Pins of the Week

Happy weekend everyone!

Here are my pins that have really inspired me this week.  Make sure to follow me on Pinterest to see all that inspires me.  Share your favorite pins in the comments below with a link.



Love this look.


You could do this with any type of bottle. Easy.


I couldn’t help but share this one. Makes me laugh every time I see it. 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend!

Beautiful and Simple Fall Decorating Ideas

It’s September and after Labor Day, which means it’s…

… my absolute favorite time to decorate.  I love adding the colors and textures which add some warmth in my home.

I’ve compiled several simple and beautiful Fall decorating ideas that I have come across lately.  I hope you enjoy them!


A wreath is a great way to start your Fall decorating.


I love this mantle decor.  Who says Fall has to be orange and red?  Love the white pumpkins and arrangement of silver trays.


I will definitely be making some stuffed pumpkins.  These are so cute.


Now this is just brilliant and super easy!


How pretty is this and so easy and inexpensive to do.


There’s a park near my Mom’s house that has tons of acorns.  Need to go and harvest a bunch from the ground.


Great centerpiece for any table.

I could go on forever.  So many projects, so little time.

What is inspiring you for your Fall decor this year?  Share a link with us in the comments.

Happy Fall, Y’all

Repurpose a TV Armoire

Do you have one of these monster pieces of furniture sitting around that your new flat screen television doesn’t fit into?

Don’t know what to do with it?

Repurpose it!

These television armoires were really popular before flat screens came out and a lot of us have them sitting around and you can find lots of them on Craigslist and thrift stores for pretty cheap.  Don’t get rid of it just yet or pass by that one there in the thrift store.  Just searching Craigslist today, I found two that are listed for under $75.

With just a few adjustments, you can make it a very useful piece of furniture in your home.


Need an office, but don’t have an extra room in the house?  Put in a pull-out shelf (some already have them) and add some pretty boxes for storage, then add a bulletin board to the inside of the door and presto-change-o, you have an office that you can close up when not in use.  I love the color they used inside this one.  A great little office space.

via Maple and Magnolia

Don’t have a craft room but need a space to keep all your supplies organized? Paint it a pretty color, add a few shelves and make a craft armoire. I like all the labeled bins in this one.  Great way to organize everything.

Need extra storage space in the kitchen or don’t have a pantry.  Fill it up with pots and pans, all those kitchen appliances or all your canned goods.

Photo courtesy of diy Design Fanatic.

And, what girl wouldn’t love this!  Room for all her jewelry, makeup, hair stuff, and clothes below.  A great use for an old tv cabinet, right?

Via Edge Designs

One more…How cute is this? What a perfect changing table this makes for a nursery.

Now, drag that big old thing up out of the basement and don’t just walk by that big ol’ monster of possibility in the store.  Make it work for whatever your home is in need of…an office, a craft room, a pantry or whatever else you can dream up.

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Will You be Doing the Tangerine Tango?

Have you heard?  Pantone has chosen their color of 2012 to be Tangerine Tango.

I feel like I should have a flower in my teeth and do a little snap with my fingers when I say that.  haha

Courtesy of Pantone

It’s a pretty orange-red. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.” (Pantone press release)

So, will you be jumping on the Tangerine Tango bandwagon this year?  I’m usually not a fan of a lot of orange, or tend to follow a trend just because I’m told it will be popular.  If I like it, I’ll incorporate it, but if not, then that’s ok too.

I won’t splashing a lot of this vibrant color everywhere, but touches could be pretty.

Like this mood board I played with on Olioboard.  I’ve been thinking of redecorating my bedroom with a grey and had a little fun adding a pop of orange, or Tangerine Tango.   I do like the pop of color and with a neutral background, it would be easy to change the accent color later on if I wanted.

Photo courtesy of Houzz

Surprisingly, this color also goes well with the turquoise/aqua that has been very popular in the past few years. I would have never thought to put these two colors together, but look how pretty this can be.  See, you don’t have to change your entire decor just to update it a bit.  Just add in a splash here and there and you are done. 

What do you think of this color?  Do you think you will add a little spice in your home with some Tangerine Tango? 

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Home Stories A2Z

My Word of the Year

After reading Layla’s (The Lettered Cottage) and Beth’s (Home Stories A 2 Z) posts about their words of the year for 2012, I started thinking.  What should my word of the year be?

