Top Tips on Mixing Modern and Traditional Furniture

Top Tips on Mixing Modern and Traditional Furniture

Creating a cohesive look in any room is part artistry, part savvy, and all personal style. Few of us are all one thing or another – we have different backgrounds, interests, and comforts – and our homes reflect that. They are, in fact, the one place in the world we get to make entirely our own. For some of us, that means looking for ways to bring together pieces or aesthetics that are very different from each other, but that we love equally. No two styles are more challenging to combine in a cohesive way than Modern (which is all about sleek and sparse) and Traditional (which is more ornate and thick). Here are five tips to doing it well while staying true to yourself: Work from Your Heart Have a family heirloom or other piece you’ve picked up along the way that you absolutely adore, and is a must have, but is a standout in style? Let this be your starting point.For example: if an ornate, dark wood sideboard is a permanent fixture; look for a sleek dark wood table to tie in the wood tones and then mix it up with more modern chairs. Traditional pieces can mix with modern by through complimentary colorsPhoto credit: Sean Michael Design via: Houzz We want to love the places we live in. Making the pieces we love most be the starting place for our design ensures that our heart is the first thing we listen to when putting a room, or our whole house, together. ~~~~~~~~~~ Create Your Palette One key to making these two styles work together is having...
5 Simple and Effective Ways to Reduce the Ecological Footprint of Your Home

5 Simple and Effective Ways to Reduce the Ecological Footprint of Your Home

With the increasing awareness of personal impact on the environment, more and more people are paying attention to their “footprint” – the effect their lifestyle and choices have on the planet. There are many aspects to everyone’s overall footprint (food, transportation, etc.) and one of the most important ones is how we keep our homes. While no one person can overcome the ecological challenges our world is facing, everyone can make choices that will reduce their footprint and contribute to the larger movement of responsible and sustainable living. Here are 5 ways everyone can reduce the ecological footprint of their home: 1. Reduce your overall energy usage. From the insulation in your home to the electricity used to power it, energy usage is the number one way everyone can reduce their overall impact. Steps you can take: Ensure your home is well insulated and you’ve closed any gaps where “energy leaks” can compromise the heating/cooling of your home. Set your thermostat a couple degrees lower in winter and higher in summer to use less heating or AC over the year. (monitor and manage your usage with smart thermostats like Nest) Use energy efficient appliances and lamps, unplug devices not in use, or use smart home devices to manage electronics (such as Google Home). 2. Limit toxic products you use. Many home items (cleaning products, paint, etc.) are made with toxic chemicals that contribute to ill environmental effects during production and in usage. Steps you can take: Read the labels on the products you are buying and do a quick Internet search on their level of toxicity before you buy. Ask...

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