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    Decorating With Area Rugs in My Living Room

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    There is a new color underfoot at my house, not only in my living room, but also. in my kitchen.

    One good thing that came about while being sick last week was that I spent most of the week snuggled under a warm throw on one of the comfy recliners in my living room. In this state, I daily had my sights on the living room into the dining area.

    Not to be totally unproductive, I visually played around with a few ideas each day on how I could update the room decor for spring and the warmer weather months ahead.

    Living Room in 2019

    Of all the rooms in my house, the living room is the room that I have changed the decor multiple times over the years in both major and minor ways. I like everything I have done to the room.

    The only reason I have made so many changes is that I have too many ideas I want to try. The living room is the place where I do just that – try out and experiment with ideas.

    All through the dozens of changes to the room, the seagrass area rug has always stayed. It is such a durable “go with anything rug” that we brought with us from our previous home.

    The only change I had made to this rug is when I did a color tweak after I started using more blue in the room. The rug border used to be green, so I painted the area rug border beige.

    If you remember back in the fall I added a patterned area rug over the existing seagrass area rug in my living room to cozy up the space for the cold months of the year.

    After the holidays, I added blue accents and a new X side table. I liked this look very much.

    Back in 2019 after we had the hardwood floors refinished was the only time I removed the area rug. Since it was summer and the floors looked perfect, I liked the simplicity and enjoyed the floor for a while without the area rug.

    Fast forward to this past week. I wanted to lighten things up again since spring is here and summer soon behind. When I was finally feeling better, the first thing I did was to roll up and store the dark area rug until next fall.

    After some online shopping I found this very affordable Tommy Bahama Marlin Transitional Indoor/Outdoor Rug to layer over the seagrass for a Modern Coastal look.

    Normally when I am looking for a color change in a room, I do it with paint – but a gallon of paint these days is so darn expensive! I am finding area rugs can be a less expensive option depending on what the rug is made of and the size.

    My new blue rug (7′-10″ x 10′- 2″)is slightly smaller than the seagrass (9′ x 12′)so layering was easy.

    I unrolled it and centered it right over the seagrass. As you can see the rug hasn’t flattened completely yet, but this photo was taken right after I unrolled it. It has flattened since.

    The new rug is just what I was envisioning – a little coastal, a little modern.

    I have been leaning to using blues in the room and really like the mix patterns of the large pillows I covered the no-sew way with the blue texture print fabric. They give the sofa a modern coastal vibe.

    New Kitchen Mat

    While I was changing the area rug in the living room, I also wanted to replace the green GelPro mat I had in front of the kitchen sink with a blue one.

    I have been using anti-fatigue mats instead of a small decorative throw rug to stand on when I am in front of my kitchen sink for years. They are the best and worth every penny! I have had a few different brands.

    I like my GelPro ones the best. I have a green one for the fall/winter and bright blue check for the summer. Since I rotate them seasonally, they last for years.

    Now I have this Lucky Brand Anti-Fatigue Wellness Mat that I found at HomeGoods, (also sold on Amazon). It is thinner than the GelPro brand, but for $15.00 it was worth a try.

    Anti-fatigue mats make standing less tiring, promote better posture, circulation and muscle conditioning, plus they are skid resistant and so very easy to clean.

    Seeing new color around the house for spring is making me feel cheery and ready for the warmer weather.

    Over the last few years I have embraced the slow living method to life and that includes decorating. I love to decorate and make things look pretty and updated, but I do it now at a much slower pace. I still have a few more spring tweaks for both the kitchen and living room that I will share with you in my next few posts.

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    How to Decorate Bathroom Towels

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    Did you know that one of the most overlooked items when it comes to home decor are the towels hanging in a bathroom? When decorating a bathroom, shower curtains, bath mats, and other bath accessories get all the attention, but no more. It is time to give your plain bath towels a colorful and stylish detail.

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    I will show you how to decorate plain bathroom towels that will easily add a punch of color and style where there was none before. All that you need is ribbon, scrap pieces of fabric and maybe even a pretty button or two to give your hand and bath towels the attention they deserve.

    Adding pretty ribbon or fabric trim to your bath towels and more is the one way to use unused ribbon and fabric scraps you may have stashed in a drawer in your home.

    When I started Spring cleaning the 3 bathrooms in my house last week, I took notice that the hand towels I have on the towel rings by the sinks were looking old and dingy. It was time to get a few new ones.

    I went in search for a few at HomeGoods, Target and Walmart. There wasn’t much of a selection at any of the stores so I came home empty handed.

    When this happens, I know it’s time to put on my “designer hat” to create what I envision myself using what I already own.

    With a few pieces of ribbon from my ribbon stash and leftover fabric from previous projects I was able to add some color and pattern to the hand towels I use in my home.

    Here is a plain bath towel I had with striped grosgrain ribbon added.

    I used both wired ribbon and grosgrain to embellish these two towels.

    I didn’t think the wired lavender check ribbon would work, but it worked great- even better than other ribbons I used on the bath towels.

    How to Decorate Bathroom Towels

    supplies needed:

    Ribbon or fabric – any style, even wired ribbon works. The length needed will be determined by how wide the towel is.

    Thread to match towel or ribbon/fabric

    Sewing machine or fabric glue

    Measuring tape


    Straight pins

    Before You Get Started

    Before beginning to embellish your bath towels with colorful ribbon and fabric make sure to wash and dry the fabric first. If the towel is new, then also wash it before proceeding. Doing this allows for shrinkage.

    What you don’t want to happen is to sew fabric onto a towel and then wash it in hot water. The fabric will shrink and look puckered. Better to wash the fabric and a new towel before adding to a towel.

    Should You Sew or Glue Fabric/Ribbon Onto Bath Towels

    There are a few options when it comes to attaching ribbon and fabric to bath towels.

    I found 6 yards of the vintage purple flower ribbon shown above at a thrift store for $1.00. At the time I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but it was too cute to pass up. It looks perfect as a decorative springtime detail for a bath towel.

