Target Is Selling Mid-Century Modern Furniture for a Steal

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Target has been hinting about the release of its new budget mid-century modern furniture line all summer. The suspense probably killed a few design fanatics. For the survivors, Project 62, the retailer’s Scandinavian mod/mid-century modern collection of furniture and home accents, is finally available online.

According to Target, “1962 was a big year. Modernist design hit its peak and moved into homes across the country. And in Minnesota, Target was born — with the revolutionary idea to celebrate design for all. Project 62 embodies this legacy with a collection of modern pieces made for everyday living.”

Have you been wanting to have a hip and modern home without the hit to your wallet? Check out these stunning pieces (and the price tag!) from their collection of nearly a thousand. Don’t wait too long to get yours, availability and color options change daily.

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8 Living Room Decor Ideas to Improve your Home Decor

We have 8 top interior designers that opened their homes and showed us some basic decoration ideas to improve your living room. What better place for a designer to make a laboratory for testing creativity than their own homes?

Take a look and Get inspired with these amazing living room ideas!

The first is the Manhattan home of the well known interior designer, Nate Berkus. Here you can see the 1960’s American club chairs that are upholstered with Edelman suede.

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Why Wall Art Matters Most In Interior Design

Too often in interior design, we see wall art treated as an afterthought. It’s what gets dealt with last, long after the final coat of paint has dried on the walls and all of the furniture has been artfully arranged, if it gets dealt with at all.

But, we’re here to argue that by relegating wall art to the side lines, you’re missing out on an amazing design opportunity. When chosen thoughtfully, the right wall art can provide for the entire room. Dare we say it, but we think wall art matters most in interior design.

However, if you’re a little nervous to give wall art such a prominent role in your design plans, don’t worry. Use this post as a guide on how to accurately choose pieces that will mesh with your existing space and you will have a harmonious interior.

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It Provides An Instant Color Palette

Choosing a color palette can be one of the most daunting facets of designing your interiors. The amount of varying shades of paint that are available at your local home improvement store can seem absolutely endless.  It can be difficult to narrow down the possibilities into the colors that best fit your vision for the space. Continue reading Why Wall Art Matters Most In Interior Design

9 Chic Design Solutions for Tiny Living Rooms

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Trust us, you can make a small space work.

You’ve finally scored the apartment or home of your dreams, but there’s just one tinycaveat: It’s a touch on the small side. Luckily, tiny homes can pack just as much glamour and wow-factor as a spacious McMansion—it’s just a matter of getting the right design approach down. Even if you only have a mere 300 square feet to your name, these space-saving tips will whip your digs into tip-top shape.


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Bulky couches, coffee tables and chairs have a tendency to weigh a small space down and make it feel cramped. Opt instead for leggy, streamlined styles (mid-century modern options are particularly on point) that will make your living room feel more spacious.


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Pieces that can pull double duty—like an innovative coffee table or an old-world trunk—are key when you’re short on space because they provide extra storage to keep clutter at bay.


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Use a collection of quirky mirrors to decorate the walls in your living room and add visual intrigue while creating the illusion of a large, lofty space.


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Free up floor space by taking advantage of unused wall space and add a mounted book shelf or a funky geometric unit to display books and unique decorative accents. An added bonus? Mounted shelving draws the eye upward, emphasizing ceiling height.


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Form and function—lucite, acrylic or plexiglass furnishings give you the best of both worlds, infusing your room with a touch of glamour and creating the illusion of more space.


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Floating window shelves do so much more than provide save space. These minimal shelves offer a seriously chic way to display petite plantings and provide a bit of extra privacy—which, in a big city, is always a good thing.


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Open concept has its perks, but it can also make a small living space feel even tinier, swallowed up by the rest of the room. Define your space with luxe accents, like an eye-catching rug, unique lighting and luxe textiles to make your living area feel like a distinct space.


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Balance is everything. A calming color palette gives this small space an airy feel, while plants and oversized artwork pack plenty of panache.


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Tiny spaces are conducive to big, clunky desks, but that doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of a work space. Wall-mounted options are a savvy solution, providing you with a small work station without taking up precious floor space. This is also a great option if you have an awkward corner or nook that’s too small for focal pieces.

10 Designer-Approved Ways to Decorate on a Budget

Cutting corners when decorating on a budget can be a tricky affair. You don’t want to accidentally skimp in the wrong places—better to spend a little more on a couch that won’t fall apart in a year or two, and spring for a wool rug that doesn’t ignite in full if you look at it the wrong way. But somewhere, somehow, you’ll need to skimp. Designers, who are often catering to folks decorating on a budget, have some of the best tips for cutting costs without compromising quality. Here are some of our favorites.

Choose Natural-Fiber Area Rugs

While a high-quality area rug can be a great investment, it can also be an incredibly expensive one—which is one reason so many designers spring for natural-fiber rugs when they need large-scale coverage. (This 100 percent jute number from World Market is just $370 for a 9′ x 12′ and it looks quite luxe.)

“I like to use natural-fiber rugs layered underneath smaller wool rugs to “expand” the overall rug area,” says designer Lauren Liess.

Match Fancy Paint Colors

Rather than spring for a $300 bucket of paint (which is tempting, because the colors can be exceptional), designer Casey Kenyon recommends trying a Benjamin Moore match of one you’ve fallen in love with (they even have an app, Color Capture, that will help you snatch a color you see and love in the world). “By saving a few dollars [on paint],” designer Sabrina Soto says, “you can splurge on new accent pieces to complement your freshly colored walls!”

At the Connecticut home of Edie Parker accessories designer Brett Heyman, wall color makes a statement.

Paint Inexpensive Wood Furniture

If Bunny Williams thinks it’s a good idea, you might as well consider doing so yourself. Matte finishes will look sculptural, while high-gloss can make a statement.

