Fix It Friday – DIY Patterns

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Wanting to add more fun to a furniture piece for a kid’s room? Give it a shabby chic home made look with these steps to creating your own pattern.

Materials: Paint, Paintbrush rag or sponge, Sandpaper, Thin cardboard (as thin as the back of a legal pad), Marker, Box cutter, Clear coat, and Damp rag

Time: Quick – depends on dry time

Before

Before

Step 1: Draw the shape you want on the cardboard. You may want to try drawing the design on a different piece of paper beforehand to get the exact design you want.

Step 2: Use a box cutter to cut the shape out of the middle of the cardboard without cutting from the outer edges of the cardboard.

Step 2

Step 2

 

Step 3: Lightly sand the area on the furniture piece you want the design to be located.

Step 4: Lay your cardboard stencil on the area you just sanded and dab on paint in the color of your choice. Repeat this until satisfied with the thickness of the paint.

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Step 4

Step 5: Let dry before continuing with the rest of the steps.

Step 6: Use permanent marker in the color of your paint or a contrasting color to outline the shapes if you want a clean line.

Step 7: After everything is dry, add a a gloss coat.

If you’re feeling bold: Make more stencils in many sizes to add between your already awesome design. You could also try different colors!

Add more fun designs!

Add more fun designs!

This can be a great personalized DIY gift with the coming holidays!

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The Ultimate House Warming Gift

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Image via Pinterest

Your best friend or sibling just moved to a new home. You’ve been invited over to see the place. What do you bring in celebration? You could bring the usual bottle of brew or a food dish but why not make it more personalized with their favorite things?

We suggest these easy, personalized gift ideas!

What you’ll need will be based on your relationship. Brainstorm a few ideas and then add a home decor piece to bring the whole thing together.

For the friend that cooks, you could add lighter fluid for their grill, some helpful utensils, maybe a timer all on a decorative tray. The entertaining friend would probably like a small bottle of their favorite liqueur, some new shot or tasting glasses, and cocktail stirrers with a cocktail tray. For your best glam pal, give them a new nail polish, face mask, and lotions in a cute bowl. You may even want to consider a holiday that is coming up. Maybe, your friend needs some new winter lights or decorative candles. Since it is fall, go for a coffee accessories gift – Try a bag of their favorite blend and a new coffee cup all in a home decor lantern! If all else fails, go for the perfect movie night. Include a bag of popcorn, their favorite candy, and a movie with a serving tray.

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Things to Check Before Buying a House

You just found your dream home! It looks amazing inside and out but there might be a few things you are missing. Don’t forget to go through our top 3 must do check list before agreeing to anything.

#1 Check the cell reception. As people move farther and farther away from idea of land lines, cells have become  the main form of communication. If you’re dead set on a place, you can ask your carrier to install an extender or try for a wi-fi phone but no one wants the hassle.

#2 Make sure to check the outlets! How many are there? Are they modern? If you answered in a small number or with no to the second question, this places is probably a no go.

#3 Peek under sinks and in places plumbing is hiding. Things like mold will be a major issue for you as well as pest control so look out for lots of raid and mouse traps.

For more things you may have missed visit this link for 12 Important Things to check When Inspecting a Potential Home.

Any of these things have the potential of ruining your dream home. We suggest making a pro/con list with must haves and things you can/can’t live with to make the process easy. Happy home hunting!

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Fix It Friday – Scratches Begone

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Scratches on a piece can be a deal breaker when deciding if you keep it or trash it. Save your old faithful piece of furniture with this quick fix! Your favorite item will get an instant uplift to make it look brand new!

Materials: Sandpaper, Paint Brush, Gloves, Acrylic Paint, and Rag

Time: Quick – depends on dry time

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Before

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Materials

1. Sand top of scratched piece with sandpaper

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Step 1

2. Wipe clean with rag

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Step 2

3. Paint two coats with paint and paint brush (allow for dry time between both coats)

Step 3

Step 3

Then…voila! No more scratches. For fun, we also changed the knobs on this pieces to add even more uniqueness! Fix yours today!

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Fun Knobs

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After

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Non-Dorm Decorating: Your First Apartment!

Graduation has come and gone. It is time to get rid of those milk crates and white boards and invest in some real, adult furniture and decor.

List of Outs: Torchiere Lamps, Inflatable Furniture, Mini Fridge, Milk Crates, White Board, Plastic Storage, Unframed Posters, and Papasan Chairs

In some cases, like a home office or game room, a few of these things can be incorporated tastefully but most of the time they tend to look exactly like what they are–right out of a college dorm.

List of Ins: Proper Curtains, Decent Lighting, Real Rugs (No shag!), Matching Sleeping Set, Decorative Pillows, Framed Posters/Keepsakes, and Real Wood Furniture

Now that commencement is a thing of the past, pick out designs and colors that inspire you. Use those shades as a starting point for your design. Grab decor that goes with the look and theme you want in your own home. This doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything you love! Look through your keepsakes and display the ones that remind you of happy moments in your life. If they don’t do this, it is probably time to get rid of them.

It is your first real place, so make it your own!

Great first apartment Nadeau picks:

 

 

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Labor Day – It is Time to Relax!

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It is Labor Day weekend! People across America are taking advantage of the three day weekend to go on a relaxing vacation with families and friends. Unfortunately, these people only make up 9% of the population. Most Americans spend their Labor Day weekend doing house and yard work while over 20% go into work like any normal day. 

So why is it so hard for us, as Americans, to take a day to relax? Goal setting has become an important part of our lives and achieving those goals is the one of the highest priorities. Sadly, this can take away from relaxation which can result in physical and mental health issues so take some time this weekend to sit back, worry free!

For the history of Labor Day, watch this short video from the History Channel:

History Channel’s History of Labor Day

 

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Decorating Windowless Rooms

Some of us are stuck with dark and drab windowless rooms, especially those living in city apartments. These rooms can be a challenge when decorating, and it can be hard to find inspiration for such spaces. Luckily, there are little things you can do to brighten up that room and make it feel welcoming.

Plants are always a good way to go when adding life to a room. For a windowless room in particular, pick plants that love shade and don’t need much light to survive and thrive. If the room is small, think smaller plants. This little trick will instantly add a breath of fresh air to the room!

Show off your collection of candles and lamps to give any room lacking a window some light. The more light, the better! If you are running out of space, no worries! Mount your lamps or invest in floating shelves.

(AB029) $5

(AB029) $5

(AB662) $82

(AB662) $82

Mirrors are great for adding a window-type feel. Not only will it make your room look bigger, but also make visitors feel like they are looking right through a window! Pick a large mirror for the best effect or many small ones.

(AB538) $100

(AB538) $100

(V100) $170

(V100) $170

To open up the space, pick color palette that are brighter and more cheerful. This will brighten up your space right away and create a better mood for you and your guests.

These simple, little tricks will help you bring life to any windowless room. Here are a few more great pieces from Nadeau to help create the perfect look:

(A137) $164

(A137) $164

(AB005) $31

(AB005) $31

(AB793) $19

(AB793) $19

 

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Nursery Top Picks & Tips

We put together our top nursery picks to go with our favorite design tips for parents-to-be when it comes to creating your little one’s space!

Our Top Picks

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Our Top Tips
1. Make the styles flow. If you’re worried about how your nursery will look in your home, draw inspiration for decor from the styles in your home. This will make everything flow together smoothly.

2. Keep it simple. If you’re lost on what you want or haven’t found out the gender yet, go with neutral, clean colors like different shades of white. This will allow you to find a theme through baby gifts or after the baby is born.

3. Choose adaptability. Picking pieces that can change as your child grows will make it easier on you in the long run. No one wants keep moving things around and it will allow your wallet to relax.

4. Storage is key. You can never have enough when it comes to having a baby. Remember to pick pieces that go with your theme as well are function friendly when organizing all the different toy, clothes, etc.

5. Safety first. Consider what your child will be able to reach and get on at different ages when choosing furniture.

Most Importantly: Make it your own! The Internet is full of ideas, thousands of them. Take a moment away from all the different designs to figure out what is really important to you when designing the perfect nursery for your new bundle of joy. Find a style you will enjoy.

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Fix it Friday – From Broken to Earring Rack

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In a past Fix it Friday, we removed a door from a cabinet because the glass was broken. With the left over door we created a whole new home decor piece! This erring rack is creative, easy, and functional!

Materials: Twine, Staple Gun, Measuring Tape, Marker, and Scissors

Time: Under 30 minutes

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After

After

1. Measure and mark where you want to twine to be wrapped around. For easy measuring, take a pieces of paper/cardboard to draw the design out first.

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Step 1

2. Cut twine to the length you want.

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Step 2

3. Staple the twine in your marked places.

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Step 3

This is a quick and easy DIY that you can use on many different left over pieces from broken furniture. Also, don’t be afraid to go outside the box and try different designs to fit your own personal style!

You can do designs too!

You can do designs too!

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City Guides: Birmingham

Nestled firmly in the Deep South, Birmingham is a charming mix of Southern hospitality and growing industrial city. Our store manager, Jessica Brasfield, offered up some of her favorite places to eat, drink and relax. Won’t y’all come sit a spell?

Favorite Restaurant for a Nice Dinner: Veranda, an old home turned into a farm-to-table restaurant
Favorite Place To Satisfy a Sugar Craving: Savage’s, a long-time tradition of downtown Homewood
Best Shopping: Over the Mountain, where you’ll find The Summit, the main street shopping district of Homewood, and a familiar furniture store
Favorite Coffee Shop: O’Henrys
Best Cultural Experience: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Favorite Outdoor/Summer Activity: A Barons Baseball Game at Regions Field
Favorite Indoor/Winter Activity: A show at Iron City
You Can’t Leave Until You: Eat at a Frank Stitt restaurant
You’re Not A Local Unless You: See an Iron Bowl football game
One Thing You Won’t Find Anywhere Else: Vulcan, the Roman god who watches over Birmingham
Best Way to Kill an Afternoon: Railroad Park

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