RELAXED SUMMER RESTYLE HOME TOUR VIDEO & SLIDELY

Have you heard of or used Slidely? Slidely is a great social media tool to use to create slide show videos - using your photos - that you can share on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and even Pinterest.  Since many people usually read through blogs in the morning with coffee, or wind down at the end of the day video can also be a time saver. If you're like me, and grab your (phone) camera to take a shot of everything that inspires you, you might want to give Slidely a try. The site is easy to use, giving you access to your online photo locations such as albums on Facebook, your Instagram pics, Google+, and your Picasa photos. Photos can also be selected from Flickr, however, you can't pull up photos by sets. I've found the best place to pull the photos from to create a video is to upload from your computer. And since it's a video, what's a video without a little sound? Slidely offers seven music sources from YouTube to SoundCloud to Movies & TV themes. You can also add text to photos, which again is a time saver vs writing or reading a blog post.




Before - Space played off the red painted buffet (I had done in FL, just before we moved in 2011) and the space was starting to become forgotten and unused...

Refreshed with a purge, pillows, paint and a few tropical like accents, we both use the space more. This has become a hideaway for Jeff (since his favorite chair is also up here).
The palms realy help give a nod to South Florida, and were a huge savings when I purchased: I found them both in reduced price areas of my local garden center (one was $2 and the other was $7)



Painting the thrift buffet (I've had now for 15 years!!) was a great way to restyle our rented home with color, without painting the walls. The color I used was Benjamin Moore's Old Navy (A fave blue for painting furniture on Pinterest!) Since it didn't even use the entire quart, I had enough paint left over to also re-paint a mirror in the living room...


 Lightened & Brightened for a Summer ReStyle...
A light white was to the wall really helped lighten the look and feel of the loft space. layering in framed textiles (I found thru thrift) + repurposing a tablecloth and an older thrift art piece helped add summery blues + print to the space...



I always loved the print of this tablecloth I picked up at HomeGoods - Even though it's from a few years ago, I used it in an alternative way (to create wall decor) it feels new again. I also updated an older green HomeGoods tray, by painting it blue, and I covered a square of cardboard with a blue printed sheet, to add a pattern insert to the tray...

Easy to do - and great way to update a fave HomeGoods find!



My White Washed Wall...
Just as I did in our Florida Dining Room (read post at: Rustic Washed Walls) I used the same technique: a bowl, water, sponge, and my free quart or Clark & Kensington paint I got last year plus a little light grey paint left over from the bedroom...

 Clark & Kensington: Vanilla Latte


The hubs and I both miss living in South Florida - from the rain, to the palm trees, to coastal trips along Florida beaches. Mixing thrift finds, travel treasures and revamping pieces I had, I tried to capture that essence of what we miss about Florida here in our Arizona home. Since the lighting in this space changes throughout the day, I've snapped quite a few pictures and it was taking quite a bit of time to sort, edit, and watermark every photo (thanks to Pinterest) so I thought this would be a great time to experiment with creating a video - which is how I stumbled upon Slidely.




Although I didn't paint any walls on the second floor in our living room, I did refresh all of the black accessories by painting them wish a white wash too. Layering in the wood & wickers accents I've collected while thrifting here in AZ also helped with a coastal feel for summer...



One of my fave curbside FL finds - this branch was painted black last fall for Halloween - refreshed with white, it layered in an organic texture. The terrecotta urns I've had since my apartment days, once again refreshed with a white wash. The mirror was cherry when I scored it back in '08. I painted it black and had it over our bed in FL - Here in AZ, it's in the living room (with the second one still outside), but to update its look: I washed it over with the old navy blue I used to paint the buffet upstairs. To help weather it, I just sanded some of its raised edges...



The gold framed mirror gallery wall I pulled together last Fall still works great in the space. When I was transitioning to the whites for summer, I added blue pillow covers to two pillows on the sofa -- but it was still missing the wow. Remembering the leopard pillow I had (my friend Jose made for me before leaving Florida) was just the wow it needed...



