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

 

 

 

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