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No Time to Decorate!

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

No Time to Decorate!

  Everyone is so busy during the holiday season that the idea of decorating can be daunting and stressful.  We tend to go overboard when it comes to decorations, but you don’t need to go all out to have a home that is warm and inviting.  Your home can be just as elegant by decorating with less. In Southern California, a live Christmas tree dries out quickly and by the 25th we can’t wait to take it down.    Artificial trees are more popular, but lugging a huge tree down from the attic every year is difficult.  Here is a great idea I picked up while staying at the Heritage Inn in Marysville, Kansas.  Ricci Beikman, the General Manager, used three artificial pine trees in different sizes and grouped them together using the larger tree for the focal point.  She finished the look by plopping a big teddy bear on one of the packages making the hotel lobby look festive.  The red, white and blue trees are a subtle hint of patriotism! If you are passing through Marysville and want a quiet and cozy place to spend the night, the Heritage Inn is right on  Highway 36.  The staff is amazing.  They make you feel like family!       My East Coast talented and creative friend (no surprise, she grew up in Marysville) Anita Carlat Welch, posted some beautiful photos on her Facebook.  Below Anita used black and white Christmas photos found in albums of her parents, framed them in gold or silver and then used burgundy mats giving a personal and nostalgic touch to her display.  In the photo below Anita varied the heights of the individual pieces, which keeps the eye moving and the display interesting. Details.  Details.  Details.  The Japanese figurine grounds the display and keeps the bookcase from looking too overdone with decorations.  The Spode plates bring the eye upward and add light to the upper half. No matter what style your home, when it comes to decorating for Christmas, people usually prefer to stay traditional but keep in mind you should add something new and different each year to keep things fresh.  Trending for 2014:  decorations made from burlap, natural elements (branches, twigs and pinecones) and anything that sparkles or is metallic, especially silver. DON’T FORGET THE RUM CAKE! BACARDI RUM CAKE                                                       1 C chopped pecans 1 18-1/2 oz. pkg. yellow cake mix 1 3-3/4 oz. pkg. vanilla Jello instant pudding 4 eggs ½ C cold water ½ C Wesson oil ½ C Bacardi dark rum Glaze:  1/4 lb. butter, 1/4 C water, 1 C granulated sugar, 1/2 C Bacardi rum Oven 325 degrees.  Grease and flour 10” tube or 12 C Bundt pan.  Sprinkle nuts over bottom of pan.  Mix all cake ingredients together.  Pour batter over nuts.  Bake 1 hour.  Cool.  Invert on serving plate.  Prick top.  Drizzle and smooth glaze evenly over top and sides.  Allow cake to absorb glaze.  Repeat until glaze is used up. GLAZE:  Melt butter in saucepan.  Stir in water and sugar.  Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Stir in rum. If you want to transform your home from “Ordinary to Extraordinary” using what you already own, consider becoming a client of Élan Redesign....

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Easy Thanksgiving Decorating

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Easy Thanksgiving Decorating

Easy Thanksgiving Decorating

    Halloween is over, we’ve changed our clocks, and Thanksgiving is less than a month away.  You do not need to spend a lot of time decorating to have a home that is warm and inviting.  There are three areas of your home that are easy to decorate.  Here are some ideas to help you get started.    Decorate your Front Door and/or Porch.  An attractive and welcoming entrance will automatically make people feel comfortable when arriving at your home.  Repurpose an old Christmas wreath by adding faux flowers in fall colors.  Add a pot of mums and pumpkins outside your door or on your steps. Decorate your Mantel.  It doesn’t take a lot of money to decorate your mantel yet still have an impact in the room where your family and guests will spend the most time. Go traditional and pick up a few branches, using the things you already own. Decorate your Table.  By keeping it simple, you won’t have to move a lot of items when serving Thanksgiving dinner. Use your imagination.  Take an old board or tray, add some candles and then go natural by finding items from your yard such as pinecones, acorns or branches.                         Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the spicy aroma of my old-fashion Pumpkin Bread.  This recipe makes three small loaves.  Send your guests away with one of these tasty loaves, and they will be calling the next day for the recipe. Pumpkin Bread 4 Cups flour 3 Cups sugar 14-1/2 oz. can pumpkin 4 eggs 2/3 Cups cold water 2t baking soda 1t each baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice 1/2t cloves 1 Cup vegetable oil 1-1/2t salt Sift flour and sugar.  Make well in flour.  Pour in oil.  Add pumpkin and water.  Blend.  Add eggs one at a time and beat after each addition.  Add spices.  Beat again.  Pour into well-greased and floured mini-loaf pans.  Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.  If you want to transform your home from “Ordinary to Extraordinary” using what you already own, consider becoming a client of Élan...