Since I had four framed fabrics, I was able to use the double sided placemats I cut & framed both upstairs and here in the living room -- It gives just enough blue to the space. I shifted the 4 B&W coastal shots from downstairs up to the livingroom, to change the feel for summer. It become a great little backdrop to create a entertaining vignette with a $5 wood barcart I scored at Goodwill... 



Since we have so many more windows here vs our townhome in Florida (and the windows are all also taller) I had used canvas painters drop cloths at each window in the living room & dining area. However, On the one wall where I only used them as singles (pushed to left and to right) I switched them for a pair of summery stripe tablecloths I picked up at HomeGoods... Just as I did in our FL Dining Room back in 2010 (read post at: No Sew Curtain Panels ) the panels were no sew and just clipped to the rod...


Using white runners & throws draped over black furnishings helped lighted the look for summer...


To experiment with the Slidely site, the first video I created is a video home tour of my Relaxed Summer ReStyle to share with you... And no other song could possibly convey what I felt as I've tried to create a 'home' for us here but "Home" by Phillip Phillips (I get choked up every time I hear it)...





RELAXED SUMMER RESTYLE HOME TOUR 
by Lynda Quintero-Davids on Slidely - Slideshow maker
(NOTE: to enlarge video  to full screen, click the double arrows to the right of the volume speaker - After video complete, click ESC on keyboard to escape)



Earlier this year, when I had attended the Design Bloggers Conference in LA (read post at: My First Experience at the Design Bloggers Conference ), "Go Viral With Video" was one of three hot topics at the conference - The other two were creating content and giving credit to photos when using other peoples pictures in a blog post (especially when posting photos from Pinterest). Creating these slidely videos taps into all three: 
  1. You can create your own unique content with your own photos of your work. 
  2. I don't think you can pin a specific image from a video, which will help with people copying your work plus save time editing photos with watermarks.
  3. Videos are going to be the next wave of change in social media (just look at shelter publications like House Beautiful and the social media war between Vine and Instagram)

 
Sharing decor tips, fab finds and style stories on Pinterest with HomeGoods at










I've made four videos so far using Slidely you can now view on my blog. Just click the VIDEOS tab under the header.

Most of the slidely videos are personal videos people have created, but going forward I see tons of opportunity for Slidely video application in marketing - especially for designers, Realtors, retailers or even shop owners. Just be sure to utilize the tag application to help increase your SEO. Soon, Slidely will be adding in the capability to download vids to your computer plus upload/share at YouTube - until then, have fun creating your own videos of cooking, family, friends, events or projects - whatever you want - and share them with your social media connections and friends.



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Note: This post is sponsored by HomeGoods and the Happy By Design project. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.


NOW SHOWING: SWEET SALVAGE WEEKEND

The Sweet Salvage 4-day shopping event is this weekend! This month's event is called "Now Showing" featuring creatively displayed vignettes in all types of classic movie themes. From old Hollywood styled vintage furnishings, decor, accessories and even apparel - if you're in the Phoenix area, be sure to pop in this weekend for a visit. Doors open Thursday at 10am. This month marks a year ago since I first learned about Sweet Salvage (read my first tour at Around Town - Sweet Salvage on 7th) I'm heading over on Friday with a local producer to help her source some pieces to furnish her new home. Here's a peek at some of the finds inspired by movie directors, The Great Gatsby and The Wizard of Oz...




















(all above photos credited to Sweet Salvage)


 Sweet Salvage -  open the 3rd Thursday of every month:

Thursday 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Located in the Melrose District - Phoenix AZ

4648 N. 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 279-2996


 "There's no place like home" or like Sweet Salvage!



Thanks for stopping by! 



