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I always seem to have one too many frames. Whether they’re on sale at Target or marked with a 50 cent sticker at a garage sale, for some reason I continually feel the need to purchase more and more picture frames. Maybe it’s an addiction…who knows?

If you’re like me and have 10+ picture frames laying around the house at any given time, it’s time for a change. Say goodbye to the forgotten frames bought at a thrift store far, far away and say hello to refreshing DIY projects of the here and now.

 

Little Inspiration gives her favorite Instagram photos a more permanent home with an old frame, floral wire, clips and a glue stick.

 

Don’t throw out the old, rusty silverware just yet! Instead, repurpose it with white spray paint. Spunky Junky shows us how to transform ordinary silverware into one-of-a-kind artwork with frames and upholstery (found at a thrift store btw).

 

While They Snooze transforms cheap-looking file cabinets into personalized (and more expensive!) cabinetry. You’re only a fresh set of hardware and a few white frames away!

 

Save money on paper by making your own dry erase board out of an 8 x 10 picture frame, scotch expressions masking tape and a white piece of cardstock. Two Twenty One shows us how it’s done.

 

One-of-a-kind artwork doesn’t have to break the bank! Apartment Therapy creates something exciting and new out of an ordinary piece of thrift store art by dipping its canvas and frame in paint.

 

Learn how to make your own pin cushion with Craftaholics Anonymous‘ easy tutorial! All you need is a frame, paint, fabric and batting.

 

Who says that picture frames belong on the wall? Instead, use them as magnets on your refrigerator for chore lists, weekly schedules, the kids’ artwork and more! Props to Vintage Glamorous for the idea.

Oh Crafts serves desserts on recycled frames. Convert any old frame into a tray like Lindy’s with a coat of spray paint and textured paper placed between the frame and glass.

 

Provide function for frames and style for shelves by combining the two. See Shanty Chic for a quick and easy tutorial.

Photo via Porch.com

Frames are fun! You’ll be surprised at all the cool things you can do.


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Raise your hand if you are still loving that sweet salmon pink and oh so cool minty green. Yep, me too. This combo paired with metallics, especially gold, has been having a moment and is still feeling fresh! If you love all those lovely pastel hues, you CAN have them all without feeling like you are in the middle of an easter egg hunt! How, you may ask? Try creating some tension between items that feel sweet and strong. Consider balancing the very feminine with more masculine pieces like this classic leather butterfly number or industrial accents like this great light. A very pale pink or lavender can be a fresh base for a neutral room. Working pastels into your space is all about not going overboard. A little touch of blush, lilac or seafoam can go a long way. Consider pairing with fresh metallics like brushed gold, brass, and copper. Pastels are a great pop of color when you’re working with a space that features mostly white and black. This is a great way to keep things feeling clean and modern.

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Make a singular color statement and keep everything else clean and simple! The great thing about going for color on an investment piece like this sofa is that you can simply reupholster when you are ready for a change!

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Pair your favorite pastel with modern accents, metallics, and black to keep the color ground and grown up. One wall, a striking piece of artwork, or a rug goes a long way to add a sophistocated splash of color.

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Let the furnishings and accessories lead the way. With no color commitment on the walls, this is an easy-to-change way to experiment with color. Pillow covers are an easy and budget friendly way to update a living space, or you can always spring for reupholstering when it’s time for an update!

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Pastels are so not just for kids. They’re all over fashion and they’re heading for home next. (We’re obsessed—just take a look at the color story in our May issue!)

 

Phillip Lim sent the most ethereal pastels down the runway, but these colors would look just as pretty and energizing in a home office. Here’s the look:

And here’s how to use it (colors clockwise from top):

On the walls: Sweet Honeydew Melon 2033-40
In accents or an alternate wall color: Creamy Beige 2016-60
This plus ivory in a patterned drape (love it against that pale green): Splash 2059-60
A slim lamp base and accents sprinkled through the room to cut the sweetness: Jet Black 2120-20
Painted desk and in accents: Pale Iris 2073-60
Bonus: ivory upholstery

(All paints Benjamin Moore)

 

Runway photo: 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2012 Ready to Wear from Style.com

 

– Joanna Linberg, Assistant Editor BHG


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