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?   

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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....

FEBRUARY OFFER:

Take advantage of my FREE furniture estimates!!!  Contact me below to schedule yours!!!

Thanks for tuning in today!

Kate

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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3 Decorating Myths Debunked

I am kicking off the new year by sharing some common decorating myths, and DEBUNKING them!  

Before we dig in to the MYTHS, let's be clear on the topic we are focusing on here:  "Decorating a room to FULL completion"

If you've ever "poo poo-ed" (love that word) hiring someone to help you decorate your home interior, could it be due to these myths?   

Join me....as I debunk them one by one!! Woop! 

OK. Here we go.....

Myth #1:  "If I do it myself, I"ll save money"

Decorating a room to completion does NOT have to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, some of the most beautiful rooms I've seen, were completed on a very reasonable budget (but you'd never know it!).  The thing is, these rooms were done by a professional.   
 
A decorating professional knows the ins and outs of putting together a room.  Everything from where to find pieces, to color combinations, and achieving a certain style....all the elements work together, and follow a specific plan.   An all too common roadblock to starting a room, (and finishing it) is the lack of know-how for pulling together these critical elements.   What happens then? 

Cost INCREASES.   Cost increases because the "parts" are being purchased without an established plan.  The result is "impulse" purchases.  And these add up, my friends!   The home owner isn't satisfied, because the room never seems to get done. And now, money has been spent.....more than expected.  
 
PROBLEM/OUTCOME with "Doing it myself":  Budget is exceeded  The desired outcome isn't achieved.   

SOLUTION:  Hire a professional

OUTCOME:  A room that is pulled together and DONE!   The amount spent hiring a professional WILL remain within the budget set from the very beginning of the project.  No surprises!  

Myth #1   "If I do it myself, I'll save money"    ..................................DEBUNKED

Myth #2:  "Decorating professionals have specific styles.  If I hire a professional, he/she will create a room that isn't consistent with my own personal style/or my family's lifestyle." 

Re-creating spaces that are consistent with a home-owner's style is what makes a decorating professional, a professional.  Professionals know what makes up a particular style. They also have knowledge of how to create a particular style.  Working with a professional ensures that a home-owner gets what they want.  No hassles.  No headaches.  No guesswork.  

PROBLEM/OUTCOME with "they won't do it in my style":   This is simply false!  Professionals make every effort to achieve the look the customer wants and loves.  Believing this myth just won't get the job done. 

SOLUTION:  Hire a professional

OUTCOME: A completed room that is consistent with the home-owner's style

Myth #2:  Decorating professionals have specific styles. If I hire a professional, he/she will create a room that isn't consistent with my own personal style/or my family's style."    ............................. DEBUNKED. 

Myth #3: "It's too costly to hire someone"

This myth is relative.  Cost depends on many factors like the........  

  • Home-owner's goals or needs for a space
  • Desired style
  • Size of the space
  • necessary elements to achieve the desired look

Additionally, we're back to myth #1.  Not only does hiring a professional save money....it saves time and hassles.   A professional will plan a space according to the home-owner's budget, and will adhere to that budget.   

PROBLEM with "it's too costly to hire someone":  Impulse buys, exceeding budget, time suck, hassles, unfinished room. 

SOLUTION:  Hire a professional

OUTCOME: A room completed within a set budget.  The room is done, and done well.  That simple. 

Myth #3: "It's too costly to hire someone"........................................ DEBUNKED

Conclusion 

Hiring a professional to help you decorate your home is cost effective and smart.  Not only will it save a home-owner money in the end, it will save time, hassles, and the guesswork involved with FINISHING that room!  

Let's make it a productive year inside our homes.  Let's get inspired in 2018, and FINISH those rooms once and for all!  

Blessings, 
Kate











 

Your refreshed room in 2018: 4 essential elements

It's a new year, and with a new year comes goals and other "things" we'd like to accomplish.  These "things" don't have to be HUGE things, either!  Break down your goals for the new year, into smaller, less overwhelming steps.   

Today I'm breaking down your "new" room in 2018 into 4 simple parts.  I'm talking about the 4 necessary elements to any room refresh! Let's get started......

