Halloween porch

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I know the Halloween banner is a little to soon being it is still September. But I just could not contain myself. ( Don’t worry I took it down after I took my photos.) I don’t want the neighborhood thinking I’m crazy when there still going to the beach and wearing shorts.

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After I took it down I replaced it with this fall banner I made. It was a DIY on my blog a few weeks ago.

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Im so in love with my Pottery Barn throw pillow. I was excited when I opened my package today… I thought it was just a pillow cover-but it was actually an entire pillow with stuffing. It was made well and I know it will last in the outdoors. I will be adding some crows to the mix sometimes next week. Hopefully I will have at least ONE trick or treater this year. We seriously had NONE last year. I’m hoping my porch will be more inviting to the kiddies this year. They were probably scared of our broken garage door we recently fixed or maybe our rotted windows we had last year. Glad we spruced up the place! Did anyone else have zero kids at there house last year?

 

 

 

Fall touches

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If you follow me already your familiar with the greeting at my front door….

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Across from my door you will find a simple fall tray. I switched out my sea shells for some pine cones- and added a tumble weed thing-a-ma-bob!

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Oh and one more tumble weed landed on my books!

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Head into my dining room and you will see some neutral pumpkin action.  I love the antique salt and pepper shakers from pottery barn.

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And last but not least-my fall chalkboard… Apples anyone???

Come back next week for my outdoor fall tour. Crossing my fingers it’s as good as I picture!

 

 

Fall wreath under $4.00

 

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I love this simple wreath I made for $3.46. The way to make an inexpensive wreath is to shop your clearance or damaged section at your local Christmas Tree Shops or Hobby Lobby. Look for a wreath that can be fixed, or has potential. This wreath had missing sea shells that is why it was marked clearance. I knew I could rip off the two shells left and add whatever I wanted to later. After September, I have a great halloween idea for the wreath!

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I added a chalkboard sign that I already had. I like that you can change the saying to anything you want when you get bored or when the seasons change.

 

Zebra rug tutorial

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All you need is:

drop cloth

white paint

Metallic gold paint ( or color of your choice) I used an acrylic paint from Ac Moore.

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First I traced another rug I had to get the shape I wanted. I used a marker and traced the back of it. If you do not have another rug to trace that’s ok- just free hand one. It’s not to hard!

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Next cut out your shape and iron your cloth. This step is very important because once you paint it you can not iron it.

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Place your rug over a drop cloth and begin painting. I used a large paint brush and a white flat paint.  You will go through a lot of paint because the cloth absorbs it fast!

After that dries use a pencil to free hand your stripes. I pulled up some images on the Internet as a guide.

Paint your stripes the color of your choice and let it dry.

How to make a great conversation piece with old books

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All you need is antique books and twine.

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If you don’t have old books but want them to look aged I suggest you throw them in some dirt in your yard and maybe lightly wet a few pages for water marks.

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First rip off the hard cover around the book including the spine and back. Wrap your twine around the books twice and create a small bow. I wouldn’t recommend using any other string because the twine looks really pretty around the aged pages. You can also do this with sheets of music.

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I placed my books in a wood dough bowl on top of my dining room table. I just love the antique feel on the table top. This is by far my favorite DIY- it requires only TWO items and is very unique. A true conversation peice. Your guest will love them!

Redecorated my sitting area

 

 

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I finally got around to fixing this room ( well I still need an area rug). The hardest part about decorating this room was finding the right window treatment. The drapes I bought were my 4th pair. It’s very hard matching up things when you can’t take your room into the store.  I wanted a more formal feel in this room. Usually you want a floor length drape for that look but since I have a dog that pees on everything and a vent at the bottom of the window I decided to go with the shorter length. (Damn dog)! The silky soft material of the “Epic” drapes from bed bath and beyond  we’re formal enough at any length. Adding two scarves to the tops created drama and was exactly what I wanted!!

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Below I used Annie Sloan chalk pain in Pure White on the shelves.

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The throw pillows are from bed bath & beyond and they are velvety smoothe!!!

