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Taking time to Relax

Where do I start?

This is not the normal The Trendy Home blog, if you have noticed I haven’t been around writing my blogs that I used to LOVE to do much this year!

On January 27 I was diagnosed with Uterine Cancer – Thank You Lord it was only Stage #1 but if you were ever told you have  “CANCER”  at first you think someone just signed your death notice.    It’s all you think about, 24/7.

On February 7th I had my surgery at Hoag Hospital here in Southern California,  complete hysterectomy along with the Lymph nodes  – they wanted to be sure they got it all and I was happy to oblige.

I’m so happy to say I don’t need Chemo or Radiation, all I need is to make sure I get my blood work every three months for the next 2 years, and every 6 months for the following 3 years until I hit that magical “5″ years.

I have been so blessed and I know it;   has there been dark days, sure I’m human but I also know they will pass.   I have seen the power of friends,  family and staying positive.

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My darling Husband.

I know it wasn’t easy on my Husband, his  Parents, and Siblings are all gone and the thought of losing his wife wasn’t something he wanted to even consider!

 

The YaYa Girls

The Ya Ya Girls

Us Girls just can’t make it in this world without our Best Friends,  these are my best friends:  Michelle, Laura, and Pamela.  Michelle and I were pregnant together 26 years ago,  Laura and I have something in common – Cancer.  She’s fighting her battle as well  and I’m happy to say things are looking up for her too;  and we have so much in common you would think we have been friends for life.   Then there’s Pamela – we have been neighbors for over 15 years now and there was even a move in there,  and they followed us and they are still the best neighbors, family by choice, and friends the Campbell family could ask for.

My Family

Matthew, Lindsey, and Michael

One of the hardest things I had to do was tell my “boy’s” that their Mother had Cancer!   And I add “HAD” cancer!   I’m looking forward to playing with my grandchildren and spooling them rotten and then giving them back!

My life today!    What’s it like living without your body’s thermostat?    I’m always hot or Cold,   NO in between!    Window’s open, ceiling fan on HIGH during the night and most of the time my dear husband is under the covers so tight and I’m on top with nothing on!    It reminds me of the musical  “Menopause“   if you haven’t seen it, it’s a good fun night out with the girls or even the husband.  (Mine laughed so hard!)   But it’s so TRUE!

So, I wanted to say  HI to my readers and I am feeling much better and have gained most of my strength back and ready to write some blogs.

The Trendy Bed has added some new products lately so look forward to some product updates.

There is a good life even after being told you have Cancer – keep it positive and lean on your friends and family, they just might surprise you!

Thank you and much LOVE!

Cathy

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Wall Art Styles for Your Living Room

The Trendy Home would like to welcome our first guest blog,  Reyna Ramli from Arcadian Home Decor.

Wall art is the most common way to breathe life into an empty wall. These simple pieces are easy to install and require almost no maintenance whatsoever, apart from the occasional dusting.

The only real problem, however, is the choice of wall art.

It is said that all art is beautiful – except not all the time. This can’t be truer for wall art, since picking the wrong kind of wall art to go with your living room can actually make things cluttered and tasteless instead.

So what kind of wall art will you add to your living room?

Canvas Wall Art

Paintings are probably the first thing to pop up in most people’s heads when it comes to decorating the walls of a living room – and for good reason too.

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Canvas opens a wide array of artistic possibilities, all within the confines of a symmetrical rectangle. Mismatching an artistic style with the living room’s décor, however, is a pretty common problem for those who fail to grasp the basics of artistic pairing.  Make sure that you have a solid understanding of your living room’s theme before picking out a painting and you should do just fine.

Wall Art Tapestry

Woven cloth has always been a favorite medium of art in many countries, and the exotic air about a tapestry piece will definitely add much to a living room’s design.

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Wall tapestry is something that adds an earthy, tribal feel to a wall – even if the tapestry itself is made from space-age materials. Even the manner by which art is portrayed on woven thread gives it an exotic aura, adding even more to its overall charm. Just make sure that the designs and colors on the tapestry will match well with the other pieces in the living room.

