Category Archives: Kitchen Renovation

2012 Best Living Room Color Palettes Ideas From HGTV

For the living room that you wish , choose the colors must be appropriate and consistent with your personalityTry one of these fresh color schemes. I hope you like it , Enjoy !!!

Traditional Neutrals

Neutral colors are the perfect background for a living room. Add accessories in muted shades or bright hues to achieve different looks. Designer Kenneth Brown pairs several shades of brown and tan with muted shades of red and green to create a calming but interesting atmosphere.

Breezy Contemporary

Cool blue draperies and cream walls contrast well with the dark brown floors to create a relaxing, contemporary living area.RMSer mdcandela adds interest to the subtle color palette by choosing fabrics like the brown zebra print and adding a soft cream area rug.

Deep Hues

Design a living room that makes a statement with rich, saturated shades, like the dark gray and purple of this space.To keep the space from looking too dark, designer Kenneth Brown uses cream furnishings and two-toned draperies.

Brightly Colored

This uplifting palette uses fuchsia to add a little passion, while the bright green creates an organic richness to the space.Designer Shelly Riehl David updates the classic color palette of pink and green by using shades of lime and fuchsia.

Classic Palette

A color scheme of red and cream is paired with classic furnishings for a traditionally styled living room.RMSer Creynolds grounds the light walls of the living room with a dark red area rug while fabrics in cream, gold and red pull the color palette throughout the space.

Eclectic Elegance

The color palette in this living room includes shades of turquoise, jade green and yellow-green for a cohesive and sophisticated look.Rate My Space user merskine unifies her eclectic mix of furniture from Craigslist by painting the wood pieces a bright white and using an analogous color palette.

Kitchen Lighting Design Ideas From HGTV

Totally On-Trend

The trendiest fixtures today express strong visual design statements. “Lighting that makes a statement is now,” enthuses Serra. “Oversized fixtures [make for a] bold entrance into the kitchen. Simple shapes, often with heavy textures, vintage styles and Edison-style bulbs are all saying, ‘Look at me!'” Mager shares, “If you want to update your kitchen lighting, think about adding one of the hottest trends in lighting design: a linear chandelier. Not only will it provide more light, it adds a dramatic and stylish focal point to the room, immediately upgrading the overall design and elegance of the room.” Photo courtesy of Hinkley Lighting.

Strike Your Fancy

According the Serra, the dreamiest, most upscale kitchens today are likely to feature some distinguishing elements: “Innovative designs, first and foremost, will clearly differentiate truly fabulous lighting from the rest,” she says. “Quality materials with quality finishes further differentiate the upscale from the ordinary. In addition, it is often the details — the small crystal ball, nickel chain, hand blown glass, luxury fabric, reclaimed wood — that clearly communicates quality as well as authenticity. Chandeliers featuring waterfalls of crystals, pieces of luxury metals, feathers and fabric add both strong texture and luxury to a room. Here clean, modern pendants light the island, while a classic crystal chandelier graces the dining area. Photo courtesy of Susan Serra.

Keeping It Together

“Upscale kitchen lighting must be beautifully designed. Its form and proportion should be scaled properly to the space. The size of a fixture should not be too small, especially over a table, as luxury often is communicated by size,” recommends Serra. “The style of a lighting fixture should complement the decor of the kitchen and surrounding rooms. It should also relate, but does not have to match, the finish of other fixtures,” she adds. Here, the clean, warm lines of this kitchen are echoed in the mission-style pendants and matching fixture above the window. Photo courtesy of Susan Serra.

Everyday Glam

“I really love dining chandeliers,” says Serra, and we agree! Here, two glittering mini chandeliers add a luxe feel to a bright, beautiful kitchen.

Mager adds, “Kitchen lighting has definitely evolved beyond the typical flush-mount application (one large overhead fixture flush against the ceiling). Chandeliers were installed only in dining rooms or large foyers, but [today] in high-end, luxurious kitchens, chandeliers are right at home.” Photo courtesy of Susan Serra.

Pendant Perfection

Most frequently seen over an island workspace, pendant lights are as striking as they are practical. The pair here is “clean, classic and timeless. The brushed nickel finish and clean design of these striking pendants add a ‘wow’ factor, combining the best of form and function,” says Kim Mager, Marketing Director at Hinkley Lighting.

Love Those Layers
“Layering light is a technique that is often used in dining rooms or living rooms but, until recently, wasn’t utilized in the kitchen,” says Mager. “Now kitchens have become the hub of the home, being used for socializing, eating and entertaining, as well as homework stations or home offices.”

“Layering light is the best way to provide task as well as ambient lighting,” advises Mager, “striking just the right balance between function and mood.” This farmhouse-style kitchen includes a pared-down chandelier and matching sconces to “complete a cohesive, stylish environment where you want to spend time, regardless of whether it’s for relaxation or entertaining,” according to Mager. Photo courtesy of Hinkley Lighting.

Create Dimension

“Layered lighting can be used to supplement the intensity of light or to overlap fields of light, creating interesting shadows [and] manipulating the dimension of areas the light is directed toward,” explains Serra. “Lighting, when layered, [can add] a wonderful dimension of shadows and color to feature and enhance natural characteristics of woods, stones and metals.

In many kitchen designs, a focal point is a prominent feature of the space and lighting can immediately focus attention to one or more special areas to guide the eye into the design.” Here, recessed lighting, accent lighting, over-counter task lighting and pendants work together for a welcoming, warm result. Photo courtesy of Susan Serra.

Outside the Box

When it comes choosing light fixtures for a dream kitchen, some “rules” are made to be broken. “I do believe that any style of lighting has a place in the kitchen,” Serra says, “whether in a fabulous breakfast room or in the center of a kitchen work area.”

“These contemporary pendants are actually made for outdoor use,” reveals Mager, “but they are so modern and chic, they look just as fabulous inside. The seedy glass and minimalist, stem-hung design adds an urban edge while providing excellent task lighting that reduces eye strain while preparing a meal or doing homework at a kitchen island.” Photo courtesy of Hinkley Lighting.

Art of the Matter

“Hand blown glass [is] popular, as its wonderful imperfections and artisan elements add warmth to any kitchen,” says Serra. The gorgeous cobalt glass pendants here add a pop of color and unique appeal to a contemporary setting. “Natural materials in lighting fixtures such as reclaimed wood and distressed metals also add that authentic element we crave. Imperfections are desired and coveted…in context, of course!” Serra says.
A side note on pendant fixtures, Serra adds, “I love layered pendant lighting — groupings of pendants set at different heights, creating a singular form. I also like multiple pendants placed close together, say, four to six across an island. It is simple yet makes a strong design statement.” Photo courtesy of Susan Serra.

2012 Ideas For Christmas Centerpieces : Easy To Do

Get inspired with these beautiful easy arrangements that will wow your family and guests.

White Hyacinth Holiday Centerpiece 

This centerpiece filled with seasonal, natural elements is versatile enough for any holiday occasion. Simply fill a large, low bowl with boxwood, pinecones, and white hyacinth.

Sugar-Coated Fruit Centerpiece 

There’s nothing sweeter than this sugary holiday centerpiece. Fill an ebony wood compote with artificial snow. Embellish with wax sugar-coated pears, plums, and grapes.

Winter White Holiday Centerpiece 

A holiday table is even cozier when layered in winter whites. To make the runner, cut felt by the yard to the needed length and 18-24 inches wide. Trace halfway around a drinking glass at the ends of the runner to create scalloped edges; cut out with scissors. Embellish with punched scalloped-edge circles. On smaller sections of felt, punch more scalloped-edge circles, and wrap felt around oversize glass vases. Insert candles for a soft, wintry white glow, and scatter felt cutout snowflakes across the table runner.

Freshen with Botanicals 

Elevate a humble wooden box to Christmas-centerpiece status. Start by lining the box with dry florist’s foam to anchor evergreen sprigs. Attach citrus fruits (lemons, oranges, limes) to florist’s picks and tuck into the greenery. Add interest by cutting some of the fruits in half or adding decorative details. 

Editor’s Tip: Make orange pomanders by using a large needle to poke holes into the orange. Push the stems of whole cloves into the holes.

White Gold 

Large white hydrangea blooms fill a white pitcher (or try a bowl!) with fresh floral splendor. We added seeded eucalyptus leaves and a few stalks of white snaps and filled in with golden holiday ornaments on wires. Fresh green and red apple slices surround the neutral centerpiece with a bright border.

