6 Characteristics of Stylish Simple Bathrooms

Keep maintenance low and satisfaction high by applying these principles and creating your own stylish but simple bathroom. 6 Characteristics of Stylish Simple Bathrooms ~ Tipsaholic.com #simple #bathroom

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Bathrooms are some of the most used rooms in the home, whether by family or by guests, and it can be tough to keep them clean and orderly. Simplicity is the way to go, but how do you achieve it while still maintaining a style that fits your home? Get your bathroom together and ready for anything by creating a space that focuses on these 6 characteristics of great, simple bathrooms.

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1. Flooring and walls that make a statement

Bathroom floors and walls can really take a beating – all the moisture and traffic bathrooms get make it necessary to have something sturdy. But that doesn’t mean it has to be ugly or bland! Use color! Use patterns! Board and batten, beadboard, paint, or tile can be great additions to walls, or even a simple piece of art. Floors with bold patterns can inspire the entire room. Find something you love and run with it.

 

2. The perfect lighting

Lighting is everything when it comes to making a simple bathroom functional and giving it a classy touch. Besides adding light for when you’re primping, whatever you choose will say a lot about the style of your bathroom. Look at shapes, colors, and placement when making decisions about lighting. Even the types and colors of light bulb you use are going to have an effect.

 

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3. A great mirror

A single mirror panel on a wall does its job, but a great mirror with a frame or fun design will really add a spark to even the smallest bathroom space! Consider a variety of shapes – oval, octagon, square, rectangular – and see what will work within the style you want to convey. Is it modern and minimalist? Traditional? Whimsical? There really is a mirror to fit every bathroom!

 

4. Everything is organized

Take control of your bathroom, don’t let it take control of you! Start getting rid of the little things that don’t add to the room or serve much of a purpose. Simplify is the name of the game! If you have multiple bathrooms, specify which towel sets and items will be in which room. Start sorting through the drawers and cupboards and clear them out so you can start fresh. Remove cotton balls, swabs, and other items from bulky packaging and be ready to condense!

 

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5. Stylish storage

Make a one-time investment in bins or baskets that are stylish and fit your needs or gather some from around the house. Start assigning your bathroom necessities their permanent homes. Mason jars of various sizes make great containers for cotton balls, swabs, bobby pins, and hair ties. Add fun labels or tags to give things a unique touch and make them easy to find.

 

 6. Guest-friendly

If you’ve ever been stuck in a friend’s bathroom without a new roll of toilet paper, you might know exactly what we’re talking about here. Make your bathroom a place where your guests can be comfortable when nature calls. Place personal items like tooth and hairbrushes out of sight. Keep extras of essential items like toilet paper and towels within reach. Consider leaving a freshening spray close to the toilet. And keep a plunger nearby – it can help to keep embarrassment to a minimum!

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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20+ Useful Trim and Molding Tutorials and Tips

Finish off your rooms with beautiful baseboards, crown molding, and trim around windows and doors. 20+ Useful Trim and Molding Tutorials and Tips via @tipsaholic #trim #molding #diy #home #repair


20+ Useful Trim and Molding Tutorials and Tips
Do you stare at the rooms in your home and wonder what’s missing? Sometimes the finishing touches are what brings a room from unfinished to completely decorated. These finishing touches include tall baseboards, beautiful crown molding, and chunkier trim around windows and doors.  Installing new trim in your home is easier than you might think and there is so many tutorials and tips out there to help you beautify your home. Here are some really great trim and molding tutorials and tips!

Baseboard Tutorials and Tips

How to Remove Baseboard
Before you can upgrade your baseboard trim, you need to remove your old ones. If you do it wrong, you could damage your walls and the trim. This tutorial recommends five essential tools to get the job done right.

How to Cope Baseboard
Coping baseboard trim so your corners look perfect takes some technique, but the results are worth it, especially for homes with walls that aren’t perfectly straight. This tutorial shows you how.

How to Install New Trim Over Old Trim
If you want a fast baseboard upgrade, there’s a product called RapidFit that you can use right over your old trim without having to remove anything. If this sounds like something you’d like, learn more about it here and here.

How to Install Baseboard
From removing old baseboard to mitering the corners, this tutorial covers everything in one post. Although some of the methods used here are different from those used in the tutorials above, it’s good to see how people do some things differently before trying the project yourself.

