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.Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:37:42 +0000en-UShourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6http://freshome.com/http://cdn.freshome.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/logo.pngFreshomeFreshInspirationForYourHomehttps://feedburner.google.com12 Creative Ways to Repurpose That Awkward Corner in Your Homehttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/SZ-HfqqgTsU/https://freshome.com/awkward-corner/#respondWed, 20 Jun 2018 12:00:15 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=280337We all have it. That one corner in our home that’s just a little different from the rest. And we’re willing to bet that space isn’t getting too much action at the moment. After all, what do with such an awkward corner? Fortunately, though, it doesn’t have to stay that way. While these spaces may be […]

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Awkward corners are not easy to get a handle on. We’ve got some creative ideas on how to make that space useful instead. Image: House to Hold

We all have it. That one corner in our home that’s just a little different from the rest. And we’re willing to bet that space isn’t getting too much action at the moment. After all, what do with such an awkward corner?

Fortunately, though, it doesn’t have to stay that way. While these spaces may be going unused right now, with some planning, they can be put to good use. Whether they’re part of your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom, they can become as functional and aesthetically pleasing as any other element in your design.

Don’t believe us? Keep reading to see our best ideas for repurposing the less-than-ideal corner in your home. If you’re willing to put a little elbow grease into implementing the idea that best suits your needs, you may just find that a simple corner can end up becoming so much more.

1. Put your décor on display

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Use the corner to put your décor front and center. Start by adding some shelving. Then, arrange your prized décor items in a series of varied groupings. Image: Scenario Architecture

2. Create your own work space

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You could also convert the corner to a desk or study area. Remember to leave a little bit of storage space — like the shelving unit in this picture — so you can store any relevant materials. Image: The Tiny Project

3. Add a fireplace

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Consider installing a fireplace to give your room an extra touch of warmth and luxury. Image: Neal Huston & Associates

4. Layer, layer, layer

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Layer furniture, rugs and accent pieces against the corner to make it more visually interesting. Image: Sarah Seung-McFarland

5. Make it the focal point

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See how you feel about positioning your bed in the corner and make that the focal point of the room. Image: Navier Decor

6. Create a cozy reading nook

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Get creative and make up your own reading area, complete with plenty of room to spread out. Image: Alex Findlater Ltd

7. Embrace corner shelving

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Enjoy the obvious benefits of corner shelving. Image: Wellborn Cabinet Inc.

8. Frame an L-shaped sofa

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When in doubt, put your L-shaped sofa in the corner. Just make sure you have enough furniture to balance out the rest of the room. Image: Chris Snook

9. Think about creating custom built-ins

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Consider adding some built-in storage to effectively use every inch of space. Image: The Designory

10. Embrace a wraparound kitchen

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Give the wraparound kitchen a chance and discover all counter space you’ll get. Image: Sunstone Interiors

11. Put together a makeshift mudroom

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Think about creating a mudroom with plenty of storage for coats and boots. Image: Dillard-Jones Builders LLC

12. Get creative with shapes

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If you can, think outside the box when it comes to shapes and make them fit the room. Image: Normandy Remodeling

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25 Tumblr-Worthy Ways to Decorate with String Lights All Year Roundhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/HXwEAGPc47o/https://freshome.com/decorate-with-string-lights/#respondTue, 19 Jun 2018 17:00:00 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=281545If you’re space-challenged, you may not have the luxury of storing holiday decorations during the off-season. However, it’s possible to repurpose some of those items; one easy way is to decorate with string lights. String lights can cast a lovely warm glow in a dark corner or stand in as a candle replacement. And since […]

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If you’re space-challenged, you may not have the luxury of storing holiday decorations during the off-season. However, it’s possible to repurpose some of those items; one easy way is to decorate with string lights.

String lights can cast a lovely warm glow in a dark corner or stand in as a candle replacement. And since many LED string lights are powered by batteries, there’s little hassle in hanging them up on the wall. Here are 25 Tumblr-worthy ways people have found to decorate with string lights.

Adorn a large, empty wall

Often, a large wall requires special wall art or a series of canvases or prints in a gallery-style setting. That said, another way to give that large wall new life is by creating a glowing installation with string lights.