Metal Wall Art

The toughness and solidity of metal gives it an oppressively powerful aura, making it an ideal material for centerpieces meant to draw a person’s full focus.

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There are many designs for metal wall art, but the material they are crafted from will never remove that powerful effect. This makes wall art very effective in filling up large chunks of space on the wall; providing a lot of aesthetic benefits even when only one piece sits on the said wall. This is something that you have to remember, lest you congest your living room’s wall with too many metal art pieces.

Abstract Wall Art

Are you fond of being unique? Do you like moving away from convention? Do you like to tickle people’s thoughts with baffling art? Then abstract art is just the thing for you!

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The puzzling interplay of shapes and colors is what defines this particular genre of art, and this puzzling effect can be brought about in your living room with abstract wall art. Abstract art, however, clashes violently with other more conventional styles. It is for this reason that you have to be very careful with how you integrate this particular art style with the rest of your living room.

Keep these art styles in mind and you’ll be able to pick out the right one for the walls of your living room!

Content provided by Arcadian Home Decor, a site that specializes in top quality home decor items at extremely affordable prices. Come visit us today!

Thank you Reyna and Arcadian Home Decor for this informative blog.

At The Trendy Home our goal is you make your home                                                                                                     

Cathy   XOXOX

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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We only have a day to get our bedroom ready for Valentine’s Day, Yes… it’s TOMORROW!    So, let’s start now and enjoy the love that comes along with this day.

Last year I had fun and did 5 blogs on getting your bedroom ready for Romance, I’m going to bring these blogs out again for your enjoyment and reminder for those of us that need to get our rooms ready for Romance.

Get Rid of the clutter!

Is Your Bedroom Ready for Romance #1

Is Your Bedroom Ready for Romance #1

Make me Comfortable!

Is Your Bedroom Ready for Romance #2

Is Your Bedroom Ready for Romance #2

Let’s Create the Mood for a little Romance!

Clink on Picture for Day #3

Is your Bedroom Ready for Romance #3

Let’s “Lite the Fire”!

Is Your Bedroom Ready for Romance #4

Is Your Bedroom Ready for Romance #4

Are you Ready?

Is Your Bedroom Ready for Romance #5

Is Your Bedroom Ready for Romance #5

Hope you enjoyed this blog  for Valentine’s Day and enjoyed seeing these “Dream Bedroom’s” again.  I sincerely hope they inspire you as they do me.

Your home is a true reflection of your soul – make your home  “The Trendy Home”!

Love,

Cathy Campbell

PS:  Visit The Trendy Bed, the one place for all your Valentine, Trendy Bedding!

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My Happy Place…

Creating Your Happy Space

I’m not sure if it’s the Holidays, or our busy schedules but it is becoming more important to us to have what I call “My Happy Place”.

I had a customer email me just this week and she is a writer – photographer and had a commercial office space and decided at her age she wanted a home office now.    She called her space her “Scared Space” and she was asking for some advise and my opinion on a Daybed that she had just added to her room.

Another “Happy Place” could be a great place to read a good book,  watch the snow falling, or a good rain storm,  watching the kids play outside without them knowing.  My vision of this space is a great window seat.

And when I was a Child I remember my Mother saying  “Calgon Take Me A Way” this was her way of wishing for her Happy Place – The Bath Tub…

And to one Mother her  “Happy Place”  is on  a Sunday  afternoon,  her 3-year old son has his trains and blocks spread out, and she and her  husband are reading the paper and drinking their favorite cup of coffee.   It’s  “My Happy Place”  because I’m with the ones I love most and this space is who we are as a family.

And my last “My Happy Place” is a beautiful Bedroom.  I have always had a thing for Bedrooms,  I like them to be inviting, and romantic but not over the top!   Here is one of my favorite pictures of Beautiful Bedrooms.

I hope you all have “Your Happy Place” and I welcome you to share them with me and my readers.

Here’s to YOU, and 2010 and wishing only the best for you in 2011;    Make Your Home…

Happy New Year…   and be Safe!

Cathy

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Trendy Fall Decorating Tips

Trendy decorating tips to take your home from Summer to Fall.

