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Decorative holiday pillows are one of the easiest ways to decorate your home for the holidays. However, pillows these days are costing an arm and a leg! Who wants to spend that much on something that will only be in use for 2 months of the year? Here are some great ways to create a festive feel on a budget, and reuse some of the same pillows you use all year.Rebecca at The Crafted Sparrow created this fun pillow to add a little excitement to her neutral color scheme. This cozy cashmere pillow is perfect to usher in the winter season. It reminds me of cold nights sipping hot chocolate by a fire! Hello Little Home shares a great tutorial over on her blog. Everyone loves candy at Christmas! Sustain My Craft Habit shares some great tips on how to create these fun pillows on a budget, you don’t even have to know how to sew! While this pillow cover does require a bit of sewing, it’s so easy that even a beginner could do it in no time. Janice of Sawdust Sisters simply used these holiday covers on pillows she uses year round to save some money. I SPY DIY shares an excellent tutorial on how to make two of these festive pillows. Another great option if you’re wanting to tone your decor down a bit this year. The possibilities for a tree like this are endless! You could add some embellishments to “decorate” the tree, or stick with a simple lace for a pillow that can stay in use all winter long. Work It, Mom! shares some of the… Read More »
This easy painted project is quick to put together for last minute entertaining or a special handmade gift! Easy DIY Painting Project I am always on the hunt for new things to paint! When I came across this wooden tray at Joann’s and immediately fell in love with it! It’s small enough that it can be used on a table for a pretty vignette, and it’s easy to store when it’s not needed. Love it in these neutral colors that will be a fun accent to any decor. Here’s how you can make your own polkadot tray! Post is sponsored by Deco Art and Joann’s Fabric and Crafts. Any opinions given are completely my own. Supplies Needed: • 14″ Wooden Serving Tray from Joann’s Product #8162174 •Americana Acrylic Paint in Lamp Black, and Titanium White •Americana Decor Metallics Paint in Champaign Gold •Paint brushes: I used #15 flat paint brush 3/4″ wide, #4 flat brush 1/4″ wide and a #2 round brush •Water, paper towels and painting pallet or paper plate Directions: Paint the tray with the Lampblack paint with the flat paint brush. (get it through my affiliate link here) I did not paint the back of the tray but you could if you choose. Paint the gold trim with the #4 brush. (buy thorough my affiliate link here.) The brush is just the right width to paint the edge of the top. You may need to give it two coats if needed. Paint the polkadots with the #2 round brush. (available through my affiliate link here.) Dip your… Read More »
Fall is a versatile time of year as far as decor goes. You don’t have to stick to orange pumpkins and leaves (although that’s always a classic). Here are a few of our favorite fall mantels to inspire your decorations this year! This fun wreath adds so much character to this fall mantel. It’s a different take on many typical fall wreaths, but the colors used still convey that fall feel. eighteen25 shares a great tutorial on how to make this easy wreath and details on the other items they used to create this beautiful mantel. Diane at In My Own Style admits that she used to go crazy with the fall decor, but realized that sometimes a few simple changes for each season can have just as big of an impact. If you’re wanting to do something totally different this year, head over to Shabbyfufu. This jewel-toned mantel could be just the thing you’ve been looking for! Fall decor lends itself so easily to the use of antiques that you may have sitting around. Little Vintage Nest simply added a few white pumpkins to this vintage cubby to create her fall mantel. She also shares a link for this adorable pumpkin sign, you’ll definitely want to check it out! No mantel? No problem! It All Started With Paint decorates her radiator cover in the same way she would decorate a mantel. Sometimes a bit of creativity is all you need to get the job done. If you already have the farmhouse theme going on like My Life From Home, you may simply need to grab a few pumpkins to… Read More »
Budget curtains can be hard to find if you pay retail price. Here are my best tips for making them yourself in just a few simple steps. Here we are back again for week 3 of the One Room Challenge! This week our dining room renovation includes Window Treatments! Here’s what we have covered so far: Week 1: Design Plan Week 2: Paint Week 3: Ceiling Medallion Click on the links above to see the progress! Curtains That Only Look Expensive New curtains have been on my to do list for this room for a while. I dread a large project like this because it’s expensive and time consuming. However, this one turned out to be less expensive than I anticipated. Here’s my story: Since I had my fabric picked out since week one, it was going to be easy to go and buy it at the store. Problem was they were sold out when I got there. Not good! The Fabric Deal After browsing the clearance rack of decor fabrics, I came up with two options. One was a lovely teal priced at $4.00 a yard. What a great deal! Option two was a lovely Waverly fabric floral print priced at $13.00 per yard. Not so cheap, but I really liked it. I took both bolts to the counter and asked the clerk why one was so much more than the other. Turns out the Waverly floral was incorrectly priced. It should have been marked 80% OFF!!! Calmly, I explained that I wanted to buy the entire bolt, before… Read More »
Ceiling medallions are part of old house character. Our old house was missing some of that old world charm. Painting a Sunburst Medallion was just what was needed. Sunburst Ceiling Medallion This is week 2 of the six weeks One Room Challenge. If you aren’t sure what the ORC is you can read more about it here on Callingithome.com. My original design plan for the dining room renovation called for stenciled walls, which was scheduled to be the project this week. After much consideration I decided to let go of this idea. The walls are really too small for any type of stencil. We have two large windows, several doorways and a huge built-in hutch that take up most of the wall space in this room. Hang a picture or two on the walls and we see even less of them. It just wouldn’t make much sense to stencil it. The other thing that I changed my mind was the fabrics I am using in this room. The stencil idea no longer worked with the new fabrics that I purchased, but I will tell you all about that next week. IT WILL BE FABULOUS. Be sure to stop back! To see the original design plan, check out this post. Last week we painted the walls and trim, you can read about that here. Designing the Medallion I briefly thought about purchasing a plaster medallion for the ceiling, but after searching the internet I couldn’t find one that I liked. Here we are with another DIY opportunity! My idea began with… Read More »
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!) 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. Ideas for a DIY Winter Wreath 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… Read More »
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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… Read More »
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! 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.There’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)! 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! If 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… Read More »
The One Room Challenge is the cream of the crop for interior design remodels. This month we are working on renovating our own dining room for the design challenge! The One Room Challenge The One Room Challenge has been around for about 12 years. It originated with the Calling It Home blog, and is sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens and other fabulous brands. This is a very popular contest among bloggers and interior designers. I have wanted to try this competition but something always seems to get in my way. This year, I have decided to join the crowd and see what happens! Here’s how it works: There are a number of chosen designers for this competition that work with major sponsors for the event. Trust me they are rock stars! Bloggers like myself can link up our own version of the ORC each week showing the progress in our rooms. If the project is popular enough, any blogger has a chance to be a major designer the next time around and may be featured in magazines or attract major corporate sponsors. I am not working with any sponsors for this event, just winging it this time around! The competition is held twice each year in October and April and lasts for 6 weeks. Our dining room will be the subject of my posts which I will post each Wednesday through October and early November. This week is the introduction and “game plan” of the event. You see see the other participants in this challenge here. ORC Blog Schedule… Read More »
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! 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. 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! This post is sponsored by Joann Fabrics and Deco Art. Any opinions given are completely my own. 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! Vintage Wash Nightstand Project Directions: Lightly sand the table with a 80 grit sanding block. Wipe clean with a soft cloth to remove remaining dust. Paint the first… Read More »
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