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Chic Porch Room Summer 2013 Decorating Ideas

See how a design savvy couple repurposed an old shed on their upstate New York vacation property into a relaxing porch space perfect for escaping the city and for entertaining friends.

With some DIY and design smarts, a crumbling early 1900s shed was converted into an airy living space to entertain guests. The roof of the shed was raised to give the 22×13-foot structure a bit of breathing room and was then re-covered with leftover shingles. Sustainable solutions were used, such as reusing furniture already in their collection and repainting vintage shutters.
These adorable outside shutters added a personal touch that also perked up the facade.
The bright colors and patterns in the design create a room full of whimsy while still being in-line with the traditional New England summer cottage look of the main building.
Revamped yard sale finds create a citrus sorbet color palette of seating. To create a perfectly smooth powder coating on used metal furniture, take it to a local auto body shop.
Curtains add privacy to a screened-in area so those inside don’t feel like they’re on display. A playful multicolor print using hand block stamps from India and fabric paint is simple and inexpensive on these white drapery panels.
Space for napping was a must-have for the homeowners, so a daybed coated in outdoor paint was added to the space. A cute pair of chairs and a table make an ideal spot for morning coffee rituals.
The throw pillow collection was approached like a garden plot. There are no rules against planting alliums alongside zinnias, so why shy away from mixing patterns in a summer porch? Tons of color brightened up the space.
The decision not to insulate the structure left the summertime retreat with exposed studwork that’s put to good use displaying books and collectibles. Sturdy studs become built-in shelving and a pretty collection transforms an otherwise rustic finish into a focal point.
Decor is more dramatic repeated by the dozen. Bargain lanterns were used to create special mood lighting and to add color. The lighting gives off a magical glow at night.

2013 Candice Olson’s Bedroom Collection

Candice simply love classic design when it’s reinterpreted. These collections reflect the spirit of this design philosophy; clean pared down lines and forms rooted in tradition yet made to feel new and modern with unexpected or stylized scale, finishes and detailing. This contemporary take on tradition creates a look that’s at once current yet timeless, fresh yet familiar…the essence of both beautiful design and a beautifully designed home.”

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Decorating With Orange 2013 Ideas

Have warmed to the thought of using orange in your home.i hope you like this slide show that features a variety of looks in this citrus hue … Enjoy !!!!
Morning Room 
A warm color scheme is right at home in a breakfast room where a jolt of energetic color can help to get a jump on an active day. A range of oranges, from deep russet to light peach surround the banquette, which in turn is bathed in a glow of sunlight and yellow walls. The drum shade of the pendant light fixture incorporates all the colors of the palette.
Fabric Focus 
Vivid persimmon fabrics capture the eye in this appealing dining room. An analogous color palette of warm hues supports the bold orange color. Solid yellow fabric covers the curved banquette and pillows in a yellow-on-white pattern with contrasting piping giving definition to the yellow shapes. A russet rug, banded in yellow repeats the color scheme underfoot. Overhead, the chandelier is an energetic design of leafy tendrils in a single matte orange. Sophisticated black elements ground the room.
Color Coordinated
Choosing from within a coordinated collection of colors and patterns ensures foolproof decorating in this enticing living room. The sherbet shades offer a balance of soft tints and intense hues in playful patterns and restful solids. Neutral walls allow the mix of orange, pink, yellow, and green furnishings to take center stage.
Better with Color 
Bold splashes of orange and red give this all-white room a new look with little effort. An orange table with modern lines adds a sassy touch to the decor. Underfoot, a graphic red-and-white organic-pattern rug layers on top of a larger sisal floor covering. Solid orange linen throw pillows and a fuzzy throw give the upholstered furnishings a bit of visual punch.
Small Space, Bold Color Scheme 
Bold accents make a big impact in this tiny space. Two unfinished wood hutches, painted soda pop orange, add display and storage space. The hutches complement the room’s blue accent wall. Orange stripes in the window treatments and rug bring all the elements together and add a touch of drama to the space.
The Warmth of Orange
Goldenrod yellow walls and burnt orange accents work together to give this family room a warm and inviting motif. The solid burnt orange window treatments and throw pillows create a common thread among the patterned chairs, window seat, and ottoman. The bright hue adds both drama and consistency to the room.
Bold Fireplace
This fiery orange is the perfect complement to the fireplace. Natural accents, such as the marble fireplace surround and the antique wood mirror frame give the color an earthy feel. Pairing orange and brown is a good way to tone down the bright hue.
All in the Accents
Graphic tangerine bedding is the focal point in this master bedroom. Other orange accents, such as the statue on the nightstand and the throw pillow, work with the bedding to give the room modern style. Neutral walls and dark furniture provide the perfect backdrop for a bold hue.
Colorful Modern
Tangerine and hot pink combine to give this bedroom an energetic vibe. Black and white are a neutral foundation for the bold color combo, and double mirrors multiply the light throughout the room.
Orange Crush
Warm off-white walls provide a clean, neutral backdrop for a bold mix of bright and deep colors in this playful living room. A plush sectional in rich brown adds depth to the neutral base and provides contrast for the vivid pops of orange. Wall screens powder-coated in orange hang as geometric art.

