4 Ways Above Ground Pools Can Look Cool

Summer officially arrives this week, which means it’s time to grab a suit, towel and some sun! This is the time of year that those lucky folks with pools start to entertain a few more guests every weekend. Do you have a pool or are you considering one?

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Although a lot can be said about the great in-ground versus above ground debate, if you’re looking for something more affordable and less permanent, above ground might be the way to go. Here are some ways you might make your pool rise above and beyond everyone’s expectations.

Get Decked Out

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Building a gorgeous looking deck around your above ground pool not only gives you more places to work on your tan, it also makes your pool look like it belongs where it is. Gorgeous wooden decks can cover the plastic vinyl sides of the structure, transforming the bright white or blue eyesore into a serene retreat. Read more…

Pastels: Yay or Passé?

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In all things design-related, trends come and go. Last year we saw a huge rush of neon and neutral pairings in fashion and home décor. This year, another classic 80’s staple is plotting its return: pastel. Read more…

For Your Door: Killer Kick Plates

How’s your door doing these days? Your front door is the first piece of your home to greet your guests and loved ones, so it might be a good idea to spruce it up a bit. There are many ways to do so, including adding new hardware, paint and house numbers – but I’ve been checking out one of my favorite door additions: the kick plate.

Kick Plates for Doors Laurie March Blog HGTV
Photo: RoomZaar.com

A kick plate covers the lower portion of a door, the part that experiences the most wear and tear. These protective sheets of metal ward off and/or mask foot scuffs, pet scratches and water damage. Usually matched to a door’s hardware, these beauties are available in a variety of finishes, often completing a classy and classic look. Read more…

Saturation Station: A Look at Lavender

As an avid gardener, I’ve spent a lot of time outdoors lately. While working on my cucumbers, chilies and tomatoes, I’ve fallen in love with the colors found in another early summer staple: lavender. So here’s a look back at one of my most colorful blogs.

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Photo: Cirburbanity.com

The card catalog above has been beautifully ombred (can that be a verb?) by my friend, Charlotte. I can’t stop staring at all of the lovely shades next to one another. Though lavender is a soft, subtle color, it can pack a lot of punch stylistically. Here’s how this hue might complement some of your spaces. Read more…

4 Fab Features for Outdoor Kitchens

If you spend a lot of time eating and entertaining outside, an outdoor kitchen might be right up your alley.

Photo: ZeoInterior.com

While a simple barbecue works fine for some, adding counter space, appliances, cook tops and dining areas can transform your family’s lifestyle completely. If you’re thinking of making an investment in eating alfresco, here are a few things you might want to consider. Read more…

So Jaded: A Glance at Jade Green

When it comes to playing favorites, green is the second most popular color in the world (after blue). But word green can be used to describe so many different tones: sage, mint, moss, kelly, emerald and one of my favorites: Jade.

Photo: HouseAndGarden.co.ok

While I love the insanely current color, teal, I’ve been missing some other greens lately. I, for one, am ready for jade to make a comeback. In the room above, the wall has such a stunning depth and a richness to it, all thanks to this beautiful hue. Here are some other examples of jade doing its job very well. Read more…

Colorful Crown Molding – Yay or Nay?

Crown molding can be a polarizing personal preference. Some people love the character it adds, while others long for clean lines and clear corners. For those that do have homes with molding, however, I’ve got another debate for you: Do you like colorful crown molding or prefer traditional white?

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Terrific Throw Pillows for Under $40

Photo: Etsy.com, FestiveHomeDecor

I’m not embarrassed to admit that I’ve logged quite a few Etsy hours in my day. I am so inspired by the vintage items on the site and I am seriously in awe of some of the homemade craftsmanship I’ve come across, too. So I thought I’d start compiling some of my favorite finds to share with you – starting with one of my favorite things: Throw Pillows. So here are 7 five star pillow providers for you to peruse. Read more…

Bathroom Chandeliers: Yay or Nay?

Shaving, applying make-up, styling hair and brushing your teeth would be really hard to do in the dark, so it’s safe to say that bathroom lighting is fairly important.  But I’ve been thinking about one trend this week that’s a little more fun than functional: the bathroom chandelier.

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A chandelier is often seen as a symbol of luxury and elegance and can often be found in dining rooms. If you love to host dinner parties, you might agree that the clinking of glasses is perfectly complemented by the twinkling of crystal light. But what about installing one of those lavish beauties in the loo? Read more…

Go Fish: Salmon Kitchens and Bathrooms

Salmon tones are often featured in home accessories and accents, but that doesn’t mean the color can’t play a starring role in your kitchen or bathroom. This striking shade could be an interesting and unusual choice if you’re looking to mix things up.

Salmon Kitchen Laurie March Blog HGTV

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The kitchen above is brightened up by its bold tones. The stark white and lively salmon create a modern feel to the space, without seeming cold or stark. Now, if only you could absorb omega-3s visually… Read more…

Cool Closet Conversions

If space is tight and your life is big, you might find yourself craving an additional room – an office, a library or even a napping nook (you know how I love them). Sure you could move, but there might be an easier solution. Why not convert a closet to suit your specific needs?

Photo: GiesenDesign.com

This multifaceted mudroom has been carved out of an old coat closet. While it simply provided storage before, now it greets guests, keeps outerwear organized and gives you a spot to park your seat while you’re putting on shoes. If you’re looking for more of an entryway in your home, this might be a conversion to consider. Read more…

Gold Home Décor: Timeless or Tacky?

It’s temping to think of gold solely as a classic, old-fashioned accent color – meant for cathedrals and ballrooms. This bathroom proves, however, that there’s a place for gold in modern design as well. The shiny metallic tiles in this space warm up the look, but don’t compete with the contemporary tone. It might be a little too much bling for some people, but I bet there are many who’d love this sparkly spa.

Gold Wallpaper
Photo: Shamoa.com

This space is definitely benefitting from the formality of gold. The wallpaper in this room let’s all dinner guests know that this is a special occasion. Also the use of blues and oranges proves that gold can play well with others if introduced in the right way. Read more…

Hot Pink at Home: Gorgeous or Garish?

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 Photo: Gothamist.com

What do you think about pink? Hot pink, to be exact. Possibly one of the most polarizing colors out there, bright bold fuchsias are becoming more and more popular in all areas of design. So how does this hue hold up at home? Let’s take a look. Read more…

Winter Workstation Nooks

You’re strapped for space, and cooped up inside, it can be really helpful to carve out a designated area for your kid’s homework.

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Just like adults who work from home, having a specific work area not only helps a person to focus on their work, but it helps them to relax and enjoy other activities in a different space when the work is done. If you’re lucky enough to have an entire homework room like the space above, that is fantastic. But there are a few other tricks you might try if you’re tight on space. Read more…

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