Five Creative Pillow Projects

Five Creative Pillow Projects

 
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When I rented my first house in college, I stayed awake nights decorating it in my head.

I should have been concentrating on Physics or Latin or World Civilization.

But I wasn’t.

I spent every waking hour designing rooms instead.

You could buy a cup of coffee now with my decorating budget, but I made it work.  I shopped yard sales and bought these random sheets and stapled them to the purple couch that came with the house and sewed giant pillows to cover all the other rented furniture in the house.

Somehow those pillows made everything seem like home.

If you are looking for a little refresh for your living room or family room or office or study or rented room with a purple couch….

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Twelve Fall Door Decorating Ideas

Twelve Fall Door Decorating Ideas

 
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This looks like a blog, right?

It’s not.

It’s actually an idea factory.

Especially if you have a door that needs a little fall?  This is the place.

(total aside:  I went all Grease The Movie in my mind with that last phrase.  Grease is the time.  Grease is the place.  Grease is the motion.)

Apparently, this is an idea factory that chases rabbits, too. 🙂

Are you ready for some ideas?  I have three different doors I created for Kirkland’s with three different looks and tons of easy, simple projects anyone can create in minutes.

So buckle your idea seat belt….

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DIY Fall Leaf Book Page Wreath

DIY Fall Leaf Book Page Wreath

 
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The other day our golden retriever chewed up an encyclopedia.

Volume C to be exact.

I walked into the dining room and followed the trail of paper shreds to find him with his head between his paws and bits of Andrew Carnegie on his nose.

It was priceless.

I wanted to get mad, but he was so cute I couldn’t.

So I made lemonade from a torn and tattered encyclopedia instead.

Meet my new fall book page wreath.Continue reading

How to Make a Drop Cloth Roman Shade

How to Make a Drop Cloth Roman Shade

 
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When I was little, I used to call things cool.

Things that were amazing, things that were incredible, things that poems and songs and odes should be written about….

…they were called cool.

When I got older?  Things were awesome.  And tubular.  And fetch.  And on fleek.

But now?

Throw all that out the window.

If you love something.  If you are all about it.  If it’s amazing and out of this world and off the charts like these drop cloth roman shades?

It’s now called savage.

Please use that in conversation today and thank me later. 🙂Continue reading

Hydrangea, Pears and Blue Jeans

Hydrangea, Pears and Blue Jeans

 
Fall centerpiece

Yesterday was learning day.

I learned that you can hollow out pumpkins and use them as vases and fill them with hydrangea.

I learned that a magnolia flower makes fall even brighter.

I learned that you can create this entire centerpiece for under $10.

And I learned that perspective?

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10 Fall Decorating Trends I’m Decorating With Right Now

10 Fall Decorating Trends I’m Decorating With Right Now

 

happy fall wreath

I cannot WAIT to show you what I’ve been working on for fall.

(insert raising hands and stomping feet)

It’s my favorite fall ever.

Like a dancing around with spirit fingers singing “Don’t Stop Believin” kind of fall.

I’m not sure what it is about this year, maybe it was the flash flood or the humidity or the hot temperatures mixed with all the rainy days.

But I’m so over it.

Let’s talk fall.

Here’s 10 trends I’m using in my decor this year (most of them are under $5.00).Continue reading

Lessons From a Recipe Wall

Lessons From a Recipe Wall

 
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This is one of my most popular projects.

A recipe wall.

I created it back when the blog was still learning to walk and it’s been facebooked and tweeted and shared and pinned thousands and thousands of times.

It always gets to sit at the popular table in the cafeteria.

Odes have been written about it.  Poems have been composed it its honor.  Ballads have been sung to it on fluted lyre.

Town criers have stood on street corners with proclamations dedicated to its name.

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DIY Chalkboard Menu

DIY Chalkboard Menu

 
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My three (or four depending if we are getting technical and counting contractions) least favorite words in the English language are….

….what’s for dinner.

I should know that it’s coming.

I should be prepared.

I should anticipate and plan and think ahead and have a stocked refrigerator and something cooking on the stove.

And yet, every night around 5:00 when the little birds in the nest start chirping and asking what we are having for dinner….

….I look around surprised.

Are they talking to me?Continue reading