- 7 readings nooks for your Nook (no pun intended) — HuffPost Home
- This NYC brownstone will make you do a double take — Remodelista
- Small but mighty decorating ideas for apartment living — Real Simple
- This Aspen getaway is proof that rustic can be refined — Architectural Digest
- Would you pay $27 million for this San Francisco mansion? — Curbed
- Purple rooms inspired by the color of the year — House Beautiful
- The 10 elements of a dream master bath — Houzz
When it comes to outfitting a guest bedroom, balancing necessity with welcoming luxury is essential. Get you spare room ready for the upcoming holiday season by making sure these items are on your list. Whether it's creative storage or just something thoughtful to make your guests feel at home, these pieces will have you ready to host in no time!
Tissue box: While tissue boxes may not be on everyone's list of nightstand necessities, you don't realize how crucial they are until you desperately need one. Save your guests a trip to the bathroom by investing in a beautiful tissue box that adds to the room's decor.
Tray: Since your guests won't have the luxury of putting all of their belongings in their proper places, vanity trays will help them feel less scattered.
Alarm clock: Using a cell phone alarm can be a bit of a pain if there isn't an electrical outlet by the bed. Help your guests stay stress-free by having a cute clock at the ready.
Storage: If a dresser feels too bulky for your guest room, get creative with other storage options. This console offers plenty of places to stash pieces your guests will need easy access to, thanks to the drawer and woven baskets.
Candle: Pamper your guests by placing a scented candle in the room. Consider fragrance notes they're fond of or choose a candle that feels seasonally appropriate.
Notebooks: Put a pretty notebook and pen on the nightstand for your guests. Aside from being handy, it also serves as a thoughtful gift that they can enjoy long after they leave.
Carafe: Keep guests hydrated with a water-filled carafe while adding a pop of color to the room. We're especially crazy about these hand-blown beauties.
Although December and January aren't considered the prime time for weddings, we're starting to disagree. Between the foliage, colors, and readily available holiday decor, Winter is starting to look like the perfect season to get hitched. If you're not convinced, here are several ideas that can be adapted to any budget — not to mention, leave you inspired!
When it comes to decorating the space above your bed, avoid getting sucked into the standard framed art or mirror rut. Instead, opt for a more creative concept that will make your bed the fabulous focal point it deserves to be. Keep reading for above-the-bed stylings that range from easy DIY to downright lavish decor.
If you've tuned in for Bravo's Interior Therapy With Jeff Lewis or Flipping Out shows, you already know two things about Jeff Lewis: the man has style — and jokes. Whether he's transforming a home or pumping out a new paint line, he doesn't disappoint. Style knowledge aside, Jeff's perfectionist tendencies and knack for telling it like it is are traits every clueless gift giver needs this time of year. Check out his sleek holiday-shopping list that makes everything from dog walking to cocktail swizzling feel GQ-worthy.
What's on His Wish List:
"This is a stylish set of tools ($99) for concocting cocktails."
"A little bit of sticker shock, but these three gold vases ($850) paired together add glam to your room."
"This Bottega Veneta cologne ($80-$110) is a fresh, universally masculine fragrance."
What He's Dying to Give:
"This candy jar display ($498) is a great accessory. Put it on a countertop or coffee-table book for an added pop of color (and sugar). It's a gift that keeps giving all year long."
"Shupaca throws ($115) are incredibly soft and add pattern to any space, whether you're using one at the foot of your bed or over the back of a sofa."
"Sonos speakers ($199) allow you to install an entire home audio system in an instant — wirelessly. They're perfect for holiday dance parties."
"Presentation is everything. This modern and stylish wrapping paper from Rifle Paper Co. ($9) is perfect for wrapping regifts. I buy it in bulk."
"Not only is this vintage cocktail book ($50) a great accessory, but it also holds many recipes to cope with the holidays."
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!
Switching out your desk chair for an exercise ball can improve your posture and strengthen your core, so why are some of us hesitant to take the plunge? Aside from the issue of stability, there's one other obvious drawback to this office trend: the eyesore factor. Luckily, PB Teen may have a solution.
Their inflatable Rockin' Roller Desk Chair ($149) not only comes with a foot pump, but a metal chair stand — which you can opt out of using — and a choice of seven fuzzy slipcovers. While the furlicious option (pictured here) evokes the type of '60s flokati vibe we're usually suckers for, we're not sure how we feel about this particular pairing.
We want to hear what you think! Cast your vote below, and see how other people are reacting to this groovy seat.
Although we absolutely love all the bright colors and decor of the holidays, this reading nook brings us back to a classic combination: black and white. Sure, these two colors are often written off as minimal, but when done right, they are anything but. The room of Meg G, a POPSUGAR Home reader, provided the perfect example. While we love the mix of patterns and textures, our favorite part of this space has to be those black French doors!
If you a have a similar room that proves the versatility of black and white, then share it with us. Tag your photos with #casasnap, and you could be featured on POPSUGAR Home. And don't forget to follow POPSUGAR Home on Instagram, too!
It's the holiday season, and we're getting in the spirit with our favorite holiday gifts. We've been rounding up our picks for everyone in your life, and now we want to give you something from our amazing giveaways. For our sixth day of our Favorite Holiday Gifts Giveaway, we are giving you the chance to win $1,000 to Pier 1 Imports for all your home decor needs.
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!
