2017 Decor Trends

If you are looking for new ways to improve your home this year, take note of what is IN this year. The 2017 home design trends have a lot to do with color, texture, shapes, simplified living spaces, and taking traditional designs and putting a modern spin on them.

Textured Furniture


Textured furniture is different and unique and is making its way into 2017 because of the way designers want their customers to be more in touch with textures. Anything from pleats, foldings, cotton, velvet, and wool will be making it’s way in homes this year. This is coming from a larger macro trend of comfort according to Patti Carpenter, the Global Trend Ambassador and Creative Director from Carpenter Co. She adds “you will continue to see faux fur, mohair, and other luxuriously soft materials in 2017.”


Hanging Pendant Lights



Table lamps are out, and hanging lights are in! This trend is important for small spaces that do not have the space for a nightstand for lamps to still be able to bring light into a room. Recently, geometrical lighting shapes have made their appearance in homes and are here to stay. Hexagonal, cylindrical, and spherical shapes have been common in bedrooms, entryways and living rooms. You will also see large pendant lighting in kitchens making a comeback in 2017.

White and Wood Kitchens



If all of the bright colors and geometric shapes are not your cup of tea, then consider going simple with a modern twist on country chic with a white and wood kitchen. Butcher block countertops are the way to go. They are affordable, durable (if maintained properly), add warmth and natural coloring, and wood has natural antibacterial properties. Paired with white cabinets and accessories, a white and wood kitchen is IN this year.


Tech Nooks



This year, “docking stations” have become all the rage for homeowners. Now that Wi-Fi gives many people to have the luxury to work from anywhere in their home, there is less need for an office space. So now “tech nooks” have become the necessity for quick and easy access. As long as there are charging stations, and small equipment for drop-down or pull out desk surfaces, you can have ability to tackle quick projects.




As grey became the hottest neutral color in 2016, beige is making it’s comeback in 2017. Even though beige has a reputation of being boring, there are ways to incorporate this color to give it the pizazz it deserves. Try pairing it with bold color accessories, or even pastels to see how easily it can compliment other colors. Also try pairing it with textures (Also a 2017 design trend!) such as velvet, metallics and natural linens.


Mixed Patterns


If you love patterns, then this 2017 design trend is the one for you! As spotted in the Fall of 2016 New York Fashion Week, the use of mixed patterns were very common (It has been said that many decor trends stem from New York Fashion Week.) You will find anything from mixed pattern bedding, like the comforter above, to patterned tiles, to wallpaper patterns. “Expect geometric patterns, vintage feel patterns, colours, and random patterns that can be used in a variety of applications. A punch of patterned tile is the perfect way to add interest and depth to any new space or renovation!” said Jennifer Woch from House of J Interior Design.



Christmas Decor Outside Your Home

Christmas ligth outside

For those homeowners who love to decorate the exterior of their home as well as the interior for the holidays, there are many dazzling lighting options. You don’t have to worry that your house will look like every other house on the block because there are a virtual plethora of outdoor décor concepts available to you to choose from.


Regardless of whether you’re planning on decorating your entire outdoor property or if you want to stick to only a simple porch display, we’re sure you’ll find inspiration in this creative list of outdoor holiday lighting design ideas:


  • Low maintenance: Many homeowners have a lot of other priorities that need attention, making low maintenance holiday lights a must. If you can devote several hours to stringing your choice of outdoor lights, invest in putting your lights on timers. Then set it and forget it!

  • On a budget: If you’re working with a tight budget this holiday season, consider installing solar powered lights. Innoo Tech offers strings of white crystal ball lights that will give your porch or patio a whimsical ambiance without adding to your electric bill. For a pop of affordable color, look for solar LED fairy style lights. Many solar light sets even offer several lighting settings.

  • DIY: Making your own holiday decorations is another creative way to save money on your seasonal décor budget. It’s also a great way to get into the holiday spirit and can become a cherished family tradition. Pinterest is awash with outdoor Christmas decorations you can make yourself – both with and without lights.

