Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
If decorating more rooms that I can count and I can tell you from experience that picking out the linens and fabric first is always the easiest way to go. Home Depot and Lowes are very good about matching any colors you want. Bring them a pillow and they can match it.
The hardest part for me is getting the room to the point where both of us will be happy.....that's not always easy.
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Sunday, December 23, 2007
If you have the retail store Kirklands by you, consider yourself lucky. This is hands down one of my favorite stores ever. I found one at the local mall and most recently one opened only 5 minutes from my house.
They have a great eclectic mix of home decor items that pretty much fit with any decorating style. Their prices are great and their sales even better.
They always have a "scratch and dent" section that has items that are broken or damaged. The wall plaque to the left was found for $5.00. Where you see the black and white photograph was originally a broken mirror. For 5 bucks where can you go wrong?
Take the mirror out, replace with a photo and you have yourself an item that is now in perfect condition.
The best part of this wall plaque is how it has become a conversation piece. Who are all those people in the photograph? Who knows? The photo was picked up at a thrift store for pennies.
I have no idea who all those people are but they definitely are an interesting group of people.
If you have a Kirklands by you, get onto their web site and register your email. They send out coupons every once and a while. I got a 20% coupon a month ago and recently got another 10% coupon for voting on my favorite painting.
I would like to take a moment to wish you all a Merry Christmas. I won't be posting anything for the next two days but I'll be up and running after Christmas. Hope to see all of you come back for a visit.
Thanks to all that have come for a visit.
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Thursday, December 20, 2007
Matching The Bathroom......
Every time I decorate a room the most difficult part is to match up the fabric. The stores have a limited selection of items that will eventually tie the room together. Things like pillows, curtains and linens are basically what I'm referring to and I really don't love what I see out there.
I've figured it out now....but it has taken a few years. I just make most of the stuff I need myself. Basic sewing skills and a decent sewing machine is all that's needed. Thank you mom, for teaching me how to sew!
Fabric stores have such an extensive selection of designs to choose from and I can find just about anything that is needed to coordinate a room, but I have to make it myself.
Animals prints have been popular for years and I really enjoy using them. The bathroom above needed an animal print shower curtain. Believe it or not, at the time it was impossible to find in any retail store. Buying the fabric and sewing it up-no problem. It's easy enough for a sewing novice to put together. One large square, hem the sides, hem the top for the shower pole and a hem on the bottom. The valance is made the same way with trim added for an extra touch.
If you truly want your room to have a special touch, making your own curtains will pull it all together and make it your own. I know that I've saved my family thousands of dollars over the years by making my own curtains, pillows and accessories. Trust me-they are easy to put together.
I do look around in the retail stores at curtains but I'm always somewhat shocked by the prices and surprised that only "one" panel comes in a package. Who puts up one panel?
Notice in the top photo the little wicker shelf over the toilet? It was a thrift store find (cost $5.00) that was originally a floor shelf. The feet were cut off and it became a wall shelf. Cute for 5 bucks!
Here is another example of a "home made" shower curtain also with the animal print motif. Take notice of the pole that these curtains hang from. It is a plain wood dowel with twine glued onto it. The curtains obviously do not move over the twine. This was done just for the affect.
The border in this bathroom was useful in two ways: as a wallpaper border and a picture.
As an added creative idea I cut out one piece of the wallpaper and put it into a frame. This hangs in another room (otherwise, too many elephants in one place).
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Monday, December 17, 2007
This little candle turns on and off manually or shuts off after 6 hours. It sits on a little pewter-like base
The taper is pictured at the top of this post and to the left. I was surprised when I opened these tapers up that the bulbs are made out of soft rubber. That makes sense because if it falls-no break!
Friday, December 14, 2007
I painted the roof by hand to make it look like shingles and made some minor adjustments on the hand painting.
This particular item required very little work on my part. Sometimes you just get lucky!!
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Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
How about an Internet site that shows you all the furniture styles and how they look in a room. I found this site one night while looking around at different furniture combinations. It's very comprehensive and user friendly. A great way to see what's out there. I have not purchased any furniture from this company, but it's is definitely something to think about. The site provides you with a great way to discover what's new in the furniture industry and to visually see rooms already set up with the furniture arranged in it.
They carry extensive lines of designer furniture and also have items on clearance. They claim to give you the best prices out there. So for shopping around, comparing or just getting ideas take a look:
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Monday, December 10, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Before and After.........
I purchased the clock to the left in a local thrift store for $2.00. It looked a little worn but the clock worked fine and I loved that it had a little storage area below it, so it got a face lift.
I use Modge Podge a lot to cover areas that need help. It's so versatile and you can get very creative with the type of tissue paper that's available.
I selected a plaid tissue for the roof and a plain tan color for the rest of it. As usual I got carried away, glued small tiles around the face of the clock and hand painted a small vine under it.
Admittedly, the clock was sort of cute to begin with, but it really didn't match my house so the choice became clear: change the look entirely.
paint brush (cheap kind at least 1/2 " wide)
Tissue paper, any color of design
- cut 1" x 1" squares of tissue paper. This isn't an exact art so don't worry if the squares are different sizes. Mine are always different in size and sometimes shape.
- Work in small areas at a time. Apply Modge Podge to the small area and then place your tissue on. Smooth the tissue down with more added Modge Podge. Continue until all your area is covered.
- After it drys (it only takes a few minutes), I usually apply another coat of Modge Podge.
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Monday, December 3, 2007
The king size headboard above was purchased at the Goodwill for $5.00!!! It isn't solid brass or anything that was originally a lot of money, but it was in great condition and impossible to pass up. When I first took a look at it I noticed that one of the two ceramic balls on the top was cracked. Since I didn't like them to begin with, I decided to Modge Podge some colored tissue onto them, this changed the color to better match the room and repaired the crack that was in one of them.
- To cover the two ceramic balls I cut many 1"x 1" pieces of tissue (wrapping paper tissue)
- Applied the Modge Podge (Glossy coat) to the the ceramic ball with a paint brush
- Then I applied Modge Podge over the tissue
Modge Podge is a great product to use for covering items that are damaged. It adheres to almost anything. It also comes in several finishes including glossy, satin, sparkle and hardcoat. I've used it on wood, glass and plastic. To find out more visit their site at: http://www.plaidonline.com/apMP.asp#ModPodgeBrandsThis was a great find for a spare bedroom that needed a headboard.
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