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Make a Statement: Wall of Pictures

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Everyone wants their home to make a statement. Many don’t know what their statement is going to be but others want to make a bold but friendly one. In the past, some have used paint to create their statement. Others have used their décor. One of the most popular things to do is create a statement wall with frames. Creating a wall filled with various frames works for as a statement piece for many reasons.

The statement piece of a home or room often sets the tone for the entire home or it tells the purpose of that room. There are some that use their statement piece as a way to leave a bit of themselves in a room. Pictures have long been used as a way to make a statement and personalize a room. Now people are combining their need to make a statement with their love of pictures to create bold statement walls in different areas of their homes.

The Statement Wall

Pictures have almost always been hung in an order that wasn’t always noticed right away. These pictures seemed innocent and choreographed. Many people used those pictures because they didn’t want to show their most intimate selves and personal pictures of their family and friends in a way that may have been deemed unseemly. It’s a habit that was passed on from the elders. In today’s decorating world, that tradition is coming to a bold end.

The best pictures to use to make a statement are the ones that bring a smile to one’s face. Many people have taken pictures that are spur of the moment but convey a lot of emotion. Those are the pictures that are often used to make a statement. If a set of family photos or official photos have a lot of meaning, people use those too. It really doesn’t matter the photo, it’s the emotion the photos capture that’s important.

The Frames and Arrangements

Once the different pictures have been selected, it’s time to look at the room and think about frames. There are a lot of things that can be repurposed as frames. There are also a great number of frames available to purchase in traditional box stores. Instead of picking a frame based on the way the frame looks, it’s important for decorators to pick a frame that fits the room and the picture. A photo that’s finished in sepia may look good in a black frame or in a thick wooden frame, stained to look antique. The frames will draw the eye to the picture and help create the mood of the home.

With the frames and pictures in mind, decorators should also think of the wall they want to use. The wall selected is very important because it’s going to turn into the focal point of the room. Everyone will wander over to it just to see what has been captured there. It’s important that the wall is visible and able to contain the pictures that are chosen. This can be the hardest part of the project. It takes time to find the right wall but it will happen. Once it happens, the room will take on the life of the pictures that are hung.

Creating a statement wall is something everyone should consider. It’s a wonderful way to set an intimate tone for different rooms or a home. Instead of going at it alone, reach out to the experts at Style in a Snap via email, phone or Skype.

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Country Chic: 4 Ways to Decorate with Mason Jars

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Country chic can’t be done without a Mason jar or two. Any room with a country chic décor has something that has been repurposed or looks like it has been repurposed. This style is filled with colors, patterns and a lot of personal touches that make a room feel cozy. Decorating a room with real country chic intentions can be a little hard because there aren’t a lot of things that can be bought commercially to personalize a room. That is why Mason jars are perfect to decorate with. Mason jars are perfect for anyone that wants to decorate their home with country chic accents and details. These jars can be used in many different ways and with the right tools, they can be customized to do more than one job. The beauty of a room lies in the details and Mason jar décor creates individual personality into any country chic room.  Chic Mason Jar Decorations When it comes to Mason jars, they are useful and decorative. With the right touches, these jars can add more to a room than a little pizzazz.  Mason Jar Soap Dispenser A Mason jar soap dispenser can be used in the bathroom or kitchen. They are easy to make and Read More

Concentrate on the Mantel

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mantel   Fireplace mantels are the architectural centerpiece of the room. Listed here are four common mantel designing errors and ways to repair them. 1. Too expected. It is actually typical to see a mirror on top of the fireplace; however, this is not very motivational since it does not indicate something pretty – normally, just the ceiling. Additionally, it is not unusual to see family pictures. Despite the fact that family is essential, it could be way too much of a great thing. Consider adding a number of things which includes a small family picture, a moderate size flower vase along with a big vintage map. 2. Too small Many people place objects which are not big enough on the mantel or over the fireplace. You don't want a collection of small items on this type of well-known center point within the room. Instead of hanging a huge piece of art, try resting it on the ledge of the mantle. Consider using a large-sized floor vase positioned on the side of the piece of art instead of the typical flower vase size. 3. Too symmetrical It turned out usual to place a painting or mirror across the fireplace using a set of candles or vases on both sides. This symmetry makes the room feel totally formal. Today's mantel trends will be more informal and relaxed just like the other house. Try putting a painting off center with smaller pictures to the side. Also, try placing products in teams of three or five. 4. Too simple Don't just put a single picture for the mantel. This focal area should possess a more technical look. Try layering and overlapping the items. Be sure to have two and three dimensional objects. Vary sizes and shapes but have a unifying color for your composition. Make sure that you do not cross the clutter line and yet keep the mantel interesting.

