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Choose Window Treatments to Enhance Your Space

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Choose Window Treatments to Enhance Your Space

You’re looking around your home and things are looking pretty spiffy. Your rooms are all set up, the furniture is in place and you are feeling quite pleased with yourself – Score!  However, there seems to be something missing. The room doesn’t feel complete.  Why? Because you need to choose window treatments to enhance and personalize your space and that’s where I and this article come in. 🙂

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Whether you are trying to create a cozy space, whimsical baby nursery, or a formal dining room, window treatments and flooring are the most important aspects of any living area. I know, I know, many designers say accessories are the crowning glory and they do add a lot to a space, but without good window treatments, your room can still feel unfinished.

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When it comes to window treatments, the choices are endless and although much of your decision depends on your personal style, you should also consider function when making your decision.  Are you trying to avoid drafts? There’s a treatment to help with that. Are you trying to adjust the amount of sunlight that flows into a room? There’s a treatment for that.  While researching this article, I found window treatments for most personal styles as well as every window issue and if your style doesn’t exist, you can have it custom made. Although I cannot address every personal treatment, I will cover 5 of the basics.

 

Number 1 – Curtains

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When you choose your curtains, it is important to consider function as well form. Are you using your treatments for appearance only or will they actually alleviate a problem such as light control or energy conservation? Somfy Systems.com suggests, before making a final curtain decision you should consider color, fabric, hardware and window shape, and size. Do not rush a final decision because depending on the style you choose, formal, custom, or simple panels, curtains can be a large part of the decorating budget.

Curtains are not for everyone. If someone in the family suffers from allergies, curtains may not be the best choice because unless you wash or dry clean regularly, your beautiful curtains will add to the symptoms of your dust allergies. With that said, adding curtains can soften a room, reduce the noise level and add color and personal design style to a space.

Be sure to consult with an expert if you need help with the following:

  • Which hardware to use to hang curtains
  • The length & width to purchase
  • Where to place the hardware
  • Which style to choose
  • Will your treatments cover the entire window or hang on either side

There are so many choices when it comes to curtains:

  • Sheers – light and breezy
  • Light Altering – blackout for total darkness or lined to diffuse light
  • Decorative Panels – panels on either end of a rod to accentuate a window only
  • Avoid Drafts – heavy material and possibly a lined drape
  • Tiers – short panels generally used in a non-formal setting
  • Formal – Generally very costly, generally custom

Sidebar: My very first job out of high school was at a drapery factory in NC. I knew it was definitely not my life’s calling but I learned a lot about drapes/curtains during my short time there. Still to this day, I can look at a window and tell you the size of store-bought drapes/curtains it will require. I still measure and rarely am I off by much if any at all. Just goes to show, you can learn something from any situation.  Just a little something I thought I would share.  🙂 

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Number 2 – Shades

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Shades are generally used for privacy and/or to diffuse light but are not thick enough to completely darken a room. They are generally a less expensive option than most window treatments (unless custom) and come in a variety of sizes and types. Shades are made from a variety of materials but are generally coated with a PVC fiberglass coating to resist stains and dust.

Although very functional and cost-effective, shades have never been a favorite of mine. I’m not sure why, but you know how it is, some things resonate with you while others are simply – well, there. I lived with shades in a rental property years ago, and although they were very functional I used the shades for privacy only and hung curtain panels on either side of the windows to add color and softness. The shades in my rental home had fringe hanging from the end of the shades and were not bad at all and they were great for the much-needed privacy at night because the house was in a very busy area of town. The shades worked perfectly at this home but I wasn’t happy with them until I added curtains but that’s a personal style.

Somfy Systems lists several types of shades to choose from:

  • Roller Shades
  • Pleated Shades
  • Honeycomb Shades
  • Roller/Solar Shades
  • Roman Shades

Number 3 – Wood Blinds

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Wood blinds are an extremely popular treatment. They add sophistication and old-world charm to a room.  Wood blinds also offer the buyer a variety of wood finishes to accommodate most decorating styles. Houzz.com says blinds are adjustable and you are able to adjust wood blinds to allow as much or as little light as you needed. The blinds can also be pulled up completely to allow a full, unobstructed view from the window.

You can choose several different slat sizes for blinds, but I find the wider the slats, are easier to clean. Recently I found a quick and easy hack to clean blinds. I will include that hack in another blog so stay tuned. Wood blinds are a beautiful treatment alone or with curtains. They are versatile and beautiful and can be adapted to most decors.

The cons are the fact that they are heavy, difficult to hang and susceptible to moisture and just like a wood floor, can warp over time from moisture exposure. Also, authentic wood blinds can be pricey. 

