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Lighten it up…Tricks of the trade

I think one of the most common things that I hear lately is, ” I just want to lighten it up in here”.  I have been thinking a lot about this and have come up with a few quick tips that can help lighten up a “dark” space.

 5.  Paint the room- This would be the cheapest way to see the biggest difference.  With that being said, sometimes painting the space is just not doable.  So the next few are some quick and easy changes.

Add lighting-  A good rule to try to stick to is to have at least two forms of light in a room.  For example an overhead ceiling light and a lamp. Light makes a space feel open and inviting.

3. Eliminate Clutter-  Sometimes a gallery wall or an extra table can look cute, but can also crowd a space making it feel more heavy and dark.  If you are wanting to lighten and open up a space try to take  a minimalist view and eliminate unnecessary items.

2.  Add a mirror-  Mirrors reflect light and also make a room feel bigger.  Bigger feels light and airy.

1.  Add white-  If you have a dark space do not be afraid to add white.  As long as you add more then one item ( for example a couple of pillows with some white on the couch, a tray on the coffee table with white in it and a white vase on the other side of the room) it should lighten up your space nicely.

And of course some inspiration photos…


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Nursery Design Board

I am still waiting on the after photos for this nursery, but I thought I would share this design board I did for a great gal.  She was pregnant with her 3rd boy (I guess someone has to even this world out for my 3 girls).  I always like to make artwork personal so the lovely lady over at Orange Tree Papers did just that for me.  I am loving the pops of peacock color.  The rug is from Urban and the great Peacock Scallop pillow is from Caitlin Wilson Textiles.

nancy - Great nursery! I can’t wait to see the after photos. It’s going to look awesome! I bought the same rug for my kitchen, but it is navy. It doesn’t look quite right, so I have to return it. :(

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GIVEAWAY! $200 credit to Sally Jensen Interiors CLOSED

As promised…I am ready to celebrate the new site!  I will be giving away a $200 credit to one lucky winner to use toward custom textiles.  I didn’t want to put something specific up because I would love to help somebody completely customize something fun.  Get creative…we can do pillows, crib bedding, curtains, etc…  Here are a few combos I have put together to get your minds moving…

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Giveaway will end on Sunday, May 27 at midnight.


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Amy Richards - Love your work! It’s gorgeous!

Daryl Lee - Such great ideas!

Emily Clark - I’m a friend of Lindsay Brummer’s and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your work! that nursery is TO DIE FOR!!! Just “liked” your page on FB :)

Katie - Hi – I’m Katie Zaharis and I met you thru Hannah a while back. I’m excited to have found your blog. Everything looks great!

Dani - Subscribed

Dani - Liked on Facebook :)

Dani - & shared on twitter :)

i hope i win!!

Jenn - Would love to win! I…

1. Subscribed to

2. Liked Sally Jensen Interiors on Facebook

3. Told many friends about this giveaway via Twitter!

Heather - Hooray…love it! I’m in need of your inspired ideas for my chair cushions.

Nancy@OwensOlivia - I would love the chance to win! My son’s crib has no bedding, my living room has no drapes, and my poopy brown couch has bland, cream pillows! This would be the perfect opportunity to spruce some things up!

Nancy@OwensOlivia - I already follow you on FB.

Janae Ranes - I love your fabrics. Daydreaming about what to do for bedding for my baby girl this fall.

Heather M. - Like you on FB!

Heather M. - I’m subscribed!

marilee - Sally,

You know I love everything that you do. You are so talented. I would love to win!!!!

Amber - Shared the giveaway on Facebook :)

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Emily Clark - just shared you on my FB page! We are expecting our first child in Nov. and would love your help designing the nursery!

christina - subscribe…check!

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christina - share w/ friends on twitter & FB…triple check!!! (because i can never have enough custom goodies in our home!) ;)

Jamie @ Like Me Some - What a fabulous giveaway! Very exciting and crossing my fingers!

Jamie @ Like Me Some - Liked on Facebook:)

jamie @ Like Me Some - Tweeted your fabulous giveaway!

jamie @ Like Me Some - Trying to subscribe but having technical difficulties:( Not sure what I’m doing wrong!

Kam - I liked it on facebook!

Kam - I subscribed!

Emilia Q. - subscribed

Emilia Q. - Liked on FB

Emilia Q. - Sharing with my friends! Congrats on your new blog Sally. I absolutely love :) I can’t wait to have a baby someday. I will need your talent to help me out put a cute nursery together. You are fabulous!!!

Heather M. - Shared on FB!

aubree stephens - WOW- i am blown away at the different fabrics and how well constructed everything is! beautiful!! I am having a girl in august and would LOVE LOVE this!!

Rachel Allen - Amazing!!! Love all your ideas!

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Rachel Allen - Subscribed! You inspire me and I want to redo everything in my house!!

nancy - who won?! who won?!!!??? :)

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