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Diva 411 ~ What Is Your Room Wearing This Season?

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Diva 411 ~ What Is Your Room Wearing This Season?

Get ready for the fashion bug to bite you. We promise it won’t hurt. Fashion week is here! It’s no secret that Fashion and Interior Design have an ongoing Love Affair. Fashion isn’t only what we wear, but what surrounds us. You just have to look up and see a brilliant vast Sky Blue (SW6506) or Pure White (SW7005) snowy days. We watch a bride with effortless elegance walk down the aisle with the most beautiful explosion of color leading her way. Fashion and design equal heaven. All paint colors mentioned are from Sherwin-Williams with reference to the color number in the parenthesis.


The rules we follow when shopping for a new outfit are the same for designing our spaces. We look to have the latest and most interesting ideas from the catwalk on our sofas, pillows, bed linens, wallpaper and paints. Trends in color, pattern and style tend to pop off the fashion runway and right into our homes. Color adds life to our homes while pattern creates the energy. Looking to add a new punch of color, but afraid of commitment, try starting small with accessories. Are you passionate for Jonquil Yellow (SW6674)? Try a collection of mixed match vintage picture frames for that chic modern elegance or three pieces of pottery in shades of yellows to showcase on your fireplace mantel. Throw some color on your couch using expressive throw pillows. Why not give your summer wardrobe a splash of this fabulous color? Start with a cute scarf or a fabulous burst of yellow with a cute handbag. Now, let’s talk jewelry. We love it all! Charming Charlie’s (located in Orland Park) is like walking under a rainbow. Talk about heaven, this place looks like our painters fan deck. There are endless ideas for fashion and design.

Let us steal that style for you! We found this beautifully designed dreamy bedroom from Desire to Inspire. The photo of the cream wingback chair is from http://www.houzz.com. Using our Diva twist, we created this look with Sensible Hue Grey (SW6198) and Jonquil Yellow Sherman Williams Paint. A well dressed room reflects who you are and how you live. We tied in our sophisticate room design to a cute runway look for you!



2012 Fashion week exploded with Haute Hues. Here are a few examples: Laughing Orange (SW6895), Dancing Green(SW6716), Dishy Coral (SW6598), Rainstorm Navy (SW6230), Notable Hue Navy Blue (SW6521) the fashion world stated Navy will be the new black. And don’t forget about our traditional Black Caviar (SW6990) and Pure White (SW7005). Please visit our blog at https://3decoratingdivas.wordpress.com to see this article in color!

Come join us for a fun Girls weekend!!
Women’s Expo – Tinley Park Convention Center (Booth 317)
March 24 and 25
3 Decorating Divas, Maureen Kocsis, Carina Kocsis and Kayley Grieve

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Diva 411 ~ Organization Tips

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Diva 411 ~ Organization Tips

Number One Diva’s New Year’s Resolution, Get Organized!!

You never know what the New Year will bring, so get organized now in more ways than one! The Divas have some creative ways to help you take back control after the hectic holidays. First step, take inventory of what you have, need or can re-use both in your home and in your personal life!

Touch base with your friends that you have lost touch with by organizing your address book and stationary! Perfect time of the year since you just received Christmas cards in the mail! Make sure you note any changes in address, especially if you have some returned! Why not try out some new address book programs that will track all your addresses!

Get everything centralized. Bring all your important “stuff” into one area. Sort them into piles. For example, put all your photos in photo boxes by year and then put them into bins with any keep sake items. Make sure all your recipes are in a box and addresses are in your gorgeous diva address book (even in it’s a ripped up envelope with a new address, it’s at least in the address book ready for entry). Then, one area at a time “de-clutter” and “discard” unwanted items.

Create a Diva Household notebook. This fabulous idea can be done very easily and without having to purchase some new organizing office gadget. What you need is a three ringed binder, dividers and a printer. The Divas find that running a household can be hard to do, but if you have a nifty notebook that houses Calendars, To Do lists, Shopping Lists, Addresses, Budgets, and even Diva Decorating Projects. You can find more information at http://organizedhome.com.


Clean out those top shelves in your kitchen and donate items you haven’t used in 2011! General rule of thumb, if you haven’t used it in a year… Donate! Make room for new improved appliances. Are you not using the space above your oven or microwave? Take out the shelves and put up dividers instead to store your cookie sheets or cutting boards. Attach peg board or paint chalkboard paint on the back of a cupboard to help keep the family organized. OR using baby food jars, organize your spices by painting the tops with chalkboard paint (photos from pinterest).


Take a room, any room and imagine how you can add subtle changes to update the look, perhaps different throw pillows or re-paint and old piece of furniture! Below, featured at http://jamielyn11.blogspot.com, she painted her sleigh bed and completely changed the whole look of her master bedroom. She also salvaged a dresser that was on its way to the dump and transformed it into a cute shabby chic look!


If you have any questions about this article, decorating dilemmas or want more information on our services, please feel free to email us, locate us on Facebook/Twitter or visit our website (see our ad in this magazine). Any specific topic you would like to read about? Just email us your ideas!

The 3 Decorating Divas ~ Maureen Kocsis, Carina Kocsis and Kayley Grieve

Diva 411 ~ Words To Live By

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Diva 411 ~ Words To Live By

“THIS IS YOUR LIFE. DO WHAT YOU LOVE, AND DO IT OFTEN. IF YOU DON’T LIKE SOMETHING, CHANGE IT. IF YOU DON’T LIKE YOUR JOB, QUITE. IF YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME, STOP WATCHING TV. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE, STOP. THEY WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU WHEN YOU START DOING THINGS YOU LOVE. STOP OVER ANALYZING, LIFE IS SIMPLE. ALL EMOTIONS ARE BEAUTIFUL. WHEN YOU EAT, APPRECIATE EVERY LAST BITE. OPEN YOUR MIND, ARMS, AND HEART TO NEW THINGS AND PEOPLE, WE ARE UNITED IN OUR DIFFERENCES. ASK THE NEXT PERSON YOU SEE WHAT THEIR PASSION IS, AND SHARE YOUR INSPIRING DREAM WITH THEM. TRAVEL OFTEN, GETTING LOST WILL HELP YOU FIND YOURSELF. SOME OPPORTUNITIES ONLY COME ONCE, SEIZE HEM. LIFE IS ABOUT THE PEOPLE YOU MEED, AND THE THINGS YOU CREATE WITH THEM SO GO OUT AND START CREATING. LIFE IS SHORT. LIVE YOUR DREAM AND SHARE YOUR PASSION.” The Holstee Manifesto @2009 written by Dave, Mike & Fabian www.Holstee.com/manifesto.

Don’t you just love this!!! You could read it over and over again and discover new and exciting thoughts to live by. We chose a few captions to show how easy it is to make it a reality.

“Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them”. It’s Jan 2012! Do you make New Year’s resolutions? We found this empowering message and wanted to share with all of you. It really touched us, the 3 Decorating Divas, in a different way. After all, the Divas are from three generations, grandmother, mother and granddaughter.

“If you don’t like something change it”. Take time to look around your home and see what you would love to “change”. Start small and create a focal wall. Instead of paint, use wallpaper! Yes, it’s back and easier to use. This is not your Grandmas wall paper anymore (Oops! Did we say Grandma?). We decided to use this wonderful black and white Damask print in this great room. This is a classic style with a modern twist. We decorated the space with this great black table, which is painted on the front and top with a fabulous silver embellishment (we found this at HomeGoods). We added 2 Queen Anne chairs. They had a cherry stain, so we “changed” the look by spraying the frame with high gloss white spray paint. We recovered the seats with a black outdoor fabric. We love this concept, ladies you can use outdoor fabrics inside. How wonderful? If there is a spill, just wipe clean (kid and Grandkid proof). Choosing a black and white scheme opens up a rainbow of accent colors you can use. Pop the color with pillows and a throw in reds, turquoise, bright greens even pink. This would make the wallpaper look oh so glamorous. We even scattered a few shopping bags like a Tiffany blue for color. See our photo taken by Pinky Promise Photography! Just have fun with it and “Changed It”!!

“Life is simple”. We are always trying to think of new and exciting decorating ideas….it could be overwhelming. So maybe it’s time to sit back and think “simple” What about looking at what you already have and love and just don’t know what to do with it. For example, I have my Aunt Betty’s tea length taffeta wedding gown and her wonderful old hat boxes from Marshall Fields and Carson Pirie Scott & Co. So what could we do with all her treasures? We decided to create a vignette using all of her lovelies. I found a great black material mannequin (another HomeGoods fine). We dressed it with her gorgeous dress and it fit perfectly. Below her dress sits her teeny size 5 cream satin shoes she wore on her romantic day. We couldn’t resist stacking my grandmothers luggage to make it look like Aunt Betty was ready to pack and dash to her honeymoon with her handsome husband Jack. This is in my bedroom so I can enjoy it every day. All of us have treasures like these, take them out and create your own charming vignette. See our photos taken by Pinky Promise Photography. “Simple”, yet fabulous!

