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Publisher Kelly Fraiser loves the classic combination of yellow paired withÂ brown, which she says “gives an updated fresh look to this room.” (“Colors that Never Fade” from D and D Interior Design)
“Beautiful quilts, so fun to see these since we feature an Arkansas collector’s quilts in our July issue,” says editor Diane Carroll. “Put me in the mood to start planning a celebration for the 4th.” (Collecting: Patriotic Quilts” from Good Bones, Great Pieces)
“Such a simple yet fabulous way to add glamour to a room and still stay on a budget,” says marketing coordinator/account executive Lauren Strother of this post on incorporating scarves into your decor. “I love DIY projects.” (“Artful Scarves” from Matters of Style)
“The shot from the dock had me at hello!” says ad coordinator Laura LaRue. “What an awesome lake house filled with great design and inspiration. I would love to spend the summer there!” (“Lake House” from Wide Open Spaces)
“Can you believe this DIY chandelier is made from Mardi Gras-style beads?” says associate editor Paulette Pearson. “I know what I’m doing this weekend.” (“DIY Beaded Chandelier” from Ruby Press via Made by Girl)
“I finally got my hands on this book. Love the show andÂ love their work,” says art director Mandy Keener. (“Downtown Chic” available at Amazon.com)
Account executive Katie Rawlings is dreaming of turquoise. “Wow, that is about all I can say!! I have always been a huge fan of turquoise and these rooms are phenomenal!!” (“Holly Dyment” from House of Turquoise)
From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “Wouldnât it be wonderful to escape to Paris this weekend? Iâll take the beautiful blue bedroom on the top floor with the amazing view. What a peaceful room while in the heart of a city.” (“The Paris apartment of three top designers” from French Quarters)
From art director Mandy Keener: “The rugs, the chairs, the calenderâ¦simply stated and lovely.” (“Coming on November” from Scandinavian Deko)
From assistant art director Laura LaRue: “I love this room! Awesome wall color, check. Great furniture, check. Fabulous patterned rug, check, check. I’ll take it all!” (“Feeling a little moody” from Delight by Design)
From account executive Catherine Barron: “After attending Restore & After last week benefitingÂ Habitat for Humanity, I am back in the mood to restore or create something from items I have around the house.Â And I love this creative and simple idea for a weekend project! Just maybe I can fit it in my busy schedule this weekend! I’ll let y’all know if I do.” (“Make an upholstered toddler bench from an old shelf” from ohdeedoh)
From associate/online editor Paulette Pearson: “Ever since I saw Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” I’ve wanted a Vespa. And these teeny Vespa 400 micro cars just crack me up… in a good way! So cute. Would make paying for gas a lot less traumatic, that’s for sure!” (“They should really bring these back” from Wit & Delight)
From marketing coordinator Megan Lindsey: “Who says wreaths are just for Christmas? I am loving these easy DIY wreaths for fall. They are so simple to make and they are adorable! What a great way to spice up your front door for fall!” (“Decorative front door wreaths” from Favecrafts)
In our May issue we told you about Furniture Makeovers, a new book from Barb Blair featuring simple techniques and tips to transform ANY piece of furniture. Now, we’re giving you the chance to WIN A COPY!
All you have to do to win a free copy of this practical and pretty DIY guide is tell us what piece of furniture in your home you would most like to transform. It can be anything from a chair to a headboard or even accessories. Leave a comment below and you’ll automatically be entered to win your own copy of Furniture Makeovers. Good Luck!
P.S. To learn more about Barb and her furniture adventures visit knackstudios.com.
UPDATE: Congrats to Melissa Reves, the winner of Furniture Makeovers. Please message us on Facebook or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.
Let the countdown begin to the Fourth of July long weekend! We here at At Home have our typical “what month is it?” confusion occurring–the July issue just came out and we’re readying it to go live on the web, August is off to press, we’re working on September, and photographing gardens so we’ll have good outdoor places for you to enjoy next spring. Yes, our heads do spin around regularly.
All of which means that we especially enjoy holidays that ground us with a particular time and place, like celebrating July 4th and enjoying summer. For my own holiday celebration, I’ve been gathering ideas from the dining room makeover of one of our Arkansas’ Best contest winners from the July issue (which is on newsstand, maybe in your home already, and will be on web this week).
It’s the dining room of designer, blogger, and do-it-yourself maven Jerusalem Greer (check out her blog, Jolly Goode Gal, which is always fun, funny and fresh). Red and white walls, a table she painted blue, and sweet vintage-inspired curtains just sing “summery” to me.
You’ll see from her blog that a few good finds, some arts and crafts materials and lots of creative inspiration are the tools that she uses to decorate. Personally, I’m thinking of “borrowing” her cupcake flag idea for our July 4th celebration. (I noticed Jerusalem had some fun summer project ideas on her blog too, take a peek).
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Jerusalem did a wonderful Mother’s Day celebration guest blog post for us. I think the blue and pink color palette she used could easily be spun to blue and red for the 4th! Lots of creative inspiration, enjoy.
Jerusalem Greer (of Jolly Goode Gal) comes to your rescue with inexpensive, easy Christmas crafts that are a tad bit nostalgic to boot! We love the “Too Many Mittens” reference, and the sheet music. Goes to show that, when it comes to decorating for the holidays, personal is best. Use your imagination and have fun! And if you get stuck, these tips from Jerusalem are sure to get you going.
As I thought about what Christmas crafts I could share with the At Home blog readers this month, I realized that I should give the kind of gift that I love to receive: One that is personal and homespun. So for this month’s post, I thought I would share a few Christmas crafts from my own home. Not every craft I try is a winner (there was the disastrous snow globe fiasco after all), but every now and then my plan comes together, and I end up with a lovely new creation that my family and I can enjoy for many Christmasâ to come. Below are a few of these successes that are both simple (because who has time for one more complicated to-do task on their holiday list?) and lovely.
To create this look, simply layer vintage Christmas cards on top of holiday themed sheet music and place in an inexpensive frame. To keep this look clean and crisp I chose a white frame, which helped set off the vintage papers without being overly fussy.
One of my favorite childhood books is titled “Too Many Mittens.” In this book, a laundry line of mittens is a prominent feature. I recreated this look for my mantle. (For the full instructions and a mitten pattern, you can visit this link to my Too Many Mittens Craft (http://www.jollygoodegal.com/2011/12/too-many-mittens-weekend-christmas.html)
This project is one of my all time favorites and take less than 10 Â minutes to make. Using a funnel, pour a three part mixture of fake snow, white glitter and off white glitter into an old glass bottle. Fill about â Â full. Stamp or write the words and phrases like “Snow Starter,” “White Christmas 2011,” or “Frosty R.I.P.” on a small shipping tag. Replace the string on your tag with a pipe cleaner. Fold your tag in half and place in your bottle. (If your tag doesnât pop open after you have pushed it back into your bottle, you can use a pipe cleaner to open it back up.) Next, hot glue a small to medium Christmas ball or ornament Â to the top, inverting the top of your ornament into the mouth of the bottle. Using a thin ribbon, tie a lose one knot bow around the neck of your bottle. Ta-da! A cute Christmas conversation piece.
For years I was one of those people who could never find a way to display the Christmas cards our little family received that didnât look too busy or bulky. Finally, in act of desperation, I grabbed two metal wreath frames with contrasting grosgrain ribbon and went to wrapping. I wrap the ribbon around each frame. Then, using 5â flocked red ribbon, I connected the two wreaths with one simple loop. To top it all, I took another large piece of the same ribbon, ran it through the smaller wreath and knotted it, letting the tails hang down. I added a large glittered jingle bell as the final touch. To attach my holiday cards, I use stick pins and the folds of the ribbon. Maybe this year I will even add a third wreath.
I have made all sorts of gifts, including nameplates as teachers gift and jewelry for my sisters as Christmas gifts. Last year during the holidays, I created my own version of a peace sign, and this year I hope to add Love, Joy and Hope to the collection. If you are going to make your own Scrabble crafts this holiday, I would suggest hitting up estate sales and flea markets for great deals on used games.
However you celebrate this holiday, I wish each of you a wonderfully simple, beautiful Christmastime.
What’s more green than taking an old piece of furniture and giving it new life? Since we’re talking about all things eco-friendly this month, we want to see your green style! Have you ever refurbished an old piece of furniture? Show us your DIY projects by uploading a photo of your furniture makeover to Pinterest. Use the hashtag #AHIA or tag us in the caption with @At Home in Arkansas and we will repin YOUR furniture makeover to our Pinterest boards and share them on the At Home in Arkansas blog!
From publisher Kelly Fraiser: “I love gray, especially antique gray, probably a little more than one should.” (“Gray is the New Turquoise?” from Cote de Texas)
From editor Diane Carroll: “A great before and after post showing a house featured on the cover of our sister pub, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, and what it looked like in real estate photos before the design transformation. Shows the power of a great designer and photographer who understands the project.” (“Before and After: A Magazine Cover House” from Things That Inspire)
From associate editor Paulette Pearson: “I’m obsessed with books: reading them, buying them, displaying them, sifting through them for inspiration. My collection grows by the week and will never be complete. That’s the reason I love this post from Providence Ltd. so much!” (“We’re Rather Bookish” from Providence Ltd. Interior Design)
From ad coordinator Laura LaRue: “I love this photo and this project. I’m definitely keeping this in mind for refreshing furniture and cabinets in the future.” (“Bright Ideas: DIY Wallpaper Project” from Bright, Bold & Beautiful)
From senior account executive Jennifer Hay: “Now you can really take the party outside! Clever idea from Lewis Lighting.” (“Indoor or Outdoor Lighting?” from Lewis Lighting)
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From assistant art director/special projects editor Laura LaRue: “Love the style of these chairs, but especially these bold colors. I am putting those orange and red ones on my wish list for 2012!” (“2012’s big decorating trends” from Paul Michael Company)
From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “Love Kateâs dress, and always love the look of lace thoughtfully (not too fussy) added into a home. But what really caught my eye? Prince William and that umbrellaâ¦I swear I had the same one in the 1970s and felt very hip carrying it to school!” (“Happy birthday, Duchess” from Beth Davis Interiors)
From art director Mandy Keener: “Adding this to my project list. Smart idea that takes care of the three problems I have when styling my own home: 1. How to display art. 2. Hide clutter. 3. Maximize the space on my bookshelves! (“DIY: Artwork and secret storage box” from Design*Sponge)
From associate editor/online editor Paulette Pearson: “Itâs no secret I have a slight obsession with bar cartsâ¦ and Iâm not even much of a drinker! Iâd love to have one in my home, if not for serving drinks then for holding or organizing accessories or books.” (“Friday favorites: Bars” from Bear-Hill Interiors)
From marketing coordinator Rhonda Davis: “Such a beautiful kitchen. The layout and colors are just beautiful.” (“Mellow yellow” from Habitually Chic)
From editor Diane Carroll: “The design community is eagerly awaiting the first issue of the online magazine Rue, and the founding editor published a sneak peek of her own house this week. It’s a beautifully simple and elegant room, and you can see how one touch of color (pink, in this case) changes the look. Imagine a dash of orange in summer, or cranberry in December–that’s the beauty of white.”
From art director Mandy Keener: “Marvelous! Digging the plate display.” (“Katrin Arens” from Mint)
From associate editor Paulette Pearson: “Be still my heart! Maybe it’s the serene colors, or maybe it’s the fact that I woke up so early today, but this bedroom (designed by Melanie Turner and featured in Veranda) couldn’t be more inviting to me. I could curl up on that sofa for hours!” (“Refreshing Perfection” from Delight by Design)
From account executive Kathy Condrey: “Such a cute idea for a rug! This would work perfect in our playroom.” (“Before & After: BelÃ©nâs Rug)
From advertising coordinator Laura LaRue: We have weddings on the brain at our office this month with our fall weddings issue going to press in a few weeks. These pics are just the perfect inspiration I’ll pass on to all my engaged friends. Beautiful! (“Everything Fabulous”)
In case you missed it:
Color inspiration! Pantone’s latest color report and rooms to match
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