5 Laundry Rooms That Sparkle

The laundry room is one of the most utilitarian rooms in the house.  But, these beautiful Coldwell Banker homes prove that the laundry room can be both functional and beautiful.  Take inspiration from these 5 fabulous laundry retreats where dirty linens don’t stand a chance.

Blue

Plenty of storage, clean lines and top-of-the-line appliances make this modern laundry room both pretty and functional.

Double

We’ve heard of double ovens, but how about double washers & dryers?  This laundry room layout could handle the loads of a family the size of the Brady Bunch.

Black

Sleek Italian-style black cabinetry is an instant upgrade for your laundry nook.  Designing your laundry room to incorporate natural light can also make a huge difference.  No more matching blue socks with black ones!

Wood

Adding a washer/dryer to a butler’s pantry makes tackling table linens a piece of cake.

Mud Room

Incorporating laundry into a mud room makes perfect sense.  Grass-stained soccer uniforms and mud-spattered socks go right into the hamper before the grime gets any further into the home.

White

Adding under-counter lighting can turn a drab laundry room into a bright folding station.

 

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The Cutest Baby Nurseries

The arrival of a baby is probably one of the most exciting things in the entire universe. Before he or she comes you’re understandably overwhelmed with all kinds of preparation that will ultimately ensure that your baby is as safe and happy as possible.

Included in baby prep is completing the nursery. It’s a crazy feat because decorating for someone you’ve yet to meet can be a little scary. The way I see it, your nursery should be an equal reflection of both mommy and baby.

Here are 10 very different but equally stunning design inspirations that will hopefully guide you or someone you know that is expecting along their design journey.

This is a unique nursery because one doesn’t often see this sort of crib placement. 

The perfect nursery for a princess in the making. 

A great neutral nursery for either a boy or a girl. 

The frames on the wall are an original way to decorate. This nursery is very vintage chic.     

Certainly the most luxurious nursery I’ve ever seen.     

A bohemian style baby nursery that is also very gender neutral.     

This nursery does a beautiful job as using wallpaper and a statement chandelier to make the room pop.   

A very simple nursery.   

Again, the use of wallpaper takes this room to the next level. 

This nursery is would be perfect for any little gentleman. 

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Tips and Tricks To Make You Fall in Love With Your Small Bathroom

As the social media manager for Coldwell Banker I get to see some of the most incredible and luxurious bathrooms from around the world. From bathrooms with a view to a shower that is bigger than some of my rooms, I have seen it all. Of course, this make me feel less than in love with my small bathroom. In an effort to maximize my space I have found some interesting ways to give bathrooms an upgrade without breaking the bank…

Feeling Confined? Lighten Up with Brighter Shades of Color

Bright Bathroom 1

Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Boulder, CO

Dark shades of paint may make a bold statement but they can also make a room feel confined. Consider opting for a lighter shade of paint to make a room appear larger than it actually is.

Bathroom Boring? Add Some Character

Adding a wall to wall mirror or wainscoting are affordable and elegant upgrades that can completely change the look of a small bathroom.

Declutter! Less is More in a Small Bathroom

Beautiful Half Bathroom

Listed with Coldwell Banker BAIN Seattle, WA

A cluttered counter space can drive a person crazy. When possible, utilize cabinets and your linen closet so the room feels clean and organized.

Shower Space Tight? Hang Another Shower Rod

Via Reddit

Showerhead racks are bulky and can make a shower feel overcrowded. Adding another shower rod will allow you to hang baskets.

Go With Glass

Listed with Coldwell Banker BAIN in Seattle, WA

An opaque shower door may add privacy but it also cuts off the space in your bathroom. A glass shower door will open the space back up.

Short on Storage? Consider Mounting Drawers

via Shelterness

If you need more storage you can always consider ways to use wall space. Another great spot to add storage is above the bathroom door.

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8 Reading Nooks to Get Lost In

As summer quickly comes to a close, it’s time to buckle down and finish those summer reading lists!

