Monday, March 13, 2017

Quick and Easy decor change-ups: Transform your furntiture pieces by changing the decor around them to make them look new everytime

I remember rearranging my bedroom around a gazillion times
when I was a teenager.  Even then I longed for new decor perspective.
Well, I'm happy to say nothing has changed!  I enjoy switching, moving, 
and ultimately transforming the decor around my home on a weekly 
if not daily basis.  

This post is inspired by this sweet little Queen Anne style accent table
we inherited from my husband's late grandmother.  Originally a maple color,
it just didn't quite go with our home decor style or color palette. 
 ( I apologize for the lack of BEFORE pics, I guess I was anxious to start the transformation that I forgot to snap away.)

 But, as paint makes everything simple, 
I transformed this table into a Farmhouse style piece that now perfectly
coordinates with the overall style of our home. 

The painting process entailed the following;
  • Dusting
  •  Light sanding to remove any existing shine
  • Prepping with painters tape
  • Staining the top
  • Painting the apron, legs, and base (I used two coats overall)
  • Allow sufficient time to dry
  • Apply light sealer to prevent chipping when in use
After a few coats of white paint to the body, and a dark stain to the top, 
this little table was transformed from it's traditional passe look to a show
stopper Farmhouse piece that fits right in with our Farmhouse Style home decor.

The project was easy, and it really helped to have 80 degree So Cal weather 
for a quick drying process.  

Ultimately, this table will go into our Farmhouse Guest Bedroom (Design in progress), but until the bedroom design is complete, it sits near our dining room bay window.

Since I'm having such a great time styling this sweet little piece, I thought I'd give your some tips on how one simple furniture piece can be styled many different ways.

As I mentioned, this post will give you tips on how to style a single
 piece of furniture to give it new perspective.

A simple piece of furniture can take on new life not just by transforming it via paint and stain, but also by changing the decor on it and around it.  

Adding a vase with real or faux blooms, a strand of beads, and a stack of vintage books 
is a simple look that is both attractive, and doesn't compete with the beauty of the table itself.

                                                               Leaving the bottom shelf bare was not an accident...remember, 
                                                               Sometimes less is more.  I'm sure at some point I will
                                                               decorate the bottom shelf, but for now, I like the simplicity 
                                                               of  the design as is.


Allow your designs to be cohesive with the rest of the room.
 The dark stain top and white body compliment
with the overall look of the room
(...this is not the final resting place for the table however)


                                                           The white curtain panels and dark wood floors provide a complimentary 
                    base and background for the table's color palette.                        


Wrapping old books and using them for decor is a lot better
than destroying them...These wrapped books add beautiful dimension and 
height to the table decor.

 Loose pages from a book that was not salvageable
create a pretty textured look atop the stack of wrapped books.


                                                                      Wooden Beads from my Etsy shop add texture that combined
                                                                      with the jute wrapped books create a soft design that brings
                                                                      visual appeal to the table decor.

A simple glass vase showcasing faux blooms
 creates a clean design that is fuss free.
Not trying to disguise the blooms as real; by placing them in a see through vase allows their faux beauty to be evident while allowing them to stand out as a beautiful accent to the overall table decor.



 Placing a basket next to the table is a perfect way to bring in  texture to a hard piece of furniture. Adding a basket adds not only more texture, but it creates a softer design.



 Another way in which to create a transformed look
to this table decor is to place a chair beside it.  
Adding a chair creates a completely different design 
that instantly transforms this simple table design into 
a cozy corner where a book can be read and tea can be sipped...
Doesn't that sound lovely?!

The change in pillow allows for yet another
perspective to this design...
  (Pillows available in my Etsy Shop)

Now this is a space that exudes style, comfort, elegance, 
and one in which design goals are met...And to think it all started
with the transformation of a sweet little table.  

I hope this post allows you to gain design perspective when
styling your home.  Easy decor change-ups can revamp your  
designs and help make your overall decor look new every time.

So don't be afraid to add, remove, and switch things around...You will 
be amazed at how many new designs you can create around one 
simple piece of furniture.

 Happy Styling!


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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Incorporataing Seasonal Decor into Your Everyday Style: Easier than you think...

 Seasonal decor and Your everyday Style...

 For the average person wanting to style their home for the seasons
it often becomes an overwhelming task; One reason why
 is that more often than not one feels that seasonal decor means their home has to completely be stripped of their every day style in order to incorporate seasonal changes into their space.

I am here to tell you that this is not the case at all... So, put your seasonal
decor fears and apprehensions aside, and read on to learn how you don't have 
to be a designer to showcase seasonal decor among your everyday decorating style.

Read these simple tips on how to Style your home for the seasons 
while keeping your overall decor style intact:

One  tip to remember is that seasons are transitional. It's important to keep 
this in mind so that you are not over styling and better yet, so that you don't 
break your bank when out shopping for seasonal decor.

