Are you one of those people who have a cupboard full of miss-matched coffee mugs? You know who you are. You just can’t pass up a pretty design or catchy phrase or one that commemorates a vacation spot. If they’re taking up too much room and you can’t bare to part with them, bring out the best ones for display. Extra kitchen counter space is usually hard to come by, so put them to work. Fill them up with forks and spoons, or plant herbs, store packets of sweetener or straws. Arrange them on the window sill or in the corner (it’s a wasted space anyway). Designer Victoria Pearson created is charming little kitchen display for House Beautiful.
Nothing refreshes your home more than being organized. Don’t you love the feeling of knowing there’s a place for everything? It makes clean-up so much easier when you (and the rest of the family) know where things belong.
I had a couple shelves in a closet that where a hodge-podge of junk. Stuff I wasn’t ready to toss, but it was a disorganized mess. There were miscellaneous boxes and bags. I didn’t what was in any of them or what was behind it all.
I picked up a couple of plastic boxes with lids ($2.00 each), a pretty basket (less than $10.00), an accordion file for the papers ($8.00). The solid cardboard boxes got inside and outside make-overs. Each container now has a label or tag that reminds me of what’s hidden inside. Everything is nice, neat and no chance of anything falling on my head when I open the door.
Throw pillows add instant color to your living or family room. You can purchase new ones every season or just buy (or make) new covers and reuse the inserts (less expensive). I like to update the ones I already own with accessories from my closet.
A purchased orange velour pillow gets a whole new look when a blue scarf is tied around the middle.
The little striped pillow looks totally different with a band of fabric that matches another pillow. I accessorized it with a vintage belt buckle. Maybe next season I’ll try a pin from my jewelry box.
More Flowers. I don’t mean to repeat myself, but dying flowers is an easy DIY project that costs virtually nothing! And they add a pretty punch of color to any room.
- Pick the last of the daisies from your garden
- Add several drops of food coloring to water in mini vases or small juice glasses
- After a few hours the flower heads will absorb the water and change color
- This is a fun science project to do with your kids. (Exactly what the science is, you’ll have to figure that one out for yourself!)
Arranging your collections.
Three things to consider when putting your collectibles on display:
- Display items in groups of odd numbers
- 3 looks better than 2; 7 looks better than 6
- When the collection gets bigger (more than 9 or 10 items) it doesn’t make a visual difference
- Put like items together
- A collection is much more interesting when everything is grouped together in one place
- Vary the height of items.
- If each thing is the same height, use books or props to raise some