May Day Guest Post

Today I’m over at Lori May Interiors!

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I have a fun guest post on May Day flower arrangements!

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There are lots of ideas so come on over to check it out!

jen

Guest Post: Valentine’s Decor

Today we are blessed with a guest post from my friend Lori!!

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She’s going to share some great Valentine’s Decor!

Hi all, with Valentine’s right around the corner, I thought I would share a few simple decorating ideas that I’ve found. I’ll be perfectly honest, I’m not a big holiday decorator, other than Christmas, but Valentine’s is such a sweet holiday that I usually do a couple of activities with my girls.

This could be a really quick project for the front door. You probably even have most of these things lying around the house. Old frame painted black, left over ribbon and a heart you could pick up at your local craft store.

Another easy one that would make great gifts.

Love this one! Lipstick art!

Definitely a simple look. Not sure if it is simple to do. It would definitely require some patience.

What do you think about neutral Valentine’s decorating? I kinda like it…

Of course, it can’t be Valentine’s without candy. What a great idea to use the white raffia in the bottom of the jar. A much cleaner look.

Another nice expensive decorating idea using items you already own.

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And of course, flowers. Love that they used red beans with the carnations. ( I couldn’t find the source for this pic, so if you know it, please let me know.) The tulips and roses look festive all by themselves.

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I’ll leave you today with our simple Valentine’s that my girls will be taking to school this year. It was super easy. The printout came from Etsy.

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These are all the supplies. Print out your fish bowl, insert into the treat bags, fill with Swedish fish and tie it up! Done!

What do you do for Valentine’s? Do you go all out? Throw a party? Or is it low key like ours?

Whatever you decide, I hope it’s a great day!

Thanks for having me today Jen!

Guest Post: What to do with Old Christmas Cards

Things have been quiet here on my blog! We’ve been busy settling into the new year and celebrating a big birthday….

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Emmie turned 7!!

We’re a week into January and I’m still trying to get 2012 all packed up and put away.  So today I’m over at Lori May Interiors with a guest post that should help us all achieve that!

Confession time….my Christmas cards are in a paper bag, sitting on my kitchen floor.   Do you still have your Christmas cards lingering around your kitchen or living room like me?  Pop over to Lori’s blog today for some creative ideas on what to do with them!

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I hope you get inspired today!

jen

Adding natural greenery to your home for a fresh holiday look

Lori from Lori May Interiors is here today with a guest post!  She has some great ideas for using fresh greenery in your holiday decor.  Welcome, Lori!

Hi all, I’m so glad to be back with you and Jen here at At Home in the Northwest. I know that many of you are right in the middle of holiday decorating. Today, I thought I would share some ways to add natural greenery to your holiday decor this year.

Let’s start with the outside of your home. What I really like about this entry is that it doesn’t feel holiday specific. You could easily leave this up throughout the winter. If the garland feels to Christmasy, then you could remove that and leave the wreath and planters. The evergreens in the planters can be used year round. Can’t you see pansies for the spring and impatiens for the summer around the outside edges of the planters? This a classic simple look that makes the most of the investment you make on the greenery by giving you an extended time to enjoy it!

This is a photo I’ve had on my Winter Pinterest board since last year. I love, love this sweet snowman and even though you can’t see the greenery around the garage doors, you get the idea. I love the whimsy of the snowman with the classic greenery.

As we enter the house, we come to the staircase. To be honest, I haven’t always been too keen on decorating our staircase. Most of the ideas I would see were too “fixed” or perfect for my taste, but this one is perfect in my book. The garland is not perfectly equal and drapes beautifully onto the floor. The ribbons add a laid back softness. You could use any color of ribbon or even cut up strips of burlap to make your own ribbons.

Here’s another option for the staircase that I thought was a great idea. You could probably take a nature walk with your dog or your children and collect enough materials to do this one for free. Add some leftover ornaments, ribbon and a bit of florist wire to keep it all together and you’ve got a wonderfully unique look.

