Master Bedroom Reveal Part One

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Master Bedroom Reveal

Creating a Restful Retreat in Your Home

When we moved into our "new to us" home in TN about a year and a half ago, it was in pretty decent shape for a foreclosure. One thing I wanted to do right away was paint. Every single wall in the entire house was the same shade....that builder's grade sort of a salmon-browny-beige...pockmarked with holes where the previous owners had hung their pictures and shelves.

Great Getaway in the Smokies

Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring Break in the Smoky Mountains

Our kids had their Spring Break at the end of March and I fully intended to do a blog post about our trip sooner.

But then there were Easter projects and crafts to blog about. So here we are...

My in-laws gave us a week at a Wyndham resort this year and we chose this one... the Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort . It's in Pigeon Forge, TN...only a 3-1/2 hour drive for us.

This resort had so much to do that we hardly left it the whole time we were there! We bought amenity cards which gave us access to everything the resort had to offer.

Prayer for our Home

Friday, April 25, 2014

A Prayer and a Promise

Isn't this a beautiful prayer?
Followed by a beautiful promise straight from God in the book of Isaiah. 
I found this prayer at Creating a Life blog. She doesn't know the source but I think it's worth sharing because I think it captures what so many of us want for our have happy, peace-filled homes, to bless others, to extend grace. The first step to achieving that is to commit our lives and our homes to Him.

I would love to redo this prayer onto my large chalkboard at home...but don't know if I have the patience! So I redid it in PicMonkey instead :) Please feel free to pin and share.

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Updating a Console Table with Paint

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Console Table Makeover

Console Table Makeover

I was recently commissioned to redo this console table for a client.

The goals were to completely update the look to make it work in their bonus room, and to use a color that would work with the existing colors in the space but brighten it up.

The client's existing furniture is a dark green, almost black. The space felt heavy with all that dark furniture and her goal, over time, is to lighten and brighten. This piece would be the first step to achieving that goal.

We talked about color choices and looked at fabric swatches. When I suggested this color, she was right on board.

Duck Egg Blue is such a versatile color. It can work just as well in beachy, cottage decor as it can in modern decor.

I was eager to start painting, but before I could do that, this table needed a big of gluing and strapping. The bottom shelf had come loose from the legs in a couple spots. Mr. Diy to the rescue!

I love how chalk paint covers super shiny furniture and makes it look less 'off the factory line' and more custom. The chosen paint color looks just beautiful with this piece. It did require three coats, four in places. It was a rainy day and I'm not sure if the humidity played into that or if it was covering that shiny poly.

However, I finally got it all painted and then just lightly distressed the edges. I distressed the knobs more heavily as I wanted more contrast. My original plan was to remove the knobs and paint them a contrasting color, like black. However, there was no way to remove them. The screws were not visible inside the drawer. They were literally built into the console. If time hadn't been of the essence, I could have painstakingly taped each one off and painted them with a tiny brush.

Two coats of wax were applied to give durability. I love how it turned out! It looks like a custom piece now rather than a factory piece. Thankfully my client loved it too!

Console Table Makeover

It will help to brighten up their space and provide some inspiration when she's shopping for other accessories.

Painting the piece one color helped to modernize it and draw the eye away from the dark shelf at the bottom. Now you notice the beautiful legs! Form and function, working together.

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Planting Herbs and Flowers

Monday, April 21, 2014

Planting my Herb Garden

Planting an Herb Bed

Did you make it to the Home Depot Black Friday sale?

Easter Breakfast Menu and Table Setting

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Breakfast Menu and Table Setting

Easter Breakfast Table Decor

I'm not doing a big Easter lunch this year.  Don't judge...

Mr. Diy and I leave for Cabo, Mexico a couple days after Easter so I've decided to keep Easter weekend low-key. No big meal. No big piles of dishes to wash!

I was playing around with Easter table settings this week, so I have a beautiful one to show you...but because we're not having a big Easter meal then I thought,

...why not Easter breakfast?

zulily Blow Out Sale

Thursday, April 17, 2014

What is zulily?

Have you heard of zulily?

If you haven't heard of zulily you are missing out! zulily is 'a shopping destination for moms, offering daily discovery of new boutique items—all at an average of 50% off. Every day, 50-60 zulily sales launch, filled with hand-picked quality children’s apparel, women’s apparel, toys, infant gear and home d├ęcor. Unique finds from up-and-coming brands are featured alongside selections from top brands.'

It's simple. You sign up to become a member so that you have the 'inside scoop' on what is on sale each day. You also are made aware of what items are coming up so that you can be ready when the sale launches because once an item is gone, it's gone.

zulily is getting ready for a huge blow out sale this Saturday, April 19. Why am I telling you about it in a blog post??

Well, I'm excited about it because I am partnering with zulily as an affiliate. What that means is when you make a purchase through one of their ads on my site, I made a small commission.

When Little Diy was a baby, I shopped zulily often because their selection is different, unique, beautiful and the prices are great! I'm excited to see that they are offering more items for women now as well as home decor. It looks like there's something for everyone!

With Mother's Day, summer weddings and birthday parties fast approaching, I hope you take advantage of zulily's sales and find something unique for those special people in your life...or even yourself!  Feel free to click on the links below to go right to zulily and check it out for yourself.

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          Banana Bread Recipe

          Wednesday, April 16, 2014

          Banana Bread Recipe

          Banana Bread Recipe

          I've been making this Banana Bread recipe for as long as I can remember.

          I think it was passed down to my mom from my Nana...and who knows who passed it to her.

          It's a family tradition, really! A tried-and-true, can't fail recipe!

          Do you ever get a little weary of cooking for your family? Dinner every day, day in and day out. My family is fairly good about eating what I make. But some of them can be pretty picky about some foods.

          For instance, I have one who won't eat mustard, olives, pickles or raspberries, one who cannot stand tomatoes or mushrooms, two who hate pretty much anything green and one who will not even stay in the room if we are eating seafood. No exaggeration. If we even say the word, "seafood" or "fish", she nearly passes out on the floor gagging, eyes rolled back in her head, the words "gross" and "disgusting" coming from her mouth. You can imagine the torment she receives from her brothers.

          Yeah... I do love to cook but let's just say that with a certain school-age child in the home, I tend to enjoy baking a lot more than cooking!! My Banana Bread recipe satisfies even the pickiest of eaters! It's the BEST way to use up over-ripe bananas!!

          Banana Bread Recipe

          Banana Bread Recipe
          1/4 cup butter, softened
          1 cup brown sugar, packed
          1 egg, well beaten
          3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
          1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
          1 tsp baking soda
          1 tsp baking powder
          1/2 tsp salt
          1/2 cup chopped walnuts (my picky eaters prefer chocolate chips :) both is also yummy!)

          Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
          Prepare a loaf pan by lining it with waxed paper.
          * Cream the softened butter with brown sugar. Add the beaten egg, then the mashed bananas and mix well.
          Sift dry ingredients together and then add to wet mixture. Don't overmix, just until dry ingredients are fully incorporated.
          Pour batter into loaf pan and give it a tap on counter to release any air pockets.
          Bake on middle rack for 1 hour - 1 hour 10 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a knife into the middle. It should come out clean.
          Take out of oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes, then lift out of pan with the paper. 
          Let cool completely then peel off the waxed paper. Voila, your pan stays clean!

          * I make this in my KitchenAid Stand Mixer, so I don't beat the egg or mash the bananas first...the mixer does it for me. I do pre-sift my dry ingredients though, before adding.

          I hope you enjoy this easy Banana Bread recipe as much as the DIY beautify family does! I guarantee you won't hear any whining, "do I have to eat that?" They'll be lined up at the kitchen door!

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          Kitchens that Combine Beauty with Function

          Monday, April 14, 2014

          Kitchen Inspiration

          Kitchen Inspiration

          Every woman loves a great kitchen. Even if you're not an avid cook, a great kitchen is something that we all want.

          A kitchen is the heart of the home, after all.

          Kitchens are where games are played around the table after a great meal, and where homework is done. It's where family talks take place. It's where all the food is and where guests often congregate.

          Family Banner Home Decor

          Friday, April 11, 2014

          Family Banner Home Decor

          Family Banner Decor for the Home

          My love of DIY is wide and varied! 

          Lately it's been all chalk paint, all the time...

          but not so long ago...

          I was heavily into paper crafting and creating decor for my home.

          This project was inspired by these angels wings that I found at Pier 1. They're so pretty and all the loops are just crying out to hold something special and pretty!

          I think it was originally intended to hold Christmas ornaments. But I saw it holding something very different. Something unique that could be a part of a home's decor for a long time to come.

          Family Banner Decor for the Home

          Look closely at all the elements that I included: there's beautiful double-sided paper, ruffled eyelet and ball trim, mini crystals and pearls (jewelry making elements), gingham ribbon, mini butterfly cutouts, letters mounted on circles, micro beads.

          But the most important thing about this project? The thing that unifies it and brings it all together?


          Family Banner Home Decor

          Unique projects like this are great reminders that family is important and special and beautiful!

          I hope I've inspired you today to make something beautiful for your family.

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          Decorating my Mantle for Spring

          Wednesday, April 9, 2014

          Spring Mantle

          Where did Spring go?? That's what  I'd like to know.

          I'm a little miffed, I gotta tell you.

          It was warm and daffodils and crocuses are up. All the trees are flowering.

          Today was kind of a shock to the system after all that sunny stuff.

          I'm feeling a little cranky and out of sorts!

          This wind and weird weather makes my allergies go haywire and it just puts me in a bad mood when 
          I don't feel well!! Sigh.

