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Colorful Bathrooms: How to Go Bold Without Going Overboard

Dream bathrooms do not have to be white. There are plenty of beautiful, colorful bathrooms out there to inspire us to look beyond white, gray, and natural stone tones. You don’t have to go mad with it… I’m not suggested you go full retro and get yourself an avocado tub; but accents of color could be just what you’re looking for to bring warmth and bold style to your bathroom. Take a look at this washroom rainbow, and see what colors get you in the mood for a shower…

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Featured image source (blue bathroom): contemporist.com


Colored Grout

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Photograph by Simon Bevan – Source: Domino.com

Colored grout… it’s a thing now. Hexagon tiles and red grout? Even better. Colored grout will instantly style up your bathroom, and I particularly like how this tile only runs halfway up the wall and the color is continued in paint. The unfinished hexagonal edge makes it feel like a game of Tetris has crawled up the wall off the floor, I love it. You can get grout in all sorts of colors now, take a look at Stationmaster’s ‘Glamour Grout’.

Subway Tile

Hidden House, Ashburton, Devon

The popularity of subway tile means it is now available in any color you could think of. It’s a really simple way to bring a statement color into your bathroom and I’m a big fan of this bold orange. You can see more of this ‘Hidden House’ in Devon, UK, at Architects’ van Ellen + Sheryn’s website.

 

Mix Materials

Glass House

There is nothing particularly wacky about this bathroom; but the mix of materials gives it a wonderful glow of yellows and orange. It’s warm and inviting, despite the rather corporate glazing and blinds; and I enjoy the combination of painted wall, stone tile and wood floor. I also love the concrete frame adding to the mix. For more photos of this ‘Glass House’ in Chicago, visit Thomas Roszak Architecture.

Colored Cabinets

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Source: mydomaine.com

You may be tempted to paint your existing cabinets to reduce the cost of your bathroom renovation. When you do, consider a bigger palette than white. This yellow accent livens up this white bathroom perfectly.

Painted Wall

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Source: due-home.com

Pantone named ‘Greenery’ it’s color of the year for 2017. It that isn’t a reason to get painting, what is? Green gives the opportunity to bring some plants into your bathroom too, creating a mixed palette of coordinated shades. Green is also known to be a calming, relaxing color… perfect for a dip in the tub.

Patterned Tile

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Source: hadleycourt.com

These moroccan inspired tiles bring color and pattern to a bathroom. Keeping the tile full height across the room creates a simple accent wall design, without being too fussy. Patterned tile might seem like a risky move, but teamed with simple white for the rest of the space, it can be easy to pull off.

Painted Bathtub

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Source: houseandhome.com

Who doesn’t love a free-standing claw foot tub? I miss ours since we moved from the UK, but am in the market for extending our bathroom to fit a bath, so who knows… You can paint the underside of your tub easily, in any shade, to bring a splash of color to your bathroom. I also love these hexagon mosaics on the floor!

While we’re in the realm of violet on my rainbow of colorful bathrooms…

PPG Paint couldn’t care less what Pantone say… they’ve come up with their own color of the year – ‘Violet Verbena‘. I’ve got to say, I rather like it, but sadly can’t find an image of bathroom that’s been painted in it yet. I’m leaving the swatch here in the hope one of you will feel inspired to paint your bathroom. Do send me a picture when you’re done…

Violet-Verbena-swatch
source: fashiontrendsetter.com

 

Accessories

Stephen Graver - Edington Bathroom Project
Photo by Stephen Graver Ltd – Source: Houzz.com
 
This gorgeous bathroom in Wiltshire, UK, by Stephen Graver is playing it safe with color. We’re not all ready to go tiling our walls in purple; so if you don’t have the balls for built-in color, bring some vibrance to your bathroom with towels, chairs and pictures. Remember, colorful bathrooms don’t need to be floor to ceiling color.

 
My rainbow is complete, I hope you enjoyed the colorful bathrooms. Do let me know which is your favorite!

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DIY Murals for Kids Rooms That Do Not Require a Fine Art Degree

Last week I started designing the Twins big boy room, and shared my options for beds in shared rooms. This week, I’m taking things a step further and thinking about the walls. I would love the boys to have a mural wall, and it’s something I’ve always fancied having a go at. Despite being fairly artistic, the idea of embarking on an epic mural is more than daunting, and I don’t want it to end up so awful that my hard work is painted over with ten layers of tasteful pale grey. So, let’s be realistic, and consider some DIY murals for kids rooms that all of us can achieve.

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WARNING: The mural shown above may require a fine art degree… read on to start with something basic!

I can draw, but I’m pretty rusty and I don’t have much time. The last thing I want is to make life difficult for myself, after all, I’m a big believer in ‘keep it simple stupid.’ So… I’ve searched high and low, and this is the best selection of easy peasy murals I’ve come up with. And remember, you can always paint over it and start again!

Draw like a Child…

Leo's Room contemporary-kids

 

This cute mural is the work of designer Jane Reiseger, and although there is no doubt in her talent, I believe we could all have a go at this simple style. Pick a color and have a look through some of your favorite children’s books. Come up with a simple child-like drawing and go big! 

Cityscape

Nursery & Guest Room Re-Design contemporary-kids

 

A cityscape doesn’t need to be complicated. Use masking tape and straight lines to make a simple skyline. If you’re feeling really brave you can even add a few windows for that finishing touch! 

Mountains

Modern Nursery transitional-nursery

 

This masterpiece is the work of Eclair Decor. I love the colors and really… how hard can it be? All you need is some masking tape and loose arm for those rolling hills. Create a makeshift compass with string to get that perfect sun circle!

Chalk Board

Eclectic Kids eclectic-kids

 

For the lazy parent everywhere… just let your kids create their own mural! 

Simple Trees

Violet's Nursery contemporary-nursery

 

Okay, so you may need some artistic skills for this, but keep the design super simple and the colors abstract. I love the grey accent leaves on the white branches!

Washing Line

PebbleKids_Cross Lines modern-kids

 

OK, this one looks is a little complicated, but notice the simplified shapes, it’s totally doable! Go on… have a go!

 

And when DIY murals for kids rooms don’t work out… cheat!

 

Wallpaperflower wallpaper DIY murals for kids rooms

This wallpaper is so pretty, and works perfectly in this room! Floral Coloray on Etsy have quite the selection for those wanting to wimp out on the mural skills. And with designs like this, I don’t blame you!

 

Stick on Decals

DIY murals for kids rooms decals teepee cactus
Available at KennoSatoDesigns on Etsy

If all else fails, there’s alway the total cop-out option of wall decals. There are loads of fantastic ones about now… I’m particularly crazy for these cactus and teepee stickers from Etsy.

 

So, I’m feeling inspired… yet slightly terrified to bring brush to wall. I quite like the idea of mountains because we are surrounded by them here in Phoenix. But if we go local, you know we have to include… a cactus or two! Here are my current thoughts…

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I feel the Twins’ big boy room design brewing – what do you think?

**UPDATE!!!** I tackled a DIY mural in my twin boys room… check it out here!

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Beds in Shared Rooms: What are my Options?

We’re a few months off yet, but I can’t help browse bedroom ideas for the Twins, for when they move to their big boy room later in the year. As soon as they start climbing out of their cribs, trying to get to one another, it’s time to move to proper beds. This is sure to happen earlier than it did with their sister (the temptation of each other is too much), and it’s just a little bit terrifying. I’ve always liked the idea of keeping them together, and it’s what we planned when we bought our house at 20wks pregnant. The room they will be moving to has built in closets, so my main concern is the beds. What are the options for beds in shared rooms? I intend to find out, and start designing my big boys’ room… I am more than excited!

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Beds in Shared Rooms: Bunk Beds

The obvious answer to beds in shared rooms is the classic bunk option. I had bunk/cabin beds as a kid and sleeping on the top is so much fun. It feels like your own little den!

Pros of Bunk Beds:

  • Space saving;
  • Sleeping on top is awesome;
  • You can come up with fun ways of climbing up and down;

Cons of Bunk Beds:

  • Sleeping on the bottom is generally considered inferior to the top… cue arguments;
  • Young children may not be safe up top;
  • Changing sheets on the top is not fun;
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source: housebeautiful.com

You’ve got to love the bunks in this Florida home finished by interior designer Andrew Howard. That slide!

 

Beds in Shared Rooms: Corner Junction Beds

Fitting the beds neatly into the corner is an idea I am very fond of. I like the idea of the boys’ telling each other stories at night, their heads close enough to hear a whisper but without being in direct eye contact.

Pottery Barn Beldon Set
source: potterybarnkids.com

This traditionally styled Belden Bedroom Set by Pottery Barn Kids is perfect. However, the $2000+ price tag (without mattresses) may be a little steep for some. Still, I love the layout and the storage drawers below, and I am confident in the quality of Pottery Barn products.

Pros of Corner Junction Beds:

  • Bedtime stories made easy;
  • The corner junction creates a handy shelf;
  • Everyone is close to the ground;

Cons of Corner Junction Beds:

  • Your room has to be deep enough for the length of the bed and the corner unit;
  • Is anyone else seeing that pointy corner right next to the pillows? Paranoid Mom?

If you love this look and enjoy a bit of DIY there is plenty of inspiration out there to get the power tools excited. Take a look at Ana White’s ‘Corner Hutch Plans’, it’s certainly inspiring me… I love a project!

 

Beds in Shared Rooms: End to End

If you’ve got the length on one wall, there’s something very sweet about end to end beds. If the Twins are getting along they can lay pillow to pillow, and when they’ve had a little sibling feud they can just swap to the other end.

Pros of End to End:

  • Siblings can choose to be close or not;
  • Everyone is close to the ground;

Cons of End to End:

  • Without a headboard there could be pillow breach in the middle;
  • Many bedrooms will not be long enough for this layout;
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source: blog.elle.fr

 

Beds in Shared Rooms: Interlocking

To squeeze the corner beds into a slightly smaller space, there are a number of options to interlock them. You can overlap an upper bunk, allowing the lower bed more freedom than a traditional bunk. You can also just raise up enough to create a headboard and some lower storage as shown below.

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source: mommodesign.com

The cute decor in this room is the work of Barcelona based designer Dijous. I recommend checking them out for everything adorable.

Pros of Interlocking Beds:

  • Relatively space saving;
  • Would work at any height;

Cons of Interlocking Beds:

  • One bed could end up superior to the other;
  • Changing sheets could be awkward;

 

Beds in Shared Rooms: Traditional Twin Beds

Of course there’s the obvious solution of buying two twin beds and placing them on opposite sides of the room. Don’t knock it, sometimes simple is best.

