Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hello House!

So several months ago we decided it was time to move on to a bigger house.  If we wanted to ever expand our family, we needed more space!!  We moved into a 2 bedroom/2.5 bathroom townhouse when we were married.  It was great for the two of us but then came our daughter.  Our office/exercise room/guestroom would now be a nursery.  We had to get rid of the guest furniture to accommodate a crib, a dresser, and changing table.  Not to mention the exercise equipment and large tv stand were staying in the room.  After our daughter turned 2, the house was just becoming too cramped.  All of her toys were taking over the house.  LET'S MOVE I kept screaming.  My hubby finally gave in.  

In January we starting looking.  We saw several that we thought would be our next place but our offers weren't being accepted.  I happened to come across a home listing one day that was in a neighborhood I never thought we would get into.  We made an offer and it was accepted!!!!!  WOO HOO!!  We got a house.  Talk about excitement.  It has a ton of space for us to grow into.  It has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, formal living and dining rooms, large kitchen, and a family room.  So much more than we could ever have asked for.  Now the question is, can we afford to decorate it all?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Outside Looking In

Ok, so I know many of you have that nice little window pane on the side of your front door.

I love that it lets the light in on nice days, but I don't like that people standing on your doorstep can see right in.  I wanted a solution to this problem.  I saw some nice window decals at Home Depot but I wasn't really liking any of the styles they had.

Searching through some blogs, I found that Thrifty Decor Chick used contact paper to frost her pantry door.  Interesting, I thought.  I went to search for frosted contact paper but came to find out it's actually clear when you're looking in the store.  Brought it home and applied it to the window.  I did like that it covered the window, but did not like that I couldn't see who was now standing outside my door.  All I could see was a shadow.  It was either this or go back to Home Depot to get the window decal application.  I didn't want to spend the money for something I wasn't in love with.  I had an idea.

I could create me own decal.  I searched for a stencil I could use to make my own design in the contact paper.  I ended up making my own stencil using diamonds.

I traced the diamond pattern on the window and started cutting out my stencil.  It was actually going pretty well until my husband made a comment that I may be cutting the window.  And yes he was right.  I pulled off a few pieces to see and sure enough you could see my etchings in the glass where I was tracing with a razor blade.  Ok so now what.  I still wanted my own design on the window.  I had to get creative.  I pulled off all the contact paper.  I used the same stencil but had to go another route.  I traced the template on the contact paper and cut out each diamond and applied them individually to the window.  It didn't take long once I started.  I must say I love how it turned out.  I now have a custom window decal.  

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A New Start

Yay I did it.  I'm starting a blog and so excited to join this community.  I didn't see this coming.  It all started a couple of months ago. We just bought a new house and I was on a quest for home decor ideas, but trying to maintain a budget.  Through some searches, I was coming across a ton of design blogs that included DIY projects.  I was reading through them and have been hooked ever since.  They really got my creative juices flowing.  Why haven't I come across this before?   There was a whole world out there I knew nothing about.  I can't wait to share my ideas with you as I unleash my new love of interior decorating.
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