Tag Archives: home design

Top 5 Exterior Trends That Are Shaping Home Style

As if we are living in a cocoon, we tend to think style can only exist inside the home. The exterior be damned! But frankly, the exteriors of our homes are just begging us to come out and play. There is so much opportunity that gets left to the wayside. One of the reasons why we might be reluctant is that we don’t want to mistake that leaves future curb appeal lacking. That’s a good point, but when you have read the following points about exterior trends, you can feel a bit more confident about shaping your outdoor home style.


For a while now, home designers have wanted to merge the outside with the inside of our homes. And their latest answer to this puzzle is simply adding more windows. Rather than a solid wall, homes of the future may be built with multiple windows inside a giant glasshouse frame. Added window installation allows us to look outside, without having to get up off the sofa, to see everything in our garden and or driveways.

Darker tones begone

You know the drill, it’s easier to wear something that is dark than something that’s bright. Dirt doesn’t show up and we don’t have to clean it as much. But for the exterior of the home, darker tones can now be gone, as better and slicker finishes are now available for the cladding. So, beige, cream and white are all back into the fore.

Sparkling clean

A home that just looks clean from the outside, has far more curb appeal, even for homes that don’t have much style. Speak with some of the best window cleaners and talk to them about your needs. They will use a special solution and water pressure squeegee to clean water stains, bird droppings or dirt and debris that gets lodged on the frames.

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Double doors

For a long time, the front door has been just that, ‘a’ door. But the modern trend is to turn our front door into a double door so the opening or entrance to our home is a lot wider. This gives off the image of a grander property and also, makes it more welcoming for guests. Framed doors are also making a comeback. You could have a 3-frame door or even an 8-frame double door. 

The porch

Have you noticed how homes kind of look bald without a porch? A little shaded place where you can sit, and enjoy your front yard is something many of us yearn for. Thankfully, home designers are championing the porch once more, advising homeowners to create their own porch in whatever style they see fit. The classic American porch is the most popular, because it’s easy to build and is a melting pot of styles.

The exteriors of our homes can be a style haven for our creativity to shine from. These are just some of the trends that are occurring right now, but do you have any of your own ideas about what would make a home’s curb appeal rise?

Round Up: Throw Pillows

A new season is nigh! And if you’re anything like me, new seasons have you jonesing for a home decor switcheroo.

This call toward updated interiors is especially strong for me in the transition from winter to spring. Something about the temperatures rising, the days getting longer, and hearing birds chirping outside my window every morning makes me want to throw open the curtains a la Cinderella and get to work redoing my whole home with pretty colors, lighter fabrics, and dainty decor.

Unfortunately, I only want to spend a Cinderella budget on these updates (and I don’t have any adorable mice to help me)…so I’m always on the lookout for home decor pieces that pack a big visual punch without a big price tag. One of my favorite items for this? Throw pillows! Obviously we can’t change out our sofas for spring or buy brand new bed clothes every year…but pop a few new pillows around the home and VOILA! These pieces have a brand new look.

Below, I’ve scouted a few of my favorites…

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Which would you choose?

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mid-week round-up

back alley

What are you up to this week? Our wedding invitations are starting to show up in folk’s mailboxes and I’ve been giddily checking our online RSVP’s with WAY too much frequency. We also booked our tickets to Lexington last night. I’m really excited that I’ll be in Kentucky so soon! I opted to fly in earlier then Chet (he has to teach a summer class) so I can take care of all the last minute planning…as well as drink daily Ale-8’s and buy copious amounts of my favorite treats from Good Foods Co-op. Hope you’re all doing well and have some fun plans for this week. In the mean time, here are a dozen links for you to peruse…

Surviving for a week on gifted gift cards.

I’m learning that swivel seats are a must for luxurious van dwelling. (I have weird interests.)

How freaking cute are these watermelon coasters?

Students learn about Julia Child’s impact on American culture.

Comedian replies to email scammers and here’s what happens.

Thoughts on heels.

A notorious prison escape artist discovers a new (legal) way to lift life sentences.

Don’t judge a house by its exterior.

A great dinner to cook up when you’re feeling lazy.

Dreamy family camping trip.

I heart Amy Poehler.

Ikea tips and must-buys.

mid-week round-up

red flowers

Welcome to Wednesday! How has everyone been? Last week Chet was on Spring Break so we were able to sneak away to the beach a couple times. I finished this book with my toes in the sand. Not exactly light, fluffy beach reading but fascinating just the same. Now I’m reading a book about home design, feng shui, and self awareness. It includes a lot of exercises and self-guided meditations to help you design a “home for your heart.” Yesterday, I completed an activity where I sketched out the floor-plan of a dream-house I “visited” while meditating. Apparently I want a 3 bedroom, 2 bath cottage with a big front porch, screened in breakfast nook, and a table specifically reserved for crafting. Sounds about right. (Does all of that sound crazy? Meh. I’m into it, whatevs.) Anyways, this week I’ve been taking it easy and trying to get as much work done as possible because I’m headed back to Bowling Green on Friday, get back Monday, and then Chet and I are off to Gainesville the following Friday to judge at a national speech tournament! Should be a fun couple of weeks! Now, on to the links…

Speaking of dream homes, this bathroom makeover is making my heart flutter.

I’m a sucker for any viral internet stories about poop.

Can women get away with wearing the same thing to work every day?

The mystery of Richard Simmons’ silence.

A boy and his pets.

The dangerous culture lurking within America’s national parks.

What Americans don’t understand about Nordic countries.

The fading romance of Cinderella Homes.

Modern-day lepers.

15 things that can happen when you get into yoga.

This was disheartening.

A lesson in pronunciation.