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April 21st, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Simple Ways to Freshen Your Home for Spring


Now that you’ve started tackling your spring cleaning, it’s a great time to add some new touches to your home to freshen up the look!


Painting isn’t generally on top of peoples’ to-do lists, but a coat of fresh paint or even a change of paint color can make a huge difference in the feel of a room. Even just painting the same color over all the dirty handprints, scuffs and marks makes a room feel entirely new!


I love the look of pillows on a couch, but felt like they always got in the way. Recently I have embraced the use of pillows in my living room and have noticed what a nice touch they bring to the room. They accent the room with pops of color, texture, and print.

Window Coverings

Changing the color or look of your window coverings can completely change the look of a room.  Sometimes just cleaning them can do a lot also. To revive drab curtains, take them down, remove hooks, and run them through an air-fluff cycle in the dryer with a damp towel (to attract the dust) for 15 minutes, and re-hang immediately.

Re-Invent Your Wall Decor

Have you had the same things hanging on your wall? Rearrange them. Take everything down and move them around the room or even to a different room. Add a couple new things to change out colors.

New Furniture

This is an expensive change, but makes a drastic difference. You don’t need to change everything, just change out one key piece and see how new everything looks!

Change Lighting

Buy a new lamp or lamp shade. Transform your old lamp by painting it to bring that key color into the room.

Change Throw Rugs and Hand Towels

Tired of seeing the same throw rugs in the bathroom or by the front door? Use rugs to bring some color to a room.

Change Out Your Bedding

Liven up your bedroom by changing your bedding. You can buy a completely new set, or just add some throw pillows. Make the bedroom a relaxing place that you enjoy spending time in!

Your home should be filled with things you love that relax and energize you. Take some time this spring to make your home somewhere you LOVE to be!


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October 17th, 2013 at 5:00 am

DIY Autumn Decor



In my opinion, fall has the best seasonal decor. There’s just so much you can do with the colors, holidays and seasonal pieces (pumpkins/gourds, leaves, etc.). While the stores take advantage of this great opportunity, there are so many options for DIY home decor that is fun to make and just as (or more) beautiful than anything store-bought. Here are some great projects to spice up your home with autumn accents.

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January 29th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Making Your Home with YoungHouseLove

Here’s the ingredients. A young family. Their second home-in-need-of-work. A budget. A boatload of creativity. A sense of style. And a great sense of humor. Put them all together and you have

Sherry and John bring you inside of their lives and share everything from the results of their home improvement projects, to their wedding, to the fun and funny things that go on in their daily lives via their family blog. They have a daughter and a dog and lots of friends and fans who take part in this mashup of home, family, crafting, gardening, entertaining and making a life. These two are a great example of how you can use all of the low cost resources out there to mix up a brew of style, creativity and fun.

Thanks to their site we can all watch them turn their finds from tag sales, thrift shops, discount stores and furniture outlets, into fabulous decorating and design solutions for their home and garden. They use smartphone apps, arts and craft supplies and everyday items to personalize and customize their surroundings.

They share what they see, what they do, and what their fans and followers contribute. The site is full of links and references to other resources that can help you reach some of your own home improvement, craft and organizing goals. They engage their followers in challenges and have even written a best selling book.

I love this site. As a tag sale junkie myself I can totally relate to many of the cool things they’ve done with their finds and the the really nifty ideas they have for projects they design and make themselves. Their house is their design palette and with their incredibly creative, low cost and practical solutions, they bring individuality into everything they do and the results are terrific. I applaud their success and look forward to continuing on their journey with them.

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

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January 16th, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Baby Nursery Room Decorating


One of the best parts of preparing for a bundle of joy is decorating the nursery! There are so many themes and décor options to choose from nowadays. Whether you like bright, bold colors or soft, pale pastels… animals, nautical touches or simple designs… there’s a theme or idea out there! Personalize it even more by adding DIY decorations. Here are some ideas to start you off:

Matching Sets

If you’re very coordinated and like a perfectly matched look, go for a packaged set or buy separates from the same line. Typically, bedding sets are bundled together and include crib sheets, comforter and bumper. You can often buy matching items such as a window valence, mobile, wall stickers, etc. to complete the look. Check out our Hearts at Home collection.

Color Schemes and Themes

Popular colors for baby nurseries are often soft pastels or neutral colors, but bold and bright colors work well too. Visit your local home improvement store and mix and match paint color swatches to see what looks best together, or ask a store associate to help you pick. Choosing, and sticking to, a theme is a nice way to achieve a uniform look. Here are a few themes to consider: Jungle, Princess, Cars and Trucks, Butterflies, Stars and Skies, Animal Print, and Floral.

DIY Décor

Make your baby’s nursery as unique as possible by incorporating personalized touches you create yourself!

Alphabet Wall:

I love these alphabet wall hangings for a look that your kids can enjoy through their older years. You can buy a bunch of letters in different fonts and sizes from your local craft store, and paint them any way you want!

Tutu Table Skirt

Make any table fit for a princess with this tutu skirt that only requires some tulle and ribbon. Your little girl will love this for years to come.

Family Handprint Canvas

You can create these adorable handprint canvases a number of ways. Use pre-made canvases from your local craft store and paint them any colors you choose. Have everyone in your family participate or make one every 6 months or so for a collection of your child’s growing handprints.

There are so many ways to decorate… how did YOU create the perfect nursery for your baby?

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