Friday Favorites – Week 326 – With 4th of July Decor

Hello everyone! Welcome to this week’s linky party. This week I have another round of patriotic, 4th of July craft and decor ideas.  I hope you enjoy them!  And as always, I invite you to share your favorite posts using the linky at the end of this post!
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Friday Favorites – Week 324 – With Patriotic Decor

Happy Friday Everyone! This week we are celebrating the stars and stripes with some great patriotic decorations!  I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love anything red, white, and blue, especially when you throw in a mix of old-timey, shabby chic elements.  I’d be happy decorating my home with this stuff all year round!  If you feel the same way, then I know you will love this week’s features!  Check them out, and as always I invite you to share your own decor, recipes, and other projects via this week’s linky!

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Friday Favorites – Week 315 – With DIY Projects

Hello everyone! Welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites party!  I’m a little late this evening and normally when I’m late, it’s because I’ve had a busy work week or had a lot going on at home, but tonight, it comes down to one simple reason…I HAD to watch the finale of American Idol! Haha!  It’s one of the only shows I watch on a regular basis, and I’ve been a fan since the beginning.  I’m sad to see it go, but it was an amazing show tonight.  Getting excited about seeing my favorite contestants from the past made me feel like a teenager!  Haha!  Anyway…that’s what I’ve been up to this evening!  Now let’s see what everyone else is up to!

First off, we have some great DIY projects: We have jewelry storage, an upcycle project, and a little bit of carpentry work!  What a great mix!

And then as always, we have a little linky which I would LOVE for you to add your recipe and project links to!

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Friday Favorites – Week 312 – With Spring Decor

Hello everyone! I am so excited to welcome you to this week’s Friday Favorites party. This week you’ll notice we have a new banner, and we’ve also added new hostesses to our party!  They are Jen from a Heart Full of Love, Bonnie from Our Secondhand House,  Gloria from Homemade & Yummy, and Dawn from LeroyLime.  As usual, you’ll find links to all of our hostesses’ blogs below, as well as links to their social media pages.  They are all lovely bloggers and I encourage everyone to go over and visit their sites, and follow, follow, follow them!

I’m really looking forward to collaborating this group of women, and I think they will bring a lot of great things to our party!

Now let’s get the party started!  This week I have some absolutely inspirational spring and Easter decor ideas.  I think you will love them!

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Living Room Makeover

Living Room Makeover

Last year I was happy do a little home improvement.  One project we took on was to do a little makeover in our living room.  Today I’m going to share some of the items we purchased and (hopefully) provide a little insight and inspiration on how you can decorate and do room makeovers on a budget! [Read more…]

When and How to Use Dark Wood in Your Home

Many people shy away from using dark colors in their homes for fear of making a space look smaller, darker, and less appealing. But with some of the most beautiful woods, such as mahogany, walnut, and rosewood, naturally coming in dark tones, leaving them out of your interior design is a shame, especially when adding a noble dark wood cabinet to a lightly painted room can really make the design pop.

Choose the Right Room

Remember that your choice of colors will create a feeling in your home, and using the wrong color scheme from the beginning will dictate how you decorate your space. While dark colors can be more intimate, they can also create the notion of a smaller space, so you should avoid decking out a low-beamed area, small downstairs toilet, or closet with dark wood. An open hallway or high ceilinged living room is a much better choice.

Create Contrast

Use dark wood wisely and you can create beautiful and stylish contrasts; go overboard and you can create a black hole. Don’t add dark wood to dark walls, as the wood and color will overwhelm the space. Dark wood works great when contrasted with light backgrounds and used in moderation. Nice soft neutral tones with dark cabinets on the walls can look amazing.

Too Much Wood’s Not Good

If you live in a wooden cabin, with wooden floors and wooden walls (especially if it’s dark wood), adding wooden furniture to every room can be overwhelming. And dark wood on more dark wood can look like a living nightmare. To add light and space to your home, think about using open glass sliding doors or windows with a dark wooden support in the middle. The dark wood will really stand out in the light space. If you want to mix up your furniture, try a combination of wood and steel, or a dark wood kitchen unit with white marble top. Check out vintage industrial designs if you want to modernize a rustic cottage feel.

Use the Light Wisely

If your home doesn’t get a lot of natural light, then make sure you position your artificial lighting carefully. Highlight what you want people to see and don’t fit powerful overhead lights that make people feel like they’re being interrogated. If you’ve got a lot of dark wood furniture, try painting the ceiling white and using brighter light bulbs.

It’s true that an excess of dark wood in your home can create an almost sinister impression, but if you keep these few key factors in mind when deciding on the distribution of your wooden pieces, you can achieve the right balance and convert your home into an interior designer’s dream (rather than a comic book nightmare).