The Home Stylist Before and After: Staging the Dining Room While Staging Your Home to Sell

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The dining room tends to be a catchall room in most houses, a table for bills, crafts, and homework. This is understandable...unless you are staging your home to sell. In which case, you need to focus on staging your dining room so that it can shine, as opposed to merely storing clutter. I recommended that this client remove the folding card table as well as the box and storage items. We swapped the light fixture out for a chandelier and added a dining set with place settings and a centerpiece. My client had the right idea with having a plant in the room (just make sure that it is well-maintained), but we opted for someting different on a plant stand in the corner. The original plant demanded too much attention. We wanted potential buyers to notice the beautiful windows in this room instead. Always accentuate the architectural strengths in a space. Finally, I added an area rug (to tie in the wall and curtain colors) and opened the blinds. This is a big tip...you want to have as much natural light in a room as possible when showing your house to buyers. It always makes the room appear larger than it is.        

The Home Stylist: Before and After- The Benefits of Decluttering

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Decluttering a space makes a huge difference. It can give a room the illusion of more space and square footage, and also makes a room look newer. For this staging client, I recommended that personal items on the counters and fridge be removed. We also upgraded the counter to match the flooring. The blue countertop and the blue walls were just too much all together. This change added some depth to the room! We also removed the items on top of the cupboards, giving the edges a cleaner and sharper look.

Once you declutter, it allows a potential buyer to picture themselves in your home, gives the appearance of a bigger area, and makes the room seem newer. You can't go wrong!

The Home Stylist: Throwback Thursday- Updating Wood Paneling

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Maybe you are a renter "stuck" with paneling, or you bought a house that has it and you don't want to go through the hassle of ripping it down and repairing the dry wall (or whatever else might be hiding underneath!).

Updating wood paneling with paint gives it a more updated look, and also brings more light into the room. Wood paneling can make a room feel like a cave. There are other options, like "gluing" fabric with a paste that you can make yourself and then just wash off of the paneling when you decide to take the cloth down.

If you don't want to paint or "paper" your paneling, simply bringing lighter or warmer colors into the color scheme works wonders. One client rented an apartment that was mostly wood paneling. So we ordered new furniture (a warm, red sectional) along with a large, white, modern lamp (she was very into contemporary style) as well as white roman shades for her windows. These two colors--the deep red and bright white added a homey feel to her dark walls while also brightening the apartment.

The Home Stylist: Pin of the Week- Home Staging Tips For a Kid’s Room

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It can be hard to stage a home when you have small children. As fast as you clean, they manage to pull more toys out! Since the number one key to home staging is clutter control (and keeping personal items to a minimum) this week's Pin of the Week Tip manages to kill two birds with one stone.

You can buy a bean bag cover anywhere pretty much (using a coupon at Bed Beth and Beyond!) Simply purchase one that matches your child's decor, place their stuffed animals inside, and zip it up. Not only will it keep the room organized, it will also keep dust from settling on the stuffed animals as easily. It serves as a convenient way to move stuffed animals from room to room for your child, and even double as a seat!

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Tips for Creating a Stylish Bookcase

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Styling a bookcase is easy if you keep my advice for all home staging project: Get a plan and make it work! Instead of allowing clutter to accumulate on your shelves, make your bookcases an expression of your home’s style with these simple tips –

  •  Bookcases aren’t just for books! They are the perfect place to display your favorite collections, whether it’s art, teapots or whatever.
  •  Mixing books in with other pieces adds interest to a display. Trying displaying books lined up traditionally or stacked horizontally for even more visual interest.
  •  Avoid making things too symmetrical, mix it up with objects in different heights.
  •  Style by theme: group items by color or function for the best organization.

Undecking the Halls In Style: Post-Holiday Organization Tips

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As much as I love decorating for the holidays, I also look forward to taking the decorations down, organizing, and doing a general post-holiday house cleansing. Here are some of my Post-Holiday Organization Tips for easy and efficient storage!

  • Buy bins with cardboard partitions. Use pieces of cardboard to wrap beads and ribbons around, so that they don't become tangled and knotted in storage.
  • Buy bins that come with plastic spools to coil your lights around (or try to find the spools alone, if you already have bins. I highly recommend investing in plastic storage bins, even if you only want to buy one a year, until you have enough. Cardboard boxes will not protect priceless ornaments if your basement floods).
  • Color code your bins by holiday, or use clear bins so that you can easily find what you are looking for.
  • Organize each bin with a specific type of item: ornaments, wrapping supplies, breakables, greenery, fabric items (tree skirt, stockings, cloth wreaths), and lights. Label, label, label!
  • Store your tree in a large plastic bin (you can probably score one at a reasonable price after Christmas). Place the pieces in the bin, in the order in which you will take them out of the bin and assemble the tree. This will save you from having to dump it all out and organize it by section before assembling, next year.
  • As you are taking decorations down and preparing to store them, sort them as well. Toss anything that is broken, and donate anything you no longer want. Next year, it will be refreshing to open tidy, and up-to-date bins of decorations!

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