Freshome.com - Interior Design & Architecture Magazinehttps://freshome.comFreshome is a website dedicated to show you the latest trends in modern architecture, modern interior design and modern furniture design.Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:47:30 +0000en-UShourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7http://freshome.com/http://cdn.freshome.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/logo.pngFreshomeFreshInspirationForYourHomehttps://feedburner.google.comFloor Your Guests With These 2018 Rug Trendshttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/neAf04sB5Hw/https://freshome.com/2018-rug-trends/#respondThu, 19 Jul 2018 12:00:25 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=280943Perhaps it was the Dude who said it best: A rug can really tie a room together. Laying down a single piece of fabric has the potential to completely transform a space. Rugs can take a room from cavernous to cozy, from disconnected to designed. Every decorator knows just how important a rug can be. Think of it as a huge piece of art.

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These 2018 rug trends can help you pick the perfect addition to your floor. Image: Allison Lind Interiors

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Perhaps it was the Dude who said it best: A rug can really tie a room together. Laying down a single piece of fabric has the potential to completely transform a space. Rugs can take a room from cavernous to cozy, from disconnected to designed. Every decorator knows just how important a rug can be. Think of it as a huge piece of art.

That being said, it’s also something you’re going to walk on – and have to look at – every day. You want a rug that is visually interesting but won’t overwhelm a room. Picking the perfect rug can be quite the challenge. Fortunately, this year’s most popular rugs can serve as inspiration and guidance. Here are some 2018 rug trends that will help you choose a rug to suit your space and floor your guests.

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Liven up your rug’s edges – and your space – with tassels. Image: Blissful Abode Interiors

1. Tassels and tufts

Tassels are everywhere, from party banners to key rings. The tassel has made its comeback and it’s here to stay. The only problem with the tassel trend is that it toes a very fine line between playful and childish. That is, until it comes to rugs. Because rugs have a long history of being tasseled, some additional texture on the edging of a rug looks decidedly in style. That gives you the freedom to explore differently textured tassels, interesting lengths, tufts and more.

In short, playing with tassels and tufts allows us to color outside the lines  – or even blur those lines altogether. If you’re looking to add some fun to your living spaces, this should be your favorite of the 2018 rug trends. A rug with an interesting edge will deliver.

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Multi-textured rugs add interest to the room and to your feet. Image: Jay Jeffers

2. Multi-texture

2018 is all about texture. We’re bringing chunky blankets, rich fabric wall hangings and live edge furniture into our spaces. We want to give our eyes and hands something to latch onto, and texture delivers. Why not expand that to your feet? A multi-textured rug doesn’t just add intriguing design to your space, it also makes it more interesting to walk around.

A multi-textured rug can also come to the rescue when you’re torn between a plush rug and one that looks more refined. The different lengths of pile give the rug a sculptured look, so you don’t have to choose between something soft and something sleek.

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Geometric shapes guide bohemian vibes for a trendy rug. Image: Kim Pearson

3. Geometric bohemian

Geometric bohemian is one of the biggest 2018 rug trends. Boho isn’t new to the rug scene by any means. But when it comes to flooring, the loose, flowy feel of bohemian decor needs to be reigned in. Geometric patterns provide the perfect opportunity to lean into the boho feel without putting down an overly complicated visual. This isn’t new, either. Kilim rugs embody this trend, and they date back to the fifth century.

Even if you don’t traditionally choose bohemian decor for your home, you shouldn’t overlook this trend. The geo-boho mashup lends any room an air of softness and invitation. It works well in a nursery, where you want everything to feel warm and gentle, but it’s also perfect in a guest room, where you want people to feel relaxed and comfortable. It even blends beautifully into office spaces.

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More and more buyers are thinking about the source of their rugs. Image: West Elm

4. Responsibly sourced

Part decor trend, part social movement, people have started thinking about where their rugs are coming from and the impact they’re having on the environment. West Elm even rolled out a line of Fair Trade rugs because it wanted to take the guesswork out of the ethical rug buying process.