    Sewing the flower ribbon on to the hand towel would have been difficult, so I opted to attach it to the towel using fabric glue. If you are not familiar with fabric glue, it works very well and can even be laundered with no problems.

    If you own a sewing machine, you can pin and sew on the ribbon and fabric embellishments to a towel.

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    No matter if you use glue or sew the embellishment on to your bath towels, you will need the same length of ribbon or fabric. If using fabric, you get to decide how wide you want the fabric to be.

    On this towel, I cut a scrap piece of fabric to 3-inches x the width of the towel.

    I turned the edges of the fabric under and pressed them with a steam iron. Once pressed, I centered and pinned the fabric on the towel 2″ above the bottom edge of the towel.

    When using towels that have the same color as the towel woven design near the bottom edges as many do, I attached the ribbon in the center of the woven section.

    How To Finish the Ends of the Ribbon or Fabric on a Bath Towel

    I finished the ends of the attached ribbon using two different methods.

    Hem Finish – The first method was to fold the end of the ribbon under the top ribbon on top of the towel to line up with the front edge of the towel and press it to hold the fold in place. Then sew a vertical seam down the length.

    Wrap Around – The second method was to wrap about an inch of ribbon around to the back of the towel, fold the raw end under, press and sew it down.

    As another ribbon/fabric end finished option, you could add the ribbon to the back as well as the front using one long piece of ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the entire front and back of the towel and bring the two ends of the ribbon to one back edge and sew a vertical line of stitches to finish the ends.

    What to Avoid Doing When Adding Ribbon to a Bath Towel

    Most of the ribbon and fabric I used were easy to attach to the towels. I did have a problem with this plaid ribbon though. It had a bit of stretch to it. When I sewed it on, the plaid pattern got skewed.

    The best way to avoid this from happening is to make sure to use heavier ribbon like grosgrain or even wired ribbon.

    I ended up ripping the skewed ribbon off. Since I really liked the ribbon, I decided to glue 3 lengths of it on to the white towel to add more design interest.

    5 More Bathroom Towel Decorating Ideas

    You can add the same style of detail I showed with my bath towels to other soft furnishings in your home.

    Bed pillowcase trimmed with ribbon.

    These ideas can be used on any towel, but also could be added to embellish pillows, drapery panels, a bed skirt, bed pillowcases and even to decorate your bookshelves.

    Below are 5 more embellishment ideas to inspire you that are made using ribbon and buttons.

    1. How to Make Decorative Ribbon Loop Trim

    This decorative ribbon trim is simply made by folding 4-inch or pieces of ribbon in half.

    Then pinning and sewing each loop onto a long length of ribbon to create decorative trim inexpensively. No hoity-toity passementerie needed.

    1.  Cut 4” lengths from ribbon. Fold each in half. Line them up on a long piece of ribbon that is cut to desired length needed for your project and pin the loops to the ribbon. You can stitch or use fabric glue to attach the loops to the length of ribbon.  Space evenly or overlap the loops for different looks.

    Use fabric glue or sew the looped ribbon to the edge of your project.

    Variation: Use cord and add buttons for a fun and whimsical style.

    2. How to Make Pleated Trim Using Ribbon

    This pleated ribbon trim works well on the bottom edge of a bath towel, a tablecloth, lampshade or pillow.

    1. Measure the length of trim you need for your project. Multiply that measurement by 3 and cut a piece of ribbon to that measurement.

    2. Using your hands, pleat and pin the ribbon as shown in the illustration above.  Once pinned, sew along the top edge of the ribbon on a sewing machine to hold pleats in place.

    3. Once you have the pleats sewn into place, sew or glue it to your project. You can leave the pleated trim plain or stitch or glue a little bead above each pleat. (see illustration above)

    3. How to Make Fabric Yo Yo Rosette Trim

    Fabric yo-yo rosettes add a touch of pretty when added to a length of ribbon or when sewn on separately.

    1. Cut a 3” diameter circle from fabric.

    2. Thread a needle with matching thread and knot the end. Sew around the outer edge of the circle as shown in the illustration above and then pull the thread tight. This will make the fabric bunch up and form the yo-yo. Secure the thread by making a few knots and cut the excess thread.

    3. Glue a button to the center of the gathered side of the yo-yo.

    4. Glue a yo-yo Rosette every few inches along a length of ribbon.

    5. Sew or glue the length of ribbon onto your project.

    Variation: Use wide ribbon instead of a circle of fabric to make a rosette instead of a yo-yo. Sew a line of stitches along bottom edge of ribbon. Pull taut and keep pulling until the rosette is formed. Knot thread to secure. Hot glue a button to the center.

    4. How to Make Stacked Button Tassel Trim

    You can thread a stack of buttons on thread with a knotted end at the bottom to hold the buttons on or use jewelry making endpins to create these cute little button and bead tassels.

    If using thread – leave enough thread at the top of each stack to sew onto the edge of your project.

    If using an jewelry making endpin. Create a loop with the excess wire on the top of the stack of buttons. Use thread to sew the tassel to your project.

    5. How to Make Button Ribbon Trim 

    1.  Hot glue a collection of buttons along a length of ribbon or sew each on individually spaced. Hot glue the trim to your project.

    How Would You Decorate Towels for Your Bathroom?

    The ideas in this post are only a few ways that I could think of to bring my plain bathroom towels back to life. I am sure you can think of a few other ways to easily and inexpensively decorate your bathroom towels. Let me know in the comments and I will add them to this post.

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    Home Decorating Ideas Using Old Jewelry

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    Did you know that jewelry, especially old jewelry is not just meant to be worn, it can also be used to add a touch of your personality to your home décor. Crafting with old jewelry pieces hidden away in your jewelry box repurposed into pretty home decor accents is a great way to show off your decorating style.

    That’s what I am sharing with you today, creative ways to upcycle your old jewelry and breathe new life into your existing home decor. From statement pieces to accents, get ready to instantly transform plain items with these pretty and colorful home decorating ideas.

