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Moving? You Need This Moving Checklist

Because moving is hard breaking the whole process into stages can be a life-saver. Let’s start with selling and disposing of the things you don’t use or need anymore. How to Sell and Dispose Before You Move When I was contemplating leaving my forever house to a smaller one, a dumpster on my driveway scared […] The post Moving? You Need This Moving Checklist appeared first on My Decorating...

 boxes for moving

Because moving is hard breaking the whole process into stages can be a life-saver. Let’s start with selling and disposing of the things you don’t use or need anymore.

How to Sell and Dispose Before You Move

When I was contemplating leaving my forever house to a smaller one, a dumpster on my driveway scared the heck out of me. Who likes to face the truth and dispose of those skinny jeans or sweaters that you will never wear again?

Of course, there are some things that you might be able to sell if you’re lucky. Let’s talk about it.

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Before you sell stuff on garage sale check the rules for your local town. Do you need a permit? What are forbidden items, like meds and alcohol? For example, in New Jersey, they are not allowed for sale. How about recalled items, such as children’s car seats or toys? Look them up here. If you have a recalled item you can’t sell it or even give it away.

1. Clothes

clothes before moving

If you are planning on moving soon, try to buy fewer clothes. By the way, consider renting for special occasions instead of buying. Many people swear by it as it saves space and money. I used Rent the Runway for a wedding guest dress and was very happy with the selections and service. Besides, no need to clutter a closet with a bulky dress you only wear once in a blue moon?

2. Books

books collections pile

As sad as it sounds, but usually paperbacks don’t have value. However, you can sell collectible books on E-bay.

old books lined up

It all depends if they are in good condition. Of course, if a book is extremely rare the price will go up. If you have rare specialty books you can sell them quicker.

3. Selling CDs

 

cds

Free up space in your moving truck by uploading CDs. Then sell them online or on a garage sale. Try Second Spin or Bonavendi to sell all kinds of CDs and DVDs. At least check out the value before selling. You can even download Bonavendi app to scan your CDs for pricing.

4. Electronics

 

old electronics

 before disposing or selling electronics make sure that you wipe off all your personal information from the hard drive. If you work from home, check with your company about data disposal policies. Uninstall all the apps, programs and data pointing to you.

5. Invite Friends and Family to a Moving Party

a man moving

Throw a moving party for friends and family. Let them have things that you can’t use in a new place. After all, it’s nice to see your art piece on your friend’s living room wall when you come to visit them.

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Five 2020 Home Decor Trends We Love

After visiting most of the furniture fairs it became obvious to me that fluid forms and curved organic shapes will set the tone for 2020 home decor trends that will last well into the decade. Apparently, people are tired of mid-century modern look and want more organic curves. However, many artists and craftsmen gain inspiration […] The post Five 2020 Home Decor Trends We Love appeared first on My Decorating...

pinterest graphic 2020 home decor trends

After visiting most of the furniture fairs it became obvious to me that fluid forms and curved organic shapes will set the tone for 2020 home decor trends that will last well into the decade. Apparently, people are tired of mid-century modern look and want more organic curves. However, many artists and craftsmen gain inspiration from the Art Deco period as well. We see geometry in art and wallpaper prints, tile patterns and mirrors. The Ombre effect has graduated from textiles and wall finishes. You can now pick up a whimsical ombre chandelier or a coffee table.

Let’s have a look at home design trends 2020 and beyond.

1. Curves and Fluid Forms for Sofas and Chairs

a collage of 2020 home decor trends images
Curved and organic shapes- one of the main 2020 home decor trends
a living room with trendy furniture
Fluid and curved forms

Certainly, this look is not for someone who lives in a two-bedroom apartment with kids and dogs. This doesn’t mean that you can’t gain inspiration from a beautiful composition of shapes and colors! Use a round rug instead of a rectangular one to create a separate island that anchors a round coffee table. Or attach a decorative thin tape to a simple white curtain and attach it in an arch.

Curvaceous sofas with smooth lines

collage of 4 curved sofas

4. Francis Sultana Victoire daybed; 1. Green curved sofa. 1st bids; 2. Goleta sofa by Anthropologie ; 3. Jacqui Sofa by Barrymore Furniture

Curvacious sofas and settees are pretty, feminine and glamorous. The style varies from an early Art Deco (4) to sleek and modern (2). Because the sharper the curve the more space you’ll need, be careful and consider it when you are thinking to buy. If your room is not so large a slight curve will work the best.

How to Place Curvaceous Sofas

The above image shows one of my favorite sofas made by Barrymore Furniture company. It is pretty and versatile. A subtle curve allows for many placements, both in a large or smaller room. It is perfect as two couches across or as a solo with chairs.

Two curved sofas across from each other

Two couches across from each other work well coupled with barrel back chairs or just by themselves. Also, you can place small stools or benches randomly.

One curved sofa and two chairs

a curved sofa and two chairs in a living room
Aria sofa at your Space Furniture

A single curved sofa is perfect by the window with a round coffee table and barrel-back chairs.

Curved barrel back chairs

curved back chairs
  1. Florence Broadhurst barrel chair at Candelabra 2. Bernhardt chair at Neiman Marcus; 3. Jackie swivel chair by Kim Salmella at One Kings Lane 4. Ether chair by Johnathan Adler

Since fluid forms of the couches made a brave comeback it goes without saying that barrel-back chairs are now seen everywhere.

How to decorate with a barrel-style chairs

When selecting curved back chairs keep in mind that the curvier the back the harder it is to place it in a room. That’s why I’d prefer chair #1 or #4 above to chairs #2 or #3.

a living room with a sofa and two chairs
Corbin chairs by Four Hands Furniture

Place curved back chairs across from each other. They will look better if there is a small side table between them. Create a visual space separation with an area rug. If you have only one barrel-back chair place it somewhat on the angle and have a wall unit or a bookcase behind it for a more grounded look.

2. Sleek and Exotic Light Color Wood Furniture

I predict that starting even before 2020 home design trends will be about an exploration of unexpected forms and materials working together.

sideboard in light wood
Lunas sideboard by Four Hands Furniture

For example, this curved sideboard above boasts a natural wood finish. Slim metal legs add lightness. A magnetic hardware is inside the cabinet instead of the usual pulls on the surface. The design glorifies a raw natural material reinterpreted within the realm of modern-day aesthetics.

a dining room setting
Lunas sideboard in a room setting

Lunas sideboard will work for many styles as it will make a dining room stand out.

an organic wood 2020 home design trend
Elena Hutch by Four Hands




elena hutch in the living room
Elena Hutch by Four Hands in the living room setting

Organic exotic wood, such as mango wood that is gently oil-rubbed coupled with other natural elements and fabrics are on the top of the modern decor list.

3. Art Deco Influence

On the other hand, if you ever liked Art Deco you’ll embrace its revival. Gold accents, sleek and elegant shapes, carved wood detailing and intricate geometry are taking center stage for the years to come.

 DINING ROOM WITH BLACK AND WHITE FLOORING
Design: Dara Designs. Tile – Tile Bar

True to form, black and white flooring, angular shapes, geometric patterns, and gold accents point to Art Deco style. But because of the white walls, slim lines, and simple accents the room feels much lighter, fresher and more current.

a trendy sideboard in green and brown
Berlin Sideboard by Dooq Berlin

Check out the Berlin Sideboard created by Dooq. It represents a harmony between form and function with no hardware in view which emphasizes the workmanship and the details.

4. Ombre Effect for Furniture and Decor

Tired of the wood look and don’t want plastic for your home decor? How about choosing an ombre finish for your next coffee table or a light fixture?

a coffee table with gray and white
Sheridan Coffee Table by Four Hands furniture

Contrary to what you expect from a concrete look, the ombre effect of the finish makes this rounded industrial piece look soft and airy. The color of faded indigo adds the allure of the ocean. In addition, the coffee table is good for inside or outside.

a coffee table with ombre effect
Coffee Table by Four Hands furniture in a room setting

If you are not into ombre for the furniture how about introducing a splendid lighting object as a focal point?

