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A low-cost, designer-style deer head wall mount

While foxes are a new thing in the design world, deer have always been seen here and there, in the form of hunting trophies… but that has changed in the past few years, with more and more people including deer or moose heads in their décor. As a big fan of the rustic Country style, I really like any décor that includes deer heads – but I’m NOT a hunter! For those who, like me, aren’t big on hunting, or perhaps if you do hunt but have yet to bag something ;) , I’ve found the perfect solution for making a deer head part of your décor at a low cost. It even blends nicely into a very contemporary décor!

Materials

Here’s what I need for my DIY project:

  • 2 foam board panels, 32” X 40”, for a head measuring approximately 16” (L) X 20” (H) X 14” (D)
  • Around 10 sheets of white paper
  • Utility knife (Exacto)
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Printer
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper – the finest grade available
  • Step 1: I printed my pattern (actual size) on sheets of white paper, and then used my scissors to cut out each piece.

    Click here to download the pattern (PDF)

    Step 2: I then traced the outline of each piece on the foam board with my pencil (using a pencil meant that I could erase any marks that remained on the cutouts).

    A DIY snow globe

    Do you like the magical effect of snow globes? They’ve become really familiar, but are still appreciated for their beauty.

    You’ll find a variety of snow globes that you can make yourself, with or without water, on the Internet.

    Now here’s a suggestion for a snow globe, with water, that’s also a reflection of South Shore!

    Here’s what you need:

    • A jar with the smoothest base you can find – so you’ll have a clear view – and, ideally, an airtight lid
    • Artificial snow and/or glitter
    • Figurines or whatever else you’d like to put inside the jar. If you prefer to make your own decorative items, use a material like Fimo or a foam you can sculpt, so it doesn’t react with water
    • Glycerin (keeps the particles suspended in water longer)
    • Distilled water, to prevent bacteria formation over time
    • Transparent silicone

    1. First, use the silicone to glue your figurines or other objects to the lid of the jar. Careful! If the walls of your jar are rounded, make sure everything fits inside the jar when you close it. Test this first by sticking them down with gummed paper or something similar.
    2. Once the jar is dry, fill it ¾ with water and add a few drops of glycerin.

    An antidote to the “autumn blues”

    Fall has arrived: Vacation is over, the days are getting colder, we’re seeing more rain, and the skies turn dark earlier in the evening. Let’s face it: Once the leaves start to fall, our spirits also tend to flag.

    In an ideal world, we should all be able to enjoy a few days in the shade of a palm tree – but these plans, unfortunately, are often blocked by budget concerns and no more vacation time.

    To mitigate the effects of this seasonal depression, why not use this opportunity to bring a little sunshine back into your everyday ambiance?! Here are a few ideas that will brighten up your fall days a little:

    1. Flowers: When it’s raining out, bring some flowers into your home and arrange them so they’re prominent in your décor. Nothing works better than a beautiful colored bouquet to create a bucolic ambiance that exudes the scents of summer.

    2. A bright, sunny corner: Choose a window for yourself, and create a small light therapy nook in which you can lounge with a good book, making the most of the daylight.

    3.  Touches of color: Restore some joie de vivre in your décor. Use some fun accessories of various colors.

    Garage sales – great finds with lots of potential!

    You may have noticed the growing popularity of décor created with used furniture or other objects. Garage sales are often the source of great finds!

    Here are a few tips that will help you make the most of them:

     

    1. Bring cash with you! These places are very rarely equipped with a computerized system for receiving payments! ;)
    2. Arrive early! The organizers don’t maintain inventory – the items on sale are often one-of-a-kind. So… the earlier you get there, the more great finds you’ll see!
    3. Consider arriving with whatever transport you’ll need! If you come across your dream find and it happens to be furniture, you’ll be disappointed if you have to pass it up. ;)
    4. Keep an open mind. You may come across something that’s not exactly what you dreamed of. But try to see past its colour and texture. While the colour may be less than ideal and the finish may have been damaged over time, the piece itself could be a great find! It may need nothing more than a new coat of paint or a few stitches.
    5. It’s all very well to keep an open mind… but you should also take a closer look! Inspect the back or underside of every item to make sure that it can be “rescued”, whatever its condition!

    Creative walls

    When I was a kid, most of the walls in houses were either White or even worse covered with  old carpet in highly questionable colors, ok it was the late 70’s and early 80’s but still!

    Today walls can be fun and if one thing has evolved, it’s the number of different wall covering possibilities.  There are a lot of choices to create a distinctive touch or even to «camouflage» a wall that is not quite perfect.

    We have tested a few options for you and I want to present 3 options.  In a future post I will present other types of wall covering materials and other ways to create an accent wall.

    • Decorative stone: One of our marketing coordinators took on the challenge with her boyfriend, in their living room. Unquestionably stone is a material which adds character and value to any home.  However it is not the cheapest option and it does require a certain level of dexterity (her boyfriend is in the construction field). Depending on your budget, you can go for a complete wall or just a vertical strip. The beauty is that there are several color and style choices. Furthermore, today’s decorative stones do not require mortar and grout, simply ceramic glue.