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

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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.

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

Shoppe Surprises – Sparkle and Yarn Bows

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Christmas has arrived at the shoppe, and we had a wonderful holiday open house this past weekend. Thanks to all of you who came out and visited us on the grey winter day.

Some of my favorite things in the shoppe this season are the sparkly ‘bows’, for lack of a better word. The bows magically appeared via my right-hand woman, Gayle. She whipped them up just like you would a normal bow, but they just seem more festive than the traditional ribbon.Sparkly bow in silver

You could probably make these in a smaller format with sparkle stems, but we have rolls of sparkle wire in the store, if you’d like to try making a larger one for yourself. I think they have much more impact if they are a bit bigger.Sparkly bow in red

We also experimented with some yarn bows, and I love how they turned out – amazing! I always love trying old tricks with new materials. It’s pure Christmas joy! (Ok, that may be stretching it… but still, they are my favorites in the store right now.)Red yarn bow

Either of these bows would be a great addition to your holiday decor, a big gift or perhaps the top of your tree!

Welcome to the holidays! -Julie