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- Holly Becker
Cozy Vintage Modern Apartment with Handmade Touches in Istanbul
Today, I’d like for you to meet craft book author Ayda Algin, a decor8 reader for many years who has a lovely Instagram @cafenohut where she shares
- Holly Becker
Kristina Dam Studio "Sculptural Minimalism" Exhibition at 3daysofdesign
I remember first discovering Danish architect-turned-designer Kristina Dam in Frankfurt at design fair, Ambiente in 2018. She so nicely gave me some prints and explained
- Holly Becker
The Colorful World of Danish Stylist Sussie Frank
I recently discovered Danish interior stylist Sussie Frank on Instagram and thought to give you a glimpse of her home/life so you can feel uplifted and positive just as I do each time I visit her feed…
- Holly Becker
Trend Alert: Sensory Design + Inside Looking Out Gallery Apartment in Milan 2022
SENSORY DESIGN will soon by a big buzz phrase, a trend, a theme - and I saw coming awhile ago since I spoke about it last year in
- Holly Becker
6 Minimalist Kitchen Ideas
I love spending time in my kitchen, whether it’s making my morning cappuccino in the sunshine or whipping up a yummy cake batter
- Holly Becker
4 Common Mistakes To Avoid As A Homeowner
Hello my dear readers, I want to write for a moment about some mistakes that homeowners make that I see all of the time, and ultimately these things backfire
- Holly Becker
Don't Miss: Blogging Your Way Masterclass - Now Enrolling
What if you woke up tomorrow morning and your Instagram account was gone? How would reach your followers, the ones that you spent years growing? We will
- Holly Becker
Your Future Needs You, Your Past Doesn't
Sometimes I like to go off topic a bit and write a more personal essay here, so if you don’t mind, I’m taking my stage to for a moment to expand on a topic that resonates with me very personally at the moment…
- Holly Becker
10 Items That You Must Have In Your Bedroom
If you have a new apartment or home, you just may be in the middle of deciding on how to pull together your bedroom.
- Holly Becker
10 Simple Ways To Use Stripes In Your Home Decor
Stripes are coming in hot for Spring/Summer 2022 from walls to floors, ceilings to accessories. OYOY Living Design just launched
- Holly Becker
The Importance of Staying Positive During Stress and Conflict
Hello my friend, thank you for visiting me today on my blog. I want to share something very inspiring today. I think you may need to hear these words. I found them online, from American author
- Holly Becker
8 Simple Tips To Create a Gallery Art Wall
Hi and welcome to a new and inspiring week on decor8! I have several lovely posts planned for you, so let’s start with 8 Simple Tips For Creating a Gallery Art Wall since this is my follow up in my two-part series
- Holly Becker
10 Ways To Make Yourself and Your Home Feel Better During Difficult Times
This topic may seem forced because there’s currently chaos in the world over the Ukraine/Russia war but it’s not, I simply want to shine light because it’s needed and since I just went through my own personal hell
- Holly Becker
German Influencers: Enter To Win The 2022 Garden & Home Blog Award by March 6th!
Hi friends, I’m happy to announce that the voting phase is about to begin for the 2022 Garden & Home Blog Award here in Germany
- Holly Becker
4 Ways To Select Art + Objects for a Gallery Art Wall
Hi friends, let’s talk about gallery art walls because they are still alive and well, which I honestly didn’t realize until I saw this post from Chrissy Teigen on Insta lately and how it literally broke the internet in decor land
- Holly Becker
Tour This Charming French Country Home in the Loire Valley
If you dream of rolling hills and country life, this charming French Country home built in 1783 will steal your heart. It is lovingly filled with collections, character, and creativity
- Holly Becker
Springtime Decor Ideas: 20 Ideas To Enhance Your Home for S/S 2022!
It’s nearly Spring, are you ready to spruce up your space? Here are 20 Ideas to Enhance Your Home to get you started for S/S 2022!
- Holly Becker
Interiors Trends For 2022 + Beyond Corona: What's Next?
Which camp do you already start to notice yourself leaning towards? The less but better group or the indulgent “one life” approach? You may not fall into either category fully, but I imagine you’ll at least lean towards one.
- Holly Becker
French-Indian Hygge Decor: 3 Ways To Create It
If you’ve not heard of Jamini Design before, I’d like for you to take a peek but also to learn how beautifully French and Indian decor is brought together in Usha’s world as she explains in 3 easy steps how to create
- Holly Becker
Beautiful Minimalist Handmade Rugs From Sera Helsinki
I first discovered SERA HELSINKI while visiting Helsinki several years ago, and as a proud owner of their woven LAINE rug in creamy white
- Andrea
Hocus Pocus: All the Best Halloween Decor Finds at Walmart

*This post is sponsored by Walmart and RewardStyle. All opinions are our own.* Double, double. Toil and trouble.Something is brewing, and it’s getting very spoooky at our house!Walmart is coming in clutch with tons of festive items to make even the biggest Halloween fan smile.With 2-day shipping on many items ($35 min.), Walmart is my
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- Katie
18 Fall Crafts that Kids Can Do – Try Them Today!

It’s my favorite time of year – in our side of the world, there’s a slight chill in the air and the leaves are changing colors. What a fun time to be a kid…. the ideas for fall crafts for kids are endless! Here are a few of the best ones around. Fun Ideas for
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- Andrea
Make a Space for Teens with Shutterfly

***Thanks to Shutterfly for sponsoring this post. They have so many beautiful products to choose from!*** Teens. So often you hear people say that word with a little bit of dread. Sure, sometimes raising teenagers can be difficult; however, there is also much joy and fun that comes along with it too!We truly have a blast
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- Andrea
Get Your Read On: Creating a Reading Nook

**This post is sponsored by Walmart and RewardStyle. All opinions are my own.*** My bedroom is my sanctuary.I can’t tell you how many times when my kids were little, I’d run in there just to catch a breather. I was never alone, and it was a beautiful, but sometimes taxing time.Now my kids are getting
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- Cristi
Calm Back-to-School Worries: DIY Worry Monsters

Back to school. Three words I dread. Does anyone else get back-to-school jitters? Going back to school means saying good-bye to the relaxing feel of summer and hello to homework and a rigid schedule. As a kid,  I would get back-to-school jitters big time. My stomach would turn at the mere sight of school supplies
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- Andrea
Documenting the Moments that Matter with Photo Books

***This post is sponsored by Shutterfly. All opinions are our own.*** Close your eyes. Think about a moment in your life you could just relive.What moment comes to mind? For me, it’s when I gave birth to each of my 6 kids.Talk about heaven on Earth!I didn’t document ANY of the births as well as I
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- Kara
Special Back to School Dinner

Here’s how to throw an amazing Back To School Dinner! Lazy summer days are coming to an end for most (if not already ended) and backpacks are being stuffed with supplies. Back to school is an exciting time for kids (and moms) and at our house we try and make it something to look forward
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- Andrea
Moving on Up: A Kids’ Bedroom Refresh with Walmart.

**This post is sponsored by Walmart. All opinions are my own. We are so excited about our new bedroom. ** When we built our forever home, I was adamant that our kids share rooms. I know not everyone might agree, but I think every kid should share a room at least once because they learn
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- Andrea
Miranda Lambert’s New Home Line: 12 Items You Don’t Want to Miss!

*** This post is sponsored by Walmart. All opinions are my own.** There’s a newer home line at Walmart, and it has all the Southern sass you can imagine. Country star Miranda Lambert (one of my personal faves) released a new collaboration with Walmart and it’s pretty much a dream!Her line is called called “Wanda
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- Carlee
Three Salad Dressing Bases for Fifteen Delicious Salads {Part Three}

Let’s make some delicious Salad Dressing Bases! Well, this is it darlings, our last episode of the salad dressing series. I decided to focus this {part three} on fruit based salad dressings. These are lovely with a few notes of heat and savory to balance the sweet overtones of the dressings; care should be given
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- Emily Benson

A shared bathroom can be sleek and transitional style with these tips to get the look for a gorgeous jack and jill bathroom with our tips and shopping finds. More great bathroom ideas: Patterned bathroom floor tiles, bathroom storage ideas, and build a bathroom storage cabinet. Get the Look: Sleek Transitional Jack and Jill Bathroom...

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- Cass

Considering DIY plywood flooring? Read all this DIY hardwood floor option that could save you thousands of dollars, plus get tips and plywood flooring ideas for stained, painted, and burnt plywood floors.  You’ll also want to read more about this DIY faux wood plank floor made from paper and see this palette of paint colors...

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- Cass

Follow this tried and tested method and detailed step-by-step tutorial to learn how to refinish wood furniture, including intricate details, without sanding, from an expert. As you are refinishing wood furniture, be sure to also read our tips for painting furniture with different paint types, how to prevent tannin (knot) bleedthrough, and how to stain...

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- Cass

Put together this simple grilled charcuterie board for your next backyard barbecue! This grilling board holds hamburgers and hot dogs and fixings for easy serving at dinner. Plus, get our picks for affordable wood charcuterie boards and dishes. You’ll also want to add some juicy grilled pineapple and easy garlic shrimp skewers — then finish...

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- Carissa Caples

Pallet DIYs are one of the easiest ways to get the farmhouse look. From ceilings to small projects we’ve got all the best pallet ideas. More great farmhouse ideas for the home: 15 Fixer Upper DIY Projects, Farmhouse Painted Signs, and find all our Farmhouse Projects here. Everyone in their right mind wants to have...

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- Carissa Caples

Household items can be useful and pretty at the same time. We will break down how these household items don’t need to be ugly. Organize your home in pretty ways with these other ideas: Inspiring Command Centers for families, DIY Shelf Ideas, and Room Organizing Ideas for the Whole Home. If you’re an avid remodeler...

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- Brittni

You don’t have to be vegan to love this vegan charcuterie board! I picked up a bunch of really pretty produce from the farmer’s market the other day. And we were headed to a friend’s house, so I made a veggie platter to bring over, along with a couple different types of hummus. It was […]

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- Brittni

Challenging myself with a $350 (or less) budget bathroom makeover! When we moved into this house, our guest bathroom really needed a pick-me-up. Like, from the start! But we left it as is for as long as we could. And spent our money and time on other renovations that were more important for the house […]

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- Brittni

Why I love Caraway cookware and bakeware. We are in the middle of a kitchen refresh behind the scenes, so I have pots and pans on my mind. And I wanted to share my favorite cookware (and bakeware) with you because when I was searching for non-toxic pots and pans, I wasn’t sure which ones […]

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- Brittni

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about VELUX Sun Tunnels! As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, one of the best decisions we have ever made for our house, in terms of renovations, has been adding VELUX skylights. But there are a few areas in our home where Sun Tunnels are the better choice, for […]

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- Brittni

DIY cutting boards for the win! I’ve made DIY cutting boards before (this one). BUT not like these! I wanted to do something a bit more unique. Something that would stand out, sitting on the counter or as serveware when we have people over. But more importantly, something that still functioned as a cutting board […]

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- Brittni

7 flower hacks for arranging flowers at home like a pro. I’m no florist, but I have been making flower arrangements at home since I was a kid, for fun. Sometimes for myself and sometimes for parties, friend’s weddings, etc. So, while I might not be a pro, I do have a lot of practice […]

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- Brittni

Build your own DIY console table, like mine, in just an hour or two. It’s easy!  DIY console table tutorial! I made this console table for our bedroom recently for under $30 because I couldn’t find a console table that was the perfect size for our space. Making my own was the best decision. It […]

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- Brittni

Talking DIY organization (for your home) today!  The need for organization is real right now. And I don’t know if it’s because I’m on an organizing kick or I just have a messy house in need of attention. But either way, sometimes you just need a clean slate. I mean, it wasn’t that long ago when everyone […]

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- Brittni

Cute kids rain boots in an easy-to-follow guide. It’s been raining way more than expected this year and my toddler loves jumping in puddles. So I started searching around for cute kids rain boots he might like. I ended up finding quite a few cute options and since I’m only buying one pair, I put […]

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- Brittni

It’s that spiked cider time of year! By far, one of my favorite fall / winter cocktails is spiked cider. Have you ever tried it? I’ve been making this spiked apple cider for the last couple of years and it never fails! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved regular (un-spiked) apple cider, but then I […]

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- Lia Griffith
VIDEO: Free Crepe Paper Halloween Wall Flowers

In addition to launching our Halloween collection, we are doing a BONUS live workshop this month! This is a free workshop on October 14th at 11:00am PT that will teach you how to make some gorgeous crepe paper Halloween wall flowers. We are posting the supplies now so you can get ready for the workshop...

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- Lia Griffith
Paper Halloween Trees

If you’re looking for some simple ways to decorate for Halloween, we’ve got you covered! These paper Halloween trees are a quick and easy craft project. Just cut out a few trees and place them on your mantel, shelf, or table with some paper Halloween houses, these Halloween peg dolls, and a couple spiderweb lanterns....

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- Lia
Felt Horned Owl Stuffie

This month’s theme is delightfully frightful meets whimsical woodland. This way you can have a mix of projects — some perfect for Halloween and some perfect for fall and winter (or long after!). Take this felt horned owl that Krista designed, for instance. With its multi-colored, layered feathers, wide, piercing eyes, and grumpy disposition, it’s...

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- Lia
Paper Witch Hat Treat Boxes

Another holiday means another treat box! Designed by Krista, these paper witch hat treat boxes are perfect for a Halloween party. Or you can craft them as a fun surprise for your family. This is an easy paper craft, though we do recommend using a cutting machine to cut out all of the little details....

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- Lia
Paper Black Begonia Plant

It’s always a fun challenge to think of houseplants you can also use as Halloween decor. The simplest way to achieve this is by using black paper, like we did with this paper fern and these paper succulents. But there is actually a black begonia plant, so we thought a paper black begonia would be...

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- Lia
Papercut Canal House Luminaries for Halloween

Paper houses are a fun and simple way to decorate for any holiday. In the past we have designed Halloween houses with bats and ghosts, but this year we decided to keep it simple so you can use this pattern in various ways. For example, instead of using black cardstock for your papercut canal house...

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- Lia
DIY Sun & Moon Headbands

Looking for a beautiful Halloween costume? This one is a stunner! And it’s super simple, too. While we usually focus on DIY Halloween costumes for kids, these sun and moon headbands are a great option for adults.  Not only do they work well for Halloween, but you could also wear them for a New Year’s...

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- Lia
Felt Toadstool Treat Basket

If you’re looking for a unique trick-or-treat basket, we’ve got one for you to make this month! Designed by Krista, our felt mushroom Halloween basket is the perfect addition to any witch, fairy, or woodland creature costume. Just coordinate your colors or have your little one select her favorites. The felt pieces for this basket...

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- Lia
Felt Owl Mask and Accessories

We love coming up with simple no-sew costumes you can make for Halloween. Last month Meagan designed wearable felt wings — perfect for a butterfly or fairy costume. And now this month she has created a pattern and tutorial to help you make this beautiful felt owl costume. Because there are quite a few pieces...

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- Lia
Felt Dark Burgundy Ranunculus

Our burgundy felt ranunculus is the perfect flower to make if you love Halloween and are looking for more of an elegant decoration that isn’t overly seasonal. Not only can you can keep these beauties out on your mantel or table long past the 31st, but you can bring them out year after year to...

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- fran
Why I Replaced my Laminate Flooring with Vinyl (spoiler – because it’s AMAZING!)

On the very first day we moved into our home 5 years ago I decided we needed to change two things. Actually, thinking about it I decided we needed to change about 50 (most of which are still in progress) but the two that were at the top of the list were our fences and […]

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- fran
A Green Garden Refresh with Durapost Vento Fences

After five years of living in this house we recently changed our 4 foot high fences for these stunning Durapost Vento composite fence panels. Not only are they a stunning option for any garden (with several different colour combinations available) but they are built to last! These fences aren’t going anywhere for a long time! […]

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- fran
3 Ways to Use a Printer that will Make Your Life Better

I’ve realised that one of the things I cannot live without in my 30’s is my printer. Stay with me here. I know printing out things from your computer seems very 1990’s, but the times of grainy, lined photo prints and the random paper eating while you’re trying to print out a bar chart for […]

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- fran
DIY Tower Cleansing Bars

It’s been such a long time since I’ve had the chance to play with the awesome products from Stephenson. But since they’ve launched a completely new, never seen before product I had to give it a go. So I decided to try it out with a range of moulds and create these stunning towers which […]

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- fran
DIY Wavy Shelf with Cricut

AD – PR product featured Of the many, many, MANY materials the Cricut Maker 3 is able to cut, the one I’ve been most excited about is basswood. The potential for creating wooden designs without ever touching a power tool is incredibly exciting. And while the basswood is light and thin (making it possible to […]

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- fran
How to make your Mother’s Day gift more than perfect this year with DIY fabric wrap

What is it that makes a Mother’s Day gift so special? It’s a different kind of gift than a birthday or Christmas present. It’s a thank you rather than a celebration. It’s a token of love and gratitude. It’s the way we express a feeling. But how do you do that with a gift, something […]

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- fran
DIY Valentine’s Clay Name Necklaces

We’ve almost made it through January you guys! It’s probably wishful thinking but I’m starting to feel that shift towards Spring. The evenings are lighter and there’s buds on the trees. And possibly my favourite thing about the end of January is Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I know Valentine’s can be a […]

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- fran
DIY Seamless Floor to Wall Wood Panelling (with Laminate)

This post has been sponsored by Quick-Step. Wooo, I’m starting this new year with what is definitely my favourite room makeover to date. Kids bedrooms are so much fun to design and even though Amber is no longer a baby really, she’s still young enough to have more of a nursery style room than a […]

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- fran
How to Recycle your Advent Calendar this Christmas

Advent calendars are big business in our house. In fact this year we are even counting down to the official countdown. I don’t know who’s more excited, me or the 3 year old! The first of December we pull out our huge, handmade advent calendar, which I organise and fill with fun activities, crafts and […]

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- fran
DIY Faux Stoneware Candle Holder

Don’t you just love it when you discover a new technique! It’s especially exciting when it’s something as easy as this. All you need to create this stunning Faux Stoneware effect is two inexpensive materials. Keep reading to find out what they are! So, are you ready for it? All you need to create this […]

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- Elsie Larson
Episode #155: Step Inside Our Old Lady Creative Retreat
  Today, we’re taking you to our imaginary retirement home. It’s not a regular retirement home, it’s a cool retirement home where we make art, pies, and pottery. We also write novels and go swimming.  We’re also answering two of the deepest listener questions we’ve seen in a while, so prepare yourselves for that. You…
- Elsie Larson
10 Things I Love Sunday
This week, I’ve been cleaning and organizing my home. I’m also a bit late (for me) and I just started to decorate for Halloween. Here are 10 things I am currently enjoying! My favorite (and most used) cookbooks: Jack’s Wife Freda, The Joy of Pizza, and Nashville Eats. 1. If you enjoy seasonal art swaps,…
- Laura Gummerman
How to Paint Roof Shingles (And When Not To)
If you have an asphalt shingle roof that you don’t love the color of, you may have asked yourself, “Can you paint roof shingles?” The answer to that question (maybe to your surprise) is YES! Painting shingles is a relatively easy process and can be a lot more budget-friendly than re-shingling the roof. We just…
- Emma Chapman
Easy Pumpkin Cookies
You should add these easy pumpkin cookies to your baking list this weekend! These are incredibly simple to make and taste delicious. Plus, I’m going to share a few different ways you can add the glaze, or you can leave them plain. Love pumpkin desserts? Check out these recipes. These easy pumpkin cookies are soft…
- Elsie Larson
The Best Full Length Mirrors (Splurge + Save)
I have a thing for mirrors. A lot of my most-loved home decor items are mirrors. I saved up for (and splurged on) two large mirrors in our home. And although I love them passionately, I can’t say I would spend the same money again if I were buying them today. There are a LOT…
- Emma Chapman
Easy DIY Halloween Wreath Ideas
If you are looking for easy DIY Halloween wreath ideas that anyone could make, then look no further! We’ve got you. I love making seasonal wreaths to hang on our front door or for around the house. It’s an easy craft you can do while watching TV (maybe the new Hocus Pocus movie!), and I…
- Elsie Larson
Art Studio
When we moved into our unrenovated 1990s home, we set out on a yearlong journey to update the look and feel of every single room. I instantly visualized turning this boring office into a colorful art studio that I could share with my two children. See my other rooms here: Hidden Children’s Library My Movie…
- Elsie Larson
Episode #154: The Past, Present, and Future of Blogging
  This week, we’re sharing all about our new site design, our goals for the future of A Beautiful Mess, and how we want to evolve. If you’re interested in the topic of blogging, this episode has quite a few good tips, plus our predictions about the future of blogging. We’re also sharing a book report…
- Jacki Moseley
10 Things I Love Sunday
It happened. I did it. I … bought a house! I really wanted an older home with character, and at the same time, one that didn’t need a lot of work to be restored. I put an offer down on this 1920s Craftsman as soon as I looked at it. I feel so grateful! By…
- Elsie Larson
Fall Clothing 2022
Shopping for a few new pieces for my closet is one of my favorite ways to get in the mood for fall! Autumn fashion is my favorite for the whole year. I love to pick a few new pieces like a cute pair of boots and a new dress and coat. In this post, we’ve pulled…
- Kristi Linauer
Best Air Purifier For Homes With Pets? (Clearly We Have An Air Quality Problem)

Evidently, Matt and I have a serious air quality problem in our house. I have no doubt that I contribute quite a bit to that problem with all of my projects. I’m continually creating dust and using products (paints, polyurethanes, and other chemicals). And then on top of that, we share our home with two animals — a 10-pound cat and a 100-pound dog. Our cat Felicity leaves her fur behind on all of the furniture, while our dog Cooper leaves behind at least a chihuahua-sized amount of fur on the floor every single week. (That’s gotten better since we got our our robot vacuum.) But the air quality in our house is still awful (which I’ll show you in a minute), so now I’m on the hunt for a really superb air filter/purifier that is specifically made for homes with pets. And if you have any personal experience at all with these — good experiences, bad experiences, recommendations, warnings about brands to stay away from — I’m all ears. So how do I know our air quality is still pathetic? Well, this is so embarrassing, but I’m going to show you anyway. I mean, this is really embarrassing. I’ve […]

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- Kristi Linauer
The Final Punchlist (About One More Week!)

I have very exciting news! The countertops in the bathroom will be installed on MONDAY! I am so excited. I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. I mean, this bathroom project has been going on for so long now (a fact for which I make no apologies considering that Matt and I finally have a life outside of our house now after over a decade, and we are both enjoying it to the fullest), but the installation of the countertops will really feel like this project is officially winding down. So I went back to the last “to do” list that I made for this bathroom to see just how far I’ve come, and exactly what still needs to be done. I originally made the list in April, and then I reevaluated the list in July and checked off several things that I had gotten done by then. And here’s the state of the list now… Finish the crown molding and trim around the mural wall — sand, caulk, prime, and paint (Done!) Install the last row of tiles around the ceiling in the shower (Done!) Install the door between the bathroom and home gym (Done!) Trim out that door (Done!) Build two […]

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- Kristi Linauer
30 Years Of DIYing, And I’m Still Learning!! (How To Extend An Outlet For Tile Or Wainscoting The Easiest And Safest Way)

I’ve been DIYing for 30 years now, and sometimes I’m astounded at how much I still don’t know. Some of those things that I’m still learning seem so basic! For example, yesterday I finally learned how to extend an outlet for tile or wainscoting using the safest, easiest, and fastest way I’ve ever done it. So if you’ve ever done tile or wainscoting, you know what I mean. You get your tile or wainscoting done, and your electrical outlet is set back anywhere from 1/4-inch to 3/4-inch because that’s where the original box is. Then you have to find a way to extend the outlet so that it sits against the new tile or wainscoting. In the past, I’ve always used these caterpillar spacer shims, which are small plastic pieces that snap together like Legos and wrap around the screws that hold the electrical outlet in the box. I can’t stand those things. I can never get them to stay in place while screwing the outlet back on, and it takes me several attempts to get them to stay. And they just seem flimsy. Plus, they can really only be used to extend an outlet so far — maybe 1/4-inch […]

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- Kristi Linauer
My Experience Using Rubio Monocoat On Walnut — A Follow-Up

I wanted to give y’all a follow-up on my experience using Rubio Monocoat on the walnut vanities and storage cabinet in our master bathroom. When I built these items, I told you about how I finished them with the Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C in the color Pure (which basically has no color). And while I loved how it looked on the walnut, I became a little frustrated with it over time. When I did the finishing originally, I did it according to the instructions that I had found on several videos, which all said to sand the wood to a 120-grit finish and then add the Rubio Monocoat finish. But after finishing these pieces, and continuing on with the other work that still needed to be done in the bathroom, I noticed that dust didn’t wipe off of these finished surfaces easily at all. In fact, the finish felt just a bit rough, and it was rough enough that if I tried to wipe off dust, the roughness of the wood would grab onto the dust rather than it wiping off. There was no way that I could have a finish like that in a master bathroom…or anywhere in […]

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- Kristi Linauer
The Flip House Saga Continues (It Has Gone From Bad To Worse)

Do you remember the flip house next door to us? If you missed that story, you can read more about it here: A Flip House Gone Wrong (And House Flippers Gone Insane). Long story short, a flipper bought the house next door to us, and in my humble opinion, redid everything in the house using cheap materials and shoddy work, and then put the house on the market for $450,000. I don’t even remember when the house originally went on the market after the “upgrades” (I say, trying to hold back the eyerolls), but by January of this year, the price had been marked down to $439,000. And what was being offered for that price? Well, you can hop over to my previous post to see all of the details, and you can check out the videos I took of the kitchen on my Instagram story highlights, but suffice it to say that the kitchen is a total mess. Here are the highlights: The space for the refrigerator (not pictured above) is really narrow, and there’s no water line. There’s another area with enough wall space for a refrigerator, but it has no outlet or water line. The cabinet with […]

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- Kristi Linauer
My Favorite Reasonably-Priced Bamboo Shades For Windows

When we lived in our condo, I found some amazing reasonably-priced bamboo shades at Home Depot. They could customize the width for me, and I also found that I could do it myself using my miter saw. After all, they were wood shades. Those bamboo shades became my go-to shades of choice on all of the windows in the condo (all four of them 😀 ), and I also used them when we moved into our house. Any time someone I knew was looking for bamboo shades, I’d recommend them. When I was decorating other people’s homes, I would use these shades. I mean, that’s how much I loved them. And then Home Depot stopped carrying them. Lowe’s had other bamboo shades, but they didn’t have anything like my favorite ones. I searched and searched online, and never could find any that were exactly like my favorites. I found similar ones, but I was always disappointed with them. As I’ve been working my way through the rooms of our house, I had one remaining shade from the condo that would work on a window in the house, and that’s the window in the pantry. But after I used that one, […]

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- Kristi Linauer
Sometimes Projects Need To Be Redone (And It’s Not Always About Perfectionism)

If you showed up here today hoping to see a finished portion of the bathroom walls, I need to apologize, because I have nothing but disappointment for you today. Yes, I had planned to show you a completely finished section of the bathroom wall. I knew that if I picked up where I left off on Thursday, and continued working on Friday and Saturday, I’d have at least one portion of the wall completely finished. But the more I looked at the section of the wall that I thought was nearing completion, the more I realized it needed some pretty significant adjustments. This wainscoting just seemed off to me. It looked completely unbalanced. The problem is that it seemed to be too open-ended. That’s how I would describe how it looks to my eye, at least. I’m not sure if it makes sense to anyone else, though. The fact is that on Thursday when I finished working on the wall, I knew it was off. But I thought I could push through, make a minor adjustment, and keep on rolling. Here’s what it originally looked like on Thursday evening. Look closely at the trim that I used along the floor. […]

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- Kristi Linauer
DIY Wainscoting Part 1 — The Anatomy Of Judge’s Paneling With Tile Accent (Bathroom Walls)

I’m on the final home stretch with the bathroom remodel. The last big project is the DIY wainscoting, and for these bathroom walls, I decided to do a judge’s paneling with a tile accent. That should come as no shock since it’s what I did in the hallway bathroom as well, and it’s one of my favorite features of that bathroom. So naturally, I’d want my favorite design feature to be repeated in this bathroom. I haven’t gotten a section completely finished yet, but I did make great progress on this one section… It just needs to be caulked, primed, and painted. And then I can add the tile accent, and this section will be done. The biggest challenge is figuring out how to incorporate the tile accent around the vanity countertops. Because that will determine how the wainscoting needs to be applied to rest of the walls where there is no vanity or countertop. I’ve done this two different ways in the past. In the hallway bathroom, I carried the trim and the tile all the way around the room, with both the trim and the tile included in the backsplash around the vanity countertop. While I do like […]

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- Kristi Linauer
The Master Bathroom Cabinet & Vanities Are Finished!

