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Easy Bedroom Update

Sunday, November 4th, 2012



One of the easiest, least expensive and quickest way to update your bedroom is so simple, you will wonder why you did not think of it yourself!


If you are still living with a matching dresser and mirror set that you purchased over ten years ago, it is time to get rid of that matchy-match look and bring some personality into your bedroom!

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I know they came as a set, but imagine how original you can be with a different mirror! The sizes and shapes of mirrors today are endless in variety and you can find a great mirror at a very reasonable price.


Here are a couple I love from Lamps Plus:

Mirrored Frame 35 1/2" Wide Moonlight Wall Mirror


Sunrays 32" Wide Antique Silver Wall Mirror


You can also find some great-looking inexpensive mirrors at big box stores such as Target:

- Brown/Natural Wall Mirror



Global Direct 42" x 32" Dorigrass Rectangle Framled Mirror


And Home Depot:


Another easy, inexpensive way to update your existing mirror is to paint it like I did in my room here:





Another original idea with mirrors:



If you like the idea of your mirror and dresser matching, that is fine! But if you are looking for ideas to bring some personality and originality to an old dresser set, I hope I have given you a few new ideas!

Does your dresser and mirror match together as a set? Or have you made changes to the mirror or dresser?

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

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Bringing Back Your Dining Room, part 1

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Not listed in any specific order, here are just a few quick and affordable ideas to bring your dining room into this century.

 Number Ten-

Look at your table.  Do you like it?  Is it worth keeping? If you are not ready to buy a new table now, how about just decorating the one you have?  If you really do not like to look at, purchase a beautiful fabric tablecloth to cover it.Unlike your mom’s old vinyl tablecloths, today there are some really pretty ones out there:



And Macy’s:

Tommy Bahama Table Linens, Set of 4 Woodrift Floral Napkins                 Lenox Table Linens, Chirp 52" x 70" Tablecloth   

A more modern look would be to use runners.  One long one down the length of table, or two or three placed sideways across the table:

Rachel Ashwell.

Paula Deen

Number Nine:

Do you still have that outdated brass chandelier hanging?


You can see how to update here by spray painting. Or, if you have not looked for lighting lately, there is a wide, affordable selection at Lowe’s and Lamps Plus for example.

Portfolio 5-Light Bronze Traditional Chandelier

The above chandelier can be found at Lowe’s for only $168.00.  Think of how pretty your room can be with beautiful lighting!   A great focal point spot.

Number Eight:

Rugs. Do you have a rug in the dining room?  Maybe it can be taken out for a new look.  Or if you still love it, pull one of the colors out of rug to use as inspiration in choosing a paint color.

Cathy Kincaid

Number Seven:

Window Treatments!  Step back and take a good look at them.  Are they blocking your outdoor view?  Are they older than 8 years old?  If you are not happy with them- take them down!  Open windows will always look stylish, fresh and happy!  If you can afford new custom curtains, go for it!  Fabrics are just beautiful out there. Or if you want to diy, hanging a black iron window rod close to ceiling and hang full panels down each side of window. Just try something new if you are not happy with them. 

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Number Six:

Hanging Artwork the correct way.  My favorite dining rooms I see that really make an impression is when a large print is used on one wall.


Jamie Drake

If you have a set of two or more pictures, bring them closer together!  Just about 2-3 inches apart is perfect.  They will make a much bigger impact all together, rather than spacing far apart trying to fill the whole wall.  And the dining room is one of my favorite places to use mirrors.  Great way to add sparkle and shine to the space.


                                                         Darryl Carter

So, I will see you back here in a few days and continue the list with ideas for quick, affordable updates for your dining room.


If you need help updating your home, contact me today!


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