Colorful fabrics and textiles

Whether it's simple quilts, kilims, ethnic patterns, or western florals adding colorful textiles add character, make spaces look better, and more inviting. Patterns are also easier to live with. They will age better and they will hide any fading or subtle stains, making them also a very practical choice. The human animal also must find patterns cozier, homier, and appreciate the visual interest since most cultures around the world preferred to decorate with patterns rather than solid colors.

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Resourceful and smart: Cinder blocks

Creativity and resourcefulness is smart and attractive. When used well even looked-down upon materials can be a part of inexpensive solutions. These cinder block set-ups look good, work well, and are modular. They can easily be taken apart to make something else, they can be easily moved, or they can be altered to grow or shrink with changing needs. Anyone can pay for a piece of furniture but if you have the smarts and the touch of style to make simple solutions look good, you should rock it!

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Dine-in kitchen: Smart and efficient use of space

It is smart to use space efficiently. It is also more environment-friendly, demands less economically, and in this specific example; friendlier, and cosier. Dining and entertaining right in the kitchen makes sense. Gone are the days of separate dining areas for family vs guests. A kitchen/entertaining space like this is more intimate and homey and in today's world we could use more of that. (That steel beam table is a bit overkill but overall, this is a good-looking and a very practical set up.)

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Less ego, more confidence in decoration

You want to have a hammock inside? Go for it! Or, like me, do you think crates make great modular furniture? Don't hold back, use them. Many people are held back by their concern for others' judgement. It seems the younger generations will overcome these obsessions. It is now common to see shipping crates used creatively, upcycled-recycled items, more utilitarian, easier to live with furniture replacing flawlessly-polished intricately-carved status-symbol furniture. The result is more humane, more creative, more efficient and environmentally friendly living spaces, and a more comfortable, a less status-conscious, a better life!

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Cozy kitchens with character

A lot of kitchen updates go from kitchens with some unique character that should be appreciated, to uncreative versions of the current trend. The "updated" kitchen is often time-stamped and bound to be dated in a few years. Such an update is in most cases financially an unnecessary burden, physically wasteful -since a lot of perfectly good things end up getting ripped out and replaced because they're not the newest style. Emotionally, it is only a band-aid because the way to appreciate your kitchen (clothes, furniture, etc.) is to make a mental switch, not a physical one. There will come new trends and if your satisfaction only comes from having the current style, your satisfaction is bound to fade, and you will soon find yourself coveting newer styles.

And if your place deteriorated beyond repair and it makes more sense to renovate, it is best to go after a unique and timeless set-up so you can appreciate it for a lot longer.

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Cozy cabins, South American kitchens, and Mediterranean Cottages

Cozy cabins, South American kitchens, and Mediterranean Cottages have one thing in common; imperfection. Imperfection makes perfectly cozy, easy-going, livable, and beautiful spaces.

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Easy-going & natural

Look at how beautiful but how low maintenance that pool and its surroundings is. That's the idea. The bottom image of the colorful window shutters makes a good argument against putting a fresh coat of paint on everything.

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