Tip Number 1:
Clear out color palettes that may collide with 
the current season.  For example, when decorating for 
spring, you may want to store your dark throws and pillows 
and replace them with florals, pastels, and neutrals.

 This DOESN'T mean you need to store away your dark tables or couches.
Those items are fixed pieces that will work well as you add accessories around them 
in order to compliment the season your are decorating for.  

Tip Number Two:
Shop smart.  When out shopping for seasonal items, 
attempt to consider purchasing pieces that may 
be used in more than one season.  For example, 
floral and colorful accent pillows may be used for both spring
 and summer. This will allow you to save on your decorating budget as well
as saving your space in your decor closet.

Tip Number Three:
 Use the "less is more" approach, and don't overdo the season.  This can be achieved by adding touches of seasonal decor and not overpowering your space with too much.  I like to you the term
"sprinkle' when it comes to helping my clients decorate for the seasons.

In other words, sprinkle touches of the season here and there.  Don't turn every room 
in your home into a seasonal display.  By keeping your seasonal decor at bay, you will achieve a 
more classic look that doesn't appear overdone, or make your home look like a seasonal decor store.

Tip Number Four: 

 You don't have to overhaul every space in your home to decorate for the seasons.
If your dining room buffet is an essential part of your everyday living, 
and you can't do without it's purposeful use, then don't change it. 
  Simply work around it by adding simple touches that will show off the season in a subtle way. 

 In this photo, the dining room is essential for hosting dinner parties, and adding, ribbons, jute, mason jars and a faux bloom give off a soft spring vibe while keeping the space for its intended use 
without too much disruption.

Tip Number Five:
Create seasonal vignettes (as in the following photos) that can easily be changed and moved throughout your space. Using baskets, crates, and galvanized buckets is the perfect way in which to display seasonal accessories on tabletops, buffets, and beside tables which can be moved around to gain new perspective all season long.



So there you have it, five easy tips that allow you to incorporate seasonal decor into
your everyday style.

 So go ahead and give it a whirl...Work around your decor and bring a little splash of the seasons
 to your space.


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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

How Travel Inspires Home Decor...

As a family, we enjoy travel.
It's a passion that keeps us connected with the world around us,
and we don't take the opportunity God has given us to visit some of the 
most beautiful places in the world for granted.

Aside from Interior decor, writing and photography are among my most loved passions, and I can get lost in both.  Via our travels I utilize my love of photography to capture moments, locations, and often objects that become memories frozen in time through my photographs; And the inspiration for this blog post comes from one of those photographs I shot while my family and I vacationed in the Dominican Republic a couple of summers ago.

As we traveled the countryside via an open jeep style bus, we came across a farm and stumbled upon a sweet cow feeding from a floral tree branch.  Our daughter instantly befriended this beautiful animal.  She was the sweetest and most gentle creature.  Our daughter gathered a floral branch from the ground and the sweet cow ate the leaves right from her hand.  I fell in love with that vulnerable yet powerful moment where mutual trust was shared between this beautiful creature and my daughter, so I instantly took the lens cap off my camera and snapped away.  Of course it's fair to say a personal connection was made and we had to give this precious sweetheart of a cow a name before we left the farm... So, this beautiful Dominican cow became...
" Bessie"

 Here are a few of the shots I took of 'BESSIE' 
on that beautiful Dominican Republic countryside farm...
(Original color shot)

Upon returning home from our travels we immediately chronicle and  develop our photographs 
and of course we keep them as treasured memories in family travel albums I put together. We also digitally store them into our main home computer. And this was the case with these
 particular photos of "Bessie."
 However, while designing our Farmhouse Style Guest Bedroom last month (reveal coming soon)
I was looking for artwork for one of the walls in the room.  I knew I wanted something that would 
coordinate with the overall design of the room. I specifically wanted a print of some sort of farm animal, but I dislike generic prints... So I tabled the idea and moved on to 
other decor projects in the room design. And then it happened.  One day, as I walked into the room and stared at the blank wall that needed dressing, I instantly thought about "Bessie."  
I ran to my laptop and pulled up the shot, and there she was...she was as beautiful as I remembered!
After a bit of editing to crop some of the background from the photo and give her a monochromatic look, I sent "Bessie" to be processed as a black and white print. 

 (Edited black and white photo)

After my desired editing,  I purchased a rustic farmhouse frame,removed the glass, and framed "Bessie in all her glory...She is now hanging on that plain white Farmhouse Guest Bedroom wall, and I could not be happier to see that sweet face that takes me back to that beautiful Dominican Republic countryside farm where my family and I enjoyed a beautiful vacation and made memories that will last a lifetime.

I hope you enjoyed reading about how a vacation photo became the 
inspiration in my home decor...

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Maddiebella Home : Every day decor- Farmhouse Table Styling & Design...

Maddiebella Home : Every day decor- Farmhouse Table Styling & Design...:  Styling your dining table isn't just for Dinner Parties... When it comes to tablescaping, we often  wait for a special occasion ...

Every day decor- Farmhouse Table Styling & Designer's Note Pad Series

 Styling your dining table isn't just for Dinner Parties...

When it comes to tablescaping, we often 
wait for a special occasion to create tables that our guests love.
But, why not style our tables as we would any other part of our home
so that we can enjoy pieces that we normally would only bring out when entertaining.

Of course, when hosting a dinner party, 
my tablescape is more involved for lack of a better word. 
The reason for this is that I set out goblets and glasses, silverware, 
place cards, and gust take home gifts/favors.

The difference when styling my dining table for aesthetics is much simpler
than when hosting a dinner party, and quite frankly, less stressful that's for sure!

So don't wait for a special occasion to style your table.
Create a beautiful table setting that you will enjoy just for yourself 
as you would any other beautifully styled space in your every day decor.

Several of the following photographs of my Farmhouse Dining Table
contain easy tips on how to create a fuss free table for your everyday styling. 
These shots will consist of notes directly on the photograph.  I have named
this feature, DESIGNER'S NOTE get out your design notebook and jot
down a few notes from the pointers below...

 Farmhouse Tablescape...

 The overall Farmhouse style of table design is enhanced by whites and creams, as well as by texture via textiles, woods, and glass.

Angled view...

Designer's  Note Pad:
 1. Use white caterer's plates
They are timeless and versatile pieces that coordinate with any table decor.
2. Creating a Rustic Vibe
 Use wood planks as platforms to elevate your centerpiece. 
Place your centerpiece inside a wooden box for a dramatic, unrefined effect.
Use Mason Jars to place silverware for a more untamed and informal rustic touch.


 Closer Look....

 Designer's Note Pad:

Lighting is crucial when entertaining... and if entertaining during the day, I opt for as much natural light as possible.
For a dinner party, the glow from a chandelier, candles,  and/or buffet lamps creates an elegant atmosphere.  

Because as I mentioned above, I solely designed this table
as part of my everyday decor, I didn't need specific lighting.  However, because it was an overcast day, I used mason jar candles inside my rustic wooden box to create a warm soft glow throughout my dining space.  

                                                                                        Designer's Note Pad:

Stack dishes and bowls to create dimension and the illusion of space especially if your dining table doesn't have a whole lot of room.  Stacking these bowls on my Farmhouse table also accentuates the informal rustic vibe I was going for.

Elevate dishes and bowls- Use platforms as in this 
mini cake stand to bring height to your table while freeing up space for other mealtime essentials (when entertaining), as well as in the large cakes stand to bring height to your centerpiece.

View from above...

                                                                                      Designer's Note Pad:

In a formal setting, linens should be kept formal, and placed on the table near the place setting.  In an informal setting, anything goes.  Here, I opted to use new tea towels as napkins, and draped them over the chairs.  Always allow your design to remain cohesive, and the draped towel turned napkin gives off a rustic vibe without appearing stuffy or out of place, perfect for this Farmhouse table.

          In home design and styling, Thinking Outside The Box is key.        
    Originality and creativity open the door to innovative designs that create
                 one's signature style as a designer; and compromising that ability is a waste of one's talents.                                                             
                                                                                                              Designer's Note Pad:
    In this particular tablescape, I used a textile rug as a table runner.  The woven rug with fringed edges cohesively work with the overall design of the Farmhouse Style. This is an example of not limiting your designs to fit what is considered the "norm."  Going Outside the Box is what brings originality to one's work and allows others to immediately spot your work from the bunches.  *** And, as a side note... How stinking cute is that little rug turned table runner?!!

And there you have it..
I hope you enjoyed this new little course in Styling your home for everyday enjoyment.
 And....if you took notes, I'm 100% certain you will get an A+ the next time you style your dining table!  

Happy Styling,


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Laundry Room Styling Tips:

Laundry Room Styling Tips

Let's be honest, who truly enjoys doing laundry, right?!
However, don't despair... because I have a solution to help you 
with your laundry day blues.

 Style your laundry room as you would any other room in your home;
 The prettier, the better!  When a room is beautifully styled it makes walking into it a lot
more enjoyable (YES, even the laundry room).

Follow the easy tips below to make your laundry room a space you'll feel happy to step into.

1. Use glass vessels, containers, and baskets to beautifully store and display laundry 

 2. Hang a pretty sign to identify your space.

 3. Use large wicker baskets to store folded laundry (only use plastic laundry baskets for hauling dirty     to the laundry room).

 4. Set out dryer sheets on a tray for a scented aroma each time you walk past.


5. Adding some decorative touches in your preferred  style softens the space and creates a fluid extension of your homes overall decor.

6. And....a little music playing in the background will set the mood and transform your laundry duties from a dreaded chore into a cheerful task.

Here's a little recap gallery of my laundry room styling




Happy Laundry day!


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