    My latest decorating DIY all started when I brought the yellow daffodils that are blooming in my yard inside my house. I didn’t want to miss out on the cheery Spring color so I clipped a few stems and placed them in a glass vase from the dollar store on a side table in my living room.

    Then I had an idea…

    I like to see new things around my house to enliven my senses, but I also like to save money and don’t want to buy new decor as I don’t need a thing. At the same time though, I enjoy seeing something fresh and new to look at.

    I am not fussy when it comes to flower arranging. I just want to see the colorful flowers in my house and one vase filled with them wasn’t enough.

    I had a few blooms that still looked nice from a Valentine arrangement that Ed had given me. I pulled out the lavender blooms and placed them in an empty liquor bottle that I saved to repurpose into a flower vase because I liked the shape.

    Alone the flowers in these glass vessels make me happy, but was craving more color. So I headed to my craft stash to find some colorful vintage or old jewelry made with colorful beads. In less than 10 minutes I decorated my glass vases with spring color.

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    I used to make and sell bracelets using old jewelry, beads and buttons. But since I haven’t made them in a long time, I don’t need my stash for that purpose anymore.

    Now I like to find creative ways to re-purpose my collection of beads, old necklaces and vintage clip-on earrings so I can still enjoy all the pretty colors.

    Where to Find Old Jewelry or Strands of Beads

    I know that most of you may not have a stash of colorful old jewels laying around like I do, but craft stores sell beaded trim by the roll in the fabric/ribbon aisle. For strands of beads, head to the jewelry making aisle and don’t forget to use the stores coupon for a discount.

    Thrift stores and retirement homes that have resident shops on the premises are some of the best places to find old jewelry for a few dollars. They are where I found most of my collection.

    How to Wrap a Vase with a Beaded Necklace or Strand of Beads

    When using a beaded necklaces or strands of beads to wrap around a vase, lamp or any item that you would like to add color and texture, any size and shape bead works. The style is all up to the look you like. Big bold beads would look more modern, while smaller beads more traditional.

    There are two ways to wrap and attach a necklace to a vase. The first is to use hot glue or glue dots. The second is thin florist’s type wire.

    Once you have chosen the necklace or strand of beads you want to attach, wrap it around the vase to see if the ends will meet up in line or closely in line with each other on the vase.

    If it doesn’t and you are using a strand of beads, simply remove or add a few more beads so the beginning and end will be on the same side that you can call the back. If using a necklace you don’t want to break apart, try wrapping it around another section of the item to see if it fits better.

    Longer necklaces work better to wrap around a vase or bottle, but don’t let a shorter one stop you from experimenting to come up with decorative ways to use it.

    This strand of wood beads was pre-strung on string that I found in the aisle where rolls of ribbon are at Hobby Lobby. To attach the strand of beads to the vase, I simply wrapped it around and then used hot glue to adhere the first and last bead on the back of the vase.

    To attach the various sized purple beads on the neck of the bottle, I strung the beads on thin wire that you can buy at the craft store.

    I left extra wire at each end and once all the beads were wrapped around the neck of the bottle, I pulled the two wires together and twisted them together. Then once it was secure, I cut the excess wire and pushed the ends under the beads to hide it.

    When displayed on a table, no one will see how the necklace or strand of beads is attached. Seeing the cheery Spring color on my big wicker basket side table makes me smile.

    What To Do With Old Clip-On Earrings

    I have a hard time passing up vintage clip-on earrings when I see them at thrift stores. Each one is the perfect little piece of stylish art that has its own story and appeal.

    In my mind, they are just too cute and pretty to be hidden away in a drawer.

    Here are several ideas on how you can use vintage clip-on earrings to accent your decor or furnishings.

    To add cheerful color to lamp, clip a few vintage clip-on earrings on the bottom of a lampshade. When you want to wear them or tire of the look, just unclip – no damage done.

    If you use your refrigerator as a memo board you can make pretty magnets using old jewelry or clip-on earrings to hold up reminder notes and photos.

    Tip: Attaching Earrings or Buttons to Magnets

    To get the clip off of an earring to you can attach it to a magnet, use a pair of pliers to pull it off so the back is flat. Doing this will allow the earring to fit nicely and be glued on to a round black magnet.

    Embellish a gift by simply clipping a clip-on earring one over the knot on the tied ribbon.

    Use a strong bonding glue like Gorilla Glue to attach a clip-on earring that has the clip removed to the front of plain drawer knobs.

    You can also use vintage clip-on earrings to hold the soft drape of a fabric window valance in place.

    How to Use With Brooches and Pins When Decorating

    If you have a collection of pretty brooches or decorative pins, pin them to a throw pillow to create a accent that can easily be changed.

    Over the next few weeks when you start Spring cleaning or decluttering your home take a few minutes to see if you have any old jewelry in the way of beaded necklaces or bracelets that you haven’t worn in a long time.

    Instead of getting rid of them, reimagine them. If you don’t have any and like the colorful look crafting with old jewelry can do to transformf items, head to your local thrift store where you should find lots of colorful beaded necklaces and vintage clip-on earrings.

    If you strike out, you can also use colorful ribbon to add cheery color to your existing decor.

    It’s fun and inexpensive way to add accents of your personal style around your home.

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    What to Put in Your Flower Vase This Winter

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    Don’t know what type or color of flowers to use in a vase or table centerpiece during the winter months? Consider adding the simplicity of winter white flowers mixed with green foliage clipped from your yard into a favorite vase.

    Doing so can create a cheery, yet coordinated accent in any room in your home against the cold or snowy landscape outside.

    I created a winter white floral arrangement specifically to place on my kitchen counter and it is not just to look pretty or to enhance the serenity of winter. 

    There is another more important reason I placed the arrangement in this corner that I have been keeping a secret for many years. Keep reading to find out the reason.

    I collect white ceramic vases. I use and display them in all the rooms in my home. This one is my favorite. I bought it at HomeGoods years ago. It is a classic and will never go out of style.

    I like the height, shape and the fact that the opening is not too wide so I don’t need a ton of flowers to make it look filled. The spout and curved edges around the top helps to make any flower, real or faux I use in the vase, drape over the top in a visually pleasing way.

