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6 Online Decorating Tools For A Stylish Home

Re-decorating can be tough. From all the heavy-lifting involved (ugh) to perfecting the little things like wall color and lamp choice, it can be a long process! Whether you’re giving your space a full reboot or just making it feel a little changes to make it more cozy, I’ve rounded up 6 online decorating tools for a stylish home!

Homestyler

Homestyler is an online tool that allows you to plan everything from the flat floor plan of your home to a 3D builder that lets you see exactly where every item will go. The coolest part of Homestyler? Their mobile app allows you to upload a photo of a room in your home, and Homestyler will digitalize it. It’s incredibly realistic too! This handy feature will let you see what it’s like to move things around or change your paint color, without doing the physical work!

Homestyler

Floorplanner.com

This site lets you build your floor plan in just a few easy clicks. Build walls, add furniture, and move it all around just as easily. You can even add your own photos and videos for added realism. FloorPlanner.com also has an easy sharing tool so you can send your creations to your friends, family, or contractor. Their basic plan (which includes one plan and access to their iPhone app) is free!

Floorplanner

Design A Room

This app is one of my favorites- it lets you design a kitchen, bathroom, dining room, living room, or bedroom from scratch, or from an existing photo of a room you love. Thinking about changing your flooring? Test out different shades of stain, different grains, and even toggle between hardwood and laminate.

Design A Room

Polyvore

Polyvore isn’t an app like the other options, but it’s perfect for putting the finishing touches on your space. Pick out everything from photo frames, bed frames, even what candle would look best in your home. Add all your dream items in one easy frame to see how the colors work with each other.

Polyvore

Benjamin Moore Painting App

A paint-color switch is a perfect way to give your room a refresh without purchasing all new furniture. Before making the jump – upload a photo of your space on the Benjamin Moore Painting App. Test out exactly what shade will be right for your room! Pro tip: If you’re feeling bored with your current color, try a statement wall! A single wall with a bold color is a great way to add a pop of personality with minimal effort.

Benjamin Moore Painting App

Houzz

Houzz is the one-stop-shop for all things home refresh. Shop for pieces from their on-app store, browse through the massive gallery for inspiration, or use their handy database to contact professionals in your area. Their handy ‘advice’ and ‘story’ areas are great for first-timers too. The advice section can guide you from how to properly hang a photo to finding out what’s the best soil for your flower bed.

Houzz

Living Room Inspiration on Houzz by Catherine Staples Interiors

Your space should be your happy place, and these tools will help you make your space as perfect as it can be! Whether you have a small studio or a sprawling home, these tools can help you spruce up your space! What other online decorating tools have you used? I would love to hear! Comment below!

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7 Tips To Get A Better Night’s Sleep

Sleep impacts every part of our lives. From our performance at work & the interactions with loved ones, to our health and mental well-being. In today’s hustle and bustle – quality sleep is often hard to come by. Because of stress, work, and TV marathons (haha), I’ve fallen short on sleep quite a few nights. To get a better night’s sleep, one big improvement we recently made was upgrading our mattress (from queen size to king!) Eve Mattress has been a lifesaver in helping us get adequate sleep.

A few small tweaks to your everyday habits can make big improvements to your everyday living. I hope this inspires you to make your sleep a priority.

7 Tips To Get A Better Night's Sleep

Top 7 Tips To Get A Better Night’s Sleep

1. Choosing the Right Mattress

Picking out a mattress is a big task. After having ours for quite some time (and having two dogs in bed with us every night!) – we could definitely tell we were due for an upgrade to a king sized mattress. We were very interested in trying out Eve. A memory foam mattress? Yes please!

The Eve Mattress is a foam mattress and combines three different types of foam to form one amazingly comfortable mattress. The bottom layer is an ultra-resilient base foam. The middle layer is made from highest quality, luxurious memory foam and the top layer is New-generation Memory Foam, reducing pressure on joints. This makes for a cloud-like sleeping experience. Can you believe Eve also has a 100-night free trial where if you don’t absolutely fall in love with your mattress, you can send it back free of charge with a full refund! They also offer free shipping! Amazing right?

Use the code ‘Unique100’ at checkout to get $100 off your next Eve Mattress!

Our Eve arrived to our doorstep in a compact box. The king mattress was tightly wound up inside. (crazy, right?) We got it upstairs, pulled it out of the packaging, and watched it magically unroll in front of our eyes. We were instantly sold when it expanded out over our king bed frame in seconds. I definitely appreciate the amazing yellow trim and graphic design within the box itself. Yellow just brightens you up and makes you a little bit happier!

