November 27th, 2014
Today, we’re wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving with family, friends, lots of tasty food, and maybe a little football. We know you’ve been planning this day for months, but sometimes really important things can get lost in the shuffle. We know from experience. Just in case you were too busy (or simply forgot) to buy a centerpiece for your table, here are some simple and easy last minute ideas to inspire you.
A single purple cabbage can easily become the anchor for a fruit bowl filled with veggies and cut flowers. Napa cabbage leaves are wrapped around glass candle holders and tied with string.
Use a tiered server to hold pomegranates and tangerines, limes, lemons–any citrus fruit will do. Tuck in a few green leaves and voila, you have a simply perfect centerpiece.
Don’t know what to do to add a bit of drama to a small bouquet of flowers. Consider lining your clear glass container with citrus slices before adding colorful blooms.
This rustic centerpiece is created with a flat dish, persimmons and vines with a few red and orange berries. What could be easier than this?
Fill a basket with fruit, flowers and berries–whatever is at hand in the kitchen and the backyard. Lucky you, if you happen to have an out of the ordinary basket like this round one covered in acorns.
Have just a few fresh flowers? Supplement them with colorful leaves and berries pulled from the yard to give your centerpiece a larger presence and a little drama.
So simple and easy is this tray of apples and pears topped with green chrysanthemum blooms and red berries. No fresh flowers on hand? Green grapes or even nuts in their shells would also work well.
A white ceramic container with lots of visual appeal makes a fabulous centerpiece when filled with colorful gourds (or tiny pumpkins) and flowers and/or fruits and berries.
All these centerpieces are easy, easy and beautiful. Only you will know yours was a last minute spur of the moment creation.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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Tags: Holiday Decor, table decor
November 20th, 2014
Mirrors are things of beauty, and function. Mirrors, large and small, can bring a lighter airier feel to rooms of all sorts. Single large mirrors or groupings of smaller ones can make rooms seem more spacious. Reflecting light and beauty in their surroundings, mirrors are simply magical in their ability to enhance interior spaces.
A mirror above a console table or chest in the entryway can be stunning in any style from country to contemporary and everything in between.
A massive framed floor mirror can add another dimension to any living room. Just be safety conscious and anchor that huge mirror properly. Hiring a professional to do this would be a great idea.
An eclectic collection of mirrors with a few pieces of artwork interspersed can add visual interest to the living room, dining room or hallway. Isn’t this mirror gallery fabulous?
On the wall up a staircase or on a landing, a mirror or mirrors can create visual interest in an often forgotten area of the home.
No window over the kitchen sink? No worries. Just add a mirror that fits the style and size of the space above the sink. This shapely vintage mirror is just right for such a warm and inviting kitchen.
This narrow kitchen just barely has room for a wall-hung breakfast bar and bright stools. But, hanging a mirror on the wall above opens up the space and makes it feel larger.
Hanging a mirror over a dressing table/vanity is always appropriate. Here, a large round mirror with gold frame works beautifully over a modern white vanity and Ghost chair.
The round mirror and vanity in the previous image has bee placed beside the bed in lieu of a more expected nightstand. A rectangular mirror on the other side of the headboard creates a visually appealing asymmetrical balance in the room–not matchy-matchy but marvelous.
A well-anchored (preferably professionally installed) floor mirror can be a brilliant design decision in the master bath. This lovely space speaks for itself.
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Tags: floor mirror, mirror groupings, mirrors, wall mirrors
November 13th, 2014
Warm and cozy, soft throws are often associated with getting rooms ready for fall and winter, but they’re actually great for decorating throughout the year. We think they’re beautiful decorative accents for just about any space and every style. Kept within easy reach, throws are great for cozy reading or watching television. Artfully displayed, they’re a beautiful and easy way to add color and texture to sofas, beds and chaise lounges, too.
In a basket in the entryway or added to a comfortable reading nook under the stairs, throws can bring in lots of texture and visual appeal.
A delicate cashmere throw is perfect for a formal space like this or a light and airy contemporary living room.
We’re thinking beach house style for fall or winter. Lots of woven and faux fur throws add a most inviting look to this cool space.
