5 Items You Need To Make Your Home A Sanctuary

After a hard day of work, let’s face it, with all the hectic lives we have, at the end of the day we need to retire in a sanctuary called home. Returning to a restful, calming, and cozy den, living room, bedroom, or an outside patio, would be so well-deserved. Make Your home a sanctuary a luxury that can be designed and laid out easily.

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Modern Interior Design Ideas For your Living Room

Have you been wanting to update your living room?  Are you looking for modern interior design ideas for your Living Room?  Modern design is based on the philosophy that form follows function, and less is more. So design and decoration was striped of ornamentation and we started to see new materials and colors used.  Clean lines, warm woods, and bold color is the staple of Mid Century Modern Design and it has inspired designers up to present day.

Modern Interior Design Ideas For your Living Room

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5 ways to get the layered rug look

How to get the layered rug look

the layered rug look Customize your living space by layering rugs of contrasting patterns, colors, and textures. You can add richness  to your unique ensemble of furniture and decorative pieces while covering more empty space.  That beautiful rug that doesn’t cover nearly enough of the living room floor? It does not have to be a problem. Are you daunted by the task? Here are 5 ways to get the layered rug look.

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Splurge vs. Save On Living Room Decor

Carmel Decor Splurge vs. save on living room decorOur home is our haven; it should be about us, our personal style and life style. It’s a reflection of who we are, where we come from, our culture, interest and inspiration. Pulling together a home is a creative process, it should be the perfect place for relaxing, hanging out, and accommodating all the activities we would like to attend to in our daily lives. Unlike popular opinion it is possible to design and decorate your perfect home on any budget.  However it’s important to know where to splurge vs. save on living room decor.

Style maker secrets: where to splurge vs. save on living room decor

One of the most frequently asked questions in interior design and home decoration is where to splurge and where to save on living room decor. Here are a few style makers secrets for where to splurge vs. save on living room decor.

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Splurge on pieces of furniture used most often. Select a sofa of high quality, it doesn’t have to be the most expensive, but a sofa of good quality can be purchased on a budget that will take the wear and tear of everyday use.

Save on boho chic accessories at Carmel Decor Save on trendy items you would like to change often, seasonal decor, and trendy accessories are great for updating a room but are changed often, so don’t spend too much money there.  Splurge on beautiful living room area rug Carmel Decor

Splurge on items that are focal pieces, something that will make the room and has a wow factor. Like a beautiful area rug in the  living room or entry.

Save on side tables, side tables don’t make a statement and are more about function

Splurge on paint, paint is such a big part of the room, the right color and sheen can make all the difference, so splurge on good quality paint in the right color. Don’t pick color from a small chip in the paint store, bring home a sample and try it on the wall. Look at the color under different light at different times during the day.

As you tackle one of interior design’s biggest challenges: we would love to know what you splurge on and where you save money.

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create your perfect living room on any budget at Carmel Decor.

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Decorate Using Pink Creating Sophisticated Grownup Rooms

Breast cancer awareness is important to all of us here at Carmel Decor.  Breast Cancer  has touched all of us in some way, that is why we would like to donate 15% of all proceeds from this month to breast cancer research.  Decorate using pink creating sophisticated grownup rooms and help us support this great cause so we can find a cure.

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Pink can be elegant, glamorous, happy, and all grownup

Pink is not just a color for breast cancer, or for little girl’s rooms.   Change your perspective and you will start to see pink in a whole new way.

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Pink is a neutral

Pink is a beautiful neutral color that adds warmth and elegance to living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms.  Because pink is a warm color it can bring cozy comfort and easy living to interiors.

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One of the hottest color trends for 2015 is pink, it’s modern and classic at the same time.  Not only do we see pink in interiors but also on the runway for women and men. Decorate using Pink Creating Sophisticated Grownup Rooms

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Accessorizing with a few pink items can take a small girls room all the way to her teenage years.

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And of ‘course pink is a romantic soothing color, perfect for creating a restful and relaxing retreat.  Combined with gold or silver this bedroom is high glam and luxurious. Decorate using Pink Creating Sophisticated Grownup Rooms

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you bring the glamour of pink in to your home at Carmel Decor.

