Saturday 06th, May 2017 11:15:00: AM. Dining room.. Adorlee Tanguy.
Basic Steps: In the dining room, we tore out a faux stone wall and replaced it with sheetrock, primed and painted the walls (Behr Ultra Pure White), sanded and refinished the floors, switched out the overhead light, and replaced all of the electrical outlets. We still have to paint the radiators and finish the cushion for the window seat. Tape your to-do list to the front door, line up good babysitters, always have cold beer on hand, and don’t listen to the naysayers who stop by to comment on your project and drink all of your cold beer.
Saturday 06th, May 2017 11:13:48: AM. Dining room.. Katriane Delomrme.
While it’s certainly true that dark, dramatic rooms can be breathtaking, I must admit that more often than not, I support anyone’s decision to lighten up a room. I accept that this feeling is probably biased by the cave-like apartment in which I currently live, but it seems right to say it, nonetheless. Blair’s dining room is a perfect example of a lovely lightening. Taking inspiration from Scandinavian design, Blair decided to break up the all-black furniture with a fresh coat of white paint on the walls to give the room a more peaceful and cheery ambiance. I love that she left a few dark elements in the room and that she brought in some bright bits of color and pattern. The new room looks artful, modern and beautifully bright. Great work, Blair!
Saturday 06th, May 2017 11:13:02: AM. DIY Projects.. Halette Riou.
Today we have another guest DIY project from Neal Whittington. In addition to being an accomplished graphic designer, Neal runs the online shop Present & Correct, which he stocks to the brim with the awesomest vintage desk supplies and designy paper goods I’ve ever seen. I hope you caught his mitten gift tag DIY a couple weeks ago before you had to head out for the Thanksgiving holiday; if not, you can revisit it here. Neal was having so much fun with holiday wrapping, he decided to do this snowglobe giftwrap tutorial for us, as well. All you need is a few basic office supplies and some colored paper, and you’ll have a cute, graphic present that you can shake into a snowy winter wonderland. Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Neal!
Saturday 06th, May 2017 11:12:06: AM. Interior.. Albertina Charrier.
On the process of building their home, Vivian said, “The construction only took about one and half years, but the house site and design decisions took much longer. In the meantime, we sold our [previous] home in Oxford, MS and renovated the basement of the home already on the property, into an apartment and lived onsite while we developed our ideas for our home. The gallery apartment now serves as guest quarters and an Airbnb location. We finally settled on the old homestead site, but first had to remove dilapidated tenant shacks… Near the house is an old well that was hand dug by the first family on this property. One of the previous homeowners visits on occasion, and recently we learned he was a 12-year-old boy when he helped his grandfather hand dig the 30-foot well.”
Saturday 06th, May 2017 11:11:12: AM. Dining room.. Alair Barthelmy.
In an ideal world, we would all move into our respective apartments and houses, hire a few contractors, buy some furniture, and pump out our brand-new dream home in a couple of days. This, however, is largely out of the question for most of us—budget, not to mention time and other commitments, often gets in the way. This is why home renovation projects, no matter how completed they are in one’s mind, can often span across several years. No matter how begrudgingly we accept this reality, a beautiful home, one that you can truly call your own, is definitely worth the wait (and saved pennies). Just ask Adri and Jeremy Lentine, the adorable couple behind Dream Book Design. They moved into their Phoenix, Arizona home earlier this year and have been tackling the renovating slowly but surely ever since. Two self-proclaimed “budgeteers,” the couple seldom buys anything new, opting instead for vintage finds, affordable DIYs, and discount steals. With this penny-pinching credo in mind, the Lentines set to work on renovating their dining room. The previous iteration was a cramped, clashing, and dismally-lit space, filled with inappropriate floor tiles and out-of-place light fixtures. The end result, a combination of budget eBay finds, beautiful added moldings, and opened up space, is stunning. And accomplished for a little over $4,000, it proves that style, thrift, and time can be a winning combination for a beautiful space. Check out more photos, plus the complete object/budget breakdown after the jump!
Saturday 06th, May 2017 11:09:10: AM. Bathroom.. Adorlee Tanguy.
One of the biggest reasons for the revival of yellow and gray as a hot color combination is undoubtedly the ascent of gray to top of the hottest neutrals chart. With the popularity of gray only increasing with each passing season (if that is even possible at this point of time), it is only natural that homeowners are looking for ways in which they can enliven their dashing modern bathroom in gray. And yellow offers the perfect solution in this regard.
Saturday 06th, May 2017 09:02:48: AM. DIY.. Katriane Delomrme.
Next up is the good ole Apple Stamp Table Runner DIY. No apples? No problem. Grab a potato instead and (have the adult) cut out an apple shape. Use an old sheet for the runner fabric. If that’s not an option, taping sheets of paper together to create one will do. Time stretcher tip: Have your child draw a series of shapes and cut them out. The more ideas/shapes the better. Once the shapes are cut out, have your child design the runner by placing the cut-outs in the sequence they love on the fabric or paper. When they’ve decided on their design and placements, carve the apple or potato and let them stamp away.
Saturday 06th, May 2017 09:02:47: AM. Interior.. Halette Riou.
The Olmsted family has no shortage of interests and activities they like to partake in; for Betsy it’s design and art, gardening (their neighborhood allows for supporting local farms and produce, too), yoga, and scoring vintage finds. Peter’s work is in energy policy and he is an advocate for sustainable energy and enjoys cycling and outdoor adventuring. Their seven-year-old, Emmett, loves nature (especially rocks and fossils at the moment) and animals. Last but not least, Wells loves track suits, costumes and his favorite gold high-tops. We can only imagine how much fun this family will have creating art and memories together in this inspiring space.
Saturday 06th, May 2017 09:02:39: AM. Dining room.. Albertina Charrier.
I don’t have a dining room, but if I did, I would want it to have some drama. After all, if I’m going to devote a whole room to an activity I usually do sitting in front of the television, it better be compelling :) I’m kidding, but not about the drama part — whether with a chandelier, a big piece of wall art or amazing textiles, my dream dining room makes a statement.
Saturday 06th, May 2017 09:02:31: AM. Dining room.. Alair Barthelmy.
This dining room makeover from Sarah is definitely high drama. She took a once-dreary window with sad blinds and transformed it into a wall of gorgeous textile heaven. I love her mixture of prints, the dark walls, the oversized mirror and the elegant, minimal chairs. It’s all working for me. She even painted her own Cy Twombly-inspired artwork, which turned out quite well! Sarah made some shrewd decorating decisions and I’m blown away by the impressive transformation. Great work, Sarah!