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!