Creative Decorating Shortcuts

You know I’m all about a shortcut—especially when it comes to decorating.

I’m all about easy and simple and five minutes that look they took like hours and hours of work.

Remember that commercial with the lady that stood in the kitchen reading a book or watching television or working on something else besides baking.  And then?  When her family walked in, she tossed flour on herself and walked out of the kitchen with an entire tray of biscuits.  It looked like she had been baking for hours, but really?  She was shortcutting it instead.

That’s exactly like this challenge.

My new book, So Close to Amazing is launching in two weeks.

I may have mentioned it once or twice.  🙂

I may have done cartwheels in my yard and dropped it in conversation at WalMart a few zillion times.  I’m so excited I can’t help it.  I want the world to celebrate with me.  So to ring in the book with great fanfare and joy and exuberant pomp and circumstance, I’m sharing a decorating short cut every day until launch day.

Fourteen days of easy.

Fourteen days of simple.

Fourteen days that might just turn you into a shortcut rock star….

….without all the flour. 🙂

The one thing every lamp needs

Have you ever noticed that lighting is a challenge?

You turn on the overhead light and everything looks washed out with awkward shadows.

So you take a lighting right turn and switch on the lamps, but you can’t adjust them exactly the way that you want.

It’s like you are up a lighting creek without a paddle.

Until now.

Plug in touch dimmer

This is the one thing that every lamp needs.

It’s a plug-in touch dimmer.

I bought mine at Home Depot over in the lighting section.

The front of the dimmer plug

Here’s the front side of it.

To dim my lamp, all I did was plug in my lamp into the dimmer and then plug the dimmer into a standard outlet.

Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions on the package as well.

And then?

Touch the lamp to dim it

I just touched the lamp and it dims to three different settings.

(total aside–don’t you love that nail polish?  It’s called Field Fox.  Perfect for the shortest nails on the planet.)

The dimmer lamp in the living room

Here’s the first setting.

Here's the first setting

Here’s the second setting.

Here's the second setting

Here’s the third.

I took the pictures as the light was getting darker in the room to show you the difference.

The best part is that you control the mood in the room with different levels of light.

Another option to dim your light

Here’s another option if you don’t want to plug in your dimmer.

This is a lamp dimmer that screws into an existing lamp.

You then screw the lightbulb into the socket and you can control the amount of light with the dial.

Here’s one I found online at WalMart.

Here's the dimmer lamp in the living room

I hope you are up for 14 days of shortcuts.

I hope you’ll follow along.

And I hope you have a day as amazing and wonderful and incredible….

….as you are. 🙂

PS  And now?

Here’s a word from our 14-day shortcut sponsor. 🙂

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So Close to Amazing

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  1. Image for April Lopez April Lopez

    This is very cool. Didn't know they had such a thing. On a side note, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that pillow with the house cutout. Is it homemade or purchased?

  2. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Oo, I like shortcuts that make me look amazing! I really like this idea! Going to go find a dimmer! (Love the nail polish color too...what brandis it? I'm thinking it's a perfect Fall neutral!) And yes, I do remember the commercial. It always made me laugh! I'm pre-ordering a couple of copies! They will make excellent gifts. Hugs and 🎉 Celebrations, Cecilia

  3. Image for Lisa Lisa

    As soon as saw that nail polish I had all the heart eyes and then the very next sentence, you answered the question I was going to ask!!!! I need this dimmer in my life like ASAP. #soclosetoamazing

  4. Image for Terri Terri

    Great idea! I may have missed it, but do you have a link for the Home Depot touch dimmer? I'm having trouble finding it at my store. Thank you for the inspiration! And I love your nail polish color!

  5. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Hellloooo, all! I had a great six days here in the Springs with my daughter and granddaughter, ending with a grand finale' of eclipse viewing in Denver. It was wonderful! We didn't order glasses but while shopping and waiting to go to the airport, so many people in the outdoor mall volunteered to loan theirs. Warmed my heart! But I'm so happy to be back here among my Thistlewood Blog friends ;-) About this post: my bedside lamp is tall. Not too tall but, nevertheless, I do have to scootch up in bed to turn it off at night. So this is an excellent solution! Thank you, Karianne!!

  6. Image for Carrie Carrie

    Love the nail polish almost as much as I love the book!!! And the tip. Can't wait for tomorrow's tip! Maybe it will be on where you buy the perfect shade of nail polish...although, purple toes still reign supreme, too!!! :)

  7. Image for Carrie Carrie If I found the right polish : (it's an awfully long link to the polish) Wal-Mart....but it is also available at Amazon, too!!! Happy Shopping, Ladies!

  8. Image for Cindy Richter Cindy Richter

    ooh, looking forward to these next 13 posts. I have a lamp that sits way up high and so we use a switch on the wall to turn it on. I've ALWAYS wanted a dimmer. Had never heard of these... awesome! Thanks!

  9. Image for Amy W. Amy W.

    Love the tip! Who knew? Til now! Thanks so much! I also want to give you a shout out that your book arrived in my mailbox this past Saturday! I thought Christmas had arrived early! I so LOVE reading it, and getting to know you more!!! Hope it's a Best Seller!!! Take care!

  10. Image for Kris Kris

    What great ideas for dimming lamps! Good thing I have you to keep me updated--I'm not good on noticing products like that.

  11. Image for Barbara Moore Barbara Moore

    Mr. Home Depot is gonna love you. What a great little toy! Thanks for sharing. And in case you didn't remember - only 14 days left! Insert happy dance.

  12. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    OMGoodness, what a happy day! I pre-ordered your book last night, and now THIS?!? I love dimmers, and on my lamps ~ how awesome to be able to change the lighting as your mood dictates! Thanks you!

  13. Image for Sharon Warren Sharon Warren

    Got my copy of your book today! It's a gift for my daughter's birthday in September, so I have a few weeks to peek at it first. Can't wait to laugh, cry, and ponder the talent of being so close to Amazing!

  14. Image for Jean from Georgia Jean from Georgia

    Yes, I love your nail polish. I noticed your nails before reading you blog and wondered whose cute hand is being featured. Love the dimmer from Home Depot, too.

  15. Image for Carol@BlueskyKitchen Carol@BlueskyKitchen

    I definitely want one or two or three of those lamp thing~a~ma~jigs. Here's what I really want. You know when you have a lamp on a table in the middle of the room and you have to use an extension cord and hide it under the rug and there is a little bump in the rug until it gets where you can plug it in an outlet? Why can't they make a battery operated little thing~a~ma~jig that you plug your lamp cord into and can tuck it under the table and you can turn your pretty lamp on with no extension cords and no bump under the rug. Someone please invent it. Can't be that hard.

  16. Image for pamela pamela

    such a great little helper thank you for sharing... Love the polish and just fyi your nails are not that short. all medical personal mostly women. all have just as short and massage therapist. my nails are just as short I keep them like that. also.. Here is a cute story for you .... I was at Kroger the other day the young girl ( must have been all of 20) had long nails I asked her how she liked them , her reply was I don't like them at all wish I would have never done it. :)

  17. Image for laura laura

    What a great idea. I have the walk in light on walk out light off switch in my pantry and love it. I love the dimmer option. On my Home Depot list! laura {not a trophy wife}

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