Monday, September 19, 2016


Seasonal Decorating Tips:
  ( Photos: MaddiebellaHome)

As the seasons turn, we all run into our storage spaces to pull 
out our decor bins and busily get to work transforming our homes into
what often looks like one of the seasonal decor aisles at the home decor store.

Here in So Cal, we often find ourselves creating a "winter wonderland"
under 90 degree temps.  But, not even summer-like heat will stop the avid
home decor enthusiast from decorating for the seasons.

And while seasonal decorating is fun, it can be a daunting task that is 
both time consuming and costly.  However, there are ways to eliminate 
seasonal decor stress and cost by following some simple tips.

Here are a few tips that will certainly keep your decorating stress levels at bay
and save your pocketbook from emptying.

#1 Storage:
Proper storage is key when it comes to decor.
Decor pieces will accumulate fast, and if you are not careful,
you might find yourself stuffing decor items in various closets within your home 
making it nearly impossible to recall where these pieces are come time to decorate.

Plastic bins are the most efficient way in which to store decor.  For one, 
they are easy to transport from one place to another around your home as you decorate.  Plastic bins
also keep your items secure and free from damage especially if you 
are storing them in your garage our outdoor shed.


#2 Label Your Bins:
Not remembering where you've placed a specific decor item
from the previous year is extremely frustrating and time consuming when 
you are in full decor mode.  I don't know about you, but as a busy mom, I utilize the time 
my daughter is in school to get as much done when it comes to seasonal decorating; and as we 
all know, a busy mom's day goes by rather quickly.  This is where labeling your bins is a crucial step 
in keeping your seasonal decorating stress free, efficient, and easily recognizable when you are in hurry.
Whether you buy seasonal colored bins or see through ones, 
be sure to label them according to the season.  This will keep your 
contents organized especially when you have little helpers helping you
put things away after each season/holiday.


#3 Shop Smart  (when it comes to seasonal decor)
Shopping for seasonal decor is fun, overwhelming at times, and costly... So shop SMART!
  
Purchase items that are transitional, and will carry you from season to season.  Faux spring flowers can easily be reused in fall  by adding them to  fall Farmhouse vignette.

                        spring                                                                                         fall
                                                                                     
                                                       
  • Purchase pieces that can be transformed: whether by paint, fabric, or other craft medium. For example, if buying pumpkins for Halloween, keep them around for Thanksgiving by giving them a coat of fresh creamy white paint.  In this foyer vignette by MaddiebellaHome, creamy white paint transformed this clear mason jar in to a muted tone "vase."

 
 
  • Don't purchase costly decorative pillows for each season.   Instead, invest in  seasonal fabrics and pillow inserts.  Wrap your pillows according to the seasons. Store bought decorative seasonal pillows can be very costly so this will save you quite a few dollars in the long run. 
 


  

 DIY...Don't be afraid to make some of your own decor items.  Purchase inexpensive pieces of wood at your local home improvement store.  Have them cut the wood for you and then paint your own seasonal wood signs.  You don't have to be an artist to create a beautiful, rustic sign.  There are plenty of tutorials online that provide step by step instructions on making your own wood sign.  These wood signs by MaddiebellaHome are available in the MaddiebellaHome Etsy store.


Winter
                                    Summer




 #4 Keep your designs cohesive
Let's face it, when it comes to seasonal decor, home stores and local crafts shops
over represent.  If pumpkins is what you are looking for...pumpkins you shall have.  
From glitter to polka dot, to chevron, there are pumpkins for every taste. With an 
overabundance of product comes the temptation of buying one, or two, or three of EVERYTHING!!!

Before you start filling your shopping cart, consider the look you are hoping to achieve. Once you have identified your desired theme or style, I suggest you stay consistent and keep things cohesively tied to your overall style/theme.  While a mishmosh of pieces might look good in that Halloween aisle at the decor store, 
it won't necessarily look good in your home.  Keeping the overall theme cohesive throughout your space 
will actually allow your theme to come to life in a more subtle, elegant, and organized fashion.

As seen in this Christmas Master Bedroom design 
by MaddiebellaHome, the design is repetitive both in texture as well as in the color palette. The small grape wreaths on the wall compliment the weaved bed basket, and the reds and golds are visible in the fabric of the pillows, ribbons, and in the painted wood sign.


So now that summer is officially coming to and end
 and you set forth to decorate for the fall and winter seasons,
use these simple tips to make your seasonal decorating a stress free
and inexpensive labor of love. By following these simple tips
you won't become overwhelmed when decorating for the seasons,your pocketbook 
won't be depleted, and you will have fun in the process
 

Above all, Make it fun!
XX,
Betty 

Many of the decor pieces in this blog post can be found at the MaddiebellaHome Etsy shop.  Scroll up and click on the Etsy shop badge to be directed to our shop.

** All photographs in this blog post are property of MaddibellaHome 
Do not reproduce or use without permission.

Seasonal Decorating Tips:
  ( Photos: MaddiebellaHome)

As the seasons turn, we all run into our storage spaces to pull 
out our decor bins, and busily get to work transforming our homes into
what often looks like one of the seasonal decor aisles at the home decor store.

Here in So Cal, we often find ourselves creating a "winter wonderland"
under 90 degree temps.  But, not even summer-like heat will stop the avid
home decor enthusiast from decorating for the seasons.

And while seasonal decorating is fun, it can be a daunting task that is 
both time consuming and costly.  However, there are ways to eliminate 
seasonal decor stress and cost by following some simple tips.

Here are a few tips that will certainly keep your decorating stress levels at bay
and save your pocketbook from emptying.

#1 Storage:

Proper storage is key when it comes to decor.
Decor pieces will accumulate fast, and if you are not careful,
you might find yourself stuffing decor items in various closets within your home 
making it nearly impossible to recall where these pieces are come time to decorate.

Plastic bins are the most efficient way in which to store decor.  For one, 
they are easy to transport from one place to another around your home as you decorate.  Plastic bins
also keep your items secure and free from damage specially if you 
are storing them in your garage our outdoor shed.


#2 Label Your Bins:


Not remembering where you've place a specific decor item
from the previous year is extremely annoying and time consuming when 
you are in decor mode.  I don't know about you, but as a busy mom, I utilize the time 
my daughter is in school to get as much done when it comes to seasonal decorating; and as we 
all know, a busy mom's day goes by rather quickly.  This is where labeling your bins is a crucial step 
in keeping your seasonal decorating stress free, efficient, and easily recognizable when you are in hurry.
Whether you buy seasonal colored bins or see through ones, 
be sure to label them according to season.  This will keep your 
contents organized especially when you have little helpers helping you
put things away after each season/holiday.


#3 Shop Smart  (when it comes to seasonal decor)

Shopping for seasonal decor is fun, overwhelming at times, and costly, so shop smart!
  
Purchase items that are transitional, and will carry you from season to season.  Faux spring flowers can easily be reused in fall  by placing them as part of a farmhouse fall vignette.

                        spring                                                                                         fall
                                                                                     
                                                       
  • Purchase pieces that can be transformed: whether by paint, fabric, or other craft medium. For example, if buying pumpkins for Halloween, keep them around for Thanksgiving by giving them a coat of fresh creamy white paint.  In this foyer vignette by MaddiebellaHome, creamy white paint transformed this clear mason jar in to a muted tone "vase."
 
  • Don't purchase costly decorative pillows for each season.   Instead, invest in various seasonal fabrics and pillow inserts.  Wrap your pillows according to the seasons. Store bought decorative seasonal pillows can be very costly so this will save you quite a few dollars in the long run. 
 


   
  • DIY...Don't be afraid to make some of your own decor items.  Purchase inexpensive pieces of wood at your local home improvement store.  Have them cut, and paint your own seasonal wood signs.  You don't have to be an artist to create a beautiful, rustic sign.  There are plenty of tutorials online that provide step by step instructions on making your own wood sign.  These wood signs by MaddiebellaHome are available in the MaddiebellaHome Etsy store.

Winter
                                    Summer




 #4 Keep your designs cohesive
Let's face it, when it comes to seasonal decor, home stores and local crafts shops
over represent.  If pumpkins is what you are looking for...pumpkins you shall have.  
From glitter to polka dot, to chevron, there are pumpkins for every taste. With an 
overabundance of product comes the temptation of buying one, or two, or three of EVERYTHING!!!
Before you start filling your shopping cart, consider the look you are hoping to achieve. Once you have identified your desired theme or style, I suggest you stay consistent and keep things cohesively tied to your overall style/theme.  While a mishmosh of pieces might look good in that Halloween aisle at the decor store, 
it won't necessarily look good in your home.  Keeping the overall theme cohesive throughout your space 
will actually allow your theme to come to life in a more subtle, elegant, and organized fashion.

As seen in this Christmas Master Bedroom design 
by MaddiebellaHome, the design is repetitive both in texture as well as in the color palette. The small grape wreaths on the wall compliment the weaved bed basket, and the reds and golds are visible in the fabric of the pillows, ribbons, and in the painted wood sign.


So now that summer is officially coming to and end,
 and you set forth to decorate for the fall and winter seasons,
use these simple tips to make your seasonal decorating a stress free, 
and inexpensive labor of love that won't overwhelm you, and most importantly, 
one that you will enjoy.
Make it fun!
XX,
Betty 
** All photographs in this blog post are property of MaddibellaHome 
Do not reproduce or use without permission.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Room Styliing

People often compliment on the way 
I decorate my home.  It's very nice to hear that 
they find my style of decor aesthetically pleasing,
but they often follow the compliment with some very familiar
statements..."I could never pull that off" or "I just don't have the vision 
for decorating."  I always reply by letting them know that styling/decorating 
a room in one's house is not as difficult as they make it out to be.

Here are three tips that can make styling/decorating a room in one's home
 stress free and fun.

1. Don't over think it.  It's simple, go with what makes you feel comfortable.
If you like a room to feel lived in and comfortable, don't go for that over the top 
model home look. For one, you won't enjoy the decor, because it won't reflect your
personality nor your purpose of how you intend to use the room.

2.  Don't overextend your budget.  While it is always fun to shop for new decor items,
give what you already own a chance to shine by shopping your home for items that will
work in the space.  You will be surprised at how wonderful a vase you once stashed away in a closet looks 
atop a bedside table in your master bedroom.  Not only will you rediscover items that you once considered out of style or no longer necessary, but your budget will not waste away, and instead, you can save for those items that you will need but don't yet have.

3.Don't compromise your comfort level.  Don't replicate a look that ends up being too stuffy or impractical
simply because you saw it on a design show or in a magazine.  For the most part, stay true to your personal 
style.  By not straying too far from your comfort zone, you will prevent feeling stressed and regretful about the transformation of your space.  

Here are some pictures to show you how simple styling a room can actually be.




  Accessories make a bold statement when it comes 
to styling/decorating a room in one's home.
Keep your accessories simple and create complimentary 
vignettes that bring cohesion to the overall design.




Accentuate & Layer: 
If a window is a focal point in your space, 
accentuate it by placing an aesthetically pleasing decorative piece
in front of it.  To ensure you don't block the window and the light from 
filtering through, keep your pieces simple and low on the surface they 
are placed on.  Layering adds dimension to your design.  Place decorative 
items atop books or magazines in your space.  And, incorporate items that you 
love or use frequently as decor pieces as I have done here with one of my 
favorite decor books and magazines.






Create ambiance.   Ask yourself, what do I want my space to feel like.
For me, I want our master bedroom to feel like a retreat, a five start hotel, 
a spa...so that each time my husband and I walk in, we feel relaxed,and calm.
Here, I opted to give our bed that feeling one gets when they walk into a
beautiful hotel room with plush linens, beautiful pillows, and sweet personal 
touches.  A simple silver julet cup filled with white faux stems and a sweet 
zen message, greet us when we step into our bedroom.  The pillows are
my own design, and can be found in my Etsy store (MaddibellaHome) later this month. The pillows give our linens a touch of whimsical elegance.



Identify areas that you love within your space and style them up to best fit 
your purpose for them.  Here, I have placed a comfy throw over the arm of 
a simple wicker chair where I enjoy curling up to read my favorite 
decor magazines. Rather than keeping the throw stored away until I need it, 
I opted to display it as part of identifying the purpose of this relaxing spot within the room.


Personalize your space.  I didn't want our master
bedroom to feel like it was a girly girl room that only belongs to me.
I want my husband to feel comfortable in the space as much as I do.
Each of our nightstands reflects our individual styles and hosts items that
identify our taste.

                             
   The Hubby's side reflects his interests.
 And there you have it, a beautifully styled space that not only looks aesthetically pleasing, 
but emits elegance, and practicality without fuss or stress in it's design.  Being true to your own 
personal style and not attempting to create something that simply "isn't you" will alleviate stress and make
the process of styling/decorating your space much more fun!
Now go and give it a try!  
Style away sweet readers!
XX,
Betty











 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Mood Board/Inspiration Board/Design Board



Whether you choose to call it an Inspiration,Vision, Design, or Mood Board,
it all comes down to this...every design idea needs a plan.  You might think when I refer to "a plan"
that I'm referring to furniture placement, or paint color, but it is far more important that those two elements.
By a plan, I am referring to a design board. 
  Let's first define the term (that actually goes by many pseudo names). 

 Design Board/Mood Board, Inspiration Board: A type of "poster design" made up of images such as photographs, texts, and samples of materials used to create a visual display of a design concept as conceptualized by the designer upon consulting with their client and learning of the client's desired needs.

On a side note; It isn't uncommon for a designer to create more than one mood board for their client. Because the design needs of a client may not be solidly clear even to the client themselves, creating more than one mood board will allow the designer to present various concepts thereby giving the client more options to choose from.

So now you understand what a Design Board is, and why it is used.  Something you may not know is that 
a design board will not only serve as a blueprint for your design concept, but it can and most often than not,  will save you money on your overall design budget.  How you might ask?...Well, very much like a rough draft/sloppy copy of a school paper, a design board will keep you on track by allowing you to stay focused on what it is your overall design needs, what can be omitted, and what will make your space the most useful and functional for the desired purpose you have identified.  


As many of you know, I have been working on our Home Office Re-Do project.  However,
  With summer vacation travel, there has been slow progression, but once it is completed, I will post the reveal.
 Design Boards:
This is how I started the project; with a raw design board.  A simple board with cutouts that I created way back in April.   

 Once I secured my overall color palette and desired decor style,
I collected images of suitable pieces that complimented my decor style as well as the
functionality of the room.

Everything from furniture to artwork can be seen in this Design Board.

One advantage of being the designer in your own personal project, is that it gives one the opportunity to 
not only create this board, but to enhance it without needing a client's approval.

Once I secured that this in fact was my final design, I created a digital version of my Design Board that 
would allow me to take take it along while shopping. The ability to transport the entire room design via my phone or tablet was incredibly efficient..

There are numerous Design Board programs that designers tend to favor.  Finding 
the right program just depends on personal preference.  I started my layout by using 
a presentation program such as power point, and because of summer travel, I didn't have
time to transfer it to an actual design program.  Nonetheless, this worked out fine as I was able to 
view my design throughout my shopping ventures. And YES, I even took it on vacation in case.

DIGITAL DESIGN BOARD:



















So there you have it...A little background on the Design Board Concept.

I can't wait for this room to be completed so I can share it with all of my readers.


Have a great day!
XX,
Betty

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Backyard Tablescape Designs...

Everyone knows that I love dressing up a table.
From Elegant to Rustic, I love all of the possibilities a bare table allows.
For me, a table ready for designing is like a blank canvas awaiting the stroke
of the artist's brush.

Since the beginning of summer, we have been busy having fun, when you 
have a teenager in the house, fun is what it's all about. And while she's out having summer fun 
with friends, I am able to sneak in one and sometimes two projects to design.

I designed this table for Father's Day Lunch.  
I hope this design inspires you to dress up a table or two!

French- Farmhouse Rustic Number Table..
This table was inspired by the French Farmhouse pillows I made
for our home office re-do (almost done, and cannot wait to share with you).
 After making the pillows, I got the idea to make number napkin rings and plate wraps
(plate wraps not shown in picture).
I was pleased at how the French Farmhouse pillows added to the simplicity of the rustic table.

Here are more shots of my French Farmhouse Rustic Number Table...

The napkin wraps complimented the number pillows, 
and created a cohesive design altogether.


My number napkin rings will be available in my Etsy Store soon...



My French Farmhouse Pillows will also be available in my Etsy Store soon.

 
A simple floral arrangement using back yard clippings tucked 
into a glass mason jar is all this rustic table design needs for a centerpiece.



The plastic tumblers and black and white paper straws
bring a little relaxed, whimsy touch to the overall design.


This table is a perfect example, that it's not necessary
to go overboard when designing a tablescape.
A simple table is often much more beautiful without frills 
or over-the-top floral centerpieces.  This table gave off a relaxed
vibe, and complimented the backyard surroundings just perfectly.  
 
XX,

Betty

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Re-Doing a Room in your Home? Make sure you have a PLAN, PLAN, PLAN...

Let's face it, as fun as redoing a room in one's home is, 
it can be equally stressful.  For many, the task can become 
so ominous that the redoing process often ends with the room being 
repainted and nothing more.



I have had friends and clients tell me that they've started a room re-do
only to completely become overwhelmed, and they end up putting everything they've taken
out of the room right back in and the project was completely forgotten.

There is a simple answer to why someone would become so overwhelmed
and cancel the re-do project all together....And the answer is, NO PLAN!!

Just like a well written paper where planning via outlines and rough drafts is key,
a room re-do pretty much requires the same type of planning in a more visual way of course...I will be writing a post about Mood/Inspiration Boards soon, but let's take it one step at a time.

If you are lucky enough to hire a good designer, then, all you have to do is define your decor style, 
the purpose of the room's use, and some basic likes and dislikes, and it's up to them to create 
a room based on the information you've provided them.  Now, don't get me wrong, don't think 
hiring a designer gets you off the hook...after all, it's your room, your home, and you should act as a well 
informed participant in the design process.  In other words, periodically touch base with your designer 
to ensure that everything is flowing as it should, or to share a thought or two of something you might want to 
change or add.  

Believe me, each time I have worked on someone's home, I love when they become involved in the process, because it allows me to have those "A-Ha" Moments, where something they said, or something they wore prompted me to tweak my original design concept, and when I present the change to them,
 they more often that not agree, and we both laugh at how something so impromptu had such a positive impact on the overall design.

Just recently I worked on a  laundry space for one of my friend's colleagues.  She wanted to remove the existing cabinetry and add open shelving in the space.  The first time I viewed the space, it was completely bare as they had just moved into their home.  However, after meeting with her once she moved in, I realized that open shelving was probably not the best decor concept for her space...the reason you ask, well let's just say that after seeing how she maintained the space once she had moved in with detergent containers not properly stored inside the cabinets, lids not placed back on the containers, her dog's leash on top of the washer, children's toys strewn around the room, and mail on top of the counter, I didn't think open shelving would work for her. After explaining to her that open shelving requires a well maintained and organized disciplined plan, she agreed that open shelving was not the way to go, and instead we went with repainting her existing cabinets, adding molding, and new hardware, and she was beyond pleased with the results.

So that's just a quick little tip to keep in mind when re-doing a space in your home.  Have a plan, and remember, just because something looks great in a magazine or decor site, doesn't mean it will work in your space. Here are 3 simple tips to consider when re-doing a room in your home...

  • Define the purpose of the room- What will you be using the room for?
  • Create a Plan- This will save you time, money, and keep you on track.
  • Be willing to be flexible with your plan, but stay focused and don't deviate from it unless what you have envisioned will clearly not work in the space. Too many changes might overwhelm you in the long run causing you to lose focus and spend way more than you initially envisioned.

Most of all...Have fun, and anticipate the space that you've always envisioned!

XX,

Betty

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Beautiful New Wood Signs and So Much More!

Sharing beautiful decor inspiration with all of you  through by blog is so special,
and your sweet is always so kind.

I realized I had not shared the wonderful news about my new Etsy Shop with all of you!
It's no surprise I love beautiful decor, and I thought what better way 
to share my passion for beautiful items for the home than creating 
these beautiful pieces for others to enjoy in their spaces as well.

I hope you get a chance to stop by my Etsy Shop.
Just go to Etsy, and type in my store name MaddiebellaHome 
where you will find an array of home decor items all handmade by me.
 From wood signs in a variety of decor styles to hand painted French Number Pillows,
I am sure you will find something special for your already beautiful homes.

Also, please follow me on Instagram @maddiebellahome 
to keep up with the latest decor trends.

                                           
 Here are a few of the wood signs in the shop now.  But, head on over to my MaddiebellaHome
Etsy store to see all of the beautiful handcrafted products available.



Distressed & Hand painted Motivational Wood Block Sign. 



Hand painted & Distressed for that weathered beachy look, 
this adorable pale blue sign would look amazing as part of your coastal decor!



Whether you live on the beach, or a hundred miles away,
this beautiful Beach House sign will enhance your summer decor beautifully.


 And, if your style is more Cottage and Farmhouse,  or just prefer a more
neutral decor, then this MARKET sign is perfect for you.



XX,

Betty