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Easily change the look of the room and make it appear more spacious by opening the curtains, lifting the shades and blinds and bringing the scenery into your living space. Let the outside be your inspiration as you give the illusion that your room extends through the window glass.

No matter what the season, continuing the theme that your view provides will offer you many color choices and unique accessory ideas. As you look out the window are you treated to tulips making their way through the melting snow? Set a pot of forced tulips inside the house to maintain the theme. Bring in an accessory or two that matches the color of the emerging foliage of the plants and trees in the yard and add an exciting splash of color and texture with a pillow covered in a springtime floral print.

The trick works in any room of the house for any season of the year. Look outdoors for decorating inspiration. Use cut flowers or a water feature inspired theme for summer, rustic earthy colors for fall and let the wintery scenery blend with the decorations of the holiday season.

Check out the material remnant bins at the craft shop for deeply discounted pieces of fabric to use to create the accessories to match the season.

Pinecones, vases of leaves as well of flowers, or pieces of logs turned into votive candle holders can all be attractively displayed in your home to extend the theme of outdoor freshness and wide open spaces to you décor. Even a display of clean rocks in a jar will bring nature into the room.

The opposite works as well. Paint a basket or plant container in the same color as the accessories of the room that overlooks your back patio or front porch. Placed it on an outdoor surface within view of the window and the continued theme makes everything within your line a vision an extension of your living space.

Baby lambs, bunnies and chickens are all sure signs of spring. Pastel colors of lilac, yellow, pink and blue will surely make you think of spring bulbs sending shoots up into the warming spring sun, ready to burst into bloom. Add these elements to your décor to freshen up your home and welcome the sunshine. There is no easier way to chase away the winter blues.

Baskets are perfect decoration items for spring. Place your container plants into a basket and top it off with a spring inspired pastel color ribbon topped off with a matching bow. If you don’t have plants, use baskets to hold items that would otherwise clutter your table. It doesn’t matter what the basket contains, it’s the pastel colored ribbon that introduces the illusion of spring into the home.

Place tiny chick, lambs and bunny figures in and around your plants, along the window sill or even tucked between the books on the bookshelf. A bit of whimsy will brighten any dark corner and

Fill jars, clear flower vases and candy dishes with jelly beans. The color and shape are as appealing as a decorating accessory as they are for a snack. Place them in any area that color and texture is needed.

Fill your vases with tulips and daffodils. If you don’t have the real blooms, use silk bouquets.

As the clutter that has accumulated over the winter months is cleared away and replaced with the freshness of spring accessories, your home will take on a whole new look. The easy decorating makeover costs hardly anything.

The spring theme also lends itself well to the holidays that occur during the early months of the year. Guests who gather in your home for Easter dinner, Mothers Day brunch or even May Day will think the décor was specially designed for the occasion.

Though we grow older, we never grow too old for Easter candy. Jelly beans, chocolate eggs wrapped in colorful foil wrappers and marshmallow hens and chicks coated in colored sugars are reminiscent of childhood for all of us. If you are looking for a light-hearted gift for someone like a neighbor or coworker, a collection of these candies, served up in a cup and topped off with a decorative ribbon might be just the right gift.

First, scout around the local second hand shops and antique stores in your area. Look for mismatched tea cups, coffee mugs and matching saucers if they are available. Focus on spring or Easter themes. Mugs with pictures of Easter bunnies or tea cups with floral patterns are an excellent choice for this project. If you have trouble finding cups there, you can try your local dollar-type store for seasonal cups.

Next, purchase a variety of candies, depending on the tastes of your intended recipient(s). You can fill the cups with alone type of candy or mix and match. It’s up to you. If you’re going to use marshmallow candies, get the kind that is individually wrapped. Opening a larger package and separating the marshmallows will cause them to dry out and become stale.

Cut a length of pastel colored ribbon. Center the bottom of the cup on the center of the ribbon. Bring the ends up and tie the ribbon in place. Slip a hand-printed gift tag onto the ribbon and tie again. Curl the ends of the ribbons and let them dangle from the cup. Set the cup on its saucer, if bought one. Your gift is ready.

Candy-filled cups make nice place settings for an Easter get-together too. You can use them instead of place cards by putting each guest’s name on the tag.

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Remember this Valentine’s Day and the ones you love by making a scrapbook of all the fond memories you have of this special day. This is a time when couples look for new, exciting ways to express their love for one another. It’s a time to cherish and remember for many years to come. One of the best ways to keep these memories alive is with a Valentine’s Day scrapbook.

They’re easy and fun to make. All you need to do is visit your local craft store and pick up a few supplies. If you prefer not to start from scratch you can even pick up a scrapbook kit that has everything you need to get started. Once you have all of your supplies ready, it’s time to put together a memory you’ll cherish forever.

Things to include in your Valentine’s Day scrapbook:

  • Photos
  • Cards
  • Love letters
  • Keepsakes

Arrange these items throughout the pages of the scrapbook and write a passage about the special meaning it had for you. It makes it more interesting and easier to find what you’re looking for later if you give each section or page a title. Decorate the page with embellishments, ribbons, bows, lace and so forth that helps capture the mood of the memory. Be creative and experiment a little to come up with unique ways of displaying your memories.

The contents of the Valentine’s Day scrapbook can include memories from anyone who made this day special for you such as, children, parents, siblings, friends and so forth. However, you may want to dedicate a few pages especially for the special someone in your life. Creating your Valentine’s Day scrapbook is a tradition you can continue annually so you can look back on your life and all the happy memories you had throughout the years.

You want your home to be inviting to your guests, but when it comes to choosing a decorating style many choose trendy decorating themes. If you choose to spend your decorating budget on items that will impress your friends rather that reflecting your own flair, you may just end up trying to live your life around the home furnishings instead of enjoying them.

Have the confidence of decorating using your own flair and good taste. Most people will be happiest in a home that they decorate to reflect their own lifestyles and their families’ tastes rather than decorating to impress other people. A creative use of colors, texture and layering will make the home environment a place for your family to relax and recharge from the stresses of the outside world.

Use accessories that achieve the double function of being attractive while allowing display or storage space. If young children play in your living room or hearth area, don’t try to remove all traces of their belongings. Instead, use attractive baskets, cubes and boxes to store their toys in.

Show off the treasures you’ve acquired on family outings with strategic placement on shelves, in display cabinets or snuggled with your books. It’s true that art is in the eye of the beholder. Even an elegantly furnished room can benefit by a properly presented masterpiece created by a young child. Display the things you love with pride.

Your home décor is your personal choice, make it truly a representation of you and your family and a place that is comforting and filled with love.

The Victorian period, defined by the years of life of Queen Victoria (1819 to 1901) appeals to those with a sense of elegance and formality. It was a time of increasing affluence and homeowners wanted to indulge in their need to display their wealth, however moderate it might have been.

Creating this style in your home means understanding some of the basic principles of Victorian decorating. Bold fabrics, floral or ornate patterns in wallpaper and lots of bric-a-brac gave the Victorian home an opulent feel. To them, more was better. Focus on the living room, kitchen and bedroom to achieve this look.

Bedrooms

If you prefer the look of wall paper, stick to small floral patterns. For painted rooms, add a floral painted border around windows and doorways. Window coverings should also be floral print fabrics with lace under panels. To carry the theme to an extreme, follow the Victorian practice of matching linens, drapes and wallpaper in the same pattern. Hard wood floors were prevalent in Victorian times, adorned with ornate area rugs. Four-poster beds with canopies and dark, heavy wood furniture figured prominently. Washstands, armoires and dressing tables rounded out the furnishings.

Kitchens

Creating a Victorian look in a kitchen can be costly but definitely worth it. Floors were brick, marble or hardwood. You can use tile to simulate the look. Open walls benefit from the addition of wainscoting and simple trim along the top. Wainscot colors were often antique green or a dark brown. Add a plate rail for displaying platters, plates and china. A large work table in the center of the room and open shelving on the walls to display antique utensils and dishware lend an authentic feel. Muslin curtains and stenciled doorways and windows finish the room.

Living Rooms

The parlor was very formal as that is where guests were greeted. Almost always wallpapered with intricate patterns of birds, flowers or scrollwork, the walls were finished with ornate crown moldings. Ceiling medallions, painted or plain, add interest. Heavy draperies in velvet or brocade were tied back and attached to scrollwork on the wall. Topped off with valances, the draperies had a many-layered appearance. Button-tufted sofas, chairs and footstools complete the Victorian look.

Open any home decorating magazine and you’re bound to see glossy photos of a country kitchen decorated in a blue color scheme. There are some simple and cost-effective ways to achieve this look in your home. With a little elbow grease, a creative mind and some frugal shopping, you can create your very own blue country kitchen.

Wall Treatments

The obvious option is paint the walls a cornflower blue but there are other possibilities. Gingham-like wallpaper could add just the right touch just a French provincial pattern blue on white paper could. Eggshell or pale yellow walls could give needed contrast if you choose to use blue in other ways.

Cabinets

If you prefer an older look, try crackle paint to give cabinets an aged look. For a fresher look, paint the cabinets white or blue, whichever is in contrast to the color used on the walls. Perhaps a combination of white frames with blue doors, accented by appliqués or china teapots or some other pattern suits your tastes. Another choice might be white or pale yellow cabinets accented with pull handles and drawer pulls.

Accents

Plate racks, a plate rail or a series of white ribbons can all display blue and white china plates and cups found in second-hand stores to add a country touch. Café-style curtains in gingham or white eyelet materials can ad country interest to windows. Canisters and country crocks stored on top of counters can hold essentials and utensils while adding to the country charm of your kitchen.

Tablecloths, napkins, potholders and dish towels can be another way to add the color blue to your kitchen. Blue stoneware or dishes displayed in open cabinets or arranged in place settings on the table put a finished look to the room.


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