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No Tools Required: 20 Modern Flat-Pack Furniture Pieces for Your Next Move

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Having to disassemble, pack and move heavy furniture is tough. But there’s a solution: flat-pack furniture. This new wave of moving-friendly furniture makes it easy to relocate. There’s no hardware to lose and no tools required.

Modern, stylish and eco-friendly, most flat-pack furniture pieces are also modular, so you can reconfigure them according to the space in your new home. Check out these 20 beautiful and easy-to-move furniture items for your next move!

Couches

How would you like a sofa that fits in boxes like this…

Four 50-pound boxes hold Burrow’s well-made sofa, with handles for easy transportation.

…and looks like this?

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Starting at $1,095, the handcrafted sofa by Burrow features reversible seat cushions and USB outlets underneath. Thanks to snapping hinges, it also assembles in about five minutes. It starts as a two-seater but expands into a sectional.

Make your next move easier with modern flat-pack furniture that expands from a two-seater into a sofa as large as you need

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Hem debuted this stylish and expandable flat-pack sofa this year.

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Hem’s Kumo sofa, shown here as a four-seater and above as a loveseat, can also be used as a single armchair or configured into a sectional. The legs, arms and cushions break down for moving.

Beds

This modern platform bed breaks down in minutes

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The Floyd platform bed is made of birch and steel and breaks down into flat panels.

A stylish daybed converts to a guest sleeper

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The Choy Daybed’s bolster, two single-bed-size cushions and unscrewable legs can be disassembled with no tools.

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Place the two cushions together to create a queen-size guest bed.

Chairs

Use this slatted chair indoors or outdoors and fold it up when you’re done

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CB2’s Maya chair‘s solid wood slats can be quickly folded up for a move (or when not in use).

This flat-pack chair converts into a daybed and bed

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The Wolfe convertible chair has a mid-century modern look and is multi-functional.

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Unfold the Wolfe chair into a daybed or drop the back flat to create a single bed. For a move, unscrew the legs for a seamless transition.

Tables

These no-tools-required tables and desks by IKEA feature mid-century style

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Ikea’s LISABO table series snaps together in minutes, no tools required.

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The LISABO flat pack furniture collection is mid-century modern and crafted in solid wood. Legs snap off quickly, making the pieces move-friendly.

This eco-friendly bamboo desk uses slots instead of screws

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Legare Furniture has a whole line of furniture that requires no tools to assemble or disassemble, like this desk, which can be configured into lengths of four, five or six feet. Made of strong and eco-friendly bamboo, it slots together like a puzzle to quickly set up or to break down flat.

Fashionable flat-pack side tables combine functionality and style

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Zanocchi & Starke’s Frida Side Tables integrate the red disassembly tool as a design feature.

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The legs notch together, and a bright red tool attaches the top to the legs securely.

A timeless table makes moving a snap

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The Time Desk or Table by Nomi can be designed in the color, size and finish of your choice. Legs connect to the tabletop using connectors that tighten with a coin.

Small spaces are no problem with this folding desk

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The OneSpace Basics desk is fitted with a dual USB charger, requires no assembly, folds flat for moving or storage and is only $59.

This mid-century modern table can also function as a work desk

The Floyd Table is solid and sturdy. Available in several sizes and finishes, you can use the table as a desk or dining table — or both.

Bookcases

Imagine a bookcase that snaps together like a puzzle

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8 Easy Ways to Add Color to Your Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

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Modern farmhouse kitchens are rustic and relaxing. Image: Todd Glowka Builder, inc

Modern farmhouse style is a huge influence on kitchens right now. HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” propelled this warm and welcoming look into our kitchens in a big way. To achieve this style, it’s important to start with the must-have elements before bringing in your own creative touches. Once you nail the basics of modern farmhouse style, you can personalize it with your own color palette. Below, we outline eight easy tips for adding your own colorful accents while keeping a relaxed and rustic vibe.

Modern farmhouse style must-haves

  • Rustic architectural features like open beams, wood floors and unfinished mantels are the most recognizable elements of the modern farmhouse design.
  • White or light neutral colors are the most common palette.
  • Furniture is often artisan-created or designed with a craftsmen-like appearance.
  • Lighting should be the most modern element of the room, using lustrous metals.
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Customize your farmhouse kitchen with colorful cabinets. Image: Rockwood Cabinetry

1. Start with colorful cabinets

White- and wood-toned cabinets are still wildly popular, but more colorful options like gray and navy blue are storming the scene. These colors can anchor your modern farmhouse kitchen. Two-toned cabinetry, usually white over gray or navy blue, creates interest in a kitchen that lacks architectural features.

