Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 10 DIY ideas to spruce up your home!

 

Trend: 10 DIY ideas to spruce up your home!

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to revive your home, so today I want to want to share some inspiring DIY ideas to give new life to the items you already have. Just by adding a bit of paint and fabric here and there you can easily update most decor items in your home. Add paint to a worn down piece of furniture, or make new covers for your tired throw pillows. Wander the list below and enjoy!

 

1. Give your tired old fireplace a fresh coat of paint! (from Lowes)

2. Brighten your windows with some lovely no sew curtains. (from BHG)

3. Update your headboard: Create the look of a headboard with wallpaper, or stencil your existing headboard. (from BHG)

4. Spruce up old door hardware. (from Hi Sugarplum)

5. Cover up tired throw pillows with these no sew pillow covers. (from Homey Oh My)

6. Check out this great tutorial to reupholster a favorite chair! (from dimples and tangles)

7. Paint a solid color lampshade with bleach. (from The Paper Mama on BHG Style Spotters)

8. Wallpaper the back of a bookshelf with pretty wrapping paper! (from Daily Gnome)

9. Update old brass drawer pulls. (from In My Own Style)

10. Makeover your dated dining chairs with some paint and fabric. (from Funkytime)

Feeling inspired? I’d love to know what updates you have for your home this year. Share some ideas in the comments below!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. the projects in the first image are from Lowes, BHGFunkytime, and Homey Oh My.


Khristian A. Howell

Playing with Pattern: Fresh Florals

I admit it.  I’ve been in my own personal heaven for the past several seasons.  Florals have been everywhere and I love it!  Trust me, these are not your grandmothers florals.  Current floral patterns are fresh and bold and make for exciting accents to any space.  It’s true, you don’t have to be super girly to get excited about this look.  You will even be able to add them into your space without too much protest from the boys in your life. How you say?  Add in small doses with a pillow or a piece of art worked into a gallery wall.  A floral pattern can be worked into most any style from traditional even to industrial.  The higher the contrast the more interesting the juxtaposition in the space.  A little accent with a fresh wallpaper here or striking head chairs in the dining room there, and you have instantly added a bit of organic movement and softness into your space.  What is your favorite way to make your space sing with florals?

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Just a little floral pop adds a punch of color and a feeling of a bit of organic movement to this sophisticated neutral sitting room.

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This floral rug is sure to win over the girls and boys in your life.  This is the perfect transitional floral that can work with a variety of styles.

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Love this little touch of floral energy on these chairs.  A little bit can go a long way.

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Jennifer OBrien

Vintage Bar Carts-A Timeless Trend

Lets talk bar carts- it seems they are an essential must have for every home these days. It’s a timeless trend that is incredibly versatile for entertaining year round. With the holiday season swiftly approaching {did I just say that?}, it is a perfect time to have your eyes peeled at flea markets, yard & estate sales for some vintage bar cart contenders. I have desperately longed for one for a while-they are functional, pretty, super chic & have limitless styling appeal. Recently on a thrifting trip with my oldest son, we found a mid-century modern tv cart in desperate need of some TLC. Immediately I knew it had potential, the sides where reminiscent of Jonathan Adler, it had big casters and the best part, it was only 5 bucks! I used a high gloss white paint, replaced shelving, primed and painted all of the hardware gold & layered in some chic and fun details, perfect for a summer soiree. My reveal is below, along with some stunning vintage bar cart eye candy that is sure to inspire you to see the potential beyond a little rust, a few cob webs & some well worn wood on your next flea market outing…..

Vintage Bar Carts-A Timeless Trend

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Happy treasure hunting!

Jen-City Farmhouse


Michael Wurm, Jr.

For the Love of Color: Mint Green

Today is all about mint green. I was so inspired when I saw this bedroom with bright mint walls that I began searching for everything mint green. I’m not a stranger to the color. I have a feature wall in my office / living room that is painted a shade of mint. Something about the color instantly calms me. I’m pretty sure everyone can benefit from a splash of it here and there.

What I also love about mint green is that while it’s certainly trending now, in some ways, it’s a classic. It has come back time and time again. Remember the mint green kitchen items of the 1950s?

In case you’re hesitant to wrap a room in mint, I have found some fun accessories that will allow you to try the color in smaller doses. From chairs to sumo wrestler statues (Yes, I went there.), you’ll be loving this soothing hue in no time.

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Happy Decorating!
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 8.15

It seems like this summer I know about 1000 people who have gotten engaged or married or are about to start a family–I’m still trying to break it to myself that I’m at that age where my friends and I could, logically, tie the knot. Whoa. Try telling me that again in about 8 years and maybe I’ll be more likely to believe it. As much as it would freak me out to even think about getting married in the near future, I have to admit I sort of really love looking at wedding blogs. So today, since it’s still wedding season for a couple more weeks, we’ll take a look at some ceremony necessities.

