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What if we told you that decorating with chalkboard paint can be totally grown up and chic? We’re not talking about the old-school green chalkboards of the past.

You can buy black chalkboard paint at most home improvement stores for less than $10 and paint a wall all by yourself in just a few hours. And the look is very cool, even if you refrain from scribbling all over the wall.

Why is decorating with chalkboard paint a thing?
  1. The color black is hot in the world of design. Black and white particularly have become the contemporary go-to color combo in the last few years.
  2. The black chalkboard paint you find today is matte in finish. The flat matte finish, paired with the rich black tone, adds a modern contrast to most neutrals and whites.
  3. And after some time, the chalk starts giving the black chalkboard paint a dusty patina and texture you can’t get from ordinary paint. It starts to look more like a limestone or slate wall than an ordinary chalkboard paint finish.
The matte black finish of chalkboard paint adds a rich, stone-like feel to a wall. Image: Form + Field

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It is possible to keep a renovation on budget. We’ll tell you how. Image: Darren James Interiors

Keeping a renovation on budget is a top priority for a lot of homeowners, but many find it much easier said than done. Renovations are variable by nature, so if you don’t stay on top of your costs and fees, they can easily add up — and leave you with a final bill you’re unprepared to handle.

We’re here to help prevent that. With just a little planning and diligence on your end, it’s completely possible to keep your renovation budget under control. Don’t believe us? Keep reading. Below are some of our best tips for staying on top of your remodeling costs. Whether you are renovating now or in the future, it never hurts to be prepared.

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Joanna Gaines just released her Easter collection for her Hearth & Hand With Magnolia collection at Target — and it’s perfect. The pieces have the modern farmhouse vibe with a little bit of Easter fun. And they’re affordable — what more can anyone ask for?

“I love everything about this collection and truly believe it embodies the spirit of Magnolia,” says Gaines. It wasn’t easy for her to narrow it down to just six favorites, but here they are:

1. Two-Tier Wood & Metal Cake Stand, $33

“This 2-tiered server is great because it maximizes vertical space, and I love the mix of the galvanized metal and wood,” she says.

2. Bunny Serve Bowl, $25

This bowl with the bunnies for handles is both polished AND fun. If you can’t get enough of the bunnies, check out the Bunny Egg Cup.

3. Jade Glassware Pedestal Dessert Bowl, $6

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Thinking about buying furniture online? Read our tips first to get the best results. Image: Blue Ocean Design

Online shopping is a great tool for furnishing a home. But a lot of us write off the idea of buying furniture online because it seems too risky. How can you tell if what you see is actually what you get? How do you know the piece will work in your home if you haven’t had a chance to see it first?

If you’ve ever asked yourself similar questions, this post is for you. In an effort to guide you through this process, we’ve taken the liberty of pulling together our four top tips for purchasing furniture online. Read them over carefully for the next time you’re ready to change up your interiors. With our help, we bet you’ll feel confident enough to add online stores to your repertoire.

Use these creative workstation ideas to inspire your own space. Image: Planwirkstatt

Most of us would probably jump at the chance to decorate a home office of our very own. Limited square footage in most homes means dedicating an entire room to work isn’t always possible, but it doesn’t mean we should give up on the dream of creating an area where we can be productive. Sometimes a workstation, or a work area within another room, is all it takes to get the job done.

If you’re looking for ideas on how to get your workstation started, this post is for you. We’ve compiled design inspiration for the task, as well as some practical advice on how to set up your space. Read them over to get a sense for which type of area will work for you. Trust us when we say there’s an option to fit every aesthetic.

1. Get creative with unused space in your home

Stockholm was packed with the world’s biggest retailers and designers looking for the latest in Scandinavian design at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, the world’s leading event for Scandinavian design. The city also hosted Stockholm Design Week 2018 for the public so everyone could get their Scandi-fix. Here are our favorite 12 pieces from the show:

1. KLASSIK daybedPoul Volther’s 1959 daybed has been put into production by KLASSIK Denmark in collaboration with Volther’s family.2. Apollo 79 pendantPholc presented the new Apollo 79 pendant lamp by Broberg & Ridderstråle. Cone-like shapes in brass or aluminum are accented in seven muted tones and several sizes.3. Air sideboard
Are you making this common design mistake in your interiors? Image: Lisa Petrole Photography

There’s no denying that designing small apartments can be tricky. When you’re dealing with limited square footage, you do have to scale back your design elements to ensure they work with the available space. But many people take this concept too far — and that’s a huge design mistake.

If you’re guilty of making this mistake, don’t worry. It’s much more common than you think, and we’re going to help you fix it once and for all. Learn more about how to pick perfectly sized furniture and accessories for your home every single time.

