by Beth Whitlinger, ASID, CID

Making your home festive for the holidays should be an enjoyable task, but it can be a challenge to make it tasteful and fit into your home’s interior style. Here are some tips to ensure a festive yet tasteful decorating theme for your holiday home.

1. Bring in a sense of mountain fir trees by using greenery on your mantles, bannisters and alcoves. Weave in pine cones, sprigs of faux berries, ornaments and bows. Choose organic items that look as if they might have been found in the woods.

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2. Make your holiday décor match the color, theme and style of the room. For example, if the room is transitional style in warm taupes and blues, use those colors in your holiday decorating. Extend the color sch...

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(excerpted from the 10/8/17 blog by Pam Danziger of Unity Marketing)

Ask shoppers what they want and you’ll find they want it all — good quality products, wide selection, low prices — and they want it all now. Consumers are driving the demand for instant gratification, so much so that we are becoming an instant gratification society. Digital marketer Neil Patel says, “Instant gratification is the desire to experience pleasure or fulfillment without delay or deferment. Basically, it’s when you want it; and you want it now.”

In consumers’ quest for “instant gratification” there are two components: the “Instant” now and the “Gratification” from pleasure and fulfillm...

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by Kelsey Leslie

Once your home renovations are complete and you have added new furniture pieces, it's time for accessories. Introducing artwork, lighting, decorative pillows, plants or sculptures gives your space personality and adds texture. Note the term personality; this is one of the most important things about accessorizing a space. It is the jewelry of your home!

You want to incorporate pieces that are significant to you and are a reflection of yourself. Refrain from using accessories just to fill up space on a console or on a wall. Each piece should be one that sparks joy and adds meaning to your life.

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Room by BWID/Photo by Meghan Beirle-O'Brien

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by Jen Common

Outdoor kitchens and dining areas can be a great addition to your backyard!

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By designing a unique exterior space, not only will you be able to enjoy it year round, but you are providing yourself with a great space to entertain guests. To create a focal point, start by orienting as many rooms as possible to your outdoor living space. Encompassing an outdoor kitchen, dining, and lounge area with a cohesive design can bring your backyard to life.

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Whether you prefer built-in or freestanding appliances in your outdoor kitchen, you can select from several specialty options. Grills, cook tops, smokers, sleek storage and cabinetry, as well as refrigerators, sinks, and island workstations... The choices are endless. Impress your guests with fixtures and finishes, such as wood beams, stone, or terra-cotta pavers, which compliment your home’s design and atmosphere while connecting to nature.

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With summer approaching, creating a distinct outdoor living space will definitely make your backyard stand out from your neighbors. Call BWID today to start designing your outdoor space.

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by Alex Cordier for BWID

Having a spare room to play around with is an interior designer’s dream. Whether an extra office space sounds ideal, you’re hankering for a cozy T.V. room, or the prospect of a personal library gets you excited, a spare room can in most cases be made into a truly value-added part of your home. We understand that it’s easy to get a touch overwhelmed by your own ideas and plans, so we’ve compiled a list of spare room ideas for your inspiration.

A Book Lover’s Haven

It doesn’t matter if you’re a young homeowner or a parent, converting your spare room into a small library is a wonderful way to bring some culture and quiet into the home. Even better, a library can turn a dull room into a remarkably...

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By: Irina Scalabrino for BWID

Using wallpaper in your kitchen is a remarkably effective way to set a theme, more so than painting. Do you love modern style, or are you a traditionalist at heart? Is your kitchen a cozy, relaxed space, or do you prefer a professional finish?

The first step having the right theme is to get inspired. These five kitchen wallpaper designs from our collection will help create a room you’ll love to live in.

1. A European café feel

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No one does coffee quite like continental Europeans – whether it’s a classic Italian espresso or a creamy latte to accompany a fluffy French croissant. If coffee culture appeals, consider creating the feel in your kitchen using our aptly named Café Culture wallpaper, available in beige, grey, or with touches of red.

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In a new article on Houzz, BWID was featured for sharing invaluable advice learned from working in the industry. Real world experiences are the most important stepping stone to becoming a great designer, so taking away knowledge from each project is a must!

Click on the link below to check out a few tips from the pros:

https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/86336280/list/for-pros-10-things-they-dont-teach-you-in-school

Check out a few renderings of one of BWID's current projects!

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BWID was just featured in an article on Houzz, a website and online community about architecture, interior design and decorating, landscape design and home improvement.

"Get a Home That’s All About You" shares ways to create a space that’s tailored to your taste. Make sure your house reflects your personality and read the tips we discussed with Houzz.

Click on the link to be re-directed to the article: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/78489197/thumbs/pro-spotlight-get-a-home-thats-all-about-you

Enjoy!

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