Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

Ever since adding a sectional to our family room, I’ve had my heart set on a round coffee table. I just felt like something round would suit the L-shaped couch so much better than a rectangular one because we could scoot around it easier when we wanted to have a seat on the sectional.

The problem was that we were already using a rectangular ottoman as a coffee table, and I was having a lot of trouble convincing John that we needed to get rid of it. The ottoman was in fine shape, but I still felt like the space could look and function better with something different.

After months and months of dropping hints, I finally figured out a solution. I was able to “get rid of” the ottoman simply by moving it into the room that John uses to tie flies and listen to music. That way he gained the perfect spot to lounge and read his fly fishing magazines, and I now had a blank spot for a new coffee table—win, win!

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

As you probably already gathered from the post title and photos, I ended up finding the perfect new-to-us vintage coffee table for the room. It came from a semi-local antique store (in neighboring Staunton, Virginia), and cost $135.

I had actually gone to the store planning to purchase a different retro round coffee table that had been in the lower level of the shop for over a year. I remembered seeing it there ages ago, and thinking back then that it could be just right for the family room. I couldn’t recall the price, but I thought it was something like $125. When I finally got to the antique shop and was able to take a closer look at the price tag, though, I found out that it was listed for $175. That was a little out of my price range.

I thought about asking if there was any wiggle room in the price, especially since the piece had been there for more than a year, but this particular store isn’t very amenable to haggling, so I pretty much decided against pursuing the table within a couple of minutes.

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

I headed back upstairs from the lower level of the store with a pretty dejected attitude, but decided to press on and wander through the rest of the space to see if anything else happened to jump out at me. And there she was! The perfect mid-century round coffee table with an even better silhouette and gorgeous finish. The one I had been considering downstairs had metal legs and a tile top, whereas the second one I found was solid wood and coincidentally stained to match the paneling (which we love) in our family room.

I felt like it just had to be too good to be true, but a quick peek at the price tag showed me that it was well within budget—marked $135, down from $165. Sold! Within 10 minutes I had paid for the new coffee table and packed it away in my car destined for the family room. Luckily, it fit perfectly into the blank space left behind by the old ottoman, and it’s now one of our favorite pieces in the house. Even John agrees that it was the right way to go now that he can see it all together.

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

Isn’t the finish just beautiful? It’s a Lane Furniture piece, which is another serendipitous detail in the story because we have a small collection of vintage Lane furniture scattered throughout our house. I especially love the two-tone wood look, and the angular support underneath.

I couldn’t be happier with what we ended up getting, and am actually really glad that I had to wait as long as I did to convince John to let me look around for something new because that’s how we ended up with this beauty. Got a Thrift Store Score story of your own to share? Do tell in the comments!

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

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How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

One of the very first things I hung in our house when we moved in three years ago was a set of open shelves in our kitchen. There was this one section of cabinetry and countertops off to the side of the space with the perfect patch of blank wall above that practically screamed for open shelving. Luckily, I had a set from IKEA that I had previously used in my old studio, so it worked out really well. The only problem was that the shelves were on the smaller side and not the same width, so they ended up being a little more decorative than functional.

It worked for several years, but this fall I found myself craving more. I wanted to be able to load the shelves with extra plates, bowls, and glasses, not to mention canisters for dog treats, coffee pods, and other kitchen-themed goodies so we could make more room in our overstuffed cabinets.

Well, three years later, and we finally managed to cross “install bigger open shelves” off our to-do list. You may have seen the full reveal of our mini kitchen makeover earlier this month, complete with that brand new set of upgraded open shelves, and today I’m back to talk about how I actually installed them. Scroll on for the full step-by-step tutorial, and then feel free to head over to Hunker where I’m offering a numbered guide to styling kitchen shelves, too.

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

Here’s What You’ll Need:

1. Level

2. Stud-finder

3. Pencil

4. Power drill and bits

5. Heavy-duty screws

6. 6 metal brackets

7. 2 1-inch-by-12-inch-by-48-inch wood common boards

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

Step One

Start by using a stud-finder to locate the studs behind your drywall. If you plan to load your shelves up with heavy dishes and glasses, like we did, you’ll need to attach your brackets right to those wood supports behind the drywall to ensure a strong hold. Mark the studs with a pencil, and repeat for however many shelves and brackets you plan to install. For this demo, we installed 2 shelves over 6 brackets—3 brackets apiece.

