There is always room for inspirational art, especially quotation art for the home. It comes in so many sizes and styles from simple prints, to Glices and original art, it is sure to fit any space, mood or aesthetic. And whether we put it in the bedroom, bathroom or front and center in the living room, an inspirational quote can get us through good and bad days. There were plenty of wonderful quote designs on the Salt Lake City Parade of Homes tour to share.
The best place to start is the home office where motivational quotes are a nice reminder when you need them the most. These simple gold quotes below on canvas are just the right amount of bling matched to soft pink that you can’t resist having a look. Do you have a saying that helps get you through your work day?
Here’s something similar to the canvases above.
And who said quotations art is only for the main rooms? The bathroom is a perfect place to add a touch of whimsy.
Prints that have a vintage feel are the ultimate touch of elegance in a bathroom. Originally painted on reclaimed wood, this Oui Oui Chérie Glice print framed in wood would at a touch of style to any room in the house.
Which brings us to a practical quotation. What parent hasn’t reminded their kids to wash, brush, floss, flush at one time or another?
The best part of creative typography is getting your message across, beautifully. Below is a similar quotation art print to this one for purchase. What reminder would you like to see in artfully presented on your bathroom wall?
And then sometime you can take a page out of a book. This quote design by Sugarboo does just that.
Quotation art is more than just type. Here is a nice example of a picture adding to the quotation. This printed canvas is great inspirational art for anyone who loves to go road trips.
Probably the ideal quotes are those that inspire action. This Moments sign is a great reminder to get off the couch and to create those specials moments.
If having the inspirational art on the wall is just not for you, try pillows. They add comfort, color and with some creative type, inspiration. Here is the same pillow, but with LOVE as the message.And finally, the best part of inspirational art? It can speak for you. Sometimes the right words are hard to find.
Quotation art is one way to share how we feel to our loved ones every day. I hope Beautiful Darling inspires you to find other long quotations that reflect your feelings. Even better, try writing your own letter and framing it. My favorite quote to share is You are My Sunshine.
There are so many great quote possibilities when it comes to signs and home decor. House of Belonging has a huge selection of various signs and you can also customize your own saying.
You can also make your own quotes and simply print and frame. Here’s a printable quote of one of my favorite sayings that I made if you want to print and frame it for yourself.
A bare mantelpiece is a missed opportunity.
Because the fireplace always loves to be the center of attention, the way its mantel is decorated can have a dramatic impact on a room. The perfect perch for displaying everything from art to flowers to a personal collection of objects, the mantel can say a lot about the room`s intended style – minimalist or maximalist, contemporary or classic – in addiction to highlighting the interests and experiences of the homeowners.
In a London home, the living room’s custom sofa is upholstered in a Bruno Triplet silk, a midcentury chair from Blackman Cruz is covered in an Etro fabric, the cast-terrazzo stools are by Maddux Creative, the mirror is by Marianna Kennedy, and the paintings flanking it are by Peter Lanyon.
In a 19th-century home, the dining room’s pine trestle table is from Belgium, the settee and bench are from Finch, and the deconstructed English Regency wing chair is from Lee Stanton Antiques; the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s White Dove and the mantel in Onyx.
In a London townhouse the custom chairs in the living room are covered in a Dedar wool, the cocktail table and wool-and-silk rug are custom designs, and the circa-1950 consoles are Italian; the side table is by Piero Fornasetti, and the wall sculptures above the mantel are by C. Jeré.
COUNTRY HOUSE MANTEL
In this English country estate, the kitchen island is by Plain English, the mahogany table is Victorian, the curtains are of a Bennison Fabrics stripe, and the walls are painted in Tablecloth by Paint & Paper Library; the 2015 artwork above the mantel is by Fred Ingrams.
In the living room of Patrick Printy and Dan Holland’s Arts and Crafts bungalow in Oakland, California, the custom sofa is covered in a linen by Peter Dunham Textiles, a pair of vintage John Stuart Clingman chairs is upholstered in a Ralph Lauren Home tartan, the bust on the custom cocktail table is by Oly and the rug is from Iran. The fireplace, repainted a high-gloss black, the bookcases and the oak flooring are all original to the house and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Smoke Embers.
