8 DIY Girls Room Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

My daughter and I were playing in her bedroom the other day.  She wanted me to lie down on the floor and tuck me in, just like Mommy and Daddy does.  She brought me her pillow, her blanket, and two of her dolls.  As I laid there I looked around at her room and realized that I have made a lot of the things in her room so I thought I put together a roundup of 8 DIY Girls Room Ideas and tutorials that I have done.

DIY Girls Room Ideas

  1. Stenciled Butterfly Wall Art – I made this out of an old (ugly) painting, burlap, stencils and craft butterflies.
  2. Plant Hanger Chandelier- Every girl, especially tween girls who walk into Mia’s room LOVE this chandelier and thinks it’s so cool.  To think I made it out of a plant hanger I found in a trash pile on the side of the house when we first moved in!
  3. Butterfly Wall Art-  I made these one day literally out of boredom from left overs in my craft closet.
  4. Lampshade Update – OK, so I didn’t technically make the lamp shade but I did dress it up a bit with ribbon and a butterfly J
  5. Ribbon Organization Board – Another recycled project, I made this out of an old painting and my daughter’s first baby blanket.
  6. Refurbished Play Table – This was an old Disney princess table that was about to be thrown away.  I picked it up and re-painted it and added cushions and fabric to the seats.
  7. Updated Storage Bins- Thought I’d give these otherwise boring bins an inexpensive facelift.
  8. Updated Sconces – Just add the desired paint to some thrift store sconces and voila!

There you have it!  I made most of these from unwanted items and turned trash into treasure…well, at least for my daughter!

 

Storage Ideas for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

The older my daughter gets, the more toys and books she has.  I’m always looking for inventive and fun storage ideas for kids.  There are so many inspiring ideas out there that I thought I’d put together a round-up of my favorites.

This clever book sling from Etsy made from a double curtain rob is great.  I would have never thought to do that.  I love the fabric as well.

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I love this!  It looks like stacked tables with drawers for added storage… and it’s purdy too!

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This is one of my favorites!  Being an organization freak, I thought these personalized file crates are a brilliant way to organize art projects, report cards, certificates, and more for each child in the house.

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This is great for older kids.  Using clear glass jars for storage adds color and style while making it easy to see what’s inside.  You can print out these labels here from BHG.

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Another fantastic and ingenious idea from BHG are repurposing plant hangers as wall toy storage.

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A clever way of saving space, this is perfect for nursery with limited space.

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This is from one of my favorite sites, Apartment Therapy.  This DIY project uses pillow cases and embroidery hoops!  I love this!

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Argh! Why didn’t I think of this!  These are wooden spice racks turned book shelves.  You can find these at IKEA for about $4.00 apiece.

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A brilliant trash to treasure idea, this old dresser turned wardrobe storage or dress up station is adorable!

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This is a great way to reuse baby wipe containers and a great way to stay organized!

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Hope you enjoyed my round-up of Storage Ideas for Kids!

 

Retail Shopping DIY Inspiration

by Dinah Wulf

The other day I went shopping for inspiration.  I shop for inspiration because I’m too cheap to buy anything and always think in my head… hey… I can make that myself.  It’s a sickness.  Don’t judge me.  I love to go to mid-ranged and high end stores and boutiques to see what’s new and trending.  Anyway I found some fun pieces at TPT Home so I wanted to share my retail shopping DIY inspiration with you.

I love these glass vessels.  I’ve seen some DIY versions floating around online.  I definitely am going to try this with some thrift store finds.  The cheaper the better… so stay tuned!

Rope covered vase

This dresser was the first thing I saw when I walked into one of the stores.  I LOVE the industrial feel to it…the metal, the appearance of salvaged wood, and the lettering.

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Here is another similar piece that caught my eye.

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I always see vintage ladders at flea markets and they always seem a little too high priced.  But I love this idea of using two of them and add shelving using salvaged wood.  I wouldn’t even mind this piece in my family room.

Repurposed ladders

I saw this repurposed hanging shelf and thought it was so neat.  It seems like you can make it out of any old railings or posts from a porch or crib.

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Here is the other side of it.

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I’ve seen a lot of subway art and I really like the look of it.  This one really stood out to me.

subway art

Last but not least.  I love this idea to hold jewelry.

