Hello again, it’s Andrea here. There’s no better time of the year to talk about Victorian-inspired interiors than the most romantic month of the year! Ornate, color-laden, dreamy, character-driven, charm, and craftsmanship are all words that come to mind when I think of Victorian homes. It’s enough to make me want to flutter a fan while I’m being courted in the parlor and promised a happy-ever-after life.
Another word that comes to mind about Victorian interiors is ostentatious. The flashier the better was the rule so that Victorian families could show off their homes (and wealth). But if you want to add touches of the romantic bygone era with a modern, more minimalist appeal, you can do it tastefully and subtly. Here are some suggestions for keeping it simple but romantic.
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times: it’s-all-in-the-details. Details often made the Victorian interior. Think fragrant, colorful flowers in every room; carved, upholstered furniture; grandiose knick-knacks in every nook and cranny. You don’t have to go over the top, but you can mix one or two of these elements with modern furniture and décor. Consider adding ornate picture frames or mirrors on one wall. Or add prefinished moulding details to an old piece of furniture. You can even enhance a modern fireplace with an old, decorative mantel you pick up at a flea market.
Victorian-era flooring was often wood or stone with intricate patterns and designs. You don’t have to tear up your floor to get the look. Add Persian rugs instead to capture the same decorative style without the cost (or the mess).
Color-themed rooms were a décor must-do in age-old Victorian homes. And the colors were rich, often dark, and intertwined with floral wall coverings. Consider painting a darker, richer accent wall in a single room and adding craftsman style wainscoting or beadboard to the lower half of the wall to channel your Victorian personality. Check out this previous post on creating your own faux wainscoting using Inteplast Building Products trim and moulding. Or, if you’re feeling brave, do an accent wall with a modern floral wall paper.
Victorian designers spent just as much time on the ceilings as they did the floors and wall. Decorative tin ceiling panels were a favorite trend of the day, as was the use of wide crown moulding. Crown moulding adds drama to any room just by filling in that boring vacant line between your walls and ceilings. And don’t forget the window and door headers as well. You can easily add this spectacular detail with pre-finished moulding you can purchase in-store at Lowe's or online at Houzz.com.
Good luck my fellow DIYers out there who’ve decided to put a little Victorian romance into your homes. Don’t forget to send in your pictures so we can share your masterpieces with our other readers!
You pass them on your evening walks, you drive by them on your way to work, and you wave to neighbors perched on them after dinner. A front porch is a recognizable architectural staple for most American homes. But have you ever really given much thought to the social significance of a front porch?
Once a necessity, before the invention of air conditioning, front porches were the heart of family and neighbor gatherings where everything from decision making, front porch storytelling, political debating, visitor greeting, harmless gossiping, and chair rocking took place. But alas, with the advent of air conditioning, noisy automobiles passing by, and television sets, Americans abandoned their front porches and moved the conversation inside to the living room.
Well folks, it’s time to reconsider the front porch. Porches add space to a place, as well as preserve the architectural integrity of a house. Most importantly, front porches bridge your personal world with the world outside and give your guests a sneak peek of what they might expect to find in your home, your life, and in your style.
When kids are small, the front porch is the space where muddy shoes, baseball bats, and bikes are dropped casually before they go into the house. Once the kids are grown and out of the house, you can put some time and effort into making your front porch a focal point of the house. Starting with the floor boards.
Inteplast Building Products Porch materials provide the beautiful look of natural wood without the splinters, slips, scratches, and stains. Inteplast Building Products Porches are available in two color collections – Variegated Color and Solid Color – both with reversible finishes in oak or straight grain textures, all with signature benefits of reliable performance, durability, and beauty. Each board has a built-in scratch and stain protection with our 4 sides cap stock.
In addition, the rich, earthy tones complement any outdoor setting, and offer unmatched weather resistance and long-term performance. Inteplast’s built-in color protection technology, ColorTUF™, protects your porch from fading under powerful UV rays. Just visit our retailer search at http://www.inteplastbuild.com/retailer-search.html to find where you can buy our porch products.