    But the #1 reason why I love this vase is because it is the perfect size and color to hide an ugly element in my kitchen.

    Now my secret that I never have shown or written about before is out.

    When we updated the kitchen and got a new double wall oven, the new oven had different wiring than the previous one from the early 1970’s. The installers told us they couldn’t rewire the new ovens through the existing electrical panel behind the wall ovens. :-(. They would have to rip the wall out and more.

    Instead they brought the electrical wiring through the upper cabinet and into the outlet on the backsplash. At the time, I was quite upset. Over time though, I have come to terms with it, knowing that someday we will gut the kitchen.

    The saying… “first world problems” – I think of the exposed cord as one of those.

    I don’t stress about it anymore, instead I just hide it with the white pitcher filled with seasonal flowers so it is less noticeable.

    I change the floral arrangement in the vase seasonally. Fall flowers in the fall, yellow tulips in the spring and real flowers from my yard all summer long.

    Choosing what to place in the pitcher after Christmas always takes a bit more thought as I don’t want the arrangement to look like holiday greenery while at the same time, not wanting it to look too spring-like.

    I found that white flowers and greenery always works. I arrange the mix differently every year.

    In my kitchen, the height between the countertop and the bottom of the upper cabinets is 20-inches.

    When filling the vase when the season changes, I sometimes make the arrangements in the vase lower and less full, it all depends on the flowers and cuttings. As long as the outlet and most of the cord is hidden, I am happy.

    Design Tips for Arranging Winter White Flowers

    For my winter floral arrangement, I chose to use faux white hydrangeas. I like the way their large, showy blooms look when mixed with real cuttings from evergreens from my yard.

    1. Experiment with Different White Flower Varieties

    Don’t be afraid to mix and match different types of white flowers to create a visually interesting arrangement. Combining flowers with different shapes, sizes, and textures can add depth and dimension to your winter floral arrangement.

    If you have them, consider adding smaller white flowers or fillers like baby’s breath to fill in any gaps or spaces in your arrangement. This will help create a fuller and more cohesive look.

    2. Create Contrast

    To enhance white flowers so they stand out in a winter floral arrangement, incorporating winter greens like pine branches, eucalyptus, holly or any stem that still has green leaves in your yard adds a touch of freshness and texture to the arrangement while evoking the feeling of the winter season creating a lush and wintery look.

    Each type of greenery you choose will bring its own unique charm to the arrangement, so don’t hesitate to try clippings from your yard and see what you can come up with as a filler to create a nice contrast against the white flowers.

    3. Play with Heights

    Vary the height of the flowers and greens in your vase. Higher stems in the center and shorter stems around the edge of the vase creates a visually appealing look.

    Where To Display Your Winter Arrangement

    A winter white floral arrangement can be displayed in any room in various and creative ways.

    1. Dining Table Centerpiece: Place your winter white floral arrangement in the center of your dining table to create a cheery ambiance.

    2. Mantel – Adorn your mantel with a winter white floral arrangement to add an eye-pleasing display in your living room.

    For this winter white look, I only added greenery in a trio of my white pitchers. Paired with candles and rustic wood slices adds a cozy and festive winter look.

    3. Entryway – Welcome guests into your home with a large winter white floral arrangement placed in the entryway. This will create a stunning focal point and set the tone for the rest of the decor in your home.

    Step-by-Step DIY: Winter White Floral Arrangement

    1. Gather Your Materials – Start by gathering all the necessary materials, including a container or vase, gardening snips, white flowers and greens of your choice.

    2. Prepare the Vase – Fill your vase with water and if you have it, add floral preservative to help prolong the life of the greenery clipped from your yard.

    3. Trim the Stems – Trim the stems of your flowers and greenery to the height you want for the vase. Cut each stem at an angle, removing any excess leaves or thorns on the bottom sections of the stems.

    Doing this will ensure that the flowers can absorb water properly and stay fresh for longer. If you are using faux flowers, just cut the stem to the desired length.

    4. Add the White Flowers – When adding large blooms like hydrangeas to your vase, odd numbers often look better when flower arranging. Depending on the size of your vase, start with 3 or 5 flowers at first, then add more as needed.

    Place the flowers at different angles and heights to create a visually interesting composition.

    5. Add the Greens – Next arrange the winter greens in your vase creating a contrast with the white flowers. Place the greens at varying heights to add depth and dimension to your arrangement.

    6. Fill in the Gaps – If you have them, use smaller white flowers or fillers like baby’s breath to fill in any gaps or spaces in your arrangement. This will help create a fuller and more cohesive look.

    7. Trim and Adjust – Step back and take a look at your arrangement from different angles. Trim any stems that are too long or adjust the placement of the flowers and greens as needed until you like what you see.

    Caring For a Winter White Floral Arrangement

    To ensure that your arrangement stays fresh for as long as possible, here are some tips to help you maintain your arrangement:

    1. Change the Water Regularly – Every few days, change the water in your container or vase to prevent bacteria from forming and to keep the flowers hydrated.

    2. Trim the Stems – Trim the stems of your white flowers (if real) and greenery every few days to ensure they can continue to absorb water effectively.

    3. Avoid Direct Sunlight and Heat – Keep your floral arrangement away from direct sunlight, as this can cause the flowers to wilt prematurely. Also, avoid placing them near heat sources such as heaters or fireplaces.

    With a little care, your winter white floral arrangement will continue to brighten your home until the first signs of spring arrive.

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    Decorating For Winter The Easy Way

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    Now that the holidays are over and I removed and stored all my Christmas decorations until next year, it was time for me to figure out how to give some new energy to my living room and kitchen for the winter months.

    Back in November, I went in search for blue fabric.

    I wanted it to make pillow covers for the sofa that would pick up the blue accents in the area rug in my living room.

    I forgot all about my plan for the fabric over the holidays. Then last week I read about Benjamin Moore’s color of the year and remembered that I bought the fabric.

    I am not one to jump on the bandwagon when the tastemakers of color forecasting tell us each year what colors will dominate design.