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Glass-front cabinets give a peek of color in your farmhouse kitchen. Image: Cheryl Scrymgeour Interior Design

2. Glass cabinet doors reveal a pop of color

A clever way to add color your kitchen is by painting the inside of your kitchen cabinets, allowing the color to peek out from glass doors. You can also use this pop of color in the back of shelving or bookcases. Muted neutrals and pastel colors are a natural fit for rustic decorating, especially inside cabinets and shelves.

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Add interest to your kitchen with a cement tile backsplash. Image: Arrowtown Construction

3. Add color with a tile backsplash

The most popular tile backsplash colors for modern farmhouse kitchens are white or gray. Historically, subway tiles and chevron patterns — usually in neutral colors — have dominated backsplash design. After years of white and neutral kitchens, cement backslash and floor tiles with colorful patterns are a growing trend that puts color back into kitchens.

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It’s okay to mix metal fixtures in your modern farmhouse kitchen. Image: John Thayer Cabinetry

4. Mix your metal fixtures

Satin brass, copper and bronze fixtures are not only welcome in a modern farmhouse kitchen, but mixing and matching them creates a custom look without adding a lot of color. Your kitchen faucet is the most prominent metal feature at eye level, so choose one that fits in with your backsplash and counters. Lighting is also a good place to mix and match metals, as it’s crucial to the entire kitchen design.

Pastel wall color softens a farmhouse kitchen. Image: ROM Architecture

5. Move beyond white walls

Painted white walls are a mainstay of modern farmhouse kitchen decorating. Light neutral walls show off the rustic wood features and highlight architectural elements. Simple neutral walls may not be your thing — that’s where today’s muted pastel paint colors come in. You can still show off the rustic features of your kitchen with a soft pastel wall color. Choose your wall color after you’ve chosen your cabinet, tile and countertops. With so many paint color choices, it’s easier to choose the right color later than to try matching larger items to existing walls.

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Open shelving is great for adding colorful accents to your kitchen. Image: Fox Signature Home -Kim Lindsey Photography

6. Add colorful dishes on open shelving

Chunky and rustic shelving is true to the modern farmhouse style. Unvarnished wood shelves are the most style-specific choice, but if you like a less cluttered look, you can paint your shelves the color of your walls. Dishes and bowls in your favorite colors placed on shelves bring color to your kitchen with very little effort. Open shelving also gives you a place for accessories without cluttering your countertops.

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Large wall art and clocks are must-haves for a farmhouse kitchen. Image: Lydia Uzell Interior Design

7. Choose wall art for your kitchen

With dozens of other decisions at play, artwork for the kitchen is easily overlooked. Whether you choose an iconic large clock or a sign, your wall art is an easy way to add color to your neutral walls. The secret to using artwork in modern farmhouse decorating is scale. Large wall art gives your kitchen charm and vintage character. Keep your wall art palette simple with two or three colors; busy patterns and bright colors can distract from the simplicity of your design.

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Your ceiling is an unexpected surface for adding color to your kitchen. Image: Cotner Building Company

8. Consider an unexpected accent color on your ceiling

There is a fifth wall in your kitchen — the ceiling. Yes, you can bring color into the room by using your ceiling as an accent wall. If there is a color you would love to include but you want to keep your walls neutral, your ceiling may be the solution. It’s a brave decorating move, and we recommend sampling …read more      

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The Whole Foods Home Store Is yet Another Reason to Hang out at the Market

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Do you already spend lots of time and money at Whole Foods? If so, get ready to permanently camp out at its Bridgewater, NJ location: It’s just added on a Whole Foods home store.

The Bridgewater location is the first to implement this home emporium, “Plant & Plate.” Designed by the Austin-based architectural firm Studio Gee, the surroundings are as perfect as the goods for sale.

