My Easter Tablescape: Blue & Yellow

I am excited this year to be sharing our Easter table decoration with you!  We were still living upstairs (due to the flood/remodel) last year during this time, so nothing was decorated.   And honestly, it was quite depressing.  Fast forward one year …. and what a difference!! 

I am feeling so blessed to actually have a dining room this year, that it was important that it looked special (well at least to me).  And you know…..sometimes us mommas deserve to feel good about something too- ya know?? LOL!!  My Easter Tablescape:  Blue & Yellow.

If you’re joining in from 26 Gorgeous Easter Tablescapes To Try or 24 Adorable Easter Front Door Wreaths, welcome!!    FIY – I picked a different color palette than the ones mentioned in the 26 tablescapes post…..just to give you another option to try.  I hope it gives you a little inspiration, and puts a smile on your face.

Want more spring home decorating ideas?  Try Spring Home Tour 2019, 10 Ways to Add Color to Your Entry, 9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space, 33 Stunning Outdoor Patio Seating Inspirations, 33 Best Outdoor Seating Options: All Under $500.



  •  1)  So, what sparked the inspiration for my color palette this year?  The yellow pitcher and plates with retro style flowers were definitely the first items that came to mind.  They instantly fill the dining room with yellow sunshine on cloudy days (& we have had  A TON of those here in Katy, TX)….and they make me happy!




  • 2)  And then I found the muted yellow striped placemats, and that adorable farmhouse truck with Easter eggs pillow…… & I knew  it was enough to get me started.  So what do you think of the pillow – isn’t it precious?  I found all of these goodies at Home Goods (in case you’re interested).


  • 3)  Now, that I knew which color palette I was using…..I began rummaging thru my “goodies” at home to see what I could use to tie these colors together.

AND….what did I find?  Well, I found the yellow wreath and robin egg’s blue table runner – bingo!!  The yellow wreath screams “hello spring” right from 1st glance, and that quilted table runner brought in the vintage feel that I was going for.  Yes, please – we have a winner!!


  • 4)  Plus….. I already had the geometric navy lampshades with white bases that really help the wreath “pop”off of the wall.  With all of the lighter colors on the table decor, it was important to have the darker colors against the back wall for contrast.

***TIP*** The dark navy wall also adds a lot of depth to the room by giving the eye a large grounding space (resting place) with all of the different patterns and colors going on in the room.   To see more of the lamp shades in my dining room click here for my Fall Home Tour 2018 (with orange accents), and here Christmas Dining Room (with red accents).  Which one do you like more?


Here is what the dining room looks like from a distance (picture below) so you can see how the navy accent wall adds depth to the table decor and room.  Plus, it really creates a big contrast against all of the white slipcovered dining chairs.

If you want to know more about the paint colors I used click My House Paint Colors. If you want to know where I got some of my items or want to try to get the same look as my summer dining room, click shop our home:  dining room.  Have a question about an item or can’t find something, shoot me a comment.  I’d be happy to answer any questions.


Now that I can see my main decor elements:  lamp shades, wreath, yellow pitcher/plates, and pillow…..I can now start accessorizing.  Since I already had the 2 turquoise, spa-colored pillows (from my bedroom), I popped those in to my captain chairs.  They also help ground the busyness of the decor.

QUESTION:  Do you like the chairs at the table (picture below) or do you prefer them against the wall (picture above)?


I just have to say that I am LOVING that cute little farm truck with Easter eggs pillow!!  Can you tell – LOL??!!  It just adds a little whimsy to the dining room, and plays off of the floral pitcher and plates.  Plus, its just fun!!


Now, let’s get to the tablescape accessories.  Since I know my color palette and have my accent colors in place, I just have to pop in a couple of items to complete the look.  Here is what it looks like from the top view.

The design is kept simple in order to swap out a couple of decorations with a couple of serving platters, when Easter dinner is served.  This way I can enjoy the tablescape for the entire Easter and spring season, but use it functionally when Easter actually arrives.


Below is a picture from the side with the chairs turned out so you can see how all of the color accents work together.  What draws YOUR eye first, then second, and so on?

My eye goes to the back wall first – right?  Then my focus travels from the navy lampshades to the yellow wreath, up to the yellow pitcher, back to the blue throw pillows and yellow farmhouse pillow, AND then back to the yellow plates.   Amazing how it all interacts with each other!

If you want to learn how to layer the table decor, piece by piece click Setting A Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps.  Even though it for fall decor, the process will be the same.  Let me know if you have any questions.  🙂


Since I am an “antique lover,”  my mom gave me that sweet little vintage egg pedestal candy dish a long time ago.  Most years I fill it with candy, but this year I decided to put dyed Easter eggs in it.  Because she did those too (with my girls when they were little), it’s a perfect way to reminisce on both memories.   One of those dyed blue Easter eggs still has a little “Disney princess” sticker still on it.  Cry-cry, sniff-sniff!!  It’s the little things …..




***TIP***  Use different shades of the same color to your tablescape or other vignettes, to add dimension.  The different blue and green colors of the dyed eggs really pop off against the lighter blue table runner, and spa-colored napkins.  Plus, they are in the same color depth as the blue on the plates…even though they are a different shade.


I found those vintage style blue glasses (plastic outdoor tea glasses) to compliment my smaller antique glasses, and to add a little blue to the top of the table setting.  I think it’s one of my favorite additions to the entire tablescape.  What do you think??



Here’s another view of the table setting from the back side.  You can tell how the white bowls, plates, and cake stand (all with dots) carry on the theme of those vintage inspired tea glasses.  The dots really frame the dishes and give the setting texture.


Front side…..the bunny dish we got from our “holiday” wedding shower – almost 17 years ago.



Love the style of the mirror?  Click  Distressed Hand Painted White Round Mirror -DIY.  There’s a painting tutorial and tips to get this exact look!


Thanks for taking a little Easter Dining Room tour with me!!  I hope you’re loving the blue and yellow as much as I do!  Just remember to use things that you love, that are meaningful, that remind you of Jesus, and that make you smile.


Do you like the color combination and items I used?  Do you have a favorite?  Let me know!!

Have a Very Happy Easter! 

Love & Easter Hugs – jael 🙂

Want more spring home decorating ideas?  Try:

Spring Home Tour 2019

10 Ways to Add Color to Your Entry

9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space

33 Stunning Outdoor Patio Seating Inspirations

33 Best Outdoor Seating Options: All Under $500



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26 Gorgeous Easter Tablescapes To Try

With spring right around the corner, a couple of things always pop in my mind at this time of the year.  Days filled with tons of sunshine, bluebonnets blooming in the green pastures, plans for our girls’ Spring Break and Summer, and of course celebrating Easter.  Whether you’re looking for Easter Wreaths for your front door, or decorations for your home, there are always new color palettes that inspire.  So, here are the ones I have gathered up to give you some ideas:  26 Gorgeous Easter Tablescapes to Try.

Want more spring home decorating ideas?  Try Spring Home Tour 2019, 10 Ways to Add Color to Your Entry, 9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space, 33 Stunning Outdoor Patio Seating Inspirations, 33 Best Outdoor Seating Options: All Under $500.

***UPDATE:  I have finished My Easter Tablescape:  Blue & Yellow. Now you can add ONE more color palette to your idea board. ***

I love how we gladly say farewell to the colder temperatures (= rainy season around here in Texas) and darker colors of winter, and welcome in the warmth of the sun, lighter colors/fabrics, and new opportunities.

And in the spirit of all things new, like our new life that Jesus gave to us, Easter is a chance to honor His sacrifice.  So, what better way to honor His life than to set a Easter table worthy of our King – AMEN!!

Woohoo!!  Grab a Pen….because you will want to keep track of all your favs!!  These very talented women have done a fabulous job on their Easter tablescapes.  Let’s get to it!!

