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Interior designer Erica Reitman has a definite design point of view — how can you tell? The tagline of her website (VintageDesign.Me) says it all: “I Will Kick Your House’s Ass.” And that, she does very well. Erica strives to help homeowners make their homes look “bangin’” and when she’s not working her magic in homes across the country, she’s offering up helpful design tips and advice online. As we’ve done in the past, Design Happens dares to go beyond the interior design photos we’re accustomed to seeing and talks to the designers who actually created some of these stunning rooms. This week, we’re chatting with Erica Reitman.

Erica Reitman

Erica Reitman of VintageDesign.Me

D-Happ: Tell us about your website.
ER: I created VintageDesign.Me to be a spot online where people can go to get great advice, learn an easy tip, or read about my favorite resources. I really try to stay focused on tangible, real-world value and results, so I don’t do inspiration posts or random mood boards that don’t relate to anything (though I love looking at those things on other people’s sites!). I get how valuable everyone’s time is, so I always want people to come away feeling like: “I’m SO ready to go do this random decorating thing that I’ve never thought about before” after reading one of my posts. I also try to stress that while, of course I’d love for you to hire me to come decorate your home, you really don’t have to because e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e has it in them to put together a great space that makes them smile when they walk through their front door. And yep, I do mean everyone.

Erica Reitman

Design by Erica, Photo by William Brinson

D-Happ: How would you describe your aesthetic?
ER: My overall aesthetic is kind of like a mosh pit at a Pearl Jam concert in 1992. I love, love, love the graphic, colorful design of the 60′s and 70′s, and really dig mixing pieces from that era with newer modern pieces. Big, bold pieces of art make me smile, and vintage anything always gets me revved up — especially if it comes from a flea market or a thrift store. I do tend to lean more toward more masculine interiors, and so I especially love working with guys on “dude designing” their spaces. So I guess my aesthetic is eclectic/vintage/arty/masculine/70′s/chic?

D-Happ: Where do you source inspiration?
ER: My favorite source of inspiration is vintage interior design magazines and books. I recently moved to Los Angeles, and the flea markets here are pretty amazing. So I often find great old issues of Architectural Digest, Town & Country and House and Garden magazines that I buy for a buck apiece and then pore over at home.

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Everyone is talking about coconut oil — the benefits, the uses, the reasons to have it at home, at work, etc. I’m an advocate for the superfood and love having it in my medicine cabinet as well as in my pantry. Beyond that, I can’t get enough of coconut water and milk, especially in my smoothies. So let’s just give a round of applause for coconuts! What’s your favorite way to use this fruit?

Mood Board Monday: CoconutsTop, L to R: Santa Fe Dry Goods, Flickr, My Baking Addiction | Middle, L to R: Justina Blakeney, Celebrations at Home, Vintage Blog | Bottom, L to R: Roxana’s Home Baking, Free People Blog, Honestly Yum

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BRIANA: Colorful appliances were a top trend at this year’s Architectural Digest show and the look is really starting to get some traction. GE is even exploring the idea of colorful “skins” for appliances, a concept that would allow consumers to swap colors on their refrigerators and dishwashers, much like you’d swap out your cell phone case. What do you think of colorful appliances? Are they eye-catching expressions of individuality and fun jolts of color? Or are they gaudy and expensive eyesores?

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KAYLA: This might be my favorite DTT yet. I love colorful appliances so much. I don’t want a retro kitchen, but I love retro appliances like this. It’s almost like you either have to have a black refrigerator, a white refrigerator or a stainless steel refrigerator unless you do something built in to the cabinetry (which isn’t my style). A fridge is a necessity and it’s super clunky, so why not turn it into something eye-catching? GE is smart.

I pinned this [pink mini fridge] forever ago and I keep going back to it. So dreamy. It’s a tad small, but so sweet in this space. Also, I love this bright red fridge from my color pitch last year, and this kelly green espresso maker. I could go on…

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Sweet Potato Salad

Falling somewhere between appetizer and side dish, this unique tasting salad is a welcome alternative to mayonnaise-laden versions offered at backyard barbecues. The tender sweet potato slices tossed with a lime-based dressing and fresh herbs, then topped with crispy tortilla strips and queso fresco offer a combo of flavors that are bound to get the conversation going at any gathering. The recipe easily doubles to accommodate more people and you can make the recipe to serve with grilled chicken for a colorful and interesting weeknight dinner.

