Living Room Idea Board

Good morning! Can you believe it will be February this week? Crazy! Even though time is going quickly, I am so ready for warmer weather. I am definitely a summer kind of girl!

Since I am stuck inside most of the time, I have thinking all the projects I want to get done in our house. We have lived in this home for two years now. We did quite a few projects at the very beginning. My husband scraped all the popcorn ceilings. It was a huge job, but I’m so glad we got it done before we moved in! Then we had all the ceilings textured and had the whole inside of the house painted. This gave me a nice clean slate to start with! But now, I have been thinking more about what I want each room to look and feel like.

We are starting with the living room this year.We will be putting in new floors. I’m pretty sure the carpet has been here since the house was built in 1968. Yuck! Here is a picture of what it looks like now.

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I have picked out a lighter color floor since the room isn’t used on a daily basis. It also has to blend with the existing floor in the dining room. Here is the one we are looking at.

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We want to add 2 faux beams, new base boards and other trim around the room. Once the floor is done, this idea board shows what I would like to have in the living room area.

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Right before Christmas, I found an Ikea Ektorp Loveseat on OfferUp. I couldn’t believe the deal I got! I had been searching for awhile and was so excited to find this. It is in perfect shape! Now I can plan the rest of the room.

(I have links at the bottom of the post for all the items on my idea board)

I would like to have 2 side chairs and I love the look of these Bashir Armchairs by Birch Lane Heritage. The stripe is subtle enough that I can still add other pattern and color to the room. I love the classic look of these chairs.

I desperately need a coffee table in this room. Right now I am using a small oval wicker table we have had for over 30 years. I love this Stoneford Coffee Table! It has just the coastal look I am looking for in this room! I especially like the “X” design on the sides.

The Beachcrest Sade Tree Floor Lamp is so cool! I really like the shades on this one. I like how it would arch over the loveseat a bit to add more light. The color of the Mercury Row Miltiades Table Lamp is perfect too! It adds just a bit of the turquoise that I love so much.

Of course, I have to have pillows! I already have a closet full, but the texture and colors on this Sacks Indoor Lumbar Pillow are so perfect! It has a little bit of a boho feel to it too.

I always have a hard time with artwork, but I really like the look of this Marine Sunset on Canvas. It’s not so overly coastal, but still has all the soft colors and look that I like.

Well, that’s it for now! That’s my goal for this year! I can’t wait to see how it is all going to turn out! I will be sure to keep you all posted!

Here are the links to the items on the idea board. *This post contains affiliate links.  If you click on any of the following links and purchase something, we will receive a small percentage.  Don’t worry, it’s at no extra cost to you!

Ektorp Loveseat by Ikea

Bashir Armchair by Birch Lane Heritage

Stoneford Coffee Table from Wayfair

Beachcrest Home Sade 82″ Tree Floor Lamp

Mercury Row Miltiades Table Lamp

Sacks Indoor Lumbar Pillow

Marine Sunset Framed on Canvas

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Valentine’s Day ‘I Love You’ Wooden Blocks

I know Valentine’s Day is still a month away, but I thought I would repost these wooden blocks in case you were ready to get started on your decorations!

Good morning! Are you ready for February and lots of pink and glitter? My classroom is full of glitter and sparkles right now. Lol! But I want to keep things a little more simple at home.

I have had these blocks for too many years, circa 1990’s. They spelled out our last name. I wasn’t going to use them for the original purpose, but I kept thinking they were such nice wooden blocks, there had to be something I could do with them. I finally came up with something.

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The pictures I took of each step, turned out blurry, but the steps were pretty simple. I painted the sides and back of the block white. Then I used painters tape and to block off the front of the block because I wanted it to stay white. I used scissors to cut straight edges. I went over the sides and a little bit on the front edge with black.

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Here is how they turned out. I like the little black edge on the front. I found some black chipboard letters and made a heart out of scrapbooking paper.

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Since I only had 5 blocks, I decided on i, u, x, o and a heart.

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I layered a soft pink paper over scripted paper to make the heart.

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I think it’s the perfect little Valentine’s Day touch!

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I’m glad I finally found a use for something else I already had and I love how they turned out! So simple and just the perfect little Valentine touch to my mantel!

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What Do You Buy At The After Christmas Sales?

