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How to Achieve a Spanish Style

Spanish style is, at its core, grounded and earthy and majestic all at the same time. The humblest of natural materials join with rich, warm colors to create a cozy and genuine space in the grandest of homes. Spanish style emphasizes the relationship between the natural world and man’s world…and the beautiful merging of both. Vivid clay tile roofs adorn white arched stucco, vaulted ceilings set off dark rustic beams, and otherwise cold surfaces are warmed by the friendliness of the style itself.

Full of a feeling of history and timelessness, Spanish style is still very much sought after today. Here are some ideas you can consider as you work to create the style in your own space.


How to Achieve a Moroccan Style

Rich in color, texture, and architectural design, Moroccan style is beloved by many – those who have traveled and seen the Marrakech style firsthand, and those who simply love its authenticity and perfect imperfection. Moroccan style is all about the individual craftsman, from handmade furniture to hand-woven tribal textiles, from hand-painted tiles to hand-laid mosaics. The style exudes warmth and comfort and a sense that what you see is exactly what you get – and it’s beautiful because of that serene confidence.

Some of the details you’ll likely notice in Moroccan style include high ceilings, mosaics, carved wood, patterned openings and window frames, and a lovely blend of interesting and unique textiles. There are mixed prints and patterns, comfortable Moroccan poufs and other seating, and ornate side tables. I think you’ll fall in love with this style from any corner of the globe.


How to Achieve an Eclectic Style

A style that is genuinely eclectic is difficult to desegregate and categorize and classify. Eclectic style, by definition, is one that mixes and matches, breaks the rules, embraces contemporary and vintage, is subtle and showoff.

Someone who’s drawn to the eclectic is someone who appreciates the beauty of a treasured item, who gravitates toward the unique and extraordinary. Eclectic style, for all its outward confidence, is deeply personal.


Designing Your Own Place Setting: Tips & Where To Start

Your meal begins with how the table is set. From the glasses to the table runner, every piece deserves a bit of thought and vision. It could be a dinner party or your little girl’s 5th birthday celebration, whatever the occasion, it’s imperative that you know how to design your own place setting!

1. Know where things go.

It’s imperative that you know the correct placement of all the pieces. The water glass, the salad fork, you should know the proper locations of all your dinner tools. This is a great foundation to start with.


How to Achieve a Mid-Century Modern Style

During the middle of the 20th century, from the mid-1940s to the 1970s, catalyzed by postwar effects, is the setting for what has come to be known as mid-century modern style. This style is a bridge between old and new, natural and modern. During this time, designers made bold aesthetic leaps with contemporary patterns, geometric shapes, and funky accents. The style embraces the uncomplicated, as ties are made between the natural world and functionally comfortable and chic interiors.

How does one, decades later, go about re-creating a mid-century modern style? Here are some ideas for fine-tuning the design choices and permeating the style into your own space:


How to Get Your Home Ready for Holiday Guests

It’s the time of year when many homes are preparing to host dinners and parties and even overnight guests. This may seem like a simple project, but there are many things to consider. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for hosting guests this holiday season.

Increase Seating.


It’s a pretty simple concept: If you have more people, then you need more places for them to sit. Your normal living room setup may only have enough spaces for your immediate family and maybe one or two extras. So bring in a few extra pieces. A simple wooden bench, ottomans, or some folding chairs with festive seat covers can help make your room more guest-friendly without becoming an eyesore.


How to Achieve an Industrial Style

Industrial style was born within the commercial market when old, bare warehouses and similar structures became new shops, offices, restaurants, even apartments. Rather than demolish the remaining essence of the warehouse, designers began to embrace the rawness and conscientiously construct a style around it. Industrial style is known for its utter lack of pretense, for its salvaged utilitarianism, and for its exposed architecture.

If you’re drawn to minimalist spaces and objects with a sense of history and purpose, you’ll likely love industrial style. Here are some ways to achieve the style for your own space:


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