Pros of Traditional Twin Beds:

  • Plenty of choice (no DIY required);
  • Feeling of ownership and privacy;

Cons of Traditional Twin Beds:

  • Can look like a dormitory;
  • Direct eye contact may not help littles to sleep;
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source: thelittlehermitage.tumblr.com

This cabin’s traditional iron beds are just wonderful. They fit the room perfectly and I can see a long bedroom story taking place in that wicker chair. 

Where to go from here…

I can’t wait to get stuck into the design of the boys room and will keep you up to date on it’s progress. Once I’ve made a decision about the layout and position of the beds, I know the rest will just fall into place. My biggest problem is the boys will likely be very young (pre 2yrs) when they move into their big boy room so safety is a major factor. I also want to make it fun, because if you can’t have fun with a kids room, where can you?

To be continued… do give me your thoughts on what I should do, I’d love the blog to help shape the boys’ new room!

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Hygge Home Decor: Comfort for all Seasons

You may have heard of the Hygge home decor trend that is sweeping the globe, after it burst it’s borders of origin in Denmark. Although Hygge loosely translates as ‘coziness’, there is much more to it than that; so if we want to get the look and feel right, we need to understand more about what it means and what it’s trying to achieve. And as we all look forward to the Spring arriving, are we just going to pack away all our Hygge? No, because Hygge home decor is for all seasons. Read on to find out why…

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What is Hygge?

Scandinavian style has been huge for some time, and although we all still love it, we’re starting to want a bit for warmth to our spaces. In ‘Home Design Trends 2017‘ I mentioned that pure whites are on the out, and warmer colors and textures are on the rise. I also noted ‘coziness’ as a trend for the year, so what does this look like and how do we get a piece of it? Hygge is considered by the Danes as more of a philosophy than a style, because the Hygge way of living describes relaxation and warmth, family, conversation with friends, and that fuzzy comforting feeling inside. It’s an atmosphere worth a fortune if only you could bottle it. Hygge is about slowing down the pace and enjoying the moment; and it’s said that the Danes are happier nation because of it. Who wouldn’t want a piece of that, it sounds marvelous. 

Hygge Home Decor

I can’t deliver friends, family, love and cheer to your home, I wish I could. However, I can help you enhance your Hygge home decor with some inspirational spaces and small details to bring some of atmosphere into your home. Although we can all envisage curling up with a loved one next to an open fire in the winter, getting that Hygge feeling in the summer may not be so simple. So I’m bringing to you a Hygge home decor style that works for every season, I hope they bring you a case of the fuzzier…

Winter

For winter you’ve got to look at your bedroom. When it’s cold outside there is nothing better than getting into your PJs and snuggling up under a cozy duvet. To maximize the atmosphere of Hygge, think layers, blankets, varied textures and plenty of scatter cushions. You’re after chunky knits, faux furs, and a little pattern too. You want your bed to look so comfy, you wish your arms were long enough to wrap around and give it a big hug. In fact, I might have to change the official translation of Hygge from coziness to hug. It’s so much more appropriate.

Hygge bedroom
Source: myscandinavianhome.com

The bedroom shown above is the face of lifestyle blog ‘My Scandinavian Home‘. I love the layering and the hints of fur, and the warmth of the rustic wood to tone down all that white. Mix up with furs with other textures like corduroy  or a chunky knitted blanket, the ultimate Hygge accessory. I’ve got my eye on the one shown below from Ugg. We all know how cozy their boots are… put it in a blanket and what have you got? Hygge.

Get the Look:

Sacho Baloo Faux Fur CushionSacho Baloo Faux Fur Cushion
Ugg Oversized Knit BlanketUgg Oversized Knit Blanket

Spring

For Spring we are going to the Lounge. As the sun comes out we’re ready to escape from beneath the blankets and start to socialize. To inspire a feeling of Hygge, we need to create spaces that can easily, yet casually invite family and friends to perch and chat. Comfy spots to drink tea and catch up on the latest news, without the formality of a three piece suite. Ottomans, bean bags, scattered chairs and cushions, all invite people to linger, relax and share.

sincerely jules office
Source: sincerelyjules.com

This is the LA Headquarters of lifestyle blog Sincerely Jules. The different seating options allow this social space to stay casual, and I chose this look for Spring because I just adore these hanging basket chairs. They feel really outdoorsy, and with the planting in the background I am feeling some major Spring Hygge. If hanging a chair from your ceiling seems a little too much to take on, there are alternatives. How about a banana leaf ottoman that can easily be tucked out of the way, or this fantastic orinoco rocking chair.

Get the Look:

Esteri Banana Leaf OttomanEsteri Banana Leaf Ottoman
Orinoco Rocking ChairOrinoco Rocking Chair

Summer:

Time to bust open those doors and bring the inside out. Take every opportunity you can to eat outside in the summer, and soak up some serious Hygge with family and friends. Let the evenings get long, and make the most of the season by lighting up the perfect spot in your garden or terrace. Candles are not just for winter, so look out for lanterns and candlesticks you can bring to the table for intimate ambience.

outdoor dining
source: pinterest.com

Despite trying, I do not know to credit for this fantastic space, it really sums up summertime Hygge for me. Clusters of hanging bulbs, miss matched chairs that look like someone’s had to grab one from inside to fit an extra seat at the table. Scattered flowers, candles and pots. Even the cabinet brings the perfect welcome to to this space, which oozes Hygge home decor without looking so obviously Scandinavian. Go on, give summer a hug.

