3 Creative Floral Installations for Gatherings

3 Creative Floral Installations for Gatherings

3 Creative Floral Installations for Gatherings | Design*Sponge

The more parties, showers and events I throw, the more I realize that I like one big statement in decor over lots of small details. There’s still a place for streamers and balloons, but for some events, I’ve learned that one main focal point can look phenomenal on its own (especially if it’s made of lush greens and florals). I even opted for minimal decor at my wedding to showcase the incredible floral design. Floral installations and oversized centerpieces aren’t for every gathering but if you have a shower, wedding or dinner coming up that seems to fit, try one of these 3 showstoppers that will make the space look and smell lovely. –Lauren

CLICK THROUGH for the instructions for this DIY Spring Party Floral Staircase, plus a floating floral installation and a spring-inspired floral arrangement to try.

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10 Online Wallpaper Shops We Love

10 Online Wallpaper Shops We Love

10 Online Wallpapr Shops We Love, Design*Sponge

I remember when my parents walked us through our current family home for the first time. It had shag carpeting and 70s wallpaper galore. “Ick! Wallpaper?! How dated,” I thought to myself. While it definitely wasn’t en vogue at the time, times have changed indeed. You’d be hard-pressed nowadays to find a designer who isn’t a wallpaper advocate. And when you look at all the category has to offer, it’s not in the least bit surprising. Wallpapers have become works of art themselves, and oftentimes are created not to serve as the backdrop for statement pieces, but to be a statement piece themselves.

Today, in honor of our adoration for all the makers who are making wallpaper fabulous again, we’ve had some fun rounding up 10 Wallpaper Shops We Love. Whether featuring bold florals or pattern-on-pattern, their works demand attention, and we are happy to give it to them. Click through to see the whole set. Enjoy! —Garrett

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Before & After: A Toronto Rental’s Peachy Kitchen Remodel

Before & After: A Toronto Rental's Peachy Kitchen Remodel | Design*Sponge

Before & After: A Toronto Rental’s Peachy Kitchen Remodel

There are a lot of benefits to renting. A first and last month’s rent deposit is significantly less than any conventional down payment. Repairs, renovations and anything over general upkeep aren’t on you to finance and make time for. You can make plans to move at the end of the lease without worrying about losing money if the apartment doesn’t become occupied right away. It’s a great situation for a lot of people, even in the interior design community. Renting does come with several restrictions, of course, including minimal ability to change wall colors, much less to redesign the most expensive rooms in the place. But for Autumn Hachey, wishful thinking turned into a collaboration between her and her landlord to remodel the kitchen of her Toronto apartment.

Autumn, a digital strategist for Leon’s with a background in public relations and interior design, and her partner Bo, carpenter apprentice, took a risk right after college. Their jobs in the small town of Walkerton, Ontario weren’t fulfilling the couple so they saved enough money for a first and last month rental deposit and decided to move to Toronto. “Neither of us had jobs, or job leads. All we had was first and last month’s rent, a stack of resumes, and 30 days to either find jobs and stay, or pack up and go back home,” Autumn shares. They booked a hotel in Toronto and started touring potential apartments. “The first two were duds, so we were crossing our fingers we would like the third option — as we couldn’t afford to stay another night and this was kind of our ‘shot.’ Luckily, we really liked option #3 and without hesitation we signed the papers and moved in two weeks later.” The last-resort apartment turned out to be a great find with a massive backyard.

Autumn knew what it meant to sign a lease. She knew that there was little she could change other than furniture placement. But for an interior design enthusiast, it was hard to keep the desire to design at bay after five years in the same apartment. “For a long time, I felt like I wasn’t really living in my space. I often felt like I was living half in and half out of my place, not really ever putting any energy into making it feel homey,” Autumn says. “After five years of ‘temporary living,’ I decided enough was enough. I wanted to love the space I was in, and I was willing to put a little bit of my own money into the equation to improve my overall living experience.” The place that needed the most love? The kitchen. “It’s the first thing you see when you walk in the door to our place and the kitchen was very dated and cheap looking.” Shockingly, her desire to make her space more beautiful aligned with the landlord’s desire to increase rent for future tenants and the pair decided to split the cost of the $2,000 project. The kitchen designed and executed by Autumn brings light and energy to the basement apartment. Flip through the gallery for all the renovation details. –Lauren

Photography by Shawn Lovering

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How To Be Your Own Boss

How To Be Your Own Boss

How To Be Your Own Boss – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge

Dreams come true and now you’re achieving your goals while doing the thing you love. Life is perfect and every day is wonderful. You’re sipping coffee at your workspace and ready to dive in when you suddenly realize, “Holy crap, I have responsibilities… to myself. Oh my God.” The best and worst parts of being a creative entrepreneur are the same: you are in complete and terrifying control, fully accountable for every element of your business.

This wasn’t a guide I was prepared to write when this column began, but a few years later I’ve experienced plenty of battles with myself. It really boils down to acting like any boss or manager. Hold yourself to realistic standards and encourage yourself to get through the tough or less-fun tasks. (Just in time for tax season!) –Adam J. Kurtz

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Design from A to Z: E is for Eames

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Design from A to Z: E is for Eames

Charles and Ray Eames are often considered the darlings of mid-century modern design. Their work is so iconic, that even if you don’t know their names, you most likely know their work. While they are mostly known for their molded plywood chairs and molded fiberglass shell chairs — as you will see from this roundup here — they did so much more than that. The couple also designed homes, were avid photographers, did graphic design, made films and were also industrial designers. The two were actively designing together from 1941 until 1978, when their last design went into production.

