Category Archives: Haus Décor

Creating Color: Cyan and Friends

[from top to bottom hex code #s: #008CBF, #AFA498, #03314C, #B81E47, #710F17]

The bright blue in this room is practically cyan, and I am fine with that! I love the balance and contrast found in the shades of blue used in this room. The bright red couch is a really bold choice, but it looks so lovely in the space. I think the elegant, patterned wall paper really neutralizes the space with it’s beige background and blue pattern. What a wonderful overall effect! Now I’m green with envy wishing I had a more exotic couch color.


(picture from LivingEtc)

Halloween is Near!

Halloween is roughly a week away, so I thought I’d round up all of my favorite Halloween decorating ideas from the Internetz and present them here for you! I am one of those people that likes rather macabre, creepy-cool things all year round (like anatomy charts and taxidermied anything) so IF I’m going to buy or make something for Halloween, I probably want it to be something I wouldn’t mind having around my house forever. I also think that if your Halloween decorations can do some double duty for your fall/Thanksgiving decor – then they’re even better!

Branches – are (usually) free! You can find some wonderful, knobbly branches in your own neighborhood or backyard. But how to style them? Let me count the ways!
You can spray paint, glitter-ize, or even add some little fall-colored pom poms for some home-made pussy willow branches (or even some ‘bittersweet’ branches).

1. pussy willow branches 2. branch centerpiece 3. bittersweet

1. Betz White pussy willow branches 2. EAD branch centerpiece 3. Bittersweet

Paper Crafts – there’s so many easy things you can do with some simple black or orange construction paper! How about decorating all the art in your home, and giving them Halloween masks? What about some adorable bat or spider bunting for your doorways? Or maybe some flying bats to greet you at your front door? Country Living has an amazing gallery of some cheap-o paper crafts!

paper craft ideas from Country Living

Lanterns – beautiful and practical in the fall when it gets dark earlier at night. Lanterns can be made out of things you have around the house, like milk jugs or paper bags.

1. spirit jugs 2. paper bag lanterns 3. skull light

1. FamilyFun ‘spirit jugs’ 2. Design* Sponge paper bag lanterns 3. Martha Stewart papier-mache skull light

Terrariums – are a really big knick-knack trend this year, and you can easily adapt this to make spooky miniature scenes or even pretend specimen jars of creepy-crawlies and animals. Glass cloches and apothecary jars are easy to find at craft stores and decor stores like Micheal’s and TJ Maxx.

1. jar terrariums 2. cloche 2. apothecary jars

1. Country Living jar terrariums 2.Pottery Barn cloche 2. Martha Stewart ‘potion display’

And finally, last but not least, RAVENS! Feathered ravens are available at almost any store you can think of – from the Dollar Store to CB2 and Pottery Barn. They come in different sizes, and some have positionable wings. I think that they’re perfectly creepy-cute and I’m excited to get some for my house!

caw caw!

1. no source 2. Pottery Barn crow 3. Halloween house tour from Apartment Therapy

I’ll let you know if I end up doing any of these crafts! Enjoy your weekend!


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Planetary: Loyal Loot Log Bowls

What a title, eh? Loyal Loot Collective is a collaboration of four different, talented designers. My very most favorite of their products is their beautiful log bowls.

Look at all those vibrant colors! And all that wonderful, makes-me-wanna-touch-it bark texture left au naturel on the sides!

The bowls vary in height and diameter (from 2 – 10 inches), and they’re hand selected and turned from reclaimed wood (hooooray being green!). Surprisingly, they aren’t terribly expensive; I’ve seen them listed for anywhere from $34 – $100 to $60 – $120. I think that they look great in a grouping, as shown, on a mantle or shelf – or maybe even hung on a wall!


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Creating Color: Orange and Gray

[from top to bottom hex code #s: #DB6F27, #D6D5C9, #A4B1C0, #7A7C79, #EEEA8B]

Grey is a really beautiful neutral because it can have so many different colored undertones. I’ve featured a lot of greys so far that have blue undertones, resulting in a sort of undefined lavendar-grey situation. I’m not surprised – my favorite color is blue, so it seems logical I would be drawn to bluey-greys. The grey in my living room is actually more of a strange purple color than a ‘grey’.

The purpley-bluey-greys compliment the BRIGHT pop of orange in this picture beautifully. ALSO, not surprising since blue and orange are complimentary colors – meaning they’re opposite each other on the color wheel.

I can see this color palette as being really useful for website development or print layouts because of the variety of bright, stand-out colors and the subtle changes in neutrals. Also, I want to paint my door.

Happy coloring!


(picture from Apartment Therapy)

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Oh, Captain – My Captain

admirable admiral - yet to be OFFICIALLY named

This is the world's best $20 purchase! Got this bad boy at a thrift store in Roswell on Saturday. He's really cool, but sort of judgy-looking. I cleaned him with bread as per this tutorial. More on that later (and by "more on that" I just mean "lots of silly pictures of bread crumbs on his face")

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Apologies, Apologies

A quick life update (I’m still alive!):
I apologize for my lack of posting. It truly has been way too long! To be honest, I feel like the Apartment Therapy book sort of bogged me down a lot. I think that the first few weeks took it WAY too easy, and then all of a sudden assignments went from one item per category to five or more – not exactly a smooth transition for me. I’ve been doing my best to take ideas from the book and apply them to my home anyway, and so far I think everyone here is pretty pleased with the results. ((I’ll get some pictures up some time soon – I took some really, horrible and gross “before” pictures without tidying to really show what the before is like! Ick!))
As for the rest of life, I’m heading into the uber busy part of classes right before finals with one test tomorrow, one Friday, papers and all sorts of things due next week and then finals the Monday and Tuesday following! Whoa!
I’m thankful for the house DIY decor projects to keep me busy and half-way “designery”. I’m working on a small project for my closet window – making a faux ‘stained glass’ panel from some vellum scraps and some left-over poster board. I know it’s going to look positively wonderful when it’s done 🙂 I’ll post some pictures of it once I truly get down to it; so far I’ve only done some prelim testing of materials on vellum (acrylic paint, Sharpie markers, watercolors, colored pencil).

