Sunday, February 7, 2016

Super Bowl 50 - Football Decor Ideas

Today is Super Bowl SundaySuperbowl 50 between the Denver Broncos  and Carolina Panthers....who are you rooting for?

If you love all things football, today might be a bittersweet day for you but you can embrace your favorite sport year round with these great Football theme room decor ideas.  Here's a few of our winning picks:

Football themed boys room. Back wall painted to look like a football field. Easy and quick how-to on

Love this accent wall for a boys' room. and of course, the NFL bedding is a perfect touch

DIY do it yourself chalkboard ideas, vintage jersey by Aaron Christensen includes chalkboard paint recipe.  I have one of these from our work float a few years back.

This DIY jersey chalkboard is perfect for any future hall of famer.  This works in a bedroom or even a mudroom!

Walmart $28 football bean bag chair.
This bean bag chair is perfect for the family room or rec room to watch everyone's favourite game!

Personalized Football Vinyl Wall Art by designstudiosigns on Etsy, $29.50

This vinyl decal is great and you can personalize it, too!

Navy blue & orange Bears themed boy's bedroom design with blue & orange walls paint color, twin beds, orange & blue bedding, drum set and Chicago Bears collectibles.

Dedicate any room in your home to your favourite team.  Try adding some life size wall decals, like the Urlacher ones seen here.  You can even colour match your walls to your favourite team colours

 NFL© Quilt + Sham, AFC

Have a favourite conference? Can't ick a team because you just love all things football? Check out these NFL conference bedding don't have to pick a team!

This room's perfect for the loud-cheering, face-paint-wearing, referee-instructing football fan!

Now this is a stylish way to add football to your decor.  The gallery wall and  the leather arm chair with football themed pillows this would look great in any space

Customized Football Theme Nursery Print  8x10 by lovelylittleparty, $18.00

Want to start the little ones early? This framed football themed art piece is perfect in a nursery or any child's bedroom, you can personalize it too

And Football! Throw Pillow |

For something a little more subtle and contemporary, check out this black and white pillow - it says it all!

Dallas Cowboys Logo Themed 3 Piece Chrome Metal Finish Bar Table Set with 2 Swivel Seat Cowboys Logo Themed Bar Stools by The Furniture Cove,

Ideal for a man cave but could also work outside.  This pub table with stools dedicated to your favourite team

Brand new pillow covers made from "reclaimed" tees, new and older, pretending to be vintage on mendacious Etsy,

Recycle old jerseys, your kids jerseys and any other football (or sports related) shirts into pillow slipcovers

Football Play on Chalkboard or basketball, how cute for sports theme bedroom

Another cool and contemporary way to add some sport theme items into your space, with this football chalkboard play art piece

Sport Nursery deco - name @Valerie Avlo Nowotny Nowotny this would be perfect for Zachees room

Cute for a boys' room, football inspired personalized letters.  You could easily spell out the family name and use it in the family room or rec room

Using footballs to make a headboard is a great idea in this boys bedroom.

DIY headboard,  a fun project during the off season....

old fan made new for my son's sports themed bedroom :)

Another fun DIY project with a football theme, great idea to update old ceiling fans

Personalized boys room art  Football Sports by inspiredartprints, $37.50

 Another beautiful and subtle football themed art piece, could work in a nursery, an office, living room, family room or man cave.  This would look great in a gallery wall

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 The ultimate Football man cave.  You've got everything you need (and more) all the TVs, lots of seating, a pool table for in between games, jerseys and more collectibles.  The ideal super bowl party spot!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hot Trend for 2016 - Florals

We all know by now that the colour of the year for 2016 is Rose Quartz -" is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure". We love the softness and subtle elegance of this colour....but another trend for 2016 is florals! I know, I know, did florals ever really go out of style? The answer is no.  Florals are a classic print in fashion and home fashion but we will be seeing more florals this year.  Many think of florals as fussy and traditional but this year expect to see florals used in a different way.  A more current or modern twist!

Over sized - when it comes to florals try and over sized print in textiles or over sized art. We love this floral art, it adds some bold colour and some softness against this white on white room decor.

 Chic dining room features a white sideboard cabinet topped with clear glass tasseled lamps under a ...:

 Mix your prints. To keep the look modern think about mixing in some florals with other prints. In this image, we love the floral pillow in bold colours next to the Dalmatian print drapes. It makes the space chic and sophisticated.

[Decor] Trends To Try: Dalmatian Print #homedecor #interiordesign #dalmatian:

Mix styles. We love the balance of taking an older or more traditional pieces and adding a modern or current textile.  We love this traditional chair paired with the bright and big floral print. It updates the whole piece and adds an interesting element to the room.

We're going to leave subtle hints around the office so that someone orders us this glorious chair for our showroom!:

On the floor.  Add a statement area rug to any room for an instant update.  This area rug is fun, fresh and makes a big statement.  It's like art on the floor.  Pair with a glass coffee table so the rug can be seen and add neutral furniture.  This rug speak for itself.

Aline Floral Area Rug

Play with texture.  Don't get too soft and fussy when decorating with florals.  Try pairing them with hard textures like wood, metal and glass.  We love the over sized floral art pieces against this concrete wall.

I'd love to do this along one of our long hallways and spread them out! So cool.:

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

We Answer Wednesday - Rose Quartz Trend

"I want to update my space.  I know light pink is a trending colour for 2016.  How can I use it in a modern way, I don't want my place to look too girly or old lady."

Yes, Rose quartz is one of the two hot colours this year! Rose Quartz is a soft, light pink hue with a touch of a mauve quality.  For some, they had already seen this trend and are not hopping back on the band wagon but for others this is a fun and fresh colour that can add a touch of feminine whimsy to a space. 


With any trend, we do not suggest NOT diving in head first unless it is something you absolutely LOVE and MUST HAVE! So before you commit, just make sure it is a trend for you.  Trends come and go, so we also recommend not going full out!  When it comes to a trending colour (especially) use accessories to embrace that trend.  So consider art, pillows, throw blanket and some knick-knacks, too.  But if you really want to dive in consider an accent wall, area rug and bedding.

 "This is like that fleeting blush of pink in the sky before the sun sets. It's not what instantly comes to mind for a library, but I wanted to counter the room's inherent masculinity. Pink is warm and atmospheric, and it makes dark antique furniture look ravishingly beautiful. It's not an assertive color. It's demure, which gives it longevity." —Jeffrey Bilhuber -

To avoid looking too girly or old lady, think about what you are combining rose quartz with and how you are using it.  For instance, layering multiple pastel tones looks dated instead layer rose quartz with a more masculine hue like navy or charcoal even black.  Balance out the pink hues with more masculine elements.  We also suggest layering the rose quartz tone with some bolder colours like fuchsia, magenta, eggplant, jade green and teal - fun and punchy and not dated at all!

 TRENDS | 15 interiors mastering Pantone 2016 color of the year | Here are 15 inspiring interiors that take pink to the next level, from a pink hued room accessory to a whole pink room for a full “la vie en rose” effect. No, rose quartz is not just a baby girl room color, it can also add softness, style, and panache to a grown-up interior | via French By Design:

Here are some of our favourite ways to use rose quartz and some of our favourite combinations.

When it comes to colour you don't need a lot to make a statement. We love this mostly neutral motif with a slight touch of pink in the trellis pattern on this area rug.  Keep the main furniture pieces neutral and add a few more splashes of colour in your throw pillows and you are set!

How to Decorate with Pantone's Rose Quartz and Serenity - Homespun Moroccan Trellis Rug; $24–$711; at Rugs USA:

 Try adding a fun accent chair in the living room, kitchen or dining room - it's a fun splash of colour and not a huge expense! This also makes a great desk chair in a home office!

Chaise Tolix, couleur pantone 2016 rose quartz:

Really want to embrace the rose quartz trend? Try these incredible table lamps - they make a real statement with shape and texture and add that pop of pink with a simple white shade!

Rose quartz, often used to symbolize love, peace, or happiness, is believed to stimulate the imagination.:

 Grey continues to be a big trend (we would say it is a timeless classic) so add some softness to the neutral tone with some rose quartz pillows with texture. We also love the light pink floral arrangement, simple and feminine.

2016 Trends for Living Room:

Make a statement on your wall that isn't a painted wall! Everyone looks great in pink and we love an over sized and bold art piece. Remember art doesn't need to match your room, in fact it shouldn't! So take a risk and add something fun and splashy!

In the Melbourne apartment of artist Miranda Skoczek, a candy-colored painting by Rhys Lee is situated above a sofa from Aero Designs.:

Not ready to commit to an accent wall? Try painting the interior side of your door.  This makes a statement and we love this one in particular because of the details and character of this door.

Classic entryway with black and white tiled floors and a pink door:

Keep the colour modern looking by pairing it with streamlined furniture pieces and add it to a tone on tone room.  This room has many shades of grey adding the small pops of pink just adds some femininity to the space.

Loving the colour combinations that Tarina had used to style her new media room @oh.eight.oh.nine our pink button cushion looks pretty amazing on this couch too I think | ImmyandIndi:

We love mixing soft pastels with bolder tones.  We love the mix of softer and lighter hues with the darker tones.  We also love the water colour effect of this pillow.  It's a perfect pop for any room!

