I am in the process of planning my sister in law’s baby shower. One thing I’ve always wanted to do is a candy bar. And it’s funny because I’m not really a huge candy eater, more chocolate if anything. It’s just something about having a bunch of sweets i n one setting that brings out the inner kid in people. Perfect for weddings, showers or birthday parties. What better way than to send your guests off with an edible favor. These buffets are all the rage right now & I’ve come across many gorgeous tablescape arrangements. So don’t catch a cavity while indulging in these pics.
Monochromatic color schemes. The usage of one color in different shades and hues. In order to successfully achieve this look, you need to have a multitude of textures. I adore the bark & natural elements in the above room. The random all white ceramics is also a nice touch to the bookshelf. I plan to do a post about that in the future. It’s something inexpensive and typically the pottery pieces are things you already have at home that can be painted (or at the very least, someone’s grandma has plenty).
With the holidays approaching and lots of family and friends coming into town, you may be soon opening your home to guests & playing hostess. Here are some tips on creating a space that will make their stay…..well…….”feel like home”……
I love any reason to have a get to gether, party or just be in the company of loved ones. Sometimes I’ll browse www.evite.com just to see all the endless party themes one can host. Although I’m very much the texting kind of girl (barely converse on the phone anymore) & I understand the convenience and cost factor behind using evites, sometimes it’s nice to receive a physical invitation in the mail. Check out some of these designs……
Typically when we hear the word “repurposing” we immediately think about revamped furniture, pieces that were brought back to life via paint, upholstery, new hardware, etc. However repurposing can have a literal meaning as well. Ever come across an item that’s intended for one thing but you may find a new PURPOSE for it?
Today at the hair salon this morning, my conversation w/my beautician drifted to design stuff. I’ve always noticed this cabinet but never inquired about it. So after finding out she bought it as is (I just KNEW she painted it & added new glitzy doorknobs :) ), she explained it was meant for a bathroom! She purchased it from Marshalls when in search for something that would house her hair magazines & various hair products. When she didn’t find what she wanted in the home decor area, she stumbled upon this in the bathroom section. Go figure!! Here are a few other examples of things that can double as something else!
Often thought of as a way of dressing up the dining rooms & foyers only, nowadays designers & home owners are adding these light fixtures to jazz up other spaces from vanity areas, over the tub in bathroom suites, bedrooms and even master closets. What girly girl wouldn’t want this?
Click to read more & get a ton of ideas to make usage of what you already have.
taken from Homeinfurniture.com
Purple…it’s my 2nd favorite color next to black. It’s royal, it’s rich & needless to say, as I type this entry I have Prince in my head. :-) While at my 8-5 today, I overheard a conversation my coworker’s were having about their fondness of the color but not wanting to use it in their own space for fear of seeming too childish. I can see how one may make that connection however when done correctly, the color can enrich a space. One thing about designing, you should carry a certain element through out the space. The above pic uses the damask print on the walls as well as pillows. The chrome & mirrored accents really set it off.
taken from trendszine
I adore how the designer did the walls on this above pic. It’s probably wallpaper but its great in my eyes. I’m not a huge fan of stripes but I would luv this in my apt somewhere. If you’re on the wimpy side and not quite ready to make a bold statement such as purchasing a sofa or painting a wall, you can always add purple accents in decor.
taken from cocomale.com
Bits and pieces like vases, flowers, book ends, and pillows are easy ways to give a room a pop of color.
Closet Desk Offices
So often times many of us start off on our own in apartments or dorm rooms. As we all know, most lack a lot of floor room and storage. So we need to try to maximize the space we DO have as much as possible. It takes a bit of thinking outside the box but converting an unused closet into an office area is a great idea.
Basically u remove the rods that you have inside, unhinge the doors and insert a physical desk or add the shelving. Pull up a chair, add a pendent light or desk lamp and there you have it.
Make Use of ALL Space
If you plan to have the area visible at all times from the room, consider adding pretty wallpaper or painting the wall so that the shelving and items on them pop. The above pic is a bit country for my taste but a mocha colored wall w/black shelves, a black desk/chair & white baskets & accessories w/silver accents would be a nice modern approach. But notice how they utilized all of the space including the backs of the doors to hang crafting supplies & tools, paperwork etc.