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How to Decorate with Florals
By Payless Decor
4/8/2015 12:00:00 AM  

Spring is finally here and the flowers are blooming! Bring the garden inside by designing your space so that it can blossom year-round, thanks to floral fabrics, wall coverings, and furnishings.


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Florals are a classic print that people just can't seem to get enough of. There's something cheerful, sophisticated and fun about flowers that makes us want to put them practically everywhere, but there are a few tricks for making them work right. Whether you're covering cellular shades with floral curtains or using printed throw pillows, here's how to do it without ending up like your Grandma Bessie's living room.

BIG VS. SMALL

First, pay attention to the size of the prints you're looking at. In general, large designs work better in big rooms where they won't seem overwhelming, while small prints look best in tinier spaces where they won't get lost in the mix.

SIMPLE IS BETTER

Keeping it simple and neutral is the key to layering floral print upholstery, floral rugs and floral artwork in the same space. Mix in a few simply upholstered chairs and wooden tables with bolder floral pieces.

ACCENTUATE


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If you don't want to go “all out” with florals, use them as an accent, like on your pillows or artwork. You can also incorporate floral patterns into designs that feature deeper colors and rustic elements like wood and stone.

GO VINTAGE


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Floral sofas were big in the '60s and '70s, especially coastal decorating styles. If you love vintage prints, search online sites like Ebay and Etsy or head to a flea market to pick up something similar that's affordable and funky.

MIX IT UP


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Don't be afraid to mix your prints. Feel free to experiment with stripes, polka dots or even zig zags when you're pairing your florals. As long as the scale, texture or colors are similar, they should work together.


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Top 5 Ways to Make Your Bedroom More Romantic
By Payless Decor
2/11/2015 12:00:00 AM  


If you’re planning a low-key, romantic evening in with your significant other this Valentine’s Day, these simple romantic tips for the bedroom will help you set the mood.


Candles




Create a soft, romantic glow with candles in your bedroom. Candles are an easy and inexpensive way to create a big impact on how your bedroom looks and feels. Place bigger pillar candlers on dressers and bedside tables to set the mood. They can also help your room smell pretty or sensual. Smaller tea light candles in glass votives look beautiful scattered around your bedroom. Remember to never leave candles unattended or lit while sleeping. For the same effect without the possible fire hazard, try wax LED candles. Made from real wax, these flameless candles have a battery-operated LED light that produces a dim flickering flame effect that will provide relaxing illumination in any area of your home.


Lighting

When was the last time you went to a romantic restaurant with bright flourescent lighting? Don't ruin a special evening under harsh, bright light. Installing a dimmer switch to control your lighting fixtures is the best way to accomplish dim mood lighting.  Low wattage bulbs create soft lighting and are very flattering.


Consider swapping out your practical ceiling fan for luxe lighting. The smaller, evenly spaced delicate bulbs of a glamorous chandelier disperse light softly through a room and add an extra boost of romance.

If you use energy-saving light bulbs, it will decrease your electricity bill and you'll have to change them less often.

Beds


From www.thebudgetdecorator.com

The most essential part of the bedroom is the bed. A good mattress and high quality linens are worth the money. Presidents' Day weekend offers great savings on new mattresses and furniture so it is the perfect time to buy a new bed and maybe some bedside tables too.

Canopy style beds or four-poster beds are the most romantic and sophisticated beds, but if you don't have one or can't buy a new bed, make your exisiting one more luxurious by adding a new duvet cover, pillow covers and soft throws.

Walls


From http://www.diynetwork.com

Change up your wall paint for a soothing and romantic master bedroom. Stick with neutral colors, as you can always add a splash of color or an animal print with accessories for a racy feel. Some prefer to use calm spa-like colors, like aquas and blue greens, taupes and warm beiges, and greys, especially those with a slight lavender tint. If you are going for passion, use red. According to their website, www.paintquality.com
, red is a powerful color that increases blood pressure and heart rate. Don't go with a dark color because anything too dark will make the room appear smaller.

