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Quick Ornament place setting {red + gold + blue}

Everyone loves a cute Christmas ornament. Have you ever used one as part of your place setting during the holidays to spruce up your table? I found these gorgeous red glass ornaments at HomeGoods and originally intended to hang them on my tree but in a moment of clarity, something told me to put them on the table. I knew this would be the perfect decorating tip to share as part of Laura’s 10 minute decorating series over at Finding Home.

Gorgeous DIY ornament napkin holder

Here we go.

quick ornament place setting idea

Simply find an ornament you love. Mine came with a rope hook but if yours doesn’t, just tie a ribbon or colored rope around the ornament. You could always just place the ornament on top of the napkin as well.

quick ornament place setting idea

Feed your napkin through and you are done!

quick ornament place setting idea

gold charger/ornament/plaid placemat/gold dot napkin {all found at HomeGoods}

So what do you think?

Simple right?

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Need a few more quick ideas? Look what these rockstars have put together! I just love these guys!

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For me, I found that coordinating the ornament color with the placemat worked nicely in providing a continual theme. The blue willow china is from my great great grandmother and the gold flatware is from my great grandmother. I think she would be pleased to see her vintage china and flatware paired with modern glam.

How to decorate with a Glass Jar Lamp

In case you missed it yesterday, we shared our navy blue and gold master bedroom makeover and today, I wanted to show you how to decorate with a glass jar lamp.  Jar lamps have been around forever but many times, you couldn’t get the top off to fill the inside. Now, many companies have made the top removable so you can fill with anything you want. I received many emails yesterday after we shared our makeover asking, “where did you get that lamp?” The jar lamps are from HomeGoods and they were only $29.99!

How to decorate with a glass jar lamp

How to decorate with a glass jar lamp / Navy Blue + gold master bedroom makeover

I purchased vase filler and filled the jar. This is such an easy way to decorate a night stand or any table top for that matter. The vase filler adds so much texture and it took all of 5 seconds to do.

How to decorate with a glass jar lamp / Navy Blue + gold master bedroom makeover

You can fill your glass jar lamp with just about anything.

How to decorate with a glass jar lamp / Navy Blue + gold master bedroom makeover

The walls are a deep navy blue so I felt like a variety of neutral colors would be perfect and Target had just the right colors.

How to decorate with a glass jar lamp / Navy Blue + gold master bedroom makeover

I picked up a cute round wooden glass tray by Nate Berkus and the jar lamp fit nicely inside.

How to decorate with a glass jar lamp / Navy Blue + gold master bedroom makeover

The glass jar lamp looked great on the night stand but it needed something……you know, it looked naked to me. That is where the round wooden tray came in. I love layering items and once the tray was added, the night stand looked completely dressed. Does that make sense?

How to decorate with a glass jar lamp / Navy Blue + gold master bedroom makeover

When I saw these lamps in HomeGoods I blurted out, “those are perfect!” The woman beside me just kind of looked at my out of the corner of her eye and kept walking. I can’t help it, when I see something I love, I get excited!

Decorating with a Glass Jar Lamp / Navy + Gold bedroom makeover

Do you have any glass jar lamps? I would love to hear  your ideas of what you fill them with. I cannot wait to fill this one with faux snow and cute little Christmas trees. Decorating with glass jar lamps is a great way to spruce up any table top and it doesn’t take much effort. To see the rest of the bedroom makeover, click here.

How to clean a refrigerator {homemade cleaning solution}

A few months ago I shared our refrigerator makeover and I’m happy to say the the storage containers are working out fabulously! Today I am sharing how to clean a refrigerator with a quick budget friendly cleaning solution. I don’t know about you but our fridge is in need of a deep clean every couple months.  We did swap out the soda storage rack as my husband is trying to cut back on his soda intake so having cases of soda in the refrigerator is not necessary now. Phew! Honestly, the soda dispenser took up a lot of room. In preparation for the upcoming holiday season and to make way for more room in the refrigerator I decided to share how to clean your refrigerator in an effort to have a germ free space. We always have an early Thanksgiving dinner in mid November with my brother’s family as he spends the actual holiday with his wife’s family. This way, we get to eat turkey twice! ;)

How to clean your refrigerator + easy cleaning solution = germ free

 

I love when the refrigerator smells clean and fresh.

how to clean your refrigerator {preparing for the Holidays} Take steps to ensure your fridge is germ free and clean. Flu season is upon us and your refrigerator is a great place to start in an effort to keep yourself healthy.

