Over the last few years, Instagram has become yet another outlet for discovering and sharing decorating inspiration. In 2013, we turned to some of the most stylish Instagram feeds to help us with everything from creating the perfect tablescape to choosing the right paint color. We even got to share your decor with fellow design enthusiasts when you tagged your pictures with our #CasaSnap hashtag. With all this Insta-inspiration, it wasn't easy to play favorites. Check out our top Instagram decor shots of 2013!
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!
Get ready to pin another property to your Dream Home board, because this New York townhouse will leave you breathless. Listed at $28 million, this 8,300-square-foot West Village stunner has more than just size to offer. Built in 1860, the home was transformed by AD100 architect/designer Steven Harris, packing in plenty of stylish pedigree! Aside from having oodles of charming period details, modern perks like a hydraulic elevator that runs from the basement to the fifth floor, built-in surround sound, a humidification system, and a Japanese soaking tub on the roof terrace make it oh-so livable. Sure, there's the private outdoor space and the five terraces, but let's be real — it's the interiors that really make us swoon. See the spaces in this townhouse we'll be dreaming about tonight!
If you're dreaming of a kitchen renovation but are terrified to take the plunge, this before and after from Manhattan Nest blogger Daniel Kanter should give you hope. Strapped for cash after buying a fixer-upper with a kitchen that scared away most buyers, Daniel knew that he would have to make tough choices when overhauling the kitchen. By forgoing costly new appliances and keeping the existing sink and 60-year-old cabinets (gulp), Daniel had enough elbow grease and supplies to transform the kitchen's biggest eyesores.
In just 10 weeks, he turned a disaster area into a clean, utilitarian space for cooking and entertaining. What exactly did he do? He took down the drop ceiling, patched and prepped, painted everything in sight (including the cabinets and radiator), changed the cabinet hardware, whipped up some new DIY wood plank countertops, indulged in some subway tile, and switched out the lighting. Impressive, eh? We think so!
For more before and after pictures and Daniel's DIY tips, check out his remodeled kitchen reveal!
When we spotted the glistening subway tiles, crisp color scheme, and smart styling in this kitchen, we couldn't wait to learn how 7th House on the Left bloggers Greg and Ashley Brown pulled it off. While we pored over entries that chronicled the nitty-gritty details of undergoing such a major renovation (tips for crafting a pop-up kitchen in a random room, anyone?), there were three brilliant DIY moments that we couldn't wait to share.
Keep reading to see why DIY-ing your kitchen decor is easier than you think!
Lately we have noticed a proliferation of beautiful handmade wooden cutting boards. While we would consider purchasing them on looks alone, it turns out that wooden cutting boards are actually very useful. In fact, they might be the one perfect serving piece for the holidays. Set them out topped with cheese, charcuterie, or small hors d'oeuvres, and you suddenly elevate your party to the next level. The best part? Unlike most table top pieces, cutting boards only improve with age. Check out some of our current favorites!Broom Cutting Board ($125) Baguette Cutting Board ($96-$168) Bird's-Eye Maple Cutting Board ($170) Live Edge Cutting Board With Knife ($59) Minnow Cutting Board ($122) Wave Cutting Board ($205)
If saving for new countertops seems like a futile process, you might be able to get them sooner than you think! By cutting out the cost of labor and pricey materials, these home makeover heroes relied on smart DIY methods to give their homes countertop upgrades. And boy, did they pay off.
Jenny from Little Green Notebook decided to modernize her laundry room with DIY concrete countertops — but she didn't stop there. Pale grey cabinets and an unexpected pop of brass hardware take this look from industrial to glam. Craving concrete for your kitchen? Jenny insists it's sturdy enough to last a couple of years of kitchen wear and tear until you can finally splurge for stone.
If you were blown away by Manhattan Nest blogger Daniel Kanter's kitchen makeover, you weren't alone. Blogger pal Anna of Door Sixteen was so impressed, she recruited him to help her create a floating wooden counter in an empty corner of her kitchen. To find out how to make your own, check out Daniel's butcher block counter tutorial!
If you're looking to get rid of your butcher block countertops, you might want to take notes from Buckets of Burlap blogger Becky. Bothered by the amount of mismatched wood her kitchen was working with, she decided to paint her butcher block counters white. The result? A light and airy kitchen with just a hint of shabby chic.
If you're craving more renovation inspiration, check out the jaw-dropping ideas we can't wait to try at our Home Makeover Heroes Pinterest board!
If you haven't heard of a toe kick — the indented strip below cabinets — it's because they're easy to miss. In fact, you might be scanning the room right now just to see if your cabinet has one. It does. While a toe kick allows you to stand closer to your cabinets, it's not exactly a feast for the eyes. Ripe for a colorful customization, stylist Emily Henderson makes a case for toe kick pimping with this easy cabinet DIY!
Oh Joy! blogger Joy Cho is the lucky owner of this tricked-out toe kick, which helps to brighten her beautiful studio. Tell us, is this a project you'd tackle in your home, office, or studio?
While finding the perfect balance of function and design in a space can be hard, Jessica Helgerson Interior Design nails it with this kitchen. With unexpected tile details, an antique island, and dip-dyed pillows, this modern Mediterranean kitchen is easily the room of our dreams. Inspired to bring it home, we found pieces that encompass this chic, yet down-to-earth look on any budget. Click through to find out how!
Profiled in the October issue of Elle Decor, the house is a bold and colorful romp, featuring bright yellow floors in one room, a guest room done in hot pink, and a living room painted entirely — trim and all — in Benjamin Moore's Very Green. "I never thought I would live in a house with so much color!" says Bearman.
For more photos, visit Elle Decor or pick up the October issue, on newsstands today!