopping trips. Time wasted.  The on-line "coma", (browsing endlessly and end up buying nothing, OR, buying "things" that look good on-line,or in-store, but don't seem to fit together once we get them).  

These things lead to an unfinished room, and a whopping 89% of home-owners have a room in the house that is unfinished.   Are you one of them? 

Home decorating headaches Summarized

1.  No time!  Things get busy.  It's easy to fall into the trap of a busy schedule.  Due to limited time, a plan doesn't happen, let alone finding what is needed for the space.  The result is a room (or rooms) that never gets done. 

2.  Lack of skill.  Not knowing where to start, or how to pull a room together is the biggest reason a room goes un-styled, and unfinished.  

3.  No desire.  Going back to #1, things get busy.  When we're busy, our home interiors get put on the back burner. In fact, many things we want/need to get done, are put on the back burner when we're pressed for time.   Having a put-together home interior doesn't have to though. 

Think about it:   The point of hiring any professional to come into our homes and do something for us, is that they do it for us!  Why? Because we don't really want to do it ourselves, or, we don't know how to do it.   Could we do it ourselves?  Probably.  Would there be guarantees we did it well, or correctly?  Nope.  Do we have time to do it ourselves?  Heck no.  

For those home decorating "headaches"......Good-bye advil, hello Consultation

A FREE home consultation with Novo Decor is the first step.  Get suggestions, and tips customized for YOUR space....at no cost.  New to Novo Decor?  Get 10% OFF if you book a service with me! 

See the Anderson's room project HERE  They had their FREE consultation back in February, and in April, their room was DONE for them.   Not bad! 

"A free consultation?  That's not typical in the decorating "biz".  You're right.  But Novo Decor is not your traditional interior design service.  Schedule your consultation below.... 

No one likes a headache.  There are decorating headaches out there that need eliminating. 

Get rid of the headaches and let Novo Decor........

  • design any room in your home, including color scheme, furniture selection, rug selection, decor, and accessories using a digital photo collection of hand-selected items for your space.  This is called a Design Board.  This service also includes a where-to-buy guide, which means zero hassle for you.  Just look at the plan, guide, and get your shopping done in less than 30 minutes (if you do it on-line!).  

Here is an example of what a Design Board looks like: 

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  • decorate a room for you, using what you already have on hand.  No need to buy all new things. You'd be surprised how a room can be freshened up simply by using pieces in different ways, re-arranging furniture, and decor. 
 All these pieces were already in the house. It was a matter of finding them, re-locating them, and piecing them together, for a fresh new dining area.

All these pieces were already in the house. It was a matter of finding them, re-locating them, and piecing them together, for a fresh new dining area.

  • design and decorate a room for you.  All the necessary pieces for a room are brought in, and the whole room is styled for you.  
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 This was a full room  make-over, including new color scheme, accessories on the walls, shelves, and a painted desk perfect for that small nook in the corner. 

This was a full room  make-over, including new color scheme, accessories on the walls, shelves, and a painted desk perfect for that small nook in the corner. 

For more information on Novo Decor's decorating services, go to the link below: 

DECORATING WITH NOVO DECOR

Remember, 89% of home-owners have an unfinished room in the house.   Are you one of them?    

Blessings, 
Kate

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Beige to Brilliantly colorful room: BEFORE/AFTERS

Greetings!  Iit's time to show you a recent job I completed for a young couple.  It was a living room/kitchen area that needed some pizazz. And pizazz it got....with plenty of color, texture, and pattern.

The space I had to work with was BIG, including vaulted ceilings.  What to do with all that space?   Here is a how the design process unfolded, along with pictures.......

1.  Start with a rug

Rugs are a great starting point for any room. They help determine color scheme selection, and set the tone for the room. 

For this room, I chose a very LARGE rug, 9 feet by 12 feet.  My general rule  of thumb is, the larger the space, the larger the rug.   Plus, this room has a huge sectional sofa, which was in need of a rug large enough to accommodate it. 

This is the rug that I selected: 

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Here is how the rug looks in the space: 

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That is one colorful rug.  I was drawn to the mix of warm and cool colors, and knew it would work great in a room with gold-ish/beige walls.  The adjoining kitchen/eating area was painted in yellow; also another reason I was drawn to this rug. The rug has just enough yellow in it to tie the rooms together.  

2.  Go big or go home (furniture selection in large spaces) 

Next, I brought in a large TV console.  Again, a room that is large, needs large pieces.   If you've got many smaller pieces in a large space, those pieces can appear to be floating around, lost at sea.  When you've got a big room, go big or go home I say!  This concept is illustrated below: 

Here is the TV console BEFORE: 

 This console gets swallowed up and is too small for the space. 

This console gets swallowed up and is too small for the space. 

And here is the TV console AFTER: 

 This console utilizes the space well. 

This console utilizes the space well. 

3. Dress up the walls (and windows) 

Walls can be a struggle. Especially when you have lots of wall space.  I used the TV/console to help break up the large wall on that side of the room.  I used the remaining wall space for a little "gallery" of "things".  (you know how I love a good gallery wall).   I can also see an accent chair in that corner, to finish off the space. 

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I didn't need to use a lot of wall art, but it was necessary to add pieces here and there to help create a more finished look.  The curtains on each end of the window really made a difference in warming up the space, and helping to achieve that finished look.   Windows need a little something! 

Here is the fireplace wall BEFORE curtains: 

 The windows look like they a little love.  And window treatments CAN be super simple....like they are in this space (see photos below) 

The windows look like they a little love.  And window treatments CAN be super simple....like they are in this space (see photos below) 

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Here is the fireplace wall AFTER curtains:  (darn I don 't have a full picture of the wall due to the lighting!). But I think you get the idea.....the windows are dressed simply with one panel on each end, and two short window rods.    (the curtains also add great pattern and movement to the room) 

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5.  Don't forget the mantle

Since the room is so large, and the ceilings so high, larger accessories were a must.  I used a hand-painted mirror, and two vases full of awesome (fake) florals for the mantle.

Tip: Floral arrangements are a great way to incorporate your color scheme into the mix.  Since my intention was to tie together the yellow kitchen with this neighboring living room, the yellow flowers got the job done! 

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This is what the mantle looked like before: 

 pretty lonely! 

pretty lonely! 

6.  Accessories

The accessories are the final step. Once the key items are in place like curtains, furniture, and rugs, it's time to fill in the gaps with decor.   Throw pillows brought in tons of color and texture into this space, and provided balance against the color-packed rug: 

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7. Tie in adjoining rooms with color

After the living room was finished, it was time to move on to the adjoining kitchen, and eating area.  By adding just a few elements to this space, better balance was achieved between the two rooms.  Here is what I did: 

  • added window panels to warm up the space and frame the windows (more color, and warms up space) 
  • added a table centerpiece, and place mats (texture!) 
  • added a window valance over the kitchen sink (color)
  • re-arranged and added a few items above the cabinetry (candlesticks, baskets, dishes)
  • added a rug (more color)
  • re-hung wall art that was painted to better coordinate with the new color scheme

Attending to an adjoining room when you've just finished a room, doesn't have to be complicated!  Start with color, and find ways to bring in your key colors, into the adjoining room.   

I brought in blues, and reds, and of course added some greenery (because every room I do has greenery....and a globe!)

Here are some before shots of the kitchen/eating area: (terrible photos, taken at night. Sorry):

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Here is the kitchen area AFTER: 

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 Typically long curtains should reach the floor, however in kitchens it's OK to have a bit of space between the curtain and floor.  These curtains hang all the way to the trim, making it work. 

Typically long curtains should reach the floor, however in kitchens it's OK to have a bit of space between the curtain and floor.  These curtains hang all the way to the trim, making it work. 

Unfortunately while recently "cleaning up" my phone, I erased additional pictures I had of the kitchen "AFTER" shots. Darn!   A few simple additions with color, and the two rooms were instantly more cohesive. 

And that's a wrap for the "Beige to brilliantly colorful room" project.  It was a win-win for the the home-owners of this home, because they didn't have to spend any time planning, or shopping for the room; both things which they don't necessarily love to do.   The result is a room they love, and that're more representative of their tastes and personalities! 

Thank you Laura and Craig!  I hope you continue to enjoy your "new" rooms. 

HAPPY WEEKEND, 

Kate 

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Decorating with Novo Decor: What's right for you?

Greetings!  I am excited to share that Novo Decor has created a new service, and product!

Up until now, I've provided two main services:

1.  Furniture painting

2. Decorating (partial or full room plan)

I heart decorating

Designing and re-creating a space is truly where my heart is, and that is where I will be focusing my services.  Though I will continue to paint furniture, these types of projects will not stand on their own, but rather, will be part of a room design/decorating project (if the room design calls for it). 

