Spring Up Your Home – Spring Decorating

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Spring is here, now it’s time to bring it into your home, with color.   You can create a casual and colorful living room that sings “Spring”  by adding colorful vases, fresh flowers, spunky colorful pillows,  throws and accessories.

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Adding fresh flowers to any room is a great way to  “Spring” up your home.    Kumquats in a vase of water make a unique base for stems of yellow tulips or any other spring flower, what a eye catching center piece this vase would make on any table.

Spring Bathroom mirror

I saw this and to be honest with you, it’s a little too much for me BUT I loved the look of the mirror.  This look is done with decoupage,  purchase a flat frame mirror and cover the frame with your fabric of choice using decoupage.  After four or five coats the surface will be smooth.   Brighten up any bathroom with a mirror like this.

Bright room wit natural light

Let the sun shine in and paint your walls yellow, in this breakfast nook they pulled yellow, white, and blue all together in this beautiful look.   Adding blue and white plates on the wall, blue candles on a white candlestick, and white hanging light fixture.   White baseboards and finished carpentry around the window finishes off this beautiful room.

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Adding spring to this sun room is as easy as painting a floral motif on a jute rug,  adding some garden-inspired pillows, and topping a table with a simple white runner and fresh cut flowers.

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As you can see yellow is the “in” color this year, it’s all you see in all the decorating magazines and it comes in so many shades, that’s the beauty of yellow.

Guest room with Amenties

My blogs wouldn’t be complete without adding some Trendy Bed rooms into the mix, and I found this beautiful guest bedroom, in yellow of course.  Like the  picture of the living room above,  they used the same colors;  yellow, white and green but have a completely different look.

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Yellow may be the IN color, but not every room in your home needs to be yellow.    Revamp your bedroom for Spring by adding a punch to your headboard by wrapping it with a yard of mod floral fabric.   Tired of those boring white sheets,  Spring is a great time to put new, colored sheets on your bed.  At The Trendy Bed we have a great selection of sheet sets  in 300  to 1500 thread count  100%  Egyptian Cotton Sheets.

Let the sun shine in, bring Spring into your home and your heart.

Cathy C

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Trendy Super Spring Cleaning

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A few specific tasks,  done only once or twice a year will freshen up your entire home, try these time saving tips to your own cleaning routine.

Do you clean your home every day?

If you don’t,  they say you really should….   I’m not saying “full cleaning”, but they say if you follow some of these tips when it comes to “spring cleaning” it’s only limited to t

Daily preventive tasks:      Keep your kitchen organized and clean,  wash dish’s daily or put them in the dishwasher if you have one, wipe down counters / surfaces after each meal with a damp rag.    Pick up the mess at the end of day;  newspapers on the sofa, coffee table,  TV clickers all around the room, empty drink glasses sitting around,  dessert dish’s sitting about.  Take 5 minuets and pick up the dirty dishes and put them in the sink to wash with the breakfast dishes,  pick up the newspapers,  pick up the babies toys,  and put the TV controllers at a designated location every night.  You’ll be surprised in time others will pick up on these tasks.

Make your bed each morning, I know some people say they don’t have time.  Have you ever timed how long it really takes to make a bed?   Really, I timed it and it took me about 54 seconds to pull up the sheets, place 2 shams on the bed, and 5 throw pillows,  that’s even with walking around a King size bed.   Making your bed daily really has both physical and mental positive effects to your day, and it teaches your children to keep “their” space clean.

Teaching your child good habits can be really easy,  at The Trendy Bed we carry  Inseparable sheets in 100% cotton, cotton blend, and flannel;  check them out at The Trendy Bed.com.

Bathrooms:  Try to keep your bathroom organized,  there should be a place for everything, hair brush’s in the drawer, hair dryer in drawer or rack, curling iron in drawer or holder.  Here is a picture of the holder/rack my husband made for me, I love it.   Home Depot little wooden table top, he cut it and drilled the holes in different sizes to fit 3 curling irons and 1 hair dryer.

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If you keep up with the daily touch-ups,  your weekly cleaning can really get done in a few hours, and your spring cleaning is really just that!

Windows, Doors, Walls :  Wash your windows on a cloudy day, when you wash them on a hot sunny day the cleaning solution will dry too fast and you’ll have streaks.   Try this washing solution:   1/2 cup of sudsy ammonia,  one pint of rubbing alcohol, one teaspoon dishwashing liquid, and one gallon of water.     Tip:  Other than washing on a cloudy day,  to determine whether streaks are on the inside or outside, wipe with vertical strokes on one side of the window, horizontal on the other.

Scrub and vacuum sliding glass door tracks.   You’ll appreciate doing this once the outdoor entertaining season gets into full swing.   Tip:  Use an OLD toothbrush to loosen debris in the track, then using your vacuum hose to remove it debris and the finish with a wet rage or sponge.

