Inspiring Decorator – Melissa George – Polished Habitat

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The Polished Habitat blog is DIYer’s dream. She has a lovely eye for design, and we all love her style. Learn a little more about Melissa George from the Polished Habitat:

1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?

My journey has been very long and winding. I’ve had an obsession with houses and decor as long as I can remember. But, I also loved business and excelled in more left-brain topics. For too long, I worked in jobs like data analysis and project management. At night, I’d constantly be perusing real estate listings and decorating/remodeling our house. One day I had that now or never moment, gave my notice at a great job, and went all-in to become a home decor & organizing blogger. Best decision EVER.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

Functional fresh modern with a dose of glam and a nod to traditional.

I definitely don’t fit into a cookie-cutter design style, but as crazy as my combo sounds, I feel like the rooms we create are still pretty accessible and not too “out there”. I put a high value on making rooms that work and make life easier. Incorporating organization right into the core design is probably my favorite thing to do.

3. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?

Our master closet is my favorite project to date. The space was so beige and completely dysfunctional, even though it was by far the biggest closet we’ve ever had.

Here’s what it looked like before from one angle:

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I spent more time planning the space than any other project. To see the plans come to life and look even better than I dreamed was surreal. It was also a HUGE labor intensive project because we built all the shelving ourselves, which stretched our abilities.

Here’s the same angle after we were done:

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I also love smaller organizing projects, like the space under my bathroom sink. I came up with fun ways to make it look great AND work well.

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4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

I’m all about anything gold/brass, lucite, or marble. If they are all combined together with some navy accents thrown in, I’m even happier!

I can’t swing putting marble in our bathroom or kitchen, so I found a fun way to incorporate it around the house on a budget. Marble contact paper!

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Inspiring Decorators – Kelli and Kristi – Lolly Jane Blog

Lolly Jane is an adorable blog run by twin sisters. They feature tutorials that range from delicious recipes to lovely home decor projects. Their fun, fresh, clean style will leave you wanting more.

1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?

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Lolly Jane started off as a sign making boutique when Kelli’s banker husband became a police officer. It grew quickly, so she enlisted her twin sister Kristi to help with the orders. We soon started the DIY-based blog within a couple of years, switching gears to focus on blogging our creativity versus making signs with our hands. It’s been nearly a decade since all the craziness has happened, and we are so grateful for our blog that has turned into a fun “jobbie,” AKA a hobby job! It’s allowed us to still raise our kids by staying home but supporting our husbands’ incomes in a fun way, and yes, we still love making and selling signs.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

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We love COLOR and all things VINTAGE! It’s hard to combine the two styles since vintage decor tends to follow whites, blacks, and creams, but we are here to prove you can have the best of both worlds. We love Kelli’s colorful craft room bookcase that we painted mustard yellow herringbone patterns onto the backside, then filled it with our grandmother’s old suitcases and vintage crates for storage. Old and new go hand in hand to create a long lasting look that will stay classic for years to come.

3. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?

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We love Kelli’s entryway because it started off totally drab. We added board and batten wall trim on the wall, painted above that a happy yellow color, built a full wall length shelf for it, and now we swap decor out seasonally.

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

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We are all over succulents right now. We first popped them into a chalk painted mason jar and now use them in our dining room daily for home decor. We’ve even made a free printable with them and hope the trend lives as long as they do!

Inspiring Decorator – Melissa Michaels – The Inspired Room

The Inspired Room blog is all about loving the home you have. It’s about attainable and affordable style and design for everyone, and that’s what we love the most about Melissa Michaels’ blog. It’s inspiring, and the photos are stunning. Are you ready to look at your own home in a whole new way?

1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?

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I’ve always loved home decor. Even as a very young girl, I was always designing houses in moving boxes for my dolls and trying out floor plans on paper. I grew up watching my parents decorate and remodel our homes and enjoyed driving with my family through neighborhoods to look at houses on the weekends. As a newlywed and young mom, I always had stacks of decorating magazines by my bed, read every home-related book I could get my hands on, and always had a home remodeling or decorating project going on (or mulling around in my mind for the future). I just loved it!

I thought at one point I would go into interior design, but I ended up working at a publishing company instead, which was fun, too. But after many years of gaining design experience in my own homes and learning everything I could about home design on a budget, I realized I was so passionate about the home and enjoyed the process so much, I decided I was ready to launch my own business.

In 2007 I started The Inspired Room. I would go into clients’ homes and take a look at what they already had and within a few hours, I had rearranged their furniture and accessories in a way they loved.

From there I started a blog and eventually went on to write books! It’s been an amazing and rewarding journey! I love that The Inspired Room has grown into a brand that really fits with everything I love.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

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I love so many different styles. I really just appreciate good design in whatever form it is. But my personal preference lands toward a modern farmhouse, eclectic cottage style. I love a clean look but also love to incorporate colors and textures and a mix of new and old things I love.

3. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?

