Monday, February 10, 2014

Decorating Ideas for Evening Parties

Decorative table decor and additional accent lighting can do wonders to enhance your home for entertaining. Coordinating your decor with color or a common theme can be a fun way to get creative with your evening festivities. Although dining rooms and patios are the obvious areas to focus on when decorating for a party, don’t forget to spruce up the bathroom and especially the foyer, so that guests feel they are walking in to something special.

Elegant Table Centerpieces


Dress up your dining table or patio table with an elegant centerpiece. Centerpieces can easily be created with materials around your home and clippings from your yard. You can also gather supplies from thrift stores, dollar stores, yard sales or even grocery stores. Look for inexpensive glass vases and bowls. Fill them with whole citrus fruit or a combination of whole fruit and round slices. Citrus fruit can also stabilize tall floral stems in mixed centerpiece arrangements. Fill glass containers with varying levels of water and add floating candles and flower blossoms picked right out of your garden or backyard. Use seasonal produce, such as pumpkins, gourds and squashes in fall or fresh berries in spring in combination with candles and other tabletop décor. Place centerpiece materials along a table runner, on a decorative serving tray or on an inexpensive mirror.


 

Set the Mood with Accent Lighting


Evening parties are perfect opportunities for decorative accent lighting. Candles provide excellent accent lighting and the light produced by the flame can be further enhanced with candle lanterns or hurricane shades. Use candles on the table, in the bathroom, in wall sconces and wherever there is a dark corner. Use scented candles to enhance the room’s aroma. Display Moroccan lanterns with jewel toned shades or intricately pierced metal shades that cast beautiful shadows along ceilings and walls. Hang the lanterns from tree branches in the yard. Run string lights around the perimeter of a covered porch or patio or hang paper lanterns from the ceiling either indoors or outdoors. Much of accent lighting for parties and entertaining can be illuminated with energy efficient LED bulbs, including candle lanterns. LED lights are safer than candles or incandescent lights because they stay cool.

Don't forget areas such as bathrooms and foyers when adding accent lighting to an evening party.

Color Themed Décor


An easy way to spruce up your party décor is to choose a color theme. A monochromatic scheme in any chosen color is a super simple way to coordinate table linens, tableware, centerpieces and other decorative accents. Food and drink can also included in your color themed décor. Serve cocktails that match the chosen hues or add a little food coloring to something like a piña colada. Submersible colored LED lights can be placed in cocktail glasses for a whimsical way to add color to drinks.

Menu Themed Parties


When trying to come up with decorating ideas for your next adult party, let the menu become the inspiration for decorative décor. Turn a Mexican dinner into a fiesta with brightly colored serveware, sombreros or colorful serapes draped over chair backs and jumbo Margarita glasses filled with colorful tissue paper flowers.

Create an ocean themed table scape for a seafood inspired menu. Scatter seashells among candles along a table runner. A clamshell filled with a small amount of sand and a tealight candle makes an interesting place setting centerpiece guests can keep if they choose to.

Embellish an Asian themed party with folding paper fans placed across each place setting and paper parasol umbrellas propped up on furniture or extra chairs. Arrange miniature Pagoda style lanterns, polished stones, vases of bamboo and small Buddha figurines sitting on decorative boxes as a table centerpiece anchored on bamboo mats. Fill Chinese take-out boxes with take home party favors.

image via Party City

 

Wine Themed Parties


Dress up a wine themed party with wine bottle hurricane shades and wine bottle flower vases as table centerpieces. Wine glass candle holders can be made by partially filling the glass with small colored glass beads and inserting a votive candle in the middle or the glass can be turned upside down with a flower placed underneath and a candle placed on the inverted base. Use large serving trays to set out samples of cheese, nuts, grapes and chocolate.
image via The Good Life




image via Brit+Co


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

DIY Headboard Project

It's been way too long since I've posted here at Home Decorating News, and to those who were kind enough to follow me, I apologize for that. An unexpected visit to the hospital over the summer put me behind on everything and trying to catch up has been a challenge. I am happy to say I finally completed the interior decorating course last month through Penn Foster College and I now have certification as an interior decorator! This will mean big changes for my website, HomeTreasureCove, as my plan is to combine decorating services with the home decor I sell online.

