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When I think of double staircases, I picture mansions. I imagine a famous actress descending the steps in stilettos, the train of a red carpet gown trailing behind her. Cue a handsome co-star in admiration of her opulence.

Okay, back to reality. Although double staircases can still be a statement of prosperity, they don’t have to be only for the rich and famous! Lately I’ve been inspired by how these staircases can be integrated into everyday homes.

Rustic Touch

How gorgeous is this simple double staircase? I love the clean lines, neutral colors, and the rustic statement created by positioning an old door between the two sets of stairs.

Via Cote Maison

Back Stair Perks

Originally constructed in older homes for housekeeping, a second set of stairs can also provide modern function. Imagine you walk downstairs in the morning with pajamas and messy hair, and the only way to get back to your bedroom is through the foyer, where an unexpected guest has just arrived. You’d save yourself an awkward encounter if there was a little staircase like this connected to the kitchen; you could quickly run upstairs to make yourself presentable.

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Meet Me in the Middle

What better way to have the grandeur of a double staircase and the space-saving attributes of a traditional staircase at the same time? At the junction of these two staircases is an ascending staircase, and a descending staircase is positioned below. For a multi-floor home, this solution is so chic and smart!

Via Morgante Wilson Architects

Never Too Tiny for Two

If you’re thinking to yourself, there’s no way a double staircase could ever fit in my home, think again. If this tiny home can incorporate a cute little double-sided staircase, your home can accommodate one, too!

Via Tiny Heirloom

Take a Look Outside

Double staircases don’t have to stay indoors—and they don’t have to be twins, either! Simple concrete steps complement rather than compete with the beauty of the iron spiral staircase leading to the second story.

Via The Iron Shop

So go ahead, add a double staircase and have your movie star moment!


When I left my house in my early twenties, I swore I would never, ever use brass in my own place. My mother has a fondness for it, and she used it everywhere from lighting to frames to little knickknacks. I could never understand why; I preferred anything silver at the time. Little did I know, she was right on trend. And what is even more shocking, 20 years later I honestly can’t get enough of this beautiful, at-times tarnished and full-of-depth metal myself. I have it in every room of my house and wonder why it took me this long to see its full potential. Here are five reasons you should bring back brass too.

1. It is a timeless trend that is here to stay for awhile. That is what the style forecasts say anyway. Regardless, it is a classic so it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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2. It is a great neutral with tons of warmth and texture. It can work within any design style and it mixes well with other metals and materials.

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3. It looks amazing with any tone of gray. I bet most homes across the country have been affected in some way by the gray craze. Brass has a modern sensibility that can warm your grays in an instant. Throw in some crisp whites and maybe even a pop of bold color and your have a whole new look.

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4. Less can be more, which means you don’t need to rush out and change everything. You can add a few accessories here and there, bring in a statement mirror, change lighting, and update hardware to get on board with this trend.

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5. You can easily find secondhand brass items for your home. Check Craigslist, estate sales, Etsy, and even your local thrift stores. The more aged it is, the better patina it will have and you will save a ton at checkout. Plus vintage items tell a story in a way that’s more visually appealing than new pieces.

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Thank you for stopping by. Happy decorating!

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It’s time to recover from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. January is the time to get your home back on track. The new year has us craving a refresh, so we’ve rounded up simple decluttering tips to help you start 2017 off right.

This month, the BHGLiveBetter Blogger Network was challenged to organize their homes from the inside out and showcase their stylish and functional spaces.

1. The laundry room tends to be overlooked unless you have the necessities to keep it in order! Brooke Ulrich of All Things Thrifty organized her laundry room with BHG’s Laundry Sorter and added the Galvanized Metal Clock to make sure she stays on schedule.

2. Stephanie Watkins of Casa Watkins expressed her creativity when organizing her coat closet. Who would’ve thought to use “O” Metal Shower Curtain Hooks to hang scarves?

3. What better way to keep your pantry organized than with labeled storage bins? Ashley Thurman of Cherished Bliss keeps items neat with these Wood Décor Crates and Large Galvanized Bins.

4. Keep your craft studio neat with these adorable Acacia Wood-Top Jars, which are available in multiple sizes. Rebecca Lopez of Crafted Sparrow shows how you can make organization look simple and stylish.

5. Need containers to hold different amounts of snacks and food? No problem! Ashley of Domestic Imperfection shows you how to use the 8-Piece Canister Set to organize your household snacks.

6. Keep your home looking picture perfect! Ursula Carmona of Homemade by Carmona uses the 8-Cube Organizer and Collapsible Fabric Storage Cubes for storing spare dishware and table linens.