Repurposed jewelry holder

I hope these pieces inspired you as much as they inspired me!

 

Recycled Map Drawer Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I just recently redid my craft room.  It wasn’t complete when I recently published the craft room makeover reveal.  I think it definitely needs a chandelier of some sort… I’m on the hunt!  Anyway, I bought these maps at a local gift shop.  It is actually gift wrap, however old maps work well too.  I decided to cover my craft drawers with these maps to go with the lovely calming blue hues I have going in the room.  Here is my Recycled Map Drawer Makeover.

You will need:

  • Piece of furniture you are covering
  • Maps, gift wrap, or decorative paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Knobs (optional)
  • Cutting mat

Here is the BEFORE.

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First, I removed the drawers from the shelving unit and took off the knobs.

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Using a ruler and a craft, measure your area and cut out the desired size on a cutting mat.

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Lay the cut map and align it on top of the drawer.  Using your craft knife, mark the area where your knob will be inserted.

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Remove the map and apply Mod Podge to the drawer using a paint brush.  After doing four drawers I found that the easiest way is to apply the Mod Podge to the entire area at once and then place the map on top smoothing it out from left to right.  If you do this application enough, you may find your fingers or wrists hurting.  Quick tangent alert!  As I am writing this post, I’m thinking about how much we do with our hands nowadays.  Especially if you’re a DIY girl.  I am now looking at the endless amount of hand and wrist conditions .  You may not want to look if you get easily squeamish.  Anyway, after securing the map, use the screw from the knob to poke out the hole for the knob.

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Apply a layer of Mod Podge on top of the map.  I applied three coats, allowing it to dry in between coats (approximately 15 minutes).

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Once the drawers are dry, insert the knobs.

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Here are some AFTER photos.

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For more repurposing ideas and trash to treasure ideas, check out this fun round-up of garage sale and thrift store transformations! There are over two dozen original projects I have done including housewares and furniture transformations.

 

Decorating After the Holidays

by Dinah Wulf

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I don’t know about you but I love decorating for Christmas.  I even had two Christmas trees this year (side note: this year my daughter is two and she asked me if Santa was going to put presents under both trees…doh!).  Anyway, after the New Year and I take down my decorations, I always feel like the house looks so bare. So, with this in mind, I thought I’d write a post about some ideas for decorating after the holidays.

Inexpensive Glass Fillers

As you can see by the photos in this post, I have apothecary jars all over the house.  They are so convenient, and I have to say a great investment for your home décor.  By simply changing the contents, you add instant style to your surroundings.  Here is a photo of these jars during Christmas at my house.

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Winter Floral Arrangements

To be honest with you, I NEVER bought flowers until I moved into my house last February.  Now, thank you to the past residents I have beautiful flowers to pick and prune to display in my home.  Consider colorful winter flowers such as pansies or snap dragons.  Put them in Recycled Mason Jars or tin cans for an inexpensive display.

Vintage and Flea Market Finds

I heart vintage flea markets! I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by some pretty great ones.  Look for items such as old ice skates, wooden sleds, or galvanized tubs to add to your décor.

Incorporate Winter Colors

My favorite winter color (or lack of color!) schemes are an all neutral and white pallet, gray and white, or silver and white.  There is a certain sophistication in those combinations that I love.  Are those too stark for you?  Think cozy, warm, deep colors like deep purple or red.

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Use Natural Elements

Did you know that pinecones, branches, and acorns are free??? I steel them from my neighbors all the time!  Display them in pretty bowls or glass vases and jars… easy and did I mention free???

Brighten Your Décor with Lamps

by Dinah Wulf

Lighting is so important in room design.  Lamps can set the mood, draw attention to the furnishings you worked so hard to put together, and can even add drama to an otherwise mediocre room.  Oh! And lighting should definitely be both beautiful and functional at the same time as well.   I thought I’d put together three tips to brighten your room décor with lamps.  Here we go!

Upcycle, upcycle, upcycle!

First, you should know be by now, upcycle your existing lamps or a fun thrift store or flea market find to show your personal style.  You can do this by painting it, adding embellishments, or by simply changing out the lamp shade.  I had this black and gray patterned lamp and I added hot pink ribbon and a butterfly to make it more whimsical for my daughter’s bedroom.