    I rarely like any of the color picks, but this year I was happy to find out that a pretty color of blue by Benjamin Moore, called Blue Nova is one of the 2024 colors forecasted.

    Blue in general is a color that I can get behind. My bedroom is blue and white and blue and green is the color scheme in one of the guest rooms. Then there is the hallway that I refer to as the “Hallway of Darkness” where blue is a dominant color.

    In the past I have used blue in my living room and kitchen, but usually only in the summer.

    Changing the color accent in a room is fairly easy when the basic color scheme is neutral. This is one reason, I like to keep the color scheme of living room and kitchen neutral so I can change the look up seasonally or on a whim with whatever color I want so it never gets stale.

    To cozy up the color for winter that runs more on the cool side, I added lots of candles and fur throws and pillows. At night the living room is very cozy, just how I like it.

    Once I got the no-sew pillow covers made and put them in place, I shopped my house and gathered up anything that I could find that was blue. I didn’t have a lot, but just enough to make a difference.

    I had fun placing and moving the items in the rooms until I liked what I saw. I even found one item, a small blue ceramic planter that I have had forever as an exact match to the Benjamin Moore Blue Nova color.

    I mixed in a few brown accents on the open shelves in the kitchen to warm the overall feel of the shelves.

    When at HomeGoods over the holidays I bought this X-Side table as a Christmas gift from me to me. Everything else I used to add new energy into the spaces, I already owned. If it was blue, I used it.

    For the rest of the kitchen, I placed blue and white plates in the plate wall and hung blue dish towels on the towel bar.

    The blue accents were subtle, but an effective way to update the rooms. I didn’t even have to pick up a paint brush to make the changes.

    If you are looking to re-energize a room in your home, consider choosing a favorite color or a trending one and add touches of it around a room to add new energy when a room starts looking stale to your eyes.

    Adding an accent color to a room is also one way to make a change that doesn’t require a long-term color commitment.

    Lastly, if using a favorite color, you may find that you already have decorative items in the color that you can gather and use in new ways in your home. Shopping your house for the items to add a new accent color to a room won’t cost you a thing.

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    How to Make an Upholstered Headboard

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    Making your own upholstered headboard is easier – and more affordable than you think. In this post you’ll learn the easy steps to making a classic DIY upholstered headboard for any size bed with minimal tools and materials.

    Not only is the process of making this headboard simple, you’ll also save money and be able to customize the shape of the headboard as well as choose the fabric color and style.

    When it comes to decorating a bedroom and adding a headboard to accent the bed so it becomes the focal point of the room, there are many DIY Headboard Ideas that are quick and simple from Making a Headboard Using Old Doors to adding cushioning and fabric to an Existing Wood Headboard you may already own.

    A few months ago I got a new mattress and upholstered bed frame for one of the guest rooms in my house.

    I wanted to add a matching upholstered headboard to the bed frame since the one that came with the frame I got had massive wings with a tufted look that I didn’t like. I knew I could make some sort of headboard on my own that I would like better.

    I considered making a Simple DIY Fabric Headboard with fabric yardage placed over a curtain rod above the bed or a Reversible Padded Headboard Cover if I could find a queen size headboard at the thrift store to use as the base and even a No Sew Padded Headboard using foam and fabric. All of these would have worked, but none had the modern lines I was looking for.

    So I decided to make my own DIY custom made headboard from scratch in the style I envisioned.

    The hardest part of making the hardboard was trying to find a fabric that would match or coordinate with the fabric on the new bed frame. After looking at dozens of fabrics online and at a few local fabric stores, I ended up finding a very close match at Hobby Lobby.

    How To Make a DIY Upholstered Headboard

    When making an upholstered headboard you can make the wood frame any shape you want and simply hang it on the wall above the bed.

    For a more secure and sturdy headboard, I added 2 legs to my headboard that were attached with screws to the back of the bed frame that holds the box spring and mattress.

    As you consider what you would like your headboard to look like, ask yourself a few questions before beginning the project.

    What size bed to you have? How high should the headboard be to look in proportion with the bed and furniture around it?

    Do you want a plain or tufted headboard? One with nailhead trim or button tufting? Adding tufting makes the project more labor intensive.

    Do you want extra padding? This can be added by first stapling thick upholstery foam over the wood frame.

    It may also help to have a photo of a headboard you like as your inspiration or draw a sketch to help you figure out the best size for your bed and wood you will need to create it.

    supplies needed:

    All the supplies you will need to make an upholstered headboard can be purchased at your local hardware store or home improvement store like Home Depot or Lowes. Using an electric staple gun will make the process of attaching the fabric to the frame easier.

    To get the best deals on fabric when making a custom headboard, fabric stores like JoAnn Fabrics and Hobby Lobby have a good selection of upholstery fabric that is often on sale.

    2 x 4’s – cut to size

    Plywood – 1/8″ or 1/4″ thick, cut to size needed

    Upholstery weight fabric

    Batting – enough for 2 – 3 layers


    Staple gun and staples (1/4″ and 5/16″)

    Fabric Scissors

    Measuring tape

    Optional if Attaching the Headboard to the Bed Frame:

