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2012 Candice Olson Living Room Design Tips

Check out these designer living rooms with simple tips from Candice Olson on how to transform your ordinary living room into an extraordinary space the whole family can enjoy.

Add Floor-to-Ceiling Tiles

Glass mosaic fireplace tiles are an easy way to spice up a living room design. To create a vibrant and contemporary focal point, designer Candice Olson suggests adding an elevated fireplace covered in floor-to-ceiling glass tiles in hues that coordinate with your palette. This will add both visual and physical warmth within a room, she says. Design by Christopher J. Grubb

Splash Color on the Walls

Add some zest to your living room design with a fresh coat of paint. Use the mosaic fireplace tiles to help inspire your entire color palette. Whatever color you choose for your walls will set the mood and tone for the entire space. To create a warm and inviting environment, Candice prefers using bold hues, like charcoal or chocolate brown. Design by Kenneth Brown

Warm Up the Window Treatments

One of the most common decorating mistakes is forgetting the window treatments. To soften charcoal walls and make a dramatic statement, Candice suggests adding copper-colored silk panels and woven blinds. In this contemporary living room, designer Ana Donohue enhanced charcoal walls with ivory, copper and charcoal patterned panels in a shiny silk fabric.

Create a Conversational Atmosphere

You can never have enough seating, and if you’re living room isn’t quite large enough to house a large sectional or L-shaped sofa, then individual chairs are always a great option. Candice suggests adding lounge chairs with a high, round table to provide plenty of space for guests to relax and unwind. In this contemporary living room, designer Troy Beasley added four separate lounge chairs on either side of a sofa and small bench. A conversational furniture arrangement can make all the difference in the world, especially when hosting parties.

Add an Extra-Large Sofa

When creating a family-style living room, comfortable seating should be one of the top considerations when choosing furniture. A stylish and cozy L-shaped microfiber sofa provides plenty of seating for everyone, and the kid-friendly fabric is ideal because of its durability, absorption and softness. Add lots of throw pillows in various patterns and fabrics for extra comfort, Candice says. Design by Gregory Augustine

Showcase Your Collections

A built-in wall unit can be the perfect addition to a living room. Add mirrors to a few of the shelves to visually expand the space while adding extra dimension. Candice likes to use living room bookshelves to showcase the homeowner’s collection of artwork, accessories and books. This can also be the perfect place to hide a flat-screen television. Design by Christopher J. Grubb

Add Proper Lighting

Along with a beautiful wall color, proper lighting can alter and affect the tone of a room. To help brighten a space without washing out the walls and furnishings, Candice says to install recessed lighting, monopoint spotlights and to incorporate stylish drum pendants above the sofa side tables. The result is a bright and inviting living room with continuous warmth and comfort. Design by Andreas Charalambous

Don’t Forget the Accents

No room is complete without striking accent pieces and coordinating decor. To finish off a room, Candice says to add a contemporary coffee table, a spacious area rug and eye-catching pieces of art. Designer Joseph Pubillones spiced up a neutral color palette with vibrant blue artwork and unique sculptural pieces.

Halloween 2013 Entry Decorations Ideas

Welcome trick or treaters and party guests this Halloween with front door accents that cast just the right spell. Our ideas for wreaths, door decorations, and entryway accents are sure to give your porch spook-tastic flair for Halloween.

