Creating Your Home Sweet Home! Floral Décor!

Creating Your Home Sweet Home!  Floral Decor!

Depending on where you live, your spring weather might still be a little bit too fickle for planting flowers outside…but that doesn’t mean you can’t consider a little floral decor inspiration for inside your home!

Creating Your Home Sweet Home! Floral Decor!

When we were first married, any talk of floral décor seemed to conjure up scary visions of flower velour sofas and baskets filled with dusty, plastic flower arrangements in my husband’s mind!  But then again…in those days his idea of good interior design often resembled a log hunting cabin in the mountains without a single flower in sight!

70's style floral decor.

There’s a saying that goes… “Be faithful to your decorating taste, because nothing you love ever really goes out of style!”  I am so thankful that our decor tastes evolve!

(Fun fact–my mom used to have some gold tables in her living room, much like the ones pictured above.  I remember some great conversations and good times gathered around them with family and friends…so although our tastes may change over the years, I’m sure glad the memories last!) 

Floral Décor That Isn’t Scary!

As an experienced designer, my daughter, Malia, will usually recommend creating a good balance when it comes to certain design elements.  With this in mind, here are a few things to consider when adding floral decor to your home.

• A Little Goes A Long Way!

Like any other design statement, the use of too many flower features can be a bit overwheming…like most things in life, moderation when decorating is a good rule of thumb to follow.

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Using a neutral wall and furniture palette makes it easier to add extra floral detail to your room, like the pictures, pillows and other accessories shown in this room.

Anthropologie floral furniture.

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Should you decide to go bold with a particular floral design element, like the sofa or wallpaper above, it’s usually a good idea to keep other decor features more simple and understated.

Explore The Many Forms Of Floral Decor!

If you’re just not ready to commit to more permanent, pricier items like wallpaper and large furniture pieces, there seems to be plenty of other options to consider when it comes to adding some unique floral decor to your house.

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Updated floral print fabrics for curtains, quilts and pillows, as well as botanical prints and area rugs, can certainly add a neat floral flair to any home’s interior design!

(I’ve found that JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby carries a good variety of floral fabrics, Target stocks a great pillow selection and rugsUSA has a nice assortment of rugs in various styles and sizes.)

 • Silk Flowers Are A Good Option

Silk flowers used in home decor today get the “most improved” award–a far cry from the ones used in our mother’s and grandmother’s generations!  In fact, I think the silk flower arrangements now look so good that it’s hard to tell the difference between them and real ones often times.

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Beautiful silk flower arrangements are a wonderful way to give a room some personalized character and make it feel extra warm and inviting…and you just can’t beat their low maintenance quality!

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Even something as simple as the single silk peony put in an old perfume jar on my granddaughter’s antique dresser gives it such a fun finishing touch.

(I have gotten some of my most favorite silk flowers online at Magnolia Market.)

• There’s Floral Decor For All Design Styles

While some design styles seem to lend themselves more to floral decor than others, it can certainly be fit into any decorating scheme.  My daughter often likes to add a few eclectic accessories from different styles to the overall theme of a home.

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From a vintage painting to modern metal art, or country flower pillows in a rustic setting, floral decor just seems to make any space more welcoming!

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My grandma always used to say that every room in our houses deserved some flowers…even if it was just a few daisies in a jelly glass jar!

I hope everyone has a happy spring!

 Does floral decor give you a panic attack? What are some fun ways you incorporate it in your home?

–Mary

Creating Your Home Sweet Home! Feature Walls!

The Creating Your Home Sweet Home!  Feature Walls!

I haven’t posted a Home Sweet Home journal entry in quite awhile, since during the summer months we tend to focus more on all the outside jobs that need to be done, but today I want to share with you a neat project that my daughter and her husband recently completed in their darling new home.

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Like me, I’m sure that many of you had grandparents who proudly adorned the walls of their homes with an eclectic array of family photographs…each picture having a unique story that went along with it…..you know, the stuff that family folklore is all about!  Ha!

