Tuesday, November 29, 2011

DIY Holiday Centerpiece ideas

I have been thinking about my how I can spruce up my holiday decor this season and plan on only adding free or inexpensive decorations.  I have been searching for ideas on something interesting for the table centerpiece and some of these ideas caught my eye.

I want a mixture of candles and branches

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 Pick up branches from a local florist or from your yard and arrange in vases.  Be sure to use gravel to hold the branches in place. 

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Spray paint a large branch for something different.

centerpiece log Holiday made of white Birch

Simply cut holes into a log and add candles.  This would work with so many table settings for the holidays

I'm looking forward to creating something like this for my Christmas Eve table.  It's going to be here before I know it!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Welcome Back

It feels good to be home but I am already missing Minnesota.  We had such a fun week visiting our family and spending Thanksgiving together.  
The kids had the best time!

Back to the real world and a busy week it will be.  I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving...now on to Christmas!

Friday, November 18, 2011

100th POST...

I am so glad that my 100th post is announcing the winner of a giveaway!  Thank you to all of you who entered!

The winner of the Little Blue Bird Studio owl print is

(via random.org)

CONGRATS!  I will forward your contact info and your print will arrive soon!

on another note....
Our bags are packed. 
We are off to spend Thanksgiving with our family in Minnesota

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Looking forward to some down time with the fam!  

I am thankful for many things this season including all of you who spend the time to read my rambling.  I have met some wonderful people through this outlet and am thankful that I caved in and started blogging!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sorry that my posts have been lagging lately....I have been in a mad dash trying to get my projects in order for me to take the week of Thanksgiving off!  After this nice week off I will get back on track and pick up my posting.  

In the meantime, I will be announcing the winner of THIS giveaway tomorrow night so be sure to enter for this beautiful print.

Click HERE for more details.

Monday, November 14, 2011


I am excited about this giveaway hosted by Little Bird Studios on Etsy.  The winner will receive this 8x10 beautiful yellow owl print......one of my favorites!
I love the colors in this print and the owl image works with so many different interior styles.

Little Bird Studios creates beautiful art images printed on vintage dictionary pages.  I love how unique and fun these prints are.  Not to mention, they are so affordable!  I think these would make a perfect Holiday gift!  To keep it REALLY affordable you can frame it in one of the over sized IKEA frames.

Here are a few of my favorites...

birdcage print - birdcage art print - vintage dictionary print - recycled book page - upcycled book page - 8x10 art print
Birdcage Print 
8x10 for $10.00!

peacock print - peacock art print - vintage dictionary print - vintage book page print - vintage home decor - peacock decor - 8x10
Peacock Print
recycled book page prints - set of 6 - vintage dictionary print - owl print - owl art print
Set of 6 Owl prints

To Enter: 
Visit Little Bird Studios by clicking HERE and let us know which print is your favorite

The winner will be announced on Friday November 18th
Please leave us a comment with your favorite print and a way to get in touch with you.

Thank you so much Little Bird Studios for this great giveaway!

Friday, November 11, 2011


The great part about design is that sometimes simple details can make a huge impact.  One element that often gets overlooked is "dressing" up your windows.  Adding window treatments is definitely a great way to do this but sometimes just the addition of window casings is all you need to give the polished look you are seeking.

Adding window casing is an inexpesive (relatively) and can be done on your own (if you own a miter saw) or by hiring a handy man.  

Here are some pictures showcasing the impact of window casings.

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The casing provides a stunning detail in this kitchen and provides a clean edge to run the backsplash tile into.

{before casings}


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{after adding stained casings}
 I love the way the dark casings frame this soft roman shade

We are in the process of adding casings to our windows.  Most of them are finished we just haven't painted them yet.  It only took a few hours and has made a big difference!

my resident handy man :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Thank you to those of you who entered my giveaway for these beautiful pillows...
The winner is:

#12 Karen T
(I selected the winner via random.org)

*Karen, please email me your address*

I have a couple more giveaways planned before the holidays so if you didn't win this one keep checking back!

Thank You!!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011


I decided I am going to crank up the giveaways from now until the holidays.  Hopefully, this will help with some of your gift giving!  I have some wonderful home decor items lined up.

This giveaway is a GOOD one....it includes 2 of these beautiful gold scroll pillows from Villa Home Collection.

100% linen and includes a down insert.

To enter you need to do one of the following...
-FOLLOW/JOIN this blog
-Like us on Facebook
-Post about this giveaway on your blog or Facebook page

You can do all three for three separate entries.
*Please leave a comment to let me know how you entered.  

I will select via drawing on November 8th.

Good Luck!


Hi there! My name is Joanna and I’m a writer for Design Shuffle, a terrific online portal which enables interior designers to showcase their work. I spend my days finding the most beautiful home d├ęcor images and writing about them. So I’m sure you can see why I love my job. Today, I bring you eight bright and beautiful interior designs to enjoy.

Whether it is a sensual red that makes us feel passionate or a cheery yellow that makes us happy, bright hues engage us emotionally. When used in our homes, bright hues can have a profound effect on our daily mood. Take a look at these brightly hued rooms and see if they don’t make you feel joyful.

Bright Living Room Designs

Pink and red with a touch of yellow make this living room feel vibrant and lively. The red and white striped chair is reminiscent of a peppermint candy. Yum.

Bright Living Room Designs

A cool palette of soft gray is enlivened by the addition of crisp yellow and purple. While this is a palette we don’t often see, it makes us smile nonetheless.

Bright Living Room Designs

Here is another room with accents of cheery yellow and this room gets a pop of color with the turquoise club chairs.

Bright Living Room Designs

This room says it all—wow! The owner of this apartment is fearless with their use of color. We seldom see living room designs awash in such brilliant pink.

Bright Living Room Designs

A touch of animal prints, a hide rug and an antler light fixture give this room an exotic feel while promoting a sense of happiness through the use of bold color.

Bright Living Room Designs

A white room gets its colorful nature through touches of color on an accent wall and accessories.

Bright Living Room Designs

This room wows with bright turquoise throughout. The pixilated rug brings a rainbow of colors to the otherwise “blue” room.

Bright Living Room Designs

Purple dominates this traditional interior design with a mint green accent wall above the mantel. Books bring additional bright color to the room. These bright colors would even look great for any bedroom design.

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