Tag: decorating

It’s All In the Details- Stools

June 27, 2020

Happy Summer Sunday! My favorite part of any design project is finishing/styling with accessories and using little details that really make a room special. Stools are so versatile and can be used in every room in your home in multiple ways!

In the entry, stools are the perfect size to slide under a console table until needed for extra seating:

Rosenda Console Table

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The bath is one of my favorite places for a stool to hold accessories and wine!:

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I love using stools in a cozy reading nook:

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Stools can be used as little tables:

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Have you ever thought of using stools together as a coffee table?:

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Or as a plant stand:

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Stools are great for outside accessories too! :

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I have pretty stools all over my house:

stool bedroom

stool bird

My favorite little stool I found at a NH yard sale about 20 years ago:

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Here is a roundup of my favorite stools online:

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1   Vanity stool

      2   Seagrass Stool

3   Beige Stool  

4   Table Stool

5   Plant stool

Garden Stool

Rustic Stool

8   Yellow Stool

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Hope you enjoyed! Have a wonderful week and stay safe out there.

Kelly xo

 

 

How To Style Your Nightstand

May 16, 2020

Good morning everyone! I know that you are probably not thinking about decorating your nightstand at this moment, but if you find yourself with a little extra time and feel like playing stylist, I have put together a few tips for you:How To Style Nightstand Pro3

 

    • Design: It’s important to start with a good foundation — the nightstand itself! Choose a nightstand with a drawer and/or lower shelf so you can hide the clutter and stack your books and magazines underneath.
    • Lighting: Lighting in a bedroom is key, as you want to create a warm and gentle ambiance to set a calm environment for bedtime. I always make sure the lamp is on a dimmer so that it can be used for reading in bed as well as mood setting on a low level. Make sure that the scale is appropriate for the space you have. Choose a lamp that doesn’t take up the entire nightstand.
    • Mirrors: If your room is small, a mirror mounted on the wall behind the nightstand can make the room feel bigger.
    • Jewelry box: A box or small plate to hold your ring, watch and trinkets is important to help keep your bedside table organized.
    • Family photos: Having one professional photograph of a special milestone like a wedding or newborn photo is a nice way to remember the important people in your life. Make sure the frame doesn’t overpower the picture. Sterling silver frames are simple and will match with anything else you use on nightstand.
    • Clocks: So beautiful and functional too!
    • Books: Choose some pretty books,  it can be color or subject that attracts you and make a neat little stack.
    • Personal touches: Add something a little whimsical or sentimental. Those little pieces make a nightstand go from boring to perfectly styled!
    • Add a plant: Plants are continuously evolving accessories that you can customize over time. Not only do they look great, but they also create better air quality. Too much work? Go for a beautiful faux plant or flowers.
    • Trays are your friend: If you have the space, a tray will add visual interest and help to corral things like small bowls, a water glass and/or bud vase.
    • Keep it simple: Clutter has a way of stressing us out. Make sure your nightstand has built-in storage for all of your bedside accessories. Leave the top for essential accessories like a clock, lamp and pretty stuff.

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New Home Projects Completed

April 25, 2020

We are happy with the way our living room is progressing:

Living Room

Living room Flowers

These color are so me- pinks and blues.  I have always loved blue since I was little. Can you tell I love raspberry too? 🙂

The walls you see in the above photos are much closer to the actual paint color. My friend helped me lighten to be more accurate.

Here is a Before::old living room

Living Room new

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These cherry blossom branches from the yard were beautiful! I just wish they lasted longer. Barely a week and I had to throw them out.

cherry blossoms

We also painted a bedroom accent wall. The room is just so big that I am making various ‘vignettes’ around the room . Remember I was looking for colors?:

bedroom before

bedroom testing

I am glad I tested because I thought Ben Moore Scenic Drive 697 would be the right choice, but after I compared with the next color on up paint strip, Pleasant Valley, it was a bit too dark. So Pleasant Valley 696, the lighter one, was the one we selected.

new bedroom

I love the new paint color with the bedding and especially with the dark wood of the bed:Read More

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:

floral jar

floral in jar

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

Best of 2019 Posts

December 28, 2019

Here is a list in no particular order of reader favorite posts from this past year:

Top Home Trends I’m Loving for Spring 2019 (and a few I’m not!)

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The Only Five Trim Whites Paints You Need to Know

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Exterior Color Palettes with Dark Trim

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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:

guest shower

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