Whatever your style preference, we can all agree that a little texture goes a long way in home design. An easy way to add texture to a space is with woven materials. They have a universal appeal that feels casual and comfortable with an organic sensibility. There are many ways to add natural fibers to your home. An easy solution is baskets, but why not go a step further? Adding an overhead woven light fixture makes a bold statement without complicating the overall design aesthetic. It is a brave choice that is also style-friendly; it can feel beachy, rustic, bohemian, or modern depending on the size and shape. In addition, there are options out there to fit every budget, whether you are looking to try your hand at a DIY design , make a larger investment, or maybe something in-between.
Here are some stunning spaces using this versatile design element.
Let’s start in the dining room. Below are three distinct dining room lighting styles, and the contrast of texture, tone, and shape makes each room feel complete. The organic nature of the material also lends itself nicely to a rounded form, which feels more relaxed and is a nice complement to any space.
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to bathroom light fixtures. The warmth of fiber works well with other wood tones, whites, and metals. It gives a clean, natural aesthetic that draws you in.
Woven pendants in the kitchen, what could be better? This works best when there is contrast and the cabinets are painted. The bold distinction between the navy, white, wheat, and caramel tones is a smart balance of color that all feels connected.
Even when using a neutral palette, woven pendants over an island make for a classic statement in the kitchen.
Your bedroom, hallway, entry, and mudroom are also perfect places to showcase this beautiful organic material. It plays nicely with whites, neutrals, bolder hues, and bright colors as well.
With spring right around the corner, what better way to get ready than by planning your outdoor decor? Whether you live in freezing temperatures or a hot climate, bring outdoor style to your home!
This month the BHGLiveBetter Blogger Network was challenged to get creative with outdoor furniture and decor to makeover a space, whether indoors or outside.
2. When winter chill is still in the air, bring the outdoors inside. Marie Chorak of Blooming Homestead styles an Outdoor Serving Cart with Porcelain Round Bowls, Square Bowls, and Acacia Wood-Top Jars for movie night!
6. A go-to table setting for everything from family brunch to girls night is essential! Gloribell Lebron of I Don’t Know How She Does It sets the Farmhouse Mix and Match Steel Dining Table with Teal Medallion Bowls and the Ashmoor Dinnerware Set.
7. A few pops of color go a long way to brighten up a space! Kelli Mullins of Lolly Jane spices up her outdoor area with a Medallion Outdoor Toss Pillow, a Bird Outdoor Toss Pillow and a Native Outdoor Toss Pillow.
11. Get ready for outdoor get-togethers by using cute decor to serve food! Amy Bell of Positively Splendid uses the Galvanized 2-Tier Round Stand to hold chips and show off the adorable Melamine Medallion Berry Bowls! To top it off, she uses a Small Round Stand/Bucket to hold a 2-Gal Mason Dispenser for fresh-squeezed lemonade.
12. What better way to decorate your porch than by adding some neutral tones? Debbie Westbrooks of Refresh Restyle placed a Medallion Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug on her porch to set the tone and used the Garden Outdoor Toss Pillow to add some pattern to her Camrose Farmhouse Industrial Chairs.
13. We can’t get over how cute Kierste Wade of Simply Kierste‘s winter porch looks! Add some light to your evenings with the 20-Count Clear Glass Globe String Lights and Crossbar Metal Outdoor Lanterns. She even uses an 18″ Faux Wicker Planter to hold firewood for cold nights.
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I’ve mentioned this many times before, but I live in a pretty small home and I LOVE gathering small-space organizing ideas. Today I found even more smart ideas, and below you will find 10 ways to squeeze storage into your small space.
1) I have a ton of craft supplies and they get messy. Set up a little crafting space with a pegboard and rolling cart, and you’re all set. Found on The 36th Avenue.
2) This is so clever. A corner rod creates a little extra hanging storage in an unused corner! Found on Radical Possibility.
