The 2017 First Birthday Holiday Shelf!

Well, I have no idea if this is going to become a regular thing…a birthday holiday shelf – for the twins, that is! But it’s a nice way to break up my decoration phases, and, since we just had a huge party for the girls first birthday, I included the shelf as part of the party decor. (More about the party later!) But for now…check out the 2017 First Birthday Holiday Shelf!

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New house and a new spot for the shelf, but still can be seen from the front door pretty easily, so that’s good!

The theme of the girls birthday party was, “Two Sweet Peas in a Pod”, so of course, I had to incorporate some Sweet Peas!

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5 Living Room Decorating Ideas That You Will Absolutely Love!

Readers, you are long due for a tour of our living room. Yes, I have almost finished the redo, but there are a few little things that I just haven’t gotten to yet, and they are holding me up! I’m hoping to get everything finalized to share with you soon! But in the meantime, when Julie Austin asked to share a post on living room decorating ideas, I thought maybe I might get even more ideas for ours! HA! And I was most certainly right! Check it out…

The living room is called the living room for a reason. It’s that part of your home where you can just sit back and enjoy comfortable hours of leisure time with your friends and family. You can watch long hours of television on a snowy day even take a nap every day for some time. 

Therefore, your living room should be a room which would display tons of comfort and an atmosphere of tranquility. Often we tend to confuse how we should go about decorating the living room with how we should not go over budget at the same time. Check out these 5 amazing ideas to decorate your living room as per your desire!

Go Contemporary

Contemporary color patterns are always fun. Home décor experts consider decorating the living room to be the best room in your home; you can get as  creative as you want!

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From wall hangings to decoration pieces; from bookshelves to furniture; you can experiment with it all.  However, you need to make sure that the overall look of your living room does not go out of proportion, as this will get awkward.

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A Decorator’s Guide That Will Refresh Your Home Completely

Many times, when I post something new that I’ve done around our house, people respond to me in excitement and then disappointment. Excitement because they like what I did, and disappointment because they want to replicate it, or do something else in their home, and they just don’t know how to get the results they’re dreaming of.

Trust me, I know the feeling! I’m NOT an interior designer! I have no training at all along those lines! If there are 3 hard and firm rules of decorating, I sure don’t know them! But I stick close to the folks who DO, and I try to learn as much as I can from them, and apply it in my own way. So when Katleen Brown contacted me regarding a post full of ways to refresh the home, I knew it needed to be shared with all of you!

A serene home is what most people long for. After a tiring day at work, you want to go home and have a moment of relaxation without disturbance from the outside world. Wendy Wonder once said, “The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave and feels even better to come back.” This is, by all means, true. However, this will only happen if you are going back to a clean, tranquil environment; otherwise, you won’t be eager to go home. Something else that often happens is that we get so used to a certain environment that it no longer offers the satisfaction it once used to. That is why you need to refresh your home once in a while. Below, we look at ideas you can incorporate in your home, that will make it feel new and refreshed once again. They include:

  • Rethink the Colors

Most times, the colors in our homes are influenced by our tastes and preferences. However, it is not always that we choose the right colors. Psychologists say that certain shades trigger emotional responses in people. That is to say that some colors will make your home feel peaceful while others will make it a bit chaotic. The different shades of color gray, for example, have been seen to make the house look more spacious. On the other hand, soft blues and greens colors have been shown to be more relaxing. Don’t forget to refresh and choose light colors for the curtains.

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  • Rearrange the Furniture

In life, it’s the little things that make the whole world of difference. Before you go ahead and buy unnecessary things in a bid to make your home livelier, you may need to reconsider the arrangement of your furnishings. According to Joseph Ferrari, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at DePaul University, the kitchen is a great place to start. Eco-friendly home decor ideas for this include a refresh by repainting the cabinets and using attractive knobs, rather than having new ones altogether.

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From WHITE to BRIGHT…with Chairish!

There’s not much better than walking into a blank slate of a room, is there? When you first walk into an empty room, the possibilities are endless – and I love that feeling! The room can essentially become anything you want it to be at that point! (I’m getting excited just thinking about it, ha!)

So when Holly from Chairish asked me to design an entire room around just one (albeit fabulous) accent chair, I wasn’t quite sure that I could. An entire room, starting with one chair? Normally I have a bit more to go on…but I figured I would give it a shot!

I chose THIS chair:

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THIS is a Lee Industries Leather Wing Chair. Is it not the most gorgeous thing you’ve ever seen?! I just love it!

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Tile. It’s Not Just to Walk On!

You’ve heard me say it here on the blog more than once: the only carpet we have in our home is in our closets! It’s true!

While the bedrooms have wood floors, throughout the foyer, kitchen, dining room, living room and two bathrooms, we have tile, and lots of it. As a matter of fact, even the front porch is covered in decorative tile!

But I guess I never really thought much about tile being anywhere except under my feet. I mean, I’ve seen it as a backsplash, in a shower and sometimes used as countertop. but that was about it! So when Matt Zajechowski contacted me and asked if I would be interested in sharing a tile guide developed by the design team from Drury Design, I took a look at it and gave him a resounding YES!

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You’ve GOTTA check this out!!!

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