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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5 Home Design Trends That Stand The Test Of Time

With the start of every season, I run to the news stand to pick up my favorite fashion magazine.  I come home and lounge in my favorite spot on the sofa and devour every page of these magazines from cover to cover.  Always looking for the seasons hottest trends in fashion, art, architecture and home decor.  There are many styles that start off as a trend; pieces we like to wear or have in our home for a year or so than toss and move on.  Some trends are short lived, here are 5 home  design trends that stand the test of time.

5 Home Design Trends That Stand The Test Of Time

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Area Rugs 101: What You Need To Know Before Buying An Area Rug

I didn’t know much about area rugs when I started working as an interior designer.  Over the years I have learned a thing or two and would like to share them with you. Area rugs 101: What you need to know before buying an area rug.  Area rugs are traditionally known for their elaborate patterns, designs and colors, as well as their complex weaving styles.  Area rugs are made to serve a decorative function also as an art form.

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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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perfect Gift Ideas Carmel Decor

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Searching for perfect gift ideas?  Here is a selection of some of our top sellers.  Table lamps, picture frames, beautiful throw pillows and blankets for cozy winter evenings.  Need more help, contact us on the phone or by email.
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1.Elk Driftwood Diamond Table Lamp
2.Hexagon Embroidered Pillow
3.Linen Silver Stitched Ginkgo Votive
4.Madison’s Garden Dragonfly Needlepoint Pillow
5.Bone Block Frame by Lazy Susan
6.Tristen Decorative Throw Pillow
7.White Alabster Vanity Tray by Lazy Susan
8.Bone Rod Pattern Decoraive Box by Lazy Susan
9.Aluminum Bark Frame by Lazy Susan
10.Tristen Decorative Throw Blanket
11.Gold Mercury Glass Bullet Lamp
12. Fluted Crystal Votives

 

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

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Pumpkin Season Recipes And Decoration Ideas

October is time for pumpkin season recipes and decoration ideas. Pumpkin season requires at least one shopping trip to the pumpkin patch.  Pick up as many pumpkins as you can.  You can cook with or carve them to decorate your home.

Pumpkin Season Decoration Ideas

You don’t have to carve scary images on pumpkins, try carving a pattern on your pumpkin like diamonds or this year light the pumpkin with a battery operated candle
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If you don’t like to carve pumpkin than try decorating one.  You can use paint, decoupage or studs and rhinestones to decorate your pumpkins.
Pumpkin Season Recipes And Decoration Ideas

Pumpkin Season Recipes

After decorating your pumpkins it’s time to start cooking.  Pumpkin is not just for making pie, here are a few recipes that will make you take a second look at pumpkin.
Try this great vegan recipe for delicious pumpkin and black bean patties, served over a kale salad it is a delicious and healthy way to enjoy this seasonal favorite.
Pumpkin Season Recipes And Decoration Ideas

Try making this simple soup of pumpkin and rice.  It’s silky texture and bright orange color is delightfully delicious and easy to make.
Pumpkin Season Recipes And Decoration Ideas

Share this pumpkin spice coffee cake with a friend over tea or coffee during a beautiful and chilly Autumn afternoon
Pumpkin Season Recipes And Decoration Ideas

Who doesn’t love creme brulee it’s even better with brown sugar and pumpkin.
Pumpkin Season Recipes And Decoration Ideas

Try any and all of these pumpkin season recipes and decoration ideas and enjoy the harvest. We would love to hear from you how do you decorate and cook with pumpkin?

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

by Firoozeh Khorrami
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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.

Happy decorating,
by Firoozeh Khorrami
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