Windows



Curtains and blinds are a great way to frame a room and create the perfect atmosphere where you need it most. Nothing kills the mood like blinding sun in your eyes. Choose blackout cellular shades or plush, dark curtains which add elegance while blocking out noise and light.

A combination of simple sheer and opaque draperies serve a dual purpose. The sheer fabric stays open during the day to allow light in. At night, the opaque panels help buffer sound and keep light out for a good night's sleep or a long romantic night.

Do you have any tips to add some romance to the bedroom this Valentine's Day? Let us know by leaving a comment.


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Two seasoned DIYers share their secrets for interior design
By Payless Decor
1/28/2015 7:10:00 AM  
If you're the creative type who likes to save a few bucks here and there by taking on your own interior design projects, you're probably always looking for fresh sources of inspiration. While it helps to look for ideas online on sites like Houzz and Pinterest, in stores nearby or just around your own home, it's also useful to see what other DIYers like you are doing! To give you a little motivation to get started on your own fun projects, we interviewed two wonderful ladies who have some great tips.

Here's what we asked Alexis Moore, a law student from California.


What inside tips do you have on minimizing interior design expenses?
Use technology to save time and money. Shop online and sign up for sale alerts for all decor stores. Do as much research ahead before driving to shop at stores. Nine times out of 10, you'll find items cheaper online and also learn ways to tweak design from a DIY website to save money.


How do you come up with ideas for DIY projects around the house?
I'm a student and have had to overcome many obstacles in my life so it's helped me become very creative. The ideas stem from me having the desire to live my dreams now rather than some day in the future. Life is too short for that.


When it comes to window treatments, what do you like best as far as practicality and decoration?
I like dual-purpose window coverings, so I tend to buy only coverings that are stylish and functional.


Which design trends are you loving for the winter right now?

I like the trend to create winter decor using traditional items like pine trees and winter animals with the twist that they're decorated to fit a person's existing decor or personal style.



Z Gallerie’s exclusive white Moose Head brings the taxidermy tradition into the twenty-first century. Crafted of white resin, the stately Moose Head is a bright contrasty accessory for your wall.

Do you have any advice for homeowners who are about to embark on a DIY project?

Have fun. Design DIY should be fun - not work or a burden. Don't be afraid to ask for free advice or help on or offline.




We also interviewed Laurel Stavros, the mom behind interior design blog www.abubblylife.com. Here's what she had to say.


DIY Black & White Acrylic Painted Trays  www.abubblylife.com.

What's your favorite room of the house, and how do you bring your personality into its interior design?
The kitchen. It's a gathering place for family and I love to cook! The kitchen is "my domain" so my personality is everywhere - from the colors to the organization to the measuring cups.


What kinds of colors, patterns and decor items inspire you the most?

I love blues, whites and pinks. My color preference changes with the seasons, my mood, etc. Sometimes I want pastel, other times neon.


How do you come up with ideas for DIY projects around the house?

I usually take something anyone would have around the house and add more color, design or an idea that you might not have thought of, so, I take my inspiration from the everyday items that I want to make eye-catching and beautiful.


When it comes to window treatments, what do you like best as far as practicality and decoration?
I am a minimalist - so light, airy curtains.


Do you have any advice for homeowners who are about to embark on a DIY project?
Enjoy the work!! Doing it yourself and seeing the end result is a wonderful satisfaction! Enjoy the process, stay focused, relax (I have been known to enjoy wine while working on DIY projects ;)) and be proud that you did it yourself - even if something comes out a bit crooked!

Hopefully, the advice from these two crafters can help you come up with some excellent projects of your own for this Winter and upcoming Spring season!