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

Step Two

Hold your first bracket up to the wall over the marks you made at the studs, and mark through the screw holes onto the drywall with your pencil. Repeat again for however many shelves and brackets you plan to install, using a level between each bracket before making your marks so you know you’ll have an even shelf when finished.

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

Step Three

Drill through the marks you made using a power drill and bit that matches your screw width. Then, hold the bracket up over the holes, and use the drill again to screw the hardware into place until the bracket feels nice and snug. Repeat across all brackets.

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

Step Four

Lay your wood common boards across the brackets so that they’re centered across the brackets. You may choose to screw yours into place, but the weight of your dishes and glasses should keep the wood from shifting in the end. We still haven’t screwed our boards to the brackets, but they haven’t budged.

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

As you may have noticed, we decided to leave our wood raw for now, but will eventually give it a clear coat stain to make it water tight. There’s no big rush on that now, though, since they don’t come into contact with much (if any) direct moisture.

These upgraded shelves feel so much more grown-up and functional than the old IKEA set ever did. If you want to learn more about the reasoning behind my styling choices and how I managed to maximize our new storage square footage, click over to Hunker here where I break it all down into seven steps. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 39

Weekend Inspiration: No. 39

Happy Friday! What are you getting up to? I’m actually headed out of town this weekend for a mini getaway with my sister, so please keep your fingers and toes crossed that I don’t hit a ton of traffic. I imagine most Thanksgiving-related travel is happening next weekend, but I’m still a little anxious about making the trek south. I almost always end up in some kind of nail-biting gridlock on the way to her house, so I’m honestly not holding out much hope.

We’ll see, though! The college football tickets, margaritas, and brunch plans I have waiting for me on the other side make the traveling bit worth the hassle. Scroll on for a quick roundup of links to inspire your own time off this Saturday and Sunday!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 39

1. Here’s one of my favorite DIY paper projects ever if you’re planning to break out your craft supplies this pre-holiday weekend.

2. Did you hear that Megan, of the Fresh Exchange, launched a shop? I’m smitten with her debut collection of handmade items. Check everything out here (I bought a plate and hand-dyed napkin!).

3. I’m about 15 pages away from finishing my favorite book (for the up-teenth time, of course). What’s your favorite book of all time? I’m in need of recommendations now.

4. This modern DIY napkin holder is so pretty. I’d love to add it to our table before Thanksgiving, but don’t think I’ll have time to make it before Thursday. Bummer! Hopefully you do.

5. I posted on Instagram the other day about how I was considering painting my office a bold dark color, and a lot of people suggested an accent wall. Now I’m falling down the rabbit hole of inspiration images wondering what I should try. Let me know in the comments if you have a favorite type of accent wall treatment that you’d recommend.

6. A freak ice storm earlier this week has me online shopping for updated outerwear. I wish I could pull off the ‘Royal Cobalt’ version of this gorgeous coat! ‘Warm Caramel’ might just have to do.

7. Juuuuuuuuuust in case you’re opening yourself up to full-on Christmas mode, this video is full of cute craft-able gift ideas.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 39

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Designing Around A Molekule (Plus A Review!)

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It has been more than a year since we added a Molekule air purifier to our home, so I figured it was the right time to share an update and a review. I also wanted to talk about ways to design your space around a Molekule, so I put together a full mood board inspired by this ultra cool, mod device.

But let me step back for a moment before I get into all of that. I know the idea of an air purifier isn’t the sexiest topic of conversation, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by this particular one—not only in the way it functions (which, of course, is key), but also the way it looks. You all know better than anyone that I care a lot about how things work within our home from a decorative standpoint, and I’m happy to report that our Molekule looks good in every. single. room. No exaggeration!

Designing Around A Molekule (Plus A Review!)

The main reason we decided to work with the Molekule team on this post (and the first one) was because we really do believe in the technology they built the device on. We have three cats and a hound dog, all of whom are indoor pets, so we’re constantly battling things like dander, dirt, and litter dust. Gross.

