Archive for October 2010

Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Bedroom Decorating Ideas
Bedroom Decorating Ideas
Bedroom Decorating Ideas
Bedroom Decorating Ideas
Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Designing for a toddler's bedroom isn't as simple as it sounds and your efforts can be quite frustrating at times. Suppose you have freshly painted the walls in your toddler's bedroom according to an expensive theme and splurged quite a lot of money on the decor. But next week, much to your disappointment you will find that your toddler bedroom decorating ideas have fallen flat on their face because the painstakingly painted and decorated walls have been scribbled all over with crayon art and collage.

Unlike popular decorating schemes in the past, our modern era likes to concentrate on one or two colors for a smooth, sophisticated look. Browns and white are typical colors today. Black and white is a great choice for modern decor and it doesn't have to be boring if you spice it up with a bright color like red or yellow. One color that is very popular is chocolate brown and this can be used in varying shades of darkness. I chose these colors for two reasons. First, they go well with most modern furniture pieces, and second, they give the room a nice warm tone.

Try to change the furniture layout of your room. This will expose different wall areas to your eyes revealing a different aspect of the bedroom. You can apply wallpaper to this newly exposed bedroom wall and create the feel of a new room. If applying wallpaper on the entire wall is not affordable, just apply the borders with a design of your choice and paint the wall with a contrasting color and see the difference.

Just like other basic decorating ideas, the very first thing you see when you are entering a room is the wall color, so make sure you cover your bedroom with the right color tone, usually people like soft color that represent peace. But of course you also could apply a dark color if you like and adding some lights to create the ambiance.

This furniture idea is so simple that it takes less than 30 minutes of your time and will definitely show you some good results. This works like wonders because there's a simple principle that runs behind any interior decorating themes.

One thing you'll want to pay attention to is your choice of lights. You wouldn't believe what halogen lamps can do to your bedroom's ambiance. Sometimes, they can make a poorly designed bedroom interior look magnificent in a snap just by casting the right shades onto the furniture. Halogen lamps work so great with dark-finished solid wood furniture and the effect is just always perfect.

When looking for fabrics for the room you want to remember that Fairies are light magical creatures that are delicate and little, so use lightweight materials. You can take a sheer material with anything fairy on it, such as flowers or sparkles, and drape this over the curtains on the windows, and from the ceiling to about half-way down to the bed to give the bed and bedroom a hidden and special feel.

Once you know the direction of your design, you'll have to look into the colors that will be playing around this part of your home. Remember that next to consistency of design in terms of home interiors, colors play the biggest part. That's because colors will be acting as an influential arbiter of whether or not things you've put in your design are going to come together and make the room look like one or scatter in pieces and make any well-thought of design fall apart.

Customize your bed linens: The bed is the centerpiece of your room. Making your bed a thing of beauty is a great way to make your room look beautiful. Invest in bed covers, sheets, comforters, and pillow cases that go along with the look that you want. Buying bedding that you love and perhaps reminds you of the beds in the best hotels is sure to give you a feeling of comfort every time you walk into your room after a long day at work. Of course if you feel like you're on vacation, you might not want to get up in the morning!

Kitchen Decorating Ideas

Kitchen Decorating Ideas
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Kitchen Decorating Ideas
Kitchen Decor
Kitchen Decorating
Kitchen Decor
Kitchen Decor
Kitchen Decor
Kitchen Decorating Ideas
Kitchen Decor
Kitchen Decorating Ideas

Choosing your kitchen design from the multitude of kitchen decorating ideas that abound can be an incredible experience into the insight of kitchen manufacturers. It is totally amazing exactly how many kitchen designs are sold on the retail market and even more of a surprise which ones are the most popular. Spend an afternoon in one of the many retail outlets that sell kitchens and listen in on the various conversations around you. People home in on the ultra-modern kitchens like flies round a honey pot but, as the conversation progresses, you hear them admit to not being able to live with such a design on a daily basis, eventually plumping for a more modest middle-of-the-road design, or even one of the many rustic designs.

