- Keep it FRESH. Build upon table linens that are white or ivory then layer in the warm colors of fall - gold, green, touches of orange and rust.
- Use variations of SOFT COLOR. Notice the monochromatic color of the dishes. The colors are all within a similar color family and the intensity of each color is ever so slight. This lends a clean, modern look to the table.
- Feature an EYE-POPPING CENTERPIECE. When using a subdued color palette in your linens and dishes, opt for a show-stopping centerpiece. Here colorful candles, miniture pumpkins and gourds do the trick.
- Add a touch of whimsy. The single pressed Maple leaf tucked beneath a slim leather strap is all the adornment needed for these classic ivory napkins. The pressed leaves give a nod to nostalgia when as an elementary student, you would gather leaves and press them between pages of a book for use in a science project.
Hopefully, I will be able to correct my camera problem soon. I have some wonderful pictures to share of my NEW GLAMOUR master-bath and a trip to the BLACK LION of their annual Summer Tent-Sale. On Monday I will begin posting "30 Days, 30 Tips to Low-Budget Home Decorating". I hope you will join me! Until then,
A silver shell serving dish, turquoise glass beads and a star fish add panache and beachy flair.
Blue and white shell coasters add some whimsy to a laid-back, khaki shorts and white linen shirt type of affair!
Starfish, conch shells and other treasures from the sea are scattered along the tabletop. Small cut crystal votives hold small ivory candles and enhance the soft, summery mood.
- Popular colors for this style include natural yellow-infused greens.
- Accents are expressive browns, soft yellows and color-touched whites.
- New Glamour lends itself to mixing and matching traditional design elements with metallic embroidered fabric and eye popping accents.
- Natural motifs such as flowers and leafs are popular.
- Strong accents are added in ceramics of all shapes and sizes.
- Walls should be clean and netural.
- Luxury should be added through accessories and high-end, quality fabrics such as damask and brocade.
- Subtle contrasting tones can be introduced through fabric, wallpapers and accessories.
Here's my plan:
- I plan to start in the Master Bath and work into the Bedroom.
- I am going to re-stain the maple vanities in a rich Espresso polystain.
- Replace the cabinet hardware with Brushed Nickle.
- Replace the blue and beige fabric curtain with a pair of green, silk taffeta panels.
- Refinish my Mother's antique chandy in Hammered Silver and hang it over my garden tub.
- Shop the house and add a few accessories to glam it up.
- Stay within a $100 budget.
Here's a great idea. If you want the look of a monogram but don't have the time nor the talent to embroider it yourself, try using fabric paint and a stencil. This wooden bench features decorative linen pillows that have been stenciled. You can pick up stencils, paint, and even fabric at Hobby Lobby to make your own.
Notice the big letter "B" on the shower curtain? What an elegant touch and great accent to the black and white damask wallpaper. The monogrammed shower curtain doesn't compete with the pattern on the wall, but compliments it perfectly and with personal flair.
Our neighbors didn't raise a garden this year but they are receiving benefits from living next door. We have so many cucumbers that we can't use them all. It's kind of neat to be able to share. I can remember when I was a little girl going to my Grandpa Lucas' house during the summer - we would ALWAYS go home with arm-loads of fresh veggies and fruits and plenty of canned goods to last for months.