First – Happy New Year! I have a good feeling about 2011.
I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your readership. This blog has been a great creative and emotional opportunity for me and knowing that at least one person I don’t know is reading feel great!
So, here is my update…Fabulous in Four-Hundred Square Feet will be taking a short break. I will be leaving my comfortable 450 sq. ft. apartment for several weeks of job training. While I’m away I will have plenty of time to think about how to take this forward. Fabulous in Four-Hundred Square Feet, and me, will be back on Monday, March 21st.
Thank you again for reading along with my decorating endeavors. Good luck in 2011!
As I am sure you have already noticed, I’ve decided I need to take a step back from my blog and re-examine some things. In the meantime, I had been trying to get this post on another decorating site as a guest blogger but it fell through so here it is for your reading pleasure…
Fall is in full swing and this is by-far my favorite season! My only fall decorating tradition is for Halloween and I definitely look forward to it each year!
Here is just a peak at my decorating for last year’s Halloween party:
I really love getting ready for my annual Halloween party and I’m debating whether or not to add to my decorating this year.
My favorite source for Halloween decorations is Oriental Trading Company. I have found that they have amazing prices and a huge selection. Unfortunately, it looks like OTC has a much smaller selection this year. No worries, I have some other great sources. I think that the most bang for your buck is to purchase some sort of wall covering. I have used a wall covering that looks like peeling plaster. Using a wall covering really helps to set the mood and/or theme of the party.
Another low-cost item that I recommend is a bag of spider webs. You can use these everywhere! I like to put them on the table around serving dishes or the punch bowl. For some extra fright you could add some plastic spiders.
In looking for inspiration for my Halloween decorating this year, I ran across some great ideas:
An elegant Halloween table-scape as only Martha can do.
A fun Martha Halloween craft.
I think I might actual try this great craft.
Here are the links for the folded paper Halloween decorations and for the string spiderweb.
As for me, I think I’ve decided on some extra Halloween decorations this year. I can’t wait to show everyone my final decorated apartment!
I have already started on some of my decorations. Using the great coffee filter flowers I showed you earlier this month. I decided to take the same idea and make more gothic looking flowers. Here’s what I ended up with:
To help get you in the Halloween spirit, here are some more pictures of last year’s haunted hotel Halloween decorations.
Yesterday was Day 7 of Apartment Therapy’s 20/20 Home Cure. For Day 7, Maxwell revisits our assignment from Day 2 – Buy Flowers. While I absolutely love flowers and have a minor obsession with sunflowers in particular, I don’t typically use them in my home. My number one reason would be my Lola’s (my cat) attraction to water. Anything with water in it is intriguing to her and on her mission to get to it she usually knocks over the container and makes a huge mess. Since cleaning up messes frequently will take away from the joy of having fresh flowers, I have chosen to forgo this pleasure until I find a solution to my cat problem.
She may look like an adorable angel...
...but don't let her fool you. She can be a real troublemaker.
Keeping with the topic of flowers…don’t forget to enter to win a free arrangement, of your choosing, of coffee filter flowers. I’ve recently made a bouquet for a coworker as a thank you and she loved it. Here is another bouquet I have been working on.
This giveaway has up to three chances to win, so be sure to check it out.
Another giveaway opportunity for my readers in the Washington, DC metro area is a 1 hour consultation with The Artist’s Eye! Entry information can be found HERE.
The deadline for both giveaways is Friday, October 29th.
By the way – this is my 99th POST!
Posted in Budget, Crafts, Do-It-Yourself, Giveaway, Home Cure 20/20, Images, Portfolio, Room Makeover
Tagged 400 Square Feet (sq ft), Apartment, Budget Ideas, Coffee Filter Flowers, Crafts, DIY, Flowers, Freebie, Giveaway, Home Cure 20/20, Room Makeover
As I’ve mentioned before, I am going through quite a transition in my life. Between my career changes and deciding where to go with my decorating passion I have certainly worked hard to stay positive.
I saw this quote yesterday and thought it was perfect for what is going on in my life right now.
A diamond is a piece of coal that stuck to the job.
Posted in Color, Dynamic Design, Images, Inspiration
Tagged Flowers, Home, Inspiration, Inspiring Quotes, Life Lessons, Quotes, Style, Transition
If not, you should! I did, and today is the first day. Today is the first day of Apartment Therapy’s new approach to the Home Cure. Day 1’s task – Clean One Room. As my apartment is just one big room – yay for living in an efficiency – I will at least be tackling the floor of this whole space. Here are my cleaning supplies…
…for the floor
Swiffer and amazing Hand-held Vacuum
…for the furniture (thanks to Lola)
Hand-held Vacuum and Lint Roller
Swiffer Duster and Bleach Wipes
With my supplies in hand I was ready to tackle my apartment.
Seventeen minutes and thirty-five seconds later I had:
- Swiffered the floor of my general living space and kitchen
- Dusted every surface in my general living space
- Used bleach wipes on end tables and desk
- Vacuumed and lint-rolled furniture
- Vacuumed my area rug
Not a bad start! While I am typically a bit of a neat freak, I do think that I will begin to clean every Sunday evening for 20 minutes. I think that a clean start to the week – literally – would be great!
In general, I have set some ‘rules’ for myself in regards to making sure I keep my home beautiful.
- I don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink before I go to sleep
- I ‘make my bed’ every morning. By this I mean I at least pull up the comforter to cover the bed. You would be surprised what a difference it makes.
- When tidying, I make sure that if I touch an item it moves to its ‘area’ if not all the way put away.
- Dirty clothes never touch the floor – they go directly to the hamper
You would be surprised what a difference this has made in my apartment.
Do you have any of your own cleaning rituals?
Posted in Home Cure 20/20, Housekeeping, Living Room, Organization
Tagged 400 Square Feet (sq ft), Apartment, Apartment Therapy, Cleaning, Efficiency, Home, Home Cure 20/20, Housekeeping, Organization, Small Space, Studio