DIY Spring Decorations

I know it’s been spring for a month, but only in the last couple of weeks has it really felt like spring. With Easter coming up on Sunday, I feel like I can finally get into the spring spirit and dust off those beautiful springtime decorations. Spring is my favorite time of year. It brings great colors and adorable decorations that can be holiday themed (or not!)

This week, we are bringing all things SPRING to you! We are going to do a great feature on adding florals to your home on Friday and highlighting Pantone’s spring color palette on Wednesday, so be on the lookout. For today, a bit of springtime decorations with a DIY twist.

burlap Easter decor
I love the burlap and white for spring!

 

 

Rainboots Spring Decor
What a creative idea!
Stamped Easter Pottery
How great are these little pots?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purple and Mint Spring Colors
The purple and mint are perfect for spring!

 

 

 

 

 

Purple Spring Decor
Flowers and eggs in different shades of purple!

 

 

Bunny out of books
Old book pages! Adorable!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teacups Decor

Something beautiful about old teacups!

 

Aren’t all these ideas so festive and beautiful? Keep an eye on our blog this week for more fun spring ideas, and click the link on each picture to get more information about our inspirations!

Our Favorite Nursery Inspirations

Happy Friday! With Spring weather finally kicking in, we are loving all things new and fresh–including babies! The nursery is one of the funnest ways to incorporate a new design into your home. We wanted to bring you a few of our favorite nursery ideas for those of you who are expecting (or planning) a new arrival in your home!

 

gray and red baseball nursery
Loving the gray and red!

 

rainbow nursery
Love this theme!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radiant Orchid nursery
Inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year — Radiant Orchid

 

 

 

blue and green nursery
That light fixture!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

teal and pink nursery
Loving this color scheme!

 

 

wooden autumn nursery
The wooden wall set this apart!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With so many great ideas, how can you choose just one?! All of these are unique nurseries that could fit in with a variety of home designs.

For more nursery inspirations, check out The Mix’s Nursery Pinterest board!

Unique DIY for the Kitchen

The kitchen is my favorite room in my house. I don’t like to eat all that much, and I definitely hate cleaning the dishes, but there’s something inviting and warm about the kitchen. Not only is it the space which nourishes us, but it also welcomes in our friends and family and allows us to provide for them.

People must have been noticing how important the kitchen is, because Pinterest is simply abounding with ideas for ways to make your kitchen (big or small!) your own. Here at The Mix, we love providing a bit of inspiration for our readers, and today, we wanted to pull together some great ideas for making your kitchen unique and yours! (Click on the pictures to visit the website!)

coat hanger towel rack
Loving the rustic coat hangers!

 

 

wine rack attached to cabinet
For all of you wine drinkers!
bent spoon frame holder
Love the bent spoons and seasonal decor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cheese grater light fixtures
What a unique idea!

 

 

 

 

 

pull-out spice rack
Don’t let space go wasted!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

open shelves kitchen space
Love the look of these open shelves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The kitchen is so customizable and open for a variety of options! Hopefully, you can get some inspiration from these great pictures and turn your own kitchen into something beautiful and unique!

For more inspiration, check out our Kitchen Inspirations Pinterest board!

 

Small Changes That Make an Impact

Springtime also brings with it a need for renewal or a sprucing up in our homes. It’s no coincidence that it’s called “spring cleaning”, after all. However, you can’t go out and buy new furniture every time you want to breath some new life into your room. Luckily, there a few changes you can make in your home that won’t bust your bank, but will give your room a feeling of newness.

1. Freshen Up the Walls

After a while, looking at the same color walls day in and day out can be tiring. A fresh coat of paint, with texture, design, or print, can help make an old room feel new.

Paint

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Nothing changes a room more dramatically than a new paint color. It’s not hard to do this fix yourself, and can be relatively cheap depending on your paint choice. Before you dive head first into this project, however, consider what you would like from your room, and also what colors your furniture incorporates. You wouldn’t want to paint your room a bright color that clashes with your favorite chair!

Wallpaper

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If you’re feeling really brave, consider wallpaper! We aren’t talking about your grandmother’s small floral pattern, but something big and bold that can instantly change the feel of the room. We are loving this bold bathroom!

2. Change Your Decor

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If you are looking for a quick change to your room, look no further than decor! Rooms can change with the seasons or the holidays, or you can completely change the theme of the room. (I’m love love loving these driftwood wall hangings from The Mix. Click the pictures to purchase!)

Pillows

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Sometimes, changing the throw pillows on your bed or sofa can be just what you need to freshen up a room. Pillows bring in a major element of design style, especially if your bed or sofa is a neutral color. In the picture above, changing the room design would be a simple matter of changing the color of the bedding and pillows!

Mirrors

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I know that we featured the room above in our Light vs. Dark post, but I just couldn’t get enough of these mirrors! Adding a mirror to your wall will open up the room and make it feel larger. Mirrors also reflect the light in the room, which brightens up the room and makes it feel more warm.

