Monthly Archives: April 2011

English Dog Room

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Get your English on!!  After all,  the Royal Wedding is just around the corner.   Who said you have to live in the Windsor Castle to enjoy a fabulous English Dog room?  Here is a room fit for a King or Queen!

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 Most of the dog statues were purchased at HomeGoods.

 

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Get Your English Diva On!!!

 

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Black and white sitting room

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Come home and relax with a glass of wine!  Another idea with this room is to paint the ceiling black with the walls white.  Also, you could put in a white or black couch and then put color in the room with the pillow and accessories on the shelves.  That way you could change the room very easy.  In the spring, you could add soft pink color pillows/accessories or in the fall you could add brown and orange pillows/accessories.  Add personal touches in the background by adding cute black and white photos with a pop of red in the photo.

Click on the image above to see a listing of the furnishings in this image.

Undecorating

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Below is a link to an article published in the Wall Street Journal by Katie Roiphe about a book titled “Undecorate:  The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design” by Christiane Lemieux.  While I have not read the book or even looked it over, I do have some definite thoughts on the article.  In this blog, I discuss this new approach to decorating and why I don’t agree with it.  There is a new style developing, but there is a better way of describing it than Undecorating.  This new style of decorating is what drives the 3 Decorating Divas to help every day people decorate their own spaces.

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As described in the article, “Undecorating” is the ideal of a lived-in, unfussy, creative imperfection” look.  However, that is just another style of decorating.  In fact, I would go so far as to say this new “Undecorating” ideal is just an eclectic style of decorating.  Just throw some random things together that are personal to you and that is your eclectic style!   The picture below, which is also in the Wall Street Journal,  is just a messy looking bedroom.  If you make this bed, the room is decorated nicely with two matching lamps, a tufted headboard and nice bedding.  So, is the “Undecorating” look just another word for laziness?

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Mentioned in the article was that interior designers don’t decorate for personal taste and that you should save your money and decorate, or shall I say Undecorate in your own taste.  Not true.  3 Decorating Divas makes it our goal to make sure your design plan is exactly decorated for your taste and to make it personal to you.  So, why am I so up in arms about this article?  Because “Undecorating” has just a negative sound towards decorating.  It is trying to make people think that decorating is something that anyone can do just like that.  That isn’t the case.  Decorating isn’t as easy as it may seem to the average person.  It’s frustrating when your room doesn’t come together they way you envisioned.  In the last paragraph of the article it states that any cynic of this new idea would have to agree that they would rather go to a dinner party at any house that is undecorated (featured in the book) than any home covered in Architectural Digest.  That is a huge assumption on the authors  part.  In this case, they are wrong.  I would love to go to a dinner party at any one of those homes featured in Architectural Digest.

After reading this article and looking over the several photos, this Undecorating ideal is more like a day to day living style.  As the author stated, “a look of children lying in a pile of books, artfully unmade beds, one piece of clothing strewn across a couch”.  Every Day Living style is a better way to describe this look.  Or what about Smart Decorating Style?  The do-it yourself way of decorating.  The idea of coming up with ways to get the same look as expensive decorated room without spending the same amount of money, buying cheaper items and not worrying how much they costs or the name on the label, recycling are all reflective of a recession-fueled era and way of thinking.  Of course, the emphasis on going green has also inspired a different look on decorating.  We want paints that are safer for the environment and suddenly re-using grandma’s rocking chair (seen below in our Baby Boy nursery) is becoming increasing popular.

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As stated above, the author of this article states, “personality over hired expertise”.  The 3 Decorating Divas ask if there is anything in the room that you want to keep or want implemented in the design plan.  We want you to love your room based on your personality.  That is our goal!  We also want to re-use any furniture you might already have, but just need to be changed in their appearance.  That saves you money and it also saves the environment!  Also, sometimes people just need a little advice in helping them finish their space.  They don’t need to hire an expensive decorator.  3 Decorating Divas helps you out.  We charge hourly to just give some advice or suggestions on what the client can do.  That saves you money!  Why does it have to cost a lot of money to hire a decorator?  Well, now it doesn’t.  3 Decorating Divas cuts decorating costs dramatically!  You can now afford to have your home look like an expensive interior designer decorated your space.  How?  Because we design a decorating plan which lays out everything you need to know to decorate like the pros!  For just $300 a room!  You do all the shopping and work, or you can choose to hire someone to do it.  But, the choice is yours.  In doing that you save on all the fees that designers charge you on doing the running around or making sure the painters painted the right color.  You do all that saving you tons of money!  3 Decorating Divas can work with any budget.  Plus if you decide to change the budget, you can still use the plan.  For example, if we pick out a lamp that is $150, but you can’t afford to spend that much, you can pick something that is cheaper.  You have the basic idea of what the lamp needs to look like.  So you have the control to alter the budget as it fits your needs.  With that idea in mind, you also have the control on how long it takes to decorate your space.  If money is an issue, you can take 6 months to decorate it at your own pace.  You don’t have to do it all at once!!