  • Themed: For those who want to get creative – choose a different theme every year! Some popular outdoor holiday light themes include: candy canes, wreaths, lanterns/luminaries, stars, snowmen, the North Pole, Christmas village, candyland, lighted arches, red ribbons/bows and garland, Christmas balls, Santa and reindeer, toys, Polar Express, snowflakes and icicles.

  • Classic: All-white (non-LED) lights framing the outline of your house is a classic, elegant holiday decoration approach. Look for white lights labeled ‘soft white’ or ‘warm white’ for a simple yet classy style. It’s also appropriate to line your driveway, walkway or some trees with the same classic white lights.

  • Outdoor party: Get creative if you have an outdoor patio or deck that will be used during the holiday season for social gatherings. Though the weather outside may not be frightful, your décor can still be delightful. Consider a ‘tropical Christmas’ theme with bright lights, colorful reindeer and vibrant Christmas plants like poinsettias. If your patio is covered – line the ceiling or wrap the pergola beams with lights. You can dangle icicle lights over one or more sides for a magical, enclosed feel.

  • Modern: Some people love to try out the newest on-trend lights every holiday season. The most recent addition to the world of Christmas décor is called a star shower projector. These motion laser projectors are extremely simple to install, as they involve no ladders, stapling or dead light bulbs. The projector displays colored stars onto your house/yard in dazzling holographic star shower patterns.

Christmas Decor Inside Your Home

Christmas Decore inside
As the winter holidays approach once again, there’s a festive feeling in the air everywhere you go: malls, restaurants and even grocery stores are decked out in holiday style. To help you recreate this festive feeling at home, we’ve compiled a list of some easy Christmas décor ideas for inspiration.


Nothing makes a home feel more like Christmas than a cozy interior – no matter where you live. Usher in holiday cheer and delight by putting your own twist on these winter decoration concepts:


  • Christmas garland – One of the simplest ways to welcome the holidays is by using garland as adornment in virtually any room. Christmas garland is traditionally made up of trimmings from balsam fir, white pine, and other evergreen trees. Because of the evergreen’s association with Christmas, its garland looks festive on a mantel, chandelier, staircase railings, or framing a doorway. Wrap Christmas lights around the garland or use it on its own.

  • Christmas card tree – If you receive an abundance of Christmas cards, this idea will work out splendidly. On a blank wall, create the outline of a Christmas tree with paint-safe tape and gold or silver garland. Place a flat star on top. As your holiday cards start their yearly arrival, hang them from your wall tree like ornaments. This is a great way to have a Christmas tree if you can’t (due to space, allergies, or other limiting reasons) or simply a cute way to bring festivity to an empty wall.

  • Decorative pillows – While it’s not technically a holiday “decoration,” you can switch out your everyday couch throw pillows with Christmas or winter themed pillows for an instant mini-makeover for any home. This is such a quick and easy way to automatically make your living room feel more merry, and if you’re on a tight budget, pillows are very easy to make yourself!

  • Holiday candles – Since the ideal ambience you’re aiming for is warm and cozy, fill your house with as many candles as possible. Invest in some Christmas candle holders or try your hand at a holiday candle DIY project.

  • Trim more than just your tree – Hanging up Christmas ornaments on the tree is a long-standing tradition for many families, as many ornaments have special meaning and invoke fond memories. Additionally, glass ball ornaments can be quite stunningly beautiful – and not just on the tree! Fill a metal wire bowl, lantern or glass jars with decorative balls in your favorite colors. Make your own “Christmas garland” or wreath with just glass balls and a hot glue gun or hang some of your favorite silver and gold balls from your actual evergreen garland display. Scatter leftover balls across your mantel or centerpiece. Any spot that needs a little something extra is a great place for these gorgeous glass Christmas decorations.