In the meantime, I will continue to write decorating articles for Demand Media and LoveToKnow, as well as keeping up here with great decorating and home improvement tips and ideas. I am really excited to provide this next guest post from the talented team over at Zillow.com, a great real estate website that offers homes for both purchasing and renting. As a matter of fact, I happen to be looking for my next home there myself! I could not pass up the opportunity to publish this great article they offered on making your own headboard, so here it is- enjoy!



How to Create a DIY Headboard
By Tali Wee of Zillow

Bedrooms should be at the forefront of homeowners’ design to-do lists as the bedroom is the first place seen
in the morning and the last at night. The average individual spends one third of his or her life in peaceful slumber, and the bedroom is the dedicated sanctuary for that essential activity. However, homeowners often look past the décor of their private rooms.

The bed is typically the focal point of a bedroom and an ideal place to begin designing. One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to personalize a bed is by creating a one-of-a-kind upholstered headboard. 

Custom-made furniture in a bedroom can transform the entire feel and mood of the room. Headboards are a wonderful expression of personality, often customized by shapes, coverings and embellishments.

Before crafting, check out current homes on the market for popular bedroom designs, or get inspired by exploring design-forward bedrooms on Zillow Digs. Once settled on the ideal look, gather a few tools and basic building materials to create the feature piece for the bedroom. Here is how to get started.

The Materials:
-          4 feet x 8 feet medium-density fibreboard (depending on size of bed)
-          Mattress pad (choose one size up from the bed)
-          Large roll of wool batting
-          Cover fabric of choice
-          Buttons, upholstery pins or embellishments and trim of choice
-          Wax twine for button threading
The Tools:
-          Large upholstery needle
-          Jigsaw for cutting fibreboard
-          Nail gun
-          Spray glue
-          Marker, craft scissors and craft knife
-          Needle nose pliers
-          Rubber mallet

The Method:
1.       Choose a headboardstyle and headboard fabric. Busy and bold prints look great in neutral toned rooms, whereas softer, simpler patterns can be coupled with bold embellishments, button tufts and trim. 

2.       Create the frame using fibreboard. Measure the width of the bed in order to get the desired amount of fibreboard. Depending on the size of bed, an average size to start with for a queen size bed is 4 feet x 8 feet. Curved or rounded edges can be traced using household items such as tin cans or containers, and cut using a jigsaw.

3.       Using the completed frame as a stencil, trace onto the mattress pad, and cut out using a craft knife. Adhere to the frame using spray glue. 

4.       Secure the mattress pad onto the frame with a layer of batting; secure the excess by folding the batting over the edges of the frame with a nail gun.

5.       Begin covering with fabric by starting from the middle of each side and working to the corners. Secure the excess over the edges of the frame with a nail gun.

The Details:
-          DIY Buttons: Use button cover kits to create custom buttons in the same fabric as the headboard or choose different colored buttons for a bolder, more creative look.

-          Button Tufts: Get this classic quilted look by sewing buttons into the headboard. Before adhering the mattress pad to the frame, mark and drill small holes through the fibreboard where buttons are desired, then adhere the mattress pad and continue to cover with batting and fabric. Using the twine and needle, start at the reverse side of the headboard, push needle and thread through each hole, piercing the mattress pad on the other side, thread button and poke back through. The twine can be secured on the reverse side of the headboard using a nail gun.

-          Nailhead Trim: A studded trim border looks sleek and stylish. Nailhead trim kits are quick and easy to use and the end result looks great. Use needle nose pliers to stabilize the nail and mallet to secure into the headboard. Use a mallet rather than a regular hammer to avoid damaging the nail head.

-          Embellishments: The options are endless here; get creative by including felt, lace, mirrors, sequins, beads or even fairy lights.

Creating a custom headboard is a great way to start personalizing the bedroom. Follow up this home improvement project with a matching bedspread, chalk paint bedside table, refurbished lamp and do-it-yourself art. Soon the bedroom should feel full of character.

Thank you, Tali Wee and Zillow!


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Guest Post from Arcadian Home: Decorating with Wallpaper

I am always happy to hear from my friends over at Arcadian Home, especially when other work keeps me too busy to post here for awhile! They always have such great decorating ideas. Enjoy this great post on decorating with wallpaper! 

