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Using Decorating and Technology to Bring People Together

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I'm trying to design and decorate a few of my rooms, and I've discovered that I want to make places in my home that are not only pleasing to look at, but serve a function as well. What got me thinking about this? Well, when I reworked my entertainment unit in the family room, we found the space was so much more fun and usable afterwards. It's amazing how much more time we spend in the our … [Read more...]

Family Picture Gallery Wall — Reveal!!

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Happy Tuesday!! I finally finished my family gallery wall -- woo hoo!! It all started with these unfinished frames from Cut It Out Frames. I had a hard time deciding what color to paint the frames. In the end I opted for white that matches my trim because I wanted the fabulous pictures my sister Wendy took of us to shine through. Here's a tip that can save you a lot of time and … [Read more...]

Crown Molding Tips & Tricks!!

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I wanted to put crown molding in my laundry room -- I thought it would really finish off the room. And my father in law was so nice to come over and show me how to do it. I thought it would be fun to share some tips and tricks on Crown Molding -- in case you want to put some in your home. And because it can be a little tricky with the angles - I thought having a handyman with 30+ years of … [Read more...]

Aqua and White Kitchen Reveal!!

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I love my new Aqua and White Kitchen. I had white cabinets at my last house and loved them. For some reason I thought since this house was a little more rustic that a white kitchen wouldn't work. But I am so happy with the way this remodel turned out. {NOTE -- lots of pictures to come} {The Keep Calm sign is from Barn Owl Primitives} Here's what the kitchen looked like when we bought the … [Read more...]

Make DIY Pendant Lights (Kitchen Remodel Project)!

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The kitchen remodel is almost done -- wooo!! I just have one more project that I am going to finish up this week. Here are my DIY Pendant Lights. I found some lights that I really wanted from a store online, but they were $140 each, and four would = $560, not including the converter kits to change my lights from recessed to pendant. So I had to come up with something different. I ended up … [Read more...]

My Slipcovered Sectional and a Giveaway!

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I spent this summer changing my space from a dark, slightly Tuscan vibe to more of a cottage-y, light-filled look. One of the things I really wanted to do was slipcover my big sectional in my family room. Update - winner has been chosen. It's Melissa Swenson. I wanted to go with white, but since I have four active children, I thought maybe a slightly darker color would hold up better. I … [Read more...]

Create a Kitchen Focal Point — with a beadboard cabinet backsplash for less than $10!!

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Here's a quick update on the kitchen makeover --  the cabinets are painted!!  And last night I added a little detail with some beadboard open shelving. It's so easy to do!! All I did was take two cabinet doors off. … [Read more...]

Fast and Easy Pleated Ruffle Ottoman Slipcover {tutorial}!!

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Fast and Easy Pleated Ottoman Slipcover! I recently ordered this pretty blue chevron materialfabric.com.  I love the color because it can go in almost any room in my house. I bought this ottoman at a discount store about 15 years ago and for the past 5 years it's been sitting in my basement, waiting for a makeover. So I decided to give it a little facelift with my new fabric. This was … [Read more...]

“Red Hots and Blue” Fourth of July Rocket Wreath {tutorial}

Fourth of July is coming up fast. I wanted to make a festive wreath for my front door. So I headed down to the Dollar Store and picked up a few supplies. I used ribbon and paper I already had as well as Dimension Magic (to keep the birds from eating it) and the total for my wreath was about $4!! "Red Hots and Blue" Rocket Wreath Tutorial Here’s what I did: … [Read more...]

Fabric-Covered Resin Table Redo {plus 23 other resin project ideas}

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I love trying new things! And sometimes those ideas don’t turn out. If you read my blog a couple years ago you may remember this craft fail: I spent a week trying to figure out resin. And boy was it tough. It was either too hard, or too soft, or had bubbles, or stuck to the molds.   At the end of that week I decided that resin and I would never be BFF’s.   So … [Read more...]