I mixed about 2 tablespoons of Clorox Concentrated bleach, a tiny squirt of dish soap and  16 ounces of warm water in my spray bottle. I am never really good with measurements, I just eye ball it and move forward. Shake it up and you are good to go. What I love about making your own cleaning solution is that it’s a fraction of the cost of buying pre-made cleaners.

how to clean your refrigerator {preparing for the Holidays} Take steps to ensure your fridge is germ free and clean. Flu season is upon us and your refrigerator is a great place to start in an effort to keep yourself healthy

Our refrigerator stays much cleaner now that we use clear plastic storage containers but the drawers and shelves still get grimy from leaking meat juices (especially chicken), tipped over bottles and grimy kids hands. God knows where kids hands have been all day and once they enter the refrigerator, grossness ensues! haha . I mean, you can’t prevent this from happening but you can ensure that you disinfect and prevent any salmonella and other germs that may be lingering in your refrigerator.

how to clean your refrigerator {preparing for the Holidays} Take steps to ensure your fridge is germ free and clean. Flu season is upon us and your refrigerator is a great place to start in an effort to keep yourself healthy

I simply empty the refrigerator, drawers and all, spray it down with homemade cleaning solution and rinse. I also spray the drawers in the sink and rinse throughly allowing them to completely dry before placing them back in the refrigerator.

how to clean your refrigerator {preparing for the Holidays} Take steps to ensure your fridge is germ free and clean. Flu season is upon us and your refrigerator is a great place to start in an effort to keep yourself healthy

Rinse.

how to clean your refrigerator {preparing for the Holidays} Take steps to ensure your fridge is germ free and clean. Flu season is upon us and your refrigerator is a great place to start in an effort to keep yourself healthy

Dry.

how to clean your refrigerator {preparing for the Holidays} Take steps to ensure your fridge is germ free and clean. Flu season is upon us and your refrigerator is a great place to start in an effort to keep yourself healthy

We are now ready for our early Thanksgiving with my brother.

how to clean your refrigerator {preparing for the Holidays} Take steps to ensure your fridge is germ free and clean. Flu season is upon us and your refrigerator is a great place to start in an effort to keep yourself healthy

When we have large family dinners, we all participate in bringing a favorite dish. This year, I will be contributing the turkey, a veggie or two and a berry pie.

how to clean your refrigerator {preparing for the Holidays} Take steps to ensure your fridge is germ free and clean. Flu season is upon us and your refrigerator is a great place to start in an effort to keep yourself healthy.

My grandmother will most likely cook mashed potatoes and gravy along with a pie and my mom will make the stuffing and a couple more veggie casseroles. Thankfully we have three refrigerators to “house” all of our food, this one happens to be mine. That is the beauty of living with four generations under one roof, we have multiple places to store food and we all play an active role in the dinner department ;).

How to paint dark stained doors {before & after}

Do you have old dark stained doors from the 1970’s? Today I am sharing how to paint over dark stained doors with latex paint. Our house was built in the early 1970’s and slowly but surely, we have been updating the entire house. The last of the dark stained doors were painted white a couple weeks ago.

how to paint over dark stained wood with white latex paint

 

how to paint dark stained doors

Here is the door before.

how to paint dark stained doors

We lightly sanded with a fine grit and applied two coats of Zinsser 123 latex primer. Let each coat dry thoroughly before applying the next.

how to paint dark stained doors-2

Once the two coats of Zinsser primer were dry, we applied two coats of Extra White semi gloss Emerald Interior paint by Sherwin-Williams.

how to paint dark stained doors-3

We couldn’t just paint the door because once the door was all pretty, the rest of the hallway and baseboards looked terrible! We added two fresh coats of Extra White Emerald Interior (semi gloss) by Sherwin-Williams to each door as well as the surrounding trim.

how to paint dark stained doors

We are in the process of having the plugs changed and hopefully the remainder of the hallway will be finished soon.

how to paint dark stained doors

This hallway is difficult to photograph as there isn’t much natural light. As you can see though, the white paint looks so much fresher and cleaner than the old dark stain. I know there are so many people out there with dark stained trim and doors that would love to update their home and this option is definitely less expensive verses replacing doors and trim.

