Haunted Cardboard Houses for Recycled Holiday Decor

This year, the holidays look a little different, but in my opinion, that gives us even more excuses to be creative! This spooky holiday decor made out of recycled items can even be re-used next year.

Cardboard Haunted House for recycled holiday decor

This cardboard haunted house was inspired by our DIY Gingerbread Houses from a few years ago, but you can choose to yours them big or small. Set them on your porch or mantle on All Hallow’s Eve, where they can cast a spooky glow. And—a big plus—they are a super sneaky hiding place for the candy you told your kids went missing. Your secret is safe with us!

You probably already have most of the supplies in your recycle bin or overflowing craft closet (don’t worry…we all have one.)

How to make your cardboard haunted house

Materials:

Cardboard Haunted House for recycled holiday decor

Instructions:

1. Start by cutting out the pieces from the template. The large pieces called “Base front”
and “Base back” are each split onto two pieces of paper. You’ll need to cut them both
out and then tape them together, so you have one “Base front” and one “Base back”.

2. Place the template pieces flat on the cardboard and trace them with a pencil (you might
want to label each piece before you cut them out).

3. Cut out all the tracings with a box cutter or a crafting knife.

4. All the structures are labeled, so start with #1 and glue together the front, two sides,
and back piece. (See labeled diagram at the end of these instructions)

5. For structure #2, start by gluing the door to the “front door structure”, then glue the
two sides to the “front door structure”. Once that dries, glue the sides to the center of
structure #1.

6. Now you’re going to put the roofs on both structure #1 & #2. To bend each roof piece,
place the cardboard against the edge of a table and gently press down with your hand
to get a curve. Move the piece up and down on the table edge until the whole piece has
a slight curve. Then glue the roof pieces onto the top of structures #1 & #2.

7. Next take the pieces for structure #3, and glue together the front, sides, and back. Place
this structure on the roof of #1, make sure it fits, and then glue #3 to the roof of #1.

8. Now for structure #4, glue the window piece to the front piece. Then glue the sides and
bottom to the front piece. After that dries, glue #4 to the center of structure #3.

9. For the roof pieces of #3 & #4, repeat the same process as Step 6 to get the curved effect. Then glue the roof pieces onto the two structures.

10. For structure #5, take 4 of the rectangle “side” pieces and glue them together with all
the shortest edges at the bottom (these pieces are all labeled (top) on the upper edge,
make sure that is facing up and not upside down). Then glue #5 on the right side of the
roof on structure #1.

11. Now for structure #6, take the two pieces called “#6 front” and “#6 back” and the last
two side pieces and glue them together. It should look similar to structure #5, but the cuts will allow it to fit on top of structure #3.

12. Glue structure #6 onto the roof of the #3.

13. For the roofs of #5 #6, take 4 of the triangle roof pieces and glue all the sides together
so it looks like a pyramid. Put glue on the top of structure #5 and then place the roof
down onto the glue (the edges of the roof will overlap the top edges of structure #5.

14. Repeat Step 13 for structure #6.

15. After your house is completely dry, cover the entire house in black paint.

16. Then take the gray paint and a smaller paint brush (if you have one) and draw details on the window, door, roofs, and wherever else you want. You can add cobwebs to the
corners.

17. Have fun! Your recycled holiday decor is now complete.

Cardboard Haunted House for recycled holiday decor

After you’ve made your haunted cardboard house, style it on your mantle, porch, or entryway table. If you want to cut some windows, try placing electric tea lights inside, which will cast eerie shadows on the wall (don’t use regular candles inside the cardboard, though.) If you’re setting up your recycled holiday decor for a Halloween Party, you could even use the houses as party favors! Fill them with candy and send your trick-or-treaters on their way.

If you liked this project, you might also like:

DIY Rainbow Pumpkins
How to Decorate Pumpkins with Succulents
Pumpkin Leaf Favors

DIY Pastel Pumpkin Faces With a Template

Is there anything more magical than a trip to the pumpkin patch in the middle of fall? Crisp weather, colorful leaves falling, and the spooky anticipation of Halloween makes me giddy! Picking out the perfect pumpkin is something of an art, and I almost enjoy that more than the carving part. In fact, I don’t really enjoy carving pumpkins all that much! The goop and stringy guts all over my fingers is not my idea of a good time. So we’re swapping our carving kits for paintbrushes this season! These DIY pastel pumpkin faces are just my cup of tea this season.