This Eames duo, their story and designs are hands down my most favorite to come out of the mid-century modern movement. There’s something so endearing about a couple that worked tirelessly and systematically together, leaving us with so much work that stands the test of time. —Erin

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In San Francisco, First-Time Homebuyers Revel in the Design Process

In San Francisco, First-Time Homebuyers Revel in the Design Process

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The prospect of owning a home isn’t necessarily a part of my generation’s American dream anymore. Paying off our student loans, traveling the world and crafting our own version of a 9 to 5 have gotten top billing instead. Those lucky enough to be in a position to afford home ownership, however, get an exciting opportunity: to say goodbye to pesky landlords and craft a nest that’s unapologetically decorated in their own style. First-time homebuyers Katie Gavigan and her husband Tim are a fabulous example of this. They gave themselves such a chance when they invested in a property in San Francisco, CA.

It took the couple several years to find this option, so when it came time to fill it up they cozied in before jumping to any design conclusions. What’s resulted from this steadier approach to decorating is a home that reflects Tim and Katie’s life with pinpoint accuracy. The work they’ve done as missionaries is captured through the living room’s oversized portraits, pieces picked up from trips to Africa, Cairo and Thailand are slipped in here and there, and thrifty scores embody their shared desire to design on a dime. They don’t take their space for granted either, especially since they live in one of America’s most expensive cities. “We really do consider it a miracle and have to pinch ourselves most days with the reality that we get to call it our own – this little piece of property in this beautiful city. We’re the grateful recipients of this great gift!” the couple tells us. Click through so see how they’ve taken nearly 900 square feet in the Bay area and turned it into a place they cherish. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Katie Gavigan

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10 Times Homeowners Power Clashed Like Pros

10 Times Homeowners Power Clashed Like Pros

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One of my favorite 30 Rock moments of all time is when Jack Donaghy meets his future self who has mastered “power clashing” with his patterned ties and shirts. I think about power clashing a lot and how deeply I envy people who have mastered it. Lena Corwin was one of the first people I knew who could effortlessly mix patterns of different styles, colors and sizes and I am still trying to master that skill (unsuccessfully) to this day. While the general rules hold true (be sure to mix pattern sizes, like-colored patterns work together), I find true power clashing tends to be a skill people either have or don’t. Since I fall into the latter category, today I’m celebrating 10 amazing rooms from DS home tours that celebrate pattern clashing in a big way. My hat is off to these masters of artful clashing. xo, grace

Image above from David and Rumaan’s Brooklyn home tour

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Suzanna and Mick’s children’s room mixes patterns in the form of bedding and a rug that share a common blue accent color. 

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10 Rooms Where Floral Prints Shine

10 Rooms Where Floral Prints Shine | Design*Sponge

10 Rooms Where Floral Prints Shine

It’s no secret that the Design*Sponge team loves floral prints. We’ve done several features on the subject over the years. While it’s been done, it’s time once again to round up our favorite floral prints in the home in time for spring. There are so many new tours featuring floral patterns and prints that the oldest photo in this roundup is only four months old. It may have popped up here and there before but this trend is definitely on the rise in 2017 for a gorgeous way to add color, pattern and personality to any space. From wallpaper and rugs to curtains and pillows, you can add the perfect amount of floral print to your home — no matter your design style. –Lauren

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A California Fixer-Upper Gets a Touch of Farmhouse Style

A California Fixer-Upper Gets a Touch of Farmhouse Style, Design*Sponge

A California Fixer-Upper Gets a Touch of Farmhouse Style

Picture this: the aroma of dirty laundry in the corner, oddball orange-and-red cabinetry, cracked 60s tile and filthy carpet. It sounds like I’m making it up, but such was the scene Paige McEwen, realtor and founder of P + M Design Studio, and her husband Mark came across when they first laid eyes upon this San Diego, CA ranch. Putting it lightly, they were baffled as they stepped from room to room. How could the sellers show their home in such a state? The more they saw of it, though, the more potential started bubbling up to the surface, and by the end of the tour the pair knew they had scored. For months these pitfalls had blinded other buyers, and their loss was going to be Paige and Mark’s gain. Here it was: the fixer-upper they’d been on the hunt for.

That was two years ago, and since then the pair has made good on their promise to give the 4,500-square-foot space an overhaul. Gone are the dated cabinets, gone are the retro tiles and going, going, gone is that dingy carpet. In their place is an eclectic mix of farmhouse-style furnishings that would be at home in any number of remote outposts. As you’ll see, Paige and Mark’s home is unique in its approach to rustic decorating. While there are more traditional touches of the country, they’ve also peppered in modern finds throughout each of the home’s nine rooms as a way to modernize the look. The bold wallpaper in their daughter’s room, for example, is a far cry from bucolic, but the kitchen’s wooden backsplash very much reads as rustic. All in all, they’ve done a fantastic job nailing their dream of living in a “modern farmhouse,” and you’ll have to check out the entire space. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Lauren Armellini

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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!