Here Are This Year’s Coolest Picks from Oprah’s Favorite Things

Oprah’s Favorite Things list is kicking off the 2017 holiday shopping season. For the last 20 years, Oprah has featured gifts that are perfect for friends, family or that special person in your life. This year, she selected 102 items that range from fresh blueberries to a DNA testing kit — and they’re all available for purchase on Amazon. ‘Tis the season for giving, but always remember to treat yourself too!

Here are some of our top picks from Oprah’s Favorite Things:

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Ichendorf Tonda and Rings Cruet Set. Handmade in Italy and contemporary in design to showcase your best oil and vinegar.

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How about a portable cold brewer for that person who can’t live without an iced coffee? Cold Brew Set by Asobu.

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For those who are limited on space and can’t have an authentic wood-fired oven, the BakerStone Original Pizza Oven Kit will turn your barbecue grill into a pizza oven.

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These colorful, high-gloss trays would be perfect for a contemporary home or even a traditional farmhouse. Beatriz Ball Trays with Handles.

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Designed to look like sticks of dynamite, this selection of seven hot sauces comes with a couple so spicy that they could start a fire. The Good Hurt Fuego Gift Set.

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Soft cashmere throws in herringbone or a checkered print will keep someone special warm and cozy all winter. Lands Down Buffalo Check Throws.

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Each ergonomic knife is expertly handcrafted – and so is the stunning wood slab that houses them. Cangshan Six Piece Knife and Mountain Block Set.

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These birdhouses are architecturally perfect. Novelty Bird Houses by Home Bazaar.

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It’s a sleek lunchbox with bamboo detail on the outside and a small, organized bento box for your lunch and snacks on the inside. Prepd Pack Lunchbox.

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These duvet sets are made for the princess, astronaut or little mermaid in your life. They make bedtime fun and help your little ones dream big! Snurck Duvet Sets.

 

Here are a few more of Oprah’s Favorite Things you won’t want to miss:

  1. Yellow Leaf Hammock
  2. Cailyn O! WOW and O! Brushes
  3. Gratitude Glass Jar (currently out of stock)
  4. Honey Can Do Herb Preserver
  5. BeatsX Earphones
  6. 23AndMe DNA Test
  7. Emu Australia Mayberry Slides
  8. Corkcicle Stemless
  9. Canvas Home Tinware Mugs
  10. Smart Nora Snoring Solution
  11. Sabatino Truffle Salt Collection
  12. GoBone
  13. My Audio Pet Bluetooth Speaker
  14. Orbit Card Bluetooth Tracker
  15. Montes Dogget Trays (currently out of stock)
  16. Nespresso Creatista Plus
  17. The Magnolia Company: magnolia and olive trees
  18. Lollia Dream Bubble Bath
  19. Bellocq Chai Tea Gift Set
  20. Brouk & Co Stackable Jewlery Box (currently out of stock)

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Picking Flooring for Your Home: Make the Right Choice Every Time with our Step-by-Step Guide

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There’s no getting around it: Picking flooring for your home is a big decision. Between the cost of the materials, the time spent on installation and a continued need for maintenance, it’s easy to see why many homeowners are desperate to be certain they’re making the right choice before taking the plunge.

If you’ve found yourself in a similar conundrum, you’re in the right place. Below is our guide on how to pick the right flooring for any room in your home. Read over your options carefully and use our tips to find the perfect fit.

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Consider the function of the room first to determine the best flooring. Image: Scenario Architecture

Think about function

How — and where — the flooring will be used needs to be your first point of consideration. For example, some materials may be well-suited for high-trafficked areas while others would not be able to stand up to the same level of wear and tear. On the other hand, some are optimal for providing comfort while others may seem lacking in comparison.

