Top Tips To Turn Your Home From Shabby to Chic


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The general maintenance of our homes can be a real upkeep. The little cracks in the walls, broken cabinets, scuffed skirting boards and old window sills are all details that can creep up on us. Keeping our homes looking in tip top condition can sometimes feel like a second job and can feel overwhelming when we look around and see that there’s so much to do.

 

Well fret no longer. Today we are pleased to share with you some super simple tricks on how to fix those little details, get stuck into a little DIY and transform your home from shabby to chic in no time at all.

 

Start With Paintwork

 

Old and tired paintwork can make all the difference to the look and feel of your home. So giving your home a well deserved lick of paint is one of the best things you can do if you feel like your home is looking a little bit sorry for itself. Put some thought into the different colours you think would best reflect the style of your home, and the mood of each room that you want to achieve, before you even think of picking up a paintbrush.

 

Neutral walls are usually the most popular colours as they create a great background canvass for us then to be able to add colour in other more interchangeable decorative areas of our home. But there are endless variations of white, cream and eggshell so put a little research into the different colour options that you prefer. Painting one wall in a room in a really bold colour is an interesting idea to add a bit of personality and style to your living spaces. A deep red wall in a living room, a duck egg blue bathroom wall or a dusky pink wall in your bedroom could add a whole new dynamic to your living spaces and make them feel much more interesting and unique.

 

Skirting Boards

 

Skirting boards are a really important area of our homes to keep an eye on. It’s easy for them to look old and become loose and as they are an important frame to our rooms, keeping them in good condition is essential in maintaining an attractive home. If you have any marks on your skirting boards it’s high time to give them a new coat of paint. Covering the top and bottom of the boards with masking tape will make sure you don’t paint outside your skirting boards, onto the walls and the floors.

 

If you have any loose skirting boards or any that have fallen off it’s time to get them secured down once and for all. There are special wood seal glues that are designed purely for DIY jobs such as this and make the task at hand really easy and quick. Investing in a glue gun to make the job even easier is a good idea so look online at companies like Glue Guns Direct to see what models are available for the job you need doing.

 

Reinvent Old Furniture

 

Look around your home and look at any old, dark furniture that perhaps is pulling down the overall decor of your home. You’d be surprised at how many weird and wonderful ways there are of taking your old furniture and decorating them so that they look modern, fresh and bring an entirely different look to your home.

 

An old chest of drawers can be bought back to life by painting the drawers different colours. By painting each drawer a different colour you will add vibrancy and energy to a boring and basic chest of drawers. Sorry looking bedside tables can be instantly transformed into Parisian chic by whitewashing them so that they look like they’ve been picked up in a trendy French flea market.

 

Old dining room tables can be sanded down and painted rich mahogany wood and then varnished over for extra shine. Neglected corner tables can be transformed by painting just the surface or just the legs in a colour that would compliment the overall colour scheme of that room. Tired looking bathroom cabinets can be given a pretty look by painting just the frame and the sides a tranquil, calming colour or even in nautical stripes if you’re feeling particularly creative.

 

The process of transforming the old furniture in your home is really fun and is a really cheap, well actually practically free, way of breathing new life into your home and adding special touches here and there that will make a big difference.

 

Reupholstering

 

Reupholstering furniture is another really cost-effective way of transforming your furniture without having to start from scratch and go and buy new. Our sofas naturally age over time so it’s natural to look at them after a few years and feel that they are dragging down the look and feel of our living rooms. However reupholstering furniture is a much cheaper solution to buying new and offer fantastic creativity when choosing the colours, textiles and patterns you feel will best suit the overall style of your living room. Research online different sofas that you like and you feel would fit well into your home and then go to your local upholstery company and talk them through your ideas and see what they can do.

 

It’s All In The Detail

 

The rest is really up to you. No one knows what needs doing around your home better than you, and we all tend to have some rooms that needs a little more TLC than others. Kitchens can always benefit from tip top organisation. Deep rolling kitchen drawers always help keep our kitchens organised and clutter free. Cute spice, oil and vinegars racks keep the items we need close at hand, within arms reach, but as an attractive feature rather than scattered around, untidily on our kitchen surfaces.

