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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

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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.

DSC_0244Lisa was willing to start fresh with her existing furniture.

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.

DSC_0310I really loved the colors and texture of these Crate & Barrel pillows.

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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!”

A feel of History

My house has exposed wood beams and everyone seems to enjoy how different they make the room feel.  I find that when wood beams, bricks or early wood floors are added or exposed in a home, it adds so much depth and character to a home without trying.  Here are some examples of rooms that feel like they have a touch of history to them.  What I love about all these rooms is they don’t feel entirely ‘old’, the historical elements add character to these updated rooms.  Classic mix!

7 Creative Bedside Table Ideas | StyleCaster

Old World Home Decorating Ideas |those floors!!!!!! Design Ideas and ...
neutrals

Painted brick.

Mix of traditional and contemporary - Stone wall, stainless steel, exposed beams
a cool, earthy vibe

blue & white small kitchen

mantle hood, pine floors and old world style lighting in this kitchen make it look like an olde english countryside kitchen
Brick room
A downstairs room in Charleston’s Miles Brewton House, Town & Country Magazine
Old World Home Decorating Ideas | See your home could reduce the way you see
A loft in an old warehouse - PLANET DECO homes world
Hang Beams Overhead - Rough-hewn ceiling beams (even faux ones) lend old-world charm to any room. Try them in your common areas.
photo credit Pinterest

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
White Closet
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

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.

Holiday Gift Guide *Etsy*

When it comes to giving a gift why not give something handmade.  When someone is taking their energy to create a handcrafted good, I call it Art.  There is nothing I find more beautiful than when I know someone handmade a great gift.

white birch bark journal or guest book handmade - wood book -  rustic  woodland winter wedding gift - grey gray blue  - ready to ship

Birch bark Journal by Three Trees Bindry

Leather Candle Wrap with Layered Wooden Crosses Encrusted in Swarovski Crystals

Layered Wooden Cross Candle Corset by Fine and Funky Designs

Linen napkin set of 8 for Christmas day gift finds - gray white green or red natural linen fabric 18x18

Linen Napkins by Pillow Link

Drops Gold Necklace- Leather Necklace- Statement Necklace- Pearls Pendant- Fashion Jewelry- Hand made Jewelry- FREE SHIPPING

Gold, Pearls & Leather Necklace by LiatGiladJewellery

Gold Zag Tray

Gold Zag Try by Up in the Air Somewhere

Original Watercolor Painting- Birch Tree Painting "Skeleton Birches"
Original Watercolor painting by Pine Tree Art
Organic Hand knit Wool Blanket by Good Bye 1979
Bear Country Yarn Bowl
Ceramic Bowl by Inaeent
Crystal Cascade stained glass panel window
Crystal Stained Glass Panel by Barbara Stained Glass
OMBRE DUCK EGG blue antler geometric contemporary modern chevron arrow painted decorative stripe bone taxidermy decor art piece
Ombre painted antler by Zoo K Shop
18x18 Wolf Brown Black Faux Fur Decorative Pillow Set 2pcs.
Faux Wolf fur Pillows (set 2)  by Salvani

Happy 100

Make any cake classy with this candelabra. Keepin it Classy.
HAPPY 100 POSTS!!!!!!
99 posts ago I had no idea that I would be so passionate about my blog and writing posts.  Writing about fashion, home design & my jobs makes me very proud, happy and I love that this isn’t work~ it’s amazing fulfilling and oh so fun.
The success of my blog is due to my followers and fellow blogger who share my passions and really help me feel wonderful about what I share.  I look forward to my next 100 posts!  Thank you for reading and being interested in what I love!!  CHEERS!!

Design Within Reach: Dining In Is the New Going Out

Design Within Reach: Dining In Is the New Going Out