August 2012

Time to Tailgate!

Written on August 31, 2012 at 7:00 pm , by

We head to the stadium to support our local favorite football team every autumn, and it’s an event that takes up an entire day when we participate in the classic tailgate.  The experience is always worth the effort during the season when surrounded by your fellow fans wearing the team logos, eating, drinking, and celebrating before the hopeful win.

Through the years, we’ve encountered friends who treat tailgating as a very serious ritual and they prepare favorite dips, recipes, and great barbeque in advance before the big game.  We really love this season when it’s time again to get together to share in some great food, listen to pregame highlights, and engage in team rivalry.

 

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Everyone’s tailgate rituals and supply lists vary, but here are some recommended essentials to get you set up for a good old fashioned parking lot party.  

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From top left:  10′ Canopy, True Value Hardware, $160; Folding chair, Buy.com, $26;  Melamine nesting bowls with lids, Target, $20; Portable BBQ, Sears, $152; Boombox for iPod with AM/FM radio, Sears, $55; Football, NFL Shop, $20; Dip on ice serving bowl, Walmart, $20; Propane heater, Amazon, $45; 60 bottle cooler, National Tailgate, $170; Portable folding table, Home Depot, $75; Picnic blanket, Picnic World, $30

 

Don’t forget the team colors, tasty appetizers, cold beverages, and great company to go with the supplies!  Do you have any favorite tailgating traditions?  What team(s) are you hoping will win a championship this year?

 

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Ten Simple Ways to Decorate with Fall Leaves

Written on August 29, 2012 at 10:00 am , by

With Labor Day weekend just a few days away, the time is near when we turn our thoughts to the upcoming autumn season and the festivities it includes, from football games to Halloween haunts.  For many, fall is their most favorite season for its cooler weather and the guarantee of a vivid show from nature.   

Keeping your fall decorating as simple as can be gives you less time spent indoors and more time spent outdoors enjoying the beauty of the changing season.  Here are ten simple ways to decorate with autumn leaves !

1.  Spray adhesive, cardstock, and ribbon are all the supplies you’ll need to transform fallen leaves into ornaments for display on branches around your home.

 

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2.  Gather a collection of oak or maple leaves and string them up along a bookcase, table, or countertop for a festive fall display. 

 

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3.  Decoupage small leaves to wax candles to dress them up for a centerpiece. 

 

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4. Press leaves between heavy books to flatten them then display them behind glass or in a shadow box to make seasonal shelf or mantel art.

 

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5. The fall season brings the harvest and with it comes savory flavors.  Schedule a wine tasting party and label your vino with cardstock leaves cut from colorful papers. 

 

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6. Acorns are easily glued to a craft frame, then layer a leaf on linen inside as a focal point.

 

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7. Speaking of frames, if you have an empty one, paint it in a vivid hue and insert a simple autumn leaf garland as the subject matter.

 

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8. Use a dab of craft glue to adhere real leaves or ones made from paper to a pumpkin, vary the colors of the leaves or paper for interest.

 

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9. Gather miniature vases and insert leaves collected on an autumn walk for a colorful display on a tray. 

 

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10. Clip branches and place them in a tall vase for a simple yet stunning show on the mantel. 

 

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Are you excited for the upcoming show from nature? 

How do you decorate with fall leaves?

 

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Style Spotlight: Faux Bois

Written on August 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm , by

It’s hard to resist the appeal of beautiful tall trees and there’s nothing like a nice long walk in the woods to clear the mind!  So it makes perfect sense that when we decorate, we embrace the patterns found on the surface of bark or in the grain of wood.  “Faux bois” is French for “false wood” and the term defines the reproduction of wood patterns in home decor. 

Natural wood accents and finishes are en vogue right now and rightfully so.  Nature is one of the best sources we look to for inspiration and to emulate by bringing the patterns we find outside indoors.  I’m a lover of this popular pattern myself, and even made my own faux bois vases last year – they remain one of my favorite craft projects to date. 

Ask many designers and they’ll tell you one of their best tricks when sprucing up a space is to pull the look and feel of the outdoors inside, and the use of faux bois treatments on walls or underfoot is one way to capture the feel of nature indoors, but no need to restrict yourself to earth tones!  Choose faux bois treatments in colors that complement your chosen palette, whether subtle or bold. 

 

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A variety of home furnishings are available in this style, including end tables and chairs, and smaller accessories like pillows, vessels, and table decor also add the touch of twig or wood grain to the home.

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Want to bring the look of faux bois into your house? 

Here are a few favorite style picks!