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You guessed correctly if you chose option C. Chelsea Costa made this stylish, budget-friendly message board (perfect for a dorm room!) from round cork trivets, patterned fabric and chalkboard paint.

Cork Message Board

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We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Ely is the winner of a glowing tabletop torch from TIKI Brand, Honeywell’s Quietset Table Fan and Chillout’s Personal USB fan. Congrats!

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Let’s do this AA style: “Hello, my name is Camille and I’m addicted to buying old boxes.” (Well, and jewelry too but that’s another matter). Old boxes are a great decorative way to stash unattractive, everyday stuff in plain sight. For instance, I have a little cane-covered box filled with crafting essentials in my living room so if the crafting bug strikes while I’m watching TV, a project is within easy reach.

I particularly love old boxes with drawers so I couldn’t pass up this cutlery box (AKA silverware chest) at an estate sale recently for just 9 bucks. The box’s blond or maple finish was popular in the 50s and 60s so it’s safe to assume that it’s more than 50 years old. Personally, I’m not a big fan of mid-century blond finishes and this one was in particularly rough shape with lots of scratches, dings and a big water stain on the lid so refinishing it with a more traditional, darker stain was definitely on the menu. If the felt liner had been in better shape, I might have considered leaving it as-is but the fabric was dirty, picked and even worn through in places so I decided to re-line the box as well.

Here’s what I started with, it truly is massive, easily double the size of most dresser-top jewelry boxes:  Cutlery Box Before
And here is my new upcycled jewelry box, fully refinished and re-lined:
Silverware Chest That Has Been Turned Into a Jewelry Box
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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Ely!

Can you guess which message board belongs in this dorm room?

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Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win a glowing tabletop torch from TIKI Brand, Honeywell’s Quietset Table Fan and Chillout’s Personal USB fan.

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DIY Log Art

At six months pregnant, I am consumed with nursery decorating and preparations. My nesting instincts have kicked in, and I’m feeling a sense of urgency to hang up wall art and pick out rugs. We are expecting a little girl and the house has been taken over with crib-painting stations, frames full of floral prints and peach tassel garland scraps. Baby number two doesn’t have anything to wear yet, but I’ll be darned if she doesn’t have a polished nursery to come home to (wink!).

One element I really wanted to incorporate into the nursery was a handmade art piece as my gift to my little girl. I wanted it to be whimsical, simple and just a bit unexpected. So I took a hike — literally — and grabbed some sticks that could  be transformed into log slice art. When I pull up to the house with sticks, my husband doesn’t even raise an eyebrow anymore; he just helps me pull out the power tools and we get to work. If you’re in the mood for some simple, yet impactful, DIY artwork, this log slice art is the craft for you.

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Hello, my name is Marianne, and I am a paper craft addict. Whether it’s colorful paper flower wreaths or a 3-dimensional cloud mobile, there is something so satisfying about taking an inexpensive stack of paper and turning it into a show stopping craft. With that confession out of the way, let’s get to this week’s project because y’all? It’s one of my favorites. Just one of these giant paper dahlias would make an elegant wreath on your front door, but the real impact comes from grouping several of them together.

Doesn’t that make you want to bust out the paper cutter? These abundant paper flowers would also make great decorations for an early fall wedding or even adorning the walls of a dorm room. The possibilities are endless!

Giant Paper Dahlias

Do you love paper crafts? What’s your favorite thing to make?

How to Make Your Own Giant Paper Dahlias

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As an experienced traveler, I never tire of the map and globe decor trend. Every time I go to an antique store, I scour through the bin of old maps to see if I can find any that have some significance to me or anyone I know. For me, maps offer up memories that found artwork just can’t. I look at South America and instantly think of my Chilean backpacking trip to Santiago, the Andes Mountains and Valparaiso last year. South Carolina reminds me of my time at College of Charleston and my first year away from home. Give me a world map and I’ll drift into a land of nostalgia.

Mood Board Monday: MapsTop, L to R: Kara’s Party Ideas, HGTV.com | Middle, L to R: Wendy’s Lookbook, The Hunted Interior | Bottom, L to R: HGTV.com, from HGTV MagazineLingered Upon

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