How to decorate with T-shirts

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It seems like every time you turn around, a new t-shirt is in your closet or laundry. Perhaps you purchase them regularly, or maybe you’re the just the unassuming recipient of wearable promotional giveaways. No matter the source, t-shirts are part of the American way of life. They are worn frequently, and some are even treated with the greatest of care.  Yet, all t-shirts reach a point at which they need to be retired. But what if you absolutely love the shirt and don’t want to throw it away? It might have sentimental value, or monetary value as a collectable. If so, don’t stash it away in a dark drawer where you can’t enjoy it. Use it as part of your home décor! Here  is a list of some shirts that you might have lying around:

  • High school and/or College teams
  • Professional sports teams
  • Concerts and shows
  • Luxury labels or popular brands
  • Promotional swag handed out by vendors
  •  Themed or graphic tees
  • Vacation souvenirs

Hopefully our list motivated you to dig through the drawers, and we bet you found more shirts than you thought. Now, what to do with them:

  • Cut them at them to size, sew three seams, insert a throw pillow, and sew up the fourth seam
  • Purchase a glass-encased memorabilia frame and permanently mount the shirt and hang it on the wall
  • Gather as many of them as necessary and sew an amazing memory quilt
  • For something avant-garde, buy a torso-up clothes mannequin and put a different shirt on it every week or month (you can add accessories too!)
  • Use photographs related to the t-shirt to create a multi-media collage. For instance, if you have a souvenir shirt from your summer vacation, cut off the arms and collar, stretch it over foam board, and pin your vacation photos to the board.

There are numerous options for repurposing your t-shirts, and we’re pretty sure we only mentioned of few. If none of our ideas quite fit your vision, use them as inspiration to think outside of the box and come up with something innovative on your own. If you do, please return to our blog and tell us what you devised!

Components of a Tuscan Kitchen

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Tuscan style kitchens are beautiful and comfortable, evoking the hills, colors and style of Tuscany. No matter where you live, you can bring some of that beauty and style to your kitchen by using a few of these decorating ideas.

Tuscan Colors

The rich colors of Tuscany are the inspiration for the Tuscan kitchen theme. The colors of the hills, sky, plants, and buildings are what show up again and again throughout the Tuscan kitchen.

When choosing your palette, look for sun-kissed colors such as:

  • Apricot
  • Gold
  • Ochre
  • Olive green
  • Sky blue
  • Pumpkin

You can also choose materials that embody these colors as well, such as terracotta tiles for the floor or limestone for the backsplash. This helps ensure that the entire room stays cohesive. Remember to use the contrasting cool colors – blue and green – as accents to make them pop out against the warm background.

Tuscan Materials

Using natural materials whenever possible will help pull your Tuscan kitchen together. In addition to terracotta and limestone, consider incorporating the following into your kitchen design:

  • Natural wood for the cabinets, ceiling beams, soffit, table or floors
  • Wrought iron
  • Marble, granite, or soapstone for the countertops
  • Glass either as cabinet inserts or accents
  • Clay pottery for display
  • Linen, burlap, and cotton for curtains, dish towels and other fabrics in the room
  • Copper as a farmhouse sink, cabinet pulls, or faucet finish

Tuscan Accents

While the colors and materials that you use will primarily envoke the Tuscan theme, if you want to take it a step further, use accents scattered throughout the kitchen such as:

  • Wine, grape, vineyard, or olive themed tiles, backsplash, or decorations
  • Terracotta pots
  • Fresh mediterranean herbs growing on the window sills
  • Wall art that displays scenes from the hills and homes of Tuscany

Warm Up Your Kitchen

The end result of your Tuscan kitchen will be a warm and inviting space that makes visitors feel cozy and right at home. Decorate your kitchen in the Tuscan style and create a welcoming environment there.

Selecting the Perfect Coffee Table

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Coffee tables get a lot of use, making them an important part of any living or family room design. They also take up a prominent position within the room itself, which makes their shape and size as important as their use. When you select a new coffee table for your home, take the time to consider these different factors to find the best fit for the room.