Faux Baseboard Tutorial
Make your baseboards look thicker with this simple trick: install thin molding above your baseboards and paint the space between the molding and baseboard white. It’ll all look like one thick baseboard piece! Read this tutorial for more details.

How to Clean Baseboard
You love your new baseboard, but they’ll get dirty with time and they can be a nuisance to clean. This tutorial breaks it down to 5 simple steps. Also good to know: if you paint your trim after you caulk, including the caulk itself, your baseboards will attract less dust and dirt.

Crown Molding Tutorials and Tips

How to Install Crown Molding on Kitchen Cabinets
Have some space between the tops of your kitchen cabinets and the ceiling? You can fill that gap up with crown molding and filler wood. This will make your ceilings look higher and your kitchen look more custom and finished! Check out this tutorial and this one.

How to Make Your Crown Molding Look Taller
Maybe you already have crown molding, but you want it to be a little taller and chunkier. Here’s how to do it — a pretty easy and inexpensive project!

Cheater Crown Molding
If you’re intimidated by the corners in crown molding, this tutorial presents a solution that you might like.

Faux Crown Molding Tutorial
If installing crown molding is too much or too expensive of a DIY project for you, consider this easy faux crown molding to add some drama to your walls and ceilings. All you need are 1-inch trim pieces, along with finishing nails, white paint, and some tape. Great for a kids’ room!

Lowered Ceiling Tutorial
This is another faux crown molding, or faux picture rail, tutorial that will extend your ceiling color to the very top of your walls for some added architectural detail. It won’t make your ceiling feel lowered, but this is a great idea for rooms with a fun color on the ceiling.

How to Install Crown Molding
For a straightforward tutorial on installing crown molding just like how the pros do it, check out this great tutorial that comes with clear step-by-step pictures and instructions.

Door Trim Tutorials and Tips

Craftsman Door Trim Tutorial
Want to beef up the trim around your doors to give them a bigger presence? Check out this great craftsman door trim tutorial.

Traditional Door Trim Tutorial
If you’re looking for a more traditional look for your door trim, here’s a good tutorial for that.

Corners and Entryway Trim Ideas and Tutorials

Column Trim Idea
Do you want to paint different wall colors in the rooms in your open-plan home, but are struggling to figure out how to transition the different colors? Try this great column trim idea that can define the corners of a room to help you visually separate your rooms!

DIY Door Casings Tutorial
If you have wide entryways to the rooms in your home, you can add door casings for a more polished look. Here’s how.

Window Trim Tutorials

Here’s a nice, long list of the various window trim tutorials all over the internet, put all into one place for you! You’ll find a lot of good stuff here.

Caulking Tips

How to Caulk Moldings and Trim
Caulking is a vital part of installing crown moldings and trim. Here is a basic tutorial that tells you everything you need to know to start caulking. It also includes one great tip: always paint after caulking!

How to Caulk and Paint Trim at the Same Time
This little tutorial shows you how to paint and caulk your trim at the same time. So clever and it will save you a lot of time! And here’s another tutorial that shows you a similar trick, but done with crown molding.

Now that you’re armed with these trim and molding tutorials and tips, you’re ready to tackle the fun job of beautifying your home with trim and molding. For even more help, check out this great website that includes a pattern book to help you create your own trim patterns. Happy trimming!

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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Savvy Salvagers Pallet Projects Infographic

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Do you love the look of pallet projects? There are endless possibilities for what you can create with a pallet. The other great thing is that pallets can be found for FREE. Not sure where to find pallets? Or what to do once you find them? Here are lots of great ideas and resources for using pallets. Thanks to Irish Timber Projects for this amazing infographic. Learn about all the ways you can use pallets throughout your whole home.

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More and more people are moving to urban areas these days. Which means more people are living in smaller spaces. It could be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Check out these amazing 15 Small Space Hacks from Able Skills. Hopefully these ideas will help maximize your small spaces.

