Category: Home Decor

Home Decor, House Design, DIY

Painted Window Trim to Love

Painted Window Trim Ideas to Love

What an amazing way to add a BURST of fun to a room!  I just love the idea of painting window frames and trim.  And HOW CHEAP!

Remember the term window dressing?  Well, there are still experts who refer to the “ART of window dressing.”  They may be in the blinds and shutters business, I don’t know, but painting windows certainly adds to the creativity and artful sense of the homeowner.  Hey wait!  That’s YOU!!

  • For a classically modern look consider painting the window the same color as the walls.  It’s especially fantastic when done in a neutral gray or taupe; and white on white is impeccable.
  • Go a little darker than your walls for a restful and yet still very contemporary look.
  • There’s always the gray against yellow for something fantastic and fresh, and maybe a little shabby chic.
  • And then, of course, there’s always the classic black, the antithesis of bright white (which I happen to love), but maybe a touch more thoughtful.
  • Thinking of buying an older home?  Does it have natural wood?  Lucky you!  Natural wood lends a fabulous historical feel to a home.  Not in good enough shape?  Then here you go!  Choose a knock-out paint color and go to town!

Take a look around and decide which rooms could use that CRACK OF COLOR just by painting the windows.  Maybe your area needs that ever so important focal point.  This could be IT!

I LOVE this idea!

P.S.    Painting trim doesn’t stop at windows you know…..

Go a little crazy and if you’re building a new house don’t let the contractor talk you out of your ideas.  They do that, you know!   Be bold with that baseboard ~ do darker trim than walls if that’s what you want.  It will look fabulous!


Creative Window Seat Ideas

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Window Seats, Window Nooks, Window Benches… all says “cozy” to me..

When I was a little girl I always wanted a window seat; some place to cozy down with a soft blanket, see out my window, and read my favorite “Mother West Wind” books.  Even now my favorite seats in my house are the ones that I can sit in a comfy chair or love seat and watch the birds from my window.

Well, we don’t really have a place to build a window seat but there are endless sources on how to do it if you’re lucky enough to have the space, and the handyman who can’t wait for another “honey-do”. It’s a great DIY weekend project.

However, because we don’t have space to build one, I have managed to create one in my office by placing a long ottoman in front of a large, low window. Instant window seat!! The ottoman is the perfect height and from this view I can look down upon my petunia garden in the summer, see the whisp of the feather grass in the fall, and watch large and luscious snowflakes float to the ground in the winter…. and I love it.  I’m excited to make some toss pillows to add to the coziness of the look.

Here are some ways to create a window seat, even if you don’t have one.

  • Toy box under the window in kid’s room
  • Cedar chest with cushion
  • Cabinets with upholstered top
  • Side or end table with cushion
  • Ottoman
  • book case laying on the side with upholstered top


Creative Galvanized Planter Ideas

Grandma’s Washtub!  Best Planter Ever!

My grandma would be quite surprised to know that her old galvanized washtub was one of my favorite planters until a few years ago when we moved and it was unceremoniously tossed onto the “this is not going!” pile.Galvanized Planter Ideas

These washtubs, etc., are such great inventions to use as planters because galvanizing the metal is done to provide corrosion protection.  That’s why grandma had her washtub and then mom had her washtub and then I had her washtub for soooo many years.  Until……see above

15 of the Best Succulent Arrangements Ever

15 of the Best Succulent Arrangements Ever

Spring is just around the corner in my part of the country, but sometimes it is a loooooooong corner!  So in the meantime while I’m waiting for March to march right on out of here (because in my part of the world, March is the ugliest month ever!), I start looking to cheer me up with some fabulous HOUSE PLANTS. So this year SUCCULENTS seem to be all the rage.  You know, those are the plants that look like little cacti and some look all rubbery. I love these because they can be used in taller arrangements and in arrangements that are so flat they can fit in the tiniest of spaces.

15 of the Best Succulent Arrangements Ever

Getting Creative with Plants

 Getting Creative with House PlantsI’m so excited to see that house plants are making a comeback.  But what I find most interesting is that decorators are no longer ashamed to use a little artificial greenery to energize a corner, a counter, a table, or even a patio.

Now, that being said, there are artificial flora (A.F.) and then there are FAKE plants!  Some are so bad you would be much better off with nothing than one of those ferns or ivies that show more of their plastic spine than their leaves.  DON’T GO THERE!!  Choose carefully and only use a few.  I would choose to use A.F.  in areas of my home that didn’t get enough sunlight for most plants, even then, with A.F.  less is usually more.  Something small on top of something else, for example.

Plant on top of yellow books

Topiaries flanking a door, inside or out, make an entertaining statement.  They can be a little pricey so just wait for that “buy 1 get 2nd half off” coupon and then make an investment.

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Get a little crazy!  Think outside the proverbial pot!  The greens are only ½ the tale.  Adapt the plant to it’s space by using relative elements:

plant in glass jar with nuts and bolts