Decorating and Home Improvement

DIY Set of Framed Map Prints

March 7, 2013
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Predictably, the kitchen remodel has spread into the adjoining family room, where i’ve been updating the colors and and some of the decor. As part of the family room decorating, I ordered a map of London to hang on the wall behind my couch. When the print arrived it was smaller than I had expected […]

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Things to Do with an Empty Frame

February 11, 2013

For more posts like these, please visit my new blog, Creating This Life. When I’m browsing for secondhand items – whether it’s at an estate sale, a thrift store, or a yard sale – I gravitate toward certain things. Like dishes. And clear glass. And silver. And I’m also learning to never pass up an interesting […]

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Simple Winter Decorating Ideas

January 25, 2013
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For more posts like these, please visit my new home and lifestyle blog, Creating This Life. I kind of love winter. Living in Kansas, we get to completely experience all four seasons. And while some view winter as just a season to get through, I enjoy it. I much prefer cold temps to the blazing ones […]

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Weekend Reading: Hooked on Houses Edition

January 18, 2013
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All week long, Julia at Hooked on Houses has been featuring kitchen renovations on her blog, and it was such a treat to have her feature mine yesterday. If you love houses and decorating, Hooked on Houses is not to be missed. Julia regularly showcases celebrity houses, readers’ houses, and — my favorite — movie […]

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How to Make a Framed, Decorative Bulletin Board

January 16, 2013
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For more posts like these, please visit my new blog, Creating This Life. Months and months ago, I picked up this empty frame at an estate sale. If I remember right I paid $18 for it, and I knew immediately that I wanted to make a bulletin board for my kitchen out of it. I brought […]

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Reader Question: Pay Off Debt or Pay Cash for Home Improvements?

January 14, 2013
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I recently got a question from a reader named Jennifer. Here’s what she wrote: We have a lump sum of money that we are trying to decide what to do with. We have credit card debt and also some home improvements and repairs that we want to do. Is it better to pay pay cash […]

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Kitchen Remodel Before and After Pics

January 4, 2013
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For more posts like these, please visit my new blog, Creating This Life. Here’s my first piece of advice on kitchen remodels: don’t schedule one during the holiday periods of Thanksgiving or Christmas. Unfortunately, that’s when our number with the contractor came up. It’s all done now, though, and I finally have some pics to share […]

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Free Christmas Printables

December 28, 2012
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Today I discovered Angela Hardison’s free Joy to the World and Peace on Earth printables via Simple Mom. About 20 minutes after I discovered them I had them printed off, popped into some spare frames I had on hand, and up on the wall. I apologize for the bad photos. These are in a dark […]

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New Kitchen Light Fixtures and UPS My Choice Review

November 19, 2012
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The kitchen remodel is continuing and this morning I made what felt like my 10,429th decision. I’m over decisions. And dust. And having workmen arrive at my house at 8am every day. But the remodel has given me the opportunity to test drive a service I recently learned about:  UPS My Choice. UPS My Choice […]

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Kitchen Remodel Progress Report

November 12, 2012
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I recently shared that we are in the midst of a kitchen remodel. We’re a couple of weeks in and things are getting exciting, so I wanted to give you an update. Before I get to what’s been done so far, let me break down what specifically needed updating and why. 1 – I love […]

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