October 2017: Decorating with Fall Colors October 15 2017

As the crisp warm leaves fall from the trees and the kids begin to grow with excitement you start to feel the crisp autumn air set in. Bring the fresh, fun, fall atmosphere in to your home with the following tips on how to use pumpkins in your home design!
Showcase miniature pumpkins in an elegant fashion with a bell jar or cloche. The pumpkins create the homey, fall look, but a sleek glass dome adds a touch of class and formality. Add colorful details around the dome, such as leaves, flowers, or other fall favorites, to complete the arrangement.
Jack-o-lanterns add a spark to your autumn-inspired decor but this time, the faces and fancy carvings aren't necessary. Simply cut a hole in the top of a pumpkin, scoop out the insides, and place a candle inside the cavity to create a warm fall light. Try different sizes of pumpkins and surround them with gourds and other pumpkins to complete the arrangement.
Don't put your empty planers away just because it’s fall. Turn a planter into a pedestal for a pumpkin to create a simple fall display outside.
Transition pumpkins into late fall by adding pinecones to your displays. For a late-fall centerpiece, place a large pumpkin in a shallow basket and surround the base with pinecones.
Add petite pumpkins to an existing display to dress it up for fall. Plain pumpkins work well, but if you want to add some extra flair, paint designs on the pumpkins in colors that match your décor.


Source: Better Homes & Gardens


April 2017: Making collages with Small Travel Prints April 15 2017

Traveling is always something everyone loves to do, but what do you do with your pictures when you're done? Here is a list of creative ideas of ways to display all your fun adventures!

Hang a few Polaroids or smaller images on a string from the ceiling or shelf

Cut up a picture of you in the shape of the area you visited 

Or use multiple images

Get a quality print of the location you went to and frame them all nicely side by side.

How to here: blog.snapboxprints.com/diy-state-photo-collage/1115769

Or use multiple smaller images and hang them in their own frames to give your walls a unique look.

Crate fun personalized magnets with your images 

Use multiple smaller images matted in one frame 

Or hang multiple Image on their own along your wall 


Top 5 New Years Resolutions for Your Home January 01 2017

Here are some helpful tips and ideas for your new years resolution plans that aren’t just only for your home, but for your life style as well!
  1. Minimize and De-clutter
Probably the best and most profitable way to feel better about your home is to clear it of clutter. Either that means selling, donating, or throwing out unwanted and unused items. See our previous articles for better advise and more detailed tips. But think of this a purging all the bad and making room for the new and fun things in your life to come! Go room-by-room and think twice about what you bring in.
  1. Save money
Shrink your bills, that is, by reducing your carbon footprint you not only help the environment but your wallet as well. It can be as simple as remembering your mom's advice and switch off the lights when you leave a room. Or turning off your air conditioner when you leave the house and dial your heater down to 55 degrees at night. Try drying some of your clothes on the line and wait for the dishwasher or washing machine to be full before you run them. Also, as much of a pain that it is, but you can turn off your power strips and unplug any unused appliance that don’t need to be running 24/7. You will be surprised at how quickly all these little things add up and end up saving you a TON of cash!
  1. Learn something new (DIY)
Learning even just one new thing is great for your health and to help get those projects done around the house. We recommend starting off simple for the first year, and only tackling 2-4 projects. Be sure you don’t start something new until you have finished the last project. I promise it is much more rewarding to finish something than it is to have a long list of to-do’s.
  1. Be less stressed
Install Low-maintenance materials in your home everywhere you can. At first the cost might be over bearing, but once you realize the time and effort you will save just by spending a few extra bucks you will wonder why you didn’t do this before Fiber-cement siding lasts for 50 years or more. It’s weather-proof, and resists dents, fire, insects, and rot. But something on the easier side is LED bulbs which last a phenomenal 20,000 to 50,000 hours between changes, or about 18 to 46 years when used for 3 hours each day. Although the initial cost is high (about $40 per bulb), LED bulbs pay for themselves in energy savings in about 10 years. Or you can skip the fake hardwood floors and use a classic ceramic tile. It’s incredibly tough, stain-resistant, and impervious to moisture. You can count on ceramic tile’s good looks to last for decades on floors and walls without needing repair or replacement. Plus as an added perk you (usually) get a much better quality product and service from these items.
















December 2016: Travel Gifts Ideas December 15 2016

Gift giving is always one of the hardest things to do around this time of the year. Weather it be for a close loved one or a distant friend, you always want to find the perfect gift. Here are some ideas to help you find something for the traveler in your life! 

1.Scratchable World Map ($29)


2. Travel Candle (FREE)

Here is a how to page: http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/DIY-Mint-Tin-Travel-Candle-32299327

3. A poster of their favorite trip from http://www.loosepetals.com/


4.Some Sassy Luggage Tags ($13)


5. Colorful Passport Holder ($27)


6.Ollo Clip 4-in-1 Lens ($80)


7.Tiny Mail Kit ($28.95)


8.CB2 Cork Globe ($129)


9.Champagne Carry-On Cocktail Kit ($24)


10.Linus Everyday Sac ($72)


11. Travel Stubs Diary ($12)


12.Kammok Camping Hammock ($100)





September 2016: Fall Decorating Tips September 15 2016

As the crisp warm leaves fall from the trees and the kids begin to grow with excitement you start to feel the crisp autumn air set in. Bring the fresh, fun, autumn atmosphere in to your home with the following tips!

1.     Dress up your front porch with corn stalks or straw to wrap around anything. Using thick colored ribbon in deep oranges to tie everything together. Carry these same materials into lanyards or garlands around your front door and entry.



2.     Use your fireplace to showcase seasonal décor: Your fireplace mantel has been waiting for this season! Whether you look in your yard, or you travel to an arts and crafts store, dried leaves and pinecones make great décor. Small pumpkins, gourds or dried leaf vines, and colorful candles will brighten your mantle and spirits.



3.    Include Autumnal Colors Combine autumn red or orange splashes with a neutral or contrasting base such as taupe, olive, or blue. Muted greens are fresh alternatives to bold warm colors. Throw Pillows, table accessories, and accent rugs are high-impact, low-investment places to start.



4.    Find woodsy elements at your local farmers' market or your own backyard. Look for moss, grasses, and small branches. Fill interesting pots with any combination of them, or turn a bundle of twigs into a natural photo holder.


5.     Depending on if you want to go formal or casual for your table, choose colors that reflect your home decor AND the season.  Using red and yellow apples for an informal organic and edible centerpiece is pleasing to the eye. For more formal centerpiece design try adding a tablecloth that has hints of fall colors and themes. Small but unexpected details go a long way at the dinner table.



6.    Fall decor can be visual but it also involves your other senses like smell.  Pumpkin pies, cinnamon apple cider and fire wood scents are all warm and cozy smells. Try using candles, incensing, or boiling a pot of spices.





Tips for Using Colored Mat Boards May 15 2016


When choosing the mat you use inside your framed artwork there is more to consider then what you may think, it is also more important than you might think. There are two reasons for matting art: It keeps the glass separated from your artwork so it won’t stick to the glass, and it enhances your artwork.  And a mat gives needed space so your eye can hone in on the art and it does not get cut off in the frame, especially when you use chunky frames. Here are some more tips:

1. Choose your mat color based on what will best compliment the artwork — not the space you are hanging it.


2. Seek balance between the art and the framing that surrounds it.  Avoid using the dominant colors in the art as the dominant colors in the framing.  Instead, identify secondary colors in the art that share the prevailing value and temperature of the art as a whole.


3. Although white is the most common mat color, try other neutrals in the taupe and gray families as well. It will add a soft finish without overpowering your piece. The taupe color works especially well with gold frames, and the gray colors are nice complements to silver frame finishes.
4. Darker colors in the framing help enhance the perspective of your work.  If an image has a strong element that is receding such as the river sweeping off into the distance, darker colors help to enhance it. The opposite is also true. Lighter colors help to make a piece “pop”.







Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks April 15 2016

It’s that time again! It’s easy to put off or dread spring-cleaning because it feels like you’re unearthing a year’s worth of grime and clutter, but take it one day at a time, and don’t be afraid to take a whole week to clean! A whole house is WAY too much to take on in one day! Use these helpful tips and tricks to take your cleaning one step at a time!