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Mesh string lights designed for wrapping around trees come pre-strung in a geometric pattern, making them easy to hang. Image: Facile Ristrutturare

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It’s hard to drill into brick. Plus, brick tends to compete with many types of wall art. Using removable mounting strips to decorate with string lights is a no-fail way to accentuate a bare brick wall. Image: 6 Sq Ft

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Surround your bed with a dreamy wall of fabric and tiny fairy lights. Image: Urban Outfitters

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Black string light cords look fresh and modern against a white wall. Image: Britse & Co

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String lights mounted on the wall add a decorative element, and a warm glow doubles as a soft lamp in the evenings. Image: HGTV

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Go glam with your string lights by choosing ones with an unusual bulb or encasement. Richly painted walls like this peacock-toned one pop against the glow of the lights. Image: Behr

Use lights to send a message

Marquee letters and neon signs are a big trend, but they’re expensive. Create your own version with long strands of string lights and small nails to shape your favorite words.

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The easiest way to create words with string lights is by working with wire versions of the lights. Copper and other metal wire lights bend easily and keep your desired shape. Image: Urban Outfitters

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A dark wall looks especially striking as a backdrop to your string light message. Image: Cosmopolitan UK

Decorate with string lights to draw attention upwards

There are several reasons you might want to accentuate your ceiling with string lights:

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These round-bulb string lights add a summer festival feel to the dining space. Image: Nordic Bliss

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If you have a four-poster bed, drape some fairy lights across the top to create a starry-night effect. Image: Urban Outfitters

Follow the slope of a ceiling with a strand of lights to highlight the special architecture. Image: Marzena Marideko

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When a chandelier isn’t possible, a long strand of string lights can take its place nicely. Images: Kim Van Rossenberg, Design Sponge

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Wrap your existing chandelier with yards of small fairy lights to create a warm and magical lighting centerpiece. Image: Leviton

Frame a window or decor piece with string lights

You might want to emphasize something in your room, like a fireplace mantel, mirror or sculpture. You can also brighten up a window by framing it with a border of lights.

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The loft’s ceilings and brick walls look even grander when accentuated with string lights. Image: Oh Beauty Interiors

Adding some string lights to a fireplace mantel is a foolproof way to add some personality to the space. Image: Babyccino Kids

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A dark corner is turned into a glowing spot by wrapping string lights around a ladder. Use the ladder to hang blankets, towels or other textiles for some nicely-lit organization. Image: PB Teen

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A simple mirror gets a Hollywood glam treatment with a strand of large string lights. Image: Indie Home Collective

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This Venetian glass mirror is beautiful simply as it is. But surrounding it with tiny fairy lights gives it an unforgettable look. Image: Restoration Hardware

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This airy space appears even brighter thanks to the glow of the string lights around the window. Image: Entrance

Add height to a room with this trick

Sometimes a room lacks a dynamic feel and looks too “anchored” to the floor. How? The furniture may all be heavy and low, or the ceilings unusually short. Break up the monotony of a heavy room by varying the height of the major elements. Something as simple as a vertical line of string lights can create the effect you need.

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This string light strand juts out from behind the books, creating an “exclamation point” in the room that breaks up all of the low, minimalist pieces. Image: Facing North With Gracia

A tall, pseudo window curtain is created by hanging a long strand of lights next to a window and allowing it to casually pool on the floor. Image: Carl Wooley

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The vertical light strand installation adds an eye-catching glow to the living room, day or night. Image: Adelgatan

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Decorate with string lights and add height to a room by working with long, floor-to-ceiling decor. Images: Emma’s Design Blogg, MCD Studio

For maximum enjoyment, plug your string lights into a programmable timer and set them to light up (and turn off) during the times that work best for you.

Are you inspired to dig out your strands of string lights and make good use of them? How will you use them in your home? Let us know in the comments.

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5 Houseplants That Thrive Indoorshttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/Yt8DUAivSp4/https://freshome.com/indoor-houseplants/#respondTue, 19 Jun 2018 12:00:51 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=280295Move over, succulents. Today’s houseplants are going lush. That’s right: Indoor potted plants are finally getting their day in the sun. Succulents and cacti eased us back into the idea of tending to some pots on our windowsills. Today, some of the trendiest decorators (think Jungalow) lean heavily into houseplants as key design elements. If […]

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Turn your home into a lush oasis with these indoor-loving houseplants. Image: Kit Republic

Move over, succulents. Today’s houseplants are going lush. That’s right: Indoor potted plants are finally getting their day in the sun. Succulents and cacti eased us back into the idea of tending to some pots on our windowsills. Today, some of the trendiest decorators (think Jungalow) lean heavily into houseplants as key design elements.

If you want to try out this new fad, you’re in luck: This home decor trend is one of the most affordable to incorporate. A visit to your local nursery or home improvement store gives you an idea of just how many options you have. The only limit is your imagination and the amount of natural light in your home or apartment. If you want to get started with houseplants that are known to like indoor living, these are all excellent choices.

