Pretty Painted Pumpkins!

I LOVE fall.  It brings back the happiest memories from childhood such as pumpkin carving, helping my mom bake apple pie, apple picking, dressing up for Halloween and amazing fall flavors.  Of course, as we get more busy with work and life, it’s hard to find time to do some of these fun fall projects.  This year, instead of pumpkin carving I am going to do pumpkin painting!  It’s less mess and I figured our doorstep could use a little color.  I picked pink with glitter because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and my husband is on the board of a fabulous breast cancer organization.  Also, I love the metallic because it looks so rich and fancy!

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What you’ll need:

  • A few various size pumpkins based on preference
  • A few cans of Krylon spray paint.  I bought pink glitter, regular pink, and metallic colors. 🙂
  • newspaper to avoid mess

DIY Painted Pumpkins:

  1. Start with your preferred size pumpkin and lie newspaper along the table for protection.
  2. Holding the pumpkin by the stem, spray the entire surface area until every inch is covered. Allow the pumpkin to dry, and then apply a second coat.
  3. Let dry for at least 24 hours. Note: The more coats you apply, the darker the color will appear.
  4. Display on your steps or as a fun indoor decoration!

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Navy & White Decor

Having a great space is important to overall ambiance but sometime it is how you use the space that really puts a look together.  Whether you live in a dorm, 1-bedroom apartment, or a large home, your furniture layout, decor, and colors make all the difference.  Since my husband and I recently bought a home, it has been really fun to get our own styles.  It was very fascinating to see the rooms “before” we lived in the home and the “after” we made it our own.  We did not do much to the space besides paint the mantel- we even left the same color walls.  It really goes to show you how different a space can look with decor.  The room is almost done.- just need curtains… any suggestions?

After

{Chaise Lounge: Joss&Main| Sectional: Ashley Furniture| Coffee & end tables: Ikea| Decorative Pillows: Target| Navy vase & table server: Home Goods| Ethan Chair: Bob’s Furniture| Navy Trellis Rug: Rugs USA}

Closet Tour

One of my favorite projects around our new home is getting my so-called closet ready.  What I really did is take the smallest bedroom and turned it into a dressing room. It’s still in progess… I need to add a chandelier and an ottoman.  It took a little begging & negotiating with my husband, but in the end he helped. The former owners had it as a children’s playroom so what’s the difference?  Now it’s my playroom. 🙂

{the shoe wall.  used shelves from Home Depot. Total cost: $50}

{Room Color: Benjamin Moore Whisper Violet| Vanity desk & stool: Bed Bath & Beyond| Mirrored Lingerie Chest: Bob’s Discount Furniture| Shelves: Home Depot|Floral storage boxes T.J. Maxx| waste basket &  tissue dispenser: Bed Bath & Beyond| Oversized Mirror: Home Goods}

5 DIY (easy) projects

DIY websites can be really fun and inspiring and some can be very… intimidating.  I love DIY but am not an expert DIYer.  I stick with the easier projects that are for amateurs.  I have found a few projects that I find to be very “doable” for any level of DIY!

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{spray paint folded chairs to coordinate colors for your next party}

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{this looks like a project I would hand over to my mom or aunts but I had to share!  It is such a great idea}

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{duct tape bow.. adorable!}

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{Take a large picture frame, put scrapbooking paper or fabric under the glass and add drawer pulls to each end. Makes a beautiful tray!}

(wine cork coasters.. such a great gift if you save the special corks!}