Number 4 – Faux Wood Blinds

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My favorite of the window treatment options is faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds are an easy, versatile, budget-friendly and attractive window treatment choice. The faux wood blinds are far less expensive than wood blinds and the difference in material is almost undetectable. Because of the composite material they are made of, faux wood blinds are the easiest of all to clean and maintain. They are not wood, therefore, they will not warp if exposed to moisture.  Somfy Systems had a great money saving tip, in that because faux wood blinds look so natural, you could choose wood blinds for rooms where you spend the most time and use faux wood blinds that match the real wood blinds for areas where you spend less time. What a smart cost-saving hack. Cleaning is fast and easy, making them a great choice for families with young children or families who have allergy sufferers.

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Number 5 – Shutters

Let me preference this by saying I adore shutters. I wish I could afford to have them in every room of my home. Because shutters are custom, they can cover any window or door and because of their versatility, can be set to allow as much or as little light as you choose. Shutters offer full privacy when they are completely closed and are a beautiful addition to any room both internally and externally – again making certain to ensure the external view is just as attractive as the internal view.

Shutters can be purchased in the same wood tones as wood blinds, which means they can be mixed and matched throughout the home. You can also paint shutters to enhance your personal style.

And finally, you can purchase shutters in different styles and even in a vinyl material which is easy to clean and again perfect for families with children or allergy sufferers.

Window TreatmentWhile doing the research for this article, I fell in love with café shutters. I love the look of these half or café shutters. They are such a clean look and view from the top windows unobstructed unless you decide to add a topper for color. Café shutters provide privacy while letting in a lot of light. The perfect combination–right?

One more thing to consider when hanging window treatments is how your window treatments look from the outside. Your windows are the eyes of your home and the appearance of the window treatments adds much to a home’s personality and curb appeal. There is nothing worse than passing an otherwise beautiful home only to see ugly window treatments or blinds with which a cat has had his way. Be sure that your window treatments are as attractive on the outside as they are on the inside.

Window treatments are an important part of any space. The right treatments can transform a drab, cold space into a vibrant and warm environment. There are so many choices of different styles, colors, and materials of window treatments and making a choice could be a daunting experience; however, if you take your time, do your research and/or hire someone to help you with the decision, you can transform your space.

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Need New Windows? I Got You!

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Need New Windows? I Got You!

Our home was built in 1980 and we have done a bit of updating over the past 15 years that we have lived n the home. For example, we have changed flooring and appliances, removed hideous wallpaper, painted and much much more.  However; one thing we put off for as long as we possibly could was replacing the old windows. But last May, we bit the bullet and decided we needed new windows. Therefore we decided to be that house that replaced all of the windows. Oh my…what an expensive project.

Before I go any further, I need to tell you that this is NOT a sponsored post and Anderson has no idea I’m writing this article, but I wanted to share my experience with you. It was a good one!

After interviewing and receiving free estimates from several companies, we decided to contract with Renewal by Anderson Window Replacement in Raleigh, NC.  From the very first time our salesperson entered our home, and patiently demonstrated the differences between the Anderson product and the others, we knew we were going to spend the extra money and contract with Anderson. They were the most expensive and you all know, I am the bargain, thrifting, and upcycling diva, but there are some things you have to bite the bullet and pay a little more to get the best product and we decided that this was one of those times.

Although Anderson Windows did cost us a bit more, the customer service we received made the experience a pleasant one and was worth every penny. Not only did our salesperson make the sale, she called a couple of days afterward to make sure we were still happy with our choice and were not experiencing buyers remorse. Who does that? And this was before the install date was set so we could have backed out had we wanted to. She was not the only person checking on us to ensure we were satisfied with our decision and understood exactly what to expect on the day of install. Oh no, we were also assigned a customer specialist. She called before the install date to explain everything. She called the morning of the install and she called once the install was over to make sure we were satisfied. The original salesperson called two days after the install as well to make sure everything went well. It was amazing.

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Two weeks after the install the customer specialist called again to ask if we understood how to open our windows and how to fold them inside to clean. We were so surprised and I haven’t even explained how professional, quick, and courteous the installers were, but I am about to.

The installers were amazing. They were on time and they worked quickly but were so very professional. They had a crew working outsideNew Windows and one working inside so there was very little tracking in and out of the house. That was a nice touch! Once the installation was complete, they gave us a demonstration of how to use the windows and even asked if we wanted to keep some of the old windows before putting them on the truck to take them away. Yes, they removed all of the old windows and debris. They were also mindful of our fur baby and made an extra effort not to allow him to get outside when they entered and exited the house.

