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?
It’s Palm Springs Modernism Week, so that means my Instagram feed is full of amazing midcentury modern houses perched atop desert landscapes. One of my favorites is the low-slung Edris House, designed in 1954 by architect E. Stewart Williams.
The rainbow-hued Saguaro Hotel aside, I love the classic midcentury Palm Springs look: stark, minimalist exteriors that blend seamlessly into the desert landscape. Even if you don’t live in a historic 1950s masterpiece, you can bring the desert minimalism inside. I love how designer Lori Dennis created this hotel-inspired master suite that features bright white walls, dark wood furniture and trim and blue and green accents. There’s even a bedside cactus!
We’ll, I’ve admitted my midcentury modern design obsession. Do you go for the minimalist look, too?
BRIANA: Happy Valentine’s Day, folks! Let’s discuss Cupid’s weapon of choice, the arrow. Seems like they’re equally popular as a motif and actual styling item these days. What do you think? Are you in love with arrows or do they miss the mark?
Photo: Jeff Romaniuk
KELLY SMITH TRIMBLE: Best example:
I think they’re a fun way to direct the eye and give a design an overt focal point.
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BRIANA: You may remember macramé from such ‘70s accessories as owls or plant hangers, but according to recent trend lists, it’s coming back in a big way – particularly as wall art. Are you ready to embrace the macramé revival or are you SO knot not feeling it?
Photo: Ace Hotel Palm Springs lobby
KELLEY: ::busts out laughing::
DAVID HAYNES: I love it. (We have that sign and also a side door.)
JESSICA: I did a lot of thinking about this and I have been desperately wanting to buy a dreamcatcher. Does that count? We had a handmade one when I was growing up (perks living close to a bunch of Native American reservations) and I’d like to have/make one again.
Photo: KeepAustinDreaming on Etsy
Oh no…..Am I the hippie?!?!?
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BRIANA: It’s 2014, which means we’ve got a whole new class of trends to defend…or not. One look that stood out on House Beautiful’s 2014 design trends list was mixed metallics. Our own Brian Patrick Flynn played with different shades of gold in a recent office makeover. So, what do you think? Have you taken a shine to mixing silver and gold or do you think metals should stay solo?
MARIANNE: I am all for it. I don’t decorate with silver or chrome much but I love to mix warm metallics like gold, copper, and brass. I mean, get a load of this glamourkitchen from designer Jean Louis Deniot. Hubba hubba:
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BRIANA: I professed my tree & tree branch decor crush back in 2011 (still love you, Cole & Son Woods!), but even back then, I recognized that there was some trend fatigue. Fast forward to 2013. I just noticed an item in this month’s issue of People StyleWatch declaring that Tree Branch Decor was OUT. Their expert says people are going more modern and less rustic these days, but what do you think? Are you still a tree-hugger or do you wish this trend would make like a tree and leaf? (Sorry not sorry.)
DEANNE REVEL: I was just looking at my accessory tree that holds all my necklaces and headbands this morning and thinking, “Man, I need to get hip. This isn’t cool anymore.”
FARIMA: I was never really on the tree train. I say keep it to nurseries only.
MARIANNE: I prefer my trees petrified these days.
Photo: Charles Tilford/Flickr
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Last December, Briana posed the question: “Are colorful Christmas trees glorious or gaudy?” I voted “Glorious!” in 2012 and I’m sticking to my vote in 2013.
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It’s a rainbow — taste the rainbow! The bright trees in athlete Kurt Warner’s Celebrity Holiday Home dazzle guests.
Kids will have as much fun crafting these cute place cards as they will devouring their sweet contents. Our free printable template makes assembly a snap. Ready to make your own?
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Top moist pumpkin-and-spice cake layers with rich mascarpone cream and crunchy amaretti cookies for a seasonal dessert your Thanksgiving guests won’t soon forget.
Put a contemporary twist on traditional fall decorating; easily create a square corn husk wreath for your front door.
The chill-inducing Rosenheim Mansion in Los Angeles was built in 1908 by architect Alfred F. Rosenheim and even served as his personal residence for years. The 14,000-square-foot home has quite an extensive resume, too. It has been the eerie filming location for several TV shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Twilight Zone and FX’s American Horror Story.
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Budget-friendly felt, quilt batting and cardboard are all you need to craft this cute pumpkin top. Stitch on a bit of ribbon as a chin strap to create a quick-and-easy costume accessory.
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If you want a smile from your guests this Halloween, make sure to surprise them with these adorable Googly Goblin Cocktails.
Dribble glue from a hot-glue gun all over a piece of PVC pipe and a foam cup to make what looks like a long-burning candle. Insert a much-safer battery-operated tealight in the middle to make the candle glow. If the candles are placed under a black light, they will glow in the dark – perfect for any haunted house.
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For the perfect Halloween snack recipe, stuff cremini mushrooms with Italian sausage, garlic, walnuts, cream cheese and fresh herbs for a hearty, savory appetizer that both kids and adults will love.
Halloween’s almost here and it’s time to get carving! We have 22 HGTV-exclusive pumpkin-carving templates designed specifically for beginning pumpkin carvers.
Yes, it’s Halloween — but as you know by now, we work well in advance at HGTV. So with that in mind, we have just launched our Christmas “display” at HGTV.com. Explore HGTV Holiday House 2013! Our designers have created a rustic, wintry escape full of Christmas decorations and holiday entertaining ideas you can try.
Need an easy idea for your next fall party or get-together? This chalkboard word find pumpkin makes the perfect centerpiece or decoration. Have guests try to find words or create their own pumpkin with stickers and chalk.
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Keep an eye on trick-or-treaters with a googly-eyed wreath. To make it, pick up two to three bags of white Ping-Pong balls online or at a sports store. Use hot glue to attach them, in layers, to a foam wreath form with hot glue. Once all visible parts of the wreath form have been covered, attach small and large googly eyes. Tip: It’s best to hang the wreath with a door hanger, rather than wrapping ribbon around, so the layers of Ping-Pong balls remain undisturbed.
These little mummies are not only cute, they’re functional, too. Filled with candy, the upcycled tin cans wrapped in cheesecloth make a great Halloween party favor or surprise for your favorite trick-or-treater.