Monthly Archives: September 2011

Diva 411 ~ Look Out!! The Divas Are Hitting The Road!!

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 Pumpkins in the cornfields

Gold among the brown

Leaves of rust and scarlet

Tumbling slowly down

Birds that travel southward

Lovely time to play

Nothing is so pleasant

As an Autumn Day

 Unknown Poet

The 3 Decorating Divas are planning a road trip in October.  Fall is one of our favorite times to pack it up and search for wonderful treasures just waiting to be found.  September 23rd marks the first day of Fall, which is right around the corner!!

Who doesn’t want to be in the cool crisp fall air shopping?  Yes ladies, I said shopping.  No malls for us, only outside shopping is allowed.  Just think we don’t have to use our inside voice, “Laugh Out Loud” and enjoy.  We are on the lookout for the some of the best Flea/Antique Markets in the area.  After all, “old” is “new” again!  Here are some of the fun items to look for.  Simple chairs, great old iron garden gate, and old wood ladders to name a few.  A Diva favorite is to peddle life into an old 60’s bike by simply painting it.  Spray paint is your best friend.  Go wild with your color selection and use a gloss white or hot pink.  Try putting lots of bright flowers in the basket to add some more color!  What a fabulous entrance to any home.  Let’s not forget about those old suitcases, always a great find.  Paint and personalize with your monogram and cute name tag.  This is a wonderful look in any entry way or bedroom.  All you need is a little imagination, Divas, to create your own one of a kind treasure.  It’s all about the hunt that makes us smile.

(Photo by A Beach Cottage)

(Photo by Briarpatchprims.com/wordpress March 2008)

Local Flea/Antique Market Information:

  • Peddler’s Cove Flea Market & Antiques

Wilmington, IL (1 hour away)

www.antiques.com

 Kane County Flea/Antique Market

St Charles, IL

Show dates are Oct 1 and 2, Nov 5 and 6, Dec 3 and 4

www.kanecountyfleamarket.com

 The Covered Bridge Festival has stood still in time. An old mill town with shops and a flea market set up along the water front.  How “fallish” is that?  The Divas have been going here over 30 years.  The Covered Bridge Festival is truly a magical place.

The Best Fall show is a Girlfriend weekend getaway

  • The Covered Bridge Festival

Parke County, IN

It begins Oct. 14th thru 23rd.

www.coveredbridges.com

(This is the covered Bridge capital in the world.)

 Okay ladies, time to get your diva on!  After all, decorating should be about having “fun”.  Feel free to email any questions!  Visit us online at www.3decoratingdivas.com.  Maureen, Carina and Kayley!!

This article was in the September Issue of the South Frankfort Life, Schoolhouse Life and Butternut Settlement Life by N2 Publishing.

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Steps To A Perfect Room ~ Getting Started

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Steps to a Perfect Room

Getting Started (step 1 out of 10)

Need to figure out a few things before you get started.  Basically, how are you going to decorate your space!  You need a road map before you start this journey.  Find something that you love and that speaks to you.  This could be an area rug, wallpaper, fabric or piece of artwork.  From this we will get three critical pieces of  information.

1.  Style:  From the selected item that inspires you, you can determine what type of design style you gravitate to.  For example, you might enjoy a traditional feel or perhaps a cottage design.  This explains a lot about you.  For a list of different design styles, you can visit HGTV Design Styles Defined.

2.  Texture:  Is the item very silky or is it woven?  This will explain what type of appearance or feel the room will have.  Rule of thumb ~ the more heavier or course the texture, the more casual the feel is to a room.  For example, silk is very glamorous.

3.  Color:  Lastly, there are three major colors in a design, a base, contrast and accent color.   General rule of thumb is you need to have at least the accent color in the room three times.  Also, all three colors can be on the color wheel next to each other or in equal distances apart.  I have demonstrated this in my photo below from Olioboard.com.

Above is an example.  I started with the artwork of the fall leaves about the blue sky.  My base color is the blue, the contrast color is the orange and my accent color is chocolate brown.  On the color wheel, the blue and orange are contrasting colors and are equally apart.

(inspired by Sally Morse)