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Your Walls Are Boring. Quick Fixes.

383 out of 705 people have boring walls, according to people.  3 out of 5 people have art that is too small, according to me.  9 out of 10 dentists…  Choosy moms choose bare walls over crap on their walls.  Let’s stop this madness. Memorize this last column.  These are standard frame sizes that you can buy at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Ikea and online for “cheap”. Then buy anything you like that you can fit into these frame sizes.  It’s cheaper than buying something that needs to be custom framed.  Custom framed means anything that doesn’t fit into the above sizes.  Custom framing means hundreds of dollars.  You would not believe how much the glass alone costs for large pieces. I do not want you to buy teeny tiny little pictures that look lost on your wall.  Yes, you can make “groupings” that will fill a wall but they are not the easiest thing to pull off and can quickly add a feeling of visual clutter to the wrong room. A room that is busy …

Jennifer Farlin

TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY! WHOOP! WHOOP!

Dear Gentle Frost Bitten Snow Covered Reader, I just realized I started this blog two years ago this month. Let’s look back, shall we? My FIRST post.  Eek. Three Simple Decorating Tips to Get You Unstuck Drop Cloth Chic.  Another post coming like this one… Making Art Out of the Everyday, Or…Ode to A Green Purse 5 Minute Spring Decorating Chandelier Love. What Door Do You Use and One Door’s Journey, A Follow-Up The McTray Tartan Love  How To Style A Bookshelf For Normal People Mason Jar Chic Tweaky Tweakerton  Camping Sold! My House in Pictures. 11-11 Hey Pottery Barn… The Addams Family Vs. The Munsters Surrender Spooooky House  Thankful Thursdays Almost Wordless Wednesday Locker Love Paper Source New York I Love You How To Make Temporary Housing Feel Like Home My House. Carlisle. Matchbook Love What’s In…What’s Out. Green! Chairs To You  Downsizing Part 1 Life You Want Weekend  Murder Mystery at My House Color Inspirations  I’m Sorry You Aren’t a Military Family–So Put That In Your Pipe And Smoke It I Am A …

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Smoke and Mirrors Part 2. Statement Pieces

Did you read Smoke and Mirrors Part 1?  If you missed it you can read it here.  Real life is messy.  Distract people from the chaotic mess in your rooms with a statement piece aka smoke and mirrors. Love the bench with the E A T pillows.  No one will notice the fact that there are piles and dishes all over your table.  (The team of 12 that styled this picture shoved all of it in the hallway.) The big “a” dwarfs any mess–and trumps dishes overflowing in sink. The whole room could possibly be purchased from garage sales but who cares when the Coca Cola sign is so cool. No one will be able to see anything negative about your house–blinded they will be by this gorgeousness. Couches are completely stained and covered in dog hair but you are thinking “What Couches?”  All you see is the art. Christmas decorations are probably still up in May but whatever–this green dresser and wallpaper rock. House is filthy but good things are going to happen because …

Spring Staging and Redesign Decorating Tips

  Today I hauled out a desk I’ve had since college and painted it white.  I’m getting ready for our new home in DC.  The to do list that I’ve been staring at suddenly doesn’t have me beat anymore.  I’m ready for some change.  Sunshine and warm weather do that after a long, long winter.  I’m ready to tackle some projects and ready for action–says the sedentary girl sitting on the couch with her laptop with a cup of coffee and the Today show…  I’m currently living in a house that is up for sale.  Last June I was living in a different house that was up for sale.  Golly, it would be awesome if I can spend every spring prepping for buyers.  Not to brag, but I sort of kind of a little bit always have a nice house.  I follow my own advice.  At least I do.  My kids, not so much. EVERY single house I stage the owners always say the same thing—I wish we had made these changes earlier so WE …

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. …

Kate Spade NY

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 …

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, …

Decorating Trends 2014. What’s In…What’s Out.

  My Pop loves newspapers.  He sends me articles from all over on decorating.  I got a laugh over a few recently as they are proclaiming what’s in and what’s out. Ikat prints are OUT.  My pillows are out.  Ikat is no good.  And I quote Designer Sheldon Harte:  “You know it’s over when it’s showing up on paper plates in CVS.” My Mom’s macrame she made in the 70’s? 60’s? is IN.  I bet she is beaming as she reads this.   Woodland creatures are OUT.  Oh thank God.  I hated the damn owls.  No more blinky owls, foxes or timid deer. Of course what if it is made out of macrame?  Does it become IN again?  I really hope not.   All white kitchens are OUT. Kitchen by South Hamilton Interior Designers & Decorators SLC Interiors I do NOT agree.  This is just lovely. Dark blue and charcoal is In. Living Room by Berkeley Interior Designers & Decorators Urban Orchard Interiors Faux painted walls are OUT. Wallpaper is IN.  Remember my post about Why …