Category: Decorating Hints & Tips

Blue & White & Spring Flowers

May 12, 2018

blue and coral

I love using my blue and white chinoiserie jars to display flowers:

blue and peonies

 

Especially all of the beautiful Spring flowers blooming now!:

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Quick Decorating Tip When Displaying Family Photos

May 8, 2018

One idea I always give my clients regarding family photos, is instead of placing a family photo or two around in different areas of your home, it is a great idea to bring every family photo together and lay out in one spot:

photo wall

One big family gallery wall:

photo up wall

When the photos are all together in a group, people tend to stop and look at the them:

photos

No one seems to stop and look when there is only one or a two photos.  Maybe because it seems you are being nosy looking at their private memories? I think a grouping of photos make people want to stop and look because it is more of a display:

photo walls

Like beautiful artwork! Just add favorite memories along the way.

Remember this tip when you are looking to display your family in the best possible way!

Sneak Peek of My New Home Office

May 5, 2018

I can finally start getting excited about our home office project. I am starting to see the finish line! My husband and I have been working, (on and off), upstairs on a brand new office for me!:

office

I am fortunate my husband is such a great handyman- he can make anything. After painting, ( with my favorite color) navy blue, we had to wire in new lights because there was not any overhead lighting. And we decided to build a whole wall of bookshelves and cabinets:

office wall

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Amazing Air Plants

May 2, 2018

When I visited the Maine Home & Garden Show in Portland last month, my favorite find was this beautiful air plant:

air plant

I had heard of air plants, but wasn’t really sure what they were. I bought it with the sea urchin shell on, (it hides the roots) and thought it was so pretty and unique. Little did I know that it would bloom with flowers:

air

I was so excited! The best part is that the plant only needs sprayed twice a week.Read More

Just a Reminder

May 1, 2018

Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you know that the May issue of my monthly newsletter ‘Roominations’ will be published tomorrow, May 3. This issue is packed with great content!

* This month’s special post is sharing my new, easy-care plant for indoors:

air plant

 

* This issue answers this month’s Reader Question, “ Dear Kelly, I understand how high to hang my curtain rod for my window, but I am not sure how wide I should bring curtains out on sides of window. What length size curtain rod do I look for?”

* In this newsletter I also share how I get my Porch Ready for the Warm Weather.

 

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Simple DIY Pillow Project

April 21, 2018

As you know, a quick and easy update for your home to celebrate the warmer temperatures outside, is to add new, white and bright pillows to your living room and bedroom:

new pillow

I have so many pillows, but I need new ones! haha I found this fabric that I fell in love with right away at Greenhouse Fabrics:

new fabric

I have not sewn in over 15 years but felt I would remember how to sew a simple pillow! I ordered one yard to make 2 18” pillows. I made a 20”, ( 18” plus 1” seam allowance on each side) square pattern out of brown paper and cut out:

new pattern

Funny how I remembered exactly how to thread the sewing machine, fill a bobbin and figure out the seam allowance! (half inch):

sewing

Be sure to leave opening 10-12” on one side to later insert pillow insert. After sewing right sides together, I trimmed the corners and turned inside out. I ironed out any wrinkles and pressed under 1/2” on open edge. After I inserted pillow insert, I sewed up the edge and that was it!:

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sewing side

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pillow and fire

I forgot how much I enjoyed sewing. I LOVE fabric. I miss not being able to go into a fabric store and be able to touch and feel everything, although there are a lot of places to find beautiful fabrics at great prices, such as  Etsy and Online Fabrics.  I think they came out beautifully! I am happy I did not have to spend a fortune for unique, one of a kind, perfect pillows.  What can I make next? Have you sewed anything in awhile?

I also cleaned out this messy corner:

before corner

after corner

after

What projects have you been working on?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly  xo