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27th Mar2014

Shabby Chic Office Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I have been a busy girl making some fun things for my friend’s shabby chic office makeover. As a recap, she wanted a colorful shabby chic and Anthropologie inspired office. These ideas and projects are also perfect for a home office or craft room!

I started off by making some pretty Inspirational Wooden Signs from cut outs I bought at the craft stores. Be sure to check out the full tutorial! Here is a picture of the four that I made.

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My friend had a sheet of BOLD laws that she follows. They are inspirational quotes that she tries to review daily. She wanted them displayed, rather than just a piece of paper with all of them written on it. I made her this Bird Cage display with some of the BOLD laws framed.

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I also rewrote them in different colors and fonts for her to display on the wall and put them on some pretty off-white patterned scrapbook paper.

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I added magnets to some clothespins for any notes or reminders she has to put on a metal magnetic board.

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I also got her a chalkboard and some chalkboard jars to help her stay organized. The colors were perfect!

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I also made her a matching lace and fabric scrap bunting for her to hang in her office.

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In case you missed them, here are the links to projects I have done for this makeover!

18th Mar2014

Easy Shabby Chic Office Display

by Dinah Wulf

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I love how this turned out and I want it for myself! I’d love to display it in my craft room. BUT, I made this for a friend and have to give it up. One of my best friends is a very successful business woman. She is SO good at her job. Partly because she constantly tries to stay inspired. She asked me for help in creating a brighter, shabby chic, and colorful office space and so one of the things I made her was this Easy Shabby Chic Office Display.

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I also made these wooden inspirational signs that I thought turned out fantastic as well (does it sound like I’m tooting my own horn because I don’t mean too… I just REALLY like them! Ha!). Not only can both these projects be used for a pretty office space, but they can also be used in a girls bedroom, a home office, or a craft room (anywhere really)!

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I found this bird cage organizer at Kohl’s and thought it was perfect for what she had in mind. She gave me a list of BOLD Laws that she follows. They are inspirational quotes that she often reflects on (more on those in a later post). 

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She wanted to display them in a clever way so I printed a few out in different fonts. I used gray striped paper and framed them in some dollar bin frames from Michael’s.  I love those dollar bins!

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I simply stuck them in through the wire so she can move them however she would like and still have room to use the organizer and clothespins for other things.

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I can’t wait to show you all the other things I did for her shabby chic office! Stay tuned!

17th Mar2014

Radiant Orchid DIY Spring Door Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

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I’m loving spring and I’m so excited to partner up and sponsored again with Jo-Ann Fabric And Craft Stores®! Jo-Ann makes spring crafting easy during National Craft Month with a $5 off $25 or more purchase coupon and a spring crafting inspiration website. I have been anxious to make something incorporating the 2014 Spring Trend Radiant Orchid for my home. I decided on making a DIY Spring Door Decoration.

Jo-Ann Shopping List:

  • Grapevine hanging basket
  • Burlap Ribbon
  • Wooden Numbers
  • Orchid Craft Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Lace Ribbon
  • Spring Inspirations Flower Assortment
  • Safety Pin
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks                  

Instructions:

First, I painted my house numbers a beautiful orchid color with acrylic craft paint and let it dry.

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Next, I layered the lace on top of the burlap, and hot glued the dry painted numbers on top.

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Here’s a close up.

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Wrap it around your grapevine basket and secure it with a safety pin.  I don’t like to glue it because I like to change my basket each season like this and like this.

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Jo-Ann Fabric And Craft Stores® has the most beautiful selection of artificial flowers. I chose three different ones for my arrangement to fit the Radiant Orchid theme.

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Aren’t they pretty??? Next, arrange the flowers inside of your basket…

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… and hang it on your front door!

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I absolutely ADORE it!!! Now I really want to make something else in radiant orchid!

This review is part of the Jo‐Ann Fabric And Craft Stores® National Craft Month campaign. I received compensation for this review; however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.

04th Mar2014

DIY Entertainment Stand Slip Cover

by Dinah Wulf

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One of the things that I can’t change every easily in my home is my entertainment stand. My décor in my home has been changing slowly and the one thing that seems to be a little of an eye sour is my entertainment system. I can’t afford to buy a new one to go with my new style so I decided to give it a little of a face lift. Here is how I made my DIY Entertainment Stand Slip Cover.

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I went to my fabric stash and started looking to see what I had to work with and I found a white duck fabric which was perfect. Duck fabric can take dirt and stain easily. I know that is something I look for in a fabric when I use it on my furniture especially having kiddos.