A comfortable chaise lounge in a cozy corner is casually styled with a warm throw and pretty pillows. It’s an idyllic spot for reading and relaxing.
A large throw in a brilliant hue is a beautifully easy way to add color and texture to a pale bedroom. This fringed throw is just right for the foot of the bed, but could also be draped across the nearby window seat.
Carefully chosen throws are always welcome in baby’s first room. Used as a decorative accessory or a practical and cozy addition to Mom and Dad’s rocking chair, throws make for a more inviting look in the nursery.
From toddler to teen room, a colorful and cozy throw is always a favorite decorative accent that makes for a more warm and comfortable space.
Outdoor rooms can be made more beautiful and comfortable with the addition of warm throws. This dream home porch is so inviting with stripped throw pillows and plaid fringed throw. Isn’t it a great look?
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Tags: home accents, home decor, home decorating, throws
November 6th, 2014
From the palest of pales to deep vibrant hues, turquoise can give interior spaces an infusion of appealing color that’s hard to resist. Turquoise knows no style bounds. From beach house beauty to glam modern, this awesome blue in all its lovely shades feels just right for any style interior, or exterior, as we’ll see next.
What could be more inviting than cool turquoise at the front door? We think the door itself, the glazed pots and the stairs give a glimpse of what might be waiting inside.
Who knew a turquoise ceiling could be so stunning? Toss pillows on the loveseats bring that gorgeous color down into the room. At once neutral and filled with vibrant color, is that even possible?
Turquoise and lime make for a companionable color duo. From the captivating wall art to the chunky lamps and colorful vase collection, we love everything about this space. All that color and glam mirrored sideboard too, it doesn’t get better than this.
From soft blue walls to a lovely mix of watery hues in the wall art, this stunning corner is awash in captivating color.
A gray and white bedroom design is elevated by turquoise accents. Sometimes a restrained use of this gorgeous color is just right. Want to go for a mini-retreat this weekend? This would be the ideal spot.
Can you say totally terrific turquoise? This charming bedroom is all about pale neutrals and striking color with meticulous attention to details. This one is utterly irresistible, don’t you think?
We started this post with turquoise at the front door and as you can see, it’s just as beautiful at the back door. We think you’ll be seeing totally terrific turquoise everywhere you look today. Have fun!
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Tags: bedroom ideas, color, colorful, living room ideas, turquoise
October 30th, 2014
Want to bring your living spaces to life? It’s easy to create comfortable and inviting rooms with layers of color and pattern. Wether you choose pale colors and subtle patterns or vivid hues and swaths of bold pattern, layering can help infuse your home with beauty and your own unique personality. Today, we’re sharing a diverse collection of rooms made better by layers of pattern and color. Please enjoy.
Ostriches bury their heads in the sand in the background while a soft textural Moroccan rug is spread underfoot. An unexpected design duo that creates the setting for layers of pattern and color in this stunning foyer. Orange shows up in the wall art in close proximity to contemporary black and white fabric on the French armchairs.
Pattern and color reign is this grand hallway. Overlapping these brightly hued rugs creates a lovely irresistible layered effect.
Radiant orchid and orange are used in appealing layers. From the contemporary flower power rug to the delicate all-over pattern covering the daybed to the piles of charming pillows strewn across it, this space is all about a vibrant ethnic look.
Each of these colorful layers could be found as an accent in a traditional room, but all pulled together in a single space they create a beautiful layered look that’s hard to resist.
Layers of muted color and tropical pattern provide a lovely background for this vibrant pink cotton bedspread. Feels like a most inviting getaway doesn’t it?
From tiny pink prints to brilliant yellow coverlet and bold tent stripes on the walls and ceiling, this little girl’s room is filled with layers of charming pattern and color.
With stunning pink wallpaper, vibrant wall art and jaunty fringed throw, this corner vignette is chic and stylish in layers of beauty.
Even in outdoor spaces, layers of color and pattern can make for a lively environment–perfect for food and fun from spring to fall.
