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5 Uses for Wallpaper Scraps

Ok, so you have spent tons of time, energy, and money selecting that PERFECT wallpaper that you absolutely cannot live without to transform your drab walls into a something glamorous… and now that it is finally installed and your room is transformed, you are left with all this extra wallpaper that you can’t seem to part with.  (Whew, that was a mouth-full.)  So what now?!  Don’t throw it away!  Here are some great ways to repurpose those wallpaper scraps.

 

1. Create Art

Source: Buzzfeed

Source: Buzzfeed

Source: This Old House

Source: This Old House

Here is some art that I created myself!

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Some inexpensive frames from Ikea, this cost me less than $20!

 

2. Gift Wrap

Source: This Old House

Source: This Old House

Source: Elle- Kelly Wearstler

Source: Elle- Kelly Wearstler

Source: Elle

Source: Elle

I have definitely given gifts wrapped in extra wallpaper I had too, I wish I took pictures!  Regrets.

 

3. Wrap Books

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

*DESIGN TIP: Using a cohesive grouping of books when styling your bookcases, coffee tables, etageres, etc. looks so “designer”!  And its so easy.

 

4. Line your Bookcase

Source: HGTV

Source: HGTV

Design by Marika Meyer

Design by Marika Meyer

I love the pop that a little print and color can bring to an otherwise boring backdrop.

 

5. Other Ideas

Source This Old House

Source This Old House

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Source: fleuravenue.com

Source: Popsugar

Source: Popsugar

What are some of your creative ways to reuse wallpaper scraps?  Share them with us!

Happy February everyone!

So, one of my friends is currently in the middle of a complete kitchen overhaul and has been asking me for advice and opinions on his remodel.  Over the past week, he has been sending me tons of inspiration pictures of kitchens, pictures of products, and backsplash ideas which have inspired me to look up different types, styles, and designs of backsplashes!

Source: Traditional Home

Source: Traditional Home

In a previous post I wrote about my “Do’s and Don’ts When Selecting a Kitchen Backsplash” (that you can read here), so now I thought I would get a little more specific on the overwhelming amounts of styling options that are out there!  …and I wanted to focus on subway tile to start!

I absolutely love the look of a simple white subway tile, it is classic, timeless, and traditional.  You can find this is kitchens and bathrooms from all different time periods and and size homes.

I love how classic and clean the subway tile looks in this Kitchen shown below.  I actually used this same photo in a previous post I wrote about selecting kitchen countertops (here) but think it is such a charming space.

Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Source: Better Homes & Gardens

This classic transitional kitchen is also lovely:

Source: Houzz

Source: Houzz

If the classic white subway tile is just too traditional for you, well you are in luck!  Subway tile comes in tons of different sizes, materials, and colors too!  Glass subway tile typically feels more modern to me but here are some great examples of how to use it in different styled kitchens!

The industrial pendants over the bar and raw wood traditional stools define a more rustic vibe in this kitchen with the gray glass subway tile and white grout.

Source: Decor Pad

Source: Decor Pad

I love how super modern this kitchen below is.  The crisp and minimal cabinets and hardware, with the white paint and minimal light fixture truly makes the tile backsplash the star.  The under cabinet down-lighting is also a beautiful way to highlight the accent tile and make it sparkle!

Source: Decor Pad

Source: Decor Pad

I am totally obsessed with this kitchen below.  The open and low profile cabinetry in the rustic warm gray with the warm gray glass subway tile is just gorgeous!  Contemporary but still livable.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

If you decide to install the tile stacked vertically, this will also achieve a much more contemporary look than staggering the tile which is more typical (shown in the pictures above).  I love the thin rectangular shaped tile used here.

Source: Unknown

Source: Unknown

And the use of the subway tile all the way up the wall is so dramatic and definitely makes a statement!

Source: Decor Pad

Source: Decor Pad

If you need help remodeling your kitchen or bath, or selecting the perfect tile for your space, contact me!

2015 Color Trends of the Year

And the Color of Year, 2015 is…

Source: Rachel Reider Interiors

Source: Rachel Reider Interiors

Guilford Green (HC-116) according to Benjamin Moore

Source: Benjamin Moore

Source: Benjamin Moore

Ben Moore actually defined 4 “color families” for 2015 and selected Guilford Green as the key color that fits into each “family”.

{“Through our research and travel across the globe, four color families emerged suggesting bolder color and confident choices. Color layering is so easy, see how you won’t be able to live without it. Discover the berry, green, blush and blue paint color collections.”}

Loving this color and want it to work in your home?  Try it out with colors such as Old Claret (2083-30) or Universal Black (2118-10) by Benjamin Moore.

Source: Benjamin Moore, Universal Black

Source: Benjamin Moore, Universal Black

Source: Benjamin Moore, Old Claret

Source: Benjamin Moore, Old Claret

Check out the entire article at the Bejamin Moore website!

Coral Reef (SW6606) is it in the eyes of Sherwin Williams

Source: Sherwin Williams, Coral Reef

Source: Sherwin Williams, Coral Reef

{“Coral Reef embodies a cheerful approach to design that we’re seeing for the coming year. Its unexpected versatility brings life to a range of design aesthetics, whether traditional, vintage, cottage or contemporary,””
said Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing.}

Wondering how to infuse Coral Reef into you home?  It pairs well with colors like Sherwin William’s Watery (SW6478) and Sedated Gray (SW6169).

