10 Ahhh-mazingly Simple Decorating Ideas

Life is better when you are laughing.

 

And   decorating   with   twigs

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 10   simple  decorating  ideas :

Tip #1 :

*  Up-cycle your dining chairs with paint.

*   Mix and match your chairs for an eclectic look.

*  Mix old benches with old chairs for some amazeballs of interest.  Add natural elements.

*  A twig mirror never hurt anyone.  An Ikea light for $20 makes for great ambiance and fabulous wrinkle hiding technique.

 

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Upcycle old chairs with paint.

 

Tip #2 :
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Garden edging from the dollar store makes a great table runner !

 

* Use natural elements as a table runner.  I {naturally} went to the dollar store to find mine.

* Create a ‘curtain’ using hanging shells.  Hang the shells from a twig/branch. Use birch bark as an extra element on the window sill or table runner.

Peel the bark off of your neighbours tree.

Ta-dahhhh.

CELEBRATE.

 

Tip #3 :

 

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The candles help the hussy-ness.

*   Twig curtain rod with shells.

*  Candles for ambiance are from Ikea.  Practically free ~ they are so inexpensive.

 

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Twig  curtain  rod  in  the  treehouse

 

Tip #4 :

White is where it’s at.

If I need a white FIX, I head to Ikea.  Ikea stools are {value priced} at $89 with $10 white covers. They are comfy as all get out.  Sooooooo cosy. Easy to keep clean.

Throw them in the wash with bleach every now and again.  Buy $10 replacement covers to keep on hand for emergencies.  Like red wine explosions.

 

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Don’t  look  too  closely.  Milk Duds  are  hiding  under  our  sofa.

Tip #5 :

Use throw blankets as curtains.

That’s right.  Are you wondering why the heck you didn’t think of that before ?!!

I know. I know.  It will be OK.  I did that for years.  Don’t beat yourself up.  Drink gin and tonic and you will be fine. However, you will never be able to look at a throw blanket the same again.

Ikea throw blankets are amazeballs of awesomeness.  Never mind your lap.

Put them on your curtain rod.

 

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Throw blanket curtains

 

One wee problemo :  I swear the throw blankets at Ikea are getting smaller.  Like McDonald’s Big Macs.  I could swear that they were bigger when I was a kid.

The Ikea sheepskin rugs are getting smaller too.  I swear it.  Or this could be a butt problem again.

 

Tip #6 :

Use the hook thingy’s to hold your throw blankets.  That is an official term.  Hook thingy.   You know the ones.  They are a circle thing with a clip on it.

 

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Simple & Beautiful

Or, if your throw blanket has a fringe, tie the fringe into wee knots to attach it to the rod.

 It works.

Sexy-ness abounds.

These are actually tea towels …

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Naturally Pretty

 

Tip #7 :

 

Put your sheepskin rugs on chairs and benches.

How’s that for a slice of awesome??!!

 

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So comfy !!


Tip #8 :

Use tea towels as curtains.  Drying dishes is boring.  Boring as all get out.   I can’t even LOOK at a tea towel without thinking of a curtain.

Why dream of dishes when you can dream of curtains?

 

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Treehouse library

My fave tea towels are from West Elm.

I have a LOVE for West Elm.

An adoration…

 

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Every time I shop at West Elm, my husband hides my credit card.

I have no idea why.

 

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Trunk Stash

 

Whomever said that you can’t get a kitchen sink into a VW bug… they LIED.

Been there.

Done that.

Got the poster.

 

Tip #9 :

 

Ikea sheers.

These puppies are $5.99 for a set of TWO ! Helllooooo.  That is practically free.

I use them all the time.  No need to hem.  You can cut them raw with scissors.

So cool.

You can also combine them with other curtains or use them as a stand alone.

 

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Tea Towel meets Ikea Sheers

Have an ugly window?

Throw these babies on.

 

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Outhouse  LOVE

Suddenly, you will be in love with the window again.

Mostly because you can’t see it.

 

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Candles  and  Sheers  for  Boudoir  :)

I even put mini lights on the sheers.

I throw candles in the mix.

Great for soft lighting.

Ambiance.

Gin and Tonic.

FOCUS.

Decorating tips.

 

Tip #10 :

 

Shells.  Shells. Everywhere shells.

Mix the twig with shells and you will have a shell-gasm curtain.

 

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Shell  ‘ curtains ‘

I bought my shell ‘strings’ in Bali.  I am not lucky enough to live near a beach.  If you do.  Shut up.  I don’t want to hear about it.

How do you spell beach  E.N.V.Y ?

Oh la la.

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Beach Beauty

Tip #zillion :

OK, that was really tip number #11, but I numbered it #zillion so you would think I blew you away with soooo many tips.