Side Note: Of course, I kept a few of the old windows…I am a crafter after all. I’ll come up with something to do with them. 🙂

The installers replaced blinds, curtain rods and vacuumed every room before leaving. I believe the entire process took about 6 hours and we had every window in our home replaced for a total of 12. We were very pleased with the installation process.

So you may be asking what took me so long to share my experience. Well, I waited until we had experienced the windows for a while before writing this post because I wanted to be certain the promises made about saving on our energy bill and blocking out the extreme UV rays were true before I shared with you and they are! We had the new windows installed last spring and we have lived with them through them through 2 springs, 1 fall, 1 winter and now, 2 very hot summers and we have noticed a significant decrease in our power bill. Since the installation, we have saved a minimum of $60.00 each month since the month of installation. They truly do abate noise and although our bay window, which is in the kitchen, is a west facing window and receives hot sun for at least 5-hours during the summer months we can now sit in front of it without closing the blinds. That is a significant difference. Before the new windows, we  had to keep the blinds opened just enough to peek out. But we made sure not to allow too much sunlight into the kitchen after 1:00 pm because it would get extremely hot and our air conditioner would run constantly. Also during the winter before the new windows, there was such a draft coming through the windows until it was uncomfortable to sit there to have a meal. There is a huge difference.

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I am just over the moon with the fact that the windows tilt in for easy cleaning and can open from the top to get a cross breeze during the fall and spring, but we are both most excited by the decrease in our monthly power bill. Now for the aesthetics…the windows look great and have made a huge difference in the curb appeal of our home. They just look clean and updated and because of the material the facings are made of, they are easy to maintain.

Yes, I will admit, we paid more than we expected or budgeted for, but when you are pleased with a service and product from beginning to end, it is worth it. Would I recommend Renewal by Anderson Window Replacement to my family or best friends? Absolutely! Do I feel the extra money was well spent, I absolutely do! And to make it even better, the warranty is transferable and that’s a good thing if we decide to ever sell the home.

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Again, this is NOT a paid or sponsored post but I had an excellent experience with Anderson Windows and the product has lived up to its claims and therefore, I had to share my experience with all of you. That’s what I do. 🙂

Very special note…do you see all of the roses that are out front? Well, I asked the installers to be careful with my roses for two reasons. Number one, because they are thorny and I did not want anyone to get hurt but also because I didn’t want them to damage my roses. Guess what? With all of the work they did out front, not one rose bush or other flower was damaged. It doesn’t get any better than this. Anderson Windows gets a thumbs up from The Command Center.

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Making a College Dorm Room Feel Like Home

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Making a College Dorm Room Feel Like Home

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It is time to get your college student(s) prepared for the upcoming school year. Whether you are dropping off a college freshman for the first time or returning your college junior back to the dorm, it’s time to get them organized and prepared for a successful school year. Making a college dorm room feel like home on a budget is necessary if you want your scholar to feel comfortable and doable if you get organized. Although I originally posted this over a year ago, I thought it was appropriate now as college kids get ready to return to or move into the dorm for the very first time. Enjoy!

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To get started, I thought I would make a list for you to help you remember the essentials and the fun and homey touches to help your college student feel at home away from home. When I was getting my daughter ready for college (many moons ago :)) I would always make a list in June and I would order the items on my list throughout the summer. This allowed me to first be ahead of the game, and secondly to snatch up some pretty good bargains and lastly to spread out my purchasing dollar. When you’re on a budget, it’s easier to spread those dollars out instead of dropping a whopping $500.00 or more all at once.

Also shopping at discount stores helps you stay within budget and still get all of the things your college student needs and most of what they want for their home away from home.

Let’s begin with essentials. The bedding is most important and it’s best to begin at the bottom.

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Bedding:

I realize it’s not a pleasant thought, but it is a necessary one. We must protect our children from a not so clean environment.  Here are my suggestions:

  • Spray the mattress with Lysol disinfectant spray
  • Once mattress is totally dry, sprinkle baking soda onto the mattress
  • Enclose the mattress in a plastic, zip-up mattress cover
  • On top of the plastic mattress cover add a quilted and cloth mattress topper
  • The quilted top cloth mattress cover will keep the mattress soft and comfortable while putting a barrier between the plastic mattress cover and your child
  • I would cover the boxed springs, if applicable in a plastic cover as well
  • I also suggest you purchase and a couple of new pillows
  • Now for the color. Choose a colorful comforter set and window treatment if necessary. I always think window treatments are necessary, but some do not if the dorm room or apartment comes with blinds, but I like window treatments to soften the room and make it feel cozy. See my post on choosing window treatments here.
  • I spend a little more for bedding because it has to hold up wash after wash and be soft and comfortable. I don’t buy name branded, but I do buy a good quality bedding. I believe everyone should have a clean and comfortable bed.

Storage:

  • You can pick up most of your storage needs at the dollar tree. Below are just a few of the large selection of storage items you can find at the dollar tree. You just need to be creative.

      

                                    

Miscellaneous:

  • You can also find desk accessories at the Dollar Tree
  • Cleaning supplies and snack foods and other food items can also be purchased at the dollar store or other discount stores
  • Plastic plates and utensils are available at the Dollar Tree
  • Laundry bags are necessary and can be picked up at the discount stores
  • Memo boards, white boards, cork boards are also available at your local discount and dollar stores

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Cleaning:

  • Wipe out the refrigerator (if provided with the room)
  • Leave the remaining baking soda in the refrigerator
  • Wipe down all surfaces with Clorox

  • Clean mirrors with vinegar
  • Vacuum thoroughly including under the beds, closet space and window seals Don’t forget baseboards and ceiling corners to ensure no cobwebs are left behind
  •  Vacuum the inside of desk and dresser drawers and closet shelves
  • Wipe out desk and dresser drawers with Clorox and line with shelf liner paper

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Stock the Kitchen/Room:

  • Stock the kitchen area with snacks, canned goods, etc.
  • Store loose food items, cookies, bread, snacks, etc. in plastic storage containers with tight lids
  • Stock lower cabinets with cleaning supplies

Decorating:

  • I encouraged my daughter to connect with her roommate during the summer so they cou;d build a rapport and discuss a color scheme for their room
  • I have never painted a dorm room, but I have used fabric on a focal wall to add color and ground an otherwise drab space
  • I have also hung window treatments using a tension rod so I would not have to repair walls when the school year ended
  • Add throw pillows to the bed to add much-needed color as well
  • It’s a great look if both roommates match or coordinate colors

The Dorm Room Before:

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This Is How Most Dorm Room Start Out

Fabulous & Coordinated Dorm Rooms:

 

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Dorm Room

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Look at the difference a little color and coordination can make. As I said above, in the past, instead of paint, I have used fabric to create a focus wall.  I have also added a wall of draperies. It made quite an impact.

You should hang everything you can with command strips. Using command strips will make it much easier to pack up at the end of the school year and will not damage the walls.

In such a small space, organization is key. Make sure there are plenty of different size storage bins and boxes. Use as much vertical space as possible to free up floor space. Add shelves and cubbies to the wall. Please note the list of necessary toolbox items you will need on move-in day and the other is a list of items your college student will need to start his/her college life. Of course, they will be calling to remind you of things you forgot. But I believe we’re off to a good start.

Really important…remember to add a fresh box of tissues to the list for you  because you will probably cry all the way back home after you drop your baby off,  but that is to be expected. 🙁

College/University Move-In Day Checklist
Purchase List: My Tool bag:
 
Bed risers Baking Soda
Cleaning supplies Clorox
Clip on lamp for bed Drill
Command hooks & strips (lots of command strips) Hammer
Desk Lamp Labeler
Dorm refrigerator Lysol Spray
Electronics (TV, Laptop, etc.) Pin Sol
Extension cord Screw drivers (phillips & flat)
Family photos Small nails
Hangers  Shelf liner paper
Mattress cover (plastic)  Rubber gloves
Mattress cover (quilted)  Cleaning rags
Organizers  Vacuum cleaner
Pillows  White vinegar
Plastic plates and utensils  Command Strips
Plastic storage bins (to fit under the bed)
Plastic ties (to coral and organize electrical cords)
Power strips
Several styles of plastic storage bins
Sheet sets (2 sets)
Shower caddy
Throw rugs
Window treatments
Zip lock bags (food storage)

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Transitioning To The FarmHouse Style

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Transitioning To The FarmHouse Style

As you know, I’ve become enamored with the FarmHouse style. I thought it would be a simple and straightforward transition. Especially since I have always leaned toward a bit of rustic décor. As a matter-of-fact, I dubbed my decorating style as rustic Tuscan.

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I thought it would be as easy as adding a few accessories…NOT! The authentic Farmhouse style looks clean, simple, and easy to recreate, but making the transition can become quite challenging. Here I will break it down and show you how the process can be broken down into small steps.

