Saturday, November 4, 2017

Pictures of Christmas Past!

So many of the blogs I follow start putting up their Christmas decor NOW. But I physically can't do that. I loooooove decorating for Christmas. The sparkles and the lights, the holly jolly and the fa la la but the first week in November is just too early. I put my skinny TV room tree up the day before Thanksgiving and I put the big tree up the day after Thanksgiving. Then, all weekend long I add touches of Christmas all over the house. 

BUT in the spirit of decorating, I thought I would share some pictures of Christmas past. (Get The Christmas Carol reference, there?) 
 This was my very first table in the house. (2013) LOVED how busy and festive it was!!! 


 Last year, we invested in a pre-lit tree. 

Christmas 2016 table was very simple... with the motto "less is more". Jury is still out on what the Christmas 2017 table will look like. I do love how I tied in the pink accents in the center piece, treating the dining room and living room as one space. 


 Found this pillow cover on Amazon for CHEAP. Maybe $10. 

 I can't even tell you how much I adore this skinny tree!

 This room is all about cozy... layering pillows and faux fur!

Griffin agrees... cozy!

I've made so many small changes to the decor since last year so I am excited to see how I incorporate the Christmas decor. Even though I use all of the same stuff, I always try and make it look new! 

Share your comments and thoughts below and stay tuned for the 2017 reveal!!!

xo Cyndi 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fall Decor Tour

Happy October!!!! My FAVORITE month! To celebrate, I snapped a few pictures of the fall accents in my home. I used to go CRAZY with the fall decor but I’ve really toned it down. I add a few touches here and there to amp up the cozy factor. Let me know what you think!!!


Family room is fairly neutral these days... but I added this gorgeous plaid throw that I scooped up from the new store HomeSense for only $25. My Mom and I went yesterday... it was good. Not amazing but good. 



I LOVE my MacKenzie Childs pumpkins! You can find them here. 


I love the simplicity of this wreath. It's brown with copper sparkles. Because it is soon simple, I can leave it up through Thanksgiving. 


Found this cute pumpkin candle from The Cracker Barrel. ;)


My mom told me this skull is "very Cyndi!" lol I always manage to find these funky pieces. Marshall's. $6. Boom. 





 Just a tiny touch of Halloween. 


This is the famous glam pumpkin that got me an instagram re-gram by HomeGoods... with 25,000 likes!!!! <3 



Hope you enjoyed my touches of fall!!! 



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Area rug trick

This post might not hit home for many people. If you are very particular and border on perfectionist about your "stuff" then read on. If not, read on to get a good laugh and see just how crazy I am.

So, I might be a little over the top when it comes to my "stuff". And by "stuff" I mean home, floors, rugs, clothes, shoes, etc. Everything. All my stuff. I just want things to look clean, perfect and new all the time. Some people think that's insane but that's okay. There is nothing wrong with wanting to take care of my stuff! (This could turn into a drinking game... "Anytime Cyndi says 'stuff' take a shot!")

See those white fibers being pulled onto the blue fibers of the rug? Well that drives me INSANE. 
                

I use a Dyson vacuum and it has hard floor settings and carpet settings. I realized the carpet setting is much too strong for this area rug and always use the hard floor setting. That helps with the white fibers pulling onto the blue. But sometimes it happens anyway, when entertaining or if the dog plays in the living room, and I'm not going to be SO crazy that I block it off (although I've definitely thought about doing that)

So my trick, you ask?!?!?!

A RAZOR!!!


I gently shave the surface of the area rug to remove the fibers and BOOM. Brand new. Then, I use an attachment to vacuum up the lifted fibers. Simple and quick!


It's good as new!!!! Now, here is my disclaimer... I have NO IDEA how good this is for the rug. I spent $150 on this Safavieh area rug 4 years ago so I don't care if I'm slowly destroying it because it was a great deal and after 4 years, it owes me nothing. All I care about is not seeing those white fibers. ;)


Here is the Dyson I use. I LOVE this vacuum so much. It pulls up everything and makes the carpets feel and look new. There are TONS of models that Dyson makes so before you purchase, do your research. Here is a link for the one we have Dyson DC33 

Listen, we all have tips and tricks that we use in our home to subside our little bits of OCD. Share some of yours in the comments below. 

Thanks for stopping by. 


Friday, August 11, 2017

Flash Back Friday!

One of the fun things about this virtual journal is being able to look back on our home over the years. Today, I went back to my very first post and wanted to share a Flash Back Friday to showcase the changes made over the years. 

February 2014



Aside from the colorful print, this room was very bland. This was a late winter picture and I had a busy table scape! I also had WAY too much on the dining room server. Candle sticks galore! 

(I also became a better photographer, although I still need a lot of practice!)


