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Trending for 2019: Black is More: A Dramatically Modern and Dark Design Trend

1/3/2019
The creative world is embracing black as never before — making it strikingly clear that, when it comes to modern design, a dark mood can be a beautiful thing.



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Modern design has always had a soft corner for black, but can anyone remember black taking center stage so emphatically? From elegant dinnerware to brooding interior schemes, the design world is trending dramatically dark. Less is more, to be sure, but, at the moment, all signs are pointing towards more—and more—black. 



Lighting 
Black lighting may seem like a contradiction in terms, but don't tell that to modern lightening designers. These pendants are dressed to kill in all-black. They are striking in basic black, or is a piece of art with black and gold.



Furniture 
A silhouette is best rendered in pure black, and this Archer sofa the point handsomely. It is downright majestic.




Wallpaper 
Dare to go all-black with dark Marble contemporary wallpaper at its most sophisticated. Marble is cut by slabs of stone. If you take two consecutive slabs and flip them you get a mirror image. These rolls combined give the impression of an opened book. In marble this is called “bookmatch”.



Decor 
Given their graphic presence, black decorative objects seduce the eye—and designers are taking note. This abstract inky black rug makes a case with the ravishing design. Guaranteed to make the floor a focal point. 


 

Black is a dramatic statement in Home Decor pieces. Check out this Tom Dixon's Bump Cone Vase



In modern design trends black in holds plenty of allure. 

I may receive a small fee from purchased items.

Trending for 2019: Black is More: A Dramatically Modern and Dark Design Trend

1/3/2019
The creative world is embracing black as never before — making it strikingly clear that, when it comes to modern design, a dark mood can be a beautiful thing.



Tabletop 
Modern design has always had a soft corner for black, but can anyone remember black taking center stage so emphatically? From elegant dinnerware to brooding interior schemes, the design world is trending dramatically dark. Less is more, to be sure, but, at the moment, all signs are pointing towards more—and more—black. 



Lighting 
Black lighting may seem like a contradiction in terms, but don't tell that to modern lightening designers. These pendants are dressed to kill in all-black. They are striking in basic black, or is a piece of art with black and gold.



Furniture 
A silhouette is best rendered in pure black, and this Archer sofa the point handsomely. It is downright majestic.




Wallpaper 
Dare to go all-black with dark Marble contemporary wallpaper at its most sophisticated. Marble is cut by slabs of stone. If you take two consecutive slabs and flip them you get a mirror image. These rolls combined give the impression of an opened book. In marble this is called “bookmatch”.



Decor 
Given their graphic presence, black decorative objects seduce the eye—and designers are taking note. This abstract inky black rug makes a case with the ravishing design. Guaranteed to make the floor a focal point. 


 

Black is a dramatic statement in Home Decor pieces. Check out this Tom Dixon's Bump Cone Vase



In modern design trends black in holds plenty of allure. 

I may receive a small fee from purchased items.

After Holiday Storage Idea's

1/2/2019
There are two types of people in the world: Those who put away holiday decor the day after Christmas or New Year’s, and those who still have wreaths and string lights in the living room well into February. Whichever category you fall into, putting decorations away is a difficult, time-consuming task that everyone has to do at some point. We can make it easier for you! With our must-haves for holiday organization, you’ll be able to put everything away and when it comes time to decorate next year, you’ll nd yourself less likely to procrastinate.

Keep Ornaments Organized If your current ornament storage situation involves tossing everything into a box and hoping for the best, you need one of these bags. You’ll be able to safely stow your precious ornaments (up to 72!) in lightweight trays. There’s also room for ornament hooks. The large front pocket works great for a tree skirt! When it comes time to decorate next year, open the bag. Lo and behold, your ornaments will be intact, sorted the way you left them, and ready for hanging.