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Celebrate America Recycles Day: Use What You Already Own to Transform Living Spaces

Posted by on Nov 1, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Celebrate America Recycles Day: Use What You Already Own to Transform Living Spaces

Celebrate America Recycles Day: Use What You Already Own to Transform Living Spaces

America Recycles Day is November 15.  Communities across the nation will be holding events creating awareness, promoting recycling, educating the population on environmental citizenship and encouraging action through the Keep America Beautiful program, which has been in existence since 1997. You may ask what this has to do with interior decorating. And the answer is simple. Elan Redesign, a member of the Interior Redecorators Network (IRN), encourages using your existing furniture and accessories to transform the look of your living spaces rather than advising new purchases.  We advocate the “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra thereby decreasing the amount of waste being placed in landfills. Offering unique decorating services by use of existing furnishings is what sets Elan Redesign apart from other decorator services.  We make it affordable when a new living space is built on what is already present in the home. By helping our clients make responsible choices in every aspect of the design process, we are consciously encouraging good environmental stewardship.  We also recommend places where pieces that no longer fit into the room design may be recycled. The Interior Redecorators Network is the world’s preeminent organization of interior redecorators.  Members involve, inform and inspire providing affordable, professional, top-quality design experience to create attractive, functional living spaces. Click here for more information on agencies and products promoting a healthier, greener environment:   Carpet and Rug Institute, Energy Star, Green Home Guide, Green Seal and Gro Furniture. If you want to transform your home from ordinary to extraordinary using what you already own, consider becoming a client of Élan...

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Tricks for Halloween Decorating

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Tricks for Halloween Decorating

Make Your House a Treat This Halloween The leaves are falling, there’s a chill in the air, and Halloween is right around the corner!  This is a holiday that opens the door to creativity and allows the “kid” in you to appear when it comes to decorating. You can decorate your home for a party, to impress Trick or Treaters, or simply for your family’s enjoyment of this holiday without spending a lot of money.  Here are some ideas to take your home from the ordinary to Halloween Extraordinary. 1.  Create a pumpkin tree within your bookshelves.  If you have a sturdy bookshelf, place pumpkins on the shelves in the shape of a tree.  The top shelf should have the most pumpkins, and it should taper as it goes down.  If there is wide space between each level, you may have to stack the pumpkins.  Trim any stems on the pumpkins that interfere with stability.  Draw an outline of a tree on the pumpkins using a black marker or felt pen.  Start at the bottom shelf and branch out as you move up the shelves.  Work one shelf at a time filling in the outlines with a fine-tip brush and black acrylic paint.  Once the paint has dried, arrange the pumpkins in your bookcase.         2.  Make a Specimen Lab Table.  Convert a table into a scientist’s lab by using glass jars in different sizes.  You can do this by using mason jars, spaghetti sauce or baby food jars. Craft stores sell small plastic party favors such as eyeballs, miniature skeletons or even severed limbs  that are ideal to place in the bottom of the jars.  Add 2 drops of food coloring and water to the jars, and you will have created the look of a specimen lab.  Now heighten the mood by switching out clear light bulbs for colored ones.   3.  Create a spider infested floral display.  Paint a white French vase with black acrylic paint.  Fill the vase with white flowers – roses, carnations or peonies work best.  Use permanent glue to fix plastic or vinyl spiders (or other bugs) to the flowers.  You can use floral wire to hang a spider from one of the flowers.  To create more drama, you can incorporate plastic snakes woven into the flowers and around the vase.  If you can’t find black snakes, you can paint them using black acrylic paint.  Entwine the snakes into the flowers using floral wire to support it.                 You can use items you already have to create something uniquely decorative for Halloween to give your home a holiday look that is creative and fun. If you want to transform your home from Ordinary to Extraordinary using what you already own, consider becoming a client of Élan...

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Not Your Granny’s Wallpaper!

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Not Your Granny’s Wallpaper!

We all remember it, the yellowed, dated wallpaper with the little petite fleur pattern.  It covered the walls and shouted, “Look at me!  Look at me!”  Removing it took forever.  I can remember helping a friend take down the wallpaper in the house they had purchased.  We took turns using a plastic steamer.   I would heat a section while she tore off little strips.  Underneath the wallpaper was more wallpaper, another crispy dirty layer to peel off.   Hot and sticky.  Thank goodness those days are over. Well, wallpaper is back.  If you don’t believe me, start paying attention to the television sitcoms, commercials and magazines.  It’s back, but times have changed and the new wallpaper is wider and easier to hang.    If you tire of it in a few years, it comes down in strips – BIG strips, 8′ to 10′ strips.  America’s oldest and largest wallpaper manufacturer, York Wallcoverings, has a new adhesive technology (Sure Strip) which guarantees easy removal. Wallpaper can transform your room and give it your personal touch.  It hides imperfections and adds architectural details.  Most are scrubbable or washable.  From classic to contemporary, floral to geometrics, you can find your style.  Visit  York Wallcoverings at www.yorkwall.com and be inspired by their new collections featuring Candice Olson, Ronald Redding, Stacy Garcia, Historic Williamsburg and more.  Then go ahead and set yourself apart from the masses transforming your room from “ordinary to extraordinary” without a lot of cost.  If you want to transform your home from “Ordinary to Extraordinary” using what you already own, consider becoming a client of Élan...

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