I’m an admirer of Regina Andrews’s lighting design for a long time. The image of the painterly executed ombre effect of the chandelier is truly unexpected! I love the gradation of the blue from light to darker tones. It looks like jewelry.

5. Geometry in Art, Tiles, and Wallpaper

While curves take the center stage within 2020 home decor trends and movements geometric forms are here to stay as well. This is especially true for art, tile patterns, and wallpaper.

You don’t have to tile the whole bathroom if you don’t need to. Create a feature wall using dramatic geometric tiles in the image above.

art work over a sofa
Transponder by Alyson Khan at Four Hands Furniture

Another home design trend 2020 is to incorporate a bold art piece into your interior. It can be a strong geometric black and white canvas piece with splashes of bright colors. In this case, you won’t need to paint your walls any other color than white. Don’t be afraid to use zig-zags and geometric patterns with curves of the furniture. They always compliment each other.

Finally, if you decide on curved pieces and geometric details try not to overpower your space with exessive accents. Use one or two pillows instead of too many. Also, stick to solid colors instead of florals.

What are your favorite 2020 home decor trends?

Stay tuned for my next post on accents trends for the new decade.

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Christmas Safety. Keep Your Decor Kid-Safe

Holidays are all about spreading joy and keeping everybody in good spirits and Christmas safety is a boring subject. But Christmas cheer can quickly turn into a holiday disaster, especially with little ones running around. However, with a couple of handy tips in mind, you can successfully detect potential threats in your home and eliminate […] The post Christmas Safety. Keep Your Decor Kid-Safe appeared first on My Decorating...

a girl playing with Christmas toys

Holidays are all about spreading joy and keeping everybody in good spirits and Christmas safety is a boring subject. But Christmas cheer can quickly turn into a holiday disaster, especially with little ones running around.

However, with a couple of handy tips in mind, you can successfully detect potential threats in your home and eliminate them to ensure the holidays are spent safely and the faces of your loved ones are lit with bright smiles and sparkling eyes full of joy.

Here’s what you can do to safeguard your kids (and your ornaments!) and childproof your home during the most beautiful time of the year.

Christmas safety- tree

There’s no Christmas without a beautiful Christmas tree. Still, all the sparkles, lights, and shiny ornaments make it very tempting to kids. They may try to grab the ornaments and accidentally pull the Christmas tree down or otherwise knock it over.

The best way to ensure your Christmas tree stays in place is to anchor it to the wall using straps or add weight (e.g., sandbags) onto its base. Also, you can install a circular fence around it or place it in a corner and attach it from wall to wall. You can also go for a smaller, lighter version of a Christmas tree for your table – equally festive as the traditional one, minus the hazards.

2. Christmas plants-pets

Poinsettia poison for dogs

We all love the sight of colorful plants during Christmas. Some holiday plants like Poinsettia don’t present a threat to humans when ingested, but they are not that safe for pets. However, other plants like mistletoe and holly berries can be toxic, causing vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea if eaten. The best way to prevent your kids from ingesting them would be to keep them somewhere high up, out of their reach. Although, your safest bet would be to not use them at all – at least until your children are older.

3. Dreamy candles safety

Don’t put candles on the tablecloth that kids can reach and pull

Another festive essential we can’t imagine our holidays without are beautiful Christmas candles. They help to create a cozy vibe in our homes and make them look warm and welcoming. Of course, I don’t want you to think you need to give up on this lovely decor element to ensure Christmas safety! Certainly, avoid placing them near the tree or on the tablecloth which they can grab and pull.

Christmas candles on a mantel
Place Christmas candles high enough out of reach for kids

Instead, all you need to do is make sure they’re kept out of your children’s reach. So, place them on a tall fireplace mantel or anywhere they can’t reach. That way, you can enjoy the Christmas signature fragrances like vanilla, mulberry, and cinnamon filling your home without any worries.

4. Mesmerizing ornaments

a boy playing with Christmas ornaments
A boy is playing with Christmas ornaments as new toys

Shiny, beautiful, and bright – Christmas ornaments are our favorites. For children, however, they’re simply new toys they get to play with during the holiday season. This has their curious little hands reaching for ornaments on the tree, which can result in them breaking the ornaments, or worse – swallowing them.

