Category Archives: Living Room Ideas

DIY Easy Handmade Christmas Stockings 2013 Ideas from HGTV

No mantel? No sewing skills? No problem! These unique handmade Christmas stockings will inspire you to think outside the sock.

Instead of a traditional Christmas stocking, try making these fun, vintage grain sack inspired “stocking sacks” from Marian Parsons. With draw strings and custom painting, these sacks are cute and functional. Use them in lieu of stockings, as a stand-in for wrapping paper or as a personalized hostess or teacher gift.
These burlap coffee sack stockings have an effortless, vintage vibe. Sprigs of greenery peeking out of the top feel fresh and also hide the treasures inside from prying eyes.
Don’t toss that old sweater. Instead, repurpose it as custom stockings for the entire family. This project requires no sewing machine or knitting needles and can easily be completed in an afternoon. (That’s our Christmas gift to you!)
Give your holiday mantel a high-fashion makeover with custom leather Christmas stockings. Wouldn’t these tanned beauties be so appropriate for a rustic industrial holiday?
Rate My Space user QuincyRN had the clever idea to repurpose cowboy boots as stockings for a dose of Southwestern charm.
These handmade plywood stockings from blogger Erin Loechner reflect a Scandinavian aesthetic and the wood subtly warms up the white mantel. Best of all? They’re magnetic, so they can be removed and filled with ease.
Give your holiday decorations a playful twist by swapping out traditional Christmas stockings for metal pails painted with fun, bright colors. Who said stockings had to be made of fabric anyway?

New Kitchen Cabinet Knobs, Handles and Pulls 2014 Style

Add instant style to your kitchen cabinets with new 2014 knobs, pulls and handles.

Updating cabinet hardware is an easy way to change the overall appearance of your kitchen without investing a lot of money or time. Plus, there is a wide range of stores and online resources for finding the perfect pulls, knobs and handles to match your style. Kitchen design by Beth Haley

Dark walnut cabinetry, paired with thin bar-style door and drawer pulls, builds a modern foundation for this kitchen. Materials such as stainless steel, custom glass backsplashes and granite further the modern aesthetic while remaining elegant. Butter yellow hand-tipped leather stools add the perfect accent to the restrained color palette. Design by Gregory Augustine

Contemporary hardware in a brushed-nickel finish blends seamlessly with the gray-colored cabinets and counter, as well as the stainless steel appliances, for a soothing, unified look in this galley kitchen. Design by Nicole Sassaman

Simple round black knobs complement the black in the countertops and allow the unusual wainscoting and embossed tin backsplash to grab the spotlight in this country kitchen. Design by Sue Adams

The hammered effect on these traditionally styled Arts and Crafts knobs and pulls adds to the rustic look of the hand-hewn cabinets.

In the HGTV Dream Home 2011 kitchen, small square cabinet door knobs offer a subtle but elegant contrast to the stacked rectangular Carrera marble tile on the backsplash. Design by Linda Woodrum

Similar, subtle accent notes are made with the small button-like knobs and drawer pulls in this transitionally styled kitchen. Instead, the decorative flourishes in the granite countertops and backsplash with stainless steel tile insets add drama to the space. Design by Christopher J. Grubb; photography by Jeromy Robert

Don’t be afraid to mix and match hardware styles. The hand-painted archway, the cobalt blue and accent countertop tiles, and the decorative ceramic knobs all come together to give this kitchen an authentic Mexican feel. Stainless steel contemporary-styled handles and drawer pulls make an appearance, picking up the finish on the stove hood, stovetop and light fixtures in the adjacent dining room. Design by Erica Islas

A custom copper sink and faucet are showstopping additions to this formal kitchen. The ornate cabinet hardware and elegant chandeliers further the regal feel of the space. Design by Dave Stimmel

Kitchen cabinet pulls, knobs and handles can be found in a wide range of styles, from traditional to modern to down-right funky. The colorful cabinetry paired with contemporary hardware provides visual delight in this artistic-styled kitchen. Design by Lou Ann Bauer

HGTV Dream Home 2014 : Kids’ Bedroom Pictures

About the Kids’ Bedroom: 

Part fun hideaway, part practical place to sleep, this kid-friendly bunkroom proves that grown-up details can fit right in in a child-focused space. Vaulted ceilings and exposed beams give this room a treehouse feel, and allow for stacked bunk beds that can sleep four. 

The vaulted ceilings, exposed wood beams and light-filled windows give this room a treehouse feel. The space’s architecture allows for the use of stacked bunk beds that can sleep four.

Part fun hideaway, part practical place to sleep, this kid-friendly bunkroom is grown-up enough to serve as an overflow sleeping space for adult guests.

Best Ways to Use Blue in Bedroom : Color of 2014

Ever heard anyone say they don’t like blue? Not likely, since blue is a worldwide favorite, valued for its tranquil vibes, adaptable nature, and reassuring blue-jean, water, and sky connections. Blue shades, ranging from the palest powder to deep sea navy, complement most colors and sometimes perform as neutrals.

When pulling together a blue bedroom design you may have a difficult time sorting through the myriad hues that enhance blue schemes. Envision the following palettes to inspire your inner decorator. Pair chambray blue with juicy orange for a fresh take on a traditional boudoir. Combine sapphire blue, kelly green, persimmon, and silvery blue for an opulent jewel-tone retreat. Mix turquoise, reddish purple, and pale gray to create a contemporary cocoon. Not a true-blue fan? Introduce blue accents via fabrics, furniture finishes, and accessories, and you’ll readily see how splashes of blue bring a sense of buoyancy to any room.

