home decor

BUILT-IN BREAKFAST NOOK

When we purchased this East Nashville project house earlier this spring, one of the things that first drew us to the property was this little room off the kitchen that was just BEGGING to become a built-in breakfast nook!

Here’s the before photo …

Isn’t the upgrade amazing?!

For this post, we partnered with Walls Need Love. They have beautiful options for removable wallpaper, murals and wall decals. We chose the Ida Removable Wallpaper for our nook.

I don’t normally wallpaper ceilings, but in this tight space it creates a high impact, pulled together look. I am BEYOND pleased with how this turned out. And the best part is you can install this wallpaper yourself in a weekend.

The first step for this project was to build three benches, customized for the space. Collin removed the trim in the space, framed out the base of the benches and then added the seat back last.

The next step was to build the table. We’re not going to full DIY instructions (although let us know if you’d like to hear them all in a separate post), but Collin built a farmhouse-style table, perfectly fitted for the benches. The table top is about two inches smaller than the floor space between the benches.

If there are any vents or outlets on the wall, they should be extended to outside of the bench, not covered up.

For paint, Collin used two coats of stain blocking primer and then two coats of glossy untinted acrylic paint.

The next step was to install the wallpaper.

Our best tip is to be patient. Collin started by installing one strip from the front of the ceiling all the way down the back of the wall, and then worked out from there. For a continuous pattern, you can’t make it match from every angle, so we prioritized the front facing angle. The sides of the wall to ceiling don’t match, but the pattern hides it very well.

Last, Collin installed a fresh new light fixture.

When shopping for wallpaper, always order samples. I always order way too many samples, but it’s helpful because some of the time they look different in person. Samples can also help you get an idea of scale.

Wallpaper – Ida Removable Wallpaper by Walls Need Love, Light – Luna Pendant in Black by Schoolhouse Electric.

I’m happy we went neutral in this space because I can style it with pillows, flowers and baskets to reflect each season. I am SO EXCITED to have guests stay in our new home and I hope they love it as much as we do!

My partner in crime was in town and got to see our new property for the first time. I bribed her with some cinnamon rolls to snap a few photos … always works!

I hope this post has inspired you and shown what a HUGE transformation a little wallpaper can make! It made this space so much more thoughtful looking. It would have been nice without it, but with it it’s really special!

If you’re one of those people who has been terrified of wallpaper, this next paragraph is for you. 🙂

Wallpaper in 2017 is a whole new animal. It’s nothing like vintage paper that takes forever to remove (I am still somewhat traumatized from the painted-over wallpaper in our last home). These days it’s easier than ever to install AND remove. So easy that some of the time you can do it yourself (or at least remove it yourself if you don’t want to do the install). And there are countless new options that look super modern. So give wallpaper a chance.

Thank you so much for reading! I am beyond grateful to have you here. xx – Elsie (and Collin, too!)

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson and Collin DuPree. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photography: Amber Ulmer.

 

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DIY Ideas for the Home

JUNE 11, 2017

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We all want our homes to represent us, these beautiful DIY projects are sure to inspire.

(Today’s features were chosen by Debbie from Refresh Restyle)

 


DIY Library Card Catalog by Sadie Seasongoods

DIY Industrial Pipe Towel Bar by Simply Beautiful Angela

How to make your Furniture Extraordinary with Upholstery Tacks by Just The Woods

DIY Industrial Shelves by Welsh Design Studio

DIY Farmhouse Art by Making It In The Mountains

How to Create a Beachy Colored Look with Paint by Rain On A Tin Roof

Wonderful Hallway Runner Ideas for Your Home

The hallway is the first part of your home’s interior. If it is designed inviting and cozy, it will leave a good impression on you and your visitors. To make a hallway cozy one very easy way is to roll out a stylish runner rug. Some really beautiful rugs are available at catwalk rugs too. Let’s say, if you want to add pattern to your hallway, roll out a striped runner. If you want to add texture, go for a woven rug. These and more designs are below for your inspiration:

1. Spice Up The Hallway  with a Traditional Runner

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Old is gold and any runner with a traditional pattern will definitely increase the beauty of your hallway by many folds.

