Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Perfect Weather for a Broom Ride! Halloween Decorating

The Decorated House ~ Halloween Decorating Black and White

I'm enjoying the fall pictures from north of us, which is just about everywhere here in the states! Even though it still feels like Summer for us, it's time for a little Fall decorating.  This is my favorite kind of decorating ... making use of what I already had and adding nothing new! Oh, I did drag that branch in from outside, but that was free.  Hope you enjoy a quick peek of a little Halloween fun.


The Wizard Art Print : Halloween Decorating Black and White © Donna Courtney ~ The Decorated House

See Y'All Soon!


Sunday, September 23, 2018

How to Add a Pretty DIY Stem to Your Velvet Pumpkins


Add a DIY Pumpkin Stem to your Velvet or Faux Pumpkins to make them extra special! The Decorated House

Velvet Pumpkin with Air-Dry Clay Stem

The velvet pumpkins are such a pretty addition to your Fall and Halloween décor. You can certainly have them out from September through Thanksgiving.  One of the nicest ways to finish them is by adding a real pumpkin stem which adds a touch of realism and rustic charm. You can save stems from your own pumpkins each year, or use ones you found at the market maybe.  It is so interesting to see how many different shapes the stems take on while growing.
  
Sometimes you might need a certain size or a more whimsical look than you might have saved. I had one pumpkin stem that was my favorite, but it was too large for this little velvet pumpkin. So I used the real stem as inspiration for making one the right size.. This one is made of  an air dry clay. It will say "air dry" on the package. Sometimes it might be paper clay, but there are other kinds as well. The one shown here is a paper clay type.  It is very easy to use, and you can keep it from drying out by when you store it for longer periods of time by  keeping a damp paper towel in a plastic bag with it.

Click on Continue Reading for Instructions:

Sunday, September 16, 2018

~ DIY : How to Make Velvet Pumpkins Plush & Pretty Fall Decorating - Tutorial

DIY Velvet Pumpkins Tutorial. The Decorated House . How to make these pretty and plush velvet pumpkins.

I think the lovely velvet pumpkins are still a wonderful
addition to our Fall decorating. The instructions that I posted a
while ago is still one of the easiest ones to make.
Although I have seen some highly embellished, and some
imported ones of China or wherever, to me to the simplest handcrafted ones
you can make yourself are still the nicest.
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 How to Make Plush and Pretty Velvet Pumpkins:

It's getting to be that time of year again! Here is an early Fall Project 
you can make now, and use through Thanksgiving. 
Directions at Continue Reading below. 


Sunday, July 22, 2018

Slipcovers - Lots of Ideas! Chairs and More

The Decorated House ~Slipcover Ideas

Slipcovers are magic!
They can change the look and feeling of your room with just a quick change.
If you are making them yourself, you will finds some tutorials among the many links
that I have posted on my slipcovers board on Pinterest.
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For me, since I am better with a hammer than with a sewing machine, it would have been much easier to just reupholster the dining room chairs.  Slipcovers can actually be fairly easy to make, although if you are more skilled a sewing you ca make them  more constructed. I didn't know if I would want to have the chairs with the fabric that was on them again, so I chose to do slipcovers. It is also a great idea if you are trying to keep the chairs' fabric looking good and you want an option that can be easily removed and washed.  For me it was mostly that I wanted a white chair cover, which would allow them to be washed as needed.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

How To Create a Beautiful Aged Turquoise Patina - "Secret" Tutorial - French Drawer Pulls - DIY Tutorial




DIY How to Create a Beautiful Aged Turquoise Patina - The Decorated House 
How to create this beautiful patina for 
French Drawer Pulls 
or any other thing you might want to paint!
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The "secret" is how  darn easy this is! I certainly hope it didn't sound like the painting of the drawer pulls was some difficult or complicated secret. It certainly isn't. It's quite simple.  Don't worry about changing it to suit your needs, go right ahead, it is very adaptable. Over the years, this has been one of the most asked questions, how to create this look. So here are the directions!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Summer Flowers Green Envy Zinnias

The Decorated House ~ Donna. Summer Flowers - Green and Purple

One of my most favorite flowers of all time. Green Envy Zinnias. 



The Decorated House ~ Donna : Green Envy Zinnias and Persian Shield . Summer Flowers

The vase is filled with the Zinnias in the delightful lime green, along with purple Persian Shield, Angelonia , and Green Coleus.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Summer Time

The Decorated House - Donna Courtney - Potting Bench

There's no need to tell you that summer is here. By now, almost everyone is feeling the heat, unless you are visiting from way down under of course. The rains have been coming everyday as they often do this time of year, and the weeds and tall grass could not be happier. Fortunately I got some pots planted up with flowers as well. And they too are very happy for the drink. 

This little potting bench area has always been a favorite of mine and readers. If you haven't previously seen how easy it is to build by using your fence as the backside, or if you would like to visit again, click the link  for more pictures and a little more information. 

It is in need or some cleaning up,  maybe a little paint touch up and cleaning the bench top.  It has been used and little abused over the years. I think it deserves to be spiffed up a little bit.
 
The Decorated House - Potting Bench

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter!


                                         Happy Easter to You and Your Family!


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Valentine's Day Pillows


The Decorated House :: DIY Valentine's Day Pillow
Valentine's Day (or any day) Pillow in Neutrals
with Felt Cut Out Heart and
Fabric, Lace and Felt Flowers
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What is easier than changing pillows to bring in some fun for the next holiday, Valentine's Day!
Since it is just a few shorts weeks a way, linked at the end of the post are dozens of ideas for you.
See if you find something that makes you smile and maybe try something like this pretty Heart Pillow.
You can find the complete directions by clicking HERE.

The Decorated House :: How to Make Fabric Flowers

Click HERE and HERE


click on link above for pinterest 


See Y'All Soon~

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

The Decorated House ~ Donna Courtney ~ Christmas 2017

Peace On Earth
to 
Men of Goodwill

May Peace be with You and the
 Goodness & Love in Your Hearts
Grow Strong.

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