The transition from summer to fall can be a good time to get your home organized and in shape since most of us shift our focus indoors.   If you’re like me, I’ll take my bedding from white to color.

Let’s not be fooled by all the attention paid to “Spring Cleaning”,  in the fall your home will need just as much attention due to being closed up.   This is the perfect time to infuse your space with color and warmth to carry you through the winter months.

Bring the outside in with mums and pumpkins,   decorate your dinning table with a decorative centerpiece and update accessories to fall colors.   There are many ways to bring in the warm, deep colors and cozy textures of fall,  Bedding, Bath linens,  accent pillows, place mats, and cloth napkins.

To really make a statement without too much work focus your seasonal decorating to what your guest see first when they walk in your home.

It’s OK to be bold,  bold stands out and Say’s Notice Me!

When decorating try to focus on a big ticket item in a room such as the comforter or quilt in the bedroom or pillows, lamps or rug in the living room.

This years colors are bold and bright, especially deep reds and purples and can be a nice complement to the normal subdued and darker tones that are usual for fall.

Add a vase,  candle stick, or bowl to make your room pop with color.

Enjoy, be creative, and most of all have fun in making your HOME

Cathy C

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August Celebrity Home of the Month

Jesse James’ Orange County Compound

Up For Sale!

Sunset Beach, CA or is it “Dog House, USA!

Moving on from this beautiful Mediterranean Villa he once shared with former wife and actress Sandra Bullock;  Jesse James has put this beachfront home on the market.

Remodeled from the groups up in 2002, the home is set directly on the sands of Sunset Beach.

One can go from the pool, jacuzzi, rock slide straight on to the Sands.

Panoramic views of the Pacific, Long Beach skyline, and breathtaking sunsets abound from almost every angle.

This home features a lavish entryway with lush landscaping and custom fountain…

A Spacious “Great Room” with unique Canterra Stone floors, crown molding, and coved-grid ceilings.

Gourmet Kitchen with slab granite counters, custom solid-raised panel maple cabinetry and Viking stainless appliances.

This 2-story, 4 Bedroom with in-suite baths,  powder room, large media room/den and more comes in at about  3,626 sq ft of living space  is now for sale for $4,995,000.

Hope you enjoyed having a “in-side view” of the home that Sandra once shared with her Bad Boy Jesse James!

We all can’t have a large beautiful home like this, but we can make the one we have

Have a GREAT week,

Cathy C

XOXOXO

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Home Interior Tips and Ideals – Saving Money!

Better Than Paper Towels…

This blog will completely change your view point on “Coffee Filters”…

25 different uses for Paper Coffee Filters:


Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in microwave. (no splatter)

Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome…  Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling.

Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish

If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.  (Great tip if you are a wine drinker)

Protect a cast-iron skillet.  Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

Apply shoe polish.   Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

Recycle frying oil.  After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

Weigh chopped foods.  Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.

Hold Tacos.  Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

Stop soil from leaking out of a plant pot.  Line a plant pot with a filter to prevent the soil from going through the drain holes.

Prevent a Popsicle from dripping.  Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows?    Use strips of coffee filters.

Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French Fries, chicken fingers, etc on them..  It soaks out all the grease.

Keep in the bathroom.  They make great “razor nick fixers”.

As a sewing backing.  Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

Use a coffee filter as a spoon rest while cooking.

Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or cutting a piece of fruit or veggies. (Saves on having extra bowls to wash)

Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

Use to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.  (I needed this one last month!)

Use to sprout seeds.  Dampen the filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.

Use filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Put the flowers between 2 filters and put the filters in a phone book or family bible.

Use as a disposable “snack bowl” for popcorn, chips, nuts,  candy, etc.

And, by the way – They are GREAT to use in Coffee Makers!

Hope you enjoyed this week’s blog.

I hope I’ve given you some great ideas and inspired you to turn your home into…

Cathy C

The Trendy Home

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Interior Decorating Tips: Staging

Staging Your Home to Sale…

In today’s market many home sellers are hiring professional “Stagers“  to assist them in selling their home.   By professionally staging your home you may increase the odds of attracting a qualified buyer.   Here are some tips and tricks that the pros use to sell your home quickly,  making it  look more inviting and the best value all in one.