Decorating: Thrice the joy!

Novo Decor offers three decorating packages.  Each package is tailored to the customer, and starts with a home consultation.  The home consultation is an opportunity for me to see the customer's home, and get to know his/her style and needs for a particular room.  

Keeping it simply in 2018

1. Design Board:  

A design board is a digital room plan that I design for the customer.  The board includes pictures of all the necessary decor, accessories, and furniture for the space.  A convenient product where-to-buy guide, and potential cost is also included.     

This option is for the home-owner who: 

1. Doesn't know how to choose decor, accessories, and/or furniture for the roo

2. Lacks time, and/or desire to plan it on their own

3. Is fine with the shopping part (on-line or in-store), if they have a plan to follow/where-to-buy guide.  They may say something like this.......

"Just tell me what to buy, and where to buy it" 

This option is recommended for the those who, once they've got what they need for the room, they WILL tackle the job AND get it done on their own.  

2.  Design Board + Styling: 

This option includes a Design Board (see #1), and a full styling service.  

This option is for the home-owner who:

1.  Wants someone to put the room together FOR them. So many home-owners struggle with putting a room together. They browse Pinterest, or look in magazines and see plenty of looks they love, but they can't achieve the look they love on their own. 

3.  Full room design + Styling: 

This option includes full room design plus styling, which means that a plan is devised for the customer, decor and accessories are brought in, and the room is styled for the customer. 

This option is for the home-owner who

a.  Prefers the convenience of having someone else do it all for them.  

b. Has limited time or skills to get it done themselves

Which one is right for you? 

Whether you're not sure how to get started, or can't seem to finish that room, Novo Decor has a service specifically tailored to your needs. 

During the month of April, take advantage of my FREE home consultation and get instant ideas for your space.   So easy.  So smart!  

Do you have a room you just can't done?  How about a room you don't like?  Get your FREE consultation. I'd seriously love to help.  

Do you have teenage daughter who needs an updated bedroom this spring?? Book any service with Novo Decor and get %10 Off your order. 

Have a great week!

Kate

 

 

 

 

Home decorating trends 2018: Part Three

I've been occupied with making digital design boards this week, that I forgot to post part three to the Home decorating trends in 2018!!  Here it is....

It's time for part three to my mini blog series "Home decorating trends 2018".  I came across a 20-item list on Pinterest of 2018's top decorating trends, and thought I'd share it with you.  If you missed parts one and two, you can see them here: 

Home decorating trends 2018: Part One

Home decorating trends 2018: Part Two

Onward to #15-20...... 

15.  Two-toned cabinets

Who says kitchen cabinets have to all be the same color?  They don't.  Generally though, the trend is making one portion or section of cabinetry one color, and another part, another color. Here is an example of two-toned cabinetry in a kitchen: 

 photo from Becky Owen Design   beckyowens.com

photo from Becky Owen Design   beckyowens.com

The island is left a dark natural wood tone, while the cabinetry was painted blue.  It totally works. This is a great option for you if you'd like a pop of color in your cabinetry, but are kind of scared to have them ALL painted. 

16. Brass fixtures

Brass is back, peeps!  Don't get rid of your old brass fixtures just yet.   I love the look of brass in the photo below, against the dark subway tile and cabinetry.  Beautiful!  

 Photo from:  mona-mina.tumblr.com

Photo from:  mona-mina.tumblr.com

17.  Concrete  (table tops, walls, counters)

Concrete inside the house?  Yep. It's popular, and in some cases I rather like it.  I know nothing about how easy they are to clean, or maintain, but they can't be too high maintenance can they?  

 photo from Deco-Crete Supply Inc. 

photo from Deco-Crete Supply Inc. 

Here is another example of concrete inside the house.......the walls....

 photo from Poppytalk.com

photo from Poppytalk.com

Now, I'm all about pink wall art....but I'm not sure how to feel about these pink pictures against a concrete wall. It looks......cold.  Brrrrrrr.   I feel like cuddling up to a good movie in this room would be a challenge. 

