The Rule of 3 in Decorating!

Do you know about the Rule of 3 in decorating?

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I am not an Interior Designer, but I do use the “Rule of 3″ in decorating.  When you look at a room, your eye can tell the difference it makes. What the “Rule of 3″ means, is that items grouped in 3’s look better! It gives a feeling of symmetry and balance. There’s no difference whether you’re hanging pictures, decorating a table, mantle, adding pillows, or creating a vignette, the “Rule of 3″ creates interest. It, also, prevents a feeling of chaotic clutter to the room.

Let’s look at some examples…..

In this tablesetting, repeating 3 vases spaced apart down the center of the table creates movement and repetition in color. If you group all 3 vases together, they should be 3 different heights, but spacing them out works.

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Here’s artwork hung in three columns. Yes, there are six, but the eye sees it as 3 sets!

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There are 3 elements in this wall art: the window, butterflies, and fern planter. Do you see how it gives balance?

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This is another set of 3’s in wall art. The flower pots are also in groups of 3!

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Often windows in a home are in sets of 3. The seating arrangement also follows the rule of 3 with two chairs and a table. Do you see more 3’s?

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More balance in 3’s and 5!

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Lanterns hung in 3’s

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While these 3 vases are all the same height, there are 3 different colors.

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How many 3’s do you see here?

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Before you go change everything in your house to a group of three, the numbers of 1, 5, 7, also work in decorating or grouping of objects. There are exceptions, of course. I wouldn’t decline a gift of an even dozen roses, would you?  Let your eye be the judge.

The Rule of 3 also applies to fabrics, color, and layout of the room. When you go to a furniture store, you see this rule as living room groupings will be a couch, loveseat, and chair, or a couch grouped with two chairs.

Recently, we rented a condo for a vacation and I could hardly relax in it due to the mix of colors, textures, and visual layout of the rooms. Nothing followed the Rule of 3! Everything seemed off balance! I wanted to totally rearrange and realized how important this rule of 3 can play in the overall relaxing feeling of the room.

Look around your home and see where you have used the rule of 3. Does this help you when trying to figure out a room arrangement, accent pieces or hanging artwork?

Hope this helps!

Phyllis

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Spring Idea House Tour 2015 (Part 3)

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This is the third and last post in the series of the Spring Idea House Tour-2015. Several designers completely overhaul this house three times a year to showcase decorating trends, new products, re-purposing vintage finds, while giving loads of inspiration for your own home.

The first room is called a “Backroads USA Lounge” highlighting the famous Route 66 . The theme is carried out in so many unique ways. First, look at the valance of old rusty license plates. Is that cute or what?  Also, the USA flag has highway numbers stenciled on it.

 

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Here’s a closer look at the license plates. Sorry for the glaring sun! I hate when I’m taking pictures and there’s nothing that can be done about the sun shining in the windows so brightly. I like cloudy days for picture taking, but this should give you an idea of how they are attached to the rod.

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US highway maps decorate one wall and the closet door.

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This barn door attached to the wall, holds Americana wall art.

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Salvaged wood and wire make a postcard display against a stenciled wall.

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Several vintage accessory finds  such as an old odometer, small suitcases, and hubcap, create more travel-themed interest on the shelving unit.

 

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The lampshade is stenciled with Route 66!

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Old suitcases, used as a coffee table, serve as storage. The candles on the suitcases are wrapped with maps and twine.

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Don’t you think this is a fun theme for a boy’s room or recreation room?

Next, is the main bedroom done in black and white. Garden stakes are grouped together on the wall to form an unusual, 0ne-of-a-kind headboard. The bed has lots of black and white pattern with a splash of orange.

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Vases grouped in “3’s” give an additional punch of orange color.

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Black floral wire adds dimension and design to plain wood frames.

 

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On the inside of a vintage cabinet, metal radiator paneling makes a great place to hang jewelry. It is simply painted a glossy black and attached to the inside of the door.

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The same radiator paneling is cut and used as a backing for wall art.

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Now, onto the living room and sunroom decorated in green and pink.

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 Above the fireplace, strips of sheet moss is woven together to make the background. A Manzanita tree branch is mounted with artificial pink cherry blossoms. Small hanging lantern candles complete the look.

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 Salvaged doors, turned into wall art, really accent this grouping.

