DIY Wooden Photo Ornament Tutorial

Need an idea for an inexpensive, personalized gift this holiday season?  You’re in the right spot!  I’m excited to share a quick tutorial on transferring your favorite photo to wood.  I made a DIY wooden photo ornament to hand out to the grandparents at Thanksgiving, and I think they were a hit 🙂 There are a few tutorials online on transferring photos to wood, a lot of them gave me a headache. ...

IKEA Tea Towel Kitchen Curtain Hack

I hope everyone is enjoying this Thanksgiving Eve! Can we just take a second and think about all that we have to be thankful for?! I’m thankful we won’t be talking politics at dinner tomorrow 😉  Just in case you needed to take a break from the cooking and cleaning, I thought I would share my quick and easy tea towel kitchen curtain hack.  If you have 5 minutes and $10, you can do this....

The Best Kept Throw Pillow Secret **EDIT**

***EDIT*** I want this to be a place that offers real reviews, reflecting my personal experiences.  And in the case of my supposed “Best Kept Secret” find, maybe it’s not so great.  If you read the original post below, you’ll read about my excitement back in NOVEMBER when I found super cheap pillow covers on Amazon.  I wanted to let everyone know that its now the end of MARCH, and...

Tell Your Story with Your Home Decor (Free Letter Wall Art)

The internet can be a wonderful place.  Instantly, you can connect with creative,  innovative people.  I love hearing a fresh perspective or seeing new ideas from people hundreds, even thousands of miles away.  I’m doing an online decorating course right now and I’ve been able to get decor input and advice from so many others who value keeping things cozy and affordable. It takes time Keeping things affordable has been a challenge since moving into...

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Installation

Life has been busy lately, so my DIY projects have taken a back seat. This week, I finally got around to tackling the exciting project of adding hardware to our kitchen cabinets.  It sounds easy enough, right?  I looked at a few tutorials on Pinterest and felt confident in my abilities.  Boy, I totally underestimated the amount of measuring and patience installing cabinet pulls would require!  I think I represent a pretty big group...

Easy Kitchen Island Lighting Update

Slowly but surely, this house is starting to feel like ours.  Last weekend we finished the dining area lighting update.  With the old builder grade chandelier gone, we felt the need to do a little update to the island lighting as well. The original lights were fine, I’m not going to pretend that they were awful. (I’ve had awful. Our first house had a freaking circus kitchen when we moved in, complete with...

DIY Orb Chandelier (part 2)

Last week, I left you with my painted, but unfinished orb light.  This weekend gave me a chance to get down to business and finish my project.  I’m so excited to share the final product with you! Part one recap Just a refresher, this is where last week left off. My rusty Hobnob market find got a beautiful satin nickel finish with Rust-Oleum Universal spray paint and primer. I also spray painted the...

Hobnob market, DIY orb chandelier (part one) and Rust-Oleum review

When I think of fall, I think of damp and windy weather and a hot coffee in my hand.  Mums, pumpkins, boots and fall festivals are also on the list.  One of my favorite places to go a couple of times each year is the Hobnob Market in central Illinois.  I especially love the fall market!  The vendors are so creative and rustic treasures are everywhere. The Market I was so...

The EASIEST DIY chalkboard tutorial

How many DIY chalkboard tutorials have you seen on Pinterest?  About a million, right?  Well, I’m sharing the EASIEST DIY chalkboard tutorial!  I liked this project because I got to use paint and power tools, but it was just enough of each to make it feel like a real DIY project. This giant chalkboard was made for a VIC (very important client), my mother-in-law 🙂 There was a small empty space between...

How to store kids’ toys without sacrificing style

Raising kids and trying to maintain a sense of style in your home is difficult, but it can be done! Obviously, the first priority is to keep the environment safe for little ones.  At the same time, you don’t have to have an entire house that looks like “the play room”.  I want to share a few tips on adding stylish toy storage solutions to your home. Storage, storage, storage This is what I think about with...