Easy Ways to Refresh Your Bedroom for Spring

Out with heavy blankets and chunky knits and in with lightweight sheets and pillow covers.
Most of us welcome the warm weather with a swift change in wardrobe and forget all about our homes. But when high temperatures finally arrive, you really should refresh not just your shoe collection, but your home and specifically, bedroom, as well. Because while that faux fur throw kept you cozy all winter long, it won’t do you any favors come spring. We chatted with Ariel Kaye, CEO and founder of Parachute, to get her expertise on refreshing your bedroom for the season.
Swap out your sheets.

Bye flannel. Toss those heavy sheets for a linen or cotton percale that’ll keep you cool all spring and summer long, Kaye explains. “We often compare our percale to the perfect button down shirt—cool and crisp to the touch. This is a great fabric for those who want a fresh, cool feel during spring and summer.” Linen is also a great option as it’s breathable and durable.

Store those heavy blankets.

Again, there’s really no need for a heavy down comforter. If you’re not wearing a jacket outside, why wear one inside? This box pattern quilt from Parachute is a great replacement. “In the warmer months, I often shed my duvet comforter and use my quilt as a cover,” Kaye says.

Change window coverings.

It’s time to let the sunshine in. If you insist on keeping those light-blocking curtains, consider investing in sheer curtains to layer underneath that still give you privacy but let natural light into your space.

Replace anything that’s worn out.

“The change of seasons is a great time to evaluate the condition of your bedding, repair worn items and discard any pieces that may be underused or outdated,” Kaye says. And think beyond the sheets too. Consider replacing your pillows with all natural down or hypo-allergenic down filling.

Shower Plants Are Going to Transform Your Bathroom

This Pinterest-perfect trend does more than keep your bathroom Insta-ready.

Shower plants are everywhere right now—Pinterest searches for the topic are up by 302% —but it’s not for the reason you’d think. While a claw foot tub surrounded by cascades of ivy and lush aloe is downright Insta-worthy, plants also offer a natural defense against bacteria and the harsh chemicals found in traditional cleaning products.

Through the process of photosynthesis, simple household plants can remove harsh chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air in your home. They can also help keep indoor air pollution in check, while upping the ante on your bathroom’s decor. Another bonus? The humid environment means you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to water your plants again.

With their low light and high humidity, bathrooms are well-suited for tropical plants that boast pollution-fighting capabilities. Below, we’ve highlighted six of the best plants to add to your bathroom RN.

Peace Lilies

Photo via iStock

With their lush green leaves and bright white blooms, peace lilies exude serenity but are powerhouses when it comes to tackling the problem of indoor air pollution. They’re also low-maintenance, making them a perfect pick for black thumbs. The leaves are toxic to pets, so make sure to keep them out of their reach.

Aloe Vera

Photo via JEngland Handcrafted

Beyond the healing properties of its gel, this iconic succulent acts as an air quality indicator. If the leaves start to exhibit brown spots, it’s a sign that the level of chemicals and pollutants in the air is high. Aloe plants like indirect light and only need to be watered sparingly.

Boston Fern

Photo via Bakker

Though it requires more maintenance than aloe vera or peace lilies, Boston ferns are one of the most effective plants at removing pollutants such as formaldehyde from the air. It also acts as a natural humidifier, which can be beneficial during the winter months when the air is dry. Mist regularly to maintain moisture and place in a spot with moderate, indirect light.

English Ivy

Photo via The Lovely Drawer/Domino

This elegant climber can help keep your bathroom clean and more hygienic by removing mold and fecal matter from the air—now if only it did floors…

Spider Plant

Photo via Decor Demon

Spider plants are almost impossible to kill, which makes them a particularly good pick for people with jam-packed agendas (or bad track record with plant care). In addition to kicking harsh chemicals to the curb, it can also help clear a room of carbon monoxide.

Snake Plant

Photo via Houzz

This hardy workhorse is about as fuss-free as they come. They can survive in both full sun or shade and only needs to be watered when the soil is completely dry. In addition to removing fumes and chemicals from the air, snake plants will help keep your bathroom smelling fresh in a totally natural way thanks to its odor-removing capabilities.

11 Rustic DIY Home Decor Projects

Rustic style has morphed into a more eclectic look that has been styled well with everything from farmhouse to super modern. It can stand alone, or bring warmth into a more contemporary space. It can be a whole entire home theme, or it can be simple touches to add some character to a room. The great thing for DIY’ers is that rustic style is pretty easy to achieve in a DIY project, very forgivable of an oops! All it takes is some inexpensive materials, a few tricks of the trade, and a little elbow grease. Or, you could go to a home store and pay for it. But where’s the fun in that?

Love, love, love this DIY wood framed mirror from Shayna at ‘Wood Grain Cottage’. This looks like an expensive home store item, but with a lot more character. Cheap fence boards, cheap Walmart mirror. Great project!

