We ordered most of the lights for the Dream House long before we needed them. Because our construction took longer than we expected it to, lots of things like light fixtures, drawer pulls, and medicine cabinets, sat around in boxes in our garage waiting and waiting and waiting to be added to the house. Luckily, we ended up being really happy with most of the stuff we chose when we finally had everything installed. We have had a little problem with the pendant light over our kitchen table. It’s not that we don’t like it–we do! We have two of them over the dining room table and three of them over the kitchen island. The pendant light just doesn’t cast enough light over the kitchen table. The kitchen table is in the breakfast nook, which has no recessed lighting and no sconces, just a single light fixture above the table. The pendant light just isn’t going to cut it–we need a chandelier!
We’re super excited to get some kind of fantastic light fixture over the kitchen table. We need a farmhouse chandelier, but those can be kind of tricky because farmhouses don’t really have chandeliers. But there are so many cool farmhouse-inspired chandeliers out there, and I’ve rounded up some of my favorites here!
One option with lots of other sub-options built into it is using two or three small pendants in place of one larger light fixture. We only have the spot wired for one light, so this isn’t an option we’re going with, but if you do, it opens up a whole world of fixture possibilities. [from BHG]
I love this chandelier because it is so unchandelier-like. I like that it is a single light fixture with multiple bulbs, and that it is really cool. It’s not frilly or fancy. [from Home & Garden Sphere]
This may or may not be the style we just ordered last night! I love the dark metal trim framing large panes of glass, and housing multiple bulbs for a nice, bright breakfast nook. This kind of chandelier reminds me of a greenhouse, which I always love. [from Design Sponge]
For a modern spin on homespun, this great farmhouse light fixture features a collection of pendants that resemble mason jars. This particular one is a little more upscale, but there are ones that use actual mason jars for a very cute, casual chandelier. [from Architectural Digest]
When we built our home 14 years ago, we were young and child-less. Now, we have three very active young boys, and the biggest and only home regret I have is that we didn’t account for a proper entryway. Over the years we have tried a variety of creative ways to effectively manage the small area of wall inside of our front door. Today I thought I would share a few of my favorite tips for creating a functional and family friendly entryway, where there once was none.
Slim Shoe Cabinets
This shoe cabinet is straight from our home, and it has been a lifesaver for quite a few years now. Found at IKEA, this slim shoe cabinet has the ability to store shoes for our entire family of five, takes up very little floor and wall space, and also offers storage for keys, dog leashes, charging cords and stationery. I can attest that this is one of the hardest working pieces of furniture in our entire home.
Install a rail (or two) or hooks behind your door for slim hanging storage. They will add instant and space saving storage for jackets and handbags as well as umbrellas and outdoor accessories. The other benefit of hooks is that they are super simple for the entire family to utilize.
Not only does a credenza style cabinet offer the ability to conceal boots and shoes and other entryway clutter, it also creates a decorative “wow” element. Credenzas can be found inexpensively on Craigslist and at thrift stores, and with a little paint and some pretty new hardware, they become showstopping storage to welcome you home each day.
Slim Console Tables
Console tables are another smart way to add storage and flair to your entryway. Their slenderness ensures they don’t take up a lot of real estate in an already small space, the area below the table is a prime spot for a tray of boots and a basket of shoes, and the surface of the table creates the perfect landing zone for piles of mail, loose change and keys.
Bookcases and Modular Systems
Another heroic space saving option, bookcases have the ability to transform into a creative entryway closet. Lower adjustable shelves are ideal for footwear while the upper portion can become hanging storage with the addition of a few hooks. Utilize the shelves and walls of the cabinet to add additional solutions for everyday essentials such as cold weather accessories, paper piles and handbags.
Modular pieces mix and match to create a combination of vertical storage and entryway seating. Their versatility allows you to customize the design to your given space, while the combination of open and concealed storage keeps visual clutter tucked away and the daily necessities right within reach.
