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Friday Finds 10.3

Welcome to October! I love, love, LOVE this time of year and all of the wonderful shenanigans that come with it–Halloween mischief, apple cider, crunching through leaves on the sidewalk–I can never get enough. It’s bliss. However, I will admit, when it gets too cold to enjoy being outside all day, sprucing up the inside of your home is a must. So today I want to share with you all some awesome ideas for indoor inspiration!

 

I am completely obsessed with this reading loft I found on Design Mom. I know it’s designed more for families with young children…but I sort of want one for myself. Can you just imagine spending a cozy fall afternoon reading in this bright and cheery space? So colorful and fun!

 

I’m a huge advocate for natural light, and I love the light and airy feel of this bedroom from Style & Pepper, and the subtle feminine touches incorporated with the design. This would be a perfect spot to drink a warm cup of coffee and enjoy looking at the chilly outdoors.

 

 

Yellow is a tricky color to work with, but adding small pops of its bright hues to your home creates eye-catching visuals. I love this kitchen island from The Inspired Room.

 

 

Check out this room redesign from Waiting on Martha. Outrageous wallpaper, bold decorations, and a perfect balance between light and dark make this room scream va-va-VOOM!

 

 

And my favorite (only by a smidge):these window room dividers I spied on Interior 4 You. Ample space aside, what’s cooler than this amazing idea?

 

 

And there you have it. Some of my favorite rooms from around the internet this week–leaving me, at least, with a small spout of envy. My house is definitely not anywhere as cool as any of these–but someday! Until then, Style Spotters!

 

Erin


Friday Finds 9.5

Welcome to September! I can’t wait for the leaves to start changing color, the days to get chillier, and the return of jackets and leg warmers and mittens! It’s been far too hot for my taste these past several months, and I’m so excited we’re finally in the home stretch. Among many other things, fall is the beginning of the holiday season. Use these clever tips and tricks to get your home ready for all of those holiday visitors!

 

Entryways are one of the rooms that most often get overlooked. Nalle’s House adds a spunky spin to their entryway with an unconventional design approach! I can’t even tell you how much I love that wallpaper. Guests will be amazed as soon as they step foot into your home!

 

 

If you’re impressed with that, take a look at this bathroom revamp by A Beautiful Mess. An easy-to-create geometric stencil, a few paintbrushes and some of your favorite paint colors are all you need to transform any room in your house into a visual hotspot.

 

 

I am absolutely amazed by these LED Mason Jar lights I spotted on Sarah Hearts. Add a hand-spun twist to your home with this chandelier that is guaranteed to impress! Imagine how perfect that would look in any high-ceiling entry way–your guests would be rooted to the spot!

 

 

Eating a meal with your family and friends is often times one of the most memorable experiences people have together. These fall-themed painted burlap place settings from A Night Owl will be perfect for any upcoming family get-together.

 

 

And lastly, I love the delicate homemade feel of these DIY teacup candles from Hey Gorgeous. Whether you take a trip to your local dollar store or use old cups lying around the house, the handmade touch of these cuties will soften any space in your home, just in time for the holidays.

 

 

Until next time! Have a wonderful week!

Erin


Nate Berkus: American Dream Builders

 

The first thing people ask me when they see me, or on my Facebook page, is…Nate, please come to my house! Because how we live really matters. Period, the end. It’s about living with what you love, in a space that reflects who you truly are. This show is about bringing high design back to television…design that I hope inspires people to think about their spaces in a new way. And that’s what you see on the show. Talented, passionate designers who are fighting for their point of view. Some of the choices you will love, some you won’t. And that’s the thing with design, it should always be about what feels good, about what speaks to you. That being said, there are rules…things that can help turn an okay space into a room that really feels special.

 

 

 

 

I love this living room transformation from last week’s episode. The mistake people often make is thinking they need 20 pieces in a room. But the thing is, if it’s well-chosen and edited, fewer pieces are fine. In this space they edited the book case and left only a few curated objects. I might not have made that choice but it certainly hits home the fact that more than books can live on your shelves. In fact,  that’s one of the take aways for me doing this show;  sometimes less really is more. People also think that they have to be adventurous with paint. If that’s what you love, I say do it. But freshly painted white walls will never go out of fashion. Keep to the same hues when you add color, like the grey and purple accents here. And don’t forget lighting. People, I can’t say it often enough…it’s one of the most important things to think about. Go flea market shopping and pick up vintage sconces or brass lamps. These are the details that will bring the room together. That will make it feel layered. And like a room you love to come home to.


 

How great is this wallpaper! Absolutely perfect for a kid’s room…that was my greatest takeaway here. It feels fresh, fun…but also chic. And a space that they can grow into. That’s important. You want your child’s room to evolve with them. I also love the seating area. A place they can do homework, or read a book. It’s about creating a beautiful space, yes. But also, is this practical…does this space serve us? This is actually a pretty small room. But proof that you don’t need a lot of space to live well.

