Three Things We Love About Winter Wreaths

Winter Wreaths make me smile every time I walk in and out the door. Here’s three things ideas for  beautiful wreaths that you will never forget. (And no, it’s not to early to think about it!)

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Winter Wreaths for All Seasons

It’s great to have a different wreath for every month of the year. However, very few of us have room to store them all, much less remember to change them with the calendar. This Winter Wreath will last all season and keep you smiling every time you see it.

The three little snowy owls on this wreath are from my faux winter bird collection. They remind me of my children.  Innocent and adorable, awkward and precious. They make me smile. When our kids were little we read a story about baby owls and they just loved it. We read that book over and over again. Now that the kids are grown I can look back and remember those times with these cute little decorations that will be fabulous all winter long.

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Ideas for a DIY Winter Wreath

  1. Reuse your old winter decor. Even if you live in a warm climate, you can DIY your winter decorations. Buy a few special things that you love each year, then reuse them. The fur on this wreath came from a Christmas Tree garland I used last year. You can repurpose last year’s tree decor for another season or two in some other way without having to break the bank. This is one of my best secrets, I often reuse my decor over and over again season after season.
  2. Layer different textures together. The fur and feathers blend together in this wreath. Add some glittered ribbon and some shiny pearls and everything becomes even more interesting. Contrasting textures in the same colors scheme will stand out, look unified and seem like they belong together.
  3. Add some three dimensional elements. The ornamental “Winter” sign at the top is a Christmas ornament turned on it’s side. The Winter letting is painted with white acrylic paint on a piece chalk board adhesive and applied in the frame.

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Supplies Needed:

Here’s the exact recipe for this diy project:

  1. 14″ foam wreath
  2. 2 yards faux fur garland
  3. 3 small snowy owl floral picks
  4. 1 1/2″ gold ribbon, 1 yard
  5. 2 large pearl Christmas Tree garlands
  6. Beaded frame ornament
  7. Adhesive Chalkboard sticker
  8. White acrylic paint pen or small painting brush
  9. Floral pins

Directions:

  1. Wrap the fur around the foam wreath covering the entire wreath. Pin in place with floral pins.
  2. Wrap the pearl garland around the wreath. Secure with more floral pins evenly around the form.
  3. Trim the owl picks to 2″ stems. Insert them into the wreath form, you may want to glue them in place with craft glue.
  4. Tie a bow with the glittered ribbon, secure under the owls.
  5. Write the word “winter” on the chalk sticker in paint. Let dry. Cut sticker to size and insert into the frame. Secure frame in place at top of wreath with more floral pins.

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Here are some more fun craft ideas:

31 Days of Pintrest DIY: Day 16 Christmas Wine Bottles

Felted Wool Ornaments

DIY Gold Snowflakes

Spray Painted Christmas Tree

Timepiece Christmas Ornament

 

 

 

Beautiful Bathroom Tile Roundup

Tile floors have always been a popular choice for the bathroom.  However, just because you bought the house with boring white tile doesn’t mean you have to live with it! Here are a few beautiful bathroom tile choices for any taste and budget.

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Style by Emily Henderson transformed her dark, outdated guest bathroom into a beautiful and bright space. This colorful tile adds just the right amount of interest in an otherwise neutral room.

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Herringbone and marble, is there a more classic combination? Shine Your Light Blog shares some great DIY advice on how to replace your tile for less.

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This bathroom is always so fun to look at.  Christinas Adventures chose to combine three different styles of tile in her shower alone! You’ll definitely want check out all the other fun details she decided to include in her bathroom makeover.

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If the thought of laying tiny tiles is intimidating to you, maybe larger tiles is the way to go! By Brittany Goldwyn explains her decision making process in this informative post.

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Leslie’s daughter was the recipient of this fun bathroom makeover.  The vertical subway tiles are such a unique touch.  Check out the entire process over on Deeply Southern Home.

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Wood flooring is always a favorite choice, although it’s not the best decision for a bathroom. My Life From Home decided to use this wood tile to achieve the same look but with easier upkeep.

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Although you may have purchase a home with boring (or ugly) tile, that doesn’t mean you have to live with it! Domestic Blonde shares some great tips on how to paint the tile you have to save both money and hopefully time.

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These small hexagon tiles are always a favorite.  Refashionably Late decided to use the same tiles for an interest wall to create a beautiful flow and the appearance of a larger bathroom.

Beautiful Bathroom Tile Roundup|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comShark Tails shares an excellent option for a quick bathroom makeover. Although she admits that the project was tedious, the results were completely worth it.

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This bathroom is another favorite.  Centsational Style combines multiple patterns of tile to create this beautiful and welcoming room.

What’s your favorite bathroom tile option? We’d love to hear about it!

