Friday, May 18, 2012

Tea cups: The Sequel

Pinterest is my new best friend. Seriously, I'll come home from work and ask the cat "What should we do for dinner?" and she's like "?" and then I'll go on Pinterest and find 567,989,843 ideas for dinner. I have found the best broccoli recipe EVER which you should make immediately because broccoli + garlic + roasting = the most delicious thing you have ever eaten. Also, broccoli + eating = healthy, and that's an equation I like to see more of.

On my daily perusal of Pinterest today, I came across this clever idea that I would never have thought of in 1 million+ years and is so cute and useful. The website is in Italian, but luckily for the world, Google makes everything super easy and you can just cut & paste the description into the translator and it sums it up as this:

"Wall that is no longer seen only as a background, but reflected the personality of those who inhabit the house. Fabrics, frames and small decorations accompany the visitor, offering new ideas for your living room color."*

You super glue some teacups and saucers on a board and then use S hooks to hang pots, pans, spoons, etc. from the wall. How cute! How charming! Also, since you control the design you can use whatever color palette works with your kitchen.... and whatever price range works with your budget.  Or you can even use ones you are sick of and then it costs practically $0.

*It's nice to know Google isn't fluent in Italian either.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Shakin' the Headboard...

Well well well, after watching on and off for years, the Today Show has proven to be useful for something after all. While guzzling my beloved cup of coffee the other day, they had an interesting segment on freshening up your interior decorating, which perked my ears right up. Especially when they suggested using wall decals to add a little color or pizazz to a boring solid color paint job.

Although I feel these decals should be used sparingly to add a hint of color or a whimsical touch to a living room, I thought that small apartments are the perfect canvas for this. Since the walls are not usually very large to begin with, and who wants to take all the time and effort to paint a room when you are only going to be leaving in a year or two, these decals can spruce up spaces in unique ways. My favorite is the head board decal:

I have never had a head board, but the pictures in Crate & Barrel catalogs would have me believe everyone has one and that I should buy one for $799 stat. Instead, these decals can give a nice illusion that you can afford a real grown up bed and not just the bare bones mattress and bedspring. Plus, for around $60, you can easily change them out if you get bored... That's so much nicer than the moving guys grumbling at you as they realize there is yet another piece of furniture that you forgot to mention in your quote and they are going to have to hoof it down the 4 flights of steps.