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The Empty Room Upstairs Can Mimic Another

One of the biggest dilemmas for any household is what to do with that spare room upstairs? For someone that loves DIY and home decoration activities, it’s actually a godsend. They get to reset the room however they wish and pretty much stir their creative juices into a smooth-as-silk flow. For those that aren’t so versed in homely things, it can be more than a bit of a problem. In fact some people are so afraid that they might get it wrong, they just leave the room blank. So right up and til they want to sell the home, they have been living with a giant empty hole in their home. The issue is, what kind of ideas could work? Starting totally fresh is what gets people twisted up. When you have the money, you can throw ideas at the wall and create the room into whatever you want. But when you don’t, it’s best to fall back onto something safe, like mimicking a room that you already have.

Personal relaxation or lounge?

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Consider these two options, personal relaxation versus an upstairs lounge. For personal relaxation you would make the room into somewhat of a mix of the living room and bedroom. You could have a single bed in the room, together with an armchair that looks out toward the window. This means that the room would be your little corner of the home where you can just relax, away from the kids, your partner and the pets. Here you could read a book in silence, have a snack or have a chat with your friends on the phone or via online without disturbing anyone else.

On the other hand the lounge option would mean hiring some furniture transport because you should put a great sofa in the room. The services are user-rated and reviewed, so you know who you can and can’t trust. They offer assistance in moving it also so you need not put your back out lifting it up the stairs. It could be a corner sofa that is end to end giving maximum space usage. The design is modern so it doesn’t look like a hovel trapped in time, the spare room could end up looking even more fashionable than your downstairs lounge.

For the pets

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Still not sure about what to do? If you have pets, usually they will sleep downstairs in their own beds. They could be moved upstairs nearer to where the rest of the family sleeps. In fact, the spare room could become the pet room, where they could play with their toys and gnaw on bones without damaging the walls or floor in the kitchen. If you install a small bath, you could wash them here too and not need to put them into the same bath the family uses. All their clothes could be kept in this room, such as towels, winter jackets, costumes etc.

The empty room is always a conundrum in households that aren’t used to having a spare room no one uses. The fear is messing it up with decor and things that don’t work. However, it could be your little space or privacy, or perhaps a zone where the pets can be a little wilder inside the house!

 

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House Fenway’s Favorite Canisters

I adore kitchen canister sets. There is something so nostalgic about displaying a set of canisters on your kitchen countertop. Canisters are not only functional by keeping food fresh, they can add visual interest to an otherwise boring space. The variety of styles, colors and shapes seem to be endless making it easy to find a set that reflects your kitchen style.

I recently went on the hunt for my perfect canister set (it was tough) and compiled a list of my favorites. I had a couple attributes on my wish list when narrowing down my top favorites. The canisters needed to: have clean design lines, a classic style and be affordably priced. I think I found a group that met all of the requirements and will make a great investment to stand the test of time. If not, they will still look adorable on my counter. Enjoy!

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  1. Aqua Dip Canisters – Crate and Barrel
  2. Ivory Farmhouse Canisters – Pier 1
  3. Utility Kitchen Canisters – White – West Elm
  4. Weston 3 Piece Kitchen Canister Set – Birch Lane
  5. White Distressed Label Canisters, Set of 3 – Kirkland’s
  6. White Ceramic Canisters – World Market
  7. Copper-Plated Canister Set – Anthropologie
  8. Cambria Canisters – Pottery Barn
Tips for keeping stored dry food
  • Make sure you rotate your dry goods. Date all foods and food containers. Stored foods cannot get any better than what originally went in, but they can certainly get worse. If you don’t know how old it is — when in doubt, throw it out!
  • Keep stored foods cool, dry and well ventilated. The temperature should be between 50°F and 70°F. Also, make sure it’s out of direct sunlight. Sunlight promotes oxidation and the subsequent loss of the food’s nutritional value and quality
  • Make sure your goods are stored in a low humidity area. Most canisters have a rubber or plastic seal to keep humidity out to help food stay fresher, longer.