7. Heidi Ferguson of Honeybear Lane has perfected the look and organization of her pantry! Let’s be honest, you can never go wrong with Hyacinth Twist Taper BasketsCereal Canisters, or the Stainless Steel Bread Box.

8. Modernize your bedding like Liz Lathem of Hoosier Homemade. The cool grays in the Headboard with Border and Contrasting Stitching and Onyx 5-Piece Bedding Comforter Set will suit any guest.

9. An organized art station is as easy as 1-2-3! Take after Destiny Alfonso of Just Destiny and keep playtime in order with a Slatted Wall Organizer.

10. Say goodbye to clutter this year like Chelsea Coulston of Making Home BaseSmall Galvanized Bins help build a play space your kids will love to tidy up.

11. Join Cassity Kmetzsch at Remodelaholic for a kitchen pantry overhaul! From cereal to snacks, Flip-Tite Containers eliminate messy piles and keep food fresh.

12. From the coat closet to the pantry, Ashley Phipps at Simply Designing saves lots of space with Over-the-Door Shoe Organizers!

13. Jen Hadfield at Tatertots & Jello models how to create a modern farmhouse living room with her DIY take on the Rustic Country Coffee Table. The Marble Cake Stand pairs perfectly with a soothing gray palette.

14. For a fun desk space that can be easily assembled, look to Angie Holden at The Country Chic Cottage. She designed her mini office using a Cube Organizer Desk and a 4-Cube Organizer filled with Collapsible Fabric Storage Cubes.

15. Amanda Jenkins of Whoa, Wait. Walmart? brings us back to the days of bedtime stories! The Kids Color Block Quilt Set in her boys’ room is simple and so easy to match.

 

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I’m Chelsea, and I blog over at Making Home Base. I love sharing inexpensive DIY and decorating ideas that anyone can do. I seriously get giddy making a house feel like home. Rental decorating is a specialty of mine after moving eight times in the last ten years. In each home we’ve lived, I’ve made it a priority to spruce up the space by adding a splash of my own personal style. Rentals often pose interesting limitations that require you to get creative to make the space work for you. Adding personalized yet temporary touches that can move with you can make you feel at home wherever you go. I am so excited that this creativity landed one of my projects in the “I Did It” feature in the February 2017 issue of Better Homes and Gardens!

Here are some of my favorite DIY projects that you can pack up and move with you.

DIY Entryway Organizer: Our previous home lacked storage, big time. We built this DIY entryway organizer, pictured above, to serve as a drop zone. Our girls store their shoes in the basket below and the hooks hold coats, backpacks, and keys. Download the instructions for this project here.

Grid Accent wallGrid Accent Wall: Inspired by a board-and-batten wall treatment, I used vinyl stripes to create an accent wall with the same visual interest. The decals come off just as easily as they go on with no harm to the walls. It’s the perfect solution for rentals.

Oversize Wall Art: When paint isn’t an option, wall art is the next best thing. Oversize art that can make walls look less stark and your place feel more cozy is a major win. This trio was a DIY project that cost less than $40 for all three.

Window Seat with Storage: If your rental lacks storage space, you can gain additional storage by using ottomans or storage benches. We built a window seat with deep storage for our breakfast nook. It allows me to hide small appliances while keeping them within reach. It also provides extra seating around our table and is a favorite spot for our girls.


Trends are a funny thing; they come and go but sometimes they tend to linger just a bit too long. We saw it happen a few years back with chevron, a classic pattern in its own right. So I thought I’d ask a few of my designer friends what trends they hope will hit the road in 2017 or at least take a break for a few years.

WORD SIGNS

City Farmhouse blogger Jennifer O’Brien suggests that the typography sign trend is probably going to stick around in 2017 but that we’ll see them used more sparingly and in a more urban, intentional way. “Organically weathered with patina? Absolutely,” she said. “But chippy paint is a big no.”

JUJU HATS

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The Juju hat with its big, fluffy, and frequently colorful feathers is an African symbol of prosperity and has been a major trend throughout the past few years. They’ve popped up everywhere from entryways to bedrooms, but designer Amanda Gates is ready to bid them adieu. “They’re everywhere in Nashville,” said Amanda Gates. “I want them gone!”

Instead, check out textured prints of bird feathers to bring in the color and texture of the Juju hat but in a new way.

CHALKBOARD PAINT

A fun and sometimes functional trend for the past decade, chalkboard paint has now overtaken everything from walls to doors to furniture. I’m ready to see this particular trend fade out for awhile, plus the dust from all that chalk surely won’t be missed.

Oh Happy Day

Instead, why not try a modern acrylic wall calendar? Jordan Ferney at Oh Happy Day created a chic DIY office calendar.

