Local business gets wintry fresh entryway!

Hello! Today I finished an entry way for a local business; turning it into a winter wonderland!  It really makes me want to grab a coffee and sit down with a good book, right smack in the middle of it (but that wouldn't go over well with people coming and going all day long, would it?). I would definitely look like Elf (aka Will Farrell). 

So here we go....are you ready???

I had a blank canvas to work from (THE BEST)....

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I started by covering the wall with awesome birch tree adhesive wall paper. This stuff works great. After reading reviews about it on-line, I was pretty confident this was what I wanted for this space!  It was relatively easy to handle, and what an impact it makes!!!

Once the wall was covered in awesome birch trees,  the real fun began.  I brought in all the accessories.  From the painted "window", to the large evergreen (artificial), trunk, and smaller decor items, the space was re-created into a fresh wintry scene. 

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For a simple wreath (x3), I took apart winter floral arrangements and glued a couple pieces to to each twig wreath.   Burlap is always a favorite for ties and bows....you can see I am not a bow tying expert.....I just knot them and let the ends flow as they may.   It totally works! 

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I love the rustic look of this basin for the tree base.  The tree's actual base strangely fit perfectly into the grooves of the rim of this basin.  It was meant to be.   I used two cute kitchen towels for to cover up the tree's tri-legged base, letting some sections hang over the basin's edge.  

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JoAnn Fabrics was my friend for finding giant pine cones, and the smaller tree.  I did make a trip to Hobby Lobby (so bummed it's down torn to shreds in Sheboygan). Gosh, it's a bummer that we have to "make a trip" now to go to Hobby Lobby.   Ah, I miss that 10 minute drive. 

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Those fuzzy things....I just love them.  They add a fun touch to any floral arrangement! And would't they be cute on a line of fishing wire....hanging from the ceiling. Cutest snow ever. 

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And of course what's a winter scene in Wisconsin without firewood.  A friend let me grab some pieces from her giant wood pile, and then I found the perfect old and weathered basket to place them in.  

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And I threw those white fuzzy things in with the wood......again.....so cute. 

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I love how the white florals in the tree look like snow.  The tree was boring with nothing in it, and to maintain a winter theme that can last until spring, I didn't want to add any ornaments.  These flowers (from Menard's!) worked great broken into smaller pieces, and sprinkled throughout the tree. 

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It's a Winter Wonderland indeed

And that's a wrap for today's front entryway transformation!   I am dying to try the adhesive wall paper in our house!   But, that will have to wait....because I've got some more fun projects to share with you in the upcoming weeks....

How's your holiday decorating coming along? I'd love to see what you've done to make your home holiday-ready!!!   Post a photo to my FaCEBOOK PAGE HERE!!!  and comment with: "My/Our winter wonderland".  

-Kate

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Festive holiday bookcase DIY: Try it this weekend!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and have lots of left-overs to eat today!  Today I am sharing a trick that you can implement this weekend; just in time for holiday decorating!  Here you'll see how I turned our antique "secretary"/hutch into a fresh and festive piece of furniture without paint, or glue!  

SUPPLIES:

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Bookshelf or bookcase of some kind
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Adhesive spray
  • Foam board
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After a few preparations, you're on your way to turning your bookcase, (even your built-in bookcase) into a fun holiday accent! 

Preparations first....

1. Empty those shelves!  Now you are ready to get your measurements.....

If you have a piece of furniture that you cannot remove the shelves from, (like mine below) you will need to measure the space between each shelf.  Since I couldn't remove my shelves,  I had four spaces to measure  (I had three shelves).  

One great thing about this idea, is that it's temporary!  If you don't want to paint your piece, or glue fabric/paper to it, this is a great option.  You can remove your foam boards anytime, or, make a change to your boards with each changing season (or mood!) 

One great thing about this idea, is that it's temporary!  If you don't want to paint your piece, or glue fabric/paper to it, this is a great option.  You can remove your foam boards anytime, or, make a change to your boards with each changing season (or mood!) 

If your shelves CAN be removed, this step just got easier for you!  Remove all your shelves, and get one measurement of the back of your piece.  It will be a big rectangle or square once all your shelves are removed (You'll have a width and height measurement) 

2.  Cut your foam board according to your measurement(s).  I ended up with 4 pieces of cut foam board (each of mine were a different measurement because my shelves were not equal distance from each other).  I labeled the back of each board (left side/right) so I would remember how to place the board into the spaces once the fabric was on each board! 

