Five New Year's Resolutions for Your Home

Five New Year's Resolutions for Your Home

As a new year rolls around, many of us begin thinking about resolutions that will offer us a fresh start. This year, rather than imagining you will make a big behavioral shift in yourself (AKA I really don't want to give up wine for a month, thanks) why not take some time to focus on the spaces around us, and see how to use these to make little shifts in how we approach things. After all, it's far more fun to redecorate than it is to diet, am I right?

With that in mind, we've got a great new free guide to giveaway ...

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Painted Cabinets

Painted Cabinets

Current trends in kitchen design favor a little color and I'm a fan of this. Monochromatic, all white kitchens have their place, but painting your cupboards is a great way to add some color without coating your walls. And if you anchor the room with color on the lower cabinets, you can still have a clean, light look from the counter top to the ceiling

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Wallpaper Trends in 2016

Wallpaper is still going strong this year, bringing a bit of fun, drama or luxury into our rooms. Three trends that you can watch for are natural elements, metallics, and pastels. We've got some great examples of each, ranging from bold to subtle. NATURALS

A beautiful and graphic piece by Luke Edward Hall.

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Collage wallpaper by Rosemary Milner.

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Techinically, this one is a wall mural, but as you can stick it up and it's gorgeous we're including it.

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METALLICS

We start with a bold and colorful metallic. If you're not courageous enough to coat a  large room with this, think about a hall, entry or powder room - or even a single accent wall.

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Beautiful Boho Diamond from Michele Varian.

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And old favourite from Farrow and Ball highlights metallics and pastels in a wonderfully subtle pattern.

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A beautiful mix of quiet color and a bit of metal. Perfect in this powder room.

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PASTELS

Pastels are a big trend this year, and wallpaper is a great way to highlight this without having to change out your main furnishings.

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Dreamy and pretty, they are often thought of for the bedroom, but considering expanding them into other spaces, such as this bar below.

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Even this more traditional pattern can be juxtaposed against modern furnishings and fittings to create a beautiful result.

Wallpaper trends for 2016 include metallics, botanicals and natural elements, and pastels

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DIY Bookshelf with Mid-Century style

Mid-century items are getting harder and harder to find at bargain prices as their popularity increases. That's one reason I love this DIY  bookshelf project so much. You can create the Mid-century look without breaking the bank, and you get a little satisfaction from doing it yourself. A few garage sale book shelves are the starting point for this, and all that was required was some glue, a drill, a bit of paint and a set of legs. A great DIY project - make your own mid-century bookshelf.

A quick and easy project that will give you a little more storage space.

A great DIY project - make your own mid-century bookshelf.

Two old shelves are glued and screwed together to create a new unit.

A great DIY bookshelf project - make your own mid-century bookshelf.

The mid-century legs can be bought used, but you can also find lots of new legs like these online or even at your local hardware store.  This is a great project with easy to follow instructions, Check it out at Maggie Overby Studios. 

DIY: Holiday Tables

Tomorrow our American readers will be celebrating Thanksgiving, and then we are into the festive season full speed ahead. As always, my urge is to decorate ALL THE THINGS! But sometimes, a more measured approach can be equally stunning. For holiday tabletop decor ideas that rely on a natural look , decor8blog has you covered. Beautiful and simple holiday tabletop decor.

Keeping the decor simple allows you to focus on the items you do feature - and keeps plenty of space for all the food!

Beautiful and simple holiday tabletop decor.

The white linens and dishes let natural elements and greenery stand out.

Beautiful and simple holiday tabletop decor.

The essence of less is more on your table this year. For full deatils, go here.

DIY: Mirrored Closet Doors

Mirrored closet doors are typically a feature that makes you wince a bit when you are viewing a home. But it's a double edged sword - the mirrors can bring light and the feeling of space to a room, but they can also be pretty awful to look at. You have two options if you want a change. the first is to replace the doors entirely, which solves the issue of ugly closet doors, but takes away the other qualities we mentioned, which can be a benefit especially in a smaller space that lacks a lot of natural light.

So we look at option two: DIY decorative overlays that change the look of the door. They might now sound capable of really changing the look of the doors, but after viewing this project, I'd beg to differ.

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The overlays can be purchased online and attached fairly simply. We'd rate this DIY - easy. Outside of adhesive, you'll need little equipment or skills to get this look. Check out how it's done over at The Honeycomb Home. 

Painting a Fireplace

We're back to work on a project for new homeowners who are revamping most of the main floor. The decision was made to leave the old fireplace intact, with an eye to adding an insert down the road. But that still leaves us with a fairly tired brick face. The house painter will be arriving soon, so we decided to paint the fireplace in advance of that, so he can cut in clean lines around it. Here's the old face:

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Stained and sooty, the fireplace was first given a thorough cleaning, and wiped down with a degreaser. We opted to leave the firebox alone, as an insert is planned, and a beautiful, vintage brass grate was found to cover the opening.

And our current state:

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The primer is on, and the next step is the paint. The room will be a pale, neutral grey, so we opted for a dark charcoal on the fireplace, hearth and mantel. the uniform color will completely change the look of the whole fireplace and surroundings, and will give it a quiet sophistication that we are going to take advantage of.

Mixed metals and a masculine but warm aesthetic will rule in this space. New wall sconces,  brass accents and some beautiful furnishings are coming up in the next few weeks as we complete this room and the adjoining dining room. Stay tuned for updates!

