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Is “Home Decor” the gift that keeps on giving?

I found myself contemplating this question as I drove into work today. I’m not a lover of crowded stores and not much of a showroom shopper – I do, however, love to let my fingers do the walking over magazines (inspiration!!) and the computer keyboard.

With money continuing tight, we all want what’s essential and practical — what will give us “bang for buck”. And if a “bit of pleasure” pops in to say hello, that would be rather nice…

Decor is difficult. You can spend a lot of money. Sure want no buyer’s remorse when it comes to home decoration! If you’re like me, you have to live with the decision for a fairly long time.

I can think of two pieces that I bought under *such* tremendous feelings of “I WANT THAT”. The first is a wing chair, in a FAB-U-LOUS fabric (deep burgundy, in a diamond pattern) that I simply fell in love with. Ball and Claw feet in the front. The chair had a classic look that had me haunting the store after hours, because it was sitting right near the door. One evening, I stopped by while driving past: Someone was sitting in “my” chair — and their legs were hoisted in the air by a foot-rest: the Wing Chair had turned Barcalounger! Comfort as well as great looks => I had to have it.

barcalounger

But once I got it home… Where could I put it?

The Wing Chair is now companioned by a wonderful Jeffersonville (Vermont) antique-store find: a corner end table, with a second tier around two sides — perfect for the suede-shaded lamp from a local T.J. Maxx / HomeGoods. But the chair ended up against the wall, which means to recline while in it, you have to pull the chair out into the room! So, sometimes I’m rather of two minds about the this purchase. Great piece of furniture – but not always used.

Yet, I LOVE it! Can’t imagine the living room without it.

My other tale of a “find” that I Love-to-Hate, or maybe Hate-to-Love I’ll leave for next time.

If you have a home decor story to share, drop me a line!

 

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Pantone’s Color Trends Report for Fall 2013 is today’s TALK!

Now you will ask, “Has ‘fall color trends’ anything to do with window coverings??” Indeed! especially when you wish to incorporate something *new* in your home decor scheme.

Q: To take advantage of the fall trends, do I have to change my window shades?

A: Not at all; just think of drapes or blinds as an additional design layer. Here’s a “before & after”:

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BEFORE: Barb’s home was a chilly bank of windows on a winter’s day, and a boiler bank on hot summer days. The lack of window decorating gave the room a half-moved-in appearance, while the garden shed developed into the paramount item in her view outdoors.

Sunroom

AFTER: With shades and romans, Barb now had a finished look to her windows, also some “pattern” and “color,” and — surprise! — choice: she could pull up her “top down bottom up” cellular shades, or pull down her Roman blinds! What she liked best -> her view was now the trees, not the garden shed.

Q: I’m starting from scratch in decorating my bedroom; what COLORS can you offer, say, in black out fabric?

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Black Out Double Cell Cellular fabrics offer a pleasing array of jewel-tones, whites, creams, and earth-tones. Compare to this year’s Pantone Palette:

pantone fall colors

Mykonos Blue – a jewel in the Aegean = think, MARINA

Linden Green – the soft tone of a Linden leaf = think, CYPRESS

Koi – the fleeting flashes of a fish = think, CINNAMON

Carafe – their “rich, glamorous” brown = think, CWS’s COFFEE BEAN

Q: I love “Vivacious” and “Turbulence”, but I don’t think I’m bold enough to paint a wall pink or deep grey. What else can I do?

Accessorize! Small SPLASHES of color are often as useful and more entertaining than a broad swathe of today’s latest color. Check out some of our Pinterest “Just for Fun” pins. Imagine them in your home, as posters, pillows, or props:

cat with cup

Posters – “my favorite things”

pillows

Pillows – one for every family member

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Props – wind-chime teapot

The Cat with Cup introduces that fabulous Mykonos Blue scarf and a touch of Vivacious in the ears; Acai features in the teenager’s trousers; while Carafe and Turbulence are echoed in the rusted-silver teapot chime.

Fall is a time of vibrant color display here in Vermont — we see more golden leaves littering the parking lot of our window shades manufactory every day. Autumn colors rank high on Pantone’s “trending” list, and you, too, can introduce them into your home.

And through the end of October (27th to be exact) you’ll save $30 per shade for Lift Option Upgrades — which means two of the lift options — Smoothy Continuous Cord or Top Down Bottom Up — are actually *free*!

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Check out past posts on
Colors of the Month

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Finally, I get some time to take a look at some new websites, blogs and magazines – and do a little updating on Pinterest.

And it was while reading “The Adventures of Elizabeth“, that I felt the urge to learn more about “Where Women Create” — and found WWC’s fabulous Pinterest boards, including my personal favorite: STUDIO SPACES & PLACES!

