Starburst mirror wall

Jan 27, 2015

Starburst mirror wall
Mirrors from the top: both from Target. Bottom: BHG at Walmart and ZGallerie.
Lately my days are filled with so many things to do; which is a good as long as I keep busy doing things that I love. If you missed my latest project (Fireplace Planter Facade) I encourage you to take a peek since I know Spring is just around the corner and this planter can become handy.
Because of this post, I'm sharing today my mirror wall since it had a lot of great feedback in My Instagram account. 

Starburst mirror wall

This wall was made out of a collection of sunburst mirrors I've been saving for sometime time now. The arrangement of them was set on the balance design principle to ensure a well proportioned and scale appropriate setting of objects. Although I used 5 mirrors, I incorporated the rule of 3 based on sizes; where 1 is the big mirror at the left, 2 the two medium size and 3 the smaller two. This will make this arrangement appealing while creating a drama effect on my wall... a focal point.

Starburst mirror wall

Starburst mirror wall

A similar method was used on my coffee table setting, you can find it in here.
Let me know what you think about this. Do you use any design rule or you like to break them? 

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Fireplace plant facade

Fireplace plant facade

As seasons come and go, I like to update my fireplace area with things I already have or that I can create. So far in this sealed area I've place some urns filled with Ivy plants for Christmas, recycled jumbo bottles in tones of amber and light brown for the beginning of the year; and now some ferns in honor of Spring.
To place these plants inside the firebox I've create a simple planter with some "Common Board" and "Sande Plywood" from The Home Depot.

Fireplace plant facade

The sizes I'll be using to make this planter are based on my firebox space. To start, I cut one piece of the "Sande Plywood" to 30" x 36", this was going to be the back of the planter. Using the same material, I cut 3 pieces of 33" x 8" for the front part that will hold the plants. For the corners, I cut 6 triangles from the "Common Board". Each of these was 6" x 6" x 8" (using a 45 degree angle).
Using these materials I was able to make 3 rows for the plants. For each row, I started accommodating the corners, each 1 1/2" from the edge of the wood that was going to be the back of the planter (as shown in the image). After these pieces were glued and nailed, I placed one of the 33" x 8" piece to finish the row. Between rows I left 3" for spacing.

Fireplace plant facade

After all the rows were finished, all I had to do was fill the planter. The reason I chose ferns, besides being so lush, was because they imitate the beautiful stone engraving of my fireplace. Also, when I was looking for options I took into consideration the fact that these plants were going to be near a big window, were they'll be receiving sunlight for the most part of the day.

Fireplace plant facade

I love having this pop of green in my living room. The best thing about this planter is that I can change the plants and hang it to the kitchen wall replacing the ferns for some herbs.
Do you like to keep plants inside your home? Which are your favorites?

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Simple styling for a coffee table

Jan 14, 2015

Coffee table easy styling

Styling a coffee table, a tablescape or even a console, doesn't have to be fuss. Today a short visual image tutorial will help you in achieving the perfect and balance setting with simple accents you might even already have.

Coffee table easy styling

When styling a vignette I always like to create balance through heights (or forms). As you'll see on this image, I've created a visual harmony by using 3 different levels of heights.

Coffee table easy styling

If you see my setting from above, you'll notice there is a difference in proportions between the elements placed over the chest/coffee table. I've placed what's called the Golden Ratio Diagram above the image to show you how these parts interact to create a balance that appears to be pleasing to the eye. If we get into mathematics, this equation will be two thirds to 1, and on this setting you'll see that it has been divided into 3 forms; where the one on the left has the most visual impact, but it's balanced by the other two thirds (the smaller square and rectangle).
So remember, when creating a setting like this always try to incorporate elements in odd numbers (3, 5, 7 etc.) and to form a visual balance between the heights and forms.

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Styled and organized entryway

Jan 13, 2015

Entryway console organization

Having 3 little kids living under the same roof can sometimes be a daily challenge when it comes to organization. I'm that kind of person that likes to have my drawers flawless, my shoe boxes by size, my spoons to the right and forks to the left, my shirts on the closet by colors, and so on (please don't freak out!). One of the places that gives me the chills every time I open it is the entryway console. Since we moved to our new home, all the things that don't find a place to hangout, end up hiding in this small piece of furniture.

Entryway console organization

By the look of this photo you can now understand my situation. My youngest daughter loves making puzzles, the one in the middle adores coloring books and the rest of the space is consumed by school materials for my eldest and MY STUFF!

Entryway console organization

To start the "Console Rescue Mission", I emptied the space and gave the inside a simple coat of paint to make it seem clearer. All the clutter fit in 3 Rectangular Collapsible Baskets from BHG at Walmart. For the second part of this mission I divided all the stuff by categories and recycled the ones that were no longer needed.
Now that everything was in order, I bought online 3 BHG Galvanized Storage Bins and a Magazine Basket to place these items. To make it easier for my daughters and me to identify each storage, I spray painted some plastic letters and glued them to some of the bins.

Entryway console organization
Entryway console organization
These bins are easy to take out every time kids want to make "Puzzles" or use the "Coloring Books". I've identify them so that they can relate the words with what's on the inside.
Because this piece of furniture is on my entryway, I decided to style it using accessories also from BHG at Walmart. I used as a planter a Galvanized Round Bin for my Fig tree and as flower vases, my Hurricane Pillars Candle Holders from this previous post.

Entryway console organization
Wild and fresh flowers do best on clear vases. I love keeping them near my entryway so my guests can feel welcome when they come to visit us.
Entryway console organization

Now I'm a happy and organized mom. And because I love to share my happiness, BHG at Walmart is giving away a $100 gift card to one lucky person. Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter for a chance of winning. (Winners must be U.S. residents and at least 18 years old)


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Girls' room decor

Jan 8, 2015


While I'm very proud of the neutral colors around my home, a bright palette was very needed in my daughters' room. Since (for now) this room has to be divided between three girls of different ages, my top priority is to maintain a line of design while making this modest space functional but at the same time pleasant to my girls' tastes.


As I said above, this room of the house lacks space, so we don't want to have organizational issues. For this I found wooden crates with wheels at HomeGoods that besides being crazy cute, keep my eldest shoes in order and her favorite magazines at reach. I love the way they simulate drawers!


Over the armoire (also a great HomeGoods finds) I place 3 baskets. These are for the forgotten dolls and stuffed animals, blankets and small shoes (on the back/ not shown). The vintage pink wire basket (HomeGoods) adds character to the top while beautifully displaying what's inside.


Inside the armoire there are more baskets but this time with clothes. I confess I prefer to fold and put away their laundry this way than inside drawers; it is easier to access and love seeing it organized. Since it was black inside, I took some chalk markers to identify each area. These colors really pop adding a whimsy detail inside this girly cabinet.


Although I don't have an specific theme for this room (really, I just started arranging old and new things) my father asked if it was Asian inspired and truly after taking a step back and looking around; between the armoire and the parasol accent, Asian it is!
The quilt (HomeGoods) with the amazing paisley patterns and bright colors was a big hit when my daughter arrived from school and saw her bed. The decorative pillow (HomeGoods) was from one of the girls nursery room and matches so perfectly with the whole design, don't you think? The hanging lanterns (Target) made this area so much fun and was the finishing touch this daybed (Ikea) needed.

Stay tuned because the other side of this room is still a work in progress, so as soon as it's all finished, I'll be posting more photos. Hope you enjoy this little corner of our house and let me know how you resolve organizational issues in small spaces.
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