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How to Create a Cozy and Comfortable Guest Bedroom with High Style

Having guests is exciting as you will get company and can spend some lovely time with them. However, it also means making their stay in your house a comfortable one. The guest room needs to be cozy and comfortable and show your guests that you are happy to have them. Here are a few tips to create a cozy and comfortable guest bedroom that spells style.

Guest bedroom – make it luxurious and comfortable
The first thing that comes to mind when you think of guest bedroom essentials is the bed. Invest in a good one that will ensure your guests get a good night’s sleep. Use clean and crisp linen for the beds. You don’t have to break your bank for getting designer linens. They are easily available at discount stores along with good quality towels. An electronic blanket would add to the comfort and also keep an extra blanket in the closet.


Pillows are a must have for a bed. They make the bed look inviting. So, get a few fluffy ones for your guests to relax. Use throw pillows with colorful designs to add warmth and brightness to the room décor.


Lighting always plays a great role in making a room look spacious and warm. So, make it a point to check the lighting arrangements.

When you think of decorating your guest room, you cannot ignore flowers and rugs.

Flowers are always a nice addition to any room. They make the room look bright and when placed in a guest bedroom, they tell the guests how welcome they are. So, keep fresh flowers in a beautiful vase and see how the room looks stylish.


An area rug in silk or wool will make the room look cozy and also express your aesthetic sense. Make sure that the rug matches the linen of the room.


Give your guests a space of their own in the guest bedroom by placing a table and a pair of chairs. The guests can relax and enjoy their private time.


Check that the bathroom has extra towels and bathrobes and the closet has enough hangers. Essential amenities like toothpaste, shampoo, soap and comb should be kept in the guestroom. To show your care and love, get a basket of toiletries and decorate it for your guests.

A small basket of snacks kept in the room will prove how good a host you are.

Your guests need to feel welcome in your home. Make the guest bedroom look special with your thoughtfulness. A cozy area rug or scented candles on a tray on the bedside table can make the room look cozy and luxurious and make you the best host.

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create a cozy and comfortable guest room at Carmel Decor.

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How To Select Area Rugs For Boys Rooms


Boys will be boys and their rooms will have their own characteristic- shoe marks on the floor, soccer balls on the bed, and their favorite cartoon characters on the wall. If you have a teenage boy at home, the cartoon characters will get replaced by the posters of Rihanna or Messi. No matter what age, a boy’s room will always look like one. As a parent, you may want to add warmth or beauty to it and having an area rug is perhaps the best way of doing it.

How to choose kids area rugs


Kids are very particular about their individuality and want their rooms to reflect their personality. If your kid is a fan of Harry Potter, having an area rug with Harry Potter theme will appeal to him. So, it is important to keep in mind your boy’s taste and choose rugs accordingly. Of course, purpose, price and the look will definitely matter.

Area rugs for boy’s bedrooms

Having area rugs in the bedroom of the boys will make the room cozy and warm. Ideally, the area rug should cover the area of both the bed and the nightstand. For toddlers and infants, choose rugs in wool as they would love the soft feeling. Colorful rugs with interesting prints will please them. Nowadays, rugs are available with popular cartoon characters and even alphabets and numbers. Having such a lively rug will allow your kid’s room to come alive.

Rooms of infants and toddlers – get rugs with high endurance level


Usually a lot of activities happen in an infant’s room.

The rugs in kid’s playrooms usually have to endure muddy footprints, stains from spilt milk and lemonade and even crayon marks. It might be a good idea to pick an indoor outdoor rug for this space. It would be easier for you to wash and maintain. Get rugs in bright colors and prints that can easily hide stains.

Have tweens at home? Get rugs in wool


As your kids get older, they will mostly spend their time outside. They may get picky with the décor of their rooms. As posters of Miley Cirus and Justin Bieber start decorating the walls, add elegance to their rooms with woolen rugs. Kids’ area rugs with geometric patterns will suit their choice.

Rugs for teenage boys’ room – let them choose

It is best to involve your boys in the shopping. Since a lot of friends will be visiting them, it is better to have rugs that can withstand heavy footfall. Again, area rugs in wool would be your best bet. Try to choose rugs that would complement the bedding or the walls.

Getting rugs for your kids’ playrooms or bedrooms can become a fun activity if you know what you are looking for.

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create the perfect bedroom for your child at Carmel Décor.

