Sunburst Mirror Ornament

Sunburst mirror ornament DIY-1

So last year I went crazy as in handmade ornament crazy..........you know, "I want to DIY everything that goes on my tree" crazy! Now when I think back "crazy" seems to be the only befitting word to describe me from Holiday season 2013. What was I thinking? Full time job, blog, home...........still I churned out one ornament after other. Naturally DIY'ing everything takes way more time than you think. I started posting in December only to realize that I ran out of time and couldn't get them all in before Christmas! Duh! There is only so much you can post in X no.of days! On the flip side, that meant this year I have some room to breathe;  a handful of projects that I did last year but didn't get a chance to post! Have one such for you today, the Sunburst Mirror ornament (think I had 3 … [Read more...]

           
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Santa Belt Ornament

DIY Santa belt ornament

Who else gets tired of their Christmas tree ornaments from previous years? I mean, I would love to change out my tree decor every few years but we all know that is just not practical or economical. No, I'm not talking about the special ornaments that you have collected over the years but the fillers you buy in bulk that anchors your color scheme. With my undying love of Red and Gold, it is anyone's guess on how many I've of those. They are good and will do the job but seeing them year over year is just blah. So this year I've decided it is time to update! My goal is to freshen up my old ornaments and make them fun and unique. And what's more fun than a Santa belt? It is already a big hit with the kiddos. The best part is, it is super simple to make.   Materials  A Red … [Read more...]

           
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20 Clever Thanksgiving Table Decorations

thanksgiving table decorations

How was your weekend? I've been working my butt off on an exciting project where I'm partnering with 11 other bloggers (details later in the post). Let's just say Christmas came a lot earlier to our neck of the woods, which in turn means that my time for Thanksgiving prep is really limited. With such a tight schedule I'm yet again looking at easy (read last minute) and thrifty table decorations for Thanksgiving. These are centerpieces, place cards, and runners that use your typical harvest items like pumpkins, gourds, fruits, Fall leaves, and twigs from the yard. Starting off the list with one of my favorite projects; A simple centerpiece with Fall leaves from our yard and an old tray. Along the same veins are; Painted Pinecone Place Card Holders Wheat Bundle … [Read more...]

           
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Miller & Smith Model Home Tour

Kitchen with large island

The other day I got a chance to tour the Kerridge model home by Miller & Smith, an award winning builder in the Washington DC area. It has been so long since I'd toured a model home that I forgot how "kid in a candy store" exciting it could be! Just a first look at this beautiful home was all it took to bring back the wow feeling! You know, when we were looking for homes in the area back in 2010 we started our home search with an M & S model and even came this close to buying another model of theirs. I know a couple of friends who have lived in M & S homes and are so happy with them that when they moved up they stayed with the same builder. In keeping with the stellar interior decorating style of the M & S model homes this one too was impeccably styled. But more … [Read more...]

           
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Fall Harvest Centerpiece

Fall harvest centerpiece ideas

What is it about Autumn and perfectly colored Hydrangeas? For that matter it is not just the Hydrangeas; I'm catching a whiff of sweet fragrance from my Yellow knockout roses for the first time ever............My White drift roses now have the most beautiful baby Pink color when they open up...........It has got to be the cooler air and the shorter days..........or...........Mother Nature putting up one last show before she succumbs to the inevitable........Whatever it is I have to bring these beautiful last blooms of the season inside and try to enjoy every bit of them till I can. In this aspect Hydrangeas are my best friend as they dry very well even when left to themselves indoors in vases.These days that's what I'm doing, looking for excuses to showcase my dried/drying Hydrangea … [Read more...]

           
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DIY Orb Chandelier

orb chandelier diy

Happy November! Can't believe the months are flying by so fast! I woke up Saturday and was like, "OMG, I better get on my holiday craft projects or else I won't have any posts up in time!" You know, last year I was such a late starter with my holiday decor and worked well into December that I didn't get to post all of my projects! Seriously! So this year I'm well ahead y'all. With some projects from last year that I couldn't post and some that I tackled over the weekend I'm better prepared. But before we jump into any holiday talk we have some unfinished business with my DIY orb chandelier. Don't you want to know how I made this beauty? As they say, it all started at HomeGoods...............when I came across this Blue orb. We had been debating at lengths about changing … [Read more...]

           
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Last Minute Pumpkin Decorating & Fall Colors

man eating pumpkin

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

hanging air plant terrarium tutorial

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!

breakfast room chandeliers

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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