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Well hello! I promised this simple, no sew curtain hack tutorial last week on making pleated drapes from grommet panels. But hey, it’s summer. Before I begin, I should say that if you are a drapery snob, this curtain hack tutorial is probably not for you. At the very least, you might wish to cover your eyes and peek ever… Read More
Well, hello there friends! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been around! I’ve been busy with a big makeover project in the boys’ bedroom. But before getting started, I had to remove vinyl wall decals, so I thought I’d share a couple of tips on what I learned. It seems like just months ago that I shared their toddler room… Read More
Bonjour friends! Well, if you’ve opened a decorating magazine in the past year, you’ve certainly noticed that graphic wallpaper is all the rage. Despite my past wallpaper aversion (created by our first fixer upper), I’ve been so wooed by these new wallpapers that I even decided to create a wallpaper accent in our master bedroom which I shared awhile back. (Picture posted below.) I absolutely love the visual interest and style statement that geometric wallpaper like this makes, but the best wallpaper for creating warmth doesn’t come in a bold pattern. READ MORE
La la, dee dee dah, da dum…dum, dum, dum…
Oh. my. gosh. I’m soooo tired. Over the past two weeks, we switched two main rooms in our home, the living room and the TV room, and it was completely unplanned. Here’s a little hint why, in case you aren’t already singing Billy Joel along with me…
Yup, a piano.
We finally bit the bullet and bought a piano for our 9yo daughter. She’s been taking lessons for a couple of years, but practicing on an electronic keyboard. We put off buying her a piano because we really didn’t think we had anywhere to put one. Our main floor is mostly ‘open concept’ with only a few walls, and the rooms we do have aren’t that large. But as it turns out, where there’s a will, there’s a way!
Given that I wanted to buy a good used piano, I figured it would take me months to find the right one. But the very day I started looking, I lucked into a fab deal on a used Yamaha U1 piano. Isn’t that always the way? READ MORE…
The snow is gone, the sun is out, the temperatures are rising…dare I say it’s the season for front door painting? (Can I get a booyah?)
I’m a sucker for fab front door colors.
There’s nothing that provides easier curb appeal than a pop of fun color on a door. Trying a bright or fun color on your front door can be scary, but I love how this web site about exterior color explains the fact that colors have visual ‘weight’, and that a powerful color in a small dose can visually balance an expanse of neutral house siding.
I also thought this analogy from the same site was great: “Remember that your house most likely will be viewed from the street which may mean 60 feet or more from the curb. It’s like the actress with her stage makeup, positively frightening, but she has to be seen by the person in the very back row of the theater.”
Last year at about this time, I took the plunge and painted the front door on our house (which has cypress green siding) from a safe and traditional red, to a more unexpected light turquoise.
My Front Door Color:
Martha Stewart Artesian Well
Mixed as Behr paint + primer
If you’re in the market for new front door colors like I was, you’ve probably searched for inspiration on Google, Pinterest and more. (It feels so much safer, doesn’t it?!?) I found many pretty front doors, but found it frustrating that the exact paint color chip number couldn’t be traced for many of them.
So, for any of you lovely readers who might be considering changing your front door color this spring, I’ve rounded up 10 of my favorite ones…but I’ve only included doors for which I could trace the paint color with a fair amount of certainty. You’ll notice that most of them are Benjamin Moore paint colors – I tried to stick with a brand that’s most widely available.
If you know me, then you know things rarely stay the same for long around here!
Like, for instance this gallery wall over our sectional sofa that I talked about a little while back. Here’s how it looked back then…
I was happy enough with how the gallery wall turned out, but after living with it little awhile, I decided it was a little busier than I had planned. I think that’s because of the saturated colors (the reds and teals) AND the fussy lines in all of the pieces (i.e., the florals). I felt like it needed to be tamed! Plus, I had really wanted to incorporate some family photographs to make it feel more personal. I’ve experimented quite a bit with gallery wall groupings in our home, and photos are definitely the key to bringing a collection to life. (For some other gallery wall tips, click here.)
So a couple of days ago, I decided to remove a few of the ‘fussier’ pieces (the basket, the mirrored botanical print, and the wine label art), and replace them with some simple modern gallery frames. I’ve always loved, loved, loved photos in gallery frames, but was reluctant to use them on this particular art wall because of the more traditional style of the painted canvases.
I was wrong! I immediately loved the contrast between the clean lines of the gallery frame, and the more detailed canvases. The simplicity of the gallery frame (with its white matting) helped bring some much needed ‘quietness’ to the collection. READ MORE
A couple of posts ago (in Beauty & The Beast: Decorating with a Sectional Sofa – 5 Fab Examples) I talked about how we recently put a big sectional in our TV room, and how it’s been a bit of a challenge to decorate around.
After searching for some inspiration on how to decorate with a sectional sofa, I decided to create a gallery wall behind the sectional to help balance out it’s huge presence.
If you follow me here, you might know that I’m already a big fan of the eclectic and ‘collected’ style that a gallery wall gives a room. I’ve created small collections of wall art throughout our home, like in our foyer (yellow and gray Sunshine-Inspired gallery wall) and our basement stairway (Colorful, Alphabet-Inspired gallery wall).
The largest one I attempted was in our living room a couple of years ago, but after we re-painted the wall, I decided not to put the gallery wall back up. I’ve missed it ever since! (See: I Miss My Living Room Gallery Wall (The great debate: Simplicity vs Eclectic/Collected Decor?).
So I was excited about the idea of creating a similar wall in the TV Room. I don’t talk about this room much around here, mainly because it’s, ahem, “well-lived-in”, which essentially means it’s never fit for photographs, lol.
I can never seem to get a handle on it! It’s the magnet on our main floor for toys and crafts and craziness. The kids have a playroom / family room in the basement, but for whatever reason, this main floor room seems to be their favorite! It’s small in square footage, but has high cathedral ceilings (16ft), which helps provide the illusion of more breathing room!
Here you can see how the kids use READ MORE
Sectional sofas. It seems that in the world of decorating and design, you either love ’em or hate ’em! Perhaps that’s because decorating with a sectional can be a design dilemma. But say what you will about their aesthetic non-appeal, sectionals have their advantages.
Back in the Fall, when our 13-year old sofa set could no longer withstand the antics of our 3-year old boys, we gave in and purchased a big leather sectional for our upstairs family room. Since it has enough seating for all 5 of us, it meant we could get rid of the other seating in the room to free up more floor space for the kids to play. So, oddly, a sectional can actually free up space!
Not to mention, that chaise lounge thingy (is that what you call it?) on the corner is super comfortable! So we seem to use the room more often as as a family now too. Here’s a quick pic I took before the holidays when I was still trying to figure out that wall behind the sectional. I’m still working on getting it ‘right’! More photos soon! ===>
I have to admit, decorating with a sectional is indeed a little tricky! They’re huge and awkward. It’s like decorating around an elephant. So I went looking for some inspiration on Houzz, Pinterest and blogs.
I found that all of the rooms with sectionals that I liked the best had two things in common: