Even with 2020 in
the rear-view mirror, it's fair to assume we'll still be spending a good
amount of time at home in early 2021. Here's a roundup of popular décor and
design trends to keep in mind if you plan to redecorate this year, so you
can nest with the best.
2020 was a year when most of us spent more time at home than ever before.
Not only were we confined to our homes during our free time, but our homes
also became our gyms, our schools and daycares, and (if we were lucky) our
offices. All of these new demands have made comfort and functionality top
priorities in home design.
Unused guest rooms and formal living rooms have been given more useful
purposes. Home offices have gone from makeshift setups to more permanent
work stations. The rise in popularity of overstuffed living room furniture
signals that consumers are focused on actually relaxing in their living
spaces. Furniture sellers are also seeing high demand for partitions and
room dividers, as people look to subdivide their limited free space.
Inspired by the minimalist aesthetic of Scandinavian and Japanese design
(that's "Japandi" for the uninitiated), lighter wood will be a
popular choice in 2021. From furniture to flooring, blonde and light oak
woods make spaces feel bright, open, and modern - even if your other décor
is more traditional.
Consider "Grandmillennial" design to be the wild-child cousin of
buttoned-up "Japandi" minimalism. Imagine the comforting
traditional styles of your grandparents' home but with trendy updates.
Colorful wallpaper, rehabbed antiques, and busy patterns on furniture and
rugs are making a comeback with people tired of minimalism.
While these trends are no doubt driven by nostalgia and warmth,
sustainability is an added factor. Antique furniture and home goods are
available in abundance at affordable prices and were manufactured at a time
when products were built to last. Since you're not shopping at a big box
store, your décor is also sure to be unique.
Neutrals are no longer
For years, neutral gray, beige, and white were the go-to paint colors for walls
and cabinets. Now, bold blues and greens are rising in popularity, and
that's not just limited to accent walls. Expect to see splashes of color
covering entire rooms and cabinetry in 2021, as consumers try to recreate
the colorful environs of restaurants and hotels in their own homes.
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David Deem 714-997-3486 Dave@DeemTeam.com Every parent knows the importance of keeping their kids active. In addition to instilling a healthy lifestyle, it also makes your life a whole lot easier after they’ve spent time burning all of their energy. When the weather’s nice, it’s easy enough for the little ones to run around outside, however, that’s not always an option. For this reason, here are a few playroom ideas that can keep the kids busy all year round. Indoor Jungle Gym As they progress from crawlers to climbers, being able to hone their fine motor skills is a crucial part of their development. Fortunately, there are some wonderful children’s furniture companies that specialize in exactly this and offer high-end options for indoor jungle gyms, monkey bars, rope swings and much more. Wiwiurka is one such company that’s well worth checking out. Performance Stage For the kids aspiring to a life on Broadway, there’s nothing better than having their own little stage at home. They
David Deem 714-997-3486 Dave@DeemTeam.com No matter how careful you are, inevitably, you’re going to spill something. Whether it’s red wine on your favorite shirt, tomato sauce on your best tablecloth, or chocolate on the rug, the time will come when you’ll have to move into action fast to remove a stain from clothing or furniture. Here’s a stain-removing guide from Real Simple for some of the most common culprits you’re likely to encounter. Coffee. Stretch the coffee-stained fabric over a bowl and pour boiling water over it from about a foot above. If the coffee included milk or cream, follow up with an oil solvent. Sugar too? Pre-treat the item with a stain remover. Wine. For red wine, start by giving the stain a coating of salt. Then stretch the fabric over a bowl and pour boiling water over it from a foot above. For white wine, run cold water over the stain then spray with a solution of 1 tbsp. of clear dish soap in 10 oz. of water, and dab with an enzyme detergent. Chocolate. F