5 Ways to Decorate with Mini Wreaths during the Holidays

5 Ways to Decorate with Mini Wreaths

For this week’s 5 Way Wednesday, I am sharing 5 different ways to style a mini wreath during the holidays. I love to decorate with mini wreaths during this time of year.  Greenery is the simplest way to add a seasonal touch and nature to your home… even when it is faux.

My favorite place to buy these are Hobby Lobby, because I can always catch them for half off!!! Plus, when a product is this versatile and on sale, I grab 6-8 . Then, figure out a way to use all of them!

Here’s how I decorate with Mini Wreaths!!

1. Use a mini wreath as a candle ring.

Place a mini wreath around a candle as a floral candle ring. This looks great when it is styled on a cake stand or decorative pedestal. Specifically, the greenery adds a natural element and texture.

 

2. Hang wreaths on the back of dining room chairs.

This is a festive way to add a seasonal touch to your dining room. There are several ways to hang the wreaths. For example, I have tied wreaths on chairs with ribbon as pictured below.  I have used the small, clear 3m hooks on the back of chairs without any ribbon.

 

Lastly, I wrapped the wreath in ribbon, pulling the ribbon from the back to front of chair, and hot gluing the tip of the ribbon under the joint of the front of the chair.  I have not had this remove paint or stain, but test your chairs in an inconspicuous place, beforehand.  This is how I did it below.

mini wreaths tied to the back of dining chairs

3. Hang mini wreaths on decorative hooks.

Whether you have decorative hooks on the side of the kitchen island or perhaps in the breakfast room, hang a wreath among cutting boards, tea towels and bells for Christmas.

4. Hang mini wreaths on kitchen cabinets.

Again, there are several easy ways to hang wreaths on the inside of kitchen cabinets.  For example, you can tie ribbon around the wreath and push pin the end of ribbon on the inside of the door. Or, you can adhere a 3m hook upside down on the inside of the door to tie the ribbon onto. In addition, you can hang wreaths on windows, mirrors or window shutters. Wherever you want to add a festive touch!

 

5.  Layer mini wreaths to create a new wreath.

I love to repurpose old items into something new.  For this wreath, I layered a cedar wreath over several wooden rings from a discarded basket. Next, I tied the pieces together with a ribbon.  Lastly, I attached the 3m hook to the door to hang.  By doing so, it creates a larger scale which is a more appropriate size to hang on a larger surface like a door.

What old items do you have that could be repurposed to create a whole new looking wreath?  Picture frames? Rusty wine barrel rings?? Embroidery hoops???

 

Thank you for stopping by the blog for 5 Way Wednesday! Be sure to check out all of the blog posts where I share 5 ways to style one product by searching for ‘5 way.’

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My 5 Best Home Staging Tips for a Quick Sell

My 5 Best Home Staging Tips

Being a decorator, I get asked to do a lot of different jobs from staging houses for sale to decorating homes for the holidays. Recently, I staged a beautiful, local Parade of Homes house in Waco, Texas. My husband loves when I stage for jobs outside of our home, because that means that I am less likely to move our own furniture around the home for the 15th time. Okay, 50th time!

However, staging homes to sell and your own home are a little bit different. The key to staging is to show off the features of the home, while making the home feel inviting for buyers. Often, I see homes for sale that are overcrowded, overdecorated and overly personalized.  This is not the time to show off your decorating skills or  your personal collections! Therefore, I have rounded up a few of my best home staging tips.

Let’s get to home staging! 

1. Know what rooms sell when home staging!

The master bedroom suite, kitchen and living room have the most selling power, so focus on these areas in the home. Therefore, these are the most important rooms to stage.  Worry less about guest or kids’ bedrooms, offices, playrooms and small bathrooms.

If there is a room that is shared, stage it with one function in mind.  For example, don’t allow the guest room to function as an office and a home gym, too.  This will make the house feel crowded and tell buyers that there is not enough space to enjoy. Plus, it will be harder for buyers to imagine how they would use the space with so much happening in one room.

Simple decor is key to home staging so the home is the focus.

Fill a pitcher with wooden serving spoons, add a vase of fresh flowers or a bowl of fruit in the kitchen.

 

2. Deep clean, declutter and depersonalize!

When staging a home, ensure that the house has received a deep cleaning. Dust, scrub and sanitize everything!  It may be a good idea to hire a cleaning service to do a one time professional cleaning.

