10 Stylish Office Chairs For Your Home Office

Working from home can be hard at times, but the fun part is you can decorate your office! There are so many options for beautifying an office. Like these 10 stylish office chairs for your home office via @tipsaholic #office #homeoffice #officechairs #chair #chairs 10 Stylish Office Chairs For Your Home Office

There are a lot of challenges facing those of us that work from home but let’s admit it, there are a few perks too! One of which is decorating your own office. It’s important to make sure that your space is organized, inspires you and most importantly that you have a fabulous spot to park your ‘caboose’.

We’ve rounded up 10 of the most stylish yet functional office chairs on the web, some of them under $100 and for those of you who have the DIY itch there’s a couple of those in there two.

#1. The Office Star Dorado – Red (from Target) from $109.99

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#2. Helvetica Leather Office Chair – West Elm $499

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I’m a teensy bit obsessed with leather everything at the moment so this chair just calls to me. My other obsession? Wood. Which brings us to this next chair…

#3. Baxton Studio Bruce Walnut and Black Modern Office Chair – Overstock.com from $179.99

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Are you in the market for something a little more comfortable?

#4. Gracie Office Chair – Horchow $1,199

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Gorgeous, but perhaps a little too rich for your blood? Here’s a couple of fun DIY chairs that will turn a deal from a thrift store into a designer inspired piece.

#5. Kate Spade Inspired Spray Painted Vinyl Chair – DIY from Little Green Notebook (cost of an old vinyl thrift store chair, spray paint and painters tape)

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Find a dingy, leather chair at your local thrift store? GRAB IT! Check out this next transformation:

#6. Restored Leather Chair – the Project Addict Featured on Remodelaholic (cost of thrift store leather chair and leather restore product)

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Click through the link above for even more chair restoration ideas! Do you like the clean look of white?  Here’s a few more chairs you might love:

#7. Snille – Ikea $19.99

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Leave it to Ikea to give a clean, stylish and affordable option. I’ve also seen this chair with a little added glamour and comfort by tossing this faux sheepskin on it.

Here’s another beauty that will be delivered right to your door:

#8. Flash Furniture Mid-Back Designer White Leather Chair – Amazon.com from $148.10

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Do you have a flair for parisian decor?

#9. Ooh La La Swivel Chair – Pottery Barn Teen $359

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A little bit sweet, a little bit sophisticated.

Or perhaps you are more modern and elegant.

#10. Printo Guest Chair – Scandanavian Designs $399

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Available in slate grey (pictured above) or red.

So there you have it! 10 stylish yet functional office chairs to bring your workspace to life.

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

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Autumn Cleaning – How to Clean Your Home for Fall

It's starting to cool off. Don't let it get too cold before doing some deep cleaning. Cleaning isn't just for spring, do some Autumn Cleaning! Check out these How to Clean Your Home for Fall Tips ~ Tipsaholic.com #autumn #fall #cleaning

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You’ve heard of spring cleaning. You’ve probably done some spring cleaning yourself. But a once-a-year purge and clean just isn’t quite enough to keep most homes really shining. So this year, why not treat your home to a little fall season TLC before the cold weather sets in and the holidays sneak up on you? Bring out the buckets, brooms, and sponges – it’s time for some Autumn Cleaning!

 

 1. Clear out the summer stuff

Toys, clothes, sports gear, lawn chairs, etc. can be packed away. It’s a big task, but storing these items over the winter while they’re not needed means they’ll still be in good shape when it comes time to use them again next summer. Use airtight, sturdy containers whenever possible to avoid dust, insects, and mice.

 2. Clean your upholstery, rugs, and carpets

Do this early in the fall and preferably on a warm day so that windows can be left open to circulate more air as things dry. Hire a service or rent or buy a machine that can do the job properly. Treat stubborn stains by hand first.

 

3. Start prepping your heating system

It may still be too early in the year to turn up the heat, but when that first cold morning strikes, you’ll be glad you thought ahead. Filters need to be changed and ducts may need cleaning. Start maintenance on small heating units and schedule a chimney cleaning.

 

4. Organize the garage

You’ll probably be storing a lot more inside the garage during the winter. Lawn mowers, bicycles, tools, and more do best when kept out of the rain, snow, and extreme temperatures. Make a space for everything and make sure you can quickly and easily reach the things you might still need to use over the winter.

 

5. Wash your exterior windows

Chances are they’ve been collecting cobwebs and hard water all summer. Take the time to clean them now, while temperatures are still reasonable, so that you don’t have to worry about them while trying to hang the Christmas lights in a few months!

 

6. Pressure wash your siding and porch

Before you give your windows a good wash, consider pressure washing (or at least spraying down) the exterior of your home to get rid of dirt, cobwebs, and insects.

 

7. Bring out the warm bedding

The nights are going to get cold in a hurry. Put the flannel sheets on now and fold heavier blankets at the bottom of the bed in case they are needed.

 

8. Consider switching out your curtains

Trading your lightweight curtains for a heavy set of drapes can help to insulate your home. You might also switch window screens for storm windows while you’re at it.

 

9. Check outdoor lightbulbs

You probably won’t want to be changing bulbs in freezing temperatures, so do it now! Rid your light fixtures of insects and grime at the same time.

 

10. Vacuum everything

We’re talking the corners of rooms, windowsills and tracks, baseboards, underneath furniture, inside the couch cushions, air vents, under the refrigerator, and more. Summer (and its bug population) can be tough on these areas of the home. And if you have pets – the odds are you’ll be cleaning up quite a bit of hair that was being shed during the warm months.

 

11. Clean out your pantry

The foods you enjoyed in the spring and summer will soon give way to soups and holiday goodies. Use up your summer staples and take inventory of your other basics so you have a better idea of what you’ll need to add to your stock.

 

12. Do a home safety check

Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, check fire extinguishers, look for mold, and do some maintenance on your plumbing. Some areas of the home may need to be better insulated to keep pipes from freezing. Make sure there are no plumbing leaks, especially outside.

 

13. Take care of outdoor maintenance

Which outside chores will be more challenging in cold weather? Cleaning garbage cans, clearing rain gutters, and treating grills and outdoor furniture are all things that can be a bit more pleasant if done while the weather is still mild.