Remove the Clutter

Remove the Clutter.

Remove the clutter: Making your home look organized and de-cluttered is rule #1.    Having a clean and organized home from top to bottom is the number one golden rule of staging a home.   Your home must look inviting,   cleaner and less cluttered than ever before to meet today’s demands.   To get ready to sell your home one needs to have a yard sale or rent a space to move your “clutter”.  Remove seasonal clothing out of the closets (makes your home look like you have a lot of closet space),  move your Christmas Decorations out of the garage to a rental space. (Makes your garage look larger)

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Clean your home: Hire a professional to come in a clean your home,  it’s Spring Cleaning in August!   Top to Bottom;  move the furniture, wash the windows,  wash your window treatment, take down the screens and wash them.

Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal

Crank Up The Curb Appeal: It’s the first thing that prospective buyer sees when they come to look at your home!    Spruce it up!  Good home and yard maintenance is a must if you want someone to even think about purchasing your home.   Paint the front door, place fresh, colorful plants on the porch.   Step back and look at your home from the buyers perspective, not yours!

Walk-Through Inspection

Walk Through and Inspect Each Room

Do a Walk-Though: Stand back and look at your home!  Stand in the doorway of each room and look at it as if you’d never seen it before.    Does it look too cluttered? Look up,  Look Down.   Does the ceiling need painted?  Does the baseboards need cleaning?  Ceiling fan blades need cleaning?   What can be removed to make the room look bigger?    What can you do to make the room look more inviting?   Is it warm and inviting, or too cold?   How the lighting?  No one likes a dark, drab home.  Open the drapes and let the light come through.

Upgrade your Bedding

Does your hardware need upgraded?  Switch plates need cleaned or replaced?  Wall paper coming loose?  Take it down and paint.   Kitchen cabinets need a uplift with new hardware?   Would the bathroom look newer and larger with a new vanity?    Replace the old floral bedspread with something more neutral to make the room look more inviting and sophisticated?   Visit The Trendy Bed for all your bedding needs.

First Impressions In The Home

Focus on First Impressions – In The Home: When a prospective buyer enters your home it’s usually by the Front Door, here’s your second chance to make that impression. (First was your curb appeal)     Apply fresh paint, replace worn out throw rug,  upgrade light fixture or upgrade light switches if needed.   Clean out that coat closet again so that it looks more spacious.   Would adding a mirror make the Foyer look larger?  Mirrors are a big trick decorators use to make a room look larger.    Are your silk flowers looking a little worn?  Remove and or Replace.    This is the place you want to WOW any prospective buyer coming in your home!   If your first impression didn’t measure up to their liking, here is your last chance to get their interest to make them want to look at your home.

Versatility

Versatility: The more versatile your home, the more buyers will be able to see themselves living there.  Turn your sewing room into a more general – use guest room with a desk, table, and room to sew.   (Hide away the project materials for now while getting your home ready to show)  Paint gender-specific rooms in more generic colors, and reduce the “kids rooms”  effect by storing large collections, posters, trophies, musical instruments, and personal items while you are trying to sell your home.

Visual Effects

The Visual Effects: What does your room say visually?   Dark walls can make your room look smaller,   creating logical conversational groupings make the room seem larger.   Professional stagers suggest that rugs stop a foot or two from walls.  A rug that is too big can visually “shrink” a room;  if it’s too small it just looks awkward.   If your dining room is modest in size, take the extra leaves out of your table and limit the chairs to four.

These are some great decorating tips and tricks to make your home seem larger and more inviting.  All of these tips and tricks are from Better Homes and Gardens – my best friend!

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Interior Decorating Tips – Guest Room

Sometimes I Love when Guest are coming, or we are having a get-together,  It’s the only time my “Honey Do” List gets done completely!   It is a great motivator for home improvements,  or maybe it’s just a little sprucing up.

Is it time to declutter your home?

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From that to this?

Up Close and Personal

Don’t get me wrong,  A home needs to look and feel comfortable and lived in but too much “lived in” can be a little over whelming for your house guest.

