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Tips To Pull Off A Gorgeous Eclectic Design

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Tips to Pull Off a Gorgeous Eclectic Design

Eclectic design is super attractive. It’s full of freedom, mismatched items and fun colors. However, because it’s so hard to define, creating a beautiful eclectic space is not an easy task, especially if you don’t want to end up with an overly kitsch home. Luckily, here are a few tips that will help you create a successful eclectic design that matches your lifestyle and feels just right!

Start from scratch

This is a trick that many interior designers swear by: every time you’re designing a new look, start with a blank canvas. Since the eclectic look is definitely in-your-face and very eye-catching, starting with a neutral background is a great idea to avoid creating an overwhelming space. While neutral colors like white, gray and beige instantly come to mind, you can also opt for various natural materials like wood and stone. They are eco-friendly and look neutral, but are also warm and inviting.

Coordinate your colors

Many people think that nothing is supposed to match in eclectic design. However, that’s not true! The key is in coordinating your colors that will allow you to create a successful design and a coherent space. For instance, choose a color that can be introduced in multiple areas in your home and use it on everything from textiles to art and paint. Opt for a variety of different prints and patterns in your chosen color to stay true to your eclectic design yet subtly pull the room together.

Add statement pieces

Every space needs a statement piece that will be the star of the show. No matter if you opt for an art piece or a furniture item, this is the element that will make your eclectic design come to life. So, don’t hesitate to make it bold and make it big. In this case, forget everything about coordination, because you want your statement piece to pop. Even your quirky collection of items can serve as a focal point. For instance, if you’re an avid comic book fan or someone obsessed with music, there are super cute bobbleheads in all styles and themes that can be grouped together. These figurines will look amazing when displayed on your shelf and will definitely start a few conversations. All in all, find something you like, make it stand out and you have your statement piece!

Find balance

The goal of every interior is to have balance in symmetry and scale. Even if you have furniture in different styles, textures or from different periods, you can still use similar lines and sizes to create a sense of harmony. Your space is meant to be lived in, so don’t sacrifice good layout and organization for forced diversity.

Mix textures

In order to add more interest to your eclectic home, try to invest in different textures. When you combine rough and smooth textures, you can opt for a simpler color palette and still have a fun and quirky space. For instance, think fluffy pillows, shaggy rugs, rough wooden furniture and smooth, polished finishes. Combine them and your home will be full of surprises.

Think outside the box

The eclectic look has no clearly defined rules, so take advantage of that and let your mind play with different ideas and solutions. Grab an item and find a new and unusual use for it or instead of throwing something away, repurpose it and give it new life. This process is super fun and will give your space character and interest—that’s what eclecticism is all about!

Creating a successful eclectic look is all about achieving balance. Don’t give yourself too many limits, but also don’t go crazy. Eclectic design can easily get out of hand if you’re not paying attention! So, keep these tips in mind, be moderate but let your imagination fly high.

 Guest Contributor, Diana Smith

5 Tips Organize Your KitcheN

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If you want to function in the kitchen then the only way is to keep it organized. Nothing is worse than having to work in a messy, disorganized kitchen with bits and bobs laying all over the place.

Not only is it difficult to cook in a messy kitchen, but it is also challenging to find things. So, to avoid all this, it is crucial that the kitchen is kept tidy and organized at all times. 

Keeping all this in mind, we have created the top five tips to help you to keep your kitchen fully organized and neat. Let's go and take a look at it. 

Use of transparent jars for the junk drawers

We are all familiar with that drawer in the kitchen that holds all kinds of necessary junk items. This drawer holds the things that come in handy but is so messy to the point that it is a quest to find anything in there when you really need it. 

Here is an idea, bring some small transparent jars with lids and fill each of them up with all the similar category items and then sort them out in the drawer.

This trick will help you to save a  lot of space inside the drawer and also make room for other items. Plus, you will be able to find things more easily around the kitchen. 

Sort the cutting boards in a magazine holder

Have cutting boards laying aimlessly on the kitchen counter and taking up all the space and messing things up? Well, worry no more, as we know just what you should do. 

It is not a great look for the kitchen counter when you just let your cutting boards lay anywhere haphazardly. Plus, this eats up a lot of workspace in the kitchen. 

So, what you have to do is, bring in a magazine holder and put all of your slicing or cutting boards in that. Magazine holders can easily hold your cutting boards and give your kitchen an organized look plus make a lot of space for you to work in. 

Keep measuring spoons in a transparent jar near the stove

This is a great tip that will not only organize the kitchen but will also help you to access the measuring spoons easily whenever you need it as you won't have to waste time finding them as all you measuring spoons will be stacked in one single place. 

Well not just that, it looks really good when you keep the spoons in the jar and adds a dainty touch to the kitchen. 

