Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 10.24

Good morning and happy Friday, Style Spotters! I hope the past week was filled with all of the wonderful happenings of fall: hot cider, apple pie, crunchy leaves, Halloween costumes, and because I’m feeling bold today, I’ll say it–I can’t wait to see some snow! In the meantime, I’m so excited to be back sharing some fantastic tutorials, amazing inspiration and all-around gorgeous stuff with you all today!

 

I love the look and fabric of this DIY Bedside Bench from A Beautiful Mess. While I’m all about southwest-inspired prints, it would be so easy to add colors and patterns that match existing decor in your bedroom, mud room or living room.

 

 

If you’re still looking for that final fall decoration, you can’t really go wrong with pumpkins and glitter. Try this Floral and Glitter Pumpkin Tutorial from Homey Oh My! to add a little jazz to your table this week.

 

 

For special occasions, try this fresh spin on flowers from Paper & Stitch. Their DIY Fabric Bouquet will make the perfect hostess gift for any of your friends, and add a little bit of brightness to any room in the house.

 

 

I think this DIY Envelope Liner tutorial on The Crafted Life is brilliant–what a fun way to add an even more personal touch to handwritten notes or cards for your friends and family.

 

 

And because we all need something to lust over for the week, look at this amazing kitchen on Decor8. I can’t get enough of that rustic-but-modern look–I see a spot for my southwestern bench in this kitchen!

 

 

Until next week, everyone!

 

Erin

 

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Jen Jones

Organize This: Child’s Bedroom

Even if your child was not born with the fictitious “organizing gene”, there are basic things that can be done to keep a child’s bedroom tidy and easy to maintain.  The key is to implement systems that are simple enough that your child feels confident in using.  It is also important to consider the number of steps any single chore will take.  Here are my top ten favorite tips for maximizing storage in a kid’s bedroom, as well as providing them with systems that they will enjoy and be able to utilize with ease.

 

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1.  Down under:  Add a set of drawers below the bed to hold off-season clothing, extra bed linens and even toys.  This is especially helpful in shared bedroom set-ups, in which floor space is much more limited.

 

 

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2.  Think up:  Not only does it benefit a space to tap into the unused area under a bed, but it is also smart to think up, and make the most of the space above and around the bed.  Shelving and cabinets provide ample storage for books, collectables and hobby supplies.

 

 

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3.  Keep it accessible:  As I mentioned, the golden rule is to keep organizational systems simple for your child.  When determining storage for items you wish for your child to both access and pick-up, consider their height.  Be sure they are able to easily reach shelves, bins, hooks, hangers, etc… Bookshelves and cubbies are ideal for toy storage as they are low to the ground and will grow with your child over the years.

 

 

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4.  A clothing plan:  Mornings are busy and hectic enough.  Avoid morning struggles of determining your child’s daily wardrobe, by utilizing hooks, labels or shoe pockets to lay out clothing in advance.

 

 

5.  Work it:  As children progress through school, they will begin bringing home more and more homework.  To give them an impactful place to study, mix and match tools and accessories to maximize their given workspace; a pin board for school memos and future assignments, a calendar to manage schedules and dates, plenty of surface space to spread out books and write, a clock to keep track of time and storage for accessories such as pens, pencils, paperclips and headphones.

 

 

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6.  Book club: Kids and books go together like peanut butter and jelly.  Especially if your child enjoys reading in bed while trying to fall asleep.  Slim picture ledges or spice racks allow books to not only be stored in a simple fashion, they also double as playful room decor.

 

 

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7.  Take a seat:  Not only do storage ottomans shine within entryways and living rooms, they boast as storage within children’s rooms as well.  Not only do they provide your child (or their friends) with a place to take a seat, they are great for hiding bulky and unsightly items.  Everything from toys to shoes to extra bedding for weekend sleepovers, ottomans are always a winning solution.

