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!
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.
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.
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!
— Additional reporting by Molly McGlynn
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.