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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

How to: Solutions for keeping Patio Table Cloth from flying away

Table linen re-purposed as outdoor table cloth
By: JoFer Interiors_SMP
What to do about this God forsaking table cloth that just won't stay in place.  

As we all know it's summer time and for those of us who love to spend time in the outdoors, this is the perfect season for some festive outdoor gatherings. 

As we prepare to fire up the grills and set the patio tables, we arrive at one of our most tooth grinding, frustrating issues. 

Here at spaces made perfect we have come up with a thrifty, but yet great solution for keeping your patio table cloth from flying away.

We started with this inexpensive round,flower pattern,laced table linen.
Measure the size of your table and purchase a table cloth that hangs at the least 12 inches or more from the edges of the table.

Note: This will allow for enough surface area in order to complete the steps shown below

Scotchgard Heavy Duty Water Repelling Shield, 10.5 oz., 1 Can

We decided to spray the material with some of this silicon based water repellent spray

This will actually help to wicker away those unexpected spills and hence minimize the possibility of stains. 

Note: These water repellent products come in different brands. To my knowledge, they all do the job

Keep Patio table cloth from blowing away using Nuts & Oyster/Sea Shells

Here are six 1/4 inch galvanized nuts used to weigh our table cloth down. Obviously, the larger the table linen, the bigger the circumference of the nuts needed. 

Using Large Nuts to keep patio table cloth from blowing away

An up-close image of the nuts held in place by tying a not at each end and in the desired areas of the table cloth.  

Keep Patio table cloth from blowing away using Nuts & Oyster/Sea Shells

Please bare in mind, this is a round table cloth, therefore there are no exact even corners per say. 

Note: You may always add as many nuts as you deem necessary for your size linen. 

Making shells decorative by using metallic spray paint

You may also choose to add a decorative ornament at the end of each corner that matches the theme of your gathering event or your personal seasonal taste. 

For this particular space,we went with a classical summer theme using over-sized sea/oyster shells. 

A generous piece of thin aluminum wire was used to cluster the shells together by feeding it through the pre-drilled holes on the shells. 

We then painted the shells with some of our favorite metallic spray paints (Satin White & Pearl Mist)shown below. 

Note: The weight of the Oyster / Seashells will also help weigh the table cloth in place.

Making shells decorative by using metallic spray paint

Keep Patio table cloth from blowing away using Nuts & Oyster/Sea Shells

Keep Patio table cloth from blowing away using Nuts & Oyster/Sea Shells
By: JoFer Interiors

An Up Close view of the table cloth fed into the aluminum wire opening and then tied into a knot to keep in place. 

Keep Patio table cloth from blowing away using Nuts & Oyster/Sea Shells
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Here you can see a shot of the two items used as weights for this laced, white table cloth we re-purposed for the outdoors.  

Shells; glass candle holder ; Patio, table cloth & linen
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Patio, Table Cloth & Decor; Seashells
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Just a look at some of the embellishments used to complement the space. Metallic colored large seashell nestled in a decorative glass dish, along with a glass candle stick holder.  

Shells; glass candle holder ; Patio, table cloth & linen
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An up close and personal look at the shells used that flank and weigh down this table cloth in place. 

Small Balcony idea using,Shells; glass candle holder ; Patio, table cloth & linen
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This space reflects a calm, casual, but yet somewhat of a subtle glam look. Sometimes all you need is the subtle clear sparkle of glass and some colorful sheen of metallic paint(s).  

Here you can also appreciate this medium sized patio table dressed in this gorgeous white laced linen. 
The shells on each side and the large nuts will sure keep it form taking flight.

Note: This was a Sunshine state (FL) idea for this space folks. If it can withstand these gusty North,South and Est winds, then we'll have to say; Job accomplished

Small Balcony idea using,Shells; glass candle holder ; Patio, table cloth & linen
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Laced Table linen used as outdoor patio table cloth
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Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts on this space with us. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

How To: Use Edison Bulbs as Pendant Lighting

and how these can be easily
wall art; hanging wall art;jofer
By: JoFer Interiors_SMP
implemented into any interior space.

