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Jazz Up Your Child's Bedroom, August 2011

The school year is just around the corner! Now is the perfect time to focus on your little ones by jazzing up their bedrooms for the new academic year. This month, read on for ideas on how to make your child's room a fun and exploratory themed room!

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Use a Theme to Decorate Your Child's Bedroom

Pottery Barn Kids is a great place to shop for bedding and other accessories for your child's room. I love this dinosaur sheet set!

Themes are a great way to decorate a child's room.  When you choose a character or hobby that your child likes, you know they will be sure to love their room.  Here are lots of fun themes that will delight your child:



This easy theme can be created with dinosaur-patterned bedding and a simple dinosaur painting.  Pull a light color out of the bedding for the walls, and display all of your child's dinosaur figurines on shelves around the room. This theme helps your child engage in history while he or she plays and rests.


Fairy Tales

Fairy tale rooms are filled with fantasy.  Use soft, sheer fabrics on the windows, and create a canape for the bed.  Walls can be painted with castles, unicorns, and fairies or you can use any number of wall decals to create the fairy motif in your child's room.  For "fairy dust" in the room, include sparkly accessories and add glitter to your paint, or you can add glow-in-the-dark decals to the ceiling, making your child truly feel like she is in fairy-land when she goes to bed at night. 


Under the Sea

There are many bedding sets and accessories for this theme.  Paint the walls with vibrant scenes of life underwater.  Raffia skirting makes a great dust ruffle for your child's bed.  Use lamps that can be filled with seashells and create seashell streamers that can be hung from the ceiling throughout to create that under-the-sea vibe.



Your child can go on a safari right in his bedroom.  Use animal prints everywhere - in the bedding, on upholstered pieces, and in area rugs.  You can mix zebra, tiger, leopard, and giraffe prints together.  For whimsy, try prints in unusual colors, like purple zebra.  Try using a large photo mural of safari animals to create a large-scale African motif.



Accessories bring a western-themed room alive.  Use a wagon wheel as wall art.  Purchase cowboy boot table lamps.  Choose denim fabric for the bedding, and include leather fringe everywhere.  And don't forget to include a cactus - just don't have a real one unless it is placed high enough that your child won't get hurt by it!


Flower mural
Custom-size and order a personalized mural from Muralsyourway.com to give your child unique artwork in their room.


A flower theme is great for little girls.  Color is what makes this room.  Paint boldly colored flowers on the walls, use flower designed decals, and throw down a few flower-shaped rugs.  Glue colorful fabric flowers on everything - window valances and lamp shades.  For bedding, stripes are a wonderful pattern to coordinate with your flowers.



Primary colors are a great choice for a sports-themed room.  Team pennants make fun wall art.  There are loads of sports-themed accessories available, including lamps, shelving, rugs, and trunks.  Cut out felt triangles to create a pennant window valance or purchase a custom roller shade for your child's window that is decked out with his or her favorite team's logo.


One thing to remember when decorating with a theme - don't go overboard.  Not only is a subtle theme more attractive, but it will be easier to switch when your child grows out of it.  And, using wall decals and hangable photo murals will be much easier to change out down the road as your little one changes his or her taste. 

Interested in creating a beautiful and functional space for 2011?  At a loss for how to get started?  Contact Decor by Denise today at 703-714-7343 or email us at info@decorbydenise.com to learn how easy and affordable it is to get started.    

RSVP NOW For Our 1st Annual Brunch, Buy & Beautify Event! 


Join us for an afternoon of good food and great shopping designed to beautify your world! 


Need to beautify your home or office environment? Want to look your best at parties this holiday season? Need a regimen to get you on a path of health and wellness? Looking for a special gift for the woman or female friends in your life? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you won't want to miss this event!  


We'll have products and services available to:Shopping

    • Beautify your home's interior 
    • Enhance your personal wellness and beauty
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The team from Decor by Denise will have some amazing steals for your home at our Designer Sample Sale.  Furniture pieces, lamps, pillows, throws, accessories and much, much more will be offered at never before seen discounts!


Laurie Schaefer, Regional Vice President of Arbonne International, will be showcasing Arbonne's holistic and all natural health, wellness and beauty line - designed to change your life from the inside out.   


And, Laura Dunlop of Stella & Dot will have the latest accessories to jazz up your look this fall.


Food and drinks will be served.   


We kindly request that you RSVP no later than September 19, 2011 to Alex Wahl at 703-714-7343 or via email at alex@decorbydenise.com.

Designer Sample Sale In Progress!
Annie Selke Pillows

These pillows are brand new and made with Annie Selke fabric. Normally $255/pair, we are selling these for only $149/pair.

We have many items that are new and sitting in our studio waiting for their forever home that we are currently selling via Facebook and other online venues.  We showcase a few items here, but you can always check out our entire inventory online on Our Facebook Sample Sale Page! 


Floral Pillows Perfect for Summer  

Liven up a pair of chairs, a sofa or bed this summer with these gorgeous floral pillows made from Annie Selke fabrics.  

  • Self-welted pillows with zipper closure  
  • High-quality pillow inserts  
  • Dimensions: 18x18 inches   
  • Normally $255/pair, we are selling these for $149/pair, more than $100 off!   
  • Email alex@decorbydenise.com with inquiries!   

Fun and Funky Purple and White Accent Chair   

This purple accent chair is fun and perfect for extra seating in a living room or bedroom. 

  • Retail for this chair is over $1,500. On sale for $695! 
  • Brand new and in perfect condition!  
  • Features a floral print fabric seat with purple leather on the back
  • Email alex@decorbydenise.com with inquiries!     

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We are now offering a 5% discount on your first purchase and 10% off your second purchase.  Items are going fast, so don't delay if you see something you like!   


We will be adding more sales to our Facebook page this summer, so check in with us to get the latest deals by visiting the Decor by Denise Facebook Page


If you are interested in any of our sample sale items, please contact Alex Wahl at 703-714-7343 or at alex@decorbydenise.com.

Meet Denise Willard of Decor by Denise 
Denise Willard has over a decade of experience transforming the homes of clients in the DC Metro Area. Her work has been showcased on ABC Affiliate, News Channel 8 and in Home & Design, Washington Home & Garden, The Washingtonian, Elan, The Washington Post, JavaTown and From House to Home Magazine. Denise is a regular columnist for Viva Tysons Magazine and is part of the Design Diva team for Ask Miss A, a national lifestyle eMagazine that reaches a growing subscription base of 70,000 visitors each month.

Denise and her team were selected to participate in the 2011 DC Design House Designer Showhouse and are published in Home and Design's 2011 "Top 100 Interior Designers." Denise sits on the board and is President-Elect of the DC Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), is a member of the leadership team for the McLean Business Forum, is an active member of the Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce and maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Denise specializes in creating simple, but elegant transitional interiors that are reflective of her clients' personalities and lifestyles. The combination of her southern roots and urban lifestyle can be seen in her personal design style, which combines the comfort and hospitality of the south with the flair of the big city. Denise's interior design philosophy is that everyone deserves a beautiful home-no matter how small the interior or how large the budget. Therefore, she welcomes projects of all sizes-from one bedroom condos to large single family homes.

To learn more about Denise and her team, check out her online portfolio at DecorbyDenise.com, visit her weekly blog posts at DreamDesignLive.com or contact her directly at 703-714-7343 or email her at denise@decorbydenise.com.
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