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Gold Home Décor: Timeless or Tacky?

Gold rhymes with bold – and I don’t think that’s a coincidence. Not only has the eye-catching tone seen a resurgence in the fashion industry, it’s also been used in home décor for decades. So what is the actual value of gold these days?

Gold Walls
Photo: TileSolutions.com

It’s temping to think of gold solely as a classic, old-fashioned accent color – meant for cathedrals and ballrooms. This bathroom proves, however, that there’s a place for gold in modern design as well. The shiny metallic tiles in this space warm up the look, but don’t compete with the contemporary tone. It might be a little too much bling for some people, but I bet there are many who’d love this sparkly spa. Read Post…

Cool Closet Conversions

If space is tight and your life is big, you might find yourself craving an additional room – an office, a library or even a napping nook (you know how I love them). Sure you could move, but there might be an easier solution. Why not convert a closet to suit your specific needs?


Photo: GiesenDesign.com

This multifaceted mudroom has been carved out of an old coat closet. While it simply provided storage before, now it greets guests, keeps outerwear organized and gives you a spot to park your seat while you’re putting on shoes. If you’re looking for more of an entryway in your home, this might be a conversion to consider. Read Post…

Dorm Design Time

Just yesterday we were starting our summers and it’s back-to-school time already! Whether you’re a student, parent or helpful friend, organizing and decorating an on-campus cubby can feel really overwhelming. But if you make a few decisions ahead of time, (after consulting with roommates, of course) you’ll have a crash pad worthy of the honor roll.

Dorm Room Design HGTV Laurie March Blog
Photo: AmandaLHoyle.com

Defining your room’s style, mood and tone can help to make a look cohesive. Modern, minimalist or shabby-chic? Is there a certain color scheme you’d like to stick with? Also, what is the preferred lighting scheme? White lights are a fantastic and affordable way to create instant ambience and might also resolve a common dilemma: when one roomie is ready to sleep, but the other one still has work to do, these twinkly lights might keep the peace between both parties. Read Post…

Go Fish: Salmon Kitchens and Bathrooms

Salmon tones are often featured in home accessories and accents, but that doesn’t mean the color can’t play a starring role in your kitchen or bathroom. This striking shade could be an interesting and unusual choice if you’re looking to mix things up.

Salmon Kitchen Laurie March Blog HGTV
Photo: Decoist.com

The kitchen above is brightened up by its bold tones. The stark white and lively salmon create a modern feel to the space, without seeming cold or stark. Now, if only you could absorb omega-3s visually…

Salmon Bathroom Color Laurie March Blog HGTVPhoto: Associerge.com
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Bathroom Chandeliers: Yay or Nay?

Shaving, applying make-up, styling hair and brushing your teeth would be really hard to do in the dark, so it’s safe to say that bathroom lighting is fairly important.  But I’ve been thinking about one trend this week that’s a little more fun than functional: the bathroom chandelier.

 Photo: Iroonie.com

A chandelier is often seen as a symbol of luxury and elegance and can often be found in dining rooms. If you love to host dinner parties, you might agree that the clinking of glasses is perfectly complemented by the twinkling of crystal light. But what about installing one of those lavish beauties in the loo? Read Post…

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