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About Brittany Jepsen

Brittany Watson Jepsen is an American designer and crafter who just returned to America after 2 1/2 years in wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark. Her motto is "a creative mess is better than tidy idleness" and she lives each day accordingly. During graduate school for interior design she spent one summer working for designers Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble and another summer studying textile design at the Danish Design School. She created her blog, The House That Lars Built, as a way to keep her designing and crafting. She currently runs her blog and her etsy shop, where she sells her home accessories and paper flowers.

Subtly Transitioning from Winter to Spring

(Via Julie Blanner)


Winter is wonderful for many reasons; It is cold, but beautiful and there’s something cozy in the air. But when it comes to that time of the season where it’s not quite spring yet, but you’re ready for the warmer weather and flowers, there are great ways to transition, starting inside your home. The end of the winter season can be a bit puzzling when it comes to your home decor. It’s hard to find the perfect balance between the current winter and the coming spring. Here are some ways to subtly transition your home decor from winter to spring without rushing into it: 

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Slowly start adding fresh color. Step by step, start removing the reds and adding the pinks and yellows. Transition from the dark greens to the light greens. This will help make your home feel like spring is approaching while still embracing the remaining winter.

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I often think of white when I think of winter decor, but white is definitely an all-season color. Just swap out the snow for some baby’s breath. 

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Be on the ball about changing your flowers as the season progresses. It’s nature’s course and should be yours as well. Flowers such as Paper Whites, Magnolias, Iris, and Hydrangeas and just a few examples of the flowers that are in season in February.

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Keep your house as spotless as possible. There’s a reason they have spring cleaning, but if you start early, you’re already mostly done and your home will have that fresh spring feel. 

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Something that helps to keep your mind off the cold winter is decorating for the different winter holidays. Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day are fun excuses to get your home festive again.


How do you start bringing spring into your winter home?

 

Related Article: Official Start to Spring: Inspiring Outdoor Spaces

Bringing Pink into Your Home

(Via Numero)


With a new year comes new "it" colors and the Pantone colors are a great place to look for inspiration. Rose Quartz, a shade of pink, is one of this year's colors. It’s a lovely shade that is already a hit and looks stunning in your home. Here are some ways to incorporate this shade of pink in your home:


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By adding a single accent piece in pink, you add a subtle touch of color that will draw attention and keep your room looking lovely, but not overpowering.

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Colorful entry doors have always been one of my favorites. I’ve always felt that since the front door is the first thing you see when entering a home, the color should be noteworthy.

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When painting walls, most people usually don’t paint their baseboards, trim and crown molding the same color as the walls (unless you’re opting for all white). But a really awesome thing to do is just that; and might I suggest painting them pink.

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If you’re not ready to fully commit to a new paint job, bedding is the perfect way to go. Simply buy a new sheet set or even just add some accent blankets and pillows and you instantly have a whole new room.

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For those of you absolutely obsessed, pink kitchen cabinets are an awesome way to show your love!

How do you feel about 2016’s color? Will you incorporate pink in your home?

 

Related Article: 2016 Pantone Color of the Year | Rose Quartz & Dusty Blue

How to Use Plates to Decorate

(Via PopSugar)


Most of us have learned our whole lives that we’re supposed to keep our food on our plate. The only exception I saw growing up was at my grandmother's house, or the occasional antique store; they had plates on their walls without any food at all! There are great ways to decorate using plates that have become super chic and modern. So don’t write it off and check out these seven ways to decorate your walls with plates.

Some people may not know where to begin when putting plates on their wall. Whether you’re going for a symmetrical look or a more abstract look, start with a basic layout. You do not need to stick to it completely, but it’ll help you get a good start.

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Opting for dishes that are the same, but in different colors lets you play around a bit more. You don’t have to worry about any one looking out of place because they all match. This gives you a little more freedom to get creative in your placement.

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If you have a favorite set of dishes, take a couple you won’t be dining with and use them on the wall. It’ll tie everything together wonderfully.

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If your dishes have fun and colorful patterns they will definitely stand out making your wall look so fun.

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Don’t be afraid of using vintage dishes. It’s all about how you arrange them that’ll keep them feeling modern and exciting.

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Breakable dishes aren’t the only kinds that look great on walls either! These baskets utilize the same concept, but show off another playful side.

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Plates don’t only have to go on accent walls or over a piece of furniture. If you have a corner of a room that you feel needs some sprucing, consider a wall of plates.


What’s your favorite way to use your extra dishes?

Creative Ways to Use Backdrops in Your Home

(Via Engaged and Inspired)


Most of us commonly think of a backdrop as a decoration you would find at a wedding or a party, but rarely do we consider using them as an everyday decoration in our homes. They look great at parties so why not use them all the time? Here are six backdrops that would look great in your home.