Paint:

The first step is the paint. Both the rustic Farmhouse and the modern Farmhouse styles require a clean, light and airy paint color. Sarah, from the Vintage Nest, has a great list of paint colors that are perfect for the Farmhouse style. Sara provides both an entire white pallet as well as a neutral pallet. WhooHoo, my kitchen paint made the cut with the Neutral pallet. My kitchen is very close to the Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay which made Sarah list for the neutral pallet.

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My bedroom and master bath will also fit into the Farmhouse color pallet because they were recently painted a Sherwin Williams Greige. However, the rest of my home may not be so easy to transition because the paint colors are Tuscan and rich. My suggestion is that if you are making a drastic change in your home decor, take it slow and perhaps refresh one room at a time.

Flooring:

I think most flooring will fit the modern Farmhouse style. However, with that said, hardwood is my personal favorite. Could it be because my floors are hardwood?  🙂 I think so. If you have a flooring that you love, that will make it a lot less expensive when you do not have to change flooring…right?

Below is a white-washed and a dark laminate flooring that are both totally Farmhouse don’t you think? The dark wood is very close to the flooring I am working with in my home.

Transitioning To FarmHouse Style

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Window Treatments:

Oh my, this could take forever because the Farmhouse style opens so many avenues for window treatments. From the normal curtains, shutters, wood blinds to mediums you may not have considered.

Donna of Funky Junk Interiors chose a very unique yet rustic window topper for her kitchen. She used burlap coffee sacks that she stenciled to create the window treatments for her kitchen windows. Including hardware, Donna spent $3 and that includes hardware. Does it get any better than that? I think not. How clever.

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The Vintage News Junkie, Candace, gave some old shutters a new lease on life when she revamped them to suit her Farmhouse kitchen. No, shutters aren’t new but these upcycled shutters have a unique look of their own. Great job!! Farmhouse, yet clean and crisp.

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Brooke over at All Things Thrifty, took the barnyard door to a whole new level. She made barnyard door shutters. It is amazing. I so want a barnyard door in my home but I do not have a space. Well, until now. This is a brilliant and oh so Farmhouse.

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Of course, there are all sorts of drapes and curtains that can be considered FarmHouse style, but I wanted to show you the more unique and creative treatments. The three above certainly meet that criteria.

Accessories:

This part of the process can be so much fun. Signs, frames, pillows, metal, wicker, wood, ribbon, twine, so many choices. The best part about FarmHouse décor is that pieces can be upcycled and DIYed to fit the space. It is a wonderful way to be creative and turn a house into a home without spending a mint.

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So many options for farmhouse accessories and the farmhouse style. You can not go wrong. With all of the choices, what do you think? Is the farmhouse style something you could wrap your decorating heart around? What I have shown you here is just the proverbial tip of the proverbial iceberg. I hope you have enjoyed this peek into life on the farm, no matter where you live. I want to give my fellow bloggers and farmhouse lovers that were listed in this blog a great big hug. We are all loving the same style but we realize there are so many different ways to get there. 

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Organization Inspired Office Refresh

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Organization Inspired Office Refresh

I have stressed over my office situation months now. If you have been keeping up with my blog, and I hope you have, then you know I have been all over the place with this small space.  The room is small and it has to serve several purposes. And because of that, I had a bit of a dilemma. Not because of my vision for the space but because there are others who have a bit of input as well. With that in mind, I’ve decided to complete this space in phases.That way I get what I want while the others involved are eased into my vision. So follow me as I share phase I of my organization inspired office refresh.

Side Note: I love looking at these flowers albeit artificial on the end of my desk.

Office Refresh

So I’ll bet you’re wondering who is it that has so much influence as to how I decorate and/or live in my personal space. One would think it is my husband, but alas it is not. The contributor is a pint-sized five-year old who has a definite opinion as to where he should sleep when he is visiting MiMi and Poppy. You see he has just recently begun to sleep separately from us instead of between us in the king-sized bed. This arrangement was fine with my grandson and my husband but I felt, being he is getting older and I am not male, that he should probably be weaned and moved from our bed to his own sleeping space. Suffice it to say I think we could all use a bit of privacy. 🙂
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So he is now sleeping in my office on the daybed. Do understand there is a perfectly good guest room right next door. However, the issue is the office is right across the hall and he can look into our room from there while the guest room is further down the hall and sort of isolated. Well at least in his mind. So he is still afraid to sleep there alone. Now, do you get my drift? Although I would like to think it is, it actually is not all about me. At least not for another year or so anyway. 🙂 I get almost giddy when I think of having a craft table in this room. But I will wait for my grandbaby to be ready. 

