A contemporary dressed wall in the kitchen

Apr 15, 2015

Kitchen wall galleries with a function

Blank walls are not my favorite thing to stop and stare. No matter if they have been colored or not, walls (for me) are meant to be decorated. Either with paper or accents they speak of the people that live around them; what their lifestyles are like and even allows us to get an intimate look at their possessions.

Kitchen wall galleries with a function

In our house we used to have one of those mute walls in the kitchen. It really made me feel desperate each time I went by it and saw that blank space. I knew I needed something that, besides bringing in some life, would also be functional. I've thought of painting it all with chalk paint but having this only wall in our small kitchen painted, probably would've make the space feel smaller. Then I thought about a gallery wall!

Kitchen wall galleries with a function

These types of walls allow us to be creative but also generate a personal statement in the room. Because this wall was in the kitchen, a place for writing was a must. I found at Birchlane an industrial blackboard that had the perfect dimensions for this wall. To balance the size of this piece and to add the decor factor, I added 2 wood art pieces of different sizes: a world map and an utensil kitchen print (both also from Birchlane). The round mirror in the center brought some clarity to this whole composition besides allowing us to take a quick peek before going out.

Kitchen wall galleries with a function

Some other accessories made this wall gallery picture perfect and me, a happy cook! Do you have a wall/art gallery in your home? What wall did you used for it?

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The stain that saved my mirror

Apr 10, 2015

Dark pieces of furniture can sometimes make the room seem smaller or crowded. This was the case of my Ikea "Mongstad" mirror. For years it was the best companion to the end of our hallway in the old apartment, helping this area feel ample. But now that we live in a house, I wasn't able to find the right spot for it.


After giving it a thought, I decided to try sanding this mirror but knowing that it wasn't real wood. Before embarking in this project, I first tested it on the back to see how this material will react to the sanding machine. I was impressed to find that it looked like real wood.
After sanding for a couple of minutes I gave this piece a light tint and I'm proud to say it looks amazing!


I love the final result and think it goes perfectly well with my fireplace and my wood floor. Don't you think it is a truly miracle? This goes to prove that sometimes in life one have to take risks.
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From Easter to Spring, a bright and colorful table setting

Apr 2, 2015

Spring/Easter table setting

A table setting doesn't have to keep you up all night with lots of preparations and endless lists of what to buy and where to place it. Most of the time the trick behind it all consist on using what you already own and to just add some new accessories to add a personal touch.

Spring/Easter table setting

For my table setting I used my everyday dinnerware and added some bright and colorful fabric napkins I found at HomeGoods. To bring life to the boring whites, smaller and colorful dishes were added (also from HomeGoods).

Spring/Easter table setting

Flowers (learn how I did this arrangement here) were also used here in bright color. On small shot glasses I place smaller arrangements and placed them over the set of dished. I know this petite detail will bring smiles to my guests.

Spring/Easter table setting
Spring/Easter table setting

Other elements I used in this setting were an old glass water bottle to serve the juice, a cake stand for serving the bread, and instead of a runner I used a curtain from Target.
Little cement bunnies (from HomeGoods) added an Easter feeling to this setting. Take them out and you are left with a blooming Spring table.

Spring/Easter table setting

Bringing in old and everyday accessories to the table and mixing them with some new items was the winning combination for a bright and colorful setting. Wouldn't you agree?
What are you using for your Spring table setting?

To see more photos of this table setting visit the Design Happy Blog from HomeGoods

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All you'll need is tape for the perfect arrangement


I love flowers and now that we are all in Spring they are a must in almost every home. Bright ones are an instant pick me up in a bouquet. The other day I found mine at Whole Foods where I ended up buying two different packs to mix at home.


A while ago I bought a porcelain pitcher at HomeGoods and it's been used more than any other vase around our home. It's the perfect size and the form makes it look so elegant. For this bouquet I used some tape over the mouth of this pitcher to create a grid that will help me accommodate each flower.


The idea behind this is to create a more balanced arrangement while helping the flowers to stay in place. After placing the big flowers first, the blank spaces left were filled with the smaller buds. Once all the flowers were accommodated, I used the leaves to add the final touches again filling in any space noticeable.


I have to say that this old tape trick is really a miracle when making a simple flower arrangements by a non-professional like myself. Hope you enjoy this quick and easy tutorial and let me know if you have other tricks when making your own arrangement.

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