Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bring the Outside in: How to Decorate With Leaves.

During the fall season our backyards begin to look like a sea of orange, yellow, and red leaves. The temperature is starting to cool down and we are finding ourselves inside more. Wondering how you can bring the beauty of the outdoors in? We’ve found three projects that are simple and easy to do!

Garland of Leaves.

Autumn Leaves
Tape or Sticky Tack

Step 1: The first step to this project is to go outside and pick out the leave you want to use for the garland. Try to select leaves that aren’t torn and use a variety of sizes and colors. You could use artificial leaves if you don’t have access to real leaves.
Step 2: Depending on where you want to hang the garland, cut the string to your desired length.
Step 3: Use the needle to thread the leaves onto the string. I would place the string about a half-inch below them stem.
Step 4: Once you have threaded the leaves onto the string, use tape or sticky tack to hang the garland.
This would look great hanging below the mantel of your fireplace or hanging over a doorway!
Candle Holders.

Clear Candle Holders
Autumn Leaves
Hot Glue Gun

Step 1: You will want to select your style of candleholders, I recommend using glass that is clear.
Step 2: Selecting ribbon. The style of ribbon is completely up to you; since it is fall I recommend using reds, oranges, and yellows.
Step 3: Selecting your leaves. As mentioned previously you’ll want to choose leaves that haven’t been torn. It’s person preference when it comes to color and size but try to select leaves that will compliment the size of your candleholder.
Step 4: Tying the ribbon. You’ll want the ribbon to be snug around the candleholder. If your ribbon keeps sliding off the candle hold I would try retying or hot gluing behind the bow. You don’t want to hot gun the entire ribbon because the leaves will be held in place by the ribbon.
Step 5: Place the leaves around the ribbon.
These are great in any room around the house!
Golden Leaves.

Gold Paint
Paint Brush

Step 1: Select your leaves. You’ll want to choice different styles of leaves, that way each frame has a different leaf.
Step 2: Select your frames. I recommend using wooden frames. As shown in the picture above, the wooden frame compliments the leaf by bringing more of the outdoors in!
Step 3: Paint the leaves gold. One or two coats should work best.
Step 4: Place the leaves inside the frames, if the leaves aren’t staying in place use two-sided tape to secure the leaf in place.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Football Season: HOw to Decorate for a Gridiron Get Together.

Football season is a time for family, friends, and some good old competition. It’s a time where no matter who you’re rooting for you stand behind them one hundred percent, and even if you can’t physically be at the game screaming and shouting you sure can throw a party for every to scream and shout!

Let’s start off with making a statement before your guests even walk in the door, with a wreath in your team’s colors. These are super simple to make yourself. All you need is a wire ring, to the size of your liking and lots and lots of ribbon. It’s as easy as tying bows onto the wire ring, alternate your ribbon color to incorporate all of your team’s colors. A helpful hint here is to line your wire ring with florist tape to prevent your bows from slipping. Add a cut out of your team’s logo or mascot for an even more personalized touch!

Your food display is a great place to add a few quirky touches as well. Starting with the tablecloth, you can pick up some turf at your local home improvement store, cut it to size and tape a few lines to have the look of a football field.

Don’t forget about the utensils! Placing your forks and such in football koozies or koozies with your team’s logo is a laidback way to add some spirit! No work necessary!

You can’t neglect your drinks either. Drawing some Xs and Os on paper cups to give the look of a playbook is just the right touch for any gridiron get together. Even water bottles can be spruced up for the occasion! Print off some free bottle labels to make referee water bottles. Add a whistle in team’s color; even your kids will appreciate this small detail.

If you’re running behind but still want to add some team spirit to your party, grab those extra jerseys and throw them over the backs of your chairs. Quick and easy. It’s also free which is great for those of us decorating on a budget!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

One Day Project: Give Your Kitchen A Boost Over Labor Day.

Thinking about how you can give your kitchen a little boost? We understand what it’s like to have a busy schedule and not a lot of time to redecorate your entire kitchen. Let’s chalkboard the refrigerator! This project is easy and great if you have a spare refrigerator in your garage or basement. Usually a spare fridge has dings and dents, covering it with chalkboard paint and your child’s artwork work will give the boost your fridge needs.

Sand paper
Chalkboard paint
Paint brush/roll
1. Use the sand paper to sand the fridge down a little.
2. Buy the chalkboard paint! This can be found at most stores that sell paint, may even have a variety of colors.
3. Once you have sanded that fridge, you can start painting. I would recommend using both a brush and a roller that what you don’t have lot of streaks in the paint

Chalk boarding your fridge will make for some creativity in your home!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It's Hot Outside! Think Fall With Three Cool Trends We Are Tracking.