***Follow me on pinterest to get a ton of tips & inspiration for all things home decor, diy, and party/events.



These are the 5 color groups that I have broken this post into, to help you navigate a little easier.

  1.   Purple
  2.   Blue
  3.   Pink
  4.   Green
  5.   Multi


The color purple has always been associated with royalty – yes Kings, so I decided to begin with it first in honor of our King Jesus!!  As you scroll through the different color palettes below, you’ll notice immediately that purple is a stately color, one of class and elegance.

You can dress it up with golds and metallics, or dress it down by using natural greenery or woven baskets.  No matter which style you choose, these purple tablescapes are sure to make your heart swoon!!  Want to know how to layer dishware and set the table try Setting a Table in 8 Steps.

Purple + White


Purple + Blush


Purple + Periwinkle


Purple + White


Purple + Turquoise



The color blue has always been associated as providing a soothing, calming environment – wherever it is used.  It also a highly popular color choice because it possesses the timeless quality, therefore making it a classic color.  The soothing tones bring in a sense of calmness when using softer shades, and the richer tones bring in a touch of drama when using darker shades.

It too, can also be dressed up or down depending on what style it is paired with.  For a more regal choice, stick with the darker shades and gold/metallics.  For a more casual choice, stick with lighter shades and natural elements (like burlap, twine, or wood).  Love all things blue:  try Blue and White Fall Dining room for more inspiration.

Blue + Gold


Blue + Mint


Blue + Brown


Blue + Twine


Blue +  Christmas (beautiful Christian design, but could be used for Easter also)


Blue + Music Paper



The color green is such a nature-loving color, and actually acts as a neutral in most color palettes.  It brings in a fresh, clean feeling when paired with more yellow-green shades (think lime green and apples).    And it brings in a dramatic, masculine feeling when paired with darker shades (think hunter green and hunting lodges).

Of course, it can also be dressed up or down depending on the style you choose.  If you want a more casual look, stick with baskets and  bird’s nests.  If you want a more sophisticated look, add tapered candles sticks and crystal wine glasses.  Love the color green…..try Summer Dining Room.

Green + White


Green + Teal


Green + Twine


Green + Rose Gold


Green + Pink



The color pink evokes a sense of energy, whimsy, and elegance all at the same time.  It can be used with any other color palette to add a punch of drama and excitement, or be used as a monochromatic color scheme (different shades in one color hue – think fuchsia and blush) to add depth and dimension.

To keep the style casual, use lighter shades of pink and whimsical patterns in dishware and fabrics (think gingham/buffalo check or stripes).   To dress it up, use darker shades of pink with gold flatware and gold-rimmed dishware (think vintage dishes, cups and saucers).

Pink + Gold


Pink + Green


Pink + Blush


Pink + Blue


Pink + Gingham


Pink + Chalkboard



The multi-colored look is associated with the more “free-spirited” type of personality.  It fits best for the girl who isn’t afraid to break the rules, the trend setter.  This color palette is very easy on the eyes because the different colors and fabrics help put the tablescape into motion.

The multi color palette possesses a laid-back kind of style…..but don’t think for a second that it is not planned out or carefully crafted, it is.  For a more casual feel, mix & match 3 accessories (think placemats, napkins, and dishware).  To dress it up, keep 3 accessories similar (think pink rose, pink napkin, pink egg). This will give a little more polished look to your “relaxed vibe.”

Green + Lavendar + Periwnkle + Mint


Pink + Blue + Gold + Green


Yellow + Turquoise + Pink + Green


Pink + Lavender + Lime Green + Turquoise



Hope you found some inspiration for your Easter tablescape this year, and can see yourself in at least one of these styles.  And…..if you just HAD to choose a favorite, which one would you pick?

Let me know – can’t wait to see what everyone’s favorites are!!

  • Want more Easter inspiration click:

My Easter Tablescape:  Blue & Yellow, 24 Adorable Easter Wreaths, or follow my pinterest boards Easter Decorating love or Easter Tablescape Love.

  • Want more Spring Home Decorating Ideas click:

Spring Home Tour 2019, 10 Ways to Add Color to Your Entry, 9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space, 33 Stunning Outdoor Patio Seating Inspirations, 33 Best Outdoor Seating Options: All Under $500.

  • Want more Dining Room Inspiration click:

Fall Home Tour or Summer Dining Room

Have a Very HAPPY EASTER!!

Love & Easter Hugs 🙂






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Joanna Gaines for Anthropologie: The NEW Collection

So, if you haven’t heard the official news yet – Joanna Gaines has just launched her NEW Home Decor line at Anthropologie (rugs & pillows) – and it is gorgeous!  From her timeless styles and muted colors….to her whimsical creations and flair for simplicity, this line is a true standout.  Products include: 11 globally-inspired pillows and 8 timeless rugs.  (And since Joanna named one of her throw pillows Sadie….my oldest daughter’s name, of course this is now my new favorite pillow)!!

Ladies….it’s like God has just answered our prayers……Well, at least my prayers – lol!!

Joanna Gaines + Anthropologie = BOHO Farmhouse love!! 

If you love all things Joanna, and your heart leans bohemian style – then you are going to love this line!!  So, who is ready to see the goods??  Joanna Gaines for Anthropologie:  The NEW Collection.

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***BONUS***  Scroll to the end for a sneak peek of the 8 NEW Magnolia Home Wallpaper selections also.  Click here or follow me here if you need a little inspiration to take the wallpaper plunge.  You can do it – I believe in you!!



Joanna Gaines for Anthropologie Textured Eva Pillow - add a little texture with these knobby woven pillows. 3 beautiful colors
EVA PILLOW: Ivory, Terra Cotta, Turquoise


CAMILLE PILLOW: Square, Oblong



SADIE PILLOW: Blush, Ochre (rust), Ivory, Sky Blue


OLIVE PILLOW: Ivory/Charcoal, Blush





Did you know that Anthropologie has this great payment plan for purchases between $35- $1,000?  They totally understand that money should not come between you and great taste, and that we all need a little help sometimes.  Check it out if it’s something that you want to look in to.






EVA RUG: Ivory, Blue, Terra Cotta


RUBY RUG: Blue, Medium Pink




If you want to learn more about Joanna’s style, her life, and specific decorating guides –  Homebody can give you some insight into her world of incredible design.



















So which ones are your favorites…and why??  Let me know your thoughts – I love to hear from my readers!!

Mine, you ask…..well the SADIE PILLOW (pink and blue), OLIVE RUG, and HOPSCOTCH WALLPAPER are my favs.

Have any questions or just want to shoot the breeze, shoot me a message!!





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55 Incredible Barn Door Ideas: NOT Just For Farmhouse Style

I know that barn doors have been around for awhile now, but I STILL believe they are worth all the hype. Since Joanna & Chip put them on the map in home design, they continue to show up in tons of house plans and evolve:  a character of timeless decor.  Thanks to the Gaines’, we not only have stylish door options, but functional door options to problematic/awkward/tight spaces (and they are just plain fun!!)  So if you haven’t jumped on board yet to this barn door craze – beware – this post is filled with tons of inspirational eye candy & products galore.  So here are 55 Incredible Barn Door Ideas:  NOT Just For Farmhouse Style. 

Looking to shop barn doors, try 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.

*Check out some of my new posts:  Top 10 Best Desks for Students and Back to School Party for Teachers (or Kids).



So what makes barn doors so special?

