09
Feb 17

5 Easy Decor Ideas for Spring and Summer

Spring and summer are all about relaxing and enjoying the seasons. From cooling interior color palettes to opting for casual interiors over the stuffy formal ones, spring and summer decor ideas are easy.  Do you have a summer beach house, or would you like your apartment to FEEL like a summer beach house? Either way, the warm outdoors and cool evening breezes make your home the optimal place to entertain and relax. Try these easy spring/summer decor ideas and take advantage of all that the seasons have to offer.

FURNITURE: Dark and muted tones are perfect for fall and winter, but spring and summer scream for light and airy colors.  Use removable slipcovers, or decorative throws to bring bursts of color and brightness. Prefer whites and neutrals? White and khaki slipcovers are casual but can be dressed up with formal throw pillows in an instant.

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DRAPERY: When you want to bring in the cool night air, and keep out the hot summer sun use curtains instead of drapery. Drapery material is heavy and dark, while curtains paired with sheers can give you versatile flexibility in the spring and summer months. If you prefer to savor the views, and not cover up the windows use valances. Valances in light textures and colors will leave your windows looking finished, with an obstructed view.

VIEWS: What better way to welcome spring into your home, than looking at a breathtaking view? Maximize your furniture placement by facing it towards your ocean view, pool, or lush green yard. Your enjoyment of your home is based on your emotions. If opening windows to hear nature makes you feel good, do it!  Don’t love the view from your windows? Consider buying a painting or wall decor that you love the look and feel of.

KID FRIENDLY: Let’s face it, kids are out of school and summer means kids around the house! Make sure fabrics and slipcovers are machine washable, and are casual and fun! Make summertime arts and crafts projects with seashells, pine cones, and nature inspired finds, which the kids can pick out. Their projects can turn into summer decor that you display proudly around your home!

From spring to summer, the decor is all about finding the right balance between enjoyment, relaxing, and livable interiors. Try these tips around the house and see if you don’t instantly feel like taking the day off to enjoy the fresh look of your home.


29
Dec 15

Wake Up Your Bedroom

The ultimate bedroom is the perfect blend of restful retreat and stylish sanctuary. While what’s beautiful and relaxing to each person differs, there are a few essential strategies that can help anyone create the bedroom of their dreams. Take your bedroom from blah to breathtaking with these easy updates.

FIND YOUR STYLE

Your bedroom can look as much or as little like the rest of your house as you want. Don’t feel limited to your current décor style. Sometimes a private space is a great place to try a new design aesthetic. Take a break from your traditional design roots and try on a more modern look with streamlined furnishings, solid color linens and minimal accessories. Or warm up your space by giving your contemporary style a rest and embracing more classic elements.

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A gorgeous space originates by surrounding yourself with things you love. Begin with your favorite colors, finishes, and materials. Find a bed or headboard that speaks to you and layer on the most luxurious bed linens your budget will allow.

 

P_26_LIBE_487 UPHSTAY FOCUSED

Choose one or two main colors and one or two accent colors, and stick with them throughout the room. If you want to incorporate patterns, select a dominant pattern and one or two supporting designs (of varying scale) for fabrics and bed linens. Want a crisp, clean look like that of a high-end hotel? Choose muted colors, high-quality cottons and stick to solids or subtle tone-on-tone patterns.

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DESIGN WISELY

Give careful consideration to where you place your furnishings. Is everything visually balanced and within easy reach? Use lighting to illuminate your room and block out distracting outdoor lighting with drapery panels. Accent rugs protect hardwood floors while adding cushioning, warmth, and visual appeal.

PERSONALIZE YOUR SPACE

Make your bedroom uniquely yours by adding personal touches. Display your favorite photos, accessories and mementos, yet limit your choices for maximum impact. Too many items can make a room feel cluttered and overwhelmed.

CONQUER CLUTTER

An easy way to ensure the long-term beauty of your newly designed bedroom is to banish clutter. Here’s how:


29
Sep 14

Getting Your Home Ready for Autumn

When autumn chill is in the air and the landscape is changing colors, your home needs a perk. Updating for fall with the seasonal colors of rustic reds, burnt orange, gold and deep chocolate brown should begin with your front door and be continued throughout your home. Here are a few tips from Miskellys:

Front Doorway Entrance

An front door autumn wreath with decorating colors of reds, golds and brown will offer a welcoming, cheerful greeting. Accenting your porch area with natural fall decorating colors of real pumpkins, gourds and imagery complete the change from summer sun to fall gusts.