 

I can’t wait for you all to tune in and watch the second episode of American Dream Builders on Sunday night at 8/7c on NBC. I would love to hear what your favorite rooms are; what you’d love to recreate and why.

 


Get the Look: Stenciled Walls as Wallpaper

TREND: Stenciled walls as an alternative to wallpaper.

Wallpaper is a fantastic way to bring a ton of impact, color, and pattern into a space, but it isn’t the only way. Creating a feature wall with stencils, or even doing a whole room, is another option to explore, and it has the bonus of being customizable and affordable. The bedroom above uses a palette of medium and light blue to make the interlocking circle pattern of the stencil pop, and you can get a similar look with the items below.

  1. Endless Circles Lattice Moroccan Stencil, Royal Design Studio
  2. Teresia Sheer Curtains, IKEA
  3. Ziggy Table Lamp, Crate & Barrel
  4. Mid-Century 6-Drawer Dresser, West Elm
  5. Mini Mirror (part of a set), Pottery Barn Kids
  6. Hawthorne Laburnum Vase, Room and Board
  7. Wall Pedestal, West Elm
  8. Lack Wall Shelf, IKEA
  9. Linen Diamond Quilt and Shams, Pottery Barn
  10. Alfredo Rug, Crate & Barrel

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Get the Look: Paisley Wallpaper

TREND: Traditional patterns get an update with a change of color and scale.

Patterns like damask and paisley can be hard to work with if your taste runs more toward modern than traditional. Update the color palette and scale it up though, and you’ve got a fresh new take on the classics! This paisley wallpapered bedroom was done with just black, white, and a couple shots of lime green for impact. Bam!

If you like the look, try recreating it with the items below.

  1. Paisley Wallpaper, Cole and Son
  2. Georgina Headboard (painted black), Serena & Lily
  3. Jonathan Adler Capri Table Lamp, Lamps Plus
  4. Hudson Nightstand, West Elm
  5. Pink Ranunculus Flowers, image from Fifty Flowers
  6. Lime Green Throw Blanket, Lamps Plus
  7. In the Mix Carpet Tiles, FLOR
  8. Belo Grey Sheets, Crate & Barrel
  9. Flip Side Pillow Sham, Garnet Hill

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely

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10 Signs You’re Ready for a Refresh

Do you remember the story of about the cobbler’s children? They had the worst shoes in town because their father the shoemaker was too busy to make anything for his own family. A couple of months ago, I realized that my family is like that—except with our house instead of our shoes.

 

My husband and I both work in the home improvement industry. (He’s an architect specializing in residential remodels, and I edit shelter magazines.) Yet, our house had become a poster child for “10 Signs You’re Ready for a Home Makeover.”

 

Here’s a list that may help you spot those places in your house that you’ve become immune to, but that are crying for a refresh!

 

  1. You haven’t painted since you moved in. If you signed the paperwork on this place more than 5 years ago, your walls are due for a refresh.
    Solution: Give neutral gray a try—or one of the new fresh minty hues.
  2. You are using a Sharpie marker to color in the bare spots on your dining room rug.
    Solution: Try a rug with a contemporary twist, even if the rest of your house is a tad traditional. I dig this brown geometric rug from Hayneedle.
  3. Your bathroom mirror covers most of the wall above your sink.
    Solution: Swap it out for a more contemporary version in a frame, like this one from Bed Bath & Beyond. Or, add a frame from Mirror Mate around your existing mirror.
  4. Your shower curtain has been deemed a science experiment for mold growth patterns.
    Solution: Just buy a new one—finally. Fun to try: Ringo from Target or the Birdcage from Urban Outfitters.
  5. Shiny brass accessories. Gold finishes are coming back, but your hardware from the ’80s will still look dated.
    Solution: Replace your cabinet handles and doorknobs; it only takes  a screwdriver. These examples are from Amerock.
  6. Your toilet is a water hog. If it has been ten years or more since you’ve replaced yours, it’s probably using too much water.
    Solution: New models use way less water.
  7. You’ve had the same living room lamp since before “American Idol” debuted.
    Solution: Shop for something colorful and shapely, like this beauty from Kichler.
  8. There’s a wallpaper border featuring apples or sailboats anywhere in your house.
    Solution: Ditch it, then consider a geometric print (like these from Target) on an accent wall or inside a bookcase.
  9. Your furniture has been in the same place for so long it may have grown roots.
    Solution: Try swapping pieces from room to room. Could that living room chair work in your office? What if the bedroom rug moved to the family room?
  10. In your bedroom, the only thing more tired than you is your comforter.
    Solution: Hit the clearance shelf and find something that will put a smile on your face as you fall asleep, like this fresh set from Horchow.

 

What spaces in your home are in need of a makeover? I hope these tips have inspired you to mix things up this weekend.

 

Happy Decorating!

-Karman Hotchkiss, Deputy Content Core Director

 


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