Spring Decor Idea House 2017 Part 2

Part 2 of the Spring Decor Idea House has just as many ideas as Part 1.  You’ll want to go back if you missed it! The trends are vintage pieces repurposed (especially ladders and shutters), galvanized metal items, and reclaimed wood. You’ll get ideas of what to look for at garage sales this summer!

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At the entrance, an old ladder becomes a focal point. With the addition of the hanging mirror and arrangement on the table, the ladder becomes the backdrop and lifts your eye upward.

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Ever thought of using dish towels on your dining room table? Yes, they are used as a table runner and placed at an angle! Nobody knows they are just dish towels. With dish towels, you have access to a variety of colors, stripes, and floral patterns, too! Try it!

Permanent cabbage leaves serve as placemats. The napkin is folded as a utensil holder with Lilly of the Valley permanent stems inserted and decorated simply with twine.

Wood planter boxes decorated with taper candles,  permanent cabbage, and moss are placed at an angle. In between the boxes, floral vases and candlesticks give height. Beautiful table!

 

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This is simple to do, but looks great!

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Two vintage screens from a stable, make a dramatic backdrop for the vintage pieces. Plants on each side give balance and are in galvanized metal containers.

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In the vintage style kitchen above the stove, they used vintage lighting kits along with garden hooks for the pendant lights. A wire basket serves as a cookbook holder.

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The walls are painted in chalkboard paint with old rakes turned into utensil hooks.

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Interesting “curtains” are made from corrugated metal. They used binder rings to hang them and twine as decoration. Have you ever thought of this?

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More use for shutters….. by adding a couple small shelves, it makes a cute wall hanging.

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The downstairs bathroom uses shutters behind a mirror as wall art.

 

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A piece of salvaged pipe is turned into a unique toilet paper holder.

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On the wall in the bathroom, a salvaged rake becomes an interesting hanging vase holder!

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In the hallway hangs another vintage wood ladder with wicker baskets filled with permanent stems! Various vintage frames hang in an overlapping mass creating wall art.

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Chicken wire is added to some frames for interest.

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Looks like ladders and shutters are used anywhere! Oh, don’t forget the rakes! What was your favorite idea?

Be sure to check back at Spring Decor Idea House 2017 Part 1!

Now, watch for Part 3 coming up!

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Spring Decor Idea House 2017 Part 1

Spring always gives me a burst of new energy. I get anxious to redo a few things in my Spring Decor for my home. How about you?

This Spring Decor Idea House will give lots of inspiration and energize you to try a few new things in your own home.

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There’s a mix of contemporary and vintage. patterns and prints, galvanized metal with reclaimed wood, all showcasing todays’s trends. A team of decorators have created this showcase and I know you’ll enjoy these fresh new ideas.

Spring container gardens filled with a mix of forsythia, birch, pussy willows, and greenery become show stoppers.

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Birch, forsythia, and greens are repeated in a vintage wheelbarrow.

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Next, in case you have the side of a barn or garage that needs decorating, this idea is a real attention-getter! A bit whimsical and fun! Spring Decor Idea House 2017 Part 1 grandparentsplus.com

Inside the front porch, two vintage horse stable screens become a welcoming background for the containers filled with Spring flowers.

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A bead-board shutter sets off artwork and decorative wood flowers.

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This lovely Spring table is ready for a luncheon on the front porch. The tablecloth is simply a drapery panel! In the center, a vintage picture frame is layered with grass mats, lanterns, artificial greens and accented with pink silk tulips. The place-setting uses birdhouse place card holders placed in small terracotta pots filled with moss. Napkins shaped as flowers fill the bowls at each place. Wouldn’t you like to be invited?

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Dishtowels, clothesline, clothespins, and insulators, create the unique window treatments. The wooden flowers below each window, sit in decorative grass boxes.

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Last, but not least, is a whimsical “wreath” idea. Layer a rattan mat, with a terracotta saucer, a glazed saucer and and small pot.  Inside place something whimsical and unexpected! Another idea is to fill the pot with silk flowers cascading out.

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Were you inspired by these Spring Decor ideas?

More ideas to follow in Part 2! Don’t miss it!

Happy Spring!

