How to Design Your Décor Around Two Distinct Tastes


She’s drawn to contemporary while he appreciates traditional. He loves urban but she’s mad for mid-century modern. What do you do when your hearts beat as one … but your design styles can’t get along?


Blending two distinct styles can be tricky, and the answer is coming to a happy medium where they intersect. Here’s how:


Meshing Styles 1


Stick to a color palette

An abundance of colors in a room looks haphazard, and each piece will feel separate. Instead, pick a palette of two to three colors, and choose your furnishings accordingly. A strict set of colors will help the design styles feel purposeful and harmonious. If your partner wants a leather chair and you prefer a traditional look, finding one in a color like ivory or a rich burgundy might make everyone happy.


Find a unifying pattern

In addition to color, patterns can unify a room. A contemporary chair in plaid upholstery will fit nicely with a casual sofa that has plaid toss pillows, for example. Geometric shapes can do the same thing, such as using an upholstery that feature circles and bringing in a cocktail table with the same lines.


Meshing Styles 2


Choose matching finishes

Design styles will seem to gel if the details are the same. Pick wood pieces in the same finish, such as mahogany or pine. And use metals from the same grouping, such as bronze or nickel.


Bridge the gap with transitional pieces

If you love contemporary and your partner wants traditional, choose transitional style for the larger pieces, such as a sofa. Transitional style blends well with any décor, and can help set a compromising tone.


Meshing Styles 3


Use distinct items as focal points

Don’t hide the piece that doesn’t fit; showcase it. An ornate antique mirror, for example, will look special against a sea of streamlined modern pieces. This is a great way to turn something that normally wouldn’t fit or match into the “wow” factor.


Shop as a team

It’s helpful if you visit the showroom together and make purchase decisions as a team. It’s easier to come to a compromise when you can see a variety of pieces in person. Meshing styles will often create an eclectic look and feel, and that’s fine. The most important result is that you’re both represented and feel comfortable.

Spring Produce: What’s in Season

We all want to feel good, and eating fresh produce is one of the best ways to take care of yourself. Since buying local is good for the economy and your health, it’s a good idea to know what’s in season so you can purchase the freshest items at the best prices. Here’s your shopping list of what’s delicious for April and May:


  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Fava beans
  • Parsnips
  • Rhubarb
  • Scallions
  • Spinach

It’s National Nap Day!



Want to boost your productivity? Put your head down and take a nap. It sounds counterintuitive, but napping is the best cure for the post-lunch dip, sharpening your attention and boosting your creativity better than that vending machine candy bar or double shot latte.


Here are some details on napping from the National Sleep Foundation:

The best time to nap is early afternoon, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; napping later can be troublesome, impacting the quality of your nighttime sleep.


The length of your nap is key to getting its benefits. A brief 20-minute nap will sharpen your attention and motor skills, while a 60- to 90-minute nap will help you with problem solving and creativity.


The ideal spot for sleep is one that dark, quiet, cool and comfortable. Close the blinds to keep out the afternoon sun, and try to minimize noise. Using a sound machine or fan can help eliminate distracting sounds.


Get the best nap possible by setting up the right environment.

Mattress: If you’re able to nap at home in bed, having the right mattress is key. And the truth is, you can’t choose the right mattress by simply lying on it in a store. Take our exclusive 5-minute test and find your perfect sleep. Your personalized recommendation is based on more than 20 years of research by the Sleep to Live Institute, the industry’s leader in sleep science and innovation. The patented technology uses statistical measurements such as height range, weight distribution, age and pain criteria to determine the mattresses that offer the best postural support for you.


Pillow: A pillow has the important job of supporting your head and neck while you sleep. In fact, it accounts for 30% of the comfort and support of your sleep, and one-size-fits-all does not apply. People are different shapes and sizes, and we sleep in different positions. The best pillow for you will hold your head in neutral alignment based on your sleep style. By providing the right support for your neck and spine, the right pillow will alleviate neck and back pain, and promote good circulation and breathing.


Sleep Essentials: Protect your health and your mattress by choosing the right bedding essentials. Mattress protectors, sheets, blankets, and duvets work together to create the perfect microclimate for sleep. The best bedding is made of breathable fabrics to wick moisture that can cause you to overheat or be chilled. And a waterproof mattress protector protects you from harmful bacteria.


You’re all set to snooze. Tell us in the comments: Did you participate in National Nap Day?

Out With The Old: How To Sell Unneeded Furniture

Giving your home a new look is a great way to bring in fresh energy. Maybe your tastes have changed? Maybe you’re ready to replace hand-me-downs or items you purchased years ago? Or maybe you’re moving into new digs and need new furnishings to go with your new home’s style.


When it’s time to redecorate it’s also time to think about what to do with furnishings that are no longer needed. Turns out, you’ve got lots of options and some of them could put some extra cash into your pocket:


Websites and Mobile Apps

Craigslist. This is a great place to post things for sale. The audience is local, and you don’t have to worry about shipping. Ads are free, but listings expire 7 to 45 days after they’re posted (depending on your location.) Make sure to upload good photos, and include information that a buyer will need, such as sizes, materials and if there is any damage. The disadvantage to using Craigslist is that you’ll be dealing with strangers. It can be safer to put your items in your garage or outside location. And always meet customers with a friend.


eBay. If your furnishing is collectible or valuable, you’ll get more exposure by putting it on eBay. Listings reach millions of people, and you can choose to hold an auction or sell at a fixed price. eBay charges an insertion fee as well as a percentage of the final sale price, so consider this when you price your item. And photos are extremely important. You can create a listing offering pick up only, or you can look into shipping using a freight provider. If you have a great piece, you could sell it for more than you expected using eBay.


Facebook. If you haven’t checked out local buy/sell/trade groups, you’re missing out. This can be a great way to sell your furnishings. Your items will also post to your personal timeline, and that means your friends will see what you have and they might want it or know someone else who does.


OfferUp. Similar to the other online options, OfferUp is an easy-to-use smartphone app that lets you post items for sale using your smartphone phone. The app lets you answer inquires on the go. Check it out at


Stores and Sales

Consignment Shops. Another option is selling your item through a consignment store. A local Internet search help you find locations in your area. Check reviews on to be sure it’s a reputable shop. When you call, ask about the percentage of the sale that the store keeps – many take 50%. Also ask how they go about pricing, how long they will keep your items and how payment will be made to you. Consignment stores are best for valuable or designer pieces, and pieces must be approved before they’re accepted.


Yard Sales. If you can wait until the weather is nice, selling your furnishings at a yard sale is a popular method. This will also allow you to get rid of other household items. Advertise your garage sale with lots of signs, and put a posting in Craigslist’s garage sale section. Be sure to list the furniture you have available. Know that bargain hunters often frequent yard sales, so this method might net you the lowest amount for your items.


Giving It Away

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of selling, you can probably get rid of your old furniture by posting it on a site such as or the free section of Craigslist. You’d be surprised at what people are willing to take.


You can also offer the item to family and friends. Someone who is just starting out would probably love to have a free sofa or dining set.


Or call a local charity. Many will pick up your items and you’ll get a receipt for your donation, which is tax deductible. Remember: out with the old makes room for the new.