Choose a vibrant color.

Holy moly!  Have you seen the Color + Plus hand-crafted glass lamps from Lamps Plus? I’m in LOVE!  There are so many (over 60) fabulous colors in every hue you can imagine.  If you’re afraid of color, a lamp is the PERFECT way to add a little spunk to an otherwise so-so room.  I think my favorite color they have available is the olive green… I mean river blue…No wait… nugget!  I can’t decide! Table lamps like these are perfect for anchoring a bed or an entryway table.

Pantone matched lamps and shades
 

Think outside the boring box.

We recently purchased our home this year and although I LOVE my kitchen, it needed a little oomph.  I bought this pendant light to modernize my kitchen area.  I love it because when the light is off, it looks like a plain white pendant light, but when the light is on, it displays a pretty design that is printed on the inside of the shade.

 

 I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective; the opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

Hanging Pine Cone Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

 

My husband, daughter, and I went on a walk around the neighborhood the other day and I found the biggest pine cones I have ever seen in my entire life!  HUGE!  Naturally, I stole several from the neighbors and we quickly walked away (I mean, come on, they had a jillion of them lying under their ginormous pine tree).  I decided to make a hanging pine cone decoration for the upcoming holidays.  Here is a photo of one of the pine cones and a regular sized pine cone just so you can see what I mean!

See?  I told you!  Anyway, here is what you’ll need to do this:

  • 5-6 of the biggest pine cones you can find
  • A picture frame eye hook for each pine cone
  • Ribbon
  • Beads (optional)
  • Scissors

Tip: Avoid the sappy pine cones… way too sticky and annoying to work with.

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This project is quite simple and fun to do with kids (especially the finding the pine cone part).  When we got home, I rinsed the pine cones with water to clean them a little and get rid of any bugs because you never know!  Simply screw in your eye hook to the center of the bottom of each dry pine cone and thread the ribbon through.  I tied a pine cone to each end of the ribbon, hung them on a hook, and adjusted each length as I went along.  I also added some plastic gems for some bling!

Tip: When you are trying to thread ribbon into a small hole, cut the ribbon in an angle to make it easier.

Here are a couple more pictures.

 

Tips on Preparing for House Guests

by Dinah Wulf

As the seasons change and preparations are made for the holidays, it may be time to reevaluate your guest bedroom. Using cozy colors and comfortable amenities will welcome out-of-town guests, adding to the holiday cheer. If it is your turn to host family and friends, consider these seven tips.

Quality Bedding

Give your guests somewhere soft to land with a comfy bed dressed in quality bedding. We chose a seven-piece comforter from Macy’s that can really dress up the room, giving it that hotel feel. Or opt for a mix-and-match duvet cover with throw pillows in seasonal shades that will remind guests of the holidays. Include four pillows — two firm and two soft — to accommodate guests’ preferences.

Closet Space

Arrange the closet and dresser drawers so guests can hang or store their clothing while staying at your home. Stock the closet with a variety of sturdy hangers that are capable of holding the heaviest of winter coats and the flimsiest of dresses. Make room for big luggage, either by clearing space on the closet floor, under the bed or including a luggage rack. Mounting a full-length mirror on the inside of the closet door is a nice touch.

Desk Supplies

Provide a small desk or cleared tabletop stocked with office supplies. Your guests will appreciate having paper, pens, scissors and tape accessible in case they need to jot down a note or cut a tag from a new shirt. Include a waste bin somewhere in the room, either near the desk or by the door. Compile a list of useful information, like bus or ferry times, local restaurants or museums and a weekend itinerary, so guests can schedule things to do on their downtime.

Fresh Flowers

A bouquet of fresh flowers brightens up the room and gives life to a small space. Tulips are an easy choice as they are available year round and have an easy-to-work-with droopy shape. Depending on your preference, a single flower bloom or a collection of three or four roses cut from your garden will do.

Midnight Snack

A dish of brightly colored apples brightens the room and gives guests something to munch on before dinner. Clearly label a midnight snack box for guests who might crave something after everyone has gone to bed. Fill it with crackers, chocolate and dried fruit. Place a few water bottles nearby.

