Category: DIY and Decor

Customer Spotlight: It’s All About Custom with Patricia Marquis

Beth Rice 17/10/2019

Five-star ratings. Exquisite fabrics. Quality soft furnishings. It’s no secret we have a big thing for quality craftsmanship and taking time to make a long-lasting product.  So does Patricia Marquis. If you haven’t visited Southern Shades on Etsy, we recommend you take a look. Southern Shades is home to handcrafted pillows, window treatments, and assorted soft furnishings. Started in 2013, this company and its beautiful products are featured on Etsy. Our paths crossed with the… Customer Spotlight: It’s All About Custom with Patricia Marquis

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Easy DIY Crafts for Summer Outdoor Parties

Beth Rice 18/07/2019

It’s time for outdoor parties. Summertime brings on the grill, the pool, and friends and family joining you in your backyard. Want to dress things up a bit while keeping costs down? Here are 3 easy DIY summer crafts to brighten your outdoor party or gathering. Pool Noodle Garland For the barbeques and pool parties, this pool noodle garland adds color and décor without costing much or taking much time to make. Items Needed: Different… Easy DIY Crafts for Summer Outdoor Parties

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Fresh Start: Becoming A Cozy Minimalist

Beth Rice 10/01/2019

What do you do when you love two styles?  Does the smooth, uncluttered minimalist look appeal to you, yet the cozy richness brought on by some accessories call to you as well? Here’s some great news for 2019. You don’t have to be one or the other—you can be both. On your own terms…. Here’s how…. Cozy Minimalist Characteristics A blending of comfort with function Adding just enough décor to make your space comfortable and… Fresh Start: Becoming A Cozy Minimalist

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Recycling Christmas

Beth Rice 20/12/2018

Silent Night, Holy Night, May we all recycle right, For Christmas comes with wrapping that thrills, Let’s keep it out of the nearest landfill, Sort each recyclable piece, Sort each and every piece. With holiday time comes giftwrap, packages, bows, dinnerware, ornaments and cards. Among these materials are some great, and some not so great, opportunities to recycle. While we’re making strides to recycle as much as we can, there are questions that come up about… Recycling Christmas

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10 DIY Christmas Crafts

Milca Rivera 29/11/2018

It’s that time of year again: “There’ll be parties for hosting Marshmallows for toasting And caroling out in the snow…” For me, the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” also means that it’s time to get crafty. Last year I shared some easy holiday DIY decor ideas with you. This year, I’m sharing more involved (but super-fun and rewarding) projects that caught my attention while searching the Internet for ideas that could fit in with the… 10 DIY Christmas Crafts

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Ways to Use Your Pumpkins When Halloween Is Over

Beth Rice 01/11/2018

You’ve picked out the perfect Halloween pumpkins. After cleaning out and carving or painting some beauties those bulbous orange babes looked great. Now Halloween is over, but don’t dare throw those pumpkins out because…… We’ve got exciting news. There are plenty of ways to get even more out of your jack-o-lantern pumpkin now that Halloween is over, and in this day and age of eco-friendly awareness we love the idea of recycling pumpkin material rather… Ways to Use Your Pumpkins When Halloween Is Over

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Devoted to Design: A Morning with Lorraine Blais

Beth Rice 06/12/2017

When Lorraine Blais of Blais Interiors turns a house into a home, magic happens. Lorraine Blais Photo credit: blaisinteriors.com Meeting with us at a home she fully decorated in Citrus County, FL, the interior designer and general contractor with more than 30 years of experience, identified what it takes to make that magic happen. “Turning a house into a home means adding the personal touches that mean something to the people who live there,” she… Devoted to Design: A Morning with Lorraine Blais

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Easy Holiday DIY Decor Ideas

Milca Rivera 26/10/2017

If you’re like me and can’t get enough of HGTV, DIY blogs, and Pinterest, then you’re yearning to start crafting for the holidays (if you haven’t already). I’m sharing some simple decoration and DIY projects that will get everyone in the holiday spirit. Even if you’re screaming right now that it’s too early to start decorating before Halloween and Thanksgiving, keep in mind that researching décor and DIY ideas now can help you save money and… Easy Holiday DIY Decor Ideas

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How to Mix Wood Types and Finishes

Beth Rice 13/09/2017

Gone are the days when all the solid wood furniture in a room had to match each other and the floor. Mixing wood types and finishes livens up a room and adds interest. Whether you’ve inherited some beautiful solid wood furniture or you’re building your home furniture collection piece by piece, here are some tips on how to mix wood furniture. Identify the Undertones While the finish of each piece in a room doesn’t need… How to Mix Wood Types and Finishes

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How to Prepare your Patio for Summer Parties

Leah Meldman 20/04/2017

Now that spring is here, it’s time to start thinking about your plans for summer. Outdoor entertaining is one of our favorite ways to spend the warmer months. A special occasion or just plain relaxing can be taken to the next level with a pretty patio. Prepare your patio for summer parties with our tips below. Get Gardening Start small by choosing pretty planters that will add a personal touch to your outdoor space. Our Berlin Gardens… How to Prepare your Patio for Summer Parties

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How to Create an Urban Garden

Leah Meldman 31/03/2017

Spring is in the air and that puts us in the mood for a home refresh. This season, we’re venturing into the world of urban gardening. City dwellers far and wide are finding inventive ways to bring nature indoors. Most of the time, having limited space in an apartment also means limited sunlight. However, with some creative planning, it becomes simple and easy to transform your city space to include an urban garden. Put your… How to Create an Urban Garden

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Furniture for a Minimalist Design

Leah Meldman 23/02/2017

Minimalist design has caught our eye for its attention to quality over quantity. This pared down look continues to grow in popularity. Because furniture takes up the most space in any room, it is the best place to start transforming your home to reflect the minimalist style. Simplify your space with our furniture picks for the minimalist. Back to Basics Bedroom Minimalism focuses on creating more open spaces by decluttering. Many of us have two… Furniture for a Minimalist Design

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10 Interior Decorating Secrets

Leah Meldman 17/01/2017

Whether you’re starting from scratch or would just like to refresh your home’s interior, there are a host of decorating secrets that can simplify the process for you. From something significant to minor adjustments, we’re sure you will find a tip that applies to your home. It could be a pop of color in an unexpected place or a plant to liven things up. We’ve rounded up our top 10 interior decorating secrets to help you… 10 Interior Decorating Secrets

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Resolving to Craft and the Furniture that Can Help

Leah Meldman 09/01/2017

With the new year already off to a fast start, your resolutions may have already started to fall by the wayside. As we discussed in our previous post New Year’s Furniture Resolutions, sticking to your goals can be tough if you do not set the stage for success. If you resolved to start crafting in 2017, creating a comfortable, functional space can be the key to following through. You’ll instantly feel more motivated when you are surrounded… Resolving to Craft and the Furniture that Can Help

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