I then measure the top of the entertainment system. Remember to wash your fabric first or it might shrink in the wash and you will need to make a new one all over again.  I cut the rectangle fabric.

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I then cut four strips of fabric and sewed it to the rectangle piece.  As you see below I lay the fabric over itself a little to make pleats.  I did not hem the edges because I like the raw edges and the fray look it has.

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I cut a piece of fabric and wrapped it around the poll of the T.V. stand and secured it with safety pins. The reason I did that was to make sure I could remove it later on if it needs a wash.  Now I have a cute slipcover for my entertainment system.

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Stay crafty,

Loren, Pandora’s Craft Box

19th Feb2014

Printography: Tips for Hanging Pictures

by Dinah Wulf

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I am honored to be sponsored by Printography today to share with you my Tips for Hanging Pictures. I received a beautiful bamboo mount 8X8 photo of my daughter the other day.  I chose this picture because it sums up her age at this moment in time… mismatched clothes because she has to pick out her own, messy hair because she won’t let me put it in pig tails anymore, and arms raised with a huge smile so happy for her new found independence.  She’s such a ham!

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The Printography site is so easy to navigate and order. It only took a few minutes for me to place my order.  When I received it, I was so excited, because the quality exceeded my expectations. Now until March 2nd, you can receive 15% off of your order by using the PROMO CODE: DIYINSPIRED!

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Anyway, I wanted to create a photo gallery way of family photos. I did a black and white photo gallery and my new bamboo mounted photo of Mia is an awesome pop of color.

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General Height Guidelines I have learned:

  1. For hanging photos above a couch, measure 10” above the back of the couch.
  2. For hanging photos on a hallway wall, measure up from the floor 5-6 feet.
  3. For hanging photos on a dining room or living room wall, measure up from the floor 4-4.5 feet.

My Tips for Hanging Pictures for a Home Gallery Wall:

  1. I decided to stick to three types of frames only: black, silver, and wood.
  2. I used mostly black and white photos because I thought it made it look more modern.
  3. I used a variety of frame sizes: 8X10, 5X7, 4X6
  4. I kept one vertical imaginary straight line all the way across the wall and placed the photos above or below the line.
  5. I used a photo mat for some of the photos which created a little more dimension.
  6. Social networking sites are a great resource to get family photos if your collection is lacking.
  7. Photo wall adhesive strips are DEFINITELY the way to go when hanging ANY picture frames.  No holes!!! You can get them at several retail stores. It also makes it easier, because you don’t have to worry about aligning a nail and frame hook.
  8. Lastly, arrange all of your photos and take pictures of them to help you choose the right arrangement. 

Here is an example of my arrangements. I did this a few times until I was satisfied.

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Here is the final one more time.

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I hope you enjoyed my tips! Don’t forget, you can receive 15% off of your order by using the PROMO CODE: DIYINSPIRED on Printography!

06th Feb2014

Dining Room Makeover Reveal

by Dinah Wulf

FINALLY! I have a room reveal! This month, will be our two year anniversary in this house and I have yet to do a room reveal.  I’ve shared our cement floors and our mantel makeover and a few painted rooms here and there, but today I’m really excited to share my dining room makeover reveal. 

Here it is when we first moved in. Nice right?

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And drumroll please…

Here it is AFTER!

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It’s a little more modern with the cement floors and six inch trim.  We also went with a dark gray accent wall. Here’s the other side.

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My husband and I went architectural salvage shopping and bought an old metal workbench with wheels for our table and we put glass on top. Please feel free to ignore the child safety bumpers on the corners. To balance the hardness of the metal, we added tufted upholstered chairs with a floral pattern. I was going for an industrial chic type of feel.

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On top of the table as a centerpiece, I have a cake stand that my friend Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box made.  I put some antique books, burlap hydrangeas and a little ceramic quail I bought at Goodwill inside.

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This is the view from out front door. We painted the column a bright white and added molding to the bottom to match the trim.

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I also added a bar area for entertaining.

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On the wall next to the dining room table I added some shelves and a fun folding table I bought at Home Goods. It’s a great area for extras when entertaining. I used it as a salad bar once!

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That’s it! I hope you like it! It’s a very eclectic style that fits both my husband and my personalities. We love it and enjoy using and looking at it every day!

