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Happy Birthday America! Inspiration RoundUp And paTriotic Playlist

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Happy 243rd birthday America!

Summer is in full swing and July 4th is always a highlight. It is such a part of the fabric of our Nation.

BBQ’s will be fired up, horseshoes and corn hole showdowns will be happening, parades celebrating life in America in big and small towns and of course, fireworks to finish it all off with a bang!

O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties, above the fruited plain

However you celebrate the birth of our great country, there are so many ways to set the scene and show off your decor skills, from simple to elaborate depending on how, when and where you’re hanging out.

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I set this table with a little help from Targets One Spot and some things I already had. You can get an easy patriotic look just by adding some small flags from the Dollar store to plant pots you already have. A chalk pen and some kind of chalkboard gives you a creative way to greet or guide guests. The chalkboard clothing pin stars are clipped onto linen napkins from Magnolias Hearth and Home line. The succulents I planted in little metal buckets that were $1 each. So easy.

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And now, here’s some 4th inspiration that I found out there in the world wide web to spark that patriotic creativity.

Like this cute wreathe made from Tulle…

These fruit filled ice cubes that would be amazing in sparkling water like La Croix or some Sangria!

These watermelon cut into stars…

America, America, God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea

This year we are roadtrippin’ to North Dakota for a family 4th of July and reunion. My mom is from North Dakota, and as kids we went back every couple of years in the summer from California, for this very same celebration at my Aunts farm.

Along with myself and youngest daughter, my brother and his family, and one of my sisters are hitting the road with my mom for a reunion, years in the making!

Taking in the sights and scenery along the way and ending up in Bismarck, ND for the 4th!

Going to make for some tired behinds but creating some of those lifetime memories makes it so worth it.

In keeping with the patriotic holiday spirit, here’s a little playlist I created to celebrate America…some sweet songs to go with the hotdogs and fireworks 🧨 👇🏼

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Enjoy a happy and safe holiday!

by design,

Michele

One Room Challenge Spring 2019 - Week 3

 
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Week 3…its here already. Tick tock…

This week has been a lot of behind the scenes and waiting for things to be delivered. Cue the Jeopardy theme music. Do do do do do do do…did you just sing that in your head?

Walls are painted and the stencil arrived yesterday. It is so cool and I can’t wait to start applying it. We picked up the headboard, by we, I mean John since it wouldn’t fit in my car and then Target almost wouldn’t let him pick it up because he wasn’t listed as an alternate. That went over really well…

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I’m re-purposing the bookshelf to update it a little to be more midcentury style.

Here are a couple of my inspiration pics

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This bookcase has been a part of our home for awhile now…like years and years. It was purchased at a local furniture store and is real honest to goodness wood and actually has a twin that lives at our youngest daughters apartment. It is one nice bookcase that with a little love, can keep living its best life!

I love that the inspiration pics above combine paint and the actual wood.

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Bookcase Before and After One Coat of Paint

So here’s whats up in the next week…

  1. Stencil Navy wall

  2. Install shelf above headboard

  3. Install headboard

  4. Install sconces above headboard

Thanks for sticking with me so far…keep tuning in and also make sure to check out the Featured Designer Projects here and the other Guest Design Projects here.

If you need to catch up…click below:

By Design,

Michele

 

One Room Challenge Spring 2019 - Week 2

 

Welcome back for Week 2 of the One Room Design Challenge. Or if it’s your first time here…just Welcome!

You can check out last weeks post for Week 1 here.

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‘Because you know I’m all about that bass, bout that bass…’

Well maybe more like the base…meaning starting with the base…meaning painting. That’s whats been happening this week. But why don’t I share a few pics of where we’re starting and what my plan is for this room.

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You can see one of my test swatches on the wall. Three walls will be white and the 4th wall will be navy. I’ve actually got some of the white walls painted and am loving it.

‘We gon’ take it to a whole nother level’

Don’t ask me why I’m channeling Meghan Trainor…

too many paint fumes!

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This nightstand and the black shelf unit will not be in the finished room. I already have the shelf, bedding and wall sconces.

The headboard is ordered and on its way.

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This handsome boy is approving all decisions and so far has given me the paws up!

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Upcoming DIY Projects For This Room

Stencil Navy Wall

Paint BookShelf in a mid century style

Mid Century Makeover for Closet Doors

Still looking for a ceiling light fixture. I really don’t want a ceiling fan in there but that room gets the afternoon sun and um…real life, I may have to suck it up and go with that. *sigh

So thanks for stopping by and following along…watch my IG stories and check back for Week 3!

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Find me on Instagram and Facebook…and follow the other Guest Designers here and Featured Designers in the ORC here

By Design,

Michele







 

Paint 101 - Picking the Perfect Sheen

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This post…well, this is not going to be the super fun post with all the great before and after photos. This post will be about as exciting as, well watching paint dry. This is the third cousin to those awesome before and after pics…but hopefully it has a lot of information and a really good personality!

Sometimes if a client is looking for a refresh of their home, they can get the most bang for their buck with paint. Whether doing it as a weekend DIY project or hiring someone, paint can be a game changer on your walls or a piece of furniture.

I do Color and Paint Consultations and once a color is chosen, the question I’m asked most often is what type of paint do I use?

My answer depends on what is being painted and where it is. So what is sheen and why does it matter?

Sheen is the amount of shine or resin that is in the paint and how much it reflects light. Today’s paints have new and improved formulas that last longer and wear better, but it still helps to use the correct paint for the project. There are five basic paint types.

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Source: Behr Paints

So here we go…

Flat or Matte - Has virtually no shine and has an almost chalk look to it. It is good for hiding imperfections on a surface but if you have kids or pets, use this one on the ceiling only. In new homes, it is often the choice of the contractor because it is the least expensive. That lack of resin, that creates shine in a paint also makes it hard to clean, and subject to stain.

Eggshell - Slightly more sheen than a flat paint and more washable too. You could use this in a dining room, master bedroom or any room that doesn’t get a lot of traffic. It reflects light better than flat paint does to give a soft lustre.

Satin - A satin finish can have a pearl effect. It can be used in moderate to heavy traffic areas like living and family rooms, hallways, kitchens, trim and shutters. You could also use when painting furniture.

Semi-Gloss - Semi-Gloss paint is great for high traffic, high use areas. Paint your kitchen, woodwork, trim, and doors in this highly scrubbable paint. This paint has a medium reflecting value and because of that will show any nicks or imperfections.

High Gloss (Sheen) - This paint has a very shiny almost glass-like finish. It is very on trend for bedrooms and dining rooms to give that laqcured look. It has a high durability and can also be used in high traffic areas like kitchens, trim, cabinetry, doors and shutters.

So

Source: House Beautiful Magazine

I hope these tips for picking out the type of paint for each project were helpful.

For you as an extra bonus I’m including a FREE Printable on the right Paint Sheens for you to use. Just click the link below for yours!

Paint 101 - Paint Sheens

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