Check out these amazing 15 Small Space Hacks from Able Skills. Hopefully these ideas will help maximize your small spaces. 15 Small Space Hacks Infographic via @tipsaholic #smallspaces #hacks #lifehacks #rental #apartments

 
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9 Tips for Creating the Perfect Gallery Wall

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1. Create impact.   By definition, a gallery wall adds impact and punch to a space.  An effective grouping uses visual interest for impact.  There are a few different ways you can do this.  You can use frames of different textures, sizes, and colors, along with different mat sizes.  You could also intersperse mirrors, art, monograms, or other items between photos to break up repetition.  Try using unique items paired with items of completely different styles design-wise to create a more eclectic look.  For instance, clean, simple lines on a few frames, a vintage mirror and some industrial address numbers could round out a gallery wall.

 

2. Strike a balance.  Your elements don’t have to be all the same size – quite the opposite, actually.  What you DO need to focus on is balancing your wall.  Placing large items all on one side with small framed pictures next to them can make the wall seem lopsided.  If all of the elements you use are dark and large, the whole wall can feel heavy and oppressive.  You don’t have to use symmetry to achieve balance, rather make sure you break up your larger pieces with smaller elements and space things appropriately.

 

3. Establish unity.  Every element you use in your gallery should be united in the same manner.  Unity is achieved in many different ways, or even a combination.  For instance, seemingly incongruent photos could show your child’s growth over time.  Use items from your vacations to create a travel wall.  Tell a story from your family history with photos and heirlooms.  Unity can also come through the physical appearance, as well.  Use like-colored mats or frames.  If the photos and artwork are from different times, places, eras, and subject matters, print them all in black and white.  Any combination of these will create a cohesiveness that makes your gallery wall look polished.

 

4.  Be uniform.  While the sizes of the individual elements do not need to be uniform, and the spaces between them likely won’t be either, the shape around the entire collage should be.  There should be a clearly defined shape around the outer edge of the gallery wall with no pieces jutting out oddly beyond the rest.

 

5. Fake it first.  Lay your pieces on top of paper and trace around them.  Cut them out and use painters’ tape to hang them on the wall.  This way you can easily move all of your elements around without making any marks on the wall.  You’ll be much better able to visualize the end result with fake stand in items that are impermanent.  Plus, you can place nails and screws right through the paper – it makes it easier to tell if you’re placing them at the right spots, level and far enough apart – and just pull the paper out when you’re done.

 

6. Height matters.  Be sure to hang things at the right height.  Concentrate on the distance things are from the floor.  As a general rule, your focal pieces should be hung with their midpoints at eye level.

 

7. Use teamwork.  When it comes to hanging your piece, teamwork is best!  That way you won’t need to climb up and down the ladder excessively.  You’ll also have someone on hand to tell you if things are straight, fetch items, and bounce ideas off of.  Sure, you can go it alone, but it’s more fun with a partner anyway!

 

8. Play around.  Have fun with it!  Don’t take yourself too seriously.  When it comes to your home and your design, there’s no wrong way.  Make sure to move things around more than once to get a better idea of what will look best.  In the end, go with your gut.  Your eyes won’t lie, what looks right probably is!

 

9. Gather ideas.  There are a lot of templates and layout ideas out there on the internet.  Here are a few to help you get started on your own gallery wall:

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Click here to see how to make a gallery wall out of kid’s artwork!  And don’t miss this creative use of salvaged old picture frames.

Here are some tips and tricks for hanging photos.

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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13 Transformative Fireplace Makeover Ideas

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home? via @tipsaholic #fireplace #diy #home #fire #mantle 13 Transformative Fireplace Makeover Ideas

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home?

1. Paint a brick fireplace black or a bold color.

You’ve probably seen many brick fireplaces that have been painted white and that can look great, but that’s not your only option. You could paint your fireplace black for a more modern look. Pair it with a stained wood mantle for a chic result!

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Another idea is to paint it in a bold color, like teal. This can feel like a risky choice but it can come out looking just fabulous if the color goes well with your decor! And you can always paint it again another color if you want to redecorate down the road.

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2. Add built-in shelves on both sides of the fireplace.

A fireplace all by its lonesome on a wall can look, well, lonely. Consider building shelves on both sides to add more storage to your home and to fill out the wall. Your room will also look bigger and taller as a result!

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3. Tile the fireplace surround.

This simple change will give your fireplace an instant update. It’s not a hard project and the results will amaze you. You could tile over your existing tile or go all the way and pull out the existing tile. Ceramic tile would work, but so would glass mosaic tile and marble herringbone tile. Visit a tile shop or a home improvement store and choose from the many options for your fireplace makeover!

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4. Stain your brick fireplace.

Maybe you want to change the look of your brick fireplace, but you’re just not down with the idea of painting it. You can stain it instead! This fireplace used to be gray until it was stained a more traditional red and it looks much warmer than the before!

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5. Paint a painted fireplace to look like brick.

Or maybe you’ve bought a home where the previous homeowners painted over the brick and you don’t like the look. You could paint the brick to look like brick! The best part is that you can choose your brick colors, so this project would also work on a brick fireplace that doesn’t look exactly the way you want it to.

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6. Build a new mantel surround.

With some MDF and wood, you can build yourself a brand new mantel surround to add more visual weight to a small fireplace. I really love the modern look of this one!

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7. Add planked wood above the fireplace.

A nice way to make your fireplace look bigger and your ceiling higher is to install planked wood above it. It’s a dramatic look and you can paint the planks in any color to compliment your room. This fireplace looks beautiful with white planks above a white mantel surround and herringbone tile.

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8. Put stone veneer over a brick fireplace.

Tired of your brick fireplace? Tile over it with a stone veneer or a stone wall tile and bring it all the way up to the ceiling. This fireplace makeover idea is even more dramatic if you have high ceilings!

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9. Add columns to a mantel.

This is a simple fireplace makeover idea that works if you already have an existing mantel. Beef up your fireplace by adding columns to turn your mantel into a mantel surround.

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10. Spray over brass accents.

Brass may be gaining in popularity these days, but brass on the fireplace might not be your taste. Spray the brass away and update the look of your fireplace in just a few minutes.

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11. White wash your brick fireplace.

White washing a brick fireplace is a good middle ground between painting and leaving the brick alone. You’ll still have the rustic character and color of the brick intact, but if you don’t really love the colors of the bricks, they’ll be softened for an entirely new look.

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12. Paint over the old tile surround.

If your fireplace has a tile surround you’re not in love with, you can paint over the tile for an easy temporary upgrade. Black is a chic choice, and a popular one at that. Another idea is to do a stencil over the tile surround so it looks like you tiled over it with a mosaic tile! This stencil could help you achieve the look of Moroccan tile.

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13. Turn your fireplace into a concrete fireplace.

This is a big project, but the results look great and very modern! If you like the look of concrete, you can turn your brick fireplace into a concrete one with the help of this tutorial. At less than $100, this is a great fireplace makeover idea that won’t cost you a lot of money.

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home? via @tipsaholic #fireplace #diy #home #fire #mantle

There’s no reason to live with an ugly fireplace when you have all these fireplace makeover ideas at your fingertips! What other fireplace makeover ideas have you tried or plan to try?

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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6 Tips for Dynamic Indoor Fall Decor

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Autumn is a beautiful time of year that lends itself well to fun decorating ideas.  You may already have a stash of red, gold and orange with numerous gourds and pumpkins that you pull out each September.  But if you have a hard time knowing where to start when it comes to dressing your home for the fall season, your decor can miss the mark and end up feeling flat and drab.  Need some help?  Don’t despair!  The ideas and inspiration are everywhere this time of year, and we’ve got six useful tips for indoor fall decor that you can use for any room.

 

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1.  Draw inspiration from color.  

Fall is an incredibly colorful time of year, so bring the outdoor colors inside!  Reds, oranges and yellows in every warm-toned variation are obvious choices.  Also abundant this time of year: greens with gray or muted yellow undertones – hunter, olive, moss, fern, avocado.  Dark blues or blues with gray or green undertones – navy, blue sapphire, cadet, cambridge, silver lake, dark electric.  Fall neutrals include cream, warm grays, tans, beige, and taupe.  If you’re looking for ideas or exact matches to these color, try Find The Best/Colors.

2. Bring the outdoors in.  

Natural elements are extremely common in fall decor.  Branches, twigs, wood cross-sections and logs of all shapes, sizes and types are used for artwork, in place of flowers, for candlesticks or pedestals and much more.  Leaves are a great choice for vase filler or even sewn together in a natural garland.  There are colorful fall flowers in wonderful, deep jewel tones that are great for centerpieces.  Stones, pine-cones, grains, gourds, squash, hay, straw, and grapevine are all great choices for many different applications.  Almost all of these items are free or inexpensive and easy to find in your own backyard, the park or at farmers markets or nurseries.

3. Don’t overlook other natural elements.  

Other items that aren’t necessarily found in the great outdoors are still natural in construction or feel.  You can use these in a variety of ways.  For example, jute or cotton twine can wrap around glass vases, tie flowers together at the stems, wrap around a wreath form for a base, tie stacks of vintage books together or hang mason jars.  Raffia in natural, neutral colors like wheat, off-white or cream can be used in nearly all the same ways.  Burlap is another natural-type material that is common in fall decor.  Wrap strips around jars, like this arrangement, or create a whimsical wreath.  Other items you may want to consider: natural rope, raw wood pieces (candlesticks, platters, pedestals, plaques, monograms, etc.), moss, cinnamon sticks, wood chips or shavings and yarn.  Consider using faux or real antlers for bookends or mantel decor.

4. Bring in some metal.  

Whether your style is glamorous or more grunge than glitz, there’s a way to incorporate metal into your fall decor that will make it more interesting.  If you like glitter and glitz, try spray painting pumpkins gold, using gold leaf votive holders, or dip painting branches and twigs with gold paint.  You can also add gold or copper glitter to pine-cones, dress up pillar candles with gold glitter tape, or spray paint fake leaves and hang them!  If you prefer a more industrial look, use aged metal wire baskets to hold hay, straw or leaves, create pumpkins from mason jar lids, use vintage castors or wheels in interesting groupings and arrangements, incorporate DIY wooden orbs or metal spheres into your pumpkin vignette, even use golden thumbtacks to create gilded pumpkins!  However you decide to use metal in your fall decor, it will round out all of the natural elements.

5. Don’t forget layers and textures.  

This goes hand in hand with tip number four.  You want your decor to look dynamic and full.  It doesn’t matter if your style is subtle or bold, dynamic means energetic, interesting and much more pulled-together.  Make sure to use a variety of materials in your items – fabrics (in different textures), metals, natural elements, books, and glass are only a few material ideas.  Don’t forget to place things at different heights and depths, as with this fun fall vignette.  Stack books and place items on top, use candlesticks to hold things other than candles, place pedestals of different heights strategically, lay some things flat and hang some things up.

6. Try to take some risks.

Don’t just play it safe with your decor.  Use things in unexpected ways.  If you find an awesome vintage piece you love – say a kitchen scale or typewriter, incorporate them into your fall display by using them as a stand or draping other things over them.  Lay things horizontally that should be vertical and vice versa.  Use old or new fall-colored artwork as a tray instead of hanging as art.  Get creative and step outside the box.  It will guarantee a more aesthetically interesting experience.

 

Here’s a beautiful natural tablescape that will give you more ideas!  Or check out these fall decor ideas.  And if you’re a fan of metallics in your fall decor, don’t miss these gold home decor projects!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterestBloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

The Golden Rules of Interior Design

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Are you struggling to make your space your own and don’t know which direction to go? Terrys Blinds has compiled key rules used by design experts from around the world into this useful infographic!

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Special thanks to Terrys Blinds for sharing their Golden Rules of Interior Design with our readers!

Interior Design by Decade Infographic

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Enjoy a visual look at the history of interior design with this beautiful infographic from Harvey Water Softeners!

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The Complete Curtain Cheat Sheet Infographic

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This amazing infographic is the perfect resource if you are choosing curtains for your home. This complete curtain cheat sheet has all the information you could possibly need, including tips about fabric and hardware.

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Infographic courtesy of Chais Lund.

5 Steps to an Organized Playroom

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An organized playroom can encourage creative play, imagination, teamwork, cooperation, and of course, playfulness!  These are all great qualities we want in our kids.  If you don’t want your playroom to fall flat, you’ll need to focus on more than the toys.  Make your space fabulous and organized with these five simple steps!

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1. A place for everything, and everything in its place.

The old adage rings especially true in spaces for children. Kids need to know there are designated spots for every toy and tool they use, so labeling is key. What you store things in is secondary to the kids being able to easily find what they need.  This will save you from headaches when you ask them to clean up, too! There are tons of ways to label. Try clear bins, so the kids can easily identify the toys inside.  Use pictures and words for little ones who can’t read yet. Try chalkboard labels so you can easily change them. If there are wire baskets or handles, use tags that can be tied on. If your bins are plastic, use vinyl cutouts:

2.  Organize top to bottom.

Think about organizing the space “top to bottom”. Consider items that might best be stored up higher, and those things you want within easy reach of toddlers and other kids. For instance, you might want art supplies or fragile toys up on a shelf, while books and puzzles could be in a bin or rack near the floor. Thinking top to bottom not only helps you to focus your attention on where best to place items for safety and ease of use, but it also forces you to utilize the entire space. Take advantage of all that vertical area. Don’t forget about corners, closets and doors, which can easily be fully utilized for storage.

3.  Go for double duty.

Let your storage be part of the design. Use bins or buckets that are artistic and work well with the decor scheme. Stick to storage that matches the color palette. Use toys as art.

4.  Keep it colorful. Keep it playful.

It is a playroom, after all. Kids love color and this is a space just for them, right? Colorful storage solutions begged to be played with. You don’t have to decorate in a rainbows, but sticking to a fun, colorful palette makes the space more kid-centered. This is a room that should be geared specifically toward fun–even your storage solutions can do that!

5.  Think outside the box.

The toy box, that is. There are so many interesting, fun and unique ways to store all the items that come along with childhood. Recycle old crates. Paint antique suitcases. Put wheels on old drawers. Try reusing items in unexpected ways, like rain gutters or spice racks for book storage.

Thinking about adding a designated reading nook to your playroom or other space? Check out the ideas and tips for great reading nooks here!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest, Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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8 Ideas for a Stylish Ceiling

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Your ceilings don’t have to be boring! Instead of painting them white like everyone else, why not try something different for your fifth wall? Check out these 8 stylish ceiling ideas and get some inspiration to decorate your ceiling in a way that makes you smile!

 

1. Paint a ceiling medallion around a light fixture. (picture: slide 1)

If you have a beautiful pendant, show it off by painting a medallion to highlight the light. You could always hire a local painter to do the mural if you’re not confident in your painting skills. This painted ceiling medallion is a breathtaking sight that will leave a lasting impression on guests.

 

2. Paint the ceiling a fun color. (picture: slide 2)

Try a bold color to add a shot of happiness to an otherwise neutral and modern space. The teal blue ceiling in this gorgeous kitchen gives the room an unexpected touch that I just love. This is one of the easiest ceiling ideas listed here, but be warned, painting the ceiling is not a fun thing to do. However, the results are always so worth it.

 

3. Write text on the ceiling. (picture: slide 3)

This room is a beautiful example of how a body of text can add interest to a room. I think this ceiling treatment works the best in a bedroom where you can get really personal. Find a piece of poetry or a love letter and add it to your ceiling and then you can lay in your bed and read your favorite words as you drift into sweet slumber.

 

4. Put decals on the ceiling in an eye-catching pattern. (picture: slide 4)

This nursery just POPS thanks to the yellow triangle decals covering the ceiling. Here’s another awesome nursery with star decals on the ceiling. Don’t limit yourself to kids rooms for this ceiling idea, though! These cute dot decals would look really great on the ceiling in a bathroom, a crafting room, or, yes, a little girl’s room.

 

5. Decorate your ceiling with bronze nailhead trim. (picture: slide 5)

Nailhead trim looks great on furniture, but who knew how amazing it could look on a ceiling? Not me, but I’m convinced. Draw out a pattern, nail in your design, and admire your work!

 

6. Warm up a room by adding a wood ceiling. (picture: slide 6)

You could use reclaimed wood or stained wood boards to create a wood ceiling that will add lots of character to a room.

 

7. Install a beam and panel ceiling. (picture: slide 7)

Yes, you can actually install a beam and panel ceiling yourself! (See how here.) If you already have a coffered ceiling, here’s a great way to add architectural interest to your room.

 

8. Vault the ceiling. (picture: slide 8)

Yes, this is the most extreme of the ceiling ideas listed here, but if you’re remodeling a small, older house with low ceilings, vaulting the ceiling might be a great way to make the inside look so much bigger.

