Weekend Inspiration + Best of the Web

Weekend Inspiration + Best of the Web

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It’s been a roller coaster week with ups and downs and deadlines and not a lot of sleep, so today I’m closing up early and leaving on an inspiring note, thanks to Carrie Colbert and STIRR Dallas. I saw these stairs in our #dslooking feed and felt like they were the perfect reminder to head into the weekend with love and gratitude. Here’s wishing you all a wonderful weekend — see you on Monday! xo, grace

 

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12 Tiled Floors To Inspire Any Makeover

12 Tiled Floors To Inspire Any Makeover

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Now that I’m starting to come out of winter hibernation mode, I’ve been daydreaming ways to DIY a mini makeover in our tiny upstairs bathroom. There’s hardly any space to move around in there, but that’s exactly the type of room I love because I feel like tiny spaces make for the most impactful makeovers. I’ve been imagining bold tiles to dress up the floor, so I’ve been relying heavily on our #DSFloors feed for inspiration. And, like always, our community does not disappoint. The wealth of amazing ideas is overwhelming and it’s making me think about everything from traditional Moroccan tiles to modern pink cement tiles. I’ll be sure to post whatever we choose, but in the meantime, here are 12 of my favorites to inspire. If you need more floor ideas, check out our favorite floor makeover ideas here. xo, grace

Image above by @RClayton

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Image above by @deerseason87

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Day Five: Pattern Download from Juliet Meeks

Day Five: Pattern Download from Juliet Meeks

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This week of patterns has been a fantastic trip into the beautiful floral designs of Juliet Meeks. (Thank you so much Juliet!) We have a new love for periwinkle and salmon pink, and today we’re reminded of the allure of deep yellow. I hope your weekend is filled with walks through an emerging spring landscape where you’ll spot some of the tiny flowers Juliet has shared with us this week.

We’ll be back very soon with some exciting news about a project we worked on with Juliet!

Visit Juliet’s website here and follow her on Instagram @julietmeeksdesign. —Caitlin

The vertical pattern can be downloaded here and the horizontal pattern can be downloaded here.

Please know and respect that these patterns are for personal use only!

11 Candy Colored Homes for Spring

11 Candy Colored Homes for Spring

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Spring is officially here (hooray!) and I’ve been patiently watching our trees outside for budding signs of life. Not only am I ready for some fresh flowers and the smell of spring, but I’m ready for COLOR, big-time. Until those first blooms break through the soil, I’ve been indulging in some major color therapy in the form of Patrix15‘s incredible Instagram feed. Every day a beautiful new candy-colored home is added from one of San Francisco’s historic neighborhoods. From sunshine yellow row homes in Pacific Heights to neon painted ladies near Alamo Square, these homes are the perfect dose of color to get you excited for spring — and spring paint touch-ups! Click here to check out and follow Patrix’s feed online. xo, grace

All photos above and below the jump by Patrix15

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Before & After: An Old Stone Storybook House in Woodstock, NY

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Before & After: An Old Stone Storybook House in Woodstock, NY

Linda Facci and Gene Gironda love working on home DIY projects together, which is what they do after spending working weeks apart. Linda, the Creative Director of famed New York City establishment Magnolia Bakery, enjoys days off upstate in Woodstock, NY with her husband Gene, a carpenter and the chief renovator of their 1940s stone storybook house. When they first found the property a year and a half ago, they thought it would just need a good cleaning. But as often happens when old walls are opened up, more work quickly presented itself. The couple decided to overhaul the main living space, creating an open floor plan in which to entertain groups of friends. Gene took time off from work and concentrated on the house for almost a year, with Linda pitching in her skills on weekends. She and Gene spent an entire vacation mocking up several designs for the living room fireplace wall clad in over 100 painstakingly hand-stained pine boards.

Many other projects contributed to the final product, including the unearthing of a charming Dutch door that the couple had admired from outside, but that had been buried in sheetrock inside the kitchen. In the downstairs bedroom, they exposed a stone wall  once marking the home’s exterior before a 1970s renovation  that had been covered up when that room was added on. A stone mason built the house and laid paths and steps around the grounds, including toward a guesthouse which Linda and Gene fixed up for overnight travelers. They’ve been so glad for the opportunity to restore his original handiwork, while creating a rustic home for themselves  one now full of their own personal style. —Annie

Photography by Linda Facci

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Day Four: Pattern Download from Juliet Meeks

Day Four: Pattern Download from Juliet Meeks

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We can’t get enough of that salmon pink we saw in yesterday’s pattern from Juliet, so we’re really glad it features prominently in today’s pattern. It looks just as beautiful on a black background! Stay tuned for one more day of gorgeous patterns from New Orleans-based artist Juliet Meeks and treat yourself by enjoying one of these wallpapers on your phone or desktop.

Check out more of  Juliet’s work on her website here and follow her on Instagram @julietmeeksdesign. —Caitlin

The vertical pattern can be downloaded here and the horizontal pattern can be downloaded here.

