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.

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

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5 Ways To Organize And Clear Up Clutter Using Trays

Are you tired of the stuff on top of your counter in the kitchen?  How about all those shoes lined up in the mud room?  There are products in the market that can make your clutter look good.  Organize and clear up clutter using trays.  When there is a grouping of items on a tray your mind reads it as one, hens cutting down on visual clutter.  Everyone has a room that is unorganized, maybe a corner of a room, a drawer or counter top.  Trays are a tool to organize and make a unified and uncluttered look.

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The Art Of Using Picture Frames In Home Decor

There are many ways to decorate the interiors of your home. You don’t need to spend extravagantly yet have your space to look chic and stylish. With the art of using beautiful picture frames in home decor and with family pictures.  Picture frames have that unique ability to personalize the house in more than one way. Especially because of all the memories that you have framed will always be fresh in your mind since you are seeing them daily. Continue reading

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo In style

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Instyle
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Cinco de Mayo is a day of celebration for people with or without Mexican roots.  It’s a day that excitement fills the air as millions enjoy parades, dancing and savoring the many tastes of Mexico. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with some of the ideas below

Start by decorating your home with bright festive colors.
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Welcome guests to a fiesta table with bright hued settings.
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You can’t have a fiesta without a pinata?  We love these Pinata cookies with a surprise filling
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Wow your guests by hanging these beautiful paper flowers, not as hard to make as you think.
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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with great Mexican food

As we read through the many decorating ideas we ran across more delicious recipes and wanted to share a few with you to try this Cinco de Mayo.
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Healthey Mexican food is easy to make like these easy bake Taquitos.
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We are all trying to eat lighter and healthier.  Try this Lighter Chicken Enchiladas recipe, delicious and perfect for your health conscious guests. Celebrate Cinco de mayo in style
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Celebrate Cico de Mayo at breakfast with delicious breakfast tacos and burritos
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Try any or all of these easy decorating ideas and delicious recipes.  Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style and enjoy the holiday a little more this year.

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Using Area Rugs In The Kitchen

Add a Touch of Class to your Kitchen Decor.  Using Area Rugs In The Kitchen

Using Area Rugs In The Kitchen

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The kitchen of a home is the center of all activities. So it is essential that you take all care to make it the best and safest place in your home. If you have an open kitchen with the dining space beside it then you need to plan the decor of your kitchen in conformity to the adjacent dining area. But if your kitchen is separate, then you can dress it up the way you think it will be a healthy and convenient place for you and all the members of the family who often visit the kitchen when they get the aroma of tasty food.

Using Area Rugs In The Kitchen
A modern kitchen is usually fitted with the necessary wall units and storage aids and other accessories that keep the kitchen neat and easily accessible. But have you thought of using area rugs in the kitchen? It adds life and color to this important room of your home and reflects your style of living. If you are considering area rugs for the kitchen, here are some important points to consider when choosing the contemporary or traditional area rugs.

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First of all think about the essential areas where you need the rugs like the area near the stove, refrigerator and the sink. The area where you step out from the kitchen or step in should also be covered with a strong and heavy rug so that when you enter the kitchen in a hurry you do not slip nor will the kids fall when they run to taste the delicacies that you prepare for them.

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The second important aspect of choosing the area rug is the quality and the material of the kitchen rugs. For the inside of the kitchen you need to place stain-resistant, waterproof and shockproof rugs for safety reasons. A washable rug is appropriate for the doorway but it has to be of a heavy material so that it stays in place or make sure to use a good quality rug pad underneath the area rug.

Using Area Rugs In The Kitchen

But if you have your dining area adjacent to your open kitchen, then you need to consider the decor of the entire space and your dining table style and color. Use kitchen area rugs that enhance the beauty of your home and coordinates with the furniture color and shapes.

A home is the best place where you can use your creativity and innovative ideas to make it the best place to live in.

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

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Easy Organization Pointers to Keep Back-to-School Tension at Bay

Back-to-school acts as both relief and stress. The former is because as a parent, you can have a bit of time to yourself, now that the children will spend a certain portion of their time in school, whereas it is stressful due to the amount of work you have to do. However, if you proceed in a systematic manner, it isn’t really that much of a monster!

Here are a few easy organizing tips to assist you:

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Back-to-school can be chaotic to say the least. Music lessons, book clubs, sports activities – there is a lot to be done. Use dry-erase calendar art decals that double as a bulletin board and wall art, which help to maintain a schedule. These are made of vinyl, so the peel-and-stick system allows them to be put up anywhere.Carmel Decor School Organization
Inspect your house from top to bottom and clean it thoroughly. It is evident that children will bring dirt and dust in the house, so ensure the mudroom has sufficient area rugs so they can wipe their shoes before entering indoors.Carmel Decor School Organization 6
There will be abundant homework, which requires a filing system to keep track of everything. You can use storage baskets for homework and projects – there can be an “In” and “Out” system so that you know what is pending and what has been completed. There are different kinds of storage baskets available – some can even be used to store sports equipment too such as a soccer ball, badminton racket, or roller skates.Carmel Decor School Organization 5

Create a study-friendly spot for your children – the area should have sufficient lighting (not too bright though) and a comfortable stool for sitting. Nowadays, poufs are also being used frequently in children’s rooms because they are cozy and comfy.
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Ensure that the child gets a good-sized work surface and don’t forget to unplug the TV or shut off the wireless router, during study-time.

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Plan ahead so that you don’t have to rush in the mornings. Think about the following morning and chalk out a schedule. For instance, breakfast foods should be easy to reach. You should also lay out school clothes the night before.

