April showers bring May flowers, but
why wait until May to get floral inspiration? This month I'm featuring a
few floral and plant ideas that are innovative, decorative and
Spring is a time of renewal, a time to take a fresh look at
your home. My room freshening redesign video may inspire
Redesign is all about re-using, repurposing and recycling
furnishing as accessories. My presentation this month at ReStore will
reveal imaginative tablescapes created from repurposed and redesigned
The traditonal Spring Cleaning extends to that all
purpose collection space, the garage. This month, learn about the
organizing possibilities that are available.
All that and more
this month. Let's get started...
Create a Faux Petal Cake|
Many people don't realize that even "silk" floral arrangements have a
limit on their life expectancy. In redesigning for clients, I've done
quick renovations on arrangements that were once lovely, but over the
years have became faded, dusty or dated. Some are really well past their
prime, with only a few flowers and possibly the container, worth
Most people don't know what to do with just a few floral
stems and throw them out. They could be donating the better floral stems
and containers to their favorite charity thrift store so someone else may
be able to put them to good use and also help the charity raise
This Saturday, April 21st, from 10-3, I'll be demonstrating
how to repurpose odds and ends like silk flower pieces, mis-matched dishes
and glassware, tiles, lighting components and more at the ReStore in
Chantilly. (Click here
for more information and directions.) Several other redesigners will be
there showing how to refresh furniture with paint, update artwork,
repurpose cabinet doors and more, as part of our alliance with the Habitat
for Humanity. Come out and be inspired to repurpose and create, recycle
and donate to a wonderful organization.
Click below to see a
preview of one of my demos on how to create a faux petal cake-a fun party
decoration or whimsical no-calorie kitchen accessory.
Hope to see
you on Saturday!
||Hanging Garden or
Some of the best ideas combine necessity, simplicity and artistry. This
idea, from Better Homes and Gardens, is a perfect example.
hanging garden, (shown here planted with herbs and peppers), takes
advantage of vertical space. It frees counter work space and doubles as
living art in the kitchen.
The idea could be perfect in a bathroom
planted with ferns, African violets, Cape primroses, Small Crotons,
Begonias and others that would thrive in the higher heat and humidity
found in bathrooms.
There could be many other applications,
depending on the architecture of the home. To find out more, please click
on the link below.
||Do it Yourself or
Spring! Time to get outside and take advantage of better weather-a
definite cure for cabin fever.
If you'd rather do something fun
than a bunch of home repairs, but think it's more cost effective to DIY,
check out a site that may get you off the hook.
DIY Do it
Yourself or Not has project costs, how-tos, calculators, videos,
advice on hiring a Pro and more. You may find that it is more cost
effective to have someone else do the work and not feel guilty about it!
Click on the link below to learn more.
Makeover Tips and Videos|
Quick test-is your car parked in the driveway because your garage is
too full of stuff? It's an easy place to house temporary projects, become
a storage area for items that are leaving the house, sports equipment,
gardening supplies and miscellaneous tools. Now that the weather is
getting warmer, it's the perfect time to get the space in shape.
Put your garage on a diet before you make any storage decisions.
Pare down your possessions to those you really need. Make it a goal to use
up those odds and ends of gardening supplies before you buy anything else.
Resolve to sell or donate equipment and gadgets that you rarely or never
Once you have edited the contents of the garage you are ready
to choose your storage equipment. Visit your local Sears, Home Depot,
Lowes and other home improvement stores to see what is available. There
are many manufacturers of garage/work room storage cabinets and fixtures
so be sure to compare quality, price, functionality and versatility before
Check out online videos such as the series from Gladiator
Garageworks for more information and inspiration. We used a combination of
their cabinets and rails in our garage and it has made such a
Is this the year you reclaim your garage? Check out the
link below for information and inspiration:
Tip-Final Walk Through|
I recently read an article about things to do/check in your final walk
through when buying a house. The first suggestion was to turn on the
dishwasher when you enter the home and let it run through the cycle while
you continue through the home. It's brilliant in its simplicity. Many
things can change between the time you put a contract on a house and when
you do the walk through. Appliances can- and do- break down unexpectedly
and leaks can develop over time. It's a simple step that may prevent
damage and the cost of clean up and repairs.
If you, or someone you
know, is in the process of buying a house, click on the link below and
check out these ideas.
...that my redesign consultations cover more than how to arrange
furniture, accessories and art.
That color consultations cover more
than the selection of a room's wall color?
That I can not only
tell you how but but also show you how to revamp your furniture, art and
accessories on the spot?
My consultations are chock full of
information you can use right away. The result is easy to live with
changes that can jump-start your decorating projects while stretching your
decorating budget.. Did you know that I can help you make informed choices
when picking tiles, countertops, finishes and other items when you
Did you know that one of the perks I offer my clients is
the ability to virtual shop with me from the comfort of their home? That
when we shop together, whether virtually or locally, it comes with design
tips and information you can use to be more confident in your choices, now
and in the future? It's like taking Decorating 101 ! Interior Redesigns
aren't always about re-doing entire rooms and they aren't major upheavals
in a household.
Are you ready for redesign, staging and decorating
help? Contact me and we can talk about your ideas and needs. Call me at
703-689-9886 or click on the link below to email me.