Category: Home Design

Weekend Reading 12.18.21

Less than a week to go until Christmas! I’m glad I’m done shopping and ready to relax! I’ll share some pictures of my decorated home later this week.

The last week of this year I’m focused on the final details in our flip remodel project, those spaces are getting close to completion. Unfortunately we’ve had a lot of delays with materials this year. Right now I’m waiting for a tile delivery so we can finish the installation in the kitchen, and I’m waiting on sconces for the master bathroom. You can look forward to seeing those remodeled spaces in January!

Favorite links from the week:

The paint colors in this Victorian are so lovely.

What a beautiful courtyard in this Spanish style home in Los Angeles.

A modern yet cozy mix of materials in this kitchen and family room.

Very cool: this DIY limestone bench.

Charming and easy: this DIY pom pom snowflake pillow.

Throwback: 101 dresses from the movies.

25 delicious recipe ideas for holiday dinners.

 This city in Europe is considered the Christmas capital.

Have you enjoyed any of the chocolates from the “best chocolatiers”?

Relationship tips: advice on how to leave respectfully.

The most stunning images of the northern lights from around the world.

Made me laugh: Ms. Brenda the “influencer choreographer”.

These words on gratitude v. wanting more.

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4 Great Tips for Decorating the Wall with Canvas

Gone are the days of standard prints on the wall, nowadays you can completely personalize what you hang on your wall at home.

Whether you’re having precious photos printed on canvas, or ordering your favorite fine art reproduction, there’s plenty to choose from.

To be honest, that doesn’t always make decorating your home easy. How do you ensure that your wall decoration still fits well with the rest of the interior, and that the whole looks tasteful and also original? Here we give you 4 great tips for decorating the wall with canvas.

Don’t be afraid to mix

When it comes to wall decoration, there are few rules. So don’t stop yourself from experimenting and mixing different media. For example, combine a photo printed on canvas with that large clock, smaller photo frames, a cool wall lamp and a shelf with a plant. Other ideas for wall decoration include musical instruments, found objects, beautiful pieces of cloth or fabric, dream catchers, crockery and mirrors.

To make it a whole, make sure that the colors and style of all decoration objects match. For example, a modern, sleek clock should have a more minimalistic image, while a classic wall lamp fits beautifully with a lush ivy hanging plant and a beautiful photo of a special family moment. Also consider the color of the wall itself when choosing the pieces, and the rest of the interior in the room.

Go for the right print in the right space

The living room is probably the first room where you think of hanging canvas prints. But don’t forget the rest of the house either! Where a stylish photo collage or a large statement piece works well above the sofa, the hall, for example, is a nice space to hang a medium-sized family portrait. This way, everyone who enters immediately knows which household they are in, and this is also the last image that visitors see when they leave the house.

The kitchen? Of course, images of food items do well there. Keep in mind that shooting food is a specialty, so make sure that if you take your own photos, they are also of print-worthy quality. It can be fun to combine the images with a chalkboard for the groceries and pans on the wall.

In the toilet you can play with prints again. Will it be some inspiring sayings, or just that one slightly embarrassing, but super funny photo from an amusement park? The study, on the other hand, does better with a calm image, a favorite piece of art for example, or a more artistic portrait in black and white. In the bedroom you can take advantage of the more intimate atmosphere with photos from the wedding, or a special photo shoot you did with your partner. 

With or without frame

The great thing about most canvas prints is that they can be hung without a frame. If you want to protect the print a little more, or simply give it a different style, consider putting a frame around it. The print gets a more chic look with a frame, and you immediately have the chance to play with color and style. A classic frame for a classic photo, a clean frame for a clean image. Or you mix it right!

Involve the whole household

Do not make the selection of canvas prints for the wall a lonely task but give everyone in the house a voice. Children will especially enjoy being able to pick out their own picture for the wall.

Beautiful canvas ideas for the baby and children’s room are of course photos of the whole family, images of moments that the child is proud of (such as that one successful birthday party or the presentation of the swimming diploma) and of course prints of the favorite heroes the little one. Or how about officially framed versions of the most beautiful works of art the child has created?

But your partner will also have their own ideas about what she or he would like to see on canvas on the wall. And who knows, very nice ideas, which you would not have come up with so quickly! So discuss the options together and make sure everyone agrees with the final choice. This way everyone in the house enjoys looking at the pieces on the wall.

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2022 Printable Calendar Collection

My friends, a new year is just around the corner! While you settle into these last few weeks of December, you can still plan for next year!