Below is an overview of optimal uses for the most common flooring types:

  • Vinyl: Made of synthetic polymers and added pigmentation for color, vinyl is easy to clean and highly water-resistant. It’s a natural pick for utilitarian spaces such as kitchens, laundry rooms and mud rooms.
  • Tile: Since tile is made from ceramic or porcelain, it is also very water resistant and easy to clean. It’s typically considered a step up from vinyl aesthetically and is used in spaces such as kitchens and bathrooms that need to stand up to frequent cleanings. Tile is now available in a variety of faux-finishes — like wood and stone — which only serves to further its popularity.
  • Engineered or composite wood: This processed version of wood flooring is made by compressing several layers of plywood and putting a thin layer of hardwood over top. It can be installed over any type of subfloor and is a good fit in any room that is free of moisture.
  • HardwoodThe gold standard of flooring, hardwood is extremely durable and can be sanded and refinished many times. It also is a natural fit in just about any moisture-free area.
  • Carpet: Commonly made from polyester, nylon or polypropylene, carpet’s fibers make it a natural choice where comfort is key. It’s best used in bedrooms and living areas.
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Be honest with yourself about your willingness and ability to perform maintenance. Image: Mark Williams Design Associates

Keep maintenance in mind

Since most rooms in your home could be served equally well by more than one flooring material, you should also consider how much maintenance you’re willing to perform. Be honest with yourself. Over time, proper maintenance is what ensures you get the most out of your investment.

Consider the following as you make your decision:

  • Vinyl: Surface dirt and spills clean easily with vinyl. All you need is a broom, mop and mildly soapy water. However, vinyl is difficult to repair when damaged, so do your best to keep it safe from dents, chips and abrasive chemicals.
  • Tile: Tile itself is easy to clean with some soapy water, but grout is another story. Grout can easily attract dirt, stains and even mold. You should be prepared to replace it every 5-10 years, depending on the quality of upkeep.
  • Engineered or composite wood: Typically, all you need to do to care for an engineered wood is sweep away debris and clean the surface with a damp mop. That said, since this wood bows easily, you need to clean up spills as soon as possible and avoid damaging it with sharp objects such as high heels or cleats.
  • HardwoodSince hardwood floor is fairly durable, it can stand up to a decent amount of wear and tear. Regular broom cleanings and the occasional mopping is most of what’s needed. Once you start to notice scratches and the corners begin to lose some of their shine, consider buffing the floors to restore their luster.
  • Carpet: Carpet fibers stain easily, so spills should be cleaned up immediately with a cleaner that’s approved by the manufacturer. Other than that, regular vacuuming should also become part of your cleaning schedule.
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Obviously, budget should factor into your decision. Image: Hughes Umbanhowar Architects

Remember your budget

As always, you need to take into account the cost of your flooring material. Pick one that fits comfortably within your budget. While every product is different, here are some typical price ranges (via homewyse):

  • Vinyl: Vinyl flooring is your most affordable option. It usually ranges from $2-$4 per square foot and can be bought in large sheets. It also can be installed over any type of subfloor, which reduces installation cost.
  • Tile: Tile designs are more expensive. They can range from $12-$19 per square foot, depending on the material and design used. Additionally, unless you’re truly handy, it’s best to let a professional handle the installation, which means you need to add in labor costs.
  • Engineered or composite wood: A more affordable alternative to hardwood, engineered options tend to range from $7-$11 per square foot. Installation of these products tends to be fairly simple, so it’s up to you if you want to bring in the pros.
  • HardwoodReal hardwood is more costly and the price varies greatly based on the type and specific grain of wood. On average, be prepared to pay between $10-$15 per square foot, plus the cost of installation.
  • Carpet: At $4-$6 per square foot, carpet is a fairly affordable option, despite usually requiring professional installation.
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Use our tips to pick the flooring that’s right for you. Image: Blansfield Builders Inc.

Picking flooring for your home can be stressful. For starters, it’s a big investment and, in a perfect world, you’d like to be able to ensure it stays looking nice for the considerable future. However, if you choose wrong, it will likely end up being a costly mistake. For an easier decision-making process, use the tips in this post for picking flooring for every room in your home.

How did you decide on your flooring? Do you have any tips to add? Tell us in the comments.

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Old Ranch Home in Palm Springs Gets Inspiring Renovation

Chino Canyon House is a renovation and addition to a home built in 1954 at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains in Palm Springs, California. Hundred Mile House envisioned a new L-shaped configuration for the building, which wraps around an entry courtyard.

