HOW TO PAINT YOUR CEILING AND NAIL THE STATEMENT CEILING PAINT TREND

This DIY approach isn’t as messy as you’d think.
Jazzing up the “fifth wall” can add dimension and character to a room. While many of us have tackled an accent wall by ourselves, taking the DIY approach for a painted ceiling is a hairier beast.
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1 PREP YOUR SPACE

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Simon Upton

Unless you figure out a way to defy gravity, a bit of paint is going to drip down. It’s really no biggie; just prepare by laying and securing drop clothes to your floor. You can protect your own mug by throwing on a hat and a pair of safety glasses.
2 WORK YOUR WAY DOWN
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Björn Wallander

If you plan on painting the whole room, start with the ceiling and work your way down. If you are just painting the ceiling, apply painters’ tape around the edges to avoid drippings.
3 PICK A COLOR
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Dominique Vorillion

In the same way a white ceiling will open up and brighten a room, a darker ceiling will bring definition and cozy vibes to a large space. On that same note, your tiny bedroom might turn into a closet if you paint it black; stick to lighter shades if you are worried about a room becoming claustrophobic.
4 DECIDE BETWEEN GLOSSES
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Thomas Loof

A flat or matte finish will hide imperfections, but a high-gloss lacquer finish can help bounce light throughout the room and make the ceiling look higher.
5 USE A ROLLER
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James Merrell

You want a roller with a thinner knap to avoid drippings when painting a ceiling. Opt for a deeper knap to fill in grooves, as needed, if your ceiling is textured. And, to state the obvious, get as close your ceiling as possible. Use a short, light roller at an angle that won’t put extra strain on your back and painting arm.
Otherwise, this is going to be a long and painful home renovation project.
This wonderful Article today comes from my wonderful girlfriend Anna  K.
 

LANDSCAPING IDEAS FOR A LOW-MAINTENANCE YARD

Spend less time taking care of your yard and more time relaxing in it.
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THINK ABOUT THE LONG RUN
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More outdoor space means more chances to entertain in warm weather — and less work for you. Creating outdoor living spaces lends itself to low-maintenance landscaping because you can extend your home while having fewer grassy areas to care for.
PICK THE RIGHT STONE FOR OUTDOOR LANDSCAPING
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Though it can be a pricey option, bluestone has a dense composition that makes it incredibly durable. Despite its name, the versatile stone comes in a variety of colors such as blue, brown, gray, and orange.
BUILD A STRONG FOUNDATION
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Establish a solid base for stone surfaces to avoid fix-ups later. If you are planning a stone patio, lay a six- to eight-inch layer of compacted pea stones first. It will prevent weeds and keep your patio level. If you have a good base, it ends up being low-maintenance for decades to come. You won’t have to be weeding things, pulling up stones, and re-leveling them.
GO FOR MULCH
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Around your outdoor living space, add beds of mulch instead of grass. It’s one of the best investments you can have in your yard because mulch breaks down, fertilizes your plants, and prevents weeds. It’s low-maintenance because you don’t have to mow it or water it. It’s also inexpensive and you only have to replace it in the spring. An added perk: Mulch also provides a pleasant aroma for your yard.
PLANT LAVENDER
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For a relaxing aroma and burst of color, plant lavender. Lavender will come back year after year, and it only needs to be watered once or twice a week if you don’t live in a climate with regular rain.
FILL BEDS WITH CRUSHED STONE
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It’s an alternative to mulch. A lot of people use crushed stones in beds because it’s a really good xeriscaping technique. Stone is also a nice option in beds because you never have to replace it.
PERSONALIZE LANDSCAPING STONES
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If you use stone in landscaping beds, consider how much wind your region gets and how the stone will match the aesthetic of your home. Pea stone comes in different sizes, so you can get a three-quarter inch stone if you’re worried about wind. Crushed stone also comes in a variety of colors, so you can change it depending on your style, house color, or area of the country.
FILL THE YARD WITH PERENNIALS
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For low-maintenance plants, opt for perennials. You buy them once, and they come back year after year. For example, hens-and-chicks are tough plants that grow well in rocky, challenging spaces while just a few yuccas can fill a space with grand, spiky leaves.
CHOOSE YOUR FLOWERS STRATEGICALLY
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Add vibrant color to your yard without sweating in the garden. When something’s always blooming in the yard, there’s a sense of added life. Black-eyed Susans are a good summer choice because they bloom throughout the season. In the autumn, consider Montauk daisies.
PLANT CLIMATE-SPECIFIC GRASS
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If you’re not ready to nix grass completely, consider which grasses naturally grow in your region. If you plant a grass that is accustomed to your climate, that makes it low maintenance. You can research which grass grows best in your area, and in turn save money on watering, fertilizing, and other maintenance. For instance: In the Northeast — fescue and ryegrass grow well. Alternatively, in the Southeast, Bermuda grass is a better option.
MAKE USE OF POTTED PLANTS
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Incorporating pots into landscaping not only makes a yard more low-maintenance, but also more versatile. Plus, pots are easy to move around. If you’re having a party on your patio, you can move them to that area. For an added pop of color, coordinate the flowers to the season — try whites and pinks in the spring and summer, and switch to yellows and reds in fall.
GROW NATIVE PLANTS
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Just like you should plant grass that is specific to your region, pick native plants for less upkeep. If you pick plants that are native or grow well in a specific zone or area, that will keep water and pruning prices down.
CLEAR OUT FALLEN LEAVES
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The easiest way to winter-proof your yard: Get rid of the fallen leaves. Get all the leaves off of your lawn so they don’t rot out the grass over the winter.
SPRING-PROOF YOUR YARD
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Once again, the magic is in the mulch. In the spring, mulch everything, because it prevents weeds. It helps the water go straight to the plants that need it rather than feeding the weeds.
TRY OUT TURF
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Have kids? Or pets? Don’t be afraid to give artificial grass a shot. People always ask how to make a yard dog-proof and kid-proof, but there’s no way because they’re going to run around and tear up your grass. But if you give them an artificial grass area to play on, they won’t wreak havoc on the rest of your yard. Plus, it requires zero upkeep on the weekends.
COLLECT WATER
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Collecting water with rain barrels is an extremely easy (and environmentally-friendly) way to water your plants.
PICK THE RIGHT BARBECUE
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For a low-maintenance outdoor cooking space, invest in appliances that last. If you want something that’s going to stand the test of time, go with a built-in barbecue area with stone veneer on the front. A sturdy granite countertop is also a long-lasting feature, and it’s ideal for withstanding varying weather conditions.