Reserve fragile Christmas ornaments for the top of the tree

To prevent this from happening, reserve the more fragile ornaments for the top of the tree (or avoid using them at all) and hang the shatterproof ones near the bottom. Go for shatterproof lights as well, and block the outlet to prevent the kids from putting their fingers in it.

5. Fun toys

What you decide to place under the Christmas tree can also pose a potential danger to children, especially smaller items and toys with batteries.

Dolls and teddy bears with eyes sewn on are a much safer alternative to toys with plastic eyes. That is because young kids may be tempted to rip off the plastic and ingest, which presents a severe choking hazard. Batteries that come with the toys can also be hazardous if swallowed. Your safest bet would be to read the labels before purchasing gifts for your kids and to make sure that the toy meets safety standards and that it’s age-appropriate.

6. Pretty ribbons and wrappings

a girl on a bed with Christmas tree in the background
keep ribbons, candles and wrapping paper away from children

Last but not least, the wrapping paper and ribbons we use to pack and decorate our gifts can also be dangerous if kids get their hands on them. Although they are beautiful, they can present a choking or suffocation hazard, as well as a result of accidental fires. To prevent all of these from happening, make it a habit to pick up wrapping paper, bows, and ribbons as soon as your children are done unwrapping their gifts and toys. Remember to store them and keep them away from your children’s reach.

christmas celebration

 ‘Tis the season to be jolly, and we’re all eager to spend the holidays enjoying precious moments with our loved ones. Nevertheless, Christmas can be a rather hectic time of the year, even more so for parents with small children. However, by assessing your surroundings and taking Christmas safety precautions to protect your kids, you can enjoy the frenzied fun and festivities without too much worrying. Safeguard these six items from our list in order to escape the holiday hazards and ensure a cozy, fun-filled and stress-free festive season this year!

About The Author:

Chloe Taylor is a journalist from Adelaide and a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator. She loves everything related to decor, aesthetic, lifestyle topics. She is also passionate about photography. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take some stunning photographs of beautiful places. When she is not writing or traveling, she enjoys drinking coffee and reading a beautiful book from time to time.

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These Accents Make a Cozy Christmas Living Room

It’s easy to make a cozy Christmas living room feel inviting with accents, such as throw pillows and blankets. I diligently scoured through hundreds of budget-friendly ideas for you. Surprisingly, I found just a few of my favorites. Because they are seasonal it doesn’t make sense to spend a ton of money on Holiday accents. […] The post These Accents Make a Cozy Christmas Living Room appeared first on My Decorating...

COZY CHRISTMAS LIVING ROOM

It’s easy to make a cozy Christmas living room feel inviting with accents, such as throw pillows and blankets. I diligently scoured through hundreds of budget-friendly ideas for you. Surprisingly, I found just a few of my favorites.

Because they are seasonal it doesn’t make sense to spend a ton of money on Holiday accents. That’s why here I’m making suggestions for inexpensive Holiday decor, pillows, and throws in particular.

I’ve paired them for you in terms of colors and styles. Enjoy!

DISCLAIMER: I’m using affiliate links in this post. This means that if you click and buy I’ll get a teeny commission that has nothing to do with your purchase.

Cozy soft and textural white and gray

White and gray always makes a room feel fresh. Add some textures instead of bright colors to create more dimension. By the way, you can use these for much longer than the holiday season.

Winter spirit in navy, white and gray

Navy, blue with white and gray refers to all winter holidays, not only Christmas.

Unique and adventurous

Tired of the images of the pine trees? Here is a cute alternative to make a cozy Chrismas living room even cozier.

Traditional red and white with a modern twist

Craving traditional red and white for Christmas? Here goes. A red solid pillow will add a visual focus while the other pillow tassels give you fun elements. Notice that the fabrics are updated to a modern lifestyle.

Luxury set- red, white and gray

These accents look like they are made very well. They are bright and cheery.