So many times, on the phone with CellularWindowShades.com customers, I have heard the whispered phrase, “We’ve just replaced our windows….”. They, of course are shopping for new window shades; but you can’t help but wonder: What gets done with all the old windows?

STUDIO SPACES & PLACES has some answers! My favorite is the biggest project, found at the end…

studio

shed

recycled conservatory

Wouldn’t you like to jazz up your interior decorations with something you already have around the house? Laura Gaskill of HOUZZ has come up with a list of fifteen NO-COST ways to “Invigorate Your Space”. Let’s look at them together.

Laura comments, “Sometimes all it takes is a bit of inspiration to see your space with fresh eyes.”

framed prints

1. Frame illustrations from a book or magazine. (The “no-cost” assumes you’ve some black frames lying around…, as well as all those glossy magazines.)

I love these simple floral prints. They remind me of Regency-era Artwork, when women drew and painted botanical specimens.

2. Repurpose fabric remnants as art. Similar to #1, use fabric – as a wall hanging, or as a framed print.

As Laura suggests, you can even use an embroidery hoop and display it that way; but why not add some embroidery touches, in that case?

3. Use vases to display jewelry. The accompanying photo shows a necklace looped a couple of times around the neck of a simple ceramic vase. Another, next to it, has a myriad of gold bracelets tossed down its long thin neck.

My passion is pins, more than necklaces (and certainly more than bracelets: hard to type with a clanking bracelet!). I hung a padded board and stick my brooches all over the surface. Makes it easy to choose which to wear, and keeps them in fine condition.

4. Use “throws” in a fresh way. The text talks about those little blankets that sometimes live at the foot of your bed, as well as throw pillows – which they’ve even piled up under a small table.

My suggestion here might seem old-fashioned, but years ago I haunted an antique lace, doily, and tablecloth booth. Beautiful needlework, and they look great over the back of an overstuffed chair.

5. Swap out accent furniture from room to room.

I did this! Had a small painted table in a back room, that made a perfect bedside table; add lamp and a few books … voila!

6. Revamp old jars as fun storage. Q-tips? pencils? Here’s where they go!

They can be Mason jars, squat jars once filled with nuts, cylindrical peanut butter jars. Be creative with the sizes and shapes. HOUZZ’s photo shows hot PINK covers on all the jars, which unifies the collection.

7. Color code your book shelves. The photo of a white room with blue accents features a wall of books – red bindings huddled together in one area; blue bindings in another; yellow bindings elsewhere; and creams are up there too.

As a book collector, I am loath to DO anything to a book that ‘injures’ it; I keep dust jackets on, for instance. Oh! how that would have helped a 1930s volume from being so sun-faded that the fabric hinges cracked. I do like their bonus, however: “It will give you an excuse to peruse all of your favorite old books!”

8. Turn a crate on its side to hold books.

Rustic… Reused… neatly stacked even. Who could argue with this decor suggestion. Add to that: CDs, DVDs – anything that cries out for a little storage spot to call home. Line the box, if you’d like an addition use for those remnants of fabric!

9. Hang artwork on your shelves.

Personally, I’d prefer the artwork within the shelf‘s little cubby, but the photo show a light at the top of the built-in bookcase, and a little framed picture a few shelves down. As they say, “A small painting allows you to still access the books around it.”

10. Style your open shelving. Glass-fronted or even “commando” (no doors) kitchen cabinets? Take the time to organize and style what you must always view

A non-brainer: Hide the clutter!

11. Put the silver on display. Do you have grandma’s “good silverware”? Show it off, especially if it’s never in use.

The HOUZZ photo has a MARVELOUS Dundee Marmalade stoneware jar – or you could use one of those Mason Jars from #6, above.

12. Reuse glass jars for flowers.

I.e., plant some posies around the rooms you frequent most. You’ll welcome the vibrant colors.

13. Paper a wall in old maps.

This one’s so neat, that I just have to include their photo:

map your bath

Nautical Charts are FABULOUS for a bath, don’t you think? Must confess, I wish it was one giant map, no jogs in the shoreline at all. (Picky, picky…) HOUZZ suggests papering with maps of places you have been – why not toss in a discrete photo too. A nice Top Down Bottom Up cellular window shade – in Vienna Wood (brown=blend in) or Largo (blue=pop!) would complete this picture, giving much needed privacy.

14. Fill an unused frame with fabric-wrapped cork.

This same idea could be fabric on a frame (see my “pin board,” #3 above) or even a foam-core board. Decorate with photos, notes, or maybe postcards from those places that you’ve got maps for!

15. Remove a door and create a hideaway office.

The HOUZZ photo is so cute – a drawn-to-one-side white “linen” curtain, a green-painted wooden (swivel!) office chair, storage bins on a shelf, even three “time zone” clocks. Who can tell me what time it is in LONDON when it’s 11 am in NEW YORK?


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