 

Bathrooms are rooms that should feel calming and tranquil and can always benefit from new rugs, curtains and towels every couple of years. Due to the humidity in this room, the textiles in this room tend to age much quicker than in any other room.

 

Bedrooms and living rooms are all about ambience and looking inviting and cosy. With the above in mind and some little touches like pretty candles, low-lit lamps, chic mirrors and attractive rugs your home can look chic and sophisticated in no time at all.

Blanket Scarf Style


Oh man, it has been a hot minute since I have shared an Outfit Inspiration!

Yes, this is a simple, easy to throw together outfit, but the best part about this outfit is the blanket scarf.

It is from Jo-Ann Fabrics and is the easiest DIY ever! At the beginning of the season they came out with some great plaid prints in a variety of fabrics. Some were a classic, thicker, flannel like fabric, but this one was a lighter weight fabric.

I loved the colors as well as the weight of the fabric, this piece goes with many outfits in my closet.

I simply took it, and one other plaid fabric, to the cutting counter and asked if they could cut a square pieces for me. Once at home, if needed, I gently touched up and frayed/uneven parts on the edges. No sewing involved! 

I love it and have worn it often! Let me know if you try this yourself.

Outfit Inspiration:

Black Sweater – Target

Blanket Scarf – Jo-Ann Fabrics

Boot Cut Jeans – Old Navy

Red Flats – Target

Personalized Phone Case^ – Pink Sugar Crystals

Happy Shopping!
^A Leopard Print Lindsay Supporter!

Easy Halloween Decor


Halloween is so close and I am so excited! Yes, I realize it is still September, but Starbucks has already release the PSL and the first day of fall is only a few days away, don’t judge me. 

I popped into Target the other day and frolicked happily through their display. I am rather impressed with myself, I only bought six items. Success! 

(This has nothing to do with the fact that I have already purchased items from Michael’s Crafts and JoAnns. We’ll just pretend that didn’t happen.)

Anyway, last year I shared my Floating Witch Hats, this year  I came up with two really easy “DIY” decor pieces that anyone can do. Yes, I mean that, you could have two bottles of wine and still manage to get these done.

Be sure to remove the tags from all your fun purchases. (I’m looking at you, Mom.)

First Piece – 


Items needed:

Bird Cage – Target

(You don’t need to get all fancy, the one in the link will do.)

Crow Skeleton – Target 

(NOT a real one, that’s just weird. Also, NOT a live one, you don’t want that mess in your house.)

Now, take the crow (you can give it a name if you want to, I’ll call mine Herbert), open the cage, put him (or her if you have given it a girl’s name) in it, close the cage.

Yep, that easy. 


Look how happy he is, he loves it!

Second Piece – 


Items Needed:

Small Cloche – Target

(Be sure to get the one from the Halloween section, it has a cute bat on top. Plus it is made of plastic, so if you are doing this while full of wine, it’s unlikely you’ll break it.)

Purple Bat Lights  – Target

Orange Pumpkin Lights – Target

(These items are in the  $1-$3-$5 section in store only. If you go, don’t drink or text and drive, thanks.)

AA Batteries – 2 per each light set. 

(Yes, Target carries them too.)


Gently unwind lights from inset in box, and put the batteries in, turn lights on and look at how pretty they are.

Gently place lights in the top of the cloche, spreading them around as evenly as you can. 

Place the bottom of the cloche on, be sure to leave the battery packs out. Flip back over and voila! 


It might take a few tries to move the lights around to how you like them.

These are perfect placed on a mantel or side table!


Woohoo! You did it! Now go make yourself some Halloween Munch to celebrate! 

Care Packages for Homeless

Once a week I drive through an intersection that has a homeless person hoping for help. 

This inspired me to create care packages to hand out, because I believe we all have the power to help and to make someones day better.

   

I gathered supplies from my local grocery store and Target.
  

