Simple Ways to Update Your Curb Appeal

Whether you have a brand new home, or an old character one, there are always ways in which you can give your home's curb appeal that extra, well, "oomph." Here are some ideas in which you can truly up your home's exterior's A-Game. 

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If your home's architecture speaks for itself, it's best to have an understated, clean landscaped look. You will really want to allow your home to stand out. Adding stone or several textures to your home's exterior truly give it a rich look. 

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This beautiful Victorian home has curb appeal nailed down to a tee. Ornate ginger-breading details,  rich paint scheme, perfectly landscaped yard, and a welcoming facade- this home has it all. There has been no detail ignored!

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There is nothing more lovely than a bright, bold color scheme on a home's exterior. If your home needs a little TLC in regards to its curb appeal, a fresh coat of paint can go a long way. It's always smart, however, to be mindful of your location's lighting, your neighbor's color palettes, and the style of your home before going too bold!

Blast From the Past: A Glimpse at Interiors

It's always fascinating to see old artwork and photos of Interiors of the Past. It's hard to believe that people lived in such simple spaces, yet things seemed so much less efficient and time consuming. A simple task like making bread involved working in a kitchen space with no counter space-- typically a butcher block type table that was used for all things kitchen related. 

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There are things we forget we take for granted in modern times, such as having plumbing. This old-fashioned commode typically would be located in a closet-like space with no sink for hand washing. It's hard to imagine that composting was their method of disposal without the modern techniques used in composting today! 

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One trend from the past, is the mounting of pictures hanging from wire to the crown molding. Back in the day, homes were often made of lathe and plaster, which didn't allow for nails to go through the walls. Their solution was to hang their favorite art and photos from the molding. It's still to this day, such a classic look!

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Fast forward about 70 years! This living room from the fifties truly shows the essence of when times were getting better economically. Comfier furniture, warmer feeling interiors, clean and streamlined shapes and fun, organic patterns were the new trends. The coffee table with the built in magazine rack is something you would see today in a modern furniture store. Amazing how time repeats itself!

Do you have something you remember from past interior design? Something you'd like to see have a comeback? We would love to hear about it!

Making Purple Masculine

There tends to be a love-hate relationship with the color purple and it's sister hues. This is because it has been long associated with being considered a feminine color, unique only to girlish spaces. But we beg to differ. Purple can make an otherwise stark space feel big, bold, and even masculine! 

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This gorgeous restaurant space is adorned with antique tufted sofas in place of booths. The purple upholstery gives it a more masculine feel in the way that the space is designed with industrial finishes, patterns and accessories.

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When purple is used in clean, contemporary rooms, it definitely exudes a more masculine vibe. The simple purple, velvet throw pillows on the bed still have a streamlined feel, suited for a king!

In history, purple was a well-sought after color, as only royalty were able to get their hands on this pigment. You will often see purple adorning interiors from past times, as well as royalty dressed and accessorized in this color. 

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What is your relationship with the color purple? Most people either love it or highly dislike it-- either way; most people are unsure as to why or why not they would use this hue in their space

Lamps! How They Truly Make A Difference

One of my favorite accessories of all time is lighting. There is no better way to make a statement than with beautiful, understated, or even ornate lamps! Oftentimes if your space is feeling stark or like it "needs something," the simplest remedy is to add a table lamp or two. Turn off overhead lights, turn on your lamps, and viola- a completely different feel to your space!

 

You can make your bedroom space feel like its own little paradise at bedtime, simply by placing table lamps on the side tables next to your bed. Enjoy a relaxing cup of tea while reading your favorite novel in the pure coziness of dimmer lighting. Studies show that when you dim your lights an hour before bed, it releases Melatonin, a naturally occurring sleep endorphin, giving you a better night's sleep overall!

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You can find some of the most elegant lighting in many places these days. This understated lamp in a rustic brass finish surely gives this unique space a clean, streamlined look, while providing warmth to the otherwise cool color palette.

The lighting in this contemporary space surely makes a statement. The tripod style drum floor lamp is a gorgeous accent piece that adds to 

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The lighting in this contemporary space surely makes a statement. The tripod style drum floor lamp is a gorgeous accent piece that adds to the modern style of this living room area. The industrial style pendant lighting makes a beautiful accent, continuing the streamlined, simple look.

