Category: DIY Projects

A Statement Mirror in Every Room

January 13, 2016

What is the one accessory I suggest using in every room as a great statement piece?

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A mirror! Mirrors are a decorator’s best friend, and with good reason — a well-placed mirror makes the most of a room’s natural light, enhances views, opens a small space and adds sparkle to décor.

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I recently read an article from Houzz that stated that one of the main design trends we will see in 2016 is Statement Mirrors in the Bathroom:

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Two More Color Options for Oak Cabinets

January 4, 2016

Yes, I do still suggest looking at green paint colors for your kitchen walls when you are working with oak cabinets, such as here. BUT, I thought I would share a couple other paint color options that also work well:

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The paint color above is Benjamin Moore Firenze AF-225. Doesn’t it work well with the cabinets? A perfect compliment with oak or maple kitchen cabinets. I had chosen Firenze for our kitchen when we first moved in 8 years ago:

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I was still happy with the color, but when we put in new granite counters and backsplash last year, I decided to also change the wall color for a whole new look:

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I sampled many colors, (just like you!) before I finally decided to paint with Ben Moore Chelsea Gray:

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I love it! The dark gray works well with my cabinets, backsplash and countertops. So if you are looking for other possibilities to work with your oak/maple cabinets, take a look at Firenze AF-225 or Chelsea Gray HC-168. Always good to have other options!

A little project I finally finished last week in the kitchen was covering a couple stools:

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It really was not as difficult as I thought. I just took the screws out of the bottom of seat:

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Then I laid out and cut the fabric, (fabric is same as window treatments):

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I pulled the fabric tight and stapled. For the corners, I just folded like a present and stapled tight:

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What a wonderful difference:

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I love when those little details work out so pretty, don’t you? Thanks for stopping by everyone!

FTD Flower Christmas Tree

December 12, 2015

It’s official! I have named myself the craft queen of Christmas 2016!:

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I am just enjoying myself putting these projects together!

So, FTD had written me asking if I would like to decorate a Christmas Tree with real flowers and take photos for their website. I had a choice of a few beautiful arrangement to chose from here. Of course the purple, FTD Joyful Bouquet by Vera Wang won my vote!:

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At first I wondered how will the flowers stay alive?? Then I remembered these little floral tubes:

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Okay! I will give it a try. I actually forgot to take a before photo of the tree when it was bare and naked. I remembered once I already started:

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My beautiful bouquet to work with:

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I added the flowers last. I think it came out beautiful!:

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I think I could have kept adding and adding ornaments and flowers, but I wanted the white roses to stand out and be the star:

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What do you think my decorating friends? Would you try this at home? I do suggest using a small tree because of the live flowers.

I want to thank Brett from FTD for allowing me to take part in this Christmas project! It was fun and allowed me to be more Christmas crafty!

Redecorating and Rearranging

October 3, 2015

Do you like to play with your arrangements and move your stuff around, for no obvious reason except that it is fun? Me too! Like this little corner today:

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It looked fine and the plant filled the corner nicely. But I was never a fan of this plant because it has prickly leaves that are sharp! Not very good Feng Shui by the doorway. So I moved the plant out and looked around for other ideas to fill the space: book corner See the wall to the left of the door? Have you ever seen so many light switches?? I can not hang something right over them because they are used. So I try to hide them the best I can: book corner2 I like the bookshelf but not crazy about the whole look. Then I remembered my blog post from the other day, Creating A Cozy Corner and thought I would give that a try here: corner chair I like it! The chair works well with the other furnishings in the room. corner I am happy with how it came out. New scenery and it did not cost a thing. Plus it was fun! I also went for a drive today and look who is back in town: brady brady2 The Pumpkin People! It is a yearly Fall event in Jackson, NH where local businesses compete for first place for the best display of a Pumpkin People scene. I love going to all the different ones and taking pictures. Good inspiration if you are looking for ideas: mad hatter I think this was my favorite: despic despic2 So very talented! Bales of hay and pumpkins: despic3 misfits I hope you are enjoying the weekend everyone!

Signs Of Autumn

September 13, 2015

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Hard to believe, but the calendar says Fall is coming. The leaves are starting to turn and my local farm stand has decorated their huts:

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I am not quite ready to let go of the Summer yet, but I do love looking at inspirational photos to get myself ready:

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Look how easy and cute this idea is for flowerboxes:

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Isn’t this basket beautiful?:

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This was my Fall decorated porch last year:

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I better start planning for this year. I have found that is the key for the best arrangements- planning it out first.

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This has been my number one pin this Autumn so far:

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If you would like to look at more Fall photos, visit my Pinterest board here. You do have to admit that Autumn is the prettiest Season of all:

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Happy Autumn My Decorating Friends!

Porch Envy

April 6, 2015

Are you thinking about bringing your decorating skills outside now that the weather is turning a bit warmer?

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Maybe this year you can plan on dressing up your front porch entry to be the star of the neighborhood:

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The first step I suggest is to start with a great outdoor area rug:

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There are so many great choices and it is a great place to start your color palette. I always have good luck at Grandinroad. Just make sure your mat is a larger size. You can read more about the correct mat size here.

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If there is room next to the door, a chair or bench is a great way to bring in color with a pillow or throw:

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One planter or two always looks great:

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How about making a unique wreath this year? I love this look:

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I can make that. ( I can try!) Look what a cute idea I saw on Pinterest:

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Well, I still see snow on the ground here, so my pretty porch will have to wait a bit longer. Remember to just plan what you will need to decorate your outdoor vignette and the rest will fall into place, like I demonstrated with my Autumn porch here. Headed off to Sarasota Wednesday and I hope to take some photos to share!