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Friday April 18, 2014

Bob Dylan said it well: Times, they are a-changin! My mom was an English-Lit teacher, and whenever I had a question, her standard answer was, "Look it up." She was referring to the dictionary or our family set of encyclopedias.

As a mom of two, my standard answer has become, "Let's Google it." We are living in a fantastic age where we are given a never-ending wealth of information right at our fingertips.

In the past, I put together a hub of online decorating resources to help you find the good, and possibly great, decorating information that you need. And as I discover new online decorating resources, I continue to add them to the hub and to the individual articles that it links to.

However, I'll admit that when it comes to decorating, my iPhone is quickly replacing my computer. I always have my phone with me, so whether I am comparing prices inside my home improvement store or calculating measurements of that showroom sofa, I can keep up with everything inside my phone.

There are plenty of free home decorating apps along with ton of money-saving home shopping apps that I use constantly, so I thought I would share them with you. Most of the apps are available for both iPhones or Android users. Hope you can find these useful, too!

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Surviving & Thriving in DIY Season

Tuesday April 15, 2014

As spring fever takes hold of us, so does a huge urge to DIY. I'll be the first to cheer you on as you plan your home improvement shopping list and get going, and I'll be right alongside you in the Home Depot line. However, I also want to urge you to play it safe.

Unfortunately, spring and summer DIY accidents are common. To help you out, we've got tips on how to DIY safely, as well as how to hire a pro before you get in over your head.

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Going Coastal

Thursday April 10, 2014

Hello, all! I'm writing this blog from the beach, and the sun and surf constantly remind me why I love decorating in a coastal style. My own home is filled with found beach objects and maps of the seashore retreats we've visited through the years.

If you've never been a fan of coastal style, you may not be aware that there are various ways to decorate using this style. Whether you prefer an east coast or west coast look, or something more exotic, there's a coastal look for you!

In the articles below, learn more about decorating coastal style or have fun discovering your decorating style and exploring other decorating styles for your home.

Coastal Decorating & Decor Ideas

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Decorating with Flowers for Springtime & Beyond

Monday April 7, 2014

After the seemingly never-ending winter season, I'm enjoying the warm, blossoming spring very much this year. Almost every plant in my yard is budded out and covered with blooms.

If you enjoy flowers and florals, especially in your decor, two new books can help you incorporate flowers into your home year around.

Holly Becker, author and founder of the design blog Decor8, has put together a gorgeous new book titled Decorate with Flowers. This colorful book, published by Chronicle Books, is full of practical know-how and inspiration for decorating the home with florals. Becker celebrates a range of decorating styles within these pages, and the book is full of creative, DIY flower projects.

A new book from paper-flower artist and wedding stylist Livia Cetti (who has even decorated the White House with her floral creations) appropriately titled The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers shows how to make more than two dozen of Cetti's most popular flowers. Published by Abrams, the book provides clear, step-by-step instructions and color photos for each project, making it easy for you to recreate these gorgeous designs for your own home or party.

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Enter to Win Home & Garden Sweepstakes

Thursday April 3, 2014

As always, the best way to decorate on a budget is to get it for free! I've never won a sweepstakes but that's no reason not to enter. There's always a chance I'll score a new kitchen, a ton of tools for my workshop or even a new home.

There is a great giveaway going on right now from H.H. Gregg. You can score an entire stainless steel suite of appliances from LG, including a French door refrigerator, double oven gas range, dishwasher and microwave and a front-load washer/dryer pair. Also, over 45 prizes of televisions and appliances will be awarded to online winners. Check out all of the goodies in the photo above, and hurry to enter the giveaway here. The last day to enter is April 7, 2014.

Below you'll find some other great home and garden sweepstakes. Enter to win, and best of luck to you!

Note: I've done my best to only list valid sweepstakes with reputable sites, but always practice safety! Learn more on how to avoid sweepstakes scams.

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Celebrating National Decorating Month in April

Thursday April 3, 2014

Did you know that April is National Decorating Month? As such, it's the perfect time to look around your home and find one or two things you can easily and quickly do to give your space a brand new look for spring and for the rest of 2014.

Below are plenty of quick and easy update ideas that you can do this month for very inexpensively or even for free. Give your home and yourself a lift in April, and enjoy a fresh, new look the rest of the year.

