I’m thrilled to finally share with you a scandinavian-inspired living room makeover I did with The Land of Nod! About a month ago, I decided it was time to give our upstairs living room a bit of personality. Our main aim was to create a modern, simple and functional space.
Here’s what we did to the space:
1. Repainted the green walls a fresh and crisp white.
2. Built a faux mantle to break up the stone fireplace.
3. Took down the beige drapery and added white curtains to go with the flow of the walls.
4. Added a built-in desk to utilize the functionality of the space.
5. Added black, white, grey and pink accents thanks to The Land of Nod’s gorgeous spring pieces!
Be sure to head over to Honest to Nod for the full reveal! It would mean the world if you came back to leave a comment letting me know what you think about the whole transformation!
I decided to put together a comprehensive guide on how you can get the look of my home office makeover/creative space! I loved this project because it posed a lot of design dilemmas – space being the biggest issue. And yet, we were able to pull off a stylish and functional work area without having to do any major demolition or overhaul. Bonus! 1. Modular Desk: This was a must-have for my small office area. I wanted to have options, so I didn’t feel stuck with one look! Especially since I can’t move anywhere horizontally, it was nice to have vertical space to work with. I can move my shelves around and play with the look a little more this way! If you can’t DIY one of your own like we did, then this modular desk is an affordable option!
2. Fabulous Lighting: Having a wall mounted lamp helps resolve the space issue by not taking up the floor/desk top area in any way, but also adding a playful element to it as well. It’s strategically placed so it’s both useful for my desk area, but also the living room as a whole. Not to mention, having modern lighting really takes the space to another level!
3. Modern/Comfy Chair: One way to set apart your teeny home office is having a less traditional office chair. Skip the wheels and go for something a little more minimal. This Wired Chair is a great option. Not only does it look light and airy, it just doesn’t take up any space at all. Worried your bum might get sore? No problem! You can easily buy a leather cushion or throw a sheepskin on there for more comfort. Surprisingly, it’s comfy all on it’s own!
4. Black and White and Pops of Pink: Every room design needs a color palette. But when the space is shared, it can be difficult to go off exploring other colors. I stuck with the basic neutrals, in this case, black and white. I also recently added pink to the space to add a feminine and whimsical touch. In a small space, it certainly doesn’t have to be anything big. Vases, plant pots, throws or pillows will do the trick!
5. Natural Textures: Not only do you want your space to look nice, but it should feel nice too! That’s why textures are so important to the senses! It’s stimulating and and adds great contrast to all those bright shiny surfaces! Go for a patterned rug, cowhide or giant sheepskin for the floor. Oh, and plantsof course!
6. Bling: Enough said. Am I right? Take for example this amazing clock!
7. Minimal Storage: You need something functional to hide all those not-so-pretty things. Like all those endless craft supplies. There’s practically a box for everything these days. A box to hide those computer cords. A box to hide those paint brushes, scissors, and sharpies. And lastly, a desk organizer for those office supplies you bought just so your desk could look pretty. Am I the only one who does that?
8. Element of Surprise: Add something quirky. Something special. Something unique! It can be art, a sculpture or anything really! In this case, it’s a dart board turned bulletin board. It’s functional, but an unexpected piece. It’s bold, graphic and makes a statement! It’s perfect.
Sure hope that was helpful to you and pointed you in the right direction if you’re thinking of tackling your (space limited) home office/creative space!
I’m still itching to do a fun painting project somewhere in the house! We almost did a diagonal painted wall in our master bedroom, but decided it wasn’t the right space for that. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites to use as inspiration. Still trying to figure out where to do it – kids rooms? Basement living room? Foyer? Any ideas?!
Are you working on any fun design projects in your home? I feel like we have so many things going on, it can be a little overwhelming. Which is why we decided to take it slow for just a bit, rest up and then start getting the rest done!
I have to admit, I’ve been wanting to marble something for a looooooong time! I’ve looked at all the different techniques, but the one that caught my attention was this Marbling Using Nail PolishDIY, which inspired this project. So naturally, I gave it a try. Yep, it’s pretty safe to say that I instantly fell in love with how easy it was and how beautiful the results were.
All you will need is a container that’s big enough to submerge your entire object, nail polish and water. Right off the bat I am going to warn you that using old nail polish that you might have kicking around from who knows when will NOT work. I tried it all. It gives you clumpy results, rather than that nice smooth finish you’re looking for.
I used nail polish that was fairly new, it doesn’t have to be expensive by any means! Don’t be afraid to practice until you feel comfortable with your technique. I failed the first few times, but finally got it right on my final two projects. For decor, I simply used an As-Is candle holder form IKEA that we got for $2.50 and an old ceramic trophy I found at Target a couple years ago.
Fill your container with water and drop your nail polish into the water in whatever pattern you desire. I did little swirls, but you can do anything! You may choose to swirl the polish once it’s in the water with a skewer, but I let the polish take on it’s natural form. Don’t wait too long, within a few seconds you should be dipping your object carefully into your water/polish mixture. I simply pressed one side of my object straight down on one side of the container and turned it on the other side as it was making it’s way out of the water so the entire object was covered. If you just want to dip your object into the mixture, simply submerge it until you have the amount covered, depending on the look you are going for.
Carefully place on a dry surface. Do not touch until the object is completely dry! Once dry, display your piece and enjoy! I’ve tried all kinds of colors, there are so many beautiful outcomes! It’s impossible to not have fun with this.
I ultimately chose a grey nail polish for a more modern look which better suits my decor, but I’ve also used a hot pink which was SO fantastic (keep an eye out for another Marble-y DIY soon)!
