Fun Spring and Easter Bouquets

Are you ready to put the thought of winter behind you? Me too! We are supposed to hit 70 degrees this week. Who would have thought after the crazy winter we had in Massachusetts last year… yay! I am packing up the snow gear, shovels, and sleds. Time to think spring and for my family start planning for Easter.

These flower bouquet ideas put me in such a pleasant mood this morning. They would be great as decoration for your Easter celebrations but also easily adaptable for anyone just wanting to welcome Spring into their home.

If you haven’t ever arranged a bouquet of flowers with fun accessories in the vase, don’t worry, it is easy. To keep the flowers watered but decorations dry, place a small vase inside of a larger one. The small vase will be for the water and flowers. You can then line your decorations up in the dry space created between the vases – use your imagination as truly anything can work and make for a fun visual display. (Too big of a space? Just wrap paper towels or tissue paper around the inside vase to lessen the room.)

easter-flower-arrangements-29The umbrella is such a cute alternative to a wreath on your front door. To keep flowers in place, use floral foam. Getting foam in the shape of a cone seems works great. I also found that hanging the umbrella on the door first and then adding decorations and flowers was easiest.

Easter Grass DIY Spring Decor

Not sure why I love the simplicity of grass, but I do!  And how cute are those little terra cotta pots arranged on a cupcake tree?  Or some fancy grass in a nice glass bowl with simple decorations.  So pretty without being distracting.

Have fun and Happy Spring!

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New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
(and Antique lover & home owner!)
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Belt Up your Decor!

Tired of seeing the fifty ways to repurpose a wood pallet?  Listen, I still love the look of those weathered wood planks but I agree, those posts are getting a little monotonous.   My friend Anne just shared this idea… so cool!  There is something about the warmth and richness of leather that is almost like a hearty glass of red wine at the end of the day 🙂  Now imagine a unique leather rug on the floor, you curled up on the couch sipping  your favorite tea  and reading a fabulous book by a fire crackling in the fireplace.  Ahh…

The designer Ting who created these masterpieces currently has design studios in London and Los Angeles.  Thinking she might be a little outside my budget.  Wonder what it would take to make something like this?

Maybe I could start with the seat of a chair or a placemat…Vintage Belt Place Mats.  Sketch, London, 2005.

Though this door is amazing- functional plus a design element.

Elevator Door.  Private Residence, Chicago, 2011.

I bet some of our more contemporary buyers at Ides Hill Commons or Flynn Terrace could go for this when customizing their new Townhomes. (We have one buyer who is now creating his own industrial looking curtain rods with plumbing fixtures – his window treatments are going to look incredible, I can’t wait to see how all of his finishes come together!)

So who is going to figure out how to do this and not have it look like a project from Trading Spaces?  (How is that for a throwback to the beginnings of DIY TV?!? Ahh… the good old days.)

Let me know and I will hit every thrift store in the area to create a stockpile of leather belts for you!

Jen McMorran, RealtorJennifer McMorran, Realtor
New Construction Specialist
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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real estate for real people.

Kensington - Jen McMorranServing clients throughout Massachusetts.
Attleboro to Boston and the communities in between!

 

 

Mason Jar Bug Repellent

I haven’t tried this yet, but I do love anything displayed in a mason jar!  These will be fun to try and look great out on the back patio and porch or out by the pool. So easy to move around and they certainly will add a little ambiance anywhere they end up. Plus they’ll offer wonderful scents, charm to tables, conversation starters, and maybe keep a bug or two away!

Let me know how you make out…

From http://alittleclaireification.com/

Supplies You Need:

To Assemble these are just so easy.  I lined up my 4 mason jars and here’s what you do:

  • Slice the lemons and the limes and set aside for a moment – I like to have two each just in case but you can possibly use one each
  • Place two sprigs of rosemary  into each jar
  • Fill each jar 3/4 full with water
  • Add the essential oils of your choice  – 10 drops each per jar – and swirl slightly
  • Place a slice each of lemon and lime into each jar
  • Add more water if needed to raise the level to almost full
  • Place a floating tea light candle on top
  • Set outside, light and make some magic once you light them*
  • Replace tea lights as needed – I recommend having some extras on hand!
  • Discard fruit and liquid in jar after 2 – 3 days depending on your climate; rinse jars and start fresh as needed
*Never leave candles unattended or in reach of small children; Make sure the mixture in jars is not ingested.