Choosing the Right Mattress

2. Adjust Your Bedroom

Your bedroom has a big impact on your quantity and quality of sleep. For your best night’s sleep try keeping your bedroom dark, cool, and quiet. We recently painted our bedroom a dark gray color. It feels a lot cozier and not as bright as it was before. Having extra light is a natural cue for your body to wake up. Try and eliminate as many lights on alarm clocks, bright night lights, and other electronics is essential to giving your body the rest it deserves. We used to have a night light in the bathroom, but it was constantly waking us up at night. We removed it and have seen a big difference.

Keep your room at a comfortable level to get a better night’s sleep. The best temperature to fall asleep to is 65 degrees Fahrenheit. (According to studies)

Try out this thermostat. You can schedule it to lower your houses’ temperature at a certain time every night or while you are away.

Adjust Your Bedroom

3. Replacing Your Mattress

Your mattress set should be comfortable and provide proper support. If it’s sagging, worn out or more than 10 years old, you should think about upgrading your set. Our Experience with the Eve Mattress has been great! We have been sleeping on it for 2 weeks – and have been getting great sleep!

4. Stick to a Strict Bedtime

Making sure you are going to bed at the same time each night, waking at the same time every morning, and avoiding long naps during the day can help stabilize your internal clock, and in turn lead to a better night’s sleep.

5. Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

Eating a healthy diet and getting a good night’s sleep go hand in hand. Exercising regularly can help with relaxing and reducing mental stress, which in turn can make it easier to fall asleep at night.

6. Routine, Routine, Routine

Just as sticking to bedtime can help improve sleep, so can sticking to a nightly routine. Find something that helps you relax each night before bed. Reading, writing in a journal or taking a bath are all great ways to unwind after a long day.

7. Nighttime Teas

Chamomile tea is an excellent choice to stimulate sleep. It helps you calm down, by relaxing the nerves and calming the stomach, promoting a great, peaceful night’s sleep. For maximum benefits, drink this tea about 30 minutes before bed.

Try out these amazing bedtime teas – HERE & HERE.

One major perk about our new mattress? Eve offers a 100 night trial – if you don’t like the mattress, they pick it up and give a full refund! How amazing is that?! We will definitely be keeping ours, though!

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Top 10 IKEA Items

I have to start this post off by saying – IKEA is one my all time favorite places to shop!! Hands down. Love it. Ok, well now that that is off my chest let’s dig into why I think that way. This last week I spent the day at IKEA. The closest one is 3 hours away, so it’s kinda a big deal to decide to go.

Ikea offers great style selections with great prices, making it a lot easier to dress your nest for less. I am showing you the Top 10 Ikea Items that I have bought and love! On your next trip be sure to look into these items and stock up at these amazing prices! If you are wondering why they have such funny names – IKEA was founded in Norway so the items are all in Norwegian.

Top 10 Ikea Items

  • ALVINE KVIST duvet cover set – We bought this item for our guest bedroom. We now own 2 different IKEA duvet covers and love them both!
  • FEJKA artificial plant – These are so simple and add a touch of green to every room. No joke – I think we might have one in every room of our house 🙂 The white pots from Ikea go well with these plants. $5.99 each
  • EIVOR throw blanket – This item has been around for quite some time (most likely because it is so popular!) It is super soft, quite large for a throw blanket and neutral colors to match any colorful decor you might have.

EIVOR throw blanket

  • BYGEL bar cart – I just snagged this pretty on this week’s road trip. I couldn’t say no. You can even turn it into a coffee cart if alcohol isn’t your thing.
  • VITTSJO shelving unit – A great storage solution. We have this piece in our living room, but it would also be great in an office! Use the Kvarvik Boxes to store craft items or blankets.

VITTSJO shelving unit

  • RIBBA frame – A simple, yet stylish design. These frames can be used either hanging or standing.
  • KVARNVIK box with lid – These boxes are great for newspapers, photos, craft items, or any other memorabilia. The included label helps you create an overview to quickly find your things. Don’t like the label? Easily remove it for a cleaner look.
  • ELLY dish towel – Such a great dish towel set. If you do any food photography – these are great for getting a different look each and every time because of the selection.
  • FJADRAR pillow cushion – Throw pillows normally are SO expensive. I found these great throw pillows for $3.99. Add one of Ikea’s cushion covers for only $5 and you have a throw pillow for $9. The down comforter feeling is what you get with this pillow.
  • RANARP desk lamp – Gold & white colors are my weakness, so naturally this lamp had to come home with me. The black and white cord is another great touch.

RANARP desk lamp

What are your favorite Ikea items? How did you use them! Share photos/inspiration below!