Bluebellgray® Untitled 3 Pillow

Get creative, be bold but don't make too much of a commitment!  Let's face it painting an entire room or even and entire wall in pink sounds a bit over the top and intimidating but why not the inner part of your bookcase? You get that big pop of colour but not too big of a pop! We love how it looks in this image against the white bookcases and than paired with some dark accents in the room like navy and black!


Only you can determine what the right amount of pink in your decor is. Start small and keep adding until you are happy with what you have achieved.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

We Answer Wednesday - Quick Bathroom Updates

"I am in need of a makeover for my bathroom.  I don't have a big budget so I cannot renovate but I need some quick and easy ideas to freshen up my bathroom."

The bathroom is one of the smallest but also one of the most used rooms in the home.  A renovated bathroom can be costly and time consuming but you definitely have some easy updates that are quick and affordable that can really make a splash!

Try working with the colour scheme in the bathroom instead of against it.  So if you have coloured tile - add some complimentary colour in there.  If you fight with the colour or ignore it - you won't get the end result you want!

Change up the textiles - easy and affordable! So add a new shower curtain and liner, add some new towels too and maybe even a bathmat! Stay from toilet covers...

$110 Bathroom Update | Update and makeover your bathroom inexpensively. Bathroom Decorating ideas and more. on

Add some fresh bling - so switch out your old cabinetry hardware and add some new knobs or handles! This is a quick change but it really makes a difference (this is also a great update for a kitchen). If you are handy, you could even update your towel bar an toilet paper holder.

Kid's Bathroom by A Well Dressed Home, LLC. To read more about this project, please visit:

Switch up your mirror - adding a new mirror with a decorative frame will instantly freshen up your space and give it a custom look and feel without the custom price tag! If your lighting is looking a bit dated (and you are handy) consider updating the lighting as well.

A small band of glass tile is a pretty AND cost-effective backsplash for a bathroom.:

Add some accessories - a plant, some art, candles, new soap dispensers - easy updates that make the space feel and look new again!

 I love how the accessories add a pop of colour. You can change the colours so easily to give the room a new feel:

If you are looking to take it to the next level, consider paint! It's a small space so it would be a quick weekend job but be sure to get the right paint so let the salesperson know that you are painting a bathroom. 

Small Bathroom Remodeling Guide (30 Pics) - Decoholic:

Sprucing up your bathroom is also a great idea if you are considering selling your home.  When we stage bathrooms we like to keep them clean and clutter free but also styled in neutral tones and add some accessories to set the scene.

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Bar Cart Trend

Bar carts having been trending for a while now and we love them too!  They are the perfect open and accessible liquor cabinet plus they look chic.  But we love how multi functional the bar cart is!  here are some of our favourite ideas and uses for the bar cart.

1. Bar cart end table.  We love this gold bar cart, so 2016! it's open and airy and just perfect for someone who loves to entertain but we also love how it is being used as an end table in this small space.  Take a closer look the top shelf is styled with flowers and some books - this could be great surface space for coasters too.  The lower portion is used as the bar.

2. Bar cart Coffee station. Short on kitchen space? Love all things coffee? why not add a bar cart and create a coffee station? We love how useful this is plus it looks great.  It's great for entertaining, too! Try wheeling it into the living space for after dinner coffee and desserts.  You can also use the lower shelves for open storage of mugs, dishes and more or try adding some baskets for tea towels or store your pretty cookbooks.

We have a step-by-step guide on how to make the perfect tea or coffee station that will fit perfectly in your kitchen. Source: A Beautiful Mess:

3. Bar cart bathroom storage. OK a glass of wine in a hot bath is a lovely way to unwind but maybe you don't need a bar cart serving wine and cocktails in your bathroom but here's an idea...try using a bar cart in the bathroom for some extra storage.  This is a great idea if your bathroom is short on space.  Make it pretty and spa like by adding beautiful and plush towels, candles and maybe a plant or just keep it totally functional for everyday items like towels.

Ever thought of putting a bar cart in the bathroom? It’s actually an easy storage solution for organizing towels or toiletries that also adds a chic, spa-like feel.:

 4. Bar cart guest bedroom needs.  Have an out of town guest? Want them to feel at home? We heart this idea! Add a bar cart to the room and stock it with essentials and a few treats.  this adds a bit of a hotel feel but it makes your guests feel welcome and like this space is theirs (even if it is just for a short time)

Guest Bedroom Cart! What a good idea. You can have all the things your guest might need. Towels, snacks and toiletries:

5.  Bar cart decor. We love the open and airy feel of a bar cart so why not use it as an end table? You don't have to stock with beverages you can just style it as you would any other end table. At first glance, we didn't even notice this was a bar cart - we just loved the look but this is a great idea, because it is so multi-purpose for when you are entertaining.

