Spring color may not be blooming outside my house yet, but I am making sure it is coming to life inside. Spring cleaning is one of the best rituals we can do to renew and refresh, not only our home – but our well-being even more. I am enjoying the process of going from room to room, purging and cleaning. As I have been moving along, I am also trying to find simple ways to add pops of color and trendy decorating patterns here and there to make my spaces feel happy and alive.
Lately I have been picking up colorful rolls of trendy gift wrap at HomeGoods and Marshalls. For $2.99 – you get lots of affordable decorating potential all rolled-up and ready to use.
Instead of wallpapering an entire room or wall with a trendy pattern, using it in small doses, updates your space and gives your eye something new to enjoy. When the trend fades in 6 months (sometimes it feel like trends go in and out of style that fast) it is easy to change out and add something new.
You won’t feel guilty when you change things, as you didn’t spend a lot of money in the way of a big ticket item, like a rug with the pattern on it or a sofa. Keeping the trends on pillows, throws, vases or to line a drawer or cabinet for a surprise pop of style keeps your spaces updated and cash in your wallet for major purchases that you can use in the long run. I kept this in mind when I did a medicine cabinet makeover in my bathroom. It really isn’t a medicine cabinet – more like my skincare cabinet.
before: bathroom cabinet
Contents purged and cabinet clean and ready for a Spring makeover.
I lined the back of the cabinet with some colorful giftwrap for a surprise pop of color. Since this is the first thing I see most mornings, it is like getting a shot of positive energy to start my day.
I have a confession to make… I am a skincare junkie – MAJOR!
They don’t have interventions for this addiction. I just know I have to stay far away…far… far… away from Sephora as it is way too easy for me to get lured in and enticed to buy a new lotion or potion with the promise of better looking skin. I can pass up pretty jewelry, shoes, and handbags, but not skincare products. My twin sister, Carol shares the addiction and is on a first name basis with most of the cosmetic sales ladies at her local Bloomingdales. She sometimes brings me free goodies by the bagful when she comes to visit me.
I have always loved beauty products, skincare more than cosmetics. I think it is because I had such horrible skin as a teenager that I did everything possible to get it cleared up. When I was in college at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, one of my classes was to design a line of products and come up with a plan on how to market them. I, of course made a line of skin care products. I called it Everyday Essentials. It was a fun class.
how to: line a cabinet with decorative paper
Supplies Needed:Giftwrap – Marshals and HomeGoods Foam Board – I bought mine at The Dollar Tree Spray adhesive Clear Contact Paper – Walmart Craft knife Scissors
1. Remove cabinet shelves. Cut foam board to size to fit inside the back of the cabinet.
2. Cut gift wrap large enough to wrap around the back of the board.
3. Use spray adhesive to attach the giftwrap. Make sure is is smooth and use your fingers to smooth it out to the sides and then around to the back.
4. To protect the paper from water stains, cover it with clear Contact paper. Cut a large enough piece so it wraps around to the back. Smooth with your fingers to remove air bubbles and wrinkles.
5. Place the covered board to the back of the cabinet. Replace shelves. Restock and organize your stuff.
Now every time I open the cabinet, I am rewarded with a surprise pop of infectious, happiness-producing color and pattern where I least expect to see it.
What ways have you used colorful gift wrap to decorate your home?