Written on November 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm , by Michael Wurm, Jr.
TREND: Deep, Rich Colors
I’m not sure if I should blame it on the season, but lately I have been totally obsessed with purple. During the fall, deep purples are a natural color choice for decorating. Inspired by the fall leaves and ripe grapes, this beautifully rich color provides a regal flair to any space. I even created a few seasonal centerpiece ideas around the color for my own table.
Purple is also a great color if you’re looking to add a touch of glitz and glam to your space. Take this photo for example. I just love how this bold purple rug ties in so nicely with an ornate gold framed mirror. Throw in a splash of turquoise and a little greenery, and it’s a winning combination!
Inspired by my new fondness for purple, I put together a few of my favorite pieces to help you add a rich and regal look to your space. Whether you want to dive in with an area rug or just test the waters with a few accessories for your office, I’m certain you will love what this color can do for your home. Let us know in the comments if you’re loving this deep rich color as much as we are.
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm
Written on September 5, 2013 at 3:00 am , by Chelsey Andrews
In just a few short weeks the OFFICIAL start to Fall will be here. That means school starting, less vacation, and yeah… less sunshine (at least in Oregon). I don’t know about you, but I needed a small update to my calendar and work area. That’s what inspired my Calendar Work Station.
For this creation I wanted to use ALL materials I already had at my home. Some leftover plywood from building our chicken coop, old jars, rubber bands, and some spray paint that was almost gone; all this went into creating this project. Technically this calendar work station cost me nothing, but if I really calculated the original cost for all the needed items: under $15. This is a very relaxed and easy to recreate DIY. Hopefully very little stress. Here’s how I made it:
- 13 inches wide by 30 inches high piece of plywood
- Two small shelf brackets
- Some wood that will have a final measure of 11 inches long by 6 inches wide
- Mini document clips
- Four large rubberbands
- 3 small canning jars with bands and lids
- E6000 adhesive
- Contact paper
- Painter’s tape
- Small amounts of primer + paint spray paint
- Cut your wood. We had some leftover wood pieces that I started with, but you can always go to Lowes and they’ll cut a couple sizes for you.
- Print out the Weekday Letters printout. Place the letters under the contact paper, then trace with a pen.
- Cut out the letters with a sharp X-acto knife. From here you can decide if you’d like your calendar to start with Sunday or Monday. Just move the S’s around to where you need them. I chose to go with Monday – Sunday, so both S’s were at the end of the letters.
- Peel the paper off the sticky contact paper and apply it to the plywood. Press down the contact paper very well, to hopefully prevent bleeding when painting.
- Tape off the rest of the plywood to prep for the spray paint. I used a paper bag and painters tape to create a couple of lines to spray gold on the board.
- Spray the letters and lines of the board. I chose black for the letters and gold for the lines. Let dry, then peel off tape/contact paper.
- Optional: Spray paint the shelf boards, shelf brackets, and jar bands. Let dry.
- Screw the shelf brackets onto the bottom of the shelf boards.
- Prep the jar lids for hanging under the shelf. Use E6000 to adhere the jar lids to the jar bands. Let dry.
- Evenly arrange the glued jar lids on the bottom of the shelf. Screw them into the shelf.
- Center and screw the prepped shelf onto the bottom section of your plywood board.
- Print out the calendar and notes (trim as needed). On the calendar, number the days of the month you are currently in.
- Space out the the four large rubber bands on the plywood board and place the calendar + notes. Secure with the mini document clips.
- Fill your jars and screw them under the shelf.
- Add some goodies to the shelf.
- Hang, enjoy.
Also, let your little kiddo help you decorate your shelf… and you may have a fun shark added to the work station. Hee.
Happy organized Fall!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on October 18, 2012 at 3:00 am , by Chelsey Andrews
I absolutely loved this “Welcome” pumpkin I found on the BHG site. I know that painting anything freehand on pumpkins (especially words) can be pretty darn difficult. That’s why I’ve drawn and created a little printable for all of you to enjoy and use on your own pumpkins! See? I love how it turned out.
It’s easy-ish (the hard part is cutting it out). How-to:
- Print and cut out the “welcome” free printable.
- You can now choose if you’d like to use part of your cutout as a stencil, OR you can use the actual “Welcome” word and Mod Podge it on to your pumpkin. I went the Mod Podge route (followed by a quick sealant spray to keep it from coming off in the rain).
- If you’re painting on the “Welcome”: using some black (or whatever color you’d like) acrylic paint to stencil on the word.
- If you’re using Mod Podge: Follow the bottle’s instructions to adhere the word onto the pumpkin. Optional: spray on a sealant to keep the word waterproof. I used sealant, since our pumpkin will be getting a little wet. Side note: depending on the type of printer you have, mod podge could smear the ink. You can use a little water and a q-tip to remove this (nail polish remover will also work for big ink stains). If the “Welcome” word fades from the Mod Podge, go over the word with a sharpie or black paint pen.