A rendering of Plant & Plate vs. the finished product. Image: Studio Gee Instagram

Besides a range of kitchen items, housewares and essential-oil-based beauty items, the Whole Foods home store will sell:

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The Whole Foods home store offers a selection of professional-grade canvas aprons. Image: Hedley & Bennett

Beaucycled jewelry

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Philadelphia-based Beaucycled creates earth-friendly jewelry. Image: Beaucycled

Apotheke candles

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Handmade in Brooklyn, Apotheke candles are constructed with plant-based materials and essential oil scents. Image: Apotheke

Plant & Plate meshes well with the Whole Foods brand, with brick walls, an airy layout and local, earth-friendly products.

The Bridgewater store Instagram showcases a small selection of products available at Plant & Plate. Image: Whole Foods Bridgewater Instagram

In an interview for My Central Jersey, Whole Foods Northeast Public Relations Coordinator Tina Clabbers-Feigley described the Whole Foods home store as “inspired by nature.” Natural beeswax candles, mouth-blown glass, earthenware pottery and bamboo utensils and cutting boards are among the nature-inspired offerings.

A variety of home goods line the shelves at Plant & Plate. Image: My Central Jersey

Although there’s been no official announcement, Whole Foods is planning to open other Plant & Plate locations nationwide. Each home store will have its own community-specific look and product selection. “We try with every store we open to adapt it to the community and give people what they want,” affirmed Clabbers-Feigley.

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Each Whole Foods home store will reflect the community in which it’s based. Image: Whole Foods Bridgewater Instagram

Local home products at the flagship Plant & Plate include pottery by Bridgewater resident Keiko Inouye. She’s the First Apprentice to the son of Japanese National Living Treasure, Kei Fujiwara. Top restaurants like Fascino, Heirloom Kitchen and Viaggio all display her pottery.

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Pottery by Keiko Inouye is available at the Bridgewater Whole Foods home store. Image: Keiko Inouye

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6 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Brighter Now

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Some simple changes will make your home feel brighter immediately. Image: Tatum Brown

Spring is in full bloom! It’s a time of late sunsets and warm breezes, but you don’t need to step outside to soak up the season. Make your home feel brighter right now, and you can enjoy the freshness of the season indoors.

While “spring cleaning” is pretty standard, “spring redecorating” might sound like a whole different beast, but it can make all the difference in your home. Your redecorating doesn’t need to be major. With these six easy changes, you can make your home feel brighter and invite the spring season in.

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Recessed lighting replicates natural lighting. Image: Echelon Custom Homes

1. Start with the basics: light sources

You’re ready to make your home feel brighter, and you can probably guess the best place to start. Lighting makes a world of difference. The more natural light you can bring into your home this spring, the better, but, where natural light falls short, think through how you fill in the gaps.

The higher a light is hung, the more it’s able to simulate natural light. Recessed lighting is a huge help in adding brightness. You don’t have to limit that light to your ceilings, either. Build recessed lighting into cabinets to add even more warmth.

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Light curtains hung high on the wall maximizes natural light. Image: Parkyn Design

2. Minimize your window coverings

Window coverings can trap much of the light you want to bring into your home. On the contrary, light-colored, lightweight curtains hung high will make your windows feel open and airy.

If you normally have heavy or dark curtains hanging, consider swapping them out seasonally. This relatively easy change makes your home feel refreshed and ready for the warm months ahead.

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Expand your living space to the outdoors. Image: Grandin Road

3. Explore outdoor living

Don’t limit yourself to the walls of your home. If you have outdoor space, use it. Setting out a few chairs where you can relax and enjoy the balmy spring evenings expands your living space to the outdoors, where you’ll find an abundance of brightness. You get extra points if you can set up your outdoor living area near an indoor one. Leaving the door open between the spaces connects the two, bringing that fresh feeling of the outdoors in.

Here are a handful of more ways you can help your home simulate the outdoors this spring.

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Hanging mirrors reflect natural light, brightening the room. Image: Pegasus Builders

4. Hang mirrors to make your home feel brighter

When you think about brightening your home, you think about adding light, right? Wouldn’t it be great if you could take the light you already have shining inside, and multiply it? There is: mirrors. Strategically place mirror art near windows and doors, where natural light is already abundant. The light will bounce off the mirror and into your home.

