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Room Designs with a Sectional Sofa

Posted by Kerry on October 24, 2016

blue sectional

A sectional is a great piece to add to your home. Not only does it provide seating for many people, it can serve as the perfect design element. Sectionals today aren’t what they were years ago. You can find one in any style, color or fabric imaginable. They also come in many different shapes and sizes. So, don’t shy away from creating the living room you love to live in with a sectional as the anchoring piece.

cream sectional

via pinterest

Sectionals are the perfect way to help define the space in a large open concept home. When you have one large great room it can be difficult to create unique living spaces within the large space. A beautiful sectional can anchor your space and help create the mood and feel you want in your home.

tan sectional

They are also great for smaller spaces; you only need to find the one that works for your room. Some styles actually take up less room than a sofa and chair. Get the right configuration and it can provide your room with better flow and the appearance of a larger space.

cool sectional

via hgtv

RC Willey has a variety of sectionals to choose from  -- all sizes and types of upholstery. So jump in with both feet and find a sectional for your home that will have you enjoying the look and feel of your home for years.

 

 

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Funky Pumpkins! Fun ways to decorate pumpkins

Posted by Kerry on October 12, 2016

cool pumpkin ideas

It’s that time of year! In every grocery store and farmer’s market around the country you’ll be able to find piles and piles of pumpkins of every shape, size, and color. As kids we would go pick out a few of the biggest ones that we could find, hollow them out and carve whatever our imaginations could come up with into the front face and put them out on our door step to show them off.

While that is always a must around this time of year it is not the only fun that our families can have with pumpkins. There are just as fun and creative ways to make the pumpkin the center piece inside of our homes or outside on the porch. All you need are a few markers, some paint, glitter and a little bit of time to get your home 100 percent ready for fall.

Painted Funky Pumpkins

painted pumpkins

As shown above you can still have all the fun that you did as a kid when decorating pumpkins but without the mess of cutting them open and getting rid of all the seeds and pulp.

Materials:

  • Small to Medium sized pumpkins
  • Paint in the desired colors
  • Glitter paint (for the stems)
  • 2 or more paint brushes (use different brushes when using glitter paint vs pumpkin paint)

Directions:

  • Wash and dry your pumpkins to remove any dirt or grime
  • Pour glitter paint into a tray or a plate and paint the stems first and allowed time to dry
  • Once the paint on the stems is dry pour pumpkin paint into a separate tray and apply to the pumpkin in long even stroke (allow time to dry for multiple layers or multiple colors)

Basic Glitter Pumpkin

glitter pumpkin

For those that don’t the mess of paint these pumpkins make the perfect accent to any Fall center piece.

Materials:

  • Small sized pumpkins
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Paint brush

Directions:

  • Wash and dry the pumpkins to give the glue a clean base to dry on
  • Using the paint brush apply the glue in a thin layer onto the pumpkins on the areas that you wish to apply the glitter (make sure the layer is thin enough to not form “globs” yet sufficiently thick enough to hold the glitter)
  • Wait for the glue to settle

Paint and Marker Pumpkin

Day of dead pumpkin

Materials:

  • Medium to Large sized pumpkins
  • Paint
  • Permanent makers
  • Pencil/pen
  • Stencils (optional)

Directions:

  • Wash and dry pumpkins
  • Paint the stems and allow time to dry (choose a color that will contrast the main color that you will paint the body of the pumpkin)
  • Once the stems are dry apply your base color to the rest of the pumpkin and allow time to dry
  • When the paint is dry use a pencil or pen to lightly sketch your desired design onto the pumpkin
  • When satisfied with the design use the permanent markers to go over your sketch

 

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Working From Home Tips

Posted by Kerry on October 11, 2016

working from home tips

Working from home allows us to save time and money that would otherwise be expended during daily commutes to and from the office. We can also start work at the most convenient time and take care of chores at home that often get neglected. With all the good that working from home can bring, it is important to remember to not allow procrastination and inefficient uses of your time become bad habits. Here are some effective tips on how you can best utilize your time and be productive while you work from home.

  1. The mindset that you put yourself into before you start work is essential. It is the foundation for a productive workday. To do this get ready the same way you would if you were going to the office. Dress accordingly, eat breakfast, and accomplish any other small morning tasks you may have.
  2. Prepare a work area. Part of creating an efficient mindset deals with your surroundings. Set aside a place in your home that will be used only for work. Don’t allow for anything else to cause unnecessary distractions.
  3. Make a Schedule. It is much easier to get work done when you have time set aside used exclusively for “workplace” tasks. Make sure to include breaks when making your schedule so that you don’t burn yourself out after the first few hours. For example, take a 10-minute break every 45 to 50 minutes. This will allow your mind time to reset and will also give you an opportunity to check texts, social media or get a snack.
  4. You should also have a list of goals that you can accomplish within the time you allot to working. The more structure you put into your planning the less time you waste.
  5. Take things one thing at a time. It is often easy to feel overwhelmed when you look at a list of tasks and start thinking ahead. This can cause you to feel un-needed stress, which in turn, may drain you of energy that could be better applied to the completion of your goals.
  6. Set boundaries. Working at home openings up the possibility of numerous temptations and distractions. Create a list of things that you will NOT do during your allotted work time and maintain the same level or professionalism you would have in the actual workplace.
  7. Turn it Off. Often when you work from home it becomes easy to never have any real time off. Just like a normal job, you should have a time when you no longer worry about work related issues. Doing this will allow you to spend time with the family and not over work yourself. After all the main reason most choose to work at home is for more freedom and flexibility. Why deprive yourself of that? Just because you work at home, doesn’t mean your home should become your new work.

 

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How To Get the Magnolia Home Look!

Posted by Kerry on October 7, 2016

Magnolia Dining Room

The blend between modern and rustic is a popular trend and we want to help you out with some visual aids and tips on how you too can incorporate these ideas in your own home. When you take a few of these ideas, mix in some of Joanna Gaines's awesome Magnolia Home Furnishings and a few flea market finds, you are sure to nail that rustic Fixer Upper look. 

How to shiplap

Shiplap, shiplap, shiplap...

Have you ever wanted to make a room in your home look a little more rustic and add some character? If you watch HGTV’s Fixer Upper, you’ve probably seen something called shiplap. Shiplap is traditionally a wooden board that features grooves cut into the top and bottom of the board, which allows the pieces to fit together and stack on one and other horizontally. You can even turn the boards sideways and fit them vertically for another exciting and different look.

The result is a rustic, yet subtle and adaptive design change that can fit any style. The best thing about shiplap is that it isn’t confined to a single room in the house. You can use it in your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or living room. It is also relatively simple and affordable. We found a helpful DIY video that teaches you all you need to know about shiplapping your home.

Another awesome way to get an instant rustic look is sliding barn doors. RC Willey sells a number of styles that are easy to hang over an exisiting doorway or a cool way to add texture to a blank wall. 

barn doors at rc willey 

Continuing the rustic trend, a great way to tie together the Magnolia look is through the use of simple signs. Signs come in all shapes and sizes and are another affordable option to give any room in your home a new, re-done feel while holding true to the rustic look. We have a bunch of cool, vintage pieces that you can hang on your walls in your home or office. 

vintage-signs-for-sale

What are your favorite Magnolia design ideas that we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

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