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5 Crafty Weekend Projects

Take advantage of these sunny summer weekends — or extra time off — to spruce up your abode with one of these creative, weekend-friendly projects, including color-blocked lockers for the mudroom, cute no-sew trivets to brighten up the kitchen table, a hairpin-leg breakfast tray with serious mid-century cred, and more.

DIY No. 1: Color block storage lockers. With back-to-school right around the corner, creating more storage for all of the backpacks, school papers, and shoes is pretty high on my to-do list right now. But even if I didn’t have kids at home, I could easily see using these storage lockers in the entryway, mudroom, or office! The lockers themselves are purchased, so all you need to do for this project is pick your colors, tape off sections, and paint away. Get the full DIY at Sugar and Cloth.

DIY No. 2: Rainbow rope trivets. All you need for this super-cheerful DIY is upholstery cording, a bit of acrylic craft paint in the colors of your choice, and a hot glue gun. To create your trivet, first dip portions of the cotton cording in colorful paint for a color-block effect. Once completely dry, begin to coil the cord up, glueing in place with a dot of hot glue every few inches.Then place on your table and enjoy! For complete instructions, see Brittni Mehlhoff’s tutorial on Momtastic.

DIY No. 3: Mood board organizer. If you’re looking for a unique addition to take your home office or creative studio from bland to wow, this is the DIY for you. A large piece of plywood is cut into a house-shape and painted in two hues to form the base. Next, you can customize your mega-inspiration board with a copper basket for books and magazines, a rope and s-hooks for hanging tools, or even a section of pegboard. Lean against a wall, and let the inspiration-gathering begin. Find the how-to at Paper & Stitch.

DIY No. 4: Mid-century breakfast tray. Make Saturday mornings special by savoring breakfast in bed on your own gorgeous wood breakfast tray. With mid-century inspired hairpin legs, and a smooth wood top, you would never guess this was so simple to make. All that’s required is a pretty wooden tray, a set of hairpin legs (easily purchased online), and the ability to work a power drill. Leave as-is, or kick it up a notch by cutting a piece of leather to fit inside for a luxe touch. See A Beautiful Mess for the details.

DIY No. 5: Shibori tea towels. These deep indigo tie-dyed towels make a statement in the kitchen, and hide stains, to boot. This is a great project to tackle on a sunny summer weekend outdoors, and if you have kids, they’ll love to get in on the action, too … just be sure everyone is dressed for the mess! You’ll need to follow the instructions on your dye kit, but the basic idea is to create areas of resist by using rubber bands or clothespins to create a pattern before submerging plain towels in the dye bath. Read all about this project on A Beautiful Mess.

Once you’re done with your weekend of DIY fun, accessorize your newly spruced up home with one (or more) of the fun, colorful throw pillows shown above. Then pour yourself a tall glass of iced tea or fresh lemonade, sit back, and savor your space!

Shopping Guide: 1. Kate Spade New York Yorkville Pillows Tassel in Pink; 2. Kate Spade New York Yorkville Pillows Dobbins in Red and Pink; 3. Surya Abstract Pillows Southwest Delight in Beige, Salmon, Charcoal, Burgundy; 4. Surya Southwest Pillows Dip Dyed in Light Gray and Cherry; 5. Surya Beth Lacefield Pillows Kilim in Magenta, Beige, Burnt Orange, Chocolate; 6. Kate Spade New York Yorkville Pillows Embroidered Dot in Pink and Tan.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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How to Keep Summer Going All Year Long

Jane Beiles

In a blink summer will be over but I’m not ready to say goodbye just yet, are you? So let’s talk about some ways to keep warm weather and vacation vibes around for the rest of the year. This first idea is the one I use most – art and books. A beachy scene hanging on the wall is a vacation for the eyes and a few coffee table books about the ocean or islands can sweep you away whenever the temperature finally starts to drop. Both are also a great jumping off point for other decor.

Henny van Belkom

When you think about the beach there are probably a lot of natural materials aside from water and sand. I’m thinking of materials like wood, rattan, and sisal. Hang a large wicker light fixture with some vintage vibes in the living room or add a dining table with a roughhewn look to it. These materials have the powers to help transport you right back to the shore.

Alyssa Rosenheck

If you’re at all into the tropics, you’re probably also into plenty of foliage. Bring a few large plants into the living room to mimic seaside greenery and add a tropical vibe to your home. If that’s not enough add a few more vining plants, like philodendron, that can be draped as they grow for that jungle-like feel.

Monica Wang

Think about the color palette of vacation – deeply saturated blues and greens with some sandy brown thrown in for good measure. If you’re not ready to pull the trigger and go all out with furniture or freshly painted walls, consider some new accessories or floor rugs to give you that beauty vibe all year long.

Summer Rugs

For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Colorful Modern Rugs for Kids

It seems to be a universal truth that kids love color, and the more, the better! So whether you’re updating your child’s bedroom or play space, or starting a fresh space from scratch, read on for loads of inspiration to create a fresh, colorful, modern room your kiddo (and you) will love.


