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Show-Off Details, Built-In Storage Charms Of 2-Bedroom Homes

Show-Off Details, Built-In Storage Charms Of 2-Bedroom Homes

CALIFORNIA — Before there were McMansions and Tiny Houses, California was dotted with cottages and bungalows that typically had 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and oodles of charm. Today these homes are often coveted by empty nesters and first time home buyers alike who appreciate the smaller price tags, smaller square footage and period craftsmanship.

Take a look at these 2 bedroom homes for sale, many with enormous yards.

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Say goodbye to these five decor trends before they’re gone

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The year 2018 has been a great one for home design, giving us a renewed focus on wellness and timeless choices. But not every style choice was made to last. Christina Birtcher, a top-rated interior designer with Three Roses Interiors in Portland, Ore., predicts we’ll leave these five up-to-the-minute trends behind in 2019.

1. Mid-century modern minimalism

Clean lines and decluttered spaces were popular in 2018. But Birtcher believes we will soon tire of the totally streamlined look and throw in a dash of nature.

“I am seeing more influences from Morocco and reduction of the mid-century modern minimalist for more vintage, organic and layered textures incorporating bespoke pieces,” she says.

Birtcher also predicts a new take on the all-white colour palette.

“All-white kitchens and baths will remain popular, but I think homeowners will incorporate organic texture within them,” she says. “I think marble and lighter wood tones will continue into 2019.”

2. The no-wallpaper rule

Design trends have encouraged a complete rejection of wallpaper since the 1980s. And people have been replacing busy, old-fashioned wallpaper in favour of beige and white walls ever since. But Birtcher is confident that new styles of wallpaper will be all the rage in 2019.

“My favourite new trend is the re-emergence of wallpaper,” Birtcher says. “It appears that it’s making a comeback, and I am loving this new trend! I believe it will be with us for a while. There is so much creativity, texture and art that we are seeing being transformed into beautiful papers.”

3. “Blush”

When to open a bottle: aging wine without the…

The Pantone Color Institute selected Rose Quartz as its Colour of the Year in 2016, alongside a dusty blue called Serenity. This launched blush and rose gold into mainstream home design — popularly paired with creamy whites and marble finishes.

Birtcher predicts that in 2019, interest in these shades will be exhausted.

“I don’t believe the blush pink and rose golds will continue,” she says. “I believe they are difficult for most people to incorporate into their homes. I think metallics will replace this look.”

It seems Pantone would agree. The institute released a 200-colour collection of metallics called Pantone Metallic Shimmers in October 2018, and it’s certain to inspire fashion and product designers into the coming year.

4. Accent walls

Bold accent walls have been a popular design choice for many years. But Birtcher thinks that 2018 is the last year this look will trend for a while, as we lean toward more calm, neutral looks.

Birtcher is prepping her clients for the change.

“If my clients really want that look, I try to incorporate it with just a hint of a darker hue, but not anything that is a huge contrast,” she says.

5. Offset horizontal tiles

Style options for tile expand with every year, given enhanced manufacturing technology, new designs and easy peel-and-stick products. But as with anything that presents near-limitless possibilities, some experiments stick, and some get tired quick.

Birtcher thinks horizontal mosaics are tired.

“Tiny, offset horizontal tiles in contrasting colours on a backsplash for the kitchen and in bathrooms are so busy, and I think this product dates the home,” she says. “Using a softer pattern tile, co-ordinating granite splash or subway tile is a much better alternative. It will retain a time-honoured element in the space without dating it and making your eyes blur.”

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Dea Jolly’s tips to help you choose an interior design style for your home

The ultimate goal for most renovations is to produce an end result that seamlessly merges the new with the old. But if you aren’t even sure what your style is, or what would be the best style for your home, how do you decide on one?

It’s very easy to fall in love with a particular look, here are my tips to help you choose an interior design style perfect for your home.

Do your research

Figure out your favourite style by reading interior design blogs, magazines and searching websites such as Pinterest, Instagram and Houzz. Make a note of what you do and don’t like, what colours and design aesthetic appeals to you, what furniture you like, what feel you want to achieve in your space.

Figure out your favourite style by reading interior design blogs and magazines. Photo: iStock

A common theme should start to emerge and that will help you to narrow down your approach.

Consider the context

Think about the style of the existing home and about the style of the other homes in the area. Period homes, for example, can be approached either by building an extension that is sympathetic to the existing style and features of the home, or by building a more contemporary extension that celebrates the contrast between old and new.