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Traditionally carved pumpkins wide grins, seasonal words are a welcome sight on a Halloween theme front entry. This trio focuses on the eyes googly eyes, a Cyclops as well as a swoopy script for the Halloween message. Get our free designs below.
Editor’s Tip: Rub petroleum jelly on the cut areas of the pumpkins to preserve them for even longer, and use battery-operated candles for ease and safety.
Dress up your Halloween porch with these easy to make painted pumpkins. Mask off the areas you want to remain unpainted, spray paint the pumpkins black, and remove the tape to reveal your design. Draw the outlines of block letters onto your pumpkins and fill in with black crafts paint; add polka dots to your pumpkins by carefully drilling holes with a cup drill bit. Make a black-and-white dotted pumpkin by applying black circle stickers to a white pumpkin. Use metal laundry tubs, barrels, or old chairs to give your fun pumpkin display varying height.
Add jack-o’-lantern faces to a cute wreath for your Halloween theme door. Paint about a dozen floral pods with black acrylic paint. Adhere stickers or use a liner brush to paint cheerful (or scary) faces on several of the pods. Once dry, use double stick tape or a T-pin to adhere to a floral wreath. Settle the wreath in between pumpkins or hang with a thick silk ribbon.
Set a spooky tone this season with decoupaged plates displayed by the front door. Use computer printed house numbers embellished with copyright free skeleton illustrations. Search for the art online under “human anatomy” or “anatomy.”
It’s easy to transform foam pumpkins into one of a kind accents for your outdoor Halloween decorating. Spray one pumpkin with glossy black paint and the other with matte black paint; cover a few pumpkins with discarded book pages. Cut a few additional book pages and silver crepe paper into leaf shapes for contrast. Group several pumpkins into an oversize cauldron or pot.
Ever wondered what to do with those cute, inexpensive urns from the crafts store? With a simple coat of spray paint they become spooky Halloween decorations. Stuff cotton batting and blocks of crafts foam inside. Stick white branches into the foam as desired. Cut-out black bats, fabric leaves, black webbing, and a few creepy crawly spider accents complete the look.
If classic, not creepy, is your autumn decorating style, than use an elegant display of pumpkins to send a welcoming holiday message. Here, three pumpkins each one a bit smaller than the one below it rest on each other. Use a favorite font and stencil a message with spray paint or a paint pen. Trail some moss or other accent from the base of a tall planter or urn. If you stack the pumpkins away from a wall, insert a piece of rebar or a dowel from top to bottom to prevent toppling.
Add a Halloween theme window covering to your front door to welcome the spooky season. Print two copies of our spider and web pattern, available below, onto white paper and enlarge to fit your window. Cut out the spider and web in two separate pieces to use as patterns. Trace the pattern pieces onto black construction paper, flipping the web pattern to use for the bottom of the window covering. Cut out the pieces, including the webbing indicated by the white within the web. Cut two rectangles from black construction paper to use as side pieces that join the top and bottom pieces, and cut yellow cellophane to fit inside the window. Tape the two web pieces, the two side pieces, and the spider to the cellophane, referring to the photo for placement. Tape the finished cellophane panel inside the window frame.
Skip the pricey holiday mats and make your own spider theme welcome mat for just a few dollars. Start with a lightweight black mat cut into a circle. Hot glue lengths of clothesline to the mat in a spiderweb pattern.
A supersize felt spider waits for Halloween guests in this wreath, making a spooky decoration for your front door. Wrap one skein of thick orange yarn (or two skeins of thin orange yarn) around a 12-inch straw wreath form so the threads lay neatly. Hot-glue one end of black rickrack trim to the back of the wreath form; wrap the rickrack around the form, evenly spacing the wraps and securing the trim to the back of the wreath with hot glue. Trace our spider pattern, available below, onto white paper and cut out. Trace the pattern onto black felt using a chalk pencil; cut out with a crafts knife. Position the felt spider in the center of the wreath, using straight pins to fasten the ends of the legs to the back side of the wreath. Hang the wreath with a wide black ribbon.
Infuse plain white lanterns with spooky spirit in minutes. Run lengths of black ribbon along the surface of an open paper lantern (we made one lantern with ribbon and one without). Print basic jack-o’-lantern clip art (a quick online search offers lots of options) onto white paper. Trim and tape to the front of the lantern. Hang it on your porch for a delightful welcome.
With a little witchcraft you can set the stage for a spooky evening at your front door. Light a warm path to your door with luminarias and a lighted grapevine garland framing the doorway. Dangle a few faux bats and spiders near porch lights. Add black witch, cat, bat, and ghost silhouettes made of heavy paper to windows to increase the spooky ambiance.
Simple steps and easy to find materials transform planters, lanterns, and pumpkins into a scary-fun Halloween doorstep arrangement. Adhere cat eyes (search online for copyright-free images) with crafts glue to urn planters or other pots. Tuck twigs, leaves, or flowers into sand or plastic foam-filled planters. Cut pieces of orange cardstock to fit lantern panels and tape jack-o’-lantern face pieces (cut from black cardstock) to the orange pieces. Place them behind the glass panels to protect from wind and rain. Add a few pumpkins and voila: Doorstep masterpiece accomplished!
Embrace the spirit of Halloween in your front yard with this spider filled bonanza. Secure a skeleton to the ground with rebar; use monofilament to pose the arms. Create a swarm of spiders with inexpensive plastic foam balls and chenille stems; secure to the ground with wired florist’s picks.
Turn a front door window into a spider’s clever trap with black crafts tape. Start with three long strips of tape, creating an off center X shape with two pieces and using the third to cut across the middle of the X, dividing your glass window into six sections. Starting at the center, add tape strips to each section until a web starts to take shape.
Symmetry is a wonderfully simple decorating tool to guide you in creating a seasonally beautiful entryway at Halloween or any holiday time. Here, two black feather wreaths, accented with long lengths of shimmery silver ribbon, dress up the towering front doors. Whimsical and not too spooky faux ravens beckon their own sort of welcome.
Go all-out on your outdoor Halloween decorating. On the stairs, welcome guests with tall lanterns wrapped in cardstock cut with faces, and situate among small pumpkins and gourds. Accent pillars with spooky planters, hang ghosts from the porch, and use tape to create black spiderwebs on your doors. As a final touch, wrap spare brooms with electrical tape for a cheap door side accent.
Part frightful, part formal, this skull-adorned wreath gets its stripes from overlapping strips of felt. You’ll need about 50 each of 10×1/2 inch pieces of black and white felt. Use straight pins to secure to a 14 inch straw wreath form. Print the free skeleton image, below, and coat with decoupage medium; let dry. Use skewers to attach it to the wreath and tie a bow with upholstery fabric for dramatic effect.
Create your own spooky outdoor spiderweb planters from stretched and pulled cotton balls fitted over plants. Spell out a Halloween message with black foam letters attached to small dowels using adhesive before sticking them into the plant.
You don’t need a lot of crafting skills, fancy tools, or even pricey supplies to add unique, fun Halloween accents to your front entry. Here, inexpensive spider rub ons, stickers, and trims decorate white kraft bags. Fill the bottoms of the bags with sand and stagger on the stairs or along your front walkway. Light with battery operated votive candles and accent with a variety of pumpkins.

