5 Nov

The Luxury of Less

Hello again, KC here from Thrifty Solutions for an Urban Gal.  I have a confession.  I am a pack-rat.  Not quite a hoarder, but I often find sentimental value in the silliest things and can’t throw anything out.  Here are a few design principles that I always have to remind myself of in order to practice the luxury of less.

1.  Edit your space- Keep what you love and get rid of the rest.  It may be painful, but your home will seem less cluttered.

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2. Organization is key- Make sure all items in your home either have a purpose, or a distinct “home” within your space.

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3. Dual Purpose Furniture- If you live in a small space, it helps if that ottoman also functions as a coffee table.

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4. Space Planning- 2 tips that I swear by: (1) keep seating arrangements pulled away from the walls, (2) use furniture with exposed legs

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5.  Fake it ’till you make it- If your budget is small, buy the highest quality piece you can afford and fake the rest.  There are hundreds of DIY tutorials online about headboards, custom beds, or tables.

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6. Use color and patterns- Colors and patterns are inviting and display the personality of the owner.

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Do you have any interior design tips you swear by?  Any trends right now you can’t live without? Thanks again for having me!

4 Oct

Check Out These Interior Barn Doors!

Yet another reason why I want to buy a house ASAP… check out these amazing interior barn doors (via You Are My Fave… a great blog, check it out)!

Sigh… so gorgeous.

Are you a fan of this look?  Which of these do you like best?  What interior design changes would you make to your home if you could do anything to it?

13 Sep

Mini-Makeover: Bathroom Edition!

My parents are working every weekend to update their house for the wedding (thanks, guys!)  I drove down for a visit recently to help by updating their guest bathroom.  With a little paint, we really warmed up the space.  Check it out!

Step 1: Sand, sand, sand!  I had to remove the varnish from the wood, so I used a fine grit sandpaper and rubbed with the grain of the wood.  (If you’re doing this project yourself, make sure you go WITH THE GRAIN, so you don’t leave any visible scratch marks in the finished product.)

Step 2: Tape off the edges of the cabinet and add a coat of paint.  The trick here is not to over-saturate the paintbrush.  Just dip the tip of the brush into your paint color of choice and apply the paint in smooth, even strokes (once again, WITH THE GRAIN!)

Step 3: Go for seconds.  You’ll definitely need a second coat in order to get even color.  Apply this coat in the same way you applied the first one.

And that’s that!  Not too shabby, huh?  Next up: an update on the bathroom mirror! (I’ll keep you posted…)

Have you ever painted cabinets or other furniture to give it an update?  Inspired to do so after reading this post?  Tell me about it in the comments!

Need some advice or ideas for a room of your own that needs updating? Email me at kim@blendingbeautiful.com!

23 Aug

Let’s Stay In Bed This Morning…

It’s Monday morning, and if you’re anything like me, you wish you got to sleep an extra hour.  (Seriously, where did the weekend go?!) Travis and I are in serious need of a new mattress, which is super un-fun to shop for.  So I thought I’d take it up a notch and look for some cute bedding to go on our new bed.

Check out what I found!

I love grey.  LOVE it.  And this simple design from Macy’s is elegant, but fun.

This earthy look comes from Bed, Bath & Beyond.  (And the frame wall is pretty rad, too!)

CB2 is known for cool urban design, and this definitely doesn’t disappoint.

This bedding from Pottery Barn is more contemporary than I usually go for, but I love the warm, inviting color.

Which of these looks is your favorite?  Do you have as much fun shopping for duvets as I do?  Anyone else HATE buying things like mattresses or vacuums (another thing on our list— yuck!)?

2 Jul

Guest Post: Pop of Color

Hello lovely readers of {blending beautiful}!  KC here from Thrifty Solutions for an Urban Gal.  I am thrilled and honored to be sharing with you some interior design tips about decorating with color.  I have realized that all of my larger pieces of furniture are neutrals, from my duvet cover to my couch, everything is a shade of white, beige, or birch wood.  I am moving apartments soon and have been on the hunt to find bright home decor to liven things up.  Unfortunately, painting the walls of my new place is not an option.  But, it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks, and I am constantly drawn to the boring and blah.  I stumbled upon these photos that I thought were quite inspiring.  Each room is full of neutrals, but one key color is used as a pop of color.  I love this idea, and will be using orange as my “pop of color” in my bedroom, and a yellow/navy combo in the living room.

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Below is my inspiration board for my new bedroom.  My duvet cover is white, and I am currently searching for a white Parsons desk, but I think these gray and orange accents will add dimension and depth to the room.

How do you use color to decorate?  Would you paint an existing piece of furniture, or buy a new piece to add color?  Have any DIY projects to share?

Thank you so much for having me at {blending beautiful}!  Hopefully these lux rooms have inspired you like they have me.  And I hope to “see” you soon over at Thrifty Solutions for an Urban Gal.