The 4 elements that can easily be incorporated into any room are  

1.  Metallics/bling

2.  Texture

3. Color & Pattern

4. Greenery

Whether you want to refresh your master bedroom, create a reading nook, or update the busiest room in the house, using these 4 elements will help you create a room that inspires!

1.  Metallics (gold, silver, copper).  

Metallics just don't "go out of style".   Even the "brassy" hardware on our dressers or doors, has made a comeback.  Here are some examples of metallic decor that will instantly give your room style and "bling". 

Copper Accents

Copper is all the rage in the world of interior design and home decor.  Go to a home decorating store and you're sure to find this metallic!  Copper is everywhere.   

Where to find great copper accents:  Pier One, Cost Plus World Market, Target, Marshalls

Gold Accents

Gold is a classic way to add zip and elegance to any space.  It has become popular once again, but for some of us, it never went out of style!   Gold is timeless, and when used in healthy doses (not too much), it never "runs its course".  Try gold! 

Where to find gold accents:  ANY home store.  For starters: TJ Max, Target, Pier One, West Elm, Marshalls

Silver Accents

Incorporating silver is easy.  Some favorites of mine include lamps and vases.  Don't want to spend money on a new silver lamp when yours works just fine?  Get some silver spray paint and spray away.   In fact, grab some metallic spray paint in any one (or all 3) of these metallics and you've got an instant update to your dull decor.  

You can find silver accents at pretty much any home store: Target, World Market, TJ Max, Marshalls, Pier One

2.  Texture

The sky is the limit with texture.  Texture includes throw pillows, rugs, throw blankets, window treatments (panels or curtains). Even decor you put on your shelves and walls can contain texture, like baskets.  Here are some examples: 

Throw blankets can be draped on your sofa, or even hung on the wall!  This El Paso blanket is a GREAT example of texture (and pattern!) that is highly versatile in any room or space. 

The curtains you choose play a huge role in incorporating texture.  Additionally, any natural materials like wood and wicker, seagrass, or jute all fall under the category of TEXTURE: 

3. Color & Pattern

Color and pattern go hand in hand.  Every room needs color.  Even if just a hint of it, color makes an impact.   Pair color with pattern and you've got a home run!  Here are some examples: 

Rugs are an effective, simple way to incorporate color and pattern.  And did you know that if your room is large enough, you can add more than a single rug to the room? If your room is small, you can also try the art of layering your rugs!  See this example: 

Image from kismet-house.com    (pinterest/instagram) 

Image from kismet-house.com    (pinterest/instagram) 

Along with rug layering, pillows, blankets, and natural wood furniture add rich texture.  Texture adds visual interest and comfort to a room.  Doesn't this picture make you want to curl up on that sofa with a good book? 

And don't forget pattern.  Here is an example of using multiple patterns in the same space....

If mixing pattern scares you, I've created a Pattern Guide for YOU.  Just contact me below, for your FREE guide: 

And, if you want more FREE stuff, SUBSCRIBE to my mailing list!  I sent out short, weekly newsletters with tips, tricks, behind the scenes photos, and special events/offers!!!!

If you are already on my mailing list, and would like a copy of my FREE pattern guide, just click below to reach me, and I'm happy to send you one!  

4.  Greenery

Greenery is a key piece to any room.  If you have a green thumb and enjoy the "real deal" in your house, even better.   I happen to be terrible at keeping plants alive, so I am biased toward artificial greens.  If you can do "real" by all means do!   

A splash of greens completes the space.  It can be as simple as a small wreath, or small plants on a table....

And that's a wrap for the 4 essential elements in any room of the house!  Adding these pieces to a space can take a room from nice, to amazing.  Play with texture, color, and pattern and your well on your way to a "designer" home interior!  

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Your refreshed room in 2018: 4 essential elements

It's a new year, and with a new year comes goals and other "things" we'd like to accomplish.  These "things" don't have to be HUGE things, either!  Break down your goals for the new year, into smaller, less overwhelming steps.   

Today I'm breaking down your "new" room in 2018 into 4 simple parts.  I'm talking about the 4 necessary elements to any room refresh! Let's get started......

