Pick Bed Linen To Suit Your Personality

The easiest and most cost effective way to change your bedroom is with linen.

Making your bed the focal point of the room is easy. The hard part is striking the right balance!

Here is my best advice for picking the best linen for your room and personality.

1. Bold Patterns

If you have plain walls and clean lines you can go with something really bold. Make sure the rest of your space is understated. If you have busy walls and accessories, bold patterns can make the space feel cluttered and overwhelming.

2. Plain Jane

If you prefer simpler styles, opt for a single-coloured doona cover and pillows. Use cushions or throws for accents of colour.

3. Warm Vs. Cool Colours

Warm colours can create a feeling of comfort. However, cool colours don’t need to be cold and hostile. For example, offset soft blue linen with a warm grey headboard.

4. White Out

Crisp white linen is classic and can work in both traditional and contemporary bedrooms. If you’re not confident about colour, experiment with textures – which can offer depth and personality.

5. Clashing Patterns

Mixing paterns was once frowned upon, but now it is a popular choice – especially in kids rooms!


Small Kitchen Decorating Ideas

With a dose of restraint to balance your kitchen’s small scale, you can proudly display a collection, hang window treatments, and accessorize your kitchen to reflect your style.

Don’t believe what you’ve been told! Small kitchens do indeed have the potential to charm as much as their larger counterparts. Because visual clutter can minimize an already small space, approach your small kitchen redesign with the charge of keeping things simple. Attain simplicity by keeping countertops clutter-free. Take advantage of unused space, like a bare wall, the alcove above the cabinetry or an empty window sill to add decor sparingly. Uniformity also produces simplicity, as evidenced in a monochromatic color palette and grouping similar items. For example, create visual continuity by pairing like items such as a collection of decorative plates, a set of storage baskets or a grouping of photos in coordinating black frames.

Color plays an important role in decorating the kitchen, especially if you bathe the room in a flattering tone-on-tone palette that gives the impression of spaciousness. For a bold and unexpected design touch, not to mention a departure from play-it-safe white, consider painting an accent wall in a vibrant hue. An attention-grabbing wall adds depth and style, and it will even highlight architectural elements particular to your room.

Not committed to a broad stroke of dramatic color? Then infuse color and pattern through window treatments, a room-anchoring rug, or upholstery in a built-in banquette. Both basics work to soften the kitchen and are a reflection of your personal design style, be it casual or formal, classic or modern.

During the decorating process, remember to look up and assess your lighting situation. Although recessed and under-cabinet lights leave the smallest footprint in a small kitchen, a pair of pendant lamps above the center island or a trendy drum shade above the built-in breakfast nook will give the kitchen a finished look.

Everything in a small kitchen must serve double-duty, so cabinetry and shelves aren’t just for storing dishes. With proper styling, floating shelves or glass-front cabinets are easily transformed into chic vignettes for treasures or a stack of cookbooks. If storage space is limited, then bring in a freestanding cabinet like a bookshelf or a baker’s rack to hold your kitchen essentials.

4 Ways to Turn a Bedroom Into Your Sanctuary

our bedrooms are sanctuaries: a place of escape, relaxation and rest. So shouldn’t its décor reflect exactly what you wish? Start 2016 off right by giving your bedroom a good hard look to see if it’s the perfect space for you. Maybe your bed would benefit from a dramatic headboard. Or perhaps you could redo the entire space in calming neutrals. See if any of these ideas would make your bedroom feel more comfortable. Here’s to a cozy, comfy bedroom this year.

Create a gallery wall. Remember that every wall in your home is worthy of great artwork, not just the living room. Group a collection of your favorite framed prints or photographs on the wall. You’ll love waking up to your favorite pieces every day.

J. Hirsch Interior Design Portfolio
Swap out your linens. If you want to change your look without spending a lot, consider new linens. It’s easy to find great options on a budget at places like T.J. Maxx or Marshalls, and new linens can make a dramatic difference.
Master Bedroom
Create a seating area. If you have the space, consider adding a seating area to your bedroom. This is particularly beneficial if you have a large family and need a place for solitude. You’ll love having a spot to curl up with a good book.
Parkwood Road Residence Master Bedroom

From Living Room to Family Room

My living room has gone through so many rearrangements and decor changes in the short five years that we have lived here. Guaranteed, if you come over one week, things will be different if you come back a few weeks later. I am a perpetual rearranger. I love to switch things up. It keeps life exciting (well, at least for me).

I recently decided to do another room switch and decided to move all of the “family room” furniture out of the smaller space it was in and back into our main living room. I did all of the following rearranging in one day and by myself (cause I’m crazzzy? Maybe a little!). My husband was a bit surprised when he got home that day. But let’s be real…not that much…he has been married to me going on ten years now and this is nothing new.

I really loved how my living room was looking last fall, so if you remember it that way and loved it too…I am sorry up front. For practical reasons, it was starting to become a problem basically having two living rooms right next to each other.

We had the main living room with the “stylish” furnishings. Then next to it, in a smaller room that is adjacent, the microfiber couch, chair and television. Creating this smaller “TV den”, as I was calling it, basically eliminated our playroom, and my office space got moved to the dining room. I didn’t like either of these facts, but couldn’t figure out what else to do at the time.
My husband loves sitting in our big comfy chair every day to watch TV and I like to cuddle on the microfiber sofa with the kids. The small TV room was cozy and we enjoyed spending time together in there, but I have been really needing more space for toy storage and room for the kids to play. We are pretty limited here with 1300 square feet and only two bedrooms.
I decided, after thinking it through for a couple of months, that I needed to forgo style just a little bit to bring more function and practicality to our home. That meant moving the television back to the main living room. And because we all like to cuddle on the warm, microfiber furniture when we watch TV, that meant the couch and chair had to come to.
Then, while I was at it, I figured, I should bring the larger rug back out too. I bought this large area rug at Home Goods but have never really been that happy with it. It’s too busy and ornate for my taste, but at the time I was desperate for a large rug that was affordable and would mask stains. I hope to get something that feels more “me” in the future, but for now, this will have to do.
The same is true about the ottoman that I also found at Home Goods. I bought it during a transitional time in my decor taste – from rustic farmhouse to more eclectic, bohemian. It is very functional though (I talked about how it helps me stay organized in this post).
Since I wanted the room to still have as much of a boho vibe as I could create, using only what I have on hand, I made sure to add some details in like this vintage rattan side table and my favorite decorating books.
I moved my grandparents’ record console to the opposite wall (to be able to put the television back into this room) along with the pair of lamps I received from Raymour & Flanigan. Some bohemian styling and my shell chandelier stayed put.
I put a small basket on the console to keep our daily essentials in. Very useful when we are heading out the door.
The kids’ tepee is currently resting in the corner when not in use. (I’ll be sharing a tutorial on their felt campfire and toasted marshmallows soon!)
The patterns are a bit much right now, especially with the rug, but again, I did all of this rearranging in one day and wanted to solely use what I had on hand.
When my husband isn’t lounging in this chair someone else always is. Whether it’s one of the kids or this furry guy…

So this is our revamped family-living-room. Over time it will be nice to upgrade the sofa perhaps for a comfortable light gray sectional, get a rug that fits my style, and simplify some of the decor a bit more. I know, however, that I can dream all day of the things that I wish I had, but focusing on what I am already blessed with and making our home a comfortable and happy place to just be is the best of all.

So if you are sitting there thinking where is the leather sofa? I moved it to the adjacent room which is now my office again…woot woot! The whole room will be getting a makeover also, but for now, at least, I can blog, watch TV and enjoy my husband’s company in the same general space at night. The kids have space to play again and access to their giant chalkboard (which has been hidden by the microfiber sofa for almost a year!). Even though more play space would be even better, we recently gave the kids the master bedroom which is HUGE, so they have a lot of fun up there.

