Decorating with Novo Decor: What's right for you?

Greetings!  I am excited to share that Novo Decor has created a new service, and product!

Up until now, I've provided two main services:

1.  Furniture painting

2. Decorating (partial or full room plan)

I heart decorating

Designing and re-creating a space is truly where my heart is, and that is where I will be focusing my services.  Though I will continue to paint furniture, these types of projects will not stand on their own, but rather, will be part of a room design/decorating project (if the room design calls for it). 

Decorating: Thrice the joy!

Novo Decor offers three decorating packages.  Each package is tailored to the customer, and starts with a home consultation.  The home consultation is an opportunity for me to see the customer's home, and get to know his/her style and needs for a particular room.  

Keeping it simply in 2018

1. Design Board:  

A design board is a digital room plan that I design for the customer.  The board includes pictures of all the necessary decor, accessories, and furniture for the space.  A convenient product where-to-buy guide, and potential cost is also included.     

This option is for the home-owner who: 

1. Doesn't know how to choose decor, accessories, and/or furniture for the roo

2. Lacks time, and/or desire to plan it on their own

3. Is fine with the shopping part (on-line or in-store), if they have a plan to follow/where-to-buy guide.  They may say something like this.......

"Just tell me what to buy, and where to buy it" 

This option is recommended for the those who, once they've got what they need for the room, they WILL tackle the job AND get it done on their own.  

2.  Design Board + Styling: 

This option includes a Design Board (see #1), and a full styling service.  

This option is for the home-owner who:

1.  Wants someone to put the room together FOR them. So many home-owners struggle with putting a room together. They browse Pinterest, or look in magazines and see plenty of looks they love, but they can't achieve the look they love on their own. 

3.  Full room design + Styling: 

This option includes full room design plus styling, which means that a plan is devised for the customer, decor and accessories are brought in, and the room is styled for the customer. 

This option is for the home-owner who

a.  Prefers the convenience of having someone else do it all for them.  

b. Has limited time or skills to get it done themselves

Which one is right for you? 

Whether you're not sure how to get started, or can't seem to finish that room, Novo Decor has a service specifically tailored to your needs. 

During the month of April, take advantage of my FREE home consultation and get instant ideas for your space.   So easy.  So smart!  

Do you have a room you just can't done?  How about a room you don't like?  Get your FREE consultation. I'd seriously love to help.  

Do you have teenage daughter who needs an updated bedroom this spring?? Book any service with Novo Decor and get %10 Off your order. 

Have a great week!

Kate

 

 

 

 

Home decorating trends 2018: Part Three

I've been occupied with making digital design boards this week, that I forgot to post part three to the Home decorating trends in 2018!!  Here it is....

It's time for part three to my mini blog series "Home decorating trends 2018".  I came across a 20-item list on Pinterest of 2018's top decorating trends, and thought I'd share it with you.  If you missed parts one and two, you can see them here: 

Home decorating trends 2018: Part One

Home decorating trends 2018: Part Two

Onward to #15-20...... 

15.  Two-toned cabinets

Who says kitchen cabinets have to all be the same color?  They don't.  Generally though, the trend is making one portion or section of cabinetry one color, and another part, another color. Here is an example of two-toned cabinetry in a kitchen: 

 photo from Becky Owen Design   beckyowens.com

photo from Becky Owen Design   beckyowens.com

The island is left a dark natural wood tone, while the cabinetry was painted blue.  It totally works. This is a great option for you if you'd like a pop of color in your cabinetry, but are kind of scared to have them ALL painted. 

16. Brass fixtures

Brass is back, peeps!  Don't get rid of your old brass fixtures just yet.   I love the look of brass in the photo below, against the dark subway tile and cabinetry.  Beautiful!  

 Photo from:  mona-mina.tumblr.com

Photo from:  mona-mina.tumblr.com

17.  Concrete  (table tops, walls, counters)

Concrete inside the house?  Yep. It's popular, and in some cases I rather like it.  I know nothing about how easy they are to clean, or maintain, but they can't be too high maintenance can they?  

 photo from Deco-Crete Supply Inc. 

photo from Deco-Crete Supply Inc. 

