Tips for Updating Rooms

If you’re sick of looking at your run down, outdated or just boring room in your home, I’m with you.  I have the tendency to put away items seasonly and add some fresh items of color and texture.  Styles change so I like to add a new item or two to my room in addition to seasonal flowers.  I love real stems but I also used faux.  If used correctly, they can have a fresh and great impact on your room.

To freshen a dull room:

  • Fill holes & paint them in for a cohesive complete room
  • If you want to change out your paint color then do it-you won’t regret it
  • Get rid off all clutter (I can’t stress enough-most important)- items you don’t like, use or are functional in your room
  • Consider rearranging your furniture
  • Add new throw pillow and blankets for color and texture
  • Update family pictures in your frames
  • Add seasonal flowers & accessories (such a shells, drift wood, or any other collections)
  • Change out your lighting-lamp shades and or your over head lighting could be cleaned or updated

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This before and after has a lot of changes but some simple ones any body could do.

  • Paint made a big difference in this living room
  • Painting the mantel softened the wall
  • Mirror and art swapped out
  • Larger rug to create a bigger feeling room
  • If you don’t have it in your budget to change your chairs and sofas, consider reapolsetry and arrangement

If you find this to be all too much, then get help.  Set a price & stick within that range to change your dull room to a space that makes you happy.  There isn’t anything better than loving the space you live in.

I love working with people already own.  That way it’s more affordable and may take some imagination and leg work but in the long run you’d be surprised at how things can be transformed.

 

 

Holiday Decorating

HOLIDAY DECORATING Tips

Put away all extra decor items you aren’t using

-Place all holiday items on a table to see

-Make sure you have enough vases/containers

-Decide how you want to fill your glass containers

-Do you have a color scheme or theme you’re following?

-Start creating your containers and scale heights

-Make sure to decorate your most visible area first

-I place my ‘wow‘ first then work around it

-Place an odd number of items together

-Layer your items and take a step back and edit often

-Take inventory of your remaining items and edit and add

-You don’t have to use everything you have

Use timers on everything

-You need a lot more items then you think

-Keep it simple

-Do something different than last year

My new Office

This fall i completely overhauled my office space.  everything was removed, room repainted and bought all new items.  now i have a space that reflects my style & inspires me to be creative!

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I had a small area to place desk, so went simple

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The lamps add the right amount of glam

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Simple accessories keep the top functional & stylish

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Drawers for storage are a must

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the sheepskin for comfort

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Art is important to me and where I don’t mind investing my money

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Keeping my kid’s art close brings a smile to my face

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Overall this area is functional and stylish

TOTAL COST BREAKDOWN: Desk <homeclick>$199, Lamps <target>$80, Seat <crate&Barrel>$15, Lambskin <homegoods>$19, decorative Box <homegoods> $15, Framed Art <antique store>$300

Office Project

This is what you can do in 9 days and twelve hours of work!  The deadline was tight, so I had to shop locally, which is limiting, but made the best of it and accomplished the goals of the space.  The main requests for the room were to be functional, comfortable and colorful.

The office space is in an old brick building with new paint, floor covering & built in’s.

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DSC_0246DSC_0247DSC_0242This office was the last to undergo any attention, so the funds were tight.  Seating was important and I was able to find an affordable set.  The color of the seating went really well with the room and the neutral cushions gave me a neutral palette to work with.

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The bookcases just needed some rearranging of books and added a few other small personal touches, such as candles, plants and small vase and photos.

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DSC_0313A sweet work of art, given to Lisa as a gift was hung above the loveseat.  The art against the bricks is the first thing you see when walking to the office, but your eye immediately goes down to the blue throw that is draped perfectly between the colorful pillows.

DSC_0253   The old desk was replaced with a sleek simple desk.  The key to having an inviting office is the placement of the furniture.  Floating the desk at an angle gave enough room for office supplies behind and opened up the rest of the room for a comfortable sitting area.

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DSC_0305A pop of color is just what the room needed to tie everything together!  Since the chairs are neutral everything around them could be very colorful.  Teal and yellow are also found in the pillows on the loveseat and of course the books.  The artwork is done by a local Dover artist, Caryn of “Creative Spirit Art Studio“.

DSC_0308The windowsill just needed some greens and Lisa had a special elephant that was getting lost on the bookshelves and needed it’s own special place.

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Lisa Flynn of ChildLight Yoga~

“As a busy professional in a new space, there was no time to shop and make decisions about design and decor. I knew I wanted a warm and inviting office space in which to work, but had no idea how to start. In fact, I was so intimidated to make a decision style-wise, I was paralyzed and found myself working in an empty office of unpacked boxes for weeks. And then, I remembered Denise! We met the very next day, established a budget, and after making a few immediate suggestions and taking a few measurements, she was on her way to shop. Within 9 days, just in time for our grand opening, I had the office of my dreams, on budget! Denise’s calm and friendly demeanor, combined with her design confidence had me feeling I was as much in a therapy session as a style consult that week. Beyond that she saved me a ton of time and most likely a ton of money as well with a finished product that would have taken me a year to pull together. Thank you Denise. You a gift. I look forward to working with you again…and again!”

Make your own custom art

I’m picky about what I’ll display in my home or clients homes.  I do like rooms to feel personal and decided my mantle needed our last name initial.  This DIY was pretty simple and recommend you making your own.

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Supplies you need:  Burlap, paint, pencil, font type, glue, and frame

The process:   Find the frame you’ll be using first.  Make sure it fits well on your mantel and I recommend using a glassless frame.  If you use a frame with glass then glue your fabric on the glass.

Measure the area inside of the frame.  Cut your fabric to size.  No worries if you’re off a bit, as I was then just grabbed some trim I had and glued that layer on to cover my mistakes.  You can use any kind of plain fabric.  I like added texture, so went for burlap.

Find the font you want to use.  There are so many fonts out there.  Check out tootledoo designs, as they are amazing!  You can write anything you want, a full monogram, entire last name, or just an initial.  You may want to enlarge one of the fonts and copy it, make a stencil and trace on your fabric, or freehand it using pencil.

Once you’ve drawn your letter, go ahead and use a smaller brush to apply paint (any kind works) on the outline of the letter.  Then fill in the entire letter with paint.

After the paint drys decide if your letter needs anything else.  You may want to outline the letter in another color, or glitter…think about what makes sense with your style.  Go ahead and use clear glue on the surface of your frame.  Affix your fabric and let dry.  Add any additional trim on the inside of your frame.

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Neutral Monochromatic Style

Monochromatic is defined as having or consisting of one hue or color.  Most people could handle as neutral monochromatic hue as they tend to be bright, yet soft and feminine, yet masculine.  I personally wouldn’t want to look at an entire primary colored room all day or everyday.  It would be too much for me to live in and feel very dark in the later hours.  The images below have several threads in common, they are clutter free, giving a pretty simple feel to the room, but all contain great texture within the same hue.  It takes focus and discipline to maintain a monochromatic room.
DIY chaise sofa.  This would work well for my spa room.  Twin size mattresses with simple frames and furniture legs.  Just add extra large pillows and lots of them. I love this whole style for upstairs loft idea!

We love this rustic, nature-inspired entryway. More ways to decorate with natural elements: http://www.bhg.com/decorating/seasonal/fall/decorating-with-natural-elements/?socsrc=bhgpin060213allwhiteentry

Colour love | Creamy, Earthy + Muted

I love this room
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Love!

Gray, Blue, and White
małe mieszkanie,47m w stylu skandynawskim,jak urządzic małe mieszkanie

pomysły na aranżację sypialni
Zdjęcie:  szare panele,jedwabna narzuta i futrzane poduszki na pikowanym łóżku

Cozy in White

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Image credits: pinterest

Fabulous DIY

Gift giving is one of my most favorite things Ever!  I just love doing it, always have and I love getting gifts, well….when they are thoughtful.  If you’re going to Give, then make it good.  Just giving a gift is not good enough, make the gift count.  It doesn’t have to be expensive if the gift is special.  Here is one of the gifts I gave this year.

Start with this. . . .

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To make this . . . .

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I start with thinking about the person I’m giving this gift to…what is their style?  Funky, country, earthy, rock n roll, etc.  Keeping in mind your friends’ style and home decor while you shop for your frame.  Also, the photo must be fabulous. . .a photo that makes you smile because of what is happening, the place and the people.  Determine if the photo fits the frame well.  Don’t put a sleek looking black and white photo in a pine frame.  Do what makes sense.

Supplies you’ll need:  glitter glue, super glue, letter or words, accents and tons of rhinestones.

The process:  make sure you have some time on your hands, and don’t forget to start this project early to account for drying time.  I layout the larger items along the frame first.  The lettering may need spray painting, but if you buy pre-painted letters then you’re all set.   Super glue works the best to glue the rhinestones on and I alternate colors and sizes.  Once those are all down and dried, go back and fill in the left over spaces with glitter glue.  You may want to add smaller rhinestones in these smaller areas as well.  On a scale of DIY projects this one is pretty simple, yet so chic and awesome!

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Made the birthday girl H*A*P*P*Y ! ! ! ! !

Giving a thoughtful gift actually in turn gives back to the gift giver.  It’s very rewarding for someone to enjoy a DIY gift that you created yourself.  It can be as simple as a poem that you wrote and added in an embellished frame!  Or a hand drawn picture or you’re own art.  I love quotes, so why not frame an amazing quote in a beautiful complimentary embellished frame!  Go For It!  Think, Plan and Do!  Happy DIY-ing!