Have questions about lighting? I would love to assist you! Contact me today for a consultation!

Gorgeous Outdoor Oasises

We love this time of year, when the sun is shining and we are spending time on our balconies or in our yards, breathing in the fresh summer air! If you're seeking a little outdoor inspiration, we've picked out our favorite little outdoor Oasis's and we will tell you why. 

1. Indoor and Outdoor Perfection! This gorgeous little bungalow has both a sun room to relax in as well as beautiful little outdoor areas for pure bliss! The gorgeous landscaping creates the perfect backdrop for evenings barbecuing and mornings over coffee.

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2.  There is nothing more luxurious than having an outdoor living room like set up. Imagine enjoying an iced tea or your favorite wine while gazing at the crackling fire in the comfort of your own outdoor space!

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3. We absolutely love the classic style of this beautiful Southern porch. When it comes to decor, it's all about simplicity, allowing for the gorgeous architecture to stand out on this colonial home. Imagine evenings of crickets and fresh dewy breeze.

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4. The ultimate set up! Talk about entertaining company! This is an industrial outdoor kitchen, worthy of celebrity guests! As people love to gather in the kitchen, they now can in fresh air and breeze. Complete with beer on draft, this outdoor oasis is at the top of our list!

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5. As scenic as it gets. Imagine evenings of fresh breeze coming off of the water while reading a favorite book. The beautiful Doric columns adorning the ornamental railings give this beautiful porch the most classic, traditional feel. 

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Which is your favorite outdoor oasis? Comment below!

The Best Interior Design Trends for Spring & Summer 2018

We are always seeing the trends change in the design world, but for this season, we are definitely seeing some timeless, fun, elegant designs worth considering:

Pastels! It seems ironic, but we are seeing bold, saturated pastels make their debut all over the map in both the design and fashion worlds. Bright pops of pastel pinks and blues truly make a statement in your interior- bringing fun and lightness to the space.

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Foliage! At one point, houseplants were seen as a dated way to decorate. But they're back! Different from your typical spider plant, you are seeing unique and distinct uses of foliage in interiors that surely make a room pop.

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Turquoise! Turquoise is one of those colors that ebbs and flows- one day it's all the rage; the next, it's seen as antiquated. But, there are ways in which you can implement this beautiful hue into your space that are both timeless and classic.

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Gold! Remember in the early 2000's when we were all trying to replace our brass knobs and hardware with brushed nickel? Well, gold is back in at full speed. But not the shiny brass we saw everywhere in the 90s- a more rustic look is what is trending. 

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Metallic Floors! Such a statement! We are seeing designers all over the world painting concrete floors with metallic paints. We are seeing small flecks of silver and gold in carpet patterns. We are seeing metallics all over the flooring industry and they surely make a statement!

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Get Your Home Ready for Spring!

We have all been hold our breath waiting for the sunshine to come back, the birds to start singing cheery songs, and blossoms- yes, blossoms galore! But then the sun starts shining, and the seasons start changing, we start to notice that our homes may feel somewhat in need of extra love moving into the new months.

Here is How You Can Get Your Home Ready for Spring!

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Bring the Outdoors In! By placing fresh, seasonal flowers throughout your space, you will come to find that your mood is uplifted, your home has an extra pop of color, and things just feel overall a bit more polished in your interior. There's really no such thing as too many fresh flowers! 

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Update Your Linens and Bedding.  There is nothing more refreshing than clean white towels, beautiful fresh sheets and bright, airy linens. You will find that putting your winter bedding away and replacing with fabrics reminiscent of Spring, you will be in the spirit!

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Set Up Your Outdoor Space. Now that you can enjoy the outdoors and take in the sunshine and fresh air, make your outdoor seating area the best it can be. We love to update old upholstery on outdoor furniture, implement bright colorful pillows, and add fresh potted plants. Viola- an outdoor oasis worthy of your favorite book.

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Clean those Closets! It is so easy to acquire extra clutter and unneeded items over the winter months as we are burrowed away from the harsh elements. Put those unused sweaters neatly away and get organized and ready to flaunt your bright, light, clean clothes.

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Pacific Northwest Homes to Die For!