Use hooks around the kitchen to hang accessories and other useful items

Using hooks that can be stuck with the walls around the kitchen is a great way to clean up a disorganized kitchen. 

You can hang pots and large spoons or other items in these hooks instead of letting them sit idly in the kitchen top blocking space.

Store all your small spice jars in a large cake pan

This is one of our favorite tricks, to keep the kitchen organized and also to ease up the work around the kitchen while cooking. 

Keeping spice jars in a single cake pan will not only organize the kitchen but will also help you cook as all the spices you need will be stacked in one single place. 

Conclusion

Nothing feels better than working in an organized kitchen. The above tips will allow you to make more space and store more useful items.

Plus a clean and tidy kitchen is much more fun to work in as you can easily grab the things you need without wasting time to find them from a pile of objects.

Guest Contributor, Carl Nevins

Modern and Stylish Kitchen Ideas from the Covers of Vogue

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Modern and Stylish Kitchen Ideas from the Covers of Vogue

Over the last couple of decades, people have started paying more attention to the design of their kitchens. Today, home owners invest a lot of money into this part of the house because they know that it represents their lifestyle and speaks volumes about their taste. However, aside from stressing the importance of kitchen style, more and more people are opting for smart solutions and are searching for the most practical options. So, if you want your kitchen to be one that deserves to appear on the covers of Vogue, you must follow the latest trends and make it both stylish and practical. Let’s take a look at some interesting ideas and get inspired.

Modern and Stylish Kitchen Ideas From The Covers of Vogue

Smart Kitchens

With the advancement of technology, our life habits changed as well. Nowadays we are surrounded by smart gadgets that can perform various tasks on our behalf and thus significantly make our lives easier. The same goes for appliances that are the main part of our kitchen. Therefore, if you want to have a modern and stylish kitchen that resembles those seen in Vogue, make sure to opt for high-tech appliances like smart refrigerators. They can perform numerous cool actions for you including writing shopping lists and even playing your favourite songs. On top of that, many of them are equipped with sensors that can alert you if some of your groceries are running low. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it!? Finally, don’t hesitate to invest in smart faucets that have motion sensors which turn on the flow automatically.

Green Kitchens

You simply can’t consider your kitchen to be modern if it’s not green. So, it’s high time you switched your old appliances for Energy Star ones which can significantly reduce the amount of energy you use on a monthly basis. Not only will this affect your bills, but it will be beneficial to the environment as well. Furthermore, once you have chosen a brand that sells high-quality and energy-efficient appliances, it is essential that you try to stick to it. If you, let’s say, opt for popular Bosch appliances and equip your whole kitchen with them, in case one of them breaks, you’ll know whom to call immediately. Finally, aside from buying green appliances, you should make sure to be a responsible user as well. After all, no matter how energy-efficient your refrigerator is, if you leave it open for 10 minutes every day when you’re cooking your lunch, everything will be in vain.

Modern and Stylish Kitchen Ideas From The Covers of Vogue Clever Storage Ideas

Clever Storage Ideas

Another important aspect of every kitchen design is its storage space, since we all need to store our cups, spices, pots and pans without turning the kitchen into a complete mess. Therefore, it’s essential to find a creative solution which is both practical and won’t disrupt the overall sophisticated atmosphere that you’re trying to achieve. For example, home improvement magazines are putting a lot of faith into vertical storage space. They are usually advising readers to install shelves instead of cupboards since they occupy much less space but can store a significant amount of items. On top of that, you can fill them with beautiful small woven boxes labelled with paper tags so that you always know which one to reach for. Finally, another great and stylish idea would be to hang a plate rack on the wall where you can display your valuable china collection.

Go Vintage, But Keep Your Pipes New

Another super-popular trend is vintage kitchen design. You can start by opting for rustic kitchen faucets that will create that warm, inviting atmosphere which will remind you of the weekends spent at your grandparents’. However, in order to make sure that they are properly installed, we advise you to contact a reliable plumbing service. Additionally, these professionals will make sure to check your plumbing system and do pipe relining if necessary in order to prevent any possible damage caused by moisture and mildew. Furthermore, vintage decor can be achieved by a fresh coat of pink or green paint, which will completely transform your place and add that final touch to it. Lastly, feel free to express your creativity and choose some beautiful vintage home accessories that will definitely tie the whole space together.

As you can see, turning your average-looking kitchen into the one seen on the covers of Vogue is not that hard after all. You just need to keep up with the latest trends and discover the most practical solutions in order to make your kitchen truly functional. Finally, if you feel that you can’t do all of this on your own, don’t shy away from contacting professionals. They will make sure that everything will run smoothly, so you’ll be able to relax and fully enjoy your new kitchen.

About the author:

Tracey Clayton is a working mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor, and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

Guest Contributor, Tracery Clayton