We are back with our weekly Garden Buzz!
Today's post is about adorable potting sheds which serve as a great space for gardening and storage. They differ from greenhouses only by they way they are used and depending on how you'd like them built.
Be environmentally friendly with gathering building supplies from your local architectural salvage yards. This is also great for those who are budget conscious.
Take a look at these amazing potting shed designs. Be careful, some of these will give you "tiny house" envy.
Here is a link for Better Homes & Gardens. Check out some of their incredibly designed sheds. www.bhg.com/home-improvement/outdoor/shed-playhouse/a-gallery-of-garden-shed-ideas/#page=21
Let us know if these inspired you to make (or purchase) your own potting shed. Show us your designs by tagging us on Instagram @dennison_dampier!
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Choosing a wallpaper can be so stressful because once you commit there is no turning back…well there is but you know what I mean. there are so many choices out there and it’s not always easy to chose where to place it. My best tip would be to not follow the trends because they always change and it will be expensive to keep up with them. Go with a pattern that will match most if not all your furniture and can still be flexible with decor items.
Here are a few wallpaper ideas.
Make a big impact in a powder room or a small bathroom with flamingo inspired wallpaper. This particular pattern is perfect because it steers away from the color filled popart look and into a more sophisticated yet fun concept. Keep the decor to a minimum here, sticking to a neutral pallet. A mix in texture with decor items is great addition without becoming overwhelming. You want the focus to be on this exquisite wallpaper.
We completely forget about probably the most seen space in the whole house…the entry. Give it some dazzle with black and white dalmatian spots wallpaper. This one is on trend right now, but the great thing about it is that is will go with absolutely everything. The black and white color pallet makes it easy to decorate with vibrant items. Add gold, and metal finishes to add a bit of glamour. Or go with bright pink flowers and reclaimed wood entry table for a modern rustic look.
If you are more of a traditionalist but want to try something more contemporary, go with a twist on traditional. The wallpaper shown above is a perfect example of how the modern and traditional duo work well together. In this particular wallpaper, the pattern is traditional with a contemporary silver outline which makes it fit both styles of a room. It is an ideal wall covering for a smaller space with a huge visual impact.
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I try to post organization tips and trick for anything from house to everyday items. So this post will be about wallet organization/decluttering. Yes that's right, a wallet can most definitely be organized and in result become a less stressful item to search through.
Here are just a few tips and steps to organizing your wallet. Whether you are a man or woman these tips will work for you.
Start off by emptying the content. Go through the change, receipts, crumbled bills, and business cards. Think what is useful to keep and what can be tossed out. Collect all your change into a jar or a separate change purse to keep your wallet from looking over stuffed. ( It's always those little coins that destroy your wallet! )
I tend to use full bills so anytime I get change I put it away in a jar which I later deposit into the bank. You wouldn't believe how much you actually can save on change!
( Let me know in the comments if you would like to see change saving tips and tricks! )
Having a wallet with compartments makes it much easier to stay organized. Everything has its place and can be easily accessed. I like to separate my small bills from the large. It helps me be more conscious of what I am spending.
As for the card slots, organize them by “most used”, easily accessible to “less used” tucked away on the bottom. If you have any gift cards or reward cards, try to keep them away from your daily used credit cards. This will help with keeping your most used cards easy to see and pull out.
Hope this helps you in being and staying organized. Start with this small project and move on to room organizations and more. The sky is the limit!
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Whether you have built-ins or simply need more shelf storage, styling shelves can create a visually appealing concept.
When it comes to the actual styling. Place a few books horizontal and a few vertical to create a visual interest. For a minimal look, only stack about 4-5 books, whether vertical or horizontal. You don’t need to use actual bookends for propping the books up. Try other objects that are heavy in weight.
With the books lying horizontally, place an object on top of it. Whether it be a sculpture, a plant, or a picture. If you have a free standing bookshelf and space above it, feel free to place a few items on top. This will create a more grand appearance and enlarge the look of the room.
Anchor a freestanding bookshelf with visually heavy objects on the last bottom shelf. It will make the bookshelf appear more grounded and it will create a visual balance. Layer picture frames by size to maximize the space as well as create visual interest.
There is no right or wrong when styling your shelves. It is suppose to make sense to you and be visually appealing for you. Do it right, take your time and arrange and organize as many times as it take before you really like it. Also remember nothing is set in stone, you can always update and change your shelves. Add a few seasonal trinkets here and there for a more lived in- homey feel.
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I don’t know about you but in my house the sink cabinet is always the messiest. People open it all the time for various reasons. The cabinet stores most of the kitchen cleaning supplies, extra paper towels, and the trash can. I wanted to make sure all of the space was used and was practical for everyday use.
I ended up putting in a tension rod to hang some of the cleaning supplies. It keeps them easily accessible and uses up the space in a practical way.
I used a small crate in order to stack the extra cleaning supplies, completely maximizing the space above and below. This gave me enough room for the trash can.
When it comes to arranging the items, think about practicality and how accessible you want them to be. Then it’s all down hill from there.
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A great center piece can really help create the vibe and atmosphere you’re going for. Get creative with it, they don't have to always be flowers. Here are a few quick, easy, and budget friendly tips.
