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Home Decor: Repurposing

Home Décor: Repurposing

A lot of the projects and DIY ideas that you come across online can seem overwhelming to the average – not so artistic – person. But, the trending style is restoring the old and making it new – so we’ve compiled a list of a few simple concepts that can make a big statement in your home décor.

  • Repurposing windows. For starters, old windows are easy to find at yard sales if you don’t have any extras lying around in your basement – and they can be repurposed in a ton of ways! Once you have acquired a window, refinish the frame in a paint/stain to match your décor – and then your options are endless. You can use it as a frame for pictures or artwork, add a monogram to welcome guests into your home, add a small shelf to the top and hooks on the sides to create a coat rack, or even hang small plants from the top to create an indoor garden. Once you have the window and have refinished it, it’s usually easy to determine the best use based on the size and shape!
  • Repurposing shutters. Also, extremely easy to acquire, and refinish, shutters are a great option for accenting your décor. Again, decide based on the shape and size, but shutters can be made into shelves (think plants or other trinkets), dressed up with lettering to add an accent to your foyer or kitchen, turned into pantry shelves, or even made into a bench.
  • Repurposing doors. Repurposing old doors opens a wide variety of options. Finished with a fresh coat of paint, and rotated 90 degrees you quickly have new, trendy headboard. Adding a mirror to the front of an old door dresses up an inexpensive mirror to appear high end. Again, adding hooks across and a shelf on the top or bottom can add a feature to your mudroom as well as some great storage space.
  • Repurposing wine bottles. Something that most of us have in supply, wine bottles are a more traditional, and extremely easy project. They can be repainted to match any décor, and used for something as simple as a vase, a decorative olive oil canister, a functional soap dispenser, or even a fun light fixture.

Like any DIY project, know your time frame, construction abilities, and artistic talent. But with enough planning, research, and sweat, any project is within your reach!

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Bringing in the Bold: Charcoal

The gray color palette has been a trending style for the last few years. Some years it’s more muted, others a little brighter, but this year the trend is adding in the bold color of charcoal. The initial reaction is to shy away from the darkness in home décor, as not to overwhelm a space, but there are actually a few great ways to tie it into any space.

  1. Using it as a tile color. Whether it be a backsplash in your kitchen or a unique bathroom floor; charcoal tile, or even slate, can add a pop of color while maintaining a clean, streamlined look. The trend with darker tiles is usually to go with a tile that is a little larger, so the darker color does not overwhelm a space.
  2. An accent paint color. Bring the paint color in on a door, or the top half of a wall. Use it to make the trim in a room stand out. Dress up dated picture frames with a coat of paint. It is usually best to use it as an accent, being that painting an entire wall or room can drastically shrink the feel of the space.
  3. Re-purpose old furniture. Paint an outdated dresser. Re-paint kitchen cabinets. Even repaint wooden chairs for a dining room table. It is amazing when a piece looks like its ready to head to the junk yard, that it can be revived with a simple coat of paint. It’s generally easy to do with some sand paper, primer, and a can of paint.
  4. Use soft treatments. Generally, the easiest way to dress up a room, or change décor, it works here once again. Swap out bedding, add throw pillows, use blankets. Invest in new drapery, or blinds that will make the look of your windows really stand out. These are always pieces that are easier to swap out if you get bored of them over time.
  5. Exterior revamp. While charcoal may be a bold color for a room on the interior of the home, using it to paint the outside of your house is sure to give it a sharp look, and really increase the curb appeal (especially if you are switching from a more muted tone).

Keep in mind, that while this year charcoal is in, last year it was a lighter shade. You never know what next year will bring, so always keep in mind to keep it simple, and make sure that you love whatever you are changing or adding to your home!!

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The Fall Purge

We all know spring cleaning gets all the hype because of its association to the promise of summer and warmer weather; but doesn’t getting rid of all your junk before the cold of winter make more sense? No one wants to be stuck inside their home with tons of clutter. Let us introduce the Fall Purge. Sure, it has its challenges: harsh realities, long hours hauling things to the dump, separation anxiety,  and decision fatigue; but let’s think positive! A cleared out house will make for a more inviting, warm and relaxing winter hibernation. Here’s some tips to help overcome the Fall Purge blues:

1. If you can’t put it away, it needs to go away. If there is no space left in your designated storage areas, you need to create room. Prioritize what you want to stay and accept that some things simply don’t fit and need to go.

2. Be honest about whether you will actually use something again. If you haven’t used it for months or years, it’s unlikely you’ll want it in the future.

3. Let go of guilt. Not everything is a lost cause meant for the garbage. Consider what can be donated, recycled, repurposed or even re-gifted.

4. Be fearless and ruthless. Remember you’re doing this for yourself and holding on to too much clutter bogs you down.

5. Change your mindset. Assume that everything is going and you need a good reason to keep something.

6. Don’t let gifts become a burden. No one who cares for you wants you to hold onto something that you don’t like/use.

7. Rember that the money has already been spent and your possessions don’t pay you rent. You will not recoup their cost by keeping useless items.

8. Purge broken items. They are not serving you any benefit. If you haven’t made the effort to fix it yet then it probably isn’t important enough to hold onto.

9. Create a challenge for yourself. Decide on a specific number of items to purge and stick to it. This could be a total, or monthly, or weekly or daily; you decide!

When all is said and done, reward yourself! It’s good motivation to get things done when you know at the end you can celebrate with a nice dinner, spa visit, or fun outing. Anything that won’t bring a new object into your home. If these tips aren’t enough, why not invite a friend to help? We find a bottle of wine, or two, laughter and company should do the trick. 🙂

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