A pretty palette and quirky faces make the perfect pairing for pumpkins. And our painted pumpkin templates makes this project so simple. And the best part? No pumpkin guts! Less mess, more cute, equally festive. That’s what the world needs.

Painted pastel pumpkin peopleThis is one of a few posts on which we’ve collaborated with the talented Michelle Christensen of My Little Belleville. We collaborated with her a few years ago on our popular succulent painted Pumpkin family post (remember?!) and those cute faces are here for a return visit!

DIY Pastel Pumpkin Faces

With painted pumpkin templates

Materials:
Instructions:
  1. Spray paint your pumpkins in a variety of colors. We went the pastel route for this tutorial, but you can use whatever colors you like! (Rainbow, anyone?).  Let dry.
  2. Paint on some sweet faces using the templates.

Voila! Time to display these adorable pumpkins on your porch!


painted pumpkin templates

More DIY Halloween Pumpkin Ideas

Want to experiment more with your Halloween pumpkin decor? We have so many pumpkin DIY ideas for you! Try using these painted pumpkin templates to make a succulent-pumpkin family! Or check out our most popular pumpkin display – DIY rainbow pumpkins! For more non-carving pumpkin decor, take a look at these monogram pumpkins and dried flower pumpkins.

If you loved these DIY pastel pumpkin faces, be sure to check out more fun printables in our Halloween shop

Spooky Transfer Wood Plaques for DIY Halloween Art

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These rustic-chic transfer wood plaques are a favorite here at Lars. They’re the perfect combination of stylish and spooky, AND they match with any type of decor you may already have in your home. I’m tempted to keep these DIY Halloween Art pieces up year-round! Add some floral (or maybe some autumn leaves) to give it that sweet and spooky feel.

This year may look different holiday-wise, but don’t let that stop you from getting crafty and celebrating the holidays with Halloween projects! Plus, these plaques will last you years, and you can reuse them for future Halloween parties! Even if they’re just a part of your zoom background for now, you’ll be able to show them off at Halloween parties in the years to come! There’s something so rewarding about crafting your own decor, hanging it up, and being able to say ‘I made that!’ Especially now during COVID, I feel that home spaces need some extra love and creativity to keep spirits high during these not so normal holidays.

For a little extra Halloween spirit, pair these plaques with portrait luminaries for an extra spooky ambiance. Light the luminaries to highlight creepy photos (or more skulls and insects!) to complement your Halloween plaques. Or create this skull cake for a sweet and skull-filled Halloween. You don’t need to have a big party to enjoy a Halloween cake!

DIY Halloween Art – Wood Transfer Plaques

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Print the templates (black and white only! on laser printer only!) and cut it out to the size you’d like to apply it to.
  2. Position the design face down on the wood surface and rub it with a blender marker with a bone folder.
  3. Lift the design.
  4. Staple your ribbon into the wood on the back.
  5. Hang and enjoy!

Halloween art decor

Halloween art decorDon’t you love how simple this DIY Halloween Art project is?! Simple and beautiful are the names of the game around these parts.

For more Halloween decor inspiration, check our Halloween shop!

How to get in the holiday spirit this year

Take 30% off all halloween printables in the Lars shop

All existing Halloween printables in our shop are 30% off using the code PRESPOOKY30. This sale is for you early birds who are looking to save time and $ by stocking up early on your decor and more! Whether you’re searching for costumes, decorations, cards, or candy gift boxes, get a head start (and a great discount!) on your Halloween planning necessities. Scroll down to see some of the items on sale in the shop!

Go all out with the holiday decor this year

I don’t know about you, but all this extra time spent at home has me dying for a change. I’m so happy to be prepping our new home to move in soon (fingers crossed! Check out our lastest house update here!) But if you’re in need of a change that isn’t so drastic or longlasting, decorating for the holidays is the PERFECT way to change it up your space without a major overhaul. Hang a garland on your mantel, paint some pumpkins,

Last month we brought back these DIY Rainbow Pumpkins to begin decorating for fall! If you’re looking to add some character to your rainbow pumpkins, check out the Pumpkin Faces PDF template in our Halloween shop! Who knew pumpkins could be so cute? 