 

14. One last purge

Even if you had the chance to clear out some clutter and hold a yard sale earlier in the year, do one last clean sweep of your home as you put away summer clothing and sort linens. Take one more load to your local donation center and store or toss whatever else you won’t need for the next few months.

 

15. Everything else

Clean your indoor light fixtures, flip mattresses, reorganize closets after filling them with cold-weather clothing, clean blinds, wash walls, wipe down door knobs and switchplates, and dust chandeliers and ceiling fans. These are great things to do quarterly and the start of fall is a serves as a good reminder that it’s time to take care of them again!

 

If you need a few more cleaning tips to get started, try these Cleaning Tips from Organization Pros.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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38 Inspiring Ideas for Family Command Centers

38 Inspiring Ideas for Family Command Centers ~ Tipsaholic.com #family #organization #commandcenter

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School begins and all intentions to stay organized for the year can quickly deteriorate as kids lug home backpacks filled with art projects, handwriting practice, permission slips, sports equipment, and more. Keep things under control by creating a personalized “command center,” where every family member can unload, reload, and store their everyday gear – and Mom can more easily see what, when, and where everyone’s going. Use these 38 ideas to inspire your family’s command center, drop zone, landing zone, organization station, after-school station, or whatever else you want to call it – and get organized for good!

 

 

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Martha Stewart

1. We love this command center setup with its multi-purpose shelf unit for catching loose items, storage, and hanging coats and bags.

 

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Girl Loves Glam

2. Make your own modern organization board with Girl Loves Glam’s free printables and tutorial for making a fun stained backdrop.

 

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3. A great idea from The Container Store to use simple labeled bags to corral gear for individual children, plus some tips on what to include when building your command center!

 

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The Handmade Home

4. This organization station serves a purpose but looks amazing too with its fun abacus feature.

 

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5. If you’ve got two small areas to use for your landing zone, consider some of these ideas and make both rooms feel cohesive.

 

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Pottery Barn

6. This idea comes directly from the Pottery Barn, and although it’s pricey to buy, it could inspire some fabulous DIY-ing!

 

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7. A couple of simple storage rails or towel rods can go a long way in keeping a small station together. And the corkboard backdrop? Perfect.

 

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iHeart Organizing

8. Use a basic shelf system and some creative accessories (that mirror!) to give your command center some real flair.

 

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The Yellow Cape Cod

9. A hanging tote for each family member makes it easy to transfer items collected during the week to be carried to their rightful homes.

 

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Achieving Creative Order

10. A kids’ art gallery and a fun set of reminder boards? Clever ideas to add to your landing zone at Achieving Creative Order. 

 

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11. Sometimes all you need is a pretty shelving unit and a collection of bins and baskets.

 

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Simply Fabulous Living

12. Industrial baskets and an oversized clock are great pieces to use when organizing on a small section of wall.

 

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Bliss @ Home

13. Don’t forget to add patterns, colors, and fun details to add some great aesthetics.

 

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ScatterShot

14. If you’ve got some free time and want to try something permanent, this is a great command center to add to a home! Check out the full chalkboard wall and large photo print.

 

 

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15. A mounted pocket for homework, permission slips, bills, and more make it much easier for busy parents to keep track of the needs of each family member.

 

 

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Ciburbanity

16. Give an unused kitchen corner a useful makeover by turning it into your organization station. And framing recipes from vintage cookbooks? Pure genius when it comes to personal touches.

 

 

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I Am Momma Hear Me Roar

17. Get access to some weathered wood from an old barn or fence and follow this tutorial to create a rustic command center like this one. Our favorite feature is the painted clothespin family!

 

 

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Sweet Aprils

18. There’s a lot to love in this landing zone – the clipboards, family rules sign, key holder, chest… And if the frames and accessories you have don’t match, give them a quick coat of spray paint for instant unification.

 

 

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Tatertots & Jello

19. The base for this project consists of two cheap wooden doors. Paint, textures, and patterns make it a fun and functional part of the home. Simply lean it against a wall or screw it down for a more permanent, sturdy unit.

 

 

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iHeart Organizing

20. A command center doesn’t have to be elaborate to be useful. Choose accessories that make the most sense for the space and fit your family’s needs.

 

 

 

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The Handmade Home

21. Here’s a unique idea for helping kids keep track of their daily tasks, all made with plexiglass so the pieces can be used like dry erase boards. And take a look at the simple string of photos and artwork adding some family love to the wall!

 

 

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Beneath My Heart

22. If you’ve got a lot of space to work with this command center will give you some great ideas! A big chalkboard painted onto the wall and surrounded by a simple frame makes the perfect background for a three month calendar and some practical add-ons.

 

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BHG

23. Sometimes all you need is to repurpose an old piece of furniture. This buffet makes the perfect organizational unit for a command center and a large mirror can double as a message board.

 

 

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The Elusive Bobbin

24. Can’t quite find the command center boards and accessories you need? Try building your own with these instructions from The Elusive Bobbin.

 

 

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The Elm Life

25. Make use of kitchen appliances in a kitchen command center! The refrigerator that hugs this wall becomes a great place for little kitchen extras like a menu planning system and cleaning schedule.

 

 

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The Crafting Chicks

26. Keep things simple with a coat hook and clip for each family member. This organization station uses a magnet board and magnetic clips.

 

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LegacyStudio

27. This great find from LegacyStudio is up on Etsy—you can buy one or use it as inspiration for your own single-unit command center.

 

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Ana White

28. Another more permanent unit, this one can be built and customized with these plans from Ana White. 

 

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Shaken Together Life

29. Check out these creative customizations – chore boards, baskets for snacks and school supplies, and a special notice board for Mom.

 

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Just a Girl and Her Blog

30. We love the artsy details and crisp colors of this command center. A basket for backpacks is a great alternative to mounting hooks on the wall.

 

 

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So You Think You’re Crafty

31. This build-it-yourself unit has a great old-school look and the pegboards add a lot of versatility. See the tutorial for a list of inexpensive materials and all the details.

 

 

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Inspiration Organization

32. Helping kids keep track of their own gear is easy when they can clearly see their names (and initials!) in the command center.

 

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The Lily Pad Cottage

33. Dress up a plain dry erase (or chalk) board by adding painted frames to highlight important lists. Another fun idea – magnets stating the days of the week that can be moved wherever needed.

 

 

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Kikki.K

34. The clean lines in this command center really make things feel organized, and Kikki.K gives five simple steps to creating yours.

 

 

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Oh So Shabby

35. Oh So Shabby definitely gets the award for sweetest accessories! We’re totally in love with the idea of using mini-mailboxes to stash each kid’s electronics and the cute flower and banner details.

 

 

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Living Locurto

36. An in-box and out-box for each family member is another great organizational tool to consider when designing your command center. Plus you can snag some free back-to-school printables to go with it at Living Locurto.

 

 

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Clean and Scentsible

37. If you’re looking for something versatile but not sure how to put it together on your own, get some inspiration from this command center, then head over to Staples’ Martha Stewart section here  to pick your own pieces!

 

 

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Achieving Creative Order

38. As the family grows and dynamics change, it’s nice to be able to make appropriate changes to your command center as well. Achieving Creative Order does just that with her family’s wall.

 

 38 Inspiring ideas for family command centers ~ Tipsaholic.com #family #organization #commandcenter

 

Remodelaholic has 10 more great ideas for Family Command Centers! Check them out here!

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

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Halloween Sewing Projects – 37 Simple Decorations to Sew

Love a handmade touch to your Halloween decor? Try one of these 37 Simple Halloween Decorations to Sew ~ Tipsaholic.com #sewing #halloween #decorating

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Halloween is fast-approaching, and what better way to get the house ready than with a few great sewing projects? If you’re lacking in the free time department but still have the “urge to serge,” take a look at these 37 ideas for decorative (and simple!) Halloween sewing projects.  Choose one, two, or a few and start decorating and celebrating the spooky time of year!

 

Buntings, banners, and garlands

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1. Penant bunting – A penant bunting can fit any holiday with the right fabrics, and the Halloween colors used for this one make it a perfect addition to the holiday decorations you already have.

 

Ghostly Halloween Burlap Banner with livelaughrowe.com
2. Burlap ghost banner – This simple banner requires very little sewing and just a bit of paint. Perfect for a quick craft during the kids’ naptime!

 

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3. Candy corn ruffled garland – This garland is inspired by the candy of the season and will bring some color to any room!

 

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4. Witchy banner – Fashion a few of these witch’s feet (and some spiders, if you please) and craft a banner to walk your guests to the door.

 

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5. Candy corn banner – Hang this tasty banner anywhere you please – it’s reversible!
Pumpkins

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6. Fabric pumpkins with ruffles – This basic tutorial for these cute fabric pumpkins is easy to follow. Add ruffles to your pumpkins for extra fun!

 

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7. Fabric pumpkins with video tutorialThe Alison Show has a great video tutorial you can follow for more fabric pumpkins. Her video also includes instructions for adding yarn accents that give the pumpkins defined sections.

 

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8. Burlap pumpkins – These pumpkins are basically the same as the fabric variety, but this tutorial includes a few extra tips for working with the burlap.

 

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9. Hand-sewn upcycled shirt pumpkins – If you’re interested in trying a sewing project but lacking a sewing machine, follow the directions for these hand-sewn pumpkins made from old shirts or sweaters.

 

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10. Primitive pumpkin characters – these little fellas are meant to be pincushions, but they’re so cute, why not display them instead? Fill a bowl or line a mantel with these whimsical pumpkin heads.

 

Pillows

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11. Witch graphic pillow – Give any room a vintage holiday feel by adding a pillow with one of these fun graphics attached.

 

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12. Pumpkin pillow – It’s a pillow and a fun stuffed pumpkin, versatile enough to rest on the couch or anywhere else you choose!

 

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13. Fun felt bat pillow – The fun flapping bats on this simple felt pillow will bring a smile to the faces of your Halloween visitors.

 

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14. Glitter striped pillow – Make a basic pillow form using drop cloth fabric and get crafty with some glitter paint and a fun iron-on.

 

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15. Glitter sprayed “Trick-or-Treat” pillows – A plain drop-cloth pillow is made glamorous when finished off with glitter spray paint!

 

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16. Iron-on pumpkin pillow – Pick some fun patterned fabrics to make the iron-ons for this pumpkin patch pillow. Use a contrasting thread to sew around the pumpkin edges and make them really pop.

 

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17. Dish towel pillows – Grab a couple of seasonal dish towels and you’re half-done with this project. And don’t tell anyone, but… you don’t actually have to sew these pillows!

 

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18. Felt pillows – White paint + black felt and outline stitching = quick, easy, and awesome pillows.

 

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19. Halloween face pillows – Play with different kinds of spooky (or smiley!) faces and pile these friends on your sofa for a cuddle.

 

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20. Mummy wrapped pillow – Take a peek at this clever mummy pillow inspired by one seen at Pottery Barn! Start with a basic pillow form and start wrapping!

 

Table runners and table décor

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21. Ribbon table runner – You may have seen this table runner floating around Pinterest – and it’s because it’s so easy! Use up your ribbon ends and put together this tabletop treat.

 

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22. Burlap table runner – A little spray paint goes a long way to style this burlap table runner for a very classy Halloween.

 

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23. Scrappy table runner – Got a few black and orange fabrics lying around? Use them up by making this scrappy table runner.

 

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24. Ruffled table runner – Choose some fun black and white fabrics for this runner and add a pop of orange with a sweet ruffle on each end.

 

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25. Halloween place mats – Use a creative stitch and some fun stencils to whip up a few of these Halloween place mats.

 

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26. Pumpkin chair backers – Another great project to try when you don’t have a sewing machine, these pumpkin chair backers can be stuffed with goodies and customized for all of your Halloween guests.

 

Dolls, plushies, and other decorations

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27. Giant felt porch spider – Replace the same-old shlumpy plastic bag spider with a fabulous felt one this year. The kids will love making friends with this friendly arachnid.

 

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28. Hanging witch’s legs – This clever décor will be the talk of the party! Just stuff a little here and sew a little there and you’ll have this pair of witch’s legs done in no time.

