Embrace the Gallery Wall

March 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Who doesn’t love wandering around an art museum pausing to admire the collection of beautiful pictures mounted on the wall? If the aesthetic of art museums excite you, then creating a gallery wall in your own home could be right up your alley.

Gallery walls are a great way to display your favorite photos of your family or best friends—as a current college student I definitely have more photos than I can count. They also give you an excuse to invest in some interesting art pieces or share the pieces you already own. 

Blank walls get an instant update with a collection of several photos or pictures of various sizes and shapes. It’s a little bit like an arm party, in that more is definitely better when it comes to gallery walls. Check out some of my favorite examples of gallery walls below.

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I love how the mirror adds more dimension and depth to the room, and the striped wall paper is the perfect canvas for this collection of art and artifacts. (image)

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The black and white motif of the photos makes the vibrant printed couch pop even more. But the photos don’t just fade into the background, the interesting arrangement ensures eyes land on the photos and not just the couch. (image)

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Thin or strangely shaped strips of wall can become a vocal point of any room with the addition of several photos in an interesting array. (image)

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The old-timey feel of this staircase is made even more classic by the addition of old fashioned art work in a wraparound gallery wall. (image)

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This is one of the most innovative gallery walls I have ever seen. Placing the photos on top of a wall decal add even more aesthetic appeal to this icy blue wall. I absolutely love this! (image)

Would you ever try a gallery wall? Do you think it’s too much? Let me know in a comment below.

~Bridget

Bringing DIY home

February 23, 2012 § 3 Comments

DIY jewelry, clothes and accessories have all been popular in recent years. But the same do it yourself mentality can be applied to your abode. Thread has even featured a ton of great home DIYs in past issues: check them out at outhreadmag.com.

DIYs are the perfect way to add something completely unique to your living space. You can customize art pieces, lighting and other home accessories to fit your style perfectly. Making it yourself is also a great way to limit your spending on home decorations — look for inexpensive materials that can be used to create an eye-catching piece that looks expensive.

There are tons of DIYs that I would love to try for my own house and hopefully I can find time to tackle some of these projects over spring break! Here are some DIYs I’m dying to try:

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These letters would make such cute bookends. I love the idea of taking maps of my favorite places and using them as decorations, and I think this is an innovative way to use maps as home decor. People have been framing maps for ages, but these letters add a little something special to the idea of map decorations.

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This orb-like lamp would be such a statement piece in any room. While it would take a bit of time and dedication to create it, the piece could really transform a drab space into something special.

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Doing something as simple as framing pretty pieces of scrapbook paper is one of the easiest ways to add artwork to any room. Pick out bright, eye-catching prints and use them to create a statement wall. Pick out a few different options to see which ones look best in your space.

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Who would have thought that cardboard tubes could be used to make such cool storage? This DIY is not only functional — you can use the tubes to as extra storage in any room — but also totally aesthetically pleasing.  A really interesting pattern is easy to create by using several different tube sizes.

Do you have any DIYs that you have been wanting to tackle? Would you try any of the projects I featured? Let me know I’d love to see any finished DIYs you guys may have!

~Bridget

Monochromatic Mania: Rooms with Single Color Schemes

February 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

Color is one of the most important aspects of both fashion and home decoration. Simple outfits can be instantly transformed with a pop of color and the colors you wear can display what mood you’re in. The use of color in home decor is a little more tricky though because you have to live with your color choices for an extended period of time. In fashion if you decide to wear a yellow outfit but later realize yellow doesn’t flatter your skin tone, you can immediately take  it off. It’s much harder to change the entire color scheme of a room on a whim.

Monochromatic dressing has always interested me. The idea of using the same color, in varying tones, to create an outfit is such a cool concept, and a favorite of designers and fashion magazines. Monochromatic styles are making their way over to the realm of interior decorating too, and some of the most intriguing room designs I’ve seen lately have relied heavily on one dominant color. When it comes to monochromatic room designs, I’m particularly drawn to the unexpected use of bright colors.

Here are some of my favorite examples of single color based rooms — I would love to have any of these rooms in my own home.

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I love the use of texture on the wall colored with the fuschia color palate. This is such a modern take on monochromatic style.

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Kelly green is hardly used as a dominant decorating color, but in this living room the shade makes the space bright, airy and fresh.

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This dark purple room takes the monochromatic style to a new level of opulence with it’s rich, regal feel. Though it’s similar in shade to the first photo, this room is a more classic, traditional style.

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This room is like a dream. Turquoise is my absolute favorite color and it looks so cheerful and welcoming in this space. I love how the bright blue color pops up in several tones and patterns. If I could decorate my future place exactly like this I would be a very happy camper.