Quick coffee table decorating ideas

Last week while I was in our local HomeGoods, I came across this adorable geometric coffee table. It actually could serve as a side table as well but I am currently trying it out in our family room as a coffee table. When Laura from Finding Home asked if I wanted to share a quick 10 minute decorating idea, I knew just the thing! This is really a 3 minute decorating idea but you get the point right?

quick and easy coffee table decorating ideas + Fab coffee table find at HomeGoods

10 minute quick coffee table decorating idea This small square coffee table is a nice change from the long rectangular industrial styled coffee table that was in the spot up until last week.

10 minute coffee table decorating idea

Is this table lovely? It was a steal for $54.

10 minute coffee table decorating idea

What do you put on your coffee table? I won’t lie, we occasionally have the ugly stuff on our coffee table as well, like remotes and whatever gathers there! ha

10 minute coffee table decorating ideas

Coffee table decorating ideas can be extravagant or simple. I always opt for simple. Four accessories consisting of two decorative books, a pretty pottery bowl and gold colored vase filler. A quick coffee table update that took under 10 minutes. Be sure to hop over to see Laura and be inspired by her 10 minute coffee table styling ideas.

Framing a New Shed {the walls are up!}

The new shed is coming along nicely and last weekend we starting framing the shed. As I mentioned earlier in the week, we are in need of additional outdoor storage and this small addition will certainly help. My dad isn’t a big fan of helping me inside the house with renovation work but he LOVES to build sheds. I think it’s because his “stuff” gets to go inside the shed. So here we go, the framing process begins.

how to frame a shed

We already had an existing cement floor so we created a frame (which we nailed to the cement) using pressure treated 2×4’s.

Framing the new shed -2

The shed is directly off of our family room which already has a nice storage area beneath. My mom has that space packed with everything from when we were kids. I don’t know why she still has it but she insists on keeping it. Do any of your keep things that long?

Framing the new shed -3

 

We eventually will tear down the trellis that my dad built a few years ago. At one point there was a fence that ran across the yard to the pool area which has since been removed and the trellis looks out of place now that the fence is gone.

Framing the new shed -5

In a matter of a couple hours, we had the floor framed and the walls up.

Framing the new shed -6

My grandmother watched out the window because she had no idea what we were doing. She is short and can barely see out the window and all I could see was her little white boofy head yelling, “what are you doing down there!?” ;)

Framing the new shed -7Using 2×4’s and 2×10’s (for the side walls along the ground) we created a frame for the shed walls which will be added soon. All this for a little o’l lawn mower. My dad tends to go big when he builds so I am hoping to gain a little piece of the new shed for some of my toys but I am not sure how that will go over. Everyone in the house is trying to claim the extra space as “their own” but my dad quickly is putting a stop to that. He already told my mom not to get any bright ideas about putting her stuff in it. ;)

 

Our Portico Reveal {curb appeal}

The portico is done! During the summer I shared our stages of how we were building a portico in an effort to add curb appeal and a bit of architectural detail to the front of our home. When my parents purchased the home almost 30 years ago, the square footage was around 2000. Over the years it has more than tripled and the sad tiny original portico never grew. It’s surroundings did….but “it” didn’t. Finally, my dad addressed the issue when he replaced the 30 year old front door this past summer. Our friends over atWayfair have joined in the fun and sent us some fabulous items to add the finishing touches to our new portico.

How to add curb appeal with a new DIY portico design at your front entry. Must see the before image.

Keep reading, you need to the before!

Our New Portico - curb appeal reveal. Must see the before!

