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!
If you've fantasized about transforming your home into a Winter wonderland but are stumped about where to start, you might want to take cues from HGTV host David Bromstad. Unabashedly embracing the more-is-more philosophy of decorating, David demonstrates how nine trees can be better than one! Glistening amid a carpet of cottony snow, David's mini forest (in the heart of Miami, FL) packs a whimsical punch. We caught up with him to get details on everything from his favorite faux-tree resources to the best technique for DIY snowballs!
POPSUGAR: You make faux trees look so beautiful! Do you have a favorite resource?
David Bromstad: Faux trees can be found everywhere. There are tons of varieties, and prices range from really inexpensive to superexpensive depending on the type and size. I adore faux trees, especially since I live in the South. Real trees just don't hold up well down here in Miami. My favorite resources are Grandin Road and Frontgate. You can shop from your living room and you have a huge selection to choose from. All my trees are faux, and most or them are flocked with snow — my little Winter wonderland forest in Miami!
PS: How did you create the fake snow and snowballs?
DB: Creating fake snow is easy! I buy it. It's super inexpensive and worth getting if you're looking for that Winter wonderland look. Artificial snow can be found anywhere you can find Christmas decor. Some of the snow even has sparkles in it — I love a little sparkle! I have to admit that the snowballs were actually expensive — and worth every penny — but can also be made with Styrofoam balls and cotton. By customizing the size and look of your snowballs, you can make them your own. There are endless possibilities!
Keep reading for more of David's Christmas decorating tips!
We've all marveled at creative staircase styling — painted ombre steps, decoupaged risers, and of course, the ever-popular staircase gallery — but those all require one thing: time! Lots of it. So, in the spirit of offering quick and easy solutions, we've rounded up three that can even be done on a weeknight. We know — crazy, right?
What literary lover wouldn't relish at this sight? To pull off the look, pull a selection of hardcover tomes in a coordinating color palette, and get to stacking!
Let There Be Light
Nothing beats the soft glow of candlelight, except when you pair it with Moroccan lanterns! Forget about having to remember to blow them out, and replace real candles with battery-operated votives.
Sure, pineapples happen to be a trending motif, but they also represent hospitality. We love the idea of welcoming holiday guests with these lining the stairs!
Even though some of her clientele includes celebrities with extravagant wardrobes, LA Closet Design CEO and designer Lisa Adams believes that any closet should be a natural extension of the home. "The closet is where we most often spend the first and last moments of a day, and unfortunately, at those times many of us deal with universal closet issues like cluttered, overstuffed, and unorganized spaces. Instead, I look at both your room — and your life — and then I create a space of peace, beauty, and even glamour," says Lisa. Placing equal weight on function and aesthetics, Lisa's designs cleverly combine efficiency while encouraging a sort of leisurely, celebratory dressing ritual most of us only dream of having. Keep reading to see some of LA Closet Design's covet-worthy closets and tips for replicating the look.
After spending hours trimming your tree, the last thing you want is a dried-out, needle-dropping mess that barely makes it through the holidays. This year, make your masterpiece last (ahem, until the New Year's, that is) with simple tips any novice can follow!
Before You Decorate
- Before you place your tree in a stand, cut about an inch off the bottom of the trunk. This helps to remove any hardened sap that may have formed on the bottom and will allow your tree to soak up more water.
- Once you get your tree home, place it in water as soon as possible.
Choosing a Stand
- If your tree isn't quite ready for its stand, then you can stick the trunk in a bucket of water and stash it for several days in a cool location.
- Go for a stand that actually fits your tree — shaving the sides of the tree will remove the outer layers, which soak up most of the water.
Watering Your Tree
- To figure out how much water your tree stand will need to hold, calculate a quart of water per inch of stem diameter.
- Check daily to make sure that the water level is always above the base of the tree.
- Keep your tree away from major sources of heat like fireplaces, heaters, and direct sunlight to keep it as fresh as possible. Something as simple as buying smaller lights that don't emit a ton of heat will help!
