Melissa DiRenzo's Recent Articles
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15 DIY Ways to Add Color to Your Outdoor Space with a Little Paint
How’s your outdoor space coming along? Depending on where you live, you may have the luxury of an all-year outdoor space. If not, your outdoor space, like mine, may have taken a beating over the winter and could use a little pick me up. Whatever the case may be, if you’re looking for a little refresh or to add some cheerful pops of color without spending a bunch of cash, a little paint can go a long way. Here are 15 DIY Ways to add color to your outdoor space with a little paint.
Jun 13, 2014
For Your Inspiration Board: Indoor Sliding Doors
Let’s talk doors. I know, not very exciting, unless you’re talking about unique and interesting sliding doors. Adding a sliding door to your space can be a functional space saver or a stylish architectural detail, or both. They really can add an interesting element to your space, and can work in many different spaces, from a modern loft to a traditional country home and everything in between. Personally I’m a big fan of the repurposed vintage door or wood as a sliding door.
Jun 5, 2014
10 Style Tips for Pulling Off a Mix & Match Dining Set
The mix and match dining set is a great look. It can be seen across many different interior styles — Scandinavian, modern, bohemian, eclectic, etc. It does, however, take a bit of thought and planning to pull it off, because you can’t just order one up from the store. In many cases it’s also a very budget friendly option, because you can use either dated, thrifted or random chairs you have around to create a look.
May 14, 2014
Say Hello! to Hello Yellow
Almonte, Ontario has the reputation of being “The Friendly Town” (ok, and also home to the inventor of basketball, Dr. James Naismith), and it lives up to its name. If you pop your head into any store on Mill Street, you’ll be greeted with a big smile and lots of small town charm and chatter. This includes owner Emily Arbour and her shop full of cheerfully handmade goods, Hello Yellow.
May 5, 2014
Small Space Living: 12 Creative Ways to Use an Attic Space
image:8d36dd161c963d2ebd41797e1e14b2aa732d095c w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" If your small home happens to have an attic, then you’re in luck, because you can get a little extra mileage by moving on up. Once you get the go-ahead from your contractor that your attic space can indeed be finished, you have so many options! Here are 12 creative ways you can transform your attic into an enjoyable and practical space.
Apr 25, 2014
Small Space Living: Double Duty Ottoman Shopping Guide
Oh, the ottoman. I feel like it’s such an underrated piece of furniture. It’s like this extra piece that’s floating around and doesn’t really get the respect it deserves. You will spend loads of time picking your sofa and chairs, but what about the ottoman? If you live in a small space you may already be on to this, but they can be a small space dweller’s favorite piece of furniture. They’re really so versatile.
Apr 17, 2014
Small Space Living: 25 DIY Projects for Your Living Room
When you live in a small home, you’re always looking for ways to get creative with the precious space that you have. If you’re going to commit to a piece of furniture or accessory, it needs to count — you’ve got to really love it. It’s a bonus if it’s got storage involved and more than one function is always a win.
Apr 10, 2014
Small Space Sleeping Solutions
Sure, having a small space has a few downsides, but this month we’re going to give you more small space solutions than you’ll know what to do with, so you can embrace and fall in love with your little corner of the world. These days many of us have friends and family spread out around the country, and it’s always nice when an old friend comes to town for a visit. Don’t let having a small space stop you from having an extra place for your guests to lay their sleepy heads.
Apr 3, 2014
Black & White Tile Done Right
Black and white tile — it’s so classic and timeless. And it’s so simple, but sometimes it can be tricky to get simple right. There are so many options for using black and white tile, beyond the checkered tile that we all know and love. Here are 12 examples of beautiful and unique spaces where black and white tiles were done right. TOP ROW: 1. A simple bathroom with an interesting black & white tile pattern, from Lark & Linen. 2.
Mar 31, 2014
Shopping Resources: Decals, Removable Wallpaper, Washi Tape & Contact Paper
As a follow up to my last post with lots of inspiration for how to use decals, removable wallpaper, washi tape, and contact paper, I’ve created a shopping guide so you can have some fun making it happen in your own space. REMOVABLE WALLPAPER: First up is removable wallpaper. Now this is a huge category! What you see is just a tiny sample of what’s out there. Here are a few of my favorites, but I encourage you to look around on each site, as there are so many great styles out there.
Mar 28, 2014
Real Room Inspiration: Decals, Removable Wallpaper, Washi Tape & Contact Paper
Whether you’re a renter, a non-committal type of person, or have growing kids that like to change their minds often, there are plenty of reasons to explore the option of temporary wall decor. It can also be very affordable, depending on which route you go and how creative you get. Here are ten examples of how you can use decals, removable wallpaper, washi tape, or contact paper in your space.
Mar 28, 2014
Pomona’s Boutique-Style Space
Name: Pomona Singh Location: Toronto, Canada Size: 1100 square feet Years lived in: 5 years, Owned There’s something so fascinating about getting a peek into another person’s home — I love to see how other people live and the design and details they choose to surround themselves with. Pomona’s thoughtfully decorated space is filled with both old and new treasures, with everything in the perfect place and every detail thought out.