DIY : Refinishing a Sideboard

Sideboards are one of those pieces of furniture that can play a role in a variety of spaces. Taking up their traditional job in a dining room, they offer storage space, room for your decanter and a few classes, a focal point for the room with a mirror over it, and more. I've used them in my living room as a small liquor cabinet and display space. They're a great way to replace those smoked glass TV stand abominations that just need dusting every day.  Local classified are full of old sideboards, but often people are stopped by the idea of having to refinish a piece to get it back to its glory. Fear not, the fine folks at Pretty Handy Girl are here to show you how to DIY this. And yes, the job is canine-approved.

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You'll need a hand sander to help you with the job, and a few other supplies, They have the full list and DIY instructions over at Pretty Handy Girl, so check it out, and yes you can do this!

DIY: an acrylic and metal side table

I absolutely love this DIY project. A boring TV tray is repurposed into a chic and light side table.  It's a super project for people without the budget for a $200 side table but who want the fresh, light look that lucite furniture offers. The metal corners give it the perfect finishing touch. A great DIY project to transform a TV tray into a chic, acrylic and metal side table. Get the look of lucite furniture for less!

A great DIY project to transform a TV tray into a chic, acrylic and metal side table. Get the look of lucite furniture for less!

Super, yes? I would rate this an an Easy DIY project. You'll need some supplies but no power tools or specialized knowledge. My top tip? When spray painting the tray legs, remember that a few layered, thin coats will give a far superior result to one, impatiently applied thick coat. Spray outdoors, and use wide, broad strokes to create your thin coats -  and wait util dry to apply the next. With that, you'll have a pro finish. Get the step by step instructions for this at In My Own Style - there's plenty of other great projects and DIY tips there as well.

Prettypegs Furniture Legs

A common issue that we run in to with reclaimed furniture or vintage pieces is missing or damaged furniture legs. Additionally, some pieces could benefit from a bit of a freshen up and switching out the legs is a great way to subtly change the look of a piece. For many mid-century  finds, or any piece with a fairly simple form, Prettypegs has just the legs for you. They have a wide range of simple, Scandi style furniture legs, in an amazing range of colors and patterns. You can even buy them bare and stain them to your liking.

 

Prettypeg makes replacement legs for modern furniture in beautiful scandi styles. Use them for your DIY furniture projects and to refresh your vintage pieces.

Prettypeg makes replacement legs for modern furniture in beautiful scandi styles. Use them for your DIY furniture projects and to refresh your vintage pieces.

Prettypeg makes replacement legs for modern furniture in beautiful scandi styles. Use them for your DIY furniture projects and to refresh your vintage pieces.

Check out the full range at Prettypegs.

 

DIY: A Home Transformed

This beautiful home in Prince Edward Island on Canada's east coast is all the more impressive for the fact that the couple who live here did the work themselves. Project by project, this Craftsman style home was transformed from dated to modern and fresh, without losing its sense of history and character. an amazing DIY home renovation. A craftsman style home is given a fresh facelift with white walls, a painted fireplace, new kitchen and more!

an amazing DIY home renovation. A craftsman style home is given a fresh facelift with white walls, a painted fireplace, new kitchen and more!

an amazing DIY home renovation. A craftsman style home is given a fresh facelift with white walls, a painted fireplace, new kitchen and more!

The space was opened up with white walls and fireplace, but original touches like radiators maintain the home's original charm. Check out the full DIY story and pictures at East Coast Living. 

 

DIY: A Herringbone Headboard

A headboard is not an essential for your bed - some folks prefer the simple look without a headboard. However,they can be a simple way to add a bit of polish, or even some oomph, to your room's decor. If your current bed doesn't have a headboard, and you fancy doing something a bit unique, check out this DIY headboard from IHeart Organizing. DIY_Herringbone_Headboard_header

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This is a great, clean looking headboard that gives you visual interest through the pattern, and allows you to choose the finish. Get creative and use different shades of stain or paint to draw out the pattern. A very versatile project. You need mid-range DIY skills to take on this project, and access to some tool and equipment. But if you are handy, or feel like it's time to learn a bit, check out their step by step instructions. 

DIY: Gilded Vases

One quick way to dress up your decor, and to make it look a bit more grown up at the same time, is to add metallic touches. Whether you're going for mixed metals or sticking simply with warm metals, these DIY gilded vases will give your room a beautiful and unique touch. gold-gilded-vases-by-le-zoe-musings4 (1)

It's a simple process, and one that you could adjust easily to a different metallic, over even an opaque color. Check it out over at Le Zoe Musings. 

DIY: Printable Botanicals

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Palms, tropical plants and botanicals are on trend right now. Design Love Fest has some free printables that you can download to create your own tropical decor touch. Print them at home, or take them to your local print shop and have them done for you. It's a simple way to add a green (or blue, even) touch to your decor.

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Put them on your walls naked like you see here, or consider a few framing options. If you have them printed in a standard size (8x10, for example) you can buy standard picture mats and frames, and replace the print down the road when you are looking for some thing new for your decor. Get the downloadable file over at Design Love Fest.

DIY Lace Wall

I will admit that I am not a big fan of stencils for decorating. Let's just say that the time I spent working in an art supplies store, coupled with the tole painting craze of the late eighties, took its toll on my sanity. This lace stencil project, however, is enough to change my mind. It's not only beautiful, but it comes with an instructional video for those of us who assume we'd never be precise enough to get this right. Stenciled-Room-4-898x650

 

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See how it's done here.

DIY - Gold Hexagon Table

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I would rate this as DIY-Medium. You're going to need some power tools and the knowledge of how to use them. But what is life if not an opportunity to learn something new every day? And once you have those skills, think of the things you could do!  Get the free plans - and step-by-step instructions and pictures - at Pneumatic Addict.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]