Written on December 5, 2013 at 7:17 pm , by Jen Jones
Trend: Gold Storage Trunks
It seems as though I have been seeing these gorgeous vintage gold trunks popping up quite a bit lately, and with good reason. They add something quite unexpected to a space while boasting in beautiful storage. Seen above, one acts as a coffee table, which can contain blankets, pillows and games inside. However, I have also seen them used as a chic place to hide pet gear, a place to store entryway shoes, a bench holding office supplies and even as a nightstand in a bedroom. It is always wonderful when something so glam can double as a place to store away daily essentials.
Are you still loving the gold trend? I can’t seem to get enough gold in my life lately, and that is no exception when it comes to looking for storage solutions for our home. If you are gushing over it as much as I am, here are a few ways to integrate gold storage into your everyday organizing.
I use jars all over my home to store everything from cotton balls in the bathroom to noodles in the kitchen to writing supplies on my desk. Everyday mason jars receive and instant upgrade with a little spray paint; either cover the entire jar in gold or just place focus on the lid for a simple impact or tape off and spray the bottom to give yourself a trendy dipped effect.
Shelving does not have to be boring to be functional. By using gold spray paint or gold foil on a standard metal shelving unit, which can be purchased at a big box store, you create storage that looks like it was straight from a designer showroom. Or, if you are maximizing vertical space with wall shelves, try gilding the shelving brackets.
In the Office:
Whether you decide to transform your desk or just add pops of gold to the desktop through pencil cups and decorative trays, bringing some gold into the workspace is sure to brighten your day.
By spray painting standard baskets, whether for the floor or the wall, you add instant drama and bling to any space in your home.
Box it Up!
Decorative boxes are smart for storing all of your itty-bitty daily necessities. Place one by the front door to corral your wallet and keys and another on your dresser to hold your pretty jewels and accessories. How about one on the coffee table for remotes and one on your desk for business cards? The ways to use these brilliant little beauties are endless, making them an extremely versatile storage option.
Written on December 4, 2013 at 9:02 am , by Kate
Every child possesses the will and skill of an artist and that truth is validated by one of the best. Picasso famously said “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
Parents are often presented with masterpieces big and small, those whimsical portrayals in vivid color that the kids pour their heart into each time they sit down to create with pens or paint. Instead of tucking artwork into a drawer, consider these five different ways to display them with pride in the home.
Create an interesting arrangement above a piece of furniture with finger paintings and watercolor sketches placed inside frames in different sizes but with the same finish and mat.
A family room comes alive with color and personality when the space is filled with children’s art. Install floating shelves in an asymmetrical layout above the sofa to continue the rotating display of works.
Contain a gallery above a sofa framed by a colorful backdrop – the molding will act as an even larger frame to smaller artwork pinned to the wall.
Corralling dark frames on a large fabric covered canvas communicates a collection is on display. Picture lights installed above bring attention to artwork when daylight has gone.
Look up higher to places on your wall where a series of frames in a group will bring cheer to a space. Colorful photographs and prints above tall windows in a breakfast nook inspire artists to keep creating in the hopes it will be elevated to the gallery.
For more ideas on displaying children’s artwork, look to these additional tips.
How do you display your child’s artwork in your home?
Written on December 3, 2013 at 2:38 pm , by Joni Lay
Trend: Flokati and fluffy textures in the nursery and interiors.
A shaggy, fluffy rug is also a great option if you have a carpeted room, but want to break up the expanse of carpet (see Henry’s room). The contrast in textures will make it work, and help define the space a little better. Fluffy white rugs are also great for taking photos of baby, and he or she will love crawling around on it! The fluffy pillows and throw versions are also perfect for parties, playrooms, and even holiday decor. I love what Kristin did with one under her tree! You can’t beat unbreakable Christmas decor with little ones under foot! Here are some great options available – I am loving the colored versions as well.
Hope you are inspired! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay
Written on December 2, 2013 at 6:00 am , by Kirsten Grove
When I think of the color green, there are hundreds of tones that come to mind. Mostly because there are so many versions of green available. Forest, emerald, lime and celadon just to name a few. Whatever green that you fancy, try pairing it with silver and white. It gives the green a chance to pop and look stylish and trendy at the same time. I focus a lot on living spaces when I write this column. Today I want to style a bedroom using green, white and silver. Inspired by the skirt seen below, here’s the look:
Below is a stunning bedroom, showcasing a beautiful, bold green. Would you decorate using this color palette?
