Get the Designer Look – Here’s How to Make Your Decorating Look Professional

Here’s how you can make your home look professionally decorated with our tried and tested tips!

Many think that tackling a decorating project will be a huge challenge that takes weeks or even months to get your furniture and colors right. Even when you’re finished, it may not look just right. Clashing colors, démodé furniture, and the feeling as if your room is missing something are some of the regular challenges homeowners face. It’s easy for you to get that designer decorated look by following some of our simple pointers to get your started:

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Pick your colors first. Once you have a color palette in mind, you’ll be able to pick out decor, furniture, paint, and accessories to pull off the look. For 2017 we are seeing tons of earthy, warm, and natural hues like harvest-influenced yellow, warm red, as well as cement grey and snow white. It’s an interesting combination and I’m excited to see how designers will put together rooms using this palate.

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Make your walls seem taller with oversized mirrors. I am obsessed with huge mirrors and what a dramatic difference they can make for a room. They reflect light and make a space look bigger and brighter, as well as visually enlarge a room making it look twice the size!

BDB Tip: You can even choose one of those huge mirrors that are too large to be hung on the wall and instead are meant to be leaned against the wall. These provide a really pretty and glamorous feel to a space and give your room that designer seal of approval.

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Don’t forget to use coupons. Even professional designers look for the best deals they can get on furniture and accessories. You can save bundles shopping at great retailers such as Bed Bath and Beyond or BensonsForBeds. Pick the decor you love, enter the coupon code, and watch your savings pile up. This is a great way to save some extra cash on the side for something else you may want to purchase but is way out of your budget.

Remember to mix up your textures. If your room is filled with neutral colored decor, add visual interest by integrating different textures. For instance, in a room filled with cream woven baskets and brown bamboo shades, hot fuchsia raw silk throw pillows would break up the color and rough texture throughout the space.

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Suzy’s Tips: I have seen designers use hot pink pillows to pick up bland looking rooms all the time. There is something about fuchsia that brings a sense of energy and youthfulness that other colors just simply cannot. I am not a fan of decorating with pink, but when using it in limited quantities like a small flower arrangement or a splash of pink in a painting, really makes this color a dramatic statement.

If you have a room that’s small and doesn’t get much natural light, remember that painting the walls a dark color will make the space feel more closed in. If you want to avoid this, go with a lighter shade. Painting your whole home dove grey seems boring, but this color can look very luxurious if done right. The right light grey opens up a home and makes it look huge! Installing wall moldings throughout and decorating with opulent furniture can make this color look very, very, classy.

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The Easiest and Cheapest Bathroom Updates that Work Wonders for Your Decor!

If your bathroom has seen better days but you are on a tight budget – this post is for you! Read on to discover some of our easiest and cheapest bathroom updates that can be done all in a weekend!

Add Some Allure


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This is probably my most fun part of updating a bathroom is adding a splash of wow factor – it makes such a bold difference. A large beautiful mirror, a romantic chandelier, glass shelving and chrome towel bars can take a cheap looking bathroom to a whole other level. Bathrooms are an important space in our home and are a great place to experiment with some lovely new trends.

Suzy’s Tip: What’s even better is that all these things can be found at your local Home Goods (loads of gorgeous mirrors there) or at Home Depot (bathroom essentials galore).

Buy a New Bathroom Suite


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A suite is a set of coordinating fittings for your bathroom: bathtub, vanity sink, and toilet. If you think your suite is becoming a little dated, it’s definitely time to update it. These bathroom sets come is all kinds of different styles and are sometimes much cheaper if you buy the whole set rather than individual pieces. There are tons of cheap places like the bathroom suites from, where they offer a price match guarantee and regularly hold sales. So shop around, until you find exactly what fits your decorating as well as your budget.

Update Your Fixtures


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It is also easy and relatively cheap to replace your bathroom hardware and fixtures. If you buy a set, you will not have to pay much for a towel rail, toilet roll holder, soap dish, and toilet brush holder. Replacing these is easy and it should only take you an hour or so to get the job done.

Want to choose something trendy? Brushed bronze hardware and fixtures are so hot right now. Just make sure you never mix and match metal fixtures to avoid clashing and have your bathroom look like you fixed pieces of it rather than updated it.

Restore What You Have


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If you are not able to afford to replace these items, do not worry because there is still a lot you can do to update the look and feel of your bathroom. Giving everything a deep clean can make even an old suite look good.

Using a good grout cleaner, even a homemade one, can restore your walls to their former glory. You can even make your own. All you need is baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and some liquid soap. Check out this magic cleaning recipe from Pop Sugar.

Restore an Enamel Bathub


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If you have an enamel bath that has seen better days, you do not necessarily have to replace it. There are low cost kits available that will allow you to re-enamel areas where it has worn away, without having to take the bath out to do the job. You can restore an enamel sink in the same way.

If you are stuck with an old enamel bathtub, re-enamelling your tub is your best bet to stick within a budget. Re-enamelling will make the surface look like NEW again and most kits you buy can make your bathtub last for another seven years!

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Ingenious Kitchen Storage Ideas – Revealed!

Put an end to common kitchen storage problems with customized drawers, convenient organizers, bar carts and more!

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The biggest storage problems all arise from the kitchen. After all, we spend most of our time at home in the kitchen preparing meals, doing homework, and socializing. With tons of pots, pans, baking equipment and all kinds of appliances, you can never have too much storage space in the kitchen. There are tons of ways you can create smart storage space without having to expand your kitchen. Take a look:

A Rolling Kitchen Island

To give your kitchen some extra storage space and worktop space to prepare your delicious meals, a rolling bar cart is the perfect choice. If your kitchen does not have a kitchen island, installing a built-in unit can be pricey and makes a permanent commitment. A kitchen island on wheels is mobile, making it easy to roll in when you need it and then roll it out to another room when you don’t need it.

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Our Tip: Mobile kitchen islands add a load of luxury to a kitchen. If you are looking to upgrade your kitchen without dropping a whole load of cash, you can even make a kitchen island on wheels yourself. Search Pinterest for a simple DIY step-by-step tutorial. If you can make it yourself why buy one when yours can be even better!

Get Creative with Your Trash

A pull out garbage bin is convenient, but a pull out cutting board with a dispenser hole that goes straight into the garbage? Now that’s ingenious! We are encouraging you to become creative with your existing kitchen storage space and if you manage to clear our a whole drawer, you can easily turn it into this. One thing you want to watch out for is collecting one of the most common pests that you will find in your kitchen – fruit flies and NJ mosquitoes. Once you are done using the trash, close the drawer and make sure to empty it out every day. This way, you won’t have to be consulting a pest control company to help getting rid of these annoying flies.

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Old Fashioned Pot Hanger

To free up some cabinet space, install a pot hanger above your kitchen island, or up against the wall. This is a smart way to make some space for your kitchen appliances like your toaster and blender instead of keeping them all on the countertop.

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Keep Vegetables and Bread Fresh

This DIY storage project adds a little old country style to your kitchen. A pull-out drawer that stores your onions, potatoes, and bread is a great way to keep this stuff fresh and easily at hand. These storage compartments can be made at home by altering your existing pull out drawers to hold a few baskets and don’t forget a glass window case for your bread.

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