Needless to say, John’s allergies got pretty bad, especially when we moved into our home back in 2015. Our last house had a central heating and air system, and we were always really good about replacing the air filters, but our current ranch has no central air system at all. Instead, we rely on baseboard heaters and a collection of wall- and window-mounted AC units. Because we don’t have central air, we don’t have a way of filtering the air in our home, so we eventually figured out that we needed to run dehumidifiers and air purifiers to help keep our air cleaner and healthier.

Designing Around A Molekule (Plus A Review!)

Since setting our Molekule up in our master bedroom last year, John’s been able to sleep better and has felt much less stuffy. We still have to dust, of course, but I find that our air purifier helps cut that down so we have to break out the microfiber duster less often. The Molekule uses two filters to help purify your air, and you can sign up for recurring deliveries of your filter replacements so that you never have to worry about remembering to replace them each season.

The other thing I love about it one year later is the fact that it’s so mobile. I’ve moved the thing from our bedroom, to the guest room, to the office, to the living room, and back again. Whenever I feel like a certain space smells kind of musty, I just use the touch screen to turn off the device, unplug it, and lift it by the handle to move it into its new space.

Designing Around A Molekule (Plus A Review!)

As for the looks factor, I hope the mood board at the beginning of this post and the photos of it set up in our living room (its current location) are enough to prove that the Molekule is one of those types of functional pieces of equipment that you won’t mind seeing out in plain view. Since I don’t suffer from allergies, myself, I’m admittedly more enthused about the purifier’s looks, and the sleek lines and minimalist color palette just speak to me.

Designing Around A Molekule (Plus A Review!)

So, are there any cons? To be totally and completely honest, not really. It’s not the least expensive purifier you could buy for your house and the filters are a little on the pricier side of things, too, but it’s one of the best devices you can buy on the market, and if you have allergies in your family like we do, then the investment is worth it. You can also sign up for monthly payments to help spread out the cost of your new Molekule, too.

Another question I get asked a lot is if the purifier is loud. My answer is yes and no. There are three settings you can put your Molekule on: Silent, Auto, and Boost. It’s probably pretty self-explanatory, but here’s a very brief rundown of each. Boost is great for a particularly dusty, musty space, Auto is perfect for everyday use, and Silent is a great setting when you want to run the machine at nighttime, when you have company, or certain situations like that.

Boost is the only setting that is sort of on the louder side (kind of like a hair dryer, but still on a really low setting). Auto is a soft hum that you get used to with everyday use and won’t notice at all after a while. I would definitely not characterize the machine as loud. As with any type of air purifier, just be prepared for a little white noise, but this particular one is very modest and blends right in with other daily sounds.

Designing Around A Molekule (Plus A Review!)

As I said, the Molekule is a pretty big investment, and we are extremely grateful that we were given the opportunity to test the product in our home because of the blog. That said, I’m certain that we would have bought this air purifier out of pocket if it had been necessary. I could clearly go on and on about the sleek, beautiful design, but it really makes such a difference with the air quality in a home, too, so I have zero qualms about encouraging you guys to look into the device to see if it’s a good fit for your home.

You can find out everything you need to know on the Molekule website here, and feel free to revisit my first post on the topic here to learn more about the purifier’s technology and our first impressions of its impact on our day-to-day lives. Questions? Leave them down below and I’ll make sure to answer everything I can—if I’m unsure, I’ll reach out to my Molekule contact to get you all the details you need!

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Mood Board Product Sources: Molekule Air Purifier, Chair, White Planter, Clock, Vase, Striped Pillow, Diamond Pattern Pillow, Black Planter, LampMirror, Coat Rack, Blanket, Art, Sofa (this list contains affiliate links)

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Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

One of the first questions I’ve been trying to ask myself these days before starting a new piece at the pottery studio is this: “How is it going to function?” I know you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Well, duh!” but it’s really not always that simple. Before, I would often come up with an idea for a shape—or maybe even just a cool glaze technique to try on a finished piece—before I even contemplated how it might work from a usability standpoint.

