Color Washing 101: Bring New Life to Wood

So you want to add some color to a piece of wood or furniture, but you still want the grain to show? How about using a color wash? A color wash is a thinned-down, translucent version of paint. First, it’s important to make sure the piece will take paint properly. A chalk-based paint will stick […]

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Uniting at Thanksgiving

Did you know that the woman who wrote “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” Sarah Josepha Hale, petitioned the U.S. government for 15 years to formally designate one Thanksgiving Day? (Side note: if you wrote “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and your first name had two syllables, you totally would use your own name, yes?) Up […]

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5 Tips to Decrease Your Stress at Thanksgiving

The holidays are such a joy, but also can be such a stressful whirlwind if you’re not careful. Over several years of hosting Thanksgiving dinner, I’ve developed a few small tips to help stress less and enjoy the beauty of the holiday. Source: Style Me Pretty 1. Delegate. I know within some families the host […]


Personalized Wood Slice Napkin Rings

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but it’s not too late to create a tablescape that will make your day extra special.  One of my favorite ways to kick any place setting up a notch, is by adding customized place cards and/or napkin rings.  For this project, I was able to combine both of those […]

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5 DIY Thankful Crafts for Thanksgiving

Carved turkeys, mashed potatoes, warm scarves, and fall leaves. These are all amazing things that go along with Thanksgiving, but none of them are as important and the real meaning of Thanksgiving:to be thankful. It’s a time to slow down and reflect on all the amazing things in our life. And while this time of […]


Hanging Your Drapes: Fit to Window

My philosophy with decorating is that there’s no “right” or “wrong” way. As with many things in life, it comes down to personal preference. Plus, every house is different and you can’t apply the same hard and fast rule to every place and expect the same result. That said, there are some tried-and-true methods with […]


4 important safety steps for safe blinds and shades

There’s so much to think about when moving or preparing to have a child. You research and buy the safest crib, the highest-rated car seat, and even baby-safe laundry detergent. Unfortunately, even the most attentive parents who believe they’ve made their home safe for their kids sometimes overlook window treatments. Cords on window blinds and […]


The DIY Guide to Cleaning Your Vintage Rug

You can’t miss the vintage rug trend circulating in all your favorite blogs and magazines, and for good reason. With updated furniture and decor, these antique collectibles make a stunning backdrop to any style; from their unique patterns to vibrant colors, they’re truly a statement piece (and no longer just your grandma’s rug!). Most of […]

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Six ways to use pumpkins on your Thanksgiving table

With Thanksgiving coming up so soon, I wanted to show you some ways to use those real pumpkins you might have left over from Halloween! While fake pumpkins have some benefits, there is just something so much more special and appealing about real pumpkins. Between regular-sized pumpkins, huge pumpkins, small ones, and, my personal fave—fairytale […]