New Lily Pad Lids In Store Now

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I don’t know about you, but my summer always seems full of bridal showers and weddings. I love to give gifts that are a little unique and a lot fun. If you haven’t seen the new lily pad lids, they are both!

Check out this video to see how they work!

Stephanie Eason from Ames has one of these lids, and she told me that she absolutely loves it. She said, “I actually got it as a gift, and I was excited to try it out because I’d never seen them. Now I use it all of the time. I pretty much have it on something in my fridge 100% of the time. I’d definitely recommend it.”

We have these great lids in store now, along with other fun kitchen gifts like spatulas with cute sayings, aprons and recipe card boxes. One of my favorite gift ideas is to buy a recipe card box and stick a few of my favorite recipes inside for the bride.DSC00817

If you have a shower or wedding coming up, stop by to check out the lily pad lid. Your bride will thank you!

Happy Summer!

– Julie

P.S. In keeping with the lazy days of summer idea, the blog will be on hold for a few months. If you need anything from us, just give us a buzz at the store. 515-382-5819.

31 Ideas for Decorating with Old Salvaged Windows

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One of the quickest and easiest changes to make in your home is to change a print on the wall or add a new piece of furntiture. What’s even more fun though, is to create the piece from a salvaged window frame. It’s shabby and personal all in one!

There are many different things that you can do with your salvaged window – from turning it into a photo frame to making a jewelry wall to framing a mirror. I’ve posted 31 ideas for you here, but the options are endless. Check out this site for another thirty plus ideas!

You can even build furniture, if you’re handy like that. Some of my favorites are the tables with window tops and creating room dividers with the salvaged frames. What I really like to do is to change out the decor on my window to match the seasons, so I’ve included a few holiday ideas here too.

I had a hay day looking through Pinterest for fun idea, and I’m included many of the photos I’ve found here. The site references are the titles of the photos, if you want to look through the blogs where I found them. (Right click on the image, hit save as, and it will default to the name of the blog.) OldWindows

Sometimes it can be a pane (hahaha!) to find these old windows. It always seems that when I want one, I can’t find them! However, we had a load of them come into the shoppe last month! If you need one to start your project, stop on by. We have different shapes and sizes, so you can pick your favorite shabby one!

Looking forward to hearing about your projects!
Julie

Outdoor Art

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Ok, here’s the deal, I’ve been wanting to write this post on outdoor art for some time now, but every time Mother Nature gives us the go-ahead to start decorating our gardens and yards, she changes her mind! I’ve finally decided that it’s now or never, so if you’re inspired to get out your ornaments and it snows again; well, I can’t be held responsible. I mean, it’s May, for goodness sake!

For all of us that love to make a space more comfortable and inviting, we know the problem we always face — running out of rooms to decorate! Have no fear, though, since yard and garden art have made their way back into popularity (we’re not taking pink flamingos here, folks), we have MORE space to decorate!

One of the newest things in the shoppe that I just love are the solar flowers. They soak up the sun’s rays, and leave your yard brilliant at dusk. We have a wide range of flowers and colors, so next time you’re in, check them out.

We also have a large selection of metal artwork, wood hangings and sculptures (animals are in style both indoors and out!). In addition, you can add patio lights, tiki torches and lanterns to create an addition to your home’s living area. When it’s inviting and visually appealing, outside becomes the place of choice for R&R.

One thing to remember, outdoor artwork should accent your area rather than overtake it. Follow the same rules for decorating indoors: stick to one theme, less is more, use art in places that need a visual focus point, etc. Here’s a fun video on what NOT to do.

Here hoping your time this month will be spent getting into your garden and yard to decorate rather than to replant!

-Julie

Teal is Trendy

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Teal has been trying to make a comeback for a few years now, but we think it’s really getting some traction this year. According to this Color Trend Watch blog post, “Teal is a very specific color, one that seems to be trying to shake off the shackles of its associations with 80’s office furniture.”

We think it’s doing a pretty darn good job because teal is very trendy this spring!

Although there is a wide variety of furniture and accessories that we are carrying in teal now, we sometimes like to take the do-it-yourself route too. Our resident redoer, Gayle, got inspired, purchased a few quarts of paint, and the shoppe has been teal-a-fied. We have teal walls, teal bunny boxes and more!

If you stop, you’ll find some unique teal shadow boxes, teal glass vases, teal wall art and a plethora of spring home decor to match. (Don’t worry, we have items for those of you who aren’t taking us up on our teal trend advice too!)

If you’re wanting to do a DIY project at home, grab a shade that matches your motif, and get painting. We like Valspar’s idea of taking an image from nature and pulling the shades and colors you’re drawn too. Check out their website for our teal inspiration and more Dreamscapes ideas.

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The teal box in the slideshow that the bunny is snuggled into was brown before Gayle got to painting. BORING! Add some teal on top of any vessel you’re bored with, and you’ve created a spring decoration that’s to die for!

Hope the trend of teal finds you feeling as alive and ready for spring as we are! If you have a teal project you want to show off, send it our way!

– Julie

Revitalizing with Silk Flowers

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Last week we talked about thinking outside of the vase and using old pieces in new ways.

This week I wanted to show you some more examples of how this can be done, specifically with silks. Many times a candle, vase, pot or shadow box can get tired looking. It lived a good life, but it needs a little refreshing to stay part of your home decor. This is where the shoppe comes in handy – we can help!

Empty and old candle jars and vases

Empty and old candle jars and vases

If you have an old jar, vase, box, drawer… whatever…just empty it out, and then bring it by the shoppe. We’ll help you pick silk flowers and other other accessories to make your old container look new again!

Think you have a container ready for the garbage? Bring it in and let us try; we love a good challenge! And, as a bonus, you’re upcycling!

Don’t have a container, but still want to rework something old into something new? Check out Second Chances in our lower level to see what treasures you could revive!

-Julie

P.S. Wax still in the jar, here are some tips for getting it out.

How to Think Outside the Vase

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Last month I blogged about how excited I was for the new trend of using succulents in home decor. I did a quick and easy succulent bowl for my home and shared it with you. I was on a roll though, so I did a few more for the shoppe.

I absolutely love how these turned out, and I hope you’ll be inspired too. The first two use unique glass containers filled with rocks. You may have something similar at home from a previous flower delivery! Just think outside the vase!

The third idea is the product of using something traditional for something unique. This piece that would normally hold votives became home to six baby succulents. This is a great way to use a piece you may not love anymore in a new, fresh way.

Do you have trouble thinking of original ways to use old decor? Try answering these questions to see if you can come up with a new use for an old home decor piece (and maybe fill it with succulents!!!)

  1. If I turned this piece vertical, horizontal, upside down… what would I have?
  2. If I spray painted this piece another color, would I like it more?
  3. If I put this piece inside of another container or put a container inside of this piece, would I be able to use it differently?
  4. What if I filled this container with something other than water? Sand, pebbles, gel, cotton???
  5. If I move this piece to another room, what happens to how I think about it? Kitchen, bathroom, basement???
  6. If this piece is hanging, what would it look like if I took it off the wall, and visa vera?
  7. If this piece is on the floor, what if I put it up high… say on top of a dresser? What happens then?
  8. Could this piece be used for something useful rather than just decor?
  9. If I break this piece down into more than one part, could I use it differently?
  10. What does my kid think when I ask them what this piece could be used for?

Here are the photos from my productive “think outside the vase” session with succulents. Hope you’re inspired to try something new with your old decor and new succulents! Let me know how it goes!

– Julie

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Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day

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Dear Diet Sign

Available in the shoppe!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and this year I thought it’d be fun to combine creativity with confection. Heck with diets!

I started cruising around the Internet, and I’d like to share some neat ideas I found. If you test them out, please be sure to share your photos with us on Facebook!