- Optional: hollow out the pumpkin and place a jar IN the pumpkin to make a pumpkin vase. Add water and flowers = cute fall floral arrangement.
That’s it! You are done. Enjoy!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on October 4, 2012 at 3:59 am , by Chelsey Andrews
I’m already seeing the leaves turn; the streets are getting covered by speckles of orange, red, and brown leaves. That means it’s just about time for fall, with that comes my need to get cozy with a cup of coffee and a good movie. It’s getting chilly at night and our windows aren’t open as much as they were on the warm summer evenings. It can get a little stuffy in our 90-year-old home, and I wanted to add some freshness to my cozy atmosphere.
Bring in the DIY air freshener. Yes, I could have purchased a plugin for this, or sprayed freshener every thirty minutes that. Not for me. I like to make things a little more exciting and try it myself (ok, it’s not that exciting… well, for me it is). What you need for this super fresh project:
- Baking Soda
- Essential Oil (I chose a little cinnamon and apple blend… hello fall)
- A jar with lid ring (I found my jar at a thrift store)
- Cheesecloth (or any loosely woven cloth)
- 5 minutes of time
Here are the easiest DIY directions I’ve ever written:
- Using your clean/dried jar, fill the baking soda up to about a 1/4 to 1/2 an inch.
- Add 8 to 12 drops of essential oil onto your baking soda.
- Cut your cheesecloth to about a 1/2 inch wider than the lid (you want the lid to completely cover the cheesecloth, when it’s screwed on).
- Put on the cheesecloth and lid. Maybe add a bit of decoration? Optional of course. NOTE: this air freshener should be kept out of reach of small children and animals. I’ve placed my jar where my daughter and cats cannot reach.
That’s it! You now have a homemade air freshener. Baking soda really is fantastic, right?
Happy Thursday to all of you!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on September 29, 2012 at 8:30 am , by BHG Guest Blogger
Hi all, Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm here! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the deep, rich, saturated colors, the hearty and flavorful foods, and the pleasantly reassuring smells of leaves, pumpkin, and spices. As the warm temperatures of summer fade and the frost covers the landscape, people quickly move inside.
(1) Glass Globe String Lights; (2) Gold Flatware; (3) Global Medallion Dinnerware; (4) Mercury Glass Candlesticks; (5) Shadow Plaid Throw; (6) Triangle Lattice Throw; (7) Oar Server; (8) Gather Tote; (9) Yard Dice; (10) Fresh Pumpkin Crate; (11) Sumner Dining Table; (12) Who’s Wine Glasses
This year, instead of escaping from the outdoors, I’m encouraging you to embrace it! Grab some pumpkins, your dining room table, and a couple throws. Then call your friends and invite them over for a Fall Garden Party. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite fall-inspired table elements to make your dinner magical and unforgettable! Where are the chairs you might ask? Grab a few bales of straw, cover them with a blanket or rug, and you’ll have all the seating you need. Plus, after the party, you can use them to decorate your house for the season. I even dug through the BHG recipe archives to plan a delicious, simple, and hardy menu your guests will love. With the planning finished, it’s time to party!
(1) Peppered Herb Cheese Ball; (2) Mini Party Quiches; (3) Chicken and White Bean Stew; (4) Garden Salad with Balsamic Dressing and Herb Feta; (5) Maple Pumpkin Creme Brûlée; (6) Crumb-Topped Apple Slab Pie
Happy Fall, Y’all! I’ll be patiently waiting for my invitation to your Fall Garden Party.
Michael Wurm, Jr. Inspired by Charm
Written on September 25, 2012 at 8:30 am , by BHG Guest Blogger
Hi all, Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm here! In a little over a month, ghosts, goblins, and ghouls will come knocking and asking for goodies. These two fall-inspired front entryway looks will have your home all decked out for the holiday. Decorating staples such as a chandelier and a console table are perfect for any season. Decorative accessories, including a bowl for candy, can be easily swapped out seasonally or dressed up to fit the occasion. Whether it be for a trick or a treat, you can bet all the neighbors will be trying to sneak a peek at your fabulous decor while the children fill their bags with candy. Let’s decorate!
(1) Glass Vase 15″- Purple; (2) Glass Vase 13″ – Purple; (3) Parsons Mirrored Chandelier; (4) Spider Witch Hat; (5) Domed Mirror; (6) Source Console; (7) Witch’s Broom; (8) Senegalese Storage Basket; (9) Spider Web Placemat; (10) Mercury Glass Decorative Bowl
(1) Ceramic Owl; (2) Copenhagen Chandelier; (3) Amana Brass Candleholders; (4) Bungalow Mirror; (5) Leo Foyer Table; (6) Rope Bin Collection – Orange; (7) La Belle Gold Table Vase; (8) Harvest Pumpkin Serving Bowl; (9) Sun Bleached Cardoon Wreath (10) Antique Grape Lug
Which fall-inspired look do you like best?
Happy Fall, Michael Wurm, Jr. Inspired by Charm