Under Glass 

A clear glass cloche on a platter or tray plays host to a few perfect decorations: one stunning holiday ornament, a few sprigs of evergreens, and a single perfect rose. Keep the rose fresh by inserting the stem into a florist’s water tube, which can be concealed under the greenery.

Front and Center 

This tabletop take on pomander balls makes an eye-catching Christmas display. Simply soak florist’s foam balls in water and cover with red carnations. Place the finished balls atop white vases or urns placed in a row in the center of your table.

Glad Tidings 

For this organic centerpiece, insert a chunk of wet florist’s foam into the bottom of the urn and fill with water. Cut each gladiolus stem into three or more sections, with at least two florets on each section. Insert the cut ends into the wet foam, turning the container as you work. Add filler around the base and up through the flowers (we used green hypericum berries and waxflower foliage).

Relaxed Holiday Brunch 

This setting for brunch reflects a relaxed country French approach to decorating. The dining room features a red-and-white color scheme as a backdrop.

Little but Lasting 

Decorate your table with small arrangements of alstroemeria and birch twigs. We added a filler of beige rice flowers and long, green amaranth seed heads. Find similar shaped flowers at your local florist or grocery store. Or clip twigs from your yard for a personal touch.

2011 Clever Halloween Centerpieces Ideas

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  !!

Halloween Glass Vases 

Glass block vases become one-of-a-kind Halloween centerpieces with die cuts and spooky scrapbook paper (available at crafts stores). To make, use spray adhesive to attach the papers; (spray the back of the paper, not the glass, to avoid streaks). Place sand and tapered candles inside the vase for a haunting glow. 
Editor’s Tip: Use clear plastic blocks in lieu of glass vases. Be sure to nix the candles or opt for battery-powered versions.

Black and Orange Halloween Candles 

Wrap decorative scrapbook paper around large orange and black candles to create this simple Halloween centerpiece. An orange table runner makes the black candle pop, overturned black bowls add height to the decoration, and black spiders and white Halloween candies add creepy-crawly fun at the base. 
Editor’s Tip: Be sure to keep an eye on how fast your candles burn, and trim scrapbook paper accordingly.

Raven Urn Centerpiece 

You need only a few household items and a little nature to create this haunting-yet-simple Halloween centerpiece. Gather knotted, rustic sticks from your yard or neighborhood to place in a basic urn, and add bits of moss to get the fright just right. Use free clip art to trace and cut out ominous black ravens from construction paper — the finishing touch for this Halloween centerpiece.

Candleholder Goblets Display 

Thrift-store glasses become centerpiece-ready with a coat of black spray paint. Choose textural goblets for the most detail, set them upside down to spray-paint, and tape a few to preserve the tops. Touch up any edges with a black permanent marker after the goblets dry. Note that after decorating the goblets they are meant for display only. 
Editor’s Tips:
Use sand to raise your votives to desired height.
Place the goblets on a black tray or a mirror embellished with spray paint to make the centerpiece both cohesive and portable.

“Boo” Embroidery Hoop Centerpiece

Basic embroidery hoops set a spooky scene at your Halloween table. To make, stretch black costume fabric or lace through the painted hoops; trim extra fabric. Next, spray-paint planters for bases, then add enough florist’s foam inside to secure a painted dowel through the middle. Finish with a square of black-and-white patterned paper atop the planters and a hauntingly fun message spelled out in painted wood letters. Hot glue can help secure the dowels and wood letters.

Ribbon Spool Stackers 

Colorful spools of ribbon display equally eye-catching desserts. Place scallop-edge die cuts (available at crafts stores or cut from a die-cutting tool) between the ribbon spools with a touch of adhesive to ensure stability. Top with a decadent treat for a sugary-sweet Halloween centerpiece. 
Editor’s Tip: Arrange the spools in a cluster around an accent piece, such as a colorful vase, or in a straight line on a table runner to maximize creativity.

White Pumpkins on Black Stands

Pumpkins painted white and covered in glitter stand out when placed on stark black stands. Use double-sided tape or an adhesive spray to get just the right amount of shine for this glitzy Halloween centerpiece.