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“It’s hard to truly understand somebody without visiting them at home–the walls of their house reveal their character and share a bit of their story!”  Gilbert Higbit

Meaningful Feature Walls!

Like other decorative elements we put in our homes, I think it’s important to personalize walls and feature a few special items that are meaningful to us!  Obviously, each wall doesn’t need a full-throttle design treatment, but giving a little attention to a few key walls, especially those you see when entering your home, lets those who come to visit catch a glimpse of your personality!  In her work as a designer, Malia recommends that you try to stay on trend with your decorating style throughout your entire home, this way, all  the rooms of your home flow together better and your house will seem bigger.

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Whether it’s adding an architectural element with a unique wood design, a simple wallpaper treatment or an unusual framing technique, feature walls help to create a neat, added dimension to your home’s décor.  

The Look Of Old Wood Shiplap On New Walls!

A favorite home remodel show I like to watch on HGTV is “Fixer Upper” where the husband and wife team of Chip and Joanna Gaines fix up older homes for their clients in the Waco, Texas area.  One design element tthey quite often have to work with is the wood shiplap that’s often found behind the wall coverings of these old homes.

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Pre-sheetrock, interior walls were done in either wood shiplap or plaster.  Shiplap was usually cheaper to install; typically the wood was covered in cardboard, then painted or wallpapered.   

Malia knew when she built her home that she wanted to incorporate the look of old shiplap on a big wall by her entryway staircase–she also wanted the wood used to be painted white too, while still showing the different textures and variations of the wood.  After doing quite a bit of research on various techniques, this is the semi-DIY approach that Malia and her husband, Shane, took to get the shiplap look they wanted on their wall.

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Malia decided she liked the look and texture of knotty fencing wood.  (All the wood was sanded, but not so much as to compromise the wood grain and knot holes.)

Shane set up shop in their garage temporarily while he prepped and painted all the wood.  (Shane highly recommends buying a paint sprayer for a project like this for two reasons–to get an even coat of paint and to save time!)

The big wall where the shiplap was going to go got a coat of the same paint color as the wood.  Since Malia was going for more the casual, farmhouse look with the shiplap, there would likely be some small gaps in the wood when it was installed, and she didn’t want her other wall color showing through.  (The feature wall and the wood were both painted with the same color of paint as the trim paint used throughout the rest of Malia’s home.)  

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Malia and Shane laid out the wood in the pattern they wanted, but opted to have a professional carpenter install the shiplap wall.  (As you can see, trim pieces were put up along the wall’s outside edges.)

And…the finished product!  Malia added her personal touch with her choice of unique wall hangings!

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Malia found the large, divided mirror at Pottery Barn–besides its neat decorative element, she loves how it gives some depth to the tall wall.  I really like how Malia kept the wall hangings simple so they don’t detract from the unique look of the shiplap.  (Malia also put shiplap on some walls in her dining area to help tie the rooms together.) 

This project was a large undertaking that required careful planning and some good teamwork between Malia and Shane, but like most things in life, it’s always worth the effort when the outcome is how you envisioned it!  Great job, it’s just beautiful, Malia!

Have you been brave enough to take on a big home improvement job?  I’d love to hear about it!  It is always fun to be inspired by other’s decorating projects!

–Mary

Creating Your Home Sweet Home! Going For The Gold!

Creating Your Home Sweet Home!  Going For The Gold!

Like me, I’m sure that most of you are loving getting outside, working in your yards, and enjoying the beautiful spring weather we’re having now!  Perhaps you’re even doing a little spring cleaning inside too; I always like to think that when we work hard to freshening up our homes for the season, it provides the perfect excuse to update a few décor items!  (I’ll admit, I have to convince my husband of the brilliance of my ideas sometimes!) 

Although I might not have “fessed up” to it a few years ago when the emphasis in house décor seemed to be any and all things silver, I’ve always loved warm jewel tones and the burnished gold color palette when it came to decorating my home.  However, now that my daughter, an interior designer, has informed me that the pendulum has swung more to the middle as far as the role metallic elements play in designing our homes–where even combining several, different metal features is acceptable, I can happily share with you some of the things I have come to love lately about decorating with gold!

