Turning a cramped, high-rise condo into a cat-friendly oasis (on a budget) isn't a job for everyone, but for interior designer Courtney Lake, it's a dream gig. Armed with an arsenal of impressive painting techniques and a skill for bargain shopping, Courtney transformed this downtown San Francisco space into something his client (and cat) could happily call home. Keep reading for the design tips that made us do a double take!
Chronic tailgaters and party throwers will attest to the convenience of a good folding chair. Unfortunately, the sturdiest, most comfortable options tend to be the most unattractive. Just in time for the busiest season for entertaining, we've stumbled across a DIY that can transform the sorriest folding chair into something fabulous!
After being gifted a heap of hideous folding chairs, My Fabuless Life blogger Jenn decided to give them a much-needed makeover.
She collected fabric remnants, spray paint, one-inch screws, and a staple gun, and then got to work! The result? A batch of party-perfect folding chairs that are a cinch to stow away or transport. We love the unfussy, eclectic vibe of the mismatched patterns and colors!
We know, we know... the novelty of chalkboard paint as a cool DIY material is probably something you're already schooled in, but that doesn't mean you're using it to your advantage. As much as we get a kick out of the seemingly endless options of household items that can be painted, there comes a point where chalkboard paint loses its amazing functionality (ahem: chalkboard globes). Behold: three surprising chalkboard paint ideas that will have you hitting up your local hardware store this week!
Narrow Supporting Walls
You know the type – those awkwardly dimensional walls that can only handle bite-size art. Instead of trying to find something small enough to accessorize the narrow surface, make the entire wall its own piece of floating art. The result looks much more fluid and tricks the eye into thinking that the ceilings are higher.
Dull Dining Chairs
Who needs place cards when you can have place chairs? While you might be hesitant to take a paintbrush to new chairs, chalkboard paint will give mis-matched flea market finds a more cohesive look and dress up older, more lackluster chairs.
Keep reading for our final chalkboard makeover favorite!
Although 2013 had a lot of design highlights, it's time to play favorites. Starting with the heart of the home, here are the seven kitchens we loved over the last 12 months. From an unbelievable reno to a perfectly styled celebrity space, these rooms hold the recipe to success. Click through to see the best kitchens of 2013 and how they can inspire you heading into the new year!
While stencils have long ruled the roost as the best paint-driven alternative to wallpaper, we've discovered a much more efficient way to get the same results. After stumbling upon dated versions of patterned rollers in an antique shop, NotWallpaper founders and DIY designers Dan and Michelle decided it was time to bring the concept back.
Filled with patterns that range from feminine florals to faux bois, these rollers can transform your powder room, cabin, and anything in between. Heck, if you're feeling extra creative, you can even try layering the same pattern in two colors. Starting at $19 per roller, two will seem like a steal compared to a single roll of wallpaper – forget the entire room.
Click here to see even more patterns you'll want to paint with!
When we caught wind that Domaine Home recruited Jessica Biel to decorate her version of a holiday dream room, we were all ears. After all, she does live with a famous design hound (ahem, HomeMint cofounder Justin Timberlake)!
With the home's fashion-forward accessories, handsome furnishings, and thoughtful styling, we honed in on five design philosophies from the space that can be applied year-round.
- Channel Coco Chanel: From the graphic striped sofa to the gallery-style wall of framed black-and-white photos, nothing beats the classic color combo. Try accenting it with pops of your favorite brights or layering in neutrals for a cozy, sophisticated vibe.
- Rethink Rugs: Rugs aren't only for floors — create a tapestry feel by hanging a gorgeous kilim or antique find. The best part? Even smaller sizes can create a huge impact for less!
- Embrace Leather Furniture: For instant warmth and an ounce of rugged masculinity, try grounding a room with a vintage chair or sofa. If trolling flea markets for the right piece isn't your deal, then score the look with one of these vintage-inspired chairs that feel just as soulful.
- Decorate With Books: Stacking your most beloved books — from old hardbacks to coffee-table tomes — not only keeps them handy, but also creates visual interest. Try topping them off with your favorite decorative objects for a polished and curated effect.
- Layer Patterns: If you're a pattern-lover, then don't be afraid to mix and match! The secret? Stick to a limited color palette, and combine a variety of small- and large-scale prints.
Between her television gig, successful design firm, and newly launched vintage ecommerce site, we knew Jillian would have loads of holiday decorating advice. Check out the six foolproof tips she relies on each year!
Use What You Have
"I love the old books, minitrees, and reindeer that I have collected over the years. To make your collectibles feel more special this year, try covering them with a cloche or glass cheese dome! You can use ornaments, books tied with a bow — anything with a sparkle!"
Don't Wrap All Your Presents
"I love to wait until everyone is asleep and save some unwrapped presents for under the tree — just a big ol' bow is good enough sometimes. If your present is beautiful, it shouldn't be under paper!"
Keep reading for more of Jillian's holiday decorating tips!
It's no surprise that eco lifestyle expert Danny Seo's second home is a cottage in the woods. Between developing his expanding home collections, penning books, and styling the houses of celebrity pals like Kerry Washington, Danny considers this Pennsylvania cottage a refuge of sorts. Packed with enough upcycled styling ideas to make your head spin, his 1920s-era abode is the perfect place to unplug. We caught up with him to tour his woodsy retreat and discover his secrets for upcycling in style.
Step aside black and gray –– there's a new neutral taking over! Camel is this season's hottest hue, and we're using it in the form of gorgeous accessories, knits, and jackets. We even dared to try camel on camel –– and it works. Watch to see!
On Allison: Rag & Bone
Swapping out standard furniture for something unexpected can add loads of personality to a boring bedroom, and these upcycled nightstands are prime examples. With an open mind and a discerning eye, you'd be surprised what you can discover while scouting your own home! The ideal nightstand substitute should have a height that works and a level top — though you can place a tray on top of a slightly uneven or textural surface to make it work. See three surprisingly chic nightstand ideas we're dying to steal!
While we wouldn't consider vintage suitcases the most convenient travel accessory, this charming inn uses a stack of them as a nightstand — just think of the storage possibilities!
Designer Annie from Annilygreen used a couple of extra chairs to serve as nightstands in her bedroom. While the chairs have a concave surface that can be tricky in some circumstances, they're perfect for holding her globe-shaped lamps.
Jacquelyn from Lark & Linen transformed a few empty wine crates with some wood stain. We love how they add an element of rustic warmth to her airy bedroom!