Worldly Inspiration: Turkish Design

One's travels can serve as a fantastic design muse to personalize the home and help tell the resident's story. However, travel comes with some major expenses and obvious shopping hurdles (who wants to try to find packing materials and a post office while on holiday?). 

Don't fret, intrepid explorers-- you can still turn your living room into a gorgeous Istanbul retreat without spending all your lira on shipping things home. Check out our list of Turkish-inspired treasures that will give your home those vacation vibes without breaking the bank.

Patterned Rug  

Turkish Inspired Rug

This rug features a beautiful Turkish floral pattern and a faded vintage ivory and jewel tone color palette, making it a new Eastern take on a neutral that goes with anything. Lay this rug or hang it up to lend an instant from-the-souk soul to any room. ( Safavieh Vintage Spruce Ivory Area Rug)

Statement Wall

Turkish Wall Decor

If you're looking to fully immerse yourself in a Turkish environment, create a statement wall with a stencil set. This pattern will give your home the royal palace feel, especially when painted in gold onto a Bosphorus blue wall as seen here. (Royal Design Studio Turkish Emblem Stencil Impression Set)

Mosaic Lamp

InstanblueDesign Mosiac Lamp

The colors and artistry of this hanging mosaic lamp will transport you to the grand bazaar. Etsy features many creators of such lamps, including InstanblueDesign which ships these handmade blown glass beauties direct from their workshop in Istanbul. (Etsy InstanblueDesign Mosaic Lamp)

Tea and Coffee Sets

Turkish Tea Set

Turkey produces intricate silver and brass tea (├žay) and coffee sets that will make any guest feel like royalty. Amazon has gorgeous and affordable options that look great out on the counter, like this Turkish coffee set for two. No need to hide this the way you do your Class of '92 mug. (Amazon Bosphorus Premium Turkish Coffee Set)

Kilim Pillow Covers

Kilim Pillow

Transform any pillow into a cushion fit for a king. Rug and Relic offers a wide variety of hand-woven kilim pillow covers in a number of colors and patterns. (Rug and Relic Kilim Pillow Cover

Upholstered Ottoman

Turkish Ottoman

What better way to achieve the Ottoman feel then, well, with an ottoman? Added bonus: it can serve as a side table as well. We love this One Kings Lane version but hurry, the sale ends soon! (One Kings Lane Coda Cocktail Ottoman)

Stayed tuned for our next installment of Worldly Inspiration. You never know where interior design can take you!

This post was created by Lauren.

A Quick Guide on the Best Types of Home Blinds

Door and blinds are essential to every home because they help you maintain privacy, and provide protection to your windows and other structures outside the home. Alana Southwell, a home improvement enthusiast and All Weather Blinds content curator will give you information about home blinds every homeowner should have.

Even simple homes can become stylish with just the right colour schemes, home design ornaments and other fixtures. If you feel that your windows look bare, then you definitely need to install some outdoor blinds. The following are the most common, and useful outdoor blinds that are perfect for homeowners like you.

Aluminum Blinds

These are suitable for glass doors (patios) and windows. Aluminum blinds are among the sturdiest types, and can be the best option especially for those who have kids at home. They are also preferable because it's easy to clean them compared with the other types of outdoor blinds.

Wooden Blinds

If you're going for a more natural look, and you currently have a number of wooden pieces of furniture at home, the wooden blinds would complement your home design nicely. The purpose for this is not just aesthetic, this material is quite durable and won't easily break from closing and opening the blinds. The best feature of these blinds, is that they give the homeowners some privacy while still allowing adequate amount of natural light to come through.

Vertical Blinds

For long windows and patio doors, the best option would be to choose vertical blinds. They are also the right choice for those who want to achieve an elegant, yet minimalistic home design. These can also come in different colors, and are useful when it comes to controlling the light filtering into the room where they're installed. They are hard-wearing, and can withstand frequent use. They also protect window and door frames from excessive heat especially during the summer.

You do have plenty of other options when it comes to choosing the right set of window and door home blinds. Before making the decision, make sure to match home blinds design and types with what you really need at home. If you need any inspiration and useful tips, make it a point to select something that's stylish and functional. If you do this, you can be sure that you'll have no regrets with the kind of outdoor and home blinds you've chosen.

This guest post was written by Alana

Alana Southwell is an expert in the field of arts, and likes simple home improvement and DIY home renovation. Her hobbies include bonding with her family, writing blogs or sharing her smart ideas at All Weather Blinds. You can find her on Twitter: @Alana_Southwell.

Style Board: Bedroom Makeover

Alright guys--Summer is officially here! And there's no better time than today to begin freshening up your space. Much like decorating for the holidays, each season deserves some interior celebration. Since a bedroom serves as your own personal haven, it's pretty much the most important room to focus on. 

When shopping for seasonal updates, I tend to buy smaller, easy to switch-out items above anything else. Art prints, candles, vases and throw pillows are easy go-tos. I suggest looking for fresh decor in neutral colors so you can transition some of your goods into the next season. Around this time of year you'll be able to find a lot of summery accents on sale too!
When it comes to artwork, you'll most likely be able to use your current frames, which makes this part of your update a little more affordable. Keep your eye out for bright typography prints and photographs featuring palm trees and beaches. Etsy, One Kings Lane and Society6 have affordable, unique prints available.
If you're thinking about rug shopping, hunt for smaller rugs such as a 3x5. There's no need to invest in an 8x10. Hunt for rugs made from jute and other natural fibers so that summer vibe shines through.

This post was created by Erica.