Category Archives: Decorating Ideas

Rustic Wood Shelves

Rustic Kitchen Shelves

Rustic Wood Shelves

When you remodel a kitchen the decisions can be overwhelming. For every decision that needs to be made there seems to be 1,000 options not to mention cost concerns.

What color to paint the walls? Reuse existing cabinets or buy new? What color to paint the existing cabinets? If new, do we stain the cabinets? Which counter top to purchase? Tile for the backsplash? Tile floor? Wood floor? Appliances..white? black? stainless? Lighting? Fixtures? Hardware? Refinish wood floors? Are they salvageable? Install new floors?

And if you’re using wood for any of these projects, which wood is the best option?

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Gallery Wall with Antique Walking Canes

2 Decorating Challenges and Solutions

Antique Walking Canes

COLLECTIONS
Are you a collector?
Do you love the pastime of looking for that elusive item to add to your collection(s)? Collections you can display and enjoy?

While I’ve never been bit by the collecting bug I do enjoy using a client’s collections when decorating their homes. Sometimes those collections present a challenge.
Just how do we incorporate these items into the decor?

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How to Paint a Harlequin Diamond Wall (4)

How to Paint a Harlequin Diamond Wall

Red Harlequin DiamondsWhen Emily was building her new home she began gathering inspiration pics and ideas she hoped to incorporate into her new home.

One of those inspiration pics was the above photo that she saved to her phone after stumbling across it on Pinterest. Later she showed the photo to her friend Shannon mentioning she’d like to have something similar painted in her kitchen.
It just so happened that Shannon knew me, knew about Beyond the Screen Door and the rest…as they say…is history!

If you follow along on Instagram or Facebook you may recognize this project! 

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Custom Handpainted Artwork (5)

5 Creative Projects and an Office Update

Custom Handpainted Artwork (5)

Occasionally, when working with a client I get the opportunity to step away from fabric, pick up a paint brush and create artwork. You may remember this piece, one of the first pieces I shared here on the blog.

Most recently, while working on an office update, I was able to create two contemporary pieces for the IPHC Discipleship Ministries Department where my daughter Kaleigh works.

Contemporary Office Space

Working with an existing red leather sofa as inspiration, I chose a color scheme of gray, red and black including elements of dark wood and metal. A warm contemporary feel with a touch of industrial.

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Kitchen

Home Staging on a Budget

Over the past few years, as the term Home Staging has become a household word, we’ve all come to realize just how important this step is in selling your home.

According to Wikipedia “Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers…”

Kitchenphoto via – 31 Days to a Staged Home 

“What does this mean, exactly?” “How does staging differ from the way I normally decorate my home?”

We design our homes based on our on personal likes and dislikes.

By definition, home staging is based on presenting the most universally appealing home possible for the process of resale.

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Washed Ruffled Linens and a Life Lesson

Ruffled BeddingHave you ever looked back through your Pinterest Boards with a fresh eye and considered the items you’ve pinned?

After recently pinning a few new slipcover pics I browsed back through some of my boards and notice just the tiniest preference for ruffled linens. Many of them using washed linen with raw edges. I adore this look.

Yet I don’t have one single item like this in my home. Why?

Why do we take the time to pin these inspiring photos yet fail to act on the inspiration? Whether it’s an item for our home, exercises for a flatter tummy, recipes for a healthier lifestyle or tips on saving money…it seems our intentions are good but our follow through is a bit lacking.

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Jewelry Organization (5)

Creating Vintage Jewelry Storage from Sentimental Treasures

Jewelry Organization (2)

Have you ever stumbled upon the jewelry organization or jewelry storage boards on Pinterest? Oh.my.word! There are so many crazy, creative ways to organize your jewelry!

While I wouldn’t call my jewelry storage crazy creative, I do think it’s pretty, it’s functional and the best part is I’m using sentimental pieces that otherwise would be hidden away in a closet.

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Barn Door with Metal Hardware

Lovin’ Those Little Details ~ Wrought Iron Metal Hardware

Alder Wood Door  with Inset Metal Detail

While working on Tara’s home I realized I’d collected quite a few photos of the iron details throughout her home.

Today, I’ve gathered those pics together along with a few others to show you some of the ways you can incorporate these details into your own home.

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