Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bedroom Decor to Satisfy Your Appetite-Guest Post by Kathy Joe {Delightfully Nesting}


A warm greeting to everyone! I am Kathy Joe. I have a strong and uncontrollable affiliation to home decor and interior decorating. It is a never-ending phenomenon for me. Sometimes, I can't believe I enjoy something so much. I am extremely flattered to be here today. Thanks to April. Want to give me some feedback? Find me here.

Bedroom Decor to Satisfy Your Decor Appetite using cushions etc
The bedroom is one area of your home in which you can fully indulge your own tastes and preferences as regards the décor. If you love a touch of luxury and a little bit of self-pampering, then you have come to the right place for a few hints and tips on how to achieve the rich décor look you crave without spending too much money.

Rest Your Weary Head
For a mature and polished bedroom, every bed needs a headboard. Opt for a softly padded one, covered with a rich and tactile fabric like silk or velvet to add a truly decadent and sumptuous air that will lift and enhance the whole room. Place cushions that match the headboard on the bed to create a wonderful sense of harmony throughout.


 Create a Feature Wall
Paint one wall of your bedroom in a strong shade. Choose a wall that meets the eye when you go into your bedroom as this will give your décor scheme immediate impact. Often, decorators choose to highlight the wall against which the bed is set, as it then provides a great framing effect for the whole bed, making the bed, bedding and bedside table into a magnificent focal point. If your other warms are painted in cool or neutral shades, having a wall painted in a deep warm colour can provide a layer of warmth to the décor scheme as a whole.


 Storage, Storage, Storage!
Almost every interior design article will mention storage at some point, and this is because it is essential to have enough storage in every room in the home! Without sufficient storage you end up with heaps and piles of stuff waiting to be packed away. These heaps make any room look cluttered and distract from the beauty of the décor scheme. Attractive storage points go one step further, not only clearing away unsightly piles, but also adding to the décor themselves.


 Piles of Softness
Add a heap of soft and inviting cushions to your bed, no matter whether you are going for a stark minimalist look or creating a frilled and feminine boudoir! Cushions add so much comfort and pleasure to a bedroom that it is always worthwhile investing in a few sets to change about as needed. I reach out to Yorkshire Linen Co. for fluffy, soft and comfortable cushions.


Comfy Underfoot
Make sure that there is something comfortable underfoot in your bedroom. There is little worse, in the middle of winter, than putting bed-warm feet down onto an unforgiving and icy floor, so save yourself this torture by laying a thick carpet to pamper your morning tootsies! I get my under-foot flooring done from Underfoot Flooring UK.


 Floor to Ceiling Drama
Add a great sense of drama to your bedroom by including a very tall, ceiling height feature, whether it is a tall wardrobe, a bookcase or even a full-length mirror. Very tall, floor to ceiling, features give any room great gravitas and import, and they can improve the proportions of the room, making it seem lofty and elegant. (Plus, tall storage units are a great way to maximise the floor space in your room!)


 Neutral Metallic
For an elegant and muted, yet not dull, décor look, opt for your favourite neutral shades; but with a metallic sheen. Metallic fabrics are a great way to enliven a décor scheme without introducing unnecessary colours. Choose from cool silver and chrome or warm golds and bronzes to achieve the look that you like the best.


Thank you, Kathy, for sharing your wonderful bedroom decor tips! Happy decorating everyone!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Songs on My Recent Faves Playlist {Friday Finds}

Back in the day, when I first started this blog and it was all over the place, I posted a lot about music I like. I haven't done that in a LONG time, so I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the songs on my "Recent Faves" playlist.

Maybe you'll discover something new?

I have a "Favorites" playlist and a "Recent Faves" playlist. The Recent Faves is shorter and features songs I want to hear every day. It changes every few months. Most of the songs are new, but sometimes and old one ends up back on there because I can't get enough of it.

SO, here they are-in no specific order.

"Hundred Dollars" by Punch Brothers

 Bluegrass, Awesomeness, Seriously the most talented musicians ever


Amusing Lyrics: "Oh what a Summer, to lie under neon and glass to me as I ask for your number."

"San Francisco" by The Mowgli's

  A fun little, feel-good ditty


Catchy Lyrics: Do you feel the love? I feel the love! Come on, Come on, let's start it up. Let it pour out of your soul.
 
"Brokenness Aside" by All Sons and Daughters
 Beautiful harmonies, heart-felt lyrics



Notable Lyrics: "I am a sinner-if it's not one thing, it's another, caught up in words, tangled in lies. But You are a Saviour and You take brokenness aside and make it beautiful."

"Speeches" by Walk Off the Earth

 Awesome harmonies and instrumentation

Notable Lyrics: "Oh, when you lay your hands on me, I know that I can heal. There's a blinding light that no one else can see."

"Broken" by Ramin Karimloo

 This dude is an amazingly talented theatre actor who played both Enjolras and Jean Valjean in Les Mis in London and The Phantom in London and Broadway. Oh and he writes and plays bluegrass music. My brother from a different mother.

And he wrote this song with my favorite, Hadley Fraser



Notable lyrics: "It's time to think things over, figure out what happened, but the answers somehow lack, I can't seem to tell her, that I'm sacred of losing her, but it's too late to go back."

"Destination" by Nickel Creek

 Best band I've ever heard live-always my favorite! Loving their new album.



Notable Lyrics: "You don't owe me one more minute of your wasted time.You act like it's all fine.  But all the years I gave you, thinking you knew that you wanted me, I wanted to believe."

"Things We Lost in the Fire" by Bastille

I'm usually a rock or a blugrass.folk kind of girl, but these guys are so incredibly talented, I will take their 80s throwback pop any day. I'm also obsessed with "Pompeii" but since it is widely played, I'll go with this song.



Notable Lyrics: "I was the match and you were the rock. Maybe we started this fire. We sat apart and watched all we had burned on the pyre. (You said) we were born with nothing and we sure as hell have nothing now."

"This Is Why We Fight" by The Decemberists

A lot of their songs have elements of the songs I loved in the 90s. They write meaningful lyrics and beautiful melodies-and a lot of their songs are just plain fun (I mean they have an accordion!). This one is a little more serious.



Notable Lyrics: "This is why, Why we fight, Why we lie awake. This is why, This is why we fight. When we die we will die with our arms unbound and this is why this is why we fight."

"Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men

  I like a bunch of their songs, but this is my favorite-you've probably heard it on the radio. This Icelandic band has a unique sound that I can't get enough of. Also, they have quirky music videos.





Notable Lyrics: "There's an old voice in my head that's holding me back. Well tell her that I miss our little talks. Soon it will all be over, and buried with our past. We used to play outside when we were young and full of life and full of love."

"Mission Bells" by Matt Nathanson

 I'm actually not a big fan of his songs, but I love this one for some reason-something about it grips me.



Notable Lyrics: "Like the end of a Hitchcock movie, a little dark and a lot confusing, I'm the last of worst pretenders-so lost, so lost in love."

"Beautiful Things" by Gungor

  Love this man's heart and meaningful lyrics.



Meaningful Lyrics: "All this pain, I wonder if I'll ever find my way, I wonder if my life could really change at all. All this earth-Could all that is lost ever be found? Could a garden come out from this ground at all? You make beautiful things, You make beautiful things out of the dust. You make beautiful things, You make beautiful things out of us."

Hope you enjoyed!
Delightful Listening,


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter "Mantle" {Delightfully Nesting}

I love Spring and I loved decorating my "mantle" (it's really a bookshelf) for Easter!


If you've been reading my blog for at least a year, you will notice I used some things from last year's Spring mantle, including the flowers, fabric flower art, and hydrangea art.  My goal has always been to keep main elements the same and switch out small things when I want. 

This year, I made the bunny wreath and Scripture Art.

Other new elements include my miniature rustic birdhouse and birds:

My mom bought me these cuties at a store in Williamsburg, VA.

For my "movement" I put together a jar of my previously made shabby chic Easter eggs with shredded book pages, and two shabby chic birdcages.


My family celebrates Easter to remember and celebrate Christ's sacrifice for our sins on the cross and  His glorious resurrection and defeat of death. So, I tried to bring some elements into my decorations to remind us of this.



I found this birdcage at Michael's for $2 and wrapped a small 4" wooden cross in twine. I love how it looks in the birdcage! It keeps with the Shabby chic theme, but also reminds me of "the old rugged cross."

I thought it was a little plain, so I wrapped it in some flowers too-that can represent the resurrection: new life and purity.

For the white birdcage, I put moss and one of the shabby easter eggs inside. 


I taped on the paper flowers (found in the scrapbook section at Michael's) with double stick tape. 

I usually decorate for Easter and then change it slightly for Spring, but because Easter is late this year, I think I will just leave this up and switch to Summer. Summer begins in May in North Carolina, anyway!


How about you? Do you decorate separately for Spring and Easter or do you leave the Easter decorations up for all of Spring?

Delightful Nesting!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Flower Bunny Wreath {Delightfully Creative}

I've seen a variety of bunny wreaths in Blogland over the past couple of years, so I decided to make my own for my Easter "mantle" this year.


I wanted to make one made out of white flowers, but shaping them proved to be hard, so I made the bunny out of small vine wreaths. They are easy to make. All you need is four 6" grapevine wreaths, glue, wire cutter (a jewelry one works) and brown grapevine wire. It looks like this:



 The wreaths come packed as two wreaths together, but are hooked on one side. Usually, I pull them apart, but it worked perfectly to separate them into a figure 8 for the bunny body-they are already hooked together, so no work needed!