Introducing my new Calendar Collection for 2022! Over at my print shop, find six different designs to frame. These are all year-at-a-glance style. If you’re like me and like to look ahead or glance at a year then you’ll love these large scale calendars!

These are perfect for an office or kitchen or anywhere you need to quickly remind yourself of dates. I’ve created six different designs using my sketches and photography. I’ve blended artistic touches with the practicality of a calendar in an instant download!

These printable calendars are fantastic framed in poster size at 24×36” but you can also print them at 18×24” or 50x70cm (see below how they’re a perfect fit for the IKEA RIBBA frame).

Here are the six designs up close:

Boho Flourish

Watercolor botanical flourishes in earth tones surround this year-at-a-glance calendar.

 

Olive Leaves

Illustrated palm leaves surround this calendar with months identified in a script font.

 

*also available in a teal background, see the listing!

 

Blue Leaves

Cascading blue leaves beautify this calendar with months backed by blush pink squares.

 

 

Black Scallop

Sketched abstract scallop shapes surround this calendar in minimalist type.

 

Retro Surf

A retro style calendar featuring surfboards in a line with months displayed in minimalist type.

 

 

 

Beach Walk

Find instant serenity in this wall calendar in soothing blue tones and an ocean view.

 

I’m very excited to share these new designs with you!

Earlier this year, I wrote about the easiest way to frame large scale art under $50.

Each one of these prints can be framed and hung on the wall as a reference all year.

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Each digital download includes a 2to3 ratio which prints as large as 24×36” as well as a 3to4 ratio which print as large as the 18×24” size.

Also included is the 50x70cm size which sits perfectly inside this $15 IKEA RIBBA 19¾x27½” frame (also available in black). The 24×36″ IKEA RIBBA frames are only $20!

 

Find the 2022 Calendar Collection here.

 

From today until December 25th, all calendars are 20% off!

Use the coupon HAPPYHOLIDAYS at checkout!

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Cabin Getaways Across the USA

This time of year I always look around for weekend winter getaways and cozy cabins always come to mind. How lovely it is to escape to a little cabin in the woods! In winter, nature is mostly dormant and invites us to slow down and recharge in anticipation of new seasons of growth. How lovely it would be to explore outdoors by day and sit and read by the fire by night in these featured homes.

Last year I featured cabin getaways and desert getaways. Today I’m back with even more cabins available for rent across the USA. These cabins offer appealing interiors that are just as lovely as their outdoor views. As much as I love a classic log cabin, it’s refreshing to see unique twists on traditional style or more contemporary looks on display in these getaways. They’re fun to glance at for design inspiration but you can rent them too! Click on the header links to explore more images and check out their availability calendar.

Sky Cabin | Washington

 

 

Coastal Hilltop | Oregon

 

Big Bear Lake | California

 

 

 

Lake Arrowhead | California

 

 

 

Mountain Chalet | Montana

 

Modern A Frame | South Dakota

 

 

 

Blushing Beaver Cabin | Oklahoma

 

 

 

 

Long Lake | Wisconsin

 

Frame | Pennsylvania

 

Fairytale Cabin | Vermont


 

 

Tiny Home | Tennessee

 

Catskills Cabin | New York

 

 

Modern Mountain | North Carolina

 

Lake Hartwell | Georgia

 

Which one would you pick for a weekend getaway?

 

 

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5 Secrets of People Who Always Have a Clean House

It is natural for homes to become messy and dirty at times, but the homeowners use different techniques to tackle various problems. There isn’t any confirmation that proves that a few people come with a clean gene. For developing better habits for keepinghouses clean, it is time to disclose some secrets. Towards the end, you will find that it is not tough to have a clean home:

Discard the old and worn out

When you have fewer items in your home, then you can easily get a cleaner home. When cleanliness freak people purchase anything new, they become successful in escaping from the worn out and old things. And so, they manage to strike a balance. These people either donate or sell their old things. At times, they also throw out the old things that they no longer need or use. People should be mindful that nothing should be preserved for safekeeping. If you haven’t worn a dress within the last year, it is most unlikely that you will wear it again. Hence, there’s no point in keeping it.

Do the dishes 

A kitchen can’t look spotless when the sink is full of dirty dishes. Dirty dishes make a kitchen look messy naturally. So, it would not be a nice idea not to wash them the very day and postpone the work to be done the next day. You must always clean them now.