Chip and Joanna Gaines may be miracle workers but they simply can't do everything. So when they opened Magnolia House B&B they recruited semi-retirees Rob and Marianne Ward as potential managers. First, though, they'd have to convince the Wards to move into the adjacent carriage house. And before that could happen, they'd have to undertake a major renovation on the carriage house itself.
source: (fixer upper)
  1.   They can be used in any decor style – (not just for  modern farmhouse style anymore)
  2.   They can be used in tight spaces- (they move side to side vs. in an arc motion with doors on hinges)
  3.   They add architectural design to a plain wall – (you choose the door style, ranging from simplistic to ornate)
  4.   They can be used to hide items you don’t want seen – (tv’s, bookshelf clutter, pantry items, laundry, etc.)
  5.   They can be used as window treatments
  6.   They can be used as a single door, double door, or even quadruple doors
  7.   They can be used with glass to let light in
  8.   They can be used with mirrors to reflect light or use  for full-length viewing
  9.   They can be used with chalkboards to add function and whimsy
  10.  They can even be used outdoors – yep check out #9!!

SECONDLY: I have 2 barn doors in my own house: 1)  a pair that replaced french doors to our office/piano room  (see below), and 2) one in my bedroom to my master bath (see 2nd set below).  And I absolutely LOVE them and highly recommend them!

outside entry
inside room










Both of these rooms had awkward areas for opening up the doors into the room.  As a result, this awkward area became useless and really limited furniture placement.  By adding the barn doors, we actually gained usable space, allowing for better flow/better function of both rooms. 

We installed the office doors on the outside wall (entry wall- above) to gain more space inside the room, and also to add detail to the tall foyer walls.  In the bedroom we added one large door (below), and had it slide to an area that we did not use. 

It was a no-brainer for us!  Click Master Bath Remodel:  Hardware Accessories and Home Tour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom to see more of our home.

outside bedroom
inside bathroom











***TIP***  As you scroll through the different styles, keep a piece of paper handy and write down the numbers to the ones that really grab your attention.  It will help you decide on pattern/color/style, and help you “picture” where you might want to use them in your own house.

If you want to Follow my pinterest board –  click BARN door love for more inspiration and tips.

If you want to shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.




Painted doors with glass--3 panel or glass only at top if one over two


  • Office
  • Living Room – Covers TV, Bookshelves
  • Kitchen – Pantry, Coffee Bars
  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry
  • Bedrooms – Closets
  • Dining Rooms
  • Outdoor Kitchens


Knotty Alder Barn Door Styles More
  • X-Shaped
  • Z-Shaped/Z-Shaped 2
  • Paneled
  • Half-Paneled
  • Herringbone/Chevron/Arrow
  • Geometric/Patterns
  • W/Chalkboard
  • W/Mirrors
  • W/Glass
  • Plank/Shutter/Shiplap
  • On Furniture/TV Covers/Window Treatments


So…..let’s get to the GOOD stuff !! 

To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.



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This is a beautiful twist on the traditional barn door. That gold handle really sets this off👍🏼
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Aqua Blue Pantry Barn Door on Rails
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Project Flower Streets Reveal
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Geoff Chick :: Architect | Sandhill | 33
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To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.


I would love a sliding door somewhere in our house--preferably vintage/recycled...maybe for the office?
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And so it begins. By the time you read this, the scaffolding should be going up and work on converting the loft about to start. Which means that I need to stop dreaming about what it might look like (and, crucially, stop pinning wildly unrealistic and unaffordable images) and start researching for the things we…
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41 SHIPLAP Ideas: NOT Just For Walls (Part 2)
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Patio Ideas. Patio Design Ideas. #Patio #Deck #BBQArea
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Barn door Laundry. I wonder if this would be easier than doing a pocket door. (Love the door color too!)
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To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.


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DIY Double barn doors - like the concept, the door handles & most of all the idea of the cover over the top rail
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Check out these amazing pantries and butler's pantries for tons of inspiration and great ideas!
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Double Shaker style barn doors painted navy blue.
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Sliding barn door vintage 5 panel door with home depot hardware kit
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To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.


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We are thinking about doing a barn door like the one we built in the last house over the pantry in this house, it’s currently just a regular door, what do y’all think? That or a pantry door with the frosty window? I can’t decide! I will share an updated kitchen photo with y’all soon, aside from counters it’s just about finished 😍 #homerenovation #homereno #renovation #thisisus #kitchendecor #kitchendreams #kitchendesign #kitchenremodel #farmersmarket #freshmarket #barndoor #home
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14 Tips For Incorporating Shiplap Into your Home
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Barn door in master bathroom renovation
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To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.


Spotlight: Paneled Doors | Centsational Girl | Bloglovin’
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Herringbone on the wall...where can we use that detail? maybe we use that in the Down Powder Bath for the wood accent wall instead of making the floor complicated. Rustic Barn Doors | Modern Barn Home Ideas
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DIY Barn Door Using an Interior Door
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Master bedroom barn sliding door.
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HIS & HER sliding barn doors - Barn Doors and Custom Furniture
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To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.


Dove Studio | House of Turquoise | Bloglovin’
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Just installed favorite black barn door! Yes, again favorite color for all doors! #jamieherzlingerinteriors #jamieshop #barndoor #blackdoor…
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The barn door is a custom designed door from a local carpenter and painted by the designer in Annie Sloan - custom mix of Duck Egg Blue, Old White, French Linen, and Coco
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Lovely Modern Sliding Doors and Best 25 Modern Sliding Doors Ideas On Home Design Sliding Door
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Amazingly Crafty Uses For Your Old Junk...saw this door idea on it, might try to talk J into it instead of a pocket door for the new bathroom.
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To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.


DIY Barndoors with magnetic chalkboard inserts and galvanized pipe pantry shelves!
#31 – source:  private


Top Ceiling Mount Black Steel Rustic Modern Sliding Barn door Hardware Wood Closet Door Interior Doo
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Sliding pantry door with chalkboard face - slimmer door profile PLUS space to display and/or write stuff on the wall. So useful
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How to Measure for a Sliding Barn Door - Grain Designs
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***over chalkboard below – adorable!!***

Neutral tones & textures, sliding KITCHEN - barnyard door, straw high back stools, light fixtures that are modern yet country, grey wooden floors - all make for a delightful kitchen space
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To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.


Wall mirror mounted on a Sliding barn track door
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Cerramientos, paredes y puertas industriales de metal con cuarterones de cristal
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Mpls.St.Paul Magazine ASID MN Showcase Home | House of Turquoise
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narrow double doors with mirrors give a sophisticated and more modern look
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Mirrored Barn Doors More
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To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.


Serene and hardworking: Really, what more could you want in a family home? Lilli Lee's is a treasure chest of smart storage and soothing style. Take the tour and grab some tips for your own place.
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Iron, Hot Rolled Steel barn rolling doors {Straus Job, glass panel for light and privacy, Attic Bathroom}
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Serious question for professionals in residential construction: when laying a wood or laminate floor, is there a rule of thumb about which direction the planks go? In particular, what about laying them perpendicular to a hallway run at a room transition (as seen above). Is that unconventional?
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To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.


A stunning plank barn door on rails opens to reveal a small hall laundry room fitted with a stacked white front loading washer and dryer.
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41 SHIPLAP Ideas: NOT Just For Walls (Part 2)
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Project San Juan
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Marie Flanigan Interiors - Have you Seen us Lately - Architectural Digest Coastal Transformation - Coastal Sitting Room - Contemporary Trundle Bed
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Kitchen Makeover Ideas From Fixer Upper | HGTV's Fixer Upper With Chip and Joanna Gaines | HGTV
#50 – source: (fixer upper)

To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.



TV behind barn doors recessed over the it!
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Learn how to build a DIY Sliding Barn Door Loft Bed. Easy-to-follow tutorial by Jen Woodhouse. This bed fits a Full Size mattress.
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***Barn door console
#54 – source: private (ana white)


Barn door window shades
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So, which one is your favorite??  Or do you already have one in your house – shoot me a picture, I’d love to see it!! *** If you’re ready to shop barn doors Click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.***



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44 Adorable Wallpaper Ideas (Part 2)

Well, you have been asking for them, and I finally have found them:  44 Adorable Wallpaper Ideas:  (Part 2)!  If you haven’t had a chance yet, click 29 Fabulous Wallpaper Ideas (Part 1) for a ton of fun wallpapers to try.