  • Go red – Although there are definitely plenty of colors that bring to mind the coming of Christmas, most people would agree that red is the color we think of first. Santa wears red, after all! Bring in as much red as possible to your home’s interior with: bows on wreaths, glass balls, stockings, poinsettias, tablecloths, tree decorations, pillows, throws, wrapping paper, candles, cranberries (displayed in mason jars, they make a great yet simple centerpiece) and dishes.


Most importantly, make sure that your holiday décor always has your signature style running through it so that no matter what ideas you use, they’ll feel authentic and unique.

How to Make Your Home “Shabby Chic”

shabby chic
The home décor style known as ‘shabby chic’ has been embraced by homeowners and renters alike all around the world. Because of its focus on imperfection, shabby chic design appeals to those who prefer a home that feels and looks lived-in and comfortable rather than perfect and austere.
If you’re interested in incorporating the shabby chic design style into either your home’s interior, exterior (or both), you’ll want to try to find the right balance of rustic, weathered pieces combined with new décor items so that your home feels eclectic and welcoming.
Try adding some of the below listed components and elements to your existing home design to give your living space a simple, elegant shabby chic makeover:


  • Texture variety: By utilizing a number of different natural textures in pieces like lampshades, baskets, wall hangings, rugs, window coverings, throw pillows and more, you’ll help bring in a feeling of variety that is fundamentally shabby chic.

  • Mix and match colors: Another important element in shabby chic design is including several different color palettes in a single room. Think unmatched couch pillows and throws or a mismatched pastel set of plates and bowls in your kitchen cabinets. Keep in mind that colors are always less important than textures and materials when it comes to shabby chic style. Shabby chic colors are typically muted, but you can include some vibrant pops of color as well.

  • Bring in the light: While much of shabby chic style involves mixing up colors, patterns and textures – you can also go with a light and bright shabby chic design. An all-white living room that incorporates a variety of different textures and a few soft touches of color can be extremely inviting.

  • Go vintage: The foundation of any shabby chic living space is reclaimed design elements that include distressed pieces that you can find at your local thrift shop or flea market. Although many shabby chic lovers have treated new furniture pieces with antique-looking finishes, authentically vintage items are even more desirable if you can find them.

  • Do It Yourself (DIY) – A popular way to add the perfectly weathered item in any room is to create it yourself. By using old materials like vintage doors and milk crates to build a new shabby chic table or nightstand, you’ll get the perfect look at a low price.

  • Celebrate originals – If your home has wood flooring underneath carpeting, peel back that carpet and celebrate the natural state of your wooden floors. A distressed wood floor will give any room an instant shabby chic feel. If your wood floors are in great shape, consider painting them using a distressing technique to give them a ‘worn-in’ look.


When taking your home toward a shabby chic design, remember that you mustn’t go overboard. To decorate every room in your house with distressed or reclaimed items can look simply shabby without the chic. By pairing worn or antique elements with some pieces that look and feel new, your result will be cozy, comforting and welcoming to everyone who visits.

Antiquing Hot Spots in Middle Tennessee


Now that new vintage revival has become one of the more popular home decor styles, antiquing is hitting a new progression. And finding hidden treasures in Middle Tennessee can be easier than you think, if you are looking in the right places.











How to Make Your Home Feel More Welcoming

welcoming home

Have you ever walked into a friend’s home and felt an immediate sense of comfort? It might not be immediately obvious why a particular abode feels so cozy and comforting, but there are a multitude of little things you can do to make your home feel just as welcoming.


Take a look around the rooms in your home where you most often welcome guests. If these areas feel like “something’s missing,” you can try adding a few items to turn up the ambience-meter. Some homes have more of a welcoming ambience than others just on their own, but if your house or apartment lacks built-in charm, don’t despair! By answering the following questions, you’ll know better how to make your home more inviting.


Is your own personal style evident?

In order to add the right ‘joie de vivre’ to your home, you simply must get in touch with your own personal style. Decorating your home in such a way that your personality shines through will give it a uniqueness that can’t be duplicated.


What is the first thing visitors see?