As an example, I’ve been making a lot of cups lately. Most of them are super simplified, wide, low forms that don’t have handles or any pronounced curves. They’re just boring old cups. I’m not sure why I’ve gravitated so organically to this shape, especially since I hate to label them as nothing more than cups when I go to list them on Etsy. Sure, it’s handy to have a nice stout cup within reach in the kitchen, but you know I can never leave “well enough” alone. I wanted to take things one step further, so I decided to turn a few of my favorites into candles.

I wasn’t sure it was going to work, but the project ended up being one of my favorite DIYs from the entire season, and the best news of all is that you can pull it off using any of the tumblers and cups available for purchase in my Etsy shop. Scroll on to find out how to turn my ceramics (or your own if you have some!) into all-natural candles to warm up your space this fall and winter.

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

Start by wiping out your ceramic cup with a clean rag to get rid of any loose dust or moisture. Next, cut natural wax slabs into rough rectangular chunks and place them inside a pouring pitcher. Layer the pitcher inside a large traditional pot on the stove, and double boil it over medium/high heat until the wax inside is melted. You may use a candle thermometer to regulate the heat if you want to.

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

Attach whichever type of wick you’d like to use (wooden or cotton) to the inside center of your chosen ceramic cup. Whisk some sort of natural candle fragrance into your melted wax to give it a nice seasonal scent (I love all the options from this online shop), and then pour the wax slowly into the ceramic cup to about 1 inch from the top rim of the cup.

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

As you can see in the photo just below, I was a little worried that my wicks would shift during the cooling phase, so I placed two pieces of regular old clear office tape on either side of each wick to keep it in place. Give your DIY candles about 24 hours to fully cool and harden, and then cut the wicks down using trimmers. Note that you’ll want to cut your wicks to a 3/16-inch height for an even burn. Light your candle to finish.

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

If any of this is sounding familiar, you probably caught this post from the summer when I talked about making my own candles using store-bought vessels and supplies. All the same concepts apply, so feel free to revisit that post for more candle-making tips, and you can watch it all unfold in motion on my YouTube channel here.

No matter what tutorial or video you choose to reference for your own DIY candle project, just know this: it’s probably going to be a lot easier than you expect, and the results are going to be so satisfying.

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, you can check out all of the cups and tumblers I have available in the DGD Pottery shop on Etsy here. Every one of them will work for a DIY candle, and I will plan to add a few extras before the year wraps up in case you don’t see one currently in the collection that suits your aesthetic at home. I know I’m biased, but don’t you think this would make for the perfect stocking stuffer at Christmas time?!

As a special bonus, use the code “DIYCANDLE” at checkout in my shop for the next two days (now through 11/15) for 15% off your order.

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

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DIY Stamped Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments

DIY Stamped Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments

I’ve set a new record where Christmas decorating is concerned! Usually, by this time of year, I’ve got the house decked top to bottom in holiday décor. I’ve always used the blog as my excuse because I love to share Christmas decorating ideas here to inspire your own holiday look. This year, though, I felt the need to live a little more authentically, and I guess I also wanted to preserve the anticipation of waiting until after Thanksgiving to pull our tree out of storage.

Don’t worry! I still plan to fully document our decorating once the season “officially” kicks off after next week, but in the meantime I’m excited to share a little hint at our planned motif with my tutorial for DIY Stamped Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments. This collection of handmade tree decorations was an assignment from my editor at Hunker (see the full how-to here if interested!), and it ended up inspiring me to go with a very organic, minimal vibe with all of our Christmas decorations this 2018 holiday season.

DIY Stamped Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments

DIY Stamped Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments

I can’t wait to show you everything I have planned for our pulled-back, mostly-handmade Christmas, but if you want to see how we pulled off what I’m calling “Phase 1” of our tree decorations, hop over to Hunker here. And, just to be clear, I only used the bottom half of our artificial tree as a backdrop for these photos. It was promptly tucked right back in its box after I finished snapping the images I needed. Ahhh, the power of Photoshop—am I right?!

Anyway, what do you have up your sleeve for holiday décor? Are you planning to try something new, or do you prefer decking your halls with the same set of beloved accents you’ve used year after year? Tell us all about your Christmas (or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, etc.!) decorating plans in the comments below.

