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Diva 411 – Fall Fabulous

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Diva 411 ~ Fall Fabulous

Autumn is our second spring where every leaf becomes a flower. The Divas are “glaming” it up for fall. Pumpkins don’t need to be the traditional orange anymore.  The Divas have our own Fall Fabulous ideas!

We found these wonderful elegant black and cream Damask pattern pumpkins at Hobby Lobby for $11.99 to $24.99. These beauties will take you right through Thanksgiving. We love them!  Why not solid black pumpkins? Every girl has that special little black dress why not a little black pumpkin? CoCo Chanel would be proud to have this chic pumpkin dripping with pearls in her home. The Divas turned a plain cream pumpkin into modern fairy tale using black crystal filigree.  We embellished our pumpkins with luscious jewelry from our jewelry boxes.  Pearls, rhinestones, mixed match earrings and even grandmother’s broach. Glamour, tradition and “bling” works every time.

Since we broke the rules with the pumpkins, let’s create a fall burst of color with the greenery. Use lots of burnt umber, golden yellow, dark greens and fabulous crimson. We added sparkle and glitz with Harvest Acrylic Gems.  They come in different sizes and colors like red, gold and clear.  You can find them for a steal at Michaels for only $3.99!

We placed all these wonderful treasures in a huge black tray and placed it on a gorgeous table top.

Let’s not forget about the wonderful smells of fall.  Candles!  We found this fabulous flameless wax candle bowl by Habersham at Venetia’s Home Accents for $26.99 in Orland Park. We purchased one last year and the wonderful aroma is still filling our room.  A must for Fall Fabulous!  You can find more information regarding this fabulous find on the 3 Decorating Diva’s Facebook page.

What about creating a Witches Haven? Our witch is a real Diva she is sassy and styling. She travels the world shopping for whatever makes her happy.  She fell in love with this perfect chair, which has a spider web back. She created a place for her little glitzy spider friends to hang out and wait till she flies home. Our sassy witch now has her own place to put her black Diva cape, couture hat, sparkly hot pink glasses (“Think Pink” for Breast Cancer Awareness) and of course, her fabulous leopard print broom (Home Goods $14.99).  Next to her chair is a lamp which she embellished the shade with jewelry and trinkets from her many travels. It shines light on her book of spells while relaxing and sipping a cup of warm brew. This Diva loves to decorate any scary space.

Fall Fabulous on the outsideNow it is time to take this Fall Fabulous decorating outside.  “Mums the Word”! Fill your front entry way with a burst of color.  It’s easy when you use mums.  Just remember, to make a show stopper you will need to use at least 6 to 8 plants.  Mix with mums with those glorious cabbage plants.  Don’t forget to dress your window boxes by filling them with pumpkins, gourds, mums and almost anything you desire. I hope that all the Divas ideas will help you with your FALL FABULOUS DECORATING!

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

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.

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)

Sally Morse Design Seminar

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Help Support Anna’s Journey to the Cure

Raising awareness and money for a local charity

3 Decorating Divas in conjunction

with RSVP cards, invitations, stationery presents:


Sally Morse
Interior Designer, Author & Speaker

She has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, as well as writing articles for Better Homes & Gardens, Windows and Walls, Real Simple and other interior design publications. Sally will talk to us about:


 “The 10 Steps to a Perfect Room”

 

        Sally is Director of Creative Services for Hunter Douglas and in 2008 won the “Window Fashions Industry Icon” award.

 Thursday, September 22nd 6:30 PM

At RSVP cards, invitations, stationery

11337 West Lincoln Highway

Mokena, IL 60448

Requesting a minimum donation of $20 or more at the door

100% of the donation goes to anna’s journey to the cure

Refreshments and goodie bags for all that reserve a seat

Seating is limited so please RSVP

RESERVE SEATING REPLY TO:

Maureen Ph. 708-341-7667

email: info@3decoratingdivas.com

To find out more information on Sally Morse

 http://www.hunterdouglas.com/design-trends-meet-sally.jsp

Anna’s Journey to the Cure.

Anna’s Story
Nine year old Anna Rose was hospitalized and diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia on March 29th, 2011, at Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn. She began her treatment on March 30th in the pediatric ICU where she had many treatments which included surgeries to install ports for apheresis, numerous rounds of several different chemotherapies, bone marrow aspirations, spinal taps with chemotherapy, cranial radiation, and several transfusions of sort. The standard treatment for this disease is 2 ½ years, that is without complication and bone marrow transplant. Anna’s bone marrow failed the first stage of treatment and will be retested at Day 90. We are hoping for remission at this point so she can stay on the prescribed treatment until September 2013. A  transplant will extend the length of treatment.  She is facing unimaginable hardships. Kids and cancer should never be in the same sentence! At her side are her parents Alan, and Laura, and sisters Rebecca, Melanie and Abigail.With the downturn in insurance benefits, countless outpatient visits to the hospital, the harsh reality is an outrageous out of pocket expense. Mix in the loss of income for the 24/7 care of Anna and the result is a mounting financial, physical and emotional burden no one should have to endure.Please attend and/or strongly consider donating merchandise, services to give at the benefit, and/or gift cards for food and gas. You can also donate with a check payable to “Harris Bank Anna Bakotic Benefit fund”, or online by pay pal or with Visa, MC, AmEX, Discover through guest payment at the paypal option by clicking on the Register and Sponsor button below.
For more information about Anna’s story visit:  http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/AnnasJourney2011

Shop ‘Til You Drop!!! A Teens Room….

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Well, we haven’t had many posts lately…   been busy bringing the Diva out of people!  Here is one example of a teens room…  no Paris theme here!  We started with our fav thing to do…  SHOP!!!

Below is our deco board on Olioboard that we presented to the client.  Our room had a low budget and existing furniture.  The client didn’t want a rug in the room for medical reasons.  This room turned out fabulous as the Divas used a lot of pre-existing items that were already in the room AND shopped for sale items.

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Our Inspiration


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…this was our inspiration to our design.  We took some of our favorite places to shop and framed their “bag” in black frames and put scrapbooking papers as the background.  We hung the pictures from ceiling to floor to add height to the room and to also add more shopping bags of course!  It was hard to decide which stores to frame!! 

…the very very cute wire mannequin was a great find!  We located some on-line but they were over $100.  This one we came across was at Marshalls for $40 and was 100 times cuter!!!  We dressed up the mannequin with cute clothes, a purse, strand of pearls, glamorous pumps and of course, Channel shopping bag to demonstrate to our teenage girl how fun this mannequin can be!

 


Before and after photos


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Above is the focal point of the room.  We moved the bed to the window and painted the wall black.

 

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We found this wonderful Gucci poster from an eye glass store that was literally throwing them away to replace them with the new summer eye wear line.  It was FREE!!!  We turned her computer desk into a vanity and hung the round mirror above (after photo was taken).  Please remember our clients design their own rooms according to our plan and can decorate their own space at their own pace.

 

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We removed the dresser and put the smaller dresser with hutch next to the pick accent wall.  This allows our teenager to display her photos and accomplishments.  We also found a matching Kate Spade box and cute chunky picture frame from Hobby Lobby.

 

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Here we removed the hutch from the desk and re-arranged the furniture for better flow and placement.   Again, we found the free Kate Spade poster from the Ophthalmologist office. Our client will hang the thick white framed bulletin board to showcase her favorite photos.

 

 

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The ceiling fan was replaced with this beautiful chandelier from Overstock.com.  This light only hung 22” which was critical in our 8’ ceilings.  This lamp was only $113!!  What a FAB difference!

 

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Above are some wide angle shoots of our complete room.  We decorated this space in two days and for under $500.  FABULOUS!!!

 

How Cute are these fabulous lamps from Hobby Lobby!!!  The were $90 a piece, but we found them on sale for 50% off!!  They add just a little glamour to the room and we suggested to our client to add fun bows and crystal pins to the shade!!

What do the 3 Decorating Divas do??  We offer an inexpensive way to have a professionally designed room!  We send you a design plan with everything you need to know to decorate your space including floor plans, concept photos, detailed listing of everything you need to purchase and details on everything you need to do to aquire the look.  Please go to our home page for more information!!!

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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Black & White Sitting Room

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.