Last Minute Pumpkin Decorating & Fall Colors

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We've been so busy the last few weeks that I'd thought we'd skip the Jack O'Lantern and go with plain Pumpkins this year. My parents who'd been visiting for the last 4 months went back to India Wednesday night. So Halloween decorating was way down on our priority list the last few days..........but then last night the kids were like, "How can we not carve the pumpkin? Let's do some quickie last minute pumpkin decorating." They even volunteered to look up on the net for ideas. We ended up with two Man eating pumpkin ideas and made up our own from there..... Took us about an hour of hard work & clean up.......... The kids seem to be happy about how it turned out and thankfully are not asking for more. Either way given how big of an emotional roller coaster this week was I … [Read more...]

           
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Hanging Air Plant Terrarium

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My love obsession with air plants continue......... Actually I have been wanting to do something with these glass globes for hanging plant terrariums for some time now but never got around to it. Last week when I happened to see them at our local Wegmans it dawned on me that these would make for a great gift. They're cute as a button hanging side by side and are great conversation pieces. They are also easy to make and maintain. All you need are the containers, air plants, and some decorative accessories. I used river rocks, Moss, a Birch wood slice, and some aquarium rocks that I had on hand. Method   Clean the glass globes well with a paper towel. Place them on a poster board or a clean surface to work with. You might need an extra pair of hands to help you out with … [Read more...]

           
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Breakfast Room Update & The Winner!

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Notice what's new? Yes, our breakfast room chandelier got a major upgrade! My favorite project till date...................the DIY Orb Chandelier :) :) :) I'm still gloating at how well it turned out. This beauty is the result of many months of searching, planning (we went through many iterations), Craigslist heart breaks, and some awesome DIY thanks to my dad and B. The amount of perfection you see on that piece is totally teamwork! This one definitely reminded me that when someone else has a better plan you need to go with it. Guess who had the better plan this time around? B!!!! Of course with ample support from my dad. :) And I'm so glad that I went with their idea of going all out in creating a perfect Restoration Hardware/ Z Gallerie knock off. I know you … [Read more...]

           
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Let’s Go Knobs & Wall Hooks Shopping

Anthropologie knobs and wall hooks

Lately I have been on the look out for some pretty knobs and wall hooks for a project in my daughter's room.  An on the fly decision to change the boob light in her room to a crystal chandelier messed up my plans of not touching her room for another couple of years. You see, I was waiting for the tween years to set in and then change things up. I guess these days they start behaving like a tween at 9 or does that happen at just ours? Anyways in no time she was drawing up plans to rearrange the furniture, paint, switch out the accent colors, add wall art etc. Have I told you she is a budding interior decorator? :) All I could think of was, "What did I get myself into?" Seeing her enthusiasm and eagerness to get rid of what she now refers to as small girl stuff I promised her that I will … [Read more...]

           
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How to Decorate on a Budget & the Winner!

Great tips on how to decorate on a budget - Whats Ur Home Story

Lately one of my favorite topics, decorating a home especially a new one on a budget, has come up a lot as quite a few of my friends have moved into new homes. A few years back I was in the same boat and went through all the excitement and clueless of how and where to start. You're all of sudden presented with a blank canvas and all you want to do is go to town with it. In our first home we inherited a lot of the previous owner's 80's tastes as in Brown shag carpeting, a crystal chandelier that did not fit in any decor genre, 90's spot lights, Pink bathrooms, and the original bulky and totally dysfunctional stove & microwave combo. All we wanted to do was rip everything out and start afresh but alas who had the budget to tackle that many projects at once when we also had to buy … [Read more...]

