Does your home need some TLC from your favorite Diva? This week is your chance to score your very own one hour consultation with Designing Diva Interiors LLC plus a 22oz Woodwick Candle! Simply shop at Cedarburg Square in Bethany until 5 PM on Saturday, Sept. 10 2011. For every $20 you spend you earn one entry into the drawing! The winner will be drawn randomly and notified by phone by the end of the business day on Saturday. Need not be present to win.
For the modern nester inside all of us! You won’t be able to resist this stylish floss dispenser, the colorful Pantone Magazine Holder or uber-practical and handsome Magnetic Spice Stand. Enjoy!
We’ve all been there- the dreaded phone call or email at 3:30 informing you that company will be arriving tomorrow. You’ve been working all week, the kids still haven’t mastered the art of putting the laundry AWAY instead of merely wearing clothes off the bed until the pile disappears and your humble abode is looking a little…worn. Below are my favorite quick fixes for giving any home a little burst of style in a hurry.
1) Clear the floors! Purchase a couple of storage ottomans or cubes now so that when that doorbell rings all you have to do is hide those shoes/book bags/pet toys in a decorative, easily accessible place on your way to the front door. A room automatically looks bigger and cleaner if there is no clutter on the floor!
2) Empty all trash bins. You can easily fake a “just cleaned” bathroom or kitchen simply by taking the trash out. Its a visual thing- just trust me on this one.
3) Candles still rule. I know that reed diffusers and plug-ins are all the rage today but while they may make a room smell fresh they still don’t add anything aesthetically. Unscented candles gathered on a platter on your buffet or entry table create a very welcoming, relaxing environment. Be careful that you don’t use so many that it comes off as inconvenient (“I can’t lay my purse anywhere! It will catch fire!”) or creepy (“Are we here for coffee or a romantic dinner with the Adams’ Family?) and keep the scents limited so that your home looks designer-esque, not like a gift shop.
4) Entry way a bit lacking? If you can’t afford a table, either monetarily or space-wise, pick up some vintage doorknobs and hang them on the wall by the front door to give guests a convenient place to hang up coats, purses, etc.
5) Lighting is key in any environment but nothing says “Welcome! Sit and stay awhile” like complimentary lighting. (Psssst! A little hint? The right lighting will also help to camouflage your room’s flaws). Switch out the lamp bulbs with amber or pink bulbs which compliment skin tones. Make sure your overhead lighting isn’t too glaring or too dim, depending on the room and the purpose of that room. Make use of natural light by opening up blinds and draperies, which also makes a room feel fresher!
One of my favorite flooring companies is giving away a floor makeover! Your pals could win you one fabulous floor design that is not only as unique as you are but is easy to replace when stains occur. Does it get any better?! Check out FLOR’s Facebook Contest link for details!
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I so appreciate all of you who check in each day or week to see what’s new in the world of design! You may have noticed that I took a little break to recover from a surgery I had on both feet and I had planned to resume normal life earlier this week. Due to the sudden loss of someone very dear to my family I will be taking a little more time off from blogging, networking, and a few other things. Thank you for your understanding and I promise to come back with even more amazing decorating tips, news, and trends!
I’m a huge proponant of home decor that is as functional as it is beautiful. So I wasn’t surprised when I fell in love with the Pure Komachi 2 9-Piece Knife Set which adds a burst of fun colors to your countertops while also providing top-notch blades for food prep. Hot pink stainless steel? I’m SO in!
www. broadwaypanhandler.com to order. $90
I will be on medical leave from July 8th-July 17th (estimated). If you would like to schedule an appointment before then please contact me in the next day or two so I can get you in one of the last few openings I have remaining.
I love my six china sets from four different grandmothers. I adore my handkerchief collection that the women in my family stitched by hand. Most of us would agree that we cherish those lovely knick-knacks and pieces of history passed down to us but they’re not showing off to anyone but the dust bunnies. Below are a few of my favorite ways to bring these beloved belongings out to center stage again without making my home feel like a stuffy Victorian museum.
1) Handkerchiefs. Try hanging up a clothesline made of twine or satin ribbon in your laundry room (I’ve even done this in a guest room). Use clothes pins to hang up your favorites, just make sure they don’t get too much direct sunlight. If you love to entertain, set a hankie underneath each glass or mini floral arrangement. Its okay if they don’t match! It adds to the charm and you may find that each one has its own story to tell (for example I have one that my newlywed grandmother made for my grandfather while he was in the war).
2) Pieces of china. I still love to use china dishes for certain dinners but using the entire collection at once feels stiff and far too formal for many peoples’ tastes these days. To lighten it up try mixing and matching your dishes or dine on plain white plates but use the tea cups to hold cut flowers (I love one peony in each teacup along the length of the table).
3) Recipe cards. Some of you are lucky enough to have inherited someone’s “famous” recipe book. If you couldn’t get enough of mom’s chocolate chip cookies as a child, why not bring those happy thoughts to your own kitchen today? Frame her recipe card in a special frame that reflects the kind of person she was. Place in a corner of your kitchen countertops for a little tug at your heart strings every time you pass by.
4) Retro holiday decorations. The Christmas tree decor of the 50′s is making a major come back but I don’t intend to wait until December to show off my favorite inherited items! This glitter and pearl star hangs up year-round and while it isn’t a hand-me-down, it sure looks like one. It currently hangs beneath a ledge shelf in our living room to add just a hint of whimsy and romance to an otherwise neutral space. Get creative!
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