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TFM Removals created a fun and humorous list of 25 signs that you’re a new homeowner.

They shared some of that humor with us today in a little excerpt from their list.

If you’re a new homeowner or thinking about moving, check this out for a laugh or two:



  • You are permanently wearing “eau de emulsion”

    You are permanently wearing eau de emulsion

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    You can’t seem to shake the smell of paint, your whole new pad smells of it and now you do too. Forget about Chanel No. 5, for the next 2 weeks you’ll be rocking Dulux Sunset Apricot.


Pop on over to their website for the entire list!


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Pantone selects a color of the year. The 2014 selection is Radiant Orchid. I think this color just screams “Springtime!”

According to their website, “Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.”

The rosy undertones of Radiant Orchid reflect on the skin with a healthy glow. It was wildly popular in Spring 2014 fashion shows.


Blending cool and warm undertones, this particular hue is flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones. Complimentary shades include lavender, purple and pink while red provides a strong contrast.


Radiant Orchid is a wonderful choice to go with neutrals, especially shades of gray and tan. You can create a trendy feel to your home decor by adding accents in this unique hue through pillows, a floral arrangement, throws, or a piece of art.

About the PANTONE Color of the Year
“The color of the year selection requires careful consideration and, to arrive at the selection, Pantone combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.”

What do you think of the color? Will you incorporate it into your home or wardrobe this year?

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Today, I wanted to share some quick and savvy tips for updating your home decor.

Bed Linens

Create a whole new look by making a duvet.  Place two flat sheets back to back, and sew around the perimeter, allowing for a half-inch seam. Leave an opening at the bottom. To close, sew twill-tape ties or velcro tape to the inside edges. You can also use the same sheet pattern or a contrasting design for your sheets, add some throw pillows and enjoy the new look.

Window Treatments

Lighten up any room by removing heavy drapes or window coverings. Wash the windows then add back breezy curtains or drapings. Flat sheets can also be used for curtains. Look for curtain hooks that clip on to the fabric or use bias tape or ribbon to create tabs on top of the sheets.


Remove lamp shades from lamps, wipe off light bulbs with a microfiber cloth, dust lamps and then clean the shades. Use a soft brush attachment with your vacuum and run up and down along the shade. If you don’t have a vacuum attachment, a soft brush will do. Remember to wipe down the inside of the shade as well. If the shade was rips or stains, think about investing in a new one.

Pops of Color

Nothing chases away the winter blahs and screams spring like bright colors. Three of the most popular this spring are green, orange and bright pink. Add a vase of orange flowers or a throw pillow in hot pink and you have created an instant “welcome spring” message for your guests.


Have fun with your spring decor and add unexpected elements. A vase filled with bright kumquats can hold a bouquet of daffodils. Limes and hot pink flowers are so fun together in a centerpiece. Use wall decals to brighten up a wall, cupboard or even a piece of wooden furniture.

Just add a few touches here and there and soon your house will be singing spring!

She Who is More Than Ready for Spring to Stay Sprung

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Antiques on Old Plank Road recently shared a fabulous new infographic that is a beginner’s guide to home decorating.

Even if you’ve been decorating your home for a while, this handy infographic is a great refresher in how to take the mystery out of changing colors, incorporate patterns, switching up furniture, and adding accessories to a room.

These basic concepts can help you create the space you’ve always wanted while alleviating some of the stress that comes with redecorating.

If you want to update the look of a room, dress up an office, or infuse new energy into a tired space, these simple ideas can help.

Infographic and details courtesy of Antiques on Old Plank Road.

She Who Loves These Details!

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I’ve blogged about this site before, but I had so much fun playing with the color recently, I thought I’d share about them again.

Sherwin-Williams has this cool online tool called Chip It! You can upload any image and then paint chips to match it.

For example, I uploaded a photo I posted of Raspberry Muffins.

raspberryLook at all the cool colors that come up with it.

