A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

Weekend Room Makeover: 3 {Easy!} Ideas to Try

We all know a well put together room when we see one – we might not know why it’s so pleasing to the eye, but there’s something about the movement, style and colors that draw us in.

In an effort to capture those little design elements that lie behind a well decorated room, I’m using today’s post to highlight three {quick!} fixes to offer ever so subtle modern updates. Perhaps this could turn into a full article on dressing a room top to bottom, but today’s purpose is get the mind whirling on what you might be able to fix this weekend, and not months in the future. So let’s dive right in!

3 Quick and Easy Room Makeover Ideas: Contrast p

{Idea #1: Bring in Contrasting Colors}

Take a look around your room and note the color theme. Perhaps it’s various shades of blue, tan or maybe red. To add an element of design that makes a pop, find an accessory in a contrasting color to add. If your living room is green, opt for fuchsia throw pillows, if it’s red, consider a plum or yellow rug, lamp or blanket draped over the couch.

Weekend mission: Throw pillows are easy-peasy, take your new search to your local design store or hit up eBay for some excellent contrasting finds.

3 Quick and Easy Room Makeover Ideas: Pictures

{Idea #2: Reorganize Your Walls}

Well designed rooms incorporate well designed wall art. Pull all of your photos and paintings down from their current locations and reconsider your blank wall canvas. Now set up clusters of your favorite pictures at the base of your wall on the floor, and go about your daily business. Come back throughout the day and reorganize your photo/painting cluster until you finally have something that works well for your space and your photos. A simple rule that I like to follow is clustering in odd numbers and keeping larger photos towards the center. When your grouping looks appealing on the floor, mark out your new space with blank sheets of paper on the wall (one piece of paper represents one photo that is temporarily attached to your wall).

Weekend mission: Gather photos from all over the house and match frames that work well together for groupings (frames don’t actually need to match – I love the gold, ivory, brown frame combos, for instance – but you’ll know right away if one photo looks appropriate next to the other). If you don’t have wall art that includes brilliant black & whites of your family or brightly colored framed photos from travels, now’s the opportunity to hunt through drawers and order new, large prints from your favorite photo store – Costco photo, anyone?

3 Quick and Easy Room Makeover Ideas: Patterns

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Frightfully Delicious Dessert Buffet by Amy Atlas

Amy Atlas Halloween Dessert Buffet!

It’s about that time of the year for some fabulous Halloween inspiration! We may be six weeks away… but it’s the PERFECT holiday to show off great {creepy} crafty skills, so get those idea fountains flowing! How many opportunities do you really get throughout the year to make spooky stew or creepy crawly spider cupcakes?

Dessert bars are by far my favorite — I created one last year for Halloween based off of this terrific Amy Atlas design and my guests were so afraid to eat and ‘destroy’ it, because it’s so fun to look at and makes a great party centerpiece!

Amy Atlas Halloween Buffet Part 2

Amy Atlas is just so darn clever, you can design your entire party around her buffet’s because they make such a statement on their own!

Amy Atlas Dessert Buffet Part 3

Fabric of the Day: Nina Campbell

Fabric of the Day: Nina Campbell

Sometimes one rich pattern can make an entire room or party — it can be the focus of all decorating inspiration as a single, fabulous piece like a chair or ottoman, or for a party as a table runner or dessert buffet backdrop. Nina Campbell provides much inspiration with her fabric line, Perroquet, based off of the whimsical elegance of Paris.

Most of her prints having a collaborating or matching wallpaper — just in case lining the backdrop of a bookcase, framing a beautiful swatch or papering the single wall of your bedroom is more what you had in mind! I love to cut wallpaper into placemats to provide an unexpected, easy to clean plate charger for a meal with friends! Don’t you love these patterns?

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