Happenings on the Homestead: Got my Groove Back

October 10, 2011

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What an amazing weekend it's been and it's not even over yet since today is a Holiday thanks to the founder of our country, Christopher Columbus.   I have been in a crazed-paranoid-funk lately.  I've been uber busy, with all good things, but it's been a wee bit stressful and keeping me away from what I truly love... DIYing!  I haven't had much time to venture into new projects, but this weekend that all changed.  I felt like Stella from How Stella Got Her Groove Back, except instead of getting my groove back in the romantic department, my groove was back in creating and DIYing. Of … [Read more...]

Wild About Stripes

October 7, 2011

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I love incorporating stripes into any space!  Whether large or small, on a wall, ceiling, or pillow, a striped pattern can add drama and visual intrigue to any decor style.  They also pair well with patterned or floral designs and can be as subtle or bold as you prefer. Wide Stripes(Pinned by Jenna via Pinterest) (Pinned by Jenna via Pinterest) Wide stripes with contrasting colors makes for a dramatic and fluid-like space.  Whether using bold stripes in a living room or in a transitional space, such as a hallway, they enliven the overall aesthestic.  When using opposite colors like … [Read more...]

Magnificent Mudrooms… without the mud

October 6, 2011

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I have a new client that I'm working with who is desperately seeking a reorganized, functional, and inviting mudroom.   With mudrooms on my mind, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to share some ideas and useful tips to create a properly functioning space.  The foyer or mudroom of any home is the first place you enter and the last place you leave.  It's the dropping ground for shoes, pocketbooks, bookbags, hats, gloves, scarves, and the list goes on and on and on...  In many households there is the constant struggle and back-and-forth-banter of keeping it clean,"pretty", and … [Read more...]

Trash to Treasure: Nursery Lamp Makeover

October 3, 2011

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It's always fun to make treasure out of trash! A few weeks ago I was visiting a friend and sharing with her my experience on revamping a recent lamp project.  In turn she said she had acquired a lamp that was from her husband's childhood, but had no idea what to do with it.  After a trip to the basement to scrounge through a few boxes, she came back with quite the "trash".  It really wasn't trash, it was just in desperate need of a makeover to give it new life. To keep it in the family, her desire was to put it in her son's room and I had the perfect idea! Once I got the lamp home, I … [Read more...]

5 Bold Black Spaces

September 30, 2011

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Everyone knows that the classic black dress is a staple for any woman.  We wear black all the time, so why don't we incorporate it into our Interiors? Black, sometimes thought of as a drear or depressing color, can actually be used in a dramatic and sophisticated way to create a stunning space with depth and intrigue.  Just like the classic black dress, accessories in lighter or bold accent colors can be layered on top to finish the look! The trend of using black throughout interior spaces has been around for a few years, but I still think people are intimidated by this fierce and … [Read more...]

Autumn Mantel and Exterior Seasonal Decor

September 28, 2011

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All of a sudden Fall is here and it's back to being in the 70s/80s and humid (in NY) - go figure.  Well I finally got my act together and now that it's officially Fall, the transformation of my seasonal decor has begun.  Over the past few days, I have been changing out my Summer wares of light blankets and brighter colored pillows to a warmer, more cozy setting. Fall has always been a favorite season of mine with the changing colors on the leaves, the ability to bring in natural elements from the outdoors, and the warm hues and textures that can be incorporated into a space.  To start off … [Read more...]

Asian Inspired Decor

September 27, 2011

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Incorporating Asian elements into a space has been a favorite of many for years.  Asian design is not an overnight trend that we said hello to yesterday and goodbye to tomorrow.  Because Asian decor has strong roots to the largest continent on earth, it's influence continues to dominate a large portion of the global design world, hence it's trend-lessness. Be inspired by these Asian influenced spaces that showcase a chic and effortless style. One of the most prominent characteristics of Asian style is the use of bold colors.  Red is the most used color, but other colors like blue and gold … [Read more...]

5 Ingredient Apple Dumplings

September 26, 2011

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Happy Monday!  To start off the week, I wanted to share a yummy Fall recipe that I know you will enjoy. As a family, one of our favorite Fall things to do is apple picking!  After along day of picking apples, we always leave with plenty of filled bags. It's a family tradition that we love, but once we arrive home, our countertops are overloaded with basketfuls of these tasty treats.  After eating apples day in and day out, we're at a loss for what to do with them.  After our excursion to the farm last weekend, I searched for apple recipes on Pinterest and found this delicious treat.  I … [Read more...]

Welcome Autumn!

September 23, 2011

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It's here... It's here... Autumn is here! For some reason, this year has been difficult for me to say goodbye to Summer. I guess because the winter in NY was soooo long and the summer wasn't overly hot, I felt like I wasn't ready for it to end (I know many of you southerns feel the complete opposite - you are so ready to ba-bye to summer). Anyway, I am starting to get into the Fall spirit and am so thankful to live in a part of the country (Upstate NY) that is known for amazing Fall foilage.  The deep colors of reds, oranges, and yellows are just a delight to see and experience. Here are a … [Read more...]

Repurposed Shutter Decor

September 22, 2011

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I get so much enjoyment when repurposing something that was minutes away from being dumped into the garbage. Making treasure out of trash is my "thang" and each time I transform something which could have been mistaken for garbage, I'm always amazed at the new life it's taken on. Yesterday I shared my shutter makeover, where I transformed and repurposed FREE shutters and made them into wall art to display family photos and memories.  After I wrote the post, I wanted to see what other people have created by repurposing old shutters.  Boy, was I amazed...  via No. 1 No matter the style … [Read more...]