18.  Dark wood

Rich, dark wood finishes are beautiful!  And, even though I paint furniture, there are certain pieces I won't touch, due to their beautiful rich wood finish!  Here is a dark chocolate-y piece of furniture for you: 

 photo from Fomfest.com  via Worldwide DIY Design

photo from Fomfest.com  via Worldwide DIY Design

Dark wood floors have also been trending. They are simply gorgeous.  And honestly, they'll never go out of style in my book: 

 photo from Fomfest.com

photo from Fomfest.com

19.  3D Wall Decor

Who knew wall decor could be 3D?  Let's take a look.....

 design sponge

design sponge

The next example is definitely beyond my wall decor skill-set.  What do you think?   Yay or nay? It makes me want to grab a smoothing tool and get to work pronto. 

 homeaesthetics.net

homeaesthetics.net

The next 3D wall art example is one we're more familiar with.  These have made their way into many-a-crafters homes...

 photo from Quiet Corner

photo from Quiet Corner

20. Retro Furniture

Retro furniture.  You are either a retro lover, retro hater, or somewhere in between.  I happen to be smack in the middle.  A little retro goes a long way for me.  

This chair is an example of retro style furniture.  Unique shape, simple lines, and wood arms/legs.  The patterned fabric gives it that extra retro boost. 

 photo from vintageindustrialstyle.com

photo from vintageindustrialstyle.com

This chair is fun and edgy, yet not too crazy that you get sick of it after 3 months.  I'd add a piece like this to any room.  

On the flip side, there is such a thing as retro overload; think Carol Brady's kitchen (If you're under 33, you may have to google it) 

And there you have it!!  The final six home decorating trends in 2018! Thoughts?  Anything you loved, or didn't love?  Which one will you try this year? 

 See ALL twenty trends at the links below: 

Home trends 2018: Part One

Home trends 2018: Part Two

 

 

 

Home decorating trends 2018: Part Two

Hello and welcome to my mini blog series about 2018 decorating trends.  Trends come and go, but there are some that have a long, happy life.   Earlier this week,  I kicked off with Part One of this series. If you missed that on Facebook you can catch it here: 

Home decorating trends 2018: Part One

Today, we're picking up where we left off:

8.  Black and White

Decorating a room with black and white accents can be striking. What do you do to ensure you're doing it "right"?   A room completely covered in black and white, can be overwhelming.  It's always good to have a pop of some type of color with it.  

Incorporating a pop of color in your black and white room creates more visual impact, and adds some whimsy to a room.   In the photo below, the splash of green really pops against this simple black and white color scheme. 

 Photo from Country Living  

Photo from Country Living  

9.  Coffee bar space

Ditch the booze bar, and go for the coffee!  Coffee bars can be as simple as designating an area in the kitchen for all your coffee supplies, and maybe a few fun coffee accessories.   If you're counter space is limited, find a bar cart, or a small table and create your own little coffee nook. Check out this adorable coffee station from "Artsy Chicks Rule" (photo via Pinterest). 

I love how they used an old dresser for their coffee station.  Super functional, and cost effective! 

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10.  Pops of green!

For you green lovers out there, this is your lucky day!  Green is a hot color right now.  And, it can be ANY green which makes trying this trend, easy and fun.  

I decided to try it in our bedroom. The set of three frames below, were easily changed out using left over green fabric I had.  I chose three different patterns, and shades of green.  It works.   I had zero green pillows, so I am making what I already have, work.   It is tempting not to buy a new green accent pillow, but I've got to practice what I preach: Use what you have and mix it up! 

TIP: Look at green color swatches and see which shades speak to you. Or, browse Pinterest! You're sure to find a green hue that draws you in!  

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11.  Natural lighting

We all love a little natural lighting, but not all of us have tons of windows.  If that describes you, I suggest investing in some good lighting.  Lighting can make or break a room.  From table and floor lamps, to hard-wired ceiling & wall fixtures, lighting plays a huge role in any room. 

These hard-wired wall sconces look great in this room.....

 photo from the rustic pallet, via Instagram 

photo from the rustic pallet, via Instagram 

12.  Open Storage Spaces

I love this option in kitchens. The beautiful farmhouse style open shelving arrangements are HUGE right now.  People actually knock out cabinetry, to achieve this look.  I'm not taking it that far, but there are other ways of having chic, fun open storage spaces.  

The example below is a great way to maximize corner space, and it looks awesome too. 

 photo from  Centsational Girl , article title: "11 Kitchen storage spaces you completely forgot about" , via Good Housekeeping

photo from Centsational Girl, article title: "11 Kitchen storage spaces you completely forgot about" , via Good Housekeeping

Open storage isn't limited to kitchens. Try it in your kids' playroom, bathroom, living room....ANY room can wear open storage well!