Always pay attention to scale and proportion. Image: Brad Ramsey InteriorsThe design mistake: Buying furniture too small

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Concrete is shaping up to be 2018’s next big design trend. Image: Walter Barda Design

So far 2018 has brought us quite a few polarizing design trends. We’ve already talked about how to harness the power of bold colors, but now, it’s time to talk about a trend on the other end of the aesthetic spectrum. The concrete look is here and it’s ready to bring a subtle yet sophisticated edge to your interiors.

If you need some convincing, this post is for you. We’ve broken down why concrete works so well and why it’s set to become a fixture in the design landscape. Read on and, before you know it, you’ll be ready to give concrete a shot.

Concrete is the perfect fit for those who want an industrial aesthetic. Image: SHED Architecture & DesignConcrete creates an industrial edge

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Looking for more ways to incorporate storage into your décor? Keep scrolling for some inspiration. Image: PLATEMARK DESIGN

Storage doesn’t have to be synonymous with shoving your belongings in a closet, pulling the doors closed, and hoping no one ever looks inside. In reality, it can serve a dual purpose. In addition to keeping your belongings safe and organized, it can actually become an important — and even essential — component of your aesthetic.

If you’re ready to have your storage solutions pull double duty, this post is for you. We’ve compiled a list of ideas on how to effortlessly include storage in your décor. Look them over and use the ones you love as design inspiration for your next home improvement project. By incorporating a few of these suggestions into your own interiors, you can create a design that is equally functional and beautiful.

1. Have your backsplash pull double duty
Does your kitchen need a new look? Our kitchen upgrades are just what you need. Image: Caesarstone

Head’s up, homeowners: A recent survey by Remodeling Magazine shared some unexpected news about popular home improvements. It found that kitchen remodels are not garnering the same return on investment they used to. With that in mind, we suggest that rather than spending your money on totally redo-ing the space, selecting a few, smart kitchen upgrades might be a better bet.

As far as which projects make sense, we’ve got you covered. Below is a list of four upgrades that can be completed in a weekend or less. Read them over and tackle them one by one. By the time you’re done, your kitchen will have a totally new look for a fraction of the cost.

Get trendy with some brightly painted cabinets. Image:...

California-based Signum Architecture completed the design of Odette Estate Winery, a modern structure aimed at mirroring the refinement of the wines produced in the famous Napa Valley. The project is said to express the owner’s commitment to sustainable farming and wine production.

Defined by organic shapes throughout, the structure blends in with the landscape.”Nestled in the valley’s eastern hills, the building’s living roof appears to have been pushed up from the earth,” the architects said.

“At the front of the building, sliding perforated aluminum screens in tall, voluptuous forms veil the winery’s covered crush pad and open-air workspace. Behind these screens, three repurposed shipping containers serve as comfortable and sophisticated winery laboratory and office space.”

With a clean and simple layout, it’s easy to move from one functional area of the winery to the next. The design of the fermentation barrels matches the sober interiors, as if to invite guests to take a moment and reflect on the wine-drinking ritual.

On-site renewable energy created by solar panels and the smart use of building materials are just some of the elements that make the project sustainable. Photos and information provided by Signum Architecture.

Here’s how to decorate rental walls without forfeiting your deposit. Image: Joseph Bergin Architect PC

Rentals can be tricky. On the one hand, you want to make the space feel like home while you’re living there. On the other, you don’t want to make it so homey you kiss your security deposit goodbye. In particular, choosing to decorate rental walls can feel like walking a fine line.

That’s where we come in. In this post, we’ve gathered lots of practical suggestions to help you decorate your walls without having to deal with a single nail. Read them over and weigh how each one will mesh with your rental space and personal tastes. We’re sure you’ll find at least one option that strikes your fancy.

Display art rather than hang it. Image: Nathalie Priem PhotographyDisplay art on surfaces

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It may seem counterintuitive, but asymmetry matters in interior design. Image: Denver Image Photography

Though trends are an important part of the interior design landscape, nothing can overtake the necessity of understanding the fundamentals of how design works. Which is why, today, we’re going back to basics. We’re about to take a look at why asymmetry is a crucial component of design in our homes.

Keep reading to learn more about what exactly asymmetry is, why it matters and how you can pull it off in your own interiors. We’re sure by the time you’ve finished reading, you’ll be ready to make a few adjustments of your own.

Asymmetry is a type of balance. Image: Clean DesignWhat is asymmetry?

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You’ve always wanted a home library. Now’s the time to make it happen. Image: Trilogy Cabinets & Design

Most bookworms we know dream of having a space where they can escape from the world with a good book. Though home libraries may sound like a thing of the past, there’s no reason why you can’t create one of these areas in your own home. All it takes is a little planning to make sure this project comes out the way you’ve always envisioned.

Since these spaces are highly personal, much of your design will come down to your tastes. But there are some tips to help ensure your home library functions at its best, regardless of your aesthetic. Read on below to get one step closer to creating your dream home.