For the ears, I separated the other two wreaths. For each wreath, I squeezed to sides together to form the oval ear shape. It will stay in shape. I attached each ear to the head with the grapevine wire by placing the ear and wrapping the wire around the ear and head to secure it in place. I first tried to hot glue the ears on, but that didn't work! Fortunately, I had grapevine wire lying around.

I stuck the flowers into the wreaths and secured them with floral wire.


I displayed it with my Easter "mantle" (aka bookshelf), in the green frame with the faux chalkboard backing. I plan on posting my whole mantle in a few days.



Delightful Creating,
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday 4/2/14

It's time for another What I Wore Wednesday with Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy!


I've been really bad about taking photos. So, I pretty much only took photos when I participated in the Instagram Challenge with Dean Street Society. I have a small window of opportunity to take a photo when the lighting is right and Cupcake isn't sleeping. She's been sleeping in our room for a month because her ceiling STILL is not fixed. I don't want to get into it-if you know our landlords, though, know they are fabulous and it is not their fault. It's the Management Company responsible for the building who is to blame.

Anyway....

Challenge: My Best Feature

I wasn't sure what to do, but I've always appreciated my hazel eyes and green brings out the green in them, so I color blocked with aqua. 

T-Shirt: Old Navy
Pants: Gap Outlet
Shoes: ModCloth
Necklace: Pick Your Plum
Earrings: Laila Rowe

Challenge: A Little Bit Tomboy
(and the finger prints are back :-) Cupcake loves mirrors and Mama hates cleaning them)

Plaid Shirt: Old Navy
Jeans: Gap Outlet
Booties: Charlotte Russe

Haven't worn this hat in forever and it quickly came off because I got too hot. :-( Ever since I had Cupcake, I turned hot natured. It's really weird. I used to be cold all the time.


Challenge: Chic in Neutrals

Top: H&M
Pants: Maurices
Shoes: Payless

I had to wear a colorful necklace because I'm not a solely neutral kinda girl!


Necklace: Target

Challenge: Never Paired Together

One of the earlier challenges I didn't participate in was to mix plaid and polka dots. I was skeptical until I saw others pull it off beautifully. So, I looked up the rules for mixing these patterns and found this combo from my closet-and I love it!

Dress: ModCloth
Plaid Top: Forever21
Blazer: Maurices
Tights: Belk
Booties: Charlotte Russe

P.S. If you are going to mix patterns like dots and plaid, they should have at least one similar color.
Without the blazer:


Challenge: Spring Florals
I used an oldie but a goodie for this one.

Top: Papaya (a LONG time ago)
Blazer: Maurices
Jeans: Gap Outlet
Shoes: Target
Jewelry: Charming Charlie

And that's all for this week!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

DIY Five-Year Journal: April Questions

Here are the March questions from my DIY Five-Year Journal- some silly and some deep!



 Just right click and save.

Previous Months:
Introduction and January Questions
February Questions
March Questions
Delightful Journaling,

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Make Your Own Art With Free Digital Elements {Delightfully Creative}

Is anyone else happy that Easter is later this year? I feel like I have much more time to prepare my heart, and honestly-more time to decorate as I am woefully behind.

One of the items I planned to change on my Easter "mantle" this year was the 8x10 art. I previously put up some Easter Subway art I made, but the colors no longer match my color scheme. Though there are a lot of fabulous free printables out there, I couldn't find one that fit my desires to a tee, so I decided to make my own!

It's easier than you think! All you need is some free clipart that some wonderfully talented and generous designer offers for free (or you can buy one) and a design program (I used Publisher).


My clipart, or digital element, came from Free Pretty Things For You, which is a blog that offers a myriad of-you guessed it-free pretty things**! They have printables, digital scrapbook elements, gift tags-you name it. And they are beautiful.

I downloaded the free vintage floral banners from Free Pretty Things For You, cropped out which banner I wanted, and re-sized it to fit an 8x10 Print. Make sure the resolution of the element is big enough for the size you want, or else it will come out blurry.

I wanted to make something with a Bible verse to remind me and my family of the reason we celebrate Easter, so I chose Titus 3:5, which sums up the Gospel of Jesus perfectly and concisely-and thankfully, it fit on the banner!



I created the text with Word Art in Publisher, using Janda Elegant Handwriting font (you can download it for free here). Word Art allows you to easily shape and manipulate your text to fit the digital element. I'm sure this can also be done on Photoshop, but I'm still learning how to use it.

And that's it! Simple, pretty, inexpensive art.



Delightfully Creating,

** Free Pretty Things For You and other designers who offer digital elements for free do so to generously share their work with others. Their elements are protected by copyright and cannot be used to create anything to sell or giveaway for free on a blog.

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