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10 Ways to Pump up Your Mood with Chic Bedding and More

10 Ways to Pump up Your Mood (with chic bedding)

Introduction from Linda and Hello I Live Here

Today we have a guest post with Kathy Joe from Across the Pond and Yorkshire Linen Co  as they share 10 Ways to Pump up Your Mood with Chic Bedding and More.  We love to do guest posts that inspire our readers to not fear change and add a punch of color into their lives.  We are sending Kathy Joe a big Hello from the Hello I Live Here family and thank you for sharing your tips and Yorkshire Linen Co. with our readers to help them achieve an awesome new bedroom look 🙂 

Enjoy the article everyone – Linda

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A big hello to everyone! I am Kathy Joe and I crave for good home decoration. It makes things more ravishing. I am so thankful to Linda for letting me be here today. I would love it if you came here and said Hi.

10 Ways to Pump up Your Mood (with Chic bedding and more)

If your bedroom is starting to feel drab and unexciting it is perhaps time to revamp your d’ecor and give your room a burst of freshness – change that with 10 Ways to Pump up Your Mood (with chic bedding and more) . Here is how you can change the mood and feel of your bedroom without spending too much money.

10 Ways to Pump up Your Mood (with chic bedding and more)

1 Musical Chairs?

Rearrange your bedroom furniture, trying out several different looks until you achieve a layout that you are happy with. You will be surprised at how dramatically different your bedroom can look with the same furniture and accessories moved around, especially if you have only ever had your furniture in one arrangement.

10 Ways to Pump up Your Mood (with chic bedding and more)

2 Heap of Cushions

Add a zany and cheerful pile of cushions to your bedroom, on the bed or even stacked on the floor as a kind of informal floor mat. Choose cushion covers that match or harmonies with your bedding to achieve the best, well-put-together effect that you can. For getting a hold of irresistible cushions, my top favorite spot is Yorkshire Linen Co.

10 Ways to Pump up Your Mood (with chic bedding and more)

10 Ways to Pump up Your Mood (with chic bedding and more)

3 Color Scheme

Choose your décor colours and implement them throughout the bedroom. Pick out several bedding sets that play out this color scheme and refresh them often to keep the décor looking fresh and new. (Plus, there is nothing quite like the feeling of slipping between crisp, clean new sheets!)

10 Ways to Pump up Your Mood (with chic bedding and more)

4 Décor Theme Bedding

There is a wealth of variety in the fabric world, thanks to modern techniques and methods and you will be easily able to find the perfect bedding for your needs and desires, from tiger photographs to fantasy landscapes and just about everything else in between! Choose bedding that appeals to you as you will be the one who sees and uses it the most, and buy two or three different sets so that you can change the emphasis and mood in your room simply by changing your bed linen!

10 Ways to Pump up Your Mood (with chic bedding and more)

10 Ways to Pump up Your Mood (with chic bedding and more)

5 Pattern it Up

Invest in some fun and funky wall and furniture decals with which to adorn your bedroom. If you choose, for example, animal print stickers, why not invest in a chic animal print bedding set to help pull your décor together and enhance the focal point that is automatically created by the bed? If you have, as advised above, several different bedding sets, then you can choose stickers and decals that pick out one or two of the main colors of each set; thereby ensuring that your décor always looks good. For extra ordinary wall art options, my personal favorite is Graham & Brown.

10 Ways to Pump up Your Mood (with chic bedding and more)

6 Message From You

Spread the word in your bedroom, by putting up a chalkboard or wipe-board on which you can jot yourself positive and affirming sayings, adages and reminders. It is even possible to find bedding that features such messages and with so much positivity around you, you cannot fail to feel pumped and ready to take on the world!

10 Ways to Pump up Your Mood (with chic bedding and more)

7 Pop Out!

A pop of bright colour always serves to lighten the room of a bedroom. If you love bright colours but can only handle one at a time in your décor , why not get several different but still cheerful bedding all each featuring a pop of one of your favorite shades? In this way you can completely transform the room quickly and easily whenever you feel like a change. Include bright in accessories like cushions, pictures or photographs so as to carry the colour throughout the whole room.