Proper shelving is key to your display. Image: JWT AssociatesFocus on your display

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The Oscars are March 8. Why not get Oscar-ready by adding a little Hollywood-chic to your home? Old Hollywood glamour decor is fresher than you’d think — many of its elements like velvets, greys, mirrors and glass are perfectly modern and hot for 2018.

Here are some ways you can add a little old Hollywood glamour decor to your home, in time for the Oscars.

1. It’s all about silver, platinum and light metallic sheensLayer matte and high-gloss shades of silver or grey in your home to ramp up the Hollywood luxe. Mirrors and chrome are two great ways to incorporate the look. Image: AM Dolce Vita2. Add some furFaux fur pillows, rugs or throws, especially in grey, platinum or pewter tones add glamour to any room. Image: The Expert Touch3. Curvy and rounded old Hollywood glamour decor is essential

Atelier Urban Face completed the design and development of the “Mount-Royal Kiosks” project. These three oddly shaped buildings are meant to spice up urban family escapes in Mount Royal Park, Montreal, Canada.

“The new kiosks take on the shape of the hamlet,” the architects explained. “This was an important factor in the design, as a hamlet incorporates the idea of a village, one that encourages a sense of interaction and community. The positioning of the kiosks are random, representing a dialogue between the kiosks and the main pavilion, the waterfall at Beaver Lake.”

The installation is inspired by two main components: the play of light and the constant shifting of the wind. Thanks to steel structures, each kiosk leans at a different angle, as if being pushed by the wind. The first kiosk is inclined at 10 degrees, designed for both summer and winter class field trips. With enough room for up to 30 people, the activity possibilities are numerous.

The second kiosk, inclined at 20 degrees, houses tools and equipment for park services, as well as a first aid station. The third, with it’s 30-degree incline, is home to the ticket office, plus...

You’ve got the perfect headboard and bedding set up. But does your bedroom still feel a little … vanilla? The large and empty wall area over your bed is probably the reason something’s missing. It’s not easy to decorate the area over your bed — it’s a long and sometimes narrow area. Here are some easy ways you can take your bedroom wall decorating to the next level.

1. Paint (or wallpaper) the wall a rich, vibrant colorSet off the headboard wall with a rich color or beautifully textured wallpaper. Image: Clean Design Partners2. Hang a patterned rugHanging a rug over your bed sideways could be the perfect solution to filling the large wall beautifully. Image: Modern Mecca

National Tile Day is February 23. And we can thank the largest stone and tile show in North America, Coverings, for bringing it back. “National Tile Day is rooted in a desire to celebrate the many great benefits tile has to offer as a material,” explains Alena Capra, industry ambassador for Coverings. “We’re encouraging the architecture and design community to get inspired by tile.”

Tile is a great choice when you’re looking for something durable and unique. Nowadays it can even look like hardwood flooring, complete with the grooves and textures, but offers a lower maintenance surface that doesn’t need refinishing.

We’ve come a long way from the basic white 16″ squares of the past. Here are 15 tile design ideas to inspire you:

Mid-century modern tile design ideasA mid-century modern dining room wall is finished in a white retro tile to add texture. Image: Mod-IfiedA...

Valerie Schweitzer Architects completed the design of a tiny sanctuary for creativity and reflection in Westport, Connecticut. Inspired in part by the closing of a butterfly’s wings, this 350 square foot (32.5 square meter) art studio and private office for a family home, provides a comfy refuge.

“Like shards protruding from the earth, the studio’s angled panels clad in stucco and recycled teak, impart a primitive and futuristic quality at the same time,” the architect said.

“Due to the skylight and narrow windows, there is a strong sense of privacy and being hidden from the rest of the world. The view of changing skies and light create an optimal space for intermittent reflection during artistic production.”

The interior may seem small, but it offers everything an artist needs. There is plenty of space here for an office, a sports mat and even a half bathroom.

Energy efficient elements of the design include concrete flooring with integrated radiant heat piping, as well as a cross-ventilation system, achieved by carefully placed windows that capture breezes off the nearby Long Island Sound. Information and photography provided by Valerie Schweitzer Architects.

The pros weigh in on how they handle small space living. Image: McGinn Photography

Anyone who’s ever had to deal with a tiny apartment knows that small space living comes with its own set of challenges. It doesn’t mean designing these spaces is impossible. With a little planning and forethought, even the most cramped spaces can become equal parts functional and eye-catching.

If you’re dealing with tight square footage and aren’t quite sure where to start, you’re in luck. We asked some interior design pros to share their best tips for designing small spaces. Keep reading to see what they had to say.

Plan your space carefully before you start buying. Image: Finch LondonThink it through

“Make sure to be precise as to the function of the space. Ask yourself questions about how you use the room. For example, do you need storage for...