 

 

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8.  Little treasures:  My kids are always collecting things.  Marbles, action figures, rocks… and as they get older, those collections evolve into awards and trophies.  Instead of fighting the growing collections, showcase them on decorative shelves or bookcases.  Smaller items should be displayed out of the reach of little fingers and appreciated from afar.

 

 

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9.  Take a stand:  Create a bedside surface for reading lighting, an alarm clock and a place for a nightly glass of water.  If room space is restricted, a dresser or desk make a great stand-in, multi-functional option.

 

 

10.  Label happy:  Labels work wonders in any organizational situation, but they are especially helpful in kid spaces.  Keep the labels easy to understand with single words or simple images.  The labels create a consistency for your child, and after awhile, putting things back in the correct spot will be second nature.

 

 

 

Honeycomb Shelves / Underbed Drawer / Desk / Storage Bin / Memo Board / Nightstand / Basket Labels / Wire Shelves / Storage Ottoman / Bookshelf

 

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BHG Guest Blogger

DIY Home Renovations

 

Hey there!  My name is Amanda, it’s a pleasure to meet you.  I’m the author of Our Humble Abode where I chronicle the projects my husband Ben and I tackle in our 1970′s fixer upper.  We always have something home related in the works. Most recently, we completely gutted and remodeled our master bathroom.  You may have seen the it featured in the October ‘I Did It’.  Starting with sleek stainless countertops and shower pan, charcoal gray slate floor tiles, and nickel sconces gave us a good base.

 

 

 

To warm up the room, we built a completely custom American Walnut vanity and painted the walls nearly black.

Both elements added drama, in the best way possible.  Certainly a far cry from our dated, dingy yellow and red starting point.

That wasn’t our first bathroom remodel rodeo.  In fact, it was the second in this house.  We overhauled our main bathroom, replacing everything but drywall.  A few months ago, I got an urge for change and updated the room with a can of paint and a few accessories.

A green vanity is a fun surprise, but not overwhelming.  Open storage allows our young children (and guests) to find anything they may be looking for.  As a bonus, we can use pretty containers and display a few accessories.

Cross the hall and you’ll see the guest bedroom.  Previously set up with wall-to-wall, floor to ceiling dark bookshelves, we needed to make this small room feel larger.  Creating a recessed nook for the bed by cutting out the center of the shelves feels cozy.  Painting the shelves bright white and the walls buttery yellow perks up the room.

One of our main living spaces, the family room, has a few of my favorite updates.  Before, the family room was overhelmed by a messy 70′s moss rock fireplace. 

For a sleeker look, we built a frame over the existing fireplace and tiled over with dark slate.  A quicker update statement piece is the coffee table made from a gigantic free stump.

Ever so slowly, room by room, we’re crossing items off our to do list.  It’s a big task, but we’ve made a lot of progress in our two and a half years here.  You’re always invited to stop by and chat about all things home and renovation.

 

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Rachel Shingleton

Get the look: kitchens with open shelving

Open shelving in kitchens has been a super hot trend now for a few years and one that isn’t restricted to only one style of kitchen, which can be a difficult feat for a trend to pull off! You’ll see it in anything from super traditional to uber-contemporary thanks to the choice of materials and styling of the shelves.

Over the long fall break weekend here, we spent time at our lake house and got to peek in on a friend’s adorable vacation cottage above (did you see this living room?). I love her use of materials, and the way she styled the shelves. Her pantry is around the corner and still remains accessible but keeps those less-than-camera-ready items we all need carefully tucked away.

But don’t run out and pull your kitchen cabinet doors right off yet. This is a look that requires some serious planning and intention. To keep it from looking cluttered and unpolished, think of these shelves as the place to have your pretties on display.  Functional items like coffee cups and everyday dishes can definitely have a place as long as the shelves aren’t overflowing with items.

