Living Rooms, Layered Rugs and Getting It Right! Layering area rugs can create a new designer look on your living room flooring, using a combination of materials and fabrics from Jute, Sisal, hide, wool and cotton and mixing in a range of patterns, textures and colors. Most people stay away from this flooring technique because […]
Posted on December 17, 2014 by Christine in Painting.
I love the countless looks you can get from using simple milk paint and chalk paint. If you’re on our email list you know I love finding new ways of doing things – simply and inexpensively. If you’re not receiving our emails, you can join here. It’s free and you receive DIY Cheat Sheet and […]
Posted on December 7, 2014 by Christine in Windows.
Window treatments are important. They add fun and color. This post covers window treatment styles, pelmets and swags, how to position your curtain rods and fabrics to create beautiful rooms. Source: pinterest Curtains give you privacy, keep the heat in, or out, and create mood. Source: Country Living Done right, they can really make a […]
There’s nothing quite as welcoming as a touch of plaid. From a plaid scarf wrapped close to keep out the cold, a black plaid chair to snuggle into or an ottoman, for lots of hot cider or chocolate, if you please. If you have buffalo plaid or tartan on your mind, rug up in chunky […]
Posted on October 6, 2014 by Christine in Wallpaper.
Decorated Life has been following the creative adventures of Cheryl Maeder for some time now. Recently we followed her Adventures on 30A with Jane Dagmi. Remember the wonderful designers, shops and houses they visited? Cheryl’s design ideas are fun, prolific and her wall covering designs have found their way into the Hilton Hotel! And apart […]
When seasons change, it feels like its time to change your living room decor. Changing accessories, using color, height and texture are great ways to change the look of your living room. The sofa is one item that is rarely changed. It’s a large, often expensive piece that has to see us through different family […]
The herringbone pattern is on trend following the addiction to geometric patterns and strong lines. The wonderful zigzag pattern used in fashion and interior worlds are used everywhere; floors, walls, fabrics and furniture. With strong geometric lines, herringbone patterns come in different sizes, colors and features. This post looks at different ways you can add herringbone to your […]
Wall murals have a gorgeous crispness since being digitally produced. The 3D look adds texture, landscapes or scenes to any special room like a basement entertaining area. They can really open up a space, create a feature wall and give a room personality. Wall paper murals can be found on almost any topic from kids […]
How to paint furniture so it’s metallic silver paint has a rich luster that looks expensive is what this post is all about. Here are some of the best tutorials for shiny and aged silver paint looks. Painted furniture always looks great and I love these painted furniture ideas using silver paint. Not every […]
Posted on September 1, 2014 by Christine in Garden.
Indoor outdoor rugs are still a big trend. What I love is that outdoor area rugs are perfect for the porch, pool, patio, small courtyard, terraces or balcony. Textured to be soft, washable and highly durable, you can use an indoor outdoor rug anywhere and for any occasion. Oriental designs are popular, but the trend […]
Posted on August 28, 2014 by Christine in DIY Budget.
Creating your own antique furniture sounds a little pretentious, but find antique reproduction furniture with good bones and you can age and embellish it to fit your own home decorating style. And it will look a million bucks! Antique furniture is wonderful but not in everyone’s budget. Which means, it could be time to do […]
Mold removal is vital to your health. If you have a sneaky suspicion you have mold and mildew in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry or anywhere else.. don’t use bleach. More on that in a minute. Mold is a serious nuisance. It turns you lovely pure white grout lines black, discolors drywall and shows up as […]
Posted on August 22, 2014 by Christine in Kitchen.
These 8 kitchen decor ideas from guest writer, Sofia Lewis, will style your kitchen and make it the most loved room in the house. From kitchen backsplash ideas, decorating above kitchen cabinets or removing kitchen cabinet doors; kitchen decorating for a new look has never been easier. Source: BHG Kitchen Decorations – Pick 3 or […]
A few weeks ago Hometalk contacted to say they loved my post on beautiful floor designs over at Hometalk and would I put together a clipboard for their site. I love great floors and I love Hometalk! I said YES! Why wouldn’t I? Hometalk is full of great ideas! If you haven’t heard of Hometalk, […]
The level of natural light in your rooms can really affect your mood. Those blessed rays, filled with sunlight and vitamin D make you feel positive. So, its natural that bright rooms make us feel happier, more alive and vibrant. Getting light into dark rooms is important; making the most of what natural light you […]
Posted on August 14, 2014 by Christine in Upholstery.
