How to Create a Gorgeous Wall Collage

If you've been flipping through design magazines recently, you might have noticed the resurgence in popularity of the ever-handy wall collage. Used to group wall art so that it mimics the visual weight of a larger piece of art, the collage has many benefits besides just looking fantastic in nearly any space. Collages are usually made up of smaller pieces of artwork, which means you can decorate your walls less expensively. Since there aren't any real rules to creating a collage, you have a lot of flexibility and are able to make your collage match the style of your home's decor. Collages are also a casual and fun way to decorate your home and are a great solution for those weird wall spaces! They can be both very formal and traditional but also casual and carefree, too. While … [Read more...]

Baby Closet Dividers

If you have a baby, you must know that everyone's favorite gift is clothes! Factor that in with a mommy who is already obsessed with cute clothes, and you have a very full closet! Now that our baby is bigger he is able to wear a lot of his really fun and cute outfits. What was starting to happen though is I would find a really cute outfit new with tags that I had forgot I had! I looked online for baby closet organizers and wasn't very pleased with the selection. Luckily, much like his nursery art and mobile, I decided to make my own! This craft was easy breezy. Here's what you need: Wooden Door Hangers (be sure to get the thick ones, there are thin one which are less expensive but they don't take the paint well) Craft Paint Pain Markers *Ribbon (optional) (These … [Read more...]

Mixing Antique and Traditional Furniture Styles

If one of your design resolutions this year was to stir up your furniture styles, remember that mixing and matching modern, contemporary pieces with more traditional antiques can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned designer or decorator. So why do it? Why try and mix and match modern pieces with their design counterparts, antiques? Because when it’s done right, combining contemporary furniture and accessories with antiques creates authentic, multi-layered and fascinating spaces. Remember, you should always design a space according to what you truly love. That being said, there are a few steps you can take to make things easier on yourself when tackling a project like trying to infuse old and new in one room. The first thing I suggest is to decide whether or not you … [Read more...]

How to Make an Evergreen Mailbox Swag in 10 Minutes

Fresh greens abound this time of year, so all it takes to make a fresh swag for your mailbox is a little greenery, along with some floral foam and wire.  Take a look around your neighborhood for magnolia, boxwood, and holly to add to your swag.  Tree lots give away all their leftover branches, which is a great base for a swag.  If you have a regular mailbox with a post, wedge a small piece of floral foam right under the horizontal piece coming out of the post and start adding your greenery right and left until it starts filling in.  Add branches spilling out the top too. You can take a small bit of floral wire and wrap around a couple of the branches to secure it to your mailbox post in the back  in case of wind.  Keep filling in with more branches, a little magnolia or whatever you … [Read more...]

Elevating the Holiday Table Centerpiece

I am always searching for ways to create a table centerpiece that does not impede dinner guests' line of sight. Most decorations which are scaled large enough for a big dining room table are too tall to keep on the table during dinner. This hanging holiday table centerpiece solves that problem! By hanging the decorations from the chandelier, it creates height without limiting table function. This arrangement is created out of plastic Christmas ornaments hung with curling ribbon. I recommend leaving the ends of the ribbon uncut until you are satisfied with the ornament placement. It took me a little readjusting to make it feel balanced. Last year I did a similar centerpiece using dainty glass Christmas balls hung by a clear thread. It turned out very pretty, but due to lack of … [Read more...]

Creative Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Picture from A Stirring Life Decorating your Thanksgiving table can be a fun way to show off your personality and personal style. Spice it up with a fun centerpiece, place cards, napkin holders, and even display the menu for the day.  Here are several more pictures of different table settings you can draw inspiration from. Do something different this year with your Thanksgiving centerpiece.  I found this beautiful creation over at It's A Wonderful Life.  It can be done with 3 plates some clear glasses, Jelly Beans or Fruit, and leaves, pine cones, etc. It's such a beautiful and unique centerpiece! Place card tutorial by Kari Place cards aren't only to decorate your table and make it look fabulous.  Use them strategically to encourage great conversation and on the flip … [Read more...]