Some outdoor space is better than no outdoor space, right? Don’t despair if you don’t have acres of land to work with. These small space ideas will transform any space into a cozy oasis.
Use Indoor Decorating Ideas
Don’t just put out some folding chairs and call it a day. Really think about it as a room in your house. What can you do to maximize light? What decorating tricks will make the space seem larger? Should you add a rug to tie the room together? The goal is to make the space cozy so you utilize the space often.
Martha’s Back Porch Plants
If you can’t see the walls, then you don’t really know how small a space is! Martha likes to fill her patio with lush plants that hide the rails and blend in with the rest of the yard.
A Table Terrarium
If your patio is not large enough for both a table and plants, combine them! The terrarium coffee table is simply stunning.
Stylish Waterproof Outdoor Decor
Mixing indoor and outdoor furnishings on a porch or patio is an excellent way to integrate house and garden. Position your chairs so that they are condusive to conversation.
It is crucial to keep a small space clutter-free. These rails should help!
Play with Patterns
Small spaces beg for creativity. Have fun by mixing and matching colors, shapes, and patterns.
Go with Mood Lighting
Putting lights in the right place is key in a small space. Here, the string lights that stretch all the way across the ceiling, make the space feel completely separate from the house.
Keep nosy neighbors at bay with a lush wall of greenery.
A Sleepy Sanctuary
And, sometimes the best thing to do with a small space is to make it a private little santuary.
This room is a simple, plain looking sleeping space touched with a few bright blue covers on the bedroom living sets and bed headboard. The floor is covered with gray rug while the wall in bluish gray color.
Girls just love purple! This bedroom is lush with purple curtains, lampshades and purple dashing pattern pillowcases and bedcovers. The wall frame matches the purple theme too! While metallic silver ottomans, glaring pairs of bedside tables, soft bed, textured flooring and name printed cushions do a great deal.
Floral decorated walls and pillows give color and life to this warm colored bedroom with gray, black and white headboard, bed covers and pillow cases respectively. The ceiling and other wood vanities are gleaming in glossy finished wood works.
Isn’t it a little warmer when it is all filled with wood touches alone? So here’s an explosion of light blue-green on the walls, bench, and bed. Add up the complementing lampshade and pillows completing the bluish setting. Moreover, the shimmering silver cabinets and the hanging bubble chair are enticing on the corners.
Teenagers love bold colors, which reflect their energy and style. No wonder why this bedroom stuns in colorful floor rug and blue walls. What inspires is the printed dedications on the upper wall and bed cover.
Neon colors are one of the first color choices for teenage girls. They often choose to wear bright pink, yellow or blue and so does with their other stuff. Just take a look at this bedroom’s walls, bed covers, desk, and chairs, aren’t they striking with colors? Even pillows, curtains, picture frame and the pendant lights are colorful.
While some of the girls want to have a colorful bedroom, some just want a simple and plain looking room, just like this one. White floor rug on the wooden floor, white bedding, and the like seem to satisfy the view. A few bright colors like the red pillows and items on the shelf, however, give an excellent contrast.
Soft textured brownish floor rug and white vanities are added in this bedroom while bright colored stuff like storage boxes and printed bed covers and pillows are adding to a livelier look. The blue wall does give a calm atmosphere on the other side.
Patterns and the color combinations of blue and red work beautifully in this set up as these blends nicely with white bed covers, ceiling and walls. A uniquely designed leaf chandelier is spotted right up the ceiling along with the floral printed window curtains.
This bedroom is quite an explosion of colors and functionality. The striped, multicolor floor rug gives color and warmth to the room whereas the bed is with gradient designed sheet and pillows. The colorful frames, purple study chairs with white vanities, the bookshelf on the edge of the bed and an extra pull out underneath it make this room both bright and comfortable.
A teenage girl obviously owns this bedroom because of the bright colored designs and patterns on the floor and walls. The full space of this bedroom is only occupied with a few vanities like the corner table, the soft cushioned bed and bedside tables, which is perfect for friends on an overnight fun.
This bedroom is pleasant and elegant due to its dimly gray touches on the walls, headboard, curtains, bench, and bedding. The white vanities give it a bright highlight, though. Credits to the high up bookshelves and window seat for the well-served functionality.
Hello Kitty and friends seem to sit comfortably in this pretty bedroom. The pink pillows and cushions add brightness to the white and gray combination of this room. The wooden floor is covered with crack pattern rug, and the walls and ceiling are painted in creamy white shades.
This room is undeniably cool with the stunning bright blue colors! There is a pattern floor rug on the wooden floor, model bed cover with matching pillows and curtains, a few wood vanities and white shelving for stuff and an overhead shelf for displays.
Different shades of purple seem to dominate this bedroom’s color scheme. Starting from the lightest purple on the walls followed by the bed covers, curtains, blanket and the chair. A few addition of native vanities, ceiling fan, decorative dress form mannequin and lampshades are seen here too.
This is one satisfying look of elegance and style with its furry floor rug, dotted blue bed covers and pillows, bluish pattern walls, dark floor, decorative shelving and blue ceiling. The love, hug and kisses board on the bed sides give an artsy addition.
Isn’t it the pink bed that highlights it all? It does stand out amongst the dark wall and stuff inside the bedroom. The floor rug is black as well as the wall, sofa, and a few pillows. Some of the things like the purple pillows and mounted items give extra colorful shades.
Gray tones are dim and dull, but when added with a twist of bright pink colors, it becomes lively. This bedroom’s walls are shaded in gray as well as the bed and floor rug, but it is highlighted with a pink bed sheet, chandelier, and a few mounted items on desk and shelves.
The colorful zigzag patterns on the bed covers and pillows make an excellent color scheme to this dimly lit up bedroom. The walls, cabinet sides, and ceiling are painted in gray while the floor is covered with a brownish rug. A few personalized collections hang on the wall and ceiling.
This room is as cool and calm as nature. Maybe it is because of the green color shades of the wall, handbag, seat and pillow covers. With accents of pink on them. There are also white vanities present with red frames and red scarf on the bed bench.
Floral and lavender are flooding in this bedroom’s walls and furniture. The pillows and window curtains are in floral too while the bedding, bed, bench and cabinet are on their simplest white look. Not only that, the wooden floor is partially covered with dark pattern rug.
A very playful looking bedroom with a few kid stuff present, resting on a light pink and green colored floor rug. The bed curtain, bed and pillow and covers have the same colors too. The chandelier looks fancy in its floral design holders.
A very spacious and classy styled bedroom with the bright pink rug on the ceramic tiled floor and pink pillows on a white bed. The corner sofa and chairs are in shades of pink too. The color, uniqueness, and warmth are added by the white ceiling painted with floral and bird designs.
Limited stuff in the room adds space and elegance. The floor is covered with rug tiling, and the bed is made of wood with pink covered foam mounted with a green blanket and colorful pillows. The pink floor cushion gives a place to relax.
Melissa is the name written on the fluffy wall frame. This one is highly customized and designed according to the owner’s desires. The wall and bed are colored in black and pink. While also present are the hardwood vanities and rug tiled floor.
The patterned rug on the palette wood floor matches the white tufted bed. On the other hand, the covers and pillows give a nice accent to the white shade. The curtains are in pink and gray colors while the cabinets and walls are in sleek white.
The seamless wall and ceiling are painted in pink while the bathroom walls have pink patterns too. The bed is designed with floral pink, black and white floral patterns while the bed bench is in leopard prints. Most of all, the floor is stylish in its design black and white tiles.
This is a highly girlish themed bedroom with the pink wall and floor. The bed covers are in pink and dotted black while the hardwood chair’s bottom is in dotted white and black too. The wall is mounted with customized frames and name letters.