Plan your holiday parties in advance

Get those dates on the calendar now for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas! You’ll thank me later. Parties might turn into zoom calls, and holiday trips might turn into facetime calls to the grandparents, but at least you can plan to make the next few months special no matter what. Even if only your immediate family can make the guest list this year, check out our 11 ideas for a Halloween party to spark some ideas.

In our Halloween sale, you’ll also find garland templates, party invites, cake toppers, and plenty of other ways to complete your Halloween look this year. For the biggest discount, check out our Halloween E-book full of our most popular printables! (psst, even the e-book is an additional 30% off!)

Find a clever Halloween costume

Costumes are, in my opinion, one of the hardest parts about Halloween planning. You want to be creative and stylish without splurging on a new costume every year, right? We have plenty of costume PDF templates—  for both kids and adults—  discounted in our shop. The best part is that these costumes can be put together in under an hour AND you can use items you probably already own to complete the look. This halloween sale is meant to make your load lighter this year (so you can carry more weight in candy) 😉

Find joy in giving holiday gifts

There is no need to hold off on the giving spirit until December. I think any holiday is a great reason to drop off some neighbor gifts! We created some printable gift boxes to fill with seasonal candy and gift to a friend. This will come in handy more than ever this year when who knows if trick or treating will even be a thing??

Even if you’re staying in this Halloween, we have discounted items in our shop to help share the Halloween spirit! Send out some Halloween cards to friends, family, neighbors, and those you wish to share this spooky season with. The perfect pairing with one of these cards is a Halloween candy gift box! You can find the instructions for putting together the gift boxes here.

Enjoy your stress-free Halloween planning with 30% off printables (don’t forget the code: PRESPOOKY30)! You can find more Halloween sale printables in our shop!

Take time to make DIY holiday decor

The upside to this “new normal” and the impact it will have on the holiday season, is more and more people are taking time to create and get crafty! We love to see it. Adding a homemade touch is what makes holiday decor special, home-y, and a potential family heirloom. You can dive as deep into our 10+ years of archives as you want to go, but some of our favorite Halloween DIYs are these wood plaque transfers, or our rainbow pumpkin arch!

For more ways to get into the holiday spirit, check out our Halloween Pinterest board here!

DIY projects inspired by Frida Kahlo

When I visited Mexico City a couple of years ago, I had the chance to tour Frida’s home Casa Azul. The deep cobalt blue and the sunshine yellow that fill every corner are stunning, and I just soaked it up. Her home is part of what inspired this post about what a Lars Girl would wear to Mexico City.

In fact, we are so inspired by the colors that filled Frida Kahlo’s life and art, that later this week we will release the next post in our In The Mood For series, so you can learn how to recreate interior design inspired by her iconic style!

But for today we are re-visiting some of our favorite DIYs from Lars days past, inspired by Frida Kahlo herself!

Week 1 of our Great Artists! course covers Frida Kahlo

The projects in week 1 of our Great Artists! course were made exclusively for the curriculum. They are just as fun to complete as the DIYs below, but have never been seen before! Each project tutorial in the course was added for a specific learning objective, which you can read more about in our FAQ section here. We started the course off with Frida Kahlo because her background is unique and her culture is the inspiration for so much folk art we love. And in my mind, she is a classic icon in the art world!

If you haven’t accessed your own course yet, but want to get in on the fun, start here! The projects and activities below will give you and your kids a taste for how learning by creating is the most fun way!

Projects you can do now inspired by Frida Kahlo

DIY head vase

To make the head:

Materials:
Instructions:

1. I chose to paper mache my head because I didn’t want to see the styrofoam texture. I used newspaper to paper mache it and used a flour mixture for the paste. This recipe helped (and I boiled it so it would be smoother)
2. If you don’t want to paper mache, that’s completely fine. Use your white spray paint to coat it a few times. Let it dry completely.
3. Trace around a glass cup to create the right size hole for your vase.
4. Use your x-acto or knife to cut the circle. I found a smaller knife was easier than a large knife. It’s like cutting the top of a pumpkin.
5. Take out the excess of the top of the head. Place the cup in the hole. This will be where you place your flowers or plants so it doesn’t make contact with the styrofoam and mold.
6. Paint on a face with acrylic paint. Paint a unibrow (essential!), red lips, and lots of rouge.