For more information check out Claire’s full article at http://alittleclaireification.com/

Jen McMorran, Realtor * 508-930-5259 * jen.mcmorran@gmail.com
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage * www.jenmcmorran.realtor

Functional Magic with Pallets

Now that the sun is finally making a break through here in North Attleboro, I am definitely ready to get back outside and get working but I also wouldn’t mind working on a little functional art with the kids as well!   How super creative and simple are these ideas for re-purposing wooden pallets.  I have included my favorites below but definitely check out the whole article at Better Homes and Gardens for more DIY Pallet Projects.

Pallet compost binHow about tidying up your compost pile with three pallets braced together?

pallet outdoor coffee table Or what about this coffee table?
Just two pallets and some exterior paint!

pallet outdoor paintingNeed some art work to liven up an outdoor space?  How cute is this?

 
pallet rustic headboard
 
And just in case you are in search of a rustic style headboard…

 
Could it get any easier?

 

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Kensington Real Estate Brokerage * www.jenmcmorran.realtor

Revive your Kitchen Cabinets with Paint!

DIY Paint How To’s from my favorite Pro’s at This Old House

Repainted Cabinets This Old HouseIt is a dreary rainy morning here in North Attleboro.  I am definitely moving in slow motion as I clear up the remnants of the morning rush out the door to the school bus and I can not help but focus on my tired  kitchen cabinets in need of, well … “something”.   Reface, replace, repair???  I am definitely ready for something!  Coffee is brewing, kids’ breakfast bowls are away, and the last crumb has been wiped off the counter so it is on to This Old House for ideas 🙂   (My home is an antique colonial built in 1743 and my “home” growing up was an antique built in the 1830’s which is why I have always loved these guys, their magazine, and now their site.  BUT, this is a great site filled with “tried and true” advice for for any homeowner!)

I came across this article on how to paint your kitchen cabinets.  It is a very simple process just make sure you take time with each step – especially preparation!!   And of course,  at the end, accessorizing with new fun hardware can take them up to a how new level of style.  Below is the general overview section of the article.  Click here for the first step and then click “next” in the upper right hand corner to continue on step by step.

Table Illustration Kitchen Cabinet

Illustration: Gregory Nemec

Overview

Painting kitchen cabinets is, like any painting job, a simple task. But mastering the perfect glassy finish is all in the prep work. Before brush ever hits wood, there has to be a lot of time devoted to getting the surface ready to accept paint. That means properly cleaning, sanding, and priming every inch of the surface, or the finish color won’t stick well.

Cleaning is the most important step in the process. Years of greasy fingerprints and cooking splatters can leave a layer of grime that inhibits paint adhesion. You can remove most of the gunk with TSP substitute (a cleaner from DAP or Savogran) or a degreaser—the former if the cabinets are not too dirty, or the stronger degreaser if the grime is thick—but it may take a couple of passes. After that, you’ll need to rough up the surface with some 100-grit sandpaper to help the paint stick.

The primer you use can also make or break the finish. To get a glassy surface, you need to use a “high build” sandable primer, such as Eurolux from Fine Paints of Europe, to best fill the wood and even the surface. The sandable part of that equation is imperative, so that you can smooth the surface before painting on the finish coat. You may even need two coats of primer to completely fill the grain.

To keep the doors and drawers flat as the paint levels, make yourself a pronged drying rack by drilling screws up through several pieces of scrap wood. That way you can flip your work as soon as it’s dry to the touch. Also, screw cup hooks into the edges of doors and drawers so you can grab hold and move them without fingerprinting the paint; then hang them up for out-of-the-way drying.

The formula of finish paint you use contributes to the smooth look. Traditionally, painting cabinets for a high-traffic area such as a kitchen required using oil-based paints. However, working with oils can be messy, and the fumes are toxic. Fortunately, while latex paints will never quite self-level and flow as well as oils, they’re getting close. Latex formulas specified for cabinetry—labeled “100% acrylic”—will create an even, durable finish. And, in many cases, they’re also low in volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which make that noxious paint smell.

As long as you’re sprucing things up, consider changing the hardware or putting on a faux finish for that added wow factor.