REFRESHING POOL PARTY IDEAS THAT ARE AFLOAT WITH STYLE

High-class meets low-key.
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We know, we know, the words “pool party” conjure visions of floaties and volleyballs and red plastic cups – not exactly the atmosphere you associate with the elegant poolside gala of your dreams. But your craving for high-style entertaining and laid-back pool vibes can co-exist. Here, we’ve put together everything you need to know to plan the perfect poolside fete.
1. Set the Tone
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There’s a big difference between a backyard BBQ and a Hamptons White Party so let guests know what vibe you’re going for in advance with invitations. Don’t be afraid to go beyond the standard pool party invites – we love a summery, on-trend tropical print. To help avoid awkward interpretation mishaps, feel free to include a dress code – no one wants to show up wearing swim trunks when everyone else is in crisp linen slacks.
2. Keep It Cozy
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When it comes to relaxed environments, remember that coziness isn’t just for the cold winter months. Drape soft materials like beach towels in a bold pattern over seating for added comfort. A basket for shoes in the entryway also lets guests know they can truly kick back and relax – and keeps accidental trip hazards out of the way – while umbrellas offer shaded spots so everyone can enjoy their own perfect party environment.
For parties that stretch into the evening, boost the ambience with lanterns. To avoid the mess of real candles, substitute battery-powered artificial candles or LED string lights that will last until fall comes calling.
3. Create a Tablescape
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For a party in the carefree summer months start with a bold table runner that gives structure and personality to your tablescape without the wind and fan-induced flapping of a tablecloth. Add a statement piece such as a dramatic serving bowl for a tablescape that’s both wow-worthy and relaxed, or lift your look with un-fussy foliage. “Green truly livens any table, so consider creating a tablescape of your existing houseplants or succulents, or just head outside and grab a few clippings to showcase in a pretty vase,” says Abby Larson, founder of Style Me Pretty.
4. Easy Drinking
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If you’re serving beer, sodas, or keeping wine bottles chilled, a good ice chest is essential. Much more chic (not to mention easier to move) than your dad’s old chill chest, a standing cooler on rollers lets guests help themselves to ice cold drinks, while a built-in bottle opener and cap-catcher keeps your space tidy. And unless you love breaking out the dustpan, it’s also worthwhile to take out some insurance against the inevitable dropped drinks with grown-up plastic barware (we like these gold-rimmed acrylic rocks glasses); because nothing brings an evening to a screeching halt like broken glass meeting bare feet.
5. Pour It Up
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You don’t want to spend the whole party trapped behind the bar, so plan ahead by premixing a cocktail that just requires a few finishing touches when guests arrive, like a classic Mai Tai. Or skip the mixology altogether and prepare a DIY tasting of everybody’s favorite summer sip – rosé: just head down to your local wine shop to pick out a variety of inexpensive blush bottles and let your friends debate their favorites.
6. Make a Fête Feast
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Part of the appeal of a poolside soiree is the easy-breezy sensibility, so don’t spend your time laying out a three-course plated meal when you could be lounging by the water. Instead, opt for upscale takes on playful summer food like sliders (try these lamb sliders on rosemary buns) or one-bite finger food (like strips of pickled watermelon rind wrapped in prosciutto.) Alternatively, get everyone in on the act and ask guests to bring along their favorite antipasto or salad for casual alfresco nibbling.

