DIY Tabletop Christmas Trees

DIY Tabletop Christmas Trees

Hello!  I hope you are all doing well!   I wanted to pop in today and share a tutorial on how to make these versatile DIY tabletop Christmas trees.     They make any type of table look holiday festive–coffee tables, console tables, end tables, buffet tables,  and as a centerpiece at your dinner table. I first spotted them a couple of years ago as decorations at our church Christmas party and thought they were so cute and would be pretty easy and inexpensive to make!  And they are!   So let’s begin!   Suppplies Foam Board  (Our Dollar Tree has foam board or Michael’s with a 40% off coupon) Scrapbook paper (This is the fun part that gives your trees personality and the look you want for your space) X-acto Knife(Amazon affiliate link) Glue Adhesive (mod podge, glue stick, double sided tape, spray adhesive, whichever you like) Ruler Pencil Scissors     Directions   1.   Have your foam board ready.   Now create your own tree templates or print out mine on typing…

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Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Color of the Year

Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Color of the Year

Each year Benjamin Moore, a leading paint brand, chooses one color that they think will trend in the next coming year.  Additionally they spotlight several other paint colors that they predict will be popular to use in homes and commercial spaces. Benjamin Moore recently announced the 2018 Benjamin Moore Color of the Year is a paint color they coined ‘Caliente’.  To learn more about Caliente and why Benjamin Moore chose this color view the video below.   Here are 7 ideas of how to incorporate Caliente into your home in 2018.   1.  For me Caliente would be too overbearing on all four walls of a room.  But as an accent wall it could work well especially if the other walls were some form of white or off-white. Evoke via Houzz   2.  I love how a red island looks in an all-white kitchen! via BHG   3.  Another idea is to paint one piece of furniture in a room Caliente. via BHG     via BHG   4.  This beautiful room featured in House…

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A No-Fail Thanksgiving

A No-Fail Thanksgiving

One of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving.  I love being with loved ones, eating good food, and then going into a food comatose  I mean relaxing.:-)  I also love that it is a holiday that focuses on remembering and feeling gratitude for all of the blessings in our lives! I think it is very easy in our world to lose sight of what we do have and instead focus on what we don’t have. Just imagine what the world would be like if we were all consistently full of thanks in our hearts.  A much happier and peaceful people and place it would be! I want you to know that I appreciate you following and reading my blog posts!  I know my blog posts aren’t as often as they once were but that’s just the season my blog is in right now.  Thank you for your patience!:-) Today I wanted to share with you some of the tried and true Thanksgiving recipes I use year after year.  I call them no-fail recipes because they come…

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How to Install a Nest Thermostat

How to Install a Nest Thermostat

Hello!  I hope you are all well!!  We recently updated our builder Bryant thermostat to the very well-reviewed Nest Thermostat.  It’s amazing how in 15 years our old thermostat had yellowed so much and how advanced thermostats have become! Any projects that have to do with wiring can be intimidating so I thought it might be helpful to others who are making the switch to have a step by step tutorial with pictures and tips! There are 2 Nest thermostats on the market right now. The Nest E and the Nest 3rd Generation. I did some heavy duty research and found that they basically provide the exact same functions and features (such as changing temps from your phone or tablet and they both can learn the temperature habits of your home).  The only real difference is how they look and how much they cost.   The Nest E ranges from $170-$180 and blends in more given the frosted cover.   The Nest 3rd Generation has a more modern look and comes in stainless steel, white,…

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Kelli’s Kitchen Makeover Reveal!

Kelli’s Kitchen Makeover Reveal!

Eight months ago I wrote a post sharing my client/friend’s kitchen.  In that post I discussed some of the plans we had to give it a makeover on a budget!  A few months ago I gave you an update on it’s progress (you can see HERE)! And today I get to show you the After and I’m just a little bit excited!!!!!! As a reminder (or if you are new here) I’ve included some of the Before pictures.   BEFORE     The goals were a “white kitchen” with color (hence the wall color which is Sherwin Williams Watery), more up-to-date features, and a light and airy feeling while still balancing masculine and feminine elements. What do you think?   AFTER                               Looks like a different kitchen, right? I helped with the design decisions, cutting the tiles for the backsplash, and painting the table but other than that Kelli did the rest of the work and I couldn’t be more proud of…

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Our Media Room Makeover Reveal

Our Media Room Makeover Reveal

Happy Weekend!!   About 2 1/2 years ago I published a post entitled Makings of a Stylish Man Cave where I shared my husband’s man cave, aka our media room.   Media Room Befores   Since that time the dark leather couch we had in there contracted a rare couch disease known as leather leprosy and has died!   Okay not really but in all seriousness the “bonded” leather on the couch started falling off.  I’d find inch size pieces of leather all over the place.  I still think the culprit was one of our children who liked to pick at it while watching t.v. but I have yet to get a confession. Anyways, this was the main reason we got the ball rolling on our media room refresh.   Goals for the room other than getting new seating was a light fixture that would give off more light (the previous light was basic and was so dim). and to lighten up the feeling of the room a little bit without having to paint any…

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Interview with Organizing Guru, Jane Stoller!

Interview with Organizing Guru, Jane Stoller!

Happy Friday!  Today I have an interview to share that I did with organizing guru, Jane Stoller, author of “Organizing for Your Lifestyle”.   The title of her book caught my attention because it states Organizing for YOUR lifestyle (not Bob, Sue’s, or your best friend’s lifestyle).  I liked that the title acknowledged that we all have different needs when it comes organizing our homes because we all have different lifestyles.   I think that organization can be frustrating at times because we try organization systems that work for other people but fail for us.  After this kind of repeated failure it is easy to have negative thoughts about ourselves and/or about organization in general.   Over the years I have learned that an organized home is not created by a one size fits all method.  It truly takes thoughtful pondering of your family’s needs, personalities, activities, and time capabilities.  Only then can you develop organizing systems that work for YOUR life. via @designers_of_insta   Systems are steps or actions that you set up to get…

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Making a Case for Window Casings

Making a Case for Window Casings

Happy long weekend Everyone! I know my title for this post could be interpreted in two different ways so let me clarify.  Today we are not talking about making a physical case to store your window casings (trim) in.  I am sharing a step by step tutorial on how to case a window and why I think you should definitely consider doing this project!:-)   In preparing for this post I looked through all of the interiors I have saved on Pinterest and in my idea books on Houzz and almost every single window (about 95%) had white trim work  (casing) around the windows! I found this extremely interesting considering most homes these days are not built with window casings (I assume it’s a way for builders to save money)! via Cecyj Interiors   via Alice Lane Home via Brookes and Hill     There is a saying in interior design that states ‘design is in the details’ and this rings true for window casings!  Window casings although small in visual weight make a huge impact…

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The Easiest Way to Add Brick to Your Home

The Easiest Way to Add Brick to Your Home

Happy Friday!!   I hope you’ve had a great week!  I first want to thank all of my local followers who entered to win a free ticket to this year’s BIA Parade of Homes.  I wish all of you could have won but such is life.  Winners were randomly selected and are as follows Debbie Y., Phyllis H., and Jennifer J. If you won please email me your address at providenthomedesign@gmail.com and I will mail you your ticket! For over five years now I have been working on making our builder basic (and a bit outdated) house a home that custom fits our family’s lifestyle (click HERE for my home’s before and afters).  Some of those changes have been functional but also many have been solely for aesthetic purposes. Most of us are not lucky enough to have had our home custom built for our family and our specific tastes. It may take a little elbow grease to slowly make your home a place you feel reflects your family and that brings you joy but…

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