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Custom Starburst Mirror

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

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I am so happy how my new starburst mirror came out. I think it is so pretty! That I made it myself is an extra bonus why I love it even more:

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An inexpensive and easy project- my favorite! I had made this same mirror a couple years ago here:

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I like the unfinished look of the wood, but this time I needed a pop of color for this large empty wall:

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I used the same number of shims and followed the same directions here:

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I actually really enjoyed putting the mirror together. Fun project.

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What do you think? Just think of all the colors you could paint it to work in your space! A wow accessory that is easy to make and inexpensive. Do you have a place a new mirror would look great?

Have a wonderful and blessed Easter weekend my friends!

xo

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Pops Of Yellow

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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A hot, new 2014 home trend that I am seeing everywhere is pops of yellow in a room:

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I absolutely love the look and it is really growing in popularity:

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Yellow is incredibly versatile and works well with most colors.  It looks great with blue, pink, green, purple, gray, white and orange.  

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I am not crazy about a lot of yellow in the room:

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But I love it when there is only one accessory in yellow such as art, chairs, ottomans or lamps.

This is my favorite room that really first caught my eye about noticing the pop of yellow!:

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It is like a happy little surprise in the room that makes a huge impact:

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I would not paint my walls in a bright yellow, but accessories are perfect. Like these beautiful drawers for instance:

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Or this gorgeous door:

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Have you been noticing the yellow pops of color in design photos? Do you like the look? A very inexpensive way to put a lot of wow in your room!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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My Furniture Arrangement and Why

Monday, April 7th, 2014

A reader friend recently wrote and asked if I would show the other side of my condo living room to see how the furniture was arranged:

“What do you have on the other side of the room from the large window?  Is there a wall there?  What furniture did you place there, if any?  Does your little side table sorta overlap the fireplace or is there room between it?”

Well, here is the other side of the room across from the windows:

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This is a large, long living room area. Our TV was a main factor in deciding what the purpose of room will be used for. I am not the greatest fan of the TV over the fireplace, but it does make the best sense for arranging this room. (Plus, that is where all the cable and wires were.)

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My first goal for the room was to walk in and have your eyes drawn to my pretty chairs, the windows and beyond:

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I will tell you, that when I took photos to show off my new chairs in front the window, I had my husband move ‘his’ chair out of the way. No one wants to see that big, clunky chair in my nice photo shot:

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This is my husband’s favorite comfortable chair to watch TV and movies. He lives here too, so it is only right. lol. I push it out of the way the best I can and try to disguise it with throws and pillows.

My spot to watch TV is on the sofa. There were not a lot of options where to place the large piece. Either in front of the windows, or maybe between the living room/dining room area:

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But I thought that big, empty wall was just crying out for attention:

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So that is why the furniture was arranged this way. It is comfortable, pretty and functional. We also entertain in this room, but we seem to hang out more on the other side of the room with guests which I will share later this week.

Does anyone else have these ‘special’ (man-chair) pieces to work around?

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Great Little Gardening Tip

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

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I thought this was such a clever idea!: You know how you have a drainage hole in the bottom of your plant container?:

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Well, to keep the soil from seeping from the container’s drainage hole and creating a mess on your walls and steps, place a piece of fine screen over the hole before filling with soil:

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That will help keep in the soil instead of running out the bottom every time you water.

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Pretty smart idea, don’t you agree? I read this idea in a Proven Winner catalog. I am so ready to start working outdoors! How about you?

Have a great weekend everyone!

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