Twiggy   LOVE :

 

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Twig Curtain Rod

 

 

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Paint It White

 

A fab twiggy tutorial on how to make this lighting is here —> DIY: How to make Grapevine Balls.  You wouldn’t believe all the commotion over there on that blog post.  You will pee your pants.  Just sayin’.

 

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Wait wait wait…one last very important tip :

 

Do not mix powder laxative in your beer and then go to bed.

Shamefully…it works.

Lynne

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57 Responses

  1. Joann Mattia says:

    Thank you!

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  4. Nancy Lowe says:

    I’m a newbie at home crafting, have picked up tons of supplies, mostly from nature here in Alaska, and you have given me some GREAT starting ideas. I’ll save the gin for my last step, it may make my first projects look even better :)

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  6. Wow, what a wonderful work you put together Lynne!!
    So glad to have found some amazing inspiration from you here!

    Thank you so much for sharing,

    Andrea,
    Toronto, Canada

  7. kelly says:

    What is the name of the throw you used as curtains in tip 5? They are lovely.

    • Hello Kelly
      The throw that I used is Ofelia. Here is the link to it in Ikea

      http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/60131593/

      It’s super cool ~ I use it all the time. The blanket itself is kind of ‘bouncy’ with stretchy movement to it. Looks FAB as a curtain ! Just know… it also stretches to be quite long over time as it is hanging. I have also cut the blanket to make it shorter and made it just ‘puddle’ a little bit on the floor.

      Enjoy !!
      Lynne xx

  8. Yetunde says:

    Ps…just had to come back for an additional comment.
    I lost my beloved Aunt to cancer on April 17. I am with you in spirit on this. I hope and pray that your story of this awful c-word has a much more triumphant end.

    • Ohhhhh nooo Yetunde

      I remember that your auntie was like a Mom to you. I am soooo very sorry to hear that she passed away.

      I hate cancer for taking beautiful souls from our lives. It is so wrong. May your auntie be forever in your heart and watch over you like an angel.

      I’m so sorry that you had to and will continue to have to go through the heartbreak. Much love to you.

      Many hugs
      Lynne xx

  9. Yetunde says:

    I friggin loved this post!
    The wall of candles has me beside myself with excitement at what I have planned for my budoir.
    You are brilliant. You are a riot.
    I adore your blog.

  10. lisa thomson says:

    I know I’m very late to the ‘ball’ so to speak but I just had to comment. I LOVE this post. You’ve had me laughing all through while jotting down design notes. I’m also an interior decorator and I love your unpretentious approach. I’m with you sista. I just find many designers are snotty etc. Thank you for being so down to earth and fun. Too late to vote, sorry but I’ll do it next time.

  11. Jessica says:

    Just discovered your blog. Epic. Went to go to bed last night at an early time to get some extra zzzz’s and decided to check out pinterest on my phone. Then I discovered your blog. An hour a half later and a 1/3 box of used Kleenex crumpled on my bedside table and I’m a devoted fan. I adore your fresh take on design, but mostly I love your raw and honest writing. Life, cancer, struggle and kick-ass humour. You inspire, you’re a beautiful person inside and out, and it radiates through your work, works, art, design, and style. The world needs people like you.. I’m studying to be an RN and I’ve lost people in my life to cancer, and I’ve never heard words that resonated so close to my own thoughts. I wish you the best and keep on keepin’ on.

    Jessica A. – S.
    Alberta, Canada

    • Jessica says:

      P.S. Sorry I discovered to you too late to vote. I would have been a great evangelist for your cause. I don’t even have FB anymore, but I would have made all the people in my life vote for you on my behalf. Just sayin’.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Jessica…..
      I am speechless. Believe me, THAT never happens. Your words came across the page and jumped into my heart.
      I wish I could write more right now, but you have me stumped and tongue tied with your beautiful words. LOL.

      Thank you for reading my blog. Thank you for saying such kind thoughts about my writing.

      Much love to you….

      I will bet my bottom dollar that you will be one of the finest RN’s evvvahhh. It takes heart to be GREAT. You sure have that.

      Some of the RN’s in the chemo wards have made our experience beautiful…and for that…I will be forever grateful.

      Big hugs …big big big epic hugs…
      Lynne xx

      • Jessica says:

        Oh. And just read your addition to the top of this post which I obviously skipped. Sorry for banging on about the c-word, lol.

  12. Deana says:

    You are amazing!! Your ideas are excellent!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Ah schmmmanks, Deana..
      The ideas are fun to do too. Well…all my trees may disagree. They are a bit naked right now…not a branch to be found. LOL. Time to move to the neighbours yard. I bet he has some spare tree branches kicking around.

