Sunday, May 31, 2015

Great Gifts for Dad

Are you ready for Father's Day? I know I'm not. June 21st is right around the corner and it's time to start looking for gifts. Especially if your Dad is miles away, or your husband is impossible to buy for. Finding gifts that are unique for dads can be difficult. Ties are great, but what if you want to go in on a group gift or have a dad/husband that is not into ties?

Is your dad/husband a techie? Why not go for an Apple Watch? Or is your dad/husband into grilling? Try the latest in BBQ's with this pellet griller or give him a way to make burgers without having half of it stay on the grill. 

Does your dad/husband like to enjoy craft beer? Give him personalized barware to serve them in. These from Mancrates also come with snacks to go with his beer.

If your dad/husband likes to travel, or does so a lot; why not give him a beautiful travel journal or leather iPhone case that also doubles as a wallet.

Is your dad/husband a great dresser? Don't just give him a tie, give him a box filled with coordinated ties, socks and handkerchiefs. 

Finally, for any dads/husbands who enjoy playing games with the family outdoors why not try giant lawn dice. So much more interesting than bocce ball.

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Apple Watch // Traeger Pellet Grill
Nonstick Burger Basket // Personalized Barware
Leather iPhone Case // Large Style Box
Travel Journal // Yard Dice

No matter what gift you give your dad/husband whether it is store bought or homemade, try to find something that fits his style and you can't go wrong.

Next up on the blog, great homemade Father's Day gift ideas.

Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Float It

I have been working on several projects lately where the furniture layout is not a common one. Rooms with many windows, doors or other architectural features such as built-ins or fireplaces can make arranging furniture in a space difficult. Add in traffic flow and how someone wants to use the space, and furniture arranging can quickly become overwhelming.

In situations like these, many people opt to push all their furniture up against the walls. In doing so, they feel that they are maximizing the space in the room. However, sometimes this can result in the room feeling smaller and cut down on its function. 

One solution is floating the furniture in the room. While this may seem strange at first, it actually can open up a space, improve traffic flow and improve its overall function.

Here are some spaces that prove floating is the way to go.

via The Berry

How to build floating shelves.   |   Im going to do this around my fireplace.
via Shanty 2 Chic

May end up putting our tv over the fire place...
via VT Interiors

via Seattle Staged To Sell

via Beck Design Blog

via Home Portfolio

Floating furniture arrangements work in large as well as small spaces. They keep large spaces from appearing too cavernous and small spaces from feeling cramped. As each of these examples shows, the rooms feel cozy, provide access to doors and windows, have designated traffic flows and still keep a focal point. Try a floating furniture arrangement in your space, you will be amazed at how it transforms your room.

Happy re-arranging!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Dorm Rooms - Solutions for Common Problems

If you, or someone you love, is heading off to college this fall they may find when then get there that even with great planning they still have storage or decorating problems. Well, I am here to help. I have rounded up a slew of ideas that solve the most common dorm problems.

1. Storage. Bins are great, but the problem is where to put them. If you can lift your bed on risers, then use the extra storage under your bed for stowing your stuff. If you have a lofted bed then try some of these solutions.

Underbed storage
via Brit + Co.
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via Sterilite

20 DIY Closet Solutions | A Little Craft In Your Day
via A Little Craft in Your Day

Hanging closet organizers. Great idea for a linen closet if you have no shelves.
via PB Teen

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via Amazon

2. Decorating.  Cinderblock walls make decorating a dorm room a challenge. Concur that obstacle with these great ideas. Use 3M Command Products for hanging all sorts of decor. Use washi tape to frame photos or artwork or hang repositionable wall decals as artwork.

Great idea for hanging photos, postcards, letters, memos etc! Going to start one of these in my room!  Source:
via Tumblr
washi tape picture frames. Would be great for a teens room
via Centsational Girl

via Dormify

3. Lighting. Outlets are at a premium so use them wisely. Use sting lights to add ambiance and get the maximum amount of light off one outlet. Alternatively, hang battery operated lantern lights from the ceiling. These use LED bulbs which has brighter light and uses less energy.

Our dorm at the University of Arkansas!
via Kat Lyse

via Paper Lantern Store

Take the stress out of going off to school with these great ideas. You'll be the most organized freshman around!

Happy decorating!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Amazing Spaces

In my line of work, creativity is standard. Design is all about finding creative solutions to make a space extraordinary. I love spaces that think outside the box and are unique to the homeowner. So, when I come across spaces that knock my socks off, I feel I have to share them. Check out these amazing spaces.

This Paris apartment is absolutely one of a kind. The kitchen is enclosed in a greenhouse and there is a tree in their living space (although it is fake it looks incredibly real).

via Poppytalk

via Poppytalk

What a view! This bedroom makes the most of its amazing view with two full walls of floor to ceiling windows.
This outdoor space looks like it came straight out of a dream. Gorgeous trees, an amazing chandelier and cozy seating area nestled into the greenery is almost magical.
Talk about framing the view. A bedroom that seems to float in the trees is absolutely stunning.

via Buzz Feed

Talk about spaces that wow. It is hard to believe this is a home and not a hotel. The floor to ceiling chandelier accentuates the ceiling height but grounds the space to keep it from feeling cavernous. Also, the double sided fireplace adds warmth and interest.