Appliance Manual

A stereo, personal climate control, an alarm system and TV are all great features for overnight visitors to appreciate. But if the guest room is equipped with confusing technology, include an easy to read, homemade appliance manual. Mark each section with color-coded tabs for easy equipment access. Guests will appreciate a step-by-step guide they can flip through instead of having to ask you to help them turn on the DVD player.

On the Clock

Keep an easy-to-read alarm clock near the bed for guests who need to catch an early flight or don’t want to sleep through any morning festivities. Opt for one that is equipped with a radio or CD player for guests who want to listen to the morning news or wake up to peaceful music. If it has a CD player, include a small selection of music for guests to choose from.

 

Easy Fall Centerpiece

by Dinah Wulf

I don’t usually have a ton of Fall decorations at my house.  I always jump from Halloween to Christmas.  I have no idea what happens in between!  I have seen so many inspiring ideas out there too.  I thought I’d better get a move on it.  So, this year I decided to take on some simple decorations.  I’m hoping to have people over for Thanksgiving this year, AKA good excuse to make the house look pretty.  I like this centerpiece idea is because it’s inexpensive, easy, and requires no storage because it’s made from real pumpkins and greenery from my back yard. I already have too many boxes of Halloween and Christmas in my garage…hmmm…maybe that’s why I don’t decorate for Fall!  Here is how I made my Easy Fall Centerpiece.

For this project you will need:

  • small pumpkins
  • spray paint
  • newspaper
  • greenery
  • recycled jars
  • vintage tool box or other container
  • tea lights

I bought a bag of small pumpkins at the grocery store.  These are typically about $5.00 or less (at least around here).

I spray painted them with metallic silver spray paint in a well-ventilated area.

Next I cut some greenery from my back yard.

I used a vintage toolbox I bought from one of my flea market trips months ago.  I filled it with the greenery and recycled mason jars.

Finally, I added the spray painted pumpkins and tea lights.

That’s it!  Easy peasey!! Here are some after pictures.

 

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Shoe Box Lid Wall Art

by Dinah Wulf

I’ve said it a hundred times and I’ll say it again!  I’m cheap!  Let me add to that; I may have an acute hoarding problem as well.  Wait. Is “acute hoarding” and oxymoron?   Anyway, I recently painted my guest room and I wanted to add some DIY wall art so I decided to recycled some shoe boxes and make shoe box lid wall art instead of buying paint canvases from the craft store.  They turned out great, I must say!

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Shoe box lids (Papa sized, Mama sized, and Baby sized)
  • Craft Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Stencils
  • Spouncers (sponge stencil brush)

I started off by choosing my color pallet and laying out my shoe box lids in the arrangement I wanted to hang them.  Next I painted each box lid a different color.  I used two coats for each.  Using stencils and spouncers, I added my design by carefully saturating the tip of the brush, removing some excess, and stamping the paint down onto the stencil in an up and down motion.  This helps prevent bleeding.  Allow each box to dry in between stencils.

I ended up hanging each lid with a thumbtack.  You can add rubber putty at the tip of your thumbtack to prevent slipping.  For one of my paintings I added a clock (I’ll show you that tutorial later).

Here are some more after photos.

Tip:  I have used many different brands of craft paint in my day and I have to say that the easiest and best to work with is Martha Stewart’s craft paint.  It goes on like butter!  For these I used the satin finish… oh and I used her stencils too!

Here are some more fun trash to treasure ideas and tutorials!

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Guest Room Paint Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Whenever people come over for the first time and want a tour of the house, the guest room is the room that I always apologized for.  The previous owners had two boys.  Both boys apparently wanted blue rooms, one light and one dark.  Our now guest room was the light blue room.  Don’t get me wrong, I love blue and it’s one of my favorite colors.  It’s just that my guest room décor is blue too. So when I open the door to show my guest room, I apologize because it looks like a Smurf threw up in there.  Blue walls, blue bead spread, blue dresser.  Needless to say, the guest room needed a paint makeover.

This isn’t my first time painting a room, and being that I have a toddler AND I wanted to paint the room during Saturday and Sunday football (aka husband’s butt glued to the couch), I knew I was on my own for this job.  I knew it would take all weekend because this left me with nap time and bedtime to do it.

There is a chair rail in the room, so I chose to paint the top half a dark grey and the bottom half a pure white.  I love how it turned out.  Here is a before and after photo. Sorry the lighting is bad!