Hope that the Divas inspired you to go out and start creating. We can help you live your dream for your home by sharing our passion.

Happy New Year from the 3 Decorating Divas, Maureen Kocsis, Carina Kocsis and Kayley Grieve

Our article in N2 Publishing magazine for Frankfort, New Lenox and Mokena Illinois.

Diva 411 ~ Light the Way into Next Year

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Diva 411 Light the Way into Next Year


Having a New Year’s Eve party this season and needs some creative diva decorating ideas? Well, here are some wonderful suggestions to help welcome your guests into your home and count down the clock!

The Divas have a beautiful and unique way to light up the New Year using water! Of course, it helps if you live in a cold climate. Note: you can go to a hardware store to find special containers that make these ice luminaries, but really you just need to look around the house. Here’s how to do it, find a plastic container, coffee can, or even a bucket and pour ½ inch water at the bottom and let it freeze. The next day, find a smaller container for the candle. Add stones or other weight to keep it from floating around. Make sure there is at least one inch of space on all sides. Now add decorations between the large and small container, for example, cranberries, fall leaves, pinecones, greenery or anything you can think of! Get creative and stick to your party theme and add tinsel! At this point, you need to carefully add the water to the large container and you can get really creative by adding sparkles or food coloring to the water. Make sure the water is ½ inch below the rim of the smaller container and freeze overnight. The next day, add hot water to the smaller container to loosen it up and remove. To remove from the larger container, submerge in warm water or heat up with a hair dryer. Put candle on the inside and put outside! How easy and fun to do with the kids (see our photos from bedifferentactnormal.com and freshhomeideas.com)!

You can use the same concept by filling a 12 inch balloon with water, leaving a little air bubble at the top. Freeze for at least 12 hours in your freezer. Break the balloon and peel it away. Add a little area for the candle to sit at the top by either using a drill or running hot water on the top. Be careful not to crack it! Just imagine the fun creative ways to make your walkway look great (photo from chuckdoesart.com)! Don’t just use them for your walkway. Try putting them in your back yard or on your patio.

The Divas have a few more tips for decorating the inside of your New Year’s party. Help your guest keep track of time by decorating your fireplace mantel with different clocks (pictured here from Martha Stewart). If they are alarm clocks, make sure to set the alarm to go off at midnight! Add a little creative tag with your name and date to make these clocks a great party favor! Don’t spend a lot for your decorations, wait until after Christmas and raid the clearance bins at the party stores! Anything with gold, silver, white, black and red will do! Fill up plastic champagne glasses with tinsel, confetti and miniature Christmas tree balls.

Looking for a centerpiece for your perfect party that doesn’t take a lot of time and money? How about this cute diva find? We love love love this glamorous tiered tray look. So easy to do! Find three different sized silver or gold plates (try to keep them the same shape). Start by looking at your local party or dollar stores. Stack the different sized plates or trays with glasses as pedestals in between the plates and use floral clay to ensure they stay in place. Now get creative and hot glue some decorative stones (we found them at PetSmart for $1.99 a bag) along the edges of the plates and decorate each tier with some different tree ornaments and tinsel. Embellish with rhinestones that really reflect the shine and colors of the ornaments (we found them at Michaels).

The Divas wish you a Happy New Years!

Our article in N2 Publishing magazine for Frankfort, New Lenox and Mokena Illinois.

Shopping Trip ~ HomeGoods

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In a recent shopping spree at HomeGoods, we found some cute inspirational items and some great bargains! Our first hidden treasure isn’t much to look at, but with some thought, we used it to design a really cute room!

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Now if you rotate it, hang it from the ceiling and add a few nice white (or any color depending on the season or decor of your room) candles you have a fabulous chandelier! Pretty cute for only $69.99. Now use your imagination and add items to sit on or hang from it, for example fall leaves and small pumpkins for this Halloween/Thanksgiving season!

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Add a few of these pieces of art and you have a cute Shabby Chic or Beach Cottage entry way or dining room. See below for additional items we found at HomeGoods…

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Here is another cute idea from www.loveandlavender.com using shutters for a bulletin board and headboard. What other ideas can you come up with using shutters?

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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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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