5 Summer Decor Themes – What’s Your Favorite?

Originally posted on DESIGN CENTS:

Summer has officially arrived with its holiday barbecues, beach days, vacations, and hot weather. I like to herald in a new season with a change of scenery – and by “scenery” I am of course referring to home decor! There are so many different directions you could go with summer decorating themes – I thought it would be fun to pick five and write about them. I’d really love to get your feedback on these and hear which one you prefer. I have assembled Pinterest boards for each of them to help give visual examples of my take on these themes. Check them out and vote on your favorite summer theme in the comments below.

1. Rustic Patriotic

Primary colors: Red, White and Blue  | Accent colors: None needed

Oh say, can you see how delightfully charming a distressed flag painted on reclaimed wood can be? Or star-spangled burlap pillows?…

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Harley at doggie daycare 🐶🐾🐶🐾

Harley has been going to doggie daycare since he was about a few months old. Best friends furever doggie daycare in Joppa Maryland has been a life saver. 

Harley has a lot of energy even at 9 years old. We have to take him occasionally because he needs to run all day long with his friends so that he is good and tired. 

Since Harley is 9 they wanted to put him up front with the senior dogs to relax during there down time. I said no way because I want him to have the same routine at least for now because he is use to that plus I want him good and tired when we pick him up. He would drive the office staff nuts if he was up front. Especially if anyone had snacks lol 

Harley loves going to see his friends we can’t even mention it at all because he will follow us around all day thinking he is going. They have a webcam that u can use to watch what your dog is doing and is great when u are on vacation and want to see what your dog is up to. 

Here are some photos I took while I was watching the daycare webcam. 


Pinterest Perfect Bedroom

Originally posted on Sweet Caroline:

As many of you already know from my previous post, I purchased a fixer-upper house about three years ago. I have put a lot of sweat equity into my home and I am very proud of my work! Brice and I have made a lot of progress updating my 1960s rancher style home.

Today I am sharing with you my guest bedroom makeover! My inspiration for this makeover came from this post that I found on Pinterest:

This Pinterest post is from Nesting Place, a blog about sprucing up your home. I did not use the same technique that’s shown in this picture (I wish I had, it looks much easier – details on how to get this lattice look are below). This was the first time I had ever come across this blog. For readers that love home decorating, I love Nesting Place! This woman really knows what…

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Restoring my kitchen cabinets 🔨🔨🚪

I purchased a product in 2010 to help restore my kitchen cabinets because they were in great shape and I didn’t want to sand them down and stain them. This product worked great. I actually decided to wipe them down and restore them again to freshen up the kitchen again. 

Mcfates restore-it was easy to use and cost around $69 or less depending on what u needed and how big your kitchen is. 

Here is a before pic of the cabinets 

  Here is the after photo of the same cabinet 

  So if u don’t want a huge project and have great cabinets that have a little water damage then use this product. 

Glow Stick Lanterns

Originally posted on My Fair Olinda:

Glow Stick Lanterns #diy #summertime #masonjars #project #party

Theses are the perfect DIY project for an evening event or party. I made them a few years ago to line the sidewalk for Halloween. This time I tried three different versions with slightly varying results.

For the blue lantern I used three big glow sticks. To completely fill a  jar it would take about ten! If you want to fill the jar up with water you can, but you need to use a lot of glow sticks so it doesn’t dilute them too much. What I haven’t really figured out yet is how to get the liquid to stick to the sides of the jar. Even when you add water the glow stick liquid doesn’t mix well with the water because it’s too oily.

For my second lantern adding glitter to the sides of the jar seemed to really help diffuse the glow. I used four pink necklaces for…

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Beautiful Balconies

Originally posted on joue design:

Now that the mercury is rising in our fair city of Vancouver, we’re heading outdoors. When you get home, you still often wish you were outside. This can be difficult for some who live in apartment or condo buildings as they don’t have a front or back yard. But for those who have balconies – even the smallest ones – there are lots of options – here are some of our favourites to get inspired!

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The Screened in Porch (is slowly coming together) Post

Originally posted on Crafty Southern Mama:

Oh, y’all!

I am so in love with our new screened in porch! I have been begging for years to have this done, a screened in porch is right up there on my list of favorites…a high favorite, right under coffee!! ❤️

I was so tickled to death that Rad Brad had an opening in his busy schedule last month. He came out & whipped this porch into shape in under a week!

Unfortunately, I regret to have to tell you right off that we have ALREADY had a fatality out there! Little Patti got herself locked inside one afternoon & brutally assaulted the screen door trying to get out! (See below)

((Major frown)) ((& bad words)) (((maybe a tear or two as well)))…sigh…

P Daddy hasn’t noticed it yet. He will have an aneurism for sure! I’m on Brad’s list to have it repaired. Between these kids & these…

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Backyard Oasis and the dogs this Memorial Day Holiday 🐾🐶🍷🍹🏡🌸🌹

Hubby and I were outside all day cleaning up the shed and backyard. I did accomplish one item on my to do list of home improvements. I went to Home Depot this morning and got rubber mulch and grey and white rocks to put at the front of the deck so the dogs stop digging in the mud everyday. 

Here are some pics from this afternoon on the deck. 


Here are more photos of the deck in the evening. 






Any Contractors Out There I Need Help!!!!! 🔨🔨🔨🔨🏡🏠

I need help with some small projects around my home. So let me explain what my plans are, I want to start getting some small things fixed around my home at a cheap price so that we can sell the home soon. In our neighborhood right now houses are not being renovated on the inside and prices have dropped a little. So using advice from all the blogs and professionals I follow upgrading and renovating with high end materials in a area that isn’t having this type of work done will not increase the value of my home and no one will purchase our home for the price we want. 

Home improvements are very expensive and placing a lot more money into this home when we wont get it back in return just isn’t in the cards, so my goal is to fix the important things at the best way I can. 

First on the list is my windows, I don’t want to spend money on new windows for my whole house even if I only have 8 windows. So I was hoping to get advice and referrals of companies that are in Maryland that could help me with this issue. 

One day I opened my window and I didn’t feel a difference but I let go thinking it would stay up and it came crashing down very hard. The latch that u push to pull the window into the house and the spring inside that went flying across the room. The metal window frame at the top that holds the latch is bent forward and I didn’t want to press on it because I didn’t want to pressure to break the glass inside the window. So now the window won’t stay closed and air is going out and air coming in. 

In order to sell our home I know we need this fixed because if a child was in that bedroom that is very dangerous. So I need any help I can get. Excuse my photos of my dusty window these were before spring cleaning happened lol 

This is a photo of the broken latch I placed it on top so I wouldn’t lose it and the top where it is sitting u can see that the frame is bent some. 


So if anyone knows a handyman or business that can come out to help fix this so I don’t need to replace the windows would be a great help to me. Thanks 

Lifestyle | Home Decor for Small Spaces

Originally posted on Tulips & Phoenixes:

If there’s one thing I’ve been preoccupied with lately, it’s home decor.  In particular bedroom decor and even more specifically, dressing tables.  There’s only one small “problem”…  I don’t have a lot of space to work with.  So I’ve done a little search on decor ideas for small bedrooms and home spaces.

We renovated our kitchen a few months ago (a much needed one I might add!) and as hubby gave me free reign over the design, I opted for a fresh white, shabby chic look.  Creating a shabby chic look, I found, is all in the details so I brought in the pastel colours with mosaic tiling and kitchen utility accessories like an egg box and serving tray.  It’s still very much a work in progress mostly because I’m so particular about what accessories I want to purchase.  I have pictures of things in my mind and it’s very…

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