20 Colorful and crush-worthy accents for a Spring home you’ll love

Posted in DECOR
on March 21, 2017

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I don’t know about you, but my brain falls into one of two thought-buckets today – In the one bucket, I’m looking around my home grimly, wanting to bring further touches of spring in; I’m on the lookout for fun Spring accents in florals, stripes, and geometrics. (Budget-friendly is definitely in there). In my other thought bucket,  I’m making myself busy with a mad search for procrastination tasks because it’s laundry day, which means it’s sock folding day! If you’re in the same place, let’s procrastinate together, shall we?

 

I’m mortified to share this, but I have four buckets of unmatched socks. I set aside an hour or more every Monday to match them all up. An hour.  I line them all up, side by side, down my hallway and attempt to make pairs – of which I’ll find only a handful. Then, I’ll get fed up, put them all back into the bucket(s) and vow to throw them all out on the next laundry day if their partner doesn’t show up. Wash, rinse, repeat.  I’ve tried just about everything I can think of to minimize this, but I’ve had no luck.

So, today, after searching for pairs within mountains of single socks that left my hair standing on end and my nerves frazzled, I gave up at the 15-minute mark. I forcibly shoved them all back into their buckets, fired up the laptop. With a cup of tea (wine) in hand, and a smile on my face, I online shopped until my heart was content. I still have three buckets of socks waiting for me to stop procrastinating, but I’m still pretty happy – And, boy, have I got eye candy to share with you!

I have a tendency to gravitate towards pattern pairings at different times of the year. Spring time has me looking for bold, geometric patterns and stripes together with soft, as well as vibrant, florals. I’m a color and pattern girl and it’s an unbeatable combination. How do you make it work? You can make it work very well if you vary the scale and size of the patterns and stick to a similar color palette. The distinct lines of a geometric print such as stripes are balanced by the softness of a floral. I like my geometrics in dark colors such as black or navy and pair them against brightly colored florals, as you’ll see I picked on my virtual shopping trip. Throw in a few neutrals or seasonal accents, and you’ll be loving your home all through the Spring and likely into the summer!

Florals 

Florals can feel sophisticated, whimsical, updated and fresh, depending on the pattern you go with and how you use it in your room. Floral shy? Try large-scale floral print on room accents, such as throw pillows and build the rest of the room around the floral print by pulling colors from the pattern. I also like to use a little bit of bold, floral pattern, such as the folk-art style coasters below to add a little bit of the unexpected to an otherwise neutral design.  That rug, it’s going in my Master Bedroom. My sock collection will look fabulous spread out across it, don’t you think? (Rolling my eyes..)

Geometrics and Stripes

My name is Kim and I love geometrics and stripes. A geometric is any rigid pattern that follows a grid such as plaid, houndstooth, stripes, and polka dots. I could be wrong, but I see the bird patterned chair as a geometric because although it includes a bit of a meandering pattern, the pattern is repeated and the lines are distinct. Adding even the smallest geometric object to your room brings it right on trend. Use these objects to draw the eye and to give structure to florals. 

Stripes

Seasonal or just for fun!

Those things in your home that just scream you – those are the things that make your house a home. I like a room to surprise me. I love tassels and pom poms and unexpected touches such as a bunny vase or a mid-century modern cuckoo clock. I like mixing up patterns and textures. It’s all of these things together that make me feel like I’m in my element.

Thanks so much for procrastinating with me but we all know I have laundry calling. Tell me though, before you go, are you also looking for color, pattern and unexpected whimsy for Spring? Do you have a sure-fire way to manage your sock collection? I can’t wait to hear all about it!

 

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How to give your mantel a fresh look for Spring

Posted in DECOR, LIVING ROOM
on March 14, 2017

Hi, friends!  Today we’re talking about decorating your mantel for spring and boy are you in for a treat! I’m partnering with my friend Amy of My Life From Home and a few of my talented blogger friends to bring you oodles of ideas and inspiration to get your mantel ready for Spring.

Whether you change your mantel seasonally, or not, if you’re here, you’re looking for a change. Luckily, changing up your mantel can be done quickly and inexpensively. Here is how I change my mantel up for Spring!