21st Jan2014

Easy Valentine Front Door Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

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I love sales! I found this hanging grapevine basket at Joann’s on sale for $8.49 from $29.99. Score! I thought I could use it for my front door and easily change it up each holiday.  Today, I am sharing an easy Valentine front door decoration that I made.

Materials:

  • Grapevine hanging basket
  • Wide burlap ribbon
  • Pink ribbon
  • Love sign
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Safety pins

Here is a close up of the basket.  I saw them during Christmas and liked it but I didn’t want to spend thirty dollars on it.  Even with my 40% off coupon, I couldn’t do it. Yes… I’m THAT cheap! But nine dollars… that’s 70% off!

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I bought a roll of wide burlap ribbon and safety pinned it so that I can easily take it off for St. Patrick’s Day when I change it.

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I hot glued a pink ribbon and a “love” sign made of MDF. I originally had the intention of painting it, but once I saw the white, I liked it. Since my front door is black, I thought the white letters would pop better.

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Now, I’m not a HUGE fan of fake flowers and plants (unless their crafted out of paper… or duct tape!) but I couldn’t resist when I saw these. Oh! And I bought them in green too for March (they were on sale too!).

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Pretty right? I put them inside my basket and had a pretty and easy Valentine front door decoration in literally minutes!

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I already can’t wait to change it up for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. 

07th Jan2014

How to Decorate with Ribbon

by Dinah Wulf

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Adding special personal touches and details to your décor is what sets it apart from the rest. Decorating with ribbon is a great way to achieve that uniqueness. There are so many beautiful textures, colors, and patterns of ribbon available to make it easy for you to choose a style to fit your décor to add a little decorative adornment. You can add personality and style by simply adding ribbon to gifts and home décor like cards, artwork, pillows, and even furniture. Here are some Tips and Inspiration for How to Decorate with Ribbon.

First, decide on a project. Ribbon can be used for projects both large and small. You can embellish a small item as a gift like a homemade card, a cloth napkin, or piece of framed artwork. Ribbon is a great way to add continuity and design to a room if you would like to introduce a specific color or pattern to your décor. Large projects would include adding accents to curtains, trim around tables, or pizazz to upholstered chairs. Start with one small room like a bathroom or guest room to experiment. Bright and colorful patterned ribbon is great for accenting kid’s rooms.

Here’s a before and after of a lampshade for a little girls room.

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Next, measure how much ribbon you need. Ribbon comes in both spools or by the yard. For large projects, take your measurements before you go to the store and only buy what you need. Consider using fabric scraps to embellish jewelry boxes, lamp shades, and other small projects. I added trim to a forty-two inch pedestal table using less than one spool of ribbon. Left over ribbon can be used to decorate a matching vase and votive candles for the table top.

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Lastly, select your materials and method of attachment. There are several options in attaching ribbon to your projects. Besides sewing it to fabric, glue, fusible web or double sided tape made especially for fabric works well too. Fusible web is used by heating it with an iron. It is permanent and washable. Similar to tape, it comes in rolls, in various widths, and can be found in light, medium, and heavy weights. If you are attaching ribbon to fabric, make sure it is clean and washed prior to application.

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As you can see, ribbon is not just for wrapping pretty gift packages; rather it is much more versatile. Crafting and decorating with ribbon elevates an ordinary piece and turns it into a custom one of a kind upcycled treasure.

18th Nov2013

Easy Winter Forest in Apothecary Jars

by Dinah Wulf

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Sometimes the simplest things make the prettiest decorations. I found these cute little sparkly green trees the other day and decided to make this easy winter forest in apothecary jars for my fireplace mantel.

Apothecary jars are such a great investment for someone like me who loves to decorate and throw parties. I wait until they go on sale, or I have a coupon and buy them.  I have them in many different shapes and sizes.  I use them every day, but change the contents depending on the holiday or season. If you don’t have apothecary jars, glass vases work well too.

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For this project, I filled them with some cotton snow.  I bought a bag for about $3.00 and used barely any of it!

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I found these adorable sparkly green trees at Walmart near the Christmas section where they sell the miniature villages.  The large one was $2.00, the medium ones were $1.50 each, and the small ones were only $.75 apiece.  This was a steal because as I shopped around at other places the large trees were around $7.00.  I found small ones at a craft store for missions, but they weren’t as cute as these. BUT if you want them, you have to hurry because I bought the last two small ones at my Walmart!

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Here are a few photos.  It’s so simple, very festive. I’d show you more of my mantel but it’s still a work in progress!  So, stay tuned!