Here is another example of concrete inside the house.......the walls....

 photo from Poppytalk.com

photo from Poppytalk.com

Now, I'm all about pink wall art....but I'm not sure how to feel about these pink pictures against a concrete wall. It looks......cold.  Brrrrrrr.   I feel like cuddling up to a good movie in this room would be a challenge. 

18.  Dark wood

Rich, dark wood finishes are beautiful!  And, even though I paint furniture, there are certain pieces I won't touch, due to their beautiful rich wood finish!  Here is a dark chocolate-y piece of furniture for you: 

 photo from Fomfest.com  via Worldwide DIY Design

photo from Fomfest.com  via Worldwide DIY Design

Dark wood floors have also been trending. They are simply gorgeous.  And honestly, they'll never go out of style in my book: 

 photo from Fomfest.com

photo from Fomfest.com

19.  3D Wall Decor

Who knew wall decor could be 3D?  Let's take a look.....

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design sponge

The next example is definitely beyond my wall decor skill-set.  What do you think?   Yay or nay? It makes me want to grab a smoothing tool and get to work pronto. 

 homeaesthetics.net

homeaesthetics.net

The next 3D wall art example is one we're more familiar with.  These have made their way into many-a-crafters homes...

 photo from Quiet Corner

photo from Quiet Corner

20. Retro Furniture

Retro furniture.  You are either a retro lover, retro hater, or somewhere in between.  I happen to be smack in the middle.  A little retro goes a long way for me.  

This chair is an example of retro style furniture.  Unique shape, simple lines, and wood arms/legs.  The patterned fabric gives it that extra retro boost. 

 photo from vintageindustrialstyle.com

photo from vintageindustrialstyle.com

This chair is fun and edgy, yet not too crazy that you get sick of it after 3 months.  I'd add a piece like this to any room.  

On the flip side, there is such a thing as retro overload; think Carol Brady's kitchen (If you're under 33, you may have to google it) 

And there you have it!!  The final six home decorating trends in 2018! Thoughts?  Anything you loved, or didn't love?  Which one will you try this year? 

 See ALL twenty trends at the links below: 

Home trends 2018: Part One

Home trends 2018: Part Two

 

 

 

Home decorating trends 2018: Part Two

Hello and welcome to my mini blog series about 2018 decorating trends.  Trends come and go, but there are some that have a long, happy life.   Earlier this week,  I kicked off with Part One of this series. If you missed that on Facebook you can catch it here: 

Home decorating trends 2018: Part One

Today, we're picking up where we left off:

8.  Black and White

Decorating a room with black and white accents can be striking. What do you do to ensure you're doing it "right"?   A room completely covered in black and white, can be overwhelming.  It's always good to have a pop of some type of color with it.  

Incorporating a pop of color in your black and white room creates more visual impact, and adds some whimsy to a room.   In the photo below, the splash of green really pops against this simple black and white color scheme. 

 Photo from Country Living  

Photo from Country Living  

9.  Coffee bar space

Ditch the booze bar, and go for the coffee!  Coffee bars can be as simple as designating an area in the kitchen for all your coffee supplies, and maybe a few fun coffee accessories.   If you're counter space is limited, find a bar cart, or a small table and create your own little coffee nook. Check out this adorable coffee station from "Artsy Chicks Rule" (photo via Pinterest). 

I love how they used an old dresser for their coffee station.  Super functional, and cost effective! 

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10.  Pops of green!

For you green lovers out there, this is your lucky day!  Green is a hot color right now.  And, it can be ANY green which makes trying this trend, easy and fun.  

I decided to try it in our bedroom. The set of three frames below, were easily changed out using left over green fabric I had.  I chose three different patterns, and shades of green.  It works.   I had zero green pillows, so I am making what I already have, work.   It is tempting not to buy a new green accent pillow, but I've got to practice what I preach: Use what you have and mix it up! 

TIP: Look at green color swatches and see which shades speak to you. Or, browse Pinterest! You're sure to find a green hue that draws you in!  

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11.  Natural lighting

We all love a little natural lighting, but not all of us have tons of windows.  If that describes you, I suggest investing in some good lighting.  Lighting can make or break a room.  From table and floor lamps, to hard-wired ceiling & wall fixtures, lighting plays a huge role in any room. 