Wipe Down - Wipe Down everything in your house. Get a Clean “slate”. Clean the windows; wipe down banisters, baseboards, and walls; sanitize any household electronics to wipe out the garages to sanitize and deodorize them and clean all other glass surfaces.
Vacuum / Shampoo / Mop - Vacuum in every room, vacuum the couch, vacuum chairs, vacuum cushions and mop anything you can’t vacuum. And don’t forget to wash rugs and whack the dust out of any pillows or seats. Once you’ve vacuumed, you should shampoo the carpet. Now you can hire a professional service if you want, or just do it yourself.
Fabrics - Next, you’ll move onto the beds and all other fabrics in the home. Clean the drapes, curtains (including shower curtain), valances, etc. Make sure you wash all the bedding (including blankets and pillows) and flip the mattresses. Also take this time replace any burnt-out light bulbs and dead batteries in smoke detectors, remotes, etc. Then, take a seat and a breather because you’re almost done!
Next the Kitchen! I promise its not as bad as it looks! Start from the highest places and work your way down so if any crumbs or garbage fall, it won’t be on clean surfaces. Start with the cupboards, wiping them down and changing the paper if needed. Make sure to get the outside and inside of the fridge (including coils) and then clean the counter tops, appliances, and stove/oven.
Bathrooms - This will be a piece of cake once the kitchen is done! Wipe down, sanitize, and thoroughly clean the tub, toilet, shower, sink, and counters. The mirrors should already be clean, but touch them up as needed. Also, it would be good to change the air filter if necessary and polish/wax any furniture.


Lastly don’t let all that cleaning go to waste! Make sure youre getting rid of old junk that you don’t need anymore! Take a look at the list below to help you get started!

  1. Old magazines - chances are, you wont read them again. Find places where you can donate your magazines to. If there's an article that really speaks to you, scan a digital image or keep a folder of magazine clippings if you like saving magazine articles.
  2. Receipts, bills, and documents - Throw away receipts for items that you aren't planning on returning, and ones that you won't need to use come tax time. If you're wary of throwing away receipts, you can make a digital copy.
  3. Clothes - Use the two-year-rule for clothes — get rid of apparel that you haven't worn in two years.
  4. Books - Go through your bookshelf and gather together books you haven't touched in months and ones that you aren't planning on rereading. Be realistic and make sure you're ruthless.
  5. Medicine and vitamins - Take a look at your medicine closet and clear out drugs that have expired, medicine that has sat on your shelf for too long, or ones that you no longer use.
  6. Makeup and perfume - Go through your beauty cabinet and get rid of makeup that's too old or that you don't use.
  7. Jewelry - Go through your jewelry and dispose of the broken costume jewelry and make plans to sell ones that you don't wear.
  8. Some memorabilia - Many organizing experts advise to be ruthless and throw away memorabilia like cards and gifts you don't use. But designating a small shoebox for memorabilia is much easier and only throw away anything that can't fit into the box.
  9. Old or unused electronics - Sell your old electronics to different online relators and toss out the old ones you don’t use anymore. With the growing age of technology if you haven’t used something in 6 months you probably wont use it again.









Decorating a Tricky Corner Space March 18 2016

Everyone's home has those pesky nooks and crannies that are hard to decorate. Often times awkward spaces are just left hanging about distracting the flow from the rest of the room. Here are some tips to make use of  those floundering spaces.

  • Place some plants there: buying some cute pots and planting some greenery to a corner will help to fill it up and add an interesting nature element to your space.
  • Angle your TV: Angling your TV to block a corner will help unify the space by eliminating the corner and instead making the TV the focal point of the room.
  • Create a reading nook: Add a cozy chair and small table to create a little corner perfect to curl up to with a book and a cup of coffee.
  • Find a corner cabinet or table: This is the perfect solution to a confusing corner. These tables are perfectly angled for a corner that doesn't quite fit with the rest of a room.
  • Lean a mirror or reclaimed signage against the corner: This will add a unique flair to the room and can really compliment other design elements as well.
  • Freestanding shelves or a display cabinet: Shelves always work well in a corner and they are a great way to store extra containers or items in an alluring way.
  • Corner play area: If you have children you can set up a fun play area in the space and make it feel like it is their own little world dedicated to all their toys and fun.
  • A tall or over sized lamp: A lamp can be both charming and beneficial to a room by adding a design element and extra light.
  • Wall art: Perfect for any lingering corner you can hang a series of photos or art pieces that you enjoy that will bring positive attention to a corner that you would usually ignore.



