Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Red Rose with Black Valentine Bedroom Decor

When it comes to decorating my bedroom for Valentines day I like to create an ambiance that is cozy and romantic. A room where husband and I can go to relax, unwind and reconnect. I prefer this room to be simple yet elegant, without the use of cupid figurines or silly Valentine's Day products.

This year I will cover my bed with Royal Velvet® 400tc damask stripe egyptian cotton comforter set that I found at JCPenny.com then accessorize the top of the bed with a variety of red rose and black throw pillows.

For the nightstand I will cover it with a red rose and black print tablecloth, then add an inexpensive table lamp from zazzle.com a few red votive candle holders that I picked up at Yankeecandle.com after Christmas sale and fill them with rose scented candles. Since my hubby has a sweet tooth I think a box of Belgium chocolates would be a nice touch.

When it comes to shopping for fresh cut flowers I prefer Proflwers.com. I find the arrangements of flowers have a wonderful fresh fragrance and enjoy taking rose buds out of the box, Instead of having one day of flowers to enjoy I can have up to a week. This is why I will buy a dozen red roses for my dresser in the bedroom .

Valentine’s day is not for one day, we try to make plans to get away just the two of us for a date night every week and then it is always nice to go to our bedroom and lock the door. We enjoy our time together and we really like when our bedroom is decorated with a romantic Valentine theme. 

If you are inspired to decorate your bedroom for Valentine's Day then know that it is best to decorate your space 10 days prior to Valentines day then add the chocolates, candles and flowers on February 14th for your night of romance. 

Here is a bedroom set that I designed that will show you what I mean when I say a Valentine theme bedroom.

Red and Black Bedroom by sgolis featuring red rose throw pillows

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Gold Swirl Accent Throw Pillow

The other day my neighbor asked me to come and take a look at her holiday decorations and to tell  her what she needed.  Her room theme was white and gold with touches of silver.  Her tree exquisite and her gift wrap coordinated with the tree, it was just perfect.  Even her fireplace mantle was decorate just lovely. But then my eyes fell on the sofa and BOMB the entire theme went south.

Her sofa was black leather and she had added white throw pillows with  Christmas tree design in gold.  They were nice pillows but oh my gosh did not go with the masculine sofa.  I was honest with her, said that she needed to get slip covers or she needed to buy a new sofa because black leather did not go with her room theme.

My neighbor agreed and while we sipped our coffee she told me that she had a small creamy white sofa and love seat her study.  Well that solved the problem because all we needed to do is change out the sofas and her gold theme room would be perfect, except her white holiday pillows needed a contrast.

I suggested a gold swirl throw pillow as her accent.  This pillow would be perfect because it had the right amount of sparkle plus it was a design that she could use throughout the year and not just during the holiday season.

Here is the pillow that I recommended to my neighbor.  This pillow compliments her holiday  white and gold home theme.  Plus it would be the right amount of contrast for her creamy white sofa.  She can also continue to use it as an accent pillow when the sofas go back to her study.

If you are seeking a gold accent pillow for your home then click the link bellow the image of pillow. Then you can to view a larger image or buy.

Winter Wonderland Kitchen Decor

The winter season represents cold and snow and thus by decorating your kitchen in this theme it will help you to celebrate the season especially if you reside in an area that does not get snow.

Many people will decorate with a winter wonderland theme for Christmas and then after the Christmas season has ended they will take down the tree but leave the winter accessories until spring.

A popular winter wonderland theme would be a snow covered landscape with deer or sleigh riders. Another would be the snowmen or cardinals in the snow.

One way to decorate your kitchen for winter would be to add snowman sculptures, snowman accessories such as kitchen towels, tablecloth or placemats for your table. A framed snowman for your wall and snowmen coffee mugs or dinner plates.

Another way to decorate for winter is to feature the winter wonderland décor.  Here are a few products that I designed that will compliment a winter theme kitchen.

Decorate your wall with Winter Landscape Poster

Winter Wildlife Cheese board with utensils

Set your table for winter with wonderland plates

Friday, December 4, 2015

Decorating with Leather Textured Throw Pillows

Many people like the look of leather but do not like real leather so the next best thing is to decorate their home with  leather texture throw pillows and home accessories

Last week one of interior design clients said he could not find a leather look pillow at the mall I recommended that he check out t my friend Nadine May's print on demand shop because she has created home accessories that have a leather texture look. My client thought her collections were fabulous and this is why I am recommending her throw pillows to you.

Here are a few throw pillows that I would recommend for a modern interior. These pillows would look sensational in a gray or black room theme.

Leather textured pillow
Leather textured pillow by Just_Kidding
Browse other pillow designs on Zazzle.

These graphic pillows were designed with care and can be bought at zazzle but you will not find them at a shop at the mall. So if you are looking for leather texture throw pillows that are soft to the touch, then you must click onto the product link under the product image to view at  Nadine’s online shop.

Know that throw pillows are a great way to update the look of your interior. I have bought several pillows and found that these polyester pillows from zazzle are high quality. They are soft to touch and wrinkle free.  I highly recommend them for your modern home.

Shop for other textured leather home accessories here.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cosmetic Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

My husband showed me a bathroom set up that he liked in a magazine. It certainly was manly or masculine and I saw that the colors were different but did not mind. Then he showed me the modern black cabinetry that he liked along with gray, black and white pattern granite in the shower stall and I knew that his BIG idea was to gut the bathroom with a sledge hammer.

Here are some photographs of bathroom designs that appeal to many men including my husband. Note the style is modern and the colors are black, white and gray with nickle or shiny chrome accents, along with neutral stone floor.

I would prefer that he would find another way to express his personal style because gutting the bathroom to make it ultra modern, uncluttered with a streamline appearance bathroom would not work with our finances or the design of our southwest adobe home.

I decided to try and compromise with my husband.

Since he likes the colors; black, white and gray. I told him that I thought it would be better if he did a cosmetic remodeling of the bathroom rather then gutting it. I suggested that he make a list of what he wants and then I would do a design board to show him the cosmetic changes.

I shopped at home improvement stores to get ideas, took photographs of products I thought he would like and then presented the paint colors for the walls, hardware update for shower door, faucets, and towel brackets. There was enough money for a black double door cabinetry, plus a new sink with granite top. I shopped online at Wayfair.com and found some bath towels that would look really nice in husbands bathroom and also found bath accessories.

Lucky me my husband agreed that the cosmetic improvements will appeal to his needs and agrees that it is better to not put all of remodeling budget into one project.

Know that when it comes to a man it is best to draw out or do a design board to show them your design ideas. Many times when they see that men see the cosmetic remodel l that is all the need to put down the sledge hammer and forget about taking out an interior wall.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Designer Hostess Gifts: My Top Picks

Tis the season for holiday gatherings, office Christmas parties and open houses. Get together during the holiday season is common and it is customary to give the hostess or host a small gift. 

When it comes to shopping for a host or hostess gift I like to buy something that is unique and that has been created by a designer. That is why I like shopping at print on demand shops. Anything that I buy will have that one-of-a-kind look and these designer gifts are always appreciated.

Here are a few hostess gifts categories that have made it to my top hostess/host list. These gifts are the finishing touches that will make the occasion special.

Serving Tray

In the past I have given a serving tray to the hostess of dinner party. I bought the tray on sale by using a coupon and the gift value was that of the same as the dinner that was served. My friend was so pleased with the hostess gift that she used it at the party. She set the napkins and the utensils in the serving tray and put it down on the buffet table. It made me feel good that she really liked the hostess gift.

Red poinsettia with monogram

Rustic deer pattern for host

Custom Sweet Treats

Useful gifts that mean so much

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Shopping for Vintage Style Bathroom Decor

Today woke up early, got dressed and was up out the door at 7:30 AM.   Presently the weather is extremely hot so I wanted to get my shopping done.  I Shopped at the antique mall because I was looking for the cut glass perfume bottles, did not find any so I went  to Hobby Lobby to shop for vintage style bathroom decor.
I really like Hobby Lobby because their inventory is always current, with new merchandise coming in weekly so whenever you shop there everything looks fresh. They also have great sales.  
Decorate bathroom with silk flowers in a ceramic vase

This week I was working on updating my guest bathroom and needed some cute décor items to add some pop to the room. I found a silk fern in a ceramic planter that was on sale and it was exactly what I needed for on top of my linen cabinet. I also found a night light that was shaped like a vintage bathtub and bought it.

Here is a video that offers some decorating tips for vintage style bathroom.

I left Hobby Lobby and thought I would go to the mall but changed my mind and headed home. Knew that there was a sale at zazzle.com and thought I would shop there and take advantage of their store-wide discount/coupons.  I am happy that I checked out zazzle because I found some cute decorations for my guest bathroom.

Here a few of my finds:

Vintage Bathroom Posters

Old Fashioned Bathroom Poster
Old Fashioned Bathroom Poster by wildapple
View Bath Posters online at zazzle

Glass Tile Bath Poster
Glass Tile Bath Poster by wildapple
Check out more Bath Posters at Zazzle

Delicate Vintage French "Le Bain"
Bathroom Decor Soap Dispenser
Delicate Vintage French "Le Bain" Bathroom Decor Soap Dispenser by riverme
Check out more Bathroom Toothbrush Holder and Soap Dispenser Set at Zazzle

Saturday, July 4, 2015

HGTV Home Design Projects are Not Reality

My husband watches the home improvement shows on HGTV and gets motivated. But when the project does not come together as fast and efficiently as he would like he gets discourage.

Know that my husband has completed many projects, and has done a good job. When he applies what he learns from the experts at home depot store. But if he runs into a problem then he does become discouraged and tends to shut the door and then gets angry with the HGTV shows because they are not reality.
The home improvement show shows the realtor and his brother; one guy and the home owners doing all the work and this makes my husband think he can do the same. Normally the show indicates that an entire house is renovated in a matter of 3 to 4 weeks. I say Nope, NO Way, Not reality. I am certain there is entire design team working behind the scenes to get the design project completed.
If you want to do the home improvement yourself the best thing that you can do is have a plan of what you want to accomplish, make a list and design a project makeover, get that design checked by a contractor to make sure it works with your floor plan and then do the work yourself or hire a handyman.

Finish the entire home project before moving onto something else. That is the only way to take on a house renovation without getting overwhelmed and frustrated. Plus remember that the HGTV shows have a design team working on the project and it is never one or two people doing the work.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Design Ideas for Laundry Room Makeover

What started out to be an organized and easy laundry room makeover turned into a costly project in a matter of minutes. A few days ago I decided to redesign the laundry room and thought the project would come together and be completed in a few days. 

 My design consisted of moving the laundry appliances from the mudroom to a hall closet. I drew out a design that would allow me to have a private laundry room. Then the mudroom would feature oak cabinets and additional storage with shelves to feature home decorations.
So I started my laundry room makeover project today.
  1. Removed the clothing racks and shelves from the hall closet.
  2. Patched the holes in the walls and sanded them so walls were smooth
  3. Removed the faded Berber carpeting and padding.

I was hoping to find hardwood flooring under the carpet pad but instead I found a half inch sheet of plywood. I called my friend to have a look and to see if I should remove the plywood. He suspected that there was hardwoods underneath and we removed them only to find that there must have been a water leak because the hardwood floor had rotted out. 
This rotted wood discovery is not good because the floor is not strong enough to support a double stack washer and dryer. In fact it is dangerous. At the moment my laundry room project has been scraped because I must fix the floor where there was a water leak.

So going forward the double stack washer and dryer will be installed in the mudroom and neighbor will install oak cabinets to conceal the look of the appliances. This will make my side entrance more eye appealing and welcoming. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Remodeling Idea for Laundry Room

I want to create a space for my washer and drying that enable me to close the door and keep this area private. So I have been studying my pantry and think I have up with an idea that will make me happy.

Know that this space was never a pantry, it was at one time the landing to the steps to the basement but the owner of the house before me removed the steps and closed off this area. He turned into a storage closet, then my husband turned it into a pantry and now I am going to turn it into a laundry room.

Presently when you enter my home using the side door you have to come in through the mudroom, this is where I have my washer and dryer. This entrance means my laundry has to be perfect all the time and that everybody sees my hamper of dirty clothes. So the pantry would be ideal laundry room because there is enough space for a stacked washer and dryer and there is a door.

Once the washer and dryer is installed I then can redecorate the mudroom. This area would be more appealing if there were lovely oak cabinets on the wall with eye appealing décor on top.

I can install cabinets for storage and decorate the top of the cabinets with silk ivy plant and woven baskets, decorative jars, and farm accents. I think the new cabinets and the home decorations will open this area and the mudroom would be more welcoming to guests.

Here is a video that shares some good tips on how to organize your laundry room.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Updating Home with Replacement Windows

My home is 87 years old and the 21 lead glass with rope pulley system windows have never been repaired but instead sealed so that they cannot open. We have storm windows however the home is still drafty.

Husband and I decided it would be in our best interest to replace 9 of the windows because it would be better insulation and also allow us to have cross ventilation. I love the historic windows due to their charm but they are cosmetic only as they do not function and they are not insulated.
Pella replacement windows found on lowes.com

Finding Replacement Windows

The first thing that we did was take the measurements for the windows we were replacing and then we shopped online to get an idea as to what was available and the costs.

Where to Shop for Replacement Windows Online

homeadvisor.com (reviews and ratings for window contractors)

Our online search provided us with an estimate for the costs, and we were able to look at a variety of window brands and styles.  We picked out what we liked online and then went to our local Lowe's store.

We ended up buying Pella vinyl windows because we liked that they were
quality made and there is a guarantee that they will reduce our heating and air conditioning energy costs and also keep us warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

In comparison to the other windows that we looked at, both my husband and I liked Pella window designs and think that they will improve our comfort by putting a stop to drafts and will make our kitchen, dining room and bedroom plus make our historic home look beautiful.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Love Zazzle Custom Fabrics for Crafts

 Zazzle.com came out with a fabric design tool that allows you to create craft fabrics from your photographs. Know that this is fantastic, especially if you want to coordinate fabric with your room theme.  If you want to sew up some throw pillows from the photo of your wildflower garden you can make the custom fabric by using the design tool at Zazzle
I love to sew and create home decorations.  So these craft fabrics are a must have as far as I am concerned.   I have not been this excited for a really long time. 

Before Zazzle fabrics, I had to drive two hours to a city to shop for my upholstery and craft fabrics and hated commuting on the two-lane highways to get to my destination.  So I stopped sewing and being creative.  But not anymore because Zazzle has made it possible for me to get exactly what I want and I can shop in the comfort of my home.  

See other gifts available on Zazzle.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Zombie Gifts and Home Decorating Ideas

This year I thought I would decorate my husbands man cave with a few zombie products and also pick up some walking dead and Daryl DixonT-shirts. I think it would be fun to invite a few fans over to watch the premiere show for the 2015 season by hosting a walking dead party.

Personally I do not think we need to go “all out” for this party but do think some throw pillows for sofa, blanket throw, posters, coffee mugs and serving plates and bowls for dips would be perfect for a zombie fall out shelter/man cave.  Plus I really like the cardboard life-size cutout of Daryl Dixon to be set up in the room, I think having him in the room will appreciated by all.  
This blog post features two Walking Dead sets that I created at polyvore. These sets will inspire you to decorate your home with a zombie theme and they also feature today’s hot selling T-shirts. All are must haves for a Walking Dead premier house party.
Zombie gift ideas
Zombie gift ideas

Walking Dead Daryl Dixon Gifts by sgolis featuring autumn home decor
I am a walking dead fan and so is my husband. We missed the first three season but then by chance we saw the repeats on AMC and were addicted to the show. How about you? Are you a walking dead fan? If you like the zombie look and would like to create a zombie space in your home then here are few zazzle.com products that I found that are my favorites.  I hope this zombie merchandise inspires you to decorate for the Walking Dead upcoming season.  

So get the party started by featuring past seasons Walking Dead episodes in the background.  A great way to build up anticipation for the up and coming episode.  Another fun party activity is to invite your zombie guest to play the Walking dead board game that will test their knowledge of the show.  This trivia board game is a lot of fun, in fact event the kids enjoy it.  Then get a life size poster of Daryl Dixon and photograph your zombie party guests next to him. We have had both men and women get all dreamy eyed over this poster

Now lets get busy and decorate your home for zombie themed party.  

Decorate your walls with zombies and this will create walking dead ambiance.

Create a comfortable zombie safe zone with throw pillows.

Zombie Pillow
Zombie Pillow by aquachild
Look at more Custom Pillows at zazzle

Accent your sofa or side chair with a zombie response team throw blanket in black and red by zazzle. A throw blanket will certainly add to your party theme.

Serve up some zombie food and beverages in dishware with a dead theme

Zombie Outbreak Response Cutting Board walkers
Zombie Outbreak Response Cutting Board walkers by Sturgils
Look at other Zombie Cutting Board at zazzle.com

Serve up your favorite hot brew in a zombie mug here are a few of my favorites.

Zombie Apocalypse Mug
Zombie Apocalypse Mug by BigSquares
Design your own personalised cup from Zazzle.

Zombie Response Team Mug
Zombie Response Team Mug by packratgraphics
Find more Zombie Mugs at Zazzle

Special effects for zombie party room will pull the decorations together and make your fall out shelter a hit.

Zombie Apocalypse Table Lamp Walking Undead Dead
Zombie Apocalypse Table Lamp Walking Undead Dead by Sturgils

Dress to impress your zombie guests

All shirts are available for him, her, kids and baby.. There is a zombie shirt for everyone at zazzle.com