Creating Your Home Sweet Home! Going For The Gold! www.mytributejournal.com I know, I know–you’re probably thinking, but decorating with gold tends to be so formal and can get down right gaudy…

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…much like the living room of the late, Vegas piano performer, Liberace, who was well-known for his love of lavish gold furnishings.  Liberace’s signature style at all his shows was to place a gold candelabra on his gold piano!  Wowza!

A Few Of My Favorite Gold Home Decorations:

  • This black metal side table in my daughter, Malia’s, home, along with the other accessories, captures perfectly the fun, eclectic look you can achieve when you pair various metals together.

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 A bronze frame, a gold container and a black metal table–love it! 

(This gold container, from Pottery Barn, has even come in handy when my two granddaughters have needed a place to store a few doll accessories when they’re playing house!  Ha!) 

  • Circa 80’s suburban homes definitely paid tribute to the wallpaper craze of that era, so the thought of hanging wallpaper in my home tends to give me anxiety, but the new modern wallpapers available today are making me rethink my aversion to this decorating option!

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  If I ever did get brave enough to try wallpaper again, don’t you think this crazy pattern, aptly titled “Messy Trees” (by the brand, “I Love Wallpaper”) seems a likely choice that blends well my love of a little sparkle and my husbands love of the great outdoors?

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Okay, so this nursery is staged to show off the wallpaper more than it is the practical elements of a baby’s first room…but seriously, how cute is this–and it gives you an idea of how far wallpaper design has come since the “good old days” –believe, me I know!      

  • I love having framed pictures all around my home, but pictures in gold frames…..well, all I can say is “Hello there, gorgeous!”

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My grandmother was of the mindset that having pictures of loved ones around helped you count your blessings instead of your woes–I couldn’t agree more!

  • Perhaps the next best thing to fun family pictures in gold frames, are beautiful quotes printed in gold that help inspire us to be our best!

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You can get this quote as a printable download from the shop, PrintedTreasures on Etsy.com–and yes, this is pretty much gold heaven as far as I’m concerned!

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If a rustic flare is more to your liking when it comes to gold décor, then how about this wood “love” sign–from the shop, StackedMemories also on Etsy.com.

(With your own stencil, this might be a fun DIY project–I think it would be a neat wedding gift too.) 

  • The glazed gold light fixtures that are available today are definitely not your mother’s bright, bronze gold!

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This light fixture that hangs in my daughter’s bathroom combines an oil-rubbed bronze finish with just a hint of gold patina on the wood to make it a beautiful focal point above her claw foot tub. 

As a designer, my daughter, Malia, says people often forget about the impact that good lighting and decorative fixtures can have on your overall home décor–she’ll often advise clients to be sure and budget for these.

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 I love all the new pendant lighting styles available today in various metallic finishes–and how great does that industrial light look in antique gold! 

A Few More Gold Décor Ideas That  Are Sure To Give You Star Eyes:

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  • There’s nothing quite like a gold, gilded mirror to enhance a room’s ambience and give it some depth.  The one pictured above is from Ballard Designs. 
  • My favorite way to add a little bit of whimsy to a room is with some fun throw pillows.  This darling metallic bird pillow from thebluebirdshop.etsy.com is just perfect for spring!
  • Thrift shops are a great place to find vintage gold accessories to add the perfect touch of gold to your home décor.  @aedriel on Instagram always provides beautiful design inspiration.  (My mom gave me this same set of gold deer several years ago.)
  • I love the gold flower vase that was repurposed from a candle holder!  You can find more ideas like this on oscarbravohome.com

No matter what’s trending in home decor, I think it’s always important to include things you love–because if it’s special to you, it never goes out of style!

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I can’t help but be a little partial to this gold eagle figurine sitting by my son’s picture who is a dentist for the Army stationed in Grafenwoeher, Germany!  

Leave a comment and tell me what home décor colors and/or trends you are loving right now and you just might find yourself the lucky recipient of one of my favorite gold items!  

–Mary