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March Madness Inspired Rooms
College basketball fans love their teams, and March Madness can get intense. A friend of mine scheduled surgery at its onset so he could recover while watching the games. I read an article claiming that lost worker productivity costs companies $1.7 billion during March Madness—although that statistic’s validity has been debated. Either way, March Madness is coming and basketball fans are gearing up for some great action on the court. Bring some of that excitement home with you and try these basketball inspired rooms.
Younger fans might take their love for basketball and, while they’re still young enough to carry it off, apply it to the décor in their bedrooms.
You can have subtle touches of your basketball theme, implementing accent pieces here and there—an autographed, framed jersey on the wall; a vintage leather basketball; maybe picture frames.
Radiant Orchid decorations for Valentine’s Day.
You take this year’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. Then you take this week’s holiday, Valentine’s Day. Put them together and you have the perfect excuse to add a pop of fresh color to your décor while trying out a new look in your home.
Depending on your desire for change and your home’s current style, you can add a little touch of Radiant Orchid or go for a more dramatic effect. The color is in the purple-pink family and goes well with neutrals, particularly creams, grays and taupe. Pantone also recommends combining Radiant Orchid with turquoise, teal, light yellow, and even darker greens such as olive and hunter green. Read the rest of this entry »
Decorating Your Outdoor Kitchen
It’s cold outside now, but this weather won’t last forever. Before we know it, spring will be here, and then glorious summer—the reason we endure these single-digit days. While you’re snuggling down and stuck indoors, it’s the perfect time to start brainstorming ideas for your home. Don’t forget the outdoor spaces, too, including outdoor cooking and dining areas.
Summertime is when we want to be outdoors as much as possible. One way to encourage your family to be outdoors more is by spending time now thinking about your outdoor kitchen and how you can make it more comfortable and appealing. Here is some food for thought.
Consistent Style. When you’re decorating your outdoor kitchen, you want it to flow with the style of your home. If you have a traditional home, you may want your outdoor kitchen to feature a stone fireplace, brick oven, wood components or other traditional materials. If your home is contemporary, sleek lines, stainless steel and simplicity may shine.
Relaxing and Comfy. Your outdoor kitchen needs to be comfortable—no hard chairs or stiff seats here. Plush chairs and cushioned settees made of water-resistant materials are great for kicking back after a summer’s day, hopefully with a cool beverage in your hand. Make sure you have enough seating to accommodate guests you may want to invite over as well.
Side tables. Make sure you have places to put those icy cold drinks and plates. If your outdoor kitchen is breezy, make sure the furniture is heavy and solid enough to not be blown around in the wind. Read the rest of this entry »
Ring in the New Year with these DIY projects for your home.
Wood pallet project ideas embrace the inner do-it-yourselfer. They range on any level of expertise and the ideas never run out. From chic and elegant to country rustic, wooden pallets accentuate decorations and room color. These often discarded pieces can easily be attained. As they say, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure!
1. Coffee table. Paint, screws, and voila!
Quick tips for decorating this holiday season.
I want my Yuletide outlook to be “Joy to the World.” Unfortunately, most days I feel more like “Mommy got run over by a reindeer.” This time of year is so busy and full of to-dos and parties and shopping and hosting and baking, it can be overwhelming. I have to intentionally remind myself that these are all fun things and should not be a cause of stress. When it comes to decorating my home for the holidays, I want it to be an activity that is fun and joyful. Here are some ideas on how you can make decorating for the holidays a fun activity rather than just another “to do.”
First off, there is only one Martha Stewart, and you are not her. I am not her. Only Martha can be Martha—so why do we kill ourselves aiming for perfection? Instead, let’s look at our life and be realistic. If you have young children, a crazy job, a health struggle, a sick parent—whatever your current life issue, acknowledge it and adjust your expectations. For example, if you have a toddler (or kitten or puppy), you simply cannot have a tree that is decorated with exquisitely gorgeous breakable ornaments, because those ornaments will all end up trashed. Let’s all give ourselves a moment and choose to skip decorations that simply do not mesh with our current life stage.