To make the hair:

Materials:
Instructions:
  1. Cut the crepe paper into small strips about 3′ long
  2. Braid the strips into one braid
  3. Glue the braid onto the head.
  4. Paint the back of the head black. Paint another layer if necessary

You can find the original tutorial, along with step photos here.

Recreate Frida’s painting Las Dos Fridas

To give you a bit of background, this particular painting depicts Frida in the midst of her divorce from Diego Rivera. She left the two hearts exposed showing one broken and the other hole, the one that Diego loved. She depicted surgical pincers to show that she was cutting off the emotional ties. The background on important art pieces like Las Dos Fridas is taught in our Great Artists! course in a kid-friendly way.

I think one of the most fun ways (ever) to learn about art is to BECOME IT! Put yourself right in Frida Kahlo’s world by recreating this painting.

Here’s how to get the look:
Makeup tutorial inspired by Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo Print from the Lars Print Shop

You can find this print by Merrilee Liddiard here!

If you want to dive deeper into your Frida Kahlo knowledge and find more projects your family can do that are inspired by her work, you can access our Great Artists! course here!

 

DIY rainbow doormat inspired by my latest tv show binge

DIY rainbow doormat inspired by the new Peacock show Five Bedrooms

My latest tv show binge

I remember talking with my brother about the show maybe a year ago. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, where the show has been out for a while now. It’s just about to premiere for viewers in the US and I’m so excited!! August 13th is going to be a binge day; it’s already calendared in. This show is seriously perfect for me and I’m assuming you too if you’re into a Friends meets HGTV interserction. It has everything I could possibly want! 

It’s technically a romantic comedy series, but the characters are all new homeowners. Mind you, these homeowners are a bit different from Paul and I. They are five perfect strangers who met at the singles table of a wedding!! One member of the quintet (tipsily) suggests that they co-invest in a home together, as the five singletons have more buying power than your average family. The house they buy is a fixer upper like mine, and I gotta tell you. It’s so refreshing to see someone do a remodel on TV who’s not a professional contractor/design duo *cough cough Chip and Joanna.* What I wouldn’t do to turn Paul into a contractor… 

Anyway! While I don’t exactly share the house with five randos, the remodel struggle is relatable!! The Five Bedrooms makeover was particularly tough due to unexpected shenanigans, and the fact that they’re trying to mesh five independent styles into one home. Melding mine and Paul’s respective design preferences is something that I find exciting, and this DIY doormat is one way I intend to do it! I love a good challenge. If only I’d been hired as the interior designer in the show. If you’re out there, Peacock producers, pick me for the next one! A girl can dream, right? 

Get crafty while you watch a new show!

Adding happy personal touches is one thing I’m doing to stay energized during the remodel stages of my own renovation. There’s a welcome mat that came with the door and it’s old and crumbling and honestly, so depressing. I’ve been wanting to change it ever since we moved in. Yes, I know it’s silly to make little decor items for a house I haven’t moved into yet. But, this is the kind of thing that I need to get excited about in order to proceed with the rest of the logistical nightmare that is home renovations. Excitement and creativity feed off each other, and I need something that keeps those juices flowing.

Cue my doormat plans. The DIY rainbow doormat of my dreams is a cute semi-circle made out of natural fibers. Nothing fancy needed! You can get a similar one at pretty much any store that sells homegoods. I’m going to paint 3-inch wide arched stripes in a color scheme that will go with the new house. It’ll be a little rainbow! Any excuse to show off a good color scheme is not something I’ll let pass me by. Which reminds me – don’t miss the premier of Five Bedrooms! It’s not the kind of show you want to miss. Here is the trailer!