With back-to-school around the corner, creating a reading nook in your home is one simple way to make homework a little more enjoyable.  Add comfy pillows and plenty of shelving to a small dedicated space in your home for a cozy reading lounge.

Here are 8 reading nooks that will make adults wish they had a required reading list to finish.

Turn an extra closet into the coziest of libraries!

Turn an extra closet into the coziest of libraries!

A treehouse library makes reading an adventure.

A treehouse library makes reading an adventure.

A sitting area near the bedroom is the perfect spot for a reading bench.

A sitting area near the bedroom is the perfect spot for a reading bench.

A bay window with a view makes for the perfect reading nook.

A bay window with a view makes for the perfect reading nook.

A stair landing becomes a mini-library.

A stair landing becomes a mini-library.

The favorite spot in the house for little book lovers.

The favorite spot in the house for little book lovers.

A sophisticated readers lounge with a view.

A sophisticated readers lounge with a view.

Dive into your summer read in a luxe lounge chair like this one!

Dive into your summer read in a luxe lounge chair like this one!

 

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Filling Your Home with Positive Messages

On Sunday my husband and I dropped off his used skateboard deck, freshly painted as a library book checkout card including quotes from two of his favorite books: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and “Mockingbird Wish Me Luck” by Charles Bukowski. The recycled skateboard was one of more than 100 created by local Atlanta artists to raise money for Brain Tumor Foundation for Children. Once we had the board checked in, both of us were eager to see what everyone else had been working on over the last month, and one thing that jumped out to me was the use of words on many of the boards.

Anyone who’s bought or sold a home understands the importance of a sign, but what about the importance of signs in our home while we live in them? I for one have signs all over my house – some incorporated into paintings I’ve created or bought, some letterpress prints I’ve picked up on Etsy that hang on my refrigerator, some simply on post-it notes stuck to my computer – all of them communicating positive reminders of life.

Check out some of my top Etsy picks for signs to fill your home.

Good Vibes

Wildflower

Dishes

Live in the sunshine

Hakunamatata

Rainbows

Go play

Everything will be OK

Main image photo credit via Flicker Creative Commons User Kate Ter Haar

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7 Super Cool Super Hero Themed Kids Bedrooms

Holy Cuteness Batman! These super hero themed kids rooms, from Houzz, take the prize for the most awesome and adorable.  Which is your favorite?

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10 Genius and Creative Ways to Use Chalk Paint in Your Home

Looking for a unique way to jazz up your home? Try chalk paint! It can be used on almost any surface and relatively any object. Years ago, when we re-did our basement, we added chalk paint to an accent wall and its been a hit with my younger siblings as well as guests ever since.

Using chalk paint is a great way to get creative with your home’s decor in an unusual way. It can be found almost everywhere you’d pick up regular paint and it’s quite easy to apply. Contradictory to common belief, it really isn’t any more difficult to do than is regular painting.

Check out these 10 various ideas on how you can implement chalk paint in your home and in the process make your space modern and original.

Designating a space in your kitchen for a bit of chalk paint is a great way to remember recipes and grocery lists!

Having guests over? Try chalk paint place mats which will surely start up conversation. 

What a cute way to use chalk paint!

Dip your, less expensive, wine or martini glasses in chalk paint so that guests can write their names on the bottom.  

Kids LOVE coloring. Imagine their thrill at the chance to color on their own dinner table?

A great way to use chalk paint to personalize your home. Change out the wording and coloring depending on the holiday or occasion. 

 Your work station at home is the perfect place to use chalk paint.   The kitchen is the heart of any home. Make it a place for you and your family to get a little crazy with a chalk wall.   Ever get frustrated trying to find things? Problem solved. 

For some reason, kids find it really difficult to stay organized. With a dresser like this one there are no excuses for a messy room. 

