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Top 5 Decorating Tips for Fabulous Rooms that Look Like YOU

  It’s time for the Top 5 Decorating Tips for Fabulous Rooms that Look Like YOU—or how to not be boring.  I so hate boring.  Who has time for boring?  Life is too short for boring.  Let’s put some zip in it.  Let’s put some fun with it.  So without further ado… 5.  Something Old.  Ever walk into someone’s perfect house and feel like you are in a furniture showroom?  Or a model for new construction?  I get the willies just thinking about it.  You know what would shake that off?  Something old. Something old and painted with chippy paint is awesome.  Something old and quirky is awesome.  Something from a junk store or flea market that is random and old is awesome. Something with some history…something with layers and time and grit and experience.  Something that says I have seen life man and I have survived.  Got it?   4.  Something New.  Now if everything in your room was old and gritty and chippy and quirky–it would just be weird.  It would be too much. …

Sick. Or…A Tour of Bathrooms.

  Did I get cocky?  Did I think to myself…we’ve made it through this whole winter without missing any school and without any puke buckets???   Oh what a world, what a world…(remember the Wicked Witch of the West?)  I’m MELTING!  I’m in the tornado.  I’m out of the tornado.  In the last 4 1/2 days we’ve survived two little boys with the stomach flu and mom’s (me) trip to the ER.  Good times.  I think we’ve stepped onto the other side now. I’m looking for Glinda, the Good Witch.  I could use a giant bubble to float around in and definitely a magic wand.           If you have no idea what I’m talking about it’s been too long my friend since you’ve seen the Wizard of Oz.  I’ve probably got Oz on my mind because I just watched Oz The Great and Powerful, the prequel to the classic.  I liked it! I’ve seen a lot of TV this week… Unfortunately, most of it has been Clone Wars and Scooby Doo …

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How To Not Screw Up Paint Colors

I get asked all the time really specific questions about paint colors. “I have an open floor plan, with this color floor, and this color furniture, and the pillows are this color—-so what color should I paint the bathroom?” I really don’t know.  I’m not in your house.  But I can tell you what NOT to do. IF you are super challenged with these type of things then here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts. If you are Candace Olsen or Nate Berkus (read Professionals or someone with a great eye for design) then you can disregard this post and do what you want…you’ll figure out a way to make it all work. Otherwise. If you want a yellow room, don’t pick a yellow. Do pick a white with a tint of yellow.  Same goes with all the other colors.  Blue? Pick a white with a hint of blue.   How do you do this?  Go to Lowes or Home Depot and pick up one of the “Whites” pamphlets. There’s like 70 “Whites” all …

I Heart Printstagram

I like squares.  If you take a picture on your phone and have access to apps—Instagram is a great one.  You can tweak your pictures in one click into little works of perfectly square shaped photo”art”. Printstagram is a social print studio, meaning…all those pictures on Instagram that are just floating out there in digital world?  Well Printstagram will link to Instagram and you can PRINT any pictures you want.  I’m not getting paid to love them.  I just do.  Click here to go directly to their site (or click http://www.Socialprintstudio.com or http://www.printstagr.am).  They can probably explain it better, after all, it’s their site.  (Want to do the same thing with Facebook photos?   Blueprints.  http://getblue.co  Same company, just different division.) They can print little squares, big squares, medium squares, even RECTANGLES with square pictures inside.  It’s very cool.  I’ve used them twice.  Once for a bajillion Christmas gifts.  I ordered little books with teeny square pictures inside and everyone loved them.  This time around I just received photo booth style prints.  They are simply…super cute.   …

Lamp Love

Did you read my post about Chandelier Love?  This is similar but different.  The difference will be…brace yourself…it will NOT be about chandeliers but about LAMPS. I am now going to go to TJ Maxx to show you some bright options.     I have returned. These lamps have passed my test.  You can put these next to your couch in pairs.  Next to your bed in pairs.  You can use them individually on side tables or on any horizontal surface that is about waist high, more or less. I used the same mug in each picture so you could better relate the size of the lamps. Table Lamps.   This skinny style (above) works best on bedside tables that tend to be crowded–the narrowness takes up less room but because it is tall it still makes a statement. This is important.  I went to Walmart.  90% of the lamps I saw there you cannot buy.  You know I love a bargain, but a bargain is not a bargain if you have to replace it …

How to Shop for Rugs. An Unbiased Document.

  Oh they think they are so funny. I don’t even know why I bother with rugs and carpet.  They are like magnets for animals and kids to pee, puke, and make messes on.  Oh the stories I have.   I should tell you about the time my husband spilled red Gatorade on our cream carpet…or the time he was shaking a protein shake made up of milk, chocolate and something that translated into slime when it hits carpeting–and the lid wasn’t on all the way and do I really need to go on?  Or the time my potty training son used the carpet on the stairs as his toilet paper and slowly slid down them on his backside.  And then there was Norovirus 2010.  No sir, we don’t believe in toilets or buckets in our house–we just use carpet.  Seriously folks, I’ve got a 100 of them, but that’s not what this post is about. It’s about those brave brave people who want to put carpet, or specifically, area rugs in their homes.  Why, …

Matchbook Love. Or…Turning Matchbooks into Art.

I don’t know if it’s tooting one’s own horn or validation that motivates this post.  Regardless.  While flipping through the pages of AFAR, a travel magazine that I love, there it was…matchbooks are trending.  And what did I just make a month ago?  Matchbook Art! See?! Want to do know how to make it yourself? I bought two 18 x 24ish inch matted frames from Michaels.  They were buy one get one free.  $20 total. I bought 4 pieces of turquoise 12X12(?) scrapbook paper from Michaels.  Spent about $1.50 max. I had a matchbook collection from way back filling a large gallon ziplock bag.  I went to a vintage/junk store and found another bag of matchbooks from the 50’s and 60’s for $12…which is what inspired this whole project. I sorted through matchbooks for hours at the dining room table–each of the old ones had something funny or unusual about them.  So many of mine had hilarious and fun memories associated with the places.  I edited and laid them out based upon their merits–pretty, unique, …

Organizing and Fear

  My dear friend Amy Volk, in Virginia Beach, has an amazing business and blog–Simplified Living.  She writes about living better, and who can’t embrace that?  I love her blog posts everyday but yesterday’s struck a huge ginormous YES! in me when I read it.  I asked her if she would do a rerun over here and she said YES!  So without further ado I would like to introduce Amy Volk.  Make sure you stop by her blog and pay her a visit.  You’ll be glad you did.  Love to you Amy! There are a lot emotions tied to organizing and getting organized. I’ve talked a lot about perfectionism and  how paralyzing it is to getting organized, but the other insidious current lurking around is fear.  Fear happens for many reasons and because I’m no therapist, I won’t even try to figure it out, but I do see it crop in my organizing sessions with folks. Often when we acquire things, we feel good about having them.  Over time, these things may or may not be useful, but still we feel …