The ottoman is perfect when it comes to accent furniture. I love them. Incredibly versatile and so practical; ottomans are great as coffee tables, footstools, extra seating and even storage.There are so many ottomans for sale. This post is about how to make an ottoman or small footstool. Making an ottoman is relatively straight forward […]
Dining Room Decorating Ideas – Storage Dining room design should include dining room storage; a dining room hutch, dining room sideboard, corner dining room cabinet, shelving, maybe a buffet or dining room server to display and feature items, as well as keep your dining room organized. Here are dining room ideas for small to medium […]
Do you think modern interior design styles from Design and Furniture shows are too high brow or just a little ‘out there’? Modern interior designers gather in New York each year with their new furniture and home furniture designs. These furniture designers vary from brilliant to outlandish. It’s great to get the perspective of a […]
There is something soothing about beach cottage decor that makes you feel you are always on vacation. Weathered paint looks (see tutorials on how to paint a weathered look below), quirky beach finds and nautical stripes; this look for anyone who loves cozy relaxed home decor. This post is about creating a beach home decor […]
Posted on August 8, 2014 by Christine in Wallpaper.
When it comes to interior design tips, adding texture to a room is right up there. Fabric textures add warmth and interest. Most of the time fabric texture is added using cushions, throws, a rug or something textural from outdoors. Another way to add texture is to decorate a room with textured wall panels, using […]
Simple Home Decorating Hacks It’s easy to over complicate home decorating … following the latest trends, colors or designers don’t always fit with your lifestyle, wallet or other decor – yes, it can be a little frustrating. Here are some simple decorating hacks to keep your home looking like you have guests coming over! To […]
Posted on July 26, 2014 by Christine in DIY Budget.
Here are more than 18 different ways to use finials in your decorating and how to create your own; often copying more expensive looks for the garden, kitchen and bedroom for a fraction of the cost. There are short tutorials and photos to spark your imagination; so you can get that expensive finial decorative look […]
Decorating Roundup is something new. You know I spend a lot of time looking at pretty and crazy things online to do with home decorating. Some things go into a file to write about in a later post. Some things are too cute to put off – so I thought I would do a little […]
There is nothing more luxurious looking than expensive looking countertops. This post has kitchen countertop ideas from concrete countertops to dark granite counter tops, soapstone and stainless steel, plus, a handy tool that can help you what it might look like in your kitchen. What is hot right now are over sized islands made of […]
Cheryl Maeder and Jane Dagmi share the last part of their journey along 30A and it is spectacular! These images are so gorgeous you just want to eat them up! If you missed the other two parts, you can find Part One here and Part Two here. Our Favorite Places Along 30A Written by Cheryl […]
Patio Door Makeover Patio doors are the eyes to your garden, security for your home and an accessory to your decorating style – as you go from indoors to outdoors. This post is about making your existing patio doors look more expensive; either by painting or replacing the door handles. No, you can’t turn a […]
Master Bedroom Decorating .. Practical and Wow! If its time to spruce up you master bedroom, here are some decorating ideas, color, storage and reading nook ideas to get you going. No matter what size your bedroom, whether you are looking for romantic bedroom decorating ideas, or if you have a small bedroom, the trend […]
Cheryl Maeder and Jane Dagmi are at it again, traveling on 30A and meeting friends old and new.. This time their adventure takes them to meet Melissa Skowlund, owner of two wonderful shops, Summer House Lifestyle. If you are ever in Grayton Beach tell Melissa you discovered first heard of her and her stores on […]
White Paint Rules! Living Room Paint Ideas White painted walls might seem like an easy way out, but even with the trends towards pale blue and gray paints, white walls are a classic and will never go out of style.You can keep them white, stencil, stripe or paint a feature wall to change the look […]
Swooning Garden Party Ideas Garden parties are great all year round entertaining. This blog post has outdoor party ideas, party food ideas, some themed party ideas and party decoration ideas that should have you enjoying the party as much as your guests. Source: BHG Here are tips on how to stay organized, plan, create and […]