10 Incredible Decks That Will Inspire Your Backyard Reno

You might not have been planning a reno, but you are now.

You can’t just put a table and chairs out there and call it a day. There’s a whole lot more you can do to your deck, whether you want a full-on overhaul (new flooring or rails, for example), or just want some decor inspo. These amazing decks will help get you started.

1. Boho Deck

Fresh Exchange

Turn your deck into a boho oasis with a patterned rug, plants, candles, and a cozy throw. Then obviously, you’re going to need some string lights.

2. Tile

Tessa Neustadt for Emily Henderson Designs

It’s unexpected, but this deck is proof that tile >>> wood. It cleans easier, and looks insanely fun and colorful.

3. Tropical Deck

Durham House

No matter where you live, you can feel like you’re in the tropics. Paint your deck rails white, opt for rattan furniture, add a seagrass rug, and a potted palm. We can practically feel the island breeze.

4. Greenery Deck

Old Brand New

Feel like you’re in the jungle (minus the gross humidity and disgusting bugs) by filling your deck with all the potted plants.

5. Painted Deck

Nesting with Grace

If you have a beach house, you need to paint your deck blue and white striped. Add bistro chairs and a croquet set and we’re done for.

6. Hanging Chair

Old Brand New

A hanging chair? String lights? Pendants? Died and gone to deck heaven.

7. Swing

Dorsey Designs

This is the spot literally everyone will be fighting you for on your deck. Now all you need is a cocktail.

8. Southwestern Deck

Milk Decoration

Cacti for days. Fill your deck with varying shapes and sizes of cactus for a rustic, Southwestern feel.

9. Comfy Deck

Emily Henderson

If you want to feel like your deck is your second living room, plush seating, ottomans, cozy pillows and throws, and an area rug are a must.

10. Eclectic Deck

Country Living

The colorful stairs are cool, but we’re all about that hammock. Relaxation station!

By: Sienna Fantozzi
Credits to: HouseBeautiful.com

10 Styling Tricks That Make A Small Living Room Seem Bigger

If your living room is cramped and cluttered, the last thing you’ll want to do is hang out there. That is, unless you trick your eye into thinking your room is bigger than it appears. It’s not magic; it’s just smart styling. Here are 10 styling tricks that make a small living room seem bigger than it is:

1. Keep It Cozy

Sugar and Charm

“Cozy” is always the keyword for “cramped” space, but in this case, leaning into what makes a room feel genuinely cozy — as in, an enveloping cocoon from the busy world — can be totally soothing. Keep seating close together and intimate, and choose a plush, soft rug. Don’t you want to just curl up and relax?

2.  Add A Hammock Chair

Photography by: Zeke Ruelas / Designed by: Emily Henderson

Hammock chairs are super trendy right now, but they’re also a life saver in a small living room. You can add seating without taking up a ton of floor space, like you would with a traditional armchair.

3. Go All White

Erin Gates Design

Keep walls and floors all white to brighten up the space. A gallery wall with wide-matted art and white frames blends in with the wall, so the effect is eye-catching — yet not a bit cluttered. That way you can make a colorful piece of furniture the focal point of the room, so it’s not like the walls are closing in on you.

4. Keep Curtains Light

Christopher Baker

Light curtains and shade help maximize the light in a small living room. It’s even better if you can match them to your wall color.

5. Choose A Big Rug

David Tsay

Choosing a larger rug — even in a bold pattern — is a trick that makes a room feel bigger. Unlike smaller rugs, the large size doesn’t visually break up the floor.

6. Add Ottomans

Trevor Tondro

Use ottomans in place of a traditional coffee table to make better use of your space (because, let’s face it, a tiny house means your living room often does double or triple duty when people come over). You can top them with a tray to hold flowers and books, or call them into use as extra seating.

7. Hang Curtains A Couple Inches Higher

 Jim Franco

Curtains hung well above a window add airiness and height to a small room. Keep the curtain design basic but use extra fabric for fullness.

8. Play With Scale

 Victoria Pearson

Don’t be afraid of oversize chairs. Lots of little things in small spaces can make the room feel cluttered, so stick to a few larger pieces for comfort.

9. Install Smart Lighting

 Bjorn Wallander

Choose lighting that can be attached to the walls or hung from above to save room on floor space. Swing Arm lamps also free up space on side tables.

10. Buy Low Seating

 Peter Murdock

A lower couch creates the visual effect of higher ceilings. Just add pillows to make it more comfortable for lounging.

By: Sienna Fantozzi
Credits to: HouseBeautiful.com

10 DIY Ways To Decorate Your House For Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day approaching, it’s time to think of something extra special to show the women that we love that we appreciate them. Rather than just handing her a spa gift card and taking her out for the usual brunch, fancy up the day by decorating the house to the nines and making a big to-do out of it. Add streamers around the kitchen, balloon arches over the lunch table, throw tinsel wherever you can – she’ll love it. And here are 8 DIYs that will help you create that idea into a reality!

1. Fringe Bunting 

The Glitter Guide

Turn tissue paper into fringe bunting. Turn your kitchen into a festive explosion of color when ‘ma comes down on the big day.

2. Balloon Arch

The House That Lars Built

If you really want to make a statement, try crafting a balloon arch over the dining room table to make Mother’s Day brunch extra special. Just don’t forget the champagne!

3. DIY Tissue Paper Flowers

Project Nursery

Buy tissue paper in your favorite colors and fold them into intricate peonies that you can tape to the wall. She’ll be so wowed when she comes into the kitchen and sees a garden sprouting around her.

4. Tassel Garlands

Card Store

An easy way to add a pop of color and pizzazz to the room is by turning tissue paper into tassel garlands. Make sure to weave in some gold for a touch of glitz that’ll have your mom beaming in her slippers.

5. Drink Decorations

Style Me Pretty

Add some glamour to your mimosa flutes or your bloody mary glasses with a dash of tinsel.

6. Giant Fringe Garland

Oh Happy Day!

Put a twist on your streamers by making them extra large. They’re super easy to make and add a big splash to the room.

7. Balloon Garlands

 Hands Occupied

By mixing big and small balloons together you add some interest to the room. Rather than just blowing up balloons and throwing them on the ground (like we usually lazily do) try weaving them into a varying garland.

8. Tassel Up Your Balloons

 100 Layer Cake-Let

If you have helium balloons, try turning them extra festive by weaving tassels all down their strings. Tie one to every chair and you have a bona fide Mother’s Day party on your hands!

By: Marlen Komar
Credits to: Livingly.com

Trends That are Taking Over Homes in 2018 and 5 That Are Over

Ready or not, 2018 is here! Designers and brands expect home decor to be bolder than years before, with vivid jewel tones and luxe velvet and brass balanced out with organic accents. As always, stick with what you love, regardless of what’s in or out. But if your resolution is to refresh your home (whether with a new coat of paint or a pretty piece of furniture), here are the top trends to try—along with some you should skip.

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