And don’t forget about the back porch. Whether overlooking swimming pools or hosting outdoor barbeques, back porches serve as a private sanctuary, an extended outdoor family room or an al-fresco dining area, or both.
Remember, a porch is like a welcome mat that meets the street. It can be solely decorative, a respite for reading, or a place to enjoy a glass of wine after dinner. Why, a house without a porch is just blah!
I’m Jennifer, and thank you for reading!
Hello and welcome back! We’re excited to re-introduce you to Design Next Door, reimagined by Inteplast Building Products, the company behind all these inspirational Do-It-Yourself projects over the past several months.
We’d like to officially introduce ourselves! We are Inteplast Building Products and we’d love to help you realize your visions, dreams, and inspirations for your exterior and interior living spaces. Our complete line of outdoor and indoor building products is made to meet your needs for both beauty and quality while providing a low-maintenance lifestyle. From our exterior decking, porch, trim and millwork products, to our interior decorative moulding, we combine our expertise in aesthetic beauty, durable construction, and smart design to give homeowners one portfolio of whole-house modern wood-alternative lifestyle products to create the perfect home.
Inteplast Building Products Decks are made to be durable, moisture resistant, low-maintenance, lightweight and beautiful! There are no special tools required to work with our products because they work the same as traditional lumber. Our wide variety of variegated and solid colors offers design options for both traditional and modern tastes. And the best part, you get the beauty of real wood without the maintenance hassles. Check out our Deck Gallery on our new website!
When it comes to your home décor, it’s all about the finishing details. Our decorative moulding comes in a variety of classic and modern profiles, and it’s prefinished and ready to install, with no special tools required. It has the same workability of wood, but greater uniformity and flexibility. Ceiling, door, window, wall, and floor, no matter where you add it, moulding adds character to any room. We have a great gallery of different rooms with moulding on our website here.
Talk about curb appeal. Add one-of-a-kind style to your exterior with our millwork, trimboard, trim sheet, and beadboard products with all the workability and beauty of real wood without the maintenance headaches of real wood. Our trim products won’t rot, split, crack, or absorb water, and they’re resistant to termites and other pests. And unlike wood trim, Inteplast Trim is bendable to create a variety of architectural shapes. Check out our beautiful trim products in our Trim Gallery.
Enjoy your outdoor living space without the worry of splinters or a lot of maintenance! With the same beautiful look of wood, Inteplast Building Products Porches come in two color collections – variegated and solid color, and are both fully-reversible in oak or straight grain finishes. And each board has a built-in scratch and stain protection for long-lasting low-maintenance beauty. Add some character, color and longevity to your porch with our beautiful porch boards!
We’ve launched a brand new website at InteplastBuild.com where you can find ideas for your next deck, porch, siding, or moulding, or trim project in our Inspiration Gallery. While you are there browse through our free deck and porch design plans and take a look at our Visualizer Tool where you can select the design style and colors that match your home and tastes.
From low-maintenance, realistic natural wood grained decks and porches, to ready-to-install pre-finished trim and moulding in a broad range of complementary colors that brings everything together, this blending of know-how gives Inteplast customers a complete decorative solution that helps to create a house you can be proud to call home. Passion for beauty, engineering, and quality is the essence of the Inteplast DNA. Welcome to our family!
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Blue wallpaper with mini pink, peach, and white flowers, and a matching border with complimentary colors. This is not a Throw-back Thursday Facebook post. This happens to be a real-life, present day nightmare that I live with every day – my master bathroom. It’s true that our master bedrooms and master baths don’t get the immediate attention that other room makeovers get because they’re the two rooms that your guests rarely see. Now, this remodeling project is front and center in our house.
I love coastal cottage styles, so I’ve been looking for some design inspiration in Coastal Living magazine and Houzz.com. I love neutral colors, tasteful stripes, and plantation blinds. I especially love the look of weathered wood. For my flooring, I’ve already picked out a porcelain tile that resembles weathered wood planks, appropriately named, Antique Chateau.
Of course, to me, the one element that screams coastal cottage is wainscoting and decorative moulding and trim. I especially love wide moulding profiles and the paneled look of wainscoting and beadboard because it adds a bit of historic flavor to any room.