But with all of that taken into consideration, I still felt the need to organize and to use the wasted space and to turn my office/bedroom into my office/craft room that happens to house a daybed…for now. So let’s get started.

The Before:

As I hope that you can see from the pictures, I have some awesome shelves on the wall. I had Office Refreshthose installed about 5 years ago thinking they would be added storage for the small space. But so far, all they really are is wasted space. I was feeling I could better utilize all of that open and vertical shelf space. After all, isn’t that why I had them installed in the first place? Well yeah!!

Also, notice the large monitor on the desk. Just another example of wasting space. No, I have not officially buried the PC but it is on its way out and therefore the monitor is no longer required. That corner of the desk is prime real estate.

I also had a problem with the bookshelves being full of books. Don’t get me wrong, I realize books are supposed to be on bookshelves but this is overkill. I still love my books and I still wish I had a Office Refreshlibrary. But I can not fathom getting rid of my hardbacks. I realize that this is not proper storage and is not conducive for a small space. Therefore, I had to find a solution that would both allow me to keep my books and allow me to incorporate my crafts into this space. My personal vision is to add a crafting table on the wall where the daybed is currently stationed (with lots more storage). But that will have to be during phase II of this project. For now, I have to work with what I have. See the other before pictures below.
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The bedding is dark because a five-year old jumps here. I could venture to say the only things I am not quite tired of are the current window treatments because they are light and airy and the desk because it is over-sized and I need the space. I also love the colors of the shelving. Because the room is so small, I painted them the exact same color of the walls so they do not look like they are intruding into the space, but instead, they blend into the space.

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The After:

Of course, every great refresh begins with a great purge. I purged extra office supplies and just old stuff. I had purchased a bunch of storage bins during my last Dollar Tree haul. You can watch that video here.  And boy did they come in handy.

First I decided to use the vertical storage for my books. That way they are still in the office but let’s face it, I can’t reach the higher shelves without a step stool so I thought it more reasonable to place items I do not use often on the top shelves. 

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I also added a space to store all of my ribbons. I added dowels underneath the shelves to hold all of my ribbons. I love this idea and it really works. The black and white storage boxes were already in the office, but I did purge them and now they only hold stuff I truly use.

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The lamp on the shelf is a flea market find and I love it 

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…And now I have space on the shelves for my crafting supplies.

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And even more supplies.  I added small dowels to this container to hold my washi tape as well as other supplies.

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These are the clear tackle boxes I picked up during another haul.They are perfect for holding all of the little baubles that I use for crafting.

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For the shelf behind the desk, I decided to use closed storage containers. This is such a clean and crisp look when you enter the room. 

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I even found a way to store all of the napkins I have accumulated for my decoupage projects. I will share that with you in a future post.

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Although I kept the daybed, I lightened up the bedding. The black comforter at the far left matches everything but is truly there to avoid a mess made by a five-year-old. 🙂

Below where the daybed lives is where my workplace table will eventually go. I am excited. I get giddy when I think of a craft table with even more storage for this room. But alas, I have to wait just a little longer. 🙂

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This framed sign sits above my desk and I love it. It reads, “There’s an Angel Watching Over You.”

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So, that’s phase I of my office refresh. And the bet part is the entire refresh only cost $70.00 and that includes bedding and all of the storage containers. Not bad,huh?

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How to Refresh A Guest Bath Without Breaking The Bank

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The New Project

The spring refresh continued last week as I decided to tackle my guest bath. I did not change paint color or fixtures. I did not change flooring, although that is on the list for the fall. All I did was change the shower curtain, wash and hang towels differently, and remove a few knick knacks. Just those few changes made a huge difference in the feel of this space.

What I Did Not Do (hanging my head in shame)

First let me apologize for not taking “before” pictures, but I promise to get better about this. I don’t know why this is so difficult for me. It could be I get so excited about the end result…but I will do better. At any rate, let me give you a brief description of what this space used to be. OVERDONE. That’s it. Oh, you want more? Okay, to begin with the shower curtain was white ruffled window curtains. I have a thing about shower curtains. I normally don’t like them so I’ve used window treatments as shower curtains for years.

When I moved into the home ruffles were in vogue but that was over 13 years ago and although the curtains held up well, they were very outdated. I am going to have to find a way to reuse the material because it is a heavy cotton and still as white as snow. We will worry about that later.

Back to the before. I really love fluffy towels and I had layered so many towels in this space until it looked like a museum instead of an inviting guest bath. I wanted to change that.

What I Did Do

Of course, I laundered all of the towels and all of them did not make it back to the space. As you can see from the photos, I hung the towels in a different way just to add a bit of whimsy to the space. I used twine to tie the towels to the towel bar.