Keep a look out for spaces that inspire you to create a one of kind space. Inspiration is everywhere. Take elements from these great spaces and recreate them in your own home.

Happy decorating!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ways to use Subway Tile

Tile comes in many different shapes and styles, but one shape that has been around for decades is subway. The standard 3 x 6 subway tile has been used in commercial and residential spaces since the early 1900's. Known for its durability and easy maintenance, it is a staple in classic design.

In recent years, subway tiles have made a resurgence in design. The standard 3 x 6 is the most common format however, small brick style mosaics and larger format tiles are becoming more and more common. No longer is this style made in only ceramic but porcelain, stone and glass. In addition, it works in almost every design style from modern to traditional.

See some great ways to use this classic tile.

ticket office in former city hall subway stop in new york city with ceramic subway tiles
via This Old House

Generally subway tiles are used as kitchen backsplashes. To mix things up, try a unique color, smaller format, different material, or change up the pattern to give a unique look.

Try a herringbone pattern with your subway tile! More backsplash designs here:
via BHG

Bathrooms are also a common place to find subway tile. Bring a modern sensibility to your space with larger format tiles.

How-To DIY Article | 11 Simple DIY Ways To Make Your Small Bathroom Look BIGGER | Image Source:  Dawna Jones  | CLICK TO ENJOY... (KWs: mirror, cabinet, closet, lighting)
via Carla Aston

Swap out solid stone or dated tiles around a fireplace for an updated but classic look.

Brooklyn Limestone blog | Love the mirror, sconces, fireplace
via Shift Ctrl Art

Create a custom look by mixing up different size and colors of tile. Use less expensive subways on the majority of the area and higher priced versions as accents.

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via Young House Love

Versatile subway tile is a classic, cost effective and simple way to add style to any space. It's classic look means it will never go out of style and its versatility means your options are endless.

Happy decorating!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Unique Goods

Writing this blog, I spend a lot of time trolling the internet looking for inspiration for my next post. Invariably I stumble upon some really fun products that I feel I just have to share. Items that you don't see everyday but would be fun to have. Here are some of my recent favorites.

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bread bags // hen desk organizer //
retro bingo set // serendipity pillow //
metalwork hurricane lamp // kronos planters //
convertible bar // tablet holding cutting board

I love the hen desk organizer. Not only is the shape adorable but it holds a ton and would give a great pop of color to any desk. This would look super cute on a desk in the kitchen. The bread bags are the perfect solution to preventing my bread from becoming rock hard. The retro bingo set would not only be fun to play but would look great as decor on a coffee table. What can I say about the serendipity pillow? Fun all the way around. Outdoor lanterns that aren't in the standard shape or color are more my style. What about the convertible bar? Use it as a bar for entertaining or as a potting table when your not. The tablet holding cutting board makes preparing dinner easy and fun.

Have any favorites? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.

Happy decorating!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Outdoor Spaces

Are you using the long weekend to spruce up your outdoor space? Weeding is definitely on my agenda for the weekend. I am also hoping the weather is nice enough to break out the cushions for the lawn furniture and enjoy some quality time outside.

As is always the case, once I am outside I get to thinking about ways to spruce up my patio. If you are looking for some great ideas to kick start your outdoor living, here are some options to get you started.

Start on the ground. Spruce up your concrete slab by having it stained like the image below or covered over with another material. There are even tiles made from recycled tires that are installed directly over the concrete to give your patio a different look and feel.

via Family Handyman

Update your furniture. Whether you repaint it, add new cushions or buy a new set, doing so can transform your outdoor space.

Enjoy your day in the sun, lounging in the bold, colorful design of our modern and retro version of traditional rattan: the Rizza outdoor furniture collection.
via Grandin Road

Add color. Your outdoor space is a great way to experiment with color especially if you generally shy away from it on the inside. 

Add Bold Color
via BHG

Make walking barefoot more enjoyable by adding a colorful outdoor rug. It centers your seating area and adds a pop of color.

Catalina Indoor/Outdoor Rug
via Ballard Designs

Set the mood. Adding lighting in the way of string lights, a chandelier or outdoor rated lamps to keep the party going well after dark. This one is solar powered so you don't have to worry about how to power it.

Threshold Solar Chandelier - 6 candles
via Target

Get out and enjoy the outdoors! Small changes can give your patio and entirely new look. 

Happy decorating!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day Entertaining

Ahhh, the long weekend. Here's hoping for sun and warm temperatures. We are planning on laying low this weekend. It has been a crazy few weeks around here so being able to just sit back and relax is a welcome thought.

If you however, have plans to entertain for the Memorial Day weekend, I am here to give you some great ideas to make your party one to remember.

Start with simple and easy decor. Glasses covered in patriot looking paper and finished off with miniature flags are a great centerpiece.

