In terms of snowfall, this has been a winter from my youth, and if you grew up on the east coast you understand what I mean! Although I have many good memories from those days, I’ll have to admit I’m done! Unfortunately, it’s February and Easter doesn’t come until April … what can we do to help us get through this winter to spring hump? When the weather is bad, I enjoy sitting in front of the fire with a favorite beverage reading a good book. But we can’t hibernate, even though we may want to, so let’s get busy and do some home projects. I like doing creative projects involving fabric, spray paint and glue if it involves any real construction I call in the handy man! Here are a few ideas I came across that looked like fun and could make a big impact on your decorating and give you a feeling of freshness!
Dress Up a Bedroom
I love this look using a lovely fabric creating a tufted headboard for a bed – it could make a big difference in a room completely changing the look and feel. From there, you can add new curtains, some fun pillows, and you have a new bedroom! Click here for instructions to achieve this look. (Photo and Idea consent given by Schuelove.com.)
You don’t have to paint the whole room to make a difference. Consider changing the color on a feature wall for a completely new look. Often we don’t think of winter as the best time to paint because we can’t open the doors and windows. With the new environmentally friendly, no VOC paint, you don’t have to worry about this. Check out these options:
By the way, VOC stands for “volatile organic compounds”. VOCs vaporize and emit gases that are linked to a range of health problems. What I didn’t know until I wrote this article is that only half of the VOCs in paint are released in the first year, which means this stuff continues to be released into your home. To learn more about VOCs, click here. (Source: Greenliving.about.com)
Replace old and outdated chair covers
Do you have dining chairs or bar stools with the same fabric from 10 years ago? It may be time to consider a change! Since you don’t need that much fabric, this is an opportunity where splurging on fabric may be a good time. Keep in mind if you have children, selecting silk may not be your best choice. Pick a fabric that will suit your household needs; e.g., if you have kids you will want washable and durable. If you are in the Philadelphia area, take a trip to Fabric Row in Philly – click here for a map of the area and the shops! For help on how to replace the fabric on seat cushions click here to check out these instructions from HGTV.com.
To inspire you with spring ideas when the weather is bad, go online and check out some of my favorite online stores:
If you need any help with paint color selection, fabric selection or perhaps considering a room redesign, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for all your interior decorating and home staging needs!
Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and Google+.