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Dorm Decor

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Dorm Decor

tassle1With the graduation ceremonies and parties finished, it is now time to focus on the Dorm-Ward Bound students. Getting ready for college can be overwhelming enough, and shopping for room decorations can add to the anxiety. Everyone wants to have a cool dorm room. We researched  how to make the most of dorm living. With these decorating hints, you’ll have the best room on the hall.

Rearrange your space. The first thing that the experts recommend doing is rearranging the furniture in your room. Before unpacking, move everything around to give the room a whole new look.

Start with decorating your bed. The bed is really the centerpiece of the room. That’s where you can bring in a lot of personality. By putting your bed flush against the wall for a daybed look. The bed takes up less space and doubles as a couch.

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Raise the standard. Elevating beds onto risers, allocating a minimum clearance of 24 inches above the floor. The added height allows space for storage bins underneath the bed. Plan on purchasing an extra-long bed skirt between 24 and 30 inches in length to hide risers and storage containers.

Work with a neutral color. Using a neutral color throughout the room can bring the room together. You (and your roommate) may have different tastes, but if you have one unifying color it looks more cohesive.

Maximize your space. Making the most out of minimal space by brining in accessories with double uses. Ottomans are great for seating and inner storage. Utilize the closet doors as another option for storage. A hanging shoe rack doesn’t take up floor space and can also be used to store socks, t-shirts, and undergarments. Be sure to purchase a closet rod extender with adjustable height and width to maximize the height of the closet. Organizational or decorative baskets are a must in any closet.

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Use your walls. Creating a gallery wall with pictures adds an easy, personal touch to any room. Temporary wallpaper jazzes up a plain white wall or ceiling.

Hide dorm floors. Provide panache underfoot. Don’t be afraid to add personality from the floor up. Decorative rugs, carpet squares, or bound carpets make an eye-catching focal point and bring warmth.

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Creatively Transform your dorm for a successful semester!

How do you Get Inspired?

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

How do you Get Inspired?

With Father’s Day this Sunday, a lot of Dad memories are on our minds.  You wouldn’t think that a man who wore socks with sandals could inspire a design theme for a room, right?

This ship was my “inspiration.” A replica of a sailing ship handmade by my husband’s father and was very special to my husband.  Also, inspiring was this favorite picture hanging over the bed.bed

I created a “sea ” theme using the ship and the picture as the setting, then adding in bedding that represented the water gently washing into the shore. The decorative pillows represented the underwater sea life, shells, sand and pebbles. The “sand” colored draperies brought in the sea theme to the window treatments, and the design was finished off with accessories on top of the dresser, a seashell with potpourri and a hurricane candle holder.

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I recovered the directors chair with “pebble” fabric from one of the pillows, and because this was a room redesign (previously it had been our son’s room changed into a guest room, for when he comes home to visit) I kept a little nostalgia (bears on the seat) from a time past.

Still don’t feel that you can create “the look” you would like for your project?   I can help you Creatively Transform and achieve the look you desire, by creating an aesthetically pleasing space you will enjoy until another inspiration comes or a change is desired.

Love the home you live in!

Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Mother’s Day

Women. They are our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, wives, aunts, and friends.

They inspire us, raise us, teach us, nurture us, protect us, and so much more. On the second Sunday in May, children of all ages treat their mothers to something special. It is the one day out of the year when children, young and old, try to show in a tangible way how much they appreciate their mothers.  Moms work hard all year long caring for their children. They fix meals; help with homework; wash clothes; clean house; heal physical wounds; sooth emotional hurts; teach lessons of life; attend recitals, concerts, and sports games; host parties; act as chauffeurs; etc. One day a year, it’s Mom’s turn to be pampered.  Mother’s Day did not become an official holiday until 1915.

Taking Mom out for Mother’s Day lets her enjoy a lovely meal that she doesn’t have to shop for, cook or clean up after.  It is a great way to show your appreciation for everything that she does.

Mom is queen of her castle.  A unique gift for her would be to have a room or two Creatively Transformed.  Interior redesign, is a budget friendly solution to bring new life into a space in need of a change. Go shopping in your home – removing pieces from one room that has held more than its share of furniture and giving them new function in another room can change the look of both rooms. Adding new accessories, changing the wall color and a new window treatment, can add new life to both spaces, extend the life of the re purposed pieces and is a budget friendly interior redesign!

How will you honor the women in your life this Mother’s Day?

 

 

What does Spring Mean to You?

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

What does Spring Mean to You?

Now that the of pranks of April Fool’s Day are behind us, there are so many wonderful things happening during the season of Spring.  Opening day for baseball, the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and Easter is almost here.  Spring fever is a real thing. The infectious malady strikes when the days lengthen and temperatures begin to climb.  It has been blamed for feverish bouts of house-cleaning, restless behavior, distraction in meetings and love struck dazes.

