Monthly Archives: October 2013

Want a more colorful home? Here are 13 DIY projects to get you started

Colorful Home

I know neutrals are really popular right now, but I need some color in my life. Check out these 13 projects you can do yourself to help make your home more colorful.
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1. Skinny strips of painter’s tape on wood magnets make color blocking easy.

Skinny strips of painter's tape on wood magnets make color blocking easy.

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You don’t need a lot of paint, so make use of samples! If you need more samples, don a disguise to avoid judgement.

2. Use a colorful silhouette for bright and easy DIY art.

Use a colorful silhouette for bright and easy DIY art.

Emily May / CC BY 2.0 / Via Flickr: emilysnuffer

For color that’s modern, not crafty-looking. You can also substitute an animal for a family member’s mug. Makes a great (and cheap) present.

3. Make cords and chargers colorful with strips of bright duct tape.

Make cords and chargers colorful with strips of bright duct tape.

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The extra reinforcement also prevents breakage. Now your significant other can’t claim they thought it was theirs when they steal your cord.

4. Paint a few boards of a reclaimed-wood accent wall.

Paint a few boards of a reclaimed-wood accent wall.

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How amazing does that look? Amazing. It looks amazing.

5. Use old (or thrifted) album covers for a commitment-free accent wall.

Use old (or thrifted) album covers for a commitment-free accent wall.

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Your teenage self is jealous already.

6. Give wooden numbers and a minimalist wall clock a colorful update.

Give wooden numbers and a minimalist wall clock a colorful update.

Or buy this pre-made set here. You can even paint right onto the wall, if you live on the edge.

7. Or scrap the numbers and repurpose an old bike wheel.

Or scrap the numbers and repurpose an old bike wheel.

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Because you happen to have a bike wheel lying around! Paint the frame for even more color, or purchase this one here.

8. Make any project involving chalkboard paint more colorful with mix-your-own chalkboard paint.

Make any project involving chalkboard paint more colorful with mix-your-own chalkboard paint.

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Very useful in a tiny kitchen for cute DIY without all the overwhelming black.

9. Add colored marbles to a wooden fence for subtle color and light.

Add colored marbles to a wooden fence for subtle color and light.

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If you throw a party in your backyard at twilight, the colorful bursts of light are going to make your photos look super professional. Get the super simple how-to here.

10. Create an ombre effect with vases in a bright, similar hue.

Create an ombre effect with vases in a bright, similar hue.

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There is no such thing as too much ombre. For more of a color pop, contrast with the wall color.

11. Use a bright, retro fabric to make a slipcover for your headboard.

Use a bright, retro fabric to make a slipcover for your headboard.

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Bonus? It’s easy to change and totally transforms a room.

12. Turn colorful old books into a bright, modern lamp.

Turn colorful old books into a bright, modern lamp.

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Not for the drill-shy. The books get wrecked, so use books you like, but not books you LOVE.

13. Use stencils or contact paper to add bold color to a plain nightstand.

Use stencils or contact paper to add bold color to a plain nightstand.

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This one was decoupaged with wrapping paper, which is way easier to do than it is to pronounce.

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Fall Market 2013 at the D&D Building NYC

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Every Fall there is a major debut of new products, trends and brand marketing that takes place at the Decoration & Design Building in New York City.  It is a  two-day event focused on new merchandise, philosophies, and directions.

As I visited the showrooms this week, I found a prevailing situation (though not a new one) that featured many collaborative endeavors involving artists and designers from other design disciplines. The results are primarily targeted to textiles and rugs.

CJ DEllatore Jean Paul Gaultier for Lelievre Stark

Stark did some exciting things this year. We partnered with the fashion luminaire Jean Paul Gaultier and launched his second line of textiles with our brand Lelievre (available through Stark Fabrics). This follow up collection is chock-a-block with an unabashed heady mix of different themes, signature designs, and fresh color mixes. There are 8 new designs in a variety of colorways to choose from.  You can view them on the Lelievre link above.

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Pollack introduced their ‘Makers Collection where they commissioned five artisans who specialize in ceramics, furniture, jewelry, glass, and weaving to interpret their aesthetic to textiles.  The collection is dynamic and well worth investigating.  I appreciate the dialogue that occurs, and found the fabrics current and invigorating.

CJ Dellatore Josph La Piana for Patterson Flynn Martin

Thought PFM is our competition, they deserve credit when credit is due. I went to view the new collection of exclusive rug designs by Joseph La Piana for Patterson Flynn Martin. The 24 designs are a pure extension of the artist’s main body of work and approach the natural fluidity of his art in a seamless way.  The appreciation of rugs as an art form is one that has been under valued for too long.

CJ Dellatore Hermes display

Yet another venerable fashion house to jump on the home furnishings bandwagon is Hermes with their premiere collection of textiles and wall coverings.  The themes are as iconic as you would expect: equestrian, nautical, tropical, and exotic.  It is a very exciting new addition to the world of interior design textiles available at New York Jerry Pair Showroom.

CJ Dellatore Fortuny Showroom

“Splash” by Jeff Zimmerman available at Fortuny NYC

And aside from fabrics and rugs you should check out the Fortuny Showroom for the ever-changing art and art furniture installations which are for sale, and bring an updated brand aesthetic to the textile house.

Of course, there are many more new and exciting additions, lines and showrooms to check out.  Make it a point to see for yourself all that the D&D building has to offer.

Let me know when you make it here!

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