How to make a Leaf Wreath of Fallen Leaves

It's EASY to make a Leaf Wreath of Fallen Leaves.

It’s EASY to make a Leaf Wreath of Fallen Leaves.

Autumn is here and the leaves are starting to fall. Other than raking the leaves or mulching them with your lawn mower, how about turning some of them into an attractive wreath. This blog post shows how easy it is (with step-by-step instructions) to make something that comes from your own front or back yard. Continue reading

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Painting the Galvanized Pipes that hold up a Vinyl Coated Chain Link Fence

Here I am, painting the fence, at my Mother's house.

Here I am, painting the fence, at my Mother’s house.

No matter how good quality fencing you purchase, after a while it becomes tired looking and needs freshening. Recently I painted the galvanized metal poles that hold up the vinyl coated chain link fencing at my mother’s house (the fence is 43 years old). Here are my step-by-step instructions on how I did it. Continue reading

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Decorating the House for Fall with easy to make Silk Flower Arrangements

Autumn colors add warmth to the Dining Room

Autumn colors add warmth to the Dining Room

Now that Autumn is officially here and I had a bit of time to spare the other night, I decided it was the perfect moment to decorate a few rooms here at Whimsey Hill House for Fall. This blog post shows some of the Oh So Easy and Really Inexpensive flower arrangements that I came up with. Continue reading

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CEASE and DESIST Daily Architecture Design (dailyarchdesign.com)!!!

Daily Architecture Design (dailyarchdesign.com) stop using my posts on your website!

Daily Architecture Design (dailyarchdesign.com) stop using my posts on your website!

Recently after google searching the title of one of my design articles, I noticed on the domain that a website called Daily Architecture Design (dailyarchdesign.com) aka Daily Interior Architecture Design, without my permission, republished some of my blog posts, in their entirety, on their website. I read a few of my posts that they put up and saw that they randomly changed the wording of the articles, here and there, to kind of make the posts read a bit differently from mine; which to me made them read poorly. The Daily architecture Design (dailyarchdesign.com) used all of my signed original illustrations that I made for my website, photos I took myself and even photos of me, if I included a picture of myself in any of the articles I wrote. Continue reading

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Arranging Decorative Accessories on a Sofa Table, Buffet, Sideboard, or Credenza

Arranging Decorative Accessories on a Sofa Table and other  pieces of furniture.

Arranging Decorative Accessories on a Sofa Table and other pieces of furniture.

The arranging of knickknacks (decorative accessories) on a sofa table, buffet, sideboard, chest, credenza or even on a fireplace mantel can be an easy task once you know a few different ways of grouping your elements.

For this post I made 12 different drawings (thirteen really if you count the cover illustration for this post) that I hope get you thinking about making arrangements with things that you already have, or inspire you to go out and find different things that you can put together and compose a tablescape with that’s eye-pleasing. Continue reading

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Hanging a Gallery Wall

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Two views of one of the Gallery Walls in my cellar.

Two views of one of the Gallery Walls in my cellar.

The idea of assembling many different kinds of artworks on one wall, or even on all four walls in a room has been around forever. We all have seen photos of the great houses of Europe with walls soo covered with things, that hardly, if any wall color or covering is even seen between what was hung up.

Recently after going through my mother’s cellar and looking through things at my own place, I decided to hang my own gallery wall, or should I say gallery walls, in one of the rooms down in my basement.

Between all of the things stored at my mother’s place and mine, I found a large collection of samples of different kinds and styles of artworks that I had made over the years; some going all the way back to the 1970’s. Those pieces, now hung up, are a visual history showing different periods of my creativity. The instillation of the gallery walls went pretty quickly, after I figured out how to hang things; here are the steps I took Continue reading

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Some Photos to share, on a Cold Winter’s day, of My garden in July

The front garden bordering the driveway.

The front garden bordering the driveway.

Now that we are slowly getting past the coldest part of winter here in upstate New York, and with temperatures some nights still dropping down to below zero, I thought it would be encouraging for my readers to see some photos of things to come. I’ve assembled some pictures of my garden, seen at its peak last July, when the days were warm, sunny and bright, and the perennials and annuals were looking their best. Continue reading

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