Ever want to go bold but weren't sure . . . .
Look how this fun purple color deepens and enhances the carvings on this French chest.
This might not be for the safe and reserved, but if you want to unleash the artist inside,
do it! Sometimes you gotta live it up, and what better way?!
You know our mantra . . . love where you live!
From Design Sponge
This nightstand is from IKEA. It was painted "Dior Gray," and decorated with custom scalloped decals. Reproduction milk glass hardware finish the look. It went from being oh so simple to WoW! Check out Esty shops, like this one, for one-of-a-kind decals.
For complete bedroom decorating ideas, visit Design Shuffle.
From My Overlays
What a terrific and classic look! You can customize any piece with these cool-looking fretwork panels and designs available at "My Overlays." They also have some great examples in all white that look fresh and yes, like an expensive custom piece. These, you can do yourself. Go here for prices, sizes and design options.
NOW AND THROUGHOUT THE SEASONS
by Megan Gates, an active blogger who provides written work to the blogosphere pertaining to New York City Real Estate. Hamptons Real Estate, home improvement and the latest architecture, design and fashion.
Having beautiful curb appeal for your home doesn't just happen on its own accord, nor is it a seasonal task. Begin today to organize, clean and prepare.
Organize your Tools: A small tool shed or a dedicated spot in your garage to keep your tools organized, is a good way to help you know where to find everything you need; instead of wasting time looking for your garden shears in the place where you thought you left them. You'll be able to find everything quickly and easily, making your chores get done sooner. If you live in colder climates, you don't want to spend undue time searching for a rake, hefty trash bags or snow shovels.
Power Wash: A quick way to keep your house looking new, power wash your siding and decks whenever you feel like your house is looking dirty. (Do-It-Yourself types can rent the necessary equipment. Or, you can have someone do it for you; there are companies ready to serve.) Power washing your house can extend the life of your siding and your deck, which will save you hundreds because you will not have to replace it sooner than necessary. As for a timetable, you may want to do it before winter and extra grime set in, or in the spring to get ready for al fresco living. The timetable may actually depend on your location. If you're in an area that gets a lot of dust storms, for example, you may need to do this twice a year.
Gardening Guide: If you love to have beautiful gardens but wish it required a little less work from your green thumb, plant perennials instead of annuals. Perennials are plants that will grow back each year on their own and don't require as much work as using annuals. It's best to pick perennials that are native to the area where you live so that they will thrive in your yard with very little maintenance. Mark your calendars to plant trees during the dormant season. Check with your local nurseries or County Extension office; months may be sometime between January and March. If you like to mulch your garden but think that it's looking old halfway through the summer. Simply rake the mulch you have in the garden already to turn it over and freshen it up. This is an inexpensive and time saving answer instead of having to buy and spread new mulch. If you know a carpenter, have him or her grind up excess wood to spread!
If you have any other tips to keep your home beautiful and low maintenance? Share them below!
Arcadian Lighting Brightens the Day
For centuries, tufted headboards have lent themselves toward a more formal ornate décor, especially, when dressed in rich velvets or luscious silks. However, some of today’s tufted headboards are boasting modern fabrics and shapes, such as a tailored square edges in a flannel or linen. No matter which you lean towards, formal or semi-formal, there is a tufted headboard for you.
This upholstered sleigh bed features a tufted rolled headboard in pale lilac. The formal wallpaper and graphic print at the window give a pop of pattern to the room. The acrylic side tables and white lamps was an added subtle touch to the space.
Check out the company's blog for tips on getting creative with inexpensive lighting ideas!! Very cool.
August 20, 2011