Control the clutter with pretty storage options

Hello! Today's post is about the smaller details that make a house a home...and make it so much prettier too.  Today I'm sharing tips on ways to hide those unsightly home items (the stuff you can't really throw out, but have no idea where or how to store it).  

Whether you purchase your storage, or get creative and make your own, hopefully you'll walk away with some simple ideas to implement in your home! 

1.  Crates

Decorative crates are everywhere it seems!  Buy them new, or find them at thrift stores or yard sales and "clean them up"  Below is an example of an old wire crate found at a local thrift shop. It was cleaned, spray painted gold, and fabric lined: 

The crate and basket/pillows look pretty right?  What's inside them is not.  Who knew?

The crate and basket/pillows look pretty right?  What's inside them is not.  Who knew?

2.  Smaller containers

Hide the small stuff with these smart "home-made" solutions.....

Using empty coffee cans or soup cans, place contact paper around them and label using label stickers. These are great for pantry items, art supplies, bathroom items, or anything small you want organized, and looking pretty! 

3.  Bookshelves or hutches

Bookshelves and hutches are great ways to store "things" in a pretty way.  You can hide smaller items in baskets or crates, and fill the gaps in with your decor....

Storing items non-traditionally in hutches is something we do often in our home. It's fun to use furniture in different ways, and helps to avoid the "shoving everything into drawers and closets" syndrome.  When something looks nice, we are more likely to continue that trend, putting all those "things" back where they belong. 

This hutch is great for paint supplies and tools.

This hutch is great for paint supplies and tools.

And there you have it.  Simple storage options that will not only help you organize, but provide a pretty way to display all those things that clutter up the house!  They are especially great when you are expecting company!  Just hide that clutter and you're good to go!  

What do you use to hide all the clutter?  Have you ever made your own storage?  

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5 key accessories for your home this fall

This past weekend a touch of fall was definitely in the air.  Sitting at soccer and football games, I found myself zipping up my jacket and even putting up the hood.  More fall weather is ahead....and with that comes fall decorating!  What do yo think of when you think of fall decor? Is it the colors? The scents of pumpkin candles and apple pie?   Fall is one of my favorite times of year for decorating. I particularly love adding rustic elements to our home.  

Here are 5 accessories that speak fall, and that you can easily incorporate into your home:

1.  Wood items  

Though 98% of furniture I paint consists of wood, I do leave some wood pieces in all their original wood glory.  Mixing the new with the old creates visual interest in a room, avoiding the "matchy matchy" phenomenon.   Examples include:  

  • Crates
  • frames 
  • Antique furniture
  • Bowls (wooden bowls are ALL over second hand stores) 
  • old lamps with gloriously thick and unique wooden bases.  (place new lampshade on it and you've got yourself a statement lamp ready for Fall)
A 1x4 pine board was cut to size and added to this mirror for a rustic frame.

A 1x4 pine board was cut to size and added to this mirror for a rustic frame.

2.  Wire, or metal items

Wire baskets make killer fall decor.  Uses for these baskets are endless.  The great part about them is they can look super old and rustic, but when you place your new throw blanket inside, the two worlds combine to create decor that's not only gorgeous to look at, but functional too. A total win-win.  Examples of uses for wire baskets or containers include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Holding books
  • Storing extra throw pillows
  • Storing blankets
  • Storing kitchen items like silverware, napkins, or placements

3.  Antique quilts or blankets

If you have beautiful old quilts passed down to you from your family, get them out and display them.  They are too gorgeous not to look at daily! They also add dimension to the room with their rich textures and "cozy" vibe.  Here are some great ideas for using these in your home as decor: 

  • Drape one over your favorite chair
  • Place one on your bed
  • Frame one and hang it up (or no frame at all)

The antiqued appearance of older quilts adds rustic charm to any room.  Your house is sure to ring in the fall season showcasing a gorgeous quilt or blanket.  Oh, and they're great for fall cuddling!  I'm all about multi-purpose use for decor. 