Thinking about the supply chain that brought your rug to your home is multi-faceted. Beyond ensuring that every person involved in the creation of the rug was justly compensated, there are also environmental factors to consider. This eco-friendly rug buying guide can help. You’ll feel that much prouder when you find the perfect rug because you’ll know it was responsibly sourced.

In short, we want to help you find the perfect rug for your space. Armed with these 2018 rug trends, you’re ready to head out and start exploring options. Happy hunting!

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Palm Springs: Your Hot Spot for Mid-Century Modern Designhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/JIMJ9B0SRIw/https://freshome.com/palm-springs-mid-century-modern/#respondWed, 18 Jul 2018 21:00:52 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=285691Mid-century modern is a trend that’s here to stay. You can thank “Mad Men” or our parents’ hand-me-downs, but either way, this style has taken up residence in homes across America. Nowhere is that more apparent than in Palm Springs. In fact, in Palm Springs, mid-century modern styling isn’t a return to anything; it’s honoring a […]

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Mid-century modern is a trend that’s here to stay. You can thank “Mad Men” or our parents’ hand-me-downs, but either way, this style has taken up residence in homes across America. Nowhere is that more apparent than in Palm Springs. In fact, in Palm Springs, mid-century modern styling isn’t a return to anything; it’s honoring a style that never really left.

Palm Springs has historically attracted a huge range of stars, from Frank Sinatra to Liberace. And who can blame them for choosing this spot? The warm weather, palm-lined streets and myriad of pools make it quintessential Southern California. Although it’s been decades since the Rat Pack called it home, Palm Springs still embodies that nostalgic mid-century glamour.

Today, the area celebrates its fashionable heritage in a number of ways, from flat-roofed homes to Modernism Week in the fall. If you’re looking for some of the best mid-century architecture and decor in the country, look no further than this desert community.

Here are 11 stunning examples of mid-century modern design in Palm Springs:

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With a flat roof and colorful door, this Palm Springs home embraces its architectural roots. Even the house numbers fit the design. Image: ModShop

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Full-wall windows and colorful accents give this living room a sunny Southern California feel. Plus, there’s a great view of the pool, a key player in Palm Springs yards. Image: House & Homes Palm Springs

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Clean lines and low stools make this kitchen feel open and bright without sacrificing its vintage roots.  Image: Woodbridge Pacific Group

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This home blends a mid-century architectural silhouette with modern touches and the surrounding desert landscape. Image: Carré Designs

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Mid-century modern decor shines when bright white walls provide a canvas for pops of color. A quintessential mid-century coffee table and retro fireplace complete the look. Image: STRUKTR Studios

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This bathroom’s hexagonal wallpaper pays homage to the home’s mid-century heritage. Image: Corsini Stark Architects

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Palm Springs can play it cool, too, like in this more subdued living room. Not even the blush-hued chairs overwhelm the space with color. Image: Izumi Tanaka

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No mid-century dining room would be complete without Eames-style molded plastic chairs. Image: California Lustre

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A nearly-hovering fireplace is all this living room needs for an accent piece. The great view into the backyard doesn’t hurt, though. Just ask the dog. Image: Maison21

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This polished room gets a kitschy, fun feel from its astroturf-esque rug. And Don Draper would definitely approve of the bar cart stocked with martini glasses. Image: H3K Design

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There’s no better way to give a space a sense of old-school glamour than with a plush, snowy rug. Pair it with gold-accented chairs and tropical floor-to-ceiling drapes and you’ve got Palm Springs style nailed. Image: Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design

What do you think? Will you be heading to Modernism week in October to see more mid-century styling firsthand?

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Getting Ready to Move? Here’s What to Look for in Your Real Estate Agenthttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/skWA2gWGCy8/https://freshome.com/real-estate-agent/#respondWed, 18 Jul 2018 17:00:20 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=280899Picking a real estate agent is a huge step toward becoming a homeowner. However, sometimes that’s easier said than done. There are often more than enough agents in your area to choose from, but how do you know when you’ve found the right one? If you’re about to enter the real estate market, this post […]

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Picking a real estate agent is a huge step toward becoming a homeowner. However, sometimes that’s easier said than done. There are often more than enough agents in your area to choose from, but how do you know when you’ve found the right one?

