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DIY Decorating Projects

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.

If you want to remodel your home in the style of mid-century modern (MCM), incorporating the following elements will take you a long way towards your goal.

The quintessential MCM-style living room from the early to mid-Sixties period would have included some of these things:

 

Vaulted Ceiling With Exposed Beams

The prototypical MCM low-vaulted ceiling had exposed natural wood beams. For the mid-century Jet Agers, a feeling of openness–of soaring to the sky–was always emphasized.

Wood Panel Accent Wall

The accent wall in the center of the room is paneled in dark, rich walnut. For your home, you’ll want to panel sections of the room, not the entire room. And go for real veneer wood panels rather than cheap panels.

 

Horse Sculptures

Depictions of horses were a feature in 1960s homes. Look no further than The Brady Bunch set and its famous prancing faux Tang Dynasty horse sculpture. In this living room, you will count no less than six horses.

 

Danish Modern Chairs and Coffee Table

Danish Modern furniture pieces found in common MCM homes on the whole were not expensive Drexel Declaration sideboards, coffee tables, and chairs. They were knock-off Danish Modern pieces purchased from local department stores.

 

Two-Tier Coffee Table

The prototypical Fifties and Sixties double-level coffee table is found today at many antique stores or on eBay.

 

Linoleum Floor

In the Sixties, the linoleum industry was heavily promoting the “durability” and “beauty” of linoleum floors all throughout the home.

So, even though MCM homes are frequently depicted in movies as being heavily shagged, MCM homes in most of the United States often had hard floor coverings, like linoleum or vinyl.

 

Sunburst Clock

Sunburst clocks are so Sixties-looking that you risk going over the top by putting one in your living room.

Remnants of the Past Era

Hugely important, yet rarely found in MCM installations. Except for homes of the wealthy few, most homes had mixed-era decor. In this image you see: the 1940s radio still hanging around in the corner; twee items on the curio shelf; overly sweet floral wallpaper.

 

Sconce Lights

Cone-shaped metal sconce lights, as well as metal cone pole lights, were a staple in MCM homes.

Wall Panels Will Make You Drool

Simply put, you cannot duplicate the look of these walls on your own; you need help. And help is on the way in the form of textured 3D wall panels, an innovation that most homeowners don’t know about.

 

Formerly found only in fancy cocktail lounges and boutique hotels, textured panels are slowly finding their way into the home as cool, unique, and jaw-droppingly amazing wall coverings for kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms.

 

Pictured: Soelberg Industries’ panel called Stillare, installed in the Pepperwood Residence, Sandy, UT.

This lovely textured panel is from Soelberg and is called Piastra. Piastra comes in planks (Soelberg terms them slats) ranging from 4″ x 12″ all the way up to 6″ x 36″.

 

The pictured panels are created from MDF and they mimic beechwood. But why not just use real wood?

 

Wood is an option.  But it’s not without its faults, either.  Even in interior applications, wood will eventually fade and require re-staining and re-sealing; Soelberg panels’ finishes will last indefinitely.

How can you not exclaim! the wonderfulness! of these panels! at every turn?

 

Shown here is the Caryota style of textured wall panel from WallArt 3D. The caryotais a type of fishtail palm, so named because the leaves resemble the tail of a fish.

 

To me, this pattern looks like the starbursts you see so much of in mid-century modern (i.e., 1960s) style home designs.

 

Panels from WallArt are made of bagasse, a light-weight sugarcane stalk material. So these panels are as green as they get, and leaps and bounds greener than MDF.

 

WallArt panels stick to your existing wall with construction adhesive.

An Eclectic Home Nestled

In Beachwood Canyon, a community in the Hollywood Hills of California, sits a classic California bungalow. The home has great bones featuring exposed wood beams, arched doorways and a fireplace that’s original to the home. It’s these details that Karen and Guy Vidal of Design Vidal got to work with when they took on this design project.

 

With their love of culture and pattern shining through, Design Vidal featured an eclectic mix of elements from around the globe in the home’s design. A metallic Moroccan side table; beaded African pillows on the sofa; a colorful kilim to brighten the living room floor. Mixed in with contemporary furnishings, the cultural elements fit seamlessly.

Above the fireplace, sits an array of colorful pieces that add to the room’s vibrant color palette. A collection of vases in yellow, green and blown glass create an artful display. The finishing touch – a colorful little painting displayed against the white stucco.

The credenza is the ultimate statement piece in this home’s hallway. Turned wood legs of the table offer a unique detail. Topped with more collected pieces, including vases and the homeowners’ favorite design books. The color palette of the vignette is captured in the painting that hangs above the table, with rich tones of red and blue that can be spotted throughout the entryway display.

The husband-and-wife team are also the owners of Granada Tile. One of top purveyors of cement tile in the United States, the couple knows how to use tile to accessorize in a space. Their collection of cement tiles can be seen throughout this home. In the kitchen they have installed a stylish wall of cement tiles. The lively color and pattern makes this one kitchen where you’ll want to cook and prepare many family meals in.

