September 29, 2019

This Happy Hour uses a glass cloche - perfect for small autumn vignette.  Little collectables fit under a glass dome and natural objects look even more special.  You might have a glass dome in your pantry - a cheese dome, a cake stand cover, a Mason jar, a glass canister turned upside down.  If you don't have a base, you can use a book, a plate, a piece of wood or just sit it on a surface.  Cloches / bel...

August 4, 2019

For this Happy Hour, how about taking a look at the lampshades in your rooms?  Sometimes, the lamp speaks for itself and the lampshade is just along for the ride.  Other times, a $20 basic lamp is more than passable - what gives it away as generic is the lampshade.  This earthy shade is the perfect size for the lamp. The right lampshade is a little oversized and covers all the lamp hardware.  While an un...

July 19, 2019

Summer is a great time to update our potted plants for a fresh look.  Terracotta, peat or plastic pots are just begging for a Happy Hour redo. Let's take a look at some easy one-hour ideas.

Graphic black and white - wrap white painted string around black painted pots.

Glue plastic string around pots and paint in chalk paint.

Paint terracotta pots and a...

May 20, 2019

Do these silvery baskets photographed by Martha Stewart take your breath away?  This shape seems to be in every store this spring but it's never looked this glorious.  Here's my Happy Hour suggestion - why not buy a can of metallic paint and work your magic?  I'm headed to the basement to see what baskets I've got around.  In the meantime, let's check out some basket painting inspiration....

May 13, 2019

Happy Mother's Day!  As flowers are given and received on this special day, how about some easy flower arranging?  In one Happy Hour, you can create a stunning arrangement.  Let's see what can be done with a simple grocery store bouquet or flowers from your garden.

Blogger Sarah creates this bouquet with flowers and greenery from Trader Joe's.


April 28, 2019

For this Happy Hour, how about bringing back May Day?  I love the idea of May 1st being a day of celebration.  In the 1950's, my Mom would make little flower bouquets that my brother and I would deliver to our Portland neighbors.  We'd hang the flowers on the door, knock as loud as we could and then run fast. "Happy May Day" was meant to be a surprise.  This year, why not bring back this sweet tradition?...

April 15, 2019

Have you noticed?  White vases are suddenly everywhere.  Springtime fresh, white vases bring a modern, crisp look to any room.  And, they're easy to find - you'll see in dollar stores and IKEA.  You can even make them yourself but more of that in a minute.  First, let's look at how great they can look in any room.


A collection of white vases.


April 7, 2019

Our Oakland A's are batting just over .500, but you know you have decorating-on-the-brain when that sparks another quick and easy Happy Hour.  Home plates.  Yep, real home plates!  Decorating with plates is an inexpensive and colorful way to decorate our rooms.  What's more, you probably have all the stock you need right in your cupboard. Let's take a look at some stunning home plates - easily mounted du...

March 31, 2019

Hot pink might not be for everyone, but don't you love what happened to this old secretary desk?  Maybe a Happy Hour is best spent with a can of leftover paint as coloring a piece of furniture might be the happiest way to recharge a room.  Let's look at some examples of fun, sophisticated and thoughtfully painted furniture.  Even if hot pink isn't our thing, these ideas -in any hue- are ripe for the pick...

March 17, 2019

If you're like me, you can hardly wait for Spring to arrive this week.  Coupled with St. Patrick's Day today and Easter not far away, there's a change in the air.  Nothing can be as welcoming or celebratory as a wreath on your front door.  How about creating a quick wreath to celebrate the coming season?  If you have a wreath base (wire, grapevine, foam), you can easily create a springtime wreath in just...

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