home decor

Joni Lay

get the look: rattan chic

How do you feel about the rattan/wicker/macrame trend?  It’s a really fun way to add a bit of lightness and texture to a room – almost like bringing the outside in (loving it as a nightstand in my bedroom!).  Rattan is also a great accent in the nursery; it’s casual and feels friendly and when paired with a fluffy pillow or throw it becomes the perfect cozy retreat.  Here are a few favorite rattan accents that would make great additions to a nursery or child’s room (love that pendant light!! and a rattan campaign chest? so fun!):

Sources, from top: (1) Macrame Pendant Light; (2) Woven Wall Mirror; (3) Rattan Shelf Bracket; (4) Hanging Rattan Chair; (5) Aria Rattan Headboard; (6) Hennie Chair; (7) Vintage Bar Cart; (8) Vintage Basket-weave Dresser; (9) Black Elsa Stool; (10) Vintage Rattan Ottoman; (11) South Seas Side Cart; (12) Vintage Faux Bamboo Chest; (13) Vintage Rolling Cart

 


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: $5 Macrame Plant Hanger

The 70′s called and it wants macrame back. That’s not going to happen because I love a cute macrame plant hanger. They are so cute and I love them. You can put flowers or succulents in your hangers, or how about some herbs? Wouldn’t these be cute with a mini oregano hanging out in there? A little grouping of herbs hanging in your kitchen window?

Supplies: 

  • Colorful yarn
  • Cute mini planter
  • Plant (I used a succulent)
  • Scissors

Directions: 

Step 1: 

Cut out eight 36 inch long pieces of yarn.

Step 2: 

Tie a big knot to keep all your yarn pieces together. This knot will also be the center of the bottom of the hanger.

Step 3: 

Split up the yarn into four sections (2 pieces per section).

Step 4: 

Tie a knot in each section. The spacing from the main center knot to the first section knot is up to you. Since my planter is tiny, I tied my first knot about 1/2 inch from the center. These set of knots should be somewhere under the planter base. Repeat this step with all four sections (the first set of knots are highlighted in pink).

Tip: feel free to test the planter in the yarn as you go along. This will help you place the knots properly.

Step 5:

Next, grab a piece of yarn from one section and match it with a piece of yarn from it’s neighboring yarn section. Check the image above for help. Repeat with all four sections. Again, the length from one knot to the next will depend on the size of your planter. These knots should be located in the bottom 1/2 of your planter (the second set of knots are highlighted in yellow).

Step 6:

Repeat step 5 to make another set of knots. These knots should be located around the top 1/2 of the planter. Repeat with all 4 sections (the third set of knots are highlighted in blue).

Step 7:

The last set of knots should be located somewhere above the planter (see image for reference). Tie all the yarn pieces into a final knot a couple inches above the last set of knots (you’ll see the fourth set of knots above the plant).

Step 8:

Tie a loop above that fourth knot. From here you can braid the remaining yarn, put some beads on, or just plain tie a loop. It’s completely up to you.

These items would also be SO cute as little gifts and/or party favors!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. I made this cute little planter for my ebook: Make Your Day


Joni Lay

get the look: paint it black

It seems going bright and white is a common trend these days, but I’ve been seeing a few dark rooms here and there that I find very inspiring.  I’m trying to talk my husband into painting our living room black.  I think it would be pretty amazing, but he’s not buying it quite yet, so we’ll see!  Jordan and Lesley‘s recent bedroom redos are both great examples of darker walls that make for cozy rooms that are anything but drab.  Everything pops off the dark background and it certainly makes for a calming, comforting place to sleep (always a plus with tiny ones!).  Use a light colored rug, light artwork, and metallic finishes to keep it interesting.  Here is a little inspiration:

Sources, from top left: (1) Globe Pendant Light; (2) Triangle Shelf; (3) Mountain Ridge Print; (4) Eagle Sconces; (5) Keep the Wild in You; (6) Courage Print; (7) Retro Glacier; (8) Orange Kilim Pillows; (9) Birch Sparrow Crib; (10) Yellow Ceramic Lamps; (11) California Blue Dresser; (12) Bergama Butterfly Chair; (13) Plus Side Table; (14) Kasbah Rug; (15) Paisley Sheet; (16) Linen Fringe Curtain Panels; (17) Charming Storage Basket; (18) Bug Pillow


Michael Wurm, Jr.

For the Love of Color: Navy

I’m not sure why it is, but as of late I’ve been totally taken with anything navy. So much so, that this past week I spray painted my outdoor bistro set the most gorgeous shade of navy. It turned out beautifully, giving me just the look I wanted. In the past, navy was never really a color that came to mind when decorating. However, lately I’ve been introducing touches of it in my spaces and loving the results.

As amazing as it could look, I’m not the type to paint an entire room navy. However, using it as an accent color can be brilliant. I especially love the space in the photo above. In this room, the architecture is the star. The bursts of navy blue in the pillows not only make the space look inviting, but give it a contemporary edge. I think the reason I’m loving navy so much is that depending on how it’s used, it can feel traditional, regal, or even modern.

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Thankfully, I’m not the only one loving navy these days. I’ve been seeing more and more accessories and furnishings in this fabulous shade at so many of my favorite stores. Today, I’ve pulled together a few pieces to inspire you to give navy a try in your own space. What do you think? Have you been bit by the navy bug?

Happy Decorating!
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm


Joni Lay

get the look: natural wood tones

Natural wood tones of varying shade paired with a neutral palette lend a calm, serene feel, perfect for a nursery.  Baby will love the black and white contrast, and keeping the palette simple will make it easier to pull the room together.  A couple of small pops of muted color, like that tray below and that kilim pillow, bring the space to life.  Don’t be afraid to mix wood finishes and tones for a more interesting mix!  Find the sources below the image:

neutral baby nursery inspiration

 

Sources, from top left: (1) Deer Flirtation; (2) Globe Pendant; (3) Gigi Triangle Mobile; (4) Vintage Coat of Arms; (5) Three Again; (6) Rhino Banner; (7) Vintage Knight and Horse; (8) Hold Fast Pennant; (9) Kaleido Tray; (10) Andersen Crib; (11) Kilim Lumbar Pillow; (12) Triangle Crib Sheet; (13) Task Table Lamp; (14) Vintage Dresser; (15) Novara Floor Lamp; (16) James Harrison Wingback; (17) Torres Rug; (18) Vintage Drum Table; (19) Stool; (20) Tassel Pillow

 

 


Joni Lay

get the look: a skateboarding inspired nursery

Do y’all have spring fever as much as I do?  It’s getting really gorgeous here (Atlanta) and I just want to be outside in it!  Here is a room inspired by the spring that’s in the air, with a vintage west coast skateboarding feel that would work for a girl or a boy.  (How cute is that tank?!)  Check out last year’s spring fever post, too.  Sources listed below image.

Sources, from top left: (1) White Pendant Light; (2) Tiger Poster; (3) Meow Poster; (4) Rattan Mirror; (5) Los Angeles; (6) Later Skater Tank; (7) Dots Poster; (8) Summer Almanac Print; (9) Triangle Crib Sheet; (10) Hold Me Tight Pillow; (11) White Sparrow Crib; (12) Fade Out Lamp; (13) Bamboo Dresser; (14) Retro Rocker; (15) Maze Rug; (16) R is for Rad; (17) Gray Pouf; (18) Wire Ball Basket

Hope you enjoy the sunshine! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay