If you are willing to spend some time digging online you can uncover original and affordable gems on Etsy.com and other similar marketplace sites. Items that are custom made will not only make the room feel special but help make it unique. Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com
Instead of a headboard behind the master bed, a reclaimed wood wall creates the focal point in this rustic, industrial space. In the center of the wall, the artwork, printed from Etsy and outlined in a rustic frame, adds a personalized touch to the couple's master sanctuary and reminds them of their forever love.
An organized pantry doesn’t have to be boring. Be smart and snazzy by labeling shelves in your pantry. Here, DIY blogger Melaine Thompson installed simple brass label holders that she purchased on Etsy and divided items by use, such as baking.
A Serena and Lily beanbag chair and tiny heroes art from Etsy pop against boldly patterned wallpaper in this shared boys' bedroom. A Kallax shelf unit from Ikea offers ample space for storing toys and books, and bunk beds leave room for the boys to play.
Natural fibers on the footstools and butterflies by an Etsy artist bring nature into this calm, transitional bedroom. The blue walls add a cohesive element by echoing the blue tones in the John Robshaw bedding and Pottery Barn lamps. The colors of this bedroom give the space a clean and refreshing feeling.
A vintage rocking horse (it belonged to the mom of this nursery's resident) is a favorite detail in Baby's room. The vintage vibe was one that guided many of the design choices including the artwork and accessories. Paint color: Sherwin Williams Aloof Gray, Oeuf crib, Anthropologie curtains, Birch Lane bookcase, Homegoods swivel chair, West Elm tree stump table, Etsy pendant light, Rugs Direct rug.
To have a baby is to go on one of life’s greatest adventures. Use that quote as a guide when you send you these travel themed invitations. Download the pdf version of the invite, add your own informational text, and printout on white cardstock. Send in kraft paper envelopes with travel-themed vintage stamps. You can find vintage stamps sold in packs in Ebay and Etsy.
Swap out your matching kitchen chairs or barstools in favor of more interesting options — you could paint them, replace them with a set of colorful vintage chairs, or simply give them a makeover with new slipcovers or cushions. You can sew your own or browse Etsy for custom handmade versions like the red barstool cushion shown here from Britta Leigh Designs.
Make a space that will last. “You don’t want things to be temporary. You want things that they can grow with,” said Cate Dunning of GordonDunning, who decorated this bedroom as part of a Dwell with Dignity install. This bedroom was for three boys who loved Super Mario Brothers and the Atlanta Falcons, so GordonDunning incorporated red accented with blue and hung framed Mario art prints from Etsy on the wall. The beds were already in the room, and DIY blogger Dena Stormer painted them with Sherwin Williams Positive Red.
It’s a common misconception that DIY is the best way to save money, but it isn’t always the case. You'll want to evaluate whether or not you have the skills, time, budget or supplies to complete certain DIY projects for your big day. For example, don’t take on woodworking projects that require expensive equipment and experience if you’ve never done any wood cutting before. Instead, leave the difficult projects to the professionals or purchase from an artisan on Etsy!
Designer Ryan Webb was inspired to create this bookcase by his wife, who wanted a piece of furniture where they could display wedding photos, albums and keepsakes – but it would work just as well in a bedroom or nursery. It’s five feet tall, two feet wide and four inches deep, and made of solid birch hardwood. He planes and sands every piece by hand for a smooth finish, and sells these masterpieces on Etsy for a very reasonable $75.
If you want to create an authentic midcentury look—and don’t have the budget for an “instant” collection—get used to going slow. Designer Chris Nguyen shares his own approach: “Persistence and patience were the keys to finding great vintage pieces for the pictured apartment. The best collections are built over time with careful selection from sources such as local and online dealers and even places like eBay and Etsy. Don’t be afraid of pieces that need a little work either, sometimes a little elbow grease or knowing a good furniture restorer will help you get that dream piece sooner and for less money than you think.”
It’s an easy chair, it’s a bookcase – it’s two, two, two things in one! Believe it or not, there are 27 feet of book storage space in Alexander Love’s elegant design. That’s enough to hold 350-400 books, and there’s even a secret compartment under the seat which can be accessed from the front book shelf. It’s made of 1/2-inch Baltic plywood, a nine-layer material that’s incredibly strong, according to Love. You can have the seat in the fabric of your choice, because the Library Chair is made to order. Available for $2,950 on Etsy.