Monday, October 27, 2014
Living room: I love this fireplace design.
Builder: Candlelight Homes
Design: In house design team
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
This post is in collaboration with 3MDIY.com. All thoughts, opinions and projects ideas are my own.
I feel like I say "Bedroom Makeover" more than any homeowner should :) But that's what happens when you like to change things up and get bored quickly. My last makeover was just a little step to get it to where it is now since apparently new bedding, lamps, and a rug only kept me happy for a few months.
I was toying with the idea of doing something to the far wall for years now, but never quite decided what I wanted. That's why it took years :) I had like a gazillion ideas in my head and not one that I wanted more than the other. Well, there was one...a planked wall with real 12" boards which was going to cost over $300. So, of course, that was not going to happen...although I did measure out for it and was sooo super close to doing it :) But, my cheapness won lol. The next few ideas were board and batten type ideas, either go vertical or horizontal. Couldn't decide. So I did both :)
Monday, October 20, 2014
I have to admit, I contemplated not showing you this house. From my memory, it was just horrible. Lots of patterns and reds. Just not my style. But, going through the pictures, it really doesn't look as bad as the walk through. It probably doesn't help that all I remember is the guest/hall bathroom :) So, here you go! Let me know what you think. This house is 5,367 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a theatre room.
Builder: Ivory Homes
Interior Design: Ivory Homes
Thursday, October 16, 2014
It's that time of year again...for bugs. Box elder bugs. I don't know about you, but where I live, they come in droves and droves and build empires around the house. It's just disgusting. Especially when you go outside and they just fall down right in front of you from the door. Nothing like getting torpedoed by these bugs :) It seems like they come every other year, so at least I got a year reprieve last year. But this year, it has been the ultimate worst. Luckily, a few years ago I figured out how to take care of those buggers. My little secret weapon I keep in the coat 'closet' ready to use at a moments notice.
Meet soapy water.
Yep, my best defense. I just put about 3 good squirts of dish soap into an old Windex bottle and fill the rest up with water. Shake it up a little bit and get to work.
It's my understanding that the soap penetrates and brakes down their hard shell and then kills them somehow. Suffocates them maybe? I'm not sure, but it works whatever it does. The only downfall of this method? You have to spray the bug to get it to die. You can't just leave a trail of it and hope they take it back to the nest and spread it around. Each one needs to be hit, directly. (I feel like I'm combat talk here lol). But really, it's not that hard to do and only takes a couple of minutes. You'll have to come back the next day or two to get the ones that were hiding.
I seriously killed hundreds of these the first day; they were nesting in our bricks. It was amazing to see how many kept flowing out of this hole....and just disgusting. Now I know where I need to caulk :) Every other day or so since I go out and squirt another couple. Now they are almost gone. Thank goodness!
Just an FYI, this will leave carnage all over your porch or the ground, so you'll want to sweep up afterwards and it does take a few minutes for them to die. But it's the best method I have found, and a safe method without putting chemicals all around the house. Now you don't have to worry about kids or pets getting into it...obviously don't let them drink it or anything, then that negates the safe aspect :)
Monday, October 13, 2014
I have a small, but quite impactful home tour to show you today. It is full of yellows and greys and crazy pattern mixtures. It's 3,324 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Priced for $289,000. Enjoy!
Builder: Fieldstone Homes
Interior Design: Aspire Design, Inc.