 

Announcing an engagement looks like one of the most fun photo shoots to do. I loved browsing through 100 Layer Cake’s engagement gallery, and these giant letters are such a fun and unique way to tell everyone your great news!

 

 

Invitations are also a great way to show some style with your announcement. Oh So Beautiful Paper has hundreds of amazing ideas on their blog, but I especially like this Modern Pink Letterpress set for its handmade, crafty, and beautiful feel.

 

 

Finding a maid of honor is either an easy decision or one where you have too many great options to choose from. For whomever it ends up being, ask them with this adorable Bestie Bubbly Box from Green Wedding Shoes. Both you and your MOH will love what’s inside!

 

 

Decorating for your rehearsal dinner or reception can often seem like a daunting task. For a summer wedding, these gorgeous blooms from Splendid Supply Co. serve as colorful centerpieces for the after-party.

 

 

And lastly, no wedding is complete with a cake. This AMAZING cake from Ruffled is one of thousands of photos you can use for some wedding inspiration!

 

 

With endless possibilities like this, who knows…maybe getting married isn’t so bad after all.

 

Have a great week!

Erin


Jen Jones

Organize This: Travel Gear!

Trend: Packing up and setting off to enjoy the final days of summer!

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As much as it hurts to say it, summer days are numbered.  With summer winding down, many folks are doing what they can to make the most of those final sun filled days.  Whether heading up north to a friend’s cabin, packing up the family to head to the beach or jet setting across the country to explore an unfamiliar city, packing for a trip can cause unnecessary pre-travel frustrations.  What should I pack?  What should I button up around the house before we leave?  How do I make the most of the space in my carry-on bag?  Here are my top ten tips for stress-free organized traveling.

 

  1. Make a list, check it twice.  Create a master list of things to do around the house before heading out of town for a few days (turn down heat, water plants, set alarm, etc…) as well as a master list of frequently packed items.  Give yourself empty blanks to fill in so the list can be tweaked based on your current trip and begin filling out your checklist a few days prior to traveling.  Save the list digitally to prevent filling it out from scratch every time the travel bug hits.
  2. Use your calendar of travel events when planning what to pack.  Keep a list of potential activities that will be taking place on your trip and use that as a guide when packing your clothing.  Place clothing into piles based on day/event and select items that are easy to mix and match to give you more looks with less.  Accessories go a long way in changing the look and feel of an outfit, but are much less bulky in a suitcase.
  3. Use packing cubes within your suitcase to divide out your contents by type and to prevent items from mixing.  This will be handy as you begin to rummage through your suitcase more and more each day.  Toss in a few empty pouches for a damp swimsuit or dirty laundry.  Garment bags work well for this also.
  4. Roll clothing vs. folding.  You will have less creases to iron and it takes up much less space.
  5. Select a cosmetic/toiletry bag that opens flat and contains a hook.  Hooking the bag to the back of the door or a nearby towel bar will clear up limited hotel counter space.  Only utilize the cosmetic bag for non-liquid toiletries; the liquid items should be transferred to travel size bottles and packed within a clear plastic bag and placed in an easy to access pouch of the suitcase.  Also remember that hotels are always stocked with daily essentials which allows you to skip packing the soap and makes room for another pair of shoes (wink wink).
  6. Pack an ultra-lightweight, nylon tote which can fold up nice and small (and takes up minimal space in a suitcase), yet turns into a portable market tote or beach bag for any day trips you take while on vacation.
  7. Place all flight information, hotel / automobile reservations and other itineraries into a durable folio and tuck it inside of your carry-on tote.  This will ensure your boarding pass is simple to locate at the airport and that you can quickly pull out an address for the taxi driver.
  8. Add a pocketed purse organizer to your handbag / tote to keep all of your carry-on essentials neat and tidy.  The added pockets provide designated space within your bag for pens, tech gear, cords, currency, ear-buds, cosmetics, etc…
  9. Place shoes inside of shoe sacks to prevent suitcase contents from becoming soiled during travels.  Reusable grocery bags and even plastic shower caps work great for this purpose.
  10. Be sure to add a luggage tag to your suitcase containing your important personal information in the event your luggage becomes lost, but don’t share too much.  Create a specific email address just for your luggage identification and also include a cell phone number and the phone number of the hotel you will be staying at.  Adding a home phone number or home address may ultimately put your personal information into the wrong hands.  Select a tag that is unique and easy to spot on a baggage carousel or even add decorative washi-tape around the handle to make your suitcase stand out from the rest.

 

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