First impressions are very important when it comes to your home. Give your porch, front door, walkway or entryway some love! These areas are easy to ignore because we breeze through them but don’t spend any actual time living in them. Keep your home’s entryway clean and tidy. You might add a vibrant throw rug, a colorful welcome mat or a cute wooden sign that welcomes guests. Consider a colorful wreath to hang from your front door. A bench or potted plants just inside are easy ways to add character to what might otherwise be a rather drab area of the house.


Does your home get a lot of natural light?

Lighting accounts for a lot of the ambience in any location. If your home has little or no natural light, put some effort into choosing quality lighting features. Be sure to select some bright lights and some dimmer, warm-toned lamps for different occasions.


Are there a lot of sharp angles in your home?

If your home has a lot of straight lines and modern angles, you can soften up the overall look with round accents like rugs, pillows, artwork, and other décor items.


How much color appears throughout your home’s décor?

A home that is starkly painted one neutral tone can feel cold and less inviting than one with splashes of vibrant, bold, warm colors. Add color through wall colors, rugs, paintings, colored lighting fixtures, pillows, throws and more.

Do you have comfortable seating?

One aspect of any welcoming home is whether or not there is adequate seating for all of the guests that you may entertain at one time. Pulling out uncomfortable folding chairs when you have visitors will not make your space feel cozy.


Is your home easy to navigate?

Be sure that your main entertaining/living area is set up to allow for people to walk through easily. Cozy doesn’t have to mean cluttered, and in fact a space that is overfilled with too much furniture can feel claustrophobic, which can make your guests uncomfortable.

How to Decorate the Exterior of your Home for Fall

Fall decor outside
Seasonal decorating is fun regardless of the time of year, but fall is an especially popular time of year to add cozy touches to both the interior and exterior of a home. Because of its simplicity and affordability, outside decorating in autumn is something everyone can participate in.
Fall brings about comforting feelings of nostalgia for many people, along with cooler temperatures that turn our minds toward spiced coffees and warm muffins in the oven. The scents of fall beget memories of our childhoods that most of us look back on fondly.
Here are a number of ideas to spruce up your home’s exterior as you find yourself getting into the autumnal spirit:


Make it colorful

While the colors of fall are typically darker and deeper than those associated with spring and summer, you can (and should) use a wide variety of deep reds, purples, golds, oranges, browns, greens and more. The more colorful your outdoor fall décor – the better.


Keep it natural

So much of fall is all about celebrating nature! Along with pumpkins, adding other colorful gourds, corn stalks, hay bales, and fall flowers to a porch or entryway will give it an immediate fall feeling.


Go for the gold

Whether you prefer gold, silver or a more coppery rust color – metallic are “in” like never before. If you want to elevate your fall décor to glam status, use metallic spray paint on pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes.


“Urn” your neighbors’ respect

Nothing says fall more than a stately urn filled with autumn flowers. Keep things symmetrical by placing one urn on each side of your home’s main exterior doorway. Consider filling the urns with richly colored mums and surrounding their bases with some other fall plants and/or gourds.


White wash out

Even though autumn is famous for its rich colors, a sophisticated décor twist is to go with an all-white and neutrals palette on your porch. White mums surrounded by white gourds and white pumpkins look beautiful when paired with the natural tones of a few corns husks tied to the railing and an earthy-toned wreath hanging from the door.


Stylish Halloween

Even if you don’t have (young) kids in the house, getting into the spirit of Halloween can be fun and festive for virtually anyone! To avoid looking kitschy or tacky, stay away from bright colors and artificial decorations. Think: chalkboard drawings, jack-o-lanterns, wrought iron candle lanterns, chicken crates, and a re-purposed burlap sack painted with stencils to spell a seasonal message. Halloween can merge with fall for a classic yet slightly spooky feel.


Country scene

Imagine a picture straight out of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Recreate a classic country porch this fall using vintage items that may already be stashed in your shed, like an old wooden ladder (the dirtier, the better), an apple basket, gardening boots, a rustic bench or chair, and some faded throw pillows. Add natural wreaths, a few plaid blankets hung on the rungs of the ladder and a small woodpile to finish off the look.