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My favorite projects have been my last two kitchens. I love designing kitchens. They really are the heart of the home, so they deserve extra attention. I enjoy the process of making a kitchen inviting and welcoming. It’s sometimes a challenge to pull all the elements together in a way that fits your budget and style, but I think that’s what I’ve enjoyed about it. You can find my house tour and kitchen here: http://theinspiredroom.net/my-current-house-tour/

You can also find ideas and tips in my book called The Inspired Room. We recently moved, so we’ll be starting over with a kitchen and decorating the house, but I’m excited about that opportunity! I’m just getting started and will share the whole process on the blog.

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

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I love that there are so many affordable and accessible ways to decorate your home with the latest trends. It’s fun for me to share ways to pull a home together and be able to offer resources I’ve found to make that happen without spending a fortune. My favorite way to decorate is to mix old and new, so I love that anything goes these days! We can enjoy putting together our own look with what is current and what we already have.

Inspiring Decorator – Mandi Gubler – Vintage Revivals

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1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?

I was inspired to become a blogger after stumbling upon this crazy inspiring world. I couldn’t believe how wonderful and inspiring the whole thing was, so I started spray painting everything in sight and started Vintage Revivals to document it. I had NO IDEA it would or could turn into all of this!

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

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I would describe my style as vintage, eclectic, graphic, colorful, and modern. So basically I like everything at the same time.

3. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?

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Oh my gosh, this is the hardest! I would say that my favorite project is usually the one that I just finished. I love the nursery that I just finished for my son, Brem.

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And The Nugget is always a crowdpleaser.

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

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I love black windows, loads of plants, and anything vintage!

Inspiring Decorator – Carolyn Garris – Homework Blog

We love the Homework blog‘s tagline – Today’s Assignment – be inspired.

And that’s the perfect way to describe Carolyn’s blog – inspirational. Not only does she have decorating tips, but she also provides DIY craft ideas for the whole family and delicious recipes. It has everything you need to make your home as unique as you. Honestly, we all fell in love at first glance. Now it’s your turn to get to know Carolyn a bit more.

1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?

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Although I don’t consider myself a designer by trade, I have always loved decorating and freshening my space. I’ve been a creative soul for as long as I can remember and started my blog when I was between jobs. I’ve grown from sharing small craft projects to larger home decor projects. Sharing inspiring projects and working at making my house my own through my blog is wonderfully fulfilling.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

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I like a clean and simple look with a mix of styles. Mixing up vintage and modern pieces or using a variety of textures keeps things interesting for me.

3. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?

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My new bay window makeover is my latest project and so it’s currently my favorite project. I love how the light streams in through the window and enhances the new blinds and sheer cotton panels.

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

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I love the decluttering trend right now. The idea of simplifying is very appealing. Another trend that I’ll never tire of is using natural elements in decor. No matter what the season is, I find a way to bring something from my garden inside.

Get Your Home Ready for Spring!

Winter is on its way out, and spring is taking its place. You may be ready for warmer weather, but is your home ready?

You don’t have to change your whole house, but just a few adjustments or updates will give your space a new look and feel, just in time for spring.

1. New Window Coverings (of course!)

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With the variety of colors, patterns, and fabrics, you could create the perfect spring-ready home. From floral and stripes to bold solids and soft neutrals, the style options are endless. But upgrading your window coverings is more than just looks. It’s also about function.

Now that the days are getting longer, and that sun will get warmer, you’ll want to take advantage of that. Light filtering shades, for instance, takes the best part of the natural light and gently diffuses it. This gives your home a soft, flattering glow.

And no matter if your spring is still cold or starting to get a little too warm already, like here in Arizona, you can keep your home’s temperature comfortable with insulated shades.

2. Lightweight Bedding

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As the weather starts to slowly heat up, you’re going to want more lightweight bedding. The beginning of spring can be hard, however, because the temperature can shift so suddenly. An easy solution is layering. If you layer the right way, you can pull up more blankets if you’re chilly or push blankets down if you’re too warm, all without having to get out of bed or completely remake your bed.

3. Fresh Flowers

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Photo Credit: FreeImages.com

Nothing says springtime more than fresh flowers throughout your home. Not only will they give your décor a little boost of color, but the soft fragrance will make you wish that spring would never turn to summer.

This addition doesn’t have to be pricey. Stop by the side of the road and pick some wildflowers. That’s all it really takes, and you’re going to love the change you see in your home.

4. Decorate with Fruit

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Image Credit: FreeImages.com

One easy way to bring the beauty of spring indoors is by decorating with fruit – fake or real, it doesn’t matter. Fill a lovely glass bowl with lemons or limes for a quick burst of color in your kitchen. Or add apples to a vase for a unique look. For a one-of-a-kind look, opt for the most unique, exotic fruit you can find.

We want to hear from you! How do you decorate your home for spring? Tell us or show us in the comments!

Kimberly W. and Jennifer S. are Happy SelectBlinds.com Customers!

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“Even though it’s new construction and windows, Maine winters are cold. The shades help keep the heat in and the cold out. And, of course, privacy. Carriann Kids 1/2″ Single Cell Light Filtering Shades – no just for kids, but [for] a fun kitchen.”

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Jennifer S. chose the 2″ American Hardwood Wood Blinds.

“After a bit of a hiccup due to materials delays, I received my revised order of American Hardwood Blinds this week and  installed them yesterday! Could not have been easier and I can fully admit to being nervous about this project. I think they look great. …Will be ordering more soon!”

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