Category Archives: Home Decor & Design

Great home decor finds, ideas on how to decorate your home, and organizing tools!

This year everyone seems to have an obsession with mason jars and I am one of those proud followers! I have a collection of my own waiting to be made into something useful:

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I don’t know what it is about a before and after project but I LOVE IT! Since I’ve been slacking on my own before and after projects – I decided to find a little inspiration in others

Here’s a few that might spark some attention!

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This makes me want to get up and do something!!

Sometimes when you find exactly what you want but it’s not the color you wanted it to be.. you have to improvise! My has been searching high and low for a letter M for her library:

She took her extra room and decided to fill it with all her books! She’s slowly been decorating it with pops of teal but she could only find this M:

 

Since some colors don’t show pictures very well – this is a royal blue! You can also see the amazing rig my dad did so I could hang it and spray paint it evenly Two screws in the bottom on a hanger.

 

They went out and bought the correct color of paint that goes with her teal room!

 

A little spray paint later..

 

She is trying to figure out if she likes it better here or

 

Here! What do you think?

 

Either way – I’m glad I could help her get the correct color she wanted!

A Little Something for your Shower

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I love a fun shower curtain. It may just be me but I try to find any way possible to wake up with a smile on my face. Walking into a bathroom every morning with a fun shower curtain would definitely start my morning off right!

Here are some more fun ideas:

@KateSpade shower curtain. A fun unexpected gift!

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ruffle shower curtain

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Would you rather something a little more personal? You can get CUSTOMIZED shower curtains on esty:

via PolkaDotsNWhatnots on Etsy (click the picture to see the shop and use the coupon code TENOFF for 10% )

 

Filing Storage Units

I’ve been organizing my files since it’s almost the end of the year – I like to have everything ready before tax season and to clean out the old files to make room for the new! I decided to do a little research for some new ideas on storing my files:

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Having a wall dedicated to incoming and outgoing files would be nice!

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A trunk for files! I love the idea of having a small space to put pencils and other items with the filling as well as a cork board – I may just have to turn Emma’s old toy bin into something awesome!

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Right now my desk wall is empty and I can imagine these working well for me since I do a majority of my work at my desk.

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This is a good trunk option if you don’t have a ton of files for the huge one! I also like that it can double as a seat

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I can see these hung up on a storage wall. I’d probably get three or four and I love that they are slotted so you can see what’s in them so you don’t lose anything!

 

Bookends That Will Make You Smile :)

Both my and my just recently put libraries in their homes and great gift ideas have been popping into my head. Here are a few I found that I love!

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I never knew there were so many cute ideas!

 

Making Lemon Leaves from Lemon Seeds

Hey everyone! I saw this cool tutorial on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a shot. Today I am going to show you how I took Lemon seeds and made it into Lemon leaves!

Maybe I'll try growing these in the Spring...Instructions : 1-remove outer shell of lemon seed. 2-remove inner protective layer of lemon seed 3-sprout seeds (I like to put them in a damp paper towel, sealed in a zip lock bag,and left in a warm area) 4-once sprouted, plant and enjoy.

I got out my lemons and started chopping them up to find the seeds!

Now you know me – the instructions said to boil and peel of a layer and blah blah blah – I’m lazy and thought, maybe just maybe if I just plant them it’ll work

So I pulled them out and planted those suckers!

I spaced them out just so and covered them with more soil.

Water and wait!!

 

It didn’t take long for little sprouts to show up! So if you are wanting to do a quick project with kids to explain how seeds grow into plants – lemon seeds are great!

This is two weeks into it and they are growing like weeds!! I water them a little every few days and each day we wake up, Emma screams that they are growing and growing so big!!

For not being able to keep many plants alive – I am one proud Mommy I could teach Emma how to grow something! <3

Zulily Goodies!

If you’ve never heard of Zulily, you like home decor, fashion accessories, clothes, kids items, and more – you are about to get your mind blown! This online store is making it hard for me to not become addicted to shopping online. With all the great deals I just want to snatch everything up!

 

Not sure how this works?

 

Zulily posts items from vendors (name brand stores as well as new never been heard of stores!) that are currently on sale with them. Once the date of the sale expires they ship out all the goodies to all those who purchased. You know how I get doubly excited when I buy something (first the excitement of purchasing it online – then the excitement when it shows up)? Yeah this is what happens.

They’ve got a great category list which makes it easy to search for things.

 

Or you can get specific with items and sizes! Better yet – just use the search bar at the top to find what you are looking for!

 

My favorite section is to peek at what’s coming up next! Do I think I’m going to get a better deal by seeing it first .. no – but then I won’t miss out on any deals since some of these deals sell out fast!

 

They even have a back to school section!! AHH I am in love with those smart planet boxes & tumblers. Brian could use some new goodies to take to work – not to mention the prices are AMAAAAZING!

If you haven’t already scooted your butt over there check out the link on our sidebar –>

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I just finished reading I Brake for Yard Sales by Lara Spencer and I couldn’t NOT share it with you all!! The title had me from Hello. One thing I absolutely love? Yard sale hopping, thrift stores, and flea markets are starting to be a new thing for me!

After opening the book it was an instant “home” feeling. I kept reading and found myself screaming, “She gets me!!”

 

 

This book is great for figuring out what kind of style you like and where you are most likely going to find it! She gives great examples and ideas for figuring out what you want in your home.

If you are unsure of where to start looking, she’s got that covered! She explains the best places to look for things as well as some great do’s and dont’s at each event. You’ll feel prepared and prepped before you even step out of the door!

 

This is a great read for those who are interested in starting to decorate their home with yard sale, flea market, thrift shop, and auction finds at great prices!

Here is Barnes & Noble’s overview:

Good Morning America correspondent Lara Spencer is a self-confessed frugalista with a passion for shopping at yard sales, thrift shops, and estate sales, and for decorating her home and friends’ homes with her fabulous finds. In I Brake for Yard Sales, Lara shares her secrets for bargain hunting and tells you where to shop, what to look for, how to pay for it, how to restore it, and finally, where to put it in your house. Looking for the newest arrivals at your local thrift shops? After busy Saturdays and no-pick-up Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are generally the best days to shop for fresh items. Peppered with wisdom from world-renowned appraisers whom Lara knows from her previous work on Antiques Roadshow as well as contributions from well-known designers, this book also features the house of comedienne and good friend Kathy Griffin, which Spencer herself refurbished and decorated.

 

 

Hey everyone! My custom closet is finally finished! We went from Builder Grade to Custom Made in no time

I’m not a fan of Builder grade closets at all. Mainly because I don’t like slotted shelves. The fact that my stuff can fall through the slots is not cool. Secondly there’s only one shelf and I’m 4’11 which means I can’t reach it.

Since I don’t hang things much I’d would much rather have a built in shelf!

I fold all my pants, jeans, leggings, shorts, skirts on one side.

Sweatshirts, long sleeve shirts, t-shirts, and tube tops on the other side! Everything else is my chest in my room.

My dad built the hang up space a bit lower so when I use the top shelf I can actually reach it. He put a second shelf above which I can’t reach but will just be putting storage up there that I won’t need to get to often.

As you can see the amount I hang up is nice shirts and dresses. I’m a stay at home mom and I hardly dress up so there’s not much that needs hung.

I’m pretty happy with this before and after!!