Category: DIY Projects

Winter Centerpieces

January 14, 2018

With all of the Christmas decorations put away in my home, (well almost all), everything looks so bare and empty. So I have been trying to think of ideas to use for a centerpiece on my bare tables. When I google ‘winter centerpieces’ all I have found are Christmas decorations or extreme wedding table centerpieces. I even looked at the florist department at the market today- no flowers, no anything!

I thought I had one good idea- forcing Spring branches indoors. But after googling that subject, I found it is still too early for that here in the Northeast.  A few of the early bloomers I love is Forsythia, Magnolia, Flowering quince, Pussy willows, Flowering dogwood, Lilacs and of course Cherry blossom branches!



There are no buds on our trees yet and normally will not be until late February- early March. I am definitely going to be on top of this project and will let you know all about it in a month or so!

One idea I have been seeing a lot of is cotton stems used in containers:

cotton stems


I really like the look! They are referred to as a farmhouse accessory, but who says I can’t use in my home too? 🙂Read More

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:



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:

red truck

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!

Here are a couple snow scenes I made this year:snowmanRead More

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! :

marsha dresser mirror

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:


marsha 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:


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


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:

fall supplies

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.

autumn grass

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.

autumn table


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:


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:


new fall table

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


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


table set

I think it is so simple which makes it so pretty:Read More