The look of summer fabulous does not just happen. Getting our decor, porches, patios, decks, lawns and gardens summer wow ’em ready comes with a fair amount of work. Unfortunately, this labor of summer outdoor living love does not go unnoticed on the hands, feet and elbows of those who do the time in the summer salt mines putting a lot of elbow grease into it by performing the let’s pretty things up around here task at hand. Consulting my handy dandy Thesaurus for a nicer word for work, I thought these synonyms for the word work make a point.
Task at hand.
Hand. Grease (oil). Salt. I’m thinking a sweet summer season body scrub is in order.
Targeted emails, BOGOS and promo codes complement the necessary essential oils order needed to create the latest addition to my DIY beauty scrub recipe collection. Let me introduce you to a fabulous summer hand, feet and body beauty treatment– Lavender Rose Summer Body Scrub.
I almost forgot to add this little tidbit of inspired information to the post.
Back at Christmastime I ordered the crystal replica of the Hershey’s Kiss from Godinger Crystal for Dave the Builder’s Christmas stocking gift. The busy shipping elves at Godinger mistakenly sent me a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup dish instead of the Hershey’s Kiss dish. One quick and courteous call to customer service later, the issue professionally became a non-issue resulting in a sweet deal. With all this talk and type of the rule of kiss aka keep it summer simple, container inspiration stylishly struck.
I spooned ¼ cup of the scrub into the kiss dish and added a few of the dried lavender buds for keeping it lavender rose summer body scrub stylishly scented and summer scrub simple.
I keep the remaining scrub in a lidded jar, the lavender buds nearby in a lovely vintage dish. The pairing of lavender and rose together is summer scent divine!
Lavender Rose Summer Body Scrub
½ cup sugar
½ cup kosher sea salt
½ cup coconut oil, melted
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops rose essential oil
1 tablespoon dried lavender buds
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Spoon scrub into a lidded jar of choice and seal tightly. Scrub will keep for several weeks.
Good morning, afternoon or evening, friends! Friday is in sight or here which is always a plus. Fall is getting its look and feel on, the small surgical procedure I had Tuesday went well, and I love the way the homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Sugar Scrub turned out. Anesthesia is drying, and knowing this I wanted to have a hand scrub on hand. Looking ahead to more fall decorating with the branches and cuttings soon to fill ironstone pitchers and the demijohn Dave the Builder recently found in his rounds, I quickly recalled that getting to and cutting down the aforementioned branches and cuttings do a number on your hands. Put the pumpkin pie seasoning in the coconut (oil, that is) and treat your hands to a fabulous Pumpkin Pie Spice Sugar Scrub in the morning.
You get the point.
After a day filled with political mudslinging from every channel, network and streaming site, am I the only one who feels like a day at the spa treatment is in order? Pumpkin Pie Spice Sugar Scrub has got you and your hands covered.
This scrub is super emollient, softens immediately, and can I just tell you- the scent is fall in a bottle.
Mexican vanilla and pumpkin pie spice marry together in notes of fall fragrant harmony.
For the hands:
Dampen hands with tepid water. Apply a small amount of pumpkin pie spice sugar hand scrub and gently massage in a circular movement to exfoliate and renew skin. Rinse well with warm water and gently pat dry. To further promote at home spa experience, apply a small amount of your favorite hand cream to seal in the moisture and protect.
DIY dorm room decor ideas are on the project list for the pretty on a penny back to campus crowd.
Back to campus condos, townhouses, apartments, and sorority house rooms and the furniture pieces that fill them need decor love too, and decor and diy design class is in session.
Dorm decor is a study in ever evolving styles and tastes. Gone are the dorm days of cinder block bookcases and anything will do furnishings. Thank goodness the old school school of thought has taken a page from the book of back to campus diy dorm room decor ideas.
A simple diy dorm room decor ideas equation guaranteed to result in a positive result goes like this:
Paint covers a multitude of mistakes, yesteryear funk and gunk, and pure ugly. I love the look of the desk in the image above, but the price may induce sticker shock. Same goes for nightstands and chests. What is a pretty on a penny dorm room decorista to do? Embellish! Appliques and decorative hardware go a long way in the fight against bland, and a can of gold spray paint or brass caster cups will color your world and furniture legs.
What You’ll Need:
tape measure or ruler
rosette appliques- see directions below.
gold spray paint
brass caster cup
It is highly recommended that you paint/finish our appliques before you install them. Once installed, you can apply any necessary touch‐up paint/finish.
Clean installation surface and back of appliques of all dirt and dust with a clean cloth or sponge.
Make sure that the surface and the back of the applique are completely dry before attempting
Measure and mark the location where the applique is going to be installed.
Lay the applique face down on a soft surface that will
not scratch/dent the applique detail. Apply a 1/2″ bead of adhesive caulk all the way around the back edge of the applique. When pressing the applique up against the surface, some adhesive caulk will seep out. Smooth excess caulk around the applique with a finger or the putty
knife and apply extra caulk that is needed to fill in any
gaps. Wipe off any excess adhesive caulk with a sponge or damp rag.
Retro chic makes the style grade. The Emily & Meritt Bunny Ears Desk Chair from PBteen is funky fabulous and offers inspiration to the diy minded to check out thrift shops, curbside boutiques, classified ads and online marketplace sites for a gently used vintage office chair.
For the diy dorm room decorista, a diy chair cushion made of faux fur fabric in choice of color is another way to go.
Purchase an inexpensive chair pad and get to covering!
What You’ll Need:
faux fur fabric
permanent fabric adhesive
Using a tape measure, measure the length of the chair pad from top to bottom from each bottom edge. I sourced a chair cushion from Pier 1 Imports (on sale $9.98) that measures 20″W x 20″D. Add 2-4 additional inches to the measurements allowing for the fold. Most of the faux fur fabrics available at Fabric.com run 54-58 inches wide. Cut fabric to size.
My upholstering formula is not rocket science. Place the fabric fur side down on a flat surface. Place the chair cushion on fabric. Working with one-side-at-a-time, apply a line of fabric glue along the edge. Gently fold the fabric up over side of chair cushion to desired tightness. Fold corner (like wrapping a present) and continue with the one-side-at-a-time glue and fold technique. Trim excess fabric from sides and corners and voilà!
Take your desk chair transformation a diy step further with a can of gold spray paint.
Decorative details take an inexpensive nightstand to luxe heights. A marble contact paper diy project turns a plain piece of inexpensive furniture into a too cool for school marble top beauty.
Factory primed and ready for paint or faux finish molding rosettes make super chic decorative drawer front accents. Lining the drawers with fabric or wallpaper lends a designer look. Replace standard issue hardware with designer knobs and pulls and all that’s left to do is marvel at your marble top masterpiece.
Mad in Crafts shows us how to get our fabulous diy inspired talent on with thumbtacks and paint. Knock off? Knock your socks off chic, dorm decoristas! Get the designer inspired details here.
Alexis over at Persia Lou creates this diy Marble Paper Filing Cabinet. Talk about style files! See her tutorial here.
Unfinished forms and letters are primed and ready for embellishing. Faux flowers, stencils, glitter, glitter paper, rhinestones, feathers, decorative paper- personalize it to reflect your taste.
Peel and stick vinyl gold foil dots mirror the designer dot craze currently trending. Decorative print or glitter paper bring the dorm room decor chic. No longer available from West Elm doesn’t deter the diy dorm room decor ideas decorista. A styrofoam wreath and a hot glue gun takes diy wall decor as far and as fabulous as the inspired imagination goes. Iridescent coque feathers in fashion colors pops the diy wreath project.
Dorm room decorating days are here again. Take a course in smart, savvy and stylish back to campus diy.
Friday night lights will apply to more than high school Friday night football games this Halloween. The flicker and glow from jack-o-lanterns, skull sconces and every tricked out decoration in-between will illuminate the evening and catch the eye of the costumed faithful.
Halloween decorating has taken on a life all its own in recent years. Decoristas leave no moss covered stone unturned, no craft store unshopped, no Halloween Pinterest board unseen in their search and shop for the ultimate get your Halloween decor on ideas. I’m a traditional old soul at heart when it comes to my Halloween decorations. We keep the scarefest very G-rated as not to spook or scare the little ones. The most frightening thing at our house is the amount of calories in the bowls and bowls of candy, but who’s counting? Black and orange rule the color palette, Monster Mash is the first tune on the Halloween playlist, and I’ve been known to break out an old pair of men’s cowboy boots, jeans, flannel shirt and stacks of yesterday’s news (0ld newspapers) creating a wicked good cowboy to help me pass out candy. Speaking of haunting hits, here’s a few of the Places In The Home Halloween house favorites.