Entryway POPSUGAR Home: What were your goals for the space? Caitlin + Caitlin Interior Design: Our goal was to totally gut and rework Caitlin's loft to turn it into something sophisticated and chic. You should see the before photos – the kitchen and bathroom had been done in total bargain-basement cabinetry, tile, and appliances. The brown thin-set concrete concealed beautiful 100-year-old original tile beneath. We could go on and on about how much we needed to revamp this space, but the ultimate plan was to create a beautiful, functional flow and evoke a refined, cosmopolitan aesthetic.
Living room PS: What was the biggest challenge that you faced? C+C: The layout of the space was tricky because the unit actually wraps around the building's stairwell, so the floor plan is shaped like a U. One of the benefits, though, is that this creates separate areas in the loft even without having doors between "rooms." You walk into a proper entry because we extended the kitchen wall and also created an alcove to the right of the front door for dropping bags, hats, and keys. The living room and bedroom are separated by the narrow kitchen and dining room, which almost double as a long hallway. By making each part of the loft multifunctional, we were able to really maximize space.
Kitchen PS: Despite some of the loft's industrial characteristics, the space still feels chic and inviting. What are some of your favorite ways to soften these types of buildings? C+C: We're all about mixing and balancing each of our designs, so this was no exception. Because we exposed the brick and original tile (which packs that industrial punch!), we added a lot of luxe elements to pump up the glamour and warmth. Infusing the space with hues of mint green, teal, and navy created a soothing effect while textures like linen, leather, and wool softened the space both in a visual and tactile sense.
Living room bar PS: The black doors in the bedroom are so beautiful! Are they original? Is that a Murphy bed? C+C: The charcoal gray doors are indeed concealing a Murphy bed! They're not original — we built the recessed alcove for the Murphy bed by relocating ducting and adding drywall. The doors are actually Ikea cabinetry painted in a high gloss and embellished with lacquered brass knockers from Restoration Hardware. We think the contrast of dark gray and gold is really striking.
Murphy bed in living room PS: The kitchen and dining space might stump the average person because of the narrow dimensions. Do you have any tips for decorating in tight spaces? C+C:When it comes to tight living quarters, you have to be strategic with each square foot. There are hundreds of ways to do this effectively, depending on the room, but some of the general tips would be this:
- Keep clear of clutter — only have things out and visible if they are beautiful and add to the design.
- Leave three feet of space between pieces of furniture and the wall whenever possible. You can have a few inches of wiggle room with this, but it's a great general rule for making sure spaces don't feel cramped.
- Choose furniture and patterns that are scaled appropriately to the space. Small calls for small!
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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!
- Want to bring personality into your room? Use layers! — House Beautiful
- How to regift without anyone ever noticing — HuffPost Home
- A Brooklyn building gets a face-lift; it's absolutely stunning — Grey and Scout
- 50+ colorful and inspiring kitchens — The Nest
- Fun fact: $35 million will buy you New Jersey's most expensive home — Curbed
- Tour the office worthy of an NYC fashion maven — Domino
- This home is not your average, ordinary ski cabin . . . it's better — Houzz
Why hide your best baubles in a box when you can put them on display? These four jewelry-organizing ideas are just as stylish as they are clever. Whether you're a DIY guru or a one-stop-shop maven, there's something here for everyone!
A Helpful Hand
Anatomical sculptures can serve double duty. Follow designer Emily Henderson's lead by styling a hand sculpture with your best baubles or outfitting a head sculpture with some chunky necklaces. For more bedroom-decorating ideas, take a look at the rest of this stunning space!
If you're a sucker for vintage blue opaline but don't have the patience to slowly curate a collection, consider the DIY route. Little Green Notebook blogger Jenny Komenda scooped up an assortment of miscellaneous glass dishes at Goodwill and covered them with oil-based enamel spray paint — in the perfect shade of bright blue, of course. Check out her spray-paint tutorial to give your jewelry collection a streamlined pop of color!
The New Inspiration Board
If the back of your door is already occupied by hat hooks or a mirror, there's another smart and equally stylish solution! Apply the same principle to a framed and fabric-lined board. Customize your own version, or take a shortcut by buying this cute jewelry organizer board ($64) from Etsy user ShopSuiteV!
Mirrors aren't the only useful things that can hang from the back of your closet door. Try mounting a skinny wooden dowel equipped with cup hooks on the back of your door for instant organization. For a breakdown of the process, visit Martha Stewart Living.
If your gift list has a person with cool, effortless style, impress her with modern design. Between the geographic lines and clean finishes, these minimalist accents are anything but boring. Whether you opt for a polished vase or a contemporary ornament, these affordable picks are sure to impress the design-lover on your shopping list!Shop the entire gift list after the break!
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!
- 23 bedroom tricks you need to try — Real Simple
- Yup, this is the world's largest gingerbread house! — Curbed
- All the reasons why we should be at Basel this week — Architectural Digest
- Meet a San Francisco designer and her colorful aesthetic — Domaine
- Listen up! Your guide to holiday entertaining — House Beautiful
- Get inspired by these stunning gift-wrap ideas — Inside & Out
- 8 things interior designers want you to know — Houzz
Between the gorgeous rooms and amazing products, Pinterest is already a design lover's go-to! If you follow a few top designers, the inspiration is literally endless. That's exactly how we feel following designers like Emily Henderson and Kelly Wearstler each and every time we log into Pinterest. It wasn't easy, but we narrowed down our favorites into a must-follow list for anyone passionate about home and design. Click through to follow our top 10 designers and learn exactly why we repin them so much!
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