Americana DIY Abstract Art

red white and blue art

I recently became interested in abstract art.  Like the DIY kind.  I'm not a 'real artist' so as to not offend 'real artists' but anyone can create a basic piece of abstract art and get their creative juices flowing.  It's actually very relaxing to create a sea scape or other kinds of simple abstract art and these particular pieces I made are SO, so easy to do.  So get the supplies and go make your own DIY abstract art! Supplies: Gold … [Read more...]

Summer Taco Party

target style dinner plates

This post was sponsored by Target, all opinions are my own. This weekend we had a whole bunch of family in town so we offered to host a big dinner.  I've been really into gourmet tacos lately, so I thought it would be fun to throw a 'taco party' and have a giant taco bar. The first thing I did was head to Target to find the perfect entertaining dinnerware and decor.  They have such a fun and colorful line of items, I couldn't wait to … [Read more...]

Coastal Bedroom Decor

beach bedroom

I couldn't do a full makeover for my bedroom this time...I honestly didn't have the energy to pull out all the stops like I wanted to.  But I did give it a little refresh.  Here's the before: And here's the after: A little color goes a long way!  I only added a few items and trimmed out the windows.  I still want to do a ceiling treatment, wall treatments, new paint colors, maybe some wallpaper, new lighting, and hang … [Read more...]

Metallic Gold Foil Pillows

gold vinyl foil pillows

I really wanted some more gold accents in my daughter's room, so I thought some gold foil pillows would be perfect.  And I love how they turned out, especially the little stars. My daughter's room is going to be a long road.  I can't decide what I want and even though I have visions in my head, it doesn't always end up going that direction.  I can't just throw out all her existing stuff, I have to find ways to incorporate it. I even … [Read more...]

DIY Stair Wainscoting

stairs wainscoting

I finally finished the hardest thing I have ever worked on-- DIY stair wainscoting.  Whew--guys, this was HARD to do.  However, it was much, much harder because of one thing that most of you won't have in your house--this angled wall that my stairs wrap around.  If your stairs just go straight up a wall, it won't be nearly as hard.  I loved this tutorial by Thrifty Decor Chic. This isn't really a tutorial as much as it is a story about … [Read more...]

French Grain Sack Chair

blue french grainsack chair

I recently gave this chair a makeover to go in my guest bedroom.  It used to look like this: And now it looks like this.  I wanted to do a more neutral, classic style to go in the guest bedroom.  I love the French grain sack chair style so that's what I was aiming for. It was cute before, but after two years of living with kids, the wood was covered with yucky stuff and the fabric was completely stained beyond recognition.  It was … [Read more...]

DIY Two Toned Curtains

diy curtains

Our new house has lots of big, bright windows.  We also have a large patio door.  And while this is great for lots of natural light, since we back south, we get some pretty intense sunshine in our house.  I actually don't mind it at all since sunshine makes me happy, but it was blinding to eat breakfast, especially when it snowed and the sun was reflecting even more light off the snow. I hung a curtain rod and my old IKEA curtains in front of … [Read more...]

Dark Gray Painted Chair

gray and coral

Big news guys, dark gray is IN.  It's hot!  It's trendy!  Go paint everything dark gray!  Okay--if you say so. But seriously, I have noticed a big increase of the amount of dark gray I'm seeing in the new houses being built around me, and having such a light color schemed house I am inclined to add a bunch of dark gray accents.  I haven't shared them with you yet but here's the first of many...a dark gray painted chair! It used to look … [Read more...]