           
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Tiered Jewelry Stand

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If you have ever seen a painting of an Indian queen or princess you'd have noticed the colorful costumes and exquisite jewels. That deep love for dressing up in the finest transcends the classes with clear cut definitions of what traditional beauty looks like. Where I grew up, Kerala, the definition of a beautifully dressed women or young lady includes long hair (the longer the better) decked with jasmine flowers, a Bindi, colorful clothes, jewelry in the form of showy earrings, a necklace or two, loads of bangles, and anklets that chime when you walk. All of which I hated to the core. Amongst all these beautifully dressed women I would be this tomboy with short hair (I was big on Princess D's hairstyle then), no Bindi, pastel colored clothes, a minuscule earring, a very thin strand of a … [Read more...]

           
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How to Paint a Front Door & a Giveaway!

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I have used all kinds of paint, the thick one, the watery kind, the one that needs sanding & priming, the one that doesn't need any pre-prep work. You name it I've tried it. Still with all this experience dealing with paint I've shied away from painting a door, especially a front door. The deterrents; priming and the many coats of paint to get the rich color and the right level of glossiness. And of course the biggest question of all how long will it last? For our poor front door there was no escaping the blaring hot afternoon sun as our home faces West. So even if I put in the effort to paint I was sure that the color would start fading in a matter of months. When we moved into our home 4 yrs ago the paint was a nice deep Red that I loved but the huge toll from all those long … [Read more...]

           
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Lotus Potus

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A quick note for those that missed Monday's post, the $100 Lowes Gift card Giveaway is still open. Click the link to enter. ********************** So, back in June I had these high hopes of beautiful Lotus blooms filling up my water garden......... Granted that is wishful thinking but at least one or two gorgeous flowers like this isn't too much to ask for, don't you think? :( But nope, nothing  but luscious foliage. Through the entire growing season not a single flower in sight but like I mentioned we went from a teeny tiny root to 3 ft tall lush leathery leaves. What went wrong? After much research online and checking with water garden growers I learned that I started out on the wrong foot, i.e. Lotuses have a long growing season. So you need to start them as … [Read more...]

           
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Fall Front Porch & $100 Lowes GC Giveaway!

Wood crates for Fall decor

Usually I'm content with just adding Fall decor to my front porch and calling it a day but this time I tried to do things the right way. Yes, for a change I washed and cleaned the porch even painted the front door (more on that later in the week) before I decorated! You know, in our neck of the woods folks seem to be oblivious to the phenomenon called housing bust. Every where you turn new houses are popping up like mushrooms after a rain, our neighborhood is no exception. 4 continuous years of construction, you can imagine what we've had to deal with. The traffic, construction trucks, noise, the explosions to get the ground prepped for the basement......the list goes one. On top of all this we have also had to deal with loads of dust. Really, some days it feels like we are in the middle … [Read more...]

           
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My Blogging Psyche

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Can't believe this December will mark 3 full years this blog has been up and running. When I made the decision to start a blog I really had no big plans beyond a list of posts for the first 100 days. All I wanted was to share the home decorating, DIY, and gardening projects I did around the house with the world and inspire others. Soon the "professional" side of me took over (had to happen why else do I walk around with an MBA?) and I started viewing it as a profession and business. With that came goals, expectations, and comparisons. In time I discovered that there were quite a few bloggers in my niche who have managed to strike gold aka. make their passion a full time profession. With that wonderful realization, a dream of being in the same position one day started to take root and soon … [Read more...]

           
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How Trendy are You?

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The latest decorating trends conversations usually start, pick up a frenzied pace, and die down to a quite mumble as the year winds down. So why are we having this conversation now in October? The other day a friend shared this House Beautiful post about Overdone DIY projects. Out of sheer curiosity I clicked on the link and what do I see? #1 Dip Dyeing - ???? #2 Instructional Signs - WTH? I stopped dead in my tracks; I had planned on using both of these (not exactly the same way they were talking about) in my daughter's soon to be made over room! Really? How could I, a home decor/DIY blogger who follows a gazillion magazines and blogs who can't find enough hours in the day to browse Pinterest, be so off? Totally dismayed I trudged on to see what else was on the list. Sure enough geometric … [Read more...]

           
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