Book Giveaway: Love The Home You Have

Love The Home You Have

Remember I told you last week that Ed had a conference in the DC area and I was going to tag along to do some sightseeing?  I was going to treat the trip as a mini-spring break.  Well, I went… but the weather didn’t cooperate with my plans until yesterday.

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Right as we were leaving, the sun came out and the temp reached 81 degrees!

Not to miss out on this perfectly lovely afternoon, we took every advantage we could to enjoy it.  Even being stuck on 495 North in Virginia in rush hour traffic, we decided to make the best of it.  We put the top down on the car, turned up the tunes, and stayed positive to enjoy the summer-like afternoon.

Finding delight in our situation, reminded me of the book I had just finished reading by a fellow blogger while I was hanging out at the hotel we stayed at…. 

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Recipe Box REDUX

You know I have been decluttering lately. I have tackled all the hidden areas around my home where most clutter lurks...basement, garage, and attic, but I felt it was time to take on a space that is the most seen and lived in...my kitchen. On my path to … Continue Reading...

Clever and useful way to repurpose colorful spice tins | In My Own Style

Insta-Style: Spice Tins

I have another installment of Insta-Style for you today. What's Insta-Style?   A weekend series of simple projects for which no tutorial is needed. You may not own the same items I show in the series of posts, but I am hoping that the ideas will inspire … Continue Reading...

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Mini Spring Break Reading

Do you get a spring break? I fondly remember a week long break in March when I was in school and then again when my daughters enjoyed it while they were growing up. After my youngest graduated from college 3 years ago, Spring Break doesn't happen around my … Continue Reading...

Find out what the 2 best glossy white paints are to use when you want a super shiny paint finish | In My Own Style

My Two Favorite Glossy White Paints

I have another project to show that I did in my bedroom. It is the mirror that I told you I painted last week, but didn't post about since it was still drying. I painted it with glossy white paint. I wanted it to "pop" against the flat paint finish on … Continue Reading...

Home Decorating ideas using gift wrap

Decorating Your Home With Gift Wrap

When posting about lining my dresser drawers with gift wrap this week, I was reminded of the many posts I have written showing how to use gift wrap to decorate all through your home.  Gift wrap is not just for wrapping gifts. With so many colorful and … Continue Reading...

Use decorative gift wrap or wall paper to line the drawers of a dresser

“The Easy Trick” on How to Line a Drawer

Sometimes the best thing about making over a piece of furniture is in the details. Like the addition of the sweet little tassel I added to my bedroom dresser I just posted about. But also in other ways like the addition of decorative paper to line the drawers. … Continue Reading...

How to create a modern finish on furniture using chalk paint

Modern Paint Finish Using DIY Chalk Paint

My bedroom got a bit brighter and cheerier over the weekend.   I was waiting to pick a color to paint the dresser after I painted the walls in the room. Having that project completed, it was time to make up my mind on what paint color to use on the … Continue Reading...

Bedroom and bedding ideas for home decor

Mom Guilt and the Mattress

I love getting packages...especially ones that are delivered by the postman, the cute UPS guy, or Bob who has been the FedEx guy in my neighborhood for so long that I know him by his first name. A few weeks ago I came home to find this leaning against my … Continue Reading...

Spring bunny gift tag free printable

Free Printable Bunny Gift Tag

Have you had enough? Enough of what seems like a never ending winter?   If you live just about anywhere in the US right now - you are probably craving warm weather and counting the days till spring. The first day of spring arrives on Friday March 20th.  Easter … Continue Reading...

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Insta-Tip: Mini Paint Cans

Instead of a weekend Insta-Style post, I have an Insta-Tip for you.  It is not about style, but a quick and easy DIY tip. It will be part of the weekend series where I share a simple project for which no tutorial is needed. I am hoping that the ideas in … Continue Reading...

Decorating ideas using fake flowers

Try This Decorating Tip Tonight

After my foyer was painted last week, I brought the sideboard, mirror, lamps, and rug back into the space and then left them alone so that I could think about how I wanted the space to look and feel. It is a narrow two-story space that gets flooded with … Continue Reading...

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How to Declutter a Basement and…

...keep it that way! That is the full title of this post, not just how to declutter a basement.  Since the hardest part after the decluttering and organizing process is keeping the space clutter-free so you don't have to go through major time consuming … Continue Reading...

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A Bright New Foyer & More

Happy Friday!  It is a COLD one - actually cold doesn't quite describe just how cold it is outside. It is BITTER COLD!  If your neck of the woods is experiencing these crazy cold temps, I hope you are somewhere warm and snuggled up and don't have to go … Continue Reading...

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How to Make a Round Tablecloth

A few weeks ago I took you on a tour of sorts around my house showing you some of the projects I was planning to do over the next few months. Today I have one finished to show you. I made a round tablecloth to cover my sewing machine table in my … Continue Reading...

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Fitness Room: Before & After

I have one more post to share with you about the bedroom I transformed into a fitness room. A "Flashback Friday" kind of post. Since I have been blogging for over 5 years, I have a lot of content. I wanted to create one round-up style post where readers could … Continue Reading...

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Labels for Storage Bins, Bags, and Baskets

So many of you have written to me since I started my basement purge asking me to make sure I show you details of everything I am doing in my purging process.  Dealing with clutter I have found is quite a popular topic.  We all have to deal with our stuff, … Continue Reading...