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Decorating Resolution 30: Embrace Modern Details

Steal some inspiration from our 2014 Idea House designed by Suzanne Kasler of Atlanta. This entryway takes advantage of its tall ceilings and abundant space with modern details such as six pendants, driftwood artwork, and oversized vases. It’s casual and elegant, yet structural and modern. Want to create a similar look throughout your own home? Here’s Susan’s strategy: 1. Statuesque […]

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Decorating Resolution 29: Choose Checks

Oh how we love checks! This beloved print is fresh again, especially on a living room couch (pictured above) with its oversized scale and unexpected color. Checks work best “because they are just like Southerners–unpretentious and able to mix with anything,” says designer Meg Braff in our January 2015 issue. “They tone down fussier, more formal patterns and balance prints […]

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Decorating Resolution 28: De-clutter the Mudroom

As the most cluttered area of most homes, we’re going to guess your mudroom may need a refresh. First, designate areas for each member of your family. Adding framed pictures above hooks gives the space an orderly effect, as does adding baskets and tray for sports gear and shoes. If your space allows for a bench or seat, give it a pop […]

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Decorating Resolution 27: Bring Color to your Door

Gather some inspiration from this cheery Dallas entry and its painted front door. When you’re picking a color, go bold! It makes all the difference, especially when splashed with another bold color in floral arrangements. If your home is lighter in color, make your front door a welcoming focal point with a bright, more saturated hue. If it’s already painted, […]

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Decorating Resolution 26: Clear off your Countertops

Take a quick peek at the kitchen counters near your stove–a little crowded? Keep them clear and organized by choosing five or six of your most used cooking essentials, says Style Director Heather Chadduck Hillegas in our January 2015 issue. Try using a lazy Susan to hold plenty of cooking spices, spoons, and oils for quick dashes into dinner dishes. […]

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Decorating Resolution 25: Swap Your Bedskirt

Don’t forget about the last essential step to styling your bed–the bedskirt. Give it a fresh update for a big impact. Crisp is key here, and first consider the rest of the room’s color scheme before choosing. Have a bold wall color or wallpaper on your walls like the one pictured above? Try choosing neutral bedding with a bedskirt that coordinates. Got […]

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Decorating Resolution 24: Try a Little Chinoiserie

As part of the 3 C’s of Southern Decorating (including checks and chippendale), chinoiserie continues to make a big comeback in modern Southern decor. Take a cue from Meg Braff’s design (pictured above) and choose a colorful chinoiserie wallpaper to set the tone for a happy guest room. Keep the look fresh with “updated fabrics and wallpapers that tweak these classic […]

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Decorating Resolution 23: Straighten Out the Laundry Room

Ah, the laundry room. Since you spend quite a bit of time in there, you might as well make it look pretty. Whether your washer and dryer have its own room or live in a closet, take advantage of all the space you have. Invest in a countertop above your set if they’re placed side by side, and use your vertical space wisely. […]

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Decorating Resolution 22: Update Your Sofa Pillows

The quickest and relatively most inexpensive way to update your living room lies in your sofa pillows. We love the way this living room is tied together with bright, cheery yellow pillows topped with a tropical bird print. Try picking a color found in one area of your living room (like the painting above) and choose a complementary one as a […]

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Decorating Resolution 21: Wow with Wall Treatments

Speaking of entryways, (or back entries, in the case above) maximize style in small spaces with stenciled or papered walls in a large pattern. This overscale wall covering (Michael Devine’s Fretwork) brings in the outdoors with a lush green hue. Let whichever color you choose set the tone, and keep upholstered furniture and rugs on the simple side if set […]

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