10 ‘Lost’ auction items that will really tie the whole room together
Great tips from Oprah.com on becoming YOUR own designer!
DO Find furniture pieces that do “double duty”.
I have to say, I am personally against hunting. Anything once living mounted to a wall, not so appealing to me. However – I do find it fascinating as art. So I was excited to see a new trend called “fauxidermy”. No taxidermist (or hunting) required!
Here are 2 great ceramic “fauxidermy” options from Z Gallerie. Only $49.95 each!
Adorable little safari hook from Urban Outfitters for only $12.
Another idea from Urban Outfitters. Added bonus – it’s cardboard and recyclable!
DO Utilize a closet for office storage.
Build shelving (or purchase ready-made pieces from an organization store) to accommodate your bulky office equipment such as printers, fax machines, etc. This will free up much needed work space on your desk.
DON’T Neglect your Kitchen Pantry.
Inventory the entire contents and categorize them (boxes, paper goods, pasta, etc.). Throw away anything old, give away anything your family won’t use. Purchase plastic containers and place like item in them. Use turn tables for cans and bottles.
DO Tackle the garage.
The garage is always the last place we feel the need to organize. Large plastic bins will be your best friend – these are much more durable than boxes for items such as holiday décor. Trash or donate anything you haven’t used in some time. Install built-in or modular storage if you can. Remember – make the most of the vertical wall space and overhead space with shelving!
DON’T Forget about the main living area.
These well-used rooms tend to collect the most clutter. Use decorative baskets to store items such as papers, magazines, and remotes so you can keep flat surfaces clean and clear. Purchase furniture that does “double duty” such as using a storage ottoman for your coffee table. If you tend to collect a lot of photo frames, try making a wall collage instead of cluttering-up your tables.
Summertime has definitely arrived – marked by 110 degree weather here in Phoenix! Time for some fun in the sun…
You always need something wonderful to decorate your table! Butterflies equal summer in my opinion 🙂How beautiful will these tea light holders look on your patio for the next dinner party or BBQ?
Nothing says summer quite like a bowl of refreshing watermelon…these candles from Pier 1 for less than $20, however, will never spoil!
For those of you who have a contemporary flair, check out this awesome garden lantern (only $42 each) for the backyard:
Shopping for new furniture and decorative items can be a fun, but daunting, task!
Bring on the Red, White and Blue in style!
Need some storage? Grab a set of 2 in red, white or blue!
Great art piece from Urban Outfitters for only $48.00 – with hints of red, white and blue!
DO Have one dramatic element that commands your immediate attention.
This could be an architectural element (such as a fireplace) or a unique piece of furniture.
DON’T Place all your furniture against the wall.
Experiment with angles and avoid the urge to line everything up on a right angle.
DON’T Forget to take a look around your home before you shop. Inventory your existing items with an open mind.
A night stand in the Guest Room might make the perfect end table in the Living Room. The artwork over your bed might look fabulous in the Kitchen. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, or room, as the case may be.