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Viney pothos thrives in almost any environment. Image: Carrera By Design

1. Pothos

Most plants are limited by their pot size. Not so with this showy grower. Pothos is known for its snaky vines, which you can either keep trimmed or let grow to give your space a truly verdant vibe. People love pothos because it’s fairly flexible. It thrives in a variety of light conditions, including low-light environments. If you notice the leaves turning pale, that’s a sign your pothos is getting too much sun.

Pothos is also good if you often forget to water your plants. The pothos plant does best when its soil is allowed to completely dry between watering. (Although note that wilting, browning leaves are a cry for more moisture.)

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Get cleaner air at home with snake plants. Image: Margot Hartford Photography

2. Snake plant

This plant also goes by the name “mother-in-law’s tongue,” but we’ll call it by its friendlier moniker. The snake plant is as hardy as it is visually interesting. Its variegated spears like indirect light and, again, prefer dry soil in between waterings.

Not only is this a very forgiving plant, but it’s also a giver. The NASA Clean Air Study found that snake plants filter out benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene. That’s a sophisticated way of saying that it gives you cleaner, purer air inside your home.

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Give your home a tropical feel with split-leaf philodendron. Image: Design Junction

3. Split-leaf philodendron

If you’re looking for a tropical vibe, the large, glossy, heart-shaped leaves of the split-leaf philodendron will serve you well. They also grow quickly, rewarding plant owners who keep them alive with regular shoots of new leaves. These houseplants want bright, indirect light. If you see brown marks on them, it could be a sign that the leaf has been burned by exposure to direct sunlight.

Because the split-leaf philodendron comes from a tropical climate, it’s important to keep its soil relatively moist. Many owners find that watering once a week is perfect If the leaves take on a yellow hue, scale back. Fortunately, this philodendron is fairly forgiving; occasional overwatering or missed watering won’t have any long-term ramifications.

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Soil-free (and fuss-free) air plants are trending. Image: Blackband Design

4. Air plants

Do you love succulents because of their no-fuss maintenance? Did you know there’s a plant that’s even easier? Air plants require very, very little from their owners and are one of the most trending houseplants in 2018. Their upswing in the design world is largely thanks to the visual interest they lend to a space, due to the fact that they don’t need soil.

Yes, you read that right. Air plants grow soil-free. All they need is a supply of air, as their name suggests. If you do bring these fascinating plants into your home, water them once a week. A quick rinse in the sink or thorough spritzing with a spray bottle will suffice.

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Make your bathroom humidity work for you by adding some moisture-loving ferns. Image: KCreative Interiors

5. Ferns

There’s a huge range of fern varieties, but all of them love humidity. If you want to add a pop of green to your bathroom, turn to these feathery houseplants. A hanging basket in your shower is a perfect way to help ferns capitalize on your bathroom’s humidity and give them access to a natural light source.

Decorating with houseplants

Whether you’re an expert grower or just growing out of your black thumb, these forgiving plants can help you add a sense of vibrancy to your home or apartment. Now that you’ve got your indoor garden thriving, it’s time to have some fun with the decor. Here are a few houseplant decorating ideas to get you started. Happy growing!

Which of these houseplants do you want most for your home? Let us know in the comments!

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Taylor Swift Is a Secret House Flipper. Check Out Her Mid-Century Modern Listinghttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/i7nYg8dBYnY/https://freshome.com/taylor-swift-house-flipper/#respondMon, 18 Jun 2018 21:00:43 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=283157Taylor Swift may be vocal about her love life in her music, but she keeps things quiet when it comes to house flipping. She’s been buying and selling Beverly Hills homes since 2011. According to the Los Angeles Times, she sold that house off-market for $4 million (for a half million dollar profit). This current listing is […]

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Taylor Swift may be vocal about her love life in her music, but she keeps things quiet when it comes to house flipping. She’s been buying and selling Beverly Hills homes since 2011. According to the Los Angeles Times, she sold that house off-market for $4 million (for a half million dollar profit).

This current listing is down the street from her first house. The mid-century modern four-bedroom bungalow is listed at $2.95 million. She paid $1.77 million for it in April 2012 and used it as a guest house for visiting friends. Lucky friends, too — here’s what their “guest quarters” look like:

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Tropical palms and bamboo add privacy to the pool area of Taylor Swift’s bungalow.

All rooms open to outdoor living overlook the pool and the garden.