Kurt Cobain's Home

This beautiful 1902 home is situated in Leschi, a block from Lake Washington. With a Zillow estimate of around $7 million, it is still a fairly modest residence considering Kurt's rockstar status and lifestyle. With four large bedrooms, 5 baths, and sprawling custom landscape, 

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West Highland Drive

This sprawling 7,000 SF home is located in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood, surely doesn't fit the normal Craftsman styles we see in the Pacific Northwest. Built in 1906, it's ornate details and beautiful architecture attract neighbors and tourists alike.

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Seattle Ward House

Built in 1882, the Seattle Ward House located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, is one of the oldest homes in Seattle. It's gorgeous Victorian Gothic architecture is preserved beautifully. Initially the home was located in Seattle's First Hill neighborhood and was moved to its current location after the city threatened to demolish it and it was purchased by a lawyer with a love for historic architecture who paid to have it relocated. It currently stands proudly- reminiscent of times passed.

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Sam Hill House

If you haven't had the opportunity to pass by Seattle's notorious Sam Hill House, you're missing out. It is still one of Seattle's most expensive homes, with lavish finishes and architecture. It features soaring Pacific Northwest views and interiors to die for!

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Raymond Ogden Mansion

Located in the Madrona neighborhood, the Raymond Ogden Mansion was designed by Joseph Coté and built in 1913 as the residence of surgeon Alfred Raymond. It was later the residence of Myron W. Ogden. The gorgeous, unique brick Colonial Revival is also known as the "Belvedere" or as the Myron Ogden House. 

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4 Beautiful Foyers

Your foyer is the first room in your home that makes an impression to guests that visit. It's the best way to express your style, sophistication, and welcome your guests into your space. Many people forget to put thought into their foyer design, but studies have shown that a good first impression sets the tone for your guests right off the bat. On that note, here are some gorgeous foyer designs to get inspired by!

All White Interiors: Clean & Timeless

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Well, it's been a long winter-- but we are on the cusp of Spring, I just feel it! It's that time of year when you want to freshen up your space- making it brighter, airier, and uncluttered. Which is why I thought it would be fun to share some gorgeous white interiors to inspire you!

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This beautiful neutral color palette features white in a classic, timeless manner. In the 90's, we were so afraid of white walls, but rest assured-- you can have a gorgeous space with a mostly white color palette that is as sophisticated as it gets!

Implementing metallics and fresh plants is an easy way to pull together a white color palette. There is something so fresh and inviting when designing with this scheme. Another beautiful perk of a neutral color palette, is that is emphasizes the beautiful details of your home's architecture.

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All white color palettes work in both traditional design as well as modern, contemporary design. There is something so clean about a white palette- a look that has never and will never go out of style!

If you have a smaller space, a white color palette will make your space look larger. White reflects light, which gives your space an open, bright, airy feel. 

 

Ultra Violet: 2018 Pantone Color of the Year

Rich and pensive, Ultra Violet is reminiscent of existential energy, the mystery of what the future holds, and the new discoveries of the past and present. It reminds us of the night sky, dark but endless, full of mystery.

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Why Pantone Chose this Color

With everything happening in our world at the present moment, Pantone color researchers thought it necessary to remind ourselves of our sheer presence on earth and the vast endlessness of our atmosphere. Ultra Violet is cosmic, rich, and timeless.

Our Favorite Ultra Voilet Uses in Interior Design

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1. Using rich purples make a bold statement as an accent. This gorgeous bedding truly brings forth a timeless, rich look to this elegant bedroom. Rich purples tend to pop when placed in an otherwise neutral color scheme. 

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2. Even the tiniest purple accents in a space can make a very bold statement. This otherwise very white bathroom stands out with just the pop of color of its hand towel. 

3. Ultra Voilet in Commercial Design. There's no doubt the guests who visit this elegant restaurant will never forget the gorgeous, sophisticated upholstery on the dining chairs. What a statement!

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Ultra Violet in Fashion

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Reminiscent of the Victorian Era followed by the 1920's rich purples always manage to make a fashion comeback. We are seeing this beautiful hue in every aspect of the runway, from hair color to couture. The beauty of this otherwise considered feminine color is that it truly works for both genders and truly makes a haute statement!

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Christmas Tree Designs

Can you believe the holidays have arrived? Time to put those harvest inspired pieces of decor away, and dive into Christmas spirit! Need a little inspiration for your Christmas tree design? Well, look no more. Your Christmas tree is the centerpiece of your home's holiday decor, so it plays the ultimate role in getting the right festive vibe down in your space. 