Wipe down your baseboards, door frames and walls.     These can get overlooked during the year, but once a year give them some T.L.C.    Wash them with a sponge and a squirt of dishwashing liquid mixed in a bucket of warm water.   Tip:  Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for spot-cleaning, good for those big boys, and little men fingerprints, scuffs, and even crayon marks I’ve been told.

Floors:  Deep clean your carpet and rugs.  Should be done every 12 to 18 months,   granted depends on the number of people living in your home, if you have pets or not, and where is your carpeting.   Mine is only in the bedrooms and the “formal” rooms in the home,  so once a year is perfect for me.     This is where you can have them professionally done, rent them from your local grocery store for a day or two, or invest in your own if you have pets.

This is the time to move the furniture and clean under and behind…   Tip:  If your range has a drawer, remove the drawer and vacuum underneath.     If you can slide out your appliances,  now’s a good time to clean under and behind those also.

Furniture, Fabric, Fixtures: If you are having your carpets professionally done, now’s a good time to also have them clean your upholstery.    Restore smooth leather with an upholstery/ leather cleaner and conditioner.

Window Treatment:   In all likelihood, your curtains and draperies aren’t dirty enough to launder.  To clean,  go over them thoroughly with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum.  I do this at home about every 3 months because I love to have my windows and doors open, helps to keep them looking fresh.  Tip:  To remove dust from sheer curtains, put them in the dryer on LOW with a fabric softener sheet, clean and smelling good also.

Dust your light fixtures, ceiling fans, and lightbulbs.   Using one of those microfiber or lint-free cloth to dust fixtures and bulbs you can reach.   For the ceiling fans you can skip the ladder and use an extendable duster, good to wipe those high light bulbs also.

Spring cleaning is one of those hate it and love it tasks…   Hate doing all the work, but we LOVE it when it’s all done.

Nothing better than a nice, clean home to make your home,  “The Trendy Home”…

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Trendy Spring Home Maintenance Tips.

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It’s spring, which means flowers, rain, baseball, gardening,  Bar-B-Q’s,  desperate attempts to get in shape before swimsuit season,  skipping work to be outside before it gets unbearably hot…

Spring also means it’s time for home maintenance after a winter of neglect, and you are NOT alone on this one.   I have already started the “Honey Do” list of items for this weekend.

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But lets be honest, our home is our biggest investment that “most” of us will ever make and we need to protect that investment.  Doing your seasonal maintenance duties will only help to ensure your investment, and help you give you that pride of ownership that we should feel about owning our home.

Spring and Winter are too season’s that one should really look at their home and make sure it’s ready for the climate change.

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It’s time to open up those windows and let the sun shine in.    When I was a little girl it was a family affair, my father would get the ladder out and my older brother and Dad would take down all the storm windows for the winter.    My older sisters would wash the windows, and us “young ones” got to wash the screens all before my Father would put the clean screen back up over those nice clean windows.    Making it fun and most of the time we would all be soaked when we were done, but we would all be laughing and here I am talking about those memories 50 years later.

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Taking the time to do some Spring maintenance on your home can ensure a summer full of fun.  Check your hoses, did the winter season make them brittle,  or freezing water split them at the seems, or do they just need new washers?

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Maintaining your home’s weather-resistive properties is a simple but effective method of protecting your investment for years to come.  Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks.  Make repairs now before the spring and summer rains do more damage to the exposed wood.  Chalk it up to Caulking!

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10 Home Maintenance Tips

Schedule an annual tune-up for your heating and cooling system.  Clean or change air filters and remove dust from around grills and ducts.  Outdoor air conditioner condensers need attention now, too.  Disconnect the power from the condenser and clear away any leaves and debris with a vent brush or power blower.  You can minimize problems with debris by wrapping fiberglass mesh around the condenser coil;  just be sure to regularly check and replace the mesh as needed.

If you have window air conditioning units, remove the covers and clean the filters.  Make sure they’re running properly before the hot weather arrives.

Remember, not all spring maintenance is outside!

Now’s  a good time to make your home  “The Trendy Home”!

Thanks,

Cathy

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DIY Trendy Kids’ Dresser

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What an idea – letting kids write on their furniture…   I saw this in  Better Homes and Garden and I wanted to share this idea with my readers.

Refresh that old dresser with two coats of  RustOleum brush on chalkboard paint, perfect for your kids to doodle and when they grow up you can write on “Reminders” like clean your room,  make your bed.

You can also paint the dresser first with RustOleum Magnetic latex primer, then paint  with the chalkboard paint – now you have a surface that is magnetic AND writable.  This idea is great for the young child in your home,  or the teenager in the family.   Great place to hang those concert tickets or prom tickets for safe keeping.

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Let your child be creative, and when they get tired it all they have to do is erase it!

Other DIY idea:   Paint a wall in your child’s room with the Chalkboard paint, or paint a space and frame it with molding to create a picture frame look.   If you don’t want to paint your walls get a piece of  plywood, cut it to the size you want and paint it with the chalkboard paint and frame it and hang it on the wall.