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or you just want to bring seasonal appeal to any space in your home.  Just add bursts of bright color, energetic patterns, and lively springtime motifs to your home to effortlessly transition it into Spring.

Now is the time to get your home spectacular!

  • Give me a call for your interior redesign.
  • Get your landscaping Spring clean-up.
  • Make your appointment to have your sprinklers turned on.
  • Clean out your gutters.
  • Visit a nursery for seasonal plants.
  • Schedule your air conditioning’s annual maintenance.
  • Powerwash the exterior of your home.
  • Call in a cleaning service to deep clean.
  • Unwrap your patio furniture and get ready to enjoy the outdoors.
  • Dig out the pool noodles, inflate the floats and open your pool.

Bring a fresh new look to your home so you can “LOVE THE HOME YOU LIVE IN!” all over again~~~~

 

Pantone’s Color of the Year

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Pantone’s Color of the Year

Welcome to March.  It is the month that we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and welcome Spring.  Do you decorate with gorgeous green accents?  There are lots of easy ways to bring a bit o’ luck into your home.

Ironically, a shade of green is Pantone’s Color of the Year.  A vibrant shade of yellow-green, reminiscent of chartreuse and peridot with the slightest hint of mint. It is so much more than lime green. There are millions of possibilities this color lends when used sparingly, especially with other shades of green in the darker, richer end of the spectrum. This color inspires one to be with nature continuously, not just on a tropical vacation.

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The details on Greenery from Pantone…

A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

Here are some green pieces that can Creatively Transform your home.

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Agava Ikat Printed Rhys Settee-Anthropologie

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Throw pillow easily adds color

Bring the color to your meals

Bring the color to your meals

 

Front Door Decor

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Front Door Decor

Let’s talk about your front door.  I am sure that is decorated during the holidays.  But is it naked the rest of the year?  Front door decor adds curb appeal to your home.  It welcomes guests in style while setting a positive mood at the entrance. Whether for decorating or home staging a house for sale, welcoming front door decor is very important for creating pleasant first impressions.

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Patriotic

According to Feng shui, the front door connects or bridges our inner world to the outer world. For this reason, the front door has tremendous significance in our lives—furthering our careers, connection with community, opportunities for wealth, health and relationships. All opportunities come to us through the front door.

Wreaths are an easy decoration to change out seasonally.  They add a gorgeous array of colors and textures. You can find them at many local stores including Kohl’s, HomeGoods and at the craft stores. Esty craftsman can customize to your specifications.  Or buy the supplies and get crafty!  Personalized wreaths can represent any theme.  Here are a few examples.

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Valentine’s Day

Wine lovers

Wine lovers

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Sports fans

Here are some unique non-wreath decorations.

Decorating your front door makes a great first impression on your guests and is a wonderful way to create a cheerful atmosphere for yourself when you come home each day. Transform your front door and its surrounding space into your own special haven.

Purple is my favorite color.

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Love the home you live in!

Decorating for the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Decorating for the Holidays

There are so many ways to bring the spirit of the season into your home. December is a month that is steeped in tradition. It is a time of family and giving, no matter what holiday you celebrate.  Deck the halls, walls and tables with Christmas accents. Decorative touches will fill your home with the sights and smells of the season.

Take a look at this unique way to use cards from years past. This family has been cutting out Santa Claus from the cards that they received for over 40 years. Their amazing display has grown into this.

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How do display the holiday cards that you receive? 

Here are some ideas…Take a wide ribbon and little different colored wooden clips (tiny clothes pins). Hang the ribbon in a doorway and as you receive cards, clip them along the ribbon. It looks great and everyone has commented on what a great and fun way it was to display our cards.

Ladder Christmas Card Display-Make pretty holiday cards part of your decor by displaying them on a painted ladder. Tuck the cards over or between bungee cords screwed in place in an X pattern. Add hooks to the sides to hang stockings or candy-filled cones.ladder

Jingle Bell Display-Big bells can be used for more than their good looks and sweet sound. Tip them over to create the perfect perch for your holiday cards.bells

Decorating the table for the Christmas dinner is a great way to make the day even more memorable. Your guests will be transformed into the holiday season mood immediately upon entering the dining room. Red, green, white, gold and silver are classic.christmas-decorations

There are so many beautiful ways to make this holiday extra special.  Always love the home you live in!

~Happy Holidays~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discover Hidden Treasures

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Discover Hidden Treasures

Without warning it happens; after living in a home for a number of years and looking at the same furnishings for all those years, a homeowner often sees the house or some rooms as lackluster.  They have a difficult time seeing the potential of those rooms and the furnishings in them.  They want to make a change, but where do they start?  Short of making major renovations or buying all new furniture and accessories, is there any other alternative?  YES, Interior Redesigning is a budget-friendly solution to this problem.

