Posts Tagged ‘decorate’

by Aggi Stevenson

From this…                                                            To this!

Big Lots planter folds for easy storage. At $12.99 each, they are cheap enough to buy several and spray paint them in designer colors to meet every occasion.

Opening the plant stand provides four serving levels.  The rest of the table is filled with various containers/holders. A beautiful wire two tier basket from Ross, a vanity tray from Southern Living, a napkin holder and plate holder from Costco. Notice the same turned leg on the metal pieces even though they were purchased at different places, the style is similar. More on those later. For now we are focusing on the plant stand transformation.

The shortest item is placed on the highest level. The glasses are Luminarc Prism cut glasses from Costco that reflect light and are perfect for formal or every day entertaining.  The middle glass is filled with water and holds two floating tea candles. The cut design in the surrounding glasses, turned upside down, bounces the light around the top of the server.  Note: When the glasses are removed from the top shelf, the candle holder left in the middle may become a little unstable unless it is sitting just right on the middle wire. To guard against tipping, the middle glass needs a larger base or more support. A clear plate or anything of your choosing should be placed underneath the glasses.

The Southern Living Savannah Beverage Server, the tallest item, is placed on the left level to balance the height of the server when loaded. This level also provides room to fill glasses from the spout.  Bread plates and bowls are loaded onto the remaining two levels.  The bread plates are placed between the clear glass pieces to break up the glass. The arrangement wouldn’t be as pretty if the glass was on one side and the serving pieces on the other.

This is a bare bones arrangement without flowers or any other embellishments.  Want more ideas on how to further decorate your walk-around serving table?  It’s coming soon…

A cheap plant stand becomes an elegant server…Imagine that!




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White Walls: Yes or No?

by Aggi Stevenson

One Minute Decorating Tip

What do you really love? Then do that!

White walls can give a room a cold, sterile atmosphere. Most of the time there is a stark contrast between the walls and artwork, furniture, floors and drapes. Most people think white is the easiest color to deal with because they don’t consider white a color. In reality it is very difficult. Those with no decorating ability at all will opt for white paint because they can’t decide on a color or are afraid to try color.

Those people that are stuck with white walls because they are renting are always trying to find ways to cover the walls in color without using paint, like fabric or lattice etc.

Don’t be afraid to try color. It is just paint…it is not permanent. You can always change it if  you don’t like it. However, I strongly suggest you live with the color at least a week before changing it. Paint color looks differently different times of the day. You may just take a liking to it. Color to me is like draping a room in a warm blanket. Color tolerates a little clutter better than white. It blends in with the colors in your furniture, artwork and floors.

That being said, white done right can be beautiful. Using different tones of white in your room will make the room appear to have color in it. When I think of a white room, I think of a modern sleek room with black and white furnishings, glass and chrome or brushed nickel accents, with a monotone rug to ground everything. Shiny surfaces like glass or acrylic tables, lamps, chandeliers and floors are needed to bounce light around the room. Clutter will defeat the purpose and artwork should be kept to a minimum. One large piece of artwork on a white wall is better than several small pieces, unless the small pieces are grouped together to visually appear as one large piece. Some people choose to use artwork for splashes of color in a white space while others prefer black and white only. Instead of a cold stark room, with a little planning, it can be serene and inviting.

Personally, the only white walls in my home are the fifth wall in every room, the ceiling. I used to be so anti-white I even painted my ceilings any color but white. I am back to white ceilings and wordwork now. When I stop loving it, I will change it.

Many people are afraid to try things because they worry what others will think. Get that out of your mind. They don’t live in your space, you do!

Now go have fun. Decorate with the colors you love!

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