DIY Stamped Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments

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Vintage Rugs I’ve Got My Eye On

Vintage Rugs I've Got My Eye On

Isn’t there something just so special about a vintage rug? I can’t get enough of that worn-in look, and am particularly drawn to bold, even (dare I say it?) busy styles—think: Turkish, Oushak, Kilim. If it’s faded, patchy, and even a little frayed around the edges, I’m smitten, so it’s no surprise that these 12 vintage rugs caught my eye on Etsy. We actually already have a vintage rug in both of our bathrooms and in the kitchen, too, but that’s not stopping me from dreaming about adding one or two of these to my wishlist for places like the living room and bedrooms.

Vintage Rugs I’ve Got My Eye On

1. Vintage Handwoven Wool Runner

2. Vintage Turkish Rug

3. Marigold Vintage Rug

4. Turkish Milas Rug

5. Nomadic Rug

6. Baluchi Area Rug

7. Kilim Cinamon Rug

8. Anatolian Rug

9. Traditional Oushak Rug

10. Small Oushak Rug

11. Handknotted Area Rug

12. Bohemian Rug

Which one caught your eye from my list? Or are you not quite as much a fan of vintage rugs as I am? I totally get it. The idea of walking on a decade’s-old floor covering might not be your cup of tea, and I’m the first to admit that there’s a right and wrong way of going about buying a vintage rug.

I tend to prefer purchasing these types of secondhand pieces from online shop owners who all they do is sell vintage rugs. That way you can be more confident in their selection and rug care processes. When in doubt, go ahead and plan to take your new-to-you vintage rug to a local professional cleaner before laying it down in a room so you can be sure that your vintage piece is ready for its “new” life in your home.

Vintage Rugs I've Got My Eye On

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 38

Weekend Inspiration: No. 38

I can hardly believe I’m even saying this, but I’m officially kicking off my Christmas shopping this weekend. John’s sister is coming into town for our annual holiday shopping excursion, and I really can’t wait to fully immerse myself in all things Christmas. Have you started shopping yet? Whether your weekend is going to be filled with holiday prep, shopping, or just lots of lazy time at home, here’s a quick list of the things that have been inspiring me lately in case they strike your fancy, too.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 38

1. I randomly did an online search this week for artist Helen Frankenthaler, and came across this article from last year. I know the story is a bit outdated since it’s from June 2017, but I still loved reading it, and the photos are incredible. Wish I could have gone to the exhibit in person!

2. Did you miss the reveal of our functional mini kitchen makeover? See it this way.

3. I was so inspired by this style post all about ways to put together an outfit for Thanksgiving using pieces you probably already have in your closet.

4. Speaking of style, I would love to add this piece to my closet for winter as the weather gets cooler. I think the “Brick” red color is so gorgeous, and I’m really into the fact that everything in their ReNew collection is made from recycled plastic bottles.

5. I’m considering making this DIY fall garland in honor of Thanksgiving. And I’m also thinking about adding more DIY painted pillows to our fall collection (like the one you see pictured in today’s post).

6. This powder bathroom reveal makes me want to finally bite the bullet and put up some wallpaper in our house. Are you “Team Wallpaper” or “Team Paint”? Tell me in the comments.

7. I think I found the perfect paper plates to use for Christmas and New Years!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 38

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Our Functional Kitchen Décor Secrets

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I don’t know about you, but I really struggle when decorating a kitchen. I’m all about pretty thrifted art, overstuffed upholstered seating, and cozy textiles, but you really can’t put much (if any) of that in a kitchen. Walls are typically taken up by cabinetry so there’s no room for art, and there’s usually not enough space for a seating area filled with throw pillows and blankets. The other issue I run into when decorating a kitchen is that I can’t stand cluttered countertops, so even cute “for looks” tabletop décor makes me go cross-eyed.

As I explained last week, I decided to really buckle down and try to crack the kitchen code when it comes to décor, and today I’m excited to reveal the new updates in partnership with Tuesday Morning. After stepping back to survey the results post-styling and rearranging this past weekend, I’m finally comfortable calling this room “done”—and just in time for Thanksgiving, too! Scroll on for a few of my biggest takeaways from this project.