2013 Bedroom Window Treatment Ideas from HGTV

Window treatments can set the tone of your bedroom’s style. Check out these ideas to add color, pattern and drama to your space.

Serene Entrance 

Designer Troy Beasley placed white silk draperies at the bedroom’s entrance instead of over the windows to avoid blocking the stunning city view. The white draperies and bedding offer a soothing environment, while pops of yellow bring life into the space.

Floor to Ceiling Luxury 

Designer Tracy Morris hung over the top, floor to ceiling draperies to cover up the large windows in this regal bedroom. The soothing blue color of the drapes is implemented in the ceiling treatment, bedding and furniture for a unified look. Gold accents enhance the luxurious feel of the space.

Dark, Soothing Color 

Using dark colors in a bedroom can make the space feel cluttered and small when used incorrectly, but these chocolate brown draperies set a soothing tone against the lavender walls of this contemporary bedroom. To bring some sparkle to the space, designer Joseph Pubillones hung a mirror above the bed.

Bold Pattern 

Bright colors, whimsical patterns and inviting accessories make visitors feel welcome in this guest bedroom designed by Erinn Valencich. The bold patterned, floor to ceiling window treatments stand out against the soft blue walls, making it the bedroom’s statement piece.

Room Divider Drapes 

Draperies don’t only have to cover up windows. Designer Vanessa DeLeon hung sheer gold draperies to separate the bedroom from the living room in this studio apartment. A curtain rod spanning the room’s ceiling makes it easy to open and close the curtains.

Bedroom Focal Point 

The dramatic gold draperies create a focal point and spruce up the wall behind the bed. Designer Troy Beasley paired the draperies with an over-the-top velvet headboard to bring texture to the space. The two toned drapes give the illusion of a higher ceiling, which makes the room feel larger.

Dual Material Draperies 

Decorating your space with dual material draperies adds interest to a neutral space. In this guest bedroom, designer Ammie Kim chose a sheer material to cover the windows to allow natural light to stream in. A bold, velvet material on the bottom of the drapes anchors the space.

Quick Halloween Centerpieces Ideas 2011

Use these centerpiece ideas as inspiration for your next Halloween party or as festive additions to your home to add some fright to your holiday table .
i hope you like it .. Enjoy  !!

Jack-o’-Lantern Halloween Centerpiece

Miniature jack-o’-lanterns make a big impact when arranged on footed cake stands and displayed on a vintage tray. Place battery-powered candles inside each hand-carved pumpkin, and let your guests enjoy the glow.

