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September 16, 2013

Customizing Budget-Friendly Furniture

I feel like when you’re decorating your home, you go through stages. For a long time I never thought I would get out of the painting and molding stage. Every room in our house needed a fresh coat of paint on it’s walls, and in doing that I started dreaming up fun molding ideas in the spaces I was painting… and well, you know how that goes. It becomes a never-ending task.

Fast forward a few years later and now that all of our walls are painted and the moldings we wanted are up, we’re in the finessing and decorating stage of life. I personally feel that this is a stage that never really ends, because you should constantly be trying new things in your [...]

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August 20, 2013

Mason Jar Ideas + Dark Chocolate Raspberry Trifle Recipe

The mason jar trend has been around for a while now, and I feel like we’ve all embraced it one way or another. Blogs, Pinterest and magazines are full of fun ideas on how to use this simple glass container with a lid, so today I thought I’d touch on three creative ways that you can use mason jars in your everyday life! With a lid or without, mason jars are the perfect vessel for storing all sorts of little items. From an office to a sewing room, here are some creative ways that bloggers are using mason jars for organizing small items around their home.

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August 12, 2013

Easy Home Improvement: Energy Efficient Lighting Switch

In the past decade or so there has been an evolution of the light bulb, going from the standard incandescent light to a variety of new lighting elements that save you money and energy. If you have ever stood next to or under a regular light bulb for long enough you know how inefficient they really are, and the heat they put off.

The government has a great incentive for us as consumers to switch out our old light bulbs and fixtures for more efficient ones. If you visit, you can determine what rebates you are eligible for in your area, and you can also contact your power company to find out more information.

Since more than a couple of our recessed [...]

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July 31, 2013

Helpful Tips When Bringing a New Dog Into Your Home

We recently brought home a new little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and she has been a great addition to our family. Our kids adore her, and we love having her around to cuddle and play with. We didn’t come to the decision of having a family pet lightly, we knew it was going to be a lot of work and also that we were going to have to rearrange our lifestyle a bit to accommodate this new addition. Although we are no experts on the subject matter, we wanted to share with you some tips and tricks that we have learned along the way, that are helping us keep our home beautiful and functional, as well as allow our puppy the freedom to enjoy her new home and surroundings. Creating [...]

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July 19, 2013

Working 2013’s Decorating Trends Into Your Home

2013 is all about style mixing, have you noticed?

We’ve been style mixing since we started re-doing our home about 4 years ago, and feel like it’s the number one thing that gives our space it’s unique feel and look. That being said, at the time, I didn’t know that it was actually “a thing”. I just figured that we were a couple who liked lots of different types of design aesthetics and wanted to have a tiny piece of all of them represented in our space. Little did I know, we were on to something. While having only one specific style (french country, modern, traditional, eclectic, etc…) may seem like the best way to approach decorating [...]

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June 26, 2013

Creamy Strawberry Coolers for Summer

Now that Summer is in full swing, it’s time for swimming, BBQ’s and lots of fun outdoor activities. I don’t know about you, but we host more than just a few cookouts at our home with friends and family during the hot Summer months. Usually the main dish is light and fresh, so heavy desserts don’t really fit into the mix, but a chilled, creamy strawberry cooler is perfect! It’s a recipe that was handed down to me by a friend and something we’ve come to love in our family, so I thought I’d share it with all of you!

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June 19, 2013

Interactive Walls for Kid Spaces

Just a few days ago was our kids’ first day home for Summer vacation. At about 1:30 pm, I heard the dreaded words… “Mom, I’m booooored”. I was hoping it would take longer than one day, but nevertheless, apparently, now it’s my duty to find fun, interesting activities for my kids to do for the next three months. This got me thinking about all the things that kids like to do, and that keep them entertained for long periods of time. About 99% of them had to do with being creative, and working with their hands, so I thought I would compile a few cool, unique ideas that you could possibly implement for your kids in their spaces, that will help cut out [...]

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May 22, 2013

DIY Wall Treatment Ideas

Whether it’s a bathroom, living room or bedroom, we’re all looking for ways to add a little more ‘awesome’ to our space, and a unique wall treatment can be the perfect way to do that. While some of these suggested treatments below would look great allover in a room, others are ideal for a single statement wall. These three wall treatments, although each done with basically the same material, can each give you a very different look. Wainscoting or whitewashed paneling gives a space lots of movement and can help create the effect of a room being larger than it really is.

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May 13, 2013

Convertible Kid Room Ideas – Design for all of life’s stages

As kids go through different stages of life, so do their rooms. From diapers and burp cloths to an overabundance of toys and then mountains of school work and books. While there isn’t a room out there that can accommodate each stage of life perfectly without one single change along the way, there ARE a few things that you can keep in mind to make the transition from baby, toddler, and then teenager a little bit smoother. Furniture that can serve more than one purpose is a big key to having a space that will grow with your kids. There are lots of different companies jumping on the “convertible kid furniture bandwagon”, so just keep your eye out and don’t be [...]

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April 22, 2013

Simple Ideas for Going Green

Whether you’re building, renting, remodeling or just re-decorating you’ve probably thought a little about, or have at least noticed the ever-growing trend that has been popping up allover the past few years, ‘Going Green’ in your home. I’ll admit, for a while I thought that “Going Green” was just a fad that might fade away, but now, more than ever, this great concept is gaining momentum, from the articles that I read in my favorite magazines, to my regularly watched HGTV home improvement shows. This made me realize that making ‘greener choices’ was something that everyone was trying to implement, so I’ve put together some simple ideas [...]

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April 5, 2013

Ways to Create Great Curb Appeal for your Home

Now that spring has sprung, for most of us, it’s time to get thinking about how we can improve on the exterior portion of our homes. We’ve already touched on some effective ways that you can clean up your home for spring, so today, I wanted to cover the topic of creating great curb appeal. Adding color, tidying up your flowerbeds and displaying a little personality to the exterior of your house and it’s surroundings, is the fun part about being a homeowner. The possibilities are endless, but I wanted to address four simple, big-impact ways to really add pizzazz to your property this year.

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March 20, 2013

How to Bring the Feeling of the Outdoors in for Spring

This past fall I did a post on decorating with nature and finding ways to bring the outdoors, in. Since this theme can continue on throughout all the seasons, I thought it would be good to cover how you can give the illusion of bringing spring, or even just the fresh feeling of it, indoors this year as well.

Clean Windows:

One of the best ways to brighten up a room and give the illusion of bringing the outdoors in, is by getting all of your windows, inside and out, cleaned. When windows are crystal clear, it gives off the feeling that almost nothing is between you and the outdoors. Around season changes you can usually find great deals on window cleaning services, but if you [...]

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