Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas Holiday Home Decorating

Add  Holiday Color to Your Homes Front Door

Accent a bright white door with the deep colors of an evergreen wreath and garland. Tie on extra-wide red ribbons to complete the Christmas look and add graphic punch. Twinkling lights add a soft glow at night and allow the door and decor to be seen from the street.


Put Out Christmas Lanterns

Arrange a grouping of festive lanterns at your entryway for quick-and-easy holiday style. Consider using flameless candles as a worry-free alternative to regular pillars.


String Lights and Greenery

Disguise unsightly wires from string lights by winding them around a column or post with Christmas greenery or garland and setting a pretty container of ornamental cabbage or kale at the base.


Fill Cylinders with Christmas Holiday Ornaments

Use spray paint to add a shimmery touch to holiday pinecones, acorns, or round glass ornaments. Displayed en masse in tall glass vases, they become instant and easy Christmas accents.


Decorate with Colors That Match Your Holiday Décor

Plan Christmas decorations to work with your existing decor, even if that means using unexpected colors like cream and beige. Accents in shades of gold and silver blend seamlessly with this room’s soft white-and-ivory color scheme and play off the tones of other metallic accessories, like the coffee table.


Create an Arrangement with Fruit and Greenery for the holidays

Use a glass hurricane or vase to create an arrangement that will last throughout the Christmas holiday season by filling the jar with a layer of limes, red holly berries, and lemons. Top it off with stems of greenery.


Cluster Ornaments

Cluster small Christmas ornaments together for a big impact. These tiny jingle bells recall the larger ones on top of the tree and are so charming when used in abundance. Simply thread them together with string and hang.



Fill Lanterns with Berries and Eucalyptus

Suspend lanterns from the underside of a patio umbrella with ribbon. Try to vary the lengths and space them far enough apart so that a passing breeze won’t knock them together. Choose natural elements such as holly berries and eucalyptus sprigs instead of candles to fill the lanterns. This special touch reinforces your overall Christmas decorating theme.



Spray Paint Ornaments

Give traditional ornaments a monochromatic look by spray-painting them all white. It's an easy way to update old ornaments or create an instant collection that feels familiar and loved.

Photos and Article Courtesy of Southern Living

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Rustic - Holiday Decorating

Refined Rustic Mantel  - Decorating

The grasscloth wallpaper and cool slate fireplace in this living room dictated a natural holiday palette with warm colors and nubby textures. Burlap unifies the look, with homespun stockings on the mantel, an oversize bow topping the Christmas tree, and gifts wrapped in the woven material. Cool mercury glass ornaments add a touch of shimmer.



Grasscloth Wallpaper

The natural shades of grasscloth wallpaper are the perfect backdrop for an organic holiday decorating scheme. Grasscloth texture adds a sense of warmth to a room. Try painting window trim and molding a rich color to add interest.



Striped Flat-Weave Rug

Flat weave cotton rugs are as durable as they are affordable – they’re easy to maintain, so a small investment will go a long way. Stripes work well in both traditional and modern settings. This rug’s brown tones set a warm tone.



Modern Wing Chair

During the holidays try a contemporary spin on a very traditional shape. An angular wing chair, with clean lines and simple squared legs, is both sleek and classic. William Sonoma Home’s version comes in your choice of faux suede, velvet, or linen upholstery.


Burlap Stockings

Try your hand at DIY Christmas decorations. This room’s homespun stockings are easy to make with inexpensive burlap fabric and humble twine. One yard of fabric yields about 2 large stockings, and you’ll also need a needle with an extra-large eye.



Large-Scale Vintage Wheel

Instead of artwork above the mantel, add a sense of dimension with a large wheel. For a holidaytouch, try lacing the wheel with simple cypress garland.



Woven Basket Christmas Tree -Holder

The woven raffia basket at the base of the Christmas tree is wide enough to fit a standard treestand, and tall enough to obscure the tree trunk. The basket’s height lifts the branches and clears lots of room at the base of the Christmas tree for gifts.



Mercury Glass Holiday Ornaments

Add a bit of subtle shimmer to the neutral Christmas tree with silvery-gray mercury glass ornaments in various sizes. Antique mercury glass can be pricey, but this set is available for a song.



Delicate Snowflake Ornaments

The white snowflake ornaments are a nod to winter and a graphic touch to the tree décor. Save a few to tie-on to presents or bottles of wine to bring to holiday dinner parties.



Bronze Gift Wrap

In addition to basic craft paper and solid white wrap, incorporate shades of bronze and silver into your packaging. A bit of sheen will keep your gifts from looking dull.



Wraphia Ribbon

Use this sturdy ribbon to hang ornaments to the Christmas tree and to tie up gift packages. A 100-yard roll will certainly last throughout the holiday season.

                                                    Photos  and Article Courtesy of Southern Living


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Fall Holiday Decorating

Decorating - Natural Tablescape

Simple white plates paired with timeless flatware and thin stemware keep this more rustic setting looking elegant. Bold orange napkins give the setting a pop of seasonal color.


Etch Your Pumpkins

Announce your address in style by cleverly etching your house number (or your initials or name) into a pumpkin. You can pile a combination of traditional and heirloom pumpkins on your front steps, and top with your etched design.


Fall Foliage Arrangement

The key to arranging leaves is to group them by size and color as you would flowers. Fiery red maple makes a beautiful focal point when countered with the feathery foliage of dawn redwood laden with globes of gray-green fruit on the fringes.


Line Your Steps

There's a reason you see mums each fall—they work. Once buds begin to open, you're guaranteed blooms whether your display is in sun or shade. To prolong the show, water when dry and remove spent flowers. Pair with Mexican sage and boxwoods for this stunning holiday decorating -display.


Rustic Fall Centerpiece

Naturally shed antlers lend a new twist to table decor. Pile them up with different-colored pumpkins, pine cones, and loose nuts and bring the outdoors in.


Add Height to Your Pumpkin Holiday - Display

Arrange branches, dried grasses, moss, squash, and small pumpkins in a vase as you would a traditional flower display. Then, choose a single pumpkin with an interesting shape or a twisted stem to showcase. Place it on a smaller table or stool to help set it apart from the rest.


Fall Table Setting

Host a stylish autumn get-together without breaking the bank by recycling things around the house. You can fill an oversize jug with branches of leaves cut from the yard for a free centerpiece.


Plant Fall Color

The plumes of eye-catching purple fountain grass become more numerous as fall nears. Flank it with another explosive favorite, 'Fireworks' gomphrena, which is great in the ground or a pot. Add three 'Bandana Red' lantanas for bright blooms and two 'Margarita' sweet potato vines to trail.


Vibrant Fall Colors

Combine the season's hottest hues in a vibrant mix of 'Snapshot Orange' snapdragons, 'Purple Pixie' loropetalum, and bright 'Penny Clear Yellow' violas. Tuck in the showy foliage of 'Sparkling Burgundy' heuchera to complete the look.


                                               Photos and article courtesy of Southern Living Magazine


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"Fall is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits."

Traditional Holiday Decorating

Holiday  Decorating - Pomegranate and Magnolia-Leaf Garland

Pomegranates are traditionally a symbol of prosperity; Together with magnolia leaves, pine cones, and pheasant feathers, they make a beautiful natural garland to dress up a plain mantel or complement a grand one. 

 

Architectural  Holiday Ornaments

A 4-foot table-top tree sports ornaments that reflect the architectural details of the four houses and the hardware in the room.


Keyhole - Cover - Holiday Christmas Tree Ornaments

A keyhole cover that closely matches one found on the original rim lock on the room's door becomes a holiday Christmas tree ornament with the aid of colorful ribbon. Additional ornaments on the tree include other styles of door-keyhole covers, skeleton keys, and furniture-keyhole covers matching ones on a secretary in the room.


Holiday - Dollhouse Doors

Miniature doors and windows originally made for dollhouses represent the many styles found on the townhouses of Blair House, which span several decades of architectural style.


Tin-Ceiling Tree Planter

Using a tin ceiling tile as inspiration, This Old House senior technical editor Mark Powers created a holiday planter box to hold the tabletop tree.


Punched-Tin Star

A red tin Christmas tree topper mirrors the tin at the bottom of the assembly. 


Decorate Traditional Holiday Medallion Wreaths

Two lightweight, plaster-coated foam ceiling medallions hang in front of the windows like Christmas wreaths. They've been painted on the cheap by mixing sample jars of traditional green paint into glaze to create the look of pine boughs. 


Pineapple Wreath Hanger

This over-door wreath hook has a pineapple motif; pineapples were symbols of hospitality in the late-18th and early-19th centuries and often appeared as adornment on trim or wallpaper.


Fruit Display

A bowl full of traditional fruits adds a pop of color to the room. 
Pomegranates, plain and gold-painted; POM Wonderful. Gold wire mesh bowl with leaf motif.



Reds, Greens, and Flickering Candles

A bay-leaf wreath and faux wood berries bring Christmas color to a plain hurricane-glass candle holder. A flameless LED candle flickers like real but is safe to be left alone in a room—historic or not. 


Fireplace Adorned

Natural garlands, Magnolia-leaf, pine-cone garland and embroidered stockings turn the mantel into a Christmas centerpiece.


Glass Ornaments

Vintage-style glass ornaments emulate the colorful bangles that were popular in the 1950s.



Knitwear Ornaments

Hand-knit sweaters and stockings make great holiday decorating ornaments.


Fruity Colors

Faux oranges look identical to the real deal, but last longer. Great for seasonal decorating and holiday decorating.



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Photos Courtesy of This Old House. 

Thank you "This Old House" for an inspiration on Traditional Holiday Decorating.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Remodeling Tips for a Better Organized Home By Brad Little, owner, Case Remodeling of Charlotte


The time for spring cleaning and organizing projects is just around the corner. A home improvement project can help keep your home clean and organized as your household transitions into the year’s warmer months. Consider a few of these home organizing ideas and modifications to create a less cluttered, more organized household this spring

Kitchen islands. Imagine the possibility of twice as much cabinet storage space in your kitchen. An island can double your kitchen’s capacity by adding countertop space, cabinet storage, and optional bar seating. Moving the sink or cook station to an island can improve a kitchen’s work triangle and efficiency.



Kitchen pantry. Every kitchen needs a pantry, yet many kitchens don’t have one. Not every home has room for a walk-in pantry, but many kitchens can integrate a separate pantry into the cabinet system, which keeps perishable items together and can be more convenient than a walk-in when preparing meals.

                                                  Courtesy of Case Design’s Houzz photos

Adding a kitchen island often frees up the wall cabinet space needed for a custom kitchen pantry. During kitchen remodeling Charlotte homeowners may combine these two projects to get more bang for their buck.

Custom shelving. The beauty of custom shelving is that it can be added anywhere you need additional organizing options, or if you need a place to display home décor. Consider adding custom shelving to an unused nook or other unique space.


Closet systems. Closets hold more and are much easier to use when they’re well organized. Compartmentalizing the contents of any closet will limit your time getting dressed in the morning, in addition to your time spent on future closet organization projects.

Image from Case Design Houzz account

Office spaces. Offices tend to collect a lot of odds and ends and can become cluttered very quickly. An office organization system, or even a simple shelving system, can dramatically improve the functionality of an in-home workspace.

Bathroom storage. Larger vanities, wall cabinets, and custom shelving are bringing the linen closet and medicine cabinet together inside the bathroom to hold and organize all our bath and body essentials. Custom organizational units inside drawers and cabinets can further coordinate an array of small bathroom items.

                                    Image from Case Remodeling of Charlotte’s bath gallery

Laundry and mudrooms. If you’re replacing your kitchen or bathroom cabinets during a remodel, consider refinishing the old cabinets for use in another room in the home. Removing the cabinet doors can create easily accessible shelves in a laundry or mudroom. Cabinets can also be reused “as is” in a garage or basement.   

                                      Image from Case Design/Remodeling Houzz account

About the author: Brad Little blogs about combining home remodeling and household organizing, as the owner of Case Remodeling of Charlotte. Case Charlotte specializes in custom interior designs for home, bath, and kitchen remodeling Charlotte style.