Month: April 2014

Making Ready Made Window Treatments Better

April 30, 2014


I know we would all love to be able to afford custom window treatments for all of our windows. But I also know that is not practical or affordable for many of us.

A trick I have learned is when purchasing ready made curtains from the store, always buy double. Most all ready made window treatments are only 50-60 inches wide. Yes, they will cover your window according to the measurements, but it just does not look right. They will look store bought (and cheaper) because they are so flimsy:


Do you see how thin they look?:


But if you buy double panels for each side and sew the two panels together, you will have a nice width of 100-120 inches:


They look soooo much better. And yes, it is a little more expensive, but imagine how much more custom window treatments would cost.


Do you double up on your window treatments? Don’t you love the fullness of them? Beautiful!

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Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2014

April 26, 2014


When I met with my Ben Moore design rep the other day, she asked what I thought about the new 2014 Color Trends. I have to admit, as much as I am crazy about color and try to keep up with everything, I had not even really looked at the colors yet. Everything goes by so fast- read today or it is gone. For some reason, I just skipped over the rest of the new colors.

Of course I read all about the color of the year, Breath of Fresh Air:

breath of fresh air

Benjamin Moore states that Breath of Fresh Air 806 is the common thread that weaves through every color chosen for the Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2014 palette. I can see that.

Here is the Color Trends 2014 ‘new’ neutral palette:



What are your thoughts?  At first glance, I thought they were all pastels. Some are light such as Fruit Shake 2088-60:

fruit shake

And Distant Gray 2124-70:

distant gray

But there are also quite a few of mid to darker shades such as Sparrow AF-720:


Van Deusen Blue HC-156:

van deusen

Caribbean Teal 2123-20:

caribean Teal

And Super Nova 1414:

super nova

Love those blues!

I have worked with Clay Beige OC-11:

clay beige

Palladian Blue HC-144:

palladian blue

And Nightingale AF-670:



One color I really want to try is Coral Essence 2007-40 with soft blue:

coral and blue


I am glad I took a better look at the new colors! I hope you also enjoyed looking through Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends for 2014. If you would like to learn more about how the colors were chosen, read here.

All photos are from the Benjamin Moore website unless marked.

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Spring Cleaning Tip For Window Treatments

April 22, 2014



Taking down the curtains to clean is not one of my favorite household jobs to do. But at least it is not like years ago when we had the fancy, heavy window treatments:


That really wasn’t that long ago was it?

I like taking ideas on how to clean quick and easy and try it out. One trick I have learned that does make getting those curtains done without washing or dry cleaning, is to put one panel at a time in the dryer with an old, dry terry cloth towel. The towel will absorb the grime released in the tumbling action. Set it on for 30 minutes on air fluff—no heat cycle. Remove immediately and hang. One extra step I have included is to throw in a dryer sheet for added scent.


Your window treatments will be fresh and clean! And a fraction of the cost of dry cleaning. Has anyone else use this cleaning method? Love to hear any other shortcuts you use to get your house clean!

Custom Starburst Mirror

April 19, 2014


I am so happy how my new starburst mirror came out. I think it is so pretty! That I made it myself is an extra bonus why I love it even more:



An inexpensive and easy project- my favorite! I had made this same mirror a couple years ago here:

star mirror

I like the unfinished look of the wood, but this time I needed a pop of color for this large empty wall:

empty wall

I used the same number of shims and followed the same directions here:

new star

new star2

new star3

new star4

new star5

I actually really enjoyed putting the mirror together. Fun project.



What do you think? Just think of all the colors you could paint it to work in your space! A wow accessory that is easy to make and inexpensive. Do you have a place a new mirror would look great?

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Simple Spring Mesh Wreath

April 15, 2014

[pinterest]I was at Michaels the other day and I saw these pretty Easter wreaths made out of mesh fabric:

mesh wreath


They were very pretty but cost $50.00 each!

Remember this burlap wreath I made last Fall?:


It was so easy and I got a lot of compliments on it. Since I had made the burlap wreath, I thought the mesh wreath should be fairly easy also.

I was happy to find at Michaels  a metal wreath that already has the twist ties attached. Much easier to make a wreath!


I used about one and 1/2 large rolls of mesh fabric and one small roll. The wreath was $6.00 and the rolls were on sale at $5.00 each.


First, tie end piece to wreath:


Then slide your hands down about 10 inches of fabric then gather together accordion style:


Attach the gather to the wreath using the twist ties:


I worked along the bottom ring first, then moved up to the inner ring.


A little hint is that it is easier to work if you put the wreath on the table and the roll of fabric on the floor:


When you think the wreath looks full enough, puff up each section!:


You can add a bunny or some Easter eggs or anything you like. I just wanted to add a happy Spring bow on mine:


I like simple and pretty! Happy Spring everyone! I think it is finally here.

Fire Safety Tip For Fan Decks

April 13, 2014


Do not leave your color fan decks unattended when lights are switched on! This weekend I had left my fan deck against a wall sconce to show my husband a couple of color options to paint this wall:


But then I forgot about it until I smelled smoke. It was a really bad burning smell that just kept getting worse! I called for Mike and at first we could not find it, but then I saw the fan deck sticking out with flames!

My husband was mad. Thankfully the wall did not catch on fire. Just the fan deck.


Please do not leave your paper fan decks unattended while leaning on a wall sconce that is on.