Feb
26

4 Ways to Give a Traditional Space a Modern Touch

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The biggest issue I faced when picking up and moving halfway across the country into my new home was that it was 114 years old. It doesn’t get much more traditional than this colonial beast, but when you fall in love with a space that’s the opposite of your aesthetic what’s there to do? I’m partnering with HP x360 #BendTheRules + Meghan Trainor’s That Bass Tour to talk it out and share four ways I’ve modernized my home.

Add Contemporary Art. This tip is first for a reason, and that’s because it adds the biggest dose of personality right off the bat. I’ve added pieces and prints of all shapes and sizes through my home, grouping the smaller together and leaving the oversized to stand on their own. One thing I abided by was sticking to the same frame style and color – simple and white. It helps to pull everything together and achieve the sleekness I was after.

 

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Embrace Clean Lines. Furniture, light fixtures, all of it. I love how the simplicity of almost all of my dining room in particular is the polar opposite of the ornate banister on the stairway and the 10-inch moldings throughout the house. It allows you to appreciate what the space does best without competing with it, which should really be the end goal of every design decision you make.

 

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Go Light and Bright. Before I moved in the moldings and framework were thankfully already painted white, but the walls were a buttercream yellow. Safe for staging, but not even a little bit my taste. So within two months I had painted the entire interior (you read that right, all of it) a lovely white-grey/grey-white. The natural light bounces throughout now, creating an almost gallery-like feel that makes every room feel bigger.

 

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Use Modern Patterns. I like to keep my patterns in check by using them sparingly and choosing modern global repeats. It keeps things feeling fresh and contemporary while breaking up the monotony of large fields of color for your eye. I prefer to neutral tones, but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from color if that’s your aesthetic.

 

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The HP x360 has four great things going on for it, too. Actually four modes – notebook/laptop, tablet, stand, and tent – in one device. I’ve especially loved using tent mode in the kitchen, it’s so convenient to have my favorite recipes at arm’s length while I make dinner. Its touchscreen properties also make the tablet mode perfect for flipping through my emails in bed first thing in the morning (bad habit, I know). The compact size and weight are perfect for carrying the x360 around the house from one room to another like I tend to do through the day. See all four modes here, along with more info on HP + Meghan Trainor’s That Bass Tour and episodes from the fan-generated documentary being created using the HP x360 Convertible PC.

 

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This post sponsored by HP. Be sure to follow along with the Meghan Trainor tour by watching Behind The Scenes episodes or following @HP for updates. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Design Crush!

Sep
24

Tips&Tricks: Moving

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Having just completed a move that took me halfway across the country, I can openly admit that I wish I’d read some of these tips and tricks on the task ahead of time. (Especially on having the essentials on hand in case of the unpredictable!) What’s your best tip and/or trick for relocating, be it one block or 1,000 miles?

 

How to move long distances with houseplants.

The one thing almost everyone gets wrong when moving into a new home.

Four reasons why moving is pretty awesome.

Make a kitchen moving care package.

How to physically and spiritually cleanse a new home.

The moving survival box: Kitchen Edition.

No ordinary move-in essentials box.

May
14

Tips&Tricks: Travel

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I usually look forward to traveling, but in this day and age it can be tricky. So many regulations, so much security – and that’s just in the U.S. Going abroad or taking a serious road trip is an entirely different story. With summer just around the corner and so many vacations on the horizon, I pulled together some tips and tricks that you’ll want to remember for years to come.

 

Tips for traveling with a toddler.

Tips for traveling on a shoestring budget.

Tips for surviving extremely long flights… in economy.

Five tips to help you survive a road trip.

How to fight jet lag.

The best packing tips and tricks.

Learn about the best time to book travel.

The 8 things you never pack but should.

How to affordably stay connected abroad.

Fifteen tips for first time cruise-goers.

Dealing with money while traveling.

Mar
24

Tips&Tricks: Beauty

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I’m sort of a beauty product junky. I can’t pinpoint exactly when it happened, but it eventually got out of control and I had to put myself on a bit of a spending hiatus from the stuff. Thankfully I’ve learned to rein it all in, and one of the ways I’ve done so is by relying on a little DIY. I have all of the fantastic links below bookmarked for use in the near future! What’s your go-to home beauty remedy?

Yummy pumpkin pie lip balm and lip scrub.

Mix up dry shampoo for light hair and dark hair for about $2 a jar!

Homemade coconut vanilla body butter.

Homemade natural deodorant with baking soda coconut oil, and rosemary oil.

Tingly peppermint rose lip balm.

Or fresh lemon rosemary lip balm.

Make your own tinted lip gloss for a pretty pucker.

All-natural aftershave for the dude(s) in your life.

Edible ginger snap lip scrub to get rid of the flaky stuff.

Or coconut mint lip scrub.

Five bath scrubs you can make in your kitchen.

Feel smooth and smell amazing with this rose body scrub.

An all-natural beauty mask made from flowers.

Four easy ways to help your face overnight.

Get ready for sandal season with this strawberry salt foot scrub.

Gentle rose water toner.

A rose and chamomile facial scrub that will made washing your face incredible.

A bevy of DIYs to elevate your winter skin woes in a snap.

