You’ve heard of no-makeup makeup. But have you heard of barely-there nails? Beauty bloggers and Instagrammers alike have shown us the world of minimalist nails, meaning bare or one-color nails often accented with a simple design. These nail designs emphasize that “less is more” and can be done right at home.
A simple yet stylish nude nail design is a great place to start. This Korean nail manicure, otherwise known as a bracelet nail art, gets its name from the thin, bracelet-esque lines going across each nail. Feel free to add jewels wherever you please! Tip: Use a toothpick as your guide.
Via Chelsea King
This eclectic black and white decor is for the unique souls out there. Don’t forget to finish off with a topcoat to ensure durability of the design. Tip: Use Scotch tape for stick-straight edges.
Everyone loves a good polka dot. Feel free to modify this design any way you want — switch up the colors, add a french tip, or paint different sized dots.
This outlined border manicure is not only eye-catching, but gives your nails dimension they didn’t know they had. Tip: Use a cotton swab to coat the skin around your fingernails with Vaseline. This makes it easier to wipe away unwanted polish on your skin once your nails are done.
Via Fashion Mio
A traditional French manicure takes a twist (literally). This slanted alternative is chic, elegant, simple and appropriate for any occasion. For this look, it’s important to have your cuticles in-check.
Random chevron designs on the edges of the nail make for a fun DIY using whatever two colors you’d like. Tip: Have an old liquid eyeliner that you’re ready to get rid of? Wash the brush and it can be used as a thin nail art brush.
Via Lacquer Crat
Try basing your nails with a nude color and adding a thin dash of a brighter color at the top for another French manicure alternative. This is great way to amp up your nail look without it being too attention-grabbing.
Color blocking is a bold trend that rules the runway and screams modernity. How can we color block nails? Choose two colors (preferably ones that contrast well) and use one of them for the base and one of them to create your “block” in the top corner of your nail.
With school starting back all over the country, I thought it’d be fun to do a little roundup of classic schoolhouse-inspired designs that you can integrate into your own home. But let’s get past the chalkboard wall for a bit, because there is so much more style to love about American schoolhouses.
The thing about schoolhouse style is that it’s based in function with plenty of industrial accents. A little bit goes a long way to keep the look from becoming too theme-y.
Vintage lockers are one of my favorite pieces to integrate into a casual design. They’re functional and provide a lot of personality to a space. I particularly love the juxtaposition of grasscloth wallpaper against the crisp glossy white paint of the lockers in this stylish entryway. A place for everything and everything in its’ place!
They’re also fun in a bold, bright color like in this boys’ bedroom below (say that three times fast). Search around on your local Craigslist or search for school auctions in your area. You can find them for a steal of a deal, although you’ll probably have to get a truck or have them delivered.
I found these old lockers for my teenage nephew’s room re-do a few years back and spray painted them a bright acid green. They were in pretty decent condition to begin with, and after a little sprucing and spiffing, they were as good as new.
If you don’t have room for lockers, look for other inspired pieces like these metal storage bins I used in a school makeover for the Land of Nod (below). I’m also in love with their rolling library cart – such a great functional piece of storage with a classic style.
This vintage-inspired sink feels just like it should belong in an old schoolhouse. The red stools add a lot of character while the natural stain of the wood trim keeps it all feeling warm and friendly.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT GEOGRAPHY
What’s a schoolhouse without some great maps and books? Decorate your space with loads of National Geographics to bring in a pop of color, not to mention some pretty fantastic reading material. This is another great Craigslist or estate sale find.
Vintage maps can also make for beautiful found wallpaper and can be applied with traditional wallpaper paste.
This entire vintage school bus remodel is adorable, but I really love the hanging map. It provides color, visual interest, and retro style to this fun camper reinterpretation.
BUT DON’T FORGET
Remember saying the pledge to the flag every morning at school? The day couldn’t have started without it in grade school! A framed American flag lends patriotic flair to this classic dining room.
Here’s to getting all those kiddos back into class as the summer winds down. Will you be integrating any of these ideas into your decor?
