Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Beautiful Interiors (and great tips!) from Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines

I guess I'm a bit late getting on the Fixer Upper bandwagon, especially considering they will no longer be doing the show *tear* after season 4.  Even if you don't always love their projects, Joanna Gaines is undoubtedly wildly creative and talented, and I love the little tidbits of design wisdom and inspiration I get from her.


Joanna keeps you guessing by always using unexpected materials in her renovations. Glass tile and wood counter tops?  A great solution for keeping a space warm but also clean and simple.


Updating antiques is simpler than you think.  I mean, these doors MAKE this room!  And with all the furniture restoration products and tutorials out there now, learning how is simple.



Joanna is also a big fan of mixing metals.  What really attracts my eye is the brass mixed with the wood beams.  It keeps the space from being too slick, but also too rustic.



Gray works in every space.  I couldn't agree more!  Joanna uses gray a lot because it creates a calm and neutral backdrop, allowing your furnishings and decor to shine.


That teal rug with those aged leather chesterfields is to-die-for.


Use shiplap.  Yup, if you're a Fixer Upper fan you are very familiar with pine panelling called shiplap.  Joanna swears by it. 

Read all of Joanna Gaines decor advice and see more at Domino.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Best Built-ins: Inspiration for adding beautiful functional storage

When I hear built-ins I usually envision more expensive custom built homes.  However, when you consider the cost of quality furniture, or any furniture for that matter, you might be surprised at the bang for your buck custom built built-ins provide.  Also consider the value it will add to your home, and that you have a storage solution perfectly suited to you and your lifestyle.

This large built-in with shelves and cabinets is wonderful because not only does it provide space to house books, but kids crafts and games can be kept in the cabinets beneath.

via Pinterest via Thrifty Decor Chic


A dream kitchen workstation.  A desk in the kitchen would be very useful for us, but we just don't have the space.

via Pinterest  via



Built in jewelry storage?! Yes please!
via Pinterest via Apartment Therapy


Built-ins in bedrooms aren't as common, but I think these are a great way to store books, and showcase personal or sentimental items
via Pinterest via Hometalk

This custom built-in desk is special because it's designed in a way so it doesn't block the amazing windows, therefore maximizing natural light.
via HGTV

Built-ins around a door jam really maximizes space and creates a unique way to display collections.
via Pinterest via Simplemost

Monday, August 22, 2016

Ali Cayne's light-filled family friendly NYC townhouse

I was pretty darn excited to run across this house tour on Domino magazine because I've seen and featured rooms from it individually in previous posts (her bathroom is one of my favorites)! Ali Cayne is a restauranteur who moved to a downtown Manhattan townhouse and took the opportunity to update it to be a warm and inviting family home for her and her five children.

Ali really made her subway tiles pop by using a dark grout (darker grout also hides stains better than white).


What an oven!



Open shelves full of beautiful dishes looks like a chef's delight!


I love the light gray cabinets with the brass cup pulls.



Not only would I be thrilled to have a dressing room, but a dressing room white built ins and herringbone hardwood floors?


The Greenwich Village townhouse has amazing bones, and the renovations really are a breath of fresh air.


I don't usually love accent walls, but I love a dark accent wall in a master bedroom.


This dining room is heaven.  A white gallery wall, and beautiful dining table and chairs.


I like the glam version of a sawhorse desk.  The giant inspiration board is great too.


Ali's workspace is also light filled and features built in bookshelves.


This is the bathroom I've posted before.  It is an all time favorite.


Read and see more at Domino Magazine.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Useful Tips On How To Manage A Master Bathroom Renovation

Bathrooms usually take up only a small portion of the entire house but they are considered to be very important. A bathroom normally has a pretty compact construction and that’s the reason why it takes a good deal of money as well as planning and effort to carry out its renovation. If you are planning to work on the renovation project of your bathroom, brace yourself as a lot of work is lying ahead of you. In order to remodel such a bathroom, you may need to address a number of different areas including the plumbing, tiling, electrical structure and other installations.






All of these things are confined within a sq. ft. area which is relatively smaller in comparison to the rest of your house. This kind of projects is often classified by experts as less efficient as only one task can be done at a time due to the tight and confined location of the room. There also is a need of smooth and even transition within every step involved in the project. In addition to the above mentioned issue, you also have to take care of the procurement and timely delivery of the right kind of material which is required for the project in order to complete the project within the proposed time frame. Getting the right kind of material for your bathroom can also be tricky. It is recommended to catch up with the latest trends and go for something cool like lighted mirrors, new rugs, etc. A few tips that might prove to be handy while you are working on such a project are described below in order to help you out while you are planning on renovating your master bathroom.





If you are planning on going through with this option, you would be requiring the following professionals:

· Painter and carpenter
· Cabinet installation expert
· Tiling professional
· Electrician
· Plumber


As discussed above, choice of the right kind of stuff in our bathroom is very important. As you are spending a good deal of money on it, you might as well get the best stuff that you could. So getting your hands on some of the most trendiest pieces available in the market would be a pretty good choice. Getting a nice led mirror can be a good addition as well.


While working on such kind of projects it is important to keep an open mind and always stay prepared for any unexpected stuff. If you are supervising the project on your own, it is very important for you to be there all the time in order to tackle any unexpected situation. A few of the most common unexpected things in this regard include having to bear some unplanned expenses as well as some unexpected incidents like pipe leakages etc. So it is important for you to be prepared all the time and allocate some additional money at hand so that you may not have to worry in case you need it sometime.


While you are looking to hire professionals to carry out the job, an important thing to consider is the amount of money that they are asking you to pay for the completion of the project. It is strongly advised to look around for a while and visit different parties to check the level of their offered services along with the rates they are asking for.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Some Colorful Inspiration

With seasonal colors getting ready to change, I thought it might be fun to look at some colorful inspiration!
Blogger Home Tour /// House Of Hipsters /// Master Bedroom with a Mid Century Modern and Bohemian style and look. Click thru to read more. https://emfurn.com:


A colorful living room with feminine flair, marble coffee table with gold accents, and Persian rug:
via popsugar

A home tour of @thecraftedlife's Philly apartment (bedroom + office):

Feminine yet minimal bedroom with a floral area rug, a white sconce, and a green metal bed frame:
via mydomaine

How do you add color to your space?

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