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Globe String LightsGlobe String Lights

Fall

Long walks, leaves falling and a bubble bath at the end of the day. For bathrooms it’s about the cozy details – a little wood, plants, candles, and don’t be afraid to bring some fabrics into the bathroom to warm things up. Take your time, pamper yourself, enjoy the moment and soak up the Hygge.

Source: fashionmenow.co.uk

This little snippet of bathroom Hygge is courtesy of Lucy Williams of Fashion Me Now, and her Ultimate Bath Recipe. My bath is seriously lacking in luxury at the moment, so a design intervention will be happening at some point. Watch this space…

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Olive Wood Bath BridgeOlive Wood Bath Bridge
Tom Dixon CandleTom Dixon Candle

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I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty warm and cosy from from all this Hygge. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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Home Design Trends 2017: What’s Hot & What’s Not

In lieu of a nap time makeover this week, I’m getting some inspiration for home design trends 2017. What colors should you be looking towards to keep ahead of the trendy folk? What materials should we be considering for fixtures and fittings, and what’s the all round vibe for the year?

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Following my New Year Resolutions, we will be looking at what’s hot and what’s not on a sliding scale, so keep up, it’ll get cold fast…

Home Design Trends 2017: What’s Hot & What’s Not

140°F Jewel Tones

Hooray for some new color in our lives. Forest greens, deep magenta… it’s all rather decadent with a little feel for the Moulin Rouge. I think it’s great, decor trends have been rather masculine or country twee for a while. It’s time to get sexy…

 

 

131°F Black Framed Glass

Whether it be an internal partition, an entry door or a shower cubicle, black framed glass is the way to go according to design trends 2017. I personally don’t want a big glassy door at the entrance of my home because it feels a little voyeuristic, but once in the house, it’s all fair game, love it.

 

124°F Dark Blue Kitchen Cabinets

It seems navy and blue/grey accents have become so popular these days people have started to paint their kitchen cabinets. I absolutely love this look, and you can just stick with the island if you feel painting the whole kitchen is too much.

 

105°F Cosiness & Texture

Chunky knit throws, velvet, reading nooks and layering. Is this a response to what many consider a rather bleak 2016? Who knows; but it seems we’re feeling the need for warmth and comfort in our lives. Whether these home design trends 2017 will last the summer is still to be seen… We don’t really do chunky knits in Arizona. 

 

94°F Hexagon not Subway

Maybe you’re considering those gorgeous traditional hexagon mosaics you see in HGTV shows like ‘Rehab Addict’? But before you dive in, also consider something a little more daring, like these fantastic large hex tiles… so much more on trend!

 

Other popular tile trends of 2017 include herringbone arrangement, patterned tiles and pretty much anything a little extraordinary. Step away from the subway tile though, it’s time is finally over.

89°F Mixed Patterns

According to Elle Decor,  because mixed patterns were big in New Year Fashion week, they are soon to hit our homes. Get busy with and stop matching your patterns… gotta love a little eclectic style!

Eclectic Bedroom eclectic-bedroom

 

70°F Edison Bulbs

“I’ve been over them for a while now, but I’m ready for them to die… Too many Brooklyn bars got really into the trend, and their ubiquity got stale really fast.” Says Orlando Soria, creative director at Homepolish. (Source: mydomaine.com)

Say it like it is Orlando, straight for the kill on the Edison bulbs. I do totally agree that they’ve been overdone but I’m not ready to take down my Edison Bulbs just yet.

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58°F Rose Gold

domain.com‘s “experts almost unanimously agree that copper and rose gold will be out by 2017”

We do it to ourselves… like the subway tile and the Edison bulbs, it’s just been overdone. And cheap imitation copper products swarming low budget stores has ruined the luxury feel of it. Quantity too, a hint of rose gold is good… a hint. But that doesn’t mean every metal trim and vase in your home has to match. Apparently bronze is the new metal of choice, and like patterns, you’ve been given a trend pass to mix metals. 
 
 

40°F White on White

Thank goodness, people with kids can catch a break. The minimalist, Scandinavian white style has been hanging tight for some time now and grey was the color of choice for most in 2016. But we feel a need for color again, and walls are swinging towards warmer shades of taupe and ‘greige’. As for those that are looking for something more bold, mustard and avocado are back with a vengeance…

Garden of Eden Collection Fabrics and Table Linens in Avocado Green, Mustard Yel contemporary-dining-room

 

32°F Macramé

Apologies to boho Pinterest folk everywhere, but the trend is passing… step away from your rope and give your fingers a rest. But do not fret my hippy friends, instead pop out and get yourself some artisan woven baskets. I’m personally excited for this 2017 trend because Arizona is busting with them and they bring texture and character to the home just like macramé did.

San Anselmo Dining Room rustic-dining-room

What’s hot and not in your decor plans for 2017? Are any of these home design trends 2017 floating your boat? Let me know what you think?

