A Walk Through Home Fabrics & Rugs

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I like to do walk-throughs every once in awhile to show you interesting finds or introduce you to new places, but I also think it is helpful because I hear so often from people that they wish they had “the eye” to spot something good.  If you have been reading awhile, you know that I love a fruitful trip to Home Fabrics & Rugs.  I wrote about my fabric find from HF&R here, and they have stores all over the country.  See here for all their locations.  

Come on a walk with me…

One thing I noticed on this trip was that they have way more rugs than the last time I was here.

This could be a fun playroom rug.  (and all of those colors would help hide kid-ness)

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They have everything from more traditional rugs to more contemporary rugs.  They carry lots of sizes, and if they don’t have the size you want, I believe it is free shipping to your door.

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These jute/seagrass rugs looked like nice quality at fairly affordable prices.

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DIY Tutorial: Watercolor Paint

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Something you may not know about me is that I used to be teacher, a teacher of the Deaf.  I taught children ranging in age from pre-K to high school for a few years, and then I became a language therapist working with families of hearing impaired babies ages 0-3 in their homes.  I loved my students and families and still remember them fondly – I often sign things in my head when I am talking, it just comes naturally after awhile.  Teaching the Deaf is a very visual and expressive experience, so I think my love of color and styling really helped with that.

While I was going through some old boxes recently, I found some of my teaching materials and this paint recipe, and it inspired the theme for my Home Depot Challenge this year.  I knew my kids would really enjoy making the paint and mixing the colors.  I took advantage of this project to teach them about the color wheel, too.

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This process is really easy, and all you need is probably in your pantry right now.  Here is the recipe…

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DIY Flower Wall

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I almost feel silly writing about my flower wall, because let’s face it, a monkey could do this DIY, but it is fun and colorful, and I wanted to talk about it a bit more.

For my Home Depot Patio Challenge this year, I wanted to make it really fun for the kids.  I knew I wanted to do something with an art theme, but it also gave me the chance to use this idea of taping flowers on the wall.  I wrote about it in this post over a year ago, and if you want to see more “sophisticated” installations of this concept, click over and see the photos.  They are very inspiring.

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I love this simple decoration plan for an outdoor/garden party on a blank fence (or an ugly fence you want to cover up!), a fun installation in a kid’s room, or an elegant way to display sentimental flowers and plants you have dried.

The best part is it could not be easier to do!  For this project, I used yellow duct tape since I needed a strong tape to grip the brick wall, and a few rowdy kids.  : )

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In no time at all, the wall was coming alive.

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I will say, you really need to make sure the tape is pushed down firmly, or you will end up with flowers on the ground.

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Now my kids want “garden walls” all over our house.  : )

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P.S. – You can see the DIY Tutorial for the Turquoise Bead Chandelier here.

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DIY Tutorial: Turquoise Bead Chandelier

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I am so excited to finally share this tutorial with you – a tutorial that sprouted in my brain nearly a year ago, as I was walking through World Market.

I spotted this wood bead chandelier,

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and instantly, I saw this.

 

I have loved that Majorie Skouras chandelier for years, and the semi-precious stones on it are beautiful.  Of course, it is also $4800.  (as it should be because it is amazing and spectacular)  So my wheels started turning, and I went up to the cash register, plopped down my 40% off coupon and was promptly told this chandelier was backordered.  I still placed my order and was told it would be a few weeks.  Those weeks turned into months, MONTHS, and finally, I got a call that it was here.  It was great timing too because I wanted to do a piece of lighting over the table in my Home Depot Patio Challenge that was really special.

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