A Colorful Modern Home Designed with Usability in Mind

Every family home should have a little bit of playfulness to it. In this design from Nordico, it is impossible to deny that a little bit of childlike wonder and whimsy have informed the still stylish design. From a pretty pink sofa with a playful design to a modern interpretation of a bean bag chair, this is a living space that’s actually designed with living in mind. Instead of making visitors afraid to touch anything, this fun and quirky home invites you to kick off your shoes and stay for a while. Step inside and get comfortable. Continue reading A Colorful Modern Home Designed with Usability in Mind

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!

Inspiring Modern Bedrooms For Kids: Colorful, Quirky, And Fun

What could be more exciting than decorating a bedroom with your creative youngsters? Although you may not be able to adopt all of their ideas (chocolate fountains and real life petting zoos are probably off the table), it’s definitely possible to incorporate their tastes and preferences into a design that parents and kids alike can enjoy. This post looks at several childhood bedrooms that go beyond everyday expectations. After you check out the incredible photos below, make sure to check out this list of kid’s room wall decor to enhance your scrapbook of ideas.

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The beauty of red walls

Red walls can be bold, vivacious, classic … but the downside is that a red wall is difficult to decorate around! You have seen many images of red walls and like all of us you fell in love with the idea and you have the perfect room to try this look. But now what? Painting a wall red is a bold move and while you’re painting it you start to wonder if you made a mistake. The cost of paint is probably the same as any other paint but decorating costs around a red wall is going to get expensive. Here are some ideas that will help bring your “red room” to life. Red walls create a striking backdrop for an eclectic collection of artwork. This is also a great way to tone down the red a bit — the frames will cover up some of the surface area, leaving just enough red exposed to be exciting without overwhelming your space. Black and white. What will go with your red art wall? Try white upholstered furniture, a crisp black and white rug, and simple white curtains. Tie in the wall color by choosing toss pillows covered in interesting textiles with a bit of red in them — perhaps made from pieces of an old kilim rug or sari silk. White and blue. Red, white and blue can read as all-American or a nod to the French —either way, this color combo is undeniably chic. Take a cue from Redwalls2the dining space shown here and pair a modern light fixture and chairs in white with red walls and blue cushions. For a more relaxed take on the red, white and blue scheme, add a weathered farm table, simple wicker chairs and a plate rack filled with blue and white dishes.

Design dilemma: accent wall or all red? As a rule of thumb, large rooms, open floor plans and kids’ spaces can benefit from a little more white space. Define a nook or an alcove with red paint and leave the rest crisp white. Small, cozy dining rooms and studies are better able to handle four walls of red.
Redwalls1Beige and orange. When a comfortable, cozy look is what you want, turn to natural shades of orange (with a little brown in them), beige and off-white. Pair these warm tones with rich red walls and natural fibers.
Oriental or kilim rug. These rugs tend to include red, making them a natural choice for a room with painted red walls. Roll out a plush Oriental rug or flat-weave kilim in shades of red and blue or brown, and your red walls will instantly feel more settled in.
Chocolate, black and gold. Try a plush chocolate-colored sofa, lamps with black parchment shades, and picture frames and mirrors in either black or gold (or a mix). On the floor you could go with either a traditional rug in red tones or keep it simple with a natural-fiber rug.