Laundry Closet Makeover

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Well, it only took 2 1/2 years for me to redo what is the most disgusting room in our house. The rest of the house is virtually finished and this room just stared at me daily with a “WHAT. DON’T EVEN COME NEAR ME,” kind of aggression. It needed a major overhaul, and fast.

 

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I knew what was going to happen – I was going to wait to fix it ’til we needed to sell the house, and then I would regret every single second that this monster stared at me up until that point. So I got on it.

 

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We fixed the doors (we tried two different accordion doors and they didn’t work for really boring reasons). Long story is that the frames aren’t square and the size isn’t standard, plus we ordered the doors before we ordered the washer/dryer, so I didn’t know that there wouldn’t be enough clearance on both sides to open the washer or dryer doors.  So we put on two standard doors and it looks a lot cleaner than the accordion, anyway.

 

Next, we wallpapered in the back with the most wonderful water inspired paper ever – Cole and Sons Frontier Wallpaper and now when you open it, along with the clean washer/dryer, it looks so happy and fun. But it needed some more storage and some styling love.

 

So without further ado, here is my new, beautiful, tiny but wonderful laundry closet.

 

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I’m no longer apologizing. No longer embarrassed. No longer using 27 year old mismatching washer and dryer. I’m now proud and happy. I may even leave the doors open all day every day to show it off.

 

So let’s talk about the appliances. I partnered with LG on my closet and I couldn’t be happier with them. I love how they look and how they function. I’m officially a front-loader fan. Both washer and dryer are super easy to use, but have a lot of options when it comes to cycles, heat, speed, level of dirt, etc. They are so quiet and super fast. Our cleaning lady is obsessed with them too, which says a lot because she knows her way around a washer and dryer.

 

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My new favorite thing in the world (appliance-wise) is the LG Sidekick – that additional mini washer underneath the main washer that doesn’t take up any additional room because it is directly under the washer. See below. Here’s how it works: you place normal laundry and larger loads into the front loader, but then save your delicates, gym clothes, fancy yoga pants, and all your intimates in the sidekick (although it can wash whatever you want). I use it for my workout clothes since I recycle the same 2 pants and often don’t want to do a whole load just for those three things. I also do it for onesies for Elliot as I’m trying to now buy too many clothes for her that she’ll grow out of, and instead wash her sweet potato riddled clothes every day. It’s way less wasteful than doing a small load of laundry in the normal washer, as it uses less water and energy.

 

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You can add the sidekick to any LG washer purchased since 2009 – and you can do what I did which is use a pedestal drawer underneath the dryer and the sidekick under the washer. What it can do: The SideKick™ washer offers six distinct cycles, each offering a unique combination of wash motions, water temperatures, rinse cycles and spin speeds that are ideally suited for the different types of loads.

 

The SideKick™and the LG front-load washer can operate simultaneously or independently, so the user can wash one load in hot and one load in cold water at the same time. It’s wonderful.

 

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We had to add some storage and organization, obviously because this laundry closet is small. So we put up those shelves and allowed room for laundry baskets on top. Genius. The shelves housed all the detergents and other cleaning supplies as well as the iron, dirt buster and anything that we needed to grab quickly.

 

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We utlized both doors by hanging organizers on the interiors. On one side was a fold out clothes hanging line and the other was our mop and broom.

 

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The drawer underneath the dryer held all of our cleaning rags and some other laundry supplies – dryer sheets, oxy clean, spot cleaner, etc. I’ve never felt so pulled together in my life.

 

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On top we added a pre-cut ikea table top that fit pretty perfectly so we didn’t have to do anything custom.

 

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We put a tray, jar and dish as catchalls for all the stuff that is inside your jeans – coins, business cards, reciepts, lipstick, etc. Last we added a tiny garbage for lint and other disgusting trash that I find in my jeans constantly, like pistachio shells (WHY WOULD I PUT THOSE IN MY POCKET???), gum wrappers, and clothing tags.

 

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The best news of all is that the laundry closet (in the middle of the house) is now invisible with the doors shut, and so pretty with the doors open:

 

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Having that closet done sends a surge of saratonin through my veins just thinking about it. It’s so wonderful. It’s functional, stylish and now that it’s organized has solved a lot of my random cleaning product problems.

 

So here’s the story, starting now through July 13th , LG is running a promotion in which consumers can purchase an LG Front-Load and LG SideKick pair starting at $999. Typically the washer is $799 and the sidekick is $699 so if you act now (through July 13th) you can have both starting at $999. Pretty darn good deal for 2 washers!

 

But if you are the “getting things for free” type then you are in luck because we have a giveaway: One of you will receive a free sidekick.

 

Here’s what you need to do:

 

Enter the giveaway by commenting on this blog post with what clothing you’d love to wash in a SideKick, and by entering below:

 

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In case you were interested in seeing how I use said laundry closet, we have gone ahead and recorded it:

 

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So there you have it. My laundry closet finally revealed, and in a way that I’m proud of.

 

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Here you go if you want to get that look:

 

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1. Wallpaper | 2. Wall Shelf | 3. Double Wall Sconce | 4. LG Dryer | 5. LG Capacity Washer | 6. LG Sidekick | 7. LG Pedestal Shelf/Drawer | 8. Leather Catchall | 9. Laundry Basket | 10. Tiny Dust Pan | 11. Runner | 12. Expandable Wall Mount Organizer | 13. Broom | 14. Dust Pan | 15. Tray Set | 16. Over Door Ironing Board

 

A big thanks to LG and all of our sponsors who allow us to bring you original content every day.

 

***You can find the Terms and Conditions for the LG SideKick Giveaway here

 

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An Oak for Renewal

As I type these words, I’m a couple of hours away from my annual physical that happens every three or four years without fail. I made it to sixty a couple of weeks ago, and surprisingly, still feel pretty good. And just as surprisingly, I’m also feeling pretty good about things, in general.

 
 

I know, I know, things are pretty bad out there right now. People ask me all the time about the economy, and I have to find the silver lining on the truth by saying that well, the companies that made it through the last ten or twenty years, are still hanging on, and although their business isn’t as great as it could be, or should be, at this time of year, at least there is some business to be done.

 
 

But best of all, I find encouragement in the attitudes of the survivors. Let’s face it, it’s been a long last decade or so, unless you’re in the position of finding a high level of joy in increased numbers of jobs in poverty-stricken countries. (Which is, in fact, a good thing.) But it’s hard to rejoice in the betterment of others on distant shores when companies and their employees are shutting down all around you. And it’s just not manufacturing…check out this list of retailers that shut down just in 2015. I don’t think it’s been this hard to find a job in the United States since the 1930’s.

 
 

Even so, the folks I work with every day have adjusted to the “new normal” and are making the best of it, and in the process, retaining and renewing a sense of hope.

 
 

Speaking of hope, I send out best wishes to our cousins in the UK who are beginning a whole new journey. I know a lot of our Go Wood readers are from the British Isles, and for all of you, whether you desired the Brexit from the EU or not, please know that we’re excited for what you are going to make of your great country.

 
 

And as sometimes happens, I ran across a passage in my reading last night that fits perfectly with the spirit of the times, at least for those looking for renewal. Once again, it’s a passage from our old friend Leo Tolstoy in his greatest of all novels, War and Peace.

 

At the edge of the wood stood an oak. Probably ten times the age of the birches that formed the forest, it was ten times as thick and twice as great as a man could embrace, and evidently long ago some of its branches had been broken off and its bark scarred. With its huge ungainly limbs sprawling unsymmetrically, and its gnarled hands and fingers, it stood an aged, stern, and scornful monster among the smiling birch trees. Only the dead-looking evergreen firs dotted about in the forest, and this oak, refused to yield to the charm of spring or notice either the spring or the sunshine.

“Spring, love, happiness!” this oak seemed to say. “Are you not weary of that stupid, meaningless, constantly repeated fraud? Always the same and always a fraud. There is no spring, no sun, no happiness! Look at those cramped dead firs, ever the same, and at me too, sticking out my broken and barked fingers just where they have grown, whether from my back or my sides: as they have grown so I stand, and I do not believe in your hopes and your lies.”

As he passed through the forest Prince Andrew turned several times to look at that oak, as if expecting something from it. Under the oak, too, were flowers and grass, but it stood among them scowling, rigid, misshapen, and grim as ever.

“Yes, the oak is right, a thousand times right,” thought Prince Andrew. “Let others – the young – yield afresh to that fraud, but we know life, our life is finished!”

A whole sequence of new thoughts, hopeless but mournfully pleasant, rose in his soul in connection with that tree. During his journey he, as it were, considered his life afresh and arrived at his old conclusion, restful in its hopelessness: that it was not for him to begin anything anew – but that he must live out his life, content to do no harm, and not disturbing himself or desiring anything.

So he concluded. But six weeks later, after spending time in the country around fresh young faces with dreams and hopes for the future, he passed the old oak again on the way home.

 

It was already the beginning of June when on his return journey he drove into the birch forest where the gnarled old oak had made so strange and memorable an impression on him. In the forest the harness bells sounded yet more muffled than they had done six weeks before, for now all was thick, shady, and dense, and the young firs dotted about in the forest did not jar on the general beauty but, lending themselves to the mood around, were delicately green with fluffy young shoots.

The whole day had been hot. Somewhere a storm was gathering, but only a small cloud had scattered some raindrops lightly, sprinkling in the road and the sappy leaves. The left side of the forest was dark in the shade, the right side glittered in the sunlight, wet and shiny and scarcely swayed by the breeze. Everything was in blossom, the nightingales trilled, and their voices reverberated now near, now far away.

“Yes, here in this forest was that oak with which I agreed,” thought Prince Andrew. “But where is it?” he again wondered, gazing at the left side of the road, and without recognizing it he looked with admiration at the very oak he sought. The old oak, quite transfigured, spreading out a canopy of sappy dark-green foliage, stood rapt and slightly trembling in the rays of the evening sun. Neither gnarled fingers nor old scars nor old doubts and sorrows were any of them in evidence now. Through the hard century-old bark, even where there were no twigs, leaves had sprouted such as one could hardly believe the old veteran could have produced.

 

“Yes, it is the same oak,” thought Prince Andrew, and all at once he was seized by an unreasoning springtime feeling of joy and renewal. All the best moments of his life suddenly rose to his memory. Austerlitz with the lofty heavens, his wife’s dead reproachful face, Pierre at the ferry, that girl thrilled by the beauty of the night, and that night itself and the moon, and…all this rushed suddenly to his mind.

“No, life is not over at thirty-one!” Prince Andrew finally decided finally and decisively. “It is not enough for me to know what I have in me – every one must know it: Pierre, and that young girl who wanted to fly away into the sky, everyone must know me, so that my life may not be lived for myself alone while others live so apart from it, but so that it may be reflected in them all, and they and I may live in harmony!” 

Well, good for Prince Andrew, good for the greatness of Great Britain, and good for you if you can sense the opportunity in the air. Life is sweet, and short, so enjoy it and share it while you can.

 
 
 

Swing Arm Sconce Roundup

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Swing arm sconces are having a major moment right now and for a very good reason. They are functional, beautiful, and can be worked into every single type of room or decor. I’ve been desperate for a few of them myself, thus the impetus of this post. Think of them as the “lighting swag” of the design world. Just as too much swagger in your walk is a bad thing, you wouldn’t ever put a swing arm sconce on every wall or in every corner of your house. But when they are used correctly, in moderation, and in just the right place, they add just the right amount of swagger light to your space.

 

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Brady used one of our favorites from Rejuvenation in his Living Room refresh (above) and we have a pair of swing arms from Schoolhouse in our office over our whiteboard/to-do list which help for those very late night design/blog meetings. I am even currently picking out some new ones for my master bedroom to go on either side of our new bed, and have had some major anxiety picking out the right ones.

 

So, to help you (AND ME) on our quest to find just the right ones for every room in your house, we have roundup the ultimate collection of 95 swing arm sconces at every price point and in every style. Now get out there and add some swing arm swag into your life. You know you need it.

 

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1. Simon Wall Sconce | 2. Wyatt Swing | 3. Morgan Sconce | 4.  Anchored Orb | 5. Anglepoise | 6. Mid-Century Wooden | 7. Paulo | 8. Industrial Wall Lamp | 9. Slim-Line | 10. Mantis | 11. Regina-Andrew Arc | 12. Halfway | 13. Counterpoise Swing Arm| 14. RANARP | 15. French Library | 16. Stanley | 17. Swing Lamp | 18. Shaded Otis Light | 19. Koncept Gen 3 Z-Bar | 20. Cliff Wall | 21. Larabee Double Swing Arm | 22. 265 Wall Lamp | 23. Swing Arm Nickel Sconce | 24. I-Cono | 25. Architect’s Swing Arm | 26. Noho Double Yoke Torchiere | 27. RL ’67 Boom Arm | 28. Waldorf Wall | 29. Jones Single Sconce | 30. Nelson Ball Wall Sconce | 31. Boston Functional Library | 32. Kragero Swing Arm | 33. Stilnovo Koge | 34. Library Swing Arm | 35. Anchored Orb 2 Arm | 36. Bend Classic | 37. Brompton Extension | 38. Ford Mills Double | 39. Bruno | 40. Black Simple Iron | 41. Havana | 42. Enzo | 43. George Kovas Chrome | 44. Brass Wallace | 45. Prouve Potence Lamp | 46. Chic Mini Black Arc | 47. 1950’s Factory Scissor Sconce | 48. Antique Brass White Cylinder | 49. Tolomeo Classic | 50. Metal Hood Sconce | 51. Iris Dome | 52. 20th C. Torpedo | 53. Pelle Sconce Long Gooseneck | 54. Glendale | 55. Lampe Gras Model 214 | 56. Sonneman Orbiter | 57. Elise Adjustable | 58. Isaac Long Arm | 59. Plug In Zig Zag | 60. Mantis BS2 | 61. Osso Swing Arm | 62. St. Germain | 63. Bistro | 64. 1940s Architect’s Boom Sconce | 65. Envoy | 66. 3-Way | 67. Cypress Double | 68. 1900s Pharmacy | 69. Lynwood | 70. Cylinder | 71. Mid-Century Overarching | 72. Circa 1900 Train Station | 73. Albert | 74. Flynn | 75. Métier | 76. Frankfurt Articulating | 77. Jones Double Sconce | 78. Lite Source | 79. “Potence” Style Otis Light | 80. Warren Pulley | 81. Pelle Sconce – Asymmetrical | 82. Tolomeo Mega | 83. Copper Bronze Dixon | 84. Cigar Wall Sconce | 85. Crosby | 86. Cypress Articulating | 87. Hyde Park | 88. Brass Nook Pivoting Wall Sconce | 89. Mason | 90. Brushed Steel Dale Swing Arm | 91. Waldorf Wall Small | 92. Wonton | 93. Mid-Century Task | 94. Crown Point | 95. Charlton

 

***A big thanks to one of our new market researchers, Rayan from The Design Confidential for helping us pull this roundup together, art directed by yours truly, of course. 

 

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Snapshots from a Tour of Homes and Gardens around the World

 
If you follow my Instagram feed — LINK, you’ll know that I’ve been living out of a carry-on suitcase for a while, travelling around the world to photograph gardens, houses, and cities for several new books. I’m now home for a few weeks, and I have to say, after 11 countries and endless airports, being home has never made me so happy!  For those who aren’t on Instagram, here are some of the beautiful places and spaces I’ve been privileged to have visited. Many of them are open to the public (some every day; others only on a few days each month or year), and so if they pique your interest do bookmark their links. That’s the best thing about social media: discovering all these fantastic destinations. 
 
I’m back on the road in late July, so feel free to follow on Instagram. There’ll be more gardens, more flowers, more houses, a little glamour, a lot of glorious places, and some hidden gems too. Wishing you a wonderful week, wherever you may be. 
 
 
 
 
ITALY (LAKE COMO)
Confession: In between all the books and work, I’ve been trying to design a line of luggage. (!) I long for an elegant carry-on bag that demarcates toiletries from precious camera lens and also clothes (after I lost a favourite Armani jacket to a spill). Part of the R&D has been in Milan, where beautiful textiles and elegant bags are a way of life. These pix are from a research trip to Como, squeezed in between photo shoots in Milan, although the highlight of the day was not the textiles but a fleeting visit to the famous Villa del Balbianello. I wanted to do a formal shoot of this garden for a future book, but the rain was relentless, so it turned into a tourist visit — which is often the best way to see a place. In fact, rain makes you put down the camera and really see the landscape with your eyes.  
 
Unlike most of the other villas on Lake Como, Balbianello is set on a promontory, so its garden has been created from curving paths and magnificent views, rather than long, formal, Italian-style allées. There are no straight lines here; everything is a swirl of curves. The best way to reach is by ferry to the pretty village of Lenno, then a walk along the waterfront and through the villa’s private parkland (rear gate open Tues/Sat/Sun only). Alternatively, the water taxi, although pricey, offers magnificent views of the villa from the lake.  It’s one of the most famous villas in the world (and has been in countless films), and remains one of my all-time favourite gardens. Even in the rain.  www.villabalbianello.com
 
 
 
WHERE TO STAY: www.relaisvillavittoria.com, a romantic hotel at Laglio, right on Lake Como. Or its neighboring estate www.villareginateodolinda.com — just as beautiful.
 
WHAT TO READ: The just-published Gardens of the Italian Lakes (May 2016).
 
 
 
 
ITALY (PORTOFINO)
I’ve always wanted to visit Portofino after seeing the film ‘Enchanted April’. So we squeezed a weekend here for a romantic escape and this was the view (middle pic) that we opened our window to at 6AM, as the sun rose over the Italian Riviera.  Even though a posh wedding had pulled into town (the father of the bride had paid for an airline for the guests), the gentle port was still idyllic, especially on Sunday when the 200 wedding guests all wore white for the after-party in the village square! 
 
Leaving the partygoers, we hiked along the coast to the glorious monastery garden at Cervara Abbey (bottom right), which is open once a month, and then later walked the trails and terraces behind the castle to peek into the villagers’ veggie gardens. I don’t know which was more beautiful: the abbey’s parterre, or the tiny potagers planted up the mountain? If you’ve avoided Portofino so far, do see it. The romance clearly worked because it’s now my favourite place in the world.
 
WHERE TO STAY: The Hotel Piccolo is reasonably priced, and has its own cove for swimming. Try to time your visit for when Cervara Abbey is open ( www.cervara.it/en ); the garden (bottom right) is rated one of the best in Italy.
 
 
 
PARIS

A night’s stopover in Paris was just enough to race around and see the latest places. My favourite was Tory Burch’s new and much-talked-about flagship boutique on the Rue Saint-Honoré. It’s designed with a coolly sophisticated colour palette that cleverly references Paris’ famous architecture and sky. (Even the pale blues seem to match Paris’ famous doors.) Its designer Daniel Romualdez (who lives in Bill Blass’ former home — LINK) is adept at creating spaces that feel luxurious while still being understated, and his work has made this beautiful boutique a must-see for design fans, whether you buy anything TB or not.  412 Rue Saint Honoré, Paris.

 
 
WHERE TO STAY: The stylish new Hotel Providence, 90 Rue René Boulanger, www.hotelprovidenceparis.com Or the classically beautifully Hotel Castille, next to Chanel at 33-37 Rue Cambonwww.castille.com/en
 
 
 
PROVENCE
If you ever get the chance to see the South of France in late April, grab it, for there is nothing like Provence in spring. The light, the flowers, the fragrances, the flavours… I always feel fortunate when I come here, and the four days I spent in late April was no exception. I shot two remarkable gardens for forthcoming books: Le Louve in Bonnieux , and Pavilion de Galon in Curcuron.  The former garden was designed by Hermès’ former head of design Nicole de Vésian, and is a spectacular green and white garden designed to look like a tapestry. It’s still private but it’s open to the public, although you need to book a tour through the website – www.lalouve.eu (And if your French is rusty, like mine, just use Google Translate to convert your email before you send it; it’s courteous  to write in French.) 

 
 

La Pavilion de Galon, which is nearby, is a former hunting lodge that’s now an exquisite country garden done entirely in purples and blues created by noted French photographer Guy Hervais and his beautiful wife Bibi. You need to stay there to see it, but it’s worth it; wandering the enormous iris garden at first light is an experience I’ll never forget. The garden is best in either mid-spring, when it’s blanketed in irises and wisteria, or in summer, when all the salvias are out. The landscape in this part of Provence is truly extraordinary; gentle roads meandering through villages and around mountains, with views that make you want to stop the car at every turn. No wonder Peter Mayle has returned here to live.

 
 

WHERE TO STAY: Pavilion de Galon www.pavillondegalon.com

 
 
 
LONDON
For two brief few weeks in May and June each year, London erupts in flowers. Streets are garlanded with embroidered trims of pale pink and purple wisteria, front gardens explode with roses, and of course the huge Chelsea Flower Show pulls into town; like a giant scented circus. Some of the best places to see gardens, particularly the wisteria, are the little streets and mews lanes around Launceston Place, although Notting Hill and Chelsea are good wisteria-hunting grounds too.  
 
I have to admit I love wandering the streets of Chelsea, Pimlico and Kensington in May, where the flower-filled boutique windows are often just as good as anything you’d find at Chelsea.  Of course, the famous flower show is still a great insight into the newest horticultural trends, but it’s increasingly impossible to see (or shoot) the gardens with the crowds, and the ticket prices have skyrocketed to the point of ridiculous. A better option is to grab a map of all the entrants in either the Chelsea in Bloom or Belgravia in Bloom festivals (usually available from any store with flowers out front), and do your own free walking tour. Many streets, particularly those in Pimlico, are a veritable festival of petals. Furthermore, some boutiques offer fantastic classes.  This year, David Linley put on a willow weaving workshop (above), to match the giant willow displays that were in front of his store. You can see easily why these various fringe festivals (there are several others in London at this time beside the Bloom ones) are overtaking the Chelsea Flower Show in the popularity stakes.
 
WHERE TO STAY: My favourite London hotels are still The Pelham (Kit Kemp’s interior design without the Firmdale price), The Ampersand, and Blakes (opt for the Designer Double rooms),  which are all in South Kensington and thus close to the museums, parks, and bookstores and fabric shops of King’s Road. However, the newly renovated Flemings in Mayfair (above, with green banquettes), is a pretty and ideally located bolthole for those who want to be closer to the West End. www.flemings-mayfair.co.uk
 
 
THE COTSWOLDS
If you go to the Cotswolds a lot, you may think you’ve seen it all. But this trip I discovered several places I never knew existed. One was Chastleton House. Scene of the BBC series Wolf Hall, it’s a perfectly preserved Jacobean mansion filled with extraordinary period rooms, many featuring superb tapestries and furniture. But the most fascinating thing about Chastleton is its families. Each generation became poorer and poorer until the last owner lived in just one room. But the lack of modern updates meant that poverty actually preserved the house. (There’s a wonderful article here.) Some critics feel that it’s a bit too ‘lost in time’, and that perhaps a bit of furniture polish and some flowers wouldn’t go astray. But I saw only beauty and dignity and grace: a house that has lived a thousand lives and is still looking fine for her age. Just look at this tapestry, which covered a whole wall of the bedroom. Even the long walk to the house, through a pretty field, was part of the charm. Wonderful. Just wonderful. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chastleton-house
 
WHERE TO STAY: The Wild Rabbit, a chic hideaway with a famous restaurant. www.thewildrabbit.co.uk Or The Wheatsheaf, an upmarket pub with luxurious rooms  at affordable prices. www.cotswoldswheatsheaf.com Temple Guiting is another swish place; a grand manor with a superb garden, but rates are high. (You have been warned.)
 
 
 
 
WILTSHIRE AND DORSET
If you saw last year’s film Far From The Madding Crowd, and loved the Dorset landscape in which it was filmed, then put this place on your To See List. Mapperton House (above) was the setting for Bathsheba’s farm although the best part, the garden, wasn’t featured in the film (I would have included it!), probably because Bathsheba’s farm was meant to be run down and this amazing garden may have cast doubt on that. Set in a deep valley behind the manor house, it’s a formal garden of topiaries and terraces that extends from a stunning conservatory (above) to a series of grand swimming pools (bottom left). I only had an hour here and wished I could have spent longer. It’s magnificent. Completely and utterly magnificent. Don’t miss the secret corners, including the two-story summer house. http://mapperton.com
 
WHERE TO STAY: We stayed in a tiny pub in a tinier fishing village called West Bay (where Broadchurch is filmed), but if we returned we’d try and stay at Lyme Regis, specifically Belmont House, which is one of the prettiest places in the south. LINK
 
 
NEW YORK
Manhattan is always magic in spring, and on this visit I made sure that I made time to see the New York Botanic Garden, which my friend Lee had said was a ‘must see’. Inside the gardens, the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden was not only peaking, it was the best rose season they’d ever had. But the famous conservatory was enthralling too, especially the ‘Impressionist’ garden  that had been recreated as part of the American Impressionism exhibition. A fundraising ball was held the afternoon I was there, and this was just one of the arrangements. If you’re heading to New York, jump on a train at Grand Central and head here, before the roses fade. It’s a spectacular part of Manhattan than many tourists (myself included) miss. www.nybg.org
 
WHERE TO STAY: I usually love The Roger or The Nomad, but this time I stayed in a new and very cute boutique hotel called The Gregory, near Bryant Park. Themed around books and fashion, it’s  incredibly cheap, and has lovely staff and a superb restaurant next door that’s reminiscent of a historic old New York bistro — high ceilings, huge fireplace, timber panelling, crips white tablecloths.  The suites at the front are best. A truly gorgeous little Manhattan hideaway. www.thegregoryhotelnewyork.com
 
 
 
 
NANTUCKET
A quick flight from JFK takes you to Nantucket, a dazzling island off Cape Cod that’s becoming renowned for great design. This has long been one of my favourite places in the world. This gentleman above is Gary McBournie, a gorgeous designer I’ve known for years who has a weekender on Nantucket with his lovely partner Bill. (You may have seen their house in the May issue of House Beautiful). There is a lot of new construction going on all over the island, but the influx of money means there’s also a lot of beautiful new boutiques and hotels and bistros. Here are some of my favourite new places from the weekend:
 
 
 
WHERE TO STAY: 74 Main, a sophisticated boutique hotel with glamorous rooms www.76main.com Or The Roberts Collection, a recently renovated hotel with several buildings — I stayed in The Gatehouse — www.therobertscollection.com The former has better service and better rooms, but is more difficult to book because it’s so popular. The latter is cute but perhaps be patient with the ‘casual’ attitudes. 
 
WHERE TO EAT: I loved Met on Main (photos on right) for the beautiful wallpapers and banquettes, but the cutely named ‘Cru‘, a yacht-club-style hangout at the very end of the wharf, had a great vibe, gorgeous staff uniform, and of course that inimitable view that only Nantucket can do.
 
 
Then it was back to New York, flying low over the Hamptons, and a final meeting with my book editor at Rizzoli before heading back to Australia. 
 
More gardens and homes are scheduled for July and August, so do join Instagram if you’d like to follow. And — as always — email me for any travel tips — or just to say hello! janelle.mcculloch@bigpond.com
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7 Affordable Kitchen Designs

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I want to go back in time, knowing what I know now and redesign every disgusting rental kitchen that I ever endured. Sure, there are limitations with a rental, but I’m more and more convinced that had I just invested a little bit of dough and did a lot of the labor ourselves, we could have had a really good kitchen for $1200 (as seen below) instead of living in 1990’s contractor grade depressing garbage.

 

So I enlisted and (art directed) our new contributor, Kelsey Smith, to design some unique kitchen looks, for as inexpensive as possible and she killed it. KILLED IT.

 

A few notes: all these prices include 20 pieces of hardware, 20 square feet of backsplash, and an 8′ counter. Prices do not include paint, as that’s hard to calculate but most kitchens don’t need more than two gallons which is $50, so add that into the total.

 

There is a look for everyone, now go get to it: Classic Cafe Moodboard Affordable Kitchen Roundup French Bistro Budget Friendly Emily Henderson Design

 

Counter Top | Backsplash | Wall Paint | Cabinet Paint | Pendant Light | Cabinet Pull | Sink | Faucet | Chairs | Table

 

It’s modern but classic, and with way more personality than you’d think a $1200 kitchen would bring. Clean and Classic Moodboard Affordable Kitchen Roundup marble brass blue white Budget Friendly Emily Henderson Design

 

Counter Top | Backsplash | Wall Paint | Cabinet Paint | Pendant Light | Cabinet Pull | Sink | Faucet | Bar Stools

 

It’s a slightly more feminine and glam sister – but equally as handsome and classic. Contemporary Glam Moodboard Affordable Kitchen Roundup pink black mable chrome Budget Friendly Emily Henderson Design

 

Counter Top | Backsplash | Wall Paint | Cabinet Paint | Pendant Light | Cabinet Pull | Sink | Faucet | Chairs | Table

 

We went dark and modern for this one, which isn’t for everyone and, yet, it’s still a visual crowd pleaser. Mid-Century Masculine Moodboard Affordable Kitchen Roundup Brown Black Green Natural Wood Budget Friendly Emily Henderson Design

 

Counter Top | Backsplash | Wall Paint | Cabinet Paint | Pendant Light | Cabinet Pull | Sink | Faucet | Dining Set

 

Contemporary mid-century and under $1k which is just insane. Minty Mod Moodboard Affordable Kitchen Roundup gold brass tuquoise mint Budget Friendly Emily Henderson Design

 

Counter Top | Backsplash | Wall Paint | Cabinet Paint | Bar CartChandelier | Cabinet Pull | Sink | Faucet | Chairs | Table

 

This might be my favorite as I am a sucker for anything “tulip, mint, or gold.” That tile is expensive and, yet, it’s still worth it. Modern Farmhouse Moodboard Affordable Kitchen Roundup rustic dark masculine Budget Friendly Emily Henderson Design

 

Counter Top | Backsplash | Wall Paint | Cabinet Paint | Pendant Light | Cabinet Pull | Sink | Faucet | Chairs | Table

 

I love that kitchen, but I’m more struck by how amazing those chairs are for $234 for four of them!! WHAT??? I’m buying those now for our new outdoor patio (stay tuned). Modern Zen Moodboard Affordable Kitchen Roundup boho blue bamboo Budget Friendly Emily Henderson Design

 

Counter Top | Backsplash | Wall Paint | Cabinet Paint | Pendant Light | Cabinet Pull | Sink | Faucet | Chairs | Table

 

It’s happy, friendly and modern, yet organic. I’d drink wine and lean while pretending to cook so hard in this kitchen.

