Monday, October 20, 2014

Model Home Monday {UV Parade of Homes #19}

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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.

Living Room:

 Formal Dining:
 Eat in kitchen:
 Guest/Hall Bathroom: (my words cannot express what I think about this)
 Master Bedroom:
 Master Bathroom:
 Guest bedroom:
 Guest bathroom:
 Guest bedroom:
 Guest bedroom:
 Basement living area:
 Theatre (most favorite decor for theatre rooms yet!)
So, what did you think? I think while walking through it, it was just a lot of color and pattern compacted into a small area; so, it was a bit overwhelming...even though it was 5300 square feet :)

Builder: Ivory Homes
Interior Design: Ivory Homes

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How to rid your house of those pesky box elder bugs...the safe way

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I know this isn't decor related, but I like to pass along good tips whenever I think they might be beneficial. And if you are experiencing what I'm experience, trust me, this is beneficial ;)

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.
Kill box elder bugs with two simple ingredients! Safe for children and pets

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.
Kill box elder bugs with two simple ingredients! Safe for children and pets

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.
Kill box elder bugs with two simple ingredients! Safe for children and pets

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

Model Home Monday {UV Parade of Homes # 16}

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Happy Monday! Aren't you all loving this Fall weather? Well, at least around here it is finally acting like Fall. I can finally wear boots and not feel like I'm sweating my butt off :)

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!

Living room:
 I think this is a great take on keep the cabinets nice and bright without painting them white:
Dining room:
 Hall Bath:
 Master bedroom:

 Master bathroom:
Can you tell that they went a little overboard in some areas concerning pattern (even though they somehow made it work)? If you didn't notice, they even wrapped bands of the patterns on the pillows into the curtains. What do you think?

Builder: Fieldstone Homes
Interior Design: Aspire Design, Inc.

Friday, October 10, 2014

3D Halloween Specimen Gallery Wall

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Happy Friday! I'm getting more and more into the spirit of decorating for Halloween. I try not to decorate for it until about 2 weeks out. Mainly because the wind tends to rip apart and destroy my fake cobwebs. I've learned :) Even at 2 weeks, I usually have to go back through them and fix them once or twice. I usually don't bring Halloween decor into our house though, it stops at the door. But this year I figured I might as well have some fun with it.
3D Halloween specimen gallery wall using dollar store frames and finds.
 I wanted to do something fun and not to scary. Something with a big impact. And cheap :) So, I grabbed some frames from the dollar store and put a black or white piece of paper inside of them and then hot glued my 'specimen' to it.
3D Halloween specimen gallery wall using dollar store frames and finds.
I got the skull masks, resin hand and big spider from Michaels.All together those came under $10. For the the glittery skull, that came from Walmart for about $2. I just took a knife down the middle of the skull (yes, very Halloween like ;) ) and then glued the flat piece onto the glass of the frame. The smaller spiders came from the dollar store.
3D Halloween specimen gallery wall using dollar store frames and finds.
Next year, I might go a little larger in scale and do more rows, but I love how this turned out. Most of all, how they are all 3D and aren't just pictures. I think that's the best.
3D Halloween specimen gallery wall using dollar store frames and finds.
 So far, the little babe isn't scared of anything on here. She was a little apprehensive of the big spider when it was on the ground...but who wouldn't be? Eww....I hate spiders.

For the lamp shade, I just got an old shirt and used this tutorial to put it on an old shade. Gives this little vignette the perfect amount of flair :)
3D Halloween specimen gallery wall using dollar store frames and finds.
How's that for a quick and cheap Halloween decor idea? This wall came under $20! Maybe I'll venture out more and decorate a little bit more of my house :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

My Literal Fall Mantel

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I may or may not be the last person to decorate their mantel for Fall :) I usually do this type of thing in August, yet here it is October. But, if you think about it, I'll be leaving this up until Thanksgiving. So, it'll get its fair use, almost two months worth. I wanted to do something a little different this year than what I did last year, so of course, that took some time thinking :)
Fall mantel decorating ideas
 I kept it pretty simple as far as decor on the mantel since the real focal point was the "FALL". The letters were just printed out on my printer and then placed in some old Ikea frames I had laying around.
Fall mantel decorating ideas
 So, when I was thinking about this mantel, I was thinking that it would be fun to add a nautical touch to the whole Fall scheme. I ended up not doing what I had planned, but the hubs came in and looked at the mantel and said he couldn't tell if it was suppose to be a Fall, nautical or Halloween mantel. So, I guess I got three things in one without meaning too :) I know the nautical factor was brought it from the rope vase and jute bottle. I threw the dollar store pumpkins I painted white and added some jute twirly stems to from a couple of years ago into the vase. I love the look of this. I contemplated adding some orange pumpkins in here, but decided I really liked the look of the white and jute. Figures, right? lol
Fall mantel decorating ideas
 This owl was a Michaels find for a couple of bucks that I spray painted gold. I love how owls are an 'in' thing now. I remember growing up and my mom collected owls. I mean, they were everywhere, hanging in every corner of our house. Bringing the owls into my home just reminds me a bit of her every time I look at them :)
Fall mantel decorating ideas
 So, there you have quite literal Fall mantel :)
Fall mantel decorating ideas
Now to figure out how to incorporate some Halloween decor in this in a few weeks :)
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