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12 Vintage Lace Curtain Looks for 2015
By Payless Decor
1/21/2015 9:00:00 AM  
Are you experiencing a post-holiday-décor letdown? Here’s something to cheer you up and satisfy your urge to deck your halls…lace! Start your year off right by using this ultra-romantic fabric in your home. There’s no need to completely change your home décor theme – adding a hint of lace in a few places can quickly transform your space, and give you a fresh look with a vintage feel. Plus, there are several different colors, textures, and patterns available that can complement any existing furnishings. In honor of each month of this new year, we give you 12 vintage lace curtain looks for 2015.
 
#1 - Fringed 
With lace curtains trimmed in a fun fringe, you’ll get both texture and movement in your living space, which will produce a lovely effect when the breeze blows. Fringe is also reminiscent of the 1920’s, adding to the overall vintage feel. 



#2 - Colored (soft)

Lace typically comes in soft colors like white, ivory, cream, champagne, gray, and pastels. These hues will work very well for decorative curtains whose sole purpose is cosmetic. If you would like a more functional option, consider draping pale lace over a heavier dark-colored curtain. Your windows will be protected without the overall look feeling too harsh, and you can also play around with mixing textures.

 

#3 - Colored (bold)

Think outside of the box, and decorate with lace in any hue you want! From black to red to orange, colored lace curtains will make a romantic yet bold statement. These, too, can be layered over existing window treatments and would look beautiful with a pale silk curtain

  

#4 - Patched

Why settle for plain lace when you can make a patchwork curtain using a variety of styles? By combining different textures and patterns, you’re sure to create a unique and modern look that still pays homage to lace’s vintage nature. 



#5 - Patterned

Though lace is most commonly uses a floral pattern, the possibilities are endless. Tie in your room’s existing theme by choosing lace featuring light houses, nursery rhymes, or even cats!



#6 - Embellished 

Everyone needs a little bling in their life! If lace plus sparkle equals too much for you, consider an embellished tieback, or just add lace doilies at the base of your curtains.  



#7 - Tiered

Layers of lace can work can together to create a beautiful, texture-heavy look that is sure to complement any room in your home. Tiered curtains have the added bonus of more privacy and light-blocking power. 



#8 - Gathered

Choosing a pull-up style will give your windows a lot of visual interest, setting your curtains apart from the ordinary!



#9 - Netted

If florals aren’t your thing, why not consider a netted or dotted lace instead? You’ll still get the sheer window coverage that you desire, without over-the-top femininity. It’s a great way to simply enhance an existing masculine look, such as basswood blinds or bamboo shades.



#10 - Trimmed

 Make an already bold curtain stand out even more with a lace trim, or spruce up a plain curtain with a colored adornment. This is also a fun way to tie in color from a couch or accent rug, without it overwhelming the room.



#11 - Repurposed

No curtains? No problem! Create a vintage window treatment using an old tablecloth and your friends will not only be amazed by your new décor, but also by your craft skills.  



#12 - Crocheted 

If you’re feeling super ambitious, crocheted lace curtains are a heavier, more substantial window covering that you can actually make yourself. Of course, if your list of New Year’s resolutions does not include any DIY-projects, there are plenty of places to buy home-crafted curtains.  







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Simple Curtain Hacks for Special Spaces
By Payless Decor
1/6/2015 12:13:00 PM  

Whether you find yourself moving into your very first - and extremely tiny - apartment, or you’re preparing a new home for your family, there’s one piece of home decor that is always going to be a necessity: curtains.

There’s the obvious use for curtains as traditional window coverings, adding a bit of a flair to an otherwise dull space. But if you get a little creative, you can use curtains for a variety of different things, from hiding an unsightly closet to creating a little more privacy in your sleeping area.



First and foremost, a great set of curtains can truly brighten up a living space. But if you’re dealing with a small room, it’s best to choose drapery with minimal print or none at all. This is where going with something like the Advantage Plus Drapery Panels is your best option because of the multitude of colors to choose from. Payless Decor also makes it easy to select the perfect size curtains. Simply measure your windows and plug in the measurements after selecting a color.