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Woodsy Elegant Christmas Tree

Usually the words both “woodsy and elegant”  don’t quite fit together. Most people would do one or the other. However, my Christmas tree is best described as both – a Woodsy, Elegant Christmas Tree. Let me show you.

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We live in a wooded area so I thought I would use some things, found in my yard, as tree decorations. There are wild turkeys in our area and they sometimes lose a feather or two. I collect them and use them in my tree as well as some branches. Sound funny? Maybe…..  You tell me!

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The garland is like a bunch of twisted branches accented with bunches of red berries. It has held up for many years and used many ways. It adds a lot of “woodsy feel” to the tree.

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For the elegant part, I have 12 gold balls that I hand carried from Germany (to protect from breakage) that add the sparkle and some elegance to the tree

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Can you find the feathers and branches? Yes, there are pheasant feathers, too.

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A close up with the feathers tucked in here and there.

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I think almost anything works as long as it adds color, texture, form and memories! Don’t you?

Find a theme and go for it!

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What’s your tree like?  Is it decorated on a theme or memory ornaments? 

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Christmas Idea House 2016 Part-3

 

This third and last tour of the Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 3 has just as many ideas for decorating and adding special touches for the holiday season as the other posts. Now, if you missed Part 1 and Part 2, be sure to go back and check out the ideas there. In Part 3, I will cover 3 bedrooms, a living room, and small bathroom. I know you’ll enjoy these ideas!

The Christmas Idea House is decorated each year with a team of talented decorators. The tour features creative inspiration for your home as well as featuring new decor and vintage re-purposed items.

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The first bedroom is quite dramatic with walls painted black! Dark walls set off the white birch bedposts. The added Christmas greens and lights make this a dreamy bedroom.

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To carry out the birch theme, birch branches are used as curtain rods. Red plaid placemats hang over the branches for an easy and striking valance.

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A vintage white cabinet, filled with books, pictures, and seasonal decor, adds lots of interest and color to this room. christmas-idea-house-part-3 grandparentsplus.com

In the hallway between rooms, a sled hangs with cotton batting added for snow.

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Next, the master bedroom is decorated with Native American decor. Wall art, colorful pillows, and natural items carry out this theme.

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The curtains have an added touch of Christmas with greens attached to the natural rope used for tie-backs.

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On the vintage cabinet, re-purposed as a dresser, is a metal sheet pan (the ones used in a commercial kitchen). It is spray painted brown and  filled with faux snow along with decorative ornaments and decor. What a nice way to contain the faux snow as well as re-purposing an ugly metal pan!!

 

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Wood slices with hooks mounted on a board make an interesting coat or garment rack..

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Here’s another idea of using a door knob for a unique hook.

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The tree in this bedroom is embellished with a garland of rope lighting, natural-looking ornaments, feathers, and colored balls. Hanging on the wall, dream catchers (made from doilies) add interest.

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Continuing on into the small upstairs vintage bathroom, wood slices along with hanging votive candles become wall art above the sink.

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A birch branch tree becomes a decorative towel holder in the shape of a Christmas Tree!

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Also, in the bathroom, a toilet paper holder is created from a slice of wood, hook, rope, and a birch branch! How unique!

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In the third bedroom, a wall mirror becomes a beautiful headboard and serves as the focal point in this room.

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 Window treatments are embellished with ornaments and draped with pearl garlands. Lots of gold ornaments and tiny white lights make the Christmas tree in this room sparkle.

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A look under the tree reveals this idea! If you don’t have a tree skirt, make one from decorative tissue paper. Each piece of paper is accordion-pleated and glued or stapled together to form the skirt around the tree. Using a coordinating color, a second and third layer is added on top.

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In the final room, a salvaged metal window is layered with artwork and metal sconces making an interesting statement above the fireplace. The sconces have battery-operated lights placed inside. Inside the fireplace, a galvanized mirror is also lit with battery-operated lights. Birch planters hold white poinsettias.

The same birch planters with poinsettias are repeated by the windows.

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Another salvaged metal frame creates a backdrop for more artwork over the couch.

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Using a vintage office cabinet on top of an industrial cart, creates a moveable coffee table. On the top, it is layered with salvaged wood.

