Flip! For Decorating

A page-by-page, piece-by-piece, room-by-room guide to transforming your home.

Flip! For Decorating by Elizabeth Mayhew

This week, you MUST check out Flip! For Decorating by Elizabeth Mayhew. It’s a wonderful book that illustrates great design ideas for transforming spaces in your home! The motivation behind the book is using inexpensive and already existing items in your home to create the room of your dreams. We use this same philosophy in every home that we reshuffle, refresh, and organize. The book also features great before and after photos, time-saving reality checks, handy shopping tips, and easy informative sidebars that provide quick solutions for a jolt of style.

So do yourselves a favor and CHECK THIS OUT! And if you already have, let us know what you think.


Springtime = Porchtime

One of the best things about spring is sitting down to a soothing playlist, glass of wine in hand, on your candlelit porch with your sweetie (a book will do too)!  After being cooped up indoors for all of those winter months, it is time to get out and enjoy the warm breeze and beautiful blooms of the new season. 

A porch is a really fun place to add some serious personality to an already inviting and comforting extension of your indoors.  You have a small enough room where you can go crazy on style with a small budget.  New throw pillows can add a punch of color.  Look for Sunbrella material that is fade, mildew and stain resistant that can last more than 1 season.  Check out West Elm’s collection of pillows for $34:

Decorative lighting adds interest, warmth and mood to your porch in so many ways.  A candelabra over your dining table sets a very elegant mood for your next dinner party. 

Lanterns are a very popular and whimsical way to turn a dark corner of your porch into a decorative vignette.  You can go for the adorable $59 West Elm Wire Lanterns or you can splurge for a Moroccan Lantern from aiyanainc.com at $237. 

A great touch of depth and warmth is an outdoor rug.  Brita Sweden is a great resource for plastic rugs that last a lifetime without losing their color, but most importantly without emitting toxins into the environment.

Mixing old and new on your porch, such as a weathered, painted coffee table or a vintage metal watering can, will radiate a nostalgic look and feel.  Adding vegetation will introduce new life and a cool green hue, while complimenting the style you hope to exude.  For a more southern touch you can place a large palm in a wicker basket or hang a fern with your lanterns in the corner.  These hanging glass bubbles from Shane Powers will add a contemporary feel, if that is the look you are hoping to achieve.

Revitalizing your porch is a really fun way to bring life back to your house after a long and cold winter.  

Send us your porch pictures, but also remember that Sweet Abode would love to help you transform your pollinated space into a relaxation haven! 

What does Reshuffle mean to you?

To Merriam Webster, Reshuffle means to reorganize usually by the redistribution of existing elements.  To Sweet Abode, Reshuffle means to find something in one place of your home and make it work somewhere else.  It is so important to keep in mind: what does it mean to make a change to a room, a space or your whole house? 

Reshuffling is a simple concept where you use existing furnishings and shop in your home for hidden treasures.  It is also a transformation of your space within 1 day and at no cost to your wallet or the environment. 

1.  Start by thinking of how much better the traffic and light can flow in the room.  Is there balance and functionality in the space?  If not, how can you mix the different pieces you have so there is a better stability.  When there is an imbalance in the room you have too much lumped together on one side and a blank wall on the other.  If you have too many pieces in one room there is probably a new, happy home for it in another room.

2.  If you are just tired of looking at the old, dingy sofa or chair why not just recover or refurbish it?  There is not always a need for new.   There are so many fabric stores open to the public these days with tons of price options.  If you are crafty, you can make your own slip covers and if you are not you can have your local upholsterer do the work.

3.  Another great way to add new life to a space is by using your photos and art.  It can be as simple as framing a favorite artwork or photo.  You can even frame a piece of really cool fabric, wallpaper or wrapping paper.  Hang a group of pictures together or blow up a favorite picture and hang it as the focal point of the room.  Don’t be afraid of framing!  You can find used frames at  local thrift shops or be on the lookout for craft store sales.

4.  There will come a time when you will need new pieces to mix in with the old.  At that time, just look for green choices first.  Secondhand stores like e-bay, Craigslist, freecycle.org and thrift stores are a great way to find unique additions to your home.  There are also many eco-friendly materials being offered by sustainable vendors.

Change is good!  If you want to spruce up your space don’t be afraid to reshuffle and redesign!  All it takes is what you have and a little creativity.  In the end your home, wallet and the environment will thank you!