I know this might seem a little anticlimactic to those of you who have been following this master bathroom remodel because you’ve already seen one finished vanity, and you’ve already seen the finished middle cabinet. So seeing a second identical vanity isn’t really all that exciting. But this feels like a HUGE victory to me! Last night, I got the second vanity, and the final piece, finished for this 12.5-foot-wide wall. I’m very happy with how they turned out. It’s very exciting to have a vision, see that vision come to life, and have it look almost exactly like I had envisioned it in my mind. Here’s the drawing I did of this wall back in April… And here’s my vision as reality… Now I need to finish the walls so that I can actually attach the vanities to the wall and get them ready for countertops. And I was so anxious to see what the sinks will look like, so I rigged the left vanity with some scrap lumber used as supports so that I could see one of the sinks in place. Of course, the sink will actually be undermounted, so it won’t be sitting up that high. […]

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- Kristi Linauer
Empty Bathroom Walls (Add Artwork Or Leave Them Blank?)

I continued working on our master bathroom this past weekend, and while I didn’t quite get the second vanity finished, I did make progress on it. The drawer boxes are finished and installed, and the drawer fronts are made. Now I just have to attach the drawer fronts and apply the finish to the vanity, and I’ll have all three of the cabinet/furniture components (I’m not quite sure what to call them since they’re not standard cabinets) of that 12.5-foot wall finished. If you’ve missed the latest progress on our master bathroom remodel (we turned the former master bedroom into a large and accessible master bathroom), you can catch up on all of the latest here: Master Bathroom Remodel – From Start To Present I can see the finish line, y’all! It’s coming closer into view with each passing day, and I’m getting more and more excited about seeing this bathroom finally finished. But as I get closer to that finish line, I’m starting to think through all of the little finishing touches that I need and want to add, and that brings me the two largest blank wall areas in the main area of the bathroom — the wall […]

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- Kristi Linauer
Considering A Clover Lawn Instead Of Grass

Do you know what I realized a few days ago? I pretty much already have a clover lawn. Well, at least I think I do. I had never really paid much attention to it, because every time I look at our yard, all I see is weeds. All of my life, I’ve thought that lawns are grass. Only grass. So when I see something other than grass, my mind thinks “weeds.” I’ve been thinking about non-grass lawns quite a bit lately since someone sent me this Instagram reel with a woman showing a different kind of ground cover. The one she shows is a succulent, and I think it’s one that thrives in California. I don’t know that it would do well here in central Texas. But it did get me thinking more about non-grass groundcovers. And then this past Tuesday, after the mowers got through mowing, edging, and cleaning up, I was actually pretty amazed at how pretty our front yard looked! Since the day we moved into our house, we’ve never done anything to our yard. We have no landscaping, no grass, no sprinkler system. And yet, I noticed this week after the mowers left (we have our […]

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- Kristi Linauer
And The Winner For Our Bathroom Quartz Countertops Is…

Vicostone Elysian. I read every single one of your comments on yesterday’s post (including Facebook comments), and I was surprised at how many of you preferred Elysian. And while I didn’t actually tally up the votes, I’m pretty sure Elysian was the crowd favorite. I chose this one for the exact reason so many of you mentioned. The others looked too much like I was trying to match the floor and missed. This light gray looks like an intentional design choice that was made to coordinate while not intending to match. And I love how it looks with the walnut wood of the vanities and storage cabinet. I forgot to add pictures of the samples with the sink in yesterday’s post, so here’s a view of the Elysian with the sink, which has a soft matte white finish. The Elysian was definitely my favorite with the sink. A couple of you mentioned the backsplash tile. I personally love it, but I’m not married to it. Quite honestly, if I were to find something else that I love in the next few days, I wouldn’t have any problem changing course on that decision. But I do love this glass tile. The […]

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- Kelly
DIY Lock, Shock and Barrel Costumes

Lock Shock and Barrel CostumesEveryone’s favorite mischievous trick or treaters from Nightmare Before Christmas makes the perfect trio costume, so today I’m going to share how to make Lock, Shock and Barrel costumes! This is part DIY and part store bought so it’s easy to pull together and is a unique alternative to the classic Jack & Sally costumes […]

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- Kelly
Happy Weekend!

brass exterior lanterns on pink house with blue doorHappy October everyone! We’ve been spending a lot of time going back and forth getting Palm Springs projects done which is SO exciting! Excited to share the first finished room SOON. In the meantime, some links for ya! Well pumpkin cheesecake baked oatmeal sure sounds delicious. Loved this piece on habit tracking, something I’d love […]

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- Kelly
Free Printable Halloween Bingo

halloween bingo card on black background with candy cornHalloween Bingo is a fun game for all ages! It’s perfect for class parties, costume parties, and for kids with food allergies who can’t always easily participate in traditional trick-or-treating! This free printable version is easy to print out and set up for any party or Halloween event! Kids can fill up their bingo board […]

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- Kelly
The Cutest Kids Halloween Pajamas

collage of kids halloween pajamasHalloween season is upon us! Or has already arrived if you live in my household. You may already be familiar with our family’s Halloween pajama walk tradition, and our infamous Halloween neighborhood scavenger hunt to go along with it, but this year I wanted to break down all my favorite kids Halloween pajamas for you […]

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- Kelly
Two Easy DIY Mean Girls Halloween Costumes

DIY Burn Book Costume | studiodiy.comLooking for an easy Mean Girls Halloween Costume idea? Look no further! These two unique Mean Girls costumes can be easily DIY’d with items from your closet and a few craft store supplies! Instead of just being Regina George, why not be her Burn Book instead!? And of course, we can’t forget about Karen… Keep […]

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- Kelly
School Backpacks from Small(er) & Sustainable Brands

grid of backpack photos with "school backpacks" as titleI’ve talked before about my favorite preschool must-haves, but as we move to elementary school we’re missing something… a backpack! I crowd-sourced some favorite colorful and sustainable backpack options for kids of all ages and grades all from small and/or ethically minded brands. Hope you find something you love and that will last your kiddos […]

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- Kelly
Palm Springs House: Living Room Plans & Inspiration

Paint and Fabric Swatches on Wood TableLet’s talk about the Palm Springs living spaces! To me, the whole point of a vacation home is having one cozy hub for family, friends, guests to gather round and enjoy eachother’s company. And that’s exactly what we’re making this space. I’ll talk soon in the kitchen post about how we made this area more […]

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- Kelly
Palm Springs House: Guest Bedroom Plans & Inspiration

pink wallpaper and tile samples on wood tableWelcome to the plan for our Palm Springs guest bedroom! Even though this room is the smallest in the house, it is perhaps the one I am most excited about. Largely because it’s getting a major wallpaper moment! Here’s what we have planned. The Color Palette This is the only room (besides the shower nook […]

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- Kelly
Wedding Guest Dresses In Every Color

collage of dress photosWedding guest dresses in every color, for every wedding dress code! It’s wedding season and that means you may be looking for a wedding guest dress you love! It’s a great opportunity for a good pop of color (or pattern), so I’ve put together some of my favorite wedding appropriate dresses in every hue of […]

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- Kelly
10 Father’s Day Gifts for Grandpa

Grandfather holding childPerhaps you’ve got your boyfriend or husband covered for Father’s Day, but what about Grandpa? Not to be forgotten, these Father’s Day gifts for Grandpa celebrate his role in his grandchildren’s life and his hobbies that he will most certainly pass along to them someday if he hasn’t already! Personalized Father’s Day Gifts for Grandpa […]

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- Brittany

Pumpkin Decor for Halloween As much as I love the classic carved Jack-O-Lantern tradition, it’s definitely not the only option out there when it comes to Halloween-themed pumpkins. Plus, it’s nice to avoid covering your hands in pumpkin goop every now and then. Here’s our list of classic Halloween pumpkin ideas to get you thinking […]

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- Brittany

What Is A Seam Allowance? First of all, let’s just cover the basics so we’re all on the same page. In order to know how to read seam allowances you should know what a seam allowance is. What is a seam allowance? It’s the excess space between the stitching line and the raw edge of […]

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- Brittany

  Gift Wrapping with Flowers You know me. I love gift wrap! Probably more so than the present itself. And even though my birthday is in June, it turns out plenty of people have fall birthdays, which means this paper flower gift topper will definitely come in handy. The best part is, since these flowers […]

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- Brittany

Repurpose Your Scarves Three Ways Today we’ll be showing you three ways to repurpose your old scarves: throw pillow, scrunchie, and headband. First up? a throw pillow.  Throw Pillow Making a throw pillow just made sense, since the dimensions of many scarves are about the same as the dimensions needed to make a pillowcase for […]

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- Brittany

Punch Needle Art We’ve been wanting to do a punch needle project for a while now. Then, when our project manager, Jenny, started here at Lars last winter, it was as if the stars had aligned. She has a side tufting business and it inspired us to finally try it out! (You can check out […]

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- Brittany

Who is Lindsey Deschamps? Lindsey Deschamps is an artist & illustrator based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She creates cheeky art, stationery, and accessories for people who like an artful aesthetic, but with a little bit of offbeat humor thrown in there. Inspired by food, flowers, weird vintage tchotchkes, and all the other little things […]

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- Brittany

This post contains affiliate links. Any time you buy something from our affiliate links, we get a small commission at no cost to you! Essential Sewing Supplies The sewing supplies we’re talking about today are the essentials. They’re the ones I absolutely can’t live without! I use them religiously for probably 99% of my sewing […]

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- Caitlin McGrath
Apple & Brie Crostini

Are crostinis a thing of the past? It’s possible – but I still want them at every gathering I go to. 🤷‍♀️ And these apple & brie crostinis are perfect for a fall get together. I made these last year when I started using my air fryer to make small batches of crostini for when […]

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- Caitlin McGrath
Lavender Gin Sour

This lavender gin sour is a gentle beauty and perfect to cool off in these last hot weeks of summer! I know lavender is usually a spring flavor, but for me – it’s an all year flavor! And one of my favorites at that. I went to visit my cousins’ uncles’ distillery recently and was […]

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- Caitlin McGrath
DIY Wrapped Fiber Wall Art

Looking for a project that takes approximately two movies to make but requires barely any attention? Look no further! This DIY wrapped fiber art project is the perfect way to burn some of that anxious body energy while trying to relax with your favorite movie. Wait… is that just me? Sometimes I can’t quiet my […]

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- Manda
How To Age Brass

This tutorial will show you how to age brass – in just a few minutes time! I wanted to give our new cabinet pulls an aged look to fit in better with our old farmhouse. I used a brass ager solution to quickly take the cabinet pulls from being a shiny brass to a darker, […]

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- Caitlin McGrath
Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

If last week’s tacos weren’t enough to inspire you to make something delicious to celebrate Cinco de Mayo – maybe this spicy grapefruit margarita is more up your alley! I’m a serious grapefruit lover and sometimes go for palomas. Usually I find that they add in grapefruit soda and it just makes it too sweet […]

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- Manda
How To Make Rustic Wood Beams

Our house is an almost 200 year old farmhouse and I wanted to add character back into the kitchen when we renovated it. I was really hoping we’d find some old rustic wood beams when we tore it down that we could reuse, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. We also searched on Craigslist and […]

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- Caitlin McGrath
Sweet Potato Tacos with Avocado Crema

Not that I ever need an excuse to eat tacos – but every Tuesday I end up seeing someone on social media posting about eating tacos. And once I get a craving, I’m just never satisfied until I go get whatever it is. Half the time that ends up with me at Taco Bell because […]

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- Manda
Mojito Mocktail Recipe

Did you know we’ve been sharing mocktail recipes for the last 9 years? They are one of our favorite recipes to share; we even have a book featuring them! I think a mojito mocktail might top the list for my all time favorite mocktail recipes. (Caitlin made pitchers of it for my 40th birthday party!) […]

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- Caitlin McGrath
DIY Wooden Blocks Gift

I love this sweet little diy wooden blocks set! To be quite honest, I actually made them for my cousin’s daughter for Christmas but never fully finished them and took pictures sooo here they are as an Easter gift! And honestly the soft colors feel just right as an Easter gift anyways. Ha! But I […]

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- Manda
DIY Range Hood Cover – How to Build a Range Hood Cover

I feel like I might have reached official adulthood now by finally having a range hood in my kitchen! I spent the last 17 years without one! So you can bet I was really excited to get one with our new kitchen. And that making a pretty range hood cover would definitely be on my […]

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- John Petersik
Our Favorite Toilet (Yes, We Have A Favorite)
Our Favorite Toilet (Yes, We Have A Favorite)

You know you’ve left your mark on the world when people quote you in the pages of Time magazine or you get interviewed by Oprah. But what does it mean if one of your top google results is “young house love toilet” (true story)? And up until now, searching that term on our blog didn’t really lead you anywhere helpful (Sherry talks a lot about our favorite toilet mostly on IG Stories). So if that’s the rabbit hole that led you to our blog and you typed in those infamous words, this post will now have you and all of your toilet-related queries covered.

Our favorite toilet is the Kohler Memoirs Elongated Toilet (sometimes also called the Memoirs Stately Elongated). It has been our go-to place to go for 7 years now, ever since installing it in our last home’s powder room.

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- Sherry Petersik
What We Still Have 2.5 Years After Downsizing
What We Still Have 2.5 Years After Downsizing

Settle in. This post is a DEEP DIVE. One of those long detailed dissection/reflection posts that feels like the blogging days of yore. So if you love those & wanna grab a cup of coffee and go on a little journey with us – today’s the day. We’re about to dive into:

Tips and insights we gleaned about downsizing over the last few years What items from our larger home came with us & worked WHY we think that is What we learned in hindsight about packing for a move

This whole post idea came to us when we were in our downstairs sitting area recently and we realized that a lot of the furniture hadn’t moved with us from our previous house in Richmond. The loveseat, the chairs, and the coffee table were all purchased after we moved here to fit precisely into this new smaller sitting area that we slowly figured out over time.

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- John Petersik
How We Upgraded A Utility Closet By Adding Tons Of Functional Storage
How We Upgraded A Utility Closet By Adding Tons Of Functional Storage

Today we’re talking about the stock market! Just kidding. Exactly as the title suggests, we’re going to show you how we earned some really useful extra storage in our new kitchen by upgrading a formerly VERY PACKED utility closet. It used to basically just have a water heater and an HVAC system in it without much room for anything else, and now there’s, say it with me… so much room for activities. Ok, not for like cartwheels, but significantly more room to store stuff than before. Like maybe 500% more. Really.

If you watched our drawer-by-drawer kitchen organization video, you already got a peek at what we have going on in there, but today we’re sharing all the angles, and explaining how we were able to take this closet from “mostly water heater” to “so much everything else.”

The Utility Closet Before

We don’t have a lot of “before” photos of this closet because it was absolutely nothing to write home about.

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- John Petersik
Using *Only* Solar Lights To Add Backyard Ambiance
Using *Only* Solar Lights To Add Backyard Ambiance

Some people are surprised to hear that we illuminate our entire pool area using nothing but solar LED landscape lights. As in: the sun provides free evening ambiance with zero effort on our part. Nothing has to be plugged in. Our electric bill feels zero impact from softly illuminating this entire area of our house. So today I wanted to share the 3 solar products we use in case you want to give your own outdoor space a literal glow-up.

 hooks / wall scuppers / chair / drum stool / sconce / doorknob / white pot / lounge chairs / solar path lights

Technically we have a porch light and in-pool lights too, all of which use traditional electricity, but we almost never turn them on. Honestly, they’re a little blinding and we like a soft glow that doesn’t block out our view of the stars. Instead, day-to-day (or night-to-night?) we just rely on our solar-powered LED lighting for that oh so charming come-hither glow.

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- John Petersik
How We Organized Our Small Kitchen
How We Organized Our Small Kitchen

It’s time once again to throw open every cabinet, drawer, and door to show you how we organized our kitchen, which we slowly renovated over the last two years (more on that slow but steady reno here). This post should be an especially fun one because you’ll see just how much we’ve improved upon the original organization of this kitchen, which we shared in this post almost two years ago. And, as usual, we made a video walk-through of the whole thing too, which also explains a few future plans involving two outdoor cabinets that we plan to add to the nearby kitchen porch. So yeah… lots to cover.

chairs | table | woven pendant | bookshelf | knife block | fruit bowl | toaster | similar plant pot

We’ll start with the video, because it’s truly the most comprehensive way to understand exactly what goes where in our new kitchen.

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- John Petersik
Our Trip To Mexico With Kids… And A Dog!
Our Trip To Mexico With Kids… And A Dog!

Last week we vacationed in the Yucatán Peninsula region of Mexico with our two kids (ages 8 and 12) and yes, even our dog Penny came! This was our second time traveling internationally as a family, so we definitely don’t qualify as experienced world travelers or aspiring travel bloggers. But just like the last time we went abroad, we wanted to share the details for anyone who is considering something similar – especially if it’s your first time going to Mexico. So here are a bunch of answers to the most common questions we got. We’ll also cover where we went, what we ate, and how we navigated the logistics of bringing a pet with us.

Oh, and as usual, no part of this trip was sponsored. We paid for all of the flights, lodging, food, and activities ourselves (thanks in part to a lot of saved credit card points, which is our favorite way to book big trips).

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- John Petersik
Rug Sizing Tips & The “Magic Rug” That Looks Good With Everything
Rug Sizing Tips & The “Magic Rug” That Looks Good With Everything

Rugs are hard. We get it. How do you know the right size and placement? Will it look good in your room? What if looks nothing like the photos online? If you have any of those thoughts, this post is for you. We’re going to dive into an especially magical rug that goes with basically any colored sofa/wall/room, but also talk generally about rug size and placement. Plus, we’ve listed a bunch of other favorite rugs, vetted by us (we bought them all with our own money & love them – no affiliation with any of ’em).

The Magic Rug

Let’s start with the magic rug. We bought this rug many years ago for one of the duplex living rooms in Cape Charles.

I’m not sure who first dubbed (in the rust color) the “magic rug,” but it all began when we realized it looked good with essentially any room, no matter the color scheme.

Continue reading Rug Sizing Tips & The “Magic Rug” That Looks Good With Everything at Young House Love.

- John Petersik
Our Small But Mighty Kitchen Is Done!
Our Small But Mighty Kitchen Is Done!

It may go down as our most gradual kitchen renovation ever, but almost exactly two years into living here (we hit that milestone last Saturday!), our kitchen is officially DONE! New cabinets? Check. Tiled backsplash to the ceiling? Yup. Quartz countertops and a sink that’s 3X deeper than the overmount sink of yore? Affirmative.

similar pink plant pot | wavy white fruit bowl | toaster | hardware | backsplash tile

New hidden range hood? You betcha. More functional storage in the form of additional drawers, new upper cabinets, and a generously sized pantry cabinet? Yessir. Tons of before & after photos? That’s what this post is for! Plus we’ve got a full budget breakdown for you. So in the illustrious words of Tiesto, let’s get down to business.

table | chairs | wall shelf | hardware | woven pendant | bookshelf | fruit bowl | toaster | similar plant pot | coffee table

To us (and maybe to you as well) this has felt like a very gradual transformation because we just sort of tweaked and adjusted things over the last two years in many small phases, rather than going through one mega-gut-renovation like our last house’s kitchen.

Continue reading Our Small But Mighty Kitchen Is Done! at Young House Love.

- Katie Hale

Look at this adorable DIY walnut fairy garden figurine! This little person is made out of a real walnut, so it’s perfect for anyone who loves nature and wants to bring a little bit of the outdoors inside. It’s super easy to make, requires literally just a few supplies you have on hand already, and [...]

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- Katie Hale

Looking for a unique and stylish way to recycle those old denim jeans? Look no further than this unique denim cuff wristband idea! This easy-to-follow DIY tutorial will show you how to upcycle your denim into a trendy and eye-catching piece of jewelry. Denim Cuff Wristband The denim cuff wristband is the perfect accessory for [...]

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- Katie Hale

Looking for something fun and unique to add to your home décor? Check out this super fun project for making a denim hat wall decor. This hanging decor can be a simple addition to any room, or can be a handy sewing room pin cushion! It’s an easy DIY project that is perfect for anyone [...]

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- Katie Hale

 Why not add a little eco-friendly flair to your Thanksgiving decor this year with this upcycled plastic bottle turkey craft? It’s a fun and easy project the whole family can enjoy, and it’s a great way to recycle those old plastic bottles that you were just going to throw away.  Give your turkey some personality [...]

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- Katie Hale

Springtime is always a favorite time of year with fresh flowers everywhere, and this simple half-up half-down hairstyle with braids is a great way to celebrate a favorite season. This style is ideal for any length of hair and is accented with a flower clip to make it look pretty while not being overly flashy. [...]

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- Katie Hale

If you’ve ever braided your hair, then you know all about the Dutch braid hairstyle. This elegant side braid style is super easy to do, and a perfect way to add some extra style to your otherwise boring hair care routine. It’s simple enough for daily wear, but beautiful enough to be a perfect style [...]

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- Katie Hale

A low ponytail is a classic choice for busy days, but if you want something a little bit updated, then you will love this woven ponytail hairstyle. This works best on longer hair but can be created with medium-length hair if desired. An elevated braiding method that is easy for anyone to create turns a [...]

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- Katie Hale

Bubble braids are so popular with the kids, but they can be a fun style for just about anyone to wear! I have seen them everywhere the last few years, and one of those places is the local Reinassance Fair. Something about these just screams festival, and since they are so easy to do, anyone [...]

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- Katie Hale

For those of us with longer hair, a ponytail is an everyday need sometimes, but if you are like me, you want to feel a bit more pulled together. This super easy, lazy day knot braid hairstyle is one of my go-to choices. It looks like you have intricately braided your hair, but really you’ve [...]

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- Katie Hale

This precious little acorn sheep fairy garden decoration is perfect for anyone who loves spending time building a fairy garden, or for anyone who wants to add some magic to their home. It’s also a great project for kids! You can make this adorable sheep using just a few nuts and some glue It’s so [...]

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- Kelly
Macaroni and Cheese
How to Make Macaroni and Cheese in the easiest way possible! It's cheesy, creamy, and simply the BEST Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe ever!

How to Make Macaroni and Cheese in the easiest way possible! It’s cheesy, creamy, and simply the BEST Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe ever! Best of all, the recipe is flexible, meaning you can swap...

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- Kelly
Ground Beef and Rice Casserole
Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice Casserole couldn’t be easier to make! Do yourself a favor and save this hearty dinner for the next time you have a busy day.

Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice Casserole couldn’t be easier to make! Do yourself a favor and save this hearty dinner for the next time you have a busy day. The special cheese sauce makes it...

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- Kelly
Halloween Worm Ice Cubes
These Halloween Worm Ice Cubes turn any ordinary drink into a creepy, yet fun, drink for parties. They are easy to make, taste delicious, and are great for both kids and adults.

These Halloween Worm Ice Cubes turn any ordinary drink into a creepy, yet fun, drink for parties. They are easy to make, taste delicious, and are great for both kids and adults. Serve them in...

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- Kelly
Vampire Champagne
Our Vampire Champagne is a festive drink on Halloween! This champagne and juice syringe drink is as fun to make as it is to drink! It can also be made kid-friendly by swapping the champagne for sparkling cider.

Our Vampire Champagne is a festive drink on Halloween! This champagne and juice syringe drink is as fun to make as it is to drink! It can also be made kid-friendly by swapping the champagne...

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- Kelly
Floral Pumpkin Wreath
Make this pretty Floral Pumpkin Wreath using supplies from the dollar store! This handmade wreath is so easy to make, anyone can do it!

Create a pretty Glowing Floral Pumpkin Wreath this fall and enjoy it all through November! This pretty handmade wreath is so easy to make, anyone can do it! No special skills, tools, or supplies are...

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- Kelly
Peanut Butter Cup Spiders
Peanut Butter Cup Spiders are a cute and easy Halloween craft idea that will put a smile on everyone's face! These spooky spiders are easy to make and oh so fun to share with friends this October.

Peanut Butter Cup Spiders are a cute and easy Halloween craft idea that will put a smile on everyone’s face! They are the perfect treat for little ghouls or goblins! These spooky spiders are easy...

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- Kelly
Creamy Beef Pasta
A quick and easy dinner recipe for the family! Creamy, filling, and comforting:) This simple dinner is perfect for busy weeknights, is SO delicious, and is budget friendly. Made with pasta shells, tomato soup, cheese, and some simple seasonings to taste.

Our Creamy Beef Pasta is a quick and easy dinner recipe for the family! Creamy, filling, and comforting:) This simple dinner is perfect for busy weeknights, is SO delicious, and is budget-friendly. Made with pasta...

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- Kelly
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Recipes
Pumpkin Fluff Pie

The BEST Pumpkin Spice Recipes for when you’re in the mood for a pumpkin dessert, treat, or recipe. When I think of fall, I think of cooler weather, the crisp morning air leaves falling, and...

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- Kelly
Beaded Corn
Beaded corn made with pipe cleaners is a fall craft that is easy and beautiful! A simple fall corn craft for kids and adults!