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14th Oct2013

Our Cement Floors After

by Dinah Wulf

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There’s a lot going on around our house lately! We painted the inside and outside of the house, remodeled the balcony, and updated our mantel.  Recently, I posted our floors BEFORE (ok it was over a month ago…where does the time go???)  we re-did them and finally I have gotten around to taking a few photos to show you our cement floors AFTER.

Now, there are some things I just can’t do myself.  Well, I take that back… I think if I tried with some help and guidance I may be able to do this myself.  This time, however, I just chose not to.  Instead, we hired some professional contractors to get the job done. Our trim, mantel, and paint was done by Diamond Custom Finishes.  We are SO pleased by the end result!  It’s such a completely different look… much more updated and modern to suit our taste. Jeff and his team were amazing. 

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For the concrete floors we stuck with a natural gray cement.  We didn’t add any dye or color, but there is an epoxy coating on top for that added shine.  I love the light and dark gray color swirls.

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We went with a thick 6” trim, white (with a hint of gray) walls, and dark gray accent walls.

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I think our pug, Harley likes it!

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We are still decorating and adding furniture but I was anxious to show what we had completed so far.  Hopefully by Thanksgiving and Christmas it’ll all be put together.  Thank you for letting me share! Hopefully I’ll have more to show you soon and hopefully it won’t be another month!

28th Aug2013

Our Floor Before

by Dinah Wulf

Gah! We did it.  We cleared out all the furniture downstairs to finally re-do our floors.  It was quite the task but thanks to some amazing friends we did it!  Now, our upstairs and garage is filled with furniture, mirrors, pictures, knick knacks, and toys.  It’ll be cramped in those spaces for a while, but it will all be worth it.  I just wanted to share our floor before we took the plunge.

My husband and I took FOREVER to decide what we wanted to do. We purchased this home in February of 2011 and the previous owners definitely took pride in ownership.  Everything was in great condition, both inside and out.  We knew we would eventually do some updates, only because we have a more modern style then what the house has now.

Alas! It took some major searching on houzz for some inspiration, however we finally decided to re-do our floors in cement.  Yes, cement.  Some of my friends gave me a strange look when I told them while others were excited and knew exactly what we were envisioning.

We are also re-doing the mantel! Here it is now.

The floors are actually finished now but I wanted to wait to show you the AFTER photos until we complete the trim and the paint… yes we are doing that too! Yikes! Oh! AND of course I need to redecorate! So, needless to say, it may be some time (by next month for sure) that I will post the AFTER photos.

I can’t wait!

25th Jul2013

Creating a Spa-like Zen in Your Bathroom

by Dinah Wulf

This article, Creating a Spa-like Zen in Your Bathroom is sponsored by hello. All opinions are 100% my own.

Having a clean, organized, and spa-like bathroom is really important to me.  This is because: 1) there is a peace to my morning routine that I love because my husband and I start our day talking while we get ready, and 2) I’m in there a lot because I LOVE to indulge in bubble baths.  Besides craft time in my craft room, a bubble bath in the tub is my ultimate sanctuary.  There are five things that I do to achieve this Zen-like feel.

Lots of Candles

Nothing says “spa” like several candles.  Surround your tub with different sizes and heights.

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Use White Towels

Every spa I’ve been to uses white towels.  They represent cleanliness and purity.

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Oral Care Products I Like and Support

Hello is the first line of seriously friendly oral care. I personally endorse hello because they are Earth-Friendly Products.  All the products are made in the USA using naturally derived ingredients wherever possible, while delivering the experience people want. Their products are never tested on animals.  Also, the toothbrushes are made with 50% recycled materials.

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Decorate with Shells and Other Natural Elements

Shells and other natural elements remind me of being at a tropical getaway.

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Hang Serene Artwork

Speaking of a tropical getaway, hang serene photos or artwork in your bathroom to help you relax.  I bought these in Hawaii from a local Photographer.

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Hello on Facebook

Take $1.00 off any hello toothpaste, mouthwash or breath spray. To access the coupon, “like” hello on Facebook and then click on the “coupons” box under the “like” button. Coupons are limited to one per person.

I wanted to give a big THANK YOU to hello for sponsoring this post!

24th Jul2013

Redecorating Living And Dining Spaces

by Dinah Wulf

Creating smooth transitions in open floor plans between kitchen, dining room, and living room enhances the appeal of the home when redecorating. Some of these changes are structural, such as making seamless transitions from living room to dining room flooring that incorporates counter space on the open island of the kitchen beside the two. Some of these changes relate to décor.

