By changing out your pictures, you will "see" them again. Ever notice that when something stays in the same place, you don't really look at it anymore? By changing them around, you'll find new appreciation for the pieces you love. (And, by the way, you'll also quickly identify the pieces that are ready to give away.)
What are the "rules of thumb" for area rugs? The space will dictate the size of your rug and each situation is different, but here are a few quick guidelines to get you started:
- Most people like to see at least 18" of bare floor space around an area rug.
- Arrange your furniture around the room, each piece of furniture should have at least the front legs of chairs and sofas on the rug. (unless you have several conversation areas and then this rule changes)
- Under a table, there should be at least 24" of rug beyond the edge of the table on all sides in order to maneuver chairs....I like to see even more than 24" if the space allows.
- For a rug under a bed figure at least 18" beyond the sides of a King or Queen size bed and at least 12" for a full or twin bed.
I am so excited about these new roller shades by Comfortex! If you are looking for an inexpensive custom option for your windows, this product is awesome! You can put any picture you can think of on a roller shade or roman shade. If you aren't real creative, they have some stock designs available and more coming next month. You can play with the stock designs available on the Persona website and print out your design.
If you are interested in these shades email me at email@example.com.
On a recent search for design inspirations I came across this design by Charles Pavarini III. I love his design style and there is something about this room that makes it feel enchanted. His choice of accessories surprises, yet works in this space. I love those wheels hung on the wall, the art work hung above the doors at an angle, the white light fixtures and chairs, the green faux painted walls, the blue pots and of course, the living plants. (If you are able to keep plants alive, they are a great way to fill up empty spaces.) I'd love to have my morning coffee in this room. What do you think?
The weather has been so beautiful and although I'd love to be inside, I've been working on some window treatment projects for my clients. Here are a few of my latest creations......
And this is a simple inverted box pleat valance. Yes, simple but the entire Dining Room is faux painted so this style and pattern works well with the rest of the room.
I fell in love with these pom pom tissue paper flowers over at Daisy's blog, Daisy Pink Cupcake so we decided to make some for Madison's 8th birthday party. They are really pretty and not difficult, both girls made their own.
|Photo courtesy of Daisy Pink Cupcake|
We've been looking for a sun for Ella's beach room and this worked perfectly!
The instructions for these are really simple:
Place 10 pieces of STURDY tissue paper on top of each other. Sturdy is the key here, we tried the really thin stuff and it just rips apart. I found packages of 20 sheet paper in different colors at Tuesday Mornings.
Fan fold the tissue paper in about 1 inch folds. I think Ella started with 1 inch and at the end her folds were about 5 inches.
Tie the center with a piece of floral wire.
Cut each end of the fan in a V or U in order to make the petals.
Pull the "fan" open on both sides of the floral wire.
Carefully start pulling each layer of tissue paper away from the layer underneath of it. Work both sides of the "fan" equally.
You can tie a piece of fishing line or a pretty ribbon around the center and hang them from the ceiling.
If my directions are a little unclear, you can find pictures on making these on Martha Stewarts website.
I hate being sick and admitting I AM sick. Every year around this time, the sinuses start acting up. I blame it on the pollen, but I'm pretty sure it really is a cold. Regardless, sinus infections really suck and they are painful. I few years ago a friend recommended I use a Neti Pot. You fill the little pot with water, add a little salt (not table salt) and pour the water into one nostril and it comes out the other nostril. I know it sounds GROSS, and quite frankly, it is gross. But it works! I had to pull my Neti out from the closet and dust it off. It has been sitting on the bathroom sink for a week. Anyway, I realized today that if it is going to sit out, couldn't it at least look a little prettier? So I started looking around the internet for Neti Pot designs and here are a few I thought I'd share:
Do you use a Neti Pot?
|This is my current Neti...blue plastic...yuck!|
|This one looks a little too INDUSTRIAL...it almost looks scary to use!|
|Ella loves elephants, I might be able to get her to use this one.|
|This is the winner! I found it at Chopra and hopefully it will be on my counter soon!|