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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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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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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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

Get The Look Transitional Living Room in Gray

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Get the look of this transitional living room in gray is stylish and formal. The monochromatic and sometimes static gray color scheme has been transformed to a sophisticated one.  The combination of natural materials such as wood, metal and deep rich accent colors. Shimmering gold and silver add drama to the palette as well as interest, and texture. This color scheme is simple yet luxurious, creating an atmosphere that is comfortable and cozy.

This transitional living room has different shades of gray and some focal points. The black and white collection of photographs, transform the static nature of gray to a dynamic color.

Monochromatic color schemes can be tricky to pull together but keep in mind a few pointers like these.  Look for pieces that have texture, and pattern, don’t forget natural materials such as wood and stone.  These items do have colors and add an organic feel to the space. All other rules of design such as proportion and scale still apply so don’t forget the size of the furniture and accessories and your floor plan have to work.  How do you like monochromatic spaces? Let us know, we like hearing from you!

Combine accessories to get the look transitional living room in gray
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1.White Porcelain Artichoke by Lazy Susan
2.White Porcelain Acorn by Lazy Susan
3.Carmel Table Lamp
4.City of Rome
5.White Jack
6.Spirograph Mirror Stands
7.D.L.Rhein Greek Key Metallic Silver Embroidered Pillow
8.Silver Leaf Tray by Lazy Susan
9.D.L. Rhein Zig Zag Orchid Embroidered Pillow
10.Flora Side Table from Cyan
11.San Francisco Table from Cyan
12.D.L. Rhein Zig Zag Gray Embroidered Pillow
13.Stardust Area Rug by Jaipur

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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Get the Look Sophisticated Glam Living Room

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Get the look: Sophisticated Glam Living Room.  We love it’s vibe and it’s light, bright and happy color scheme.

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1.Sea and Sky by McAlpine
2.White Coral And Crystal Stand by Lazy Susan
3.Perforated Porcelain Dish by Lazy Susan
4.Burnished Silver Table Lamp
5.Robin’s Egg Chrysanthemum Linen Pillow
6.Surya Decorative Pillows
7.Horn Rod Pattern Rectangular Box by Lazy Susan
8.Champagne Fizz Fluted Votive by Lazy Susan
9.Silver Sea Star by Lazy Susan
10.Stacked Black Teak Side Table by Lazy Susan
11.Calypso Collection, Havana area rug by Jaipur

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create a beautiful 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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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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Red, White & Blue

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You can find beautiful decorative pillows, wall decor, area rugs and home accents  to help celebrate the 4th of July at Carmel Decor.

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