Between my sister’s family room, my nephew’s bedroom, a landscape redesign, and a powder room remodel, I feel like I have enough design projects for the year. It sure feels overwhelming, but the excitement is here. First up is the powder room remodel. Rather than keeping everything in my head, this time around I actually put a design plan together and I am crushing over it. The space we are working with is super tiny. Right now this bathroom has white walls, a white and very traditional pedestal sink, a silver mirror, and a white shelf. It is super plain and super dated. It sure does need some love.
So I want to bring in some texture and warmth while keeping it clutter free. The idea is to add a small vanity for some much-needed storage. Since my kids use this bathroom to brush their teeth and hair in the morning before school, I need something more functional to keep these items than two little boxes propped on the shelf. I also want to add some visual interest by bringing in a black and white wallpaper to the room. In order to add drama, I want to install this surrealist-shaped mirror and a brass pendant lighting. For extra storage, a concrete-looking shelf and brass-colored accessories are a must. Finally, I also want to add Ipe boards to the ceiling to make the space cozier and to tie the room in with other areas of the house that currently feature Ipe boards. I am really liking how the design board is looking and can’t wait to get started. If I manage to squeeze in there and get some pictures of the room when done, I promise to share them here.
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Hey don’t pinch me, I got green! We have seven gorgeous green picks to inspire you this Friday because today we are celebrating green decor. From the perfect green velvet couch that will instantly transform you into a couch potato, to a very tropical leaf wallpaper that will make your walls smile, we’ve got your green covered.
We are playing the musical chair game over here. When I started my search for new dining chairs for my dining room, I quickly realized that my eyes were after mid-century dining chairs. Why? Well, I don’t quite know. Perhaps it’s because I think that most mid-century looking furniture are just absolutely gorgeous. So, after browsing online while obsessing about mid-century design, I picked my top four mid-century dining chairs.
The first option is the Holt Mid Century Bent Wood Accent Chair. I love the look of this chair and its colors. The way the legs are attached to the base seem very sturdy, however, the light-colored fabric scares me a little. Because I have three kids, whenever I am shopping for a fabric, I always choose leather.
Option number 2 is the Lena Mid-Century Dining Chair. The simplicity of this chair is what I like about it. Sometimes, you need neutral pieces in order for an item to stand out. Since our concrete dining table makes the room feel a little “heavy”, I believe that simple wooden chairs might be just what we need for the space.
Option number 3 is the Porthos Home Olivia Dining Chair. This chair has the perfect combination of leather and wood. It’s as if the most delicious ingredients have been carefully put together to create the perfect mixed drink. What a beauty!
The final option is the Sidera chair in white. This chair has the perfect legs and the most beautiful base pattern. This chair is also available in black, but since I am trying to make the room feel softer, I think the white tone would do the trick.
I do believe I have a favorite option. What do you think? Could you use any of these chairs in your dining room?
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Today we are showing how-to-style an entryway for the holidays in three different ways. We’ve put together a festive look, an elegant and modern look, and finally, a simple, yet gorgeous winter look.
1:: Bright and Festive, but not too festive
First, we wanted to create a holiday look that was not very traditional. So for this look, we chose our “Ink and Charcoal” print to add a subtle color to the room. In addition, we’ve bundled a couple of decorative Christmas trees together. Grouping similar items together is the best way to make them stand out. For the greenery, we added a plant from around the house instead of a traditional Christmas greenery.
I have a fun and exciting project in my hands. I just started to brainstorm about a makeover for my nephew’s bedroom. This room has a great size and a huge window, however, somehow this room suffer from poor lighting syndrome. How did that happen? Perhaps the oversized bunk bed is the one to blame. After all, this bunk bed is in fact, kind of large, dark, and too heavy for the bedroom. Or maybe, just maybe, the dated green walls are making this room look darker than it really is. Besides the outdated issues we have to take care of, I also need to address the problem of functionality. Lucas is 10-years-old and needs a desk area, better storage, and great lighting for book reading in bed. Another problem is that most of the décor items in his room don’t relate to him anymore.
So, to kick off this project, I created the mood board below focusing on timeless items. For this first design board, I am keeping things more on the monochromatic side. But once we have all the wall art, trophies, photos, and books, his room will be filled with pops of color. When creating a space for a child, I like to create an excellent base and ideal workflow for the room. The furniture, desk, shelves, lighting should be timeless items that will work for the child now as well as in 5 years. There is no need to get a full bedroom makeover in the near future. When that time comes, I hope to be able to change just decorative items that will relate to a 15-year-old instead of a 10-year-old.
I do believe this little project will take some time to tackle it. But I will keep updating its progress here on the blog.
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Shelves. Chair. Pillow. Bedding. Lighting. Night Stand. Drum Sticks. Poster. Acrylic Shelves.
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Do you have any plants around your house? Do you know how to care for such plants? Today I am sharing with you the best houseplant to have in your house.