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by Firoozeh Khorrami

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The World of Modern Area Rugs


If the bare floor makes your living room look boring, it is time to go for an area rug. Why only your living room? Your dining room or you bedroom could also do with a modern area rug that adds warmth and softness to the decor. An area rug is an interesting item that defines space and gives a finishing touch to your home decor. It can complement the color scheme of the room and also enhance the atmosphere.


Modern area rug – a great option to decorate a room
Today’s rugs are available in a wide range of materials – wool, cotton, jute, silk and even sisal and grass. A wool area rug is costly but a good investment as it can stand all the wear and tear and still retain its good looks for years. Not to mention the softness and warmth it exudes.


Jute and sisal rugs cost less but are difficult to clean. However, their casual style fit in very well with modern home decor and interesting designs and color schemes make them irresistible.

Buying an area rug – things that matter


An area rug unifies groups of furniture and can help in designating different zones in a room. The size of the rug plays a vital role as larger rugs make rooms look larger. So, when buying a modern area rug the first thing you should consider is the size.


In the living room consider placing the area rug in such a way so as the front legs of the seating pieces rest on it; making the living room feel larger.


While buying a decorative area rug, coordinate the color with the rest of the furnishings of the room.


Patterned rugs are a great option as they enhance the look of the room.

To achieve the best result, mix the patterns. If the furnishings are in floral prints, go for striped area rug. When choosing rugs with designs, make sure that the patterns of the rug and that of the furnishings are of different scale.

Modern area rugs are hot. You can buy a discount area rug that will suit your budget and fit your style. Take advantage of Carmel Decor’s clearance center that offers beautiful rugs at throwaway prices.

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create a great room at Carmel Decor.

Happy decorating,
Susan
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Create A Cozy Home Decorating With Fall Colors And Textures

Get Cozy This Fall With The Season’s Colors and Textures

Ever since I finished school, Fall has been my favorite time of the year. During my childhood years of course I didn’t want to go back to school, and the shorter days were very depressing. As I grew older, wiser, and more sophisticated I fell in love with Fall. The change in the season, the way light reflects differently, the beautiful fall landscape is so romantic, so rich in color, and the colder climate is welcoming after the summer heat.

Fall 2013 color is Mykonos Blue, and we can see plenty of it in fashion as well as home decor.  Soft, silky velvets in beautiful jewel tones. 

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Mykonos blue is just the right color to compliment the warm oranges and reds of the changing leaves on the trees. Like these rugs by Surya available at Carmel Decor

We also love the 2013 color of the year Emerald Green, another warm rich sexy hue inspired by natures color palette.

Gold & bronze, warm metals that glitter and gleam, like the sun as it reflects on the changing colors of the trees. These golden colors are the perfect accent to the saturated colors of fall.

Use gold tones in accessories, the little sparkle adds warmth to the fall ambiance.

There are so many different ways to celebrate the Autumn months, and welcome the change with colors and textures all inspired by nature.
Remember shorter days mean longer nights by candle light.

However you celebrate Autumn, I hope you have been inspired.

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wall decor, area rugs and home accents  to help you bring some self reflection into your home at Carmel Decor.

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Decorating with Mirrors! How to Design A Room Using Mirrors

Mirrors! A Little Self Reflection is Necessary in Any Room

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One of the more classic element in any decor is the use of mirrors, no room would be complete without the light and depth that a mirror adds.   Mirrors aren’t always clear or totally reflective, in fact they can be mysterious or as reflective as you choose. An antique mirror adds patina and age, a concave mirror distorts the truth, and an old fashioned mercury mirror adds old-world glamor and style.

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Dinning rooms and living rooms are great places to add mirrors; according to Feng Shui principles the dining room represents a family’s wealth, and the living room is where the family has gatherings and has parties so the mirror magnifies the festive energy.  It’s also the perfect room to play up the luster and sparkle of candle light and mirrors.

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Mirrors reflective quality weather clear or blurred are a great way to double the light especially in staircases with limited natural light.

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Mirrors for centuries have been used to reflect not just so we can see our selves or anything else clearly; but also, mirrors have a reflective quality that adds glamor and sparkle in a seductive, and abstract  way.

Whatever your style is I hope you have found some inspiration in the rooms above.

You can find beautiful mirrors, poufs and ottomans, decorative pillows, wall decor, area rugs and home accents  to help you bring some self reflection into your home at Carmel Decor.

 

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