DIY Home Decor

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!

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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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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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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My (Loving The Simple Things) Blog Journey

Hello, my readers! Hope you all are having a great day and week so far. I can’t believe it’s been almost five years since I started blogging. I started blogging in August of 2014 and I have learned a lot in this journey. I actually started with two blogs – this one and a jewelry blog. The jewelry blog was an extension of my Etsy shop, but I later decided to close my shop and sell more in person and make custom pieces. That decision left me more time to dedicate to this blog, Loving the Simple Things, a DIY & Home blog.

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My intention for this blog was very simple, to share my DIY projects. I spent most evenings after work starting, continuing or finishing some kind of DIY project. It was my way of winding down at the end of most busy days. However, I have more time to spend on the blog now and I’ve started making a little bit of money from my blog by using MagicLinks.

In this post, I will share how MagicLinks work and the other resources I have used to increase my blog traffic, in addition to other affiliate programs that you should look into also. I use MagicLinks for all my ready-to-shop product links on my blog. Check it out here.

Benefits of using MagicLinks


This is absolutely, absolutely the best thing about MagicLinks! You do not need a blog or personal website to be accepted as a MagicLinks affiliate. You can use MagicLinks on your social media (yes, you read that right!), just  on your social media platforms. This feature really sets Magic Links apart from other affiliate programs.


I signed up for MagicLinks about a month ago and I have made more money than I have ever made in the last five years of blogging. It’s not a lot, but it’s enough to pay for my WordPress subscription to start off.  It was really easy to apply for MagicLinks. On the application, you will asked about your personal information, your blog website address, blog description and social media accounts for which you plan to use links.


MagicLinks is pretty much an affiliate program that lets you share links on your websites and social media. MagicLinks really save you time because it gives you access to many affiliate partners and even those that  are not currently accepting new applicants. For example, I applied to become a Wayfair affiliate and was not accepted. However, with MagicLinks, I can now share links for Wayfair as a MagicLinks user. The retailer list is endless, with so many categories.


Another great thing about MagicLinks is that you get to see retailer ratings before you choose which retailer links you want to share. With this information, you can decide if certain retailers are work you time or not. Or what categories will earn you more money in the long run.


The browser extension is one of the most efficient features of MagicLinks. You can easily install the extension to add to your browser and use it to make links on my webpage at any time. NO NEED to first log in to your MagicLinks account, make a link and then paste it to your blog or social media. Simply make links on any webpage as you go.


Are you on the go and don’t have your computer with you? Make links on your mobile phone! Simply download the App to your phone and make links anywhere. The App also features your recent links and your performance. You data  gets updated about every twenty four hours. This cool feature really gives you an idea of how your links are performing.


So, as I mentioned earlier, MagicLinks is an affiliate program. Use it to recommend products to your readers and get a commission. You also have a few programs that run pay-per-click commission, so there’s no reason to not start making money on your blog from day one!

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Other  Blogging Resources


Ok, so WordPress is my absolute best, best resource. It’s the home of this blog! I am definitely a satisfied WordPress user and would recommend it to anyone looking to start a blog. WordPress offers several subscription options for your budget – free, personal, premium and business. Thinking about starting a blog through Click here!


CANVA is truly a lifesaver. I use it to make my blog graphics. I have actually noticed that my blog graphics get more clicks than any other blog post images I post on Pinterest. Canva  is really easy to learn and use. With Canva, you have many graphic options such as blog banners/graphic, posters, logo, photo collage, infographics and so on. Sign up for a free trial and upgrade when you need to.


My go-to social media for my Loving The Simple Things is Pinterest. I discovered over time that most of my traffic is from Pinterest, so I’m sticking to it. It’s so easy to share to Pinterest from my blog through my WordPress mobile app.  Pinterest is a visual sharing platform and most of my blog graphics fit perfectly everytime. I have tried other platforms but they don’t work as best. I do share to twitter and Instagram occasionally.

Stay tuned. More resources to come!

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All the Farmhouse Signs You’ve Ever Wanted

As you know, farmhouse decor is still trending and I don’t see it going away anytime soon. I was recently browsing for some decor on Amazon and couldn’t help but share some of the lovlies I found. Click on any of the images below for more information

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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.

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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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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.

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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!

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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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Still want more….

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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