If you’re about to enter the real estate market, this post is for you. We’ve outlined four crucial qualities to look for in your real estate agent. When you land on the right combination, you’ll have found your perfect match.

Ask questions of your potential real estate agent to gauge experience levels. Image: Norris Architecture

Overall experience

Buying a home, especially for the first time, can be a nerve-wracking experience. After all, you’re about to make a huge purchase, one that requires managing several timelines and signing legal documents. If you’ve never done it before, you’re going to want someone to lead you through the process. You need a real estate agent with experience to help make sure everything goes smoothly.

Before hiring anyone for the job, make sure to interview them. Ask how many years they’ve been in the business, as well as how many transactions they complete per year, on average. Their comfort level in answering these questions should give you a sense of how well they’ll be able to lead you through househunting.

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Focus on someone who knows your new area. Image: Rawpixel

Familiarity with the area

Whether you’re moving from afar or from just around the corner, make sure you hire someone who’s familiar with the area where you’re looking to end up. Put simply, your agent is there to be a resource for you. Though they’re legally not allowed to give an opinion of the quality of the area, they can guide your search toward neighborhoods that meet your needs.

If you’re moving from far away, we recommend that you look for a referral from an agent where you currently live. They can put you in touch with a reputable agent in your new area. However, always be sure to research on your own as well. Search for the top real estate agents in the area where you intend to move.

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Trust your gut when interviewing a potential real estate agent. Image: Sharratt Design Company

A compatible personality

This one’s a bit subjective, but you should absolutely choose a real estate agent with whom you get along well. The reality is that you’re going to be spending a considerable amount of time with this person, and they’re going to help you make one of your biggest decisions to date. Your agent should be someone you trust, someone who you feel has your best interests at heart.

As you interview the agent, ask yourself: How do you feel about their responses? Were they informative enough? Were they too brusque or too timid for your tastes? Do you think you would get along well together or butt heads? Do you feel comfortable trusting them with your financials? All of these are important concerns that you’ll need to sort out on a case-by-case basis.

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Be sure to read online reviews. Image: Laura Hursthouse Design

Good reviews

While you’re conducting research, look up reviews for any agents that are at the top of your list. These days, people will review everything from movies to pet stores. Any real estate agent worth their salt is going to have at least a handful of recommendations on home search websites like Trulia and Zillow.

Reviews are key because they offer a unique point of view, one that is very similar to your own. They let you know what the agent was like to work with on a day-to-day basis, how they handled problems and if you’re in good hands.

Choosing a real estate agent may feel like a daunting task, but with the right research, you can find one that suits both your needs and your comfort level. What has your experience been like working with real estate agents? Did you find your perfect match? We’d love to hear about it below!

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How To: Incorporate Surfboards in Home Decorhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/PXkBkeQZCs8/https://freshome.com/surfboards-in-home-decor/#respondWed, 18 Jul 2018 12:00:04 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=285041Americans have always had a love of surf culture. We associate it with cool people and a laid-back lifestyle. Surfers are famed for soaking up days in the sunshine, setting their own schedules and pursuing their passion for the ocean. What’s not to love? The surf culture hype is nothing new – but its introduction into […]

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Are you ready to catch the wave of surfboards in home decor? Image: Starr Sanford Design

Americans have always had a love of surf culture. We associate it with cool people and a laid-back lifestyle. Surfers are famed for soaking up days in the sunshine, setting their own schedules and pursuing their passion for the ocean. What’s not to love? The surf culture hype is nothing new – but its introduction into interior design is. Now, everywhere we look, we’re seeing surfboards in home decor.

