Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Three Tips for Decorating for a Derby Party

Create a Board with the Horses Names, Numbers, & Silks

Throughout the day at your Derby party, guests will be deciding who they would like to place bets on for the big race. What better way to help them out and create a cute and functional decoration all in one? Simply chose a board (ie. poster, foam, chalk), then number the horses in order with their name and a picture of their silks on the side! This is especially helpful for people like us who choose their picks solely off of the color and patter of the silks. 



 Incorporate Roses and Horseshoes Throughout the Space 

Nothing says Derby more than the combination of roses and horseshoes. These items are easy to come by and to use throughout your home as decoration. One fun way to combine the two is to scatter them along a table runner.. Another great way to combine these Derby-themed items is to buy or make a wreath for your front door out of roses in the shape of a horseshoe!



Print and Frame the Official “Derby 142” Cards

This is a fun little touch to add to all of your other Derby party decorations. Simply find the official “Derby 142” logo online and print them onto 4x6, 5x7, or 8x10 cards to be put into frames. This is a very inexpensive decoration because you can use frames you already have and just print them at home!



For more Derby party decor ideas check out this week's video here >> http://bit.ly/1M5Q2IT

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How to Decorate with Horse-themed Items

With Derby being right around the corner, we were inspired to give some tips on decorating with horse-themed items in your home. If you are local, then you know how important horse culture is to the beautiful state of Kentucky. It is always good to choose art and decor that means something to you or speaks to where you come from. You want to make sure not to overdo the amount of horse-themed pieces in your home because it can easily go from being tasteful to being kitschy. Below we have shown some fantastic examples of how to incorporate equine art throughout your space without feeling to “theme” like.

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Polka Dots & Rosebuds Interiors


For more ideas on decorating with horse themed pieces check out this week's video here >> http://bit.ly/1Y3Ig2X

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Mother’s Day is Soon; Here are our D├ęcor Gift Suggestions

Customized Trays

Trays make a great gift because there are countless uses and spaces for them in any home. Whether you use it on your coffee table or ottoman, in the middle of your kitchen table or island, or even near a wet bar or bar cart. To take this multipurpose gift to the next level you can get it customized for Mom. You can choose to put the families last initial in the center or even the full last name, anything to make it her own is a great option!



Painted Glass Vases

We all know mom’s love gifts that come from the heart and have their loved one’s personal touches on them. This is why hand painted glass vases are a great gift option this Mother’s Day! Simply buy a few vases in her favorite shape and use a few of her favorite colors to paint along the lower half of the vase. One of the simplest designs to create is small multicolored dots like what is shown in one of the photos below. 



Personalized Planter
If your mom is a lover of her garden, getting her a galvanized planter personalized with her name is a fantastic gift for Mother’s Day. This is something she can use for years and she will always be able to think of her children when she sees it in her garden. One place we found that sells planters with personalization is personalcreations.com



For more Mother's Day gift ideas check out this week's video here! >> http://bit.ly/1RPBgln

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Home Offices: How to Make them Decorative and Functional

Create Effective Storage 

To create a functional home office it is important to have adequate storage options throughout the space. Both open and closed storage is ideal to have so you are able to easily access items you use the most and the rest can be tucked away. One great way to accomplish this is with built ins. These will allow you to have both closed cabinet storage, as well as open shelving. Another way to create functional storage is with a free standing shelving unit. You can add baskets for the items you wish to be hidden and have the rest open.


Add Personal Touches 

Adding personal touches throughout your home office is another great way to create a decorative and functional space. Just because the area is designated for work, does not mean it needs to be dull or boring. Adding items like family photos in frames, artwork, and pieces with your favorite colors throughout the space will create a positive environment for you to happily work in. 

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Maximize your Lighting

Lighting is important in every room of your home but it is especially important in your home office. No matter what type of work you are doing, good lighting is vital in a workspace. When choosing which room or space to make your home office, choose one with the most natural lighting. The last thing anyone wants to do is work in a dark space. If you do not have the luxury of great natural light in your space, add overhead as well as lamp and task lighting anywhere that you can. 



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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Kitchen Redo 101: Whats Hot in Backsplashes

Subway Tile

Subway tile is not only a huge trend in kitchen backsplashes now, but it has been for years because it is a classic and timeless choice. It comes in different sizes, colors, and materials so you can easily choose the one that best fits your design style. It creates the perfect crisp and clean feel that works beautifully in kitchens.

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Polka Dots & Rosebuds Interiors
Polka Dots & Rosebuds Interiors

Tile to the Ceiling

Don’t be afraid to take your backsplash tile all the way to the ceiling! These photos show great examples of how this can turn out wonderfully. Tiling all the way to the ceiling really plays up the height of your space which is always good. It also creates a beautiful and unexpected statement to the room.


Herringbone Patterns 

Another hot trend going on in kitchen backsplashes right now is using a herringbone pattern. This is a nice departure from the average brickwork pattern used in a lot of backsplashes. This pattern creates a lot of movement in your space which is a great way to add interest. It is also a nice way to add pattern without choosing tiles that are patterned themselves which can get outdated very quickly. 

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Click the link below to see Liz share one of our favorite backsplash styles!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Kitchen Redo 101: How to Update Cabinets

Least Expensive Option: Update your Hardware 

Updating the hardware in your kitchen can be an inexpensive fix that can make a world of 
difference. This is something that can be done when you first move into a new place, for example, and would like to make the house match more with your personal style. Even just changing the finish on your hardware, like what was done on the navy china cabinet pictured, can be all you need to make a big change. Updating your cabinets can get quite costly depending on the route you take. If you are looking to update your space without diving into a full renovation, updating your hardware first is the way to go!

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Polka Dots & Rosebuds Interiors

Midrange Option: Update the Color

If you are happy with the current style of your cabinets, a simple paint color update can work wonders! Some classic paint colors for cabinets include white and cream, while newer more trendy colors include navy and greige (a mix of gray and beige.) These photos show how the color of your kitchen cabinets can be vital to the overall look of your space.


High End Option: Change the Style

On the other hand, if you are not in love with the current style of your cabinets, updating the style all together can be the way to go. Some of the most popular cabinet styles include shaker, flat, inset, and beadboard. The style you choose depends completely on your design preference. Flat cabinets for example can give your space a very contemporary feel, while shaker and inset cabinets lean more toward a transitional vibe. 

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Click the link below where Liz is talking about the three main ways to update your cabinets!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Kitchen Redo 101: Great Colors for Kitchens



Greige is such a fabulous paint color to use not only in your kitchen but throughout your whole home. It is a combination between gray and beige and we just cannot say enough good things about it. It gives your home an updated look and feel without making your space feel cold which can sometimes happen with true gray paint colors. Some of our favorite greige paint colors include Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray, Mindful Gray, and Repose Gray.


Muted Blue/Green 


Muted blue/green is another great color for kitchens. It combines the cool and serene feeling of soft blue with the crisp and clean feeling of green. Great examples of this muted blue/green color are Sherwin Williams Sea Salt, and Rainwashed. Both photos display Sherwin Williams Sea Salt used in kitchens.



Sage is another fabulous color to use in your kitchen. This one is a tried and true color that designers and homeowners alike have been using in kitchens for years. This classic color gives just the right amount of color and drama to your space without getting to dark. Green also represents freshness and cleanliness which is why it is a fantastic color to use in a food prep area. Whether you choose to simply paint your island, your cabinets, or just your walls in this color it will not let you down. Sherwin Williams Clary Sage and Svelte Sage are both great options.


Click the link below where we are talking more about great paint colors for kitchens!