Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
I spent the entire day Friday working on decorating the living room and it looks so warm and cozy. I love the way it turned out.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Monday: Laundry (all loads of laundry must be done on Monday. Normally I do 4; darks, lights, whites, and sheets)
Tuesday: Vacuum and Mop (vacuum the entire house and mop where needed; mainly high traffic areas)
Wednesday: Bathroom (I do a quick once over on the counters, mirrors, toilet, bath, etc. Not a deep clean, but enough to make it sparkle)
Thursday: Dust (I walk the entire house and dust all surfaces)
Friday: Misc. (I normally pick something for the week that needs a deep clean or something that doesn't need a weekly cleaning such as the microwave, the ceiling fans, a messy cupboard that has been driving me nuts, etc.)
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I came across this piece of metal in a discount decor store on the clearance isle. TIP: I ALWAYS check the clearance isle at every store!! There was a paper banner along the front that was all torn up, but the overall shape and style of the piece looked great! I knew just by looking at the shape it would be the perfect piece to create an Established sign. I thought something like this would go great in my entry way. This way, when guests entered my home, they would see when our 'home' was established.
Friday, November 11, 2011
I came across 2 pieces of canvas art I had hanging above my kitchen cabinets. I bought it years ago as a set from a discount decor store. But looking at them now with our new decor-style in mind, they really weren't working. So, I thought I would re-use them in the entry way niche. Canvas art can be expensive so I thought why not just repaint them to go with my new style. They were in perfect condition and they had a great square shape. Here is what they looked like before...
I think it is so important when decorating to incorporate decor and art that has meaning to your life. Every time I walk through my entry way I briefly read this verse and it makes me smile. Not only does this quote relate to my Christian faith, but it also relates to how much I love my husband. Things like this make a home feel warm and inviting!
To complete the niche I hung the art one on top of the other and then used a tall vase with white twigs to balance the overall space. Keeping things tall and vertical draws the eye upwards! This entire project cost me only a few dollars! I love the way this turned out and I hope you can re-purpose something in your home using this lettering paint technique!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
My husband's favorite thing in the whole world to have for dessert is anything with a combination of peanut butter and chocolate. I came across a recipe that inspired me to take a basic favorite, the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, and make a homemade version. And as Paula Deen would say, "This is to DIE for ya'll!" I bake all the time now and everything I put chocolate in turns out to be pretty good, I mean how can you go wrong with chocolate, but this is DEVINE!
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 can cream cheese frosting
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3 graham crackers-crumbled
2 bags Hershey’s chocolate chips
Bake the chocolate cake according to the box directions. When its finished baking allow it to cool at room temperature for about 30min. Once cooled, transfer to a bowl and mix in can of cream cheese frosting. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. This will allow the mixture to harden just slightly.
Take a 12 cup muffin pan and line with cupcake liners. Melt 1 bag of chocolate chips either on the stove or microwave. Pour a little melted chocolate into each cupcake liner and then use the back of a spoon or pastry brush to make sure the chocolate covers the bottom of the cupcake liner and about halfway up the sides. There needs to be a good enough amount to hold in the rest of the ingredients to come…
Place this into the refrigerator for a few minutes to allow it to harden. Meanwhile mix your peanut butter, sugar, and graham crackers. Place this in the refrigerator for a few minutes.
Take your chocolate lined muffin pan out of the refrigerator as well as your cake/frosting mix. You are going to scoop a small amount of cake into each cupcake liner. A little smaller than a golf ball. Use your spoon or fingers to flatten into liner. Then remove your peanut butter mix from refrigerator and scoop a small amount of that on top of the cake in the liners. You can flatten this down a little too. Once all of your cupcake liners are filled, place them back into the refrigerator.
You will now melt the second bag of chocolate chips. Remove muffin pan from fridge and pour a small amount of chocolate over each cup creating a chocolate top. Use a spoon or spatula to make sure the chocolate covers the entire top of the cupcake liner and seals the sides.
Now you can place this back in the fridge (I know, for the hundredth time) and allow them to cool and harden. Give it about 30-60min and they will be ready for you to enjoy!
Monday, November 7, 2011
Black and silver with damask everywhere. Beautiful stuff, don't get me wrong, but definitely not our style. I cleared the room out and luckily we have a basic khaki paint in the entry way (it used to be lavender...don't ask). You can also see in the mirror reflection the damask wallpaper in the wall niche. I began by ripping that down and in the process was inspired by an article I read on painting your own wallpaper. I knew I was on a "one income family" budget and this sounded right up my alley. I am going to show you step by step what I did to get a completely custom look for the cost of a quart of paint and a small paintbrush!
Step 1: I bought a quart of light blue paint. Behr color: Contemplation. I then painted the entire niche with that color.
Step 2: I found a picture of a quatrefoil online in the size I wanted and printed it. I cut it out, and traced it onto card stock. After cutting it out of the card stock I used pencil to trace it onto the wall in the niche right on top of the blue paint. This part took a while. I would spend about 30 min at at time working on it while my son slept. Needless to say it took a few days to finish. But SO worth it!
Step 3: I poured a small amount of the blue paint I used for the wall into another container and added white paint to it. I was trying to lighten the color just enough so it would stand out from the blue wall without being too bold. I then took a small art brush and painted the lines. This also took quite a bit of time, but I love to paint. I find it so soothing. And your lines DO NOT have to be perfect. The repetition in the pattern helps to distract the eye from any little mistake. Besides, who is going to be looking at it that closely anyway? Your mom or your best friend? Maybe, but they'll be so impressed they won't care!
Step 4: This is what the overall finished pattern looks like. I love that it has the look of wallpaper, but it is also very subtle. This is a great, inexpensive way to dress up any nook or niche in your home!
Step 5: Decorate! I decided to use an unfinished 1x4 from Home Depot for shelving. My husband cut it right down the middle to make 2 shelves. I then white washed the shelves using an old can of grey paint I had lying around. All I did was add water and brushed it on until I got that beachy, grey, driftwood look. I used "L" brackets from Home Depot to secure the shelves to the wall. Then came the fun part. I just ran around the house looking for small decor items to "style" the shelves with. The artwork was just some old art I had lying around. I ripped the art out and had 2 beachy prints made at Walmart for $8!! The books are from the DOLLAR STORE! I just took the ugly plastic covers off to reveal the solid hardback of the book. ONLY $1 each!!
I absolutely love the niches now and the entryway is almost complete. Once finished I will post a before and after photo. Hopefully you can use this wallpaper paint technique in your home somewhere. Think outside the box and use any pattern/color combination you can think of!! And, if this project is a little too intimidating for you and you live in the Dallas area, you can call me to help you along the way! firstname.lastname@example.org