3 must have tips for accessorizing a leather couch

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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 the other night after I saw this photo from … [Read more...]



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5 new uses for tin cans

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One of my daughter's chores is unloading and loading the dishes, and every time she notices a tin can in the dishwasher she says, "Mom, we don't have room for this," with great teenage exasperation. Needless to say, she's grown a little weary of my growing tin can collection.  But, I love having tin cans on hand. I've tried explaining to her … [Read more...]



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simple tips to refresh your home for spring

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Thank you to DecoArt for sponsoring this post.     As the days grow longer and the air turns warmer, I've found myself nesting: flitting around the house fluffing pillows,     tucking apples into a vase,   setting the birdcage in the foyer,   giving the ceramic bird a new home on the … [Read more...]



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trading spaces: the living room curtains

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Remember the show Trading Spaces?   And how the designers would tell the homeowners to wait for the room to come together before deciding if they do or don't like it? Well, I made these curtains for the living room when we moved here several years ago.  I chose the fabric for its french country flare and beautiful color palette, especially … [Read more...]



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decorating with what you love

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    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 study space, outlining my kitchen in black … [Read more...]



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new uses for old things: a soup and salad bowl

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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 my bathroom trying to solve the soap dilemma,  I had a vision of a farmhouse washstand … [Read more...]



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oh the places you’ll go: diy subway art

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Paris Italy Germany, Ireland, Spain... They are all on my list of places to go. Just so happens, that my daughter has the same list.  Never doubt the influence you have on your kids...even as teenagers.         So when my daughter and I saw this subway art stencil in Michael's the other day, we knew it would … [Read more...]



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DIY built-in bookcases

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I was on a mission to get my husband's and daughter's school books off of my dining room table. The bookcases would have to be narrow...no more than 12 inches deep. And I wanted a built-in look without the built-in price. I set my budget for $60 and then searched the online classifieds. It took a few months before I finally found what I was … [Read more...]



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black is the new black: a furniture makeover

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  Dad studied the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs coloring sheet that I'd colored earlier that day. "Look at how she colored in the lines," Mom said.    "And the colors she chose," mom continued. My parents were so proud.  Dad had one pointer though, "The only thing that would have made it better is if you'd outlined everything in … [Read more...]



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Designer Looks for Less: 1 mantel 5 ways

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With the garland and stockings put away, the mantel needed something.  So, I browsed Houzz and created an idea book filled with mantels, making note of what I liked about each design. Then, I set out to recreate those designer looks for less. In this first room, I really like the symmetry and having a low object placed between a pair of … [Read more...]



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