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How to Create a Regal and Grand Home

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/24/16 9:00 AM / by Malta Development posted in home decor, luxury, Tips + Tricks

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A royal-looking home need not be over 100 acres or have a history of housing monarchs. With a few adjustments and additions, your home can look royal and grand in no time. Check out the following home decor tips to transform your humble abode into a sumptuous and royal palace.
 

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Spring Home Decor Trends

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/16/16 1:28 PM / by Malta Development posted in home decor, interior decor, Tips + Tricks

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Home decorating trends come and go just like seasons. While some decor trends experience a surge in popularity, others are relegated to the storage room. These spring-inspired trends are making a big splash amongst interior home designers.
 
Black and White Decor: Once upon a time, vibrant chevron patterns were all the rage. Lately, however, the colorful v-shaped craze has been replaced by minimalist, black and white decor. Think linen white walls for a bright bedroom, black faux suede chairs, and an expansive white area shag rug. For you kitchen lovers, opt for a black glazed tiled backsplash paired with white cabinets.
 
Matte Finishes: Predicting style and design trends is nearly impossible. What was once a design staple like a metallic finish (copper, steel, etc) is now long forgotten. In its place, matte finishes like oxidized metals, glazes, and chalk-finish hues dominate. The irony is that both matte and metallic finishes complement each other. So go ahead and bring out those metallic accents from storage.

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Hobby Room Ideas for Your Spare Bedroom

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/22/16 9:00 AM / by Malta Development posted in home decor, housing amenities, interior design, Tips + Tricks

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Creative Ways to Hide Household Eyesores

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/18/16 9:00 AM / by Malta Development posted in home decor, housing amenities, interior design, Tips + Tricks

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Many homeowners take great pride in their meticulously decorated home. Some household fixtures, however, detract from their methodically designed humble abode. Everything from air vents to loose electronic cords attract attention, but not in a good way. Turn these common household eyesores into sights for sore eyes with these inspired and straightforward DIY ideas that disguise even the most unsightly home features.
 
1. Garage Door Opener: If you've converted your garage into a playroom for the kids or a home office for dad, you may be wondering how to cover up that garage door control panel attached to the wall. If you are, you can transform some scrap wood, a small art frame, and a stylish doorknob into a clever secret door to keep up with the room's decor.
 
2. Air Vents: Air vents can turn any whimsical oasis into an industrial-looking living space. To add your personal flair to a seemingly insignificant detail, pick up a radiator screen from your nearest hardware store and make your very own decorative vent cover. Paint it the same color to match your current wall hue.
 
3. Wall Protrusions: What do you do when you have thermostats, outlets, and light switches on one wall that detract from the overall design style? You camouflage them. By pairing these practical, but unsightly home fixtures with a gallery of framed artwork, these eyesores blend seamlessly into the background yet remain easily accessible.
 
4. Router: Technology is making internet speed faster every day, but the aesthetics of the equipment leave much to be desired. Instead, try this vintage book cover to hide routers, modems, or cables. This simple disguise keeps your wi-fi signal strong without sacrificing style.

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Making a Statement Piece Work in Your Home

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/14/16 9:00 AM / by Malta Development posted in home decor, interior design, Tips + Tricks

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Not only does a statement piece add personality to your home, but it also becomes a good talking point for your guests. Knowing how to incorporate it into your current home decor is easier than it looks. If you have your eye on a certain statement piece, but don't know how to tie it into your room, the following tips are for you.
 
1. Less is more: In a room with multiple statement pieces, nothing is a statement piece. If you decide to incorporate a bold piece of furniture into a room, make sure that the items around it are less eye-catching. When designing and decorating, it's all about balance.

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8 Subtle Ways to Transform Your Family Room

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/6/16 9:00 AM / by Malta Development posted in home decor, home design, housing amenities, Tips + Tricks

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A family room is the perfect gathering space to create memories or just relax and unwind with your family. With a few small adjustments to your family room, you can transform it to keep up with your growing family, from the moment your baby learns to crawl to the moment you send them off to college.
 