Some teenage girls love collectibles, so it is best to have a space for this stuff in their bedroom. These also serve as decorations just like in this preppy pink and green bedroom. The bed covers, sofa, and bed bench are pink while the chair and floor rug are Green.
The walls of this bedroom are coated in shades of purple and are matched with pink accents on the chair and bed cover lining. The floor, ceiling, and tables are white while the floor cushion is in dotted black color.
The combination of red, black and white color pattern is stylish and cool as the ones on the lampshade, pillows and seat cover. A few of the pattern storage boxes are found under the canopy bed resting on a white floor. The ceiling and walls are as white as the cabinets.
An industrial look somehow invades in this bedroom with the soft gray colors on the walls and bedside table. The bed is covered with a gray sheet with pattern pillows. Roller blind boxes are covered with patterns, and the wall is mounted with rounded frames and roller skate-board.
Zigzag patterned pillows and pouf sitting on the wooden floor are matching to the soft floor rug. Found inside this bedroom is a soft lilac bed with purple bottom and headboard, soft armchair, white cabinets and white paneled walls with large dotted patterns.
This compact bedroom is highly maximized with furniture and vanities. You will see shades of earth colors on the pattern floor rug, headboard, native basket, tables, and cabinets. The walls are painted in white while a few colors in the frame and pillows give a beautiful accent.
Bluish green chair, curtains, and pillow accent the dotted black and white bed and pillows. The room’s walls are painted in white while the floor is in a brownish shade. The mannequins are get up with trendy dresses.
The combination of Pink and black is so unique and fabulous. The bed and pillow covers are in dotted black and pink ruffles. The matching lampshades and the walls painted in striped pink and black make this room a perfect choice who wants to decor their room with flow and perfection.
Polka dots curtains in shades of green are adding beauty to the wide window while the matching graying and chair are resting on the wooden floor. The soft bed is covered with a bluish and white sheet with matching pillows. On the gray wall, the artsy frame and woman figure add life to the wall.
The red sheet stands out among the other colors. The bed is filled with colorful pillows and a patterned blanket. The wall is painted in light blue color while the bathroom wall is painted in blue violet, the same with the table top sitting under the hanging white cabinet.
With a white background, black is always the best accent as displayed on the walls. This room is furnished with a bed with white pillows and sheets, silver cabinet and a wall mirror. In addition to the black and white combination, the red bolster pillow and chair give life to the room.
Pink is often described as the girls’ favorite color. This is why this white bedroom is accented with pink bed bench, toys, lampshades, and curtains. The pink floral accents on the frame and floor added the touch too.
While most of the teenage girls’ bedrooms are furnished with pink color, this white bedroom is highlighted with yellow. The white color is prominent in this room aside from the pillows, the bench foam, and the wall frames.
Pocket backyards are common in suburban communities and inner city lots, however there are many things you can do to make the most out of your tiny yard space. Here are 30 awesome ideas that will transform your backyard into a comfortable, functional and impressive space for outdoor entertaining.
1. Trim Trees
When shopping for your shrubbery, be savvy and select upward growing trees. Green giant arborvitae, magnolia, cherry, maples, Persian Ironwood, and even bamboos can attractively line up your backyard, give you shade, and provide fresh air without taking a lot of space.
2. Murphy Picnic Set
Enjoy meals al fresco with a hideaway picnic set that you can fold up when not in use.
3. Side Gardening
Line your fencing with side gardens and leave the centre of your yard open. This format will create the illusion of space.
4. A White Backyard
Light colours give the illusion of space. White walls, furniture, and light hued plants create a cool and airy backyard.
5.The Skinny Pool
Who says swimming pools are limited to large backyards? A narrow lap pool is a great addition to a small backyard.
6. Mosaic Pathway
Introduce colour and shape into your backyard with a detailed mosaic pathway.
7. A Grassy Nook
Segment a portion of the yard to grow a lush patch of grass to relax on.
8. Vertical Box Gardening
Don’t let the lack of space stop you from creating floral garden beds. Vertical box gardens are popular throughout smaller spaces.
9. Water Feature
A unique and striking water feature will add a strong focal point to your backyard, de-emphasising the size restrictions of your yard.
10. Clean and Modern
Even the tiniest yard can be transformed into a comfortable outdoor nook. Introduced a minimalist aesthetic to your backyard with simple planters, cultivated plants and lean benches.
11. Corner Seating Hub
Create the illusion of a wider space by strategically placing your features in one corner of the backyard and leave the rest of the area open.
12. Diamond Pavers
Bring in some drama and depth into your pathways with diamond patterned pavers.
13. Plant Contouring
Keep in mind the shape of your garden when choosing plants. This vibrant cluster has the right height, complementing shapes, and a variety of delightful colour.
14. Classic Symmetry
You can never go wrong with the classic symmetrical garden plan.
Give your backyard character and colour with brickwork. The warm red seen in brick flooring vividly contrasts against vibrant greenery, creating a lush mini forest.
16. Terrace Gardening
Fill every nook and cranny of your backyard with a terraced garden. Using timber framing helps to add a more rustic vibe.
17. Cultured Pergolas
Add a romantic quality to your small backyard with a choice of fragrant climbers. Adding a pergola with fragrant climbers like jasmine, roses, wisteria, or sweet peas will transform any yard into a dreamy space.
18. Square Pavers and Gravel
Square pavers and gravel keep the backyard neat and modern. The tandem also perfectly complement wood fencing and decking.
19. Asymmetrical Decking
A long and narrow backyard is ideal for the non-conformist asymmetrical deck plan. Create a nook, install strategic lights, and plant as you go along the length of your backyard.
20. Simply Lush
Transform a sparse backyard into an emerald forest by filling it up with green lush plants.
21. Fire and Water
Stay by the fire on nippy evenings, or take a dip during warm nights. This fire and water themed space is very popular among small backyard ideas.
22. A Live Wall
Rather than planting on the ground, save space by cultivating a live wall.
23. Neat and Squared
Among the popular small backyard ideas, the squared garden design is most suited to people who like order, simplicity, and poise.
24. Lawn and Nook
Love a lawn and a nook in your backyard? This modern backyard plan directly divides the area into two distinct spaces – with a generous side of greens.
25. A Round Patio
Turn a small corner space into an entertainment hub complete with a fire pit, a barbecue grill, table and seats. Keep things organised with a rough round patio.
26. Spa Themed Garden
Go ultra-modern and Zen with a water, wood, and stone garden. Cool and refreshing.
27. Pallet Patio
Creating a fancy backyard doesn’t have to be expensive. Recycled pallets can make a charming and bucolic patio.
28. Wood and Grass
This wood and grass backyard is made interesting with the irregular shapes.
29. Arbour and Swing Set
Add a touch of quaintness and romance to your small backyard by adding an arbour and swing set.
30. Fancy Wicker Furniture
Wicker pieces are timelessly charming. Bring in a fabulous and delightful wicker furniture to complete your backyard.
Do you have any sensational small backyard ideas that we haven’t covered?
BARNDOMINIUM PLANS – “Barndominium” is rising in popularity as modern residential and commercial buildings. Modern barndominium plans have many advantages, such as easy construction, versatile remodeling, and spacious living area. Here are some great barndominium floor plans to inspire your next building project.
2-story storage barn
Storage is one of the most common uses for a barn-style building. A 2-story building with large door and several windows on the second floor will make an excellent storage/office building. A barn is easy to construct, and the interior does not have too many physical hindrances, so this plan is popular for business owners. The top part of the building is enough for an office, stationary storage, pantry, toilet, or bathroom.
2-story house with loft and garage
Another popular floor plan for barndominium is a 2-story house with loft space and extension for the garage. The house can have large windows and a balcony, with arched roofing and a chimney for cold winter.
The extension may be included in the floor plan, but if it does not come with a garage, you can erect a smaller barn and match the exterior with the main building.