In decorating your guest bedroom, keep it simple.  I guest room can be very comfortable and accommodating without being over done.

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If you have only one guest room choose twin beds over a double or queen;  that way children, friends, or couples can occupy the room comfortably.    A shared, center table serves both beds as a place for a personal items and alarm clock or radio.

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Another way to make your house guest comfortable is by installing a TV.   We all know the purpose of a house guest is to visit with the host,  but we all need some “down time”, this can come late at night when one goes to bed, or first thing in the morning with their first cup of coffee.

Install a TV

Make space for your guest with drawer space and closet space.    If you are like me, my guest room closet is full of winter coats – move them if you can or at least move them to the side and make it known that this open space is for them.  Make sure they have hangers available and a nice house/bath robe is a nice touch that your guests would surly appreciate.  At The Trendy Bed we have Bamboo Robes and 100% Organic Cotton House Robes made by Pure Fiber.

Make space in the closet

Please  make sure your guest have comfortable bedding.   You don’t have to have the best, but the one thing you do need is clean, comfortable, well fitted sheets.

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At The Trendy Bed let us help you in this area, we have Sheet Sets from 300 thread count to 1500 thread count;   Satin Sheets,  100% Bamboo,  or Bamboo / Egyptian Cotton Blend.   Our 300 thread count – Beyond Bliss is heavenly, and affordable with matching Duvet Covers, Bed Skirts, and Shams.

Guest Rooms are one topic I enjoy writing on, it’s so nice to be spoiled;   and it’s even nicer to spoil someone we love!

I hope I’ve given you some ideas to help you to turn your home into….

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Cathy C

XOXOXO

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Interior Decorating Tips – The Mud Room

The 21st Century Mud Room

Before we look at today’s mud room, lets look at the history of the Mud Room.   Farm and manor houses had a back room or porch where farmers would deposit their soiled clothes and boots and wash up at a pump before entering the main house.

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Farm House Rear Mud Room

This is a perfect example of a farm house with the mud room attached to the back of the home.

In the late 1970′s, the laundry room moved up from the basement and the mud room/laundry room combination became the logical transition from the outside into the home.

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Combination Mud Room/Laundry Room

The disadvantage to this arrangement was the obvious conflict between outside dirt and the need for cleanliness with the wash.  Today, the laundry rooms are usually separated from the mudroom and are built closer to the bedrooms.   This ideal has been well received by homeowners especially in two story or split-level  homes, or even in the larger single story home.

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Family Mud Room

Ideally, today’s mudroom should serve as an entrance to the house from both the garage (if attached) and the rear of the house.   A well-designed mudroom serves as a great place for backpacks,  sports equipment,  purse,  car keys,  jackets, umbrella’s, brief cases,  boots, sneakers, beach bag, and more.

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Mud Room and Family Pet

This keeps the clutter out of the kitchen and helps keep busy families better organized.  This is also a great place to hang a bulletin board with game schedules, or a chalk board to write short reminders to other family members.

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Family Mud Room

Mudrooms can accommodate such things as hooks, hangers, storage cabinets, walk in closets, locker size cubbyholes, shoe racks, umbrella stand,  and built in desks.

Use Overhead Space

Keeping Family Organized

Mudrooms may even serve as a dog kennel when the family is away from the home.

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Better Homes and Garden Mub Room

The mudroom should be where the FAMILY entrance to the home is, not at your front door where you receive your guest.

Impress Your Guests

Front Entrance

Where mudrooms are for the family and located at the back of the home, it’s a smart idea to have some accommodations at your front entrance as well.   This entry features a cozy recessed niche that offers a place for you or your guest to drop off a bag, purse, or briefcase and ample room for coats.

Mudroom Addition

Mud Room Addition

If your entry space is in short supply and you’re tired of entry turmoil, consider a mudroom addition to accommodate your family’s needs.  Here an addition provides just enough space for a mudroom to serve a full house.  Hooks hold purses, coats, and hats while a storage bench conceals winter-weather accessories. Reliable tile flooring makes cleanup easy.

Let us help you turn your home…

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Cathy C

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