Size

Coffee tables can come in a many different sizes. It’s important that you measure your sofa carefully from end to end when it’s time to start shopping for the coffee table. Ideally, the table should take up about 3/4 of the length of the couch. Any larger than this and it becomes harder to navigate around it to sit down. Any smaller and it makes it more difficult for people sitting on either end of the couch to reach it.

When considering the width or depth of the coffee table, pay attention to the overall size of the room. Large, square coffee tables work well in big, open floor plan spaces that have a lot of room to walk around in, but that same coffee table would simply get in the way in a small room.

Take a sheet of cardboard and lay it on the floor as if it were the coffee table and try walking to all the areas of the room around it. When it begins to get in the way, scale back a bit; this is the largest size coffee table you should purchase for your space.

Style

The shape and style of your coffee table should be consistent with the overall interior design you have in the room. If the rest of your furnishings have very clean lines, an ornate table would look out of place, for example. Therefore, try to follow the look of the other furnishings; curves go with curves and straight lines with straight lines. This way even if the coffee table isn’t a perfect match for the rest of the room, it still blends well.

Put some thought into your coffee table purchase. The right piece will make the rest of your room flow better and add an extra spark to your space. 

Decorating With Summer’s Best Colors

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Summer is the perfect time of year to refresh the colors in your home. You may be looking for new accent pieces in your sitting room, a new paint finish in the kitchen or an easy DIY facelift to your powder room. Consider these clean, gorgeous colors ideal for your home’s summer refresh.

 

Crisp white to brighten any room

A clean, bright white can be so much more than boring. Consider repainting your kitchen white and adding a neutral backsplash to add pop to this room. If you already have white cabinetry, you may want to consider a light, muted grey instead. Add a metal or shiny white backsplash. A neutral kitchen can be adorned with fresh flowers, colorful window treatments or slate grey bar stools.

 

Sunny yellow for the perfect accent

Bright yellow is the most welcoming color in the home. It may seem overwhelming for a larger room, so instead try using the color as an accent focal point. Consider yellow throw pillows for the sitting room, a yellow accent wall in the kids’ bathroom and yellow side tables for the bedroom. A bright yellow is the perfect accent to white, any shades of grey and blue and navy shades.

 

Muted orchid to refresh a small bathroom

Radiant Orchid is the Pantone Color of the Year, and it’s beautiful hue is perfect to refresh areas in your home. Try wide, vertical stripes in a little girl’s bedroom, or paint a powder room and add bright white accents. It can also add the perfect small pop a room needs, try painted vases, frames and lamps.

 

Light sky blue adornments

A faint sky blue is the perfect calming color to decorate several rooms in your home. Paint exposed shelves in your kitchen or replace neutral colored lamps with light sky blue lamps and white lamp shades. Drape a sky blue throw over mustard yellow chairs to add warmth and coziness in the midst of summer. Or paint the dining room this light shade of blue and add a gallery wall of floral and green prints.

Mix and Match Patterns

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A room with a lack of layers of colors, textures and patterns can give off a feeling of bareness and even coldness. Prints and patterns can provide points that interest visitors. However, mixing and matching different patterns can be particularly tricky.

 

Choosing the Colors

 

A good color palette can coordinate very different designs so that the eyes are drawn to the hues instead of the patterns. Not all the patterns need to have the same colors. Different shades can evoke a sense of varying intensities without being too busy. Neutral colors such as cream, ecru and beige can also look elegant and dramatic despite being simple. Multi-colored fabrics of contrasting colors can also be used.

 

Varying the Size and Scale

 

The size of the patterns is also an important consideration. By varying the scale, a balance look can be achieved. When mixing the patterns, do not put different prints of the same size side by side. With similar sizes, the mind will have a hard time choosing where to focus. Large prints, for example, might work well with knitted fabrics with small patterns.

 

Aside from the size of the prints in relation to the other prints, taking into account the scale in relation to the furniture or item is also crucial. Large prints might be better appreciated on wallpapers or curtains, and small prints might suit throw pillows more.