Though blues are easy to work with, their spectrum is broad and their applications diverse. Here are a few strategies worth considering when devising a blue-base scheme or using blues to establish a theme or decorating style.

You’ll love these ideas to try in 2014! I hope you find these ideas useful and inspiring to you …… Enjoy it !!

More Storage for Every Room 2014 Ideas

Ready to rekindle the love with your home? Make any room beautiful and functional with this roundup of buzzworthy updates and designer secrets. Whether you’re planning a major spruce up or simply window shopping, you’ll love these ideas to try in 2014!

I hope you find these ideas useful and inspiring to you …… Enjoy it !!

Living Room : Maxwell says: A coffee table with a shelf or two doubles (or triples) the available real estate for books, magazines, games, or whatever.

Kitchen : Maxwell says: A commercial-style pot rack is a win-win-win. It saves space, makes your gear accessible, and looks restaurant chic.

Bedroom : Maxwell says: Park a bench at the foot of the bed. If your bench doesn’t have storage under the hood, stack lidded baskets on the floor below it.

Bathroom : Maxwell says: A tray of pretty toiletries on the toilet tank makes a bathroom more personal and luxurious. Plus, it’s just plain handy.

Doors and Windows : Door Frame Storage
Frame a doorway with bookcases or shelves to turn wasted space into storage. Spring for built-ins, or get the same function with freestanding units. This solution works best for less-frequently used passageways, such as pantry or laundry room doors, rather than main entries. The shelves will affect traffic patterns and how you can manuever large items through the doors (so if you’re going the built-in route, make sure it’s not around a door you may need to move large appliances or furniture through; freestanding shelves can be moved for these instances).

Doors and Windows : Seat and Storage
The space around windows can also be tapped for storage, as well as extra seating. Built-ins allow for customization, but you can also get this look with tall freestanding bookcases and a bench. To create a built-in look with freestanding pieces, take careful measurements to ensure you get pieces that fit just right, and look for bookcases that go to the ceiling.

Walls : Bedroom Vanity 
Use a wall-mount desk to stash jewelry and bedroom extras. The cabinet can be outfitted with hooks to corral necklaces, and the flip down desk can act as a vanity table. A unit like this folds up neatly, concealing any clutter, and takes up only as much space as is needed to mount it on the wall. To find a similar unit, search for wall mount desks or wall-mount laptop desks online.

Walls : Command Center 
A wall mount desk also works well in an entryway or mudroom. You can rest your laptop or tablet on the flip down desk to do last-minute e-mails and schedule or weather checks as you’re heading out the door. The cubbies can house pens and paper for jotting notes.

Walls : Bulletin-Board Wall 
Frame chalkboards, pegboards, and magnet boards to form an all-in-one bulletin board for your walls. For message boards, cut pieces of thin wood to fit into picture frames and coat with chalkboard, magnetic, or dry erase paint, or cut sheets of metal and cover with thin fabric to use as magnet boards. Similarly, cut squares of pegboard and outfit with hooks and cups to organize keys, writing utensils, and pads of paper. The frames will provide an orderly, unified look to the message boards.

Walls : Work and Play
When space is tight, look to walls for organization and storage. Many different materials have a wall application and can be utilized for message centers and information organizers. Stick-on cork tiles craft an instant bulletin board. Use colored tapes to mark off squares to create zones for specific projects or to dos (chores, work, school, etc.). Here, a ledge separates the cork bulletin board from an expanse of chalkboard to create an art space for kids in this adult office. The wall mount rail systems corral chalk, art paper, and hooks for tote bags.

Beneath Stairs :Stairway to Storage 
Look to the space beneath your stairs to add function. Consider what purpose would best suit the room where your staircase is positioned. For example, if your staircase is between the living room and dining room, turn the space into a buffet or bar area. Guests can grab drinks and appetizers while they mingle before dinner.

Beneath Stairs : Stepped Up 
Full size closets can often be squeezed beneath straight run staircases if there isn’t another staircase beneath it. But for L-shape, or return, stairways, there isn’t enough height for a closet. Rather than leave it unused, carve out the space beneath the landing for drawers to store sporting gear and shoes in an entryway.

Backs of Doors : Linen Organizer 
You might not use table linens in an everyday setting, but when an occasion calls for pulling out tablecloths and cloth napkins, leave your iron behind. Infrequently used linens often get buried on a shelf or in a drawer, causing major wrinkling. Drape linens on the bars of an over-the-door towel rack to keep them looking freshly pressed and ready for company.

Backs of Doors : Easy Cleanup 
Do cleaning products end up in a jumbled mess beneath your kitchen sink or at the bottom of a cabinet? Move your cleaning supplies to a more easily accessible spot by installing caddies or bins on the back of a door. Organize the compartments by product type, and you’ll know exactly where to go for the floor cleaner, dusting spray, or whatever you might need .

Clever Storage : Make Space 
Finding extra storage in a small living room, where space is already limited, is tricky. To make space for a bookcase, move your sofa away from the wall a foot or two and slide a bookcase behind it. Use the top shelves for frequently used items, and stash seasonal items on the hidden lower shelves .

Clever Storage : Going Up 
Bathrooms often have small footprints but plenty of unused vertical space. A tall but narrow cabinet can be used to store toilet paper, towels, and toothbrushes. Look for a model that has both closed storage (such as cabinets and drawers) and open shelves to both conceal items and provide easy access to everyday items .