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Making Your Own Gallery Wall

Carolyn Leiter How to's

Making Your Own Gallery Wall

I'll admit that I wasn't always a fan of gallery walls.  I thought they were too busy, and I'm kind of a minimalist when it comes to my own decorating. Only after helping our customers create theirs, I grew to embrace them, and now I have lots of fun creating one for every season at the store. What I've come to really appreciate about them is that they can reflect your personality and tell the story of your family. It can really say something about the people who live in the home, giving your living space more character.  Your character,...

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Decorating with Tobacco Baskets

Carolyn Leiter How to's

Decorating with Tobacco Baskets

A new season calls for fresh decor.  Tobacco baskets, a farmhouse home decor staple, is one that I personally love. They have a rich history and add a cool country yet modern vibe to any room. Tobacco baskets date back to the 1800s and were used to keep tobacco off the floor when storing the tobacco leaves in the warehouse. They were also used to take tobacco to the local markets. I am not sure who came up with the idea of using them in home decor but whoever did, thank you! They are the perfect pieces to have on...

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The Joy of Patio Herbs

Carolyn Leiter How to's

The Joy of Patio Herbs

Having access to fresh herbs makes all the difference in your cooking, but maintaining a full-blown garden can be extremely time-consuming, costly and labor intensive. And, depending upon where you live, (like here in New Hampshire!)  all that work may only yield a few months of herbs from the last frost to the first frost. How about this - grow a container herb garden on your patio or deck! You can make it small enough that it fits on a table or a small exterior wall. Keeping the plants small reduces the overall maintenance load, and you'll have beautiful fresh...

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Hand Lettering for Beginners

Carolyn Leiter How to's

Hand Lettering for Beginners

I have always wanted to learn hand lettering so that I could give customers ideas on using inspirational quotes or messages on note scrolls, chalkboards and other items that can be purchased here at Revived.Because I expressed interest in learning this form of art, my daughter bought me a book for my birthday on hand lettering “freehand” which I love. Learning how to hand letter is relaxing and rewarding and I really have grown to enjoy it. What I have also learned though, is that to master the techniques, it takes many hours of practice.  I am not opposed to...

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Spruce it up with Stems!

Carolyn Leiter Floral How to's

Spruce it up with Stems!

  A decorative stem is basically a branch, usually between 18 and 32 inches in length, with either leaves or flowers stemming off of the main branch. It's most common to place stems in pitchers or jugs to add color, texture, and height when decorating a room.Here at Revived we use stems in many different ways to decorate mantels, tables, wall pockets and more! Add height and fullnessIn this picture we are using stems to add height and fullness to an arrangement in a wall pocket. I chose a tall olive green fern stem for height in the back, and...

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