Beautiful tile can also be spotted in the home’s bathrooms. For a pop of color, a blue star pattern adds to the design of this serene bathroom. The hexagonal shape of the tile also accents the original arch right above the tub.

Victorian In Russian Hill

A focus on bespoke, vibrant homes, interior designer Kari McIntosh takes us inside her latest project – a modern family home in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. The project had a tight deadline as the family of soon-to-be three needed a designer who could help them complete their newly renovated home just two months before their first child was about to be born. Under a strict deadline, McIntosh was able to design a home that’s warm, colorful and perfect for a young family with a newborn on the way. 

“I worked quickly to curate a fashion-forward and family-friendly home fit for a young family that loves wine, sports, and entertaining.” McIntosh started with a blue and green color palette in the living room. A choice of furnishings and art lends to the rich palette that’s warm and cozy, perfect for a family that desires a stylish environment.

The colorful interior has a mix of modern elements as well. Perfect for a newly renovated home in the Bay. In the office, a lacquered white desk with chrome legs keeps things contemporary. A structured desk chair is the perfect complement.

The home’s dining room has an open plan right into the kitchen. A mix of color and texture creates a striking statement in the dining area. The dining table is burled wood. A beautiful, natural wood tone that’s warm and inviting. Surrounding the table, a set of modern classic Panton Chairs add some soft curves. On the wall, green malachite wall art is the perfect pop of color. And overhead, the modern chandelier is the perfect way to bring home some ambiance.

Sofa Style Says About You

The way we decorate says a lot about our personalities. When people walk into our homes they often get a pretty good sense of who we are. And perhaps no single item says more about us than the sofa. Not only is it a decorative item, but the sofa style speaks quite a bit to how we use our spaces.

 

Different sofa styles suit different decorating styles, and oftentimes the style of sofa chosen is related to a room’s overall decor style. Yet still, the sofa style we choose says quite a bit about who we are. Whether it’s a traditional roll arm sofa, an antique settee, or a large chesterfield, a lot can be gleaned from the sofa you choose for your home.

If you have an English roll arm sofa in your home chances are pretty good that you’re a fan of classic style, but you don’t like things to be too formal. This style (also often referred to as a Bridgewater style) has a casual but sophisticated vibe that encourages you to lean back and get comfortable – but you probably wear slacks as opposed to jeans while doing it. This version from Restoration Hardware is a perfect example of this classic style – low arms, comfortable cushions, a feminine silhouette, and traditional turned legs.

You like your sofa the same way you like a finely tailored suit. It’s classic, sophisticated, and just a little bit dashing. While you may occasionally sit back with a glass of wine or a cocktail, there’s certainly no eating meals while sitting on this sofa. Since tuxedo sofas, like the Aidan sofa from Crate and Barrel have high arms and backs they’re not suited to lounging (and definitely not napping). They’re made for sophisticated get togethers and scintillating conversation only. If your style leans towards contemporary this could be the sofa for you.

Farmhouse Style Ideas

Farmhouse style is hotter than it’s ever been. With a nod to the past, but one foot firmly in the present, farmhouse style is one that speaks to all kinds of people. And despite it having certain common characteristics, it’s definitely not a one-size-fits-all type of look. Check out these wildly different examples of farmhouse style living rooms.

While farmhouse style is often equated with the word ‘rustic’, this room by Jennifer Robbins Interiors proves that it doesn’t have to be the case. Comfortable furnishings, country-style light fixtures, and vertical shiplap give this open concept space a farmhouse feel without any overly rustic details.

Farmhouse style is very adaptable and can be combined easily with many other styles. In this farmhouse living room by Judith Balis Interiors there’s a strong connection to both traditional and transitional styles thanks to the Persian rug and modern sofas.

Farmhouse style has its roots in old country homes and stone cottages. This room by Kelly and Co. Design embraces all the old attributes such as exposed stone walls and wood ceilings and brings them into present day with clean lined furniture and modern technology.

A room doesn’t have to be historic to embrace farmhouse style. This new build home from Tom Meany Architect embraces some of the hallmarks of the style such as vaulted “barn-style” ceilings and a large stone fireplace to create a modern home with many of the comforts of a classic farmhouse.

Who says a farmhouse living room can’t have a little hint of luxury? This farmhouse living room staged by The Source Room has all the classic comfy and rustic elements, but the elegant tufted sofa adds an unexpected (but very welcome!) hint of elegance.

Barstools for Every Style

After your living room sofa, the most used seat in your home is probably…the barstool.

 

While barstools are small, they make a big impact on your kitchen’s overall aesthetic. Making sure you have the right barstools to fit the design of your kitchen is no easy feat. Attention to style, function and design are key to selecting the perfect barstools for your home. See what we have in store:

With it’s sleek architectural curves, high back and walnut tones, the Bremerton 26″ Bar Stool is a slam dunk for mid-century lovers. Take a notes from Studio Mcgeeand fit as many as you can around your kitchen counter. To add some pizazz, pair your barstools with these beautiful, abstract dinner plates from West Elm, for a bar area your guests will never want to leave!