This plan may fit two to three bedrooms, each with their own bathrooms. There are also places for the dining room, separate from the kitchen.
Contemporary cabin with an asymmetrical design
The asymmetrical design is very modern and will create a stunning look. You can build a cozy house or holiday cabin by constructing a wood cabin, with modified roofing and trusses to develop crooked look on the top. Add an open porch on the balcony extension and install a large window to give the occupants amazing view.
Prefab barn kit with the erected entryway
If you cannot build a barn from scratch, you can order barn kits that already have measured materials based on the floor plans. Prefab kits often have straightforward designs, but you can modify them. One good modification is an erected entryway with stairs, which is great if you live in a flood-prone area.
This kind of building is perfect for an office, whether for your own business or regional representation of a company. You can fit at least one bathroom, one pantry, and stationary supply or photocopy room.
Small cabin for holiday house
Small barnominium plan is perfect to make a private holiday cabin. Wooden barn house gives a rustic charm, like living in a village. You can create 1-story or 2-story home, with large windows and small patio to create an exterior. There are several good ideas for a little barn building like this; you can make a small office or individual cabins for a resort business.
Modern barndominium with glass panels
Large glass panels are famous in modern design trends. They are not only for decorations, but also letting in natural light, reducing the need for turning on the lamps. You can install the glass panel right next to the exterior siding material. You can also create asymmetrical exterior by creating specific placements of glass panels and siding materials.
The size of the building can fit up to three bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, dining room, living room, and kitchen.
Traditional barn with loft
A traditional barn is a very straightforward building; a spacious room without hindering posts, perfect to store large livestock, hay, and other farming equipment. A loft creates perfect space to store additional hay or livestock foods. The barn owner can also build large windows for ventilation, without fear that animals can run outside.
2-story large barndominium with cottage extension
There are many things you can do with 2-story large barn house. You can create a mansion, private villa, bed and breakfast, or hotel. If you need extra space, you can build a separate cottage, and connect both buildings with a covered hallway or passageway.
This plan may fit four to five bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, plus one suite bedroom, separate dining room, and kitchen.
Hillside barndominium with glass panels
If you get a prime site on the hillside, use a floating foundation with large glass panels to give you an amazing view. You can extend one part toward the hill edge, with large glass panels. This nook can be an intimate dining spot, home office, or reading room.
This plan may fit up to three bedrooms and two shared bathrooms.
Rock barn house with a narrow corridor
If you have a narrow lot, you can build a barn house with rock siding. The barn’s spacious interior, especially with a loft, will give you extra space for a narrow lot. A Large glass panel at the end of the hallway will create a spacious feeling.
Traditional barn house with garage
A traditional-style barn house with garage is perfect for a small family. You can have a 2-story house, or turn the upper space into loft storage. You can find a barndominium big enough to make a garage without building an extension. The garage door is placed on the side, so it will not be seen next to the front door.
This is a great house if you only want two bedrooms with shared or en-suite bathrooms.
Traditional farmhouse mansion
A farmhouse-style building is perfect for a lot of things. You can create a house that fits a growing family or starts a business place. Farmhouse-style barn home is a favorite building to create a restaurant, bed & breakfast, motel, or grocery store. While the look may be traditional, you can create new siding and exterior.
This plan may fit up to three bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms.
Barndominium with basement
Many barndominium floor plans, including the prefab kits, have semi-basement space that you can use as a storage place. If the bottom part is half “buried,” you can create a parking space or extra storage place. Wood and shingles will give this house a great traditional look.
This plan is perfect for two bedrooms and a shared bathroom, plus a combination between kitchen and dining room.
Black is a bold and versatile choice for a room’s color scheme. From moody black walls to chic modern decor, the possibilities for a black room are endless. If you want to go dark with your bedroom design, these black bedroom ideas will help you.
We’ve gathered 75 black bedroom ideas featuring everything from distressed rustic furniture to Bohemian decor. Use the filters to help you find the perfect styles for your black bedroom. Once you have some ideas in mind, add your own touch to the room by adding personalized home decor pieces from our site.
Add your own twist to a classic black and white color scheme by using fun modern pieces of decor, like this eclectic hanging chandelier.
If you don’t have a family command center, what you have is a mess. Just keeping one part of your household running smoothly, let alone your entire household, can be next to impossible. And household members are rarely on the same page with one another.
Ready to get started?
1. Make use of your wall space.
This is a great example of a family command center which makes use of very little in the way of desk space. Almost the entirety of the system is on the wall—there is even a cute little key holder on the wall! Notice the bright colors and the personal touches.
2. Make pretty file folders to personalize your family command center.
One wonderful way to spruce up a family command center is by creating beautiful customized folders for organizing. Click on the source link to find out how you can do it using plain old manila folders and contact paper.
This family command center is entirely on the wall, and it is also entirely self-contained. As you can see, it is incredibly simple and minimal. But sometimes that is exactly what you need. You do not necessarily have to have everything in one place. Here you can quickly and easily check notes and grab what you need as you are going in or out of the house.
This command center spans from floor to ceiling. But what really impresses me about it is its location. It is on a narrow bit of wall which most people would simply ignore. It just goes to show, there is no such thing as unusable space.
Who says you always need to go with the bright and colorful look? Sometimes a monochromatic command center with high contrasts yields a bold, stunning effect. Plus, it certainly looks neat and organized! There is nothing here to distract you.
The sign above this pin board that says “Simplify” says it all. Is this a full-fledged command center to take care of all of your organizational needs? No, but it makes for a great bulletin board. If that is all you need, it would work great on its own. Otherwise, you could integrate it with a more comprehensive family command center. Find a tutorial at the source link.
Here is a beautiful handcrafted wall organizer with a chalkboard incorporated. There is a place to hang your keys, and enough room for incoming and outgoing mail along with a few additional items. The chalkboard could be used for messages, but a cute design is a great idea too!
This command center shows an excellent use of a chalkboard to write out a weekly calendar. The letters denoting the weekdays are permanent, but you can erase and rewrite a new schedule every week. The envelopes for incoming and outgoing mail are also cute and simple.
11. Hide your family command center inside a cabinet.
This is a brilliant idea if you think that a family command center looks cluttered (no matter how organized it is, you still might not want to see scheduling, papers and the like). It is also a genius plan for making use of what little space you have if you live in a tiny house or apartment.
This is not an idea for a full command center, but it is a really cool idea for a message board which you could integrate with one. A piece of glass has been painted a vibrant spring green. Dry erase markers can be used to write on the glass.
“Family command center” … it has a rather harsh military sound to it, doesn’t it? It makes you picture something on a battleship. Well, for a softer look and feel, consider using lovely pastel shades like this talented DIYer. Out of all the command centers I have seen, this one stands out from an aesthetic point of view.
15. Use magnet boards and dry erase boards to get organized.
Here is a great image which spells out exactly what you are looking at. I really like the inclusion of the magnet board! What a smart idea. It’s well worth clicking on the source link to check out other photos of this family command center.
The original source link on this one unfortunately seems to be broken, though it was posted on a site called Post Road Vintage. Everything about this command center is stylish, homey, and inviting! The mason jars, the flowers, the old-fashioned blackboard and the window frame with the distressed wood all combine for a lovely effect.
At the source link, you can view a detailed tutorial which teaches you how to build a message system like this. This particular example measures 30 x 22 inches. You can hang it up wherever you want—on a wall or a door. It would be easy to move if you ever decide to rearrange—very cool!
Previously I shared a great family command center which took advantage of a small, unused section of wall. Here is another one which does the same thing. Running from top to bottom, it offers a great way for family members to stay connected and organized, and it looks fantastic. Check the link for a tutorial.
