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5 Ways to Make Your Home Feel like A Resort

Guest post by Miriam Bornstein

People take vacations to escape the mundane, often overlooking their home as a place to restore, refresh and regroup. Create the same resort-worthy accommodations by turning your home into a personal oasis. If it’s a steam shower or Mediterranean tile that fill you with envy on vacation, incorporate it into your home. You don’t need to take a vacation to receive the same perks.

Here are five ways to revamp your humble abode into a resort-worthy destination.

1) Minimize the Clutter

Often times, the first thing you notice when walking into a hotel room is the well-organized space. Every piece of furniture has its designated location, the décor is minimal and you have plenty of functional space. Replicate the same environment at home by carefully selecting your furniture, being tasteful of the art and décor you select and removing clutter. Once you’ve minimized the clutter you can start designing your private oasis.

2) Create a Zen-Like Bedroom

One of the best perks of staying at a resort is the luxe bedding. Create a permanent staycation by investing in quality bedding pieces such as a cloud-like duvet cover, plush pillows and a tailored bed skirt. You can take this even further by investing in a statement headboard or a show-stopping chandelier to add extra luxury to your bedroom ambiance.

3) Invoke Your Senses

Trick your senses into thinking you’re staying at a resort by purchasing scented candles reminiscent of your previous vacations. Maybe you had a fabulous trip to Hawaii and want a sea breeze or hibiscus flower scented candle. Cluster a bunch of candles on your mantel piece, light tea lights by your bathtub or display candles in glowing candle holders to add soothing luminosity.

4) Add Greenery

Plants and flowers not only add beauty to your living spaces, but are scientifically proven to help purify the air and improve your mood. Spider Plants, Boston Ferns and Peace Lilies are all excellent choices for air freshening indoor house plants. Adding greenery is also a creative alternative for urban dwellers who lack a backyard. Include more greenery by placing multiple plants on your porch, buying hanging baskets or growing your own herb garden.

5) Replicate a Spa

One simple way to turn your bathroom into a resort-like spa is by updating your towels and purchasing your favorite smelling lotion or hand soap. Pampering yourself encourages you to appreciate the little things, helping you feel at ease in your home. If you’re on a flexible budget and time frame, purchasing a large soaking tub, steam shower or vanity mirror are all options that help transform your bathroom into spa-like resort.

Whether you update your bathroom, add candles to the living room or invest in luxe bedding, it’s important to accommodate your lifestyle. Figure out which elements would make your home feel more relaxing. Once that’s established, you can embrace your home as a staycation 365 days a year. For more inspiration to transform your home into a resort, check out other luxury home designs.

 

 

Via GQ

Awesome Home Bars that are Stylish and Functional

Guest blog by: Danielle Hegedus from Modernize.com

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Via GQ

Sure, it’s fun to hit up your favorite bar, especially with the rise of so many talented mixologists making speciality cocktails that knock your socks off. Sometimes you like to keep it simple though—a glass of wine, home-brewed beer, a great old-fashioned. Enjoy a low-key, affordable evening that doesn’t involve hanging out on the couch in your pajamas. Modernize is here to help you create your very own home bar that makes your homemade cocktail feel like a special treat and encourages friends to gather at your home. You’ll save money and won’t have to worry about a ride home, and you get to be the DJ!

 

Add Some Nostalgia to Your Next Party

Have you noticed that 70’s motif is starting to look like the future in “The Jetsons?” Either way, this is the ultimate party pad. A kitchen island provides a great surface for making drinks and putting out platters of food. A nearby oven keeps snacks warm, and a sink and dishwasher will keep everyone’s glasses fresh. A range of seating means that your guests will be able to spread out to enjoy games, great conversation, and maybe even some dancing. This just could be your own personal speakeasy.

Make Drinking Into an Art!

If you are limited on space, but looking for high style and multi-functionality, think about this built-in bar that is also a stunning wall sculpture. Beautiful woodwork conceals the bar until you need it. This stealth bar may just make you feel like James Bond.

Via Houzz

Via Houzz

Host the Best Ladies’ Night in Town

This bar pulls off a subtle feminine feel that won’t leave you stuck with pink drinks all night. The built-in lighting in the bar combined with candles and lamps creates a warm, sexy feel, even during the day. The gold finishes on the window, stools, lamps, and counters pull this corner unit together, making it feel like its own room. Simple shelves in the back provide easy access to inventory and a place to display cherished finds.

You Don’t Need a Wine Cellar to Be a Wine Enthusiast

This converted pantry provides ample room for storing your wine collection and great visibility to make finding the perfect bottle to complement your meal or celebrate a special occasion simple. A small programmable wine cooler keeps white wine and champagne ready for guests. Horizontal shelves make the most of the room’s’ storage potential and allow you to display beautiful glassware.

Revamp Your Grandparent’s Bar Cart

If you are short on room for a bar, utilize a bar cart. Upgrade the old fashioned silver cart that looks like it could just as easily carry cafeteria trays by thinking outside of the box—or in this case, inside the box! Search antique stores and flea markets to repurpose a great chest of drawers or even a television (pictured) to create a functional bar that will have your guests enamored.

Via Lonny

Via Lonny

May Issue 2014
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Grover Pattern

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We are so excited to finally share our latest pattern, Grover in our Enigma line!!! Inspired by Moorish patterns and designs, Grover is a flooring and wall design pattern that is filled with good luck Clovers. Sir John Melton once wrote: “If a man walking in the fields find any four-leaved grass, he shall in a small while after find some good thing.” And that’s exactly what Grover is!!!!
We’d love to hear what you think of this new pattern. Leave us a comment and spread the word!

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Village Park Eco Home Feature

We are so excited to be a part of the Village Park Eco Home design as a product donor!  Not only is it a DOE Challenge Home, an Energy Star Home, and a Green Built Texas home, but it also features our stunning and popular projection tiles!  Barbra Gilbert did a beautiful job featuring our projection tiles to bring a focal point to the entertainment area and add warmth to the space.  The wonderful photography credit goes to Michael Hunter Photography.

The goal of the Eco Home is to “encourage homeowners and builders to take the next step in living and building in a more fiscally and environmentally sensible manner” — which it definitely captures beauty, flexibility, and sustainability.  The home Eco Home is a net zero-energy house encouraging high performance construction, energy efficient, & healthy home lifestyles.  To be considered a participant in a design that strives for high standards and excellence is an honor and we are very thankful for this opportunity!

Be sure to check out their website (here) as well as Barbara Gilbert’s youtube video (here) where our projection tiles are featured!

http://www.villageparkecohome.com/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-sJsdcpbKk

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