    2 metal braces with a hole on each end

    Drill and drill bit to pre-drill screw holes

    2″ – 3″ long wood screws

    Time needed: 4 hoursHow To Make a DIY Upholstered Headboard: Step-By-Step Tutorial Instructions Determine Size of Headboard Using a measuring tape, figure out the dimensions of the bed. Measure how wide and high you would like the headboard to be. Cut the Wood Using your width and height measurements, cut the wood – 2 x 4’s and plywood to size.Use wood screws to attach the cut wood pieces as shown. Attach Plywood Using wood screws attach the plywood to the 2 x 4 frame. Cut Cushioning, Batting and Fabric When making a headboard padded, you need to cut the foam, batting and fabric large enough to wrap around to the back of the headboard. To determine how long to cut these so you have the right amount of excess fabric, foam and batting for wrapping the wood frame of the headboard, add the length of the entire headboard, plus the side depth x 2. Do the same calculation for the height of the headboard, including the amount needed if your adding upholstered legs to the headboard.Once You Have the Measurements – Add at least 4 inches for each side or enough extra that will wrap around the wood frame that will be secured on the back of the headboard. Layer the Materials on Top of Each Other Place fabric right side down on work surface or floor. On top of the fabric, place a few layers of batting depending on how padded you would like the headboard.If the fabric you are using has a pattern, make sure you place it on the worktable or floor so that the pattern is straight before cutting and then again when attaching the fabric to the wood frame.Using scissors, trim the fabric and batting to the shape of the headboard (as shown below) making sure to leave enough fabric all around to wrap around the back of the headboard frame. Optional: Cut Fabric on The Diagonal If your headboard has legs that you want to seamlessly upholster, then cut fabric at the corners of the bottom edge of the main headboard on the diagonal. This will make wrapping the frame as a whole without the need of seaming the legs and body of the headboard separately. Attach With Staples Starting on the top of the headboard, gather the fabric and batting and bring it to the back of the headboard. As you do this, check if using a patterned fabric that the pattern is staying straight as you pull the fabric taut.Use a staple gun to attach the fabric and batting to the back of the headboard. Continue pulling the fabric and batting taut to the back of the headboard to ensure there are no wrinkles in the fabric, then staple until you have the top section of the headboard covered and attached. Wrap the Top Corners When wrapping the fabric and batting around the top corners, fold the excess fabric as you would gift wrap when wrapping a box. Carefully cut off excess batting so the fold over at the corners will not be thicker than the rest of the upholstered headboard once it is completely covered. Continue attaching the fabric and batting around the headboard and legs if your headboard design has legs that will be attached to the bed frame. Attach to Upholstered Headboard to Bed Frame If your headboard has no legs, attach it to wall as you would when you hang framed art on the wall.If your headboard has upholstered legs, use the bed frame hardware or wood screws and a flat metal brace mounted on the back of the headboard to attach the headboard to the bed frame.

    Helpful FAQ’s When Making a DIY Headboard

    How Much Does It Cost to Upholster a Headboard? The cost of making your own upholstered fabric headboard will be determined by the size of the bed and how much wood you will need as well as the cost of fabric yardage.The cost of my headboard came to $54. This included the 2 x 4’s, plywood, batting and fabric yardage. How Thick Should an Upholstered Headboard Be? You can construct a headboard any thickness you want. The one I made is 4 inches. How Much Wider Should a Headboard be than the Bed? Ideally when making a headboard it should be the exact width of the bed frame or mattress. Does an Upholstered Headboard Need to Have a Layer of Foam? No, but if you want extra cushioning, you can wrap and attach a layer of foam in a thickness you want on to the headboard before attaching the fabric and batting. Depending on the thickness of the foam, you may need to evenly pleat and fold the batting and fabric around the corner areas of the headboard to get a nice finished look. Why Do You Need Batting When Upholstering a Headboard? A few layers of soft batting bought at a fabric store will soften the edges of the wood frame making it look professionally done.

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    DIY Home Decor: 43 Stylish Projects For 2023



    Decorating your home is no small feat, especially if you’re doing it on a budget. I know this for a fact, as I have completed all of these DIY home decor projects and ideas to update my home and saved a lot of money along the way.

    Now is the time to get over the idea that dropping big bucks on designer catalog furnishings, decor and accessories is the only way to decorate your home. You have another option – turning to DIY projects that will have you inexpensively sprucing up your home in style this year.

    When you use your own two hands, you can paint, install a floor, or build a coffee table or headboard to fit your needs while saving money at the same time.

    This list of 43 DIY decor ideas can be referred to all through the year when you need easy budget-friendly, DIY home decorating inspiration. Not only are these home decor ideas inexpensive, all of them can be easily customized to coordinate with your home’s style and decor.

    There are a variety of DIY home decor items here from wall decor to furniture painting and more. All the supplies used to make and decorate with can be found at thrift and craft stores, hardware stores and home improvement stores such as Home Depot and Lowes.

    If your ready to start a DIY home decor project to create the surroundings you always wanted, start with one of the DIY home decor ideas listed below. I’d love for you to pick your favorite DIY decorating ideas and let me know what it is.

    42 DIY Home Decor Projects

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    Pottery Barn Table Lamp Knock-Off
    If you are looking for DIY table lamp ideas I have shared a few and recently made over another table lamp from the thrift store. I like upcycling them as they are an inexpensive way to update home decor at a fraction of the cost of buying a trendy new table lamp from a decorating

    Designer Inspired Two Tier End Table Makeover
    Refresh a wood end table, a two tier end table or accent table by painting it and then adding a wrapping technique to create a two-tone woven appearance. It will create a high-end Serena & Lily designer look at an affordable price.

    How to Paint a Rusted Faux Finish on a Brass Chandelier
    How to makeover a brass chandelier using craft store acrylic paint and supplies. Of all the projects I have been working on in my dining room, this brass chandelier makeover excites me the most.

    Ottoman Slipcover with Removable Pom Pom Trim
    Step-by-step tutorial showing how to make a pom pom trimmed ottoman slipcover. The fun and flirty pom pom trim is attached with velcro so it can be removed before washing the slipcover.

    Quick and Easy No Sew Box Style Window Valance
    How to make a no sew box style window valance using foam and fabric. No power tools needed. The valance is quick and easy to make.

    One Yard, No Sew Window Treatment –3 Ways
    How to use only one yard of decorator fabric to make a no sew window treatment or shades that can be styled three different ways. 

    Ceiling Fan Painting – Make it Fun!
    This colorful fan is perfect for a nursery or kids room. It looks very cool when the fan whirls around, so do the colors. The stripes can be added easily with acrylic craft paint and painter’s tape.

    Painted Glass Vase for Springtime Decorating
    A painted glass vase is nothing new, but when you turn things upside down, you can transform a plain glass vase into something that resembles a kiln-fired ceramic vase. Its artwork for a table top.

