Monday, May 13, 2013

The Ten Best Ways to Reinvent a Room





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Today's "Ten Best Ways" post features the sage advice of Jen Stagg of with HEART.  When I asked her advice on simple ways to reinvent a room here's what she said:








10 easy ways to give your room that finishing touch:
Home design is a lot of work.  And just like an outfit, putting the finishing touches on a room can pull it all together and give it that refined feel.  But, so often, the finishing touches get left out because by the time you get to that point, you're either past your budget, out of inspiration, or can't figure out what else the room needs.

Here are my top 10 favorite finishing touches sure to spruce up any room:




1)  A great tray:  Trays are a wonderful touch for a coffee table, ottoman, end table, desk, you name it.  Some of my current favs are these from West Elm:  http://www.westelm.com/products/large-rectangle-lacquer-trays-c348/?pkey=cstorage-trays&cm_src=storage-trays||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_--_-

2)  Monograms:  Nothing says class quite like a monogram.  Add your initials to a pillow, hand towel, stationary, etc. Love a bold letter: http://www.cwonder.com/home-decor/shop-by-category/decorative-accents/monogram-letter.html

3)  Personal photos in a great frame:  I think personal photos are needed in almost every room.  Don't go overboard, but a simple white frame with a photo of someone you love can make any space feel personal.  Ikea frames are always a great option.  





4)  Pretty books:  I just love books.  These make one of the prettiest sets I've seen.  They look great on any bookshelf.  http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-books/26124339.jsp

5)  Ceramic figurine:  I can think of a million places for these little fellas.  http://www.cwonder.com/home-decor/shop-by-category/decorative-accents/foo-dogs-set.html









6)  Vase with flowers, real or faux.  Don't think you need something high maintenance like the real deal.  While Iove fresh flowers, a more practical option for a room you don't use every day is some pretty faux peonies in a sweet vase.






7)  Pretty pillows:  An essential, in my opinion.  I love Caitlin Wilson designs.  http://www.caitlinwilsontextiles.com








8)  Lovely lamp:  Make sure the proportion is appropriate for the size of your table.  http://www.westelm.com/products/perch-table-lamp-yellow-w736/?pkey=ctable-lamps&cm_src=table-lamps||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_--_-

9)  Simple, modern art:  I love a great graphic print or artwork added to a gallery wall or bathroom.  http://www.etsy.com/listing/150951347/red-window-abstract-painting?ref=br_feed_48&br_feed_tlp=art

10)  Sentimental item:  an heirloom jewelry dish, an old key from your first home, a map of a city you've lived in-- personal touches will make your home feel like YOUR home, not just a floor model.  I think adding a little something special to you to each space makes all the difference.



Wow, I don't know about all of you, but I'm ready to go shopping!  Thanks so much, Jen for these terrific tips!  If you'd like to see more inventive ideas and creative fashion and beauty tips be sure to hop on over to Jen's blog and take a peek.


Thanks everyone for reading....have a beautiful Monday!

XO,



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