Posts Tagged ‘home decorating’

Autumn Table Decorations

Monday, November 4th, 2013


What autumn table decorations do you have this year? Why not add some pizzaz by placing Christmas lights under them? This will give a warm, magical glow to your autumn table.

First you will probably want to put some sort of autumn table runner on your table. Mine has autumn leaves, but you can just throw some red or orange cloth down. Then place the Christmas lights on your table, and light them so that you can see if the lights are evenly dispersed. Plug the Christmas lights into the nearest electrical socket, and tape the cord to the side of the table with packing tape so that the lights don’t get pulled off the table by accident.


Place a candle in the middle of the table and light it. Make sure it has autumn colors. Then sprinkle silk autumn leaves on top of the Christmas lights. Your autumn table decorations will now delight your family and guests!


Covering a Bulletin Board with Cloth

Monday, January 14th, 2013

covering-a-bulletin-board-with-clothSince I love decorating as well as organizing, one way to make a bulletin board look lovely is covering a bulletin board with cloth that matches your decor. For example, if you have deep red in the room, find a fabric that contains those colors for the backdrop of your bulletin board. A good color that will match any room is black, since it provides contrast to help you see what is pinned up.

In the video, my husband shows you the steps to make a beautiful cloth-covered bulletin board. First you should gather your supplies: a bulletin board, cloth that is slightly larger than the bulletin board, a metal spatula (used for painting), spray adhesive, fabric scissors, and a silver Sharpie marker. The bulletin board should have a frame on it.

  1. Set the cloth down on the table, wrong side up. Place the bulletin board on top of it. With the silver marker, draw a line around the bulletin board.
  2. Grab the scissors and cut half an inch inside the rectangle. (Watch the video to see what I mean. It’s not hard.)
  3. Shove one end of the cloth under the frame at the top of the bulletin board with the metal spatula. When it is all even, use the spray adhesive. Spray evenly all over the bulletin board, and lay the cloth down over it, making sure the cloth is long enough to fit under the frame on the bottom. If not, pull it slightly down, making sure it’s still tucked in at the top.
  4. Shove the bottom of the cloth into the frame. Continue with the sides until you have a finished frame. Now hang the bulletin board on the wall.

Covering a bulletin board with fabric makes your bulletin board looked dressed up and will make you feel more organized as you stay on top of your to-do’s.

At this point, take all the junk off your old bulletin board, and then only put up the things that are relevant on the new bulletin board, throwing the rest away. This might mean that you need to do a few chores, like pay a bill or make a phone call, but you will visually feel more caught-up if your bulletin board is in order and looking lovely.

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Decorating My Daughter’s Room

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

decorating-my-daughters-room-2Decorating your daughter’s room can be great fun when you string lights from the ceiling and make a gorgeous vanity. If you want to make your daughter’s room lovely, the first thing you’re going to want to do is to take everything out of the room and paint the walls a beautiful color that your daughter loves. My daughter happens to love the color pink. You might want to coordinate this with a bedspread and pillows that you will choose for the bed.

You will want to make some curtains. Curtains can be super easy to make. I do not like sewing, and I’m not good at it whatsoever. So you can do this, too. Get a piece of gorgeous cloth that goes with the bedspread and wall colors. Hem it all the way around. (Actually, you can iron the edges down, then use fabric glue for no sewing!) Then loop it and sew it across the top (or use more fabric glue.) The curtain rod goes through the tunnel that you’ve created on that one end. As you can see in the video, the colors of the wall and curtains were the exact same colors in the bedspread, even though I got them at different stores on separate days. Take a small pillow with you in the car. Then walk into the fabric store, showing the cashier that the pillow is yours, and you want to match it. They will let you go in and get the precise shade you need.

You can add a sweet canopy over the bed. If you can’t find one inexpensively, you can make one yourself with a hoola hoop and gauzy fabric. Attach it with a hook to the ceiling. Your daughter should be able to see it above her head when she is lying down on her bed.

decorating-my-daughters-roomNow you want to make a unique vanity for your daughter’s room. This is the piece de resistance of the bedroom, and it will help your daughter brush her hair so that it’s not looking stringy all the time. First hang up a mirror. Then screw a long basket under the mirror with two screws. This will hold all the brushes, combs, and hair clips that your daughter has. You can get a pencil holder for containing the brushes and combs. You can get other items from an office supply store that can be used for organizing desk drawers. Small containers help to divide head bands, pony tails, ribbons, and clips. If you have no money, you can spray paint some small boxes (like check book boxes) black. Wait overnight for the box to dry before putting it into the basket. Find a vanity chair, or spray paint a stool to match the mirror and other items in the bedroom. And don’t forget to hang up a string of silk flowers, hooking them around your mirror like a garden bower.

Last but not least, I hung up some Chinese lanterns across the top of my daughter’s room. They were actually two strings of Christmas lights surrounded by tissue paper boxes. I got a white extension cord and ran it behind the doll house and curtain to the ceiling, hooking it into the ceiling at regular intervals. Now her room looks magical, like a beautiful garden party whenever she turns off the light.

For more ways to decorate and organize your home, take a look at how I transformed a woman’s disorganized homeschool room in Homeschool Room Makeover.