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5 Simple Ways to Decorate your Mantel for Spring and Easter

 

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Round Mirror  Candle Holder   Round Accent   Boxwood

 

How to Decorate your Mantel for Spring
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Floral Pillow   Throw Blanket   Wicker chair  Metal Planter

 

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Mosaic Pillow  Blue Vase  Boxwood Plant  Bronze Lantern

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Bronze Birds  White Roses Boxwood Topiary  Woodburst

 

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Wood Vase  Textured Box 2-toned Baskets  Tenerife Mirror

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DIY “He is Risen” Easter Sign

Hey you guys! Hope you all have had a wonderful week and are looking forward to a restful weekend.

Easter is around the corner and hence, I bring you this Easter decor post. This project was free-hand. I did not use a template or stencil. It was 100% hand-written. I usually use the paper print transfer method that I used here, but I wanted to try something different this time.

This sign was written on a thrifted kitchen faux wood wall art. I painted over it with Annie Sloan white chalk paint. I forgot to take before photos because I painted it on the day after I bought, with that exact plan in mind. I guess I could not wait to cover up the outdated original art. I have held on to it for over a month since I painted it and now I finally decided on what to do with it.

I used a pencil to draft the words I wanted on the frame, and then traced over it with sharpie markers. It was really easy! Take a look! I draw the words on as light as possible to make erasing and re-writing easy.

The drafrting process

Adding caligraphy effects to “Risen” and adding leaves on long twigs.

Adding the last detail – the swirl on the R

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 The finished product. Love, love, love it!

He is risen wall sign decor

I had so much fun making this sign and love how it turned out!

Happy Easter, everyone!

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LTST Home Decor Favorites: THE TEALS

 

Aquamarine Vase       Ceramic Tray         Metallic Vase 

Decorative Globe     Marble Wall Clock   Atlantis Decanter

Kayley Table Lamp  Voyager Velvet Chair   Lima Wool Rug

Optic Lumbar Pillow      Stretched Canvas     Zuo Armchair

Zebra Mist Pillow   Daisy Accent Chair     Teal Jute Rug

Tumble Wall Art     Tobias Spa Throw     Abstract Pillow

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Budget-Friendly Decor Elements for your Coffee Table

Coffee tables are a must when it comes to furniture elements to complete a living room space. It’s usually the focal point of your living room, with the exception of a fireplace if one is present.

In this post, I am going to list out and describe the five must-have elements for styling a coffee table. Plus a few options to choose from if you’re in the hunt for these items.

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Must-Have Coffee Table Decor Accessory #1: Trays

Trays are definitely a must! It gives you a second canvas (surface) as a platform for decorating. It also helps to bring separation to the items you place on the tray so they don’t get lost or look insignificant on the larger surface of a coffee table. Your options for choosing the perfect tray are endless. There’s a vast variety of style to choose from – wood trays, galvanized metal trays (if you’re going for the farmhouse look), mirrored trays, or you can grab a plain wood tray from Target or a craft store and customize it to your style. Want to save some extra bucks? Visit your local thrift store to find a tray you can update to your taste. See my tray update DIY here.

Uttermost Acela Natural Wood and Metal Round TrayMagot 18

Suprema Rhinestone Square Mirrored TrayMarnie Rectangular Mango Wood 2-Piece Trays Set


Must-Have Coffee Table Decor Accessory #2: Greenery/Something Natural

Having something green is not only recommended for your coffee table, it’s a must. You should have something green or faux green item in every room of your home. Anything that represents nature is great! Bring nature indoors brings life to your room and is also calming. Ofcourse real life plants is what I would recommend but sometimes anything faux green is great too. Faux flowers or plant stems in a vase are perfect for a coffee table. You can also consider a budget-friendly option of doing it yourself. Visit your local dollar store for faux flowers and glass vases. You can probably make “something green/natural for less than $5!

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Uttermost Hard Cream Coral 2-Piece Accent Sculpture Set

Cream Calla Lily and Grass 15 1/2


Must-Have Coffee Table Decor Accessory #3: Vertical Decorative Items

Tall decorative pieces add dimension to you decor. A mix of small, medium and tall objects helps to bring the eye up and down to different levels and keep the coffee table interesting to look at. Some options for tall decorative objects include sculptures, tall decorative vases, candlestick holders (or use long candles on a smaller candle holder),  lanterns, etc.

Corillian Rustic and Clear Lantern Pillar Candle Holder

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Sparkle Black and Gold Table Decor Set of 2

Crystal with Silver Accents Taper Candle Holder


Must-Have Coffee Table Decor Accessory #4: Something Horizontal

Having horizontal items like books on your coffee table also gives it dimension. You can use it to add height to an item and to add a pop of color to your decor. Books do double duty also, as they serve as something for your guests to pick and browse through when there’s a quiet moment.  Fashion or Autobiography books are great because they serve as conversational pieces as well.

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Must-Have Coffee Table Decor Accessory #5: Something personal/unique

Having something unique and rare helps to bring personality and character to your coffee table. Try to find something that is not very common or is one-of-a kind. Scroll through some one-of-a-kind finds for ideas below!

Silver Pineapple 11 3/4

Walking Elephant 12 3/4

Silver Abstract 14 3/4

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Uttermost Mishka Metallic Gold Leaf Candelabra Candle Holder

Candelo 4 1/4

 

In conclusion….

The size of these coffee table essentials  should depend on the size of your coffee table. If you have a large coffee table, then go big on the trays, vases and other items.  Be mindul of the dimensions of your table.

Also, consider the color and design pattern of your coffee table. If your coffee table is already a piece of art on it’s own, you will need less decor than if it is just plain and simple. Less is more for a coffee table in the image below.

 

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This piece is not exactly budget-freindly, but I could not resisit adding it on to this budget-friendly list. It’s just so unique and cute! Click on it!

 

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Spring-Inspired Home Decor Ideas

Being an interior decor enthusiast is very exciting! At random times of the day, I find myself browsing page after page of beautiful interior decoration ideas. It has become a never-ending habit and I love every bit of time I spend just browsing through the ideas of others. Right now, I’m itching to visit my local thrift store to pick up some items to makeover. I’m hoping to find a small bench or cushioned chair for our master bedroom. I’ll share all the details of my search and DIY makeover soon (when I find one 🙂

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Island Floral Giclee Glow Plug-In Swag Pendant

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James R. Moder Florale Collection Silver 41

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Spring Cottage Porch Decoration.
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Cute Upcycled Rain Boot Planters.
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Today’s post is inspired by Decorating with Bright Colors on bhg.com. I was drawn in by all the bright and beautiful colors in this post that I just had to share.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with or a paid supporter of Better Homes and Gardens (bhg.com).

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How to Add More Storage to your Home

It’s always nice to have creative and great-looking storage, nooks and corners to store things around the house. A clean house is an organized house. It’s easier to keep a clean house if everything in your home has it’s own storage spot. If items are constantly flaoting around, then you’re bound to have things laying around, and you will always waste time looking for things.

The places where we need the most storage are in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, home offices, play rooms and basements. I’ve gathered a few ideas of ways you add and use shelving units in these place. Click on any of the images below for more information.

Serra 1.0 White Wood 2-Door Bookcase

French Door Shelving – Check out the extra drawer at the bottom! Use it in your dinning room, kitchen or home office.

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Utopia White Gloss and Maple Cream 3-Drawer Sideboard

Unique Splayed Legs Cabinet – Need more space for your dinning area and essentials? Look no further. This unique design cabinet is sure to be a focal point and bring on the compliments when you have guests over.

 

Valencia 2.0 White Wood Shoe Closet with Mirror

Mirrored shelving Unit: Add more shelving to any closet. This shelving unit would work really well if you need more space for your shoes, scarves, sweaters and small purses/clutches.

Carpina Home Oak White 3-Piece Ladder Shelf Office Desk Set

Ladder-style shelving – Great for a home office or for toy bins in a basement or play room or large closet.

 

Serra 2.0 White Wood 2-Door Bookcase with Splayed Legs

Splayed Leg Shelving – this would be perfect for extra space in the kitchen, bathroom, home office or library, laundry room or bedroom closet.

Valenca White Wood 4-Piece Bookcase Set

4-piece Shelving Set – This piece is definitely perfect for a child’s room, home school space or home office. It’s open and easily accessible for children of different heights. Each could be assigned to a specfic child. This piece can also work for a mudroom without built-in shelves.

Urbane Carpina White Ladder Desk

Budget-friendly ladder desk: Are you looking to carve out an office space in your already small home? This is your perfect option! All you need is about 25-inch wide wall space and less than $100. Plus you get a double feature for your bucks – a desk and storage shelves.

 

Cascavel 6-Shelf White Wood Stair Cubby Bookcase

Stair Cubby shelving: This piece lets you take advantage of your floor and wall space creatively. And it’s oh so super budget-friendly!

 

Fargo Gray Wood 4-Shelf Ladder Bookshelf

Open ladder-style shelving – but what sets this one apart from the rest? It’s open and airy. The open back will give your space a minimal look because it takes up less space and still gives access to wall space and color.

 

angelo:HOME Cruise Mid-Century Acorn 3-Drawer TV Console

Mid-Century Console – entry table anyone? with storage! This piece would look great in a entry way hallway with a large round mirror on the wall above it. It could also work in a home office or living room as a TV console.

 

Parsons White 4-Door Pantry

Kitchen pantry/storage: use this piece as your kitchen pantry extension. It’s very spacious and that extra drawer in the middle can hold your irregular-shaped items. It can also hold pots and pans, small appliances and other utensil.

Gallatin White Simulated Stone Infrared Electric Fireplace

White Cabinet Fireplace Cabinet: I’m sure we can all use some more heat this frigid Winter on the East Coast. Get more heat and more storage at the same time. More finishes are available.

 

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DIY Home Decor, DIY Projects

Easy DIY Decorative Boxes

I recently published a post about decorative boxes because they are so darn useful. You can use one as a decorative piece while it holds your treasures or useful junk. (Let’s be honest, junk is a box looks good as well..lol.)

Last night I helped my boys decorate shoe boxes for Valentine’s Day. The boxes will hold all their Valentine’s day cards and goodies they will receieve from their friends and teachers on this beautiful day.

I started with two shoe boxes.

This project is so easy and it took me about 15 minutes to make each box. Find some leftover gift wrapping paper, contact paper, some tape and a pair of scissors to make this decorative boxes. Check out your local dollar store. All these materials can be found there! You can also use a fabric or decoupage craft paper onto you box with mod podge.

 

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Everyday Love-Inspired Home Decor

It’s Valentine’s day!!! I hope you all are doing well, loving yourself and everyone around you. It’s so easy to get caught up on all the hoopla of celebrations and forget the actual reason for the celebration. We know that we are to love ourselves and others everyday, but there’s nothing wrong with celebrating Valentine’s day; having a special day to do something specially unique for yourself or with someone you love.

Having love-inspired decor can definitely remind us of the importance of love and hwy it’s necessary to share it everyday. So today, I will be sharing all the wonderful lov-inspired home decor items I’ve come across lately. Enjoy and don’t forget to share!

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Loving Couple 11 1/2

Oliver Gal Sakura Love 27

 

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The Weight of Love 12

 

Hearts 36

 

Tilbury 30 1/4

 

Britto Winged Heart 18

Oliver Gal Unframed Wall

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How to Decorate with Boxes

Decorative boxes are one of the most versatile decor accents for any flat surface. It works on shelves, coffee tables, dressers/chests, and countertops. I have quite a number of decorative boxes around my house because they serve two purposes – as decor accent and also a storage container.

These boxes are also very easy to make if you’re up for a DIY project. You can use any regular cardboard box, like a shoe box. Paint it with your favorite color or cover it with a decorative gift wrap (with or without an adhesive, like mod podge) or use self-adhesive contact paper.

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Victoire Silver and Crystal 8 1/2

 

Washed Blue 10 3/4

Port 68 Kenilworth Brown Decorative Round Porcelain Box

Seneca Turquoise-Silver 9 1/2

Rhea 2-Piece Antiqued Gold Leaf Metal Nesting Table Set

Carillon White-Turquoise Agate 9 1/2

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Dark Chestnut Finish Decorative Box

Hester Silver Mirrored Decorative Jewelry Box

Bristol Square Clear Acrylic Coffee Table

Bethany Large Turquoise Marble Decorative Box

 

Styled Mirrored Cocktail Table with Designer Coffee Table Books
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Longevity Black and White Round Decorative Box

Uttermost Ruth Blue and Green 2-Piece Ceramic Boxes Set

Uttermost Minta Tarnished Silver Box

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Antilles White Marble and Blue Agate Round Box

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Carta Clear Acrylic with Gold Feather Decorative Box

 

Mani White Decorative Lidded Box


Wildwood Rectangular Pastel Blue Tole Box

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How to Incorporate Nature into your Home Decor

Winter is on it’s way out and Spring is upon us. It’s always nice to be able to bring a little bit of the outdoors inside your living space. I am a lover of the outdoors and I believe there’s no easier way to bring the outdoor indoors than decorating your space with plants, wooden items and natural prints. Natural decor gives your home a peaceful and calming ambience, and who doesn’t want that?

I recently visited a local Home Depot store to buy a few garage organizers and I could not resist spending some time admiring a cluster of plants that were placed not too far from the checkout register. The plant that caught my attention was the fiddle leaf fig plant. It’s beautiful, large, deep green leaves is art on it’s own. I stopped, pulled out my phone to google the plant. I wanted to know the type of care it required for survival. In other words, I wanted to know if it required a lot of work and if it dies easily. It turns out it’s a very low maintainance house plant. Check out more information here. I cannot wait to get my hands on one of those plants. My next project would be to make a mid-century plant stand (similar to this one) for it. I’m soooo excited!

Now back to business……….

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Nature-Inspired Home Decor – Wall Art

Albright Gold Metal 39 3/4

Gold Metal Wall Art

 

Water color Palm Leaf Print

Stoneware Leaf Plate Decorative Wall Sculpture White 15

Decorative Wall Sculpture

 

Carved Palm Leaf Wall Decor

 

Tropical Palm 2pk Framed Wall Canvas Blue 23.2

Framed wall Art


Nature-Inspired Home Decor – Sculptures

Green/Brown Agate Sculpture

 

Clear Crystal 9 1/4

Crystal Lotus Candle Holder

 

Alvaro Canoe Sculpture

Natural Wood Ball Sculpture

 

Carved Disc Sculpture

 

Resin Quartz Cluster

 


Nature-Inspired Home Decor – Throw Pillows

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Large Chevron Pillow

 

Charlotte Beige Woven 20

Beige Woven Throw Pillow

 

Saro Lifestyle 12

Lush Leaf Throw Pillow

 

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Smocked Throw Pillow


Nature-Inspired Home Decor – Clocks

Natural Oak Clock

 

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Oversized Distressed Wood Clock

 

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Wood Trim Wall Clock

 


Nature-Inspired Home Decor – Vases

Geometric Flower Vase

 

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White Vase

 

Jamie Young Topanga Natural Wood 22

Natural Wood Vase


Nature-Inspired Home Decor – Furniture

Andros Wicker Chair

 

Reyes Rope Table

 

Southampton Armchair


Nature-Inspired Home Decor – Faux plants/planter

Mid-century Plant Stands

 

Faux Fiddle Leaf Plant

 

Cube Terrarium


Nature-Inspired Home Decor – Storage/Baskets

Large woven basket

 

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Lareg stackable Storage Crates

 

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Open Weave Basket

 

Nature-Inspired Home Decor – Lamps/Light Fixtures

Salima 16

Black and Wood Grain Ceiling Light

 

Kadoka 30 1/2

Southwest Table Lamp

 

Crestview Collection Driftwood Natural Wood Table Lamp

Driftwood Natural Wood Lamp

 

Natural Wood Modernized Tripod Floor Lamp

Tripod Floor Lamp

 

Feiss Allier 10

Weathered Oak Pendant Light Fixture

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Unique Must-Have Decorative Accent Furniture Pieces

I have been gushing over decorative accent furniture and chest for a while now and it’s just destiny that I have to write and share this post. They are so pleasing to the eye and their intricate details make them impossible to ignore. These chest are luxurious and will easily be a focal point in a living or family room or dining area or a cozy bedroom.

Click on any of the images below for more information.

Gramercy White and Champagne 2-Door Accent Chest

 

Champagne Gold Overlays Painted White Mirrored 2-Door Chest

Nemeth Large Cappuccino Foam and Silver Leaf 3-Drawer Chest

Butler Velinda Green Raffia 3-Drawer Console Chest

Zoey Elsinore Champagne 2-Door Accent Cabinet

 

Walden Glossy Teal 2-Door Accent Cabinet

Millennium Mirror 2-Door Directional Point Accent Cabinet

 

Mansfield Black and Mirrored 2-Door Accent Media Cabinet

Painted Blush 2-Door Wood Accent Chest

Ella High Gloss White Lacquer w/ Brushed Gold 3-Drawer Chest

 

Charly Natural Whitewash 3-Drawer Lattice Accent Chest

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Elizabeth Silver Mirrored 4-Door Buffet Cabinet

Charly Natural Whitewash 3-Door Lattice Accent Cabinet

 

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Unique Farmhouse Home Decor Accessories

We all know that the trending home decor style right now is Modern Farmhouse. It’s a style that is really relaxed, full of charm and character.

The modern farmhouse color scheme is pretty neutral. The color palette ranges from grays, pale blues, whites to shades of off-whites.

Most farmhouse decor have a rustic, vintage and distressed look and are usually made out natural materials such as wood and metals.

Click on the images and links below for more information on these farmhouse accessories

Fredrik Bronze Industrial Lantern Night Light Table Lamp

Industrial Table Lamp


Hyacinth Open-Top 2-Piece Round Basket SetHyacinth Round Basket


Jardine 16

White Glaze Ceramic Vase


 

Uttermost Acela Natural Wood and Metal Round Tray

Wood and Metal Round Tray

 

Vallari Round Mango Wood 2-Piece Trays Set

Mango Wood Tray Set


 

Arch Antique Brass Clear 3-Piece Pillar Candle Holders Set

Antique Brass Candle Holders

 


Carson 18 1/2

Vintage Chandelier


Franklin Park 13

Galvanized Ceiling Lighting


Gray and Green Lamb's Ear Branches 15 1/2

Chicken Wire Vase caddy with plant

 

Magnolia Distressed White 31 1/2

Distressed Wood Clock

 

Cotton Branches 23

Cotton Branch Faux Plant

 

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How to Accessorize a Cozy Bedroom

 

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There’s nothing like retreating to a cozy bedroom after a long day of work. Your bedroom should be the most comfortable room in your house. It should be peaceful, calm and relaxing.

The color scheme of your bedroom decor can also be used to bring warmth to a bedroom. I personally gravitate towards whites, grays and light shades of blue, and natural colors for our master bedroom. Go for warm bedding, comfy pillows, and soft blankets for maximum coziness.

Lighting is also very important in a cozy bedroom. A cozy bedroom needs soft lighting or a dimmable light switches. Lamps and lighting fixtures should have subtle designs that brings warmth to room also.

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Ibeza 15 1/2

Crystal Mocha Ceiling Light 

 

Gramercy White and Champagne 2-Door Accent Chest

White and Champagne Accent Chest

Elaine Smith Lustrous Lines 20

 Lustrous Lines Indoor Pillow

 

Audrey Cosmo Snow Upholstered Queen Headboard

Audrey Queen Headboard

 

Glamorous Natural Comforter Set

Glamorous Natural Comforter Set

 

Roxie Bronze Metal Table Lamps Set of 2

Bronze Metal Table Lamp Set

GE Lighting 15W Soft White Bulb (2 pack)

 

Seagrass Round 3-Piece 2-Tone White Woven Basket Set

Seagrass Round Basket Set

 

SeparDry - Premium Cotton Rope Basket for Laundry, Blanket, Towel, Nursery, Baby & Kids Toy Bin - Decorative Navy Blue & White Coiled Round Hamper with Handles - 16x13.5

Cotton Rope Laundry Basket

Southwest Mixed Succulent Faux Plants in Pots Set of 3

Succulent Faux Plants

 

 

Wall Pops Trellis Wallpaper

 

Elaziz CR610 Light Gray Area Rug

Elaziz Gray Area Rug

 

 

Damari Linen White Fabric Rectangular Bench

Damari Fabric Bench

 

 

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10-Minute DIY Valentine’s Day Wreath

Christmas is behind us and Valentine’s day is right around the corner.

Today, I’ll be sharing how I made a super easy string light wreath. It’s so easy, you can seriously get it done in less than ten minutes.

I used only 4 items for this project – one embroidery hoop, white acrylic paint, a small paint brush and pink/purple string lights on white wire. (4 set of  48″ string ).

Are you ready to make this super easy Valentine’s Day string light wreath?

Step 1. Paint the embroidery hoop with a small paint brush

Step 2: Wrap the string light around the hoop

Step 3: You’re all done!!!

Easiest project ever, right?

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I placed this simple wreath on my entryway wall shelf.

 

Where can you hang your simple Valentine’s Day wreath?

– Hang it on the outside (exterior) of your front door

– Hang ir on the inside (interior) of your front door

– Place it on your entryway table/shelf or mudroom

– Hang on the wall in a common hallway

– Add it to your guest bathroom decor

– Add it to a gallery wall in your family room

– Hang it in a master bedroom for a romantic feel and look


Want to make this simple Valentine’s Day Wreath even better?

  • Make a bigger and dramatic wreath by using a bigger embriodery hoop
  • Make a fuller wreath with more string lights
  • Use it as a table centerpiece around a set of vases or a set of candles.
  • Place on on a mantel (See ideas here)
  • Hang with a wooden frame or wall mirror or farmhouse window (see ideas here)

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Notes:

It’s ok to buy a pack of embriodery hoops because there are so many projects you can use them for. If you don’t want a pack, buy a hoop (comes in 2’s) from your local craft store. They are really cheap! Walmart carries it too. Order it online if you don’t want a pack or have a craft store or Walmart store around you.

Your string light wreath could be used as double duty around the Christmas season. Who said Christmas lights only had to be red, gold or clear? I purchased the pink and purple string lights at my local AC Moore (a craft store) but is not currently available online. Check out Amazon, they have a good variety.

Time needed: About 10 minutes (including drying time for the paint). I only used one coat of paint. If you don’t use paint often, get a small 2 oz. bottle of paint like this. It’s also sold at Walmart.

Cost: I had the white acrylic paint and the paint brush on hand. I bought the lights on sale for 50% off (original price was $3.99). 4 packs cost me about $8 and the embriodery hoop was less than $2. Overall, I spent about $10 for this project.

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8 Functional and Decorative Wall Shelves for Small Bathrooms

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You have a small bathroom and need more storage? Why not take advantage of the wall space in your bathroom and add some wall shelves. Do not let any wall space go unused! The wall above the toilet is great real estate for storage.

Most modern and newly built homes lack a storage space beind the mirror, like the old medicine cabinets that you see all the time in older homes.

This post was written to give you ideas of how to add storage that matches your style. Ths post will help you find the right storage unit for your specific space; one that meets your specific need, without sacrificing your style.

Natashia Barnwood Plank Wall Shelf

Barnwood Plank Wall Shelf

This particular shelf is perfect for all the lovers of nature, like myself, who want to bring a piece of nature indoors. The natural and reclaimed wood look is eye-catching and makes you feel like you’re spending time in nature, while you’re pampering yourself.


 

Avanity Hamilton 22" French White Linen Tower

French White Linen Tower

This linen tower in great for a top to floor wall space. Be sure to measure the width of your space before you purchase a storage unit like this. Also, the light color of this piece will make it light and airy in your already small space. It’s always best to go for light colors when you want a ceiling to floor piece. It will lighten up your space.

 


 

Kennard 3 Tier Industrial Pipe Wall Shelf

Industrial Pipe Wall Shelf

This wall shelf combines the much sought-after rustic and industrial characterisitics. The rustic wood and bronze finish industrial pipes is so appealing to the eyes and does not need a lot of dressing up. Put it up and forget about it. It’s decorative on it’s own and oh so functional.


 

Welland 3-Tier Display Wall Accent Shelf

Welland 3-Tier Display Wall Accent Shelf

This 3-tier is the perfect example of exactly how to make use of the wall space above your toilet. This shelving unit is every easy to install being that brackets for each shelf does not need to be installed separately. The size of the shelves is perfect and not too bulky, and would fit just over any toilet tank. This modern and stylish piece will naturally bring a modern decor element to your bathroom. Get those beautiful faux grass in planters here.


Avanity Madison White 4-Drawer 2-Door Linen Cabinet

Madison Linen Cabinet

Want some private storage and beauty at this same time? Check out this white drawer and cabinet style storage unit. This piece would be perfect for an available small ceiling to floor space you can take advantage of. This shelving unit could be an extension of your linen closet or even work in a walk-in-closet for extra storage for your sweaters and unmentionables.


Huette Wall Shelf

Huette Wall Shelf

 

Kiowa Hanging Storage Rack with Basket

Kiowa Hanging Storage Rack with Basket

This shelving unit is another perfect piece for your over-the-toilet wall space. This unit gives you 4 shelf surfaces in a trendy brown-bronze finish. The wicket baskets are so perfect for this unit and can hold things that you would like to keep more private in your bathroom. See some similar baskets here.


 

Thornsberry 24.38" W x 67.73" H Over the Toilet

Thornsberry Over the Toilet Storage

Don’t have time to install shelves on your wall? Go for this space saver organizer standing unit. It is very stylish and stands alone. Layer on towels, tissue, soaps and moisturizers on this piece and enjoy its beauty. Get the faux fiddle leaf plant here.

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Home Decor

18 Valentine’s Day Decoration Ideas

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Did you know that the Rockerfeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City will be coming down today? Funny enough, I packed up our Christmas tree and other decor last night! I am ready to re-decorate and next up is Valentine’s day. Who else is ready?

Let the celebration of LOVE begin!

Pink Peony Wreath – this wreath is so beautiful, you can actually wear it as a crown.


Love You More Wood Sign


 

Rustic Heart Wreath: wreath is for the rustic and modern farmhouse decor lovers.


Twin Love Signs.


Next up is the Pink Medley Tulip Wreath. This is definitely a show stopper wreath. Your front door is sure to stand out with this wreath.


Wooden Heart Hanging – this one is pretty versatile, use it to decorate your interior or front door.


I am absolutely in love with this Plum Blossom Wreath. It’s simple, airy and not overwhealming beautiful. A mix of rustic meets modern.


All You Need is Love Garden Flag


Plum Rustic Meets Modern Wreath


Heart Accent Tray

Hutchins Heart Accent Tray

Besfriends In Love Photo Frame


Romantic Roses Rustic Wreath

 


Love in the Air Pillow Covers


I Love Us vinyl

I Love Us Letters Words Wall Decals


Rose Garland Wreath

This Cinema Lightbox is really a keeper! It come with 96 letters and it can be used for EVERY occasion! Birthdays, Mother’s day, Father’s Day, Christmas, New Year’s, etc.


 

Rustic Farmhouse LED Marquee Sign – valentine’s Day

Modern Love LED Marquee Sign


A through Z Love

ABC I Love You Wood Sign Wall Décor

You probably noticed that I have more than 11 decor items listed in this post, but I could not resist adding more lovely items.

Enjoy!

DIY Home Decor

Simple DIY Valentine’s Day Home Decor

Have other decor addicts out there started looking to decorate for Valentine’s Day or am I the only one?

I packed up our Christmas tree and other Christmas decor items over the weekend and now looking for Valentine’s Day decor ideas. Who is with me?!

Read more here: Simple DIY Valentine’s Day Home Decor Ideas.

 

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Quick Flower Vase Makeover | DIY

It always feels good to be able to use spray paint to update just about anything with a nonporous surface. The result is always beautiful and awe-mazing..;)

Yesterday I decided to add some pizzazz to my white ceramic vase I’ve loved and owned for over 3 years. I added a touch of gold paint to the top to brighten it up a bit.

Check out the before and after photos:

Before

I am absolutely in love all over again with this vase.

I also spray painted an upcycled glass jar in gold stripes for the pink peony. Love love love the result.

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Xoxo,

Abi

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Home Decor

What is your Design Style?

Do you want decorating ideas tailored to your style?

I found a really cool quiz from Better Homes and Gardens that will help you determine your decorating personality and get ideas that fit your style!

My Design Style is Country French, what’s yours?

As a person with a Country French design style……You are drawn to a rustic but refined style that feels comfortable and livable for today’s families. Your version of Country French style may be rustic (think glazed pottery and chunky woven baskets) or more refined (think gilded details). Either way, patterned fabrics such as toile, stripes, and fleur-de-lis motifs will help you set the tone. Incorporate details such as stucco walls, wrought-iron accents, and furniture with carved details for an old-world look.

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11 Must-Have Accessories for a Cozy Bedroom

 

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There’s nothing like retreating to a cozy bedroom after a long day of work. Your bedroom should be the most comfortable room in your house. It should be peaceful, calm and relaxing.

The color scheme of your bedroom decor can also be used to bring warmth to a bedroom. I personally gravitate towards whites, grays and light shades of blue, and natural colors for our master bedroom. Go for warm bedding, comfy pillows, and soft blankets for maximum coziness.

Lighting is also very important in a cozy bedroom. A cozy bedroom needs soft lighting or a dimmable light switches. Lamps and lighting fixtures should have subtle designs that brings warmth to room also.

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Chrome Finish Ceiling Light Fixture 

 Ivory Embroidered Pillow

 

Gray Fabric Tufted Headboard

 

The Ultimate All Season Comforter Deal Hotel Luxury Down Alternative Comforter Duvet Insert with Tabs Washable and Hypoallergenic (Queen)

Hotel Luxury Hypoallergenic Down Comforter

Grandview Gallery Table Lamps – Set of 2

GE Lighting 15W Soft White Bulb (2 pack)

 

SeparDry - Premium Cotton Rope Basket for Laundry, Blanket, Towel, Nursery, Baby & Kids Toy Bin - Decorative Navy Blue & White Coiled Round Hamper with Handles - 16x13.5

Cotton Rope Laundry Basket

The Bloom Faux Potted Plants – set of 2

Wall Pops Trellis Wallpaper

 

Plush Geometric Trellis shag Rug

Zinus Memory Foam Bench 

 

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7 Ways to Style Your Entryway

Believe it or not, your entryway is your guest’s first impression of your home. It sets the tone for the rest of your home. It gives your guest an idea of what they can expect to see throughout your home.

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I have been experimenting lately with how to style my entryway for a while. I initially styled it with a hook wall shelf (see photo below) . It looked really good and was organic, just the way I like. However, I had to make some changes when I realized that the shelf hook was not kid friendly. It was a struggle for the kids to reach to hang their jackets and school bags. I chose not lower the shelf because it would interfere with sitting on the bench that was placed under the shelf for sitting while putting on or taking off our shoes. Above all, I wasn’t a fan of the exposed clutter look of the entry way after the kids hung up their things. Change was definitely on the horizon. I have since taken down the shelf and will repurpose the hooks in the near future.