Taylor Swift’s poolside deck feels like a treehouse.

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All of the bedrooms are spacious, like this master suite.

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This bedroom is decorated with vibrant orange accents.

One of the updated bathrooms features light blue tile.

Although all rooms have access to the outdoors, state-of-the-art surveillance cameras installed throughout the property keep guests feeling safe.

The den hosts an adjacent 1,000-bottle climate-controlled wine cellar.

Strategically placed skylights bring in light and frame the palm trees outside.

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Large sliding glass doors open for indoor-outdoor living.

The galley kitchen feels larger than it is thanks to high ceilings and oversized skylights.

The chef’s kitchen features a galley-style layout that ends in a breakfast banquet sitting area.

Classic mid-century modern furniture adorns the living room, flowing with the home’s architectural style.

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Wooden built-in bookcases on either side of the fireplace add an authentic feel to the home’s original mid-century style.

One she’s done touring, Swift will return to a seven-bedroom Beverly Hills historic mansion for which she paid $25 million in 2015. It previously belonged to famed Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn.

According to WWD, Swift has the real estate bug. Besides her Beverly Hills homes, she’s been “busy over on the East Coast, snapping up several properties.” These include:

  • Two side-by-side duplex apartments in Tribeca owned by “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson. She paid $20 million.
  • An $18 million, four-bedroom townhouse
  • A 3,540-square-foot, three-bedroom condo for $9.75 million

Although Swift is extremely private about her digs, information is available via public records when a house goes up for sale. It looks like we’ll be getting a peek at more of Swift’s house flips in the future. Photography by Sotheby’s.

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Get Ready for Summer With These 15 Modern and Fun Pool Floatshttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/RUX8m44GweA/https://freshome.com/fun-pool-floats/#respondMon, 18 Jun 2018 17:00:02 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=280673It was a long winter and it’s time to reward yourself with a little sun and pool time. Don’t just go for an ordinary poolside day, adorn yourself with the perfect accessory! Here’s a roundup of fun pool floats that make a day at the beach (or pool) memorable. 1. Mermaid tail 2-3. Angels have […]

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It was a long winter and it’s time to reward yourself with a little sun and pool time. Don’t just go for an ordinary poolside day, adorn yourself with the perfect accessory! Here’s a roundup of fun pool floats that make a day at the beach (or pool) memorable.

1. Mermaid tail

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Kicking your feet up? Why not your mermaid tail, too? Cool pool float by Jasonwell, available at Amazon, $24.

2-3. Angels have all the fun

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Cool pool float designer FUNBOY created the Lips Float, $79, and the Angel Wings, $128, for Instagram-worthy floating.

4. An inflatable pool float for modern art lovers

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The famous Balloon Dog sculpture by Jeff Koons is now a floating sculpture, brought to a pool near you by Target, $36.

5. Poolside sweetheart

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Simple but to the point, Bando‘s translucent pink heart, $24, stands out from the blue colors of pool and sky.

6. The Golden Goose

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Taylor Swift is obsessed with swan pool floats. This gold one by FUNBOY, available at Amazon for $79, must be in her collection.

7. Made in the shade cool pool float

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If you’re going to use an emoji by the pool, the shades icon is a must. This cool pool float is only $18 at Amazon. 

8. Star Wars fans float, too

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The Millennium Falcon float by Swimways is $30 at Amazon and makes a perfect gift for a Star Wars fan in a galaxy near you.

9. For the wine lover

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Some poolside rosé takes on a whole new meaning with this fun pool float available at Urban Outfitters, $25.

10. The world can be your oyster

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The clam design is cool and provides a back rest! And yes, it does come with a pearl. Intex Seashell Pool Float at Walmart, $30.

11. Life is all rainbows…

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Or at least it can be on a hot summer day, with a fun pool float. Rainbow Cloud daybed by FUNBOY, $169.

12. … and unicorns

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You can’t have rainbows without unicorns! And Jasonwell’s floating unicorn at Amazon, $34, is awesome for kids of all ages.

13. Keep the party going when the sun goes down

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A classic round floating pool toy has been fitted with colorful LEDS. By Pool Central at Amazon, $52.

14. (Rose gold) pink flamingo

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Metallics are hot in home design — and in pink flamingos, too. Rose Gold Flamingo float by Sunnylife at Nordstorm, $25.

15. Put the top down and go retro

Want to see some modern, amazing pools that would be the perfect home for one or two of these cool pool floats? Check out this roundup of 40 sublime swimming pools.

Did these fun pool floats get you in the mood for summer? Which one is your favorite?

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