Fall Wreath

Fall Wreath

Front Entry Hall

On a side table, or if your space permits, a center foyer table, place a tall vase filled with bright multicolored mums which are prevalent this season. Situate a bowl of fall colors full of whole nuts beside the floral arrangement to complete the welcoming greeting.  Place a vividly hued fall throw rug on the foyer floor to be seasonally chic, and also practical in giving fall muddied footwear a place to step.

Incorporate the fragrances of fall with potpourri or oil scent diffusers to fill your home with the scent of cinnamon, apples, and other spices of the season. Use these throughout your home to give it an ambiance of a pleasing light scent.

Fall Arrangement

Fall Arrangement

Living Room Autumn Decor

Miskelly Furniture carries fall textured lamp shades and accessories to change out for the season. Simply changing a lampshade works wonders! You can also hang brightly colored fall blankets over the backs of chairs and sofas. This imparts a homey and warm atmosphere, plus the practicality again when autumn winds turn colder.

On the coffee table or prominent side table, place a large vase filled with either natural light branches from your own trees or faux ones that boast colorful leaves and autumn foliage. Duplicate this color accent in glass figurines situated about the room. This light accent will open the room and surround the area of warm fall colors.

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Kitchen Autumn Decor

Change table place mats and kitchen toweling to colors for fall ambiance. You can also place a medium-sized wire crate filled with various natural gourds of oranges, yellows and stripes. They have unique textures, colors and shapes, all of which add to the decor you have created.

Arrange a kitchen table centerpiece with artistic flair using a variety of small gourds, pine cones, and fresh apples. Place an autumn hued throw rug in front of the sink. The throw rugs can be braided in rich colors of red, gold, brown and green, or patterned with one or more of those colors. A solid colored throw rug can be placed where more color is desired.

Kitchen Autumn Decor

Kitchen Autumn Decor

Bath Autumn Decor

The bathroom is typically small, so the decoration can be simply fall colored towels and covers for the commode tank, rug and lid. Specialty soaps with spice scent or special shapes for the season can be added, as well.

Autumn-Spiced Candles

Autumn-Spiced Candles

Bedroom Autumn Decor

The bedroom should not be neglected. Add a linen set(s) in a fall color you don’t usually use, and give the bedroom a shot of autumn leaves. Red serves this purpose very well, and then can be utilized again later this year for the Christmas season!

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Natural Autumn Elements

Add a shot of autumn spice around the house using natural elements such as:

  • pine cones,
  • colorful leaves,
  • nuts,
  • acorns and
  • a dried floral accent.
Pine Cone Arrangement

Pine Cone Arrangement

We hope you’ve enjoyed these fall decorating tips from Miskelly Furniture! Get social with us and follow us FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram @MiskellyFurniture.


07
Sep 14

Fall Decorating Ideas from Miskelly Furniture

Summer is gone and the cooler days are just around the corner. It’s time to transform your home decor to match the season and dress your home for fall!

Take a look at these six fall decorating tips from Miskelly Furniture to transform your home from summer to autumn:

Add a Festive Front Door Wreath

A wreath with seasonal foliage is one of the best ways to get the exterior of your home ready for fall. Spruce up the wreath with the freshest-looking leaves, and try to mix up the colors to give it a beautiful, colorful variety.

Fall wreath

Fall wreath

Warm Up Your Deck or Patio

Decks and patios can sometimes be neglected if the humidity and mosquitoes are too much to bear. So as summer turns to fall, the weather is perfect for comfortable evenings outside. First, give your outdoor space a little cleaning if its needs it. Once it’s ready to go, gather fleece throws and pillows for extra comfort and add a trendy rug to keep your feet warm. Add mini pumpkins and fall foliage to the table.

