Design Tip: Brass Hardware

Brass hardware is one of our favorite things! It can be just the thing to update a space to give it a whole new look. We get a lot of questions about how to use brass without going too overboard.

The most important thing we can suggest is to make sure your brasses match. Brass comes in a few different finish styles; antique, bright, matte. Make sure when you are choosing hardware to use the same finish style throughout the room.

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Another thing to note everywhere has a different look of brass, so it is important to see it in real life. We recommend buying your hardware either in the store or just buy one piece online.

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Last Week’s Links

1// We have updated our “Nooks” board with some gems

2// A minimalist wall clock  for a simple space

3// We can’t get enough of this bell sleeve trend

4// The easiest and tastiest sugar-free cookies  ever

5// Who says cooking utensils can’t be pretty and functional

6// Some of the cutest kids clothing you can find

We have been working on making our Pinterest page up to date on all the trends circling the web right now. We hope that our page can give you some great inspiration for your upcoming home projects 🙂

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Design Tip: White Brick

We love the white brick trend that has been circling the design world for some time now. We have started to incorporate it in a lot more of our projects. We love how a white brick wall can be bright but also add texture and a natural feel to a space.

There are many ways to achieve this look. We will discuss the options that we have used on some of our projects that may be helpful for you in your upcoming design decisions.

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In the Lehi Remodel, our contractor suggested a brick veneer product to save on cost. Brick veneer is set just like a regular brick with grout. We knew we were going to paint the brick so the color didn’t matter. It mattered more what the shape and texture of the brick looked like.

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Using French Pleat Drapery

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If there is anything that can add instant sophistication and drama to a room it’s a pair of french pleat curtains or tailored pleat draperies. image by Jylare Smith Photography In our Covey Residence we used a french pleat with a blue trim to add a touch of color. The room was somewhat formal so a french pleat made the most sense for this space.  French pleat curtains are pretty in nurseries, girl’s rooms and formal living spaces.  They have a soft feminine touch. The tailored pleat allows the curtains to hang evenly so you don’t get weird bunching or puckering where you shouldn’t. image by Nicholette Photography In our office we wanted to bring in a softer touch so we went with The Shade Store’s Tailored Pleat Drapes. The only way to make a tailored set of curtains better is to layer it with a woven shade.  The texture mixed with the traditional panels create a winning combination. image by Nicholette Photography The Shade store was wonderful to work with! They will customize your product to your space so you don’t have to search and search for the perfect dimensions.  The Shade Store also provides step-by-step measuring instructions. They also have a huge variety of fabrics to choose from. We chose the linen in white. When all else fails white will never fail you.  It’s such a classic choice. Post sponsored by The Shade Store

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Design Tip: Book Styling

In a normal world we buy books based off of the stories that are in them or from recommendations we get from a friend. We don’t care what the book looks like on the outside we just care about the inside. But when it comes to styling with books, the outside is the most important part. We still recommend buying books that interest you, just make sure they are fun to look at as well.

Books are a useful accessory which makes them more appealing to use in styling a space. They can add a pop of color into your neutral room. Or maybe some variation in height to your end table. Books can be used in almost every space in your home.

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Design Tip: Mixing Pillow Patterns

Adding new pillows to a space can refresh your space with out having to empty your wallet. The key is to make sure your pillows coordinate well together. We receive a lot of questions from our readers about how to successfully mix and match pillow patterns. Read on to find out our insight.

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Photography: Becky Kimball

First you must remember to start with a solid. Either having an actual solid to break up the pattern or have a small pattern that gives the same effect as a solid color.  A fun way to add a solid is through a textured pillow, like a faux fur.

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Design Tip: Entryways

The entryway to a home is your guests’ first impression, so it should represent the feeling of the rest of your home.  We love how simple an entryway can be with still making a great statement. Some of our favorite home designs have started with great entryways.

Today we decided to share our knowledge on how to create that great first impression for your home

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Photography:Lindsay Salazar

1// Art or Mirror

A piece of art or a mirror can create a focal point to your entry space.  It really sets the tone of your style and what your design aesthetic is. Art is a great way to bring in color. Mirrors are a great way to bring in texture and make your space feel larger.

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Design Tip: Hanging Chairs

Hanging chairs are a fun way to make a space feel more livable and casual. We like adding them to homes that don’t take themselves too seriously. With that said, they are not for everyone. If you want to make your space more playful and unique, a hanging chair might be just what you need to add.

These chairs need to be anchored properly from a ceiling joist in order to not damage your ceiling. To in sure they are installed correctly, we recommend having the chair installed by a handyman.

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Last Weeks Links

Image Source: Chrissy & Co 

1// Isn’t this fireplace just dreamy?

2// This light fixture would look gorgeous in an entry

3// The detail on this blouse is absolutely stunning!

4// A black and white check rug? Yes please!

5// We are trying to eat healthy with this New Year and this recipe might help.

6// We are obsessed with the turtle neck trend going on right now

Be sure to follow our Pinterest page to see what else is inspiring us

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