Design Trend: Black Doors, Windows and Trim

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I noticed this trend while watching Flipping Out, featuring my design idol, Jeff Lewis.

I love the look of black walls, but if you’re not as daring and want to take a smaller step in that direction, painting doors, window frames and trim in black is an excellent way to start. Here are a few of my favorites:

DC Cherry Blossoms

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Happy Monday! Thought I would share a few photos I took of the famous DC cherry blossoms! It’s a wonderful time of year and a great tradition if you live in the District.

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All photos by: Studio Style Blog 

DIY: Marble Dishwasher Cover

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I had a ton of marble contact paper left after yesterday’s project so I wanted to find a creative way to use the rest.

After staring at my kitchen for a couple minutes, I remembered a recent post on Young House Love where they switched out the panel on their dishwasher.

That spurred on the crazy idea to apply the marble contact paper on my own dishwasher. I measured to make sure I had enough and figured I had nothing to lose. Here’s the before photo (yes, I have a very tiny apartment-sized dishwasher):

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After:

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Surprisingly, I love how it turned out! And it’s stood the test of several cycles running the dishwasher. I was afraid the contact paper might peel off if the dishwasher got too hot, but it looks like it’s here to stay. My kitchen used to be one of my least favorite rooms in the apartment but it’s quickly making its way to the top with these updates.

One last before and after which includes the new brass knobs and the marble additions:

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Have a great weekend, everyone!

(Check out my marble utensil crock DIY here)

 

DIY: Marble Utensil Crock

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After my post on marble accessories, I considered buying the crock above.

However, I realized that it was relatively short in height and I wanted a taller crock, similar to what I already have (which is actually an Ikea vase).

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After lots of online browsing, I decided to DIY one instead of purchase. I found marble contact paper and ordered a roll. Bonus: it was a huge roll and only cost $11!

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Cutting, measuring and placing the contact paper on a round object that is narrow at the bottom and wide at the top…. not so easy. This turned out to be more time consuming and difficult than I planned for. I finally finished it but it’s certainly not perfect. I like the look and it’s still a much better upgrade from the clear vase I had before. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m not very skilled at the art of DIY-ing, so I’m calling this project a win.

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Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post to find out the (semi crazy) idea I had for using the rest of the marble contact paper!

Kitchen Transformation

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Hi all,

My first post as a contributor is up on the DC Ladies site now! I’ve had a secret project in the works for awhile- a kitchen makeover. Check out all the details and before and after photos here.

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Waterlogue Into Art

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I created a couple ‘paintings’ with Waterlogue a few months ago, but I wanted a tangible version rather than just having it on my phone. I decided that a canvas might be the best way to go.

I chose this photo that I took while on a trip to New York last year:

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Here is the waterlogue version:

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Finished product! Here is the little canvas hanging on my mini gallery wall at work. I was a bit nervous about how it would turn out but it was even better than expected. I’m sure this won’t be my last waterlogue canvas project :)

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Read my first post about waterlogue here.

Bringing Nature Indoors: Spring Branches

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It’s finally feeling a bit more like Spring outside! So it’s time to bring nature indoors. I love the look of fresh cut branches in a tall vase. I’m hoping to hit up the Farmers Market next weekend and score a few branches for my own place. Here are a few favorites below: