How to Style your Mantel: Holiday Edition

Now that the Holiday season has begun, so has the decorating. Fireplaces often become one of the focal points for holiday decorating, so if you’re unsure how to style your mantel this season, this post is for you!

Step 1: Remove everything from your mantel and start with one main focal point, whether its a large mirror or a large piece of art. This will anchor your decor.

Holiday Mantle Styling

Step 2: Add height and texture. You can do this with a vase full of holiday branches, faux small trees, or a tall decorative item.

Holiday Mantle Styling

Step 3: Add varying height with candles and other decorative items.

Holiday Mantle Styling

Step 4: Create grouping of the items on your mantel.

Holiday Mantle Styling

Step 5: Add your stockings. Get these custom made ones from Charlotte Interiors here.

Holiday Mantle Styling

And Voila! Your fireplace is all styled for the holiday! An extra tip is to add a nice basket to the side of your fireplace to hold wood logs, holiday branches, or even an extra blanket. It adds an extra layer of texture, interest and height.

Enjoy your holiday decorating!

IKEA Hack: Designer Inspired Nightstands

Nightstand Ikea Hack

This week I finally got around to finishing my nightstands, which I purchased from IKEA about 2 months ago. I originally wanted to get these beautiful designer side tables from Bungalow5, but I decided to try out a cheaper version and make my own using IKEA dressers, which only cost $50/each.

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Bungalow5 Dresser

IKEA Dresser

In 10 easy steps I turned the IKEA dressers into designer inspired nightstands and here’s how you can too!

Ikea Hack Nightstands

STEP 1: Pour yourself a drink, my preferred choice was wine, since we all know how IKEA assembly goes, the drink helps make it a little less frustrating.

STEP 2: Follow the directions and assemble the dressers.

STEP 3: Prime the dressers. I only primed the areas that I was going to paint, which did not include the inside of the drawers, but if you want to have those finished as well, then prime those areas. The primer that I used was ZINGER (R) Bulls Eye 1-2-3 (R) Water-Base Primer

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STEP 4: Let it dry. Once the primer is dry, give it a light sanding, this will smooth out the surface for a nicer paint finish.

STEP 5: Choose your paint color. I went with Benjamin Moore Cloudy Sky 2122-30

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STEP 6: Paint the dressers. I used Benjamin Moore Advance Interior Paint in a pearl finish. This product is great for furniture or cabinets and the pearl sheen gives just enough sheen without being too gloss. Plus it goes on really easily.

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STEP 7: Pick your hardware. I chose these ring pulls from AllModern.

Ikea Hack

STEP 8: Apply 2nd coat of paint.

STEP 9: Put on your hardware and put your drawers in the dresser.

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STEP 10: Put in place and style! Add a lamp, some books and a flower and ta-da! A beautifully styled nightstand.

Ikea Hack Nightstands

 

 

 

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Painted Brick, The Big Debate

There seems to be a divide on painted brick, people either seem to love it or they hate it. I personally love it! One of the worries that I hear often from clients, is that they’re not sure how it will look once it’s all painted, and I always tell them it will look great! It gives a little bit of texture and interest while allowing you to change your house color to something else without being dictated by the color of the brick. Some brick is definitely beautiful, but other’s not so much, and as a cheaper alternative to replacing the brick, painting has become very popular. Here are some great examples of homes with painted brick, in case you’re still on the fence or you’re looking for inspiration.

Painted Brick

Image: Instagram @ccandmikecreative

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Image: Studio McGee

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Image: Architecture by Hyrum McKay Bates. Design by Liv Design.

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Image: Domain Developments

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Image: Design Loves Detail

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Image: Willow Homes

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Image: Instagram @xomrsmeasom

And now some before and afters so you can see the real transformation!

Painted Brick

Image: Kim Trouten

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Image: OMG Lifestyle

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Image: Hooked on Houses

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Image: House & Home

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Design Trend I Love: Breakfast Nooks

Over the past while, I’ve been noticing a design trend that’s been popping up all over my Pinterest and in magazines, that is breakfast nooks! What’s so great about a breakfast nook you wonder? Well first of all it’s a prefect place to start your day, ideally small and cozy, located near a window, its the perfect place to have your morning coffee or read the paper. They’re also great for kids doing homework while you’re cooking dinner, or for a casual late night snack or board games with the kids; breakfast nooks provide lots of function.

Usually located next to or on the side of the kitchen, breakfast nooks can come in a variety of combinations, such as banquettes, built-in booths, chairs, benches, with round tables, square tables, large tables,or  small tables, the options are endless.

Check out these breakfast nook designs below:

 

Breakfast Nook

They don’t have to be large, even this small spot is great for having your morning breakfast.

Breakfast Nook

Use the corner of your kitchen to create a cozy nook and break up a wall of cabinets.

Breakfast Nook

Create a built-in bench with drawers for extra storage.

Breakfast Nook

Built-in bench seating is perfect for adding coziness and extra seating.

Breakfast Nook

Add pillows to make it even more cozy!

Breakfast Nook

Use your island to create a breakfast nook.

Breakfast Nook

Use an alcove to create a perfect breakfast nook.

Breakfast Nook

Breakfast Nook

Don’t want to commit to a built in, but still want that cozy feel, use a sofa instead!

Breakfast Nook

Breakfast Nook

It doesn’t have to be directly in the kitchen, create a spot where you have room.

Breakfast Nook

There are lots of ways to create a breakfast nook, so get creative!

~Charlotte

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