Home Design: Modern Pastels

Though it's been a while, I think I'm going to try to get back into more home design posts. Though we don't have any plans to move (or redecorate) any time soon, I've found a lot of inspiration on Pinterest and am loving all of the pastels I've seen lately. No longer reserved for kid's rooms or Easter eggs, pastels are making a comeback. Thanks to modern shapes and geometric prints, baby blue, light pink and mint green can brighten up a room and add a pop of color without being too overwhelming–read on for some of my favorite products.

This ceramic Mint Geo Vase ($30) would look stunning with a bouquet of white tulips.
Thanks to its sleek design, the pale pink Arper Duna Lounge Chair ($831) doesn't feel too sweet.
This mouthblown Austrian crystal pitcher and tumbler set for Lobmeyer (from $65) adds subtle color to the table.
Balanced with neutral white and gray, the Pietro Throw (approximately $140) would work just as well in your living room as in a nursery.
This multi-use cutting board ($37)–it can also be used as a trivet and serving platter–is an affordable way to embrace two trends in one: pastels and geometric prints.
Thailand-based Studiomake purposefully makes each gold-plated bowl ($68) flawed to emphasize the beauty in imperfection.

DIY: Color-Blocked Basket

West Elm, $79 Martha Stewart Living, August 2010

I've been working on a few projects lately to spruce up the apartment (more to come!) This definitely isn't turning into a DIY blog, but given my love of design I figured I would share a few of these projects with you. The first one is really simple: all you need is a basket, one or two colors or paint, and some painter's tape. Using these pictures as inspiration, I decided to capitalize on the color-blocking trend and take this red-hued basket (not really my style) to a much more modern black and white. Here are the steps I followed:_MG_4560

First, choose your base color (alternatively, if you like the original color of the basket, you can skip this step). I used white spray paint, and sprayed about 4 coats on the exterior and interior of the basket until I had covered it completely. Let dry between coats, and let dry fully (1-2 days) before moving on to the next step._MG_4566

Next, tape your basket about a third of the way up from the bottom. Carefully paint sides and bottom of basket (below tape) with your second color, and let dry fully. Remove tape._MG_4600

That's it! Super easy. I also think it would be really fun to use silver or gold for the second color to add a bit of glamour. What do you think? Would you be interested to see more projects like this?