Mar 27, 2014
The Power of Pillows: One Sofa, 5 Ways
A sofa is a big investment that usually hangs around for quite a while — but as home decor loving people we like to express ourselves, and often change our minds. Maybe a little too often. It’s not new advice, but it’s true that accessories can totally change a look — both in fashion and home decor. Pillows are to a sofa what a great pair of shoes are to your favorite little black dress. New pillows, new look!
Mar 19, 2014
Be Bold: Unusual Color Combinations that Work
Bold paint colors in your home are not for the timid, but if you love to surround yourself with color, then here are some combos you may want to try. Don’t limit yourself to the walls — try bringing some bold color to your furniture, floors, ceiling, or trim for some interesting color play in your space. And if you’re thinking about joining the color adventures but hesitating, start with a smaller room like a powder room, den, laundry room, etc., and feel it out. TOP ROW: 1.
Mar 13, 2014
Adding Pattern: Renewing the Look of a Painted Room with One Wallpapered Wall
Whether you’ve gone with a bold or neutral paint palette for your space, there comes a time when you may want to change it up a bit. Adding a wallpaper accent wall is the perfect solution for refreshing a space without all the work of changing the whole room. Here are 10 ideas for how a wallpaper accent wall can renew your painted space. If you have a bold colored room, wallpaper can help to break it up a bit, and if you have a neutral palette it can add some interest and color.
Mar 13, 2014
DIY Project Idea: How To Tie Dye Napkins with Permanent Markers
Years ago my grandma gave me a huge stack of napkins and, even though I knew that those plain white ones weren’t really my thing, I politely took them. Fast forward to a recent afternoon of marker tie dye fun! I’m a little embarrassed to show you how easy it is and I can truly say I really had fun creating these little masterpieces. • Rubbing alcohol (min.
Mar 13, 2014
Shelley’s Loft Full of Collected Treasures
Name: Shelley Gainer Location: Toronto, Canada Size: 1100 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; owned The first place place that popped into my head after getting my Apartment Therapy gig was the beautiful loft of my friend (and former boss!) Shelley. This is as authentic as it gets for a loft, folks. The building was converted from a warehouse into lofts in 2003, featuring wood beams, brick walls, metal warehouse doors, concrete floors and huge windows.
Mar 10, 2014
Decorating with Light: 10 Pretty Ways Use String Lights
Many people probably associate strings of lights with the holidays, which makes sense. But a simple string of white lights can be such a great whimsical, playful, modern or simple home decor accessory any time of year. And as a bonus it’s a great source of light — imagine that. I think it’s key to stick to white lights to avoid the whole Christmas vibe (unless it’s a children’s room, then go nuts).
Mar 6, 2014
10 Solutions for Storing Off-Season Clothes
I’m not sure where you’re reading this from but here in Toronto, land of the polar vortex, we won’t be putting our winter clothes away just yet. But we can wish and be prepared. Living somewhere with such distinct seasons has its pluses and minuses. On the plus side, we have a great excuse to change up our wardrobe a few times a year. On the downside, we need more storage for all the off-season clothes when we’re not using them.
Mar 4, 2014
For Your Inspiration Board: 15 Ideas for Decorating with Typography
I’m a graphic designer by trade, so of course I love type. But you don’t need to work with it to appreciate how beautiful it can be and want to decorate your space with it. There are about a million different ways you can use type, but it’s important to remember that however you use it it should be intentional, something you chose specifically for that space and not just some random letters.
Feb 27, 2014
DIY Room Decor: Lace Doily Bowls
I’m an accessory junkie, it’s true. I like to make, buy and hunt for new accessories and it’s very hard for me to part with old ones. This simple DIY project is a great way to organize some of your trinkets, and also a great use for all those old doilies floating around in the universe. Whether they’re from your local thrift shop or passed down from your family, this project is a great way to give doilies a new fresh life.
Feb 13, 2014
Decorating with Contact Paper
I love color. I can’t help it. I know many people are afraid of it, but I find myself having to hold back or I’ll go a little crazy. But I also get bored easily. That’s what’s so great about decorating with contact paper — you can have a ton of fun with it until you’re inspired to try something else. With contact paper, you can add small pops of color and fun, or give a room a true transformation.
Feb 6, 2014
For Your Inspiration Board: 10 Ideas for Defining Space with Colorblocked Walls
We’re glad to see the colorblock paint trend continue into 2014. Paint is always a great way to add interest to a room without major commitment or a big budget and colorblocking takes it to the next level by adding unique interest to your space. The possibilities are endless, it really depends how creative you want to be.
Jan 30, 2014
10 Alternatives to Plastic Storage Bins
If you live in a small space, you know that organization is key. We don’t all have the luxury of garages, attics and basements to hide all those plastic bins full of ‘stuff’ that seem to accumulate with life. Nope, we must cohabitate with the ‘stuff’ and stare at it every day. If it’s going to be out for everyone to see, it should look good and intentional in your space. Here are some stylish storage alternatives to keep you organized with style.
Jan 23, 2014
Stylish Storage: 10 Ways to Organize Jewelry
image:d59f5bcd64060ba35f0b3ee7f2ad9086b681cfcf w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" You bet we’re all in organize mode this month with The January Cure in full force. How are you doing? Although it feels amazing to get organized, it may not be the most fun we’ve all had, let’s be honest.
Jan 16, 2014