The first post gives you inspiration pictures of the cutest wallpaper ideas (used in powder bathrooms).  And this post provides shopping links so that you can purchase the wallpaper, if you choose to do so.

I am REALLY excited to show you what I have found – I am pretty proud of myself!!  LOL!!  So, let’s get to it – shall we??

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(PART 2)

There are 9 Wallpaper SECTIONS:

  • Navy/Blue
  • Gray/Tan
  • Dot/Dalmatian
  • Green Bamboo/Trellis
  • Pineapple
  • Botanical/Floral
  • Butterfly
  • Buffalo Check
  • Helpful Links


1 – Blue Tulip                                                                                                             2 –  Navy Geometric

Ladwig Scandinavian 33' x 20.5" Block Tulip Floral Wallpaper Roll

Ami Gigi 33' x 20.5" Geometric Wallpaper Roll










3 – Indigo Arrow                                                                                                   4 – Blue Ikat

Alaya 33" x 20.5" Geometric Wallpaper Roll

Abra 33' x 20.5" Ikat Wallpaper Roll










5 – Blue Toile                                                                                                   6 – Blue Ikat











7 – Navy Trellis                                                                                                        8 – Navy Large Print Leaves

Schroeders Lattice 27' x 27" Geometric Wallpaper RollGrove 33' x 20.5" Tree Wallpaper Roll










9 – Blue Medallion                                                                                                        10 – Navy Leaves

Ryker Maya 33' x 20.5" Medallion Wallpaper Roll









11 – Blue Small Stripes                                                                                                  12 – Navy Cabana Stripes

Manhattan comfort NWSH34555 Glasgow Series Vinyl Stripe Design Large Wallpaper Roll, 20.5" W x 32.7' L, Navy Blue/White










13 – Gray  & Silver                                                                                                   14 –  Light Gray Geometric

Nu 18' x 20.5" Circulate Light Silver Wallpaper Roll

Ami Gigi 33' x 20.5" Geometric Wallpaper Roll










15 – Charcoal Arrow                                                                                              16 –  Gray Trellis

Alaya 33" x 20.5" Geometric Wallpaper Roll

Symetrie Frequency Ogee 33' x 20.5" Geometric Wallpaper










17 –  Beige Moroccan                                                                                                18 –  Silver Trellis

Harkins 4' L x 2' W Moroccan Small Pattern Peel and Stick Wallpaper Roll

Alhambra Alcazaba 33' x 20.5" Trellis Wallpaper










19 –  Gray Trellis Montauk                                                                                  20 – Taupe/Gray Ikat

Essentials 33’ x 20.5" Trellis Montauk Wallpaper Roll











21 – Black Dot, Gold Dot                                                                                22 –  Black Dalmatian

Akil 16.5' L x 20.5" W Polka Dot Peel and Stick Wallpaper Roll










23 – Black Dot DECALS (19 color options)                                                    24 – Black Quatrefoil

Symetrie 33' x 20.5" Tetra Quatrefoil Wallpaper Roll











25 –  White/Green Bamboo                                                                                       26 – Green Trellis

Ashford Tropics 27' x 27" Trellis Wallpaper Roll

Schroeders Lattice 27' x 27" Geometric Wallpaper Roll









27 – Green Bamboo                                                                                               28 – White/Green Trellis











29 –  Pink Pineapple                                                                                                   30 – Navy Pineapple

Ryker Copacabana 33' x 20.5" Pineapple Wallpaper Roll









31 – Gold Pineapple, Black                                                                                                 32 – Gold Wall Decals

Wall Pops WPK1908 Pineapple Wall Art Kit











33 – Black Hydrangea                                                                                                 34 – Gold Hydrangea

Hydrangea 15' x 27" Floral and Botanical Wallpaper Roll

Hydrangea 15' x 27" Floral and Botanical Wallpaper Roll










35 – Black Rose,  Option 2                                                                                    36 – Black Tulip

Ladwig Scandinavian 33' x 20.5" Block Tulip Floral Wallpaper Roll












37 – Black Leaves Butterfly                                                                                      38 –  Blue Leaves Butterfly

Ashford Toiles 27' x 27" Papillon Roll

Ashford Toiles 27' x 27" Papillon Roll











39 –  Black Check                                                                                                          40 – Navy Check, Blue Check



41 – Thibaut Island Ikat

42 – Thibaut Thai Ikat

43 – Thibaut Patara Ikat

44 – Quadrille Sigourney (16 colors)










GIVE ME SOME FEEDBACK: I’d love to see some pictures of how it all comes together!!

  • which one is your favorite?
  • where will you use it?
  • will it be an accent wall, full room, or half of the room?


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15 BEST Round Mirrors

So I have been in LOVE with round mirrors for so long I can’t even remember when it began!!  There is something about the soft shape that allows the eye to move effortlessly around the room, and really makes a statement all at the same time.  Plus, you can use them in every room of your house.   Win-Win!!  So, here are my picks for the 15 BEST Round Mirrors.



Pick your own mirror style:

  • big or small
  • simplistic or bold
  • by itself or in groups
  • over wallpaper or tile
  • hanging with rope or leather

Pick your own mirror material:

  • metal
  • wood
  • plastic

Whatever your style, your budget, or room you want to use it……there IS a Round Mirror For You!!

Want more round mirror eye candy:  check out my pinterest board round MIRROR love.





Grey dresser, round mirror, vase with greenery, tabletop styling Studio McGee || Friday Inspiration: Our Top Pinned Images This Week
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35 Gorgeous Natural Brick Fireplace Ideas (Part 2)
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// thoughts on things // check this tiny boho retreat
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The master bedroom’s closet was transformed into a private master bathroom, since the previous floor plan provided only one bathroom upstairs. We added a large, spacious shower with carrara marble tile, carrara marble countertops, shiplap for dimension, built-in shelving, new fixtures and hardware. The original hardwood floors were also able to be saved in this space, so they were refinished and looked good as new.
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hamptons mansion - love the textured dark blue wallpaper in the powder room with white vanity and marble top
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Welcome to the blog's NEW category Shop Our Home: Dining Room by Get links to your favorite items!
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This entryway packs a punch with pops of bold yellow and a patterned wall. The wallpaper accent wall peeks through at the end of the room for a perfect dose of pattern and the yellow in the design matches the color of the door. The console table serves as a dropping zone for small objects with a basket underneath to stores other necessary items.
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29 Fabulous Wallpaper Ideas to Try for Your Powder Bathroom
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Fresh olive branches bring this sweet + simple dresser vignette to life More #projectcostamesa photos coming to a feed near you soon! // @chadmellon
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Beach Style Powder Room Design
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The Serras Hotel Barcelona ***** | Luxury Hotel Gothic Quarter Barcelona | OFFICIAL SITE
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framed mirrors on tiled wall, like the towel storage unde the vanity a lot.
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30 Stunning White Brick Fireplace Ideas (Part 1)
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Gorgeous feminine all-white bathroom with brass fixtures and pretty pink roses. Perfection!
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So, which one is your favorite??  I’d love to hear some feedback from you?  My absolute favorite is NO. 4 – just love how happy that room makes me feel!



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7 STEPS: Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

HI everyone!!  I know that I haven’t been posting as much as I would like this 2019 (sorry) – so I thought I would share what I have been up to.  Painting, PAINTing, and yes – more PAINTING!!   So what could I possibly have to paint – I have a new downstairs – right??   But….what about the upstairs? Yep, look at the picture below right…..YIKES!!  And that’s how you get 7 STEPS:  Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY.  

There are three main reasons for this painting craziness:  1 – Since we flooded, we changed all of our old trim color downstairs, and 2-  Because we flooded, cash-ola for hiring painters is nada – and 3- Remember how I tend to have these genius new year resolutions of “getting organized??” LOL!!

