If you’re sick of looking at your run down, outdated or just boring room in your home, I’m with you.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
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 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
Sharing a special occasion with a celebration should be well thought about. As always, great presentation is in the details. Think about the location, setting, food & drink and don’t forget the decor. Decorations can be as simple as specialized cups, plates, napkins, signs, balloons and more. It doesn’t have to be ‘over the top’ to make the party special, just keep things simple and do them well!
Some simple and affordable ideas on what I’ve put together for parties or parties I’ve attended!
Invitations~ send them out and make them personal and reflect the feel of your party! Get them made by shopping Etsy.
Table setting~ this is what people usually see first, so make sure it is set and personalized.
Cups~ can be a lot of fun as there are so many great inexpensive options and don’t forget that you can embellish them! Here are the one’s I recently made using three different stickers. All the glasses don’t have to be the same and the guest of honor should have a special cup! Don’t forget the small cups~ they can be decorated as well!
Banners & Signs~ everyone enjoys signs, especially if they can be a photo backdrop. Again, handmade is best! Be creative!
Cake~ this is where you can really go all out! All of these cakes were handmade! There is nothing more fun than a theme cake!
Other ways to make the party special~ note tree, specialty drink, table signs-photos/quotes, silverware bundle with handmade napkins.
Endless ideas on making your celebration special! Contact me if you need any ideas!! The key is to keep things easy & fun!!
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.
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.
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. . . .
To make this . . . .
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!
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!