Monthly Archives: November 2016

Old Denim Jeans into Home Decor

If it’s time to shed your favorite jeans, don’t kiss them goodbye. While jean styles come and go, the denim they’re made of is a workhorse fabric that’s perfect for repurposing. So why not reimagine your old bottoms?

 

To inspire you to get making, here are 11 stylish ways to repurpose denim jeans into something cute and useful for your home.

Dress up a no-frills bench with a comfy denim box cushion. To DIY, you’ll need a sewing machine equipped with a denim needle.

 

Here’s the supply list:

 

  • Multipurpose foam for filling the bench cushion.
  • Several pairs of clean old jeans.
  • Sharp fabric scissors for easy cutting.

 

The first order of business is to transform your old jeans into a flat material you can work with. This DIY shares what you need to know.

 

Next, sew your box cushion. This tutorial breaks down the process into seven easy steps.

Turn your old jeans into a shaggy treat for your feet.

 

Rag rugs like this one made by Lana Von Haught, are simple to DIY using a utility fabric rug liner.

 

So that you know, super soft denim works best. After cutting the fabric into two to four-inch strips, you’ll loop each piece through a different hole in the rug liner and then knot. Here’s Lana’s tutorial.

Modern Home Failures

The current popularity of the mid-century modern style is usually attributed to the TV series Mad Men. But the show is just a mouthpiece–a messaging system–for the zeitgeist that’s already there.

 

The source of heat lies deep in the cerebral cortex of a generation of 40-plus year-olds. These are the environs where we, as kids, accompanied our parents to the super-sleek savings and loan and marveled at concrete beams impossibly arching over vast floor spaces. Or where we visited Mom’s rich sister who had a low, flat home designed by an actual architect–not a tract home stamped from a cookie presser–dominated by a massive fireplace. Or where countless TV sitcom families lived among acres of glass and indoor rockery.

 

So it comes as no surprise that this generation, now adults, now parents, and now monied, would want to buy or remodel their homes to mid-century modern perfection.

Mid-century modern represented freedom–freedom from the bonds of gravity (cantilevers), from the restrictions of energy-saving (those acres of glass), from skimping on land (spread out the house on one level; no two stories allowed here).

And who doesn’t love freedom?

But if you’re considering renovating sections of your home, or your entire home, into the mid-century style, at least be aware of several beliefs of that age that later came to naught.

How to Find a Perfect Home In San Mateo

Architect and interior designer, Lauren Goldman of l’oro designs designed a beautiful home in Atherton, California. A small town within San Mateo County, the project was a new build, constructed from the ground up. The idyllic residence was designed with family life in mind, offering a variety of public spaces for entertaining and intimate rooms designed as personal retreats. From the exterior, the home is immediately inviting, with a wrap-around porch, large paned windows and beautifully curated landscaping. 

Inside, the home’s open plan layout is perfect for hosting large family gatherings, entertaining for holiday dinners, or finding space for a quiet respite. The kitchen is the ultimate space for gathering together as a family. Wall-to-wall white cabinets keep everything streamlined, even hiding away eyesores like the refrigerator. A backsplash in white and gray marble adds a dose of luxury to the space. The contrasting gray shade continues with the oversized kitchen island. For even more contrast, a modern black chandelier floats above the kitchen table. 

While the kitchen and most of the home sports a neutral color palette, Goldman’s way of incorporating unique finishes and marrying different design eras keeps things feeling interesting and fresh. Glass pendant lights above the kitchen island continue the modern lighting theme in the space. Within the island, a farmhouse sink points to the home’s small town roots, located in a community with just a little over 7,000 residents.

On the other side of the kitchen wall, a wine cellar has been incorporated into the space. Perfect for California living, the wine fridge can house white wines and bubbly, while above, space has been made for those robust reds that are made north, in California’s lush Napa Valley.

Home Decoration That Look So Great

There’s no doubt about it: metallics have the power to elevate almost anything to glamorous new heights. Specific metallic finishes–just like colors and patterns–come in and out of style when it comes to home decor. Brass was the big thing in the 1980s, followed by cool metals such as silver in the late ’90s. Now, almost anything goes when it comes to metals; mixing metals and finishes is even encouraged.

 

That being said, however, copper is definitely having its moment to shine. Copper’s rosy glow complements lots of color palettes. It contrasts beautifully with jewel-toned blues and greens, and warms up lighter hues like Rose Quartz and Serenity. When copper couples with black and white, it has a modern appeal.

 

While spray paint is one of the quickest ways to give objects a metallic glow, copper materials–unlike gold–have the added advantage of being relatively inexpensive and easy to find. A trip to your local hardware store, in fact, will yield copper wire, coil, tape, pipe fittings, and even contact paper that will help you transform humble items into chic home decor. Here are thirteen project ideas to inspire you.

Copper Coil Vase

Copper coil pipe from the plumbing section of the hardware store can inspire loads of project possibilities, and a five-foot length costs less than ten dollars. Here, it’s simply wound around a simple glass cylinder vase (you can pick these up at the dollar store) to give it style that only looks expensive. One single green leaf makes a contemporary, organic statement.