The 4 elements that can easily be incorporated into any room are  

1.  Metallics/bling

2.  Texture

3. Color & Pattern

4. Greenery

Whether you want to refresh your master bedroom, create a reading nook, or update the busiest room in the house, using these 4 elements will help you create a room that inspires!

1.  Metallics (gold, silver, copper).  

Metallics just don't "go out of style".   Even the "brassy" hardware on our dressers or doors, has made a comeback.  Here are some examples of metallic decor that will instantly give your room style and "bling". 

Copper Accents

Copper is all the rage in the world of interior design and home decor.  Go to a home decorating store and you're sure to find this metallic!  Copper is everywhere.   

Where to find great copper accents:  Pier One, Cost Plus World Market, Target, Marshalls

Gold Accents

Gold is a classic way to add zip and elegance to any space.  It has become popular once again, but for some of us, it never went out of style!   Gold is timeless, and when used in healthy doses (not too much), it never "runs its course".  Try gold! 

Where to find gold accents:  ANY home store.  For starters: TJ Max, Target, Pier One, West Elm, Marshalls

Silver Accents

Incorporating silver is easy.  Some favorites of mine include lamps and vases.  Don't want to spend money on a new silver lamp when yours works just fine?  Get some silver spray paint and spray away.   In fact, grab some metallic spray paint in any one (or all 3) of these metallics and you've got an instant update to your dull decor.  

You can find silver accents at pretty much any home store: Target, World Market, TJ Max, Marshalls, Pier One

2.  Texture

The sky is the limit with texture.  Texture includes throw pillows, rugs, throw blankets, window treatments (panels or curtains). Even decor you put on your shelves and walls can contain texture, like baskets.  Here are some examples: 

Throw blankets can be draped on your sofa, or even hung on the wall!  This El Paso blanket is a GREAT example of texture (and pattern!) that is highly versatile in any room or space. 

The curtains you choose play a huge role in incorporating texture.  Additionally, any natural materials like wood and wicker, seagrass, or jute all fall under the category of TEXTURE: 

3. Color & Pattern

Color and pattern go hand in hand.  Every room needs color.  Even if just a hint of it, color makes an impact.   Pair color with pattern and you've got a home run!  Here are some examples: 

Rugs are an effective, simple way to incorporate color and pattern.  And did you know that if your room is large enough, you can add more than a single rug to the room? If your room is small, you can also try the art of layering your rugs!  See this example: 

Image from kismet-house.com    (pinterest/instagram) 

Image from kismet-house.com    (pinterest/instagram) 

Along with rug layering, pillows, blankets, and natural wood furniture add rich texture.  Texture adds visual interest and comfort to a room.  Doesn't this picture make you want to curl up on that sofa with a good book? 

And don't forget pattern.  Here is an example of using multiple patterns in the same space....

If mixing pattern scares you, I've created a Pattern Guide for YOU.  Just contact me below, for your FREE guide: 

And, if you want more FREE stuff, SUBSCRIBE to my mailing list!  I sent out short, weekly newsletters with tips, tricks, behind the scenes photos, and special events/offers!!!!

If you are already on my mailing list, and would like a copy of my FREE pattern guide, just click below to reach me, and I'm happy to send you one!  

4.  Greenery

Greenery is a key piece to any room.  If you have a green thumb and enjoy the "real deal" in your house, even better.   I happen to be terrible at keeping plants alive, so I am biased toward artificial greens.  If you can do "real" by all means do!   

A splash of greens completes the space.  It can be as simple as a small wreath, or small plants on a table....

And that's a wrap for the 4 essential elements in any room of the house!  Adding these pieces to a space can take a room from nice, to amazing.  Play with texture, color, and pattern and your well on your way to a "designer" home interior!  

I"d love to see you join our family!  Click below to subscribe.....

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4 essential elements in any room

It's a new year, and with a new year comes goals and other "things" we'd like to accomplish.  These "things" don't have to be HUGE things, either!  Break down your goals for the new year, into smaller, less overwhelming steps.   

Today I'm breaking down your "new" room in 2018 into 4 simple parts.  I'm talking about the 4 necessary elements to any room refresh! Let's get started......