Flag Centerpiece
via BHG

Red, white and blue is fine but to make it look more like Memorial Day than the 4th of July by choosing tableware that looks more Americana than holiday specific. This red bandana table runner paired with white dishes hits just the right note.

via Martha Stewart

Skip the usual burgers and try these bacon wrapped bratwursts. Served in parchment with a side of slaw is a great alternative to the usual BBQ fare.

30 All-American Potluck Recipes | Midwest Living
via Midwest Living

Avoid playing bartender and missing all the fun by serving drinks like this sangria which can be made in big batches and set out for guests to serve themselves.

Don Julio Sangria
via The Bar

Don't forget dessert. This berry tart looks impressive but is not hard to make. The red and blue berries tie into the party theme.

Colorful Memorial Day Dishes to Launch You Into Summer Mode
via Rhubarb and Honey

No Memorial Day barbecue would be complete without fun games to keep the party going. Bocce ball, volleyball, croquet or lawn twister are all great ways to pass the time.

I have to confess to a crazy love for lawn games. Seriously, who doesn’t love a good bocce ball match during a barbecue? With the summer months quickly approaching, I am loving these ideas for great lawn games for families.
via Babble

Entertaining doesn't have to be overwhelming. Stick with a simple menu and decorations and you will enjoy the day as much as your guests will.

Happy Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Adding Detail

I have a new project I am working on. A high rise condo building in the city. The view of Lake Michigan is incredible, however, the unit itself needs some serious updating. As with many condominium complexes, there is not much in the way of detail to add character to the space.

If you live in a home that lacks character, one way of adding some is with moulding. Be it crown moulding, larger baseboards or wainscoting, details like these make a ho-hum space spectacular. Believe it or not, adding these details is not necessarily expensive; and can be a great DIY project.

Need some inspiration? Try one of these ideas on for size. 

Thin wood slats and moulding pieces are applied to the wall to make this outstanding detail. 

bathrooms - Benjamin Moore - Grey Mist - Benjamin Moore White Dove Powder room bathroom moulding marble floor tile Pretty Powder Room
via Chapter Thirty Seven

Adding detail doesn't have to mean ornate. This simple trim detail is an example where less is more. Flat boards and simple moulding pieces are put together to create this look.

Real color not given. They suggested Sherwin Williams' Poolhouse, SW7603, or Meditative, SW6227. Someone disagreed with Poolhouse and said that Buxton Blue by Benjamin Moore is closer. Another said BM Sheer Romance #837.
via Beneath My Heart

Build up your baseboard with simple trim pieces to make a serious statement and enhance your floors.

Give your walls some pizazz with simple detail wainscoting. Flat wood slats attached to the wall, capped with trim and painted white look like a million bucks.

House tour - LOVE the styles here. Lots of great before/after. The board and batten in the hallway and entry is my favorite.
via House 185

Beef up the trim around your windows with a high build-up of moulding pieces.

REFRESHERS:: WINDOWS: MOLDING ~~ door and window trim molding with a cross header @Sandra Pendle Pendle Powell {Sawdust Girl}
via Sawdust Girl

Build up your crown moulding with additional trim pieces for an impressive look.

Wide crown molding, trim above doors, not a standard door style either.
via Decoist

Create a high end look in your space by adding detail with trim. Try your hand at simple moulding projects or hire a carpenter for more complicated projects. The end result will be well worth it.

Happy decorating!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Etsy Favs

Time for my recurring Etsy Favs post. This time around I have some really cute and clever favorites that I can't get enough of. From fish wind chimes to colorful wool dryer balls to a vertical garden I can imagine any one of these things in my home. In fact, I want them all!

Check them out.

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My personal favorite is the long distance mug as all my family lives out of state. Which one is your favorite? Let me know by commenting below.

Happy shopping!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Backyard Bars

Outdoor spaces are becoming almost as important as indoor spaces and essentially extensions of your home. Having a space that allows you to entertain without having to miss all the fun is appealing. 

If you are like me and like to enjoy the outdoors while you can, why not create an outdoor bar? Having a place to serve beverages and snacks is a great way to keep everyone together. Outfitting it with everything you need to keep you outside with your guests without having to keep running in the house is very appealing.

Need some inspiration? Check out these awesome outdoor bars.

This backyard is amazing. Love the bar shed.
via Artistic Gardens

I think I need this outdoor bar..maybe with a wood fired oven to go with it.
via The Selby

I have ALWAYS (!!!!) wanted a backyard patio with a grill/bar-counter top like this. A girl can dream, can't she?
via BHG

via Stylish Eve

bar shed
via Readers Sheds

Outdoor Gazebo | Outdoor Bar Covers & Enclosures | Gazebo Covers, Shed Covers, Custom ...
via Jean's Canvas

50 Stunning Outdoor Living Spaces - Style Estate - outdoor kitchen/bar space with TV.  I love the stone work and pergola. The lighting is fantastic.
via Style Estate

Inspired to create your own outdoor entertaining space? I know I am!

Happy decorating!