Archives for the month of: January, 2013

1. Hop up your hardware

Switching up the cabinet knobs and handles in your kitchen or bathroom seems like a little thing — but it can make a big impact.

At Balancing Beauty & Bedlam, one homeowner opted for an even lower cost solution and spray-painted the knobs on her cabinets, to transform her dated brass hardware.

Into spiffy chrome to match her stainless appliances:

It was so easy and turned out so well, that when her daughters asked to paint the knobs blue for Easter, she said “why not?”

2. Shake up the shades

Changing lamp shades can change the whole feel of a room. Try replacing your neutral shades with bold colored or patterned shades. If you’re feeling crafty, stencil a pattern or stripe onto an ivory shade (tip: the larger the lampshade, the more impact your design will make).

Instead of paint, see how the ambitious lamp-owner from Designer Attache used tape and ink to transform this shade

3. Bring out the baseboards

Paint your baseboards a contrasting color — if your walls are pale, choose a dark color to make the walls pop, like designer Paul Anater did in this home featured on Houzz. (As an added bonus, dark baseboards will show far less wear and tear.)

 4. Cheer up your closet

Think just because it’s the closet, it doesn’t have design potential? Think again. Whether you have a roomy walk-in or a closet the size of a closet, a little enhancement can bring a smile to your face every time you open the door.

Stop by your local paint or home improvement store and browse through the wall paper remnants — when you find one you like, bring it home and transform your closet from blah to wow, like these featured at M { pression.

5. Collate your collectibles

Change up your living room by switching out the accessories — clear everything off the sofa table and replace it with a collection from somewhere else in your home. For added oomph for smaller items, pick up a frameless mirror from a local framing or glass store and arrange your collectibles on the tray.

Crystal glasses from a grandmother? Frogs from around the world? Geodes? You’d be surprised what will look great when you gather several together and highlight them in one place, like these globes featured in Real Simple. 

How Luxurious Is Your Bathroom?

From flat screen TVs to digitally controlled showers, special touches in the bathroom are making it the second most popular room in the house.

Check out these high-end installations for a little inspiration to upgrade your own refuge.

Candle light and modern art

From HGTV Remodels:

Leather club chair, in the bathroom? Why not?

From HausDesign on Pinterest:

Bath by fire

From Zillow:

An oldie but a goodie — the free standing tub

From Douglas Design Studio on Houzz:

Inspiration and Innovation To Help Make Your Home Shine In 2013

Apartment Therapy and Blog Rank have posted their top Interior Design Blogs for the year. A mix of reader votes and editorial review informs the list posted by Apartment Therapy, while Blog Rank takes a more scientific approach combining a number of factors including RSS memberships, incoming links and monthly visitors, among others.

Apartment Therapy Top Five

Winner: Bower Power

Top Four Nominations

  1. 1. Manhattan Nest
  2. 2. Retro Renovation
  3. 3. Chezerbey
  4. 4. The Lettered Cottage

Blog Rank Top Five

First Place: Freshome Design & Architecture

Filling out the top five

Remodelista

3rings

Blog Esprit Design : Tendances Design / Deco

2Modern Design Talk – Modern Furniture & Design Blog

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