19. Never gift up looking for ways to beautify and streamline your command center.
Here you can see a “before” and “after” for an upgraded command center. The original command center had some functionality, but it was probably pretty limited—and it certainly was not pretty to look at. The “after” photo is a world away from the “before” photo—it looks incredible!
20. Keep everything neatly aligned for a clean look.
There are two things that grab me about this particular command center. The first is that everything has been neatly lined up in an obvious grid, and this gives everything a tidy appearance. The second is the dark backdrop, which brings contrast to the entire zone, helping you instantly see where everything is.
21. Here is an upgrade to the command center above.
Getting déjà vu looking at this image? That is because this is the exact same wall that was featured above! This is the updated version of it. Check the source link to visit the blog and find out more about the changes. As you can see, the neat grid has been abandoned to some extent, but the dark backdrop and high contrast remains.
Have you noticed that a lot of the featured command centers in this list are in the kitchen? Don’t forget that there are other areas of your home which are also convenient for your family command center—like your mudroom! Here is a great photo of a mudroom command center which tells you what everything is—very helpful for planning your own command center.
25. Make a charging station for your entire family.
Have a bunch of electronic gadgets strewn around your command center? Get those smartphones, tablets, and mp3 players in order, and charge them while you’re at it! The source link teaches you everything you need to know to build a charging station for all your family’s devices.
There are a few things about this command center that I really like. The soft design elements, the neutral tones, and the adorable Parfitt family artwork at the top are all awesome. But what I want to point out is the light! A lot of command centers seem to have no lighting solution whatsoever. This one does, so it would serve you just as well in the middle of the night as it would during the daytime.
27. Here is how to create a customized message board.
At the source link, you can view a tutorial which teaches you how you can create your own unique customized message board. One brilliant idea that went into this project is the use of personalized fabric. Check it out.
What instantly draws the eye with this command center is the big letter “M,” which presumably stands for its designer’s last name, Mclain. Visually it really makes the entire design stand out, and it is a great homage to the family.
What an adorable command center this is! Every element has a touch of rustic style to it. The “hello” sign and the little wooden arrow are so cute, and check out that tiny plant in the diamond-shaped holder.
This is a lovely command center, but what I really like about it is the sign that says “Make everyday count.” I especially like that it says everyday, not “every day.” Why? This sign emphasizes that it isn’t just each day that you should remember to value, but the simple wonder of everyday life. And that is what building a command center is all about—organizing and celebrating the more mundane aspects of running a home.
Check it out—here is another rustic command center which incorporates a wooden arrow. Those seem to be quite popular right now. Notice that the hooks give it a purpose which is at once stylish and functional.
34. Here is an idea for organizing your food calendar.
If you use your family command center to help you plan your meals for the rest of the week, here is a brilliant way to do it! This saves you from having to write everything out each week. Just switch the cards out as you need to.
This menu system makes use of a clear piece of glass and a sharpie. It looks super cool of course, but what I want to draw your attention to is the way each day is written in a different font. This would take some time and effort, but it has two immediate benefits. The first is that it is cute to look at, and the second is that it is functionally easier to read in some ways. Each day stands out.
This command center stands out. The uniqueness of the setup seems to come from the material which was used—lots of wood. There is no weathered, timeworn look to this wood either; it isn’t a rustic command center. Instead, it looks classy, modern and sophisticated. This is such a clean, professional look it’d be great even in an office.
Need more space and detail for your menu planning? Want to be able to plan out a month of meals at a time? One great way to do it is by making a magnetic menu board and coming up with a simple system of codes to help you plan. Check out the link.
39. Don’t forget to make good use of chalkboard paint.
I’ll get back to showing off full command centers in just a bit, but I wanted to share one more menu planning idea. Don’t forget that sometimes the simplest solutions are the best ones—like chalkboard paint!
41. Check out one more beautiful chalkboard organizer.
This chalkboard organizer is being used for menu planning for the week, but it occurs to me that it would also work well for organizing family chores or even just recording everyone’s schedules for the week.
42. Here is all the stuff you might want to include in your family command center.
By now you have had a chance to see just how much variation there is from one command center to the next in terms of what is included. If you are having a hard time figuring out what you need for yours, here is a checklist to help you plan.
A simple dry erase board in a pretty frame can work great as a calendar in your command center. If you follow the source link, you’ll see that the DIYer who created this one has the template for sale on Etsy.
45. Everything can stand out against the right backdrop color.
Perhaps all the walls in this house are gray (it looks that way). In any case, the gray offsets everything in this command center beautifully. So if you are setting up a command center on a small section of wall, you might even want to consider painting the wall first.
The blogger who created this command center talks about how much thought she put into the “Follow your arrow” sign. This is a great reminder that your command center is there not just to organize, but to inspire!
48. Use super high contrast to make your calendar or menu stand out.
The original post is gone, but the image has been saved by One Good Thing by Jillee. The menu instantly demands attention because of the high contrast colors. Very nice! Check the post to see Jillee’s command center and some others she has collected as well.
The lovely, simple clean look of this command center is commendable. An otherwise plain corkboard really looks beautiful when inserted into an old painted frame. This is an easy way to make your command center look more homey or rustic.
50. Build your own front entrance command center with free printable plans.
You can always depend on the talented ladies at Shanty 2 Chic to come up with a brilliant tutorial for any project—including a command center! Check out the video and download the free printable plans at the source link to build your own.
Farmhouse is our favorite. It’s just so welcoming and warm and all of these projects are sure to give you rustic pieces that you will be proud to display. From bookshelves and chandeliers to porch decor and even a great pot rack for the kitchen, there are so many ways to repurpose wooden ladders into great decor
If you’re into repurposing and want some wonderfully unique items to give your home farmhouse charm, this is definitely the collection for you.
1. Corner Bookshelf
You can take a double ladder and separate it, turning it into two wonderful bookshelves. If you don’t have a double ladder, just take two smaller ladders and you’ll get the same effect. This is a great rustic looking bookshelf that is as useful as it is decorative and the sides are the perfect width for holding those books in place.
That old wooden ladder would make a wonderful bed canopy. Just add sheer curtains and you’ve got a beautiful, not to mention rustic, canopy. This is such an easy project. You just have to clean up, paint if you want, and then hang your ladder on the ceiling and use it to hook your sheers.
We love everything about Pottery Barn – except for the price, that is. If you’re looking to add a great Pottery Barn look and feel to the bathroom, this ladder storage shelf is perfect. You can get basically the same thing at Pottery Barn, but it will cost you quite a bit. DIY it instead and give your bathroom this wonderful storage that has such a lovely farmhouse appeal.
Turn that old wooden ladder into a display stand for your birdhouses. Not only will your birds thank you for their new little community, this is a beautiful way to dress up your yard. Just add your birdhouses to each step on the ladder and you’ll have your own little town of birds hanging out all summer long.
Imagine a gorgeous farmhouse chandelier hanging right over the dining room table! That’s what you get when you use an old wooden ladder and some rustic light fixtures. This makes a gorgeous chandelier and one that will perfectly fit in with your farmhouse décor. It’s not a terribly difficult project either, although you will need to have a few power tools on hand.
When it comes to a country Christmas, the more décor the better – that’s what makes this ladder shelf idea so great. You can turn an ordinary stepladder, or even a full sized ladder if you have room, into a wonderfully festive display for your Christmas village or any holiday knick knacks. Add some faux snow and clear Christmas lights and you’ve got yourself a beautiful display for the holidays.
One rung of an old wooden ladder can be used to create these lovely floating picture frames. This would be a relatively easy DIY project to pull off, although Wefound this one on Etsy. If you prefer to have the farmhouse look without the work, you can pick this one up for about $50. It has a lovely picture inside and the ladder is splattered with paint for a really authentic look.