“The primary goal with the program was to maintain the unique character of the original structure while upgrading the home to be more energy efficient, spacious and functional,” the architects said. “Square footage was more than doubled, but the street presence was kept minimal.”

The addition includes a new swimming pool and outdoor patio, which connects to the living area. Moreover, each bedroom has its own terrace for easy outdoor access.

“The original siting of the house fully considered the desert sun, keeping the main living area and window wall in shade for most of the day with deep eaves and a Northwest exposure,” the architects added.

“The material palette is inspired by the desert – raw, harsh, but minimal. Rusted steel fencing and courtyard walls complement a crisp sand-colored stucco, while the dark wood windows mirror the rust and add warmth and sophistication.” Photography by Lance Gerber.

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Home for the Holidays: 15 Festive Dining Chairs to Dress Up Your Table

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You can probably work with that old dining table this holiday season by adding a festive tablecloth and a cool holiday setting, but your ordinary dining chairs can’t hide. And what will you use for all the extra guests around the table?

It’s time for a chair intervention. Quality modern dining chairs that are both comfortable and inviting can be the centerpiece of your dining room set, so don’t skimp.

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The Pike wood dining chair in black by Room and Board adds contrast to all the wood tones in this modern dining room.

Your dining chairs should look good and feel comfortable enough for friends and family to relax in. For the best color impact and most comfort, consider an upholstered dining chair featuring durable fabric and good padding in a bold color. Tie the color of your chair in to your holiday decorating theme.

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A mid-century modern inspired holiday dining room. Image: West Elm

We’ve done the homework for you and found 15 stunning (and pretty affordable) modern dining chairs that will elevate the look of any table to create a stylish dining room setting you and your guests will enjoy this holiday season.

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This mid-century modern dining chair style in walnut features a classic stone twill fabric that works with nearly any style.

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It may be called an armchair, but you can use this sculptured modern dining chair as both a side chair and arm chair to complete your dining room set.

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The warm rust tone of this soft, luxurious dining chair is a perfect centerpiece for your holiday dining table.

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Available in seven fun colors, it’s hard to choose one. For only $65, why not mix and match a few colors around your dining table?

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Freshen up a dark dining room space with these modern dining chairs in low-maintenance leather.

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Chrome legs and tufted buttons on the seat add a luxe effect to this chair style.

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Gold and brass are big home design trends and this chair capitalizes on its popularity.

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Classically stylish in cream, the graceful lines of this mid-century modern dining chair create a soft, intimate dining room setting.

9-12. Colorful modern dining room chairs

These chairs come in a series of colors (as many as nine options) so you can express your unique personality.

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Retro modern and cool, the Holmdel dining chair is available in three shades of grey.

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This is the priciest dining chair in the roundup and for good reason. It’s made to order in the USA and available in several custom fabrics. Pottery Barn stocks it in three neutral colors.

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Also available in cool hues such as burgundy, blue and orange, the retro-inspired dining chair would be a fun addition to a dining room.

Which dining chair is your favorite?

 

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5 Keys to Pulling Off a Minimalist Look That’s Undeniably Functional

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Minimalist interiors aren’t just for people who are never home. Just about anyone can achieve this look. Image: Walter Barda Design

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These days, the minimalist look is increasingly popular. You don’t have to look very deeply into sites like Freshome to find photo after photo of these pristinely laid out interiors. These spaces have a tendency to look so untouched and so well-curated that it’s hard to imagine anyone actually living in them on a regular basis.

We’re here to tell you that, if you’ve fallen in love with this aesthetic, minimal interiors can absolutely become a reality in your home. We’ve laid out the five keys you need to knowto make it happen while still ensuring the room stays functional. Read on to find out how to pull off minimalism the right way.

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Stick to a neutral color palette. Image: BBH Chartered Architects Ltd.

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Keep colors neutral

Minimalist interiors are all about creating a simple and clean look. Your color choices need to carry through on that goal. Traditionally, these spaces rely on a monochromatic palette, but if you’d like your interiors to feel a bit less stark, feel free to branch out into warmer shades.