 

Nail gun to your head – WHICH ONE DO YOU CHOOSE???

 

Ugh. I’m tied between “Clean and Classic,” ‘”Minty-Mod,” and “Modern Zen.” Wait and “Classic Cafe”. GAH. I think “Classic Cafe,” but it’s really close.

 

You?

 

Thanks to Kelsey Smith of Golden Vibes for working with us to round up these budget friendly kitchen ideas. I think we are on to bathrooms next …

 

Need more kitchen inspiration? Check out these babies: 13 New Kitchen Trends and My Feelings About Them, 48 Budget Friendly Kitchen Hardware Knobs & Pulls, How To Add Personality To A White Kitchen.

 

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USA DOOR HANG

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Hi! It’s Mel and Steff from Find it, Make it, Love it. We are happy as always to be guests for the Wood Connection! With July coming right up, we are getting patriotic and sharing this cute USA door hang. We’re thinking this project is one of our favorite’s so far!

 

We are excited about TWO super helpful tricks we discovered to make this project fool proof! You’ll be hanging an adorable flag painted map on your door or wall in no time!

 

Let’s get started! First step: Paint the entire USA board white. Just one coat for a white washed look. Painting the back is optional, it’s totally up to you. USA Door Hang (9)

 

Let that dry. Next, let’s paint the stripes. Painting stripes can be somewhat intimidating, making sure they are straight and spaced perfectly. We came up with a clever trick to make painting stripes easy peasy. To start, place one piece of painter’s tape across the middle. This is the only length of tape you have to eyeball. To give you an idea of where we started with the tape, we placed the first stripe over the small nub at about North Carolina.

 

Now for the tape spacing trick! Tear a small piece of the painters tape and fold it into itself, sticky sides together. Leave a small portion of one sticky side exposed so you can stick it to the board. Make two ‘spacers,’ and place them above that first stripe. Now you’ll see exactly where to place the next length of tape! Lift up the two spacers and place them above that second stripe, then place the next length of tape. This will give you perfectly spaced stripes! Repeat until the whole USA board has stripes. USA Door Hang (8) USA Door Hang (7)

 

Now that the stripes are taped off, press the tape really well especially the edges. Begin dabbing the red paint. Dabbing and brushing away from the tape edges will help create beautiful crisp lines. USA Door Hang (6)

 

Two coats of red paint is plenty. Remember, we’re distressing this to look like a weathered flag, so perfection is not necessary! Once the paint is dry, peel off the tape.USA Door Hang (5)

 

Now it’s time to trace the stars. The best way to do this is to determine how far down and across you want the stars to be. Once you have that decided, tape the paper in place, flip over the board and trace along the top and side edges. Then remove it from the board and cut along your trace. If it’s not a perfect fit around the edges, don’t worry, you can sand the paper edges to be a perfect fit once it’s glued.

 

Use wood glue to adhere the paper to the board. Put the glue on the paper, making sure to get all the edges really well.USA Door Hang (4)

 

Now the weathered flag trick! Put a small amount of stain on a foam brush and paint over the entire surface, even the paper. A little stain goes a long way here. Have a rag or paper towel close by in case it’s a little heavier in spots-just rub it off as you go if needed. USA Door Hang (2)USA Door hang (11)

 

The last step is sanding. Sand around all the edges, making sure to sand around the paper edges to get the perfect fit like we mentioned earlier. Then sand over the whole surface, except the top of the paper. Sand away as much or as little as you want to get the perfect weathered look. Remember you can always touch up any places that may need it with more paint or stain.

 

Finally, use a staple gun to attach a piece of rope to the back for hanging.

 

Do you love it? We sure do! It’s just perfect to have up from Memorial Day and all through July. Of course, it can be out year round if you’d like too!

 

We taught this project at a class at the Wood Connection this month and it was fabulous! We do classes each month at the Murray store and the American Fork store. Be sure to check back each month to see what we’ve got coming next! You can follow us both on Instagram to get a first peek at upcoming classes.

 

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@steffany_finditmakeitloveit

 

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Chew On This : Bubblegum Pink

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Hi friends, it’s Carla here about to embark on the challenge I’ve been waiting my whole life for. Today I’m going to attempt to convince you that incorporating bubblegum pink into your decor and wardrobe is not only somewhat easy to do, but actually a good idea.

 

Originally this post was going to be about rose quartz, a more muted shade of pink and one of the top ten colors for 2016. But after I collected some initial inspiration for the post and shared it with Emily, she was like, “Come on, woman. This isn’t daring and controversial enough, let’s do bubblegum pink instead.” I thought to myself “bubblegum pink isn’t really that daring, I’d totally put a bubblegum pink sofa in my– mmmm, okay, Emily’s right. Bubblegum pink is pretty daring and I totally would NOT put anything bubblegum pink in my house.”

 

If you’re already thinking hells-to-the-nizzo, fret not. You’ll find lots of toned down, more subtle variations of bubblegum pink included too (think Trident vs. Bubblicious). Alright, let’s get into it! 

 
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Per usual, I like to start these posts with a little fashion round-up of pretty ladies making the trendy color look effortless, attainable, and chic.

 

While most of us aren’t going to run out and wear a pink smock with fur pockets over a pair of jeans, the pale pink skirt paired with the bright pink handbag isn’t so scary, is it?

 
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Moving onto interiors that utilize bubblegum pink, let’s start with some subtle pops.

 

Somehow this space manages to include a ton-o-random-colors while allowing the pink pieces to really shine. I love how eclectic and lived-in the overall vibe is.

 
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You can’t go wrong with a Smeg fridge, no matter what color it is. They’re just so fun and happy. Like jelly sandals. Jellies. Remember those?

 
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This gal (or guy) managed to pull off bubblegum pink in a way that’s actually calming and serene, how about that? The key here is to choose a muted version, counter it with lots of white and include soft elements like textured blankies and fluffy flowers.

 
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If you’re a nervous pervous and aren’t exactly ready to purchase a pink appliance or paint your walls, try introducing a single (paintable) piece of furniture. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am.

 
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Here’s another option suitable for the more conservative types – pink window panels. By mixing in navy leather, a vibrant red rug and a baby deer doing a hand-stand (which is clearly a boy dear) suddenly this ultra-girly color looks gender neutral.

 
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If you’re a fan of the pink window panel idea and actually prefer the girliness it brings to a room, then feel free to play up pink furniture and accessories.

 
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Here’s a ladylike example where an already feminine sofa is mixed with a softer pink accent wall and pillows.

 
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Speaking of ladylike, here’s a quick peek into Barbie’s shower.

 
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If you’ve been memorizing the rules I throw out in these color trend posts (WHICH BETTER BE ALL OF YOU), you know by now that the number one way to counter a bright, ballsy color is with lots of white, white, WHITE. As shown in this space, the uber-bright sofa is tamed by loads of white and a couple of neutrals (plants, fan, wicker).

 
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Here’s another successful example of balancing the boldness of a pink shaggy rug (daring!) with ample white space and some muted pinks.

 
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Okay, so this example probably doesn’t qualify as bubblegum pink – UNLESS perhaps you mixed a stick of bubblegum with a stick of spearmint Extra mom gum or something. But it was too pretty not to share and I’ve just never seen anything like it. I love how the graphic circles break up the sea of pink cabinets and the tile floor adds even more interest.

 
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This space is amping it up a notch by mixing bright pink with a mustardy yellow and one of those super trendy rope coil things. Actually I have no idea what that rope coil thing is so if any of you do please clue me in.

 
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If you’re looking for the perfect backdrop to set off your collection of crystaly trinkets and such, look no further! A bubblegum pink canvas hung over your table of precious oddities is the perfect way to make someone like me wonder if you’re actually human or some sort of fairy type princess.

 
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Last but not least, here’s a good example of mixing pinks and patterns in a boho-type “hey, I just have good style and didn’t try too hard” kinda way.

 

Sooo, whaddya think? Are you into the idea of mixing bubblegum pink into your wardrobe or space? Or is it too sugary and sweet for your liking? If you’re digging this vibe, here’s a round-up of fun items to give a try.

 

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1. Garment-Dyed Pocket Tee | 2. Floral Print Pants | 3. Pink Geo Pendant | 4. Mini Bucket Bag | 5. Slider Shoes | 6. Midi Dress | 7. Flared Mini | 8. Sheepskin Rug | 9. Table Lamp | 10. Flatweave Rug | 11. Jane Austen Book Set | 12. Kitchenaid Mixer | 13. Molded Plastic Chair | 14. Plaid Sheet Set | 15. Kyra Pillow | 16. Petal Pillow | 17. Pig Bank | 18. Storage Cabinet | 19. Smeg Toaster

 

For more fashion-trends-turned-home-trends, check out Powder Blue, Buttercup Yellow, LavenderFiesta Red and Emerald & Teal.

 

*Authored by CarlaCarla Fahden is a Creative Director at a creative agency in Minneapolis with a focus on fashion art direction. Off the clock she devotes her time to writing her blog, designing wedding stationery and watching her Felicity box set. 

 

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How To Style A Playroom Shelf

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Styling a kid-friendly space in an open plan house can seem tough at first, especially when you don’t want to forfeit “style” for practicality. Although I would love for Charlie to be able to play and have toys in every room, I am not so much into the “my house looks like a daycare center” look. So a few weeks ago, while we were styling Suzanne’s Playroom, we shot this quick little video about how to style a playroom shelf, keeping it both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Let’s get into it.

 

 

Easy Peasy . . . and in only 6 steps (step 6 being my favorite):

 

1. Store unsightly toys and other necessary items in more attractive storage bins.

 

2. Bring in playful art to help ground the shelves and add atmosphere.

 

3. Displaying some of the cuter toys doubles as both storage and decor.

 

4. Maximize space by storing puzzles vertically, and stack books both horizontally and vertically to help the eye move around the shelves.

 

5. Finally, mix in some grown-up items to pull the whole thing together, and keep it from just being a toy shelf.

 

6. Open up a bottle of wine, because this playroom isn’t just for the kids anymore. Happy shelfie-ing.

 

Get The Look Kids Neutral Playroom

 

1. Gray Convertible Futon | 2. Stag Head Decor | 3. Brass and Marble Square Accent Lamp | 4. Everything but the Dalmatian Fire Engine | 5. Ahoy Matey Framed Map | 6. Dinosaur Framed String Art | 7. Octopus Throw Pillow | 8. Safavieh Weston Natural Fiber Rug | 9.Zig Zag Embroidered Pillow | 10. Whale Throw Pillow | 11. Embossed Ceramic Table Lamp | 12. Ceramic Elephant | 13. Black & White Striped Vase | 14. Lidded Canvas Milk Crate Box | 15. Striped Cotton Blanket | 16. Wood Rhino Figurine | 17. Duktig Play Kitchen | 18. Ivar Pine Cabinet | 19. Black & White Pot | 20. Wheely Lady Bug Ride On | 21. Black & White Patterned Pouf | 22. Rhino Wood Bookends | 23. Greenich Gray & White Polka Dot Rug

 

Want more Style School? Check out: How To Style A Bed | How To Pick The Right Lamp For Your Dresser 

 

***Photography by Tessa Neustadt

 

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3 Delicious Lazy Girl Appetizers

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Oh I’m sorry, did you say Lazy? Girl? Appetizers? I almost perked up from my lounging to read about how I can be part of this group. I challenged Andrea and Amanda to create some apps for us people who only like cooking in theory (or watching cooking shows) and they delivered. Next time, please deliver them into my mouth – please and thank you. This stuff looks good, so let’s get into it.

 

Peach Caprese & Prosciutto Skewers

 

If you want to make it look like you know what you’re doing in the kitchen, add skewers to just about anything. These Peach Caprese & Prosciutto Skewers sound quite fancy, but they’re incredibly easy to make and they taste amazing!

 

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Ingredients:

 

– 3-6 peaches

 
 

– 1 container of mozzarella balls

 
 

– 2 packets of prosciutto

 
 

– 1 packet of fresh basil

 
 

– 15 – 40 skewers

 
 

– Balsamic vinegar

 

 

Directions:

 

– Slice the peaches into small slivers.