Then, declutter all the spaces including counters, closets and garages. You want the house to feel like everything has a place and that there is enough room for the next owner.  If you have lived in the home for years and acquired a lot of stuff, you may even consider renting a storage unit to store personal items or extra furniture.

Keep the tops of kitchen and bathroom counters and furniture free from clutter. Use decorative risers, trays or stacks of books to group smaller items so that they appear visually as one item.  Thus, making the space feel less busy. Baskets are great to gather objects in kids rooms, closets, and bathrooms.

Lastly, depersonalize the home by removing large collections, memorabilia, most family photos, posters from walls, excess stacks of magazines, themed or seasonal decor, etc…

Instead, use classic design elements for coffee table vignettes like plants, books, candles, or pottery. Then, create a simple tablescape by grouping dishes in a decorative tray on the kitchen island or dining room table. This will allow potential buyers to see the home as inviting and yet livable, too.

 

3. Rearrange furniture as a home stager!

Create open spaces.  Place the furniture so that it looks open and inviting when you first enter.  For example, you should not see the backs of sofas or chairs upon entering a room.  Doing so will make a room feel closed off. In addition, you should place the bed in the center of the wall opposite the main door when entering a bedroom.

Create easy to navigate spaces. It is important to not block traffic flow when home staging. Less furniture is better so that the room doesn’t feel over crowded. Remove furniture that is too bulky or even too small for the space.

Create intentional spaces. Float furniture in the middle of the room (off the walls) and use rugs to ground the space in order to create intentional areas in the home.  Furniture, like sofas and chairs, should have the front legs placed on the rug. Often you can group smaller furniture into conversational areas.

When home staging, face furniture toward the main door in a living room.

4. Keep it fresh!

You want the home to look, feel and smell fresh!  Focus on removing bad odors rather than masking those smells by using cleaning products without harsh chemicals or artificial fragrance like those from Grove Collaborative.  However, do not use strong seasonal or sweet smells.  Think light, airy, clean scents like fresh linen, citrus or lavender when staging a home and allowing buyers into the home.

  • Plants make a home feel alive, so bring in plants or a bouquet of fresh flowers for the kitchen island.
  • Let the light in.  Open window curtains and blinds so that the most natural light is allowed in.
  • A lit candle creates a cozy feeling, but again, avoid any strong scents.
  • Place scented liquid hand soaps & room sprays in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Toss a charcoal air purifier bag in closets or dryer sheets in shoes…stinky shoes are no joke.

When home staging the bathroom, give it a spa like feel with rolled plush towels.

 

5. Neutralize the home when staging.

From the paint on the walls to the furnishings, keep it neutral when staging a home. This will allow buyers to better picture themselves and their belongings in the home. In addition, it will showcase more of the house itself and less of the items in the home.

It is important to make the house feel bright, open, and airy. Mirrors are a great way to reflect light back into the room, so place them across from large windows or light sources.

Neutral linens from bath towels to bedding are preferred.  For example, make bedding feel luxurious by using crisp white, plump comforters. Then, add a pop of color, pattern or texture in small increments like a throw pillow on the bed or sofa.

A can of neutral paint can go a long way from updating the room to give it a fresh look to painting a few touch ups where the house has been well lived in.

Use mirrors to bounce light back into a room.

I hope that you find these home staging tips helpful. Whether you are getting ready to sell your home, interested in starting a home staging business or a realtor looking to spruce up a few homes that you have listed, happy staging!

How to Make No Sew Drop Cloth Curtains

Recently, I bought new linen bedding which inspired me to change out my curtains! Then, the rug, lol!  Since I have always loved the natural look of cotton canvas, I wanted to try DIY drop cloth curtains.  They are so easy to hang, and budget friendly. Today, I am sharing my best advice so you can make no sew drop cloth curtains, too!

How to Make No Sew Drop Cloth Curtains

cottage style bedroom with drop cloth curtains

 

Materials to Make No Sew Drop Cloth Curtains

  • Canvas Drop Cloth (1 6×9 panel per single window or 2 per large window)
  • Curtain Rod Kit with Brackets
  • Hanging Clips (7 per panel)
  • Household Tools – electric drill, measuring tape, iron or steamer

 

1. Measure the Windows. 

First, measure your windows before you go shopping for materials to make these ‘no sew drop cloth curtains.’ This will help you determine how many drop cloth curtains are needed and which size to purchase. Keep in mind that drop cloth typically comes in 6×9 feet or 5×8 feet increments.

