When I get my home to myself for an extended period of time — no kids, no husband — I tend to go on the sort of cleaning and organizing binge that a normal working mom would think was…well, excessive. Instead of lazily reading books, or going out to brunch with girlfriends, I revel in the chance to fix my apartment knowing that no one but me will mess it up.
I was telling Briana that I could see the surface of my desk for the first time in ages and that led us to searching for a filing cabinet for her that would inspire her to file her piles of papers. She’s been looking for just the right at-home desk storage for a while and she indulged my current organizing mania by letting me window shop for her.
Here’s what I found in the way of cute, modern filing cabinets to fit her bill. The only downside? Now I want new office organizers, too:
Browsing for these filing cabinets got me thinking there are loads of high-function everyday objects with less-than-high style. What everyday item or household necessities do you wish you could find prettier versions of?
I love this bed. That’s all there is to it. It’s whimsical and romantic with a hint of fairytale charm, and I just love it. Can you imagine waking up every morning enveloped in this enchanted forest? Add a good book and a ceiling full of stars, and I might never leave the bedroom.
What do you think? Are you as crazy about this forest canopy bed as I am?
You may know her as a member of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but did you know that Melissa Gorga has created a home collection with Joss & Main? Her Home Italian Style collection is available until Sept. 23, and according to Melissa, it “embodies a mix of the Italian style with a modern twist.”
Melissa is no stranger to interior decorating, as she and her husband designed and decorated their large home together. And with her love for Italian design mixed with modern accents, she hopes her collection will give her fans a chance to imitate her style while bringing warmth and elegance to their own homes.
What do you think? Would you incorporate these pieces into your home decor?
Brass, walnut and glass, oh my! Just three simple ingredients and you have a modern coffee or side table that fits in with any decor. The sculptural Helix tables by Chris Hardy for Design Within Reach have an odd number of legs, so the gorgeous brass castings are easily seen from any angle. What do you think, would these classy tables work in your home?
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After Lili posted this Daily Delight about these gold log tables, I’ve been on the lookout for a tree stump. Recently, I found a perfect little trunk (!) washed ashore at my family’s lake house. As a MacGyver, I wanted to check out all my DIY options before I started working on my new prized possession. I was blown away by all the crafty ways people have used tree stumps (glow-in-the-dark stool, anyone?). Check out a few of my favorite finds:
This rustic log slice table would add natural charm to any room. And doesn’t it look lovely adorned with a vase of fresh flowers? Head on over to Seakettle for Jessica’s tutorial.
Talk about crafting in style! Andrea’s rustic pencil holder would be the perfect addition to any craft room. I’m all for storage that’s easy on the eyes.
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My recent downsize has forced me to forfeit a home office area. Plus, I’m more of a laptop-on-the-sofa kind of person anyway, so it’s OK. But sometimes, I can’t help but daydream of a beautiful desk with an antique pharmacy lamp in the corner where I can read, write … or just stare blissfully. I first came across this vintage sewing machine table turned into a simple desk. Swoon! Apparently, you can make a desk out of just about anything, like …
Sewing Machine Tables
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BRIANA: Dip-dyed pieces have been on our radar for a while, but Apartment Therapy just featured this chair from the 508 Restoration and Design Etsy store with the headline: “Half & Half: New Painted Furniture Trend?” Thoughts? Is this a cool hybrid look or does it seem like someone ran out of paint in the middle of the job?
BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN: I say it rules. It’s a great alternative to painted patterns, plus I have done it myself, so that means I have to like it or risk being labeled a hypocrite.
LIZ: I love the look of natural wood paired with graphic paint designs. With its painted-on flava, this regular old dresser looks almost like a Saarinen table:
No matter where you live, throwing an outdoor party during summer is a must. If your outdoor space is falling a little short, now’s a good time to give it a mini makeover. A little goes a long way when entertaining guests, so HGTV HOME has partnered with HSN.com to bring you the HGTV HOME Outdoor Living only at HSN collection. From lighting to seating, the collection has just what you need to set the mood for your party. Ready to check out some of our favorites?
It’s hard to believe this shimmering chandelier can live outdoors. Use it in an indoor room once your party is over.
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The unexpected adds a playful energy to a room. For his first home, designer Tommy Chambers adapted a Craftsman tool chest as a nightstand, building a simple alderwood base himself to raise it to a more convenient bedside level. “The splash of color is great,” he says, “and I love the nostalgic element of this common item from my childhood.”
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Amy Howard at Home has a very exciting product out — High Performance Furniture Lacquer (in a spray can!).
If you’ve ever wished for a thick, rich, hard-high-gloss finish of actual lacquer on a piece of furniture, frame or home decor — Amy’s paint is for you. Just prime your piece, spray it on — and a pale, faded piece of furniture transforms into an edgy, chic high-fashion statement piece set in lacquer. And did I mention it’s in an easy-to-use SPRAY CAN?!
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