These hard-wired wall sconces look great in this room.....

 photo from the rustic pallet, via Instagram 

photo from the rustic pallet, via Instagram 

12.  Open Storage Spaces

I love this option in kitchens. The beautiful farmhouse style open shelving arrangements are HUGE right now.  People actually knock out cabinetry, to achieve this look.  I'm not taking it that far, but there are other ways of having chic, fun open storage spaces.  

The example below is a great way to maximize corner space, and it looks awesome too. 

 photo from  Centsational Girl , article title: "11 Kitchen storage spaces you completely forgot about" , via Good Housekeeping

photo from Centsational Girl, article title: "11 Kitchen storage spaces you completely forgot about" , via Good Housekeeping

Open storage isn't limited to kitchens. Try it in your kids' playroom, bathroom, living room....ANY room can wear open storage well!

13.  Kitchen Minimalism

"Kitchen" and "Minimalism" are an oxymoron to me.  (I haven;t used that word "oxymoron" since AP English class!).  But seriously, it's not an easy feat keeping a kitchen de-cluttered, and "minimalist" looking!  Are you with me?   There is, however, something to be said for simple kitchens, which is what this trend is getting at.  

Functionally speaking, minimalism in the kitchen means have what you need, and nothing more.  Put away the small appliances and things you don't use everyday.  De-clutter your counter tops, tables, and walls.  Remove "things" on top of your cupboards that you haven't touched in 8 years.  Keep it simple.   

From a design standpoint, examples of minimalism mean very simple cabinetry (without knobs even!), appliances that blend in with the cabinetry, and simple lighting that goes unnoticed.  Here is what this looks like:  (ths style isn't for me, but many love it) 

 Photo from Comfy Living

Photo from Comfy Living

14.  Velvet

Velvet is BACK!  Don't let that freak you out. This doesn't mean your house has to look like Herman and Lily Munster's.  Incorporating this trend can be as simple as trying a few velvet throw pillows.   Or, go big with velvet, and try a sofa like this one: 

 Photo from  homeyohmy.com    

Photo from homeyohmy.com   

That sofa is deliciously gorgeous....and it's navy too.   If a big velvet sofa is too much for your style, curtains are another great way to bring in velvet.   

And that's a wrap for PART TWO of 2018's home decorating trends blog series! 

Which of these trends do you gravitate toward?  Which one can you do without??   I hopped on the green band wagon in our master bedroom, and all it involved was replacing three frames (and maybe a green accent pillow, if I maintain self-control!) 

Kate

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Home decorating trends 2018: Part I

I recently came across a 20-item list of the top decorating trends of 2018.  Today, I'd like to share 7 of them with you. Take them, or leave them, they're what's happening right now in home decorating.  And, just because they are on trend now, doesn't mean you have to get rid of them once something else comes along to take their place! 

Some things are timeless, and never get old.  Other things.....do.  You be the judge.   Which one of these "trends" in 2018 do you love?  Which one could you leave behind? 

7 decorating Trends in 2018

1.  Gallery Walls  

Gallery walls are awesome for so many reasons. They showcase a home-owner's personality,  and instantly create style in a room. They also add pops of color, and add visual interest to any wall.  Best of all, they are easy to do!!! Use pictures you already have, and display them together! 

Have a big empty wall? Try a gallery wall in 2018.   Get all sorts of actionable tips for hanging your gallery with these blog posts: 

Four walls Four ways: Gallery Style

My fool-proof, no-measure method for hanging a Gallery Wall

So you have a gallery wall hanging method, now what? 

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2.  Neutral Earthy Tones

I love color, and typically add pops of it whenever I'm working on a room.  But, just as important as pops of color, are natural materials and colors, to balance a space. Examples of a natural material are wicker, or sea grass.   

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3.  Books....they're not just for reading

I was thrilled to see books on the list!  Books are SO under-rated!  Especially now, in this digital age.  Books are becoming a rarity in households.   What to do with all your old books??  Decorate with them, of course!  Books serve multiple purposes in the world of decorating.  

Books add color, and texture to a room. They can be stacked, with items placed on them for varied height, and dimension. They can be turned backwards, so all you see is their wonderfully white/cream color pages. Or, they can even be leaned against a wall....like on your mantle!  

I could keep going about books...... I mean look at these!!!!!  Beautiful. 