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Ideas for Laundry Rooms: Naptime Makeover

It’s not sexy and exciting, but most of us have one. It’s easy to ignore, but you’re probably spending more time in the laundry room than you would like. When was the last time you stepped back and thought about design ideas for laundry rooms? For me it’s been a while; although I did have a client about 4 years ago who was very particular about a jam making station in her utility room – safe to say she was more domesticated than I am.

ideas for laundry rooms

I have a crisis going on in my laundry room, and I’m pretty limited on space, time and budget. But, I like to dream a little, so lets see what fancy people with time and money are doing and get some inspiration before I get stuck into another Naptime Makeover.

Ideas for Laundry Rooms

Jumbo Scale:

Caliterra Parade Home - Dripping Springs, Texas
 
This is one serious laundry room, designed by Texan based Architects, Geschke Group. I love the herringbone floor, it makes all the difference to this space; and you can’t go wrong with traditional shaker cabinetry. Do notice the barn door in the foreground with the black hardware, perfect.

Small Scale:

Living Spaces
 
We don’t all have Texan scale laundry rooms, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be tidy and stylish. This is a laundry cupboard – double doors, a modern counter top, a couple of cabinets and a little bit of bling with the backdrop… and why not.
 

Traditional

Holley Residence
 
If you love traditional, country, beachfront homes, check out the rest of this gorgeous house designed by Geoff Chick & Associates. The painted shiplap and open shelving bring a cosy comfort to a luxurious pad. And don’t forget the traditional laundry baskets.

The Clean Look

Courtsfield Ave.

No room in my house has ever been this clean, however the look is enhanced by the shining white work surfaces and the bright white mosaic wall. This more sensibly scaled room is the work of Barlow Reid Design. I love the idea of having a hanging rail, and there’s something wonderful about a ridiculously neat pile of folded fluffy towels. Or is that just me?

For a more Masculine Look

Clean Lined Transitional Home
 
If you need a bit more bachelor pad into your laundry room, go dark cabinetry, stainless steel, black countertops and tiling to match. But hang on… these guys have double machines – yes, people actually do that! Not so bachelor pad now are we Mr Practical Family Man?

For the dog lover

Roswell Home
 
A bit like jam stations, I had no idea this was a thing – a dog washing station in your laundry room – it sound dangerous to me. Just make sure you’ve put away the clean laundry before you get the dog wet. I absolutely love the blue subway, it goes perfectly with my pooch’s eyes. I can’t resist, here’s just one more…
 
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Ideas for Laundry Rooms – Naptime Makeover

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However mundane it may seem, the laundry room is the first room I see when I get home and the last thing I see when I go out. We, like many, have a laundry room that connects the garage to the rest of the house, so it’s essentially our welcome lobby. This is what I, and any guests arriving from the airport, see when they enter my house…

laundry room ideas

“Welcome to my humble abode… did I tell you I have a Architecture degree?”

Yes, in the 18months we have lived in our home I haven’t even managed to remove the efficiency sticker from our washing machine. Time for an intervention. I have a very tiny space, a timescale to match, and a pretty non-existent budget, but surely anything’s an improvement on the above?

I decided my main problems with the space were:

  • Clutter. Since I had the Twins, my organizational skills have gone out the window, and I’m suffering from a major case of Chaotic Mom Syndrome. I definitely need to do some sorting, it’s a mess.
  • The Cabinets. They are the cheapest, most basic cabinets you could get in 1987, complete with plastic handles.
  • Lack of anything pretty at all.

In de-cluttering I also thought about storage. I had a good browse of various storage boxes, baskets and bags – things that would be practical, yet bring some style into the space. Then I had to tackle the cabinets. I decided the only advantage of the crappy cabinets I had was that they were flat, so I decided to alter them to create a shaker style cabinet door. Here’s how I went about it:

Creating Shaker Cabinet Doors from Existing Flat Doors

DIY cabinetry

  1. Cut 3 inch planks from 5mm plywood. I used a ‘project board’ piece which costs less than $10.
  2. Fix the plywood strips to the face of your cabinet doors using cabinet tacks (tiny nails). I tried using ‘heavy duty instant grip adhesive’ and it was a nightmare. You need so many clamps to hold it while it sticks and it peeled off overnight anyway. Nails work… although as you can see by the picture, you curse a lot because those tiny nails bend easily! And I lost my tape measure so was stuck using the one from my sewing kit.
  3. Fill the cracks between planks and the tiny nail holes using wood filler. Sand when dry.
  4. Prime and paint.

To be honest, I surprised myself with the outcome. They looks great, and it cost a total of $30 by the time I had bought primer, paint and wood filler. I even had a couple of new handles left over from our kitchen remodel so that cost me nothing.

Nap time Makeover Results

This was a bigger makeover than one nap time, especially because I had paint drying time to account for. But I did finish over a couple of days and it’s totally worth it. Here’s the result:

laundry-room-makeover

It’s not high glamour but it is tidy, and the splash of blue with the storage baskets makes all the difference. I even have somewhere to hang my bag, which is needed now the Twins enjoy pulling everything out of it. The cabinets are quite the transformation, although difficult to see in the pictures due to our fluorescent light – I think I’ll look into changing that and get myself a prettier light fitting to go with my prettier laundry room. I spent very little and picked up the extras bits to finish it off from Target. I even used my Red Card and saved an extra 5%, winner winner chicken dinner.

Total $98

laundry room makeover

 

For a couple of hours work and less than $100 I think it went pretty well. What do you think? Feeling inspired to do something about your laundry room?