In the living room of designer Ernest de la Torre and Kris Haberman’s home in Snedens Landing, New York, the custom sofa is upholstered in a Toyine Sellers fabric, the 19th-century Belgian cabinet was found at an auction in London, the bronze pendant light is by Hervé Van der Straeten and the Georgian fireplace is attributed to Robert Adam. The walls are coated in waxed plaster, the flooring is Indian sandstone, the silk rug is by Fort Street Studio and the painting over the mantel is by Ross Bleckner.
COUNTRY KITCHEN MANTEL
In a Long Island farmhouse, the kitchen’s marble sink has fittings by Sonoma Forge, the cabinetry is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Hearthstone, and a collection of 1930s Bea Evan paintings found in Europe are in new frames by Bark Frameworks.
In John Robshaw’s Connecticut home, the living room sofa and its fabric are by John Robshaw for Duralee; the armchair, custom banquettes, and bone-inlay side table are all Robshaw designs, the cocktail table is from India, the table lamps are by Christopher Spitzmiller, and the dhurrie is a custom design; an Elliott Puckette artwork sits on the mantel, which is painted in Yukon Sky by Benjamin Moore, and the large painting of a perfume bottle is by Doug Wada.
ELABORATE CARVED MANTEL
In the the bedroom of one of two apartments that artist and designer Christian Astuguevieille maintains in Bayonne, France, the cedar bed, knotted-rope furniture, and sculptures are by Astuguevieille.
In an Ibiza retreat, local-limestone floors covered in custom Spanish esparto rugs from Antonia Molina, walls in a sandy lime plaster, and a wood-beam ceiling set a rustic tone in the living room. Custom sofas are by Atelier Tapissier Seigneur and curtains are made of a quilted Braquenié fabric; the Oeil cocktail table by Pierre Chapo is vintage, the lacquered-coral sculpture is by Maurizio Epifani, and the painting over the mantel is by Alex Katz.
The original marble mantel in the living room was specified by Maison Jansen, which decorated this Buenos Aires apartment in the 1930s. The circa-1940 chairs in the foreground, the console (left), and the side table (right) were designed by Jean-Michel Frank for the Argentine firm Comte. The 1930s Frits Henningsen settee is covered in a Holland & Sherry mohair, the chairs next to the fireplace are 18th-century Gustavian, the circa-1950 Sphere cocktail table and lamp are by Jean Royère, and the 1930s table (front left) and sconces are by Maison Jansen.
In the master bedroom of Steven Gambrel’s Chicago apartment, the bed is upholstered in a Mark Alexander velvet, the bench in a Dune leather, and the club chair in a Stroheim fabric; the 1950s Tommi Parzinger chest (next to the bed), Ico Parisi 1970s cabinet, and vintage Jules Leleu side table are all from Bernd Goeckler; the circa-1930 English mantel is from Westland London, and the carpet is from Stark.
ART COLLECTORS’ MANTEL
In the library of a New York home, the vintage Ward Bennett swivel chair in a Rubelli cotton-silk blend is from Wyeth, the circa-1960 Italian lounge chair in a Fermoie linen is from Donzella, and the custom sofa is in a Larsen fabric; the marble-and-brass cocktail table is by Brian Thoreen, the Claude Lalanne bronze chair is from Paul Kasmin Gallery, and the custom carpet is from Holland & Sherry. A sculpture by Maurizio Cattelan hangs over the custom mantel, which holds artworks by Elizabeth Peyton.
Hendrix, a Maine Coon, surveys the great room in Cathryn Collins and Gerald Imber’s weekend home in Millbrook, New York. An Italian Empire daybed is draped with a cashmere throw from Collins’s textile collection, I Pezzi Dipinti; an antique Italian bench is topped with a hand-loomed Moroccan textile; the 16th-century limestone mantel and antique wrought-iron candle stands were purchased in Florence.
In a California home, the living room’s sofas are by RH, Restoration Hardware, the 1950s chairs are Danish, the cocktail table is by Charles Hollis Jones, the end tables are from Lucca Home, and the antique stool was a Japanese rice box. The antique mirror is Indian, the mantel is original, the pendant is by Paul Ferrante, the floor lamp is by Visual Comfort, and the sconces are by Ralph Lauren Home.
The recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created anxiety about housing, since it reduced some of the benefits that homeowners enjoyed.
However, the impact from the new tax law is most severe for high-priced homes, which make up just a minority of the market.
A bigger issue for most homebuyers is that interest rates are on the rise. Or, at least, there’s a growing consensus the era of being able to count on interest rates to stay low is nearing its end. For prospective homeowners, that means financing a mortgage could become more expensive over time.
“A lot more people are cognizant of interest rates than in the last 12-24 months,” Noah Goldberg, a real estate agent in Hoboken, New Jersey, told Business Insider.
The good news, according to Goldberg, is interest rates alone don’t determine the decision to purchase. People still want houses they hope would appreciate with time, and that they can take pride in. But he anticipates some shoppers would need to settle for properties in the lower end of their budgets.
“More than anything, people are going to jump off the fence because of interest rates picking up,” said Jason Cassity, a real estate agent in San Diego.
“Interest rates and home-equity growth are going to move them more than this tax plan will.”
On Wall Street, investors are bracing for higher inflation, as the federal government stimulates the economy by cutting taxes and raising spending. That means the Federal Reserve may have to raise borrowing costs to reduce the risk of consumer demand running too far ahead of what the economy can produce.
And that would mean higher mortgage rates.
These expectations have already bumped up mortgage rates in 2018. According to Bankrate.com, the average US 30-year fixed rate rate was 4.33% on Friday, up from 3.85% on New Year’s Day.
That’s a two-year high, but still well below the 6%+ rates that were charged before the housing crisis. And zooming out even further, rates remain historically low.
It’s one reason why demand is still strong. Kalena Masching, a Redfin agent in Palo Alto, California, saw 44 offers on one house last week, for example.
That doesn’t negate the fact that a rising-rate environment makes waiting out on homebuying more expensive.
“The people not paying attention are those who bought in the 1980s and 90s when interest rates went over 20% and spent most time in the double-digits,” Masching said.
“For first-time buyers who haven’t seen an interest rate over four or 5%, it maybe makes them think, but it’s not affecting whether or not they’re buying right now.”
But even with a favorable rate, the biggest challenge for a lot of buyers remains finding a house within their budget. The most affordable starter homes are rising in value faster than luxury properties, and have been for at least five years, according to a Zillow report released on Friday.
That’s in large part because affordable houses are in short supply.
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While the entrance to the home and the color of the walls in the home are important. The next place to concentrate your attention to is the kitchen. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85% of your money back.
It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops where a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutral-color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style.
If you have a little money to spend, buy one fancy stainless steel appliance. Why one? Because when people see one high-end appliance they think all the rest are expensive too and it updates the kitchen.
Who says your floors can’t be stylish?
While a piece of art or furniture tends to serve as the focal point of any room, what sits underneath them can make just as much of a statement. Whether it be animal printed carpet in an fresh hue for modern appeal, or a brightly colored rug that gives some serious punch, these usually overlooked design elements have the ability to completely transform a space. We tapped Ashley Stark Kenner, Creative Director of the carpet and fabric company STARK, who knows a thing or two about ground décor for tips and tricks of the trade. Here, 11 ways to create an unforgettable space from the ground up.
“Deep indigo is a trend I am seeing everywhere. When done in luxurious silk it creates such a beautiful statement.”
HOME ON THE RANGE
“Antelope carpet is so hot right now in any color. I especially like it in the grey – that feels modern and fresh.”
“I am loving bold staircases. By adding a geometric design, you make the staircase a focal point. Steven Gambrel chose a powerful David Hicks design that creates some serious eye candy.”
MAD FOR MOROCCAN
“I love Moroccan rugs. They make any room cozy and laid back. It’s especially cool to layer it in a bedroom, creating warmth and depth. I love how it envelops this vanity corner.”
“I am all about wood right now. I love using wood in patterns such as this STARK carpet. Using wood grain wallpaper on the ceiling or in tiles for a bathroom gives an organic, cool feel.”
IF IT SUITS YOU
“This Prince of Wales check is a classic that never goes out of style. I love menswear suiting-inspired designs in the home, especially when used in unexpected ways, like this stair runner by Missoni.”
EASY BEING GREEN
“I am loving anything green these days, especially rooms that have layers of green. Here, the zebra hide [unexpectedly] pops against the kelly green walls.”
COLOR YOUR WORLD
“I think color has made a comeback. I especially like bold colors paired with a wood paneled room, letting the rug be the source of color and the focal point.”
“There is nothing like a neutral organic room that’s full of textures. The anchor of this room design by Alyssa Kapito is a wonderful sisal that gives a depth to the space. It makes everything else pop. The vibe is laid back and timeless chic.”
GO GET ‘EM TIGER
“Animal prints are a huge trend, and I love seeing them paired with granny-chic floral wallpaper. This custom tiger carpet done in green is so fresh.”
“I am all about metallic touches right now. Adding metal studs to a runner adds such a cool element. I love the tailored look.”
Steal these ideas from designer Darci Hether to create a calming space that will ensure the sweetest dreams.
New York-based interior designer Darci Hether can attest that creating a soothing sleep space is an exercise in restraint. Soft, muted color palettes, warm white light, luxurious bedding, and the absence of electronics are just part of her tried and true formula for the most intimate room in the home. “I think I may be one of the last people in America who does not have a television in my bedroom and I sleep like a baby every night,” she says. Read on for Hether’s expert tips for creating the cozy boudoir of your dreams.
USE BLACKOUT SHADES AND CURTAINS.
An easy designer trick to keep the room as dark (or as bright!) as you need is to line the typical Roman shade or drapery panel in blackout fabric. This simple — and often cost-effective — idea is a fool-proof way to make sure daylight doesn’t creep in too early.
USE WARM WHITE LIGHT TO GET IN THE MOOD FOR SLEEP.
“When getting dressed in the morning, I like to make sure there is enough overhead light to see clearly,” says Hether. “But during the evening hours, when one needs to wind down, the light is more subtle with the use of sconces and recessed lighting that softly washes the wall.” The Philips Hue White Ambiance Starter Kit and its related app will put you in full control of the vibe, morning, noon and night, so you can create that soft lighting that’s required to really unplug.
PAINT THE WALLS A DARK SHADE FOR A QUIET AMBIENCE.
For an overall feeling of cocoon-like warmth, Hether suggests using a wall treatment. “Painting or wallpapering a room in a darker hue can help create a calming atmosphere,” she says. But don’t stop there. “It’s also the overall totality of the colors, textures, and lighting that evokes serenity in the space.”
GET RID OF CLUTTER TO REDUCE STRESS.
Clearing out unneeded stuff simplifies everything. For an easy way to contain what you do want to keep, like books or a notepad, Hether suggests keeping a cross-functional tray or basket on a bedside table so everything has a place of its own (and, as a bonus, it also protects the furniture underneath).
ADD A PLANT OR FLOWERS TO BRING THE OUTDOOR TRANQUILITY INSIDE.
“I don’t have a green thumb, but I always have fresh cut flowers on my bedside table and dresser,” says Hether. “Not only do they add life and personality to the room, but they are a happy hello every time I wake up in the morning.” Plus, they’re an easy way to include a pop of color without permanently committing to a shade.
DIAL DOWN YOUR PALETTE.
In the bedroom, busy patterns and bright tones could have an opposite effect on a peaceful evening. Hether’s rule of thumb is to use a combination of fabrics, like cashmere for throws and simply tailored drapery panels, that easily take the room from loud and cluttered to quiet and calm without going overly monotone.
INVEST IN A NEW MATTRESS.
Buying a mattress is a completely personal endeavor, but Hether has been known to sway her clients with a few ideas, both for comfort and aesthetic purposes. “A very important conversation to have is the thickness of the mattress,” she says. “There is no such thing as standard thickness and it could greatly impact the overall height of the bed.”
CREATE A SECONDARY SPACE.
“I love creating a small seating nook that encourages solitude,” says Hether. “It’s always a little luxury to have a separate place for reading or to simply put on a pair of shoes.”