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A salvaged wooden gate gives dimension and height to the metal clock.

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By adding birch poles to a mirrored shadow box, it repeats the theme on the wallpaper.

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Additional lit branches gives drama and depth to this Christmas Tree. Warm lights and grey balls, together make a beautiful tree.

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So many ideas for decorating your home are represented here that it’s hard to remember all of them. I’m sure you’ll want to pin them for future inspiration. Remember, many ideas are not just for Christmas, but anytime!

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Nutcracker Tablesetting

Many people collect Nutcrackers. They come in all sizes and styles. My sister did a Christmas Nutcracker Tablesetting for her family. I had to share the photos of this cute theme for a Christmas table.

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A red, winding scarf adds color and texture to the table as it flows down the middle. It highlights the nutcrackers, candles, and trees. The varied heights give interest with the tallest in the center of the table.

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When you have an idea for a theme, after Christmas is the time to find the savings. If you’ve hunted before Christmas, remember where they are for the after-Christmas sales. Even the English Crackers at the table carry out the theme.

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It takes just a few Nutcrackers in the middle of the table along with the English Crackers and the ornaments (all purchased at 1/2 price the Christmas before) and you have a beautiful Nutcracker Tablesetting for a Christmas dinner.

What themes have you done for a Christmas table? You might find some inspiration at Christmas Tablescapes Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.  

I really enjoy a beautifully set table, don’t you?

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Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 2

Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 2 is the continued tour  through a vintage home filled with ideas for Christmas decorating. A team of decorators create ideas using vintage finds as well as seasonal items found in the marketplace. I always find inspiration for my Christmas and home decorating. I’m sure you will, too.

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As you enter this home, the dining room is what you notice first. They use many different metals in their arrangements and it looks beautiful! So, don’t be afraid to mix them up!

Above a side table, a large industrial metal frame is layered with winter art. A mix of bronze and silver are also used in the display below.

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Here’s a closer look at the arrangement in the bowl. Notice the re-purposed cabinet door under the arrangement.

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On the table, metallic wallpaper lengths are layered with rhinestone edged runners. In the center, gold and gunflint metal candle holders mix together for a lovely table display. Also, notice the birch bark planters filled with white poinsettias.

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Each place-setting includes coordinating plates, napkin rings and a spray of miniature pinecones.The small deer at each place serves as the name-card. (A nice re-useable idea!) The name of the guest is written on the deer with dry erase marker.  Small mirrored candle plates serve as coasters.

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This small vintage kitchen always has many unique ideas.

First, the island is a re-purposed industrial cart.

Next, notice the two pieces of wall art. Framed pieces of galvanized metal gives you the opportunity to change notes or sayings on them.

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In the kitchen, the open cupboards show off the red patterned china while re-purposed drawers hold tea and hot cocoa supplies.

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The last feature in the kitchen is a garden arbor over the stove. Hanging lanterns and seasonal greens make this an unexpected focal point in the kitchen.

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The small vintage bathroom uses a wagon shelf unit as towel storage. The wall mirror is decorated with greens and hanging lanterns. Right under the mirror, a small wooden sleigh makes a lovely seasonal wall shelf.

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Have you ever thought of using an old drawer for a toilet paper holder? Love it, don’t you?

 

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The next three ideas are for tall narrow areas. The first narrow hallway area uses a vintage section of a cabinet with a metal panel above. The second area uses salvaged wooden gates layered with holiday decor.

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In the stairwell hang decorative curtain panels of a pine tree embellished with garlands and ornaments. If you are artistically inclined, you might want to paint your own.

 

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One bedroom is a “Sports Den”. Industrial clamp lights are attached to pipe making it look like stadium lighting. An old incubator table is re-purposed as a coffee table.

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In keeping with the theme, a small Christmas tree is decorated with sport-themed ornaments and shoe laces as garlands.

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Two golf clubs wired together form the curtain rod!

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I had to look twice when I walked into the room and saw this 3-dimensional looking wallpaper on one wall. It looks like the real corrugated metal siding. Going along with the sports theme, the hockey stick, attached to the wall, makes a great ledge for pictures!