 

These DIY rustic lanterns from ‘100 Things 2 Do’ are a Pottery Barn knock off, so you can guess what they might cost retail. Easy to follow tutorial, and these are really cute. I could think of a ton of places these would look great both inside and out. What about filling these with plants instead of candles?

 

Big fans here of ‘Stikwood‘, the easy peel and stick real reclaimed wood products that any DIY’er can use to make a room look awesome. I am dreaming of using this on the ceiling of our master bedroom… A pretty modern space that would just come alive with this! So yes, this is a DIY, but yes, it is also a product we are obsessed with. I mean, just look! Go check out their gallery of ideas, you will be inspired! (P.S. For all you budget decorators, remember, you could use this on a small project to save bucks… the front of a kitchen island? A small accent wall?)

 

This DIY rustic entry bench is from Rebekah at ‘Charming Imperfections’ via ‘Over the Big Moon’. Made from 2×8’s, this has a full step by step tutorial. Charming!

Make these Restoration Hardware inspired DIY curtain rods with this tutorial from Rachel at ‘Maison de Pax’. ‘Domino Magazine’ recently gave Rachel some honors, so pop on over there! This DIY cost only $15, btw. Elegant and rustic!

Speaking of curtain rods, these DIY reclaimed wood rods from ‘Olive and Love’ are being used by this blogger for shower curtains. You could use them anywhere!

 

From ‘Andrea’s Notebook’, this DIY rustic headboard is really easy, even for someone who has never done woodwork before. You could even get the cutting done at the home improvement store if you don’t have a saw. Love it with white and bright, clear colors… Our oldest daughter and her husband made one similar to this for their master bedroom, and it looks amazing. It’s hard to get the rustic look wrong, if you make a mistake, it just looks… well, rustic!

 

This DIY office memo board by Ashley from ‘Little Glass Jar’ is such an easy tutorial! I love the chicken wire, but even more I love those mini wooden clothespins they used as clips. Cute! Perfect project to warm up your home office or homework area.

 

This DIY rustic wood box centerpiece is from the ‘Liz Marie Blog’, which has always been one of our favorites. This project is a simple one made from a 1×6 piece of lumber. I love the little rope handles she made. This is the softer side of rustic! Sweet look!

 

This DIY wood striped wall from Taryn at ‘Design, Dining and Diapers’ is the perfect choice for someone who has been dying to have a wood wall, but doesn’t want that much work! This was only 5 – 1×8 pine boards and some nails… plus, a little bit of planning.

 

Ok, this cute DIY crate and pallet bookcase from Jen at ‘House of Wood’ is a pretty easy build, very cheap, and we are loving on her styling! She can not only build just about anything, she has decorating skills too! Lots of photos to take you through this, plus a warning you should pay attention to.

So bring some rustic flavor into your home, DIY style!

Personalize Your Windows with Trim Molding

Truly polished decor mostly comes down to those tiny touches throughout your home. It’s that great accent lamp you got from an estate sale, the unique glass hardware installed on a set of drawers, or—best of all—beautiful trim molding on your windows. Trim molding adds intention to your interior design, elevating the overall impact of your windows. It makes them stand out as an architectural focal point, rather seeming like an unfinished afterthought.

Molding makes a great DIY project, even for those homeowners with little to no experience in home renovations. Plus, it can even help boost your window’s energy efficiency. Let’s take a look at the basics of window trim molding, so you can decide if this decor element is right for your home.

Trim Molding: A Primer

Builders and homeowners use molding in a variety of locations throughout the home. Decorative crown molding adds an accent around the base of a ceiling, while baseboard molding goes between the floor and the wall to make it appear more finished.

Window trim, often referred to as casing, measures between two to three inches in most cases, and comes in a range of different styles. Most homeowners purchase it pre-cut from a home improvement store. However, if you want something truly unique, you can also hire a woodworker or frame maker to hand carve designs into the wood.

Window Trim Elements

Window trim can be as embellished or minimalist as you like. While many different types of trim exist for windows, you don’t necessarily have to add every single part. Each piece performs a different function and must be joined to the surrounding trim, as well. Here’s a list of the different pieces.

  • Crown molding: Often applied as a decorative flourish at the top of windows in Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival style homes.
  • Mitered return: Used with crown molding to join the sides of the molding to the wall.
  • Frieze board: Added as a horizontal boundary to separate the crown molding from the casing.
  • Crosshead strip: Sits just below the frieze board, above the top of the casing.
  • Side casing: Covers the gap between the edge of the window and the wall.
  • Backband molding: A small piece of molding running along the sides of the casing, used to add dimension to plain designs.
  • Inside stop: A small frame that runs between the glass and the outer casing.
  • Stool: What is typically referred to as the window sill, this ledge sits below the window, jutting out from the wall.
  • Apron: A decorative piece of molding that fits below the stool.
  • Cap: Sits above the top crown molding to finish the design.
  • Head casing: Positioned below the crosshead strip to join the window frame to the wall.
  • Square-cut joint and rosette: This optional decorative element is positioned on the top corners of the window frame.

Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with the parts of window molding, read on to decide how to best integrate these into your home’s existing aesthetic.

Selecting a Style: What to Consider

Your home’s aesthetic and architectural design should largely inform the type of trim molding you choose. For instance, if you have a classical home design, such as a Georgian, Federal, or Greek Revival, an entablature—made up out of crown molding and frieze board—will add historical authenticity to your home decor. If you have a Victorian style home, try a custom-made high-profile casing. Complete with square-cut joints and rosettes, it will capture the ornate aesthetic so favored in that time period.

If your style tends toward more modernist sensibilities, a more nuanced trim, like a simple casing with clean lines, makes a better approach. Usually these casings match the color of the existing window frame for a more subtle effect. But if you’re looking for something eye-catching in a modern home, choose large side casing that keeps the clean lines, but measures wider than the traditional three to four inches.

And if you’re just looking for something simple, a low-profile casing makes a suitable choice for almost any type of home decor. These utilitarian trims help to block wind from entering your home through the sides of the window frame, without adding cluttering up your interiors with too much flash.

You should also take into consideration the aesthetic profile of the existing baseboards, crown molding, and other trim throughout the room, as well. You want your windows to match the feel of the rest of your home, instead of standing in jarring contrast to it.

Energy Efficiency Benefits of Window Trim

Window trim isn’t all about style and design, of course. Casings also defray drafts and help boost the energy efficiency of your window frames. Trim covers gaps between the wall opening and window frame—especially when you seal behind the windows with foam sealant spray. Also make sure to caulk between the edge of the molding and the wall, where the window frame meets the casing, and around all other joints. With properly installed window trim, your home can be more beautiful and more comfortable!

22 Creative Kids’ Room Ideas That Will Make You Want To Be A Kid Again

We love to write about interior design at Bored Panda, but we often forget to cover one important group – kids! Most parents will agree that providing their children with a wonderful living space in which they can thrive, learn and play is of paramount importance, which is why we’ve collected this list of 22 awesome interior design ideas for children’s rooms.

A child’s surroundings can have a huge impact on how they grow and develop, so parents always try to make their children’s living spaces as comfortable and fun as possible within their means. I’m not sure my parents could have afforded an indoor treehouse, but I still had plenty of pictures and bright, colorful artwork up on my walls. Sleeping in a bed that looks like a pirate ship or a princess’ wagon, as one can imagine, would probably fill a child’s life with endless hours of joy.

Of course, arguments can be made for and against these designs. Sure they all look pretty cool, but how safe is a children’s room with ladders, ropes, and strange out-of-place edges? There are plenty of opportunities here for kids to hurt themselves, depending on their age and how much they like to horse around, so these designs may not be for everyone. And as much as we like providing for our children, spoiling them rotten is also a bad idea!

Which interior design would you want for your kids?

Let us know in the comments!

1. Pirate Ship Room

2. Calvin and Hobbes Bedroom

3. Secret Chronicles Of Narnia Room

4. Personal Teepee

5. Spaceship Captain’s Console

6. Tree House Bedroom

7. Secret Slide Passage And Play Room

8. Secret Treehouse Play Room

9. House Within A House

10. Fairy-Tale Nursery

11. Ship Captain’s Bedroom

12. Adventure Treehouse Room

13. Circus Bedroom

14. Princess’ Carriage And Bedroom

15. Ship Captain’s Lookout And Bedroom

16. Forest Wonderland Bedroom

17. Racetrack Bedroom

18. Hideout Tubes

19. Basketball Court Bedroom

20. Island Shipwreck Bedroom

21. Super Mario Room

22. Or Just Give Your Kids Thousands of Stickers And See What Happens

 

6 AMAZING BEDROOM IDEAS TO COPY FROM MARIE CLAIRE MAISON

The new seasons arrived, and it’s time to renew your home decor. If you are looking for decoration ideas to create a new modern interior design, so don’t stop reading this! Looking for the best design inspiration, we elected Marie Claire Maison to give you amazing bedroom ideas so you can welcome better the next seasons to come.

SEE ALSO: 6 Home Decor Ideas By Catherine Kwong That You Will Want To Copy

Are you tired of your white and lifeless walls? Bet on wallpaper tendency to give vitality to your home. In your bedroom, line a whole section of the wall with a revitalizing wallpaper and blend with most refined decorative accessories. This will make an impressive decoration, without any effort!

A cozy rug, an animal skin, soft and refined colors and that’s it: a perfect bedroom with a super comfortable and clean decor. The head of natural wood with oil blue buttons brings depth and originality to the room.

This is the perfect example of the Keep it simple! rule creates amazing spaces! This blue bedroom with simple elements turned  is a deep but soft space.

Decorate with gray shades don’t have necessarily to make the bedroom a cool place!

Mix simple pieces with bold and neutral colors. This will give a great personality to your space.

Create a different and functional bedroom with simple ideas like this! Separate your space with a shelf and place with minimalist lamps.