Outdoor setting

Outdoor setting

Add New Accent Pillows to Your Living Room

When the colder weather grows near, friends and family will start spending more and more time indoors. Cozy up your living room sofas and chairs with a variety of plush throw pillows in different shapes, sizes and patterns. These comfortable accessories will not only change up your living room a bit, but will give the entire room a warmer tone.

Accent pillows

Accent pillows

Decorate a Fall-Inspired Mantel

Your mantel deserves a little love during other holidays leading up to Christmas. Give it some attention during fall! Turn your mantel into an autumn-inspired display by adding pumpkins, candles and leaves. Seeing your festive mantel everyday will make you love the season even more.

Fall decorated mantel

Fall decorated mantel

Pull Out the Matches

No, we don’t want you put anything on fire! We just suggest lighting up the candles. Since fall comes with cooler weather and shorter days, it’s a great time to put those candles to use. Take advantage of early nightfall and embrace the darkness by lighting scented candles around the house. The candlelit ambiance will give the room at inviting atmosphere and cozy feeling you may be looking for, along with a yummy scent.

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Add candles

Fill the Air with Fall Scents

While we’re on the subject of scents, did we mention that potpourri is an easy and attractive way to release fresh scents around your home? Collect dried natural materials, like cinnamon sticks, cloves, hazelnuts, orange slices and lavender, in a bowl and sprinkle with a few drops of oil to spread the scent through your home. Place a nicely arranged bowl of freshly-made potpourri in the most occupied rooms in the house.

Potpourri

Potpourri

These quick and simple fall decorating ideas will instantly make your home feel cozy this autumn. We’d love to offer even more ideas to transition your home from summer to fall by visiting with you at any Miskelly Furniture location!

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23
Oct 13

Fun Pumpkin Display Ideas from Miskelly Furniture

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It’s finally autumn:  cooler weather, boots, jackets, football, and our favorite part… fall decorating and pumpkins galore. Miskelly Furniture has pulled together 10 fun pumpkin display ideas to decorate the interior and exterior of your home this fall. They’re fun, simple and will instantly transform your home to have that “fall-feel” you’re longing for.

1. Etch Your Pumpkins

Announce your address in style by cleverly etching your house number into a pumpkin. You can pile a combination of pumpkins on your front steps and carve your house number into the pumpkin of your choice. It’s a great way to personalize your pumpkin display on the front porch.

2. Let There Be Light

Make custom candleholders. Transform mini pumpkins into luminarias by cutting a 1-inch-wide circle into each pumpkin, scooping out the centers with a tablespoon, and inserting votive candles.

3. Blooming Pumpkin

To make this arrangement, gather your favorite plants/flowers to decorate. Clean the pumpkin and cut a hole in the top. Line with aluminum foil or a plastic bag, and fill it with potting soil and plants of your choice. We suggest incorporating violas and pansies for your blooming pumpkin.

Mini Pumpkins

Mini Pumpkins

4. Tiny Pumpkins Need Attention, Too

Group your favorite tiny pumpkins on a side table in your home. You can place them as you see fit, leaving a carefree touch to the collection. To bring the outdoors in, add pinecones and nuts.

5. Paint It!

Head to your local hardware store and pick up gold and black paint. Alternate painting black and gold on each section of the pumpkin. This is a stylish decor and very simple to do.

6. Spotty Pumpkins

Keep your gold paint on hand… gold metallic paint gives ordinary pumpkins a POP. Stick round labels on a pumpkin and trace the shape with a pencil. Remove the labels and paint inside the traced circles with gold paint.

7. Mix Colors

Don’t limit yourself to just traditional orange in your display. Orange and yellow pumpkins really pop when mixed with bright greens. Try using small green plants as well as gourds and squash with green tones.

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Upholstery tacks will give plain white pumpkins a striking appearance. You can mix up the sizes and shapes of the tacks to create different patterns.

9. Traditional Pumpkin Mantel

Choose an assortment of small pumpkins and squash to place on your mantel. Bring in other items from around your home that you wouldn’t normally think to pair with pumpkins, like cups or books that complement the same basic color tones of the mantel.

10. Illuminating Pumpkin Display

Combine carved pumpkins and luminaries for a warm outdoor welcome. It’s easy to do and looks great from the street.

We hope you enjoyed these fun pumpkin display ideas from Miskellys! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.