Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Shabby Apple Giveaway

I'm excited to bring you a giveaway from Shabby Apple.  Shabby Apple is an online boutique selling women's dresses, skirts, and apparel. 



They also have swimwear, jewelry, and accessories.  



They are giving one reader $50 to spend in their shop.

To enter (required):
Visit Shabby Apple and leave a comment letting me know what your favorite item is.

Extra entries (leave a comment for each):
Like Shabby Apple on Facebook.
Like Decorating Cents on Facebook.

Giveaway is open until October 1st at midnight.  Giveaway is only open to U.S. residents.

 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fall Wreath

It's officially fall which means I pulled out my fall wreath.  I made a few changes from last year's version.  I removed the pumpkins and gourds and left the leaves and berries.



I had a monogram in the stash so I hot glued that on for a little extra something.



A simple change but it looks good.  Still loving my red door too.

 

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Fall Already?

Well the first day of fall is tomorrow according to the calendar.  The weather here is actually cooler in the mornings and evenings and even the daytime temps are coming down.  I'm a little excited to pull out sweaters and boots.  I don't mind being outside this time of year.  

This weekend, I was thinking about putting out some fall decor.  I needed some visual inspiration to get my gears going.


Love this fall porch.


Simple branches can add color to a mantel or table.
  
How pretty are these pumpkin lanterns?

I'm pulling out my wreath from last year and adding a monogram would be the perfect touch.

I could paint some blue pumpkins to match my indoor decor.

A piece of subway art would look great on my entry table.

I'm not big on the traditional oranges and reds of fall so I like this neutral mantel.

I'll be digging through my bins and pulling the wreath out.  Who knows that exciting little fall things the dollar store will have.  I think we're headed to the fair that just came into town.  I know the kid will enjoy that.  What do you have planned for the weekend?

Enjoy!

 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Little Bit Closer

If you follow me on Facebook, then you may already know we finally bought a new sofa for the living room.  


It is great to not have such a huge void in that room now.  We waited until Labor day to catch a good sale.  The sofa is pretty big and sits deep.  The color is lighter than the family room sectional and is almost a linen material.  Still pondering on what to do above the sofa.  I've pinned several photos of gallery walls but then again I would love one big statement piece too.


I was so anxious to finally order the rug I wanted from Rugs USA but found out the Groupon I bought couldn't be used with the 75% off sale they had over labor day.  I guess I'll have to wait until it will fit in the budget now.  The lamp in the corner will be gone as soon as I find a replacement. 



I want a nice side table for the end along with a lamp.  Maybe a pop of color in the lamp?  I want to bring in more reds and blues.


For now, I've used the pillows that were in the chairs, but know that I will be looking for more.  Things are starting to come along in here wouldn't you say?

 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hanging Frames With Double Hooks

When I hung my entryway gallery, the frames had double hooks on the back.  It may seem to be harder to hang pieces like this, but it's actually pretty easy.  I have found this method to work great with frames or art.

Turn your frame over.

Using a piece of tape, lay it over the hooks.

Mark on the tape where the nails will go.


Remove the piece of tape and place it on the wall where you want your frame to go. 

Use a level to make sure the tape is straight.  Place your nail right above your marks.

Hang your pictures.

Now you have yourself a level frame.  Simple, huh?  Have you tried this method?  Tell me, is there another way?

 

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Guest Posting At The Mustard Ceiling

Good morning!  It's Wednesday, so we're halfway there.


Just wanted to stop in and say I'm over at The Mustard Ceiling today.  Elizabeth is in the process of packing and moving and was kind enough to let me fill in for the day.

Please stop by and take a peek!
You can see my post here.

 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Entryway Photo Gallery Wall

We had this expansive wall to the left going up the stairway when you walk into our home.  I had gone back and forth between putting up some art or doing a gallery wall.  Well, I was in my favorite store this weekend, Target if you didn't know, and came across some large frames on clearance.  I put four in the cart and knew exactly where they were going.  Time for another photo gallery.

I had some family photos put away that never made it into frames.  I pulled them out and put them in my new frames.  Next was deciding how they were going on the wall.  I traced a frame onto plastic bags, I didn't have any newspaper on hand, cut out my templates, and taped them on the wall to get my placement.  After measuring, adjusting, and measuring again, I got to nailing.   




Here's looking overhead from the loft.
 

Looks so much better now that something is filling that wall.
 

Now I can see my family's beautiful faces as I go up and down the stairs. 

 

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Blogging Made Me Do It

When I started this blog, I started from scratch.  I was entering a whole new world.  Little did I know the things blogging would force on me.   

Learn HTML
Before I started blogging, I had no clue what HTML was.  I had basically no computer skills.  Sure, I used Word and Excel and browsed the internet, but this was so different.  I've learned a few things to get by but not enough to code my own site.  I use Blogger so a lot of the work is done for me.  I'm definitely going to push myself to learn more this year.

 

Make a blog button and header
I know how to make a blog button and header.  Your header tells the readers what your blog represents and tells a little about your style.  Both my button and header are simple and made using Picnik (now gone).  I've now been using Picmonkey so hopefully I'll make some new ones soon.  My hubby has been trying to push Photoshop on me.  I so want to learn but I know there will be long hours put in the process.


Use social media
I used Facebook in my personal life but now I also use it for the blog.  I am able to connect to readers with short messages without creating a post on the blog.  Facebook is also good for back and forth conversations and I like to post pictures of good deals I find while out shopping.  Pinterest is a great tool for sharing photos you've found on the web.  I love it.  I use it more for researching than I use google search anymore.  I haven't ventured onto Twitter yet.  I've toyed around with it but never really got the point.  Maybe one day.



Share my ideas 
I had to learn how to share.  I like to keep things to myself.  I'm competitive.  Before, if I did something I thought was special or unique, I may have been skeptical about showing you how I did it.  I want mine to be better and if I show you mine, you could try to out shine me.  Now, I want to share.  There could be someone out there that wants to do the same project and sharing my way could enable them to make a step forward.  I want to encourage others to do what they feel.  I like you to share also.  Together we can leanr DIY secrets and make our homes so much prettier.


Do it myself
In our first home, I would in a heartbeat go and purchase a new item I thought we needed.  Now I decide if I should buy it or if I can make it.  We have done so many DIY projects that we wouldn't have tried before.  We're creating a home that shows who we are and what we can do.  Anybody can go to the store and purchase an item, but knowing that you made it makes it so much more special.  We would have never thought to paint the kitchen cabinets or make my own sunburst mirror.  Blogging has also sparked my interest in sewing.  My first project was sewing pillow covers.  I've pinned several projects, just waiting for the right time to pull the machine back out.


Take risks in design choices
Blogging has taught me to step outside my comfort zone.  I always liked looking through home magazines or watching home shows that designed rooms with bright colors, vibrant patterns, and cool light fixtures.  That was so not my design style, not sure if I even had a style to be honest.  I was comfortable with neutrals and solids.  It was easy.  Now I'm going for color and patterns in my home.  The modern lines really fit our personalities.  Like the striped curtains in our office, I would have never done such a bright color and print in our last home.  Being a blogger kind of forces you to go to the next step.


Blogging has allowed me to be more creative and see design in a whole new way.  Has blogging given you more guts to try new things?

 
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