 

Still looking for more inspiration?  Check out these other great roundups:

Top 20 Bathroom Transformations

12 Kitchen Tile Backsplashes (That Aren’t All Subway Tile)

15 Fall Porches to Inspire Your Decor

Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

10 Beautiful Farmhouse Bathroom Remodels to Inspire You

 

 

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Painted Woodwork (Gasp!) from Dark to Delightful

Sometimes its hard to make big decisions, like painting your dark woodwork. Here’s the lowdown and why we made this (GASP!) radical choice in our home. This post was sponsored by Sherwin Williams. Any opinions given are completely my own.

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Dining room before the One Room Challenge

Painted Woodwork vs Non-Painted

This topic has been weighing on my mind for a while. I love painted woodwork, I also love dark woodwork. One of the things that I liked about our home when we purchased it was the beautiful wood details.

However, 10 out of 13 rooms in our house have painted white wood trim. Being consistent throughout the house is definitely a trend in today’s resale market. After months of consideration, and weighing the options we finally painted our dining room wood trim.

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This transformation is part of the One Room Challenge linkup. We are on week 2 this week. Time is flying by! Each week there will be new progress in the re-design of our dining room.

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Mood Board for Dining room renovation by Designers Sweet Spot

You can see last week’s post with the design plans here.

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Dark and Dreary

The first step in our transformation was to paint the walls a pale shade of aqua. You can see the kitchen is aqua, and I wanted a shade in the dining room with just a whisper of color.  The walls almost look white in this photo. You can’t appreciate just how dark this room was before with the beige walls and dark trim. The dark trim is so hard to work with, it makes everything look yellow. This photo is unedited, you can see how dark and dreary everything looks. Hence, the need for paint!

The kitchen next to the dining room, has painted woodwork. I think the previous owners just never got around to painting the other three rooms in the house. It just makes sense that the woodwork would flow from one room to the next and be the same color, doesn’t it?

By far the biggest project in this room was painting the built in dining hutch. I began painting at the top corner, thinking that I might change my mind once I saw the white color.

I didn’t.

It made me want to paint more.

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This was a massive undertaking. First we primed everything, then painted two coats of premium paint on top. There were hours and hours involved in this painting project. Not to mention, we had to remove cabinet doors, drawers and dishes to get the job done.

I still haven’t finished all of it. More touch ups are still required.

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The doors and baseboards needed painting too. I’ve got a sore back to prove it.

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The paint we used was Emerald Urethane Trim by Sherwin Williams. This paint has primer  in it and is especially formulated for woodwork. I highly recommend it, woodwork is hard to cover with old varnish and often bleeds through layers of paint. We loved this premium product and it worked very well for our purposes.

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This is after the painting. The room is looking lighter all the time. There is much more in store for this renovation. Be sure and stop back to see how it all works out! Here’s the schedule:

Week 2: Stenciling

Week 3: Window Treatments

Week 4: Table Improvements

Week 5: Wall and Lighting Decor

Week 6: Accessories and Final Reveal

I am linking up to Calling It Home, the inspiration behind this One Room Challenge. Be sure to stop and visit the other fabulous transformations that are going on this week!

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Top 20 Bathroom Transformations

For many of us, the bathroom is the room that gets neglected the most.  But why? Most of our house guests use it, we use it, shouldn’t it make you just as happy as the rest of your home? Here are some of our favorite bathroom transformations ranging from a full remodel to some simple tips on revamping the space you already have.  Enjoy!
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Tara of Lehman Lane transformed this worn out bathroom into a bright and clean looking space for her boys! She did a great job displaying how farmhouse style doesn’t have to be overly feminine.  We love how she maximized the space in this room to make it a very functional room.Top 20 Bathroom Transformations|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comThere’s nothing quite like a good before and after.  It’s always amazing to see how a few simple design choices can completely transform a room. Head over to Lovely etc. to see the rest of the photos of this bathroom. If you can believe it, the “before” photo above isn’t even what it looked like originally (hint: wallpaper was involved)!

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I love this transformation because it shows what can be done on a budget.  This makeover only cost $100! Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry did a great job reusing this builder-grade vanity and giving us hope for the boring features of our homes that just have to stay.  Sometimes, working with what you already have yields great results!

Top 20 Bathroom Transformations|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comIf you think your bathroom is bad, you need to check out the “before” photos of this one over on Designers Sweet Spot.  I didn’t have much of a budget to spend on this project, but this is probably one of my greatest transformations yet! Let’s be honest, anything would’ve been an improvement over what we had going on in there before.

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Remodels like this one always astonish me.  At first look, you’d guess that the bathroom was built like this. Love Create Celebrate didn’t leave anything out in this transformation, it’s beautiful!

Top 20 Bathroom Transformations|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com Average Inspired did a great job demonstrating how sometimes all you need is a bit of paint and some new accessories to transform you bathroom! Now that’s something anyone can accomplish.

