Make your mantel meaningful by displaying cherished letters and mementos. You won't have to buy artwork and don't need heavy expensive frames. Designer Thea Quillian helped Atlanta homeowners Karen Goeckel and Bill Goodman use high/low decorating ideas for their home, which was built in 1911 and has seven fireplaces. The black-and-white bride of Frankenstein photo also was a gift.
An easy way to add flair to any child's room is with patterned accessories. This $350 playroom makeover comes to life with the addition of colorful and vibrant pillows. The feminine floral rug complements the pillows, and together they create a cheerful play space. Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com
All work and no play make a home office a VERY dull space. The overscale photo of vintage office equipment is a wink and a nod to the homeowner's love of renovation, as well as their sense of humor. The lesson here: time flies, so you might as well have some fun, right?
This home used to be a duplex before Good Bones' Mina and Karen reconfigures the entire first floor, removing walls to create an open floor plan and reworking the home's front entrance. When they put the home on the market, they not only staged the home with stylish, modern furniture, they had local artists display their work for the open house. The setup for the open house is featured in this photo.
Desktop accessories can be both pretty and functional. A magnetic bulletin board creates a spot to display favorite photos, but the slats between the graphic design accommodate push pins for corralling important papers. A small tray, like this blush-colored one, can corral loose accessories, and a slim bamboo tray has slots that hold cell phones, tablets, envelopes, stamps and other slim items. A table lamp gives the look a more relaxed look than a traditional desk lamp.
More floral wall coverings in a lilac that plays very well with spring-evocative greens and contemporary art keeps this bedroom from Catherine M. Austin Interior Design from registering as too saccharine and girly. The color scheme was inspired by Austin’s time spent in Italy in the spring and the purple wisteria she saw there. Think about using your travel photos for both design and color inspiration.
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.
Sparkle is a holiday essential, according to Cathy Barnhardt, Floral Displays Manager of Biltmore Estates in Asheville, N.C. "At Biltmore and on my own tree, we use many inexpensive 'shiny brites' as the base of the color scheme, tucked into the tree to give depth, add color and reflect the lights. The more decorative ornaments are hung closer to the tips of the branches where they can be seen and appreciated more easily," she says. Photo courtesy of Sarah's Holiday Party
When Erin first moved in, the accent wall behind the bed was painted a loud orange tone, the previous tenant's homage to the San Francisco Giants that play just across the street at AT&T Park. To keep the space open and airy, she and Chris painted the walls a classic white (Benjamin Moore 01), then selected a palette of light grays, muted blues and creams. To add a personal touch in keeping with the airy aesthetic of the room, Erin added photographs with special meaning for her and her husband, Chris. "I don't like having photos of people everywhere. I like photos that are more landscape or locale-based, but hold personal meaning," Erin explains. "The photograph print of Outer Banks, North Carolina means a lot to Chris and me because that's where we first met, at a friend's wedding. I gave it to him for our first anniversary. I think it's the perfect inspiration piece for creating a bedroom that's calm, serene and all about Chris and me."
This gumball party wouldn't be vintage-inspired without some soda. "I used Mason jars with stamped lids for drinking glasses," says Kara Allen. "The straws were made out of paper—a perfect vintage-inspired touch." To add to the theme, Kara made "gumball" ice cubes by freezing red punch in a ball-shaped ice tray found at a bargain price online. Aside from the decor, Kara suggests including a theme-oriented activity for guests. "I thought that ribbon wands would be so fun for little guests to play with and they were also easy to make," she says. She attached colorful polka-dot ribbons to the tops of painted wooden dowel rods and placed them in a large mason jar filled with gumballs to fit in with the theme. Photo by Lyndsey Fagerlund Imagery