Scan through some home decor magazines or visit your local home centers for some great kitchen decorating ideas. Watch TV shows that give decorating tips or go online for some kitchen decor advice. You can also get some creative ideas by checking out other people's house decor.

Assess the color scheme for the kitchen. Does it relate to the rest of your home? Even if a neutral background is your preference, accents of other colors found in your home would be a good addition to the kitchen decor. If everything is white or neutral in the kitchen it could be one of the reasons why you don't love the space so much.

Many owners insist on maintaining a vintage look in your room to prepare at home in a consistent style. Kitchen decorating ideas are simple and elegant look odd in modern nursing homes and it is sometimes better to stick to basics, if you want to keep the old feel of the house.

While kitchen decorating ideas often focus on the accessories, the flooring, windows and walls are also important to the design. For your windows, you might try using some vintage curtains right from the era you are decorating for. For wall décor, you can add atomic clocks and vintage artwork or try putting in some shelves and display a collection of retro items like salt and pepper shakers or maybe even old radios or cookie jars.

If there is enough money in your budget to replace the flooring this is also one of the kitchen decorating ideas that can make a real difference to the looks of the room. You can get new flooring for your kitchen in a wide variety of price ranges. If your floor is looking very outdated or really worn out, this would be a good way to improve the looks of your kitchen. There are some types of flooring that are very easy to install yourself, so you can save a bit of money by doing this if it will help fit it into your budget.

We are going to be extending our kitchen within the next few months but, because the cherry-red units were expensive and are still up-to-the-minute in fashion, we are keeping those exactly as they are. Fortunately, they are all fitted on the side of the kitchen that is not going to be disturbed. When the extension is finished, I will have gained a good few feet and ended up with a good-sized square kitchen.

How about the counter tops? Do they need replacing? You can measure them up and get some quotes for various types of counter tops and decide which will fit into your budget. You can refurbish your counter tops with new ceramic tiles, laminate or you can even get stainless steel sheeting that you can measure and stick on your counter tops yourself.

Incorporating unexpected or unique materials into your kitchen décor can have a big impact. Gone are the days of laminate countertops. Now, concrete, zinc, copper, glass, and colored ceramic tile are examples of materials that are functional and aesthetically appealing. A bold countertop makes a statement that is sure to become a conversation piece in the home.

A well-treated kitchen window will do a lot in changing the way your kitchen looks. By simply adding a curtain or replacing an old one, you can update your kitchen with minimal effort. Choose lively prints or lines that work well with your new paint or choose a repetitive pattern prevalent in the room, such as fruits or vegetables, and use those for the curtains. This will help coordinate your design.

New Fabric Collection from Dwell Studio

Dwell Studio just designed a collection for Robert Allen that we thought was fantastic.  The patterns are simple and modern. The colors muted but unique.

Here are some vignettes using Dwell Studio fabrics and coordinating paint colors...

To see the complete Dwell fabric book, click here.  You can find pricing and product information on our Robert Allen fabric section.

Win a $25K Home Make Over from TLC

Something came in our mail box today that we thought you might be interested in.  TLC is looking for home makeover candidates for their new show, Our House. Here are the details:


The TLC network is looking for fun, outgoing couples who live together in the Los Angeles area for their new home makeover show “Our House.”

The concept:

We give you $25,000 and three weeks to do whatever you want to your homeʼs interior. You can re-floor, refurnish, break down walls, install extreme fixtures and make it your dream house. And you have to do it all YOURSELF! (with a little help from your friends and the occasional plumber).

We're looking for married couples, dating couples, new home owners, long-time residents, couples who are strapped for cash and couples who just need a change. Whatever your story -- as long as you own your house and want TLC to pay you to re-invent it -- we want to hear from you!

Please send an email to with:

1) Your names and ages

2)Your best phone number(s)

3) Your houseʼs location

4) Photos of you both

5) A brief explanation of why you want to make over your home.

Good luck everybody!

