Sarah Fogle is the Atlanta-based, tool-addicted, DIY home-improvement blogger behind UglyDucklingHouse.com. With more than 3 million followers on Pinterest, she has become an influencer of all things home and style. When she’s not attending grad school, playing around with Web design, or scrubbing paint out of her hair, Sarah enjoys going to the park with her rescue pup, Charlie, and kicking back with a good craft beer.
Maybe it’s the lack of color from a cold winter, but my home has been looking a little too pale lately. So this spring, I’m planning on bringing in a few more bright hues with accessories—such as these painted baskets. The mix of vibrant color and natural fibers creates a nice balance that’s refreshing to the eye. The best part is, I can easily DIY them with finds from the thrift store, and experiment by color blocking with regular craft paint. Photo Source: Karen Kimmel
When I was looking to buy my first house, a number of “must haves” won out over the luxury of a large bath. But if I ever move, one of the items that I’m sure I’ll be looking for is a bathroom large enough for a clawfoot tub. Just looking at a photo of one of these classic and elegantly shaped tubs relaxes me a little, which tells me that actually having one will feel all the more indulgent.
It seems that these days, a home doesn’t quite have that “expertly designed” look unless it’s got a fiddle leaf fig tree in the corner. And quite frankly, it’s a trend my black thumb has been envious of for some time. The jury is still out on whether or not this West African plant is easy or difficult to keep healthy (some say all it takes is indirect light and watering after the soil is dry; others complain that the plant gets stressed for a number of [... more]
Copper pots have long been a symbol of an experienced cook—and in my mind, there’s hardly anything like this classic metallic hue for adding warmth and old-world charm to a modern kitchen. Lately, I’ve seen a wide range of accessories beyond the standard cookware, and I’m definitely a fan. Range hoods and copper sinks create a rustic farmhouse feel, while visible canisters on the countertop and shiny overhead pendants deliver a more contemporary approach. Extremely versatile, copper varies in both sheen and texture, so you can even [... more]
Want to make a quick color statement without a lot of commitment? Try indigo. Because of the rich undertones of this vibrant color, indigo adds impact with just a few accessories. Use it strategically around your home by pairing it with the right colors (white, gray, and even rich wood tones). The bold hue plays well in both traditional and modern homes, demonstrating the essence of style versatility. Expect this inky blue to carry well into 2014, especially in fabrics. Photo Source: Pottery Barn
Often, one of the first things we do when redecorating a room is pull out the paint deck and start weighing the color options. But lately, I seem to be drawn to rooms designed with a very distinct feature: white walls. By keeping the backdrop devoid of color, the room’s other features stand out: Art becomes more impactful, the hues of the wood furniture look a little richer, and a hodgepodge collection seems more pulled together. These examples show that white walls are anything but boring. Photo [... more]
Believe it or not, pegboards are making their way out of the garage and into the house, popping up in new, creative roles all over the home. I personally love the idea of organizing pots and pans in the kitchen with pegboard painted to match the wall color. It keeps your most used items within easy reach, freeing cabinet space for the appliances that clutter up your counters. You can also turn a pegboard into a headboard or functional art by painting it a bold color in [... more]