What I’ve Learned in my First Year of Blogging & a Favor to Ask

What I’ve Learned in my First Year of Blogging & a Favor to Ask

A year ago today I hit publish on my very first blog post ever entitled, Layers (not the hair layers;-)) and I haven’t looked back since!   Today I want to share 5 things I’ve learned in my first year of blogging.   #1  Blogging is a great creative outlet and there is always something new to learn!  I have learned that I am happiest in my life when I am learning something new and with blogging there is ALWAYS something new to learn or improve on.  For example, to even start this blog I had to learn how to set up a blog in WordPress (I am not a computer person).  I did not want to spend the money on a blog designer so I learned how to tweak the free template I use to make it appear more customized. I’ve gotten to learn photoshop elements (which is how I edit my photos).  I have learned more about photography and have a lot more to learn which I’m excited about.  There is always some kind of new plugin to try…

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Couch Makeover & DIY Chalk Paint

Couch Makeover & DIY Chalk Paint

If you would have asked me a year ago if painting a couch would be in my near future I probably would have responded, Please? (Which is a polite/strange way people from Cincinnati ask others to repeat themselves, aka What?) Having ruined lots of clothes with paint splatters I knew paint and fabric was not a good combination. In 2012 I came across a great blog where I learned that upholstery can be painted by mixing paint medium and latex paint.  So, when making over my family room ottoman I used fabric on the top and paint on the bottom! Then 2 years went by and all of a sudden I began to spot several pins on Pinterest about painting upholstery, especially upholstered chairs. I think I read every single one of them because I was so in awe of the idea (even though I had already done it with my ottoman it was not on a part you would sit on). About a month ago a friend texted me saying she was getting rid of her brown couch in their playroom…

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A New Rug for the Living Room

A New Rug for the Living Room

In my home decorating goals for 2015 I talked about getting a new rug for my living room makeover (more on why I’m making over the living room in a upcoming post) and to fit my budget I needed it to be under $150. Well, a few days after I made the goal I found a great rug for a great price online and pulled the trigger.  Remember how in my “Where to Find Deals on Rugs” post I shared that Rugs USA has lots of 75% off sales, especially around holidays? Well, on the last day of their New Year’s sale I found the rug I had been looking for. Drum roll…it is a 8×10 natural fiber jute rug.  This particular rug comes with a no slip backing so I didn’t have to buy a rug pad for it and it was only a not so whopping $113. It came with free shipping and arrived within a week of buying it.   via Rugs USA Natural fiber rugs are crafted from plant-based fibers such as Sisal, Seagrass, Jute, and Hemp tightly woven to create a rug.  I have seen these rugs everywhere in the design world…

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Is Gray Here to Stay?

Is Gray Here to Stay?

Initially you may have thought the title would be referring to the gray skies of winter.  Believe sometimes living in Ohio I begin to wonder if gray is here to stay, like forever!  Thankfully it’s not (although I did look it up and 67% of winter days are cloudy in Ohio)! But instead I am referring to the gray color trend that has swept the nation and beyond in the use of home décor accents galore.   JB Architecture Group, Inc. via Houzz Recently my fellow DIY loving friend, Cindy, painted her kitchen cabinets gray. They look amazing, don’t they!? After showing them to me, Cindy, confided that she harbored concerns about her choice of color. What if the gray trend dies out soon and if I go to sell a few years down the road the cabinets cause problems for potential buyers? Her question got me thinking, is the gray surge just a trend or is it here to stay? The gray trend started about 5 years ago. Initially it began on walls, then in accents of rugs and pillows, then on furniture in upholstered chairs and couches, and in the past…

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Seize the Day(and the New Year)!

Seize the Day(and the New Year)!

I hope you all had a great Christmas! I know Christmas decorating is probably not on your mind right now given it’s already happened BUT if you have any wants on your list for next Christmas (like a new tree or different color schemed ornaments) then seize the day! Right now most stores will have their Christmas décor items clearanced out the wahzoo–like at least 75% off! Some of my favorite places to shop for the next year’s Christmas are JoAnn’s, Michael’s, and Target. In fact our first Christmas tree was bought at JoAnn’s right after Christmas. It was regularly $200 but I swiped it up for $50! I think I’ll try to get out tomorrow and by some new ornaments since I plan on doing 2 trees next year. The New Year is a great time to evaluate your life which includes your home and what’s working for you and what’s not! Is there something in your home that is bugging you every time you pass it or a room that needs some tlc? This…

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Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year

Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year

Pantone is a corporation which dictates the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer worldwide. Traditionally Pantone determines one color for the upcoming year that they believe will trend in graphics, fashion, and home decor.  The 2015 color of the year was recently announced to be (drum roll),  ‘Marsala’. via Pantone Instagram  Marsala is a rich color full of warmth and passion.  This bold color carries an air of elegance, sophistication, and drama.  It closely resembles colors such as burgundy, red plum, cranberry, crimson, and maroon. When it comes to fashion I must admit I’m a bit in love with it.  Sources via Ebay, Popsugar, Etsy, DSW, Pinterest, Glamradar   However, in home fashion for me a little bit goes a long way.  Here are 5 ways Marsala can be successfully incorporated into your home decorating. 1. On the walls coupled with crisp white trim. 1800Lighting via Houzz Harrell Remodeling via Houzz via inspirationdeco   2.  In the use of rugs. via DomaineHome   via KitchAnn Style   House of Locations via Houzz   3.  In Upholstered Seating. via TheDecorista BHG via Pinterest   BLISS HOME via…

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I’m Dreaming of a White Entry

I’m Dreaming of a White Entry

Of course I dream for more meaningful things like world peace and cures to epidemic diseases but on a less substantial note right now I’m dreaming of a white entryway. There is something beautiful about a foyer that has been worked over in wood trim and white paint. What once was a normal blah entry (as can be seen in the before and after below) is now a fresh, stylish foyer. Before via Traditional Home After via Traditional Home Amazing transformation, right?  Inspiring, right?  But let me be honest I’ve wanted to paint my foyer white for awhile now, however, fear has caused me to drag my feet a bit.  Me being nervous about a DIY project may surprise you since I am usually abnormally fearless. An all white or even mostly white entry seems like a bold statement to me but I can ‘t deny that I love it in all these photos below.  So I’ve decided 2015 will be the year for painting my foyer and hallway WHITE.  In fact I’ve already started as you may have noticed in the Christmas Tour. …

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Christmas Home Tour

Christmas Home Tour

*****  I am participating in Jennifer Rizzo’s fabulous Holiday House Party so be sure to check it out and be inspired!   Welcome to our home!  I’m glad you are here for our Christmas home tour.  If you are new here don’t hesitate to ask questions.  I do a lot of DIY and bargain shopping so if you see something you like I probably have done a tutorial for it already and can share a source!   We will start with our hallway where previously a closet is now a makeshift mudroom.  We love being able to drop our coats, boots, and bags here. I purchased the live wreath from Costco just for the (sm)ell of it.:0)  We don’t do the live tree thing yet so it has been so nice to have the pine fragrance in our home.  It was only $15 which is an amazing deal considering it is so large and attractive.   To the right of the entry is our living room. I added red bows to my diy topiaries and the diy table top trees on the coffee table are made out of foam board and…

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