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10 Spa-Like Bathrooms

Did you know that the average person spends approximately a year and a half in the bathroom throughout their lifetime, according to The Scotsman.

That’s why our bathrooms are our sanctuaries; that one place to flee and relax. In light of this fact I’ve highlighted some of the most spa-like, outrageously gorgeous, bathrooms from Coldwell Banker listings.

Below you’ll see that almost all of the bathrooms have a neutral color scheme which promotes feelings of relaxation and peace. Given from the photos it’s also apparent that glass enclosed showers are the must have addition to your bathroom space. And adding a sophisticated jet shower head is just another way to take the room to the next level.

Another idea you can try implementing at home in your own bathroom is something small like changing out the sink which can really make a drastic difference. In almost all the pictures below you’ll see great big white sinks which are really modern and stylish.

Check them out!

 

This bathroom not only has a beautiful shower but an incredible bathtub as well. 

 This bathroom vanity is the star of the room, very elegant. 

This bathroom is so sophisticated and spacious. Great for large families. 

 The white tiling is a subtle but powerful detail. 

 A bathroom that features a beautiful and one-of-a-kind back-splash. 

 The epitome of luxury and style. 

 A contemporary bathroom with a tub that’s great for soaking. 

 This bathroom has unbelievable views of the Aspen mountains. 

 A zen influenced bathroom. 

 This bathroom makes great use of its space. 

To see a wide variety of bathrooms that fit any style check out our Pinterest. 

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5 Great Summer Hostess Gift Ideas

It seems like during both the summer and holiday seasons we’re bombarded with invites to this and that. If you’re like me, the first thing that pops into your mind upon receiving notice is 1) what am I going to wear and 2) what am I going to bring?

When in doubt bring a gift that is both personalized and one-of-a-kind. You won’t have to worry about your recipients having one of the same or not liking it. Below you’ll find five ideas that are guaranteed to be a hit and make you the most liked guest of the night.

1. Custom Coasters

 

Coasters probably get used the most during parties and the like. So there is no better hostess gift!

2. Coffee Table Books

Coffee table books are simply stunning and they are a great decor piece. Get your hostess a book on a topic she loves. 

3. Custom Cutting Boards

 Ever go to reach for your cutting board only to find it’s still dirty? I have, that’s why having a couple on hand is great. Another gift that is functional and can be personalized. 

4. Hand Towels

Who doesn’t love a pretty hand towel? Every time your hostess goes to use it, she’ll think of you. 

5. Your Favorite Old School Game

 If you fear running out of good conversation at the party, bring a classic board game to spark up nostalgia! 

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10 Ways to Change Up Your Home Decor With Washi Tape

If you have spent anytime at all on Pinterest you have probably noticed some seriously impressive washi tape projects. From incredible wall art to unique ideas for kids rooms, the ways you can have fun with this tape are endless.

Never heard of it?  Washi Tape is decorative Japanese tape that is colorful and great to use for scrapbooking, decorating and more. “Just like masking tape it does come off…unlike duct tape it does not leave a sticky mess.” (wishywashi.com) This type of tape has recently gained popularity, much in part to Pinterest, with apartment renters who want to spruce up their home without damaging walls.

Want to buy some? I like to buy mine from Amazon, WishyWashi.com and Etsy.

Here are some of the cool patterns you can buy from Wishy Washy:

Ready to get decorating? Here are some ideas to get you started.

 

#1 Add a Stunning Accent Wall

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#2 Give Your Fridge a Fresh Look

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#3 Spruce Up Your Laundry Room With Fun Designs

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#4 Add Some Color to A Kid’s Room

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#5 Add Some Subtle but Stylish Accents to Doors

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#6 Turn Archways into Art

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#7 A Cool and Colorful Idea for Ceiling Fans

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#8 Add a Washi Tape Border Instead of Nailing Pictures and Art

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#9 Wow Your Guests With a Cool Entry

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#10 An Interesting Way to Make Your Door Standout

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