3) There is unused space under your sink! Organize it with these ideas on the Mrs. Meyers blog.
4) This is actually a problem we are dealing with in my home. We need a little table space behind the sofa, but we don’t have the space to put any store-bought tables behind it. Maybe we should make this! Found on Always Never Done.
5) I don’t like how many boxes I have in my small storage space. We would save a little room with this garbage bag dispenser idea. Found on Martha Stewart.
6) I love this little bar table by the window. It’s like having a little cafe in your home. Found on Offbeat and Inspired.
7) Most of us have that little space right behind the door that is not used for anything. Why not use it? This is a clever way to organize kid books in a small space. Found on Yellow Bliss Road.
8) In my home, we REALLY needed more room to store food in the kitchen, so we squeezed a little pantry into the smallest of spaces! See how I did it on the Home Depot blog.
9) Magnetize a cutting board and you can hide it under a kitchen cabinet. Plus, this makes it easy to get to when you need it. Found on Family Handyman.
10) I know I’m not the only person that has purchased drawer organizers only to find out they don’t fit or they are flimsy and fall apart. This blogger made a drawer organizer on a small budget that fits perfectly into her drawer! Found on Organized Mom.
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
When creating art, I love adding dimension and repurposing items I already have. When it comes to the laundry room, you can find a million odds and ends that will look way better on the wall than they currently do scattered on top of the washer.
Do you have a jar of buttons that you intended to use for some sewing project or salvaged from an old shirt? Use them to create an adorable grid of color-coordinated buttons. This easy piece of art is a smart way to incorporate a color scheme and will emphasize your laundry room’s purpose.
Pants and Pictures
Have a few extra pant hangers you no longer use? Turn them into the easiest DIY picture hangers ever. Add a cute washboard to the arrangement and you have a personalized wall of art for your laundry room.
Clothespins for the Win
Although not all of us still hang clothes up on the line to dry, we all still seem to have clothespins around the house. These handy, multi-purpose tools have another unsung ability: becoming works of art! There are some seriously amazing DIYs out there using these little guys.
Ironing Board Inspiration
Old ironing boards are just blank canvases waiting for a cute quote! This fun DIY showcases a lucky theme (St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, folks). However, feel free to try out your own favorite saying or add a single word, like a “Laundry” label or cheeky “Irony.”
Via My Creative Days
Sometimes you just need a way to make laundry less of a chore. With one of these graphic DIY laundry baskets, I would actually get excited about all that washing and folding (well… more excited). And though this isn’t art you’d hang on the wall, it’s functional art, which is all the more fun.
Via Studio DIY!
With just a few DIY ideas, you can make your laundry room look fresh again. Take a look around and use what you already have to create clever and cost-efficient art.
What do you get when you mix the brilliance of a bold aesthetic with an effortless attitude? A fresh, clean, and cheerful union of two style favorites into one clear vision. Yes, you guessed it: Scandinavian design with bohemian flair. Blending these two looks might seem like the most unlikely of pairings, but bringing the best of both philosophies into one cohesive approach has become a hot design trend. Here are 10 brilliant ways to rock this look.
1. Start with a white base. This style relies heavily on white walls, a main Scandinavian principle, which set a clean canvas for layering.
2. Use color and pattern in a controlled way. The idea is to add a unified palette that is consistent with a soft balance of form and arrangement through textiles.
3. Layer in the vintage. Use worn woods, mementos, metals, textiles, and memorabilia from the past to make this look pop. The key is to prevent clutter and let one-of-a-kind objects stand out.
4. Texture is an essential element. Blend cozy and warm textures as well as a variety of woven and organic materials to achieve a layered feel.
5. Adding greenery is a design staple. There are plenty of plant choices out there depending on the amount of light you have in your home. Be sure to add a variety of species, sizes, and forms for an authentic vibe.
6. Light and warm wood tones are a must. A well-intentioned mix is good but be sure the space feels balanced by repeating similar hues.