When you’re building a space with almost entirely neutrals, it’s crucial to add enough variety to keep the room from looking too homogeneous and, by extension, boring. For this, the 60/30/10 rule is key. Choose one shade to be the dominant base for the room, another to act as a coordinating secondary color, and a third that’s reserved for accents.

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Center the room around its furniture. Image: Dan Kitchens Australia

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Focus on furniture

In minimalist spaces, furniture is king. These rooms tend to be built around their function and there’s no better way to put it front and center than by making furniture your focal point. To do this, include plenty of negative space. The less there is to draw the eye away from a room’s furniture, the more prominent it will become.

Since the pieces you select play such a central role in your design, they should be worthwhile. Don’t be afraid to invest in high-quality items that stand up to the amount of attention they’ll receive. As far as aesthetics go, focus on choosing furniture that also drives home a minimalist feel. Opt for simple, clean lines and natural materials whenever possible.

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Mix up textures to create visual interest. Image: Design First Interiors

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Mix up textures

Since you’ll only be working with a handful of design elements, it’s important that every item pull double-duty in terms of adding both functional and aesthetic value. As far as looks go, it’s important to add enough variety to keep the space interesting. Texture is your secret weapon for this task.

Where interiors are concerned, texture is all about accounting for each item’s visual weight, or how the piece looks like it feels. In the picture above, for example, it’s easy to tell that the rug looks plush and soft while the coffee table looks smooth. As you put your space together, focus on using texture to create contrast in as many places as possible.

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Keep storage concealed. Image: Shade Abdul Architecture

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Keep storage innocuous

No room could ever be considered functional without having plenty of storage. Lived-in interiors need to accommodate plenty of belongings and minimal spaces are no exception. The only difference is in how your storage solutions are displayed.

In this case, hidden storage is your best friend. Whether it’s put behind a closed door or stored away in a drawer, the key to maintaining a minimalist look is making sure all of your day-to-day clutter stays out of sight. Don’t be afraid to add a few more pieces of furniture or organizational systems to the room, if needed. The most important thing is making sure everything stays contained.

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Add a few curated accessories. Image: Shirley Meisels

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Choose accents wisely

A common misconception is that minimalist looks don’t have room for accessories. In fact, they are a critical component to the room’s success. Spaces this simple have a tendency to look unfinished on their own. The addition of a few, well-placed accessories act as a finishing touch that pulls the room together.

While you do have creative freedom here, accessories with functional value lend themselves particularly well to a minimal aesthetic. Think about using objects like candles, coffee table books and blankets to round out the space.

Here, placement is also key. Look toward surfaces that might look too bare without a touch of décor. Bookshelves, dining tables and nightstands are good places to start. After you’ve put these items where you think they ought to go, take a step back and get a feel for the room as a whole. If any of these pieces feel off somehow or look like they’re too much, don’t hesitate to make adjustments as needed.

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Minimalist spaces are all about highlighting simplicity. Image: Christian Dean Architecture LLC

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Who doesn’t love the minimalist look? With its clean lines and emphasis on simplicity, it really does showcase some of the best elements of interior design. Some people feel this simplicity is impractical for day-to-day use, but it can work. Follow our tips to create a minimalist space that is equally functional and aesthetically appealing.

What do you think of the minimalist look? Will you be trying it out in your interiors? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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A Look at Our Favorite Furniture: Rugs

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When it comes to making a room feel more like home, all you have to do is look down. A simple but significant update to any room can be as easy as rolling out a new rug.

Benefits to adding a little more coverage to your floor range from vanity to utility. While they can tie your whole room together and act as a statement piece, there are practical features to rugs as well. Laying rugs out in a room with hard wood or tile can prevent cold feet and reduce draftiness. Adding a rug to your entryway or porch can keep inside floors and carpets cleaner, as they catch the brunt end of whatever your guests might have on their shoes or bare feet.

Whether it’s your bedroom, kitchen, bathroom or entryway that needs a little extra something, these rugs have got you covered.

 

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A neutral but textured area rug like this one ties the room together while still adding interest to the mix. Image: Urban Home Windsor

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Neutral area rug

A neutral area rug acts as the glue for any room, especially in a monochrome room. Think of a neutral area rug as the canvas on which to stack your furniture and bring your room’s vision to life. Not to mention, in a sitting area like this, having a plush area rug presents more comfortable options for sitting areas as you and your family and friends gather cross-legged on the floor for game night or movie night.

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Chic but down-to-earth, cowhide rugs give off a feeling of effortless cool. Image: Overstock

Faux cowhide rug

Perhaps one of our favorite interior decorating trends, a faux cowhide rug offers all the practical benefits of a normal area rug with an extra dose of cool. The earthy tones and natural texture of a rug like this adds some soul to your space. Using this style of rug as part of your home office or bedroom is a sure way to add a luxurious update to your routine.

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Tying the colors of your textured rug with your other furniture and even adding more textured art to the walls takes your space the extra mile. Image: Urban Outfitters

Textured area rug

A textured and colorful area rug like this one is like a piece of art with a purpose. It is practicality, elegance, fun and a conversation starter all in one. When choosing a textured rug remember to pay close attention to detail and think about its specific location in your home. Think about the color and textures of furniture your rug will be playing off of and whether or not they will mix well.

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A matching area rug and runner in your kitchen and dining area create a book end effect by adding borders and symmetry. Image: Lisa Petrole

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Woven runner and matching area rugs

We love the idea of adding a solid rug under the dining table. This runner/rug duo is the kitchen/dining area set up of our dreams, as it not only ties the common area together, but offers support in the cold-feet-while-cooking department.

While choosing rugs for either your dining room or your kitchen keep in mind the kinds of materials from which the rug is made. Factors to consider are whether the material is water-proof or stain-proof, the colors and patterns go with your dining set, and so on.

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Trying out a woven rug on your porch or deck gives a cozy feeling to your open space. Image: Overstock

Woven outdoor rug

Adding a weatherproof rug to a porch or deck makes the outdoor space feel like an additional room to your home. A woven wicker rug can make even the coolest concrete or plain wood feel warmer and welcoming, which is important to both the front of your home as well as the back of your home where you are more likely to entertain.

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No more cold feet while you’re getting ready, plus additional aesthetic value. It’s a win-win. Image: Birchlane

Bordered bathroom rug

Bathroom rugs tend to be a staple in most homes. No one wants to wake up in the morning (or in the middle of the night) to be greeted to freezing cold tile on our feet.

Adding a bordered rug like the one above, however, is a fresh way to add elegance to your restroom’s floor. The border and neutral colors offer versatility while also serving its purpose of eliminating the feeling of drafts while you brush your teeth.

 

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Welcoming your guests into your home with a runner takes your hospitable first impression to the next level. Image: Julie Dasher Rugs

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Entryway runner

A runner in your entryway is a more modern take on the old-fashioned welcome mat. While still serving its purpose of allowing visitors to step in and wipe their feet, it also presents the impression that you are figuratively rolling out the red (or striped or beige) carpet for your guests. As a runner leads guests from the door and entryway into your home, there is a certain essence of “you’re welcome here, come right in” that makes it special.

So whether you are looking to simply add the little extra piece to your porch or living room, or update a space with one fine piece, rugs are the furniture of the hour. When done right they can transform and add warmth to a home as they help you express your style and carry each room on their backs.

Here is a collection of our favorite rugs of the moment:

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Where have you added rugs in your home? Let us know in the comments.

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Egg-Shaped Sauna Mirrors Arctic Landscape in Sweden

Artist duo Bigert & Bergström completed the design of an egg-shaped sauna in Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost town. The sculptural installation offers plenty of room for warmth, reflection and rest.

“Solar Egg draws inspiration from Kiruna’s Arctic climate, where light conditions change with the seasons from 24-hour winter darkness to round-the-clock midsummer sun,” the designers said. “The egg is made out of stainless golden mirror sheeting, its multifaceted form breaking up the surroundings that it reflects into a multiplicity of different mirror images.”

The interior is adapted to the oval shape of the construction. The wall panels and floor decking are made out of pine wood and the benches of aspen. In the center you notice the nest-like fireplace, built from stone and iron.