 

Happy New Year! Wow! It’s 2019! That just seems so strange! Do you have big plans in this new year? Travel someplace new, moving, trying something different? I would love to hear about it. We will have Haley’s college graduation this year, which is pretty exciting! I’m so proud of both my girls.

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So, do you do after Christmas shopping? What kind of things do you look for? My items to buy are Christmas wrapping paper, ribbon and tags. I usually find some other little things too, but this is what I hunt for.

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I had some of the brown Kraft paper with gold polka-dots this past Christmas, and I fell in love with it. It looked so nice under the tree. I decided that is what I wanted for next year and I would combine it with white and gold with a few black touches.

 

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In my opinion, Target has some of the best paper! It is nice and thick, comes in big rolls, and has lines on the back for cutting :). I headed out late morning the day after Christmas and there was still plenty to choose from. I found the Kraft paper with gold dots and some pretty white with gold too. Do you see the skull design in the back? Haley had found that before Christmas, so I bought one roll and wrapped all her presents in it. I was fortunate enough to find one more roll after Christmas too!

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I also stock up on wired ribbon. You really can’t make a mistake tying bows or just knots with this ribbon. Most of the time, I just wrap it around the gift, tie a knot and then fluff up the tails. Done! And it looks good. It’s amazing what a little ribbon can do for a package.

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I try to find coordinating tags too. I found these lovely white ones with gold glittery polka-dots and the black and gold too. I happened to find the perfect tissue paper too.

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I know not everyone coordinates everything this way, but I really like how it all looks under the tree at Christmas. It makes my heart happy!

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Thank you so much for following along here. Some of you have stuck around even when I haven’t been here. I really appreciate all of you! I hope you have a blessed 2019!

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Christmas Porches

Hello!  Is everyone gearing up for Christmas?  Is everyone’s tree up and all decor is up?  I have my Christmas tree up but not much decor.  But don’t worry!  I have my matching stockings up for me and my kitties.  I want to make sure they get their gifts!

In my apartment, I share my porch with someone else.  Now, they have some cute Christmas decor up but I don’t because I don’t have a big area to decorate.  But, I love looking at Christmas porches and getting ideas for when I get my own place.  So here are some of my favorites for you to ooooo and ahh over!  Enjoy!

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Festive and Frugal Porch Decor from On Sutton Place

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Rustic Christmas Outdoor Fireplace Decor from Clean Living Clean Eating

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Front Porch Decorating Ideas from Thistlewood Farms

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Natural Christmas Porch from Home Stories A to Z

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Rustic Glam Porch from Ribbons and Glue

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Neutral Christmas Porch from Cottage in the Oaks

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Simple Yet Stunning Porch from Dandelion Patina

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Pink Christmas Porch from Nourish and Nestle

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Retro Red and Aqua Christmas Porch from Cottage at the Crossroads

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Make Your Own Coasters Plus a Printable!

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Good morning! Are you ready for a new week? it’s hard to believe that October is almost over! Crazy! Are you starting to think of Christmas yet? I have been. In fact, this project is a gift for Christmas, that is, if my daughter doesn’t see this blog post first! 🙂

I have lots of scrap pieces of wood around and this was the perfect project to use a little bit of it. I had my husband cut 4 pieces of wood into squares and then sand the edges to smooth them.

Skull coaster blocks of wood

I painted 2 coats of black acrylic paint on all sides. I had these skulls in my stash, so they were perfect for Haley’s love of skulls. I used Mod Podge to attach them to the wood.

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I brushed Mod Podge all over the top of the wood block.

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I centered the skull on top and then brushed more Mod Podge over the whole thing.

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Once everything was dry, I sprayed each block with clear gloss. I gave each one 2 coats, since these will be used as coasters and have wet glasses on them.

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I also attached rubber feet on the bottom so they won’t scratch any surfaces.

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They are ready for a cup of something cool or hot!

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Isn’t this printable great? Lauren made this just for all of you! I want to sing the song every time I look at it. You can get this printable by clicking here. Just scroll to the bottom of the page once you get there. There is another one to choose from too.

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As you can see, we have quite a few skulls to go along with the coasters.

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I tied them up with orange bakers twine so they are all ready to give as a gift. I’m excited to give these to Haley!

skull coasters tied with orange twine

Hope you all have a great week!

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