Please know and respect that these patterns are for personal use only!

Design from A to Z: F is for Farmhouse

Design from A-Z: F is for Farmhouse, Design*Sponge

Design from A to Z: F is for Farmhouse

As eclectic homes with a “lived-in” look become more and more en vogue, one of my favorite styles, farmhouse, seems to be having a resurgence in popularity. It makes sense. Gone are the times when dining rooms were off-limits and sofas were kept clean with plastic. On the contrary, contemporary homeowners want to live somewhere they can settle into — somewhere they can feel wrapped in comfort. And that’s where farmhouse style always soars. It has an innate ability to make you feel at ease and instantly infuses a laid-back feel into any space where the style is implemented. When you step into a home with the look, you simply can’t help but breathe a sigh of relief.

Today, in honor of farmhouse style, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite examples of it for from our burgeoning archives. While most are from actual farms we’ve covered, all can easily be incorporated into your house or apartment no matter the location. Click through to take a peek and get ready to be swept off to the countryside. Enjoy! —Garrett

P.S. Check out the first few styles in our Design from A to Z series here.

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Reclaimed Pieces & Vintage Finds Transform a New Orleans Bungalow

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Reclaimed Pieces & Vintage Finds Transform a New Orleans Bungalow

For about eight years, Patrick was kicking it solo in his New Orleans, LA Craftsman. He’d spend time in the gardens doing maintenance here and cleaning up there, tending to what he admits was a pretty cookie-cutter-style home. Then his partner Alex Geriner, the founder of Doorman Designs, came into the picture. For the first bit of their relationship they made little updates around the house, until one year ago when the transformation truly started to take off and Alex moved in. After the move-in, the two vowed to inject more personality into their home and have since turned the simple space into a treasure trove of vintage finds and reclaimed goods.

Alex’s background in furniture design has had a major impact on the home’s current style. His studio makes everything from dressers to bed frames, all of which are featured throughout his and Patrick’s house. Most of the pieces are made out of found wood Alex has brought back from all over the place: some pieces are from Indonesia, some are from right there in New Orleans. Keep an eye out for the 500-pound cypress table in the living room. It’s a stunner.

Peppered about the reclaimed items is a curated collection of vintage finds. Both men have a penchant for throwback pieces, and when they moved in together they started combing through their existing inventory as well as snagging new items to enrich each room. The pair ended up with so much art, for example, they’ve have been able to create gallery walls in many of the three-bedroom, two-bath house’s rooms. One honors their love of birds, while another captures their flair for the eclectic. Overall, this touch and more has truly transformed what was once your typical Craftsman into a home that captures its owners’ personalities and tastes. Click through to take a look at how the bungalow has come together over the past year. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Alex Geriner

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Day Three: Pattern Download from Juliet Meeks

Day Three: Pattern Download from Juliet Meeks

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If I could wallpaper my actual wall with this color and this pattern, I would. I would move to Savannah, Georgia and lounge on a chaise by the window, alternating my gaze from the Spanish moss-filled trees and this wallpaper. I would be sipping mint iced tea and daydreaming. All. Day. For now, I’ll just have to take some breaks from my work and pop over to my desktop to recreate the dream. Thanks Juliet!

This downloadable pattern is by New Orleans native Juliet Meeks. Visit Juliet’s website here and follow her on Instagram @julietmeeksdesign. —Caitlin

The vertical pattern can be downloaded here and the horizontal pattern can be downloaded here.

Please know and respect that these patterns are for personal use only!

6 Spring Fruits & Vegetables To Enjoy Now + In Season Printable FOR YOUR FRIDGE

6 Spring Fruits & Vegetables To Enjoy Now + In Season Printable FOR YOUR FRIDGE

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With the spring equinox comes a new crop of fruits and vegetables that are perfectly in season. I often leave the grocery without the main thing I went to the store for, and sadly, that’s true no matter how excited I get about spring produce. I made this handy-dandy fridge reminder so I have a constant awareness of what to buy this month. It also helps me menu-plan when I can, and I have to say, it beats looking at the gazillion school memos stuck to my refrigerator with random magnets.

And, of course, I’m sharing some of my favorite recipes for you to bookmark as we quickly move through March, starting with this artichoke casserole from Sabra Krock. This is one dish that my family and I could eat every single weekend — and it freezes well too! –Caitlin

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Click through for a few more favorite ways to enjoy these in-season treats!

Click here to download this printable for your fridge or device for your next shopping trip.

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10 Ways to Infuse a Space with Color & Warmth from Designer Regan Baker

10 Ways to Infuse a Space with Color & Warmth from Designer Regan Baker

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It always amazes me to see what color and texture can do to elevate a room to its full design potential. These are the elements that can take a space from appearing one-dimensional and cold to feeling warm, welcoming and full of depth.

When it comes to implementing these design workhorses of color and texture, Regan Baker is beyond proficient. Based in San Francisco, CA, Regan uses her 12 years of interior architecture and design experience to craft spaces that are a balance of comfortable, modern and personal.

“A well-designed room should provide a visual journey when you first walk in, and it’s the textures, patterns and colors that guide this journey,” she says. “If a space doesn’t invite you in, that is a good sign more warm design elements need to be added.”

To easily break down this art form of hers, Regan is sharing with us 10 tips that anyone can use to pull off a warm vibe in their own home by leaning heavily on color and texture.

“The use of warmth and color in your home is key to creating an inviting and comfortable space where you enjoy spending time,” Regan shares. “Warm textures, patterns and colors, such as the use of woods, patterned wallpaper or rugs, are also the design elements that show off your personality and make the space uniquely yours.”

Check out all of Regan’s tips after the jump — with gorgeous design examples of how to execute them — and get the inspiration you need to make your space feel even more like home. —Kelli

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Day Two: Pattern Download by Juliet Meeks

Day Two: Pattern Download by Juliet Meeks

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This pattern makes me want to pull on my galoshes and run through the woods in search of tiny periwinkle flowers! I know they’re out there somewhere. Juliet’s palette in today’s pattern download is pretty much what spring dreams are made of. If you’re in the mood for a little flora or fauna of your own, her shop is filled with patterns and prints galore. I already have my eye on her “Fox in the Woods” pouch for a certain someone’s Easter basket.

Visit Juliet’s website here and follow her on Instagram @julietmeeksdesign. —Caitlin

The vertical pattern can be downloaded here and the horizontal pattern can be downloaded here.

Please know and respect that these patterns are for personal use only!

Think Pink: 16 Pink Homes To Lift Your Spirits

Think Pink: 16 Pink Homes To Lift Your Spirits

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Sometimes when I’m having a rough day, I’ll scroll through the #DSPink hashtag on Instagram and find myself smiling at all of the amazing pink homes people share around the world. From elegant pink townhouses in London to bright pink Victorians in San Francisco, there’s nothing quite like a pink house (or room, or wall!) to cheer you up when the winter blues are hanging around. So if you need a little pick-me-up, check out these amazing pink interiors (and exteriors) from our fellow pink-loving friends in the #DSPink feed. xo, grace

Image above by @andreannu

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Image above by @patrix15

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Rustic Simplicity Modernizes a 200-Year-Old Home

Rustic Simplicity Modernizes a 200-Year-Old Home, Design*Sponge

Rustic Simplicity Modernizes a 200-Year-Old Home

Undesirable kitchens, ancient furnishings and broken-down parts can all cloud your judgement when looking for a home, especially an older one. I say “can cloud,” but let’s be real. They’re relentless! These no-go’s refuse to be overlooked and oftentimes get in the way of an old home’s greatest asset: its bones. If I’ve learned anything from the homeowners we’ve talked to over the years, though, it’s how rewarding it can be when you look past these surface flaws and embrace the charm and quirks of an elder home.

April Lawrence, interior designer and owner of plant shop Lil’ Bit, is one such creative gal. When she first laid eyes on this 1780s-era house in Deerfield, NH it was sort of a mess. The heat didn’t work, the ceilings were low and years of dusty renovations hid what she knew was great potential. Potential no other home buyer saw but her. Even her husband Sam thought they may be getting in over their heads with the clunker. But that was three years ago. Since then, Sam and their family and friends have rallied around April and helped tear down walls, sand floors and install new windows and flooring.

After having put so much sweat into bringing the home into the 21st century, the last thing April wanted to do was cover up all of the home’s fabulous bones with mounds of decoration. In order to let its core shine, she’s instead outfitted it in uncomplicated rustic wares. Nearly all of them are from nearby secondhand shops, and they each add a simple charm no matter the room they reside in. Guest bedrooms with paint-by-numbers art, a small collection of pennants above the fireplace, a dining room decked out in farming equipment, you name it. And it doesn’t stop there. Click through to take a deeper dive into this New England renovation. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Mike Quill

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A Week Full of Pattern with New Orleans Artist Juliet Meeks

A Week Full of Pattern with New Orleans Artist Juliet Meeks

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There’s nothing like starting the week out with A LOT of pink and florals, and so I’m delighted to share this bright and cheerful pattern from Juliet Meeks. She’ll been joining us each morning with a new pattern that’s available to download for personal use on your phone, tablet and desktop. We had the pleasure of working with Juliet on an exciting project that we’ll be sharing in a few short months and we think you’ll love it — so stayed tuned for big news on that front!

In the meantime, enjoy your Monday and these gorgeous flowers from Juliet! We’ll learn more about Juliet and her design process tomorrow. Visit Juliet’s website here and follow her on Instagram @julietmeeksdesign. —Caitlin

The vertical pattern can be downloaded here and the horizontal pattern can be downloaded here.

Please know and respect that these patterns are for personal use only!