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4.  Fresh plants and flowers

Yes plants!  If you have a green thumb, this is great news for you!  Your ability to keep your plants alive and kicking, will allow your house to be totally on trend this year!  Woohoo! 

No green thumb?  You're covered.  Grab some fresh flowers at your local florist, or grocery store!  Put them in a giant glass vase, and set them in the smack center of your kitchen table.  Nothing says style like a vase full of fresh flowers.  And they smell wonderful too! 

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5.  Pink (not the singer!)

It's fun to see this one on 2018's trend list!  I cannot get enough pink.  All shades of it.  We have a ginormous pink 9x12 rug, and I LOVE it.  As you can imagine, I totally did a happy dance the day it was delivered to 4609 Nicole Lane. Then, shortly after that I did another happy dance when I unrolled the rug, and the beauty was unleashed. 

Don't be afraid of pink!   Pink is for adults too.  Pops of it are smashing in a room.   Add one or two killer pink accents to a room, and you're totally on trend this year....(and every single year after, if you ask me!) 

 here she is! 

here she is! 

Does decorating with pink sound scary?  Click the link below for my tips and suggestions, and you'll be a pro with pops of pink....

Pink home accents for grown-ups

6.  Recycling and DIY (all the way!)

For those of you who like do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, this trend will never lose it's glam for you.  When you can decorate a room resourcefully, and get a fresh result, it is so very satisfying.  Everyone should try it. 

If DIY sounds terrible, or even just not good to you, but you love the concept of being resourceful, and you enjoy a home that looks fresh, fun and "you".....

call Novo Decor pronto!!  I've been looking for you, and would LOVE to re-create any space for you, girlfriend. 

7.  Golden metallics

Yeahsssss!  Gold.  Get ready for my run-on sentences, as this one may even be more favored than pink.  Gold is classy.  Gold is timeless.  And, did you know that all that brassy hard ware in your house that has bugged you all these years is "the" thing now? Yep, those brassy faucets are your friend. 

Gold accents do to a room, what a little lipstick or mascara does to a woman.  The room and the woman are beautiful; and when the gold accents and make-up is added, their beauty is enhanced!  

Embrace your brassy doorknobs and drawer pulls, my friends! Go for the gold, and don't look back! 

 gold dipped legs on nesting tables

gold dipped legs on nesting tables

That wraps up today's list.  What do you think?   Are you liking any of today's 7 home trends in 2018?  Do you have at least one of them in your home?  Which one!!!??? 

Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3......and see the rest of 2018's home decorating trends!!!!

Kate

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Finds: Chic decor for under $15

Happy Friday!  I think I'm bringing back "Friday Finds", your weekly guide to finding awesome decor that won't require a second mortgage to finance!  We see "replicas" of high-end home decor and the latest decor trends practically everywhere.  Stores like Target, and TJ Maxx carry a variety of great home decor that won't break the bank.  But did you know these same pieces can be snatched up for even less, in our local thrift shops?  

It's exciting to uncover great finds for the home, but knowing what you're looking for can be helpful.  Here are three items you could probably find this weekend, in thrift shops, each for under $15.......  

#1  Bar Carts

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The bar cart above was snatched up for $5 (Goodwill).   The bar cart below can be purchased new (Target) for $123 (on sale). Needless to say, I went with the $5 option! 

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Bar carts are NOT just for booze, though the name implies that!  Use them as bedside tables, plant stands, or even living room side tables!  

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Accessorize them for the holidays, or keep them out year round. Either way, bar carts are a fantastic accent for any room of the house! 

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#2  Accent Chairs

I've been know to buy a chair simply because of its looks.  Never mind its functional purpose in our home, or even its comfort, but if it has the potential to serve as a great accent piece, well then....it's going in the cart.  

Though my chair obsession has settled down significantly, I will always hold a special place in my heart for them!  Let's take a look at two chairs: 

The chair on the left will set you back $699.  The chair on the right?  Empty your kids' piggy banks and you've got yourself a chair for $8.  (Goodwill)

There are certainly benefits to knowing what thrift shops to go to, what to look for, and of course, how to accessorize your "new" finds.  Do thrift shops make your head spin?  Let me know help. I'm basically a personal shopper, who then pulls it all together to re-create any room in the house!  Let Novo Decor help YOU.  During March, I'm offering FREE home consultations!!!

