You’ve Got Skills: Learning to Trust Your Decorating Instincts

Form the couch, looking into the living room, I would question my Fall tablescape choices… Is blue and white Fallish enough? Blue and white is classic, I countered. Will people question my choice in color scheme? You shouldn’t care what others think I reminded myself. Then, the November issue of Southern Living arrived and wouldn’t  you […]

The Day CORT Came Calling: A Budget Friendly Furniture Resource

This post brought to you by CORT. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Mrs. Hines Class. After browsing through my favorite home decor blogs or poring over Pinterest perfect rooms online, I typically respond in one of two ways: either motivated by the inspiration and hopping into action no matter the hour, or with […]

How to Make Decorating Decisions: My Secrets Revealed

As I assessed our master bathroom, I realized that we don’t have a place to put a towel within easy reach for when we get out of the bath or shower. Well, we use the ledge on the wall between the bath and shower, but I want a more practical (and pretty) solution. While trying […]

Clever Picture Hanging Tip for Double Hook Frames

I use to avoid frames with double hanging hooks at all costs because…crooked art every single time.  Then, I’d raise or lower one side, step back and look. Still crooked. I’d do this over and over until I gave up in frustration and settled for almost straight. But, not anymore. Once I discovered this clever […]

5 Practical Steps for Decorating on a Budget

If money were no object… I’d have an apartment in Manhattan, a condo in Destin, and travel Europe. I’d hire a cleaning lady, a personal assistant (or a lady’s maid if that were an option), and a life coach. And, of course, I wouldn’t have to choose which home improvement project to do next… Scenario 1 – French […]

The Key to Personalizing Your Home Decor

As I found the perfect perch for the birds, moved the bell around from place to place, tossed the ruler in with the remote controls, and scattered the books here and there, I thought about the fun day of shopping I had with Mom, especially the conversations…     How I chattered on about how “I don’t know […]

Creating a Color Palette for an Open Floor Plan

As a long-time and satisfied customer, I am delighted to partner with Sherwin-Williams for today’s post. I wasn’t sure whether or not to paint the command center.  And if I did, should it be Navajo White or something else? I’d always envisioned this space in apple green. However, a cohesive look is key when creating […]

4 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Paint Color

Have you ever been clothes shopping, finally narrowing down your selection to a few outfits that look great…but you just can’t decide? So, you try them all on again. And, one more time just to make sure, twirling around in the mirror and taking note of what each outfit says about you. Soft and pretty. […]

Creating Vignettes: It’s Everything You Learned in Kindergarten

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stood back and stared at a vignette, wondering what it needed. Added something, stood back and stared again. Rearranged it, stood back and stared yet again. What am I looking for as I stand back and look?  Here are a few tips on how to create a […]

Diy Floral Arrangements

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Before I burnt the spaghetti sauce, and before my guests were greeted by my unshowered, mascara smeared, paint-covered sweatshirt and cut-off jeans self,  there was this moment… a beautiful, garden-inspired moment, kindred to Thelma A. Meyer, the inspiration behind Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day®  who I’m proud to partner with today.     The cold air was invigorating […]

Decorating Ideas for Problem Areas

    It was love at first sight. the open floor plan with tall ceilings and lots of windows,     the dining room right next to the kitchen. and a roomy breakfast room…. It was all so perfect.  I could just picture life in this house. But once we moved in, there were some […]

How to Start the Decorating Process

I think one of the biggest decorating fears is that we don’t know how; can’t do it ourselves. But, you can, and today’s Recommended Reading is filled with advice on how to start the decorating process. We all have to start somewhere which is why I so appreciate The Nester’s thoughts on The Ugly, Valuable […]

DIY Decorative Throw Pillows

Indecision.  When it comes to home decor, I am sometimes plagued by indecision; spending hours, days, even weeks trying to decide. What if I don’t like it? What if I change my mind? The fear of making a mistake is bigger in our minds than it is in reality. Choosing pillow fabric from Online Fabric […]

Smart Decorating Advice From a Girl Named Boog

When I was in Jr. High, I learned that my dad had a nickname for me when I was little… Booger. Boog for short. The nickname came about because I used to hide and wait for him to come home from work. And, when he walked through the door, I jumped out like a booger […]

5 Tips for Defining Your Style

Lately, when I walk into a room in my house, I feel like I’m home. I look around and smile as I think, “this is so me.” But it wasn’t always that way. It’s been a bit of a journey, and these are the steps I took to get there:   5 Tips for Defining Your Style  […]

5 Decorating Fears Exposed

There seems to be 5 Common Decorating Fears:   Undefined Style– What’s my style?  How do I start? I don’t have an “eye” for design.    Money– I can’t afford a designer.  The furniture I want is too expensive.  Indecision– Which paint color will look best? What if I make a mistake? What if my style changes? […]

Diy Curtain Rod and No Sew Valance

  DIY… is a way of life. It’s born out of a need to create,   and is a necessary means to an end.     Which is why I often find myself inventing things, this  DIY Mirrored Nightstand being one of my latest projects.   You learn to improvise, and use what you have.   Like […]