Form rules

Forming rules might sound similar to boot camp; people who have clean homes do implement different rules. For example, they do not walk around wearing their outdoor shoes inside their homes. They also train their kids to clean up besides enforcing some rules regarding where they must keep their toys. Home is a person’s castle and so, everyone wants to have a clean castle that they can enjoy. For having a clean home, you must set some rules and everyone in the house should follow them. Even when you aren’t born with a clean gene, you are liberal toacquire a few cleaning habits

Cleaning gutters 

Clogged gutters always pose a huge concern to a person’s gutter system. When a person lives in an area that has lots of trees, critters, and overhead foliage that run around, then he would be required to hire a professional gutter cleaning service, like Clean Pro Gutter Cleaning Kansas City for getting his gutters cleaned regularly. Gutter cleaning is a vital task that people need to include for having a clean home. Frequent cleaning of gutters avoids pesky damage of water and insect infestations too.

Keep all the cleaning supplies handy

Though it seems sufficiently tough for a person to keep his house clean, he must not make the process tougher. And so, people must keep all-purpose paper towels and cleaners under every bathroom sink. And so, you will find no excuse to not keep the counter clean when it seems dirty. If people are required to haul their cleaning supplies all through the house, they will not feel inclined to use them.

How Do Tenancy Deposit Claims work?

Imagine this situation: you have just moved into your new rented home after giving your landlord your tenancy deposit. You’re confident that your money is safe with them because they promised to register it with a government-authorised protection scheme.

Fast forward to more than a month later and you have asked your landlord for an update on your deposit, but you have  not received any reply. Take heart though; according to UK laws, landlords are required to protect tenant deposits within 30 days of them receiving the money. Once they have done so, they are to send tenants details about the protection scheme where they registered the deposit. This is called prescribed information, and if this is not provided to you 30 days after you paid the deposit, you may be eligible to file for a dispute or tenancy deposit claim. 

Tenancy deposit protection schemes are intended to keep your money safe throughout the course of your tenancy. If you break any of the tenancy terms or damage part of the property, your landlord can use the money to offset repair costs. But if you have diligently followed all tenancy terms and paid your rent on time, your landlord is obligated to return the deposit to you after your tenancy ends.

Tenancy disputes

Millions of tenants in the UK claim that their profit is not protected. The estimated worth of unprotected deposits is around £515 million, or nearly 50% of tenants. Many renters often think that if their landlord is well-known or has been in business for years, or their letting agency is popular and big, they are automatically guaranteed deposit protection. Most of the time, the reality is the opposite: their deposits were not or have not been protected. 

So, even if it is specified in the agreement that your deposit will be protected, don’t rely too much on it. There are rogue landlords who often resort to illegal behaviour, such as denying their tenants deposit protection. 

When you can make tenancy deposit claims

There are three instances when you are eligible to file for tenancy deposit claims

When your landlord does not register your deposit in any of the government-authorised protection schemes: mydeposits, Deposit Protection Service, and Tenancy Deposit Scheme. When your landlord protects your deposit and then removes it without re-registering it even while you are still renting and living in the property. When your landlord puts your deposit into the tenancy deposit protection scheme late – after more than the 30 days that was given to them.

If your landlord is found to have breached the tenancy deposit laws, they will be ordered to return the original deposit to you and will be asked to pay between one to three times the deposit value for every breach.

How a tenancy claim works

Before filing a tenancy claim, you first need to verify if your deposit has been protected or not. Here’s what you need to do:

To check if you have a basis for making a claim, you can ask your landlord or letting agent for confirmation. If they did not provide you with the prescribed information, you should ask them for it  because they are required to do so by law. If your landlord or letting agent does not respond or provide you with accurate information, check the websites of the deposit scheme providers. You will have to enter the following details:Your surnameStart date of your tenancyYour postcode

These details are typically contained in your tenancy agreement.

If you are in a joint tenancy, you may have to enter the details of your joint tenants if the information is not available under your name. 

If you just renewed your tenancy, you should enter a different start date. 

If you cannot find the details you need, talk to a representative of the deposit protection scheme provider. Their contact number is usually displayed on their website.

Once you have verified that your landlord has not protected your deposit, you need to get in touch with a team of solicitors experienced in tenancy deposits. After verifying your proof of a right to claim, the team might have to go over your tenancy agreement to determine if your landlord provided you with the right clauses and documentation. 

This step will provide further confirmation if you have a valid claim. 

Your deposit protection compensation claim team might also verify with you if you are still willing to push through with legal action. 

Provide your solicitors with all the information needed for your claim to move forward. This includes evidence such as photos, videos, and documentation of landlord-tenant communication (via email, text, written letters, or personal meetings). 

The team will then prepare a letter of claim for you, which is sent to your landlord. Your landlord is given 14 days to respond to your letter. If they do not, your team of solicitors will prepare to take them to court.