Link to Trailer: here

DIY rainbow doormat inspired by the new Peacock show Five Bedrooms

How to make your DIY rainbow doormat

Materials:

Instructions: 

  1. Decide the shape of the rainbow you would like to paint on your mat. We used a 18 x 30 inch half circle braided doormat. 
  2. Pick a color palette!  We chose mustard yellow, orange-red, and blush pink.
  3. Draw the lines for the arches of the rainbow. We painted the innermost arch 7 inches tall and the middle and outer arch each 5 inches tall.
  4. In order to get clean lines, you will need to tape off every other color section. Tape off the innermost arch first.
  5. Get your brush full of paint (we used mustard yellow first) and dab into the small innermost arch. *If you choose a mat with a coarse texture like we did, you will need to dab firmly to make sure the paint saturates the rug fully*
  6. Once it dries, remove the tape. *Drying will vary, but can take up to 2 hours. It is important to make sure you allow enough time for the arches to dry so the paint will not pull up the already painted arches. When the painted sections have dried, you can tape off the other sections. Or you can use a hair dryer to make the process go faster.*
  7. Next, paint the middle arch by adding tape to the innermost arch you just painted and then add tape above it about 5 inches up to create your inner arch. Repeat steps 5 and 6 with your next color for the middle arch.
  8. Continue on your last arch by repeating steps 4-7.

The symbol of having one completed item in my new house is so important to me–it makes me feel like we can get through all the dust and scheduling and there is something bright at the end of the rainbow 😉 Can’t wait to see your rainbow doormat! Tag us with #LarsMakes so we can see them!

DIY rainbow doormat inspired by the new Peacock show Five Bedrooms

This post is sponsored by Peacock but all opinions are my own!

 

Affordable Rugs Under $1000

Go bold or go home

You know we love statement pieces, like upholstered headboards, graphic art prints, or throw pillows galore. And a great rug is probably the best place to start when planning a new interior makeover. Rugs instantly cozy up a room, make it feel complete, and sets the tone ALL without taking up any extra space! It’s the dream decor piece! But due to their price tag we get how easy it is to put a new rug last on your list of priorities. However, hear us out – A rug can truly make your room, and leaving it out can be a big interior design faux pas. Plus, splurging a little on a rug can allow you to tone down the other purchases without sacrificing your end goal – a thoughtful, specific, and well-curated space. That is truly the power a good rug has! Why? Because a statement rug instantly conveys what look you are going for (vintage, boho, minimal?), sets the main color scheme, and makes everything look more finished. Trust us, don’t skip the rug. And if we still haven’t convinced you, you’ll find even more ways to use a rug to complete the look below!

Of course if you are in a creative mood, we have some DIY rug options for you. Like this Matisse inspired cut out rug above! Or for something even simpler try this DIY “friendship bracelet” inspired rug that will keep your hands busy during your next Netflix binge.

But if you’re more in the mood for some online shopping, we feel you! Explore the links below to find the afforable rug of your dreams.

DIY Summer Flower Garland

Collaboration leads to inspiration

The inspiration for this particular garland came from two places: our wrapping paper products designed for Alexis Mattox Design, and a collab we did Chatbooks! The floral patterns we did with AMD were just so fun and punchy that we had to make a garland inspired by the wrapping paper. Chatbooks used some of those same wrapping paper designs as covers for their books. After seeing that, it occurred to me that I wanted to see these colors and flowers everywhere. Cue the crafting!

This DIY Summer Flower Garland is the perfect decoration for all your summer soirees. And is pretty enough to keep up all year long! You’ll be happy to hear that the materials were pretty cheap too. It’s made with crepe paper and cardstock, and is totally customizable. You can change the colors by simply using a different color paper. If you do play with a new color scheme, send me pictures!! Color is my favorite.

Where to put your paper flower garland

The fun part about a garland is that it can go anywhere. Wreaths go on the front door, flower vases on tables, but garlands? They do it all. In our Flower & Leaf Garden E-Book, we put garlands over the backs of chairs, as table runners, wound around a staircase handle, hung over doorways, or delicately draped on walls. If you’re planning a wedding, think of how fun it would be to make a DIY Summer Flower Garland with friends! It would be beautiful hung over a trellis or fireplace or as a photo-wall backdrop.

This project is great to work on with friends or alone! Heck, you could probably collab with a friend from afar! Mail each other your pieces to create one big DIY Summer Flower Garland!  If crafting is your cathartic alone time, this garland is perfect for you. Spread out over a few days, and soak up that creative time. Summer days are meant for crafting, am I right?

