Posts Tagged ‘decorating the home’

Light Wood in a Contemporary Space

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate, Kitchen and Bath

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 3.58.05 PMLight hardwood species like ash, alder and beech are popular choices in contemporary furniture design.  We’ve all seen it at a certain Swedish chain known for contemporary and inexpensive design.  The pale wood has a decidedly Scandinavian feel to it. Both ash and beech are popular choices for cabinets.

Pale wood on vertical elements like cabinets and horizontal elements like counters and floors create a nice flow throughout living spaces.  Light wood cabinets will seamlessly blend with the floors. A mix of gray stone, maybe soapstone or concrete, and pale wood on the counters can offer a nice contrast between light and dark, warm and cool.  You can be strategic and contrast certain areas if you want to focus on a specific area of the room, too.

Since we’re talking about light wood and gray accents and they’re both neutrals, pops of color would really stand out in the space. You could use bold artwork or incorporate bright colored décor around the space.  The colors would make for a nice addition but be careful not to take over the simple two-toned color palette created by the pale woods and deep grays we’ve been discussing.

Find the Right Piece of Old Silver for You

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice, Tips

200319621-001Have you ever found yourself charmed with the look of a piece of older silver? Maybe it’s a jelly spoon with a scalloped bowl and a piece of fruit at the top. Perhaps you noticed a charming rounded sugar and cream set with shapes that you never see in today’s stores.

You may think silver is out of your budget with its price increases today. But if you’re willing to settle for plated instead of sterling, and something simple and small, you may be surprised at the possibilities.

Do you have a lot of old family photos? Pick up a couple of old silver frames at a thrift store or antique shop or fair. They were in style years ago, so there are lots to choose from at reasonable prices.

If you live in a city, chances are you can find a shop that specializes in old silver. Move quickly past the polished things at the front and go to the back where shelves are crowded and everything is tarnished.

These items are generally silver-plated. To check, look for a sterling mark on the back of each piece. The store owner should be able to show you where to look and what to look for easily. You may want to bring a polishing cloth to see how a tarnished piece looks when shined a bit, but don’t use current liquid or paste polishes – you don’t want to lose that old patina.

Whether you live in a modern home with tile or carpeted floors or a more traditional space with wood flooring, a few splashes of silver will add an appealing sparkle to your home and your life.

Decorating for Fall

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Family

Put away the white linen, beach towels and cool toned accessories. It’s fall and it’s time to breakout the corn husks, pine cones and other harvest decorations. Here are a few simple ideas:

Decorate a bookshelf with pressed leaves and pumpkins.

Hang a corn husk wreath.

Display green apples and acorns in apothecary jars.

Spray paint pumpkins silver and white. Make sure you use a variety of sizes. Display them on your mantle with pine cones. This is a very elegant look.

Decorate your dining room table by placing a row of pumpkins and gourds. Add a tall vase filled with wheat.

Fill your votive candle holders with pumpkin or squash seeds.

Make leaves out of decorative scrapbook paper. Glue them to branches for a whimsical look. Display the branches in tall glass vases.

Fill an old tool box with candles, clementines and pine cones.

Hollow out gourds and use them as vases for fall flowers.

Put single leaves, either pressed or fresh, in small glass vases or use old lab beakers — look for them at antique stores. Replace leaves as they brown.

Put together a colorful outdoor fall display using a sturdy wheelbarrow as a base. Fill the wheelbarrow with ornamental cabbage and peppers, grasses, chrysanthemums, flowering zucchini and other seasonal plants. Fill the wheelbarrow with soil and insert the plants loosely, or tuck containers into the wheelbarrow, making sure to fill in the gaps with more plants.

Nuts are as easy to decorate with as they are good to eat. Anchor a candle inside a hurricane lamp. Experiment with different varieties of nuts and a selection of clear containers.

Nestle a candle in popcorn kernels or other seasonal materials such as candy corn or colored clear round stones.

Don’t forget to break out the rich, warm colored throw rugs, pillows and rugs. Light a fire, pour a glass of wine and enjoy autumn.