6 Fresh Summer Bedroom Décor Ideas | Cute Beltz

We’re not saying that you should completely renovate and redecorate your home each time seasons change but it can be very refreshing to add a few new touches to some of the rooms in your house. For example, summer brings many major changes and you can get some inspiration from nature itself in order to give your bedroom a more cheerful look.

Observe the colors found in nature this time of the year and transfer them into the new interior décor you have chosen for the room. You can also take some inspiration from the seasonal plants and flowers and from the multitude of birds and insects that invade us each summer.

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Green painted beaded board walls lend organic appeal to this sunny bedroom. Nature inspired art prints and accessories sprinkled throughout the room also nod to the outdoors. The four poster in blonde maple adds a rustic simplicity to the bedroom, while nearly sheer plaid curtains soften the corners of the bed.

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White walls and sheer patterned draperies allow this bedroom to look open and airy despite it’s small size. The wood flooring and the dark painted dresser introduce visual weight to the room. An eclectic assemblage of bedding citron sheets, sea glass green shams, and block print linens add sink in comfort to the cozy bedroom.

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Accents of royal blue, orange, and hot pink add oodles of color to this otherwise neutral bedroom. The tones play out in less vibrant shades on the antique rug, a move that makes the room look pulled together, but also plays up the modern-traditional style of the room.

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The barely green walls, white architectural details and a palette of grays in this bedroom allow personality-filled accents to truly shine. While the elements of the room are decidedly eclectic, they are well edited and the room isn’t overcrowded. Next to the bed, an elephant shaped statue functions as a tiny night stand. The patterned area rug adds warmth underfoot and style leading up to the bed.

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In this bedroom, a patterned fabric bed frame functions as a work of art. The colorful print blends well with the warm wood accents throughout the rest of the room. Beige and white bedding and curtains echo the look of the bed frame. Scale plays an important role in this room’s design. Because the ceilings are tall, the walls needed to be treated accordingly. The oversize mirror fills the space above the bed better than a regular sized mirror and the large damask pattern on the curtains adds interest to the solid fabric without become too busy.

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Strict symmetry makes a big style statement in this bedroom. The two beds are identical, right down to the arrangement of throw pillows and sunburst mirrors above the beds. The bench between the two beds serves as a nightstand for both, eliminating the need for two pieces of furniture. Warm walls, window treatments, and flooring contrast the dark finish of the traditional-style beds. Handblocked textiles on the beds add unique pattern and interest.

How will you decorate your bedroom this summer? – Cute Beltz

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5 Unexpected Ways to Use Curtains | Cute Beltz

The wonderful flow and feel of curtains, these simple pieces do more than just dress the windows. They’re perfect for rounding out a space and finishing a room, but in more ways than just the windows! Wispy chiffon or thick tuile, if you have some extra curtains hiding in the linen closet waiting to be used, we’ve found some wonderful, charming and different ways to use them! Take a peek!

Create a little privacy

It could be a cozy, comfy reading corner. It could be the bay window where you like to sip your morning tea and write out your to-do list for the day. Or it could be your office nook! Use some curtains to cut off the world and create a little privacy. It’s a lighter, softer way to divide a room or space than with doors or folding boards.

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Create a new table

Sometimes curtains can make the most perfect tablecloth or even table runner, depending on the size of a table and fabric. When you just can’t seem to find that most perfect color or print, look to the curtain and use your creativity. You may even save a few bucks in the process!

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Create a bit of cozy

We all love canopy beds, but using ceiling curtains creates something even more magical. It’s whimsical. It’s cozy and at a whole different level of style and design than a classic canopy. Whether it’s your bedroom or your little girls, this is a fun way to utilize some extra sets of sheer curtains.

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Create a little concealment.

For some difference in texture and a unique spin, cover your shelves with curtains. It’s a fun, more feminine way of hiding any clutter! Use this idea in the kitchen, laundry room or even in your wild and crazy craft room! And it’s incredibly easy to DIY and a lot less expensive than installing new cabinets.

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Create a tinge of doggy style.

Have a boring ole black dog create hanging out in the house? Is in an eye sore in the family room or taking up dull space in the kitchen? Well with a bit of DIYing of some leftover curtains or even just laying some down, you can make that crate feel more homey for the pup and more styled for the house! Add some bows, add some ruffles and VOILA! better looking for everyone!