This idea of Undecorating is basically a new way of stating an already implemented decorating style in a negative way.  If this is a new style of decorating or shall I say a new trend of decorating, there is a better name for it, for example,  Smart Decorating Style or Day to Day Living Style.  The author seems to have a negative attitude towards decorators but she puts all of us in one basket, when clearly not all decorators are hob knob expensive Architectural Digest designer.  The 3 Decorating Divas understands how frustrating it can be to want a decorated house, but unable to do it for financial reasons or just not have the know how to do it.  It is our goal to help anyone anywhere with any budget to decorate their home.  Just Do-It Yourself!!

Diva Baby Shower

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The 3 Decorating Divas recently had a baby shower, Diva Style!  Here are a few ideas for you if you are going to be throwing a similar bash in the future!

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Gift table and time-out chair.

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Make it personal and add items from mommy.  Here we have the baby’s cousin on her time-out chair playing with her soon-to-be toys.  The tag says, “Hey Cous!!!  I am playing with your stuff!!”  Always glamour something up by adding pearls and rhinestones!!

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Cute pink and black tassels dress up these cute pink chests purchased at HomeGoods along with the cute white picture frame.

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Dress up any table with beautiful flowers and strands of pearls.

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We had this brunch catered and had very plenty of sweets to go along with it! 

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Vanilla cupcakes with strawberry frosting, red velvet cupcakes, peanut butter cup cupcakes and S’mores cupcakes to mention a few. 

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These boots aren’t just made for walking!!

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 Boot It!!  Luv your rubber Wellie boots??  They needn’t be confined to just running and jumping thru puddles.  Use your imagination!!  Some flowering branches like  Forsythia  tucked into your favorite rain boot can make a witty entry display for any front porch…
  
 
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Get your Diva on

 

Mad Hatter Tea Birthday Party

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“I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date…”  Alice, Butterflies, The Queen of Hearts, Red Roses, Mad Hatter Hats and more!  The 3 Decorating Divas are at it again throwing a very lucky 7 year old little girl and Unbirthday Party!  Below, we have listed out some of our ideas.

Invitations

Home Made – we used different graphics on the internet to come up with my invitations.  Wording is as follows:

 

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Please join us for tea

in honor of

Morgan’s 7th Unbirthday

Saturday, March 26th  Promptly at 1:39 pm – 4:23 pm

(And don’t be late for this important date)

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We thought it was really cute to of course use “Unbirthday”, make the party times at odd times and the place to be Wonderland.  Make sure to inform your guests, “Don’t be late for this very important date!”

Decorations    

We had several great cute, in-expensive decorations, which we have listed below.  First, we made flowers out of tissue paper.  Take 4 – 5 sheets of tissue paper and fold them in according style about an 1” thick lengthwise.  When you have folded them, round off the ends by cutting them.  Then take pipe cleaners and tie them in the center.  Then very carefully, fan out each side and separate each piece of tissue paper.  If you need more instructions, simply search the internet for Mexican Flowers and there are tons of sites that walk you through it more.

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We wanted to dress up the chairs, which we had several different types.  So, we went to the $1 store and bought seven plastic table clothes in several different colors.  One table cloth would cover two chairs.  We just simply purchased the longest table cloth available and cut it in half, longwise.   Then making sure that the chair was in the middle of the table cloth, we tied a bow and embellished it with different accessories.  Below are the cute daisy’s we found at Michaels and also cute butterflies.

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We also hung lots of paper round balls with ribbon from ceiling in the living room which had vaulted ceilings.  That balanced out the chandelier from the dining room.  Also, to add a little more color, we used ribbon from each corner of the dining room and tied each one to the hanging chandelier.  For each strand, we hung up more round paper balls, the paper flowers and then simply just hung ribbon down making it curly at the end.  we purchased the paper round balls from Oriental Trading.

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Another cute idea for the walls and table is simply just a deck of cards!  We purchased a large deck of cards at the $1 store and the giant cards from Oriental Trading.  At Michaels, they sell two sided sticky squares made to hang up  party decorations.  They are easy to remove and only one of the butterflies kept falling down.

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From Hobby Lobby we purchased several different Ostrich Plume feathers and placed them around the room and table.  We put them in a flower arrangement or on the back of a chair or as a decoration on the drapery.  We had in our inventory long strands of pearls which we draped over the chandelier and candelabra.  We also put them around the cake with the feathered boas.

