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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Paper Flowers: Unique Gift Embellishments

This works with paper, cardstock, old pages of books, even felt. Start with a square and draw a spiral. Don't worry about being precise!

Cut the outside circle, then cut along the lines.

You'll end up with a spiral snake.

Start with the outer end of the spiral and wrap the spiral, tightly at the beginning.

When you get to the end (the circle at the center of the spiral) fold the circle underneath and glue the bottom of the flower to the circle.

Cut leaves and glue all together on a gift!

Monday, May 2, 2011

My Dining Room Makeover: Interior Design Tips & Tricks

Before, After and everything in between!!

Here are some design tips I put into practice in my dining room makeover:

1. Curtains
*Shimmery curtains give a feel of luxury to a room.

*The longer the curtains, the more formal the room.

*A substantial curtain rod adds a fantastic architectural element to the room.

*Hanging the curtains close to the ceiling gives the illusion of height.

*In an apartment, covering the vertical blinds with curtains makes such a big change in the room.

2. Mirror

Hanging a mirror in a small space makes the room appear larger. A great way to hang anything on the wall is to trace the outline on wrapping paper, mark where the nails should go, then tape the wrapping paper up. This lets you adjust the height without putting holes in the wall. Once you are happy with the position of the wall hanging, nail through the wrapping paper, then tear it down.

3. Black Accent

Adding small touches of black to any room creates a strong visual impact. It can add drama and elegance to any color scheme.

4. Color

I love a neutral palette with pops of color. Bright green accents give this room a clean, modern feel. It's also great that by changing the plates and centerpiece, I can have a totally different room!

5. Texture
Combining various textures also adds visual impact. My curtains have a crinkly and shimmery texture, the centerpiece and candle holders are smooth glass and vases and plants I added have a very organic, rough texture.

Happy Decorating! If you have any before and after pics - I'd love to see them!



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