Sunday, March 26, 2017

Decorating Tips for a Masculine Living Room



Many men have their own apartments or homes and they want a nicely decorated space where they can have friends over for gatherings or entertain by hosting dinner parties and such.  I find that men that are professionals or men who enjoy entertaining guest in their home, desire a masculine modern space that is not cluttered and does not look like a college dorm or man cave.

Here is a masculine black home set that I designed to show one of my clients how to decorate their space.

Masculine Modern Home Decor







Recently I helped a friend of mine to decorate his living room. He had just moved into an apartment and needed help with setting up the seating area and choosing the right sofa. 

Since his apartment was empty I was able to use tape on the floor to show him the seating and table arrangement that I thought would work. He decided on a sofa, two chairs, and a coffee table. No end tables were desired, he thought a ceiling fan was a good idea, overhead lighting with a dimmer switch and a few framed posters for the walls.



Decorating Tips
  1. Buy masculine throw pillows faux leather look.
  2. Add ambiance and also protect wood floor by sofa with an area rug to go under the coffee table.
  3. Create a cozy and comfortable space with framed posters and decor clock on feature walls
  4. Consider bamboo shades for the windows that have a privacy lining
  5. TV mount for the wall.
Gears Design Industrial Steampunk Wall Clock



I suggested that he buy his sofa first, then pillows. He thought one pillow would be good. So I told my friend that guys like a lot of throw pillows. Know that It is best to buy two square, two lumbar and one round or accent Arrange them on the sofa and these pillows will enable all to feel more comfortable, plus they make the sofa look cozy.

I offered my shopping service and he liked the idea of me gathering pillows from online that would look good with a dark brown sofa.  

Here are a few pillows that I found at zazzle.com. The were created by designers and you will not find them at the mall.  
If you like the masculine pillows then you can shop for everything viewed by clicking on the link. You can buy as shown or design your own from a photograph.


Friday, March 3, 2017

5 Spring Home Decor Ideas

This morning I got a call from one of my friends who said that she wanted to decorate her home for the spring season. She preferred that the decorations be for adults. 

Normally my friend will set a vintage style vase of tulips on the dining table and call it her spring decorations. This year her kids are visiting and she wants her home to appear more festive, cozy and welcoming.

Her wants are simple decorations that will provide a look of spring but would not be expensive. She also wanted to decorate her home now and keep it throughout the spring season.

Here are a few simple decorating ideas


1. Create a spring-like entrance to your home by painting the foyer wall a pale yellow. This cheerful color is a natural way to add positive energy, make a small area look bigger and the color is complimentary to all pastel colors.
2. Decorate this feature wall with a spring floral painting or framed poster. Add a foyer table with silk or fresh cut spring tulips, daffodils, hyacinths or lilacs. A spring style figurine by Jim Shore would compliment the arrangement or a pretty glass or crystal votive with a candle.
3. Add spring pastel color to your living room and guest bedroom by accenting your space with floral pattern throw pillows. Choose prints that are of flowers that bloom in spring. Example; a daffodil floral pillow (yellow, white and green) would look fabulous with a yellow white and green stripe pillow. Then add to the mix a solid yellow, or green color no print pillow. Three or more pillows would look eye appealing. Choose from a variety of sizes as they will add interest to your decorations.
4. Spring weather can be cool and you may want to drape a seasonal pattern blanket on the backside of your accent chair or sofa. Pretty floral prints, or colorful butterflies would look nice as long as the color of the blanket is the same as your color scheme.
5. Accent your front door with a silk spring season wreath and change out your doormat to one with a spring theme.
Cute Grass, Bunny and Daffodils Easter Doormat



Here are a few of my spring season home-sets that I designed to inspire my friend to decorate. Click on the link to view or to buy any of the products.





Seasonal Home Decor by sgolis on polyvore.com

Friday, December 2, 2016

Custom Keepsake Pewter Snowflake Ornament

Christmas ornaments that are custom made with a photograph or a saying from your heart make thoughtful memories for your holiday tree.  When you give a custom made pewter snowflake ornament you are giving the recipient a memory and every year thereafter when they decorate their tree they will remember you.

Today I was hired to create a keepsake memory for a grandmother who found an old family photograph.  The photograph should have been remastered but my client did not want that instead, she said, "do what you can to create a keepsake ornament."  She had faith in me and I did my best to design something beautiful.

The photograph was not big enough for the frame and could not be enlarged due to the resolution.  So I did a background color and overlay of silver snowflakes.  I erased the snowflakes from the center of the ornament to show the lovely family then combined before adding shading to soften the appearance.  This layered design then was uploaded to a pewter snowflake ornament.


This ornament is a template and you are welcome to create a happy memory with one of your family photographs.  Here is the finished silver snowflake ornament that I created.

Add Your Family Photo to Snowflake Ornament






Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Decorative Christmas Pattern Pillows



Who doesn't love decorative Christmas pillows on their sofa, bed or accent chair? Colorful holiday prints; snowman, Christmas tree and Santa Claus are few of my favorites. I find that when I walk into a room and see a variety of accent pillows on the sofa, I think that this seating area looks very inviting.

This week I have been busy creating decorative pillows for the Christmas season. Know that pillows are a great way to “deck your halls.” or living space.

Here are my favorite Christmas pillows….you’ll want a few for your living space, and why not buy a set as a gift.


2-Sided Christmas Santa Claus Decorative Pillow





Be Jolly Santa Claus Christmas Lumbar Pillow




Green and Red Merry Christmas Throw Pillow





Be Jolly 2 Sided Christmas Green Throw Pillow




View all of my Christmas decorative pillows here.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Decorating Christmas Tree with Cat Ornaments

You bet I am a cat lover and think that a Christmas tree that is decorated with cat ornaments would be super cute for home office, veterinarian office or the living room of a cat lover. 

I thought  I would buy a real balsam Christmas tree and decorate it with a cat ornaments and cat toy garland that I would make. The tree would be given to the lady who helps me with the care of the feral and the stray cats in  my neighborhood.  

This cat caretaker is a senior citizen that really love cats. So as a way to thank her I have decided to give her a cat theme Christmas tree that is decorated with cat ornaments, mouse catnip products and do a ball with bell cat toy garland.  I may add da-bird cat toy with the bright colored feathers to the decorations, then she can use this cat toy after the holiday season to play with her cat.

Needless to say, I was excited about my cat decoration idea and shared it with a friend of mine that heads up a small cat organization in another city. She loved the idea and asked me to create a tree for her also. She said to decorate it the same way as I had mentioned and she gave me a great budget for products for the job. (I am all smiles)


I am excited about the cat themed Christmas trees because I think the idea is super cute, plus I know the decorated tree will make many people smile.


Here are a few Zazzle.com ornaments that my friend sandyspider designed and a few of my ornaments. I also found some cat Christmas ornaments online at Walmart.com and amazon.com If you are interested in learning more about these ornaments click on the orange highlighted words bellow the cat ornament widget.


Animal Ornaments
Animal Ornaments
by Photo Gifts By Sgolis

Friday, September 30, 2016

Autumn is Blanket Weather

When you think of the autumn season you think of cool days and nights or warm days with cool nights. The weather in autumn can change in an hours time so one needs to be ready for anything, including having blankets on the bed and in the den.
Pets LIKE Cozy Fleece Blankets
Last night was definitely autumn blanket weather,  in fact, it was so cool that I shut the windows and put two fleece blankets on the bed. We did not turn on the furnace nor did we start a fire in wood burning stove. The fleece blankets  kept us warm and cozy on a cool autumn night.
Buy Fleece Blankets at Zazzle.com
This morning I woke up at five o’clock. and did some housework and  warmed the living room with the space heater, then sat down to watch the news. The house felt cold so I covered up with a tartan fleece blanket and my dog got up on the sofa and laid next to me. The combination of dog and blanket was cozy.

Everyone is telling me that winter is going to be cold and snowy this year so I will  be shopping at Zazzle.com for fleece blankets, I like the patterns and they always have daily sales. Here are a few blankets that I recommend. Click onto the product to view, You can buy the blankets as shown or customize by uploading your own photograph.


See other gifts available on Zazzle.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Fall Decor – Creating a Cozy Living Space

Create a cozy living room for your family and friends to relax by adding fall colors. Orange, golden brown and burgundy are a few of my favorite fall colors because they make the space feel warm and inviting.

Add fall ambiance to your space with decorations. Fall leaf printed pillows for your sofa, a rustic metal container with yellow mums, fall landscape poster for your wall are just a few ways that you can decorate your space with for fall.

Know that the fall season can be rainy or cool so family will be spending more time indoors. The throw pillows are great for the kids for watching TV or sitting on the floor, a throw blanket is also a good idea draped over the sofa.

Accent the coffee table with a leaf pattern table runner, then add candles and a bowl of nuts. You may also want to add a board game or a puzzle. I got this idea from my sister in law, games added to the living space creates a family activity.

Shop for your fall decorations at zazzle.com. Find lovely autumn leaves or landscape patterned room accents for less. Take advantage of the daily sales on quality fall décor.

Here are a few living room sets that I designed. They will show you how to create a cozy living space. All of these sets feature my fall décor products that I designed. View my fall home decorations here.





Monday, June 27, 2016

Decorating ideas for Sunroom


I love my sunroom even though it is really small (9x11). At one time this space was a deck off a bedroom, but the owner before me enclosed the deck by installing walls, windows, and a roof. It is a small space that is not insulated, but the enclosure makes it nice and it has a view of the garden. A change to the decorating will make this space perfect and here is my inspiration sunroom. I designed the home set at polyvore.com




I thought I would redecorate this space by changing the color on the walls to light gray with white enamel trim on the baseboards and window ledges. Then buy room darkening blackout shades or drapes from Walmart.com The shades or drapes need not be expensive, but they do have to be able to block the sun because this room gets the southern sun in the afternoon.

The blackout window treatments will benefit this room by blocking the sun and they will also add insulation.



Another way to redecorate this space is to add a focal point. I think I will create a focal area or feature in this space by adding a love seat in a neutral color; beige or tan. The sofa will be up against the side window. This will enable front and opposite window views of the garden.



Adding assorted throw pillows to the sofa will sure make it look inviting. For this room, I have selected the accent color blue. I shopped at zazzle.com and found pattern throw pillows and other blue wall accents, plus color coordinating Mosaic print table runner for the coffee table.



The interior redesign of this room is coming together but before I can check off that it is completed, we have to address the flooring. The floor covering has to be updated, right now it is a laminated peel and stick green print tile over the wood deck. I do not like it and would prefer Berber carpet with padding because it will add insulation to the sunroom and the neutral color will be complementary.



There is room for a few plants, I could hang a spider plant in the corner or add a potted palm tree. These plants would add ambiance to the sunroom and the palm would act as an air purifier.


I am satisfied with these decorating ideas because the sunroom will look larger and eye appealing. A room where one would go to relax and enjoy the view of wildlife in the garden.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Outdoor Fall Decorating Ideas – Porch and Beyond


Many people enjoy decorating the front yard and entrance for the fall season. Fall is generally the season when people gather for home parties or other activities. A festively decorating entrance is a good way to welcome your guests and to make your home feel cozy during the fall season.
Decorate with pumpkins

Know that you do not have to go crazy. You can create cozy ambiance with pumpkins in a planter urn, two autumn leaves wreaths, outdoor lights; spotlight or solar mason jar and potted chrysanthemums.

Add decorations to your porch an entrance with a maple leaf door wreath, a medium size planter urn could hold another wreath that is turned to its side with a pumpkin sitting in the middle. Then scatter a few pumpkins on the steps. Buy solar light and set it up so that it highlights your front porch or other outdoor lights. I found special effect lights at amazing that I like, they are clear like mason jars and have lights inside. Add a few to your fall decorations and your home entrance will look festive for the fall season.


If you have a yard and you want to add more fall decorations then consider a wood wheelbarrow filled with pumpkins and assorted mums. Set this yard display close to your homes entrance and it will compliment your fall decorations.

In this digital design, you will see how this idea looks when it is put together. 











Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Real Tree Home Decor Ideas


If you are a nature lover then it makes perfect sense to accent your home with real tree decorations. I like trees, I enjoy taking photographs of trees especially during the fall season. When the leaves change to gold, orange and red it is spectacular. I also like to photograph trees in the winter, at dawn when the moon is setting in the west and the sun is coming up in the east, the light on the trees is mystical is a dreamy sort of way. These photographs enabled me to create real tree home decoration; throw pillows, table runner, and incredible wall art.


When you decorate your home with real trees you will add a coziness to your space. Along with products, I also like to add fresh evergreen and pine cone arrangement for my coffee table because this will add a nature woodsy fragrance to your space. If you prefer you can buy a silk arrangement and then add balsam and cedar home fragrance oil. Use this oil in a fragrance oil warmer and get a woodsy natural fragrance.


Here is a home set that I designed at Polyvore this set will inspire you to decorate your living areas with real trees.



Real Trees Home Accents



Shop for the real tree home decor here and at  zazzle.com