breakfast bar essentials

The past few apartments I lived in all had breakfast bars, but finding cool stools that didn’t take up much space was difficult. In come the Tabouret Stools- colorful, great clean lines, and stackable to get them out of the way when not being used! I found interior designer Benjamin Dhong and love how he used them to add color to this kitchen. Click the photo to go to Overstock.com, where you can purchase them for $89.99 for a set of 2- so many colors to choose from!

http://benjamindhong.com/kitchen-and-bath-rennovation

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re-decorating for a retiree

I love how the interior designer Emily Henderson uses bright colors and awesome patterns in all of her projects. She recently re-did the home of a woman living in a retirement home and turned it into something I would love to live in! Turqouise, teal and coral… GORGEOUS! My favorite part might be the little detail of building glass shelves into the window sills to create a vertical garden.

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Bar Carts

One of my friends has an empty little nook in his kitchen between where the built in cabinets end and the wall is. He is currently keeping his fully stocked bar in the corner of his counter top, taking up some prime real estate. I’ve been trying to keep my eye out for an affordable bar cart, but they all seem to be insanely expensive for what it is. I found these 10 great DIYs of various bar carts. This one, the boldest and brightest, had a former life of being a school AV cart- grey and dingy. I’m sure you remember these from back in grade school when they used to house the projector machine! Click the link to see these amazing projects.

8 homes under 400 sq feet

This photo is of a 200 Square foot apt. I’m fascinated by the way people can organize and decorate small spaces, and make them look so livable and stylish (a wide angle lens helps too!). Click on the photo to see Apartment Therapy’s top 8 homes under 400 Square feet. Very inspiring

Side table styling

Have you ever given any thought to ‘styling’ a table- whether it be side table, nightstand or coffee table? Check out interior designer Emily Henderson’s easy DIY side table paint job, and how you can transform the feel of the table by some simple styling.

Click the link to head to her site/post!

If you follow my instagram (sambrando), a few weeks ago I picked up mini glass terrariums at Target in the Dollar section. I finally made the trip out to Terrain at Styers to purchase some succulents (found 0 at Lowes & Home Depot). I originally had 3 terrariums, but broke one right before I started to build them, so I substituted a Mason jar I got at a wedding instead (the jars were the seating assignments & were also used for your drinks all night- fun times). 15 minutes later and these were finished! Continue reading

Rawr!

If you know me, you know I’m into the bright and quirky, and sometimes slightly weird things. I saw somethings similar to this posted on a blog awhile back and it made me smile. All you need is some spray paint, a dinosaur toy, and an air plant!

I’m not the most patient person so this is my T-Rex soaking up some sun, trying to dry off.

Airplants, contrary to what I thought before I googled them, do actually need to be soaked in water every week or so.

Once this guy has a permanent home, I’ll throw up a pic of him in his new surroundings.

I love this ground floor hang-out room in my friends Bridget & Kate’s row home off Fitler Square in Philadelphia on Croskey Street. It has been deemed the ‘Margarita Room’ and is right off their enclosed patio/garden (pics of that later!). They pulled the blue/green/yellows from the beautiful tiles that border the built in bench seating and the working wood burning fire place. Above the mantle hangs a vintage birds eye view of Philadelphia.

If you or your friends need helping finding a rental in or out of the city, let me know how I can help!

 

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Chevron Rug

Chevron has definitely been making itself more known in the design world in the last year, and for some reason this pattern = $$$. Thanks to the blog of The Every Girl, (http://www.livecreatingyourself.com), I discovered RugsUSA and their wayyy affordable chevron rug. You can get a 7’10″x10’10” for $108! Click the photo to shop!

Obsessed with this living room

I read the blog designlovefest.com pretty much daily. This week Bri posted her living room makeover courtesy of her friend, and interior designer, Emily Henderson. I love the bright colors, patterns, and plants! Spring inspiration. Click through the photo for more pictures and the post!

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