I love to bring some greenery inside the house to spruce up the décor. But caring for a houseplant is not always easy. I have tried a few houseplants over the years, and I must say that the easiest one to care for is the gorgeous Mother-in-Law’s Tongue. These sword-shaped plants are one of the best houseplants for beginners. They require very little water. In fact, the biggest danger is overwatering them. The Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is excellent in a grouping and will provide striking displays in any room.
Caring for Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
Water: Let the soil dry between waterings. I water my plant only once-a-week. And during the winter, that can be reduced to once-a-month, or whenever the soil is dry to the touch.
They prefer bright light. So place your houseplant in a room that gets some sun or near a widow.
They will suffer if exposed to temperatures below 50ºF. So keep them inside throughout the whole year.
When I remember, I add some fertilizer during the Spring.
The beautiful Mother-in-Law’s Tongue planter is now part of our family. They have been on the same corner for 3 years now, and they feel right at home.
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A couple of weeks ago we put together a how-to-wallpaper video on how to install our peel-and-sick wallpapers. We wanted to show you how easy and quick it is to transform any space using our newest collection of wallpaper design. Because all of our removable wallpaper is made with a self-adhesive fabric medium that does not require any pasting, there is no glue and therefore, absolutely no mess. Since each wallpaper roll is removable, the installation is so easy you can do it yourself. If you make a mistake, you can simply peel it off and apply it again. We promise you that by the time you are done, your hands will be clean and your room will be instantly transformed into a new space.
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Oh, those pretty gallery walls. Have you tried styling one at your house before? Sounds like an easy and fun weekend project to tackle, right? You just need a hammer, nails, measuring tape, patience, and more patience. Soon enough that patience turns into frustration, too many holes on the wall, re-measuring, and then the words: -“What the heck was I thinking”. Gallery walls can certainly be a daunting task. But in my crazy designer mind, I also think that this design challenge can be fun because there are so many ways to go about it. So today I am showing you 4 gallery wall tips on how I styled this cute little desk area for a kid’s room in less than 10 minutes.
1:: Choose art prints that compliment each other
In this case, I chose art prints with colorful pops that worked well together. If the art prints look good laying on a table together, they will sure look good on the wall. Perhaps even better on the wall.
2:: Choose matching frames
To make it easy, I chose two matching white frames. You can’t go wrong when the frames all match. And in this case, I chose the white one we carry in stock because of the desk we were working with.
3:: Create an unexpected layout
I chose to stack the two white frames up for a very casual look. Measuring tape? What measuring tape? For this simple layout, I didn’t even have to use a measuring tape. I also decided to add two unframed prints to the space to make this gallery wall really fun. I used colored-tape to create a look that is easy to make, kinda funky, and easy to update when we want to.
4:: Add a surprising element
And then, to finish this gallery wall look, I sprinkled some gold wall decal dots on the wall. I just placed each gold dot randomly around the art until I thought we had enough. Oh, and that black chalk wall is just a bonus element for ANY room. You should give it a try!
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We are back installing yet another chandelier at the Cancado residence. I am happy to say that this chandelier installation went on without any hiccups. And we are loving this new piece in the newly remodeled Trendy Peas’ office.
If you read this post here, you will remember we only needed the new coffee table and new chandelier to arrive so we could finish the remodeling project of Trendy Peas’ office space. Well, both pieces have arrived and they look amazing. We will do a full tour of the new studio as soon as we can. We just need some time out to organize the fun Summer chaos with all the kids out of school. So before the actual office tour happens, I will just leave you drooling over this gorgeous mobile chandelier. Isn’t it darling? Its antique bronze color is the perfect match for the newly painted gray cabinets. And with its adjustable arms and contemporary shape, this mobile chandelier is bringing a beautiful and dramatic effect into our studio.
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Did you find time to do some gardening last weekend? Did you prune some of your outdoor shrubs? Did you bring any greenery inside your house? Well, here is an idea for your next plant arrangement.
Gardening to me is like therapy. Well, I have never been to therapy before, but I promise you, it is just like it. The key to a happy gardening therapy session is to choose the right time of the day and to keep the session short. Last week, after pruning some evergreens, I decided to bring some of that evergreen inside the house. So I clipped away and then selected a few beautiful branches to display in two vases.
When putting a plant arrangement together, I like to combine two different shrubs in one single vase (preferably a large one), or display two complementing vases side by side with the two different shrubs to create a more interesting visual impact. I like to play with height and width, and I usually end up with a high arrangement next to a shorter and chubby one. It always seems like that is the best visually balance pair.
There is no need to buy anything to complete a project like this. If you want to dust off those gardening gloves, just use what you have around the house. If you don’t have pretty vases laying around the house, a 2 liter bottle of soda cut in half would be a great start. Clip what you have in the garden and start making your own arrangements. It’s so easy! And your house gets an instant touch of fresh greenery.
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