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The goal is to choose a design style that works in harmony with a home’s structure while ensuring that the taste preferences of its owner are met at the same time.

The goal is to choose a design style that works in harmony with a home’s structure. Photo: Stocksy

Unify the spaces in your home to create flow. Creating a consistent theme should be a priority rather than implementing a mish-mash of different styles that don’t honour the architecture, or your personal style.

Focus on a style and stick to it. Create a mood-board that can be referred to and that will keep you on track. As always, the little details are important – matching light switches, doors, handles, skirtings and architraves will create a feeling of cohesion throughout the home.

Overall, ignoring the elements of your home’s architecture when selecting an interior design style can be risky, so be thoughtful and decisive about the look you are ultimately going for.

Allow your style to shine with elements that unify your chosen look, such as the colour palette, decor items and lighting.

The possibilities are endless with interior design, so taking the time to map out a plan will help create a house that is where you can feel most at home.

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Flower BOMB with Light Heart Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So you’re having an event but you want something to make your décor or the backdrop of your pictures pop, right? You could get an average step and repeat or you can take your event to the next level with a “flower backdrop” designed by LaShandra Harris of Light Heart Designs. Harris, stop by City.Life.Style to give us the 411 on making your event stand out:

City.Life.Style: What is Light Heart Designs?

LaShandra Harris: Light Heart Designs is a paper floral company offering a variety of paper flower walls and other backdrop solutions, available for rent as decor at weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties, corporate and vendor events, and much more. Light Heart Designs also offers individual sales of paper flowers and paper flower sets for personal, home and office decor.

CLS: How did you decide on this business?

Harris: My husband is given all credit for pushing me to find my passion and use my creative mind and attention to detail. I have always been a person who loves arts and crafts, and loved creating pretty and unique things. After a few weeks of playing with paper and a glue gun, I began creating paper flowers of all styles and colors.

CLS: What makes your product different from others on the market?

Harris: Each of our paper flowers are hand cut and handcrafted using premium, quality cardstock paper. Our paper flowers are custom made and designed specifically to tailor to our clients needs.

CLS: What’s next for your business and where can people reach/follow you?

Harris: Light Heart Designs will continue to focus on paper flower art, creating more custom items such as paper flower centerpieces and other paper flower event decor

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Elevate Your Home With These Holiday Decor Trends

Dreaming of a chic Christmas.

Dreaming of a chic Christmas.Brittany Avila

The holiday season isn’t just a time for gifts. It’s also a time for re-decorating. In recent years, traditional holiday decor has stayed in storage and been replaced with more contemporary styles. While social media has influenced this trend, it’s not the only reason. Laurence Carr who is the CEO and Founder of Laurence Carr Design explains why. “The traditional holiday style has not kept pace with modern lives and families living far away from each other. People are looking for a feeling of comfort and warmth with personalized holiday decor, such as unique, simple touches or small takeaways like candles. They are also embracing simplicity as a way of distressing from this hectic time of the year.”

It’s time to say goodbye to green and white and consider these holiday decorating ideas instead.

Santa Claus Isn’t Real And Your Tree Doesn’t Have To Be Either

A faux tree is a real gift to yourself.Getty

To end the debate once and for all, creating the perfect holiday ambiance does not require a real Christmas tree. The holiday season is stressful enough, so why create additional hassle? Would it make sense to transport any other large, cumbersome item by tying it down to the roof of a car? Does anyone have time to constantly clean an endless mess of falling needles? Real trees can also create safety concerns for pets and trigger allergies. Artificial trees are less problematic, more cost-efficient and eco-friendly. They also look full year after year.

Miss the real tree smell? A Nest Holiday or Birchwood Pine reed diffuser on your mantle is the next best thing.

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Everything You Need To Know About Rustic Design

“Rustic” is thrown out there to describe everything from farmhouse decor to a Tuscan-style estate, so what does it actually mean? Do you need to live in a legit log cabin to be considered rustic, or can one word apply so liberally to so many different design styles? It’s definitely the latter, but there are several components you need to have for something to accurately be rustic. Here’s what’s

Rustic Is An All-Encompassing Term For Many Different Design Styles.

The term rustic is pretty broad, but many different design styles can actually fall into it. In it’s most basic definition, rustic describes a design that’s natural, rough, aged, and casual, so there are many styles—each drastically different from the other—that can be rustic. Some include Tuscan, coastal, cottage, or what you might traditionally think of as rustic—lodge.

