Haven’t made any plans ahead of the weekend? If you’re in the mood to give your home a little TLC we’ve compiled a list of the most amazing blogs to inspire you, along with some practical ideas to get start transforming your home this weekend.
This little gem of a blog is run by Amber Lewis, founder of the eponymous Amber Interiors. Check out the ‘before and after’ tab on her blog for some serious interiors inspiration. From overhauled bathrooms to a list of the best ‘bitchin kitchens’, the blog will either get you in the mood to decorate or have you glued to the screen for hours.
Images: Amber Interiors
This blog is a manual, look book and advice column all rolled into one. Check out room makeovers, endless practical DIY projects to undertake and even tips on painting walls, woodworking and upholstery. Bolstering it further as the go-to interiors blog, you can find interviews with real interior designers and advice on how to find the perfect home to suit your tastes.
One of Apartment Therapy's many practical tutorials
Make a Floating Steel Notice Bar
Avoid your boyfriend/husband/roommate ever missing a note from you again by installing a stylish steel bar to stick them all to. This would look great in the kitchen or by the front door and is so simple. You’ll need a level screwdriver, tape measure, drill, screws and various other bits and bobs. The full instructions are here on Apartment Therapy’s blog. Let us know how you get on.
Image: Apartment Therapy
Personalise your plates
Get some inspiration from homeware designer Yvonne Ellen, whose customised vintage plates, cups and teapots are beyond gorgeous. Ms Ellen trawls vintage, flea markets and boot fairs to find abandoned dinner sets, before bringing them to life with her quirky, one-of-a-kind designs.
Image: Yvonne Ellen
If you want to give it a try yourself, grab a sharpie and some white ceramic mugs and give these mugs a go. A step-by-step guide can be found on craft, décor and fashion blog A Beautiful Mess.
Image: A Beautiful Mess
Get some simple book ends like these for £2.99 each, combine with a drill or screwdriver, and some screws and voila – floating book shelves. All those shelves that have been cluttered up with books can now be filled with other beautiful things or photos of your family and friends. For ideas on what to put on them, read on…
A dinner table conversation starter to be sure...
Once you’ve got your books up on your floating bookshelves, how will you fill all that empty space left on the shelves they used to sit on? Empty frames. Either go to a store that does plain picture frames of varying sizes, or trawl some charity stores to see what you can find.
Get some small ‘tester’ tins of paint from Home Base in your favourite colours – don’t be afraid to add some seasonal colours to bring summer into your home – and get to work. Easy.
If you simply want to stare at beautiful homes and interiors, check out this blog now. You will never want to look away. With its ‘Glamorous Lives & Stylish Places’ tagline it’s run by a New York interior designer with some seriously uptown taste. Sneaky peeks into apartments like the late Jackie O’s Fifth Avenue apartment await.
Image: Habitually Chic
Give a dull wall a makeover
Feature walls can be a bit hit and miss with the usual trend of just one bold colour painted onto a wall. If you want to bring a room to life without the mess, try some wall stickers such as these from Notonthehighstreet for£24.99. Just peel, and stick.