Interview with a Designer: Modern New England Cottage

Interview with a Designer: Modern New England Cottage

Guest Contributor: Photographer Heidi Kirn Photographer Heidi Kirn breaks down the design details during her interview with this beautiful home’s interior designer… Q: How would you describe the vibe of the space? A: Traditional New England Cottage with a splash of modern industrial glam. Q:  What was your inspiration for this room?          A:  We drew our inspiration for the look and feel of this renovation from the existing coziness of the original cottage. In integrating these new rooms it was important that they felt as if they had always existed—while adding modernity, flow, light and space …

A Celebration of All Things Autumn

A Celebration of All Things Autumn

Guest Contributor: Judith Soule of Fresh Look Photography As we welcome cooler temperatures, anyone looking to create a cozy atmosphere at their fall weddings will be inspired by this beautiful shoot! Nestled in a quiet suburban neighborhood in Virginia Beach, Church Point Manor may be the definition of “hidden gem”. The venue has a cozy yet sophisticated feel that provided the perfect setting for this boho inspired fall shoot. Coordinated by Hitch & Gather Event Specialists and captured on film by Fresh Look Photography, the rich fall color palette conveys a feeling of leaves falling and temperatures dropping. Beautiful teal …

Toddler to Big Kid Bedroom Transformation with Rooms To Go Kids

Toddler to Big Kid Bedroom Transformation with Rooms To Go Kids

Special thanks to Rooms To Go Kids for sponsoring this post! All opinions and styling are my own. Designing a room can be an exhilarating task. From palettes to fabric swatches to furniture placement, I find it to be an exciting and fun process. However, there is one exception. My daughter’s room! With every new design in her bedroom comes gut-wrenching bursts of reality… my baby girl is growing up! I cried the day we converted her crib to a toddler bed. I also shed a tear when her wooden rocking chair was repurposed as patio seating. And now that …

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Tips to Get The Outside of Your Home Ready for Fall

Image by JamesDeMers from Pixabay The temperatures will start to cool soon, and we’ll notice the falling leaves. All of these serve as a reminder that the fall season is upon us, and all of the things that come along with that. As the seasons change, so do the things that we do in our homes and the needs of our homes change too. Summer might not feel like it is quite over, but it can be a really good time to do some seasonal maintenance, in order to help your home to be in good shape for when fall comes and the …

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Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Image by David Mark from Pixabay If you have the choice, then many of us wouldn’t really spend hours on end at the weekend clearing leaves out of the gutter. But when you are a homeowner and have a home to care for, it is likely to be your biggest investment. So being able to maintain it is a must. However, home maintenance can often feel like a bit of a daunting chore, especially if you are a bit of a reluctant handy-person who doesn’t know their way around a radiator or a boiler. The good news is that all …

Home Essentials Emergency Escape Plan with First Alert

Home Essentials: Emergency Escape Plan with First Alert

Thank you First Alert for sponsoring this post. Plan, practice, and repeat your escape plan with First Alert! Home ownership is no joke. From the down payment to the insurance to the actual maintenance, it can be a taxing and time-consuming process. I have been a homeowner a few years now and I am constantly surprised by my learning curve. Lawn care! Vent cleaning! Humidity assessment! Why don’t they teach these things in school?! Admittedly, my windows may be a bit grimy, but there is one home essential that I am not going to neglect… an emergency escape plan. And …

Whimsical Backyard Fairyland

Whimsical Backyard Fairyland

Guest Contributor: Brandy Angel Brandy is the talented photographer behind Brandy Angel Photography. Today she gives us an exclusive look at a client’s backyard oasis. Debra has worked so hard to create a peaceful oasis for herself and her family. As well as a beautiful place to allow her granddaughter to play and use her imagination. She managed to design a space for all of that and a place to entertain friends and family effortlessly.  The inspiration for the yard design and playhouse was taken from the overgrown, woodsy look it already had when they bought their home. It was …

Types of Shutters

Popular Shutter Styles for your Windows

When it comes to decorating your home, interior shutters are a great way of adding style, and they also offer many practical benefits. Each shutter style is completely versatile to its environment – you can choose a neutral shade that matches your existing décor, or you can add a burst of color to your room. Aside from looking beautiful, shutters can control your privacy, brighten any room, and aid temperature control. Full-height shutters Full-height shutters cover the full length of your windows in one panel and work well in every room. You can either have louvered shutters, which use slats …