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We had lot and lots of flowers, both real and silk from Michaels.  Anything that wasn’t holding candy or food, was going to be holding flowers.  Just simply buy the floral foam (make sure to get the type for real flowers) and cut small pieces to put into the vase or tea pot.  Then just take the flowers and cut them short and stick in the foam.  Don’t forget the water!!  Then add any cute decoration like a feather or multi-colored fans (we found these at the $1 bins at Target).

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We also used Butterflies and dragonflies that we purchased from various places found on the internet.  The antique rabbits were a nice touch and came from our personal inventory.  Also, the vintage Alice In Wonderland book was actually Morgan’s father’s book when he was 4 yrs. old!  Added a nice little personal touch.  For another cute fun idea, I went to my local $1 store and bought two fake rose bunches.  I cut them off at the stem and stuck them in my planters by my front door. 

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 Food

Well, the food selections we made were half your typical party food for the adults who were  not participating in the tea party.  This consisted of pizza delivered by Giordano’s, salad, fruit, chips and salsa and other yummy treats.  For the tea party, we served chicken nuggets in the shape of Mickey Mouse for the kids that didn’t like the other food.  We had chicken salad sandwiches on croissants with mandarin oranges, cucumber sandwiches (ask me for the fabulous recipe by Rena Nash).  For beverages, we had lemonade served in a large container with drink me sign.  As seen below, we used real china for the place settings and to add to the crazy Mad Hatter Tea Party theme, we made sure to mix two different sets of china.  We also used the new diamond Brilliance plastic flatware purchased at Target just to add a bit of elegance.

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 Cake & Sweets

We went to one of our favorite bakeries in the area, The Cake Box www.thecakeboxhome.com with an idea of a wacky cake with the Alice In Wonderland theme and they designed for us this cute yummy cake.  It was awesome and there wasn’t one piece leftover! 

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Some other yummy candies were bowls of M&M’s, Jelly Belly and Whopper Easter Eggs.  We put in the lollipop suckers and flowers to add to the décor.  We also had a lot of fun making chocolate hearts, flowers and roses from molds and chocolate purchased at Michaels.  Added bonus, they were on sale 50% off!!  We also added in large chocolate cookies from Costco.  Don’t forget our favorite Milano Cookies from Pepperidge Farms.  Of course, you have to have cupcakes… 

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Costumes

Of course, we purchased a cute Alice In Wonderland costume for the birthday girl and had her wear cute knee high socks that were black and white polka dots to go with the costume.  For her guests, we had masks which we found in the $1 bins at Target.  Then, as a bonus, we made the Mad Hatter Hats below.  These hats took a little more time, but the girls absolutely loved them!!  First, we purchased the accordion style hats from Oriental Trading (seeing a theme here??).  Then we purchased from Michaels the multi-colored tissue paper pack and cut them in 4×4 inch squares.  Using glue, we glued these squares scrunched up on the rim and top of the hats.  We tied ribbon around the brim to add a little fun.  We also made smaller versions of the tissue paper flowers, added the butterflies and flowers we got from Michaels.  Then we got real creative and made something fun coming out of the top of the hats, shown below are a flower and butterfly antennae.  The hats did slip down, so we just stuffed white tissue paper inside them to help them stay on the girls heads and up so they could display the fun decorations.  Each guest got to pick them out and take one home!

 

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Games

We didn’t play that many games because the girls seem to do their own thing, however, the games we did manage to get in were of course, musical chairs and the freeze dance.  But mostly, the girls liked to dress up in all the cute Disney costumes we had available.

 

Party Favors

Oriental Trading sells these adorable gift “boxes” that are shaped as a wedding cake from Oriental Trading.  They stack together to make the wedding cake shown below.  We placed them on a cake plate and put it in the center of the gift table.  We put the Mad Hatter hats all around the gift boxes and put a bow with flowers on the top.  For party favors, we purchased, again from Oriental Trading flower rings, beanie babies that were lady bugs, butterflies and other cute garden type animals, and of course candy.  We draped the table with a table cloth and pink tulle.

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Thank You Cards

For the thank you cards, we are using several different photo from the Mad Hatter Tea Party.  We took a group photo of all the guests wearing either their hat or their mask to use for the very reason.  Our thank you’s went a little like this:

 

Thank you for coming to my Mad Hatter Tea Party

and helping me celebrate my Unbirthday

You’re just my cup of tea

 

 Conclusion

 

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 I hope you enjoyed this blog…  it was a lot of work!!  3 Decorating Divas recommends searching the internet for starter ideas, having lots of fun with your kids making the decorations, plan plan and plan so more.  Know your room and keep a budget!  It is very easy to overspend when those creative juices are running!!!