Category Archives: Decorating

Our freshly updated patio

Wow, talk about zero crazy Winter storms, and then BAM… Summer is here!

We like to spruce up our deck early in the season so when the warm weather does hit, we are ready for some good ol morning coffee, game nights while the sun is setting and grilling out on a weekly basis. Let’s just say, a little bit of a refresh can make a big difference!

Here is what we did!

1.  Touched up with some paint

A little bit of paint did the trick! We have been using Behr’s DeckOver, and we are pleased. Our deck honestly needs to be replaced, due to weak boards. But Behr’s DeckOver is thick and does the trick until we do replace. And I repeat, that paint is like mud so be prepared when you go to apply, but that’s why we love it! Besides touching up the deck, we brought out the black exterior paint and touched up the deck arbor. It looked good as new with a couple swipes of paint!

2. Replaced chair cushions

We purchased our dining patio set (including cushions) about 4 years ago, and you can tell it has ware and tare including the cushions. It was time to swap them out for some new and bright ones. let me tell ya, I didn’t realize how expensive they are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy cow! I saw anywhere from (for a mid-moderate good quality) $30+ for 1 cushion – not a set! Sets were starting at about $49+. I searched and searched, I wanted a light grey color, and a cushion where the bottom and backing were attached (making one full piece), plus it needed ties. No more Velcro! Why do I say that? Velcro was a goner in probably a span of 2 years of use.

We found these Mid back dining chair cushions through Home Depot, and we love them!!!!!!!!! Here are only a couple reasons why we love these:

  • Super affordable ( $29.98 per set)
  • light grey solid color
  • UV resistant- fade resistant
  • Ties to attach to chair
  • Dry quickly after getting wet
  • Lightweight,
  • Form has kept with use they have gotten since we purchased them .

3. New pretty pillows

When you update your cushions I mean you need to update your pillows as well! Opalhouse line at Target hit the jackpot with these black and white throw pillows

The ivory and black are out of stock but they also were through the Opalhouse line at Target.

Our neutral pillows added some texture to our cushions!

 

4.  Updated to a new and bright area rug

As much as I loved the pop of green on our previous area rug, the more time I spend changing my style of decor and color scheme, I’m a neutral kinda girl. So I was ready to sell the palm tree rug and swap it out for a clean, simple neutral one. Target is my go to for these kind of things, and sure enough the project 62 line did not disappoint.

Once my eyes laid on this rug I knew I needed to bring it home with me. Ava and Tucker approved as soon as it was layed down 🙂

5. Added some new clay flower pots

There is a local green house, called Frey’s and they sell some pretty cool stuff! Not only an abundance of beautiful flowers, but pots galore! I could honestly buy everything, it’s dangerous! So I encourage you to have a list of what you need and try to stick to that…. Haha that won’t happen once you step foot into a greenhouse!

I love that these pots are handmade and I love how all three go so well together!

So friends it doesn’t take much to turn a plain, blah space into something magnificent! You don’t need to do as much as what we did. The biggest thing that I think for any space that will completely change the feel and mood of a space, is paint!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So of your on a tight budget, that is my recommendation for you to do first!

Thanks for reading, I am gunna go and enjoy my cozy deck now:)

 

Our Hoover Powerscrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

We previously purchased a Bissel deep cleaning unit, and although it did the job, we needed something better that got deeper into the carpet. We have the original carpets still in our home from moving in, and they needed some TLC until we replace them. We are replacing some carpet with flooring, but we are planning to keep the upstairs carpeted, so we thought it was smart to keep one on hand.

 

Besides having the original carpet in our home, we not only love hosting people in our home, but we have 2 adorable shihtzus. So everything combined makes for daily wear & tear on our carpets. Once our Bissel took a dump, we kinda just brushed it off and didn’t do anything about it. Well it was time to get another, we did some research and so Peter and I went with the Hoover! Although we have not used it more than just a few times (so we can’t give a full review on it), the few times we have used it we have been very pleased.

Here are some highlights:

  • Lightweight
  • Automatic Detergent Mixing system- Provides the correct mixture of cleaning product and water to ensure better outcome
  • Wash/Rinse selector
  • Dual Tank system – This separates clean and dirty water so you can easily fill, empty and rinse
  • Carpets dry fast
  • Exclusive spin scrub technology
  • Cleans more than just your floor!

Tools included:

  • Spin scrub hand tool – Having rotating brushes it helps to provide the scrubbing action that some spots may need to remove those hard stains.
  • Accessory Hose – Attaches to the cleaner to allow more extension for cleaning.
  • Stair tool – 2 built in rows of brushes to help provide getting in those creases and small areas on your stairs.
  • Upholstery tool – Made specifically for your furniture, brushes are soft and piece is plastic to ensure no damage to the material.
  • Crevice tool – Great for around those baseboards and hard reaching areas.
  • Mesh Tool Storage Bag

Please see this link which will not only show you the product, but also look at the manufacture’s instruction booklet.

So you ask, why did you go specifically go with this product? Let me share.

Before purchasing another carpet cleaner there were specific things we were looking for. Such as: price point, lightweight, tools that come with it, a deep cleaning focus, something that will not leave our carpets soaking wet (like the previous product we had) and the durability of the cleaner. And so far this deep cleaning carpet cleaner has met those needs!

 

Thank you for reading!

 

A look at my weekly cleaning routine vs my deep spring cleaning fling

I’m going to share with you a simple weekly cleaning routine that will help you say on top of housework. My simple cleaning routine consists of setting one day a week aside that I tackle the more involved cleaning, then I tackle the rest within 30 minutes each day with no problem!

AND… then my deep spring cleaning routine that jump starts my Spring and Summer! Who doesn’t want to start out their spring and summer with a squeaky clean house?! Cleaning doesn’t have to be complicated, and can even be enjoyed.


Here’s what I do on a day to day basis:

Morning Routine:

  • Make the bed
  • Unload the dishwasher
  • Wipe the counters
  • Clean out the coffee maker after each use

Evening Routine:

  • Laundry when needed
  • Clean up after dinner
  • Load and run the dishwasher
  • Vacuum/sweep if needed
  • Sort mail received that day

More involved cleaning I tackle in one day during the week:

  • Sweep, vacuum and mop floors
  • Dust
  • Windexing (windows, mirrors, and appliances)
  • Bathrooms
  • Gathering hand towels, dishcloths, towels, bedding and put through the laundry

DEEP CLEANING checklist:

  1. Wash baseboards, door ceilings, window sills, doors and walls
  2. Vacuum and wash vents
  3. Wash window treatments (drapes etc.)
  4. Dust blinds
  5. Wash windows inside and out
  6. Dust overhead lights- replace burnt out light bulbs
  7. Dust and/or vacuum light fixtures and lamp shades
  8. Pull out your appliances and clean behind
  9. Clean refrigerator (I clean way more than once a year)
  10. Cleaning and reorganizing Kitchen cabinets
  11. Wash all throw pillows and blankets
  12. Wash/replace shower liners (these get nasty quick)
  13. Flip mattress
  14. Purge anything you haven’t used in so long, or no longer need
  15. Check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  16. Moving furniture and cleaning behind, and under cushions

 

Remember your routine needs to work for you, don’t let it not work because of an excuse! Keeping a clean home is important for your health, family’s health, and it pleases the Lord when you are a good steward of the things God has given to you.

Taking care of your home is taking care of yourself also!

Happy Cleaning!

 

A couple simple ways to freshen your home for spring!

Getting you home ready for springtime should not have to feel like a chore, and definitely should not break the bank either. Here I have a couple simple ways to freshen up for home for spring. Just take away an idea or two to use yourself to help fill that craving for Spring we are all having right now!

These simple ideas for freshening up your house for Spring are meant to help make your space brighter, leave you with a big smile, and help to reduce any stress you are currently feeling. The tips I am sharing here are super easy to implement and quick, because no one wants to spend a ton of time, stuck, focusing on one small space.

1.   Start with a clean slate

Clean everything! Clean out all the dirt that winter left behind. Scrub the floors, dust and wash the windows and shades/blinds to let the sun shine through. Don’t forget behind the appliances and your furniture! Unclutter shelving, cabinets, tables and counter tops. Instantly you will feel so much better!

2.   Organize before you decorate

Get winter out of the way! Organize your closet to spring and summer clothing and shoes, and gather your gardening things too! Reorganizing will give you a whole new outlook for spring.

3. Fill a vase with some fresh blooms.

4. Hang a spring wreath on your front door.

5. Toss a spring pillow onto your couch and/or bed.

6. Change out an art piece/picture.

7. Use fresh or faux greens throughout your home.

8. Replace your hand towels.

9.   Lighten up your outdoor space.

10.   Switch out your doormat.

 

Links to items:


As stated before, these are simple things, but can really add color and life to your home. It’s not all about needing something new and better, but choosing to re-purpose and re-organize what  you already have. The great thing about Spring is the growth and life waking from the dead of winter, so enjoy and celebrate that! Bring that beautiful green into your home, making it as gorgeous as your outdoor space!

Happy Spring!!

Everything spray paint

Whether it’d be up-cycling a piece of furniture, revamping some house decor, or creating a new DIY project from scratch. Anything is possible with spray paint. Here’s what I have spray painted so far:

 

Here are some more spray paint ideas!

  • Faux galvanized plastic tubs
  • Flower pots
  • Rubber boots
  • industrial baskets
  • Copper tin cans
  • Branches
  • Dipped vases

Some tips about spray painting:

  1. Choose location, well ventilated. Outdoors is best, otherwise open as many windows as possible.
  2. Prepare the surface. For best results apply a primer, it will result in a smoother surface, truer color, and longer lasting finish.
  3. Shake well and test your spray paint
  4. Put gloves on
  5. Apply multiple thin coats. Complete a coat over the entire project at a time, instead of working in stages.
  6. Apply paint in not only one direction
  7. Allow the project to fully dry.

Please be careful when buying spray paint, there are thousands of kinds of spray paint. Choose wisely and be sure you apply correctly!

Happy Spray Painting!!