Using wall art as pendant lighting fixtures

The pendant lighting starts with this solid metal elephant wall art sculpture that once had a chrome finish. We wanted for it NOT to stand out as much, therefore painted it with colors that had a similar palate to the wall. 

Tones of Iced Grey and Satin Metal Grey were used to give this piece its distinct and one of kind look. 

Our intentions is to use this piece of wall art to suspend our Edison bulb pendant lighting over this nook area. 

Wall Art; hanging mirrors & wall art in nook area;
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This is a larger image of other items that sit below this beautiful wall art.  We also added an 8 x 8, 3/8 thick floating glass shelf that will be great for placing other interesting ornaments that can be used to complement the seasons.  

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Another close up view which includes a lush curled arm iron vintage chair covered in exquisite bluish-grey velvet upholstery.  

While the warm feel of a stone colored 2 X 3 faux fur draws your attention to sit and relax for just a while. 

This is a pendant lighting fixture that comes with a fabric covered cord. You can get these at most local home improvement store. 

The benefits of using these decorative fabric covered pendant lighting fixtures are

Well; they are decorativeThe bulb fixture comes in several different finishes that is sure to complement any decor. 
The metal ( silver, nickle,chrome, gold ) finishes of the bulb sockets alone will make your project look expensive and much more classy. 

The flexibility of the fabric cords makes it a breeze to twist, wrap around and bend around corners if needs be. All this without destroying the integrity of the cord. 

They come with a ON/OFF switch on the fixture itself, therefore preventing the constant need to plug and unplug the lighting. 

As if this wasn't enough. Did we mention these are only about $10 (ten dollars) for a 15 foot length cable (Edison bulbs are sold separately for about $3 to $7 dollars depending on size. ) 

JoFer;Edison Light Bulbs used in pendant lighting fixture
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An up close view of the Edison bulb already installed and ready to display its "glow of amber glory". 

Note: These bulbs come in many sizes and shapes.

Elephant wall art used as fixture to suspend Edison bulb pendant lighting
By: JoFer Interiors_SMP

Here you can appreciate how the pendant lighting fabric cord was wrapped around one of the elephants tusk. 

Note: Using non-fabric cords is possible, but will make the task of wrapping it around and staying in place very difficult.   

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Another frontal view. What do you think so far ! 

Note: If you look above the elephant head you will notice how the rest of the cord was fed into a cable organizer just below the white crown molding. This will help keep the look much more discrete  

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Here you see this idea come to fruition ready to give light to the space. 

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Here is a Bottoms-Up view of our pendant lighting. As you can see the bulb is not lit at the moment.  

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View of this nook area completely embellished with all the necessary pieces to make for a tranquil morning, evening or night if you will. 
The choice of when to take advantage of the created space is completely yours. 

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Bottoms-Up view of our pendant lighting ON and all other lights in the room OFF. 

faux fur;crystal door knobs; velvet upholstered chair; pendant lighting;JoFer
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Another view of the completed space in its entirety and pendant light ON. 

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A birds eye view of this creative idea on how to use an Edison bulb in a pendant lighting fixture. 

Conclusion: Despite all the ideas and designing cliches that may be floating around, one thing is for sure. Lighting is key to showcasing any well decorated space. Nevertheless you don't always have to purchase these. With a little imagination you can always turn that old item in your storage into an ingenious work of art. 

Please share your comments on this post with us. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

How to: Makeover and Decorate Small Patios and Balconies

Outdoor patio cushions, throws, area rugs, plants, from target stores
By: JoFer Interiors_SMP

Effectively decorating your outdoor space will intricately enhance the overall flow of your indoor living area, hence expanding your indoor living real estate to the outdoors. 
Adding certain pieces of outdoor items, including furniture that cohesively follow the flow of your indoor decor will seamlessly take the indoors out, while drawing the outdoors in. 

Was this a little of a tongue twister, or was it fairly clear !  

This is what the Porch/Balcony looked like prior to the complete removal and remodel process.

Note: (We have added a short non-sponsored video to the #right of this post for your added benefit. Shared by Home & Gardens.)   


Another view taken from the inside of the apartment condo. As you can see, these were of solid concrete and were once very appealing. 
Nevertheless this has now grown old, and it's time for a much needed contemporary update.

