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Modern vs. Contemporary Design

Modern style doesn’t have to be complicated. A lot of people use modern and contemporary interchangeably to describe a design style. Although there are plenty of similarities between the two, modern is not the same as contemporary. So, what exactly sets modern and contemporary design apart? In this piece, we will look at the differences between modern and contemporary design as well as the similarities.

We will also explore ways you can create a contemporary or modern look in your home. Some people associate modern and contemporary styles with a lack of warmth and comfort, but this could not be farther from the truth. As you will see, both styles place a high value on comfort, functionality and use of natural elements. If you love a clean and uncluttered look, one of these styles might be right for you.

We’ll help you decide which design type to choose for home, and we also hope to inspire the transformation of a room. No matter which style you prefer, sometimes a few simple changes can make a room feel like new. When you think of the word modern, you probably think of current trends. It only makes sense, right? Unlike modern design, which represents a time period, contemporary design changes.

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Fabulous Wallpaper

Fabulous Wallpaper

Bring the exciting world of fashion into your interior design. We love the chair and light pairing for a perfect look. Wallpaper is a fabulous choice. Perfect for living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms. Wallpaper is back in style and a great design feature for a bedroom. Here are our favourite wallpaper designs for some fabulous bedroom inspiration. Be inspired by fabulous new wallpapers for every area.

We love this airy look for an elegant guest room, female bedroom, beach house, or boutique hotel. A powdery minty blue and a clean basic white keeps this room looking fresh, simple, and put together. Sticking to one main colour and a complimenting basic prevents the risk of having too much going on with the patterned wall. The key here is balance and symmetry (bedside tables and lamps).

Here we’re embracing a traditional floral pattern and contrasting that with a crisp white, beachy whicker baskets, and chestnut wood. Picking one colour from your pattern like this Victorian navy blue ties everything together as well. A floral wallpaper can instantly make a beautiful bedroom in your summer home or guest bedroom. Bring the outdoors inside with a modern but a green wallpaper.

Child Room

Kids Rocking Hammocks (Marine Blue Polka Dots)

Kids Rocking Hammocks (Marine Blue Polka Dots)

Indoor/Outdoor use. Slung fabric and head pillow are great for relaxing. Minimal assembly required – hardware included. Light weight and sturdy. Maximum weight load of 60lbs. Let your child run free with this cute indoor tent made from quality Canadian Hemlock and cotton canvas! Perfect for sleep-overs with friends; this unit includes a side window with roll-up, and durable straps to tie back the entrance flaps. Perfect for sleep-overs. Built-in window on side of tent.

Entrance flaps can be tied back. Made from Canadian Hemlock and durable cotton canvas. Easy assembly; hardware included. Product Type: Play Teepee. Primary Material: Cotton. Indoor/Outdoor Use: Indoor. Age Group: 3-8. Your little one’s favorite spot in the house. Just for kids–a place to relax. 100% oak hardwood support beams. Lightweight and compact–perfect to take everywhere. Yeah, you’re just gonna need this in an adult size!

Everyone deserves that perfect place to kickback and relax. This makes the Kids’ Rocking Hammock the perfect addition to any home. The ideal combination of comfortable hammock and rocking, they’ll get relaxation time moving and grooving. Perfect for watching TV, reading a book, or cuddling with their best stuffed animal friend. A matching pillow brings the comfort to a whole new level. Solid oak hardwood and beautifully patterned spun poly fabric will make this rocking hammock.

 

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Upgrade Your Hammock and Your Views

Upgrade your hammock (and your views) with this stunning look.

Between, are you ready to welcome this look into your home?

Indoor/Outdoor use

Slung fabric and head pillow are great for relaxing

Minimal assembly required – hardware included

Light weight and sturdy

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Biggest Budget Questions

Renovation experts on how to budget for the most sought-after upgrades.

Note: All figures given are estimates that can vary widely based on region and the condition of a space.

Qustion: I’d love to add a folding glass wall to the back of my house. Do I need to win the lottery first?

The biggest expenses will come from any structural work that needs to be done to create the opening for the folding glass wall. Call an experienced contractor for an estimate and brace yourself! This number will depend on the structural realities of your house. You should be able to have a 10-foot-wide glass wall installed. You don’t need to win the lottery.

Question: My hardwood floors are looking the worse for wear. Is it better to replace or refinish them?

Start by taking a close look at your floors — or better yet, call a trusted floor refinisher to help you evaluate what you have. If you’re lucky enough to have solid wood planks that are at least a quarter-inch thick with no visible warping or water damage, you can probably have your floor sanded. (You can also refinish some engineered hardwoods for the same price if there’s enough veneer to work with.) However, some results, like turning dark stained floors into pale oiled floors, might be out of the question. Depending on the look you’re after, you might have to replace your floors altogether with new solid or engineered hardwood.

Question: It’s time to repaint my 200-square-foot home. What will it cost to have it painted?

The two costs involved here are paint and labor. A good paint job involves sanding, priming, prepping walls, sanding between coats and at least two coats of paint. Most professional painters will do testers and allow for a variety of sheen levels.

Question: The doors in our new-build are so flimsy. What’s the cost of upgrading them?

It sounds like you’ve got 36-by-80-inch hollow-core doors, each from a big-box store. If your doors are lightweight, your hardware likely is, too.

Design

Throw Pillows and Accents

Throw pillows and accents are the perfect way to go bold in your home decor. Which one is your favorite? We’re always touting how easy it is to breathe new life in your room simply by switching out throw pillows. It’s true, a group of new fabrics can give your space a totally different feel, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to cull through all of the thousands of throw pillows.

To find 4 or 5 that will work well for your space. There’s an overwhelming selection out there, which makes the process confusing! Well, we want to make things easier for you. Consider this our guide to choosing the right throw pillows for your room. Choose different fabrics that work together. We used a very organic, bold print as our jumping off point (the floral pattern).

And we balanced the colour on the sofa with bold velvet pillows in the corner and plaid pillows in the middle. The basic key here is balance. The bold pillows in the middle and in the corners help to balance the off-white sofa and lighter plaid pillows. The feminine floral fabric in the center is balanced by a more feminine plaid print on either side. And the patterned pieces are a balance to the solid.