Here are some photos during.

I wish I would have taken a picture of the room while it was still blue on blue to show you. Oh well! By the way if you want tips on how to paint a room, check out my tips for when I painted my kitchen!

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Styling Rooms by Zoning

by Dinah Wulf

Styling Rooms by Zoning , an exclusive Interview with Julia Kendall from DIY SOS talks through how to create open plan designs

“With the growing trend for open plan living and large wet areas, there are endless possibilities to creatively zone areas by adding character and distinctive style with tiles, mosaics and warm woods. Zoning multiple areas to identify individual functional spaces can work just as successfully in large rooms as it can in the most bijoux of spaces.

 

“As kitchens and bathrooms have become multifunctional spaces in the home, creating separate, distinct zones will keep a sense of order and create boundaries. Tiles are an excellent design tool for zoning each function of an open plan room to suit your needs and a must have feature in today’s open plan living designs.

 

“For kitchen and dining areas, consider the function of each area and define it by choosing a practical flooring option suitable for cooking, eating and socializing.

 

“For wet areas, a wet room allows the showering area to blend naturally with the rest of the room and with the use of mosaics you really can create something to be marveled at, whilst still providing slip resistance.”

A special thank you to ToppsTiles for sponsoring this post.

 

Inspired By Grey

by Dinah Wulf

I love me some grey!!! No no no!  Not 50 Shades of Grey! The color grey is the new white! OK, OK, I did just recently post about how fabulous white is, but grey moves me.   If I am out and about shopping, I am drawn to the grey color scale.  It’s so modern and sophisticated and you can combine it with practically any color, bright or muted.  Grey may seem dull and gloomy at first however if you mix interesting textures and patterns, decorating in grey can be quite chic. It’s far from boring as one might initially think.

This is my inspiration board, Inspired by Grey.  I was originally drawn to this beautiful and affordable grey laminate flooring.  This photo set the tone to this post.  The seating shown is tufted, the chairs, the sofa, and the ottoman.  They are all three classic pieces with a modern twist, and all three very charming.  I chose to mix in a floral pattern with the pillows and area rug… girly but strong.

The lighting is my absolute favorite.  I love the hidden gem behind the metal shield.  It has a luxurious yet industrial feel which I am absolutely enamored with.  This pendant I would like to have in my entryway.  The first piece you see when you are greeted at the door. I always thought that this would make a great DIY project.  You can create your own version with an inexpensive chandelier, a flea market basket or bird cage, and a lighting kit from a hardware store.  Viola! Mixing and layering metals; chrome, silver, and the like will add interest and depth… oh yeah, and pizazz!

See? I told you grey wasn’t boring and gloomy!  On the contrary, it’s lovely, chic, and if designed correctly can be quite stunning in any room. Far from dreary, utilizing grey is a great design option.

 

Photo Sources: Bestlaminate.com and Overstock.com

 

Inspired By White

by Dinah Wulf

Although I am a big believer in all things colorful, for some reason I am completely drawn to the color of white.  I think it is because if feels crisp and clean, perhaps even pure.  White is classic and timeless.  You can design an entire room inspired by white and it will relatively always stay in style.  I put together two inspiration boards inspired by white.  The first is a dining room and the second is a living area.  Let’s start with the former.

 

I’m obsessed with the inspiration room.  When I think of white, I think of the white sand on the beach and this photo shows that.   It’s a dining room that you would want to linger and chat with friends long after dessert was served.  The white laminate flooring goes on for days… all the way out to the ocean.  White monogramed linens and classic white dinnerware keeps the atmosphere fresh and clean.  White mixed with a natural wood table fits several styles from French Country and Rustic Chic to both classic and modern.  It is also both masculine and feminine.

White design in a cozy living space is both sophisticated and fashionable.  This living room can be located in a suburban home, rural countryside, or on the coast with an ocean view.  It’s a great place to entertain and have a few cocktails and long conversations.  Mixed with black and neutral tones, anyone can find comfort with this color combination.  I love the tufted look of this arm chair along with its elegant studded arms.  The pendant lamp shown is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen and fits my taste to the tee!

White fits all styles: traditional and contemporary, casual and classy, antique and updated.  Keep that in mind for your next DIY design project!