Week Two: Clearing the Path

Did I mention that I deduced that I am a ‘warm’ person?

If you are “Warm” you may find it hard to let go of things and feel an strong sense of attachment to both objects and people. This is your strength and your weakness. You are a feeling person and as much as you may love all your stuff and feel that the very “character” of your home is made up of it, you will overlook the degree to which it may be bringing you down, burdening you with weight (both real and psychic) and otherwise getting in the way of THINGS YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE. That’s the important thing – doing those things you want to do.

Your goal? Attach yourself to the dreams, plans and people that really matter by letting go of the old stuff.

I know that I have a lot of things I don’t need at all, but that I might need at some point or that I don’t want to get rid of because of ‘memories’.

Anyhoo, so now that I’ve essentially determined my ‘vision’ and put a lot of the pictures of it in one place, I am ready for week #2 of ‘Clearing the Path’. This is the first week that we focus on getting rid of things and using the ‘Outbox’.

Here’s the list of things to accomplish for this week:
1. Fix one thing in the apartment from the list of repairs ourselves
2. Clean the kitchen from top to bottom and throw away old food
3. Buy a water filter and use it

1. Run your hands over every wall in your apartment
2. Clear space for an ‘Outbox’
3. Clear one surface using the ‘Outbox’

1. Buy fresh flowers
2. Determine your style

1. Find a new recipe and cook one meal at home
2. Choose the date for your housewarming party
(“graduation” from the cure, at the end of the whole eight weeks)

And the One-Room Remedy:
1. Decided what activities you want in your room & where they will go
2. Buy, borrow, or make a floor plan tool
3. Map out the room that bothers you most and work out a solution
4. Name your vision
5. Build a shopping list

I’m still not sure if the ‘one-room remedy’ is meant to be the same one room the whole time or not, so for this week I’d like to focus on the office AND the bedroom because I’ve already half-way started both of them. I don’t really know how well that’s going to work out, but we’ll see! I’m going to do some extra reading and then make a schedule of all this stuff that needs to get done, so I’ll update more later.

Haus Therapy: The Vision

What is my overall goal for working on my house? I mean, why am I doing this anyway? I realized that I haven’t defined this all the way yet, and that writing it out will provide more motivation and inspiration – the two things that I want to find daily in my home, anyway!

In my personal life, I am trying to maintain motivation to work through projects, classes, and things that I am not interested in (read: unrelated to my major) to reach the most important end-goal: graduation from Georgia Tech. I also have to balance school with a healthy relationship with my significant other, friends, and my lovely, absolutely adorable guinea pigs 🙂

My house is a duplex; a ranch house split into two very long, narrow apartments – with each room connected to the next in a very straight path. This set up is beneficial in the sense that there are very clear divisions in rooms and ‘areas’ – the office has a clear area, the living room, and so on. However, this long, narrow set-up is different from my last plan that was more square – with each room connecting to each other in a box. I like the ability to truly divide things into each region, but I wish that the living space overall felt more open and airy. I want the house to be creative, inspirational, organized, open, and colorful. I want the space to reflect my artistic nature and taste in design, without being too crowded or overbearing or cluttered. I want the bedroom, bathroom, and living room to be appropriately relaxing and serene. Texture is something I would like to add more of to my living area; more layers, more textures, more fabrics and feelings and depth.

Here are some pictures of living spaces that really inspire me:

Sneak Peak

I’ve stolen the title from Design*Sponge’s house tour category, to post up a literal sneak peek of my house. I plan on doing a super cutesy house tour when it’s alllll done. Here are some semi-recent snapshots of the house from after we had painted.

DwellStudio for Target

Forgive me, I am very very behind on jumping on the “Yay! I love Dwell Studio! I love Target! I LOVE THEM TOGETHER!” bandwagon – but, hey, I AM HERE NOW. I was strolling Target yesterday, for fun, but also to check out their storage stuff because I am considering putting a row of baskets at the bottom of my bookcase to hold junk and spray paint (very Ikea of me). Anyhoo, since I’ve been focusing on the bedroom as my ‘One Room’ (which I am still confused if that is one room for the whole eight weeks of the cure, or one for each week?) – I browsed the duvets, comforters, and bed linens area and I am in love with the DwellStudio for Target collection that is out right now. Beautiful. Stunning. Gorgeous. Amazing color combinations and patters, and not nearly as expensive as their regular collections (the ones not sold at Target, you know). Buying one of their sets is very much on my list and ‘Style Tray’s now! Here are some photographs of their beauty:

In particular, I really liked this mostly white pattern with chocolate brown, light yellow, and pink accents and I feel sort of embarrassed now – since all I could do in the store was sort of shake my head and repeat “I hate pink, but I love this, I HATE pink, but I love this!”

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