Home & Garden Decorating  &  Crafts

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    My family and I recently moved into our first house in a suburb of New York City. About 45 seconds after the moving men dropped off our last box, I made a startling discovery: My husband didn't think much of my bold design plans for our living room. I should add: the living room is one we share with a 3-year-old daughter and 5-month-old son. Our conversation about it went something like this:

    Him: "White?! As in, white walls?"

    Me: "White. As in white everything."

    Him: "Yeah, okay. Right." (har, har?)

    Me:  "So, I think the love seat will look good by the window --"

    Him: "You mean the white love seat. The one you bought even though we have a toddler who picks up spaghetti strands with her fingers and makes them talk to each other."

    Me: "It's more of an ivory than a snow white."

    Him: "Well, that'll make all the difference when we're replacing the couch in three months."

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    As summer winds to a close (remember: there are still 21 days AFTER Labor Day!!), we are all in a rush to get through our bucket lists. This summer, I had a variety of projects on my roster, including my easy summer recipes and beautifying my yard. They all got done. And how. But I knew there was one project I really wanted to do before the weather turns chilly and we all take ourselves indoors.

    That project? DIY Tin Can Lanterns.

    It's a project that has been making the rounds on Pinterest for good reason. They look so magical glowing in a walkway at night or hanging from trees. Like twinkling summer fairies, they're perfect for a barbecue or end of the summer farewell blast.

    For this craft, I gathered:

    Soup cans Markers Hammer Nails Candles (battery-powered for the kid-friendly version)

    After collecting my tools, I pulled my kids in to complete this craft with me.

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    Hard to believe since it's not even September yet, but Halloween is just around the corner. EEK! I can't help feeling excited as I think of all the decorating possibilities: the cute and creepy spiders, tombstones, and pumpkins. 

    We love all the fabulous Halloween ornaments we're seeing in catalogs right now. But if you're on a tight budget, you can still get some of the same looks without breaking the bank. You just have to be a little more clever and resourceful. 

    Here are a few ways to get a beautiful Pottery Barn-style Halloween look at dollar store prices.

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    Isn't this ice bowl pretty? They don't last forever, but if you want a dramatic centerpiece that doubles as a chiller, an ice bowl is perfect. They're impressive enough just plain, but add flowers, fruit, or herbs, and you've got a knockout. They look like the kind of thing best left to the experts, but actually they're pretty simple. You could make your own ice bowl in just 5 simple steps. Here's how!

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    Happy Memorial Day Weekend! You have three days to for patriotic fun with the family. How about some red, white, and blue crafts? We've found 8 patriotic crafts simple enough to do with your kids. And then when you're done, everyone can enjoy the colorful decorations you've created together. 

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    Whether it's because you've got the ultimate vision or because you're trying to cut costs, making your own wedding bouquet is definitely something any bride can do. You may even already have a Pinterest board filled with inspiration. Putting it all together is pretty simple -- 7 steps simple, in fact. Follow our tutorial to create the wedding bouquet of your dreams. For best results, create your bouquet the morning of your wedding.

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    Fairies have invaded our home! Yes, it's true. We have various sprites who live in different areas of our house from the backyard to the hallway to underneath my daughter's bed. While they don't cause too much chaos, they do add a whole lot of whimsy to our everyday.

    My daughter loves that we embrace our household fairies. At 8 years old, my daughter is at the age where she knows that they are fictional characters, but she still loves to pretend that they are the ones who stole that missing sock or ate the last Snickerdoodle. We love the whole fairy thing so much that we are thinking of adding even more fairy-sized residences to our own. So how does one incorporate fairies into their home? Here are five ways!

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    Picnics, potlucks, and summer festivals just got a whole lot easier! I love how the internet brings so many brilliant ideas and crafts together that I never would have considered before.

    Now that the weather is getting a bit warmer, it's time to start thinking about those outdoor eating arrangements, and as usual, Pinterest has offered some great suggestions!

    I particularly enjoy how easy the upcycled utensil holders look using soup cans!

    For this week's craft, I wanted to test whether or not these could turn out as nicely as they look on Pinterest. Are they sturdy? Would they support silverware?

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    Okay married couples, what usually happens when you decide to paint a room? You both look at paint chips, tape them to the wall, discuss at length, and then one or both of you shows up at the paint store and purchases a mutually agreed-upon color. Right? I mean, that's how I always did it. But maybe there are some rogue husbands out there making unilateral paint color purchases. (HOWCOULDYOU?!?) Because someone found this hilarious sign at a hardware store reading: "Husbands MUST have a note from their wives before selecting colors."

    Really, hardware store? This is the kind of world we live in, now? Couples counseling at Home Depot! You have to wonder what those wives' notes are going to look like. And for that matter, you have to wonder if other stores ought to require notes from spouses before a purchase. I'm sure that wouldn't lead to any charges of sexism at all ...

     

    Image via Reddit

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    I've been busy decorating my front porch with flowers and was thrilled to find a fun and easy way to dress up my old plain teracotta pots.

    A lot of people are covering their pots with fabric to give them a pop of color that will spruce up any home. I love this idea as a little centerpiece on a table or even next to my kitchen sink.

    My Mom loves gardening and I know this could be a gift she might really appreciate on Mother's Day.

    But first thing's first, does it actually work? I used a spray adhesive, some fabric I had on hand and a bit of mod podge to seal everything into place.

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