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Adding legs to furniture brings airiness to a room. Image: Lisa Petrole

5. Elevate your furniture

Heavy, squat furniture doesn’t do you any favors when you’re trying to make your home feel airier. You don’t have to buy a whole new set of furniture, either. You can add new legs to couches and dressers, lifting them off the ground to add more breathing room around your furniture. Swap out clunky desk, coffee table, and dining table legs for something that can carry the weight of your furniture without adding visual weight to the room, like hairpin legs.

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Plants add vibrancy to any room. Image: Kim Rodger Design

6. Decorate with plants

Spring is a season for new life. You want to make your home feel brighter to carry some of that newness of spring into your living spaces. What better way to do that than by actually bringing living things into your home? Decorating with plants adds vibrancy to any room. A simple orchid on the dining table or a small tree in the corner can be enough to make a room feel alive and energized.

Spring is here, bringing a perfect time to refresh and energize your home. Use these tips to make each room in your house feel bright and airy.

Have a favorite tip for bringing spring indoors? Leave a comment and let us know!

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4 Ways to Bring the Outdoors Inside, Without the Mess

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If you like the outdoors, it’s natural to want to bring some of that beauty inside. However, Pinterest boards often suggest adding real branches and pinecones to your home decor in order to bring the outdoors inside — a potentially messy affair, and hard to accomplish if you live in an urban area.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to bring the outdoors inside without rooting around and disrupting nature. From faux plants to nature-inspired art to a refined color palette, we’ll cover the top ways to make your space a celebration of nature.

Large plants add a natural accent to any room. Image: Thomas Towne Reavey

1. Potted plants

Potted plants are a mainstay in home decorating, and for good reason: They’re incredibly accessible design concepts in terms of bringing the outside in.

When it comes to adding plants to a room, you have a few options. For starters, you can opt for a design like in the photo above, where one large tree adds a natural accent all on its own. It’s less mess and less stress, since you’re only caring for one plant.

The other option is to go for smaller plants throughout the home. If you’re looking to cut back on mess, try succulents, which require less soil than many other plants.

The most low-maintenance option, of course, is faux plants. Faux plants risk looking cheap, but many home goods stores stock plants that look as natural as the real thing.

A tapestry with a forest scene instantly brings the outdoors inside. Image: VSP Interiors

2. Wall art

It’s also possible to bring the outdoors inside without incorporating any outdoors items at all; large wall art with a nature theme gets the job done as well. You have many options for natural wall art:

  • Tapestries that depict nature scenes, like in the photo above
  • Large-scale, high-definition photography that captures scenes like waterfalls, hiking trails and fields — you can even get these images printed on a tapestry
  • Realistic art that captures items from nature, like starfish, leaves, seashells or flowers
  • Shadow boxes that contain pre-curated items from nature, like preserved leaves
  • Smaller photo collections full of nature art, like photos of animals, seasonal changes, streams or close-ups of plant life

By using one of the ideas above, or even a combination of a few, you’ll have a visual representation of the natural world without having to water plants or disrupt nature trails.

Stonework walls are a powerful way to bring the outdoors inside. Image: Collins Dupont Design Group

3. Natural building materials

If you’re looking for that excuse to do some remodeling, you can also take a look at natural building materials like naturally cut stone or knotted wood.

Naturally cut stone looks great in mosaic backsplashes and accent walls. Natural woodgrain textures work well for flooring, accent walls and even pieces of furniture. For a more classic choice, marble’s swirling designs add a nice texture to countertops or flooring.

All of these options can help bring the outdoors inside by allowing you to feature natural elements in prominent areas of your home.

Green works wonders at giving a room a natural vibe. Image: Vendome

4. A nature-themed color scheme

If you’re looking for a natural theme in your home, don’t forget to work with your color scheme. The photo above shows just how well a bright spring-green wall combines with natural art to create an outdoorsy vibe.

When choosing your color scheme, go for greens and earthy tones that make use of brown shades. Green isn’t your thing? Try an open sky feel with bright blues and white, or opt for oceanic tones like teal and aqua.

If it’s an option, incorporate these tones by repainting walls; if not, bring them out in art and furniture.

Embracing natural elements in your home may feel intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. With these four tips, your home can capture that outdoor essence without all the mess. How have you brought the outdoors into your home? Let us know in the comments.

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The Nasty 9: What Are the Germiest Places in Your Home?

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Some germs are beneficial, but not when they put you and your loved ones at risk for viruses and diseases. Your home, with all of its nooks and crannies, is a breeding ground for mold, staph germs, yeast and coliform bacteria.

Some places in your home are germier than others, so cleaning takes a little extra effort in these areas. We spoke with Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona who is better known as “Dr. Germ,” and consulted a study by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), a public health and safety organization. With their help, we discovered the nine germiest places in your home – and how to clean and disinfect them.

Even items used for cleaning can play host to germs. Image: Michael Norpell

1. Dish sponges

“Number one is the household sponge – almost all have E. coli growing in them, and in our studies, 15% had Salmonella,” Dr. Gerba tells Freshome. “That sponge stays wet and moist with plenty of food for bacteria to eat.” In the NSF study, 86% of sponges had mold and yeast, 77% contained coliform bacteria and 18% were filled with staph bacteria.

There are many types of coliform bacteria, including salmonella and E. coli, which can lead to stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. In more serious cases, E. coli can also cause pneumonia and respiratory problems.

You can reduce germs by microwaving that wet sponge. “Bacteria grow to large numbers in the sponge and [the sponge] needs to be washed – microwave for 30 seconds every five to six days. But be careful, because they get hot,” Gerba says. “You can toss your dish rags in the dishwasher.” He also warns against using the same sponge or cloth for cleaning the kitchen and the bathroom.

Food residue and dirt – it’s not surprising that the kitchen sink is one of the germiest places in your home. Image: Top Drawer Luxury Home Builder

2. Kitchen sink

Gerba says the kitchen contains more germs than the bathroom, and the kitchen sink places second in the germiest places in your home. That’s not hard to believe when you consider that this is the place where you wash dirt and germs off of raw food. It’s also the spot where you rinse your plates and utensils before placing them in the dishwasher. In the NSF study, 45% of the sinks contained coliform bacteria and 27% contained mold.

At least once a week, preferably twice, disinfect the sink (including the sides). Drains and disposals should be disinfected at least once a month. If you use a bleach solution, be sure to rinse afterward.

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The areas around a bathroom sink are no less germy than those in the kitchen. Image: Signature Hardware

3. Toothbrush holder

No, the toilet is not the germiest place in your bathroom – that distinction goes to your toothbrush holder. In fact, Gerba believes the toilet seat might be the least germy place in your bathroom, because it gets cleaned more regularly than other places. However, if your toothbrush holder is located close to the toilet, it may be subject to particles that are sprayed through the air when you flush. An alarming 64% of toothbrush holders contained mold and yeast, 27% contained coliform and 14% contained staph.

Close the toilet when you flush and try to keep your toothbrush holder as far away from the toilet as possible. On a weekly basis, put the holder in the dishwasher’s sanitizing cycle (assuming it’s dishwasher safe), and consider replacing toothbrushes on a quarterly basis.

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Furry friends, perhaps unsurprisingly, contribute to a germy household. Image: Sander & Sons Kitchen and Bath

4. Pet bowl and pet toys

Many of your pet’s favorite objects are also bastions of germs. In fact, 45% of bowls contained mold and yeast and 18% contained coliform bacteria. Among pet toys, 55% contained yeast and mold and 23% contained staph bacteria.

Clean your pet’s bowls daily. The NSF recommends either washing them on the dishwasher’s disinfecting cycle or washing by hand using soapy water. If you choose to wash them by hand, soak the bowls in a bleach solution for 10 minutes once a week. Clean hard toys with soapy water, then rinse, disinfect and air-dry. Soft toys can be cleaned on your washing machine’s sanitizing cycle. The NSF also recommends that everyone in the home wash their hands after making contact with pets.

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Clean your coffee maker regularly to ensure you’re not drinking bacteria with your daily caffeine. Image: Mauricio Nava Design LLC

5. Coffee reservoir

That coffee maker could be giving you more than just a jolt of caffeine. The coffee reservoir is not only damp, but also dark, making it an ideal place for germs to thrive. In the NSF study, half of the reservoirs contained yeast and mold and 9% contained coliform bacteria.

To clean the coffee reservoir, pour four cups of vinegar into the reservoir, wait 30 minutes, then brew the vinegar as you would brew coffee. Afterward, brew at least two cycles of water to rinse the vinegar out.

