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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Create an Outdoor Porch Retreat with These Stellar Ideas

Life on the Outside
Here, four chairs and a love seat create a cozy outdoor living area. The navy-and-white striped seat cushions pair stylishly with orange throw pillows and accessories. The stone fireplace makes it easy to entertain throughout multiple seasons.

Beyond the Sea
This laid-back living space gets its look from bright, beachy colors. Wake up basic white furnishings with a splash of color. Bright accents, such as seasonal flowers, a decorative screen, and throw pillows, add punches of color and comfort. Here light blues, greens, oranges, and pinks pair with white for an inviting atmosphere. A traditional porch swing was converted into a rocker and painted lime green. The wicker furnishings are lightweight and can be easily arranged for entertaining.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Practical Backyard HOW-TO Ideas For Any Yard (regardless of size ans shape)

Pop of Color
When you have a beautiful backyard, there's no need to go overboard with color. But sometimes a pop of color in small doses, like the orange used on this multi-level patio's chairs and umbrellas, is a nice touch. Don't forget the door!

Gather 'Round the Fire
An above-ground fire pit is perfect for a small group to gather around to roast marshmallows or have a conversation. Soft outdoor furniture and a matching patio umbrella make the space even more inviting. Be sure to research local ordinances before installing a fire pit in your backyard.

Repurposed Room
Who said a shed is only for storage? This repurposed shed makes a great outdoor eating area completely protected from the elements. A fresh coat of paint, colorful accessories, and lights strung across the ceiling keep the space light, bright, and welcoming.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Small BUT Stunning Outdoor Living Spaces

Use simple materials to create a warm and welcoming outdoor room. Here, a basic deck is dressed up with wood pillars covered in thick greenery. A corrugated-metal roof provides a modern and distinctive touch. Bright fabrics and flowers add pops of color.

Need a relaxing escape? Build one in your own backyard. This outdoor room features French doors, suspended divided-light windows, and a corrugated-metal roof—creating the impression of a fully enclosed space. Inside, a bed offers the perfect spot for an afternoon nap.

Friday, April 17, 2015

DIY-ing: 8 EASY Garden DIY Ideas for Spring!

8 Garden DIY Ideas for Spring! Ok guys,we’ve been working like crazy in our backyard getting ready for our sons High School Grad party that will take place there in the back yard. We also started planting the garden as well. Here are some DIY ideas from around the web as these bloggers have some great ideas to get your Spring started, I know they inspired me!

DIY Outdoor Terra Cotta Storage Side Table, from 17 Apart.

Herb garden coffee table DIY, from A Beautiful Mess.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Completely Genius Trash-to-Treasure Crafts

A broom's straw-like texture and neutral coloring makes it a great decorative element for a rustic-themed room. This pencil holder is more homey and helpful than the uninspired, angular cups you'd find at an office supply store.

Yes, even this piece of rubber can find a place in your home that's not the garage. You've probably seen hanging tire planters, but this DIY morphs their utiliarian structure into something truly unrecognizeable.

You might be ready for new furniture, but don't drag your hulking wall unit to the curb quite yet. Instead, create a faux cooking space for your kids. This one's much more special than anything you'd find at a store — and you can even treat them to a stainless steel fridge!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

It's Spring ~ Here are some SPRING-Y Ways to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home

It's Spring and it's time to spruce up your home on the inside BUT don't forget the outside too!  If your home's curb appeal makes a great first impression, everyone (including potential home buyers if that is your circumstance) will want to see what's inside. Check out these simple, low-cost improvements that you can do in a day or a weekend to create the appeal everyone will envy.

Create an instant garden ~ Container gardens add a welcoming feel and colorful appeal to any home exterior -- quickly and affordably. You can buy ready-made containers from garden centers or create your own with your favorite plants. For most landscapes, a staggered, asymmetrical arrangement works best to create a dynamic setting.

Do a mailbox makeover ~ Mailboxes should complement the home and express the homeowner's personality. When choosing a hanging drop box, pick a box that mirrors your home's trimmings. Dress up mail boxes by painting the wooden post to match the house's exterior color, or by surrounding it by a beautiful flowering garden.

Add arbors or fence panels ~ Arbors, garden gates, and short sections of decorative fence panels will enhance your garden and the value of your home. These amenities can be found in easy-to-build kits or prefab sections you simply connect together. For best results, paint or stain these items with colors already on your house.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

9 Quick and Easy DIYs to do with a Sharpie

Everyone loves a Sharpie, well almost everyone (moms with small kiddos who have gotten their tiny hands on one of these probably not so much). Introduced in the '60s, Sharpies were the first pen-style permanent marker on the market—and have since become an iconic writing implement, but they're also a great tool for crafty DIYers who want to make over a wide assortment of unexpected media. So grab a pillow, a plate... even an iPhone case, and let your Sharpie go to town.

Turn your doodles into dinnerware! All you need to complete this project are plates, a Sharpie, and an oven. This design was created by drawing a series of ovals inside one another, filling them in with whimsical triangles.

Give your morning coffee an extra pick-me-up, with sweet his and hers mugs you can make in a snap. Simply pen your sentiment of choice and bake it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, and the design will stay permanently. To keep your design looker new longer, opt for hand washing over the dishwasher.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Refuse to Worry

“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" Matthew 6:27

This is a depressing time of year, unfortunately! We start to worry about getting this year "right", paying off our holiday bills, what kind of things this new year will old in store for us.....and the list can go on and on.

BUT God doesn’t want us to live worried and anxious about this year, or last year, about anything! He knows that worry is counterproductive because it steals our peace and joy and affects every area of our life ~ our sleep, our health, our relationships, even our peace. Worry steals precious moments of time that we can never get back.

We should rather be thinking about starting this year off right ~ decide today to put an end to worry in our life. Don’t feed worry by focusing on bad news all the time. Sure, we should be informed, but we should be more informed of the truth of the Word of God. Feed our faith by meditating on His Word and fill our heart and mind with God’s promises. Declare every day, “My God shall supply all of my needs. He makes a way out of no way. He is the Restorer and Redeemer.”

As we focus on God’s Word, we’ll drive out worry and fill our heart with faith and expectancy. We’ll experience His peace and joy and move forward into the blessings God has in store for us in this New Year!

Heavenly Father, today I choose to put an end to worry in my life. I choose to feed my faith by studying Your promises and declaring Your Word over my life. Help me to totally trust in You today and always in Jesus’ name. Amen.