Before: Cozy and Warm for WinterAfter a long and cold winter, what could be better than opening up your windows and letting in the light and warmth of spring? Hosts Matt Fox and Shari Hiller officially kick off the season with a list of the important projects and rooms that will inspire you to get your home ready for sunshine and flowers that come this time of year.
This living room's rich velvet drapes, monochromatic color scheme and simple touches make it inviting for winter, but not very interesting for spring. It needs color and life to welcome the new season.
After: Light and Bright for Spring
Customized Shelf BacksTips:
- If shelves aren't exact rectangles, make a template with kraft paper.
- Change fabric with seasons for different looks.
- Cut cardboard from a fold in a box for an easier fit.
Materials and Tools:
large piece of cardboard
light-colored fabric (Milky Green suit fabric, product #862839) - Jo-Ann, ETC.
carpet tape (thin)
1. Measure dimensions of shelf back and cut cardboard to fit.
2. Lay cardboard on back side of fabric. Cut fabric one inch larger on all sides.
3. Place strips of carpet tape on all four edges of cardboard and remove liner to expose top side of tape.
4. Fold edges of fabric over and press onto tape.
Lighten the Floors
Soft Neck Roll PillowsGet the step-by-step instructions here to make your own.
Square Throw PillowMaterials and Tools:
fabric (Joyful Mimosa #7953615) - Jo-Ann, ETC
16" square pillow form
3/4" - 1" decorative button
1. Cut one square of fabric measuring 17x17 for the back of the pillow. Cut two pieces for the front measuring 17x9, and then stitch the two front pieces together to create one square measuring 17x17.
2. At the seam, create a flat-felled seam. See how Shari did this on store-bought drapes.
3. Hand-stitch the button to the center of the front of the pillow at the seam.
4. With right sides facing, pin the front to the back and stitch all the way around the pillow, leaving an eight-inch opening at one end to insert the pillow form.
5. Turn the pillow cover right side out. Insert the pillow form and pin the opening closed.
6. Hand-stitch the opening closed and twist the tassel around the button to complete the pillow.
Indoor FountainMaterials and Tools:
sealed/glazed bowl or vessel (we regret specifics aren't available)
heavy gauge wire screen
small river rocks
pre-drilled large stone
plastic flange and tubing
1. Add pump to the bottom center of the bowl. Cut wire screen using tin snips to fit inside below the edge.
2. Insert the flange and tubing into the pre-drilled (approximately 3/4-inch) hole in the stone. Place it in the bowl, connecting it to the pump as you do.
3. Cut mesh screen to cover wire so no rocks/glass fall through. Cover surface with river rocks and tumbled glass.
Submerged Orchid DisplayMaterials and Tools:
2 Cymbidium orchid stalks
1 deep glass vase/cylinder
small plant frog
1. Fill vase halfway with water and put into position. Overlap stems so the flowers appear to be one continuous stem. Wire the stems together.
2. Cut stems so both are just below bottom flower. Note: Measure first to determine how long the stem can be for the container. Remove flowers as needed so the entire arrangement fits into the vase.
3. Push cut ends onto a plant frog, and then lower the stalks into the water. Fill cylinder with water until entire plant is covered.
Moss MonogramMaterials and Tools:
2" insulating foam (available at home improvement centers)
printout of desired letter
large bread knife or jigsaw
hook-and-loop sticky-back tabs
1. Print a monogram letter as large as possible and have a copy shop print the letter to the desired size (featured project is 30x30). Cut out the letter.
2. While outside, spray the back with adhesive and allow to sit for five minutes. Attach the letter to the foam. Cut around letter with a bread knife or a jigsaw. If letter has internal loops, cut those first. Remove printed letter from foam.
3. Use floral pins to apply reindeer moss in large, medium and small clumps until the top and sides are covered. If an area needs to be thicker, use foam glue and pins to secure the moss.
4. Apply tabs to back side of foam. Remove liners and press the monogram to the wall.
Bonus Idea: Wheatgrass BowlTips:
- River rocks, sand, soil, etc. also work well as filler.
- Keep grass/soil damp and trim wilting grass.
- Wheatgrass can be found in health food stores, juice bars and online. Order a few days ahead to get a whole flat.
Materials and Tools:
pedestal bowl - The Arbor (www.arboronstate.com)
1. Loosen wheatgrass from tray and flip upside down. Place plate on top and cut around the edge.
2. If bowl has a deep depression, add reindeer moss as filler underneath.
3. Place circle of wheatgrass into bowl. Clean edges of bowl and display.