10 Ways to Pump up Your Mood (with chic bedding and more)

8 Window Dressing

Your curtains brighten the room and can enhance the décor scheme. For a complete and polished look, choose curtains that exactly match your bedding to make the whole room look properly finished.

10 Ways to Pump up Your Mood (with chic bedding and more)

9 Cast a Cheerful Light

The addition of a coloured lamp shade can literally cast a different shade over your room! Soft pink or peach is especially flattering to human skin, while blue or yellow can make us look ill, so do bear that in mind before simply buying a shade in your favorite hue! Make sure that you can layer the light in your bedroom, with bright overhead lights for work and tidying and softer, kindlier lights for getting ready to sleep.

10 Ways to Pump up Your Mood (with chic bedding and more)

10 Place for Everything

This cannot be emphasized enough – have a place for everything that you want to keep in your room. Once everything is neatly put away, the bedroom will look tidy and welcoming, but if there are features that do not obviously belong there you risk making the room look cluttered and messy. Likewise, always make your bed in the morning, as a crumpled unmade bed does not enhance the décor – no matter what 🙂

10 Ways to Pump up Your Mood (with chic bedding and more)

That’s our guest post article from Kathy Joe at Yorkshire Linen.  So what did you think?  Make sure you stop past Kathy Joe’s facebook page and leave her a message :-).  Want to change your room – make sure you visit their site by clicking here.  Until next post – have an awesome day everyone.

-Linda

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

DIY Dresser with Country Chic Paints

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Hey guys – It’s been a long while since I posted anything and I apologize for that but it’s been crazy busy at Hello I Live Here –  so to make up for it today let me tell you about our DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints today.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

We partnered with Country Chic Paint to show you this awesome new chalk style paint that has quite a following already. We completed a lovely dresser of an older style that just screamed for a bright setting and Tropical Cocktail color and Simplicity white, followed by a coat of the Tough Coat Clear, which lived right up to its name.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

This DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints was started by cleaning first with a little cleaner.  I let the dresser dry completely and wiped down with a second wet cloth so there would be no OxiClean left that could attach to the country chic paint, I do this with every brand of paint I use regardless, it’s just a good practice to start with a clean furniture – and this is the reason why – look at how stunning this!

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Then I got started – I painted the sides and top of the dresser first with white creamy, Simplicity color.  It went on like silk, was easy to control, very low streaking with the brush, and dried in an amazing chalk like finish.  I completed 2 coats on the dresser, not because the first coat did not cover, but because it is my preference to paint every piece this way, regardless of the expense.  I love rich furniture and 2 coats complete this for me.

DIY Dresser Country Chic PaintsWhile drying, I moved on to the drawers where I added the Tropical Cocktail color of a turquoise blue.  It’s amazing, vibrant and rich on the piece.  It too moved on the brush like silk, and dried with that wonderful chalk paint finish we have all come to expect from other brands.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Using the rest of the Simplicity White Paint – I added this lovely Martha Stewart Stencil from Michaels.  I love how it brought the piece to life. 🙂

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Once the piece dried, I coated the whole thing with 2 coats of tough coat.  It worked amazing, dried tough, but gave a low shine finish you want for cleaning, but that lovely appeal you want when your furniture is making a statement.  Check out those burlap handles from Hobby Lobby 😉 fancy!

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Now that you see the amazing results on my lovely dresser, what do you think?  Let me tell you a bit about this wonderful paint, because Hello I Live Here will be using this line again   One happy DIYer here 🙂  All because of Country Chic Paint.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Country Chic Paint is a chalk and mineral based paint that is specifically designed for us Dryer’s.  This awesome paint is VOC Free, contains no harmful solvents, and could not be easier to use, just look at our wonderful results!  This fab paint collection allows you to make a piece look beautiful with a smooth matte finish and you have to love the delicious color choices like this Tropical Cocktail.  The paint line can be fully distressed for that antique old finish, or the very popular shabby chic look everyone is craving these days.  For me the best part – very little prep work – and fabulous results and don’t forget tutorials!  – You heard it hear – Hello I Live Here is all in!  Want to try it – Click here! 

