30th Oct2012

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!

 

21st Aug2012

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.

 

20th Aug2012

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

 

13th Aug2012

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

 

07th Aug2012

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

 

11th Jul2012

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

 

05th Jul2012

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.

 

 

 

27th Jun2012

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

 

20th Jun2012

Coastal Decor

by Dinah Wulf

Today is officially the first day of summer!  Living here on the west coast, a few miles from the beach it feels like summer all year round, however there is something exciting about the end of the school year, BBQ’s, and my favorite, summer entertaining.  Summer entertaining, to me, starts with preparing my home.  I wanted to share a few Coastal Décor ideas to help inspired you to get your home ready for those upcoming back yard BBQ’s.

Nature Inspired Décor

Consider these nature-inspired decorating tips.

Shells & Coral – Shells and large coral pieces make beautiful centerpieces.  Display them on table tops inside glass vases or vessels with sand collected from the beach of a family vacation, inside recycled mason jars, or atop pillar candle holders.  Place them in flea market baskets in a bathroom, guest room, or living room. Here are some fun decorative coral pillows I found as well.

 

Blue and Green Glass – Blue represents the ocean, water, or twilight, while green represents nature and life.  Flea markets are the best place to find timeless blue and green bottles and decorative vases.  Also, save those empty bottles of wine! Wine bottles come in so many beautiful shades of green.  Soak an empty wine bottle in water for an hour or two to easily peel off the label.  Display flowers from your garden to make a fantastic eco-friendly centerpiece.

Coastal Décor DIY Projects

For all you DIY’ers, summer is the perfect time to update your home with bigger projects.

White Laminate Flooring- White washed laminate flooring is a great light and airy option to freshen up a room and perfect for coastal living.

Salvaged Wood Walls- Vintage recycled building materials in teak or oak would make a large decorative statement to an accent wall.

I hope these few ideas inspire you.  If you can’t live at the beach, bring it home to you!

 

Photo Sources: Bestlaminate, Amazon.com

 

 

29th May2012

Road Side Find

by Dinah Wulf

I love meeting new Bloggers through my blogging journey.  There is so much creativity and talent out there that it’s very inspiring.  It’s one of the reasons that keep me blogging.  There’s an unspoken sense of community and camaraderie that only fellow Bloggers can understand.  I met Susan via Blog Frog.  She’s a new Blogger with great ideas.  Check out this cute updated Road Side Find she made. Feel free to follow her on Twitter @homemakermom.

 

 

Written By: Susan Jaxon of Susie Homemaker

My Road Side Find, Trash to Treasure

I am excited about my new blog as I journal my journey as a homemaker. I am a wife, home schooling stay at home, entrepreneurial mom. I am a woman with big dreams & goals. I have actually set my mind on a few and they have come true! I believe in never giving up. I have a lot of hobbies & passions.  I get so happy when I create something! I see the imperfectness of life as art.

I found an old yellow broken mirror on the road side for free. I saw it could be something great. One man’s trash is truly another man’s treasure!  I started by spray painting it. Next I put scrap booking paper in the back where the mirror used to be. I took wooden letters I had got for only 10 cents and Exacto knifed pretty paper to fit them, and then glued them on. I painted a special wooden key that was hand made for me via whittling, as a gift. I painted it white and mounted it. I think it’s a wonderful way to display my special key!

 

26th Apr2012

Expensive Furniture for Less

by Dinah Wulf

Expensive Furniture for Less

Written By: Rasy Sor

Have you heard of the phrase, “champagne taste on a beer budget?”   I have and unfortunately, I too, am afflicted with this.  I definitely have champagne test on a beer budget when it comes to interior design.

One of my favorite furniture shops is Room and Board.   I usually go there for design inspiration since I’m unable to afford most of their furniture.  Then, I discovered that Ikea had very similar styles for a lot less!    I know.  I know.   Most of you are thinking, Ikea is the last place you’d shop when it comes to your home; especially when you use to shop there to furnish the apartment that you shared with 5 roommates because let’s face it, ANYTHING goes with your 3rd roommate’s bean bag.   Ikea, in my opinion, has definitely come a long way.

Here is some furniture that I love at Room and Board that I also found at Ikea, but for A LOT less!

Portica Dining Table at Room and Board $1,209

 

Porsby Dining Table at Ikea $219 (Savings $990)

Bella Table Lamp at Room and Board $299

Jonsbo Egby Table Lamp at Ikea $19.99 (Savings $279)

Reese Sofa at Room and Board $3,099

Sater Sofa at Ikea $399 (Savings $2,700)

Tiffany Counter Stools at Room and Board $299

Glenn Counter Stools at Ikea $69.99 (savings $229)

 

For more inspiration, get the Room & Board 2012 Catalog here! Room & Board Annual Catalog 2012 Furniture Home Storage Bed Dining Office Outdoor

09th Apr2012

Ombre Inspiration Board

by Dinah Wulf

If you Google the word “ombre” you’ll find a lot of information on celebrity hair styles.  That’s not exactly what I was looking for.  So I researched a little further.  The best definition of the word  that I found was from Fire Mountain Gems, “Ombré (from the French world “ombrer” meaning to shade) is a dip-dye technique used on fabric where the color is graduated from light to dark.” The term is also used to refer to design color in general, not necessarily limited to fabric.  It was popular a few years ago, but I have found that it’s a trend that is back, as it is popping up everywhere. Lately, I’ve noticed it online, in magazines, and on television.

This week’s inspiration board is all about ombre! I found a few tutorials, and surprisingly a lot of erred links! Once again, forgive me if the link isn’t there. I must say, I love the dresser drawers the best.  There are a few examples below.  It’s a simple way to upcycle an old dresser or desk or add a little pizzazz to a nursery changing table. And yes, you are seeing it correctly… a design on a radiator! So clever!