Consider the height of the window and preference on curtain length from floor to rod.  Do you like the curtains to puddle a few inches near the floor or kiss the floor. Do you like the curtains rod to hang a few inches or a foot above the window trim?

Next, measure the width of the window.  Typically, you want the curtain panel to be at least twice the width of the window. For example, my window is 3 feet wide.  Therefore, I chose drop cloth that is 6 feet wide.

I suggest one 6×9 drop cloth for a single window (approximately 3 feet wide) and two panels for double windows.  However, you may like a fuller look or the ability to separate two curtain panels on both sides of the windows.  Therefore you could opt for two panels on a single window.

For myself, I like the coverage of one panel on the single window on either side of my bed.  Specifically, I like to push the right side curtain to the right to open it, and the left window curtain to the left so it frames out the bed.

2. Steam or Iron the Drop Cloth Curtains.

Next, iron or steam the drop cloth curtains to reduce the folds in the fabric from packaging. Actually, if you choose to steam, you can do it after you hang the curtains!  It’s all good!

 3. Hang the hardware.

Using your drill, hang the curtain rod brackets according to your height preference.  Typically, you hang curtains 2 – 6 inches above the window trim.  However, I prefer to hang curtains halfway between the window and the ceiling to bring the eye up.

The top of my window trim is 7 feet.  However, I hung the rod about a foot higher than the trim.

4. Attach the curtain rings to the Drop Cloth Curtains.

First, lay the drop cloth on the floor. Next, using your measurements, determine how much to fold the top of drop cloth curtains. For example, I hung the hardware 8 feet from the floor.  Knowing the curtain panel is 9 feet tall allowed me to determine that I needed a 12 inch fold.  You can decide if you want the fold to show in the front or back.

using the measurements fold the top of the drop cloth curtain accordingly

I used about 7 curtain rings per panel.  Consequently, most packages of clips come in sets of 7 or 14.  For a six foot wide panel, I laid the measuring tape across the folded drop cloth curtain.  Then, I placed a curtain ring on the folded panel at both ends and every 12 inches.

If you like to use more curtain rings, just divide the width of the panel with how many rings that you want to use. For example, for a 6 foot or 72 inch panel divide by 10 rings. So place curtain rings every 7.2 inches.

measuring tape over drop cloth marked in 1 foot incremements

 

5. Hang the Drop Cloth Curtains.

First, hold the outside ring in one hand.  Then, allow the fabric to fall into 6 inches folds before grabbing the next ring.  This will create a pleated look.

Lastly, slide the rings clipped to the drop cloth curtain onto the rod before placing onto the curtain brackets.

 

So Many Options with Drop Cloth Curtains:

  • Wash??? It is up to you if you want to wash your curtains before ironing.  Washing will remove the smell and soften the material. However, I opted to only steam mine prior to hanging.
  • Hem??? Instead of leaving a fold over the curtain, you could hem the tops or bottoms with hot glue to adjust the length according to the height of your windows. The fold worked great for my style.
  • Bleach??? You can bleach some drop cloths to lighten in your washing machine or a large plastic tub outdoors. However, check packaging for details. I love the natural color because it matches my linen bedding.
  • Cut???  For narrow windows, you can cut the 6×9 panels in half (down the middle of 6 feet width to make two curtain panels).  I liked the fullness of one 6 feet wide panel for 3 feet wide windows.
  • Blackout???  Most drop cloth is opaque, so there is no need to add blackout panels.  I love that they allow the sun to shine through, but prevent anyone from seeing in at night.  However, that’s up to you.
  • Where to Buy???  You can buy them everywhere from Amazon, Home Depot, Walmart, Lowe’s or most local hardware stores. Options from color and texture vary in each store.  I prefer the drop cloth that is the same material on both sides, like these at Lowe’s, here.  I say this because I saw some that had vinyl coating on one side.

 

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How to Make your Home Cozy for Fall

How to Make your Home Cozy for Fall

Happy Fall, y’all!  It’s official. Therefore, I want to share my five favorite ways to make your home cozy for Fall.  I am working with Green Leaf Gifts to share their amazing fall scent, Currant Rose, but all ideas are my own.