Benjamin Moore Paint Colors - Neutral Paint Colors. Great Soothing Color! Would love this for a living room:

6. Bar cart Baby station. OK not as pretty but very functional.  If you have just had a baby, moving around is a bit of a challenge at first, so create a baby and mommy friendly space that cuts down on moving around.  Keep everything accessible.  Using a bar cart to hold the baby essentials is so smart! And you could easily use this in the nursery as well.
Fill one with baby supplies for handy access in the nursery. | 25 Awesomely Creative Ways To Use A Bar Cart:

7. Bar cart kids crafts.  The bar cart is a great way to stay organized and because it is on wheels it can be moved around very easily.  We love the idea of a movable kids art cart!  Keep all of their supplies in the cart and you won't have to take up other storage space in your home and this way it is easy for them to access.

Turn a bar cart into a craft station. | 49 Clever Storage Solutions For Living With Kids:

8. Bar cart music station.  If you love music, why not use your bar cart to store and display your love and passion for music? We love how this turntable is displayed on a bar cart, genius idea!

With a turntable up top and records down below, this free-wheeling bar cart knows how you roll.:

9. Bar cart office storage.  Need a little extra storage space in your office? Try a bar cart! It's perfect for storing items that you need access too but you don't want them to take up useful desk surface space.

Use it to store all your office supplies.:

10. Bar cart outdoor entertaining.  The bar cart is also perfect for the outdoors.  We love the vertical storage for drinks and other items - it's easy to clean and won't be in the way.

 DIY Idea: A glamorous facelift for an ordinary shelving unit! All it took was some gold spray paint.:

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

We Answer Wednesday - Teen Space

"Our basement was (and still is) the playroom but my kids are all teenagers now.  I'm clearing out the toys but the room needs a makeover suitable for my teen boys and girl.  The floors are covered in primary colour foam tiles and the walls have cutesy posters with ABCs and 123s.  It has to be cool! Any ideas?"

It sounds like it's time for a refresh and we love to hear that you are wanting to do that for your kids.  It's a great start to clear out the toys first - that way you can really see the amount of space that you actually have.  Toys can really take up a lot of room.

Once you clear out the space completely so that you can see what you are working with.  Also take a look to see if there are any small repairs needed.  Ceiling tiles? Burnt out light bulbs? Any floor or wall damage? Take care of those items next.

Now let's have fun!

We feel the room should be gender neutral because you have boys and a girl, there are lots of options.  Here are some of our favourite ideas.

Remodelaholic | Top Ten Teen Hangout Areas and Link Party:

We love this NYC loft look!!  Try adding some brick pattern wall paper to get that exposed brick look and feel.  We also love the large cityscape wall mural - pottery barn teen has some great options for wall murals ranging from music to sports to beach scenes.   It looks like you have the best view money can buy.  The rest of the furniture is neutral a mix of grey and cream tones.  This bed is a sofa pull out option, so this is perfect if your basement is the neighbourhood hang out (and if it looks like this it definitely will be).  To keep the basement from feeling dark be sure to add light.  Pot lights are great because they are streamlined and out of the way but you can add some other task lighting, table and floor lighting just keep it simple.

Game Room Furniture, Game Rooms & Striped Area Rugs | PBteen:
 We love the idea of a teen space being fun and a place for them!  Adding interactive games like pool, ping-pong, fuse ball and even a collection of board games is a great way for them to socialize with friends and family.   We also love fun art - it could be colourful, thematic or just goofy!  We love the idea of signage and fun (positive) sayings!  This blackboard wall is another great addition to a teen space.  It is so easy to do and the chalkboard paint comes in a selection of colours (blue, green, red, pink you name it).  We also love easy seating options like these chairs or even bean bag chairs. They are casual and comfortable and easy to move around.

Garage Redesigned to Teen Hangout Space. The flat bed/couch concept seems smart. And the rug works well, too.:

If the space will be for everyone - find a place for everything! This small space (this is actually a garage) has seating, a home gym and a TV area.  We also love how the decor is neutral and cool for everyone.  Add some great pillows to your neutral sofa.  Looking for some fun pillows? We love the selection at they have so many colours, prints, saying and you can even customize your own pillow!

Cool Teen Hangouts And Lounges:

When it comes to a teen space, you can still play with colours but we suggest staying away from your primary tones like red, blue and yellow and playing with a more sophisticated tone like navy or grey and then adding a splash of fun colours like green and orange, turquoise and yellow, turquoise and orange, for example.  Fill the room with things they like - music, movies, sports and more...Add some fun prints and graphics too!

Be sure to think of them and what they need (and maybe what you would like them to have as well).  Shelving for board games, video games and some decor?  TV for movies and video games? A gym area?  Desk space? A fridge or even a small kitchen space ? Pool table or other large games? Speakers for music and movies? Electric fireplace (some basements are chilly)?

There are so many options for a basement space for your teens but be prepared to be THE neighbourhood hang out!