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House Crashing: Style For Miles (Young House Love)

Read about at one of my favorite DIY blogs, Young House Love

"Young House Love House Crash"

Young House Love

Take a look at what Sherry and John are up to now… another house crash… this time in the Richmond area and a house so beautifully decorated that they use it for commercials and photoshoots.  Love the painted ladder on the front porch.  Click the photo above to read more…

Enjoy,

A Cottage Home: White and Blue Make An Impact (BHG)

White has always been a favorite of mine in decorating but when paired with blue, it really pops (told you I was coming around to liking blue.)  A recent post by BHG shows unique ideas in this decor and thinking outside the box.  Five stars for this BHG post and I’m putting this living room and kitchen in my “inspiration” box!

"White and Blue Cottage Living Room"

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

This kitchen makes me want to start baking something.  What a neat idea for an old window!

"White and Blue Cottage Kitchen"

Better Homes and Gardens

 

Be sure to follow the link above to see all the pictures of this inspiring cottage re-do.

Enjoy,

Easy Decor Ideas on a Budget: BHG

Sun Room Chandelier: With a Beach Theme

Typical of a 1950’s ranch home, this old house came with a single carport which had been been converted into a room to have additional living space.  Since it is next door to the kitchen, we’ve been using it as a part dining room and part TV room.  It’s the room with many names but currently it is called the “sun room.”  Recently added is a thrift store long wooden table with dark wood top and white legs.   Since the room has little lighting, it really needed a light fixture for over the table.  The room has a beach theme from our many trips to Gulf Shores, Alabama.  Thus we picked a Lamps Plus chandelier (on closeout) with a somewhat nautical theme with its wrapped iron roping effect and 6- light chandelier arms.   To complete the look, we purchased silk shantung shades from CSN Stores (5 of them were on clearance!).

"White Candelebra Chandelier"

Although the fixture was made to hardwire install, we chose to use a swag light kit so it could be plugged into the wall.  Converting this was no easy job since electrical skills we lack.  However, with the help of our friend John, super handyman and jack of all trades, we were able to have it installed in less than an hour.

It will take one more visit from John to get the light working properly since there is still an on-off switch to install on the wire.  We also want to drape the chain to the corner and have it run down the wall to the outlet.  Neither one of us had a ladder!  Another hint for a great looking chandelier is to have a dimmer which we have ordered from Amazon.  It’s just the type you plug in and convert any lamp to a dimming one!

All in all, we are very pleased with the results.  The room is taking shape in bits and pieces and it will be a joy to show the total look as soon as it is finished!

Thanks to John and his daughter for helping me once again “make this old house a new home.”

Raise the Ceiling: A Romantic Bedroom

Another space enlarging touch for a small bedroom is to be creative with fabric by drawing the eye up to the ceiling.  Love this idea from Better Homes and Gardens.  This instant canopy made with swing arm curtain rods and fabric really makes the whole room pop!!

The romantic and elegant chandelier also draws your attention to the ceiling.  Loving the one pictured with its cottage feel.  Here’s one I found at lampsplus.com which may be a good alternative.

or this swag one that plugs into the wall if you have no electrical skills or would like to drape over a side table..

Whether you use sheer fabric for a more romantic, wispy look or you coordinate fabric with existing furniture or drapes in the room,  this space enlarging idea is a winner in my book.  Here’s another space saving idea for a bedroom headboard we posted today.  Have fun!

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