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Simple Spring Mesh Wreath

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

I was at Michaels the other day and I saw these pretty Easter wreaths made out of mesh fabric:

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They were very pretty but cost $50.00 each!

Remember this burlap wreath I made last Fall?:

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It was so easy and I got a lot of compliments on it. Since I had made the burlap wreath, I thought the mesh wreath should be fairly easy also.

I was happy to find at Michaels  a metal wreath that already has the twist ties attached. Much easier to make a wreath!

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I used about one and 1/2 large rolls of mesh fabric and one small roll. The wreath was $6.00 and the rolls were on sale at $5.00 each.

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First, tie end piece to wreath:

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Then slide your hands down about 10 inches of fabric then gather together accordion style:

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Attach the gather to the wreath using the twist ties:

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I worked along the bottom ring first, then moved up to the inner ring.

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A little hint is that it is easier to work if you put the wreath on the table and the roll of fabric on the floor:

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When you think the wreath looks full enough, puff up each section!:

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You can add a bunny or some Easter eggs or anything you like. I just wanted to add a happy Spring bow on mine:

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I like simple and pretty! Happy Spring everyone! I think it is finally here.

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Fire Safety Tip For Fan Decks

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

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Do not leave your color fan decks unattended when lights are switched on! This weekend I had left my fan deck against a wall sconce to show my husband a couple of color options to paint this wall:

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But then I forgot about it until I smelled smoke. It was a really bad burning smell that just kept getting worse! I called for Mike and at first we could not find it, but then I saw the fan deck sticking out with flames!

My husband was mad. Thankfully the wall did not catch on fire. Just the fan deck.

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Please do not leave your paper fan decks unattended while leaning on a wall sconce that is on.

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Pops Of Yellow

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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A hot, new 2014 home trend that I am seeing everywhere is pops of yellow in a room:

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I absolutely love the look and it is really growing in popularity:

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Yellow is incredibly versatile and works well with most colors.  It looks great with blue, pink, green, purple, gray, white and orange.  

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I am not crazy about a lot of yellow in the room:

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But I love it when there is only one accessory in yellow such as art, chairs, ottomans or lamps.

This is my favorite room that really first caught my eye about noticing the pop of yellow!:

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It is like a happy little surprise in the room that makes a huge impact:

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I would not paint my walls in a bright yellow, but accessories are perfect. Like these beautiful drawers for instance:

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Or this gorgeous door:

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Have you been noticing the yellow pops of color in design photos? Do you like the look? A very inexpensive way to put a lot of wow in your room!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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My Furniture Arrangement and Why

Monday, April 7th, 2014

A reader friend recently wrote and asked if I would show the other side of my condo living room to see how the furniture was arranged:

“What do you have on the other side of the room from the large window?  Is there a wall there?  What furniture did you place there, if any?  Does your little side table sorta overlap the fireplace or is there room between it?”

Well, here is the other side of the room across from the windows:

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This is a large, long living room area. Our TV was a main factor in deciding what the purpose of room will be used for. I am not the greatest fan of the TV over the fireplace, but it does make the best sense for arranging this room. (Plus, that is where all the cable and wires were.)

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My first goal for the room was to walk in and have your eyes drawn to my pretty chairs, the windows and beyond:

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I will tell you, that when I took photos to show off my new chairs in front the window, I had my husband move ‘his’ chair out of the way. No one wants to see that big, clunky chair in my nice photo shot:

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This is my husband’s favorite comfortable chair to watch TV and movies. He lives here too, so it is only right. lol. I push it out of the way the best I can and try to disguise it with throws and pillows.

My spot to watch TV is on the sofa. There were not a lot of options where to place the large piece. Either in front of the windows, or maybe between the living room/dining room area:

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But I thought that big, empty wall was just crying out for attention:

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So that is why the furniture was arranged this way. It is comfortable, pretty and functional. We also entertain in this room, but we seem to hang out more on the other side of the room with guests which I will share later this week.

Does anyone else have these ‘special’ (man-chair) pieces to work around?

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