Ok. Now we are talking. This Porch/Balcony is beginning to take on a much more contemporary and or modern flair.

These Balcony Tempered Hurricane proof Glass and railings are just what this space needed. The blue tinted film you see is simply the protective film that will be removed once all the remodel is done.
The large plywood was simply used for safety and to prevent the children from going towards the balcony until it was all fully completed and secured.

Another Image of the completed balcony rails. This condo unit has a double balcony which makes it longer lengthwise. 
A fabulous space for entertaining

Here is a close up shot of this over sized patio storage bin. This is about an 6 year old bin which has withstood the test of time and continues to do so. The owners wanted to keep it. 
Way to Go Guys. (Don't throw it away, restore it !)

The only thing we decided to do here, was to give it a nice overall by painting it.  

In this image we wanted to show you how this bin looked prior to the completed project. Old scuffs and stains on the original finish (on the left) and fresh first light coat of paint (on the right). 

Painting Outdoor storage box, latex paint, from home depot stores

Up close pic of the rust-Oleum Latex gloss almond paint. This was the closest match we could find to the original color considering we did not want to change the overall finish. 
Even if some areas were to be missed, it would also blend in nicely with the factory finish.  

Outdoor patio cushions, throws, area rugs, fountains, from Target Stores
 By: JoFer Interiors_SMP

Here you can admire a sneak peak on how this space is coming together on one end of the balcony. Some up close photos of the embellishments used to to add character and functionality will follow next.   

Outdoor patio cushions, throws, pillows, from Target stores, By: JoFer Interiors
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Up close and personal view of these square outdoor polypropylene filled and acrylic lined cushions. The advantages of these cushions are:

a. extremely light and easy to put away if you prefer not to have them get wet during the wet seasons.  Also have handy carrying handles. 

b. extremely weather resistant and able to wicker water out of its fibers, hence increasing the dry time.  

Outdoor patio cushions, throws, pillows, from Target stores, By: JoFer Interiors

c. The cushions are able to bounce right back into shape after a few minutes of not sitting on them. 

d. last but not least. These could also serve as footstools if needs be.  

Outdoor patio cushions, throws, pillows, container planters, By: JoFer Interiors

Here is our finish storage patio deck box with its fresh coat of latex outdoor paint. A few things we liked about this bin were: 

Its durability as we mentioned before is superb. Before deciding to place an outdoor bin cover to preserve its life span even more, this baby has been taking a beating from mother nature day in and day out. 

Its ability to really keep water out. There has been no issues with moisture or leaks whatsoever.

Outdoor patio Umbrella, Sunbrella, throws, Sea shells  By: JoFer Interiors

There is so much versatility you can acquire from a throw. As you can see, we used this vintage style throw as a backdrop to the bin. Giving it a headboard look if you will. 

We placed two metallic color painted clay flower pots on each side to hold the throw in place in the case of strong winds. If you look closely you will also see shells and rocks which were also painted. We used this to simply add more weight to the pots and some "SUMMER THEME SPUNK" !  

Note: We painted the pots because we  truly believe that if you are going to use an object to serve a purpose, why not make it an interesting piece of art

Outdoor area rugs, patio cushions, throws, pillows, from Target stores,  By: JoFer Interiors

Here is a ground level view of this beautiful floral 5 X 7 outdoor polypropylene area rug. 

Using rugs outdoors will definitely draw that indoor warmth to the outdoors while providing some comfortable walking ground for those tired feet. .  

Outdoor area rugs, outdoor coolers, By: JoFer Interiors

The owners also had an old extra large fiberglass plant container that was dingy, old and on its way to the trash. 

we were able to salvage this container by means of using the same latex almond paint used on the storage box, as base coat and some metallic spray paint ( Rose pink, Steel, and Icy Grey ) to give it some sparkle. 

Note: If you paint the inside of the container as we did here, it's best you place a plastic party clear container as seen below inside to hold the ice and drinks. ( You wouldn't want anyone to take ice that's been sitting in a bucket of paint. )

Outdoor area rugs, coolers, container, planters By: JoFer Interiors

The results as you can see above was splendid, if you pardon our modesty. 

