After clicking through Zillow about a hundred or more times searching from house to house on our own house hunt, I’ve fallen in love with a few key layouts and design elements. Of course I want/dream of some room specifics like an open kitchen, an enclosed patio, and a huge bathtub, but certain smaller details keep catching my eye; namely, crown molding and decorative molding. I guess that’s how I know I’ve officially entered “grownup-hood” – I crush on things like crown molding. Now I recognize that too much decorative molding can leave your home looking like a giant Roman Palace (Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. Gaudy? Maybe. Bad? Nah, never. I like my decor a little over-the-top.) Still, a touch of decorative molding across an unexpected place – like a ceiling or fireplace, can look utterly gorgeous. And painted over in a statement black or white – such a chic look.
You may have noticed macramé everything popping up, well, everywhere. Mostly I can’t stop spotting macramé wall hangings. These crafted beauties have a bohemian vibe, feel homey and whimsical, and can really warm up a space. But have you ever considered macramé hanging planters, a macramé headboard, or a macramé door? One artist in particular, Sally England, who is clearly infinitely cool, just gets it, and designs the kind of macramé that you’ll most definitely want to hang everywhere.
I’ll just come right and say it: this was one of those posts that has been sitting in my drafts for ages. Ages, I tell you. With our impending move and the apartment slowly making its way into boxes (with a lot of tears, sweat, and stubbed toes), I realized it was high time I share how we got our beloved gold book shelves (hint hint: we made them!) Now before you go and panic on me, because goodness knows I can relate (the term “DIY” brings on my stress-induced brow furrow), this DIY is way simpler than it seems, and half the battle, really, is putting together those darned Ikea VITTSJÖ shelving units (thanks, hubby!) Plus, at just $70 a piece, these VITTSJÖ units can be transformed into something truly lovely … and gold … wahoo!
It all starts with one of these units …
Then, decide whether you’re going to use gold spray paint and/or gold liquid gilding paint to cover your shelving unit. Also, note: before you start your painting, be sure to put down a piece of plastic dropcloth or lots and lots of newspaper.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
shelves spray paint* and/or gold liquid gilding paint**
foam brush (to fix any problem areas and smooth out drippy paint)
plastic dropcloth or newspaper
painter’s mask (if you’re sensitive to the smell of a whole lot of paint)
*If you plan to use spray paint, be sure to over-buy. Each unit needs at least two full cans to look fully coated.
**Having gone the spray painting route, I would probably try painting the unit in gold liquid gilding paint (in addition to the spray paint, because that liquid gold can get expensive) next time. Spray paint requires a large outdoor space (a.k.a., lots of grass and open air); no easy feat when you live on the fifth floor of an apartment building. Also, spray paint can get runny and messy, and I await the day I meet someone truly gifted at wielding the spray paint can (let’s just say my shelves have a few flaws that luckily, are easy to miss in photos.)
Assemble the shelves according to the instructions. (Here’s where I like to bug my husband for help. I always wind up with missing screws and a lopsided shelf.) Be sure not to put the glass shelves on until after you have painted and the paint has completely dried, then simply lay them on each level of your painted metal shelves.
If you are using spray paint, set the unit outside on a large plastic dropcloth and spray paint in two to three light coats, rotating around the unit as needed. If you plan to use gold liquid gilding paint, keep in mind this stuff is pricey and you may want to use it in combination with the spray paint. Whether you use it on its own or with the spray paint, be sure to have a few foam brushes handy to spread the paint on your shelf.
Though this apartment has been circulating Pinterest for years, I couldn’t resist sharing my favorite corners once I finally stumbled upon the full home tour. Meet Brooke Baker, a Seattle-based designer + art director (who also happens to have a gorgeous Instagram feed). Her Seattle apartment oozes bohemian style, with gorgeous textiles, colors, and great uses of space.
On her home design:
“I saw my new place as a blank canvas and with that, I chose to create as many custom pieces as possible. I decided to use copper and raw wood as my main materials and used them when I could. I also wanted to surround myself with plant life. Having plants around you makes you happy and I swear by it. Stock up Seattle, winter is coming. My decorative style is inspired from many things, but mostly people and experiences. When I look around my apartment I’m constantly reminded of places I’ve been and the people I love. At the end of the day I find myself happy with my new home and proud of the things I was able to create.”
This family home is beautiful and attainable, and the perfect twist on suburban charm. The family – a couple with four little kids – managed to turn an older home in the suburbs into a modern rustic haven, full of warmth and charming spaces. I’m totally smitten. Suburbia never looked so good.
“We wanted this home to feel like it had been here for 100 years. The architecture is strangely unsuburbian. It’s very classic.”
The exposed beams, arched doorways, fireplaces, molding treatments and built-ins are all original to the home and perfectly classic. The fresh coat of white paint, white kitchen subway tiles, and modern fixtures, keep the home fresh and chic.