Pinterest Meets Practical: Bright Bohemian

While I was finishing up registering for wedding gifts the other day I noticed a common theme between all my registries: everything was white. Now, I’m all for neutrals and bright whites for a crisp, clean look, but I am also against being boring. I didn’t want to go back and change everything I had registered for, first of all because I think it’s important to have a neutral base to work with, and second of all, I think it takes just a few of the right bright accents to liven an area up. The above room on my home décor Pinterest board has inspired me to add some jewel tones to my palette. I can’t handle much clutter, so this clearly wouldn’t be a realistic room option for me, but I can take an idea here and there and apply it to my future digs to get a similar vibe.

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Pinterest Meets Practical: Gilded Opulence

Gold is my favorite color. Not like the brownish-yellow-excuse-for-gold, but the hard, shiny, metallic stuff. Anyone that’s seen my jewelry collection or anything to do with my wedding can vouch for me on that one. My personal kryptonite has been all over Pinterest lately and even the smallest gold accents make a space at least seven times more luxurious. It’s been scientifically proven. Now before you bust out the gold spray paint and King-Midas your digs, let’s look at some strategic buys and DIYs to achieve desired level of luxury.

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Pinterest Meets Practical: Stylish Home Workspace

Real talk: I am in love with this office. I know I could style a room like this in my future home, and my fiancé wouldn’t kill me for girly-overload. I mean, it’s got a feminine vibe, but the grey walls and clean lines balance it out nicely in a way that could make both of us happy. It’s all about compromise, people. (Still pushing to get a spare bedroom turned into a second closet… that one isn’t looking too good.) Now, I typically just push all my furniture up against a wall and call it a job well done, especially when working with tight quarters. But I love how she set up her desk forward facing, like shes ready to meet with an important client any second. Let’s look at how to recreate this space.

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Pinterest Meets Practical: Creative Closets

Not everyone is so lucky as to have a closet like the one pictured above. Most people don’t have that, which I’m quickly learning as the hubby-to-be and I house hunt. One of my non-negotiable criteria is a decent sized closet and, house by house, that dream is slowly disintegrating. But with a little woman-power, I’ve figured out how to transform any closet into something worth bragging on.

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Pinterest Meets Practical: Beautiful Bar Carts

What stands on all fours, rolls around, and is always ready to party? No, I’m not talking about Miley Cyrus right now. I’m talking about the Pinterest-famous rolling bar cart. These portable parties are perfect for someone (like myself) who wants their home to carry a sense of sophistication while lacking the square-footage for something larger. Step One: buy lots of fancy alcohol that you know you’ll never drink because it’s so pretty. Read on for Step Two.

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Pinterest Meets Practical: Colorful Kitchen

The kitchen can be overlooked as an area to express yourself; yours could be easily revamped without having to undergo any major renovation or updates. Mine was basically barren until it finally dawned on me — I could decorate without sacrificing function or breaking the bank. Thanks to this bright, thrifty space, I’m taking a colorful leap of faith from my neutral decorating palate while registering for wedding gifts.

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Pinterest Meets Practical: A Cozy Chic Living Room

Interior design can be daunting, especially for a gal with an inspiration board full of awe-inspiring digs. But wife-to-be Monica Lake wants to tackle the challenge of creating a Pinterest-worthy room on a budget. Through her series “Pinterest meets Practical” she’ll take a do-it-yourself approach to transforming your home from dream to reality with the help of pieces from local shops.

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