Book-and-Pumpkin Centerpiece 

Books, pumpkins, and gourds compose this Edgar Allen Poe-worthy Halloween centerpiece. Use black books, or craft quick book covers with black construction paper. 
Editor’s Tip: Incorporating raven accents on items such as place cards will make the spooky Edgar Allen Poe vibe even more apparent.

Pumpkins in Glasses Centerpiece 

This centerpiece with pumpkins and flower glasses plays a trick on the eyes, as miniature pumpkins placed in water-filled glasses appear to float in the water. (Spoiler: They’re just too big to sink all the way to the bottom.) Bright orange flowers resting in a glass and small, shallow bowl add more orange to this Halloween centerpiece. 
Editor’s Tip: To add more color, replace water with black and orange candies or smooth black stones.

Black-and-Orange Skeleton Candle Display

 These tall glass votive holders — complete with a black jelly bean base — hold black and orange candles. Spooky skeletons hang on the outside of the votive holders, ensuring an extra-haunting glow when the candles are lit.

Halloween Gourd Centerpiece 

Use rugged old cabinet legs as eye-catching bases in this Halloween gourd display. Elevating some gourds and leaving others on the table, as well as varying the size of gourds, adds quirkiness to this Halloween centerpiece. 
Editor’s Tip: Tie ribbon onto the bases in knots or bows to add quick bursts of color.

Floral Jack-o’-Lantern Halloween Centerpiece

A smiling jack-o’-lantern becomes the perfect Halloween vase when you place a container of water and flowers inside. A simple carving (or scraping) that forgoes the typical wide mouth will help the inside container stay hidden. Use a white pumpkin and orange flowers for extra pop.

Pumpkin-and-Candle Halloween Centerpiece 

Nuts, pumpkins, and a large candle dress up a small woven mat in this simple-yet-sophisticated Halloween centerpiece. Fallen leaves tucked into the display add natural fall flair to the decoration. 
Editor’s Tip: For a more kid-friendly decoration, use candies, painted pumpkins, and a battery-powered candle so curious fingers don’t find a flame.

Pumpkins on White Dishes

Simple white dishes display multicolor pumpkins in this elegant Halloween centerpiece. Use footed bowls, small plates, and candlesticks at varying heights to create an eye-catching display.

Silver Skull Centerpiece

For a centerpiece with both spook and glam, spray-paint a plastic skull silver. Use black feathers to create a to-die-for boa around the “head of the table.” Place the skull on a black raised stand or footed dish for a lively Halloween decoration.

Pumpkin Platter Centerpiece

A plain white platter becomes a Halloween centerpiece with a handful of scattered miniature pumpkins and fall accents. The nonlinear look is key with this decoration, so assemble pieces randomly along the platter for an effortless, relaxed look.

Large Pumpkin Bouquet Halloween Centerpiece 

Use a large, tall pumpkin to create this picturesque Halloween centerpiece. Stuff a variety of flowers, fillers, and greenery in a vase inside this simple, hollowed-out pumpkin. 
Editor’s Tip: To add a bit of festive fun, tuck tiny Halloween decorations, such as plastic spiders or spooky stir sticks, into the arrangement.

White Pumpkin Vases

White pumpkins double as vases and make for a spook-free Halloween centerpiece. Leaves, orange flowers, and cattails are tucked into a hidden vase or container in the hollowed-out pumpkins.

Cheap DIY Christmas Centerpieces 2014 Ideas

Forget the florist a little DIY elbow grease and $25 (or less) is all you need to make these show stopping Christmas centerpieces.

Take inexpensive baby’s breath out of the background and into the spotlight with this hanging centerpiece. Use a round ball of floral foam, floral wire and monofilament to suspend this ethereal arrangement over the table.
Cut balsa wood or even cardboard into two equal sized triangles and put together to form a T. Boom: You have a tree for your centerpiece! Paint with craft paint in stripes, snowflakes or the design of you choice.
Turn leftover embroidery hoops into hanging wreaths studded with a few seasonal florals. Here, we attached dusty miller, roses and babys breath with floral wire.
Turn a leftover floral vase into a high end centerpiece vessel with drips of liquid gold leaf and white glass paint.
Inexpensive glass ornaments can become showstoppers when filled with ombre paint and hung above the table alongside sequins.