 

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29. Bat plushies – Stash a few of these bat plushies around the house to brighten even the darkest corner!

 

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30. Ruffle Halloween trees – Create a spooky forest for your mantle or as a centerpiece for your next costume party with these ruffle trees.

 

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31. Happy hanging spooks – They can hang from just about anywhere! Try bring in some small tree branches and placing them in a vase, then hanging your spooks on their “Halloween tree.”

 

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32. Hand towels – Try these two fun ways to style a pair of plain hand towels and dress up your bathroom for your spooky festivities!

 

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33. Kooky primitive cat plushies – Just freehand a crooked cat form, cut two, and stitch it together (like a pillow) to form the base for these crazy kittens. Follow the tutorial for some great ways to add their fun features.

 

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34. Sweet stick ghosts – This project is simple enough even the kids can pitch in. Sew a few of these friendly ghosts to dress up a tabletop.

 

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35. Son of Frankenstein doll – He’s sure to become a fast friend sitting on your shelf this Halloween!

 

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36. Sock skeleton – Create this cute Halloween softie using a single pair of white socks!

 

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37. Candy corn door hanging – This super simple candy door décor can be easily crafted from canvas, fabric paint, and a bunch of fun ribbons.

 

Looking for more fabulous Halloween décor ideas? Try these Spooky DIY Halloween Decorations!

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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30+ Simple (and frugal!) DIY Fall Decorating Projects

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The internet is swirling with brilliant ideas for your home during the fall season. Every blog is brimming with inspiration and you’re probably pinning like mad! But how many of those ideas will you really use this year? You’re busy, and the time you have for crafting and creating is probably very limited. So how about this: rather than trying to tackle big projects that require time and money you may not have, take a few of these fabulous but simple DIY fall decorating projects and take pride in a homemade home this autumn!

1. Easy glitter pumpkins

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A quick spray of glue and some glitter are all it takes to give these faux pumpkins a makeover. Look at your local dollar store or Target for the pumpkins, or order some online.

 

2. Patterned bean pumpkin

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This little project can be as complex or simple as you choose. Start with a few basic shapes and begin gluing, then add variations in color and make your pattern more elaborate if you like.

 

3. 5 minute fall garland

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Fast and frugal, this leaf garland is sure to dress up any space! Use a sewing machine to string the leaves together to make it your fastest fall decoration project.

 

4. State decal pumpkin

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Show a little state pride on your porch this fall with this fun decaled pumpkin idea. If you’ve got the time, go one step further and add a house number pumpkin to the mix.

 

5. Pumpkin shaped berry wreath

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This pumpkin wreath looks a lot more complex than it is! Follow the easy layout for the berry stems and hang your pumpkin for all to see.

 

6. Burlap tin can candle holders

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Save a few soup cans to make this great wallet-friendly decoration. Use high-texture fabrics like burlap to wrap the cans and nestle your favorite candles (apple or pumpkin scents, perhaps?) inside.

 

7. Pumpkin topiary

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Use wooden skewers to hold pumpkins and gourds of different sizes together to create this fun outdoor decoration.

 

8. Leaf monogram

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A monogram on the front door makes home just a little more homey for fall visitors. Make this one even easier by skipping the moss frame and simply hanging the monogram with a pretty ribbon.

 

9. Scrap wood pumpkins

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Do you have a bit of scrap wood lying around from a previous project? Recycle it by making a set of these colorful pumpkins. Tap a nail into the top of each board and wrap it with jute twine for a rustic touch.

 

10. Fall leaf vase

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Dress up your plain-Jane vases by wrapping them with leaves! Fresh flowers placed neatly inside make a perfect table centerpiece or mantle decoration.

 

11. Hanging leaves

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Use fishing line and a simple hot gluing technique to create these clever hanging leaves. Hang them from ceilings, doorways, light fixtures, and anywhere you want to create a “falling leaves” look.

 

12. Leaf decorated candles

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A little bit of decoupage goes a long way in this autumn décor project. Gather leaves of similar shapes and sizes from the area around your home in order to form basic patterns.

 

13. Easy “Fall” blocks

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Stain a set of four wood blocks (pick your favorite size!) and paint each with a letter from the word “fall.” Or, if you’ve got a few minutes more, the word “autumn!”

 

14. Sharpie pumpkins

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Spray paint a set of lack-luster dollar store pumpkins and go crazy with a Sharpie! Take inspiration from a few of these designs or create your own, and maybe even let the kids get involved.

 

15. Hanging pinecone door décor

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Pinecones abound this time of year and gathering a few for a DIY decoration couldn’t be easier! Choose your favorite color of ribbon to make this hanging door décor.

 

16. Indian corn candle holder

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Indian corn is a fall décor favorite that lasts for years. Use a few ears in this fun candle holder project and light up your autumn dining table.

 

17. Mason jar leaf luminary

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If you’ve searched for fall décor ideas before, you may have seen this leaf luminary. But did you know how simple it is to make? Dry some leaves from the front yard and Mod Podge them straight onto a mason jar. It’s that easy.

 

18. Autumn framed printed burlap

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Use the free printable from Domestically Speaking and follow her video tutorial for printing on burlap. You’ll have this craft done in a snap!

 

19. Simple gourd garland

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Check craft stores in your area for faux gourds or grab some here to get started with this fabulous gourd garland. Jute twine or maybe even a bit of ribbon will string them up.

 

20. Free fall frameable subway art

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It really doesn’t get any easier than this! Print this subway art on sturdy paper, pop it in a frame, and voila! Five minute décor.

 

21. Leaf ornaments

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Turn a few of those leaves in your yard into ornaments by adhering them to cardstock and tying ribbons to the tops. You can also collect (and perhaps spray paint?) some branches to place in vases and hang your ornaments.

 

22. Fall twig wreath

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Tie a few bunches of twigs together to form the wreath base in this project, then use a few squares of burlap and some paint to create the cute mini-bunting for a focal point.

 

23. Leaf wall art

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A DIY decoration for the true nature-lover, this wall is created simply by gluing leaves to cardstock and adorning whatever wall in your home needs a little love.

 

24. Paper bag luminaries

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Paper bags are easy to come by, and with a quick spritz of paint over top of some personalized leaf patterns you can turn them into these pretty luminaries.

 

25. “Fall” mason jar vases

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These plain jars become fabulous fall vases with a little paint. To make this craft even easier, try spray painting the jars after applying the letters.

 

26. Leaf placemat pillows

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These simple pillows are a fantastic project even if you’re not confident in your sewing skills! Just pick apart a few inches of the seam on a set of leaf placemats, stuff them, and sew them back up. Instant autumn throw pillows!

 

27. Painted twine pumpkins

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There seems to be no end to the crafts you can try with foam pumpkins! This version uses jute to dress up the stem and create fun, defined lines.

 

28. Twig coasters

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Twigs are another natural (and free!) craft material that can give your home that fall feeling. Cut some gathered twigs down to size and tie them together to make these clever coasters that are both decorative and useful.

 

29. Easy faux hydrangea wreath

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Hydrangeas can be a beautiful fall flower, but if you haven’t exactly used your green thumb this year, a bunch of faux hydrangeas will do! Select a few in some autumn colors and make this pretty wreath to adorn a front door, window, or mirror.

 

30. Mason jar leaf “chandelier”

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Colorful fallen leaves are everywhere and using them to make a few fabulous decorations just makes sense. This mason jar chandelier becomes quite the conversation piece with the use of rope and leaves.

 

31. Simple Indian corn wreath

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This Indian corn “sunburst” wreath will look great among your other autumn décor, whether inside or out. Look for the mini-sized corn at dollar stores, craft stores, or even local farmers’ markets. You can also buy some here .

 

32. Acorn mirror

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Send the kids out to gather acorn tops and give an old mirror some autumn flair. Use a mirror with a narrower frame if you don’t have time for multiple acorn layers.

 

33. Leaf and book page banner

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An old book and some more of those wonderful fallen leaves are a perfect match when it comes to this easy, beautiful autumn banner.

 

34. Twig candle holder

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Another great twig project, these naturally rustic candle holders would look fabulous on a mantel, porch steps, or as part of a decorative tablescape.

 

Looking for more autumn décor inspiration? Take a look at these 25 Best Fall Tablescapes at Remodelaholic!

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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10 Front Porch Decorating Ideas for Fall

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The weather is getting crisp, the wind is blowing through your hair, and you’re wearing a jacket more and more these days. Yup, it’s finally the fall season! Get your home ready for autumn by adding a few things to your front door and porch. Here are 10 easy yet beautiful front porch decorating ideas for fall!
1. Swap out the plants in your planters with fall plants. Emily of Emily A. Clark put in Petra Croton plants and they look great with the pumpkins and gourds she’s got scattered around her front porch. Other fall plants you could use include Mums, Heuchera, Verbena, and more.

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2. Make fall-themed pillows for your bench or chair on your front porch. Diana at Our Vintage Home made a couple of burlap pillows and painted silhouettes of crows on them. Perfect for Halloween! She plans to flip them over and stencil something different in time for Thanksgiving when Halloween is over. How about making silhouettes of leaves, pumpkins, corn, or deer on pillows for your front porch?

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3. Add a chalkboard to your front porch and write (or draw!) down a saying or greeting that is perfect for the fall season. Shannon of AKA Design + Life used clear chalkboard coating and black craft paint on a piece of MDF to make her chalkboard. The great thing about this front porch idea is that you could continue to use it throughout all four seasons!

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4. Put down an outdoor rug to define your front porch. Sure, you could always use a door mat, but why not get a slightly bigger rug to give your front porch more warmth and beauty? If you don’t have that big of a front porch, a 2×3 outdoor rug would still bring a lot of character to your front door. Try looking for outdoor rugs in green, orange/red, and other autumn colors. Jen of Tatertots & Jello used a fun orange polka dot IKEA rug for her front porch.

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5. Create a house numbers pumpkin topiary to add to your front porch for fall. This really great idea comes from Heather of At The Picket Fence. She made a topiary with faux pumpkins and plastic house numbers. The result is a beautiful topiary with three pumpkins stacked on top of each other, proudly displaying the house number. What a great addition to your front porch for fall!

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6. Build rustic pumpkin decor from reclaimed wood. Laura from Finding Home made several really nice-looking and rustic wooden pumpkins using a jig saw and reclaimed wood. These pumpkins will look great next to any front door and will be able to reused for many more fall seasons to come.

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7. Make a pumpkin flower pot or two. Instead of using a regular flower pot to hold your fall flowers, why not make a pumpkin flower pot from a faux pumpkin like Jamielyn of I Heart Naptime did? This project is so easy that it’ll only take you a few minutes to finish it, but you’ll be able to use them again and again.

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8. Create and hang up a beautiful fall leaf light from your porch. Janis of All Things Beautiful crafted this awesome fall leaf light using real fallen leaves from her front yard and some wire, grapevine, Christmas lights, and branches. The result is amazing and will impress all of your guests AND people who drive past your home!

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9. Add lighted branches with real branches in a pot to add ambiance to your front porch. Jen of At Home in the Northwest bought a couple of lighted branches but decided to stretch out her purchase with a couple of real branches. The mix of real branches and lighted branches makes it look like all the branches are lighted and the result is gorgeous!

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10. Grab a plaid or tartan wool blanket and drape it over a bench or chair, like Yvonne of StoneGable did. This simple addition to your front porch will instantly get the space ready for fall. Plus, it’s functional as well as decorative since it’ll keep you warm while you sit and sip hot cider. Ahh, fall.

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I hope you’ve been inspired by this list of ideas of how to dress up your front porch for fall! Are you planning on trying any of these ideas? What other front porch decorating ideas for fall have you seen or used yourself?

For more fall decorating ideas, check out 6 Tips for Dynamic Indoor Fall Decor and How to Use Nature to Decorate for Fall.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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3 Things Every Thanksgiving Cook Should Know

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The honor of being the head chef for Thanksgiving dinner is nothing to be taken lightly, right?  It’s a massive undertaking. Here’s my top 3 tips to help you pull off the impossible.

#1 Prep Your Potatoes The Day Before

If they sit too long, cut potatoes turn a not so lovely shade of grey. However, the time saving benefit is incredible. Solution? Submerge your cut pieces in cold water and keep them in the fridge overnight.

