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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Chinoiserie: 4 Ways to Try the Newest Décor Trend at Home

March 1, 2016 12:03 am

Chinoiserie—a style marked largely by Chinese motifs and techniques—is currently one of the hottest décor trends in homes in the Western Hemisphere. Originating in Europe in the 17th century, chinoiserie includes bamboo, cherry blossom or orchid accents, and shades of black, blue, gold, pink, red and white.

"Chinoiserie's elegant prints and colors can truly bring a room together," says Alissa Ahlman, chief merchandising officer for home décor superstore At Home®. "It's one of our favorite trends for 2016 as you can add it to your home in a big way via bright shades of pink or play it down with calming hues of blue."

To incorporate the trend in your home, the experts at home décor superstore At Home® recommend the following tips.

1. Punch up a seating area with chinoiserie throw pillows. Look for ones with tiger motifs or a pagoda-inspired design to drive home the aesthetic.

2. Introduce chinoiserie atop a dresser or bathroom countertop with black, rectangular boxes of varying sizes.

3. Mix in intricate chinoiserie patterns in neutral tones, such as a white side cabinet with lattice detailing in the guest bedroom.

4. Add a touch of glamour with gold accent pieces, such as a sparkling figurine on a mantel or marion votives as a tabletop centerpiece.

Despite its specific profile, chinoiserie design can be adapted to fit both traditional and modern spaces, and is ideal to complement an existing style. By implementing the trend thoughtfully, like in the tips listed above, you, too, can successfully integrate this new trend at home.

Source: At Home

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What Do Baby Boomers Want in a Home?

March 1, 2016 12:03 am

Baby boomers are making their mark on housing once again, this time as they age toward retirement—and whether moving up, downsizing or purchasing a second home, their preferences are clear-cut across the board.

According to a recently released study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), “Housing Preferences in the Boomer Generation: How They Compare to Other Home Buyers,” boomer homebuying activity hinges on everything from location to size and design:

• Sixty-three percent of boomers cited in the study would like to purchase a single-family detached home, a finding in line with the 65 percent of all buyers.

• Seventy-five percent of boomers prefer to purchase a single-story home.

• Fifty percent of boomers express interest in a full or partial basement. This preference appears to decline with age.

• Thirty-seven percent of boomers are willing to purchase a home without a living room. This preference appears to decline with age.

• Just 13 percent of boomers are willing to pay more for a home out of concern for the environment.

• Only 7 percent of boomers prefer to purchase a home in a central city location. Approximately two-thirds prefer to purchase a home in the suburbs (close-in or outlying), and just over one-quarter prefer to purchase a home in a rural area.

Source: NAHB

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