holidays are over and it's a New Year, a time for looking forward, making
and keeping resolutions and putting a fresh perspective on
I'm always a little sad when the holidays are over because
I love all that they bring, but I also love the energy and the promise of
a New Year.
I hope that this New Year brings you Health, a Wealth
of Opportunities, Happiness and Time to enjoy them.
||Repurposing Holiday Cards
A bright idea sent in by a reader makes use of those attractive holiday
cards that you just can't throw away- turn them into holiday recipe cards!
What a great way to repurpose! It's also a good way to reuse any cards
you've made mistakes on or that have lost their special envelopes.
My thanks to Kelley for her suggestion. As always, keep those
great ideas coming!
||Organizing with Pizzazz!
Want to make filing and organizing less of a chore? Try adding a few
pops of color in strategic places. These may not make you love
paperwork but the cheerful colors may brighten your mood while doing it.
Even if you prefer your organizers to be out of sight to cut down
on clutter, having a few of these for your "Must Do" or "Pending" files
will make them difficult to ignore.
Click on the link below for
more information or look for similar styles in your favorite stationary or
office supply store.
||Holiday Pack Up
containers can make holiday pack up a quick and easy. Before you buy, take
stock of what you have and how much protection the pieces need. For
ornament storage, particularly if you have glass or delicate pieces, cloth
or cardboard storage cases won't give you the protection that more rigid
plastic and vinyl boxes offer. Red and green colored boxes can help color
code your storage, but check to see if the same size and type are less
expensive in other colors. (You may need to look in another part of the
store for these-and it will no doubt be less crowded.) If you have several
to buy the savings can add up fast! Make your own color code with
stickers, labels, even stripes of colored duct tape.
Round wreath boxes
may be worth it for that specially decorated artificial wreath over the
fireplace mantel. You really don't need one for all of your outdoor
wreaths. Buy a plastic bin that is tall enough to store your wreaths
upright and gently "file" your wreaths back to back without crushing. When
you take them out next year you may only need to straighten out the lower
branches a bit. You can leave the bows and any unbreakable decorations on.
With gentle packing each wreath cushions the others. It's a great time
saver for the following year.
If you like to duplicate your decoration placement each year, take
pictures of your rooms and make notes of where and how each item was
placed, including where cords were plugged in and any timers that may have
been used. You'll know what additional supplies, lights, hangers and more
you will need next time. Make a copy of this list to keep with you as you
shop now and the rest of the year to take advantage of any sales or to see
what alternatives may be better.
One of the easiest ways to pack up is by room. Several medium sized
boxes may be easier to carry and store than one large box and will put
less weight on each stored decoration. Storing by room allows you to
decorate/un-decorate one room at a time, making it easier to fit into your
busy schedule. Be sure to keep a copy of each room's photos in an envelope
inside one of the storage boxes and mark that box to be opened first. That
way, if you are lucky enough to have helpers (it helps to think
positively!) they will be able to see where things should be placed.
Play holiday music or play a favorite holiday movie while you put away
your holiday things. Instead of work, look at it as a way to enjoy each
piece once more until the holidays come around again.
||Command Hangers and Coupon Offer
One of the
versatile supplies your holiday and regular toolbox should have is a
supply of Command hangers. Great for hanging temporary decorations, they
have even more applications throughout the year. Click on the link below
to find out more about them and to download a $1 off coupon.
||Decorating Project Notebook
Are you thinking
about redecorating, remodeling, or just freshening the look of your home
inside or out? Wintery days are perfect for compiling a project notebook.
Using tabbed dividers and clear page protectors, keep track of ideas
clipped from magazines and notes about rooms you have seen that have
Include swatches of fabrics you have in your home and of those you
might like to use. Add color samples of paints used in the home. Include
swatches of your color palette. (Don't have a perfect color palette fan?
See the next article.) Take photos of each room from several different
angles-from each corner and each wall. Add these to your notebook for
reference. Take measurements of each piece of furniture, area rugs,
accessories larger than 10" and any wall decorations.
of how you use the room(s) and how you would like to use them. Note any
problems like lack of space, lack of storage, poor lighting, and more.
Now you have a place to store all of your ideas. No more loose
clippings or wondering where you put your notes. You now have a place to
keep them until you are ready to act on them.
||Find Your Perfect Palette
Too often I find
that people give up on trying to make their current furnishings work
because the colors seem "all wrong". They feel it is easier to start all
over with new things, and because that is often out of the question
because of cost, they do nothing and are uncomfortable with their rooms or
even their home.
redesign comes in-using what you have in combinations that work not only
for the way you live but that are also pleasing to the eye. I can create
color palettes based on the furnishings you own that will be harmonious
when applied to curtains, floor coverings, upholstered pieces, accessories
and wall colors.
The perfect palette isn't just a suggestion of colors, but an actual
fan deck that is created just for your rooms and your home, based on the
science of the color wheel and on combining different levels of color
intensity. Easily portable, you can use it whenever you shop to be sure
that the colors you are considering are the colors that will blend well
with your furnishings. Click below to request more information and to
schedule your Color Consultation, or call 703-689-9886.
||See the Writing on the Wall
Do you have a
blank wall that is begging for decoration yet you haven't found the right
artwork? Maybe what you need to find is the right words.
I have mentioned using products from Wonderful Graffiti before but it is still a new concept to many
people. It's lettering and graphic designs printed on very thin vinyl that
you smooth onto a wall for instant design impact. The lettering and
designs look just like they have been hand painted.
You can choose
from their library of words, phrases, quotes and more or create your own
from a favorite expression, movie or book passage-maybe even a favorite
recipe. They also have 3D selections and graphics printed on
The graffiti may be used alone for wall decoration or in
combination with artwork, clocks and collectibles. In fact, the
possibilities go beyond the walls and can be used on other areas as the
examples on the web site show. I've used the products for redesigns and
have been very happy with the results-as have my clients. For the month of
January, all selections, even custom designs, are on sale. Click on the
link below for more information and to see the gallery of ideas.
||Discover Hidden Treasures-Repurpose
frequently repurposes or reworks furnishings in completing a room
makeover. If you find that you have perfectly good furnishings that don't
seem to work anywhere in your home, take a second look. You may be
surprised at what a few changes to a basic piece can do.
A small chest of
drawers may not fit in with your current style. Its drawers can be removed
and exposed surfaces sanded, stained or repainted to create a towel or
wine rack, for example.
Save your decorating budget and exercise
your creativity this year by repurposing furnishings. For more ideas for your hidden treasures, call me and learn how redesign works on
||Attend A Redesign Party
Parties are planned for this year and will be starting up this month.
Because of the great response to the last parties, each theme party will
be offered twice within a week to allow more opportunities to attend-and
to be seated! Space will be limited so be sure to watch for your
invitations-and RSVP early!
||Recharge at Pink Karma
Have you included
taking better care of yourself in your New Year's resolutions?
you are in need of a break from your every day routines, you want to
pamper yourself, or you are looking for a different salon and day spa
experience, think Pink Karma. Located in the Cascades Marketplace,
the former Salon Noor was purchased by new owners with a vision of
bringing a totally different and exotic spa experience to Northern
An Aveda Salon & Day Spa, Pink Karma blends elements of India, with
its rich colorful culture which welcomes you to relax and stay awhile,
with all of the modern conveniences one would expect in a contemporary
salon and spa. Pink Karma incorporates ancient Ayurvedic practices based
on over six thousand years of healing wisdom. It is one of the few
Ayurvedic spas in the Northern Virginia area offering a full menu of
relaxing and rejuvenating services.
I had the opportunity to work with the owners to complete the first
phase of remodeling and redecorating the salon. The transformation will be
ongoing and you can see some of the early before and after makeovers in a
video by clicking here.
||About The Redesigner's Notebook
Redesigner's Notebook is devoted to tips and articles relating to
interior redesign, decorating, entertaining, organizing and related
If you have an interest or question that you would like
to see addressed, or a community event that you would like to see included
that relates to these subjects please contact me. Your comments and
suggestions are always appreciated!
~ Pam Faulkner, Faulkner House