What color would you most like to decorate an entire room with? Or do you think it would be overkill to commit so fully to just one hue? Let me know what you think!

~Bridget

Lace, leather and leopard: these are a few of my favorite things

February 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Everyone has a few go-to styles in their closet, whether it be a great fitting dress, or a pair of really comfy leggings. For me, my wardrobe go-tos aren’t specific pieces, they’re specific fabrics. Lace, leather and leopard print abound in my closet and every time I go shopping I find myself drawn to more lace dresses, faux-leather skirts or leopard print accents. I just can’t help myself.

So much leopard, so little time

Yes, I love leopard. No I am not on the Jersey Shore nor am I an aging trophy wife. I just think it’s a great print that when done correctly, and sparingly, can add something really special to an outfit. You will never catch me in a skintight, halter top, micromini dress covered in leopard print. Instead, I choose to use the print in accent pieces or paired with neutrals. I know leopard has a reputation for tackiness, but I see through that and embrace it’s outfit saving potential.

It's not real leather, but it's still tough-chic

I love that leather can be paired with really feminine pieces, like floral dresses, to add a little toughness to them, or used as the statement of an outfit to put out a powerful, confident vibe. I love leather that has an unexpected softness to it, like a camel colored leather blazer, or a black flouncy leather skirt. Leather is such a versatile fabric, especially when it’s faux leather and totally affordable.

Multicolored lace is definitely my weakness

Lace has been one of my favorite things for quite a long time. It can be so girly and frilly, but I like to find lace garments that have an unexpected edge to them, like a neon yellow lace midi-length skirt, or an ice-blue lace body-con dress. Lace doesn’t have to be reminiscent of a tablecloth, when done in eye-catching colors and interesting cuts, lace pieces are unapologetically fashion forward.

With my eye constantly being drawn to my favorite fabrics, I started thinking about how I could take those styles and use them outside of my wardrobe. Why not take my wardrobe staples and use them to decorate with? It is definitely attainable and something I hope to do in my own house soon. For now though, I’m left lusting after more lace, leather and leopard, both for my wardrobe and my home.

My favorite things wishlist:

1. Rectangular Leopard Print Pillow: $41.54

 

2. Leopard Print Room Size Rug: $199.99

3. Handmade Leopard Coasters: $12.50

4. Embroidered leather pillows: $210.00

 

5. Morrocan Leather White Ottoman: $195.00

6. Leather bench/trunk with lid: $165.07

7. Lace Wood Letter: $6.00

8. Lacy bird bowl: $22.00

9. Modern Lace Coverlet: $499.99

What favorite things would you like to take design inspiration from? Do you have a favorite fabric for your home and your wardrobe? Let me know in a comment below!

~Bridget

 

 

 

Accessorize more than your outfit

January 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Accessories are the easiest way to take a simple outfit from drab to fab. Throwing on an armful of bracelets a la The Man Repeller, or a n eye-catching collar necklace add interest and aesthetic appeal to any look. I have always loved accessories for their ability to transform outfits. I have jewelry that I wear every single day, like my four sterling silver rings and my Michael Kors watch, and I have accessories that I love to employ to make my outfits extra special, like waist cinching belts, printed scarves and statement jewelry.

Just a few of my favorite "everyday" accessories

Just as accessories can add that extra something special to any outfit, they can do the same thing for any room in your house. And while the accessories you can use in your abode may not be the rhinestoned jewelry, fringed scarves or structured belts that you’re used to, they can be just as effective at adding interest to your home’s interior.

Bedroom

Wallpaper is no longer reserved for the bedroom’s of babies and grandmas, wallpaper with punchy patterns and cool color combinations are the perfect way to add an instant statement wall to your sleeping sanctuary.

 

1. Livenza Aqua from the Designers Guild

2. Volte-Face Wallpaper from Fabrics and Papers

3. Cabriole Camellia from the Designers Guild

4. Marrakesh Honey Wallpaper from Urban Outfitters

5. Poppy Wallpaper from Urban Outfitters

Kitchen

Kitchen’s are often overlooked when thinking of interior design; though many people do dream of gourmet kitchens, they forget about the easy updates that accessories can add in the meantime. One of the quickest ways to add appeal to a kitchen is to insert some graphic kitchen jewelry, like teapots and canisters, which are both functional and decorative.

