Category: Home Decor

Home Decor, House Design, DIY

Unique Ceiling Treatments

Porch in luxury home with wood ceilingCeiling treatments?  What a cool way to add some unexpected pizzazz to your room.

You’ve seen the ceiling medallions around a light fixture, right?  (I didn’t know they were called ceiling medallions, did you?)  They can really add an element of elegance to a dining area and enhance that already beautiful crystal chandelier.  I will admit, it’s not me but it sure would have been my mom.  She loved crystal, bling, and bangle.  I always used to say that she was crystal and I was barn wood.  And I’m okay with that:)

Re-doing a ceiling is maybe something most of us don’t think about when re-decorating a room.  It’s a great way to fix flaws or cracks or just add a coziness and warmth to a space.

Here are some other ideas to think about and ponder:

  • Pressed-Tin Panels.  Very popular for a country look.  Not just country though.  I love mixing and matching genres.  And, done properly, can look really cool.  I can picture a tin ceiling in a very contemporary black and white kitchen. They are not expensive at all if you’ve priced them. I have seen them at Lowe’s and Home Depot.  Of course, they are plastic not tin, but who will know? Authentic tin and copper ceilings can be very pricey, but if you can, hey, go for it!
  • Wallpaper.  Very cool on a ceiling.  Definitely a two-man job, with at least one of those “men” being very patient.
  • Beams.  My personal favorite.  We’re doing a couple in our basement even though we have low ceilings.  There are a couple of support beams that we are transforming to look like we planned them…he-he.
  • Tongue and Groove.  I love this look, especially in an inglenook (fancy word for small room off the side of another larger room) or a bedroom.

So next time you’re in the mood for a change or if you are already in the middle of renovating, don’t forget the ceiling.  It might offer a fun opportunity for an unanticipated change.

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Fun Vintage Decor Ideas

Fun Vintage Decor Ideas

VINTAGE……the new cool word in decor.  Well, not so new, it’s been around for a few years actually, but gaining more and more popularity.  What about “modern vintage?”  Isn’t that like “jumbo shrimp?  Maybe, but “vintage” is much cooler.  Really, vintage can refer to a time-period or simply classic design.

Bed Sheets……Crisp or Soft?

Thread Count 411

Bed Sheets……Crisp or Soft?

Can you remember the most comfortable bed you’ve ever slept in?  What was it that made it so comfortable?  Probably the sheets (and pillows) right?  I love crawling into bed at night with cool crisp sheets?  Are you a crisp or soft person?  I’m definitely a crisp gal.

The sheer volume of sheets on the market creates a real dilemma when choosing just the right feel , and considering the cost the choice better be a good one!

There are:

  • Percale (the crisp kind)
  • Sateen (the soft kind)
  • Jersey (the knit kind ~ kind of like a t-shirt)
  • Flannel (these give me claustrophobia J)
  • Cotton (the “I’d better get a high thread count” kind)
  • Silk (the EXPENSIVE kind)
  • The bamboo blend (that’s right, bamboo)

I just bought a set of sheets, white-on-white, 450 thread count and they’re my favorite sheets yet.  I replaced a set of “Egyptian” cotton sheets, 650 TC.  I like my new ones better.  Maybe it’s the crispness the higher TC did not offer, I don’t know.

I always thought that the thread count (the number of threads in 1 square inch of fabric) was what made the difference between soft and yummy or sandpapery and scratchy.  Well, all other things being equal, high thread counts will translate to softer and yummier.  However, it is not necessary to pay the extra $ for sheets in the 850-1,000 thread count range.  For the extra money, sometimes BIG money, there is not enough difference to justify that cost.  Staying in the 400-450 range should offer all the comfort one needs to snuggle down on a trip to dreamland.

