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Design & Decorating

I believe we can all create beautiful and functional spaces to enjoy our lives, however I know we all can’t afford interior design services.  I’m here to help!  Check this page out for ideas to decorate your space.

Make a functional sofa shelf

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in Design & Decorating | 1 comment

Make a functional sofa shelf

We have an L-shaped sofa in our basement family room.  It’s great for lounging and watching movies, but I hate that there isn’t a place to set drinks, remotes, and other items when relaxing (we have an ottoman and a 1 year old, so using a coffee table isn’t an option). A solution I came up with is making a basic shelf that runs along the back of the couch.  It works great, is easy to make, and was super cheap!  It’s just deep enough to hold glasses without making the couch stick out.  Here’s how to do it...

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My New Chevron Wall!

Posted by on Apr 17, 2012 in Design & Decorating | 7 comments

My New Chevron Wall!

My favorite pattern of the moment (sorry damask) is chevron!  I love it and had to incorporate it into my home somehow. *paint colors: Silver Sateen by Behr, Alabaster by Sherwin Williams, Warm Yellow by Rustoleum I wanted to do a gray and white chevron wall, but had to decide where to do it. Our guest room has been gray, yellow, and brown for a few years, so I chose that room.  I liked the brown walls, but thought it was time for a change.  I then had to decide which wall I wanted to create the pattern on.  Originally I was thinking...

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Create a swanky and romantic feel with a wall of candles

Posted by on Apr 6, 2012 in Design & Decorating | 6 comments

Create a swanky and romantic feel with a wall of candles

I love the glow of color and warmth that candles create.  I don’t, however, have the luxury of placing many candles around my home (fire and 1 year olds don’t mix very well).   By placing them on the wall I am able to enjoy candlelight and create a focal point on a wall that was very plain before.  I have framed art and mirrors on the rest of the walls in my living room and wanted to have something different on this space, especially since there are quite a few objects on the sofa table a few feet in front of this...

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Decorating with Found Items

Posted by on Mar 29, 2012 in Design & Decorating | Comments Off

Decorating with Found Items

I love mixing old and new pieces to decorate my home; I think it adds a bit of interest. I appreciate antiques, but generally don’t use them to decorate my house.  I do, however, enjoy looking through an antique store, consignment shop, and even rummage sales occasionally for something that jumps out at me.  Below are a few items that I have found this way. -I found these letters at an antique shop and are old newspaper press letters.  I looked through the variety of letters that were for sale to find mismatched fonts – to add...

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Create a Double-Rod for your Window Treatments

Posted by on Mar 27, 2012 in Design & Decorating | Comments Off

Create a Double-Rod for your Window Treatments

This idea was inspired when I was going to purchase double-rods for our drapes.  I looked at Pottery Barn and was not about to pay $200 per window for hardware (I had 9 windows to cover!). Hardware for windows is not cheap.  I was able to ‘make’ double-rods for about $35 per window and get the same function as the expensive rods. I like having sheers on some of my windows.  They add a nice amount of privacy and romance without blocking light.  In fact, light that is filtered through sheers can give your room a beautiful glow....

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