Archive for December, 2015

Spruce Up Your Home For the Holidays

Monday, December 14th, 2015

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It is offi­cial­ly that time of the year when chaos breaks out around the hol­i­days and fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions get left by the way­side. But fear not! There is still time to whip up some great dec­o­ra­tions to get your house in the spir­it of the hol­i­days. You can make this craft paper “Be Mer­ry” wall art fair­ly eas­i­ly and for pret­ty cheap! Just cut out hol­ly berries and leaves from green and red paper and adhere to a fea­ture wall in your home. You can find sten­cils here and use Zots to stick them up and remove eas­i­ly!


Try this DIY on your stairs to add a whim­si­cal hol­i­day twist to your decor. You can buy tem­po­rary adhe­sive let­ters at Tar­get and spell out each reindeer’s name on every oth­er step. And you can even switch the let­ter­ing to red when you get to Rudolph’s name!

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Grab some branch­es on your next win­ter stroll & hang num­ber-stamped mus­lim bags to cre­ate this fes­tive Christ­mas count­down cal­en­dar from Bet­ter Homes and Gar­dens! You can get already made mus­lim bags on Etsy as well!

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And last­ly, try some­thing new this year when you wrap your presents! You can use old news­pa­per, white butch­er-block paper or brown burlap for the base of your presents to keep con­sis­ten­cy. Then add col­or­ful bows and large let­ter tags to tie in the hol­i­day theme! Make presents easy to orga­nize by label­ing with a large let­ter for each person’s name.

So it’s time to get dec­o­rat­ing and spread­ing cheer — the hol­i­days are around the cor­ner and now you have quite the arse­nal of dec­o­rat­ing tips to try!


Accent Walls Series #3

Monday, December 7th, 2015

We’re in the third and final part of our #Accent­WallSeries now so we’re going to take a look at more ways to exe­cute this design tech­nique! We’ve talked about adding wall­pa­per and installing reclaimed wood or trim, but now we’re going to adven­ture into more uncon­ven­tion­al ideas.


Need more stor­age space in your home? What bet­ter way to add stor­age then to make it into a state­ment piece. Accent­ing a wall with built in book­cas­es is a great way to give your space depth and per­cep­tion. Paint­ing them the same col­or as your walls will help blend them in so they’re not too over­whelm­ing. BONUS — they pro­vide the per­fect excuse to go shop­ping for nic-nacs!


Stone or tile can also be a great way to accent a wall, espe­cial­ly in a kitchen or bath­room where these mate­ri­als will stand up against wear and tear. Try extend­ing your kitchen tile back­splash up to the ceil­ing or tiling behind the toi­let or van­i­ty in the bath­room. This will help add col­or, tex­ture and vari­ety to the space where just plain paint might not be enough.


Tex­tiles are anoth­er fab­u­lous way to get into the groove of accent walls. They are sim­ple and easy to place, and pro­vide detail to spaces that lack it. You can hang a tapes­try on any wall and switch it out depend­ing on your mood. Tex­tiles are great for sea­son­al decor — so hang a flo­ral print in the spring and a more rus­tic print in the fall to help spice up your room!

There are many oth­er ways to incor­po­rate accent walls into your space, not just the exam­ples list­ed in our series. You can use ceil­ing tiles com­bined togeth­er to form an accent wall, leather or oth­er fab­rics, large art pieces or even nat­ur­al look­ing ele­ments such as fake flow­ers. Let your cre­ativ­i­ty flow!

Whether you are look­ing for a more per­ma­nent design or a sea­son­al switch up, accent walls are a great way to go. Do your research and inves­ti­gate the dif­fer­ent types that suit your lifestyle and home decor. Don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and try some­thing new. An accent wall could be just what your space needs!



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