More paper garlands for every season

You can download the templates for each of these garlands (and more!) individually here or all of them together for a discount!

DIY Summer Flower Garland

Materials:
  • Crepe paper in green, cornflower blue, orange, white, and yellow
  • Cardstock in blue, pink, yellow, and white
  • Acrylic paint in coral, yellow, and blue
  • Wire flower stamens in red
  • 22 gauge cloth covered floral wire in 18″ lengths
  • Spool of 24 gauge florist wire
  • Hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • Templates
Instructions:

Full instructions can be found here!

Once you’ve created all the individual flowers, begin to hot glue the elements onto the green floral wire. Mix in plenty of green crepe paper leaves. We made our garland about 6 feet long.

DIY summer flower garland

Photography by Anna Killian | Crafting by Ashley Isenhour and Rebecca Hansen

In The Mood: Hamilton Inspired Home Decor

How to fill your home with the feeling of Hamilton

If you are unfamiliar with Hamilton, you’ve got to remedy that. Allow this piece to be your introduction into the hit musical. It chronicles the life of Alexander Hamilton who was one of the Founding Fathers of the USA. He was born in the West Indies as an illegitimate child, and his parents died before he reached adulthood. Through hard work, sacrifice, and a fair bit of schmoozing, Alexander made his way to New York and befriended Revolutionaries, forever tying his fate with that of the Fledgling United States. Since the play is based on history, spoilers aren’t really a thing… Just to pique your interest, there is a love triangle, rumors, and even a gun duel. Spoiler: it ends in death. Oh and there’s rap. It’s definitely worth the watch. 

Below you will find our tips on how you fill your home with inspiration from this hit musical!

Be inspired by Colonial Style

Before writing this piece, I actually looked up pictures of Alexander Hamilton’s home. It’s  called The Grange and still stands in New York City though it is much changed. It is totally symmetrical with matching piazza patios, stately lines, mouldings, and mantles. As a result, it has an incredibly airy feel. Neoclassical design deeply influence the Colonial Era. That last bit is super important, as it is what separates Hamilton-inspired design from the Farmhouse look. Alexander Hamilton would shudder if someone were to suggest his architectural choices had anything to do with farming.

Hamilton inspired decor for your home’s exterior

Curate meaningful collections

The easiest way to incorporate this kind of design into your space is through careful collection. It might not be realistic to build ionic columns throughout your whole house or rebuild it to be symmetrical. But, you can collect pieces inspired by the Neoclassical Era. Handmade wooden furniture, ornate trinkets, classic colors, statuettes, gold or brass fixtures, and elaborately patterned textiles all have their place in a Hamilton home. I recommend you search high and low. Buy some pieces new from fancy stores, but also enjoy the hunt in antique shops and the exhilaration of winning an eBay or Facebook marketplace bid. If you can curate a collection of similar items, like antique candlesticks, lanterns, or porcelain dish-ware, those pieces will shine together and become showstoppers.

Hamilton inspired decor for your living room

Fill your home with nostalgia

Part of why the musical is so popular is because it plays on America’s own heritage while reinterpreting it. Alexander Hamilton personified the American Dream. He came from hardship but made it through. He also made mistakes and was complicit in the evils of his time. Despite these contradictions, he tried to set up a nation that would build a better future. People respond to that kind of thing. We’re all complicated. As you curate a Hamilton inspired home, think about your personal history. How can you incorporate that into your home? Paintings that remind you of your favorite places, old books you loved long ago, and photographs of days gone by are all great pieces that will make your space yours. Don’t fret  about it all becoming too complex or not cohesive. You are the unifying theme

Hamilton inspired decor for your bedroom

Form a modern interpretation of the past

If you’re worried about this style complimenting modern ones, don’t be!! The contradictions of Alexander Hamilton and within the play are what inspires good design. The play is a contemporary take on Colonial themes. Your interpretation of Hamilton-design will also be a contemporary take. Design inspired by the musical is bound to be lively, yet stately. That combination really excites me. Colonial America is the setting, but the music is totally inspired by contemporary hip hop and rap. Translating all of this into a visual style requires a keen and selective eye. You got this. Be willing to do a little mixing-and-matching as you incorporate Hamilton into your modern home! 