DIY tips for Hanging Art: Wall Types March 09 2016

Picture Hanging Hooks:

  • Use picture hanging hooks instead of nails. Although nails may seem sturdier because they are heavier, the hooks go in the wall at an angle and are much more secure for picture hanging.

  • Picture hangers are specifically made for hollow walls making it easier on any surface that is too weak to hold a nail or a screw.

  • Buy the right type of hook for your arts weight.

    • One-nail picture hook: holds 30 pounds or lighter

    • Two-nail picture hook: holds around 50 pounds

    • Three-nail picture hook: holds between 75 - 100 pounds

  • Use two hooks per artwork to provide security and help the art remain level.

Type of Wall:

Plaster & Drywall:

  • When dealing with drywall or plaster it is best to have a stud finder. This will help you find the wall studs in your wall and allow you to hang the artwork from the most secure spots to avoid wall damage. Wall studs are the wooden framings behind your wall; knowing where they are will stop you from hanging art in an unsteady section of your wall. You can buy electronic stud finders that beep or flash when identifying a spot containing wall studs. Prices range from $20 to $40 and can be found in most hardware stores.
  • When hanging on plaster wall use a piece of scotch tape where you will hammer in the hook to prevent the plaster from crumbling.

Wood & Paneling:

  • When dealing with wood or panel use wood screws. Wood screws are easy to install with a screw driver and stay in wood/paneling very strongly.
  • If you are hanging something lightweight use adhesive strips and hooks to avoid any wall damage. Part is attached to the wall and the other part is attached to the picture. Line these two parts up and simply press the picture in place. If you want to take down the picture just pull the adhesive strips off the wall. Be careful though, for these strips hold a maximum weight of only eight pounds.
  • When dealing with a heavier art piece use anchors that spread out behind the wall after inserting the screw.
  • Installing nail or screw holes into the grooves of paneling make it harder to see them when they are removed.  

17 Ways to Make Your Bed the Comfiest Place on Earth November 24 2015


Make your bed even harder to get out of in the morning with these little tricks we found:

  1. Hang string lights above your bed to create a magical look.
  2. Dress your bed in a giant sweater with a cable-knit blanket.
  3. Get a real down comforter.
  4. Skip the top sheet and put a nice, washable duvet cover on your comforter.
  5. Throw down an extra fuzzy bedside rug to make things easier for your feet in the morning.
  6. A plushy, faux-fur throw on top of your bed covers will add Hollywood glam to your all-day Netflix sessions.
  7. Tuck your covers in neatly.
  8. Make your bed every day.
  9. Add pillows!
  10. With basic sewing skills, transform a new bath mat or accent rug into a cuddly throw pillow cover.
  11. Invest in a bedside lamp so you don't have to get up to turn off the overhead light.
  12. Save money on a fancy, tufted headboard by creating your own.
  13. Try linen sheets instead of cotton. They aren't cheap, but they get better and softer the more you sleep in them and last you for years.
  14. DIY a cozy canopy by hanging fabric from the ceiling. Option 1 for creating this canopy is to buy wooden dowels for just a few cents at a craft store and attach them to the ceilings with hooks or thumbtacks. Option 2 is to rig up two short curtain rods on either side of the bed. Both options are very affordable and add an elegant look to any bedroom.
  15. Add a foam or feather pillow-top pad to your mattress to make it softer.
  16. If your bed is in a nook or a particularly small room, turn it into a ship-shape hideaway with some curtains.
  17. Find someone furry to share a bed with. Puppies and kittens are the solution to almost any problem.

Source: Rachel Sanders, Buzzfeed.

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