Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Decorating for the holidays (inexpensively)

It is that time of year to start preparing for the holidays.  We have lists to make, meals to consider, cookies to bake, arrangements for visiting families, gifts to make, gifts to purchase, people to visit, events to attend, and finally get our homes in order via decorating and organizing.  Where do we begin? If you are like me, you will not feel ready to begin the craziness in the least until your home is decorated and organized first.  After knowing that is accomplished, I can start on the lists!
On a tight budget, there are many ways to give your home the freshly re-decorated look.  First assess each room that you want to freshen up. Starting with your family room, take out "seasonal" items such as pillows, throws, light window treatments (sheers, valances, panles) that feel summery.  Then change some of your furniture around.  Move chairs, tables, and lamps to a diiferent spot.  Take out unnecessary items like toys, old candles, stacks of books, papers, baskets, small chairs, and scale down on the number of family photos/pictures.  If you need to wipe down the moulding from hand prints and clean the windows, do so!  Once you have a fresh "pallette", then decorate with things like a couple of new seasonal pillows, slipcovers over the sofa and chairs, new valances or panels, a fresh warm throw to display over the sofa, new fragrant candles, and possibly new lamp shades.  If you have time to paint one accent wall, you will give the room a whole new look!

Monday, October 24, 2011

"New for Buffalo: A superiority complex"

Buffalonians, you should be proud of the beautiful city you have!!  Last week the National Historic Preservation Council held it's conference here and what a review they gave us!  I am so excited to express what I have known for so long,  we have beautiful architecture, theater, homes, restaurants, parks, waterfornt, etc.   I could go on and on but please read the article from our Buffalo News entitled:  "New for Buffalo: A superiority complex" (instead of "inferiority").   http://www.buffalonews.com/topics/preservation/article604173.ece  My husband and myself did the Museums by Moonlight Tour last Thursday evening.  As we stood in line to enter the Richardson Complex (the "Psych Center" as we know it), the rain was like a monsoon but it didn't seem to deter the many people who commented on how surprised they were at our city and said that they will have to come back and do the things they couldn't possibly have time to do in one week! At least they didn't comment on our snow ;)  Enjoy the article and be proud!