Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fall Pumkins

I'm in the mood for a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks and a good book. :) In the mean time, I found these cute pumpkin decor ideas and a little DIY project along with...

For Those of us who have limited time, I thought this was cute and looked pretty quick and easy. Below....DIY on how to make cute polka dotted pumpkins. I read this on French Knots and thought it was a great idea.

Cut out some vinyl stickers and put them on your pumpkin.

Spray paint over the entire pumpkin. You can also use other colors: brown, black, etc.
Voila! Your polka dotted pumkins! Easy enough right? Do you have any easy ideas for decorating pumpkins? Please share!

To Match or Not to Match

Today, I am having one of my favorite guest bloggers give us a little treat. This is Jen of "Opal Never Shouts" and I read her blog everyday. Her's is one of those I read after my son goes to bed while I drink a hot cup of tea or something comforting and just sit and enjoy myself.

To Match or Not to Match....
Get this! Almost one hundred percent of designer rooms do not have a matching bedroom set. As in - it all is the same color, came from the same place, and was purchased on the same day.
We understand it seems a lot less “fool proof” to buy a bedroom set. Someone has already done the work for you. There are no worries of mixing the wrong woods or mixing styles that don’t really go. There is no messing it up, however, if you are feeling a little brave, explore with us the genius of not having a matching set. We find there is a lot more visual texture and variety in the room if it doesn't all “match” or come in the same set. You will love each piece for it’s unique features and character that it brings to your space.

There is such lovely texture and color brought into the room just by the variety of size, height and sheen of each of it's pieces. When collecting your bedroom set there are two things to remember. One, make sure that the nightstands are similar in height if not the same. This will keep the room balanced and keep your room from feeling lopsided. The second thing to remember is just like the first - make sure that your lamps are similar in size, especially height. Something that works great for us is to choose a wood headboard with a pretty stain and pair it with nightstands with a fun painted color, or visa versa. An easy way to get a designer bedroom is to use an upholstered headboard, it brings in a soft texture and will go well with many different finishes.
So what if you are thinking, “That's nice, I really like the idea, but I have all matching sets and don’t want to start over.” We have an idea to solve this design puzzle. Try separating or mixing and matching some of your bedroom set pieces through out your house. Maybe you swap dressers from one room to the next or a pair of nightstands with another. You could even try out a small dresser as an entry chest or a unique end table as a nightstand.

This is a great way to have an eclectic, not so predictable, and “collected over time” kind of look. It is a sure way to make your home look like it is right out of a magazine and not brought right home from the furniture store.
So what's your take? Matching or not? We want to hear what you think about the matter.

Tomorrow I am doing a giveaway on "Opal Never Shouts" so make sure you sign up to win!

Pretty Tape

Quick post today...I am going to a Cubs game tonight and leaving in a few :) but I wanted to highlight this amazing shop I recently found - Pretty Tape. Look at these amazing tapes...

This is perfect for Christmas with red or hot pink:)