Peeps, this is is a no-pressure, no-brainer offer!! 

#3 Lamps

We need lamps to see (hahaha, yep), but they also play an important role in setting the mood and feel of a room.  I'm a huge lighting person.  Certain lamps are turned on at certain times of the day.....it's just what I do.    Because  I have a great love for lamps, that doesn't mean I spend a lot on them! Good gracious no.   Let's take a look:

 New lamp. West Elm. $199

New lamp. West Elm. $199

 Old lamp.  $5.    The lamp shade was painted white, as the old version was yellowing. And no one wants a yellowing lampshade! 

Old lamp.  $5.    The lamp shade was painted white, as the old version was yellowing. And no one wants a yellowing lampshade! 

 Here's a full size room shot to show you just how great an old pair of lamps can be.....

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With a little gold spray paint and new lampshades, this lamp pair was instantly modernized. They work fine. They look great!  They cost $10 (for the pair).  Triple success. 

Gems in the rough

Three simple pieces for the home, found at thrift shops.  You wouldn't know by the looks of them, would you?   This is the beauty of second hand shopping, and one of the best kept secrets for resourceful, and artistically unique home decorating.  

We are always evolving, and so are our homes.  Keep up with those changes easily and cost-effectively.....with second hand shopping. 

Are you new to thrifting?  What are you waiting for!???   Try it this weekend!  Or, share your awesome find on Novo's Facebook page!!!

Have a great weekend!

-Kate

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Foyer ledge: See how this foyer space was brought to life

Greetings!  A foyer, (aka, entrance to a home) is the first thing we see upon entering our homes.  Some foyers are small, and some are big.  And some foyers have this thing I like to call a "ledge". These are the spaces that loom overhead, and they can be difficult to decorate.   

The problem with ledges

A number of home owners struggle to accessorize spaces like these. So what do they do? Leave them alone!  Sound familiar? Well, there's good news......solutions abound for these mystery spaces! 

Here is an example of a "ledge" that needed some attention, ok, ALOT of attention: 

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This ledge is unusually large right?  It's no wonder it left the home-owner feeling stumped!  Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to dress this space up...and today you're going to see the result. 

Finally a finished ledge AND no work involved for the home-owner?   Suh-weet!!

The result

Now, keep in mind that had I been Peter Pan during the taking of the "after" pictures, the pictures would likely have turned out much better!  Taking pictures on a 2 foot wide ledge was, well.....scary!  Bare with me......

Before: 

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The rug, door, globe, and greenery add a pop of color, and are just what the space needed! 

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A space isn't completed without a little pattern and a good dose of texture....

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The wall opposite the door (the far right wall in the photo above), was kept simple.  Using a "gold-dipped" painted stool, a colorful hand woven rug (World Market), a simple glass vase with greenery, and a piece of hand-painted wall art,  the corner was tended to, but not overdone. 

 I think the pictures are a bit blurry because my hands were shaking up there on that ledge! 

I think the pictures are a bit blurry because my hands were shaking up there on that ledge! 

Not only was I entrusted to this space, the project allowed me to overcome my (mild) fear of heights.  I really had to focus while working up there, always minding the edge, and working VERY slowly. But, as they always say, slow and steady wins the race! 

Do you have a ledge in your home? What have you done with it?   

See my tips for accessorizing a ledge here:  4 steps to accessorizing a ledge

And that's a wrap on how this challenging space was re-created into a warm and inviting focal point in the home!!!  It adds character and personality to the entry way!  

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Spring-ready: Chic home decor under $5

Greetings and welcome to Friday Finds!  If you are tuning in for the first time, Friday Finds is your weekly guide to finding the most current, hot decor while spending very little money, AND, giving back to your community.  How will you give back to your community? You'll snatch up these hot decor items at your local thrift shops!  Thrifting is a wonderful thing, and it's even better when you can score the latest trends that mimic the "real deals".  The real deals are fabulous too, but can potentially set you back 5 times what you're going to spend!  So get ready to have some fun and tune in every Friday for "Friday Finds"!!!! 

