Posts Tagged ‘home decor’

Thursday’s Theme: Paper and Prints

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

We’re making this week’s Thursday’s Theme short and simple, but we hope you find it at least a little bit sweet, too. The next two weeks will be heart and Valentine’s Day themed, so feel free to stay away from the red and pink color palettes with these ideas, or devote this week to love and romance as well. Today’s decor tips are perfect for renters or anyone who frequently changes the themes or styles of the rooms in their home, but these tips also work great as permanent fixtures to create a welcoming and personable atmosphere.

Flower Wall Decals (created with Photoshop)Wall Decals
While you can purchase pre-made wall decals, designing your own creates a little more of a personal touch to a room, and it’s a lot of fun! You can create an image (or images) using Photoshop or Microsoft Word, print and cut it out and simply use adhesive, like tape, to secure it to a wall. Or, use a scrap-booking stencil or freehand an image if you don’t have those programs or a printer. If you are looking for a more permanent piece of wall decor, find some wallpaper you like and trace or draw out an image on that, and use wallpaper paste to secure it. 

Picture Frames and CollagesPaper Photo Decor (in a glass frame)
If you prefer the look of a contained image on your wall, simply put an image in a picture frame. Mix and match multiple frames, or prints, to create a collage on a bare wall, or display a single image and frame on a coffee table. The frame should be part of the art; this decorating strategy gives you the opportunity to find (and possibly splurge on) some really unique frames, since your image may be inexpensive and simple.

Have you tried these decor tricks yourself? Let us know how you have organized a collage on a wall or have used paper and patterns to liven up a room. 

Thursday’s Theme: Office and Study Space Decor

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

This week’s Thursday’s Theme is dedicated to minimalist decor. More specifically, decorating in a small study within your home or in your office at work. These places may not be high on your decorating priority list, but it does not take much to add comfort and personality to these spaces.

Tissue BoxTissuesBulletin Board
Yes, tissues. A tissue box is easy to find at a drug store or supermarket, and are almost always available in colorful, decorative varieties. Choose one based on the season, your favorite color, or your favorite print and voila! An instant decoration that is also functional.

Bulletin Board
You may have one already, but a bulletin board in your office space can be more than just a place for posting notices and to-do lists; use it for design purposes and expression! Do you have a quirky e-card or quote you love reading? Print it out in color and hang it up to give yourself inspiration for your own home decor. A bulletin board works great with a dry-erase board (remember those from last week?), especially if you already use the dry-erase board for a calendar and scheduling; use the bulletin board for posting your creative and design idea to-do’s.

Oceania Mini LampDesk LampCoasters
This one is a little more obvious. But, instead of opting for a standard, plain desk lamp, invest in one that you’ll actually like looking at on your desk, and one that will perhaps invite conversation from guests or coworkers. 

Homemade Coasters
This takes a little more time to create, but DIY coasters are perfect functional and decorative pieces for a desk or table in your office (and they make great gifts for office parties). All it takes are a few store bought items, some of your favorite photos, and a great tutorial like this one to create an ornament that will keep your office surfaces clean!

How do you decorate your office, either at home or at work? We’d love to hear and share your ideas for personal, inspirational, and functional decor.

Primitive Pine

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
Primitive Entryway Chair

Primitive Entryway Chair (in Red)

At the beginning of the month we talked a little bit about choosing the right seating for your taste and home decor. To dive into more specific seating, today we are spotlighting a few of our beloved benches, all from the Rustic Country Collection. Benches are a great way to fill up hallway space or empty corners of a room, especially since you can use them to display photographs, pillows, plants, and much more. Plus, they work well for sitting down in entryways or mudrooms while you take off or put on your shoes.

All of our benches in the Rustic Country Collection are handcrafted in the United States using traditional woodworking methods and wood sourced from Sustainable Forestry Initiative mills. Each bench features a distressed finish, so each piece looks unique while complementing any home decor. The eight available colors also give you the opportunity to coordinate with other furniture pieces, or mix and match with the other furniture in this collection. You are sure to find a bench you will love, so take a look below (and did we mention they are all on sale?!).

Knotty Pine Shelf Bench

Knotty Pine Shelf Bench (in Black)

Primitive Entryway Chair
This chair-styled bench is perfect for filling smaller areas or corners of your home. The high back and low seat mimic colonial furniture, so this chair is sure to fit into your primitive themed home; whether you want to use it as a chair or for displaying seasonal ornaments.
Color Suggestions: Try our Primitive Entryway Chair in mustard to add a pop of color to any room. This chair is small enough that the mustard color will not overwhelm onlookers, yet it is noticeable enough for the color to be admired.

Knotty Pine Shelf Bench
This bench has an unfinished and rustic appearance, which is great for creating a traditional-modern look in any room of your home. Shoes, slippers, and even books can be stored on the bottom shelf, beneath the seating surface which can double as a display surface for small figurines or pillows.
Color Suggestion: The classic black looks great on this classic bench, and completes the traditional-contemporary feel of the pine.

Knotty Pine Bench

Knotty Pine Bench (in Sage)

Knotty Pine Bench
Our Knotty Pine Bench is a perfect addition to any cottage decor or for completing your traditional-modern look. This simple bench has a unique fold-over top, and has an excellent amount of space for seating in a mudroom or near an entryway closet.
Color Suggestion: Sage looks great on this bench – the simplistic style is nicely dressed up with a classic, country color like this and easily complements any home decor.

Farmhouse Pine Bench

Farmhouse Pine Bench (in Black)

Farmhouse Pine Bench
Our Farmhouse Pine Bench comes from Wisconsin, and perfectly exemplifies functional, farmhouse-style furniture that is beautiful in any home. Use in a hallway to display photographs and books; in an entryway for sitting down and removing shoes; or use in a pantry for storing dog treats or jars. The backing offers added security to whatever you decide to put on the shelves – ensuring that those items don’t fall if pushed too far backwards.

Boot & Storage Bench

Boot & Storage Bench (in Red)

Color Suggestion: Try this bench in cream to make the distressed finish stand out, and to really complete that traditional farmhouse look.

Boot & Storage Bench
A larger version of our Primitive Entryway Chair, our Boot & Storage Bench features a lid that lifts up to expose a storage compartment perfect for keeping hats, mittens, or small blankets out of sight but within easy reach. There is even enough room to use this bench for displaying pillows or figurines while still offering enough room for you to sit down and take off your shoes.
Color Suggestions: Red is one of the most versatile design colors, so choosing it for the boot and storage bench will give you maximum design opportunities in your kitchen, bedroom, hallway, or any other room in your home.

What other furniture pieces do you like decorating with? Let us know! And tell us if there is a product you are interested in seeing on next week’s Wednesday Spotlight.