Modern Eclectic Mix

By Victoria, SF Girl by Bay
Hima is the blog behind Helsinki-based freelance writer Stella Harasek, who writes about all things interior design and everything that relates to the cozy concept called home. Stella’s own home is simply stunning. It’s an unexpected and eclectic mix of everything from classically traditional chandeliers, danish mid-century modern, to inexpensive flea market finds, all working in harmony to create a very comfortable, relaxed lived in look, but with a lot of sophistication enhanced but the subtle pastels and shades of gray she so wonderfully combines. This is my kind of modern eclectic mix…
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DIY: Five-Minute Art Print Frame

By Rachael Smith, Penelope & Pip

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Minted has such a gorgeous selection of arts prints, especially for Valentine’s Day, so I thought it would be fun to make an easy DIY frame to get your art print hanging in no time – no expensive framing required!

The structure of this frame also has a neat little trick that will let you swap out your art prints whenever you want to change around the theme of your home decor, and the best part is it takes only five minutes to make.

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Laying Low

By Victoria Smith, SF Girl by Bay

Have you ever slept on a bed that’s just barely off the floor? When I was moving and my old bed frame had been sold (I had to downsize) I had my mattress just right there, smack dab on the hardwood floors. And you know what? It was super cozy! I don’t know what it is about laying low, but a mattress positioned so close to the floor gives me the best sleep ever. Maybe it’s like camping, or college, or something reminiscent to a fort, but whatever it is, it’s very comforting. I also tend to find it quite stylish. Do you think box springs have been a big scam all along by someone trying to convince we need something we actually don’t? Wouldn’t be the first time, would it? Here’s a few low lying looks I love – beds very near to the floor and those doing just fine sans box springs.
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Indoor Winter

By Victoria Smith, SF Girl by Bay

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Bringing nature inside is one of my favorite ways to cheer up when it’s cold and wintery outside. Paperwhites and Hyacinths are the perfect solution for the season because they can be forced to flower indoors any time of year. Their bulbs don’t even need soil — they can be forced open in a bit of shallow water alone; just add enough to cover the lower portion of the bulbs without submersing them. You’ll need just a vintage or glass bowl or shallow pot, some pebbles, a few big bulbs and some sunshine. Give it a try. Simple, and so, so pretty.
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Wallpaper designs by Lisa Bengtsson

By Meta Coleman of One More Mushroom

I have been a long time fan of Wallpaper.  It can instantly add color, pattern, and personality into any room.  I enjoy using wallpaper in my client’s homes and have used a variety of different wallpapers in many rooms in my own home as well.  Because wallpaper can be overwhelming, I like to wallpaper one wall, or wallpaper a smaller space with a more monochromatic or graphic wallpaper.
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The wallpaper designs of Lisa Bengtsson are so beautiful and are modern with a touch of vintage.  Not only is Lisa a wallpaper designer, but an illustrator,  Graphic Designer, and ceramic and textile designer as well.

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New Years Decorating

By Victoria Smith of SF Girl by Bay
‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and just when you thought the festivities might be over, New Year’s Eve rolls up right around the corner. I’m one for staying in for the evening and celebrating with close friends and family.

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It’s easy to decorate with lots of white candles flickering and I quite like this idea of blowing up a few balloons in assorted sizes and taping them to the wall. Pretty!
Here’s what I did last year…
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Fondue Party

By Meta Coleman of One More Mushroom

Every year around this time it is a tradition in our family to host a fondue party.  My husband and I enjoy celebrating the holidays with friends and family and there is something so warm and intimate about celebrating over a steaming pot of melted cheese, not to mention it tastes so good!

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With the Holidays coming up a fondue party would be a great way to celebrate Christmas Eve, or ring in the New Year.
Here’s a recipe we love, supplies, and ideas for accessories to make your fondue party a success…

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How To: Style a Custom Print

By Victoria Smith of SF Girl by Bay

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I’m a big fan of Minted’s new line of art prints. There’s a few already hanging in my home, but for a while now I’ve been wanting to enlarge a custom print — one of my favorite images of my father who passed away last year. This particular photo is of him arriving in California for the first time after moving to Los Angeles from Toronto, Canada. It’s so stereotypical — him reaching up to grab a fresh orange from a tree, that it could almost be on a postcard. It reminds me of how excited and hopeful for a new future in a warm, sunny climate he must have been.

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So I asked the Minted folks if I might try out their custom print service and enlarge this print to hang in my dining room to remind me always of my dad. The photos was old – taken in the 50’s and like lots of family heirlooms and ephemera it wasn’t in the best of shape. But Minted enlarged it and framed it, making it look amazing. I couldn’t be more happy with it. Giving a gift like this at the holidays is so much more thoughtful than rushing out to the mall to buy yet another ‘thing’ someone probably doesn’t need. I love the idea of giving custom prints to friends and family. And you still have time to order your custom print, the last date for personalized art is December 17th. Here’s to happy holiday memories everyone. Enjoy the season.
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Decorating with Pastels

By Meta Coleman of One More Mushroom

This year I have noticed a lot of pastels in furniture and home accessories, particularly the colors pink and mint blue/green. Normally I am drawn to bright colors but I am really loving all the soft colors, there is something so calm and nostalgic about them.  It’s like a modern Scandinavian take on the fifties.

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The pastels work in these spaces below because they are not competing with too many other colors or patterns.  There is a lot of white and light wood to compliment the pastels.

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Here are a few pastels I would love to have in my home…

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Getting Your House Cozy for the Colder Weather

By Meta of One More Mushroom

I really enjoy the different seasons, especially when it’s cold outside and the leaves begin to change color. There is something so inviting about being home, curled up next to the fireplace with a blanket and a warm drink while the weather is blistery outside. Growing up it was very important for my German mother to make our house cozy, or “gemeutlich”.

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Here are a few things you can add to your home to get it ready for the cold weather…

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