Written on December 12, 2013 at 3:00 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Trend: Creative Gift Wrapping. Forget the regular ‘ol store-bought gift wrap and make your own! There are SO many different things you can do to make a creative wrap. I’ve gathered a few favorites from around the internet to share with you.
Scarf Wrapping: Everything Golden.
Faux Chalkboard Wrap: Going Home To Roost.
DIY Fabric Ribbon: Dana Made It.
Woven Paper Gift Topper: Minieco.co.uk.
Washi Tape Wrapping: Poppytalk.
Typographic Gift Wrap: Man Made DIY.
Yarn Wrapping with Stamped Paper, from Cotton & Flax.
Photo Magnet Gift tags: The Paper Mama.
Polar Bear Gift Wrap: Mr. Printables.
Scarf Gift Wrap: Lisa Storms for Fiskars.
Confetti Stripes: 3@12.
Marshmallow World Wrapping Paper: The Paper Mama.
Duct Tape Gift Tag (with free pattern): UCreate.
Have you ever made your own gift wrap?
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on December 9, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Michael Wurm, Jr.
TREND: Bold Color
Over the past few months, I’ve been renovating the space in my home that I now use as my office. Even though the transformation is not quite complete, I’m making the transition from office to holiday office. As I put the finishing touches on styling this space, it’s been fun to inject a little added color and sparkle to mark the holiday season.
Today, I thought I’d share my space with you and show you some products for creating a hip holiday office in your own home. As you can see, I painted the walls subdued shades for a neutral backdrop that comes alive with colorful accessories.
The neutral-colored walls along with white curtains, bookcases, and desks allow the accessories to be the stars of the room. I like this because, depending on the season or project, I can have fun playing and experimenting with a variety of colors. Being a creative type, I’m constantly moving pieces around. A neutral background gives me lots of flexibiltiy.
As you can tell by my Christmas tree, I’m not afraid of color.
So as I mentioned above, I thought I’d share a few pieces for creating a hip holiday office. If you like this look, let your creativity fly and try incorporating a few of these pieces.
As always, Happy Decorating! And Happy Holidays, too!
Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm
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 November 25, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Michael Wurm, Jr.
As you may know, Pantone will be announcing its color of the year for 2014 within the next couple of weeks. Even though it won’t make a huge difference in how I plan to decorate my own space, I’m always intrigued by the color choice. I also find it fun to watch the trends in design, food, and fashion throughout the year.
When the 2014 color is announced, Emerald, the color of 2013, will quickly lose its place in the spotlight. However, before it bids us adieu, I thought I’d take one final trip to “Emerald City” to see what wonders this color brought us this year.
While Emerald has never been a go-to color for me, I’ve come to appreciate it. I’ve even incorporated it in my own home. Nothing big or grand, but little touches here and there. I do applaud the folks who created this amazing gallery wall of green frames and black and white photographs. It’s stunning!
So, as one last nod to Emerald, I pulled together some of my favorite pieces to share with you today. Whether you go bold with a sofa or just bring in a small accessory, give Emerald a try in your space. As they say, you never know if you love something until you try it.
Have you already incorporated Emerald into your home? Any guesses (or hopes) about what the color of 2014 will be?
Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm
Written on November 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm , by Jen Jones
Trend: Neutral Kitchens with Pops of Color
It seems that neutral kitchens are in it to win it. Using simple whites, grays and natural elements for all of the primary finishes in a kitchen will ensure that the space remains classic over the years as the pop up trends come and go. Updating a kitchen is typically a major investment and selecting classic finishes will prevent the kitchen from becoming dated too soon. However, it also has the perk of being a simple backdrop to bold and colorful accents and accessories which can be swapped out frequently over time.
Staying neutral in a smaller kitchen space is especially helpful in allowing for it to appear larger. Adding in a few open shelves will not only provide instant access to everyday supplies, they also offer an open and airy effect. But how do you organize kitchens that don’t sport endless rows of cabinets and work surfaces? Here are some of my favorite small kitchen organizing tips!
1. Use Clear Storage Whenever Possible
I have always been the biggest fan of using clear storage throughout our home, but I appreciate it the most in the kitchen. Not only does transferring your cereals and snacks to clear containers extend the freshness factor, it also gives you a quick visual inventory of your stock without having to touch and shake every package in your cupboards. This will ultimately reduce over purchasing and the bulky packaging can quickly be recycled. Clear storage also takes the guesswork out of mystery leftovers in the fridge.
2. Take Advantage of Smart Storage Solutions!
This one may seem obvious, however, it is amazing how many smart, space saving options are available these days. The best part is that many of the products can be found or DIY’d on a limited budget. Some of my favorite kitchen organizers are:
- Lazy Susan: They spin which eliminates the chances of losing items towards the back of the cabinet. Stacking turntables double storage and when placed in corner cabinets, allow you to easily access items that typically would be far out of reach.
- Tiered Shelves: Placing spices and cans on tiered shelving provides height to the items in the back to ensure that nothing is lost or forgotten.
- Slide Out Drawers: Installing pull out drawers inside of cupboards and pantries takes advantage of the depth of the cabinet.
- Knife Blocks: Knife blocks can now be stored inside of drawers to free up valuable counter space.
- Drawer Dividers: Once a drawer is paired down and drawer dividers are inserted, they prevent the drawer from becoming a jumbled mess down the line and really force you to question what you are putting back inside.
- Magnetic Spice Containers: Because they are magnetic, they can be hung on the side of the fridge or on a magnetic strip inside of a cabinet door, freeing up valuable surface space.
3. Don’t Forget About Wall and Cabinet Surfaces
There is so much potential to double or even triple kitchen storage, by smartly utilizing vertical space. Installing rails with hooks is a great solution for everything from bulky pots and pans down to simple serving utensils and linens. Small shelving works great to hold spices and cooking oils while larger shelves can hold dishes and cookbooks. One area I consistently see forgotten is the back of doors and cabinets. Simple adhesive hooks allow items such as baby bibs, oven mitts and measuring spoons to hang inside of a cabinet door, while over the door organizers can accommodate larger, heavier items.
4. Stand In Organizers to the Rescue!
If you are short on cupboard space, consider adding in solutions that don’t require you renovate or build. Rolling islands add surface and storage space, and can be moved around to make extra room when it matters most. Open shelving carts provide a similar bonus, while also taking advantage of that precious vertical space I just mentioned above. These solutions provide instant storage which does not have to be permanent, making it a great option for renters.
5. Carve Out A Spot for Planning
I am a huge believer that proper planning, ultimately saves you time, money and space! By taking the time to plan out weekly menus, you reduce the risk of over-purchasing groceries at the market. By planning out your shopping trips, you eliminate impulse purchases at the department store. Even taking time to plan out schedules and creating a small landing zone, can ultimately reduce counter clutter and chaos. Creating a system can be as simple as installing a chalkboard on the side of your fridge to using a small notebook or binder tucked away on a shelf.
Written on November 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm , by Joni Lay
Trend: Holiday Decor and Gilded Table Settings
With Thanksgiving around the corner, and Christmas not far behind, I am daydreaming about pretty table settings. Here is a collection of a few of my favorite things out there right now – this would be lovely paired with some vintage candlesticks from my grandmother, and a vintage tablecloth, too.
Sources: (1) Wood Chargers; (2) Lotus Dinner Plate; (3) Vintage Black Salad Plates; (4) Heredia Napkins; (5) Gold Flatware; (6) Whirled Stemware; (7) Glimmer Wrapped Glasses; (8) Crystalline Decanter; (9) Elephant Placecard Holders
Hope you have a fun and festive holiday!
~Joni, Lay Baby Lay