Mary Crawford Design- Christmas Soaps

Christmas Soaps are ready for delivery! Whether it’s the bar soap wrapped and tied with a ribbon or the Joy pump soap, these gifts will make any hostess, neighbor or teacher happy this holiday season.  Order now until Thanksgiving and receive free shipping!

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Keeping It Simple… Easy Christmas mantel ideas

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Start thinking now about your Christmas mantel. This is a good time to take inventory of items you have on hand that can be used for a simple holiday mantel… keeping it simple!

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Laundry…..

Laundry is always a battle in our home.  It’s one of those things that you never see completed. As soon as the laundry room floor is clear, the kids come and dump their clothes that are on their backs!!

We have a system in our home that works pretty well.  At least it keeps me from running up and down the stairs collecting laundry. Every child has a tub that they are responsible for on a REGULAR basis! I say regular because it fills up FAST! Tubs are always kept in the laundry room.  I wash, fold, and place the clothes in their tub.  They are responsible for getting their tub, putting all the clothes away, and then bringing it back to the laundry room filled with their dirties! Repeat process, repeat process, repeat process!!!

 

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Leave a comment and share with us how you tackle the laundry. We always can learn from each another!

Fondly,

Mary

Don’t Forget Thanksgiving

Growing up as a kid, I could not wait to get the tree put up. It made Christmas feel so close!! But as I get older, I want to keep it in the box as long as possible. Not because I am Scrooge, but because there is a little holiday that we tend to forget about…. THANKSGIVING!! This is my husband’s favorite holiday. Why?? Because it is the one chance we have to be with family and enjoy them! It’s not about the shopping, the craziness, the gifts! So as we draw near to Thanksgiving, I hope that you can take  time to rest and enjoying your family before December 1 get here!!

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Update With Wall Lighting

Wall lighting is a great way to update a space while brighting it up! Here are some suggestions on how you can incorporate wall sconces to any space in your home.

Vintage Tile

Bathrooms are a major selling point of any house, but can be a pricy home improvement. so think twice before you take a sledge hammer to that pink tile. What about using what you have in a fesh new way? Imbrace your vintage tile! By updating fixtures, lighting, and mirrors you have taken an old bathroom and given it a brand new look that everyone is going to love.

Using Every Space

I had the privilege of meeting with an 11- year- old yesterday for a bedroom make over. Virgina was super excited about every detail of her new room.  One thing we discussed was removing her closet doors and using her closet for a multi-purpose area.  And then I thought that this might be a great option for some of you.

The Power of Fabric

Don’t underestimate the power that fabric has in a room. It can take any space from DRAB to FAB in no time! Recently, I completed this mudroom for a client.  The family needed a place to sit, hang backpacks and organize life.

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AFTER FABRIC:

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Hello! I have missed y’all!

I hope you all have noticed that I pretty much took the summer off from blogging. It was a much-needed break and I was able to just hang out with my kids and work with a few clients.  Now that summer is over in a couple of weeks, I wanted to get back into my GROOVE!!

If y’all are anything like me, once the kiddos are back in school I tend to focus on our home and I am up for a few projects.  Some of you may be wanting to spruce up your windows with new window treatments!!

Today I wanted to share with you the do’s and don’t's of hanging your window treatments.  Often times we find a cute set of panels at World Market or other chain stores and get them home only to find they are too short. We love them so much that we are GOING TO MAKE THEM WORK! Well, YOU CAN’T! They have to go back!! Using panels that are too short is a room’s nightmare.

I found this  illustration over at SAS Interiors that explains things perfectly. When we buy panels that are too short we tend to hang them like illustration A; which makes our window look squatty.  Illustration B shows you how raising your rod makes your window look longer and gives the appearance that your ceiling is higher… BIG DIFFERENCE.

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Here is an example of a really cute room, but because the rod is hung so low the focus is now on the small window. By raising the rod and having longer panels, the window will appear much larger. This rod should be hung in the middle of the empty space above the window.

Here is a picture of a room that is done RIGHT!  The rod is hung below the crown molding and the panels touch the floor. The windows seem to be very long and the ceiling feels high… well done!

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Also, when hanging your rod, if you have wall space on either side, it is a good rule to extend your rod out 10-15″ so that your window treatments are not covering up your window. It also makes your window look wider.

Hope these tips help! As always, I love to hear from you and see pics of your latest projects.

Fondly~

Mary

Happy Memorial Day!

Wishing each of you a fun, safe Memorial Day weekend!


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