Lauren Conrad’s Pacific Palisades Home is Even More Beautiful Than You Think It Is

Ever dream of living in the Pacific Palisades? No? Well you will now. This gorgeous home designed by LA based interior designer, Katherine Carter, and is owned by none other than Lauren Conrad. If you haven’t checked out Lauren Conrad’s blog, you’re seriously missing out. Anyway, of course Lauren Conrad owns this house. It’s totally beautiful! Check out these pics for some serious design inspiration. These pics are proof that less really is more.

 

 

 

For more inspiration from designer Katherine Carter, check out her amazing Brentwood home design here.

DIY Wall Art Projects That You Can Make This Weekend (Even If You’re Not an Artist)

These art projects are super simple. With only a few items, you can customize your own wall art to anchor your space, even if you sucked at art class!

DIY Abstract Art (Tutorial Here)

This is perfect for the minimalist. Sleek and sophisticated, it looks a whole lot more expensive than it actually is to make!

Painted Boxes Lined With Pretty Paper

Display your lightweight keepsakes inside of and on top of these beautiful storage boxes. Trust me, people will ask where you bought these!

Optical Illusion Wall Art (Tutorial Here)

This really plays tricks on your eyes! It’s a great conversation starter for when you have guests over.

Melted Crayon Wall Art

This is one I’ve made in the past. It can get a bit messy and it certainly doesn’t have the best smell when you’re making it, but if you’re looking for an easy and colorful project, this one is the way to go. Just run those crayons right through a hot glue gun (one that you’re willing to part with), onto a canvas.

DIY Dragon Scales on Canvas

All you need to do for this one is cut out some circles from poster board, glue them to a canvas, and spray paint the whole thing! It can be a little time consuming for a larger piece like the one pictured above.

DIY String Art (Tutorial Here)

This one’s been floating around the internet for a while now, but it never gets old! It takes a little bit more planning out then some of the other projects here, but the finished product is hella cool.

DIY Herringbone Art

I just love how intricate this one looks! Plus you can go all Jackson-Pollock-crazy on the canvas before you get to the masking tape. After you throw some paint around on the canvas, use tape to make a herringbone pattern. Paint over the whole thing in white. Then remove the tape. Voila!

DIY Wallpaper Art

This is perfect for those of us who aren’t always ready to commit to wallpapering and entire wall. Display your quirky taste in wallpaper by gluing it to some plywood and hanging it!

This Kitchen Remodel Cost Less Than $600!

I was standing in my kitchen last night, literally counting all the things I would change if I had $50,000. Yep. Thursday nights y’all. New flooring, new backsplash, new island, new cabinets. All that. But alas, I don’t have $50K to spend on anything, let alone a remodel of a kitchen that pretty much functions. So as I sunk into Pinterest-kitchen-coveting despair, I came across the most awesome DIY kitchen remodel I’ve ever seen.

Prepare to be amazed. This is what a little creativity and a weekend of work looks like. This dramatic remodel was not only inexpensive, but also relatively simple! See for yourself. UK blogger, Wendy Gilmour of Thank Fifi, shows us how a little bit of chalk paint, concrete, and stickers —yes, I said stickers, so let your 8-year-old self rejoice!—can transform a kitchen in just one weekend. Check out these amazing pics!

For the full scoop, check out the post here.

Interior Design Trends to Look for in 2017

Interior Design Trends to Look for in 2017— Fixer Upper Friday

There’s no doubt that interior design trends over the past couple of years have been dominated by Scandinavian and minimalist aesthetics. The Scandinavian aesthetic has made grays and whites the go to color for everything from walls to textiles to tableware. While the minimalist aesthetic has favored function over form and furniture choices have definitely reflected that sentiment. Clean lines and hidden storage solutions have certainly been the most popular trends.

2017 is ushering in a thirst for color and texture and the hot new trends will embrace everything from floral prints to rich jewel tones and bold colors. The Scandinavian and minimalist design design trend will still dominate, but the name of the game this year is to incorporate bolder colors and mixed textures, in order to give homes a much more curated look.

If you find yourself cringing at the thought of floral wallpaper plastered on your crisp and clean living room walls, don’t be too alarmed. There are much more subtle ways to stay on trend with this year’s must have textures and colors. Rule of thumb: use small items to add that pop of color or that depth of texture then work your way up!

Textures

Raw, natural materials are set to make a big splash. While 2016 gave us shiny finishes like rose gold and copper, this year we’ll see more terracotta, cork, and even volcanic stone. Also, look out for velvet or floral accents like throw pillows and fabrics. Or take the plunge and try to get a hold of a vintage velvet couch! Thrift store time!!!

Colors

Earthy colors like powdery pink, sand, ochre, cinnamon, rust, and olive green will all make their mark this year. Deep Jewel tones will also appear, adding a romantic touch to interior spaces. Also, look for watercolors and the use of artwork to anchor spaces in unexpected ways like floor coverings.

Images: Dexigner, Interior Design, Vogue, Domain, Amara

This Couple Really Got the DIY Home Coffee Station Right—Fixer Upper Friday

All of us serious coffee drinkers have our own special coffee prep rituals. On auto pilot, we can crawl and grope our way to the kitchen and make our morning cup without even being truly awake. Recently, I’ve tried to streamline this process a little bit. I wanted all of my coffee paraphernalia in one place without clutter and without fuss. Most of all I wanted it to be pretty, because of course I did. This couple really hit the mark on what a fully functional, beautiful coffee station should look like. Check these pics out!

 

Creating a coffee station like this one isn’t as difficult as it might look. It’s all in the details. You can use a simple baker’s cart or a chunky piece of furniture like a buffet table or an armoire. Here’s a list of things you might consider including in your own home coffee station:

  • Glass or ceramic containers for storing everything from coffee and tea to flavored syrups and sweeteners
  • A pretty carrying tray or low top basket to organize paper cups, lids, and napkins
  • unique artwork (try chalkboard signs like the Gray House above or something like this)
  • any kind of houseplant or flower vase to add a little nature

Source: StudioGrayHouse