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5 Easy Tips for the Holidays

5 Easy Tips for the Holidays

5 Easy Tips for the Holidays

 

  1. Nature: Use elements of nature.  Place some sticks in a lovely vase, paint them white (optional), and hang some ornaments on them.   Pinecones in a bowl, or spray painted white are lovely.  Magnolia branches with the leaves are gorgeous.
  2. Use what you have: Layer your dinnerware.  If you have more than one set, you can mix and match and make them look fantastic by adding pops of color to coordinate with napkins, etc.
  3. Glass cake plates: You can use the glass stand, or turn the cover upside down and add ornaments, greenery, etc.   Create a snow village with little houses and trees and have the cake plate covered with the glass dome.

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4. Lastly, don’t forget to have a hot cocoa / beverage station for your family or guests.

5. Just pick a few areas that you want to highlight and don’t stress about the rest!  Enjoy your time with your loved ones!

Call me if you need an emergency “all hands on deck” session. I now offer “Desiggner on Demand package where you can book a block of hours. Sometimes you just need a little bit of hand holding and 1-2-3 steps to zip through that project!

Remember, I’m here for you, no décor or staging dilemma is too small!
Warmly,

Simple Minimalist Fall Decor

Simple Minimalist Fall Decor

Happy Fall!

I know a lot of people run around like chickens getting their homes ready for each season.  That’s okay….if you love doing that!   As I have moved forward in life, I really have swung more in the direction of “anti-consumerism.”  But, as I’ve found myself focusing more on intentional living, I still bring highlights of the seasons into my home, but you won’t find me piling my shopping cart high full of new stuff every season.

For starters, I usually have a wreath on each door and something seasonal near the door.  I have had a great “flower cart” just outside the entry that I often will put flower bulbs in in the spring and so on for other seasons, but in the fall, I just quickly put in pumpkin, leaves, or a simple pot of mums.   If you have an interesting architectural piece, or even a barrel you can turn upside down, just a simple pot of mums can look gorgeous!

Each year I may buy one new thing and pitch something old.  This year, for my dining room, I purchased a buffalo checked table runner.  Found this one at Steinmart and they did have a few at Hobby Lobby, but HL’s items fly off the shelf (they were gone when I circled back to purchase) and I found out they don’t reorder the seasonal stuff at all! I actually purchased two items this year, and I fell in love with the baby pumpkins, purchased them and put them in the pink tray I already had on my table.  Painted that tray baby pink last year and loved it! Do you have something in your own home you can re-purpose or paint?  Craft paint is great!

I have a small collection of white pouring pitchers and one of them is my grandmothers from before she ever had indoor plumbing.  The pitchers end up in various locations from kitchen bar to my iron bakers rack, and so on as the seasons change.   What do you have that you can mix in with your decor?

I have a pop of fall on small shelf areas, but not much.  I did a little more on my baker’s rack because it is one of the focal areas of our home – the kitchen, and we don’t have to clean it off daily to sit down and work/eat.  When we downsized to a smaller home, a more simplistic life is how we chose to live.  I have two porcelain pumpkins (shown) that have lasted for years and this year, I tried my hand at chalkboard art.

On another note:  Besides assisting folks with just interior re-dos, I also offer seasonal decor and one-day turnaround packages.   If you feel you just don’t have the time….these packages are for you!

​Many times, we can use what you already have and also add a few new items.  Fresh eyes can often bring new life to a space, making those areas of your home even more warm and welcoming!

Quite often, you can use what you already have and also add a few new items.  Fresh eyes can often bring new life to a space, making those areas of your home even more warm and welcoming!   I’ve also sent you a link to help you declutter and simplify if you want the scoop!

No matter what your need, I’m here for you.  Every home has a story to tell…

Warmly,

5 Easy Home Styling Tips

5 Easy Home Styling Tips

Hi My Friend!

Do you have a problem area in your home that maybe you just don’t have a great feeling about? Does it make you a little crazy?  So many folks I talk with are just stumped as to those problem areas in their home.   Does this happen to you?  Trust me, it even happens to me occasionally, and I have to keep it under control in my own home, as well! After all, I live in the real world, too!

I have even gotten clients who have lived in their home awhile, or just moved in, and their homes are just lovely, but once they get the furniture in the space, they just don’t know how to “finish” it.  This is why I love what I do!

Well, today I’m going to give a quick 5 Easy Room Styling Tips that can be helpful for you to move forward.  It’s up to you to use this advice (or not), but these are just some basic stepping stones to improve a space.


1.  If you have too much stuff, it can overwhelm

both you – and folks coming into the room.  If you have “collections” of things, pare them down, store some.  What happens is, when a person has so much, whether it’s on the kitchen island, or on shelves, it can overwhelm the mind, plus, your eye does not have ​a place to rest.  You can always rotate your pretties in and out 🙂

2.  Size (and placement) matters

SO often I see artwork that is too small, hung too high, or the frame doesn’t work well with the art.  “The Spruce” has a littl information that can be helpful for you for pointers on this matter.  Be sure to check out their site!  Also, eye level is best for art (the center of art should be at eye level unless you have a gallery wall).

3.  Symmetry Matters 

Often, there may be a space that isn’t symmetrical anyway, because a room layout may be a little odd.   Creating that balance for the eye can make even one awkward area seem SO much more cohesive and warm.  Sometimes, it’s like a void that needs filling if there is no balance or symmetry in a room.

4.  Stacking Heights

and groupings.  If you are putting your “pretties” on places such as the top of your bookshelf or your mantle, for example, have something taller on one side, with some other things with varying heights grouped around.  Often, groups of threes work really well.

5.  Good Flow 

If a room does not have good flow, it can feel cold and uninviting.  Having a good floor plan and layout can increase the value of your room, psychologically, because, of course, you will want to spend more time in there!

I offer services where I come in and assess what you have, see things with “fresh eyes,” help you properly place certain items, advise on clutter areas, pull from art and accessories you already have, and give you a customized list of things to shop for.   Sometimes, we can even accomplish certain actual tasks during the initial consult.

I hope you are doing well,  shoot me an email with YOUR problem area.  I love to hear from you, who knows…maybe YOUR dilemma may end up on my blog with some helpful pointers that everyone can learn from (only with your permission :).

ALSO, this month, I’m collecting birthdays (NOT YEARS) from my subscribers.  I like to celebrate with ya’ll by sending you birthday greetings!

Send me your birthdate via email, and I will enter you into a drawing for a $10 Starbucks Gift Card!  Drawing will take place on August 31.   If you are not on my email list, please let me know and I will add you!  My clients love receiving FREE home decor and staging tips!

Have a great rest of your summer, and be blessed, not stressed, my friend!

5 Simple Things to Improve Curb Appeal

5 Simple Things to Improve Curb Appeal

Well, as we know, the weather has been a little bit all over the place, but many of us are getting some of  those outdoor projects done before the more permanent summer heat bears down on us.

​And we wonder: What are the most important things that can boost curb appeal and higher perceived home value?  Well, I’m going to give you some simple pointers that won’t break the bank.

​1. Your Mailbox 

Yup.  If your mailbox looks old and icky, that’s one of the first things that makes an impression.     Solution:  A can of Rustoleum Spray Paint for around 5 bucks can give that sucker an instant face lift.  I picked Rustoleum in Red for mine because it is easy for my visitors and clients to find me when they are looking to where to turn into my driveway (I’m on a busy road!)  And, while you are at it, you can easily paint the post white and put some simple day lilies that can hold up to the heat right there around the mail box.

2.  Freshen up your mulch 

Old mulch can look sparse and tired.  Somthing else – Some of the trends are even going to more rocks instead of mulch with lovely plants in the midst of them, and I’m okay with that.  Either way, be sure to weed.  Best time to weed?  After a good rain.  Something  called Weed and Feed can help grow what you want, and eliminate what you don’t want.  Simple, right?

​3. Fresh Paint on your front door

  Gloss black (SW Tricorn Black), a classic blue, or a great red can add higher perceived value to your home.   Freshly painted shutters can add value, also.

4. Simple plants and flowers to freshen up

  Add a happy garden flag, and a potted bright,cheery plant on your front steps, and it just screams “WELCOME!”  I just bought these begonias (below) from Home Depot and it makes me happy 🙂

5.   Trim Your Bushes 
I walk my neighborhood a lot – and often, I see homes where it looks like either a security issue where you can’t even see out the windows as to who is coming to your door, or it just plain looks uncared for.  Trimming bushes back can really give your home a facelift.  
Well, that’s about it.  Keeping it short and simple, because I’m off to another project!   By the way, let me know if you need help with a summer refresh in your home!  I even do working consultations where we can come up with a simple plan on the spot to get your home freshened up!
Happy Summer!
6 Things to Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

6 Things to Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

Easter is just around the corner. With that in mind, I wanted to send you 6 ways that you can spruce up your home for spring!  Enjoy!

​1.  A Vase of White Flowers.  Added with a vignette, it brings a fresh, vibrant look to any space.  Add a touch of green, and it just screams “Fresh, New, Life!”

​2.  Little metal buckets.  Yep, that’s right. You can find these for $1 to $5 at Dollar Tree, Target, Walmart.  Put some artificial greenery in them, and a sweet ribbon around them, and voila! You have a farmhouse  or cottage-style vignette.

​3.  Propped Up Plates and Chalkboard Signs.  Pier One, Target, and Walmart can give you ideas for inspiration.  Or even just a beautiful blue plate propped up and beside it a small chalkboard saying.  Heck, you can even find an old frame that looks vintage and print out from Pinterest a chalkboard saying.  I’ve done this and it’s REALLY cute.

​4.  Wreaths.  Who says you have to put your wreath only on the OUTSIDE of your home?  Get one of those wreath hooks and hook it to a mirror, or use a suction cup with hook and put a green or eucalyptus wreath, or even an Easter or Spring Wreath.  Change out a pic that is hanging over a bed with a pretty wreath, and you have an instant room refresh!

​5.  A Tray.  Yep. Trays can be rotated or used year round.  Vintage style, or ones with a pop of color. You can put the cutest things in a tray.  You can put much of what I have already mentioned in a tray and add even more style!

​6.  Bunnies!  I love bunnies.  I have a few I keep out year-round, but I also add them in for the Spring and Easter festive look.

Well, folks, these are just some ideas to help you perk up your space.  You can add in chunky candlesticks, glass cloches with small items tucked away in there and stacked books to set your pretties on.  After all, Spring is about new life and fresh color! Have fun!

Hugs,​