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Hanging House Plant Ideas: Naptime Makeover

I have been browsing hanging house plant ideas on Pinterest long enough… it’s time to do something about it. Maybe you, like me, are looking to add more green to your home in 2017? You may also have small children and animals that like to dig, chew and knock stuff over. It’s a problem, and the best way I can see to overcome it is to avoid large pots on the floor and stick to hanging hanging house plant ideas.

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I’m making a new year resolution to try and keep some plants alive, something I don’t have the best history with. I’m also trying to bring some more style and warmth into our home that’s feeling a little unfinished. So before I get stuck into another baby naptime makeover, let me share with you some of my favorite hanging house plant ideas.


Hanging House Plant Ideas

Glass Terraniums

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source: brit.co

These hanging glass terrariums are all the rage at the moment so you can get them from a number of different mainstream stores and even buy them ready filled on Etsy. 

Hanging Pots on the Wall

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source: shoppigment.com

Made from recycled milk jugs, these ‘living wall planters’ are self watering and are perforated with air vents. The fantastic plant arrangement was designed by plant artists at Tend Living, and I think it’s just perfect. More on the design, with tips and tricks for creating something similar over at San Diego based Pigment.

Macrame Hangers

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source: tapasnalingua.com

Whether you make them yourself or buy in the skills of someone else, there are endless unique designs for macrame hangers. I love the warmth of the crafted look, and particularly enjoy the bronze beads and the dip dyed ends on the centre pot. These particular delights are available as DIY kits or made to order from Casulo, the online shop of Spanish blogger Ana at Tapas na Lingua.

Mason Jar Stacked Hanger

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source: constantcontact.com

Is there anything you can’t do with a mason jar? Designer Susie Frazier has come up with yet another use for them here with this suspended vertical shelf using metal rods and small pieces of wood. More about Suzie and her ‘Earthminded Style Tips‘ here.

For the Adventurous…

hanging-trees
source: vtwonen.nl

I just love this image. It has a kind of modern Hobbit feel about it. I found this idea at Dutch design blog/shop vtwonen. As the site is written in Dutch, I used my best Google translate skills to find out how we go about creating such a masterpiece…

“Remove the plant from its pot and loosen the soil around the roots around. Then tie a big lump of damp moss with wire around the roots and hang the tree with sturdy rope to the ceiling.”

It’s a simple as that, apparently. Go on, I dare you… and send me a pic of the tree, and the carpet below one week later.

For the Traditionalist…

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source: thedesignfiles.net

Hanging baskets… they’ve been around for years. No need to invent the wheel, just do it really really well. That’s what Korean floral designer Wona Bae is doing at her workshop in Collingwood, Australia. Wona describes Loose Leaf’s studio space as “a jungle of plants suspended from the walls and ceiling” in her interview with The Design Files.


Naptime Makeover: Hanging Plant Ideas

I’ve got to say this has been the most fiddly makeover to date. In principle the idea was simple, in reality it was one of those projects that involved going back to the Home Depot three times and calling in a lot of man strength help from Husband. Did it fit into naptime? No. Would it have fit into nap time if I had all the materials and equipment ready when I started? Maybe. Nevertheless, I am super excited about it because it turned out even better than imagined. I keep stopping and staring at it as I pass by the kitchen… 

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For instructions on how to build what I’m calling the ‘Coffee Cup Hanging Planter’ visit my other post from today. 

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I’m loving my new workstation!

If you missed my other naptime makeovers, take a look at:

Accent Wall Ideas
How to Arrange Pictures Creatively
Modern Interior Door Handles

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Modern Interior Door Handles: Naptime Makeover

Modern interior door handles – sleek, sexy, cool – everything my current door handles are not.  My home was built in 1987 and I am unsure whether my existing handles are original to the house or lovingly installed sometime in the 90’s. Either way, cheap faux bronze with a Celtic twist is not a good look in 2017. It’s one of my interior design pet hates- bad door handles – so today we’re going to sift through some serious hardware porn and get the creative juices flowing.

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Where do you start if you are wanting some modern interior door handles? I started by doing what most people might do… I went to the Home Depot for a browse of the door hardware isle. I’ll save you the trip, the selection is awful. I’m pretty sure they haven’t updated their shelf stock since my faux bronze Celtic numbers were on sale. They have a much better selection online but if you’re going to shop online we might as well do this properly… Let’s see what’s really out there:

Modern Interior Door Handles: 

Brushed Brass:

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Image source: remodelista.com

Brass may be what you’re replacing, but don’t underestimate the available designs in this finish. A high quality brass fitting will bring warmth and class to your home, and with all the mid century brass light fittings and lamps around, why not keep up to date with your door handles too? I’ve picked out this beautiful handle from Japanese architect Uno Tomoaki. For more of his bespoke hardware designs check out this article on minimalist glamour from Remodelista.

 Crystal Knob

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Design and image from emtek.com

I few years ago I would have never considered installing crystal knobs on my doors. But with the explosion of the Art Deco revival, those glass fixtures are back on trend. The simplicity of this ‘Modern Disc Crystal Knob‘ with square rosette from Emtek is perfection.

Stainless Steel:

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Image source: dezeen.com

You can’t go too wrong with stainless steel hardware. It’s what people expect to see in an updated home, and there is a vast selection of modern interior door handles in brushed and polished finishes. I particular love this design by MAD Architects, based on the design of their Canadian skyscapers. More on that here at Dezeen.