Each one of these examples take up a very small footprint right inside of the front door. They create the feeling of a designated entryway or mudroom, by maximizing a single wall. The goal is to create an organized place to drop your daily gear, while keeping it decorative and cohesive with the remainder of your home.
Do you have a favorite piece of furniture or solution for creating entryway functionality in a nonexistent entryway?
I have a soft spot in my heart for colorful retro kitchens. Beyond the aesthetic appeal, it makes me nostalgic for our first house we moved into as newlyweds. It was built in the late 1950s and everything was original to the house. The bathrooms were never updated and the kitchen wasn’t either. But I was okay with that because they had absolutely pristine white powder-coated metal cabinets manufactured by a company called Youngstown (see an interesting history here of industrial steel kitchen cabinetry). We painted the walls yellow and it all felt very fresh and retro. It was where my blog began, in fact!
The retro kitchen trend is probably best known for its style and color appeal along with some personality-laden details. Here are a few favorites to get your ideas flowing.
This all white kitchen is brought to life with the red floral hardware, a more colorful spin on the traditional checkerboard floor, scalloped vent hood, and vintage-inspired modern appliances. Design by Alison Kandler.
European brand Smeg is maybe best known in the US for their line of refrigerators, providing major vintage style appeal in a wide spectrum of hues. But, they’re maybe not the most practical as their European size is substantially smaller than what most Americans are used to. I like how Joy Cho of Oh Joy integrated this mint one into her studio kitchenette.
A pretty pink option (notice how everything else is kept pretty simple, allowing the color to pop).
In this kitchen below, the vintage theme is carried through with other accents such as the pastel dishes and glasses, bread box, and icy blue refrigerator.
Sugar & Cloth brings color to an all-white kitchen through the retro fridge as well as a few other appliances.
I love the Rocketeer feel of these stand mixers, also by Smeg. I caught a glimpse of one of their toasters over in our local West Elm and these are a great way to get the look without doing a total kitchen remodel. Dualit also offers a classic line of small appliances (this toaster has been on my must-have list for awhile).
A moody retro-inspired black kitchen is kept interesting and not too serious with the addition of a little aqua and cream.
Two great classic kitchens above and below (via BHG) with great monochromatic texture and style.
Elsie Larson’s kitchen tour at A Beautiful Mess features loads of vintage details. A colorful KitchenAid stand mixer is a classic appliance that can add a pop of unexpected color.
This beachy kitchen is chock full of vintage details, including the enameled vent hood and matching toaster oven in the corner. I’m also really intrigued by the French door refrigerator as I haven’t seen this particular option in the US before. (Via House of Turquoise)
I love seeing modern interpretations of classic designs. This kitchen (via Big Chill) has the pastel retro colorscheme, but it’s softened and modernized.
A few tips on sources to help you get the look: so many manufacturers are bringing back the retro style (but with modern guts). A recent perusal of a few local kitchen showrooms locally turned up some pretty awesome options. Smeg is probably the best known in the US for their colorful refrigerators, but Big Chill is another company that offers everything from small appliances up to the major items like fridges, washers, dryers, and stoves. US retailer GE’s Artistry Series is fun (although only in black and white) but also a little more subdued overall to fit a more mainstream audience.
Happy shopping! Share in the comments your favorite vintage appliances!
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We all have habits we need to break (“I’ll get to it”) and habits we need to acquire (“It shouldn’t take too long”). Now’s the time to get a jump start on maintaining a clutter-free home by organizing the spaces you neglected in 2015. We discovered stylish and affordable storage solutions from the Better Homes and Gardens collection at Walmart to help you keep a tidy home year round. The BHG Live Better Network of Bloggers were challenged to share creative organization and storage hacks and have revealed clever tips and project ideas that will help you tackle clutter and organize chaotic spaces for every room in your home.
1. Tight on closet space? Stacy Risenmay of Not Just a Housewife installed hanging shelves to maximize space in her 1938 cottage. Mix and match boxes, baskets and bins and be sure to leave room for your favorite collectibles.
2. Taryn Whitaker from Design Dining and Diapers recommends placing all of your utensils in a canister for easy everyday access. Here, she personalizes her Kitchen Storage accessories with simple DIY typography accents.
