Trend Wagon: Florals and Watercolor

 

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Here at A.Clore Interiors, we know everyone is constantly looking for ways to update our homes and outdoor areas, which is why we are showing off the new styles and trends for summer 2015 and including how you can incorporate it in your own homes. There are four trends specifically that will help step up your design game that you can switch around and make your own. Watercolor fabrics and oversized florals will spice up any room in your house, and to give sheer curtains a new twist, you can add them inside OR to your outside patio! We will also give a few ideas of how to renovate your backyard.

The watercolor fabrics are a huge hit this summer! You can add this soft, charming feel to any room with pillows, curtains, or even on a tablecloth. To keep it fresh and summery, choose a print with a white background or add an extremely colorful print in a white room. A way to save some cash and get exactly what you would like is to do it yourself. Pull out your craft apron and get creative! You’ll need a plain fabric, acrylic paint, fabric medium, water, brushes, embroidery hoop, and a paint mixing surface. Stretch the fabric in the embroidery hoop and secure the fabric edges of the area you’re working in. Mix the paint and water. (The thinner the paint, the lighter the color.) Apply the paint to either dry fabric or wet fabric. (Dry fabric will give you sharper edges. Wet fabric will blend the color out more.) Apply a coat and let it dry. Keep repeating these easy steps until you’re happy with your artwork. Four easy steps and you’re done! Make a party out of this craft, and you and your friends will leave with a chic new addition to your house.

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A trend that has started in spring but will explode in summer is oversized florals. This trend is in all different mediums: artwork, rugs, floral arrangements, even in fashion on the runway. Oversized floral artwork is what’s seen most often, such as large paintings or photos stretched out. To add an elegant feel to any room though, I suggest a very large floral arrangement. They add a fresh scent along with the stunning appeal if they’re put together correctly. This is another do-it-yourself project that’s easy and livens up a room. Just collect your flowers at the local market or pick them yourself from your garden and choose your container. Add something with weight, such as pebbles or broken tile pieces, to the bottom of the container to secure the stems. Now adding the flowers is the part where you have to choose what you think looks best and want in your home. The three different types of flowers are line flowers that give height and width, mass flowers that give mass, and filler flowers that have lots of little flowers on many stems. Add them all to the container in the order of line flowers, mass flowers, then filler flowers. Any oversize floral arrangement or artwork will surely bring a new elegant appeal to the room.

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Sheer curtains are essential to a delightful summer room. Put them in the kitchen around the sink window or by the breakfast table to ensure a relaxed morning and afternoon. The best way overall to keep the clean, crisp feel is to pick a white fabric to let all the sunlight in. In the living room, it normally works best with lighter neutrals, because a lighter neutral is typically easier to work with. In the bedroom, I would suggest light pastels, because they will give the room an alluring romantic ambiance. The most unique thing I’ve seen done with these sheer curtains though, is hanging them outside from woodwork on your backyard patio. It makes the patio look chic and whimsical. Sheer curtains will add a fresh look to any room this summer.

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To update your outdoor area for summer 2015, there are many new design projects you can do yourself. To add more light under the trees, put tea lights in mason jars and hang them from the trees. If you would like to add something kid-friendly to the yard, build your own chalkboard table for your kids to draw on. If you have a strong crafty man in your house, build your own pizza oven to entertain friends and family at all your backyard gatherings. A simple and easy project is painting large pots, put a metal or glass surface on top, and use it as a side table out by the pool. You can also paint those old white plastic chairs and give them a clean, modern look. Then again, if you aren’t big into DIY projects, buy a comfy large outside chair and place it under a tree creating yourself an outdoor reading nook. You can also just add an outside rug under your patio furniture, and that rug will add a more comfortable impression.

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I hope everyone has an amazing time doing all these do-it-yourself projects and updating your homes and backyards. This summer’s trends are bright and fresh meant to make you feel light and peaceful, so take a day to yourself and relax. Do these projects and just have fun. That’s what summer’s for!

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Getting Your Kids in the Garden 101

 

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School’s out! The sun is shining, the grass is green, and your kids are energized! What better way to bond with your children than by growing and building something together in your beautiful backyard. Not only will it be fun and keep them entertained, but it will also teach them a few important things on their way to having the liveliest play area in the neighborhood. It is a simple 4 step process for you to get this fun bonding into motion.

One of the most important things in growing a garden is knowing what exactly you should be growing and what the best things are for you and your child to be growing together. You want to pick flowers, vegetables, or herbs that your kid will be excited to see grow. Choose ones that have color! We recommend radishes, cherry tomatoes, carrots, and sunflowers. Nothing says summer quite like sunflowers! Make sure you still talk it over with your child because he/she might have a flower or vegetable in their mind they would like to grow.

Next, you will need to gather your supplies. To assure that your child is feeling included in everything, we recommend having them pick out their own tools as well.  They’ll enjoy it much more if they are beside Mom or Dad working hard with their own tools. Now, ideas for where exactly you will be planting this garden!! If you have an old sandbox the kids don’t use anymore, that is an ideal place to start your garden. It is important to pick a place that you and your child can both maneuver around easily. If you are looking for a less permanent or mobile garden, plain ceramic pots work perfectly fine, and gives children the chance to be creative and decorate the pot however they please! The necessary supplies list includes the seeds, small pots, extra soil for re-planting, and a small shovel. Don’t forget this step because you won’t get too far without it! 🙂

Once you have all the supplies, you need to make a “layout” for your garden. Decide specifically where each plant will be and then decorate place markers for each species to keep them organized while they grow. This step is great, because it is yet another opportunity for your child to be involved in the process. It’s important to keep them entertained, interested, and active with their minds!

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Now, you can get to the really fun part of getting dirty. It’s time to plant! Take the plants from their starter packs and transfer them to their containers, and add more soil around each plant to pack it in tightly. Mark each plant with your plant markers, and watch them grow!

It is a fun and amazing time to bond with them and it will teach them some very valuable lessons. It will show them how to take care of something and nurture it. They also will learn the positive effects of working hard and finishing what they say they will do. When your plants are fully grown, you both will be able to see the beauty that has come from such a special time together! Happy growing!

 

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