Crafty Chandelier

My Fall Craft To Do List is getting longer by the day.  I know you have seen stores filled with large, modern chandeliers for hundreds if not thousands of dollars.  I am dying for a statement lighting fixture, so when I saw the Hommemaker blog with this DIY project, I was sold.  I might not start with the massive sphere, but I could see three smaller ones hanging in my large picture window, or eventually a larger one when I move into a bigger place.  It will be put on the To Do list, but who knows how long it will stay there…

 

Antique Glass Bottles

I have written posts about glass bottles before, but I just can’t help myself – they are such a versatile accent!  Search out bottles with meaning – from your hometown, favorite beverage, etc.  Check out these brilliant ideas for your favorite antique bottles – pictures, fresh flowers, and hanging!

Stairway to Creativity

I have many friends who are in the process of buying a new house right now.  They are worried about the wall color, furniture, accessories, yard, etc.  But what about the stairs?  They are the forgotten element in the house.  How many times do you hear someone say, “I’m decorating my stairs.”  Well, I think it is about time to pay attention to those oh so important pathways.

Try different patterns of wallpaper on the risers.

Create a runner with paint

Or just paint the top or riser of each stair to add some spice

Mint. Green.

I go through color phases.  Well, mint green has been it since late spring.  I’m obsessed with everything mint green.  I saw a decorating show and am convinced I want to paint my walls mint green.  That will probably phase away before I actually get around to painting but the dream is there.  Until then, I will satisfy my craving with mint colored accents and clothing!

Calendar Plates

Calendar plates are all over the place.  They lend themselves to the constant hunt for that specific year of meaning.   I have been searching for my birth year for about 6 months with no luck.  I have resorted to the year my parents got married, the year they were born, OR my birth year.  Despite my lack of luck lately, I truly enjoy the constant search and scavenging – one day I will find those special years!

Enamel Table Top

I’m sure everyone has seen them before – enamel or porcelain table tops from decades ago. I am obsessed. If you scrounge around in your local antique store of flea market, you may be able to find one.  They come in various colors, although most that I have seen are in white. A lot of times they will be found with only the top, which I believe is a better deal. You can then use them for whatever your heart desires. Try using an existing wood table, painting the legs and then putting the enamel piece on top to add a bit of color. Or, my personal favorite: hang them on the wall. It is an instant magnet bulletin board, which is perfect for a kitchen or mud room. I do have to give credit to my crafty, creative cousin for these ideas. Her new home has been my inspiration for a lot of my posts.

Celebrate with Green

Most of you are probably wearing green, drinking beer and celebrating the Irish today with St. Patrick’s Day.  It makes me so happy to see green all over town, and if it makes me smile on March 17th, then you better believe I will have a green wedding some day on the happiest day of my life.  With all my friends having wedding fever, I can’t help but dream and be that girl who plans her wedding.  Here are just a few of the brilliant ideas I’ll keep locked away until I find the perfect man.

Color

I love color.  Anyone who sets foot in my apartment or sees my wardrobe knows this.  I stumbled across a site called Sensational Color that dissects everything you could ever want to know about color.  It is amazing.  I was exploring the site and found a section on what colors mean.  I love green and have a lot of it in my home.

  How the color green affects us physically

  • Soothes
  • Relaxes mentally, as well as physically
  • Helps alleviate depression, nervousness, and anxiety
  • Offers a sense of renewal, self-control, and harmony

Sounds good to me!  I think I’ll keep it in my color palate.  Check out what your favorite color means at http://sensationalcolor.com/color-meaning-symbolism-and-psychology/.

Bold and Beautiful

This picture totally caught my eye – I love the old bricks in the background with the bright pop of color!  I’m totally into yellow lately and just looking for that perfect apartment or home to make this design concept a reality.  Even if you don’t have a brick wall, how great of an idea to paint a frame and just hang it on the wall without a picture?  So cool