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Redesigning Your Window Treatments

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013


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Have you ever thought about taking your existing window treatments and transforming them into something fresh and new?

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Everything is now being renewed, reused and repurposed in our quest for a greener future. I think it is a great idea to take those yards of fabric from your window treatments and make over into a brand new look.

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If you have ever had window treatments custom made for your home, you know it is the fabric that is the most expensive part of the custom made treatments. If you use the fabric you already have, you can really save yourself a good amount of money!

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One way to change the look using your current treatments are stationary versions of shades, drapes and swags. Stationary means the treatment does not function; it is just there to look pretty.  Since the window treatment is not functional you don’t need as much fabric.

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Or another option if you have pinched pleated window treatments currently, you have enough fabric to make new simple tab tops or clip ring window panels. My favorite redesign look right now is the simple look of window panels with grommets:

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Adding other fabric pieces or trim is also a possibility to create a stylish new look:

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Fabric window treatments are a great way to add color, pattern and instant style to a room. Do you still love the fabric of your curtains but feel they need a fresh, updated look? Take a look and see if they can be redesigned into something new!

If you need help with window treatments, contact me today.

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Antibes Mirror Makeover

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

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The first time I saw the color  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint color Antibes Green, I immediately knew I wanted to use it somehow, somewhere:

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work by Annie Sloan photo credit Christopher Drake

Isn’t the green beautiful? I knew I wanted to paint it on something! When I saw this boring old mirror in my bedroom, I knew I had found my willing subject!:

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This mirror is probably over ten years old that I had picked up from Bombay. I loved the size, shape and color but it is really heavy! My hubby said he will not hang it. :(  I could only find somewhere to lean it.

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It just sat it up there on my dresser because I did not want to just get rid of it because it looked outdated. It just needed a little love and paint. So Antibes project here we go!

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My wonderful friend Nancy at Sea Rose Cottage had supplied me with a sample jar to try and I knew it would be plenty enough to give two coats of paint to the mirror. First I wiped everything on the mirror down and then painted it with a quick coat:

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One of the things I loved about the mirror when I bought it, was all the different grooves and designs etched into it:

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So after painting, I sanded off some of the paint in areas so the detail of the etchings were more visible. I sanded it a bit with a piece of fine sandpaper until I liked the look:

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After sanding, I wiped it down with a wet rag and after it was dry, I painted on another coat, then sanded again when dry. The sanding really put the personality into the piece:

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Now it was time to wax. I have learned when using the dark wax, you only need a tiny drop of dark wax mixed with the clear wax:

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You could always add more dark wax if needed. After I finished waxing with my mix, I took just a small dab of the dark wax and wiped it on here and there for darker highlights. Wait to dry a few hours, then it is ready to buff! I just used an old t-shirt and shined it up.

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TaDa!:

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What do you think? It actually looks slightly darker than the photo shows. I love painting projects. Especially when they do not cost anything! Have you painted anything interesting lately?

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

Look what I saw when I was driving down the road in NH:

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“Hello, is anyone home?”

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Unbelievable! Glad I was sitting in the car! I don’t know if the people were home or not. It just walked off into the woods after that. I hope those people are not feeding  it! Did you notice the yellow sign in the first picture? It says ‘Bear Crossing.’

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Fabulous & Creative Nail Salon

Friday, April 27th, 2012

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I stopped at a local nail salon last week and when I walked in the original, creative decor just blew me away:

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I spoke to the owner of the salon, David, who had decorated the space. He knew that he needed large artwork for this big wall. He told me most all of his artwork he made himself and he found some additional decor at places such as yard sales and salvage yards. Can you guess what this artwork on the wall was made of?:

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If you guessed arm chair rests, you are correct!

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I was amazed! David said that he had a friend with a leftover box of these armrests and asked if he could have, even though at the time, he did not know exactly what he was going to do with them.

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He started playing around with them one day until he noticed shapes taking form. To hang them on the wall, he inserted a small 2-3” wooden dowel in the back of the piece and made hole in the wall to stick the other end of the dowel. The pieces are pretty light and he said they have held up just fine.

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I think they are just so creative! Did you notice what the eyes are made from?

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David has been very successful with his business since he opened two years ago. He understands that his customers lead a busy, stressful life and it is a special treat to come in to be pampered. He strives to make the customers time special and relaxing. He also believes in treating his employees well so they too have a great attitude and want to make the customer happy also.

Love this guy here in the corner!:

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David believes like a lot of us, that it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to be creative. Here is a picture of the talented David:

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Look how ingenious these mirrors are that he made:

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The picture just does not show how cool they look. He hung a rectangular smoke mirror on the wall, then in the center of that mirror he hung a round regular clear mirror on top. I am so inspired that I am trying to find somewhere to hang this in my home because I am going to make one for me! I love them! So cool and different.

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I was so impressed with his work that I asked if I could share with my decorating friends!  He is so talented and resourceful, don’t you think? What do you think of the mirrors? Have you ever seen anything like that? I hope you enjoyed!

Have a great weekend everyone!

David and his incredible talent can be found at his salon ‘ENails’ in Slatersville, RI.

If you need help decorating your space, contact me today!

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Restored Love

Monday, November 28th, 2011

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See my old hope chest? My parents gave this to me as a graduation present when I was 18 years old. A hope chest is what us girls all got as a gift around our 18th birthday so we would have a place to store what we would buy to prepare for our wedding and future household.

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These advertisements sought to equate the ideal of domesticity with a Lane “Hope Chest,” in which a young woman stored clothing or home furnishings in anticipation of marriage. This was summed up in the company’s tag line: “The gift that starts the home.”

Lane advertisements reached a high point during World War II, persuading thousands of GIs leaving for overseas to purchase a Lane Hope Chest for the sweethearts they were leaving behind. Ads combined romantic images of men in uniform and their fiancées with patriotic slogans and the well-known face of national spokeswoman, and symbol of all things American, Shirley Temple.

I have used my chest all of these years to store all my cherished items: wedding mementos, all my children’s special items and many other important memories. I still love my chest but knew it was past time for a makeover:

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This is the fabric I found earlier this month that I loved:

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Of course I wanted to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint- it makes the project so much easier! I choose the color Old White. No prep needed, I just unscrewed the top:

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Here it is after the first painted coat:

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I wanted to keep the antique brass hardware not only because of the cost, but I thought they looked good together with both the fabric and the off white paint:

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All finished painting:

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So pretty! What a difference!

Here are some of my special loves in my hope chest:

My son’s blankie that my mom made for him:

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My daughter (who is getting married!) holding my wedding veil:

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Awwww.. Here is a picture of my Christening hat:

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Do you have a Hope Chest? What do you keep special in yours?

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