4.  Baskets or basket trays

Wicker, straw, bamboo, jute.  These are natural materials you'll find in a variety of baskets and trays.  And these pieces are EVERYWHERE in second hand stores.  EVERY. WHERE.   The natural materials of this type of decor speak for themselves in the fall season, but, what can you add to make them POP?  

  • Place fresh fruit inside
  • Put together a hot cocoa serving tray 
  • Put extra pillows  or blankets inside
  • For really large baskets, put your fire wood inside
  • Hide those unsightly outlet, plugs, and wires with taller baskets on the floor
Mix both worlds; wood and wicker! 

Mix both worlds; wood and wicker! 

5.  Pottery

Did you know that you can find beautiful pottery for very little cost? Ceramic bowls, vases, mugs, and other dishware in rich, fall colors are all over the shelves at Goodwill. I'm talking heavy-duty pieces! Sometimes I am shocked at what I find, and immediately my happy dance kicks in.   What to do with pottery?

  • Place fall flowers inside them
  • Display a collection of pottery together.   Be open to a unique mix of colors for fall.  They don't have to be traditional fall colors like mustard, rust, red, oranges, and yellows to be considered AWESOME fall decor. 
  • Use it for fresh fruit 
  • Place on top of taller furniture pieces like hutches (see below)

It might seem early to think about fall, but, your fall decorating doesn't have to be time consuming or even involve purchasing NEW items!  Look around your home, in storage, or go to a second-hand store.  I would venture to guess you will find all 5 of these key accessories for your fall home! 

Happy Monday and happy fall decorating! 

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Control the clutter with pretty storage options

Hello! Today's post is about the smaller details that make a house a home...and make it so much prettier too.  Today I'm sharing tips on ways to hide those unsightly home items (the stuff you can't really throw out, but have no idea where or how to store it).  

Whether you purchase your storage, or get creative and make your own, hopefully you'll walk away with some simple ideas to implement in your home! 

1.  Crates

Decorative crates are everywhere it seems!  Buy them new, or find them at thrift stores or yard sales and "clean them up"  Below is an example of an old wire crate found at a local thrift shop. It was cleaned, spray painted gold, and fabric lined: 

The crate and basket/pillows look pretty right?  What's inside them is not.  Who knew?

The crate and basket/pillows look pretty right?  What's inside them is not.  Who knew?

2.  Smaller containers

Hide the small stuff with these smart "home-made" solutions.....

Using empty coffee cans or soup cans, place contact paper around them and label using label stickers. These are great for pantry items, art supplies, bathroom items, or anything small you want organized, and looking pretty! 

3.  Bookshelves or hutches

Bookshelves and hutches are great ways to store "things" in a pretty way.  You can hide smaller items in baskets or crates, and fill the gaps in with your decor....

Storing items non-traditionally in hutches is something we do often in our home. It's fun to use furniture in different ways, and helps to avoid the "shoving everything into drawers and closets" syndrome.  When something looks nice, we are more likely to continue that trend, putting all those "things" back where they belong. 

This hutch is great for paint supplies and tools.

This hutch is great for paint supplies and tools.

And there you have it.  Simple storage options that will not only help you organize, but provide a pretty way to display all those things that clutter up the house!  They are especially great when you are expecting company!  Just hide that clutter and you're good to go!  

What do you use to hide all the clutter?  Have you ever made your own storage?  

Share your ideas to Novo Decor Co. Facebook page HERE 

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Lime Green Hutch: A statement piece with 10+ uses

Do you have a hutch that is uninspiring?  Well, today I'm showcasing a gorgeous hutch, hand-painted in lime green, as well as its many uses.  Because hutches don't have to hold just dishes and "dining" items! 