Just remember: when you’re deciding on a color for your curtains, make sure it doesn’t conflict with your other decor. If you have neutral-colored furniture, you can get a little crazy with the curtain colors. Have bright furniture? Opt for off-white or any other muted color instead.

Anyone who’s ever discovered the difficulty of having to decorate a small space - be it a studio apartment or a one-person bedroom that needs to be made into a two-person bedroom - knows how important curtains can be. No one likes to have their privacy encroached upon, especially when they’re sleeping.

With some cable wire and screw-in hooks, a studio apartment can be transformed into a pseudo-bedroom and living room. And if you’re wanting extra privacy, be sure to order curtains with a blackout lining instead of a regular, sheer lining. 




Aside from letting you decide when you want light to shine through your household windows, curtains can give you even more coverage when placed over sliding doors. Even if you have curtains over all your windows, you still might find yourself in an overly bright area and may need even more ways to block out the sun. Or maybe sun isn’t the issue, and you’re just looking for some extra privacy. Either way, sheer, white curtains or a solid neutral will look best in front of sliding doors. 



Another way to brighten up a space while also making your room look tidier? Hiding areas like open closets or a washer and dryer with fun, brightly-colored curtains. No one wants all their belongings out on display, but installing a door is just too much trouble. Attach a curtain rod to your wall, hang a curtain that matches your room’s decor, and voila - a simple, yet chic way to make your space look more put together.

This technique can be used in a multitude of situations. Have a washer and dryer set that sticks out like a sore thumb? Put a curtain in front of it. Have a certain area of your living room that your child loves to play in so it’s constantly in disarray? Put a curtain in front of it.

Decorating your new space can be a difficult task, but because of the versatility of curtains, it doesn’t have to be. 






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DIY curtains you can make in a snap
By Payless Decor
6/22/2012 4:02:00 PM  

While you can't exactly make your own kitchen blinds or cellular shades, there's no reason why you can't create a fabulous set of curtains for your kitchen. Making your own window treatments to decorate the room with is an inexpensive and easy way to transform the look of your space in as little as an hour or two. Here are a few ideas for curtains that you can whip up in no time - from materials you may already have!

Cafe curtains from napkins
Believe it or not, you can make pretty cafe curtains using table linens. Better Homes and Gardens Magazine suggests joining the edges with jean rivets for a no-sew approach, then get a rivet and grommet kit at a local craft store and attach them to the top so you can thread them onto a curtain rod.

Valances from handkerchiefs
Handkerchiefs are a bit outdated, which means your husband may have a few lying around somewhere unused. Luckily for you, these hankies make cute valances for the kitchen! Just use a zigzag stitch to sew them together, then fold the top over and sew it to create a pocket for the rod to slip through.

Long curtains from bed sheets
For dramatic, long panel curtains, all you need are a bed sheet, scissors, ribbon, an iron and sewing supplies. Cut it in half, then iron to smooth out any wrinkles. Now hem the cut edges so they don't fray and cut pieces of ribbon to form loops near the top, where the curtain rod will go through. Sew them on, then slide your panels onto the curtain rod. How easy was that?


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Accent Your Window Treatments with Drapes!
By Rondale
2/28/2012 3:39:00 PM  

Look at your bland window treatments. Now look at the Payless Décor website. Look back at your bland window treatments. Now check out the Advantage Plus Drapery Panels. :-)

The Advantage Plus Drapery Panels are a great way to spice up your new or existing blinds/shades. They are offered in a huge assortment of colors and patterns to add a decorative touch to your window treatments. You can choose from a variety of panel styles from “grommet” to “pleated” based on individual preference.

In addition, our Advantage Plus Drapery Panels coordinate with our Advantage Plus Roman Shade fabrics. So if you are looking to match patterns/color selections, you can check out both products.

Feel free to check out our Advantage Plus Drapery Panels and our Advantage Plus Roman Shades on our website today. You also may want to order some free samples of colors that may match your new or existing window treatments.

 

Happy Shopping!

Rondale


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