I found a post on my Facebook wall that suggested one buy or find a jar and fill with notes about the blessings in your daily life as they happen and then at the end of 2013, on New Years Eve perhaps, go through your list from the year and be grateful.
A Gratitude Jar
Because I tend to focus sometimes on the bad things that happen and they happen to all of us, I thought it was a fabulous idea and one I wanted to implement right away.
To have gratitude start the year.
To be grateful for the little things as well as the big ones.
Here’s my jar~
Can’t wait to see how full it gets.
I got a big one so I can put lots of little treasures in it.
I think it will travel from room to room to bless each space for a while.
I’ll share its travels with you.
Linking up with Imparting Grace today;
It seems like I have spent a ton of time on marketing these past couple of weeks.
I started out with just business cards and my logo and lately things have come to my attention that need to be done.
I’m finding the need for something to announce my services for parade and vacant homes. I learned the hard way that if I did not leave anything behind no one would know who staged the home.
I had some “Staging Services Provided By” cards made up. I really didn’t want to just leave them on a table hoping someone would pick them up. And at the last parade home (which was my first parade home) most of the contractors that worked in the home advertised with a card in a frame and they placed their business cards alongside of it.
Nothing fancy, just a frame.
A boring frame.
Well, in my opinion anyway.
Here is MY solution….
Now, I just need a vacant home to leave it in.
I worked up a big proposal for a home that has been on the market for a year in August. A WHOLE YEAR!! Believe me it needs some help and I hope they give me the opportunity, I would love to get in there and help them out and really make a big difference to get that home sold.
I’ll keep you posted.
Thanks for stopping by.
Due to my ever-changing, editing, re-working nature…..I gave this basket a face lift. I bought it last year and filled it with this red and yellow arrangement which is ok but, I’ve never really liked the color of the basket against the color of the siding on my house. It just didn’t pop much. Not full enough, just not the effect I was looking for. Kind of blah, actually.
Here is the after………
More spunk, color and fullness, it actually shows up from the street and catches your eye in the driveway, which was the way it is intended.
Now, let’s see what I can do to spruce up the the front of the house.
I’m linking up; over at Between Naps on the Porch
There are several components to being a good stager. Or just good decorating in general. One of those key components is creativity. Everyone has it -yes they do! Some, just tap into it more than others. And when you are a stager, it is almost mandatory to be creative.
Here are a few quick tips that involve some creativity, which in staging means, using what is available to you the day of your staging or something you can DIY and get up very quickly.
And they will also work great for “staging” your own home.
- Fabric stretched and stapled over canvas, like I did here.
- Using paper of all and any kind plain, printed, wallpaper, cards, even fabric framed like I did here for inexpensive wall art.
- Tree branches, fishing poles, fishing oars, hockey sticks, or even baseball bats can be great window curtain rods. Just be careful how you hang them!
- Using trays or decorative plates to tell story’s, make vignettes or keep items together. These are great almost anywhere.
- Cabinet doors or any scrap wood, painted a trendy or coordinating room color, (or not) for the rustic look, used as a backdrop on shelves, mantels or even leaned up against a wall.
- Bring the outside inside. Scour your yard for branches, leaves or flowers to add something green to your space.
- Experiment with the unexpected. Try placing a very rustic piece next to a very modern piece.
- Try a new room arrangement. Something different in a space. It’s kind of like taking a new route to work. Same job, same room, but it can change your attitude and outlook on each.
I once wrote on someone’s comment bar that there is nothing that a little creativity can’t solve when decorating or adding pizzaz to a space.
Just take some time to tap into it.
” Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.”~ Rita Mae Brown
Sometimes I feel guilty not coming up with original content 100 percent of the time. (Not that I do!) But the blogosphere seems to be full of sharing other people’s ideas.
Even one of my favorite websites HGTV does it. An article actually showed up on my Facebook Wall, of theirs the other day, showcasing clever uses for old furniture. I clicked on over and lo’ and behold the article had used bloggers ideas, photos and posts. I guess even they have trouble coming up with original ideas.
So, I thought I’d share some of what they shared and maybe it will give you some inspiration, too.
~photo credit to Melissa Michaels
A fresh coat of paint on an old dull coffee table.
~photo credit to Marian Parsons
A decoupaged dresser, using old sheets of music.
~photo credit to Melissa Michaels
A trend wise paint job on a cabinet door makes a great backdrop.
~photo credit to Isabella & Max Rooms
Another old dresser given new life with bright chalkboard paint.
What I love about repurposing or giving new life to old furniture is… that it is a great inexpensive idea for staging houses.
Most stagers have to use the existing furniture in their clients homes anyway.
Bringing in all “new” furniture really isn’t what staging is all about. That’s called furnishing. It is necessary for vacant homes but shouldn’t be for occupied homes……… but there are always exceptions.
Finding something old in a clients home to give new life to, or thrifting to add something to your space, just makes sense.
So, do you have an old piece of furniture you don’t know what to do with? Or, do you have something in the garage or attic that is collecting dust?
Pull it out and give it a new twist…..repurpose what you already have. Whether you’re a homeowner or stager.
I am not much of a DIY gal, although I do like to make gifts for people when I can. As far as projects around the house if it involves to many steps, I would rather just hire or beg (the hubs) to do it. I like small, quick projects. If I can use a can of spray paint on it, get out my staple gun and staple it or hammer it in the wall, I’m good with it.
But I did make a Valentine’s Day gift this weekend for my grand-daughter. I figured she’ll get all the cards and sweets she needs and I have been wanting to make her one of these for awhile. It didn’t require much…… just some time for glue drying in between coats.
I recently pinned some cute ideas on my Valentine’s board over at Pinterest, if you want to check them out. Some very creative people out there! Either click above or use my sidebar link to go straight there.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
A very simple DIY wall treatment to add texture and color to otherwise plain walls.
I just purchased some very inexpensive matchstick roll up shades at my local Lowe’s. ($15.95) They came in two colors, I used the darker color.
Unrolled it and nailed it to the wall using the hangers that were attached and cut off the strings. It rolled down to about the middle of the bed…perfect length. I even left the top just as it was because I liked the look it gave.
And this is how it looks in my space;
How easy was that?
The two green polka dot frames attached to the shade were also something I put together. Just stretching coordinating fabric over white canvas frames and stapling on the back.
This is Mr. Goodwillhunting’s version of a DIY framed paper idea. It really struck a cord with me when I saw it because the possibilities for color combinations are endless! I also think it is a great idea for staging and I am sure I will be using it. If a room is completely void of artwork (which happens quite frequently) it could be a really quick, easy and in-expensive fix. He used scrapbook paper and Wal-Mart frames. I love the idea and it is where I got my inspiration for my room. He has an awesome blog by the way. Check it out at http://rashoncarraway.com.
This is what I did;
I tried looking for scrapbook paper that I liked , I really was having a hard time deciding and then remembered that I had this at home;
So, I bought a couple of cheap 11×14 frames from the local Michael’s and did this;
Here’s how they look in their new space;
I really did like this quick project. I am planning on doing a DIY art project for the guest room. Some of the things I’ve been considering are;
- covering three existing canvas frames with fabric ( I have 2 large and 1 medium-sized)
- painting those canvas frames myself or let my grand-daughter paint them
- or, I also found another idea of using a letter (last name) over stripes in a frame, if that makes any sense?
You can see some of the other topics at: www.thenester.com , 31 Day Series
My gallery wall is not new. In fact it has been up for a couple of years. I was actually thinking about taking it down to rework the space but have noticed that they still seem to be everywhere. I found some in my latest edition of Elle Decor magazine and almost every other magazine I pick up. So, I decided to keep it and yesterday I tweaked it a bit. Now I am looking for a couple more pieces to add to the collection, maybe a couple of small round mirrors.
My wall didn’t cost much money. Just picture frames I had. Ok, I did buy a couple new ones. The worst mistake I made was getting rid of the glass and backing for most of them….really wish I hadn’t done that. So, if you do it I would suggest keeping them.
I saw the idea at one of my favorite places Pottery Barn. They had used it in a small bedroom and since everything at my house is small, I thought that’s for me!
There are two reasons I didn’t use photos in the frames; (which totally perplexed the hubby)
1) All of my photos are of my kids when they were little and now they are grown men!
2) I thought that since the hallway is so small, leaving them empty would help give the illusion of a larger space.
I don’t really think there is any right or wrong way to do a gallery wall. I probably should have measured the spacing out but I just used my eye and did what was visually appealing to me. Also keep in mind the area I was working with was pretty small and down a hallway so it didn’t require a lot of detail.
Here are some other true gallery walls I found. It would be fun to have the wall space to fill!
Photos credits to casasugar.com,potterybarn.com and gallery wall images.