If you put these 3 circumstances together  (and you are slightly insane) you decide to paint all of the upstairs trim, closets, ceilings, doors, and vanities yourself!!    So, here are my 7 STEPS:  Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY.

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  1.   Prep area
  2.   Paint All Baseboards & Door Frames – 1st coat
  3.   Paint entire CLOSET & ceiling – 1st coat (latex)
  4.   Paint CLOSET baseboards – 2nd coat (oil)
  5.   Paint bedroom BASEBOARDS – 2nd coat
  6.   Paint bedroom CEILING  (one coat only)
  7.   Paint All DOORS (2 coats)



***For this project I used:  Sherwin Williams  Snowbound  (SW 7004)***

  • OIL-BASED SEMI-GLOSS:  Bedroom – Baseboards, Door Frames, All Doors
  • LATEX SATIN:  Closet – (ceiling, walls, shelves, door frames)
  • LATEX FLAT:  Bedroom Ceiling

These are the paint quantities that I have used at my house (upstairs):

*** 1 gallon oil-based paint covers ~3-4 rooms and doors ***

*** 1 gallon latex satin covers ~ 4 closets ***

*** 1 gallon latex flat covers ~ 2 ceilings ***


Please do NOT skip this tip!!  Oil-based paint is very strong smelling and could make you sick.  Open a couple of windows while working and put a standing fan in the room with you.  The fan will help especially when painting the closet where the space is closed up.


  • Paint:  oil-based, latex satin, latex flat – 1 GALLON each
  • 2 – 2 1/2″ angled brushes (1-oil, 1- latex) – combo set
  • 3″ brush (oil)
  • large roller brush, handle, & tray, liners
  • large roller extender *optional* (for ceiling)
  • small roller brush, handle, & tray
  • refills (large & small roller brushes)
  • plastic (cover furniture)
  • canvas drop cloths for carpet
  • painter’s tape
  • paint brush cleaner  – OIL only
  • ladder/step stool
  • goggles (for ceilings)


  • Move all furniture to middle of room –  including closet
  • Cover all furniture with plastic
  • Vacuum – really good (especially where carpet meets baseboards)
  • Clean all baseboards and closet shelves – with a little soap and water on rag
  • Tape down carpet at baseboards – 2 layers
  • Put down canvas drop cloths

***NOTE*** We are getting new carpet, so I did not have to worry about saving the carpet with drop cloths.  The paint splatter from the ceiling and doors will be messy, so protect your flooring!!



TIME FRAME: 3-4 Hours

Paint all of the baseboards and door frames with the OIL-BASED paint.  I used the 2 1/2″ angles brush for the top part of the baseboards and sides of door frames (where frame meets wall) to get a straighter line.  You can used tape if you want – it’s just personal preference.

I used the 3″ brush for the bottom (wider) part of the baseboard to make it easier, and less brush strokes.  ***TIP***  Since you will be working with TWO paint brushes,  use the lid of the paint can to store the 2nd paint brush.  Ijust slid the paint can around the room with me so that I would have both brushes near me at all times.




TIME FRAME:  2 Hours

Paint the walls, closet ceiling, shelves, rod, and baseboards with LATEX SATIN paint.  I used another 2 1/2″ angled paint brush for all of the corners, shelves, rod, and baseboards.  Then I used a foam roller brush for the walls and ceiling.

***NOTE***  I used all of the same paint in the closet for the first coat to make it easier.  If you want to leave it with latex paint, skip STEP 4.  I painted the baseboards and rod with oil-based paint for a second coat (just because I thought they would get the most scratched).




TIME FRAME :  3 Hours

Paint all of the bedroom baseboards and door frames again (2nd coat) with the OIL-BASED paint AND paint the closet baseboards/closet rod.   The second coat goes on much faster than the first coat – yay!!  It will also look whiter and will cover the pre-existing scratches better

***TIP***Oil-based paint is more durable than latex paint so I decided that the closet baseboards and rod would get the most use.  I didn’t want wire coat hangers to scratch the paint off of the rod (painted with latex), or baseboards to get banged up either.  Once again, personal preference.




TIME FRAME:  3 Hours

Use LATEX FLAT paint for the ceilings.  Paint corners, tops and sides of door frames with 2 1/2″ angled brush to get into crevices.  The angled brush also helps to keep paint lines straighter – especially where the wall meets the ceiling.  Then roll with large roller brush.

***NOTE***  I only did one coat for the ceiling, but make sure you put a decent amount of paint on your roller brush to cover existing paint color.  Ceilings are very textured and will require more paint to cover the bumps.




TIME FRAME:  2 Hours (for 4 doors)

Paint the doors using the OIL-BASED paint, and do 2 coats.  My doors have an arch in them, so I painted the inset first with a brush.  Then I painted all of the flat surfaces with the smaller roller brush.

***The roller brush was the bomb – it was the perfect size for painting the door!!  Plus, no brush strokes!!***

You can tape off the door handle, take it off, or just paint around it (like me) using the angled paint brush.  I kept some paper towels and old rags around to wipe excess paint off of mine.

***TIP***Don’t forget to do the inside and outside parts of the door… well as the hinges.  I painted 2 coats on these also.

***LET DRY OVERNIGHT, and paint the 2nd coat the next day.***



















Now, you can move on to the next room or bathroom – right?  Just remember to take a break during all of the painting so you don’t get overwhelmed – trust me!!  I am on room 4 – so I’ll keep you updated!!





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Get House Organized: Top Ten List

Happy New Year Everyone!!  I am wishing all of you a year filled with love, good health, and tons of laughter.  At our home, I get excited for all of the new and wonderful things that will happen for our family, and I also reflect and thank God for all of the past blessings from the previous year.  And then …..  I get into “CLEAN UP” mode around our house – LOL!!  I start going through cabinets, closets,  and drawers like a crazy madwoman.  I begin making mental notes of what needs to go, what needs to stay, and then what needs to get organized.  Nothing is safe – really – not even my husband or girls – JK!!   So, who is ready to…. Get House Organized:  Top Ten List.

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  1.   Shelf Paper

  2.   White Containers  (small) – Makeup

  3.   White Containers (medium/large) – Kitchen

  4.   White Divided Container – Kitchen/Office

  5.   Metal/Woven Baskets – Pantry

  6.   Silver Metal Rack – Pantry

  7.   White Expandable Shelf – Pantry

  8.   White Lazy Susan (Turntable) – Kitchen

  9.   Clear Shoe Box w/Lid – Crafts

  10.   White Shoe Rack (hack) – Laundry, Kitchen

These 10 items are a must-have at my house, and therefore my Top Ten Picks for house organization.  The only one that I do not own yet is the lazy susan #8, but it is on my list to purchase asap!!

***TIP***Even though you think an item is for a kitchen, a closet, etc….. don’t let that distract you.  Just because it says “shoe rack “or “shoe bin”, doesn’t mean you have to use it in your closet.  (see my #9 and #10).

Let’s get to it!!


I use shelf paper in ALL of my cabinets and drawers -period.  It is first on my list because it is a life-saver for the bottoms of all drawers and cabinets.   Over time, cabinets and drawers get scratched with pans, utensils, laundry detergent, etc…. so why not protect it before it happens.  Here is a picture of it – yep- even my spice rack get its!

Now YES it IS a little time consuming to install and does cost a little money.  But definitely less expensive than having to repaint all of the cabinets in your house just because they look dinged up and dirty.  Plus, shelf paper helps with spills or drips from household cleaners, wet sponges, makeup, etc…. so that it doesn’t destroy your wood.  Use different patterns in different rooms for fun, or keep the pattern universal for your entire house.





Click Adhesive (pictured) or Non-Adhesive.



