A Colorful Welcome
You only live once, so pick a bold door color and paint it with a semigloss or glossy paint. A must in my book! Paint both the front and the back of the door so it's beautiful on both sides. I love the shutter hardware, the ceramic flower pots filled with colorful plants, little flags added to the pots and the sign above the door. This just reflects a happy family inside! Notice the two different stone designs on the porch steps and how they contrast so nicely with the brick walkway...genius!
Open Cabinetry for Less
Love the look of open shelving but not able to rip out cabinets? Remove the doors, then paint or wallpaper the backs of the cabinets with a contrasting color. How light, airy and design chic is this kitchen space? I never would have thought to chose this chandelier, but oh my, what a element of design this adds!
Look for ways to elevate everyday household items. Dryer sheets, powder detergents, muffin liners, you name it, look so much better "displayed" in clear canisters than in their actual packaging. Muslin pouches can organize small collections. I am so doing this....the little tags certainly add a personal touch!
Decorating and organizing go hand in hand for me. Do you need to find something to tidy up little things that always land on the countertop at my back entrance? The solution? A steel bread box! The lesson? Everyday things make great decorative organizers. I simply adore the cottage muslin cabinet curtain!
Hardware and farm/feed stores are my favorite places to shop. Galvanized buckets, bins, and pails make great catchalls for shoes, toys, magazines, and more. Canning jars are pretty little organizers in a bathroom, kitchen, or office -- and they make great vases, too. I cannot wait to use my mason jars for flower vases out on the patio!
Nothing adds dimension and pattern like wallpaper, but even one roll can be pricey. To cut costs, focus your project to the backs of bookshelves and use high-quality gift wrap instead of wallpaper. The paper can be applied just like wallpaper, using wallpaper paste. (If you're noncommittal, I've found that double-stick tape or 3M hanging strips also work wonderfully.) At about $8 per roll, you won't feel guilty about the little spruce-up. Think I might try this with one of our antique china cabinets!
Whether your desk is in the living room or a home office, ban the banal! Even the most utilitarian desktop necessities should add to your space's glamour. Shop discount stores for colored juice glasses to use as pencil cups, contain small supplies such as a stapler and paper clips on a tray on top of a decorative box (turn it upside down), and go for the chicest stacking paper trays you can find! Oh yes.....love this to pieces!
Pillows are an instant way to decorate a room. Take a neutral palette and give it life with colorful fabrics and texture. Use pillows as an opportunity to accentuate a color in room or to introduce a contemporary element to a traditional room. Choose a slightly oversize pillow with a feather-filled insert for a softer, relaxed look. Love, Love, Love!