Dorm Decor From Back To School Denim Fashion Inspiration

Whenever I think of back to school shopping, I immediately think of denim and right now, it's not too soon to be thinking of back to school shopping for your next dorm diggs. Late last August, I had collaborated with nine other design bloggers and we shared our dorm decor tips (You can link to them and read my tips and tricks at DORM DECOR: Planning Your Residence Hall Space.) With some schools starting school in early August, July is actually a great time to take advantage of extra savings from stores (like an extra 20% off your purchase Big Lots held yesterday) July is also a good time to stock up on other back to school basics (sheets & towels). Besides getting all the necessities (an iron, a mini fridge and extension cords) take a little time to plan out your dorm decor style. This year, as an alternative to the saturated brights and zebra prints, go for something different for your Dorm Diggs: Mix your love of denim with a pop of leopard. For storage, go for baskets and ottomans that can perform double duty: Storage ottomans can hold extra blankets plus be a comfortable foot rest, an extra seat for a friend or add a tray and an ottoman becomes a tabletop to hold your (non-alcoholic) beverage. Replace a single level open desk with vertical storage: a tall cabinet with doors and shelves can become an closet extension to store & display your stacks of denim. Mix your denim duds with wicker & wire baskets gathering necessities like the iron, toiletries or extension cords.(multipurpose your iron to melt a grill cheese or heat up yesterdays pizza!)



Merge & mix your fashion & decor for your next dorm diggs:


Your favorite blue & white stripe top can translated into a pillow. Add a pop of leopard just like an accessory: but don't over-do: just pick one or two items (at most) like an area rug or make your own leopard pillow covers from fabric you can pick up at a store like JoAnns.








For furniture finishes, go vintage: Think rustic & raw woods - weathered and worn. For sheets, back to school season is a good time to find the extra long twin sheets in a soft jersey (just like your favorite tee!) Pinterest can have a plethora of ideas for denim DIY projects -- from rugs to pillows to cushion covers for a chair. Shopping thrift you'll probably come by all the denim you'll need for your DIY projects, plus maybe even a few finds for your wardrobe - like a denim shirt you can dip in bleach to ombre or a cool new denim jacket to layer up with in the fall.


Splurge on a denim stripe euro pillow by Dash & Albert available at Layla Grayce. If you sign up for their email specials, you can get a coupon to save $25 off your purchase.

Online retailer House To Home has leopard toss pillows for only $34.99


On Trend - Dark Denim featured at Macy's


Besides fashion inspiration...
Here are a few other items and tips to layer into your dorm decor...


 Denim blue finds at Big Lots - Bowls are great to catch keys, rings, or hoops.


Add color to blank walls by making your own wall art.
Big Lots has several sizes of blank canvas available.


Make your own push-pin wall art...


Big Lots also has a GREAT 4x6 denim rag rug for only $20! 



 Anchor your dorm diggs with an area rug like this leopard rug from Martha Stewart...


Shop thrift for denim DIY projects and wardrobe updates.


Get inspired by a denim pillow and make your own patchwork pillow covers from denim pockets...

 Utilize corner space with stackable wicker storage trunks...


Just as comforting as your favorite tee shirt, so too can be some jersey sheets on sale at PBTeen...
 

Splurge at Zinc Door or make your own message center by painting an old globe with chalkboard paint.


Create your own unique suitcase drawers side table from collected vintage suitcases... 


Create the look of a denim ombre shirt from a DIY zip tie lamp...


Replace a single level open desk with plenty of vertical storage by making a stylish rustic bookshelf... 


For additional dorm decor tricks & tips, check out some of my Pinterest boards...



  



 With a little pinspiration, planning, thrifting and DIY now, you'll have the most stylish dorm diggs you can create yourself inspired from home decor & fashion trends...






For additional dorm decor and back to school ideas and tips, see my previous posts:

TIPS TO GET YOUR BTS GROOVE ON 

STYLE STUDY SLEEP DORM DESIGN TIPS

 




ORGANIZING ON A BUDGET? SHOP BTS SUPPLIES NOW! 

PLANNING YOUR DORM SPACE 

 

 Take the time to plan your space.


Take notes and create your own stylish dorm decor!



Hope you're inspired!
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