We just can’t get enough of looking at fabulous Swedish dwellings and their amazing decor! With an incredible blend of casual, elegant, rustic and refined yet warm and cheerful all rolled into one space. Scandinavian design has so much to offer, it is sure to inspire anyone who is need of some innovative decorating ideas that can be incorporated into any home design.  Renowned for their simplicity, utility, and beauty, Scandinavian homes have a pure, pared backed style that is centered around warm functionality, clean lines, flawless craftsmanship and understated elegance. The use of light is considered to be extremely important, and many Scandinavian homes  are characterized by the use of earthy muted tones, honest materials and minimal ornamentation. From vivid interiors invaded by color, to simple but highly functional decors, Scandinavian-inspired spaces all have a strong visual effect.  The first few photos below are of our latest sales listing at LKRE: 36 Prairie Avenue in Newport. For more information about this home, click here!

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The clawfoot tub  was considered a luxury item in the late 19th century, originally made from cast iron and lined with porcelain. Modern technology has contributed to a drop in the price of clawfoot tubs, which may now be made of fiberglass, acrylic or other modern materials. Clawfoot tubs usually require more water than a standard bathtub, because generally they are larger and deeper. While true antique clawfoot tubs are still considered collectible items, new reproduction clawfoot tubs are chosen by new home builders as these bathing basins are perfect for relaxing bubble baths after a long stressful day at the office. Here are a few clawfoot tubs that we’d love to leisurely soak in any day!

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‘Tis the season to start tuning up your grille, digging out the big umbrella and deck furniture and researching your favorite summer BBQ recipes! We love the look and luxury feel of outdoor kitchens. With built-in counters and cabinetry, these setups make it easy-breezy to cook just about every meal outside during the spring and summer. Here are a few great outdoor kitchens that we’d love to have!

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As a design savvy, boutique real estate firm, we can appreciate the finer things in life, especially great lighting. With Libby’s recent renovation and design consulting business taking off, she has been researching fabulous light fixtures and lamps and came across this wonderful local company called Ljusa. Located right here in Rhode Island, Ljusa offers three unique lighting collections: Terra, Vibrant and Exposure. The Terra collection evokes a sense of the earthen roots of the materials it uses. Naturally colored fabrics, hues of land, forest and soil combine with intriguing patterns and trim to add a sumptuous extra dimension.  The Vibrant collection features bright, punch colors and patterns. Whether using freshly thrown bases, or recycled vintage ones, the treatment is designed to enhance the feeling of vitality which is the signature of this collection. Finally, the Exposure collection is the most true to the concept of light. The lamps in this collection bear shades with images created by light through photography. All of these fabrics are printed for Ljusa with carefully selected images in a variety of patterns. Some hearken back to times past with reproductions from the 1800’s, others are more contemporary. Each treatment is unique giving the lamps a wide range of expression. Beyond these collections, Ljusa also can create custom lighting for just about any space.

 

 

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While we would love to be blogging about the hottest summer lip color or hair trend, instead with an impending snow storm coming straight at us in the last week of March (hello Spring, are you there?)- instead we’re going to dote on a hot way to make stacking wood for your fireplace look chic. Typically we keep our firewood covered outside, or perhaps in the garage. Below are some unique takes on integrating your firewood into the decor of your living room. The stacked wood is both fashionable and functional- adding a woodland vibe to an otherwise sharp looking space but also fully utilitarian being that you can actually burn it to keep warm during spring snow storms.  Here’s to hoping warm weather is near!

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