Source: Sherwin Williams

Source: Sherwin Williams

For more ideas, visit the Sherwin Williams website!

Just like Benjamin Moore, Behr also defined 4 color palettes on trend for 2015.  Their 4 palettes are:

1. “Deep Dreams” consists of richly saturated saturated jewel tones.

Source: Behr, Deep Dreams

Source: Behr, Deep Dreams

2. “Frosted Pastels” uses airy and feminine colors with cool and “zesty” accents

3. “Social Brights” blends contemporary bold colors with bright or darker neutrals

4. “Nuanced Neutrals” takes the trendy 2014 “weathered look” and updates it using cozy and dusty colors, outside of the “sandy” tones from last year.

Source: Behr, Nuanced Neutrals

Source: Behr, Nuanced Neutrals

Read more about Behr’s color forecast here!

And of course, Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year is Marsala (18-1438)

Source: usatoday

Source: usatoday

{“Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture”}

Wondering how to add Marsala into your home?  Bring it in through accents such as pillows, florals, or paint!

Source: PopSugar

Source: PopSugar

Source: Pantone

Source: Pantone

Get the full scoop from Pantone’s website.

 

What is your favorite “Color of the Year”?  I think mine is Coral Reef!  It is such a bright fun color but can still be used as a soft neutral or accent color.

Need help defining your own color palette?  Contact me!

Lacquer This, Lacquer That

Source: Christian Louboutin

Source: Christian Louboutin

We have seen lacquered objects for a while now; furniture, accessories, nail polish, even shoes and jewelry, but what about taking the high gloss finish to new places?  Adding this liquid looking finish to the walls and ceilings of interiors will definitely elevate the elegance in any space!

Source: DecorPad

Source: DecorPad

Source: House Beautiful

Source: House Beautiful

Source: House Beautiful

Source: House Beautiful

 

Lacquered walls are a great solution for high-traffic areas as the finish is super durable and hard as nails.  It also is great for darker spaces as the luster will catch and reflect light, brightening up any space.  This way, you can take a risk and go dark in color.

Source: Traditional Home

Source: Traditional Home

Source: Home Depot

Source: Home Depot

Source: Elle Decor

Source: Elle Decor

 

It is also a unique and unexpected wall treatment, a great alternative to wallpaper or a decorative faux finish.  Lacquered walls will surely create a dramatic backdrop to any type of room.

Source: Philip Jeffries

Source: Philip Jeffries

Source: House Beautiful

Source: House Beautiful

 

This design element is truly the epitome of luxury!  Would you lacquer your walls?

 

How would you use lacquer in your home?

Happy Thanksgiving!

A day late, but I was too busy eating turkey to post!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Source: liluinteriors.com

Source: liluinteriors.com

My Go-To Gray Paint Colors

I know, we have been on the “gray bandwagon” for close to three years now, but I don’t see it losing steam yet.

Here is a list of my recent go-to’s (and pay attention to the undertones, they may not all work in your space!)

1. Sherwin Williams: Dovetail SW7018

Sherwin Williams: Dovetail SW7018

Sherwin Williams: Dovetail SW7018

2. Benjamin Moore: Platinum Gray

Benjamin Moore: Platinum Gray

Benjamin Moore: Platinum Gray

3. Benjamin Moore: Boothbay Gray HC-165

Benjamin Moore: Boothbay Gray HC-165

Benjamin Moore: Boothbay Gray HC-165

4. Sherwin Williams: Requisite Gray SW7023

Sherwin Williams: Requisite Gray SW7023

Sherwin Williams: Requisite Gray SW7023

5. Sherwin Williams: Repose Gray SW7015

Sherwin Williams: Repose Gray SW7015

Sherwin Williams: Repose Gray SW7015

6. Benjamin Moore: Stonington Gray HC-170

Benjamin Moore: Stonington Gray HC-170

Benjamin Moore: Stonington Gray HC-170

 

I also posted about shades of gray paints back in 2012, check out the post here.

If you are looking for your own perfect shade of gray, or any other color, contact me!

The Perfect Fall Mantle

Source: theinspiredroom.net

Source: theinspiredroom.net

Now that it the crisp Fall air has finally settled in, its time to get those fireplaces roaring again!  I think that sitting in front of the fire at the end of a long day is possibly one of my favorite things.

And because the fireplace is usually the focal point in most rooms, decorating it for the Fall is just one more way to welcome in the best season of the year!  Here are the 3 key elements to a perfectly balanced and festive fireplace mantle…

#1 Centerpiece

Usually a large mirror or piece of art is the best place to start.

Source: HGTV

Source: HGTV

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

#2 Weight

Adding weight to the sides of the centerpiece is necessary to balance out the mantle.   Accessories such as candlesticks or twigs in a vase is a great way to add weight (and height).  Even hanging a collection of smaller pieces of art on the sides of your centerpiece is a creative idea!

Source: livecreativelyinspired.com

Source: livecreativelyinspired.com

Source: Country Living

Source: Country Living

#3 Filler

Filler can be anything from books, to smaller plants or vases, or seasonal fillers like leaves or pumpkins!  Usually placing a collection of objects looks great.

Source: Pottery Barn

Source: Pottery Barn

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

 

Did you decorate your mantle for Fall?  Show it to us!

Need help designing or revamping your own fireplace?  Contact me!

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