A Scandinavian-inspired bedroom that was originally two rooms – Every new wall was painted white to serve as a base, then an accent color was chosen to warm each space in a different way.
There’s nothin like a good IKEA hack! IKEA is so accessible — anybody could stroll in there and buy a BEKVAM or two — but its Scandinavian design is deceptively simple. With a little ingenuity a box, or a table, or a stool from IKEA could become pretty much anything. Here’s proof.
One of the easiest ways to give your bathroom a face lift is to replace your shower curtain. The shower curtain is often the first thing that you notice when you walk into the bathroom and its color and texture can set the tone for the rest of the space.
Levtex ‘Remy’ Shower Curtain, for $26.13
Hudson Park Italian Percale Shower Curtain, for $39.99 (Originally $105.00!)
Boca Shower Curtain in Coral, for $19.99
Threshold Ombre Shower Curtain in Blue, for $18.99
Linen Banded Shower Curtain, for $69.99
Pintuck Curtain in Slate, for $19.99
Esme Spa Shower Curtain in Blue, for $19.99
City Block Shower Curtain, for $29.99
Magical Thinking Cosmic Cutout Shower Curtain, for $29.99
Home Classics Ruffle Fabric Shower Curtain, for $19.99
Splash Home EVA Shower Curtain, for $14.99
Kikkerland Shower Curtain -Birch, for $16.00
This is such a great question, and one that is near and dear to me, because I RENT TOO!!! 🙂 In fact, I’ve rented a house or apartment since the day I moved out of my parents home almost 17 years ago! Yikes! Now I’m really dating myself!
As renters, we’re constantly looking for reversible design solutions to blah apartments, and I’m right there with you! All this personal experience makes me quite the expert when it comes to temporary design, so I’ve compiled my list of sure fire ways to customize your rented spaces with ease!
1) Paint – Oooh! I know, the dreaded word for renters across the globe! But seriously you guys – IT’S. JUST. PAINT. Your home should reflect YOU, and not some cookie cutter landlord’s idea of you. Since you may live there for a few years or more, you may as well create a space that inspires you by choosing a soothing hue. If painting the whole room is too intimidating, start with an accent wall for a subtle punch!
2) Temporary Wallpapers – In the last several years, many products have been created just for those of us who rent – and one of my favs is temporary wallpapers! These sticky designs are easy to install and stay on like a charm! When you’re ready to move, simply peel them off the wall where there wont be any trace that they were ever there! Check out tempaper.com, modcloth.com, or even etsy for some super cool temporary paper designs!
3) Creative Storage -One of my biggest dilemmas in renting is where to put all my awkward belongings and equipment. I love using bed risers (less than $10!) that elevate the bed frame so that I may store funky things with all that space – and make my bed look waaaay cooler than it normally did at a regular height. I swear by an ottoman as opposed to a coffee table, as I find the added covered storage is perfect for my blankets, cookbooks, or pet supplies – and also serve as extra seating for my guests during parties. Last but not least – Invest in COVERED storage! Purchase a TV stand that has doors rather than those open kind that reveal your entire DVD collection, your gaming consoles and all those crazy wires and cords. Closed side tables, night stands, and credenzas are also great options to hide things like books, photos, cookware or bulk purchases!
4) Lighting – I have absolutely no good reason why apartments and rented spaces seem to really drop the ball on this particular necessity, but overhead lighting realllllllllly seems to be hard to find in most rooms. To combat this problem, invest in a few great floor lamps with architectural interest like this:
not something cheap and tacky like this:
…and make sure to get some great table lamps for your living room and bedroom as well!
5) Add plants – Never underestimate the power of a beautiful living tree in your home! This is my cheapest and all time favorite thing to add to a space and I love the way a plant can take up some vertical real estate! Try a selection of indoor house trees like the fiddle fig leaf tree, an areca palm, or even a funky cactus!
6) Art – if you’ve decided that you just can’t paint (some of you are so stubborn, I know!) then invest in some large colorful prints! They will take up a lot of wall space and give you some design direction in terms of color and style! Hang either one GINORMOUS piece, three poster sized prints hung close together, or create a cool installation with a collection of smaller framed art Just don’t be afraid to put a tiny little nail hole in the wall because they are SUPER easy to repair!
