If you’ve been following along with Tuesday Huesday from the beginning, you’ve likely seen some trends emerge in my color pairings. You may have noticed I love bright colors, and also that I’m slightly obsessed with oh-so-soothing Caribbean blue. So it’s no wonder that I’m considering this bright blue color palette for my kitchen:
Modern Kitchen :: Apricot Panna Cotta
It’s a slightly more muted version of this beach-inspired color palette I featured back in February. I love how a small orange accent provides a bright focal point in both the modern kitchen and this apricot-honey panna cotta. What do you think — should I order the tile already?
It’s hydrangea season, and it seems like everybody around you (including Grant) has gotten the hang of growing this beautiful flowering shrub. If you’re feeling overwhelmed (I know I can’t be the only one!) — don’t panic. HGTVGardens.com has come up with a little cheat sheet to help you on your way. They’ve made it easy to pick the right type of hydrangea for your climate and how to care for it.
Give it a try, and let us know how you’ve successfully grown hydrangeas this season.
It’s time for another Tuesday confession from your resident Home Survival Skills blogger: I can’t grow basil.
Many of you who have successfully grown basil (and without much effort, at that) are probably laughing at me right now. From what I hear it “grows like a weed.” If only the weeds in my yard were as “lively” as my poor basil plants, I would never have to pull another weed again.
Pictured: Not my basil plant. Get tips on recovering basil right here.
There’s probably something you’re struggling to grow. There’s also a chance that your fear of wilting plants is keeping you from gardening entirely. But don’t let any of that stop you – give those “ungrowables” another shot or start your first garden with these basic tips.
Pay attention to the labels. Though there are plenty of low-maintenance plants that don’t require more than a pot and some water to thrive, the process of creating intricate flower beds and thriving vegetable gardens is a little more delicate. There are thousands of species of plants that all have different needs, so make sure to note the specific variety of your plants to ensure proper care.
As of June 1, I’ll be going from a 1,200-square-foot, two bedroom, two bathroom premium apartment nestled in the suburbs to a 615-square-foot industrial studio in a high-rise right in the heart of downtown. And when I say industrial, I mean concrete floors, concrete walls, a visible ventilation system on the ceiling and a contemporary barn door to close off the bathroom. To say that this will be an adjustment is an understatement, but I’ve never been more excited for a change.
I’ve been calling on my design-savvy friends and even Laurie March, HGTV Remodels’ House Counselor, for advice on how to create a comfortable flow, make it party-ready (without my bed being front and center) and make an urban, industrial space feel warm and cozy.
Here’s my new apartment’s floorplan. You walk directly into a tiny entryway with the kitchen to the right and a tall, narrow closet to the left. This is the only closet in the apartment, so I think it will serve as a great storage space rather than as an actual clothes closet. (You have no idea how many clothes I have.) The floorplan has the living room listed against the back wall, but the unit I viewed had the bedroom in the back. This is how I envision setting up my space. By doing this, the kitchen and living room are together and the bedroom is offset and can easily be separated with IKEA Expedit shelves or a track curtain (if the ceiling allows). [We'll discuss room divider options in a later post.]
I have lots of ideas and lots of bookmarks building up. I need chic and stylish furnishings that are dual-purpose pieces, plus an idea for a closet. (My first thought was to make an industrial steel pipe garment rack and just display my clothes.) With so many ideas to filter through, I thought D-Happ readers would have the best advice. So, please help me sort through some of these decisions.
What layout do you think would serve best? Bed against the windows? Bed by the bathroom? Couch against the back, right wall? I’d love to get your input as I start planning out my new place.
Follow along as Kayla makes the transition into an industrial studio apartment. Follow her studio inspiration board here.
I don’t know how the weather has been in your part of the country, but here at HGTV Headquarters we had a long winter and unseasonably cool spring. The chilly temperatures have just made summer more tantalizing, and with Memorial Day only a couple of weeks away, I’m ready to kick off summer and head out on the lake. On my arm? This adorable stenciled boat bag.
Didn’t I say I was excited about freezer paper stencils? Ever since I heard about them on Alison’s blog, I’ve been hooked. They are easy to use and the results are amazingly crisp and professional. Download our free “Boat Bag” and anchor stencils, and you’re all set to make your own nautical-themed tote bag.
Are you gearing up for a fun Memorial Day weekend? Do your plans involve heading out to the pool or lake, or will you stick closer to home? I’m counting down the days until that long weekend…
Missed an episode of Weekday Crafternoon? Catch them all, and more from Marianne, right here.
You know, I’m always amazed at what folks can do with mason jars. Mason jar possibilities are endless! I’m especially loving this metallic look from Linda at It All Started With Paint.
More Mason Jar Projects:
DIY: Hanging Mason Jar Storage
Mason Jar Cocktails
Mason Jar Wall Planter
Mason Jar Lanterns
I totally dug Grant’s recent Daily Delight featuring an Alice in Wonderland-esque tea party, and its whimsy inspired me to think of other cute things you can do with an old tea set. I’ve already featured some DIY crafts you can make with vintage teacups, so this time I’ve turned my attention to vintage teapots. If you have an old, chipped teapot that would otherwise be headed for the trash heap, turn it into one of these crafts instead.
SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH VINTAGE TEAPOTS
If you’re visiting the Bay Area now through May 27th, you should place the San Francisco Decorator Showcase (at Herbst Manor in Pacific Heights) on your “I gotta see that!” list. This showcase is widely considered to be the West Coast’s premier design show house event, renowned for featuring the work of the region’s top interior and landscape designers.
EXTRA: DECORATOR SHOW HOUSE AT ATLANTA’S TUFFEAU ESTATE >>
Over the weekend, some of our bloggers had the privilege to get inside and check out this home — and, wow. Below are several of our favorite rooms.
One of my favorite ways to spend summer afternoons is sprawled on a blanket in the park nomming on seasonal fruit or homemade fares like potato salad and apple pie. It’s even better if you have a good book or company by your side. Summer is near, so pack up a basket this weekend and head outdoors. Surprise your S.O. with an alfresco meal for two, or try a picnic potluck with a group of friends.
Brinton Studios | Stephanie Ann Photography | Eat Out | Designspiration | Natalie Norton | Anthropologie | Delish | via Fleur Rebelle | Licking the Plate
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Smarty Parties has the perfect birthday (or un-birthday!) for your little Alice or Mad Hatter. This theme can also be easily adapted for a bridal or baby shower, too.
EXTRA: ENGLISH TEA PARTY SET >>
Related Items You’ll Enjoy:
Alice in Wonderland Living Room
Stacked Teacups Bookcase
Whimsical Hotel Room