30 Ways to Bring More Green Into Your Home

I’ve never intentionally set out to use green in my home decor choices. I think it’s a lovely color with a variety of shades, but it’s never been at the top of my list. When I think about it, I probably have just a handful of items in my home that are green (not counting the green jade buddhas). However, after seeing Oh Joy’s studio makeover with the gorgeous emerald green sofa and mint green Smeg fridge, I’ve had a change of heart. I did some searching and found other lovely ways to decorate a home with green that I’d like to share below. Are you a fan of green? Is it one of your top choices when it comes to home decor?

{All photos via houzz.com}

Home Design: Finding The Perfect Hardwood Floors

When I was a little girl, I would often go through one of my mother’s catalogs and pick and choose my dream home furnishings or designs. I shudder at the thought of some of my choices back then. I’ve lived in so many homes and have done so many renovations and have gone through so many design options, that I feel like a have a good grasp of what I really love and how I’d love my “forever” home to look like.

Home design and renovation can be both exhilarating and exhausting, but I still love it none the less. There are just so many choices out there. Take flooring for example, there’s carpet (our current situation), hardwood, concrete, tile, etc. etc. etc. My favorite is definitely hardwood and I am leaning towards the maple variety in a color that is not too dark and not too light. I’ve rounded some examples for when the time comes for us to move into our “forever” home. Have you done any home design/renovations? What is your favorite type of flooring?

 
{All photos from houzz.com}

16 Home Interiors Designed with Gold in Mind

Yesterday, I waxed poetic over my dismal prospects of bringing home an Oscar (I don’t know why considering I haven’t done any films), but went back into happy mode over the other ways I could “bring home the gold.” Until I get my stuff together (i.e. clean up the old and shop for the new), here are some spaces that have been inspiring me to bring home the gold sooner.

{All photos via houzz.com}

20 Valentine’s Day Inspired Home Decor Ideas for Everyday Living

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{The home that caused a buying frenzy over the For Like Ever poster – Jessie Randall’s (of Loeffler Randall) home in Domino’s September 2006 issue}

I had a serious fascination with red walls at one point. Let’s see, there was one apartment we had in which I decided it would be a GREAT idea to paint the guest bedroom/ home office a deep crimson. (The neighbors thought we were crazy when we primed it with pepto-bismal pink first as they could see everything through our window.) Then there was the blood-red hallway in another condo, which I’d decided on after the first three colors I chose did not turn out the way I’d imagined (I have a very, very wild imagination). Our realtor promptly told us to paint it white when we decided to sell.

After that, I haven’t done any red walls lately. In fact, I think all that painting (about 6-8 different colors for each of the first two places) left me with some sort of design savvy when it comes to choosing paint colors (Forever Rule #1: Get Samples. Oy.).

This is not to discourage anyone from going wild with abandon in their own abodes. Hey, we all have to learn sometime, and sometimes we need to experience it first-hand. One lesson I’ve learned over the years and many moves later is that paint is not the only way to express yourself. Because, after all, just like our fashion choices, our home decor choices are a reflection of us (or, at least, they should be).

In keeping with our Valentine’s Day theme this week (I swear, I did not intend for this to happen), I’ve rounded up some design ideas that are Valentine’s Day inspired, but could be incorporated throughout the year. Do you have any home/interior design lessons to share? Do tell.

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This would make a great entryway. Doesn’t it just scream “WELCOME TO MY HOME!”?

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Such a sweet touch to add a tiny hot pink heart print and those love prints (by Jen Ramos of Made By Girl) to your gallery wall.

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How do you feel about color-coordinating your books? Seems daunting, but what a beauty!

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I really could use that hot pink plexiglass coffee table. No, really, I need it.

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I adore this collection of pillows. Especially the ones with the animals on them!

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I’ve admired this neon pink tray by Alexandra Von Furstenberg [and first seen in Emily’s home (of Cupcakes and Cashmere)] for far too long now.

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This hanging egg chair would fit perfectly in place in a reading nook.

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That iridescent hot pink ceiling lamp is on point!

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The pink sconces and pink chairs add a feminine touch to this dining space and balances well with all of the wood.

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So, instead of red walls, why not go for red chairs? I would love that shade of red in a nail polish!

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I adore the sweet touches of pink in this tablescape from Domaine Home.

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That pink Smeg fridge is just too adorable!

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The soft, pale pink walls in Emily’s old Cupcakes and Cashmere office add a fun element without being overly sugar-plums-and-fairies.

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A room that dreams are made of. Bri Emery’s bedroom makeover is light and refreshing.

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Loving the pink vibes going on in this nursery by Amber Interiors, from the heart print to the baskets to the rug.

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Check out that red heart-shaped lamp (by Ikea!) in this sweet nursery!

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Neon pink signs should be in every home. EVERY. HOME. Love this one created by Emily Henderson for Ban.do.

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While Jordan (of Oh Happy Day) has said they will gut the pink bathroom when the time is right, I like the way she’s refreshed it by adding accessories. Why, yes, white towels are always a good idea.

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Okay, maybe this is not so subtle, but I am in love with this hot pink plexiglass bathroom sliding door!