Inspiration Week: 10 Blogs to Follow

I’m taking it easy with blogging this week as I have family in town visiting!  I’ll be working on lots of projects, and instagramming still, if you want to follow along with me there.

In the meantime, I wanted to leave you with some of my favorite blogs at the moment…a little inspiration while I’m away.

First up, the lovely Erin from Francois et Moi writes the loveliest blog and shares the coolest, simple DIY projects.  Her photography and aesthetic are light and simple and I am always inspired by what she does.  Head over to check her out.

Fringed Boho Lumbar Pillow DIY Made from a Table Runner | Francois et Moi

Next is the talented Kate from Kate’s Creative Space.  She shares the most whimsical projects, many geared toward children. And, she shares life as she renovates her older home.  I am constantly inspired by her out-of-the-box thinking and I think you will be too!

An understated family bathroom

Jeran from Oleander and Palm is one of those people I’ve been following for years because she is consistently inspiring.  I love her California aesthetic and she is really on fire right now…she just moved into her own studio and is crafting projects with so much energy that are inspiring and totally do-able.

Heather, from The Decor Fix, is like the sage of interior design.  She shares real-life decorating advice, including a recent fantastic article on getting inspired by NOT decorating your house, and just did a few articles on overcoming Pinterest Paralysis…if you’ve ever felt stunted in your own decorating after trying to find inspiration on Pinterest, this article is for you!

When NOT to Decorate Your Home

Cassie, from Primitive and Proper, is a new blog discovery.  She runs a vintage furniture shop and shares fun finds, furniture rehabs and lovely pictures of her own home. Always an inspiring place to stop!

Living Room Spring Tour

If you like a little Scandinavian design in your mix, check out Anu from Nalle’s House. clean, but bright, aesthetic always inspires me. And, she shares great DIY projects and pictures of her home renovations. Love her!

Sugar and Cloth is another new-to-me blog. And, I am totally addicted.  Ashley, the genius behind this blog, has been sharing the coolest plant stand DIY’s lately…just in time for outdoor living this spring.

DIY acadia wood plant stand | sugar & cloth

 

Chris & Julia, the husband and wife duo behind, Chris Loves Julia, are constantly tackling the coolest projects in their home with the most sophisticated results.  They share their projects in real time… which makes them feel even more inspiring and attainable.  Plus, they are just such likeable people that you will want to check in with them daily!

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Next up, Katie from Katie Gavigan Interiors.  I love this girl!  We share a similar aesthetic so I am always heading to her blog to see what she’s up to.  Currently she is re-doing her patio for summer and I can’t wait to see the results!

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The eclectic style of the girls behind Red House West is always inspiring.  They share their design process along the way as they tackle projects in both of their homes.  I love stopping in to see snippets of their electically-styled homes.

Red House West || Concealing Household Eyesores

And, last but not least, Cate & Chelsea’s blog StyleMutt is another new find.  I love discovering bloggers that live near me and this duo is based out of the Washington DC area, just like me!  These girls are constantly sharing furniture re-dos and other DIY projects and if you love vintage style this is the blog for you!

How To: Create a Living Wreath

A few weeks ago I got an email from the ladies behind Patience Brewster challenging me to create a wreath that could be used and enjoyed year-round.    Since my front door was a blank slate (I threw out my poor dying boxwood wreath a few weeks ago) I thought it would be fun to come up with something new.  I prefer wreaths that are made out of living materials or things that used to be alive, rather than faux plants, and I’ve always wanted to make a living wreath, so that’s what I decided to do!

I spent lots of time looking for wreath ideas, but couldn’t come up with a good solution to use as the base of the wreath, until I stumbled on this wreath from  Amazon.

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It’s originally used to hold peanuts for animals, but, I thought it would be the perfect thing to hold plants.  The steps I used to create the wreath are below, but here are a few additional tips:

1.  Don’t fill every space with plants…leave empty space for them to grow and spread.  I interspersed some ivy around the wreath hoping it winds itself around the plants and fills in the gaps.  I can’t wait to see it in a few months when everything is (fingers-crossed) thriving and happy.

2.  I hung the wreath up to take photos, but took it back down to let it lie flat for a few weeks so the roots can take hold.  Even though I wired everything in place it still felt a little wobbly, so I am going to give it some time.

3.  I was planning this for my front door, but I’m not sure it can take the daily abuse from constantly being slammed shut (kids!).  So I’m going to actually hang it somewhere more out-of-the-way in my backyard garden.

4.  Choose plants that will work in the same type of lighting.  If you have a sunny spot to hang the wreath try succulents or small annual flowers. If your spot it shady like mine stick with ferns and other low-light loving plants…I bought most of my plants from the houseplant section of Home Depot.

How to: Create a Living Wreath | www.theanatomyofdesign.com

While this particular plant arrangement won’t last all year I can see wreath based filled with pine cones in the fall and wrapped in lights for holiday season. We’ll see how inspiration strikes!

Have a fantastic weekend!

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Interview with Rosa Beltran

I’m super excited to share an interview today with Rosa Beltran, the designer behind this week’s Room of the Week.  She has created the loveliest room and has the best advice to match.  I hope you enjoy learning from this design expert (if you haven’t checked out her blog yet, go now!).  Interview with a Designer: Rosa Beltra | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI’ll be back tomorrow with a fun DIY project I’m excited to share…see you soon!

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Create The Perfect Windowseat

I just love that little bench turned window seat in the Room of the Week.  It’s the perfect little piece to bring in extra storage and seating and take advantage of the gorgeous natural light  and outdoor views close by.

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A built-in window seat is a fun addition to any living room, but might not be in the budget for yours.  Or, if you’re like me, and like to change things up often, perhaps you might consider using a bench or media cabinet or storage piece as a makeshift window seat.

Just a few things to consider when choosing a bench to use as a window seat:

  • Make sure it’s at least 18 inches deep, so you have enough room to really sit down.
  • Use one that’s around 24″ high (give or take a few inches), so it’s not to tall or short to sit comfortably.
  • Consider adding a custom cushion to make it extra comfortable.
  • Add throw pillows to tie the piece into the room, and provide comfort for reclining.
  • Consider painting the unit the same color as your walls to give it a built-in feel.

Here are 5 fun ideas to inspire you!Create The Perfect Windowseat | www.theanatomyofdesign.comSOURCES: ONE: Bench & Pillows from CB2 | TWO: Pillows and Bench from West Elm  | THREE: Pillows and Bench from Ikea | FOUR: Bench and Pillows from CB2   | FIVE: bench and pillows from Wayfair

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28 Oval Coffee Tables

One of my favorite things about the Room of the Week is the gorgeous oval-shaped ottoman in the center of the room.   It’s elongated shape allows easy access from every seat and its soft edges make it family-friendly.  And, it makes it easier to create a nice intimate grouping in a room.http://www.rosabeltrandesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/RosaBeltranDesign_Costal1.pngIf you like this look here are 28 oval coffee table options to suit any style!28 Oval Coffee Tables To Suit Any Style | www.theanatomyofdesign.comSOURCES: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28

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