 

Make looking up fun and add some interest to your ceilings!

 

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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10 Home Decor Updates Under $20

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Updating your home decor doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. Breathing new life into a space can be as simple as changing a lampshade or adding a new piece of art. You’d be surprised how changing your pillow covers can make an old couch feel new again.

To help satisfy your interior design bug on a small budget, here are 10 items to update and refresh your home decor all for $20 or less.

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1. Lampshade

Tired of the same lamp you’ve had for years? Swap out the lampshade to create a brand new look.

2. Candle Holder

A candle holder is an accessory no coffee table or shelf should be without. Bring nature indoors with this festive candle holder from Zara Home.

3. Pillow Cover

Changing your pillow covers is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to update a room. H&M’s home line has a variety of options starting at just $5.95 per cover.

4. Vase

Your local TJ Maxx or Marshall’s are both fantastic places to find unique vases to hold your farmer’s market blooms. Choose a vase that reflects your personal style.

5. Frame

A new frame can transform the entire feel of a piece of art or gallery wall. Michael’s and Target are both great places to find appealing and affordable frames.

6. Art Print

Support independent artists and add charm to your home by purchasing an art print from Society6. No matter your style or aesthetic this site has something for everyone.

7. Mirror

Add new life to a wall by hanging one or several mirrors. Target offers a variety of shapes and styles.

8. Shelf

Not sure where to display your beloved trinkets? Instead of cluttering a table incorporate a shelf into your decor. You’ll find a variety of types and sizes at IKEA.

9. Tablecloth

Next time you’re in the market for a new tablecloth look no further than Etsy. Everyone’s favorite artisan site has numerous sellers with tablecloths under $20.

10. Throw

Resurrect a drab armchair or ottoman with a colorful throw. It can be a little tough to find throws under $20 but Target has several great options.

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and now calls Chicago home. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, running along Lake Michigan, or checking out a new restaurant.  Read Clarissa’s blog: West Hawthorne Place.

28 Creative Party Backdrops

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28 creative backdrops to add a punch to your next party without breaking the bank.

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Throwing a party isn’t quite what it used to be. The explosion of ideas made available to us thanks to the Internet and its creative users and sharers have raised the bar when it comes to all things celebratory. But don’t let all the fuss over party themes and elaborate finger foods stress you out when planning your next party – because whether it’s an anniversary dinner, backyard barbeque, graduation, or your kid’s special birthday bash, the only thing you really need to add a bit of flair is a great backdrop.

Start with the basics of party décor and grab some inspiration from these 28 ideas to create a backdrop for a photo booth, banquet table, or reception area that is sure to draw attention. Use classics like balloons and streamers in new ways or go outside the box with feather boas or vintage sheets. No matter what kind of a backdrop you choose, you’ll be on your way to the perfect party… without all the hassle!

Classic Party Decorations

Balloons from Kara’s Party Ideas

Balloons with streamers from Almost Exactly

Twisted streamers from Baby Lifestyles 

Woven streamers from The Eclectic Life

Lights from Becoming Martha 

 

Paper

Paper zig-zags from Oh Happy Day 

Paper fans from Mom’s Best 

Newspaper from Maddycakes Muse

Wrapping paper from Live the Fancy Life

Sheet music from Style Serendipity 

Paper chain from Love, Joleen

 

Repurposed Table Accessories

Single-color plastic tablecloth idea from Borealis 

Multi-color plastic tablecloths idea from Like a Saturday

Square paper plate design from Pretty My Party

Circle paper plate design from Hostess with the Mostess 

 

Fabrics and More

Hanging tulle from Kara’s Party Ideas 

Fabric strips and ribbons from Paper Muse Press 

Fabric on a DIY stand from Anders Ruff 

Hanging quilt from Handmade Hilarity

Vintage sheets from Miss Party Mom

 

Non-traditional and Repurposed

Hanging tinsel from Lovely Indeed 

Feather boas from Simply Pchee

Heart garland from Hank & Hunt 

Doilies from ConfettiPop

Cupcake liners from Just Me, My Soldier, and Our 4 Little Chicks

Vinyl records from Lovely Indeed 

 

Personalized Photo Backdrops

Photo backdrop from Cherry Blossom Events

Photo number collage from Crafty in Crosby
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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.