How to Decorate the Interior of Your Home for Fall

Fall Decore

As the intense heat of summer begins to sizzle out, the relief of the cooler autumn air is almost always welcomed with open arms. With a hint of briskness and steaming cups of pumpkin-flavored coffee, fall brings with it a cozy feeling that makes it a favorite season for many.


When it comes to fall décor, outdoor designs range from autumnal-colored wreaths and multi-colored gourds to scarecrows and jack-o-lanterns for those who like to get into the spirit of Halloween.


If you’re in love with this time of year or if you simply have a penchant for seasonal decorating, you most likely want your home’s interior to give off an autumn vibe as well. A few well-placed items are all you need for just a hint that fall has arrived. If you want to go all out with your seasonal home décor this year, there are certainly enough options to give literally every room in your house a floor-to-ceiling fall makeover.


For your consideration, we’ve compiled a list of 10 harvest/autumnal themed interior design ideas to get your creative genius stoked:

  • Fall centerpiece – Atop a portable tray, place a variety of colored gourds or pumpkins along with dried leaves and hydrangeas or other dried flowers.
  • Pillow swap – Switch out your everyday sofa pillows with some in the rich, vibrant colors we associate with fall like wine, orange, yellow and chocolate brown.
  • Fresh flowers – Fill up a large vase with flowers that bloom well into autumn. Sunflowers are one example that will usually stay looking fresh for 5 days or longer.
  • Exchange bedding – Lighter-weight bed linens that were great for warm summer nights can be washed and put away until spring. In their place, choose warmer linens in fall colors. You can also swap out your decorative shower curtain and towels for a set with an autumn theme or color scheme.
  • Layers aren’t just for clothing anymore – Tossing a luxurious throw over a cozy armchair with a matching pillow gives an instant feeling of warmth.
  • Think masculine – Springtime is associated with fresh, light pastel colors. In autumn, more masculine patterns like houndstooth, pin stripes, paisley, plaid or bold geometric shapes are where it’s at.
  • Create a warm welcome – To give visitors an instant fall feeling, place a large vase filled with artificial branches and flowers from your local craft store. Choose autumn colors like golden leaves, orange blooms and red berries.
  • Light a candle – The flickering of deeply scented candles lit throughout your home not only gives a feeling of warmth but will also spread the deliciously woodsy scent of the season from room to room.
  • Make a banner – An easy DIY project for any season: pick up chipboard letters spelling a seasonal message (Welcome Fall!) and twine from a craft store near you. Paint the letters a seasonally-appropriate color, and then attach them to the twine with a glue gun. Hang your homemade banner wherever your décor needs an extra boost.
  • Don’t forget the cornucopia – Also known as the ‘horn of plenty,’ the cornucopia symbolizes good fortune and seasonal bounty. Whether you make your own or buy one that is pre-made, a cornucopia as a centerpiece or on a sideboard table is an autumn décor must have.

Tips for Organizing Your Homeschool Room

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Whether you’re just delving into the homeschool world or if you’re a seasoned homeschooler, you may find that organizing your home is one of the bigger challenges you’ll face. In order to be successful learners, your children need space to be able to learn, read, write, experiment and more!


Some parents are able to dedicate a room to homeschooling, while others like to create learning areas throughout the home. Either way, what follows are some tips to help make the most of whatever space you have:


  • Invest in at least one set of shelves – You can find excellent organizational shelves at Ikea, specifically the Kallax series, but you can make almost any type of shelving work for you. If you’re on a tight budget, you may even be able to find a suitable set at a thrift store or on Craigslist. Ideally, your shelves should be deep enough and tall enough to allow room for you to insert organizational bins. This is a great way to keep things like manipulatives, projects, games, art supplies and other materials separated, easily transportable (the bins are removable and can be moved to any part of the house) and looking presentable.