Simple and painterly but yet still cozy

Want something different? If you like a simple watercolor look that feels handpainted, consider these accents.

Textured combo with gray as the main color

Smooth and silky that works with beige

If you have a lot of beige colors in the living room consider this combo. Muted blues always work with beige.

Modern and glamorous

Add bling with a luxurious throw blanket and toss some pillows for modern bling.

Rustic and handmade

Is your house a farmhouse style or country? These elements feel handmade and crafted by a human with special care.

Doggy loving home

Do you love dogs? This cute dog pillow will instantly add charm to any decor.

Not so much red, please

Gold, taupe and beige can also look quite festive if you are not loving red and gray.

Sophisticated

As you can see it is possible to exude a Holiday mood with minimal accents.

Black and white

If a black- and-white room is your jam here are some options for you.

Kids” corner

How about the kiddoes? This baby’s outfit is adorable, I just couldn’t resist and posted it. And the throw blanket is so fine! Finally, give the kids some straight forward and clear Chrismas symbols they crave, such as a Snowman.

Bottom Line

All my life I’m wondering about a picture-perfect scene where a family gathers in a cozy Chrismas living room! Does it exist in real life? Or is it a Pinterest fairy tale to make us dream but also feel like our homes are so-not-good-enough? Tell me. For example, my husband falls asleep as soon as you put him under a cozy blanket. By the way, I’m guilty of that as well.

As far as kids go, when they were little they wouldn’t sit still for an iconic “cozy Chrismas living room” picture. They would run around unless it was for a ten -minute photo shoot with a candy bribe as a reward right in front of them.

How about you? Please DO post your REAL cozy Christmas living room pictures. I’m dying to get to know you better, my friend!

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P.S. Oh, I forgot! Here are the holiday essentials!

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Our Focus – Family-Friendly Home

What is a Family-Friendly Home exactly? Everyone wants to open the door of your home feeling safe and inspired. Like Instagram pretty but perhaps less staged and more livable.  But who has the time to actually make it happen? If you have kids, pets, and jobs just the thought of hiring a contractor and being […] The post Our Focus – Family-Friendly Home appeared first on My Decorating...

a dog on the sofa in a family-friendly home

What is a Family-Friendly Home exactly? Everyone wants to open the door of your home feeling safe and inspired. Like Instagram pretty but perhaps less staged and more livable.  But who has the time to actually make it happen? If you have kids, pets, and jobs just the thought of hiring a contractor and being stood up by him on your day off makes me nauseous. So humiliating. And how to know what works with what? And the cost! Gees!

Well, I’m the one who helps people like yourself to do all the legwork. I’m obsessed with helping you to make the right decisions about most home decor projects.

We provide you with the resources you need to make home projects easier and create a family-friendly home that works.

In truth, you don’t want to live in a dull home and wait another decade until the children get older and move out so that you could redecorate!

That’s why here and now you will get the designs that are for families with kids, pets, and sloppy guests.

And, obviously, safety is everyone’s first priority. For example, if you have babies and toddlers, you won’t ever want to use the furniture that can tip over. So, here, on this site, you will find tips and product recommendations to make a family-friendly home.  

If you have pets, you know that caging them at home to protect furniture is not an answer. Instead, we find the right solutions for you and your pets so that you can kick your heels and cuddle up on the couch together.

“What about parties?” you’ll ask.

What about them?

You’ll get the right furniture and fabrics so that wine spills can quickly go away. We’ll show you how to avoid this problem. 

We’ll hold your hand and quickly and easily guide you through the whole process of decorating, hiring contactors and finding products.

Meanwhile, let me just say, “Thank you!” for reading this now. I know that your quiet moments are as rare as warm winter days.  

So, knowing that you made the time to come over and read my blog fills my heart with joy.

Did I mention that now I feel responsible for giving you all I’ve got- my talent, my time, and my knowledge?

Because I believe in the power of a welcoming, functioning home that will make your life so much brighter.

Here I toast to your family-friendly home!

