How To Make Your Home Cozy For Fall: Practicing Hygge

Hygge. This term has become increasingly popular in recent years. But what is it exactly? Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish term, describing the art of creating intimacy with yourself, your friends and your home. Through cozy textures, warm tones, sweet smells, and soft lighting, you can create your own hygge home.

Cozy textures. What is better than cozying up in a chunky knit throw blanked on a chilly autumn evening? Bring textures into your home with soft faux fur throw pillows, some chunky blankets, and textured upholstery. Roll out a rug you can really sink your feet into.

Warm tones. Nothing is cozier than a warm-toned room. Pull in warm tones with gold and copper accessories, dark, warm wood tones and orange, mustard, blush or red accent colors.

Sweet smells. Brew some fresh coffee, bake some cinnamon rolls, light your favorite scented candle. These scents will comfort and calm you, and make you really work up an appetite! Indulge, you deserve it.

Soft lighting. Soft lighting is extremely calming and cozy. Light candles, string up some fairy lights, turn on a few table lamps. Keep it dim and warm, but make sure you have enough light to curl up with your favorite book!

Make this fall cozy. Try hygge!

Spice Up Your Home With Stencils

Is your house boring? Too many plain walls and floors? Do you need to make a statement that will wow your family and guests? Maybe stenciling is for you! A cheap, easy alternative to wallpaper and fancy tiles, stencils allow you to change up the feeling of a room without blowing your budget.

Image from Royal Designs Studio Stencils on Amazon

Stenciling is not a new concept. Walls have been decorated with stenciled designs for hundreds of years. But stenciling floors and walls have made a comeback, and it is HOT!

How do you stencil on walls or tile floor?

Step 1: Choose your stencil. If you are stenciling tile flooring, find a stencil that matches the measurement of your tiles.

Step 2: Clean the surface you will be stenciling. Use mineral spirits to make sure the surface is free of dirt, hair, and other foreign objects. Make sure to dry the surface completely.

Step 3: Tape the edges. Make sure all edges have painter’s tape so areas you do not want painted stay clean.

Step 4: Prime the surface. Make the surface paint-ready with some primer!

Step 5: Paint the base color. Use a roller and paintbrush to paint on the base color. If you are planning on stenciling your floor, start at the back wall of the room and work your way towards the door so you don’t paint yourself into a corner. You may need more than one coat, but make sure it has time to dry between coats.

Image from CuttingEdgeStencils on Etsy

Step 6: Stencil time! After you have let the base color dry completely, gently tape the stencil to the first tile in the back corner of the room using painter’s tape. Use a small foam stencil roller, or foam stencil brush to apply the secondary color. Make sure to use thin layers of paint and do multiple coats if needed as to have the least amount of bleed under the stencil. Allow the paint to completely dry.

Step 7: Touch up the stencil work. After the stencil paint has dried, use a small paintbrush with your base color to smooth out the edges of the stencil. With another small paintbrush, cover up any thin patches of the stencil paint.

Step 8: Seal the paint. If you are stenciling tile or any floor surface, make sure to seal the stencil work so that it lasts longer. Pay particular attention to anywhere that water is likely to splash.

Step 9: Enjoy your hard work! Look at this awesome floor or wall that you just created! Great job! Take a minute to look at what you just did. You are awesome!

Image from The Home Depot Blog

To style a room with a stenciled wall or floor, keep the other patterns minimal, and let your new stenciling be the statement piece of the room. You worked hard for it, so let it shine!

The History of Eclectic Design

Our well-loved lifestyle, Urbanology, is widely described as “eclectic”, meaning that the design is derived from many styles and tastes – A look that doesn’t fit into any traditional molds. Where does this style come from?

The first use of the word “eclectic” can be traced back to the 18th century when German art historian and archaeologist Johan Joachim Winckelmann used it to describe the work of Annibale Carracci. The 17th century artist borrowed diverse styles, ideas and theories relevant throughout different periods of history and combined them within a single work of art to create his own unique style. Eclecticism is found in many artforms; from paintings, to architecture, to interior designs. All of these follow the same general idea: Connecting different styles throughout history into one cohesive look.

How does this transfer to interior design? Eclectic design surfaced in the 20th century and is a rejection of rules and canon within the design sphere. This style is set in the direction of freedom of expression by combining what is most beautiful, comfortable, and interesting through existing styles. By utilizing a neutral color palette, multiple different styles can fit perfectly and harmoniously in a space. Designers looking to create an “eclectic” look will focus on layering textures, time periods, and trends, making sure that all elements come together to create a unified look and feel.

Because the eclectic style doesn’t really fit into any traditional design molds, this also means that it can be interpreted in many ways, and can evoke different emotions, and feelings within a space. This makes the eclectic look great or a variety of tastes and locations. From a rural farmhouse to a mod downtown loft. An eclectic room can be feminine or masculine, rustic or polished, monochromatic or colorful. The possibilities are endless!

How can I replicate this style at home? Start with a neutral palette, which will act as a blank canvas to introduce your various styles into. While compiling pieces to add to the room, look for pieces that complement each other either in size, shape, pattern, or color. If you do have a certain piece that stands out, let it! Use it as a focal point of the room, don’t attempt to blend it in. Another awesome way to achieve the eclectic look is through the layering of textures. Take a big chunky throw and pair it with some suede textured pillows. Add highly textured picture frames to your walls, and throw in a very smooth, mid-century coffee table.

Do whatever suits your personal taste, and don’t be afraid to experiment with placement and styles. The biggest takeaway from this style: Have Fun!

GOING FOR GOLD: DECORATING WITH METALLIC GOLD ACCESSORIES

goldMuch to our delight, metallics are having a moment! Glistening gold—and even brassy bronze—are back in a very big way. Yet, despite the glam factor you get from going gold, many homeowners shy away from the trend for fear that their homes will look like Liberace’s. So how can you get the look without going overboard?

KEEP READING for ‘golden’ home design trends from Ashley HomeStore.

Trending Turquoise

“I’m crazy for color. Color embraces you. It wakes you up and keeps you present.”    
– Tracey Reese


A hot hue that’s perfectly cool.

bedSt. Patrick’s Day may be just around the corner, but today’s hottest green hue conjures up seas and stones more than shamrocks and leprechauns.
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Turquoise is one name for this good-looking green, but there are plenty more: aqua, cyan, teal, robin’s egg and Tiffany. One could also argue that turquoise is a hot way to create some cool at home. Even in large doses, this atmospheric color is soothing and airy rather than overwhelming.

Best of all, turquoise works with any neutral hue—white, gray, brown or black… and with any style.

March Trend Watch_Page_1From pillows to chairs, from comforters to wall colors, check out this season’s trend watch!