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March 14, 2018

How To Design The Perfect Entryway

Every home’s entryway provides the perfect opportunity for a grand entrance, no matter if the space is grandiose, compact, or even practically non-existent.  A well-designed entryway is a carefully constructed blend of form and function, offering family and friends a warm welcome, while also providing must-haves that help you make good first impressions. Here are some of our favorite finds to provide a proper welcome to one and all.

LIGHT IT UP

Never underestimate the power of a carefully chosen light fixture or two. Start with a stylish overhead light, like a dramatic pendantOpens in a new window, to bathe the area in a warm glow. Then, provided there’s room for a table, add a lamp to provide another layer of light.

SPICE UP THE WALL

What’s an entryway without a wall mirrorOpens in a new window? Not only are they pretty, but they’re practical in a couple of different ways. First, they offer an opportunity for that last-minute glance before dashing out the door; and second, they open up your entryway, reflecting light and space for a more inviting feel. If you prefer canvas over glass, opt for artwork you love – it’s the first thing you and guests see when entering your home, so it should reflect your taste and sense of style.

HAVE A SEAT

Every entrywayOpens in a new window could do with a place where you can unpack your day. Whether it’s a seat to remove shoes, a table to harbor everyday essentials, or both, let the size of your entry determine your choices. A small bench is perfect for compact foyers, offering a seat as well as hidden storage space to keep things tidy.

HAT CHECK

If organization is a problem, consider a coat rack. These are especially useful if you’re not blessed with a coat closet. Choosing a coat rack that fits neatly in a corner keeps coats and bags out of the way so you can keep your entryway neat and guest-ready.

COLOR DOWN UNDER

Placing a rugOpens in a new windowon the floor is a terrific way to add color and texture, but choose carefully. You need a rug that can withstand foot traffic as well as whatever your family and guests drag in, from rain and mud to slush and snow. When choosing your rug, consider the vertical clearance space between the bottom of your door and the floor. You don’t want your door to rub on the rug every time it opens and closes. And don’t be afraid of color. It’s the perfect way to add a dash of warmth, making every homecoming a happy one.

March 9, 2018

Wall Decorating Ideas for Your Kid’s Bedroom

If you’re looking for kids wall decorating ideas to infuse some personality into your little ones’ bedrooms, you’ve come to the right place. No matter what type of design you’re seeking, you’ll find kids wall decorating ideas sure to inspire big dreams.

Rest assured, these wall designs for kids rooms are fun, budget-friendly and stylish, so you don’t have to compromise on quality. Whether it’s a starry night they’re seeking, or fun girly-girl flair, you’re sure to find inspiration for boys, girls and all age groups with this array of ideas.

Nursery Wall Decor Ideas

That time you’re expecting a new life into the world is special, and part of the joy is creating a space for your infant that’s as imaginative and homey as possible. Don’t hold back on vibrant colors and whimsical themes.

Here are some fun ideas for crafting a nursery that your newborn will feel right at home in:

Under the Sea

Dive below the surface to give your nursery wall decor an exciting — yet relaxing — splash of cool ocean blue.

 

These underwater creatures are sure to add colorful life and flair into any nursery. Place the canvas art for kids rooms side-by-side, or play with spacing and angles to achieve your desired look.

Starry Night

Beautify your little one’s room with a cascading array of the moon and stars. It’s perfect for girls and boys room wall decor. Many craft supply stores sell an additive to paint that makes it glow in the dark at night, while looking normal during the day as it absorbs light. Painting a starscape on the ceiling is the perfect nightlight for a nursery. Not only that, but it helps maintain a dim glow when you need to check on them at night. No stubbing your toe or tripping on a toy.

If you’re not on board painting, then opt for some glow-in-the-dark kids room wall decals.

 

 

Starlit wall decor for kids can work wonderfully in shared kids rooms.Opens in a new window

What could be more perfect to accompany the glowing stars than wall art that celebrates restful, dreamy sleep?

Forest in the Trees Decals

Having a forest backdrop is very common for nurseries, as it evokes a calming aura—plus, trees are a comforting element that signifies growth and development.

By using vinyl stickers or decals, you can instantly transform your nursery into a forested sanctuary.

Nursery with a tree decal behind the crib.

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Play With Letters and Names

Having your kid’s name above the crib (or somewhere in the room) solidifies it as their personal space—even if they don’t yet realize it. Plus, it’s also a stylish focal point when entering the nursery.

Play around with textures, colors and font for limitless options to make it magical.

The name ethan on a wooden wall decor above a crib..

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Curtain Drapes to Add Drama

Drapery can add an upscale, classy look to your nursery that’s delicately sweet.

Nursery with drapes over the crib and a chandelier with a monogram also above the crib.

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For inspiration on picking the right curtains, check out our selection here.Opens in a new window

Toddler Room Wall Decor Ideas

So, your baby’s now walking and the reign of terror on your home has begun. How do you decorate a space when the primary objective of your little one is to experiment? By channeling that creativity into something productive, of course.

Girly Canvas Art

Girls room wall decor can be brilliantly bold, and full of girly-girl excitement. After all, they’re toddlers, and the sky’s the limit. If her favorite color is pink, take hold of that, and don’t be afraid to hang up vibrant art that reflects her taste.

