Friday, November 17, 2017

Favorite Things, The Christmas Edition

The holidays can be overwhelming sometimes.  Trying to decorate your house can add to that stress.  I thought I would share a few of my favorite things that I'm using to decorate my home this year.  I'm even including the links so you can click and shop.  Much easier than fighting the crowds on Black Friday.

These two favorites will save you from bending over, trying to reach a light cord to turn off.

Just click the photo to find these items:

This comes with three plugs and a remote.  You just click your lights on and off.  Super simple!

This next item is also super convenient.  You just step on the button, and viola! Your lights are turned off.

Next up, are these shingle clips.  They are amazing!  They slide right under your shingles for a neat appearance and hold up really well to all kinds of weather.

This cedar garland, is beautiful and looks so realistic.  I am using it to decorate my dining room chandelier.

These cable knit stockings are adorable and will go with any color scheme or theme.  So, you can keep and use them for years to come.

This snow globe would be beautiful with any decor.  I'm using a lot of white this year, so it goes perfect!  It would also make a wonderful gift.

These ornaments would also be a beautiful addition to your Christmas tree.

I hope you find this helpful.  I also hope it saves you some time by doing a little shopping online.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

DIY Salvaged Wood Window Treatment

During a trip with my husband, I found a wonderful home salvage shop.  I bought several pieces of chippy white salvage wood that I knew I could use for something someday.  One of those purchases that your husband says, "what are you going to do with that?"  I found the perfect use for one of the pieces and I didn't even have to trim the wood.  It fit perfectly, like it was meant to be!  Here is the plain window in our master bathroom before:

Such a pretty tub deserves a pretty window treatment.  So, I had a goal to use things I already had.  I had the white window panels from our last house.  I had the piece of wood and the crystal knobs leftover from another project.  I also had bought a set of 10 lace napkins from an antique store.  I also had lots of ribbon that I could use.  

I started by cleaning the salvaged wood really well.  Then, drilled holes to add the knobs.  When I screwed the knobs into each hole, I didn't screw them in so they were flush to the front of the wood.  I left them out a little, to give room for the lace to lay on the screw, instead of the knob.  I also didn't want to have the screw sticking out too far on the back of the wood, or it wouldn't hang well on the wall.

Next, I added regular hangers to the back of the board, one in the middle, and one on each side. 
With the board being all done, I was ready to work on the curtains.

I knew I wanted a casual elegant look to the curtains.  Something that was swagged and gathered.  I also wanted one of the lace napkins at each swag.  So, I measured and marked where I wanted each napkin.  Then, I sewed each napkin and the lace ties to each spot.

Now, for the fun part.  Hanging the curtains!
There's no specific science to how I did this.  I really just gathered tucked and pulled until I got the look I wanted.  I used the lace ties to tie it all up to each crystal knob.  It does take a little time and patience, but its so worth it! 

I also added the old window to soften things up a little more. My husband asked my why we bought a new house, since I'm busy making things look old.  I really think it adds to the character.  I'm really pleased with how the whole thing turned out.  I hope you'll try a little DIY with things you already have too.  It's a fun challenge.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

DIY Faux Vintage Mirror

I hope you're having a wonderful week.  I feel like October is flying by!  Don't you feel the same way?  Anyway, I did this project this Summer while I was decorating one of our guest rooms.

I had searched for a vintage mirror for a while, and the only ones I could find were more than I was willing to pay for them.  I also was trying to use some of the things I already had.  I had a mirror that I purchased from Ikea a few years ago.  Here is one that's similar (I forgot to take a before photo, so I took one while I was in Ikea).

I started by adding Citristrip Gel to the back to remove the mirror backing. Be sure to wear gloves, a mask and protective eye protection.  I didn't add it to the entire back, just certain spots.  I actually moved this outside.  It isn't a strong smelling stripper, I didn't want to get it on anything in the house.  

I actually let it set for several hours.  Next, I used a scraper and scraped the backing off of the mirror. You will want to scrape until you have basically scraped off the backing and mirror.  Just remember, if you scrape off too much, you can't put it back.  So, I started with small amounts.  It just depends on how much black, aged look you want.  I wanted it to be light and spotty.

Once you've scraped as much off of the mirror you want, you will use black spray paint to paint the exposed places on the back of the mirror.  This will give you the spotted aged black spots that are on vintage mirrors.  

The last thing I did was paint sparingly on the front of the mirror with 

You will want to cover or tape off your mirror frame so you don't get paint on it.  I didn't, because I actually loved the color on the frame.  The guest bedroom has soft colors and the black just didn't work.  I love how it turned out and I didn't break the bank on a real vintage mirror.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Bootiful Halloween Decor

October is here!  I feel like I just put out all of my Fall decor, and it's already time for Halloween.  One thing I love about the changing seasons, and holidays is changing up my home decor.  I love to have fun with Halloween decor.  My boys are all grown and living on their own.  But, I still decorate for Halloween.  It takes me out of my normal neutral decor colors and style.  I usually put most of my normal decor into storage.  I do that because if I added Halloween and Fall to my normal decor, it would just be too much.  After Halloween and Fall come down, Christmas goes up, so I will already have a clean slate ready for Christmas decor.  After Christmas decor comes down, I have a clean slate to change up my normal decor and have things fresh and new for the new year.  But, let's not get carried away!  Back to Halloween!  Let's get to the fun part!! The decor!! I hope you enjoy!!

This year I decided to have a Halloween tree.  Why not go all out Halloween?! I bought the tree for my son's apartment and decided to use it first.  He won't mind at all.  I decorated using some things I already had, and then added some really inexpensive items from Wal-Mart. It was quick and simple. 

The spooky picture on the dreaded giant TV aka, the big black box is an image I pulled up from my phone.  

I actually won a fantastic Rae Dunn giveaway on Instagram and it helped fill the empty spaces of my Rae Dunn collection.  This area is all decked out for Fall and Halloween.

The dining room also got a little spooky makeover.  I added the fun tablecloth form Tuesday Morning, some bats from Wal-Mart, a Boo sign from Hobby Lobbying my velvet pumpkins.  This is actually my favorite area.

This is my entryway.  Complete with bats, mice, witches hat and broom.  I've just blended it with my regular decor.

My home is open concept, so the kitchen had to get a little spooktacular too.  Ive added more bats and mice, some pumpkins and a few other goodies.

I encourage you to step outside of your regular decor box and have a little fun with your Halloween decor.  I think you'll have a lot of fun!

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Jord Watch Contest

Hope everyone is having a great day! 

I wanted to share my go to Fall accessory with you.  When the temperature starts to cool off, I wear jeans nearly every day.  I also tend to wear darker colors in the Fall.  Black is my favorite color for Fall.  It goes with everything.  When I saw this beautiful Ebony & Iron JORD watch, from the Hyde Series, I knew it needed to be a staple for my Fall wardrobe.  I love the fact that it's a wooden watch and is made from natural materials.  It's also one of their newest designs, and it's simple and beautiful.

I love to wear chunky jewelry.  So, I actually love wearing men's watches.  This gorgeous Ebony watch from the Hyde Series fits in my wardrobe perfectly.  Paired with a black top, jeans, and a bracelet, it's stunning.  This watch is made from natural wood, and has sapphire crystal glass. It has an ultra slim design, and a metallic dial with contrasting accent.
Here's the link to shop my watch if you are interested in it:

JORD was founded in 2013, and they pride themselves in making their watches from natural materials. You know you are getting a beautiful, quality wood watch.  JORD has many different styles and designs for Men and Women.  If my watch isn't your style, they have so many to choose from.  Click the link below to see all of the beautiful watches JORD has to offer:

If you have been searching for the perfect watch for yourself, or for that special person in your life, the JORD wood watch is the perfect gift.  It makes a unique and thoughtful gift.  The packaging is done with quality and care.  Each watch comes in a beautiful wood box.

Since I'm so in love with this watch, I've teamed up with JORD watches for a contest for my readers. The WINNER will receive a $100 gift code to spend on the watch of their choice.  All other entrants will receive a $25 gift code.  The giveaway contest will end October 15th at 11:59pm.  Just a reminder, the gift codes will expire December 31, 2017.

All you have to do to enter is click this link and follow the instructions:

Good luck and I hope you will take time to enter and explore JORD's website and see all of their beautiful watches.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

It's Beginning to Look Like Fall

We've had cooler temperatures in Texas lately.  It's made me excited to bring out my Fall decor.  I won't be putting Halloween decor out just yet.  That will have to wait until October rolls around.  

I started by putting a little Fall sitting area together in our backyard.  We enjoy sitting outside in the evening and enjoying the cooler weather.  So, why not make it look pretty?

Then, I moved inside and started decorating.  I love all of the colors for Fall.  This year I am using all of the colors!  Teals, greens, traditional orange, white, browns, all of the pretty colors! I normally use neutral colors in my decor.  So, I love pulling Fall colors into my decor for a change.

 We have a giant TV above our fireplace.  I imported a Fall picture to the TV to give the appearance of a painting, instead of a black box.  I think it looks much better with a little "art" above the fireplace.

Here is some Fall decor that I've added to the kitchen area.  The tea towel I found at Home Goods was perfect to pull all of my colors together.

Of course, I had to feature some of my growing Rae Dunn collection.  
Hope you are having fun getting your home ready for Fall too!

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Finding My Style

Something I love about the Cyber World of decor, is how it has helped me find my style.  While it's so easy to see a picture you like, and just copy what someone else has done, it doesn't always work for you and your home.  When we bought this home, we downsized by 900 sq ft.  We still have 4 bedrooms, because I wanted a room for each son when they come home.  We did lose a formal living room and formal dining room.  Honestly, I don't miss either one.

Our home in the country was decorated very farmhouse and country.  It fit the style of the home and the area of the home.  We did live right in front of a cotton field.  Then, we moved to a larger town and a more traditional home.  Again, I altered my decor to fit the home.  I went much more traditional and a little bit Tuscan.  Which brings me to our current home.

This home has a cottage feel to me.  I love that.  My heart has always gravitated toward cottage, shabby, french country, and now a little bit of farmhouse style.  I guess I let the house sort of dictate my style.  Since we were buying a new build, I was able to follow the style that I feel is my true style.

I am still changing things up a little bit, but with each room, and each change (or mistake) I am feeling like this is home.  Here are a few photos of our home so you can see my current style.

This is our entryway.  It's not very large, so I used this small table.  I also painted it white to lighten it up a little bit.  That seems to be what I am doing with a lot of my decor.  Painting things white and lightening things up.

This is our kitchen.  I love the big island, the white cabinets and the black glass subway tile back splash.  That's one of the reasons I am using a lot of simple black and white decor.

This is our dining room.  I added the settee to our dining table so that we would have a lot more room in our dining room.  Plus, it's a cozy spot to sit and visit after a good meal.

There is a sample of what our home is looking like, and how I am finding my style in this current home.

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