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3 Tricks to Lower Your Heating Bill


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In many parts of the country, winter weather has arrived! Time to pull on a sweater, pull out the warm blankets and cozy up your home. Unfortunately, it’s also time for our heating bills to rise. But don’t worry – I’ve got a few tricks up my (long) sleeves. Check out these tips to see how low your heating costs might go this year. Read Post…

DIY Dip Dye Holiday Cards

The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! Thanksgiving approaches! But there’s no need to panic. There is still plenty of time to set yourself up for success this season. A great way to do that? Get a jumpstart on your holiday cards.

I’ve been creating my own homemade invitations for weddings, parties and birthdays using one of my favorite techniques – the dip dye. So this year I thought, why not make my holiday cards, this way too? Above, you’ll see one of my mini masterpieces. To find out how to create your own dip dye stationary, check out my video hereIn this case I was making wedding invitations, but simply switch up your words and your stamp themes and you’re ready to go. Read Post…

Thank You, Veterans! Poppies of Appreciation

Maya Angelou said, “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” and today we do just that.

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The beautiful red poppy is a symbol of gratitude that can be displayed in support of our soldiers, past and present. If you’re interested in learning more about the significance of these rosy and resilient flowers, please read this article written by DIY Host and garden guru, Maureen Dilmer. I loved learning about the symbol’s history and I’ve been thinking of different ways to include poppies in our everyday lives.

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Holidays Décor: Scandinavian Inspiration

Halloween is behind us! The holiday train has officially left the station. If you’re as excited as I am for this year’s celebrations, you may already be thinking about your decorations and menus. Last year I went a little flashy, but this year I’m calming things down and exploring the world of Scandinavian holiday design.

Scandinavian style is known both for its simplicity and functionality. If you’re looking to create a cozy, casual and comfortable holiday season for your family this year, this might be the theme for you. If so, take a look at some independent artists I found – from all over the world. Their modest masterpieces will become just the right accents to use in my Nordic Neverland. Read Post…

Black As a Feature Color – Yay or Nay?

Black House Laurie March Blog HGTV
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In the fashion world, an all-black outfit has been considered a classic for quite some time. And yet, while style icons like Audrey Hepburn or Karl Lagerfeld embraced the look, legendary Vogue editor Anna Wintour despises it. Why do the experts’ opinions range so dramatically? Because black is one of the most theatrical colors you can use in design.  So what about bringing this chic shade into your home? Check out some of these looks and let me know what you think:

Black Accent Color Laurie March Blog HGTV
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This classic living room is an ode to old Hollywood. The pops of white trim help to give the space definition, while complementing the graphic rug. This look might be too daring for some, but others would feel right at home cozying up with a cocktail on that gorgeous jade couch. Where do you stand…or sit?

Black Decor Laurie March HGTV Blog
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This sleek and modern black bathroom does an excellent job of incorporating unexpected, natural elements into a minimalist design. When the walls, counters and floor in a space are all monochromatic, they tend to showcase other elements in the room. That tub is meant to be the star of the show and with black as the main color everywhere else, that’s definitely what is happening in this room.

Black Dining Room HGTV Laurie March Blog

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This black and white dining room manages to blend both classic and modern features together seamlessly. While the bright molding screams traditional, the reflective black and silver elements transport us into the future, giving it a more formal feel. How do you feel about the look? Are the looks merged well enough for you or are they too contrasting for your taste?

Black Bedroom Laurie March Blog HGTV
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This giant plush headboard sets the tone in this striking black bedroom. A retro feel can be found in the light fixtures, as well as the satin bedding. Black can be an extremely restful color at night, but what about reading from this bed in the morning? Would the room be too dark in the day or are you charmed by the shadowy shades?

Black Kitchen Decor Laurie March Blog HGTV
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This welcoming black kitchen is sure to make any guest feel at home. The main cabinets, island and fridge set a rich tone, while the stainless steel appliances, granite and natural light balance the room’s levels of brightness. What do you think of this dark and daring choice? Do you find it to be classic or cavernous?

What are your overall thoughts on this brave hue? Will you be designing with black in mind or are you more likely to crave a bright color after too long?

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