Matt Black

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Image source: thelockandhandle.com

The Thor Square handle is oozing bachelor pad to me. Boys, you’re going to feel like a real man grasping the ‘Thor’,.. I can’t help myself, apologies. Aside from Thor, I’m a fan of the matt black finish because it’s modern, yet works with a farmhouse style too. I see it as an upgrade on the ever popular antique bronze finish. It’s also suggestive of all the dark iron details you see in industrial loft apartments, so it pretty much works anywhere!

Wooden

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Image source: modknobs.com

Mary & Jeff of ModKnobs say “Down with lame door knobs”, and I’m totally with them. This delightful walnut knob is the tame option… ModKnobs make these in rubber in a spectrum of colors! You just have to see them, they were featured here at Better Living Through Design.

Something with Flair

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Image source: pittella.com.au

Let’s not play it too safe… If you have a super cool oversized white washed apartment, these handles are perfect for you. The ‘066’ handle designed by Architect Sergio Asti is featured in the MoMA Museum of Modern Art. Go on, you know you want them.

 And maybe just one more…

polished stainless steel lever handle
Image source: pittella.com.au

Proving stainless steel still looks great polished, the ‘H5023 ViceVersa‘ is designed by Italian Architect Cini Boeri. It’s playful yet simple; modern with a touch of mid century retro. When I win the lottery, I think I might fill my swanky pad with these.

Naptime Makeover: 
Modern Interior Door Handles

Going from the large scale last week with ‘Accent Wall Ideas‘, I figured I had it easy this week. “I’m just going to swap a door handle” I thought. However, I did decide to go with the matt black finish, which meant the existing hinges didn’t match. I considered replacing the hinges with new black ones, but what a waste when I have perfectly good hinges already. So I sprayed them, it worked a dream, and will save me a bunch of cash as I work my way round the house replacing the others.

So… here we go, it’s time to get some modern interior door handles for myself:

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black-door-handle

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Arthur wanted a piece of the action…

I went for the Schlage F10 V LAT 622 which I consider modern, affordable, yet fairly classic in it’s shape.

I’m pretty pleased with it… what do you think?


If you missed my other naptime makeovers, take a look at:

Accent Wall Ideas
How to Arrange Pictures Creatively

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Accent Wall Ideas: Naptime Makeover

There are limitless accent wall ideas that can bring contrast, texture and detail into your home design. An accent wall allows a room to look highly styled with little impact on the rest of the house; no need to move out, or cover your entire home with dust sheets. Despite being localized, the transformation to the feel of your home can be quite spectacular. Let’s take a look at some inspiring accent wall ideas…

Accent Wall Ideas for Home Makeovers


Accent Wall Ideas I Love:

1 – Wallpaper

Rosedale Attic Bedroom transitional-bedroom

 

There are some pretty bold and impressive wallpaper options on the market now. I love this print from Schumacher, it feels whimsical yet modern. Birds and butterflies are trending at the moment and this light wallpaper is perfect!

2 – Planks

Potrero Hill Bohème southwestern-living-room

 

Unless you have never watched HGTV, you are very familiar with the current craze for shiplap and reclaimed pallet walls. Behind, the headboard, in the bathroom, around the fireplace… it seems to work everywhere. Go painted shiplap for the farmhouse feel or exposed weathered boards for the rustic upcyled look. Alternatively, for an ultra-sleek modern take try spacing thin planks like this house in Denver…

Rowhouse modern-nursery

 

3 – Painted

Maneli Wilson Interiors contemporary-living-room

 

Dark contrasting shades of blue, grey and black have been a staple for the accent wall for some time, and don’t look like they’re leaving us anytime soon.

4 – Decal Mural

Gioi Tran contemporary-kitchen

 

Unless you have a skilled artist handy, you probably want to install your mural in the form of a vinyl stickers. Wall decals are big business now, from adorable nursery designs to serious stuff for grown ups. Check out the watercolor murals from Pixers.

5 – Exposed Concrete, Brick or Stone

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I am not promoting the installation of faux brick walls, however much it’s scraping for a come back from the 70s. However, if you are blessed with concrete, brick or stone construction, have some fun and expose some of it. 

6 – Tile

Park St contemporary-bathroom

 

It’s OK to mix up your tiles and have a feature wall in your bathroom, play around with colors and patterns! The tiled fireplace is all the rage at the moment too… I’ve got to say I’m not the biggest fan. Some trends just don’t float my boat.

7 – Stenciled/MURAL

Bruce House transitional-nursery

 

If you’re a bit more Arts & Crafts than polished concrete, stenciling or creating a mural with masking tape may be for you. If you haven’t quite got the skills, think about hiring a professional!

8 – Living Wall

A Sacred Space to Bathe by siol and Habitat Horticulture contemporary-bathroom

 

Oh go on… impress all your friends with a fantastic vertical garden! I would love to do this but don’t have the best history with house plants, and I’m pretty sure it’s outside the realm of naptime. I said I’d give you accent wall ideas, I did’t promise they were all going to be easy.


Accent Wall Ideas: Continuing Naptime Makeovers

Following the success of How to Arrange Pictures Creatively, I got a little more ambitious this week. I confess, it took a little longer than one naptime. We (I called in husband help to hold the ladder) started at morning nap and finished during afternoon nap. It’s a tall large wall…excuses excuses.