3.  Place your fabric face down on a flat surface.  Set your foam board (s) onto the fabric, making sure to place it according to your label on each board.  The, using a permanent marker, trace each board onto your fabric. 

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Continue lying your boards onto your fabric.  I placed mine right next to each other (so they were touching) in order to ensure that the plaid fabric was lined up properly once all the boards were placed into the shelving unit.  

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4. Once you're done tracing your board(s) then you are ready to cut your fabric.  Use a fabric scissors for smooth, easy cuts! 

my original board already had contact paper on it from the last time I used this idea. I applied spray adhesive right over that contact paper, and the fabric stuck to it fine. 

my original board already had contact paper on it from the last time I used this idea. I applied spray adhesive right over that contact paper, and the fabric stuck to it fine. 

5.  Spray small sections onto your board(s) at a time. That way you are working with smaller pieces of fabric, making it much easier to smooth your fabric onto the board.   (see photo above) 

Once all your pieces are covered in fabric, you are ready to place them into your book case/hutch....

Horrible picture, but now you can see all the fabric covered boards have been placed into this piece

Horrible picture, but now you can see all the fabric covered boards have been placed into this piece

Now you've got a fun and festive backdrop to work with for your holiday decorating.  Or,  keep what you had in the unit before!  The festive backing alone is all you need for that added holiday feel!  

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What do you think? Easy peasy, right?  RIGHT.  This project will take you 30 minutes or less!  I love my plaid shelves, and when the holiday season is over, I can simply remove my boards and go back to a plain gray background.  

Ahhhh another horrible picture.  Sorry!  It looks so much prettier in person. Lol. 

Ahhhh another horrible picture.  Sorry!  It looks so much prettier in person. Lol. 

Do you have any great holiday decorating tricks???

If you try today's DIY,  I'd love to see your finished product!  Post your photo on Novo's Facebook Page HERE! 

Enjoy your weekend! 

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Rock your holiday table using staples you already own

Holiday season means guests in your home.  Or, maybe you travel and you are the guest. Either way, someone has the task of preparing a holiday table. 

Here are 3 different ways to dress up any table for the holidays, using only 4 simple staple items! You probably have all 4 staples, and you most definitely have a table.  That means you're one step closer to your table of holiday awesomeness.  

The Staples 

1.  Table cloth 

2.  Table runner 

3.  Evergreen trees (or centerpiece of your choice)

4.  An additional piece of fabric (half the size of your full table cloth) 

3 simple and classy holiday table arrangements: 

Table #1:

A burlap runner is placed over a black and white polka dot tablecloth. Three evergreens complete the look.  Simple. Classy. 

Table #2:

Add a plaid piece of fabric, and place under the runner.  Now, there's a pop of color.  You really can't go wrong with a classic plaid for the holidays. Why not adorn your table with it?

Table #3:

Now, we've eliminated the burlap.  This is still a great table without it.  The plaid fabric was folded the long way, and now runs the length of the table.  

If the plaid fabric was large enough in these pictures, it could also serve as the main table cloth, with the polka dot fabric as the table runner.  Either way! 

Creating a holiday table can be simple, using just a few staple items you might already have! Look at your table cloths, cloth napkins, and any other fabric you have (yes, you CAN use bed linens!) What pieces can you use on your holiday table this year?   How can you layer them? Then, add your favorite table center piece....and you're done.

See more holiday decorating tips at Novo Decor (website) or on Facebook.  Experiment with items you already own for a fun, eclectic holiday home! 

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5 Steps to an easy DIY Family Command Center

I don't know about you, but trying to keep things organized at home is an ongoing struggle.  I'm not talking about linen closets, or toy areas, or art supplies.  I'm talking about.......PAPERS.  Yes papers and the stream of them into the house.  We've been using our kitchen counter tops for these papers for far too long.  And that didn't work, because something was always misplaced, or forgotten (out of sight, out of mind!)

NOT ANYMORE!!!!

