Time to dress up our homes, decorate the tree, do a bunch of shopping, and eat some fabulous food. The holidays are here! And for those of you who are hosting this year, that means lots of company. Ready to spruce up your front porch for holiday guests?
“A place for everything, and everything in its place.” Nice idea in theory, right? Sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect spot for the things we use daily. And if you’re like me, you may not have a ton of cabinet and closet space, making storage at times a challenge. But that’s okay; it doesn’t all have to be tucked away and out of sight. With the right decorative container – box, bowl, basket, or tray – everything can have a place.
Hi there! I’m Kathryn, and here are a few creative storage ideas I’ve used in my home that might work for you as well.
Wandering around a thrift store is one of my favorite ways to pass some spare time. I love weaving in and out of the vendors’ booths searching for unexpected treasures. All things vintage appeal to me. I find myself curious about what road the old stuff must have traveled before it landed on the shelves of the second-hand stores. Two things I’m always on the hunt for are blue and white ceramics and milk glass.
Hi there! I’m Kathryn, and here’s how I use the vintage milk glass I collect.
Grabbing a can of spray paint is one of my favorite budget-friendly ways to change up the look of things in my home.
Hi there! I’m Kathryn, and here’s one of my recent projects that even the newest of decorators can do.
I decided to paint a round, silver mirror that had served me well for years. It originally hung in our dining room, then made its way to the foyer. It’s the first mirror of this shape and such a large size I’ve painted. It’s 36 inches in diameter.
Last spring, I painted our red dining room white (my elbows still haven’t recovered!), chose blue as the accent color, and decided to put the round mirror back in the dining room over the buffet.
I had painted many mirrors over the years without too much trouble; however, this round one was a bit trickier to paint and required more prep work.
I always liked the silver color and details of the mirror, and even though I’d had it for some time, I wasn’t quite ready to let it go. So, I did what I do. I bought some Valspar spray paint at Lowe’s. The color I used is called “Indigo.”
Now, about that prep work ...
Very few areas of the mirror would allow me to simply slide paper under the edges. I had to use painter's tape on the spots with no space between the glass and the edge of the wood. And, I couldn't use big, long pieces; only short, small pieces would work because of the angle. Once the tape was on, I used my thumb nail to make a firm crease.
Next, I used a razor blade to carefully trim off the tape. Then, I sprayed away! The Valspar paint is great, but it does take its time to dry.
It turned out just like I hoped it would, and I love the navy color with the brass lamps and green apples. My favorite way to style it is with classic blue and white.
So, when you think it may be time for something in your home to go, buy a can of spray paint instead and extend the life of your piece.
Tuscaloosa native Kathryn Wilkerson is a wife, mom of three, a teacher, and the author of Woodbank Lane – a blog that offers up a variety of different decorating ideas and projects, recipes, and inspiration for living. Follow Kathryn at woodbanklane.com and on Instagram @woodbanklane.
I am a dreamer. A creative type. So, why wouldn't I blog about ripping everything out of a sleepy-but-good-boned, 1950s home? It’s been an adventure. And one I wouldn’t trade for the world. We’re all moved in, and the renovation is complete (for the most part – we all know it’s never really over).
We decided, at the recommendation of our fabulous local flooring guy, to keep the original pink marble in the foyer. You can imagine the commentary when I picked out the ceiling color to also be…you guessed it: pink.
By Tori Linville
If your deck or patio has seen more dried up leaves, stray grass and weeds this summer than actual activity, you might be in need of an outdoor living space overhaul. Or maybe you just don’t feel like you’re getting enough out of your outdoor space. Well, we’ve gathered three of outdoor entertainment’s go-to and top trends to help you fix your outdoor woes in order to reach your seasonal escape.
First things first – start with an ideal outdoor room.
The classic outdoor room not only establishes an outdoor area, but also makes for a welcoming environment that guests will enjoy. The experts at bobvila.com have some great tips and tricks that make this seemingly overwhelming task a pretty easy fix.
· Start with a roof that frames your outdoor area – a pergola with some vine potential or even an awning are some options to check out. After dealing with the roof, go to the ground: lay out an outdoor rug that compliments your color scheme and/or outdoor furniture.
· Speaking of color schemes and what not, go for bulky(ish) furniture and earth tones that will obviously compliment the surroundings. Furniture pieces that allow for a guest to kick back and relax are almost always preferred over a dainty lawn chair (if those even exist). Easy care fabrics are an obvious choice for weather-wear.
· Lastly, add some lighting. String lights here are a popular craze, but anything you prefer will do. Just as long as you have some to illuminate the area when it’s dark out.
Check out more info. here on how to get the perfect backyard escape.
Next up: an unforgettable grill
If there’s one trend that will never go out of style, it’s the outdoor stovetop otherwise known as a grill.
High-tech grills with tons of features can be found virtually everywhere. For example, the Saber Smart Edge Grill was Consumer Reports’ favored grill with infrared top and optional ceramic glass lid. If watching the food slowly cook wasn’t enough, the grill hooks up to WiFi so a phone can keep track of when to cook, when to clean and when to fuel up.
If you’re looking for a more straightforward number, other Consumer Reports grills included the Weber Spirit E-220, the Weber Spirit SP-320 and a Kenmore grill. See them (and other cooking gadgets) here.
Lastly, throw in a fire pit for a multipurpose focal point
Don’t actually throw one, but you get the point. Fire pits have been all the rage for a while and for good reason. As a center point for décor arrangements, the fire pit isn’t just for show. It’s also warmth, light and even serves as a Smores maker.
Also, it’s probably one of the biggest draws for winter outdoor entertainment (if you’re brave enough). That being said, a fire pit practically pays for itself.
Consumer Reports likes the Alfresco Fire N Table, Forshaw and Waterstone for a variety of reliable and quality fire pits.
Honorable Mention: outdoor movies, anyone?
A new, refreshing entertainment piece is the re-emergence of the outdoor screen for at-home enjoyment (in place of drive-thru movies, of course).
While a projector would be necessary, a screen could just as easily be made with some bed sheets and nails. If you’re feeling the outdoor movie vibe like we were, all you need is a blank wall (or screen) to get started!
Full outdoor entertainment systems are available on sites like Amazon but first, check out this article to see what it takes to blow away your guests with your outdoor film.
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