 

Photo Sources: Bestlaminate.com, Overstock.com

 

Decor & Design Inspirations

by Dinah Wulf

Written By: Lisa Jolan

Decor & Design Inspirations for Creating Unique Live Space Around Your Sofas

In every home, the living room is the one space that is used rather frequently. The family tends to lounge, work and do school projects in it. Sometimes, this room even doubles up as an entertainment space as well. With such multiple uses, when designing your living room, it should accommodate all the activities that are carried out on a regular basis. Besides the theme of the living room, your sofa is one of the largest elements in it and designing or choosing one to suit your theme will help in creating the perfect ambiance.

Living rooms can be of several different types. Interior designers have a range of terms to classify styles such as modern, eclectic, traditional, Victorian, contemporary and bohemian. When designing your living room space and planning for your sofa, you need to keep a few points in mind. The first is that there should be a flow from one room to another. If your foyer leads to your living room, then continuity in terms of wall colours or flooring material can help set the base. Similarly if one steps out from the living room to another space, it should not come across as a whole new world, but rather a fresh interpretation to a single theme.

Themes you can choose from

Eclectic: If you are a family that loves to socialize, then you can tweak the eclectic theme to suit you. Try to put earthy colours on the walls and mix in some metal tones as well. Add in some silver strie to the paint on the wall to give the space additional texture. When you are choosing your sofas for this theme, stick with high backed ones so that you create a close-knitted setting that will facilitate good conversation. Another version of the eclectic theme would be to add in low cushioned seating interspersed with antique chairs. This ensures that you have comfortable seating for all age groups.

Romantic: Many couples who are doing up their spaces for the first time would like the romantic setting. You can choose Tudor styled furniture or even a Victorian set. Light, neutral shades on the walls with heavy drapery, the right size chandelier, an intricately carved love seat and a few single sofas with deep set soft cushioning will create the ambiance you are looking for. Throw in sofa backs of silk taffeta and you have the perfect setting.

Transitional settings: These are designs that are meant for people who prefer to have the best of both worlds. In this kind of designing, older styles are blended in with modern furnishing allowing a transition of sorts between the old and the new. Your sofas can be covered in plaid or classic floral designs. You can add in more solid colors that are soft on the eyes rather than being bright. Materials for your sofas can be leather, cotton or even corduroy. In your choice of wood, go with natural shades of wood, even if they are a mix of dark and light.

Contemporary settings: This is a term that for the layman can be a bit difficult to understand. Contemporary living room and sofa settings are based on the trends that are popular at the time you are designing. One of the best ways of coming up with ideas for such settings is to visit showrooms at your favorite interior designing companies; they will have on display the latest in designs. You can mix and match themes from such showrooms to create something unique of your own.

Modern theme: The basic idea here is to convert your space into an artistic one with minimal furniture that exudes an aura of being high end. Based on the scale of your room, you will need to choose sofa pieces that function as the single largest piece of furniture in the room. You will have to have a very clear colour scheme and stick to a maximum of three colours on your palette. Using larger prints will give the look of a modern touch.

 

When choosing your sofas…

In most cases, your sofa will be the largest element in your room. Therefore, you want to have the right amount of space to accommodate it. In larger spaces, it is left entirely to you as to how much space should go to the sofa. Consider the other elements you want to add in and allot space to everything. In the end, you should also have maneuvering space as well. This will give you a good idea about the size sofa you should get, personally I have Alston sofa shown below in my living room area.

 

Keep in mind that the sofa has to be brought into your home. If you are on a high floor then your sofa will have to fit through elevator doors and your home’s doors and walkways so size is an important consideration here. Also, decide which direction you want your sofa to face and think of all other elements in relation to this. Once you have settled on a particular design for your sofa, changing its alignment is not going to help much.

The shape of your sofa will also determine the flow of your living room space. With all these factors considered, you will be able to have a living room that has the sofa as its centre attraction and which will leave all your guests in awe at your designing capabilities.

 

Lisa Jolan is the writer of this guest post of home décor. Connect with me on twitter @lisajolan

 

Cabin Fever

by Dinah Wulf

I love looking through magazines such as Architectural Digest to get inspiration.  There are so many beautiful room designs and creative designers. With summer here, I thought it would be appropriate to get inspired by the great outdoors and catch a little cabin fever.  I recall several vacations as a child staying in a cabin at the lake and even attending outdoor school in which I have so many fond memories.

