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Different Types Garden Design

Spending time in nature is a proven way to reduce stress. And we could all use some stress reduction, especially after the year we've all had. A thoughtfully designed garden is a great way to make the most out of any yard space you may have. Take a look at some different types of garden design to help inspire your own outdoor masterpiece! Meditation Gardens Meditation gardens are Asian in origin, going back centuries with their roots in Zen Buddhism. With a very minimal aesthetic, these gardens were created to connect with nature, and oneself in a spiritual manner, in addition to being physically beautiful. Simplicity is key when designing a meditation garden. Common elements include: A winding path, made of stone, pavers...

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Interior Lighting 101

Nothing creates a mood quite like lighting. Whatever atmosphere you are aiming for, your lighting choices can really enhance or detract. Let’s go over some of the basic tenets of how to use light to set the scene. Levels One of the most important aspects of successful lighting design is to plan light sources at different levels in a room. This allows you to layer light that can be used separately or collectively, keeping your options flexible. You can accomplish this with table lamps, floor lamps, wall scones and overhead lighting options. Dimmers Never underestimate the power of a dimmer switch. Being able to minutely adjust the amount of light in a room is an easy yet powerful way to have the best lighting...

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Minimalism

The constant popularity of minimalist home decor is a testimony to its soothing elements and timeless appeal. The feelings of serenity and calm minimalism can inspire belies the effort that goes into the design. Minimalism is more than just choosing a few pieces of furniture to place in front of a white wall. Without thought and care, your attempt to create a minimalist interior could come across as cold or sparse. Let’s take a look at some key elements of minimalism design and how you can inject these peaceful elements into your home decor. Monochromatic One of the first characteristics that comes to mind when thinking about minimalist design is the lack of color. Or rather, the lack of bold and contradictory colors....

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The Art of the Entryway

A home’s entryway is the first impression visitors will have of your home. Whether you have a grand, double height foyer or a simple hall tree to hang coats, January is a great time to reassess that vestibule and make the most of an often unconsidered space. Bold Wall Treatments The smaller space of a foyer allows you to play around with bold wallpaper or bright paint colors for a pop of the unexpected without spending a lot or making a large-scale commitment. Storage that is Stylish and Functional There are plenty of ways to fit functional storage in the entryway while keeping in tune with your personal style. Minimalist? Go for wall hooks in natural materials and a live-edge bench. Boho? Try funky baskets for...

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Color of the Year 2021

While the Pantone Color of the Year definitely takes the top spot as a trend predictor, there are several other players in the COTY game worth paying attention to. After the year we’ve all had, it’s no surprise that people are concerned with their security and comfort, but there’s also still plenty of hope for a brighter future. These color picks definitely reflect those contrasting, yet related feelings that are permeating our society right now. Pantone: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating This is the second time that Pantone has chosen two colors to share the title of Color of the Year. 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and 13-0647 Illuminating are perfectly complementary and support the themes of stability and optimism. The cool gray brings to...

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Design Eye: Which Fireplace Style is Right for Your Home?

It’s that time of year- even in the Lowcountry- where this is a chill in the air and staying snuggled up by the fireplace sounds like the best way to spend a winter’s eve. There are so many design styles out there, how do you know which one is best for you? Brick When many people think of the classic fireplace scene, a red brick fireplace comes to mind. A lot of homeowners have been painting their brick fireplaces in the last decade or so, so you can see a variety of colors out there but white and light gray are the most popular options for painting brick. A fairly straightforward DIY, painting your brick fireplace is a great way to make...

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The Return of the Home Office

With so many people still working primarily from home, and children attending classes virtually, the demand for a dedicated home office space has risen exponentially over the past few months. No matter how much space you have, or what your decorating style, there is a work-from-home setup that will work for you. The Den For some, nothing less than a designated room will do. A private sanctum where you can duck away from it all in relative quiet is a necessity for back to back Zoom meetings and virtual collaborations. Perhaps you need to have shelves of reference books readily available or tools of the trade close at hand. You may want space for a desk, chairs for visitors, and a side...

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The Outdoor Kitchen: 101

The coastal low country enjoys such wonderful weather for so much of the year; it’s only natural that you’d want to take advantage of being outdoors as much as possible. One great way to achieve that goal is with an outdoor kitchen. Especially as we are spending more time making meals at home, having a custom outdoor area for preparing food can be a great way to break up the potential monotony. There are a variety of appliances and accoutrements you could utilize to create your dream set up. Let’s take a look at a few of the basic items you should start with as a base for building a great outdoor cooking space. THE GRILL This is a staple for any...

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Make Your Backyard a Certified Wildlife Habitat

  Did you know that with just a bit of thoughtful planning you can make your backyard a certified wildlife habitat? The National Wildlife Federation provides certification for those yards and gardens that meet the minimum habitat requirements. For a small fee of $20, you can proudly proclaim that your outdoor space is a haven for local birds, butterflies and other wildlife. In addition to the official certificate, you also receive a one-year membership in the National Wildlife Federation, a subscription to National Wildlife magazine, discounts on the National Wildlife Federation catalog merchandise and a subscription to their monthly Garden for Wildlife e-newsletter. While you are spending more time at home, take a moment to assess your yard and see what small steps...

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Could your Home use some “Lagom?”

Similar to the Danish word, "Hygge," comes the Swedish concept of "Lagom." Lagom is all about living in moderation, from food to well-being and everything in between! Lagom translates to “enough, sufficient, or just right,” and we think even Goldilocks would approve! You may have noticed that Scandinavian design celebrates just the right amount of minimalism (because you’re still allowed a few selected tchotchkes!), what you get is a cozy and calm space that is still inviting.   So, now that you know what Lagom is, where do you begin? -Remove 1 thing from each room and donate it. When you’re looking to purchase in the future, invest in quality rather than quality, look for handmade items or items made in the USA, or...

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