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Trendy Tips:

Paint over the magnetic paint with two coats of chalkboard paint to finish.
Give the chalkboard paint three full days to dry and cure. Then rub chalk over the entire painted surface and erase. Let the drawing begin!

Have fun and be creative.

Cathy @ The Trendy Home

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Let’s Make your Bathroom Trendy

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If you are a avid reader of my blogs, you know I LOVE color…  This is a great “Trendy” work of tile and color.  Wonder where they found that towel?

This is a great look  and still within your budget,  include a few “hand painted” or “imported” tiles along with the affordable tiles,  make a random pattern to create a very rich, and trendy look to any bathroom.    Pull out the color from those hand painted tiles and carry that color through out your bathroom.   Love the chicken lamp in the bathroom, be creative and have fun!

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A little Do-It-Your-Self painting and see how you can wake up these walls and actually create a very spa like feel to your bathroom.   Remember, when you do paint a bathroom I would suggest using mold and mildew proof primers and paints.

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I just loved this look,  look at that floor!   Here they took a side hutch cabinet that they were not using,   made a cut out for a drop in sink and took off the back or cut out for the plumbing to create a very beautiful and one of a kind trendy look.

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If you have a bath tub I truly feel this is a must!    Not only does it give any bathroom that “Trendy” look, but let’s look at the functionality.   Easy to rinse out your tub, your hair,  your children, and even the family pet!

Hope you enjoyed this blog on some Trendy Bathroom ideas.

Cathy C @ The Trendy Home

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This Month’s Celebrity Home…

Our first Celebrity’s home is that of the home of   “So You Think You Can Dance”  judge,  Nigel Lythgoe.    Featured in the LA Times Hot Properties:

Back of Home – Contemporary Mediterranean home, built in 1972, has 20′ high living room ceiling.

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Upstairs looking down into Formal Living Room with Christmas Tree in the corner

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Beautiful French Kitchen with Marble Counter tops.

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Large,  20 ‘ high ceiling Formal Living Room with Baby Grand Piano,  fireplace on the west wall.

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Formal Dining Room right off the Formal Living Room.

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Beautiful view at night of the LA  City view.

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One of the two Master Bedroom suites with balconies.

This home has five bedrooms and five bathrooms,  approx.  4,000 square feet.

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A dancer since childhood, Lythgoe, 60, is executive producer, co-creator and a judge on the dance competition how “So You Think You Can Dance” and he is an executive producer and director for “American Idol”.

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A one-bedroom, one bathroom guest house overlooks a swimming pool with a waterfall.

Hope you enjoying looking at our first “Celebrity Home” on  The Trendy Home.com.

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Trendy Garden Tips for March

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March can be a busy month for gardeners and I came across some tips for us “Home Gardeners”.

Bulbs:   Once them bloom cut the faded flowers from the spring builds.  The unsightly foliage of daffodils and other spring bulbs should NOT be removed or tied up yet as the bulb needs the nourishment from these leaves for the food energy to produce next year’s flowers.

Clumps of perennials can be divided this month that are just showing new growth.

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Prune flowering fruit trees and other deciduous spring flowering shrubs as soon as the blossoms are finished.  Prune, shape and thin, direct the growth pattern outward, and to open the center to light to promote heavy new growth to bloom next year.

Clean out dead leaves and branches from evergreen shrubs and trees.  Hold off until the end of the month or April to prune sub-tropicals  such as hibiscus, bougainvillea, fuchsia and other frost damaged plants.

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Pest Control:  Look out for those pesty aphids and white flies on the new leaves of your roses and other shrubs.  For a few troubled plants wash with a strong jet of water.  You can also use an insecticidal soap or vinegar in a sprayer with a hose attachment applied at the rate of two tablespoons per gallon.  For a few bushes with mildew, spray household Lysol or the vinegar solution.   It is advised to spray roses with this vinegar solution three times a year, spring, late May, and August.    Keep a scheduled regime to get rid of snails and slugs.

Fertilizing is a must for blooming plants.  It is advised to use a light solution of a balanced or high bloom fertilizer (one-half strength) twice a month.  Don’t forget to fertilize your acid loving plants this month ans use a dose of chelated iron if the leaves are turning yellow.   It is advised to keep a record as to when you do fertilize your plants, too much to worse than not at all!

LAWNS:   March is a good time to renovate your old lawn or sow a new one.    Both established lawns and winter-dormant lawns could use a good high nitrogen feeding fertilizer 21-0-0. Don’t use a weed and feed product with an insecticide as it kills good insects as well.   Treat lawns that the European crane fly has infested.  This is also a good time to renovate and thatch your lawn.

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Don’t forget to change your clocks and your sprinkler system clocks ahead for Sunday, March 14th.

Note:   This advise is more for your warmer climate gardens, (Southern California, Florida, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico) but some is just general good gardening tips as well.

Thank you and hope you enjoyed my blog on “Trendy Garden Tips for March”.

Cathy Campbell

The Trendy Home.com and The Trendy Bed.com

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