Jan
   14

 

Yes, I have a handful of home décor projects set for this year! Most of these are a continuation of last year’s to-do list and touch-ups of the rooms. Here are my home decorating projects for this year:

Painting Projects

Here are the rooms and things I need to paint:

1. The twins’ room

2. The master bedroom

3. Kitchen cabinets – Painting the kitchen cabinets is actually my wishful thinking project. I know what I want, I just need the courage to tackle it!

4. Furniture – There are lots of furniture I would love to paint this year: dressers, side tables, and a bench.

I guess painting seems to be the main theme of my home decorating projects this year.
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  Jan
   13

 

After the holiday celebrations are over, taking down the Christmas decorations can seem like a huge chore and be a bit depressing. However, you don’t need to put everything away immediately! Your Christmas decorations can double as winter décor with just a few tweaks. To make changing out your Christmas décor easier, here are some ways you can retain some holiday décor for a winter-themed home.
 
Keep the magical look with string lights
 

Christmas decorations for winter - string lights on the mantle
Eclectic Dining Room by Other Metro Media & Bloggers sarah & bendrix

 
You can’t go wrong with string lights! I take down my Christmas trees right after New Year’s, but I often keep the string lights on the mantel until the end of January or even Valentine’s Day at my husband’s request. String lights not only brighten your décor, but also create a simple yet magical winter look!
 
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  Jan
   09

 

Home décor is dynamic and changes every season, and this year, the trends are a combination of simple and vibrant styles. For simple yet fashionable interior décor, watch out for these home décor trends this 2014!
 
1. Add a touch of gold
 

living room with floor lamp with gold-plated interior and wooden coffee table
Modern Spaces

 
Gold commonly symbolizes wealth in most cultures. A popular color last year, gold will definitely be a carry-over this new year. Add a few touches of this metallic shade to your home to make your décor more elegant. Using gold can be as simple as lining your lamps with some gold paint or using pillow cases and curtains with gold detailing―a quick and effective way to bring a hint of luxury to your interior design.
 
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  Jan
   07

 

If you are into DIY projects, you have probably been using your craft supplies like crazy during the holidays. Before you pack away all those holiday craft materials, decide first which ones you’ll be able to use more frequently, and what items you will only use for Christmas. Once you identify which item goes to which group, it’s easier to choose the best way to keep them efficiently organized.
 

For Materials Used All Year-round

 
Coloring materials, scissors, and markers are some of the materials that are not exclusive to Christmas. Make them accessible for your craft projects throughout the year through these storage ideas.
 
Repurpose a Shoe Organizer
 


 
Keep ordinary craft materials like crayons, watercolor, and glue in a prominent container. The plastic compartments of shoe organizers make it easy to spot the items you need in an instant!
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  Jan
   06

 

As a mom, some of my favorite treasures and memories are the crafts the kids make.  And during the Christmas season, our children’s artwork adorn our tree, doorways, and fridge. Now that the holidays are over, I have to decide what to do with the various ornaments and crafts.
 
When it comes to keeping the kids’ work, I have two warring sides: sentimental Jen who loves memories and wants to save every bit of paper the kids draw on, and realistic Jen who can only take so much of craft clutter. I’ve counted no less than 20 new ornaments that the kids brought into the house this year.  And this doesn’t take into account paper angels and Santa drawings. Here are a few of my tips for preserving your kids’ Christmas memories without the crazy clutter.
 
Decide What to Keep and Discard
 
As a proud mom, it is only natural for me to think that my kids’ artwork is adorable. The problem with this is that if I allowed it, the kids’ artwork would overrun the house. My six-year-old is one of the biggest culprits! He’s an amazing crafter, but he also wants me to save every paper towel roll and piece of cardboard that comes into the house.
 
So, I’ve developed a system to save some of his masterpieces and discard the rest.  But if you have a difficult time throwing artwork away, store it digitally instead. Applications like Artkive are a great tool for archiving your children’s projects. They allow you to enjoy your kids’ works without dealing with the clutter. Whether you’re discarding or keeping an artwork, take a good picture of it first to keep it forever.
 
Store their DIY Projects
 


 
Because crafts come in different forms, there are also several ways to store them. Keep ceramic crafts in a box and store the box in a cool dry place. Make sure to wrap each piece in tissue first to protect the paint that your children have worked hard on. Use file folders to organize paper crafts, and group them according to year, type of artwork, or other categories.
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