- Fri, Aug 10, 2012 2:28 PM EDT | CommentsI dream of the day when I have a window in my kitchen with herbs on the sill. Until then, my reality is a cramped, dark space cut out from a hallway. It's not pretty. So I've got my eye on bright, whimsical prints that add personality and color to those neglected kitchen walls. Who doesn't want to stare at something lovely while they're stirring risotto? --Sarah McColl, Shine staff
- House Beautiful Magazine | Decorating Guide | Fri, Aug 10, 2012 12:04 PM EDT | Comments
From painting in light colors to putting a sink outside the bathroom, here are 10 clever decorating ideas and tips for small spaces.
1. Choose a Light Palette
For his 1,450-square-foot California cottage, designer Stephen Shubel created the feeling of more space by selecting a warm "French vanilla" color scheme. The walls and ceilings were originally dark redwood, and the floors were oak. "The first thing I did was paint everything white to open it up and make it feel better," he says. Interior columns create the effect of an enfilade toward the balcony, glimpsed between curtains.
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2. Place a Table Lamp on the Kitchen Counter
"Having a lamp on the counter makes the room more intimate," Shubel says. "And when you live in a house this size, you want the kitchen to be more than just utilitarian." Giallo Siena marble counters, an antique gilded lamp, and a pilastered Edwardian china...Read More »
- House Beautiful Magazine | Decorating Guide | Wed, Aug 8, 2012 1:30 PM EDT | Comments
You may not be a professional athlete in the 2012 Olympics, but you can still go for the gold with these winning home accessories.
Animal Key Ring
Adopt an animal from this brass menagerie to help keep your keys from running wild.
Eza Animal Brass Keychains, $98 each. tortoiselife.com
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Double Old Fashioned Glasses
Add a little swank to your bar.
Platinum Safari Drinkware (also comes in high ball glasses), $43 each. vietri.com
Ralph Lauren Carthage Lamp
This vintage-looking lamp will brighten up any study. It's a different take on the classic desk lamp.Ralph Lauren Carthage Lamp, $870. ralphlaurenhome.com
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Brass bibelots with a job to do. What fun to slice envelopes with one of those tails!
Jonathan Adler Brass Peacock and Squirrel Letter O...Read More »
- Country Living | Decorating Guide | Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:03 PM EDT | Comments
If you're longing for the beach but miles away from the shore, take tips from this historic Nantucket cottage to transition your home into a coastal paradise.1. Decorate with Nautical Elements
This dining room's late-1800's farm table and reproduction chairs are from Nantucket House Antiques. The verdigris chandelier is by Richard Mulligan. A model sailboat stands in the corner.2. Take Advantage of Every Nook and Cranny
A custom linen cabinet and a ship's ladder -- both crafted locally -- make the most of an upstairs hall corner. Also notice the ship-inspired outdoor fixture, which brings light to an indoor space.
Plus: Tour a beautiful beach house, decorated on a tight budget »3. Use Light, Beachy Paint Colors
Instead of the expected bright white interiors, opt for coastal blues and greens that enliven antique quilts and period chests, apothecary bottles, and stacked footstools. Choose paints with names that include the words mist and dew, like this kitchen painted in Benjamin M...Read More »
- Dailycandy | Decorating Guide | Wed, Aug 1, 2012 2:25 PM EDT | Comments
Wallpaper can work wonders in a kid's room - it's no wonder the trend is starting to stick.The latest wallpaper we're obsessing over comes from Loboloup, a New York-based aunt-and-niece team, Nancy and Elizabeth Wolff. Nancy's background as a children's book illustrator is evident in the line's playful designs, from nautically inspired Ships and Sails to rollicking animal-centric Circus. The look is at once vintage and modern, with a hand-drawn style that makes a homey haven of even the starkest space.
Available on loboloup.com, $175 per roll.If your little one is all about animals, try this Animal House wallpaper. Renowned since the 1950s for its bold fabrics, Finnish company Marimekko recently applied its graphic patterns to wallpaper. The comical Karkulaiset displays elephants, zebras, and flamingos - in cowboy boots.
Available at kiitosmarimekko.com, $199 for a 27-inch-by-33-foot roll.
PICK OF THE DAY
When you begin to tackle your springtime and Easter decorating, an excellent place to start is with your mantel! But before you spring for those store-bought decorations, why not tap into your creative side and embellish this piece of your home with a few personalized pieces you already have lying around? If you're not sure how to start, I've got a roundup of easy-to-mimic mantels that are sure to inspire. Click through for 7 simple ways to brighten up your mantel for spring! - By Jacinda Boneau