Beaded corn made with pipe cleaners is a fall craft that is easy and beautiful! This colorful pipe cleaner beaded corn can be used for decoration this fall all the way through Thanksgiving. We LOVE...

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- Casey Finn
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- Casey Finn
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- Casey Finn
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- Casey Finn
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- Casey Finn
We've had our dining nook for two years now. Here's my honest review of the space and the furniture we chose... Keep Reading
- Casey Finn
Our basement flooded...with sewage water. Here's how it happened and how we're dealing... Keep Reading
- Casey Finn
We are finally giving our basement some love! Here are all of the before photos and my design plan for the space... Keep Reading
- Casey Finn
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- Ana White
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- Ana White
Rustic Modern Platform Bed Frame with Headboard (All Bed Sizes)

Reader submitted photo

diy rustic modern platform bed frame

We took a modern silhouette and built it using 2x lumber... and this is how it turned out!

I love the combination of rustic materials in a modern shape.  

Rustic Modern 2x6 Platform Bed

Free Plans to Build Your Own Rustic Modern Platform Bed

This bed turned out so well, we had to share the plans in all mattress sizes for free!  You'll love this beginner friendly design that creates amazing results!

- Ana White
Hidden Door Knee Wall

Sloped ceilings add so much charm and character to a home.  But they can make a room awkward and challenging to use. 

Before - Slope Ceiling Makes Room Awkward to Use

We recently took our attic room sloped ceilings that looked like this -

After - Looks Like a Board and Batten Wall

And built knee walls out of 2x4s and plywood

After - Opens for Full Access

But since I wanted the space behind the knee wall to be accessible for storage, we created hidden doors in the knee wall.

The entire knee wall is actually hidden doors - so the area behind is completely accessible.

You could take this project a step further and add closet rods and shelving to create a built in closet.  We'll be using the knee wall storage for totes and off season things.

Update: Several Years Later...

It's been a few years since we tackled this project.  Here's what it looks like today:

bed with drawers diy plans

Related: Storage daybed plans here

The all-doors system gives us options for furniture placement - you can place furniture anywhere and there's always a door still available somewhere.

It still looks awesome and none of the doors or hinges have sagged at all.

We use the space for storing Christmas decorations, heirloom gifts that we can't part with but don't necessarily use daily, and of course, the kids use the space for hide and seek.  You'd never know this is actually a wall of doors.

How We Built this Sloped Ceiling Storage Wall

This was a fairly easy project - but time consuming since the walls are each sixteen feet long - that my husband and I tackled over the course of a few days, working a few hours each day on it. We are confident that the average homeowner could tackle this project.  Here's how we built our knee walls with hidden storage -

First, alot of planning and measuring.

  

We decided on making the wall 48" tall, because this is where the ceiling height becomes useuable for furniture, and it also helps maximize materials use.

We also decided on making the doors 32" wide, so you can get exactly three 48" tall x 32" wide doors out of a sheet of plywood.  

The easier way to do this is to just build a pony wall 48" tall x the length of your room, and install it plumb and level.

Then trim out the top and bottom to give space for the full overlay doors.

We finished this gap at the top off with a piece of trim.

For the doors, we purchased euro style overlay hinges for FRAMELESS cabinets - for a total of 5/8" overlay on each side.

DOOR WIDTH: Inside opening + 1-1/4"

DOOR HEIGHT: Overall opening - 1/2"

We cut our doors on a table saw and installed the hinges and hung the doors in the framing.

concealed hinge illustrated guide

RELATED: How to install concealed hinges

To disguise the door spacing and provide a handle, we nailed 1x3 boads to the opening edge of the plywood door.

This is what it looks like before paint -

And after paint - We used about a gallon on 32 feet of walls, four feet tall.

We love how this project turned out and know it will greatly improve the function and look of the room.

Video Tutorial of Building this Knee Wall with Doors

We also shared in video format this entire build

If you build, please share a photo - tag me on Instagram #anawhite, share to our Facebook page, or add a brag post.  We greatly appreciate the support and thank you for using our free tutorials.

Ana

- Ana White
DIY Garage Shelves [Freestanding]
Freestanding Garage Shelving Features BEGINNER FRIENDLY: Very easy to build using just 2x4 boards YOUR SIZE: Easy to customize in size to fit your space NO HOLES IN THE WALL: Freestanding, so will work with concrete, brick, metal walls or for rental units THIN SHELVES: Because the shelves are only 1-1/2" thick, this creates more space vertically YOUR NEEDS: Customize shelving placement as needed or to add workbench or garage media center FITS TOTES: Designed to fit totes and boxes MOVEABLE AND REUSEABLE: Easy to take apart and reuse the 2x4s Customization Ideas for Freestanding Garage Shelving

Utility Workaround: Built around water heater and with roll out shoe bench.  

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Around the Door: Shorter end to fit around garage door:

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Face Lift: This user added a barn door to the front

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Work Around: A built in workbench in the center, could also be used for a TV

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Concrete Basement Wall: Not required to be attached to the wall

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Finished: The shelving is solid wood, so you can paint or stain it easily

Click here for more details and photos

Video Tutorial

Here is a very quick video of building this garage shelving:

Project Notes You can make your shelving as long or short as you want.   The span between leg sets can be altered.  Mine are about 5' apart, and it's plenty strong.  According to the Sagulator you can put about 200 pounds on a six foot long shelf, made of 2x4 boards - but do test.  For heavy objects, like bulk food or water, make the span less. You can go taller with the shelving, but do consider forward tipping - you will want to attach to the wall. You can add more shelves, at any height.  And the shelves can be partial or full length I recommend you secure to the wall to prevent forward tipping or racking

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DIY Garage Shelves Freestanding

- Ana White
Modern Cedar Fence Picket Birdhouse Kit

Want to share your love of DIY with your kiddos?  Building a birdhouse is a great starter project.

Here's how you can build a modern cedar birdhouse for just $1 using half of a cedar fence picket.

DIY Birdhouse Kit Instructions Free Printable

Here's a free printable for building this birdhouse with instructions.

Photo Steps of Building this Modern Birdhouse

This plan is designed for a 5 1/2" wide x 1/2" thick fence picket, about $2 each.  

Other materials like a 1x6 could be used, but because the wood is thicker, it may alter your outcome slightly.  Adjust accordingly if you use different materials.

Use a miter saw or circular saw to cut the cedar fence picket as noted in the cut list below.  Notice I trimmed the rough end off and there's also enough leftover for a second birdhouse.

Then I just nailed the front to the sides.  If you are having kiddos do the assembly, consider predrilling holes and having them attach with pound in nails or screws.  Also recommended is wood glue designed for oily wood and exterior applications.

Next, it's time to add the top and bottom - the back side is still open.  Notice the back is a little bigger - this is just to add that "mod" feel to it and give you a place to hang on a tree.

Now we'll put the back on ....

Just line up the bottom and outside edges with the floor and roof ...

Drill a hole to hang the house on a tree

And then add a front door with a larger bit

The back can be used to hang on a tree.

Since this is cedar, no finish is needed.  The birds will appreciate that!

 

- Ana White
Essential Platform Bed Frame
Reader submitted photo Getting mattresses off the floor is essential to bedroom form and function.  A bed frame creates the room structure, makes it easy to make the bed, and differentiates the mattress from the floor.  For about the cost of a box spring or metal bed frame, you can build a wood bed frame that removes the need for a bed skirt.  A wood bed frame is much more beautiful, adds texture to the room design, and is sturdy and substantial. In this free plan, I'll show you how to build a wood bed frame using dimensional lumber (ie 2x4s) and two power tools: a drill and a saw to cut the wood.   Matching Headboard This bed frame is designed to work with a variety of headboards, and we have also designed a headboard that matches this bed frame perfectly.  Free plans for the matching headboard are here.

This bed was designed and built in partnership with my friend Whitney at Shanty2Chic. Please take a second to stop over and visit Whitney at Shanty2Chic for lots more details and photos on this bed.

 

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Hailey Platform Bed Frame

Essential Platform Bed Frame Plans

The free plans for this wood bed frame follow.  If you build, please add a brag post - this keeps me inspired and helps other users see different options and creative decisions.  Thank you for using Ana White plans.

- DANNY LIPFORD

In this Front Porch Rehab, we open up the space and freshen up the exterior for a more inviting feel. Read about the projects and get inspired!

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- DANNY LIPFORD

There are no hard-and-fast rules for choosing grout color, but these basic principles can help make the decision easier.

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- JODI MARKS

Don't wait to fix a roof leak after it rains. With Henry's new Purpose Crystal Clear Sealant, you can patch your roof while it's still wet!

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- DANNY LIPFORD
Today’s Homeowner Radio Podcast | October 1, 2022

This week, hear our special technique to degrease kitchen cabinets, plus our thoughts on mixing and matching insulation.

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- DANNY LIPFORD
Ryobi’s Compact Lithium Rotary Tool Offers Precise Power

Ryobi’s new USB Lithium Rotary Tool features a compact design that delivers more power for any application.

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- DANNY LIPFORD

This week, Michelle Tennant from Erie Insurance answers some of the most commonly asked questions about home insurance.

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- Chelsea Lipford Wolf

This tall and wide console table nests nicely under a large TV, plus you don't need any nails to assemble it!

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- DANNY LIPFORD
Today’s Homeowner Radio Podcast | September 24, 2022

In this week's radio show, learn the reason why toilet water is low, the best temperature for outside painting and more.

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- DANNY LIPFORD

We're transforming a shed into an art studio for homeowner Linda Johansen. Learn about all of the exciting projects here!

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- DANNY LIPFORD
Great Stuff Spray Foam’s Smart Dispenser Makes Application Easy

Spray foam is an economical way to fill gaps around your home, but applying it can get messy. Great Stuff's new Smart Dispenser solves this problem!

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- DANNY LIPFORD

This week, Today’s Homeowner Radio Show co-host Joe Truini offers his Top 5 Fall Simple Solutions.

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- DANNY LIPFORD

In this episode, we're bringing a 1980s brick home into this century with a limewashed exterior, new cedar shutters and lush landscaping.

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- chelsea
Modern Halloween Decor in Black & white
Modern Black and White Halloween Decor

Deck your home in modern Halloween decor! All of these chic black and white finds are handmade by incredible makers.

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- chelsea
DIY Cupid Costume for Halloween
cupid costume

A Cupid costume is a sweet choice for Halloween! Simple to make and adorable to wear, this costume fits in perfectly with a Roman or Greek god group costume.

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- chelsea
DIY Zeus Costume for Halloween
zeus costume

One of my favorite family costumes to date was Greek gods! Create this DIY Zeus costume for Halloween for kids or adults. It's easy to make and easy to wear.

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- chelsea
Printable Fall Wall Art for some Cozy Vibes

Download this free printable fall wall art and add it to your home decor this fall! Sweater weather is better weather.

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- chelsea
Make a DIY Bookmark with Liquid Polymer Clay
diy bookmarks

Liquid polymer clay is an unexpectedly cool way to make a DIY bookmark! Create swirls of color and top them with a fun tassel or pompom for a very custom bookmark creation.

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- chelsea
Taste Test Score Sheet Printable
taste test score sheet

A taste test is such a fun and unexpected activity to try with friends! Download our taste test score sheet and set up a taste test for your next gathering.

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- chelsea
Make a Wall Hanging Seashell Craft
seashell craft

This lovely wall hanging is a perfect way to use the seashells you've collected over the years! It's a simple seashell craft that you can create on your own or with your kiddos.

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- chelsea
Modern Baby Gifts for Cool Kids

I love giving a baby gift that no one has seen before! Check out these modern baby gifts and add them to your list for the new cool kid in town.

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- chelsea
Things To Do in Half Moon Bay
things to do in half moon bay

Half Moon Bay is one of California's charming coastal towns, filled with great boutiques, delicious food, and beautiful beaches. Check out our favorite recommendations for things to do in Half Moon Bay.

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- chelsea
DIY Baseball Caps // New Cricut Projects to Try
diy baseball cap

These DIY baseball caps are a fun project to make on your Cricut machine! Make them for yourself, or as a product to make and sell. Choose your favorite city and go for it!

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- Melissa Riker

Easy Stovetop Pot Roast is a savory comfort food recipe all made in one Dutch oven or large pot, no oven, slow cooker, or Instant Pot required.

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- Melissa Riker

These delicious Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars combine the indulgence of cheesecake with the autumn flavors of pumpkin pie, all on a mouth-watering buttery graham cracker crust!

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- Melissa Riker

Easy peppercorn sauce is the perfect toppings for your favorite steak or chicken recipe. This easy 5 ingredient pan sauce recipe takes just minutes to whip up and is the perfect finishing touch for your meal!

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- Melissa Riker

Candied Yams are a classic Southern dish with mashed yams combined with butter and brown sugar and topped with sweet toasted marshmallows. This Thanksgiving side dish recipe is fast and easy so you can easily enjoy it year-round!

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- Melissa Riker

Chicken with Dijon Mustard Sauce is a fast, easy, 20 minute dinner recipe packed with flavor. Chicken breasts are sautéed to perfection before a creamy dijon sauce is made in the same pan in this one pot wonder dinner!

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- Melissa Riker

From Southern classics like fried green tomatoes to more unconventional sides, here are 8 of my favorite side dishes for this comforting breakfast dish!

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- Melissa Riker

Wondering what to serve with pot roast? You've come to the right place! I rounded up 15 of my favorite pot roast side dishes to help you complete your meal.

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- Melissa Riker

Looking for what to serve with beef stew? These 15 options will help you find the perfect side dish to complete your meal!

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- Melissa Riker

Bread Pudding is one of those old-fashioned easy recipes every home chef should have on hand. It uses only a few common household ingredients and can be whipped up in no time!

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- Melissa Riker

Oven baked pork chops are an easy dinner ready in under 20 minutes! A flavorful olive oil and spice rub makes these pork chops turn out juicy and tender for a perfect meal every time!

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- Melissa Riker

Bisquick makes making delicious cheddar garlic biscuits so easy! With just 5 ingredients you can have these tasty biscuits ready to eat in less than 20 minutes!

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- Melissa Riker

Ready for an easy potato recipe that will change your life? These crispy smashed baby potatoes are crisp and buttery on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Paired with a delicious garlic cheese dip, this is easily going to be your new favorite go-to side dish!

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- Melissa Riker

Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie is a classic Amish dish featuring shredded chicken, homemade noodles, carrots, potatoes, and celery.

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- Melissa Riker

Strawberry Brownies are a fresh, fun new take on a classic dessert recipe! This recipe is so easy, with just a few simple ingredients like strawberry cake mix and fresh strawberries.

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- Melissa Riker

Free printable 2021-2022 last day of school signs (with matching first day of school signs too!) I love comparing the first and last day of school pictures and these matching signs make it even cuter!

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- Melissa Riker

This easy Chicken Vesuvio recipe is an at-home take on the famous Chicago Italian restaurant classic. This delicious dish features tender bone in chicken thighs, potato wedges, peas, and a flavorful lemon herb white wine sauce.

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- Melissa Riker

Chicken and Dumplings made easy with Bisquick is a classic comfort food recipe. This 30 minutes dish is loaded with juicy chicken, carrots, peas, green beans, and corn and topped with soft, fluffy Bisquick dumplings!

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- Melissa Riker

Pork chops are a dinnertime staple, here are 15 of our favorite side dishes that pair perfectly with pork chops!

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- Melissa Riker

Ripe bananas, sweet chocolate chips, and crunchy walnuts will make this easy quick bread your new go-to banana bread recipe!

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- Melissa Riker

Ham is a popular main dish for holidays and special occasions. Wondering what to serve alongside it? We have 21 amazing recipes that make the perfect side dish for ham!

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- Holly Antoine
7 Ways to Clean a Garbage Disposal + Best Maintenance Tips!
Cleaning up after meals and cooking has never been easier if you’re lucky enough to have a garbage disposal, and if you have this amazing kitchen utility, you know that there are certain things you should never put down your garbage disposal — meat and spaghetti, for example.Your garbage disposal can assist in cleaning up…
- Randy Tucker
How To Wear A Tool Belt
Wearing a tool belt is vastly different than sliding a belt through the loops in a pair of jeans or dress pants. Tool belts are utilitarian, and in practice are a tool in themselves. How you wear one can greatly affect your efficiency on the job site.The general rule for a tool belt is to…
- Randy Tucker
Five Natural Pest Prevention Options To Try At Home
Insects are a problem no matter which of the lower 48 states you live in. We’d be remiss to not include Alaska and Hawaii in this misery index as well, but their population of good and bad bugs is different than those we experience here on the continent.Now that’s not to say that all insects are…
- Randy Tucker
How To Keep A New Car Smell
There’s nothing quite like that new car smell. The aroma of freshness mixed with a bit of automotive plastic, maybe a little “new” engine smell as the oil and lubricants are distributed through the engine for the first time. That new car smell is special. It’s something you’d like to keep as long as you…
- Holly Antoine
How to Remove Scratches From Stainless Steel
To this day, stainless steel remains a preferred kitchen trend, from sinks to appliances, counters to cabinet hardware. Stainless steel is often selected thanks to its smart look and durability — but for as sturdy as it is, this standard kitchen fixture can obtain unsightly scratches from general wear and tear. But do not despair;…
- Holly Antoine
14 Ways to Open a Stuck Jar – A Helpful Guide
I think at one point in our life, we have all been there — you’re in the kitchen, and you want a snack, maybe a sandwich, and whatever the item is, it’s a jar that just will not open. You’re struggling; you’re straining, and try as you might, that jar just wouldn’t budge. So what…
- Holly Antoine
How to Get Paint Off Hardwood Floors (Latex, Water & Oil-Based)
Nothing does it better than a fresh coat of paint to beautify and give a room a new look and feel. There’s nothing like picking out a new color and giving a room a glow-up, but with painting comes the task of making sure you keep it off your floors. Try as you might with…
- Holly Antoine
9 Best Ways to Remove Rust From Metal
For our metal objects, we try to protect them and keep them in the best shape possible, but sometimes a little rust is inevitable. Try and try as we might; we can’t always stop that reddish brown culprit from running our tools and metal objects. If you’re dealing with a rusty infestation on your tools…
- Ryan Womeldorf
What is a Yurt? 11 Best Yurts Available in 2022
Whether camping or traveling, there are any number of ways to relax. Tents are one of the most common ways, but they don’t exactly offer all of the most modern comforts available. The yurt, however, is becoming a popular option.A yurt is a round tent that is portable and covered with either felt or skin.…
- Holly Antoine
10 Ways to Find a Stud in the Wall
Hanging pictures or decor on the wall is done in almost every home. It’s extremely rare to enter a house and not see anything on the walls, so of course, we want to hang up items in our own homes, but before you go slugging away a hammer at a nail, it’s important to consider…
- Melissa @ The Inspired Room
The Ultimate Decorative Pillows Roundup + 9 Pretty Pillow Pairing Combinations!
pretty pillow pairingsThe ultimate decorative pillows round up and pretty pairings! We are here to inspire you with easy home decorating ideas and sources.
- Melissa @ The Inspired Room
How to Pick Decorative Pillows That Go Together (5 tips on style, pillow inserts and saving money!)
One of my favorite decorating accessories for my home is PILLOWS! But how do you get decorative pillows that go together and make them all look pretty in your home? Today I am going to share some of my own "designer secrets" that will not only help you select decorative pillows that will go together and look lovely, but that can also save you money, frustration and space!
- Melissa @ The Inspired Room
Delicious Pumpkin Spice Oat Milk Latte Recipe and Pumpkin Banana Muffins (2 recipes to make at home)
I'm not the biggest fan of the famous PSLs (pumpkin spice lattes) you can buy at the well-known drive through. But I recently made a pumpkin spice oat milk latte recipe at home and oh my goodness, it was SO GOOD! THIS is what I call a PSL. Find the latte and pumpkin banana muffin recipes in the post!
- Gina Luker

There’s something about spending time going through old magazines and ripping out pages that just tugs at my vintage-loving heart strings. I mean… who doesn’t love putting together bits and pieces of things they love and compiling them into something unique that speaks to your soul? Over on instagram, I recently shared a video showing […]

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- Gina Luker

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are probably the most made kind at our house. I mean… what’s not to love? Chocolate, peanut butter, oatmeal… and did I mention they’re no bake? Yeah…. kinda the best cookies ever. Honestly, though, it might be that my favorite thing about them is that I’m never the one who […]

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- Gina Luker

Every year I start off strong on my Christmas decorating, then every year I feel like things fall a little flat. I LOVE Christmas – it’s always my favorite time of year. But each year when I decorate, I tend to start feeling a little shy.  Here’s why: My house isn’t “blogger perfect.” Far from […]

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- Gina Luker

Is there anything better than Handmade Christmas Ornaments? The memories you can create by making them with your kids, having fun crafting along to your favorite holiday tunes while sipping hot cocoa? Or maybe a girl’s night full of ornament making and cocktail partaking? Ahhh… there’s just something so great about making your own handmade […]

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- Gina Luker

Every year I love to see all the new Christmas tree decorating ideas pop up on Pinterest & Facebooks and, most of all, my favorite blogs. I’m always blown away at the creativity that some people bring to life in their homes at Christmas time. Especially with their trees. Bloggers go all out with crazy […]

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- Gina Luker

Learning how to make a bow can be frustrating, right? It’s honestly too much work do pull out a fancy machine (that you’ll only use one month out of the year) and try to remember how it works. Honestly, I hate those. I really, really do! So that’s why I’ve learned a few bow making […]

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- Gina Luker

Are you ready for Christmas? I am totally crushing on black and white Buffalo plaid this year. So let’s make a tiered tray together. Can we just chat about this cute tray I started with? I grabbed it at Hobby Lobby (for 50% off, of course) and knew it was going to be perfect to […]

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- Gina Luker

Looking for the best Christmas DIY ideas? These gorgeous ideas only look like they cost a fortune! They're budget friendly and you can make them in minutes!

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- Gina Luker

Feel like you can’t grow your email list? Or that you aren’t using it to it’s potential? I’ll show you how to create a email marketing strategy that works! *this post contains affiliate links* My grandmother used to tell me “Anything worth having is worth working for.” While it holds true for almost everything in […]

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- Gina Luker

Want a fun way to add a little holiday decor outdoors this year? These super simple evergreen gnomes are perfect! And if you can get your hands on some free greenery (like I did) you can make them for just a couple of bucks. Supplies needed: Tomato cage – 36 inches tall Evergreen greenery Gnome […]

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- Ashley Turner
How to Build a Dining Table – 20 FREE Plans for Beginners

Learn how to build your own DIY Dining Table from Shanty 2 Chic. Pick one of these 20 free plans that are designed for beginners!  We have been sharing our free plans for 13 years! One of our very favorite pieces to build are Dining Tables. A Dining Table build can seem intimidating, because of…

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- Shanty2Chic
DIY Cleaning Supply Closet

Creating my Cleaning Supply Closet  Learn how to build a DIY Cleaning Supply Closet with Free Plans by Shanty2Chic! Hey guys! Recently I turned my closet under the stairs into a storage closet. Previously, I had stored my vacuums and mop in this closet along with some cleaning supplies. I have been wanting to find…

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- Ashley Turner
DIY Bed Frame and Wood Headboard

Learn how to build this DIY Bed Frame and wood Headboard with free plans and a step-by-step tutorial by Shanty 2 Chic! I built my daughter a DIY Loft Bed a few years ago, when we found out she would be remote learning. She loved the bed and it was perfect for our at-home learning…

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- Shanty2Chic
DIY Coffee Table

Hey friends! I am loving my new coffee table! I’ve been wanting a new coffee table for sometime now, but with lumber prices so high I have been putting it off. When I saw 2 x 6 drop under $8 in the last few weeks I decided to jump on it! I was able to…

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- Ashley Turner
How To Make A Dog Bed: Step-By-Step Instructions

Learn how to build a Doghouse Bed with this step by step guide and free printable plans by Shanty2Chic. This is an easy DIY Project and perfect for beginners! We are pet lovers so, not only do our kiddos get a Shanty bed, our pets do too! I just added a fur baby to our…

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- Shanty2Chic
DIY Pipe Shelves

Hey guys! My son Brooks has been asking for some shelves in his room. After finding some great inexpensive hardware on Amazon, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Ash came over and helped me build these DIY Pipe Shelves and the best part was that I was able to build them for around…

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- Ashley Turner
How to Cut a Circle with a Circular Saw : Fast and Easy

Learn how to cut a wood circle with a circular saw! This is an easy technique that will cut a perfect circle with smooth edges quick! Follow the step-by-step instructions for cutting circles fast! Ryobi is running a huge sale, now through the middle of July! If you purchase one of two battery/charger kits you…

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- Shanty2Chic
DIY Corner Pantry Renovation

Hey friends! I am in the mood to organize ALL THE THINGS! I have been itching to give my corner pantry a renovation. After completing my closet under the stairs renovation, I knew I was ready to tackle the pantry! You can see the reel I shared on the renovation below! I love how it…

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- Shanty2Chic
DIY TV Console Table with Hidden Storage

Hey friends! I was tired of seeing my boy’s video game mess all over the place! So, I designed a cute little console table for it to hide it all… and Ashley helped me build it 😄 Before we get started, check out how we built this DIY TV console in the video below! DIY…

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- Shanty2Chic
Closet Under the Stairs Makeover

Check out my closet I just gave a cute makeover to! This closet under the stairs has always been an impractical eyesore. I have had the hardest time making it functional… until now! Check out the transformation! Here is the info on the products I used! Bookcases The bookcases are Billy bookcases from Ikea. With…

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- brepurposed
Fall Fashion Faves
Fall Fashion Faves

Fall has officially arrived and with that comes fall fashion. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer and all of its activities. But I feel like the cooler months are when my sense of style really comes out to play. And I’m so excited to be dressing for the fall weather! I would say my...

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- brepurposed
Homemade Coconut Whipped Cream
Easy Coconut Whipped Cream Recipe

Now I know Labor Day has come and gone and we’ve briskly ushered our way into pumpkin everything, but there’s some treats I like to have any time of the year. And that includes this homemade coconut whipped cream! Don’t be fooled by the light coconut flavor, this topping is good year round. This whipped...

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- brepurposed
Hidden Small Appliance Storage in the Kitchen
Hidden Kitchen Storage

The first peek at what’s behind all our cabinets in the kitchen! We knew we wanted a seamless look which meant we had to get creative with where to store our everyday small appliances – so let me show you where they are! HIDDEN SMALL APPLIANCE STORAGE IN THE KITCHEN MICROWAVE First up is our...

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- Liza Adams
Halloween Garland, Needle Felting Tutorial

How To NEEDLE FELT A GARLAND Halloween - YouTube

Well that season is drawing nearer and I thought you might like a project that is simple but effective to help decorate your home this Halloween!

