Blogging...4 Great Ideas from Cottage Living

Blogging...4 Great Ideas from Cottage Living

Grace Shu
Sep 22, 2008

Have you seen Cottage Living's 2008 Los Angeles Idea Home? It's full of ideas, and we're featuring our favorite four ideas that could be DIY projects for your home. Check out our list after the jump...

1. Using different tile work on stairs is popular especially in Spanish-style homes, but we really love this twist of paring down the colors to simple black and white. It gives the stairs a more modern, graphic look while still paying homage to the beauty of a traditional Spanish home. If you love this look and can't commit to tile, you could find some strong graphic wallpaper remnants to create your own look.

2. It took us awhile to look beyond the beautiful black-and-white backsplash in the kitchen; and when we finally did, we kept zeroing in on the pantry painted a bright chartreuse green. Playing off the white walls and ceiling, this flash of color draws our attention and holds our interest. This trick of using a bright color can be useful if you've got a small entryway or hallway between two big rooms with neutral-toned walls.

3. Matching a picture frame to wall color is something we hadn't thought of doing. We're so used to picking out frames in the traditional options with the intention that the frame and the artwork would be the main focus of the wall--not just the artwork. However, painting a frame the same color as the wall forces the artwork to be the center of attention. The effect is kind of cool, sort of like the wall has built-in frames. The paint used in the photo is Olive Oil (MS103) in the flat finish by Valspar/Martha Stewart.

4. Oh, the magnetized wall...this idea may appeal to all of you who love the idea of inspiration and/or message boards and your refrigerator door isn't allowed to be buried under coupons, old report cards, and other necessary scraps and mementos. Forget the ugly aluminum of today's generic bulletin boards, and go straight for the wall. Use magnetized wall primer under any paint and attach notes directly to the wall.

Check out all of the ideas in the 2008 Los Angeles Idea Home at Cottage Living.

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