          The good news (thank goodness there is some good news!) is that I finally got around to painting my Master bedroom and bathroom this weekend and it looks amazing!! I just need to hang some stuff on the walls and organize a little and then I will post the full reveal!

          Oh wait, there is more good news :)

          I have all my Spring decorating and Easter crafts done! Yup, all I gotta do is buy the chocolate and Mr. Diy is usually good for that ;)

          Chocolate puts me in a really good mood!!!

          Anyway, what this post is supposed to be about (cough), is my beautiful Spring Mantle, 
          all decorated for...well, Spring! And Easter!

          I love having a mantle!

          In Florida we didn't have a fireplace (not much need of one), hence no mantle. It really stunk because I loooove decorating my mantle!

          It's probably THE single most frequently changed area in our home...just because I have one and I can!

          For Spring, I wanted to stay with whites and pastels. I used some of my milk glass, balanced on either side, a few glass hurricanes with vanilla (yum) scented candles. I centered my gorgeous thrifted mirror that I revealed to you when I shared my Piano Room. Three painted mason jars (yes, painted with chalk paint...did you know you could do that?)  filled with happy daisies are sitting on one of my collected vintage silver trays (I found out that this one, a pickle/relish dish, is actually worth quite a bit!).

          But maybe my very favorite part of the whole mantle...

 the vintage doily bunting stretching across it!

          Spring Mantle with Doily Bunting and Painted Mason Jars

          I've had a thing for vintage doilies for awhile.

          Both my mom and my Nana used to crochet them so I have some that were theirs (now that they've both passed on, those ones are extra special). I've also snapped them up at thrift stores whenever I've spotted them; they're usually under a buck a piece. I love that they're all unique, each design is different. Some are thin and delicate, others are more chunky. I'm drawn to the white and bisques.

          This bunting was as simple as two tiny nails hammered into the corners of my mantle and tying a length of twine across. The doilies are just draped over the twine. Nothing more to it!

          Spring Mantle with a Vintage Touch

          It adds such a charming vintage touch.

          The extra doilies are stacked in a chippy white metal basket on the hearth.
          I've got some vintage hankies in there too :)
           Collecting Vintage Doilies

          I love walking in my front door and seeing my decorated Spring Mantle. It gives me hope that Spring really is here (somewhere) and that Summer can't be too far off (please!)

          Spring Mantle with Vintage Doily Bunting

          Did you spot the stenciled curtains in the corner of the photo above? That stencil plays a prominent role in my Master bedroom makeover! I cannot wait to share it with you!

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          Gingham Painted Eggs and an Updated Basket

          Monday, April 7, 2014

          I'm sharing how to paint a gingham pattern onto eggs, as well as how I updated an old basket!
          gingham eggs

          How to Stencil a Table Top

          Friday, April 4, 2014

          I am beyond excited to share today's project with you!!!

          This stencil makeover only looks complicated! C'mon over to DIY beautify and see how I created this Moroccan-like pattern with just paint and a stencil.

           If you've been following along with diy beautify for awhile, you may remember a post where I needed your help deciding what to do with the top of a plain white folding table. Well, I'm happy to say that I finally found a solution!

          Easter Shadow Box Decor

          Wednesday, April 2, 2014

          Decorating a Shadow Box for Easter

          Decorating a Shadow Box for Easter

          This might have been my easiest project to date! I think it took, oh maybe 10 minutes to pull together! 

          I had this great shadow box that I found at Michaels (on clearance) several years ago and had painted blue. It most recently held shells. Living in SW Florida up until last year, I have a huge shell collection; maybe even the Best.Shell.Collection.Ever! I like to display my shells and this shadow box is the perfect little display cabinet to show off a special collection! Of course only my very favorite shells will fit! The others are stacked in glass jars and hurricanes...I'll have to post about my shells someday :)

          I thought this shadow box would look really pretty with a collection of small Easter decorations that I already owned inside it.

          I have some fluffy chicks that my m-i-l crocheted for Mr. Diy when he was a kid, along with the cutest ceramic bunnies and some eggs.

          The hardest part was deciding what direction the bunnies and chicks should face and what compartments to put them in!

          Decorating a Shadow Box for Easter

          I didn't have enough of the 'smalls' to fill every compartment so I tried to position the things I had in a pleasing arrangement, keeping the 'principle of threes' in the back of my mind.

          Decorating a Shadow Box for Easter

          Decorating a Shadow Box for Easter

          Now where to put it? I initially tried it on my console table under my huge ornate framed chalkboard...but it looked a little lost there.

          Decorating a Shadow Box for Easter

          It needed a smaller spot.

          Decorating a Shadow Box for Easter

          It found a perfect home on my cottage green chest next to my Easter Tree with Chalk Painted Eggs and under my Flower Pot Wreath.

          It's like the perfect little Spring and Easter vignette! 

          I hope you're enjoying your Spring and Easter decorating and finding unique ways to display what you already have!

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