 

Using Contrasting Shapes

 

Different shapes can provide contrast in the mix of prints. Patterns of similar movement and direction can overwhelm a space. Geometric shapes in a vertical pattern, for example, can work well with random natural patterns and with lines moving in a zigzag or a fluid manner.

 

Looking at the Texture

 

Texture may not be as noticeable as color, size or shape but it is also worth considering. Some textures can cause the patterns to be more visible.

 

Experimenting

 

If you are a bit hesitant to introduce bold patterns in your home, you can start with just small steps. The easiest way is to add some throw pillows that feature different patterns. Even with this simple step, a lot of drama can already be brought into the room. To help you design the whole room, going to the supply store and browsing magazines or the Internet to compare patterns can help.

Designing For Baby

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Are you expecting a new member of the family soon? Decorating the nursery is one of the most exciting parts of preparing for this new bundle! The dreams that expectant parents instill in a child’s nursery seem to add to the enjoyment and anticipation and can be expressed creatively through this design project.  Some of these tips may be helpful!

 

Functionality — Although aesthetics are important, a nursery is devoted to the functional needs of an infant.  The furniture is the place to start with functionality in mind. A safe and comfortable crib is a gift to both the parent and child. Middle-of-the-night changings, feedings  and everyday messes are easier on everyone if the surfaces and materials used for the room are easy to clean.  

 

Layout — The crib, which is usually the centerpiece of the room, should be strategically located near the door where parents can reach it without stumbling or bumping into other furniture, even in the dark. It should also be placed away from the windows where there might be drafts or where the sunlight might hit directly. Check with safety regulations to ensure the crib you select is in keeping with current safety standards.

 

Convenience — Near the crib, having a changing table or nursing station is ideal. Wet accidents are frequent, and having the changing table close to the crib will allow the parents to quickly clean up the mess and change the diapers.

 

Storage — Diapers are a never-ending part of a new parent’s life.  These along with other necessities should be present in the room and within easy reach. Articles and accessories for infants accumulate over time so it is important to plan for additional items.  

 

Comfort — To help make feeding and holding the baby as pleasant as possible, you can place a rocking chair or a recliner by the window. A night table or a side table can also be a nice addition to the room. As the baby grows, tables and other furniture should be secured to the wall or to the floor using nylon straps or L brackets.

 

Safety — Safety is another crucial concern when designing the room for such a young child. Electrical outlets should be covered and cables should be securely tucked away. Choking hazards and harmful products should be stored out of the baby’s reach.

 

Designing a nursery can be challenging, but when carefully considering not only the needs of the new baby but also the joy that the room will bring, it can also be an exciting part of getting ready for baby.

Room Accessories

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Have you ever been at a loss on redecorating in your home?  This process doesn’t need a large amount of money nor a large reconstruction in the home.  By paying close attention to the accessories in your home, you can give a lift to every room instantly! You can add many wonderful accents and accessories in a sensible and economical way using a little ingenuity.

Good Suggestions for Home Decor Accessories

Every room needs some sort of window coverings. Blinds and curtains are a very important addition, and can set the mood for the home. Accessories may be functional such as a stool, mirror or clock.Artwork is a great room changer and a wonderful way to display a different side of yourself. Lamps and side tables can also add to both the functionality and décor of your home.

  • Living Room: In addition to the above tips there are other accessories you should consider. Sculptures, paintings, and coffee tables add a definite statement as fantastic living room accessories.
  • Dining room: The dining room could have lighter shades and blinds or go a different route with rich drapes. Good accessories include a focal point of a major lighting piece, and possibly wall sconces. Be sure to keep in with your decorating scheme.
  • Den: The den should be more relaxed and laid back.  This room is the place to show hobbies, interests or the inner child!  It deserves fun accessories. Decide what your family would enjoy!  Novelty pieces can make a great statement here.
  • Kitchen: Again, accessories here can be functional or decorative.  Copper bottomed pots are beautiful when displayed in the kitchen.  Utensils or bowls can be displayed and stored in the same locations. Keep with in your decorating style and try not to create a cluttered look. Lighting plays a big role as an accessory in the kitchen, altering the mood, look of food and the ease of preparing meals.  Don’t make the mistake of placing low lighting in the kitchen – you’ll need to watch where you are cutting!
  • Bedroom: The bedroom is your special place, and deserves your special accessories. The main focus in a bedroom is typically the bed covering.  Start here and let your own personality shine.