  • Label everything – Labelling each of your bins will help your children keep everything in its place, but it will also aid in teaching early readers how to sound out words. Children who haven’t started reading yet (age 4/5 or younger) will require pictures along with word labels.

  • Use a shoe organizer to store writing supplies – This is a great storage solution for several reasons. The clear plastic will allow children to see what is in each compartment, and it’s so affordable! Instead of having pencil cups, boxes, or pouches strewn all about your home, keep different types of writing materials in each “shoe” pouch! Pencils, pens, markers, highlighters, erasers, paper clips, colored pencils, post it notes, glue sticks, notecards and even paper can be stored in an over-the-door shoe organizer. Your children will have access to supplies without having to interrupt you while you may be busy instructing another child.

  • Devote a space to your own materials – As the teacher, you will need adequate room for your own supplies like manuals, stickers, rewards, planner, pens (that you want to keep for yourself!), paper cutter, laminator (optional), computer and printer, etc. By devoting an area solely to your own materials, you’ll be able to stay further organized because the children should not have access to the “teacher only” area.

  • Spice things up – Take the time before homeschooling begins to add little extra touches that make your homeschool area(s) inviting and attractive. Just like a traditional classroom, children (and teachers) are happier and find more success when they are in a welcoming environment. Use vibrant colors on posters, labels and book covers to brighten up the space. Turn regular, boring binders into a design feature of the room by simply covering them with colorful fabric and then displaying them on one of your sets of shelves.

How to Preserve and Display Family Heirlooms in Your Home



Some of your most prized possessions may be items that you’ve acquired from an older family member. This is especially true if it’s been passed down through many generations. Family heirlooms are a great way to remember your origins and honor your ancestors. They are also often delicate due to their age, and therefore must be cared for meticulously.


If you have one or several family heirlooms that are especially meaningful, take equally special care to preserve them. There are a number of guidelines to follow when caring for heirlooms or antiques to ensure that they maintain their structural integrity.


  • Keep paper, documents and books dry. Any heirlooms made from paper are extremely susceptible to damage from water, so store them in acid-free binder page protectors or in an acid-free archival box that are kept far away from any kind of moisture. In addition, keep any paper heirlooms away from light, as light can cause paper to age and crumble much faster. If you have paper heirlooms you’d like to show off or use as wall art, do so in a darker room of your home with them encased in a protective, acid-free frame.


  • Be careful what you use to clean jewelry. Antique and heirloom pieces can tarnish with time, making them tempting to scrub clean. In order to keep your ancestor’s jewels sparkling, you can use a soft toothbrush with warm water and mild soap. For silver pieces, you can use silver cleaner with a soft cloth. If you have heirloom jewelry that you want to display, do so with them sitting in boxes lined in satin to avoid scratches.


  • Avoid washing cloth heirlooms. Clothing, dolls, blankets, gowns, uniforms and quilts can all be very sentimental heirlooms if they were made, used or worn by a family member, which is why they shouldn’t be washed or dry-cleaned. Display cloth heirlooms in an area that doesn’t get much natural light in order to protect them from fading, and only hang them on padded hangers that do not contain bleached cotton.


  • Toy heirlooms are for looking at. Don’t attempt to pass antique toys or dolls on to your own children to play with. Porcelain dolls, or those made from wood, wax or rags need to be carefully inspected to ensure that they don’t have any type of eggs on them that will result in an insect infestation. Dust your doll heirlooms with cotton balls and distilled water. Do not use any type of cleaning solution on your antique dolls, and store them face side down in archive boxes to prevent their eyes from falling inside their heads.


Toys other than dolls can also be cleaned using plain water and a soft cloth or sponge with no cleaning solutions. If you’re storing plastic items, be sure to use boxes with vents, as plastic gives off gases as it decomposes. This can be damaging to some of your other heirlooms. Toys and dolls can definitely be put on display in your home, but be sure to place them on glass shelves rather than wood.