13.  Kitchen Minimalism

"Kitchen" and "Minimalism" are an oxymoron to me.  (I haven;t used that word "oxymoron" since AP English class!).  But seriously, it's not an easy feat keeping a kitchen de-cluttered, and "minimalist" looking!  Are you with me?   There is, however, something to be said for simple kitchens, which is what this trend is getting at.  

Functionally speaking, minimalism in the kitchen means have what you need, and nothing more.  Put away the small appliances and things you don't use everyday.  De-clutter your counter tops, tables, and walls.  Remove "things" on top of your cupboards that you haven't touched in 8 years.  Keep it simple.   

From a design standpoint, examples of minimalism mean very simple cabinetry (without knobs even!), appliances that blend in with the cabinetry, and simple lighting that goes unnoticed.  Here is what this looks like:  (ths style isn't for me, but many love it) 

 Photo from Comfy Living

Photo from Comfy Living

14.  Velvet

Velvet is BACK!  Don't let that freak you out. This doesn't mean your house has to look like Herman and Lily Munster's.  Incorporating this trend can be as simple as trying a few velvet throw pillows.   Or, go big with velvet, and try a sofa like this one: 

 Photo from  homeyohmy.com    

Photo from homeyohmy.com   

That sofa is deliciously gorgeous....and it's navy too.   If a big velvet sofa is too much for your style, curtains are another great way to bring in velvet.   

And that's a wrap for PART TWO of 2018's home decorating trends blog series! 

Which of these trends do you gravitate toward?  Which one can you do without??   I hopped on the green band wagon in our master bedroom, and all it involved was replacing three frames (and maybe a green accent pillow, if I maintain self-control!) 

Kate

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Home decorating trends 2018: Part I

I recently came across a 20-item list of the top decorating trends of 2018.  Today, I'd like to share 7 of them with you. Take them, or leave them, they're what's happening right now in home decorating.  And, just because they are on trend now, doesn't mean you have to get rid of them once something else comes along to take their place! 

Some things are timeless, and never get old.  Other things.....do.  You be the judge.   Which one of these "trends" in 2018 do you love?  Which one could you leave behind? 

7 decorating Trends in 2018

1.  Gallery Walls  

Gallery walls are awesome for so many reasons. They showcase a home-owner's personality,  and instantly create style in a room. They also add pops of color, and add visual interest to any wall.  Best of all, they are easy to do!!! Use pictures you already have, and display them together! 

Have a big empty wall? Try a gallery wall in 2018.   Get all sorts of actionable tips for hanging your gallery with these blog posts: 

Four walls Four ways: Gallery Style

My fool-proof, no-measure method for hanging a Gallery Wall

So you have a gallery wall hanging method, now what? 

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2.  Neutral Earthy Tones

I love color, and typically add pops of it whenever I'm working on a room.  But, just as important as pops of color, are natural materials and colors, to balance a space. Examples of a natural material are wicker, or sea grass.   

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3.  Books....they're not just for reading

I was thrilled to see books on the list!  Books are SO under-rated!  Especially now, in this digital age.  Books are becoming a rarity in households.   What to do with all your old books??  Decorate with them, of course!  Books serve multiple purposes in the world of decorating.  

Books add color, and texture to a room. They can be stacked, with items placed on them for varied height, and dimension. They can be turned backwards, so all you see is their wonderfully white/cream color pages. Or, they can even be leaned against a wall....like on your mantle!  

I could keep going about books...... I mean look at these!!!!!  Beautiful. 

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4.  Fresh plants and flowers

Yes plants!  If you have a green thumb, this is great news for you!  Your ability to keep your plants alive and kicking, will allow your house to be totally on trend this year!  Woohoo! 

No green thumb?  You're covered.  Grab some fresh flowers at your local florist, or grocery store!  Put them in a giant glass vase, and set them in the smack center of your kitchen table.  Nothing says style like a vase full of fresh flowers.  And they smell wonderful too! 

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5.  Pink (not the singer!)

It's fun to see this one on 2018's trend list!  I cannot get enough pink.  All shades of it.  We have a ginormous pink 9x12 rug, and I LOVE it.  As you can imagine, I totally did a happy dance the day it was delivered to 4609 Nicole Lane. Then, shortly after that I did another happy dance when I unrolled the rug, and the beauty was unleashed. 

Don't be afraid of pink!   Pink is for adults too.  Pops of it are smashing in a room.   Add one or two killer pink accents to a room, and you're totally on trend this year....(and every single year after, if you ask me!) 

 here she is! 

here she is! 