If your ideas of Halloween pumpkin decorating finds you in the no carve pumpkin zone, fret or fright not.
Invent your very own throwback Halloween hashtag #TBH and channel decoupage days of basket purses and vintage milk cans past. Spray painted leaves, printables, old photos – get creative and test your mad Mod Podge skills. Glitter stickers, acrylic paint and a decorative furniture or curtain finial lend a designer touch and signature style to your Halloween decorations.
Stylish decorations don’t have to expensive to be impressive. Create fab-BOO-lous Halloween centerpiece magic with a couple of dollar store feather boas, a witches hat, and a rhinestone pin. You can get more bang for your harvest and Thanksgiving decorating buck by not carving the pumpkin and simply surrounding it with wow factor embellishments. Mingle twinkle lights in and around the feather boas for mood lighting. Wrap average party paper cups in high Halloween style with ribbon in your favorite designer pattern and color.
I like using fabric for foundation tablecloths and table skirting. Velvet and lace are hot trends at that moment and add an elegant, creepy edge to the festivities. I stock up on pillar candles and dollar store glass containers and cylinder vases for my Halloween tablescapes. Glitter, black beans, candy corn or food-color dyed water make great filler choices. This can I give you a hand serving bowl from Target would make a fun centerpiece anchor. Another dollar store run for Spanish moss, red apples and glow-in-the-dark insects and you’re set.
Paper lunch bags come in handy for Halloween treat bags and light the way luminaires. For treat bags, I like to glue Halloween themed printables to the front of the bags. Next, I fill each bag with a generous layer of shredded newspaper, and finish with favors and treats wrapped in glitter tulle. I cut the tulle so the ends will flow from the tops of the bags. Using a hole punch, punch a hole through the center of each bag (about 1” down from opening), thread the raffia through and tie together to seal.
Battery-operated LED votive candles produce the perfect flameless lighting for pathway luminaries. Safety first, and this option is a safe alternative to fire burning candles.
I hope one or more of these Halloween decorating ideas offers inspiration for your Halloween haunted or not so haunted house soiree.
It may be a coincidence, but it seems the senses become heightened as the days shorten, colors deepen, spices and aromas entice and the tones and textures of nature engage us by sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.
About the time I think it’s time for a blog vacation, I see something so gorgeous, so share worthy, my blog writing, sourcing and general gabfest battery is recharged and DIY project inspiration is born. Thank you, Better Homes and Gardens. The summer months can be as hectic as they are relaxing, and with that in mind I am tailoring my blog posts to suit the on-the-go set. Pretty is as pretty inspires.
Leopard prints are spot on style. This timeless look falls into the category of classic in the interior design and decor fabric hall of fame. Don’t share the leopard love? Here’s a suggestion. Introduce leopard print in a small but statement making way like the upholstered chair bottom in the above image. It will either make a bigger impression on you than you think, or it will only be a small bump in the decorative road to change. Vintage chairs can be found for cheap or free at second-hand shops, thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets and curbside boutiques (one man’s trash is another man’s DIY project).
Pick a fabulous designer color in your favorite brand of paint or spray paint and chalk it up, distress it down or go glam. Fabric remnants are a do it yourself upholsterers best friend and find. Upholstering a chair bottom is about as easy as a DIY project comes. Link love: how to reupholster a chair seat.
Low cost DIY projects keep beginners anxiety and buyers remorse at bay and spells D-I- Why not?
Invited guests and ghouls alike will gasp with delight as they cast their eyes upon these visual treats of Halloween party pageantry. I still get a big thrill planning and color scheming ideas for the Halloween decorating season. Traditional colors, vintage jack-o-lantern window displays, antique accents and newly discovered decorative treasures conjure up oohs and awws. You’re invited to sneak a peek at these Halloween decorating ideas with the right amount of scary style and swoon. On that note, let’s Halloween!
Inspiration is everywhere, and imaginative ways of use comes to caw (get it?) with these lighted LED Willow Branches in black and gold.
Party possibilities range from potted pathway luminaries to apothecary jars filled with Spanish moss, plastic creatures and towering twigs.
