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Home Décor 101

by Melissa Thompson

Whether you are moving into a new home, or you just want a fresh look for your current home, deciding on your home décor style is the first step toward creating a space that brings you joy.  You must ask yourself what style you like and, especially if you’re going to hire a decorator, you need to be able to put a name to that style. Contemporary, shabby chic, industrial, modern…the list goes on and on. With so many different options it is understandable if you are not familiar with the vocabulary used to describe them.  Here is a handy list of 8 popular home interior design styles along with descriptions to help you decide on the perfect one (or combination of styles) for your home:


    This popular home and fashion design style reflects a happy-go-lucky lifestyle with the goal of simply following your heart. A bohemian home is often multi-cultural in that it contains globally inspired furniture, art, textiles, and rugs.It’s also common to find vintage pieces from furniture to displays of collections in a bohemian home.It’s an eclectic style that can incorporate items from various other styles. The key to creating a bohemian home is fill it with things you love!


    Contemporary design often gets confused with modern, but they are different. Modern refers to furniture and design that is from an era that has passed. Contemporary is all about the here and now and even looks to the future. Another difference between the two is thatcontemporary design is more fluid than modern.For example, it can include curving lines while modern does not. If you like state-of-the-art materials, glass, and metals, contemporary is the way to go!

    This style utilizes warm, earthy colors and worn wooden furnishings with farmhouse inspiration. Natural materials like stone and brick along with rich colors of red and yellow combine to create a French Country space.French Country design often also includes collections of colorful porcelain dishes and luxurious linens and bed coverings. 19 French Country-Style Rooms That Will Take Your Breath Away


    This style draws inspiration from, well, industrial spaces; like a warehouse or an urban loft.It’s common to see things like exposedbrick, concrete, ductwork, and wood in and industrial space. In fact, many homes with industrial design arefound in former industrial buildings. Sparse furniture, high ceilings, metal light fixtures are the markings of a space featuring industrial home décor.

    This style is a throw-back to the styles popular in the mid 1900s; mainly the 1950s and 60s.If you love all things “retro”,you will love mid-century modern design!It also includes elements of minimalism and functionality.Mid-century modern décor creates a neat space utilizing natural shapes and simple fabrics. 30 Mid-Century Modern Living Rooms with a Timeless Appeal


    The term “modern” is used to describe home design that includes clean lines, basic colors, and materials such as metal, glass, and steel.Simplicity is key in modern décor. The goal is to have a look that is polished and tidy, without a lot of clutter or accessories.


    Inspired by vintage style, shabby chic design incorporates feminine elements that are soft and delicate.  Furnishings in a shabby chic space are distressed or painted/finished to give them an antique-like appearance.  The color palette used for this style includes white, cream and pastels.

    If you like classic details, luxuriant furnishings, and lots of accessories, then traditional design is for you!Dark, finished wood, rich colors, various textures, and curved lines are elements you will find in a home with traditional décor. Most traditional designs include layering of fine fabrics like velvet, silk and brocade, utilizing many patterns and textures. 40 Traditional Designer Rooms

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #11: Spring Market in Memphis

by Melissa Thompson

FOR THE 12TH YEAR, April 6-8, 2018

Ladies it’s time! SPRING MARKET, the LARGEST Spring “boutique-shopping” event in the South, returns once again for the 12th year to the Agricenter in Memphis, TN, for three of the BIGGEST shopping days of the year. We just keep getting bigger and better because this year SPRING MARKET has hand-picked and selected over 200 of the best merchants from all over the country to showcase their latest, hottest, and trendiest fashions, accessories, décor and so much more.

SPRING MARKET is a shopping event that many anticipate and make plans to attend well in advance.. It’s the perfect girls outing with friends or Mom. Friday morning arrive early and save 10% on many of your purchases during Market Madness, from 9 a.m. to noon. After 12 p.m. regular merchant pricing applies, and you can continue shopping well into the evening till 9 p.m. 

After you’ve shopped all day Friday, it’s a night out with the girls with CupCakes & Cocktails. The excitement begins Friday 5 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m., where you can visit the Wine Bar for complimentary wine (in your souvenir SPRING MARKET wine glass), and enjoy a delicious cupcake. But there’s no need to hang out at the bar and miss out on shopping! SPRING MARKET has their famous Market Men walking around the show floor filling those empty glasses.

There’s also a silent auction of donated items from the merchants 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with all the proceeds going to the National Kidney Foundation of West Tennessee. The first 100 shoppers for girls night at 5 p.m. will receive a SPRING MARKET tote!

New this year at SPRING MARKET is Muffins & Mimosas, Saturday morning 9 a.m. to noon. Get there early, because once again we will have 100 of our super cool SPRING MARKET totes to give away, and everyone that attends Muffins & Mimosas will receive a souvenir cup to fill with a refreshing Mimosa and a tasty muffin to fuel up for a day of shopping! 

Don’t forget, SPRING MARKET is about making memories, and we want you to remember all the fun you’ve had this weekend, hop into our photo booth and have your photos taken. Photos made on the spot and ready to take home. This is all complimentary! Plenty of fun crazy props as well.

Don’t worry about leaving for lunch! SPRING MARKET Café has a variety of tasty options such as McAlister’s, Crepe Maker, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Good Scoops. 
SPRING MARKET will also offer a new Bag Check area, and as always Curbside Service to and from the parking lot in one of our many six-seated golf carts! 