I usually have the same issue with mantles that I do with staircases. I prefer a more laid back effortless look. (You can translate effortless to less work and I’m all about it!) This simple garland adds a fresh festive look to this space without being too overwhelming. I also love the small touches of natural elements on the stool and the top of the mantle. If you wanted to add some sparkle, you could easily add a strand of twinkly lights to the garland.

Here’s the mantle in our kitchen from last year. I filled mercury glass containers that I already had with nandina berries from our own bushes and added fresh pine garland from Walmart. Total cost under $10. I love how it turned out.

Another idea for your mantle that could take you into the new year. We should all use those beautiful pieces that we have put away in the cabinets. Get them out and put some greenery in them. What a wonderful way to add a fresh holiday look to your home! Once the holidays are over, remove the star and add a heart for Valentine’s, a clover for St. Patty’s Day and pastel ribbons for spring.

This is a great way to add natural greenery to everyday accessories in your home. I am in the process of designing a half bath for a client and we decided to add a red lantern to the space. Since it’s Christmas time, I’m adding a sprig of berries and greenery much like these above to add a festive look to the small space. You might not think about decorating the bathroom, but just this small touch is all that’s needed to add that festive touch to accessories that live in that space year round.

One of my absolute favorite pins of this year. What a great idea to hold all those beautiful holiday cards that we all receive. No reason to let them sit in a pile on the counter. I love that this garland is over the doorway to the kitchen. You can enjoy the amazing smell of the garland while looking at the cards from family and friends each time you pass through.

Here’s another great option for the kitchen that I’ve had in my files for a while. We will be doing something similar to this in our kitchen this year.

Don’t forget about magnolia leaves. If you are blessed to have one of these gorgeous trees in your yard (or your neighbor’s yard in my case) take advantage of it! I made this wreath and arrangement last year and it stayed beautiful for weeks.

As you can see, there are many different ways you can add natural greenery to your home for the holidays. Many of these ideas last well beyond December 25th!

Thanks again for having me today Jen! Happy Holidays everyone!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Post…Thanksgiving Projects to do with Kids

Are you looking for a fun Thanksgiving project to do with your kiddo’s?

Today I’m over at Lori May Interiors with three very fun and simple ideas!

Come on over to Lori May Interiors to see these great projects!!

jen

Guest Post – Serenity Now

Have you visited the Serenity Now blog?!  {Don’t you love that name?!}

Amanda is the mom of two sweet little girls and aims for ‘serenity through creativity’.  I think every mom can relate to that!!

Amanda invited me over to her blog today to share one of my favorite tutorials with her readers. Do you remember my simple placemat purse tutorial?!

If you missed this tutorial the first time around, head on over to Serenity Now to read it.  And make sure you browse Amanda’s fun blog while you are over there….you will be inspired!

Have a great day!!

jen

Guest Post – How to Build Simple Shutters

Do you remember last week when I mentioned a project I was working on?  I built shutters for my shed!!  Today I have the opportunity to write a guest post over at Lori May Interiors on how to build them.

Visit her blog to see how I took my ho-hum shed window….

and spruced it up to look like this!

 And if you want to see the not-so-pretty before picture, you’ll have to pop over to Lori May Interiors!!

Jen

Top 5 Ways to Accessorize Your Space

I am fortunate to have Lori from Lori May Interiors here again today!  She is going to share ways to accessorize your home.

I’m so happy to be back here with you on Jen’s blog. Today, I’m sharing my top 5 ways to accessorize your space. I was inspired by the latest edition of Wisteria, a catalog that I love to use for unique pieces. Here we go.

1. Add a pop of color. Choose your favorite color and go with it. Here the blue in various shades is used to unify this space.

2. Use multiples. This is a great way to create major impact.

3. Use things you love. In this photo, you can see the sheets of music that have been framed above the console. You can also use your favorite fabric swatches, wallpaper or even wrapping paper.

4. Symmetry. I love symmetry. It is just the way my brain works. Here you can see the vases and candlesticks repeated on either side of the console, as well as the matching chairs.

5. Simplicity. Remember not to add to many accessories to your space. These are 4 things on the coffee table in the space and it looks great. There is no reason to cover every space with stuff. Choose the things you truly love and use them sparingly. Edit constantly, it will keep your space from feeling cluttered.

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