Wouldn't you say so yourself !   

Outdoor area rugs, Sunbrella, patio cushions, throws, pillows, fiberglass fountains,  By: JoFer Interiors
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Above you can now see and take in the fresh air on this side of the balcony. 

This completed side of the balcony has enough seating for those who enjoy the fresh outdoor air with: Two Giant polypropylene / polyester filled cushions and two 30 x 30 outdoor pillow cushions used as backrest. 
A fiberglass hanging waterfall, A six feet wooden frame Sunbrella, and some throws in case it's a little nippy outside. 

Oh. Lets not forget the fresh coat of outdoor Semigloss, high traffic paint. 

Semigloss or Gloss: Allows for better cleaning if needs be, hence making the finish look fresh for longer periods of time. 
High Traffic Paint : Works the same way, as it allows for an extended lifetime of the throttled grounds.

Outdoor patio heaters, Gas stoves, Gas fireplaces, Fire glass, By: JoFer Interiors

This is a Gorgeous Lava Heat outdoor / patio heater we placed on the other side of the balcony that's under roof. It also serves as a Handsome focal point for this space.

This bad boy originally sells for $900 dollars or more. We got this from a local Home Goods store on a clearance sale for $99.80.

Someone say Bu ya. Is this a steal of a deal or what 

It is sure to create a beautiful glow in the cooler months of the year. Adding some fire glass fillings [Source:Non-Sponsored] at the bottom will reflect some mesmerizing sparkle and shimmer. 

We also added some fire balls purchased at Moderustic online store [Source:Non-Sponsored]. These fireballs can take great loads of heat and also reflect some glow due to their high gloss heat resistant paint. 

NoteIn the warmer months of the year you may opt to place some candles in the fireplace if you still desire to enjoy the shimmer, while avoiding the heat from the BTU's 

Outdoor patio heaters, Gas stoves, Gas fireplaces, Fire glass, By: JoFer Interiors
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As promised, here is an up close look of this fireplace in all of its splendor. 

Note: This fireplace did not come with all the sparkle you see. ( A future post will follow explaining how fire rocks, fire glass, and fire balls can be added to any gas burning fireplace. ) 

Outdoor patio heaters, Gas stoves, Gas fireplaces, Fire glass, By: JoFer Interiors
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(Sorry We'll shut it of now because it's summer and it's blazing HOT out here ! )

Outdoor furniture, centerpieces, from Target stores, By: JoFer Interiors
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Here is a bistro patio table along with a pair of armed aluminum patio chairs that have been coated with a couple coats of semigloss clear coat for a subtle sheen. 

Note: If you look closer you can also notice its rustic characteristics.

The clear coat will also extend the lifetime of the chairs as it will protect it from the elements. 

Outdoor furniture, centerpieces, DeLoach Merlot, By: JoFer Interiors
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Some metallic color painted clustered oyster/clam shells beautifully nestled in a clay flower pot, makes for a Gorgeous centerpiece. 

And how could we  forget the bottle of Russian Merlot which will complement the evening once this makeover is completed. 

Outdoor furniture, centerpieces, Decor pillows, DeLoach Merlot, By: JoFer Interiors
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Just another Birds eye view of where the evening dinner will be served. 

Outdoor furniture, centerpieces, Outdoor coolers,  By: JoFer Interiors
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Full end to end view of balcony from the far end. 

Outdoor furniture, centerpieces, Gas Fireplaces, Outdoor area rugs, By: JoFer Interiors
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Outdoor furniture, centerpieces, Outdoor Gas Fireplaces, Fire pits,  By: JoFer Interiors
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Another nighttime view of the entire other end of the balcony fully decorated and ready for your guest. To all Cheers. And Enjoy ! 

Conclusion: There you have it. Another completed project, and another happy home dweller. This was a very unique space given the uncommon large size of the balcony. Nevertheless, when Decorating Small Patios and Balconies, always think functional. Keep in mind furniture that can either be folded, light, or serve a double purpose. This will allow for better storage and easy re-positioning if needs be. 

As always, we will love to hear what you think about this balcony Space Made Perfect idea

Please share your outdoor space with us. We'll love to see it. 

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