I browsed ideas of family "command centers" and saw so many it made my head spin!  I decided to try a very simple version, that I knew I could keep up with.  Now, if you're a file folder person, this strategy may not be your cup of tea.  But for me, someone who MUST see something continually to remember it, it has been a life saver.  

Here's what I used: 

1.  Two large bulletin (cork) boards measuring 2x3 feet.  They were not identical, as you can see, but that's OK because I covered them!

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I wanted to utilize a narrow wall/corner in our kitchen for the command center. It's a wall I walk past everyday, and we can all see it easily.   My thought process was, if I could somehow attach these two boards, I could create one long, narrow board that would fit perfectly on that narrow wall.  

The boards, when placed vertically next to eachother, would fit JUST RIGHT onto that wall. 

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2.  Fabric:  Next I needed to find some fabric large enough to wrap around both of these boards. I found a tablecloth with a neutral color and pattern.  While I don't love it, I already had it on hand, and it works great for now; big enough to cover both boards nicely.  

3. Staple gun:  I used a staple gun to attach the edges of the fabric around the backside of the boards, all around the back edges.  Worked great.   If you don't have a staple gun you can use a glue gun, or a strong adhesive glue.  (sorry I totally forgot to take pictures of this step) 

"Wrapping" the boards was pretty easy ( and I didn't even attach the boards first!)  I placed my fabric face down on the  floor (sorry no picture!), and then put the boards face down, onto the fabric.  Then I pulled the fabric tight around the edges and stapled away.   

4.  Upholstery pins:  To give the board a more "finished" look, I used upholstery pins along the boarder.  I liked the result:

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5. Labels:  I made labels using typing paper, black paper, and the computer.  Why labels?  This is where the organization comes in....and my sanity...... 

I made labels for each child, and things like school, and events.  For now, I'm starting simple. I may add a category at some point, but so far this works.   Now, instead of piling up papers on our kitchen table and counters, I can stick them under the category they belong to.  They are easy to find, and I don't get confused with what papers belong to what kid! It's a win-win!  

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Command Center: Effective, CHEAP! 

The boards were $1.99 a piece (Goodwill, of course!), and the fabric was $3.99 (also Goodwill).  For a giant command center that fits my wall perfectly, I'll pay $7.97 any day!  The upholstery pins came in a box of 30 and I bought them so long ago I do not remember what I paid! (Hobby Lobby).  

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Here is what I love about this system:

1. . It was cheap to make

2. It was easy to make

3. It is easy to see and use

4. I can change it if I get sick of the fabric! I also have the flexibility to re-position the boards the horizontal way, creating a fatter, wider command center.   Nothing is permanent, in DIY world!!!

Do I run out of room on this board? 

Nope. And here's why:   The other papers that do not absolutely have to be seen at all times go in labeled file folders.  I place these folders in a dresser drawer near by.  That way, the board doesn't accumulate papers, which then cover everything you need to see, and cause you to forget things (which I did with that terrible, non-functional system!)   

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And that's it!  So easy, and so time-saving!  Our kitchen table and counter tops stay clear (most of the time) and I we can see what we need to at all times!!!

Do you have a family command center that works great for you??  If not, give this one a try!  

Have a fabulous weekend!!!

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Re-upholstering benches: Make one, or place your custom order!

Today I'm re-posting a tutorial I shared one year ago, almost to the day!  I get questions about upholstering every couple months, and while I do not do large pieces like sofas, and arm chairs, I DO simple pieces.....like stools and benches.  Here is a simple step by step tutorial for you, if you are so inclined to tackle a little bench of your own!  If you don't want to do your own, I am happy to help......contact me! 

Stools and benches are EVERYWHERE in second hand stores.  They are one of the most versatile and easy to update pieces, but often they are quite ugly upon first sight.  If you can look past the ugliness, however, you are one step ahead....and on your way to having an awesome accent piece for your home. 

Don't let upholstering scare you!  It's easier than it looks.  This is a simple tutorial on what you can do with your bench/stool! 

Here is what you'll need:

  • Staple gun
  • Fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • screw driver
  • Foam cushion (or pillow "stuffing" sometimes works) You can find these at Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabrics, or Michael's. 
  • Stool or bench (old piano benches are great for this)

 

Consider using fabric with bold patterns and colors that accentuate or compliment your home interior.  