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 A closer look at the salvaged doors…..

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 Additional seating in the living room area…..

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 A beautiful arrangement on the coffee table uses colored wire as an accent.

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 In the sunroom, various terrariums fill this table.

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 In the corner, decorative glass creates hanging art.

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 Anyone know what this is? Note the arrow pointing inside!

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 This is a watering bowl for pigs! What an unusual piece for a side table! The inside is filled with a miniature garden scene. Please excuse the sun glare again, but I wanted you to see the inside setting. So cute and what a conversation piece!

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 Hope you enjoyed this tour of the Spring Idea House. If you missed a part, here they are….

Spring Idea House Tour 2015 Part 1    and    Spring Idea House Tour 2015 Part 2

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Thanks for stopping by and hope this tour gave you inspiration for your own home. I’ve been looking for a pig watering bowl, but haven’t found it :(

If you missed the first two parts of the Idea House Tour 2015, here they are…….  Spring Idea House Tour 2015-Part 1  

and Spring Idea House Tour 2015- Part 2

 

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Bruschetta Chicken

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If you like Bruschetta as an appetizer, you’ll like the flavor of Bruschetta Chicken. It has all the same ingredients of Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, garlic, basil and bread crumbs combined with a tender chicken breast. It is quick cooking and ready in about 30 minutes. Serve with pasta or rice, add a vegetable, and you have an easy dinner for family or friends. Be sure to use only boneless chicken breasts as adding bone-in thighs or drumsticks changes the cooking times.

Ingredients:

Servings 6

1⁄2 cup flour
3 eggs, slightly beaten
6 boneless ,skinless chicken breasts
1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1⁄2 cup dry breadcrumbs
2 tablespoon butter, melted
4 large tomatoes, chopped & seeded
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
5 tablespoons minced fresh basil, set aside a few whole leaves as garnish
1 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

Combine chopped tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and basil, salt and pepper in a  bowl and set aside.

Place flour and lightly beaten eggs in separate containers that are large enough for the chicken breasts.
Dip chicken in flour, then in egg, and place in greased 9×13 pan.
Combine the cheese, breadcrumbs, & butter, and sprinkle over chicken.
Loosely cover dish with foil & bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
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Uncover the chicken and bake an additional 5-10 minutes longer until top is browned.
Spoon tomato mixture over chicken, return to oven for 3-5 minutes or until tomato topping is just heated through.

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 Serve Bruschetta Chicken with rice or pasta.

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 Enjoy!

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Crab Pasta Salad Supreme

Summer calls for pasta salads and this Crab Pasta Salad Supreme is a delicious one to make. It might just become a real favorite! On an earlier post I shared another Crab Pasta Salad so you may want to check that out, too! This one that I’m sharing is colorful and has lots of complimentary flavors that go with the crab. Give it a try as I know you’ll like it. Around here, we don’t have easy access to fresh crab, so imitation will have to do.

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Ingredients:

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

2-3 hard-boiled eggs , chopped

2-3 tablespoons chopped onion

Sliced black olives – as many as you like

1/4 tsp. both salt and pepper

3-4 tablespoons chopped red peppers

1/4 cup chopped celery

3/4 – 1  1/4 cups mayo

4 cups cooked Rainbow Rotini spiral pasta  ( I use one package)

1 package crab cut up

Crisp, cooked Bacon

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. If more mayo is needed, just add a little milk or cream and stir well. Serve with crushed bacon on top.  Serves 8-10.

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Enjoy!

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30+ Easiest Wreaths of the Season

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No matter what season it is, wreaths are a wonderful home decoration. When used on a front door, they’re a lovely visual welcome to your guests. The history of the wreath goes back to Greek and Roman times where it was associated with victory, but today, wreaths are for any season and any reason. They can be large or small and displayed anywhere outside or inside your home.

Buying wreaths can be quite spendy!  For those who like to stay within a budget,  making your own is more cost-effective and fun to do. It seems that wreaths can be made from just about anything such as dried materials, sweaters, jeans, burlap, ribbon, Christmas balls, paper, or fabric scraps.

I’ve gathered together “30+ Easiest Wreaths of the Season” ideas. Some of my own creations are included in this collection. Each wreath idea has a link to complete instructions.

