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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!

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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?

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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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home accessories · Home decor · Winter

Transitioning to Winter Decor

The holidays are over and it’s time to pack away all the glittery décor into their red and white plastic containers and let them camp out in the attic.

Sigh.

Taking down the Christmas decorations wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t leave our homes looking as plain as a gingerbread house straight out of the cardboard box!

At least that what it can feel like.

My attempt at redecorating after Christmas is to think “winter.”  I ask myself what we see outside in the wintertime and try to incorporate those elements into my home.  I’ve taken pictures around the living spaces of my house to give you some ideas as to how I did that.  Maybe it will inspire you might do the same.

Here we go!

Add layers onto your furniture just as you would your body.  It’s gives the look of warmth and coziness.  Quilts and throws on chairs and the sofa and also tucked into baskets are ready for folks to pull around them on those frigid days.  Runners, place-mats, and tablecloths are other layers on the furniture that add warmth to a winter home.

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Add lots of low lights – candles, hospitality lamps, plug-in’s, and battery-operated strands are all great for adding the warmth that light adds. I put a string of battery-operated star lights inside this basket, just for the soft glow it adds!

If you have chalkboard signs, design one that’s appropriate for the season.

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A hot chocolate bar all set and ready for use is a welcomed sight on a cold winter afternoon or evening!

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I love these little wooden coffee spoons I found at Hobby Lobby.  I think they’re perfect for stirring a cup of hot chocolate!

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Here’s another chalkboard design for anytime of the year.  Oh, we need the Lord, don’t we?!

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Add fresh greenery from your grocery store floral department.  It can make things feel more alive!

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A heart dish holding pine cones will welcome in Valentine’s Day!

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There are lots of other elements you could add like,

  • Ice skates
  • Sleds
  • Long barren tree branches
  • Mittens and scarves

Don’t let your house be cold and uninviting during these winter months!  There are lots of ways to cozy it up while we wait for the tulips to start popping through the frozen earth!

Do you make a conscientious effort to transition from Christmas to winter décor? How so?

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Home decor · refreshment at home

Finishing Touches in My Home Decor

One project usually always leads to another, and then another, but the end result is so great it’s really worth the effort and the hard work!  After I finished the painting in my dining and living rooms, I wanted to make the color scheme more blue and white.  I set out to change the mantle’s decor, as well as the coffee table and my bookcase.

Then I looked at my kitchen table and my desk chair and knew they needed white slipcovers.  I looked at the fabric store, but didn’t find anything I like.  However, I was digging through looking at the clearance items at TJ Maxx when I found one beautiful white curtain panel, marked to $8.

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There was about three yards of fabric in the curtain, and I knew it would be the perfect fabric for my  slipcovers!

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Making a kitchen chair slipcover is super easy – you just hem the fabric, then sew up the three sides.

My desk chair was an easy fix, too.

I used a piece of newspaper to lay over the chair and draw out the pattern I would need for the seat and the back.  Then I added a seam allowance. I used the curtain hook holes already in the curtain to fasten the seat back together

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To make the seat cushion snug, I sewed a piece of elastic around the edge.

Some other changes in the living space will come in time.  I need a couple new chairs, but I’ll wait until the time and the price is just right!  I have purchased a new floor lamp from Kirkland’s but it’s being shipped to the store.  I’ve been looking a long time, and when I found this one on-line, I knew it was what I had been waiting for – and it was on sale with an extra 15% off!

So there you have it, my friends.  My downstairs make-over is nearly complete!  Well, until I get the urge to rearrange the furniture…again!

Thanks for stopping in to take a look.  I hope this has inspired you to refresh your home, even in some small way.  I think you’ve seen through my efforts, that it doesn’t have to break the bank to give your home an updated look!

Refresh your home, but also refresh your heart by participating in a Bible believing church this weekend!  I’ll see you Monday!

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Painting an Open Floor Plan

When we moved into our house four years ago, I was so thankful the walls weren’t painted white.  They’re a warm ecru.  It stands out nicely and every room looks great against the backdrop of that color.  I knew I’d want to wait a while before adding color, but this summer the day had arrived!  Yesterday I showed you the first room I painted – the dining room.  I painted all four walls, and really love it!

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In order to connect the dining room space to the living room, which is all open, I wanted to use color.  After the dining room paint was on the wall, I got to thinking about a gallon of paint I’d seen at Lowe’s on their mis-tinted rack.  It was marked to $9 and I was pretty sure it was a just a shade darker than what I’d put on these freshly painted walls and I felt sure it would look great on the fireplace wall of the living room.

I jumped in the car early the next morning and sure enough, that paint was the perfect shade to complement the color in the adjoining room.  And $9?!  What a great deal!  I always, always check the sale rack of mis-tinted paint before I pay full price for a gallon!  What someone else hated might be exactly what I need!

So, here’s what it looked like before it got painted:

Not bad, but…

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I like this even better!! I decided to only paint the fireplace wall.  I didn’t want to overpower the room with blue.  It was the perfect amount of color.

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Then aside from the paint, I also rearranged the room to open it up for summer.  In the winter months I enjoy having the couch facing the fireplace, but as I mentioned in a post here, I like to face the windows in the warmer months.  It also made the room look bigger.  Here’s the before and after:

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I angled my desk in the corner, again, so I can look outside while I’m working there.

I’m trying to add more whites and weed out the red in these rooms.  I’ve had red as an accent for many years, but it’s time for a change, which I’ll do gradually.

 

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The blue really freshened up the living room and made it feel calm and welcoming.  I’m so happy with this color choice and the room arrangement.

And what did it cost?  NINE DOLLARS!  Woo Hoo!

Do you have a room you’re wanting to paint?  Check out the discounted paints first and see if they have something that will work!  Does anyone else love to rearrange the furniture?

Refresh your living space!

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If you want to give your home or room an update, but don’t want to spend thousands or even hundreds of dollars to do it, I would strongly encourage you to consider PAINT!  For around $30 (or less!) you can change the way a room feels just by changing its color!

I love going to a paint store or the paint department at Lowe’s and choosing colors that jump out to me.  I usually have a general idea what shade I’d like to use, so I head for that color and then I bring home several strips of color to hold up to the wall, against the curtains or even accessories to see if I think it will work.

Lowe’s will match any color you need.  I took a paint strip from another store, and it was paint they don’t sell.  I showed them the shade I liked, and they matched it perfectly!

Another great tool is the Sherwin Williams virtual painting app.  You can “paint the room,” via your computer mouse and your uploaded picture of the room to get a really good idea of what the finished room will look like!  I enjoyed using that when I was ready to buy paint colors!  It takes the terror out of adding color to your walls!  But I always remind myself – It’s just paint!  If I don’t like it, I can always paint over it!!

The first room I decided to paint was my dining area.  I wanted it to feel like a room to itself, though it’s an open floor plan.  So, I painted all four walls a “Heavenly blue.”  I love the result.  It’s just enough color to make a difference, but it’s soft enough that it keeps the space calm, inviting, and kind of special looking.  Let me show you the before and after shots:

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I was really pleased with the way it dressed the room up and unified all the blue accents I already had in there.

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The color of the room changes throughout the day, depending on the light.  Here’s another picture, taken in the evening.

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This wasn’t the only space I painted!  I was on a roll! Tomorrow I’ll show you the other room that got some color. Any ideas as to where the other paint got applied?  I’ll give you this hint – It helps to unite the whole space, though I didn’t use the same shade.

If you’re thinking of updating your house,  get a bucket of paint and do it!  It can make a huge difference for a little bit of money!

Refresh with paint,

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