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- Sarah White
Curiosity Colorwork Cowl Knitting Pattern

Combing two different colors of yarn can always produce some fun results. It’s even better when one of the yarns is multicolored on its own — the way it plays with the other yarn can make your project come out … Read More...

- Sarah White
Check Out My New Book: Drawing Fantasy Chibi

I wanted to tell you about a really cool project I got to be a part of that you might want to check out if you have kids who like to draw.

I wrote the instructions (but didn’t draw the … Read More...

- Claudia Porter
How to Make Children’s Signatures Embroidered Christmas Ornaments

Preserve some special memories this Christmas with this fun and unique tutorial from Amy Chappell for Polka Dot Chair.  Learn how to make children’s signatures embroidered ornaments.

This tutorial takes you through all of the steps you need to … Read More...

- Shellie Wilson
Stippled Pumpkin Pillow Crochet Pattern

Alternating rows of picots create unique texture and dimension on this crochet pumpkin pillow. You can easily change the colors of this Crochet to match your home décor.  Use this crochet cushion/pillow for Fall decorating or Halloween.

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- Shellie Wilson
Fun Vampire Halloween Pretzels

Vampire Halloween Pretzels are a quick and fun treat for Halloween parties. I love making these pretzel snacks for my kids, well teenagers now. It doesn’t matter how old you are these are fun little festive Halloween snacks. I mean … Read More...

- Shellie Wilson
Unicorn Baby Outfit Knit Pattern

Don’t you just love unique baby outfits? The Unicorn Baby Knit Outfit Pattern is finally added to the baby collection. It would be absolutely adorable for a newborn photography session.

Not only that, this knit baby pattern also includes instructions … Read More...

- Heather Holbrook
3D Mums Floral Card

3D Autumn Mums Card

Bobbi used dies from Honey Bee Stamps to create this stunning 3D Mums flower card. She die cut the layering dies from white cardstock adding washes of watercolor and splatters to each piece, she also curled up the ends, all … Read More...

- Heather Holbrook
Use Your Handwriting on a Layout

Use Your Handwriting on a Layout

I know myself and many others don’t really love our own handwriting but generations to come will probably love seeing your own personal writing on your scrapbook pages and journals. It’s a terrific way to put your own personal mark … Read More...

- Anne Weaver
DIY Baby Blanket Sewing Tutorial

DIY Baby Blanket Sewing Tutorial

A soft blanket always makes a nice gift for a baby!  I don’t know that it’s possible to have too many blankets.  Head over to Sew Much Ado for an easy sewing tutorial showing how to make this DIY baby … Read More...

- Claudia Porter
Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt Fabric

Fat Quarter Shop has just listed the gorgeous Butterfly quilt pattern Tula Pink fabric for sale.  It is stunning!

You can purchase the fabric kit which included all of the fabric needed to make the quilt top plus the binding.  … Read More...

- Shellie Wilson
30 DIY Chemical Free Deodorants You Can Make At Home

This roundup is all about body odor or DIY deodorants to be exact. So why am I talking about Body odor? Well, I recently had to attend my child’s classroom at the end of a hot summer’s day, and now … Read More...

- Shellie Wilson
Hey Boo Halloween Pillow

The Hey Boo Pillow is a Halloween crochet pillow pattern made with medium-weight yarn that has an intermediate level of difficulty. You can download this free crochet pattern just in time for Halloween here. 

- Heather Holbrook
Fall Fairies Pop Up Platform Card

Fall Fairies Pop Up Platform Card

Lynn used stamps from Art Impressions and dies from Lawn Fawn to create this wonderful Fall Fairies Pop Up Platform Card. I love all the little fairies nestled amongst the leaves looking up at the Harvest Moon, so sweet! She’s … Read More...

- Anne Weaver
Easy Dog Leash Sewing Tutorial

A custom dog leash is not hard to make!  With just basic sewing skills, you can sew your own!  Hello Sewing has a tutorial showing how you can make one.  The outside of the leash is made from quilting … Read More...

- Heather Holbrook
The Journey Home Travel Layout

The Journey Home Travel Layout

Now that Fall is officially here and the summer holidays are over if you vacationed now is the best time to get to work on those travel layouts. Amy documented something many of us might forget and that’s the trip … Read More...

- Stefanie Girard
Recycled cigar box makes a cute bird house

What a fun idea! I collect cigar boxes and am always looking for fun ways to repurpose them. I make art, use them for storage and have repainted them in funky colors. This idea for using recycled cigar boxes for … Read More...

- Sarah White
Skull Cross Stitch Pattern

Here’s a great little quickie project to stitch for Halloween, or any time of year for folks who love things a little creepy.

Craft with Cartwright mentions this would be a fun one to have as a patch on a … Read More...

- Claudia Porter
5 Festive Christmas Holiday Punch Needle Patterns

Put your punch needle skills to good use with one, or all, of these charming holiday patterns.  They are all free on the DMC website and you can purchase any of the supplies you are going to need while you … Read More...

- Claudia Porter
10 Christmas Quilt Pattern Books

Get in the spirit of the season with one of these ten Christmas Quilting books available over at Annie’s Craft Store.  Not only will you find full size quilt patterns, you will find all sorts of smaller projects too.… Read More...

- Handyman tips
You've been considering buying a metal oscillating wall fan, but you have no idea where to begin. You should keep a few things in mind when making your purchase. Here are a few things to consider when buying a metal oscillating wall fan. 1. The size of the room you're buying the fan for It's [...]
- Handyman tips
While baths and showers are typically low-maintenance, there are a few things you can do to keep them looking and functioning at their best. A rundown bathroom is not at all appealing and can lower the price of your house on the market. From cleaning to fixing leaks, this article covers all the basics of [...]
- Handyman tips
There are a few common toilet problems that you may encounter in your lifetime. It is vital to be aware of these problems so that you can fix them as soon as possible. Ignoring these issues will only worsen and could lead to expensive repairs. Running Toilet A running toilet can be a nuisance and [...]
- Handyman tips
Garages are a crucial part of every home. Not only do they provide extra storage space, but they also protect our vehicles from the elements. However, many homeowners experience problems with their garages on a regular basis. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most common garage issues and how to fix [...]
- Handyman tips
Mortgage lenders are a significant part of the financial system, so you must ensure you work with the appropriate one. Especially if you're a first-time buyer, it might be challenging to sort through all of the Mortgage Lenders based in Herts to find the one that best fits your requirements. Let's define "mortgage" and explain [...]
- Handyman tips
Are you looking for a change or perhaps an innovative remodeling of your washroom? Well! If you are, then you have multiple options to consider as the washroom, despite being a frequently used space in the home, is often neglected and rarely gets our attention in terms of innovation and decoration. This time we have [...]
- Handyman tips
A lot of thought goes into home decor, even if it’s just the house’s flooring. The materials’ functionality and style are all taken into consideration. And these days, with technological advancements, you have several options to choose from. There’s a category for each type of flooring, like hardwood and concrete floors. You also have the [...]
- Handyman tips
Lifewit, a homeware solutions company that helps its clients enjoy a genuine, comfortable life, is introducing its latest product, the Lifewit silverware drawer organizer and expandable utensil tray for the kitchen. The kitchen drawers and counters will be cluttered without a proper utensil organizer. No matter how much storage space you have in your kitchen, [...]
- Handyman tips
Almost 90 years ago, millions of Okies had begun migrating from Oklahoma and elsewhere towards the west for farm work and greener pastures than the dust bowls they had so often left behind. In 2022, millions of Americans are once again on the move. Hundreds of thousands have fled California and New York in 2020-2021 [...]
- Handyman tips
Do you ever feel like there are bugs crawling all over you when you're trying to sleep? Do you see tiny black dots on your walls or ceilings? If so, your home may be infested with bugs! In this article, we will discuss the signs that indicate an infestation and what you can do about [...]
- Stephanie Rose

Regenerative gardening is an approach to making your outdoor space more eco-friendly, self-reliant, and harmonious. It invites pollinators ...

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- Stephanie Rose

Fall is here, and the leaves are coming down. This means it’s time to begin raking leaves, right? ...

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- Stephanie Rose

Looking for an extra touch of sunshine in your garden beds this year? Let me introduce you to ...

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- Stephanie Rose

Composting is an environmentally friendly way to improve your garden soil and reduce waste. Yard waste and table ...

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- Stephanie Rose

Bulbs are one of the brightest, boldest ways to fill your garden with a rainbow of colours and ...

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- Stephanie Rose

It’s hard to think of a flower that screams fall as much as mums do. These plants pop ...

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- Stephanie Rose

Have you ever had a pimple ruin your day? Many people deal with persistent acne and struggle to ...

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- Stephanie Rose

Are you ready for the pumpkin harvest? Get ready with this ultimate guide on how to pick a ...

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- Stephanie Rose

Is there a better way to keep our skin moisturized than using all-natural ingredients? Herbal ingredients can soothe ...

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- Stephanie Rose

If there’s one ingredient that’s universally used in kitchens everywhere, it’s garlic! Why not start growing your own ...

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- Kate Riley
House Updates
It’s been a little quiet around here because I suffered an injury last week that rendered me useless for several days. I had returned from an exceptionally fun family reunion the last weekend in September and was in the middle of a few house projects when all of a sudden my back seized up and… Keep Reading →
- Kate Riley
Fall Tablescape Color Palettes
We have Thanksgiving planned with extended family in Florida so we’re watching the hurricane very closely. Our neighborhood in coastal Sarasota was evacuated so we have no idea what kind of damage will be done. My family is California so we’re safe, but our home will likely suffer to some extent. We’re hoping it will… Keep Reading →
- Kate Riley
Weekend Reading 9.23.22
I’m at a family reunion this weekend on the Colorado River enjoying the company of my extended family but sweltering in the 100+ degree heat. Thankfully we have A/C and the river to cool off in when we go on floats together and I’m hanging out with cousins I haven’t seen in a decade, it’s… Keep Reading →
- Kate Riley
DIY Sculpted Branch Candelabra
As I’ve mentioned several times, my latest passion is sculpting with clay. My eight week ceramics class has inspired my new found hobby so getting my hands on clay to form it into shapes is a bit of an obsession in the moment. I wanted to create a candelabra for future holiday table settings, one… Keep Reading →
- Kate Riley
Weekend Reading 9.18.22
Rainy day greetings from Northern California. We’ve had 24 hours of rain and everyone here is breathing a sigh of relief, the moisture deters wildfires so everyone is grateful for the rain! While it drizzles outside, I’m painting some cabinets today. I have a fun decorative DIY project to share inspired by my new passion… Keep Reading →
- Kate Riley
Ceramicists to Bookmark
I’m in week six of my eight week hand building ceramics class at a local studio and I’m very inspired by what I’ve learned. I’ve studied different kinds of clay, different methods for construction, as well as the kiln and glazing processes. I have a new appreciation for the medium and how much time and… Keep Reading →
- Kate Riley
DIY: Faux Stone Accent Table
Sometimes when I’m walking the aisles of home improvement stores I get creative ideas like these basket plant stands or these table leg candlesticks. Once more it happened. I was in the garden department and spotted some curved resin planters and thought if I put two together they’d form a nice base for an accent… Keep Reading →
- Kate Riley
Weekend Reading 9.11.22
This week I finished up the Autumn Art Collection and next month I’ll be starting on another for the Christmas season. I love being creative in different ways from art to pottery to fabric design and DIY projects. Creativity is a major source of joy in my life and it’s so nice to have a… Keep Reading →
- Kate Riley
Simple Fall DIY Projects Using Real Leaves
September is here which means the trees will be giving us abundant leaves very soon. Bringing them indoors and decorating with them creates a cozy atmosphere in your home. I’m always drawn to projects that are simple and lovely. Below are a collection of creative DIY projects you can complete in a short amount of… Keep Reading →
- Kate Riley
Autumn Art Print Collection
September greetings! Today I’m sharing the new art prints I added to my Etsy shop as a fall collection! I was in major creativity mode last week as I painted, edited, printed, and framed all of these autumn beauties! I was inspired by seasonal fall leaves, classic still life paintings, and modern pastel hues. Below… Keep Reading →
- Amy

Learn how to make paper mache pumpkins using balloons, twine, and Mod Podge! This is a fun craft for fall decorating and great for families. Skills Required: Beginner. The steps are simple. You’ll be inflating the balloon with twine around it, applying newspaper and Mod Podge to make the paper mache, then painting. This autumn …

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- Amy

Learn how to decorate plates for your home decor or celebrations using one of these unique ideas! These are perfect for beginning crafters. Been to the thrift store lately? There are a few things you can always expect to see – without fail – no matter the location or decade your store is in. There’s …

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- Amy

Learn how to make these EASY Thanksgiving crafts for adults you’ll love! Featuring pumpkins, acorns, leaves, owls, and more. Get great and inexpensive ideas for gifts or decor. I think we can all admit something to ourselves that we maybe haven’t wanted to admit – and I hope you’ll hear me out. Thanksgiving gets lost …

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- Amy

You’re going to love these Dollar Tree crafts for fall! These ideas include pumpkins, wreaths, leaves, mason jars, candles, and more. Get over 30 projects perfect for beginning crafters. I have something to admit. I’m not proud of it, but it’s the truth – I’m a Dollar Tree addict. Here’s the problem . . . …

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- Amy

Learn how to make these EASY and fun Halloween crafts for adults you’ll love! Get great and inexpensive ideas for gifts or decorating. There are few things I love more on this earth than Halloween season. I call it a “season” because it’s not just a day for me. It’s an entire experience. That was …

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- Amy

You’ll going to love these EASY Christmas crafts for adults! Get a variety of ideas to make during the holidays including gifts, decor, and more. If the people in my life know one thing about me, it’s this – I love holiday crafting. Once the end of August rolls around, I’ve already been thinking about …

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- Amy

Learn how to make these EASY fall crafts for adults you’ll love! Featuring pumpkins, acorns, leaves, owls, and more. Get great – and inexpensive – ideas for gifts or decor. As summer comes to a close, and the temperatures lower . . . I start to feel the happy feelings. I think my fellow autumn …

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- Amy

These paper lantern crafts are perfect for parties or decorations! Get 25+ unique ideas for embellishing paper lanterns the easy way. These projects are great for both kids and adults. I’ll never forget the first time I discovered paper lanterns. I believe it was at The Nature Company (remember those mall stores??) when I was …

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- Amy

Learn how to make unique wood slice crafts that are perfect for beautiful decor and gifts. You’re going to love these fun projects. If there’s one thing I love in decorating, no matter the style, it’s wood. I love using it in home decor crafts, and really whenever I get a chance. I like wood …

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- Amy

Do you need rock painting ideas for spreading rock art around your neighborhood or for the Kindness Rocks Project? Here’s some easy stone painting inspiration and tips! PS – scroll down to the bottom of the post to get a video with my top rock painting tips! You’ll also get over 50 ideas for inspiration. …

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- Holly Wade
Make an Embroidered Scarf for Fall

Makeover a plain scarf with colorful thread and a hand-drawn pattern to make an embroidered scarf for fall!

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- Jennifer Farley
Eye Candy: Fall Porch Decor Inspiration

Check out these swoon worthy fall porch decorations

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- Faith Towers Provencher
Fall Refresh: 10 Ways To Add Texture To Your Living Room

Give your living room a refresh this fall by adding texture... learn how to take a cue from Scandinavian decor and add some beautiful layered texture to your space!

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- Faith Towers Provencher
10 Sophisticated Leather DIYs For Fall

Ten of my favorite leather DIY projects for your home.

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- Faith Towers Provencher
13 Tips For Landscaping On A Budget

Don't spend a fortune on your yard... here are ten simple ways to save money on landscaping. Tips on using color effectively, dividing plants, and using found materials to save cash.

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- Matt Allison
Roundup: 5 DIY Composting Techniques For Creating Your Own Rich, Organic Fertilizer

Whether you own a full-on farm, or live in a tiny apartment, there is no reason you can’t or shouldn’t be composting.

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- Faith Towers Provencher
10 Incredibly Inspiring Fall Flower Gardens

Ten of our favorite inspiring fall gardens.

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- Marlene Sauer
If You Make These DIY Cat Toys, You’ll Make Yours the Happiest Kitty on the Planet

Everything you ever wanted to know about how to make DIY cat toys for your cats, what cats like to play with, the best cat toys to buy, and more!

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- Marlene Sauer
Everything You Need to Know to Design the IKEA Closet of Your Dreams

If you need to organize your closet, stat, we've got everything you need to know to design the IKEA closet of your dreams.

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- Faith Towers Provencher
97 Homes With Major Curb Appeal

To get you inspired to spruce up your home's curb appeal, here's an epic roundup of gorgeous exteriors organized by style.   

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- Diane Henkler
Style Scouting: Vol. 112
purple fall mums in an apple basket on porch

This post is from the blog, InMyOwnStyle.com

Thanks for stopping by for this week’s Style Scouting. My Sunday post where I share the random stuff that captured my attention or inspired me that I found online. Happy October 2nd! It feels like October now after Hurricane Ian blew through. Here in the midlands of South Carolina we received lots...

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- Diane Henkler
DIY Serving Tray Ideas for All Seasons
Wicker basket tray completed with autumn leave pattern paper. White plates and brown and white napkin and rustic mug.

This post is from the blog, InMyOwnStyle.com

How to add DIY style, your favorite colors and patterns to any serving tray you already own to use as home decor or as a stylish way to serve guests for a special event or the holiday season.  Serving trays can be used for more than just carrying food. They...

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- Diane Henkler
Style Scouting: Vol. 111
rustic kitchen

This post is from the blog, InMyOwnStyle.com

Thanks for stopping by for this week’s Style Scouting. My Sunday post where I share the random stuff that captured my attention or inspired me that I found online. Fall arrived at my house yesterday. The temps dropped into the low 70’s during the day and I opened every window and sliding...

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- Diane Henkler
Twisted Paper Ribbon Vase DIY & Bonus Idea
craft paper twist cord on a vase on a kitchen counter.

This post is from the blog, InMyOwnStyle.com

Here are two creative home decor ideas to do when decorating your home for fall. They can be done by using up craft supplies you may have leftover from a previous DIY crafts and projects. As I mentioned in a recent post, I am keeping my fall decor simple and...

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- Diane Henkler
Style Scouting: Vol. 110
Swiss-Chalet-Banquette-Dining-Room

This post is from the blog, InMyOwnStyle.com

Thanks for stopping by for this week’s Style Scouting. My Sunday post where I share the random stuff that captured my attention or inspired me that I found online. Although autumn doesn’t officially arrive for a few more days (September 22), my morning reading out on the deck and evening lake side...

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- Diane Henkler
Adding Fall Color to the Living Room
Fall colors for living room decor - green, purple and orange.

This post is from the blog, InMyOwnStyle.com

This is the first fall season ever that I don’t have a fireplace mantel to create a decorative focal point for my living room or a coffee table to decorate for fall. One of the biggest mistakes we can make when decorating our homes for any season is spending too...

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- Diane Henkler
How To Enlarge A Dining Room Table for Extra Seating
How to make a wood top to make a dining table larger when you need a bigger table.

This post is from the blog, InMyOwnStyle.com

A dining table can be a big part of your dining room or kitchen. If you find yourself hosting a dinner party where you want to extend the table to make extra room for guests. Here is one way to do it. Every Thanksgiving my small dining room table that...

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- Diane Henkler
Style Scouting: Vol. 109
blue and white kitchen from matthew quinn design

This post is from the blog, InMyOwnStyle.com

Thanks for stopping by for this week’s Style Scouting. My Sunday post where I share the random stuff that captured my attention or inspired me that I found online. Did you ever have one of those weeks that everything started out great and then it all went downhill fast! That explains my...

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- Diane Henkler
It’s September! Make Time To Do These…
Fall decor at Pottery Barn

This post is from the blog, InMyOwnStyle.com

In the start over, do over category of life, there are basically two obvious opportunities every year… September… back-to-school time and of course, January – the start of a new year. September to me always feels like a new beginning.  No matter how long I have been out of school, I...

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- Diane Henkler
25 Things That You May Not Know About Me
Diane with sunglasses and haircut

This post is from the blog, InMyOwnStyle.com

I’ve been writing this blog of mine for 13 years now and while things have changed and grown in ways I never could have imagined when I first started out, my favorite part of writing a blog will always be connecting with you. I scaled back on posting over the...

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- Tasha

Eclectic & Colorful Guest Room Reveal

After living in our current home for nearly 2 years, I can finally say the guest room is done! Check out the reveal of our eclectic and colorful guest room. Hi friend! I'm so excited to report that we finally have a completely finished guest room. I have lots of photos and details for you. […]

Kaleidoscope Living - DIY and Home Decor Inspiration

- Tasha A.

How To Make Labels With a Cricut Cutting Machine – My 2 Favorite Methods

Creating custom labels with a Cricut is one of my favorite things to use my machines for! In this post, I'm sharing my 2 favorite methods for making labels with my Cricut cutting machines. Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Click HERE to read my full disclosure […]

Kaleidoscope Living - DIY and Home Decor Inspiration

- Tasha A.

Designer in a Binder Customer Transformations

Want to see what our Designer in a Binder® customers are doing in their own homes using the interior decorating system I've created?! It's pretty amazing! This post will be updated weekly with a new Designer in a Binder customer transformation–the most recent transformation is always first. But if you've come here looking for a […]

Kaleidoscope Living - DIY and Home Decor Inspiration

- Tasha A.

DIY Halloween Costumes for Toddlers and Kids

Looking for easy Halloween costumes that are super cute? These fun DIY Halloween costumes will save you from the last-minute scramble and your kids will love wearing them! Most kids LOVE Halloween, and I get it! Candy, costumes, staying up late, lots of fun events with friends… what's not to love? But as we parents […]

Kaleidoscope Living - DIY and Home Decor Inspiration

- Tasha A.

How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets (In a “Normal” Kitchen)

Make your kitchen efficient for the entire family with these simple tips on how to organize your kitchen cabinets and drawers. You will love spending time in your kitchen once you maximize your storage! Having a kitchen that is efficient is a really high priority for me! As a person who is really busy and […]

Kaleidoscope Living - DIY and Home Decor Inspiration

- Tasha A.

Which Cricut Machine Is Right for You?

Interested in buying a Cricut machine, but have no idea how to choose? In this post I'm sharing what each Cricut machine can cut and do so that you can choose the perfect cutting machine for you! Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Click HERE […]

Kaleidoscope Living - DIY and Home Decor Inspiration

- Tasha A.

Fire Pit Ideas For Every Outdoor Space

Nothing makes an outdoor space cozier or more inviting than a fire pit. Whether you want to make a DIY fire pit or buy one, these are the best fire pit ideas out there! In my opinion, nothing makes an outdoor space more inviting than a fireplace or firepit. There's nothing quite like the ambiance […]

Kaleidoscope Living - DIY and Home Decor Inspiration

- Tasha A.

Coffee Bar Ideas That Are Stylish & Functional

Last Updated on September 12, 2022 Create a dedicated space for your coffee mugs and supplies with these coffee bar ideas. From DIY coffee carts to dedicated nooks in dining rooms, there are options for every space and budget. Thinking of setting up a coffee bar or coffee station in your home but aren't sure […]

Kaleidoscope Living - DIY and Home Decor Inspiration

- Tasha A.

Epic Craft Room Storage Ideas

These amazing craft rooms are full of smart and creative craft room storage ideas to help you create the perfect craft room!  I am still in the honeymoon stage of love with our new office and craft space makeover. I was so excited to share it with you and was so happy you all loved […]

Kaleidoscope Living - DIY and Home Decor Inspiration

- Rhoda
Style Showcase 154

Hi friends, I'm enjoying a few days in LA with my sister, Renee and my BIL, Bruce. We have been busy working on some projects for their new house and it's exhausting but rewarding. I'll have lots to share when I get home.

Today's Style Showcase features decorating rules, no carve pumpkin ideas, and fall home tours. Enjoy the inspiration! 

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- Rhoda
Mom & Dad: Assisted Living One Year Later

October 1, 2021 is a day our family will never forget. The day we moved our parents to assisted living at Dogwood. If you've been with me for all this time, you know I've written several posts about the journey my family took to get our parents moved out of their house of 50 years to a new home in assisted living and memory care for my dad. We didn't know exactly how that would look at the time, but hindsight, as they say, is 20/20 and we wouldn't have done it any other way now that we can look back over the last year and see how good its been for them. Mom especially! It's been so good for her to be in a new home, surrounded by new friends and activities. She has blossomed so much and we are so glad about that.

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- Rhoda
Home Style Saturday 315

Hello from Louisiana! We got to my sister's and BIL's house yesterday, got the big truck unpacked and we will be doing lots of projects this week. I can't wait to share more of their house with you all. It's gorgeous! 

In the meantime, please enjoy Home Style Saturday shares today. We've got Thanksgiving celebrations, refreshing a small master bathroom, DIY grasscloth console table, 20 inspiring fall porches, and pumpkin spice cake. Enjoy! 

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- Rhoda

I'm heading to Covington. LA with my sister today for a 10 day stay and we are going to be doing some projects, decorating, and having fun in their new house. She waited for me to come down before she hung any pics or finished adding accessories, so I'm looking forward to being in the new house and drinking coffee on the porch. Fun times! 

I'm back today with another Friday Favorites, so I hope you enjoy. 

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- Rhoda
Fashion over 50: Talbot’s & J Crew Fall Separates

I'm back this week with another roundup of fashion over 50 ideas from Talbot's and J Crew. There are always new things added to their sale pages and these are some pretty separates for in between fall weather when it starts to get a little cool, but not yet cold enough for boots and sweaters. Time enough for that later on! Enjoy these shares today.

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- Viktor
Can You Reuse Wood Paneling for Anything?

Wood paneling is an excellent addition to any house and can protect your walls from damage. However, even quality wood panels will need to be replaced after 10-15 years. But, instead of throwing the old wood panels away, is it possible to reuse your wood paneling for anything?  You can reuse wood panels to make wooden furniture, hardwood decks, repairs, ...

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- Viktor
Can You Walk on Laminate Flooring Immediately?

Laminate flooring is a popular choice for homeowners due to its extreme durability and easy maintenance. It’s also fade, stain, and moisture resistant, making it ideal for high-traffic areas. One concern most people have is whether or not they can walk on laminate flooring immediately after it’s installed. You cannot walk on laminate flooring immediately after it’s installed. The planks ...

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- Viktor
Can You Use Pine Wood for Exterior Trim?

Exterior trim is essential to add structural stability to various parts of your home. Be it the windows or doors, the edge stabilizes and seals the architecture and protects them against harsh weather conditions. And given that you need a solid wooden frame for this job, would pine be a good choice for exterior trim? Pine wood is excellent for ...

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- Viktor
Does Vinyl Flooring Need to be Glued Down?

Are you wondering if you need to glue down a vinyl floor? When you begin placing a vinyl floor it’s important to do the job right the first time. Let’s talk about gluing vinyl floors.  Vinyl flooring does not always need to be glued down. Floating vinyl floors and interlocking floors are very popular and don’t require glue. However, there ...