This is a wonderful idea if you’re looking for something a bit less traditional than your ordinary Christmas tree. Instead of digging out the old evergreen, just turn an old wooden ladder into your ornament station. You can hang lights and ornaments from the rungs and even use the steps to display cards and other decorations. Add some pinecones and maybe some burlap and you’ve got a wonderfully rustic tree.
Do you lay out your clothes for tomorrow? A lot of us do and instead of piling those clothes up on the dresser, imagine having this great little white ladder alongside the wall to hang them on. Welove this idea for the organization and for the décor. It blends perfectly with bedroom furnishings and it’s such a cute idea.
Turn that small step ladder into some amazing storage space. You could do this with a larger ladder as well if you have the floor room for it, or hang it on the wall. The steps and rungs give you plenty of space to create craft supply storage. You could even open the ladder up and add baskets for your supplies.
Two ladders on the ends of a dresser or TV stand make a wonderful entertainment center. Just stain, paint, or otherwise color your stand and your ladders the same to make it all match. The ladders can store DVDs, CDs or video games as well as books, knick knacks and so many other things. This is a great – not to mention easy – way to bring a little farmhouse charm into the living room.
Sometimes the simplest things make the most impact. If you’re looking for a way to incorporate a rustic ladder into your décor, why not just sit it in the garden and use it to display your plants. The steps give you plenty of room for potted plants and you can add hangers or just let your vines travel up the ladder.
An old ladder will certainly bring a bit of farmhouse style into your bedroom, especially if you use it as the headboard. Just turn the ladder on its side and secure it to the wall. Then, you can fill in the spaces with trinkets if they’re wide enough or place small framed pictures inside each one. You could even use both sides of the ladder and put one on top of the other.
Really put that old ladder to good use by turning into the perfect herb drying rack. You can use any sized ladder for this, depending on how many herbs you have to dry. Just turn them up and secure the ends and then hang upside down from your old ladder.
Put a back on the ladder between the steps and you can make this adorable little bookshelf for your kids’ rooms. You can use one side of the ladder to create each bookshelf and then stand them up against the wall or hang them from the wall. You could also leave the ladder intact and just stand it up with a bookshelf on each side.
An old ladder is a great way to add shelving to your kitchen that is useful and gives your kitchen a great farmhouse look. Just stand up the ladder and run boards through the steps to create the shelf. If you have room, this is a wonderful addition to your country kitchen and gives you loads of room for plates, cups, or other dishes.
This amazing industrial table is on Etsy for $395 but Wehad to include it here – it’s just so unique and amazing. It’s an old painter’s ladder that is repurposed into a table and it has a glass top. The entire look is so great and although it is a bit more industrial than farmhouse with regards to style and décor, it would still be a lovely addition to any room.
lace – you will always know what page you were on. This is a great way to keep magazines organized, particularity if you get a few home and garden magazines in the mail every month.
19. DIY Kitchen Linen Rack
Store and display your tea and kitchen towels on that old ladder. If you have the room for it, a wooden stepladder is perfect for adding a bit of rustic charm to the kitchen and storing your towels, keeping them within each reach. Welove this idea to add decor to the room and to give you somewhere to hang those towels aside from the oven handle.
An old wooden ladder, some S hooks and a few laundry baskets give you the perfect laundry room addition. You can repurpose an old ladder into this wonderful storage hanger for those baskets to keep them off the floor and out of the way when they are not in use. It hangs from the ceiling so it won’t take up needed floor space.
You can also chain that ladder to the ceiling and use it for a neat laundry drying rack. Since it’s on the ceiling, it’s not taking up any floor space and it does a wonderful job of holding laundry while it dries. You can get several hangers on each rung so it also makes a wonderful sorter for when you pull your clothes out of the dryer.
Repurpose that old ladder into a mini closet – this is a particularly good project for those who don’t have a closet in their bedrooms or perhaps have a really small closet and just need more space. Just secure the ladder to the wall and it makes an instant closet with spaces to hang clothes and a neat shelf on top for storing shoes and other items as needed.
If you have a mud room or just a space near the backdoor, you can add this great ladder turned storage to give you somewhere to hang up jackets and keep muddy shoes and boots off the floor. Old painters’ ladders look great hanging up in a farmhouse mudroom and they’re easy to hang and offer tons of storage possibilities.
24. Rustic Country Nightstand
Welove the simplicity of using an old step ladder as a bedside table. This is a great way to bring some rustic farmhouse charm into your home and the step ladder is the perfect height to work with most beds. You can even add boards across the steps if you need extra storage – these shelves will give you enough room for everything you need at your bedside.
Welove the ladder lantern hanger from Pottery Barn but Wecertainly don’t love the price. You can make that yourself from an old wooden ladder and a few mason jars – you know how much Welove mason jar projects! This would be a gorgeous lighting solution for your front or back porch or a patio deck. The mason jars could hold clear lights or you could turn them into tealight candle holders if you prefer a more natural light.
That old ladder would look great on your bedroom wall holding all of your favorite jewelry pieces. Necklaces, bracelets, and even scarves will hang perfectly from the rungs and give you loads of storage – plus it keeps chains from being tangled. This is perfect for a teens’ room if you have a teenager with lots of jewelry to store.
27. Over The Toilet Storage Shelf
Welove this old ladder turned into storage for over the toilet. It’s a great rustic look and gives you so much storage space for towels or toilet paper – or you could add wicker baskets to hold so many things. The entire look is wonderful and you can easily recreate it with an old wooden ladder and some boards to create wide shelving.
An old ladder makes a wonderful photo display. You’ve probably seen those ladder shaped picture frames from Hobby Lobby or other higher end stores that cost around $50 each. You can make your own with an old wooden ladder and a bit of time. You’ll need to decide if you want your ladder painted or stained and then just stand it against the wall or hang it up and add your pictures.
What better way to display your collectible plates than with this rustic ladder plate rack? If you want to add farmhouse appeal to your kitchen or dining room, this is the perfect way. You can make this yourself from an old step ladder or pick this one up on Etsy. It’s got hangers already attached and a beautiful black metal rail to keep plates firmly in place.
Whether you want to keep your plants on the porch or in the house, an old ladder and a couple of spare boards will create a beautiful display for them. Just line up the boards through the ladder steps and then fill your old ladder with beautiful blooms and greenery. This is a stunning sun room or porch display and keeps all your plants together for easier watering.
Wehave to admit, a pot rack is my favorite kitchen accessory and Welove the idea of creating one with an old rustic ladder. You can easily hang the ladder from the ceiling and then just hook your pots and pans up with S hooks. This is a wonderfully easy project, and imagine how much room you’ll have in the cabinets when you hang those pots and pans from the ceiling!
Welove my quilt rack – it gives the home such a wonderfully warm and welcoming feeling to have vintage quilts on display. If you don’t have a quilt rack, you can easily make one with an old step ladder. Just lean it up against the wall and hang your quilts from the rungs. If you have a double sided ladder, you can separate it and have a quilt rack for two different rooms!
If you’re planning a wedding, particularly a country wedding, a ladder will come in really handy. Just hang up your ladder and use it to hang mason jars filled with flowers or candles. You could also stand the ladder up and sit the jars on it. Decorate it with burlap and sheer or tulle and you’ve got a beautiful wedding decoration that costs ten times less than what a florist will charge.
That old ladder is perfect for creating some extra shoe storage. If you own a ton of shoes – don’t we all? – then you can just stand your ladder up against the wall, or hang it if you like, and use the rungs to hold those heels perfectly in place. Tennis shoes and flats won’t really stick as well, but you could incorporate shelving on top or between the steps for shoes that don’t have a heel.
This little step ladder side table is gorgeous and it doesn’t require a lot of work. If you don’t want to do anything but clean it up, that’s fine. It looks much more rustic if you don’t paint or stain it and if it has a few paint splatters, that’s even better. Just wipe it down and sit it right there beside the sofa for a great farmhouse side table that even has storage on the steps.