The 4 elements that can easily be incorporated into any room are  

1.  Metallics/bling

2.  Texture

3. Color & Pattern

4. Greenery

Whether you want to refresh your master bedroom, create a reading nook, or update the busiest room in the house, using these 4 elements will help you create a room that inspires!

1.  Metallics (gold, silver, copper).  

Metallics just don't "go out of style".   Even the "brassy" hardware on our dressers or doors, has made a comeback.  Here are some examples of metallic decor that will instantly give your room style and "bling". 

Copper Accents

Copper is all the rage in the world of interior design and home decor.  Go to a home decorating store and you're sure to find this metallic!  Copper is everywhere.   

Where to find great copper accents:  Pier One, Cost Plus World Market, Target, Marshalls

Gold Accents

Gold is a classic way to add zip and elegance to any space.  It has become popular once again, but for some of us, it never went out of style!   Gold is timeless, and when used in healthy doses (not too much), it never "runs its course".  Try gold! 

Where to find gold accents:  ANY home store.  For starters: TJ Max, Target, Pier One, West Elm, Marshalls

Silver Accents

Incorporating silver is easy.  Some favorites of mine include lamps and vases.  Don't want to spend money on a new silver lamp when yours works just fine?  Get some silver spray paint and spray away.   In fact, grab some metallic spray paint in any one (or all 3) of these metallics and you've got an instant update to your dull decor.  

You can find silver accents at pretty much any home store: Target, World Market, TJ Max, Marshalls, Pier One

2.  Texture

The sky is the limit with texture.  Texture includes throw pillows, rugs, throw blankets, window treatments (panels or curtains). Even decor you put on your shelves and walls can contain texture, like baskets.  Here are some examples: 

Throw blankets can be draped on your sofa, or even hung on the wall!  This El Paso blanket is a GREAT example of texture (and pattern!) that is highly versatile in any room or space. 

The curtains you choose play a huge role in incorporating texture.  Additionally, any natural materials like wood and wicker, seagrass, or jute all fall under the category of TEXTURE: 

3. Color & Pattern

Color and pattern go hand in hand.  Every room needs color.  Even if just a hint of it, color makes an impact.   Pair color with pattern and you've got a home run!  Here are some examples: 

Rugs are an effective, simple way to incorporate color and pattern.  And did you know that if your room is large enough, you can add more than a single rug to the room? If your room is small, you can also try the art of layering your rugs!  See this example: 

Image from kismet-house.com    (pinterest/instagram) 

Image from kismet-house.com    (pinterest/instagram) 

Along with rug layering, pillows, blankets, and natural wood furniture add rich texture.  Texture adds visual interest and comfort to a room.  Doesn't this picture make you want to curl up on that sofa with a good book? 

And don't forget pattern.  Here is an example of using multiple patterns in the same space....

If mixing pattern scares you, I've created a Pattern Guide for YOU.  Just contact me below, for your FREE guide: 

And, if you want more FREE stuff, SUBSCRIBE to my mailing list!  I sent out short, weekly newsletters with tips, tricks, behind the scenes photos, and special events/offers!!!!

If you are already on my mailing list, and would like a copy of my FREE pattern guide, just click below to reach me, and I'm happy to send you one!  

4.  Greenery

Greenery is a key piece to any room.  If you have a green thumb and enjoy the "real deal" in your house, even better.   I happen to be terrible at keeping plants alive, so I am biased toward artificial greens.  If you can do "real" by all means do!   

A splash of greens completes the space.  It can be as simple as a small wreath, or small plants on a table....

And that's a wrap for the 4 essential elements in any room of the house!  Adding these pieces to a space can take a room from nice, to amazing.  Play with texture, color, and pattern and your well on your way to a "designer" home interior!  

I"d love to see you join our family!  Click below to subscribe.....

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3 actionable decorating ideas for your post-holiday home

I'm back on the blog this week, sharing 3 easy decorating ideas for that post-holiday "bareness" syndrome.  The "bareness" syndrome is when you put away all the Christmas decorations and your house suddenly seems kind of.......bare.   

While it is SO tempting for me to go out and see what fresh new things are in the stores, I resist, and use what I've already got.  This is something I've become highly skilled at!!  Let's get started.....