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Here is a great 3 Bedroom, plus den could be made into a 4th bedroom, formal dining room and three car garage. It has a new garage door (main door). Thishome has high ceilings over 12ft. The master bedroom has huge walk in closets. The home has just
completely gone through with new tile, granite countertops, appliances, and completely been painted on the inside. This property is very close to dining and shopping. You can walk to the new Publix on Pine Island rd. It is also very close to the burnt store boat
ramp within 3 mins by car. There is also a fresh water lake right across the street from this home. This home sits on a corner lot.
• Single Family                                      • Water: Assessment Unpaid,Well
• 3 Bedrooms                                         • Sewer: Assessment Unpaid,Septic
• 2 Bathrooms                                       • Auto Garage Door
• 2276 Square Feet                               • Dishwasher
• Year Built: 2006                                  • Microwave
• 0.2408 Acres                                        • Range
• 3.00 Garage Spaces                            • Refrigerator/Icemaker
• Heating: Central Electric                  • Washer/Dryer Hookup
• Cooling: Ceiling Fans                         • View: Landscaped Area
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JAMAICA'S NEW SKYLARK HOTEL IS BRINGING BACK 1960S ISLAND GLAMOUR

The highly anticipated Skylark Negril Beach Resort is opening its doors in June.
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To write his James Bond novels, author Ian Fleming was inspired by the otherworldly Caribbean beachscapes of northern Jamaica, where he famously kept a sprawling estate. But had he traveled to the western coast to stay at the new Skylark resort, who knows what far-fetched spy games he would have concocted for agent 007?
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Opening in June, the 28-room, two-acre property is located on the beautiful “Seven Mile” oceanfront of Negril. It’s the sister property of the storied Rockhouse, where Bob Marley and the Rolling Stones used to spend downtime between tours. In fact, the overall design and soft palette harken back to that period when, in the 1960s and ’70s, Negril was a destination for bohemian jetsetters and celebrities.
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On the premises will be the first Jamaican outpost for New York’s Miss Lily’s restaurant, serving Chef Andre Fowles’s signature Caribbean cuisine with a contemporary twist; and the Skylark spa, where guests can indulge in a massage and facial.
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If Fleming were alive, after a day of sunbathing on the hotel’s 220-foot beach, he’d surely be found at the bar with a vodka martini in hand. Shaken, not stirred. Rooms from $175 in high season.

AN UNDERWATER VILLA IS COMING TO THE MALDIVES LATER THIS YEAR

Umm yeah, this looks amazing.
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Move over, overwater bungalows. Sleeping beneath sea level in an underwater villa is the latest travel experience that needs to be bumped to the top of your travel bucket list ASAP.
On Tuesday, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island revealed that they are building a new undersea residence immersed 16.4 feet under the Indian Ocean that is expected to open in November 2018 and cost $50,000 for a one-night stay.
The new underwater villa will be called the Muraka, which means coral in Dhivehi, the local language in the Maldives.
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Designed by Ahmed Saleem, the director at Crown Company, and built by Mike Murphy, the leading engineer at M J Murphy Ltd., a New Zealand-based company that specializes in aquarium technology, the new underwater villa will have two stories—one located above sea level and a bedroom suite designed so you can sleep under the sea.
“The world’s first undersea residence encourages guests to explore the Maldives from an entirely new perspective below the surface of the sea,” Saleem said in a statement. “Through our rich history of being a trailblazer in innovative luxury hospitality, we are proud to remain at the forefront of cutting-edge design, technology and architecture.”
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The undersea level will provide panoramic views of the surrounding ocean from the king-size bedroom, living area and bathroom.
“We are excited to present Muraka’s unique sleeping under the sea experience to our future guests, providing them with an extraordinary seascape of the Maldives from an entirely new perspective,” Stefano Ruzza, General Manager at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, said in a statement.
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A spiral staircase leads upstairs to the upper level where you’ll not only find a king-size bedroom, living room, kitchen and bar, but also a twin-size bedroom, bathroom, powder room, gym and dining area with a deck that is situated for optimal sunset views. There’s also room for butler’s quarters and space for a private security detail to sleep. In total, the underwater villa can accommodate up to nine guests.
More into sunrises? On the other side of the villa there is a relaxation deck facing east that comes with its very own infinity pool.
The underwater hotel rooms are a first for Conrad Maldives, but they know a thing or two about building under the sea. The resort’s Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, which opened 13 years ago, is located more than 16 feet under the ocean’s surface and has views of the surrounding coral garden.
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Even though several other hotels around the world including Dubai’s Atlantis, the Palm have underwater suites that look out onto aquarium, Conrad Maldives believes the Muraka will be the world’s first undersea villa.
While Dubai-based real estate and property management company Kleindienst Group announced plans in 2015 to open an archipelago of 125 floating villas with underwater bedrooms called “The Heart of Europe” off the coast of Dubai, so far only three of them have been completed. Of those three, one sank in January 2018, while another toppled into the sea while being transported and the third must be supported by sandbags to keep it upright, according to local news reports.