Spring 2017

I flipped the lay out because I liked having the large print anchored above the sofa vs. floating between the chair and the chaise lounge. I also took away the beaded lumbar pillow and added 2 damask printed pillows. I love the contrast against the navy pillows! I went with a stack of coffee tables books on the side table and did away with small chotchkies! 


Having the chair and chaise lounge by the window makes more sense.
I also pulled the curtains back to allow for more light. The sun rises behind the house so this room doesn't have much natural light until late afternoon. Pulling the curtains back really helps.


Added a pop of pink with these faux peonies and then placed some reading material and a gold metal urchin on a mirrored accent table! Simpleeeeee! 

The dining room has completely transformed and just recently, to be honest. I stenciled an accent wall- check it out here and added pink accents to blend the living room and dining room together. 



Thanks for stopping by! Until next time!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Summer Project- A friend's Gallery Wall

So, this blog started as a little virtual diary of how I made, and continue to make, our house into a home. I started sharing on various social media outlets and then tracking my views on blogger. It's exciting to share something I have become passionate about with other people! I have learned a lot from reading design blogs and to think that I might inspire someone is WILDLY awesome! 

A friend of mine, whom I work with, shared with me her interest in creating a gallery wall. She had NO idea where to begin but knew the frames and pictures she wanted to use. Another dear friend/co-worker has a great eye and was up for tackling this project with me.  So a few days ago, we had a little girls night filled with wine, snacks, laughter and projects!!!! 

Mindy was so organized, it made this project so much easier. She had all of the frames ready to go, with the proper hardware in ziplock bags taped to the backs of each frame. Brilliant! 




If I have all of the frames picked out already, I always begin by arranging on the floor. It takes time to move and place the frames and items in order to get the right combination. 

(If you don't have frames, make cut outs with paper bags and tape on the wall. That guides you with purchasing the right sizes and shapes. I'm working on a project with another friend and we used the cut out method to guide in the purchasing process. It's a breeze! I'll share more details about this project soon!)

Mindy had a nice size wall to work with. It was 118 inches wide and 56 inches tall. (from the server table to the crown moulding)

TOOLS NEEDED:

Nails
Hammer
Level
Command velcro strips
Measuring tape
Step stool/small ladder

Here is the before!

I was given direction to pull anything from the room to include in the gallery wall. I included these sunburst mirrors, a metal "P" and 2 cute wooden signs.

Here is what I put together. Kim, the girl with the good eye, suggested using the center picture as the focal point (hence why it's in the center) and then I worked around it. 

Gallery walls can either be scattered placements or in a defined shape. Here, we made it a rectangle. The gallery wall itself was 96 inches wide and 46 inches tall... so I centered the glass server table, then left 11 inches on either side of the wall and roughly 4 inches on the top and bottom. (these measurements are never exact... actually, I bet someone like my perfectionist husband could get them exact but I can NOT lol) Measuring is important though... and I ended up being close to accurate. 

TIP: When arranging your gallery wall, you want to balance each item. The long, rectangular frames are opposite of each other. The sunburst mirrors are grouped in 3 and in sort of a zig-zag pattern. Always work in odd numbered groups. 3 is best. 5 works, too! Balance... can't stress it enough. 

Always start in the middle. I decided to work on the left side first. (Originally, the lamp was in the middle but after completion, it looked best on the side. Photo below shows final placement.)

Can you peep the ziplock bag on the server??? Sooooo organized and smart! Also, how GORGEOUS is that piece of furniture? I have always talked about my secret weapon, Bob's Discount Furniture, and Mindy snagged this piece at Bob's. Find it here. (My most viewed blog post talks about getting deals at Bob's... Check out my post on Bob's here


 haha This action shot is hilarious to me. All we did was walk around, back and forth, blurry and crazy, making sure everything was as close to perfect as we could get it. 
 Brian and I were texting while I was mid-project. He asked if I was only using Command Velcro strips to hang the gallery items and I said, "NOPE! I get to use nails and a hammer, too!" To which he replied, "Wow, that's a good husband letting you ladies put holes in the wall." For those of you tuning in for the first time, I have written about how my hubs won't dare let me nail a single thing into our walls. OFF LIMITS! That's his domain so this was terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time. 


Kim has a great method to line up nails with the holes on the frames. 

She places masking tape on the back of the frame, marks where the hooks/holes are, then places the tape on the wall to mark exactly on the wall where we needed to nail. SO SMART! 

Worked like a charm!

 Always use a level. If you don't have one at home, there are apps you can download on your phone! iHandy Level is one of them!
Tape method!

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We moved the lamp to the side and then rearranged the server top a little. She has that gorgeous punch bowl handed down from a family member which was the perfect accent. The gallery wall is large so keeping the server top minimal was key. We want the eye to focus on those gorgeous memories hanging up on the wall.

I love it SO much but most importantly... Mindy and her family love it!!!

Thanks for letting me tackle this project. I enjoyed every second!!!!