Thursday, July 30, 2015

8 Tips For Outdoor Entertaining {Giveaway}

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This is a sponsored post brought to you in collaboration with Cree. All thoughts, ideas and opinions are my own.
Great tips on decor for outdoor entertaining
1.Comfortable seating is a must when entertaining outdoors. And plenty of it! I use a different array of seating options on my patio. The first to always be used is my patio set that I purchased a few years ago. Just some new stain and chair covers is all that was needed to spruce it up. I keep some mesh chairs on hand also for overflow. But my go to seating for a large amount of people are benches. I have three to four benches outside at any given time to accommodate. Another fun option for lawn seating is offer over sized pillows.
Great tips on ideas for entertaining outdoors
2.Layer. Layer. Layer. Keep things comfortable by using pillows on your benches, chairs and patio set. Also, as it gets dark it tends to get cold, so have a few blankets laying around.
Great tips on ideas for entertaining outdoors
3.It's easy to add color to any patio with flowers. Use flowers in hanging pots, urns, or even in unexpected vases on tables.
Great tips on ideas for entertaining outdoors
4.Offer a relief from the sun. The sun can sometimes be detrimental to a great outdoor party especially on hot days. Use umbrellas for extra shade, or even a privacy screen to shield out the sun when it gets low on the horizon.
Great tips on ideas for entertaining outdoors
5.Make your patio an extension of your living room. Make it comfy! Use rugs and pillows and decor just like you would in your living room.I like using lanterns, mirrors, and metal garden balls. You can even bring your indoor furniture outdoors for the night to mix things up a bit. 
Great tips on ideas for entertaining outdoors
6.Keep the beverages coming! The hotter the weather, the more you want to drink. Make sure you keep your guests happy with cool beverages on hand.
Great tips on ideas for entertaining outdoors
7.And of course, good food is always a part of a great outdoor party. Even if it's just appetizers or a full on dinner.
Great tips on ideas for entertaining outdoors
8.As the sun sets, outdoor lighting is key to keep the party going. String lights and lanterns are a great way to light your outdoor entertaining area.
Great tips on ideas for entertaining outdoors
Also remember the main lighting in the eves of your house. I like to use Cree PAR38 LED bulbs for this. The sockets are so hard to reach, but once I put the LED bulbs in place,  I don't have to worry about changing them for years and years to come since they last about 25 times longer than normal bulbs. Plus, leaving them on all night won't bother the electric bill too much since they use 82% less energy :) They are rated for wet weather so they are also perfect for flood lights too and are dimmable, bonus! To find more information about Cree, visit their website at www.creebulb.com; they are also available to purchase at Home Depot.
Here's a quick tour of my patio and porch and the ways I use outdoor lighting in my entertaining space. 
 
Now for the GIVEAWAY!  
Cree has so graciously offered to give one of my readers a package up to $70 worth of bulbs! 
For an entry, leave a comment below letting me know which room you need Cree LED bulbs in the most (if not all of them :) )
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Giveaway Ends Wednesday, August 5th at Midnight PT!


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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Patio Decor and Reveal!

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When we moved into our house, we had the tiniest slab for a patio. My husband wanted to make it bigger...like huge...and I was totally against it. I wanted enough grass for our kids to play on and didn't think a huge patio was a good idea. Anyway, he got is way and now I wish we could have made it bigger ;) Figures.

It's been three years since we expanded our patio and I finally got around to decorating a portion of it. This is the most pattern I have ever used, what do you think?
Patio decor and decorating ideas
 Our backyard is far from perfect, but I love this little corner and am so happy how it came together. This is the patio set I bought from Smiths of all places 5 or so years ago. It's held up wonderfully. I recovered the cushions a few years back with some fabric found at Hobby Lobby. I can't tell you how impressed I am that this fabric has held together so well over the years, especially for not being outdoor fabric. All I do is just get a hose and spray it down and it's good to go! I do need to refinish the wood on the furniture though, but I really like the worn look. I guess once I start getting splinters from it, I'll do it :) The rug was a Target find. I ended up getting it for around $70. I think it may even be on clearance now if you're lucky. The pillows are also from Target. And the lanterns are from Home Depot, Target and Ace Hardware. I'm telling you, I'm a complete lantern hoarder if you haven't been able to notice :)
Patio decor and decorating ideas
The newest addition to my patio is this cute little privacy screen I just made. I'll have the details and tutorial on how to do it next week! This has made such a difference in this seating area.  And I couldn't help myself, I had to add these mirrors to the post. We'll see how long they stay up in the wind gusts we get around here. And that little side table has found a new place once again and is out of the basement. My husband wonders why I keep all my old stuff and not just sell it off. This is the reason :) I never know when I will find a chance to use it again. He'll just have to get over the furniture-stuffed basement lol
Patio decor and decorating ideas

These lanterns still need some lights in them, but truthfully, I don't care that much :) They were a find from Home Depot a few weeks ago for about $7 each. I love the jute ropes!
Patio decor and decorating ideas
This little corner is all from Target. I found this little vase on clearance last week for $4. And the lanterns were a find a few months ago for 30% off.
Patio decor and decorating ideas
And of course, can't resist a night shot! It feels so magical...even the little one thinks so. She comes out here and dances all the time :) These are Edison bulb strung lights. Love them!
Patio decor and decorating ideas
Can't wait to show you the how-to on the privacy screen! Enjoy your weekend :)

Friday, July 17, 2015

My Home 6 Years Later (My Blog Anniversary!)