5 spring trends to spruce up your space

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Since launching her eponymous interiors firm in 2007, New York-based designer Young Huh has specialized in turning houses into homes, one room at a time. When it comes to her own spaces, she’s all about a seasonal refresh with of-the-moment decorative accessories and unexpected finishes. These small changes can make a world of a difference for waking up a tired space. Ready for a renewal yourself? Use Huh’s creative ideas on upgrades for spring.
1. Refresh Your Room’s Energy
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Pale blues and serene greens can really change the mood of a space. No need to break out the paintbrush or buy a new sofa to get those peaceful, chill Spring vibes. Instead, focus on layering colored accents into your existing decor—adding a blue frame or candle on a living room console, placing a porcelain glass vase full of fresh flowers artfully on a mantel, and showcasing crystal topped containers can all enhance your room’s positive energy.
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Plants literally add life to a space, so don’t be shy with greenery. Scatter simple bouquets on tables throughout your living areas. Mix in branches for extra drama and height, or use a handful of twigs on their own for a striking, sculptural arrangement.
2. Embrace a Moody Palette
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Who says spring shades have to be pastel? There’s nothing more modern than decorating with navy for the season. It’s just like black—totally neutral and goes with anything, just softer. Liven up shelving in the kitchen with moody blue mugs and leave bold, cast-iron cookware out on display.
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Textiles can get in on the fun, too. Choose classic patterns for the most design flexibility. Indigo-and-white gingham tea towels will work in any style space, from a rustic farmhouse to a Mid-Century inspired cookspace like Huh’s kitchen.
3. Bring the Outdoors In
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Nothing lightens up a space like the use of natural elements. There are so many ways to work these touches into your decor, especially in a dining area. Swap heavy linens for an airy, white cotton tablecloth and woven straw placemats. Organic shapes and bamboo motifs update basic flatware. Look to the ocean for tabletop inspiration by choosing pretty, sea glass colored drinkware and watercolor patterned china.
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Continue the natural theme onto your bar cart (or dining room sideboard in Huh’s case) with coordinating entertaining pieces. When cast in a pebbled pattern, frosted glass barware feels new again. Use fresh herbs as cocktail garnishes and keep a bottle of bubbly in your ice bucket—it will be handy for surprise springtime guests!
4. Go for “All Gold Everything”
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Turn your sleep space into a special sanctuary with decorative accents in gold, the metal of the moment. When it comes to bedding, go bold for gold when choosing the perfect bedding and pillows. On a nightstand, try a brass lamp, a gilded vase for fresh blooms or a tiny dish for jewelry.
Up the glam factor by adding something mirrored to the mix, such as a vanity. Huh’s tapered leg table and round mirror combo is pretty and practical. It’s the perfect spot for getting ready, and reflective surfaces throw light around a space, brightening up the entire room. For an ultra luxurious vanity experience, add mirrored and gold accents like trays, candles, and vases.
5. Try High Contrast Hues
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You can’t go wrong with black and white accessories, especially in an otherwise neutral room. These high contrast boxes Huh placed on her her bath vanity energize the otherwise quiet, tonal color scheme in her bath. And they’re not just eye candy. Small boxes are great places to stash cotton pads, hair ties and other personal care items you want accessible but not openly out on the counter. If you can keep your contrast game going with things like hand soap bottles and toothbrush holders, all the better. No room or item is too small for a refresh.

