Bathroom Beautiful

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Lots of time is spent on making our houses into homes, but one room is often overlooked. Hours of time are spent finding the perfect pieces for the living room, bedroom or den, but the place that we spend a small portion of EVERY day is often decorated with a generic bath collection and then forgotten about.

Here are a few easy swaps that can make your bathroom uniquely yours:

Tissue box holder/covers– Lay tissues in a canvas box or metal tin.

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Tissue box made with an old piece of tin from oldtinstuff.com

Lotion and soap dispensers– Check out etsy.com for fun ideas on bottles turned useful. Here’s a Coke bottle, but you can find them in almost any variation.

Coke bottle lotion dispenser, bathroom decorating

Find unique dispensers on esty.com. This one is from etsy.com/shop/allbottledupinindy

Toothbrush holders– Use test tubes decorated to match your theme.

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Make Your Own Toothbrush Holder from craftstew.com

Cotton ball or Q-tip canisters– Stash these products in ball jars either hung on the wall or lined up on the vanity.

Ball jars for cotton balls, bathroom decorating

DIY mason jar holder from lizmarieblog.com/2011/01/mason-jar-love/

Wastebaskets– Trash cans come in an amazing variety of shapes, styles and materials. Just take a Google at all of the designs out there.

trash can, bathroom decorating

Trash cans come in an amazing variety of shapes, styles and materials. This one, from thehandmadehome.net, is a bucket turned waste paper can.

Shower caddies– Install a glass shelf in the shower instead. It’s much prettier and easier to clean than the small wire frames of the caddies.

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Glass Shelf Install from familyhandyman.com

To hide unattractive items like electric toothbrushes and curling irons, check out these awesome DIY storage ideas for bathrooms.

Also, don’t forget that bathroom counters and tub surrounds can be great places for tall, slender vases of silk flowers or trays with your favorite jars of bath salts and/or linens.

One piece of distinct artwork added to a bare wall could save a lot of time painting (bathrooms have many cabinets and plumbing connections that make painting a small space take a long time!)

Cheers to buidling a beautiful bathroom! Julie

Setting the Tablescape

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Tablescape at Julieanns

Today’s topic is tablescaping. Tablescapes? you say; never heard of such a thing. Well, let me tell ya, if you do a little Googling, you’ll find everything from the “inventor of the term” to those who say tablescapes aren’t just for tables!

My favorite definition though, came from the Balancing Beauty and Bedlam blog, and is simply this: A tablescape is an arrangement of items gathered into a grouping and placed on top of the table. Simple. Is. Good.

I’ve been wanting to blog on tablescaping for some time now. I have to tell you though, while searching for the perfect definition of tablescaping, I actually ran into a really good how-to blog by accident. So, rather than reinvent the wheel, I’m going to give you the basics, and then point you to this well-written, funny blog! Gotta give credit where credit is due, right?

#1 The reason tablescapes are fun is because they are just another place to use your creativity and decorate in a non-permanent way!

#2 Anything can be used in your tablescape – think of what you have in your home that you could use, similar to what we talked about in our mantel decorating blog post a couple of weeks ago.

#3 Follow guidelines for how much space to use, what types of materials to gather and how not to overdo it here at What In the World is a Tablescape. No really, you should read it. It’s good, and it’s everything I would say.

Now go set the tablescape!
– Julie

Tablescape at Julieanns

10 Tips for an Artwork Makeover

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Every now and then, you find a new piece of artwork for your walls. You bring it home, and before you know it, you’re in the middle of an artwork makeover. Here are 10 tips for you — in case you get into transformation mode with your new decor.

While you’re arranging and re-hanging, don’t forget:

1.  Command strips make hanging a snap nowadays. No more nail holes!

2. Trying to add more to the same space? Lay the pieces out on the floor first. If you have a confined area, measure it, and then use painters’ tape to replicate the area on the floor. Put your pieces inside, and voila –  you’ll know exactly how far apart your prints need to be to fill the space. Don’t forget: groupings equal one piece of art.

3. If you are hanging artwork over a piece of furniture, the artwork shouldn’t be wider than the furniture. Ideally, the artwork would be around 75% of the width of the piece below it.

4. If you have two or three similar pieces, think about hanging a shelf and arranging the artwork on it. Use clear rubber grippers (found in the hardware store furniture-moving section) to keep artwork from sliding off the shelf.

5. Horizontal groups make a room or hallway look longer. Vertical lines add height. Think about grouping prints accordingly to visually change your room.

6. If you’re looking for a more informal feel, hang matching prints diagonally or offset from each other horizontally. This works most easily with matching frames, but don’t feel like you always have to play by those rules!

7. Have a few small pieces and a large wall? Think about adding a large clock, wreath or another unique piece to make it a fun collection.

8. Bring architectural pieces into the mix. Can you use an old window to frame your photos or barn boards to make a shelf?

9. Don’t be afraid to add a framed object. Have a sentimental item, antique book, your kids first sculpture? Put it in a shadow box or a box shelf and hang it with other artwork that it compliments.

10. Speaking of kids – framed artwork by your children is priceless. If you have new piece of artwork to add to your decor, pair it with your little Picasso’s painting that matches the theme (this part is easy — just give them your topic, and let them go to it!) Hint – this works great with word art.

Here are a few pieces of art that are in the store right now — just in case you need an excuse to start an artwork makeover!

– Julie

Virtually Picking Your Paint

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Painting is one of the biggest and easiest ways to redecorate a room. With a gallon or two of paint, you can turn a traditional, neutral wall into a bold accent. Or, vice versa, make a loud room become calm.

When picking out your paint colors, spend some time playing around online before you buy. There are a ton of fun tools to help you plan before you buy, because honestly, who hasn’t had to repaint a room you hated after the color dried?

Want to know what the burnt orange wall will look like in your kitchen? Now you can! Sherwin-Williams’ Color Visualizer and Behr’s Paint Your Place online tools allow you to upload your own photo and virtually paint your own house’s interior or exterior. How amazing is that!

Don’t want to go to the work of uploading your own images? Most of the paint brand sites have mock rooms where you can pick a little paint and dream big! Save or print your virtually-painted room and the color list you’ve chosen, and you’re all set to shop.

Sherwin-Williams also has a free ColorSnap app for  your smartphone that matches real-world colors with paint colors. Found a landscape you love? Copy the palette into paint! Behr’s ColorSmart app has similar creative tools.

These are just two brands’ online products. Almost every paint company has similar tools on their websites. Need help figuring out how much paint to buy? Check out the DutchBoy Painting Calculator. Just input your room dimensions, and voila! Valspar even has a free live color consult that you can get on your iPad – one-on-one with a professional!

The options for painting before you ever actually paint are amazing! Check out these tools, and let us know your faves.

Cheers to creativity!
Julie