Hi, all! It’s Mari here from Arcadian Home blog, a fantastic place to find interior design inspiration including great decorating ideas for everything from beautiful foyer lighting to lovely rugs for the floor. I’m so excited to be with you at Home Decorating News with a guest post. Today's topic is decorating with wallpaper. It seems wallpapers are becoming even more popular as each day goes by. With a large array of choices, wallpapers are no longer confined to traditional style rooms. There are beautiful papers for every interior space. Here are eight of our favorites. Please enjoy!

~ Mari

Wallpaper

At once graphic and feminine, this beautiful trellis pattern in deep pink on white is perfect for a bedroom, dressing room or foyer. Add this curvy writing table and you have a chic look for any of those spaces.

Wallpaper
From DeGournay, an appealing wallpaper with a beautiful Oriental style is seen here in a luxurious living room, but it would also be stunning in a foyer or down a wide hallway. There is something so alluring about the draping branches of the willow tree.

Wallpaper
 In this cozy bedroom, wallpaper is used to draw attention to an antique fireplace. Partially papering a wall can be a clever and budget-friendly decorating technique.

 Wallpaper
Lovely wallpaper with a cool tie-dyed pattern runs up one wall, over the ceiling and down the opposite wall for a unique look in this bedroom redo. Oversized swing arm wall lamps in polished metal are a great lighting choice for this contemporary bedroom.

Wallpaper
To create a stylish backdrop for this corner dining space, one wall was papered in a graphic black and white pattern. It’s a great look that makes white pottery and colorful glass accessories pop.

Wallpaper
A modern pendant light and light-hearted wallpaper paper bring this formal dining space to life. When choosing wallpaper, consider going with the unexpected—contemporary patterns for traditional rooms or traditional floral patterns with modern furnishings can be stunning combinations.

Wallpaper
 Covering all four walls and the ceiling in this tiny powder room makes for a sophisticated look with marble counter top and glam wall sconces.

Wallpaper
A framed horizontal “mural” of wallpaper is gorgeous in this eclectic living space and makes one wish for a better view of the entire space. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 What do you think of these wallpaper decorating ideas? Let us know in the comments below, and stop by our blog for more home decor, pendant lighting, and interior inspirations!

Great ideas, Mari! Thanks for sharing!

 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Updating a Traditional Style Home


Traditional style home furnishings have stood the test of time, providing comfortable interiors with an appeal that has lasted for generations, as many homes decorated in traditional style are filled with heirlooms and vintage family furnishings. Others simply prefer the look of period furniture and the elegant settings created by traditional décor. Updating a traditional style home with modern and contemporary design elements results in a blended style known as transitional design.

Balance the Room with Neutral Colors 

Create a relaxed and comfortable environment with neutral hues in a monochromatic scheme. Browse through paint chips in shades of brown, taupe, grey and white for inspiration on coordinated neutrals. Tone on tone patterns with varying textures create a sophisticated yet understated look. A neutral color scheme is an easy way to create balance and harmony, which you will need when creating a transitional style room.


Choose a Few Contemporary Furniture Pieces

Look for contemporary furniture that will tie in with your traditional pieces. For example, if you want a more updated look in your dining room but can’t bear to part with your mahogany Chippendale dining table, look for contemporary chairs with sweeping curves that will work with the table’s cabriole legs and a finish that will complement the lacquered mahogany of the table. In the living room, look for a modern coffee table that will pair well with your traditional couch and chairs. Cover traditional furniture with modern upholstery. Tie the styles together with similar forms, textures or colors.


 

Add Some Modern Accessories

Bring a contemporary look into a traditional room with a few modern accessories. Display colorful art glass on floating wall shelves. Replace traditional curtains with contemporary shades. Add a few contemporary sculptures to a traditional coffee table. Accent a traditional style sofa with pillows featuring modern fabric. Place contemporary end tables near traditional seating or update a traditional chandelier with a modern hanging pendant.


Harmonizing the space and creating unity with similar elements in furniture and décor will help you blend traditional and contemporary with amazing success!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Hot Lighting Trends: Drum Shades

Drum shades are a popular trend in lighting today. These versatile shades can be used on a variety of light fixtures, including table lamps, floor lamps, hanging pendants and chandeliers. Drum shades can be retrofitted on existing light fixtures, creating a new, layered look while also diffusing the light. The sleek look of drum shades makes them a great option for modern and contemporary styles. However, these shades can just as easily fit in with more traditional styles as well.

 When looking for a drum shade to embellish a light fixture, consider first the material that it's made from. The material will not only affect the style of the shade, it will also affect how much light gets diffused. Glass and light-colored fabrics typically put out a brighter light while metal and darker, heavier fabrics create a softer light. A drum shade can be used to enhance even the most luxurious style crystal chandelier or add a stylish touch to the most simple table lamp.

Drum shades are perfect accessories for outdated light fixtures. If you're tired of looking at that tacky chandelier hanging over your dining room table, give it a hip new look with a drum shade. You can literally transform a light fixture in minutes with a drum shade conversion kit. A kit will allow you to retrofit your existing fixture with just a few simple parts. Refinish the base of the light fixture with some primer and a fresh coat of paint and you'll have a completely customized, trendy new light that no one will even recognize as being the same one that was there before.

Not sure what size to get? Well first you will need to measure the diameter of your existing fixture to make sure the shade will fit over it. The height of the shade is not as critical, as it's common for part of the fixture to be left exposed. However, the drum shade should be positioned so that it covers the actual lamps or light bulbs. The correct size will also be determined by where you are installing the fixture. If you're adding a drum shade to a dining room chandelier, the diameter of the shade should be within 12 inches of the total width of the table underneath it. The appropriate size for a chandelier or hanging pendant installed in any other room can be determined by measuring the length and width of the room. Add those two numbers together and the total will give you a guideline as to how many inches the diameter of the shade should be for that space. For example, a 10' x 12' room would need a shade with a diameter of 22 inches.

So whether you're looking for a vintage design, a fixture that's sleek, sexy and modern or a classic, clean fixture to add elegance to your traditional style home, you can find a drum shade that will fit the bill (or the fixture).



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Mixing Patterns in a Room

Incorporating patterns in a design scheme is a great way to add interest, color, personality and style to any space. Mixing different patterns in the same room can be a little tricky, especially if you have no idea how to use them together. However, with a few designer tips, you no longer have to be intimidated by the idea of multiple patterns sharing the same space.

Finding Balance with Color

You can balance multiple patterns in a room through the use of color. Look for patterns with the same color intensity, such as soft neutrals, light pastels or bright and bold hues. Coordinated colors create unity with mixed patterns, as you can see with the following monochromatic patterns:


The monochromatic patterns in the room above are paired with vivid pops of bright accent colors.





Analogous pattern colors create a warm, harmonious atmosphere in these rooms:



If you want more contrast, choose patterns with complementary colors.
Contemporary Living Room design

The complementary blue and orange create a striking contrast. Another blue patterned pillow or throw would go great on the chaise lounge above.

Asian Living Room design by San Francisco Interior Designer Jane Ellison



Use Animal Prints

Mother Nature has always been an excellent designer and is the go to source for inspiration and ideas. Animal prints provide a great variety of aesthetically pleasing patterns with striking contrast. The varying shapes and colors also look great when mixed together.



Mixed Motifs

A mixture of pattern densities and varying designs will keep the look interesting. Stripes and plaids can be mixed with checkered, polka dots or floral prints. Classic prints such as damask, Fleur de Lis and toiles look beautiful in both traditional and modern settings. Eclectic rooms may include a mixture of geometric, paisleys and ethnic ikat prints.



Traditional Kids design by Austin Interior Designer Bravo Interior Design


Vary the Scale


Using the rule of three, you can coordinate different patterns by varying the scale. Choose a large-scale pattern to cover a large area such as a rug, sofa or wallpaper. Accessorize with medium scale patterns and a few smaller patterns.
 
Contemporary Family Room design by San Francisco Interior Designer Amoroso Design


Repeating Patterns


Repeating a pattern throughout the room in different colors and sizes is another effective way to use pattern. This can sometimes trick the eye, as the same design may appear to be different types of patterns. It’s also a fun way to sprinkle your favorite design throughout the room.


Traditional Living Room design by Other Metro Photographer Elad Gonen & Zeev Beech


As you can see, there are many ways to mix patterns in a room. The method you use to tie your patterns together will be a matter of personal preference. Mixing patterns is a way to show both your personality and creativity.