A captivating centerpiece is an essential tablescape feature. Centerpiece ideas range from classic orange and black Halloween accouterments to the very creepy with a hint of chilling chic. Dollar Tree is an excellent starting point for party needs or party decoration fillers. Spanish moss, black roses complete with spiders, a triple threat of eerie crows, and black and orange glitter pumpkins do a table good.
I love the Oz Top Hat from Century Novelty for a focal point piece. The top hat tips its hat to decoration triple duty. Primp it out in tulle and tales for Halloween, tidy it up with a gold band for the perfect Pilgrim piece at Thanksgiving, and top it off with feathers and bows as a Christmas tree topper. That’s a lot of decoration bang for the decoration buck.
Haunted elegance is found in the creepy and the crawling side of the season in these Haunted Elegance plates from Pier 1 Imports.
With a grin from ear to ear, this black cat table piece will lend a frighteningly furocious look to the party.
No party decoration closet, bin, or bag of tricks is complete without yards of yards of tulle. It’s not a Halloween party until something is wrapped in black glitter tulle. Take table tops and dining chairs to the next level with tulle skirting and sashes. To cover and sash a chair, drape enough tulle over the chair to reach floor length. Gather the tulle around the back of the chair at the base of the seat and tie with decorative ribbon. Tie ribbon in bow or loose knot and place a plastic spider in the center.
Mystery and intrigue awaits in the stacks. Vintage mystery book stacks tied with raffia, burlap or decorative wire ribbon make great props for vases, urns or candelabras.
Pair black kraft paper bags with tissue paper, glitter tulle, decorative ribbon in festive colors and these free printable vintage Halloween circle tags from Project Alicia for a super cute look.
That’s it kids! It’s not too early to begin gathering ideas and goodies for your Halloween decorating extravaganza. I hope one or more of these Halloween decorating ideas help to trick out your Halloween decorating spooktacular.
Necessity and sticker shock is the mother of all DIY projects. If I search for an item and either can’t locate it or can’t bring myself to shell out $$$$ in order to make it mine a DIY light fixture project is in the making. At times I succeed with the project, other times I exceed all expectations, and plenty of times it fails miserably. I’m rolling the dice on this one.
Italian scroll chandeliers cause inspiration to tug at the creative part of my brain. The fixture style is lovely and wildly popular, but the sticker shock gives pause. Ouch! Truth be told, the drops and the finial are the true eye catchers of the piece. A quick search landed me in a more affordable neighborhood. Gorgeous hand painted chandelier drops from Aidan Gray and a Tara Shaw Italian gilded tassel finial from Layla Grayce will be added to the shopping cart if this “eye”dea of mine falls flat. Here’s what I’m thinking~
The crystal chandelier is pretty much pristine sans burned out bulb. I found the fixture on eBay six years ago thinking it would be perfect for a client. When it arrived I immediately knew it was staying out of inventory. It’s moving to the dining room.
The 12 light Williamsburg chandelier is an inherited left over from the original dining room design. I added the shades last year with pleasing decorative success, but talk about further darkening the room. Personally I love it, but my camera and aging eyes hate the thing. I’ve studied and studied the fixture with a modifying intent. Paint it? No. Lose the shades? No. Move it to the foyer? Yes! That’s a start, but I want more for this chandelier.
We measured the clearance in the foyer noting the links would have to be removed to eliminate any head to fixture contact. Hurdle #1 cleared. I’ve Googled till I can Google no more with very limited success in locating wooden carved chandelier drops. I asked Dave the Builder if he could channel his inner MacGyver to come up with an idea for the chandelier drops and decorative finial. How about…
Dave found these craft finials at Lowe’s. The mixed Oak craft finial (top left) is $2.98 and the Early American table leg (bottom right) is $1.48. Okay, the upfront cost is minimal. The plan is to create drops out of the table legs by removing the screws with vise-grip pliers, replacing with cup holder hooks, and staining with an umber or antique bronze to create the desired finish. A distressed effect is also under consideration. The craft finial will replace the center ring. We will retrofit it with a new screw to match the opening size of the chandelier, screw it in, and hope it fulfills my decorative dreams. It’s well worth the try.
Draperies, curtains, pelmets, cornice boards and valances can be looked upon as the finishing accessory that pulls the look of a space together- much the way a pair of earrings or a singular gold cuff bracelet sets a fashion ensemble into style.