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Become a newsletter subscriber and get the inside scoop on new retailers in your area and the best deals around town on this awesome paint.  Are you are retailer wanting to carry a new line?  You must check out this awesome paint.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Try the product – I am sure you will love it as much as we did.  The results are stunning.  Hello I Live Here wants to thank Country Chic Paint for partnering with us on this delicious dresser.  You are a wonderful company and brand I will be using again.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Well, that’s our post for today about our DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints.  Stop by tomorrow as I show you a wonderful product called Wood Icing.  I think you will be amazed.  Don’t forget to find us on Facebook, Hometalk, and Bob Vila Nation where we share our fun post with all their readers too 🙂

Cheers,

Linda

Clock End Table Makeover

Clock End Table Makeover

Clock End Table Makeover

Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection

A great big HELLO everyone as we share with you our clock end table makeover completed with Modern Masters Paints Metallic Collection.

Modern masters PaintsWell, let me give you some back ground on this ugly little table moving to the villa the table’s top was damaged.  I loved the base, but hated what happened to the top, that was now peeling, looked awful and the glass was all broken when we unwrapped her.

Clock End Table Makeover

Looking past what happened, because – well – stuff happens – it was my goal to take the base, beautiful iron legs and make it  something new – and you all know how crazy I am about clocks ;-).

Clock End Table Makeover

Hubby kept saying “toss it out” however, I could not let it go – a total – Hello my name is Linda and I have a junk collection problem (I hear your voices now saying “welcome Linda!” LOL).

Clock End Table Makeover

When rearrange the shop the other day for a new delivery of finds, I pulled out the broken table and finally told hubby it was this broken tables lucky day.  I sat up the base, walked around it, walked away from it, had lunch, walked out the door into the shop and it hit me…wouldn’t this be an awesome clock, hence – clock end table makeover!

Clock End Table Makeover

Clock End Table Makeover

Well, not having a clock that size, I had to do some recon work.  I bought one – too small, had one, would fit in the old ring, but did not scream clock end table makeover.  So over coffee, I was posting and reading, reading and posting, and bam an ad from my favorite store Hobby Lobby popped up.  My eyes bugged and I could not believe what I saw, 50% off all clocks in stock (even more on the sale racks).  It was happening and this was the sign that this clock end table makeover was going down.

Clock End Table Makeover

I finished posting for my Facebook readers, and I ran to get dolled up (real clothing instead of my scrub set full of paint and saw dust 😉 ) and I blazed out the door with my feet on fire as hubby just shook his head.  I walked into Hobby Lobby and it was like the angels were singing (and we know angels do sing in Hobby Lobby – or is that just me being too loud) ;-). As I looked up, there it stood – just waiting for me to snatch it right off the shelf (the sale shelf that is) – we will not discuss price on this one, well, because hubby is reading and we need to keep a few secretes – right 😉 – but I promise what I paid was worth it.

Clock End Table Makeover

Into the cart it went with several other items and off for home.  I sprang from the car grabbed the clock and sat it on top of the base and bam, it was a true fit, and only eyeballed it in the store! It was made for the base and it was saved by a 50% off Hobby Lobby trip!  Gleaming with delight – I got to work.  Here’s what I did.

I careful laid the clock onto the work table with a blanket under it.  Then I marked the holes from the base where I would attach the clock, and I drilled the holes using my Ryobi 18V drill driver and inserted mollies to make sure of the hold. I sat the clock aside to attach later (Ryobi is sold exclusively at the Home Depot or check out Ryobi Nation.)

Clock End Table Makeover

The metal part of the base was repainted with Modern Masters Paint – Black Pearl, from Reineke Decorating Center in Des Peres, Mo on Manchester, and letting it dry according to directions. (It was last minute I purchased this color – if I would have known I need this color, I would have asked to have it shipped – but I was glad they had a retailer close by).

Clock End Table Makeover

The colors you see on the wood base is flat black and a mix of others from the oopsy paint from Behr and the Home Depot, added some dark brown to lighten the cream color and pulled it all together using an awesome paint by Modern Masters Paints.

Modern Masters Paints

Oh, Do you know about Modern Masters?  Modern Masters Paints are come in awesome colors, and they partnered with us to create the effects you see on the table by sending us their Metallic Paint collections Champagne and warm silver that matched up our process perfectly.  When it comes to choosing a metallic paint for a do-it-yourself project, high-end decorative finish or special project like our Clock End Table Makeover, Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection™ has you covered!

