You may not be able to wear white after Labor Day — but there are no rules against your walls.
White is almost a magic wand for interior spaces; it has the power to completely transform even the most uninspiring rooms. It also has the ability to smooth out imperfections in walls or cover up that annoying steam pipe or rough patch. This surprisingly versatile color — yes, I said color — expands and unifies any space it acquires by forcing the eyes to focus on the area within a room instead of its boundaries. However, this modern design trend can be difficult to perfect. Monochrome interiors, especially white ones, can easily look unfinished. Here are some tips for those of you looking to whitewash your living spaces.
To avoid looking flat, focus on contrasting textures. By mixing varying textures, the eye still has plenty to take in even if the color scheme is nothing but white. This makes the room seem just as rich as if it was drenched in florescent tie dye.
Image via Lonny
Notice that the walls are almost stark white and the furniture is minimal, but the textural element of the grass cloth brings everything together and gives the entire room a warm, inviting feel.
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Go for bold with a dramatic 3-D wall panel. This ultra modern look is surprisingly easy to accomplish. Sculptural wall tiles are available at a variety of interior stores and installation is a breeze.
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I can’t lie — the only thing that gets me through going back to school (and the approaching chilly weather) is having an excuse to buy new clothes, because you know, “I’ll be going to class every day and I can’t wear the same things over and over,” or my personal favorite, “There are so many sales going on right now, it would be stupid not to buy a few things for school.” My excuses are limitless. Feel free to use them to justify your own shopping spree.
But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve “invested” (another one of those words I like to use) in a new season wardrobe that doesn’t go along with the popular trends. Our interview with Brad Goreski showed us what to look forward to for spring, but now we need to see what trends and styles will be big this fall and winter.
So before you make that all-important pilgrimage to the mall, brush up on the season’s biggest fashion trends so you’re not left with a backseat full of outdated duds.
Photos L to R: Mango, Zara, Madewell, Style.com Prada, H&M
Last winter’s dramatic over-sized sweater trend has been scaled back and refined for 2014. Designers showcased quite a few variations of knitwear for fall and winter, ranging from flowing merino wool and cashmere, to barely-too-big fisherman’s sweaters. Sculptural silhouettes were also heavy on the runways, but t-shirts and pants also received a knitty-gritty makeover. Knit t-shirts will also prove useful next spring where merino and cashmere sweaters have an unlimited shelf life.
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Can you believe it’s already time for kids to head back to school? I feel like summer just started! Whether your family is already in the swing of early mornings and after-school homework or you’re preparing for the first day, this cute, inexpensive teacher gift is worth a look. Check it out:
Stuff the mugs with anything you think your child’s teacher might like: think candy, art supplies or a coffee shop gift card.
Even if you don’t have kids in school, these porcelain pens are really fun to use and a great way to dress up plain mugs and plates for gift items or your own kitchen. Tell us: Have you played around with porcelain pens?
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After three incredible months of working at HGTV.com, last Friday marked my final day as an intern (insert waterfall of tears here). I still can’t believe how quickly this summer flew by, but as they say, that’s just what happens when you’re having fun. I’ve loved every minute of this job, but it’s time for me to head back to school to complete my final year studying Journalism and Psychology at NYU.
So, for my last post, I decided to stick with the back-to-school theme and throw together a little lesson for you inspired by my secondary major: Psychology! Today’s psychology class will be focused on color and how the hues we choose for our home can affect how we feel.
As cited on Pantone’s website, “Scientists have found that actual physiological changes take place in human beings when they are exposed to certain colors. Colors can stimulate, excite, depress, tranquilize, increase appetite and create a feeling of warmth or coolness. This is known as chromodynamics.” For example, some studies have shown red stimulates the senses, while blue has a more calming effect.
These reactions are thought to be caused by our subconscious association of colors with their occurrences in nature — red with fire, blue with water, etc. Whatever the exact reason, when re-designing your home, consider not only which paint is the prettiest, but also what feelings a certain color may create. Before I get carried away nerd-ing out over psych theories, here’s a basic overview on the psychology of color.