Summer- the centerpieces can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. You can dress up a simple glass vase with a few slices of lemon or lime and wrap it with some string for an extra cute touch. Put in fresh flowers with a contrasting color to create a more dynamic look or go with the same colored flowers for a more chic and formal look.
A Fall centerpiece on the other hand can be entirely made up of materials you can find in your yard. Unless you live in the city…take a walk down to the park. Go in search of leaves that have turned orange or red, collect a few interesting small branches that can easily fit in a vase or on a decorative tray.
When Winter comes, recycle those branches you have collected from the Fall centerpiece. Wrap them half way with white yarn to create a whimsical snowy branch look. Pair the branches with a few acorns in large mason jars for an ultimate rustic winter look.
For a full Spring season decor, use moss and candles for a simple yet practical look. All you need is a tray, some moss from the craft store (or the yard) and candles. Alternate the height and width of the candles for more visual interest. For Easter, place a few colorful eggs on the tray around the candles. You can even place some small Easter themed animals for a very whimsical forest vibe.
Hope this post helps you in the seasons to come. Tell us about your creations in the comments below or show us on Instagram by tagging @dennison_dampier.
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Playrooms are one of my favorite rooms to organize. I love coming up with creative ways to place toys for easy access and visibility…Also, I’m not going to lie, it’s fun!
Wall shelving and storage units are perfect for quick and easy storage solutions.
Take a look at the suggestions below.
This unit is well under $200 and completely customizable when it comes to storage options. You can use anything from decorative baskets to clear containers.
This shelf is only $15 and it is perfect for storing craft supplies as it is easy to clean in case of messes.
You can make the color a bit more kid friendly with a coat of spray paint in your color choice.
The Kallax shelf is probably the most popular and practical for later use. It can be easliy styled to later fit a grown child or teenager.
Of course these are just a few extremely budget friendly solutions. Don't be afraid to splurge a little more for those key pieces. They can later be used in different parts of the house, after your kids outgrow the playroom…it will happen before you know it.
Hope this helps. Let us know if it does and if you'd like to read more of our weekly design tips and tricks. We love to write them for you.
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Whether you are renting a place with carpeting or are looking to spruce up the living room (or any area for that matter), rug layering comes in real handy. It adds visual interest as well as extra comfort.
I put together a few mood boards to give you a better idea of how easily you can layer.
The first shows you a modern rustic spin on rug layering. The rug underneath adds a nice pop of color to this darker decor layout. With the cowhide rug on top it not only adds visual interest but also comfort. A glass top table is a great way to showcase the layered look. I chose the wood top coffee table with wrought iron base to give it a more rustic feel but also show off the rug layering.
The second board shows you a bit more of a glamorous and simple look. I love the play on symmetry and organic lines. The black and white stripped rug adds symmetrical stability to the area were as the organic Agate patterned rug adds interest and color. I styled the final look with metals, glass, and marble accessories. The patterned chair creates an additional visual interest on the level of the natural eye view. This way your attention doesn't go straight to the floor but travels all over the room.
The final look is a bit more Mid-Century Modern. Pair a natural low pile rug like sisal or wool with a more plush and colorful rug. This will make your minimalist space seem more cozy. Keep the decor simple and use the colors from your rug to style the room with pillows or throws. Having solid colored furniture lets you play with pattern and texture on accessories. Go nuts!
Of course you are welcome to use this technique in any room. Be creative and outgoing with your rug choices, they make the space reflect you and your personality.
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Some would say I get a little crazy with organization, especially the ones who see me organize my groceries on the check out conveyer. What? I like to think ahead…When all my groceries are packed according to location in the pantry it becomes less stressful taking them out once I’m home.
Having everything in its correct spot makes finding things so much easier, therefore making cooking more fun and stress free.
When it comes to organizing your pantry keep in mind the items you use often and items with short shelf life. Try to keep them the closest to the entrance so they are the first thing you see and they are easily accessible.
Compartmentalize any free flowing items such as fresh fruits and vegetables and small condiments like chips, popcorn, and general snacks.
Keep everything coordinated by size and packaging if possible. For example, place pasta and grains in clear containers for easy visibility and practical storage. Loose items such as flour and sugar can be placed in separate containers as well to avoid messes and bugs or simply placed into zip-lock bags for a more budget friendly solution.
Feel free to label! You can label individual items or a shelf ( baking essentials, breakfast food, school treats, etc.) which makes it easier to locate items for visitors and yourself.
Hope this gives you a good idea on how to organize your pantry. We now offer an organization service if you need any help.
Let us know in the comments what you think or if you have any great tips and suggestions.
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Have a great week. Until next time.
Sadly Summer is coming to an end and Fall will soon come knocking on our doors. You are probably preparing yourself with new outfits for the cool months ahead but what about your garden?
Winter is coming...which means it is time to plant Fall plants now while it's still warm. The sunbathed soil is perfect for incubating fresh roots.
Here are just a few Fall essential plants to keep your garden looking Summery colorful year round.
Trees- this is the perfect time to plant trees. Frequent rain and warm soil are ideal conditions for new roots to sprout.
Vegetables- Any cool season veggies are great. Planting this early gives them sufficient time to root and be ready to eat in no time. Start with broccoli, carrots, kale, and brussel sprouts.
Any Spring blooming bulbs- They tend to use the cooler weather to build up their roots. Try planting daffodils, Siberian squill, or English bluebells for a rich color pallet.
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