Check out some of these inspirational picks from BHG’s Pinterest boards and see how these homeowners styled their shelves:

Decorative – and functional – olive oil bottles have a place positioned nearby this stunning Wolf range. The homeowner can easily reach necessary items while whipping up something delicious for dinner.  Plus the natural texture of the wood is a nice contrast with all the gleaming stainless steel and white.

These white floating shelves feel bright and airy with the pops of color provide from the everyday dishes on display. Consider how your colors will look against the wall or tile you’ve chosen.

Carefully edit your open shelves. Remember that similar items look great when positioned together in sets of 3 or 5, such as these small plants and glass jars above.

Colorful pottery, dishes, cookbooks, and vases add loads of personality to a kitchen. Maybe you have a collection of something like vintage mason jars or cake stands – consider how these would be best on display to get maximum enjoyment of them more often than just a single occasion.

Remember: repetition can often be key to keeping your shelves purposefully styled as opposed to randomly cluttered. Groupings of mugs, plates, stemware, etc. can be both easily accessible and pretty to look at.

I’d love to hear how you feel about open shelves. Is it a trend you’re willing to try?

 

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Ellen Miller

Beauty update: Visible bobby pins

From top left: Refinery 29, A little bit of blonde, Pinterest, Honey Kennedy, The fashion medley, Glamour, Free People blog, Appointedd.com, Short-haircut.com

 

Once merely a tool meant to invisibly provide architecture to updos, the bobby pin has come out of hiding. Whether you haphazardly let pins peek out of your messy bun or take it a step further and use them to create geometric designs, it’s a look that’s worth experimenting with. To try this trend, start by gathering these pro-approved tools:

 

1. Comb, GHD. 2. Dry Shampoo, Dove. 3. Bobby pins, Conair. 4. Texturizing Spray, Oribe.

 

1. The tail of a fine-tooth comb creates precise parts; use the teeth to lightly tease hair at the crown for extra volume.

2. Mark Townsend, celebrity stylist for Dove, spritzes bobby pins with dry shampoo to give them extra grip. (This tip is a lifesaver if you have super-soft or super-fine strands.)

3. Right now I love the utilitarian look of lots of drugstore bobby pins stacked together, but it’s fun to experiment with jeweled or colored options, too.

4. Before you start twisting and pinning, mist hair all over with a generous amount of texturizing spray. For the unfamiliar, this genius product is part hairspray, part dry shampoo, and is key to getting that intentionally messy look.

 

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If you’re the crafty type, check out this tutorial from Lines Across. Instead of springing for a collection of colored pins, try painting the ones in your drawer with your favorite shade of nail polish. For a more sophisticated take on the trend, give your drugstore bobby pins a makeover with a few coats of silver or rose gold.

 

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Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 14 Furniture Makeovers

Trend: 14 Furniture Makeovers

Do you feel like your home needs a little sprucing? No need to buy new furniture, update those old pieces with some paint or wallpaper. Don’t like the furniture you have? Head to a thrift store and find some inexpensive furniture that just needs a little bit of love. There are a TON of ideas around the internet for a cute furniture makeover, so I found 14 lovely ideas that I hope will inspire you to update your home.

 

Nesting Tables Makeover, on Design Sponge.

DIY Mid Century Inspired Side Table (cereal boxes used for starburst design), on Our Nerd Home.

Dresser Makeover with Wallpaper, on BHG.

Hot Pink Stool Makeover, on A Bubbly Life.

Mid Century Modern Furniture Makeover, on Poppytalk.

Windsor Chair Makeover, on Honey Bear Lane.

Turning a Lamp Into a Table, on Thrifty and Chic.

Chartreuse Console Table, on Little Green Notebook.

Antique Dresser Before and After, on Natty By Design.

Craigslist Dresser Makeover, on Brittany Makes.

Black Velvet Tufted Chair Makeover, on 551 East.

Vintage Step Stool Makeover, on Lia Griffith.

 Desk Transformation, on Natty By Design.

 Play Table Makeover, on That’s My Letter.

Happy Thursday!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

 

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