Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Three Tips to Make a Small Room Look Larger

Small rooms are something that can be rarely avoided. You’ll find them in old homes, new homes, farmhouses, and of course, in that darling apartment you just love downtown. So instead of throwing your hands in the air and giving up on the space all together, test out some of these tips on how to make your itty bitty space feel a bit more spacious.

Think light and airy. Painting the walls a light neutral color will expand the space visually. Embrace as much natural lighting as the room allows! Don’t cover the windows with that dark, somewhat dingy, tapestry your grandmother gave you. Instead opt for shear panels to keep the space open, do not be afraid of color here. It is acceptable to choose a color other than white for your sheers, but don’t go too dark, pick a happy medium. In fact, choosing sheer panels the same color as your walls make your room seem even bigger.

Using smaller printed fabrics allows your eye to enjoy the delicacy and movement of the print, instead of having the print be too overbearing and making the space feel too crowded. Choosing patterns that aren’t so busy, especially in color, will visually expand your room. So check out patterns with more unified color schemes.

Use mirrors in your small space, the reflection will make the space look bigger.
This tip is an oldie, but a goodie. Hanging small mirrors in a grouping, or leaning a full-length mirror against the wall, will reflect the lighting and make your room appear bigger.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How to Decorate for a Halloween Party Without Breaking the Bank

You will be able to find all kinds of Halloween decorations for low-costs at almost every super market this season. Paper lanterns and garlands can be found at local discount and party stores in all assortments of colors. Pick up your favorites and pair them with your old decorations for a more eclectic look. Doing this over time will save you tons of money, expanding your collection bit by bit.

Keeping beverages nice and chilled for any gathering is a no brainer, but why not add a little fun to the task? Pick up a pack of assorted glow sticks for about $12.00. Crack them and throw a few in your drink cooler to add an eerie radiance to your party.

I’m a firm believer in “It’s the little things that count” and this is a perfect example. This small touch will add something extra special, and indeed startle your unsuspecting guests, but all in the spooky spirit of Halloween of course! You can find vast amounts of these plastic spiders for incredibly low prices. A bag of around 144 will cost you less than $5.00! If you end up with more than you need to make these fun ice cubes no worries, scatter them around in cobwebs and on tabletops for even more Halloween excitement.

There’s a skeleton in your chandelier! This will easily be the talk of the party and it’s so simple to accomplish. Almost everyone’s Halloween collection starts off with a life size plastic skeleton but, if you don’t already have one you can pick one for around $60.00. These guys are incredibly light so placing one in your chandelier is a piece of cake. Just use clear zip ties to anchor down the parts that you want attached.

Who wouldn’t be a little scared of rats scurrying up and down their staircase? This is so easy and inexpensive to accomplish, trace outlines different rats in various poses onto black construction paper, cut them out, and tape them to the riser of your stairwell. Another upside to this project is that it can be accomplished on stairs of all materials; wood, carpet, tile, ect.

You can use these mason jars to add mood lighting in dimly lit areas around your get together.  You can find the bags of cobwebs with plastic spiders for easily less than $2.00 and the LED tea lights are between $0.50 and $1.00 each. This craft is quick, easy, and cheap. Perfect if you need a last minute decoration!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Spooky Interiors- Five Tips on Halloween Decorations That Aren't Ghastly

Halloween is one of the best holidays to decorate for. Witches, ghost, and goblins are not in short supply this time of year. We’ve come up with five tips for decorating you home for Halloween. These decorations are friendly for budgets but pretty spooky for your home.
1. Trash Bag Spider Webs

Trash Bags
Step 1: Trim the edges and bottom of the garbage bags. This will give you rectangle shaped pieces.
Step 2: Take the rectangles and cut them into squares. The smaller the squares, the smaller the web will be.
Step 3: Fold the squares in half, then into a triangle shape. Fold the triangle in half two more times.
Step 4: Tape the fold together on the loose side. This will help the trash bag stay in place, since the material is slippery.
Step 5: Using the Diagram below sketch a stem from one corner to the end, then draw scallop shapes coming off the stem.

Step 6: Cut the gray areas away.
Step 7: Unfold.
These spider webs are easy and fun to make for all ages. They would great hanging above a fireplace or in the window. You can repeat the steps above to create more and adjust the sizing to create multiple looks.

2. Witch Leg Table

4 Socks
2 Pair of Shoes
Step 1: Pick out 4 long socks (preferably ones that have Halloween designs or patterns), you may buy them or already have them lying around.
Step 2: Slip the socks onto the legs of the table.
Step 3: Put shoes on the bottom of the legs. Black shoes would look the best, you can use old shoes you already own or find some at a thrift store.
This “walking table” is super fun and guests all ages will love it!

3. Cobb Web Chandeliers

Cotton Cobb Webs
Step 1: Buy the cotton webs, these can be used from previous years or can purchase them. Most likely found in the Halloween section.
Step 2: Choose the light fixture you want to use. Chandeliers work the best but if you have lamps those can be used too!
Step 3: You want to pull apart the webbing as you intertwine it around the fixture. The more you pull apart the thinner the web will look.
Step 4: Once you have the desired look, add plastic spiders or any Halloween decorations.
This will look great over a dining room table or in a foyer!

