Sew a Reversible Valance for Twice the Look

Sew A Reversible Valance - MattandShari.com

This reversible valance is a simple way to dress up plain purchased sheers or draperies. In fact, this valance is simple enough to whip up quickly for the holidays or for something as unique as a special treatment to display on a birthday or anniversary. Materials List: Two coordinating fabrics Matching sewing thread Trims or…

Diary of a Dream House – Part 5: Bumps in the Road

Dream House Perspective

The process of designing your dream home has several steps, and you should have started these steps already if you have a builder and an architect already selected. Because before you can choose the right partners for your project you must know if they have the same vision of your dream home as you do,…

Tie-Up Valance Can Be No-Sew

No Sew Tie Up Valence

My initial plan with this simple valance was to get Matt involved, and while he sewed, I would relax!  Well, after much deliberation with the sewing machine, Matt got an idea of his own…iron on adhesive tape!  And he was right, this is just one of many window topper treatments you can create without the…

Customize Store Bought Flat Panel Draperies

Customize Store Bought Draperies 2 - MattandShari.com

When it comes to window treatments, the sky is the limit. However, sometimes our time is limited!  So, embellishing store bought flat panels is a great way to add a personal touch to your window treatments without starting from scratch!  Read along…this is one window treatment you’ll definitely want to try. Materials List: Store bought…

Make Ribbon Pillows for the Holidays

Holiday Ribbon Pillow - MattandShari.com

How about creating a beautiful ribbon pillow by weaving together beautiful holiday ribbons? It makes for lovely décor or even a special gift. Anyone who knows me well knows that pillows are one of my favorite accessories, any time of the year.  I think holiday pillows are particularly festive – especially when they are hand-made…

Rustic Birch Tree Napkin Rings

Birch Napkin Rings

Birch tree napkin rings seem like a fall to winter item to me, but if you have rustic style decor in your home, Shari seems to think they’d be fine all year-long.  Well, that sounds even better to me because once I make them, I really would like them to be used! Birch tree napkin…

Stress Free Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

Stress Free Thanksgiving Candles - MattandShari.com

If you are looking for stress free Thanksgiving decorating ideas, these simple suggestions on keeping it natural will add pizzazz to your holiday décor without driving you crazy! Make it Natural! If you have a backyard full of pine cones, colored leaves, branches, bittersweet and the like, a Natural theme might be just what the…

Autumn Centerpiece in a Muted Palette

Autumn Centerpiece with Eucalyptus - MattandShari.com

So often at this time of the year we see an autumn centerpiece and wreath in “autumn” colors of gold, red and brown.  This combination of colors is beautiful for the season and I’m definitely not knocking it. However, this year I wanted to try something different for my autumn centerpiece. I started with a…

Design and Color Trends for Fall

Fall Trends Gray with Color Accents - MattandShari.com

Usually, when the seasons change, so do the color trends that you see in stores for home furnishings, clothing, and accessories. Well, this fall, there are about 6 or 7 colors that you find in just about everything. This is good to know if you are getting ready to make any decorative changes around your…

Mini Homemade Ghosts for Halloween

Mini Halloween Ghosts - MattandShari.com

These adorable mini homemade ghosts are perfect for all sorts of Halloween decorating. Use them on shelves, in centerpieces, even on the kitchen or bathroom counter to spread the Halloween spirit around the house. You can have some homemade ghosts too and here’s what you’ll need. Materials: Three small craft blocks, about 2 ½” cubes…