Archive for the ‘home decor’ Category


These days, ‘pinning’ is something that most of us think of as virtual – pinning inspiration to our boards online, but I like the old school way of doing things too. So I got a hold of these cool little things called Pinhooks and have been going to town with them – pinning up inspiration on our walls and keeping things a little more organized. They come in lots of colors (and clear – which is my fave) and they are made in the USA. Yay!

I’ve been using them to hang my jewelry, bags, and craft supplies mostly, but I pinned a few magazine clippings up too (real life pinboard)…and since I know you love to DIY, I’m curious to hear how you would use these little guys.

Let me know in the comments below if you have any other ideas. I’d love to hear ‘em! There are more creative use ideas in the video on the Pinhooks homepage too.

P.S. See those old photos of my grandma next to my necklace? I just nabbed a whole box of ‘em when I went out there last time. I love old black and white family photos.

You can visit to grab a bag of your own ($6 for a set of 20).

Disclosure: I was compensated by the advertiser for this editorial feature. All opinions and ideas, however, are my own.  Interested in having a sponsored post on papernstitch? Visit the advertising page for more info.


I’ve (Christina) historically been pretty shy about using gold in our home. I suppose you could say I’m more of a burnished bronze or an aged brass kind of girl, but glitzy gold is very accessible in small doses. An accessory here and an accessory there and I’m feeling richer already. Ok, maybe not richer, but a little sassier perhaps. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite gold accessories from the independent design community to share with you today. See anything you like?

1// tassel garlands by confetti system 2// the midas gold lion by white faux taxidermy 3// 23k gold mug by bailey doesn’t bark available at orange and pear 4// regency salt and pepper shakers available at leif 5// succulent sculpture by waterstone succulents 6// flawed gold-plated set of cups by studiomake  available at gretel 7// crystal pinata by confetti system 8// stripes thank you card by rifle paper co. 9// resin deer head by white faux taxidermy 10// gold love print by jennifer ramos

Christina is the writer behind the design blog, Down and Out Chic. She’s a budget-friendly design huntress that’s passionate about art and the handmade movement. She adores all things striped and polka dotted and would spend most of her afternoons vintage shopping if her closet were big enough. Find her on Twitter or at D&OC.


As we turn the corner headed in fall, I start to think of ways to keep that summer feeling going strong just a little while longer. One of the easiest ways to keep that summer feeling in the home is through a liberal splash of bright sunny yellow.

Yellow is generally a love it or hate it color, and I will say that for years, it sat on the hate it side for me. But lately, I’ve been drawn to pops of yellow in discreet doses. Do I want a room with yellow walls and yellow furnishings? No, but set against whites and greys, yellow injects a playfulness that is quite refreshing. Try a couple yellow accessories, paint a cabinet, pick up some furniture, or just accent a wall. A little yellow goes a long way!

(above) Fireplace

Sunny Lamps + Yellow Fridge

Painted Dresser

Front Door + Outdoor Chairs

Yellow Furnishings

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.


My little niece and nephew started school again yesterday and if you have little ones running around, you probably have back-to-school on the brain right now too. I don’t blame you, even I have a little back to school fever and I don’t even have kids, but I still love this time of year. When I was teaching, the first week back was always the best – planning for the year and dreaming about how the next 10 months will go.

But now that my teaching days are behind me (well at least in the traditional sense), I take the month of August to regroup and organize my home office to get ready for the busy holiday shopping season. Want to know what’s on my (modern) back to school list? Here are my picks…

1. Ferm Living Clipboards

2. Gilliam Clock

3. Copper Pencil Holders

4. Aqua Letter Tray

And as for the (modern) kiddos, here are my picks for boys and girls…

5. Owls Sky Lunchbox

6. Magis Cu-Clock (set of 4)

7. Ferm Living Ring Binders

8. Mini Drawer Doodle Desk

All the products from today’s roundup are from My Urban Child, a site for modern parents and their kids that features unique furniture and accessories (including brands like Ferm Living, DwellStudio, Offi, notNeutral, and more). And honestly, whether you have kids or not, it’s definitely worth taking a look. I found a ton of stuff to put on my wishlist.

Disclosure: I was compensated by the advertiser for this editorial feature. All opinions and ideas, however, are my own.  Interested in having your own sponsored post on papernstitch? Visit the advertising page for more info.


I spent the majority of my weekend indoors because I was sick and honestly, I didn’t mind it at all. I love lazy weekends at home. Don’t you?

Of course, it doesn’t hurt when you have a cozy place to hang out. Here are my five favorites this week for decorating your humble abode…

1. Llorente Design

These sisters specialize in paper goods of all kinds – prints, notepads, greeting cards – and believe that paper still has a place in a digital world. I couldn’t agree more. I’ll take a handwritten note over a text message any day of the week!

2. Ted & Rose Design

Modern surface designs from this Germany-based studio. The patterns are so hypnotizing on those potholders, they almost make me want to learn how to cook. Almost.

3. Blue Room Pottery

Functional pottery from Greek artist Marietta Theodorou-LeMieux.  I have a hunch that yarn bowl would come in handy for you if you are a knitter. I don’t knit, but lucky for me Marietta makes vases too.

4. Wall Stories

Eco-friendly wall decals for children and kids-at-heart. Love these stickie frames especially. Receive 15% off by entering PAPERNSTITCH15 at checkout.

5. ConiLab

Inspired typography from Barcelona designer, Coni Della Vedova. Lots of good prints in this shop!