4. Paper Bats

Think Black Paper
Painters Tape
Half Bat Template
Step 1: Print off half bat template. This can be found in Google images.
Step 2: Fold the black paper in half.
Step 3: Place the half bat template on to the fold paper and trace. Pencil works best.
Step 4: Cut out. Leave the paper folded while cutting.
Step 4: Unfold paper! You can crease the wings to give a three dimensional look.
Step 5: Hang in desired area, using painters tape on the back; this will make sure you don’t ruin your walls with the tape.
These paper bats can be hung anywhere in your house, above a fireplace or on the door!  They can also be really fun for the kids to make on a cold day.

5. Halloween Accessories

If you aren’t crafting savvy or much of a shopper, the easiest way to decorate your home for Halloween is using black accessories. Candle sticks and pillows are a great accessory that can be used any time of year. Other accessories such as picture frames, vases, or even a lamp shade can add a spooky feel to the room. The best part is you might find that you already have these accessories! These decorations are easy, fun, and won’t break the bank!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Couch Redo: Tips for Giving an Old Couch New Life.

Couches with great bones but drab appearances deserve another shot at life and it can all be possible with a little TLC.  And When reupholstering can cost an arm and a leg knowing there are other options out there to spice up your old beloved couch is be a huge lifesaver.

Recovering just the cushions is a great way to stretch your dollar but still add a punch to your piece. Choose a fun print or contrasting fabric for extra fun. You'll easily have a new conversation piece. Adding a zipper to your new cushion cover allows you to easily take it on and off for washing.

If you’re looking for something less labor intensive try adding new throw pillows a throw to liven up your couch. These added layers scream comfort and give you an opportunity to add more color to your space. Not only will your couch look brand new but your room will too!

One final touch that will revamp your couch is simply switching out the legs. Choose simple sleek lines for a more modern look, or an ornate turned leg for a more traditional one. Not to mention this is another place to add a surprise pop of color!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tips for Creating the Perfect Fall Wreath.

Creating the perfect fall wreath can be a little overwhelming at times, especially when deciding what materials you are going to need. Fall is a great time to create a wreath for your front door! So we wanted to make your crafting a little less stressful by giving you some tips that will help you create a wreath you can use again and again.
Here are 5 tips to creating the perfect fall wreath!
1. Have a wreath making kit. There are some tools that are essential for making a wreath. Having a small kit with these all these items in it will help make it easier when you start to make your wreath. Three important items that need to be in this kit are floral wire, craft glue, and wire cutters. Over time you can add to this kit but just for starter these 3 items will help ensure you have everything you need.

2. Pick a theme. Picking a theme is the most important step when making your wreath. It is important to establish a theme so the wreath looks cohesive and not like random embellishments were placed all over. The first thing to think about is the color scheme you want to use, since it is fall I would recommend using oranges, reds, and yellows. You could also use the color of your favorite football team or other fall sport. You’ll want to make sure that the embellishments you select coordinate with the theme as well. A great example is if you choose to do a sports them wreath, adding footballs or the teams logo would be a great idea for the embellishments. Keeping all these things in mind will help you make a wreath that flow perfectly together.

3. Make it your own. The wreath you hang on the front door will be the first thing people will see when visiting your home. Having a wreath that reflects who you are is important for creating the perfect wreath. You’ll want to select colors and embellishments that you love. For example, flowers, bows, wooden letters, garland, or anything that goes with the theme you’ve chosen.

4. Tutorials on how to tie a bow! Tying a bow can be difficult for some of us who don’t have much experience when it comes to tying bows. Now that we have the world at our finger tips, and I mean literally because we have the internet, learning how to tie a bow has never been easier. Usually wreaths have focal points; bows look really nice and can go with almost any theme you choose.

5. Best way to hang your wreath. Hanging wreaths can be difficult. Wreath hangers sometimes don’t allow for the door to close and putting nails in the can cause serious damage if not done properly. After a bit a research we’ve discovered the 3M hooks actually do the trick without damaging the door. These hooks can be purchased almost anywhere and can be painted to match whatever color your door is.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How to Bring the Colors of Autumn Into Your Home.

Accessories, accessories, accessories. Small touches can have a tremendous impact on a space. To help bring the feeling of fall into your home think warm tones. Put away your cool blues and grays and bring out the oranges and coppers. But you don’t only have to use oranges when choosing accessories; jewel tones make your space feel warm as well.

Some simple things to change out to add fall colors to your home are your welcome mat, your centerpiece, and throws and pillows. Adding in warm tones will make your space feel even more inviting, which is great for the cold months ahead.

When it comes to your centerpiece use a colored vase to display seasonal plants such as berries, cattails, and ornament grasses. This allows for more colors to be added, but still have a rich feeling overall.

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.