Make It: Turn sheet music into pinecone ornaments by first cutting the sheets into two-inch strips with a paper trimmer. Then, use craft scissors to cut each strip into several two-by-one-half-inch pinecone scales. Next, hot-glue the scales onto two-inch foam crafting spheres, allowing the bottom edges of the scales to extend one-half inch lower than each sphere. Continue to layer the scales, one row at a time, curling the edge of each slightly upward. Once the final row of scales has been adhered to the top, add a small dollop of glue to the tip of each scale, then dust lightly with glitter. Hot-glue a knotted loop of ribbon to the top, then hang on the tree.
The water inspired Sarah Richardson, host of HGTV's Sarah's Summer House, to decorate this guest bedroom with cool blues and greens. A striped vintage rag rug complements bold green-and-white sheets that counterbalance the feminine blue decorative pillows. The curves in the headboard and fabric represent waves in the water, adding to the coastal feel of the room.
Sleek book ledges display favorite reads, creating a simple reading nook. A dark wood crib is dressed with classic pinstriped sheets and a graphic black-and-white pillows, while the updated damask wallpaper contrasts against the simple striped area rug.
White walls allow the bold color details to pop in this bedroom design. A blue armoire draws the eye and compliments the blue tones in a colorful southwestern rug. Gray sheets and a striped blue comforter fit perfectly with the color scheme. Navy roman shades deepen the color palette.
One of the easiest ways to add interest to your bedroom is with striped, floral and geometric bedding. Instead of plain choices, opt for coordinating but not matching sheets, blankets, duvet covers, bedspreads or quilts, and accent pillows to make your bed an interesting and inviting focal point.
"I treat my guests just like me," says Boyd of how he stages his luxurious but comfortable guest room, asking himself, "If I was in the room, what would I need?" Absolutely essential: "fluffy towels and great sheets." And he has some advice so you are always ready to receive visitors. "Whenever someone leaves, I strip everything so I'm ready for the next person."
A tufted wall design adds a padded look to this home studio. An electric keyboard sits flush against the accent wall. A built-in plastic music stand supports the sheet music, and the wood sides add a little color to the black and white surroundings. A framed record is fitting decor for the room. A peek at the ceiling reveals the black and white striped pattern above.
Create tabletop trees from newspaper and cardboard boxes. To make these, you’ll need discarded cardboard, a utility knife, scissors, hot glue sticks and glue gun. Cut the cardboard boxes down into flat sheets and then roll each sheet into a conical. Next, cut the uneven cardboard along the bottom of the conical and keep both ends of the cardboard fastened together with hot glue. Next, cut newspaper into 4-inch strips and then fray the newspaper with scissors. Wrap each conical with the layers of frayed newspaper and then secure them in place with hot glue.
Custom invitations reflecting the rustic setting of the party are lovely, handcrafted reminders of your event that also inform guests about the venue, dress code, directions and time. Print your invitations on brown kraft paper and mount on 4-inch by 5-inch precut wood veneer sheets. Finish with plain linen fabric strips and gold string. Allow guests to RSVP online or via email. Invitations designed by Little Bit Heart
"Smartly, the headboard allows the men's team to orient the bed to the view of the city versus back to the living room as the women and Dan have done," said Vern Yip, judge on HGTV's Design Star. The unique headboard is a shelving structure of open cubbies, perfect for displaying decor. The green striped bed cover adds color to the white shelves, walls and sheets. The shelving unit acts as a room divider, but the see-through element creates a spacious feel.
Shiplap gives a fresh spin on a farmhouse-style bathroom, like this one by design firm Cloth & Kind. These walls use 1-by-8 primed spruce, but you can use almost any species, and the thinner the wood, the cheaper per board, says Tyler Davis, owner of Athens Building Co. To further trim costs, he suggests cutting thin ⅛-inch sheets of finished plywood into strips and hanging them on the wall. Although those transoms were added, he says you can purchase fixed sidelights or transoms from a builder surplus store, or better yet from an old house or charity thrift shop, and add hinges and a chain to make them operable.