Posted by Peggy Farber on 5/24/2017

 

If youíve paid any attention to home and living catalogues over the years youíve probably noticed how quickly home decor trends come and go. Just like in the world of fashion, the people who manufacture homegoods do it with one idea in mind: to keep you coming back for more.


Thereís an important distinction to be made between a trend and a style. Youíve probably seen several homes that adhere to the styles of farmhouse, mid-century modern, industrial, and so on. However, within these styles there are several trends that flood magazines and houses each year. While everyone wants to keep their home up to date, itís important to keep a watchful eye out for homegoods that are just capitalizing on the latest trends.


In this article, weíll break down some home decor tips that will help you pick the homegoods that will look great year after year while also serving a useful function in your house. And, weíll help you avoid the trends that put a strain on your wallet each year.

Keep the big picture in mind


When browsing through the latest Crate & Barrel catalog, itís tempting to order items based on liking the way they look in the picture. However, itís important to remember how it would look in your own home. This is true for many items around the home, like houseplants. If you have a farmhouse-style home, decorating it with cacti or zen gardens might appear out of place and thus will be short-lived decorations.


Aside from the inside of your home, itís important to keep in mind the architectural style of your house. It would seem strange, for example, to enter a brownstone building in Brooklyn to find it filled with country style decorations. That isnít to say you need to always adhere exclusively to the architectural style of the building (some juxtapositions work well together and are a fun way to give your home some originality).

Good design sticks around


Appearance isnít everything. When it comes to things like furniture, appliances, and kitchenware youíll find that usefulness and ease of access is a key feature. Before buying one of these items, think about whether it serves a purpose, and if it serves that purpose better than your current item. Read reviews or ask friends and family about these items before purchasing them.

Stick to the classics


One of the latest trends to hit coffee shops around the country is the tall metal stool. Sometimes they have a backrest, sometimes they donít. They can be painted a neutral color or left metallic and unfinished.


While these stools may fit neatly into the modern, industrial look, they might not fit your particular needs. In some instances, itís better to stick to the tried-and-true furniture items for your home. If youíre placing the stools somewhere that people are going to sit often and for long periods of time, youíll want them to be comfortable. Donít sacrifice comfort in your own home just because something looks good.




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Posted by Peggy Farber on 8/31/2016

For todayís architects and new homebuilders, the amazing advancements in technology and design offer an unprecedented wealth of amenities and efficiency options that can be included in new home construction. Some of the latest innovations are designed to be eco-friendly and save energy and resources, others are added for comfort and convenience, while some are just plain fun. Save time and money with enhancements installed during the building process rather than paying more to have them installed at a later date. The Modern Bathroom An eco-friendly toilet is a stylish compliment to the modern bathroom. Choose from sleekly designed models that feature motion activation seats and lids, deodorizing no-odor charcoal filters, multi-option bidets and heated air dryers. If you want all the ďbells and whistlesĒ add a built in foot warmer and moisture-proof speakers to play your favorite melodies or the morning news via a remote wireless mirror docking station. A heated tile bathroom floor offers welcome warmth during cold mid-western winters. Heat elements placed under the tile installation can be controlled by a wireless remote temperature control. Visit your electrical contractors showroom for inspiration and information on additional luxury options including lighted anti-fog mirrors, heated towel racks and digitally controlled aroma therapy essential oil diffusers for shower or tub. How about a flat screen TV for the bathroom that converts to a stylish mirror when not in use? Are you worried about the amount of your familyís water usage? Digital shower controls designed to help conserve water, exhibit a green blinking light when the user exceeds 2 minutes of water consumption and a red light then reminds you that you have used more than your fair share. Safety features include precisely set controls and temperature adjustments to prevent pressure fluctuations of scalding or freezing cold water. Feeling lazy? Draw your bath water with a click of an app on your cell phone or tablet. Electronic water flow meters control temperature and tub water volume. Feel more like a shower? Pamper yourself with multiple pressured massaging shower jets installed to fit your personal height and body frame. After a hard day at the office or a strenuous workout, nothing feels better than relaxing in your own private home sauna or steam room. Let your imagination run wild. If you can dream of a creature comfort that you would like in your personal space, it is likely your architect or building contractor can locate and install appliances, gadgets or gizmos to satisfy your most hedonistic desires. Consider adding a skylight to brighten bathroom space equipped with a solar charged exhaust fan that is automatically activated by humidity or temperature. Home Interior Temperature Controls Traditional thermostats waste energy, cooling and heating your home when no one is home. A wirelessly controlled digital thermostat system controls the home by zones, keeping bedrooms and unused rooms or storage space cooler, while family living space stay toasty warm. The latest technology reminds you to turn down the thermostat before you leave the house. If you forget, no problem, built in automatic features will do it for you based on a preset programmable time schedule. Should you decide to come home early from a business trip or vacation, an app on your cell phone can call ahead and turn on the heat or air conditioning systems. Air Quality Talk to your heating and air conditioning contractor for information about the many different electronic air filtration systems available if your family has problems with dust or seasonal allergies. If dry winter air is a problem, a system wide humidifier will let everyone in the family breathe easier. Laundry Room Amenities The latest technology to change the way we do laundry includes a waterless washing machine that uses recyclable polymer pellets to absorb the soil, grease and grime in the dirtiest of clothing. Because water usage is one of the highest consumptions of energy, eco-conscious homeowners are flocking to include a waterless washing machine in their laundry room installation plans.




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