Inspiration Album


Bedroom with wallpaper

It has ugly woodpaneling on the walls and behind that is ugly wallpaper.... The cabinets are quite dirty and the former owner lined them with some sort of strange sticky corkboard that is also filthy. I'm thinking about painting the walls Wildflower Honey from Behr. My first instinct was to paint the cabinets white and get some sort of hardware from Ikea. So far I have had a couple of comments from people that think I should leave the cabinets the way they are and just attempt to clean them. Which has me second guessing whether I should paint them. I think leaving the cabinets the color they are might make the kitchen too dark. What do you think? To paint or not to paint? Sent by CB. Editor: We have some experience here. Cleaning is a necessary step even if you decide to paint the cabinets so let us recommend a thorough cleaning of the cabinets and then take another look. If, on the other hand, you think they're still too dark, you're nearly done prepping for the big paint! Just keep in mind that painting cabinets doesn't always mean going white!

Bedroom with fireplace

We've made it a point, at every election, to take our son with us to vote. From having him sitting on our hip while we punched our ballot, to standing next to us curiously observing, he's been there every time. We like to think of it as early exposure to our civic duty. The recent article in the Seattle Times, by Leanne Italie, How to Take Your Kids to the Polls and Make Voting a Meaningful Experience touched upon some great tips on doing just that and claiming that with a bit of prep work, Election Day, '....can even be fun.' Set the stage - Prepare the children by holding mock elections or simple votes at home. Stake it out - Are children allowed in your area? Will you be going when it's not so crowded?Election entertainment - Political puzzles, coloring books and games can provide entertain while waiting in lives. To read these tips and more, visit the Seattle Times Web site. Do you take your children to vote with you? Is it a tradition you hold or plan on starting?

Elegant bedroom


Bedroom with plants

This little corner recess in my rental apartment living room had gone through many changes over the years. That is until I found this gel fuel fireplace that was within my budget. Once it was delivered and put in its place, I realized it looked very small and toy like. After a couple of years of what I call my 'Eclectic Country French' phase, I decided I wanted a more light and bright living room. I wasn't sure how I wanted to achieve the look I wanted, so I poured over living rooms online and in magazines. The living rooms that spoke to me the most all had one thing in common, a white fireplace. I loved the grain on my fireplace and I knew once I committed there was no turning back, so it took me awhile to make up my mind. A couple of gallons of paint and some 'New to me' chairs along with a new area rug changed my once dreary living room into a bright cheery home.

Winter lodge feel bedroom

GO TO KERRY'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!

White bedroom


Country bedroom

Short on cash for new furniture? There is no reason that improvised furniture pieces have to look cheap and haphazard. This crate buffet is well thought out to be both functional and attractive. You're not alone if you have furniture constructed out of found items. Most of us have something that is making do until we can buy that dream piece or until we find that perfect item. This project from Recyclart proves that even though it's not a gorgeous designer piece or lovely antique there's no reason that it can't look designed and purposeful.

Salmon bedroom


Modern bedroom


Minimalist bedroom


Luxury bedroom

This is one of the simplest ideas we've seen in a while: a bedroom vanity made from a wooden table, antique mirror, and mismatched chair. Although the components are plain, the proportions and details are unexpected.... The similar lengths of the mirror and table create a sense of weight and heft. The wire chair balances the solidity of the wood, and the patterned pillows soften the arrangement. We also love the stacks of striped cushions on the nearby chest. Other good ideas from this bedroom include a headboard created from hanging Kuba cloths and a runner used to accent the foot of the bed. For more photos from this home, visit Light Locations.

Metalic wallpaper bedroom

We love paint and wallpaper, but you can achieve a colorful room with plain white walls. These two rooms show us how, even with the whitest of walls, one can still have a room resplendent with color. Bold, beautiful accessories in the form of carpeting, textiles and artwork add depth and texture to the rooms. Striking blasts of color can come from the furniture as well. The best part is, when you want to redecorate, you can begin anew with totally blank canvas. Images from HGTV. See their slideshow of kids rooms here.

Neutral colors bedroom


Floral bedroom


Gray bedroom

As a blogger sometimes you know your post will get the crap kicked out of it, but you still feel compelled to share an idea. There's a good chance this will be one of those posts. This murphy-style bed, if nothing else, inspires us to think big. We spotted this puzzle piece wall bed on Treehugger and it took us a while to figure it out. It seems that once you pull the bed off the wall, you scooch the two bed pieces together to create a single bed. Now we'll pick on the idea to beat you to the punch. It seems like the bed pictured in the 'After' photo is bigger than the bed that was attached to the wall. Of course there's the whole issue of having creases where the puzzle pieces of the two bed parts fit together. Other than that, we reward the ingenuity and appreciate the spirit of the idea.

Large bedroom

A few months ago a strange package showed up in our mail from Inhabit Living containing wild pillows, placemats and an odd frames fabric that was meant to hang on the wall. Strangers to shameless promotion, we didn't know quite what to do at first, and although the fabric on the wall idea seemed college dorm-room, we started gravitating towards the silky, soft, funky colored pillows. Putting them in our house on a white couch with otherwise neutral decoration really began to wake up the room. Inhabit is a young company from Indianapolis that wants to spread color in your life. With large floor pillows as well as bolsters and.... ...medium squares all made out of their signature designs they are on a roll and looking to absolutely kill the pillow niche before moving on to bigger things. We like their pillows and think that when used sparingly within a neutral background they really shine. MGR. Know more about Inhabit? leave a comment below.....