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2021 Christmas Trends

I've done the research and the digging so you don't have to. Here's what to expect in the season ahead! To no surprise the big players will still be playing this holiday season and I'm not talking about Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady. I'm talking about going back to old family traditions. I'm also talking about a blizzard along with sparkle galore. TRADITION The traditional Red, Green and White color palette is popular in a big way for 2021. Do you have collections like cookie cutters, a Christmas village or Santas? This year is for you! These items are being used in different ways, here are a few ideas: Tie your collection of Santas or Snowmen into a tree. Add cookie cutters to...

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Enjoy The Twinkle A Little Longer

With only a month between Thanksgiving and Christmas, you'll notice many of us are "Fall-ing" into Christmas early. That doesn't mean we're skipping Thanksgiving, it just means it's going to have a twinkling light vibe. Transitioning is more of a gradual change from seasons. If decorating for Christmas stresses you out, this is totally for you. No Christmas "throw-up" all over your house; it's a simple transition that will allow you to enjoy the Christmas season just a little bit longer. Let's get started - First - as soon as Halloween is over remove your jack o'lanterns, bats & witches hats. Tuck the reusable items away and pitch the obviously expired ones. Keep your solid, un-carved pumpkins as decor for a bit...

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Must Have Decor For Spring & Beyond

Spring has arrived, and as the weather in Iowa is turning to sunshine and warm breezes. It’s the perfect time for Spring activities like cleaning, organizing, and of course redecorating! I always recommend Sprucing up your home for Spring. Not only is it a fun activity, it can boost your mood. Redecorating doesn't automatically mean dollar signs either … the key is in building a good foundation that consists of items that easily transition from season to season. Here are my 10 must have decor essentials: Wooden Accent Pieces - Risers, Trays, Cutting Boards & Bowls are always a great staple and transition through every season.  Books - Large Coffee Table Books, smaller Hard Cover Books & even pretty Notebooks add beautiful texture and often needed elevation...

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Bleaching Furniture

I love the look of bleached furniture.  I'm a bit of coastal soul, living in a midwest world. This entertainment piece is my third attempt at bleaching and I'm thrilled with how it turned out. Here's how I did it.     I started with our 20 year old sideboard. I knew the dark wood and leather had to go, as I mentioned I'm currently obsessed with light furniture and cane webbing. I measured the leather space I needed to re-cover and ordered my webbing from Etsy Even in a pandemic, it arrived quickly. No matter what, I'd order and get my hands on the caning first. My next step involved collecting the refinishing tools and chemicals needed. What I Used To Strip The Original...

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Our Basement Refresh

Our basement was a drab beige, with brown everything, no storage, cords everywhere and it was screaming for help. The beauty, this project only took me two weeks.....start to finish and I took breaks. I started by researching other bloggers and found a few that fit my needs perfectly. Chris Loves Julia made over their basement last year and Julia is a genius.  She taught me that you never paint a room with low natural light white, it'll just look drab. A lightbulb went off in my head when I read this, my basement was incredibly drab. She chose to do the opposite of white and painted her family room Greenblack by Sherwin Williams, I chose Inkwell also by Sherwin Williams. How did...

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