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Today, I wanted to share some quick and savvy tips for updating your home decor.

Bed Linens

Create a whole new look by making a duvet.  Place two flat sheets back to back, and sew around the perimeter, allowing for a half-inch seam. Leave an opening at the bottom. To close, sew twill-tape ties or velcro tape to the inside edges. You can also use the same sheet pattern or a contrasting design for your sheets, add some throw pillows and enjoy the new look.

Window Treatments

Lighten up any room by removing heavy drapes or window coverings. Wash the windows then add back breezy curtains or drapings. Flat sheets can also be used for curtains. Look for curtain hooks that clip on to the fabric or use bias tape or ribbon to create tabs on top of the sheets.

Lighting

Remove lamp shades from lamps, wipe off light bulbs with a microfiber cloth, dust lamps and then clean the shades. Use a soft brush attachment with your vacuum and run up and down along the shade. If you don’t have a vacuum attachment, a soft brush will do. Remember to wipe down the inside of the shade as well. If the shade was rips or stains, think about investing in a new one.

Pops of Color

Nothing chases away the winter blahs and screams spring like bright colors. Three of the most popular this spring are green, orange and bright pink. Add a vase of orange flowers or a throw pillow in hot pink and you have created an instant “welcome spring” message for your guests.

Whimsy

Have fun with your spring decor and add unexpected elements. A vase filled with bright kumquats can hold a bouquet of daffodils. Limes and hot pink flowers are so fun together in a centerpiece. Use wall decals to brighten up a wall, cupboard or even a piece of wooden furniture.

Just add a few touches here and there and soon your house will be singing spring!

She Who is More Than Ready for Spring to Stay Sprung

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Since it is cloudy, rainy, and dreary here today, I thought I’d share some photos that make me think of spring (and wish it was here yesterday!).

Enjoy!

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peony tulips

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She Who Would Really Like to Be Sitting on That Bench

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SE New header 02-14The other day, I decided I wanted an all new header for the blog.

I started playing around with some graphics.

Background Burlap

Like this burlap…

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rose 3and these roses.

What do you think of the new design?

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As I mentioned yesterday, I recently held a “Wish It Were Spring” themed luncheon for my book club group.

Today, as I stare out at a fresh covering of snow on the ground, I truly wish it were spring.

Here are a few decorating ideas I incorporated to add some bright pops of spring color to the gathering.

Here's the table, set with a cheerful tulip cloth and bright pink and yellow napkins.

Here’s the table, set with a cheerful tulip cloth and bright pink and yellow napkins.

 

I hauled out a set of antique Noritake china and some sherbert cups I found in an antique store when Captain Cavedweller and I were living in newly married poverty.

I hauled out a set of antique Noritake china and some sherbert cups I found in an antique store when Captain Cavedweller and I were living in newly married poverty.

I used seed packets (Forget Me Nots) to make placecards. I thought they were fun and added a little charm of their own to the table.

I used seed packets (Forget Me Nots) to make placecards. I thought they were fun and added a little charm of their own to the table.

The centerpiece was a nest with a bird and eggs (and a miniature nest with a teensy little bird).

The centerpiece was a nest with a bird and eggs (and a miniature nest with a teensy little bird).

 

And I risked life and limb entwining dogwood branches around the chandelier. I loved how it looked when I finished. One of the guests called it whimsical. I had to agree. In fact, I wish I'd left the branches up there.

And I risked life and limb entwining dogwood branches around the chandelier. I loved how it looked when I finished. One of the guests called it whimsical. I had to agree. In fact, I wish I’d left the branches up there.

Stay tuned the rest of the week for some of the recipes I made for the party!

She Who Needs More Whimsy in Her World

 

 

 

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Antiques on Old Plank Road recently shared a fabulous new infographic that is a beginner’s guide to home decorating.

Even if you’ve been decorating your home for a while, this handy infographic is a great refresher in how to take the mystery out of changing colors, incorporate patterns, switching up furniture, and adding accessories to a room.

These basic concepts can help you create the space you’ve always wanted while alleviating some of the stress that comes with redecorating.

If you want to update the look of a room, dress up an office, or infuse new energy into a tired space, these simple ideas can help.

Infographic and details courtesy of Antiques on Old Plank Road.

She Who Loves These Details!

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I’ve blogged about this site before, but I had so much fun playing with the color recently, I thought I’d share about them again.

Sherwin-Williams has this cool online tool called Chip It! You can upload any image and then paint chips to match it.

For example, I uploaded a photo I posted of Raspberry Muffins.

raspberryLook at all the cool colors that come up with it.

Here’s a wheat photo…

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Love the color options.

Take a look at the photo I posted on the blog yesterday.

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Gorgeous colors, aren’t they?

This would be a great tool if you have a piece of art and are trying to decide what color to paint a wall or if you see a photo you love and want to incorporate the colors from it in your home.

Or if you just like to play around with creative color options!

The service is free and so much fun!

And no, I’m not affiliated with Sherwin-Williams. I just think this is super cool.

She Who Loves Color

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