Go to….. 30+ Easiest Wreaths of the Season!    or click on the picture above.

I know you’ll find some creative ideas to make for your own home whatever the season!

Enjoy!

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DIY Textured Vase

This DIY Textured Vase is a ” knock-off ” of a vase that I saw in a store. Looking at it carefully, I thought it would be easy enough to do myself instead of spending big money. The white color really sets off the red geraniums, but any color paint would work depending on your own color scheme. The best thing is this project cost me nothing since I already had the geraniums, paint, jar, and burlap. Don’t you feel good about a project that costs nothing?

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Here’s the inspiration……

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Materials Needed:

Glass Jar ,Bottle, or Jug  (height depends on where you are using it)

White Acrylic Paint (if you want a lot of texture, use a little Plaster of Paris mixed in the paint) I just used the paint..

Acrylic Spray (optional)

Burlap

Flowers and Ribbon of choice

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Directions:

I used a jar left from the Sauerkraut that I used in my Colorful Sauerkraut Salad.  The jar had a pattern both at the top and bottom which I thought would make the vase more interesting than a regular Ball jar.  Also, it was the right height for a table centerpiece.

Using a bit of cheap burlap ribbon, I dabbed it into the white paint. I wanted to control the amount of paint so I also dabbed the burlap on newspaper until it had less paint. With minimal paint, the holes on the burlap show and make the texture. Do as little dabbing or a lot. When you get your desired look, let dry. Apply acrylic spray, if desired.

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I added the red geraniums to make a centerpiece for my table.

It’s just the right size for my red and white tablesetting.

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This is the same textured vase with a Patriotic look. Great idea for Memorial Day or 4th of July centerpieces!

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This DIY Textured Vase project doesn’t take long to do. The drying time is quick, too! Now, start looking for interesting jars and make one for yourself. Did I inspire you to try?

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Best Guacamole (+secret ingredient)

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This is the Best Guacamole!  I know, you’ve heard that before, but there is a secret ingredient that I put in my guacamole that just makes it the best! People always ask me for the recipe. The ingredients are simple, but one secret ingredient just makes a huge difference.

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Main ingredients….. using 3-4 nice, ripe avocados

3-4 tablespoons onions, chopped fine

1-2 Roma tomatoes, chopped

Lime (use key limes if they are available at your grocery store) juice of 1 large lime or two small

Cilantro (optional)

Salt and Pepper to taste

Secret Ingredient……..  Add to taste!  (revealed below)

All these ingredients are variable in amounts to your liking.

 

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and add……   the secret ingredient!  Here it is….Ta DA!

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Tajin (pronounced Ta-HEEN) This is available in the Mexican food section of your grocery store or from a Mexican Food Market.  Sprinkle and mix into the guacamole. Tajin gives it that extra flavor and makes it the best guacamole. If you like it spicy, add a lot, but if you like it quite mild, just add and taste until you reach the amount you like. It is that secret ingredient that really makes the guacamole special!

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That’s it! Now, you know my secret! Try it for an appetizer on Cinco de Mayo. Actually, I don’t wait for the holiday as I enjoy the Best Guacamole anytime. It’s always a hit at a party, too!

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Spring Idea House Tour 2015 (Part 2)

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This is another look at the Spring Idea House Tour 2015 (Part 2).  Remember,  designers decorate this house three times a year to highlight re-purposed items, decorating trends, new items for sale, along with loads of inspiration for spring! I’ll take you into the kitchen, small bathroom, hallway and one of the bedrooms. Are you ready for more inspiration?

In the kitchen, there is a garden theme. Above the kitchen sink, they draped a textured fabric runner with burlap-wrapped floral accents in the corners. This is the same runner as on the dining room table in Part 1!

 

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A closer look……

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Part of a white picket fence makes a backdrop for floral plates hanging above the stove. Pots attached at the base of the fence contain flowers and kitchen tools.

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Another window in the kitchen has a metal tray filled with herbs and other plants. Small moss balls, and other display items give interest and color.

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In the downstairs bathroom, this mirror was such a great piece. They took a frame, inserted corrugated metal, and added a mirror in the center.

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In the stairwell, leading to the bedrooms, this salvaged window looks great used as wall art.