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The last piece highlighted in this Sports Den is a metal store rack used as a shelving unit. It fits in perfectly when decorated with sports containers, glasses, snacks, and sports related games.

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You’ve seen several unique ideas both for Christmas and year round. Did you get inspired? Which idea did you like the best?

If you missed the Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 1 post, be sure to check it out, too. Part 3 will be posted soon.

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Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 1

Need some fresh ideas for your Christmas decorating? You’ll find them in this tour of the Christmas Idea House 2016 – Part 1.There’s lots of interesting ideas with re-purposed vintage finds along with just using easily found items in unique ways.

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The decorator team, that transforms this house, doesn’t leave any place without a decoration or two! The outside is just as festive as the inside. There’s an old shed (called a warming shed) all dressed up in greenery and festive banners. Birch logs in front give a hint about what theme you’ll find inside the house.

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On the door, hangs a cute wreath made of red and white mittens! They are simply wired onto the wreath base. Such an easy and fun decoration!

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Inside the shed, is a tree made from graduated sizes of scrap wood mounted on a center board. A host of gnomes sit on the shelves. Any collection you have would look great on this tree! Make it any size, too!

 

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On the wall, vintage skis make an interesting coat-rack.

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Outside, three metal deer stand under a garden arbor embellished with garlands, ornaments, ribbon, bells, small trees, and birch logs.

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Another outside focal point is the tree made from salvaged windmill blades. Add lights, a few snowflakes and you’ve got one re-purposed, unique tree!

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The garden containers look lovely with greens, birch, and pinecones along with white artificial stems.

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Upon entering the front porch,  a lovely Christmas table greets guests. Lots of metal, wood, and red plaids give a warm cozy feeling to this setting. Birch rounds become the coasters. Another birch accent is an empty birch shell placed in the vase for a Christmas arrangement.

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Above a vintage cupboard, a sled combined with a wreath and a framed Christmas piece, make an interesting combination for the wall.

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Ever thought of using a galvanized tub as a chandelier? I haven’t, but I just love this one! Add hanging electric lights   (through openings made in the base) along with seasonal decorations, and you’ve got a very unique light fixture! After Christmas, change out the seasonal decorations for Spring! Sorry, the tub will no longer hold water!

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Fall Idea House 2016 Part 3

Part 3 of the Fall Idea House 2016 has loads of fall decorating ideas that give you inspiration for your own home. If you missed Part 1 and Part 2, you’ll want to check them out, too. In this post, I will show you features that caught my eye. Remember, this home is decorated three times a year by a team of decorators.

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I’ll take you through the bedrooms, craft room, office, craft room, small vintage bathroom, living room and sunroom. I’m highlighting lots of ideas so let’s go!………

The two bedrooms feature unique headboard ideas.

The master bedroom uses assorted wood boards attached to the wall for a headboard. Layered on top is artwork of white trees on glass. The wood boards show right through it.

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The headboard in the guest room uses metal wall art.

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Other features in the master bedroom include these layering ideas for wall art.

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Use two table runners layered behind art work to give it added color and texture.

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Next, we go to a craft room.  Wow! Here’s two unusual ideas of String Art! It’s not just for kids anymore!

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Notice the revolving metal hardware bin that holds all the paint. On another wall, there’s a vintage iron panel with lights and wall art.

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Have you ever thought of using vintage aprons for a window valance?

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Now, someone thought “out of the box” when they decorated this vintage bathroom. A small boat-shaped container hangs on the wall for towels. Another idea is to use an old mailbox for a toilet paper holder. Also, just above the sink are several glass containers in a wire basket attached to a salvaged board. And that’s not all….

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By using several coordinating shades of taupe napkins attached to a rod, it makes an attractive valance on this small bathroom window. For a small bathroom, it is big on ideas!

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The office is next!!

“Watch out” when you walk into the office! This would be a good “time-out” room, too! Perhaps it’s a reminder that it’s “time” to get to work! I could go on and on, but I won’t!  (Sorry, I just couldn’t resist!)

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Another view of the office…..

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The last area on this tour of decorating ideas, is the living room and sun-room. Another layering idea uses shutters behind framed pictures along with a basket filled with fall stems.

