Here's a clever and simple faux painting technique from HGTV to make your walls look antiqued. The key is the layers of color, metallic paint, and (believe it or not), painting streaks with a toilet bowl brush.
The current issue of Traditional Home discusses popular decorating colors: Teal, Coral, and Yellows. But of course, My Home Redux readers already knew that! In this issue, the editors also provide 20 top designers' favorite color palettes. Browse through the photo gallery and you're sure to find at least one color or combination you'll love - along with some great decorating photos. Check the gallery out here.
Since these days economizing is all the rage (whether through fashion or plain simple necessity), I've been sharing savings tips. Here's my latest favorite: get ink cartridges refilled. I go to Walgreens where black ink cartridges are filled for $10 and color ones for $15. This is almost a third of the price of a single new, brand-name cartridge and half the per unit price when you buy a multi-pack at a place like Costco. And they work just like a new one.
Flowers can be an easy and visually arresting way to add color to a room. If your budget allows, use fresh flowers and replace every 5 - 7 days. If not, silk flowers are a good investment. You can make into vase arrangements, wreathes, wall hangings, and more
Here are some tips so that your wall art will look stunning:
1) Fit your space. Don't overcrowd your wall area, but don't put too small art either. Think of the wall as the frame around your ... frames. Fit it appropriately.
2) Multiples are good. Unless you have one large piece or a small print for a small section, use multiples. Two, three, four, six, whatever best fits your space. (See #1 above.)
3) Level and equally space arrangements. Yes, use a ruler and a level. You'll be glad you did after the second hole you hammer into the wall. Trust me on this.
4) Think differently. In kids' rooms, the coolest arrangement, dude, may be crooked. If you're creating your own art on frameless canvasses, think of hanging it on the diagonal (or with the corners pointing North, South, East and West).
5) Wall collections are really popular right now. Use similar themes and colors.
6) Make your own art. Frame cards. Color superhero coloring books with bright markers and frame with neon colored frames. Paint anything - common place objects (fruit, flowers, sports balls) to splatters - on a frameless canvas (available at art supply and craft stores).
Often a bare wall is intimidating, but it doesn't need to be. Follow these tips and enhance the walls in any room of your house.
Of course, this question is completely dependent on your own abilities. But I have found that painting - if you have the time - is something you can do yourself. If you're exceptionally handy, tackle electricity. I find plumbing to be more challenging. And since heating and air conditioning, usually require someone who knows how to install an AC or furnace, that tends to be better left to those that do it regularly.
But in these days of economizing, you may be tempted to try refinishing hardwood floors or drywalling yourself. I'm pretty handy, but I'll tell you, I think these two jobs are better left to the professionals. It's not that you can't do it or figure it out, but the smallest mistake can look HUGE when the work is done. And undoing and refixing your mistakes will cost more.
Given the tight times and lack of home building going on, you should be able to negotiate a good price on work. Get three bids. If two bids are similar, negotiate them. If they're all over the place, take the one in the middle and try to get another bid in the same general price area. Then negotiate between the two.
In response to my post about ways to save money, a reader wrote about going to a beauty school. That the price can't be beat and the students really want to do a good job and work really hard. She was right! I went to a local beauty school to get a body wave. I could not handle my straight, lank hair any more. I have had a wave in my hair since I was 10 but had not gotten one for the past 18 months in order to economize. (There are just so many better ways to spend $150+ these days.) But at the beauty school it was only $30!! And the student, Harmony, was so thrilled with how it turned out, that I left with a huge smile on my face because of HER excitement. And she did a good job too! It was a win, win, win.
If you own a prized collection, chances are you want to show it off. But how do you display your collection in an interesting way that enhances a room's decor. There are ways to arrange your collectibles that go far beyond a group of similar items sitting on a mantle or table. See helpful hints here.
Often, I have said that photos can provide inspiration. By seeing rooms, fabric, and more, you can come up with great ideas for decorating your home. One brand that I have trusted throughout the years to provide beautiful fabrics, drapes, and products is Waverly. If you need a fashionable, affordable decorating element, Waverly comes through.
It's also a good barometer of what's popular. If you look at their inspirations gallery, you'll see confirmation of the popular trends reported previously on My Home Redux. Blue and white, black and white, neutral tone and tone. It's all there. Take a look at their gallery here.
Also, to make it more affordable, you can find the Waverly Home collection at Target and their fabrics at Joanne Fabrics if you're handy with a sewing machine.
Fellow University of Illinois (Illini) fans will appreciate this story the most, but anyone who knows how ardent even the youngest fans can be, will get a kick out of it too.
Last week, as I was picking up my sons from wrestling practice, a young boy was putting on his Illini flannel pants and orange and blue sweatshirt. A mother whose son was apparently his friend and who looked to be taking the boy home asked him who went to the U of I, meaning which of his parents had attended. His quick, firm answer was "Juice Williams", the star quarterback of the Illini football team. I chuckled to myself at his "isn't it obvious" tone. Clearly he's a big fan ... with the wardrobe to prove it!