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Create a Homework-Friendly Reading Nook

School is officially back in full swing, and with that comes daily homework sessions. Help your kids stay focused and caught up by setting aside a special place at home for homework. With a cozy spot like the ones below, your kid might even look forward to homework time! 5 Reading Nooks That Are Perfect For Homework Closet Turned Book Nook If you have a closet that largely goes unused, why not turn it in to a reading hidey-hole? Get step by step instructions for this DIY transformation at Thrifty Decor Chick. She retained a lot of storage space by installing wall shelves and leaving the bottom of the bench open. Another variation is to turn an entry coat closet…

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Blogs We Love: Brittany Makes

r September 13, 2013 | B Design Inspiration, Home Decor
Brittany

When roaming across the blogosphere, Brittany Makes immediately caught my attention. All it took was to read Brittany’s bio and I was sold: she’s an accountant by day and a blogger by night using Brittany Makes as her creative outlet while climbing the corporate ladder. Her goal to flex those creative muscles is a noble one and I found it very refreshing to find a blogger who leads a double life on what many would consider opposite ends of the spectrum: accounting and being artistic. Brittany’s blog is full of interior design inspiration, photos, and DIY crafts. Not only will you find an endless supply of beautiful things on her site, but her writing is hilarious. I don’t play favorites but…here’s…

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Blogs We Love: Little Pincushion Studio

r September 2, 2013 | B Design Inspiration, Design Links, Home Decor
Little Pincushion Studio

While browsing Houzz one day, I became immediately entranced after seeing the work of Annabel from Little Pincushion Studio. She teaches young girls how to sew and think with their crafty minds in this adorable studio she put together in rural Virginia. As one would expect, Annabel is an avid DIYer. Her blog consists of tons of crafty tutorials and projects. These 3 projects were especially inspiring: 1. Chair Reinvention Annabel found this vintage chair at her local Habitat for Humanity store, and after adding a little paint to it, it looks amazing! Transformations like this give me the urge to go thrift shopping, especially since the chair only cost her $10! 2. DIY Painted Clutch Inspired by “the most beautiful waxed…

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Go Mod! Part 2: Mid Century Modern Furniture

r August 29, 2013 | B Design Inspiration, Home Decor

Classic elements of Mid Century Modern home decor have crept into the contemporary design consciousness. The nostalgic shapes and styles we love are blending with of the moment trends to form a brand new hybrid look. We already told you how to find the perfect mid century modern window treatments, read on to learn how to style mid century modern furniture today. Did you miss Part 1? Mid Century Modern Window Treatments Midcentury Living Room by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Niche Interiors Here are the pieces that are essential to any mid century look today: Eames Furniture Then: These futuristic silhouettes and shapes are what made mid century homes and workplaces iconically mod. New technologies allowed furniture to be…

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Designer We Love: Bryn Alexandra

Bryn Alexandra

Although Bryn Alexandra originally started out in Advertising, it’s evident that her destiny was to become an interior designer. I recently stumbled across her blog and I was blown away by her work! I love how delicate and chic her style is, she achieves a clean and crisp look without it seeming dull or unoriginal. She’s so great that some of her room designs were featured in HGTV magazine: If this isn’t enough reason to make you fall in love with Bryn – I’ve got more evidence proving her genius. She came up with what was in my opinion, an extremely creative idea: the white box challenge. Bryn gifted three of her favorite bloggers with this lucite box from Joy…

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Crafty At Home: How to Style Your Home By Layering [Kim from Design Thoughts]

Choosing furniture and sticking to a color scheme can be somewhat intuitive when it comes to decorating.  But after that, things can get a little hairy. One of our favorite designers, Kim teaches us how to style your home with layers. Kim is an interior designer and blogger at Design Thoughts who lives in Nashville with her husband and son.  She is a DIY fiend who’s not afraid to pull out the paintbrush for an off-the-cuff accent wall or a completely unique work of art to transform a space. Find out more reasons we love Kim. How To Style Surfaces By Layering See the difference styling can make! Kim’s Top Tips for Accessorizing Your Home: 1.Create a layered look by grouping pieces…

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A Blog We Love: Desire to Inspire

Like its name would suggest, Desire to Inspire is one inspiring blog. It’s run by two women, Kim and Jo, who describe themselves as “interior design junkies” and actually met on Flickr – this age of technology we live in is pretty amazing. What makes this blog so special is the eye that these two have for design. The photos and vignettes they publish on their blog are always thought-provoking and unique. Feed your Design Cravings with these 3 Posts: Playing Favourites Jo found these gorgeous photos that were featured in an issue of Inside Out as the ‘Boerum Hill home’. This room has the perfect combination of rustic-old age style. With antique mirrors and unfinished wood details, there’s a…

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Why Manly Men Need Pinterest

Framed Retro Bike

Although Pinterest might get stereotyped for being a women’s website, you’d be surprised at how many useful ideas there are for men. We’ve rounded up pins from our 10 favorite Pinterest boards for masculine decorating, showing all the manly men out there why they should be on Pinterest. No Guy Should Miss Out on These Awesome Ideas: A couch made from recycled car parts, from the Blinds.com Pinterest Board Manly Home Picks Shelving made from pipes, from the board Masculine Decor via Joi Lipari A coffee table that doubles as a foosball table, from the board Man-ly Decor via Liz DiTomaso A retro TV converted into a bar, from the board Man Cave Decor with Class via Ann Marie @Household6diva A pool table made from a Mustang car frame, from the board Garage/Man…

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6 Steps to a Better Bookshelf

r August 14, 2013 | B Design Inspiration, DIY Projects
Spectrum Bookshelf

Any bookworm knows that nothing’s better than a well-organized bookshelf. Whether you want to make your bookcase cleaner, more accessible, or simply better looking – we’ve got 6 easy tips that will help you achieve your bookshelf dreams. Tip #1: Start with a Cleaning Empty your bookshelf and give it a good wipe-down. Filter through your collection and purge yourself of the books you don’t plan on reading. If you’re more of the lazy cleaner like myself, meet your new superhero weapon: the air duster. Keep it handy by the bookshelf so you can spray away dust and keep your shelf looking spotless! Tip #2: Makeover Your Bookcase Make your bookcase a little more colorful: revive it with a fresh…

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A Window Into the Past: San Francisco’s Painted Ladies

Painted Lady

After a recent trip to San Francisco (known in my mind as the hilly city) I got a peek at the gorgeous Painted Ladies. For those of you who are wondering what I’m talking about, the Painted Ladies are Victorian and Edwardian-style homes that have been repainted to highlight their unique architecture. Needless to say I was in love with these adorably picturesque houses. Struck with inspiration, I decided to do a little research on the best window treatments for preserving the Victorian details of these homes. Here’s the top 3 window treatments I found: Stained Glass Appliques Extremely popular during the Victorian era, nothing looks better on a Painted Lady than stained glass. Not only is it beautiful, but…

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