Image: Because I’m Addicted
Written on November 28, 2013 at 4:03 pm , by Chelsey Andrews
Tis the season of big fancy meals! Let’s fancy up your table with some free Gem Place Marker printables!
- Print out the Gem Place Marker color of your choice.
- Cut out the gem and fold.
- Write the names of your guests on the gems.
- Optional: You can go ahead and just place the folded gems on each plate, OR cut a small triangle in the side to hang the place marker on a cup.
Have a wonderful holiday season!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on November 27, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Melissa Bahen
Hi! I’m Melissa. I write about food, family, and farm life at Lulu the Baker. My family and I are hopefully about to fulfill one of those good, old-fashioned life-long dreams: we’re building our Dream House.
November has been such a busy month at the Dream House! Actual construction-type things have been happening–finally–and we’re over the moon with excitement! We’ve had lots of fun checking on the progress several times a week; we’re at a stage where the changes are very obvious and easy to spot. The main thing that’s been happening this month is construction of the exterior walls of the basement. We decided to do ICF construction on the basement and ground floor of the house, something totally new to us until a few months ago. ICF stands for insulated concrete forms, which are basically hollow styrofoam blocks that snap together, have a meshwork of rebar running through them, and get filled with concrete. They are incredibly thick and sturdy, and we’re ridiculously excited to see how toasty our house will be in the winter and how delightfully cool it will be in the summer. The construction crew had the ICF stacked and ready to go for the basement walls last week, with windows and doors framed in, and they poured the concrete into them today! After the Thanksgiving holiday, they’ll keep stacking, reinforcing, and pouring until they get the ground floor walls done too. The foundation has been dug out, the conduit for plumbing and electrical has been laid, and the foundation filled back in with gravel, so the concrete for the foundation will be poured soon as well. And then we’ll have our actual basement floor!
November hasn’t just been a month of watching; we’ve done lots of research and decision-making too! Since we spend so much time in the kitchen, we’ve been making the kitchen the focus of our efforts lately. My husband and I took a trip up to Portland at the beginning of the month and spent an entire day visiting showrooms filled with granite, quartz, slate, tile, paint, appliances, and more. We looked at lots of really beautiful materials, changed our minds about some of the things we had our eye on back in October, took lots of pictures, and compared prices. We think (fingers-crossed) that we’ve made up our minds about all but a few kitchen details. I put together a fun little kitchen style board to see how lovely everything we picked out will look together, and I think I’m in love! Without further ado…the kitchen!
A little bit about the things we’ve chosen…
- We spotted the rustic glass pendants in the Pottery Barn catalog this past Spring and used a killer coupon code to buy them at a discount. They’re actually sitting in their boxes down in my in-laws’ barn just biding their time.
- After agonizing over what to do about a range hood, we’ve decided to go with metal. We really like the ones with rivets!
- We love white kitchens! The one pictured above doesn’t have all of the same features we want, but we love the large center island, and white, glass-fronted cabinets.
- We’ve got a pocket door or two on our house plans. They weren’t something we specifically asked for, but I’m really excited about them!
- While we’re still finalizing the layout of the kitchen, we’ve made adjustments to allow space for some open shelving. We plan to use some lovely reclaimed wood and dark iron wall brackets to match the hardware throughout the rest of the house.
- I know white subway tile is the kitchen backsplash du jour, but I love it. So we’re going with it anyway.
- We aren’t 100% committed to our counters yet, but we really love this neutral granite. It’s called Terra Brasilis, but don’t Google that, because the samples that pop up look nothing like the slab we saw! Granite is so confusing sometimes!
- We really love the look of natural slate tile, but it has some challenges with installation and maintenance. We found a porcelain tile that looks just like real slate for a really good price, and are excited to have such a focal point in the kitchen decided!
I can’t tell you how happy we are to have work on the Dream House progressing! Over the next month, we should see another story of exterior wall poured along with the foundation, and we have the exciting task of figuring out where to place wall sockets, electrical outlets, and light fixtures. It’s party central over here, folks! You can follow along on our adventure through Instagram and Pinterest, and I’d love to know what room you want to see a style board for next!
Photo credits: pendant photo from Pottery Barn | dark grey tile photo from Oregon Tile & Marble | open wood shelves photo from Country Living Magazine | granite photo from Lulu the Baker | all other photos from Better Homes & Gardens