If you have more than one child, consider jotting down a bathroom schedule so that each kid gets an equal amount of time (one kid shouldn’t spend excess time as it delays the schedule).

There is no hard-and-fast rule in this case because each household operates differently. All you can do to lower the stress and chaos is to stick to a fixed routine as much as possible and make modifications when needed

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.

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How To Decorate With White: Tips And Tricks To White Decor

Timeless designs, tranquil atmosphere and comfy feeling can only come with “White”. You heard it right – White is one of those unique colors that have been universally used in various interior works. Be it is a commercial space or residential, white has always played a vital role in enhancing the decor of the space.
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White Is Not Boring
Pristine, pure, and chic- white decor makes a dramatic impact that seems always right. The perception has changed, the way people used to think of white as a non color. Today white is beyond that, and has proved umpteenth time from classic to contemporary everything revolves around white.  The color provides an ideal setting whether your taste is rustic, urban, contemporary or classic. It not only looks chic but your space appears to be airier and bigger. It acts as the canvas to showcase your other decor elements, creating an inviting look.

White Can Be Cozy
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If you are looking for a space that relaxes you when you come home slogging hard at the office than white is the shade that will do the justice. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get a stress free life at home, adding natural texture area rugs along with some contemporary art pieces will liven up your room. White is the dependable shade that gives you that comfy and cozy look. Every day you will look forward to spending time in that room as it provides you with that natural serene atmosphere.

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1.Shadow Leaf Throw Pillow 2.Bone Block Frame by Lazy Susan 3.White Alabaster Vanity Tray by Lazy Susan 4.Silver Cement Frame by Lazy Susan 5.Bone Rod Pattern Rectangular Box by Lazy Susan 6.White Jack 7.Perforated Porcelain Dish by Lazy Susan 8.Greek Key Metallic Silver Embroidered Throw Pillow 9.Basket weave Bone Box Set

White simplifies your space. White decor emphasizes the space instead of the surfaces. Some people try to satisfy the decor of the space with insipid color schemes, it isn’t that it doesn’t work at all, rather why not embrace the space with the color that you will love to see every day.  Accentuating your other accessories with the shades of white will not be difficult, as you will get endless options to match with the element.

Not All  White Match- Make Selection Carefully
Truly said, not all white makes an excellent match since there are lots of different shades in white available. Choose it carefully since a majority of the other decorative selection depends on the primary shade of white you choose. Accessorizing with white might be easy but it does require just as much of careful attention as with any other color scheme.

Texture, Pattern, and Layering With White
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Use texture and pattern to add excitement and warmth to what would otherwise be a boring and cool color pallet.  The use of natural materials like natural fiber area rugs as well as contemporary area rugs really help bring the color white to life.

Is White A Practical Color Choice?
All white palettes might look pristine in an interior decoration magazine, but is it practical?
You probably need to consider every aspects before you choose to decorate your space with white. For instance if you have small kids, and pets or a partner who spills coffee often, how will you make white feasible?  Use a shabby chic style for your interiors, like slip covered sofas and chairs that can be washed. Select area rugs made from natural fibers that are easy to clean, throw pillows and throw blankets can be washed or dry cleaned.

White Can Unify A Space and Soften Architectural Mishaps  
The best part about using the white is you can cover up the decor mistakes easily. Warmer lights and layered lightning will make the clutter look cool. Upholster all your mismatched furniture pieces in white and give your room a unified look. It gives a uniformed, contemporary look that you can have in the most affordable ways.

White is the most refreshing shade of all that can evoke cleanliness and purity. It also provides your space a sophisticated and confident look. Before you decide that your space will never do with the shade of white, think about the above mentioned factors for your interiors.

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

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How To Choose An Area Rug For The Living Room

Having an area rug in the living room transforms the space. It adds comfort and style and also creates a distinguished look.

When selecting a Living room area rug keep in mind a few factors like the layout of the furniture and their colors and also the traffic pattern. Apart from these, you should also consider your lifestyle and the general decor of the room.

Add style to your living room with an area rug

Selecting area rug for the living is not an easy task as a trip to the market would reveal. With so many choices in materials and shapes and designs, you are bound to get confused. However, if you can decide on the floor plan of the living room the task becomes simpler.


If the sofa is set against the wall, you need a big area rug that would cover the space in between and also fit under the front legs of the sofa and chairs.


On the other hand, if the sofa is set in the middle, you need a much larger rug to cover the living area.


Modern home decors use rugs in an innovative way. You may place several small rugs in the living room thus breaking the monotony of space and also adding pop of colors to the living room decor.


The area rug should gel with the color palette of the living room. If the sofa and the table are of solid colors, go for a patterned rug. The secondary color of the rug should coordinate with the color of the key furniture pieces like the sofa or drapes. Similarly, if your living room already showcases a lot of colors on the wall, drapery and the furniture, choose a neutral colored rug to achieve harmony.


There is a large selection of modern area rugs in animal prints available today that can make a living room look outstanding. A living room which has beige, coffee or brown as the dominating color, will look wonderful with a zebra printed area rug.

While choosing rugs, pay attention to the traffic the room receives. Wool and natural fibers like sisal, jute and sea grass add a soft touch to the decor. Rugs made from these materials are sturdy and can withstand heavy foot traffic.


Take a look at Loloi area rugs for your living room a beautiful choice considering their collection and variety. A handmade Oriental rug is perhaps what you are looking for in a living room area rug to make your home stand apart and make every guest appreciate your choice.

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

Happy decorating,
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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.

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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