BACK PORCH MAKEOVER // Finishing the Back Porch

I had been scouring a few stores, Craigslist and a few online sites for two rod iron chairs for the back patio. The other day I was looking at Facebook and a link popped up for Facebook Marketplace. So I decided to try my luck. Sure enough, someone had posted a love seat and chair in black rod iron just nine minutes before. The good news? The cost was $75. The bad news? They were about 90 minutes away. Each. Way.

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MASTER BEDROOM MAKEOVER // 50 Shades of Gray (Paint)

The walls in our master bedroom have been painted a warm kind of off-white yellow since we bought the house in 1998. I decided it was time for a grown up room and chose to paint the walls light gray. Of course, that’s way harder than I thought it was.

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MAKE IT YOURSELF // Aging Terra Cotta Pots

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I decided the hanging shelves would look great with some small pots and plants. I found these terra cotta pots at Home Depot for $1.29 but knew they needed some TLC. I am not a fan of the bright orange color (as seen above on the left). I have also never “aged” terracotta pots before but knew I wanted them to actually  “look old”, not look like they were “painted to look old”.

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MAKE IT YOURSELF // How to Build Raised Vegetable Beds

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FIND OF THE WEEK // Publishing Your Own Cookbook

A few years ago I self-published my own cookbook. It’s called Old, New, Borrowed and Bleu and features my favorite recipes as well as all of our treasured family recipes. At the time the highly regarded website Epicurious had a self-publishing cookbook called Tastemade. The end result was fantastic. Needless to say, my family members and friends were very happy with their Christmas gift that year.

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MAKE IT YOURSELF // Creating the Perfect Setting For A Rehearsal Dinner

When my older sister was planning her wedding a few summers ago, I told her I wanted to host her Rehearsal Dinner. I really wanted to make it special and I felt the best way to do that was to create the perfect setting. (Of course good food is important, but I wasn’t worried about that. Cooking for 50 is the easy part.)

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MAKE IT YOURSELF // Pillow Covers

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After shopping everywhere for pillows, I decided to make my own. I wasn’t happy with the fabric selection of the ready-made pillows and the prices were crazy (ranging from $35 – $90). After a quick trip to the Ventura flea market, the fabric store (Joann’s) and IKEA (for down pillow inserts) I was all set. 

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