7. Go big with lighting. Large overhead lighting such as pendants or chandeliers become statement pieces in a room. Texture and neutrals always work well with these lighting styles.
8. Hardwood floors are a basic. Layering textured rugs with subtle patterns highlights this main design component.
9. Clean lines are an important part of the appeal. You can mix and match your furnishings but keeping in mind that less can be more.
10. Maintain a simple approach. This look tips slightly in favor of the Scandinavian style, so an effortless and unassuming attitude is important.
Novels, picture books, dictionaries, biographies, chapter books: they can be found sitting on coffee tables, tossed on end tables, strewn on sofa cushions, and hiding under desks, and they can totally overwhelm your living space. The addition of a bookshelf can tame your book piles and provide more space in your home. We’ve gathered a sample of stylish bookcases you can make yourself. Which one will you try?
1. DIY Pipes and Planks Shelving
If you’re ready to house all your books in one place, this is the DIY project for you! Tina and her husband built this 13-by-10-foot bookshelf to fill the blank space in their living room and to serve as a gathering space for all their reading materials. You can adjust the size and supplies to fit your space as needed. Check out the full tutorial at her blog, Dusty Coyote.
Image Via: Dusty Coyote
2. Easy DIY Rope Shelf
Perhaps a bookshelf that spans an entire room is more than you had in mind. If that’s the case, then this DIY hanging rope shelf is just the ticket! It’s perfect for any room in your home. Build one in the kitchen for cookbooks, in the bedroom for nighttime reading, or in the living room for guests to peruse. Caroline has an awesome tutorial over at her blog, Burkatron.
Image Via: Burkatron
3. Concrete Block Bookshelf
Another simple bookcase comes from The Crazy Craft Lady, Aimee. When all the books, papers, and law school supplies pushed her to her breaking point, Aimee built the perfect landing zone to keep everything organized. This project mostly consists of staining and stacking. Gather some pine boards and stone pavers of your choice, and you’re halfway done!
Image Via: The Crazy Craft Lady
4. Mounted Shelving Units
Molly made these mounted shelving units to flank either side of her wood-burning fireplace. The shelves were completely custom so Molly and her boyfriend took care to create a look exactly to their liking. Because everything is bracket-mounted, it can be changed with any new decor placed in the room. See their planning process here!
Image Via: Almost Makes Perfect
5. Multipurpose Crate Bookshelf
Not able to build a permanent bookshelf solution? Jamie’s got the perfect project for you instead! Head over to her blog, C.R.A.F.T., and see this awesome guide on how to style crates as shelving — four different ways! Place it, customize it, move it, add to it; the options are endless. Here is our favorite version. Which is yours?
Image Via: Creating Really Awesome Fun Things
6. DIY Industrial Bookcase
This Pottery Barn-inspired bookcase cost just under $300—a steal compared to the retail price of $1,900! Jamison and his wife Jamie worked together to create an industrial-chic bookshelf to dress up their new living room. Jamison’s plans are so detailed you don’t need to have any previous woodworking experience to build a shelf just like this one. See for yourself; head over to his blog Rogue Engineer.
Image Via: Rogue Engineer
7. DIY Tree Bookshelf
Patrick, contributor to the build-and-share website Instructables, DIYed his way to this trendy tree bookshelf. His instructions will help you breeze through the priming, painting, and construction of the project, but if you do get confused, he included a handy video tutorial of the entire process. The project cost around $150, and the whole thing can be completed in one weekend.
Image Via: Instructables
8. DIY Floating Bookshelves
If you’re looking for a subtler book storage statement, Mandi from Vintage Revivals has a fabulous tutorial on how to build your own floating shelves. A bit modern while still industrial, these magical shelves are ideal for any blank wall in your home. Stack them like Mandi did, or place them staggered along a larger wall to fill the space.
Image Via: Vintage Revivals
All books need a loving home. Do yours have one?
Happy reading! Until next time,