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Creative Storage Solutions for Your Home | Cute Beltz

A place for everything: It’s a nice idea, but who has the space? In fact, your home may be full of hidden storage possibilities—you just need to know where to look. Declutter your home and get organized with these storage solutions with ordinary household items used in unexpected ways.

Jewelry Boxes

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Those little boxes are so sturdy and trim that you hate to throw them out. So don’t. Instead, clip them together to create tidy divided storage for pens and pencils, lipsticks, plastic flatware, whatever it is that clutters your drawer.

Glass Organizers

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Decorative glass containers are ideal holdalls for small items in the bathroom, office, or kitchen. They’re the perfect size to store small scoops, tea bags, and muffin cups.

Shower Caddy Gift-Wrap Organization

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Wall-mount a shower caddy for the perfect gift-wrapping center. Store cards and stationery on the shelves. Attach ribbon to a mesh container and hang it from one of the hooks to store pens and pencils. Rest wrapping paper on the bottom shelf and hang scissors from a hook.

Tissue Boxes

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Dispense plastic grocery bags with ease by stuffing empties into an old tissue box stored under the sink; simply pull out one when you need it. For a slimmer solution, try a cardboard paper-towel tube.

Dish-Drying Rack

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Keep coloring books and art supplies organized in a dish-drying rack. Stack the books, like plates, between the prongs. Store markers, crayons, and pencils in the utensil caddy.

Spice Containers

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These squat, clear-topped jars (sold at kitchen supply stores) can keep the loose bits that accumulate on your desktop and in your drawers—stamps, Post-it notes, paper clips, rubber bands, etc., etc., etc.—under control.

Colored Bins

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Assign a colored bin or basket to each family member to hold items they’ll want to grab as they leave the house (keys, permission slips, mail, umbrellas, gloves, etc.).

 What are some ways you use ordinary household items as storage?

 

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5 Creative Ways to Repurpose a Crib | Cute Beltz

You’re ready to retire your crib for good, but what to do with that once-so-important piece of furniture? Don’t just put stash it in the basement — repurpose it! Yes, you’ll have to be a bit crafty to pull these awesome ideas off, but the result is totally worth it. Not only can you feel great about a new, totally customized piece of furniture, you can also pat yourself on the back for being eco-friendly!

Create an Arts and Crafts Station

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These adorable art tables, chalk boards, and white boards made from outdated cribs are as cute as they are convenient. Use the space to keep your child’s craft supplies organized and as a great spot for them to sit and create. Use Chalk Paint on any surface you’d like, or opt for IdeaPaint’s award-winning dry erase whiteboard paint to transform any smooth surface into an erasable canvas. (Below from left to right: Crib desk http://alittlelearningfortwo.blogspot.com/2011/08/repurposed-cot.html  and Crib to Easel and white board paint (http://www.the-red-kitchen.com/2010/02/crib-to-easel.html).

Build a Cozy Daybed or Loveseat

Similar to the benches above, a comfy daybed or loveseat can be created by simply removing one side of the crib, adding steel corner braces to secure the remaining three sides, paint if desired, and make an easy mattress cover. Accessorize with numerous pillows of different sizes in coordinating colors and fabrics and you’ve got a cozy new loveseat. See how to repurpose your crib to make a cozy daybed: (http://www.2littlehooligans.com/2011/10/21/baby-crib-turned-front-porch-daybed/).

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In the Laundry Room

Old bassinets and Moses baskets are great for sorting and storing laundry. Or, build a drying rack, as pictured here, for your non-dryer items and delicates. A crib side rail could also be hung from the ceiling using a chain at each corner to create a suspended drying rack for clothes on hangers or just added clothes storage space. See how to make a drying rack from your old crib: http://cottagelife.com/64108/diy/projects/creative-ways-to-use-an-old-crib

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Organize your Pantry or Kitchen

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If you don’t have a scrap book or wrapping room, consider mounting the side rail in your pantry or your kitchen. By attaching some simple containers, you can open up an enormous amount of storage space for your spices, mixes and other foods and things that are touch to organize in the kitchen as it is. If you have an empty wall, you have an opportunity to install this cute idea in your home.