One of our past interns, Jess Whittaker, illustrated these Hamilton inspired prints we love! This is a fun way to add some Hamilton inspiration into your home without needing to embrace full on colonial style. You can find them here in her shop! You can read more about Jess here and find some of her whimsical work in our shop as well!

More Hamilton Inspired Home Decor

For your kitchen

For the bathroom

 

This post is a part of our In the mood for series where we show you how to recreate interior design styles and fashion inspired by people we admire! Click any of the links below to check out the past posts in this series!

Anne of Green GablesEmma WoodhouseIris ApfelWes Andersonthe Royal FamilyLittle Women, Monet, and Alexander Girard

5 reasons mirrors are essential in decor

Get lit! Use mirrors to light up your life

Aside from the practical use of mirrors (checking oneself out), mirrors have another excellent purpose – they bounce light beautifully. You can make even the darkest corners, nooks and crannies more luminous by adding a mirror. You probably don’t have the ability to knock out an exterior wall of your house and add a million windows, but you can put a million mirrors in your house. I absolutely love seeing a wall covered in mirrors – it’s been popular since the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles, and I don’t think it will ever go out. Pick matching, simple mirrors for a minimal look that maximizes your space. If you like the more eclectic look, mix and match ornate mirrors.

Open up (your mind and your living room)

I kinda spoiled this tip in the previous section, but one magical thing about mirrors is their ability to make a space feel larger. In an old house I lived in, we had a gigantic mirror at the top of the stairs. It always tricked guests into thinking there was another wing of the house! Mind you, this house was no manor – it was a pretty basic tract home. Simple tricks like adding a big mirror can make you feel like you’ve built that add-on you’ve been dreaming about. This made a big difference in my small office makeover.

Is that a new window?

Up next is a real trick. I feel like a click bait ad saying that. But this one is pretty genius I think! Have you ever seen a mirror with panes on it like a window? I spied this one on Pinterest and I totally thought it was a window. Brainblast – place a big mirror where you want a window! If you can find one that is similar in size and shape to an actual window in your house, place the mirror next to the window. Boom. extra window. I’m a genius. 

Make a mirror the focal point

Mirrors are beautiful on their own. Ones with beautiful frames or funky shapes and detailing truly look like art and should be treated as such!! I am in love with the idea of a mirror as a focal piece, hung on a mantelpiece or in an art niche. I want this mirror from Anthropologie (sorry to be predictable but they are just so good) hung over an end table in my entryway. If you’re needing some styling inspo, check out this picture I found.

Mirrors are simple to update when styles change

Last but not least are my favorite mirror trends. There are a few trends that I keep seeing and truthfully can’t get enough of! One mirror staple over the last few years has been the circle mirror. The shape is simple enough to not be distracting and it gives the eye a break from hard angles. If you’re tired of too many hard angles, check out this scallop mirror from Gustaf Westman that I adore. I even made my own scallop wave pinboard inspired by that mirror and Matilda Goad! Other trends I love are organically shaped mirrors, ornate antiquey ones, and of course, mirrors with color and pattern. The images below are just a few of my favorites for sale right now! 

 

DIY Mirror

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about all you makers. If you prefer a handmade touch to make your decor unlike any others, check out this DIY rattan mirror!

DIY rattan mirror

Trend alert! 65 upholstered headboards that make a statement

Headboards in my house

In this old post, I shared with you what my bedroom looked like before and after a major makeover. I chose a velvet mustard headboard with a tunnel style, and I absolutely love it. The pop of color is a bit unexpected in a bedroom, but it makes me smile each time I wake up. We also showed our guest bedroom makeover with Crate & Barrel, which has a lovely wooden bed frame.

65 upholstered headboards that make a statement

You need a headboard – trust me.

Do you remember moments where you felt like a real “grown up?” Getting my first headboard was one of those moments for me. It was a time when I finally had enough walking-around money to get one. I wasn’t moving around like crazy anymore, which I did a lot of in those crazy young adult days. I was creating a real home! A headboard and bed frame totally helped me feel like I had made it. Now, I’m not suggesting having bedroom furniture means you have your life together – I surely do not have it all figured out! However, little things like this make me feel more comfortable in the space I’m living, and isn’t that what home is all about? 