Interior Redesigning can bring a fresh perspective to a project to help clients achieve the look or feel they would like to create in a room, but haven’t been able to achieve on their own.  There are HIDDEN TREASURES just waiting to be discovered in most people’s homes, but they need a trained eye for design to find them.  That’s where Interior Redesigning comes in.  Interior redesign is similar to traditional interior decorating because you aim to capture the client’s personality and style.  The cost-effective benefit of redesign is that you use a client’s existing furnishings and accessories for most of the project to bring a designer look to a space that needs to be “freshened up,” or just restyled.  Interior redesign is environmentally friendly because it helps the homeowner to repurpose and get more life out of their existing furniture and accessories. Best of all it is easy on the wallet because you literally shop in the comfort of your own home!

Listed below are some minor tweaks that can make a big impact to a redesign project:

Paint

  • Try painting one wall in a room with an accent color.  The contrast brings in a pop of color without making a major commitment to the rest of the room.
  • If your home is painted in outdated colors, try lightening up darker trim or cabinets with white or cream.  The lighter colors will brighten up the space.

Lighting

  • Want to bring a more current  look to a dated lighting fixture?  A new fixture in one of today’s popular finishes can make a difference.  For some fixtures, just changing the finish will be enough of a change.
  • Swapping out a ceiling fan for a lighting fixture, or adding a chandelier where the ceiling fan used to be can make a major difference.

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Fabrics and Rugs

  • When redesigning a space, replacing upholstery, curtains, throw pillows or bedding, is a good way to create a refreshed look to the space.
  • Using lighter and brighter fabrics in bold prints to create a new look will breathe new life into a room that is newly redesigned.
  • Replacing window panels in today’s colorful tones, or recovering dining chair pads, or placing chair covers over  wooden chairs can bring a sophisticated look to a dining room.

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Bathroom To Spa

  • Painting the walls and cabinets in a bathroom, then replacing the hardware will instantly update a lackluster bathroom.
  • Add in a new shower curtain, or if in the budget, a new shower door, light fixture and sink fixture and you’ve turned the outdated bathroom into a relaxing spa bathroom.

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So if you are looking to make changes to spaces in your home, go on a treasure hunt down the hallway or into rooms.  Who knows what treasures you might find lurking in plain sight or tucked away in a corner.  HAPPY TREASURE HUNTING~~

 

Short on Storage? Think Under the Stairs & Beyond…

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Short on Storage?  Think Under the Stairs & Beyond…
Who couldn’t use some more storage, after all, you can only stretch a bedroom closet or hallway coat closet just so far.  You may have untapped storage space in the most unsuspecting places. 
When the hallway coat closet just isn’t big enough for coats, boots, umbrellas, the space under the stairway, in some instances, can serve as additional storage.  The pictures below show a unique and functional use of the space under the stairs in this home.  The decorative detail moulding “hides” the access to added storage.  How cool!

The next two pictures show how to use the extra space under the stairs leading down to the basement.  What a great use of the space, affording even more storage for toys, books, etc, anything you want to display or maybe keep together in decorative boxes.

Built-ins are also a great way to add extra storage and make functional use of the space underneath a window seat.  In these examples, the built-ins create a beautiful focal point also.

The family dog can live like royalty in this unique doghouse.dogbed
The children’s library can look like this.
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This home-office would make anyone happy to be there.
Yes, you can always use more storage space; with a little creativity you can make functional use of those “nooks and crannies,” and also add some interest!   

(photo credits of http://www.houzz.com)

Dorm-Ward Bound

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s that time again.  It seems that school just ended, graduation ceremonies and parties done, and while that’s true, Dorm-Ward Bound students are starting to plan and shop. Those important items they will be packing up and taking with them on their new or returning college experience.

On a recent trip to Bed Bath & Beyond, I saw quite a few teens shopping with their parents.  They are getting a jump on the checklist items to bring with them to college.  It can be overwhelming, but with stores like Bed Bath & Beyond or Kohl’s, to name just a few, when shopping in the store or online, you can find a wide variety of bedding, bath, storage and organization items.  Consider pre-ordering what you need at a store near your home or online. Then all you need to do is pick up and pay for the order when you arrive at the college destination.  Dormify specializes in dorm room decor.

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Show your school spirit

Electronics and chargers for electronics come in many shapes and forms.  I particularly loved the colorful Keurig Brewing Systems, and bold-colored bath accessories, hampers, bold and vibrant bedding and accessories.

Check out some of the colorful and free spirited bedding ensembles, storage ottomans, stacking bookcases, bungee chairs; so many items for students to create a functional and stylish space or area all their own.

Pastels can brighten up the room

Pastels can brighten up the room

Bungees are cozy place to study!

 

Carry it all in a caddy

Carry it all in a caddy

At the end of the day, after tests, writing papers, etc, a student should have a special space to come back to, a place where they can study, hang out, or just relax and of course, sleep!!!