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Luxe Upgrades in the Bedroom

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/4/16 9:00 AM / by Malta Development posted in home decor, Tips + Tricks

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Any room can transform into a luxurious and posh living space with the appropriate upgrades. One of the most important things you could do immediately to up the luxurious ante is to carefully organize your room. Once everything is in its place you can begin adding these intricate details that turn an "ordinary" bedroom into a sumptuous chamber.

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Decorating Your Home for Happiness

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/15/16 9:00 AM / by Malta Development posted in home decor, Tips + Tricks

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Everyone has different ways to make themselves happy. Some people curl up with a good book. Others spend an hour or two at the stables. But did you know that there are things inside your home that could affect your mood? Scientific data shines some light on how certain home features can make you happy.

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Benches: The Most Versatile Furniture?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/11/16 9:00 AM / by Malta Development posted in home decor, home design, housing amenities, Tips + Tricks

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You may think of a bench as merely a seating area, but it can be so much more than that. Imagine a functional, sometimes upholstered seat that not only heightens the aesthetics of any room but also doubles as storage space. Add decorative pillows to give it a cozier feeling. You won't want to leave your new furniture addition. Here are some ideas on how you can incorporate multifunctional benches into your home.
 
Store Important Documents: Let's face it, filing cabinets aren't exactly the most aesthetically appealing pieces of furniture in a home. Although they work well in an office setting, the industrial, steel (or metal) look doesn't make one feel warm and cozy. If you want a more attractive and inviting storage space, why not make a storage bench specifically designed to hold files? Personalize it with a cushion on top in any pattern of your choice.
 
Put Toys Away: If you look close enough, a bookcase can also become a versatile bench-and-bin combination. A bookcase's large openings can make excellent cubbyholes to fit toy-filled bins. Choose from canvas bins, plastic bins, or even woven baskets-- anything to match your playroom decor. Once your children outgrow their playroom bins, recycle and use them for storage in the garage, laundry room, or bedroom.
 
Stash Serving Trays: For those who love to entertain and throw fancy dinner parties, storage can quickly become a problem. Where to put all the serving trays, plates, placemats, and tablecloths, when the guests have left? A banquette bench with drawers underneath can be the perfect solution to your storage issues. Not only do banquette benches act as comfortable nooks on which to perch while you eat, but they also function as a secret repository for your dinner party supplies.
 
Enhance Your Mudroom: Mudrooms are a gateway from the outside world into your warm and comfortable home.Improving your mudroom can start with a versatile DIY shoe bench addition. Build a shoe bench with larger compartments for boots and smaller ones for more compact footwear. Now, the next time you walk through the door, you can leisurely sit down and stash your shoes.
 
Stash Bedroom Knick-Knacks: There's nothing better than coming home after a long day at the office and relaxing on a sturdy and comfy reading bench. It is a dedicated relaxing space, whether you use it as a reading nook or a window seat. What would make it better? Add cubbyholes underneath to store your books, shoes, clothes, or anything you don't need readily available.
 
These practical furniture additions just go to show how a bench can transform into just about anything you want. Whether you want it for storage, relaxation, or aesthetics, the bench has it all. Now all you have to do is decide how many you want in your home.

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How to use Pantone’s Colors of the Year

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/8/16 9:37 AM / by Malta Development posted in home decor, Tips + Tricks

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Pantone has once again set the wheels in motion for next year's design trends. The worldwide color authority made an unprecedented move when it announced that Rose Quartz (mineral pink) and Serenity (cool blue) would share the honors of 2016's Colors of the Year. In years past, only one was chosen. But why the bold move and why now, you may ask?
 
According to their press release, the decision reflects the changing modes of thought when it comes to gender acceptance and fluidity. With that in mind, here are a few design ideas for incorporating these gentle and comforting hues into your current home decor.
 

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