DIY Lamp Transformation

Our living room is a giant work in progress, but I just added a DIY lamp for our end table. We needed some extra lighting for the end table/cabinet that holds our tv components. I recently found a GIANT consignment store near our house, and I happened upon this little number just begging for some spray paint.

Why spend hundreds on a lamp when you can give a thrifted lamp a new look with a little paint?

Not that I don’t love peachy-mauve… but it wasn’t going to work in my house without some TLC. I liked the shape and I knew some spray paint and a new shade would do the trick. The original shade was so dirty and ugly I left it at the store. I covered the important parts with tinfoil, primed it and gave it two light coats of Rustoleum Heirloom White. Always be sure that a used lamp is functional before purchasing at a thrift or consignment store. read more

Fall Porch Decor & A Mini Tutorial

Halloween is over and most of the stores are jam-packed full of Christmas decor now, but I’m not quite ready to roll out the garland and ornaments quite yet. Fall decor feels more appropriate for the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Yesterday I showed off our fun Halloween set-up; I’m still patting myself on the back for coming up with the pirate ship idea 🙂 Today I want to share our festive fall porch.

After Halloween, I ditched the skeleton and brought our front doorstep back to regular fall status. We had a couple smaller pumpkins leftover so I left them for now. With just a few simple and inexpensive items, we now have a lovely and welcoming front stoop. read more

Pirate Themed Halloween

I had so much fun setting up our Halloween decor this year! I don’t do much inside the house since the kids are still pretty young, but this year I took on the outdoor decorating. With the help of my sister, my plan worked out pretty well if I do say so myself (plus we got a lot of compliments from trick-or-treaters!) Our house was all about pirates!

A fun pirate theme for Halloween.

This guy was on our doorstep guarding his treasure. It took some coaxing to get him situated right but in the end it all worked out. The day was so busy that we only took a few pictures. My husband usually decorates outside with a bunch of random Halloween decorations. It was really fun to have a theme this year. read more

Fabric-Covered Cork Board

Recently I shared our new week-at-a-glance calendar that I nicknamed “mission control” and today I’m going to show how I made our new “command center.” Apparently I think I’m working for NASA over here!

The school year is off to a good start, and the new calendar has been a great way to keep track of what’s going on each week. We also need a spot for all the other stuff that needs to be organized and easy to find like emergency info, school flyers, etc. I wanted a bulletin board for our command center, but I didn’t want to hang a boring old cork board in my lovely new kitchen so instead I got a little crafty.
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Fixing A Fidgety Duvet Cover

During the cooler months, we use a down comforter. A duvet cover keeps it clean, and honestly it looks nicer. I love our comforter, but it can also be a major pain in the rear. It shifts and shuffles around inside the cover until one of two things happens. Either one person has all the comforter and the other is basically under a sheet OR the duvet shifts to the bottom of the bed and the top portion is thin and empty. How can you prevent a duvet cover from shifting around?

A simple solution to prevent your comforter from shifting inside the duvet cover.

Word on the street is that some duvet covers come with ties sewn into the corners and sides to keep your comforter from fidgeting around inside its case. That would be most helpful. However, if your comforter and/or duvet cover didn’t come this way, as ours didn’t, you can do this on your own quickly and easily. read more