I placed the ideas into categories, but honestly… what’s hard for me may be a breeze for you or vice versa! Check them out, and pick your favorite one to try.

Easy
Chocolate Covered Valentine Pretzels via Sheek Shindigs
Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Treat on a Stick via Sheek Shindigs

Medium
Handwritten Valentine Cupcakes via Martha Stewart
Strawberry Valentine Cookies via Taste of Home

Hard
Meringue Love Letters and Hearts via Martha Stewart
Red Velvet Cheesecake via Better Homes & Gardens

Happy Valentine’s Day!
-Julie

P.S. If you have any of your own Valentine’s Day recipes you’d like to share, leave them in the comments!

Color in the Kitchen

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They say too many cooks in the kitchen is a bad thing, but too much color in the kitchen? That’s never a bad thing! Ok, never say never… but today we’re getting outside of our beige box!

The kitchen is often one of the most under-decorated places in the house, and yet, it’s the room that is most often the gathering point of the entire home. Many, many more people see your kitchen than the bedroom you worked so hard on styling (sorry, but it’s true!)

I really think that the kitchen is often forgotten because there tends to be lack of wall space. In addition, functionality trumps trend, and we give up trying. Cabinets and toasters take over, and before we know it, we’ve forgotten that there are other ways we can make the kitchen dynamic and inviting.

One of the best ways to do this is with bright-colored dishes, linens, serving ware, cookbooks and recipe boxes – essentially, accessories for your kitchen. If you can move beyond storing your “accessories” in drawers and behind doors, you’ll find that they can be some of the most useful decor you own.

Do you have a kitchen bench or small area that could use a throw pillow? Toss a machine-washable one into the mix to see what happens; you may be surprised! Need a canister for your utensils? Why not use a colored glass jar or a bright ceramic pitcher?

If you’re in a small space, combining functionality with fun colors can be a great way to stretch a budget too. If you need to purchase dishes anyway, why not make them part of your overall design?

The best part is, colored kitchens are in! Long gone are the days when Fiesta® was your only option. Thanks to Rachael Ray and others who pushed retail back into a world of colors other than white, we now have a variety of palettes to choose from.

I just received a huge shipment of blue, orange, lime, purple and red kitchenware at the shoppe! Check out the photos or drop by if you want to see it for yourself!

How have you incorporated color into the cocina? I’d love to hear your ideas on being creative in the kitchen!

Julie

Good Luck is in Your Future

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Spring hasn’t arrived in Iowa quite yet, but it has arrived at the shoppe! The new inventory makes me ready for beautiful weather and green scenery.

If you remember, this fall we talked about how owls were making their comeback. The animal trend in home decor is still strong and not going anywhere soon. This spring it seems rabbits are the hoppin’ thing! (Ok, that one’s a stretch!)

Rabbits symbolize luck, success and fertility. They are a sign of spring and warm weather to come. We have bunnies and rabbits in all sorts of shapes and sizes in the shoppe. Need some good fortune sent your way? Come check them out!

Will a rabbit find a place in your home this spring? – Julie

Succulents are Hot – 5 Reasons You Should Try Some for Yourself

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Succulents are very hot right now. I finally got mine arranged and photographed (with my new tablet that I absolutely LOVE!). I thought I’d show you how easy these plants are to use in your decorating.

My favorite things about succulents are that they are almost care-free and they can be placed in anything – even a simple glass bowl.

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Here are the Top 5 Reasons You Should Try Some For Yourself:

  1. They come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes, textures and colors. Each person’s choice is representative of her taste.
  2. They’re inexpensive – can’t beat that!
  3. They are almost impossible to screw up; a little water now and then, and you’re done.
  4. They can live in almost any container – I do love a simple glass bowl, but check out these unique ideas! (A succulent wreath… yes, please!)
  5. They make amazingly unique decor.

Try some out for yourself, and then send me a picture of what you’ve created. I’d love to see what you come up with!

– Julie