“The egg shape seeks to symbolize rebirth and new opportunities at the start of Kiruna’s urban transformation, a project that involves the relocation of entire city districts in response to ground subsidence caused by decades of iron ore mining,” the studio added.

Project initiator Riksbyggen is an urban developer and the first to build apartments in the new Kiruna. Photography credit: Jean-Baptiste Béranger

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Should You Hire An Interior Designer? Ask Yourself These Questions Before Taking the Plunge

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One of the questions we get asked all the time is whether it’s worth it to hire an interior designer and — as much as we’d love to help — that’s not really something we can answer for you. Hiring a designer is an incredibly personal experience. Some people wouldn’t dream of starting a project without professional help and others can’t justify the expense. Where you fall in that debate is ultimately up to you.

However, we’re not going to leave you hanging. To help you decide, we’ve compiled a list of questions to ask yourself before committing to working with a pro. Read them below and think about them carefully. After you answer each one, you’ll know for sure whether or not hiring an interior designer is the right choice for you.

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Make sure budget comes first. Image: Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design

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What’s your financial plan for the project?

Whenever we talk about a remodeling project, we usually ask you to consider budget first and foremost. This time, it’s not only important to consider how much you’ll want to spend, but also when you’ll be ready to shoulder the costs.

If you choose to design the space on your own, you can decide what you can do vs. what you’ll hire someone to do. You can even put the room together piece by piece if you don’t have a large, lump-sum of cash available.

On the other hand, interior designers tend to collect their fees all at one time. Designers have their own unique fee structure; some charge a flat fee for their work, others work on an hourly basis. Some charge fees on each purchase they make while others take a percentage of the cost of the room as a whole. If you’re considering a designer, be sure you’re comfortable with how you’ll be charged before signing any paperwork.

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Think hard about which services you’d like to hire out. Image: Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design

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What services are you looking for?

Next, you need to consider what you would like for the project itself. As you know, interior design is a lot more than buying new furniture and putting up a few fresh coats of paint. You have to balance aesthetics and function while also considering how each individual item will fit together as a whole.

Most designers offer an extensive list of services to cover these needs, including:

  • Design consultations
  • Site measurement and assessment
  • Space planning
  • Design concepts
  • Purchasing or procurement
  • Project management

Obviously, a full-service designer is going to be the most costly option, but depending on the company you work with, you may be able to create an a la cart selection that allows you to take control over the tasks you can handle and farm out the rest.

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Weigh how comfortable you are with your personal sense of style. Image: Martha O’Hara Interiors

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Do you have a sense of your own personal style?

Of course, personal style is going to factor in to this decision. Whether you do it on your own or you hire a pro, you need to be happy with the end result. The easiest way to make sure that happens is by having a firm idea of the aesthetics that appeal to you.

Having an end result in mind is especially important if you’re going to hire someone else to take charge of your design. He or she will base their style decisions largely on the parameters they’ve been given, so if you’re feeling unsure, you could leave yourself open to miscommunication and hit-or-miss guesswork.

While you’ll definitely need to have a style in mind when you’re working on you’re own, you’ll also have a much larger margin for error. If needed, take the time to mull over pieces you’re unsure about. You can also return pieces that don’t work or switch up your design plan without incurring excess fees.

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Be honest about how comfortable you are making decisions. Image: Peter Eskuche AIA

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Are you comfortable making decisions?

While this may seem like a weird question, it is absolutely a necessary one. Some people love making decisions and others shy away from this task. Only one of those personalities will mesh well with a professional interior designer.

When you outsource the legwork for your design, you’re automatically promoted to decision maker. Your designer will present you with a series of options for each and every aspect of the room. He or she will need your final approval before moving forward. If you’re the sort of person who gets overwhelmed by the prospect of making countless choices, this may not be your best bet.

Obviously, decisions still have to be made if you design the room on your own. But, again, you’ll have the freedom to do it at your own pace. You need to weigh which scenario works best for you.

