Thursday, May 5, 2016

How to decorate the tricky spots in your home

We all have those spots around our home that we never really get around to decorating because they are so out in the open or so oddly configured that we get stumped about what to do with them.  I've found examples of what some of those trouble spots might be and some potential solutions.  Enjoy!

In front of tall windows:  What a nice problem to have!  I would definitely add some green in the form of house plants.  Also, select furniture that won't obstruct the natural light coming through, such as a bench with skinny legs, or make a reading nook full of abundant natural light by adding an upholstered chair with a narrow profile.

via Pinterest via PopSugar

A small or non-existent landing: This is my problem.  I have a rancher and my front door literally just opens up in the middle of my living room. A good tip that I'd never heard before is to hang a gallery wall to define a foyer.  "Instead of placing your photos and art sporadically around the room, cluster them together.  This move deliberately defines a wall as your entry, sectioning it off from the rest of an open layout" - Good Housekeeping.  Genius!  Also, piles near the door are a fact of life (especially when you live with a husband like mine.)  A small console for mail and keys (a narrow shelf is also a great way to keep floorspace free!) is a must.  A basket for shoes is also a good idea.

via Pinterest via Good Housekeeping

Under a staircase: Don't waste this precious, precious space.  I tried to find some ideas that don't require you hire a carpenter and pay a small fortune for some custom cabinets, etc.  The above is probably built in, but you can find a desk that fits nicely under the stairs, and then use the wall space to hang additional shelves - floating shelves are inexpensive, or utilize the wall as a gallery wall!

via DecorPad

Behind the sofa:  Maybe this one is a bit obvious - but it's a fun and easy place to freshen up.  I think a sofa table is a great opportunity to show off a collection. Have some new family pics printed and arrange the frames on a narrow sofa table.  Or, gather small souvenirs from your travels and display them as a conversation-starting collection!

via Pinterest via Apartment Therapy

Small kitchen wall or corner:  Install shelves that will fit and use them as a place to display your prettiest dishes or cool kitchen gadgets.

via BHG

What spots around your house have you stumped?  What spots have you come up with clever solutions for?

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Make Your Home Yours!

Certain days I like to say goodbye to what's trending and hello to what my heart desires. 

When it comes to home decor, most of us follow the trends and that's fine, but it doesn't hurt to do some digging around and find something that truly suits you. 

via pinterest

When you pick home decor based on what moves you and brings you joy, you'd be amazed at how a space can come together and create something beautiful out of something so unexpected.

living room.:

Don't be afraid to stand out and be different. That's what makes your home uniquely yours.

Black walls in the Powder Bath || Studio McGee:

What are you doing to create a home that revolves around you?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Does this home have too much pattern and color?

Does this LA home have too much pattern and color?  I'll let you decide.  I think it is astonishingly well balanced considering the amount of different hues and patterns.  Pretty much every room in the home has it's own vibrant shade.  I thinks it's almost perfect for what it is, it would just be too much for me in the long term. Even my own home in light blues and whites I have to keep really clutter-free in order for things not too feel too busy.

I do find this shade of blue really soothing.  The leather woven chairs and gold velvet settee add a nice warmth.

So, I'm not a fan of the purple piano.  The wallpaper is pretty cool though - is it just me or does it have a black to blue gradient?

The kitchen is a breath of fresh air.

This dark green study would be nice for evening reading, but during the day I would need a brighter space to keep my energy levels up!

Even though the dining room is white, the vibrant green chairs call attention and echo the garden outside.

So what do you think - do you:

Love it? Can't wait to move in?
Really like it, but only to visit?
Loathe it?

see and read the whole story at Domino

Monday, May 2, 2016

Furnishing a small space

When furnishing a small space it doesn't mean you have to keep furniture sparse and be left with a sterile, cold room.  Rather, think scale, reflect, and "through." Let me explain.  

Photo by Tim Cuppett Architects - More contemporary living room ideas
In the photo above, the space is small but doesn't feel cramped, even with all of the furnishings.  A large mirror reflects light, and furniture has narrow legs allowing you to see through to the walls or floor of the room, or furniture is glass or mirrored.  You can even see through the lamp on the side table!.

Scale: Don't get the mammoth sectional for your cozy living room.  Get a settee or a smaller sofa with narrow arms and petite legs that take up less visual and physical space.

Reflect:  Don't neglect or waste the natural light in the room.  Place a beautiful mirror on the opposite wall of your light source, and/or get mirrored or metallic furniture and decor with reflective properties.

Through:  Find furnishings and/or decor you can literally see through.  This means furnishings with narrow legs, backless bookcases, and glass or lucite tables.

This room features a settee instead of a sofa, an armless chair, two small tables instead of a coffee table, a mirror, and a bench with narrow legs.

2 images above via Little Green Notebook

Lucite is great for small spaces
via Domino

Below are examples of pieces that would help keep a small room looking open and inviting:

 An open back and delicate frame keep this bookcase functional but visually unobtrusive.
Get it here.
 Another example of furniture you can see through. Get it here.

Lucite and metal chair found here.

Hair pin legs and a low profile make this coffee table stylish and light.
Get it here.
I'm a sucker for unique mirrors like this one found  here

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Best of April

Here are the best of best posts in April! I'm so lucky to have such an amazing group of readers who come back to see what's been catching my eyes. I hope you all truly enjoy them as much as I do!


Which was your favorite?


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