Color Crush: Faded Glory

Perhaps it’s the latest patriotic holiday that’s still swimming in my subconscious, but lately I’ve been gravitating toward rough, homespun red, white and blue.

Here’s a peek at my current faves!:

[a]. Striped Trash Bags ($12) at Alice Supply Co.
[b]. Industrial Stand ($650) at Canvas Vintage
[c]. Cotton Blanket ($140) at HORNE
[d]. Porcelain Boot Vase ($320) at The Future Perfect
[e]. Picnic Charcoal Grill ($60) at Bodum
[f]. Crouse Hinds Spotlight ($550) at V&M
[g]. Linen Dip Dye Cushion ($80) at TOAST

Three cheers for good old America!

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Feeling Industrious

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And by industrious, I mean completely and utterly industrial. After perusing through boxes and boxes of my husband's grandfather's garage (did you follow that?), I stumbled upon dozens of vintage industrial items that I wouldn't mind scattering about my own home.

There's something completely organic about surrounding oneself with items that conjure memories of years ago — from generation to generation. And whether or not they're authentically vintage, I find the look absolutely charming.

Of course, there are a few ground rules when dealing with period pieces that are so harsh in nature:

1. Layer textures. Keep things soft and light by layering textiles, such as sheepskin rugs, sheer draperies and plenty of throws (especially in this chilly weather!).
2. Get green. A healthy dose of nature often combats harsh edges and seemingly "cold" spaces, breathing life into any room. Don't have the greenest thumb? Try a cactus; same effect, much easier to maintain.
3. Mix modern. Don't forget to add in some modern elements to avoid looking like you're living in your grandmother's attic. Try clean lines, basic color schemes and modular pieces for a surprisingly rich effect.

Happy decorating!

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Ditch the Tutorial: Products That May Inspire Your Next DIY

Sure, I love a good DIY as much as the next gal, but I often suffer from craft paralysis. You know the drill — you bookmark endless resources, images and tear sheets with good intentions of spending your next weekend in the craft aisle of your local market. Yet life gets in the way and you find your "inspiration folders" growing until you're forced to accept the fact that unless you're gifted a week to yourself with zero responsibilities, you're not likely to get around to that DIY project anytime soon.

When this happens, I often re-set my brain and look elsewhere for inspiration. Forget the craft aisle — these products lie online, in your favorite big box retailer, or in your local thrift shop. With just a few steps, you're bound to find five free minutes to tackle these ideas. Bonus? No instructions necessary!

Idea #1: You've seen a plethora of brass lamps at your favorite thrift shop. Why not grab that serving platter you rarely use (or a flat ceiling medallion), work the hot glue gun and remove the lamp's wiring? Instantly chic, and unique indeed.
p.s. These side tables run for $400 a piece, so if you really can't fathom a five minute DIY, you can still get the look.

Idea #2: Sure, you can drop $65 for each of these beauties, or you can re-purpose a few photo frames you have lying around. Spray paint them white and find a few spare utility hooks or a shelf to do the same. Poof! Framing your everyday shelves, books or vases provide a bold statement and showcase the beauty of your daily objects — on the cheap!

There. Now you're off to a good start. What sort of products inspire you to DIY? Share them below in the comment section!

p.s. If you're stumped, check out Pratt student's Dollar Designs – they never disappoint!

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Globe-al Design!

There's nothing more beautiful to me than when everyday objects get a major design overhaul. And although there's something lovely about a faded, antique globe, I've had my eye on a few more, ahem, modern versions lately:

Whether your home is colorful or monochromatic, there's a globe for everyone. Bonus? You'll look wayyy smarter than the average homeowner (especially when you dust your globe daily and can pinpoint exactly where you traveled to Peru last year).

Image Credits: [Emmo Home, 1st Stop Travel Store, Map Connection]

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