We have a small ranch, and with the work I do, it's not unusual for space to become limited. On any given day, you might see pieces of furniture in progress, finished pieces, and unfinished pieces waiting their turn on.  Currently there is a stunning hutch occupying a rather large space in this here small green ranch.  As much as I'd love to keep her, she really must go.  

Allow me to introduce......

In case you're wondering the potential for such a hutch in your home....consider the fact that hutches are NOT limited to dining rooms, nor should they be! They are great pieces to move outside the dining area, and can serve so many fun purposes.  Not to mention, they look awesome when used in non-traditional ways. 

Let's see some ideas.....

Make a "mini" library by displaying your books.....

Showcase your dishes or unique pieces.....

Store your kids' toys/things.....

Make a wine or drink bar.....

Make a coffee or tea bar.....

Display your Disney magic bands.....

or your favorite wood carving collection:

Display your favorite photos:

Store your linens or bathroom supplies.....If you have a large bathroom but lack storage this is a great option....

And the list goes on!   

If I hold onto this hutch much longer, there will be more pictures like this.......

Consider the many uses for hutches!  And have fun with it.

There is paint on my arm.....occupational hazard. 

There is paint on my arm.....occupational hazard. 

If you have any questions about this piece, I'm happy to answer them!  

click below to view the piece in my shop:

Happy hump day and happy hutch day! 

New Room Reveal: Home Office

Not too long ago I shared a post about using furniture in non-traditional ways in order to maximize your living space. If you missed that post, you can take a look at at it HERE   Today I'm sharing the results of a recent room refresh, where the home-owner added a piece of furniture to a room she had never thought of before.  Together we re-created the space into one she can use! 

Here is how it happened.....

Furniture spotted on Instagram.... 

Sam, the home-owner, spotted this painted hutch.   She doubted whether she had any room for it in her home, but when she thought about using her spare room as her home office, she changed her mind!  The hutch could provide the storage she needed, and also display things she likes. 

Accessorizing the hutch...

The hutch was styled for Sam.  Examples of styled shelves were given to her through a shared Pinterest board. This gave me an idea of the look she wanted.  To see the full post on how we styled the hutch, click HERE

Color.....

Color inspiration came from the hutch (cream/orange).   We also pulled in navy, a color that is relatively new to Sam's home color palate.  The office was already painted in a neutral gray, providing a nice backdrop for wall art. 

Decor and Styling.....

Once the hutch found a place in the room and was styled, Sam realized she needed some support with pulling the room together.  She knew she wanted a rug, a chair/ottoman, additional lighting, and a side table. I pinned examples of these things to our shared Pinterest board (a private board that only Sam and I can see), which helped her decide what style she wanted for the room.  Below were her selections......

A navy blue chair & a "pouf" (aka: ottoman)....

a modern globe floor lamp, geometric shag rug, and a mid-century modern side table... 

The Outcome

With my help and support for developing a vision for un-used space, and finding the pieces necessary to complete the room, Sam now has a use-able and well-accessorized home office. A hassle-free room refresh and a great little home office Sam can be proud of! 

Now for the part you really want to see....the completed room!

On the wall opposite the chair/window, I hung an arrangement of frames and mirrors. The bold frame is coral/orange, not pink as it appears in the photo!  The white frames pop against the gray wall.  Additional seating is beneath this wall arrangement; consisting of two small red-orange chairs.  Sorry no photo of those to share.  Drat! 

I love helping you see the potential in an unused space in your home!   Breaking down the task into steps can help, like Sam did with her home office:  

1.  She added a new piece of furniture she loved (the hutch)  

2.  She established the function for the room (home office) 

3.  She selected the pieces necessary to complete her office (with help from Novo Decor!)

This was a fun room refresh.  Thank you Sam!  I hardly recognize the room now, and I hope you enjoy your new room. 