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Keep these questions in mind before starting your next project. Image: Britto Charette

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Hiring an interior designer is truly a personal decision. While some people love having the workload taken out of their hands, others aren’t sure whether or not they’ll be able to give up that much control. If you’re on the fence about whether bringing in a pro is the right choice for you, keep our questions in mind. We’re sure that, if you take the time to consider them carefully, you’ll land on a decision that feels right to you.

Have you hired an interior designer before? What was your experience like? Share it with us in the comments below.

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Decorating With Color: Shop Plum and Wine Decorating Ideas for a Cozy Nest

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The latest rich hues of plums, wines and berries are a vibrant way to warm up your neutral space for the holidays. Image: Whiteline Designs

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Plum or wine has many names — aubergine, currant, merlot, deep cranberry, burgundy, eggplant, berry and plum spice. The latest fashionable version is a combo of the darker, traditional colors — with a bright, bold, berry twist.

Decorating with color that’s bold and rich is a great way to transform a room fast. Why not try adding these new, sumptuous hues to your space to warm and cozify your nest for the holidays?

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Burgundy and purple take cues from berries and your favorite red wine in the latest hues of wines and plum. Image: Better Homes and Garden

You can’t go wrong when you add some wine color accents to your space. The shade works beautifully with neutrals such as greys, tans, beiges and whites. Wanna go pro? Mix and match deep plums with technicolor berries, reds and oranges. Check out these tips and products for decorating with color and give some a try.

How to decorate with color in the bedroom

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Add some spice to your cool, mid-century modern bedroom with plum and wine accents. Image: Blink.Is Design

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Want to add plums and wines to your bedding? Use a duvet cover, throw pillows, a throw blanket and rug. Don’t forget to layer textures and patterns. Images: Jessica Lagrange Interiors

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Rich berry, plum and wine color lighting ideas

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A beautifully classic mid-century modern kitchen gets a twist of personality with plum blown glass pendants. Image: Becki and Chris

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Add a vibrant plum or wine color rug

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A bright berry plum area rug adds life to this modern indigo living room. Image: Callwey

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Living room ideas featuring plum hues

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Home accents like patterned throw pillows and throw blankets can be swapped out as seasons change, while the main investment pieces remain neutral. Image: Alykhan Velji Designs

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You don’t need to add a lot of color to make a big impact. As in this living room, some throw pillows, flowers and an accent chaise is just enough. Image: MidCity Lofts

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Warm up a bathroom with wine and berry tones

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Porcelain, tiles and steel fixtures give a bathroom a cold feeling. Why not add some warmth and intimacy to the space with rich wine hues and bright berry accents? Image: Agata Winer

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Spice up your dining room

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Supple merlot-color leather dining chairs add a unique look to this contemporary dining space. Image: AGSIA Design Group

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Layer berry colors in your neutral space

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A rich, berry shade wallpaper or paint color as a bookcase backdrop is a good way to add panels of color to a space. Image: MidCity Lofts

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There are many ways to use rich plum and wine colors in your home with decor that includes lighting, pillows, accent furniture, vases and curtains. Images: Amanda Nisbet Design, Rizzoli, California Home Design

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Masculine Attic Bedroom in Poland Exudes Character

Welcome to a contemporary attic bedroom that exudes personality. The owner, a young lawyer, decided to convert the empty attic of a building in Sopot, Poland, into a quiet place for relaxation.

Studio Raca Architekci began by changing the geometry of the roof to make more space inside the new bedroom. A peaceful ambiance was achieved by cladding the ceiling and floor in oiled wood planks. Simple, modern furniture in black and gray complements the interior. A reading corner was placed by the window, with a modern chair designed by Hans J. Wegner and a minimalist Zuiver floor lamp.

The work area features a simple black desk and an Eames swivel chair. A modular sofa in the corner is used by the owner as a comfortable spot for watching computer movies.

“It was impossible to design a standard wardrobe because of the geometry of the roof,” the designers said. “We decided to build a cabinet at the back wall, opposite to the entrance. The doors in dark gray lacquer finish create a good contrast with the wood and reflect the space.”

We invite you to take the virtual tour of this attic bedroom in Poland and share your thoughts about the details you personally find inspiring! Photography and information courtesy of Studio Raca Architekci.

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