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- Viktor
Can I Use Scissors Instead of Wire Cutters?

Are you wondering if you can use scissors in place of wire cutters? In this article, we’ll delve into the intricacies of the wire cutter and the scissors. We’ll talk about when they can and can’t be interchanged.  In most cases, you shouldn’t use scissors instead of wire cutters. Wire cutters are inexpensive, and they are built to strip and ...

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- Viktor
Stretching vs. Replacing Carpet: Which Is Cheaper?
Stretching vs. Replacing Carpet: Which Is Cheaper?

If you’ve had your carpet for a while, you may notice that it no longer looks as good as new. You can fix this problem by either stretching it or replacing it entirely. However, which solution is cheaper? Carpet stretching involves straightening any ripples or bumps on the carpet and resecuring the edges appropriately. On the other hand, carpet replacement ...

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- Viktor
Baseboard Thicker Than the Door Frame? Here’s What To Do
Baseboard Thicker Than the Door Frame? Here’s What To Do

So, you’ve just moved into a new place, or maybe you’ve been meaning to update your home for a while now. As you start thinking about all the changes you want to make, you can’t help but notice… your baseboards are way thicker than your door frame! Do not worry, you’re not going crazy–it’s a common design mistake that can ...

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- Viktor
Is a Ratcheting Screwdriver Worth it?
Ratcheting Screwdriver

Are you wondering if a ratcheting screwdriver is worth the investment? In this article, we’ll talk about ratcheting screwdrivers, how they work, and when they are helpful. A good ratcheting screwdriver is worth it. For some projects, a ratcheting screwdriver will allow you to work much faster, helping to avoid needless interruptions. Ratcheting screwdrivers also usually have interchangeable bits, which ...

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- Viktor
How Long Will a Pallet Fence Last?

Pallets are multipurpose items with a primary function in logistics and freight movements, but they also perform excellently in other fields. They make great fences as well. But you might be wondering how long will a pallet fence last.  A pallet fence will last between three and ten years. How long the pallet fence will last depends on several factors, ...

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- Viktor
Can You Paint Over Peeling Latex Paint?

It’s not uncommon for paint to start peeling off latex paint surfaces. Peeling can be caused by a number of things, such as improper painting techniques, using the wrong type of paint, or failing to properly prepare the surface before painting. Whatever the case may be, peeling latex paint is unsightly, so you’re probably wondering if you can paint directly ...

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- Viktor
Can You Use Wood Paneling Inside?

Wood paneling may have been popular in 19th and 20th century home design, and modern buildings limit the use of wood. Wood paneling is usually used outdoors to protect walls and give a contemporary look to houses. But can it be used indoors as well?  You can use wood paneling inside to complement modern interior design. Wood paneling can add ...

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- Viktor
Why Does Your Trim Paint Looks Streaky? Causes and Fixes

Streaky paint is extremely unsightly, making your painted surfaces look unpolished. Streaks are pretty common, especially if you’ve decided to do the paint job yourself rather than hiring a professional to get the job done. Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to help avoid those unattractive streaks on your trims.  When your trim paint looks streaky, it may ...

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- Viktor
How Long Does a Deck Substructure Last?

When you have a deck substructure, you have a lot of things on your mind when it comes to maintenance. You want to ensure that it is always in good shape so that your deck can withstand the elements. Many people wonder about the longevity of their deck’s substructure. A pressure-treated deck substructure can last up to 40 years, while ...

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- Viktor
Why Does Cedar Wood Split? 10 Causes and Fixes

It’s a common problem: you bring home a new cedar board or beam that starts to split after a few weeks. You may be wondering why this is happening and what you can do to fix it. Here’s everything you need to know. Cedar wood splits when the water leaves the cells faster than it can be replaced. This usually ...

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- Viktor
Can You Reuse Old Deck Boards by Flipping Them?

When rebuilding or replacing a deck, you might wonder what to do with the old boards. Some people just throw them out, while others try to find someone who wants them. But others wonder if it’s possible to reuse the old deck boards by simply flipping them. You can reuse old deck boards by flipping them. However, there are some ...

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- Viktor
Why is My Kitchen So Hot in the Summer? 
why is my kitchen hot

Are you wondering why your kitchen is getting so hot in the summer? In this article, we’ll talk about the reasons for an overheated kitchen, and we’ll also talk about several ways you can reduce the amount of heat in your kitchen.  Kitchens can become hot in the summer for several reasons, mostly because the heat from a stovetop or ...

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- Viktor
Are Pavers Stronger Than Concrete? 
are pavers stronger than concrete

Are you trying to decide whether you should use pavers or concrete? Below, we’ll discuss the differences in strength between concrete and pavers. We’ll also touch on some of the pros and cons of concrete and pavers. Pavers are usually stronger than concrete. Pavers are created with more density than concrete, so they are more resistant to water and less ...

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- Viktor
How to Build a DIY Floating Bed for a Queen Size Mattress
DIY Floating bed

Are you tired of your boring old bed? Ready for a change? Well, why not build a DIY floating bed? It’s the perfect DIY project for anyone who loves woodworking. People love floating beds for a variety of reasons. Some people find them incredibly comfortable and enjoy the sensation of sleeping in the air. Others appreciate the aesthetic appeal of ...

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- Viktor
Do You Need Baseboards if You Have Carpet?
baseboard

Most carpeted rooms have a border around the walls made from baseboards or tiles. The baseboards often match or contrast the carpet’s color and can improve the room’s aesthetics. However, installing baseboards with carpets requires precision, so do you really need baseboards if you have carpet?  You need to install baseboards even if you have carpets, as the baseboards protect ...

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- Viktor
Why Does Your Siding Make Noise in the Wind?

Many homeowners have experienced a disturbing noise from their siding during high winds. There is usually no need for an alarm, but you might want to fix the issue before things head south. There are several reasons why your siding makes noise in the wind. The most common reason is that the siding is not properly secured to the house. ...

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- April Wilkerson
Cheap Countertop Made from Scrap 2×4’s
This week I am building some simple countertops for my laundry room. Earlier this year I demo’d a shop building. And in that process, I ended up with a ton of scrap material that I de-nailed and threw into a pile. You can definitely do this project with any material, but I’m going with 2×4’s […]
- April Wilkerson
Upgrade Stock Cabinets | Small Laundry Room Makeover
This week, I am transforming my laundry room by taking it from a simple room that just holds a washer and dryer, to a functioning room with lots of storage. I’m doing a laundry room. But regardless of the room, here is a tip for building cabinets: Buy stock cabinets from any home center… and […]
- April Wilkerson
Painting Cabinets | Get a Smooth Finish on MDF
MDF is great. It is cheaper, more machinable and cheaper than wood, which makes it perfect for painted cabinets or trim. But, if you’re painting MDF, you encounter one problem. Anytime you cut an edge, it leaves a fuzzyness. Check out the video above to see what you can do to ensure a smooth finish […]
- April Wilkerson
DIY Deck Repair | Deck Post Rot Repair Replacement
My house is falling down! Ok maybe I’m being a little dramatic but technically it is true. I started noticing signs that things were not right and began investigating, only to find some serious issues with my deck structure. Check out the video above to see what I found and see how I fixed it! […]
- April Wilkerson
DIY Raised Planter Box | For Indoors or Out
In this video, I’m going to be building myself this simple free-standing herb planter. A few weeks back I made a multi layered planter and loved it. But, I wanted a taller one for my porch. Let me show you how I built it! DIY Free Standing Planter Plans: https://bit.ly/3c9l3zj Pyramid Planter Plans: https://bit.ly/3QyEbpR Things […]
- April Wilkerson
Best Portable Wooden Chair that’s Easy to Build
This chair is designed to be easy to transport and portable. It’s not only comfortable to sit in but can tucked inside itself when not in use. Check out the video above to see how I built it! Things I Used in This Project: Western Red Cedar: http://bit.ly/2G5mUmZ ISOtunes Hearing Protection: https://bit.ly/WilkerDos (use code APRIL […]
- April Wilkerson
Giant Outdoor Storage Cabinet | Indoor or Garage
Today I’m taking an unorganized outdoor patio and tidying it up some by building an outdoor cabinet. Instead of having outdoor yard tools and other miscellaneous things scattered around looking messy, they can all be in the same area and tucked away out of sight. Check out the video above to see how I built […]
- April Wilkerson
Easy DIY Planter for Herbs, Flowers or Vegetables
In this video, I’m going to show you how I built this herb planter! Outside of finish, it only takes a few hours. So if this is on your to-do list, check out the video above and jump into the steps. Planter Plans and Templates: https://bit.ly/3QyEbpR Things I Used in This Project: Western Red Cedar […]
- April Wilkerson
Storage Shelf for Garage or Workshop | Easy Hanging Design
In my new shop, I was thinking about how to store all of the shipping supplies we’ll need. Then I looked up and realized that there is a vast empty space overhead, and taking advantage of that would be pretty easy. I’m calling it a loft, but it’s pretty much just a giant shelf. Check […]
- April Wilkerson
Easiest Cabinets Ever | For Shop, Garage, Kitchen or Bathroom
Get My Cabinet Plans Here! https://bit.ly/3NT7scz Things I Used in This Project: Roseburg Armorite Exterior MDF: https://bit.ly/3r8gyJP Armorite Prime/Paint/Finish Guidelines: https://bit.ly/3PZvDrS Simpson Finish Trim Screws: https://bit.ly/3zxfTXl Simpson Wafer Head Construction Screw: https://bit.ly/3xgxC3y DAP Weldwood Instant Wood Adhesive: https://bit.ly/3PflZAM DAP Weldwood Original Wood Glue: https://bit.ly/3ysOJA2 Shop Sabre: https://www.shopsabre.com/ ISOtunes Hearing Protection: https://bit.ly/WilkerDos (use code APRIL for […]
- April Wilkerson
Insulating my New Shop | All About Spray Foam
Welcome back to the new shop build series! So far, I have done demo, roughed in for a toilet and then added new wiring for walls and the ceiling lights. And this week, I’m covering the spray foam insulation portion of the build. Check out the video above! Check out the other videos in my […]
- April Wilkerson
Wiring My New Shop | Adding Outlets and Lighting
In this video above I’m going to be adding 110 outlets to the walls and ceiling of this new bare shop space! Check out my last video where I explained the new space and why I ripped out all the existing wiring. Things I Used in This Project: ISOtunes Hearing Protection: https://bit.ly/WilkerDos (use code APRIL […]
- April Wilkerson
DIY Workshop Remodel | Demolition, Planning, Layout and Ideas
Shop #3!! I might have a problem 🙂 I’m about to renovate my third shop! Check out the video above so I can bring you in, show you around and tell you about my plans. Things I Used in This Project: EcoFlow Delta Max Portable Power Station: https://us.ecoflow.com/?aff=247 | https://amzn.to/3Nc7tIa Stihl TSA 230: https://bit.ly/3yzpjB5 ISOtunes […]
- April Wilkerson
How To DIY Build a Modern Record Player Stand | Built In Storage
This video is all about how I built a record stand out of a live edge slab! I picked a slab that has plenty of character in it, but also has a built in cubby for my vinyls, speakers, room for the record player, and even an album display. Check out the video above to […]
- April Wilkerson
Make a Sitting Standing Desk From a Tree Limb! | How To Build
In this video I’m going to be building a sitting/standing desk. One desk that can raise up or lower to suit whatever mood I’m feeling. I’m using a Progressive Desk base, but I’m made my own top using a fallen tree limb. This one was a lot of fun and I’m really happy with the […]
- April Wilkerson
How To Add Floor Electrical Outlet Yourself | Run Power Under the Floor
With so many outlets in my house, why is it that I never seem to have power where I want it? I recently bought a turn table and I’d like to have power for it in the center of my living room. So now I’m trying to figure out, “How do you get power in […]
- April Wilkerson
DIY Floating Wall Shelves | How To Build
Do you have a boring wall that you just don’t know what to do with? Me too. Or, I did! Until I designed this custom floating shelf system for my wall and completely transformed it. Check out the video above to see how I did it. Things I Used in This Project: Wagner FLEXiO 3500: […]
- April Wilkerson
Reinvented Picnic Table Design with Build Plans
Do you ever want to slide in to a picnic table instead of stepping over the bench seat? If so, this is the picnic table for you. Check out the video above to see how to build it! Things I Used in This Project: Southern Yellow Pine: https://wooditsreal.com ISOtunes Hearing Protection: https://bit.ly/WilkerDos (use code APRIL […]
- April Wilkerson
Sneaky End Table with Hidden Drawers | DIY Nightstand Build
Today I’m showing you how I built an end table that has two built in hidden storage compartments! Check out the video above to see how I did it. Also, find build templates and plans here! https://bit.ly/3Cj4slc Things I Used in This Project: ISOtunes Hearing Protection: https://bit.ly/WilkerDos (use code APRIL for 10% off) Stealth Mask […]
- April Wilkerson
Easy DIY Kitchen Remodel | One Day Budget Kitchen Renovation
In this video I show you how I completely updated the look of this kitchen in just 2 days by giving the cabinets a much needed makeover! Check it all out in the video above. Things I Used in This Project: ISOtunes Hearing Protection: https://bit.ly/WilkerDos (use code APRIL for 10% off) Stealth Mask Respirator: https://bit.ly/3pYLGrm […]
- Funky Junk Donna
New Upcycle Ideas 647

white textured DIY pumpkin with rope and laceNew Upcycle Ideas 647   Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Visit 20+ New Upcycle Ideas 647 – Mini pumpkin pies, bamboo, basket and rope pumpkins, fabric sunflower, plus more repurposed projects with tutorials! Well hello there! I didn’t mean to disappear this past week… however the week started with landing a […]

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- Funky Junk Donna
New Upcycle Ideas 646

Upcycled-Crochet-Thread-Ball-Pumpkins-DIY-Vertical-Creatively-BethNew Upcycle Ideas 646   Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Visit 20+ New Upcycle Ideas 646 – Thread, styrofoam & yarn pumpkins, paper bag leaves, pumpkin fireplace, plus more repurposed projects, all leading to tutorials! Happy Fall Y’all! And just in time, I launched my first fall craft that was so […]

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- Funky Junk Donna
How to make DIY wooden pumpkins. Easy and fun!

DIY wooden pumpkins for easy fall decorHave you ever tried making wooden pumpkins? It’s easier than you might think! Gather scrap wood along with this unique stencil kit, and customize yours for fall! Happy fall! Have you started fall decorating yet? I admit I have not. So I felt it was time to grab some scrap wood and see what unique […]

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- Funky Junk Donna
New Upcycle Ideas 645

farmhouse DIY drop cloth sunflowers heroNew Upcycle Ideas 645   Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Visit 20+ New Upcycle Ideas 645 – Paper bag wreath, drop cloth sunflowers, book pumpkin, cereal box files, plus, all leading to tutorials! Life update post HERE This past week, I spilled the beans. Meaning, I wrote a personal life update […]

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- Funky Junk Donna
Changes at home, new finds and what’s next. (personal life update)

pallet sofa on the patioWelcome to a little life update on recent changes in our lives, what’s next and more! I’ve been meaning to write a personal life update post for a very long time. But each time I write one then go to press send, I’ve hesitated. So consider this my 8th attempt! Because now I’m feeling a […]

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- Funky Junk Donna
New Upcycle Ideas 644

old trunk journaling stationNew Upcycle Ideas 644   Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Visit 20+ New Upcycle Ideas 644 – Piano kitchen bar, sandy pumpkins, suitcase journal station, raised tile art, copper pumpkins plus more, all with tutorials! Greetings and welcome to another weekend of fun upcycled projects to make! While I didn’t upcycle, […]

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- Funky Junk Donna
How to clean IKEA sofa covers (and keep them white!)

how to clean IKEA sofa coversWish you had white sofas but not sure how to keep them clean? Here’s how I clean IKEA sofa covers, and keep them white with stunning results! This is Part 3 of the Ikea Ektorp Series. Read all HERE With the start of decorating for a new season, there’s one never-fail task that comes first… […]

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- Funky Junk Donna
New Upcycle Ideas 643

Apple-Decor-Made-From-BookNew Upcycle Ideas 643   Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific New Upcycle Ideas – Harness towel bar, book apple, wood slice pumpkins, pumpkin screen art, plus! This week was about working around (through?) yet another heat wave. But hey… at least I started a new stencil design and I got my […]

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- Funky Junk Donna
New Upcycle Ideas 642

pom pom gnomesNew Upcycle Ideas 642   Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Visit 20+ New Upcycle Ideas 642 – Hand painted koi, bottle luminaries, painted quilt, pom pom gnomes, plus, all leading to tutorials! An outdoor fall yard tour   Take a fall tour of my yard HERE  Since our likely last heat […]

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- Funky Junk Donna
New Upcycle Ideas 641

tin can pumpkinsNew Upcycle Ideas 641   Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Visit 20+ New Upcycle Ideas 641 –   Happy weekend! We just broke through a recent heat wave and I’ve never been happier to see overcast skies and feel the coolness of the air! Deep breath… exhale! I feel alive again!  However […]

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- Sarah

Perfect for Halloween (but not spooky) this purple cross stitch pattern features a moonlit scene and trees.

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- Sarah

Don't miss these 6 easy steps on how to build up a garden bed and establish strong roots for massive curb appeal!

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- Sarah

New month, new pattern! This magical mushroom set is full of color and whimsy and perfect for your next cross stitch project. You know the drill by now. It’s the first of September, and that...

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- Sarah

After months of waiting, my new site dedicated to cross stitch is now LIVE! Take a peek inside.

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- Sarah

Snag this cozy mug of warm coffee cross stitch pattern in August's pattern reveal!

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- Sarah

We continue with the vintage camper renovation project with a super-fun step: DEMO of the interior!

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- Sarah

The last three releases have been pretty specific to that month (April Showers, May Flowers, June Bug/Beetle) and now I’m ready for something a little less July and more summer. There were so many options,...

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- Sarah

My favorite cross stitch pattern of the year is here!

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- Sarah

New purpose for this old room as I turn my dining room into an office, starting with a fresh and modern paint treatment.

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- Sarah

After the April Showers pattern I shared last month, I thought it might be fun to make a "May Flowers" one. Plus a BIG ANNOUCEMENT for you cross stitch fans!

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- Nancy

This $2 thrifty find makes the perfect kitchen island tray for displaying all kinds of pretties!  Hello, friends, and happy October! Fall is moving along, isn’t it? If you missed it, I shared my super simple fall porch (and a few projects) last week. You can see it (and them) here. Today I’m sharing a...

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- Nancy

Taking it easy and creating an oh-so-simple fall porch to carry us through until the holidays! Hello friends and happy Friday! Today I’m sharing my very simple fall porch. I didn’t add any pumpkins or mums this year. I have gone all out in years past… but just felt like keeping it very simple this...

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- Nancy

Make this Hello Pumpkin Sign easily with a printed transfer, craft paint and a thrifted sign! Hello, my sweet friends! It’s all about fall around here now. I’m all in!! I think. ha! I miss summer but do love the crisp fall days and all that it brings.So, today, let me show you this adorable...

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- Nancy

This DIY super simple wreath is easy to throw together in 10 minutes or less! Hello friends and happy fall! Before I get to today’s post…have you entered my latest giveaway? If not, hop on over right here and do it real quick! “Welcome Fall Giveaway” Okay, so I am taking a break from “Throwback...

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- Nancy

Hello, my sweet friends! Are you ready for fall?? It’s still 80’s here but is starting to feel cooler (somewhat!) in the mornings and evenings. So today I thought we’d go ahead and welcome it on in with a giveaway anyway. Now, this is not necessarily fall-related, just a few things I thought you might...

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- Nancy

How to repair furniture, caulk, glue, wood putty, clamps…and more glue! Hello, my beautiful friends! I hope you enjoyed seeing my really fun makeover Tuesday. If you missed it, you can see it here. It was colorful and happy and so easy to do! Today, for Throwback Thursday, I’m sharing this old, antique writing desk....

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- Nancy

How to decoupage chair with fabric…it’s so simple to do! Great way to update old furniture! Hello, my friends! I hope you had a fantastic weekend and are ready for a few new makeovers. Grab a cup of coffee (or tea, like me!) because today is Trash to Treasure Transformation Tuesday with my sweet friends....

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- Nancy

Ever thought of turning a dresser into a coffee server? You can! Hello, my sweet friends! Today, I’m taking you back, way back, for Throwback Thursday! Remember this old antique (beat up!) dresser I turned into a coffee server for my home years ago? I loved it and it got lots and lots of use....

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- Nancy

Learn how to create texture and bump your projects up a notch with one simple product! And it does more than that! Stay tuned…  Hello beautiful friends! Happy Thursday! I’m back today with a super fun makeover. I found an old RED vase (circa 70’s-80’s) and thought I’d give it a whole new look. And...

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- Nancy

Hello friends! What to share today? I have multiple things “in the works” but none done! Ha! Stay tuned for more. They are coming soon. So instead, let’s talk… TRUNKS! I find or come across them at the thrift store all… the… time. Garage and yard sales are also a great place to find them....

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- Nancy

Things to do in downtown Nashville (what to see, where to stay, and more!!) Hello friends! Today is Part 3 and the last in my little travel series. I haven’t been anywhere other than our beach condo in years so I hope you don’t mind indulging me!! haha! I was just so excited to finally...

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- Nancy

Things to do around Nashville, Franklin, Leiper’s Fork, Fox & Locke, Loveless Cafe, and more!  Hello beautiful friends! I hope you don’t mind this little excursion away from the regular home DIY, furniture makeovers, and redos! I wanted to share with you in hopes of helping you out if you ever make your way to...

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- Jen @ RamblingRenovators
Cozy Fall Living Room Decor Ideas
The fall season is finally upon us and without fail, my immediate thought is to make my home as cozy and warm as possible. 
I am not a cold weather person. I love early fall with its cool mornings and warm afternoons, when you can still get away with wearing a sweater and sneakers, no need for puffy coats and boots (yet). But anything cooler than that, I'd rather be indoors than out. 
buffalo plaid armchair with throw pillows and plaid blanket beside a fireplace with traditional mantel and fall decor
Fall Living Room Decor
Tuck me inside a cozy living room with fluffy throw pillows, a fire burning, and a warm blanket on my lap. That's my idea of fall, all nestled and warm in my own home. If you're the same, I've got the 10 fall decor ideas to help you create a cozy vibe in your home. 
1. Fall Color Palette  Do you ever wonder how to decorate your home for a new season? I used to just pull out my fall living room decor and slowly switch out summer accessories for fall ones, piece by piece. One day I'd switch out the decorative pillows. Then the next I'd redecorate the bookshelves. But that ended up taking so long! 
These days, I find it much easier now to do it all in one fell swoop. I clear out all the summer accessories and put them away and start with a blank slate. 
Then I bring out living room fall decor and sort it in three categories: florals, accessories, and art. 
collection of faux fall leaves, painted pumpkins, decorative fall floral arrangements, and fall branches collection of vintage crocks, baskets, vases, and fall candles Collection of vintage printable art featuring horses, fall landscapes, and birds in thrifted wood frames and metal frames
This is any easy way to see exactly what cozy accents you have and decide what fall color scheme you want to work with. Seeing all my decorations together led me to a color palette of dark browns, cream, and warm yellows and golds. 
I was able to edit out different things that didn't fall in with those rich colors, like the brighter green faux plants, and the single orange candle. Then, what I'm left with, coordinates beautifully together. Just arrange objects around the room for a cohesive and pleasant look. 
mahogany entry table decorated with federal mirror and wheat sheaf
2. Warm Woods  One fall trend I'm embracing is the shift towards warmer woods. I've been on the hunt lately at my favourite thrifting sources for wood furniture and wood frames. 
view of pocket doors and mahogany entry table with side chair in living room
I bought this secondhand entryway table in the summer and had every intention to paint it. It's red-toned mahogany finish didn't exactly match the rest of my home decor, but maybe that unexpected pop is a great way to freshen up my home. 
You can see how the mahogany entry table picks up on the red toned wood floors and the wood art frame. The rich wood tones complement the neutral paint colours and accessories beautifully.
slatted armchair in a corner against panel moulding with vintage printable horse art above
3. Equestrian Decor For Home  A quick look around this living space and its obvious that I'm a fan of equestrian decor. It's an easy style to incorporate. I've had these horse motif pillow covers for a while now and paired them with vintage horse art printables, a horse bust, and a horseshoe. Even my quilted herringbone parka brings an equestrian touch. 
original 1960's fireplace mantel styled with horse bust, glassware, pumpkins, and vintage crocks equestrian decor for the living room with a horseshoe on a stack of vintage books and a vintage lamp and small crock jar
There is something about artwork featuring horses and hounds that brings a fall feel to a room. Perhaps it's the autumn hues in the art, or the fact that things like hunting signal a specific time of year. Having a large equestrian art piece over the mantel really sets the tone and brings all of those details together. 
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wheat sheaf with blue and white gingham ribbon
4. Natural Elements  One fall sign you can't deny is mother nature slowly preparing for the slumber of winter. Bringing in natural elements like a vase of fall leaves, acorns, and wheat sheafs signifies the change of season. 
I like to scatter faux pumpkins around the room. Having them painted in neutral greys or made out of plaid fabric is a fun way to keep within my colour palette while adding soft textures. 
bookcase styled with fall decor accessories
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Using branches cut from your garden is a budget-friendly way to decorate, or opt for faux florals in fall colors if you don't have a garden at hand! 
5. Cozy Throw Blankets and Pillows  Fall is the perfect time to bring out all the cozy blankets and ward off those cooler temperatures. A plaid blanket on an armchair invites you to sit by the fire and stay warm. A collection of toss pillows in the window seat beckons you to sit and enjoy a cup of tea. 
built in bookcases surrounding window seat with window seat cushion and roman blind with ribbon detail
Can you have too many pillows in one room? Perhaps but textiles go a long way in making your living room cozy and inviting. I love the look of pillows and plaid blankets in a room even when its not in use. You catch a glimpse as you walk by and you get that instant cozy feel. 
English roll arm sofa and two blue armchairs layout in traditional living room house plants palm areca and rubber plant in a living room corner
6. Living Room Lighting  This is the time of year when the days get gloomy and rainy. Its important to have different sources of light in your living room in the fall. This can be anything from a pumpkin spice candle set on the coffee table, to a vintage lamp on a side table, to recessed lighting overhead. 
fireplace mantel with equestrian art focal point, decorative vases with branches, horse bust, vintage crocks and faux pumpkins buffalo plaid armchair with velvet pillow, plaid blanket, and brass floor lamp beside a fireplace
Of course, there's nothing better than a roaring fire to make your living room feel extra cozy. Lamps are having a bit of a renaissance too so look for ones with character. This brushed brass floor lamp adds both function and beautiful shine to the living room. 
Fireplace mantel with vase of fall leaves, candles, pumpkins, and vintage trophy
7. Vintage Accessories  One of the best ways to decorate for fall is with vintage accessories. Elements like vintage trophies, old crocks, ceramic vases, and vintage art add character and personality to your home. Their cracks and not so perfect appearance are part of their appeal. Think of creative ways to use old things.
blue desk in front window stacked with books and pottery, candlestick, and vintage twine holder vintage book on a small marble side table beside a black and white buffalo plaid armchair window seat with a small round side cocktail table atop a vintage rug

8. Room Layout Can a simple change to your furniture layout make your room feel cozier? Absolutely! Typically, I have this living room layout with the two blue armchairs to the left of the sofa and the buffalo plaid chair in the corner where the plants are.
traditional living room with rectangular layout, front window, panel moulding, and Farrow and Ball Ammonite paint
By moving the chairs, I'm able to create a cozier seating arrangement and make the living room feel less expansive. Having one armchair on either side of the sofa creates a pleasant zone for conversation. All chairs are within reach of the coffee table, making it easy to sit and enjoy a cup of tea while sitting down for a talk. 
Placing the plaid armchair next to the fireplace also invites one to sit and enjoy the warmth of the fire. Its the perfect spot to enjoy a good book.
traditional living room layout with sofa and two armchairs facing a fireplace. Window seat flanked by two built in bookcases buffalo plaid armchair with throw pillows and plaid blanket beside a fireplace with traditional mantel and fall decor
This new layout also gives an enticing view into the living room. I love this peek beyond the pocket doors, especially when the fire is on.
view into a living room past pocket doors. Traditional living room with fireplace and armchairs

With these cozy fall living room decor ideas in mind, you'll be able to create a space to enjoy throughout harvest season and beyond.
- Jen @ RamblingRenovators
The Love List (Week 395)

A charming mudroom
A clever medicine cabinet update
This would be best enjoyed on chilly afternoons out by the fire, a cup of hot tea by your side
All the fall soup recipes you need
Their kitchen renovation was so worth the wait
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Current colour palette I'm loving: creams, dark mustard, and steel blue. Shop this look.

So inspired by this tile treatment!
Speaking of tile, she does it so well
I'm loving their new collection of pillows and fabrics. This one is my favourite
Paint companies have started to announce their Colour of the Year 2023. I'm not particularly keen on this, this or this. How about you?
window bench, bench seating, upholstered window bench seat, built ins window

When that afternoon light hits just right (but the windows need a wash, ha!)
- Jen @ RamblingRenovators
18 Fall Pillows To Create A Cozy Home
Fall officially arrives later this week and there's no denying that cooler days are on their way. If there's one thing I love about fall, it's making my home cozier, warmer, and a welcome escape from the chill outside.
I'm a bit reluctant to spend much on fall decor. It seems like the shortest season and before you know it, we're trading pumpkins for glittery lights and Christmas trees. So I focus on easy and quick ways to convey that fall feeling. Nothing is easier than changing out your summer floral pillow cases for ones in the orange, brown, and grey hues of fall.
Etsy is my source of choice for pillows. You'll find great quality fall pillow covers to suit your style and budget. Here's a roundup of the best Etsy fall pillows for your couch, bed, or armchair. Snuggle up to one, preferably next to a roaring fire with a cozy throw on your lap.
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The Love List (Week 394)

I adore this living room so much. It's a lovely mix of classic & cottage style
Absolutely loving this garden inspired collection. That orangey-yellow colour is perfection
Love what they've done with this landscaping. Levelling the lawn was such a smart idea
I admit it, I teared up at this
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I love fall's lush colours. Shop this cozy living room.
I can't get over the cuteness of this account
Nope, you can never have too much pattern
She has the best hair ideas
The 90's are back! Chloe and I just bought matching flare jeans and I love them. But if you see me wearing them with MAC spice lip liner and black mock neck shirts, tell me I've taken the retro thing too far, ha!

Prince Edward County is my happy place so I'm thrilled when others see the magic of the area too. This living room would be such a peaceful spot to enjoy views of the lake. 
- Jen @ RamblingRenovators
Life Lately - September
Do you remember the days when bloggers shared random snippets of their life on their blogs and on instagram? I miss those days.
It's all seems so forced now. Posts are written for SEO and page views. Photos are curated, and lately, shunned aside as influencers muddle their way through awkward Reels and TikToks in hopes of appeasing the algorithm.
I miss spontaneity. Realness. Unfiltered peeks into someone else's life.  Connection and not just content. 

I thought I'd bring some of that back and share a bit of life lately. So many of you have been here for years and I enjoy connecting with you about things other than just "home". So let's get to know each other better, shall we? Here's 10 random things that have meaning in my world for September:
1. Family Sweatshirt Mix one teenager who loves oversized hoodies and sweatshirts with mom + dad and what do you get? A sweatshirt the entire family can wear! Though it breaks my heart a little to know my girl is no longer a kid and is taller than me, I'm loving the fact that we can share clothes.


This crew neck sweatshirt made the cut for Chloe's first day of school outfit. Cool enough for the Grade 8 crowd with a varsity type design that mom and dad love wearing too. It's just plush enough on the inside without causing perimenopausal mom to overheat. The retro dark green velvet lettering is a nice touch. It reminds me of my early Western University days when I was so into wearing varsity sweatshirts and melton wool baseball hats.
2. Love Crunch I was never one of those people who eat the same meal over and over but now I am. I'm loving Love Crunch Organic Granola for breakfast. Breakfast should be easy, enjoyable, and reliable and this granola is exactly that. The Dark Chocolate Macaroon mix is my favourite. I have it with greek yogurt, sliced banana, and a drizzle of honey. Ahh, soooo good!
On an interesting side note, I listened to this episode with the founders of Nature's Path on my favourite podcast, How I Built This. Great episode and you'll never guess how Love Crunch came about!
3. Brown nail polish I enjoy giving myself a manicure but hardly ever find (or make) the time to do so. But not this month! Chloe and I spent some mother-daughter bonding time doing our nails just before the start of school. I'm very into brown these days and that goes for my nails as well. This dark chocolate brown colour suits my mood as we move into fall. It's strong, warm, and unexpected. Colour is Sally Hansen Vegan Polish in Warm Cacao.


4. Candles It's officially candle season! Once the days start getting shorter and darker, I can't resist lighting candles. This local small batch brand in their Pillow Talk scent is my current go-to. Love the amber glass packaging. I also love this clean, non-toxic candle brand with this scent being a favourite. 
Current desk situation. I've had that car postcard in my office for four years and only THIS WEEK noticed there's a woman's legs sticking out of the sunroof! Ha!
I like to have a candle on while I'm working at my desk. The scent seems to help me focus better?? Do you use candles?
5. Workout Zone I'm trying to instill new healthy habits into my life and one way to do that is to reduce the friction and make it easier to be healthy. Things like having a large, attractive water bottle sitting on my desk as a constant reminder to drink more, or putting my daily vitamins right beside the coffee maker where I can't miss them.


Creating a workout zone in our new laundry room was another intentional decision. I am loving having this small area where I can run on the treadmill while watching TV. I also have enough space to roll out the yoga mat and do some stretching and crunches. And I actually enjoy exercising here because the laundry room is clean and comfortable and I can close the door and turn on only the wall sconce and its like a quiet, private gym.
I recognize this setup might seem weird to others. But really, we have to suit our homes to those who live in it and not worry if it doesn't conform to what others (or Instagram) think it should look like. What's something unique in your home that you just love?
6. Happyslip If you are a Filipino, know a Filipino, or have spent any amount of time with Filipino aunties, you may enjoy this comedian. Her accuracy is uncanny. I swear my mom sounded just like this when we would go to the park as kids, lol!
7. Sarah at Pewter and Sage I've been a fan of Sarah's for a long time. She makes the most beautiful hand-painted signs and has a fun, loving personality that just shines through her posts. I had an idea that Sarah and I could combine our talents and create something beautiful together - and we did just that. I'm excited to tell you more about it very soon!
One of Sarah's gorgeous hand-painted signs
Constantly trying new things is important to me. It gets harder as we get older to continue to take risks and, well, feel like we have something to contribute to the world. I love connecting with talented, like-minded women and learning together. I'm proud of what we've created and can't wait for you to see it.
8. Passion Planner and Muji Pens "What gets measured, gets done" - that has always been one of my guiding mottos in life. I find I am at my most productive when I have checklists to measure against. Sure, I can keep a running list of to do's in my head but inevitably, something will be forgotten and missed. 
After a summer of no deadlines or schedules, I'm ready to embrace routines and order. I always fall back on my Passion Planner and Muji Pens to fill me with that kick-in-the-pants, back-to-school energy. Grab a $5 off coupon for your own planner here. Of course, half the fun of having a planner is filling it with stickers. These floral stickers are my current obsession.
9. Zenni Glasses At the age of 51, reading glasses have become a fact of life. I am always on the lookout for a cute pair. Zenni is where I shop for glasses online and I've never been disappointed. I just got this pair in the pink gradient colour but these coral square glasses are still my favourites.
10. Bailey McCarthy Bailey is one of my long-time Instagram follows. She has a unique design style, her trips and vacation wardrobes are insane, and though she comes from an enormously wealthy and privileged background, she has always seemed so grounded and hard working. I love what she had to say this interview:

September always feels like a shift to me. We get back into routines and are invigorated to be more productive and reach for success. And just like at the start of school, we look to the future, we assess, and we wonder:
Am I doing what I'm supposed to be doing? Is this the right job/place/relationship/home for me? Am I happy? What changes do I need to make in my life to feel more fulfilled?
That's where my mind is these days. The last two years with Covid have made those questions much more profound and I feel like many of us are still in upheaval, of changing and shifting our lives to suit who we are - all while the world continues to be unpredictable and challenging around us. We are in constant evolution, inwards and outwards. It's okay to want something different and its okay to not know exactly what that is.
I'd love it if you jump in the comments and tell me what's on your mind this month.
- Jen @ RamblingRenovators
The Love List (Week 393)

Can't get enough of this kitchen
I love how they turned this extra space into a library nook
This collection of textiles and wallcoverings is so exquisite. This pattern is my favourite
So fun to see how my friend Tim transformed this condo!
Can I just live here?

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Embrace early fall with decor and dressing in hues of cream, light brown, and grey. Shop this look.
Such a smart upgrade
I'm intrigued by this collaboration. I can see Sean in this and this and this for me
Currently watching: this series
Would you move back into your old home? I love how Nate and Jeremiah have reimagined their old space
All the fall flower arrangement inspiration you need


A masterful mix of blues in this living room
- Jen @ RamblingRenovators
The Love List (Week 392)

Taking note of this wallpaper and panelling combination in this bathroom
Small entryway inspiration
I love seeing how Patina Meadow is coming together
This home is for the colour lovers
A fairytale cottage
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Bring on the cozy fall textures. Shop this look.
The fall of the social media giants
Simple fall decor ideas
Loving the eclectic mix of patterns in this home
How to make a dried flower bouquet


The cutest mudroom ever
- Jen @ RamblingRenovators
Fall Outfit Ideas That Will Have You Excited For The Season
Happy first day of September! I've been missing around here the last few weeks as we've enjoyed our summer vacation and battled Covid (we're all fine and have recovered, thankfully!) but I'm ready to jump back into things. 
September always feels bittersweet to me. It marks the end of summer, lazy mornings, and the return of back to school routines. It's not all bad though - fall fashion is something to look forward to! This might be my favourite season for dressing. The layers, the moody colours... I love donning sweaters over flannel shirts, trading flip flops for boots, and living in well-worn jeans and cozy socks.
J.Crew Factory is one of my go-to shops (sadly, only online now as they've moved out of Canada!). I find their pieces are well made, reasonably priced, and toe that fine line between classic and modern so well. 
They have a 50% off everything sale right now, plus 60-70% off special long weekend steals. I've put together a few looks to help inspire your fall wardrobe. Three looks for her, one look for him - that sounds about right 😉
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FOR THE BLUE & WHITE LOVER: Coffee socks, classic gingham, a cozy hoodie (with kangaroo pocket!), and the sweetest earrings - need I say more? 
PERFECT FOR: Coffee breaks, weekend morning grocery runs, and comfortable yet pulled-together work from home vibes
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FOR THE RETRO FASHIONISTA: A corduroy skirt, bow loafers and smocked puff sleeve top (in flannel!) feel of-the-moment yet familiar
PERFECT FOR: Hanging with girlfriends, first dates, and strolls at the roadside farmer's market
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FOR THE TRENDY MOM: Being mom doesn't mean you have to give up your love for leopard prints, lacy details, or trendy herringbone flats
PERFECT FOR: Leading the PTA meeting, window shopping, and date nights with the Mr.
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FOR THE YOUTHFUL DAD: A flannel shirt layered over a graphic tee, a cool belt and pants in the perfect shade of brown... it's a look dads of all ages will love
PERFECT FOR: Apple picking, driving with the top down, and watching soccer games from the sidelines
- Jen @ RamblingRenovators
The Love List (Week 391)
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Why, yes, this is an IKEA kitchen. See what's new for 2023
Look back and see the magic
Just finished binging this series. Jessica Biel was also great in this series from a few years back
A stunning exterior before and after
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Black and white is always right. Shop this look.
I'm loving this pastel bathroom! The tile application is very inspiring
I just bought the cutest periwinkle blue top with white flowers. It's a shorter, cropped fit and oversized so size down and opt for the Regular instead of the Petite.
We played this game while on vacation at the cottage last week. So fun! It reminds me of Blokus


The one detail I noticed in this Before & After? The overmantel which allows the fireplace to have more of a presence in the room and not just blend in with the built-in cabinets
- Jen @ RamblingRenovators
Utility Room Storage Ideas
It's been a few weeks since we renovated the laundry room and I am thoroughly enjoying use of the space. If you recall, for this project we took our large utility space and split it into two: a finished laundry/workout room, and an unfinished utility room. Today, I'm showing you what the utility room looks like! 
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utility room, utility room storage, utility room ideas


Separate Laundry and Utility Rooms
But first, you might be wondering why we created two separate rooms. With a dedicated laundry space, we were able to move all the laundry essentials into a single space, making them easy to access and organize. You'll find the washing machine, laundry baskets, ironing board, laundry detergent and other cleaning products in the laundry room. Having our own laundry room has made a huge difference in how efficient and enjoyable we find laundry day!
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utility room storage ideas, unfinished utility room, utility laundry room
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Essentially we built four new walls and enclosed the laundry room. This allowed us more wall space to affix laundry room cabinets, create storage for our laundry hampers, and hang things on the wall like our peg shelf and drying rack. 
Which brings me to a renovation "pro tip" I've learned time and time again:  Get the shape or structure of your room right first and then focus on the decor and design of the room.
Larger spaces don't necessarily mean better functioning spaces. Sometimes, removing walls gives you opportunities for better flow and improved sightlines. In other instances, adding walls (or extending walls as we did in our basement family room) can lead to better layout and function of an interior space.
Unfinished Utility Room
Having a small room for laundry and a small room for utility needs was the best way to maximize use of both spaces. It was also the best use for our budget. We chose to allocate funds to cabinetry and a sophisticated laundry room look as that would be a space in which we would spend lots of time. Conversely, creating a 'bare bones' utility room, using materials we already had on hand, was appropriate for a seldom used space.
Here's a look at how the utility area looked before we separated the spaces:
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utility room storage ideas, unfinished utility room, utility laundry room

You can see that this area was a jumble of essential but unattractive fixtures. Many of these things were fixed and had to stay: the furnace  the overhead HVAC duct work the water heater the electrical panel There were also a few items like our vacuum cleaner, our mini freezer, and the vertical file cabinet that also had to find a home in the utility room. The laundry appliances and utility sink would move into the laundry room freeing up some space. 
Here's how the utility room looks like now:
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utility room, utility room storage, utility room ideas
Utility Room Decor Ideas
There wasn't too much we could do with this little space but we made the most of it! I wanted to give the room a fresh feeling and add in practical storage solutions where I could. Here's what we did to clean up the space. emptied out the room and found new homes for non-essential elements vacuumed floors, walls, and exposed ceiling joists and cleared out all the cobwebs painted the floor using leftover paint painted the walls and electrical panel cabinet with leftover paint reused the existing fluorescent light bar and centred it in the room utility room storage ideas, unfinished utility room, utility laundry room
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Paint Storage Ideas Once those changes were made, we could start to lay out the room. First step was moving the wooden shelving rack into this room for additional storage space. It's an IKEA Hejne unit. We've used these shelves for years and have used them in storage spaces in our current and previous homes. They're strong, well built, and can bear the weight to dozens of paint cans.
Is it obvious I'm a paint hoarder? I dislike the thought of getting rid of perfectly good paint so you'll find leftover paint from our first home, our current home, our cottage, and many furniture paint projects on these shelves.
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I took the opportunity to separate and organize the paint by room/house and by type. Stains, chalk paint, and samples have their own assigned (and labelled!) shelves. I've also put primers and adhesives together for easy access. There's also enough room to store our paint trays and rollers on narrow shelves. Additional bins on the upper shelf hold caulks and glues, and other household cleaners.
Washing Machine Valves There's just enough room on either side of the shelving unit to store our vacuum and our step stool. They're tucked away yet still accessible - I love that. One other thing to note is that the water shut off valves for the washing machines are also accessible in the utility room. You can see them on the back wall behind the step stool.
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Had we left the valves in the new laundry room, we'd have to build them into a box either behind the machines or above the countertop (which would impact the shiplap backsplash). Moving the valves into an adjacent room keeps the laundry room looking neat. It's a trick we also used in our last laundry room:
washing machine valves access, water lines laundry room Water lines accessed from storage room beside the laundry room
While not ideal, we have our mini fridge, file cabinet, and folding chairs stored in this room as well. There's just enough floor space to move around and get what you need.
Just like in the laundry room, the new wall provided an opportunity for clever storage. We chose not to add drywall to this unfinished space and instead took advantage of the exposed studs to add in storage. We've moved the fire extinguisher closer to the entrance and simply screwed it into a stud.
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Pegboard Storage Ideas The most exciting storage though is the new pegboard! There's a few reasons we added it here: pegboard is inexpensive and can be cut to any size pegboard can be installed on any vertical space and keeps things off the floor you can customize your hooks to hold and arrange your items in a way that functions for you pegboard provides visual storage and easy accessibility. You can see your items at all times pegboard keeps you organized. Everyone knows exactly where to get and put back any items utility room, utility room storage, utility room ideas

I knew it would be a good idea to make use of this wall space, but I didn't anticipate how much I would actually love this peg board! There's lots of ways to use pegboard. I've divided the peg board into zones with areas for: Painting supplies: paint brushes are kept on a single hook (great for drying!), rollers and roller handles are stored on double hooks, and painter's tape and duct tape are stored together. We also keep smaller items like scrapers, spatulas, and utility knives in this area Cleaning supplies: the mop and dust pan and brush are stored on high hooks and kept off the floor Household tools: keep screwdrivers, scissors, a flashlight, or the tape measure handy for small interior fixes  There's a bit of extra space to add more hooks if I need them. For now, this custom storage solution is functioning perfectly - and I don't have to ask "where's the crosshead screwdriver?" anymore!
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With a bit of cleaning, sprucing, and planning, this utility room became a productive and useful room in our home. Even better, we only had to buy one sheet of pegboard and everything else was something we already had. 
I hope you enjoyed this look at how we got two awesome rooms from this one renovation. Here's a last look at the Before and After!
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- Jen @ RamblingRenovators
The Love List (Week 390)

The hand-painted ceramic tile backsplash is my favourite part of this kitchen
Lauren's new collection has definite early 80's vibes. Love the embroidered detail on the high waist crop jeans
Sign me up for one night in this guest suite
My favourite purchase this summer! Use code TRACK to get up to 40% off
A years-long backyard transformation
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Holding onto summer as long as I can. Shop this look.
Yay, it's peach season. I'm totally making this
Now that Sean and I have been playing tennis fairly regularly, I want to try out pickleball. Have you played it?
Love the return of patchwork quilts
Striped tile - would you try it in your home?

These stairs have all the right curves (did you notice that the first step is curved too?)
- Jen @ RamblingRenovators
Basement Laundry Room Renovation
Hello friends! This project has been in the works for a long time and I am excited to finally share the results of our basement laundry room renovation with you! 
We originally started this project in May as part of the eight-week One Room Challenge event. Though we didn't finish within that timeline, my husband Sean and I continued on, completing this DIY renovation on weekends and around our day jobs and finally creating the laundry room of our dreams!

I'm thrilled to have partnered once again with The Home Depot Canada on this renovation. As do-it-yourselfers, we know we can always find the necessary materials and on-trend products in their stores to bring our vision to life.
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Basement Laundry Room Renovation
I'm not exaggerating when I say that, in 15 years of completing DIY renovations of our homes, this was our most extensive, hardest, and most rewarding project ever
We literally built this room from the bottom up. We started this project with two laundry machines in the middle of a large unfinished utility room. While it was functional, what we really wanted was an attractive and dedicated laundry room. I envisioned a space where the washing machine wasn't sitting on the concrete floor, where laundry detergents and laundry baskets could be stored away, with good lighting and proper counter space instead of a collapsible folding table on which to fold our clothes.

To increase the function and make it more aesthetically pleasing, our plan was to turn our large utility room into a separate basic utility room, and combined laundry and workout space with the help of The Home Depot Canada. 
Are you excited to see the new laundry and workout room??
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basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas
basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas
basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas
Unfinished Basement Laundry Room Ideas
That is a pair of happy (and exhausted) renovators right there. Before I dive into the details, let's revisit where this room started. This renovation required a lot of work to divide the utility room in two and finish every surface in the laundry area. 
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basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas
Creating a dedicated laundry room meant installing a new subfloor, building new walls, and getting an HVAC professional and electrician in to do some tasks. We framed out the ceiling (at three different heights!), installed heavy sheets of drywall overhead, and did the mudding and sanding - all tasks we've never done before. 
It can be scary to try something you've never done before. We learned a lot by watching YouTube videos, through trial and error, and going to the professional by asking the experts at The Home Depot Canada. We bickered and fought, made many mistakes, and spent days covered in drywall dust. But we did it, and building that room is probably one of the things we've done as a couple that I'm most proud of.


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With a structure in place, we moved onto the design details: installing peel and stick wallpaper, laminate flooring, painting walls, and installing shiplap. The cabinetry was a mix of assembled cabinets we bought off the shelf, and panels and shelves we made ourselves to match the cabinetry. 
One thing I enjoyed about this project was the availability and ease of different shopping options. We were able to save a lot of time and energy by shopping online at homedepot.ca and having some of the larger and cumbersome products like the six cabinets and 7' side panels delivered right to our door. 
For harder to find products like the single lite door in a specific size, I was able to purchase online while there was inventory and select the “Pick up in store” option and pick up the door at my convenience. It was great knowing that we had all the materials we needed to complete our renovation ready and waiting.
Of course, we were able to shop in store too. I won't soon forget date night in a rented Home Depot Canada van with take out burgers and 15 sheets of drywall loaded in the back!
Laundry Room LayoutIt was challenging to figure out the layout of the laundry room. The low ceiling height in parts of the room really constrained us in terms of where we could put our cabinetry. 
An L-shaped layout for the laundry zone maximized storage and gave us lots of open floor space. We have a laundry chute that was put in years ago by previous owners, and luckily this layout allowed us to leave the laundry cart out beneath the chute to catch falling laundry, or tuck the cart away if needed.
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basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas  The other side of the room functions as a small workout area. There is just enough room for our indoor bike trainer or a yoga mat, and a wall mounted TV. We had a TV in our last laundry room as well and I highly recommend it for making workouts and laundry chores more enjoyable!
We've used some of the new cabinets to store workout equipment. As the laundry room isn't that large, its great to have everything tucked neatly away when not in use.
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basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas
basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas
Design Ideas For A Basement Laundry Room
There are so many fun details in this room that truly transform it from an average laundry room into a space that is enjoyable in which to spend time. 
In terms of design, we've tried to make a comfortable and pretty laundry room that works well with the rest of our basement. It features a neutral, light palette like the rest of the basement and is decorated in a classic and coastal style.
basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas     Laundry Room Cabinetry:For storage, we used assembled cabinets from the Hampton Bay line in Edson Grey available at The Home Depot Canada. I chose this specific line as it featured a variety of cabinet sizes, offered accessories like side panels and filler panels, and came in a neutral paint color. 
Installation was very easy and we had the cabinets installed in just a few hours. While our laundry room would have been perfectly fine using these cabinets as is, we added unique DIY details to really make this space special. It was surprisingly easy to make custom parts for our cabinets using melamine panels, veneer edging, and BEHR Dynasty paint, all found at The Home Depot Canada.
One element we added is the custom storage tower beneath the low bulkhead. We made this by stacking two upper cabinets together and using panels to hide the seams and extra space above the cabinets. This gave us extra storage space for laundry essentials and workout equipment. 

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basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas
basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas
We also built coordinating panels to create the storage shelving for the laundry baskets, and to support the countertop over the laundry machines. My favourite DIY detail though was the decorative custom toe kick we added onto the sink cabinet. It was simple to create and elevates this basic cabinet.
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Solid Surface Corian Countertop:One of our biggest design decisions was selecting the material for the countertop. There are lots of choices for laundry room countertops. You can opt for a laminate countertop, butcher block counter, natural stone, or even stainless steel like we had in our previous laundry room
For this room, we chose Solid Surface by Corian. We've had Corian counters in our craft room and in our last basement and I really like their look and feel. They are easy to keep clean, waterproof, and highly resistant to scratches, stains, and heat.
The Home Depot Canada makes the process of selecting and installing a countertop very easy and stress-free. I checked out the samples in store and booked a Measure and Quote appointment with the kitchen department. A technician came to my home and took very precise measurements of all three countertop segments. The quote was quite reasonable and the measuring fee was credited towards the cost of installation.
Three weeks later, the installer came back to my home to install the countertops and attach the undermount sink. The countertops came out perfectly, with softly rounded edges just like we wanted. We chose the Everest pattern which features white, black, and grey speckles against a light grey base. The light colour reflects light around the room and helps to make the space feel brighter.

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Peel and Stick Wallpaper: The wallpaper, GlucksteinElements Faux Grasscloth Natural Grey Peel and Stick Wallpaper, was one of the first design elements I picked for this space. I knew the neutral tones would work with the beachy flooring and taupe cabinets without making this small laundry room feel busy. Peel and stick wallpaper is also very easy to install and is a great way to bring personality to a space.
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Laminate Flooring: As luck would have it, we had four boxes of flooring leftover from when we renovated the basement craft room in 2018. The flooring had since been discontinued but I managed to track down the last three boxes in existence! It was enough to finish the laundry room and give the entire basement the same flooring and a consistent flow.    basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas
Hardware and Faucet: For a hardworking space like a laundry room, I like to use black metal finishes. I envision us cleaning paint brushes at this sink and the black metal faucet and cabinet knobs are a great option for hiding dirty fingerprints. The faucet also features a single handle and a pull-down spray which makes it very easy to use and keep the sink clean.