When buying sheets make sure you get the proper size.  I hate wrestling a sheet when trying to tuck the corners into place.  I really like the sheets with elastic all the way around the sheet.  Also, every time I have purchased a twin sheet set, I am always disappointed that the fitted sheet fits so snug that it crushes the cozy featherbed I have as a topper.  So, the last time I bought sheets for a twin bed with a featherbed topper I purchased a sheet set for a full size bed and I just tuck in the extra fabric.  That way the featherbed stays nice and poofy.  Whatever your preference make sure you get the right size for the right fit.

And don’t forget about pillowcases.  If you have oversize pillows for your bed you will probably have to buy some pillow cases separately.  I have to do that all the time.  I still use the cases that come with the sheet set on different pillows.

Sweet dreams!


Fabulous Ways to Create or Decorate a Mantel

DIY Mantel Decor Ideas (1)

Mantels?  Gorgeous!

No fireplace?  No problem!

Is there anything prettier or more nostalgic than a mantel decorated with pine boughs, poinsettia blossoms and candles?

We used to have a beautiful mantel in our first home.  I really miss it.  I loved decorating it from Spring to Winter and especially for holidays.  A mantel can be a stunning focal point.

So, you ask, what if I don’t have a fireplace?   Well, shelves aren’t just for books you know!  Do some research and check out the beautiful mantels available and think “mantel minus sides (if applicable) = shelf = mock mantel.”  A big, bold shelf hung low on a wall above a leather ottoman would be a striking vignette.  I have the perfect place for this.  I think I’m going to do it!

Think outside the box.  These beautiful pieces of art are too good to go to waste.  Think, think, think!  Where can I put one of these?  My kitchen?  My bedroom?  Oooo!  My bathroom!!  I know!  The entryway…….so many ideas, so few walls.

I know, traditionally speaking mantels go over fireplaces.  Well, remember those distressed brick walls we’ve talked about?  You can create a stunning “fireplace scene” using the electric heaters that look like a small fireplace, distress a wall with brick (not very hard), add a mantel and voila!  I actually considered doing something very similar to this in our basement bathroom but we didn’t have quite enough room unless we eliminated the door.  Not the best idea! 🙂

Remember:  Mantel = big shelf.   If you don’t have a fireplace, use some of these mantel ideas to create an impressive look on a shelf, and put it anywhere you want.  Dazzling!

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How to Enhance your Closet with Paint

How to Enhance your Closet with Paint

Attention Closets!

I guess I have an affinity for lizards….mmmm…….no I don’t, but I do love the Geico Geco and Lowe’s Valspar Chameleon.  I just love to watch the commercial and see the lizard change colors to match his paint cans.

And THAT’S what I love about paint; that and it’s cheap!….for the result you get.  If you want to do stripes, DO IT!  Start in a closet if you’re a chicken J.  TIP:  I’ll tell you a secret.  Back many years ago while on a very tight budget I bought some paint from WalMart.  It was very good paint.  Not nearly Valspar quality, but still good paint and a fraction of the cost. And you know what else is great about paint?  If you don’t like it, paint over it.  Simple as that.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Consider painting the inside of a closet a bright, bold color.  How fun to be met with a cheery surprise when you hang up your coat.
  • What about your pantry?  What a great closet to paint bright yellow.
  • Purple or pink or lime green inside a little girl’s closet?
  • Orange and blue inside the little boy’s?
  • Brown and turquoise inside the bathroom linen closet?
  • Toy closet? All kinds of possibilities there.

I would love to do this to either a closet or a reading corner of a child’s room.  Throw some brightly colored throw pillows on the floor, a cool rug, and a set of book shelves and you’ve got a darling modern library for the little ones or a teenager.  HECK!  I would LOVE this in a craft or hobby room, right?

Poppytalk offers these instructions for this adorable “swatch painting.”  “All you need to do is grab a heap of paint samples from the paint store, make a rectangular stencil. Paint in strokes to emulate water colors –not painting perfectly, let dry then hand write with a thin sharpie the color names on each rectangle.”

Following are some more pics for you chameleon closet painters out there!

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