Social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram are loaded with eye-catching imagery and dynamic videos, but they’re also idea-driven, as is Twitter. That makes all four platforms the perfect tools for finding and sharing interior and exterior home design inspirations, tips, and advice. In fact, social media is an important part of a design or product manufacturer’s marketing strategy because they know that’s where today’s consumers get much of their information. Here are some ways you can use the different social media platforms to help you find your own design inspiration.
There are currently over 2.13 billion monthly active Facebook users. That is a lot of people— individuals and brands—sharing information. And that includes interior designers, stylists, and product manufacturers and retailers who showcase their work on Facebook for all to see. Because of their visually-driven content, company pages like Apartment Therapy, Houzz, Remodelaholic, Coastal Living, and House Beautiful, have huge Facebook followings.
And don’t forget about Facebook’s Recommendation feature. It’s not just a useful tool for getting tips for great restaurants or home repair services from your pals. Ask your friends for advice on their favorite design websites and facebook pages, but also design and style magazines. Because sometimes there is nothing like having a beautiful glossy image in your hands.
There are over 50 billion Pinterest Pins right now. And two-thirds of those pins represent brands and products. Pinterest is perfect for sharing visual content. You can search for categories like interior design and design trends. You can even be more specific like Feng Sui design ideas, or dining room update ideas. Just like on Facebook, you can follow fellow pinners whom you have a design kinship with. Inteplast Building Products has several boards to find inspiration from like, reclaimed wood wall ideas, deck-orating your deck, and home office ideas.
Instagram is an app made specifically for sharing photos and videos from a smartphone. Similar to Facebook or Twitter, users create an account with a profile and news feed. And with 300 million active Instagrammers each day, there’s a lot of sharing going on. Whether it’s a designer sharing photos of completed projects, or your best friend snapping a pic of a vintage sofa from a flea market, the image-driven platform is an unlimited source of design inspiration. Like all other social media sites, you can follow other Instagrammers too. Houseology lists some of these designers as their Instagram faves: Candy Pop, These Four Walls, and Mad About the House.
Twitter may seem like the odd-man-out here because it’s not really image-driven. But it’s the perfect platform to connect with interior designers, bloggers, and product manufacturers and retailers, as well as follow design trends.
There are design inspirations abound online. But don’t forget that social media is a tool to drive traffic to websites too. And most media-savvy designers and product manufacturers and retailers have mobile-friendly sites that offer even more content with inspiration galleries and visualization tools.
Today’s farmhouse interior style is country without the tacky, comfy without the clutter, and traditional without the frilly. With some weathered wood-look details here and some upholstered headboards there, you can easily pull off a modern farmhouse look with minimal effort and maximum style. Here are 5 ways to pull off this style.
Weathered Wood Look
A fundamental element for the modern farmhouse style is reclaimed or barnwood details because it creates a warm, cozy feeling. You can get that feeling by creating a feature wall in your bathroom, or any other room. But in addition to being expensive, reclaimed wood comes with some issues, like color and grain inconsistencies, the need for lots of nails, possible rot and mildew if used in high moisture areas, and let’s not forget the pests and splinters. Inteplast offers a completely removable and replaceable Accent Wall Planks, which you can buy online at Lowe’s, without all the hassles.
One way to get a modern farmhouse kitchen is to incorporate open shelving. It serves a couple of purposes. First, it’s functional, especially if you’re a cook who spends lots of time in the kitchen. No more opening and closing and opening and closing cabinets. Also, if you have decorative dishes and glassware that you think of as works of art, open shelving is the best option to show them off. You can DIY your own shelves using Inteplast Building Products Moulding and Trim Board—which you can purchase at Lowe’s or other select dealers. They come in a variety of colors and profiles to suit any style.
Fabric or upholstered Headboard
Whether you make one for a guestroom or your own master bedroom, or every bedroom in the house, a fabric headboard framed in decorated moulding is the essential farmhouse touch. It’s an easy DIY project that’ll make your guests feel comfy, relaxed, and welcomed. Using Inteplast’s prefinished moulding, you can create a frame that attaches directly to the wall behind your bed for a cozy focal point. This moulding is in mahogany, but they have lots of colors to choose from.
Make front-porch sitting even more pleasant by covering the ceiling with Inteplast’s Beadboard. It embodies the charm of a sophisticated, modern farmhouse and instantly adds a bit of historic charm. Not just for porches, Inteplast’s Beadboard is the perfect alternative to covering up outdated popcorn ceilings. Beadboard can also add farmhouse style to walls, kitchen islands, and cabinetry, and furniture. And, unlike traditional wood beadboard, Inteplast’s product requires very little maintenance. No scraping and painting necessary.
Watching the temps plunge this week sure does feel like the winter season is finally upon us—which means the holidays are right around the corner. Which also means I’m in a festive mood for some DIYing. If you saw my Fall Sign project post back in October, you know I like my holiday signs. Decorative holiday signs are some of the easiest ways to add creative touches—that aren’t over-the-top—to your front door, front porch, entry wall, fireplace mantel, or anywhere else you want a pop of holiday cheer.
Lately I’ve been using Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s for a ton of home decorating and crafting projects as well. So I had some leftovers (from a cool project I’ll share in January) to create this Christmas sign. The planks come in five color kits: Sierra Brown, Reclaimed White, River Grey, Whitewashed Pine, and a multi-color kit. And for those who can’t quite make up your mind, they have a multi-color kit, which is what I used. Here’s how to do it:
Materials you’ll need:
Being the multi-crafter that I am, I have a handy-dandy Cricut (pronounced cricket) die cut machine, so I made my own “All is Bright” decal. But you can find some amazing decals online in shops like Etsy.
First, I cut the Accent Planks to the length I wanted them. You’ll want to consider the size of the Accent Planks when choosing your frame size so you don’t have to make too many cuts. I had to rip cut one board to fit because I used an existing frame I had. You’ll also want to make sure that the depth of the frame allows for the planks. I actually had to tape the back of mine because my frame was just a tiny bit too narrow. But hey, it’s the back, nobody will see it.
Next, cut your own lettering if you aren’t using a premade decal. If you order your decal on line, make sure the dimensions will fit inside the visible area of the frame. And of course, the same goes for if you are making your own decal as well.
Before you apply the vinyl design to glass, clean the glass well. If there is any debris on the glass when you apply the vinyl, trust me, you’ll create visible bubbles in the vinyl, and once they’re on there, good luck getting them out.
Lay the vinyl decals on the glass and determine where you want to place them. Use a cutting mat or measuring board of some type to make sure that your glass is level and centered before applying the vinyl.
Next, apply the vinyl as directed by the manufacturer. If you are a Cricut user, you know to use your transfer tape.
Then, place the Accent Planks into the frame over the glass. Finally, apply the backing, turn it over, and decide whether you are going to give it away as a gift or save it for yourself. I still haven’t decided, but honestly, it’s such a quick and easy project, I still have time to make another one and keep it for me!
That really is all there is to this project. It’s quick, it’s fun, and there’s no limit to the rustic-looking holiday décor you come up using Inteplast Accent Planks. They’re beautiful, inexpensive, and come without the splinters! So here’s to making a DIY list, and checking it twice, ‘cause there are only a few days left to create for everybody who’s nice. Thanks for reading!
This year marked my first baby steps toward softening my stance on using a product other than wallpaper to create a stunning accent wall. I love that wallpaper can give a wall a three-dimensional look in vibrant patterns, but I found myself drawn to the rustic-chic option of the weathered wood-look. However, I didn’t want to deal with splinters or nail holes all over the wall if I changed my mind. That’s why I chose Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s for my dining room makeover project. Made with a PVC substrate, these Accent Planks are a new product line that is quickly and easily installed with CommandTM Picture Hanging Strips from 3M. Since it’s my turn to host Thanksgiving dinner this year, I wanted to do a quick dining room pick-me up that would put a little punch into our get-together—and these Accent Planks are so easy to install, one person can tackle the job in a weekend.
Collaborating closely with my DIY expert (the hubby), I first explored the brand’s different wood grain finishes—and they have a lot: Sierra Brown, River Grey, Whitewashed Pine, Reclaimed White, and a multicolor kit with an assortment of each. That’s what we used.
The only wall prep we had to do was take down the curtains and curtain rod and wipe down the wall with isopropyl rubbing alcohol.
We laid out our pattern on the floor first, and measured and cut the planks to fit our pattern. We made some of the planks long and some short. The randomness of the lengths gives the wall character.
The installation was a breeze because of the CommandTM strip system. So should the mood take you, you can effortlessly remove and replace the planks and then rearrange them into a completely new pattern—say a herringbone or a chevron. Be careful, there are some comparable products on the market that have self-adhesive backing, but they aren’t removable without doing damage to your walls.
Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s come prefinished and ready to install. You can also cut the planks with regular woodworking tools. The planks are lightweight, which means this was a quick, one-husband-job. And it’s done in plenty of time before the family arrives for Thanksgiving. I’m Jennifer, and thank you for reading. Enjoy your time with your family and friends this holiday.
Ever walk into someone’s house and just drool a puddle on their carpet as you stare mouth-gaped at the beautiful, thick, or wide moulding that seems to cover every square inch? I don’t mind telling you that I have been known to do it. The old saying goes what’s old is new again, and that definitely applies to the style of today’s moulding. Moulding found in period homes of the 18th and 19th centuries tended to be wider, thicker, and more ornate compared to the more narrow, let’s just say it—boring and flat designs—of the 20th and first part of the 21st centuries. But with a trending taste towards old-world craftsmanship details, wide and thick are in again. Alas, that doesn’t mean you have to rip out every inch of moulding and start from scratch to have a hip house. Build up what you’ve already got. By combining several moulding profiles you can create looks inspired by historical periods with a fresh, modern vibe—from floor to ceiling and everything in between. Inteplast Building Products prefinished moulding, which you can buy at your local Lowe’s, has several profiles and prefinished colors, perfect for creating these DIY custom-look buildups.
Crown Moulding Buildup
You may think crown moulding’s only function is to cover up that wall paint you got on the ceiling, but that’s only a fraction of the power crown can have on a room. A single piece of moulding can do the job, but if you want to make a statement—whether traditional or something more ornate—putting three moulding profiles together will get you what you’re after. Ken O’Brien, author of the Joy of Moldings blog, offers tips and step-by-step instructions on installing three-piece crown moulding.
Moving our way down the wall, if you’re stuck with a fireplace from the minimalism design trend, you may not even have a mantel. Or you could have a fireplace that just has a so-so mantel that needs some pizazz. Using a moulding buildup, you can create a historically inspired, more substantial mantel that can make your fireplace the focal point of the room—even when there’s no fire. The folks from JLC Online show you how to build a Federal style mantel buildup, or check out Binkies and Briefcases DIY floating fireplace mantel that’s a bit more traditional with some small ornate touches.
Just because they’re near the floor doesn’t mean they shouldn’t stand out. Just like crown moulding, tall baseboard moulding designs add character and a bit of historic charm to any room. By adding a second piece of moulding, or heck, even a third, you can create modern farmhouse looks or romantic Victorian looks by stacking baseboards and shoe moulding pieces. Visit the Joy of Moldings blog again for how-to’s.
Mirror and Picture Frame Moulding Buildups
Do you have a not-so-standard size photo or piece of art that you’d like to frame, but can’t find an off-the-shelf frame to fit the dimensions or your style? How about a bathroom mirror that’s losing its reflective coating from the edges? By building up moulding, you can create your own custom picture or mirror frame in using traditional profiles or more ornate ones—depending on the look you’re after. The folks from Reality Day Dream show how they did created a picture frame using three different moulding profiles.
The power moulding has to transform a home is almost unbelievable. With just a couple of Inteplast’s prefinished profiles from Lowe’s, you can add to what you already have, creating a more substantial moulding reminiscent of days gone by—whether it’s on your ceiling, your floors, or hanging on your walls. Happy moulding, and thanks for reading. As always, let us see what projects you’re working on. And visit our Pinterest page for more ideas.
Hello my fellow DIY friends, Andrea here with you this week. This fall project is sooooo easy, you’re gonna say: ”This can’t be all there is to it.” Well, it really is that simple. In fact, you can start on it five minutes before Thanksgiving guests arrive and still have it done in time to cook the Turkey. I wouldn’t recommend waiting until then to do it. But you could if you wanted to.
Last month I tackled a weathered wood-look headboard using Inteplast Accent Planks that I purchased from Lowe’s. I had some planks left over so I decided to do a quick fall décor project. I have a couple more planks left over, so stay tuned for an easy-peasy Christmas-themed project idea coming up next month. So, without further ado…ta-dah, here it is!
Now, I have a Cricut (pronounced cricket, yep, like the insect) die cut machine so I created all of the die cuts. But you can just as easily do this with some wall decals that you can find online in shops like Etsy. Here is a link to decals for the word Thankful , and here is a link to fall leaves decals. Just make sure the size of the decals fit your accent plank, or planks if you use more than one.
For this project, I used an accent plank in Sierra Brown, but there are several other color options to choose from: Reclaimed White, River Grey, and Whitewashed Pine. And for those who can’t quite make up your mind, they have a multi-color kit that includes 4 Sierra Brown, 3 River Grey and 3 Reclaimed White.
One of the best things about these Accent Planks from Lowe’s is that you hang them using Command™ Strips from 3M. That means there is no damage to the wall or the plank when you take it down at the end of the season. Also, if you don’t like where you put it, you can take it down and rehang it somewhere else.
So, here’s all the materials you need:
Then, lay the decals out on the board and determine where you want to place them.
Then, you peel off the backing and apply the decals to the board. Once your lettering and leaves are in place, apply the CommandTM Strips from 3M and hang the sign on the wall.
I promise you, there are no hidden steps that you’ve missed. I told you it was easy. I wish you all the fun and joy of trying this project for yourself. It’s definitely one of those that you can let the kids do as well. See how creative you can get for the holidays. Thanks for reading!
Accent walls are all the rage right now. That makes me smile because I do love an accent wall. But don’t give me a can of paint and a roller. Sure, painting is an inexpensive way to highlight a wall but the impact could be much more dramatic with some textured materials in a unique pattern. If you want to add some visual KAPOW to your walls, experiement with patterns and materials. You could use brick, stone veneers, or wood planks to break up a boring room, but they’re heavy, messy, and require a lot of tools. I’ve found that Inteplast Building Products Accent Planks in a weathered wood-look from Lowe’s are the perfect material because they’re beautiful, easy to install, and a friend of the wallet. And they’re so versatile you can experiment with different patterns to really reflect your style. Let’s explore four patterns here.
OK, so it’s been done. You lay your planks left to right, like the horizon. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do it great. One of the cool things about Inteplast’s Accent Planks is their multicolor kit. The kit covers 15 sq ft and includes 10 planks – 4 Sierra Brown, 3 River Grey and 3 Reclaimed White. By alternating the three different colors, you can create an inspiring horizontal pattern the likes of which no one has seen!
Now, we’re getting a little edgier. Vertical patterns, where you lay your planks top to bottom, maybe aren’t as common on the walls as they are floors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. In fact, I dare you!
Want to get even crazier? Try a herringbone pattern. This pattern is named after its resemblance to fish bones. Think Herring fish. This design might look intimidating, but what most people don’t know is that it doesn’t involve many complicated cuts—just straight off of a corner at the ceiling or floor. This pattern will be sooooo worth it when you see the final results!
Mix and Match
If you feel you’re ready for the ultimate pattern challenge, why not mix and match a couple of them to create an amazing, one-of-a-kind accent wall? How about a sort-of-herringbone and horizontal plot twist? Inteplast Building Products Accent Planks are so easy to work with and easy to cut, you’re only limitation is your own imagination.
If you’re ready to get started…
Here’s what you need
Here’s what you DON’T need
Because Inteplast’s Accent Planks are completely removable and come finished and ready to install, you don’t need a lot of items that you would if you used other traditional products, like:
Here’s what you do:
First, sketch out your pattern. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an artist or hire yourself a professional designer. Just rough out what you want it to look like and start from there.
Next, measure your wall. This is where you’ll start to add real-life dimensions to the pattern you sketched.
Now, depending on the pattern you go with, where you start may be different. But for starters, finding the center, using it as your starting point, and working out from there will be the crucial first step for most patterns.
Using a chalk line and/or a level, draw a vertical line and a horizontal line through the center of the wall to give you a visual reference before installing your planks.
What unique patterns can you come up with? We love pictures around here so send them on! As always, thank you for visiting Design Next Door.
It doesn’t matter how old your kids are, there is just something so special when they create artwork and give it to you as a gift. So while most dads have amassed a collection of Father’s Day ties over the years, my husband has a private art collection thanks to the budding talents in our house. Whether they’re a sketch, a painting, or a collage, you need a place to show them off—and taped to a wall doesn’t cut it. They put their little hearts and souls into their work, so the least you could do is frame it like it’s a Van Gogh.
Sure, you can buy a store bought frame, but where’s the fun in that I ask? So every year, after the kids have created their masterpiece, I help them build a gallery-worthy frame out of prefinished moulding. I like Inteplast Building Products decorative moulding because it comes in a bunch of classic and modern profiles, so you can get a different look for every frame. And, you can buy get it at your local Lowe’s or online at Home Depot.
Here’s all you need to make these frames:
Cut the pieces of the casing to make a simple frame with mitered corners that leave an opening of precisely 8”x10.5”.
Build a simple frame with the 1”x3” wood stock that has an inside dimension of precisely 8.75”x11.25” and join the corners.
Perfectly center the pre-cut pieces of Casing onto the wood frame and attach with short finishing nails or contractor’s adhesive. Attach picture hangers centered on both a short and long side of the frame back.
You can get as fancy as you want. You can make it more ornate by adding a layer of crown moulding and baseboard trim, also from Inteplast. You don’t even need glass. Leaving the glass off makes the artwork accessible so you can easily replace what's inside. Or, if you’re like us, we just build a new frame and artwork every year so my husband can truly appreciate the progression of talent from his offspring as they age.
That’s all there is to it my DIY comrades! I would love to see how you showcase your budding artist’s masterpieces. Send us your pictures. And don’t forget to check out our Pinterest boards for even more projects!
Hello all, it’s Martin with you again this week and I’m stoked because it’s almost Mother’s Day. It truly is one of my favorite holidays because I get to show appreciation for the beautiful woman who not only gave me life but gave me my first hammer. I have been a DIYer practically from birth. My parents like to say if I would have had my way I would have built my own crib. As you know, if a gift’s not homemade, I’m not giving it. And my Mom wouldn’t have it any other way when it comes to her Mother’s Day surprise. So if you’re looking for a hand-crafted way to say “thanks mom,” check out some of these projects from the past.
All-Weather Planter Box
If your mom is anything like mine, every square inch of her yard is full of flowers and plants. About the only place she didn’t have flowers was around her mailbox. So last year I made this fascia board & corner board planter box using PVC products from Inteplast Building Products. It was fun and easy to do, and because Inteplast has a bunch of colors to choose from, it’s a cinch to match it to the exterior of the house. You can check out the full post with instructions here. Of course you won’t want to forget to include a nice potted plant with this box.
Whimsical PVC Soda Bottle Flower Vase
My mom said this is one of her favorite gifts I’ve ever made her. Of course, she could just be saying that to make me feel good, but I’ll take it. This DIY project is so imaginative—I’ll be you’ll put your siblings’ gifts to shame! You could even substitute the soda bottles for wine bottles or your favorite beverage bottle. Using Inteplast’s PVC trim product, three glass bottles, and your standard wood-working tools, you can have this project done in a few hours. See the full list of materials and instructions here. It’s even nicer when you show up with flowers in it.
Stylish PVC Wine Rack
Speaking of wine—we were weren’t we?—I made this PVC wine rack for my aunt this past Christmas and my mom got a little jealous. So of course I knew immediately what I was going to make her for Mother’s Day this year. With some Inteplast PVC trim board, some screws, PVC cement, and a little elbow grease, you’ve got quite a gift that might even top the soda bottle vase—but only if it comes fully stocked with your mom’s favorite vino. For step-by-step instructions, visit here.
These are just a few of the easy, functional, DIY projects can you whip up in time for Mother’s Day. For more ideas, check out the Creative Projects page and get inspired. Happy Mother’s Day to you and yours. Thanks for reading!
Martin (and Harley)
If you haven’t checked out the Creative Projects section on our Design Next Door blog, you’re missing out on a wealth of exciting, functional, inspirational, DIY home and décor projects using Inteplast Building Products PVC trim and moulding products that any skill level can have fun with. So if your New Year’s resolution was to get more crafty and creative in 2017, let’s do it together! Heck, taking on some creative projects could actually help you mark off some of those other typical New Year’s promises we make but rarely keep after January 3rd. Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll find there.
If one of your resolutions for the upcoming year was to get more organized, we’ll, you’re not alone. That’s like the number 2 goal on everybody’s list. Between my hubby and me we probably have ten sets of keys for everything from cars, trucks, boats, garage, you name it—plus we can never find them. So here’s a solution to keep your keys organized (and findable): This DIY Key Cabinet under our Creative Projects.
Spending more time with family is another trending resolution for 2017. With our fast-paced, online lifestyles these days it’s easy to forget to schedule quality together time. Though you might want to tackle this one when it gets a little warmer—or you can play in your mittens—this cornhole game board project is a great opportunity to get the kids or grandkids involved in building it together. And, guess what…this counts for staying fit and healthy too once it’s all put together, so you get to mark off an additional resolution with this cornhole project!
Ahh, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, another popular New Year’s resolution year after year is to fall in love. I can’t really help you out with the love part, but I can help you get prepared for your new romance with a made-from-the-heart soda bottle Flower Vase Holder. Because this fun and funky flower vase uses Inteplast Trim, a sustainable wood-alternative product, you can fill the vases with water and fresh flowers for years to come!
These are just a few of the exciting, easy do-it-yourself projects you’ll find on the Design Next Door Creative Projects section of our blog. Don’t forget to check the section often for inspiration how-to ideas. And good luck with those resolutions!
Until next time, thanks for reading.