Archive for September, 2010

Bath Towel Makeover

One of the services provided by the Shaping Spaces Group is home re-design. When redesigning a home we help clients revamp and use items they already own in new ways. Here are a few ways we have brought new life to ordinary bath and hand towels.

3 simple ways to dress up boring bath towels with “everyday” items.

1. Use left over ribbon from the holidays or birthday to give those towels a new life.

2. That’s right bungee cord, can become glamorous too to add that designer masculine touch.


3. Tie backs aren’t just for drapes you know. Switch it up and put your drapery accessories on your bath towels for a regal statement. Great tiebacks can be found at Bed Bath & Beyond, TJ Maxx or most home decor stores.

The Shaping Spaces Group – Interior Design & Home Staging

(323) 864.5433 Los Angeles & Palm Springs


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This past weekend on the 11th I had the pleasure of being at the Kirkland’s Home Decor and Gift store in Monrovia, Ca. I hosted an in-store presentation with demos for creating Harvest / Thanksgiving tablescapes and place settings . It was a lot of fun interacting with those that came to partake in the activities as well as the regular shoppers. We talked about 5 tips to keep in mind when planning your table design for the upcoming holiday as well as some nifty ways to go from casual dining to formal with the same items.

Tip #1 Don’t be afraid to use color!

Set a table with bold splashes of color from the garden or famers market. Gourds, fruit, and nuts come in shades of brown that will blend excellently with orange and yellows. If you are apprehensive about using color refer to a color wheel and use two colors which complement each other. Table cloth one color, napkins, flowers the other.

Tip #2 Mix & Match

A table scape does not have to match your decor. In fact you can use it as an escape and create your own little world on your table. Some examples are the beach or sea, or a particular country to go with your menu.

Tip #3 Think “Outside” the Box

Dressing your table does not have to have to cost tons of money. Incorporate old with new.  Reuse baskets filled with holiday items like acorns or baby squash/pumpkins as part of the table décor.

Tip #4 Use items of varying heights

Having 2 to 3 different levels of items adds interest and keeps the eye moving looking for hidden treasures within your center piece. Example: Mix tall candle holders with low votive candles and pumpkins.

Tip #5 Have Fun

Remember there is no right or wrong way, follow your theme and be creative. Think of new ways to use typical items

Here are two ideas for table place settings.

Here we wrapped a linen napkin with left over ribbon, used orange contruction paper to create the name card and added a silk fall leaf to the card with hot glue. Simple way to add interest to the table.

Here I took a faux pear for a harvest faux fruit box set (small pumkin or acorn can be used), again used orange construction paper to make the name tag then attached it with a gold nail. For added color and texture I added a piece of a faux berry branch, also from kirkland’s

In addition to Interior Design and Home Staging  The Shaping Spaces Group we can assist you with this holiday season:

–         Setting up and decorating your Christmas Tree or Mantels

–         Add special décor to staircases with swags of lights and garland   

–         Create Tablescapes for Thanksgiving and Christmas

–         Decorate for Parties in the home or office

(323) 864.5433 or shapingspacesgroup@gmail.com

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