Wall Decor

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Whether you choose to Do-It-Yourself, or purchase wall decor from a vendor (like The Mix!), wall decor can have a major impact on your home aesthetics.  Simply change the colors or theme of your decor to add a different twist to your existing home design.

3. Rearrange

Sometimes, all we need to spruce up our homes is to rearrange what we already own into a space that allows for us to be more productive and comfortable.

Flow

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Simply rearranging your furniture can bring new life to your room. Think about the flow of traffic in your home and figure out where you may feel disrupted. Rearrange your furniture to create a better flow and walkspace.

Lighting

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Lighting is important in living spaces. You don’t want to have a glare on your television when you are laying in bed, and you don’t want to have to squint to read in your favorite chair. Rearrange your furniture so that the lighting is optimal for the activities you do in each room, and add lighting accordingly. (How cute is this bird lamp?? Click on the picture for more information!)

I hope these tips help you with the renewal of your home! Are there in tricks that you swear by in your home?

 

– The Mix Team

Light vs. Dark: The Great Paint Debate

My fiancee and I are in the process of looking for houses to rent or buy, so, of course, decor is a hot topic in our household right now. My style lends itself to more light colors, more whites and creams, with blues and grays. His style, on the other hand, is more rich with darker, deeper colors like maroon and navy. We have gotten to the point that we have decided to stop arguing and just pretend that the other person agrees with us. That always works, right?

With the help of The Internet and all of its glory, I have found some pictures that will put this debate into perspective (and I’ll try not to be biased!)

 

Light Colors

Light rooms doesn’t have to mean boring rooms. With a lighter wall color, you can do more in terms of decorations, adding accent colors. It’s also easier to change the overall look of your room, rather than completely repainting! Plus, it’s so relaxing and calming… I did say I’d try to be non-biased, right?

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The blues and greens on this light backdrop!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The patterns really brighten up this neutral room!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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That bookshelf space divider! What a light, bright room!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Check out those floors!
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Those textured walls! Plus the mirror makes it even brighter!

Dark Colors

Dark colors doesn’t mean a dark room. It’s important to utilize natural lighting when you are painting a dark color or outfitting a room with dark accessories. Dark rooms like the ones below really make a space feel warm, inviting, and comforting, like the perfect cocoon to relax into after a long day on the job.

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The quirkiness of this room with the mismatched furniture!

 

 

 

 

 

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Dark cabinets add drama to your kitchen!

 

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The red of the walls and furniture perfectly compliment the floor!
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The light rug and trim brightens this dark room!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The dark floors and walls add dramatic flair to this room!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think I could hand all of these rooms in my home, light or dark. (I am especially impressed with how many painted ceilings there are!) So, what do you think? Do you like the richness of the dark rooms, or are the light and breezy rooms more your style?

DIY Hack: Scrapbook Paper Decor

Ok, I’ll be honest. One of my favorite things to shop for in craft stores is scrapbook paper. The selection! The cheap (cheap!) price! The possibilities!

Even though my illustrious career of scrapbooking came to a screeching halt when I left high school, I still find ways to incorporate scrapbook paper into my home decor. Why? Well, it’s cheap. And versatile. There are so many ways to manipulate it and come out with something great.

We are all about innovative home decor here at The Mix, and we wanted to bring you a few of our favorite projects that we found on (of course) Pinterest. Click on each picture to get a detailed description of how to complete each DIY written by bloggers who have actually done these–and succeeded!

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These are just a few that Pinterest has to offer! The best part about using scrapbook paper as a decor medium is the easy ability to customize it and make it fit any color scheme you have in your home. Personally, I’ve done a few of these, both for permanent decor in my home, as well as seasonal themes to add a bit of festivity to my home.

Let us know if you attempt any of these projects!

– The Mix Team

Trend Alert: Pantone Color Palette — Style Setting

Pantone is known in the art industries as the go-to guide for all things color. Each year, they hold a secret meeting and decide the Pantone Color of the Year. They also release color palettes for the upcoming year. They predict these on-trend color palettes, and people in art, fashion, and even merchandising use these to create their lines for the next big thing!

Here at The Mix, we are all about design aesthetics and keeping  you up to date with the next new thing in home design. This week, we are loving their Style Setting color palette!

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Here’s what Pantone has to say about this color palette:

Using Fashion as inspiration for color, materials and in the home, this taste-making palette is about polish, poise and finesse.The purple color family plays off against mahogany, off-white, gray and taupe, and picks up some shimmer with frosted almond and champagne beige.

The subtleties of the neutral colors with the added deep rich hues of the purple really make a room stand out. Here are a few pictures we found to spark your imagination and give you an idea about how to make these colors work.