No win, no fee

Choose the team of solicitors from Tenancy Deposit Claims if you want a no-win-no-fee guarantee from solicitors who are authorised and registered with The Solicitors Regulation Authority. Tenancy Deposit Claims’ solicitors are well-versed and experienced in tenancy deposits, so your chances of getting a successful claim are higher.

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Weekend Reading 11.28.21

Well this week I had my fill of Thanksgiving flavors. We hosted a teen Friendsgiving on Tuesday, a classic Thanksgiving on Thursday, and attended a casual outdoor fried Turkey Thanksgiving yesterday where I discovered some new recipes I’ll be recreating soon. My belly was full many times and I felt so thankful for the health and harmony that exists in my life. This morning I went on a run around my neighborhood under blue skies and bright yellow leaves and felt so very blessed.

This week I’m just finishing up a few more decorations around the house for Christmas and I’ll be releasing new calendars for 2022 later in the week, I think you’ll love those!

Favorite links from the week:

11 facts you may not know about Christmas trees. image via bh&g

This Newport Beach cottage all decked out for the holidays.

How housing styles have changed in the last 450 years.

This Los Angeles structural renovation of a modernist dwelling.

20 festive mantels decorated for the holidays.

How to fold a cloth napkin in the shape of a Christmas tree.

Indoor holiday games to play on cold winter nights.

This impressive DIY electric fireplace project.

This IKEA hack reed trim nightstand.

Kudos to Lush for taking this stand as a beauty brand.

The best places in the world to see the northern lights.

This beautifully written story of friendship.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving friends! How cool is it that we have a holiday focused completely on gratitude and sharing food!

I am so thankful for all of you that continue to read along and follow this blog. Your support and your uplifting comments mean the world to me, and your visits and subscriptions keep me motivated to continue sharing ideas and projects with you.

Wishing you all a fun day in your stretchy pants that ends will a full belly surrounded by people who you love and who care about you.

Happy Thanksgiving from my home to yours!

xo

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DIY Wall Christmas Tree

I wanted to create something different for a holiday tree this year. I was inspired by this wall hanging christmas tree and thought to build a taller version for myself for less money and I did!

This wall Christmas tree is made with lattice strips and pine garland from Lowe’s and decorated with lights and ornaments just like any holiday tree, but this version is flat on the wall so it’s perfect for small spaces!

 

The “trunk” which supports the design is painted the same as the wall color so it recedes into the background.

 

To recreate one for yourself the supplies are: two 8’ lengths of 3/4” pine lattice; 9 feet of pine holiday garland; 1¼” wood screws; battery operated lights; large picture hanging strips; paint (same color as wall); holiday sprays and ornaments of choice; miter saw; level, paintbrush; pencil; wire cutters; floral wire.

First, cut the two 8’ strips of ¾” lattice into the lengths shown: 6’ “trunk” with 5 “branches” in the following sizes: 30”, 24”, 18”, 12”, 6”.

 

 

 

With a level and pencil, mark the 6’ “trunk”on the wall. Apply the picture hanging strips to the back of the tree “trunk” and (following the instructions) press the back of adhesive hanging strips to wall. Remove it from the wall and paint it the same color as the wall so it blends with the background.

Mark a 12” separation between the “branches” on the “trunk” and drill pilot holes through the center.

 

Cut the 9’ pine garland with wire cutters into the lengths of the “branches”.

 

Using floral wire, attach the trimmed piece of pine garland to the individual “branches” and insert any berry or leaf sprays.

 

One the paint on the “trunk” is dry, reattach it to the wall with the Command large picture hanging strips. Using a drill or screwdriver, attach the garland embellished branches to the “trunk” with wood screws.

 

Add battery lights, hang ornaments, and add any other decor!

You could also use the same tree to display your holiday cards too!

See today’s Instagram Reels for the full step by step video.  🙂

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Our Family Room: 1.5 Years In

We haven’t dropped in on this room since this post from more than a year ago about hanging our giant chandelier (how is that possible?! Where did that year go?!?!). This room in many ways has functioned well from day one for us – so I guess our infrequent check-ins make sense. We knew we wanted this big multi-purpose space to serve a few different functions like cozy movie room, a place to lay on the sofa and read/lounge, office/workspace for us, and an arts & craft desk for the kids that could also store all of their papers & creations while having another spot to store all of our board games and all of our work papers. I know. It’s a tall ask, but this is a big room, and as soon as we moved in we knew just where we wanted the TV (and heck, that’s as good of a place to start as any).

Continue reading Our Family Room: 1.5 Years In at Young House Love.

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