MACRAME

One thing that all the designers could agree on was the macrame trend. “There are so many things that are better than a macrame plant holder or lampshade,” says Lisa Mende. “As much as I love using plants in home decor, I would be happy to see anything macrame for home decor disappear in 2017.”

Knitted plant holderGrey living room

Instead, natural textures can be used in a myriad of ways, from chunky knit throws to burlap and other natural fabric window treatments.

WHAT SHOULD STAY?

I’d love to hear if you agree or disagree! And as always, trends linger longer in certain parts of the country. I for one hope we never see the end of vintage furniture being repurposed in new ways as well as anything Palm Beach inspired. Jana Bek agrees: “I will always love brass, lucite and palm trees!” Comment away – what are you sick of? What do you want to hang on to forever?


It has been surfacing on social media for some time now. So why is everyone using chalk paint? Not having to prep or prime your surface (beyond cleaning or smoothing out peeling surfaces) is a major bonus. We’ve gathered a sample of furniture projects and a sweet DIY chalk paint guide for you to see for yourself why the paint is so popular.

1. Chalk Paint Piano

Leigh Anne inherited this piano when she and her husband purchased their family home in 1986. Once her children grew up, it no longer served as much purpose and became a dark spot in her living room. A fun chalk paint update was just the cure! The piano is now a statement piece everyone can gather around during the holidays. See how she did it over at her blog, Your Home Based Mom.

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Image Via: Your Home Based Mom

2. Vintage Buffet

Pairing a vintage mirror and buffet table is a fun project in itself, but Beth took it one step further with a quick sanding and an application of chalk paint. In her tutorial, Beth adds the optional step of glazing. If you’re looking to add more dimension to your work, you don’t want to skip this step!

Gray painted buffet

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3. Baroque Makeover
This once sun-bleached writing desk achieved new life! Metallic gold accents and fiery red chalk paint work together to master this shiny/matte combination. Clear and dark wax finishes highlight the smooth surface. Stephanie’s review of the Southside Furniture Revival revival is witty and full of helpful hints.

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4. Perfect Patina

With an original plan for a more nautical look, Nancy was inspired by a metallic furniture challenge and decided on a chalk paint and gold finish look instead. Head over to her blog Artsy Chicks Rule for the full tutorial. She explains how to overcome the struggles of painting with metallics, the process for her patinaed hardware, and the easy nature of painting with turquoise chalk paint.

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5. Distressed Fridge

There’s a lot of things we like about this fridge. It’s integrated, it delivers ice without opening the door, and it’s distressed with chalk paint. Chalkboard Fridge has an awesome tutorial on how to do this and similar projects. Learn how to make door panels, the distressed paint technique, and tricks for dry brushing.

Distress-Painted Fridge: How to Distress Paint

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6. Custom Velvet Color

This pair of Victorian chairs started out with pale-green velvet. The cushions were in great condition, so rather than reupholstering them, Amy of Maison Decor decided to give the seats a chalk paint update. Tip: Multiple light layers of paint are better than a few heavy ones. Because of velvet’s nap, a light sanding needs to be done between each coat. When all the coats are dry, be sure to finish the project with a light waxing. It will leave the surface feeling like leather and looking like new!

Image Via: Maison Decor

7. Hitchhiking Headboard

Heather picked up this hitchhiking bed frame from the side of the road and got to work on a fun DIY project. She redid the cutout on the headboard and fixed a few other minor repairs. A few coats of green chalk paint, a layer of wax, and a good sanding led to this beautifully distressed bed frame. Check out how she did it here!

DIY chalk paint poster bed makeover from www.heatherednest.com

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8. Techniques for Carved Surfaces

Paint and Pattern blogger Melanie Royals wrote a fab tutorial on four different ways to chalk paint those fancy carved surfaces on you vintage furniture. She’ll teach you how to dry brush, sandpaper distress, gold leaf, and highlight with metallic creams. Added bonus: Melanie has two pages worth of chalk paint color recipes. Check out Part 1 and Part 2!

Image Via: Paint and Pattern

9. DIY Paint Recipes

If you’ve made it this far in the post, it’s clear you’re interested in chalk paint projects. But perhaps you’re sitting like me thinking, “I’ve already got so much paint at home! Now I have to buy another?” Honest answer? No, you don’t. You can still achieve a similar look with the paint you already have plus a few additional ingredients you might have laying around! Salvaged Inspirations creator Denise gathered the most popular DIY chalk paint recipes and gave them all a try. See her four favorites — and how to make them — here!

Image Via: Salvaged Inspirations

The stylish, matte finish of chalk paint is calling, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. It’s not too late to get in on the hot trend. Do a furniture flip, or even coat small decor items with chalk paint, and let us know some of your favorite finishes.

Until then,

~Bri


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