Round tray-Home Goods

Chandelier- Pottery Barn

Accent table- Pier 1

Small topiary- Pier 1

Large Topiary – Home Goods

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How to create the perfect chalkboard letters

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It has been almost 1 year of my doodling chalkboards obsession. I’m always drooling over other people’s art wondering to myself ” what is wrong with me?”  That is until now! While at AC Moore I found stencils and thought hmmmm wonder if these would work on my chalkboard? I picked up a few letters and put my tracing skills to the test. ( Really the only skills required).

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I stenciled out a monogram using the letters C W M – it is always best to stencil your middle letter first so your words are even. I free handed my leaves which is as fancy as my art work gets.  Last I made a sign for my kitchen ….

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When you are done with your stenciling a quick tip is to wet a q- tip and go around the edges smoothing the letters out. These alphabet stencils truly make signs look clean and neat. Now I need to head back to the store and buy a variety.  Now you give it a try!

Recreation of reading nook

I’m a big fan of thelilypadcottage.com she’s a mom a wife and a blogger of “all things creative”.  She has a great sense of style so when I stumbled upon her reading nook area she created I new I had to recreate it! After all I already had the pillows from etsy and have been searching for a paddle so why not? I’m not one to copy cat ideas but after the pottery barn blogged about her cozy space she created  I knew I had to have this look in my house.

Thelilypadcottage.com

Thelilypadcottage.com

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At the very bottom of my stair case (right before our basement) we have a small area that needs some decor. My husband was thinking maybe a table or chair but I opted for an entry bench with baskets.

 

Cymax.com - $270

Cymax.com – $270

I loved the metal sign hanging and I found it at Bella Home Fashions.

Bella Home Fashions- $28.90

Bella Home Fashions- $28.90

I found a wooden paddle from seaweeddesigns on etsy. It was $29.00 plus shipping.

Seaweeddesigns on etsy

Seaweeddesigns on etsy

Check out parrischicboutique on etsy for some words on pillows.

Parrischic boutique on etsy

Parrischic boutique on etsy

 

The last item I purchased was a tall black lantern from pier 1 imports. It was on sale for $24.99.  I can never pass up a lantern there so beautiful when lit. I’m going to throw this on the side of the bench.

Pier1 imports

Pier1 imports

 

So there you have it- all the pieces you need for a cozy little nook! As soon as the painters spruce up the walls and my items all come in the mail I can redecorate!

Stay tuned for my recreation! I can’t wait!

 

 

Nautical spare room reveal

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Well I am not 100% done with this room. I still need to buy regular pillows and may add some wall art. When we first moved in the room had brown trim and red carpet. We were just about to get prices on hardwood floors until my husband ripped up the nasty rug and we found beautiful hard wood floors! Ahhhh what a relief!! I begged my husband to paint the trim white and my wish came true! But the deal was that I had to paint the walls…pretty good deal if you ask me!

before (brown trim...yuck!)

before (brown trim…yuck!)

before (horrible red rug)

before (horrible red rug)

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Some of my bargains include the three small candle holders on the right from target on Clearance. Also as I mentioned in an earlier post I purchased the navy blue pouf from target for 50% off! I found the rope mirrors for $9.99 each at Christmas tree shops which you can’t beat because I have never seen those mirrors for less then $50 bucks! While at Christmas tree shops I stumbled upon the last navy blue soap box (on the left of the shelf under the coral) it was hand carved in India-I thought it was really nice.

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Feels like summer time all year in this room now!

 

 

Easy way to jazz up your doors

Before....eek!

Before….eek!

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Here is the latest project my husband has been working on in our home. When he ran the idea by me a few weeks ago that he could trim out the doors I was pretty excited. When he started the project I simply asked ” why not just buy a new door” he told me every time he ever replaced a door it was a HUGE pain in the butt because your house settles and even when you buy the right size door it rarely ever fits and can become a big project. We still need to slab one more white coat on but you get a pretty good idea. I absolutely love the way they turned out!

Tools you will need:

molding

level

pencil

nail gun (my husband used a hammer and nails but thats a little harder unless you have someone to help you hold the molding)

nails

saw

Directions

Some people find it easier to take the door down when doing this project but my husband left the door on. All you basically have to do is measure with your level where you want your molding. Draw a mark on your doors of the layout. With a saw cut your pieces and simply nail your trim to the door. Not bad for an easy home update!

Another easier way of jazzing up your doors if you do not  wanna trim them out is by painting them black. This can really make difference and give your home a new vibe.