Quick Changes for an Instant Room Update

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Rearrange the Furniture
Paint a New Wall Color
Upcycle Something Old

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No Fooling! BuildDirect Releases "Chocolate" Flooring... Samples

Tuesday April 1, 2014

Hello, April 1st! Many of you know this date as April Fool's Day, so let's have a little fun!

BuildDirect, an online supply company, has just announced the addition of real chocolate plank flooring to its product lineup marking a first for North America's home improvement industry.

The company's Chocolate Sensation Handscraped Classic Collection is hand poured and available in dark brown, mocha and white. Consumers can learn more and at BuildDirect's website. Also, free product samples are available while supplies last!

"We know consumers will be sweet on our new chocolate flooring," says BuildDirect's CEO Jeff Booth. "You can literally taste the quality."

BuildDirect's new chocolate floors are stylish, warm and come with an intricate, wood patterned surface. No other flooring on the market is as easy to install, with customers encouraged to break the planks with their fingers.

"Our advanced analytical and forecasting tools identified chocolate floors as a new product trend," adds Booth. "And by leveraging technology as our platform, we're building a simpler and friendlier home improvement industry. Chocolate flooring is just another way to show customers how much we care."

Happy April Fool's Day! But no fooling... head on over to BuildDirect to grab your free "product" sample!

BuildDirect Chocolate Flooring

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Photos © BuildDirect

Hopping Ideas for Easter Decor

Thursday March 27, 2014

The Easter bunny is headed our way within the next month, but if you haven't decorated one whit for Easter, our budget-friendly (and bunny-proof) Easter decorating ideas will help you put a bit of hop into your home.

From unique egg dying ideas to easy DIY Easter decor, may these ideas inspire you to make this Easter extra special.

Budget Easter Decorating Ideas

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Hello, Spring!

Monday March 24, 2014

We're still celebrating the arrival of spring around here because the first few days of this season couldn't have been lovelier! My area has enjoyed a brief release from the cold, rainy winter weather and has been covered in breezy, sunny, 70-degree days.

I spent this past weekend in my yard, prettying up my porch and planting my spring garden. I'm also saying 'hello' to this wonderful weather with one of these fun DIY spring wreaths. The only problem is that I don't have enough doors to display all of the creations that I want to make.

If you are looking for a way to say welcome to spring or if you simply want to add a bit of festive Easter decor to your front door, these wreath ideas will get your creative juices flowing. So take a little time this weekend to jazz up your entrance, and greet spring with a beautiful front door!

Spring & Easter Wreath Ideas

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Amazing BiblioCraft for DIY Bibliophiles

Thursday March 20, 2014

Rarely does a decorating or DIY book make my heart flutter, but Jessica Pigza, the creative author of Bibliocraft, a new DIY book just released this week, really knows how to charm a Bibliophile whose passion is crafting and decorating.

Who knew the library was such a treasure trove of resources for creative types? I grew up heading to the library after school and immersing myself amongst the knowledge in the shelves. And as an adult, I have logged many hours looking at crafting and decorating books at my local library. However, Bibliocraft's author makes all my creative ideas I've gathered at the library look like child's play.

Part One of Bibliocraft includes the skinny on call numbers, the card catalog, digital collections, and other specialized sources. (You know, the kinds of things we learned in grade school decades ago, but have become a lost art in the age of the internet.) In Part Two, Pigza showcases the work of talented makers who collaborated with her to explore an area of interest using the library. There's projects from Design Sponge's Grace Bonney, Heather Ross, Haley Pierson-Cox, Natalie Chanin, Anna Bondoc, Liesl Gibson, Gretchen Hirsch and more.

The 20 plus featured projects begin with a marbled fabric pouch (you know, like the paper inside exquisite books), continue with a really cool rhumb lines wall painting, and eventually end with a "cuts of meat" table runner. However, my favorite section in the book is the fantastic list of online library collections that you can use for artistic inspiration.

Whatever the quest -historic watermarks transformed into pillows, Japanese family crests turned into coasters, or historic millinery instructions worked into floral fascinators- author Jessica Pigza proves that anyone can utilize library resources to bring their creative visions to life.

BiblioCraft
Author: Jessica Pigza
Published by Abrams Books; March 2014
ISBN: 9781617690969; 208 pages
Suggested Retail: $27.50

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