7 COLOR PALETTES TO TRY FROM INTERIOR DESIGNER TRICIA GUILD’S CHIC PAINT BOOK

Here’s how to hit the right mix of color, pattern, fabric, and texture in your home.
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There is no reason to fear adding a bit of color to your home. Especially when you’re armed with the help of Paint Box, a guide to choosing colors, textures, and patterns by best selling author and interior designer Tricia Guild.
In the book, Guild has curated 45 palettes and designed rooms around them that offer something for everyone — from maximalists to minimalists, modernists to vintage lovers. Every room is accompanied by design tips and a directory of Designers Guild paint colors, fabrics, and wallpapers to help you recreate your favorite rooms at home.
Here are 7 of of Guild’s highly-crafted palettes and rooms to inspire you to get painting.
1 WHITE ON WHITE
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Guild says decorating an all-white room is one of the most difficult schemes to pull off, and offers a few tips for those taking on the challenge. Blue-toned white walls suit sunny light-filled rooms, while a yellow-tone white works better in a north-facing space.
“When choosing an all-white room ensure that all aspects — walls, drapes, shades, furniture, accessories, etc. — are united in their tones of white, to avoid potential pitfalls,” Guild advises.
2 FADED FRESCOES
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If you dream of Italian vacations amid Renaissance frescoes, you might consider extending that joy to your living room with Guild’s “Faded Frescoes” palette. It looks great against a natural linen shade, she says, and brings a mood of elegance and serenity to a room.
You should avoid any sharp blue-whites or gray-whites, Guild says. “[K]eep your neutral soft and gentle to echo fresh or wet plaster.”
3 MID-CENTURY MODERN
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Pulling inspiration from the period’s moody and natural style, this palette employs olive and emerald, plus a shade of charcoal that “provides a neutral backbone” to “underline the palette’s almost bookish tone.”
Guild recommends maintaining the mid-century mood by keeping details simple with white walls, wooden furniture and wools or tweeds.
4 VINTAGE ROSES
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For those more into vintage romance than modern touches, Guild gives roses an approachable, informal touch by adding in casual linen.
To toughen up the palette, Guild suggests trying off-beat colors, such as a warm denim blue.
5 OLD PROVENCE
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Guild says you can tweak this soft, dreamy palette — reminiscent of fields of lavender and ancient stone villages — by skewing cooler in sunnier rooms or choosing a warmer-based mauve for darker rooms.
“Texture is a brilliant way of adding warmth without compromising on the tones,” Guild says. “[R]ich velvets and shaded wools will automatically add depth.”
6 ROCOCO
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You can evoke the glamour of eighteenth-century French royalty with lush blooms and bottle greens, set against neutral-toned walls for balance.
Guild says this palette works wonders for rooms with little natural light. To recreate, “use warm rich tones of plum or eggplant on walls, allowing the color to be the focus of the room.”
7 ENGLISH-COUNTRY GARDEN
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A daring bright pink is refined and tempered by slate grey and jade here in Guild’s palette. To add glamour and punch, try a “shot of turquoise silk” that can stand up to the strong pink hue.
 

Nostalgic Mint Green Home Decor Is Making a Big Comeback

Nostalgic Mint Green Home Decor Is Making a Big Comeback
Mint is fresh again—and here to stay.
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This refreshingly crisp, pastel-but-not-prissy shade is the comeback color of the moment. (Fortunately, designers haven’t shied away from its retro roots). Here are 10 fun ways to infuse your home with this vintage color.
Throwback Tile
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Designer Meredith Ellis smartly schemed this powder room around its original green tile.
Painted Paneling
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Take a cue from the designers at Brockschmidt & Coleman and give a staid space a top-to-bottom refresh with Farrow & Ball’s Arsenic.
Mint-Condition Appliances
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Add a pop of mint green to your kitchen with vintage-inspired appliances. For a similar look, try Big Chill’s Retro line, which fuses midcentury charm with modern technology. (And any appliance maker who includes “Jadite Green” in its colorways is cool with us.)
Porcelain Planter
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Try a patch of herbs (mint, perhaps?) in this stately 9″ vessel.
Metal Headboard
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This softly hued carbon-steel piece offers industrial appeal without feeling overtly “factory.”
Shaker-Style Bench
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Made from eco-friendly rubberwood, this simple-yet-sturdy piece adds a practical sort of pretty to a mudroom.
Weathered Island
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A chippy green finish gives this one-of-a-kind workstation showstopper cred.
Enamel Pendant
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The flatter, shallow shade on this indoor-outdoor fixture casts a wide swath of light.
Bread Box
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Cane Coffee Table146856_cbd67380Perfect for a sunroom, this table has a country-coastal, found-it-at-a-Florida-resale-shop vibe.