So you’ve been wanting to tackle that painting project in the kitchen or the bedroom for months now and you’ve finally found the right color for your room. So what sheen should you go with for the kitchen? The bedroom? Does it even matter?
Yes, the sheen of the paint can make a huge difference in your room or project! So here’s a quick guide to picking the right paint sheen for your next painting project.
The use of succulents is an outdoor decor trend we’re seeing in our most recent Patio Style Challenge series. We’ve seen them hanging, planted in groups, single plantings… On side tables, dining tables, bookshelves, hanging gardens, and just about everywhere in between. Above, Atlanta-based lifestyle blogger Anna, of In Honor of Design, created a bar cart area off to the side of her renter-friendly patio. These tall tin buckets spray painted with copper spray paint and planted with short succulents are a neat combination.
Michelle Hinckley, of 4 Men 1 Lady, decorated her tall dining table with single succulent plantings in bright containers. The yellow decor scheme and complimentary container colors create a really interesting contrast. Plus, it never hurts to have an aloe plant easily accessible in the spring and summer when sunburns are common!
There’s hardly a DIY project that Natalie Dalpias won’t tackle. She’s the author of the blog The Creative Mom, where she has advice and DIY projects covering decor, cooking parties and more. Here, she shares with us her tutorial for a cute and practical farmhouse bench.
I’ve been wanting to build my own pieces of furniture for a while now, so when I came across this DIY farmhouse bench plan from Ana White, I knew I had to try it out–with a few modifications. This bench really isn’t too hard. I actually built the entire thing 100 percent by myself, which really impressed my husband. I know that if I can do it, you can do it too.
Artificial grass, faux grass, fake grass, synthetic turf… whatever you call it, it’s an outdoor trend. We certainly noticed it in our popular Patio Style Challenge series with three of our guest contributors using artificial grass in clever and stylish ways.
Above, popular DIY blogger, Ashley of Sugar & Cloth, created a clean and modern look in her urban backyard. When guests walk through the fence gate, they’re greeted not only with lots of stylish planters and greenery, but also with a unique pathway. Ashley inverted the old pebble walkway idea and placed squares of artificial grass as “stepping stones” through her backyard. So stylish!
Interest in macrame seems to be enjoying a revival these days with more and more people learning how to macrame decorations for their homes. You’ll also see examples of the centuries-old craft showing up in the decor of hip boutiques across the country– including the Seattle shop of jewelry maker Moorea Seal.
Here, she shows us how to macrame a beautiful room divider similar to one that hangs in her store. She says she took inspiration from the ever crafty ladies at A Beautiful Mess. But Moorea added some shine to the design with small pieces of copper pipe, which picks up on the theme of the DIY copper pipe jewelry displays in her store.
In our popular Patio Style Challenge series, bloggers from all around the country share their impressive DIY skills and outdoor decorating ideas. One outdoor trend we’re seeing in the series is the use of unique patio side tables. Using unexpected materials, colors and tools, these DIY patio side tables are as functional as they are attractive. Above, Chicago makers, Emily & Ryan, solved a small balcony dilemma with a unique skateboard cocktail table that doubles as a grill and a conversation piece.
DIY blogger, Mandy, of Fabric Paper Glue really wowed us with this bright and geometric cooler project. You’d never know there’s a simple Styrofoam cooler hidden inside. It’s an easy solution for seating and a convenient spot to grab a cold drink!
Jewelry designer Moorea Seal also knows how to display jewelry– in her store in Seattle or at home. Here, she shares her tutorial for a copper pipe jewelry display. “The copper looks gorgeous against the contrast of mixed metal necklaces and bracelets. And the industrial but refined look of the pipes keeps the overall vibe of the jewelry display really chic and a touch rustic,” she says.
A designated serving area for outdoor dining and entertaining with a serving cart is a must, according to a handful of participants in our most recent Patio Style Challenge series. Style these beverage carts with serve ware, glasses, drinks, herbs and flowers to create a stylish and functional piece. Above, lifestyle blogger Anna Lisemeyer and her husband built a custom bar table to hold all of their essential items in their renter-friendly backyard design. Anna shared the DIY bar table tutorial on her blog, In Honor of Design.
DIYer Michelle Hinckley completely made over an old serving cart with a bright red coat of Rust-Oleum spray paint. Just a few coats of spray paint create a whole new look for this piece. Styled with succulents, fresh fruit, and flavored beverages, Michelle’s bright makeover serves as a centerpiece in her colorful patio space.
One way to have a big impact on your home’s curb appeal is to replace your front door. The good news is that front door replacement can be easy and even fun.
That’s the takeaway from Emily Clark’s door replacement story. She writes about low-stress decorating on her blog Emily A. Clark: design. simplified, so we invited her to contribute to our Style Challenge series with this Curb Appeal Challenge. Here, she walks us through how she chose a new front door, had it installed and then painted it.
Take a look at how her new front door had a big impact on the whole look of her home.
When I found that our front door was beginning to crack down the middle a few months ago, at first, I was bummed that front door replacement was just another project to add to our t0-do list. Then, I started thinking about the possibilities of changing the look of our traditional home and adding a little color. And, suddenly, I found myself at The Home Depot shopping for doors and picking up paint swatches.