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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Harry Potter Outdoor Decor

It's Fall!!

Well, officially is in the 90's in Tennessee.

Doesn't matter though, I am in a decorating mood.

Making,creating, and designing using themed decor is something people enjoy. I have designed so many fun ideas over the years for clients and when decorating Dreamingincolor. It is a fun way for people to express themselves by relating to characters, books and movies. Sometimes they become part of our memories from childhood. 

I have decorated with Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz and Polar Express to name a few. I create a Tin man Candy dispenser here. This season Harry Potter is the theme for our Halloween/fall decor.

Inside we have  Olivander's wall of wands and a mantel of bottles and spells.
The great hall with floating candles and pumpkins.
I love this theme because not only is it really creative to work with these characters from the books and movies but it makes Halloween decorating festive without being scary. With the new Harry Potter book out this year I thought this would be a great idea.

Outdoor decorating is more of a challenge. I wanted a big enough impact. Then I found the most awesome blow-up!! I have to admit I usually hate these things. I feel they look tacky and cheap most of the time. This year though I couldn't resist. I think if it is put in the right setting it works.

I decided to create a scarecrow and use one of the blow ups I found. A DRAGON!!!

Don't you just love decorating?

Halloween is so much fun. I tend to get carried away with all the possibilities.

I had to build and create the Harry scarecrow first

I started with a couple of 1"x 2" sticks cut and put together like a cross
This will be the body of Harry

I screwed them together to make the base for the body

Using some burlap I painted and created the head of Harry. I even gave him his iconic lightning bolt!
Then I dressed him with a shirt, pants and a cape. Put a Hogwarts type tie around his neck .
Since this will be outside I stuffed it with plastic to keep the form and help from retaining water.

I hammered the stake stake in the ground. I topped Harry's head with a witch's hat and attached glove and wand in his hand.

This isn't the first time I did a scarecrow for fall. I have also created one for a Wizard of Oz theme.

Adding the dragon  to Harry's side was what this scene needed. 

His tongue waves in the wind and he lights up

It is 7.5 ft tall
Cute, not scary.

I think this is something that kids of all ages will enjoy.

I am going to have fun adding more to this scene. I might have to make another trip back to the store for more Halloween goodies.

What will you create this year?

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Upholstery in Tennessee

It is really hard to find someone that does upholstery. It is even harder to find someone that does it well. I am proud to announce the Dreamingincolor now offers upholstery in Tennessee. Murfreesboro residence and beyond have been eager to get there furniture pieces renewed. So glad we can offer that here.

We have done quite a few in a short time. I would like to show you a couple. This settee is from the 1800's. It had horse hair in the seat and was very crunchy. Ha! We painted the wood to reveal the carvings and totally redid the upholstery and filling.

This was another piece from the 1800's. It was missing the whole bottom. This upholstery is tufted with covered buttons on back. All restored and beautiful.

This chair is a personal favorite. I love the brass nail heads used to accentuate the curves. This chair was painted in Driftwood, The Ikat looking material really brings it up to date.

These are just a few of the pieces that have been restored. The upholstery took it to the present and would make any home look custom.

Scroll down to see the befores. They really transformed!!


1800's Chair

French Chair

To inquire about upholstery call 615-907-0091 or email a picture to

We will quote the upholstery and give you yardage for the material you will need. Then you can pick up the fabric that you like for your piece. Bring them to the store and you will be set!

Upholstery in Tennessee has a whole new look. Reasonable prices and quick turn-around

Let me know what you think

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Friday, July 1, 2016

DIY Drink Station

Are you getting ready to entertain this weekend?

Although I love to entertain outdoors, I do not love the heat or mosquitoes. BBQing and backyard games are fun. We usually set up our volleyball net and get our grill started and have a blast. We drink a lot due to the heat so this year I decided to make an drink station so everyone can help themselves.

I purchased two large crates and one medium. I love the dark stain to these. Stack the two together with open side facing forward. You can leave or secure with small wood screws. Then I placed the medium one upside down to make a tabletop.

This becomes the stand to hold all the drinks.

 soda and ice filled the tub

Adding glasses to the first shelf and a sign that said "Cool Drinks" written on a chalkboard added to the design
I found a great bottle opener for the side of the crate. It collects the discarded tops for easy clean up. I hammered a nail to the side so it can hang there.

Homemade lemonade with added sliced lemons and raspberries always quenches my thirst. Of course I had to have some pretty paper straws to go with it!

My favorite thing was the cookie bags. I bought some festive iced cookies for a treat and added some red and white checked bags so they can take them home if they like. It was a cute party favor. They looked to plain though so I had to do something to the front that was simple.

So I clipped a hand written note that said "A sweet ending to a Wonderful Day"

This was so easy to do and I think it was a fun idea. I can think of so many other things to do with this drink station.

 How about an ice cream station?

Either way I hope you sit down, relax, enjoy a drink and make memories!
That is what life is all about!


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Friday, May 27, 2016

Custom Desk at Dreamingincolor

Painting pretty things is a passion of mine. I love seeing a piece transformed. I love when furniture that may have winded up in a land fill or dump have been rescued. I love the way people care about this now. As a designer/artist I see furniture as statement pieces and even works of art in a home.

Now that I have my store, I am usually painting those custom pieces specifically for the customers that walk in the door with their favorite hand me down. Lots of my clients have trouble when it comes to picking colors for their pieces. I work with them by looking at their pictures and pinterest pages.

Painting unique pictures, details, monograms and stripes on furniture are my specialty. I have painted chevron and patterns before like my antique wardrobe and pictures like my Audrey Hepburn Piece. This time I found a wonderful french desk that I wanted to paint black and white stripe.

For those that are not sure about color, black and white will always go. I chose those colors for my custom desk at Dreamingincolor.

I went back and forth on making a decision to stripe it or use a script. The stripes won and I am so glad they did. I love the boldness of the piece and the endless style.

Now that laptops are used, people don't need big desks and these are an accent in the home.I sell a lot of  desks like these. 

Hand written notes are a thing of the past but I must admit that I love doing that on occasion. It is so fresh and personnel.
I can just imagine days gone by with a young lady writing or reading at this desk.

I have a french style desk in my home that I have painted and love. It is a great place to use my laptop to create my designs and write a sweet card. My paint swatches sit fanned on top. I love it sitting in my living room.

 I hope someone will come in that will cherish this lovely one.

I used Country Chic Simplicity which is a bright white and Licorice which is a true black. I did not distress this piece. I will let it wear naturally. I did wax it in a clear wax. I replaced two knobs and left the others original. The knobs are like the jewelry on the piece. These have silver studs around them. I love the edge it gives this desk.

Adding pops of color can change this piece and the feel in the room in gets placed in. Most people don't realize how important the right colors are in your home. That is the biggest challenge people have when I go to their home for a redesign.

I try to stay away from always doing neutrals. In this case it works. There is a place for it don't get me wrong and every room should have some but I have been so many places that have no color at all. I love color and will always decorate with it. This is not called Dreamingincolor for nothing! Ha!

Adding accent color to the neutrals in your home will give it life.

The green is just the pop of color I was looking for. This pretty chair adds a little character. Makes it appealing for the customer too. 

This is a one-of-a-kind custom desk at Dreamingincolor that someone can add to their home. I reinvented piece from the 50's that is solid wood, Not like the pieces of today that fall apart when you move them. This is something that will be around a while.

This is the before:

Really needed updating

I hope you like the transformation.

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