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

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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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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

2012 in Review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for our blog. Isn’t that cool?

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Reading their report got me thinking about our year-end, and some of the highlights of 2012. Besides starting our very first blog that had over 1000 views (WOO HOO!), we celebrated 18 years as a shoppe. That’s a really long time! I could have raised a kid in that time… oh wait, I did!

Another thing that stuck out in my mind was the wild popularity of metal art this year. Both indoor and outdoor art flew out the door all year long. I could barely keep up!

We had quite a few sales and events this year, but by far, our most popular was our first ever Black Friday/Small Business Saturday Facebook coupon for 50% off one item! It was a huge hit! We’re so glad that many of our loyal customers and Facebook fans could find a deal for Christmas.

Speaking of Facebook, 2012 brought hundreds of new fans, literally! As of right now, we have 419 fans of the shoppe. That’s over a hundred more than in 2011. I really enjoy sharing photos from the shoppe with all of our fans and being able to communicate about specials, changes in hours and general decorating info. I hope you’re enjoying it too! I look forward to what 2013 will bring! If there’s anything you’d like to see more of on Facebook, on the blog, or in the shoppe for that matter… just leave a comment!

Another year on the books, and another one on the way! What a blessing to be able to help amazing customers make their houses into homes every day!

See ya next year!
Julie

Words on the Wall

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It’s no surprise to me that word art is one of the most popular items in the shoppe. Each sign has a saying that speaks to its new owner almost immediately. You walk through the shoppe, reading each one, until there it is – one that you connect with. Sometimes it’s immediate; sometimes it takes many shopping trips. I have one customer who finally found the word art piece she was looking for after five years of hunting! What a joy to help her complete her decor!

I once found a quote by an unknown author that said, “The words we say will teach if we practice what we preach.” Many word art pieces do just that. They guide the way we want to live, reminding us to practice what we preach. The font on the the print, canvas, or chalkboard… whatever the words may be living on… matches our personalities, matches the values we want to live!

Have you found the perfect word art piece? What does it say? How has it changed the mood of your room? Of your life?

Hoo Likes Owls?

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It seems like no matter where you look these days, there are owls everywhere! From jeweled owl necklaces to bedding sets to t-shirts, many retailers are bringing the 70’s trend back to life.

Whether it started with Harry Potter or Legend of the Guardians a few years back, or just comes with the natural cycle of decade decor, the cute, fluffy birds seem to have some staying power. We love them, and the shoppe is full of them. From owl prints to live-looking owls that can sit in artificial Christmas trees, they’re all over the store!

If you need some ideas on where to use owls in your fall decor, let us know.

Click on any of the images below to start your brainstorming. Owl be there to help if you get stuck! Julie