Tag: Home Decor

Bathroom Curtains- From Shabby to Chic

Bathroom Curtains From Shabby To Chic

Unless you live in one of those wonderful homes with bathrooms the size of Jupiter, (and if you do, congratulations you lucky dog!) it’s likely that you have at least one bathroom with the bath and shower combined.  Let me tell you about curtains!  Not just boring old shower curtains, but the kind of curtains that typically flank your living room window.  WOW! can they add an elegance to your bathroom that will knock you off your feet, and right into the tub!

Years ago I was so tired of the plain same ole’, same ole’ bathroom look that I went on the hunt for suitable curtains to dress things up a bit.  I found some great linen tab-top curtains and a valance (which didn’t go with the tab-tops, but matched just great), bought 2 spring tension shower rods, came home and adorned my boring shower/bath.  I added some tie backs I found in the same color (again, didn’t go with either the curtains or the valance, but worked very well). What a difference!  You’re probably wondering about the 3 curtain rods; one for the shower curtain which you still need (unless you have a glass surround), one for the tab-tops, and another one for the valance.  No problem.  The valance has a little ruffle gathered at the top and you can’t see the other two rods.  See what I mean?  You’ll love your new princess bath.

bathroom our house

These were all on sale and very inexpensive.  It made a huge difference in the look and feel of the bathroom.  I would suggest looking for curtains light in weight and washable.  I have washed mine hundreds, okay, dozens of times!  They still look brand new.

Fabulous Ceiling Ideas

Dining room with cherry wood ceiling panelsDon’t Forget the Ceiling!

We just had a nightmare occur at our house that gratefully has been remedied, but with expense, time, and much aggravation.

We had our ceiling textured as we finished our basement.  Unfortunately, neither one of us was home when the job was complete.  I can’t even describe to you the mess it was.  So as not to give myself a headache recapping all that went into this fix, I will not deliberate any longer.  But it does bring up the subject of ceilings.

Let’s think outside the textured box (wish I had) and take a look at some fantastic ideas for a much overlooked surface in our homes.  Here are some cool ideas to add such a punch to any ceiling.  I especially like the use of some of these ideas in a basement family room.

  • Beams ~ real or faux
  • Wallpaper, textured or not
  • Glossy wood
  • Weathered wood
  • Faux painted
  • Tongue & groove
  • Tin
  • Crown molding, of course
  • Think beyond white ~ use a bold color paint ~ or a contrasting paint
  • Skylights for an upper room ~ does amazing things and doesn’t have to be scary any more.  Check out Solar Tubes.

So, if you’re thinking about remodeling, building, or just need a change, think about re-doing a ceiling.  There are so many possibilities.

ceiling tongue & groove ceiling bright green kids room ceiling with wood

My Favorite Colors of Summer

Fresh New Summer Color Palettes to Love

I love the anticipation of summer.  In fact, I find myself in danger of wishing my life away waiting for the next season and the changes it brings.  For those of you living in a temperate climate, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about, but the change of defined seasons for me brings an excitement only suited to that particular season.  The clothes we wear, the activities we do, the cooking we enjoy, are all affected by the change in seasons.  Even the decorating.  In fact………

I just redecorated our little bathroom (sink & toilet type) a week ago in the bold colors of summer. I replaced the wintery picture of a boy with his dogs, with a painting of sunflowers.  I replaced the wintery pinecone potpourri with “GRAPEFRUIT”.  Seriously, Aromantique’s Grapefruit is absolutely HEAVENLY! I bought some apple green towels to add to the red and gold ones I already had (I love TJMAX.  I can always find something there I can’t live without. Great place for accent pieces, too).  I added a wreath with red pears, white-ish/green hydrangeas, and white berries, bringing out the little bit of green in the painting and coordinating with the green towels.  I added a soap dispenser with bright orange yummy smelling hand soap.

This looks like a very different room.  I love the way it turned out.  And because I repurposed almost everything including the painting I’ve had for years and never used, only cost me $30.  It was that much because of the $20 potpourri….but worth every penny!  The towels were $9. The wreath was one I had been using in my kitchen window but have exchanged with a cute little herb crate that I told you about a while ago.

These colors, yellow, yellow-gold, red, apple green, white, orange are the bright and bold colors of summer that I love.  Some may feel the yellows and reds tend to be colors more suited to fall, but when paired with the bright greens, oranges, and whites create a basket of summer you could almost eat!

It’s fun to intermix these summer/fall colors because it stretches your decorating budget by mixing and matching from season to season.

Maybe summer is NOT your favorite time of year. Maybe where you live is hot, humid, dry, or X-hot!  Consider using a summer palette to cool down your bedroom, family room, or back porch.

Other fabulous summer palettes, the light blues, butter yellows, celery greens all promote the calm of a summer afternoon.  The aquas, sea greens, and whites reminiscent of the Caribbean bring dreams of sun and sand. colourlovers.com has dozens of summer palettes to choose from, and a great help when trying to put together your own preferred palette.

Wherever your summer dreams take you, treat yourself to a deco-treat of a few little changes that will hasten the summer fun you’ve been waiting for.

THESE are a few of my favorite colors of summer:

Colors of Summer colors of summer 2 colors of summer orange Colors of summer red Colors of summer yellow

Decorating in Rustic Charm


Decorating in Rustic Charm

What exactly is “rustic charm”?  That is simply up to the eye of the designer.  “Rustic” can mean anything from a pillar made out of a few pieces of stained barn wood, to the looks of an old sheep herders out-cabin.

Some may think “rustic” means old, worn out, used up and refurbished.  Others may suppose that a wide plank flooring is all you need to add a rustic flavor to the décor.

Wherever you fall on the country-chic living meter here are a few tips to consider.

  • Warm natural colors are the way to go to achieve the feel of the down home coziness rustic design intimates.  This doesn’t mean you have to paint everything beige.  Earthy yellows and bold, vibrant reds are wonderful colors to add to rustic decoration.
  • Adding some wood beams to an area, even just about the kitchen island, is a way to add that rustic flavor.  Sound intimidating?  If you’re not into reclaiming barn wood there are faux beams that can be purchased and installed in a weekend (or less).
  • Antiques or flea market finds.  Use your imagination and reclaim some of that stuff in the garage.  The old camp fire coffee pot, old scales, milk cans, wash tubs, ladders (a great idea), old chests or trunks, those doilies you’ve had no idea what to do with.
  • Lighting is important.  Choose, or make, some lights out of Mason Jars.  A candle chandelier, an old oil lamp, or lanterns.  These items are so popular now if you don’t have any old ones chances are you can find made-to-look-old ones in home décor stores.  And don’t forget about the made-for-the-garage- sconces we’ve talked about before.  WONDERFUL elements for the rustic look.

Start out by adding just a few rustic pieces positioned in between your traditional favorites.  Notice how quickly and with very little effort that old down home feeling comes alive.  You may not need to do nearly as much redecorating as you may think to achieve the hominess of a mountain retreat.

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