February 2013

Jen Jones

Organize This: Linens!

Storing linens can be tricky and not all that exciting, if you let it be!  But it doesn’t have to be.  In fact, it can be beautiful, functional and simple with a few quick and easy tips and smart products choices.

See, so pretty right?  The first myth I want to bust about storing linens, is that you need a linen closet.  Sure, they are great for storing mounds of towels, sheets and everything else home, health and beauty, however, if you are lacking in the closet department, a simple cabinet, armoire or slim bookshelf all can act as a solid replacement.

 

Even cabinets under the sink have all sorts of storage power if utilized correctly.  The backs of doors are often forgotten, yet offer large amounts of storage expansion opportunity.  Corbels don’t just act as counter and shelving support, they can double as beautiful dividers for leaning linens.  Baskets and trays are perfect for corralling the itty bits.

 

Let’s chat about folding for a minute.  Some people have major folding skills and powers.  Others, myself included, do not.  If you are a linen folding pro, I love the idea of keeping all edges facing the same way for a clean and streamlined look.  If you are not, one option is to fold your sheets the best you can, and place them inside of the matching pillowcase.  This keeps everything together in one place and is basically free storage for your sheets!

 

Another option is to tuck the sheets inside of baskets.  This is what I do as it keeps my linens looking neat and tidy, organized by room, and I don’t need to worry about making every fold perfect.

 

If you have a few sets of sheets or towels per room, dividers typically designed for the kitchen, can tuck within a bin or basket to keep everything nice and divided.  So smart!

 

Rolling your towels is a really great space saving option.  And if your closet or cabinet doesn’t give you all the shelving you need, simple inserts can be added to double the shelf space and reduce piles from stacking too high (which causes the risk of toppling over and a jumbo mess to be formed).

 

To give your cabinet a unified look, cover typical boxes with pretty papers or fabrics.  They are a great way to conceal bulk toiletry purchases or to create small care kits for guests.

 

If everyone in the family uses different products, designating a canvas bin for each person reduces any confusion and makes clean up a breeze.

 

Once you have a place for everything, labels are the glue that will keep it all together.  No matter how you sort things down, once you add a decorative label, it will be simple for the entire family to easily stay on board with the newly organized space!

 

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Style Spotter Editor

Guest Style Spotter: Haeley’s Easter Tablescape

 

Hi, I’m Haeley from Design Improvised and I’m excited to share some Easter decorating ideas on Style Spotters today! At Design Improvised, I’m always on the look out for easy home décor and entertaining projects that can make a big impact for minimal time and money invested. At the holidays, I particularly love creating a special table for our meal using inexpensive materials and everyday items. Easter is on my mind already and when I saw this table setting in a unique pale blue and pink color scheme, I fell in love. I decided to put my own twist on it for our upcoming Easter brunch!

For my table, I found some pretty ric rac, pom-pom fringe, and ribbon in the same blue and pink color palette and made them the stars of this simple tablescape.

 

 

These pretty notions just remind me of spring and Easter eggs! I used them to dress up some plain cloth napkins, make an inexpensive table runner, and embellish dyed eggs to use as place cards.

 

 

For the napkins, I just added a row of ric rac and pom-pom fringe to one edge of an inexpensive set of white cloth napkins. Affix them with fabric glue and/or run a stitch through them with the sewing machine.

 

One of my favorite tricks for a super quick and inexpensive table runner is to roll some sturdy wrapping or kraft paper down the middle of the table. For my Easter runner, I added a few rows of ribbon, securing them with double-sided tape every few inches. That way I can reuse the ribbons after the brunch (always save your ribbon scraps!) and just throw the kraft paper away. You could easily make a more permanent version of this by sewing the ribbons onto a plain cloth table runner.

 

 

For the egg place cards, I added a band of ric rac to pink dyed eggs with a little hot glue, and then wrote each person’s name with a metallic Sharpie!

 

 

It couldn’t get much easier and the only thing I had to purchase for the tablescape was a few rolls of ribbon – talk about my kind of project!

 

Have a happy holiday!

-Haeley

 

 


Kirsten Grove

Runway to Color Palette: Basking in Blue

Some find certain shades of blues to be calming as the ocean. Some find blues to be exciting and fresh. Both are true and applicable when it comes to decor. Blue is a hue that can be desirable for many aesthetics. I’ve seen minimalist homes embrace blue and it feels young and modern. Transitional homes can feel calm when using blue. The mood board below shows how midnight blue and bright blue come alive when paired together. When partnered with whites, creams, honey wood and shades of brown, you’ve created a fantastic color palette. Gretchen Jones knew what she was doing when she designed the ensemble below. Here’s how to get the look:

Products: Low Dresser, Glass Bulb Vases, Rope Placemat, Wishbone Chair, Water Print, Utensil SetFor even more finds inspired by this palette, go here.