I use small containers to group things together so that they don’t roll around or damage the shelf liner.  I love these little white containers (they come in different sizes) to keep all of my makeup, toothbrush/toothpaste, jewelry, glasses, etc…. organized.  They also connect to each other which helps them from sliding around your drawer – love this!  If you prefer acrylic containers over white, I have linked those as well below.

I also use these containers in my kitchen to organize extra batteries, tools, nails, etc….. for the same purpose.  They help keep batteries from rolling around, and help me keep all of my tools (screwdrivers, wire cutters, etc…) all in one spot.



Click here white pack of 8 – (pictured below), acrylic:  long, skinny, medium, square


These containers are sooooo versatile!!  They come in different sizes, shapes, and also different depths to hold a large variety of household items.  I use the more shallow containers for extra kitchen utensils like spatulas, potato peelers, wine openers, etc…. and the deeper containers for bulkier items like notepads, extra packing tape refills, furniture pads, rope, etc.   They are perfect for under-the-sink item like cleaners, extra sponges, rubber gloves, etc.

You could use these in the laundry room for clothespins or stain removal brushes or use in a playroom for kids art supplies or toys.   Use them in the bathroom  for extra toiletries or in the pantry for chips, paper towels.  The possibilities are endless.  I am constantly finding new ways to use these containers – now my girls are even using them!!


They come in 5 stylish colors and an adorably cute weave pattern:  white, black, gray, jade green, and beige.

Click here 5-piece containers large (pictured below), 3-piece containers medium, 3-piece small, and individual sizes small, medium,  and large cube.



If you are looking for something to organize your “work area” in you kitchen or office, a divided container works best.  This container has a place for scissors, tape, paper clips, stapler/staples, rubber bands, small notepads, whole punch, etc…. to keep everything in it’s place.  I keep mine on the top drawer for easy access, and make sure all of the items stay in their individual compartments.

The same concept is essential for keeping silverware organized.  I have been using a metal one (personal preference) for awhile now, but I linked some that are plastic, metal,  bamboo, and also expandable.  I could not live without one of these divided containers for our utensil drawer.


Click here for white divided container (pictured below)

Click here for silverware plastic expandable container, metal container, bamboo container, bamboo expandable



I use metal baskets in my pantry to store items into groups, to eliminate extra clutter, and to help save money when shopping.  For some reason, I have a hard time with plastic packages (like pasta bags, chip bags, rice bags,) or anything that is “loose” in structure!!  YEP – someone call in an OCD therapist for me – lol!  For real!! ha!

It is so much easier to put several packages into a basket or tub so that they stand upright (for easier viewing) and also to gain more space in the pantry.  I personally like the metal baskets (vs. woven baskets) just because I want to be able to see all of the contents.  But the woven baskets tend to hold more items – just a FYI.  Either way, using baskets will give the pantry a cleaner look and a more organized feeling.  My silver metal baskets have been discontinued (I’ve had them over 10 years, cry-cry – sniff-sniff), but I found something similar below.


Click here – white metal basket, white open front metal basket, woven basket set, bronze or silver metal

VonHaus Set of 4 Seagrass Storage Baskets with Insert Handles Ideal for Home and Bathroom Organization - 12(L) x 9(W) x 6(H) inches


I love these racks for can goods, snack boxes, and extra storage for dishes.  They come in a variety of depths so that the more shallow depths fit better in the pantry, and the deeper ones fit better in kitchen cabinets.

I personally used the silver expandable ones in my pantry so that I can double up on height.  These allow me to keep all of the can goods in the same area, but I can store a ton on top and underneath this rack.  The white ones I use in my kitchen cabinets to store corning ware, mixing bowls, pans, etc…. for the same reason.  I can fit more items into a drawer or cabinet by using the space underneath the rack.




Click here silver (expandable) rack,  white metal rack,


These shelves are perfect for smaller items.  Some people use these racks for can goods also (which is great), I use them to store peanut butter, pam, olive oil, vinegar, food coloring, and our “extra” take out food sauces that are leftover – LOL!!  Basically, anything small that gets lost in the pantry.  ***Mine is 2-tiered, but I would love to have one extra shelf***

You could also use these in your kitchen cabinets to store medications, bandaids, thermometers, etc…. so that you can see all of the smaller items.  Or use them for spices, coffee mugs, or even keurig coffee pods.  Again, these shelves are so versatile.


Click here white expandable shelf, white non-skid shelfbamboo rack, bamboo expandable rack, silver metal rack



There is always that ONE spot (or more) in your pantry or cabinets that just isn’t functional – right?  No matter what you do, it’s a blind spot, or corner, or just plain tricky!!  And it’s a complete waste of usable storage space- enter in the lazy susan.

This little device is a genius, and really can be used almost anywhere in the house (fingernail polish- hint, hint).  Use it for spices, cleaning supplies, arts/crafts – you name it.  It will make your life soooo much easier….well your organizational life that is!!  Leave it out on top of your counter also….you don’t have to “hide” it.  This is definitely on my list to buy asap!


Click here white turntable, white set of 2white stand, bamboo turntable, acacia turntable


I have been using these boxes for years, and years, and years -they are not just good for shoes!!  They come in so handy for just about everything small.  Use them to store craft supplies or kids’ art supplies (like acrylic paints, markers/map pencils, crayons) or use them in your sewing room for thread, scissors, and extra needles.

You can also use them for extra toiletries like deodorant, lotions, hairspray, etc…. to keep items from falling over.  Or use them for fingernail polish, polish remover, extra nail file, cotton balls, etc….  Once you have them, you’ll find hundreds of ways to start organizing items in your house.  Plus, you can stack them – win-win!!


Click here clear shoe box with lid,  set of 6



I LOVE this little guy here!!  He is not just for shoes and the closet!!  If you have any cabinets if your house that have no shelving, or need shelving….this rack comes in soooo handy!!

I use these racks in my laundry closet to store extras rags, sheets, and towels.  I can roll up the linens so that they work perfect in the 2 smaller shelves, and then I can stack the other linens on the very top shelf.  It’s like I have custom built-in shelving….and I don’t!!  I also store my decorative vases, smaller knick-knacks, and books on these as well.

In my kitchen, I put 2 of these racks back-to-back to make ONE large shelf over my ovens.   This allows me to store all of my china and Christmas china in one cabinet.  The smaller racks work perfectly for coffee/tea cups and also for stacked plates.  Then I use the top portion for glasses and serving bowls.

Pictured below is just ONE rack put into the  cabinet.  I can store so much more in here with the shelves, plus I can see everything when I need to rotate out my decorating accessories.


Pictured below are the TWO racks put back to back over my ovens.  These over-the-oven cabinets are built deep to allow for the depth of the oven space, so they are perfect for these shelves.  Now, I can stack all of my China and stemware here.


Click here white shoe rack, espresso shoe rack




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Let it Snow – DONUT Christmas Party (Part 3: The Event)

Woohoo!!  I am sooooo happy to FINALLY be showing y’all pictures of our  Let it Snow DONUT Christmas Party!!  We had our event a little over a week ago, and it was a huge success.  We received a ton of compliments on  planning (decorations, invitations, setup, and food), execution of those plans, and overall great party atmosphere.   YAY!!  WE DID IT!!

There were 162 members who showed up to participate in the philanthropy crafts, and we couldn’t be happier with all of the items that were completed.  These philanthropies rely on organizations like our’s to help them out (especially during the Christmas season), and we feel that we completed our mission. 

The Let it Snow Party provided the perfect backdrop and ambiance to get all of our philanthropy crafts taken care of, and we were just so proud of how it all came together!  ***FYI***  GRAB a drink and a chair….because this is NOT a cliff notes short version -lol!!!  But it is soooo worth your time – I promise!!  So, Let’s get to it.


(Part 2:  THE EVENT)

The pictures that I am showing will be either the planning stage, pre-event stage , or some during the actual event.  There will not be a lot of pictures with members (due to privacy policies) but I do have a handful so you can see this very special group of moms & daughters!!

The place that we hosted our event is The Brookwood Community in Brookshire, Texas.  Their Mission:  “Through the Grace of God, The Brookwood Community provides an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging, and provides meaning and purpose for adults with disabilities.”   This is a beautiful place with lots to offer –  an adorable cafe, a beautiful retail shop, and stunning facilities to tour.  All of the poinsettias (that we used to decorate) are grown in their nursery.  If you are near this area- please stop in.  You will be beyond impressed and you will leave with a heart full of love!!   Words cannot express how grateful our organization is to Brookwood for allowing us to use their facility for our Holiday Philanthropy Fair!!  THANKS Brookwood!!

I will break these pictures up into 7 GROUPS to make this little tour easier to navigate!   ***If you missed the planning posts and want to see more, click HERE – for decoration planning, and HERE for food planning.***

  1.  STAGE


Brookwood provided the 2 gorgeous Christmas trees, stage lights, gazebo pieces, and all table and chairs.  Then it was up to us to transform the facility into a winter wonderland of donuts and snowflakes. 

 The gazebo “snow house” is where all of the girls and moms take their class picture, so it had to be big and bold!  I think we got it- do you??

One of the cheapest and easiest ways to add color and fill a space is with empty wrapped Christmas presents.  We had our moms bring extra boxes and specific colors of wrapping paper to our work day……and then added them wherever we needed a “punch of color.”    Just make for sure you stick to no more than 3 colors:  we used pink/white, blue/white, silver/gold.

Do you remember some of the items from the planning post- Part 1?   I LOVE how it all came together!!   Below is a BEFORE picture from the planning post.

2)  TABLES: 


We had to make a couple of changes to our table arrangement/setup because there were not enough rectangular tables….so we used round tables.    For event planning, there are ALWAYS things that are not going to work like you “thought,” so just be prepared to roll with the flow.  We set up a day before to try to take care of all the things that might (will – lol) have to be changed.


For the tables we used 2 different turquoise plastic table covers (one solid, one polka dot), and then satin round turquoise table covers.  I’m soooooo glad I brought the 2 tubs of white and turquoise fabric table covers (from our organization) as backups……because – well – we needed them!!

And remember  the  handmade “lollipops”from the planning post…..see picture below.  These are perfect for table centerpieces because the sand in the pots hold all types of signs.  

My co-chair made the adorable snowflake signs with her cricket for each of the 13 participating philanthropies – too cute!! ( THANKS A!!) 


The registration tables worked beautifully…..after the committee turned the tables into a L-shape!  This change created much better flow, and gave this corner a cozy feel.

The silver snowflake name tags and donut ornaments worked perfectly with our Let it Snow Donut theme.  The polka dot name tag boxes sealed the deal – love these!!  Click HERE for diy Christmas donut ornaments post.

The before pic….see below.  We had these letters already (in storage), so I just simply added the pink tulle and dot ribbon for a little whimsy.  Then I used the silver chargers and stands that we also had, to make the letters look like signs.


This table was used to sell tickets for our senior recognition event, so I decided to make it fun and crazy!!  The NCL letters worked great with the 2 small white trees and donut ornaments.  Once again I added some ribbon and small ornaments to the letters to customize them.

And the pre-planning….see pictures below.

We replaced the 2 fuchsia wreaths with snowflake signs, and then used the wreaths underneath the 2 white trees.  This table really “popped” with all of the contrasting colors, and gave a TON of personality to a blank space!!


Wow…..Wow…..WOW!!  The food committee chairs and committee knocked it out of the park!!  I met with the 2 chairs for all of the “donut” shaped food ideas we needed to incorporate – and they nailed it!!  And of course – the DONUT wall we borrowed from one of our other member (thanks T!!) – it stole the show!!

BEFORE picture of the food/drinks setup area.
and AFTER…… What do you think about the DONUT WALL???  I LOVE IT!!  
Remember the snowman skewers (bottom right) and donut holes Christmas trees from (Part 2- food planning)…..well here they are!!  We added the adorable tiffany blue stands (that we had in storage) to give the table a little glam and the pom pom garland with donut ornaments to add a little fun!  The polka dot table cover finished the whimsical look off perfectly!!  But what really makes it POP – is the “DONUT GOLD LETTERS!”  Great job ladies!!
From the precious homemade cupcakes to the rice kripsies “donuts” (also from Part 2), all of the colors fit exactly as planned.  
Rice Krispies “donuts” made by one of our moms and her daughter!!  They did a great job!
Above – is another before picture so you can see the table arrangement.  
And our girls wanted the “fruit” Christmas tree- adorable!
What is the “white” in the jars…..not milk??  It’s sugar – genius idea food committee!!  And those sprinkled donut holes are so fun!
I have to brag on these ladies – they REALLY did a fantastic job!!  Even the donut icing is perfect!!  Can’t have a DONUT Christmas party without going BIG on the donuts!


What is a girl supposed to do when she cannot remove (9) 4×4′ canvas fruits and veggies prints from the wall…..well she creates 9 Christmas word signs using the “O’S”  as donuts!!  These 9 blue wall signs completed the DONUT party theme!!  The blue created our “winter” color, and the hanging donuts added to our donut-themed Christmas Party.  

They were a LITTLE tricky to execute – so that we would not damage the existing prints, but our moms did it!!  And they turned out great!! BELOW – is a BEFORE picture of the five prints on the left side…..and then the after with them covered.

And AFTER…..
Those 2’s are made with the DONUT ornaments that our girls made – too cute!!  
BEFORE….. this is where the food tables are.  JOY and HOPE signs.
work in progress….
BEFORE picture of back wall…..NOEL on left LOVE on right.  I did not take a picture of the noel sign  – cry cry- sniff, sniff!!!  But I did mock ups of all of them so you can see what it was supposed to look like.
So, this is how the signs were all planned out.  I laid the 4×4′ blue wrapping paper down and placed all of the accessories on top how I wanted them to look.  This allowed me to figure out which donut color went with the different letter colors, and also spacing.  This is also how I knew that I needed something extra covering the bottom portion.
So, I sprayed the bottom portion with “spray on” fake snow…..
…… and then added the different sized cotton balls to that!!!  The cotton balls were not very cooperative sticking onto the fake snow – LOL, but they eventually stayed put!!
I think they ended up looking like snow globes – what do you think??


Remember the Christmas Snowman diy cotton ball wreath……well here it is!  There are  2 roll top doors (like accordion style bread bins) on the kitchen walls that were kind of eye sores.  YIKES!!  I really felt like we needed to cover at least one of those doors – just for aesthetic reasons.  So, that’s exactly what we did.

BEFORE….with door open.
….and AFTER !!  Popped in a couple of poinsettias to try to hide that cord & it was perfect!!
Here is the pre-planning stage at my house.  I used the same blue wrapping paper that I used for the blue word signs so that all of the walls would look uniform.
And here is a wider view so you can see it with the word signs.  I decided not to do the other rolling door to the right of the donut wall, so we it wouldn’t have to compete with any other decor.    It was definitely the right call!!  


The back window decorations went just as planned.  There were 4 sets (of 2 together), so I just used 2 at my house to plan them out.  We used the snowflakes again (that the girls made) and a couple of larger snowflakes to take up more window space.  Then we used the same white tinsel (like the blue word signs) to tie the windows and wall decor together.

BEFORE picture…..
and AFTER…..
BEFORE picture…..
and AFTER…..
planning it at my house …..


INCREDIBLY TALENTED!!  One of our moms (and her husband) created this one-of-a-kind snowman selfie station for us!!  She drew it out, and he built it from wood – genius!!  I can’t say enough how fabulous this was.  All of the moms and daughters LOVED taking pictures with these snowmen and her adorable handmade props!!  It is going to make very memorable mother-daughter photos.  Thanks so much N!!

and all of the adorable props she made…..
and with the huge pool float donut (brought by another mom)….  Precious – right??!!  Who wouldn’t want to take a selfie with those??


In the entrance, we placed the beautiful red poinsettias (from Brookwood) on and around more wrapped presents to add color and height.  We had the girls make the sign on the chalkboard  (since it was really THEIR party – wink, wink), and we used one of the adorable cricket snowflakes again to seal the deal!!

BEFORE picture……
and AFTER…..


That’s me on top left 😉


And here is our adorable t-shirt created by my co-chair…..Amazing job A!!
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Fall to Christmas Decorating: 3 EASY Tips

So, Thanksgiving is over and it’s officially time to pull out your Christmas decorations.  But for some reason this year, you’re a little more tired than usual!!  Could it be because:  your boss gave you an extra work assignment, or maybe the kids’ crazy schedules (school Christmas parties, extracurricular activities &  the Church Christmas program), OR maybe it’s your husband’s “football watching schedule” – hahaha!!  And don’t feel bad – all of these things are important… they really are!!  It’s just that you just could USE.A LITTLE.HELP!!  Anyone??  Fly Me In An Angel Please!!  Enter in……Fall to Christmas Decorating:  3 EASY Tips .

Click How To Make The Perfect Bow to get gorgeous bows for the Christmas Decorating season.


When making the transition from Fall to Christmas decorating, follow these 3 tips.  They work in every room of the house, and they are super EASY to follow.  It’s kind of like a math formula, except it’s for your house.  Plug the formula in, fill in the blanks, and woo-lah!!  You have a winner!!

3 EASY Tips = Decorating Formula

TIP #1:  Start with a  color scheme that you can work with for both seasons,  in order to keep decorations to a minimum.

TIP #2:  Keep big items the same…..and change out the smaller accent pieces.

TIP #3:  Use existing decorations (from Fall) and alter to fit new holiday (Christmas).  

These tips will work in every room of your house.  But to save some time, I am only going to focus this post on the dining room, foyer (entry), living room/kitchen.  These are my favorite rooms to decorate, so I thought I would focus on these areas.


  1. Dining Room
  2. Foyer (entry)
  3. Living Room/Kitchen


TIP #1:  Start with a  color scheme that you can work with for both seasons,  in order to keep decorations to a minimum.

In the dining room I chose navy and white as my main color theme, and then changed out the Fall (orange) to the Christmas (red).










TIP #2:  Keep big items the same…..and change out the smaller accent pieces.

Here again I kept the same lamps/shades, mirror, and candles sticks the same…..but just changed out the wreaths and table accent pieces.









***NOTE***  I changed out my rug this year (moved to my living room), but normally this would stay the same.  Since flooding- I was a little over excited to do some switcher-oos ;).  I needed the blue and white rug to carry out the navy color theme into the living room, so I switched them out.  See how that works??


TIP #3:  Use existing decorations and alter to fit new holiday.  

If possible, use the same table linens (runner, place mats and napkins) and change out napkin rings, glasses, or chargers.  

In here, the biggest change was getting rid of the gold chargers & pumpkins (orange tones) and replacing with pops of bold red.











Here is the tablescape broken down by steps.  If you look at my post Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps, you will be able to compare the two different seasons.


Plus, you can see how easy it is to remove a couple of accents of one color, and simply replace them with another color.  LOVE IT!!





Things that remained the same in the dining room (NAVY DECOR):

  1. table runner
  2. napkins
  3. place mats
  4. plates
  5. lamps/lampshades
  6. candle sticks with navy glass balls

Things that I changed or added (RED ACCENTS):

  1. red wreath
  2. red berries candle rings
  3. red martini glasses
  4. red napkin rings
  5. red poinsettia table garland
  6.  red candles to table


I also added some silver ornaments to the chandelier,  “joy” letters to the buffet, and 2 mercury glass decanters to the table.  All of these are neutral in color, but add a metallic (shiny) component.  These help break up all of the bold, dark colors and let light bounce around.

Since I knew I was hosting Dinner this year at my house, I removed the blue vase/flowers and opted for the above mentioned silver mercury decanters instead.  I wanted to keep the sight line clear so that we could see each other and visit…. without a floating distraction on the table.  I also decided to use my plain white bowls in place of my polka dot bowls to keep the table decor all unified.  I really wanted the red to POP and get all of the glory!!

Now, we will just keep using the same tips (formula) for each room.


TIP #1:  Start with a  color scheme that you can work with for both seasons,  in order to keep decorations to a minimum.

In the foyer I kept the blue and white again, but got rid of the yellow.  I decided to use different shades of blue to add depth, and used pops of red on my Christmas tree.



















TIP #2:  Keep big items the same…..and change out the smaller accent pieces.

On my console, I kept the basic foundation the same.  I changed the Fall decor (yellow) to Christmas  decor (3 large ornaments, trees, and sleigh).  See below for tutorial on buffalo check ornaments.










TIP #3:  Use existing decorations and alter to fit new holiday. 

In the 2 candle lanterns on the bottom shelf, I replaced the Fall decor (pine cones) with Christmas decor (ornaments).   I also kept my white basket, but simply removed the yellow throw and replaced it with a blue pillow (above picture).











Click Buffalo Check DIY Christmas Ornament Balls (part 2) for the tutorial or Buffalo Check DIY Snowman: Using Emboridery Hoops (part 1) for that tutorial.

Either of these DIY projects would be perfect for an Christmas entry or foyer.





Things that remained the same (BLUE/WHITE DECOR):

  1. two pictures
  2. two lamps
  3. wall hanger knob
  4. blue console
  5. white basket


Things that I changed or added ( CHRISTMAS DECOR):

  1. three buffalo check ornaments
  2. white bottle brush tree set
  3. white fur, silver  and navy sleigh
  4. two turquoise ornaments
  5. blue home pillow

*** replaced Fall decor from silver lanterns with Christmas decor….. photo below***







TIP #1:  Start with a  color scheme that you can work with for both seasons,  in order to keep decorations to a minimum.

In my living room, I used the same blue and white color theme again, and switched out the pops of orange with pops of red, green and turquoise.












Click Christmas Snowman:  DIY Cotton Ball Wreath for the tutorial.  It’s a very

budget friendly way to decorate a large wall.

It can be made with 2 or 3 wreaths, depending on your wall dimension.









TIP #2:  Keep big items the same…..and change out the smaller accent pieces.

In my breakfast nook I switched out my orange pillow with the matching plaid pillow.  I love this rug and pillow combo!!  The rug has both orange and red tones so I can use it for both seasons – win-win!!

Click Fall Home Tour 2018 to see more pictures of my house or 5 Secrets to Fall Decorating.










TIP #3:  Use existing decorations and alter to fit new holiday. 

In my living room, I used the same throw pillows, lamp, and ladder decor ….but just switched some accents out.  I removed  the fall orange plaid and dark teal throw blankets, and replaced with a muted cornflower blue throw blanket.  I switched the linen lampshade for a dark navy lampshade.   And then I changed out Fall (oranges) for Christmas (reds).









I also changed out my rugs (went to dining room) so that I could add more navy and white to the living room.  I love how I can switch out those 2 rugs.  It’s like getting a new room without a new pricetag!!



Want to see how I painted the entry table blue, Click World Market Console Table Maekover:  Painted Smoky Blue.

Want more Christmas Decorating inspiration, Click Christmas Dining Room:  Navy + Red, 20 Best Christmas Wreaths,  or 33 Fabulous Christmas Stairs Ideas.

Want ideas for an adorable Christmas Party, Click Let It Snow DONUT Christmas Party:  (part 1) and Food Planning (part 2)

Have a great week!!  Love & Hugs 🙂




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