One thing that we always ask for is more time in the day and this year we get a gift of just that, granted it’s only one day but a day is a day! What do you plan to do with your extra leap day February 29th? If you haven’t already made plans, let me give you some ideas and inspiration for a few decorating projects you could tackle.
1. Stop in at your favorite table wear store and pick up some linen dinner napkins, and or hand towels for the powder room or even a set of beach towels for the lounge chairs that you will soon be occupying on the patio and then head over to the local monogramming shop and have them monogrammed with your initials, your last name, or even the name of your house-you know we love to personalize and this is just the perfect way to start.
2. We love messing around with paint so get creative with an ordinary glass vase or canister and paint the inside to really up the design value. Take a basic glass container and using ordinary house paint in your selected shade pour an ample amount inside the glass swirl and roll it around until all is covered and then drain the excess paint back into the paint can and turn the vase upside down and allow to dry on newspaper (not on top of your favorite design column). When it’s dry display with pride, we’ve also played around with multiple colours including metallics and this looks fabulous, just remember that you will need to leave some glass uncovered in order for the
next colour to show through.
3. Hand written notes are a dying treasure. Always keep a supply of ‘thank you’ cards and gorgeous note cards or paper on hand for when the need or the time allows you can put pen to paper and send a simple note to a friend that will make there day.
4. Spend half of your extra day visiting vintage, antique and or thrift stores. Look for vintage silver frames, bowls or water jugs and then head home to find the perfect side board or end table to display your new old treasure.
5. Bake cookies, nothing makes me feel better than I do with a fresh batch in the oven. Take your basic chocolate chip recipe and substitute the chips for broken Skor bar bits or use Bernard Callebaut chocolate bits, dried cherries and ground (Kathy Ireland taught me this tip a long time ago during a conversation we were having over family and baking- I never like to bite down on a hard chunk of a nut so now I always grind mine) walnuts. This is one of my family’s favorite combinations.
6. Bring on spring; plant some fabulous flowering bulbs such as paper whites or tulips into a beautiful bowl or glass vase and in a few weeks you’ll have fresh flowers to enjoy.
7. Make a lamp shade, last week my daughter Sam had us making a lamp shade using coffee filters. We folded the filters in half and then half again and again and then the filter flowers where hot-glued onto the shade-wow, unbelievable and you’d never guess that once was a simple linen shade was now this amazing piece of art. For simpler shades, you can glue bullion fringe and drapery trimmings onto the edge of the shade, add a tassel or a few silk flowers to the outside of the shade, cover the entire shade in wine corks, metal beer bottle tops or using paint pens write or graffiti the shade.
8. Make a pillow, hand stitch silk flowers, a vintage brooch, stuffed child’s toy, drapery or upholstery trim onto an otherwise ordinary throw cushion. Hand paint a picture or write a poem onto the front-be creative but create something creative for the special chair.
9. Of course you could simply pick up all your favorite designer magazines and spend the day with a pot of green tea and the magazines getting inspired.
10. Whatever you do, make sure you spend this extra day giving your home a little extra love. You deserve it!