Need to add a little pre-Summer sunshine to your Spring home? Trade in your last season throw pillows for a few well-chosen ones that embody Summer's breeziness. Right now, I'm particularly loving the pillows that Marimekko, Kate Spade, and Trina Turk are offering. Any would be outstanding selections in the flirty and fun category for your Summer home decorating pick-me-up.
My personal favorite is the Marimekko Siirtolapuutarha Pillow ($41, top row, middle right). Designed by Maija Louekari, Siirtolapuutarha (which means allotment in Finnish) features a majorly bright bloom and graphic black outlines, and embodies Louekari's love of the flower and vegetable beds allotted to city dwellers in Finland. It would be a real statement-maker on a crisp white couch. Want to shop the rest of the look? Just click on each image!
Have you done any decorating in your home lately? Picked up a new Damien Hirst painting? Unearthed a vintage rug in your attic? Bought a groovy coffee table for your living room? Whatever it is, I want to see it!
Show off all of your shots of your home, both interior and exterior, in my group Su Casa, where readers can share snapshots and stories related to home decorating, crafts, organizing, and gardening. A Su Casa post could be anything from a photo of a loved one's home to a before-and-after project you've been working on. Think of it as a lookbook for home style. If I see something I like in Su Casa, I might ask you if I can feature it on CasaSugar.
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- Take a quiz about the design-world spouses of A-list celebs!
- Steal some decorating ideas from the set of Game of Thrones.
- Nate Berkus shares his three resources for color inspiration!
- See if your favorite band is part of these beautiful concert posters.
A dresser adorned with pretty little jewelry boxes is all well and good, but when the only thing you wear is necklaces, where does that leave you? Hanging them is the only way to keep them from getting tangled, so my answer was thumb tacks. Extremely utilitarian but not particularly attractive. When I moved to this apartment though, I rounded up three hooks that were in various spots throughout my old house and grouped them next to my dresser. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out!
I don't remember where I got these hooks. I'm fairly certain I didn't buy them at the same time, and I'm pretty sure I didn't get them all at the same place. But when I was hanging them this time I noticed the tags on the back and they are all designed by a favorite blogger of mine Oh Joy! How random is that?
Have you been doing any decorating lately? Be sure to share photos of your arrangements with the Lovely Little Vignettes group!
After reading Nate Berkus's resources for color inspiration, CasaSugar Community member cubamarsh wrote, "I have five-year-old boy/girl twins. They have to sleep in the same bedroom for the time being. Any suggestions how to decorate/PAINT especially for both?" I made some of my own suggestions with 10 ideas for gender neutral children's rooms, but I thought I'll poll all of you for your thoughts as well on Facebook. We got a great response with so many hues I'd never thought of, so I'm really excited to share these color ideas with you!
- "A light metallic gray or white and orange." — Colette O.
- "Definitely turquoise and white, but I guess it depends on the age." Katrín S.
- "I have always thought navy blue and a lavender - on the boys side emphasize the navy and the girl the lavender." — Heidi W.
- "Blue walls! Both my kids' rooms (5-year-old son, nursery for 19-mo-old daughter) are a pale blue color. They aren't exactly the same shade but they both work. As for décor, kelly green would be a good accent color that is good for both sexes. You could do more gender-specific coverlets on each bed made from cool fabrics, and then get one more coordinating gender-neutral one and tie it all together." — Eliza M.
- "Sage green is a good gender-neutral color." — Julie K.
- "Keep the walls neutral. Curtains, sheets, pillows and decorations with indigo and orange." — Evelyn S.
- "Aqua blue!" — Marissa J.
- "Navy and yellow, or nautical." — Kelly S
- Do you own any of these timeless home accessories?
- Do you own any of these timeless home accessories? — Real SImple
- These cork mongrams are a fun twist on an old fave. — Craft
- Tour a cool, calm Edwardian. — Houzz
- Go bold with pink decor. — Shelterpop
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- Get a sneak peek of Jennifer Aniston's fabulous new West Village home! — Elle Decor
Our front door got a summery accessory this morning, which I made last night in about 10 minutes. All you need are some starfish and string! To begin, I created a loop with four long strings, hanging below a knot. Then I wrapped the string around one of the starfish arms and tied a knot in the back. Then I continued to wrap the string around until the desired length was achieved and finished it with another knot. You can see the full story on my blog.
Over a year and a half ago, I ordered a Styrofoam taxidermy mount with the intention of finishing it in some fun, unexpected way. Then the mount sat in my garage for over a year while I attended to other projects. Just a few months ago, I finally got around to finishing the mount. If you admire the look of the trophy heads you've seen everywhere from Anthropologie to Neiman Marcus, but don't want to spend upwards of $600 on something that may be a trend, you can DIY your own for under $50. Here's how.
What You'll Need:
- Styrofoam Deer Mount like this one (you can order other animal shapes, but they're often a lot more expensive). While this one is listed at $40, I found one on sale for $12, so shop around.
- Mod Podge
- Thin paper for covering the head (college readers, dictionaries, and other large books work well)
- Swiss army or whittling knife
- Masking Tape