{bits & pieces: lark nest design show-and-tell}

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Kim, from Lark Nest Design, posted one of her lovely furniture makeovers which I want to share with you. She started out with a thrift store find. Note the very cool circle detail on the arms.

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 She used Slate and Bimini from our Cottage Paint line, paired with a gorgeous fabric. It turned out so good-looking, it was scooped up immediately. It’s living the good life in Ohio! Here’s the link to all the details on the Lark Nest Design blog.

{friday finds: it’s a paint party}

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Apartment Therapy

I’m so in the painting mood! Maybe not so much painting an entire room one (yawn) color, but something along the lines of these very cool painting projects. Listening to the personable Kim Yeager share her tips and techniques from The Art of Junk seminars* Hirshfield’s has been hosting, certainly adds fuel to the creative fire. Also, Benjamin Moore’s brand new chalkboard paint is available in over 3,000 colors! Grab a Benny Moore fan deck and pick out a paint color for your chalkboard. So far I’ve tried orange, pastel green and violet. All look amazing. I’m waiting for that special piece to present itself so I can “do up” my own chalkboard. Hopefully it’s on the curb and free. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: redecorating on a budget}

April is National Decorating Month. And while I’m sure some of us would love nothing more than to do a complete overhaul of our home’s decor to celebrate, not all of us have it in our budget to do so! So to satisfy your inner interior designer without completely damaging your bank account, here are our favorite budget-friendly redecorating tips!

Think quality over quantity: You don’t have to reupholster your whole couch or buy all new bedding to make an impact. Find a fabric you absolutely love, and then purchase just enough to make curtains or cover a pillow or two. These small accents will bring big changes to the look of your space! Tip: It takes about a yard and a half for a short curtain or half a yard for a 16-inch pillow.

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Fabric by Kravet, available at Hirshfield's Design Resource

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{design blogger feature: Lark Nest Design}

The Twin Cities is filled with lots of great design, and lots of great design bloggers! With such a thriving design blogging community right here, we thought it would be fun to get to know each other better through some local design blogger features. A few weeks ago we featured Twin Cities design blogger, Jennie, from Twin Cities Design Scene. Today we sit down with Kim from Lark Nest Design.

Kim is a life-long lover of design, with a background in journalism –  so it’s no wonder the projects she chronicles on her blog are smartly written and truly inspiring. Kim says the blog began as a natural outgrowth of her website, LarkNestDesign.com, as a way to share her finds and illustrate the process of giving new life to old furniture. Although she does admit the blog also has a self-serving purpose – to indulge her passion for fabric, color, texture and design!

Not only do you blog for Lark Nest Design, but you also blog for Flea Market Style Magazine and Junk Bonanza and are a former writer for the Star Tribune, so which came first – your love of writing or your love of design?
Probably the latter, though I’ve been so fortunate to find a way to integrate so many of my interests. I’m trained as a business journalist, but my love of textiles, color, textures and decor won out! I am incredibly fortunate to spend each day searching out finds and fabrics for decor clients or for myself, for the projects I retail through Linden Hills Florist and the Piccadilly Prairie occasional sale. In addition to blogging for the Junk Bonanza and Flea Market Style magazine, I handle marketing for the former and build projects for the latter. So the writing/decor functions are fairly seamlessly intertwined!

How would you describe your personal style as it relates to home decor?
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