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You will notice I have a dual theme running through the space and here’s why. I think themes are easily overdone. For example, a couple of bunnies make the room feel whimsical and decorated while 10 bunnies make the room feel overbearing. Therefore, I removed six bunnies and inserted roses. I had towels trimmed in a rose fabric. I happened to have a rose encrusted bowl and I added the two to the room. What a difference a rose makes. 🙂

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Let me say, I changed out the faucet, replaced the builder grade wall mirror, and painted the vanity cabinets last year and intend to add tile flooring, change the light fixture and replace the bathroom fan with one of the new light and fan combination in the fall. Pray for me because it never ends. 🙂 But when you’re working with a small budget you take baby steps.

As I said this refresh was simple but with loads of impact. I changed the shower curtain to a more modern and clean-lined window curtain, I found a creative way to hang towels (of course guest will have access to useable towels which hang in a normal fashion behind the bathroom door as does a white hotel-like white terry robe. I also added a lamp to the counter top and potpourri and scented soaps in an effort to appeal to all the senses.. Although not purchased together I noticed the rose motif on the towels and the rose bowl happen to match. Sometimes the decorating fairies smile on you. This little touch gives the space that designer look.

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What I Spent

The only new purchase was the shower curtain. I paid $20.00 for four panels and that is the total spent for this refresh.

Ooops! Not true. I did purchase fresh potpourri, $6.00. Which brings the total refresh to $26.00. Not bad…right? This refresh is proof positive that sometimes removing clutter, even the decorative type, can have a positive effect on a space.

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Helpful Flooring Concepts: Appropriate for Your Family 

From Clearissa Coward’s Command Center

Helpful Flooring Concepts: Appropriate for Your Family

Choosing flooring can be daunting. Afterall, it is an expensive purchase and once chosen you are stuck with your choice for many years to come.  With that in mind, it is a good idea to do your research before making such a large purchase. I am happy to introduce you to  Allison who will share some really good tips on how to choose the right flooring for your family. Take it away Allison.

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The number one thing that the professionals at Wraps Studio recommend is to choose flooring that fits your lifestyle. This includes buying durable flooring that can withstand the wear and tear put upon it by your children. While you might admire marble tiles and dream of deep pile carpeting from Dallas Flooring Warehouse, the truth of the matter is that this isn’t feasible when you have young children. They will slip and fall, spill drinks, and make messes – it’s just who they are. If you truly want some kid-friendly options, then check out the recommendations below.

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What To Avoid

The top thing to avoid is flooring that gives off chemicals. This is known as off-gassing, and it can be harmful to children, not the mention adults. Flooring made of vinyl, or options that need to be glued down securely, can give off phthalates, which have been found to cause cancer. Instead, opt for environmentally friendly flooring, or options that can float over a subfloor without having to be glued down. They will protect your family’s health.

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Laminate floors are incredibly durable and easy to install. Even better, they come in many different color and wood grain options. You’ll see some great examples at Dallas Flooring Warehouse. Laminate doesn’t need to be adhered to the floor, using the harmful glues that we already mentioned. Instead, it can float over your subfloor and snaps into place using a handy tongue and groove method. This type of flooring also doesn’t off-gas and will last for many years. It can handle quite a bit of wear and tear.

 

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Linoleum

Linoleum is a type of flooring that’s usually overlooked in favor of tile. Most people think that it’s fallen out of style, but that isn’t the case at all. Instead, it’s more of a classic status. Since linoleum is available in many colors and patterns, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a type to complement your décor. On top of this, it can float over the subfloor without needing to be glued down.

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Hardwood

Hardwood floors can take quite a beating and will last, literally, for centuries. They’re a bit expensive up front, due to the costs of materials and installation. However, if you take good care of your floor, that price will pay off. Hardwood floors are all-natural, don’t off-gas or leach chemicals into the air, and they are installed with nails, not glue, making them an all-around great option.

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Low Pile Environmentally-Friendly Carpeting

If you want to install carpeting in your home, then this is the best option. We recommend low pile carpets to people with children since they can withstand daily use and some abuse. Their fibers don’t trap allergens as high pile carpets do, and the environmentally friendly options are made from recycled materials. Although you will have to deal with some carpet glue (and it tends to be a bit smelly), it will dissipate as long as you keep your windows open.

 

So there you have it. A great group of tips to help you choose the right flooring for your lifestyle. Do you have a favorite type of flooring? Are you in the market for new flooring?