2. Create A Customized Runner with Carpet Tiles

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If you can’t seem to find the right size of the runner for your hallway then you can make one by yourself using carpet tiles. In this manner you can create the perfect combination of design and size without compromising on style.

3. A Floral Masterpiece

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Flowers bring freshness and a feminine feel to any place they are added. And the same goes for a hallway.

4. Coordinating Stair and Hallway Runners

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If your hallway has stairs too, then you can match the stair and hallway runners to create a harmony in style.

5. A Timeless Moroccan Stencil Runner

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Some patterns are designer approved and one such pattern is a Moroccan stencil. No matter how many trends will come and go, Moroccan stencil can never go wrong.

6. A Woven Runner Rug with a Wonderful Texture

If you want to introduce texture to your hallway, then a woven runner is the decor element you should go for.

7. Dandy Striped Runners in Different Colors

If you are a fan of stripes, then depending upon your design taste go for a monochrome or a colorful striped runner.

8. A Classy Chevron Runner

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Just like Moroccan stencil discussed above, chevron pattern is also timeless. It is a stylish pattern and goes well with almost any kind of interior.

9. An Animal Print Runner

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Do you like animal prints? If yes, then decorate your hallway with an animal print runner. If you don’t want the print to be too loud, then you can go for a runner with an animal print in muted tones like this one.

10. Cheerful Color Pops

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Want something lively and cheerful in your home? Then adorn your hallway with a jazzy runner.

Blank Walls No More: Quick Wall Decor Ideas To Try this Weekend

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Theo’s Small, Streamlined Apartment in Hell’s Kitchen

Do you have a blank wall in your home you’re still struggling to fill thanks to budget or time constraints? Are you entertaining in your home this holiday season and are looking for fresh decor ideas to update your walls? These eight ideas are cute and clever — but most of all won’t take up a lot of time or money to complete.

1. Try your hand at DIY

You might think you don’t have an artistic bone in your body, but there are actually any number of lovely art pieces you can hand-craft – just check out our (big!) list below. Depending on the materials and surface you paint on, you could have a colorful wall decor element in a pretty quick time.

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Charles’ Cozy, Family-Inspired Chicago Condo

2. Affordably frame found memories

Have you collected anything from your travels that could be elevated to another level when framed and grouped together on the wall? Charles (shown above) bought IKEA frames for matchbook covers for a cute wall arrangement.

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Emma & Cody’s Light, Bright Renovated Australian Home

3. Use fashion

Who says you have to use art to decorate your walls when you’ve got good-looking stuff hiding away in closets and drawers? From colorful robes to stately groupings of hats or boot collections, there are a lot of ways to incorporate fashion into your wall decor; find a way that works with your home’s style.

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Laura & Bob’s Mix-n-Match Open House

4. Use patterned fabric

Forget framing big art or trying to hang a big heavy canvas on to your walls, lightweight fabric and wall hangings you buy or DIY can be an easy way to get a lot of color or pattern to your wall easily.

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Hannah and Dave’s Happy Vintage Home

5. Use temporary wall patterns

Even if you rent, there are ways you can create decor right on your wall — like say with temporary wall decals or wallpaper — and you can do so in a way that is quick, doesn’t take up a lot of space but still makes a big visual impact. The triangle decals from Hannah and Dave’s home above were found at Urban Walls.

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Ruth & Phil’s Smartly Designed, Eco-Friendly Family Home

6. Let the kids’ artwork shine

Find easy ways to display artwork from kids — like hanging clipboards in a grid on a wall — so you can update the look of your walls and show off their colorful and imaginative compositions.

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Jillian’s Snug and Serene Studio

7. Use groups of maps

While just about anything can be hung casually on a wall and look alright if it was hung with intention, there’s something so pin up-able about maps. You can find them in thrift stores, in books — from just about anywhere — and when hung up together they make a delightful collection.

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Amy’s Vintage Jewel Tone Apartment

8. Craft color

Though fiber art has more than had its day in the spotlight, the materials to make string and fiber art are still very affordable, the projects relatively easy and the results textural, colorful and impressive. In Amy’s home above, the colorful string art above the couch “was quick to make, budget friendly (under $10), and makes a big impact.”