 

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There’s a variety of different ways to incorporate these wonderful purple hues into your room, whether it’s a small pop of color, or a whole wall of paint.

What do you think about this color palette?

– The Mix Team

The Mix: Adding Character To Your Dining Room

Down south, the dining room of a house is often a very formal room, but is also filled with laughs and amazing food. As a kid, we would visit our grandparent’s house every Sunday. While there, we would play with our cousins, eat rice and gravy, and make candy with our grandmother. To accommodate all of this wonderful fun, you need to create a space that is warm and not stuffy. One of the ways that we love doing this is to create a funky mix of old and new, patterns and solids, soft and strong. Here at The Mix, we have scoured the inter webs to find great examples that will inspire you!

Mix up your chairs!

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Add an eye-catching rug!

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Add a pop of color!

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Use a bench!

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The Mix has all of your dining room needs, so check out our eclectic choices of chairs, tables, and sideboards!

And, for more inspiration, check out our Dining Room Inspirations board on Pinterest!

Home Office Design and Decor

Sometimes it can be really hard to focus at home. Really hard. There’s so many distractions! So many fun things to do! (And, if you’re like me, so many kittens to play with!) However, when it comes to homework, paying bills, or working on things for the business, it’s important that I stay focused and on track. Having a home office that is functional and beautiful is important for me to get things accomplished!

Here are some tips and tricks from us at The Mix to help you design the perfect home office:

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1. Think about your needs.

What are you planning to do in your office? Is it a space that will be used primarily for online typing and publishing? Or will you need more room for storing files? Visualize what types of equipment you will need in the office to make it conducive for your work. The picture above is an example of someone utilizing their area so they have storage in cabinets and shelves, a space for their computer, and room to layout any materials they may have.

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2. Choose a great design.

Think about what color scheme you may want for your home office. Are you someone who needs a calm, serene environment to create? Or would you rather have a vibrant, inspiring environment to keep you awake and focused? By settling on a design idea, you can create a cohesive environment that will help you produce your best work. The office space above shows someone who wanted a calm and elegant area with a grey and creme color scheme. The desk adds a pop of color that really brings the room together. I love this beautiful desk from The Mix that comes in a variety of finish colors to fit into many different design ideas!

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3. Keep it organized.

Organization is key with a home office. If your office is messy, or overflowing with papers, then you will not be able to be productive there. The picture above shows a great mix of organizational tools for a home office. There is a calendar and white board for messages, as well as baskets that are well labeled so everything has a place. Finally, a bit of decor that fits the theme really pulls the wall together. I am completely in love with this bookshelf from The Mix (which comes in so many colors to match your design aesthetic!)

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4. Make it personal.

Of course, working from home is allowing to work to come into a sacred place for you and your family. Keep your home office personal, to remind you of the things that matter most to you. In the picture above, the bridal picture really takes the room up a level to make it feel sweet and personal.

In a future post, we will discuss different ways to choose furniture for your home office. For now, check out our Pinterest board for more Home Office inspiration!

– The Mix Team

Trend Alert: Painting the Ceiling

Until recent years, white was considered the best color to paint a ceiling. It was thought to draw as little attention to the ceiling as possible. But what’s the fun in that?

A recent trend that we are seeing in the home decor industry is painted ceilings. Here at The Mix, we have a few tips and tricks for those of you considering painting your ceilings.

1. Check your height.

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The height of your ceiling makes a difference when you are choosing a paint color for your ceiling. If your ceilings are higher than 9 feet, a darker color will bring the ceiling down a bit and make the room feel warmer and more cozy. Consider going one or two shades darker than the wall color to keep the theme similar, like in the picture above. If your ceilings are below 9 feet, use a paint one or two shades lighter than the paint on the walls. This light color will open up the room and bring warmth to the environment.

2. Bring the color up.

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As an alternative, bringing the color from the walls onto the ceiling makes the ceilings seem higher and the room more spacious. This is a great trick for rooms that are a bit small. This robin egg blue in the picture above pulls the eyes up from walls and brightens up the small area.

3. Go metallic.

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If you search “Paint Ceilings” on Pinterest, you will find a variety of ways to take the texture OFF of your ceiling. (Those popcorn ceilings? Bleh!) A new trend is emerging for your ceilings though. Benjamin Moore, along with other paint suppliers, are offering ceiling paints in a variety of colors, including metallic paints like the one pictured above. These metallic paints, coupled with a simple pattern, add a unique design and luxuriousness to your ceilings that open up the room.

4. Use molding.

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If you are looking to make the ceilings and light fixtures a focal point in your room, check out this beautiful way to add molding and color to your ceilings. This tactic of layering molding and color creates a beautiful way to open up your ceiling and make the room feel more elegant and exciting.

When choosing a paint color for your ceiling, it is important to consider lighting, size of the room, and room decor. All in all, we are thinking this hot trend will be sticking around for a while!

– The Mix Team