Why Don’t You…?

Decor is all about breaking the norm, bending the rules and pushing through the boundaries. Look around your home: how many "rules" are you living by that just simply don't suit your lifestyle? A symmetrical room you just can't relax in, or a stiff, upholstered sofa you have to wrangle your children from daily?

Throw the rules out the window. Case in point:

Image Credit: Number 19

Some might argue this bed isn't grounded properly in the room, with no headboard or end tables (save the one in the corner) to help balance it. Yet this bed is cozy, inviting and beautiful – with or without matching end tables. Sure, it's floating in the middle of a giant room, but it works.

Inspiring, yes? Remember this bed next time you're second-guessing whether your home is decorated "properly" or not. (Hint: there is no "properly!")

Go forth and have fun with your decor — FLOR's orders!

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Two Smart (Unexpected!) Storage Tricks

Storage seems to be top of mind lately, with spring well on its way (here's hoping!) and de-cluttering days ahead of us. Naturally, you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled on two adorable and surprising storage solutions this week — want a peek?:

[Image: Say Yes to Hoboken]

Have some spare crown molding, or itching for a trip to the hardware store? This super affordable trim doubles as stylish shoe storage when painted a bright, vibrant color. Or, if you're the traditional type, let the molding shine in its original state of white. However you slice it, this trick works wonders in small spaces where floor space is limited. Brilliant!

[Image: Little Inspirations]

It's no secret; the entryway is one of the more important areas of your home. Sneak in a decorative element (I love this oar!) that doubles as a clothing rack for a smart solution that's as pretty as it is functional!

What did we miss? What are your favorite surprise storage tricks? Come on; don't leave us hanging (ha! pun!)!

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Feeling Industrious

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And by industrious, I mean completely and utterly industrial. After perusing through boxes and boxes of my husband's grandfather's garage (did you follow that?), I stumbled upon dozens of vintage industrial items that I wouldn't mind scattering about my own home.

There's something completely organic about surrounding oneself with items that conjure memories of years ago — from generation to generation. And whether or not they're authentically vintage, I find the look absolutely charming.

Of course, there are a few ground rules when dealing with period pieces that are so harsh in nature:

1. Layer textures. Keep things soft and light by layering textiles, such as sheepskin rugs, sheer draperies and plenty of throws (especially in this chilly weather!).
2. Get green. A healthy dose of nature often combats harsh edges and seemingly "cold" spaces, breathing life into any room. Don't have the greenest thumb? Try a cactus; same effect, much easier to maintain.
3. Mix modern. Don't forget to add in some modern elements to avoid looking like you're living in your grandmother's attic. Try clean lines, basic color schemes and modular pieces for a surprisingly rich effect.

Happy decorating!

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