February 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm , by Beth Roehrig
Desire to Inspire‘s weekly Monday post Pets on Furniture makes me happy. How could it not? It combines two of my favorite things (for the record, whee! animals! and sneak peeks inside people’s homes). This design blog is worth visiting for more than just adorable animals; the rest of the time they focus on gorgeous photos of homes that are full of inspiring ideas. Desire to Inspire even has a “meet-cute” story: It’s run by two friends from opposite sides of the world—Kim, from Ottowa, Canada, and Jo, from Australia—who met and bonded on Flickr over their shared design sense. But, back to pets: Read more
February 9, 2011 at 6:00 am , by Beth Roehrig
Remodelista, another of my favorite design blogs, regularly sources their top picks for a specific home category—from dinner plates to door knobs—in their 10 Easy Pieces column. Essentially, they do the research so you don’t have to. (Thanks, guys!) I had the editors do this special roundup just for LHJ to go along with our March story, Conquer Kitchen Clutter. Be sure to check out their House Call features and other daily posts for even more inspiration.
10 Easy Pieces: Remodelista’s Favorites for Containing Clutter in the Kitchen
No matter what size your kitchen, clutter can take over. We all like to keep our key ingredients, oft-used kitchen tools, and cleaning essentials within reach. Here are some of our preferred tools for containing—and beautifying—countertop clutter. Our criteria is that they look good and function even better; they should stand the test of time in wear and in design.
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February 2, 2011 at 2:46 pm , by Beth Roehrig
There are so many great home design blogs out there—and new ones starting up every day. I personally love being able to see how real people are decorating and renovating their own homes, on a regular person’s budget. If you’re looking for some new ones to follow, check out Apartment Therapy‘s annual Homie Awards. Readers nominate their favorite blogs of the year, and then they put the top contenders up for a vote. I hadn’t heard of most of those on the list, so I’m bookmarking them for future reading! Check out the full list of nominees here and vote for your favorite (voting closes tomorrow). Are there any other home-related blogs that are must-reads? Let me know in the comments.
January 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm , by Beth Roehrig
I never had much of a green thumb to begin with, but my cute (and curious) cat has ruined my already checkered track record with houseplants. She’s a serious menace to anything growing—a pretty flowering plant, my windowsill herb garden—none of them stood a chance. After finding chewed up leaves on my living room floor one too many times, I decided it was best for both of us to pet-proof in the future. Determined to avoid covering my plants in tin foil, I dug up a few interesting—and attractive—ways to hang them.
I’m loving these air plants, also knows as tillandsias, suspended in delicate glass planters from West Elm. They need a little bit of water a few times a week and plenty of sun, but they’re pretty low-maintenance. I’m thinking of hanging a cluster of these in my kitchen window, far out of the cat’s reach. Many garden centers sell tillandsias, or you can look for them online, at sites like Rainforest Flora and airplant.com. Most cost around a few dollars each.
January 5, 2011 at 10:20 am , by Beth Roehrig
Emily, the winner of last year’s season of HGTV’s Design Star, will host a brand new show, Secrets from a Stylist, starting in March (Update: Just got word it debuts February 26th at 9 p.m.). On it she’ll give home makeovers and help demystify the design process. (Can’t wait? Until then, follow her on her blog.) I love Emily’s bohemian style, and a big part of that look involves collecting vintage and antique items. She decided to share her secrets for curating great collections.
I love a good collection of pretty things. Truly, I do. But how easily it can go terribly, terribly wrong. Like nightmare-inducingly wrong.
We collect for sentimental reasons. My first collection was thimbles that I picked up everywhere I went. I sewed, sure, but I didn’t actually use them on my fingers while I sewed. I collected them because first of all, it was a fun project, and second, a mini-documentation of places I have been. Then I started with dried flowers—all different types, like mini sculptures. Now I collect pottery, watercolors, weird portraits and vintage fabric. So I get the need, desire, and drive to collect. But to help myself and others rein it in, I’ve developed 5 simple rules to follow. I hate rules, but sometimes even I need ‘em. Here goes.
1. Don’t collect the world. What I mean is pick a few things to collect (unless you do it for a living) and make those collections amazing. Your house still needs to be functional so you can’t collect EVERYTHING. Sorry.
2. Give it focus. Once you’ve chosen your collection (or it’s chosen you) work on making it the most unique collection. With my collection of footed white pottery, I don’t buy every one I see just to add to the collection. Nope. I only buy what is rare, handmade, super old, extra beautiful, etc. I don’t buy new vases from the big box stores. In other words, it has to be something that is worthy of the collection and will enhance it. Read more
December 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm , by Beth Roehrig
I don’t know about you, but between Christmas and birthdays, I’ve been doing a whole lotta wrapping lately. Right now I have a drawer stuffed full of tissue paper and spools of ribbon, and loose rolls of paper that are smushed into my closet. While I would LOVE to have an entire room devoted to crafting and wrapping a la Martha Stewart (she’s even introducing a furniture line based on her own craft room next month at Home Decorators Collection), that’s just not in the cards for me.
But for those of us without that kind of space to dedicate, there are other smart ways to keep your supplies organized. Read more
December 1, 2010 at 7:00 am , by Beth Roehrig
Nicole Balch of Making it Lovely is one of my favorite bloggers for her impeccable taste and always-inspiring design boards. While many of us use the same mix of heirloom ornaments on the Christmas tree year after year, it can be really chic to stick to a particular color scheme or theme. Check out Nicole’s “dream” tree below, and tell us about your tree decorating plans in the comments.
Nicole from Making it Lovely here. My blog follows my home decorating projects, and normally I like to go all out with my Christmas tree decorations. This year though, I have a very curious one and a half year old, so my tree trimmings will have to be of the unbreakable variety.
I started daydreaming about a green and gold bedecked tree, so I put together a design board for it. It may not be feasible for me right now, but hopefully some elements can make their way into your homes instead!