The coffee table is a wood-topped metal bench layered with a striped dish towel for a table runner.

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Above the fireplace several sections of metal leaves layered with ceramic bird houses make a big impact. In the fireplace, two garden trellises along with a garden stool support pumpkins and garden mums.

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The sunroom has more seating and uses a bench as a coffee table.

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A vintage metal work bench serves as a side table. On top of the bench is a rug for a table runner along with a vintage cutting board holding several pottery items.

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I found two craft ideas that make great gifts. One was in the sunroom resting on a book and the other was in the kitchen. The first is a bookmark made from the spine of an old leather book. It is simply glued to a backing. I think it looks awesome!

The second is a recipe holder made from a small shutter. They added a piece so it stands.  Two decorative drawer pulls hold the recipe in place!

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Did you find some ideas for your home? This was better than a magazine, right? No advertising!

Happy Fall Decorating!

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Fall Idea House 2016 Part 2

This is the second in a series of peeks into an Idea House full of beautiful decor and vintage finds for the fall season.In Part 1 of Fall Idea House 2016, I mentioned all the layering that I saw. That trend continues in Part 2 as well. Notice, also, the cool blues and mixed metals.

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Remember, it’s a group of decorators that transform this house three times a year with “what’s new” and repurposed items. I’m taking you on this visual tour of ideas and sharing what I’ve found. Everything is beautifully done. Let’s go…..

First, as you enter this house, the dining room is the room that you notice. The centerpiece on the table is elegant and has lots of texture and cool blue color. The tall birch-like vases are filled with any filler (beans, rice, etc.) and then a votive glass sits on top!

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Here’s a close up of the layering on the table and place-setting. Wallpaper or even wrapping paper would work, too!

Look closely at the centerpiece….. bring out those tiny LED lights and use them anytime to make a centerpiece sparkle!

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In this picture, you can see the wood plank that the centerpiece sits on. It adds another layer to the center of the table.

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Above the buffet, the two pictures alone on the wall wouldn’t look balanced, but by layering with two wood pieces, it looks just right in proportion to the space. (another layering idea)

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Next, we walk into the cute vintage kitchen. In the center is a small vintage looking chopping block. Looks like breakfast is being served to guests!

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Salvaged wooden planks line the open shelving. A large copper plate with a wooden squirrel serves as wall art.

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A deep copper mirror provides a wall shelf above the range. On each side, decorative copper lines the candle holders, too.

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One the side of the stove, a vintage shelving unit serves as an organizer for kitchen supplies.

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Here’s another example of layering….   The wall clock is attached to a salvaged metal grid and under it all is a piece of copper.

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This copper wall planter filled with herbs is another metallic accent.

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This is not the best picture, (I apologize) but I wanted to show this easy idea for a curtain. They used a dish towel and attached it to a piece of salvage wood with upholstery tacks. EASY!

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In the small vintage bathroom, there are two mirrors side by side. Above the stool, three small repurposed drawers are topped with a salvaged board for a shelf.

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The old vintage sink is skirted with a copper metallic fabric to hide the plumbing in keeping with the metal theme.

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In the hallway to the upstairs bedrooms, there are large rectangles painted with copper paint. Then, it is layered with an old fence section and topped with a mirror.

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The last idea for this post is at the top of the stairs. The same theme continues by using a large copper painted rectangle, two fence sections, three metal flowers and a coordinating print. The end product looks beautiful!

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Remember, when you don’t have the right size piece for a large wall space, think of how you can layer and make it work!

Happy Decorating!

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Fall Idea House 2016 Part 1

Fall Idea House 2016 Part 1

Ready for some new ideas for your fall decorating and entertaining? You’ll find lots of ideas that can be easily incorporated into your own home. A team of decorators transform this house, three times a year, highlighting new trends, colors, and vintage finds. Of course, the vintage finds are repurposed in many creative ways. Be sure to look for them. I’m sure you’ll be inspired!

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Before you even enter the house, the garage and yard are totally decorated. Lanterns and metal scarecrows adorn the landscape for fall.

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On the end of the garage, wooden cutouts set off the window box of fall foliage.

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Next, the garage is set up as a bar. On the door, was a beer bottle wreath!

 

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On the tables, I thought the metal coasters were great!

 

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Back outside, they didn’t forget the outdoor fireplace!

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Beautiful fall container gardens greet you before you enter the house. Fall Idea House 2016 Part 1

 

Coppery-orange dried blooms linked together with pink mums in the flower box on the front of the home welcome everyone driving by.

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There is a layering theme running through this house. As you walk into the front porch, a beautiful table is set for a luncheon or dinner. One the table, shipping paper is used as a runner with an orange and green runner over it while adding a salvaged wooden cupboard door on top. The centerpiece display sits on top of the wooden door. Metal cans are used as vase for floral stems as well as candle holders.

 

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The place settings are layered as well. Galvanized metal candle plates make interesting saucers for the mugs.

 

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Up above, a vintage bank teller gate hangs as a ceiling grid with the fall bittersweet foliage.

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Napkins wrapped with raffia and a bittersweet accent are easy to do and look striking!

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Finally, raffia and bittersweet stems are, also, used as tie-back accents on the valance making the porch complete for a festive, fall occasion.

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Did you find some ideas?

This is just a small part of the Idea House. Come back for more ideas in Fall Idea House 2016 Part 2.

Happy Fall decorating!

Phyllis

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Sunflower Tablescape

Sunflower Tablescape

For fall, sunflowers fit right in. They are so cheery and beautiful. Using sunflowers for a Sunflower Tablescape makes a perky, fun table-setting. Lots of china colors go with sunflowers. You can use gold and brown, red, burgundy, white, blue or greens as I have done. This tablescape is also cost-friendly with ideas that you can do in your own home.

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I like to mix china. This set was one that I had at our cabin for many years. You won’t believe what I paid for it. I got it on a closeout at a discount store and paid $8 for 4 (5 piece) place settings! I bought 4-4 placesetting boxes!

 

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Along with the green checked china, I’ve used my green depression glass salad plates and jello molds. Yes, those little green cups are vintage jello molds. (in picture below) I use them to serve a scoop of sherbet, shrimp cocktail, fresh fruit, veggies and dip, sauces, etc.

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The centerpiece was one that I already had, but it didn’t have the yellow sunflowers. So, I merely inserted a few to go with the theme. Check out Fall Tablesetting to see how it originally looked.

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I made the sunflower napkin rings. They are so easy! Instructions on to make them are on Fall Idea House #2.

On a clearance sale after Christmas, I found a large green checked tablecloth on sale for four dollars and made the napkins from it. It’s a good way to get inexpensive napkins, if you can sew a straight-stitch. Buy the 120 inch tablecloth and you will get around 15-20 napkins out of it depending on napkin size.

So, have fun mixing up china, making napkin rings, and sewing napkins! 

Now, “serve with style” with your cost-friendly sunflower tablescape! 

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Spring Idea House 2016 Part 4

The Spring Idea House 2016 Part 4 is the last post for this season on fun ways to merge both new and vintage pieces in usual ways. Remember, this house is done by a team of creative decorators that try new trends and ideas to inspire you!

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There is something in each room and will spur your own creativity on how to use these ideas in your own home. Come along and be inspired…..

The first room is a garden themed room.

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Notice the side table. They used a planter and placed a glass top on it. Makes an easy table, right?

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The pressed fern artwork on the wall is a great project to do. Press fronds between black paper backing and the glass for easy-to-do DIY wall art.

The next room uses the colors of black, white, and coral. Don’t have a headboard? No problem! Use white paint or even chalk to outline one on the wall.

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Black and white wallpaper is framed at 3/4 height on the walls. The unique part of this paper is that you can color the flowers the accent color of the room. Here, they have used coral.

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Would you think of using an upside down basket as a light? It’s accented with coral artificial stems.

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The master bedroom looks restful with the color scheme of gray, white and fresh green accents. The vintage chest is missing the doors but the baskets are perfect for out of sight storage. So don’t throw out an old chest if the doors are missing!

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The bedside table is unique using metal trays.

 

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In the corner of the bedroom, a large green fern accents the grey and white color scheme. The side table is actually a bird bath with glass added on the top!