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Why is my new lamp wonky?
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Excuse the animals… they are sleeping, not taxidermy.

That’s it for this week. I think I need a nap…

What do you think? Too bold? Not bold enough? Totally disappointed I didn’t go for a whole wall of ferns? I’d love to hear from you!

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How to Arrange Pictures Creatively: Naptime Makeover

Have you ever really considered your options for how to arrange pictures? You spend hours browsing shops and online galleries for the perfect picture for your fancy pants living room. You double the cost of the picture by framing it so it looks just so. Then what? You nail a hook at eye height and stick it centred above the mantle? You’re so pleased you finally got round to hanging it you haven’t even noticed you’ve completely missed it’s potential to transform the room. Steady there… let’s look at your options for how to arrange pictures creativity.

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Introducing Naptime Makeovers

I aim for this post to become the first of a series that will encourage me to get off my butt and start dressing my home as I want it. These posts will also allow me to pluck up the courage to start blogging about something I’m formally trained in – Architecture and Design. We have been living here for 18months and other than getting the house neutrally painted from top to bottom and installing wood flooring, we have done little work on styling and finishing it. I was pregnant with twins when we moved here so cut me some slack… but the boys are now one and I should probably start chipping away at those spaces that are somewhat lacking.

Because I have no family or childcare available, and don’t want my children to lose a finger or an eye in the name of renovation, I will be making these interventions during the Twins’ Naptime. So, what little makeovers can you get done during the 90minutes babies sleep? We’re going to find out… and we’re starting with how to arrange pictures. Wish me luck and I hope you’re feeling sleepy babies!


How to Arrange Pictures:
Some Creative Options

The Gallery Wall

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Photograph taken by Julia Robbs. Sourced from gravityhomeblog.com

This industrial loft apartment in Brooklyn really works the gallery wall. The textured brick, double height end wall is perfectly organized with an off centre collection of monochrome frames. The frames are similar enough to hold together as a uniform group while varied enough to avoid formality. Abstract photographs in shades of greys and blues are warmed by the rustic backdrop of the brick, it really is marvellous.

For more photos of this fantastic apartment visit Gravity Home.

Overlapping on the Mantle

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Sourced at countryliving.com

This cosy but cool home is a few minutes from me in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Designed by Linda Criswell, the white washed tones are offered in a number of textures, bringing a country feel to the desert. The informal arrangement of the mantle delivers a welcoming warmth and teams with the animal furs and casual scatter cushions to place the house feel like home.

For more pictures of this Paradise Valley home and other design by Linda Criswell, visit Bungalow Furniture.

The Modern Picture Rail

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Photo taken by Earl Carter. Sourced from oconnorandhoule.com

Whether you’re in a historic restored home or something more modern, everyone can make use of a picture rail. Once installed you can swap and change your pictures around easily without damaging walls, perfect for the indecisive amongst us.

This Victorian terrace in Melbourne has been renovated to make the most of traditional style with a contemporary palette. The choice of pictures and placement breathes modern, without overwhelming the original features of the house. 

For more pictures of this house and other projects visit O’Connor and Houle.

Oversized Floor Picture

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Photo taken by Grace Alyssa Kyo. Sourced at thegracetales.com

If you’re cool enough to not even bother putting your picture up, take a look at the country home of Kristy Withers in Sydney. The casual lean of this oversized print is purposefully informal, softening a whitened space to avoid sterility. The simplicity oozes class and the horse image and the cow hide rug and perfect together.

For more images of Kristy’s home visit The Grace Tales.

The Picture Ledge

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Photo by Anna Truelsen. Sourced at mylovelythings.blogspot.com.es

Welcome to the home of fellow blogger Anna Truelsen. I’m presuming all the mess is shunted out of the photo, because this place looks immaculate. This simple double photo ledge not only looks refined, but also means you don’t need to worry about measuring and lining up your pictures… it’s made for the lazy perfectionist. I’ve seen some great photos of spaces using ledges to overlap a number of different sized pictures, similar to the mantle shown above, but I love the clean look of these identical monochrome frames.

Find more pictures of Anna’s home at her Swedish blog My Lovely Things

Floor to Ceiling

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Photos by Peter Fehrentz. Sourced at dwell.com

Just to show you don’t have to go big to go floor, welcome to Peter Fehrentz’s apartment in Berlin. His picture gallery wall runs ceiling, creating a waterfall of small frames that seems to tumble down the side of the wooden chair. And who can’t notice that perfect pink picture that matches the paint work…

To see more of Peter’s apartment, this article from dwell.com tells you all about it.


Today’s Naptime Makeover

Now I’ve browsed high design until my eyeballs fell out, I had better get on and decide how to arrange pictures in my own home.

I may not live in a whitewashed art studio warehouse, filled with people that make money out of being ironic. I may not own any original Rothko canvases that I can strategically place on the floor so that my children can add to it with a Sharpie. However, I do have a home lovingly built by a mass housing developer in 1987, a bunch of pictures and around 90minutes to myself. Lets see what we can do…

Before Naptime:

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How long has that frame been wonky?

After Naptime:

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ah… that’s better.

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Naptime makeover complete! It really has made a difference, and I can confirm that small interventions like this can be done during naptime. The twins even slept for an extra 30mins, even though I was nailing hooks into the other side of their bedroom wall… what a success.

So go on, look at your walls. Have you considered how to arrange pictures creatively?

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