Before:

new portico- curb appeal reveal: must see before

We completely ripped out the front door and the existing portico.

new portico- curb appeal reveal: must see before

 Like, see you later alligator ;) .

new portico- curb appeal reveal: must see before

We completely covered the stairs with new Trex decking (see here) which is maintenance free and so pretty! The walkway is in need of being replaced as well but we haven’t quite figured out what to do with it. Ideally, jack hammering it up and laying brick would be my choice but that would be costly so that topic is for another day. Baby steps right?

new portico- curb appeal reveal: must see before

The gorgeous indoor/outdoor fabric rope basket and wheat colored tweed rug from Wayfair coordinated perfectly and guess what, that basket looks fabulous with a flowering mum inside. You would just need to remove the plant before watering. It’s so pretty!

new portico- curb appeal reveal: must see before

new portico- curb appeal reveal: must see before

We added new house numbers and solar flood lights. I still have some touch up work to do but I am thrilled that my part in the project is just about finished!

new portico- curb appeal reveal: must see before

new portico- curb appeal reveal: must see before

My grandfather was hovering over with his cane asking why I didn’t rake the leaves for the picture. I said, “it’s fall gramp, there are suppose to be leaves on the ground!”

new portico- curb appeal reveal: must see before

We added new planters as well on either side of the step. Giant flowering mums added the final “wow” factor that this portico needed. I love that the planters are versatile and will be perfect for the changing seasons.

new portico- curb appeal reveal: must see before

A much needed improvement right?

new portico- curb appeal reveal: must see before

Two things I must have,  my phone and Dunkin Donuts ice coffee. DD coffee is my weakness. My grandfather and I always head to DD to get coffee together. He loves it too!

new portico- curb appeal reveal: must see before

We still need to do some landscaping around the portico and front walkway but that will come later on next year. Be sure to check out our painted bench tutorial as shown below. The bench was tired and very worn looking from the outdoor elements and in matter of 2 hours, it came back to life. Red paint will do that!

new portico- curb appeal reveal: must see before

Building a portico was probably one of the best investments we made to boost our curb appeal. The next step is to add shutters. It’s amazing how this larger structure, new decor, substantial planters and solar ground lighting have dramatically increased the architectural detail and changed the look completely of the front of our home. My mom has wanted shutters for about 20 years so hopefully that gets completed next year! Be sure to head over to Wayfair to see more curb appeal and fall decorating ideas.

Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary products from Wayfair. All opinion and words are 100% my own.

Cute DIY Halloween Pumpkin {30 minutes}

A couple weeks ago I was contacted by an editor from the Clinton Kelly team. Many of you may already know who Clinton is but for those of you who don’t, he currently has his own TV show called The Chew. It’s on ABC during the week and on the east coast, it airs at 1pm. Anyway, he just launched his amazing new website featuring everything from food, fashion, home and DIY.  They asked if I would like to participate in the Clinton Kelly’s 30-Minute Pumpkin Challenge and of course, I said yes.  So we created this cute diy halloween pumpkin featuring the naughty witch cooking in the cauldron. hehe

How to make a DIY Pumpkin with witch legs in under 30 minutes. Quick and easy halloween craft and perfect for any tabletop. This would be fabulous coordinated at a beverage station during a party.

 

Cute DIY Halloween Pumpkin in 30 minutes or less

The baby pumpkins are freaked out to say the least.

fun diy halloween pumpkin in 30 minutes or less + tutorial

To create this look, you will need a pair of halloween socks, polyfiber fill or paper towels (to fill the socks), stickers, faux large pumpkin, googly eyes and white spray paint.

fun diy halloween pumpkin in 30 minutes or less + tutorial  Simply cut the stem off a faux pumpkin.

cute diy halloween pumpkin 30 minutes or less + tutorial

Once the top was removed, I spray painted the pumpkin white and filled my socks. I also decided to add a bit of the polyfill (you can get polyfill in any craft store) around the top of the pumpkin to create a boiling smokey look. I mean, she is cooking right? ;)

cute diy halloween pumpkin 30 minutes or less + tutorial

I saw this cute saying at Michaels on a sign and thought it would be perfect for the front of our halloween pumpkin. There are so many fun stickers to choose from, these ended up perfect for a fun halloween look. I added a witch hat to pumpkin from HomeGoods and he was good to go.

cute diy halloween pumpkin 30 minutes or less + tutorial Do you like my shoes? They fit her perfectly!

cute diy halloween pumpkin 30 minutes or less + tutorial

 

My husband came home from work the other day and said, “oh, is that mommy in the cauldron?” haha. He thinks he is pretty funny. I think this would be perfect for a kid halloween party situated at the beverage station. Imagine a punch bowl filled with apple cider and these cute guys there on display. Thank you to Clinton for inviting me, along with a few other bloggers to this fun pumpkin challenge.  You can find more amazing ideas on clintonkelly.com. You can also make your own 30 minute challenge pumpkin and post it on Instagram using the following hashtags: #pumpkinchallenge #pumpkins #30minpumpkin. Tag @clintonkellyofficial with your crafts and he will regram his favorites!

