Home decor · refreshment at home

Refreshing Little Projects

Since I’ve had a little more time at home recently I got to do a couple of small projects that refreshed items that were a bit sorry looking!

I’ve had this ugly plain little wooden tray for several years.

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It has been used in the guest bedroom for a cup of coffee.  I recently looked at it and wondered why I had never tried to make it look nicer! I wanted to keep the wood stain, but just do something to freshen up the tray bottom.  So, I ran into Hobby Lobby and found this…

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home accessories · Home decor · refreshment at home

My Cozy Living Room Makeover

This past fall I read, The Cozy Minimalist and was so inspired to clear out my living room according to her plan and get it into a more serene atmosphere.  Her approach is so easy to apply and doesn’t necessitate you getting rid of all extra’s, but of making wise use of what you have to create a space that is restful and inviting.  Let me show you where the room started… Continue reading “My Cozy Living Room Makeover”

Home decor · refreshment at home

Just Do One Thing

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We all probably have a decorator that we love watching transform a space.  Whether it’s Joanna Gaines, another HGTV star, or a favorite blogger, we can be awe struck seeing them smash out walls, replace flooring, tear out all the cabinetry and then replace it with the perfect substitution.  Then we look around at our own home and feel

  • overwhelmed by the process it would take to change it.
  • under-prepared financially to afford it.
  • inner despair at the desire to improve it.

But I’m coming to encourage you today about how you CAN make a difference in your home! Continue reading “Just Do One Thing”

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Fall 2019 Favorite New Things

I always enjoy hearing from others what they buy or love!  It helps me to make some good choices for myself!  Here are a few things I’m enjoying that you might like, too!

  • Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew. I don’t indulge in this very often, but when I want a cold coffee, this is my choice!! I’m not usually a fan of pumpkin flavor in my coffee, but this one is absolutely delicious!  I love Starbucks  Sweet Cream cold brew, but this one is over the top with the frothy pumpkin goodness that’s floating above the coffee!

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  • Profusion Matte Eyeshadow palette – $5.95?  Are you kidding me?  This palette has no shimmer.  It is a really nice size!  I love the colors. Also, the color is nicely pigmented!!  It’s such a great deal and a wonderful product! I found it here on Amazon.
  • Maybelline Tattoo Studio Brow Gel – Though I haven’t tried this, my mom recently purchased it and loves it.  It looks perfect on her and it really does last 24 – 48 hours.  If you’re looking for an eyebrow color that stays put, this is your product!
  • Weiman Washing Machine Cleaner – I found this at TJ Maxx and had to try it.  It doesn’t necessarily help with the rim of the washer, but it freshens up the inside of the machine.  I was noticing a stale smell inside the washer, even though I leave the door open after a load has finished.  This really makes the machine smell clean and fresh!
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  • The Cozy Minimalist Home – I read this book a month ago and it has been such a help!  She doesn’t really emphasize having nothing for decor, but using what you love  in a way that makes an impact.  If you have a space you don’t love, she will guide you through steps to get it in shape.  Her process is so wise and helpful.  I’ve only applied this process to one room so far, but I can’t wait to get to the next rooms!

  • Chocolate Stuffed Marshmallows – As you know from this post, I am a huge fan of S’mores!  Recently while visiting my parents, my mom brought out a tiny plate for me with a melted marshmallow on it.  I spooned a bite into my mouth and then tasted melted chocolate that was inside the marshmallow!  Oh my word!!!  These are so good.  What fun way to make a simple s’more without a fire!  Pop it into the microwave and place it on a graham cracker and Voila!  These are dangerous, folks (in the very best sense of the word!)!
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I hope my loves give you something new to try!

What new thing are you loving?

I’m in California this weekend speaking at a retreat.  Pray for me, will you?  Pray that Christ will be exalted and that women will be challenged and changed by the Word of God! Thank you!

Refresh yourself with something new!

denise a

 

 

Fall · refreshment at home · seasonal decor

Touches of Fall Decor

Call it age, call it lazy, but I’m changing my game this year with my fall decor.  Instead of spreading fall leaves, pumpkins and corn stalks everywhere (well I never have spread corn stalks everywhere,  but for the sake of making my point I’ll add them!), I’m choosing to make a few groupings.

Here’s a peek ~

The living room touches:

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A little touch in the kitchen.  Remember my Dollar Tree box I made using the two signs?

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I set the dining room table in fall decor for a luncheon I had a few weeks ago ~

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I love the turquoise and gold together on the table!

Look how it sets off the food so beautifully…

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Then outside at my mailbox ~

This mum came back from last year.  It’s a whopper, isn’t it?  I’m loving it! It’s going to be stunning in a few days! I may add some real pumpkins in a week or so, but for now I think the flowers speak for themselves!

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I had the blessing of being in upstate New York last weekend where the colors were just beginning to turn.  It made me excited for fall to come to the south!

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I’m still changing what you see here.  Simplicity is what I’m longing for and maybe you saw a book here that is inspiring me in that direction?  I’ll keep you posted on how that turns out!

Do you decorate your home for fall?  If so, do you go all out or do you add only a few touches?

denise a

Home decor · laundry · refreshment at home

Spiffing Up the Laundry Room

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Probably most of us spend lots of time in the laundry room, so it only makes sense to make it a pretty place that we can enjoy!  Here are a few things that I’ve done to love hanging out (pun intended!) in there.

My laundry room is bright with a window that has a lovely view of the mountains and the countryside, so I didn’t want a curtain that would cover it.  Instead, I hung a valance at the top so I could always see out.

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I also like to have a small lamp glowing on top of the dryer; it just adds a warmth to the room.  To keep it from sliding around while the dryer is operating, I put a fabric placemat on top.  A jar of clothespins , a fragrance warmer and a pretty calendar make the vignette complete.

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Fun artwork is a great detail and doesn’t have to be expensive.  I found several things recently for under $5 that I love!  Target had this “Fresh and clean” sign in the dollar spot.  It was $3!  My laundry room doubles as Liza’s space where her food and litter box are.  The command hook holds a small basket with baggies that I use for Liza’s canned food.

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To keep the litter box hidden, I use a hinged window shutter.  I have a wooden step that holds all the “stuff” – laundry soap, litter scoop, paper towels, etc. Baskets keep it all neat.

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I found I was using the doorknob to hang clothes that needed to be line dried.  When I was at Dollar General this week I found a cute Button hook to use instead.  It was only $2.50!!

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I love plants with blooms that last.  This little guy was a gift to me by a sweet guest.  I’m not sure what it is, though it reminds me of a Mimosa. (Does anyone know what it is?) It needs very little attention, but keeps those yellow blooms ALL the time!  It really perks up this corner.  The stool it’s sitting on is where I store Liza’s cat food.

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I added a throw rug on the floor and some baskets on the shelf over the appliances for extra storage.  I love this space.  Maybe that’s why I don’t mind doing a load of laundry every single day!

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The only other thing I’d add if I could would be a small chandelier, but because we have the pot lighting in the ceiling, it might be a little too difficult to make that happen.  Even if it doesn’t, I’m totally loving my laundry room.  It just makes me smile!

Do you love your laundry room/space?  What could you add to give it a more inviting appeal?

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