“Side tables, accent chairs, and logs are my go-to’s for a dash of rustic.”

It Emphasizes The Natural.

One of the defining characteristics of a rustic home, whether it’s cottage or coastal, is the use of natural materials. That means lots of wood and stone (both in furniture and on ceilings/walls), and fabrics like burlap and canvas. “Rustic design, at its core, is the use of organic elements in their most natural state,” says interior designer Katie Hodges. Design is simple, natural, and has an earthy feel about it. Raw materials are also common, so rather than finding a sleek, glossy burl wood, you’ll find more reclaimed and unfinished woods and stones.

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Modern Is Totally Out.

Like, totally totally out. You won’t find modern furnishings or flashy, geometric lighting (obvi), but you’ll also find a lack of modern materials, like metal, plastic, or synthetic fibers. Again—natural is key.

Contemporary rustic, however, is having a moment right now, where earthy elements of the rustic style are combined with a clean-lined modern design for a fresh, light, and grounded aesthetic. Rustic decor in and of itself tends to be heavier, darker, and less sparse, so the amalgamation of the two styles produces something light and open, but still very natural. Think the Cullen’s house in Twilight and you’re there. “Side tables, accent chairs, and logs are my go-to’s for a dash of rustic without going full on in that design direction,” Hodges says.

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Pre-Black Friday Deals To Help Decorate Your Living Room

Redesign your living room with this season’s hottest home decor selections all for a great price. Between Zara Home’s Mid Season Sale, to West Elm’s price slashing on furniture and Crate and Barrel’s Get Cozy Sale they’ve got everything you need to upgrade your living room this fall and at the right price. From stylish and functional coffee tables to chic accent tables, and comfy poufs and ottomans, you can instantly transform your space with just a few pieces that all happen to be on sale right now. Don’t waste any time and shop these savings today.

Coffee Tables

West Elm

West Elm Mid-Century Pop-Up Storage Coffee Table

This multi-tasking coffee table is perfect for a small space storage solution. To the naked eye this coffee table is just a chic mix of dark wood and marble and is purely decorative, but it can do so much more. The dark stained eucalyptus wood table top pops open to reveal storage space to conceal everything from remotes to magazines. The pop-up also doubles as a table top so your couch can transform into a workstation or counter in seconds. The marble slab on the opposite side is the perfect surface for testing out your coffee table decorating skills, and the open shelf underneath is great for showing off your latest reads.

Shop Now: Originally on sale for $699, now on sale for $559


West Elm

West Elm Drum Storage Coffee Table

For the perfect balance of functional and fabulous look no further than this coffee table. The metal basin’s antique brass and bronze finish instantly create a glamorous centerpiece for your living room. Its contrast with the mango wood top makes it perfect for any design style whether it be formal or casual. The drum’s metallic finish can inform your tabletop decor choices. Brass candle holders and vases will pop on the wood top. Beyond being a visual point in the room, this coffee table is full of storage space. Using the finger cutouts, remove the tabletop to reveal storage for all your throws and pillows.

Shop Now: Originally on sale for $599, now on sale for $479


West Elm

West Elm Box Frame Storage Coffee Table

Keep all of your favorite items on display with this coffee table. Use the glass top as a display case to show off your expert-level coffee table styling skills. You can create a story with different books and trinkets all under the tabletop while keeping the surface free and clear to use. The contrast of the glass top, raw mango wood, and metal frame is a perfect combination for a contemporary living room. This table also allows you to have all the glamour on top, and some functionality at the bottom as the wood base has two drawers for storage.

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Say goodbye to these five decor trends before they’re gone

pantone 2016

The year 2018 has been a great one for home design, giving us a renewed focus on wellness and timeless choices. But not every style choice was made to last. Christina Birtcher, a top-rated interior designer with Three Roses Interiors in Portland, Ore., predicts we’ll leave these five up-to-the-minute trends behind in 2019.

1. Mid-century modern minimalism

Clean lines and decluttered spaces were popular in 2018. But Birtcher believes we will soon tire of the totally streamlined look and throw in a dash of nature.

“I am seeing more influences from Morocco and reduction of the mid-century modern minimalist for more vintage, organic and layered textures incorporating bespoke pieces,” she says.

Birtcher also predicts a new take on the all-white colour palette.

“All-white kitchens and baths will remain popular, but I think homeowners will incorporate organic texture within them,” she says. “I think marble and lighter wood tones will continue into 2019.”