Since we’re going to skip certain decorating tasks, next up is prioritizing. Think about the decorating that really matters to you. Is it the tree? Focus on that. Will you be traveling out-of-town on Christmas and your tree will die? Spend your time decorating elsewhere in the home. Or decorate the two rooms in your home where you spend the most time (family room and kitchen, for example) and skip the rest. Read the rest of this entry »
- It’s not as easy as it seems to photograph your home. More goes into it than a click and a flash. If you’re trying to show home improvements in before and after shots, it is especially important to photograph the room in it’s best light for the after shot. There are some tips to accentuate the positive changes you have made. These photographs are meant to emphasize what a wonderful job you’ve done transforming the drab to fab!
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If you’re starting to feel a little cramped, or you have a small room in your house you’ve always felt there was more to do with, pay attention! We have a few suggestions to help maximize your space and turn your small room into a big hit!
Remove Furniture/Streamline Your Design: There’s nothing that makes a small space feel more cramped than having too much stuff. This includes both big fixtures (furniture, heavy window treatments) and eliminating clutter (knick-knacks on shelves). The more you can utilize things like table skirts, cabinets, or other out-of-sight storage, the more orderly and open your space will feel.
Lighten the color: Dark, warm colors have a tendency to make rooms feel cozy and intimate. The opposite is also often true, where light colors make a room feel open and airy. To maximize the effect, use soft blues and greens. The reflective qualities of these lighter colors tend to brighten a small room nicely.
Hang Some Mirrors: Mirrors reflect both natural and artificial light to make a room feel bigger and brighter at any time of the day or night. Using a mirror to reflect the outdoors or a focal point of the room will make your room feel more open. This beautiful oversized mirror is a perfect accessory, and it reflects a focal point of the room, the fireplace.
Plain Fabrics: Over-zealous prints have a tendency to take up a lot of visual space in a room. Instead, opt for lighter colors and simpler designs. If you already have a dark couch or armchair, a slipcover is an inexpensive way to revamp your color scheme.
Think Vertically: Simple steps like hanging curtains all the way from ceiling to floor, rather than just to where the windows stop. This elongated look gives the visual effect of lifting the whole space. To maximize a small space, homeowners should also try to buy or build cabinets that reach all the way to the ceiling, or nearly there. Not only will it increase your storage space, but it will help lift the room.
Today we want to help you finally tackle those garage sale, antique store and flea market finds and turn them into the beautiful showpieces you imagined them as. Refinishing old furniture is not only a more environmentally friendly option than buying new, it is also a way to incorporate family heirlooms or sentimental pieces into your current design scheme. Not to mention, refinishing an old piece assures you that you’ll end up with a one-of-a-kind look!
You’ll want to start the refinishing process by wiping down your piece with soapy water so you can get a good look at it. Are there layers of paint or stain that need to be removed? Are there some gouges that could use some sanding or putty? Talk to your local paint professional to determine what steps you need to take to make sure your piece is ready to accept new paint or stain.
- You can paint metal. You can do a paint makeover on metal but the surface should be primed. Pieces with lots of curves lend themselves to a spray-on primer that comes in a can. Read the rest of this entry »
Whether you’re operating on a budget, looking to give your furniture a new twist, or trying to add “pop” to a room, painting your furniture is a fun DIY project that gives you the ability to accomplish all or any of these things!
Ombre shading is a big trend in clothing, decor, even hair. You can adapt the look to painted furniture by adding a soft gradient to an update an old dresser. Using a fan deck, grab a sample pot of each color and paint away! Typically the top drawer, dresser top, sides, and feet are all the lightest gradient color.
Don’t forget: where there is paint, there can be stencils! Forget the fusty, country blue geese you may be envisioning. Adding a contemporary stencil design is a great way to add fresh style and personality to your painted furniture. These old wooden chairs turned “wild berry” are a great example. We highly recommend you take a look at the before and after pictures, too.
Using a bright color on a once-basic colored piece adds focus and style. For instance, this kelly green cabinet is the perfect amount of accent to a black and white foyer. The before and after on this project is quite remarkable as well.
If instead of a new and bright look, you’re looking to age or distress your piece, look no further. The Pretty Handy Girl blog does an excellent job explaining different techniques and methods to perfecting a worn look.