Tuesday, August 26, 2014

One Day Project: Give Your Kitchen A Boost Over Labor Day.

Thinking about how you can give your kitchen a little boost? We understand what it’s like to have a busy schedule and not a lot of time to redecorate your entire kitchen. Let’s chalkboard the refrigerator! This project is easy and great if you have a spare refrigerator in your garage or basement. Usually a spare fridge has dings and dents, covering it with chalkboard paint and your child’s artwork work will give the boost your fridge needs.

Sand paper
Chalkboard paint
Paint brush/roll
1. Use the sand paper to sand the fridge down a little.
2. Buy the chalkboard paint! This can be found at most stores that sell paint, may even have a variety of colors.
3. Once you have sanded that fridge, you can start painting. I would recommend using both a brush and a roller that what you don’t have lot of streaks in the paint

Chalk boarding your fridge will make for some creativity in your home!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It's Hot Outside! Think Fall With Three Cool Trends We Are Tracking.

Let’s take a break from this summer heat and focus on something a bit cooler, like these fall trends! Fall is by far my favorite season so I am so excited to share a few sneak peaks with you!

1.     Mixing Patterns
The mixing of multiple patterns into one space may be a little overwhelming, but don’t be scared, it’s easier than you think. The trick is to use patterns of different scales that have one or two similar colors in them, which keeps the effect cohesive. Don’t be afraid to be bold!

2.     Mixing Textures
Layers, layers, layers. Mixing different textures together gives your space a more “lived in” feeling. Adding a lightweight throw to your couch or dropping a few burlap pillows onto your plush duvet may just do the trick. Mixing wood, metal, and glass elements really pull a room together.

3.     Color Distortion
Colors are distorted by cutting, breaking, and interfering with the surface of the textiles, creating geometric shapes. Mesh techniques are put into play to emulate architectural structures. Even and smooth surfaces mask the tactility of the textile. The fabrics are generally lightweight, crisp, and cool to the hand. A fabric like this would give any space a nice punch of color and liveliness. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Three Ideas on Creating a Great Space for Learning in Your Child's Room

Parents are always wondering how they can help their child learn at home. We’ve come up with three ideas on how you can create a learning space in your child’s room.

Bring Everything to Child’s Level.
It is important that whatever the learning tool is, that is easy to access for the child. Here is a great example of learning tools that can easily be accessed by the child. A world map rug, large calendar, and a dry erase board are all great learning tools. They can help a child learn countries and continents, days and months of the year, and practice writing, all at their finger tips.

ABC Wall
This is a great way for a child to learn their ABC’s. If you are having trouble filling wall space this also is a great wall d├ęcor. Using different fonts, sizes, and color will help make learning their ABC’s more fun!

Reading Nook!
Reading in essential to any child’s learning. Adding a reading nook/space to their room can help improve their reading and allow them to have their own mini library.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How to Organize YOur HOme For Back-to-School

With summer coming to a close it is time to start preparing for the school year. Soon you’ll be going to parent-teacher meetings, class concerts, and field trips, so let’s take a step in the right direction and start organizing!

Placing hooks at your front or back door allows your children to have a designated place for their backpacks and coats. It’s a great alternative to throwing them on the floor. This will be a helpful visual reminder to grab them in the morning on your way out the door. Place your children’s names above their hook for a personalized touch. You could even place a corkboard above the hooks for more organization!

Now I don’t know about you, but I would be completely lost without my calendar, there is just something about physically writing something down that allows me to retain the information. Have a calendar in the kitchen or another busy place in your home that your family passes by frequently. Jot down important events like practices, meetings, trips, ect. Assign each person in your family a color and write down their events in that color.

Make a daily or weekly check list for each family member and keep in near the calendar. List things like chores and homework. Once a task is accomplished cross it off. Being able to actually check something off a list gives you an even bigger sense of accomplishment.

Lastly, put together an organized homework station where your kids can sit and get their work done. Gather the essentials such as extra pencils, scissors, rulers, and erasers, place these supplies in a basket that you can keep out or store away during the day. Designate a place for your children to do their homework, away from the TV or other distractions to create the most optimal learning environment.

By implementing these few tips your busy school year will become a breeze!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Staycation II: DIY to Recreate Your Favorite Vacation Spot.

We all love a great beach vacation! Whatever your favorite vacation spots, here are some DIY projects to recreate any vacation spot at home.

Family Photo Throw Pillow
This DIY project is a great way to share memories to friends and family!  Here is how you can create your own throw pillow.
Step 1: Scan or copy picture onto transfer paper. This paper can be found at most office supply stores.
Step 2: Iron image onto fabric and attach to your pillow. You can use an already made pillow or sew your own.