Current headboard styles and trends

In the past we have eyed rattan headboards, and even painted a rainbow headboard once! But this new trend is something special. Tufted headboards are super trendy right now, but I feel like the only ones I actually see in people’s houses are grey. If you can’t tell by how this entire website is designed, I like color – not grey. (Okay, I’ll admit neutrals are super important, but c’mon! Color is magical.) Because of this dearth of fun headboards, I’ve curated a list of the ones I adore. Featured below are the best of the best. The crème de la crème. La pièce de résistance. 

how to style upholstered headboards

If you are struggling to integrate patterns into your space, try an unexpected floral or striped headboard! Perhaps what your space lacks is a pop of color – we’ve made it easy for you. Whether you like jewel tones or muted primaries, solids or stripes, this list of headboards has got what you need to make any room feel complete.

65 upholstered headboards to make a statement

Patterned headboards

Find your fave and let it inspire the entire room. Or pick a more classic pattern like these stripes to compliment what you already have going on.

 

Solid color headboard

If you want a statement headboard that echoes what the rest of your decor is already saying, these solid choices might be the best fit. The shapes are bold, the colors are stunning, and there’s no pattern to worry about mixing properly. Nothing feel quite as empowering as a bold design choice. Just like in my master bedroom, choosing a solid color headboard just allows you to use pattern everywhere else!

Kid’s upholstered headboards

I love these kid sized upholstered headboards! They remind me of our Wes Anderson inspired roundup full of kid’s room decor. This is the kind of item you find and base an interior room around. In Lars days past we painted our own rainbow headboard, but these are such a perfect (and less permanent) choice.

Moodboard image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Scallop Wave DIY Pinboard

Inspiration: the moodboard for my pinboard

The scallop/wave trend is hot hot hot right now. Slow undulating lines are visually really peaceful, but since it’s an unusual pattern, it holds your attention. Gustaf Westman is a furniture designer who builds beautiful mirrors that serve as inspiration for my DIY. If you want to buy his beautiful work, check out his page

Another source of inspo for this project comes from Matilda Goad. This self-described “scallop-loving designer” has a fantastic and playful sense of design and color, and her pieces have a certain je nes sais quoi that make a house feel like home. The images below are from here instagram here

My final mood-board item is this picture that I saw on @houseandgardenuk’s instagram. They featured a dreamy kitchen designed by Gabby Deeming and Ruth Sleightholme. I love the zigzag variation of scallops on the kitchen cabinets, and the gentle green is so appealing. 

My Plans

In my head I can visualize you, dear friend, scrolling through until you get to the pictures and instructions for my DIY. Stop scrolling – you made it! First things first, you need a bulletin board. Then, I decided how much of my board I want to cover with paint. Find the full steps below!

DIY bulletin board painted

How to make your own scallop wave pinboard

Instructions
– Measure the bulletin board & decide how thick you want your scalloped border to be.
– Use a ruler to draw guiding lines showing how far the border will extend, based on the thickness you chose. (Our board’s scalloped border was about 5 inches thick from the edge of the board).
– Measure the space left on the middle of the bulletin board between your guiding lines. Decide how many scallops you want on each side and then divide the length of the available space by the number of scallops. This will tell you how large each scallops should be.
– Use your ruler to measure and mark the desired length of your scallop onto a piece of card-stock paper. Once you have the length drawn, create the scallop shape and cut it out. This will be your stencil. (You could trace something round like a bowl or free hand this. Folding the card stock in half is a good way to check that the sides of your scallop are symmetrical.)
– Follow the guiding lines as you trace the scallop stencil across your bulletin board. This will keep your peaks even across the edges.
– Complete the look by rounding the corners into similar shapes, you can use the same stencil if there’s room or freehand it.
– Fill in the boarder with paint, 1-2 coats depending on the thickness of your paint.
-Let it dry and your DIY scallop wave pinboard is complete! Fill it with inspiration picks for the next project you want to tackle 😉

Scallop Wave DIY Pinboard

We would love to see what scalloped creations you come up with! Tag us on Instagram so we can see your works of art!