Friday, May 22, 2015

Refresh Your Living Room With These Inexpensive Tips

As spring rolls in, many of us will be working hard to deep clean, declutter and freshen up our homes.  Light and airy spaces feel more relaxing.  I have a small living room that connects to my dining room, entry and kitchen.  To make the space feel bigger, I painted most of the rooms the same color( Revere Pewter ).   A fresh coat of paint can inexpensively refresh your room.

I love throw pillows, but easily get bored with them.  I switch them out seasonally for something new and different.

Although I chose neutral fabric, a set of 3 pillows makes a bold statement.

The sofa and pillows balance the strong pattern in the curtains.

New pillows on the sofa gave the room an instant makeover.

Fresh flowers add life and color to my living room.

Nothing freshens up a room more easily than fresh flowers.  I chose a simple glass vase and filled it to the brim with fresh tulips.

Light a candle!  I love burning candles.  It's something I do often to feel calm and relaxed.

At the end of a long day I just want to collapse on the sofa with cool drink and read through my magazine subscriptions.


There are many ways to refresh your living space for spring while on a budget.  You can rearrange your furniture or take a few minutes to wipe away finger marks and clean the baseboards. 


I hope you enjoyed these ideas to refresh your home for spring.  For other creative ideas please visit the blogs of these talented ladies below.  Thank you so much, Mary Ann and Cindy for inviting me to participate!!!


Monday, May 18, 2015

High School Graduation

My beautiful daughter graduated from high school Saturday morning in the top 10% of her class.  It was such a proud parenting moment for my husband and I.  Seems like just yesterday she was starting Pre-K.  It felt surreal sitting in the packed auditorium watching her walk across the stage.  Time really does fly!

Jade with her grandfather

Jade with her father; my husband

My super supportive aunts

We felt incredibly blessed that so many of her friends and family were there to celebrate with us.

My brother flew from Philadelphia to attend the graduation.

It's always been his dream to become a pilot.

After years of dreaming, I watched him fly off with tears in my eyes.

My parents would have been so proud.

They're smiling from heaven.

Meticulous engine checks before take off.




All clear!

Then we watched him soar out of sight.  He did it! 


video

Sorry for the shaky video, but here's my brother taking off!





Also, please come back on Friday.  I'll be sharing how to refresh your living room with a few inexpensive tips, along with these talented bloggers.

Monday, May 11, 2015

DIY Done Right/Customized Wood Planter Box



Hello Friends!  Interested in learning more about gardening and how to build your own planter box?  I shared a project on DIY Done Right.  Click here to see the results!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hanging Art the Easy Way

Although I don't believe every wall in my house needs to be filled for a less cluttered look, I love beautifully decorated homes with unique artwork.

While shopping in Paper Source, I spotted this Constellation Wrapping Paper for only $4.95 and thought it would look great in my son's room.  The colors are perfect and my son recently became interested in learning more about the solar system.

I considered framing it, until I remembered the vintage pants hanger I purchased from Etsy last year.

Hanging it was quick, easy and inexpensive.


Simple makes me happy!

A great way to add character to your walls.


While shopping in an antique market I spotted a display of "vintage-looking" posters for sale.

I'm not sure when or how it happened, but I have a thing for birds!  I love bird decor, but in small doses.

The price was right, so I decided to buy it.

Unsure of how to frame it, a quick internet search led me to Chris Loves Julia's blog with instructions to frame a vintage poster.

I purchased and stained 4 wood slats, but ended up only using 2.

Next, I attached the poster to the slats using my staple gun.

Then, I added a metal bookplate cover.

Love that extra bit of detail!

I secured it to the wall using Command Strips.

I love my new art.  It's my new favorite thing in my home!


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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Strawberry-Orange-Thyme Pops


We've had a blissful stretch of warm weather over the past few weeks, so we decided to celebrate with homemade popsicles.  My kids are teenagers, but they both love popsicles and each have their favorite flavor.  Caleb likes berry flavored, while Jade prefers orange creamsicles.  Of course store bought pops are fast and convenient.  However these are much healthier and we enjoyed making our own.  One bite and we were magically transported to someplace tropical!

Ingredients
1 pint fresh strawberries; cleaned and stemmed
2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
juice from 2 lemons
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves; finely chopped
1/4 cup sugar (more or less depending on the sweetness of your strawberries)

Directions
In a food processor (or blender), combine strawberries, orange and lemon juice.  Add sugar.  Blend until smooth.  Mix in thyme.

Pour mixture into molds and freeze overnight.  To easily release popsicle from mold, run under warm water.  Enjoy! 




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Monday, April 6, 2015

Budget Laundry Room Makeover and Reveal

The last couple of months I spent my free time working in the laundry room.  Lots of painting, cleaning and organizing.  I spend a lot of time doing laundry, so I wanted to create a more cheerful space.

Before picture and link to old post

When we first moved into our home I painted the walls blue and added a bench for storage.  Since then we added 2 more dogs to our family and while they were puppies they chewed everything in sight; including our chair, storage bench, baskets, floor and walls.  It was that bad!!  With so much to do in the house, over the years our laundry room took a backseat to other projects.

Eventually my dogs out grew puppyhood and stopped chewing.  So it was time to give our laundry room a proper makeover.

The walls are painted Revere Pewter, by Benjamin Moore matched to Glidden Paint.

The Roman shade remained, but I switched out the pillow case curtains.  I added simple clip rings so I could open and close the curtains with ease.

Pillow cases are from Target, in case you're interested!

Plants are a great addition to any room.
 
Art and frames are from Ikea.

We choose vinyl flooring with a wood grain pattern from Home Depot.
Having 3 dogs with muddy paws I needed something that was easy to keep clean.  We've had it in place for a few years and I love it.

A metal hanging rack from Home Goods keeps our cleaning supplies organized.

The water heater is stored in the closet.


I couldn't wait to give this door a makeover.  It took me a time long to settle on a color.  In the end I chose Sherwin Williams, Outer Space matched to Glidden Paint.  It feels so much fresher.  The perfect accent to the neutral walls.


I've fallen hard for natural fiber rugs.  They're simple with lots of texture.  And they're easy to care for with the dogs.  

 
This door opens to our back yard.

I shared our DIY pipe shelves on Home Depot's, The Apron Blog.

It was also time for a new light.  I wanted something clean and simple.  This fixture fit my style perfectly.

It's also from Home Depot.  The brand is Hampton Bay.  We purchased it in store.


I love the idea of open shelving.  The double shelves add so much extra storage space.



I had a lot fun shopping for accessories.

Canisters purchased on clearance at Target are used to store dog supplies.


I found the dipped stool online, at Serena & Lily.  Dustpan is from The Magnolia Market.  Brooms are from Home Goods and the carpet beater is from World Market.

Paint really livened our laundry room up.  I enjoy having such a bright space to do chores.  



Thank you all so much for stopping by!  


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