Color Inspiration: Skirt.
Use Cotton White for a neutral, bright backdrop. Everything else will pop naturally.

Color Inspiration: Shirt.
Impromptu is a fun, bright hue to use in accessories, art and fabrics.

Color Inspiration: Skirt.
Try Loyal Blue for upholstered  furniture pieces.

Color Inspiration: Shoes.
Eastlake Gold would make a great accent color on the wall or in wooden furniture pieces.

Bonus: If you need another deep color in your room design, Grounded is a perfect addition in this palette.

Photo via Refinery 29. Paint via Sherwin Williams.


Victoria Smith

Get the Look: Retro-Inspired Guest Room

Get the look

I love the look of this vintage-inspired bedroom – the use of bold color paired with great pattern and the traditional bones of the room make for an interesting and eye-catching twist. Add a vintage family portrait, or even more fun hang a flea-market find and make up your own story about it. Dressing up a new or thrifted chandelier adds a bit of whimsy, too. Soft cosy touches make it perfect for a guest room where you can really capture your imagination, get as creative as you like and make the room welcoming for any house guests you’ve got coming.

BHG guest room

get this cozy guest room look: 1. how about a vintage visitor sign as a reminder for the guest room. 2. have lots of cosy quilts on hand to keep guests warm – this pinwheel quilt from serena & lily is bright and cheerful; 3. hang a found vintage portrait — tell them it’s your great auntie anne, the matriarch of the family who made world famous pies known throughout the county; 4. a few decorative ikat pillows make the space even more homey; 5. add pretty touches like this vase from anthropologie and be sure and add some fresh flowers; 6. i like these striped curtains mixed with all this pattern for some unexpected window treatments; 7. don’t forget the candle votives too. nothing warms up a room like candlelight; 8. pottery barn’s camilla chandelier is a pretty option for lighting up your guest room, and keeping it soft and romantic.


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Paint Chip Pillow

Say hello to my Paint Chip Pillow. Hi. I love paint chips. I used to just wander through the paint chip section and read all the random and odd paint color names (I know, weird). This love for paint chips has inspired me to create the Paint Chip Pillow. I made 5 different paint chip printouts for you to enjoy! This is a two-sided pillow, so you can have a different paint chip color on each side.

 

Supplies:

- Two pieces of 14 by 21 inch white fabric

- HP Iron On Transfer paper

-  A bag of stuffing

- Iron

 

Directions:

- Cut out two 14 by 21 inch rectangles of white fabric.

- Print out a test sheet (on plain ‘ol paper) of your choice of paint chip colors: Blue one and two, Red one and two, Purple one and two, Yellow one and two, Green one and two. If it all looks good, print out your paint chip colors on your iron on transfer paper (p.s. the wording is backwards on the printout, that’s so it will iron on normal when transferred to the fabric).

-  Let the printed out transfer dry for a few minutes. Turn on your iron to the highest setting, make sure the steam is off. Set up a spot to iron on your paint chip. Lay down some fabric (to protect the surface you’re ironing on) onto a flat/hard surface, not your ironing board since it’s not hard enough.

-  Trim your paint chip transfer printouts. Leave an 1/8 inch trim around the pictures. When it’s all trimmed up, get your paint chips centered and set up to iron.

- Follow the iron on directions for the transfer paper. Let cool for 5 minutes.

- Peel back the paper.

- With the right sides of the fabric facing each other, sew the rectangles together (leaving a 1 inch seam allowance around the entire seam. Don’t forget to leave an opening to flip the fabric right side out.

- Stuff the pillow.

- Stitch the opening.

- Done. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy your paint chip pillow! If you love this, please feel free to share!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: A Modern, Cozy Family Room

Lovely light flooring, trim, and upholstery are offset by dramatic dark walls and a bold patterned rug. The room looks inviting and cozy, and the scattering of board games beneath the table suggest a lot of fun family time to be had in the space.

Below are all the main pieces you need to recreate this look in your own home.

  1. Drake Round Coffee Table
  2. Bedford 2-Shelf Bookcase
  3. Deep Garnet Paint
  4. Sheepskin Pillow
  5. Favorite Throw Blanket
  6. Aiden Sofa, Ecru Upholstery
  7. Everett Armchair, Moss Upholstery
  8. Rainbow Seashells Cotton Hooked Rug

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely