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7 Must-Have Items to Set the Perfect Holiday Table

In today’s world of fast-paced trends and disposable goods, there’s a certain magic in investing in timeless dinnerware and serving pieces that can stand the test of time. These are the pieces that elevate your dining experience, add a touch of elegance to every meal, and become cherished family heirlooms. Here are seven simple yet sophisticated items to set the perfect holiday table that will last the next 50 years and beyond.

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Stunning Backyard Pool Makeover on a Budget

When we first toured our home, one of the really attractive aspects of the property was the large backyard and in-ground pool. While the landscaping wasn’t our particular style and there were some improvements needed, I knew that with a little elbow grease, we could tackle a backyard pool makeover on a budget!

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The Best Sherwin Williams Paint Products for Cabinets

Whether it’s your kitchen or bathroom, a fresh coat of paint on your cabinets can completely transform the look of the space.  When it comes to choosing the best paint for the job, Sherwin-Williams offers several excellent options that provide durability, a smooth finish, and easy application. In this blog post, we’ll explore the top Sherwin-Williams paint choices for cabinets and why they are ideal for your next makeover.

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How to Install a Shower Niche | Best DIY Tips

When tiling the shower surround in our kids bathroom, I added a recessed shower niche and learned a lot! This DIY was a little intimidating, but totally manageable once I got started and I know it will be for you too with these tips! I am excited to share all of my tips and tricks for you to tackle your own DIY shower niche project because the extra storage space is worth it!

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1960s Bathroom Budget-Friendly Makeover | Blending Fun and Nostalgia

The kids’ 1960s bathroom makeover is complete and I am so pleased with the result! This bathroom renovation began with an unexpected leak behind the shower tile and was not exactly planned. As a homeowner, these surprises can happen and sometimes you have to roll with the punches and work with what you can.

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The Best Kitchen Cabinet Paint Kit to Try at Home

The best kitchen cabinet paint brand is the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations kit. It is incredibly easy to use and it is budget-friendly! While the name of the product highlights that the paint kit is perfect for kitchen cabinets, I have used the Cabinet Transformations kits on multiple pieces of furniture, too!

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Painting a Bathroom Cabinet DIY | Step by Step Tutorial

The existing vanity in our kid’s bathroom had seen better days and was in dire need of a makeover! A fresh coat of paint is the quickest way to update a bathroom vanity cabinet on a budget. If you have a wood vanity that is in good shape this bathroom vanity makeover is a great option for you!

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Awesome 1960s Bathroom Vanity Makeover | DIY

One of my favorite DIY projects of the kids’ bathroom makeover is the updated vanity. If an existing vanity is in good condition, I would much rather give it a makeover instead of tearing it out! A new vanity can cost a lot of money and I knew we could transform this 50+ year old cabinet with a little bit of effort.

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Sherwin-Williams Upward 6239 | Paint Color Review

Let’s do a paint color review of Upward, Sherwin-Williams (SW 6239) color of the year choice for 2024!
Every year, top paint brands choose a paint color for the new year that they expect to be trending in home interiors. Let’s dig in as to why this denim blue is THE color of 2024 according to Sherwin Williams.

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Sherwin-Williams Likeable Sand (SW 6058) Paint Color Review

Sherwin-Williams Likeable Sand (SW 6058) is a stunning pink paint color that can be used as a neutral when designing a space.

I first discovered Likeable Sand while planning my daughter’s bedroom makeover. My daughter wanted pink walls, so we compromised with more of a muddy pink paint color. I wanted a pink that was less bubblegum and more of a moody pink that could grow with her.

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How to Clean Paint Brushes – The Easy Way!

My toxic trait is that I love DIY paint projects but I HATE to clean the paint brushes afterward! It sounds simple to wash your paintbrushes right after you complete a project, but that is the last thing I want to do after painting for hours.

This year I am going to listen to my own advice and take better care of my paintbrushes.

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10 Unique Ways to Decorate with Christmas Tree Trimmings

Decorating your home with Christmas tree trimmings offers a multitude of benefits. First, it is a cost-effective way to add a festive touch to your space. Instead of purchasing new decorations each year, you can repurpose the trimmings from your tree, saving both money and the environment.

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How to Create a Nostalgic Christmas Tree Your Family Will Love

Decorating the Christmas tree is my favorite activity during the holiday season! The tradition of unwrapping each ornament and reminiscing about where we bought it or who made it is so special. There is something so comforting and nostalgic about decorating a Christmas tree with family memories.

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How to Make Art Prints Look Like a Vintage Painting

Unique artwork throughout a home has the opportunity to tell a story and turn a house into a home. If I could buy custom paintings and hang them throughout my home I would, unfortunately, not have the budget to fill my walls with original artwork all at once. As I continue to slowly collect original art, I am excited to share this easy and affordable DIY to make art prints look painted with a simple technique.

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How to Make a Beautiful Pumpkin Flower Arrangement

Looking for an easy and affordable floral arrangement to display on your Thanksgiving table? Look no further than this beautiful pumpkin flower arrangement that is perfect for autumn!

This unique floral arrangement costs less than $20 and adds a festive touch to any tablescape.

These flowers aren’t just to set the table, they also make a great gift! In total, this project took about 30 minutes to create two arrangements.

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Painting Furniture DIY | Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

Painting furniture is my favorite budget-friendly DIY when I need a fresh new look while decorating a space. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced DIYer, this guide has all the information you need to successfully paint your furniture and create a beautiful, customized piece for your home.

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The Ultimate Guide to Hanging a Window Box

If you’re looking to add some charm and beauty to your home, hanging a window box is a great option. Whether you want to showcase colorful flowers or grow your own herbs, this ultimate guide will provide you with step-by-step instructions and helpful tips to make the process of hanging a window box a breeze.

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8 DIY Garden Edging Ideas for a Beautiful Yard

If you’re looking to spruce up your garden and add some visual interest, consider adding some DIY garden edging. Not only does it add beauty and definition to your yard, but it can also help keep your garden organized and prevent plants from spilling over into unwanted areas. Here are 8 creative ideas to get you started.

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How to Paint a Shed Yourself | Beginner’s Guide

If you’re looking to spruce up your backyard, painting your shed is a great place to start. With a little bit of time and effort, you can transform your shed into a beautiful and eye-catching feature of your outdoor space.
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced DIYer, this guide will walk you through the steps to paint your shed like a pro.

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9+ Creative DIY Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

Looking to give your kitchen a fresh new look without spending a fortune? A DIY backsplash can be a great way to add some personality and style to your space.

From peel-and-stick tiles to unique stencils, there are plenty of affordable and creative options to choose from. Check out these DIY backsplash ideas for inspiration.

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Timeless Dark Green Paint Colors to Try at Home

I have been knee deep in dark green paint colors as I contemplate what color to paint our new garden shed. The dark green needs to work on the siding of our shed as well as the shutters around the exterior of our house.

When I want a timeless paint color for my home, I always check out the historic collections at our local paint store. Dark green paint colors add a richness to any design and there are so many great options!

Here are a few of my top picks for our home.

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Oyster Bay Sherwin Williams | Color Review

Oyster Bay by Sherwin Williams (SW 6202) is a striking gray-green color with slate blue undertones. It is included in the Recharge color palette of Sherwin William’s Living Well Collection. The colors included in the Recharge collection are said to fill the soul with calm and optimism. They bring to mind restful retreats, peaceful pools, and total relaxation.

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Eider White Sherwin Williams (SW 7014) Paint Color Review

Choosing the right paint color for your home can be a daunting task, but Eider White by Sherwin Williams is a popular choice for many homeowners. After using this paint color in multiple rooms of our homes, I definitely have first-hand knowledge of using Eider White in your home.

In this review, we’ll take a closer look at this paint color, including its undertones, versatility, and how it looks in different lighting situations.

Whether you’re considering Eider White for your walls, trim, or cabinets, we’ve got you covered.

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Beautiful Blue Tile Bathroom Refresh | Before and After

In 2018, we purchased a flip house and I was determined to restore the 1950s vintage blue tile bathroom to its original glory. This image of the bathroom looks much better than it did in person. I had a photographer take before photos and they look too good!
I suppose it is a great example of why you should always hire a photographer when selling your home, though. HA!

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Ohio Shade Gardens | Best Perennials & Design Ideas

If you have a shady yard, you may think that having a beautiful garden is out of reach. However, with the right design and plant choices, you can create a stunning shade garden that thrives in low-light conditions.

Check out these 7 shade garden ideas for inspiration and tips on how to make your own backyard oasis.

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The Best Mushroom Paint Colors for Your Home

Mushroom paint colors are a popular choice for those looking for a neutral color palette that adds warmth and depth to their home decor. From light beige to dark taupe, mushroom hues offer a versatile and sophisticated look that can complement any style. Check out my picks for the best mushroom paint colors for your home.

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How to Make a Shaker-Style Peg Rail for $20! | Easy DIY

Looking for a fun way to spruce up your home without spending a fortune? A peg rail can be the perfect project for any budget and is a super easy DIY. Shaker peg rails are not only a classic and timeless design, but they are also incredibly functional too! For just $20, I installed a cute peg rail in my brother’s kitchen that fits the style and age of the home and is great for organization.

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The Easy Way to Paint Kitchen Cabinets (no sanding!)

Paint is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to transform a space. These days, you can paint just about anything you can think of including walls, floors, furniture, and kitchen cabinets! This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to easily paint kitchen cabinets, even for those beginner DIY’ers!

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$200 Budget Friendly Kitchen Makeover – Top Tips!

This DIY kitchen makeover is one of my favorite projects yet! My brother and sister-in-law, Jon and Shannon, live in a beautiful 1930s home with their three adorable boys, but their small kitchen was not as functional (and pretty) as they would have liked. Because a full renovation is not in the cards right now, we came up with a very affordable plan to increase the function for their family and give this small kitchen a glow-up!

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10 Most Popular Farrow and Ball Paint Colors

Whenever I stop to admire a beautifully designed image, 9 times out of 10 it is one of these popular Farrow and Ball colors. The Farrow and Ball paint brand is a favorite among interior designers for its rich hues and over 132 dreamy paint colors to choose from. Along with these paint colors being some of my favorites, they are also the most highly rated and reviewed on the Farrow and Ball site.

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The Best Blue Gray Paint Colors to Try at Home

One of my favorite paint colors to add to a room is a shade of blue-gray A lighter blue gray creates a fresh and breezy atmosphere, while darker blueish gray colors add warmth and coziness to a room. If you are itching to add a little color to your home but are afraid you will choose the wrong color, a blue gray paint color is the perfect place to start!

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Stylish Skirted Tables | Entryway Ideas and Inspiration

After living in our home for almost four years, I am finally dedicating some attention to our large foyer. You can check out the full tour of our house the day we got the keys in an earlier blog post. The entryway in our house was one of the big selling points with its cathedral ceilings, curved staircase, and decorative wainscot trim. This traditional space is screaming for a stylish skirted table to drop your keys and place a cozy lamp.

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7+ Easy Rub N Buff DIY Ideas for Beginners

If you enjoy DIY projects, chances are you have used Rub ‘n Buff a time or two! This tiny little tube has the ability to turn a tacky-looking object into something that looks antique or even real brass. Do you remember the line in Meet the Fockers, “you can milk anything with nipples”? Well, you can add rub n buff to any object with a surface! Don’t ask me why that scene pops into my head when I use this product, it just does. This wax buffs smoothly onto wood, glass, porcelain, metal and many more surfaces.

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Super Simple Seashell Dish | Rub ‘n Buff DIY

I love a quick and easy DIY and this cute seashell dish definitely qualifies as one. I updated our guest bedroom a few months ago and decided to add a small dish to the nightstand for our visitors to place jewelry or other trinkets. This DIY project took about 10 minutes and I used items that we already owned – now that is a win!

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20+ Functional & Stylish Entryway Ideas for You

I fell in love with the entryway of our house from the moment we stepped through the door. The architecture of our front entryway speaks for itself, but I am ready to give it some personality and add some function. I have compiled functional and stylish entryway ideas to reference as I plan our foyer updates.

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Exciting 2023 Paint Color Trends for the Home

The 2023 paint color trends have been announced and fiery and dramatic reds seem to be a popular choice. The last few years have been about resetting with a new decade and grounding ourselves with the craziness of the pandemic, so focusing on energizing colors in 2023 is not surprising. Let’s check out the color trends to expect in the new year!

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Sherwin Williams Alabaster Color Review

Sherwin Williams Alabaster (SW 7008) is one of my favorite neutral white paint colors. Alabaster is the perfect off-white that feels bright and fresh while also having that warm and cozy element to the paint color. In fact, I have it painted all throughout my house! With so many rooms in our current home painted in Alabaster, I decided to do a full review on this popular paint color!

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11 Affordable Unfinished Basement Ideas to DIY

Creating a functional living space in an unfinished basement is an incredible way to add square footage to your home! Today I am excited to share affordable ideas to create a beautiful unfinished basement on a budget. These DIY projects made all of the difference in our basement and it’s now a space that we use every single day.

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8 Ways to Update Your Vintage Tile Bathroom

Bathrooms built in the mid-century were bold and homeowners were definitely not afraid of color. While many of these retro bathrooms have been replaced over the years, many homeowners are beginning to appreciate the bold bathroom styles from 50+ years ago. Homeowners who are determined to preserve their vintage tile bathrooms without giving up modern amenities in bathrooms built today.