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Bathroom faucet handles require daily maintenance to stay bacteria-free. Image: Artsaics Studios

6. Bathroom faucet handles

Unless you have a touchless faucet in your bathroom, faucet handles are some of the germiest places in your home. It makes sense: Turning on the faucet is the step between using the bathroom and washing your hands. The NSF study found that 27% of faucet handles contained staph and 9% contained coliform bacteria.

On a daily basis, clean your faucet handles with a disinfectant spray or disinfecting wipes.

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How to Use the Rule of Three in Living Room Decor for Wow-Worthy Results

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The rule of three will help you balance comfort and style in your living room. Image: Martha O’Hara Interiors

Design theory can feel nebulous. What makes good design? More importantly, how do you nail down good design and bring it into your home? While much of design theory is complex, there’s one simple guideline that’s easy to put to work: the rule of three. Our eyes like groupings of three. That’s why you see the rule of three used in photography, web design and more. Using the rule of three in living room decor can help you create a room that looks simultaneously polished and inviting.

That’s always the challenge with living rooms. On the one hand, you want to wow guests with its style. On the other, you want it to be a room in which it feels easy to relax. Balancing the comfort of a room where people can hang out with the careful design of the rest of your home becomes easier with this simple design tool. Let’s discuss three areas where you can use the rule of three in living room decor.

The rule of three can guide your coffee table decor. Image: Gabriella Khalil

Cut clutter with the rule of three in living room coffee table design

Nowhere is the struggle to balance comfort and design more apparent than on the coffee table. This small space needs to be useful. Your guests will want to put down drinks. You might even want to put your feet up. But it’s also a focal point of the room. Turn to the rule of three to help you dial in decor that impresses and relaxes.

When arranging your coffee table, group items in threes. Have a stack of coffee table books? Try three of them. Have candles on the table? Group three of them together.

If you’d like to take a more advanced approach, you can compile groups of similar items, then arrange those groups in three. Note the coffee table in the picture above. Although full, it keeps from looking cluttered by leveraging the rule of three. The top of the table has three distinct groups: books, other, books.

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Mix and match textures to give your couch a warm and cozy feel. Image: Rebecca Judd Loves

Three textures, three times the fun

Don’t overlook your couch. You’ve put a lot of thought into picking out the perfect couch for your living room — bring the rule of threes to your living room’s primary piece of furniture to dress it up and make it look extra cozy.

When thinking about pillows and blankets for your couch, you can turn to the rule of threes yet again. Mix a fuzzy blanket with soft, furry throw pillows and more structured canvas ones. Combine a tightly-woven throw with velvet lumbar pillows and large fleecy ones. Play with textures. Using the rule of three will keep your couch from looking messy while giving you space to explore.

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Three focal points make your mantel modern and interesting. Image: Lorraine Levinson Interior Design

Mind your mantel with the rule of three

Does your living room have a fireplace? The hearth invites people to gather. It also draws their eyes, so it’s important to make the most of this design space. There is a fine line between a stark, nearly bare mantel and a cluttered one. The rule of threes can help you walk it with confidence.

When you peruse design blogs, you’ll see the rule of threes in living room mantels everywhere. Adding three items to your mantel gives it enough visual interest to hold its own as a focal centerpiece while keeping it from feeling weighed down.

Wherever you want to balance comfort and style, turn to the rule of three in living room decor. This simple design tool can help you be adventurous and playful with your decor without toeing into messiness. With the rule of three in hand, your living room can be both relaxing and polished.

How have you employed the rule of three in your decor? Let us know in the comments.

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Are You Making The 4 Bedroom Design Mistakes That Keep Decorators Up At Night?

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Are you making one of these bedroom design mistakes? Image: Stone Creek Builders

Is your bedroom looking a little lackluster? Are you feeling like you’re not designing it to its fullest potential? If so, you’re not alone. These bedroom design mistakes are all too frequent. Fortunately, though, these problems are fairly easy to fix. We’ve laid out four of the most common ones below, along with theirr simple solutions.

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Stick to soothing colors. Image: Gunter & Co Interiors Ltd

Design mistake #1: choosing loud colors

The design mistake: Choosing bold, bright colors, such as yellows, oranges, or reds. These shades are much better suited for high-energy areas of the home: think kitchens and dining areas.