Feb
10

Tips&Tricks: Winter Remedies

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If you’ve made it past the halfway point this winter without a major cold or a case of the flu let me be the first to salute you. I was taken down for the first half of January with an upper respiratory infection, and I’m crossing everything that that will be all. Here’s a bevy of tips and tricks for everything winter has to throw at you!

Ten holistic remedies for everyday ailments.

Make your own all-natural herbal vapor rub.

Homemade Vicks Vapor shower disks.

DIY Kool-Aid lip balm.

A DIY lip peel for your flaky pucker.

DIY first-aid antiseptic ointment.

Make a homemade decongestant.

This home remedy cuts through a sore throat, hacking cough, and the croup.

Try this flu season ginger honey lemon tonic.

Another option is this lemon cold remedy.

Cocktail recipes that can help cure the common cold. Ahem.

Five things you must clean during flu season.

Ten natural cold remedies.

Let’s not forget wintery skin, the 10 best winter beauty recipes.

DIY orange coconut whipped body butter and 5 winter skin care tips.

DIY cuticle cream.

Luxurious eucalyptus mint whipped body butter.

Nov
19

Tips&Tricks: Entertaining

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Ready or not the holidays are just around the corner – that means digging out the good wine glasses, adding some festive decor to the house, and putting on your best hostess smile. Here are a few tips and tricks for entertaining that are sure to make any get together a little bit easier and a lot more impressive!

How much food and drink to serve at a party.

How to make a box cake taste homemade.

Great tips for throwing a shindig.

Secrets to making the best cocktail.

Five recipes for big batches of party cocktails.

Tips and tricks for hosting a cocktail party.

An entertaining guide for wine and cheese.

Choosing the best ice for cocktails.

How to stock a home bar.

How to make the perfect cheese plate.

Oct
17

Tips&Tricks: Being Green

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I don’t know about you, but I try to consistently add green ways of living to my day to day on a regular basis. Some things are easier than others, but it’s always worth it. Here are some tips&tricks (and a few products) that can go a long way.

 

10 easy secrets to greening your house.

30 items to avoid composting + recycling.

Make your own compost bin.

30 green beauty finds.

Using natural fabric dyes.

DIY cleaning products.

Natural homemade wood polish.

DIY living wall projects for your home.

 

Aug
26

Tips&Tricks: Kitchen

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The kitchen is probably, okay definitely, my favorite room in the house. I love nothing more than cranking up some music and baking the afternoon away (well, when it’s below 100-degrees that is!). It’s a great stress reliever and it always feels good to share the bounty that comes out of the oven. At least my pants feel that way.

 

The key to preventing moldy berries.

How to frost a professional looking cake with pourable faux fondant.

Six secrets to the perfect pie crust.

Ten dollar DIY countertop.

Every kind of glass bottles, glass jars, tin containers, etc you could want.

Top 12 baking tips.

The common cook’s how many guide to kitchen conversions.

Make your own compost bin.

The 15 tools every man needs to cook like a pro.

How to soften brown sugar.

What do wine experts recommend for cheap drinking?

How to store salad greens.

Freezing, drying, and storing herbs 101.

How to peel garlic.

Eleven secrets to properly freezing produce.

How to clean your dishwasher.

Jul
22

Tips&Tricks: House + Home

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Cleaning oil stains on your driveway.

Skip the bedframe, staple fabric to your box spring instead.

How to clean your dryer vents + prevent fires.

How to clean between the stove + countertop.

Favorite white paints of designers.

How to build floating shelves.

How to paint a door on its hinges.

Download these organizational binder inserts.

Get your makeup organized.

How to spring clean in ONE DAY.

Trim painting tips.

Make this floor grease cutter cleaner.

How to recaulk a bathtub.

How to wash and whiten yellowed pillows.

Top 10 household cleaning tips for the tough problems.

Ten resources for affordable decor.

33 meticulous cleaning tricks for the OCD person inside you.

The magic way to clean your windows.

A great grout cleaning trick.

Painting ideas and projects full of how-tios and inspiration.

DIY gunk remover, a non-toxic recipe to remove sticky adhesive.

Simmer this on your stove to make your house smell amazing.

Refresh and reorganize your home.

Super simple homemade air freshener.

How to paint your garage floor.

Brilliant moving tips.

Seven ways to perfect a colourful bathtub.

Renovations with the best resale value.

Tips for selling a home.

Tips for furnishing with floor models.

Print this cleaning schedule and stay on track.

The only spot remover you’ll ever need.

How to paint concrete.

How to take on painting kitchen cabinets.

How to redecorate after being dumped.

Jun
24

Tips&Tricks: Photography

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Photography is the everyman’s art form, anyone can pick up a camera (or a smartphone) and start snapping away. It remains to be seen whether you’ll be any good at capturing beauty through the viewfinder, but man is it fun to try! Here are some tips&tricks for everything from your phone to manual mode.

 

Basic photo tips for bloggers.

How to take better photos with your phone.

Understanding ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.

10 tips for food photography and styling.

20 things I wish I knew about photographing in manual mode.

How to make a photo light box.

13 popular photography tips.

100 photography tutorials for beginners and professionals.

How to manage your personal photo collection like a professional photographer.

Essential photography gear.

Your guide to manual mode magic.

An introduction to digital photography.

A shutter speed chart.

How to create a home photography studio.