Posts tagged #home decor

Home is where the heart is: making your house your home

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Home can be a tricky thing for us mamas in the cray of daily life. We want home to be a place where we walk in the door and it puts a smile on our face. A place that brings life, cheer and relaxation. 

Sometimes though, in the daily-ness of life and the doing "all the things," the prospect of making our houses feel like OUR homes gets pushed to the side.

I know this full well. Five kids in school and soccer, teaching art, leading a Bible study and so on... you get the idea or maybe you're even thinking, Hmm… that sounds like my life!  The reality is that daily life is full. Too full sometimes. 

Making a house home easily gets put on the back burner. But, I want to take a moment to encourage you that all the touches you bring to your house—as THE mom—matter. Making your house a place that reflects your loves, passions and style matters. Pouring your heart into your home to create an inviting, warm space matters.  

This doesn't mean you have to have an unlimited budget enabling you to just go buy whatever your heart desires. Rather, this means taking some time, a few minutes here and there, to intentionally walk through your house and decide what you want to tweak or what look you want in each room. 

So here are a few quick ideas in case you’re thinking, That sounds great but I have no clue where to start!

1. A good starting place is a new fresh plant that you love. I found one this weekend at Home Depot. A quick trip to a Goodwill or great thrift store to find the pot for it to sit in, and suddenly the corner on that shelf brings a bit of cheer and personality to the room.

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2. If you really hate your lamps and your budget is small, Goodwill is also the place, girls. Recently, I bought two hideously painted lamps. I bought them knowing I was going to spray paint them white and they turned out amazing. So find a lamp you love for its shape, give it a couple coats of spray paint and pick up a cute shade at Walmart or Target. Boom! Lamp magic!

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3. Selling what you have on Craigslist to buy something new or different is also a great way to change things up in your home—without spending anything! I recently did this with my boys’ beds. I sold their bunk beds and loft bed on Craigslist and purchased three black twin beds for the same amount. This has given me the opportunity to change the whole look and feel of their room. They are getting the Steelers football room they have always wanted.  Bless Craigslist! 

4. Moving furniture around also provides a fresh new look. Think through the flow of your house and what would work best for your family: creating intentional spaces for homework, play areas if you have littles, or arranging furniture with hospitality in mind. 

Don't be afraid to "break the rules."  Do what YOU love in your home. Not what Pinterest pictures or fixer upper shows tell you to do. Create spaces that make your heart happy. This in turn will make your family’s hearts happy.  

So make it your intention in the next couple weeks to pour some of your heart into your home. ❤️

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Posted on April 26, 2017 and filed under Building Your Home.

Free Valentine’s Day Printable: “I Love You” Lettering In Floral Circle

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We’re wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day with this freebie- a cute “I love you” printable with handlettering encircled by flowers & birds. Click to access the PDF version and then send to your printer for an 8 x 10 image you can frame for the season...and beyond!Have a great Valentine’s!

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(Click on the image above for a pdf printable version.)

Posted on February 8, 2017 and filed under Building Your Home.

Where we've become a Family

There are some people that overflow with creativity and ideas… and yet they don’t have the discipline to bring any of their ideas to fruition! Others accomplish much on their to-do list, yet lack innovation to try anything new. My sister-in-law is one of those rare people that is both creative and diligent. She sees inspiration in the mundane. 

I always love going to her house to see the new ideas she has produced to make her house a home. In seven years of marriage, my brother’s military experience and financial career have taken them all over the globe…. moving twelve times!!! When they put down some roots and purchased a home, boy was she happy! However, she still wanted to memorialize all the experiences they shared. She created a wall of maps--one for each place they lived together.  

She is graciously letting me share her great idea with you today. It’s a perfect project: simple, inexpensive, and meaningful.

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Materials:

  • Scissors or Exacto knife
  • Maps of locations you have lived
  • Embroidery hoops 
  1. Place the map on top of the inner hoop, ensuring that the map location you lived in is at the center.
  2. Press the outer hoop over the top of the map.
  3. Trim the back, so that the map does not extend past the hoop.
  4. Hang your work up on the wall!

On the center of the wall is a gift a friend gave them. It is a framed map of the world, including colored pins. Red pins mark the places they have visited together, a blue pin marks the next place they plan to travel to, a yellow pin marks their favorite destination, and green pins point to their dream destinations. I think this would be a simple DIY project as well! It is a great conversation piece, and a great reminder to share these experiences with children.

I will leave you with my favorite verse concerning geography:

Acts 17: 26 (ESV) And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.

Our God is so incredible! He is over all things, and yet He cares about the details of each one of us!

Posted on August 10, 2016 and filed under Building Your Home.

How to fold a towel

Have you ever wondered how catalogs and retail stores have such perfectly folded towels gracing their covers and shelves? There is a simple formula I learned in my days as a stylist for a high end home retailer, and I’m going to share it with you!

 

Rather than bore you with a long-winded set of scary instructions, I’ve made a simple infographic you can pin and revisit with ease. (Because seriously, you are apparently already folding laundry so I’m not here to make your day even worse.)

Get ready to rock your linen closet.

Now your average stack of towels needs no more coddling than this. But a few of you were actually brave enough to install open shelving in your bathroom, and you genuinely want to know how to have PERFECT towels.

For those of you, I will tell you these additional pro tips.

  • Consistency is key. You are looking for stacks of towels that have perfectly spaced, perfectly horizontal lines when you stack them. Poke some; squish others, until they are all uniform in thickness.
  • That little stripe down the outside edge of the towels is called a dobby. Make sure its edges form straight lines from one towel down to the next when you stack them.
     
  • Create the stack of towels before you place them, and set them on the shelf all at once, rather than placing one towel at a time. This keeps them more uniform.
     
  •  Run your fingers along the inside creases so there is no bunched up fabric as you fold.
     
  •  Smooth the wrinkles out at every step in the folding process. Here is where you’ve decided I have a compulsive disorder and you’re never doing this. But trust me, just smooth the wrinkles and it makes all the difference in your end result. Two seconds. You can do it.

And that’s all there is to it. Easy right? Happy folding!

Posted on April 13, 2016 and filed under Building Your Home.