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July 19, 2018

Painting Clean Up and Storage

Here are some cool tools and great tips to show you how to properly clean up and store your paintbrushes, rollers and other painting supplies once you're done with them.
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September 12, 2017

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

I live in the south. It’s hot here and I just sat here for a minute or so trying to think of one person I know locally who does not have a ceiling fan in each bedroom of their home. I got nothing. It’s just how it is down here. I know it might be more popular design-wise to have a beautiful chandelier hanging over your bed (believe me, I love that look) but if I ever tried that, my husband for sure would be bunking with the kids in their blissfully breezy rooms. When it’s mid summer and setting your AC below 76 means going broke, you better believe that ceiling beast is set on high. So hang on to your sheets, this is how to install a ceiling fan.

Now this [...]

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May 1, 2017

DIY Drywall Repair

Repairing a hole in a wall isn't the most fun DIY project, but if you know the simple steps to doing it on your own, then you can save yourself a lot of money in the long run.
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March 21, 2017

Basic Painting Tips and Tricks

Basic painting tips and tricks for perfect paint coverage every time.
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February 7, 2014

Favorite 2014 Home Design Trends

One of my favorite things to do is search out trends for the new year, and then find actual examples of ways that I would use them in my own home. 2014 is FULL of awesome, edgy new things to try, and I’m excited to share a handful of my favorites with you! When I first heard the words “dark painted walls,” I rolled my eyes and thought, “Yeah, right.” But after doing a little research on how awesome an accent wall, covered in a rich, deep tone can really be… I think I might be in love!

With this trend, the secret is in the placement of that accent wall that you choose to paint dark. Placing it behind or next to a significant amount of white [...]

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January 21, 2014

Freshening up Your Master Bedroom for the New Year

I don’t know about you, but once the new year hits, my mind is full of a million ideas on how to clean out, organize and freshen up our home. Maybe it’s because the process of putting away all the holiday decorations from the months prior sometimes forces you to readjust a few closets and storage rooms. Either way, it feels great to get things looking and feeling ready for another big year.

One of the most neglected areas in a lot of peoples’ homes tends to be the master bedroom, so I thought I’d list a few easy, affordable ways that anyone can freshen up their sleeping sanctuary. One of the easiest and fastest ways to revive a space is to air it out. [...]

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December 30, 2013

Easy New Years Eve Photo Backdrop Ideas

I’ve always loved celebrating the New Year. It symbolizes somewhat of a fresh start and clean slate for another year. That being said, since we became parents, our New Years Eve partying has changed quite dramatically. Ha! We’re lucky if we can make it till ten o’clock most years… but that doesn’t stop us from having a ton of fun. Last year we threw our own little party with just the 5 of us, complete with yummy treats and even fun decor. It was a blast, and my kids still talk about it and love to look back at the pictures we took that night. This got me thinking… why not share some fun ideas for a few easy DIY photo backdrop ideas that you can [...]

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December 20, 2013

Easy DIY Gift Box Tutorial

I think that one of the best parts about receiving a gift, is the pretty packaging it comes in. There’s something about a little glitter, sparkle or fun accent on a present that makes me even more excited for what’s inside.

Today I thought I’d share a quick, easy, DIY gift box tutorial that you can use to package up a special present or two this holiday season. It goes as fast as it takes for your paint to dry, literally, so you can whip a few of these cute boxes up in no time flat!

You will Need: Paper mache boxes Paint Foam brush Vinyl decals or stickers

With your foam brush, paint your paper mache box(es). If you’re using a metallic or high [...]

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December 17, 2013

DIY Rustic Wood Embellished Holiday Plaque

The holiday season is the perfect time to create in your home. Try this DIY project by Shelley from The House of Smiths to add a little holiday spirit to your home!

Since we’re going with a whimsical, white and gold theme for our holiday decor this year, I decided that adding a few more rustic, natural elements would help balance out all of the feminine touches and sparkle going on. I’ve always been in love with words, so a customized wooden holiday plaque with a popular phrase on it seemed like the perfect idea. With a 40% off coupon in tow, I snagged this rustic wooden board at my local home decor store. It came to about $5.00. Then I took some seashell white [...]

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November 18, 2013

DIY Gold Holiday Garland

This year for our holiday decor we’ve decided to glam things up a little with lots of gold, sparkly accents and whimsical touches here and there. Having a theme behind our holiday decor each year has been sort of a tradition, and sometimes we can’t find exactly what we need in stores, so we tend to make at least a few pieces each holiday. Our first project we’re sharing is this simple, yet elegant DIY gold holiday garland with decorative ends. Here’s how we made it:

First, we started by making the end pieces. We used natural brown and white coffee filters, doilies, scalloped punched vintage music rounds and a few trimmings that we picked up from our [...]

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October 25, 2013

Freshen Up Your Decor with Fall and Thanksgiving Printables

Nothing gets me more excited for the holidays than the decor. The festive colors and decorative items produce a mood and ambiance that creates all the anticipation of things to come! Holiday decor can be sophisticated, frilly, beautiful, modern, colorful or simple. So to help you get going on the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we have gathered various styles of printables that you can use this season in YOUR home decor set up! Most of these ideas are FREE to print and can be done right on your own printer, or sent to a local print shop for a small fee. These printables are great to use in frames, awesome for decorating a table for a dinner party, or just to simply use as part of [...]

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October 16, 2013

Alternative Halloween Goodies for Your Trick-or-Treaters

With fall now upon us, Halloween is just around the corner! It’s an exciting, nostalgic time of the year and I’ve really come to love decorating for this holiday. Lots of kids are already talking about and planning their Halloween costumes and are so excited to go trick-or-treating. I remember being so excited to get home with my heavy pillowcase full of candy and dump it out on the floor to see what I had inside. We usually got to eat a few pieces of candy that night and then pick out a couple of our favorites to keep aside, but then all of the candy went into one big bowl that sat on the top of the fridge. For the weeks following Halloween my mom would toss one or two [...]

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