Clock End Table Makeover

Their focus on metallic finishes has made them the world leader in water base metallic paints. Their Metallic Paint Collection products are available in over 4,000 paint retailers in 25 countries around the world.  Want to try it?  You can find a retailer by clicking here or order online for fast awesome service like we did.

Clock End Table Makeover

Modern Masters Paints are defiantly anything but ordinary.  Just look at our awesome table – can you see how the Metallic Paint Collections helped the iron and bases come to life?  This paint is dreamy and makes your work swoon worthy.

Clock End Table Makeover

Clock End Table Makeover

Check out Modern Masters Paints blog – they have wonderful photos of projects from loads of bloggers and paint experts who totally agree with me :-).  Can you believe hubby told me to toss this beauty!!!  This little table is a total swoon – don’t you think so?

Clock End Table Makeover

To protect the clock, I added a 30” Pier One Glass top (temper proof of course), then stood back and watched it glow – the Clock End Table Makeover is complete and ready to show off.

Clock End Table Makeover

Isn’t it lovely? – Well you know me, I think they are all beautiful being partial and all 😉 – But with this one I love walking around it watch how the Metallic paints from Modern Masters Paints helps it shine 🙂

Clock End Table Makeover

Thank you Modern Master Paints for partnering with us on this one.  Know I will be showing off a couple other projects this week using this paint again, so stay tune.

Clock End Table Makeover

If you have any questions we can answer for you or need some ideas using Modern Masters Paints, click the links above and you will have all the information you need to choose your paint colors, and how to use it best for your project.  If I can help answer your questions, please leave me a comment below and let’s get that discussion started!

Clock End Table Makeover

We hope you enjoyed seeing how we completed our Clock End Table Makeover.  Until next post – we leave you with photos and ways to find us on some other pretty great sites like Pinterest, MM Paints – Pinterest  Hometalk, Bob Vila Nation.  You can also follow us through our projects we post to Instagram and twitter all day why they are being completed.

Clock End Table Makeover

Also, thank you all for the wonderful 28th wedding anniversary wishes.  Hubby and I had a blast of a weekend away – I want to personally thank Corrina and Crysta for keeping you guys in photos why I was away – I will have to step up my game 😉

Thanks for stopping by everyone!  And make sure you order your Modern Masters Paints!!!

Clock End Table Makeover

 

Cheers,

🙂 Linda

Painted Cottage Table

Painted Cottage Table with American Paint Company

Painted Cottage Table

American Paint Company

Hi everyone – tonight’s blog is all about my Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company paints.  This was a fun project with some great new paint we found over at American Paint Company.

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

Amrita Reitz was awesome to partner with Hello I Live Here to show their wonderful paint product.

Paint Cottage Table American Paint Company

Just look at how wonderful our Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company came out!  Isn’t it beautiful? 😉

Paint Cottage Table American Paint Company

As with any paints, we always test on a sample piece of wood to see how the paint works, as you can tell, American Paint Company’s Home Plate and Freedom Road went on easy and silky.

Paint Cottage Table American Paint CompanyWe used Home Plate paint on the wood plank top as shown below:

Paint Cottage Table American Paint Company

Then we tried Freedom Road on the metal base and followed it with top coat.  It worked wonders in both areas!

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

For those of you who are not familiar with American Paint Company, Amrita shared a few things about their paints with Hello I Live Here.  Amrita told us American Paint Company is a clay/chalk/mineral base paint, is all-natural, has zero VOC, is eco-friendly, and a solvent free paint.  Amrita shared their paints contain no acrylic, fungicides or co-polymers.  What does it all mean?  Only that this paint is an awesome eco-friendly paint, good for your furniture; as well as the person using it.  Look how awesome it works – the stencil looks amazing.

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

You can check out their products here.  American Paints has over 40 colors to choose from, great finishes and other products like brush prep, and Mica powders.  We sampled the Waxes and top coats and loved them, see the photo below.