My supplies include:

Food/Snacks:

Granola Bars

Apple Sauce

PB & J Crackers

Cheddar Crackers

Honey Roasted Peanuts

Juice/Water Boxes

Candy (I can admit, this was left over from Halloween.)

Personal Care/Other:

Tissue Packs

Travel Deodorant

Toothbrush

Travel Toothpaste

Chapstick 

Hand Warmers

Freezer Bags

Spoons (not pictured)

  

In each freezer bag I put:

1 Apple Sauce & Spoon

1 package of each Crackers

1 package Peanuts

1 Toothbrush

1 Toothpaste

1 Deodorant 

1 Chapstick

1 Tissue Packet

2 Granola bars

2 Juice/Water Boxes

2 Hand Warmers

Handful of candy 
  

I created four bags and have them I my car where I can grab one easily to pass out to those in need.

 

I hope you will be inspired to do something similar and help those in need in your town.

DIY Floating Witch Hats

I love a good Halloween craft, and this one is really easy. It is also a simple way to add some flair to any home!

   
 
Items needed:

Witch Hats – Target (I got three.)

2-3ft of Ribbon (1 1/2 inch width, colored. I used green.)

Tulle – Michaels Crafts (I used Sparkly Orange.)

Black Glitter Roses – Michaels Crafts (I used purple.)

Hot Glue Gun (with glue sticks)

Crystal Thread

Sewing Needle

Pony Beads (2 per hat)

Push Pins (One per hat)

Something to prop the hat up on while decorating. I used a plastic “megaphone” on a roll of paper towels. This helped to fill in the tall part of the hat, and made it easier to create on.

 
Ribbon Hat:

Place hat on your prop.
Take your ribbon and gently wrap it around the mid-point of the hat, crossing it in the back, edges should hang off the brim. The ribbon should be angled, see picture below.

Using your hot glue gun, glue top portion to the hat first, then glue the cross over in the back. 

  

Rose Hat:

Prop hat up.

Remove two rose heads from the stems. 

Using hot glue gone, glue the roses on the side of the hat where the “cone” part meets the start of the flat brim, be sure the bottoms of the roses are facing each other. 

  

Tulle Hat:

Prop up your last hat.

Using 5 feet of your tulle (be warned, if you’re using one with glitter, it is about to get everywhere). Wrap the tulle around the bottom part of the “cone” of the hat, and form/tie a bow. 

Fluff out the loops of the bow, and the part around the hat. 

  

Preparing to hang your hats:

(These are the steps you’ll take for each hat.)

Cut about 5 feet of the crystal thread, then slide two pony beads onto thread. 

Hold both ends of thread together, so the beads fall to the middle.

  
Gently invert the hat so it is inside out.

Put both ends of the thread through the needle, and push through the top point of the hat. 

  
Very carefully reach through the other side and of the hat, and pull the needle through. You will flip the hat back the correct way, and pull until the beads are in the tip of the hat.

  
I tied a couple of knots to keep the thread from getting too crazy.

Hanging your hats:

Decide how low you want to hang your hats, and tie the thread at that length around the push pin. 

I tied mine multiple times, to be sure it wouldn’t come undone and fall down.

  

Decide where you want them to hang, be careful if you need to use a ladder, then simply push the pin into the ceiling!

  

I hung all of mine in our entry way, and they had such a fun element to this season’s decor! 

   
Green Ribbon Hat


Purple Glitter Rose Hat

    
Orange Tulle Hat

 
If you have any questions, comment and I’ll answer them!

Happy Crafting!

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Teacher Appreciation 

The end of the school year is coming up, and it’s important to show teachers how much we appreciate what they do. 

Here is a sweet way to show your child’s teacher you’re thankful for all their hard work.

   

All items were purchased at Target.
You’ll need:

Cute Decorative Tin Pail

Mini-Flower Grow Kit

Starburst Candies

  

Fill each tin a little over half way with Starbursts, place the Mini-Flower Kit in the middle, then top off with more Starbursts.

Yep, it’s that easy!

 

I took them in with a note to each teacher that started with, “Thank you for helping me grow to reach the stars.” Along with a personalized note, and signed it from our child. 

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!