    How to Paint Upholstered Furniture
    Writing a blog about affordable home decor has never been more fun for me than writing this post. I learned how to paint upholstery and had to share the chair I painted with you. It was a complete success!

    How To Easily Create a Grid Gallery Wall
    How to easily measure and hang a grid gallery wall of photos or art on a wall. No complicated calculations or laser level needed to create an eye catching display on any blank wall in your home.

    Vertical Plank Wall Paneling
    How to cover brick or a plain wall with vertical shiplap or planking. I thought about just painting the wall, but wanted something that had more of a cottage feel to it. Installing budget-friendly DIY vertical shiplap or vertical plank wall paneling was the answer.

    Large No Sew Accent Pillow To Make
    How to make a removable cover for throw pillows that doesn’t require a zipper. It can be made using fabric yardage, a dishtowel or any type of fabric.

    DIY Map Wallpaper in My Laundry Room
    Affordable and creative options to using wallpaper in a room on a small budget. This tutorial for map wallpaper is a simple project with beautiful effects.

    How to Install Nucore Flooring
    How to install scratch resistant Nucore luxury vinyl plank flooring in any room with tips on how to easily cut vinyl plank flooring to fit perfectly around doorways.

    Painting Kitchen Countertops To Look Like Carrara Marble
    Painting kitchen countertops to look like Carrara marble can be done successfully. The painted results can last for years. This post will give you the knowledge and the confidence on how to paint kitchen countertops step-by-step.

    How to Make a Floor to Ceiling Plate Rack on a Wall
    A floor to ceiling plate rack wall that looks built-in doubles as a place for decorative storage as well as a way to enhance an awkward wall that is hard to decorate. Making a wall plate rack for your home is easy to customize to fit a wall of any size.

    Fitness Room: Before & After
    Want to create a workout space in your house to create a home gym or fitness room?  In this post, I am sharing how I transformed an unused bedroom into a bright and spacious fitness room or home gym.

    DIY: Carpet to Hardwood Staircase Makeover
    How to remove carpet from a staircase and refinish the wood with stain and paint. Re-doing my staircase is something I wanted to do the minute I moved into my house – that was 17 years ago. I have always yearned for hardwood steps and white painted risers. Now I have them and you can too.

    Driftwood Sculpture Table Top Stand DIY
    If you like a modern look for your decor, learn how to make your own version of modern art using a piece of reclaimed wood. Capture the organic beauty of nature and mount it to make a driftwood sculpture table top stand or petrified wood slab or slice.

    How To Paint a Rug on a Hardwood Floor
    How to paint a colorful rug on a floor looks harder then it really is. With a little planning and following these instructions, you can transform a plain floor to one that has plenty of color to make a big impact.

    How to Paint a Concrete Fireplace Hearth to Look Like Stone
    If the fireplace hearth in your home is made of grey concrete that doesn’t coordinate with the mantel or room’s color scheme, did you know you can paint it? You can paint anything when you know the right way to do it.

    DIY Clothespin Picture Frame
    If you like to do DIY crafts for your home, then you will enjoy making this textured photo frame to decorate your home using ordinary wood clothespins.

    DIY Wooden Candle Holders: The Easiest Project Ever
    Turn up the cozy ambiance in your home this season by adding the soft glow of candlelight to your spaces with this easy to make set of DIY wooden candle holders. While you make one or a set for yourself, make a few more as they make a great gift to give family and friends.

    Wood Tabletop Faux Painted to Look Like Zinc
    How to faux paint any surface to look like zinc. Have you ever tried painting a faux finish on a surface like a table top or a piece of furniture? Have you thought of trying, but thought it too hard to accomplish? I want to change that mindset.

    How to Repurpose an Urn into a Side Table
    How to instantly transform a classic garden urn into a side table. This black urn sits in a corner of my living room. I have had it forever. It is one of those classic items that always is in style.

    How To Make A Curtain Rod and Finials with a Tennis Ball
    Here is a budget friendly window treatment that is easy to complete. Learn one way to make a curtain rod using PVC pipe along with two different ways to make decorative finials for the curtain rod.

    How to Paint Furniture With Chalk Paint: The Step By Step Guide
    Looking to find out what the best way to paint furniture is?  It is chalk paint for so many reasons. Did you know that when you learn how to paint with chalk paint, you can create many different painted finishes from sleek, clean and modern to antiqued or a distressed look.

    How to Make Lids For Storage Baskets
    How to make lids for square or rectangular baskets using fabric, decorative paper and cardboard. Once these pretty lids are placed on a basket, you can stack baskets for better storage and organization.

    Simple DIY Headboard for the Guest Room
    DIY custom headboard ideas on a budget – no wood or power tools needed. Learn how to make this DIY headboard for any size bed in your home.

    How to Make a No Sew Chair Cushion Cover
    Update and transform worn out seating or a porch swing by making a colorful no sew cushion for it that can be made in minutes.

    Furniture Makeover: Spray Painting Wood Chairs
    What is the best spray paint to paint wood kitchen chairs and how many cans are needed for complete coverage for one chair?

    How to Repurpose a Sideboard into a Sink Vanity
    How to take sideboard or dresser and repurpose it into a bathroom sink vanity that looks like a vanity out of the Pottery Barn catalog.

    How to Make a Fake Transom Above a Door
    Step-by-step photo tutorial showing how to make a fake transom above a door in your home.

    Dining Room Chair Makeover – Part 2
    Learn how to give new life to stained, dark wood dining room chairs to white or any color. This chair makeover post is the second of two. Recently I showed you how I changed the color of the rush seats on my set of wood ladder back chairs. 

    Gallery Glass Front Door Sidelights DIY
    How to create the look of beveled glass on any window in your home for around $20. It is an easy, inexpensive and a fun project that adds a decorative element that can last a very long time.

    How to Make a Fake Topiary
    How to make a faux topiary that looks like a real one that will last for many years, even if you don’t have a green thumb.

    High Gloss Rolling Doors for My Studioffice
    How to transform thrift store bi-fold doors into rolling doors that will visually separate a room where a swing out door won’t work.