See other Room Refresh Projects at the links below:

New Rooms 2016: REVEAL

New Room REVEAL

 

Styling a hutch: 4 simple & actionable tips

Remember the hutch I shared with you this week?  If you missed seeing the post on how a decorating "game changer" happened with that hutch, you can see it at this link:  Painted Hutch + vision = new home office accessory   Today's post features that same hutch, sharing tips to help you decorate any hutch, for any room of the house.  Because seeing an empty piece of furniture like this isn't always easy to visualize in your own home aesthetic!
 

See what I mean?  

"This is a pretty piece, but what do I do with it? How do I style it?"

When we discover new-found space in our home, and determine how we want a room to function, look or feel, then it's much easier to establish a game plan for the decorating part.  The big game changer with this particular hutch was about just that;  gaining an understanding of a room in the house, and how the piece of furniture would appear in that room.  Seeing the hutch styled was key in developing the overall vision for the space.  And, using decor of all shapes, heights/sizes, colors, and textures achieved this goal!  Here are 4 tips to styling a hutch, shelving unit, built-in, or bookbase: 

1.  Different Shapes

These are examples of pieces of different shapes, that when displayed together, create visual interest

 

2.  Different Heights/Sizes

Try to vary the size of the items you fill your hutch or shelves with.  These are examples of "sets" but remember, pieces to sets do not always have to be displayed together! Mix it up and place a single tall candle holder next to a stack of books. 

3.  Different Colors

There is really no rule about color on shelves!  You can choose a variety of color in your decor, or, If you are displaying a collection of like-colored items, it can also make an impact. Having a contrasting color as the "backsplash" on your hutch or shelf (like the hutch in this post) can really make those like-colored items stand out.  Here are examples of color variety, and uniform color in decor items:

4. Different Textures

This might be one of the most fun aspects of decorating!  Bringing in texture can be done in many ways, even with hutches and shelves.  These are examples of decor items that contain texture:

And there you have it.  Four simple actionable tips you can implement TODAY with your hutch, or your shelves!   And finally, here is a photo of the same hutch you saw earlier in this post, but styled!  It has personality now because all 4 of today's styling tips were implemented: 

Do you see the different colors, textures, and shapes of the decor?  And the orange background allows them to stand out even more.  

Coming up tomorrow.....if you're a regular reader, you know it's time for Friday Finds!  Join me tomorrow for it!  

Happy almost Friday!!!!   Phew! 

 

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Traditional Painted Hutch + Vision = New home office accessory

Hello everyone!  Thank you for checking in today!  Today's post is very exciting, because it demonstrates the very essence of Novo Decor Co.!  I've had a beautiful hutch waiting for a new home all winter.  A handful of people had expressed interest in it, but, the common theme I was hearing was "I just don't have the room for it", "I wish we had more room!" or, "Our wall space is so limited".   That got me thinking......

Have you ever used a piece of furniture in a non-traditional way? For example a coffee table as your kids' lego station, or a dresser as a TV stand?  Thinking outside the box when it comes to our furniture can lead us to some pretty awesome discoveries.   When I think about uses for furniture in non-traditional ways, I almost always end up fixing that "problem" room or space in our home.  Thinking creatively about how you can use your furniture, or where you put your furniture can be a total game changer for your space!  It can also open your eyes up to space you never knew you had! 

On that note, I'd like to share a story about the game-changing experience a customer of mine, had when she began to think outside the box about furniture!  I was thrilled to get there, by helping her "see" the potential that a particular piece of furniture had in her home, even though she thought she had no room for it. 

The initial conversation

I posted this photo of a hutch on Instagram a while back:

Sam had commented on the photo, stating she loved the hutch, but had no wall space for it.  I responded back to inform her of the recent price reduction on the piece (awesome!), but what I really wanted to know was, could she think of the piece in a location in her home that she wouldn't have thought to put a hutch?  So I suggested she think of non-traditional spaces and uses for the piece.  And here's what happened...