Of course, getting DIY Inspired also means getting cabin fever on a budget.  Here are some of my suggestions to get that natural outdoor feeling for less.

Think Cozy and Comfy.

Neutral colors in tans, beiges, and creams scream “comfy getaway” or “comfy retreat”.  Use inexpensive rope for curtain or canopy tie backs, or use it to embellish handmade throw pillows.

Go with darker tones.

Flooring can make a dramatic impact to any room.  Going with darker tones, I think, is a key element.  Rustic laminate flooring is less expensive than hardwood and the installation price is typically half the price of hardwood flooring. It is also extremely durable from scratches and scrapes.

Create a Rustic atmosphere.

Flea Markets and thrift stores are great places to shop for inexpensive statements like rocking chairs or armoires.  Consider refurbishing an old cupboard in green hues and sand it down for an antique look.

Bring the outside indoors.

Natural wood is beautiful and inexpensive. Check lumber yards or architectural salvage places for great pieces to add to your room décor.  Make your own coffee and side tables by simply adding glass atop of a wood stump.  Use small pieces of wood as bases for candles or vases.  Frame dried leaves or flowers in thrift store frames with mattes and arrange a beautiful collage.

A special thank you goes out to Bestlaminate.net for sponsoring this post!

 

Photo Sources: Architectural Digest

 

Frame Rearrange

by Dinah Wulf

I wrote a post the other day called The Things We Do For Love.  It was about how I turned our family photo collage wall into a 90’s Grunge Tribute wall for my husband’s birthday.  The old family photo collage was nice, but the frames were too small for such a massive wall.

Here is the photo of what it used to look like.

Anyway, I wanted to show you what I ended up doing with the framed photos.  I ended making that one collage into three small groupings and hung them in a smaller room.  It made such a big difference!

Tip: On a side note, I used Command Strips to hang the frames.  These are SO much better that using nails and putting holes in your walls.  It also makes it easier to align your frames when you are hanging a collage.  Here are more tips for hanging a photo collage wall.

You can buy them here:

Command 17203 Small and Medium Picture Hanging Strips, 4 Small 8 Medium Sets of Strips

I hung two groups next to the door to our garage.

Here I hung a small collage in the corner of the living room.

Just wanted to share how I did this Frame Rearrange because it’s something that doesn’t cost anything (well, except the nails or Command strips), can be done as a weekend project, and can make a big impact.

 

 

 

Beach Inspired Design

by Dinah Wulf

Summer is fully underway! Nothing says summer like bringing the outdoors in, especially when you are at the beach.  If you don’t live close to the beach, why not bring it home? If you do live near the beach, why not bring it home?!  Decorating with white sandy beaches in mind can add calm and relaxation to any room.  Here are a few Beach Inspired Design Ideas.

Red, White, & Blue Décor Accents

One of the first things I think about when summer rolls along is the Fourth of July.  Get patriotic and decorate in subtle tones of red, white, and blue. You don’t have to go bold!  Consider lighter hues as well. Arrange a collection of seashells or sand from your travels in a jar or vase and use it as a centerpiece.  Label the jar with your vacation destination and date on a tag with twine to add a personal touch.

 

Keeping it Fresh & Crisp & White

Arguably, white may not be a “color”, however look at this beautiful white washed oak laminate flooring.  It adds style, character, and personality to a room and makes an elegant statement. Rustic and romantic, this room screams (well, whispers) relaxation.

 

Adding Natural Fibers

 

I love projects using natural fibers like, sisal, burlap, jute, and rope.  It’s eco-friendly, chic, and inexpensive.  What more could you want? It also goes with several types of décor styles from industrial to rustic and from nautical to French country.  Burlap can be purchased at fabric stores for less than three dollars a yard.

 

Tasteful Nautical Themed Accents

 

OK, I’m all for theme parties but taking a theme into your home can be done tastefully and with grace.  The kitschy look can be avoided. Here are some nautical themed accent pieces where I don’t think you can go wrong. My favorite is the map.  You can never go wrong with a beautifully framed map!

 

Photo Sources: Bestlaminate, Amazon.com

 

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