 

1. London Pottery Company Red and White Spot Teapot from John Lewis

2. Missoni Bianco Nero Teapot from Bloomingdale’s

3. Black and White canister set from Overstock.com

4. Sorrento set of canisters from Amazon

Living Room

Living rooms open themselves up to a wide array of accessory opportunities; candles, throw pillows, book ends, lamps, rugs and artwork all come into play when decorating living rooms. Looking for pieces that are colorful or utilize interesting textures and finishes can keep living rooms from being run of the mill and too simple.

1. Gold Candles from Crate & Barrel

2. Bird and Twig Bookend Pair from Amazon

3. Girad Pillows in Taupe from Design Within Reach

4. Espana Area Rug from Home Decorators Collection

5. Carrie Table Lamp from John Lewis

6. Brooklyn Bridge Artwork from Bloomingdale’s

Dorm Room

Even if you don’t have a place of your own yet, you can still accessorize your temporary room. Removable wall decals are a great way to personalize any utilitarian dorm room. You can choose a pattern or icon that is indicative of your personality and move it around your room anytime you want a change. Sets of picture frames are another great way to add some personal touches to any dorm room, with countless styles and sizes, frames are one of the best quick fix accessories.

 

1. Fedha Frame Set from Uttermost

2. 7 Opening Birds Picture Frame from Target

3. Tree Branches Peel and Stick Wall Decal from Amazon

4. Eiffel Tower Wall Sticker from Amazon

5. Birds and Blossoms Vinyl Wall Decal from Amazon

 

So whether you’re looking to totally spruce up your space or just add a couple of new elements to a room, make sure you don’t forget the accessories. Taking the time to complete your room’s decor down to the smallest details ensures that your room will have the visual flair your looking for.

Keep living the fashionable life in your fashionable home!

~Bridget

 

Borrowed from the Boys

January 18, 2012 § 1 Comment

There’s just something about the menswear trend that I absolutely love. When I first watched Annie Hall as a child, seeing Diane Keaton look so beautiful while decked out in vests, trousers, blouses and ties instantly intrigued me. The idea that someone could look so feminine without wearing a floral dress has always been appealing to me. And just as girls can steal wardrobe inspiration from essential menswear pieces, it’s easy to steal decorating ideas from the boys too.

I love the emphasis that menswear puts on classic structures and strong textiles. I even wrote a story about the menswear for women trend in the October issue of Thread (everybody loves shameless self promotion, right?)

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A well-tailored suit is the easiest way to look sharp, whether you are a male or female, so why let your wardrobe have all the menswear fun? The same principles that define the menswear trend can easily be applied to interior decorations. Look for pieces with strong, well-structured lines made out of essential menswear fabrics like tweed, wool and leather.

Clean, muted, simple colors like blacks, grays, tans and whites are the key to creating a menswear inspired look for your house. Don’t assume you have to create a room totally void of color though, small pops of color work really well with manly furniture, just like a colorful or patterned tie works with a plain colored suit.

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Menswear inspired furniture can create a totally chic, simple room design. So next time you put on a suit and feel way too dressy for your own furniture, don’t hesitate to add a little menswear style to your house. Because people aren’t the only things that deserve to get “suited up,” nothing suits a living room better then a little bit of menswear.

Keep living fashionably guys and let your style shine through your clothes and your homes.

~Bridget

If you can’t wear it, decorate with it

January 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Ahh the unattainable fashion dream: having enough money and gumption to not only afford, but actually pull off a look straight from the runway. Designers effortlessly put together different fabrics, textures and colors in one outfit that inevitably looks amazing on an unbelievably tall and thin model.

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Take this look from the Alice + Olivia Fall 2011 show for example, the combination of a bright orange tweed-inspired fabric, sequins and faux fur looks smashing on a beautiful glamazon, but the outfit isn’t exactly practical for trekking through wind and snow across our brick covered campus. It is however, a beautiful display of the way colors and textures can be used in new, exciting ways.

And while right now I can only dream of being able to afford this eye-catching designer look, it can serve as the perfect inspiration for a fun new approach to interior design. Whether you live in a small, single dorm room or share a house or apartment with a group of friends, taking cues from fashion can open up a whole slew of opportunities for innovative home décor.

Translating this look from something you would wear out on the town to something that can decorate an entire room, lies in the use of color and texture.

Oranges, reds and yellows are rarely combined with dark gray, but doing so creates an aesthetically pleasing and surprising palate. Adding sequins and faux fur into the mix really ties the room together (yes, Big Lebowski reference intended).

If you can't wear it, decorate with it

Adding a few key pieces to any room inspired by a high fashion outfit can take your home straight to the best dressed list. Pretty soon, your outfits won’t be the only thing getting fashion compliments.

Don’t be afraid to dress up your home decor.

~Bridget

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