Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Our Favorite DIY Pumpkin Decorating Projects

Puff Paint
One fun and simple way to decorate your pumpkins is with the use of puff paint. You can buy puff paint at your local craft store very inexpensively which makes it cost effective even if you want to buy many fun colors for your project. These photo examples show some ideas of just how you can go about creating a design with puff paint!

Metallic Paint
Metallics are very on trend right now in both interiors as well as in the fashion world, so why not carry that over into your pumpkin decorating? This is a fun choice if you want your pumpkin display to be a little more trendy and stylish. You can choose whether you want to simply spray paint the entire pumpkin with metallic paint, paint it on with a brush, or even use a metallic paint pen. This makes it simple for you to choose the desired look you are going for. 

The Donut Pumpkin
We just love this adorable DIY donut pumpkin that is very popular right now. To create this look you simply paint the bottom half of the donut in a light cream/brown, then paint the top in fun colors you would see on the icing of a donut. To finish it off you simply paint thin lines in all different colors to create the sprinkles on the donut! 


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

How to Decorate Outside for Halloween

Pumpkins + Mums

Wondering where to get started when decorating outside for Halloween? Pumpkins and mums are the basis for any great Fall / Halloween porch display. Mums are the perfect, hardy flower for this time of year and they come in all kinds of fun colors that are sure to liven up your outdoor areas! This combination creates such a cozy and inviting entry to your home so you simply can't go wrong when you start with these. 


Fun Signs
Signs are a cute and interesting way to add to your outdoor Halloween decor. Whether you want to have fun with a little DIY or go out and get some cute store bought pieces they will certainly add something extra. These photos show some fun examples of how to incorporate signs into your display!
Trick or Treat Bowls
Here is a fun idea for your outdoor Halloween decor; creating a stand of some kind for your trick or treat bowl to sit on for the big night! This can be something that you leave up all month long until Halloween arrives then you simply add the candy bowl on top, and you can even add a fun little sign as shown in one of these examples.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

How to Decorate Inside for Halloween

Mini Pumpkins and Gourds


One easy way to decorate inside for Halloween is to use mini pumpkins and gourds. Save your larger pumpkins for the outside and have fun with the minis on the inside! These photos show some great examples of how you can incorporate them into your decor in the form of centerpieces or even just stacked in simple vases.

Fun Touches 

One thing to remember when decorating inside for Halloween is to be careful not to overboard. For one, you are only going to want these decorations up for about a month so you certainly do not want to invest a lot in anything. Also, it is easy for a few tasteful decorations here and there to turn into a tacky display in no time when you begin adding too much. This is why its best to use fun touches here and there as shown in these examples. 


Throw pillows


Throw pillows are an easy, inexpensive way to add some fun Halloween touches into your decor without going to over the top. One of the most inexpensive ways to achieve this is by purchasing pillow covers that fit your existing throw pillows. This way you are not having to buy the actual pillow which would make it more costly. 


Monday, September 26, 2016

Budgeting for Fall Projects

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One big misconception some have when it comes to decorating is that you have to spend a lot on every piece you buy in order to have a nicely decorated space. This simply is not true. There are certain things to put more money into and others where you can get away with spending less. It is important to understand where to spend your money to get the most style and value out of each piece. 

What to Spend More on

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There are certain items in your home that you should absolutely spend more on, and look at them as investment pieces. Some examples of what to spend more on when decorating include but are not limited to upholstered pieces, dining tables, beds and mattresses, as well as flooring. These items and more are all very important pieces in your home and will get a lot of use. You want to find good style, comfort, durability, and functionality in all of these pieces. 

Where you can Save

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On the flip side, there are many items that you can spend less on while still making a fantastic impact on the overall look of a space. Art, accessories, and accent pieces are all good examples of where you can save money when decorating. By no means are we saying to completely skimp on these items, and if it is in your budget and you find any of these items and want to splurge, go for it! These are simply areas where you do not have to break the bank to make a great impression. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Budgeting for Fall Projects

Decide what you Want to Spend

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One of the biggest parts of decorating or re-decorating a space is budgeting. When you decide you would like to give a space in your home a refresh, it is important to sit down and decide what you are looking to spend before you start any sort of planning or shopping. 


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If your space needs a full re-do but your budget wont allow for that all at once, pick what is MOST important to update in the space. It can be frustrating when you know the space needs more than you can do all at once, but you will be much happier with the result if you take your time and start with the most important updates first. 

Price Compare

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Once you begin shopping, don't just go out and buy the first pieces you see and think will work. It can save you a lot in the long run if you shop around and price compare before diving into a large purchase. One easy way to go about this is to browse your favorite stores/sites for inspiration even if its on the pricier side. This way you can get ideas of what styles you like, then find similar pieces elsewhere if your budget does not allow you to splurge on those high end items. 

One Room at a Time

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One problem we see is people trying to tackle too much at once. If you feel multiple spaces in your home could use sprucing up or even complete overhauls, stick to one room at a time. It can be tempting to spread the budget you have over multiple rooms so you can see small improvements throughout your home. If you pool the money you have and pour it into one space at a time it will make a MUCH bigger impact and you will be glad you did. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Transitioning from Summer to Fall Decor

Faux Florals


Decorating indoors with faux florals is a fun way to bring the outside in, especially if you're not one to keep live plants living for very long. If the faux florals you currently have in your home are a bit more summery feeling, you can simply add to them to transition to fall. If you have an arrangement that uses a lot of fun bold colors, you can swap some out for more fall friendly stems. Succulents are hugely popular right now, so adding a few of those is another fun way to add to your current florals to transition them to fall. 


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Outdoor Pillow Covers


If you already have your full outdoor seating area set up from the summer time it can be easily transitioned for fall use. If you chose to use a lot of bright summer colors for your outdoor cushions, simply picking up some more neutral outdoor pillow covers is an easy and inexpensive way to make the space feel a little more cozy and fall like. 



Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hot Trends in Decor for Fall

Geometric Wallpaper

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One big trend we are seeing is the use of wallpaper with geometric patterns. Geometrics are huge right now in general, so pair that with the comeback of wallpaper in residential homes and you have match made in heaven. We love to use wallpaper in places like entry ways and bathrooms. These are great places to use wallpaper because they are usually relatively smaller spaces where you can make a big impact. It is a good idea to choose a wallpaper that is on the more subtle and or neutral side for most situations. This helps to ensure that you wont tire of the color or pattern to quickly.  
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Painted Furniture 

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Another fun trend we are loving is painted furniture. This trend is great because of its wide range of versatility. With painted furniture pieces, you can go as bold or as subtle as you want to. One of the most common themes we are seeing among painted pieces is the use of neutral paint colors such as white, cream, or gray paired with different levels of distressing. We are also seeing a lot of mixing of wood tones along with paint. For example, all different styles of tables are being painted on the base and then leaving the wood tone on the top. This gives the piece an extra layer of dimension that can really add a lot to a space! 

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Tufted Pieces 

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Tufting is a trend that truly never goes out of style, it just happens to be very popular right now. We are seeing a return of more detailing and unique touches on upholstered pieces so this fits right in line with that. When you use a tufted piece in a space it adds just an extra bit of character which is always a good thing! These are some photos of a few tufted pieces we have used in recent projects! 

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