I come from a family of “sweaters.” Not the object, but the sweating, verb type. My dad, siblings, and kids are all sweaters. I can sweat in an air-conditioned room. One of my brothers resorted to Botox because his work shirts became a walking billboard of his sweaty self. I am not far behind, but at approximately $300 per underarm, I would rather use that Botox between the brows. So I got creative with a scissor hack that will have you asking…she did what? [Read more…]
Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about plants. I am on a six-week (the plants are still alive) streak at our house since buying a few indoor plants. The debate over real versus fake plants is … well real. Did you know both types of plants have their own hashtags? But the more I read about the benefits of real plants in the home, the more I lean towards… [Read more…]
Does anyone have a love/hate relationship with floral arrangements? For example, I love real tulips and plants, but not when my fern sheds on a freshly swept floor. I don’t like faux flowers, but I take no issue with faux floral stems. See what I mean? Is it just me? As a real estate agent, I learned a lot from the photographers I work with to photograph new listings. Along the way, I learned a few floral arrangement hacks to make less look like more.
Less = Less $
(my math skills at work there)
My kids would translate that last sentence to, “Cheap ways to make more with less.” Um, yes. And, I really think the binder clip is the most undervalued office supply staple (no pun intended).
The binder clip is my go-to office supply for simple floral arrangement hacks. The binder clips make the stems look taller and fuller. It’s all in the way the stems of any floral arrangement are …. well ..arranged. I like to use a binder clip to add height to floral arrangements.
This is especially helpful when staging a blank space that needs some additional height.
I also use wood stems (and even branches) to bulk up a floral arrangement. And, wood branches are inexpensive and pair great with any other floral stem. The binder clip just snaps in the lower 1/2 of the stems which helps to hide the binder clip.
This next floral arrangement hack is a way to anchor stems to the insides of oversized planters. You know what I used to corral the stems and prevent them from sliding into each other?
Yep, I used an empty toilet paper roll for the larger floral stems. They worked great. They caught on the sides of the planter and just sat still like an anchor.
Another simple floral arrangement hack is to make floral arrangements with less greenery; without it looking like I skimped on greenery. I refer to it as loading the front end of the floral container. This floral arrangement hack works great in bookcases.
Here’s how I did this in my office and I repeated it with several smaller arrangements throughout the house.
Here’s another greenery arrangement I did in our basement on the freshly painted Hale Navy shelves. The back of the container was filled with recycled packing paper.
Simple Floral Arrangement Hacks
Breakfast is a big deal at our house on Saturdays and Sundays. And, most Friday nights include a sleepover with my younger son and his friends. How can those guys sleep on the floor? Except my son shared a little secret; after his two friends fall asleep under comforters and pillows my son sneaks back to his room to sleep in his bed.
Moose is wearing his jammies from when my son was a toddler. #sniff
I giggled when he told me and told him it sounding like he was cheating. Like, the thing about a sleepover is everyone has to suffer from sleeping on the floor with a foam decorative pillow from the couch. That’s what sleepovers are all about, right? And breakfast is the best way to wrap up a sleepover.
So after a late night sleepover, I whipped up some pancake batter and decided to create a twist on a classic breakfast item. I grabbed a muffin pan, prepped it with cooking spray and dropped the pancake batter into each cup. And, this is how I learned to make pancake muffins.
These pancake muffins bake in about -10 minutes and just serve with a side of syrup! I added chocolate chips to this batch. The boys inhaled a dozen pancake muffins in minutes. This is all I need… a meal that is loved.
But the new breakfast gets better. The next morning I got a text from one of the boy’s mom telling me her son loved the pancakes.
These pancake muffins bake in about 8-10 minutes. These would be perfect to serve at a brunch too. And, the best part of these pancake muffins is they are so easy… easy like …Sunday mornings…
It’s the holidays and it’s the season to be busy, busy, busy. Funny fact! I love to paint (a room) just before any major holiday. So a week before Thanksgiving, while painting my son’s room, I caught a glimpse of the air duct system in his ceiling and remembered I needed to change the furnace filter.
Why Changing the Furnace Filter is a Good Idea
I used to remind (nag) my husband to change the furnace filter And, then I would remind him again. I finally decided I needed to know how to change a furnace filter if it was going to get done on my timeline. So I jumped right into the task and bought a case of furnace filters here; I still have five in the box.
So much for changing the filter on a regular basis. I intentionally bought the filters in bulk so I wouldn’t have to run out and get “just one.” I also bought them in bulk so I could take “ownership” of this job.
And, I knew I would change the filter more regularly if I had a case stashed in the garage. So much for that logic! Here’s why we need to change the furnace filter.
This is the furnace I removed from the air duct. This had a 1/4″ of dust and God only knows what else. I can’t get the visual out of my mind. When I saw the filter through the grate I thought the color of the filter was gray. Until I grabbed the new filter and was faced with a pretty shade of blue. You know what I did for fun? I grabbed a Sharpie and wrote the date I replaced the filter.
New Furnace Filter
Before & After Furnace Filter
Yep, it’s an easy way to gauge how often I need to change the furnace filters. I take the job and responsibility seriously. So get ahead of this dust trap and change the furnace filters before the new year!
Hi everyone! What a busy week! My son ((my lefty) and husband just returned from Minnesota for his freshman college orientation. Sniff. Sniff.
With 30 hours of 2 family members away (which means takeout for the rest of us) I used the time to continue to rebuild my blog after this event the end of May. Today I want to share a last minute tablescape idea for impromptu summer gatherings.
Last Minute Summer Tablescape Idea
I love candles, all year round. Candles mean home and welcome all wrapped into a glass jar. And, I like to get the most of my candles which means they don’t get tossed until the wick is done. But after awhile some of my votives begin to show their age. Sound familiar?
So an hour before an impromptu neighborhood happy hour I grabbed my votives and came up with this idea to add a bit of whimsy (my new favorite word). I grabbed a few leaves and wrapped them with twine around the votives. It’s not a long term solution it was for a casual cocktail party.
leaves & candles
The leaves add some unexpected greenery around a votive. And, this idea works in all seasons. Get the kids to collect sticks or acorns and dress up your candles. Candles in jars of course. I would not recommend this for a naked candle.
Linking to: Farmhouse 40
As a real estate agent, I learned a few tricks from home stagers and photographers. In fact, photographers are experts in how to make quick changes to capture the best features of a home. Today I want to share a few simple decor hacks. These hacks work for staging a home to sell or for seasonal decor where you only need a hack to last through a holiday or season.
SIMPLE DECOR HACKS |
The power of paper binder clips. These little clips have the strength that defies gravity and prying hands. These clips are inexpensive and small enough to hide in plain sight to the untrained eye.
I love to use paper binder clips for fabric related projects. They are a quick way to hem, tuck, fold or straighten window treatments.
Binder clips proved a huge help during the holidays when I wanted to keep garland in place on the mantel and tables. It’s so subtle no one ever noticed it and the garland never slipped off the sofa table. They work well with wreaths and arrangments too when glue isn’t enough to keep it all together.
Binder clips work great in floral arrangements too. Do you have stems the same length, but want the variety of height in an arrangement? I used paper clips to adjust these cotton stems I purchased at my favorite online store.
Never underestimate the strength of binder clips. Where have you used binder clips in your decor hacks?
Hey there! Thanks for the visit! This post is timely as Denver expects some much-needed rain this weekend. I have a simple tip to keep patio cushions dry. I shared this with my family and I got the highly anticipated eye roll. But when has that stopped me from moving forward on a project? This simple tip to keep patio cushions dry works people!
how to keep patio cushions dry
The solution is simple and most of you have to look no further than under your kitchen sink.
Last summer, with a forecast of more than two days of rain, I worried about how to keep my patio cushions from getting soaking wet. It wasn’t practical to bring them inside for every afternoon thunderstorm. But, who wants to sit in a soggy patio cushion when the weekend comes around?
And, then inspiration struck when I grabbed a handful of plastic kitchen bags. It turns out plastic trash bags are a great resource to keep the foam cushions dry.
plastic kitchen bags
From there I unzipped the pillow covers and tucked the foam cushions into a plastic bag. I tied the bag shut and placed the wrapped foam cushion back in the pillow covers (from Ikea).
That’s it! And, it works. The reality is when the rain penetrates the pillow cover the cover dries after a morning of sunshine, but it’s the foam cushion that traps moisture. Those wet cushions lead to fun stuff like mold spores. Who want to sit on a cushion full of mold and mildew? Sidenote: What exactly is mildew?
foam cushions stay dry
Thanks for stopping by! Now go cover those patio cushions!
Hi everyone! You know when you are in a dressing room and the curtain doesn’t quite cover the dressing space. The same issue happens in new houses, rentals, dorms or ill-fitted window treatments. Here is a quick tutorial on how to create privacy for windows for rentals, dorms or budget constraints.
how to add privacy to windows
The windows in one of the bathrooms in our house either lacks window treatments or the window treatment doesn’t cover the entire window. Either way, I like a little more coverage on my windows.
The supply list is short. I had everything on hand including the transparent (clear) contact paper. The supply list includes scissors, clear contact paper, a template and a permanent marker.
The template can be from virtually any item you have around the house. I used a paint swatch from Home Depot to make mine. It was in the shape of a leaf. I also free handed a square to make a larger shape. Simply trace the template on the back (paper side) of the clear contact paper. I would choose a larger template to cut down on the time it takes to cut out the templates. If it’s a large window you could even roll the contact paper or center it down the window.
This idea is a great way to create privacy for windows in minutes for rentals, dorm rooms, budget crunchers or new homeowners who need a temporary solution. It’s fool proof and the transparent liner peels right off.
Over the years, I inherited and/or adopted heirloom silver pieces, both silver and silver plated, from grandparents and in-laws. I admit I am not the fancy heirloom silver type of girl. I blame it on living in Colorado. We are more white plates and casual place settings. But my many southern blogger friends assure me a little heirloom silver goes along way in the decor.
But some of my heirloom sterling pieces have been tucked away and shipped across the country and back. My favorite piece, a sterling silver water pitcher from my grandmother, had more tarnish than sparkle.
I read a few cleaning solutions before I took on this project and read about how aluminum foil works well as a cleaning agent. Other people had success with toothpaste. Has anyone tried toothpaste on sterling and/or plated silver pieces? Honestly, I just couldn’t get past removing the toothpaste from the bathroom.
I’m weird like that on some things.
how to clean
DETAILS | HOW TO CLEAN HEIRLOOM SILVER
I decided to give it a try thinking it wasn’t going to make the pitcher appear more tarnished. It requires a low boil or very hot pot of water. I recommend bring a pot of water to a boil and then turn off the heat. Add the sterling piece (the pitcher took up the entire pot) and tuck crumpled up balls of aluminum foil. This would be a great way to up-cycle those used but clean sheets of foil.
Add approximately a 1/2 cup of baking soda to the pot of water. This would be a great way to up-cycle those used but clean sheets of foil.
When I removed the aluminum foil I could see all the grime and oxidation buildup. The foil acted like a magnet and that’s concludes my knowledge of chemical reactions.
I love the results. As with any cleaning agent and process start with a smaller piece. I used an ice scoop as my test piece.