I’ve been loving Pastels and Polka Dots lately! I can’t decide which one I love more than the other, so I thought I would combine the two for a fun accent wall in Violet’s room. Since we’ve moved in, we hadn’t really done a whole lot to her room yet. It was a nice blank slate, so it didn’t feel urgent. Now that things are slowing down a bit, I had a chance to start working on her room with a lot more thought and a whole lot of inspiration!
I love the idea of minimal design in kids spaces. I didn’t want her room to be too loud, but rather calming. I decided to create a wall that had a clean and simple design that added a girly and whimsical touch!
I’ve been inspired by all those amazing paint ideas out there. I decided to go with a fun house silhouette to frame her bed. I thought painting the whole room pink was a little cliche for a girls room, so I opted for a pop of pink instead. I went with a very soft/pale hue, but thought the wall needed a little something extra!
I decided to make some more Mini Vinyl Heart Wall Decals for her wall and placed them in a random pattern. I love how it adds some nice texture to the space, but still holding true to that minimal feel. I added some house shelving to balance out the painted house silhouette and some stars to create the illusion of a sky above her bed (both are fun night lights!).
This is just a little sneak peek, how do you like the direction of the space so far?
Yesterday, I shared some Pretty Pink Living Rooms and today I’m back with some ways you can incorporate this color in your home too. Whether you want a dash of pink or you want to go all out, these pretty pink accents for the home will surely be a hit!
These pieces would work separately or together, which is partially why I chose various shades of pink in order for you to get an idea of how you can play around with this color. If you aren’t sure about this trend, a pale pink or blush might be a good way to go. If you’re loving it, then more bright and vibrant might be your thing! The question is, are you loving this look or having a hard time with it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
As we are in the process of giving our upstairs living room a makeover, I’ve gathered some Pretty Pink Living Rooms as inspiration. I love the idea of having soft pink accents with bold black, white and grey pieces! We want our living room to look very Scandinavian-inspired to go with the rest of our home. I think bringing in a few clean and simple pieces will help the room feel fresh and modern!!
Simply start on the bottom of your clock (to hide the uneven ends) and begin to wrap your washi tape around the surface. Every time you make a complete circle, begin a whole new row of washi tape and wrap around again until the surface is completely covered. I told you it was easy!
My clock went from boring white to pops of pattern in no time! I’m sure you can do a better job of lining up your dots on the washi tape. I actually wasn’t going to show you this DIY, so I didn’t take any pictures. Then I decided that was just a silly idea! I had to share how simple this was, so I removed the washi tape and started over…in a bit of a hurry. Sorry excuse, I know. At least you get the idea – right?!
I love washi tape and I love quick projects like this. So if you’re anything like me, than you’ll love it too!
In all the years I’ve been blogging, I’ve never actually had my own office/workspace! I usually used our living room couch as my office and my lap was my desk. It was frustrating trying to get work done at times, which I’m sure you can imagine. So when we moved into our new home, I knew that I really wanted a little area designated for my blog and design projects. It would help me feel more organized and the hope was, I would feel a little more productive in the end!
I wouldn’t so much call it my office or workspace, since it is technically part of our living room. I’ve resorted to calling it my Creative Space, since this is the area that I find myself doing a lot of planning, playing and prepping for all those projects I’m trying to get done! It’s exactly what I needed. My husband works during the day and I stay at home with the kids. I can’t just lock myself away in a room somewhere, but I do find that I can work in this little space in our living room while the kids read or play with their toys at my feet. I would still love to have my own office one day, but this is a great alternative for all those stay-at-home moms working from home!
My desk was created to replicate the design of our Danish Inspired Modular ShelvingUnit we made a couple years back. It pulls the living room and dining room together now, making everything feel cohesive and smooth. You can adjust the heights of the shelves and desk top very easily, making it a great work space whenever I need to work on any DIYs. I can stand or sit, depending on the project I’m working on. Not to mention, It’s a great space for photographing my work, since the wall makes a great white backdrop and the lighting from the front window is ideal for shooting.
I brought in some bold black and white pieces to allow this area of the room to stand out just a bit, like the repurposed bulletin dart board! It’s a fun way to put up my to-do lists, pretty cards and art. I really wanted the space to feel minimal, modern and playful. The addition of the Vinyl Mini Heart Wall Decals made the space feel a little more feminine and whimsical, without it being too overboard.
I really do feel a lot more organized and eager to work! It’s amazing what a little makeover can accomplish both mentally and physically. What do you think of this little creative space – could you see this working in your home?
I’ve had a lot of people ask me how I find the time to decorate and design my home while controlling my three toddlers! The truth is, some days I don’t find the time!! But when I do, it’s because I choose those easy DIYs that take maybe a half hour of my day or less. It’s all about doing things quickly and as simply as possible! And today’s Mini Vinyl Heart Wall Decals are a great example of both those things.
Materials + Directions
What you will need: Black Vinyl, Heart Puncher
Simply begin by creating your hearts with the heart puncher. I got both the vinyl and puncher from Michael’s. Once you have as many as you want to work with, peel the back of the heart off and create your design on the wall. I wanted my hearts to cascade down the wall randomly, but you can have total freedom on your design!
This project should only take you about 10-20 minutes, depending on how many you decide to make. The black vinyl has a nice finish and gives the wall a completely new look! I love it in our home, it just feels so minimal and modern!
Honestly, vinyl is such an easy way to update any area of your home! It’s my secret weapon when I’m short for time. Hopefully this was helpful to you and now you feel a bit more inspired to do a little project for your home too!
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