Stately and simple or dressed in holiday finery, a tree is an enduring symbol of Christmas. Steal ideas from some of our faves! 

Wrap Lights in Garland. Eliminate a step from your tree decorating routine by combining garland and lights. Simply choose several different fabrics in coordinating patterns and colors, cut them into thin strips, then tie the strips onto a string of Christmas lights until the chord is completely covered. 

If your home is dignified and sophisticated, then a chic tree is a perfect fit for you. An elegant Christmas tree will create a rich, welcoming feeling without overpowering the rest of your home.

Anyone can throw some lights on a tree, but a beautifully decorated Christmas tree can light up the holiday spirit of everyone who sees it. Make sure your tree looks exquisite and classic by decorating with elegance. You'll need some planning time and a budget for ornaments, and then arrange all the decorations in order.

Let's Talk Color: 

  • Classic Christmas colors, red and green. Accent the green tree with red ornaments, garlands and ribbons. If you want to add some pizazz with one metallic color, try gold or silver. Red, green or clear lights would work best with this style.
  • Wintry colors, like blue, silver and purple. Use your tree to imitate the icy, glittering colors of a snowy Christmas. If you choose this scheme, try to avoid mixing in anything red, yellow, or golden. Pick clear or blue lights to go with it. For a truly minimalist winter look, use only white and silver decorations.
  • Metallic colors, such as gold, silver and bronze. The good news is that metallic colors are easy to mix, and you can play with one, two or three. They're best accented with clear lights.
  • Cool or warm colors. If you want a tree that's a little more diverse, try sticking to colors that are either cool (with blue undertones) or warm (with red undertones). For instance, a warm tree might feature red, orange and gold decorations; a cool one could have green, purple, blue and silver.

 

Winter Flower Arrangements

There is nothing more beautiful during the colder months than a fresh bouquet of flowers to brighten up even the darkest days. We have been seeing many trends with foliage throughout the years, but the trick is to keep your floral expressions timeless, lively, and bold. We have chosen our favorite flower arrangement inspirations- many of which are sophisticated beyond your typical poinsettias and holly. Here they are! Click to scroll.

Cozy Up! How to Warm Up Your Interior for Winter

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It's that time of year- when nesting begins; you start lighting candles and fires and curling up in plush blankets. It's the time of year when we want to snuggle up with a good book and celebrate being away from the elements. 

Here are some ways in which you can make your space more cozy during the colder months. 

1. Candles and sparkle lighting. I always love to put white holiday lights on topiaries and drape them in otherwise darker places in my home. This gives your space a glow and sense of coziness.

2. Blankets and Soft Fabrics. Drape your furnishings with plush throws and pillows. This creates both a visual warmth as well as an acoustic one within your space. It's always nice to have something to curl up with when relaxing.

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Designing the Perfect Guest Retreat

Your guest bedroom should be as inviting and comfortable as the other bedrooms in your home! There are so many details that you can add to ensure that your guests have a wonderful stay, such as plush furniture, boutique bedding and luxurious small touches.

Everything from wallpaper, draperies, and other soft details will make the room feel cozy and warm. 

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It's in the small things when it comes to creating an environment your guests are sure to remember. These include placing a table lamp next to the bed with a glass for water. Fresh flowers are always a nice touch. Give your guest some fun reads about things that are local (local books and magazines are always a hit).  Always provide your guest with extra blankets. Many people sleep cooler than others and oftentimes guests will not want to as you for another blanket. Give them the option to cozy if if needed.

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Having a side chair or a place to put their luggage is key. Guests shouldn't have to live out of their suitcase while on the floor. Make it easy for them to access their belongings. Providing your guests with a mirror is an added bonus. Since sometimes you may have a full house, it is key to have a place for them to get ready without having to go to the bathroom area.

I like to place a bottle of local wine and some snacks in my guest bedroom when I have visitors. It gives a nice touch and provides your guests with something to nosh on in the later hours. 

 

 

We're Blushing! The Color that's Coming Back...

Pale pinks were very popular in the past and tapered off up until recently. We are seeing beautiful rose colors, blushes and other feminine pink hues throughout the Interior Design world. Here are some of our favorite uses for blush tones.

1. Fabrics. Pale pink fabrics can truly bring elegance into a space. This beautiful blush Chesterfield sofa gives this room a sophisticated, classic look.

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2. Decor. There are many ways in which you can incorporate this feminine hue into your décor. Through the use of fabrics or throw pillows, you can give your space an extra pop. Fresh flowers are always a beautiful touch too!

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3. Paint. Beautiful pink hued walls bring a sense of warmth and classic feel to any space. This especially pink color creates a soft, welcoming, and elegant look.

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4. Window Treatments. Pale pink window treatments can really complete a space. Incorporating beautiful florals and other patterns will give an otherwise basic room an extra focal point. 

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Fall Decor Trends 2017

Well, it's officially Fall! We are seeing that some trends that were making their debut last year are now going out of style, and new ones coming in. There are many design trends that we will see this year, starting in the fall and here they are.

1. Dark Paint.  There is nothing richer or more classic than a saturated, darker color palette, specifically when applied to a wall color or furnishings. We are also seeing beautiful dark cabinetry, window treatments and decor that really make a statement!

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2. Woven Textures. Wicker, wool, and other woven textures will give your space a warm, welcoming and organic appeal. Baskets and woven decor bring the outdoors in and create a rustic, traditional look.

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3. Velvet. Velvet is a classic as it gets. The easiest way to incorporate this plush upholstery into your interior is through furnishings and window treatments. Velvet has been around for centuries and creates a timeless, sophisticated look.

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4. Blush Color.  Soft blush colors are being seen all over the design community and there's a reason why. Soft pinks have a calming effect and create a both feminine and elegant look for an interior space.

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5. Brass. Brass is back! We are seeing it presented in more of a bronzed, brushed style as opposed to the shiny golden that was so popular in the 80's and 90's. It seems that this time around, designers have mastered how to incorporate this beautiful finish into their themes.

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ELLE Decor: What's Trending for Fall 2017

What we're seeing a lot of for fall design trends consists of organic decor, eclectic old timey products, and vibrant color schemes. 2016's gray palettes are starting to fade away (no pun intended) as more saturated colors are being seen on the forefront.  According to ELLE Decor, warmer color palettes are becoming very popular.

Beautiful bright green and blue color schemes are making their comeback, and we're seeing boldly painted furnishings, wall colors and decor that really make a statement coming to fruition on the design front. One timeless way into which you can implement a timeless look is through collecting old novels and stacking them under your favorite decor pieces to create height and weight.

A fun way to jump into fall trends is by implementing old fashioned pieces into your space. We love scouring antique stores and rummage sales to find the perfect piece for a focal point. This old wall sconce is a gorgeous piece that would look beautiful in any room in the home. 

Warmer colored metallic pieces are all the rage in the design world this year. Bronzes, brass and golds are being seen in both designer commercial and residential spaces. You can implement this look through the use of throw pillows, accessories, and lighting. 

Bookshelves that Tell A Story

We've all seen basic bookcases adorning the common interior, but lately we have been seeing gorgeous implementations of this storage in ways never seen before. From integrations under staircases, to glass shelving, here are some of our absolute favorite bookshelves worth being inspired by!

The Bee's Knees: Tropical Prints

Tropical design has been a timeless look for many years and there is a reason for it. The nostalgia of vacation and happy times can be brought into your interior in a beautiful way that stands out! Here are some ways in which tropical patterns can be implemented into your home's interior in an elegant way.

1. Throw Pillows. Adding throw pillows to an otherwise neutral interior with tropical patterns give your space a fresh, organic and beautiful touch! 

2. Wallpaper. Implementing gorgeous tropical themed wallpaper to your smaller spaces such as your bathroom will provide a focal point and conversation piece.

3. Window Treatments. You can bring a piece of vacation memories into your home with the use of tropical patterns in your window treatments. If you're not a fan of busy patterned drapery, you can implement a tropical look with natural fabrics such as tweed.

4. Upholstery. Add a touch of whimsy to your interior with an arm chair patterned in fun, organic, tropical prints. 

5. Bedding. You can find beautiful bedding in tropical themes, reminiscent of your best days at the resort.

6. Tile. With all of the beautiful options out there, you can make a gorgeous statement with tropical tile in your baths and kitchen.