Just like it’s name, the Blu Dot Real Good Stool can add real good style to your kitchen. The straight folds in this origami-inspired seat give it a geometric look that is excellent for a sleek and modern design aesthetic. Since this all-metal stool can get chilly in the winter, add a layer of coziness by pairing it with these soft Icelandic sheep cushions!

A sturdy steel frame and warm wood back make the Coatbridge Bar Stool a strong complement to exposed brick or reclaimed wood. Exposed hardware gives this chair a rustic feel with a chic finish. Want to make it pop? My favorite tip is to add a runner underneath your barstools which adds dimension and also protects your floors. The burnt orange from this vintage Safavieh Monaco rug is a great complement to the stool.

Accents For Your Home

Humans have been using marble in their art and architecture since ancient times—and with good reason. It’s smooth, beautiful, strong and every piece is unique. While most of us are the most familiar with white marble laced with grey, you can find this timeless stone in pinks and greens, blue and black, too.

 

Prized as a symbol of taste and of tradition, marble in home decor brings to mind a look of classical elegance. That said, marble has gotten a modern makeover as of late. In just about every major home and furniture store you can find touches of marble—from lamps to tables, trays, bowls and more.

 

Ahead, we’ve gathered 15 of our favorite marble home accents that are sure to add some old world charm to your decor.

Even if you’re just serving cheddar cheese and Triscuits, any appetizer will look purposeful and fancy if you serve it with marble. We love these cheese knives from Pottery Barn that will class up any cocktail party at home.

Whether you use them for display or for serving, these marble bowls will not go unnoticed in your kitchen.

If you’re looking to decorate your home and strike a balance between the masculine and feminine, a console like this will do the trick. The shining metal and slim legs of this piece are elegant, while the marble top adds some real weight.

 

Barstools for Every Style

After your living room sofa, the most used seat in your home is probably…the barstool.

 

While barstools are small, they make a big impact on your kitchen’s overall aesthetic. Making sure you have the right barstools to fit the design of your kitchen is no easy feat. Attention to style, function and design are key to selecting the perfect barstools for your home. See what we have in store:

With it’s sleek architectural curves, high back and walnut tones, the Bremerton 26″ Bar Stool is a slam dunk for mid-century lovers. Take a notes from Studio Mcgeeand fit as many as you can around your kitchen counter. To add some pizazz, pair your barstools with these beautiful, abstract dinner plates from West Elm, for a bar area your guests will never want to leave!

Just like it’s name, the Blu Dot Real Good Stool can add real good style to your kitchen. The straight folds in this origami-inspired seat give it a geometric look that is excellent for a sleek and modern design aesthetic. Since this all-metal stool can get chilly in the winter, add a layer of coziness by pairing it with these soft Icelandic sheep cushions!

A sturdy steel frame and warm wood back make the Coatbridge Bar Stool a strong complement to exposed brick or reclaimed wood. Exposed hardware gives this chair a rustic feel with a chic finish. Want to make it pop? My favorite tip is to add a runner underneath your barstools which adds dimension and also protects your floors. The burnt orange from this vintage Safavieh Monaco rug is a great complement to the stool.

Sofa Style Says About You

The way we decorate says a lot about our personalities. When people walk into our homes they often get a pretty good sense of who we are. And perhaps no single item says more about us than the sofa. Not only is it a decorative item, but the sofa style speaks quite a bit to how we use our spaces.

 

Different sofa styles suit different decorating styles, and oftentimes the style of sofa chosen is related to a room’s overall decor style. Yet still, the sofa style we choose says quite a bit about who we are. Whether it’s a traditional roll arm sofa, an antique settee, or a large chesterfield, a lot can be gleaned from the sofa you choose for your home.

 

So the question is, what does your sofa style say about you?

If you have an English roll arm sofa in your home chances are pretty good that you’re a fan of classic style, but you don’t like things to be too formal. This style (also often referred to as a Bridgewater style) has a casual but sophisticated vibe that encourages you to lean back and get comfortable – but you probably wear slacks as opposed to jeans while doing it. This version from Restoration Hardware is a perfect example of this classic style – low arms, comfortable cushions, a feminine silhouette, and traditional turned legs.

You like your sofa the same way you like a finely tailored suit. It’s classic, sophisticated, and just a little bit dashing. While you may occasionally sit back with a glass of wine or a cocktail, there’s certainly no eating meals while sitting on this sofa. Since tuxedo sofas, like the Aidan sofa from Crate and Barrel have high arms and backs they’re not suited to lounging (and definitely not napping). They’re made for sophisticated get togethers and scintillating conversation only. If your style leans towards contemporary this could be the sofa for you.