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The first change I made was to keep the kid’s things in the coat closet using over the door rack and a few DIY installed hooks on the bottom half of the coat closet door. The plan is to leave the bench as is, but hang up a large painting to leave things clean and simple. However, I’m curious to see how others style their entryway and what I can learn from them for more ideas. Stay and learn with me on this journey!

It was really interesting to find that many entryways were styled using a mix of geometric decor items. Don’t be afraid to style your entryway to be as bold or subtle and neutral as to your preference (as you will find below). Go bold with bright wall paint or use a eye-catching patterned colorful wall paper to make a statement to all who enter your home. Other choices for your wall include large mirrors or a cluster of small mirrors, a large painitings, or all-over wall hooks. Furniture pieces, such as a console table or a bench provides an anchor for your entryway. Other accessory options include medium-sized faux or live plants, baskets for easy organization, and pillows and blankets as accents for your bench. Don’t forget accent pieces for your console table!

Use a Large Round Mirror

Small entryway
Amber Interior Design

I really adore the mix of geometry of the items used to style this entryway. The round black planter and the large round mirror complements the long, textured rectangular bench with round legs. And let’s not forget the geometric print rug that adorn the floor and ties eveything together. This entryway is simple and not overdone to the point where it looks cluttered.


Use Bright Colors

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You know the saying,”Paint is the easiest and budget-friendliest way to update your home.” Well, that’s the saying in my own words..hehe. This bold pink wall is very BOLD and makes a statement that any other decor accessory cannot make, except maybe a wall paper that is as this bright and bold.


Use a Console Table

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A console table should be a go-to when you need less of a functional entryway. This style is great for an entryway that does not get a lot of traffic and is more for decoration. A couple medium/small art pieces on the the wall, a few decorative accents and you’re all good to go. This entryway also pulls together some geometric pieces, such as round bronze accent, the triangular wall art prints in rectangular frames, the rectangular table, the books and box. Isn’t it lovely?


Use a Dramatic Bench

How To Style a Bench
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Find a bench that makes a bold statement on it’s own and you’ll need less on your wall and in the entryway area as a whole. The printed fabric on this bench adds color and dimension to the space.


Use Wall Hooks

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Using wall hooks in your entryway is especially important if you usually have guests over and love to entertain people. This way it’s easy for your guests to hang their coats, hats and scarves (during the cold months). You, being the host, will also be glad that you don’t have find extra hangers and help your guests hang their coats in your probably already stuffed coat closet. Find traditional wall hooks here or get this ready to hang hook rack.


Use a Bold Wallpaper

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Make a bold statement with a wall paper like this! I’m sure you and your guests will be wowed everytime you or they step into your home. There is a vast variety of wall paper to choose from out there. Find one that fits your style and budget.


Use a Large Wall Art

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If you don’t have the time to paint your entryway walls or add wall paper, feel free to hand a large painting over a bench or a console table. It gives the same effect as the aforementioned options. Make sure to scout around for a unique and original painting. You run the risk of owning a one-for-all art if your purchase a printed art. Prints are reproduced over and over again, and your next door neighbor might end up having the same piece as you.


Use Built-in Shelving

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I must say this is the entryway of my dreams. It is just so clean, beautiful and easy to adore! The ample space provided by this design helps to store your belongings discreetly. I also like the neutral and airy colors of this entryway. The rug and baskets provide just enough texture against the white unit. 

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How to Maintain a Clutter-Free Home

How to maintain a minimalist home

1| Remove clutter from flat surfaces

Clutter is a pet peeve for me. I can’t stand it – especially in the kitchen. I’m sure kitchen countertops were not made for storage and clutter. It doesn’t matter how clean your home is of dirt and dust, if your countertops are loaded with small appliances or anything for that matter, the overall look will be untidy. I can’t even stand too many items on my counter top while cooking. I try as much as possible to clean up and put things away as I go.

Want to free up your counter top? Have only a few items that you use regularly on your countertops. I have two canisters (soon to be replaced and removed), a toaster, a kettle and fruit basket out on the counter top because we use these items everyday. Other items such as the rice cooker, crock pot, bread maker are used once a week and they are kept off the countertop.

2| Shop Less

I have not purchased anything new for myself in about six months. Why, you ask?  I don’t need anything! I’ve thought about buying a new purse for a while because my current one has fraying handles and corners, but I’ve not been able to get my self to get one because I have a fairly used satchel in my closet that I can use. Even though I would love another black tote like my everyday purse, the satchel will work, and therefore I don’t need another purse. I used to have a collection of purses, but thank God, I’ve been able to get rid of them. I realized I’d fallen out of love with them and plus, they were out of season!

Honestly, the thought of going to the mall or spending hours at the store looking for anything does not excite me. I’d rather shop online and ship-to-store if available to save money on shipping.

You can also save yourself a great deal of time by shopping online. Think about the drive to the mall/store, time spent going from store to store, time spent trying on clothes, time spent in line at checkout and then you’ll probably be hungry at the end of your shopping trip and need to eat out – more spending.

Be careful of “bargain” finds

Who does not like a good deal while shopping? Well, ask yourself, do you REALLY need the item? I once bought a blouse to wear to work that I thought was a good deal. I didn’t really like the style, but it was a steal. I eventually wore the blouse once, with a blazer (to cover it up because I didn’t like it) and then boxed it up for donation after it spent another three months in my closet. Smh

3| Get rid of old and unused items

Excess clothes = spending more time doing laundry =buying more laundry detergent = using more energy to run washer/dryer = more water usage = higher energy and water monthly  bills =more money down the drain

You will not believe how often I was doing laundry sometime ago before I decided something had to change. I was washing at least four to five loads for our three boys per week and guess what? It was an all-weekend affair.

I solved this problem by getting rid of some of their clothes, especially the ones they had outgrown (and wear as play clothes) and those that were out of season. I made sure they had a few good number of pieces to wear in the house as play clothes and that cut things down to two loads per week. I also got rid of unmatched/old socks and limited them to wearing a few pairs of cozy socks around the house in the winter.

Does it pass the time test?

You know the saying “if you’ve not used an item in 6 – 12 months, you probably don’t need it.” Stop saving things for “just in case”. I’m sure there’s a family out there that would put those items to more use than you do. Donate your items to Goodwill or Salvation Army for tax deductions or sell it on Craigslist.

4| Eliminate the Junk Drawer

Trust me, there’s absolutely not need for a junk drawer. It only gives you a reason to keep junk around. If an item does not have a designated storage place, then you probably don’t need it. And if you decide that the stuff in your junk drawer is not actually junk, then it’s time to transform your junk drawer and make it a designated storage space for specific items. Plus, stop referring to it as the “junk drawer”, to get your mind away from thinking it’s the place for anything, aka, junk.

5| Putting things back where they belong right away

I try as much as possible to put things back right away. This could be difficult if you’re in a hurry or running late. But trust me, you will be glad you did when you return. Putting things back right away also reduces the time you will spend cleaning up later. Here are some tips:

  • Load dishes into the dishwasher instead of putting the plates in the sink first.
  • Take your shoes to your room instead of leaving it at the door whenever you arrive home from an outing (if it doesn’t belong in your mudroom).
  • Hang your coat/jackets as soon as you walk in the door.
  • Have several baskets ready to sort dirty clothes by color as dirty laundry pile up.

6| Have and stick to a meal plan

Having a meal plan reduces refrigerator and pantry clutter.

Can you imagine going grocery shopping without a list?

What a waste of time and money that could be? Without a meal plan, you pretty much grab whatever you feel you’ll need for the week or month, which will leave you scrambling to throw things together for dinner every night.

Trust me, it pays to have a meal plan. You can easily make a grocery list based on your meal plan and not end up with items you don’t need. Those items eventually rot or expire and are thrown away. Talk about money down the drain!

One more tip – take advantage of your local grocery stores that allow you to shop  online and pick up in store. I know some Walmart and Sam’s Club locations offer this service. I can’t wait to use it and I’ll be sure to share my experience.

7|Get everyone involved

It’s very easy to maintain a minimalist home when every family member is on board and understands what it takes. I have the kids help by putting their dirty laundry in the appropriate basket in the laundry room as soon as they’re done changing. This way, I can avoid having laundry baskets in their rooms and have laundry already sorted for wash day. They also go through their toys at least once every two weeks to pick out broken toys or the ones they don’t play with anymore to be donated to Goodwill. We’ve gotten rid of about half of their toys in the last year and they don’t seem to mind.

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Want to share your tips? I look forward to your comments!

Until next time,

Abi

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How to add some geometry to your Home Decor

Fall is here and it’s time for a little redecorating! A change in seasons is a great time to make changes in our lives and in our homes. To get started, why don’t you draw inspiration from a popular trend sweeping both weddings and interior design?

Geometric decor is a contemporary design style filled with lots of fun shapes and bold lines. It can easily blend into a minimally-styled dwelling or stand out in a boho chic abode. For example, you can throw in large area rug with a sharp geometric patterns as a subtle statement piece in an all-white room or a vibrant addition to a lively color scheme. If you don’t have the room to add in a lot of new furniture, you can simply replace some of your old furniture with some new and modern ones. You can easily replace your pillowcase covers and place your plants in new geometric-styled planters.

However, don’t be fooled! Geometric style doesn’t just stop at patterns. You can also find funky pieces in fun and interesting shapes to freshen up any room in your house. Industrial lamp shades, hexagon shelves and diamond-shaped mirrors are a few pieces of furniture you can swap in to refresh off-season furnishings.

Proflowers has a beautiful visual guide to help guide you through the geometric decor trend for your home. They have ideas ranging from your wall design to your furniture textures. Take a look at all of their ideas to see what ideas you can incorporate into the rooms in your home.

Click on the images below to explore geometric home decor ideas

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Happy decorating,

Abi

Home Decor

Must-Have Modern Farmhouse Home Decor Accessories

We all know that the trending home decor style right now is Modern Farmhouse. It’s a style that is really relaxed, full of charm and character.

The modern farmhouse color scheme is pretty neutral. The color palette ranges from grays, pale blues, whites to shades of off-whites.

Most farmhouse decor have a rustic, vintage and distressed look and are usually made out natural materials such as wood and metals.

Click on the images and links below for more information on these farmhouse accessories

Fredrik Bronze Industrial Lantern Night Light Table Lamp

Industrial Table Lamp


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White Glaze Ceramic Vase


 

Uttermost Acela Natural Wood and Metal Round Tray

Wood and Metal Round Tray

 

Vallari Round Mango Wood 2-Piece Trays Set

Mango Wood Tray Set


 

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Vintage Chandelier


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How to Transform Plain Books into Decorative Elements with Contact Paper | DIY

There so many ways books can be used to add dimension to a flat surface, but have you ever thought about using it to add color to your decor? Books are definitely a versatile element to add to your decor. It could be used to raise other objects up to a certain height or used for a layered effect.

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The books here bring a layered effect to the coffee table. From allkindsoflovelyblog

You probably already have books laying around your house that you’ve never read or opened. Don’t throw them out! Make them purposeful by using them for decor with contact paper. The contact paper route is very easy because you don’t have to buy books to complement your current decor color scheme. Any book can be covered with your choice of contact paper color and print. It’s as easy as peel and stick!

I have covered several books and the results are always fantastic! Scroll down….

DIY DECORATIVE BOOKS
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Using contact paper to cover books. Budget-friendly Home Decor Ideas
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Using contact paper to cover books. Budget-friendly Home Decor Ideas
DIY DECORATIVE BOXES

I have also used contact paper to cover up boxes. This project is as easy as covering a book. It might be easier to cover a small box however so you can you one big piece of contact paper for the box and one for the lid.

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This decorative shoe box storage box ended up being used as my nail polish storage on my nightstand shelf. 🙂

So what are you waiting for? Grab some contact paper here and cover up some books and boxes!

Until next time!

Abs

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11 Ways to use Contact Paper to decorate your Home!

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Line a tray.
A tray lined with marble contact paper
Marble Tray
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Cover a refrigerator? 
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Cover cabinets
More drawers
Use decorative gift wrap or wall paper to line the drawers of a dresser
Line some drawers
DIY Shelf Paper
Line your pantry walls and shelves
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Kitchen Backsplash
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Lining the back of cabinets and shelves
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Make Wall Art
Decorative storage box with contact paper, Over The Apple Tree
Decorative Boxes
Cover your office or craft table

There are many more ways to use these sticky “paper”. Click on my shop link to find a few contact paper prints to choose from. More to come!

Click here to see how I used contact paper to update my almost ten-year-old Ikea Table.

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How to transform your old IKEA Tabletop | DIY

Anyone who shops IKEA knows that they have great deals on furniture and home items!

We’ve had the same Melltorp Ikea table for more than 10 years and it’s still going strong. We started out using it as an office table, then a dining table and now as the kitchen/breakfast table.

I have thought about replacing the tabletop with wood for a while or just purchasing a new tabletop from IKEA but, where is the time and money for that?

So I have decided to transform it by covering it with contact paper, aka, adhesive shelf liner.

One thing to note is that even though this product is marketed as PAPER, it’s actually made of vinyl, which means it’s very durable and can be cleaned like any non-porous surface.

Here is a photo of the table before it was covered………

Then the work began:

Every roll of contact paper comes with a backing. When the backing is removed, it exposes the adhesive side of the paper.
I started applying the contact paper with about an inch and half over the edge. This allowance will be folded over the side of the table as shown in the photo below.
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I cut a slit in the corner as shown above and tucked the flap down first to create a clean look around the corners.
The first side of the table is now completed. On to the other side.
Here, I tried to match up the pattern first. I was close to a perfect match here but it got a little tricky when I started applying the paper. However, there’s nothing to be afraid of. The contact paper is very versatile and you can reposition it as many times as needed.

Here is the photo of the table after……

I really loved how the table turned out. I’ve been wanting to work on this project for a while and I’m so happy I finally did it! It has also held up so nicely, with the kids using it three times a day for the past month.

You ask where you can find contact paper? Click on the link to access my shop for different colors and patterns.

Don’t forget to have fun!

Abs

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5 Must-Have Decor Elements for Your Living Room

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When it comes to home décor, there are certain must-haves in every room. Today’s post will focus on one of the most important rooms in a home, the living room. The must-haves for living spaces are throw pillows, floor-length curtains, decorative area rugs, wall art and table accents.

Must-Have Decor Element #1 – Pillows

Use pillows to add texture and dimension to your sofa. Use solid colored fabrics or mix things up with prints that complement each other.

Are you tired of the tired, one-design-for-all, sorry and boring pillows that come packaged with your sofa from the furniture store? Don’t throw them away! Update them by simply covering them with a pillow cover. You can make removable DIY throw pillow covers like I did sometime ago or get some pillow covers online here  or here. Pillow covers are so much easier to maintain in the long run because they can be removed for laundering or changed for seasonal decor or to match your mood.

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Must-Have Decor Element #2 – Curtains

This is is by far my favorite place to shop for curtains. Curtains add some pizzazz to your living space. However, putting up curtains can be tricky. It is very important to find the right fabric, in terms of opacity (how much light comes through), how the fabric print complement other decor patterns of items you already own and the length. I recommend 84″ length curtains for living spaces if you want toplay things safe, but the ceiling to floor look is breathtaking and romantic. Just make sure to measure the lenght of your walls before you start shopping. Take a look at the image below for some curtain hanging do’s and don’ts from Apartment Therapy.

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Must-Have Decor Element #3 – Area Rugs

There are several things to consider when buying rugs. Decor experts recommend that rugs should be priority on your decor list of items because your options might be limited in terms of color, print, and cost compare to other items on your list. Your living room should be decorated around your rug, and then build up. Your choice of rug should also depend on use and traffic in your home. Choose what would work best for your family. Consider the rug fabric if you have young children and/or pets.