There are a few steps to creating this pace in the home:

  1. Choose color scheme
  2. Match cabinet with furniture
  3. Select neutrally universal décor

Following these steps will help create a smooth transition from one room to the next, making them all connected in the flow of the room instead of separated from each other by design.

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Choosing Color Scheme

The first step to blending the spaces is to take a look at color scheme. Look at the floors first since they are the most costly and time consuming to replace. Dark woods with light carpet is nice, but it separates the rooms from each other. Consider switching one or the other to match in darkness or light so that they do not contrast with one another. Flooring is the foundation of the color scheme.

Next take a look at the walls. The days of transitioning colors between the two rooms are behind us. In order to make the rooms seem as if they are one choose a color to paint all of the walls. These colors can either contrast with the flooring or compliment it, but you don’t want them to blend together. 

To set off living spaces a little, paint one wall of the living room, opposite the other rooms, a contrasting color. Usually softer hues on all walls but the one is acceptable. The different colored wall should be the main focus of the living room where the fireplace or the TV are mounted and the furniture is facing. If it isn’t don’t paint it a different color.

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Matching Cabinets with Furniture

After the floors and walls are taken care of look at the living room and dining room furniture. Do they match with each other or the colors of the kitchen counter and cabinets? If all three rooms are combined it may be necessary to reupholster or purchase new furniture for one room or another. 

Choose your personal style and decorate both rooms as if they are one. That means if you love your dining room table and the leather seated and backed chairs that go with it, consider getting leather sofas to match. The days of expensive leather furniture are behind us and they are now in the same range as fabric upholstered furniture. If there are bar stools for the kitchen space get matching leather and upholster them yourself.

Don’t forget the kitchen space. If you just spent money on a more modern kitchen make sure that the cabinets and countertops match the color of the tables in the living room and dining room, and that the upholstery smoothly transitions with the countertops.

Selecting Neutrally Universal Décor

The finishing touches are just as important as the foundation. Select visually appealing décor that can be used in all the rooms smoothly. That means if you have metal hangings on the wall in the dining room they should be used in the living room as well; if you have paintings in the living room add a couple to match in the dining room. A floor vase in the dining room should match the end table vase in the living room.

Creating transitions between the rooms should be done from the ground up. Using these three simple steps will enhance the comfort and unity of the home. 

19th Jul2013

Eight Popular Round-Ups You Don’t Want to Miss

by Dinah Wulf

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I was browsing through all the posts on my site, and man have I published a lot. This post is actually my 588th one!  As I was perusing all the different things I’ve done, I noticed that my round-up posts get a lot of love. Soooo, I thought, why not do a round-up of round-ups? I’m hoping you didn’t miss and so I put together eight popular round-ups you don’t want to miss. Here is over 150 ideas and tutorials… Here we go!

Five Dollar Thrift Store Transformations

One of my more recent posts, this one shares five different projects that I have done using some amazing five dollar (or less) thrift store finds.  Mostly from the Salvation Army or Goodwill, I have been really lucky lately!

$5 Thrift Store Transformations

12 DIY Theme Party Ideas

This one is one of my faves, because I LOVE theme parties! I’m a sucker for them.  I tend to plan my parties so far in advance because I get obsessed with themes.

12 DIY Theme Party Ideas

8 DIY Girls Room Ideas

This round-up is close to my heart because these are some of the projects I’ve done for my daughter, Mia’s bedroom.

DIY Girls Room Ideas

Six Fun Painted Furniture Ideas

So this year for Christmas I think I’m going to ask for a spray paint gun from Santa.  That would make these projects, SO much easier and quicker to complete!

Six Fun Painted Furniture Ideas

10 Easy Mason Jar Craft Ideas

Oh how I love Mason Jars!  Here’s proof! :)

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100 Creative Ways to Recycle

Most of these are ideas that have inspired me and the projects on this blog.

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Eight Tasty Cocktail Recipes for Summer Entertaining

This round-up is a list of original recipes concocted by David Edessa, especially for DIY Inspired!  It’s a fantastic refreshing cocktail drink list perfect for summertime.

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Top 15 Recycled Crafts and Projects of 2012

And finally, in commemoration of last year’s projects, this one is also close to my heart.

Top 15 Recycled Craft and Projects of 2012

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