37. Repurposed Ladder Stocking Holder
Welove the idea of using an old ladder to hold stockings. If you don’t have a mantel to hang your stockings from, this is the next best thing. Just stand the ladder up and add hooks to hold your stockings. Plus, you can decorate it with evergreen twigs, clear lights, and any number of other things to make it extra festive.
With just a few wire baskets and some other supplies, you can create this great storage shelf from an old ladder that gives you loads of room for so many things. This would be a great catchall for the bedroom – just drop your keys and other items into the baskets so you always know where they are. Or use the baskets to store anything from bathroom essentials to toys for the kids.
Welove dressing up my front porch with rustic décor and this ladder is perfect. If you want to add some farmhouse style to the porch, this is a great choice. It’s lit with clear lights and even has berry garland and other wonderfully country looking embellishments. You can get this one on Etsy and it’s good for indoors or out – so hang it in the living room if you prefer or stand it up on the porch.
This repurposing idea is probably my favorite. Turning an old ladder into additional towel storage is genius and it gives the bathroom such a wonderful rustic look. You just stand the ladder up against the wall, leaning out just a bit to keep it in place, and then hang your towels from the rungs. This is perfect for next to the bathtub or shower to keep extra towels on hand and it gives off such a great decorative vibe, too.
Small bedrooms can have a big impact with the right design. Whether you opt for the illusion of more square footage or embrace what you have, there are endless ways to make a small space livable and chic.
If you need a bedroom makeover but don’t think you have enough bedroom to work with, you’re in the right place. We’ve got some lovely small bedroom ideas to prove small spaces can be stylish.
For her youngest daughter’s little room in their redesigned Cape Cod home, interior designer Raquel Garcia wanted to create a cozy, nestlike feel with peachy printed wallpaper. “I call it her nest because it feels like little birds decorated it.”
White, White, White
The more white the room is, the more light & airy it will seem. Add dimension with subtle pattern and neutral accents, like tan stools.
Shrink Your Headboard
You don’t need a giant headboard taking up your entire wall. Instead, choose a skinnier, shorter headboard. That way, you’ll save wall space for wall art or decor.
Place Your Bed Against The Window
In a small bedroom, wall space is precious and should not be wasted. Plus, the window and curtains create a focal point that lets you skip the headboard, creating a sunnier, airier room.
Customize Your Headboard
This curvy headboard has built-in nightstands, and a hanging pendant eliminates the need for a table lamp, so there’s more room for books.
Skip The Headboard Entirely
Rather than wasting limited inches on mounting a headboard, turn your wall into a headboard, like with this DIY wood statement wall.
Wall-mounted lights take up less space than table lamps, and eliminate the need for nightstands. If you’ve got your bed tucked into a little sleeping alcove, you need this hack in your life.
Go Wild With Wallpaper
It might seem a little much for a small space, but a bold, bright wallpaper can help cocoon your room and give it a jewel-box effect.
Stash Stuff Under The Bed
This bed has drawers underneath for more storage when you’re lacking closet space. If you’re living in a studio, use a screen and/or console table to help divide your living and sleeping spaces.
Bright and bold colors make a small bedroom have more of an impact. If you’re lacking natural light, choose a softer color on the walls.
Get A Daybed
If you live in a studio, or just want to save even more space in a small bedroom, use a cozy daybed that can double as a couch during the day.
Fake space ’til you make space. Closet mirrors make this small bedroom feel larger than it actually is.
Built-in bookshelves give you extra storage space without having a chunky piece of furniture protruding into the room.
Genuine Fake Books wallpaper creates the illusion of more space than you actually have room for. Bonus? Now you can save some money on an actual bookcase.
Rethink Your Desk
You don’t have to ditch your desk, you just have to get creative with its placement. A corner desk can double as a nightstand if you’re lacking in space.
Hang Your Headboard
Don’t waste precious floor inches on your headbaord. This headboard is actually hung on the wall to save space.
Amp Up The Coziness
Dark walls and a velvet headboard up the cozy factor of a small bedroom. Add a patterned rug and we’re swooning.
Choose Space-Saving Furniture
Nesting tables are legit your best friend in a tight space. You can pull one out at night when you’re using it in bed, and tuck it inside during the day.
Push Your Bed Up Against a Corner
To maximize the floor space, tuck your bed up against a wall or corner. The effect will create a sleep area that feels cozier. If it feels too much like a college dorm? Add a two headboard corner system to create a finished, designer look to a bedroom.
If floor space is limited but you have higher ceilings, consider adding a loft or platform for your sleeping area with storage or seating underneath. This isn’t an option for everyone, but for those who don’t mind literally climbing into bed, this layout can completely transform a space.
Small Bedroom Ideas with a Tall Bookshelf
Create multiple spaces within a small flat. Curtains are an easy way to temporarily partition off a sleeping area, while shelving units are perfect for storing belongings and delineating distinct spaces.
Ample Storage Space Underneath the Bed
There is much storage space to be had under a bed if you have a clever way of getting to it. This flip-up bed reveals ample storage space for extra linen and off-season clothing.
A Raised Floor With Storage Galore
The combination of raised platform and curtains creates the illusion of a separate bedroom in this studio apartment. An added bonus to the raised platform is storage space; these drawers conveniently store seasonal items and bedding, keeping clutter to a minimum.
A Full Walk-in Closet Under Your Bed
This bed and closet combination unit will delight younger ones. Climb up to bed for a sweet slumber at night and prop up the bed in the morning to reveal tidy closet space.
Illuminated Canopy Overlooking the Soft Bed
Cramped turns into cozy when you add lights and gauzy fabrics to a sleeping space under a sloped roof. White bedding and accessories enlarge the space visually and keep things bright and airy.
An Elevated Bed with Shelving and Storage
Not a single space is wasted in this purpose-built bed and storage loft. The raised area and high shelving create a dedicated sleeping space with ample under-bed storage, and even the steps are used for storing treasures.
Bunk Beds with a Chair for Reading
A small guest room can comfortably sleep two with these cozy built-in bunk beds. A far cry from rickety stand-alone bunks, these built-in units are secure. Well designed and placed windows give them an open feel.
A Bed Hidden Away by Shelves
A different take on the Murphy bed with a James Bond feel; swing this rotating system around to find a fold-up bed hidden behind lovely bookshelves.
A Loft Staircase Full of Hidden Secrets
This brilliant Scandinavian-inspired loft is an excellent use space in a small flat. The stairs to the top are cleverly made into drawers so that no space is left unused.
A Platform Bed with Storage Below
A cozy loft under a slanted ceiling feels bigger with white paint on the walls. Under-bed storage reduces clutter and we love the storage slot (or kitty nap nook?) under the steps.
Study Area and Closet Below a Loft
This university dorm dream loft boasts two separate below-bed spaces! For the serious student, the bed rests high above a dedicated study space and a closet for all the essentials.
Plenty of Shelf Space Behind the Bed
This darling little bedroom gets the most out of minimal space with a raised bed for ample storage space beneath. Expansive wall-to-wall bookshelves complete the look. The entire space is kept open and bright by a skylight.
Small Bedroom Ideas with Splashes of Color
An accent wall can serve to cheer up a tiny apartments space. High cabinets make use of vertical space for storage and provide an attachment space for reading lights. Inspired!
Making the Most of an A-Frame Design
Skylights are instrumental in making small bedroom spaces work, especially under slanted roofs. A light color palette also serves to keep things open visually, as well as minimal furniture: think efficient!
A Bright, Cozy Space with High Ceilings
Who says you have to sacrifice style in limited space? Form meets function in this small bedroom. Off-season storage is hidden neatly inside these end-of-bed retro steamer trunks and these industrial flexible wall lamps keep the floor space free.
