Monday, January 26, 2015

Quick Fixes for Easy Style


There are so many things you can do with a little brainstorming and a couple minutes out of your day. If you want to quickly add some panache to your place, here are are few things you can try!

Drop Cloths
These are super duper simple, just throw a painter's drop cloth over a couch or chair. It instantly adds an artistic dimension to a piece of furniture. You can find canvas drop cloths at basically any hardware retailer.


Almost a no-brainer, putting up a piece of artwork or two will show personality and sensibility. You can even make your own, or maybe you have a family member that is a talented artist, and they'd be willing to use their talents to bring life to your room. A quick and straightforward idea is to create shapes out of cut paper! Low cost, and plenty of options to choose.

Modular Storage Units Modular storage units allow you to organize, and be flexible with that shelving space to make for an interesting side table. They are fairly cheap, and you can find them online (about $20) or at other department stores.


They can add depth to a room, especially if they are at least 3/4 as tall as the wall.

Possibly the simplest option! Use tape in creative ways by making some cool geometric shapes on the wall, or even create nifty frames out of it!



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Color Wheel: Blush

Blush pink is a pastel color that can be used to accentuate any living area. Pairs well with whites, and other pastel tones such as chartreuse, and turquoise. These colors were very popular in the 50s, yet they still have a modern look.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Style Spotlight: De Stijl

The De Stijl movement happened from about 1917 - 1931, and in Dutch, translates to "The Style". The main components that this movement emphasized and utilized were geometry and primary colors [red, blue, yellow]. The movement was pioneered by architects like Gerrit Rietveld, who began creating awesome stuff, like this chair.


Basically, every element of the chair was broken down into it's simplest form, and proportionally adjusted to create a sense of overall balance. This feeling of balance was also emphasized by the use of primary colors. The form was meant to be the most important aspect, not the material it was made of. De Stijl was based on equivalent oppositions of form and space. Paintings by artists like Piet Mondrian are easily recognizable as the classic De Stijl style.


Decorating with De Stijl can bring visual interest into any setting. The use of primary colors can bring an exciting feeling to a room, and create a sense of unity due to the equivalent opposition that is presented. The colors themselves are bold, so they will stand out. Geometric furniture has a modern look to it, especially when the forms are reduced down.





De Stijl stylistic choices can add modernity and simplicity, while still maintaining a feeling of excitement with it's bold colors and geometric angles. Consider incorporating some of these characteristics into your own space!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Color Wheel: Sky Blue

Sky Blue is a calming color with many slight variations. Blue is a color of loyalty, trust, and honesty. It emphasizes mental and physical relaxation. Try experimenting with some sky blue in your decor color palette!
Sky Blue

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Style Spotlight: Victorian

Do you feel like getting fancy? Try incorporating some Victorian style into your decor! The character and craftsman qualities offered by the Victorian era are hard to come by in most modern standards, yet they offer a certain timelessness.

The Victorian era is named after Queen Victoria, who was the Queen of England from 1837-1901. This style is known for it's excessive ornamentation, and lots of decoration in each room of the home. Powder blue, purple, deep red, and gold colors were often used.

Colors were said to have been used to represent the mood of the room, reflecting what it was used for. A wide variety of furniture was used that drew from previous styles, like Rococo, and Gothic.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Winter Activities

Winter Activities

With snow comes great opportunity for fun times! Here's some all-time classic activities you can enjoy out in the cold weather.

1. Sledding
Who hasn't done this at least some point in their life? It's much better to sled down a snow covered hill, than the stairs in your house like Kevin from Home Alone.

2. Ice skating
All it takes is a little practice, and you can develop a keen sense of balance to help you skate along like a pro! There are a few places in central Iowa to check out for ice skating:


The Ames Ice Area - Public skating from 8:00pm-9:30pm Wednesdays, and 2:00pm-4:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Des Moines

Brenton Skating Plaza - Outdoor skating rink, public skating usually 12:00pm daily

Metro Ice Sports Facility - Public skating Tuesday & Thursday 12:00pm, Friday 7:00pm, Saturday and Sunday afternoons

The Ice Ridge - Public skating daily, open from 1:00pm-8:00pm Monday-Saturday, & 12:00pm-6:00pm Sunday

Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Ice Arena - Public skating daily, 1:00pm or 1:30pm

3. Build a snow man
Roll three huge snow balls, in varying sizes to stack. Then you can get creative and customize! Do you want your dude to wear a tuxedo, or maybe a flat bill cap? Go for it!

4. Make snow angels
You're never too old! Just lay down in the snow and move your ames and legs like you're doing a jumping jack.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Pin Boards

Pin boards can liven up any wall space! Take a look at these neat options to give you some inspiration!


From onesparrowcreative

To make a cork board show more personality, simply cover it with some fabric, and then pin down the sides.

Hanging Belt

From poppytalk

This one is simple and sweet. Find a circular cork board, like ones you can get from Ikea. Then, take a thin belt, and some glue, and you've got yourself an eye-catching presentation for your photos & other knick knacks.


from manmadediy

Easy and effective. Find a big ol' sheet of plywood, and lean it against the wall. Then you've got plenty of space to work with to display both large and small imagery.

Beautiful Brass

From Remodelista

For an interesting and elegant twist on traditional cork board, try this brass mesh. You'll need some brass screws and spacers as well. Finish it off with some matching clips, i.e. Hay's Brass Clip Clips.

Geometric Puzzle


A cool way to incorporate color and geometric form into the board is to cut it into triangles and paint some of them. Then you can place them together in a square fashion, and nail them to the wall.


from wikihow

An easy and cool thing you can try is to add ribbon, which can create visual movement and dynamism while still maintaining a fun appeal. What you need to do is get a cork board to update. Add a layer of fabric or paper, then a sheet of cardboard, and then another layer of fabric. Then, arrange some ribbon diagonally across and staple or tack it to the back!

There are plenty of fun things you can do with pin boards, and most of them are fairly simple! Hopefully these ideas have inspired you to get creative and implement your own!