 

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As you move up the stairs, a garden trellis with decorative tins and frames is also used as wall art. Behind the trellis, the painted green wall makes the trellis stand out.

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The window at the top of the stairs uses a coat rack for a valance.

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For those of you who have families that never put the toilet paper on the TP holder, this is for you! Use a basket hung on a hook and there’s no problem, right? Great idea for the bathroom, don’t you think?

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This bedroom is very well done with a bicycle theme. A rusty bicycle is hung over the bed with a green plant in the basket. I don’t know where you might find one like it! It is a unique find!

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Twisted floral wire makes this inspirational saying on the wall.

 

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This salvaged bike wheel is now a message center.

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Shower curtains, with a bicycle theme, become window treatments. Next time you’re looking for curtains, check out the bath department!

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Salvaged shelf brackets hold up shelving with several glass vases used as window decor.

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Wall art coordinates with the theme!

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Wasn’t that a cute bedroom? So many unique ideas!

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Which idea was your favorite inspiration?

Hope you’ll be back for the Spring Idea House Tour Part 3. We’ll tour through two more bedrooms and living room.

Did you miss Part 1?  Here it is…  Spring Idea House Tour 2015 Part 1

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Spring Idea House Tour 2015 (Part 1)

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It’s Spring! (at least that’s what the calendar says) Time for another Spring Idea House Tour 2015 (Part 1)! This house is decorated by designers three times a year to highlight repurposed items, decorating trends, new items for sale, along with loads of inspiration for spring! I’m sure you’ll find many ideas for your own home.

Nothing is left undecorated! Even the garage windows are hung with burlap and twine roping. An array of colorful rain boots all lined up, with some used as vases, look so spring-like! Now, this makes a fun entrance! Perhaps, it would be great as an early spring accent on your flower boxes or near your front door or do you decorate your garage, too?

 

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This old wooden painted trunk is stenciled with “Sunshine” and filled with an artificial spring arrangement. I can visualize this using a small wooden box with a similar arrangement used indoors. Can’t you?

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The window boxes are filled with a spring arrangement as well! Notice that they use rolled birch bark, too.

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As you enter the front porch, a vintage workbench with candles in a glass cylinder are wrapped with burlap and lace.

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This candle idea would work for Christmas by just adding a red bow or red berries.

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Also on the porch, the hanging wire spheres are accented with moss balls and decorated with spring floral buds. Wouldn’t this be pretty for a wedding, too!

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Here’s another unique idea……   Use chain entwined with decorative ribbon as curtain tie-backs!

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This is a re-purposed antique item. Do you know what it is? It is a laundry drying rack hung in the corner of the porch and used as a plant accent! I actually have one of these in the garage somewhere. Got to find it, now. I think I’ll try using it in my laundry room.

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Lights are strung out from this sphere in the center of the ceiling. Artificial greenery sets it off.

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A large lantern is hung on the wall and filled with a vintage picture and a bottle used as a candle holder.

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The dining room is next……

Notice the tablecloth is made of burlap. Tiers of ruffles finish off the look.

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You see lots of textured layers used for this table.  Burlap tablecloth, textured fabric runner, pink floral placemat, and a circle burlap placemat make an interesting tablesetting. The napkins are simply tied with twine.  Look carefully as the napkins actually look like a pink flower! On the stem of the wine glass, decorative colored wire is wrapped around the stem and shaped into a leaf.

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A green napkin ring finishes off the textured runner.

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Back pillows for the chairs are made from kitchen towels.

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On the center of the table, the flower arrangements and candles are at varied heights. Stacked, finished chunks of wood make it easy to alter the heights.

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Above the sideboard, metal art is layered with colorful artwork. Moss balls are placed on the candle-holder instead of using candles.

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The chandelier is  accented with several green balls.

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The stained-glass window above the buffet is decorated with vinyl window cling. It sure looks real and gives nice color to that area.

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The tour is not done! More coming….   Spring Idea House 2015 (Part 2) and Spring Idea House 2015 (Part 3) posts with more spring decorating ideas.

Did you find some fun ideas to incorporate in your own home?

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You may want to check out the Spring Idea House 2014 -Part 1

Spring Idea House 2014 – Part 2

Spring Idea House 2014 – Part 3

Spring Idea House 2014 – Part 4

Thanks for stopping by,

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