Create a Neat Magazine Rack from that Recycled Crib

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Here is an idea to hang your magazines or books on in a fun and creative way so you can see what magazines you have rather than stacking them in a corner. It not only serves a purpose, it could even be an art piece in your home.

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DIY Home Accents | Cute Beltz

Do-it-yourself home accents transform any space into one you can call your very own. Follow these tips to make over any room with budget-friendly projects you can complete in a weekend.

Chevron Vase

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Customize a plain vase by taping off a chevron pattern with painter’s tape (it need not be perfect). Spray-paint the exposed area with a lighter shade of the vase color. Remove the tape when the paint is dry.

Memo Board

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This magnetic memo board is as functional as it is stylish. Simply cut decorative paper to fit inside a cookie sheet and glue it to the pan. Add magnets and important papers, notes, or letters, and you’re ready for business. Place it on a desk or hang it in the kitchen to ensure your family always stays on task.

Rosette Lampshade

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Embellish a plain lampshade with paper roses. Use a compass to draw an 8-inch-diameter circle onto drawing-weight paper. Cut the circle into a swirl to create a paper coil about 1/2 inch wide. Roll the paper tightly starting at the outside end of the coil. Release the coil slightly and manipulate it until you have created a flower shape, then hot glue it at the base to retain the shape. Use hot-glue to adhere roses to the lampshade.

Ombré Dyeing

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Hot from the runway, ombré dyeing is a variation on basic tub dyeing giving fabrics a subtle, ethereal look. We put the trendy technique to work on these ordinary, store-bought throw pillows. For maximum results, always make sure you take the process slowly and follow through with each step

What you’ll need (per pound of dry fabric):

  • 1/4 cup professional textile detergent
  • 1/3 cup soda ash
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Two 5-gallon buckets or plastic containers
  • 1 tablespoon urea powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons fiber-reactive dye
  • 3 cups non-iodized salt
  • Rubber gloves
  • 2-3-cup plastic mixing container
  • Ruler
  • String
  • Two binder clips
  • Stool
  • Spring clamp

Directions:

1.Wash fabric with professional textile detergent, following manufacturer instructions. Combine soda ash and 3 gallons of warm water in a bucket, stirring until dissolved.

2. Submerge fabric in soda ash mixture. Do not overstuff; instead, soak only fabric that easily fits in bucket. Allow fabric to soak in soda ash mixture for at least 30 minutes.

3. Combine urea powder and 1 cup warm water in a mixing cup. Pour a few tablespoons of urea mixture into a plastic mixing container with fiber-reactive dye in bottom. Work the powder and urea water into a smooth paste, then stir in the rest of the urea mixture to make a concentrate.

4. Add salt to 3 gallons of warm water in your dyeing tub, stirring until dissolved.

5. To create the lightest shade in your ombre pattern, add about 1/3 cup dye concentrate to saltwater and stir.

6. Wipe the inside of dye tub to prevent unwanted dye marks on fabric.

7. Create a tool to help you hold your fabric longer by tying strings to two binder clips and then wrapping the string around a ruler. Wring out fabric and attach binder clips.

8. Dip fabric to desired point and hold for 10 minutes or until you reach preferred color intensity.

9. With clean, gloved hands, remove fabric from dye. Hold undyed end of fabric with one hand while wringing out excess dye with the other.

10. Place dyed fabric on a clean surface protected from the dyeing area.

11. To create the next intensity of dye, pour about 1/3 cup of the dye concentrate into the dye tub and stir.

12. Dip fabric to desired point (we suggest several inches below your last dip point for a noticeable progression) and hold for twice the amount of time of first level or until you reach preferred color strength.

13. Repeat steps 8 through 12, each time doubling the amount of dye you add and the amount of time you leave the fabric submerged. For more than three levels of ombre, you’ll need to make more dye concentrate. Use a spring clamp and stool or ladder to hold fabric while dyeing if desired.

14. Rinse fabric with cold running water until water runs clear.

15. Wring fabric again, squeezing out as much excess water and dye as possible.

16. Wash fabric in hot water using professional textile detergent. If you’re unable to wash immediately, lay fabric flat on clean plastic wrap and wrap completely to prevent unwanted dye marks and drying.