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Area rugs work best on hard surface floors, such as wood floors. Don’t forget to add rug padding if your area rug is on the thin side. On the other hand, cushioned rug pads are a must to help reduce wear and tear, and keep your rug from slipping and shifting. Get some tips here for how to arrange furniture on area rugs.

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Chandra Lima LIM25709 Beige and Gray Wool Area Rug

Must-Have Decor Element #4 – Table Accents

Can you imagine having a coffee table without any decor accents? Meh! Decor accents are fun and add dimension to any flat surface. Mix items of different heights and shapes for a cohesive, balanced look.

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Must-Have Decor Element #5 – Wall Art

Plain walls aren’t cool either. Especially white ones.  Bring attention to your walls by adding wall art and cool wall hanging.  Choose from metal, wood, canvases, mirrors, art prints, photo frames, and vinyls to decorate your walls. You can also play with colors, shapes and different styles of art, such as modern, shabby chic, contemporary, vintage, etc.

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Albright Gold Metal 39 3/4" x 40" Wall Art

Headlights 53" Wide Framed Giclee Wall Art

Want some help with hanging wall art, take a look at some hints from Shutterfly. Also, you don’t always need a large wall art. You can hang up a mix of smaller pieces to make a gallery wall and have fun!

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I’m adding a bonus image! I found this absolutely gorgeous smoke green (looks like powder blue) coffee table at Target. I’m still drooling over it…….wow! It’s such an eye candy. I have to say though, having a coffee table is not ideal when you have little kids. My boys WILL stand on it and jump unto the couch. Mom of young kids decor issue…smh

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Headlights 53" Wide Framed Giclee Wall Art

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My Favorite Easter Home Decor Ideas

Valentine’s Day is far behind us and it’s time to plan and decorate for Easter!

Looking for some fresh Easter décor ideas?

Take a look at some ultra unique Easter décor I’ve dug up over the last few weeks for inspiration! ⇓⇓ Leave me a comment on your favorite(s).


[Karat Easter Eggs]: I am sooo in love with this simple and easy décor I found at Parenting.com, because it’s neutral and will blend well with any décor color scheme. Want to try it? All you need is eggs, mod podge and glitter!

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  • [Au Naturel]: You can’t go wrong with being natural with this next favorite. The white background in this Easter décor helps the green and tan color pop. White, or neutrals in general, offer a good template for other colors.

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[Wreath Flair]: No holiday is complete without a wreath, especially Easter. I found this really cool and modern wreath at wayfair.com. It is beautifully shaped with white tulips. Other colors are available too!

Spring Tulip Wreath

[Speckled Eggs]: I’ve seen many egg-in-vase center pieces, but one is special because the eggs are speckled and they vary in size.

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[Egg Ornaments]: How come I never thought about this idea? Egg ornaments! This is really cool to add to a bottom on a blah glass vase to bring some pizzazz to a center piece or flower arrangement.

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[Oo la la…… Copper egg Centerpiece]

The contrast of the turquoise and copper eggs in this centerpiece is giving me life! Ahh..mazing!  These two colors are by far my favorites and they work so well that i can help but put it on this list.

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[He is risen!] This decor is as easy as paint and wood. It’s really easy and neutral! You can either freestyle the lettering or trace the letters on like I did in my Christmas (JOY) project.

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[Color-blocked Eggs] The design of this next idea is just brilliant. It’s fun, bright, colorful and enticing to the eyes.

[Spring is in the Air]: This next decor idea is not only screams Easter, but also Spring. This floral and Pilar combo is brought to you by grindinroad.com. Check it out!


Hope this post has inspired you to start decorating for Easter! Enjoy! 

xoxo,

Abs

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Spring-Inspired Decorating Ideas

Being an interior decor enthusiast is very exciting! At random times of the day, I find myself browsing page after page of beautiful interior decoration ideas. It has become a never-ending habit and I love every bit of time I spend just browsing through the ideas of others. Right now, I’m itching to visit my local thrift store to pick up some items to makeover. I’m hoping to find a small bench or cushioned chair for our master bedroom. I’ll share all the details of my search and DIY makeover soon (when I find one 🙂

Spring Garden 18" Square Throw Pillow

Spring Garden Throw Pillow

 

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Floral Illustrated Framed Art

 

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James R. Moder Florale Collection Silver 41" Wide Chandelier

Florale Collection Chanedlier

 

White Peonies 14 1/4" High Faux Flowers in Glass Container

White Peonies in Glass Vase

Today’s post is inspired by Decorating with Bright Colors on bhg.com. I was drawn in by all the bright and beautiful colors in this post that I just had to share.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with or a paid supporter of Better Homes and Gardens (bhg.com).

 

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Simple DIY Valentine’s Day Decorations

As a home decor enthusiast I take every opportunity I have to get my hands on DIY projects that commemorate traditions throughout the year. With that said, I bring you some DIY Valentine’s Day decorations that are not too late to make.

  1. LIPSTICK ART – I love this pretty cool decor because it’s really east to make. You’ll need some cardstock, a picture frame and multiple shades of lipstick. Voila!

21 Amazing DIY Valentine’s Day Decorations

2. YARN LOVE LETTERS: This idea is also pretty cool. You’ll need cardboard letters and several shades of pink yarn. Get to wrapping!

21 Amazing DIY Valentine’s Day Decorations

3. DOUBLE LOVE: what better way to say love in two ways?

Make one of these DIY Valentine's Day decor items for a love-filled home

4. WICKER HEART: Spray paint an outdated piece and watch it come alive.

5. MODERN STRING HEART:  the colors of this piece really pops and makes my heart skip a beat. 🙂

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6. LOVE ON THE LEDGE: All you need is 4 items to make this piece! Super easy!

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7. RICH HEART: Deep red felt heart (I really really wanted to write “heart felt”)

DIY Valentine Heart Wreath (via theidearoom)

8. BIRCH HEARTS: these birch bark votives are so cool and unique.

9. DEEP LOVE: beautifully crafted “roses are red” wreath.

Creative Ideas - DIY Heart Shaped Paper Rose Valentine Wreath

10. ROSY HEART: This last decor is for a warm and fuzzy

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I had fun finding these lovely Valentine’s Day decorations. I have to say that my absolute favorite is the last one. Those perfect roses just warm my heart. 🙂

Which is your favorite?

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DIY “LOVE” Decor Accent

Hello, my lovely readers! 2017 is slowly but surely rolling by. Can you believe it is February already and Valentine’s day is right around the corner? Do you know what that means? It’s time for a Valentine’s day DIY project. Think L-O-V-E.

Yep. This simple Valentine’s Day LOVE sign is made with wooden letters, paint, glue and a piece of wood. Only 4 items!

I used a piece of wood about 1 inch thick and about 12 inches in length as the base of the sign. On the right is the stained piece I used.

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This is a draft of the final product.

Next, I painted the wooden letters. These were purchased at Walmart at $1.47 each. I know red/pink is the traditional color of Valentine’s Day, but I chose satin gray to keep it versatile and neutral.  I used several coats of paint on all side of the letters except for the bottom to leave a rough surface for better glue (E6000) adhesion to the wood base.

Now the finished product. I am so excited about the turnout. Lovely! I want to make another one. Possibly FAITH.

Love is in the air on my dresser.

So what do you guys think? I am very excited to share this DIY project and I look forward to hearing from you all 🙂

xoxo,

Abi

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Rustic DIY Lazy Susan Tabletop Tray

Hello, my readers! I have been starting and finishing up many DIY projects in the last two weeks and now it’s time to share.

The first project I am going to share is this beautiful rustic farmhouse lazy susan tray. This project is super easy and not costly. I bought the round unfinished wood lazy susan probably four years ago and never had the time to do something with it. I initially bought it to use make string art, but it just never happened.

In comes this beautiful tray-style lazy susan that is very popular on Pinterest and Etsy.

This project only required ONLY two steps! I also spent less that $15 altogether.

