Fall Home Tour

It’s practically the Christmas season, but I wanted to share a little fall home tour before it gets too late. I don’t typically go overboard on fall decor. I like little accents of fall colors here and there. This year, I added more orange than I normally do and I’ve been enjoying the pops of color. We don’t get a lot of fall foliage here in southern California so it’s nice to infuse some of that bolder color into the more neutral backdrop of our home.

Fall Home Tour at Sweeter Still.

Our open-plan kitchen and living area is the hub of our home. The dining room is just behind the wall where the stove hits, and in the opposite direction is our den. Because these three rooms flow together, I try to make the decor complimentary. read more

7 Fantastic Sources for Affordable Holiday Decor

With the holiday season upon us, I’ve been pulling out our seasonal decor and pinning loads of new inspiration photos. If you’re anything like me, you already have a healthy stash of holiday supplies. I try to use what we have first, but it’s always fun to pick up a couple new things to add to our home’s festive feel. I don’t want to break our budget with new seasonal accessories so here are seven of my favorite places to find affordable holiday decor.

Decorate for the holidays without breaking your budget. Here are my 7 favorite sources for affordable holiday decor.

Target

This is an obvious one right?! I love Target’s dollar section for super affordable holiday items. They’ve really upped their dollar spot game over the past couple years and there are loads of cute accessories to be found in the $1-5 range. The trick is to shop early because the good stuff sells out fast.  read more

One Room Challenge Week Five – The Living Room

I can’t believe it’s week five of the One Room Challenge with Calling It Home! I’m making good progress, but I’m going to have to bust a serious move in the next week. Considering I’m posting about week five a day late, there’s a good chance I won’t be at 100% by next Thursday, but it’s looking good anyway. This week I tackled the biggest DIY project – taking basic Ikea shelving and creating the illusion of a built-in bookcase.

Take a basic Billy bookcase from Ikea and turn it into a DIY built-in bookcase.

How to fake the look of built-in bookcases

The standard Billy is very basic in terms of design, and I want a little more visual appeal. I assembled three of the short Billy bookcases from Ikea. Then I bumped the center bookcase forward 3 inches to create the effect of built-in bookcases. Using 3/4″ MDF, I added topped all three bookcases to disguise the gap behind the bumped-out bookcase. The MDF was 11 1/2″ deep on the two end bookcases. The center piece was 14 1/4″ since the trim adds about 1/2″ to the overall depth. read more

One Room Challenge Week Three – The Living Room

It’s week three of the One Room Challenge with Calling It Home and things are happening! You can see the before (and the way before) pics of our living room here in week one’s post. Last week I shared the basic furniture layout that I planned.

Take a peek at my design plan for our living room as part of our One Room Challenge makeover.

The only part that my husband wasn’t really on board with was the tall shelving that would go against the far wall. He felt like it might be too much for the space. Since he mostly lets me make the decorating decisions in our house, I try to respect his opinion when he voices it. So instead we’re going with the shorter Billy bookcases from Ikea. These shelves are pretty basic so I’m planning to use a combination of this tutorial and this one to give them a little extra appeal. read more

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