We're halfway through February, which means we're in the depths of winter weather blahs, not known to be the biggest motivator for working on your home, or anything else for that matter. To help counteract the urge to hit snooze rather than join in with your own project during our month of home design improvements, here is a upbeat selection of yellow, black and white rooms hand-picked to help blast away decor doldrums - get ready to smile and soak in some sunshine.
Here are several ways to get your new-found love back home, ranging from no frills hassle to white glove service. '$ Greyhound Package Xpress: Greyhound buses use their extra cargo space to ship cross country on a space available policy. You both drop off and pick up the item at bus stations on either end. If both Point A and Point B are businesses, you can pay a little bit more for door to door service. Once your piece has arrived, you'll have 72 hours to pick it up before they charge you a storage fee. Chances are good that Greyhound will be the cheapest by far, but it requires the extra step of getting a large, bulky item to and/or from the bus station. Basic Freight Service: Freight companies provide door-to-door service and there are no size or weight limits. The downside of this method is that it can sometimes take months for your item to be picked up for delivery. If you aren't in a rush, can't pick the item up at the local bus station, but still want to save a few bucks, this might be an option for you. White Glove Service: If you aren't in a schlepping mood, most companies also offer better service options. If you are in a rush, and money's not a factor, use this service.
Name: Danielle Location: Portland, OR Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: The color! My daughter picked this rich, deep purple and it's beautiful. It's elegant without being overpowering and I love the crisp contrast against the white molding.
We seem to get a lot of questions about unfortunate fireplaces, in fact there's one on the front page today. Especially when we're talking about a rental, there's very little to be done about it. As with fashion, the way you dress an ugly fireplace can make a big difference. Fussy screens over tacky fireplaces just make the problem even worse. So we were excited to see the Contemporary Fireplace Tool Set, Screen, and Log Holder in the C&B Fall catalogue. This is the best-looking set we've seen at this price point, particularly the screen and tools. They are sleek and unobtrusive, and will go a long way towards not only masking your ugly fireplace, but towards giving it a veneer of style.
Growing up, we became familiar with the word decoupage at a very early age. Today, we use decoupage in a similar way; we've updated this tried and true art form to fit in our home decor. It's a great way to use up magazine and newspapers, and create original art for your nest. Decoupage a scrap piece of wood, then hang it on a wall or set it on a shelf. You could even incorporate flat items, such as ribbons, stamps, or coins. They use a clear resin available at most craft stores, which gives the tray a high gloss and makes the items look like they're way down under a layer of glass. Get super-sized and decoupage a piece of furniture or accent a piece with panels. If you're wanting to decoupage something flimsy, be sure to use as few layers of glue or varnish as possible-the more saturated you make the paper, the more it will curl up at the corners.
We've seen plenty of uses for chalkboard paint from DIY decor to blackboard backsplashes, but how often do we see the same artsy application with Dry Erase? Welcome to the world of 'Cubicleism' art by blogger Bill Taylor. In his North Carolina office, colleagues adorn cubicles with calendars and newspaper clippings. Every day, he spends a few minutes sketching on a whiteboard with his palette of Dry Erase markers, completing a fist-sized section of a painting at a time. His reproductions run the gamut from classic pieces by artists like Picasso and Lichtenstein to comic book covers like Iron Man. It takes Bill an average of six weeks to complete a painting. The work is left up for a couple of days to be admired, and then wiped clean to start all over again. Says Bill, 'People ask me all the time if it's painful to erase them when they are done. Honestly, no, because I'm always excited about starting on the next one.' What do you think? Will Dry Erase - with its modern polish and lack of dust - become the new artsy trend anytime soon?
Are you a big fan of spaces that are bursting with design, accessories, colors and patterns? But are you a little worried about how to make it work in the real world? We've got real-life living rooms that are bursting with style but that work - and we're breaking down the lessons to take with you into your own space! Jenn & Hunter's Historic Landmark Apartment - This room is full of furniture, art, plants and even a few quirky accessories. One, it's large and the room's architecture allows for a little grandeur. Two, the two largest pieces of furniture in the room are of the same set, and their coordinating color and pattern help unify the look. Beci & Raph's Most Excellent Make & Do Adventure - There are all kinds of things to look at in this living room, from great furniture choices to accessories to weird pieces of art and found finds. Anne & Richard's Loving Renovation at the El Dorado - From fluffy sofa cushions to a fluffy rug to lots of art and a full color palette that's hard to peg down, this room works simply because it has a lot of balance to it. Sasha's Silver Lake Bohemian Bungalow - There's quite the bold array of patterns happening in Sasha's bungalow living room. Matt & Mel's Animated Abode - Matt and Mel's living room has a lot of colors happening. Do you have a happily full living room that works? Share your secrets for creating a non-spartan space that doesn't overwhelm in the comments.....
Man's best friend? More like full-fledged family. For many, a home isn't truly a home without a furry fido to share it with. In honor of the holiday, National Dog Day, we wanted to share some of our favorite person-pet portraits from our house tours. They're a heartwarming glimpse into these special relationships and will both make you smile and want to cuddle up with your own canine.
AT,. I purchased some vintage Saarinen Tulip chairs and a Saarinen Tulip table base. I'm going to use the set as a card/games table. I feel glossy white or glossy black are a bit too mod. Would Chinese lacquer red be too much? Also this year, Knoll is making them in platinum. I was also thinking about painting them bronze or pewter. I'm thinking about making a slate top for the base.... Any ideas? We're actually kind of traditionalists when it comes to Tulip chairs and tables, so we're going to ask readers what they think.
We have a white bathroom that we love, but we've been considering ways to add a little bit of color without detracting from the crispness of our blank canvas. When we found this bathroom on the website of British publication Easy Living Magazine, we were struck by how colorful this all-white space became through the addition of just a few key pieces. Dissecting the image, we came up with some easy ways to add color to our own blank bathroom.... The key to this bright, graphic look is to keep all accents in the same color family. Our favorite detail is the teardrop pattern, created using paint stencils. Bathmats and towels in a bold hue add color and texture. A small, mossy green cabinet creates extra storage space. Plastic stools or chairs are both colorful and waterproof. Containers and bottles in the same color appear as a cohesive collection. Using the same hue in different patterns keeps the bathroom from being boring. Easy Living Magazine provides a full list of sources for this bathroom, as well as 4 other jewel-toned rooms to inspire you.