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The upstairs vintage bathroom uses a metal feeding trough as a container for green foliage. Flowers and butterflies bring a spring accent to the top of the shower curtain. Do you decorate your shower curtain for the season?

Two more ideas for the bathroom are using a ladder with added towel bars and an entrance grate used as wall art!

 

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The main living room of the Spring Idea House highlights another use for the metal looking “Fasade” used above the fireplace. This is the third idea for using that product. If you missed the other two ideas, you might want to click on Spring Idea House 2016 Part 3.  It has so many more possibilities. The product was created for a back-splash, but now it’s limitless in uses.

Check out the clock on the left. It’s made from a ceiling medallion with clock works added to it.  The numbers are white ceramic birds flying around the medallion.

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The coffee table is a vintage, round industrial fan piece from a factory. A glass top and metal legs turn it into a functional table.  Spring Idea House Part 4 grandparentsplus.com

The non-working fireplace filled with a fountain, lanterns, and greenery make it a focal point for the room.

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A barn door is permanently hung behind the sofa as wall art with two floral pictures to balance it out.

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Here’s a closer look at how they filled three different sized glass columns. I like the different variations.

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In the sunroom, a table is ready for a luncheon. Lots of coral accents here in the pillows, dishes, placemats, flowers, and napkins!

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Remember the vintage ceiling tile wallpaper used as an accent in the dining room? If you missed it, go to Spring Idea House 2016 Part 2 to see it. In the sunroom,it is used again.

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What idea did you like the best? Some of the vintage items are “one-of-a-kind” finds, but at least it opens your mind to what you can do with something similar!

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I hope you enjoyed the new ideas found in these four posts. I’m always open for unique ways to decorate. Are you?

Thanks for pinning and spreading these ideas around. 

While I have so many upcoming ideas to share with you, I need to take a blogging break this summer. Life has changed as I’ve lost my husband to Multiple Myeloma. There’s a huge void in my life and I feel it best to not be constrained to a time line and take some time for myself and family. I plan on being back in the fall. 

Visit my blog once in a while and look up past posts as I have lots of great recipes and ideas for your summer, too! Hope you understand.

Thanks for stopping by. I know God is in control. While I have peace in knowing  that my husband, who knew the Jesus as his Lord and Savior, is in a better place, it still is hard.

Thanks, 

Phyllis

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Spring Idea House 2016 Part 3

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Don’t you love new ideas for your home decorating? Well, this Spring Idea House 2016 Part 3 brings a lot more ideas that are easy to merge in your own home. As I’ve stated in Part 1 and Part 2, this home is decorated by a group of designers and uses new trends and products along with many vintage finds. I’m sure you’ll find lot of inspiration here!

First, when you have a large area on a wall to decorate, but just don’t have something that makes it look right in proportion to the space, use this idea. The background looks like vintage tin tiles, but it a product called Fasade. It is available at Home Depot or Menards. You can buy and adjust the size to your needs. Then, hang smaller pictures or decor to balance the space. Doesn’t this look fantastic? Just wait until you see another way it is used. Keep reading….

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At the top of the stairs at the landing, three rustic lanterns hang. All are filled with flowers instead of  candles.

 

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One of the upstairs bedrooms is decorated with polka dots! These are all stamped out of an adhesive paper and applied to the wall. I love this look, don’t you?

Notice the polka dots painted on the lamp beside the bed.

Also, did you notice the headboard is made with the same Fasade as you saw in the hallway?

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Here’s a closer look……   Now, that would be easy to do. Just apply it to a piece of plywood.

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The curtains have small polka dots, too!  Small milk glass pieces with flowers hang down from the rod.

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More polka dots here!

 

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The glass terrarium has a fairy garden inside…..   

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A vintage piece placed on top of a table creates a one of a kind desk.

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This “LOVE” shelf is so cute and certainly wouldn’t be hard to make for a room.  Great idea! This is one to save for later!

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The next room is a garden room. The garden gates hanging on the wall make a lovely way to display beautiful cards.

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This is an easy idea and great addition to your decor. Take fern fronds and press them into a frame using a black background. Now, you have instant wall decor for a garden room.

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So many fun ideas packed into a few spaces! I’m sure your creative juices are flowing and now you’ll want to remember many of these ideas for use in your own home.