Step 1: Stain the unfinished wood. (I used the Minwax Red Oak Stain)

See the photos below for the wood staining process with an old sock. Feel free to use a foam or bristle brush,  or an old cotton shirt. I applied only one coat of stain and no varnish, because I wanted to create a rustic look.

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Step 2: Attach handles.

The rustic handles I used were purchased from a craft store. The brand is jillibean Mix the Media handles. See the slide show below for a photo of the handles.

Attaching the handles could be really tricky. This type that I was used was attached by drilling pilot holes through the wood. I then matched up the holes to the holes on the underside of the handle. I measured the distance between the holes on the handles before I drilled and it still did not match up when it was time to insert the screws. I had to drill a third hole on both sides to make it work. I used a wood filler to fill the original holes that didn’t work.  It might be easier to use the handles that you screw on from the top of the tray, not the bottom, like this.

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June 2019 Update

I painted the tray with white chalk paint and gray acrylic paint and stenciled this pattern on it. I’m loving this new look for sure!

Want a similar lazy susan tray, but have no time to DIY it? Check out a few options below.

Uttermost Acela Natural Wood and Metal Round Tray

Decorative Wood Trays with Metal Handles (S-2 21Newell Round Wooden Accent Tray

 

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How to Frame a Large Canvas

Happy Friday, my happy readers! Today I am going to share the how-to for a DIY large FRAMED canvas.

I have been wanting to complete this project for a while and I’m happy it’s finally done!

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Original DIY painting above headboard
DIY Framed Large Canvas
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Let me give you a little background of this 38 x 30 inches canvas. It’s has been through so many transformations.

It started as a DIY abstract painting for our master bedroom some years ago. Then, I painted over it with white acrylic paint, leaving a large heart in the middle (I used painter’s tape to draw a heart in the middle before I painted over the whole canvas). Next, I added a Bible verse text for a personalized effect, still with the heart in the background. Lastly, I have attached a stained-wood frame around it. See the journey video here.

Framing this canvas was very easy and cost me about $12 dollars. I picked up the materials at my local hardware store – Home Depot. I used 12 foot of 1 & 1/8 width flat wood trim (without ridges), 1 inch brad nails, a clamp (optional, if you a steady extra hand to help you) and a hammer.

What are brad nails, right? They’re mails that flush with a surface for a clean, finished look. Check it out here!

How to Frame a Large Canvas

1) Stain wood trim. If you follow my blog, you’ve probably noticed that I use this wood stain a lot! I used an old sock as usual to apply the stain and let it dry for over 24 hours.

2) Cut the wood trim. I cut the wood trim to fit the exact length of the top and bottom of the canvas. I used a miter saw and box that I have attached to an old night stand table in my garage.

3) Attach the top and bottom trim to canvas. I did not cut the trim to match the sides of the canvas to begin with because I would need the sides to overlap the cover the ends of the top and bottom trim. I have tried sveral times to cut out the pieces using the canvas measurement plus trim, I seem to always come up short, so I wait to do two sides first and then place leftover trim pieces on the side and use a pencil to mark where I should cut.

4) Measure and Cut Side Pieces. Place a leftover strip of trim over one side to measure the exact length you would need, and mark the spot to cut with a pencil. Repeat this step to cut an additonal equal length trim for the other side of canvas.

5) Attach the side trims to canvas. I used 3 brad nails on each side. I used one close to the edges and one in the middle of all four side. And you can hardly see them because they flush with the surface for a clean, professional look. Brad nails are also called finishing nails.

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6 Ways Refresh Your Home for Spring

Who else is excited about Spring? I am so ready for the warmer weather, the leaves to grow back and beautiful, colorful blossoms.

I was watching one of my favorite shows recently and was inspired to write this post about how you can refresh your home for Spring. I have come up six ways, but please add more. What do you do to freshen up for home for a new season?

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Refresh your Home for Spring Tip #1: Change your Throw Pillows

I definitely enjoy refreshing my accessories, and I sometimes do it multiple times within a season.  It’s all about how i’m feeling..:). One thing I do for sure is swap out the throw pillows in my living room. Psst, I don’t really swap out the pillows, (who has thousands of pillows for that?) I simply swap out my throw pillow covers. I tell you, removable throw pillow covers are a blessing. I sew my own envelope throw pillow covers and wash and change them whenever I want. It’s the easiest thing ever! I prefer the envelope style more because I don’t have to worry about the zipper getting worn out over time.

Refresh your Home for Spring Tip #2: Change or wash your curtains

I know it’s very easy to throw those curtain panels up and forget about them. I used to switch out my curtains one a year – lighter, sheer fabrics at the beginning of Spring and heavier fabrics in the Fall/Winter. However, I am having a problem with finding budget-friendly panels now that I switched to 108 inch length panels. If you don’t have this issue, you can easily find great deals on 84 inch panels at Target or Wayfair.  If your budget does not allow you to change your curtains entirely, wash give them a fresh look and hang them back up. Make sure to follow the cleaning instructions closely. It varies based on the type of fabric.

Refresh your Home for Spring Tip #3: Switch Decor Accents

This is my favorite part of decorating for a new season! I always look forward to new accessories that complete the visual appeal of a room. The first accessory that I change is my front door wreath. There’s nothing like a classy colorful flower wreath or a Easter-themed wreath to adorn your front door and to welcome visiting guests.

You can also add colors accents like lampshades (like this blue striped one or this yellow geometric one). Add colorful candle stands, spring-themed hand-written signs, books and vases.

Budget-Friendly Tip: Spray paint some accessories you already own for a new look or head to your local thrift store for some new-used accessories that could be revived with some chalk or spray paint.

Refresh your Home for Spring Tip #4: Change Sofa Blankets

I absolutely adore blankets on on my couch and trust me, it’s not for decorative purposes only. I live to cozy up under a blanket while watching my favorite shows or reading a good book. Changing your blanket is an opportunity to add a splash of color to your living space. Add fresh blankets to your bedrooms also for a Spring look.

Refresh your Home for Spring Tip #5: Add Greenery

There’s nothing like bring a piece of the outdoor into your home. The easiest way to add greenery to your decor is to buy faux or live plants. Live plants are cheaper, but require care, whereas you can just forget about faux plants (the fiddle leaf plant is my absoute favorite!)  On the other hand, live plants improves the air quality in your home and helps us feel more at ease with our surroundings. And who said, wreaths are only for your front door? Use then indoors as well for rich green accents.

Refresh your Home for Spring Tip #5: Change your Candles

It’s time to swap out those cozy nights, heavy cinnamon, candy apple, peppermint, snuggly sweater or winter wonderland-scented candle for light and airy scents like fresh linen, lavender, and spring bloom.

Bonus Tip: Improve your home’s curb appeal.

Purchase some easy to grow flower plants from starter-size pots. These could be easily found at the nursery of your local home improvement store. Don’t forget to mix in some shrubs as well.

 

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$5 DIY FARMHOUSE PLANTER DECOR

Calling all DIYers! It’s time to make this simple, budget-friendly planter piece. When I say simple, I mean really simple. Read on!

The materials for this project was found at my local dollar tree store. I was super excited to find this galvanized planter, and the hydrangeas are not easy to come by either at the dollar store. So I was super stoked complete this project!

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You will need:

* Flowers/ or greenery of your choice ( I used green hydrangea stems) – I bought four stems

* A galvanized aluminum planter

*Round Floral foam (optional) Get one if you plan to move the planter around a lot.

* $5 plus tax (I browsed around on Etsy and found that this complete planter piece could easily cost anywhere from $20 – $45)

What you should do:

Step 1: Cut flower stems according to the height of the planter (I have a floral stem scissors on hand already. If you don’t, bend the back and forth a few times to cut the plastic covering and wire insert)

Step 2: Place floral foam inside the planter (skip to step 3 if you do not have floral foam)

Step 3: Insert cut stemmed flowers into the foam and rearrange to your liking.

Note: You can add a dab of glue to the bottom of your planter to help the foam stay in place before inserting the flowers.

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