We plan on selling this home in the next couple of years, so my hope is to have a living room and family room in the new place. But for now, I am doing my best to accept this home’s limitations and space!

Most everything else came from thrift stores, flea markets, Craigslist, etc.

Till next time…
~Alice W.

Cozy Spring Home Tour

Today I’m excited to join 16 of my favorite bloggers in sharing a cozy spring home tour. We are each sharing 1 or more room decorating for spring in a simple but inviting way, but in addition to giving some inspiration, we really wanted these tours to not be a “show-off” post– but also helpful! So we each are including a small DIY or helpful decor tip.

I hope you enjoy perusing through all the tours and feel excited and inspired for this new season of re-birth. I also hope you don’t ever feel discouraged or play the comparison game. I feel like my house is a disaster most of the time, and it certainly isn’t this clean all the time. I have 3 kids people! haha! Life happens! BUT– It IS fun to bust out some fresh flowers, change up some pillow covers, and maybe paint a wall or two to fall in love with a space again.

If you saw my post on Monday, then you are familiar with the DIY sunburst cedar wood doormat I made (pictured below) and shared the tutorial for. If you are interested in making a wooden doormat for FREE at a Home Depot DIY Workshop, click here to register for the workshop this coming Saturday (3/26).

Cozy Spring Home Tour - Wooden Door Mat

The spring hanging basket is something I added a couple weeks ago and shared a tutorial for.

When you walk in, you are greeted by this vintage church pew I painted a couple years ago. I used to have a stained mantel/shelf but right before Christmas I made a new one and painted it white. I LOVE it.

Cozy Spring Home Tour - Entry Bench

Seagrass tray, blue and white striped bag, jean jacket, scarf, and hat: Target

Seagrass baskets under bench: HomeGoods

Shelf frames and topiaries: thrifted

You will see several flowering tree branches throughout my home, but I didn’t pay for them! On Monday, I drove around with pruning shears and stopped whenever I found a tree (or bush) on public property to clip a couple of branches. Flowering branches are a great way to add fresh color without spending money. :)

Cozy Spring Home Tour - Entry Bench

Floral pillow HERE

But sometimes, if I see fresh ranunculus at Trader Joe’s for $5 a bunch, I can’t resist. They are just too pretty!

Cozy Spring Home Tour - Ranunculus


Just opposite of the bench is our front room sitting area. I recently put up wainscoting trim all the way up the wall and painted it white… although this white isn’t quite right for the room and I will be repainting it a TRUE white very soon. I love how the trim really makes the ceilings look so much taller (they are only 8′ tall).

Cozy Spring Home Tour - Chest with Chinoiserie vase collection

I grouped my collection of blue and white chinoiserie vases and such together to make a bigger impact and added preserved boxwood, faux boxwood, and a real flowering tree branch. I use all types of greenery/flowers in my home and I think you should too! ?

Cozy Spring Home Tour - Chinoiserie vase collection

Cozy Spring Home Tour - Corner Cabinet and floral eastlake chairs

In the kitchen, I didn’t do much. I mostly just cleaned it and then added a big jug with a blooming magnolia. Clean is totally springy ya’ll ;)…. sometimes simplifying and decluttering is the best way to ‘decorate’ for spring.

Cozy Spring Home Tour- Farmhouse kitchen and magnolia blooms

I’m slightly obsessed with magnolia. It doesn’t even seem real with the size of those flowers.

Cozy Spring Home Tour- Farmhouse Kitchen with Magnolia Blooms

See my fairly recent kitchen makeover HERE.

Cozy Spring Home Tour- Farmhouse Kitchen with Magnolia Blooms

Turning the other direction you see the dining room and into the living room. The dining room didn’t have much changes take place… I just added some pops of color to the table and called it good!