Today's find is a glass vase discovered on a miscellaneous rack.  Miscellaneous racks can be gold mines.  This vase was hidden (the best finds almost always are!), and caught my eye for several reasons:  1.  Its color: Spring is a great time to try new colors   2.  Its larger size, which makes it a great piece for the mantle  and 3.  Its shape.    

First let's start by doing some comparison shopping.  The vase on the left is the thrifted vase. Cost: $3.99.  The vase on the right is from Pier 1 Imports.  Cost:  $59.95

Both vases share common characteristics, making it almost impossible to discern "thrifted" from brand new. I'm certainly no glass expert, and would be interested to know the difference in quality (or maybe there is no difference!).  Either way, I'm loving the "new" vase.  It sits on our mantle and serves its purpose well.   Here are some other ways to display vases: 1.  In groups of odd numbers (like 3 or 5 vases), 2.  Holding fresh flowers  3.  Displayed solo (if a vase is on the larger side,  it can make a big impact if displayed all on its own, like in the picture above.  

Uniquely shaped decor of varying heights is great for mantles.  In the photo below, the mantle display is simple, yet it makes an impact through use of color, and decor of varying sizes and shapes.  Vases are EVERYWHERE, in every single thrift shop I've ever visited.   Embark on your vase search and you will be pleasantly surprised at the great pieces waiting for you! 

Do you have any glass vases or other unique decor on your mantle this spring?   

Show us your finds and how you've incorporated them into your home at www.facebook.com/novodecorco

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!   

 

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How I turned this dated home accessory into a chic, fresh accessory

Greetings.  If you've seen my posts, even just a few of them, you know I'm a thrifting addict. This means I LOVE going to second hand stores anywhere I see one, and finding the diamonds in the rough nobody wants!  Turning them into awesomely cool and fresh home decor is the icing on the cake.  I use this strategy with our home, and every room design job I work on.  Every single one. 

Today I'm sharing how a simple home accessory can be re-created into something fresh and current.    

I started with this giant tub '0 something at Goodwill.   I liked it's size, shape, potential function, and the fact that it only set me back $3.99: 

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I certainly wasn't loving the ducks (and they even had scarves on), nor the stenciled border along the bottom.  But these things are no big deal....with a vision, and some paint. 

I decided to keep it simple with just three colors.  I ran painter's tape along the top of the duck's heads, and along the bottom, below their "feet".  Then I covered the ducks right up by painting that section black: 

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In the picture above, I had already removed the painter's tape.  The ducks were still showing through the black paint, but before I dealt with that, I wanted to cover up the bottom border that was previously stenciled on.  You can see that below. 

I used cream paint, and again, placed my painter's tape for a clean edge all the way around. 

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It was time to cover those ducks once and for all.  Once the black paint was dry, I applied painter's tape in a simple triangular fashion.  I kept it simple, doing this all the way around the piece.  

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I eye-balled it while taping the triangles, making sure that I placed the tape equally distant from the previously painted triangle (I removed the painter's tape as soon as a triangle was painted) 

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And that's it!  This took me 30 minutes or less.  I am planning to use this piece for an upcoming customer design job I'll be installing later this month.  I think it will serve its purpose well. 

Now that it's done, I am debating adding a fourth color, and perhaps a few more triangles.  Sometimes when I glance at it, I feel like I see a monster's mouth (the mustard yellow triangles are the teeth, and the black is the darkness of the mouth).  What do you think? 

Here's a look at the piece in a styled situation, which gives you an idea of how it could potentially be used: 

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There you have it. This is a simple way to update an old, tired piece of home decor.  The best part, is that you can customize finds like this in any way, to fit your style/colors.  That's a win-win all around don't you think? 

Thanks for reading!

Kate

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Painted furniture BEFORE/AFTER collection

Hello!  If you love seeing before/after pictures, then today's post is right up your alley!  Lately, I've been posting quite a bit about old furniture, and the potential it has to be amazing!  But, it can be hard to visualize how your piece would look in a new color/style!  Can you relate?  

Whether you have old, outdated furniture, or a family heirloom you love (but needs some TLC), today's collection of before/after photos might be the inspiration you need to look past what meets the eye.   

Skeptical about having your furniture painted?  I understand.  

Here you'll see an example of how adding just a touch of color, can instantly update and refresh an heirloom . In cases like these, there's no need to cover up all that gorgeous wood (scroll down to see  how this was done with the "minty fresh" china cabinet)

Here we go.....

