inspiration: at home


I love diy decorating ideas, but sometimes diy things look, well, too diy. I’m funny about that. This wall, however, covered in old pages, has a diy flare without being too diy, for my personal taste. Does that makes sense? I kinda like it. And it would be a perfect, temporary solution for renters (and talk about cheap, too)! Head to your thrift store and pick out a book (look for one with antiqued pages, maybe some lovely illustrations or even your family’s favorite book). You could use tiny pins to hang it on the wall.


See the garland hanging above the desk? I think that’s another nice touch of diy, without screaming diy everywhere you look. I think it’d look lovely just about anywhere- in a child’s room, as a party decoration, in colors for fall or Christmas…


Chalkboard walls. You either love them or you hate them. I’m in the ‘love them’ boat. We have two in our home- one in the living room, by Gabe’s little table. It’s framed in, so it only takes up part of the wall. The other one is in the dining room, right off the kitchen. It’s the whole wall, but the wall is not wide, so it’s not too overpowering. I use it for notes, lists, jotting down a phone number.. that kind of thing. And I have frames hanging on the wall, so it’s not just a plain big black rectangle. I love how they did the wall in the picture above. Had they painted the entire thing black, it might have been a bit much. They took the black up to the top of the cabinets and kept the wall above that white. It looks like perhaps there is a piece of trim board that goes along the wall at that height. And they also have things hung on the wall. I think this is a wonderful example of a chalkboard wall done right! There are lots of tutorials out there for diy blackboard paint. I haven’t personally tried any, but if you have, I’d love to hear how it was.


I think Gabe would really enjoy a magnet wall. I’ve thought about putting one in my office area, so when I’m working, he’d have something fun to do. You can buy sheets of metal at hardware stores. I’ve also seen this made with an oil drip pan. I think I prefer the sheet on metal because it would be flat against the wall. This is another fun, temporary idea- just take the sheet down and patch the holes.


It seems like everything is getting bigger these days. Bigger houses. Bigger cars. Bigger meals. Bigger bigger bigger. I love this house. At just 540 square feet, it’s charming, cozy and perfectly planned out. From the pictures, it doesn’t seem cramped or crowded. The white walls and all the light make it seems bright and cheery. I could definitely live there! You should check it out. And how awesome is that roof?


What a charming bedroom. In college, I lived in a closet. I’m not kidding. I’m pretty sure it was never intended to be a real room. The house I lived in (with 12 other girls- no, not a sorority) was huge and had lots of bedrooms. I was partial to this little closet. I had a twin bed up on a loft that my dad built to specifically fit in the space. A small futon under the loft for seating. A dresser. And a shelf attached to the wall for my desk, also built specifically for the space. It was tiny, cozy and I loved it. Bedrooms don’t have to be huge. In fact, I think I’m more partial to rooms on the smaller side. I love this space. Small, cozy, simple and bright. It looks like there isn’t space for nightstands, so there’s a lamp hanging from the wall. I’d sleep there, wouldn’t you?


If you do have room for a nightstand, I love this idea- a cheese box. You could put it up on wheels if you wanted to add some height to it. I really like using unusual pieces for nightstands. Like this. We use crates that I found while thriting. Another thing I love about this picture is the position of the bed. You CAN put a bed in front of windows if you do it right. This is right. I like how the curtains match the wall color and come out wider than the bed. Another charming bedroom (with a nice neutral color palette).

And there’s some inspiration for your home. If you haven’t noticed, I’m partial to neutral colors and natural elements. I find them peaceful and calming. Coming up next: ‘in defense of the white wall’… stay tuned and have a great day!


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