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Clean and Classic Interiors » 2009 » September
{organizing ideas and decorating advice from my home to yours}

Drape Dilemma

Posted: September 30th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 25 Comments »

HELP!  I’m in need of your advice!

I have wanted to soften and lighten up our bedroom and I thought a good place to start would be with the window treatments. Our wall color is a dark tan, our bedding is chocolate brown, our floors are hardwood…you get the picture…dark, dark, dark.
So my plan was to buy fabric and fancy up some window mistreatments - but then came my trip to Walmart. Seriously. They have some beautiful window treatments. I have always loved the look of the Buzzing of a Queen Bee and Nesters Buffalo Check, but have searched for the fabric and no such luck.

At Walmart - jack pot. 

I found the Better Homes and Garden’s Durham Check panels in two different tones, neutral and black/gold.

Here they are attached to rings which I need to add a couple more but you get the point.

So your choices are:

Neutral:

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or Black/Gold:

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Which one would you choose?

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I had an instant favorite, I thought…but it wasn’t screaming at me. Is one screaming at you?!

♥ Katie

{Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage}


More Aha Uses!

Posted: September 28th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 2 Comments »

This might become a monthly thing because after my decor items - transformed post — I found myself noticing MANY things in my house to be used for one thing, but I was using them for other purposes. Do you find yourself doing that a lot?

Here are my next two new favorites:

Household item: Vase and Votive holder
Aha! Use: Store extra socks and change that come from the dryer
(Who uses all their vases they receieved from their wedding anyways?!)

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Household Item: Picture Frame

Aha! Use: Monthly calendar that I used a blank scrapbooking calendar sheet from Hobby Lobby and backed it with some fun scrapbooking paper and hung by a string. Now I use my chalk inks to write and draw away!

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Visitor idea:
This one is from Lindsay: I love to use decorative jars and bowls that are supposed to be for jam or sugar or creamer or something…to store things in in the bathroom. And old or antique glass ash trays are for catching stray jewelry by sinks and bedsides around here! (Cleaned of course!)”  Great idea Lindsay!

Any other favorite AHA! uses that you would like to share?

♥ Katie


Introducing…Chalk Ink!

Posted: September 22nd, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 15 Comments »

Here’s the game:

Let’s see if you can see a pattern:

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Did you guess all chalkboard items?

YES!

But look closer... what is missing? 

Where is the chalk?! Well that is my little pet peeve. I HATE chalk. My mother-in-law says hate is a strong word, isn’t it? Okay, let’s use, dislike. And along with Beckie, here are my reasons why:

1. It gets on your hands.

2. It is hard to write evenly.

3. It smears.

4. It smells.

5. It comes in pastels.

 I just love the look of all these chalkboard items but I have never wanted to decorate them with chalk so I have resorted to a permanent marker that looks like chalk, magnets, or tags. Until Beckie, my other chalk disliker, tipped me off on Chalkink. She was having a giveaway on her site and since I didn’t win, I thought I needed to buy my own and get writing.

This is the same stuff that they use at Panera, Starbucks, WholeFoods, and JuiceStop, and all those other places that the chalkboards look incredibly beautiful and look like they were written in real chalk. I have just always thought some artist goes around town and gets paid big bucks to do her work. But now I know it is Chalkink! You can use it on almost any surface and it just wipes right off with water, but it doesn’t smear and it doesn’t leave any chalky residue. 

 

So I drew pictures on my chalkboard buckets.

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I wrote titles on the pool chalk board:

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And I am using them on my picture frame monthly calendar that I hung on the chalkboard in my office. 

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And yes, wipes right off!

(I know…it’s not October yet, but close enough for me!)

 

Where to get it?

You can get them at your local Micheals store or you can order them too here. You can even get 10% off when you use CIW as the promotional code thanks to Beckie

♥ Katie

{Works for Me Wednesdays}

{DIY Day @ ASPTL}

{Hooked on Fridays}


Decor Items–Transformed

Posted: September 16th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 10 Comments »

Household item: napkin ring

Ah Ha Use: decorative pin/hair tie/hook/drape pull back, etc.?

So I found these cute, little flower napkin rings at Pottery Barn for $1.50 each. (Originally 6.50 for one napkin ring? Crazy).

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I automatically thought to use them as tie backs for a curtain, but then I got to thinking if I cut the wires off and added a safety pin…

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An embellishment for a purse!

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Or even attach it to my ponytail holder, or pin it on a shirt or  jacket, even make it into a lightweight hook? - can you think of other ideas? I’m keeping one of them still for pull back for a curtain though. Don’t have the curtain yet, but if I do - I’ll be sure to show you!


Household item: Christmas Tree Topper

Ah Ha Use: decorative center to a wreath

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So the base of my little star tree topper had come untwisted but I loved the look of the star. Ironically,  I had a wreath given to be by my mother-in-law that I felt needed just a little something in the center. I was thinking of a letter like Nesters but then I would have to find a way to mount it and that was just too much for me. 

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Now, how lucky I got with this topper that I just wrapped the wire around the center and actually used the extra to use as the hook to attach to the nail on the front door.

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Could it really be that easy?! But I still thought it needed a little something so I added a dark rust spray, cut it up and stuck it in. No hot glue, no nothing. I love how if I don’t like it, or what to change it out, all I have to do is remove it. 

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What is your favorite transformed item?

♥ Katie

 

{Transformation Thursday @ Shabby Chic Cottage}

{DIY Day @ A Soft Place to Land}

 

 


Tree Topper Transformed

Posted: September 14th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | No Comments »

What to do with an old Christmas tree topper? 

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A decorative center to a wreath!

