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Monday, September 29, 2014
Why Decorating your House is SO Hard... and How to Make it EASY

Why Decorating your House is SO Hard... and How to Make it EASY

We moved into our first house when I was 27. We still live here. I don't know if we will ever move. We hit the jackpot as far as first homes go. I am never going to need a bigger house. When we moved in this baby was brand spank'n new. I have done a lot to it the past several years and I plan to do A LOT more. My point in telling you this is that I had the hardest time decorating. I mean, it was bad! I figured a few things out and stopped sucking. I learned a few things along the way and I want to share them with you.

Oh so this is why decorating my house is so dang hard! Love these tips... I am going to rock this house decorating thing!  #decorating #homes #interiordesign www.entirelyeventfulday.com


First let's talk about why decorating is hard. Oh the pressure! So many Pinterest pictures to compare your house to. So many options, so many looks you like... what style do you really want? There are so many options, it's quite hard to decide how you really want your space to look and how to make it look that way. I am going to help you zero in on what you really want and help you figure out how to make it work.

Oh so this is why decorating my house is so dang hard! Love these tips... I am going to rock this house decorating thing!  #decorating #homes #interiordesign www.entirelyeventfulday.com

Before you begin, ask yourself three questions...
  • What colors would I feel comfortable surrounding myself in?
    You might really like colorful accent walls in other people's houses but you wouldn't feel comfortable living with that. Or you might love the look of all white walls but you might need color to feel cozy. This happened to my mom once, she loved the look of white walls in magazines and books but when she got the color she thought she wanted on her own walls she couldn't stand it. It was an expensive lesson to learn because she didn't like it so much that she had it repainted a couple weeks later.


    Oh so this is why decorating my house is so dang hard! Love these tips... I am going to rock this house decorating thing!  #decorating #homes #interiordesign www.entirelyeventfulday.com

    Oh so this is why decorating my house is so dang hard! Love these tips... I am going to rock this house decorating thing!  #decorating #homes #interiordesign www.entirelyeventfulday.com

    MY RECOMMENDATIONSModel homes are the perfect place to "feel" wall colors. If possible, take the opportunity to visit some local models and ask about the wall colors you really love. Or, ask your friends about their wall colors. You can discover a lot about what colors you really like, outside of Pinterest, if you spend a little time surrounded by them.


    Oh so this is why decorating my house is so dang hard! Love these tips... I am going to rock this house decorating thing!  #decorating #homes #interiordesign www.entirelyeventfulday.com

    Oh so this is why decorating my house is so dang hard! Love these tips... I am going to rock this house decorating thing!  #decorating #homes #interiordesign www.entirelyeventfulday.com
  • What elements do I feel comfortable being surrounded by?
    Once you decide what colors you like, think about what design elements you love! Do you have a serious crush on gold accents like me? Or is all white your thing. Pops of colors against neutrals? Are you super in love with all things nautical, modern, traditional, country? Decide what your favorites are and then try them out.


    Oh so this is why decorating my house is so dang hard! Love these tips... I am going to rock this house decorating thing!  #decorating #homes #interiordesign www.entirelyeventfulday.com

    Oh so this is why decorating my house is so dang hard! Love these tips... I am going to rock this house decorating thing!  #decorating #homes #interiordesign www.entirelyeventfulday.com

    MY RECOMMENDATIONS
    Maybe head to Home Goods and buy a few accessories that fit into your top couple styles and place them in your home and see which you really love! Keep your receipt and take the others back. You could even borrow a few things from a friend. OR print some pictures off the internet and hang them on your wall for a couple days, see how you feel.


    Oh so this is why decorating my house is so dang hard! Love these tips... I am going to rock this house decorating thing!  #decorating #homes #interiordesign www.entirelyeventfulday.com

    Oh so this is why decorating my house is so dang hard! Love these tips... I am going to rock this house decorating thing!  #decorating #homes #interiordesign www.entirelyeventfulday.com
  • What is the overall style I want?Once you decide what colors you want to live in and what elements you love, you can determine your overall style. Determine your style, take your time, and then don't look back. When we first decorated our house (pre-Pinterest) my husband and I both tore out photos from magazines and then compared them to determine what style we both love. In the end we came up with a style we like to call "Romantic Beach House." Collect what you love and then look at what it all has in common and figure out how to define it. Then just GO WITH IT!


    Oh so this is why decorating my house is so dang hard! Love these tips... I am going to rock this house decorating thing!  #decorating #homes #interiordesign www.entirelyeventfulday.com

    Oh so this is why decorating my house is so dang hard! Love these tips... I am going to rock this house decorating thing!  #decorating #homes #interiordesign www.entirelyeventfulday.com

    MY RECOMMENDATIONSI still love magazines even if we don't really need them anymore (thanks Pinterest). Go invest in a few and rip out the photos you really love (free catalogs are great too). Then spread your photos out on the floor and start grouping them into categories. Soon you will start to see patterns emerge. Once you have categorized them, rank them according to your love for them. If you can, find one or two photos you love the most and base your room design on them. Use it as a guide for your own room design and it will make the process so much easier. Good luck!
Just Me: Being Brave & Beautiful

Just Me: Being Brave & Beautiful

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "
Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.
Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!
Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!