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basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas
Utility Sink: A deep sink is a great idea for the laundry room and this Kraus 16 gauge undermount single bowl sink is exceptional. It features a 12" bowl which is deep enough for hand washing laundry or filling pails of water. The stainless steel finish is durable and it comes with a protective bottom grid that can also function as a drying rack. I love the rectangular profile and the slightly rounded corners which ensures water doesn't pool.
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basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas
Lighting: Adequate lighting is important, especially in rooms that don't get natural light. We used recessed pot lights throughout the room and a classic swing arm wall sconce above the sink. I found this sconce on homedepot.ca and love its old school look. It features a large shade which creates a focal point in the room and illuminates the sink area wonderfully.

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basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas
Vertical Shiplap: Like the flooring, I used shiplap in this room for consistency. We have shiplap in the adjoining hallway and on the basement fireplace so it made sense to carry it into this room too. We've used it here in a smaller width and installed it vertically. Installing it vertically helps make the room feel taller and brings that coastal feel into the space.
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basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas
Peg Rail
It seems that everywhere you look these days, people are putting peg rails into their homes. And for good reason! Peg rails are functional and handy and work in any type of room.

We made this simple peg rail using a piece of wood, shaker pegs, leftover trim, and paint. I knew I wanted to store my ironing board with its DIY ironing board cover on the wall and the peg rail holds it perfectly. There's even room to hang workout towels and other other accessories.
Cabinetry and Door Paint: In painting our custom cabinetry panels, I discovered BEHR Dynasty paint and was extremely pleased with it. The coverage was excellent and I was able to do the panels with a single coat. We painted our melamine panels in an eggshell finish and they ended up looking just like the factory-finished cabinets. 
I was impressed with the finish and durability of this paint so I used BEHR Dynasty paint on the laundry room and craft room doors as well in a muted sandy hue (BEHR Roman Plaster PPU7-10).
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basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas

Laundry Room Door: Given that this laundry room has no natural light, I wanted to have a glass door to allow light to flow in from the rest of the basement. This 1-Lite French Door features laminated tempered glass. It has a frosted pattern that is integrated into the glass itself; the glass is smooth on both sides. This allowed me to embellish the door with a DIY decal I made on my Cricut machine. It matches the decal on our craft room door and really creates a unique and fun look for this area.
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Laundry Room Accessories:
To keep the laundry room from feeling too cold and utilitarian, I've decorated with laundry and cleaning accessories that are both beautiful and functional. The laundry drying rack, woven basket, and wooden hanging rod (made from a large dowel) add warmth and look so lovely when they are put to use. 
One quick and easy design idea is to keep your laundry detergent on display in a glass jar. It's the little things like this that can make laundry feel less like a chore.
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basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas
basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas

I hope you've enjoyed this tour of our laundry room and workout space! We couldn't have done it without The Home Depot Canada. There was so much we learned on this project and no matter your skill level, I encourage you to bring your laundry room dreams to life.
Now here's one last look at the Before and Afters of this space:

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basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas

basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas basement laundry room renovation, laundry room renovation ideas

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"But what happened to the utility room?", you might be wondering. We've made a few small improvements in that space too and I'll share that with you next!

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Product Sources: Cabinetry - Hampton Bay line in Edson Grey Wallpaper - GlucksteinElements Faux Grasscloth Natural Grey Peel and Stick Wallpaper Door - Milette 30-inch x 80-inch Primed 1-Lite French Door with White Laminated Tempered Glass Sink - Kraus 24 inch 16-Gauge Undermount Single Bowl Stainless Steel Laundry and Utility SinkFaucet - MOEN Indi Single-Handle Pull Down Kitchen Faucet with Soap Dispenser in Matte BlackLighting - Abilene 1-Light Old Bronze Wall SconceShiplap - Alexandria Moulding 1/2-inch x 5 5/16-inch x 96-inch Primed Fibreboard Shiplap PanelingDoor paint - BEHR Dynasty in Roman Plaster (PPU7-10)Wall paint - Benjamin Moore White DoveKnobs - Richelieu Firenze Collection 1 3/16-inch (30 mm) Matte Black Traditional Cabinet KnobWasher - LG Electronics 5.2 cu. ft. Smart Front Load Washer with AI and Wi-Fi in Graphite SteelDryer - LG Electronics 7.4 cu. ft. Smart Front Load Electric Dryer with AI and TurboSteam in Graphite SteelCountertop - Corian in EverestRolling cart and laundry baskets - Steele Canvas Laundry Bin StorageHanging rod - Alexandria Moulding Hardwood Dowel 1-1/4 In. x 48 In. AvocadoGlass jar (large) - Anchor Hocking 1 Gallon Heritage Hill Glass Jar with LidTV - Hisense 32H41G- 32 inch Smart Full Array LED Roku TVDrying rack, oval basket, broom with dustpan, raffia sponge - Zara HomeStriped pitcher - vintageSpray bottle - Amber Glass Spray Bottles Set 14 PackSoap dispenser - 16OZ Amber Glass Soap Dispenser 2 PackBottle labels - 144 Laundry Room Labels Preprinted SetShip print - unknown artist, Shipping In A Calm (public domain)

- Jen @ RamblingRenovators
The Love List (Week 389)

This bedroom has me looking ahead to the moody and cozy days of fall
Paisley? Yes, please!
The softest pajama shorts and t-shirt I have ever owned. Get them for $20 with code JOURNEY
Made this. Loved this. Will definitely make it again.
There's so much to love in this kitchen, but the glossy herringbone tile on the fireplace might be my favourite
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Late summer vibes. Shop this look.
An IKEA kitchen, but make it French
Craving this watermelon salad
Currently binging on this series
This 1896 Australian lake house is a stunner

Two things we should bring back
: pharmacy cabinets and heated towel racks
- Jen @ RamblingRenovators
DIY Ironing Board Cover
Are you having a great summer? I took a little break from the blog the last few weeks to enjoy the sunshine, get out to our cottage, and to finish up the laundry room! I'm excited to say it's all done and I can't wait to show it to you later this week.

But for today's blog post, I wanted to share one fun and easy DIY project that I completed for the laundry room: a DIY ironing board cover!

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DIY Ironing Board Cover
This project came about entirely out of necessity. Our old cover was burned and stained in spots so I went shopping for a new ironing board cover but could not find any in a style or new pattern that appealed to me. There is definitely a lack of choice in these products! Our ironing board would be hung on a wall and on display so it had to be attractive and fit our new laundry room.
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After searching for days at Bed Bath and Beyond, Walmart, Etsy, Amazon and all the usual sources, I decided I could get exactly what I wanted by instead designing and sewing my own ironing board cover. I checked out a few different tutorials and YouTube videos and saw that this would be a simple project that required very basic sewing skills.
Custom Ironing Board Cover Fabric
Decorating your home with your own designs is a fun thing to do and there are many sites like Printful or Spoonflower that make the process super easy. By designing my own fabric, I knew my ironing board cover would suit the coastal, vintage style of our new laundry room. I could use the colours and patterns that I liked and create a unique, one of a kind design.

Are you familiar with Spoonflower? I've had my Spoonflower shop for years. As a creator or artist, you can upload your own design and offer it for sale on dozens of different products or on fabric. Or, as a shopper, you can just purchase products made by artists. 
I've been obsessed with daisies lately and decided to make my own daisy floral pattern and had it printed on linen cotton canvas fabric. If you like this print, you can purchase it in my shop. I've laid out the daisies in a half-brick repeat pattern, giving it a block-print kind of look.
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What is the best fabric for an ironing board cover? A cotton fabric is the best material for ironing board fabric covers. Opt for a cotton blend like cotton canvas that is slightly heavier, will lay flat, and doesn't wrinkle easily. You don't want your cover to crease and create wrinkles in the garment you're ironing. You can also use heat resistant fabric. This silver-grey fabric is durable but not stiff and is often used for potholders and oven mitts.

Do you need an ironing board pad? Yes. An ironing board pad is necessary to create a buffer between your ironing board and your garment. It prevents the metal mesh pattern of the board from being transferred onto your garment. Also, the padding provides some cushion and helps to get your garment a perfect smooth iron.

What padding do you use under an ironing board cover? 100% cotton batting, often used for quilts, is ideal for ironing board padding. Cotton batting is not too thick and can be layered if you want a slightly thicker padding and smoother surface. Do not use any sort of polyester or poly blend batting under an ironing board cover as it can melt and disintegrate from the heat and steam of the hot iron.

How much fabric to make an ironing board cover? The length of your fabric will need to be as long as your ironing board plus 6". The width of your fabric will need to be as wide as your ironing board plus 6". This will allow you to create a channel to hold the elastic plus enough to wrap around the side and onto the bottom of the ironing board.

How To Make An Ironing Board Cover
This ironing board cover tutorial is very simple and is a great beginner sewer project. This easy tutorial can be used to make different size covers, for table top ironing boards to full size boards. Ready to ditch your stained or burned old cover? You'll need just a few materials and space to complete your project, like a sewing room or even a dining room table like I used.
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Materials: Cotton canvas fabric Cotton batting  1/4" elastic (length of the elastic should be at least 2.5x the length of your ironing board) Safety pin Tailor's chalk Ruler Sewing pins Sewing scissors
1. Measure and Cut the Fabric Lay the fabric on your table with the wrong side of the fabric facing up. Place your ironing board face down on top of the fabric. If your fabric has a pattern, make sure the pattern is lying straight. Using your tailor's chalk and ruler, make marks 3" out around the entire board. Connect the marks using your chalk, then cut along the chalk line.
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2. Measure and Cut the Padding If you are adding new padding, lay your cotton batting on the table. Place your ironing board on top of the padding. Cut the batting 2" away from the board. This will provide room for the batting to go across the top of the ironing board and down the sides for a soft curved edge. TIP: You can also detach and use the batting from your old ironing board cover.

3. Make The Channel for the Elastic Starting in the middle of the long side of the board, fold in the edge of the fabric 1/4" and then 1/2" again. Pin this fold. Continue to make this fold around the entire edge of the fabric and pin every 2". This creates a channel in which to insert the elastic. When pinning the curved edges, place your pins closer together, about 1" apart. This will allow you to direct the fabric more easily and get a nice smooth curve.
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4. Sew the Channel Start sewing along the bottom edge of the folded channel. At the curves, you might have to sew in small folds in the fabric. This is fine; you won't see the folds once the cover is on the ironing board. Sew slowly around the curves, ensuring that you maintain a channel that is at least 1/4" wide. Stop sewing 3" before your starting point.
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5. Insert the Elastic Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic. Insert the safety pin into the channel. Slowly feed the elastic through the channel and continue until the safety pin comes out of the opening at the end. Pin the safety pin to the fabric so that it does not fall back in. Stretch the fabric so that it is not bunched up too lightly around the elastic.

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6. Measure and Cut the Elastic Place your ironing board right side up on your table. Place the padding on top of the board and then put the cover on. Ensure that the perimeter of the cover wraps and sits nicely under the board. Turn the ironing board upside down. Unhook the safety pin and pull and tighten the two ends of the elastic. Overlap the ends then pin them at the appropriate length. Cut the excess elastic.
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diy ironing board cover, how to make ironing board cover
7. Sew the Elastic Remove the cover from the board. Sew the ends of the elastic together using a zigzag stitch, going back and forth to ensure a nice tight stitch. Sew the small opening closed.
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And there you have a beautiful and custom new cover for your ironing board. This is an easy and fun way to bring pattern into your laundry room and perhaps even make doing the laundry more enjoyable! Here is a peek at my new cover in our new laundry space. Can't wait to show you more of this room soon!

- Jen @ RamblingRenovators
5 Things To Do To Get The Best Deals On Amazon Prime Day
Are you an Amazon shopper? I constantly have a running list of items I want to purchase in my virtual Amazon cart. With Amazon Prime Day 2022 happening the next two days (July 12-13), I'm prepping my shopping list and keeping my eye on the deals.

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Amazon Prime Day Tips for 2022
While the deals won't be revealed beforehand, there are a few things you can do to make sure you get the best buys before they run out. Here's 5 things you can do today to get ready for Amazon Prime Day tomorrow:
1. Sign Up For Amazon Prime
If you're not already an Amazon Prime subscriber, now is the time to do it. While all Amazon members can see the Amazon Prime Day offers on the site, you can only take advantage of the Prime Exclusive Discount pricing if you are a Prime member.
2. Preview the Prime Day deals on Amazon Brands
I'm a huge fan of the Amazon brands. They offer reliable products for your most basic needs. I've bought items like AmazonBasics charging cords, batteries, and hangers and have been very pleased with them.
On this preview page, you can see which Amazon brands products will be coming up for sale. The actual sale price won't be visible until Prime Day, but here's what you can do today: start to browse the selection of products. Scroll down to see all the products, or browse to filter by category put the products you want to buy into your cart but don't purchase them on Prime Day, click on your cart and click on the individual products and see if they are on sale yet. If they are on sale and are limited quantities or you don't want to risk missing out, purchase your product right away otherwise, keep them in your cart and wait until all your other pre-selected items are on sale and purchase at once 3. Check out the Best Sellers in each category
Want to purchase tried & true products popular with Amazon buyers? You can check out what's popular in different categories like: Best sellers in Tools and Home Improvement Best sellers in Home Best sellers in Clothing and Accessories Best sellers in Beauty and Personal Care and even Best sellers in Handmade Products There's products on the Best Sellers list that I've never thought to buy like this dryer lint vacuum attachment and this teeth whitening pen but now I feel like I need them in my life, ha!
4. Explore highly rated products for home and read the reviews
There are some products that take a little bit longer to buy. This is especially true for home furnishings and larger ticket items where you want to price compare, research, and read reviews.
This page lists highly rated products for home from Amazon brands. You can check out some of their exclusive brands like Stone & Beam (they have a great selection of dining chairs) or search by category. I found this super pretty set of blue and white floral mixing bowls in the top rated storage and organization.
5. Shop 4+ Star Customer Favourites
I hardly ever buy anything online these days without reading the online reviews. It's very helpful to read what customers think of a product and even better when they include real-life photos. This page lists products rated 4 stars or better.
In the market for modern house numbers or the most comfortable running shoe? Just read the reviews and see what others recommend.
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And there you have it, my 5 top tips for getting the best deals on Amazon Prime Day. Don't forget to check out my Amazon Shop with my top recommended home decor products to shop on Prime Day!
- Jen @ RamblingRenovators
The Love List (Week 388)

I find myself incredibly inspired by the mix of patterns and colour is this gorgeous historic home. The yellow pantry might be my favourite!
I'm totally going to make this drinks recipe for my next summer party
I like the design plans for this girls bathroom
I've been on a tennis kick lately, playing again the last few weekends and watching Wimbledon. I'm completely in love with this suite designed by Ralph Lauren to celebrate that Centre Court experience
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Of course, you can bring that tennis style home. Shop this look
It's no surprise that Nancy Meyers' own home is just as enchanting as her movie homes
Love the transformation of this 80's home
Currently on my desktop

I enjoyed this summer house tour (especially the clever art hack!)
Easy ways to change up your home
 

Say yes to blue on blue on blue
- Jen @ RamblingRenovators
The Love List (Week 387)

A masterful mix of patterns
Two things I love about this home: the tiles inside and out, and the graphic patterns
Summer recipes just in time for the long weekend
3... the number of tries it usually takes me to buy the right light bulb. This is good to know
Would you decorate with red and green
A quintessential Nantucket moment
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Feeling all things pink & floral. Shop this look
Note to self: remember this in the fall
Ooh, I'm loving this summer playlist
This series is SO good. Watch it on Disney+
A quick and satisfying patio makeover
I agree with all of this
Cheery pajamas, yes please


Tech backgrounds
 that scream summer
- Jen @ RamblingRenovators
The Love List (Week 386)
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So much inspiration from this tiny bar space!
Do you like peeking at floor plans and seeing how they can be improved? I like this renovation option
This Etsy shop has the cutest lampshades
I'm intrigued by the different uses of wood in this home
Evolution of a dining room
This camper is looking really cute
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Beach vacation? Yes please! Shop this look
Don't want your plants to die while you're on vacation? Read this
I love my Our Place Always Pan and Perfect Pot and now they've introduced a matching ovenware set. Putting this on my wish list!
This backyard patio is full of great outdoor decor ideas
This curated collection of art in the public domain is so lovely. It's all FREE for download! I'm eyeing some of these and these for the laundry room
A look at movie set designs. #2 will always be a favourite!
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Ideas for the fifth wall
- Jen @ RamblingRenovators
The Prettiest Blue and White Outdoor Rugs
What's a colour combination you will never ever tire of? For me, it's blue and white. Blue and white works with any style, in any room. Keep it cool and high contrast for a modern interior. Make it soothing and pale for a coastal home. Or use it pretty and light for a preppy, traditional feel.
I love a blue and white combination for the interior of the home, so why not bring that colour palette outdoors? That was my thought when I went looking for a new outdoor rug for our front porch. I haven't shopped for an outdoor rug in a while so I tended to think of outdoor rugs as basic and plain with boring geometric patterns or colours that just aren't appealing.
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Boy, was I wrong! Outdoor rugs today are just as stylish and colourful as indoor rugs. Yes, you can find a good old geometric outdoor rug, but you can also find floral outdoor rugs, oriental, traditional, and vintage inspired rugs. 
I ended up selecting this rug for our front porch but there are so many other pretty blue and white outdoor rugs I came upon in my search. In case you'd like to bring classic blue and white to your outdoor space, check out these beautiful outdoor rugs.
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How To Build A DIY Cabinet End Panel
Last we left our laundry room renovation, we had just installed the new cabinets (the Hampton Bay line in Edson Grey from The Home Depot Canada). This was an exciting milestone! Finally, we could start to see the finish line to this long renovation that we started as part of the One Room Challenge, and which so far has taken us 11 weeks.
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We can now move on to the finer details, one of which involved the building of cabinet end panels. But first, what is a cabinet end panel? 
Cabinet End Panels
Cabinet end panels are the decorative rectangular boards that are used to cover the exposed sides of a base cabinet or upper wall cabinet. Cabinet end panels are also called cabinet gables so you may hear that term used as well. 
End panels can be flat or finished. Finished means that the panel matches the style of the drawer fronts and cabinet doors (for instance, a shaker profile). Here's an example of a shaker style kitchen end panel. A decorative end panel is the perfect way to make your kitchen seem high end and gives the kitchen cabinets a more complete and cohesive look.
In a kitchen, you will typically have multiple or a run of base cabinets connected together. Kitchen cabinets may or may not have their sides finished; the substrate of cabinet frame is visible. If your kitchen cabinets terminate at a doorway or entrance, the side of the cabinet is exposed and you'll need a base cabinet end panel to hide it.
Where To Use End Panels
Though end panels are used mostly for decorative purposes, they can be used for functional or structural purposes as well. Here's several ways to use cabinet end panels and gables: As a refrigerator end panel to create the separate boxed area where a fridge sits If your dishwasher sits at the end of your cabinetry run, use an end panel to build in your dishwasher and support the countertop over your dishwasher To hide the sides of stacked pantry cabinets Use an end panel as legs to support a counter for a desk against a wall Use an end panel to support one end of a countertop and create a kitchen island or eat-in counter with room for stools underneath Build DIY gables to support a countertop over a washer and dryer We actually built DIY cabinet gables to support the laundry countertop in our last home and we'll be using for the same purpose in this laundry room. The installation will be the same but today, I'm going more in depth on how to get a finished look to your end panel.
DIY Cabinet End Panels The cabinetry we used in the laundry room was actually finished and painted on all four sides. We could have left the cabinets as is; there was nothing to hide so end panels were not technically needed.
However, we needed to create our own custom panels for other purposes: to provide support for the counter over the washer and dryer to provide support for the counter over the open laundry cart niche to provide support for the counter over the basket storage shelving to hide the gap at the top of the storage tower to hide the sides of the stacked upper cabinets we used to create a storage tower to hide the side of the custom toe kick on the base sink cabinet Most kitchen cabinet lines offer manufactured end panels, but what if you need a panel in a custom size? You can create your own DIY cabinet panel with just a few simple materials.
How To Build A Cabinet End Panel Building a cabinet end panel is not difficult to do. The process consists of cutting your material, scribing it to fit, finishing it with veneer, painting it to match your cabinetry, and then installing it. You'll need just a few simple materials: panel material tape measure pencil veneer edging to match your material iron small block of wood utility knife medium grit sandpaper extra high density foam roller and tray 1 quart of all purpose primer 1 quart of Behr Dynasty paint Step 1: Selecting Your Material The first thing to do in building a cabinet end panel is selecting your material. We wanted our panel to have the same smooth finish as the cabinets so we used sheets of 5/8 inch 4x8 melamine in white. We chose this material for several reasons: the 5/8" thickness of the melamine matched the thickness of the cabinet frame material so the proportions would 'feel right'       the cabinetry was made of furniture board also known as particle board. Melamine also has a particle board core. The materials would look and feel somewhat similar melamine is strong enough to support a countertop (unlike MDF) melamine paints easily melamine veneer edging was available to cover the rough edges cabinet end panels, cabinet gable end panel, kitchen gable panel, how to support countertop over dishwasher
Step 2: Taking Measurements
Now that you've selected your material, you'll need to take measurements. In our particular situation, since we were putting a countertop on top of the end panels, we first needed to determine the height of that countertop. 
Taking into account breathing room between the top of the machines and the underside of the countertop, plus the thickness of the countertop (1.5"), we decided the top of our counter would be 3" above the machines. We then drew level line markings around the room for the panels that would sit to the left and right of the machines.

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We wanted our first panel to go to the right of our dryer. We put the dryer in place and pulled it slightly away from the back wall to leave some room for the dryer vent and plug.  We measured from the back wall to the front of the dryer to get the LENGTH of the panel. It's very important to take into account space for plugs and cords, gaps, breathing room, and how flush you want the front of the panel to be with the machine - is it flush with the dials? Is it set back? How far do you want your machines to stick out? We already knew the finished height of the panel from the level line we had placed on the wall. However, we added 1" to that for scribing. This gave us the HEIGHT of the panel.
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Step 3: Scribe for a Perfect Fit It's rare that a room will be perfectly level and square. After cutting the panel, we test fit it in place and placed a level on it. The back of the panel was slightly higher than the front so we needed to shave off some of the panel at the front. To determine how much to cut off, we scribed the panel to the floor. 
What is scribing? Scribe transfers the contours of one surface onto another surface. Here, we would trace the slope of the floor onto the bottom of the panel. 
There are lots of scribing tools you can buy, but we came up with our own DIY scribing tool hack. To do this, you need a pencil and a flat "base" that can run along the floor. We used a scrap piece of wood. You could also use a paint stir stick.

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How To Scribe for a Perfect Fit: Position the panel in place. Make sure it is standing straight. Have someone hold the panel for you. Place your pencil on top of the base. With the tip of the pencil touching the panel, move the base from the back to the front of the panel. Move the base back and forth to retrace that scribe line Cut your panel along the scribe line Position your panel back in place. The bottom should be perfectly fit to the floor. Now measure for the height of your panel (in our case, we transposed the level line we already determined in the previous step). Cut your panel to that height.
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Step 4: Attach Veneer Edging Now that your panel is cut to the exact size, you can attach veneer edging to hide the unfinished edges. We had never used veneer edging before, but it turned out to be super simple and easy to use!
You'll want to use veneer edging that matches your material and is wider than your material. We used 13/16" wide white pre-glued melamine veneer edging for our 5/8" panels. 
Here's how to apply pre-glued veneer edging: Pre-heat your iron. Put it on the wool setting with NO steam Cut a length of veneer edging 1" longer than your panel Put your panel in a vise or have someone hold it for you with the edge facing up Place the veneer on the edge with overhangs on both ends and slight overhangs on both sides Slowly run your iron along the veneer in one direction. Check to make sure the glue melts and the veneer adheres to the panel Iron the veneer a second time, applying more pressure as your iron Take a small block of wood and run it along the veneer, applying pressure Let the veneer panel cool off slightly Using a utility knife with a very sharp new blade, trim the excess veneer. We found it was easier to turn the panel upside down and place it on a hard, cuttable surface. Using the knife to cut the veneer from the underside ensured the line wasn't wavy and we didn't cut too much off Take some sandpaper and gently sand along the edges

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Step 5: Painting Melamine Cabinet End Panels With the end panel finished with veneer edging, you can proceed with painting. If you have white cabinets, you can skip this step entirely.
Painting melamine is easy to do and requires just a few steps. Here's my tips for achieving a finish that looks just like your factory-finished cabinetry. First, sand the melamine and the veneer edging with a medium grit sandpaper. This will allow the primer and paint to adhere strongly to the panel. You can use a paint and primer all in one but I decided to apply a primer layer just to be sure there was good adhesion. Kilz is my favourite primer to use.  The veneer edging didn't seem to take the primer as well as the melamine. I put one coat on the veneer, let it dry, and applied a second coat. Apply both the primer and the paint with a high density foam roller. Apply in a straight line motion, ensuring you overlap edges Use Behr Dynasty paint! This was my first time using this brand of paint and it gave a phenomenal finish! It gave 100% coverage on the melamine in just one coat. I only had to apply second coats to the veneer edging as, like with the primer, it didn't take the paint too well and appeared thin with just one coat. Allow your panels to dry 24 hours before installing them
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cabinet end panels, cabinet gable end panel, kitchen gable panel, how to support countertop over dishwasher
You can see how opaque and consistent the painted finish looks. I used an Eggshell finish as recommended by the person at the paint counter and it was a perfect match to the cabinetry.

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Step 6: Install the DIY Cabinet Gables
Depending on where you are placing the gables, you can use nails, cabinet screws, or construction adhesive for installation. 
You can nail or screw through the face of the panel, or from inside a cabinet into the back of the panel (just make sure your nails aren't too long and poke out the face of the panel!). If you are nail through the face of the panel, you can put DAP filler over the holes and paint them. 
If you are using adhesive, clamp the panels to adjoining cabinetry if possible while the glue is drying.

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If you are using the gables to support a countertop, you'll also need to add a "cleat" in between the gables. We used a 4" strip of melamine as our cleat and just screwed it into the studs. The top of the cleat aligns with the top of the panels. The countertop will be screwed in on three sides, into the two gables and into the cleat. 
Additionally, if your countertop is very long or very heavy, you may need another gable in the middle to support the weight of the countertop and prevent it from sagging.  Here's an example of a middle gable we made out of plywood.
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And here is the cabinetry with all of our DIY end panels installed. We built eight in total: two around the washer and dryer, three around the rolling cart, and three around the short shelving which will hold our baskets. 
The two tall panels on either side of the tall cabinet (which is actually two upper cabinets made to look like a single cabinet) were store bought but you can't tell the difference from the panels that we made.
We also used our melamine material to make filler panels. Can you spot them? There's filler panels at the side of the upper cabinet, as a decorative toe kick on the sink cabinet, and at the top of the tall tower. Once you know the method for building and painting a DIY cabinet end panel, you can use them everywhere!
With these cabinet end panels, our laundry room looks much more custom and high end. The countertops have just been measured and wee have a few more details to take care of but this laundry room is so close to finished!
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Use a Dollar Tree sign & my free design to make an absolutely adorable Halloween welcome sign where you can hang your keys & other decor! … More Hang your keys, & the broom you rode in on, on this adorable entryway sign!

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Create an adorable farmhouse style Halloween garland with a few Dollar Tree supplies. This is one you'll want to post across TikTok & IG! … More Farmhouse Style Dollar Tree Halloween Garland

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Join us for Crafty Creators Link Party, a brand-new link party where you can be inspired & share your blog posts w/ viewers around the world! #linkparty #diy #crafts #recipes #decor #fall #CraftyCreatorsLinkParty … More Crafty Creators Link Party #37

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Let me show you how to hide those messy TV cords in the wall easily & make your home look like a dream! If I, a SAHM, can do it, you can! … More Hide Those Messy Cords from Your TV!

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Join us for You're the Star Blog Hop where you can share & be inspired by blog posts from bloggers around the world. You'll find recipes, DIYs, crafts, home decor, fashion, gardening, & so much more! When you link up, your posts will be shared on 11 different blogs! Talk about extending your reach! #diy #linkparty … More You’re the Star Blog Hop: September Week

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Join us for Happiness is Homemade Link Party where you can share & be inspired by blog posts from bloggers around the world. You'll find recipes, DIYs, crafts, home decor, fashion, gardening, & so much more! … More Happiness is Homemade #446

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If you have an elegant Halloween decor theme, these fourteen printables are the perfect way to decorate your home for free this October! … More Elegant Halloween Printable Sets

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Tired of the same old wreaths? Make a simple, beautiful chenille yarn wreath for fall in about 30 minutes with this easy DIY tutorial! … More Chenille Yarn Wreath for Fall

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Join us for You're the Star Blog Hop where you can share & be inspired by blog posts from bloggers around the world. You'll find recipes, DIYs, crafts, home decor, fashion, gardening, & so much more! When you link up, your posts will be shared on 11 different blogs! Talk about extending your reach! #diy #linkparty … More You’re the Star Blog Hop: September Family Week

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Fall is a wonderful season to decorate for & I'm helping you do that for free with these beautiful watercolor free fall printables! … More Fall Printables with Farmhouse Style Dollar Tree Frames

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- Angela Wills
Did you know that natural DIY face cream is often far better for your skin, or that anti-aging creams are simple to make at a fraction of the price?
- Angela Wills
10 Gorgeous DIY Bath Salt Recipes For A Lovely Relaxing Soak
Here's how to make bath salts with gorgeous smelling ingredients that will turn your boring bath into a luxury spa treat.
- Angela Wills
I love having a bath. If you’re like me, you probably set up candles & put some music on. You could enhance it further with some gorgeous DIY Epsom bath salts. 
- Angela Wills
When I use my bath salts, I’m never sure if I should use bubble bath as well. So I decided to come up with a foaming bath salts recipe, so I don’t go without my bubbles ever again!
- Angela Wills
If you love a good soak, these detoxing bath salts are going to be the perfect DIY treat for you. Just light some candles to get yourself in the mood & just relax. 
- Angela Wills
Formulated with gorgeous coconut milk & lavender essential oil. These bath salts provide ultra skin softening bath water & an aroma to soothe even the busiest of minds.
- Angela Wills
If you're looking for a natural way to improve your skin health, adding salt to your DIY bath products & beauty recipes can bring many benefits, it's a great option.
- Angela Wills
12 Gentle Homemade Face Scrubs For Glowing Skin
While making a homemade face scrub is the best way to get smoother, brighter & clearer looking skin, there’s some things people won’t tell you on their blog.
- Angela Wills
This DIY brown sugar face scrub smells & feels amazing, & does its job amazingly well. No complaints here about it, & it’s a lot easier to make than you think. 
- Angela Wills
I’ve formulated a green tea face scrub recipe to be milder & more suitable for someone with either sensitive or oily skin. It’s brand new face gel & we love it.
- Kara Cook
Homemade Sausage Gravy with biscuits is a rich and hearty breakfast that will satisfy even the biggest appetites. It’s ready in minutes, and pairs perfectly with my melted butter biscuits. Comfort food at its finest! MUST TRY EASY SAUSAGE GRAVY I worked at Hardee’s when I was a teenager, and sausage gravy and biscuits was...

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Apple Cinnamon Muffins– Every bite of these yummy muffins is filled with tender apples. With a cinnamon crumble topping and cinnamon icing, they are simply spectacular! These muffins are simple to make with basic ingredients, but the taste is anything but ordinary. You can enjoy them any time of day. And you don’t even need a...

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- Kara Cook
Chocolate Turtle Pie – a layer of salted peanuts and caramel topped with creamy chocolate mousse, finished off with whipped cream. A decadent and delightful chocolate pie! What is turtle pie made of? Turtle pie is typically made with a combination of chocolate, caramel, and pecans. However, this version uses salted peanuts in place of...

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- Kara Cook
If you hate rolling out pie crust, than this oil pie crust is the recipe for you! Just mix the ingredients right in the pie pan, press it against the sides, and pop it in the oven. No fuss, no mess! I got this recipe from a sister in law over a decade ago, and...

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- Kara Cook
 These Reese’s peanut butter chocolate cookies are pure chocolate peanut butter bliss! With peanut butter in the dough, plus peanut butter chips and chopped peanut butter cups, every bite is sinfully delicious.   I’m a sucker for all things chocolate and peanut butter, and if you feel the same way, you are going to love...

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- Kara Cook
Baked instead of fried, these mashed potato balls are crunchy on the outside, and filled with creamy melted cheese on the inside. An irresistible side dish, or even a crowd pleasing appetizer.  POTATOES + CHEESE = PERFECT SIDE DISH! Potatoes are probably my all time favorite side dish. I’ll eat them roasted, mashed, fried, scalloped...

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- Kara Cook
This cream cheese Caramel Apple Dip is the best because it has not only brown sugar, but some melted caramels. Grab a plate of sliced apples and start dunking! This dip does come together in just minutes, but for best results, soften your cream cheese on the counter for a few hours. No one wants...

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- Kara Cook
Comforting keto chicken bacon ranch casserole is easy enough even for the busiest of weeknights. Hearty, creamy, and full of tasty ingredients, you will want to make it over and over again! A PERFECT LOW CARB CHICKEN CASSEROLE I have always been a big fan of casseroles. Tossing a bunch of ingredients together makes for...

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- Kara Cook
These chewy M&M Brownies are easy to whip up, and are perfectly rich and chocolatey. With colorful candies and chocolate chips, they will bring a smile to everyone who bites into them! HOMEMADE BROWNIES TO CELEBRATE! If you want a brownie to scream “celebration,” all you have to do is add some colorful M&M candies....

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- Kara Cook
Made all in one skillet, this cheesy Mexican Rice Casserole is one dinner recipe your whole family will agree on. Loaded with ground beef, rice corn, black beans, tomatoes, and chilies, it is scrumptious and filling! If you love Tex-Mex flavors, this is a perfect ground beef casserole. And it also makes fantastic leftovers! I...

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- Kara Cook
This cinnamon zucchini keto bread is moist, flavorful, and so easy to make. Loaded with chocolate chips and pecans, it is simply delicious any time of day.  And at only 2 net carbs per slice, you can eat it without guilt. So what are you waiting for? Get busy whipping up a batch! ALMOND FLOUR...

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Double chocolate zucchini muffins are an absolutely scrumptious way to use up all that excess zucchini. They are rich, chocolatey, and extra moist thanks to both sour cream and zucchini.  Chocolate + Zucchini = HAPPY BREAKFAST! I don’t know about you, but if I can find a way to have chocolate for breakfast, I always...

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Comforting chicken and wild rice casserole is filled with chicken, wild rice, onions, celery, and has a creamy homemade sauce. It’s a cozy casserole that the whole family will love! Easy to make ahead, this casserole also makes wonderful leftovers. You can also freeze it. If you’re looking for ways to make dinner time a...

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- Kara Cook
Homemade Cherry crisp made with fresh juicy cherries is the perfect summer dessert! This recipe has plenty of crunchy oat topping, which for some of us is the very best part. Make sure you top with with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It is a perfect balance to the sweet filling and rich topping....

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This chicken breast marinade is very simple, but will make your chicken so juicy and flavorful! Brown sugar adds the perfect balance to the savory garlic, green onions, and ginger. A mouthwatering grilled chicken recipe that you will want to make all summer long!  I got this easy chicken marinade recipe from my friend Suzanne...

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Kids and adults alike will enjoy this homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni recipe! It’s ready in about 30 minutes, tastes better than the boxed version, and has healthier ingredients.   It’s packed with kid friendly ingredients, so your whole family will gobble it right up!      During the hot summer months, I am always on the...

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Pasta salad with italian dressing is so easy to make, and always a hit at potlucks and barbeques. Italian dressing gives it fantastic flavor, and you can change up the other ingredients according to the crowd you’re feeding.  This easy Italian pasta salad of my family’s very favorite summer salads. With cheese and pepperoni, we...

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Homemade strawberry cheesecake ice cream starts with a tangy cream cheese base, and it is bursting with fresh strawberries and cheesecake crumble. It’s like a slice of strawberry cheesecake in ice cream form. AMAZING!   After trying the sweetened condensed milk in my  Burnt Almond Fudge Ice Cream, I decided to come up with different flavors....

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Loaded with diced ham and cheddar cheese, these easy Egg Muffin Cups are the perfect hearty breakfast that even picky eaters will gobble right up. My family loves them so much that sometimes we have them for dinner! We like them with ham or bacon and cheese, but they are so versatile! You can swap...

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- Kara Cook
Grasshopper Ice Cream Pie is simply delicious and insanely easy to make. With a chocolate cookie crust,  mint ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, and crushed Oreos, every bite of this dessert is heavenly! Cool, creamy, and refreshing, it is the perfect summer dessert. Kids and adults all rave over it. And as a bonus,...

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- Dinah Wulf

Dinah Wulf

Scary Outdoor Halloween Party Decorating Ideas We shared some scary indoor Halloween party decorating ideas for a friend’s 40th birthday party. Today we are sharing outdoor Halloween decorating ideas.  If you haven’t checked it out, see the inside of the party first so you get the full effect! Front Yard Halloween Decorating Life sized skeletons,...

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- Dinah Wulf

Dinah Wulf

Easy Weather Themed DIY Family Halloween Costume Idea Here’s a fun and simple DIY Family Halloween costume idea for a family of four. In this post you will find DIY costume tutorials for: Rain Rainbow Rainbow Trick or Treat Bag Sun Sun Headbands Cardboard Microphone All the costumes can be adjusted to size, or you...

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- Dinah Wulf

Dinah Wulf

An Easy Decoupage Fabric Pumpkin How To Tutorial Decorating for Halloween is always a blast!  Making your own Halloween decorations is a great way to add your own style and personality to fit your decor. Today we are sharing a decoupage fabric pumpkin tutorial.  All of the supplies for this project can be purchased at...

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- Dinah Wulf

Dinah Wulf

  Tips and Tricks for Easy DIY Halloween Glittered Skulls Beautiful glittered skulls can be found in a little boutiques and big retailers like Target. Even though they have become fairly inexpensive, it is fun to make your own custom Halloween glittered skulls. These skulls can be used year after year. In fact, we have...

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- Dinah Wulf

Dinah Wulf

Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments for Kids Made with Cardboard Tubes Crafting with Toilet Paper Rolls is a great way to upcycle trash. This is a perfect holiday Christmas craft to do with the kids. In fact, it’s really easy and not too messy for little hands. We made this ornament over 11 years ago and...

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- Dinah Wulf

Dinah Wulf

Low Cost or No Cost Pirate Themed Party Ever thought you could throw a no cost or VERY low cost pirate themed party?  Here is how we did it. One of our best friends asked for some help with decorating for her 5 year old son’s pirate themed birthday party.  You can save a lot...

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- Dinah Wulf

Dinah Wulf

Quick and Easy DIY Scrabble Art Ideas Here are some fun craft ideas inspired by the game, Scrabble… Scrabble Art, we like to call it. It’s so popular that you can find tiles at thrift stores, flea markets, and swap meets. Use your creativity to come up with all kinds of projects. Make your own...

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- Dinah Wulf

Dinah Wulf

Three Clever Ways to Get Inspired by Old Records and Make Record Album Art Collecting record albums have become more and more popular. On the hunt you can find ones you actually want to listen to, or ones you don’t. Here are some creative ideas for both. Finding Old Record Albums First, you need to...

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- Dinah Wulf

Dinah Wulf

Easy DIY Invitations for Any Occasion These bridal shower invitations in a jiffy. If you are a fellow Crafter, you probably already have these items in your craft closet.  These easy DIY invitations are perfect for any party, and cost less than pre-packaged invites. Keep scrolling for more easy DIY invitation ideas. Materials Needed: This...

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- Dinah Wulf

Dinah Wulf

A Dozen Creative Ways to Repurpose Old Books We LOVE to read. Think twice before throwing away your old damaged books. You can’t really sell them for much anyway! Take the eco-friendly route and repurpose them into something new and inventive and take the trash to treasure route.   We put together some fun repurposing ideas...

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- Dinah Wulf

Dinah Wulf

Unique Repurposed Kitchen Inspiration for Your Home With our motto, “Repurpose, Reinvent”, we out some favorite repurposed kitchen ideas together. Here are several fun and creative ideas to upcycle and repurpose thrifty finds. Use a bed spring as a recipe holder. You can find old rusty bed and chair springs at flea markets. The rust...

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- Dinah Wulf

Dinah Wulf

Buying Secondhand: DIY Projects, Ideas, and Tips for turning Secondhand Trash to Treasure No stranger to thrift store and flea market shopping, second hand trash to treasure shopping is many American’s preferred way to shop. It’s amazing what you’ll find hidden in the aisles, in the racks, and on the shelves of your local thrift...

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- Dinah Wulf

Dinah Wulf

Easy DIY Floral Arrangement Tips and Tricks If you haven’t tried it before, flower arranging can be an intimidating task to take on, but knowing some easy DIY floral arrangement tips can be both fun and budget friendly especially for big events like bridal showers or weddings. Today we are sharing some tips if one...

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- Tara Guzman

Tara Guzman

Easy Budget Friendly DIY Wedding Centerpieces Planning a wedding can not only be incredibly stressful, it can also be very expensive. There are lots of ways that you can save money and still have a fantastic day, though. One of those ways is to make your own wedding centerpieces. It doesn’t have to be super...

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- Dinah Wulf

Dinah Wulf

Thank with Google: A Fun and Creative Way to Connect I’m excited to be one of Google’s paid early testers for their Thank with Google pilot program. Thank with Google allows DIY Inspired readers to purchase a virtual sticker and directly show their support and appreciation for content here on DIYInspired.com. DIYInspired.com is filled with...

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- Dinah Wulf

Dinah Wulf

A List of Best Crafts for Teens and Tweens During the summer there is a lot more time for crafting, especially for your kids.  We thought we’d put together the best crafts for teens and tweens from the DIY inspired craft arsenal. The best part is that these are all fun for adults too, so...

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- Dinah Wulf

Dinah Wulf

Clever Father’s Day Gift Wrapping Ideas Here are three fun, clever, but simple Father’s Day gift wrapping ideas to try out this year. Easy Tie with Ribbon Let’s start with a really simple twist to a regular ribbon bow. Instead of tying a ribbon into a bow, tie it like you would a dress shirt...

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- Dinah Wulf

Dinah Wulf

DIY Ideas for Your Dog Dogs are such a big part of our families and our lives. They always seem to bring a smile to our faces no matter how bad our day is and they always provide us with unconditional love. While we can never fully repay our loveable pooches with all the happiness...

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- Dinah Wulf

Dinah Wulf

DIY Personalized Classroom Smart Phone Drop Station for Teachers Smart phones are a big distraction during school. Students find ways to check their phones during class, which can be a big distraction from their schoolwork. An interesting fact is that 65% of students will still bring their phone to school even if they are banned....

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- Dinah Wulf

Dinah Wulf

Step by Step Storage and Organization Ideas for Your Drawers and Closets Just because you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. When it comes to storage and organization ideas for your home, decluttering and organizing the insides of your drawers and closets are just as important as organizing a home office desktop...

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- Julia
How To Paint Faux Terracotta Pumpkins
How To Paint Faux Terracotta Pumpkins

One of my favorite materials and colors right now is terracotta. My porch’s new checkerboard pattern is also in ivory and terracotta and so is our one bathroom. I’m also painting our door in a dark terracotta color, which I will share soon. So painting some random plastic mismatched Jack-o’-lanterns into faux terracotta pumpkins just felt right for this year’s fall porch decor.

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How To Paint Faux Terracotta Pumpkins or Jack-o'-lanterns Inspiration: The original Pottery Barn Jack-o'-lanterns Materials needed to paint the pumpkins colors used to paint the terracotta pumpkins Some cheap plastic Jack-o'-lantern options Faux Terracotta Pumpkin Painting Instructions video tutorial Step-by-step instructions to show how to make a pumpkin look like terracotta Photos of finished DIY terracotta pumpkin Jack-O'-Lantern

How To Paint Faux Terracotta Pumpkins or Jack-o’-lanterns

Pottery Barn recently sold authentic terracotta Jack-o’-lantern pumpkins. They were pricey but sold out really fast regardless. So even if you are willing to spend a nice chunk of change on them, they aren’t available anymore. I still really wanted a group of them for my front porch so I decided to make my own.

Continue reading How To Paint Faux Terracotta Pumpkins at Cuckoo4Design.

- Julia
Fall Decor Trends in our home
Fall Decor Trends in our home

I reluctantly started to decorate for fall because I really still want to hold on to summer. The temperatures are still warm and my house plants are still outside. I’m hoping I can squeeze a bit more summer out of September.

Today I’m also participating in Marty’s (A Stroll Thru Life) fall blog hop home tour series. Make sure you check out the others for some inspiration. There are a variety of different decorating styles which I always love. You can start on Marty’s blog and make your way through the lineup.

Welcome to everyone coming from Anita’s house at Whispering Pines Homestead. I always love her unique home and photography. She has the perfect cozy setting and colors.

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How To Paint Faux Terracotta Pumpkins or Jack-o'-lanterns Inspiration: The original Pottery Barn Jack-o'-lanterns Materials needed to paint the pumpkins colors used to paint the terracotta pumpkins Some cheap plastic Jack-o'-lantern options Faux Terracotta Pumpkin Painting Instructions video tutorial Step-by-step instructions to show how to make a pumpkin look like terracotta Photos of finished DIY terracotta pumpkin Jack-O'-Lantern

Fall Homedecor Trends 2022 in our home

The one thing I noticed last year and this year is that everything is more simplified and natural.

Continue reading Fall Decor Trends in our home at Cuckoo4Design.

- Julia
Temple Nest Apartment Tour
Temple Nest Apartment Tour

This year our son moved into an off-campus apartment at Temple University called Temple Nest Apartments. Temple housing is definitely tricky since all the neighborhoods surrounding Temple are rather scary. There is no way of sugarcoating that. I try to not even watch the Philly news anymore because it caused so much anxiety for me.
I shared last year’s James Whitehall dorm room tour with you. There were several scary incidents very very close to the dorm which actually isn’t right on campus either. I wasn’t happy with the location. He also didn’t want to share a room with someone else anymore and is much happier living with his 2 roommates in a furnished apartment instead.

My feelings about having my son attend Temple and how it was last year would require an entirely separate post though. Regardless of the horrific crime rate and how dangerous it is, it is a great college and no matter how much I complain, our son absolutely loves it.

Our Son’s Temple Nest Apartment Tour

Hopefully, my temple nest apartment review can help someone else who is searching for off-campus housing.

As you can see below the place came with a sofa, chair, coffee table, end tables, 42-inch wall-mounted flat-screen TV, security system, barstools, full-size kitchen with dishwasher and garbage disposal, 3 dorm room style furnished private bedrooms, and a small bathroom.

Continue reading Temple Nest Apartment Tour at Cuckoo4Design.

- Julia
My ever-evolving summer home decor
My ever-evolving summer home decor

Today I’m participating in Marty’s (A Stroll Thru Life‘s) summer home tour blog hop again. While I’m thrilled that it is finally summer and my parents are about to visit who haven’t been here together since my 19-year-old son was in diapers, I can’t stop feeling like it is so off to post about summer home decor as if nothing is wrong in this world.

Things have weighed heavily on my mind for a while and the more awful things happen, the less I want to post on any of my accounts. When my son said that he is desensitized to everything happening because there is awful news everywhere I realized that change isn’t going to come by pretending that we are all ok. He is a student at Temple University where there is daily gun violence, the horrific mass shootings, the war in Ukraine…it’s just all so overwhelmingly horrible. I don’t think turning off the news (I mostly watch European news because they don’t have the US political agenda) is the answer because that’s just wearing blinders and pretending everything is fine when it clearly is not. The divide just keeps getting bigger and bigger and it is so depressing.

Continue reading My ever-evolving summer home decor at Cuckoo4Design.

- Julia
How to repaint a painted concrete porch
How to repaint a painted concrete porch

I’ve had today’s “How to repaint a concrete porch” project on my to-do list for quite some time and was anxiously awaiting warmer weather. When I bought the vintage rattan sofa for our front porch, I made it work on the black and white striped porch but I knew that at some point I wanted to change the colors.
The stripes held up great and the paint didn’t chip at all over time but the white had stained a lot and my pressure washer wasn’t able to clean it well anymore. Bird poop can really do some damage ya know?

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How To Paint Faux Terracotta Pumpkins or Jack-o'-lanterns Inspiration: The original Pottery Barn Jack-o'-lanterns Materials needed to paint the pumpkins colors used to paint the terracotta pumpkins Some cheap plastic Jack-o'-lantern options Faux Terracotta Pumpkin Painting Instructions video tutorial Step-by-step instructions to show how to make a pumpkin look like terracotta Photos of finished DIY terracotta pumpkin Jack-O'-Lantern

How to repaint a concrete porch

The last time I painted our concrete porch in 2016, I used Olympic Rescue Paint but our Home Depot stopped selling it and I didn’t want the hassle of trying to pick paint online and it not being accurate.

Continue reading How to repaint a painted concrete porch at Cuckoo4Design.

- Julia
my favorite summer tunic dresses
my favorite summer tunic dresses

I spend a lot of time on Instagram and while browsing my feed, I have been increasingly getting ads about summer tunic dresses. Many times I have clicked over to the shopping sites only to notice that I was on one of the thousands of cheap Chinese knock-off sites. I don’t know if you remembered when I got sucked into buying from one of them last summer and warned my email subscribers about them and not to buy from them.
Lately, there was an image of one of those dresses that I couldn’t let go of because I loved it so much and I just wanted to find who the original designer source was. All those fashion images have been stolen on those sites and are not representing what you are actually going to receive in the mail. It irritates me so much! Especially the fact that they all get away with it while Instagram remains so strict with everything we regular folks post about but since those sites pay for their posts, many eyes are looking the other way and let them. I started to report those ads because they annoy me so much.

So let’s get back to the dress that I love so much and where I was on a mission to find the original designer.

Continue reading my favorite summer tunic dresses at Cuckoo4Design.

- Julia
My favorite stylish slingback patio chairs
My favorite stylish slingback patio chairs

We’ve had Adirondack chairs in our backyard for years and they recently broke, so I was on the hunt for replacements. Since we have such a small backyard, I wanted to find something a bit smaller-scaled to fit the space better. I also wanted outdoor chairs that are foldable for easier storage over the winter and slingback patio chairs fit that bill perfectly.

I’ve always been drawn to sling chairs ever since seeing them in my brother’s small yard in Germany. They add such a vacation beach vibe and are also super comfortable.

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How To Paint Faux Terracotta Pumpkins or Jack-o'-lanterns Inspiration: The original Pottery Barn Jack-o'-lanterns Materials needed to paint the pumpkins colors used to paint the terracotta pumpkins Some cheap plastic Jack-o'-lantern options Faux Terracotta Pumpkin Painting Instructions video tutorial Step-by-step instructions to show how to make a pumpkin look like terracotta Photos of finished DIY terracotta pumpkin Jack-O'-Lantern

8 of my favorite slingback patio chairs

Some of the following chairs have fabric, synthetic, or rope material used for the slings and some are solid wood.

Continue reading My favorite stylish slingback patio chairs at Cuckoo4Design.

- Julia
Renter-friendly chandelier makeover tutorial
Renter-friendly chandelier makeover tutorial

I’ve been talking about updating our existing chandelier for a while now. Today is finally the day that I have the actual chandelier makeover tutorial for you. I used simple materials to build cover-ups that you can easily slip over any existing chandelier to give it a new look.

I mentioned renter-friendly in the headline because there might be folks out there who would like to cover up a chandelier in their rental without removing it or using spray paint. So if you are here to learn how to cover up an ugly chandelier then search no more.

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How To Paint Faux Terracotta Pumpkins or Jack-o'-lanterns Inspiration: The original Pottery Barn Jack-o'-lanterns Materials needed to paint the pumpkins colors used to paint the terracotta pumpkins Some cheap plastic Jack-o'-lantern options Faux Terracotta Pumpkin Painting Instructions video tutorial Step-by-step instructions to show how to make a pumpkin look like terracotta Photos of finished DIY terracotta pumpkin Jack-O'-Lantern

Crystal chandelier makeover tutorial

While my crystal chandelier isn’t ugly at all and I actually still like it, I do have to admit that it wasn’t a focal point anymore since switching the paint wall color from dark gray to white last year.

Continue reading Renter-friendly chandelier makeover tutorial at Cuckoo4Design.

- Julia
How to install a carpet runner on stairs
How to install a carpet runner on stairs

A couple of years ago I removed the carpet from our stairs and refinished the stairs. They now ended up looking really worn down, especially after I removed the riser decals. When I sit on the sofa in our living room the stairs are what I look at and it really bothered me lately. I knew it was time to update them again.

When I came across this indoor/outdoor rug for an amazing price while browsing the internet, I decided to just go for it. I was a little disappointed at the beginning that it is much darker than the online photos but now that it has been installed for a while I’m so happy with it. I just have to make sure I don’t add too many brown accessories to our home. Remember the new DIY pendant light I made with jute yarn is also brown.

How to install carpet runner on stairs without carpet pad

Some of you might immediately say “Hell no, you can’t do that”, let me just explain…

Can you install a stair runner without a carpet pad?

The rule amongst professionals is definitely to install a stair runner with carpet padding.

Continue reading How to install a carpet runner on stairs at Cuckoo4Design.