Whether you love or scoff at this new trend, there’s undeniable proof that it can work. When done right, using surfboards in home decor can give a room a laid-back air. Surfboard decor is ideal for homes with a beachy vibe or for modern structures seeking a little playfulness in certain areas. Ready to see how this trend works in practice? Here are some samples of surfboards in home decor highlighting how they can work in each room of the house.

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Upgrade your curb appeal with a surfboard out front. Image: Gabheart Investments

Curb appeal

Whether you’re getting ready to sell your home or just want to wow your guests at your next party, you’ve likely given some thought to your curb appeal. When trying to give your home’s exterior that special something, you probably looked for a notable piece. Maybe it was some interesting landscaping or a small statue. Maybe you painted your door a different color. Or maybe you added a surfboard. Nothing gives your home an instantly chill vibe like sticking a longboard right next to your front door.

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Adding large-scale art to your living room is a breeze with surfboards. Image: Regan Baker Design

Living room

You want your living room to feel simultaneously relaxed and put-together. Decorating with surfboards can kill two birds with one stone. Because of their size, surfboards are a notable addition to any wall. They make an impact and let your visitors know that you’ve put some thought into the room’s design. But they’re also an homage to a relaxed lifestyle, so they help the room feel open and inviting. While other large-scale art pieces can overwhelm a space, surfboards seem to create more room wherever they’re hung. They say, “Come on in. The water’s fine!”

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Surfboards are a great way to fill awkward open wall space in a kitchen. Image: Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design

Kitchen

The kitchen might seem like the least likely room for a surfboard, but it’s also one of the most challenging rooms to decorate. Cabinets and appliances fill up so much of the wall space in your kitchen that it can be hard to find room for anything else. That’s where the long, sculpted shape of a surfboard comes to the rescue. The sleek but sizable object is the perfect addition to the limited wall space, helping you fill it with something notable without making the room feel too cluttered.

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A surfboard is a decor piece you and your kids will agree on. Image: Beacon Construction Group

Kids’ room

You want to give your kids a space where they’ll love to spend time and that they’ll be proud to show off to their friends. But your kids’ taste and your own might not easily align. It can be hard to find design elements that your kids get excited about and that you can also enjoy. You’ll have to compromise in other areas, but a surfboard can be one thing on which you’ll both completely agree. Equal parts hip and trendy, it’s an adventurous design element that elevates your kids’ rooms in a way everyone in the family can appreciate.

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Make your game room insta-cool with a board. Image: About Space

Game room

Call it a game room, a bonus room or a man cave. This room is supposed to feel cool. What better way to give it that hip edge than by throwing a surfboard in the mix? Mount a surfboard above your pool table or TV to give all your friends that off-the-clock feeling. In our busy world, a board can serve as a reminder to kick back.

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Surfboards don’t have to be mounted as art to work in your decor. Image: Wilco Bos

Surfboards in home decor as furniture and fixtures

Surfboards don’t always have to be mounted to the wall like art, either. They can serve a variety of purposes, from coffee tables to outdoor showers, like the one pictured above. If you’re looking for a way to incorporate surfboards in home decor as furniture pieces, check out these pieces by Duffy London. The board-inspired table and chairs are perfect for giving a space a sleek but playful feel.

Evidently, there is no shortage of ways to use surfboards in home decor. What do you think? Is this a home trend wave you’re planning to catch?

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Our Top 5 Prime Day Smart Home Pickshttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/l1q6olwfMxI/https://freshome.com/prime-day-smart-home/#respondTue, 17 Jul 2018 20:02:50 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=287547Prime Day isn’t over yet! You’ve probably had some fun poking around all of the great deals on furniture, textiles and home decor on Amazon. All of the easy-on-the-eyes pictures – and even easier-on-the-wallet prices – make it tempting to spend your savings stocking up on home goods. However, don’t miss out on the great […]

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Prime Day isn’t over yet! You’ve probably had some fun poking around all of the great deals on furniture, textiles and home decor on Amazon. All of the easy-on-the-eyes pictures – and even easier-on-the-wallet prices – make it tempting to spend your savings stocking up on home goods. However, don’t miss out on the great tech deals just because it’s not as fun to window-shop them. This is the year to make your house into a smart home, and Prime Day has just the deals to help you do it. Whether your home is fully fitted with the latest tech or you’ve been hesitant to jump on the bandwagon, there are some key Prime Day smart home deals you shouldn’t skip.