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This is one of my favorite transformations.  I always like the idea of bold colors, but especially in a small room, white is usually the best choice. Little House of Four chose to replace the bright red wall with white to open the space up, but use the floor tiles as the focal point.  This is a bathroom you’d want to show off to your guests.Top 20 Bathroom Transformations|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Art is Beauty has lived in her home for over 20 years, and decided it was finally time to give the bathroom a face lift.  She kept all the fixtures, but used paint and even a bit of wall paper to add a different feel to the space. Yet another example of why paint is the most important tool in a transformation.

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Natalie from A Turtles Life for Me added a lot of character to her kid’s bathroom for just $100.  I’m sure many of you have bathrooms in your home that look almost identical to what this one looked like before its transformation.

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Something about this bathroom reminds me of a 5-star hotel, it must be all the marble! Who wouldn’t want to feel that level of luxury while getting ready each morning? Head over to Tidbits to see the full transformation.

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My Fabuless Life brought this bathroom back to life using items found at yard sales and the Target clearance isle! They also retiled their floor which made a big difference for this small room.

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Wallpaper is becoming more and more popular, but it’s so expensive! Paper Daisy Design shares a genius way to make one roll of wallpaper cover your entire bathroom, plus save time & money.  Why haven’t I thought of this before?!

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This bathroom definitely wasn’t a budget project, but WOW! What a transformation. You don’t want to miss the before photos on Run to Radiance , I’m impressed.

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In My Own Style shares some of the great DIY projects she used for this bathroom makeover, including how to create crown molding and your own valances.  If a bathroom remodel is in your future, you’re going to want to check this one out.  Top 20 Bathroom Transformations|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

What do you do if you really can’t stand your space, but there’s no money in the budget? Re-Fabbed simply added some colorful decor to spice up this room.  You may even have some decorations around your home that you could repurpose for the bathroom!

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This transformation was based off a photo that Lost and Found Decor had seen. However, she knew she didn’t have the budget or time to pull the original off – I know the feeling. She admits that this remodel took some time, but it was so worth it!

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This is definition of a Pinterest bathroom. Wow! Twelve on Main and her husband did an incredible job with this transformation.  I wish I could hire them to come to my home!

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Small bathrooms are the most fun to work with sometimes.  Choosing the right colors and storage options can completely transform a space.  The before of this bathroom is pretty scary, but that just makes the after that much more incredible! Head over to Addicted 2 Decorating if you want a greater appreciation for this room.

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One of the reasons I had to include this transformation is because it’s just so different than most you see. The Heather Nest created such a fun bathroom for her children, while still making it easy to change out the decor for a new feel once her kids are a bit older.

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This bathroom truly screams farmhouse! I wish I could include more photos from this transformation because it’s beautiful.  You’re going to want to head over to Christinas Adventures to see the rest of the room.  The colors and textures she chose are perfect.

There you have it! Some of our favorite bathroom transformations! 

 

Love this post? Here are a few more roundups for you to check out:

Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

10 Beautiful Farmhouse Bathrooms

15 Fall Porches to Inspire Your Decor

15 Fall Apple Recipes You Need to Try

12 Kitchen Tile Backsplashes (That Aren’t All Subway Tile)

 

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Vintage Wash Nightstand Stunning Before and After

Repurposing old furniture is an inexpensive way to get high quality furniture at a great price. This nightstand redo will have you looking twice at all those old wooden pieces in your house! This post is sponsored by Joann Fabrics and Deco Art. Any opinions given are completely my own.

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After Vintage Wash photo

Nothing gets my creative juices flowing more than a good painting project! This thrifted nightstand is part of our bedroom furniture. I purchased it at a garage sale for $35.00 a couple of years ago. It is a high quality piece of furniture, definitely worth putting some time and effort into preserving.

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The “before” nightstand was originally very dark wood.

I love furniture pieces with great storage. You can never have enough storage! This little table has both drawer and shelve storage. We keep extra bedding and blankets in the bottom shelves of it and store miscellaneous clutter in the drawer. The clean lines of this table are what attracted me to it, I am not one for a lot of fussy details. Although the wood was in fairly good condition, it was definitely in need of a new look and I was pleased when Deco Art asked me to try their new Vintage Effect Wash product. This was a great opportunity!

I started with a grey tone base, then added the Vintage Wash on top for a beautiful vintage patina. Here’s how you can recreate this look on your own!

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Nightstand with Chalky finish paint

Vintage Wash Nightstand Project Directions:

  1. Lightly sand the table with a 80 grit sanding block. Wipe clean with a soft cloth to remove remaining dust.
  2. Paint the first coat with Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Primitive (light grey). Let dry.Vintage Wash Nightstand|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com
  3.  Paint again with Deco Art Vintage Effect Wash in White. The Primitive grey tone becomes a softer shade with the wash coating on top. You can add more coats of Vintage Wash until you reach the desired vintage look.
  4. Enjoy!I didn’t replace the hardware on this piece, but left it just as it was. I like the worn brass look of it. Don’t forget to Pin this post! Thanks to Deco Art and Joann Fabrics for sponsoring!

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