Halloween Decor: 2017

This years Halloween Decorations took about 5 min to put up but really made an impact. We ready for Halloween are you?

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Quick Change Halloween Wreath
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Pipe Cleaner Spiders 
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A few corn stalks from the garden and some small pumpkins transorms the wilting summer pots. 
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Bright orange tape wrapped around the exterior light makes the while house feel in the spirit. 
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DIY Yarn Spider Web 

 

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Decorating with Damaged Books

I love books, having two young children I seldom finish them, but I do enjoy a good read. One thing I don’t enjoy, is damaged books. I know the cover being bent, the corners folded (ever heard of a bookmark people…you know who you are) or a small tear doesn’t change the story but it really bugs me. Since I love decorating,  I have decided to turn my unliked damaged (or outdated) books into much loved home decor. It is so simple anyone, and I mean ANYONE, can make good use of them.

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Start with a damaged or unwanted paperback book. (See the final tip for hardcover books*)  Pull the cover back,  striping it from the binding. Once one side is removed pull off the other side and even a page if you’d like it to look a little different.

 

Use the books separately or tie them in groups and place around your home. Tip: when stacking, vary the sizes but make sure the largest is on the bottom. Also, be sure to pay attention to color and stick with similar books or use ones that all differ in color. Avoid the odd one out look.

 

Old books are perfect for grouping with additional items, placing in trays, decorating shelves, or laying on coffee and end tables.

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*Tip: With hardcover books you can remove the book jackets and even use them with the binding facing in to create a more uniform look.

Wooden Crate: Decorating with multiple angles in mind.

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This is another project we completed at my sisters new home. Because of the layout of their home the top of the cabinets are visible from their upstairs familyroom as well as the kitchen. The space called for something that would look good from a variety of angles. It had to make a statement in the kitchen but blend into the background of the familyroom which it did wonderfully.

 

 

This crate was perfect. The contrast in the lettering seen from the kitchen below was bold, yet viewing it from the alternate side it blended and brought balance.

 

 

The modifications we made to this item included adding some decorative wheels to give it the height we needed and filling it with green hydrangeas to bring some life!

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I think this wooden crate turned into quite the perfect piece!

Light Fixture Upgrade: DIY Canning Jar Light

IMG_5912I recently visited my sister in her beautiful new home and she blessed me by allowing me to help get some house projects done! The first thing we tackled was this light fixture over her sink. We were looking for a cheep fun update that better fit her style and we opted to go with a Canning Jar for a new shade. We began by removing the old glass shade and pieces.

IMG_5914After disassembling things we needed to create a hole in the center of the Jar lid. The hole needs to be the same size as the hole in your previous glass shade.  In order to cut the hole you can use a special drill bit as we did Or you can puncture all the way around the hole with nails essentially leaving you with dotted line of death to punch out. With my history of cuts and my brother-inlaws knowledge of tools we opted for using the drill instead.

IMG_5928With the holes complete we simply slid the lids onto the light fixture and secured them with the metal ring used to hold the shade.

 

Next we screwed in the our new light bulbs which we bought to fit the mouth of the jars. You could use wide mouth jars which would allow you to fit standard light bulbs however it does change the look and the lid is wider and doesn’t bled with the currentl fixture as well. Also be sure to use clear bulbs or Edison depending on your design aesthetic.

 

Lastly we screwed on the jar and out fixture was complete!

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*Update: While we had discussed wrapping the fixture stems in rope we didn’t get to it when I was visiting. Take a peek below for their final rustic fixture makeover!

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Before and After: Painted Sitting Room

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Does anyone paint randomly decide to paint rooms in their home? Well yesterday I decided to us a color I had laying around in my sitting room. The new color really makes the built-ins pop. Take a look below to see the change.

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The color I choose for this room is Rolling Pebble by Behr. I love that this color adds depth without going to dark and really helps the buit ins stand out.

 

 

Above Cabinet Decor

For the longest time I’ve neglected the space above my cabinets. While placing the right items above cabinets can bring the eye up and make a room feel taller, using the wrong items can make things feel cramped or messy.

In this area I used two simple items to bring the eye up without overcomplicating the space.

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One thing to remember when decorating above cabinets is that items may need to be raised or propped up. Books, boxes, and easels can help items fit your spaces better. Just remember to use books you’ve already read and things you won’t be needing!

I love how this simple change brought life to this under utilized space!

On a side note, I made both the sign and arrangement. The sign was a left over board I had that I white washed and hand painted. The arrangement was made in a beautiful crock I bought for $2 a while back. Here are some photos of the two items in process.

 

 

 

Sit Back and Relax: Adirondack Chair Makeover!

This project started with some extra patio space and a pair of beat up Adirondack chairs.

I wanted to use this small space on my patio as a place to sit back and relax. After a little pressure washing and a lot of painting the chairs looked just like new!

I now have a great place to sit with a book or invite a friend over to chat. I can’t think of a better use for this small patio space!

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A Touch of Whimsy

My girls have been asking for a fairy garden for sometime. We attempted in the past but nothing’s turned out quite right. Today we decided a small touch of whimsy in our landscaping would be just right.

We started off with a Happy Meal toy, a small patch of ground cover, some paint markers, and a Target dollar section find.

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With a little paint our fairy house was ready for its new home. The girls and I created a path with our Target store building blocks, and set the stage!

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The girls plan on leaving small note for the fairies in our garden home and who knows, maybe they will right back. 😉

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Creative Design: Thinking outside the box.

When we moved into our new home we had a front room labeled the “flexroom”. While it was decorated as an office in the model home, we had no need for an office and it required a bit of creativity to make it a purposeful space that met our needs. Because this room is the first thing you see when you walk into our home it was important to me that it was not only a functional space but also welcoming.

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Having young kids, we knew we didn’t want a playroom to be the first thing guest saw but we also knew that toys would end up here. We tackled this problem by including a custom made bench with large wicker baskets to hide away unsightly toys. It’s amazing how quickly the kids can clean up when all they have to do is throw the toys in the bins!

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While the kids love to play in this room it also a favorite place of mine to chat with friends. To make this room a welcoming place for adults I added four simple chairs and small end tables. Having a place for guest to set their coffee or tea makes the room much more practical for entertaining. We actually use this room all the time and the space functions wonderfully as a casual sitting room.

 

One thing that really required a creative solution was what to do with people’s coats when they came into our home. We do have a coat closet near the door but it may or may not be full of games and spare decorating items. This simple hanging coat rack is the perfect thing for our entry. It doesn’t take much space and is super functional!

 

One thing that took a while was finding a unique coffee table to pull everything together. I had been looking for some time but didnt find anything I loved. Luckily, my mom came across this table labeled for outdoor use. While the table may have been meant for a patio, I quickly decided it may actually be the perfect fit for my room. I tried it out inside and it was a perfect. Don’t let labels define your decorating and don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

 

With a bit of time and creativity our “flexroom” has finally become a functional and welcoming space!

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