Add Flowers

Spring is all about new beginnings for me. To me, flowers represent that. Flowers bring a freshness and energy to any space, including your mantel. Whether you’re using them in your throw pillows, as accents or in your artwork, the color and vibrancy will bring new life to your fireplace!  I like to mix both live and artificial flowers together. This gives the bouquet longevity and texture very inexpensively. I originally used the basket above for our St. Patrick’s Day tablescape. I gave it new life by adding some colorful blooms!

 

Artwork

Changing the wall decoration will automatically alter the look of your mantel. This can be done very inexpensively as – the paper quill prints below are greeting cards made by Niquea.D that I picked up at Papyrus, and placed in a floating-frame. You can also find lovely quilled cards on Etsy. Look outside the box for wall decor – wrapping paper, greeting cards and even printables are straightforward and inexpensive ways to change up your look seasonally.

Add Seasonal Accents

These little frosted-glass bunnies say “Easter” and “Spring” without screaming it.

Shop your home

This shabby-chic vintage birdcage moves around my home on a continuous basis, offering something new in each vignette. Look around your house for things that speak to you in your current seasonal frame of mind!

Throws and Pillows

Changing or adding a colorful throw and some floral pillows is an easy way to change up the decor around your fireplace for a fresh and new look!

I hope you’ve found these ideas useful and that I’ve given you some inspiration for your mantel makeover.

Now, be sure to check out all of the ideas from my talented friends!

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How to easily make your favorite appliques with a Cricut

Posted in CRAFTS, CRICUT, KITCHEN
on March 13, 2017

Take your projects to the next level by applying a personalized applique cut out quickly and easily using your Cricut Explore Air 2!

When I was a very little girl, I had a quilt covered in Holly Hobbie appliques that looked very much like this.


It was a soft, warm cotton quilt, made for me by my Nanny of cornflower blue color and I loved to trace my fingers over the stitch lines thinking of the day I would make quilts for my daughters. Of course, that hasn’t ever happened – quilting is a ton of work! Still, although I don’t do it nearly often enough, I do love sewing.  And now and then, I like to channel my innner-nanny and apply simple appliques to my projects, especially for giving as gifts.

Such is the case with this hot air balloon embellished tea towel that is just perfect for a thank you gift for a special kind someone.   I used a hot air balloon but honestly, you can create an applique with most any simple design with clear lines using your Cricut machine. Cutting fabric with a Cricut is so easy!

First, you’ll want to gather your supplies. You’ll need a(n)

  • Cricut Explore Air 2 or other Cricut machine
  • Iron
  • Cutting mat (sticky is best – I used the extra-sticky mat from Cricut)
  • Sharp scissors
  • Fabric
  • Wonder Under
  • Flour sack Tea towel
  • Optional – Sewing machine and matching thread

First, cut a piece of Wonderunder slightly larger than your designs dimensions. Also cut two pieces of fabric in coordinating (or not) patterns.  Using a dry, hot iron, bond the wonderunder to the wrong side of your fabric, rough side of the wonderunder down. Remove the paper backing.

Next, I downloaded a simple hot air balloon image and used the erasing wand to clean-up the design, removing every second section in the balloon then loaded the image into the design studio.

Using the strong grip mat from Cricut (it’s purple), I cut two balloons, one in each fabric, adhering the wonderunder side to the mat. Be sure to press the fabric firmly onto the mat – you don’t want it moving around.

Once cut, remove the design from the sticky mat and position the design onto your fabric and press to set in place.

With a sewing machine edge-stitch around each edge in the entire design. I wanted to add the pompom trim onto the bottom of my towel and therefore used a contrasting thread.

This process will work for any applique you choose, but I would recommend keeping your design simple and using a thicker cotton for cutting.

I love my cute little towel and think it will make a sweet and thoughtful gift for a special friend. I’m just wondering though.. do you think she’d rather have a Holly Hobbie quilt? Nah..

If you’re interested in other Cricut projects, be sure to check out my Cricut gallery!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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