Whether indoor or outdoor, the subtle backdrop above mixes gorgeous florals with an industrial frame creating an out-of-the-ordinary look that would be great anywhere.

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This natural backdrop would be pretty in any room of your house. You can swap out the flowers based on which season it is to keep it looking great all year round.

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Geometrical wall art can totally be seen as a backdrop. Decals, paint, or a wooden piece would all look great framing an important part of your house, like the dinner table. 

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A floating backdrop is easy to make and 100% customizable. Pick a color scheme and pick your favorite shape and that’s all it takes! Perfect for any bedroom. 


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A simple strand of flowers is a beautiful accent to any wall. You can make it as big or small as you want and it will draw attention.


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If you want a less colorful look that still brings nature into your home, use different leaves found around your neighborhood.


 

Which backdrop would look best in your home?

 

 

Unique Vases

(Via Trends Panarna)


Vases usually don’t get much attention because the flowers tend to take focus, but don’t think of a vase as just something to hold your flowers. A unique vase can add some serious character to the bouquet. Here are a few vases that are a little more than just flower holders.

I love the idea of covering a table with vases and plants. Each of these glass containers are different, but they go together so perfectly that even without any plants they get attention.

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Here’s another similar concept, but the round shape is even more of an attention grabber.

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Ceramic vases are not necessarily a new concept, but mixing up the colors with interesting shapes will definitely take notice.

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There’s something to be said for abstract geometric vases. A vase can also be a work of art so why not make it one?

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These vases were inspired by nature, which is very fitting for something made to hold nature. The neutral colors will help the colors of your flowers pop!

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Bet you never thought you would use one of these after high school chemistry. The shape of the florence flask is awesome and colored water or not, makes a pretty cool vase.

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The idea of using old perfume bottles as vases is really great! This one is homemade, but still gives off the same idea. I love the idea of using vintage perfume bottles though, even if only one flower will fit.

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Stacking different glass bottles and saucers to make one unique vase is a really beautiful idea. You can do this with corresponding pieces or even mix up styles for a really new idea.

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Here’s a paper mâché vase I made. It is so fun and easy to do and you can get so creative with different shapes and designs. When you’re done you’ll have a vase unlike any other.
How will you use unique vases in your home?

5 Chic Ways to Display Candy

(Via A Beautiful Mess)


Maybe I’m still a kid at heart, but I love candy. I can’t just have bags hidden in pantries though because I wouldn’t appreciate it! Candy can be a great unexpected addition to your home decor. Here are 5 ways to display candy while still keeping it chic.

It’s all about the styling. I think one of the most typical places to find candy is in bowls on coffee tables. This is great, but make sure you keep it fun and artistic.

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For classy living rooms curate just the right colors and styles of candy to display. I love the use of rainbow candies in this room. As enticing as it may be to display a bowl of chocolate cups (and as much as I love chocolate!), it just wouldn’t be as visually appealing.

(Via East End Country Kitchens)


Glassware is an excellent choice for storing and displaying candy. Not only does it keep your candy fresh, it is also perfectly displayed to look great and entice sticky fingers.

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If you don't have room in your pantry to dedicate to your candy display, try a small display stand and achieve the same look on your kitchen counter.

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A fun place to look for inspiration are retro candy shops. They know how to display candy because that’s their job! Labeled jars of candy add personality in your home.

What are some ways you will be displaying candy in your house?

Simple Holiday Decor

(Via Home Rein)


The season for gift giving and holiday cheer is one of the most beautiful times of the year no matter what you celebrate. But you don’t have to go crazy with the decorations to get into the spirit. There’s definitely something to be said for simple holiday decor. Here are some ways to keep it simple this holiday season: 

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Homemade garlands are fun for any occasion. This one turns miniature holiday trees into a sprightly and unexpected decoration. Your guests will be surprised by its cute simplicity.

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Add another element of surprise with these cool DIY painted pine cone place settings. Pick any color you want and you have a great little accent piece for your table. 

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Celebrate the holiday season in Scandinavian style with an advent candle. It is plain, but lighting it each night instantly puts your home into the spirit.

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One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of holiday decorations is garland. All you need are some branches and ribbon and you’ll have the perfect garland for the whole season. 

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If you celebrate Christmas, stockings are a staple for your mantle. A plain design will be the perfect subtle statement piece. Red stockings are my personal favorite and a little white accent will give them just the right touch.

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I love incorporating natural elements into my home. A miniature tree, even without decorations will add some holiday cheer to any room without much work at all.


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The dinner table is one of the most fun areas of your home to decorate. You don’t have to go all out to make it memorable. Set out a few seasonal plants and fruits, like pomegranates or even oranges and you’re set! Gather your loved ones around for dinner filled with holiday cheer.

 

How will you be decorating your home this year for the holidays?

