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How to Incorporate Mid Century Modern Art into Your Home Decor

I love the look of the clean, simple lines of Midcentury design! Incorporating great Midcentury Modern furniture into your home decor is pretty straight forward but incorporating Midcentury wall art is a little trickieryou dont want your home to look like a page out of 1955 catalog.

Example of Mid Century Modern Design from old Catalog

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How can you use midcentury modern art without looking too kitschy?

It is possible to use Midcentury wall art and look fresh and current! The number one rule to follow is to keep your touches of Midcentury art minimal. Unless you want to show off a collection you have amassed, limit the amount of Midcentury inspired wall art to one or two pieces per room. But what pieces will look good in your 21st century home? Here are some ideas

Vintage Midcentury Modern Art

Scour the flea markets and thrift stores and find some actual vintage Mid Century Modern pieces (not just modern reproductions). Reproductions can be great, but there is a uniqueness that can only be captured in a truly vintage piece. Vintage finds often use color combinations or textiles that are vastly different than our modern interpretations.

Example of Vintage Mid Century Modern Art

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Nature Inspired Mid Century Modern Wall Art

One of the defining characteristic of Mid-Century Modern design is integration with nature. (Source) By focusing more on the natural elements of mid-century design and less on the modern amoeba shapes that have become almost caricatures of the style, you will present a more contemporary, and less overdone, version of midcentury modern. I love the gorgeous driftwood inspired pieces in this fabulous living room!

Great contemporary living room that showcases Mid Century Modern elements and nature inspired art.

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Modern Art Played a Big Role in Mid Century Design

The rich textures and organic shapes of abstract modern art, made it a cornerstone of the Mid-Century Modern style.

Modern Art played an important role in Mid-Century Modern Design.

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Vintage Commercial Art Posters Make for Great Mid-Century Modern Art

Nothing combines the era of Mad Men and Mid Century design quite as well as a vintage commercial art poster. These works of art were created to advertise everything from mineral water to exotic vacations. The vibrant colors and minimalist design make them great pieces of art to showcase in your home.

Commercial Art Posters are a great way to bring Mid Century Modern style into your home.

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Mid Century Modern Ceramics

During the heyday of the Midcentury Modern style, ceramics underwent a transformation. Everything from a humble teapot to a ceramic sculpture can be wonderful examples of Mid Century art. My favorite pieces of Mid Century ceramics incorporate the nature themes into their design. I love the simple modern lines of this ceramic bird.

Mid Century Modern Ceramics are often works of art.

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Agos222015

Seriously, I'm Not Starting the Kitchen Renovation

Im not. Because Ive got a barn to paint, and a garden to weed, and a pergola to build. Ive got chickens and donkeys and bees to tend to. Plus an unfinished bathroom or two, and a dozen more outdoor projects that need to be completed before winter.

BUT.

But if I was going to start the kitchen renovation, Id definitely tear out the floor

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Which, okay. I did that. But the dumpster was here that was just being efficient.

However, when I do finally decide to start working on the kitchen, Ill definitely want to reconfigure a few of the cabinets.

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The large pantry and wall oven have always driven me a little nuts. It looks like a big cabinet-tumor on the left side of the kitchen, and throws the balance of everything out of whack. That doorway? WTF.

So if I was going to start the kitchen renovation which obviously Im not Id definitely buy a few replacement base and wall cabinets. And maybe a shelf for the end of the island to extend it out a bit more

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And, actually, if Im being honest, I found myself with some floor plans wandering around Lowes on a rainy day a few weekends ago, and decided I might as well order some cabinets to have at the house just in case I find the time to start the kitchen renovation. Which I wont.Clearly.

I also really like having a functioning kitchen, you guys. Remember that time I lived in a garage and didnt have a functioning kitchen for two years? Pizza rolls cooked on the grill in the middle of winter have their charms, but I actually like being able to cook real vegetables now.

Well, so, heres a thing turns out there are a lot of good Fourth of July sales on appliances this week. So, you know, I figured it would also probably a good idea to buy the new stove that will replace the wall-oven and cooktop, so that when I do decide to start renovating the kitchen I wont be without appliances.

Id love to have a gas stove, but since my heat runs on fuel oil, and Im really not interested in running a propane line in to the house just for the stove, I went with this electric one



Looks pretty good, all considering, and gets great reviews across the board. I used to stress about this shit, but now I just make my decision and move on because I have some feelings about things I put in this house, but mostly I have feelings about how much food I can grow, and whether or not I need some pygmy goats (I do, right?) and I dont care to spend that much time worrying about something Im basically going to use to heat up water to boil fresheggs

So, really, Ive been thinking about my plan for the kitchen every time Ive set foot in this room for the last, uh, three years. When this goes down I know exactly how Im going to attack it:

Step 1: Fill all the nail holes in the wood paneling, one section of the room at a time (because if I try to do the whole thing at once, Ill lose my shit do you know how many nail holes there are in this room? Thousands.)Step 2: Replace cabinets and trim where necessary.Step 3: Widen entryway (move electrical where necessary.)Step 4: Paint cabinets and paneling (which I expect to take no less than a thousand coats of paint.)Step 5: Mod existing cabinets for better function.Step 6: New sink and hardware.Step 7: Newcounters.Step 8: New flooring.Step 9: Install wood stove.Step 10: Refinish kichen table, chairs, and bar stools.

But obviously Im not going to attack it right now because that would be crazy.