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Color Review | Sherwin Williams Redend Point

Every year, the biggest paint brands choose a color of the year that they predict will be a popular hue that will dominate design in the new year. This muted hue is the perfect neutral paint color to try in your home. When applied to the walls of a room, this beautiful earth tone creates a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

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9 Decorative Wall Trim Ideas to Add Character to Your Home

Adding decorative wall trim is a great way to add architectural interest to your home. It is important, however, to choose a wall trim that is appropriate to the architectural style of the home. Decorative wall trim and molding help bring a room to life as well as serve more practical functions like hiding the seams of the floor and wall.

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Stunning Blue and White Christmas Decor Ideas

As a lover of traditional style and designs, I have always been drawn to blue and white decor. It is no surprise then that I am attracted to blue and white Christmas decor! There are so many different ways to incorporate blue and white into the holidays and the history of this combo instantly creates a classic and traditional feeling.

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Classic Red and Gold Christmas Tree Ideas for the Holidays

Red and gold are classic Christmas colors that have been used for years around the holidays. For me, traditional red and gold Christmas decor creates a feeling of nostalgia and joy.

Red and gold Christmas trees feel timeless and look beautiful in any home. For inspiration with creating this look in your own home, check out the beautiful designs below that I love. These decorations are either easy to recreate on your own or are images that I recently saved on Instagram or Pinterest.

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How to Flock a Christmas Tree | Trendy Holiday DIY

A few years ago, my aunt found a 9-foot, pre-lit Christmas tree on FB marketplace for a great deal. She loved the shape and size of the tree, but she really wanted a heavily flocked look on the branches. There are lots of tutorials online for DIY flocked Christmas trees so we decided to give it a go!

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Easy DIY Lacquer Tray | Rita Konig Dupe

This easy DIY lacquer tray dupe saved me hundreds of dollars while achieving the same high-end look I wanted! One of my favorite designers is Rita Konig and I have been drawn to the beautiful lacquer trays she designs and sells. I recently renovated my guest bedroom/office and her two-tone, blue and green, lacquer tray fit perfectly with the design concept. A medium-sized tray like below is listed at $275.

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How to Hang Christmas Garland Outdoors with Lights

When it comes to Christmas lights, I prefer white lights outside and colorful lights on our Christmas tree. My favorite exterior holiday decor is the twinkling Christmas garland I hang around the top of our porch every year. Hanging the cedar garland and Christmas lights is really easy and I am breaking it all down for you in the tutorial below!

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Simple Tufted Headboard DIY That Looks Expensive!

This green upholstered headboard may be my favorite DIY project yet. I created this simple DIY tufted headboard for our guest bedroom and it completely transformed the look of our old platform bed. The beautiful green looks fantastic against the pale blue/gray walls and is really the focal point of the entire space. I have created a step-by-step tutorial for you to follow and create your own headboard for less than $200.

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Painted Nightstands & DIY Project | ORC Week 3

Welcome back to week 3 of the One Room Challenge! This week I continued to focus on the bed and nightstands, which are the main focal point of the room. To hide the old platform bed, I purchased a mattelasse bedskirt and it completely changed the look of the bed. I also purchased a white quilt so the green headboard would get all of the attention.

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Guest Bedroom Focal Point | ORC Week 2

Welcome back to week 2 of the One Room Challenge! This week I am focusing on the design of the guest bedroom / office focal point which will determine the choices for the rest of the room – the bed! For this makeover, I am pushing myself creatively and trying to make choices that are a little less safe. I will take you through my entire thought process below!

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6 Easy Ideas to Create a Functional Laundry Room

Creating a functional laundry room doesn’t have to be complicated or costly. With the right organization, storage solutions, and tools, you can maximize your space and make laundry day much easier. Read on for practical tips and clever ideas to turn your laundry room into a functional and efficient home hub.

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Popular Farrow & Ball Colors Matched to Behr

I am constantly drawn to the beautiful and popular Farrow and Ball paint colors. Unfortunately, the accessibility and pricepoint are two reasons why I have yet to purchase this paint brand.
I know this is old school, but there is something about purchasing paint in a store that brings me comfort! Farrow and Ball paints are sold in limited stores so the purchase would be made online. While I am not opposed to purchasing online, the biggest detractor is the price point. I am usually scraping together my budget for DIY projects, so $115 for a gallon of paint is hard to justify.

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