The solution: Take a cue from color psychology: choose blue hues. Scientifically speaking, in order to promote restful sleep, we should make our bedrooms as soothing as possible. The color blue has been found to promote peacefulness. However, if blue’s just not “you,” earth tones or neutrals can be quite relaxing as well.

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Balancing your furniture layout is key. Image: Toronto Interior Design Group | Yanic Simard

Design mistake #2: forgetting about balance

The design mistake: Making the room feel too “top-heavy” by arranging all the furniture against one wall. (The most common example of this is two side tables with a bed in the middle.) It makes the rest of the room feel like it’s swimming in space.

The solution: Create a proper sense of balance by spreading things out a bit. If you have space available, consider creating a separate functional area in the bedroom, such as a reading nook or seating area. If not, add weight to the other side of the room by positioning a trunk or dresser directly across from the bed.

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Add window treatments for privacy. Image: Lischkoff Design Planning

Design mistake #3: a lack of privacy

The design mistake: Though rising with the sun may sound ideal to some, having uncovered windows in your bedroom leads to a serious lack of privacy.

The solution: Add some window treatments. There are plenty of beautiful designs to choose from: check out our guide to learn which options would work best in your bedroom.

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Don’t forget accessories. Image: Petko Slavov Photography

Design mistake #4: forgoing accessories

The design mistake: Creating a strictly utilitarian space that has little else to offer aside from being a place to sleep and store clothes. In short, a place you wouldn’t want to spend an extended amount of time in at all.

The solution: Your bedroom should be a space you look forward to retreating to; your respite from your busy life. Take the time to give the room a sense of your personality! Add in some accessories, artwork, and fabrics that feel authentic to who you are.

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Let us help you fix these bedroom design mistakes. Image: Minhnuyet Hardy Interiors

Have you made any of these design mistakes before? If so, how did you fix them? Share your experiences with us in the comments!

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The Defining a Style Series: What Is Haute Bohemian Design? (It’s Boho Chic’s Classier Cousin)

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Introducing haute bohemian design. Image: DISC Interiors

It seems like everyone has the urge to travel these days. Whether your passport is chock-full of stamps or you simply have a bucket list of future destinations, we have excellent news for you. Now there’s a way for you to incorporate your personal travel philosophy into your interiors. It’s all thanks to this year’s new trend: haute bohemian design.

If you want to hear more about what this style of design has to offer, you’ve come to the right place. This segment of the Defining a Style series is dedicated to exploring what haute bohemian design is, as well looking at how you can recreate it at home. Keep reading to get the full scoop.

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This style is an upscale take on boho chic. Image: Laura U, Inc.

What is haute bohemian design?

This aesthetic is relatively new. First appearing in the last year’s book Haute Bohemians by interior photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna, the term refers to a modern take on what it means to be “bohemian.” In an article in Spaces, he described it as such:

“[M]odern Bohemia is still flourishing, albeit in grander settings than one might expect.

No longer starving hedonists, these so-called haute bohemians are fine artists, collectors, editors, antiques dealers, garden designers and couturiers. They reside in textbook bohemian settings – Paris, Ibiza, Tangier – as well as less predictable locales including Montauk, Berlin, Antwerp and San Rafael in Argentina.

Eschewing garrets, they’ve opted for medieval castles, Cotswold mansions, clifftop villas and high-ceilinged European apartments.”

What does that mean for those of us who may not have the means to call a medieval castle home? Haute bohemian is all about a new take on boho chic. It’s still about channeling your inner world-traveling free spirit, but this time with an upgrade to first class.

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Keep your functional design elements neutral. Image: Julia Sperling Photography

Create a simple base

If you look carefully at haute bohemian designs, you’ll see an interesting dichotomy at play. The surfaces of these designs are full of vibrancy, with more than enough loud patterns and colors to go around. However, things are a bit quieter underneath. Every design starts with a subdued, neutral base that allows the more exciting design elements to shine.

The question then becomes how to determine which design elements stay neutral and which can be more playful. We’ve come up with an easy-to-remember rule to help you sort it out. In haute bohemian designs, the functional parts of your design should remain neutral. The decorative elements should bring a sense of style.

Take the picture above, for example. All of the furniture — including the bed and side tables — is fairly subdued. However, the throw pillows, blankets and accessories are where the design gets interesting.

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Opt for more traditional patterns. Image: Mally Skok Design

Add plenty of patterns

Once the base of your design is in place, it’s time to get to the fun part — giving your design personality. The use of patterns is one place where haute bohemian spaces count on a huge infusion of visual interest, as well as a connection to their roots.

In true bohemian style, feel free to mix and match multiple styles. Since this style is globally inspired, consider sourcing patterns native to different locals. However, if you decide to go that route, don’t forget about the importance of including a few unifying threads. Consider sticking to a similar color palette in order to make sure your design stays cohesive.

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Choose carefully curated artistic pieces. Image: A+B KASHA Designs

Curate artistic accessories

This is where haute bohemian design and a more traditional take on boho chic take different paths. Where boho chic spaces relish in the freedom that comes with creating an atmosphere of “anything goes,” haute bohemian looks have more structure. Here, your accessories should be carefully curated to create a purposeful and polished design.

The type of accessories you choose is important, as well. These spaces are all about bringing in art in various formats — painting, sculpture, ceramics, etc. However, beyond that, there’s an emphasis on bringing in pieces with a story behind them, with a personality of their own. Focus on sourcing work that’s unique and speaks to your personality.

When aiming for a curated space, the ability to edit your design is key. Once you believe you have all of your accessories in place, take a step back and get a sense of the space as a whole. Determine if everything feels as though it’s in the right place. If not, don’t be afraid to make tweaks until you’re satisfied with the final product.

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Will you be working haute bohemian design into your décor? Image: HSH Interiors

What do you think of haute bohemian design? Will you be trying out the look in your own interiors? Let us know in the comments.

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4 Ways to Decorate with Antiques and Heirlooms

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Though antiques may carry special emotional relevance, randomly throwing them up on the wall risks making a home look outdatedor worse, trashy. But there are several ways to decorate with antiques to keep your house looking timeless.

Below, we’ll cover how to tastefully decorate with family heirlooms in a way that doesn’t make your home look haphazard. Learn how to construct a retro look, how to choose the most timeless antiques and how to place old items to accent a room instead of detract from it.

Create a retro look with antiques

Antiques are a natural design element in retro styles. Image: Sarah Greenman

The most direct approach for decorating with antiques is an overall retro design. The photo above shows some creative ways to place old retro pieces. The worn luggage in the corner adds a traditional travel theme; old centerpieces highlight the coffee table; classic art adorns the walls; retro floor lamps add to the vibe.

Also, remember fabric styles and opt for retro patterns like large, ornate flowers. Throw pillows with vintage designs can work as well.

Decorate with antiques with the most timeless appeal

Old photos are a timeless addition to any room. Image: Anna Spiro Design

An alternative is to choose just a few select antiques that have the most timeless look and insert them into a more modern or transitional design. A popular option is hanging old photos on the wall or placing them on a shelf. Putting them in a modern frame can keep family history alive or celebrate a past era without overwhelming the overall room design.

Antiques with a timeless cultural feel to them, like oriental ceramics or Victorian teacups, are best served in a modern-looking curio so that they are on display in an updated way.

Placement of old items is key

Using an old photo as large wall art is a bold and stylish choice. Image: Laura U

The placement of old items is one of the most critical aspects of decorating with antiques. There are a few potential directions when placing antiques. One option is to make an antique the focal point, as in the photo above: The room shows how a classic photo can look like a piece of chic art if it’s large enough.

You can also place antiques in an inconspicuous area, like on a floating shelf. There they accent the design of the room rather than dominate and potentially clash with it. Placing an antique on a bookshelf can also work. By placing it next to a row of books, it doesn’t stick out as much but still reminds you of an era you may be fond of.

Make use of a rustic or vintage craft project

A rustic windowsill goes well with old photos. Image: The Virginia House

Another way to decorate with antiques is to go for a deliberately rustic piece. The photo above shows how a designer creatively combined cowboy photos with a rustic windowsill.

You might also find some rustic shelving to house antiques and combine them with distressed furniture. Old heirloom furniture could also receive a distressed paint job.

It’s also possible to arrange some of your old items into a shadowbox, which can then be placed on a table or on the wall. A shadowbox contains all of your antiques into one intentional vintage display that can fit in with just about any room design.

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