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Tags: color, Design Inspirations, home decor, home decor ideas, pattern
October 23rd, 2014
Thinking about updating your interior spaces for the holidays? Do those updates include light fixtures? As you may already know, here at Arcadian Home we’re always thinking about lighting. We couldn’t resist the temptation to share some of our new pendant lights with you today. These gorgeous designs are suitable for every room, including the entryway, kitchen, living room, dining room, bedroom and bath. It was difficult to choose just a few from among so many beautiful new arrivals, but we finally chose the following:
A caged pendant light of an entirely different sort, the Cesto Pendant Light with its refined metal-encased shade will add a touch of glamorous style to modern rooms.
A delicate chromed wire frame swirls around the crystal-like tubular center of the stunning Anastasia Pendant Light. Where would you use a pair of these perfect little lights?
The Orion Pendant Light is composed of a trio of elegant crystal encrusted rectangular hanging lights. The Orion is sure to add a bit of romance wherever it’s hung.
Combining a heavy glass shade with tiny dangling crystals creates lighting magic in the Malibu Pendant Light. From the foyer to the bath, this lovely light will bring beauty to just about any room.
All dark and moody, the handsome Bel Air Pendant Light is designed with a shiny metallic inner core surrounded by ribbons of black brushed aluminum. Exceptionally suitable for spaces that require a bit of mystery and glam style.
The Greenwich Pendant Light with its trio of glass shaded lights is at once chic and modern with just a hint of much sought after industrial style.
For those who love clean simple lines in their lighting, the Kendall Pendant Light is chic and stylish with a lovely alabaster bowl-shaped shade. Hung by a satin finished platinum chain, the Kendall would be perfect above a tiny round table for two, don’t you think?
An interesting new take on the ever-popular hanging sphere, the Pandora Pendant Light is encased in circular crystals set in shiny wire frames. This fixture also comes in other lovely shapes and sizes.
Remember you can click on any image above to learn more about that particular pendant light.
You can see all of the new pendant lights we’ve just added to our collection here.
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Tags: crystal lights, Pendant Lights
October 16th, 2014
What makes a home livable for you? Great functionality? Color? Comfortable furnishings? Beautiful decorative accessories? Perhaps it’s all of those elements merged into one amazing design. Today’s post features spaces that we think are very livable for a variety of reasons. We hope you’ll take a look and see what you think. Please enjoy!
Open and airy, this light-filled living space is multi-functional and brought to life with pops of bold red, Would this home be livable for you?
For those who love an eclectic environment, this vintage home with a lovely retro look would do very nicely. Are you noticing the great checks and plaids popping up in rooms of all sorts, from contemporary to Bohemian?
Warm and cozy and so inviting, this guest room seems quite livable even with its low ceiling. The combination of antiques and a chic modern bed and bedding is captivating and so visually interesting.
This large kitchen seems to have lots of commercial grade appliances, but the real center of attention is a fabulous table that serves as central island and dining table. Its distressed yellow paint makes a bold statement–an irresistible look.
This captivating kitchen is livable on so many levels. Functionality and rustic beauty are punctuated with vibrant color and the sleek lines of contemporary counter stools.
This large open kitchen offers modern appliances, dual prep areas with deep sinks and a charming pale gray color palette. Very livable wouldn’t you say?
Color reigns in this children’s bedroom. At once chic and whimsical, this lively space would please both parents and the kids who get to enjoy this cool room.
Outdoor spaces make homes of all kinds much more livable. Potted plants and brilliant yellow Butterfly chairs help create a pleasant terrace getaway.
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Tags: Design Inspirations, home decor, home decor ideas, interior decorating
October 9th, 2014
Fall foliage can be stunning, as trees turn from green to brilliant color combinations including an amazing array of orange hues. Naturally our thoughts have turned to orange for inspiration in home decor projects. Last week’s post here at Arcadian Home Blog was entitled “8 Ways to Decorate with Orange.” Today, we’re excited to share some of our home decor accessories that can bring pops and splashes orange into autumn-inspired interior spaces. Enjoy!
This color-infused bedroom is awash in bold color that could have come straight from nature’s changing of the seasons with a few splashes of watery blues.
These irresistible resin cows seem to have leapt from that colorful space above. What’s not to love about a trio of silver cows all dressed up in their colorful finery with pops of orange?