Does decorating with pink sound scary?  Click the link below for my tips and suggestions, and you'll be a pro with pops of pink....

Pink home accents for grown-ups

6.  Recycling and DIY (all the way!)

For those of you who like do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, this trend will never lose it's glam for you.  When you can decorate a room resourcefully, and get a fresh result, it is so very satisfying.  Everyone should try it. 

If DIY sounds terrible, or even just not good to you, but you love the concept of being resourceful, and you enjoy a home that looks fresh, fun and "you".....

call Novo Decor pronto!!  I've been looking for you, and would LOVE to re-create any space for you, girlfriend. 

7.  Golden metallics

Yeahsssss!  Gold.  Get ready for my run-on sentences, as this one may even be more favored than pink.  Gold is classy.  Gold is timeless.  And, did you know that all that brassy hard ware in your house that has bugged you all these years is "the" thing now? Yep, those brassy faucets are your friend. 

Gold accents do to a room, what a little lipstick or mascara does to a woman.  The room and the woman are beautiful; and when the gold accents and make-up is added, their beauty is enhanced!  

Embrace your brassy doorknobs and drawer pulls, my friends! Go for the gold, and don't look back! 

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gold dipped legs on nesting tables

That wraps up today's list.  What do you think?   Are you liking any of today's 7 home trends in 2018?  Do you have at least one of them in your home?  Which one!!!??? 

Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3......and see the rest of 2018's home decorating trends!!!!

Kate

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Finds: Chic decor for under $15

Happy Friday!  I think I'm bringing back "Friday Finds", your weekly guide to finding awesome decor that won't require a second mortgage to finance!  We see "replicas" of high-end home decor and the latest decor trends practically everywhere.  Stores like Target, and TJ Maxx carry a variety of great home decor that won't break the bank.  But did you know these same pieces can be snatched up for even less, in our local thrift shops?  

It's exciting to uncover great finds for the home, but knowing what you're looking for can be helpful.  Here are three items you could probably find this weekend, in thrift shops, each for under $15.......  

#1  Bar Carts

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The bar cart above was snatched up for $5 (Goodwill).   The bar cart below can be purchased new (Target) for $123 (on sale). Needless to say, I went with the $5 option! 

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Bar carts are NOT just for booze, though the name implies that!  Use them as bedside tables, plant stands, or even living room side tables!  

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Accessorize them for the holidays, or keep them out year round. Either way, bar carts are a fantastic accent for any room of the house! 

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#2  Accent Chairs

I've been know to buy a chair simply because of its looks.  Never mind its functional purpose in our home, or even its comfort, but if it has the potential to serve as a great accent piece, well then....it's going in the cart.  

Though my chair obsession has settled down significantly, I will always hold a special place in my heart for them!  Let's take a look at two chairs: 

The chair on the left will set you back $699.  The chair on the right?  Empty your kids' piggy banks and you've got yourself a chair for $8.  (Goodwill)

There are certainly benefits to knowing what thrift shops to go to, what to look for, and of course, how to accessorize your "new" finds.  Do thrift shops make your head spin?  Let me know help. I'm basically a personal shopper, who then pulls it all together to re-create any room in the house!  Let Novo Decor help YOU.  During March, I'm offering FREE home consultations!!!

Peeps, this is is a no-pressure, no-brainer offer!! 

#3 Lamps

We need lamps to see (hahaha, yep), but they also play an important role in setting the mood and feel of a room.  I'm a huge lighting person.  Certain lamps are turned on at certain times of the day.....it's just what I do.    Because  I have a great love for lamps, that doesn't mean I spend a lot on them! Good gracious no.   Let's take a look:

 New lamp. West Elm. $199

New lamp. West Elm. $199

 Old lamp.  $5.    The lamp shade was painted white, as the old version was yellowing. And no one wants a yellowing lampshade! 

Old lamp.  $5.    The lamp shade was painted white, as the old version was yellowing. And no one wants a yellowing lampshade! 

 Here's a full size room shot to show you just how great an old pair of lamps can be.....

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With a little gold spray paint and new lampshades, this lamp pair was instantly modernized. They work fine. They look great!  They cost $10 (for the pair).  Triple success. 

Gems in the rough

Three simple pieces for the home, found at thrift shops.  You wouldn't know by the looks of them, would you?   This is the beauty of second hand shopping, and one of the best kept secrets for resourceful, and artistically unique home decorating.  