Recycled Halloween Centerpiece 

Scrapbook papers and floral accents are all it takes to “upcycle” yesterday’s tin cans into a “green” Halloween centerpiece. Standard- and economy-size tin cans work well for this craft, although the more varied the sizes, the more intriguing the display. Wrap with scrapbook paper or add die-cut scenes or stickers as desired. 
Editor’s Tip: Keep the cans for next year, or give them away to guests as simple mementos of a frightful night.

Ghost Book Pop-Ups

A stack of old books forms the stand in this spooky centerpiece. To make, cut two basic ghost shapes from pages in the middle of a book, leaving the bottoms attached to their pages. Hold up each ghost with a touch of tape. To complete, use a hole punch or marker to make eyes for this haunting centerpiece.

Chalked Skeleton Centerpiece

Spray-paint Halloween props with black chalkboard paint, then outline them with chalk for frightfully aged flair. Fill the cauldron with a decorative bottle, handpicked beverage, or a tasty Halloween treat.

Colorful Fall Projects 2011 Ideas

Maple Leaf Pillow 

Add fall color to you home with inspiration from one of the season’s prettiest elements — fallen leaves. Place a leaf on a photocopier and enlarge it to a make a pattern. Cut it out of wool felt and attach it to a purchased pillow using iron-on fusible backing. A blanket stitch finishes it in style. 
Editor’s Tip: Create a trio (or more) of pillows featuring different felt colors yellow, red, and deep green to capture the season.

Branch-Painted Vase 

Acrylic paint markers are great tools, especially in a freehand design such as this one on a pretty fall vase. Choose two shades of brown and draw bare trees; cut tiny leaf shapes from pressed leaves or cardstock and use adhesive dots to attach to the vase.

Patterned Fabric Wall Display 

Pretty patterned fabric offers inspiration for this wall sculpture. Make color copies of fabric and attach to plastic mailing tubes with double-sided tape. Stack and stagger on a wall, using strong adhesive dots to hang.

Design a Fall Display Box 

Put on a show of autumn color with a collection of small jewelry boxes. Paint the inside and outside of the boxes; glue autumn images  ferns, pinecones, leaves  to the bottom of each box, then glue each box together. Hang it as a display or use it to collect keepsakes.

Fall Flag Centerpiece 

Creating a just-yours fall centerpiece is easy. Start with muted colors and patterns of scrapbook paper; cut into pennant shapes and use adhesive scrapbook letters to spell out words. Punch two holes in each pennant and tie to a twig; tuck all into a glass jar filled with popcorn.

Fall Stools in Autumn Designs 

Your digital camera is your ultimate DIY tool to create these colorful stools. Take a photo from overhead of pumpkins; enlarge and crop to fit a stool top and print. Choose paint in the same color as the image; paint the stool and dry. Adhere the digital image with decoupage and seal with clear polyurethane.

Natural Fall Table Display

Rely on nature to do the work for you with this lovely centerpiece. Place milkweed seeds inside a glass vase and nestle creamy and striped gourds of various sizes around to fill a short-sided basket.

Fall Branch Table Display

The berries of autumn are a stunning element in this centerpiece combination. Start with white beans in a tall glass vase and add a sturdy stalk of a crabapple tree.

Pumpkin-Theme Plate Design

Digital images are a great accent for inexpensive projects. Take this place setting: An image of a pumpkin was printed and adhered to the bottom of the plate with decoupage.

Mushroom Design Fabric Display

Take a wall from blah to boring with a few easy-to-find materials. Download a mushroom stencil from free clip-art online (or draw your own using ours as inspiration), and cut out the shape in vivid patterned fabric. Iron the fabric onto fusible webbing and use Mod Podge to adhere to a surface a wall, for example, or a large dresser, too.

Fabric-Covered Fall Lamp

Fun fabric can instantly transform a ho-hum lampshade. Use an existing shade as a pattern; cut a scrap of fall-color material to fit (overlap the edges). Adhere with spray adhesive or fabric glue; fold the bottom and top edges under and glue, too.

Fall Leaf Art

Add one-of-a-kind pizzazz to your walls with stencils and medium-density fiberboard. Look on designerstencils.com for an image; enlarge several copies in various sizes and arrange on a piece of stained fiberboard. Paint in some of the stencils and around others, and use painter’s tape to create stripes of various widths.