Birch + Bird Vintage Home Interiors& Blog Archive & House Tour: Warm... 22 Aug And yet another summer weekend flew by, just like that! How was yours? This lovely home tour from Better Homes & Gardens arrived in my inbox last week and it was love at first sight for me. Isn’t this raw wood hood fan amazing? Industrial touches like the lighting and kitchen stools along with the storage friendly built-in banquette and desk just keep checking all of the boxes on my must-have list! Wouldn’t you love to wake up in this attic bedroom? Better Homes & Gardens Be sure to visit Better Homes & Gardens for even more images from this family friendly renovation. Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover&8230; & Elements of Style Blog If you drove by this house in Bedford, NY renovated by Alisberg Parker Architects you’d probably expect the interior to be chock full of traditional classics, right? I really do enjoy a home that has a traditional architectural exterior (and interior- notice all thought molding and trim painted over glossy white) paired with really modern furniture. It’s so unexpected. And that pool house? I die. But I alos love that this design team is capable of doing funky traditional decor as well.
How to Create a Backyard Movie Screen Watching a favorite movie outdoors is a fun and special warm–weather activity for kids and parents alike. And all it takes are some simple materials — plus a little creativity — to transform your backyard into an outdoor theatre. Setting Up Your Outdoor Screen What you need: 2 thick, white queen–size ironed flat sheets Top pole 1.5" diameter x 10' long Bottom pole 3" diameter x 10' long Rope — 2 different thicknesses Step 1. Once your screen is set up, create a casual, comfortable seating arrangement using plush cushions covered in fade–proof fabrics and soft, moisture–resistant pillows. A few simple drinks and snacks are all you need to complete your outdoor theatre.
DIY: Furniture Makeovers I'm obsessed with making-over old, worn out furniture. It's amazing how almost any old piece can be totally transformed with new paint, hardware and a little imagination! Here are three examples from Ladies Home Journal...click here to read the entire article. Out-dated side table with stone top transformed into a bright and cheerful accent piece! *First they removed the hardware and stone top, sanded the table all over, and applied a coat of primer. *They cut a length of seagrass wallpaper to fit the inset and topped it with a pane of 1/4-inch glass. Old dresser transformed into a chic sideboard with plenty of storage! *They gave the whole piece a light sanding, a coat of primer, and two coats of semigloss latex paint in a pale blue shade on the outside and a deeper blue inside for contrast. *To dress up the doors, they picked out a pair of modern nickel pulls. *Click here to read the details on how they transformed the inside...
Danish home: Colour land | creamylife.com - embracing stylish art and design Can you believe that the weather these days is just awful? Raining, windy, dull and gray – hello, it’s May outside! Frankly, I refuse to believe that a May day can exist without warm sun and gentle breeze, that’s why I’m feeling like Spring is yet to come. Colours are the new black, enough said. *images via Marie Claire maison Good Life Wednesdays…A Desk Makeover ~ Beach Cottage Before & After | 19 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 15 Google+ 0 Pin It Share 4 4 Buffer 0 19 Flares × Well hello! I hope you are all well and enjoyed Valentine’s? Since my lovely husband forgot, ahem, I decided I might just treat myself anyway…think, white, bed, ruffles & Anthro and you’ll know what I just bought, bring it on baby ;-) Anyway, I am holed up in the study…it is very nearly finished…I have had to wait, for like ever, as my teenager would say, for Frank Spencer, oooops, I mean Mr BC to put some shelves and a mirror up. No I cannot do them myself. Yes I am female physics-wall plugs-power tool-screw challenged. No, I have no interest in learning. Please no power tool benefits emails. So, at the beginning of this study makeover I had visions of a new old vintage desk, indeed, funnily enough, I just happen to have one down in the garage, all vintagey and waiting for some white paint love….but…my old IKEA desk, I kinda love. I mean, yah, that was just what I was after here…. and bob’s your uncle shared at