Looking for more favorites to shop?
Check out House Fenway’s Favorite Fall Throw Pillows

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House Fenway’s Favorite Autumn Pillows

One of my favorite décor addictions? Throw pillows. And why wouldn’t they be? Throw pillows are the easiest and most affordable way of changing the look of a room. Pillows can add a pop of needed color, combine interesting textures, develop layering, interest and even tie a complete room together. This fall, I’ve picked some of my favorite trending pillows. These aren’t pillows you’d generally expect for fall, but with this year’s autumnal color palate swaying toward cool blues and neutral grays, there are some surprising favorites. These picks will add a nice twist to your normal fall décor and help carry you right into Winter.

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  1. Cinderella Pumpkin Pillow
  2. Gray Cable Sweater Knit Pillow
  3. “The Snuggle is Real” Pillow
  4. Gray Floral Pillow
  5. White Goat Fur Pillow
  6. Light Gray Burlap Textured Pillow

How do you style throw pillows?

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Here are a couple tips for styling a sofa:

  1. Always start from the outside of the sofa and work your way inward.
  2. Stack smaller pillows in front of larger ones to add layering
  3. Limit the amount of patterns to prevent your arrangement from looking too busy
  4. Mix and match textures, colors and patterns staying within a color palette to create a cohesive and pleasant grouping
  5. An odd number of pillows is usually more visual appealing.
  6. To add even more interest add an odd shaped pillow (i.e. a round or bolster pillow) in the center of the grouping.

 

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House Fenway Favorite: B&P Custom Wood Signs

Hand-lettered wood signs, are all the rage in home décor right now. They can easily add a personal touch to your living space with a meaningful message or special quote. I have several around my house, mostly custom pieces, that I have had made with special intent. I’ve shared many of them with you here on the blog.

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Of course, when I stumble upon a new maker that I’ve fallen in love with,  I have to share it with you. I recently received a sign from Paige at B&P Custom Wood Signs that was so unique and well made, it has become one of my all-time favorites. Paige specializes in hand-lettered signs on vintage style maps. Adorn with messaging about adventure, journeys and home – these signs give special meaning with a stylish vintage flare.

IMG_4347The sign I received from B&P Custom Wood Signs is imprinted with the popular saying, “ Home is wherever I’m with you”. I have it on my bedroom dresser, styled with some old globes from the thrift store and special décor that make such a sweet little vignette. I just absolutely love how it turned out!

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Make sure to check out Paige’s wonderful signs at B&P Custom Wood Signs. They will add such a unique touch to your space! <3

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Home Décor Hacks for $1

You’d be surprised at what one buck can buy you at the local dollar store. With a keen eye and a couple dollars in hand, you can pick up treasures that can fool most people into thinking that you spent much more. I’m a bargain hunter. I love to get a good deal, but what I love even more – surprising someone with the statement, “I got it at the dollar store!” *gasp* “Yes, the DOLLAR STORE.”

When I say dollar store items, I’m not talking about decorating with seasonal party supplies or a grouping of ceramic geese. I found items that with a little styling and imagination can easily be mistake for something from a higher-end retail store.

Here are some examples of some of my favorite finds and what I use them for around my house:

Hobnail Glassware

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What a perfect juice glass! These hobnail glasses add the perfect vintage touch and would look great on kitchen table for Sunday brunch. They are the perfect size for a refreshing glass of freshly squeezed OJ.

Glass Apothecary Jars

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I always need a little extra organization in my life. (who doesn’t?? lol) These petite glass apothecary jars are ideal for wrangling small items. I popped a couple of these on my bathroom counter to hold my cotton rounds, q tips and hair ties. What a great way to keep the bathroom tidy, store commonly used items at hand and add vintage style to your bathroom.

Ceramic Dinner Plates

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The dollar store is always a good spot to pick up some inexpensive dinnerware. (You won’t have to cry over a chipped plate…it was only a $1!) These neutral plates can be easily mixed and matched with dishes you already have.

P.S. The flowers and napkin where a dollar too! 🙂

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It is always a fun challenge to elevate dollar store items. I’d love to hear if you’ve ever had luck finding treasures from the dollar store. Message me, I’d love to share!

<3 Melissa @ House Fenway