 

 

 

 

 

TIP: fabric scissors work best. If your scissors is even slightly dull, cutting fabric will become a strongly disliked task! Trust me! 

 

 

 

TIP:  foam cushions work best and provide a firmer surface for your bench, but "stuffing" or batting can also work.  Batting that comes in sheets is easier to work with than batting bunched up in a ball.  

The photo to the left shows a sheet of batting. You can double up your layers to create a thicker seat cushion. 

Here's how:

1.  Flip the bench on its back.  You'll see screws in each corner.  Unscrew those using a screw driver.  Once all screws are out, the top of the bench should pop right off.

2.  Remove the old foam and fabric from the wood base.  You will see staples securing the old fabric to the wood base.  To remove the staples use a flat screw driver and try to wiggle your way under the staple. Then pry it up. Sometimes you'll pry off only one end of a taple. If that happens you can use a pliers to pull the other end out. 

3.  Now you have your bare bench/stool frame.  Painting the base is optional but remember to paint before adding the new fabric/upholstery! 

Below is the bench base right after the cushion/seat was removed.    On the right the bench base has been painted green! Just more fun, don't you think?

4.  Cut your foam piece to size.  Your foam or batting layer should be slightly larger (a centimeter or less) than the seat of the bench, on all four sides.  This is necessary so that the hard/wood edges of the bench base are fully covered.   In the picture below, two layers of batting are used instead of a foam cushion.  Either works. 

5.  Once your foam/batting is cut. Cut your fabric.  I usually leave about 2 inhes of extra fabric all the way around the bench base. Having a little more fabric around the edges makes "wrapping" it to the bench a little easier.  In the above picture you can see the fabric extends a couple more inches beyond the batting/base of bench.  

So, this will be the order of your pieces:  1. fabric lying flat, 2. cushion or batting layers laying on top the fabric, 3. bench base (usually made of wood)

6.  Start "wrapping" your base/foam layers like a present.  Start with the corners and work your way around the wood base, pulling tightly and stapling as you go.  Tip: when pulling the fabric, be careful not to pull too hard. You don't want to use up all the fabric on one side, and not have enough left on the other side to pull over your wood base.  

Below the fabric is wrapped around the entire bench base and cushion. Staples secure it to the bottom of the wood base: 

Tip:  When you are wrapping the fabric, do not cover up  the original screw holes with your fabric!  You will need these holes to be easily accessible when it's time to put the screws back in to the base.  You can see in the photo above I cut little half circles of fabric where the screw holes are. 

7.  Attach your newly upholstered seat cushion to the base of the stool/bench.  Just lay the seat cushion on its back, and place the base over it making sure to line up holes on the base, with the screw holes in the bottom of the seat. See photo below. 

TIP:  Sometimes old screws are rusty or just need replacing.  If you are using new screws,  consider these tips:  1.  make sure they are the same length as the old ones 2. Make sure they are long enough to go through the wood base and bench seat, and 3. Make sure the screws aren't so long that they go through your cushion!  That would be a huge bummer. That is why I included tip #1 above: use screws the same size as the old ones were! That way you can be sure they won't go through the cushion. 

Once all screwed in, your little bench is DONE! 

Then you can make more and more of these cute benches.....

These little benches work great for kids' or adult desk seats. They can also stand alone with the only purpose of adding a fun punch of color anywhere in the home! Longer benches are also great for the foot of the bed, an entry-way, or porch. 

Hopefully today's tips will inspire you and take the  "scary" away!  Always start small.  And if doing this on your own sounds awful, just ask me! I'm happy to go bench hunting for, paint it and re-upholster with a fabric of your choice! 

Happy upholstering!  

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Decorating challenged? Unfinished room? You need a coach!

October has gotten off to an exciting start.  I am offering FREE home coaching session all month!  These are 30 minute, no-pressure, home decorating sessions that will give you tips on what to do with that room you want to "re-do", or freshen up!   Though I am passionate about decorating spaces, it's also about how these spaces inspire home-owners (you!) and evoke an even stronger love for home! 

Each home-owner is unique, just like each design plan.

How do you know if a home coaching session is right for you?

If you own a home, you are a candidate!   The best part is, IT'S FREE.  

