Decorating

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Show Stopping Beaded Chandelier Makeover – Guest Post by Modern Parsonage

  Welcome to our second Wednesday in 2012! Today I have a special guest for you: Bri from The Modern Parsonage is here to show you how she created that truly fabulous chandelier you see up there. But, before we get to the tutorial,…
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Adding Grilles to Garage Door Windows

You know that thing about your house that you really want to change, but it takes you a while to mull over how to change it? Well, that thing for me was our garage doors. They are the two giant doormen that greet me at least five times a day…
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Smart Tiles Installation and Product Review

The other day I was lamenting the condition of our laundry room. It was beautiful about a year ago, but continual use and lots of cleaning paint brushes had left the wall looking like this. Since Jackson Pollock walls are not in style,…
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Creative Gift Wrapping Day #5 – Polar Bear, Dove, Holly and a Sleigh

This is it, the last day of the Creative Gift Wrapping tutorials. I hope you have had fun with some of these creative gift wrap ideas. In case you missed any, here are the previous days of gift wrapping: Day #1 - Monogram & Name Plaque Day…
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Creative Gift Wrapping Day #2 – Frosty and Rudolph Gift Wrap

Are you ready to have some fun today?! Making recognizable holiday characters is sure to be enjoyable. It brought me back to some preschool craft projects we used to do in school. Materials: Black felt or black construction paper …
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Creative Gift Wrapping Day #1 – Using Elmer’s Holiday #GlueNGlitter Supplies

Every year I try to come up with new and creative ways to wrap Christmas gifts for my friends and family. For me, making beautiful packages is almost as fun as opening the gifts Christmas morning. In fact, I usually invite a few friends…
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Tree Branch Ornaments by Laura Makes

Today I have a special guest with a special holiday project. Laura is going to show you how to make those adorable tree branch ornaments! But, first, let me tell you a little about Laura. This is Laura with one of her four fur babies! Laura…
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Dollar Tree Placemat Turned into a Snowman Flag with Tulip Shimmer

Brrrr! Anyone else experiencing the dipping temperatures? I really don't like the cold unless it is going to snow. If it snows, I'll put up with the sub-zero artic blast because I know we couldn't have snow without the cold. But, if it…
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Beveled Glass Ornaments from an Old Brass Light

I had so much fun at the Habitat ReStore talk this past weekend. My favorite holiday decorations were these adorable beveled glass ornaments. Would you believe me if I told you that they began life as a dated octagon brass light fixture? Well,…
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Video Tutorial for using Simply Screen – Free Printable

The holidays are at full throttle speed and my boys couldn't be more excited. Myself? I still haven't decorated the house — in fact — truth be told I let Pretty Handsome Guy and the boys bring in the tree and decorate it. But, I did…
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Scrap Wood Christmas Tree using RIT Dye

Holiday decorating is in full swing in my house. We bought our tree today and Pretty Handsome Guy and the boys decorated it today while I worked on the cute little scrap wood Christmas tree above. When I saw the scrap wood DIY Christmas…
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Holiday Decor from ReStore Finds – Saturday, December 10th – 1pm

I just got back from Pretty Handsome Guy's office party. We had a blast, and the evening was defined by a surprise entertainer: Doug E. Fresh who showed up to work the crowd. I have to tell you that I wasn't too familiar with him. So when…
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Handmade Holiday Decor eBook

Happy Day After Thanksgiving! I don't know about you, but despite the week I had last week, I am very grateful and thankful for modern medicine and trained surgeons who can take all the broken pieces and put them back together again. Humpty…
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My Newest Inspirational Shop – Revival Antiques & Accessories

When Courtney (The Joy of Decorating) organized the Raleigh group for I <3 Thrifting Day she took us to an "off the beaten" path shop. Tucked into an industrial zone off Capital Blvd. in Raleigh, you would miss it unless you were specifically…
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Charm and Character – A House Tour

Today you have been invited to take a house tour at my friend Holly's home. Holly is a good friend of mine, so luckily I didn't have to beg too much for her to let us into her home. But, before we go in I want to tell you a little more about…
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Trick or Treat Bags Using Elmer’s #GlueNGlitter and Recyclables

My kids like to raid our recycling bin. They make the most imaginative things out of milk jugs, strawberry pints and toilet paper rolls. In fact, my five year old has been making his own Halloween costume from paper bags and tape. So, when…
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Make Your Own Terrarium and Save Hundreds of Dollars

  Terrariums are making a comeback in home décor. Gone are the octagonal mirrored terrariums. They have been replaced by sleak apothecary jars, tall cylinders and lidded glass vessels (to name just a few shapes.) Twig Terrariums…
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Tea Light Centerpiece

In my constant attempt to save things from the landfill, I came up with this nifty transformation of an old Hollywood light fixture. Can you believe that I took this... And turned it into this? Materials: Trim (canopy)…
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Fall Mantle Decor and Vignettes

Fall is here, fall is here! Finally the cooler temps are near! I'm not sure about your area of the world, but this summer seemed a little too hot for my liking. My husband told me about the term "Global Weirding". It seems fitting for all…
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Paint Chip Lamp Shade