I love the combination of the wainscoting and the wide moulding base and chair rail profiles that frame the wainscoting in this picture I found on the Inteplast Building Products website. Wall moulding is such a versatile, easy, but stunning way to dress up any wall and add character to make a strategic design impact. The best part is you can buy pre-finished, multi-use moulding from any building supply store like Lowe’s or Home Depot, that doesn’t need painting – unless you want to – and comes in so many styles and options the hardest part will be deciding what look you want.
I think wainscoting or beadboard are perfect for bathrooms because they invoke old-world charm where craftsmanship was the rule, not an upcharge. You can install them at any height, not just half way up to meet the chair rail. I love that it evokes a coastal or cottage vibe, and not just a country aesthetic.
The other design element in this image that strikes my fancy is the wide window valances. They’re so elegant, but at the same time, casual enough to fit any décor setting – urban, country, coastal, you name it. Oh, and I can’t forget the claw foot bathtub. You can’t have a coastal cottage without one!
For my DIYer pals out there, let me know where you are finding your bathroom design inspiration these days. I’d love to see how you incorporate moulding and trim ideas into your rooms. Also, check out my Pinterest board as I continue to collect bathroom ideas!
It’s always during the holidays when you know you’re going to have a house full of friends, family, and neighbors coming in and out of the house that you start thinking about redecorating. Of course, the holidays are the worst possible time to redecorate with all the shopping, cooking, baking, and partying. But at least it gets you thinking about fresh design ideas for the upcoming new year.
One of the first rooms I’m going to work on after the first of the year is my master bedroom. I’ve heard it said from multiple sources that we take our bedrooms for granted because it’s not a room that everyone else typically sees. That is so true. I know when I have company over I close my bedroom door so no one can peek in and see how uninspiring it is.
I found this bedroom idea online and I just love the cranberry walls against the stark white wainscoting and the plank ceiling. I don’t know why I’ve never thought of this, but the bold dark moulding around the window just makes this room for me. When combined with the white moulding at the ceiling and the comfy white bedding, this room screams (ok, whispers) tranquility. It’s no design secret that your bedroom should be the main center of relaxation in your home. It should be a calming refuge from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the house. I can see sitting in this bed with a book and essential oils in the diffuser, lulling myself to sleep.
I also came across this easy DIY bedroom design idea – using decorative moulding to create a picture frame headboard, filled in with quilted fabric. I can definitely see this headboard as a DIY project in my near future. It wouldn’t take a lot of material – some prefinished moulding and some finishing nails from Lowe’s or Home Depot and a free weekend. This bedroom is so warm and inviting. It reminds me of a charming bed and breakfast. The crown moulding at the ceiling, the chair rail, and the baseboard just finishes the room off. I’m not sure I like the green, maybe a bit masculine, but even so, if I had a room like this I would feel like I was on a vacation… until I realized I’d be the one getting up to cook the breakfast.
Wishing all of my DIYer friends out there a warm , happy, and loving Thanksgiving holiday. Don’t forget to send me bedroom design inspirations or share your tips and tricks with all of us online!
I remember growing up we had a formal dining room that was rarely used except for special company or holiday get-togethers. We’re talking light blue shag carpet, light blue toile wall paper on the top half of the wall, separated by a chair rail and striped blue wall paper on the bottom half of the wall. The chairs were upholstered in golden yellow. Just thinking about that design scheme now makes me laugh. Oh well, it was the seventies. With the upcoming holidays around the corner I keep eyeing my dining room, wishing I had time to do an overhaul before the family gathers this year for Thanksgiving, but alas, there is no time. However, I’ve been collecting ideas for a spring-time overhaul.
I’ve been looking for some design inspiration on sites like Pinterest, HGTV, and Houzz. For those of you who read this blog regularly, you know I like my decorative moulding. You can make the most dramatic effects by adding this easy-to-use material that you can get at Lowe’s or Home Depot, to walls, doors, and windows. Of course I was blown away by this image with the paneled wall detail and plate rails that they created with moulding. In fact, this room uses moulding and trim to the max - from the window valance to the wide moulding around the door with the corner blocks, and the crown moulding at the ceiling. I’m not sure I like the gold wall color…kind of reminds me of the upholstered chairs we had when I was a kid. But everything else is stunning. At first glance I thought I might be a bit intimidated to tackle this grid pattern but with a level and a chalk line and some patience, I can see being able to finish it in a weekend or two.
I also love the “picture framing” elements on the wall in this next image (again with the gold?) They attached strips of moulding to look like raised panels on the walls. They mixed the formal with the casual by adding framed sections of blackboard paint. I’m not sure if I would do this in a formal dining room, but in a family kitchen area it would totally work.
I go back and forth between a formal dining room and a casual dining room. Then I see a picture like this beautiful white, clean space, and I’m torn. The natural color of the chair rail and the moulding around the windows really break up the starkness of the room. And the white crown and base moulding just seems to draw your eyes into the space between. I love, love the hardwood planks on the ceilings.
Hopefully all of these great ideas will culminate into a design reality for me by this time next year. This year my guests will have to settle for my current dining room surroundings. But I’m thankful to have them!
Let me know if you DIYers out there have any formal/casual dining room stories and pictures to swap. Also, check out my Dining Rooms board on Pinterest where I’m collecting dining room ideas!
Man cave. There, I said it. Every woman’s nightmare. When I think of a man cave, I imagine smelly socks tucked into the couch, left over pizza slices on the coffee table, empty beverage cans stacked to the ceiling, and sports programs blasting for hours. The fact is I know my hubby wouldn’t commit any of these man room sins, and in reality, he really does need a room of his own. He has lots of hobbies and interests, which are currently spread out on my dining room table. One such hobby is building electronic drum kits from scratch. I have diodes, wires, and disemboweled drum parts everywhere. So I’ve been thinking, maybe it’s time to give in to the man cave craze.
We have a finished basement that has essentially been hubby’s workshop since we moved into the house. With a little decluttering (a lot of decluttering), I think we could create a great space. Though I’m leaving the design ideas up to him, he does ask for my opinions. I’ve helped him look through pictures on Pinterest and Houzz, but of course the first step is figuring out how he’ll use it the most.
Obviously, he’s a musician, a drummer with several drum sets and a keyboard, but he has a lot of other interests like motorcycling, windsurfing, boating, and watching sports. He is always watching instructional DVDs for each of these hobbies. I see his man cave as an all-purpose room; a room that he would want to feel like an extension of our house rather than a room off a garage.
This image was the first one he showed me. I have to admit, I was a little shocked at how sophisticated it was. I guess like many women, I have made some unfair assumptions about what a man cave looked like. Sure, it’s a bit masculine for my taste, but it’s very modern and grown-up, with clean lines. I love how they used decorative moulding to divide up the walls. It adds some interest to an otherwise stark wall. And as a passionate DIYer, I can definitely see myself making the moulding frames to showcase some old black and white jazz images he currently has packed away in a box in the attic. Of course, since it’s football season, no man cave would be complete without a large, flat-screen TV. And snacks. Check out my Pinterest page for some other man cave ideas!
So after seeing that his idea of a man cave is much more in line with my idea, I think I can get behind this. I’m curious to see how you guys have designed man caves. Post some pictures you want to share, and inspire us all!
One of the first things I do as soon as the summer temps fade and the crisp fall air moves in is get rid of the white accents and elements that I incorporate around my house for the spring and summer (like white cotton bedding and throw pillows) and replace them with warm, comfortable autumnal tones. But you don’t have to stop with just accents. The fall is a good time to experiment with new paint colors, trim, and fabrics to change your mood along with the seasons.
Right now, my living room is very, very summer-friendly. We have light furniture, light flooring, and light (boring) walls. In my house, the living room is like our family’s town square; particularly during the fall and winter months, when we’re spending less time outdoors. It’s where we meet, sometimes eat, entertain, do homework, organize schedules, cheer for our favorite football team, and basically discuss the world’s problems. Considering we spend 80% of our time there, I want to do something that will make it homey and inviting.
