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Thanksgiving is just days away and if you’re anything like me, you aren’t at all prepared. Here are a few tablescapes to inspire your Thanksgiving decor. A patterned tablecloth is a great way to switch things up without having to invest in new dinnerware. This plaid pattern Bless’er House chose for her tablescape is to die for! A few years ago, I decided to add some color to my Thanksgiving decor. I still reminisce on how well this design turned out. All the details are on my blog, Designers Sweet Spot. We love how Fox Hollow Cottage designed her table around this vintage sugar mold. It’s the perfect centerpiece to give the table a casual yet sophisticated feel. Make sure you take a peak at her cute turkey-themed dinnerware! You’ll definitely want to head over to 2 Bees in a Pod to check out all the adorable details added to this tablescape, including the DIY clay place cards! Such a special touch. (Plus, wouldn’t they make a cut Christmas ornament after the feast was over?!) Most tablescapes are done on long tables with plenty of extra space for decor. Which is great, if you have a long table. Little Red Brick House didn’t let her small, round table stop her when it came to decorating. This simple design is perfect if you’re lacking all that extra table space this year. I’m fully aware that this isn’t a tablescape. However, this DIY tutorial was too good to pass up! I can just picture several of these spaced along your table, or even a larger pumpkin as a centerpiece. Wine… Read More »
No one likes to say that they have failed. Today I give you permission to completely FAIL in your home decor. I completely failed in this renovation project, but all is not lost! The One Room Challenge Dining Room Update This week is the final reveal for the One Room Challenge. I have been avoiding writing this post, because it’s hard for me to admit that I have failed this challenge. I haven’t finished our dining room. I was really excited in the beginning, the painting was easy. It took me an entire weekend to paint the built-in dining hutch. The white is so much lighter, I really do like it. I am glad I took the plunge to paint all that dark woodwork. The next project was the ceiling. This painted ceiling medallion gives the room something special. Our kitty loves to stare at the ceiling, she must find it interesting. I bought some great fabric at a fabulous price and whipped up a pair of curtains. I was on a roll! And that’s where the story ends. Actually, it came to a grinding halt. The END of the Dining Room ORC Story The table improvements are holding me back. I need to paint the table, but I don’t have the vision right now as to which colors to use. White, black? Grey, Chocolate? Can’t decide. Am having second thoughts about the curtains that I made. I never have second thoughts. NEVER. Usually, I am an all in kind of girl. But, something in this room just doesn’t feel right. Our… Read More »
Dining rooms are a gathering place for many families. You create memories there that can last a lifetime. If you’re looking to transform your dining room, here are some rooms to inspire you! Hopefully you’ve found some inspiration for you next dining room transformation. It can range anywhere from a simple paint change to a full room renovation. Are you still looking for more inspiration? Check out these similar posts: DIY Sunburst Ceiling Medallion Top 20 Bathroom Transformations Budget Curtains for Any Room Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup 12 Kitchen Tile Backsplashes (That Aren’t All Subway Tile) Remember to pin this post for later!
Looking for a great gift? Try one of these fabulous ideas for women over 50! I am in the 50 club now, so I can write this post! This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! Top 30 Fab Gifts for Women Over 50 I recently became a member of the over 50 club. Let me tell you girls, it’s very freeing. Suddenly you have a new outlook on life. These gifts are selected from the viewpoint of a woman who has a new lease on life. Suddenly, I am concerned about wrinkles, aging, beauty marks and greying roots. I am pricing compression hose, anticipating hot flashes and wearing colors that I never have before. It’s a whole new world! If you know someone who fits this description, these gifts are for her! Or for you, because suddenly it’s okay to take better care of ourselves! Here we go! Gifts for Midlife Women Cute compression socks. I wasn’t kidding when I said I was pricing these out. Did you know they make compression socks in adorable prints??? That way the rest of the world will never know what they really are, or how fabulous they make your legs feel. Check out this fabulous selection here. Fine home decor diffuser set. Face it, women love things that smell good. We also love things for our home. This combination is perfect with both a diffuser and candle in a fabulous Birchwood Pine Scent. What… Read More »
Warm and fluffy quilts are loved by little ones, this ragged baby quilt is fairly simple to make and won’t break the bank! Ragged Baby Quilt Warm and fluffy blankets are always on my bed and furniture during the cold months. A soft flannel quilt is frequently fought over by all of our family members to cuddle with while watching tv. I made this darling baby quilt for our neighbors who just had a baby boy. It’s so cute, I was tempted to keep it. Not that it would cover even part of my generous sized body, but I just liked it. So soft and fuzzy! Ragged baby quilts are fun to make even if you are without a lot of quilting experience. You don’t need any fancy quilting machines or other supplies which is great. The pattern for this quilt is available for immediate download in my new pattern shop! Whoo, hoo! The shop has been a long time in coming, and I am very excited to have it put together! The Chambray Blues Sewing Patterns site is up and running! I am adding more patterns (crafts, quilting, apparel and home decor) as well as notions and fabrics each week so be sure to stop back if you don’t find what you are looking for. SHOP CHAMBRAY BLUES NOW If you need a pattern for something specific, I also make custom pdf sewing patterns. Send me your requests at Jessica@designerssweetspot.com and I will try to accommodate your needs. You can read about my compensation rates on the Hire Me… Read More »