A coat of paint transformed this rococo wood mirror in Bunny Williams’s Punta Cana home.

Speed Patina (When You Can’t Splurge on Antiques)

While we don’t advocate for faux-aging your walls or wood furniture to look “shabby-chic,” we do admit to sometimes speeding up the real work that nature can do—especially on natural materials like brass, copper, terra-cotta, and more.

The patina on this circa-1970s brass table in designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent’s home can be achieved on a new piece—with a little hard work from your faucet.

Use Found Natural Objects as Accents

“Taking a walk through the woods and collecting interesting things like bark, tree stumps, stones, and botanicals to press can yield striking results,” Liess says, by the same logic that flowers always brighten up a room.

A cypress tree root plays sculptural wall hanging in the living room of Liess’s home.

Buy Thrift Store Art

“Hunt for vintage art at places like Etsy, eBay, Chairish, and in thrift stores,” Liess recommends. We recommend hunting for them the way professional designers do and then giving them a more elevated look with these spiffing-up tips.

Thrift-store art looks elevated indeed in a Liess-designed bedroom (note: the juxtaposition against a refined dresser helps!).

Or Put Your Kids to Work

“Expose your children to the world of abstract art and let them have fun with paint in colors you’d like to see in your home,” Liess says. “En masse, [their art] can feel bold and sophisticated.”

“My son painted “portraits” and was so pleased when I hung them in our home,” Liess says of the artful lineup.

Two Words: Bamboo Blinds

When all you need is to filter the light (dapple: check), rather than block it out entirely, pick up a set of bamboo roller blinds from the hardware store. They’ll give your room a beachy feel—and cost far less than any other window treatment possibly could.

“The bamboo blinds are an essential element because without them it really gets too cold,” says Alexa Hampton of her New York City office. “They help give the space warmth and ground it.”

Know When to DIY

“Clients always think custom-made is more expensive,” Soto says, “That’s not always the case. I’ve made everything from neon serving trays to sofas for much less than the price you would pay at a boutique.” In case you’re not sure what you should attempt yourself, here’s our guide to knowing when to call on a pro.

Stick-on flooring is definitely something you can attempt yourself, as proven by Brady Tolbert’s rental kitchen transformation.

11 Rustic DIY Home Decor Projects

Rustic style has morphed into a more eclectic look that has been styled well with everything from farmhouse to super modern. It can stand alone, or bring warmth into a more contemporary space. It can be a whole entire home theme, or it can be simple touches to add some character to a room. The great thing for DIY’ers is that rustic style is pretty easy to achieve in a DIY project, very forgivable of an oops! All it takes is some inexpensive materials, a few tricks of the trade, and a little elbow grease. Or, you could go to a home store and pay for it. But where’s the fun in that?

Love, love, love this DIY wood framed mirror from Shayna at ‘Wood Grain Cottage’. This looks like an expensive home store item, but with a lot more character. Cheap fence boards, cheap Walmart mirror. Great project!

 

These DIY rustic lanterns from ‘100 Things 2 Do’ are a Pottery Barn knock off, so you can guess what they might cost retail. Easy to follow tutorial, and these are really cute. I could think of a ton of places these would look great both inside and out. What about filling these with plants instead of candles?

 

Big fans here of ‘Stikwood‘, the easy peel and stick real reclaimed wood products that any DIY’er can use to make a room look awesome. I am dreaming of using this on the ceiling of our master bedroom… A pretty modern space that would just come alive with this! So yes, this is a DIY, but yes, it is also a product we are obsessed with. I mean, just look! Go check out their gallery of ideas, you will be inspired! (P.S. For all you budget decorators, remember, you could use this on a small project to save bucks… the front of a kitchen island? A small accent wall?)

 

This DIY rustic entry bench is from Rebekah at ‘Charming Imperfections’ via ‘Over the Big Moon’. Made from 2×8’s, this has a full step by step tutorial. Charming!

Make these Restoration Hardware inspired DIY curtain rods with this tutorial from Rachel at ‘Maison de Pax’. ‘Domino Magazine’ recently gave Rachel some honors, so pop on over there! This DIY cost only $15, btw. Elegant and rustic!

Speaking of curtain rods, these DIY reclaimed wood rods from ‘Olive and Love’ are being used by this blogger for shower curtains. You could use them anywhere!

 

From ‘Andrea’s Notebook’, this DIY rustic headboard is really easy, even for someone who has never done woodwork before. You could even get the cutting done at the home improvement store if you don’t have a saw. Love it with white and bright, clear colors… Our oldest daughter and her husband made one similar to this for their master bedroom, and it looks amazing. It’s hard to get the rustic look wrong, if you make a mistake, it just looks… well, rustic!

 

This DIY office memo board by Ashley from ‘Little Glass Jar’ is such an easy tutorial! I love the chicken wire, but even more I love those mini wooden clothespins they used as clips. Cute! Perfect project to warm up your home office or homework area.

 

This DIY rustic wood box centerpiece is from the ‘Liz Marie Blog’, which has always been one of our favorites. This project is a simple one made from a 1×6 piece of lumber. I love the little rope handles she made. This is the softer side of rustic! Sweet look!

 

This DIY wood striped wall from Taryn at ‘Design, Dining and Diapers’ is the perfect choice for someone who has been dying to have a wood wall, but doesn’t want that much work! This was only 5 – 1×8 pine boards and some nails… plus, a little bit of planning.

 

Ok, this cute DIY crate and pallet bookcase from Jen at ‘House of Wood’ is a pretty easy build, very cheap, and we are loving on her styling! She can not only build just about anything, she has decorating skills too! Lots of photos to take you through this, plus a warning you should pay attention to.

So bring some rustic flavor into your home, DIY style!