 

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From top left: Woods wallpaper, Anthropologie, $198/roll;  Birch Stencil, Cutting Edge Stencils, $68; Oscar lamp, Lamps Plus, $87; Bark Pot, Terrain, $12; Floor lamp, Oly Studio; Stray Dog Stump, Zinc Door, $363; Mirror, Zinc Door, $462; Mousepad, Zazzle, $11; Faux bois pillow, Shop Ten 25, $160; Set of four placemats, Design Public,$52; Wood Grain pitcher, Terrain, $10; Arbor Chair, Currey and Co; Fountain, Ballard Designs, $119; Plate, Zazzle, $26; Faux Bois rug, Home Decorators, $267; Twig Table, CS Post, $369.

 

We all love to bring the outdoors inside, have you embraced the faux bois look with your decorating?  

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Dressers Outside the Bedroom

Written on August 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm , by

Last week, we looked at some clever uses for dressers as bathroom vanities, yet there are a lot of other spaces outside the bedroom where you can put a dresser to good use.  With its flat top surface and handy drawers for storage, dressers large to small make themselves at home in several unexpected places.  The next time you inherit one from a relative, score one at a thrift store, or spy one in a shop, consider these rooms for placement!

In the living room, an antique white dresser makes an elegant prop for sculptural vases or fresh botanicals and provides storage for seasonal items.  A mirror suspended above is the perfect partner for a piece that looks so pretty up against the wall. 

 

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The entry benefits from additional storage too, so consider a dresser for storing hats, mittens, and scarves for grab-and-go convenience in colder months.

 

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How about a dresser in the kitchen?  Now there’s a clever concept!  Incorporate a beautiful antique into your design plan so it acts as an island for a one-of-a-kind look!  

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If you stumble across a worn dresser or two, there’s no need to use the frame when just the drawers will do.  While technically in the bedroom this clever repurpose of the drawers into a headboard is worthy of  mention.  Unite different finishes with paint for a cohesive style statement that packs plenty of storage.

 

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Any dresser can be reinvented to suit your style, all it takes is a weekend spent personalizing it with paint, stain, decoupage, or wallpaper to make it your own. 

 

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Look around your house for those empty corners or walls, is there a place outside the bedroom you could tuck a dresser into your home?

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DIY: Cabinet Door Memo Board

Written on August 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm , by

I love an easy do-it-yourself project, especially one everyone can do!  This project provides hidden organization inside a cabinet in your kitchen, mudroom, or office, and you can customize it with your favorite fabric for a fun pop of color like this cheerful Ikat inside a computer armoire I recently painted. 

 

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Supplies you will need:  cork tiles from an office supply store; cotton fabric of choice; box cutter or X-acto knife; stapler; multipurpose glue for securing different surfaces; push pins.

1.  Remove the cabinet door so you can work with it laying flat on a table, and determine the desired width of your fabric covered memo board.  If you have an inset on the back of your cabinet, it helps to work with that dimension, if not, simply pick a point an inch or two away from the edges so the new memo board won’t interfere with proper closing of the cabinet.   Carefully trim tiles with a box cutter or X-acto knife to your desired width.

 

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Still Hot: Industrial

Written on August 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm , by

It’s fun to observe what is on the horizon in interior design, what styles have staying power, and what looks are simply trends that will pass.  Industrial chic has been a popular look in design for quite some time with galvanized and oxidized metal furnishings and fixtures popping up in retail stores, and making an appearance in kitchens, offices, and dining spaces.    

 

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Cage lighting and open storage units that combine metal framing with reclaimed wood are all the rage, popular in commercial stores for their open display and in restaurants because they introduce a contemporary cool vibe.

 

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Industrial is criticized by some as cold, but when layered with other styles from traditional to cottage, a unique industrial pendant or set of stools make a chic statement in a space.

 

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Layers of texture always add interest to a room and metal surfaces are yet another finish to consider when decorating your home.  If you’re looking to introduce some touches of industrial to any of your spaces, here are a few favorite picks!  

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From top left: Basket Chandelier, Junkyard Lighting, $189; Backless Stool (three colors), Barn Light Electric, $385; Wire Crate Chandelier, Terrain, $1,398; Magazine Rack, Urban Outfitters, $129; Metal Pharmacy Cabinet, Restoration Hardware, $395; Extender Lamp, Hudson Goods, $595; Tabouret Barstools, Set of 2, Overstock, $99; Metal Office Storage, Restoration Hardware, $75; Coffee Table, Hudson Goods, $895; Quindici Metal Cabinet, Napa Style, $1,799; Bar Cart, Clayton Gray Home, $1,105; Aiden Etagere, World Market, $219; Steel Chest, Clayton Gray Home, $4,150

 

Are you a fan of industrial decor?  Do you find these accents too cold or très chic?

 

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