Tuesday, April 25, 2017

IT'S PARTY TIME! A 2017 LIST OF THE BEST HOME DECOR AND DIY LINK UP PARTIES

Ultimate list of the best home decor and DIY link up parties for 2017 | sprinkledwithcolor.com
I am just starting out as a new blogger and recently found out about link up parties (apparently I have been snoozing the last few years).  This is a great way to meet other bloggers who enjoy doing the same thing you do and learn new ideas and see new projects at the same time.  I complied a list of my favorite link up parties that are relevant and hopefully this would be useful to others as well. Some of these parties start a little bit earlier than what their title implies so I placed them on the day you can actually start linking.

MONDAY
Skip To My Lou - Made By You Monday (morning)
Flour Me With Love - Mix It Up Monday (morning)
 Sizzling Towards 60 - Over The Moon Link Party (morning)
Creating My Way To Success - A Round Tuit (morning)
Our Home Away From Home - Tuesdays At Our Home  (morning)
Recipes And Ramblings -  What'd You Do This Weekend (7AM)
Simple Life Of A Fire Wife - Inspire Me Monday (8 AM))
My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia - Inspire Me Monday (afternoon)
Worthing Court - The Scoop (afternoon)
Mad In Crafts - Mad Skills (afternoon)
Lou Lou Girls - Fabulous Party (afternoon)
A Stroll Thru Life - Inspire Me Tuesday (afternoon)
That's What Che Said - Monday Funday (evening)
Pint Sized Baker - Two Cup Tuesday (evening)
Live Randomly Simply - Totally Terrific Tuesday (evening)
Life Sew Savory - Create Link Inspire (8 PM)
Flamingo Toes - Show and Tell (8 PM)
Home Stories A To Z - Tutorials And Tips (8 PM)
Yesterday On Tuesday - Project Inspired{d} (8 PM)

TUESDAY
Funky Polkadot Giraffe - Too Cute Tuesday  (morning)
The DIY Dreamer - From Dream To Reality (afternoon)
Ducks n' a Row - Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop (evening)
Fluster Buster - Creative Muster Party (6 PM)
DIY By Design - It's A Party (evening)
Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesday (7 PM)
Mom Skills - Moonlight and Mason Jars (8 PM)
My Girlish Whims - Your Whims Wednesdays (9 PM)
Dizzy Busy and Hungry - Win'ed Down Wednesday (11 PM)

WEDNESDAY
Ginger Snap Crafts - Wow Me Wednesday (morning)
I Gotta Create -  Wildly Original (afternoon)
The Life Of Jennifer Dawn - A Little Bird Told Me (afternoon)
Saving 4 Six - Think Tank Thursday (evening)
21 Rosemary Lane - Share Your Style (7 PM)
Miz Helen's Country Cottage - Full Plate Thursday (8 PM)

THURSDAY
Artsy Fartsy Mama - Artsy Fartsy Link Party (12 AM)
Organized 31 - This Is How We Roll Thursday (5 AM)
The Thrifty Couple - Thrifty Thursday (7 AM)
Katherine's Corner - Let's Party Thursday (7 AM)
Embracing Change - Creative Inspirations (8 AM)
Up To Date Interiors - The Creative Circle (8 AM)
The Charm of Home - Home Sweet Home (3 PM)
The Pin Junkie - Pin Junkie Pin Party (5 PM)
Design Dining and Diapers - Inspiration Gallery (5 PM)
A Glimpse Inside - The Handmade Hangout (6 PM)
One Project Closer - Creativity Unleashed (7 PM)
French Country Cottage - Feathered Nest Friday (evening)
Practically Functional - Creativity Unleashed  (evening)
Tidy Mom - I'm Loving It (evening)
Simply Sweet Home - Friday Favorites (evening)
Create With Joy - Friendship Friday (evening)
Craft Dictator - Craft Frenzy Friday (evening)
Walking On Sunshine - Foodie Friends Friday (evening)
Two Chicks And A Mom - Funtastic Friday (9 PM)

FRIDAY
Life With Lorelai - Home Matters (morning)
Oh My Heartsie Girl - Friday Features (morning)
My Suburban Kitchen - Pinworthy Projects (morning)
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating - Flaunt It Friday (morning)
Crafts A La Mode - What To Do Weekends (morning)
Coffee With Us 3 - Pretty Pintastic Party (morning)
Dear Creatives - Inspiration Spotlight (morning)
Frugal Mommas - Home Garden Family (morning)
Creative K Kids - Ultimate Pinterest Party (8 AM)
Tater Tots And Jello - Best Friday Features (5 PM)

SATURDAY
The Sway - Saturday Sharefest (7 AM)
Pam's Party and Practical Tips - Dare To Share Saturday (8 AM)
One More Time - Share It One More Time (8 AM)
Across The Boulevard - Snickerdoodle Link Party (3 PM)
Life On Lakeshore Drive - The Bouquet Of Talent (6 PM)
Denise Designed - Sunday Features (8PM)

SUNDAY
Creative Jewish Mom - Craft Schooling Sunday (morning)
Crafty Moms Share - Sharing Saturday (morning)
Pleasures Of The Northwest - DIY Link Up (morning)
Nifty Thrifty Things - Nifty Thrifty Sunday (8 AM)
The Stonybrook House - Digging It And Dishing It (4 PM)
Curly Crafty Mom - The Creative Corner (6 PM)
Reasons To Skip The Housework - Maker's Link Party (7 PM)
I Should Be Mopping The Floor - Inspiration Monday (7 PM)
The Girl Creative - Makers Gonna Make (7 PM)
Create With Joy - Inspire Me Monday (evening)
DIY Show Off - That DIY Party (evening)
The Crafting Nook - Inspiration Galore (evening)
Sew Can Do - Craftastic Monday (evening)
Rae Gun Ramblings - Block Party (evening)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

NEUTRAL AND MODERN IDEAS FOR THE GUEST BEDROOM

Clean and simple modern neutral bedrooms | sprinkledwithcolor.com

Recently, I have been thinking of making over our guest bedroom.  It's a room that our son actually stays in since it is a bit removed from the other bedrooms and he has more freedom to be as loud as he wants without waking up his sister.  When guests comes over he sleeps with the rest of us so I wanted to keep the room clean and simple with a neutral pallet but still have a splash of color.  His favorite color is cyan blue so I am thinking of bringing that in with the bedding and accessories. Here are some of the rooms I have helped staged in the past to keep as back up ideas.

Clean and simple modern neutral bedrooms | sprinkledwithcolor.com
This color scheme is perfect but it is a bit feminine so I would need to balance that out with less textured bedding and maybe a gallery wall to add interest behind the bed.

Clean and simple modern neutral bedrooms | sprinkledwithcolor.com
I love the clean lines of the bed and nightstand of this bedroom.


Clean and simple modern neutral bedrooms | sprinkledwithcolor.com
Clean and simple modern neutral bedrooms | sprinkledwithcolor.com
I love how modern and minimalist these bedrooms are.  It's simple and clean.  This is exactly what I want to go for but to accent with the blue color my son requests.

Clean and simple modern neutral bedrooms | sprinkledwithcolor.com
 The faux wood wall treatment of this bedroom pops out at me and I would love to do something unique like this in our bedroom as well.

I can't wait to start designing the bedroom!




Friday, April 14, 2017

FRIDAY FIVE: BEST PLANTS FOR A LOW MAINTENANCE LANDSCAPE

Best plants for a modern and low maintenance landscape | sprinkledwithcolor.com

Living on the West Coast, we have had some droughts in the recent years.  This year we received plenty of rainfall, but I still would love to reduce our water usage and found some easy but modern low maintenance landscape ideas that are still beautiful.

1.  SUCCULENTS ARE YOUR FRIEND

Succulents are one of the best drought tolerant plants.  They look beautiful, the cuttings can last for days without water and can be used in bouquets, and they provide great ground coverage.  I love how colorful they are, and when paired with a rock garden they add beauty to an otherwise uninspired landscape.  My favorite are the Agaves, Aloe Brevifolia, and Fred Ives plants shown below.

Best plants for a modern and low maintenance landscape | sprinkledwithcolor.com


Best plants for a modern and low maintenance landscape | sprinkledwithcolor.com
Photograph by Debra Lee Baldwin

2.  CONTRAST PLANT HEIGHT FOR PRETTY BORDERS

Here, a purple fountain grass (Pennisetum x advena 'Rubrum') contrasts beautifully with the shorter Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'.  These are perfect for borders along the edge of a house or to line a driveway. 

Best plants for a modern and low maintenance landscape | sprinkledwithcolor.com
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3.  MIX MEDIA TO CREATE DIFFERENT AREAS OF INTEREST

Mixing different colored mulch, gravel, and river rocks to help define separate areas and create borders can help create a beautiful and easy to maintain landscape.  Curving the paths around the mixed media will capture your interest.

Best plants for a modern and low maintenance landscape | sprinkledwithcolor.com

Best plants for a modern and low maintenance landscape | sprinkledwithcolor.com

.4.  A ROW OF CONTAINER PLANTS TO ADD INTEREST TO YOUR PATIO

If you want a eliminate grass completely from your lawn you can still capture the beauty of greenery by containing simple plants in containers or planters around your patio.  And you can install a simple drip system to keep the plants hydrated!  I love the horsetail bamboo and red Ti plants shown below.

Best plants for a modern and low maintenance landscape | sprinkledwithcolor.com

Best plants for a modern and low maintenance landscape | sprinkledwithcolor.com

5.  DROUGHT TOLERANT ORNAMENTAL GRASS 

Ornamental grass such as Nassella tenuissima and Festuca rubra provide easy and low maintenance ground cover.  These type of grasses do not need to be mown and provide a soft romantic look to your yard.

Best plants for a modern and low maintenance landscape | sprinkledwithcolor.com


Monday, April 10, 2017

MODERN URBAN LIVING SPACE

I have a wonderful friend who has an amazing job staging homes and sometimes I tag along and help her with the staging process.  This was a house with a smaller footprint and we wanted to give it a modern urban feel.  I love the exposed brick wall in the open floor plan which gives the living and dining room character and lends great texture.


Modern Urban Living Room - Mix of contemporary and cozy for your living space | sprinkledwithcolor.com

A mix of brown and black and white accents, along with the warmth of the wood, helps offset the industrial feel and makes the room cozy but modern at the same time.

Modern Urban Dining Room - Mix of contemporary and cozy for your living space | sprinkledwithcolor.com

Modern Urban Kitchen - Mix of contemporary and cozy for your living space | sprinkledwithcolor.com

Lots of natural light and fun modern light fixtures give all the rooms a bright airy feeling.  Contemporary furniture and prints mix with the wall of curtains to give the same modern but soft cozy feel to the bedroom as well.

Modern Bedroom - Mix of contemporary and cozy for your living space | sprinkledwithcolor.com


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

FREE SPRING PRINTABLES

Here are some free printables to help you welcome Spring into your home!

Free Spring Printable - Artwork to help welcome spring into your home. | sprinkledwithcolor.com


Free Spring Printable - Artwork to help welcome spring into your home. | sprinkledwithcolor.com

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