I decided to do a 25 Home Gifts Under $25 because I am moving a few weeks, and you don’t see as many home gift giving guides as you should. Home accessories and housewares are items that I have recently been getting into. I love interior design, and I love giving gifts. Home items are the perfect gifts to give someone who has just moved, is planning on moving, or is redecorating their home. You can also give them to people on the regular too.
Last night my intern Maddy and I went to the MACK Home event at Trenholm Plaza where they introduced the launch of a new line of Lee Industries home furnishings and fabric. I’ve always seen this store from the outside since I am always in Trenholm Plaza, but I had never been in there before. I was surprised at how big the store is, and I was shocked to see the great selection of locally produced products. I thought they would just carry bigger brands and specialty brands not found or made here in South Carolina. I also thought they only did interior design for clients since they do interior design work locally and nationally. Wrong! The store is much more than that.
I love looking on Pinterest for pictures of personal space in homes. You can blog here, sleep here, refresh and meditate here. This space looks so serene and calm and soothing. I love it. The white colors are so soft and the view is excellent. I am in love. Photo from here.
A lot of my friends and family members are having babies now. Every time I look at Facebook, a new baby pic pops up. Since the majority of my friend’s babies are little girls, I figured it would be great to show a super cute idea for a baby girl’s room. This room is really fun looking with the crazy looking chandelier and the pink gumball machine in the back. I love the use of another type of pink. I love baby pink, but other colors are very refreshing. Of course I found this picture on Pinterest.
I was looking on Pinterest for clothing storage ideas, and just some cool storage ideas in general. I also spent the day at Ikea and The Container Store yesterday agonizing over what to pick for storage in my bathroom. This picture from Pinterest almost looks like something I was going to choose for my bathroom storage. A lot of people think you can’t have stylish looking clothing storage in your home. Thanks to the powers of the internet, you can find clothing storage that doesn’t look like it came from a big box store, unless you are looking for something like that. I love the minimalistic look of the whole piece. It looks sparse, but intricate at the same time. This is something I could get into. Picture from here. Check below to figure out how to keep up with the blog after Google Reader ends.
I recently redecorated two counter tops in my room- the top of my dresser and the top of my shorter bookshelf. I used serving trays and large bowls to organize the things that I keep on top of them like my jewelry and my sunglasses and their cases. I also organized some collars and headbands with trays as well. Check out this awesome picture for jewelry tray decoration inspiration from Pinterest.
Today’s Living Large post was inspired by the color green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day! I love the color green. Both Ulta and Sephora are touting two different color greens as the color of the year! The white bathroom with the green set of drawers and mirror, the green chairs in the dining room, and the ombre green tea cups and plates show just a few ways to use the color green to spruce up a home. If Pantone deems it the color of the year, use is not sparingly, but abundantly… or until next year when the new color of the year comes out! [SOURCE, SOURCE, SOURCE]
Have y’all seen the Tabletop Spinning Cosmetic Organizer by Lori Greiner at QVC.com? I have looked at this thing for months, and now I think I am finally going to buy it. I could use a better cosmetic organizational system in my bathroom. This spinning organizer can fit up to 100 pieces of your and my cosmetic junk. Plus it has a removable top as well! The Tabletop Spinning Cosmetic Organizer by Lori Greiner is only $29.82, so I won’t be breaking the bank when I buy it. Then again, I might end up buying new cosmetics to fill up all the space I just freed up. [SOURCE]
I used to hate this, but now I am loving black and dark stained wood. I think dark stained wood looks great in a new modern way. Black stained wood looks even better. It gives it a hip, yet sophisticated look. I used to think dark stained wood looked way to masculine for me, but the mix of the light brown furniture and the floral trees adds a feminine touch to the patio. Inspiration from Pinterest.
Valentine’s Day is coming up really soon, so I have been inspired by red St. Valentine’s Day Decor. I don’t really celebrate this holiday, but I am really loving all of the red decor floating around the internet. [SOURCE]
What do you do to a stark white kitchen to liven it up a bit? You add a neutral colored rug to color up the place! I love how the rug at the bottom of the picture livens up the black and white kitchen. Are you a fan of this look? What would you do to this kitchen? [SOURCE]
I saw this glittery lampshade on Pinterest and thought about how this would be a great DIY project. Apparently the people of Pinterest thought so too. Maybe you could use some glitter or some sequins? I think it would be great either way. Maybe you could try different color glitter or some fabric? That would be nice too. This seems like something that would be really fun to do on a Saturday. I’m getting ideas.
The We Love Colors contest winner is Ruhamah Dunmeyer. The Sonsi winner is Kimberlee Van Der Wall. The Eden Body Works contest ends tonight!
I love the idea of having little storage nooks or places in small crannies where you designate for a particular function like a mini-office or reading nook. I think they really make a home special. They make a house become filled with your own style and personality, but most of all they serve a function and purpose. Photos from Tumblr. Don’t forget to enter in the Sonsi/TFAS 4th Blogiversary Contest!
Have a ton of Christmas cards, and you don’t know what to do with them? Well fear not because you can totally use them to garland for next year. This tutorial is eco-friendly and helps you recycle old cards instead of letting them either collect dust in your home or being wasted in a trash dump somewhere. Have fun and happy holidays! Check out the tutorial here!
Talk about all kinds of awesome! How would you like to have a spiral staircase that has a slide attached to the side? I would love to have one of those in my possession. If I moved, I would totally take the staircase with me and try and install it again in my new place somehow and some damn way. What do you think of this spiral staircase/slide contraption? Photo from here.
In 2013, one of my many goals is to get an apartment. I really feel like decorating it will be fun and overwhelming. The good thing is that I have already decided what interior design style I want to decorate it in. Hollywood Regency is the style that I am loving at the moment. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, since I am in love with the Hollywood glamour of the 1930s.
The Bright Sprout Soaped light fixtures from Surrounding are really cool. They look like something I would see in Ikea. I bet Ikea really does have these too. I totally love these colorful lights. I think they would look great in someone’s kitchen or a child’s room. Each light is $99, and comes in different colors.
I am fast becoming a fan of round dining rooms and round dinner tables. I think the look very unexpected and surprises guests of a home. The look isn’t done as often as square and rectangular tables and dining rooms. With the right furniture, accents, and color scheme, it can be quite cozy. Photo from The Kitchn.
So I have been cleaning and rearranging and updating my decor for the past two weeks now. One of the things I needed to do was update my craft storage. I ended up buying a storage container with three drawers in it. When I finally get a bigger place, I would love to have a separate room for my crafts. I mean who doesn’t dream of a neat and tidy craft storage room? These pictures from Pinterest should give me proper craft storage inspiration.