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Our Functional Kitchen Décor Secrets

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Hidden Storage

I figured I’d go ahead and start with one of the most obvious ways to add function to a kitchen: hidden storage. Things like lidded baskets and ceramic jars are great for hiding extra kitchen rags, dry ingredients, and even pet treats.

As an example, I picked up a tall white ceramic container at Tuesday Morning for $14.99 (compared to $36 full price!) that I’m now using to hide Rocky’s dog bones in. The retro-inspired pattern on the side is so perfect for our 1960s kitchen, and you’d never think that it held smelly, crumbly dog treats.

I also grabbed a marble jar from the bath aisle (priced in-store for $9.99, $20 retail value) that I use for sugar nowadays. The marble pattern is so much prettier than the wrinkled sugar bag I would otherwise have had to plop out on the shelf.

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Our Functional Kitchen Décor Secrets | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad #TuesdayMorningFinds

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Our Functional Kitchen Décor Secrets

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Exposed Storage

On the other hand, hidden storage isn’t the only way to make use of countertop and shelf square footage. I also love having select items at-the-ready in exposed storage—things like open bowls and metal baskets—so I can grab them at a moment’s notice.

One of my favorite purchases from my shopping trip was the wood and brass bowl we’re now using as a fruit container. The rich wood tone of the bowl speaks to our cabinetry, and the punched-out design in the brass rim accent is so eye-catching. I also love that it was marked down from $54.99 to $29.99.

Another exposed storage upgrade we made was where our coffee pods are concerned. At the last second, I grabbed an oversized serving bowl from the kitchen aisle (cost me $19.99, compared to $35 full price) that we use for our Keurig K-cups. It’s a lot easier to pick one off the top of the pile first thing in the morning instead of having to dig around in a cabinet for the box of pods. Oh, and I should mention that the name brand K-cups, themselves, came from Tuesday Morning, too—at practically half price. I’m not making this up.

Our Functional Kitchen Décor Secrets

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Soft Textures

I know I mentioned that you can’t have soft textiles in a kitchen, but that’s not altogether true. I lingered for an extra long time in the towels section in-store to make sure I stocked up on pretty towels for our kitchen that would add a bit of color and texture. I also chose a pair of black and white check oven mitts while I was at it ($5.99, compared to $14.99) because we keep those out by the stove and I wanted them to look just as nice as they functioned.

Of course, another place to add softness in a kitchen is on your floors. I knew I wanted to lay down a rug in our space—something that pulled the blue color from our curtains—and I think I found the perfect one. The jute rug I grabbed has a modern zigzag pattern in it that I love, plus that blue hue I was looking for, but it’s not so bold that it distracts from the rest of the space.

Here’s another random tip for you: pick up an ergonomic kitchen mat to lay underneath your main rug! It doesn’t have to be pretty or expensive—in fact, I grabbed mine from the clearance section—because you’ll never see it, but your feet will really come to appreciate that extra cushion when you’re slaving away over dinner.

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Our Functional Kitchen Décor Secrets | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad #TuesdayMorningFinds

Our Functional Kitchen Décor Secrets | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad #TuesdayMorningFinds

Maximize Wall Space

I finally got around to upgrading our DIY open kitchen shelving, which has really helped me maximize the empty wall space we originally had in our kitchen. Now the extra deep shelves have plenty of room for stacking extra plates, bowls, and cups on, and we don’t have to worry about opening the kitchen cabinets when we want a quick snack or easy lunch.

I bought six white plates for $2.99 a pop and a set of four cereal (read: ice cream) bowls that cost $3.99 each. I also added eight new glasses to our collection since we seem to go through those too quickly for our dish washer to keep up on a weekly basis. Oh, and don’t worry—I plan to share the full tutorial on how to hang and style those shelves in just a couple of weeks!