Cozy Spring Home Tour- Dining room, blue secretary cabinet

Secretary makeover HERE

Cozy Spring Home Tour- Dining room

Our living room is getting closer and closer to where I want it to be. I added a cushion to the bench, and freshened the room with new pillows and throws (some recycled from other parts of the house).

Cozy Spring Home Tour- Living room with blue and white

Area rug post , Pallet Wall Tutorial, Converting Bookcases into Built-ins, Coffee Table Makeover

As you can see, the living room got a little switcharoo with furniture and wall decor. Reason? I painted the walls. :) They are now Cornforth White by Farrow and Ball (color-matched). This is now my only gallery wall and it is filled with things I love: a letter from my husband’s grandmother, a picture of my kids, a picture of my husband as a child, some photos I took (and are available as a free printable), and a large drawing I did.

Cozy Spring Home Tour- Layered gallery wall


Console table makeover, No-sew Curtains Tutorial

The drew the large drawing of the St Louis Temple from my church last year but it was a size that didn’t fit in a standard frame. I looked into a thin white frame at Michael’s and it was $100 ON SALE.  uhhhhh nope. I didn’t want to spend that much! I also didnt want to make one from scrap wood because I wanted the routed groove on the other side (which I didn’t want to bother with) and those little metal tabs that hold it in place take forever to get just right. Essentially I was lazy. So, I picked up a frame that was too big for $17 at Michael’s and made a custom frame from it. Want to see how I did it?

Cozy Spring Home Tour- Layered gallery wall


My art was 28″ x 24″ and the frame I bought was 36″ x 24″. It is for sure easier if you have at one side that matches the dimension of your art.

1- I  measured and cut off the extra length. Pictured you see the long edges of the frame I already miter cut both sides to a 45 degree angle. You will want to add 1″  to the long side of the art (if it is a 1″ wide frame) or picture you want framed and then cut at that measurement.

2- Cut the top of the frame at 45 degree miter angles on both ends. Basically you will cut exactly where the joint is on both ends, cutting through the staples.

3- Add wood glue to both sides of the joint and join the top of the frame to the sides by using a heavy duty staple gun on the back side of the frame. This is basically the same method used originally to make the frame.

*Make sure you work on a very flat surface or the seam of the joint will open a little and won’t look good or be durable.*


4- Use a corner or frame clamp while the glue dries so that the seam doesn’t open.

5- Once dry, place your art in on the other side, add the hardboard backing that comes with the frame (you can cut off the excess to make it fit) or use cardboard for the backing, and push down the tables to hold everything in place.

Cozy Spring Home Tour- Layered gallery wall


I also used the same method as The Lettered Cottage and added some layered frames with risers to the gallery wall.

Cozy Spring Home Tour- Layered gallery wall


Our large sofa is now in front of the window and I love it so much more there. Part of it is switching things around always makes me happy, but also because it feels more balanced with the wing chair on the other side of the room now.

Cozy Spring Home Tour- White and navy living room

Navy velvet pillows HERE, Indigo Grid pillows HERE

I copied Bre and used the Target kitchen towels to make some pillows. It really was brilliant of her, wasn’t it?  I’m also not quite done with the bench cushion. My mom helped me get started on it while she was visiting last week, then I sewed the edges and I still need to do the tufting in the middle like the french mattresses have.

Cozy Spring Home Tour- White and navy living room

With this cleaner simpler decor I’m gravitating towards, I removed the gallery wall above the couch and hung a round white-washed sunburst mirror from World Market.

Cozy Spring Home Tour- White and navy living room

I moved the leather belt planter holders I made with these little plants that are STILL SURVIVING (miraculous!) into the living room and I love the life they add to the room.

Spring Home Tour- Leather planter holder

This is my favorite angle in this room. This is fought-over seat by pretty much everyone in our house. That aqua chenille blanket is super warm as nights are still chilly here, so curling up there to watch TV is the best spot in the house.

Cozy Spring Home Tour- White and navy living room