 
 

– Add 1 slice of peach, 1 small roll of prosciutto, 1 basil leaf, and 1 mozzarella ball to a skewer in that order.

 
 

– Repeat depending on your number of guests.

 
 

– To create the balsamic reduction, bring 1 cup of balsamic vinegar to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and let it cook for about 12 minutes.

 
 

– Set up your skewers on a platter standing up, and gently pour the balsamic reduction in quick lines, back & forth over the platter.

 

 

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Spicy Mango & Red Pepper Salsa

 

Sounds intimidating, right? It’s actually incredibly easy. You literally just dice up four different ingredients and throw them in a bowl together. No cooking necessary!

 

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Ingredients:

 

– 2 mangos

 
 

– 1 red pepper

 
 

– 1/4 red onion

 
 

– 1/2 jalapeño

 
 

– 1 pinch of salt

 
 

– 2 tbsp olive oil (optional)

 
 

– 1-2 bags of tortilla chips

 

 

Directions:

 

– Dice the mango, red pepper, red onion, and jalapeño and combine in a bowl.

 
 

– Add a pinch of salt.

 
 

– Add 2 tbsp olive oil (optional).

 
 

– Mix together and serve with tortilla chips.

 

 

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Chicken Salad Endive Cups

 

Everybody loves chicken salad, but making it can take some time (and skill). Why go through the process of actually cooking when you can buy some yummy pre-made chicken salad from your grocery store? Liven it up by adding some sliced grapes and display them in endive cups to wow your guests. Even the word endive sounds fancy.

 

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Ingredients:

 

– 1 pint of store-bought chicken salad

 
 

– 1/2 a bag of red grapes

 
 

– 2-3 heads of endive

 

 

Directions:

 

– Slice grapes in half.

 
 

– Fold in grapes to the store-bought chicken salad in a large bowl.

 
 

– Peel off individual endive leaves and set aside.

 
 

– Scoop chicken salad mixture into each individual endive leaf and serve on a platter.

 

 

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I feel like I can do that. Hell, I don’t even have to cook the chicken (just by TJ’s “just chicken”). I can not-cook chicken any day…just watch me.

 

Thanks guys for giving me some options and making lazy look chic. Maybe that is what this series should be called – “how to make being lazy look really chic.” I’m running for president. Would you vote for that?

 

Thanks so much to Andrea and Amanda for pulling this together and expect a few more from these talented ladies.

 

Creative Direction & Photography by: Andrea Posadas

 
 

Styling & Story by: Amanda Holstein

 

 

Want more entertaining posts? Check these out: My Favorite Hostess GiftsMy Pastel Easter Brunch, Charlie’s Sip & See, A Portable Feast.

 

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One Bedroom, Three TINY Budgets

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Welcome to another budget (and budget-er … and the budgety-est) room design post – aka my new favorite child. I’m OBSESSED with how we can make a room look good for as cheap as possible. A lot of you commented on the sofas for under $1k roundup that maybe the sofas might not be that high quality, and that saving for a better, more quality version would be better, which I think we all agree on. But listen, when you are staring at your empty (or depressing) living room, you have very little extra in the bank, and you have no time to properly thrift to find the perfect non-disgusting used sofa then yes, a post that rounds up mid to low quality but highly stylish and affordable sofa options is not only valuable, but your only real solution. That sounded super defensive and I totally didn’t mean it to be. I just remember being that broke and when people said “save for quality” I was like, BUT WHAT DO I SIT ON RIGHT NOW?? Remember you can’t have fast, cheap, and good (and stylish) so these, my friends are fast, cheap, and stylish but no, I can’t guarantee they will last for 15 years, nor can I guarantee that they were manufactured in America (although did you hear about West Elm’s new commitment to fair wages and safe working conditions? KUDOS). Furthermore, vintage is the best option if you are on a budget (or really, just ever) but awesome affordable vintage isn’t widely or easily available for everyone and all these pieces are.

 

So without further ado (and no more weird defensive lectures) here is a really budget friendly, stylish bedroom that you can purchase from anywhere. BudgetBedroomUnder5k

 

Bedside Lamps | Side Table | Hardware | Bedframe | Rug | Duvet | Throw Blanket | Patterned Pillow | Yellow Pillow | Green Pillow | Framed Art | Dresser | Basket | Accent Chair

 

I know what you are thinking, $5k isn’t a budget bedroom, but it is. Shit just adds up. I liked it a lot when Mel showed it to me, and I think she thought that it couldn’t really get cheaper, but then Brady (who is scrappy, like me) got his cheap little mits on it and made it even cheaper:

 

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Bedside Lamps | Side Table | Headboard | Rug | Duvet | Throw Blanket | Patterned Pillow | Yellow Pillow | Green Pillow | Framed Art | Dresser | Basket | Accent Chair

 

I think that still looks pretty darn great for $2300 (plant not included). But we got greedy (opposite) and that wasn’t cheap enough for us, so we pushed to get it down another one thousand dollars. I feel like I could be a game show host right now I’m so excited. It’s the same look, but a REALLY inexpensive version of it. In the PR world I’m taught to never say the word cheap. I say “affordable” and “inexpensive” but nary does the word “cheap” escape my spokesperson lips. However, sometimes it just fits. For instance – me every weekend: “lets go grab some cheap tacos,” or Brian: “let’s pickup some cheap beer.” It doesn’t mean bad, it just means easy, inexpensive, and stress-free.

 

Like this room:

 

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Bedside Lamps | Side Table | Headboard | Rug | Duvet | Throw Blanket | Patterned Pillow | Yellow Pillow | Green Pillow | Framed Art | DresserBasket | Accent Chair

 

That’s pretty darn cheap, folks. Mel and Brady, you are making me really proud. I think next I’ll assign “Modern Farmhouse Living Room” and see how low can we go. I secretly want it to be an all-office challenge but ever since Design Star, I refuse to make anyone compete against anyone else design-wise ever.

 

But go real cheap and I’ll secretly name you the winner.

 

So, which is your favorite? And I’m curious if you guys are more into cheap and fun/fast or high quality and timeless? I, myself, am a little bit of both …

 

Need more bedroom inspiration? Check these out: 15 Bedrooms I’ve Designed Over The Years, 32 Beds That I Almost Bought For My Bedroom, The Master Bedroom – Where We Are Now.

 

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