It’s that time of year again; School. The time for you, the kids, your spouse, maybe even the puppy to get to classes and activities on time — and keeping everyone’s schedule in order isn’t the simplest task. We’re here for you. We’ve compiled an awesome group of entry family command centers that will help you stay organized. Materially and mentally.
1. Family Command Center
This mom-turned-nursing student bargained her way to this lovely DIY command center. Discount and dollar store items helped the SweetAprils creator build a place for her and her husband to see where everyone was going to be each day. Not only that, she made it match by painting the frame, filing unit, and backpack hanger the same color as the inspirational board.
Image Via: SweetAprils
2. All the Essentials
Mom of two, Abby Lawson knew she’d need a new project to keep organized when her first child was starting kindergarten. She put together this cute and efficient command center right by her front door so she would remember all the little things. She curated a great list over at her blog, listing the essentials you’ll need for any command center. Anything you’ll need is just at an arm’s reach.
Image Via: Just a Girl and Her Blog
3. Updated Family Command Center
Have a couple cork boards and a calendar near the front door? Does it look crazy cluttered? So did Shannon’s. She updated her outdated unorganized entry, and you can too! Check out the changes she made at her blog AKA Design. It will make life much easier on your way out the door.
Image Via: AKA Design
4. Mission Control
Megan’s take on a family command center, is bright, bubbly, and oh is it organized! Right by the family entrance to the house, she created a series of DIY projects to make this drop zone for mail, keys, wallets, and more. The fun color scheme and pattern paper bring the look together as the center crosses two walls. Bonus: the happiness reminders are sure to put you in a good mood as you head out!
Image Via: The Homes I Have Made
5. Small Space Command Center
Lindsay needed more room than her kitchen counter provided. Bags, keys, and leashes don’t belong on the counter, anyway. But with no room in the entry for a table, she was limited in her drop zone space, until it occurred to her to use the wall space as a tiny command center. She purchased a series of metal items with clean lines that were easily hung on the entry wall, filled them with the counter clutter, and the rest is history!
Image Via: Crazy Organized
6. Mudroom Command Center
This kid-capable command center is just what Megan was looking for! All the family members have a cubby for shoes — even the dog has his own spot for toys, leashes, and bones. There’s a spot for unsorted mail, files for the sorted variety, and of course a large chalkboard for calendars and activities. Megan also loves the adult- and kid-height coat hangers — check out her blog, Our Scribbled Walls, to see them!
Image Via: Our Scribbled Walls
The family command center is about staying organized and on schedule. When everything has its own place, it is so easy to get ready as you’re rushing out the door! What tricks do you use in your entry? Will you implement any of these in your home? Let me know what you think!
Summer can be so much fun, but also a little hectic. In our home we get so busy with Summer playing that we start skipping some of our cleaning. Oops! That’s what our big Fall clean is for! School is about to start and we want to have a clean and prepared home so we can get back into routine. Below you will find a list of 10 Smart Cleaning Tips for Fall from some clever bloggers.
1) This post is a great reminder to clean spots around your home that you might forget about. That outdoor windowsill could probably use a little scrub. Check out more tips (and a free cleaning list printable) on Live Laugh and Rowe.
2) Wow, this post goes into great detail on how you can keep a clean home by cleaning the house 30 minutes a day. One tip is to first clean anything up high and work your way down. Found on Stone Gable Blog.
3) Dress up the stained floor in your garage with some tile. It will really brighten up the space and feel more welcoming and I bet it’s easier to clean. Found on Handmade Charlotte.
4) When I clean I prefer to use more natural ingredients. I often use vinegar while cleaning, so I love this DIY Cleaning Wipes recipe. The washcloths are reusable and the cleaning solution is made using vinegar and some essential oils. Check it out on Live Simply.
5) Even though your pillow is sitting in a pillowcase, it might need a little freshening up. Check out how you can clean your pillows using natural ingredients. Found on Popsugar.
6) All this warm weather means you probably haven’t paid much attention to that coat closet for a while. This is the perfect time to get the closet organized and ready for Fall. This blogger added shelving and baskets to really organize everything. Found on How To Nest For Less.
7) After you’ve cleaned up your coat closet, get to organizing the cleaning supplies! Cleaning your home will be so much easier if you know exactly where everything is. I have to say this cleaning closet is BEAUTIFULLY organized. I love it. Found on 36th Avenue.
8) Keeping your dryer clean of lint is very important, so why not add deep cleaning the dryer to your Fall cleaning list? This article goes into great detail on how to really clean your dryer. Found on The Family Handyman.
9) While you’re deep cleaning your dryer of lint, you should also clean out the dryer duct. Another fire hazard and it really should be done (adding this to my Fall cleaning list). Found on Pretty Handy Girl.
10) As the weather gets colder it can get a bit stuffy in the home, so why not make your own natural room spray? This article, on The Chalkboard Mag, has three different recipes for you to check out.
What do you do to prepare for Fall?
We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).
– Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Cement tile is all the rage right now and is the newest trend in flooring. What you may not know is how versatile it is when it comes to home design. It’s the chameleon of flooring and has Instagram & Pinterest a buzz with stunning images, one prettier than the next. Its bold patterns and classic color tones make it the perfect complement to any farmhouse aesthetic. I am pretty sold on the look and the thing I love about this trend is 2 fold, it is timeless and vintage inspired since its been around for centuries and less can be more, which means that you don’t need to redo every space to get this look in your own home.
Here are 6 great ways to get the farmhouse look in your home using cement tile….
Tackle the bathroom. Big or small, this durable and unique material will make any space pop. Add crisp white subway tile, warm wood tones and you have a match made in farmhouse heaven.
Black & white cement tile is a classic choice and can serve as a neutral when used with farmhouse details such as planked walls, marble and rustic elements.
Soft grays are another popular hue when it comes to this flooring option and works seamlessly with crisp whites and warm metals.
Your mudroom or front door hallway will be the talk of the neighborhood with this playful flooring selection. A small area like this will give you the best bang for your buck and add tons of interest.
Want an even smaller project to tackle, how about your fireplace. Whether it is the apron or the surround this is a fantastic choice. Cement tile will enhance this area and create an even stronger focal point. When combined with a simple, rustic wood mantle it exudes a farmhouse look.
Another small space to tackle is the laundry room. The bold geometric pattern with the classic navy and warm metals make this a place anyone would want to retreat and even fold laundry.
Think kitchen, whether the backsplash or flooring ,this artistic material will make for a timeless choice. It breaks up the multitude of cabinetry and solid surfaces & gives the space some spice. Again, black & white seem to work well with a rustic, modern aesthetic and has a universal design appeal.
Have a fantastic week,
It’s back to school time! All across the country, kids are heading back into the classroom. Some school districts started as early as late July, while others, like ours, have a few weeks of summer vacation left. My kids have always done their homework at the kitchen table, but my two oldest have started asking for spaces of their own where they can work on math, spelling, and more. They like to build pretend desks in their bedrooms out of stacks of empty boxes , but I think that we can probably do a little better than that.
I’m loving these kids desks from around the web. They are all lovely and intentional spaces that look really nice and provide a good place for kids to get creative and get work done.
I love this desk area with book ledges mounted above. I also love that the desk doesn’t have any drawers or cubbies to fill with stuff because, let’s be honest, they just get filled with junk. [photo from House Updated]
This little table with a giant cork board mounted on the wall above it would be perfect for little artists who love to display their artwork. [photo from Young House Love]
How darling is this set-up?! I know I said that I loved the first picture because the desk had no storage, but the vintage-y metal bins in these fab colors are just dreamy. And the tiny chairs, the black wall with the wood grain showing through, the potted plant–all amazing! [photo from Kids Depot]
I love this little work space built into a nook in the bedroom. It’s so crisp and chic, and the wallpaper on the back of the shelves adds a nice pop of color. And there’s nothing baby-ish about it, so it’ll look great for kids of all ages. [photo from Clean Design Partners via DecorPad]
This little work space is tucked into a corner of the kitchen, so it’s like an upgraded version of the homework-at-the-kitchen-table method we do. [photo from BHG]
A cute, vintage schoolhouse desk would make a fun place to do homework. [photo from Over The Ocean]