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VOL13ISS1 2017

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35 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 13—ISSUE 1 HOME DÉCOR Is it possible to have a home that is trendy and at the same time one that everyone (including children and pets) is comfortable living in? Experts say yes. With a little creativity and ingenuity you can have a beauti- ful home and one the entire family can live in and enjoy (feet on furniture and all). Here are ideas and trends for having the home you want in 2017. For starters, bring outdoor fabrics inside. Stain-resis- tant fabrics from Sunbrella are popular outdoors as well as indoors. Other pooch proof choices include micro- fiber and microsuede, a microfiber designed to mimic suede in look and feel. Both materials stand up well to the abuse dogs dish out. Companies specializing in 'pet friendly" furniture that is durable and attractive are on the rise such as JoyBird Furniture. Décor materials for 2017 are described as warm, earthy, rich and rustic. The trend of using natural and organic materials started with the use of marble. The use of natural stone continues, while the use of wood for flooring is on the rise. Experts suggest keeping woods unpainted for a warm and earthy feeling. Terracotta tiles show off a rustic look and will continue to be popular for floors throughout the home. A matte tile finish adds char- acter in both traditional and contemporary styles. Color is the fastest and most inexpensive way to give a room a facelift. White, off-white and beige will always be in style when it comes to interiors. To avoid a sterile "hospital" look balance white with cream and linen tones for a richer and more aesthetically pleasing look. Or, step out a little further and add in a jewel tone of ruby, emerald or amethyst for a contrast. For homes on the coast, it is hard to go wrong with white and blue for a nautical theme. Living rooms and bedrooms feature furniture in a variety of styles from contemporary to rustic with mid- century and other design concepts. "Retro" design is having a resurgence with wood finishes and geometric design mixing wood and metal for a look that screams "Mad Men." A furniture line to try with these elements is the new ED™ Ellen DeGeneres Crafted by Thomasville. Bathrooms and kitchens are the most popular rooms to decorate and design. New light fixtures, appliances and hardware are popular ways to update kitchens. Cabinets and walls can be painted for a change and new hardware installed. Popular colors used to break up a predominately white space are neutrals like black or grey. Step out of your comfort zone and paint cabinets black. Use brushed nickel hardware for a nice contrast. Trendy Yet Practical Décor BY LINDSEY GREY Fashion and function comes together when talking about the kitchen, one of the most used rooms in a home. A paint- ed kitchen island is a great place to hang out with family and friends when entertaining or just relaxing after a long day. Anyone who watches Fixer Upper with Joanna and Chip Gaines knows that Joanna always installs a kitchen island which means you need one. Try the popular farmhouse table in their Magnolia Collection. Bathrooms are being renovated and updated with trendy tile patterns such as the honeycomb pattern which is a favorite in 2017. Free-standing bathtubs are a trend whether a vintage claw-foot or a modern soaking tub. These work best in large spaces. Quirky wall art and unusual throw rugs complement and finish off bathroom décor. For the cherry on the top, designers remind owners to accessorize their home. In Wilmington design hounds head to interior designer Meg Caswell's (and host of Meg's Great Rooms on HGTV) Fifth & Castle Design Shop to shop for new and vintage furniture, local curated art, throw pillows, fabric designs and more. If you made a new year's resolution in January to spruce up your home it's not too late. Implementing any of these changes will make a difference and bring you one step closer to achieving your dream home. []

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