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