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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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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A Celebration Of Style: Lazy Susan Home Decor And Accessories


We are smitten with the eye catching designs of Lazy Susan and so happy to be able to offer this incredible line of home accessories to our customers. Not only is Lazy Susan a beautiful line but it also delivers everyday function. Lazy Susan’s eclectic collection of home accessories and accent furniture will add character and charm to any room in your home. Their furniture pieces are made from unusual materials and hand carved elements that work with any design style. Each gorgeous piece has expert craftsmanship and Lazy Susan’s history behind it.


Good lighting is an important element in any space. Lazy Susan has a large selection of contemporary and modern table lamps like the Mystic Metro Lamp. It adds color and a contemporary touch to a traditional room. This beautiful modern table lamp is perfect for lighting up a dark corner of the room or as a reading light on the night stand.


Re think the traditional baskets and try these leather Nested Caramel Leather Buckets perfect for storing throw blankets in the family room or logs next to the fire place.


Are you looking for the right accessory to dress up your dining room? The Aluminum Bark Tray makes for a contemporary centerpiece filled with apples on the dining table.


Lazy Susan’s accessories are eclectic and practical. The Fortress Barrel Dishes are nesting and can be used for storage as well as sacked up for as a cigar table, or perfect for an arrangement of orchids. With weathered industrial style these dishes have old world feeling and modern styling.


We are always on the lookout for great detail pieces and accessories to compliment the styling of a room. Lazy Susan’s beautifully crafted and eclectic collection lends a fresh and modern vibe. Like the Alabaster and Shesham Column Lamp makes a simple statement and creates the perfect finishing touch.

If you’re looking for a touch of gorgeous in your home look through the timeless and classic pieces of Lazy Suzan.

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create the home you’ve been dreaming of at Carmel Décor.

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by Firoozeh Khorrami
Carmel Decor

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Design Trend: Sunburst Mirrors For The Home


I’m not sure if sunburst mirrors can be called a trend; I have been buying and loving these most beautiful mirrors for more than two decades. I remember in my first apartment I purchased two small ones with convex mirrors in the center, I couldn’t have paid much for them, and although they were not large or expensive, it was so luxurious to have them hanging on the wall. As my design business grew as well as my budget I continued to look for, collect and use these iconic and radiant mirrors wherever I could.
The history for the sunburst mirror dates back to Louis XIV who picked the sun as his iconic emblem and was known as “The Sun King”. The resurgence of this decorative mirror happened during the 1940’s Hollywood Regency period. It was the perfect fit for the highly glamorous and over the top style of that era, and auction houses reportedly were receiving high bids for these ornate vintage mirrors. With the introduction of new materials, such as plastic, and artisans these mirrors were forged and gilded and collected by many. Today the sunburst mirror has wide spread appeal and is made from a variety of materials in many styles.

There are very few rooms that can’t look more beautiful and pulled together without a sunburst mirror, whether hung securely over a bed or a mantel.

We love the timeless and classic style of the sunburst mirror. How about you, do you have one in your home?
You can find sunburst mirrors to illuminate your home plus, pillows, area rugs, home decor, and much more at CarmelDecor.com

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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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How to Create an Interesting Headboard on Any Budget

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The largest piece of furniture in any bedroom is the bed. So why not take advantage of it and the wall behind it to create a focal point that is not so ordinary, think of it as an opportunity to make a statement.

Use your imagination and think outside the box, look around for the unusual. A good place to start is an estate or garage sale, or a local flee market. Keep your eyes open, and remember you don’t need a large item like a door or screen to create a headboard, how about a collection of smaller items?

On this headboard the collection of oars is creative, whimsical and relates to the nautical theme of this beach front home.
Upholster headboards can be designed and built into any size and dimension it all depends on your imagination, find something that inspires you. Maybe a great fabric, or better yet, make the best out of an awkward wall.  You can incorporate lighting and decorative elements like, nailheads, ribbon and trim.


Simple construction materials can also be used for creating and decorating the wall behind the bed, maybe you don’t need a “headboard”. Try some simple stock molding to add architectural detail to the wall behind the bed, add texture, color, pattern and design with wall paper installed just on that wall. Lighting the area is also important and is another opportunity to get creative.


You can design a beautiful headboard with some paint and wall decals, like the image above. Love the chandelier!

The headboard above is made from simple construction lumber that has been nailed together and stained.  Reclaimed lumber is also a great  material to use to make a headboard like this.

When designing your bed take into consideration the other elements in your bedroom like the drapes and wall finish, the architectural features in the room. Does your room have an interesting arch, or tray ceiling or great moldings?

This headboard defiantly makes a statement.  The bold geometric fabric, the black and white contrast and grand scale of the headboard pushes the envelope. Although it might not be for everyone it is certainly very creative.
Have you created a dreamy headboard you’d like to share?  or have you been looking for a new one, we would love to hear from you.  

 

You can find beautiful decorative pillows, wall decor, area rugs and home accents  to decorate your bedroom with at Carmel Decor.

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