Draperies and curtains ( you say tomato, I say tomahto applies here) cover much more than windows- they make an open and shut case for adding pattern, texture, height, balance, and color to the space. Pelmets, cornice boards and valances complement draperies and curtains while providing a stylish alternative for covering and concealing the sins of install mistakes, measurement mishaps and drapery hardware.
Wood (i.e. plywood) is usually the material of choice for the construction of cornice boards. Cornice board shapes and styles range from box to scalloped which can be painted or covered with drapery fabric or upholstery.
Dave the Builder and I saved our newlywed nickles and dimes up for custom drapes. When we listed our house for sale I reserved the drapes. Those lined little darlings were coming with us regardless of any measurement restrictions! The window measurements of the space in the new house didn’t overly concern me. Plan B was in the woodworks. Dave the Builder built scalloped cornice boards using ½” plywood. He covered the forms with batting, measured and cut the fabric, and stretched and stapled it in place.
While the glue gun heated up I measured and cut the finishing trim. Decorative upholstery trim is my go-to solution for beautifully embellishing and beautifully hiding a defective seam or less than perfect corner fold.
For the DIY project minded, DIY Network has an excellent step by step guide to making a basic wooden cornice board here. This is a smart option, the BCL Drapery Hardware Marion Custom Moulding Curtain Rod Cornice comes complete with decorative cornice and built-in curtain rod.
Valances and cornices share the common trait of purpose and position. Intended as a decorative option for concealing drapery hardware, a valance is made of fabric that runs the top length of the curtain or drape. Popular styles range from the casual loose and free flowing treatment, traditionally tailored, the structured balloon, ruffled, or scalloped design, pinch pleated, tied and tasseled, or a simple straight finished piece shirred on the rod.
I’ve been told three times this week my roots are showing. A homemade drain cleaner, a bottle of Clairol, and a lifetime of wisdom put things in check. Here’s a glimpse into my roots are showing world.
Your roots of the clogged drain kind are showing and the at home solution to the problem~
When we moved into this house three years ago, right off the bat we had slow to no drainage issues with the bathtub. The plumbercam scanned the backyard and zeroed in on the culprit- roots. Those little darlings continue to deal drainage misery from time to time, this past week being one of those times. As I contemplated waving the white flag of surrender and once again calling a plumber, a quick Google search resulted in a “recipe” for an inexpensive, kid, environment and pet safe unclogging solution that worked like a charm! It more than likely did not dissolve the root, but it solved the slow drain issue.
DIY Drain Unclogging Solution
¼ cup baking soda
1 cup white vinegar
Shake ¼ cup of baking soda into the clogged drain. Pour 1 cup of white vinegar over the baking soda in the drain. Let this combination sit and perform unclogging magic for 15-30 minutes. Pour hot water (be careful not to burn yourself) through the drain for a 1-2 minutes.
Your roots of the Clairol kind are showing~
Through the beauty of natural sunlight and a mirror it has been brought to my attention my roots of the Clairol kind are showing. Problem? What problem? If an easy solution of baking soda and vinegar can take care of one root problem, Clairol surely can fix the other. Remember my advice from a previous post to never miss an opportunity to color your world, especially when your world needs a root touch-up.
Your roots of the what makes you, You kind are showing~
I don’t know about the apple falling far from the tree, but I do know the roots of said tree continue to ground me. They weave their way through the memories deeply rooted in things like the hobnail cake plate bought on a buying trip with my maternal grandmother, the antiques dealer. This time of year takes my thoughts back to summers spent in East Tennessee with my paternal grandparents. My grandmother, the consummate baker, was known for her pound cakes. There’s no denying my family roots are showing when I follow to the letter her handwritten pound cake recipe.
I know without a shadow of a doubt my roots are showing each and every time the exact life lesson words my parents said to me when I was a kid travel out of my mouth, making a beeline to the ears of my own child. Who said that? My roots continue to show when I see my son’s eyes stare back at me in my own reflection in the mirror, and in the conscious decision I make to see only the smiles on the faces of loved ones and old friends rather than the wrinkles, receding hairlines, and extra pounds we face on this side of 50.
Simple products make it easier to alleviate some roots from showing, and wisdom makes it possible and easier to appreciate when the roots that matter most are showing.