I decided this year to create a natural Christmas wreath for our garden shed door. So I started looking for ideas and suddenly came across an adorable gingham ribbon pine cones swag. I thought, I have plenty of pine cones, so I sent my husband and little niece on a hunt. It didn’t take them long before they came back with a hand full of cute pine cones. Now this is just the beginning of creating my very first Christmas Pine Cone Swag for the garden shed.
Every year I get so excited about decorating for Christmas! Pulling out all the decorations is like opening presents. Some ornaments you remember but others you had forgotten. I tend to stay with the same holiday design year after year but let me encourage you to step out of the box and do something different this year. How about a Victorian Christmas? If you love history, then taking all your decor back in time to a Victorian Christmas might be just the ticket.
Victorian Christmas Inspiration
Do you love your kitchen? Is it time for a kitchen refresh? I had the opportunity to help someone refresh her kitchen. The cabinets were natural wood with the center recess panel on the door painted white. Everything was tired and worn. A kitchen refresh was greatly needed. This is where I came into the picture.
If pictures speak a 1,000 words then I don’t need to say any more about Lucky Goat Coffee decor because these pictures tell it all. Lucky Goat Coffee decor has lots of FLAVOR! It’s relaxing, calm, beautiful and special. It’s a great place to study, visit a friend, read a book or just stop by for a cup. Whether you LOVE coffee or not you will want to visit. Lucky Goat Coffee Co is a Tallahassee, Florida based business. However, if your a coffee connoisseur and would like to try it they do sell online at www.luckygoatcoffee.com
Hannah’s Room Tour features tending fresh new styles plus brings in some old and upcycled items too. Follow along as we take you into this space that was designed with a nice, cozy and safe feeling in mind.
I love sharing Sherwin Williams color of the year! This year, 2016, is all about white – SW 7008 Alabaster. There are endless possibilities with this color. Sherwin Williams knows the right time to introduce this color. People are crazy about white right now.
Sherwin Williams SW 7008 Alabaster
What is your interior decor style? Many people have told me that they don’t know their interior decor style? After years of decorating, I have discovered that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. What one person thinks is so beautiful another may find tacky. Focus on what makes you feel special and content in your home. This is the beginning of finding your interior decor style.
Stacy and her sister were enjoying coffee at Starbucks during their usual Sunday before church prayer time. After their parents had passed away, they decided to find one day a week to spend time together, catch up from the week before and pray. It was their special time to connect and spend time together. But today Stacy shares that she wants to paint her kitchen, and she just couldn’t decide on a color. Her baby sister, who happened to be an Interior Designer, suggested she paint it a soft white. “A soft white kitchen?” said Stacy. That’s not a good idea with my golden retriever and two small sons. Plus it doesn’t have any color. It would be dirty all the time, and I would spend too much of my time cleaning it. Stacy wasn’t so sure about this idea, but she trusted her sister.
I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE KITCHEN!
Eventually, her little sister talked her into taking a week to think about it and promised to send her some pictures to look at. White is a refreshing, simple, and clean color. If used correctly it can be a fantastic choice. Here are a few suggestions if you are thinking of painting something white or going for an all white design.
- Picture courtesy of Country Living Magazine
Unlike what most people believe there are an unlimited number of shades of white. To keep this simple, there is a cool white and a warm white. Whenever you’re selecting a white start by looking at the room you are working on. If you have to work with existing furniture, cabinets and such, ask yourself if your room has more warm tones or cool tones. If it’s warm, then look for a white that has a brown undertone. If it has a more calm tone, then look for a room that’s more of a blue undertone. It’s that simple.
- Picture courtesy of Country Living Magazine
So, now the decision of whether you can live with a white room. Stacy has a mental block against white, and that’s why her sister suggested she take some time to think about it.
Decorating with Whites can be a challenge when it comes to cleaning. It does require daily touch-ups, and if you happen to be a germaphobe, then white might be a good choice for you because it doesn’t hide dirt and germs. ? Overall white can be a great color to use in your decorating. Don’t be afraid! If you like bright and airy then white may be the new color for you.
Accessorizing seems to be the one area that people struggle with the most. Some people never even make it out of the store because they analyze every single thing they pick up and eventually just give up. But I’m here to tell you that IT CAN BE REAL SIMPLE! You can do it with some help.
Number 1: Let’s begin at home in the room you are ready to accessorize. Look around and make an outline of each table or mantle that you want accessories for.
Number 2: For an example, I’m going to accessorize a bookcase. First let’s go to Pinterest and search bookcase or accessories. Then create a board called “Accessories” and start pinning items that you like on it. I have a board called Interior Design. You’re welcome to go search there for ideas. Now, go back and select the bookcase accessories you love the most and write down the items you need to shop for to achieve that look. Then do the same for each table, ottoman or coffee table in your room. Now you have a basic list to begin your shopping.
Number 3: Now it’s time to go shopping! If you have a friend who has a good eye for accessorizing ask them to come along and treat them to some Starbucks as a thank you. Make sure you have access to the Pinterest pictures you are trying to recreate so that when you find pieces in the store you can refer to your pin to make sure the size and item match up.
Number 4: The fun continues when you get back home! Unwrap your accessories, turn on some fun music that motivates your creative spirit, and start placing items in their place.
Number 5: Now that you are finished, clean up everything, find your favorite wine or tea, sit back and admire your work. You now have designer accessories and you did it by yourself! It’s REALLY THAT SIMPLE.
Oh, and here is a list of places I like to shop for accessories: TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Home Goods, Target, Pottery Barn, WalMart, Stein Mart, Ballard Design.
Oh the joys of remodeling. Whether you’re doing the work yourself, with friends and/or family or your blessed with a sub or contractor, remodeling can be overwhelming, frustrating and scary. The very first time I did a bathroom remodel after I got married I was so excited. I purchased some paint and started painting the trim in a small bathroom a dark burgundy color. I think I just dated myself, yes; this was the early 90’s. I slapped the paint on the trim because I knew I was planning to put wallpaper up and it would hide the color on the walls. I had been working all day just painting the trim color and cabinets when my hubby came home and had a look of horror on his face. I was shocked when he questioned my talent. Oh, the tears started and I was hurt. But after I stopped reacting I realized that he didn’t know about the wallpaper. Needless to say after it was all completed he was so proud of our beautiful bathroom that whenever people would come to visit he had to give them a tour of the newly remodeling guest bath.
If you see something that is alarming or not exactly the way you imagined it don’t jump to conclusions. Most jobs turn out pretty much as you imagined or better. Whenever, work is under construction, it looks like a mess and can make you feel anxious. Take a deep breath and ask some questions just to make sure. Whoever is doing the work won’t mind questions as long as you don’t doubt their talent. Remember a room won’t feel like home until the last accessory goes in.
Don’t doubt yourself. Most people start doubting what they have picked out early in the remodel. I always say finish the job. It’s hard to imagine what the room will look like when everything is a mess and there are no pictures on the wall or window treatments. Colors change once the room is completely finished.
Refrain from perfection. This is one area where I see people get robbed of the joy of decorating. I love when a plan works out perfect but I don’t recall ever doing a design job where at least one challenge didn’t arise. Make plans now for something to happen that you did not anticipate. If nothing happens then you will be overjoyed. If something does occur then you won’t lose your excitement because you were anticipating it.
Well this is just a few tips on decorating psychology. I hope your project turns out beautifully both physically and mentally. Oh, and don’t forget to show your gratitude to those who are helping or working for you. It means a lot to them.