#2 First Things First, Set The Table and Comb Your Hair

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It’s okay to still be cooking when people walk through the door.  In fact, it’s expected and an easy way to break the ice by putting people to work who offer to help. Setting the table or hiding in the bathroom while you finish your make-up however?  Not so much.  Set your table before you start cooking and get yourself completely ready at least a couple hours before anyone shows up.  You will be so much more relaxed knowing that people will at least think you are completely put together!!

#3 Keep Your Turkey Moist After Cutting

There are so many tips and tricks out there for cooking up an amazingly juicy turkey, but what about keeping it that way after you start slicing?  Those who have carved a large turkey know that by the time you finish carving the last piece, the first piece is already drying out. Don’t let your hard work go to waste.  Heat up some chicken broth and drizzle over the cut pieces as you go. This will ensure your first cut is as warm and delicious as the last.

What are your best tips for a successful Thanksgiving Dinner?  Please share by commenting below.

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

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Tips and Tricks to Hang Photos

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Looking to hang some new photos? Or create a gallery wall? This infographic has all the information you will need to get any pictures on display, plus lots of little tricks to hang photos.

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6 Tips for Dynamic Indoor Fall Decor

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Autumn is a beautiful time of year that lends itself well to fun decorating ideas.  You may already have a stash of red, gold and orange with numerous gourds and pumpkins that you pull out each September.  But if you have a hard time knowing where to start when it comes to dressing your home for the fall season, your decor can miss the mark and end up feeling flat and drab.  Need some help?  Don’t despair!  The ideas and inspiration are everywhere this time of year, and we’ve got six useful tips for indoor fall decor that you can use for any room.

 

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1.  Draw inspiration from color.  

Fall is an incredibly colorful time of year, so bring the outdoor colors inside!  Reds, oranges and yellows in every warm-toned variation are obvious choices.  Also abundant this time of year: greens with gray or muted yellow undertones – hunter, olive, moss, fern, avocado.  Dark blues or blues with gray or green undertones – navy, blue sapphire, cadet, cambridge, silver lake, dark electric.  Fall neutrals include cream, warm grays, tans, beige, and taupe.  If you’re looking for ideas or exact matches to these color, try Find The Best/Colors.

2. Bring the outdoors in.  

Natural elements are extremely common in fall decor.  Branches, twigs, wood cross-sections and logs of all shapes, sizes and types are used for artwork, in place of flowers, for candlesticks or pedestals and much more.  Leaves are a great choice for vase filler or even sewn together in a natural garland.  There are colorful fall flowers in wonderful, deep jewel tones that are great for centerpieces.  Stones, pine-cones, grains, gourds, squash, hay, straw, and grapevine are all great choices for many different applications.  Almost all of these items are free or inexpensive and easy to find in your own backyard, the park or at farmers markets or nurseries.

3. Don’t overlook other natural elements.  

Other items that aren’t necessarily found in the great outdoors are still natural in construction or feel.  You can use these in a variety of ways.  For example, jute or cotton twine can wrap around glass vases, tie flowers together at the stems, wrap around a wreath form for a base, tie stacks of vintage books together or hang mason jars.  Raffia in natural, neutral colors like wheat, off-white or cream can be used in nearly all the same ways.  Burlap is another natural-type material that is common in fall decor.  Wrap strips around jars, like this arrangement, or create a whimsical wreath.  Other items you may want to consider: natural rope, raw wood pieces (candlesticks, platters, pedestals, plaques, monograms, etc.), moss, cinnamon sticks, wood chips or shavings and yarn.  Consider using faux or real antlers for bookends or mantel decor.

4. Bring in some metal.  

Whether your style is glamorous or more grunge than glitz, there’s a way to incorporate metal into your fall decor that will make it more interesting.  If you like glitter and glitz, try spray painting pumpkins gold, using gold leaf votive holders, or dip painting branches and twigs with gold paint.  You can also add gold or copper glitter to pine-cones, dress up pillar candles with gold glitter tape, or spray paint fake leaves and hang them!  If you prefer a more industrial look, use aged metal wire baskets to hold hay, straw or leaves, create pumpkins from mason jar lids, use vintage castors or wheels in interesting groupings and arrangements, incorporate DIY wooden orbs or metal spheres into your pumpkin vignette, even use golden thumbtacks to create gilded pumpkins!  However you decide to use metal in your fall decor, it will round out all of the natural elements.

5. Don’t forget layers and textures.  

This goes hand in hand with tip number four.  You want your decor to look dynamic and full.  It doesn’t matter if your style is subtle or bold, dynamic means energetic, interesting and much more pulled-together.  Make sure to use a variety of materials in your items – fabrics (in different textures), metals, natural elements, books, and glass are only a few material ideas.  Don’t forget to place things at different heights and depths, as with this fun fall vignette.  Stack books and place items on top, use candlesticks to hold things other than candles, place pedestals of different heights strategically, lay some things flat and hang some things up.

6. Try to take some risks.

Don’t just play it safe with your decor.  Use things in unexpected ways.  If you find an awesome vintage piece you love – say a kitchen scale or typewriter, incorporate them into your fall display by using them as a stand or draping other things over them.  Lay things horizontally that should be vertical and vice versa.  Use old or new fall-colored artwork as a tray instead of hanging as art.  Get creative and step outside the box.  It will guarantee a more aesthetically interesting experience.

 

Here’s a beautiful natural tablescape that will give you more ideas!  Or check out these fall decor ideas.  And if you’re a fan of metallics in your fall decor, don’t miss these gold home decor projects!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterestBloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

Homework Station Inspiration: 32 Ideas for Organization and Order

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As the school year kicks into high gear, you’re bound to be inundated with homework, calendars, newsletters, flyers and all manner of miscellaneous supplies.  It can be hard to keep track of it all, especially while keeping schedules, activities, due dates and big days straight!  Keeping yourself and your kids on track all year long can see a monumental task: what you need is a homework station!  A homework station can be as simple or elaborate as you wish and should include all the items you and your kids need to stay focused on school.  If you’ve got the space, you can add hooks for backpacks, a calendar or a cork board so you never have to miss another important date!  Whatever your specific needs, there’s a station on this awesome list for you!  So take a look at our homework station inspiration and create a space that suits your family.