Cozy Currant Rose Candles

Scents can instantly change your mood and the ambiance of a room. Right now, I am loving the Currant Rose scent for Fall.  It smells like roses and berries.  Specifically, I describe it as a fresh, light, sweet floral scent. I prefer clean scents over overly sweet smells, so I think this smells perfect.

 

Greenleaf Gifts not only offers candles but a variety of Currant Rose fragrances.  For example, this Fall floral scent is available in a diffuser, room spray and sachets.

Cozy Blankets

Add a cozy throw blanket on sofas and chairs to cuddle up with.  However, if you are in Texas, like me, you may have to turn down the air conditioning in September to really make your home feel like Fall.

First, I like to pinch the blanket about 2/3 of the way up in the center of the blanket.  Next, I pull the blanket into the chair slowly letting it fall into place, touching the floor.  Lastly, I throw a pillow on top.

 

Cozy Pillows

Pillows are an inexpensive way to add seasonal touches to your living room for Fall. You can bring in your favorite fall colors or texture. For example, cognac leather, chunky crocheted or cable knit pillows are popular for Fall.  I love to add a couple of pillows with seasonal quotes, too.  It just makes my home feel cozy.

 Fall Florals & Greenery

Whether you prefer to use fresh, faux, natural, or a combination of all three, like me, Fall florals and greenery bring life to a space. Plus, you can add greenery in the form of wreaths or  garlands.

Most people think of the warm colors of Fall like orange and yellow, but I love to use creamy whites and muted greens.  For instance, I think the sage green color of eucalyptus is beautiful for Fall.  The blush pink currant rose candle is a beautiful contrast, too.

Pumpkins, Everywhere

I think pumpkins make a home feel cozy for Fall, because they immediately remind me of the season.  Therefore, I love to mix real and faux pumpkins in a variety of colors, patterns and textures.

 

From now until October 25th, 2019 you can get 20 percent off your total purchase at Greenleaf Gifts with code WILLIAMS20 or just click the link, here!  In addition, I have a giveaway Sept 25-27th on my instagram page where you can win $100 of any products!  Find the picture below on my instagram page to enter!

how to make your home cozy for Fall

 

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Just add a pumpkin spice latte!  Just kidding, I don’t even like those, but I do love the pumpkin cream iced coffee from Starbucks!  Have you tried it???  It pairs well with currant rose scents!

Bathroom Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

Bathroom Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

Since I started sharing ‘5 Way Wednesday,’ I have been asked a few times to share some bathroom storage ideas for small spaces. These are a few things that I use in my bathroom that I think will work in a small space, as well.  Here are a few tips to refresh your bathroom, too!

Tiered Plant Stand

Use a tall tiered plant stand or tiered tray to hold bathroom essentials next to your bathtub.  Specifically, look for one that is tall and narrow to fit into small spaces.  In addition, pay attention to to how tall each tier is to ensure that it will hold your products like shampoos and soaps. However, a smaller tiered tray would work well on the counter to hold smaller products like facial lotion or makeup.

 

Kitchen Canisters

Canisters are not just for the kitchen.  They work well in the bathroom to hold q-tips, cotton balls or bath salts.  For a guest bathroom, collect travel size soaps and lotions for guests.

 

Vintage Ladder

Think outside the box for storage ideas when it comes to small spaces.  For example, a vintage or blanket ladder can work as a towel rack.  Simply, lean against the shower or mount it a few inches from the wall.  In addition, any vintage find, especially made from wood, gives a room character and warmth.  Try using vintage crates to hold rolled towels or

Trays

Have you noticed that placing items on a tray make it appear neater?  A tray is a great way to gather items into one area.  Whether these items are decorative or useful, use a tray for a quick storage idea.

 

Clear Containers

You can’t go wrong with clear storage containers.  It is easy to see what’s inside, easy to clean and come in an assortment of sizes for a variety of products.  These are readily available at Target, Walmart and Homegoods.  I also find a great selection on Amazon, too.  Use them in bathroom cabinets to organize smaller things.

 

I hope these bathroom storage ideas are helpful.  If you aren’t on Instagram or Facebook, you may have missed our newest additions, Scooby and Scout! We love them so much, but they are definitely keeping us busy!  Thank you for stopping by the blog!