When people ask me about my business, the topic of homes naturally comes up.  Here are some common scenarios I hear: 

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These are statements from home owners who need support in the form of concrete ideas, and direction.  They have a genuine desire to make their home look nice, but they face obstacles with decorating.  Maybe they need help with ALL facets of decorating, OR, maybe it's just an area or two they need help with?  Are you that home-owner?    

How about the home owner that generally does a nice job decorating, & implements new ideas, but needs encouragement?   This home-owner might be stumped with a particular room in the house, and wants additional suggestions for getting it done once and for all.   Does this sound like you? 

And the list of home-owner types goes on! The point is that each home-owner is unique.  There is no cookie cutter guide that fits every home, or every home-owner.  Room plans need to be customized to each unique home-owner's needs.  My coaching sessions are designed to do just that. 

The session itself

Have a notebook/pen ready and take notes to your heart's content, because I will be sharing ideas, tips, tricks, and suggestions for your room (s)!  Your questions will be answered. Your dilemmas will be solved.  The 30 minute session will give you just what you need to tackle that room (or rooms!) before the busy holiday season.    

FREE. FAST. FUN. FINISHED (or well on your way to finished!).  

Don't wait to schedule your session!  I really hope to meet you, and help you GET IT DONE! 

-Kate

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Your flat screen dilemma solved: Try this!

It is the age of flat screens.  And they just keep getting bigger, and bigger.  While they are great for Packer Sundays, they aren't the prettiest things to look at when they are turned off. They stand out like sore thumbs, and can kill the "decorative vibe" of a room.  

Solutions? 

I've seen beautifully built sliding doors on Pinterest. This would be a fabulous, permanent option, and would definitely hide the TV.    But, carpentry is not a skill set of mine, and this clearly was not my best option.  Another option: I could hire a carpenter to build one for me, but that gets costly.  So what did I do?   I came up with a simple solution that can be temporary, or permanent........

Surround your flat screen with items of interest; things like wall hangings, pictures, and furniture.   

So how is this a solution? That black rectangle is still visible for all to see isn't it?!  Yes you are right.  It's still visible, BUT,  by hanging & placing items of interest on the wall around the flat screen, you detract attention away from the TV.  You also eliminate the "floating TV phenomenon".    

Problem solved!  At least for now. Maybe there will come a day when something else will prove to be a better (and still cost-effective) solution, but for now, I'm holding on to this one.  

Here are a few ways I've implemented this solution in the past.........

Without the love seat, wall accessories, and the smaller furniture pieces, this TV would appear to be.....a bird, a plane.....Nope.  A floating TV! 

Without the love seat, wall accessories, and the smaller furniture pieces, this TV would appear to be.....a bird, a plane.....Nope.  A floating TV! 

The love seat, pictures, and tables fill in the gaps so the TV doesn't demand attention when you enter the room.  The love seat, and the pictures also help eliminate the "floating TV" look.  No one wants a floating TV on the wall.  Don't be afraid to fill in those gaps! 

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The other great part about this solution is that it can be temporary! If you don't like your arrangement, change it!   Try new arrangements until you like what you see. 

Below is another example.......placing furniture below the TV, can help eliminate the floating TV phenomenon.  Plus, you can store all your DVD's and kids' games in a buffet like this.  It's a win-win! 

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If your flat screen is hanging on the wall like ours, what else can you bring into the space below the TV to eliminate the floating effect? Consider these ideas:

  • Console table, or long dresser.  Place two lamps, one on each side of the table.  The height of the lamps helps frame in the TV
  • A chair, or a chair set placed side by side. Add a small table in between them.  No you cannot watch TV from these chairs, but, every room needs a few additional seating options, AND, when you have guests, it' nice to position your seating in a circular fashion, versus all lined up facing the TV!
  • Sofa or love-seat (like you saw above)
  • Bookshelves
  • smaller hutch
  • Wall decor/pictures! 

What if your flat screen isn't hanging on the wall, but sitting on a console table?   The same suggestions above, apply! Fill in the gaps around your TV.  

Summary:

1.  You have a giant TV on your wall, or in your "pretty" living area and it bugs you (when it's not being watched!).  You want a pretty, serene room, and that TV just gets in the way. 

2. You are short on time, and carpentry skills so you cannot "build" a sliding door, or any other permanent solution.  What do you do? 