The above photo was taken at a My Sister's Tee (my tee company!) photo shoot.  Professional photographer, makeup artist and stylist.  The photo below was taken Friday morning after getting my three kids to school and waking up early from a piercing pain caused by a lingering corneal abrasion (a cut on my eye ball) that comes and goes (I really should see a doctor). I wanted to go outside to take the picture but when I tried I couldn't open my eyes, bummer. So I stood inside my house and opened the front door for light. At least I did my hair yesterday ;)


Growing up my dad constantly went out of his way to tell me I was smart. I'm sure he told me I was pretty sometimes (I don't remember), but he constantly told me I was smart. I believed him. He was a good dad. As an adult he told me that he did it on purpose because he wanted me to understand that how I look isn't nearly as important as who I am. I am happy that when my little girl cries because she doesn't think she's pretty I can honestly tell her that being pretty isn't important. What's important is who she is and what she does. Our choices define us.

share your natrual beauty - brassyapple.com
Don't stop here. Get clicking around - its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.
>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<
women sharing their natural beauty - no makeup
women with our makeup on and what makes them beautiful
women from around the world share their face with no makeup on - BrassyApple.com
Mommy bloggers share their face without makeup and what makes then beautiful
Natural beauty untouched photos
raw natural beauty - join the movement
beauty and bravery - women wearing no makeup - Brassyapple.com
#colbietry #iambraveandbeautiful
Ready in join in?Snap, hashtag and share! Tag @BrassyApple and @Peacefrom6Pieces if you can too!
Also follow our Bravery and Beauty PINTEREST board for more inspiration!
Friday, September 26, 2014
One Tee Shirt, Three Ways {Love Life by My Sister's Tee}

One Tee Shirt, Three Ways {Love Life by My Sister's Tee}

I am just loving My Sister's Tee! My actual sister and I started this little tee shirt company. We create inspiring tee shirts for women. It's been a challenge (to say the least) to figure out all the logistics. But I love it... plus cute tee shirts are super fun!

I would seriously LOVE it if y'all would follow us on Instagram!

One Tee Shirt... worn three totally different ways. Love the cute arrow graphic. #mysisterstee #arrow #graphictees #teeshirt #fashion

My favorite thing about our tees is that they are SO versatile! I honestly wear them every day. Well, some days I actually force myself to wear something else (it's hard).

One Tee Shirt... worn three totally different ways. Love the cute arrow graphic. #mysisterstee #arrow #graphictees #teeshirt #fashion

Could I love flannel more? Nope, so cozy. I love knotting each side, it really dresses up the look. Nothing is more "Fall" than your favorite flannel, tee shirt, and jeans!

One Tee Shirt... worn three totally different ways. Love the cute arrow graphic. #mysisterstee #arrow #graphictees #teeshirt #fashion

You know what's awesome? Being able to wear one tee with everything! We try to create tees that can be worn with jeans or a skirt and look amazingly adorable either way!

One Tee Shirt... worn three totally different ways. Love the cute arrow graphic. #mysisterstee #arrow #graphictees #teeshirt #fashion

I must admit, I love a pencil skirt and cardigan in the fall.

One Tee Shirt... worn three totally different ways. Love the cute arrow graphic. #mysisterstee #arrow #graphictees #teeshirt #fashion

Do you do the patterned leggings thing? I must admit I am not usually a partaker in this particular trend but I've decided to try it out this Winter. Sometimes the snow is just so deep and I feel like a want to wear jammies all day (sometimes I actually do)... I figure cozy leggings are practically jammies: problem solved!

One Tee Shirt... worn three totally different ways. Love the cute arrow graphic. #mysisterstee #arrow #graphictees #teeshirt #fashion

If you haven't had a chance, stop by My Sister's Tee. I'm pretty sure you'll love it!

One Tee Shirt... worn three totally different ways. Love the cute arrow graphic. #mysisterstee #arrow #graphictees #teeshirt #fashion

We are love + inspiration!



Thursday, September 25, 2014
Halloween Porch Decorating {Part 1}

Halloween Porch Decorating {Part 1}

It's that time of year again! Time to decorate your front porch. Pull out the fake pumpkins and plastic skeletons. Think real hard about what you accomplish with in the color scheme of black and orange. Do I go with a black cat motif or more of a decapitated zombie feel? So many questions. Don't fret. I am here to help. Prepare yourself for my... Halloween Porch Decorating Series! This is just Part ONE! So much creepy goodness to come (I can hardly wait).

Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many fun ideas! www.entirelyeventfulday.com #halloween #porch

I love the looks of stacked gourds. There is something very "Martha Stewart" about it. I also really dig the orange mums in the black platers. This is the absolute perfect what to make Halloween a little more classy.

Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many fun ideas! www.entirelyeventfulday.com #halloween #porch

A simple banner is easy to create with some ribbon, burlap, and a permanent marker. Too cute.

Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many fun ideas! www.entirelyeventfulday.com #halloween #porch

I am in serious love this these little guys! I mean, come on, glittery ghosts painted on paper lanterns. Eat your heart out Better Homes and Gardens.

Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many fun ideas! www.entirelyeventfulday.com #halloween #porch

Boo!

Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many fun ideas! www.entirelyeventfulday.com #halloween #porch

I hope you gleaned a little Halloween Porch inspiration. There's much more to come!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Do Small Things with Great Love {Free Printable}

Do Small Things with Great Love {Free Printable}

I love this quote. I love this idea. Because who really does huge things on a daily basis. Not me. I just go along, living my life, trying to do a little good here and there. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don't. But I really love the idea of doing the little things that I can do with as much love as possible. I hope you like this quote and print as much as I do. {YOU MIGHT LIKE: MY PRINTABLES}



Nothing would make me happier than you printing this and displaying it in your home. There is just something about uplifting quotes around our homes that make them a better place to live.




I hung this print next to my Magnetic Jewelry Organizer {coming soon} in my master bedroom. I really love reading it every day. It seriously does make me feel better and remind me to do the little things with more love, more consideration, more enthusiasm.


I hope you use this print! It would make me feel like I did a little something to make someone a little happier today.  XOXO


Monday, September 22, 2014
Twenty Fabulous 5-Minute Projects

Twenty Fabulous 5-Minute Projects

I don't know about you, but sometimes I need a little pick-me-up! And there is nothing like something pretty (and easy) to make me feel oh-so-much better. Sometimes it's just a matter of an easy five minute project. It's amazing what making something pretty will do to my mood. I will suddenly feel excited, and maybe even motivated to clean my house! But let's not go too nuts. I was thinking... it might be possible that you might be a tiny bit like me and maybe, just maybe, you love simple projects too. Or maybe you're the type that only really enjoys laborious projects. If so, you're in the wrong place!

20 Fabulous 5-minute Projects that are so easy and fun! There are at least 10 I want to try. #diy www.entirelyeventfulday.com


20 Fabulous 5-minute Projects that are so easy and fun! There are at least 10 I want to try. #diy www.entirelyeventfulday.com

Hello! If you are in a decorating rut, just arrange a tray real pretty like and set it on a table. Bright colored flowers never heard anyone (disclaimer: I don't know that for a fact). I love this particular post because it features a tray within a tray. Now why didn't I think of that?


20 Fabulous 5-minute Projects that are so easy and fun! There are at least 10 I want to try. #diy www.entirelyeventfulday.com

These are just too cute for words. If you are addicted to IKEA like I am (there should be a support group), you are familiar with these votive holders.  I love that a little spritz of spray paint takes them to the next level. This is an awesome idea for party decor... just customize them to fit your color scheme!


20 Fabulous 5-minute Projects that are so easy and fun! There are at least 10 I want to try. #diy www.entirelyeventfulday.com

Who doesn't love a good sugar scrub? I am particularly drawn to this one. I mean, mint and cucumber, hello!


20 Fabulous 5-minute Projects that are so easy and fun! There are at least 10 I want to try. #diy www.entirelyeventfulday.com

So so easy. Also a great party decorating idea!


20 Fabulous 5-minute Projects that are so easy and fun! There are at least 10 I want to try. #diy www.entirelyeventfulday.com

Now, how fun is this? I am always trying to figure out what to do with all those snowy boots. I love the character it lends to the space and you really can't ask for an easier project. Yeah, I can stack boxes. The only trouble it the labor involved in finding a bunch of cute crates like this!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
How to make a Custom Desk Pad (Part Two)

How to make a Custom Desk Pad (Part Two)

Once upon a time, I had a wonderful idea. My Custom Desk Pad. It was a beautiful thing and it worked so well with my coral and aqua home office. But alas, I have an issue. An issue that causes me to need to change things. And so I redecorated my home office. And so, obviously, I had to redo my custom desk pad. But, here's the thing... while I loved the look and the function of my old desk pad, I noticed that the spray adhesive I used seemed to wear off a little after a few months. So I made a version (this version) that is a little more durable.


It's your lucky day... I made a video!





Rather than spray adhesive, I used PVA, a book-binding adhesive. I found this at Paper Source but you can Order PVA HERE.




Spread adhesive with a foam brush. Lay the printed side of your wrapping paper over the adhesive and flatten. Don't worry too much about air bubbles. This adhesive is amazing at leveling things out.


Lightly (don't get aggressive or you will rip your paper) flatten. Flip over.


Continue to press the pad to the paper for several minutes.



Position some objects on the corners as it dries.


Cut out around the pad.


Add a little adhesive to the corners and the edges.


Make sure the corners are adhered really well.


Now, put it in your super cute office and make it even super cuter.


If you do this, make sure you let me know. I would love to see your project!!!



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