Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Neutral Home Accents

When I’m styling my home I consider the longevity of my design.
I ask myself two specific questions; will I love the design for some time, and will the design be welcoming of other colors, textures. And home accents?  

If the answer to the above questions is YES, then I know I have a keeper.

A neutral home is responsive to other elements that can enhance it.  Whether it’s adding pillows in a darker hue or bringing in texture with pottery, the neutral color palette is enables these add-ons without interfering with the design.

So when I chose a neutral palette doe my overall home design, I instantly knew I had created a design 
That will only grow more beautiful with the textures and colors that I enhance it with.



Saturday, March 28, 2020

I am certain we are all pretty much feeling the same way during this unprecedented time.  
It's as if our world changed overnight a few weeks ago...in fact, that is exactly what happened.

But like everything in life, it's how we approach uncertain moments that will dictate how we come out of them.

By nature, I am a positive person. I also have to attest that my faith helps carry me in moments such as the one we are living.  But nonetheless we are all human and there are times we might feel a bit confused, unsettled, and yes, even overwhelmed.  I hope all of you are focusing on the things that help bring you comfort and peace during this time.

Here's a little list of some of the things that my family and I are doing and enjoying during this Stay at Home Order.

Decluttering and organizing : closets,  dresser drawers, kitchen cabinets

Organizing Home Office:  Shred old papers, tidy up desk, sift through files and re-organize

Bathrooms:  Deep cleaning including grout, shower area and  doors, shower curtains, declutter under sink cabinets

Bedrooms:  Deep clean including; moving furniture, dust and wipe down baseboards, clean shutters, clean interior window glass, wash all linens even those stored in linen closet, sweep and mop wood floors, reorganize closet and make donation pile, clean out and reorganize dresser drawers, and kid's desks, go through and discard old makeup

Garage:  Empty out; sweep and hose down garage floor, repaint walls if needed, organize contents on shelving, and declutter storage closets and bins.  Label products and toss anything outdated. Clean out outdoor refrigerator/freezer

Interior rooms:  Dust all baseboards, remove and vacuum area rugs, sweet and mop wood floors, dust shutters, window frames, and clean window glass.  Dust from door, move and clean behind all furniture

Backyard/(Pool if applicable)
Clean patio furniture
Wash outdoor pillows
Style outdoor area for the upcoming season
hose down hardscape
trimp flower pots and flower beds
use weed killer or pull weeds where necessary
stock outdoor bar cart 
dust and hose down outdoor umbrellas
make sure pool sweep is working and that all pool drains are clear of debris
wash pool towels and get them ready for hanging on towel rack if weather permits

Recreation & Exercise:
Take walks  around your neighborhood (while adhering to social distancing)
Take a drive down the coast and bring food that you can eat in your car with your family.

Family exercise in your family room:  Yoga, zumba, weights, cardio, circuit 

Sit outdoor and use a star gazer app to find the stars and planets (one of our favorite things to do here in the suburbs where the stars and planets seem as though we can  actually touch them)

Play family board games, trivia games, and build puzzles

Watch movies on Demand
Watch your wedding video 
Watch your kid's baby videos
Sing family Karaoke

Take an online water color class (one of our fav)
Sit in the backyard and hang out as a family
Play outdoor ping pong (another of our fav)
Read books (love it)
Engage in deep conversations about the current issue at hand with the family.  This opens up new perspective and we learn so much from one another.

I hope you can adopt one, two, or three of these ideas and enjoy them with your family as well.

Stay safe, Healthy, and STAY HOME!  

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Neutral Christmas Table Design

Keeping a neutral Christmas table design is a great way to keep things elegant and calm during what can often be an overwhelming time of year.

Here are three simple ways to create a neutral Christmas design for your Holiday Home... So put away the charger plates, and over-the-top bulky centerpiece, and follow these easy tips to creating a simple and neutral, yet elegant Christmas table of your very own.

One:  Use Greenery
Whether an evergreen garland, or individual Eucalyptus stems, Greenery will provide you with a neutral base to create your design.

Two: Limit the frills to simple aesthetics 
An Organic Place Setting of a simple cardstock tag and holiday sprig is all you need for a natural looking setting...

Three: Add pop of Elegance...
Yes that’s right, Bust out your “fancy”dinnerware to add that element of elegance to your neutral design.  Here, I’ve used my formal Wedgewood China from our wedding registry to bring a little elegance to my neutral holiday Christmas design.

And there you have it... three simple tips to creating the perfect neutral 
yet elegant holiday table design.

I hope you are enjoying this holiday season to the fullest 
As always...

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Fall is happening at Maddiebellahome, 
so head on over to my Instagram @maddiebellahome for 
All things fall...

Here’s a little sneak peak of 
My fall styling now live on
instagram @maddiebellahome
Don’t forget to follow for more home decor inspo 

Monday, September 16, 2019

_: DIY fall Olive Branch Napkin Rings Hack

_: DIY fall Olive Branch Napkin Rings Hack: From Inspiration To Hack...Tutorial  How I DIY’d my own fall Napkin Rings I have never been a bargain shopper, and the main reas...

DIY fall Olive Branch Napkin Rings Hack

From Inspiration To Hack...Tutorial 
How I DIY’d my own fall Napkin Rings

I have never been a bargain shopper, and the main reason is that I don’t have the patience to wait for things to go on sale.  When I see a decor piece I want, I buy it right then and there even if I pay full price.  Trust me, I envy those that have the sweet patience to wait for a product to go on sale, but sadly for my pocketbook, that’s just not me. Lol 

While shopping for fall decor this weekend, I came across the cutest Olive Branch Napkin Rings at one of my favorite decor stores, but at $5.00 a piece, I thought they were just a little more than what I wanted to pay for twelve napkins.  So, as I studied how they were made and snapped a pic, I knew instantly that I could DIY them for a fraction of the cost.

So, head on over to my YouTube Channel- The Well styled Home for a short little video on how I recreated these adorable Olive Branch Napkin Rings for my fall table.

Click on the link below to visit my YouTube channel, and maybe you’ll be inspired to create your own.l Olive Branch Napkin Rings for your fall Table!

Also, visit me on Instagram and Pinterest @ MaddiebellaHome


Sunday, May 26, 2019


    • We are officially on summer break and I am ready for long days at the beach, travels, and absolutely no schedules.  One choice I’ve decided to make this summer is to unplug as much as possible especially from my home decor Instagram.  As amazing as those little squares are, it’s even more amazing to live in the moment and experience life in real time.  If you follow me on IG don’t worry...I will pop in from time to time to share little pieces of our summer with you, and I’ll pop in here for short summer posts...but for the most part I will be enjoying every single second with my sweet little family.  
I hope all of you have an amazing summer and hope you too take a little break from time to time to be present and enjoy life as it happens.

Happy Summer!  See you on Instagram in the fall!

Here is some summer inspiration