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Home decor, DIY, Do it Yourself, Renovation, Bedroom Designs

How to Mix and Match Styles in Your Decor

Mix & Match………

It’s a wonderful thing!

In not too long ago memory, furniture simply had to match.  Thank goodness that old decorating wive’s tale has been debunked!  I am so glad!

I love the deco-philosophy that if you have it, use it!  Add to it, tweek it, move it, paint it, stick something else on it, or whatever.  But there’s a lot of fantastic re-purposing stuff just hanging around your house.  Trust me!

Whether you have to or want to mix and match keep a few tips (and these are just a few) in mind from House Beautiful. I love a beautiful house and I love House Beautiful.

  • All matching wood can look too perfect. Mixing woods can make a room more interesting and personal, like it took shape over time.


  • Tiny rooms are great for dramatic decorating. “Put a large-scale printed fabric or wallpaper on the walls and even the ceiling. It’s easier, safer, and less expensive to be dramatic in a small space. You might get tired of a bold print in the main living area, but it can make a smaller, less-used room an exciting space to spend time,” says designer Victoria Neale.


  • It’s true that rugs anchor a space, but that doesn’t mean they’re required. Removing them can really open up a room. “Bare wood and stone floors can be just as beautiful,” says designer Eric Cohler. It also makes sweeping up easy, particularly helpful in a kitchen that doesn’t have a rug in front of the sink.


  • “If you layer a space with color, texture, and array of styles, your decor choices will have a much longer life,” says designer Vicente Wolf. Accessories are an affordable way to make sure a space doesn’t get locked into one period or thematic look.


  • The most versatile coffee table you’ll ever own is an ottoman topped with a tray. Not only do you get extra seating, the tray also helps corral drinks, remote controls, and other accessories.


  • Don’t be afraid to paint a vintage piece. GASP!!  Every piece of furniture can’t be brown or golden oak!


  • Small-scale furniture only makes a small bedroom look smaller. What?!  Try a high bed and a tall headboard.


  • Kids’ paintings and drawings ARE NOT JUST FOR THE REFRIGERATOR DOOR!  They can bring color and whimsy to an otherwise unimaginative space. Display drawings in a colorful frame, or in a white frame with a colored mat. Hang them in an otherwise unimaginative space.


So, whether it’s done because you have to or to create an eclectic flair just have fun and mix it up!

mix and match decorating ideas

How to Paint Vintage Furniture


………to paint or not to paint (that is up to you!)


Would you have ever thought that someone would dare suggest painting a vintage piece of furniture??!!  I remember sanding, stripping, scraping, stripping again, buffing, and more buffing pieces of furniture to get all the paint OFF to restore the originality, and now it’s okay and even chic to paint some of these old classics.  But wow, what a way to incorporate memorable color to a dining room, a girl’s bedroom, or a corner in the kitchen.  What’s more it seems that the sloppier you are the chic-er it is.  The jury’s still out on that for me.  But I have noticed on some of these great re-done pieces that the “restorer” hasn’t even taken off or taped around hinges or hardware. I guess I need to embrace it and be grateful! J

Just yesterday my hubby picked up an old school desk from a thrift store which we will paint a cool color and not feel a bit guilty.  Are we going to put it in an office? Nope.  Are we going to put it in a kid’s room? Nope.  We’re going to put it in a little out of the way hallway that needs some brightening up.  This little place has no natural light so I’m thinking a shiny silver or a lemony yellow.  But you know what’s great?  If I paint it silver and don’t like it then paint it yellow, all it takes is a piece of sandpaper and 3 minutes and I can have a fabulous distressed piece of yellow with silver slivers.

Don’t you love trying new stuff?

Fun Things to Do With Attic Space

Attic Space?  Aren’t you lucky!

…..10 ideas for rooms to use up that enviable space

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Are you one of the lucky ones that actually have attic space?  I don’t mean the space in the rafters above the garage like mine.  I mean a real, true attic.  The kind you see on TV where children go to discover a chest full of dusty old clothes, or a broken coatrack, or a picture of some old relative.  I would love one of those rooms.  And let me tell you what I would do with it!  And once I got through, I wouldn’t have an attic any more………. (more…)

Cool Things You Can “DIY” into Ottomans

Cool Things that Can Be Used as Ottomans

My grandma’s ottoman, actually we called it a stool back then!  I can’t part with it, so I’m working on incorporating it. I bet you’ve seen it…well, maybe not MY grandma’s but one like it.  It’s got to be circa 1930, grey and mottled red/black in a hexagon shape.  Sounds awful, huh?  I might think so if it weren’t grandma’s.

But if you’re not as lucky as me to have a classic vintage ottoman you can always keep an eye out for a unique piece of something that can be used to retire those tired feet at the end of a day.

Unique Alternatives to Wallpaper

6 (at least) alternatives to wallpaper………

……..I still think wallpaper is great, but I just can’t bring myself to do it again

Unique Alternatives to Wallpaper

I just love it when someone thinks outside the box.  Today, thinking outside the box when it comes to wall coverings may be to consider wallpaper!  BUT, if you just can’t stand the thought (and for those who “walltexed” through the ‘70’s will know what I mean) then there are some great alternatives for fabulous and fun wall covering designs. Here are a few~~ (more…)