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It’s Easy Being Green: How to Add This Year’s Hottest Hues of Green to Your Décor

Photo Credit: Crate and Barrel

By Laura Love Bardell, guest contributor

This year in home decor, green is really having a moment. Far from being a short-lived trend, however, this verdant color is definitely here to stay. Luckily for us, green goes with just about everything, and it’s easy to incorporate into any room of your home.

Add some life.

The simplest way to add green into your home decor is with botanicals, which blend effortlessly into any color scheme. Place a cluster of potted succulents on the coffee table, and fill that empty corner behind the sofa with a statement fiddle leaf fig tree. In spaces that lack sufficient natural light for live plants, consider faux varieties. With advances in manufacturing techniques, many artificial plants look just as convincing as the real thing and require no maintenance.


In rooms with a neutral color palette, use green accessories to add a pop of color or texture. Swap out existing window treatments with curtains featuring botanical leaf prints or patterns. Layer throw pillows and blankets on the living room sofa. Avoid choosing all solid color pillows as the effect can be a bit flat; instead opt for complementary patterns and textures for a fresh, updated look.

Style your bookcase or end table with a vibrant emerald centerpiece bowl, or intersperse green vases with on-trend marble decor on the console table for a chic, of-the-moment look. For a bolder statement, consider a kelly-green statement wall, palm print wall decals, or a luxe velvet sofa in a rich olive hue.

Mix it up.

Beyond neutral palettes, green works beautifully in any number of color schemes. Many shades mix easily with black and white; use this combination for a classic, timeless aesthetic. Juxtapose a muted lime green with pops of red, orange, and yellow for a playful, energized space. Paler hues mix well with pastels or jewel tones offer a rich, vibrant look.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Laura Love Bardell ?writes for? Crate and Barrel,? where ?she creates design-savvy content on the latest home-furnishing trends. Laura enjoys giving tips for how to use furniture creatively for any space, big or small.

Staging and Style

Spruce Up Your Listing’s Front Stoop With a Taste of Fall

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Orange can be a great color for adding curb appeal, and it fits perfectly into the fall season too. Bright orange pumpkins and flowers can add just the color pop needed to get potential home buyers looking straight at that front door. Check out some of these photos from the remodeling site Houzz and see how designers added inviting fall curb appeal to their front stoop.

Staging and Style

The Concrete Craze in Home Design

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

So you don’t typically think of concrete as a decor item inside your home but something more reserved for your driveway or a home’s foundation. It can be a cold, harsh surface. So, why are so many designers now using it in the design of interior spaces?

The faux industrial look is very popular at the moment, and concrete sinks, flooring, countertops, or even a concrete accent wall fits right into that style. Polished cement countertops or even concrete soaking tubs are on-trend.

Concrete’s neutral gray can appear less harsh too when used against whites, marbles, or wood.

A perk to concrete is it’s relatively easy to maintain, durable, and eco-friendly. It can retain heat and help keep moisture out—a reason we’re seeing it surface in more bathrooms lately.

Community Real Estate

The Galleria – Tanglewood Area Condo

The Galleria. Looking for easy lifestyle in the heart of the city? Close to restaurants…shopping…entertainment…this is it! This condo offers spacious rooms…updates…views. New wood floors, paint, travertine floors and granite counters. The spacious living area with balcony and views to the Galleria is perfect for entertaining …the master is incredible. Kitchen and living area flow together for today’s lifestyle. Master is private with sitting area…balcony…views to both the Galleria andTanglewood landmark. Two walk in closets…whirlpool tub…oversized frameless shower. Secondary bedroom with large picture window views of area. Natural light is incredible. Two garage parking spaces plus separate storage closet! Just minutes to The Galleria and Memorial Park.

Community Restaurants

105 Cafe

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Breakfast is one of my favorite meals to eat out. I do it often and I know all the breakfast places in The Woodlands and just outside. 105 Cafe is in Conroe, but is part of my regular rotation because of the amazing bacon. It is really a very short trip just north of the Woodlands. Did I mention bacon? You can order it three ways and I always go with crispy. It is perfect every time. 105 Cafe has a ton of breakfast options as well as some great lunch salads, sandwiches, and soups. The buttermilk pancakes are huge and wonderful. I love them. The omelets and skillets have some excellent healthy options like the Mediterranean omelet and the organic spinach and feta omelet. One of my favorites is the smoked chicken with avocado and salsa and the Philly Cheesesteak omelet. I also love the Rancher skillet with smoked chicken, broccoli, tomatoes and hollandaise sauce. Heaven on a plate. This is a place that your healthy organic eating friend can eat while you have some biscuits and gravy! At lunch, the Reuben and the fish tacos are excellent choices as are the huge Angus beef burgers. The service is always very friendly and makes me want to go back the next day. It is totally worth the drive to Conroe.