Most people who’ve eschewed smart home tech have done so because of the historically high price of getting started. Amazon is changing that, thanks in part to its deals today. There are a wide variety of devices and price points, so any home or apartment can jump on the smart tech trend. We’ve rounded up five of our favorite Prime Day smart home sales to get you started.

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The Echo Dot gives you all the power of Alexa without much of the cost. Image: Amazon

Echo Dot, $30

Let’s start with one of the most cost-effective ways to bring smart home tech into your living spaces. The Echo Dot is a smart speaker that connects you to Alexa, your very own virtual assistant. What’s more, it’s $20 off thanks to Prime Day. You can use its voice controls to play music, get answers to questions, check the news and weather, set an alarm clock and more. And because the Echo Dot is part of Amazon’s family of smart home tech, you can connect it to smart plugs, lighting, home security … you get the idea. The possibilities are virtually (get it?) endless. No more of that pesky getting out of bed to turn off a light. Just have Alexa do it for you!

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Never vacuum again! The much-loved Roomba is on sale today. Image: Amazon

iRobot Roomba 671, $229

Does anyone actually enjoy cleaning their floors? Just imagine how much more time you’d have if you never had to worry about getting out the vacuum. Thanks to the Prime Day smart home deals, the iRobot Roomba 671 is $120 off, dropping the price down to $229. That’s significantly cheaper than hiring a maid service over the next year. Plus, with your trusty Roomba, you get a multi-surface floor cleaning system that you can put to work whenever you need it. Have unexpected guests coming into town? Turn on your Roomba via your mobile phone so you come home to a sparkling floor. What’s more, this robot helper is Alexa-compatible.

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Keep your home secure with this easy-to-install camera. Image: Amazon

Blink XT Home Security Camera System, $75

You might think that getting a security system installed in your home is expensive. But thanks to the latest tech, the cost of securing your premises is dropping. Take the Blink XT Home Security system, for example. While it’s usually $139, you can grab it for the price of a concert ticket today. Its built-in motion sensor sends an alert to your smartphone, so you can get HD video of any person who sets foot in its range. It has a two-year battery life, free cloud storage for all of your security footage and easy DIY install.

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A smart home entry system gives you the power to control who can enter your home – and when. Image: Amazon

Yale Assure YRD226 Touchscreen Deadbolt, $199

Speaking of home security, you can make your home harder to enter for unwanted guests but easier to access for your loved ones with the Yale Assure YRD226 Touchscreen Deadbolt. It’s an impressive $170 off today. Once installed in your door, this little device gives you the ability to monitor all comings and goings. The keypad makes it easy for you to give the access you want for the duration you desire. Family can have a permanent keycode. Your neighbor who checks on things while you’re out of town can have a short-term one. And your electrician can have one that only works for the hour they are scheduled to visit. And, surprise, surprise, it works with Alexa. Just ask her to lock your door at night and you’ll be able to rest easy.

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Improve your lawn and shrink your water bill with a smart lawn care device. Image: Amazon

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, $149

Take all of the guesswork and hassle out of caring for your lawn and save $100 by grabbing the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller today. With this single piece of home tech, you can optimize care for 16 different sections of your lawn, controlling each of them from your mobile device. Because you’re able to customize the exact amount of water each portion of your yard receives based on the needs of its specific plants, the Rachio can help you slash your water bill and your environmental impact. Plus (you guessed it), it works with Alexa.

Your favorite Prime Day smart home deals

Are you planning on using today’s sales to bring your home into the digital age? We’d love to know if you’re excited by any of these Prime Day smart home deals. Tell us what you think in the comments!

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