That’s a Wrap on Wrapping Paper Holiday wrapping paper is a lot of fun, but there always seems to be a lot of it left over. Once the season is over, use this bag to store your paper and keep it from fading and getting dusty. Best of all, it has a ribbon dispenser that holds four spools of ribbon. It’ll keep your ribbon de-tangled and easily accessible for when you need it.
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Put Away Wreaths and Trees with Ease For artificial trees and wreaths, a proper, dedicated storage bag is really useful. The zipper closures on these will keep dust and insects away, and the handles make it easy to carry. And, come next year, no one has to ask “Does anyone remember where we put the wreath last year?”

Perfect Circles: 10 Round Trending Coffee Tables for 2019

12/30/2018

I’m turning our attention to some perfect circles: coffee tables that boast elegant lines, innovative materials, versatility—and flawless curves. Whether made from sustainable wood, solid marble, or crystal-clear glass, a round coffee table makes a welcoming contemporary statement, softening the straight edges of a modern room. For occasional tables, see  Top 10 Modern Side Tables. I may receive a small fee if any items are purchased.

Mater Bowl Table

Sustainable mango wood, hand-applied Indian craftsmanship, and refined Scandinavian sensibilities merge in the Mater Bowl Table, which boasts upturned edges and a deep form that keeps sundries nicely contained.


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Gus* Array Coffee Table

The aptly-name Array Table Series from Gus* serves up curves in two shapes—oval and round—and a taller side table that complements both. Metal base & laminate tops present a clean profile that blends nicely into any interior.

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Knoll Platner

This modernist icon by Warren Platner remains ever glamorous, 50 years after its arrival. A base of slender metal rods and a round glass top create an unforgettable profile that never fails to command center stage.

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Muuto Around Tables

Something of a contemporary classic already, Muuto's Around Table series defines circular logic—a suite of round tables in 3 sizes and heights that can be grouped or used solo. Great Danes, anyone?

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Blu Dot Plateau Coffee Table

Pure minimalism is illustrated in Plateau, a table series by Blu Dot in which a disc of polished Carrara marble sits on a powder coated steel column. Low-key, but rich with texture, Plateau is a flat-out winner.

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Arteriors Jacob Coffee Table

A statement piece without being fussy, the Jacob Coffee Table has a striking solid form. It's drum-like shape features vertical wood slats and a generous surface area, and the dark finish adds an artful primitive touch to a modern space.

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Matter Made Affordances Table

A composition of essential forms, the Affordances Table is an all-marble geometry lesson which, amazingly, has been designed to ship flat-packed. Interlocking pieces form a base that supports the rock-solid round marble top.

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Gus* Wireframe Coffee Table

Who could resist a table that multi-tasks? A powder coated steel grid and a pair of walnut-finished plywood discs create a distinctive circular coffee table that stores books, magazines, and miscellaneous items in its airy framework.

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Blu Dot Turn Coffee Table

Primitivism lives in the Turn Table suite by Blu Dot, fashioned from solid Acacia wood, and presenting a surface for food, drinks, laptop and books. Not too precious, this round table series only gets better with age and markings.

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Cherner Coffee Table

Designed to complement the distinctive Cherner Chair profile, this clean round table has classic Mid-Century appeal, its generous ply surface and exposed edges segueing into formal or informal settings without missing a beat. 

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Easy DIY: 5 Steps to Turn Your Old Lampshade into a New One

12/22/2018

Its time to throw some serious shade. And in this case that’s a good thing! This DIY project is quick, simple and show you how to transform a dull table lamp into the highlight of your home decor. All you need are a few simple tools, a little bit of elbow grease, and some fabulous fabric!

The Tools For The Task

  • Your favorite lamp with fabric shade. The lamp shown here is the (Teresa Table from Apt2B)
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Scissors
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Spray On Adhesive

Step 1: Remove the Original Fabric From The Shade

The fabric portion of a lamp shade is actually made up of two separate pieces – the fabric itself and a plastic liner. The first step in this DIY project is to use your X-Acto knife to separate the fabric shade from the confines of the shade’s metal hoops. Take your X-Acto knife and lift up the fabric along the seam of the shade. Cut along the seam until it separates!

