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2016-04-19 19:38:57
9 Design Ideas to Make Your Home {and YOU} Happy

Today we have Lenora with 9 Ten Design joining us on the blog. Lenora provides full service home styling for people who need some design direction, without hiring a pricey design firm.

Follow along with us as we draw inspiration from some of Lenora's Instagram images to bring you 9 inspiring design ideas you'll love!

9 Ideas to Make Your Home Happy (from top left to bottom right)

1) Splurge on Yourself

Splurge on yourself every now and then. If that means treating yourself to a delicious latte once a week instead of your regular cup of joe - then BINGO. One of our favorite places to indulge in caffeine is a quaint little joint called Kean Coffee. With two locations in Tustin and Newport Beach, we definitely recommend the Newport Beach destination. It's walking distance to gorgeous views of Newport, and the atmosphere is a perfect combination of bustling baristas and coffee loving customers. Also important to note for all you millennials: there's NO WIFI! This could be considered a crime to some, but Kean Coffee encourages face to face connections and aims to provide an atmosphere that's conducive for reading, relaxing, and unwinding. Another tip: Saturday mornings tend to be packed! Most likely because everyone else has discovered this secret gem of a spot too....

2) Let There be Light

Lighting puts the final touch on a room. This photo was taken at the Las Vegas Market and captures a display by Renwil. The lighting simulates the look of hanging top hats. How cute and creative! We hope this inspires some of your own lighting ideas for your home.

3) Create with Colors and Textures

A glimpse inside the design process. It's fun to play with different colors and textures. If you're redoing a room, don't limit yourself to just one hue on the wall or a bland backsplash. Experiment with colors and gather samples to give yourself a better idea of the final product.

4) Get Your Green on

If you lack gardening skills, air plants are a perfect way to add a bit of green to any room without having a green thumb. Add them to a shelf or tuck them into bright colored containers, and voila! You've just planted the seed of pretty decor.

5) Cut it Out!

'These scissors really help to represent my foundation as a designer. I've learned a lot about all aspects of design by learning the fundamentals and being hands on' says Lenora.

6) Don't Forget about the Floor

Finding a rug that helps to tell the story of a room brings is key! This rug is not only a perfect color match it's also a piece of art.

7) Take Time to Relax

Break at the beach. Enough said.

8) We Care about Chairs

This chair + the colorful pillows = happy place. 'You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.' Steven King

9) Natural Elements for Added Interest

Woodn't you know...we just LOVE that nature provides so many beautiful textures. It's real life details like this that can make a room feel special. One of our favorite ways to decorate is to bring the outside in. 

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