I’ve been looking for some inspiration on how to tweak our living room for the fall and I came across this photo. Now, for those of you who read my blog regularly, you know that I typically like classic, clean white trim. But I do occasionally change my mind when the circumstance (or season) calls for it. I am really in love with the darker wood trim and moulding in this image. Paired with the lighter wood floor and the neutral walls and furniture, this is a living room I could sink into with a great book and a roaring fire, with a game on in the background. And considering everything I already have is neutral, this custom wainscoting detail would create just the right fall element for our living room. And by adding my white accessories in the spring and summer, I can lighten it back up again.
I think what inspires me the most about this idea is that I can do it myself and make a pretty dramatic transformation fairly easily and affordable. You can find pre-finished moulding and trim at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot, and they often have “do-it-yourself” classes on the weekends where they can help you measure, cut, and place the trim.
Of course, I found this other image with beautiful, white picture framing detail on the walls. It doesn’t seem as fall-like as the dark wood, but with some dark colored accents and throw pillows, this could also be an easy summer-to-fall, fall-to-summer design idea. Choices, choices!
There are several sections of this site to love. My favorites are the Photo Library and the Design 101 section (found under Design & Decorate). The photo library helps you find inspirational photos for particular rooms and also helps you to narrow it down by decorating style. Design 101 is filled with design inspiration, how to information and other things that can help you determine your style if you don’t know yet.
There are so many others to add to the list; Pottery Barn, Wayfair, Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Living, Coastal Living, House Beautiful, Houzz…the list seems endless.
Now it’s your turn. I want to hear about where you find inspiration for your décor. Websites, magazines, nature, art….what inspires you?
The Inspired Room (http://theinspiredroom.net/)
This site is full of good ideas and inspiration. I love her take on loving the home you are in. She has some awesome inspirational photos under “How to Decorate a Room”. I really like her site and her attitude about making the most out of the space you are living in now. Don’t miss this one, it’s a good one!
Pinterest is a bit of an addiction for me. I can spend a lot of time on there looking for just about anything (as you can see from my boards). If you haven’t used Pinterest yet now is the time to start. It’s a great place where you can find inspiration for décor, DIY projects and more. To find me on Pinterest just click here.
Design Seeds (http://design-seeds.com/search)
I LOVE this site, a lot. When I discovered it I may or may not have spent more than an hour playing with the colors. This is the ultimate site for color palettes. You can search by theme and color or you can play with the color value tool to find the perfect palette you have been looking for. My favorite thing about her site, she uses nature and every day scenes as the inspiration for all of the palettes. I highly recommend you go there for inspiration, you will find something that speaks to you that you can then bring into your home.
Centsational Girl: Fabulous for Less (http://www.centsationalgirl.com/)
This site is a go-to for me especially when I’m looking for project ideas. I think I may have gotten my passion for getting a high end look for less from ready her blog. I love her style and the ideas I get from her blog and projects. Go to her site, learn and you may just find inspiration to apply in your own home.
There are so many others to add to the list; Pottery Barn, Wayfair, Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Living, DIY Magazine, Coastal Living, House Beautiful, Houzz…the list seems endless.
Now it’s your turn. I want to hear about where you find inspiration for your décor. Websites, magazines, nature, art….what inspires you?
What a big topic for me! I never know when something I see may lead to an idea that may lead to a change in décor in my home. Look around you for inspiration. Look at the clothes you have hanging in your closet, the flowers and plants you have chosen for the landscaping outside your home, the art you are drawn to and the things that you get excited about when you see them. These can all be sources of inspiration. The color of peony that you love? Take it to your local Lowe’s or Home Depot and I bet they can find the perfect paint color to match it. The possibilities are endless if you consider the world around you when you are thinking about changing things up a bit.
Today I thought I would share some of the online places I frequently look to for inspiration. This is not a complete list, the blog entry would go on forever. Instead I thought I would start with my favorite go to sites. I will share more as time goes on, I want you to have all of the information that I find. Now it’s time to get into this list!