Decorative holiday pillows are one of the easiest ways to decorate your home for the holidays. However, pillows these days are costing an arm and a leg! Who wants to spend that much on something that will only be in use for 2 months of the year? Here are some great ways to create a festive feel on a budget, and reuse some of the same pillows you use all year.Rebecca at The Crafted Sparrow created this fun pillow to add a little excitement to her neutral color scheme. This cozy cashmere pillow is perfect to usher in the winter season. It reminds me of cold nights sipping hot chocolate by a fire! Hello Little Home shares a great tutorial over on her blog. Everyone loves candy at Christmas! Sustain My Craft Habit shares some great tips on how to create these fun pillows on a budget, you don’t even have to know how to sew! While this pillow cover does require a bit of sewing, it’s so easy that even a beginner could do it in no time. Janice of Sawdust Sisters simply used these holiday covers on pillows she uses year round to save some money. I SPY DIY shares an excellent tutorial on how to make two of these festive pillows. Another great option if you’re wanting to tone your decor down a bit this year. The possibilities for a tree like this are endless! You could add some embellishments to “decorate” the tree, or stick with a simple lace for a pillow that can stay in use all winter long. Work It, Mom! shares some of the… Read More »
This easy painted project is quick to put together for last minute entertaining or a special handmade gift! Post is sponsored by Deco Art and Joann’s Fabric and Crafts. Any opinions given are completely my own. Easy DIY Painting Project I am always on the hunt for new things to paint! When I came across this wooden tray at Joann’s and immediately fell in love with it! It’s small enough that it can be used on a table for a pretty vignette, and it’s easy to store when it’s not needed. Love it in these neutral colors that will be a fun accent to any decor. Here’s how you can make your own polkadot tray! Supplies Needed: • 14″ Wooden Serving Tray from Joann’s Product #8162174 •Americana Acrylic Paint in Lamp Black, and Titanium White •Americana Decor Metallics Paint in Champaign Gold •Paint brushes: I used #15 flat paint brush 3/4″ wide, #4 flat brush 1/4″ wide and a #2 round brush •Water, paper towels and painting pallet or paper plate Directions: Paint the tray with the Lampblack paint with the flat paint brush. (get it through my affiliate link here) I did not paint the back of the tray but you could if you choose. Paint the gold trim with the #4 brush. (buy thorough my affiliate link here.) The brush is just the right width to paint the edge of the top. You may need to give it two coats if needed. Paint the polkadots with the #2 round brush. (available through my affiliate link here.) Dip your… Read More »
Fall is a versatile time of year as far as decor goes. You don’t have to stick to orange pumpkins and leaves (although that’s always a classic). Here are a few of our favorite fall mantels to inspire your decorations this year! This fun wreath adds so much character to this fall mantel. It’s a different take on many typical fall wreaths, but the colors used still convey that fall feel. eighteen25 shares a great tutorial on how to make this easy wreath and details on the other items they used to create this beautiful mantel. Diane at In My Own Style admits that she used to go crazy with the fall decor, but realized that sometimes a few simple changes for each season can have just as big of an impact. If you’re wanting to do something totally different this year, head over to Shabbyfufu. This jewel-toned mantel could be just the thing you’ve been looking for! Fall decor lends itself so easily to the use of antiques that you may have sitting around. Little Vintage Nest simply added a few white pumpkins to this vintage cubby to create her fall mantel. She also shares a link for this adorable pumpkin sign, you’ll definitely want to check it out! No mantel? No problem! It All Started With Paint decorates her radiator cover in the same way she would decorate a mantel. Sometimes a bit of creativity is all you need to get the job done. If you already have the farmhouse theme going on like My Life From Home, you may simply need to grab a few pumpkins to… Read More »
Budget curtains can be hard to find if you pay retail price. Here are my best tips for making them yourself in just a few simple steps. This post contains affiliate links from which I will make a small commission should you decide to purchase. Thank you for supporting my blog in this way. Here we are back again for week 3 of the One Room Challenge! This week our dining room renovation includes Window Treatments! Here’s what we have covered so far: Week 1: Design Plan Week 2: Paint Week 3: Ceiling Medallion Click on the links above to see the progress! Curtains That Only Look Expensive New curtains have been on my to do list for this room for a while. I dread a large project like this because it’s expensive and time consuming. However, this one turned out to be less expensive than I anticipated. Here’s my story: Since I had my fabric picked out since week one, it was going to be easy to go and buy it at the store. Problem was they were sold out when I got there. Not good! The Fabric Deal After browsing the clearance rack of decor fabrics, I came up with two options. One was a lovely teal priced at $4.00 a yard. What a great deal! Option two was a lovely Waverly fabric floral print priced at $13.00 per yard. Not so cheap, but I really liked it. I took both bolts to the counter and asked the clerk why one was so much more than the other.… Read More »
Ceiling medallions are part of old house character. Our old house was missing some of that old world charm. Painting a Sunburst Medallion was just what was needed. This post was sponsored by Deco Art. Any opinions given are completely my own. Sunburst Ceiling Medallion This is week 2 of the six weeks One Room Challenge. If you aren’t sure what the ORC is you can read more about it here on Callingithome.com. My original design plan for the dining room renovation called for stenciled walls, which was scheduled to be the project this week. After much consideration I decided to let go of this idea. The walls are really too small for any type of stencil. We have two large windows, several doorways and a huge built-in hutch that take up most of the wall space in this room. Hang a picture or two on the walls and we see even less of them. It just wouldn’t make much sense to stencil it. The other thing that I changed my mind was the fabrics I am using in this room. The stencil idea no longer worked with the new fabrics that I purchased, but I will tell you all about that next week. IT WILL BE FABULOUS. Be sure to stop back! To see the original design plan, check out this post. Last week we painted the walls and trim, you can read about that here. Designing the Medallion I briefly thought about purchasing a plaster medallion for the ceiling, but after searching the internet I couldn’t find one… Read More »
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