Here’s a wheat photo…


Love the color options.

Take a look at the photo I posted on the blog yesterday.

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Gorgeous colors, aren’t they?

This would be a great tool if you have a piece of art and are trying to decide what color to paint a wall or if you see a photo you love and want to incorporate the colors from it in your home.

Or if you just like to play around with creative color options!

The service is free and so much fun!

And no, I’m not affiliated with Sherwin-Williams. I just think this is super cool.

She Who Loves Color

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deco heart little rosesIf you are looking for an easy and fun craft idea for Valentine’s Day, here is one you can do in an evening.

deco heart ingredientsWhat you need to get started  are the following:

Mod Podge

Foam Brush

White Glue or a hot glue gun

An 8-10 inch Heart

1 Heart-Shaped Doily

Fabric or printed paper of some sort (I used a paper dinner napkin)


Assorted notions for trimming

deco heart cut out heartStart by tracing your heart on your paper and cut it out.

Two things I will note here:

First – I couldn’t find any wooden hearts at the craft store so I bought a metal heart at Wal-Mart for $1.97 and spray painted it white.

Second – I used a paper dinner napkin for the patterned background. You can use anything you like from a piece of fabric to gift-wrap, old sheet music or even a piece of newsprint. Whatever strikes your fancy.

deco heart base coatNext, coat the heart with a layer of Mod Podge.

deco heart first layerPlace the paper on top and smooth it out. Let this dry about 15 minutes before moving on to the next step.

deco heart add doilyCoat the front of the heart with Mod Podge, then add your doily (this can be paper or a crocheted doily) and coat it as well. Let dry about 15 minutes.

deco heart add lace with gluePrepare to add the outside trim. Using white glue, or a glue gun, carefully glue it all around the edge of the heart.

deco heart with laceWhen you are done, it should look something like this.

deco heart embellishmentsNext, add your embellishments. I used one bigger rose with a button in the center then added some rosebuds around the sides. I chose colors that coordinated with the pattern in the background.

deco heart button with roseI glued one rosebud on a button, just because it gave it a little more panache.

deco heart bow on topFinish the project by poking a hole through the top and added a ribbon. This makes it easy to hang.

deco heart hangingAnd you’re done! Wasn’t that easy?

She Who Loves Playing with the Hot Glue Gun


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If you’re looking for a fun little way to say I love you, how about making a Heart Message Board you can leave love notes on all week.

heart board finished 1

Using contact paper and dry erase markers, you can change the message every day.

heart board ingredientsI found this roll of marvelous contact paper at the dollar store. Sometimes the things I find there are quite surprising. You’ll need contact paper, a piece of cardboard, ribbon, trim, glue, scissors and a nail.

heart board cut to sizeMeasure a piece of contact paper to completely cover the cardboard. Leave the side edges long.

heart board taper edge

Cover the front of the cardboard and fold edges around to back. Trim the side pieces at an angle so when you fold them in, they taper out from the center  (like an envelope) and won’t show. I like layering the edges in the center because it keeps the paper from coming loose from the cardboard.

heart board coveredIt should look like this when you finish. Nice and smooth with no wrinkles.

heart board glue trimNext, glue your trim on in a heart-shape. I placed mine then glued a little section at a time. You can use plain white glue, craft glue or hot glue, your choice. I used white glue and held it in place with push pins until it dried.

heart board nailUse a nail to poke two holes, one in each top corner, for the ribbon.

Heart board ribbon cornerAdd the ribbon and knot each end in the back. Trim off excess.

heart board sharpieIf you want, you can write something like “Love You Because” in permanent marker and draw a line then fill in the blank every day, or leave the whole thing blank and write a message every day. Just remember to use dry erase markers for what you want to be able to change daily.

You could also use this as a big Valentine card and could write the message in permanent ink.

heart board finishedYou can hang it up for your true love to see each morning or give it to them as a gift.

She Who Loves Heartsy-Crafts

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