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Thanks for stopping by to view the Spring Idea House 2016 Part 3! Don’t forget to go back and view Part 1 and Part 2! 

Be sure to stop back for Part 4 for more great ideas!

Phyllis

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Vignette with Dried Hydrangeas

I do enjoy using my dried hydrangeas in arrangements! This hydrangea variety is a new one that I bought  two years ago, but it didn’t produce any flowers until last year. Oh, they are so delicate and vivid in color. After picking them, I made a vignette with dried hydrangeas on the English antique side table in my bedroom. The color has not faded one bit through the winter. They look as lovely as the day I made the arrangement.

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I picked up the cute pitcher at an antique store. I had intended to strip it down to just the copper, but instead I left it with the chrome and copper . I liked the variations of color and texture.

The elongated hydrangeas worked well with the narrow pitcher. I was also limited with the dried blooms so needed something to fit the small number of hydrangeas I had available. Next fall, there will be more!
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This dried hydrangea came from the variety called Pinky Winky! Yes, that’s the real name! The bushes do need some care as hydrangeas do not flower on old wood.  On this variety, you need to cut back the old blooms about half-way in the fall or early spring and the new growth will then produce flowers again. Always ask your nursery on how to care for your hydrangea bushes.

In the Washing state area, I’m always envious of the variety of hydrangea bush colors. I wish we could grow some of them in our area. Their vivid colors are so striking.  Alas, our zone and tough winters are too hard on them. So, instead of lamenting the fact that I can’t grow them, I’m happy to have this new, favorite variety. I wonder how many flowers will come this next fall.

Do you grow hydrangeas?

Phyllis

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Spring Idea House 2016 Part 2

Part 2 for the Spring Idea House is another glimpse into the ideas and new trends for decor using both new and vintage finds. This house is prepared by a team of decorators that come up with new ways to incorporate unique items into your home decor. If you missed Part 1, you’ll want to check that out, too!

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Right as you enter the main part of the house, a small vintage table is highlighted and made more important by the added salvaged wood pieces placed behind it. The added mirror and drawer pulls also add interest. The beautiful tall arrangement gives it color and height. When a small piece of furniture doesn’t work, add something tall behind it!

Now, as you enter the dining room, the table is set for an elegant party! Grey, the new neutral, becomes the base with pops of coral accents in the flowers, napkins, and table runners. The bottom layer of the table is actually wallpaper that looks like vintage ceiling tiles.

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The same wallpaper makes an accent behind the four mirrors above the sofa table. I actually thought the tiles were actual ones until I touched the wallpaper. They carefully attached the paper with staples instead of hanging it.

 

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Back to the dining room table…… Such an interesting and fun way to use color and drama with just a napkin! Placing it in the wine glass adds height and certainly shows it off!

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The buffet has an assortment of gray vases, white chunky candle sticks, and a dramatic spring arrangement of coral flowers and pussy willows.

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While the kitchen is small, it doesn’t lack for decorating ideas. Vintage blocks, placed on a metal industrial frame, form a unique work island. The top is covered with glass for easy cleaning. 

On the far wall, a vintage sifter, with an added shelf inside, makes a perfect accent for the wall. 

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Repeated square metal serving pieces, with decorative inserts, fit perfectly in this little cove in the kitchen. 

The clock is mounted on top of an old wire rack.

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Over the stove, wall art certainly makes this area beautiful. 

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A small bathroom has a farm (cows and chickens) flavor. Over the sink and stool, an old wire gate with an added shelf, looks amazing while a clothes line holds hand towels. 

The vintage sink has a skirt of chicken wire and fabric to hide the plumbing.

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How’s this for a unique toilet paper holder? 

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Finally, a mounted metal rake serves as a place to hang your purse or scarves as you enter the back door.

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What a variety of decor ideas! Some are easy to do while some will take finding just the right object. Perhaps you have some of these objects stored in your garage and now the inspiration comes to you on how to make it into something special! That’s fun! 

Don’t forget to come back for the next two posts for more decor ideas! Can’t wait to show you!

Hope you enjoyed the variety of ideas. 

Phyllis 

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