Sadly, back to school time is approaching, which means… back to school shopping! Hooray! In addition to an updated wardrobe, back to school preparation should consist of anticipating your needs within your living space to best fit your academic necessities. This might consist of a special writing station or electronic dock to charge your electronics. There are a number of projects that you can make yourself to fulfill your organizing and studying needs. Here is a collection of some of my favorites, from the simplest of projects to the more complex.
The kitchen is one of the least utilized spaces when it comes to wall decor, namely straight-up art! After spending time to make sure the furniture, the appliances, and the cabinets and counters are just so, spend a little more and think about how to make all of that free vertical space work for you. Hanging a few affordable art pieces can help you carry the mood you want that much further into the design of the space.
If you’ve been following along on my articles over the past year and a half, you will have noticed my frequent proclamation that white is the color for today’s kitchen. And this is coming from a girl who loves excessive patterns and colors! To me, nothing feels more refreshing and hygienic than white details with the cupboards and countertops. It’s like it’s begging for food to be placed on it. Plus, I find that white acts as a beautiful canvas for the food, especially if you’re into presenting the food to guests. Caesarstone has one of my favorite shades of white for countertops: Blizzard. It’s not stark and has a touch of warmness to it (despite the name) that evades throughout the space. Here are some of my favorite kitchens that use Caesarstone’s Blizzard.
It’s a common design dilemma: do I satisfy my need for aesthetics or do I focus on functionality? That question seems to come up again and again for designers and their clients. And, well, you know me—I always like to answer those kinds of questions with one of my own: why not have both great looks and fantastic utility? Enter rollaways. Just like the way chocolate and peanut butter combine to make something awesome, furniture and wheels can do the same thing.
Office spaces have come along way since the ‘80s and ‘90s. Corporate offices are turning away from boring, stuffy spaces and desiring to create an inspiring, out-of-the-box office space. We are seeing fewer and fewer traditional offices, and more and more stylish, tasteful offices. One detail that can change the whole look of the space is the office desk. No longer are we working with oak office desks. Because storage isn’t quite an issue anymore, thanks to unique storage solutions, we can go trendy and unordinary with our desks.
If you are like most homeowners or renters, your desire for great design and your budget don’t always line up. I’ve lived in a few homes that had great pros, but also had big cons. One major con always had to do with the bathrooms, usually in the form of ‘90s oak or ‘80s cherry. Of course my first desire was to replace the cabinets. But after looking at my budget realistically, I quickly decided that new cabinets weren’t the right answer. Enter painted cabinets.
A fresh coat of paint can instantly revive old, worn cabinets. After a good priming and painting, your bathroom will look good as new. And what colors should you consider? Bright, cheery colors are in trend right now. And with paint, once you’ve grown tired of a color, you just re-paint.
If you’re anything like me then you love taking pictures and saving mementos while traveling. True? Are you also the type to leave them on your phone or camera and never do anything about them? Yes? Then listen up. There are a ton of cute and simple projects to help you commemorate your travels including some fantastic companies that help you to easily transfer those photos into a tangible form so you can remember them for years to come. Some are super easy and others are for the more craft-minded.
When I sat down to write this post—I feel like we’re close enough that I can tell you these things—I wondered what the heck I was thinking when I pitched the idea of a piece about using airport chairs at home. Really? And just where the heck would I find examples of using airport chairs at home? Seriously. But, as you’ll see, I was quickly reminded of my inspiration that led to the suggestion. Why, y’all? Design icons created some of these, and that’s why they not only continue to be used in airports today but why they also can make great pieces for use at home.
The rose gold trend is everywhere at the moment and it’s no wonder; metallics are always a great way to add a little shine and interest to your home. The pink undertones of rose gold bring a dose of warmth to any room. It can also act as a neutral, allowing you to mix and match with whatever colors are already present. Because it’s so chic, rose gold can go with everything from traditional to modern aesthetics, and the great thing is that a little goes a long way.
It’s an occupational hazard for anyone who is really passionate about interior design: we see way too many tragic fads – and just plain bad ideas – being shown off in our favorite blogs and magazines. One of my personal pet peeves is the use of floor lamps that are designed to look like gigantic versions of desk or table lamps. I mean, I like playing around with the scale used in a room’s elements as much as the next designer, but the gigantic desk lamps have never been something I’ve thought worked. (No offense to anyone reading this who may have one; the taste level of our readers is superb, so I’m sure if you have a floor lamp like I’m describing you’ve also found a way to successfully work it into your décor!) I think most of the designers who use that type of fixture do it to inject a bit of fun or whimsy into the space, so I wanted to share a few of my favorite fun floor lamps, in hopes that these might catch on too.