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Trends worth trying: Summer design

It’s exceptionally hot out there this summer which we think is all the more reason to ditch the outdoors for a while and give your interiors some extra design love. There’s no better time than summer to take a reprise from the heat, hide in the AC and incorporate some of these summer design trends for an at-home retreat!

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1. Honeysuckle – 2011’s Pantone color of the year – is even more popular this summer. Incorporate this bright and pretty pink in small doses for a fresh summer look or make a big impact with a Honeysuckle pink accent wall.

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2. Beach chic decor isn’t just for a coastal home! Beach-inspired design is easy and refreshing to add in to your home that will help you bring summer indoors. Try peaceful hues and seashore accessories to give off the easy beach cottage vibe.

Our Riverton sofa in Spa [$399] is the perfect shade for a beachy summer.

3. Patterned and multi-color wallpapers are another way to liven up your space for summer. We mentioned this removable wallpaper on Twitter recently and still can’t get enough of this easy to use (and temporary!) wallpaper from Tempaper.

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What ever trends you incorporate this summer, just have fun with it and your personal style will shine through! Furnish 123 Austin has plenty of affordable furniture and home accessories that can make incorporating new trends inexpensive and fun.

What summer trends are you trying this summer?

There’s an app for your apartment!

Technology is to the rescue! Decorating or remodeling your home just got a whole lot easier with these great tools. Check out our top 10 apps for home design:

1. SnapShop Showroom

Visualize furniture in your own home using augmented reality. SnapShop gives you confidence that a sofa or chair looks great in your living room before you buy.


2. MagicPlan

MagicPlan is the only application that measures, draws and publishes an interactive floor plan on the web, just by taking pictures. With MagicPlan, everyone can create a floor plan in a few minutes only.


3. mySurface

Put all the colors of DuPont™ Corian® solid surface and Zodiaq® quartz surface at the tip of your finger. Whether you’re a homeowner, interior designer or an architect, the free DuPont mySurface application makes it easy to find the perfect color for any design project, wherever you are.

4. GE MoodCam

Change the mood of a photo with the GE MoodCam™! Take a picture of a room (or any scene!), then watch the mood change as you shift the lighting using the GE Moodometer™. Learn how to create the look at home, and even save a shopping list for a quick, easy way to find the right light bulbs in the lighting aisle.

5. ColorSnap

Capture real world colors and match them to Sherwin-Williams paint colors—for free. With ColorSnap®, it’s easy to take color inspiration from a photo in your library or one you just snapped. Then choose matching colors or Ask Sherwin-Williams for recommendations. Either way, it’s a cinch to match, adjust, and save colors. You can even share your palettes via email or Facebook and find your nearest Sherwin-Williams store.

6. Dream Home HD

Dream Home HD is there for you to keep your home on the cutting edge of the latest interior design trends. Explore the immense variety of décor solutions from professional designers for your entire home, browse through hundreds of real photos and navigate through the extensive menu of colors, styles and room types. From tiny efficient accents to the most sophisticated interiors, Dream Home HD contains a top class collection of ideas for the home of your dream.

7. Home Interior Layout Designer – Mark on Call

Created by interior designer Mark Lewison, Mark On Call™ for the Apple® iPhone & iPod Touch, lets the interior design professional, their clients—& do-it-yourselfers alike—plan, preview & carry out their design visions while staying organized & within budget.

8. I.D. Wood

The standalone application will work with or without an Internet connection so that the samples and information are always at your fingertips. From the basic to the exotic, I.D. Wood turns your mobile device into a virtual guidebook for seasoned woodworkers, cabinet makers, designers, artists, architects, collectors, antique dealers, hobbyists, gunsmiths, musicians, homeowners, boat builders, carpenters and others

9. Home Sizer

Home Sizer allows you to enter the dimensions and name of each room while it calculates the area of the rooms as well as the cumulative usable square footage and estimate gross square footage of the entire house. There’s a notes field for each room so you can keep track of room-by-room ideas or “todos.”

10. Home Style by Kelly Hoppen

Using beautiful videos and stunning photography, Kelly will show you how to create sophisticated bedrooms, chic yet functional kitchen features, elegant table settings and beautifully balanced shelving displays, all in easy-to-follow steps.

Would you use any of these apps? If Furnish 123 had an app, what features would you like to see?