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Do it Yourself Winter Decor Ideas

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Just a few more days and winter will be knocking on our doors. Actually the weather feels quite wintery already, and with the countdown to Christmas on, it might as well already be winter. We thought it is definitely time to think about some DIY decor ideas that are themed for winter. Here we go:

Pine Cone Wreath
This is easy to make when purchasing the base of the wreath and adding pine cones to it. Whether you like color, or wintery white, silver or the typical Christmas colors, a wreath always gets us in the spirit for the special time of year. Place your wreath on a table, hang it on a door or right in front of you window blinds or window shades.
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Winter Display – Wine Bottles

We love this idea. We have three wine bottles, one is slightly larger, and sprayed them with a coat of primer. Next a coat of craft bond was applied to create an adhesive. After that the bottom of the bottles were rolled in Epsom Salt to create a snowy texture on them. Then, let your imagination be your guide. Here, on a silver tray with silver pics from Michaels, a couple of candles and ornaments. Voila… so Christmassy.
Wine-Bottles


Winter Mantle Decor

Check out this seasonal decor on the mantle. First a little snowy effect is created by placing a white boa in the center of the mantle, which could be replaced with a scarf. Next a pewter mug is filled with boxwood, but could also be filled with other evergreen cuttings. Additional charm is created by the twigs in vases with the white carnations and finished of by birch logs and glass candlesticks. We love this mantle!
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Sweater Pillow

This pillow just screams cozy. We found instructions that explain how to take one of your sweaters, cut it up, and sew it around a pillow to make it look like the one in the picture below. This can just as easily be purchased, even though it wouldn’t quite fit into the DIY category. We love this off white, soft pillow either way.
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Branch Centerpiece

This easy centerpiece can be put together in no time and does not cost much. Simply take a glass vase that you can fit twigs in. Fill with sparkly snow face filler (available at the Dollar store). Once twigs are arranged hang crystal drops on them to create sparkle.
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Unusual Flooring Types

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

This blog isn’t going to be about window blinds or window shades. Today will be all about flooring. We found these unusual flooring types so different, we wanted to display them here.

Pebbles
Cemented pebbles and stones are a great fit for bathrooms or hallways. Giving you the feel of standing on a riverbed, it puts you right into nature’s arms. Unusual for sure, different and unique is what you create.
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Coins

The choices are copper or silver. This isn’t truly a flooring type you can order, it is basically coins scattered and sealed in an area of your liking. Also here, bathrooms are a great place for this. Very eclectic and modern, it will certainly be an eye catcher that draws attention.
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Log Flooring

This flooring is a must look at for all nature lovers. Logs placed evenly and sealed create warmth and coziness. A great choice for living areas, it works well in rooms that have lots of light, windows and mirrors.
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Wood and Tile

Here two flooring styles are mixed and could be a great solution for a dining area. Worried about the wooden floor and spills? Simply change to tile in an area to separate itself from the rest. This area stands out and creates an island in the middle of a room. Creative for sure!
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Laminate

We aren’t thinking of the usual laminate, but how about an aqua or turquoise color for a kitchen or sitting area? Giving it country flair and working well with white furniture pieces it certainly fits into the category of unusual.
flooring-laminate

Wall Decor – Kid’s Gallery

Friday, August 1st, 2014

To end this week’s blogs, we are throwing out one more idea for wall décor. Yes, also this blog won’t be about custom window shades, but help you find ideas for interior wall decor. Again, it is a low cost, doesn’t break your bank idea that can be applied in pretty much any room in your home. A kids’ room, hall way and even family room is great to fill out empty wall space. A friendly breakfast area or kitchen will be a great place as well.

What you will need is children’s’ artwork. I am sure, if you have kids, that you have tons of art projects from school or art classes. As a matter of fact, it is always one of my headaches what to do with all the precious art. Pick out some of your favorites and put them into a frame. And there you go! Here is an inexpensive and meaningful way to add wall deco.

A couple of the examples below are actually made by my children. Sara & Dylan were in an art class together, and we had two of a kind that we hung as sets in our hallway. Two of them are hanging on the same wall above each other, the other two are opposite of each other.

These pictures can also easily be changed out as you please. I literally have so many different items they come home with throughout the school year, why not change the picture in your frame a couple of times a year? Christmassy things at Christmas and by spring time a fresh design :-)

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Wall Deco Idea

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Looking for a low cost wall deco idea to spoof up your room? Here is one we love, along with instructions on how to make it.

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Adding a piece of deco or art doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Instead of running to the art gallery or breaking your bank, how about a fabric covered canvas? With a few simple steps you can create a real eye catcher and have the perfect color coordinated decor piece. Here is how you do it:

  1. First you want to decide what your color(s) should be. Are you picking up on other accents like pillows, custom window shades, or comforter set or are you adding new color?
  2. Then it is off to the store to get a nice size blank canvas that will fit your wall space. You also want to now find the right piece of fabric that will fit in size and look the canvas. It can have a linen texture, felt texture, sheen or whatever works for you.
  3. Now you want to cover the canvas. Lay the material right side down and place the canvas according to your pattern or image. Cut off excess fabric and leave about 2” overlap around the canvas.
  4. Now pull the fabric back tightly and tape it with strong tape or masking tape and put everything in position where it can be stapled down.
  5. In this step you want to staple the fabric to the wooden frame on back. It is best to staple opposing sides after start, to avoid that the material will get pull out of shape.
  6. Lastly a hook needs to be nailed or taped to the back of the canvas. And voila! A beautiful, one of a kind deco piece has been created. Hang & Enjoy!!

Decorating On A Budget

Friday, June 13th, 2014
  1. Window Coverings
    Opt for lower priced custom window coverings like faux wood blinds or cellular shades. They are beautiful and won’t break your bank like higher priced Silhouette-like shades might.
  2. Do it yourself
    Many thing can be done by yourself like your window treatments. Measuring and installing them isn’t rocket science. Even though it might take some attention to detail and the basics like hammer & screw, it can easily done by yourself. All things like painting, sewing throw pillows or maybe even tiling can save you a bundle of money.
  3. Call on Friends and Family
    Friends and family are great way to get feedback on your decorating ideas. Instead of having a decorator that will give solid advice, an additional pair of eyes and ears to bounce ideas off can be great before you get a project off the ground. Friends and family might even be there for you to slap on that extra coat of paint of help with other muscle intensive jobs.
  4. Imperfect Merchandise
    Sometimes the savings for furniture that has some scuffs or marks is amazing. With a little touch up marker you might be able to get a furniture or décor piece that has been greatly reduced and will be the perfect match for your home.
  5. Pre-Owned Pieces
    It is fun to browse yard sales, flea markets or even second hand stores. Browsing on a Saturday you might just run into that special piece that didn’t cost that much and you had a nice outing at the same time.
  6. Reuse old items of yours
    Why not take a fresh look at some old items you have and consider refurnishing, camouflaging them or simply reimagining them? Sometimes a fresh layer of paint can turn an outdated item into a jewel again.

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