New Collection of Children’s Wall Decals from Lot 26

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Looking to redecorate your child’s bedroom or playroom quickly and inexpensively? The new collection of wall decals from Lot 26 Studio, are a fun and creative way to easily redesign any little one’s space! You can choose from a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and themes including peel-and-stick designs, adhesive acrylic mirrors and much more. Here are some of my absolute favorites.

The perfect addition to any newborn nursery is the Blue Sweet Birds & Branch Decal. This serene and calming nature scene sets the perfect relaxing tone for a baby’s nursery. Plus, it’s so easy to put up—just peel and stick! The Mirrored Alphabet is a super simple way to decorate your child’s room while helping him or her learn at the same time! These adhesive mirror wall decals take only minutes to put up and they’re sure to make teaching the ABC’s that much more fun! Whether on the ground or in the air, the Truck and Plane Decals are too cute for words. These fun and cartoony planes and trucks are sure to brighten up any playroom, classroom, or bedroom. You can check out the complete new collection of these adorable wall decals for boys here.

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30 Ways to Cut the Cost of Living: Decorating, Part 2

#18: Use the occasion of spring cleaning to redecorate for super cheap or even free.

I am grateful for today’s guest post by my mom!  See part one HERE.

I love to use the excuse of spring cleaning to redecorate one or two rooms. I usually do this by using what I already have! One of my favorite ways to gain inspiration is to look through magazines (my old ones, the library, or online) and find a color, some arrangement on a side table, or pillows piled a certain way on a bed to get me geared up. It works both ways, because then I’m anxious to get to my spring cleaning! As you clean, be sure to take everything out of the room and off the walls as well. That way you can take a fresh look at your room and have a clean palette to imagine some new groupings.

One principle that brings instant order and a quick change to a room is balance. Gather everything you have in pairs that would work for that particular room. Don’t be afraid to grab from other rooms as you look for lamps, candlesticks holders, pictures (with the same frame finish), pillows, end tables, chairs, etc. Find your focal point (fireplace, window, or sofa) and highlight it with some sort of pair. Match framed prints, end tables (matching or the same height), etc. with a pair of lamps or a pair of dining room chairs on either side. I’ve found that many people have split their pairs of lamps (or tables, or chairs) in two different rooms. Keep matched pairs and sets together to make more of an impact in one room.

Once you’ve done your cleaning, bring back your furniture and don’t be afraid to put it in different places. Check out yesterday’s post on how to arrange furniture for a conversation area. Look around your room for a chance to use the pairs you have gathered, then sit back and enjoy the new landscape.

Collectibles often fall into the same misuse category as those stray lamps—a small part of a collection here, a little more there—spread out all over a room, or the entire house. Grouping your collectibles together will do the most to showcase them. What constitutes a “collection”? Anything of which you have multiples: glass candlestick holders, figurines, tea cups, vases, silver, or old books, to name a few.  If you have a hutch displaying china, crystal or silver; group like items on the same shelf, with the tallest in the back. You will be surprised how your shelves come to life!  For an even more dramatic look, paint the back of your shelves in an accent color or line with wrapping paper in a pop of color. Don’t be afraid to put Grandma’s silver tea service out on a tray to be seen and enjoyed everyday. Spray paint a bunch of frames black and make a large grouping of prints on a large wall. Think outside the box of what you’ve been doing year after year. Spring is the season for new life and change.

They key is to muster some courage, find a color you like or things you love, and surround yourself with them. It doesn’t have to cost much, or anything, to get a fresh new look in one or two of your rooms. There’s no time like the present, so let’s start cleaning and get about refreshing our surroundings…for free!

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30 Ways to Cut the Cost of Living: Decorating, Part 1

#17 Use what you have to redecorate key areas of your home for FREE!

We have a fun treat today.  My mom, a wonderful interior decorator, has provided a fun list of ideas for things you can do to redecorate for free.  Enjoy!

  • Group a bunch of tea lights down the middle of your dining room table on pedestals for a formal centerpiece (no scented candles during a meal).
  • Change out silk flower arrangements by adding or removing flowers, especially with the seasons.
  • Stack bedroom pillows flat on top of each other largest to smallest, centered, instead of propped up.
  • Add a throw to the end of the bed, over the arm of a chair, couch, or on an ottoman.
  • Speaking of ottomans, use one or two as a coffee table with a tray on top for stability.
  • No ottoman? How about a large covered basket, a trunk, or a stack of old suitcases from the attic as an end table? (Screw the suitcases together.)
  • Rearrange furniture to pull it off the wall and make a conversation area, shaped in a U with the couch as an anchor and chairs on either side, facing each other.
  • Change out throw rugs from one room to another or turn them the opposite way or on an angle.
  • Recover accent pillows with left over fabric scraps…color block if necessary. Choose an accent color with pizazz to wake up your rooms.
  • Gather small tabletop picture frames from all over the house and put them on one table with family photos in them.
  • Rearrange bookshelves with all the books in size order and pulled to the front edge of the shelf.
  • Take all the magnets and notes off of your fridge…your kitchen will look amazingly different. I promise, this one works!
  • Clear your kitchen counters of anything you don’t use every day. You’ll love the “new” look.
  • Cut an old bedroom pillow in half and cover it to make two throw pillows.
  • If you have a willow tree, cut a vase full of 18″ budding branches and throw them in a vase.
  • Take your good china out of the cabinet and stack it on the mantle or as a centerpiece with a tea pot
  • Use plate hangers to hang plates on the wall in groupings by color.
  • Get out Grandma’s embroidered napkins or tea towels, starch them, and hang them over your guest towels in the bathroom.
  • Fresh fruit in a glass bowl is always nice in the kitchen.  Try lemons and limes.

 

Stay tuned for some more great ideas tomorrow!

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