Petite Interior Co.

Look No. 1: Pastel Brights. In the space shown here, color is playful and bold, with a geometric print rug, wall mural, and mint green bed frame — not to mention the colorful baskets and toys! And yet overall, the room manages to feel fresh and serene. How is this accomplished? In a nutshell, with ample white space. Beginning with a clean palette of white walls and pale or neutral flooring grounds the space and gives all of the fun, colorful pieces some much-needed breathing room. Also, note that while there are a lot of colors present, they are all bright pastels, which work together because they are in the same “family”.


Petite Interior Co.

Look No. 2: Sophisticated Modern. In the next space, shown above, we also see pastels — but this time used as accent pieces, rather than main colors, and more muted in tone. A delicate black and white wallpaper, modern furniture, and gold metallic-trimmed rug pull together to create a space that an older child could happily live with well into the pre-teen years.


Apartment Therapy

Look No.3: Natural Modern. In this room, a tactile felt rug, natural wood furniture, and rainbow artwork work together to create a handcrafted-yet-modern look. If you’re craving a space that is simple and serene, but your child wants color, color, and more color, this could strike just the right balance. The rainbow art and rug are boldly colorful, to be sure, but the slightly muted hues still have a natural look that plays well with organic textiles and modern scandinavian wood furniture.


Apartment Therapy

Look No.4: Bold and Playful. In this Netherlands bedroom, a wild mix of safari-inspired wallpaper, lemon-yellow bed, and zebra-print rug are a fitting match for the playful young gentleman who lives here. Sometimes in decorating a boy’s room, it’s easy to get stuck on too-serious navy and gray, but this space proves that boys can have wildly colorful rooms, too! Once again, notice the ample white space: this time, not only the walls but the floors, too, are painted white. It’s essential to have some breathing room — but the great thing is, once that’s in place, you can really go nuts with color!

Ready to try this at home? I recommend starting with clean white or pale neutral walls, and then beginning to layer in colorful elements within the same color family: choose all pastels; or hits of neon brights; or warm, rich, muted tones. A fabulous rug to anchor the room is a must, so I rounded up 9 of my current top favorites that the kiddos will love, too:

Rug Shopping Guide:

Top row, left to right: Surya Lullaby Waves in sky blue, pink, and purple; Couristan Spectrum Illuminations; Kaleen Lily and Liam in denim

Middle row, left to right: Kate Spade New York Gramercy in off-white and black; Surya Skidaddle Floral Print in lime and sky blue; Couristan Spectrum Fluorescents in beige and red

Bottom row, left to right: Surya Leap Frog Moroccan in purple; Loloi Rugs Lola Shag in plum and white; Loloi Rugs Piper in blue sky

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Perk Up Curb Appeal With A Front Door Refresh

Repainting an entire exterior is a huge undertaking — thankfully, that’s not the only way to boost your home’s curb appeal! Making your home the belle of the block is simple if you focus your energy where it counts most: the front door. Read on for 4 design ‘recipes’ to inspire your front door makeover, plus a roundup of cute doormats perfect for a summer refresh.

Southern Living
Southern Living

Cobalt door + citrus planters + copper details. This gracious southern home features a bold blue door, flanked by potted dwarf citrus trees and flowers. Warm metals like the copper lantern and brass door hardware echo the warmth of the brick underfoot, bringing this bold traditional look together.

Urban Mettle
Old Brand NewUrban Mettle

Yellow door + wall planter + desert pottery. A can’t-miss-it lemon yellow door pops against the crisp white siding of this home. Instead of typical house numbers, consider using a wall planter with house numbers built in for a modern twist. Clay pots of cactus and a pair of aqua chairs add up to a quirky Southern California modern vibe.

Schoolhouse Electric
Schoolhouse Electric

Black door + barn light + cafe chair. If understated chic is what you’re after, this is the look for you. A glossy black door and matching black barn light are simple and timeless, while the folding cafe chair and hedgehog boot brush provide a fun twist.

Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane
Lesley Unruh for One King’s Lane

Pink door + stenciled doormat + purple flowers. A pink door is certainly not for everyone (or every house!) but when it works, the pure joy can’t be denied. Keep things light with a painted porch floor, a pair of simple terracotta flower pots, and a fun doormat featuring a stenciled message.

Ready to start your front door makeover? The easiest way to begin is by replacing that ratty old doormat with something fresh and new! Here are six of my current favorites, including floral and lattice prints, a classic monogram, and even a cheeky lemon slice:

Doormat Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Nourison Waverly Greetings accent rug in navy; Nourison Elegant Entry Personalized Rug; Nourison Waverly Greetings accent rug in aqua; Nourison Waverly Greetings Accent Rug in Aqua; Nourison Waverly Greetings Accent Rug in Blue Bell; Liora Manne Front Porch in Lemon Slice.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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