3.  Add items to the areas surrounding your flat screen!  It can be furniture, wall decor, or other smaller furniture pieces.  This is an easy solution that really will make a difference on that wall where your GIANT TV lives.    Good luck and have fun!  

-Kate

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Giant old picture turned chic & modern (heck yes!)

Greetings and happy Friday! I'm getting off to a little bit of a later start on this Friday, but I didn't forget about "Friday Finds"!  "Friday Finds" features a "thrifted" find each week.  But not just any thrifted find; a thrifted find that ROCKS.  When you thrift as often as I do, you get really good at spotting the "gems"!  And this week's featured find is certainly a gem. 

Friday Find:  Giant Old Picture

Yes that's right friends!  Snatch up those old framed canvas pictures and work some artful magic to them.  These old picture are also lightweight, so no big deal hanging them.  Here she is: 

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Now, this picture is a print.   It's NOT a hand painted picture.  Knowing this, I do not feel so bad about the fact that I'm going to change it completely.  What that change will be, remains unknown to me, but, the potential exists for a really awesome piece of wall art.   Sometimes I have to look at something for a while before getting inspired with ideas. 

What to do? 

Maybe I'll make a sign?  Maybe I'll paint an abstract design on it?  Maybe I'll attach cork board to it and turn it into a super cute cork board (which, by the way, we desperately need in our house. Drowning in papers here.  How about you?) 

Let's look at some examples of old pictures, turned into chic modern art:  

BEFORE

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AFTER: 

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These old large canvases are perfect for re-creating something fresh and new.   Incorporate seaonal colors into an old piece like this and you've got yourself a new centerpiece for the mantle! 

You could even find a collection of smaller framed canvases and create a fun gallery wall.  Here is another example....

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I chose to leave the old frame as it was, because I liked that natural wood element in the room.  Like I always say, some wood is just not meant to be painted!  This frame was one such example. I painted the canvas white using a paint roller. When that dried, I applied painter's tape in the pattern I wanted.  Lastly, I painted over the whole thing in navy, and then peeled off the tape.  DONE! 

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If you have a large empty wall, pictures like these can fill the gap quickly, easily, and at very low-cost!   I've spent anywhere from $1.99 to $4.99!   No idea what you'd paint on these giant canvases?   Tip:  Go to you favorite home store website/store and look at their giant art for inspiration.  It doesn't have to be a complex design! In fact, the simpler the better. 

If it doesn't turn out, it can be painted over again, and again, and again!  If you're really in a bind, I might have to step in and give you a hand with that.  

Happy Thrifting everyone and happy Friday!!!!  Woop!!! Gotta love Friday family fun nights. 

-Kate 

Welcome Fall: Now the fun begins

Greetings! Not only is today Friday (yahoo!), but it's the first day of Fall!  Though it hasn't felt like fall all week outside, maybe it's starting to inside the house?  If you saw my Fall Countdown this week, I hope you liked it and tried at least one thing to prepare your home for the new season!   

"Wait, what?  Fall countdown? Where?"

If that is you, yes, there was indeed a fall countdown I shared on Novo Decor's Facebook page all week.  It's purpose?  To give you a jump start on your Fall-ready home!  I've included the links to all my posts here: 

Fall Countdown: Day #1 So long summer

Fall Countdown: Day #2 Get organized

Fall Countdown: Day #3: Got Fall Decor?

Fall Countdown: Day #4:  Make a Fall DIY!

Today is day #5, the final day of "Fall week", but I am not adding anything new for your Fall-ready home.  Instead, I thought I'd share a re-cap from the past week at Novo Decor....

Preparing your home for Fall: 

Put away summer stuff (finally!) and get organized

See the full blog post at the link above: Day #1)

See the full blog post at the link above: Day #1)

Getting organized allows more space for all the fun decor that Fall brings!  Replace those beach bags and pool noodles with rustic baskets and fall floral arrangements....like this very simple one YOU can make (in 15 minutes or less)....

From Day #4 (See the full tutorial at the link above)

From Day #4 (See the full tutorial at the link above)

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Fall decor doesn't have to say "Welcome Fall" or "Happy Fall y'all". Fall decorating means a mix of rich colors and textures.  Try throw blankets, decorative pillows, baskets, and rustic decor like wood crates or trays!  Mix it up, mix it up, mix it up!  The more mixed, the better! 