What are some ways you add DIY accents to your home? – Cute Beltz

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Creative Playroom Ideas | Cute Beltz

Kids learn through play. Creating a fun playroom for your kiddo is a great way to encourage learning and creativity. When creating your child’s playroom include your children in the design process to ensure the playroom is a place they will enjoy as much as you.  Creating such an environment also provides a safe haven for when your child is tired or upset.

Consider some basic elements such as warmth and comfort when planning a playroom.  Young kids can greatly benefit from things that nurture like soft and cozy bean bags, kids armchairs, blankets and stuffed animals.  Such things also help to make the room safe if your child is active or if a couple of playmates start to play rough.

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A perfect play space combines fun and function seamlessly. Start with smart storage for toys and games, and add comfortable seating and a sturdy table. Make it unique with a theme that excites their imaginations and creativity.

If you want kids to have easy access to the items they regularly use. Consider containers that blend style with creativity, such as the tiered art supply holder below. Also note the numbered baskets along the wall, which help kids remember what’s inside by matching numerals with sets of items.

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Don’t forget the power of a large bookshelf. Even if some shelving is too high for kids to reach, these vertical places can be the perfect location for items that aren’t regularly accessed, such as toys out of the main play rotation, or books and supplies that children will enjoy when they are older.  Age appropriate books and toys can be stored on the bottom of the shelf for easy access.

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If a child’s playroom and bedroom are one in the same, try a vertical shelving unit with drawers, which provides an ideal space for books, small supplies, and toys of all sizes.

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Check out some more creative playroom ideas:

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As you can see, there is no right way to create a playroom for children, the possibilities are endless.

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Eco-Friendly Options for Spring Cleaning Your Home | Cute Beltz

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It’s never too late to give your home an eco-friendly spring cleaning.  Thankfully strong, irritating cleaners are no longer the only cleaning supply option. We’ve gathered some safer household cleaning alternatives to help you and your family protect the environment—and your home.

To Buy

1. Dave by Eco-Me All Floor Cleaner: Safe to use on tile, sealed wood, vinyl, and more, the Dave by Eco-Me All Floor Cleaner eliminates bacteria without harsh chemicals.  Eco-me.com

2. Method Antibacterial Toilet Cleaner: Squirt Method’s antibacterial toilet cleaner under the rim and the citric acid-based formula kills 99.9 percent of germs. Methodhome.com

3. Seventh Generation: Of all the eco-friendly companies, Seventh Generation probably has the largest line of products, including cleaners, laundry care, toilet paper and even baby care items. Seventhgeneration.com

4. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Surface Scrub: Skip the elbow grease. A few shakes of Mrs. Meyer’s Surface Scrub are all you need to tackle hard-to-clean spots in the kitchen or bathroom, and it’s safe to use on stainless steel. Mrsmeyers.com

5. Green Works Compostable Cleaning Wipes: Biodegradable, plant-based cleaning agents make these compostable wipes ideal for quick cleanups. Greenworks.com

6. Vaska Spotoff Spot Remover: The color-safe, botanical surfactants in Spotoff make it the perfect pre-treatment for spills on rugs, curtains, and clothes. Vaskahome.com

To DIY

1. Baking Soda: Baking soda works great when you need a soft scrub & something more abrasive than liquids only.

2. Borax – Cleans and deodorizes. It softens water and is an excellent disinfectant. It’s available in laundry section of grocery store.

3. Hydrogen Peroxide: This is a disinfectant that can be used to bleach, kill bacteria, mold, and even salmonella.

4. Washing Soda – Cuts grease and removes stains. Disinfects and softens water. Available in laundry section of grocery store or in pure form from chemical supply houses as “sodium carbonate.”

5. Vinegar: Distilled white vinegar is the do-it-all of natural cleaners & no house should be without a giant bottle of the wonder liquid. Simply mixed with water, or with any of the below items, it can clean just about anything.

6. Citrus Fruit: Fruits such as lime, lemon and grapefruit can help polish, bleach, eliminate mildew and of course add a fresh fragrance to the home.

What eco-friendly products do you use in your home? – Cute Beltz

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