Pumpkin Decorating

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Every time I feel the chill in the morning air on my way to work and the strong winds on my face while I walk back to the bus stop in the evening I make a mental note to myself, "Fall will be here soon, need to get my Fall stuff out". But other than the self reminder nothing has been happening on my end not even a quick brainstorming session on what I'd be doing. And then this afternoon as I was checking my Outlook calender it dawned on me that the first day of Fall is next Tuesday! Talk about the world's worst procrastinator. Actually, the last several years I've been nothing but a procrastinator. Don't get me wrong I used to be a big one and hard core one at that but ever since I discovered the joys of planning ahead and organizing my time it has been hard to keep things to the last … [Read more...]

           
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The Story of a $5 Lamp Base

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As with all the stories with me these days this one too started on Craigslist. I was looking for Chinese Ginger jar lamps for a while but never found them as a pair or in my budget. A few months went by with me following up with every seller I found but nothing seemed to work out. Then I came across these 2 ladies.... And for the price of $5 each!  I had to go to Montgomery county, MD to pick these up. You know, I had my daughter in the car (I was picking her up from dance) and wasn't sure if I had made the right decision to pick something up from someone I found on Craigslist. Thankfully I had checkout the neighborhood and the place out in advance. It was Spring, the house was on top of a hill, a hill full of Azeleas in peak bloom. Azeleas in every color possible. It was so pretty! … [Read more...]

           
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$50 HOTTT.com Giveaway

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Y'all remember my Lady Victorian Socialite? She is one of the coolest accessories we have in our home and always sports a different look. With head gear as unique as hers it hard not to be noticed. So yes, she and her fancy style are always the topics of conversation among our guests. Jealous? No worries here is your chance at winning a unique home decor piece for your home. IMM Living's online vendor, HOTTT.com is giveaway a $50 coupon to their website to one lucky winner. With a long list of unique products be it unique home decor, modern tabletop accessories, cute stationery, cool bar accessories, or trendy jewelry I'm sure you'll have a hard time choosing your favorite piece. I mean, who can say no to these adorable queen crown wall hooks? Won't these look great in little girl's … [Read more...]

           
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Window Shopping @ Burlington Coat Factory

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Yes, you read that right I was window shopping at Burlington Coat Factory for home decor! Agreed not the usual place that comes to mind when you think of home decorating. Back in the day they did carry some nice stuff but to me over the years it looked like they were stuck in the late 90's early 2000's with their decor merchandise and never really wanted to change with times. But boy, was I in for a surprise a few weekends ago when I visited the store after it seemed to me like years.  They've finally woken up to the fact that we are in 2014 and I'm so glad they did! Price wise I think they are more in line with what you'd find at Ross, I'd say cheaper than HomeGoods/Marshalls. This Bronze colored Moroccan Trellis Side table with a glass top was up for grabs for $60! Style wise … [Read more...]

           
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How to Gild a Picture Frame

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Don't you just love it when life throws curve balls at ya? That's when you learn to improvise and try something new. Exactly what happened with this project. For a long time I'd planned on making the actual frame for this beautiful oil painting from scratch based on the promises that someone made. Ehem...ehem...when it comes to promises like these (you know the ones that go like this,"Don't worry, I'll DIY it; you just show me which blogger tutorial to follow. It is just a picture frame for God's sake. We can make it. I'm on it.") I should have learned my lesson long ago and just gone with Plan B from the start. Instead I waited for weeks in the hopes of getting a DIY'd frame with no avail, in the end scrambling to find something on Craigslist last minute. And you know what? I did find a … [Read more...]

