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December 19th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

DIY Ornaments for Kids


Christmastime is the perfect time to craft, and kids want to get in on the fun! A great way to involve them in decorating the house is by helping them make their own ornaments. They’ll love seeing their creations hanging on the tree with the twinkling lights. Here are some ideas for cute ornaments they can make themselves! Just click the links for details on materials and instructions. Have any holiday crafts/projects you’d like to share? Post pictures on our Facebook wall!

Bottle Cap Snowman from Views From The Ville


Twinkle PomPom Ornament from Zakka Life

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Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments from Better Homes and Gardens

(P.S. You can do this with ANY cookie cutter shapes…trees, stockings, reindeer, stars, etc.)


Pinecone Christmas Trees from Dig This Chick


Rudolph The Reindeer Glass Bulb from Dixieland Blessings


Button Christmas Tree from UK Lass in the US


Popsicle Stick Snowman from How To Have It All


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November 7th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Thanksgiving Tablescapes


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One thing I always noticed growing up was how beautiful the dining table looked on holidays. Every year, to this day, my mother slaves away cooking a delicious holiday meal for our large immediate family of 22 people, and every detail is perfection. The picture above is from last Thanksgiving (sorry it’s a little blurry, I was in a rush to get to the food!)… simple, classic, and decorated with care. Here are a few elements to consider if you’re entertaining this Thanksgiving and want to impress your guests with a beautiful tablescape. You can find these great ideas and more on our Thanksgiving Pinterest Board.

  • Centerpiece(s)

Last year it was a pair of pilgrims, the year before it was a plentiful cornucopia…the possibilities are endless. Decorate with pumpkins, gourds, leaves, bittersweet, acorns, pinecones, mums and more. The centerpiece is the main focus of the table, so this is where you really want to get creative and make a statement.

  • Color

Play up the beautiful fall colors any way you can: yellow, orange, red, and brown are nicely accented by pops of metallic gold. Even simple china and silverware can be dressed up with a colorful tablecloth, napkins and chargers.

  • Place Cards

These are optional, but can be a nice touch of decoration. My favorite idea is the mini pumpkins with name tags attached to the stems. Real leaves in vibrant colors are also another great option. You can even get your kids involved by having them help you make these from construction paper…just give them pre-cut pieces in the shape of whatever you like (pumpkin, leaf, turkey, etc.) and have them color them or write people’s names if they are old enough.

  • Small Details

The little details count! Napkin rings, candles, salt and pepper shakers…these are just some additional pieces that help bring your theme together.


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March 26th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Get Your Home Improvement Idea Fix on Houzz

Are you a home improver? Looking for ideas for updates, decorating or renovation? Books, magazines, and HGTV are great sources but I’ve found a website that is fabulous for inspiration. is an encyclopedic website that has literally hundreds of thousands of images of rooms, landscapes, products and design ideas.

The site is simple to navigate. From the home page you can browse by type of room, read up on discussions, find local builders or check out Ideabooks. These are photo portfolios based on categories such as Home Tech, Architecture and DIY. And as you browse the photos, you can create your own books with all your wishlist items.

There’s also a weekly newsletter with articles on the many aspects of home improvement. These have really helpful advice for whatever project you might be embarking on.

We recently began the process of designing a kitchen remodel and Houzz has been a great source for ideas. Everything from types of storage to backsplashes, lighting and cabinet colors and styles. Whenever I saw something I liked, I just added it to my kitchen Ideabook.

An even more helpful feature was the ability to share my Ideabook with my kitchen designer so he could see what things I like and get a better idea of how I envision the end result. The contractor also uses Houzz to post their own Ideabooks and projects so I can see the results of their work.

This is my idea of a great way to collaborate.

There’s definitely a danger here. With so many great examples, it’s really easy to go beyond your budget, so be prepared to compromise and/or get ready to do some of the work yourself.

Have fun with this!

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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