Now you’ll flip the shade and cut along the metal hoops. Cut all the way around until you’ve completely separated the fabric and the lining from the hoops. Depending on your lamp shade you might notice that some of the original fabric is still attached to the metal hoops. That’s OK! You’ll be covering up the old fabric in the next steps.

Step 2: Separate The Fabric and The Plastic Lining

Next you’ll want to gently but firmly pull the fabric off of the plastic lining. Now throw that old fabric away! Doesn’t that feel good?

Step 3: Cut The Fabric

Lay your new fab fabric out on a smooth surface. Place the plastic lining on top of the fabric. Use your scissors to cut the appropriate length of the fabric. Make sure to give yourself about an inch of extra fabric to work with on the top and bottom of the lining. You’ll be folding the fabric over the lining, which means you’ll need some extra fabric to spare!

Step 4: Stick The Fabric To The Plastic Lining

Use your handy dandy can of spray on adhesive to transform the plastic lining into a big ol’ piece of tape! Spray an even layer across the surface of the plastic lining. You won’t need too much adhesive – this stuff is seriously sticky.

Slowly spread the fabric along the sticky surface of the plastic lining. It’s best to work slowly so that you can avoid wrinkles, bubbles, and misalignment. If you work too fast you won’t be able to make any necessary minor adjustments along the way. Spread the fabric until it completely covers the plastic lining.

Step 5: Hot Glue Your New Shade To The Metal Hoops

Remember how you originally cut the fabric shade off of the metal hoops in the first step? Now it’s time to do the exact opposite! Fold the extra fabric over the metal hoops. Use your hot glue gun to stick the fabric to the interior of the metal hoops. Work slowly and try not to touch the hot glue with your fingers! I’ve done it before and it’s not very fun. At all.

Let there be light! Your new lampshade is ready! Place it back on your lamp base and enjoy your new, one-of-a-kind lamp.



After: THE TERESA TABLE LAMP
Now a customized One-of-a-Kind TRANSFORMED Table Lamp

Voila! You have your very own customized lampshade!
Pictures and instructions are courtesy of Apt2B

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Staging Your Home: How to Make Buyers Fall in Love. With these tips and tricks, your house will be swoon-worthy in no time.

5/7/2018

All the world’s a stage, said the Bard.

That includes your house. Which is for sale. And thus needs to look bee-yoo-tee-ful.

Staging entails hiring experts with a flair for interior design. They reimagine your living space and give your house a makeover (with temporary decor and furnishings) so that it gets “oohs” and “aahs” from the buying masses. 

Great staging isn’t an insurance policy — there’s no guarantee it will bring in more money when you sell your home — but it’s an important marketing tool. It presents your house in a flattering light and helps you compete at a favorable price. (In that sense, staging is like dressing your house for the price you want, and not the price you have.) 

Staging also leads to eye-catching listing photos, which are especially valuable given that most homebuyers begin their search by scrolling through listings online.

So, are you thinking about hiring stagers for your home? Here’s what to consider.

Staging Really Does Help. Like, a Lot.

But you don’t have to take our word for it. A recent survey from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® revealed that:

  • 77% of buyers’ agents said staging makes it easier for their buyer to visualize the property as their future home. It’s like helping the buyer dream it so they can achieve it — and so you and your agent can make the sale.
  • 39% of sellers’ agents said staging a home greatly decreases the amount of time a house is on the market. For you, time saved could mean moving into your new house even sooner.
  • 21% of sellers’ agents said staging a home increases its dollar value between 6% and 10%. Simply put, that may lead to more money in your pocket.

Before You Stage, Budget Accordingly

Many listings agents offer staging services to clients as part of their services. If you want to use someone you find yourself, you typically will have to pay out of pocket.