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Mixing Traditional and Modern: Elevate Your Home Style

While the timeless feel of traditional decor can be appealing, sometimes we get tired of the same look and want to update it. On the other hand, doing a complete renovation can be quite costly. So it doesn’t seem like a good option, either. Fortunately, with so many options for different price points, mixing traditional […] The post Mixing Traditional and Modern: Elevate Your Home Style appeared first on My Decorating...

While the timeless feel of traditional decor can be appealing, sometimes we get tired of the same look and want to update it. On the other hand, doing a complete renovation can be quite costly. So it doesn’t seem like a good option, either. Fortunately, with so many options for different price points, mixing traditional and modern styles is easier than ever. In fact, all it takes is making just a couple of on-trend edits. This way you will modernize your living space while enjoying its classic qualities.

Here is how you can make use of each aesthetic, and create an updated version of traditional home design. Take a look.

Spice up Color Scheme

a living room with green draperies

One of the least expensive yet effective ways to elevate your home style is to spice up its color scheme. If your home has a traditional color palette, such as classic white and beige hues, a quick way to modernize it is to introduce a bolder color hue.  

For example, you can create a bright backdrop for your traditional furniture pieces with jewel tones, such as cerulean blue, or emerald green, keeping the rest of the palette neutral. Ultimately, it’s best to not go overboard with these colors. Use them in small doses through accent furniture pieces, throw pillows or draperies. Rich colors will give a modern boost to your interiors, while the classical furnishings will help to retain the traditional vibe.

Hang modern art within traditional interiors

Many experienced interior designers reach for modern art pieces that give a modern spark to a traditional room. The artwork you choose can be anything from abstract paintings and graphics to metallic figurines, statues, and sculptures. Tying the colors of the artwork with the color palette of your interior will make those pieces pop. 

Mix materials for an instant room makeover

a bedroom with dark walls

Incorporate different materials within a traditional space to instantly elevate your home style. For example, don’t be afraid to mix different wood finishes. It’s all about striking the balance between timeless and trendy.

white bathroom cabinet mixing wood and stainless steel

The classic look of a wooden sink base cabinet can be elevated with the addition of a faucet in sleek and modern chrome or nickel finish. 

modern lighting and traditional furniture

A glass coffee table and contemporary lighting can modernize a living room with traditional window treatments.

Avoid furniture sets by mixing traditional and modern pieces  

a bedroom with a rug and many pictures

You could “mismatch” your bedroom furniture set to create an eclectic, personalized vibe. In this case, just make sure that all the individual pieces complement each other as they create a cohesive look. 

Quality timber wood beds can lend a sophisticated, classical quality to your bedroom. In addition, they look great when paired with geometric patterns of the area rugs. Finally, you can place the nightstands that complement the color and shape of the beds to complete the look. 

a living room with bright pillows

Although furniture sets were once a standard way to furnish your home, nowadays, they’re considered a thing of the past. Modern spaces make use of the furniture pieces that have a collected feel as if they were acquired over a period of time rather than purchased all at once. So, if there is furniture set in your home, you can break it up by introducing different furniture pieces that flow together.

Consider reupholstering old furniture 

a living room with blue chairs and beige sofa

You could also have your traditional furniture pieces reupholstered, so they look like new. Mixing traditional and modern fabrics, such as velvet and performance fabric will surely prolong the life of the furniture.

Declutter by removing all the unnecessary knickknacks 

white modern living room

In recent years the interiors became more simplified. Use the accents and collectibles you love and remove the knickknacks and unnecessary things. Just keep the objects that have a function and/or bring you joy. Consider Marie Kondo’s method of decluttering. So learn how to distinguish between the things that inspire you and those that don’t.

Bottom Line 

By incorporating contemporary elements into traditional style, you can update your living space and give it a facelift it deserves. Also, don’t forget that you can always rely on a skillful interior designer who will help you create that dream home you want.

About the author:

Chloe is a journalist from Adelaide and a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator. She loves everything related to decor, aesthetic, lifestyle topics. She is also passionate about photography. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take some stunning photographs of beautiful places. When she is not writing or traveling, she enjoys drinking coffee and reading a beautiful book from time to time.

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