When the editors of Pottery Barn's Inside & Out blog challenged me to style some of their new outdoor accessories at home, I knew my barren yard would be put to the test. I'd been aching to create an outdoor space where I could sip cocktails while catching up with friends, but my commitment-phobe tendencies always ruled out traditional dining sets or gigantic loungers. Small, dispersed trees in my yard made stringing lights nearly impossible. I started with four leather Mexican patio chairs and an unflattering floodlight, but with the help of some accessories and simple styling tricks, I managed to turn my outdoor fantasy into a reality. Keep reading for tips on how to tackle this in just a day!
If your bare walls are giving you the blues, Instagram is here to help! We've sifted through the well of hashtags to bring you the best wall decor ideas to get inspired by. Keep reading for fresh ideas and don't forget to hashtag your own home decor-related pics with #casasnap!
Each Spring, Bay Area home enthusiasts flock to the San Francisco Decorator Showcase to get their design fix. If you're close to San Francisco, I recommend checking out this historic mansion's jaw-dropping transformation in person before it closes on May 27. Brimming with creative design solutions, I snapped some of my favorites that can be applied to any home. Keep reading to see which moments caught my lense!
If you've extinguished the fantasy of living in a fresh-flower-filled home this Spring, allow us to rekindle the flame. Turns out, creating eye-catching centerpieces doesn't require financial sacrifice, skill, or even petals (in some cases). We're banking on these three easy centerpieces for maintaining a stylish coffee table — all Spring long!
Bottles as Bud Vases
Tulips continue to grow after they are cut, which makes blending them in arrangements a bit tricky. Show off their playful silhouettes (while saving cash) by sticking just a handful in individual bottles. All sorts of bottles from apothecary to soda pop will work — just be sure to peel off unsightly soda labels.
You also don't have to stick strictly to flowers. Artichokes and stones look downright architectural when placed in a cylinder glass vase and are in season this time of year.
Keep reading for our final centerpiece that's a cinch to pull off — we've saved the best for last!
Whether you're planning a wedding or love playing hostess at home, impress guests with three easy (but elegant!) centerpiece ideas — no florists needed. Watch the video to see how we turn everyday objects like jars, books, and candles into showstopping centerpieces!
We're not talking about vinegar scrubs and dusting marathons. In the design world, Spring-cleaning often translates to three simple practices: purging, organizing, and refreshing. We turned to Gilt Home creative director Tom Delavan to discover what Spring-cleaning means to him. Keep reading for the skinny on his must-have products, favorite blooms, and decluttering tips!
POPSUGAR Home: Let's talk bedding. What are your favorite components of a Spring bed?
Tom Delavan: White linen is a classic. Invest in simple but great-quality sheets, like Frette Linens or Matteo bedding. There's something so serene and unfussy about crisp, white bedding, and you'll be surprised how it'll keep your space feeling clean and airy.
PS: What are your go-to Spring flowers? How do you arrange them?
TD: I really like to keep it simple. Cherry branches are by far my favorite, and arranging them is not that tricky once you get a large, tall, heavy vase. White tulips are my second favorite. Buy loads, and don't mix them with anything else. I also like the way hyacinths smell, but I'm not crazy about the look. They'll look nice in a silver cup in the bathroom.
PS: What are your favorite vessels for corralling clutter?
TD: I used to love shallow bowls, but ultimately they are only as nice as what ends up collecting in them. Now I go for boxes that can be closed and trays to contain objects in some sense of order.
PS: Do you have any tips for switching up decor for Spring?
TD: Spring is really just a good time to freshen up and purge. A fresh coat of paint and paring down to your favorite objects will always make you and your home feel a little lighter.
Think of it as the floral arranging class you've always wanted to take — only now, it's in the form of a jaw-dropping coffee-table tome: The Flower Recipe Book ($25). Perfect for everyone from the DIY bride (yep, just in time for wedding season!) to the avid farmers market flower forager, this new book makes artful arrangements look doable — even for amateurs.
Created by highly sought-after floral designers Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo of Studio Choo, the book includes step-by-step tutorials for creating arrangements, bouquets, wreaths, and garlands categorized by season and formality. Breathtaking visuals aside, sections like the tool box stock list, vessel guide, techniques tutorial, and helpful hints section are the meatier portions you'll want to curl up with and study.
We're tempted to gather a group of girlfriends together for a spin on the traditional book club (think seasonal floral arranging instead of literary discussions). Fun, right? For just a taste of what this book has to offer, keep reading to discover how easy it is to create this purple and yellow anemone stunner.
If you're on the market to be inspired for an upcoming project, then start downloading. Some of the best interior design resources don't have business cards (ahem, the professional you've been meaning to hire) or glossy pages — they're apps! With options that allow you to create lookbooks, color palettes, and room layouts, the design abilities are endless. Fit for the pros and design enthusiasts alike, here are nine apps that will help you envision (and follow through with) creating your dream space.
If you're looking to spruce up your kitchen for Spring but aren't ready to shell out for a costly renovation, consider transforming it with easy styling tips instead. It's possible to have a functional kitchen that still feels like an extension of your home. The key is to incorporate decorative details just as you would for any other room. Keep reading to discover some of our favorite tips for easy kitchen upgrades!
Side tables are a necessity — without them, where would we set our drinks while on the couch or put our books before turning out the lights in the bedroom? — but making them look good is another matter entirely. These five simple styling tips will help you spruce up your space, beginning with the basics. With ideas that touch on proportion, color, and curation, we're highlighting side tables from a few of our favorite retailers to illustrate simple styling guidelines. Take a look at these creative tips and tricks for a chic side table!