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30 August 2007

Playing at the park...

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29 August 2007

Decorating for Dummies - Craft Area

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This is my little area I carved out at the top of the stairs to be creative in. I keep a lot of my supplies here, make notes and to-do lists, write letters (although this doesn't happen as often as it should) and sometimes work on sewing...which I am slowly learning how to do!

I love all of the textures in this space and how the light hits it so that it almost glows as the sun sets. I think my favorite project in this space is the chalkboard on top of the desk. It only took about 5 minutes to paint it on, it looks fantastic and is hugely practical!









Decorating for Dummies - Projects/ Computer Room

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NEW and IMPROVED computer decor HERE and HERE!

I am almost finished with the computer "room" in our new house, so keep checking back, pictures will be arriving soon!


This is the initial view of the computer room. More projects and improvements have been made to help those huge white areas, so check back soon!
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Here are two bookshelves that needed some help matching the rest of the room, so I covered all of the books that didn't match the scheme in a brown Kraft paper that now coordinates quite nicely.
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Those lights are fake! I needed something to add height to those huge ceilings and had extra lampshades lying around, so up they went!
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The first installment of my ladder project. I painted the old apple picking ladder I found in the carriage house and then added raffia thread around two rungs to hold photographs in. Now there are newspapers hanging from the other rings which serves a practical purpose, but also adds another note of black and white into the room.
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Decorating for Dummies - Home Tour

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This is the back entryway, the mudroom of our house. I stripped all of the wallpaper, gave it a fresh coat of white and turned it into a very functional place. There is storage for shoes, bills, stamps, keys, phonebook, kitty litter and more in this tiny space.
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This is a view of the kitchen from two angles. Even though there is a picture on the fridge and various groceries, etc on the counter, the color scheme still speaks due to the repetition of the colors that have been carried over from the adjacent mudroom and laundry room. The colors coordinate with the rest of the rooms on this floor.
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A drawer full of decorating supplies. Notice how everything coordinates even inside my drawers so that it is easy to create spaces that work together aesthetically.
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Entryway! I picked a strong color in this area because it is fairly small and I can escape it if the color is too strong! Notice the elements I chose to make the entryway function beautifully...in and out boxes, key hooks, closet, mirror, etc...
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This is my favorite seat in the house! Notice the angles between the couch, trunk, bamboo, shelves, etc.
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The guest bedroom. Notice how the furniture balances across the room. I have plans to add more dried roses on the right side to bulk up that section of the wall. Keep the flowers coming honey!
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This is the master bedroom. Notice how the sheers are kinda dead against that faded white wall. I'm trying to find a new color to replace them!



A bookshelf that is still bothering me. I like the 1st and 3rd shelves, but don't know how to fix the middle. I might end up just filling it with books! How novel!
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More photographs will be coming soon! Check back often!

Decorating for Dummies 101 - Commandments

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The Ten Commandments of
Dummy Design

#1 Do not add something to your home unless it is useful and beautiful. 90% of items should be both.

I picked a strong color in this area because it is fairly small and I can escape it if the color is too strong! Notice the elements I chose to make the entryway function beautifully...in and out boxes, key hooks, closet, mirror, etc...

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#2 Pick a color scheme and delineate from it only when you are making a conscious statement.



This is a view of the kitchen from two angles. Even though there is a picture on the fridge and various groceries, etc on the counter, the color scheme still speaks due to the repetition of the colors that have been carried over from the adjacent mudroom and laundry room. The colors coordinate with the rest of the rooms on this floor.

Color Blogsite

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#3 Every time you buy something, throw something away.

A drawer full of decorating supplies. Notice how everything coordinates even inside my drawers so that it is easy to create spaces that work together aesthetically.

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#4 Don’t buy items that aren’t essential to the way your family lives, even if everyone else has one.

What you "need" to start your home...
The items "everyone" is buying...
For the aspiring Mario Batali...



No mobile...no changing table...oh my!

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#5 Use what you love. Hide or throw away whatever you are apathetic about.


Stu's block toolbox surrounded by his footballs and all-stars! The colors of these items fit within the color scheme of the room, yet they are toys that can be played with!

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#6 Steal, Copy and Imitate, then Add, Delete and Finish.


A bookshelf that is still bothering me. I like the 1st and 3rd shelves, but don't know how to fix the middle. I might end up just filling it with books! How novel!

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#7 Choose a style, choose a sub style, and keep those in mind whenever you add a piece to your home.

Bold or Safe?
Warm or Cool?
That is your style...

Thick or Thin?
Simple or Complex?
That is your sub style...

The rest is just the icing on the cake...

Quizzes
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#8 Learn the difference between what you like and what can work for you.


I love Italian design elements, but cannot decorate my farmhouse as if it is an Italian villa, so I took a piece of Tuscany (the plastered paint color) and put it into one of my favorite spots in the house. It works here because it is a small space that can handle the big color and doesn't step too far outside the style of the rest of the house. Check out more photographs of this space here.

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#9 When you want to change your style, start small and start cheap.


I found the leather boxes at Target on clearance, and they were the most expensive part of the this mudroom. They cost around 6 dollars each, so that's about $25...the rest of the room cost about $10 more!! That's IT!

Cheap Projects

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#10 If something doesn’t seem quite right in your space, take a picture, evaluate it, then remove something from the space. If you must, add something.

This is the initial view of the computer room. More projects and improvements have been made to help those huge white areas, so check back soon!


The first addition to those white walls was this great framed poster which ended up on the wall above the small table next to the ladder. It is a poster I found at a garage sale for $1. I went through and touched up all of the sketch work in black, painted the frame black and then used a white craft paint to paint all of the blank areas to cover up a bunch of pieces of tape that I couldn't remove. Miller and Paine is an old department store in downtown Lincoln that used to be one of the nicest in town and now no longer exists. It was fun to save a little bit of history and I think it turned out quite well for about $2 total :)

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BONUS: If you find something on clearance and it fits your style…buy it and buy it in bulk!

27 August 2007

Decorating for Dummies 101

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Symmetry, Lighting and Texture…

Symmetry is the bone structure.
If you don't have symmetry, you don't have a room.

Lighting is the senses.
Without lighting, you can't complete your tasks.

Texture is the soul.
Texture makes your room worth inhabiting.

Color is the makeup.
The most superficial, the hardest to do,
and the biggest impact.




Symmetry…

#1 1 focal point

#2 2 sub-points on one wall (Our number 3 is back)



#3 A general ebb and flow of high and low around the room without falling off the “cliff“.






Lighting…


How do I make a room work?

1. Ambient Lighting...Peripheral Vision (Natural or Manmade)
2. Task Lighting...Pupil Dilation
3. Accent Lighting...Color Contacts (whether they work or not)



Texture…

Less is usually more...
but deep people are more interesting...

This is the simplest of the four. This statement means that when you are thinking about your room, you should always think about what to take away before you think of what to add. Most rooms have too much stuff in them, rather than too little, thus…less is more…

However, when it comes to texture, the more complex and layered the textures are, the more interesting the room becomes. This is similar to people…the more complex and layered they are, the more interesting they are and the more you want to spend time with them and get to know them.




Things I hoped you learned from the class…

Less is more...
Deep people are more interesting...
Beautiful things are more fun to use...
Your house is yours and you should like it...
Stealing ideas is the highest form of flattery...
Cheap does not have to look cheap...

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