Creative Storage Solutions for 2016

The start of a New Year comes with a fresh look at our surroundings.  When the Christmas decorations come down and get stored away for another year, our eyes have a short window to see our space objectively.  This is … Continue reading

10 Easy Ways to Create Christmas Art

Looking for a little something new to refresh your traditional holiday decorations?  I don’t know about you, but I feel like I just took down the Christmas tree from last year and it is time to put it all back … Continue reading

INTERESTING ALTERNATIVE ART

In my recent blog readings, I came across a post that I just had to share with you.  Jamie from Southern Revivals shows how you can take your personal photographs and turn them into watercolor prints.


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The idea of turning the memories of your family vacation to NYC or your romantic get-a-way to Italy into a piece of art is just plain EXCITING!!!

Visit Jamie’s blog for instructions on using the Waterlogue app to make your personal photographs into works of art.

MAD about PLAID

As the seasons change so do the fashion trends….which affect both our personal style choices and those inside our homes.  TARGET has launched their “MAD FOR PLAID” campaign featuring hallmark plaids in everything from Listerine bottles to overnight bags. PLAID … Continue reading

Bringing an outdated FUNERAL HOME back to life

Recently, we had the privilege to work for a local funeral home to give the outdated facility a fresh new look.  We worked closely with Interior Designs by Nikki who was the primary decorator on the project.  Her initial plan … Continue reading

POLKA DOTS are a big hit for home decor in 2015

What comes to your mind when you think of POLKA DOTS?

America’s love affair with the polka dot began in 1926, when Miss America was photographed in a polka dot swimsuit.

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Shortly thereafter, in 1928, Disney introduced its darling Minnie Mouse wearing a bright red and white polka dot dress and oversized bow.

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From there, our fascination with polka dots reached to mania proportions with iconic associations in fashion, music, art, dance and home decor. Elizabeth Taylor, Lucille Ball, and Marilyn Monroe were some of the polka dot’s chief exponents in fashion. Who can forget Frank Sinatra’s ballad “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” or Brian Hyland’s hit song, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”.  And who knew that in 1962, Marvel Comics unleashed a polka dot-clad superhero—Polka-Dot Man, who used the power of polka dots to defeat the bad guys.

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Although there is much nostalgia associated with this print, it is still very relevant today.  From childish and whimsical to sassy and sophisticated, POLKA DOTS is a feature print in home decor this season.

As with most strong prints or colors, the key is to use restraint because a little “POLKA DOT” goes a long way.  Below is an idea book from HOUZZ highlighting ideas on how to use this print properly.

                                 

Click on this picture to go to HOUZZ for the full feature article.

Today’s inspiration: A bunch of BANANAS

As an Interior Decorator I find inspiration everywhere…and I especially enjoy being motivated towards simple acts of kindness.  One of our local grocery stores offers bags of ripen fruit at a discount and the bags of bananas are only $1.00.

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Whenever I see these bags of bananas (several times a month) I am inspired to purchase them and bake them in the MOST DELICIOUS BANANA BREAD you will ever taste. The recipe was given to me by a friend (Devi Titus) and I believe it is her grandmother’s signature recipe.  It is incredibly simple to mix up and you can add any mix-ins that compliment the banana.  [Today’s batch, I added pecans, walnuts, and chocolate chips.) When they are cooled, I wrap them with a pretty bow, add a quick note and give them to family, friends, neighbors, clients, etc.

An inexpensive bunch of bananas turned into a simple act of kindness.  I love being inspired by a bunch of bananas! What acts of kindness have you been inspired towards?

BANANA BREAD

3-4 ripe bananas (mashed with a fork)

1 cup sugar,   1 egg,    1/4 c. melted butter,    1 1/2 c. flour,    1 t. salt,     1 t.  baking soda

Mix all ingredients together.  Pour into (sprayed) bread pan, muffin tins, or whatever baking unit you choose.  Bake at 325′ for one hour (standard bread pan), 20-25 minutes for muffins, 18-20 mini-muffins.  Check doneness with toothpick. ENJOY!!

FUN “PUPPY” PROJECT

In August, we added a new family member….a furry little Yorkie-Poo named Bella.  My neighbor, who is also a dog lover, gave sweet Bella an adirondack chair. Instead of sitting on it, Bella used it as a chew toy.  bella1

I loved the chair but could not having it sitting in the kitchen all chewed up.  SO…I thought…how hard could it be to upholster this little chair.  I went to my work room, pulled out some supplies, materials and my handy-dandy staple gun.

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A couple hours of sheer determination and this darling BELLA BENCH is the result.  She absolutely loves her new bench and spends much of her day reclining in it as she watches me work.

This was a fun PUPPY project!!!

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