6 Ways to Bring Orange into Your Home

(Via Koto Living)


Orange is one of those colors that can get a bad rap. Sure, using orange to deck out everything can be a bit much, but using it well can be so great. Here is some proof.

Appliances can be pretty drab, or they can a focal point to a room. The orange vintage refrigerator above is awesome and stands out perfectly as the brightest color in the room. 

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Pick an accent wall, but don’t just do the obvious and paint it one bold color--paint it a few! Work to make it a piece of art that can stand alone. 

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A flower arrangement is a perfect and subtle way to bring orange into your home. Not all of the flowers need to be the same color. Since this one only has a few orange flowers your eyes are really drawn to them. 

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Bright chairs are one of my favorite ways to liven up a space. You can mix and match like they did here, or pick one main color to play with. It instantly makes the table more interesting. 

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Orange accents are great when thoughtfully placed throughout a room. Pick just a few signature pieces and spread them out. They’ll add pops of color that help draw a room together.

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This kitchen and dining area is a dream. The use of orange for the counter-top and then again as the reverse of the counter in the cabinet is done perfectly. This space is beautiful, but it’s the orange decor that really makes this room stand out.


Will you brighten up your home with some orange?

DIY Autumn Decor

(Via RueMag)


With the colder fall weather comes a need to make your home a little cozier. You don’t have to completely re-do a space to welcome autumn. DIY projects are great ways to add subtle accents to your home that you can change for every season. Here are six of my favorite’s:

I don’t think you would typically think of what’s cooking on the stove as home decor, but it totally can be! When I think of fall I think of very specific smells. Homemade potpourri awesome way to incorporate these smells into your home. You can keep making it throughout the season to add some wonderful aromas and beautiful decor to your home!

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A super easy, but also really cute DIY item is a pine cone garland. Pinecones are everywhere during fall and all you need is some paint and they’ll look pretty cool. 

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Leaves are not just for fall, but we all know of those certain trees that seem more autumn than others. Find some of those leaves and make them into clay bowls! You can use them to hold trinkets around the house or even just for display.

Once the leaves have changed color, find an assortment of kinds and colors and press them into art! You don’t even need to frame them for your work to look gorgeous. 

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Blankets are an obvious go-to for instant added comfort to a home. Make a personalized one that is super simple. The flannel plaid will be super comfy and perfect for the new colder weather. 

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This durable DIY painted cloth I made is a great autumn picnic blanket. Feel free to use it in your home too as a tablecloth for a party or a tapestry on display.

What DIY crafts are you planning to make for autumn?

6 Ways to Keep it Classy with Halloween Decor

The start of fall for many means Halloween season. But what if the traditional spooky decor isn’t your thing? You can still get in the spirit while keeping your home your style. Here are six ways to decorate your chic home for Halloween:


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Start with the porch. It’s the first thing people see when they come over and it’s super easy to decorate. All you need are some pumpkins and a simple yet spooky wreath and you’re set!

@CaesarstoneUS #Caesarstone #pumpkin #candles #spooky #ghost #homedecor #centerpiece #fall #autumn #tablerunner #stairway #stairs #holidaydecor #halloween #halloweendecor #candycorn (Left: Chatelaine, Right: Style Caster)


Halloween means pumpkins. But if you want to mix up your pumpkin style, try painting them in fun colors and designs. They look great and will last longer than carving. 

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Candles are a must around Halloween. For a spookier look, opt for black tall candles, and lots of them. It’ll give your home a haunted house vibe. Or, if you like a cuter holiday look, try filling candle holders with candy corn. It’s simple, but candy corn screams Halloween. 

@CaesarstoneUS #Caesarstone #pumpkin #candles #spooky #ghost #homedecor #centerpiece #fall #autumn #tablerunner #stairway #stairs #holidaydecor #halloween #halloweendecor #candycorn(Left: Blogs.com, Right: Blogspot)


White pumpkins are perfect for the simplistic homes. Try lining a staircase or wall with matching pumpkins and the result will be beautiful.

@CaesarstoneUS #Caesarstone #pumpkin #candles #spooky #ghost #homedecor #centerpiece #fall #autumn #tablerunner #stairway #stairs #holidaydecor #halloween #halloweendecor #candycorn (Via Lauren Conrad)


You guessed it; more pumpkins! But this time we’re putting them as the focal point of our tables. A table runner with fall foliage is naturally the perfect way to go. 

@CaesarstoneUS #Caesarstone #pumpkin #candles #spooky #ghost #homedecor #centerpiece #fall #autumn #tablerunner #stairway #stairs #holidaydecor #halloween #halloweendecor #candycorn(Via Homedit)


Halloween candy isn’t just for the trick-or-treaters. A stand full of fall goodies will be tasty, but will also look great; So great you almost won’t want to touch them...almost.

Will you go all out with your Halloween decorations or keep it simple and chic?