Are you as nutso about paint chip projects as I am? I'm semi-worried that I might get arrested next time I'm pulling samples at my local paint department. Is there a law against taking too many?* Okay, so let's just say that I have collected…
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Installing a Branch Towel Bar

The other day I showed you how to prep and sand a branch to make a towel bar. If you haven't viewed that tutorial, you may wish to do so now. Okay, so let's get started. This shouldn't take too long, but you'll want to grab a few supplies…
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How to Slipcover a Couch Beautifully

We definitely have paranormal activity in our home. Things move without explanation. Pillows that were strategically placed by me to look magazine pretty inevitably end up on the floor after I leave the room. Kid sized chairs levitate on their…
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How to Build a Built-in Decorative Shelf

Thank you for all the kind comments about my boys' bathroom. One of my favorite changes in the room was the addition of the built-in decorative shelf. It was fairly easy to build and install. I used a router to give the shelf a decorative…
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From Fishy to Beachy, the Boys’ Bathroom Reveal

When I last showed you my boy's bathroom, it looked like this: Nemo and Dory would have enjoyed life living in the kids' bathroom. But, alas, I was serenaded by a beautiful new mirror (actually a new MirrorMate frame.) And so I set to work…
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MirrorMate Installation

Do you have an ugly builder's mirror? I'm betting about 85% of you do. The other 10% were lucky to buy a home that has a beautifully framed mirror. And the remaining 5% either made or bought a new mirror with a frame! When I was first introduced…
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Go Bold or Go Home! Show Your True Colors.

33 Colorful Front Doors I am drawn to homes that have unique front door colors. I crave something beyond the normal white, black or burgundy. Give me a unique color that tells me something about its occupants! I love being able to say, we're…
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Leen the Graphics Queen and Installing Wall Vinyl

I had the opportunity to meet Leen the Graphics Queen last week when she, her husband and her two sweet boys were in town. We met at Monkey Joe's (an inflatable playground) and our boys had a fun and energetic afternoon playing together. If…
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How to Use Contact Paper and Pimp My Closet

For the past six weeks I've been taking the Simplify101 workshop: Organizing101. Aby has been a great instructor, and it has motivated me to take back my home! A few of the projects I've completed are: AND... ...Duh,…
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Screen Porch Tour

You know the saying about not waiting for your house to be perfect to invite people over? Well, I realized that even though my porch is not 100% complete, I shouldn't wait to invite y'all over. I have wanted to spruce up our screened…
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Hanging Objects on a Wall the Right Way (the First Time)

It's a jolly good day, wouldn't you say?! Did you watch the Royal Wedding this morning? Or did you DVR it to watch later  (like I did.) I hope you enjoyed my photos from London and didn't mind the diversion. Now I'm back into DIY tutorial…
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Spring Vignettes and Mantle Décor

Ahhh, the birds are chirping and the flowers are in full bloom. The azaleas in our yard look like fireworks exploding with color. I long to open the windows and let in the sounds and the sweet smells. But, alas, the pollen bomb is…
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Inspired by Spring Flowers

Oh happy day! My spirits are being lifted by the showy flowers that are blooming outside my window. This post is for those of you that are still suffering through this brutal winter. My thoughts are with you often, and I hope these colors help…
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Creating a Focal Point – Guest Post by Two Story Cottage

As we say goodbye to February, I have one final guest blogger for you. It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to Erin from Two Story Cottage. If you haven't been in Erin's Two Story Cottage, she gives her readers a warm open invitation…
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Decorating with Plants – Guest Post from Sand & Sisal

Today, I have another special guest for you. Kim from Sand & Sisal is here to share with us some tips for using plants to decorate and improve our homes. And the best news is that you don't need a green thumb to care for many of these.…
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Covering Unsightly Window Views – Guest Post from Sawdust and Paper Scraps

I hope you've enjoyed the posts on "Falling in Love with Your Home" in February. We're in the home stretch (yes, pun intended) now. Today I have my roomie from Blissdom, Sandra from Sawdust and Paper Scraps. She and I love our power tools, and…
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Changing Out Your Pillows for a New Look

Winter is almost over, and not a moment too soon! I have been hanging onto my Christmas cards and warm fuzzy pillows and throw (from Pier One). But, I have been feeling the Winter blues. So, I decided to make a quick change to the line up in…
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Adding Moulding to Your Staircase – Decor Chick Guest Post

Today I want to welcome Emily from DecorChick! Isn't she gorgeous! But, she's not just attractive, she is brilliant! (And fun to hang with.) Why do I think she's brilliant? Because she has one extra special, creative brain. Just look…
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Creating Seasonal Vignettes

I like to revitalize my love for a room by switching out the décor throughout the year. Decorating for the season gives the room a fresh look. Mantles are the ideal place to begin: Autumn  Christmas Valentine's Day Springtime But,…
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Making an Entrance – Sprucing Up Your Entryway

Sprucing up your entryway. If your home is like ours, we have two entrances. The front door, and the door near our driveway. The latter is used about 95% of the time by us and our friends. Creating an inviting entrance for yourself…
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Removing the Blinds – Let There Be Light

Welcome back. Today, I'm going to show you how to maximize the amount of light that comes in your windows. In my last post I talked about scraping and painting your ceilings to help reflect more natural light into your home.…