Home Design Plans

Home Decorating Ideas
Home Decorating Ideas
Home Decorating Ideas
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Home Decorating Ideas

It is a fact that a house is never truly a home if devoid of some personal touches applied by the homeowner. It is the choice to design every portion of your house in preparing custom house plans is perhaps the best way to achieve the desired personal touch and really revolutionize your house into a home. With the help of a contractor, you can always tailor every part of your house to suit your needs and reflect your personality. If you are new to house plans and are not sure how to draft them, then hiring an experienced contractor is the key to success. Moreover, even if you feel confident in designing and drawing up the home design plans, the help from a professional will ensure that the progression is standardized and that the results are much more satisfying.

While going in for a home design plan, there are many considerations that require your attention. These considerations are essential to follow if you choose to design your own home. Deciding the budget before you start wit the home design plan is absolutely necessary and can be considered as a first step. Employing an experienced and reputed home design contractor to help you with the design process is also an important step. The process of designing begins with the details of designs and requirements you have in mind. If you are unsure about the designs, you can have a look at house and home books and also a quick search on he Internet will help you to form an aesthetic design. This is the most challenging part of the process as you will have considerable options to choose from. Once you have finalized the designs you can begin to actually outline the house design plans.

It is better to keep in mind that at any time before the plans for your custom home are finalized, you can opt to revise and change them. The changes would get difficult once the building process begins. Thus before you start with the actual building work, make sure that you are absolutely comfortable with the house design plan. Many home design services offer the advantage of pre-designed home plans in a variety of floor plans, and while these can save you money as well as time in the short term by offering the convenience of the ready-made home designs. But the chances are that these may not be exactly what you are looking for and changes may cost a minor fortune. Not all home plans may be appropriate for your available lot, and you may find yourself with home plans which are difficult to adjust. The most satisfying home plans are those that offer enough space for your family's style of living as well as the potential to grow with your needs. You should also have the ability to plan for additional construction if the need arises. Your outdoor living should also be part of your home plans. Access to you home and its interior should be easy as well as secure.

Sleek Design from Fu Tung Chen

We stumbled accross Fu Tung Chen's work a few years back and we're still in love. Known for exquisite concrete design, his work has such an elegance and refined quality to it.

Here are some samples of his portfolio...

Ralph Lauren's Decor Style

Did you see the spread in last month Elle Decor on Ralph Lauren?  His place is to die for, seriously.

Ralph Lauren has been around for so long. We remember saving up for a set of his paisley bedsheets in the 80S! His style evolves a bit, but not much. We suppose that's why they call it classic, right?

Here are some pictures from Elle Decor in case you haven't seen them.

All photos from Elle Decor

We've just added Ralph Lauren fabrics and Ralph Laruen wallpapers to our fabric store.  You can check them out here .

La Fiorentina Fabric

We get a lot of inquiries on the fabric used on this sofa, and we finally found it!

The fabric is called La Fiorentina and it is designed by Ashley Hicks for Lee Jofa.  It's made of 100% linen and comes in several colorways.  The pattern number is 2430-GWF and you can find it in our Lee Jofa fabric section.  The color code shown here  is 97. 

Inspirational Decorating Photos

We would like to make a little announcement today. A few months back we announced the launch of Digging Decor, which originally was conceived as a design blog.

As the months went by, we decided the better approach was to re-design it as a  decorating community site, with the focus on decorating photos.

If you're anything like us, you rather look at the pictures than read the text, right?  The goal for the site is to be the largest library of decorating photos, all well-indexed and well-categorized for easy searching with proper credit given to the original source.

We hate to toot our own horn, but the site is quite lovely and quite sleek.  In addition to having tons of pictures, you can also join the community to ask fellow members questions like-- how to do this, where to find what etc.  You can also post your own blog, upload picture of your favorite room, and get updated on deals and designed-related events.

We would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it if you come visit the site, and better yet, be a part of our community and submit your favorite decorating photos.  Thanks in advance!

                                                          Interior Design Photos

Local Author Spotlight: Diane Lane Chambers

Authors from the 'Foothills & Vicinity Writes Group' came to 'Read, Write & Brew' on September 11th for a meet and greet. For those of you who were not able to attend, this blog post is about those authors who attended and the books they have published. Read on to learn about the writers living in your neighbourhood.