  13. I love your writing , quirky and inspiring – keep it up!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Thank you Sofia,
      It is comments like yours that keep me rolling. No kidding. It puts a hop in my step and gets my blog mojo running. THANK YOU ! xx

  14. Kelly says:

    Hey….awesome……I noticed you’ve moved up to #7 :)

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      I was so tickled to move up anywhere LOL. That was FUN. So fun…it inspired me to do something funky on my own blog this week. Look out for it !
      Big love !!
      Lynne xx

  15. Suzanne says:

    I love your style!! I wish I could have that much white, it wouldn’t be white very long, Izzy uses my slip covers on my dining room chairs as a napkin. I can however do the candle and light thing, love it, so sexy!! You are so talented and creative.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Too funny Suzzz :)
      Remember…the benefit of white…easy to wash/bleach. Well, and oxiClean has become one of my fave stain removers. Have you ever tried that stuff? It’s de bomb dot com.
      Big hugs, my friend.

  16. Irene says:

    K, done! :-)

  17. Fiona H says:

    Oh my GOODNESS. Lady. Two things:
    Numéro Un:
    That is possibly the world’s funniest blog post ever and you are the Dalai Lamah of blog comedy (and Interior Design, naturally). Love it love it LOVE it.
    Numéro Deux:
    I think, you forgot to mention that if we all create fake aliases on FB, and vote for you, the Queen of Good Taste and Design, then we can all vote thousands of times for you! Oh. That will look suspicious?
    Damn. Cause if I could, I would vote for your fabulous blog a dozen thousand times over. At least.
    Here I go to vote for your blog (and not that cheapskate who had a name like yours. Pffff.) xxxxx

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      hahahaaaa Fiona !!!
      Brilliant idea. My idea wheels are turning. You think EVIL just like me. haha. Well….it may make up for all the people who try to vote and it doesn’t work. Pffffft to that !

      Btw everyone – go check out Fiona’s blog. If you click on her name in the comment section, it will take you to her Paris Hues blog. Her blog badge is also in the right sidebar of my blog.

      Fiona is one AWESOME LADY !!!!….living in Paris. I LOVE LOVE LOVE HER !!! I know you will too.

      Bisous, my friend.
      Much love and raindrop kisses-
      Lynne xx

      • Fiona H. says:

        May you be victorious in this designer quest for stardom and glory my dear. I am right behind you, as always and send you those rainicicle kisses from Paris (and thank you for the mention!!) xxxxxx

  18. Jan says:

    Hi Lynne. Why does it keep going to “sign in with FB or Twitter” when I vote on the thumb? Gotta love technology.
    I could so relate to your West Elm love. I was visiting in Toronto last week and went there…..OMG!!!! I could have taken everything home. Maybe I’ll head back for the post CHristmas sale.
    Love your postings and look forward to them.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Ohhhh that list.ly voting system is cahhhrazzzzzy. I might punch it soon. You should be able to give it a thumbs up without having to do the sign in. If you have to sign in…via FB twitter, LinkedIn or Google +…it really isn’t so bad. I automatically recognizes who you are. Unless you are a robot…in which case…it will call you names. LOL. xx
      I hope it works for you or that list is getting clocked. haha.
      xx

  19. dave says:

    You’re awesome! Great thing to read first thing in the morning. Thanks for the plug, sorry about the back alley thingy… but it seems to have worked.

    Cheers!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Dave-
      I think you and Todd should have back alley meetings with gin and tonic more often. PS. I have had a gin & tonic with Todd…and I can guarantee you- it is good times !!!
      Big [hugs] for making me so suddenly competitive. I never thought I had it in me. It has been a really fun challenge.
      xx

  20. Susan R says:

    Bummer, that makes me login to Facebook to participate. Frowny face. Well, I support you in spirit. Does that count?

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Susan,
      It won’t let you give a thumbs up without signing in? The little bastard of a list. Try again :)) Or punch it.
      Do you have a LinkedIn account? That works too.
      It should let you just vote and you will see the vote count go up from say 65 so 66. I think my site is #9 right now.
      I need Gin.
      xx

  21. Susan R says:

    I LOVE the branch as curtain rod idea. Perfect timing, Lynne. I have searched high and low for curtain rods short enough for Roman shades for my French doors. (As I write that I realize that my house is a veritable United Nations!) Now I can just go out in the backyard and snag a couple. You rock! I’ll send a picture when I get it done.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      You won’t believe how great it will work. I have it on about 20 windows of my house. NO LIE :) Looks great natural or painted white. Love it with linen curtains too.

  22. Susan R says:

    Hey, Lynne, I don;t see how to vote. Are we supposed to “Like” you on FB. I don’t have FB.