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http://diydiva.net/2015/07/seriously-im-not-starting-the-kitchen-renovation/

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Personalized home decor from Tiny Prints

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We love Tiny Prints for printed goods like Christmas cards and such, but did you know they have home decor items too? We actually got a cute pillow from them last year and I noticed that they have added a lot of other fun options since then!

Ours was the happy home pillow, and its a nice big size (not too big), perfect for cuddling with during movie night. I really love this map pillow, especially since you can pick where to put the heart and add your family name to it.

Love lives here custom pillow from Tiny Prints

I also really like the cute home themed stationary they have too (super cute new address cards). And because fall and winter will be here before we know it, I think these throw blankets are awesome. How lovely would they be for holiday gifts, and housewarming presents?

Monogramed throw blanket

If you are a new customer you can get 20% off your first order using this link. And dont worry, even if you arent a new customer you can still get a good deal with 15% off orders over $75.

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Personalized home decor from Tiny Prints

This post contains affiliate links, which means I get paid a little when you shop. Your purchase helps support this site.

We love Tiny Prints for printed goods like Christmas cards and such, but did you know they have home decor items too? We actually got a cute pillow from them last year and I noticed that they have added a lot of other fun options since then!

Ours was the "happy home" pillow, and it's a nice big size (not too big), perfect for cuddling with during movie night. I really love this map pillow, especially since you can pick where to put the heart and add your family name to it.

Love lives here custom pillow from Tiny Prints

I also really like the cute home themed stationary they have too (super cute new address cards). And because fall and winter will be here before we know it, I think these throw blankets are awesome. How lovely would they be for holiday gifts, and housewarming presents?

Monogramed throw blanket

If you are a new customer you can get 20% off your first order using this link. And don't worry, even if you aren't a new customer you can still get a good deal with 15% off orders over $75.

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http://thestylishnest.com/personalized-home-decor-from-tiny-prints/

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Agos122015

Tips to Keep Your Flower Beds Beautiful



Often, the most beautiful part of your outdoor landscaping can be the colorful thriving bed of flowers surrounding your home. But keeping the plants blooming and the beds looking their best takes a lot of time and effort. Some people seem to have it mastered with very little effort, but their secrets involve more than a green thumb.

There are a few tips you can follow that will cut your efforts in half and keep your flower beds looking well-tended and beautiful. The trick is to work smarter and eliminate the things that disrupt the plants and the healthy soil around them. You must eliminate your flower garden saboteurs.

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Stop the things that sabotage your flower gardens and watch them thrive.

The Endless Cycle of Weeds

Have you ever planted something and given it the best of soil and care, but it still struggled to grow? But, your weeds have shown no problem at all surviving and thriving? You are not alone. Weeds are durable and persistent in their return to your flower beds unless you stifle what they need to survive.

According to gardenguides.com, weeds rob the soil of nutrients and choke out the roots of your flowers and plants. Quick elimination is your best defense, so stop them before they have a chance to get a deep hold in your garden. There are a few steps to take to help prevent them from being so comfortable in your flower beds.

Make certain no parts of old weeds or sod are left in your soil. These can grow back.

Bark mulch preserves moisture in the soil and keeps weeds from growing easily. Lay down some black weed barrier cloth first, then add the mulch for additional protection in weed-prone areas.

Remove any weeds as soon as they appear, so they do not have time to produce seeds.

Plants That Work With You

Some plants are just easier to grow than others. According to betterhomesandgardens.com, it is important to research your plants' needs and limitations before you select them. This will save you a lot of time and effort trying to give your garden everything it needs and still falling short in meeting your plants' demands.

Where you live matters, so learn about plants that are native to your area and ones that do well there, then only choose plants that will thrive in your region. Some perennials do not do well through the Northeast winters, for example. Some require dry conditions, so if you live in Florida, that type might not be a good fit for your yard. Only plant what will easily thrive in your climate.

Learn about the type of soil conditions your plants need. The pH factor of soil reflects its acidity level, which is important to consider because all plants require different levels for proper growth.

Be mindful about the level of sun and shade your plants are getting versus what they each may require. It is not a one size fits all situation. In some instances, if the level of light is altered, plants may experience a disruption to their health. For example, if you cut back a shrub or tree that is providing shade for a plant, the added hours or intensity of light may damage the plant.

Overflowing Gutters

Your gutters are a vital part of your home and its overall drainage system. It can be easy to forget to check them for clogs, but overflowing gutters can be very detrimental to your flowerbeds.

According to Angieslist.com, clogged gutters will send the excess water down directly onto your flower beds, small trees or shrubs that surround the base of a home. This washes away the soil, exposes the roots of the plants, and can damage or kill them.

Older gutter systems require that you clean out your gutters at least twice per year, and they can be hard to clean. But, there are other, easier, solutions that will stop your overflowing gutter problem.

Flower bedsWithout gutter guards, clogs and overflowing water can damage your flowerbeds.

Invest in gutter guards, which can stop virtually all clogging issues and help eliminate water damage to your flower beds (as well as damage to your home's foundation). The guards easily attach to your gutter system, covering the exposed areas, and preventing debris from collecting and clogging up the gutter. Without the risk of clogs, you eliminate the risk of water overflowing onto your flowerbeds. They also offer a lifetime of protection for your home and stop you from having to climb up to your roof to do the cleaning task yourself.

If your gutters are old and damaged, it may be time to replace the system. This will save you larger, more costly issues in the future, protecting more than just your flowerbeds, but also your foundation, siding, and roof from water damage.

To learn more about how your gutters can protect your flower beds and your home, call 1-800-975-6666.



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