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Mixing patterns is fun in Fall.  I think of rustic-ness when I think of Fall, and "rustic-ness" isn't perfect! That's what makes it great, and lived in, and cozy, and YOURS.  

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Add some old wooden crates to the mix....

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Fall colors don't have to be the traditional fall colors! I love yellow, but say good-bye to the yellow, brown, red, and orange combination! It's time to try something new....like a deep, rich pink mixed in! Pair a non-traditional fall color like fuscia with your old fall "go-to" color orange or yellow!  It works.  

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Fall decor "staples" to try this year

  • Rustic framed mirrors

  • Bold floral arrangements  

  • Mason jars!   

You can't go wrong with a simple Mason jar filled with twigs! Yes twigs from your yard serve as a gorgeous fall accent!  I use them often. 

Fall Countdown comes to an end

To all good things, there must come an end right?  Fall countdown is ending today, but now the real fun begins!  The weather will start cooling down, and those leaves will turn. When these things happen, you can't help but add something to your home that reminds you of Fall!

I hope you've taken away a tip or two from this week's Fall countdown (or today's post if you are tuning in for the first time!).  It's time for the new season, inside and out!  

Happy weekend and Happy Fall, 

Kate

 

 

 

My minimalist 15 minute Fall DIY (do-it-yourself) home decor item. Try it today!

Welcome to day #4 of Fall Countdown; preparing you and your home for the beautiful new season that starts TOMORROW!   Today I am sharing a common scenario I seem to face when I I'm out looking for the perfect fall arrangement....and my solution.   This solution entails one of the most simple seasonal decorating DIY tutorials in existence (which is why even you non DIY'ers out there will like it too!)

The problem

When it comes to any sort of seasonal floral arrangement, simple can be the most beautiful. When I'm out looking around at arrangements I either find one I love, (but don't love the price tag) or, nothing jumps out at me at all.  I knew there had to be a solution. 

Light bulb moment

A few years ago I was rummaging around our boxes in the basement and happened upon some "stray" artificial leaves.  They must have fallen off some other decor I used in the past, and were left in the box. There was a handful of these leaves; not enough for a full arrangement, but just enough for something very simple.  So, here's what I did:

I made my own "minimalist" arrangement, using a single branch from the yard, and the handful of leaves I found; eleven to be exact.  The leaves were a variety of colors and sizes. Bonus. 

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Here is what I used to pull this 15 minute seasonal DIY project together....

Materials: 

1. Artificial leaves (you could use real ones, but they will become crunchy and brown, and no one wants crunchy brown leaves in their house)  A handful of leaves is all you need. I used eleven leaves. 

2.  Glue gun. If you don't have one, super glue, or even regular school glue would work

3.  Tree branch, or large twig with several "arms" (looks more tree-like)

4. Vase, jar, or wine bottle

Here's how: 

1. Find a branch with a decent stem, about 6-8 inches long. You'll need a long enough stem to place in your vase or jar. I used a glass bottle with a narrow opening which helped secure my large, akward branch in place. 

2. Decide where you want each each leaf.  Apply glue to those areas on the branch, and stick your leaves on.

3. Place the stem in your bottle, and admire your new fall foliage arrangement, "minimalist" style! 

AND THAT IS IT.  

What do you think?  Was I right?  One of the simplest seasonal DIY projects in human existance!   This arrangement has made an appearance in our house over the last three fall seasons.   This year it's going back up on the mantle.....

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Got leaves?

If you don't already have any old fall arrangements with leaves, or stray leaves (like I had hiding at the bottom of a box) you can find them many places:

  • Dollar store.   Remove a handful of leaves from the arrangement, and use them for your awesome new "minimalist" fall accessory!  The leaves will look less fake once they are glued to your authentic branch.  Trust me. 
  • Second hand stores. Rummage around through their "floral" section. You're bound find some fall leaves in that pile! 
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Whether you are a DIY-er or not, if you're looking to dress your home up with a little more "fall" this season, (and don't want to spend money or time) why not give this super simple fall leaf "arrangement" a try?!  I don't think you'll regret it! 

Happy Fall and happy branch hunting! 

Kate

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