"Words in My Hands

A Teacher, A Deaf-Blind, An Unforgettable Journey"
"Hearing the Stream A Survivor's Journey into the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer"

Diane at Read, Write & Brew in September.

Words in My Hands, A Teacher, A Deaf-Blind Man, An Unforgettable Journey
Award Winner!
National League of American Pen Women Letters Contest, Marjorie Davis Roller - Non-Fiction Award April 2002

Reviewed by Robert Hamilton , California Association of Resource Specialists and Special Education Teachers

When I agreed to read and review Ms. Chambers’ book, I expected something like Tuesdays With Morrie. A little volume of reminiscences, celebrating the precious frailty of life and the human spirit, blah blah blah. Mea Culpa, I know, but that’s what I expected.

What I got was, indeed, all that, and a whole lot more. Ms. Chambers has woven four stories together into one inspirational book. The first and foremost is, of course, the story of her teacher-student relationship with the 86-year-old deaf-blind Bert Riedel, and her quest to reconnect him to life through signing communication. Fleshing out that narrative is his personal history, gathered from friends and relatives, bringing him alive to us not as a subject but as a human being, surrounded by his own universe of memories and experiences, and with his own particular philosophy of life. The third story is the history of the author and how she came to be an interpreter for the deaf as well as their advocate. And through it all is interwoven the history of the Deaf community, American Sign Language, and the hearing world’s perception and treatment of the deaf.
Purchase book.

Hearing the Stream, A Survivor's Journey into the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer
New Arrival!

Review by Allan Burns, Editor, Colorado Springs, CO

Hearing the Stream, the fruit of all she has experienced and learned as a cancer survivor, is an inspiring book that weaves together her own story and those of five others, thereby providing multiple perspectives on a complex disease that can be a different as the individual people dealing with it. As Dr. Tim Byers of the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center says, "Accounts such as this of the human toll of breast cancer motivate me as a researcher--and should motivate us all--to redouble our many efforts to reduce further and someday eradicate this disease."
Purchase book.

About the Author
Diane Lane Chambers, a resident and native of Colorado, holds a B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Colorado. Nationally certified as a sign language interpreter she has worked in the Denver Public School system as an educational interpreter and, for thirteen years, directed a summer program at Gove Community School, in Denver, into which deaf and physically disabled children were mainstreamed.
Over the last thirty years as a free-lance interpreter she has provided sign language interpretation for hundreds of consumers in a wide array of settings including health care, business, education, and government.
As a breast cancer survivor and advocate, Diane is an active member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. She is a 2003 graduate of the Coalition’s Project LEAD, and since then has participated in a number of the NBCC’s Advocacy Trainings in Washington D.C., and Lobby Days on Capital Hill. In December 2005, she attended the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and graduated from the Alamo Breast Cancer Patient Advocate Program. Locally she volunteers for the American Cancer Society giving presentations and meeting with newly diagnosed women as part of the Reach to Recovery Program. She lives with her husband in Conifer, Colorado.

Southwestern Home Decorating

Have you ever wondered how to decorate your home in typical western home décor style? Do you ever feel like changing the look and feel of your home as you are bored of how it looks? Do you want to try out a different home decoration style? Are you bored of watching the same living room day in and day out and want to make a drastic change in its look and feel to match your mood and personality? You no longer have to worry. There is a wealth of information available on the net which provides ready made information on how to redesign your home in typical western home decoration style. We have websites like These sites not only provide an exhaustive information on the various articles that can be used for decorating your home in typical western home décor style, but they also take us to such websites which are giving online catalogues for purchase of articles useful in this style of decoration. But you may say that all this involves a lot of time. Well, who said that designing your home in typical southwestern décor, style was easy and not time consuming. Alternatively you can also approach a designer, who will charge you a bomb for his labor and consultancy charges.

