Need Dinner Place Setting Ideas? Make Cranberry Wreath DIY Place Cards!

Despite the stress and the added burden to my credit card, this is my all-time favorite part of the year. I love the holiday season, from cookie baking to the smell of wet leaves in the air. Thanksgiving and Christmas mean spending time with family, plenty of cookies to bake, and fires in the fireplace. If you are having company over this month, you may be looking for simple dinner place setting ideas to decorate your holiday table. Well, you don't have to look farther than your grocery store and the very versatile cranberry! Making DIY place … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Bathroom Ideas for a More Sustainable Home

We bought our home 12 years ago and each year I try to come up with a few ways to make it a more sustainable living space. Whether it is composting in the kitchen, setting the heat a few degrees lower, or buying organic sheets for the bed,  there are a lot of ways to reduce your home's carbon footprint. We as a society spend a lot of time in the bathroom. And if you have teens like I do, you may spend a lot of time ARGUING over that! I thought I would share a few eco friendly bathroom ideas that will help you create a more sustainable home. … [Read more...]

Our Renovated Linen Chest Bedding Storage Project

When I was growing up, my mom had tons of my grandmother's old quilts. She had a linen chest bedding storage system at the foot of her bed that was solid wood and absolutely gorgeous. It was made out of cedar and I'm pretty sure it was an antique that cost a whole heck of a lot of money. I have wanted my own linen chest bedding storage space for  years but the prices I have seen online are just way too expensive for my budget. I came across an old pine chest at my neighbor's garage sale a few weeks ago and decided to try to renovate it and use … [Read more...]

Upcycled Craft Ideas: Twine Wrapped Bottle Centerpiece

I'm always looking for upcycled craft ideas and since we have plenty of leftover beer and wine bottles in the house, this one sounded like fun. Upcycled crafts ideas are great because you take something old that no one really needs and turn it into something pretty! I had bought a huge roll of hemp twine a few weeks ago for only $10 at Michael's (even less since I used a coupon!). Toss in the cost of the bottles (FREE!), some glue and a few decorative accessories and you have a DIY centerpiece for very little money out of pocket. When I … [Read more...]

Creating an Eco-Friendly Outdoor Living Space #SCJgreenerchoices #spon

This post about Eco-Friendly outdoor living spaces has been sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own.  My family spends quite a bit of time in our backyard during the spring and summer months. We love to grill, enjoy bonfires, entertain friends and just relax outside. Over the years, we have made a number of changes to our backyard and patio in an effort to create a more eco-friendly, outdoor living space. If you enjoy backyard entertaining and would like to improve the design of your terrace, consider some of my … [Read more...]

Dress Up The Season with These Simple Decorating Tips #threshold #sp

This simple decorating tips post is brought to you by Target and Glam media. All opinions are my own. My husband and I met in college and got married soon after. Our first house together was small and seriously lacking in amenities. With my husband going to grad school, we didn't have a lot of money for extras. Our house was decorated with a combination of hand me downs, Goodwill finds and things our neighbors left on the curb. Needless to say, our house didn't have a lot of style back then! Over the years, we have moved a few times, … [Read more...]

New Year’s Eve Party Must Haves: A Soapstone Appetizer Tray from SPARQ Home

With Christmas behind us and New Year's fast approaching I am starting to browse through cookbooks and recipe sites looking for creative appetizer recipes. We have a New Year's Eve party to go to with some friends of ours who are just as passionate about eating as we are. It should be a great selection of food and I want to find something to wow my friends with. I have come to realize over the last year or so that while the flavors of the food are important, it is equally important that they be presented with a bit of a flourish! I recently … [Read more...]