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10 Small Things to Do at Home This Summer

You are in your holiday home or you decided to have ‘staycations’ (‘stay at home + vacations’) this summer? there is no such moment like holidays to make all this decoration handiwork you don’t have time to do during the rest of the year. Here you’ll find 10 ideas to add to your checklist of the summer! Your house will get better looking and you can start the year on the right foot. 

1. (Re)Paint a wall, a door or a piece of furniture

paint holidays
You have been thinking about painting your bedroom walls for months? You keep saying the dining room table needs to be modernised? Stop waiting and start painting! You have all you need: time, good weather (or almost), and you’ll be able to aerate all day long. Summer is a good time for creativity…

2.      Hang  your frames, ceiling lights and wall lamps which have been lying around for months

fabric framed
Bare bulbs, empty walls… Take the time to hang your frames, your wall lamps and change the position of your furniture. You’ll feel like you live in a new home.

3.  Let’s fix it! Replace the bulbs, level your leaning shelves

toolbox for kids
Miss DIY Kit
Every morning you wake up with this shelf leaning. It’s been a year now since your wardrobe is jammed? Take 5 minutes to lubricate the wheels, replace the kitchen spotlight and fix all those things which don’t work right. 

4.  Find a sewing machine to make cushions, curtains, household linen and more!

do-it-yourself cushions
@vintagerevivals
You have meters of nice fabric sleeping in the deepest shelf of your house? Find a sewing machine and make cushions or curtains to adorn your sofa or your windows. How to do it yourself? Nothing easier, you can watch this tutorial for cushions or this one for curtains

5. Give your furniture a new life

change the seat of a chair
Tutorial here

Sometimes, changing the fabric or repainting some furniture is enough to give it a new life. This old chair for example, became in a few moves a unique designer piece, so stop hesitating!


6. Transform or redesign a room

transform your ceiling

Your attic or your storeroom is abandoned? Take time to reorganize the space better by tidying it. Your attic might become a guest room and you might even want to turn yourcloset into an office.

7. Put your things into order and tidy your home

wooden boxes ideas
You don’t know where to begin? Start with the 5s methods of our Japanese friends:
  1. SORT: Get rid of what you don’t use anymore and throw what’s useless. Donate what cannot be sold (Emmaus, Popular Assistance…) and sell what’s left (ebay, yard sales…)
  2. STABILIZE: Tidy and organize your space, use pieces of furniture and tidy tips (see this article full of good ideas).
  3. SHINE: Take advantage of this time to clean the room entirely
  4. STANDARDIZE or organize your things by creating an intuitive system: e.g., keep at hand the things you use daily. Put in another room what you don’t use every day and place the rest in height or in your garage…
  5. SUSTAIN: Keep up with it! Pile up your T-Shirts, keep your hats in your shelf and your socks in the drawer.

8. Look for Second-Hand & Garage Sales


garage sale
Passing by a yard sale? Go and have a look at it. You might find golden opportunity at a bargain. So-called “garage sales” are usually way more interesting in the summer than during the rest of the year.

9. Customize old/cheap pieces

stylished foldable chair
A customized camping chair by Mat & Jewski
Once you found some interesting objects, try to customize their look to give them a fresh start.

10. Do your major purchases (take advantage of summer sales)

Last but not least, take advantage of summer sales and discounts to make your major purchases of decoration before the beginning of the year.

summer picture seaside
Have a nice summer J


Pots and Plants for an Interior Garden

With spring coming we would like to see more nature and greenery in our homes… Here is an original selection of plants and pots that you can buy or do yourself.
My favorite : The Click & Grow smart pot that will grow mini tomatoes and strawberries by itself.
No need to have a green thumb or to water plants anymore!
A short demonstration video 
here and for the shopping, it’s on our website of course!
Herb Stand Normann Copenaghen:
Another smart and handy pot that you can buy here (and here for the video)
A clever creation: the Corsica Flower Bridge Table from Elho label,
perfect for small terraces or balconies. You can find it 
here.  

Say farewell to traditional pots and welcome Bacsac bags! Available in many bright colors,
they can be used outdoors or indoors. You’ll find them 
here.
A cardboard pot for your flowers really? It could have been a bad idea but you’ll surprise
your friends and family with this ceramic version by Marie Michielssen, available at 
Merci.  
For more glamourous and elegant plants, 
you can chose the hexagonal brass pot from Ferm Living here.
If you already have plants but you don’t have nice pots, here are some tips to transform them quickly and at a bargain.


With Leather

Just cover your pots with leather, it is very simple to do (see tutorial here) and so chic!

With Jute Fabric

Just use vintage jute bags to cover big pots. You can find plenty of them on Ebay
and your plants will feel very cozy in them.

With Paint or Paper

Another easy idea: paint your pots or write on them! 
You can use paint, wallpaper or stickers to transform them.
‘I Will Survive’ Pot can be found here.  

10 Original Ways to Paint your Home

1. Paint the baseboards or the stairs (or both)

Grafic black & grey baseboards
with a yellow touch to energize the whole

2. Paint Geometric Figures

DIY tutorial on VintageRevivals’ blog

3. Paint the doors




4. Paint one or two bands on the wall




5. Paint just one wall or a block


© Jo Pesendorfer
© Sophie Hanniet

6. Paint the furniture tone-on-tone




7. Paint the moldings

 8. Paint the ceiling

9. Paint half of the wall




10. Paint… a canvas


If you don’t dare to paint the whole wall,
try the light way: just paint a canvas with a plain color
(here the 
Blue by Klein)
Or just buy the Pantone canvas !

A desk in the closet

It is not easy to have an office space of your own when you are living in a small space. The solution : put your desk in a closet!

A desk in the closet

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A Desk in the Wardrobe

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A Desk in the Dressingroom 

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7 Ideas to Hide your TV set

After discussing movie decors last week, we move on to the other side of the screen to deal with a very popular object which is also very unaesthetic: TV set. A TV in a room is like the black element in Space Odyssey: it’s huge, it’s black, it’s useless, it takes pride of place and it spoils the décor… So how to make your TV set disappear?
Black Element in Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick

1. A frame among others

@betterhomesandgarden



2. Hide it in a niche or a chimney


@decordata


3. Transform it into a mirror


@Seura

4. Frame it with a family picture or with art


Customizable TV Frames from DressMyTv

5. Play with trompe l’oeil


@Completehome.com.au

6. Lock it in a closet


@ElleDecor

©Sex and the City

7. Try the automated closet


@LaFilleDeBrigitte

Books, Storage and Decoration

You are a compulsive buyer of books, you devour and pile them up until you don’t know what to do with them anymore. I know how you feel… Some ad hoc solutions for books addicts.

Space-saving solution

Bibliochaise by Nobody&Co
Make a table out of your books
@Ritemail

Invisible bookshelves

Created by NotTom
By  Umbra

By TeeBooks.


When books become part of your home décor

At Sal Curioso Restaurant created by Substance Agency
At the Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong 


Books with a twist

Hook Book by Rose Bunker

Clock Book By Karlsson


Library

You can still use a traditional library, an idea stolen from Ralph Lauren Home: hang your paintings and photographs on your bookcases.

© Ralph Lauren

Bonus

If you like books and decoration and you happen to be in Paris this week, don’t miss Philippe Starck book signing at the Salon du Livre. All you need to know about this event here, and if you just want to buy it you can find it here.