Friday, November 17, 2017

Recycle a Sweater

Are you looking for an easy and inexpensive decorating project? We took an old sweater that wasn't even good enough to donate and covered an outdated vase.  This DIY was quick and used things we already had.  If you want to see the whole video, click here.

Sweater Vase
Things you need: vase, old sweater, glue (spray, hot glue gun, tape) and scissors

First determine which part of the sweater you want to make the focal point of your vase.  We chose the pocket and seam.  We also cut off some of the buttons and glued them closer together.  Once you figure out which parts to use, cut and glue.  It's that simple.  The sleeves make good vase covers too, just cut them off and slip over a slender vase.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Fun Friday: Houzz Quiz

Today I thought it would be fun to check out another quiz on Houzz.  I chose the "What Style of Kitchen Should You Have?" quiz.  Do you ever feel like you wish you could have one style but you really like another style?  I love the Farmhouse look but it's really not me.  I think quizzes like this help us narrow down our choices.  One of the hardest things when picking fabrics is choosing which one since there are simply so many beautiful choices available.  I think we have over 500,000 current fabrics on www.InteriorDecorating.com right now.  My advice to you, learn your style and make your choices accordingly.

My Results - which I am not surprised by: Your style is … Modern!
Modern: You lean toward a minimalist vibe with sleek and simple hardware. You find beauty in the small things, like the veining of a marble countertop or the grain of walnut cabinets.  Take the quiz here>> https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/32108920/list/houzz-quiz-what-style-of-kitchen-should-you-have

Friday, November 3, 2017

Velvet VS Chenille



Don't you just love soft, velvety fabrics for upholstery? Not only does it look luxurious, but it feels amazing. Upholstery velvet is one of our most popular fabric choices in 2017. Every gorgeous color in the rainbow is available and these fabrics are made to last. Shop Velvet

Now to our question:

What is the difference between velvet and chenille?


"To put it simply, Chenille is a type of yarn, and Velvet is a type of construction."

Velvet is made from weaving two pieces of fabric together and then cutting it down the middle while chenille fabric is made from chenille yarn producing a fuzzy, soft pile. Although the fabrics are very different, the look and feel can be very similar.

Bottom line: pick the one you like the best - you can't go wrong with either one.

Check out this detailed article from Greenhouse Fabrics >>

Friday, October 27, 2017

Upholstery Ideas

We sell fabric.  Fabric for upholstery. Fabric for drapes. Fabric for curtains. Fabric for pillows. We sell fabric and lots of it.  One of our Pinterest boards focuses on upholstery ideas.  Today I am going to show you some of my favorite ideas and then list comparable fabrics to create the look on your furniture.


Bird Toile >

Bye Bye Birdie > (this one is exact and is available in other colors)




Soft floral fabric: Street Magic Lemon Chiffon >

Solid Velvet: Casablanca >




Chenille Leopard print fabric: Bray >

Stain and ink resistant faux leather: Visage Black >


Friday, October 20, 2017

5 Helpful Holiday Tips


5 Tips to Make Your Holiday Season Less Stressful


October is here and that means the start of my favorite things. I love to cook, craft, relax and spend time with family. When the leaves start falling on our 20 acre patch of woods, I know that fall is in the air and Christmas is just around the corner. It can be the best time of year or the most stressful time of year. It really is what you make it. I have compiled some of my favorite tips to help you make the most of this time of year.

1. Take a few minutes for you, every morning!

      If you are busy, taking time for yourself is easier said then done. Trust me, this tip is worth it. You don't have to do much to feel better. Getting up 5-10 minutes before everyone else can make a world of difference for your mental health. While making that nice cup of coffee or hot tea, stretch it out. Stretching can make you feel more energized in just a few seconds. If you have more time, I love to pop in a yoga DVD, stretch, and take the last few minutes of quite time to say my prayers before starting my day. Trust me, it makes a world of difference.

2. Start Holiday Meal Prep Early!

         I have the reputation for being the baker in both my families. I also cook and I love to do it. I figured out a long time ago that by cooking, I was showing love. I get most of my traits from my sweet mom and this is no exception. I love to make things from scratch and nothing tastes better. I have found a few short cuts by using some store bought items but I really try to stick to my family's good ole recipes. To get a jump on things I make pie crusts and cookie dough early. It is very easy to freeze and thaws quickly. I also know that if times are going to be crazy, I meal prep a few meals and toss them in the freezer. I make an effort to buy my staple items all during the year so it does not add to my already mounting grocery bill during the holiday season. Flour, sugar, and spices are on the top of my list. It takes a long time for them to go bad, if you stock up now, you could save big at the checkout later. 

3. Budget Early!

      Once again, easier said than done. With family meals, gift buying, company parties, and regular everyday life; this time of year can get expensive. Saving ten to twenty dollars a week out of your paycheck starting January first can really add up and keep you away from the stress train come Black Friday. Pinterest is full of ideas on how to get a jump on saving. It's never to late to start.

4. Take Family Time!

        I am a family girl, five minutes with me and I've already bragged about my kids and shown you their picture. Those two are so busy and we don't get to spend as much time with them as we would like, but we try and make the most of our time between their busy schedule by not planning a thing. My favorite memories are the four of us curled up under blankets on the sofa just talking about life or watching cheesy movies. When they were younger we would grab them between activities for a quick family dinner. It slowed the pace down for just a little bit and brought us back to reality. Try and take one day out of the week for a planned family dinner or just to sit down and check on how everyone is doing. It will help you slow down and remember why we celebrate during this time of year.