 

1. Desk Built-in with Hanging Storage from Better Homes and Gardens

This space is everything you could want in your home: clean lines, lots of storage, tucked into a little built-in.  If you’ve got the space for a built-in desk, you can’t beat it for homework management!

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2. Mini Homework Station in a Tray from House of Smiths

You can pick this tray up and take it with you!  Tucked inside the drawers and boxes are all the supplies your children could possibly need. This is perfect if you haven’t got a designated homework desk, or if your space is limited.  Plus, it’s motivational!

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3. Rolling Cart Station from Smashed Peas and Carrots

The small kitchen cart from Ikea is cute, compact, and totally functional!  Cram it full of supplies for school and still have space left on the bottom to stack homework, worksheets, and books.  Then you can tuck it away and roll it out when you need it.

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4. Magnetic Back to School Station from The 36th Avenue

This magnetic back to school area can hang right on the side of your fridge!  You’ve got everything you need to stay organized right at arms length – including a handy dry erase/magnetic calendar, supplies, and “accountability clipboards.”

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5. Seat Sacks and Curtain Rod Storage from Scissors and Spatulas

If you’ve got a table or desk area, sew up some seat sacks to hang on the back of your chairs!  Kids can slip in all of their homework, books, and papers.  Add a curtain rod with hooks to store supplies they’ll need.

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6. Chalkboard Organization Station from Design Dining Diapers

This little chalkboard is a cute addition to a homework organization center!  The trendy baskets keep supplies within reach and you can write notes, reminders, and to-do’s on the chalkboard.  Get supplies and note clutter off the tables and counters and up on the wall.

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7. Tabletop Homework Station from Polka Dot Chair

This tabletop homework station can sit front and center on a desk or table and be removed during mealtimes since it’s so portable.  No need for a ton of space in order to keep everything looking crisp and neat – and readily available.

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8. Repurposed Crib from A Little Learning for Two

If you’ve got an old crib from your kid’s babyhood, repurpose it into a chalkboard desk!  The great part about it is that there’s a ton of built in space to hang supplies and needed items.  There’s room to spare on all the old crib slats and the desktop provides ample room to work.

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5 Beautiful and Useful Kitchen Accessories Ideas

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A wise man named William Morris once said, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” This is definitely a good rule to live by when decorating your home, especially your kitchen. Counter space in the kitchen is so precious that you don’t want to clutter it up with unnecessary and/or unsightly items. Here are 5 beautiful AND useful kitchen accessories ideas that will help your most hardworking room look better and function better.

 

1. Colorful Step Stool

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A stool is handy in the kitchen when you need to reach items in the upper cabinets or shelves. But why use a rickety, old stool that you hide away in the pantry or a dark corner? Go bold and beautiful with a bright stool that adds color and whimsy to your kitchen while still having a lot of purpose.

You could paint this popular IKEA step stool or you could buy one already painted, like this one.

 

2. Soft and Washable Rug

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If you have tile in your kitchen, you know how hard it can be on your feet during long bouts of cooking. A rug would help, but they can get dirty fast in a kitchen. Find a rug that’s washable, such as an indoor/outdoor rug, and you’ll add both style and function to your kitchen.

Many indoor/outdoor rugs in stores today are soft and easily cleaned with a hose. That’s a perfect combination for such a messy room like the kitchen. This indoor/outdoor rug is a great example of a stylish rug that will add a lot of character to your kitchen with little maintenance. If you prefer a more neutral color, try these rugs.

 

3. Stylish Knife Storage Solution

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Knives scattered all over in a drawer can dull the blades over time. A common way to store knives is to put them in a knife block, but many of them are just blocks of wood that don’t add any beauty while taking up counter space. A practical yet stylish way to solve this problem is to get your knives on the wall with the help of a magnetic holder. This one is really beautiful and will add warmth to your kitchen. If you prefer a kitchen block, how about this sleek glass knife block?

 

4. Attractive Trivets

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If you cook a lot, you know how invaluable trivets can be. They protect your countertop and dinner table from hot pots and pans, allowing you to move things around as you cook, especially if you don’t have a huge 6-burner stove. But many trivets are pretty plain-looking and don’t look great just laying round in the kitchen. Why not try to DIY a couple of attractive trivets? Try making these cool patterned wooden trivets with veneer tape or tile trivets that match your backsplash!

Prefer to buy something new? This silicone “cool tool” is truly a great buy. They act as thin trivets, a way to grip hard-to-open jars, potholders, and more. These trivets come in several colors, so you can buy a couple in a color that compliments your kitchen’s decor. Plus, they have a small hole on top so you can hang them on a hook, saving precious counter space!

 

5. Vibrant Pot or Kettle

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Add a nice pop of color to your stove by always leaving a colorful pot or kettle on one of the burners. A kettle is a popular option, but if you don’t drink a lot of tea, it will just take up space and that’s not a very useful kitchen accessory! Try a brightly colored pot, like this beautiful Le Creuset dutch oven, that you can actually cook in everyday. A more economical option is this set of colorful pots that look like so much fun to cook with.

 

What do you think of these kitchen accessories ideas? Would they look good and be functional in your own kitchen? Do you have any other suggestions for beautiful and useful kitchen accessories ideas? Share away!

For more kitchen tips, check out Organizing Your Kitchen and A Clean Kitchen in 20 Minutes or Less Daily.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

Feature and Title Image Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

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5 Tips That Will Keep Your Septic Tank From Ever Clogging Or Backing Up

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Septic tank systems need to maintain an internal balance of bacteria and will fail if they are not handled properly. The good news though is that there’s no mystery behind what you can and can’t do with a septic tank. Here are five tips you should utilize to make sure your septic tank doesn’t clog and continues to function properly for years to come.

Make Sure That You Don’t Put Chemicals down The Drain

Disposing of chemicals like gasoline, paint thinner, or varnish down the drain can easily destroy your septic tank’s bacterial equilibrium. If it’s disrupted, the solids inside the septic tank won’t be broken down. This will lead to your septic tank clogging and ultimately failing.