 


Check out our room tour with Carson for more inspiration for toddlers and young girls.

#2: Don’t Ruin Your Walls—Use Fun Growth Charts Decals

Watching them grow is so much fun. Instead of marking your wall, growth chart wall decals in a kid’s room give them a way to measure and track every new inch. Plus, because you can save the decals, it can be a memory to treasure long after they’ve grown tall and that room is painted.

 

One thing’s for sure—this chart will show you they definitely grow up too fast.

#3: Create Mini Art Galleries

Make a gallery wall with a mix of kid’s art, family photos and other mementos.

Kids gallery art wall full of hand drawn pictures and paintings from your little kids.

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We have a variety of accessories and picture framesOpens in a new window to ensure you capture the right decor and style.

#4: Decorative Shelving

Installing wall shelves is an attractive and practical way for your kids to show off keepsakes. As an added bonus, the shelves provide a space for all those toys, books and other items and keep them off the floor.

 

#5: Chalkboard Paint

In recent years, painting walls with chalkboard paint has become trendy, especially in a kid’s room. No idea is too big with a stick of chalk and an endless imagination, and clean up is easy.

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Teen Room Wall Decor Ideas

You’ll see your kid making some big changes during their teenage years. They’ll be exploring their identity and trying different styles that will surely be reflected in their bedroom. It can still be a chic destination after school, though, by adding appropriate teen room wall decor.

#1: Make Bold Statements

Bold statements on the walls mixed with fun, quirky art can empower your future girl-boss with a strong sense of self-esteem and self-worth.

 

#2: Showcase Their Favorite Sport With Street Art

If your teenager has a penchant for sports, what better way to express that than with some fun canvas art? No matter what their go-to activity is, these action shots will surely inspire them to keep moving.

 

#3: Display Photos With Peel-and-Stick Cork

Go to your local craft store, and pick up peel-and-stick cork. Cut it into any shape and apply it to the wall for a quick and creative DIY. Use it to pin photos, reminders, to-do lists and so much more.

Cardboard sticker above a desk used as trendy wall decor.

#4: Hang a DIY Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatchers are a stylish way to embody happy sleep and general feel-good vibes. They’re relatively easy to make, so whether you or your teen would like to create one, it’s a trendy decor item they’ll love.

DIY dream catcher handing on a wall.

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#5: Fairy Lights to Inspire and Set an Ambient Glow

Stringing fairy lights over your teen’s bed is a gorgeous complement to their decor. Along the lights, they can use clothespins to hang polaroids to showcase great memories, too.

 

fair lights draped across a well serving as great wall decor for a teenagers bedroom.

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As fun and exciting as it can be to watch your kids grow, it’s a challenge to design bedrooms that grow along with them. Creating exciting wall designs for kids rooms are fun, cost effective ways to refresh their rooms, no matter what their ages. Which of these kids wall decorating ideas are your favorite? Do you have a room you’d like to share? Let us know by using the hashtag #MyAshleyHome for a chance to be featured.

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March 1, 2018

How to Nail the Wabi Sabi Trend in Your Home

Move over hyggeOpens in a new window. There’s a new trend in town. If you haven’t heard of wabi sabi, you’ll probably look at the name and say, “What in the world is that?” Don’t worry. Chances are you’ll fall in love with it after reading this. Wabi sabi is an ancient Japanese philosophy focused on finding beauty in imperfection and not just accepting, but celebrating the beauty found in age. It’s rooted in Zen Buddhism and was first introduced in the 12th century, where priests and tea masters incorporated the concept of simplicity into the tea ceremony. Instead of striving for perfection, they used irregularly shaped bowls and broken cups. In fact, broken cups would often be mended using gold fill to highlight the imperfection.

Translating that ancient concept into today’s culture means appreciating every wrinkle and unfinished surface in furniture and decor. Here’s how to nail the wabi sabi trend in your home.

Natural Materials

Materials such as natural metal and wood work best for wabi sabi. We suggest choosing pieces that have hand-crafted appeal. Look for characteristics such as the nicks and dings in uneven wood grain. Go for metals that have an oxidized look. This is where you can really have fun mixing and matching pieces. Perfection is the least of your worries.

 

Appreciate the Wrinkles

The idea of an unmade bed with wrinkled sheets may be scary for some, but it is valued in wabi sabi. Forget perfection. Celebrate the human touches that add a comfortable, lived-in feel to your home. In the living room, a slightly wrinkly throw on your sofa does the trick.

 

Outdoor Patio

Authenticity is key as we move from indoor to outdoor. Teak is a great material to utilize when living the wabi sabi lifestyle. It ages naturally into a gorgeous patina gray without rotting or warping. It’s also insect infestation-resistant, so you’ll enjoy its beauty for years to come. When it comes to the patio, embracing fallen leaves is also encouraged. There is no need to hurry and sweep them away. It’s all about appreciating each stage of their color-changing process.

 

Embrace Simplicity

Wabi sabi welcomes the simpler things in life. Feel free to use less decor and allow your furniture to be the focal point. There is beauty in negative space. Sprinkle in greenery and handmade vases or bowls for added style. Soft colors, natural hues and understated textures work well for the aesthetic you wish to achieve. Remember, home doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be comfortable.

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