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This week marks my 6 year blog anniversary! I can't believe how quickly these years have gone by. It just amazes me. It's also amazing how much blogging has changed over these 6 years and even the style of everything. It's definitely been quite a ride and so fun to watch things shift as they do.

As with most of my other blog anniversaries, I like to look back on how my house looked like before I had my blog, or even when I just started it. I reached back waaay into time on some of these. I even found some of the pictures from my first apartment. Maybe one of these days I'll share them with you...maybe :)

When we first moved into our house, we had a couch, end tables and a coffee table, a dining table and a bedroom set. The bedroom set and the dining table were both "lent" to us at the time. So, we really didn't have much. It's been a crazy and fun six years decorating this house and boy how my style has changed! Here's our living room just a month after we moved in.
Before and afters of an entire house! Amazing transformations
And of course, the after. My photographing skills have changed a bit too as you can see :) Want to know something pathetic? I haven't used that coffee table or end tables for like 4 years and they are still collecting dust in my basement. I just know that the minute I sell them, I'll come up with a plan for them. That's how it always works...and that is why my basement looks the way it does; brim full of furniture.

Here's another angle, and a slight look into our dining room. I don't know how we went so long without having curtains in there. And my couch...yep, those were the days when it still looked so nice and fluffy and white. We've since moved that couch into our front room and replaced it with a sectional. Oddly, this room looks so much bigger with the sectional in it than it did with the couch.
Before and afters of an entire house! Amazing transformations
Here's our front room. Don't ask me why I took a picture of this to begin with, but I did ;) It actually stayed this way for quite some time, probably 4 or 5 months at least. It was like our catch all for things we had that I didn't have a place for. Quite the welcome for guests wouldn't you say?
Before and afters of an entire house! Amazing transformations
Now completely furnished, it just makes my day looking in here. It's amazing what can be curated throughout the years...I guess not too amazing when you have a shopping problem ;)

The before of this corner, as you can see, is a little bit 'newer' since there's furniture in it. But not much, still 6 years ago. This was back when I was still afraid to put holes in the wall :) The after shows that I obviously got over that lol.
Before and afters of an entire house! Amazing transformations
Our dining room. This is a little updated from what it shows in the living room picture since I actually have curtains. But, this was truly my style back then. Like, I would have gone to town on that wall with faux venetian plaster and everything. And I know I thought about it a lot. Even talked to someone about doing it. THANK GOODNESS that didn't happen. Not saying that it's bad...it's just not my style anymore.
Before and afters of an entire house! Amazing transformations
My kitchen hasn't changed much and I don't show it on here that often because of that. Probably the mots noticeable change is that it's dirtier and the appliances aren't as shiny ;) I did paint the walls white and added some blinds (yeah, no blinds in this before picture) and the roman shade.
Before and afters of an entire house! Amazing transformations
The master bedroom has seen its share of change over the years and is probably one of the biggest transformations, or so I think. I remember that sconce being the first hole we put in any wall and it took forever for me to convince my husband to put that vinyl saying above the bed. And don't ask me what I was thinking when I did whatever I did to that headboard lol. If I remember correctly, this bedroom was transformed for around $500, but I have added a bench and new nightstands, so that has gone up just a tad.
Before and afters of an entire house! Amazing transformations
Our guest bathroom/powder room was a change that happened last year and I wish I had done it earlier! It was such a drab place. It's really small too, like your knees almost hit the door when you're, you know....anyway. I love how bright and cheery it is now.
Before and afters of an entire house! Amazing transformations
One of our guest bedrooms was changed into a nursery when our little bean showed up a couple of years ago. I don't know why this before picture is so cut off...I'm telling you, the photography skills...lol. This nursery is still my favorite. It's just so bright and cheery.
Before and afters of an entire house! Amazing transformations
Here's our new guest bedroom/office which used to be just my office. Well, more like crap room. It was somewhat organized believe it or not lol. This room stayed like this for a few years and only got worse and worse. I finally decided to make it into a guest bedroom when the nursery came around. Now my basement looks like this instead :) I still have yet to blog and give the details about the new looks of the guest bedroom, I promise that is coming soon!
Before and afters of an entire house! Amazing transformations
Our other guest bathroom reflected my style at the time, somewhat tuscan. On a whim, I decided to redo it...that $60 sure paid off :) I'm in love with the bathroom now!
Before and afters of an entire house! Amazing transformations
It's crazy to go back in time and remember what my house looked like before I had power tools. I guess we'll see what this next year brings! Maybe I'll get the basement done once and for all :) And a big thank you to all of you have stuck with me for so long! ...and of course just all of my readers. You guys are amazing and make me keep coming back for more :)

Friday, July 10, 2015

DIY Wooden Caddy With Galvanized Metal Handle

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 It feels like it's been forever since I've built something. Having two kiddos makes things like that a little hard to do :) I sure do miss the fresh cut of cedar planks! I decided that I needed to start using up all the scraps I have laying around since I can't bring myself to throw any of it away...you never know when you just may need it :) I'm starting off with some small projects for now like this cute little caddy with a metal handle.

DIY wooden caddy with galvanized metal handle perfect to store silverware or crafts!
 I used 5 pieces of cedar planks cut at 24 inches (2), 19 inches, and 5.5 inches (2).
DIY wooden caddy with galvanized metal handle perfect to store silverware or crafts!
 I then grabbed my nail gun and attached the longer sides to the bottom 19' piece, making sure the bottom piece was centered.
DIY wooden caddy with galvanized metal handle perfect to store silverware or crafts!
 I then attached the two ends.
DIY wooden caddy with galvanized metal handle perfect to store silverware or crafts!
 I had some galvanized metal strips laying around from a previous project, so I reused one of them as a handle. I secured it with two screws on each side.
DIY wooden caddy with galvanized metal handle perfect to store silverware or crafts!
 I love how this looks just a little bit more decorative than a normal wood box with the sides jutting out.
DIY wooden caddy with galvanized metal handle perfect to store silverware or crafts!
 And the handle sure does help too :)
DIY wooden caddy with galvanized metal handle perfect to store silverware or crafts!
 After having this on display with some flowers, I thought it would look perfect on my buffet table in my dining room housing some silverware. Now I just have to decide which look I like better :)
DIY wooden caddy with galvanized metal handle perfect to store silverware or crafts!
I just finished a couple of big projects that I can't wait to share with you guys! Just have to wait a little bit :)

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DIY wooden caddy with galvanized metal handle perfect to store silverware or crafts!

Friday, July 3, 2015

How to paint wood paneling

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 I remember when I was about 8 years old, my mom painted the wood paneling in her bedroom. She painted it white and filled in the grooves with sage green and pink. I'm not sure why she did the grooves that color, but it was the early 90s, so I'll cut her some slack :) I loved her room, even with with pink and green. Every time I see wood paneling, I just think about how cute it could become with a coat of paint. I truthfully wouldn't mind buying a house full of paneling, just so I can paint it and gain instant character. Instead, I'm stuck replicating it throughout my house :)

I've been asked a lot about how I painted the wood paneling in this bedroom. I had no idea it would be such a hot topic :) And trust me, it's not as hard as it looks. So, here's the tutorial on how to do it! Sorry in advance for not many how-to pictures :)
How to paint wood paneling. Make a dated room look chic instantly!
As you can see, the paneling in this room covered all the walls, even wood trim for the baseboards and on the ceiling. And just to top off this look, I'm pretty sure this carpet was orange shag before my mom replaced it :)
How to paint wood paneling. Make a dated room look chic instantly!
 The first step was to prepare the wall. Since it's wood, when nails or screws are pulled out, it leaves a little bump. I sanded those bumps first.

Next was to take off all the wood trim on the floor. I left the trim on the top because of some issues I found that would make it a pain to install new molding.

Now it was time to paint. I used Linen White by Glidden in satin, paint and primer in one. For the roll, I used smooth/semi-smooth.

The first step in painting was to paint the grooves with a brush, then cut in along the ceiling and corners about 4 inches. Feathering the paint into the wood.

Then I applied the paint with the roller to cover the rest of the wood, leaving a few inches along the bottom for the baseboards. Didn't see the point in painting what was going to be covered :)
How to paint wood paneling. Make a dated room look chic instantly!
 This took 3 coats of paint in most spots. Since it was wood, it was absorbing a ton. In other spots, I did about 4 to 5 coats.
How to paint wood paneling. Make a dated room look chic instantly!
 After all the paint was dried, I put up the baseboards and then it was time to decorate!
How to paint wood paneling. Make a dated room look chic instantly!
You can barely see the grooves in the pictures, but in real life, this room looks like a little cottage retreat :) It's amazing how paint can transform a space!
How to paint wood paneling. Make a dated room look chic instantly!
Here's another before and after. If you have any more questions on something I didn't cover, let me know in the comments.
How to paint wood paneling. Make a dated room look chic instantly!

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