For those who love a rustic look, this orange and antique khaki pitcher should work nicely. With an appealing bird and vine design, it’s perfect to show off your orange side of the color spectrum.
Some forests turn fiery orange and red in the autumn. Here’s a piece wall art that’s the epitome of that brilliant display of color.
Orange, red and yellow swirl and flow around this gorgeous Barcelona Fire shag rug. Rather than a pop or a splash of orange, this is an explosion of color for the floor.
In a more restrained use of orange and other fall colors, this floral toss pillow is a perfect way to add pattern to a pile of solid colored pillows on the sofa or the bed.
This pair of chevron lamps shows off an orange of a different sort, a lovely deep shade of blood orange inspired by the tasty fruit of the same name. It’s a perfect blending of orange and red.
Is it a bird or is it a vase? Both actually. And it’s a lovely way to add a pop of orange to any room, from the foyer to the kitchen or bath. With or without a floral stem, it’s a beautiful modern touch.
Bold and brilliant, this pair of art glass gourd vases is a fabulous way to bring an appealing orange hue into a modern or contemporary space.
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Tags: Floor Rugs, orange, table decor, wall art
October 2nd, 2014
At once vibrant, bold and bright, orange can bring a warm and cozy, inviting look to home decor. From the front door to the bath, orange’s many brilliant hues can infuse interior and exterior spaces with a happy vibe. Here are some of our favorite ways to bring orange home:
This brilliant orange front door is spectacular with brass hardware. Welcome to my house!
Bold and beautiful, a white staircase gets an orange makeover in a big way with this fiery color running up the steps. Repeating the vibrant hue as a stripe just above the baseboard means double visual impact.
This living room with a warm sandy color palette is treated to the magic of color with an orange leather pouf and an array of pillows in lovely autumn hues.
Not for the faint of heart, going bold with orange upholstery in this modern living room makes a powerful design statement. This is color commitment at its best.
Celosia orange and deep charcoal gray make for a most companionable color pairing. This stylish kitchen is a perfect example of the extremely successful use of orange in interior spaces.
What a clever use of orange in a small living space! This tiny studio apartment gets a bold splash of bright orange with this most functional sliding door that closes off the sleeping area.
Not ready to commit to bigger or more permanent splashes of orange in your rooms? Consider adding a few pops of this vibrant color with textiles like these. A woven lampshade also shows its affinity for orange in this warm and cozy bedroom.
Orange and deep blue with crisp white come together beautifully to create a chic color combination in this vintage bath.
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Tags: accent colors, bold colors, color door, Fall decor, orange
September 25th, 2014
For a very long time, blue has been the color palette of choice for boys’ rooms. We don’t think that trend is going away any time soon. Blues of all sorts seem just right for walls, rugs, bedding and decorative accessories. However, as you see below, blue plays well with many other accent colors. Think bright primary hues on a background of pale blue or a lovely mix of softer colors for an altogether different look. Here’s what we’re loving today:
Sky blue walls and pristine white woodwork are the backdrop for darker blue and bright red accents in this cheerful boy’s bedroom.
With a lively contemporary pattern, this blue and white hand-tufted wool rug would be perfect on the floor in a boy’s bedroom or playroom.
We’ve fallen for this great folding table and chairs–a pint-size version of the quintessential card table set. Aren’t the colors simply captivating?
The modern pup kid’s chair is cute in red. We think this little seat would be a brilliant addition to baby’s first room.
A clever way to teach the abc’s, this wool rug has an appealing vintage feel about it. This alphabet rug could become the focal point in a nursery, child’s bedroom or playroom.
Fueling dreams of space travel, this child’s ceiling light fixture is encircled by images of the planets. The colors simply perfect.
A creative way to introduce modern design into a child’s room, this Mid-Century style play table is both stylish and functional.
Another space-related light fixture for a boy’s (or girl’s) room, this cool lamp is at once beautiful and intriguing. Parents and kids alike will be fascinated by this beautiful bedside table lamp.
You may want to checkout last week’s post “Decor for Girls: Pink Decorative Accessories.”
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Tags: blue room, Children's Room Decor, kids room