Remember, SPRING MARKET is Open to the Public! It’s that much-anticipated event that marks the return of warmer weather, flip-flops, and sun kissed skin. Ladies from all over the Mid-south have shopped and experienced that SPRING MARKET Euphoria and that all too common Shopping-Till-You-Drop feeling the SPRING MARKET brings. 

Friday, April 6
Shopping - 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.  
Market Madness - 9 a.m. - 12 noon        
10% off purchases from participating     merchants.

Cupcakes & Cocktails - 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Silent Auction - 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.    

Saturday, April 7
Shopping - 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. 
Muffins & Mimosas - 9 a.m. - noon 

Sunday, April 8
Shopping - 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.   
Market Madness - 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. 
    10% off purchases from participating     merchants    


$10  1-day pass
$15 3-day pass
Children 12 & Under FREE

Cupcakes & Cocktails -  Friday 5-9 $20
Complimentary wine and beer,     cupcake, wine glass, and tote to the     first 100 shoppers. 

Muffins & Mimosas - Saturday 9-noon $20
Complimentary Mimosas, muffin, and     tote to the first 100 shoppers.

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5 Design Trends to Avoid When Selling Your Home

by Melissa Thompson

When preparing your home to sell, you might want to incorporate some current popular design trends to entice buyers.  But there are also design and décor ideas that you may want to avoid for the same reason. Here are some interior design trends that are not currently popular with home buyers:

Breakfast Nooks: According to Country Living breakfast nooks are out. They are charming and cute, but not what buyers are looking for these days.  If you’re renovating your kitchen, you may want to add more cabinets and counter-top space instead.

Bamboo Floors: This once trendy flooring material is on its way out. Buyers are now looking for other options such as synthetic materials that can be easily replaced, or good old fashioned hardwood that can be refinished to their liking.

Shiplap: Shiplap has been hugely popular recently, but according to, “If you’ve ever wondered what 2016's version of tacky wood paneling would be, look no further than this trend that seems to have overtaken TV design shows." It’s challenging to remove and designers say it just doesn’t make sense to have it in some houses such as Colonial or Tudor style homes. 

Brushed Metal: Per House Beautiful, industrial looking metals are out. Shiny metals like bronze and gold are gaining popularity for adding elegance to a home.

Gray Paint: Once a favorite color choice, gray is starting to look, well, gloomy. It has been overused according to Realtor Mag and new color palettes will include warmer colors such as mocha and taupe.

Check this out for trends that are IN:

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The Top Ten Home Décor Trends of 2016

by Melissa Thompson

Whether you’re staging your home in preparation for putting it on the market or you’re redecorating, choosing the décor can sometimes be a little intimidating. As 2016 comes to an end, let’s look at the most popular trends for home décor over the past twelve months.

  1.  Black Stainless Steel – The most popular appliance finishes seem to change every few years. This year sleek, black stainless steel took the top spot away from the shiny silver that had been the most desired in recent years.
  2. Formal Dining Rooms – This year formal dining rooms made a huge come back as more people opted to keep them rather than convert the spaces into media rooms or offices.
  3. Marble Accents – Marble was an enormous hit at this year’s NY NOW SHOWCASE. This trend is all about small touches of luxury – think candle holders, coasters, planters or a unique clock like the one from Etsy shown here:









  1. Statement Bathroom Mirrors – Funky mirrors made a splash in bathroom décor this year. Fun designs draw the eye and add to the overall charm of the room. Check out this Before & After to see for yourself!
  2. Tech-less Family Rooms – In a world where technology is EVERYWHERE, many are choosing to keep their family rooms tech free in order to facilitate family time.  This lovely tech free room shows that a house can look sharp without electronic gadgets all around.











  1. Matte Finishes – Last year was all about shiny and metallic. This year the opposite is trendy.  Textures created with oxidized metals, matte glazes and chalk-  finish paints can be found on all types of home décor, like this snazzy light fixture which can be found on Etsy.









  1. Geode – Sparkly rocks could be found everywhere this year.  The “unearthed” geode aesthetic appeared on everything from wedding cakes to bottle stoppers to tables and shelves in homes. Check out Anthropologie for some “rocking” decorative geodes!
  2. Faux Fur – Another way to add a touch of luxury to a room is to give it a pop of faux fur. This alluring texture appeared in blankets, pillows and even wall hangings in a variety of spaces including bedrooms, living rooms and even dining rooms.
  3. New Neutrals – Yesterday’s taupe is today’s blush. Along with other pale colors such as silver and soft blue, these “new neutrals” are the most popular colors this year.

New Neutrals and How to Use Them

  1. Shiplap – This once “rustic” trend has found its way from country homes to city homes this year.  Designers combine shiplap with urban materials such as brick to give homes a modern aesthetic. Fireplace/Shiplap Walls






Have fun decorating and contact Melissa Thompson at We  Know Memphis for all of your real estate needs!

Zulily has Tons of Cute Stuff!

by Your Key to Memphis Team

Have you ever heard of zulily? You never know exactly what you'll find—the brands they offer change every day. It's like finding a treasure chest full of cute stuff ranging from clothes to home decor. They have awesome deals! Membership , is free and I know you'll love it too.

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Melissa Thompson
Crye-Leike Realtors
6525 N Quail Hollow Road
Memphis TN 38120
(901) 729-9526
(901) 756-8900
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