- While it's tempting, try to avoid overloading the electrical circuits connected to your tree.
- Turn off the tree lights when you leave the house or go to bed.
The Fun Part!
- Lights should be the first decorative element you put on your tree. Start by arranging them on the branches near the base of the tree. Weave the lights along inner branches first, and then move to the outer edges of the branches.
- After the lights, add your garland, and finish with ornaments. Instead of hanging all your ornaments on the tips of the branches, place some closer to the trunk to add depth.
Getting Rid of It Responsibly
- Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, so they can easily be recycled into mulch or used for other purposes. Find out how you can recycle your tree responsibly this year!
Ikea's Bekväm Cart ($60) can add extra storage and work space to a cramped kitchen, but it has another handy perk you may not have considered: versatility! Composed of solid, unfinished birch, this piece is a breeze to customize, making it a favorite among DIYers. Though the possibilities are seemingly endless, we're sharing three of our favorite ideas for flipping this blank canvas of a cart.
A can of pistachio spray paint and a chrome towel bar was all Meg Zandi at Radical Possibility needed to fix up her cart — OK, and maybe some pretty props. While she admits to succumbing to the cheap spray paint temptation at least once, this high-quality, fast-drying spray paint is her new go-to for furniture flips.
Keep reading for two more impressive kitchen cart hacks!
Whether you display them au naturel in a glass bowl or you paint them with glitter, pine cones are a useful element for dozens of Christmas crafts and Winter decorations. But before you go turning the conical fruits into a tree ornament, your pinecones should be dried to remove them of pitch (their sticky resin residue) and so their layers open up beautifully.
Before you dry them, you'll need to clean the cones by picking off pine needles and removing any visible pitch by dabbing them a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol. Then, you should soak them in one part water, one part vinegar to get rid of any insects crawling around. The layers may close up when they're wet, but will reopen as they dry. Here are three methods to dry them:
- Air-drying. The first method is to air-dry them. Corral them up in a breathable container like a wicker basket or a woven shopping bag. Lay the base of the container with a sheet of paper to collect any debris that might fall. As you might expect, this method is the most time-consuming; it can take anywhere from several hours to a few days.
There's a reason why you've dreamt of living in your favorite boutique hotel — the polished yet relaxing suites! Interiors maven Emily Henderson has a knack for designing dreamy bedrooms that could rival those found at the hippest hotels. Her winning formula? Combining luxurious details with functionality for a space that feels inspiring but cozy. See the seven stylish upgrades we're loving from her latest bedroom makeover!
- Statement art: We love a good gallery, but anchoring a bed with one large piece of art can create a more polished and less chaotic focal point.
- A haute headboard: Think about the last hotel suite you coveted — it probably had a stunning headboard. If the price tags on your favorite options scare you, try your hand at this tufted headboard tutorial. Another bonus? DIY versions allow you to customize fabric and color choices at a fraction of the cost!
- The perfect pillow formula: While there isn't a set rule for the number of pillows to place on a bed, you can't go wrong with two euros, two standards, and an accent pillow.
- Stylish sconces: Sconces don't always require an electrician's handy work. Save precious nightstand space while scoring style points with these easy DIY sconces that work for renters too!
- Quality sheets: You don't necessarily have to splurge on the quadruple-digit Egyptian cotton set you enjoyed during your last hotel stay. Shop this roundup of the best sheets for every budget to find an upgrade you can enjoy.
- A gorgeous rug: Aside from adding a plush layer, rugs can also introduce visual interest to a space. No need to look for a colossal option — finding a rug that frames your bed by a few feet can make a huge difference.
- A console: There's a reason boutique hotels consider them a necessity. Throw a chair into the mix, and you have an instant vanity or desk that will add more function and style to your space.
Visit Emily Henderson's blog to shop the look of this gorgeous bedroom!