Monthly Archives: March 2018

Classic Home Ideas

Idyllic. That’s the perfect word to describe this beautiful 7,000 square foot home, staged by ASH NYC in Southampton. Idyllic, picturesque, and absolutely perfect. Six bedrooms, five-and-half baths, a private master with balcony, a free standing pool house and gym. This new-build home, filled with an exclusive inventory of vintage and contemporary pieces from ASH NYC, is the ideal interior, and the ultimate upstate New York dream home.

The living room is a study in texture. A clean black and white color palette may set the stage, but it’s the variety of tactile items that makes the design of this room stand out. Under foot, a cool jute rug is perfect for a family home upstate. Woven vintage side chairs offer plenty of relaxation. And a mix of metals – on the coffee table, lighting and curtain rods – brings an industrial feel to this contemporary New York home.

In the dining room, it’s all about the architecture. Floor to ceiling windows show off the dramatic scale of this 7,000 square foot home. They are also the perfect bridge between the interior and exterior, letting in tons of light and views of the lush trees that abound on the property. For the dining room furnishings, the large farmhouse table easily seats ten. The scene is completed with a set of white wishbone chairs.

The kitchen continues the home’s color palette of black and white. For a unique way to create contrast, the walls have been painted a bright white, while black subway tile has been brought in as an unexpected backdrop. The effect is beautiful, allowing the white walls and painted window frames to shine in this large family kitchen.

Luxury Bedding With Cultiver

No matter how you look at it, the bedroom is one of the most important spaces in any home. From a functional standpoint, they both tend to be (and need to be) the most relaxing spaces that we have. We may have other rooms in our home that are just as good when we’re looking for a place to unwind, but when we’re really looking to switch off and detach from the outside world, there’s just no better place to accomplish that than in the bedroom. At the same time, when we look at the home through a designer’s eye, we find again that the bedroom stands very near the top of our list of designable spaces. In most cases, our bedrooms are second only to our living rooms in terms of the sheer number of possibilities for furnishings, textiles, art and other accessories. But even more than is true for living rooms, a well-designed bedroom can be good for more than just your eye.

For years, scientific studies have shown time and again that sleep and stress relief are both crucial elements in maintaining our health, and a well designed bedroom can provide both. Combine that with a seemingly limitless number of options for headboards, bedding, lighting and everything else that can make a room glow, and you’ve got the sort of space that designers dream of. That’s what makes bedrooms so much fun to decorate, and why a beautifully designed bedroom is always worth the investment of time and creativity (and sometimes even money). But the best part of decorating any bedroom is finding ways to give it that sense of luxury and style that we expect to find only in palatial homes or glamorous hotels. And it doesn’t take millions of dollars or a luxury designer to make your bedroom feel like it’s fit for the stars. In fact, all you really need, is the right bedding.

 

It’s no surprise that the bed is always the center of attention in any bedroom. And the center of attention on the bed is almost always going to be the bedding (though there are a few headboards that can give bedding a run for its money). So whatever the look or feel that you’re trying to create, the bed is always the place to start and the bedding is usually your best bet. That’s great news because it means that you don’t need to tackle the entire room to change the look of your bedroom. Instead, all you need is the right bedding that can take your bedroom from flat to drop dead gorgeous in no time at all. So the only question now is, “How do I find the right bedding?” Well, I’m glad you asked. In fact, I was just wondering the same thing. So to give us all a better perspective on how to bring a bit more glam to our bedsheets, I decided to talk with Nicolle Sullivan, bedding guru and CEO at Cultiver. They gave me the facts on how to spot the five key elements that make for the kind of amazing, top-of-the-line, luxury bedding that will take your decor to new places while being so comfortable that you’ll never have to count another sheep again. The one little hint I can give you right now: thread count has nothing to do with it.

Old Denim Jeans into Home Decor

If it’s time to shed your favorite jeans, don’t kiss them goodbye. While jean styles come and go, the denim they’re made of is a workhorse fabric that’s perfect for repurposing. So why not reimagine your old bottoms?

 

To inspire you to get making, here are 11 stylish ways to repurpose denim jeans into something cute and useful for your home.

Dress up a no-frills bench with a comfy denim box cushion. To DIY, you’ll need a sewing machine equipped with a denim needle.

 

Here’s the supply list:

 

  • Multipurpose foam for filling the bench cushion.
  • Several pairs of clean old jeans.
  • Sharp fabric scissors for easy cutting.

 

The first order of business is to transform your old jeans into a flat material you can work with. This DIY shares what you need to know.

 

Next, sew your box cushion. This tutorial breaks down the process into seven easy steps.

Turn your old jeans into a shaggy treat for your feet.

 

Rag rugs like this one made by Lana Von Haught, are simple to DIY using a utility fabric rug liner.

 

So that you know, super soft denim works best. After cutting the fabric into two to four-inch strips, you’ll loop each piece through a different hole in the rug liner and then knot. Here’s Lana’s tutorial.

Winter Blahs With Scandinavian Decor

It is freezing, cold outside and you are stuck inside for God knows how long. Worse, your home feels like a dank cave instead of a snug haven. No wonder you feel gloomy.

 

It is time to banish your winter woes with a little Scandinavian style.

 

Nordic winters are long, dark and brutal. Do locals dread the frigid weather? Surprisingly not. In fact, Scandinavians celebrate the frostiest season and boosting indoor coziness is a big part of the party.

 

To make life inside comfy-cozy this winter, implement a few of these 13 Scandinavian décor trends.

This hand-knit blanket has dethroned the sheepskin throw as the comforter of choice in many Scandinavian homes.

 

In fact, Nordic décor bloggers have been raving about these outrageously chunky and wonderfully cozy, wool blankets all over the interweb.

 

If you have seen one before, there’s a mighty fine chance it was knit by Anna Marinenko — using her arms as oversized needles.

 

Arm knitting is not a brand-new thing judging by the number of how to videos found online. However, Marinenko, who got her start selling on Etsy, might be the only person on the planet who turned this pastime into a success full-time business. Her company is called Ohhio.

 

Happy customers say her knits are amazingly soft. However, this form of comfort does not come cheap. An extra large blanket, which is considered queen-sized here in the States, retails for around $900 USD.

However, you could knit one yourself for a whole lot less.

Marinenko also sells supplies for creating chunky knits. Spools of bulky Merino yarn start at $59. Do you prefer to knit the traditional way? You can pick up a pair of oversized circular needles for $55.

Cheap Home Decorating Ideas

Looking for some simple, inexpensive DIY decorating projects to try? Let the inspiration juices flow with this roundup of easy DIY projects.

This rag rug can be customized to meet the decor of any room, and it is easy enough for kids to join in on the DIY decorating fun.

Add a delicate, vintage-looking touch to your decor with these lace containers. Modge Podge brings it all together.

Finally, something to do with all those bottles caps that you have lying around. This stylish tray can show off your favorite drinks and do double duty holding them.

A little painter’s tape goes a long way to creating a trendy geometric painted rug.

This love message board lets you express your love for others over and over again–with just a quick wipe off and rewrite.

Repurpose your old spaghetti sauce jars into Moroccan-inspired lanterns, which are all decked out with gold paint.

Looking to give new life to old votives? This DIY decorating project involves taking paper and covering votives. Let your favorite decorative papers glow!​

Inspired by the Cassiopeia chandelier from Ironware International, these bamboo orb pendant lights add a rustic or farmhouse style to any room.