Hanging Lantern
Wondering what you should do with the sand and shells you bring home from the beach. This Hanging lantern is a great way to display souvenirs.  Anyone can put something like this together. The first step is to find a hanging lantern. Once you’ve found one, the next step is to fill it up with all the souvenirs you brought home. If it is a beach vacation I would start by filling the bottom with sand. Then arrange your shells and any other great souvenirs you want to display. You can hang the lantern almost anywhere!

Paint Colors
An easy way to recreate your favorite vacation spot is repainting a room those color schemes. Below is a collection of Sherwin Williams’s paint that can give a calm and soothing feel to any room.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Staycation: How to Create a Luxurious Bathroom That Feels Like a 5-Star Resort.

Most of us don’t think of our bathrooms as a place to escape, but why not? This is also a space to wow yourself and your guests.

What do you think of when you think of a lavish resort bathroom? Is it the warm robe waiting for you when you step out of the shower or the clean and crisp approach to the space? For a relaxing feel choose soothing colors for the walls such as soft greens, blues, and grays. To keep with the theme of relaxation, keep clutter to a minimum, keep your countertops and other surfaces clear except for the necessities. This doesn’t mean to skimp on the details; details are what make your bathroom feel so luxurious. A large floor to ceiling mirror, a chandelier, or even the latest tech accessories can make your bathroom feel like a resort. Fluffy white towels are not only luxurious, reminding you of a 5-star resort, but also easy to clean with bleach, and easy to replace. Keep practicality in mind when decorating as well. Easy access to necessities like towel and toilet paper is a must, you don’t want to be scrounging around when these must-haves are in need of restocking.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Baby, It's Hot Outside! Three DIY Projects to do Inside.

It’s that time of year again, when the weather is too hot and you are finding yourself going inside to cool off.  This is a great time for DYI projects on your Pinterest board. We’ve found three DYI projects that a perfect to do inside on a hot summer day.
1. Wine Cork Coasters.
These are coasters simple to make and would look great in any room!

Wine corks
Hot glue gun
Thin cork paper circles
Cutting board
Course sandpaper

1. Using the cutting board and knife, cut the wine corks in half long ways.
2. Once the wine corks are cut in half, you’ll want to hot glue the halves to the cork paper. Don’t worry about the corks halves that are hanging off to cork circle, we will cut these off.
3. After the hot glue is dry you’ll want to flip it upside down to cut off the extra cork. Using the sand paper, sand the edges and make them smooth.

2. Tinted Mason Jars.
These jars are fun and anyone can make them. You can use these jars as vases or pencil holders.

Mod Podge
Mason Jars or any other type of jar will work
Paper plates
Popsicle sticks
Food coloring

1. Make sure your Mason jar is clean and dry. Pour about an inch or so of Mod Podge into the bottom of the jar. You may need to add more Mod Podge according to the size of the jar.
2. Add a few drops of food coloring. Using the Popsicle stick, mix the food coloring and Mod Podge. The color will look pastel, but don’t panic the color will be brighter for the finished look.
3. Once the food coloring is mixed completely, tilt the jar until the entire inside is covered with the mixture. Do not use a paint brush or anything to spread the color, this will leave marks.
4. After the jar is completely covered, turn the jar upside down on a paper plate to allow for the excess Mod Podge drip out.
5. Then flip the jar back over to let dry. This may take 24-48 hours to dry.
These jars are only for the use of decoration, do not put food or drink in the jars.

3.  Revamping Old Filing Cabinet.
This is a great project for a hot weekend when cooling off in the pool isn’t an option. Revamp your home office space with fresh new filing cabinets.

Filing Cabinet
Spray Paint (desired color & primer)
Scrapbook paper (desired design)
Mod Podge
Hot glue gun

1. Take all the facings off the filing cabinet to get a solid even coat. These can be spray painted your desired color and set to the side.
2. Once all facings are off the cabinet, spray the entire cabinet with the primer. After primer dries spray several coats of desired color. Allow to completely dry before continuing.
3. While cabinet is drying select the design of scrapbook paper that you want to use for the drawers. Measure enough for the paper to be tucked slighting on the inside of the drawer for clean edges.
4. Before using the Mod Podge to glue paper onto the drawers, hot glue to the edges to ensure they stay in place. You’ll want to make sure when hot gluing the edges there are no wrinkles in the paper.
5. Mod Podge the rest of the scrapbook paper and allow to completely dry.
6. The final step is to put all the facings back on the cabinet, and then you are finished.

These DIY projects are for everyone, and they are super fun and can make your home look fresh and new. So beat the summer heat with your DIY attitude!