Minna Parikka’s Colorful Home is What Dreams Are Made Of

Minna Parikka, the amazing designer behind those adorable bunny sneakers you may have seen Kylie Jenner rocking, has an even more adorable home. Parikka has a space that’s uniquely her own. Instead of embracing the Scandinavian design aesthetic that dominates the homes of her native Helsinki, Parikka uses color in a way that creates the dreamiest space ever! Seriously, you guys. This woman’s style knows no limits. She stated in an interview with ElleDecor, “I wanted to create a home that looks 100% like me and that does not follow the usual Nordic home design. I wanted it to be fresh, fun, and adventurous, but still comfortable and functional,” says Parikka. “I love creating worlds that are filled with fantasy and escape from the mundane.”

There is nothing worse than a beautiful shoe that is impossible to wear or a unique home that makes every day more difficult”

One of my favorite details is the TV cabinet that is masqueraded as a piece of art. The illustration of Ziggy Stardust by the fabulous NY-London based illustrator duo Craig & Karl

The furniture is made to order: the bed and the padded leather headboard wall, fitted closets, bedside tables and the window shutters. Not to mention the pink carpet or even the ceiling. The inspiration for the bedroom came from the totally pink Sketch restaurant in London.

I love a sauna. It is the best way to relax after a long flight or day at work. It is common to have one in Finnish houses. It is the luxury of everyday life”

Interior Design Trends to Look For in 2018

Confession: My Christmas decorations are still up and I’m toying with the idea of just turning my place into a New Jersey-style restaurant to avoid taking them down. But with so much on the horizon in the world of interior design and home decor, I’m feeling inspired. There are so many cool ideas gaining popularity that I might have to get off my a– and pack this stuff up now. I haven’t made it a secret how much I love those Scandi, mid century modern, and minimalist styles. I’ve even learned ways to spice things up a bit with a Bohemian twist. Still, the lack of bold colors present in these design trends really gets to you after a while. Seriously, who doesn’t cheer for Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Macguire when all those beautiful colors start to wash over Pleasantville? Apparently, everybody cheers because 2018 is going to be all about color! Check it out!

2018 Interior Design Trends

Maximilism

Yeah. This is becoming a thing. Mixing contrasting patterns and prints, Maximilism, marks the moving away from the mininmalist and Scandinavian design aesthetic that’s been on trend for some time now. Be honest. Haven’t you been getting a little bored scrolling through Instagram and seeing all the uniform colors and patterns? Well, Maximilism is the antidote.

Cubism

Apart from the neutral color palette that’s dominated design, form and function has been super popular. We’ve been looking at sleek and functional designs in furniture and home decor for so long that sooner or later we knew there had to be some kind of backlash. Enter Cubism. Cubism celebrates the complexity of perspective. It’s like looking at one thing from many viewpoints all at the same time in one piece. I mean, I’m no art historian, but I’m pretty sure that when Picasso finished painting the Sistine Chapel, he was so excited that he accidentally cut his ear off. You gotta respect the art coming from a dude like that. This year, expect to see a lot of colorful wall hangings that are perfectly imperfect.

Ceramic

Subway tiles have been trending for what seems like forever, but this year expect to see something moodier, darker, and more dramatic in design. Handmade, painted tiles are going to take over kitchen backsplashes, while handmade ceramics will be a prominent feature on counter tops. Also, if subway tile has taught us anything, it’s that more grout = harder to clean. This year you’ll definitely see a trend toward bigger tiles.

There are so many exciting things abuzz with design, and I promise I’ll keep my ear to the ground for you guys. Check back with me often and be sure to follow me on Pinterest.

DIY Christmas Decorations With Scandinavian Style

Less is more, you guys. I’ve been absolutely drooling over these beautiful examples of Scandinavian Christmas decorations. I just love how simple and stunning these little decorative touches are. Many of the ideas you see here are simple DIY projects that you can complete yourself or with a little help from the fam.  Just check out these pics and get inspired!

For a full tutorial on these and other projects, head over to Apartment Therapy by clicking the link below.

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Countdown to Christmas + Cyber Monday Deals

Hey, you guys!!! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, or at least one that wasn’t filled with too many awkward family moments and unwanted house guests. We did alright over here. There were only a couple of cringe-worthy moments, but we managed to balance it out with liqu— er, I mean, laughter. Anyway, this time of year, this countdown to Christmas time, is pretty much my fave. I love the planning, I love the decor, I love the lights, I love the shopping, and I love the eating.

So to help you along with your countdown to Christmas, I wanted to share some of my personal favorites

For the Beauty Obsessed

Whip up this quick and easy eggnog hair mask to save your tresses from the winter blues, or try one of these soothing Winter skin treats.

For the Fragrance Obsessed

Homemade Winter Potpourri (Stove Top or Slow Cooker)

Almost nothing is more inviting and cozy than the sweet smells of the holiday season. Fill your home with the soothing aromas of this DIY stovetop potpourri or try one of these ideas to make your home smell like Christmas.

For the Checklist obsessed

You can download and print some pretty useful checklists here. And for a super cute Advent calendar DIY project, you can find the tutorial here.

For the Decoration Obsessed

There are tons of ways to add holiday flair to your home. Even in the tiniest spaces, on the most meager of budgets you can add a little something festive and transform your home for the holidays. Check out some amazing Christmas tree ideas here, and some even more amazing style tips for small spaces here.

For the Brunch Obsessed

Try This---Eggnog French Toast

Add this amazing eggnog french toast recipe to your holiday brunch menu. While you’re at it, check out these 46 Christmas brunch ideas that are all just perfect for your holiday gathering.

For the Drink obsessed

Whether you’re in the mood for a cocktail or a hot winter treat, you’ll find the perfect drink recipe here.

For the Wrapping Paper obsessed

Take your gift wrap to the next level with these 21 ways to upgrade your butcher paper gift wrap.

It’s hard to believe that we’ve only got 4 weeks left until Christmas! Hopefully, I’ve given you some helpful tips. There’s certainly more where this came from. Stay tuned throughout the month of December for some cool ideas to get you into the holiday mood!

Also, as promised, you should check out these links to my fave Cyber Monday Deals from Houzz and Overstock!

Overstock Cyber Monday Sale – Valid through – 12.7.17 @ 11:59 PM MST

Houzz—Up to 80% off highest-rated home products

5 Thanksgiving Tablescapes That You’ll Adore

I’m awesome at cooking a meal for one or two people. Four people tops, but when you start getting into catering numbers like the 17 people that will be at my house for Thanksgiving, I pass the torch to my sister. The trade off is that I’m always in charge of decorating the dining room. Seems like a fair trade until you factor in how neurotic I am when it comes to staging the perfect table. There are so many things to consider. Color scheme, seating, floral arrangements. The list goes on.

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. What I usually do to get inspired is I scour the internet for snapshots of beautiful tablescapes, and then I just recreate them in my own dining room, usually at a fraction of the cost thanks in large part to stores like Michael’s, Target, Thrift Stores, and even the Dollar Tree! I rounded up some of my favorite tablescapes so you can get inspired too! It’s not too late to create a beautiful and elegant Thanksgiving.

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For more dining room inspiration, check out my Pinterest board Because Dining Rooms & Because Homewares