5. Be Thankful!

     This is the most important tip I can give for making this time of year less stressful. Our lives move at such a rapid pace that we sometimes forget to stop, enjoy it, and be thankful we have this life. 
If you are elbow deep in laundry, a baby crying, the phone ringing, and dishes over-flowing; be thankful. The laundry is there because your family has clothes, a crying baby and a phone ringing is because people love and need you, and the dishes because your family is well fed. Sometimes stopping in the midst of complete and total chaos to realize all of this is amazing and temporary is a beautiful thing.



Remember, this time of year is great. Allow yourself to slow down and relax. By taking the time now and putting into practice these tips, you will have a great holiday season.
     



   

Friday, October 6, 2017

World Smile Day

World Smile Day is celebrated annually on the first Friday of October.  A day dedicated to "good cheer and good works". The national celebration was initiated by commercial artist Harvey Ball. The catch phrase for the day is "Do an act of kindness - help one person smile". He is recognized for creating our beloved smiley face icon.  Where would we be without our smileys? An authentic Harvey Ball smiley face can always be identified by three distinguishing features: Narrow oval eyes, with the right one larger than the left, bright sunny yellow, and a slightly off center mouth, which has been attributed to being similar to a "Mona Lisa Mouth".[

We wish you a happy day and encourage you to pass the good cheer to your neighbor.

Photo By Garchy - Photograph, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50566003

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Legend of Kanati - TrueTimber Camo

From the TrueTimber website: 
Shop TrueTimber Camo
In Native American tradition, legend told of a great hunter.
The first hunter who taught all others.
He never missed, and so his people never went hungry.
The whole world was his hunting ground.
Seeing all. Seen by none.

THIS IS HIS STORY.
In ancient times, there was only one village and at the top
of their sacred mountain was a cave blocked by stone. Inside
the cave you could hear every type of growl, grunt and bark.
Every day the huntsman would hike to the mountain cave and pull the stone aside to release a lone creature from the den. Upon closing the cave mouth, he hunted the animal, and went home carrying it on his shoulders.
One day the hunters two sons quietly left to visit the cave. The boys struggled to push back the stone but to their surprise it tumbled away and animals of all types came thundering out. Their paws, hooves, and feet pounded the earth as the boys struggled to close off the cave. All the animals fled into the woods until the cave was vacant. Their father, keeper of the animals heard the sound of thunder and ran along the trail to the cave mouth. His two sons stood next to the empty cave with their heads hung anticipating their fathers rage.
The Huntsman said nothing at first but then spoke to his sons, “Never before has our life been harsh. Now the animals are free and we will have to hunt the rest of our lives. With our spears, tomahawks, and bows we will work to eat. We will wander the forest hunting. Some days we will come up empty handed and some nights we will go hungry all because you were careless and thoughtless. But we will endure.”
And so it is that hunting has been hard work
and a labor of great skill among all people ever since.
The Huntsman went on to teach his people
to hunt, to sustain, and to conserve.
He was a teacher, a warrior, and his story is legend.
His name...was KANATI.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Today's Traverse Rods

When I started working at www.InteriorDecorating.com, I did not know what a traverse rod was - well, what you called it anyway.  My Mamaw always had them in her living room so I knew there were drapes that could be opened and closed with a cord.  Now, after many years of selling all types of curtain rods, my knowledge has increased exponentially.  Just in case you don't know what to call those curtain rods that allow you to open and close them by pulling a string/cord or using a baton, they are traverse rods, traversing curtain rods, curtain rod track or ceiling track.  There are probably more names, but those are the main ones.

This week I just finished adding a new, budget friendly line of traverse rods by Aria.  These modern traversing rods are baton drawn - which just means you pull them open with a baton - think hotel curtains.  The Aria H-Rail traverse rods are sold in kits with everything you need to hang your drapes.  With six beautiful finishes like Brushed Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Matte Black, Brushed Bronze, Antique Brass and Satin Nickel, you are sure to be able to match your current decor.
The kits come with end caps for a modern and sleek look, however, there are several finials (decorative end pieces) that are available as well.

Please give us a call if you have questions, we can help.  1-800-590-5844
Aria Traverse Rods >

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fun Friday: Houzz Decorating Style Quiz

Check out this quiz on Houzz - What's Your Decorating Style Quiz

Just for the record - I got Transitional which is what I thought I was.
Your style is … Transitional!
Transitional: You’re not too modern but not too traditional, either. You’re a gracious host, and you love to break out the fine china even when you’re just eating pizza. You prefer a home full of beige and other neutrals. You like simply framed artwork that doesn’t cause too much of a fuss. Serenity is your goal at home. You are transitional.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Top 10 Interior Decorator Tips

#1 Know Your Value - your time and ideas are just as valuable as the tangible items you sell.
#2 Don't Skimp on the Sofa - choose well-made and comfortable so it will last a long time.
#3 Drapery Panels Must Go All the Way - if you are going to the floor, go all the way.
#4 Gold and Silver - they really can go together.
#5 Hang Artwork Correctly - 3 to 8 inches above the furniture.
#6 Practice Your People Skills - you have to be able to work well with people.
#7 It's Not About You - you may have a great sense of style but you have to follow your clients wishes.
#8 Know Your Local Laws - as a designer you must know the city and state building codes.
#9 Comfortable - remember that a space should be comfortable not just pretty.
#10 Be Prepared for Problems - items don't come in on time, your measurements were off, the client changes their mind, and so on...

If you need a good source for fabrics, window treatments, blinds, wall paper and all things home decor - check out www.InteriorDecorating.com