There are more pieces....which I'm still trying to find in the "archives"!  Once I do, you can bet I'll be sharing those before/afters too!   

Consider the possibilities in your furniture, and see the transformation!   In February, you'll have an opportunity to ask me ANY question you want about your piece, get my suggestions for color/style, AND an estimate.   The best part is it's FREE....

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4 critical components to a well-decorated foyer ledge

Do you have a space in your house that is totally neglected?  I'm not talking about your storage room, or your "guest" room where you stash all your junk!  I'm talking about a space up above.....a LEDGE.   Ledges are typically found in the entrance of a house.  They are that "shelf-like" area that is difficult to get to, and difficult to accessorize!   

These ledges are challenges for many reasons: 

  • They seem to stand out like sore thumbs, making it impossible to ignore them. And when you do succeeed at ignoring them, they just look so bare.....and this bugs you! 
  • They are difficult to access 
  • They are made for "decoration" or enhancement of a house, yet they are so commonly neglected, and are often left "undone". 

Well, not anymore!  We're tending to our "ledges" with today's tips on creating a simple, yet visually interesting ledge.  If you keep these 4 things in mind, you'll never have a bare or boring ledge again! 

4 Critical Components to decorating a ledge

1.  Large Decor

These ledges range in size, but generally speaking, the larger the space is, the larger the items should be that go in that space!   For example, if you have a ledge space that measures 13 feet long, by 4 feet deep, and has a height allowance of about 7 feet, that space is GIANT.   Don't fill it up with lots of small items.  Use large pieces.  Always start with the bigger pieces. 

First do THIS:

START with the largest accessories first like........

-Accent furniture (like a sofa table, or bench/stool) 

-Large trunk or chest of some sort. 

-One large wall accessory like a print, or rug. 

Next do THIS: 

ADD smaller items to fill gaps like.....

-Vases in larger sizes

-Decor like a globe, or something that doesn't have to be viewed up close to appreciate! 

-Greenery.   Add some greens to your vases.  They don't have to be the same.  Throw in florals for pops of color. These are easily changeable as the season change. 

2.  Height

Make sure your items are of varying heights. One or two taller items are great (leaned up against the wall), or if you've hung something on your wall, that will be provide some height variance.   

Vases:  Choose them in odd numbers (3 or 5).  Not too many, not too few!  Choose varying sizes, like small medium and large. 

In summary, choose items of different heights, so that your accessories don't appear "lined up", or all the same.  

3.  Placement

Be careful not to place all your accessories along the wall.  Positioning your accessories is key, and it involves placing items at varying depths within the ledge surface.  Example: place some items further back (closer to walls), and up front (closer to the actual ledge). 

This creates visual interest.   And, when done well, it totally eliminates the "items lined up at the store" effect.   (see #2 again, as these are related!).   Items placed in groups of odd numbers work best.   (example: three vases, three trunks/crates of different sizes). Remember, don't line them up!  

4.  Walls

The wall space by these ledges allow for pops of color and texture. Plus, the walls are what you see first, when you look up at that "ledge".  So, don't forget the walls.  Check out these ideas:

  • hang rug (s), or tapestry
  • hang a picture or two (not a detailed picture....more like an abstract picture with color, or a cool design/pattern you like).  Photo trios work well for this too (three pictures that "go together", and hang side by side) 
  • hang metal wall decor (these are visually interesting, and don't require a lot of focus to look at, like a painted picture might) 
  • How about a giant clock?  The farmhouse style clocks are popular right now (thank you Joanna Gaines!) 

Don't neglect all that bare wall space, but be sure to use caution.  A little can go a long way!  Don't feel like you should cover all the walls.   For example, a ledge usually has 3 walls (the back wall, and two smaller side walls).  I wouldn't recommend putting something on all three walls.  Choose one (think back wall), and keep it simple. 

That's not so bad! 

Decorating your ledge doesn't have to be complicated!  All it takes is a plan, and some attention to these 4 critical components, and your empty ledge mystery is sure to be solved. 

Still have questions about how or where to start?  Contact me below to set up your FREE consultation!!! I'd love to see your mystery space and help you GET. IT. DONE. 

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