What we love about this picture is how it exemplifies the way color can bring out the beauty of a room. These Levolor Romans’ colorful stripes make a statement without screaming it. The greens and blues in the shade bring out the more subtle tones in the tile for a luxurious but still comortably subtle tone. The gentle filtering of the light and the top-down feature allow beautiful natural light in without compromising on privacy, creating a spa right in the home.
Last year after my son’s birth, my husband and I moved out of our large one bedroom apartment to a smaller, more affordable two bedroom space while we save for a home. The biggest challenge we face is less space, and our family photos exemplify the dilema perfectly. Only two walls in our new home have enough space to hold photos, so I needed to pair down the clutter. I had a huge hodge-podge of frames that were the product of having my pictures spread throughout a large apartment with high ceilings.
The first step in the process was to go through the photos and decide which were the most important. Trimming out old snapshots and moving them to the family photo albums helped a lot. I then narrowed it down to the special shots from specific occasions- wedding photos, holidays, and my son’s introduction to his family. I still needed some inspiration, so I went online to look at various collage frames. On Target.com I saw a lot of creative and fun frames, but nothing with the flexibility I wanted- many had inspirational phrases I didn’t want to be stuck with for years. What I wanted was the ability to adjust the style of the frame throughout the year, not a one-size-fits-all greeting card phrase.
Enter Crayola. Crayola sells “Window Crayons”- basically non-toxic grease markers in primary colors. You can write or draw on a glass pane and then come back later and wipe the glass clean with glass cleaner, even months down the road, and create a different design. This can also be done with eyeliner, but eyeliner isn’t available in the colors I wanted. I purchased the Window Crayons from a hobby store and picked up two RE Collage Frames with white matting from Target. I three 8″x10″ black frames from my orginal collection. I shifted the large photos into the 8″x10″ frames and put those frames in the dining room. On the frames with matting, I used the Crayola Window Crayons to create a generalized, abstract winter design that will look nice until spring peeps its head over the horizon and I’m ready to change the design. These two frames will look great and fit comfortably in the living room.
Any space, no matter how small, can be a comfortable home. The key is being flexible and creative, and accepting that in small spaces less is more.
This week, we’d like to offer you a sneek peak of an exciting new product that will be available on our site soon: Eclipse Shutters. This versatile shutter is washable, energy efficient, and certified by GreenGuard. Keep your eyes open for a detailed release on this great new solution for your windows!
In episode #201 of HGTV’s show HGTV’d, designer Antonio Ballatore transformed an out of date 50’s style living area and kitchen into the hip industrial scene the owners were looking for. To add the perfect touch to a newly modernized kitchen, his choice may intrigue you- it was our own BlindSaver Creations Roller Shades! A perfect choice for this room, BlindSaver Creations Roller Shades are available in over 50 different colors, prints and borders, and also in a Roman Shade style for a more traditional feel and softer fabric. When you choose BlindSaver, you aren’t just choosing a great price- you’re choosing high style!
What we love about Comfortex Ballet Performance Drapery Sheers: versatility and classic style. Available with or without vanes (which can be ordered as light filtering or room darkening) and with a traditional headrail or fascias, these are definitely the most versatile vertical window treatment. These sheers offer all the elegance and style of draperies with the privacy, easy operation and light control of vertical blinds. Bellisima!