We are always evolving, and so are our homes.  Keep up with those changes easily and cost-effectively.....with second hand shopping. 

Are you new to thrifting?  What are you waiting for!???   Try it this weekend!  Or, share your awesome find on Novo's Facebook page!!!

Have a great weekend!

-Kate

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Foyer ledge: See how this foyer space was brought to life

Greetings!  A foyer, (aka, entrance to a home) is the first thing we see upon entering our homes.  Some foyers are small, and some are big.  And some foyers have this thing I like to call a "ledge". These are the spaces that loom overhead, and they can be difficult to decorate.   

The problem with ledges

A number of home owners struggle to accessorize spaces like these. So what do they do? Leave them alone!  Sound familiar? Well, there's good news......solutions abound for these mystery spaces! 

Here is an example of a "ledge" that needed some attention, ok, ALOT of attention: 

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This ledge is unusually large right?  It's no wonder it left the home-owner feeling stumped!  Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to dress this space up...and today you're going to see the result. 

Finally a finished ledge AND no work involved for the home-owner?   Suh-weet!!

The result

Now, keep in mind that had I been Peter Pan during the taking of the "after" pictures, the pictures would likely have turned out much better!  Taking pictures on a 2 foot wide ledge was, well.....scary!  Bare with me......

Before: 

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The rug, door, globe, and greenery add a pop of color, and are just what the space needed! 

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A space isn't completed without a little pattern and a good dose of texture....

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The wall opposite the door (the far right wall in the photo above), was kept simple.  Using a "gold-dipped" painted stool, a colorful hand woven rug (World Market), a simple glass vase with greenery, and a piece of hand-painted wall art,  the corner was tended to, but not overdone. 

 I think the pictures are a bit blurry because my hands were shaking up there on that ledge! 

I think the pictures are a bit blurry because my hands were shaking up there on that ledge! 

Not only was I entrusted to this space, the project allowed me to overcome my (mild) fear of heights.  I really had to focus while working up there, always minding the edge, and working VERY slowly. But, as they always say, slow and steady wins the race! 

Do you have a ledge in your home? What have you done with it?   

See my tips for accessorizing a ledge here:  4 steps to accessorizing a ledge

And that's a wrap on how this challenging space was re-created into a warm and inviting focal point in the home!!!  It adds character and personality to the entry way!  

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Spring-ready: Chic home decor under $5

Greetings and welcome to Friday Finds!  If you are tuning in for the first time, Friday Finds is your weekly guide to finding the most current, hot decor while spending very little money, AND, giving back to your community.  How will you give back to your community? You'll snatch up these hot decor items at your local thrift shops!  Thrifting is a wonderful thing, and it's even better when you can score the latest trends that mimic the "real deals".  The real deals are fabulous too, but can potentially set you back 5 times what you're going to spend!  So get ready to have some fun and tune in every Friday for "Friday Finds"!!!! 

Today's find is a glass vase discovered on a miscellaneous rack.  Miscellaneous racks can be gold mines.  This vase was hidden (the best finds almost always are!), and caught my eye for several reasons:  1.  Its color: Spring is a great time to try new colors   2.  Its larger size, which makes it a great piece for the mantle  and 3.  Its shape.    

First let's start by doing some comparison shopping.  The vase on the left is the thrifted vase. Cost: $3.99.  The vase on the right is from Pier 1 Imports.  Cost:  $59.95

Both vases share common characteristics, making it almost impossible to discern "thrifted" from brand new. I'm certainly no glass expert, and would be interested to know the difference in quality (or maybe there is no difference!).  Either way, I'm loving the "new" vase.  It sits on our mantle and serves its purpose well.   Here are some other ways to display vases: 1.  In groups of odd numbers (like 3 or 5 vases), 2.  Holding fresh flowers  3.  Displayed solo (if a vase is on the larger side,  it can make a big impact if displayed all on its own, like in the picture above.  

Uniquely shaped decor of varying heights is great for mantles.  In the photo below, the mantle display is simple, yet it makes an impact through use of color, and decor of varying sizes and shapes.  Vases are EVERYWHERE, in every single thrift shop I've ever visited.   Embark on your vase search and you will be pleasantly surprised at the great pieces waiting for you! 

Do you have any glass vases or other unique decor on your mantle this spring?   

Show us your finds and how you've incorporated them into your home at www.facebook.com/novodecorco

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!   

 

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