Monthly Archives: March 2014

DIY Hack: Scrapbook Paper Decor

Ok, I’ll be honest. One of my favorite things to shop for in craft stores is scrapbook paper. The selection! The cheap (cheap!) price! The possibilities!

Even though my illustrious career of scrapbooking came to a screeching halt when I left high school, I still find ways to incorporate scrapbook paper into my home decor. Why? Well, it’s cheap. And versatile. There are so many ways to manipulate it and come out with something great.

We are all about innovative home decor here at The Mix, and we wanted to bring you a few of our favorite projects that we found on (of course) Pinterest. Click on each picture to get a detailed description of how to complete each DIY written by bloggers who have actually done these–and succeeded!

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These are just a few that Pinterest has to offer! The best part about using scrapbook paper as a decor medium is the easy ability to customize it and make it fit any color scheme you have in your home. Personally, I’ve done a few of these, both for permanent decor in my home, as well as seasonal themes to add a bit of festivity to my home.

Let us know if you attempt any of these projects!

– The Mix Team

Trend Alert: Pantone Color Palette — Style Setting

Pantone is known in the art industries as the go-to guide for all things color. Each year, they hold a secret meeting and decide the Pantone Color of the Year. They also release color palettes for the upcoming year. They predict these on-trend color palettes, and people in art, fashion, and even merchandising use these to create their lines for the next big thing!

Here at The Mix, we are all about design aesthetics and keeping  you up to date with the next new thing in home design. This week, we are loving their Style Setting color palette!

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Here’s what Pantone has to say about this color palette:

Using Fashion as inspiration for color, materials and in the home, this taste-making palette is about polish, poise and finesse.The purple color family plays off against mahogany, off-white, gray and taupe, and picks up some shimmer with frosted almond and champagne beige.

The subtleties of the neutral colors with the added deep rich hues of the purple really make a room stand out. Here are a few pictures we found to spark your imagination and give you an idea about how to make these colors work.

 

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There’s a variety of different ways to incorporate these wonderful purple hues into your room, whether it’s a small pop of color, or a whole wall of paint.

What do you think about this color palette?

– The Mix Team

The Mix: Adding Character To Your Dining Room

Down south, the dining room of a house is often a very formal room, but is also filled with laughs and amazing food. As a kid, we would visit our grandparent’s house every Sunday. While there, we would play with our cousins, eat rice and gravy, and make candy with our grandmother. To accommodate all of this wonderful fun, you need to create a space that is warm and not stuffy. One of the ways that we love doing this is to create a funky mix of old and new, patterns and solids, soft and strong. Here at The Mix, we have scoured the inter webs to find great examples that will inspire you!

Mix up your chairs!

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Add an eye-catching rug!

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Add a pop of color!

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Use a bench!

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The Mix has all of your dining room needs, so check out our eclectic choices of chairs, tables, and sideboards!

And, for more inspiration, check out our Dining Room Inspirations board on Pinterest!

Home Office Design and Decor

Sometimes it can be really hard to focus at home. Really hard. There’s so many distractions! So many fun things to do! (And, if you’re like me, so many kittens to play with!) However, when it comes to homework, paying bills, or working on things for the business, it’s important that I stay focused and on track. Having a home office that is functional and beautiful is important for me to get things accomplished!

Here are some tips and tricks from us at The Mix to help you design the perfect home office:

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1. Think about your needs.

What are you planning to do in your office? Is it a space that will be used primarily for online typing and publishing? Or will you need more room for storing files? Visualize what types of equipment you will need in the office to make it conducive for your work. The picture above is an example of someone utilizing their area so they have storage in cabinets and shelves, a space for their computer, and room to layout any materials they may have.

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2. Choose a great design.

Think about what color scheme you may want for your home office. Are you someone who needs a calm, serene environment to create? Or would you rather have a vibrant, inspiring environment to keep you awake and focused? By settling on a design idea, you can create a cohesive environment that will help you produce your best work. The office space above shows someone who wanted a calm and elegant area with a grey and creme color scheme. The desk adds a pop of color that really brings the room together. I love this beautiful desk from The Mix that comes in a variety of finish colors to fit into many different design ideas!

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3. Keep it organized.

Organization is key with a home office. If your office is messy, or overflowing with papers, then you will not be able to be productive there. The picture above shows a great mix of organizational tools for a home office. There is a calendar and white board for messages, as well as baskets that are well labeled so everything has a place. Finally, a bit of decor that fits the theme really pulls the wall together. I am completely in love with this bookshelf from The Mix (which comes in so many colors to match your design aesthetic!)

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4. Make it personal.

Of course, working from home is allowing to work to come into a sacred place for you and your family. Keep your home office personal, to remind you of the things that matter most to you. In the picture above, the bridal picture really takes the room up a level to make it feel sweet and personal.

In a future post, we will discuss different ways to choose furniture for your home office. For now, check out our Pinterest board for more Home Office inspiration!

– The Mix Team

Trend Alert: Painting the Ceiling

Until recent years, white was considered the best color to paint a ceiling. It was thought to draw as little attention to the ceiling as possible. But what’s the fun in that?

A recent trend that we are seeing in the home decor industry is painted ceilings. Here at The Mix, we have a few tips and tricks for those of you considering painting your ceilings.

1. Check your height.

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The height of your ceiling makes a difference when you are choosing a paint color for your ceiling. If your ceilings are higher than 9 feet, a darker color will bring the ceiling down a bit and make the room feel warmer and more cozy. Consider going one or two shades darker than the wall color to keep the theme similar, like in the picture above. If your ceilings are below 9 feet, use a paint one or two shades lighter than the paint on the walls. This light color will open up the room and bring warmth to the environment.

2. Bring the color up.

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As an alternative, bringing the color from the walls onto the ceiling makes the ceilings seem higher and the room more spacious. This is a great trick for rooms that are a bit small. This robin egg blue in the picture above pulls the eyes up from walls and brightens up the small area.

3. Go metallic.

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If you search “Paint Ceilings” on Pinterest, you will find a variety of ways to take the texture OFF of your ceiling. (Those popcorn ceilings? Bleh!) A new trend is emerging for your ceilings though. Benjamin Moore, along with other paint suppliers, are offering ceiling paints in a variety of colors, including metallic paints like the one pictured above. These metallic paints, coupled with a simple pattern, add a unique design and luxuriousness to your ceilings that open up the room.

4. Use molding.

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If you are looking to make the ceilings and light fixtures a focal point in your room, check out this beautiful way to add molding and color to your ceilings. This tactic of layering molding and color creates a beautiful way to open up your ceiling and make the room feel more elegant and exciting.

When choosing a paint color for your ceiling, it is important to consider lighting, size of the room, and room decor. All in all, we are thinking this hot trend will be sticking around for a while!

– The Mix Team