Bloggers Home Tours – Parade of Homes 2011
If you are new to my blog, let me introduce myself.
My name is Diane
I love all things creative, colorful and DIY. My background is in display – which led me into the wonderful world of DIY decorating and design when my husband and I bought our first house. We didn’t have a big budget so I used the tricks I used in the display trade to decorate that first home. That led me to writing a decorating book about it, called Instant Decorating back in the 1990’s. It is no longer in print, but my blog is where I continue to share ideas and what I have found works for me – all budget friendly.
With a bit of ingenuity and resourcefulness I think anyone can create a home they love.
I am so glad you are here.
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I live in a traditional center hall colonial with a front door the color of grape jelly to welcome you.
This room is slowly evolving – if I have learned one thing about how to decorate a home - it is to not decorate it just to get it done. You have to sit in the room, feel it, and figure out how you use it – then let it evolve. This room has always been my biggest challenge as it is long and narrow, open concept and the walls all have some major architectural feature that needs to be worked around.
Update: Painted the corner cabinets
Update: Easy DIY Stone Fireplace
Updated: Banquette Cushions and Table MakeoverKitchen Banquette cushion update Pillow update Table Makeover Paint Colors: Cabinets – Sherwin Williams 6119 Antique White Trim: Sherwin Williams 7008 Alabaster
No one ever comes through our front door, but through a side door and into this room. I wanted to create something with visual impact so when people first enter the house they have something pretty to look at. These shutters are from my childhood home that I repurposed into wall art.
This is where I spend most of my time. It is a bright and sunny space. It rarely looks this neat and clean!!!
This room has had a recent update that all started when I moved a mirror that was on a piece of furniture in my guest room and put it above the mantel in here. I then layered another mirror on top of it and loved it. After that I updated the rest of the room by painting my cheap-o brass chandy and then made simple slipcovers for the chairs.
This is the place I go when I want to get away. I especially love it in the warmer months as there is always a fresh breeze coming through the windows.
I painted a craft store stretched canvas in my favorite colors to get a daily color therapy every morning. Plus it is an inexpensive way to fill a large wall.
Dare I take you to my girl’s rooms?
This is what their rooms looked like when they were growing up and I still had control.
Then somewhere around age 14 – I lost the controlling vote on how their rooms would be decorated. Then they went to college – got apartments – came home and left again – leaving all their stuff – childhood stuff, high school stuff, college stuff, apartment stuff – lots of STUFF!!!
Testimony to their lives well lived. I go into these rooms now and they are quiet – just displayed memories – empty of life – messy museum exhibit’s of their childhood.
Thanks for for stopping by and going on the bloggers home tours.
I hope I inspired you just a little to decorate your home in your own style – to create a comfortable and unique space that makes you smile and a place you are happy to call “HOME”.
A special thanks to Andy at Poppies at Play for inviting me to be a part of this exciting event!!
If you’ve missed out on any of the other homes on the tour… go HERE to get the links to see them all!
And don’t forget to show off your home on Saturday at Poppies at Play Link Party.
To continue on the tour click on the No. 19 button below and you will be taken to the next home on the tour– Freckled Laundry
Thanks for visiting!