Don’t Flush Garbage

Solids are filtered out during wastewater treatment in sewage plants. That means that while it’s not a good idea to flush trash or solid matter in a house that’s connected to a city sewage line, it won’t damage anything. Septic tank systems don’t have that ability. Never flush latex gloves, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, or disposable diapers.

Make Sure You Protect the Drain Field

Your septic tank’s drain field plays a vital role in the system working since the wastewater needs to be sent someplace. Tree roots can cause the drain field to break apart and cause the water to not be properly absorbed. Never drive over the drain field. Make sure that nothing is on the drain field besides grass.

Never Ever Skip Maintenance or Septic Tank Pumping

For some people this will seem obvious, but there are some things you can put off maintenance for. Your car’s engine will not suddenly fail if you don’t have the oil changed by the recommended date. However, if you put off having your septic tank pumped there’s a very high chance your tank will end up clogged. Kamloops Septic Service has said on their site, that there are environmentally friendly chemicals and treatments that you can add to your tank that will cause a smelly mess back up in the future.

Avoid Using Large Amount of Water

A large sudden inflow of water can cause the drain field to become saturated. Since that will slow down wastewater absorption, it can ultimately result in a clog occurring. Appliances like hot tubs can cause this problem to occur. Additionally, doing things like timing showers throughout the day and staggering loads of laundry will prevent it as well.

 

Following these tips will go a long way towards making sure that your septic system never experiences a clog or backup. Never take risks with your septic system if you’re unsure of whether it can dispose of something or not. One mistake can easily cost you a great deal of money having the damage undone.

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5 Kid-Friendly Papier Mache Projects You Can Decorate With!

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Who remembers making a papier mache art project back in school?  It’s such a fun craft and popular with kids, but there are only so many papier mache bowls you can make before you run out of reasons to use them in your home!  Try these 5 papier mache projects with your kids and you’ll be able to decorate your house in style.

 

1. Papier Mache Alphabet Letters

Large alphabet letters are a popular decor item in kids’ rooms, but use them in nearly any room of the house.  Spell out your child’s name, a catchy, room appropriate word or make a simple monogram by doing this papier mache project that makes letters out of cereal boxes!  You can use any font you’d like to make them.

 

2. Papier Mache Mounted Animal Heads

Faux taxidermy mounted heads are all the rage right now.  Check out this really great looking papier mache zebra head mount! If your kid loves zebras, they’ll love making this… and you can mount it over their bed or dresser in their room. But you can do this papier mache project even if your kids aren’t that fond of zebras – simply modify it to turn it into another animal, like a rhino, a horse, an unicorn, or a lion. Use your imagination… or your kid’s!

 

3. Papier Mache Hot Air Balloon

Hot air balloons are always enthralling for kids to see in the air, so why not put one up in their bedroom for them to stare at every night as they drift off to sleep? This really cute papier mache project is even sweeter with the addition of hearts all over it. Instead of paint, this project uses blue and green colored tissue paper, but you can use any color tissue you’d like to match your decor.

 

4. Papier Mache Pumpkins

Buying seasonal decor can be a drag because they cost so much money and are then displayed for such a short time. For most of the year, your seasonal decor items are stuck in a box in the garage or attic.  Why not make your own seasonal decor and turn it into a fun activity with the kids? Since fall is fast approaching, make a couple of papier mache pumpkins and paint them! Put them up in your home before Halloween and leave them out until Thanksgiving.

 

5. Papier Mache Pinata

A pinata isn’t exactly a decor item, but it can certainly be used to decorate a party! Make a papier mache pinata with your kids for their next birthday party. You could have a lot of fun with a completely customizable piñata. Maybe you could make a beloved cartoon character, a favorite animal, or something else that fits into the birthday party’s theme. Fill the pinata with your kids’ preferred candies or skip the sweets and use small toys instead!  Then watch all the children smash away at your hard work… it’ll be worth it.

 

Hopefully, these papier mache projects have sparked a few ideas of your own!  A moon and a few stars to hang in your child’s nursery? A papier mache Earth to spin around in the playroom?  The possibilities are endless!

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

3 Tips to Keep Paperwork Organized During a Move

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3 Tips to keep paperwork organized during a move

Moving often involves a large amount of documents, records and paperwork. It can be difficult to keep it all from becoming too chaotic. One easy way to keep it all together is to put it all in an accordion file. Then you will have a handy place to store everything, and won’t be hunting through boxes when you quickly need something. Here are tips to help you get the most use out of the accordion file and keep the papers organized.
 

1. Label the Tabs

Label the tabs for each section of the file, so the documents will be easy to find if you need to retrieve them again. Color coding the tabs with one color for papers related to the new house, and a different color for those involving the old house will help to keep it all organized.

 

2. Include All Needed Documents

Be sure to include space in the accordion file for other paperwork such as:

 

Legal documents

Of course you will need to add to the file any legal documents or contracts involved in selling, buying or renting your home.

 

Transcripts, report cards or grade sheets for your children

This may be need for school registration. Also, keep vaccination records here in case that is requested.

 

Medical information

Include any previous medical or dental records that would need to be given to a doctor in your new area.

 

Identification for each family member

Important documents such as social security cards, birth certificates, or passports could easily be misplaced during a move. By keeping them in the accordion file, you will easily know where to find them if needed.

 

Inventory list for your new home

Most moving companies provide you with an inventory list of all items that are being moved to your new home. Or make your own, so nothing gets left behind. Sketch an outline of where the furniture will be placed in the new space. It will speed up the process on moving day, if this is all kept handy in the file.

 

Address list

As soon as you know you are going to move, start jotting down a list of those you need to notify of your change in address. You can even start a paper, to keep in the file, where you tape the return addresses torn off the envelopes of mail you receive.

 

3. Make It Pretty

Now that everything is organized in the accordion file, it’s fun to personalize it. For example you can add to the front a picture showing a good memory in your current home or tape onto it a map showing where your new home will be.

 

By keeping everything in one accordion file, you can avoid misplacing an important document, and you will have all papers you need organized in one place.

 

Photo Source: Better Homes and Gardens

 

I’m Frances. I am a mother, a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.

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