A Cabin-Style Loft that’s Lacking Headspace
This sleeping loft under a slanted roof is kept light and open with a large window and light-colored wood finish on the ceiling. Smart custom closet space and built-in headboard keep clutter to a minimum.
Sliding Loft that Adjusts to Your Needs
Now it’s possible to have two rooms in the space of one. This brilliant loft set-up features a bed on wall-mounted rails that can be stowed above in the daytime revealing a living space/convertible guest sleeping area.
A Bed-Sized Room with a Few Shelves
You can make the tiniest of bedroom spaces inhabitable with the right color palette and accessories. The room looks biggest with white paint and a big window. Recessed shelving in the wall makes use of the vertical space. Finish with a wall-mounted light.
A Comfy Bed with a Small Dresser
This darling day bed does double duty. Ideal for a guest room, this set-up gives you both seating and sleeping options in limited space. Light colors keep the space bright and open.
Welcoming White Shelves and Green Plants
This casual and comfortable studio features a sleeping area. The oversized bedding is comfortable and inviting but the light color palette keeps it from being heavy or cramped. Low profile shelving and drawers and wall-mounted lights keep floor space free.
A Raised Loft with Bookshelves Below
A cozy studio with boho-inspired décor features a raised bed for storage below. The large window keeps the space open and light in the day, but fun fairy lights maintain visual openness after dark.
Sleeping Space Hidden Away by Curtains
A bedroom is cleverly hidden behind a full-length curtain within this light and airy studio. The dark accent wall serves to further separate the area and evokes a cozy nighttime feel to the space.
The Walls Become Your Closet
Cleverly make use of the vertical space with this library-inspired closet structure. Clothes are stored above and accessed with a whimsical rolling ladder. This looks as well as it works!
Trending and charming, these feminine, rustic flavors have become some of the most popular ways to style the house. From the tabletops to the bedroom, these pieces of DIY shabby chic decor are the perfect way to transform your home into something a bit trendier. Dive in and take a peek at all of these great ideas!
Distressed Candle Holders
Reinvented Collection starts us off on this shabby chic adventure with a simple tutorial for creating some charming, distressed candle holders. Create a pair for the dining room table or foyer sideboard. We love using pastels in this kind of styling. Powder blues, blush pinks and butter yellows will all be great choices for this project.
You can even bring a bit of shabby chic style into the nursery or playroom. Hop on over to Crafthubs and check out this adorable butterfly mobile. Made some vintage-inspired papers, you too can create something with equal amounts of charm and trendy flavor.
Mismatched Plants Porch
DIY Network showcased this fun idea. If you’ve got a green thumb and a lot for the outdoors, bring some natural, shabby chic flavor to the front porch. Mix and match your potted plants outside on your wooden entryway for a bout of natural beauty and handmade touches.
Whether it’s for the baby to play with or a way to top off your best friend’s birthday gift, these padded hearts have loads of shabby chic style. Check out the easy tutorial over at The Crafty Mummy! You’ll be amazed at how many ideas explode from your fingertips once you get started in on these.
Wooden Slab Key Holder
Never lose your keys again! With some help from The Crafted Life, you’ll be able to keep your keys in plain view, and a stylish one at that. This piece is both functional and easily mixed into a home with a shabbier, chicer vibe that feeds off natural textures and feminine tones.
Rustic Armoire Makeover
Shabby chic anything pairs nicely with vintage anything, so taking an older piece and dressing it up a bit fits perfectly into that niche. And over at Paint Me White, you can follow along with this charming French armoire redo. Whether it’s inside the bedroom or the living area, this beauty will surely help transform the space.
Burlap & Ribbon Garland
Check out this burlap and ribbon garland! The possibilities surrounding this piece are nearly endless. Whether it’s in the home office, behind the bed or even jazzing up the coffee corner in the kitchen, it definitely adds a bit of shabby chic style and textural appeal.
Fabric Rosette Lampshade
Learn how to create some rosettes out of fabric pieces. Decorate everything from a lampshade to a photo frame! All you need is the right tutorial and scraps to get yourself started. And these lampshades in particular are a great way to accent your dresser or vanity, don’t you think?
Shabby Fu Fu created some florist-inspired buckets that we’ve gone crazy for. Used as a centerpiece for the dining room table or accenting the fireplace, there are tons of ways to utilize the style. And we love the fact that we can learn how to do all of this on our own, without hiring a pro!
Chicken Wire Jewelry Holder
Anything with a bit of chicken wire will fall into the “shabby chic” or “country” style genre. And that goes for this jewelry organizer too! Check out the tutorial over at Consumer Crafts and catch a glimpse at how to take your jewelry to the next level.
You can even turn an older ladder into a piece of brand new decor for your home. With a little styling and a little creativity, you can make magic for any nook or cranny around the house. A little lace and some other textural bits are all you need to get started.
Gilded Pear Place Cards
Dress up the dining for your dinner party with some help from Fruitcake. Gilded pairs and a tag or two is all you need to make each place setting a little more dazzling. Pay homage to the season or just use them around Thanksgiving time!
Birch Slice Coasters
Dans le Bakehouse created these birch sliced coasters. You can leave them plain or add some personality by dipping them into some shabby chic-inspired colors. Mints, golds, lavenders and more, you can get really creative with your color choices and styling here.
We found this awesome idea over on Pinterest! Pallet projects will be trending for a long time to come, mostly because of their versatility. And if you’ve got the right tools, creating a pallett headboard could be exactly what you need in your bedroom transformation.
Personalized Cheese Board
Even your kitchen accessories can be mark with some shabby styling. This gorgeous, personalized cheeseboard from Baked by Joanna is a great example of that. Use this for your own entertaining needs or create one to gift to a friend this Christmas!
You can bring that same style into your home office or the playroom as well. Just take a peek at this pencil holder from Homedit! Whether you use it for the kids’ art supplies or your own, we love pieces that are just as functional as they are stylish.
Bless’er House created something extra special that we would love to use in our own home! Learn how to make your very own pendant light after the jump. And then create an extra pop of style in your foyer, home office or even in the dining room.
Pallet Wine Rack
We’re loving this funky wine rack over at The Whoot! It’s innovative, it’s rustic and has a homemade charm that shabby chic homes crave. Display and organize your collection with a bit of DIY spirit.
Wooden Wall Clock
A personal favorite on the list, this wooden wall clock could be a beautiful addition to any home. If you love feminine, shabby chic pieces, then this DIY is right up your alley. Thanks again to Pinterest for showing off and collecting to much great inspiration!
Birch Bark Table Lamp
I spy with my little eye, a fun birch table lamp that we’ve been swooning over! Dream Green DIY gave us all the details behind this innovative piece and we just had to showcase it on our shabby chic decor list! Create one for you own home this afternoon, it’s easier than you may think!
A Beautiful Mess made something really special too. Just check out this wooden bench topped with woven leather pieces! It’s shabby, it’s chic, it’s trendy and it’s innovative too! Make a splash inside your foyer, mudroom or even at the foot of your bed with this beauty.
Ana White gave us a great tutorial or a simple, shabby coffee table as well. Paint it different colors and distress it too. It’s a beautiful foundation for a piece that you can easily personalize and stylize to your liking.
Gold-Leaf Framed Chalkboard
Shabby chic doesn’t have to be boring, it can be a bit glam as well. Just look at this golden chalkboard from we stumbled up on HGTV! Use it to accent the kitchen, home office or even the dining room with a bit of vintage, glam flavoring.
Burlap & Fringe Coasters
Mama in a Stitch brought the shabby chic style to the table too! Check out these fringe coasters that you just need to know how to sew up to create! We love the texture and natural spirit behind the design, don’t you?