4 Tips for Choosing Fabric

  Have you ever noticed that on all of the HGTV shows about buying houses that there are always three choices? And that each choice gets a nickname like Pricey but Perfect, or Small Suburban? Well, I spent the better part of yesterday trying to pick fabric for an upcoming project, and I’ve narrowed it […]

How to Color Wash with Chalky Finish Paint

  This post is sponsored by Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint.  All opinions about mysterious garages and little, yellow stools are completely my own.    When I was little, Nonna’s garage was mysterious and unknown.  I knew that she ran her antique and junk shop out of her garage and that eventually, she bought a […]

An Important Lesson in Furniture Painting

  I would get so nervous before a softball game that I’d pray for a rain out, but the rain didn’t come.  So there I was, suited up and standing on the field as the umpire yelled, “play ball!” Fast forward to this week, the gray clouds were looming in the sky, and once again, I […]

The Case of the Broken Bookend That Ends With Bookcase Styling Ideas

I absolutely loved Nancy Drew mysteries when I was a girl. Every week during library time, I would go straight to the mystery section and check out the next caper in the series. I pored over the books, admiring Nancy’s sleuthing skills as she solved each case. Well, I got to put on my detective […]

3 Must-Have Tips for Accessorizing a Leather Couch

Sometimes after my family has gone to bed, I like to stay up a little while and enjoy the quiet, whiling away the time by browsing the internet. It sometimes happens that inspiration strikes as I’m browsing, and I have to act on it… right then… at 2 o’clock in the morning. And so it was […]

Decorating With What You Love

Do you remember that childhood game we used to play where you run, run as fast as you can and then come to a screeching halt when “It” yells freeze? That’s what it’s been like at the Hines house lately.  I was run, run, running; picking out paint colors, turning my dining room into a […]

A Clever New Use for a Soup and Salad Bowl

I had a traditional soap dish, but its outer coating flaked off and it left stains on my white tub.  I can’t have that. So, I threw it away, and kept my eye out for a newer and better soap dish.   I never found one. Then one day while I was hanging out in […]

Decorator Tricks: Use What You Have

“Make due with what you have,” my mom used to say. I find myself routinely falling back on that advice. The truth is that in my middle age, I’m very particular about what I spend my money on.  This is true for the holidays as well as everyday life. That mindset forces me to be creative […]

How To: Paint Furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Not only did I break out of my comfort zone by painting my mom’s dresser, but I tried a new-to-me paint; chalk paint. I’ve heard so much about it over the past couple of years and was intrigued by the idea of no sanding or priming, my least favorite things about painting furniture.   So today, […]

Choosing the Right Paint Color for Furniture

I spent the afternoon with my Mom yesterday, which is always a nice treat.  Once we got home,  I walked her through the house and shared my ideas with her.  And, we talked about my plans for the living room.   As I mentioned the other day, sometimes I get stuck from indecision.  So, I often […]

Creative Wall Art for less

  Hey Friends! I have some exciting news to share with you.  I’ve been keeping this under wraps for months now, and am so thrilled to be able to finally reveal that I was filmed for a DIY segment with ABC. If you are visiting from Live Well Network/ ABC, WELCOME!   ABC came to […]

How to Remove Wall Anchors and Patch Holes

It was long overdue, but I finally went through the house and pulled out the wall anchors that had been left behind after removing pictures and towel bars and the like.   I used to just tap them into the wall as is.  But, sometimes the heads on the anchors made a big hole.   […]

7 Simple Steps to Creating a Fabulous Foyer

Granny didn’t really have a foyer…it was more of  a threshold. Every time I walked through that door, my eyes were met by the portrait of Jesus hanging above the console that sat across the room.     And that was the extent of the decor… Jesus and Granny. It doesn’t get any more welcoming than that! 🙂 Granny’s […]

11 Practical Tips for the DIY Painter

Everyone has to start somewhere.  I remember the first time that I picked up a paint roller.  As I rolled the soft lavender paint over  my then two-year-old little girl’s new bedroom, I was amazed at how simple it was.  My confidence grew with each purple patch of wall that was completed. Since that day, […]

How to Install a Light Fixture

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I waited two looonnng weeks before we installed the new Possini White Flower light fixture from Lamps Plus in the teen lounge.   I had a general knowledge of how to install a light fixture, but I didn’t have the confidence to do it myself.   So, we asked a friend for some help. Be […]

Decorating With a Personal Touch

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  We use the third bedroom in our home as a teen lounge.  It’s a great place for my daughter and her friends to watch t.v., play  Wii and just hangout. One of my favorite sounds is of my daughter and her friends giggling well into the wee hours of the night.  And then, without […]

Defining My Personal Style

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Okay, so I’m about finished with simplifying and organizing my home. During this process, I’ve also been rearranging a few furniture pieces and redecorating spaces in an effort to make my house a home that I love.  LOVE being the key word. As I mentioned last Friday during “After Class with Mrs. Hines”, my rule […]

9 Budget Friendly Solutions for Bare Walls

DIY, home decor, art, gallery wall, printables, images, photography, children's art, pictures

Our first home had nothing on the walls, largely because the budget didn’t allow for it.   I have since learned that art doesn’t have to break the bank.  Today, I’ll share some tips I’ve learned along the way for creating DIY art at little or no cost.     ~Get the Pottery Barn look by taking […]