With all the snow around me and all the extra time on my hands since I don’t go back to school until the beginning of February, I seem to be feeling a little down that I can’t spend much time outdoors. All this winter makes me truly appreciate the spring and summer. I decided to catch a few moments of springtime happiness by creating a spring-inspired dining room inspiration board which includes the two main pieces of the room (the table and buffet) found on Craigslist. I wanted the room to feel completely feminine, fresh, and happy with lots of bold bright colors.
I started with this great solid wood buffet for $150.
In my imagination, I painted it Benjamin Moore’s Fuchsine.
Then I found this solid oak round pedestal table that can be extended into a long oval for $300 with a set of five chairs, which I did not include in the design plan.
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Remember when I posted about my favorite Christmas color schemes, blue/silver and purple/gold? I decided all the inspiration pictures were fun to look at, but I wanted to do something more with them. I picked one of my favorite pictures from both color schemes and designed a living room around them.
The blue/silver color scheme led me to pick more glamorous decor. I wanted the blues to really pop, so I stuck with whites and silvers mixed with an occasional pop of dark wood as the neutral accent colors. I designed it around this Christmas tree from Canadian House and Home.
Here is the fully decked-out blue Christmas living room:
I started with this fabulous Montego navy pennyback sofa. I loved its clean lines mixed with the tufting to make it feminine and masculine, and oh so glam. Next, I wanted a rug to ground the room. I didn’t want anything too dark because I didn’t want to take away from the tree or the already dark sofa. This fleece rug did the trick. I
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Lately I’ve been inspired by pink, green, and blue, which are also the colors in my bedroom at college. I was looking around online and came across this image at Overstock.
I decided to create a whole college bedroom around this artwork. I wanted it to be bright and airy to match the picture and also because the weather in Minnesota lately has been very dark and dreary. I really love how it turned out. I tried to find everything fairly cheap and some parts of it are DIY, which I will explain later in the post.
Here’s a rundown of everything:
Christina Tsi Kramer ‘Pink Roses’ Gallery Art – $46.49
Poppy Fields Duvet Cover – Twin for $79.00
Home Rocky River Window Sheer – $12.34 per panel
Hand-woven Shag Solo Honey White Rug – 4 foot round (for a small dorm room) $79.89
ASPELUND Nightstand – $39.99
MIKAEL Desk – $49.99
ANEBODA 3 drawer chest – $69.99
JONSBO ORÖD Table lamp base – $39.99
Translucent Fabric Task Chair Collection – $29.99
Then, the desk is painted Koala Bear by Behr which is a light shade of gray. The clear panels in each of the dresser drawers are covered
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I have created a super simple tutorial for creating a fabric covered bulletin board on a budget. The obstacle I faced was that I did not want to spend money on fabric that was going to be permanently attached to a bulletin board because the colors of my apartment are different than my room at home with my parents. I also wanted to make something else out of the fabric at a later time, so I had to find a way to attach the fabric without permanently fixing it to the cork.
I started with a fairly large bulletin board and one yard of this green polka dot fabric I got from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store. It is a home decor fabric, so it is thick and very
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