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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

Planning a Party

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.

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Table setting~  this is what people usually see first, so make sure it is set and personalized.

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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!

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Banners & Signs~ everyone enjoys signs, especially if they can be a photo backdrop.  Again, handmade is best!  Be creative!

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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!

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Other ways to make the party special~ note tree, specialty drink, table signs-photos/quotes, silverware bundle with handmade napkins.

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Endless ideas on making your celebration special!  Contact me if you need any ideas!!  The key is to keep things easy & fun!!

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!

Introducing my new Living Room

After 13 years, last March I decided it was time to revamp the living room!  We were using our 13 year sofa that was all wrong.  The rug is only 10 years old, but I was ready for a new style.  Since my kids were babies I’ve used a round soft ottoman with tray on top, but now the kids are 6 and 9 time to have some sharp corners!  Our tv was in a cabinet which was outdated as well.

The Process

Cover the sofa or buy a new one….we bought a new one!

Painted the wall a new lighter creamy color.

Cover the chair or buy a new one….new one of course!

Swapped out the rug for a new style.  My old style was more traditional and now I like cozy mod.

Ditched the TV, stand and ottoman

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I wanted a more neutral and cohesive look when you walked into my living room.  The focal point is the fireplace and after I painted it, it felt so fresh and light and that’s when I made the decision to start “Project Living room”.

The old wall color was a brownish taupe that worked really well with gold tones.  Painting the walls was my first change and I went for a creamy color.  The color really lightened up the room and gave me room to play with the upholstery colors.  Before I was really stuck with golden/taupe sofa.

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Moving away from brown tones to cream tones gave me the freedom to switch to gray.  I loved going for a deeper sofa color since all the walls went so much lighter.

You can also see my old oriental rug in photo above with my old chesterfield sofa.  Below is my new chevron rug in gray and cream.

I ditched the soft round ottoman and added two square mirrored tables that I had from three years ago.  I picked them up at Target for $35.00 each.

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Before my sofa faced our fireplace but once I knew I was ready for a change, I wanted to have a chaise on my sofa and move it to the right of our fireplace.  The antique brown cabinet stores my china, candles and various decor items.

I didn’t want to have the TV in a cabinet any longer, so I talked my husband into getting a flat screen and console.

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I found this stunning mirror and silver Paltrow Console Table on Joss and Main for $450.  This console not only matches my coffee tables, but my starburst mirror that is high above my fireplace.

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Though the brown paisley chair was so cozy with the matching ottoman, it was worn out and ready for a new home.  Our new chair is in a solid light gray.  By keeping the sofa and chair print free, I had the freedom to go bold on the floor and will have fun with throw pillows and blankets.

My New Living Room!

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I accessorize with antique, new and collectables.  The mantel turned out far better than expected.  Several items are one of a kind, from various trips my father in law took.  The large jar is filled with beach finds than my boys search endlessly in the summer on several Maine beaches.  The other two tables in the room are antique finds.  The mirror and copper bowl of over sized grapes are also antiques from our family.  I’m not afraid to repaint things as you can see from the items that are hung high over the mantel.  I have several framed photographs and figurines that are put away or in other rooms, but if there’s anything I can’t say enough is ‘edit’ and ‘edit again’.  Less is more and quality is always better.

Picking a Paint Color 101

Picking the right paint color for a room isn’t as simple as you think it should be.  I’ve learned that a great paint color can enhance and transform your room into your happy place.  On the other hand, a bad paint color can just offend and almost repulse you the moment you enter the room.  Here are my tips on picking out the perfect paint color.

1.  Think about the feeling you’d like to have in your room.  Cool and calm, bright and energetic, soft and cozy, romantic, etc.  To assist you with this, check out decor magazines and collect photos of what you are drawn to.

2.  Decide if you need to work with existing furnishings or are you willing to change them out.  If you do need to work with a sofa or rug, best to use a color that will compliment these furnishings.

Now you are ready to pick up several paint swatches from the hardware store.  Bring them home and see how they feel in your room.  If you have other rooms butting up to the room, made sure the colors you like would enhance the other rooms as well.  I know it’s hard, but don’t give up now.  If these colors aren’t great, try again till you find a few that you think will work.

3.  Get the colors that you like (a few) made up into paint samples that you can try on your walls.  Pick up the cheap spongy brushes per can of paint.

4.  Take one color and carefully apply it on the wall in a few places.  One near natural sunlight, any build-ins or existing furnishings, near any other room colors and your flooring.  You may need to apply a couple of layers of paint to get the full color effect.  Take your second color and apply it next to or above your first color.  Keep doing this until you have all your colors applied.

5.  After your paint completely dries look at the colors around the room to see if one stands out for you.  Now you may find that you are drawn to one color but know it needs to be brighter or darker, etc.  Don’t settle, go back to the store with that paint swatch and see other colors that are close.  *Tip- some hardware stores, mostly the small independently owned stores will have color fans that they’ll loan you to take home.

6.  If you’ve found your color, or think you have make sure to check it out on your wall during different times of the day as the color will change as the light changes.  Also, see how it looks at night with your own lighting.

7.  Once you’ve spent a couple days trying out the paints and looking at how they feel in your room, you may have found the perfect wall color.  If so, make sure you buy your paint in the right finish.  Remember the finish will also change the look of the paint, especially Glossy.  I recommend going with an Eggshell finish.  Here is more information on paint finishes.

I know this seems like a lot to do to find your paint color, but this process really helps to not impulsively buy the wrong paint color.  I’ve done it before and if I can give you one tip…if you start painting and you say to yourself, “oohhh not feeling it…STOP painting”!  This will save you time.  If you follow my process, it will cost you some money upfront to buy samples, but it’s much cheaper than buying that gallon of paint that you’re gambling with…take your time and find the right color as you are the one who is going to be living with it for awhile.  Remember painting a room is the cheapest and easiest way to enhance any room, just make sure you’re enhancing it the right way.

Home layers

I love a home that has a lot of layers and accessories.  The best way to achieve this is to use various collectables, art, books, pictures, flowers, candles and vaces.   I find the areas in a  room I’m drawn to feel like they were layered at different times and items were accumulated over the years of the owners’ life.  The best way to ‘fake’ it is to buy items from unexpected places, such as tag sales, thrift stores, flea markets, auction houses, on line and don’t forget to revisit your own items hiding in that attic.  Most people like two colors, but I find more the better.  I’m drawn to an eclectic arrangement of unexpected items, textures and colors.  Which ever you enjoy, a couple colors or several, try different looks and items in your space as you never know what will happen, you just might like it!

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I love how neutral these accessories are in light grays and cream and work perfectly with this beautiful blue color shown in the handmade art and books.

The Enchanted Home: accessories arranging

Mostly white & lime with splashes of color.  The twigs brings nature into this traditional space.

A wooden desk decorated with books and sculptural home accessories

                          Layers of vintage items add so much interest to this space.

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Shelving is the perfect place to display your collections.
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I love how these accessories pop on the dark colored shelving.

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Whites and creams shine when layered together and pop with a dark background!

Cute shelves to organize in the bathroom.

I love the balance between functional and decorative accessories grouped together.

All white bookshelves and accessories give this sitting area a clean aesthetic.

White on white is so chic and so in control!

My next project

Project:  Living room & Dining room area

My vision:  To mix gray browns into the two rooms with prints and paint.

Details:  Reupholster one or two chairs and sofa.  Paint walls and some accessories and add a Lucite coffee table.

Stage 1:  collecting fabrics, colors, taking measurements & ordering fabrics

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Dining room chocolate brown wall.

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My current living room space & style

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Collecting fabrics:  I love how these prints compliment one another

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This pillow is the perfect gray.  I picked up some spray paints to compliment this gray

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An antique chair that will be recovered with this bird print

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My current sofa.  As you can see there is some wear & stains.  I still love the lines and tufting of this sofa

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The ikat print that pushed me over the edge and decided to go for it

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Thinking of replacing as slip covering would be nearly as much

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Working through the samples to see how they work together

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My current taupy wall color

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I adore this animal print.  Wanted to use for slip cover but may use instead of bird fabric

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Much deeper color than my current sofa fabric.  I’m ready to go darker and softer to the touch.  Change is good.

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As you know, projects take time.  My next stage is to schedule the sofa & chairs and paint!  To be continued. . . . .