It should be a word that inspires me to achieve the things that I am working toward and how I should live throughout the year.  I have thought about it for days and while cooking last night, it came to me.

My word for 2012 
is Now.

At first, it seems like now is a bit harsh and demanding, but for me, its a great motivator.

If you know me, you know I’m a big procrastinator.  I wait til the last minute to do pretty much everything and well, that really isn’t working.  You would think that at 42, I would have figured this out by now.  lol

So, my little word, now, will inspire me to stop procrastinating and do it now.  Especially the things that  seem I’ve been waiting my whole life to do.

I’m going to stop waiting until I’ve lost weight to do that…do it now.

I won’t wait to go visit a new place until I have more time or money…do it now.

I will stop making excuses…do it now.

I won’t wait til the kids are older or everything is just so…be it now.

I won’t be afraid of what others will think…do it anyway…do it now.

Life is way to short to wait any longer.  Live it now

What is your word for 2012?

Joining Layla’s link party on January 16.

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A Quick Trip to Lucketts, VA

Inspiration Monday – Kitchens

If you haven’t heard, I’m moving! I found a great new duplex apartment in an house built built in the 1920’s and am excited to get in there and decorate!

It’s got great big old windows, dark hardwood floors and a nice big kitchen with lots of possibilities. Well, it will be big to me after having the world’s smallest kitchen in my current home.

So, this weekend, I have been dreaming of kitchens over on Pinterest.  There is so much prettieness (Is that a word?  It is now.) and inspiration over there. 

Via  I don’t know the original credit for this…someone pinned just the pic, not the origin. And, I repinned.

I’ve been wanting some open shelving in my kitchen and I think I will be able to do this in the new place.  There’s also space above the cabinets to decorate.  It will be a great place for all my white ironstone pitchers I’ve been collecting.

Via The Lettered Cottage

See, I could just take some doors off and it would be perfect like Layla and Kevin’s kitchen at The Lettered Cottage. 

There is also space for a small island and I will use that as a table, also.  I won’t have a dining room in this place, but honestly, we never use the one I have now.  I just decorate it – wasted space.  I think we have had maybe 5 meals in there in the past year and a half. 

Via Just for Rachel

I’m thinking of using an old dresser for the base of an island like some of these.  It will fit in perfectly with the style of the kitchen.

Via BHG via Studio M Designs

Isn’t this cute! Probably wouldn’t do the bright color, but like the paper towel holder and utensil rack.

I knew the new place was for me when I was already decorating it as I walked through it for the first time.  The others I looked at just didn’t do that for me.  Can’t wait to move in and show you all the transformations!


Monday Inspiration

School is starting, the days are getting shorter, stores are stocked with Halloween stuff…Fall is coming Y’all.

 This is my absolute favorite time of year.

The colors.

The cool days and nights with the windows open.

Kids back in school and not eating me out of house and home.  🙂

Comfort food like soups, chicken n’ dumplin’s, pumpkin bread, apple butter.

And of course, the decorating.

I’ve had to start a little early at my booth and it has definitely got me in the mood.

But, I will wait until September to start the decorating at home…maybe.

What are you looking forward to this Fall?

*Click on pictures for original links.


Monday Inspiration and Haven 2012

Wow, it’s Monday already.  It seems like the weekends are getting shorter along with the days.  We are promised cooler weather this week, which I am so happy about.  The heat we’ve been having has been making me so lazy.

Before our inspiration for the day, I just had to share that I have purchased a ticket to my very first blog conference, Haven!

Haven Conference 2012

“Haven is a two-day conference (in Atlanta, GA) June 21-22, 2012
that will allow people to learn from and gather with some of the most
notable DIY/Home bloggers in blogland. Conference sessions will focus
on DIY instruction with a mix of blogging and social media.”

I’m so excited about this conference, especially meeting all the “rock-star” bloggers hosting the conference and my fellow ticket holders.  

If you would like to attend, hurry and get your tickets as they are only selling 250.

So, if that’s not enough inspiration for ya, here’s a little more.

If you haven’t noticed, maps have become very popular in decorating lately.  People are doing so much with them.

You could do this with maps of places you love.

Decoupage a chair.

Create a cool lamp shade.

Or use a big one for a statement piece of art. 

I’ve been on the hunt for some older maps at thrift stores, yard sales, etc.  Have you used maps in your decorating lately?