Easy and Affordable Room Decorating Ideas 

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Nothing makes a home feel more boring and drab than the same decor year after year. As the seasons change and styles come and go, your home or rooms may start to look dated or unappealing. If you’re tired of looking at the same living space day in and day out, liven it up with new and exciting home decor pieces.

If a full remodel isn’t in your budget, adding in fun and quirky pieces can change the look and feel of any room without breaking the bank. Whether you’re shopping for accent furniture or new paintings or bedroom sets, take a look at some easy and affordable room decorating ideas.

1. Shop for Accent Furniture Pieces

A brand new living room suit or bedroom set isn’t always affordable or budget friendly; however, adding in accent furniture pieces can revamp your old or used sofas, beds, or storage furniture. When looking for the perfect accent furniture, think about quality over quantity. An accent piece can be moved from room to room or be used in numerous home decor themes.

For a subtle look, a simple storage bench can add additional space and seating in your home while still changing the look of your room. If you love more quirky styles, a patterned or colorful armchair or accent chair can create a fun and exciting ambiance in your living space. For more affordable pieces, look for stores offering financing or credit options to get discounts on new purchases.

2. Customize Canvas Prints

Creating a new looking in your room can be as easy as hanging wall art. If your home has bare walls or simple decor, adding canvas prints can completely change the look and feel of the room. For seating areas or living spaces, adding canvas prints of your personal photos can take the place of outdated frames.

Similarly, if you prefer creating art yourself, canvases are affordable and easy to obtain to create your own artwork for your bedroom or bathroom walls. For families, letting your children color, paint, or decorate their own canvases can add unique touches to family rooms, playrooms, or office spaces.

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3. Create an Oddities Shelf

Storage units are perfect for adding extra space in small rooms or apartments. If you’re struggling to find somewhere to put everything, don’t leave your room cluttered. Investing in a storage shelf not only gives you space for baskets to place your extra belongings, but also allows you more room for unique oddities.

Look at your local home decor stores or discounts stores for fun pieces to place on your shelving. Initial letters, what-nots, framed pictures, and small decorative figurines are perfect for adding character to your room while still keeping your furniture pieces functional and organized.

4. Install New Lighting

From side table lamps to overhead chandeliers, changing the lighting in your home can not only create a new ambiance and look for your old pieces, but it can add additional color and character to any room. Look for lamps and jar lighting that adds additional color into your home.

From patterned pieces to bright and eye-catching looks, installing new lighting can make your room pop. If your home has more subdued or monotone coloring, installing overhead lighting with more intricate details can bring the focal point away from older pieces without overshadowing your already styled decor.

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5. Create an Accent Wall

When you’re in a pinch and want to make over the look of any room, creating an accent wall is the perfect way to change up your home decor. Choose a complimentary color that not only matches your room décor but also adds in an extra touch of color or style. For drab monocolored rooms, a beautiful deep blue or green can take an ordinary space and make it look brand new.

Choose a bright or cheerful color for workspaces and a serene light blue for baths. If painting isn’t an option, add a fabric or create a picture collage to bring a new look to your space. Opt for colorful frames or paintings to show a piece of personality while still keeping your space free from clutter.

Friday Favorites – Week 298 – With Christmas Wreaths

Seasons Greetings!  Welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites party!  For this week’s party, I’m featuring one of my favorite types of decor:  the wreath!

This group of wreaths are all especially for the holiday season, and they are all do it yourself crafts!  Hope you enjoy!

After you link up your posts, I’d also love to invite you to enter these great giveaways: Vera Dog Treat Giveaway  and the $10 Paypal Giveaway.

 

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DIY Christmas Wreath

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A Coca-Cola Holiday and 2 DIY Coke Bottle Christmas Ornament Tutorials

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Coca-Cola Holiday

With Christmas and holiday parties right around the corner, it’s time to stock up on drinks!  This year Coca-Cola has added even more fun to the festivities with their special holiday inspired Share a Coke bottles!  These 8.5 inch aluminum bottles are the perfect size for parties.  They also have little Coca-Cola Christmas balls on them, and they feature cute message like, “Share a Coke with Santa.”  How fun!  With cute bottles like this, who needs fancy glassware?

Coca-Cola is also helping us celebrate the season with a #SipsofJoy Twitter Party on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm EST. RSVP here.

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Easy Home Makeover Projects: Stenciling Your Kitchen

Stenciling is among the cost-effective and a creative home improvement technique. It can work with any décor from contemporary to traditional. It can also be used on a variety of surfaces including the walls. Stencils are particularly ideal for a kitchen where you may not have adequate space to hang artwork, photos, and other decorative elements. Here are some stencilling tips that can help give your kitchen a dramatic look.

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A stencil design can give your shabby kitchen cabinets and furniture an instant makeover. If yours is a themed kitchen, you can consider adding stencils to the centre of the cabinet doors with imaginative shapes, like yachts for a beach theme. [Read more…]