Use your Imagination in Decorating

Let yourself be creative when you are adding your home decor accessories. These are the finishing touches on your home painting. You don’t need to be a decorator – just keep everything tastefully placed for a total decorating package.

Blank Slate

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2408982_SStarting from scratch with a blank slate is a luxury many of us don’t have unless we’ve recently moved or are building a new house. Some people might have an extra room that isn’t being used, but most likely an extra space is spoken for in our homes. But imagine if you did have an empty room in your home—a blank slate. What would you do?

Imagine having an empty room with just wood floors and neutral walls. Would you turn this space into a playroom for the kids? A home office? Home theater? Gym? In-law suite? It can be fun to imagine starting from scratch and designing a space from the floor up. Or, it can be daunting.

Sometimes in decorating and interior design we get too caught up in the possibilities and the what-ifs that we fail to move forward. Decisions can be scary. This is why new builders often present design packages where flooring, cabinets, counters, knobs and pulls are all grouped together so you don’t have to make too many decisions and be overwhelmed.

If you do have a blank slate in your home, first decide how you will use the space. Then build from there. You might want to replace the carpet with hardwood or add carpet. You might want to add built-ins for storage or extra ceiling lighting for tasks. Wall color and window treatments can be inspired by the activities that will go on in the room or an area rug or object. Start slow, but keep moving forward. Once you know how you’ll use the room, design decisions should start falling into place.

Create a Jewel Box Bathroom

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DSC_0067Every room in your home deserves your design attention. One often ignored space is the small guest bath. It’s time to open your eyes to the possibilities this room offers.

To begin, consider this room as an opportunity to experiment with a look, color or style that seems too daring for one of the other rooms in your home. This room also gives you a chance to spend more per square foot than other rooms – the space is so small that the overall cost of a more expensive choice won’t break your budget.

How about stepping over to the specialty tile section? Trim tile and backsplashes can really liven up a small bath. For flooring, even a high-end option will only cost a few hundred dollars. Consider a pedestal sink – the extra visible floor makes the room feel larger.

Choose a unique and coordinating mirror and light fixture. If your taste is modern, find something avant garde to catch the eye. For a more traditional look, don’t be afraid to use a small crystal chandelier in this room – maybe something with a light that will create a pattern on the walls.

Remember to keep everything focused and coordinated. Eclectic is not the best style choice for this small a space. You might want to consider one special accessory to make the bath feel extra special. Turn your boring bath into something special, with the jewel box approach.

Design Inspiration: Glass Accents

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12421237_SGlass is an amorphous material formed by melting and cooling magma.  It’s usually transparent or translucent.

Glass décor is a great way to add beauty and interest to an entire room.  Use it for inspiration.  Glass décor comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes, patterns, and colors.

One glass item can stand alone and become a focal point in a room or you can choose to collect a few items.  You can choose to have them all be different or find pieces with a similar theme.  For example, look for glass  décor pieces with the same shape, but in varying sizes.  Find pieces from the same era.  Vintage glass vases or bowls will perk up a room in no time.

Handblown glass look like one of a kind art in a room.  Allow the glass to inspire you and the room design.  The colorful glasses in the image above would be a great, colorful accents on a dining table for a special occasion.  Don’t forget that these glasses like these can be used to decorate a room as well.   Placing them behind a glass cabinet or using them as candle holders creates a colorful and interesting atmosphere.

Use the glass accents to decorate a shelf, create a cohesive vignette, bring sparkle to a room, or dress up the mantle.  Whatever you decide to decorate, keep in mind that all of your home décor should reflect your style and be pieces you truly enjoy