2. The no-wallpaper rule

Design trends have encouraged a complete rejection of wallpaper since the 1980s. And people have been replacing busy, old-fashioned wallpaper in favour of beige and white walls ever since. But Birtcher is confident that new styles of wallpaper will be all the rage in 2019.

“My favourite new trend is the re-emergence of wallpaper,” Birtcher says. “It appears that it’s making a comeback, and I am loving this new trend! I believe it will be with us for a while. There is so much creativity, texture and art that we are seeing being transformed into beautiful papers.”

3. “Blush”

When to open a bottle: aging wine without the…

The Pantone Color Institute selected Rose Quartz as its Colour of the Year in 2016, alongside a dusty blue called Serenity. This launched blush and rose gold into mainstream home design — popularly paired with creamy whites and marble finishes.

Birtcher predicts that in 2019, interest in these shades will be exhausted.

“I don’t believe the blush pink and rose golds will continue,” she says. “I believe they are difficult for most people to incorporate into their homes. I think metallics will replace this look.”

It seems Pantone would agree. The institute released a 200-colour collection of metallics called Pantone Metallic Shimmers in October 2018, and it’s certain to inspire fashion and product designers into the coming year.

4. Accent walls

Bold accent walls have been a popular design choice for many years. But Birtcher thinks that 2018 is the last year this look will trend for a while, as we lean toward more calm, neutral looks.

Birtcher is prepping her clients for the change.

“If my clients really want that look, I try to incorporate it with just a hint of a darker hue, but not anything that is a huge contrast,” she says.

5. Offset horizontal tiles

Style options for tile expand with every year, given enhanced manufacturing technology, new designs and easy peel-and-stick products. But as with anything that presents near-limitless possibilities, some experiments stick, and some get tired quick.

Birtcher thinks horizontal mosaics are tired.

“Tiny, offset horizontal tiles in contrasting colours on a backsplash for the kitchen and in bathrooms are so busy, and I think this product dates the home,” she says. “Using a softer pattern tile, co-ordinating granite splash or subway tile is a much better alternative. It will retain a time-honoured element in the space without dating it and making your eyes blur.”

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Everything You Need To Know About Rustic Design

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“Rustic” is thrown out there to describe everything from farmhouse decor to a Tuscan-style estate, so what does it actually mean? Do you need to live in a legit log cabin to be considered rustic, or can one word apply so liberally to so many different design styles? It’s definitely the latter, but there are several components you need to have for something to accurately be rustic. Here’s what’s up.



Rustic Is An All-Encompassing Term For Many Different Design Styles.

The term rustic is pretty broad, but many different design styles can actually fall into it. In it’s most basic definition, rustic describes a design that’s natural, rough, aged, and casual, so there are many styles—each drastically different from the other—that can be rustic. Some include Tuscan, coastal, cottage, or what you might traditionally think of as rustic—lodge.

“Side tables, accent chairs, and logs are my go-to’s for a dash of rustic.”

It Emphasizes The Natural.

One of the defining characteristics of a rustic home, whether it’s cottage or coastal, is the use of natural materials. That means lots of wood and stone (both in furniture and on ceilings/walls), and fabrics like burlap and canvas. “Rustic design, at its core, is the use of organic elements in their most natural state,” says interior designer Katie Hodges. Design is simple, natural, and has an earthy feel about it. Raw materials are also common, so rather than finding a sleek, glossy burl wood, you’ll find more reclaimed and unfinished woods and stones.

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William Abranowicz

Modern Is Totally Out.

Like, totally totally out. You won’t find modern furnishings or flashy, geometric lighting (obvi), but you’ll also find a lack of modern materials, like metal, plastic, or synthetic fibers. Again—natural is key.

Contemporary rustic, however, is having a moment right now, where earthy elements of the rustic style are combined with a clean-lined modern design for a fresh, light, and grounded aesthetic. Rustic decor in and of itself tends to be heavier, darker, and less sparse, so the amalgamation of the two styles produces something light and open, but still very natural. Think the Cullen’s house in Twilight and you’re there. “Side tables, accent chairs, and logs are my go-to’s for a dash of rustic without going full on in that design direction,” Hodges says.

midcentury leather slung chair
Nelson Hancock

Rustic Furniture Is Handmade.

In keeping with the natural theme, rustic furniture is handmade. It’s generally simple in design and shape, letting the materials stand out instead. Furniture is usually oversized (minimalism is not the word, here), and is designed to feel cozy, easy, and comfortable. Heavy wood furniture, made from raw logs, boards, and stone is common.

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