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So the base of my little star tree topper had come untwisted but I loved the look of the star. Ironically,  I had a wreath given to be by my mother-in-law that I felt needed just a little something in the center. I was thinking of a letter like Nesters but then I would have to find a way to mount it and that was just too much for me. 

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Now, how lucky I got with this topper that I just wrapped the wire around the center and actually used the extra to use as the hook to attach to the nail on the front door.

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Could it really be that easy?! But I still thought it needed a little something so I added a dark rust spray, cut it up and stuck it in. No hot glue, no nothing. I love how if I don’t like it, or what to change it out, all I have to do is remove it. 

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Do you have a new use for an old tree topper?

♥ Katie


A Sharpie Silhouette

Posted: September 8th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 23 Comments »

When I see silhouettes, I think back to elementary school and standing sideways, in front of the projector, while my profile was traced - anyone here with me?

Sadly, I have always admired how clean and classic silhouettes look but I have been intimidated by the process of how to create them. I don’t really know how to use an exacto knife, I’m really bad at tracing, and I don’t own a projector - not like I would even have a chance for stillness with a toddler and an infant! So I have stored some fellow bloggers silhouette links gaga-ing over them and their tutorials until I came to the last one.  And when I found out ALL I needed was a profile picture, a pair of scissors and a SHARPIE…she had me at Sharpie.

Yes, you heard me correctly, a Sharpie.

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Here is how my inspiration developed...

The Nester shared about a professional silhouetest (in my vocabulary that is a person who does silhouettes professionally)  Lena Bengtson  who can trace your child in person or through a picture for you. Beautiful work would be an understatement! 

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Kari and Kijsa  held a silhouette class. If only I could have attended and brought diet cokes to share with the ladies. They could have taught me how to make mine look this amazing!

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And then I admired these pictures on my friend Grace’s photography site:

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Are they not stunning? I can’t choose my favorite so I included all of them!


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But it was the cherry on top when I saw these in a Real Simple Magazine:

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I just loved how the paper made it pop and added some whymsical touch to a timeless piece.

 

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Then I read about the host herself of Frugal Fridays, Wendy, at The Shabby Nest  and her 5 minute silhouette. I was captivated. I could do this and yes, it is this easy!

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The process is this:

Take a profile picture and print off, use scissors to cut out and a sharpie to fill in.

A few of my tips:

✄ Getting a good profile might take some preparation. I snapped my four year old while he was engrosed in a tv show, I held a remote in front of my 10 month old, and a dog treat in front of Lucy.

✄ I did take a couple pictures of each just incase one worked better than the others.

✄ I actually ended up using a 5×7 for my older son and then kept the 4×6 for my younger one.

✄ If you do scrapbooking or journaling, I even used an extra to stick in their journal.

I used an old frame and matte that I already had and bought a sheet of scrapbooking paper for .29¢ and yes that too was ironically 50% off at the wonderful Hobby Lobby! So .19¢ per photo and .15¢ for the paper. A whopping total of .55¢ for a Clean and Classic Silhouette that I will cherish forever!!

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And I couldn’t forget the girl in the household…

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♥ Katie

 


Ballard Backroom Beauties

Posted: September 3rd, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 15 Comments »

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So if you are currently living near a Ballard Backroom store (that would be those of you living in Florida, Atlanta, and Ohio) I would just like to announce how extremely jealous I am of you. I think if I lived close to one I would be visiting the Backroom Store as often as I visit Hobby Lobby. Even if it would be just to walk around and talk to the nice salespeople. Heck, one sales lady was just standing by the door that they were using to bring in new items and just testing everything out. She would be my best friend. 

We stayed for way longer than my husband wanted to, and WAY shorter than I wanted to.

See, in the stores that I love, your first walk through doesn’t really count. Anybody here with me? Then the second walk through you grab things that just even catch your eye. They are not keepers, but just maybes. The third walk through was when David was ready to go and so he starts telling me how much he likes certain things or gets overly helpful just to make the process go faster. Yes, I’m on to you!

So the bottom line is that I could have spent HOURS in the store and if you ever have a chance to go to one you REALLY should! I just loved looking at the sale prices, sitting on the furniture that I could only dream of buying, feeling all the fabrics, and imagining all the things that I could load into a uhaul.

But reality was, unless something BLEW me away, I was going to need to find some smaller items that could be all stored as a carry on item on the plane. So it made perfect sense why I HAD to buy one of their burlap totes.

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Originally:$24.00     Backroom: $11.00

Then their linens were all on sale. Score -  since I was was looking for bedding anyways! But no such luck for my demensions until I spotted this infamous pattern:

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Yes, it’s a pillow of course, but it also was in a chair slipcover for…wait for it…

Originally: $30.00       Backroom:  23.99   Sale: 60% off   Total: $12.00!!


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I still am looking for a chair for it (and yes, Mindy, I WILL find it for under $20.00!) But won’t it look great in my office, or at the piano? 

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The pillow was $10.00 Sale: 30% off  so $7.00

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I also got two more cream quilted pillows for $7.00 each. Here is one of them along with Lucy who loves it too.

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My husband was shocked at how much I got and how little we spent and I was over the moon with the experience!

Road trip anyone?!!

♥ Katie

{Hooked on Houses}


A Dab of Glue and a Ribbon

Posted: September 2nd, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 2 Comments »

Just a quick idea that I thought I would throw out there…

I have been delivering my business cards around town this week in order to start offering my consultation services  but I needed a card holder for them. I wanted something different but that did not take away from the design on the card. I found simple black ones at Office Depot for $1.29 each and simply added a ribbon to the front with a dab of hot glue.

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Clean - ✓

Classic - ✓

Cheap, and Easy too but I didn’t think those were the best adjectives for a business?!!

I would love to know how you display your business cards?!

Have a great week!

♥ Katie