I absolutely love autumn decorations and crafts. Something about all the beautiful colours that the leaves turn when the temperature starts to drop just gets me into the crafty mood. I decided to start my autumn crafts with a big, bushy and beautiful wreath that was hugely inspired by Recaptured Charm.

Coffee Filter Wreath Materials

  • Foam wreath form
  • Unbleached coffee filters approximately 150-200
  • Low Temp hot glue gun
  • Wire or ribbon
  • Fall decorations, pumpkins, gourds, flowers, burlap, etc.
  • Scissors

Procedure

Start by attaching a wire or ribbon to hang your wreath. It would be quite difficult to add this after all the coffee filters are on and I'm glad I didn't have to fight with it after. Next, prepare your filters by pinching the center then pulling it through a circle created by your fingers. You will get the hang of this fairly quickly as its not essential that the filters are perfect.

Don't mind the bright and blurry photo.

Don't mind the bright and blurry photo.

After you have pulled the filters through your fingers you can then fold the tip 1/2 inch the way up. The folded edge is where you will be attaching it to the wreath form.

Apply a dap of glue to the folded side then attach it to the wreath in a consistent band around the center. I don't thing it matters which way they face but I applied them all in the same direction because I'm a little bit OCD. The closer you attach the filters to one another the fuller the wreath will look.

Continue applying the filters in a circle until you end up where you started. You will then need to do the exact same thing on the inside and the outside of the circle. I attached 4 bands of filters to completely cover every visible inch of foam.

If you like the way it looks you can leave it exactly like that or you can add some other fall decorations for more detail and interest.

I added a couple burlap roses, twig balls, glittered nuts and mini pumpkins. Absolutely stunning! 

Happy Crafting!

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AuthorCamille Pacori

Joists and beams are the horizontal architectural elements that support the roof above your head from collapsing and the floor under your feet from giving out. Traditionally the structure of the home was covered up and hidden from view with wood paneling, drywall or plaster but it is becoming quite common to expose these elements. In doing so you would be highlighting the most important aspect of your home which is usually forgotten about.

Exposed Structural Beams

The size, shape and weight requirements of the home will determine the size of the beams so don't be surprised if you find yours to be quite a bit smaller. They are typically made from solid wood but they can also be made of steel which would create a more industrial look.

Exposed Joists

These exposed joists are painted the same colour as the ceiling and walls for a subtler appearance. It opens up the room and gives an airy, fresh and clean atmosphere. Since there are so many joists in this one room having them painted or stained a different colour would have been overwhelming.

Faux Beams

It can be quite expensive and time consuming to expose existing beams or joists and is not always a possible option in every situation. It all depends on the construction of your home, what's in-between the joists (electrical/plumbing) and the look you are trying to achieve. If this is out of reach it may be a good idea to consider installing faux beams.

They can be made from a variety of materials including anything from moulded foam to real rustic barn beams and they can be installed directly into the joists above. Just be cautious of the weight and how much height you will be losing with the addition of this element. If you have a short ceiling height you may want to decide on a different ceiling treatment so you don't feel like you have to duck underneath every time.

If faux beams are installed correctly you will never be able to tell they are not real.

Happy Decorating!

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AuthorCamille Pacori

Crown moulding is a decorative trim that is typically added to the very top of all walls in a room. Its a 30-45 degree angled moulding that creates a smooth transition from the ceiling to the wall while also adding some detail and interest.

While you may think that crown moulding is reserved for traditional homes only, its actually quite versatile and can be used to compliment most design styles.  It can be built up using many different layers and combinations of detail for a very traditional appearance or it can be kept simplified and square for a modern or contemporary touch. Adding paint or stain can also completely change the appearance either helping it to blend in or causing it to stand out.

Its not only versatile in style but can be used in many different applications. It can be applied to pretty much any horizontal or vertical surface to completely change the appearance of the item its being applied to.

Kitchen Cabinets and Crown Moulding

Adding crown moulding to the tops of your kitchen cabinets can create an illusion of taller and more grand cabinets. This can also help to make your ceiling look higher and you wont be losing valuable storage since the area above cabinets its usually just wasted space perfect for collecting years of dust and grime. 

Smaller trim pieces can be added to the bottom of the cabinets to balance out the appearance and will stop it from looking top heavy.

Crown Moulding Shelf

Use a large piece of crown moulding placed horizontally at any height for a beautiful and unique shelf. Once its secured to the wall add a flat piece of MDF or wood on top for a sturdy shelf. Omit the top piece if you would rather hook items over the edge.

Built in Bookshelf

A small crown moulding and heavy side casings were added to this built in bookcase to make it stand out from the wall. It almost looks as if its a separate free standing piece of furniture while still complimenting the rest of the trim work in the room.

Fireplace Mantle with Crown Moulding

A heavy fireplace mantle with a lot detail can be achieved by applying crown moulding to the top. Add multiple layers and different trims for a truly unique fire place!

Happy Decorating!

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AuthorCamille Pacori

If you are anything like me you may find yourself running out of storage space for your precious shoes. While this statement may confuse you into thinking that I own a mountainous pile of stilettos, flats and sneakers this is absolutely not the case. I actually have a very reserved collection of shoes. The problem is that you don't even have to own very many pairs before they start to take over every available inch of extra space.

While I am lucky to only indulge my shoe obsession from afar I realize that I still must figure out what to do with my shoes that I currently own. They always seem to be all over the place and can be quite the tripping hazard.

Revolving Shoe Carousel

A circular revolving shoe storage shelf is great for awkward and tight corners. They work in the same way that a lazy Susan would in kitchen corner cabinets, if you cant reach what's in the back you just give the shelf a turn. You could potentially store 16-20 pairs in a fairly small area while keeping them protected and looking great.

Crown Moulding Shoe Shelf

An easy, inexpensive and unique shoe storage solution that you can get at any building/hardware store is crown moulding. This particular piece of trim is cut at a 45 degree angle which makes it perfect for storing any shoe with a heel. You can mount it anywhere along the wall in a continuous length or in smaller sections which is great for any unused wall space.

Under Stair Shoe Storage

While the renovation required to convert the stairs into drawers could be difficult I think it would be absolutely worth it since you would be able to gain just a little bit more space in an area typically looked over. This is especially useful if you have already squeezed out as much storage space as possible from all other areas in your home.

Happy Fabulous Storing!

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AuthorCamille Pacori