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Travel Photos to Inspire Your Home Color Scheme

Traveling is an inspirational experience. With the lack of mobility this past year has wrought across the globe, many of you may be feeling stifled looking at the same four walls every day. Or perhaps you are one of the fortunate buyers who was able to secure your dream home this year. Either way, some home decor inspiration may be in order, and that's easy to achieve with a color scheme refresh. And what could be more inspiring than your favorite travel photos? Bring some of that delight and wonder you felt when visiting a new city or natural wonder to your everyday surroundings. Here are some ideas to help get you started on your own path of color discovery.   This beautiful photo was...

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111 Gordon St spa-like bathroom

Homes With Spa-Like Bathrooms

Your home has always been a place for respite from the stresses of everyday life. These homes with spa-like bathrooms really make the most of relaxation. Take inspiration from these serene spaces to improve the calm, restfulness of your own en-suite. [caption id="attachment_1094" align="aligncenter" width="8081"] 30 Widewater Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC[/caption] From the soothing creams and taupes to the lush tropical plants, this bathroom is a complete haven. Whether in the form of plants and flowers or in the decor materials like the grasscloth roman shades pictured above, adding touches of nature warms up the coldness of the tile. This spa-like bathroom envelops you in calm with its warm tones.   [caption id="attachment_1095" align="aligncenter" width="4800"] 111 Gordon St, Historic Downtown Savannah, GA[/caption] How inviting is this...

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Thoughtful Touches to Make Your Home More Like a Hotel

It’s that time of year, where after spending so much time at home over the winter, you are itching to get away for a bit. That is especially true after the year we have all been through. Even though things are slowly starting to open up, there are many who are not able, or comfortable, traveling just yet. If you need a change but can’t get away, try some of these tips for creating thoughtful touches in your home, similar to the best luxury hotels. You’ll be elevating your atmosphere and giving yourself a much needed boost. Flowers Everywhere Adding colorful flowers to your weekly shopping trip is the easiest thing you can do to add a thoughtful touch to your home’s...

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How to Settle into a New Home

Ah, spring. A time of renewal, beauty and… moving. With the spring season typically being the busiest one for most of the country, that means there are a lot of people moving into new homes right now. It can be stressful and intimidating to find yourself in a new place under normal circumstances. But if you find yourself packing up all that is precious to you in an attempt to start fresh somewhere new, whether it’s down the street, across town, or in a whole different state in this quasi-post pandemic world we find ourselves in, never fear. The following tips and tricks will help you settle cozily into your new abode in no time. Stay Organized When Packing This may be easier...

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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning Tips for Low Country Living

We're lucky, here in the Low Country, that we don't suffer interminable, cold winters. While the seasons here are mild, there is, nevertheless, a distinctive transition between winter and summer. Sometime between February and April, the short gloomy days give way to longer, brighter ones, the azaleas reappear and provide cheerful pops of color like the broad brushstrokes of a painter's brush, and even the birds seem busy with domestic chores of their own in the building of their nests and tending to their young:  Welcome Spring! Beyond Mother Nature's unmistakable signs that the season of rebirth and renewal is once again upon us, there is a more practical aspect of spring that is demanding our undivided attention, particularly after the...

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formal garden design

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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light collection

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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Waterfront Second Home

Travel Dreams: Owning a Second Home

As the winter weather roars on up north and people continue to work from home all over the country, the idea of a second home or vacation home may sound pretty wonderful right about now. If you’ve been dreaming of getting away from your same four walls and wanting a change of scenery for a bit, read on for some introductory information about purchasing a second home. Second Home Location Location is an important aspect to consider when buying a vacation home. It needs to be far enough from your primary home that you really feel like you are getting away when you visit, but close enough so you can really utilize the property. If it’s too much of a hassle to...

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39 Myrtle View Rd

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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