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Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Decorating editor Jeanie Sims is back today with more ideas for banishing the winter blahs. -- AP

Deep in the heart of winter we all need a bit of spring and sunshine to help us get through these dark, cold days. I do this by adding floral fabrics to my home décor. Floral fabrics are a quick and easy way to add flowers to any room, and flowers remind us of sunshine, right? So even if a blizzard is blowing outside, inside you can have spring.

You don’t have to be an expert with a sewing machine to add some decorative splashes to brighten your rooms. Think no-sew. Anastasia turned me on to the marvels of fusible web and mounting adhesive. They’re now some of this decorating girl’s best friends. Just make sure you purchase products that can be washed if you’re using them on items you plan to wash.

Use floral motifs from purchased fabric or scrapbooking papers. Apply fabric florals to store purchased throw pillows. Use either fabric or paper motifs to add floral décor to your lamp shades.

Buy some inexpensive small frames at a crafts store or yard sale. Paint them all the same color and frame either floral fabric or floral paper designs in them. Hang as a grouping on a wall.

Or you can embellish picture frames with polymer clay flowers, porcelain flowers, or floral charms.

If you use curtain tiebacks, insert a sprig of dried flowers into each.

Set the mood by hanging a floral swag over an open archway or add a floral door bow.

Finally, hang a spring wreath on your front door. So what if there’s a foot of snow on the lawn! Let that wreath put a smile on your face as you come in out of the cold and snow.

Do you have any decorating ideas you'd like to share? Post a comment to enter the drawing for a free book from our Book Club Friday guest author. -- AP


Kathy said...

Hey, I like snow and I'm enjoying my winter. I'll use your tips to make decorations in blue and white with snowflake motifs. I'll be happy if we have snow on the ground until April.


Kathy, you can have ALL the snow!

petite said...

Flowers within window boxes that are enclosed in glass. Vases filled with dried flowers.


Both good suggestions, petite!

Anonymous said...

Everyone loves to receive flowers. Give loved ones the gift that will last forever and not wilt away in a matter of weeks.