Staging costs vary depending on where you live and how many rooms you’re staging. On average, home sellers pay between $302 and $1,358 for staging, according to HomeAdvisor.com. If your house is empty because you’ve already moved, you might also have additional expenses for renting furniture and other homey decorations to make it look lived-in.

Many stagers offer consultations for as low as $150, Fixr.com reports. Using the advice you learn during the consultation to try DIY staging may be your best option if you’re on a tight budget. Listen for tips on how to use the furniture and decor you already have to show off your home’s best assets.

 

For the Best Results, Declutter

Spoiler alert: No buyer wants to walk into a messy house. 

So, take time to clean and declutter your home. Organize everyday household items into crates and keep them out of sight. Stow away seasonal decorations (that means no Christmas in July). Make time for — or invest in — a whole-house cleaning, including carpet shampooing. Change lightbulbs, finally make those minor repairs, and add a fresh coat of paint to any room that needs it. Clean out closet spaces — because buyers will want to check out the closets.

Also worth considering? Removing personal items from view, such as copious family photos, artwork, or religious keepsakes. The concern is not that home buyers will be offended by you or your lifestyle. The goal is to neutralize the space and help home buyers imagine themselves living there. (But don’t go overboard. You don’t want rooms to feel sterile, either.)

Yes, we did just tell you to clean out your closets. So where are you supposed to put all this stuff? If you don’t have a discrete place to tuck things away, consider renting a storage unit. 

To Find the Right Stager for Your Home, Ask Questions

If your agent doesn’t offer staging services, he or she can likely recommend local stagers for you to work with. Before you hire a stager, it’s best to interview at least three candidates in person. You’ll want to get a sense of how much they charge — and whether they have good taste.

To do your due diligence, here are 10 questions to ask prospective stagers: 

  1. On average, how many days were your staged homes on the market last year? Experience is important, but it’s not the only factor to consider when vetting stagers. You want someone who stages homes that sell — ideally within 30 days, because that’s when agents often recommend making a price reduction if your house is still on the market.
  2. What price range do you typically work in? Staging luxury homes is a totally different ball game than staging starter homes. Find someone who specializes in homes near your listing price.
  3. What styles of homes do you usually stage? Staging different types of homes also requires different skill sets (think of a penthouse versus a bungalow, for instance). Look for someone with experience working in homes similar to yours.
  4. What formal training have you received? A number of staging organizations, such as the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) and the International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP), offer certification or accreditation. Training from these associations can distinguish professional stagers from beginners.
  5. Do you have insurance? Your home could get damaged when the stager moves furniture in and out. Find someone with business insurance so that you’re protected.
  6. Can I see your portfolio? One of the best ways to judge a stager’s skills is to look at their work. Ask to see photos from the person’s three most recently staged homes.
  7. Do you select the accessories, furniture, and paint for the homes you stage, or do you collaborate with other experts? Some stagers work independently, while others collaborate with other vendors. Make sure you know everyone who will be involved in staging your home, so you don’t have surprise guests rearranging your living room.
  8. What are your rates? Some stagers charge a fee for decorating services, plus a monthly fee for renting furniture, while others charge a flat fee per room for the duration of the listing. Ask about how a stager determines costs before you commit to working with him or her. 
  9. What’s your availability? If you’re on a tight timetable, make sure the stager can get your house ready by the date you want to put your house on the market.
  10. Can you provide contacts for past clients? Get in touch with two or three people who have worked with the stager before. Ask how the stager’s services helped with the sale of their homes, and what they might have done differently.

Focus On the Rooms That Count the Most

You don’t have to stage your whole house to make buyers swoon. 

Staging the rooms where people tend to spend the most time usually makes the biggest impression on buyers. Start with the living room, followed by the master bedroom and the kitchen. 

Keep in mind that you’re not going for an HGTV-worthy overhaul: Even small touches, like putting fluffy towels in the bathroom or replacing shabby throw pillows in the family room, can make your home that much more attractive.

Zillow

5/3/2018
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