PS. I saw Clinton’s pumpkin creation last week and I have to admit, I busted out laughing ;). The look on his dog was priceless.

Linking to TidyMom

How to paint a red bench {bench makeover}

Today I am sharing how to paint a bench with a sprayer. Last week I had the pleasure of trying out the HomeRight Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer. We had a bench that we purchased a few years ago from HomeGoods and it was looking a little tired so I decided to give it a fresh new look with a high gloss exterior red paint.

how to paint a red bench

First, clean and lightly sand to prepare the bench for paint. The sprayer is incredibly easy to assemble and took about 1 minute. So simple!

how to paint a red bench + DIY tutorial

The spray is so fine you can’t even see it which makes it almost impossible to overspray and create drips.

how to paint a red bench + DIY tutorial

I sprayed with long even strokes back and forth creating a thin first layer.

how to paint a red bench + DIY tutorial

I don’t paint a lot of furniture but I may now! The finish on this bench is professional and smooth and I asked myself a couple times during this project, why haven’t I done this before!

how to paint a red bench + DIY tutorial

Because the paint spray is so fine, it dries in minutes. I ended up applying 3 coats to get the finished look I wanted. I didn’t prime prior as the exterior paint had a built in primer.

how to paint a red bench + DIY tutorial

 

So cool right?

how to paint a red bench + DIY tutorial

I absolutely LOVE how our bench came out and the sprayer, well it’s my new BFF. My grandfather loves to paint and create wooden gifts in his workshop and he has already claimed the rights to use this whenever he wants ;).

how to paint a red bench + DIY tutorial using a paint sprayer

Isn’t it beautiful?

how to paint a red bench + DIY tutorial using a paint sprayerThe bench sits under a large tree in our front yard and I think my mom has found a new spot to sit and enjoy the scenery.

how to paint a red bench + diy tutorial using a paint sprayer

This little worn and tired bench went from drab to fab in a matter of two hours and that included drying time and me eating lunch! Bright red is perfect for fall as well as the upcoming Christmas season. Do you have an outdoor bench, chair or rocker perhaps that needs a little TLC? Don’t be afraid to paint it a fabulous bright color. You will be amazed at how you can liven up an outdoor space with a new “old” furniture piece. Thank you to HomeRight for letting me share with all of you how to paint with a sprayer. It’s a rockstar for sure! ;)

Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary HomeRight Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer and compensated for this post. Rest assured, all opinions and words are 100% my own. 

Gorgeous Front Door Fall Basket Hanger

My friend has the prettiest country home and made this gorgeous fall front door basket hanger. Need to add a little seasonal curb appeal and don’t have much time? Try this! In about 5 minutes, she filled a basket full of faux seasonal flowers and branches and viola, her front door looks gorgeous!

gorgeous front door fall basket

Here the is the door before.

gorgeous fall front door basket hanger

When decorating your front door for fall, try adding pumpkins above the door if you have the appropriate space.

gorgeous fall front door hanging basket

Simply use a flat back basket, one like this (although this may be to small) and fill with decorative fall branches or flower pieces you love. These fillers came from Michaels.

gorgeous fall front door basket hanger

Do you see who photo bombed the picture? Look closely, it’s Leo!

gorgeous fall front door basket hanger

Creating a gorgeous front door can be simple and easy. It doesn’t need to take hours to create! Thanks so my friend Stephanie for letting me share her fall basket creation with you! Looking for more front door fall inspiration? Be sure to check out this amazing fall front door round up from last week. Stay tuned this week, I will be sharing a sitting space and patio vignette that we created in under 10 minutes as well. It’s so cute!

Gorgeous front door fall decorating ideas

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