Why Don’t You…?

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… make an impromptu stool with a stack of magazines and some belts?

I love how resourceful many stylists are, swooping in at the last minute to further beautify a less-than-perfect space. In this case, a bit of reading material goes a long way in bringing some personality (and surprise seating!) into the space. Such a fun idea, right?

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Would You: Style Your Fridge?

In the world of decorating, there are trends that make sense, and others that… don’t. Lately I’ve been spotting a fair amount of interiors that have been styled in some rather unexpected areas. One of which? The top of the refrigerator!

In this home (pictured above), the styling is expected and even functional: a quirky cookie jar and a few sparkling water bottles. Yet in this home below?:

Yes, that is a chair. To be honest, I couldn’t love the look more. It’s odd and unexpected and is a perfect way to cozy up those tall ceilings. Plus, what better way to store additional seating for when guests arrive? I do, however, see the humor in it. How weird would it be to visit a friend’s home and see a chair on top of their appliances?

Tell me, would you style the space on top of your refrigerator? And which look would you go for: expected or crazy?

Top image via Design*Sponge / Bottom image via 79 Ideas

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How Low Can You Go?

Everyone loves a spacious home with tall, glamorous ceilings, right? And although not everyone’s home is naturally blessed with high ceilings, the look is oh-so-achievable whether your house has the right bones or not. Here are 3 secrets to pulling off the lofty look in your own home:

Step 1: Artwork Positioning. Take your existing art, photos and wall decor and move it 12-16 inches lower.
Step 2:  Switch out wingback chairs and oversized sofas for low-to-the-ground, modular furniture.
Step 3: De-clutter. Opt for minimal accessories to keep the eye focused on the negative space – as high as your eye will take it!

Not too difficult, right? It’s certainly much easier than raising the ceiling itself! Now get to work and enjoy your new loft-like environment!

Image: GUBI

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Spotlight: Cube Shelving

Modular shelving has been around for years, and I’ve never exactly been a fan. They always seemed a bit “college dorm room” to me, likely because of those plastic crates I sported for four years during university. (Surely I wasn’t the only one who used them as bookshelves, makeshift dressers and more?)

But then I spotted these images from Petra Bindel’s portfolio, and instantly, my mind shifted. No longer are cubes synonymous with late night pizza and final exams. Instead, modular shelving can suddenly seems chic, smart and incredibly sophisticated.

I suppose it’s all in the styling, yes? Any collection can make or break a room, and when displayed in such an unexpected manner, the look definitely pops.

How do you feel about modular shelving? Yay or nay?

Images: Petra Bindel and All The Way To Paris for Danish MUUTO

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Why Don’t You…?

Image Credit: Houzz

… cover your staircase railings with Southwestern-inspired rugs?

Isn’t it funny how so many of the best DIY ideas are so often the easiest? In this case, a few sliced rugs elevate a standard staircase into a work of art, bringing a playful punch of pattern into an otherwise neutral space.

After all, why should floors get to have all the fun?

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