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Bundle Up! Five Ways to Keep Your Home Warm this Winter

Bundle Up! Five Ways to Keep Your Home Warm this Winter

It’s officially winter in the Northern Hemisphere and while it’s already been pretty chilly, it’s only going to get colder now.  Depending on where you live, trying to keep your home warm in the cold winter months can be a real challenge. You can always just crank up the heat, but that generally ends up costing a lot of money that you may not want to or be able to part with.  Luckily there are some easy ways to help keep your home warm that don’t cost much (if anything at all!). Let’s take a look at some tips on how to keep a cozy home this winter.
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Growing Off the Walls: Five Tips for A Dynamic Living Wall

Growing Off the Walls: Five Tips for A Dynamic Living Wall

So you’ve become slightly obsessed with house plants. Who hasn’t? There are tons of benefits to adding plants to your home, so why not fill your space with them? The problem - you’re running out of flat horizontal surfaces to put them on. The solution? A living wall! A living wall or vertical garden is made up of either frames or individual planters mounted on the wall and that allow vining plants to grow up the wall and draping plants to hang down. What started as mainly a DIY project has caught on, and now as companies product planters and frames specifically to be mounted on walls, it’s easier than ever to create a living wall. Here are some tips for creating a dynamic living wall.
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Putting It All On the Table: A Guide For Finding the Perfect Dining Room Table

Putting It All On the Table: A Guide For Finding the Perfect Dining Room Table

The dining room is often times a major gathering spot in the home. Whether you eat at the dining room table every night or just for holidays and other special occasions, there’s sure to be many fond memories created around the dining room table. With Thanksgiving right around the corner we’ve had dining room tables on our mind more than usual. A dining room table is often a big investment, and a piece of furniture you’re going to have for many years. So how do you know you’re getting the right one? We’ve put together this handy guide to make sure that you get the perfect dining room table for your space.
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All Around the World: Five Ways to Decorate with Maps

All Around the World: Five Ways to Decorate with Maps

Though functional objects, maps have also always been decorative. Mapmakers would add details like sea monsters and made antique maps into works of art. Maps can bring a sense of adventure to a space and spark memories of travel. Vintage maps can also bring a feeling of nostalgia to the decor. The colors, patterns, shapes, and textures of maps make them super versatile to decorate with. It’s no wonder they’ve been growing in popularity. Let’s take a look at a few ways to decorate with maps.
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Stop and Stair: The Best Ways to Bring Style to Your Stairs

Stop and Stair: The Best Ways to Bring Style to Your Stairs

For a multi-story home, the stairs are something you likely use every day. But do you ever really stop to look at the space around them? Staircases and stairwells are an oft forgotten about area when designing the interior. But a space that gets so much foot traffic deserves to look as nice as the rest of the house! Today we’re going to take a look at some easy ways to turn your staircase from boring to eye-catching.
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An Open and Shut Case: The Pros and Cons of an Open Floor Plan

An Open and Shut Case: The Pros and Cons of an Open Floor Plan

Those of you who watch a lot of HGTV shows know that open floor plans are popular right now, and have been for at least the past decade. If you don’t have an open floor plan, it may have your wondering if it’s time to knock down those walls. If you already have an open floor plan, you either understand the hype, or wonder why everyone thinks it’s so great. Like most things in life, open floor plans come with both pros and cons. If you’ve been considering moving to a space with an open floor plan, or renovating your current space to create one, now is the time to look at the pros and cons this layout has to offer.
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Who You Gonna Call? How to Find the Right Interior Designer

Who You Gonna Call? How to Find the Right Interior Designer

While we’re all for DIY here at France & Son blog, sometimes you just need the help of a professional. The world of interior design is one of those realms where, if you don’t have any experience with it, you may feel like it’s best to call in a pro. But putting the fate of your interiors into a stranger’s hands can be a bit daunting. Hiring an interior designer that you don’t click with can cause headache and disappointment, but the right interior designer can make the process go smoothly and (relatively) stress-free. So today we’ll take a look at what steps to take to ensure that you hire the right interior designer for your job.
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Open Sesame: Why You Should Embrace the Open Clothing Storage Trend

Open Sesame: Why You Should Embrace the Open Clothing Storage Trend

Some trends seem to come out of nowhere. But others go hand in hand with other trends. Such is the case with the open storage as decor trend. It started as a necessity - people living in small apartments or tiny homes generally have insufficient storage, so those living in such situations needed to improvise. This is how open clothing storage began being integrated into decor. Once these stylish solutions hit Instagram it wasn’t long before it became a full-blown trend. So let’s take a look at why we’re embracing the trend of open clothing storage as decor.
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Older and Bolder: How to Update an Old Home

Older and Bolder: How to Update an Old Home

Old houses are loaded with charm. In fact that charm is a big reason many people seek out older homes in the first place. Filled with history and character old houses can be a great place to settle down. The downside is that a lot of old houses need some work and updating to be truly livable in the modern day. You need to be careful when renovating old homes though, or you risk wiping out all of the charm that you originally fell in love with. Today we’ll take a look at how to update an old home without sacrificing its charm and character.
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