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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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What is a floral frog?

Carolyn Leiter How to's

What is a floral frog?

Sometimes used by florists, A floral frog is basically a holder to secure flowers in arrangements. They can be made of a variety of materials, including glass, ceramic and metal.Most are used inside of vases to hold the flowers in place. Some are not used in vases but come with their own containers to hold the water and, even more interestingly, some are beautiful ceramic figurines with holes to hold flowers as an art form. Here at REVIVED we use and sell metal flower frog covers that top mason jars. Like all frog styles, they help keep flowers and greenery...

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2019 Paint Color of the Year

Carolyn Leiter How to's

2019 Paint Color of the Year

Let's talk about color...paint color!Every year all of the paint manufacturers come out with their Color of the Year, and this year I must say that Benjamin Moore's choice of Metropolitan gray is one I am very excited about. It is a beautiful neutral gray that is not too cool, nor too warm. Choosing furniture and accessories to match will be much easier for the DIY decorator and for others like myself who struggle with the plethora of color choices.Benjamin Moore went one step further and included their 2019 Color Trends Palette which includes fourteen complementary paint hues that create...

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How to Decorate With Books

Carolyn Leiter How to's

How to Decorate With Books

Decorating with books is one of the most common methods of styling open shelves and cabinets that you see in magazines and on design shows. It's often the easiest way to quickly introduce some life into a plain room. It is fun, adds texture and dimension to shelving, coffee tables and more. It also is a great way to experiment and show your own unique style! I use books around the store to give customers ideas on how to decorate their mantles, bookshelves, side tables and more. I've displayed them in groups by binding color and also faced them with...

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