    Making a Fixer Upper Oversized Farmhouse Wall Clock
    Are a fan of the oversized wall clock that is actually a clock face in the Fixer Upper home of Chip and Joanna Gaines? I am. I love it and came up with a way to make my own large farmhouse wall clock to resemble it.

    Create Faux Wallpaper Using Paint and a Stencil
    How to use an all-over wall stencil to create the look of wallpaper.  I call it faux wallpaper. Wallpaper can be pretty pricey even for a relatively small space, an all-over stencil costs a lot less.

    How to Install Armstrong WoodHaven Planks to Cover a Popcorn Ceiling
    Learn how to cover a popcorn ceiling using classic Armstrong® WoodHaven Ceiling Planks with Easy Up® tracks and clips. No need to scrape the ceiling first! The pre-finished planks can be installed right over popcorn ceilings.

    Faux Woodgrain Finish on My Front Doors
    A front door makeover showing how to paint a faux woodgrain finish or faux bois effect on entry doors using paint and liquid glazing medium.

    Outdoor Tuna Can Lantern DIY
    How to make outdoor lanterns to attractively light up your outdoor patio or living space using a tuna can and a few basic items.

    Wood Slat Wall DIY for a Home’s Exterior
    If you’re looking to spruce up the exterior of your home or even the interior, have you considered making a wood slat wall to create a point of interest where there is none.

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    If you would like to see more decorating project ideas, don’t miss browsing through my DIY Decorating category where you will find dozens of more doable and stylish ideas.



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    Why Did My New Lamp Need a Small Riser?



    I bought a new lamp for my bedroom. I have been looking to find just the right one for quite a while.

    The lamp in the above photo is the one I have been using for the last few years. It is OK, but a teeny bit too large for the small chest of drawers I use as my night stand.

    I am pretty picky about the lamps I use in my home and usually make over thrift store found table lamps like the white plaster lamp in my living room, the Serena & Lily lamp knockoff I made for the blue guest room and my favorite Pottery Barn lamp knock-off in my foyer to get the look I want for less.

    When I started to refresh the pretty guest room recently, I decided the lamp on my night stand would be much better suited for the night table in this guest room, so I moved it there.

    Doing this made my search for a new smaller lamp for my night table intensify. Most of the lamps I find at HomeGoods, Walmart, Target and online are too large, small, more rustic or modern than I want.

    In my head I knew what I wanted, but wasn’t finding affordable options. Sure if I wanted to spend $300, I would have many options.

    I opted to just embrace the SLOW method of decorating. When you learn to trust and embrace the process of the hunt, rather than pick up the first thing that catches your eye.

    There is another lamp in the room, so not having a lamp the past two months hasn’t been a problem.

    Last week during a stroll through HomeGoods I found the cutest lamp with shades of blue abalone fragments in the shape of fish. Living on a lake with a full view of it from my bed, the lamp was just too cute not to at least bring it home to see how it looked.

    I really liked it except for one thing. I wanted it to have more height so that the base would be taller than the clock and plant. I like to see varied heights on a table display.

    So what did I do? I went to my scrap wood stash to find a piece to use to make a riser.

    I didn’t have any round pieces that would work as a riser, so I went online to see if I could find a round decorative riser to buy that was the same diameter as the base of my lamp.

    What is a Lamp Riser?

    A lamp riser can be made of wood, metal, ceramic, or glass. Using one adds a little height to a table lamp, making them look in better proportion to the decorative items around it while also giving the lamp more presence in a room.

    You can also use risers in the same way for home decor accents such as flower vases, plants, candles and more.

    I found these footed wooden risers for decor on Amazon. The 5-inch diameter size (largest in photo) was just what I was looking for, so no need to have to DIY one myself, although that is not too hard to do and I will share more ideas further down in this post.

    3-Piece Wooden Risers for Decor

    These footed risers come in two different diameter 3-piece sets: 3″, 4″, and 5″ is the set I bought. There is also a set with larger sizes: 8″, 6″, and 4″. All the sizes come in 4 different colors.

    The white painted round wood riser adds 1.7″ to the height of the lamp, just enough to vary the lamp base height with the other 2 items on the night table to make me happy.

    I also like the distressed white finish on the riser. It is going to go very nicely with something else I am working on for the room that I will share with you as soon as I complete it.

    This is the view of my night stand I see when I am in bed. I like that when viewing the lamp from different parts of the room, the items look in proportion with each other.

    Using decorative risers in decorating is one of the easiest ways to give an accent piece more prominence in minutes.

    On a side note, I paid $29.99 for the lamp at HomeGoods. I looked at HomeGoods online to see if I could link to it, but it is not on their site. I did however find it on Houzz for $300 for a pair of the lamps. One more reason to love and shop HomeGoods.

    Natural Wood Round Riser

    On my kitchen counter I use a tree trunk slice to lift the lamp and a few small items off the counter. Using a larger riser in this way acts like a tray keeping the items grouped together.

    Decorative Risers Using Books

    When decorating your home and in need of a riser to make a display look better or a lamp higher, books come in very handy as the instant way to add height to an accent on a table or a vignette.

    DIY – Tin Can Vase

    Use cookbooks on your kitchen counter to raise a vase of flowers.

    If you don’t have any books, head to the thrift store for a stack in colors that will coordinate with your room.

    This gooseneck lamp got the height it needed by placing 3 books under it.

    If you can’t find books in colors you like, use craft or spray paint to change the colors.

    For larger items – use two stacks of books to raise the object.

    As you can see I use books quite a lot when decorating to give my decorative accents more interest and prominence.

    Look around your home to see if adding a little height to a decorative item will make it look better. If you don’t have a ready-made riser or books, a pedestal cake plate works nicely as do boxes wrapped in wallpaper or gift wrap. I am sure you can think of a few more items to use, even a stack of plates will work and looks nice.

    If you do a search online for “wood risers”, “decorative risers” or “risers for decor” you will find many in various heights, styles, colors and shapes to fit any size item from a votive candle to a large vase or sculpture.

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