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 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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8 Accents To Spruce Up Your Home This Fall

Cozy up with accents to spruce up your Home this Fall.   Adding small accents around your house can help welcome the most colorful season of the year.  There’s no need for a complete overhaul, just a few accents can transform your home for the comfiest time of year.

8 Living Room Accents to spruce up Your Home This Fall

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6 Coffee Table Options

There’re coffee table options for any style!  Trade in the traditional wooden coffee table for a unique piece that speaks to your style. Since Victorian era England, coffee tables have been a staple piece in every living room. Mahogany, metal, and concrete coffee tables are some of the many coffee table options.  Vamp up your living space and stray away from the traditional look of a short, long, wooden coffee table.6 Coffee Table Options

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Alternative Uses For Area Rugs

Last weekend at the flea market I found the most beautiful vintage kilim.   It was in disrepair from neglect and time, but fortunately the colors were still vibrant and exciting.  I had to have it, so with a little haggling I was able to buy it at a good price; good enough so I would not worry if my plans for it did not pan out as well as I’m hoping.  First order of business was to figure out what I was going to do with it?  There are so many options  so many alternative uses for area rugs.

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“I Love Lucy” Fan Theory Suggests the Show Was Darker Than We Thought Apparently, our favorite redhead had some dangerous mob ties.

Lucy, you’ve got some ‘splaining to do!  What if we told you your favorite, happy sitcom had a dark and dangerous past — would you believe us? Well, according to a new fan theory, I Love Lucy is actually about an abused and abandoned woman who escaped her mob boss father by moving to New York City. And that’s the secret behind Lucy Ricardo’s scheming ways. Don’t buy it? Stick with us for a few …

First of all, have you ever heard Lucy mention her father? Meanwhile other members of her family (like her mom) make an appearance on the show and the whole clan visits Ricky’s relatives in Cuba. In fact, in the episode called “Housewarming,” Lucy’s friends Ethel and Betty are having a conversation Lucy is dying to be part of, but when they mention their father’s names she still doesn’t say hers. Suspicious. Watch below at the 4:25 mark.

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How to Mix Patterns In Your Home

Mixing colors, layering patterns, adding textures can be both interesting as well as add dimension, personality and warmth to any space.   Can’t decide between stripes, chevron and a bold floral?  It’s a daunting task one that has many baffled.  How can you mix beautiful colors and gorgeous patterns in one space without making your room look like an eye sore?   Various patterns and colors don’t need to match they just need to go together.  Proper mixing and matching of prints will brighten up any home.  Here are a few simple tips on how to mix patterns in your home like a pro for creating an original vibrant decor.How to Mix Patterns In Your Home

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6 Tricks For Accessorizing And Dressing Up Bookshelves

Transforming a cluttered and not so interesting bookshelf into a stunning display can be over whelming especially if you have more items than space.  We all see it in magazines, the perfectly styled bookshelf; adorned with beautiful books, and gorgeous accessories.  Weather in an office, living room or den bookshelves are decorative and a great place to store books, collectibles and pieces of art and add great functionality.  Book shelves can be built-ins or pieces of furniture, styling them is just as important as designing the room.  It’s not difficult to select accessories for dressing up a book shelf.  In just a few hours you can turn a style less bookshelf into the room’s focal point.  Try these 4 tricks for accessorizing and dressing up bookshelves.  Add some excitement and be inspired with these tips and ideas to for your bookshelf styling endeavor.

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Pairing Color Trend Pink Copper, How to Use it in your space?

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What is the newest and hottest color in home design and fashion? The glam, chic and understated Pairing Color Trend Pink and Copper.

Choosing pairing color trend pink and copper for your home.

Depending on the look you’re going for select different shades of pink and applications of copper. Nothing can soften the harsh feel of an industrial room more than pink.
Select soft shades of blush and baby pink with shinny copper accents.  Many new accessories and lighting fixtures made from copper have flooded the home decor market; sculptures, bottles, boxes, you can even find shinny or matte copper in leather and other textiles.  Do you want to freshen up a monochromatic space with no color, add accents of pink and polished copper.  Copper can blend well with many shades of pink like magenta or blush. Continue reading

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.

by Firoozeh Khorrami
Carmel Decor

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