My advice to you would be to do some research in this topic even if you are approaching a designer for this purpose. So now you can kick up your western home decoration with a collection of cowboy keepsakes. A weathered wood shadowbox that holds a trove of western treasures that even Buffalo Bill himself will display with pride. These are available in wood, resin and glass. They are available in sizes 271/4x 21/4 x131/4 high and is available for as little as $90. Other beauties for a typical country western décor of vases, lamps, mirrors, figurines, table, wall décor are a western cowboy clock which keeps the time in true cowboy style, a western reflections mirror, which is a rustic rural mirror for dressing up your home on the range, a cowboy phone, a weathered western photo frame, cowboy table clock lamp, a dream catcher wall décor, and a southwestern pot display. These are just some of the items which are among the items in the catalogue of

In order to give your home a typical western home décor style, you don’t have to live in the west, nor do you have to buy items fro the west. Now you can do this thanks to various websites. As western home decorating is a trend that is catching on from coast to coast, there is a wealth of information available on the net, which will not only provide you different design styles, but also give you tips on how to buy accessories for western home decoration. Western home décor can refer to a number of home decorating schemes, some of which include the southwestern décor, native American, old west, or western outdoors, western home decorating, can be casual and cabin like or classy and formal.

Java Junkies of the Month - Jane and Less Prior

Julie (pressing record on her voice recorder): Alright, so we are going to record our Java Junkie interview…

Jefferson (in the background): woah, woah… are we getting all high tech with our interviews now?

Julie: Don’t interrupt, this is valuable airtime you’re taking up here. So this is with Jane and Less Prior. How did you guys first find out about Read, Write & Brew?

Jane: Well, we take Taekwondo class across from the store, and I think the first person that really introduced us was Sara Webb. We try to come every Saturday after we work out. That’s our treat (laughs).

Julie: So what’s your favorite drink?

Less: The ‘Black and Tan’.

Jane: Yeah, the ‘Black and Tan’.

Less: So far…

Julie: What are you guys reading right now?

Jane: I did buy a book here when you had the Foothills and Vicinity Writers Group out here, and I’ve started to read that, the one about Kansas (‘What do you do with the yolks? ‘ by Carol Devlin). Since I’ve started homeschooling I’ve been reading a lot with Danny so, you know, my pleasure reading has kinda been put on hold, just because I try to read his lessons before the next lesson. I’m learning a lot from his studies.

Julie: How long have you been homeschooling Danny?

Jane: This is my second year. He’s in fifth grade. He loves to read. If he gets a good book, he’s a really good reader. So I’m really happy about that. That runs in our family.

Julie: So Jane, tell us about your project that you’re working on at the Taekwondo school.

Jane: Well I’m working on my black belt for December’s testing, and this testing is for my recommended black belt. My goal is to help raise money for the families who need assistance in paying for the Taekwondo classes. So to raise this money I’m helping Sara Webb with the Halloween event. We’re going to make it like a carnival and the money that people pay for the games goes towards that.

Julie: Oh, that’s the Trunk ‘n Treat! I remember you guys hosting that last year. What day are you having that this year?

Jane: Saturday October 30th from 4pm to 6pm. Everyone’s welcome to come and check things out and check the school out. We raise the money by people paying to take part in the activities, and Danny as well as Brett (Sara’s son) have volunteered to have people throw whipped cream at their face for one of the competitions. That’s the game I’m organizing for my project.

Less: There’s going to be food there too.

Jane: Everybody’s going to bring their own ‘pot luck’ for everyone to share. They’ll also have the contest for the trunks, where we all vote for the trunk that everyone likes best.

Less: And everybody gets candy because each trunk you go to, it’s like ‘trick or treat’, but it’s a ‘trunk or treat’, so you visit the ‘trunk’ and you get a ‘treat’.

Jefferson: So do you have junk in your trunk?

Jane: (laughs) In my trunk I’m going to have a donation jar and people are welcome to donate to the families with that. We have about 5 or 6 families that benefit from this fundraising, so we just need to get more money in there.

Julie: We’ll that’s awesome, I’ll have to make sure I promote that on our blog site [editor’s note: DONE!] So another question I usually ask our Java Junkies is, what would our blog readers be surprised to know about you?