           
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Onam 2014

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Back in the day, in old time Kerala (the state I'm from in India) a general way of saying how old you were was to reference how many Onams you've celebrated in your life time. Onam is our Thanksgiving & Christmas combined into one; a big celebration that lasts 10 days, breaks the barriers of religion, and is so unique to that part of India. You can read all about the story behind the festival and the intricate Pookalams, flower carpet designs that adorn the front of every house in this post. Though every person celebrates Onam the best way they can one person has always been the epitome of Onam spirit to me, my Achamma (paternal grandmother). While everyone was content putting one Pooklam every day, she would add 1 for every day to the original one i.e. 1 Pookalam on Day 1, 2 on Day … [Read more...]

           
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Summer Flower Arrangement

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As you browse through decorating magazines has any flower called your name, spoken to you? It is the simple ones that usually catch my eye. There is something about the freshly picked country flowers that has me wanting to emulate the look at home. Maybe it is the simplicity of the arrangement or just the fact that they always look fresh and airy. Or it could be the bright fun Summer colors. Whatever it is every single time I've come across these 2 flowers I've wanted to decorate with them; Sunflowers and Zinnias both of which I grew this year after more than a decade. Unfortunately all the Sunflowers bloomed before the Zinnias kicked into full form. So couldn't get them in the same the arrangement. The dainty white flowers you see there are actually wild Baby's Breath. Very … [Read more...]

           
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Navy and Coral Bedroom

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How have y'all been doing? Schools are back in session for us and we are slowly getting back on track with our schedule. In the meantime I managed to squeeze in a few updates to our upstairs guest bedroom. With this new addition I can now heave a sigh of relief that the room is 80% done (nothing is 100% done around here so this is great)! Come on in, let me show you what I'm talking about. Did you spot my fabulous painting from Arts Heaven? It is an oil painting reproduction of Andre Derain's Regency Street, London. Arts Heaven provides museum quality oil painting reproductions hand-painted by talented artists who showcase the same brilliance, attention to detail, and artistic movement as the originals. And the best part for me is their long list of products available for you … [Read more...]

           
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5 Easy Ways to Add Fall to Your Porch

Easy ways to add Fall to your porch

With it being our last week of Summer break, one half of me wants to desperately hold onto the last few days of Summer while the other half can't wait for cooler days, crispy weather, and beautiful Fall color. Actually this Summer was quite nice weather wise, with a lot more cool weather days than usual. So you could say we've been gently easing into Fall all along. The other day while on the running trail I was surprised to see a few of the leaves starting to turn yellow and even more surprised that a few neighbors had already switched out their Summer plants for Mums! I'm usually a slacker when it comes to decorating for the seasons and resort to the simplest and easy on the pocket ways to add the Autumn feel to my home. You too can create the perfect Fall porch with these 5 … [Read more...]

           
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Sometimes You Just Have to Go with the Flow!

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"Ok, I'm throwing my hat in. Just so you know, I don't run or exercise. Used to walk regularly until a few years ago and then I just stopped. Seeing all of you post about this I'm motivated to get back on track and I think I need a big commitment like this to push me." Gulp, did I just say that a few weeks ago to my fellow bloggers in response to their posts about putting a team together for the American Odyssey Relay 2015? It is a relay race where a team of 12 takes turns on running the 200 miles from Gettysburg, PA to DC in 36 hours. We are supposed to run rain or shine and through the night. And yes I did! You know, sometimes you've got to grab life by the horns and run with it. It was a spur of the moment decision and I'm sticking to it.  Anyone who knows me closely knows that … [Read more...]

           
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Got a SprayShaper?

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You remember this goofy picture from Haven? We were at one of the sponsors, Waterpik's booth playing around with their cool shower heads. The Waterpik team was so awesome that they gave away a shower head to each one of us Haven attendees. We even got to choose if we wanted a hand held one or a regular. In our old home we had hand held showers in every bathroom and those were the few things we missed in this house. Especially the kiddos, they used have so much fun playing with hand held shower. I picked the hand held version (The SprayShaper) more out of nostalgia than anything else immediately making up my mind to swap the shower head in the kiddos' bath as soon as I got home. Here it is all assembled ready to be installed. Installation was super easy as their … [Read more...]

           
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