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The Perfect Accent To Your Home – Access Lighting

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The Perfect Accent To Your Home – Access Lighting

I have a quiz for you – what is one of the most noticeable and sometimes dramatic accents inside or outside your home? If you answered access or destination lighting, you are absolutely right! Whether we are discussing outdoor garden lighting that guides visitors safely to your front door, post lights that help keep a neighborhood safely lit, or porch lights that helps one to feel safe when coming home after dark, they all assist add something to our curb appeal. Outdoor access lighting is not only for safety, but it is also one of the items that make your home beautiful and adds that personal touch we all want for our homes. Access lighting is the perfect accent to your home.

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Indoor access lighting is very important to personalize and to give a home style. I think of lighting as the jewels added to the perfect outfit. They just set off the style of a room. Have you recently moved into a new home and want to add your personal stamp or are you are in a home that could use a bit of updating? If so, lighting is exactly what the house-doctor ordered. Another positive aspect of access lighting, and possibly my favorite, is that you do not have to spend a large amount of money to get a large impact.

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I was torn between focusing on outdoor porch lights because they can be so versatile or kitchen lights because there are so many options. However; because I need new bathroom lighting in my guest bath, I decided to be selfish and focus on bathroom lighting for this post. I will have to circle back with other articles to cover options for other rooms later. Stay tuned – there are many options to explore. But for now, let’s focus on a room that is sometimes forgotten when homeowners are decorating or upgrading a space…the bathroom.

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– Task lighting for the bathroom is necessary and the lighting over or next to the vanity is the most important. Many times this most important lighting is neglected until you’re ready to apply makeup or your husband is about to shave, and that’s when we have the uh oh lightbulb moment of recognition and think to ourselves, we need more light here. When considering light fixtures for your home, I think we should make the bathroom lighting a priority.

Vanity lighting gets first consideration because the vanity is where the important stuff is handled. Applying makeup, shaving, doing your hair, checking out your outfit. Well, at least the top half of your outfit. When considering task lighting, make sure to keep in mind that vanity lighting will illuminate the head and face and is used for grooming. After the lighting is installed, be sure to use the right bulbs to avoid shadows and a yellowing effect to the skin. What you want over the vanity is lighting that is most like natural light. 

One of my bathroom mirrors has vertical sconces mounted on either side of the mirror. The lighting would be perfect except for the fact that they are only safe for bulbs up to 40 watts. Not quite enough for grooming. Luckily these fixtures are in my powder room downstairs where there is little to no grooming taking place. However, I’ve noticed that the low lighting makes your face glow which is perfect for guest who pop in to, well you know, and refresh lipstick. 🙂 They leave this low light feeling beautiful.:)

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Shower – If you are lucky enough to have a separate shower and tub in your bath, I want you to first do a happy dance because that is truly a blessing, and then I want you to consider the shower area as your second area for task lighting.  The shower is where a lot of people shave their legs and perform other personal grooming that requires adequate lighting. Many homeowners add recessed lighting directly over the shower, while others provide flush mount fixtures and the more fanciful ones provide both task lighting and mood lighting to the shower area. I once saw a shower on HGTV that had colored lights that changed colors to the rhythm of the running water. It was amazing but nowhere near my budget. 🙂 For a normal budget, just remember to add light fixtures that provide good lighting.

Central Lighting – These fixtures are used most often. It’s the fixture

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that is generally flipped on when someone enters the bathroom. Central lighting is usually a surface-mounted ceiling light or recessed lighting. A surface-mounted ceiling light could be anything from a ceiling fan to a twinkling chandelier. It all boils down to personal taste. I have been searching for the perfect lighting for my guest bath for about a month now and simply cannot make a decision. Recently; however, I was introduced to LightingMiami.com and I am narrowing my search. LightingMiami.com is a website with a wonderful variety of access lighting and if you are in the market for access lighting, they could be an option for you as well.

 

Additional Lighting – Finally, I like to have a small lamp on the counter in my bathrooms and kitchen. I leave these little, low-wattage lamps on 24/7. I started this when I lived alone and did not like to enter a dark room. The wattage is very low level, 15 – 25 watts, but I have either a lamp or night light in every room except our bedroom because Mister doesn’t like lights on when he sleeps but the TV is fine-huh?  That’s another blog post.  🙂

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Stay tuned for the bathroom light reveal once I make my decision on the lighting for my guest bath and be sure to visit LightingMiami.com for a wide variety of beautiful lighting options. But for now, take a look at your personal lighting. Is there a room in your home where the lighting needs an upgrade? If so, which room is it and what do you have in mind? Where do you shop for your lighting?

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