Refashion ably Late crated a “library book return” for the kiddos books. It’s got a throwback spirit but it’s also going to help out with the clutter in the playroom. This is the best kind of DIY because it’s stylish and functional – and we’re always an advocate for that combination.
Copper Pipe & Wood Slice Table
DIY in PDX got really creative with this side table design. It’s a beautiful blend of organic beauty and contemporary style as well. Using wood slices and copper, something special was created here and you can learn how after the jump!
Tassel Fringe Rug
If you want to really try out a new project, what about creating a throw rug for the house? Check out all the details over at Earnest Home Co! We love the simplicity of this design and how easy it would fit into all kinds of homes.
Pennant Wall Art
Wonderwood made some wall art that we’re loving too! Whether it’s for a gallery wall or just something special in the hallway, these romantic, handmade pieces could be a gorgeous addition to your home. We love the easy romance and simplicity behind the designs.
Footed Wood Slide Tray
Craftberry Bush utilized some wood pieces too. These footed trays could be used in so many innovative ways around the house. And, thankfully, even a novice could create one of these beauties. Of course, you can personalize the design as well with a bit of paint!
Nail & Yarn Wall Art
Jen Loves Kev went with something a bit more artistic for her walls but it stills keeps within that same textural and shabby chic niche. Some yarn can do more than create a scarf. Just look at this wall art and all the possibilities you have for what you could create.
Hairpin Leg Lap Desk
The Merrythought gave us a DIY that adds bit of luxury to the bedroom. Whether it’s breakfast in bed or a bit of journaling at night, this shabby chic piece can be enjoyed for a variety of relaxing things. And, this too, is quite the easy DIY to accomplish.
Wood and Copper Blanket Ladder
Here’s another ladder that you can use throughout your shabby chic home decor. But this time, it’s not making an old ladder into something new. Instead, Foxtail + Moss create it from scratch and shows us how.
Francois et Moi made a bench too. And this time instead of leather, it’s made from walnut wood. Again, in the foyer or at the foot of your bed, this chic design has endless possibilities for around the house.
Leaf Napkin Ring
Sugar and Cloth dresses up the dining room table as well. Whether it’s for everyday decor or if you want to create something a bit snazzier for your dinner party, it works! Just take the leap and check out the how-to now!
Gold Magnolia Wreath
Sarah M. Dorsey Designs welcomes her guests inside with this gorgeous, golden magnolia wreath. Simple and easy, with a bout of femininity, anything that take natural beauty and punches it up with a bit of glam is something that we love. And that’s exactly what happened here.
Do you want to learn how to create an entirely new – and innovative – shelving system for your home? Luckily, you can follow along with this YouTube video and learn how! It’s a simple tutorial that will add an extra bit of shabby chic style to the home.
Love Unique created this charming birdcage lamp that we’ve fallen in love with. It’s romantic and fits inside a bedroom with ease. We could even see this accenting a home office or foyer as well.
Antique Suitcase Side Table
Antiquity matches a shabby chic vision quite nicely. So, when we saw this creative idea from Pellmell Creations we just had to feature it! Grab some vintage suitcases and get to work!
Barn Wood Shelf
Finally, if you visit DIY Projects, you’ll be able to learn how to make a new shelf for the house made out of scrap wood from the barn! Add some hooks and you can organize all your comings and goings. You’ll also never lose your keys again.
Yes, it is possible to have kids and a clean house — and these genius storage solutions are proof. Give your existing walls and furniture an update to help them work harder and keep clutter at bay. Plus get more designer-approved ideas for kids rooms!
Get Some Wicker Baskets
Not only are wicker baskets practical, but they also aren’t total eyesores in a room. Use them to corral toys, books, or even clothing accessories.
Built-in shelves = a storage lifesaver. In a small room, they can be used as book shelves, or a place to hold tiny toys.
Don’t Ignore The Bottom Bunk
If you have leftover bunkbeds after your kids graduate from sharing a room, but the unused bottom bunk to work. Use it to keep toys out of the center of the room.
DIY A Book Bin
Not only is this book bin functional, but it’s super chic. It’s also easy to DIY, so we promise you can handle it.
Industrial style pipes will win you all the cool mom points. Bonus? If he grows out of it, you’ll totally want to use them one day.
Have Fun With Color
Choose a fun color for storage baskets and it’ll look more like decor and less like a place to stow away toys. This room matches the baskets to the sea foam green chairs.
Cubbies Are Your Best Friend
This accent piece with individual storage cubbies makes separating toys, books, and stuffed animals super easy. To make sure it doesn’t look cluttered, add in some baskets instead of stuffing the cubes with toys.
Combine Storage With Play
The best way to get kids to pick up their toys: Make your storage part of their play area. Here, roomy standing baskets (painted a stylish copper) functions as a display for the pretend food used in the adorable play kitchen.
Designate A Stuffed Animal Bin
In order to make sure stuffed animals aren’t strewn around the room at random, get a large bin to contain them all in. That way, your kiddo won’t feel bad having to stuff his other favorites away in the closet or a drawer.
Use Whimsical Bins
We’d be lying if we said we didn’t actually want this cat bin in our rooms.
Search For Not-Boring Shelving
A plain set of shelves is just that—plain. Look for fun pieces that’ll add a little bit of interest to storage, like this asymmetrical shelving unit.
Spice Shelves To The Rescue
Who knew spice shelves could be so handy? This one is super easy—and cheap—to DIY yourself.
Add A Hutch
Choose a dresser with a hutch. That way, you can store clothes in the drawers, and toys up top.
Get Your Paint On
Get creative with a basic dresser. This DIY ombré dresser gives the white room an extra pop of color, and looks stylish enough to grow with your little girl.
Rest a ladder against the wall and use it as an alternative bookshelf/storage unit. It adds character, and each shelf can be designated for something different.
Put It In The Closet
Take advantage of the extra closet room while your kids are young enough not to care about clothes and put a small bookcase in the closet. You can use it to keep their toys out of sight.
Attaching crates the wall is a way to store books and add farmhouse charm all in one. Joanna Gaines would totally approve.
Try Clear Boxes
Here, teeny toys are categorized into clear shoe boxes. Though you can see each type of toy in a glance, labels also help make things even easier to find.
Label Every Drawer
Help your child get dressed in the morning by labeling drawers or baskets. Since everything has its own specific spot, you’ll never run late because you couldn’t find the striped socks your daughter needed to wear.
Try Floating Frames
Take advantage of awkward wall space by turning it into a mini-library. Install short picture ledges that keep bedtime reads within reach.
Make Under-Bed Drawers
Everyone knows under the bed is a great storage spot, but often the space becomes a disorganized mess full of storage bins and dust bunnies. Make your own storage carts with wheels to solve this dilemma. Now, items are organized and easily accessible.
Display Dress-Up Clothes On A Rack
Instead of stowing away dress-up costumes in plastic storage bins or trunks, put them on display. Create a DIY garment rack to make playtime a little more special.
Create smart seating and storage in your kids’ playroom by turning two Expedit bookcases from IKEA on their sides and adding a foam cushion and an eye-catching fabric. Green baskets placed inside each shelf help sort and hold toys.
Add A Pegboard
Pegboards aren’t just for hardware or craft storage. Hang one up in your child’s room and use caddies to store diapers, toiletries or socks and other accessories.
Rethink The Closet
Every kid loves little hiding spots to play in. Transform a lackluster closet into a space that’s part reading nook, part storage space.
Create A Play Table
If you’re replacing your old coffee table with a newer one, don’t throw the old one away: Transform it into a play table for your kids. This budget-friendly IKEA piece was turned into an organized spot for kids legos.
Recycle old wooden crates or boxes and hang them on your child’s bedroom walls to hold toys, books, and other accessories. You can give them new life by painting or wallpapering them.