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Add a Touch of Whimsy to Your Home

April 17, 2014
By HEATHER ZIEGLER - Associate City Editor , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Do you believe in fairies? As spring is here, and thoughts have turned to sprucing up both the inside and outside of our homes, many homeowners are turning to a bit of whimsy to lighten the mood.

For the outdoors, garden centers, department stores and discount stores are showing some imagination with offerings of tiny fairy garden decorations to add charm to an outdoor garden, patio, walkways and landscaping. All it takes is the desire to create these tiny garden spaces and the supplies are endless.

Many fairy gardens can be placed in planters, around the base of a tree or even in and around a discarded shoe or boot. The designs are as endless as the imagination of the person creating the garden. At the Ben Franklin store in Elm Grove, you can find accessories and, of course, fairies to create a tiny fantasy world to delight all ages.

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Adding whimsy to your home decor may include these colorful fish knickknacks.

Barrels, planters and window boxes also can be home to fairies complete with tiny cottages, birdhouses and colorful rocks. Solar fairy statues add an even brighter touch to the fairy garden.

All of local discount stores, including Dollar General, Big Lots, Family Dollar, Dollar Zone and Dollar Tree, offer and array of garden items to fit any outdoor need. Target is another place to search for items to add a whimsical touch to an outdoor space.

Outdoor lighted trees and branches are popular year-round as are the growing number of solar lights.

Moving inside, whimsy means adding fun to the home. Changing from the heavy fabrics and dark colors of winter can be as easy as changing out the pillows on the couch or bed with bright colors or even a nautical, beach theme.

To add a whole new look, try placing a room-dividing screen in larger areas to create privacy. Screens can be quite striking in colors and patterns. Designers today are moving toward the use of canvas products and over-sized framed photographs. Wall art can be simple statement pieces rather than the traditional mirrors or multiple framed artwork.

One local woman discovered some old advertising posters for Hostess products in the basement of her home. When she moved to a condo, she had the posters framed at Ben Franklin. She said the posters add color to her walls and offer true conversation pieces for visitors.

Whether an open floor plan or a traditional style home, putting personal touches is the key to making the space your own.

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