3. Let Shannon Fox from Fox Hollow Cottage show you how to give your closet the overhaul it deserves. See how she uses the Better Homes and Gardens 11-Compartment Hanging Closet Organizer to create a functional space for all of her favorite items.
4. A pop of color and a touch of personality, this Square 4-Cube Organizer with 4 Collapsible Fabric Bins styled by Jamielyn Nye from I Heart Naptime helps minimize her son’s messy after school tendencies.
6. Don’t let your clothes hang over the chair in your closet, consider replacing it with a Round Tufted Storage Ottoman. Debbie Westbrooks from Refresh Restyle uses her ottoman for storing pillows and out of season clothing (and it looks great too!)
7. Anna Moseley from Ask Anna squeezed in extra storage under her daughter’s lofted bed to create a tidy and creative hideaway. Consider placing decorative pillows atop the 3-Cube Organizer with 2 Collapsible Fabric Storage Bins to be used as a reading perch or extra seating for your little ones.
8. Monica Benavidez from Monica Wants It brightened up her closet space with Better Homes and Gardens cube organizers. Closet organization requires little time and frees up space you never thought you had.
9. Randi Dukes from Dukes and Duchesses retired her old plastic laundry hamper for a stylish Square Caged Hamper on wheels. This easy to wheel hamper is the perfect addition for an industrial style laundry room look.
10. Kim Demmon from Today’s Creative Life used Flip Tite containers to establish a more efficient pantry for the whole family to enjoy. Rid your pantry of half eaten boxes and mix and match container sizes to make the most of your kitchen storage.
11. Chris Nease from Celebrations at Home masters drawer organization by featuring one drawer five ways. This bamboo piece offers enough room to organize a myriad of items and spaces in any drawer throughout your home.
12. Select furniture that is versatile and can be used in the kitchen, craft room or garage. This wire cart used by Kimberly Sneed from A Night Owl Blog is suitable for produce and includes cube storage and labels to make organization a breeze.
15. Update your kitchen decor with clear canisters for a perfect addition to any counter, shelf or pantry space. Amy Clark from Mom Advice used an Acacia Wood-Top Jar to rearrange her open shelving unit.
For all of these products and more, visit Walmart.com/BetterHomesandGardens.
Trend: 15 DIY Copper Creations
I love the beautiful color of copper and I’m not alone. Copper is popping up in home projects all over the web and did you know copper has anti microbial properties and is recyclable? This makes it great for so many of your home projects, plus it’s beautiful. Check out these 15 DIY Copper Creations for inspiration.
1) Our entry is in need of a kid height cot rack that a baby won’t hurt hours elf on, so I think this may be the answer! Found on Vintage Revivals.
2) Copper pipe toilet paper roll holder, from Kristi Murphy.
3) I love these DIY copper knobs, from Emily Henderson.
4) If you need drawer pulls instead of knobs, these are perfect, from Mountain Modern Life.
5) This coffee table is wonderful! Find the tutorial on For Me For You.
6) This DIY copper candle holder will be the perfect table centerpiece for your next party, from An Magritt.
7) I do a lot of my computer work from my sofa. I think this copper laptop table would be perfect for me, from House of Jade Interiors.
8) Decorate your home with these vintage style copper letters, from A Beautiful Mess.
9) This copper pipe ladder would look lovely holding towels in the bathroom or kitchen, from Brittany Makes.
10) This copper tripod lamp is amazing, from Sarah M Dorsey.
11) Hang this pretty copper edged mirror in your front entry, from Makers Society.
12) This modern copper pipe pencil holder will look lovely on any desk, from A Fabulous Fete.
13) This DIY magazine rack is the perfect spot to put all my Better Homes and Gardens magazines, from Fall For DIY.
14) Does your kitchen counter need a little makeover? Check out these DIY copper counters, from Remodelaholic.
15) Make this simple paper towel holder to sit on your new copper counter top, from Almost Makes Perfect.
We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama