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October 29, 2012
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Simple switches  to spruce Up  Any Home


Want to give your home a fresh look, but don’t have the time or energy for a complete makeover? Ditch the daunting DIY projects. Think small projects to make a big impact.

“I like to think that small changes create a mighty wow factor in homes,” says Jamie Wood, design expert and VeccoStudio.com blogger. “Simple switches like fabrics and displaying seasonal collections in an interesting way elevate a space from common to highly creative.”

Wood is big on swapping out to celebrate seasonality. The transformations happening outside often inspire her decor on the inside.

Wood’s Seasonal
Swap Outs

• Art: Switch out art in frames with nature-inspired, seasonal illustrations. For example, leaves for fall or flowers for spring.

• Furniture displays: Create a “cabinet of natural curiosities” by putting seasonal elements from nature on display. Birds’ nests, seashells, moss and acorns take on a sculptural quality when displayed in groups.

• Rugs: Change up area rugs according to season using natural fibers such as jute in the summer and shaggier materials in cooler months. Better yet, create your own custom rugs with kits like those from Vecco, which allow you to paint rugs using stencils to create patterns inspired by the season for a truly unique look.

Bring the Outdoors In with Moon Canyon

Speaking of the outdoors, the hottest trend is bringing nature in, according to Amy Lipnis and her partner Kristen Caissie, designers at Moon Canyon Designs and resident VeccoStudio.com bloggers. Both say that using real flora and fauna brings a room to life.

Plants stir the senses with scents, sights and even taste.

• Flowers: If your home receives natural sunlight, try growing plants inside. Bright flowers in pretty and unique pots can bring great pops of color in your design.

• Herbs: Growing herbs in a kitchen window isn’t just pretty, but it also spices up a room with great scents, and of course makes dinner taste better.

Creative Entertaining with Olsen

Don’t stop the refresh at just the decor; entertain the idea of changing up how you host your next soiree.

“Unique and quirky elements will stand out,” said Brita Olsen, VeccoStudio.com blogger and design and event planner for Brita Olsen Creative. “An easy way to give life to a party is putting an unexpected twist on normally expected items, like a super stylish serving platter or antique rose-colored water pitcher.”




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