I hope you enjoy my inspiration board!

Ombre Inspiration Board Links

Did anything on this inspiration board actually inspire you? Please fee free to leave a comment! :)

 

26th Mar2012

Natural Fibers Inspiration Board

by Dinah Wulf

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. So, I created a Natural Fiber Inspiration Board for actually several reasons: 1) I am obsessed with Pinterest and Houzz and I can look at pictures for hours, 2) I wanted to share my favorites with my DIY Inspired readers, 3) My blog is my virtual diary, and also my virtual to do list.

I decided that it would be fun to do my own versions of inspiration boards so for now, I’ll try and use Monday’s posts for that… we’ll see how long that lasts!

I did my best to find the correct DIY tutorial for each photo.  Some of the photos on this inspiration board are from Etsy.com or other online retailers, so the link will tell you where you can purchase it (woo hoo!), because sometimes we don’t have time to make everything ourselves! Scroll all the way down; the links are below at the end of the post.  If there is no link, I couldn’t find it. Sorry! However, hopefully the photo itself will still give you some do-it-yourself inspiration anyway!

Links for Natural Fibers Inspiration Board DIY Tutorials

27th Feb2012

Free DIY Tools and Calculators

by Dinah Wulf

Today I thought I’d put some of my favorite free DIY Tools and Calculators together to help you out on your next DIY project! The style quizzes are fun and the calculators can come in handy. Have fun!

 

HGTV’s What’s Your Design Style Quiz

This is a simple ten question quiz to help you with your design style. Many of which is a choice of photos you choose that bests fits your fancy.

 

What’s Your Decorating Personality Quiz from Real Simple

This decorating personality quiz consists of nine multiple choice questions asking, “Which item do you like best?”  They appear to be random pictures, however represent something much more.  You calculate your style by counting mostly A’s, B’s, C’s, or D’s.  My problem? I had 3 A’s, 3 C’s, and 3 D’s… doh!

 

BHG Design a Room Layout

This Design a Room Layout tool is awesome! You start by selecting from four different room layouts. Once you pick a room you can reshape it to fit your room exactly!  You add furniture piece by piece from a wide selection. You can rotate and alter the dimensions of each piece of furniture as well! Brilliant!

 

BHG My Color Finder

I don’t know about you, but deciding on what color to paint a room is stressful! This free tool from Better Homes and Gardens is so helpful and useful. Find colors for both interior and exterior, room by room, and you even have the option to upload your own photo. If you don’t have a photo there are several selections for you to choose from that best fits your style.

 

Wall Paper Calculator

Don’t feel like painting? Home Depot offers an easy and user friendly wall paper calculator. It estimates the number of rolls needed to complete your project.

 

Carpet calculator

Home Depot also offers a handy carpet calculator as well. It estimates the number of square yards needed to cover your space.

 

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03rd Feb2012

Repurposed Lighting Inspiration

by Dinah Wulf

Everywhere I go, I always have my camera.  Not only do I want to capture fun moments with my daughter, family, and friends, but I find decorating inspiration EVERYWHERE. I end up filing my pictures in digital folders on my computer.

I just noticed that I had taken several pictures of lighting ideas and thought I’d share them. Some of these pictures are old, but in my head, the store bought version is way too expensive anyway.  I’d rather try and recreate them with flea market or thrift store finds.

Anyway, here is some really cool repurposed lighting inspiration that I’ve captured on my camera over the last several months.  I think with a little creativity, you can get these looks for less.

This was a lamp I saw at Anthropologie.  It’s simply a tea kettle, lamp kit, and colorful lamp shade.  I’ve also seen lamps similar to this made out of stacked tea cups and saucers… super cute.

This one is also from Anthropologie (I frequent there often… love the window displays). It’s a lamp made out of recycled cardboard!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one! The mix of an industrial metal basket and chic chandelier is fantastic!

If I recall correctly, the price tag on this one was pretty steep…several thousand dollars….yikes! I think a smaller version of this made out of mismatched thrift store silverware would be cute.

I can picture this one hanging in an enclosed patio or sun room.  I like the mixture of glass bottles, shells, and twine.

Technically, this one isn’t repurposed, but it caught my eye.

 

 

 

01st Feb2012

Fiber and Fire

by Dinah Wulf

Oh my gosh… I can’t stand it! I am obsessed with the craftsmanship and knack for design of this talented mother and daughter team, Patricia and Andrea also known as Fiber and Fire.

I was doing my usual rounds of blog exploration one day and I came across Fiber and Fire on Picket Fence Blogs. The Ad button alone caught my eye.  I clicked on the link and scrolled down each post and several clicks later I was inspired.  Wishing I lived close enough to attend one of their upcoming shows, I couldn’t help but be amazed at the color and pattern combinations that worked so well together.  There are SO many great pieces in the online portfolio that I had to keep editing myself down to share these select few.

These pictures are more than I intended to share but I couldn’t help it! They are all so amazing! I mean really? How am I supposed to pick?

If you’d like to view the full portfolio click HERE.  Also, check out their Facebook page for the latest updates. The Fiber and Fire blog is also filled with several awesome before and after pictures.

Here is the rundown for the upcoming Fiber and Fire shows.  Hopefully you live close enough to attend!  If you do, let me know how it goes!

February 10-11, 2012

  • Las Cruces ‘A Century of Enchantment’ Quilt Show; Las Cruces, NM Convention Center

March 8-10, 2012

  • Arizona Quilters Guild Quilt Show; Mesa Convention Center Mesa, AZ

May 10-12, 2012

  • Home Machine Quilting Show; South Towne Expo Center Sandy, UT

August 31 – September 1, 2012

  • Midway Swiss Days; Midway, UT

OK, one last picture… I swear… :)

 

 

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