Category: Kelly’s New Home

Tips and Tricks Using Fake Flowers

January 18, 2020

One of my reader friends, Hi Robyn!, asked where I buy all of my flowers I use for decorating. I think flowers, real or faux, bring a touch of happiness to a room.  They put a smile on my face when I see in a room. I of course would love my home filled with real flowers, but in the dead of winter like now, I will use faux with no problem because some look so real!

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Faux flowers have come a long way! I remember when just starting out in business, it was very expensive to buy floral stems and arrangements that looked real. They all had a waxy, fake look about them. Remember that? And there was no online shopping  so you could only find them in a few select stores.

So where do I find my fake florals?

 

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I start looking in Amazon for everyday flowers because of variety, price and reviews. Wayfair also has a good selection:

floral Hydrangea and Rose Floral Arrangement in Glass Vase

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Pier1 is still one of my favorite stores for branches and floral stems:

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Joss and Main is another great store for accessories:

Faux Hydrangea Centerpiece in Vase

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Ballard Designs greens and topiaries are beautiful also!:

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Here are a few decorating tips when using faux flowers:

Tip: When shopping online, do a bit of research and always read the reviews!

Tip: The faux flowers made out of silk are the ones that look most genuine.

Tip:  Allow a few petals to drop. Real flowers shed, so let your fake flowers shed a few blossoms or buds on the table.

Tip: When using a clear vase with faux flowers, I think the ones that have water on the bottom look best.

Tip: Decorate with flowers that are all one color and type. Find one fake flower in the color you like and fill the vase or container with them.

Tip: Use a clear vase unconventionally with a single bud:

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TIP: Bend the stems.  A real flower does not stand perfectly straight on it’s stem. Bend the wire stems a bit so they will droop more like a real flower.

Tip: When filling a vase, too many flowers are better than not having enough.When there are not enough flowers used, it tends to make them look chintzy and cheap.

Tip: It’s the little details in a room such as pops of flowers that make the whole room look put together.

Tip: Flowers, including faux flowers, are one of a stylist’s best friend.

Tip: Using flowers helps tie a collection of items together. It’s all in the little details.  greens

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Tip: A good idea when making a large faux floral arrangement, is that the main flower you are using is in season. For example, you wouldn’t want to use poinsettias in your summer tablescape, nor would you want to put gerber daisy blooms in a vase in January.

Tip: Not a fan of planting fake flowers outdoors. Because of the natural elements around them, they really stand out and not look real. There may be afflite links in this post.

Tip: Keep it simple. 

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Have a great weekend!

Kelly xoxo

Week Two in the New Home

December 14, 2019

I can’t believe that of all the items I am having trouble finding for our new home, it is a new shower curtain for the guest bath. Guests are coming next week!  I am a pretty good accessory shopper but I can not seem to find the right one. I have been shopping local and online.  A friend commented on this photo I posted earlier in the month using two shower curtains:

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I really like the look and I thought it was a great idea until I looked at my shower wall. I think the purpose of the open curtains is to have something pretty to look at such as a window:

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Unfortunately, I do not have something pretty to view in my guest bath:

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I DO have a curved shower rod which I never even thought about before. Did you know a curved shower curtain rod will provide up to 33% more room in the shower?  They say that it helps keep the wet, sticky shower curtain further away from your body so it doesn’t “attack” you like it does in closer quarters!We will see.Read More

Moving Into Our New Home

December 7, 2019

Happy Sunday everyone! I wanted to write a short post letting you know that I am still around, (missed two weeks of posts) and that we have moved into our new home!

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Mike and I are now in a one-story home, half the square footage we have previously lived in. Downsizing is hard, (too many decisions to make about getting rid of stuff) but it is also refreshing and uplifting! For example, an armoire that was in good shape that we have moved six times to homes in the past and have hardly used, is now donated to someone that can use a dresser:

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Great feeling. I have not had a chance to decorate much since I just moved in the day before Thanksgiving, but being so close to the Holiday’s, I am going to just do some fun Christmas decorating for now:

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I am planning to do some painting soon I hope! What do you think about painting these tops of the tray ceiling navy blue?:Read More

Mixing Traditional With Modern Farmhouse Style, Plus I’m Quoted in Apartment Therapy This Month!

October 19, 2019

If you could start from scratch with your interior, what style would you be? Since I am fortunate enough to be moving into a new home that has all white trim and clean interior lines which I love,  I really love the way the dark woods of older traditional furniture are used in the bright and airy interiors of the modern farmhouse styles:

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I like the clean, modern look but layering in a statement furniture piece brings in a beautiful accent to the white trim and furnishings of the modern look:

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It’s stylized approach to comfort and beautiful, simple design, evokes a spirit that’s warm and inviting, and the contrast brings a unexpected modern mix:Read More

Embracing a New Chapter

October 12, 2019

Hey everyone. I thought this week I would catch you up on what is going on in my little corner of life. I told you about Mike and I building our new forever home. here, here, here and here.

Well, it seems destiny had different plans for us. We have been running into many issues, including waiting five months now for a septic permit. We have not even cut down one tree and here comes winter right around the corner. We are so tired of still living out of boxes in our current rental home. We have moved 7 times in the past 12 years and just want to be settled.

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Do you believe in fate? Well, we were on a drive last Sunday and we found a pretty house for sale, by owner. The neighborhood is beautiful so we decided to take a look inside:

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It is almost the same as the house we were going to build.  Just about the same layout. We love the yard, the one floor living, a laundry room, (happy dance!), a large master bedroom and a beautiful screened in porch.

So… we have decided to buy and move into this house and make it our forever home. We are not going to wait to build anymore. I really believe fate stepped in and made us wait because we were supposed to find this home and make it ours. All new rooms to decorate! I will have fun sharing how I am designing each room in our new forever home.

Such as finding new wallpaper for the laundry room:

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How exciting it will be!

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Source for above quotes found here. Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly xo

Fireplace Wall Design Ideas

August 10, 2019

Mike and I are in the fireplace wall design stage for the new home. I like to get a few ideas together to show Mike to help narrow down our final decision. (There is no way he is going to stand there and look at all the different photos I look at!). Although I loved our NH fireplace:

Kelly Bernier 5 14 kitchen

I think I want something clean and minimal like the rest of the house will be. Although, a stone fireplace is beautiful:

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Martha O’Hara Interiors

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So many different colors and textures of stone!:Read More