Thursday, 22 February 2018

Traditional Style With A Twist

Change isn’t always easy. For example, if you’re a traditionalist by heart but want to incorporate more contemporary elements into your home, the idea of going full-on modern can be terrifying. On the other hand, if you’re a contemporary kind of person who craves some traditional style, trading your cherry-toned furniture for glass and brass could make anyone break out in hives.

The alternative? Find a happy medium. We’re showcasing some of our favorite pieces that give off a traditional vibe with a modern edge, or a modern vibe with a classic twist. We think you’ll discover that these seeming opposites can attract and work beautifully together.


Subtle nuances incorporated into furniture with traditional designs give each piece a modern element. Look for natural wood grain finishes, planking effects, upholstery, colors and ornamentation, to name a few.


While the traditional butcher-block planking of this bed has familiar warm hues, it’s the open cap rail design that elevates the overall look with a modern twist.

Traditional High Back Accent Chair with cream color and dark brown designs on it.

With a take on the traditional wingback design, this chair exudes modern flair through its light-and airy neutral upholstery and chair backOpens in a new window


This traditional candlelight-style chandelier gets dressed up for today’s modern vibes with its open caged design and a dazzling bevy of clear crystals. You can hang this anywhere in the home and admire its glamorous blend of stylish elements. For your end table, a whitewash finished lamp styled with a traditional candlestick base introduces casual chic.


Explore new paint colors for the walls. Experiment with various shades of neutral colors like beige, gray, brown and white. With a fresh coat of paint, you’ll quickly see how a neutral color provides a perfect backdrop for everything in the room.

Cover the Floors

Similar to the room’s walls, a floor’s covering plays an important role. Look for hardwood, laminate, tile or carpeting that complements your furniture’s colors. Generally, dark floors offer a great backdrop for light colored furniture, while light floors offer more flexibility when you choose the room’s furniture and accents. If you don’t want to change the floor covering, consider rolling out a traditional area rug with modern elements.

Calming neutral colors found in a rug like this evoke old world sensibilities in a modern tone. Look for rug patterns that draw upon traditional motifs.


Empty wallsOpens in a new window offer you unlimited possibilities, especially when it comes to adding accents for an appealing mix of traditional and modern elements. Accent mirrors, especially those with beveled edging, antiqued finishes and straight lines, offer you a blend of the two styles.

Traditional wall art that has modern elements is not too hard to spot. Art depicting landscapes or florals is a safe bet because it’s rooted in tradition.


Fill open space using odds and ends that blend the best of traditional and modern aesthetics. Classic designs presented in modern materials or colors add just the right amount of interest. Candleholders and vasesOpens in a new window crafted of natural elements add warmth.

Use picture frames, clocks and sculptures to fill the shelves. Feel free to mix and match traditional designs with modern pieces to create a look that’s anything but boring.



Add final touches that can fit in traditional or modern scenes. Look for a blend of neutral colors and simple designs. Place baskets and poufs about the room for extra touches of style in areas that otherwise would be empty.

Use throw pillows to easily dress up the sofa. Clean designs and simple textures are inviting and enrich the look. Traditional sofas can benefit from the star power of a fun, modern pillow, while modern sofas will be more approachable with the addition of pillows that sport classic textures and designs.

Make the bed with a new comforter, duvet or quilt set. If you’re bedroom furniture runs modern, stick to neutral colors and classic patterns like paisley. Traditional furniture will pop with the addition of faux-fur throws.

With this showcase of ideas, let inspiration take hold and relax as you find a balance of traditional and modern decor.

If you have recently transformed the look of a room with stylish mixes of furniture and accessories, we’d love to hear about your experience.

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Monday, 19 February 2018

Inspired Outdoor Living: Create a Poolside Oasis

The heat is on. For those lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard…when are you inviting us over for a swim? Envious as we are, we’re here to share a few bright ideas for transforming your pool area into an outdoor oasis.

 Dine al fresco

Dinner’s ready. Why call everyone in when the poolside fun is in full swing? With an easy-elegant outdoor dining table set, you can go with flow in style. Pretty enough for inside, yet durable enough to handle the elements, an outdoor dining setOpens in a new window—especially one crafted of rust-proof aluminum—can provide the perfect compromise. Opt for fast-drying cushions covered in outdoor-safe fabric, and you won’t even mind if your dinner guests come soaking wet.

Set up cozy corner seating

Whether you’re keeping an eye out while the kids are in the pool, or you’re trying to have a grown-up conversation…having a poolside getaway space, complete with cushy chairs and a fire pit tableOpens in a new window can make your pool area feel like an oasis. Set it off with a weather-safe rug, potted plants and candle lanterns for a truly escapist vibe.


Lighten things up, from the ground up

Through the power of light, you can transform your pool area into a magical getaway. Whether you’re looking to create a quiet outdoor retreat or turn your backyard into party central, outdoor string lights are essential. And though we’ve seen them strung over pools, we would never recommend you do that. After all, water and electricity should never, ever mix. Instead, string them safely around dining and lounge areas. More bright ideas for your poolside oasis include solar landscaping lights, candles/flamelessOpens in a new window and outdoor fairy lights that look effortlessly elegant.


Make a splash with a wet bar

Sure to have everyone in good spirits, a poolside wet bar can really make a splash. If you’re looking to turn up the heat on your outdoor entertaining, opt for an outdoor wet bar with a recessed fire bowl. Powered by a propane tank stored in the base, the flame turns on and off with the press of a button. A burner cover allows for more tabletop space. (Tip: Stock up on plastic wine glasses and beer mugs for safer poolside entertaining.)



Be made in the shade

What’s one thing all poolside oases have in common? Welcome respites from the sun. A cantilever umbrellaOpens in a new window, for example, is big enough to provide shade while you’re in the pool and lounging beside it. Just because it’s weighed down with 200+ pounds of sand, doesn’t mean it’s not flexible. Some cantilever umbrellas have an easy slider mechanism that pivots the canopy any way you please. You can rotate it 360 degrees simply by using a foot pedal. Other umbrellas tilt on a demand so as the sun shifts, you can stay put. We happen to love umbrellas with canopies lined with solar-powered LED lights. Talk about day-into-night magic.

Large red umbrella hovered over an outdoor furniture set.

Let your style shine

What’s the most important tip for creating a poolside oasis? Bring out your personality. Decorate your outdoor space with indoor-outdoor accent pieces that speak to you. Make it cozy, colorful and indulgently comfortable with weather-safe throw pillows. Roll out indoor-outdoor rugs that make barefootin’ wonderfully bearable.


There are so many ways to make a splash. We hope you have a blast creating a poolside oasis that suits your lifestyle beautifully.

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