Lauren Smyth


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Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year - Living Coral

Jan 10, 2019 5:12:33 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Another year another Pantone pick!

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Can i put a rug on carpet?

Dec 18, 2018 11:16:37 AM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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"When placing a rug on carpet, focus on color and pile height."

Rugs on carpet can be tricky.

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How to Decorate Your Hallway

Dec 11, 2018 2:02:14 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Hallways are the perfect spot to display artwork or even throw a cabinet into the mix to maximize your storage space but if the hallway is narrow there are a few minor tweaks that can be made easily.

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Accent Your Home with a Barn Door

Nov 30, 2018 10:36:16 AM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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A barn door accent can have several different styles ranging from farmhouse, traditional or even very modern.

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Decorating Open Shelves

Nov 27, 2018 8:32:07 AM / by Lauren Smyth

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Combine texture, color, tall and short, and new and old items to open shelves.

Open shelving is an ideal place to sneak in some storage and to display meaningful items that otherwise wouldn't have a home.

Decorative boxes are great in a stack or on their own and can provide a spot to stash away small items that otherwise end up lost. Mix those with some great framed photos of the family, found sculptural items, some small potted plants (I opt for easy care, drought resistant or faux) and some books and you've got a great collection of texture, color, tall and short, new and old to add interest and personality to your home.

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Get This Look for your kitchen - From One of our Madison Models

Nov 16, 2018 2:18:24 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Love this kitchen? We sure do! It's from one of our Madison models, but the finishes, like all of our homes, are custom to this specific house. However, you can replicate this look in your home using the finishes listed below.

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Classic Tile Selections for Every Style

Nov 9, 2018 11:46:14 AM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Whether you are remodeling or building a new home (maybe even with us!) It can be tricky to navigate the murky waters of tile. With an overwhelming amount of options making a decision can feel next to impossible. Here are my top five picks of classic tile that can be paired with anything and look awesome no matter what style home you have.
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Decorating Around a Fireplace

Nov 8, 2018 1:21:10 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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When decorating around a fireplace use the rule of three.

The rule of three suggests that things arranged in odd numbers, specifically three, are more appealing to the human eye.

The rule of three works really well when filling space on shelves around your fireplace.

Creating asymmetrical arrangements of vases, books or candleholders in a high, medium, low clusters creates an extra layer of interest especially if the colors and textures are complimentary to other decor in the space. 

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2019 Home Interior Design Trends

Nov 2, 2018 10:16:09 AM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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2019 will be here in no time and as the year changes, so do the design trends. This year has been full of natural wood tones with heavy doses of white, black and a sprinkle of gold. I have to say, the design trends of this past year have been some of my favorites and I don't think we'll see that neutral palette changing much but I do think there are going to be some new takes on these staples and potentially the addition of something a bit more bold. 
 
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5 Tips to make your house feel like home

Oct 26, 2018 12:30:45 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Lifestyle

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I read a really interesting study from IKEA that came out this past week about how most people don't feel at home in their own home. In fact, "1 in 3 people all over the world say there are places where they feel more at home than the space they live in. For City people this feeling has has increased from 20% in 2016 to 35% in 2018".

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Our 5 Favorite Interior Paint Colors

Oct 22, 2018 12:07:00 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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The Fall Parade of Homes always brings crowds of visitors to our show homes and provides us a great opportunity to interact with  home owners and prospective buyers. Paint colors - always a favorite topic -  was of special interest this year, so I thought it would be fun to create a list of our favorite interior paint colors.
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2018 Home Trends by Alturas Homes

Jan 24, 2018 1:33:00 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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The Kate is full of matte black cabinet hardware, a trend to look for in 2018. 

New year, new trends. With every passing year, styles change. Some come back in style, some stay in the past, and some are timeless. Lucky for us - and you - our interior designer studies up on the latest and greatest trends to give our homeowners a modern, yet classic, home. Lauren is looking forward to these four trends this coming year, and she's sharing it all with you. 

 

 

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