1.   Holiday Card Hanger?  Not anymore! 

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If you hang/display your holiday cards, don't put your "card hanger" away now that the holidays are over!  Keep it out, and remove those holiday cards! 

Now you've got tons of space to hang anything you want.  Here are some ideas: 

  • Family pictures
  • Favorite quotes, sayings, or Bible verses
  • Reminder notes
  • Your kids' art work/homework

 

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2.  Create a gallery wall

Did you know that creating gallery walls is easier that you think?  I've got some great tips for how to plan/hang yours without even measuring. Yep!  You can see that at this link below: 

My fool proof, no-measure method for hanging a gallery wall

Those walls seem a little empty once the Christmas tree is down (especially if you removed any items hanging on the wall near your tree). My gallery wall hanging method is honestly so simple, that you may become addicted to making these types of walls.   

Collect all those pictures you haven't hung up (yet).  Now, arrange them together.  They don't have to match. That's what makes gallery walls GREAT. 

In 2018, we're getting those pictures hung.  Pictures of all types allow you, a home-owner, to show your personality, your style, and your life story!   Display them like they deserve to be displayed....and totally fall in LOVE with your new wall.  

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3.  Remove the "holiday" touches, and leave the rest

Have a large hutch or cabinet?  I bet you put some lovely Christmas greenery and lights up there for the holidays.  I did!    You might not have to take down everything up there...unless you filled the space with Santas and reindeer. 

This past holiday season I put a collection of wine bottles (empty, of course) on top of our tall hutch.  Then I put some greenery around it for a nice holiday touch.   All I had to do post-holiday, is remove the greenery.  Easy peazy. 

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I rather like the bottles for now.....so we're keeping it simple and leaving them up there! 

Horrible picture quality......sorry!    You get the idea though...you can see the bottles on top of this piece.  

Horrible picture quality......sorry!    You get the idea though...you can see the bottles on top of this piece.  

And there you have it.  Three simple ways to fill the "bareness" of your post-holiday home. Don't let the post holiday blues (and bare house) get you down! Experiment with the things you already have, and see what happens!     I would bet money your house will look, and feel, refreshed! 

Need serious help doing this?   Let's connect!!!!!  I have solutions. 

 

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Furniture make-over: 3 signs your furniture is worth it

How do you know if your furniture is worth a make-over?  What "signs" can you look for that predict a successful outcome, and result you love? 

Today I'm sharing three signs that will help you determine if your furniture is worth the time and investment of a make-over.    When furniture shows these signs, not only is the make-over outcome 100% successful, but the furniture owner is very happy! 

3 Predictors of a successful furniture make-over

1.  Recognize the potential

Most people have the ability to recognize that their piece of outdated furniture has potential. One thing that often gets in the way of seeing furniture "blossom" into something we love, is the temptation to get rid of it.   Next time you feel like tossing that old dresser to the curb, think twice.   Take a look at what happened to this dresser, when given a second look.....

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2. Emotional connection & Value

It really is a great honor to be able to use pieces that were passed down in the family. Not only do these pieces hold sentimental value, they are typically well-made (see #4!). Displaying and using these pieces is a meaningful way to remember our loved ones who at one time, owned these same pieces!   A make-over enhances the beauty of these one-of-a-kind pieces, while at the same time, allows us to showcase our style and personality in new ways. 

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See the heartwarming story here: Distressed Chevron Cedar Chest

3. Functionality

Consider all possible uses of your old furniture.  Functionality is key when it comes to making decisions about painting a piece of furniture.   The more uses a piece potentially has, the more likely it will long live out its "new" and improved look (not to mention the many locations in the house to place it).  Consider a make-over, and you're one step closer to uncovering those pieces in hiding!

Giving pieces like this a second chance can be an eye-opening game-changer for the home.  See an example here: 

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This hutch became a great place to store games and other "things" you don't want sitting out. The open shelving allowed for display of favorite accessories, too.  It's a win-win. 

And there you have it.  Three tell-tale signs that a piece of furniture has the potential to become a stand-out accent for the home!!   

What is your furniture telling you in 2018???

-Kate