The 4th of July is right around the corner and this is our inspiration to decorate with a red, white and blue color palette! Although it is a patriotic color palette, the primary colors of red and blue work well together and are pleasing to the eye. The warm red with the cool blue are complimentary colors and the white seems to break things up a little. There are many ways to make this patriotic color palette work without having to place stars and stripes everywhere. However, if stars and stripes is your thing, then let’s not make it tacky, shall we? Here are some rooms that are tastefully decorated in red, white and blue both traditional and contemporary.
Archive for June, 2010
For those of you who have kids, you might be overwhelmed with the massive amounts of toys that are taking over every space in your home! Have no fear! Managing toys is simply an organizational process that can be aesthetically pleasing while not breaking the bank. Once the toys are dealt with, create designated areas for other activities such as crafts, reading, etc.
The Expedits cubed book shelf from Ikea comes in different finishes and different sizes. The doors and drawers are add ons for an additional cost and will keep loose items contained. This bookshelf is extremely sturdy and heavy if you are worried about Ikea quality. The wheels are add ons as well. Another way to keep loose toys in this piece, is by using plastic square bins or soft sided bins that can be easily pulled out.
The Trofast Storage System by Ikea ranges in price depending on what pieces you put together. Mix and match colored bins which are sold seperately. Bins slide easily and are great for holding toys.
These bulk bins are new from Pottery Barn Kids for $99. These also come in different finishes. I think these are pretty reasonably priced considering their quality and other similar pieces range from $139-$150.
This bookcase from Pottery Barn Kids is also only $99 and comes in different finishes. This piece is great for holding toys, books, crafts, etc.
This storage chest from Ikea is only $99, or buy one at an unfinished furniture store and paint your own. This can be used for holding blankset, toys, stuffed animals, etc.
This 3 shelf bookrack from Pottery Barn Kids is only $99. It also comes in different finishes. This bookrack is great because it sits on the floor at kid level.
This 3 or 4 tier shelf can by purchased at Overstock for $58 for the 3-tier and $89 for the 4-tier. It comes in pink or blue only, but probably can be painted on your own.
This tabletop easel by KidsKraft is sold at Costco online for only $39. The great thing about this is that it sits on a table and can be folded and put away when not in use. One side of this easel is dry erase the other is a chalkboard and it can also be used with paper.
This activity table sold at Costco online is $299. It is a little more expensive, but will probably last for quite sometime. Besides being an activity table it also has storage space. It comes in an espresso finish or white.
This table and chair set by Ikea are very reasonable priced and come in fun colors. They may not last too long but could be perfect for what they need to be used for, for short periods of time.