    And, BTW, candles + sheers = gigantic insurance claim. Just sayin’.
    Love, Susan

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      hahahaaaa….too funny Susan…. nope I don’t put those candles close to my sheers. I like things NOT SMOKEY.

      If you go here to vote : http://www.modenus.com/blog/interiordesign/top-100-interior-design-blogs

      You can find me on the list. I think I am at #10 right now. Click on the wee little thumb to the right of my blog name. You will see the number 58 beside it. That number should turn to 59. Then you know the vote went in. If it goes back to 58 then you unliked it and the vote doesn’t count. STUPID. I know.

      THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the vote.
      xx

  23. Mary Ann says:

    Color me stupid, but I can’t figure out how to VOTE for you. There’s no ‘vote’ button, and clicking on your name/description just brings me back to your site. Anyone else having this problem, or do I just need caffeine?

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      No worries Mary Ann
      I can’t color you stupid- I can color list.ly stupid. It is EASIER to make a twig curtain rod. :)
      You have to click on the little thumb to the right of my blog name on the voting site. It looks like a little thumbs up. The number of votes should go up by one point(the number is right beside the thumb). It may ask you to sign in via FB or something to make it all official-like.
      Let me know if that works. Or should I punch it in the head?

      • Mary Ann says:

        Thanks for your reply! That’s what I was doing, but I kept getting a panel showing likes (that I wasn’t in). Fourth time’s the charm: Turns out I was just not clicking EXACTLY on the thumb. Just a case of bad aim. (Same reason I was always one of the last kids picked for softball – some things never change.)

        Hoping you make it to #1…

        • Lynne Knowlton says:

          YOU DID IT, YOU DID IT, YOU DID IT !! Good thing you are not standing beside me, I would plant a big wet kiss on you.
          Gross huh ?!

          • Mary Ann says:

            Just got back from a long and frustrating meeting… Your note was just the antidote. Made me “Hah!” so loudly, it stunned the dog and he went all hyper butt-waggling out of control goofy. Which is pretty fun, too. Bad stuff, all gone…

            I hope your blog runs FOREVER.

  24. Mary says:

    OMG, My darling Lynne==you made me spew coffee all over my laptop with your twigs & balls. Any tips for saving soaked laptops? And I know it was Colin & Justin you slept with,,,,with your twigs & balls woman! You are #11 on the list as of this moment,,,and rising like a shooting star! I’ve voted,,,and am on my way to the clerk’s office to change my name so I can vote again.
    xxxxxxoooooo
    Mary

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Poor Mary
      You will have a twig and balls VISUAL stuck in your head too. Welcome to my sick world. LOL.
      #11 on the list ?!!! I feel like a super star ! Can super stars wear pyjamas to work ? xx

      • Mary says:

        I bought the lottery ticket for tonight’s draw darling,,,when I win,,,we can wear pyjamas any where we want,,,our dream island,,,where ever…….off to Bali to buy batiks and make PJs for Lynne #1 on the list!
        Smoochies my dear friend.

  25. Tracy Black says:

    Girl, you have totally got it going ON! There’s nothing better than a good belly laugh in the morning! Doubled-down with hot decor ideas, you made my day! Thanks for the tea-towel-curtain vindication, my husband thought I was nuts. Wish I lived closer to an Ikea, though.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Tracy

      It could be vewwwy vewwwry dangerous to live close to Ikea.

      Have you ever seen that HILARIOUS Ikea commercial with the woman running from the store screaming at her husband — START THE CAR !!!! START THE CAR !!!!!

      OMG, that one makes me pee my pants.

  26. kristin says:

    omg….i was giggling so hard i almost spilled my coffee!! you are so damn funny! i had already voted for you- cuz you are da bomb! and i double checked thinking maybe i could vote again (different day,another vote…..) NO- the stinking thing keeps track apparently to keep things honest; so if you need re-enforcements with the gin and skin tricks, i will step up to the plate. ;) loved your decorating ideas today!! and i may have to do the balls….grapevine balls that is! heeheehee……

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Ohhh Kristin, it is so early in the morning to do the BALLS :) Thanks for trying to cheat and vote twice. hahaaaa. I TRIED TOO. Apparently, it knows where we have been. We may need Gin to really figure this out :) THANKS FOR THE VOTE !!!!!!

  27. Danica says:

    VW trunks are humongous! (is that a word?) My sister has a bug and i have a VW wagon…best trunks ever! Going to antique markets with my wagon rocks!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      I think we need a summer antiquing plan Danica ! You bring the wagon and I’ll bring the bug for spillover :) Whoop ! Whoop !

      • Danica says:

        It’s all good, I have a trailer and a hitch and my car runs on veggie oil…we could let the bug have a break! Imagine all the extra stuff you can buy when you don’t have to pay for gas ;)

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