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Blog Interrupted...

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Blog Interrupted...

Okay, so what happens when you decide to remodel your kitchen and two bathrooms, have a wedding shower coming up in a few weeks for your daughter, have a friend coming to stay a few days after said shower, your other daughter moving back home, and……no good place for either said guest or returning child?  Well, I can tell you what happens!  Chaos….pure chaos….Okay so maybe I’m being a little over-dramatic but still.  It’s been a rough few weeks with a few more yet to come!

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Five Tips for a Truly “Happy” Thanksgiving!

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Five Tips for a Truly “Happy” Thanksgiving!

Anyway, every year it seems the holiday season brings a mixture of joy and stress to all who partake in it.  This blog is just some “food for thought” (yes, pun intended!) to help make your Thanksgiving meal go smoothly and be an enjoyable event… even for you, the host.  So, without further adieu... here we go!

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Home: A Definition

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Home: A Definition

With the holiday season looming ever closer, it seems a good time to think about the true definition of the word home.  In my mind, when you think of that word and what it really means, it should bring to mind many different memories and emotions.  This is truly why we do what we do….trying to make things function better, look better, be more comfortable and on and on. Yes, we can love the actual act of doing the projects (heaven knows I do!) but there are deeper reasons for what we do.  We really want friends and family to think back on times spent in our home as special. This is good….this is what home is all about.

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Are you obsessed with design?

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Are you obsessed with design?

Interior design, diy & home interior lovers (like me) all share one commonality - we are obsessed with design! In this post, I'll explain why a little healthy obsession is good for you in the long run.

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Creative DIY: Cupcake Shop Inspiration

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Creative DIY: Cupcake Shop Inspiration

The smell of good coffee and fresh baked cupcakes is hard to beat, but I have to be honest with you, I was almost more enamored with the creative DIY and repurposed furniture in the Frost Me shop. The first thing that caught my attention were the tin tiles adorning the front of the counter. Next, my eyes landed on the cutest shelving unit ever. What a creative use of ladders to get a unique look and also a great repurposed item! See how this cute cupcake shop got my creative redesign juices flowing.

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Inexpensive Gift Ideas (For the DIYer In Your LIfe)

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Inexpensive Gift Ideas (For the DIYer In Your LIfe)

Are you in a relationship with someone who always seems to have home improvement on the brain? Does your significant other think that a great way to spend your Friday is ripping off old backsplash in preparation for an updated version? Does your partner either wake you in the middle of the night or before even saying “Good morning” state (with considerable excitement) that they’ve finally figured out how to solve whatever decorating or design dilemma they think you are currently having? If so, then a great DIY gift may be just the thing to make your honey’s heart sing this Christmas morning! I can attest to this personally. Last year, the best gift my hubby gave me was an all-in-one workbench—complete with two sets of clamps, variable height adjustment and extenders to hold bigger items. Oh, how I love that man of mine - he knows me so very well!

This post offers some sure-to-please inexpensive gift ideas guaranteed to win you brownie points with your special someone:

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Table Refinishing – from Dumpster to Darling

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Table Refinishing – from Dumpster to Darling

I believe most furniture has a story to tell and deserves to be saved and repurposed whenever possible. So when I got a text from my older daughter – “Hey mom, I saw this cute little table in the trash…do you want it?” – my answer, of course, was yes! I love repurposing things and saving them from an early demise, and based on the photo my daughter sent, I know this would be a very satisfying salvation. This table had everything going for it: great size, unique style and a clear need for some table refinishing TLC.  See how I remade it!

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DIY Mosaic (Cheap & Mess Free!)

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DIY Mosaic (Cheap & Mess Free!)

What if I told you, you can easily create mess-free, tile-free mosaic. Want to add a fun treatment to a tabletop, cabinet or a frame? Maybe you want to make a fun decorative wall-hanging or box?  Here’s a great, inexpensive, fun way to do just that. 

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Ringo and the Zebras - Design Dilemmas

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Ringo and the Zebras - Design Dilemmas

Seems that some creative college students had lived in the space previously and one had artistic talent.  And while both murals were very nicely done, I most definitely DON’T invite Beatles or zebras into my living space. Now if I had walked into a room to find Jon Bon Jovi on my wall, watching me, staring at me—that might be a different story. But not for a second did I entertain any other notion than, “these guys must go!” See what I did...

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Let the redesign habit begin

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Let the redesign habit begin

Many people I’ve met over the years have thought of their home as shelter and not much more. They don't realize the potential of their home—whether a tiny rental or magnificent multi-story—to impact their life in positive and negative ways. I feel strongly about people’s perceptions of their space, and the power of the space itself. I believe the places we live in, and the furnishings we live with, deserve our respect and care. That’s where redesign comes in.

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