Less: I met Mickey Rooney when I worked on the golf course. When I was at Tre Hills Country Club, I was top dressing tee’s and he was playing a round of golf with the gold pro. So he was giving the golf pro lessons. I ended up just top dressing and I went 4 or 5 holes with them. He was a character. And he’s really short like they say. He was just cracking jokes.

Julie: How long ago was that?

Less: Well, that was 30 or 40 years ago.

Jane: I think, what people would find surprising about us is that everyone thinks that Taekwondo is for kids but what we’re doing is something that’s really difficult for adults to do (taking classes). There’s about 10 parents that join in. But we’ve stuck with it and continue to stick with it. When I first brought Danny there I thought it was just for the kids but it’s for adults as well. That’s us getting on the mats and testing in front of people, which was hard because that’s not who I am. I have changed a lot from doing that in terms of confidence and how to talk to people. It’s hard for me to get up and speak in front of other people and I’m a little bit better with that now. I think that’s helped us a lot.

Thanks guys for being our October Java Junkies - we hope you enjoyed your $10 gift certificate!

New Online Design Magazines

Online decorating magazines seem to be a growing sector, starting with the success of Lonny. 

There are a couple of new ones that you might want to check out.  The first one is Adore Home, which is an Australian online magazine.  The content is a bit thin for the first issue, but it looks like it has potential.

The second one is Rue Magazine.  This one is huge (over 200 pages). The first issue has a large section devoted to design blogs.  This one seems really exciting if they can keep up the content.


We're going to have our cake
and eat it too - wanna help us?

This Saturday marks exactly one year since we've opened our doors.
It's because of your loyal patronage that we've made it this far.

There'll be birthday cake for everyone to share,
free drip coffee, and
random prizes throughout the day (with any purchase).

So please come down and help us celebrate!

How far we've come in one year... remember what we looked like when we first opened?

Painting with Connie

Our first Halloween.

Daybreak in Odessa

Authors from the 'Foothills & Vicinity Writes Group' came to 'Read, Write & Brew' on September 11th for a meet and greet. For those of you who were not able to attend, this blog post is about those authors who attended and the books they have published. Read on to learn about the writers living in your neighbourhood.

Daybreak in Odessa
A memoir by Rita Stout

"The family clockwise from upper right- Rita, a senior at the University who would graduate six months later; Walter, my father, a professor at the University of Wisconsin, Heinrich the dog who bit the mailman; my brother, Wally, fourteen years old and in junior high; my sister Wendy, five years old; my mother, and my sister Lois, a freshman at the university. A year later in spring of 1959, as the family finished eating dinner, my father announced that he had just accepted a sabbatical at the University of Hawaii for the summer. Lois and I were welcome to come if we agreed to "be on deck" five days a week to take care of Wendy during the day. I balked. This had been my life to date, caretaker of the family. For the first time in my life I made other plans. This is my story."

This is an unusual coming of age story with unexpected twists and turns, a true account of a sheltered, naïve woman in her early twenties as she struggles to extricate herself from parents who, though well intentioned, were critical and controlling. In the desert of West Texas she meets a man who believes in her. With newfound confidence she learns to cope with both the joy and obstacles of life in a place vastly different from the home she left. Heartfelt and brutally honest, she shares the journey that each must take to give birth to one’s self.

Rita Stout teaches reading to college freshmen. Her first book, Not so Small a Circle, chronicles her only daughter's valiant but loosing battle with leukemia. She lives with her husband in Denver, Colorado.

If you would like to purchase a copy of Daybreak in Odessa, send a certified check or money order to: Rita Stout 2330 Yarrow St., Lakewood, CO 80214 (Please Allow 3 weeks for processing & mailing). PRICE: $18.00 (+ $3.00 shipping) total per book.

More Mediterranean Decorating...

They say McMansions are dead, but if you happen to already have one , this is a nice way to decorate it.

We like how the scale is done.  The rooms seem enormous, but the furnishings are scaled accordingly ....They look tasteful, don't they? 

Photo credit:  Matthew Nichols Group

To see more pictures, click here.