Lined Curtains Design 2013 Ideas

Adding a lining to curtains not only enhances the look but also can extend the life of them by protecting the face fabric from sunlight.
There are a number of linings to choose from depending on the location of the window. For example blackout lining for bedrooms and thermal lining for living rooms.
Most curtain headings are suitable for lined curtains including tapes and handmade headings.
Lined curtains should be dry cleaned as the face fabric and lining can shrink at different rates if they are washed.
The following instructions are for bag lined curtains (this is where the lining is attached at the top and sides of the face fabric, with the bottom hems worked separately) with pencil pleat heading tape and a fullness ratio of 2 (double the width of the window).

2013 Contemporary Living Room Decorating Ideas from BHG

Sleek, streamlined, and uncluttered, contemporary living room designs allow eyes and foot traffic to move freely through casual, comfortable furniture arrangements. Explore this contemporary living room ideas from BHG to find inspiration for fashioning pared down digs rendered in relaxing neutrals that put the spotlight on chromatic accessories and abstract artwork. See contemporary living rooms where steely gray walls highlight white leather sectionals and sandy shades quietly mix it up with pale ocean blues and sea green furnishings. Discover living room decor items that supply a contemporary kick, such as geometric-pattern textiles, sculptural metal lighting fixtures, sunburst mirrors, glass tables and shelves, and natural furniture finishes. Learn how repeating large blocks of one solid color, as sofas, rugs, focal walls, drapery panels, painted shelves, or lacquered cabinets, energizes contemporary living rooms without muting the volume of the room’s modern vibes. Browse through our photos of living rooms to check out vintage cool spaces furnished with colorful midcentury chairs, steel-framed sofas, kidney shape coffee tables, and retro area rugs. See more conventional contemporary spaces where monochromatic schemes, spare furniture arrangements, and touchable textures combine to maximize the impact of this less is more decorating style.



Picking a favorite hue is one way to color a room. Another way.
Consider its sun exposure. Since North facing rooms enjoy limited sunlight, use reds and yellows to warm things up. Contemporary fabrics in vibrant hues not only energize this living room, they wake up classic furniture.


Light gray walls and charcoal upholstery make a chic neutral backdrop for vibrant pillows, colorful books, and shapely pottery in this urban living room.


Disguised beneath the trendy decor of this upscale living room are kid-friendly tricks that make the room look great and live easy. Durable micro suede and faux leather fabrics don’t sacrifice luxury. An upholstered ottoman offers a kid-safe alternative to coffee table corners, and a stylish side table drum.


The overtly graphic lines of modern chairs and tables, paired with deep shades of vibrant colors, make a striking, fun statement in this family room.


This small sitting area, located in a master bedroom, offers a restful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday family life. A cozy love seat and cushy chair provide the perfect spot to relax with a good book. Patterned throw pillows and bold color accent pieces add a youthful energy to the space.


While a contemporary, less is more approach befits this living room’s owners, a quirky Victorian chair nods to the home’s roots and adds a playful touch.


Keeping true to the symmetric nature of 1930s Cape Cod Colonial architecture, contemporary design elements were arranged by pairs and in orderly fashion for an updated approach to the home’s living room.


An eclectic blend of materials steel, linen, cowhide, and wood creates a contemporary but comfortable aesthetic that makes this family room very livable.


Mixing cheery with serious colors creates a sophisticated, playful vibe.
The living room’s serious side resides within the cool gray walls, sofa, and area rug and the navy club chairs.
All the furniture circulates around a striking yellow ottoman, creating an intimate conversation area.
Bold pattern accent pillows bring all of the room’s colors together, while chrome accessories add subtle sparkle.


A creative paint treatment emphasizes the height of this living room. The dramatic gold wall paint doesn’t extend from floor to ceiling, but instead begins just above the floor trim and ends just below the ceiling line. The unique treatment adds visual interest to the living room, which requires less adornment with wall art and decorative elements.