DIY Fall Wreath


………Another wreath I love

I fall in love with Fall every year.  It’s my favorite time of the year.  I thought I would share a fall wreath that I have put on my front door for years.  I just keep adding to it, or removing some of the old faded stuff.  I think my favorite thing about this particular wreath is that it doesn’t look so contrived.  Unlike some of the others I have done.  I like them but they have that too round and engineered look

I actually made this with two grapevine garlands tied together.  That’s how I got the oval shape (which I love), then just started adding stuff.  I have some fall colored hydrangea type flowers I’m going to add this year plus I think I’ll add a little more raffia.  I’ll attach a before and after pic.

I always get several compliments on this wreath when people come to visit.  I think it’s the oval shape that makes it a stand-out, don’t you?

DIY Vintage Vignette

DIY Vintage AreasAll things vintage in our little vignette…

…The wall and dad’s chair

Well, the brick wall I told you about some time ago is done! YAY!  And I love it.  I have to give all the credit to my very talented and very patient husband.  I think he did a fabulous job.  I would have liked a little more distressing on it, but he had the most difficult time leaving anything on it that, in his opinion, wasn’t supposed to be there.  I actually had to have him go back and add some mortar to the bricks to make it look a little older.

The “beautiful” crushed velvet rocking chair was my dad’s.  He passed away in 1983, but I will never lose the image of him sitting in that chair cracking nuts and watching Gun Smoke.  And I will never have this chair recovered, sooo….. thank goodness for our vintage vignette where this 1968 masterpiece can be displayed with honor.

Oh…and the picture of the fishing creel on the wall?  That creel was my dad’s, too.  I love him!


Tricky Corner Beading

Tricky Corner Bead PaintingTricky Corner Beading

        ………where to tape for what kind of look

Are you ever stumped when you want to tape off a wall to paint and you have rounded corner beading?

I think my husband excels here.  He is the best taper-offer I know.  And it’s surprising the different effect you can get depending on where you decide to tape.  We have a wall in our family room area that we have accented in green.  He taped just inside the round corner bead so we have a strip of the main wall color outlining this edge of the green wall.  This placement of the tape tends to give the wall a more contemporary look.  We didn’t know that going into the project but we discovered it is true.  In the evening when the accent lights are on that wall, the green almost disappears into a void and gives the illusion of an open space where the green wall actually is.  It’s really interesting.  We’ve even had a few people go up to it to look really close to see if it’s a wall or an open space.

On another accented wall he taped right down the middle of the corner bead because I didn’t want a different color showing on either edge of the two different walls.  It completely takes away the rounded look and gives each wall a straight edge.

So be brave, paint that wall you don’t know what to do with a bold wonderful color and don’t let rounded corner bead scare you away from creating a fabulous, fresh look in whatever room you like!

I didn’t know some people are scared to paint a wall, but come to find out, they ARE!

Edge Bead

5 Ways to Warm Up Your Windows

5 Ways to Warm Up Windows5 Ways to Warm up those Windows…..

…..Winter windows can suck the life out of your wallet!

My niece lives in Minnesota and introduced me to the 3-M product that she used to insulate her windows during the winter in her turn-of-the-19th-century home.  With the plastic shrink-wrap stuff and a hair dryer she cut out almost all of the draft (from her windows) and it really helped with her heating bill.

In searching for that product to buy on-line I found some other ways to help insulate your windows, aside from replacing them.

1)    Rubber Weather Sealing: You can buy strips of self-stick rubber weather sealing at a hardware store. Cut long strips down to fit your window dimensions, then peel and stick to the frame to close any gaps and keep out drafts. Pros: Cheap, effective, minimal alterations to appearance of windows. Cons: When you peel away the rubber strips, they can damage paint or leave a sticky residue.

2)    Window Insulation Film: (This is the 3-M stuff) You can buy window insulation kits from a hardware store. Kits usually include plastic shrink film that is applied to the indoor window frame with double-stick tape, then heated with a hair dryer to shrink the film and remove any wrinkles. Pros: Cheap and effective. Cons: Gives windows a cloudy, shrink-wrapped look.

3)    Cellular Shades: Cellular Shades insulate while still letting in light through the windows. They can be ordered and custom cut from home and design centers. Pros: They let in light and can be custom-fitted for doors and windows. Cons: They can be expensive and may not insulate as much as heavier curtains.

4)   Layered Curtains: Use heavy fabrics or layered curtains over the windows to keep    out drafts. Pros: Looks good, can be matched to your home decor. Cons: Curtains can be expensive and heavy drapes can block out light.

5)      Draft Doggies: Draft Doggies are fabric tubes placed on a window sill or under a door to prevent cold air from creeping in. You can make one by sewing a tube of fabric to fit the width of your window and filling it with dried rice. Pros: Cheap, easy to make as a DIY project. Cons: It only insulates the window sill, not the glass or frame.

And, if any of you are looking for an excuse to invest in plantation shutters, I can tell you from personal experience that they keep out a lot of cold and heat.  I love mine!

Decorating “Slowly”

Empty Room with Ladder, Paint Tray and Rollers  

The best things come to those who wait OR

……blessed by having less

Ya know, sometimes it’s not always the best thing to have all the money to do what you would do if you had all the money.

Decorating slowly can have its advantages.  If you have needed to wait until you could afford an item or the means to accomplish a small re-decorating project the advantage to that is by the time you’ve completed a project or room, you tend to discover your very own style rather than a “dime-a-dozen” showroom style by Ashley or even Thomas.  Your new room is truly YOURS.

We have always needed to redecorate or remodel or finish a basement one board, table, or picture at a time.  But you know what?  We ended up with a home that is unique from anyone else’s and fits us perfectly.  If we would have had the money to have our builder finish our basement at the time we built our house we wouldn’t have anything like it is shaping up to be.  Having the time or I guess I should say, having to TAKE the time whether we want it or not, GIVES us the time to think and ponder about our finished project, even if it comes 10 years later.

Decorating in one fell swoop leaves us at the mercy of the popular trends of the day.  Having the time to piece together a family room can create a space that has our own imprint and becomes a room that will withstand time.

Decorating our home is a journey, not a weekend trip!