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Our Functional Kitchen Décor Secrets | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad #TuesdayMorningFinds

Our Functional Kitchen Décor Secrets | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad #TuesdayMorningFinds

Our Functional Kitchen Décor Secrets | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad #TuesdayMorningFinds

Blend-able Neutrals

To me functional décor needs to look nice but also serve a purpose. I’m over the whole “just for looks” decorative phase I was in for so long, and want to make sure every item in our home serves a real function. So, I tried to keep that in mind when choosing replacements for some of the pieces in our kitchen that were looking a little worse for wear.

One way I managed to make the more boring purchases for our kitchen look great, too, was through color—or, really, lack thereof. Our toaster, for example was pretty dingy, so I knew I wanted to replace it. The new one I picked up for $17.99 (compared to $49.99 originally) sports this really nice rose gold face and a white finish on the sides, so it blends right in with the subway tile backsplash. You hardly even see it! I also picked up an angular white cup that we’re using to hold our dish brush by the sink, so the dirty bristles are hidden from view and you see mostly just the glossy white finish of the cup instead.

When in doubt, grab items and containers that match your backsplash or cabinetry (like the new set of wooden-handled utensils I bought and now keep by the oven) so they don’t shout, “Look at me! Look at me!”

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I know I have more to share on this topic (especially when it comes to drawer storage) but I’ve already rambled quite a bit and don’t want to overwhelm you! Did you notice our new under-cabinet lighting? I’m so excited to talk more about this extension of our functional kitchen upgrades, but the topic deserves its very own day, so stay tuned for that after we get back from Thanksgiving break.

Did I leave any advice or tips out that you put to good use in your own kitchen? Do tell in the comments below. And don’t forget to add a Tuesday Morning drop-in to your holiday shopping spree list! Find your closest Tuesday Morning store location here.

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Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

Although every room in our current home is painted white, that wasn’t the case in our last house. In fact, not a single room was painted white. Instead, we played up our love for color with a bold palette throughout. The living room was blue with a yellow-on-yellow accent wall, the bedroom was a deep gray color, and my office studio was painted in a punchy shade of mint green.

We might not be as bold with our color choices in this house, but I still appreciate the rich scheme of our old townhouse. I’m even considering the possibility (the possibility!) of painting one of our extra bedrooms something other than white this winter. I know. I’ve gone crazy, guys. At any rate, I’ve had color on my mind lately, so I thought I’d share a quick list of the non-white paints we loved in our last house for those of you looking to jazz up your own walls this season.

Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

1. Halcyon Green, Sherwin Williams: We actually totally lucked out with this gorgeous soft blue paint—it was already on the walls when we moved into the house thanks to the previous homeowners. Halcyon Green was the perfect complement to my favorite shade of canary yellow back in the day, and it felt really grown up despite being a pretty intense color. I would definitely use it again in the future.

2. Victorian Pewter, Glidden: The front of our townhouse used to get the most gorgeous natural light, but the back of the house was almost always in shadow. Rather than fight it, I decided to embrace the darkness with this moody gray paint by Glidden. My favorite thing about this wall color is how much art pops when hung on top of it. It’s practically made for gallery walls.

3. Icy Mint, Valspar: One of the most frequently-asked questions I get on my blog, even to this day, is what the paint color is in my old office. I might not be brave enough to work out of such a brightly painted space nowadays, but I still look back fondly on that youthful, energizing color. If I ever get the urge to go “mint” again, I definitely know which paint color I’ll pick!

4. Rebel, Yule Log, and Ancient Spice, all by KILZ: This is actually the only non-white color combination we have in our current home, as you saw in this tutorial for painting your own faux wood paneling. We’re still just as much in love as ever with the rich wood-look paint treatment, so I had to make sure I mentioned it in my list.

Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

So, there you have it—proof that we haven’t always been obsessed with white paint! Do you have a favorite colorful paint that you love in your own home? Please tell us all about it in the comments. As for the paint color I’ve got my eye tentatively on? It’s Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball. This ultra saturated blue/green color has been a favorite among designers for the last couple of years, and I think I might just be ready to give into the trend. What do you think? Too much?

For those of you who want to take a trip down memory lane, feel free to hop back here to see what our old townhouse looked like before we moved back in 2015. And if you’re still “Team White Walls,” like us, you can tour our current home here.

Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

*Photos by Mallory Benedict and Meredith Sledge
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