The birth of a home decorating game-changer

She emailed me back stating she was contemplating her office space as a potential "home" for the hutch.   She asked several good questions about the piece (storage, sturdiness factor, function, and look of the piece in an office).  She then went on to make an extremely valid point, saying, "I know if I buy the hutch, I won't be able to transform the space like I want and I will continue to have that door shut (office door) and not show off the beautiful piece".   Then you know what happened?  She asked me if I had anything to fill the hutch with.  Here was my reply:

"UM, YES MA'AM"  (that wasn't my immediate or exact response to her, but I'll admit my inner voice was shouting out to the heavens!).  Here was my actual reply to her concern:  "If you like the way the space looks, and it's organized, you might be more inclined to use the room, and leave your office door open."   My thought process was that a organizational piece like a hutch would provide storage, reduce clutter, and consequently, help create a room she would want to see and spend time in.  Then of course I responded "Yes" to her question about filling the hutch.  

Asking me if I have decor to fill a hutch is like asking a grocery store owner if they have groceries to fill your cart! 

I was confident I either had, or could obtain decor that would look great in the hutch.  So what next?  I created a private Pinterest board specifically for her to get a feel for what she likes/doesn't like in a styled hutch.... 

Pinterest Inspiration + Vision + Customer's Taste = Home decorating game changer

I pinned pictures of accessorized hutches and bookcases that were consistent with the customer's taste. Then I invited her to join the private board (so we can both pin photos to it, AND see each other's pins).  As I suspected, she loved what she saw.   I asked her if she wanted me to style the hutch to give her some ideas.  She responded, "yes, that would help me envision it".  So, I cruised on over to my inventory of home decor, and pulled together a number of items to fill the hutch.   I sent her a photo of the styled hutch and then....

she asked how much the whole thing would cost

(hutch + decor = happy customer)

The Outcome

With my support for a vision, and our discussion about the functionality and location for this hutch, Sam felt confident the purchase was right for her and for her home.  Not only did she feel good about the functional use for this piece in a room she rarely used, but she had the chance to view the hutch, completely styled to her liking, before she made her purchase.  I bet her home office door won't be closed anymore!!!  And I bet she will spend more time in that home office as well. Stay tuned for an upcoming post on how I styled this hutch!!!!  And wouldn't it be great to see her home office when it's completely done?  

Re-Cap of the home decorating game changer

1. A piece of furniture in a photo appeals to a customer

2. Customer states she loves the piece, but has no room for it

3. Customer starts to think about non-traditional uses and locations for the piece

4. Customer has light bulb moment! "I'll use it in the home office!"

5.  Customer is concerned that she won't know how to style the hutch, or room, and the room will be left unseen, and not used. 

6.  Visual inspiration is shared through styled hutch ideas on Pinterest. I provide additional suggestions for additions to the room like a comfy but contemporary office chair.

7.  Hutch is styled for her at Novo Decor, and a picture sent to her for viewing

7.  Customer loves what she sees, and now has an exact visual of what the hutch will look like in her home office

8.  Customer purchases the hutch and everything in it.  All uncertainty and hassles with styling her new hutch are eliminated!  (she also ordered herself a chair for the room, as per my recommendation!)

"I know if I buy the hutch, I won't be able to transform the space like I want and I will continue to have that door shut (office door) and not show off the beautiful piece".   

Uncertainty about how to style a piece of furniture or a room is a common concern for many, and one that I aim to eliminate!  But the good news is, there is a solution!

SOLUTION

Look in your rooms and determine how the space could or should be utilized more efficiently and effectively.  Decide if you like the way it looks, or if it needs help. What don't you like?  If you identify that something needs changing, that's the first (and sometimes most difficult) step.  But not quite sure of the next step?  

I can help.  

I dream at night about re-designing your space for you.  Finding ways to use and transform what you already have (your furniture AND your decor) is one of the most fulfilling aspects of my job, and the heart of my business.   Infusing fresh design; inspiring personal style....and helping you see potential in your space in resourceful ways. It's what I love to do. 

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