Red: Bold and Energetic
Red is considered a high-arousal color and has been shown to stimulate one’s senses, so adding red to a room instantly evokes energy. Plus, since we psychologically associate red with hot natural elements like fire, the color itself creates feelings of warmth in any room. Consider covering your walls in a deep red hue to make an area of your home feel more intimate, or incorporate red accents in a room that needs a dose of vivacity.
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It’s that time of year again! Time for newly sharpened pencils, first-day outfits and anxiety-ridden dreams about forgetting to do your homework (or was that one just me?) That’s right; it’s back to school season! To echo Briana’s sentiment, where did summer go?! It absolutely flew by! I was dumbfounded when I saw back to school was trending on Yahoo. But sure enough, for everyone from Pre-K to college, the school year is just around the corner. In the spirit of heading back to the classroom, I’ve put together a complete schedule of 8 school-inspired rooms. Look for decorating ideas based on your favorite subject! I promise there won’t be a pop quiz at the end.
7:30 AM — Math
Our school day begins with an early math class. Brightly painted red, white and black number blocks are used to offset the bold wallpaper in this adorable nursery. Cute accessories that double as tools for learning how to count — definitely an A+ combo.
THE SCHOOL DAY CONTINUES
I’m not sure where the summer went (seriously, where did it go?!), but it’s getting to be time for pencils, books and teachers’ dirty looks, aka back to school. Whether you greet the school year with dread or excitement, the upside is that school items and supplies offer plenty of DIY decor inspiration. Take a look at these crafty ideas that totally make the honor roll.
Design: Brian Patrick Flynn
This vintage pennant banner from Brian Patrick Flynn really gets me in the school spirit. Though it’s intended for a themed party, I can easily imagine this dressing up a kids’ bedroom or even a game room, can’t you? Check out all the instructions over on DIY Network.
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If summer has left you stressed from road trips, keeping up with your kids and back-to-school errands, then you’re in luck. September is National Yoga Awareness Month, and the perfect opportunity for you to start a new, healthy lifestyle. As you may already know, yoga has several benefits, such as a toner body, sharper mind, less anxiety, hormonal balance and more restful sleeps — I could go on and on, really.
So, here’s your challenge. Try a few classes a week at your local yoga studio. Many places offer free or discounted classes in honor of Yoga Awareness Month. When you find the right class and instructor for you, keep it up and I’m confident you’ll feel like a new person by the time the holidays roll around. And if you just can’t get enough, follow these tips to get the same benefits in your own home.
Designate a Tranquil Area
You don’t need that much space to practice yoga. Find an area in your home — away from everyday stress triggers — even if it’s your attic.
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If you’re still doing a bit of back-to-school shopping for the kiddos, don’t forget to send their lunch in style this year with an adorable animal lunchbox! Owls are always a fluttery favorite, but this blue and pink cheetah couldn’t be any cuter.
And for the little fellas, why not try a cute monster print or some darling dinos? Were lunchboxes this cute when I was in school?
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It seems like just last week the school year was coming to an end, yet somehow, the start of the new school year is just around the corner. Our friends over at Paging Supermom are readily prepared and already planning a fabulous back-to-school party. Luckily, they’ve offered us an exclusive sneak peek at the Paging Supermom Back to School With Neon Party that will be unfolding on their blog all week.
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I don’t know about you, but it seems that I often have an extra cardboard box on my hands. The boxes should probably serve as warning to cut back my online shopping, but instead, they put me in a Designer MacGyver state of mind. I’ve done some searching to find creative ways to upcycle these old boxes, and I think you’ll agree with me – these ideas are downright crafty. Whether you’re working with a cereal box or a dishwasher box, there is sure to be a craft that’s just your speed.
This first idea really inspired my inner craftiness. It. Is. So. Stinkin’. Adorable. And it’s made from a cardboard box. What more could a MacGyver (and a mini MacGyver) ask for? Head on over to The Mouse House to see how Hayley made it. Make sure to check out the inside too — it’s just as adorable.
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