Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Small price, big style

I love the idea of taking something cheap and making it look expensive.  I want my home to look Pottery Barn-esque, but I hate the price.  These are just a few great ideas to spruce up your house at an extremely reasonable price!!

1. You can easily re-create this look by purchasing a cheap floor length mirror and some strips of wood and embroidery hoops.  You can get a floor length mirror from Walmart, Target ... or Walmart (probably the cheapest ... I love Walmart).  The embroidery hoops you can also get from Walmart and the wood strips are readily available at Home Depot or Lowes.  Start by finding a glossy spray paint and spraying the embroidery hoops and the strips of wood at least twice to make sure they are fully covered with the paint.  Use a small amount of hot glue to attach the hoops and wood to the mirror and voila - Pottery Barn style.

2.  This is another idea that I love.  I adore the idea of using small amounts of wallpaper in unique ways.  Plus, my husband hates wallpaper so I want to make sure I can easily remove the wallpaper myself if I ever need to :)  Like I have said in previous posts, you might also be able to get a deal because you can use left over scraps or a small amount that is left on a roll.   It depends how many stairs you are using.  You could even wallpaper every other stair or every third one and still get a beautiful effect for less money.  What I like about this particular DIY trick is that the wallpaper is subtle because it is the same color as the stair trim, yet very intricate if you really look at it.

 3.  When we tiled our basement (all 800 sq ft) a year and a half ago, it was a PROJECT.  It was back-breaking, time consuming, and a plain-and-simple pain.  It took us a LONG time and after it was finished, wiping away the grout made me want to hurt someone.  We wiped and wiped and wiped ... you get the idea.  And because my husband was in the paint business, he knew what he was doing.  I kept thinking that the process would have been bearable if we weren't stuck with all of the cloudy grout.  And now I have the solution!  Instead of using grout, put a small strip of cuttable tiles in between the large tiles.  And, this is so much prettier and easier than grout.  It doesn't get dirty and it is easy to clean. 

4.  This is a really simple DIY.  You can find these shelves in all different sizes and lengths at Christmas Tree Shop.  I actually just did this project and it turned out great.  The shelves are good for things that you use a lot and want to keep out, but you don't want all that stuff on the bathroom counter.    Or, this is also perfect to add a little bit of style with items that you don't plan on using at all ... things that will just add some style to your space.   

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Mixing patterns like a pro

Mixing patterns is NOT easy.  But, it makes for very interesting decor palette in any room.  Here are some rooms that have done the "mixing pattern thing" very well.  They all have a sense of cohesion that is hard to get if unless you really know what you are doing.

1.  I am in awe of this bathroom.  I am sure this is a wallpaper, but I can't imagine why someone would spend the money on this particular wallpaper when this pattern would be so easy to do yourself with a stencil and some paint.  The gold spots really pull out the golden tones in the shower curtain and it is not too much pattern because they stopped after the wallpaper and the shower curtain and did a plain white rug.

2. Love love L.O.V.E. wallpapered shelves.  It is so easy and it can even be more affordable if you can use scraps or get smaller leftover pieces (I guess those would also be considered scraps).  You could also paint or stencil onto the back of a bookshelf (which would be A LOT more affordable).  This space works because they stuck with a few different colors and then chose different patterns to mix.  The blue in the bookshelf pieces, the throws, and the rug ties in with the brown very nicely.

3.  This space is very simple but elegant.  The pillows are mostly black and white but with a touch of teal (also in the rug in a slightly different hue).  The walls are really stark and there is a lot of white in the room, so the pops of color serve to really brighten up the space and give it some flair.  (Love the mirror on the center wall, too!!!)

4.  This picture only captures snapshots of a few mixed patterns throughout these two spaced, but you can see enough to know that it all works.  Tufted headboards are so pretty and the hot pink is such a statement.  The plain wall behind the headboard leaves room for some pattern on the throw pillows (oranges, grays, and lime green) and the black and white zebra rug.  The bathroom wallpaper plays off the colors in the bedroom rug, with another pop of the lime green in the small stool under the towel rack.

5.  Mixing throw pillows is an art unless you are either carrying them all around with you all the time until you find the perfect mate, or you buy them all at the same place on the same day.  Unlikely.  The last time I was buying pillows I went to Walmart and picked up a bunch of free color samples that I thought would match the pillows I had (I took a picture on my phone to go off of).  When I got home, I picked the one that was closest to the colors in my throw pillow and kept that in my purse.  Much smaller than the actual pillows.  Plus, if it looks bad when you actually get it home, you can always return them.  The mix of pink, teal, gray, and black here is so bold and daring.  The pillows all flow well, even though none of them contain the same pattern.

Happy styling!!