Living Large in a Small Apartment For today we would like to show you a beautiful small apartment (61 sqare meters) located in Sweden. You are looking at a crib that is perfect for socializing but also for meditation in solitude. With wide and spacious interiors, this home looks very warm and inviting. via Alvhem Sarah's Supremely Stylish West Village Home House Tour Name: SarahLocation: West Village — NY, NYSize: 650 square feetYears lived in: 2.5 — rented Sarah is one of those enviable people who make the act of creating a very stylish home look effortless. While all of us who work on our homes know how much time, effort and research goes into a space that looks comfortably chic, when it's done with this much panache, all thoughts of hard work fall away... Enter House Tour Sarah describes her apartment as classic modern. She says, "Most of my walls and furniture are white and serve as a canvas for bold colored accessories and graphic patterns. Apartment Therapy Survey: My Style: Classic Modern Inspiration: It may sound cheesy, but Apartment Therapy. Favorite Element: The Allen Whiting print above my bar. Biggest Challenge: My kitchen. What Friends Say: "How do you live with a white couch?" Biggest Embarrassment: My windows. Proudest DIY: Charcoal gray chevron pattern. Biggest Indulgence: Lemon Rope fabric from Hable Construction. Resources of Note:
Real-Life Inspiration: Converting a Bedroom Into a Dressing Room Previous image Next image It's many a clothes lover's dream come true: turning an entire bedroom into a Carrie Bradshaw-style closet. 2 Brit from Brit + Co. turned a spare bedroom into a boudoir by installing a shelving system along one of the walls. 3 Although this dressing room from our Apartment Therapy tour used to be a living room, it now serves as a showroom for Holly's clothing line and shows just how much character you can add to a blank canvas. 4 Colleen from Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill created her dream closet after her brother moved out of the room. 5 It could easily pass for a showroom, but this stylish space is a combined dressing room and home office for Mai from A Cup of Mai. MORE CLOSET INSPIRATION ON APARTMENT THERAPY:• An Attic Closet for the Clothing Obsessed• Dreaming of Dressing Rooms• When the Bedroom Becomes the Dressing Room (Images: As linked)
DIY geometric felt heart garland I had some stiffened felt left over from this box project, so I cut out some quick, freehand hearts with an X-acto knife. Geometric shapes are trendy right now. So are ubiquitous chevron patterns, but polka dots are going to overtake those zig zags soon, mark my words. But back to the felt. Stringing these hearts on twine is easy since they're full of holes.
7 Pinterest Tips to Save Money and Shop Smarter Pinterest has become everyone's go-to place for saving inspirational, aspirational images. But, while it's wonderful to dream about wide open spaces and homes big enough to rollerskate in and crafts I love (but will probably never find the time to do), recently I've taken to using Pinterest a little more… shall we say… realistically. While I still have my inspirational boards, I've also started complementary boards to collect things I can actually use and afford. Here's my method: Decide on a budget: This is my first step when I'm using my Pinterest to save a little cash. Yup, an item may be beautiful but if I don't choose to pay over five hundred dollars for a swing arm bedside lamp, there's no point in pinning it to this board (though it may go on the dream bedroom board). Let your gut be your guide: Though you may have decided you want a beige sofa, if you find yourself drawn to that red couch, pin it. Shy away from repinning: I learned this one the hard way.
The Ten Commandments of Used Furniture You see a chair on the curb. It's sitting right in front of your building and it's free. Or, you're at the thrift store and spy a cheap sofa. 1. Random side note: This isn't to say that you can't take home the IKEA item; just don't invest money in re-doing it. 2. For other inspiration, the women at Chairloom are always doing great work. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. For example: I got this sofa off Craigslist for free a couple of years ago, and couldn't part with it. 10. So there you have it. 5 Décor Ideas for A Spring Fling Previous image Next image This month we have focused on getting our yards, patios and decks ready for warmer weather, but that’s only half of the equation. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. (Images: 1.