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

Paint Cottage Table American Paint Company

American Paint Company offers online tutorials that ensure anyone can use their paints – check it out here and have awesome opportunities for retailers who may want to carry their products in their own shops – Are you interested?  Check out what they have to offer by clicking here.  You can see how well it worked on our Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company below.

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

We had a blast using this paint today – the colors were rich, covered well, and worked just like we thought after finishing our sample boards.  Want to try it?  Find a retailer near you or shop on line at these awesome retailers listed on american paint company’s page.

Have questions send American paint a note over at their website.  They are quick at responses and they pride themselves on their customer services. We had a question, sent to the site and bam answer in a quick few minutes.  You cannot beat customer service like that?

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

Keep watching as we try their paint on some other projects throughout the week.  After seeing this table, I am confident my other projects will look as awesome.

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

That’s our post of tonight – thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here – Catch us on Facebook, HomeTalk, Bob Vila Nation, and Ryobi Nation Tools – as we blog some awesome projects this month.  And a big thank you to Amrita and American Paint Company for working with us as a partner.  Until next post… Stay happy everyone 🙂

Linda

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

Hey guys – today’s blog – DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp is made from left over pieces from our decorator bin.  A few years back when we sold our other house, I had staged rooms to help the selling process go fast (it worked – sold that puppy after 1 day on the market 😉 – Never pass up staging).  Any ways, back to our DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp – I had this awesome old piece that looked like an old time phone sitting on the piano in the formal Living Room.  Once we moved I tossed it into the decor bin never to be seen again until this weekend when I dug that puppy out and freed it from storage.  Remember the other great project that came from here – our Clock Table.  That’s why I keep it all.

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

I noticed when moving it the bottom was hollow.  As I kept digging, I found an old lamp I was not using any longer and put the two together and bam – a new DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp was born – Isn’t she cute!!

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

It was not a hard process and took a couple hours to construct.  I used my Ryboi 18V driver and a set of Ryobi drill bits all purchased from The Home Depot and registered on Ryobi Nation.  That’s right I register every tool, I am one of those people – but you know this because I have a storage area for my unused decor right! 🙂  Look any shade fits her (both were purchased from Tuesday Morning and the finial – the feather reminds me of an ink pen and every phone needs a pen ;-).

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

Here’s what we did to make this super DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp come to life.

First we deconstructed the old lamp and kept only the pieces we needed for this project (the rest of the lamp parts are sure to become something else.)

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

 

Next we drilled a ½” hole in the top of the decorator phone.  To ensure we didn’t harm the thin metal phone top, we used several successive drill sizes, finally ending with ½”, the diameter of our lamp rod.

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

We did a dry fit of the lamp pieces to make sure everything fit as planned.  To keep the lamp rod secure and upright we fabricated an doweled anchor that would fit under the phone base.  Using a 1½” square piece of scrap that was 4.5” in length, we drilled a ½” hole that was slightly off center.  The lamp rod fits through this anchor and is fastened to the lamp rod.  After a few turns of the nut, the rod was secure and upright.  Now I think even Bob Vila of Bob Vila Nation would be proud of this project :-).

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

After the lamp pieces were reassembled we prepared to rerun the lamp wire through the lamp rod, which was the trickiest part of the whole project.

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

To make this process easier, we took a coat hanger and tapped string to one end.  We pushed the coat hanger through the lamp rod.  Once the coat hanger was pushed through the lamp road, we tied the string to the end of the lamp wire and used a combination pushing the lamp wire and pulling the string to gently move the lamp wire back through the lamp rod.  Don’t pull to hard, or the string will pull free and you have to start over.

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

The final step was to reconnect the lamp socket and secure with the plastic outer cap.  Once the DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp was reassembled we placed a light bulb and viola, let there be light!

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

It looked perfect.  For a few hours, some left over pieces from our decorator bin and zero additional cost, we have an incredibly and one of a kind DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp.  In fact, I tried to find something similar online and nothing came up.  PS- The little read book – written by my grandmother Lily Bennett – all her original poems in one great book. 🙂

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

We hope you like our DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp. The lesson from today’s post is don’t throw anything away, you never know when that left over décor becomes something fabulous.

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and check our Pinterest page. Until our next post – Have an awesome day!

-Linda 🙂

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