Let’s take a break from this summer heat and focus on something a bit cooler, like these fall trends! Fall is by far my favorite season so I am so excited to share a few sneak peaks with you!

1.     Mixing Patterns
The mixing of multiple patterns into one space may be a little overwhelming, but don’t be scared, it’s easier than you think. The trick is to use patterns of different scales that have one or two similar colors in them, which keeps the effect cohesive. Don’t be afraid to be bold!

2.     Mixing Textures
Layers, layers, layers. Mixing different textures together gives your space a more “lived in” feeling. Adding a lightweight throw to your couch or dropping a few burlap pillows onto your plush duvet may just do the trick. Mixing wood, metal, and glass elements really pull a room together.

3.     Color Distortion
Colors are distorted by cutting, breaking, and interfering with the surface of the textiles, creating geometric shapes. Mesh techniques are put into play to emulate architectural structures. Even and smooth surfaces mask the tactility of the textile. The fabrics are generally lightweight, crisp, and cool to the hand. A fabric like this would give any space a nice punch of color and liveliness. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Three Ideas on Creating a Great Space for Learning in Your Child's Room

Parents are always wondering how they can help their child learn at home. We’ve come up with three ideas on how you can create a learning space in your child’s room.

Bring Everything to Child’s Level.
It is important that whatever the learning tool is, that is easy to access for the child. Here is a great example of learning tools that can easily be accessed by the child. A world map rug, large calendar, and a dry erase board are all great learning tools. They can help a child learn countries and continents, days and months of the year, and practice writing, all at their finger tips.

ABC Wall
This is a great way for a child to learn their ABC’s. If you are having trouble filling wall space this also is a great wall d├ęcor. Using different fonts, sizes, and color will help make learning their ABC’s more fun!

Reading Nook!
Reading in essential to any child’s learning. Adding a reading nook/space to their room can help improve their reading and allow them to have their own mini library.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How to Organize YOur HOme For Back-to-School

With summer coming to a close it is time to start preparing for the school year. Soon you’ll be going to parent-teacher meetings, class concerts, and field trips, so let’s take a step in the right direction and start organizing!

Placing hooks at your front or back door allows your children to have a designated place for their backpacks and coats. It’s a great alternative to throwing them on the floor. This will be a helpful visual reminder to grab them in the morning on your way out the door. Place your children’s names above their hook for a personalized touch. You could even place a corkboard above the hooks for more organization!

Now I don’t know about you, but I would be completely lost without my calendar, there is just something about physically writing something down that allows me to retain the information. Have a calendar in the kitchen or another busy place in your home that your family passes by frequently. Jot down important events like practices, meetings, trips, ect. Assign each person in your family a color and write down their events in that color.

Make a daily or weekly check list for each family member and keep in near the calendar. List things like chores and homework. Once a task is accomplished cross it off. Being able to actually check something off a list gives you an even bigger sense of accomplishment.

Lastly, put together an organized homework station where your kids can sit and get their work done. Gather the essentials such as extra pencils, scissors, rulers, and erasers, place these supplies in a basket that you can keep out or store away during the day. Designate a place for your children to do their homework, away from the TV or other distractions to create the most optimal learning environment.

By implementing these few tips your busy school year will become a breeze!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Staycation II: DIY to Recreate Your Favorite Vacation Spot.

We all love a great beach vacation! Whatever your favorite vacation spots, here are some DIY projects to recreate any vacation spot at home.

Family Photo Throw Pillow
This DIY project is a great way to share memories to friends and family!  Here is how you can create your own throw pillow.
Step 1: Scan or copy picture onto transfer paper. This paper can be found at most office supply stores.
Step 2: Iron image onto fabric and attach to your pillow. You can use an already made pillow or sew your own.

Hanging Lantern
Wondering what you should do with the sand and shells you bring home from the beach. This Hanging lantern is a great way to display souvenirs.  Anyone can put something like this together. The first step is to find a hanging lantern. Once you’ve found one, the next step is to fill it up with all the souvenirs you brought home. If it is a beach vacation I would start by filling the bottom with sand. Then arrange your shells and any other great souvenirs you want to display. You can hang the lantern almost anywhere!

Paint Colors
An easy way to recreate your favorite vacation spot is repainting a room those color schemes. Below is a collection of Sherwin Williams’s paint that can give a calm and soothing feel to any room.