Chalkboard Wood Garland

November 6, 2014

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Can you believe it's November?  I'm breaking away from the bathroom for a bit (the remodel has taken over my life) to start thinking about this years seasonal decor. Every year, we enjoy displaying our Christmas favorites, but at the same time we like to introduce new elements & of course, make some fun festive creations (like last years pallet Christmas Countdown).  Even though we typically start the process of unpacking the holiday boxes before Thanksgiving arrives, we certainly don't overlook the beautiful Holiday of giving.  For that tricky time when we're transitioning from one … [Read more...]

Why + How to Prime Wood Furniture

October 1, 2014

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It's been a busy few days around my neck of the woods.  With revamping the china cabinet + another BIG project coming down the pipeline (which I can't wait to share details about), I haven't had 5 minutes to sit.  No worries though, I'll sit when I'm old, ha. So my last post was all about the beginning steps of prepping & sanding a piece of wood furniture.  The next step, which is what this post is dedicated to, is priming.  Primer is SO important!  I can not stress enough that primer is a must when painting something. anything.  YOU NEED PRIMER. Why Prime. Whether a room or a … [Read more...]

13 Interesting Ways to Turn Toy Animals into Fabulous Home Decor

May 22, 2014

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I had so much fun creating the toy animal instagram photo holders for my boy's room, and with the thoughtful comments + compliments I received, it seems like many of you loved them just as much. I think because they're unexpected  + unique, using toy animals are the perfect way to bring a bit of fun into a room & they are quite the conversation starter.  Plus turning your own kids toys into fabulous decor, beats the similar, but much more expensive accessories you can find elsewhere! As with most of my creations, I often search the web afterwards to see what other similar projects … [Read more...]

DIY: Jewelry Holder

April 16, 2014

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This post brought to you by Elmer’s ProBond Advanced. All opinions are 100% mine. My latest DIY project has been one on my to-do list for a while.  I've been inspired by so many who have made their own jewelry holders that I even have a pinterest board solely dedicated to unique styles and creations that I admire!  And now the day has finally come for ME to share mine... This project was slightly involved to make, but the overall process wasn't difficult + it included a few of my favorite tools & my latest love, Elmer's ProBond Advanced.  This bonding glue is awesome and was a … [Read more...]

DIY: Frame Turned Tray

April 9, 2014

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This post brought to you by Elmer’s ProBond Advanced. All opinions are 100% mine. With the excitement of Spring finally here (our snow is almost all melted), I started spicing up the house with a few lighter + brighter elements.  The first area that I started with... The Foyer!  The entryway of the home is the perfect place to get the Spring time decor rolling.  Incorporating trays are a design-must in my book for styling tabletops + vignettes.  After clearing off the top of the gold dresser to start with a fresh palette, I knew I needed a new tray.   So I made one... From Frame to Tray, … [Read more...]

DIY: Wood Honeycomb Shelves

April 2, 2014

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Even though we veered away from the original design for the revamped shared kids space, my son had his heart set on honeycomb shelves after I showed him the Land of Nod style.  And since this mama can't let her boy down, I had to pull through. But instead of buying, what did I do?  DIYed them, of course.  After a little research & this post by A Beautiful Mess, I was confident to move forward. Not only are these honeycomb / hexagon shelves functional, the whole ensemble is like a piece of art.  And instead of painting the shelves a color or staining them a traditional wood finish, I … [Read more...]

DIY: Rolling Underbed Wood Storage Cart

March 31, 2014

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I've been busy-busy on finishing up the details for my boys room makeover.  This room has taken quite the turn from it originally being a boy/girl, sister/brother shared bedroom, to a full-on boy hangout haven!  Even though my little guy is only 7 (just shy of 8), I feel it's a space he can grow with (until I get my hands on it for another makeover, hehe). So my latest and greatest DIY project in the room is something that holds stuff that I often refer to as the 'bane of my existence'... TOYS.  Specifically, the little, itty bitty toys like Legos and Kinex that somehow always end up under … [Read more...]

Valentine Wreath with Paint Chip Flowers

January 16, 2014

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Thanks all for loving my printables so much - I didn't realize what a hit they'd be.  I guess next time I should have more confidence...  Weren't all the other printables along the Blog Hop super cute as well?  I am still in the romance mood (that sounded corny), and wanted to share with you a wreath I created last year.  It was originally featured on Jen's blog, but I wanted to give it a refresh and share it all with you.  It's one of my favorites to-date! Come see how I made this Valentine Wreath with Paint Chip Flowers... It wasn't difficult to make at all and the flower petals … [Read more...]

Adding Color + Openness in the Kitchen

January 9, 2014

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Like I said the other day, I am slow going so far this year, so bear with me on projects.  I'm not sure what's wrong with me - I really need to get my butt into action.  For the first time this year, I FINALLY got my DIY groove on in the last 2 days, got my paints out, and started my first project of the year.  Give me a big YAHOO! For my Lowe's challenge this month, the focus is on creating creative storage solutions.  Great topic, but organizing + storage really isn't my forte.  I'm good at designing rooms and coming up with outside-the-box ideas, but organizing isn't really my strong … [Read more...]

DIY: Personalized Word Christmas Ornament

December 18, 2013

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One week to go and Christmas will be here. Can you believe it? As you know, my home has been decorated for quite a few weeks, but I have still been working on new holiday projects here and there to add to this years decor.   Once the house is 'set', I still enjoy adding new and unique touches for the season. Since adding in a second tree this year, which is more of a pretty tree versus the sentimental traditional tree we decorate as a family, I've had fun with the gold + brown theme.  Along with the ball ornaments, I've added in some gold feathers (yes gold + feather in one combo: … [Read more...]