Category: DIY Projects

The Prettiest Wrapping Paper of All

December 12, 2017

All these years I have been spending big bucks on assorted wrapping paper, bags and boxes to try and give ‘pretty’ looking gifts. But this year I realized the most beautiful wrapped gifts of all are wrapped simply in plain brown paper:

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Aren’t they so pretty?!:

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Winter Scene with Apothecary Jar and Faux Snow

December 4, 2017

Something I started playing with last Christmas while decorating and really enjoyed was snow-filled apothecary jars and cloches:

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I have always loved cute little miniature accessories so this project was right up my alley. Simple and festive!

You can see last years faux snow projects here.

It is literally a 5 minute project. For supplies you need faux snow (or salt or baking soda works too), an apothecary jar or cloche, a few mini trees, and mini sleigh or any other miniature figurine:

All you do is, cover the base of the jar/cloche with craft snow, add the mini trees and  figurine, and the sprinkle some more craft snow on your winter scene. Told you it was easy!

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Guest Room Transformation with Amazing Before & After Photos

November 11, 2017

Marsha, we have outdone ourselves this time with your guest bedroom makeover!  As always, working with you has been such a pleasure. I love how well we work together searching and finding the next perfect piece to our design puzzle. Your new guest room is just beautiful! :

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Marsha and I have worked on several home projects online together in the past few years. She lives in Illinois, I am in New Hampshire. This time she was looking to update her guest room:

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For My Friend Liz: Ideas & Inspiration For Simple Fall Decorating

September 17, 2017

Not sure where to start decorating your home for Fall? I thought I would share my progress so far this year and give you a few simple ideas and tips on how to begin:

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For every Season I decorate, I usually always start with a stress-free, easy to make centerpiece for my kitchen/dining room table:

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It is such a great place to make a statement because you walk by often. To begin, I go around my house and gather items that I own that remind me of Autumn:

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Brown and gold vases, acorns, pinecones, burlap, trays, faux flowers and wood bowls for example. Then I take everything off of the table where the centerpiece will be and start the arrangement with a large tray, vase or bowl. Then I fill with Fall items such as pine cones, little pumpkins, leaves, flowers, etc.

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After in home shopping, look around outside for interesting fall-like branches, flower stems and ornamental grasses are a few great items to use in your arrangement.

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Then it is time to go shopping! My first stop is a local farm for cool-looking gourds, bittersweet vines  and different sizes, colors and textured pumpkins. Then off to the grocery store for better priced flowers and small pots of chrysanthemums to add to the arrangement.

If you are just starting out, or want to update your existing Fall decorations, it is fun to shop at Pier 1, Michaels, Home Goods and Target to find fun Fall accessories and ideas. Then you keep everything and over the years you will have a box to pull out each Season of favorite Autumn accessories and memories.

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This year, I started my centerpiece using an OLD wood dough bowl I love that I have had for years. I added pine cones, some little fall-looking balls I found laying around, a pumpkin I bought at the grocery store and a couple little faux greens for color and texture:

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I then added a few other pieces to the table to make a lovely vignette of Fall items. I used faux floral stem in a gold vase I own.  Mr. Scarecrow was pulled out of his storage box. The chrysanthemums and hydrangea is from a local grocer. Feathers? Just for fun:

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Very easy to put together and so pretty! I walk by it every time with a smile.

I also love using one of my favorite vases as a centerpiece:

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For more ideas on Fall decorating, you can read here, here, here, here, and here! Lots of great ideas and inspiration for your creative decorating! Enjoy and have fun. I hope this post helps you also Liz! xo

Simple Summer Lunch Setting

May 21, 2017

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Yesterday I spotted this outdoor restaurant table prepared for a celebration luncheon:

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Lynn’s Window Decision and Decorating the Condo

December 7, 2016

If you are following along with my SIL Lynn’s family room makeover, the curtains are hung and they look wonderful:

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To be hemmed of course. We had a few choices of panels narrowed down. You can see all of her options we looked at here. This is the window treatment fabric she choose:

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