When all else fails, remember to keep your space CLEAN! I can not tell you the benefits of a tidy and well organized space – and to others – cleanliness translates as a well put together home. I hope these ideas really get you thinking and can help you create the home of your dreams – even if it’s not your dream home!
MY GOODNESS!!! Mother nature is sure giving all my friends in the mainland a run for their money this week! I know I live in Hawaii now, but I grew up in Oklahoma – where it is currently 14 friggin’ degrees outside (nowwww you see why I moved to Hawaii?!)!! I have to say though, I sure do miss the warm nights snuggled around the fireplace with my family in our jammies and socks – and it inspired me to find some AWESOME fireplaces that I think break the mold and keep you out of the cold all winter long! Check these lil gems out!
My job as an Interior Designer is to push you to try something different – and as a designer – I just gotta tell you how much I love painting a room a dark hue. It creates soooooo much depth and dimension! Think black for some serious drama, or warm gray, deep brown, rich navy, or saturated eggplant! You don’t gotta be rich to be fancy!
Diet? Check. Save more? Check. Land your dream job? Check. Often, your home is the last thing on your mind when it comes to resolutions, but I think it should be at the top of your priorities!
1. Organize – Can be a daunting one depending on how long you’ve “let things go”.
2. Start a project – Give new life to an otherwise unused or untouched room.
4. Buy a plant – The cheapest way to bring life into your home.
5. Learn to enjoy your home!!
Revamping your home decor doesn’t always have to be a bank-breaking project. Here are 10 ways to give your home a fresh look, without breaking a sweat – or your wallet.
1. Pull a room together by choosing two contrast colors – black and white, say, or white and one bright color – and use them as a repeating theme throughout, such as a row of yellow and white pillows on a sofa, or robin’s egg blue walls and all-white furnishings.
2. A simple but effective tip: Too much of a good thing is too much. Try taking all your home decor accessories and putting them in a box, then putting them back one by one where they’ll have the most impact.
3. Small details make all the difference: Beautiful coasters, interesting desk frames, a small but exquisite crystal vase filled with fresh flowers.
4. Update lampshades with new ones in more contemporary shapes or simply fresh white shades.
5. Update your window dressings. IKEA and other home stores have reams of readymade draperies you can hem to the right size (or leave to puddle on the floor), or you can make your own from sheets or lengths of designer outlet fabric. Hang from an attractive new curtain rod, also available in stock sizes.
6. Take down all your paintings and other art and move them around to different walls or different rooms. It’ll be like seeing them for the first time.
7. Peruse Craigslist regularly for finds. It’s amazing what shows up at a bargain or even free – but like any good flea market shopper, be sure to check regularly, as good things go fast.
8. Spruce up your entrance by painting your front door a cheerful color. Pair it with a new lighting fixture, mailbox and house numbers – all available at the box store.
9. Inexpensive frame mouldings from the box store can transform a plain wall or hallway into an instant paneled look. Paint the mouldings in a contrasting shade or white.
10. Some paint stores sell mixed paint for much less than custom-mixed paint because the color was off or it was returned to the store. Great if you’re willing to experiment on the color.
If you love reading as much as I do, then you are going to need a good bookshelf or bookcase to hold all your collections. Storing books in a rectangular or square shelf can be boring. Check out these bookshelves that break the mold and can clear away the clutter while adding a little panache to your home.
Zelli – Duret Younes
Infinity – Job Koelewijn
Three Quad Styles – Nauris Kalinauskas
Skew – Smansk
Hang In There – OldandCold
Books On Books – Invisible Bookshelf
Bliss Storyline – Frederik Roije
Hand-Carved Trees – Landers Woodworking
Trailing Spiral – Brianna Kufa
Library Tree Branch – Oliver Dolle
SheLLf – Ka-Lai Chan
Rocky Credenza – La Chance
Tree Of Knowledge – Jamie Joseffry
Five Tier Corner Unit – Loft Essentials
Sloped & Slanted – Anthropologie