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It's a Wrap! {Well, Almost..}


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OK, OK, so technically I do have one more present to wrap - but at the rate I'm going if I wait any longer it'll be New Year's before I show you my kraft paper presents! As you'll recall from not so long ago, The Great Wrapping Paper Shortage of 2011 forced me to think about getting creative in wrapping holiday gifts using plain brown paper. Now for the eagerly anticipated reveal... ahem.... drum roll, please...

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Wrapped Up in the Details


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I love wrapping presents! I like to think I'm quite humble about any talents I may have, but for wrapping, I don't mind admitting that I am a master! I put a lot of time and effort in presenting a gift in as beautiful a way as possible. Last year I made the switch from those boring plastic bows and ribbons to fabric ones... although now that means that during the holidays hubby has to be on Ribbon Detail, quietly gathering back the discarded ribbons from freshly shed packaging before they make their way to the waste basket (unfortunately, as much as people enjoy my wrapping, they're not too keen on keeping the remnants once the goodies from within are in hand; and I love my ribbons). So, with one packaging upgrade already in effect I wasn't planning on having to deal with another...

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Put a Pin In It ~ Paint Chip Art


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Now that I have finally taken a pin out of my {custom coloured magnetic chalkboard}, I feel sufficiently comfortable enough to Put a Pin in something new. I'm also hoping that putting a pin in a project doesn't turn out to be the dreaded kiss of procrastination for it (considering how long it took me to get that chalkboard completed)! But I suppose I will just have to take that chance with this next fantastic little project.

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Promised & Delivered ~ A Custom Magnetic Chalkboard!


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Martha Stewart Custom Chalkboard Paint
Last October I "Put a Pin" in making a custom coloured chalkboard like the one pictured above from Martha Stewart. While I've slowly been succumbing to all the amazing images of the usual black chalkboard paint enhancing all types of interesting objects - from globes, to river rocks, and even to pumpkins - I'm still not ready to embrace it in it's typical incantation as a chalkboard. My vow to you was to create my OWN colour - and do I have news for you!

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You Like Me, You Really Like Me!


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Believe it or not, I have been toying with the notion of starting a blog for, well, almost a year now I think! It really did all begin with my headboard project - after having researched many wonderful blogs that featured their own headboard creations. My hubby has even suggested several times that I start my own blog for all my decorating adventures and crafty creations. As you all know, I did finally take the plunge last month. Recently I have had a few lovely surprises from some great bloggers out there in Blogland that have made me think I may just have made a good decision.

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Wreath Feature at Under the Table and Dreaming & The 36th Avenue


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Mini Pumpkin Pod Wreath
{FEATURED} and {FEATURED}
What a fantastic start to my week!

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Stop! Wreath Time


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Lately I've been on a major wreath kick. I don't know why; I've never been particularly wreath crazed before. But for some reason, I'm finding myself looking at wreath after wreath after wreath. A very interesting wreath caught my eye a little while ago; I'm sure you all know the one - it's from Williams-Sonoma; it's mossy, with fun mini pumpkins dotted throughout, finished with a luxurious brown grosgrain ribbon. And it's expensive. Way.Too.Expensive. I've seen many amazing knock-offs of this particular piece and I was even considering making one for myself. Until a trip to Michaels and a 90% off sale changed my life.

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Arachnophobia


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Martha Stewart: Spider Nests
Spiders are the bane of my existence. Whenever I see one I completely lose all functionality and the only thing I can think is, Spider.Must.Go! I have an eagle eye for them - I will spot them left and right, behind blinds, around corners, under furniture; yes, that's right, for spiders I can actually see around walls and through furniture... It's my gift, it's my curse. Suffice to say, my hubby gets a work out if there's a spider in the house. Of course, to dress up the front yard for Halloween, the most terrifying thing I can think to put out there has to do with my arch nemesis, the spider!

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Headboard Feature on At The Picket Fence & Beach House in the City


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Upholstered Headboard with Nailhead Trim
{FEATURED} once, and {FEATURED} twice;
could anything else be so nice?!
I feel like the most popular girl in the whole world!

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Tablescape Feature on Remodelaholic


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Thanksgiving Tablescape {FEATURED}!
What, what, whaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!

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In Living Colour


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As mentioned {previously}, my hubby and I have done some work on The New Place since moving in two years ago. In fact, we did have quite a few things jam-packed into The Old Place that we were able to fill up some rooms with. However, when going from about 700 square feet up to around 1500 you're bound to need a few new pieces - especially for a brand spanking new living room!

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Coming Soon to a Master Bedroom Near Me {Sneak Peek, & a Special Thank You!}


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I've mentioned my new goal to expand my colour repertoire {here}, and that includes one of my biggest challenges: getting used to GREY! Many of the walls in The New Place were painted some shade of grey; the master bedroom was no exception. Instead of going on a mad painting spree I decided, I'm going to learn to love grey even if it kills me. Well, maybe not if it's going to kill me; but you get the picture.

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Let there be Light


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The Old Me, from The Old Place, thought that everything in a home had to come in a set... a bedroom set, a living room set. It was so bad I was even buying lamps in sets! Bleh, I know! When moving into The New Place, hubby and I needed some more lighting and, before I could stop her, the Old Me promptly ran out and bought ANOTHER set of lighting to match the original set that I still had. What was I thinking, you ask?

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Leaf it to Me!


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BHG: Leaf Place Cards
Yes, I held out as long as I could in decorating for autumn, and yes, that means I left it until just about the last minute to set up my table for Thanksgiving this year as well. But, with a few simple touches, I was able to whip up a stylish backdrop for dinner just in time for guests to arrive!

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This is Halloween!


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Martha Stewart: Pumpkin and Tombstone Treat Bags
Since we moved into The New Place my hubby and I have become obsessed with Halloween... well, actually, make that more obsessed. Halloween has always been one of my favourite times of year; I used to adore it as a child - not so much for the candy, which don't get me wrong was awesome, but more so for the costumes and the decor. Now my hubby and I enjoy entertaining the kiddies with our outdoor displays and I especially enjoy seeing big smiles when I hand out treat bags filled with goodies. As complicated as they may seem to make, pumpkin treat bags are actually pretty easy, the tombstones are a little more complex, but both are a spectacular alternative to the little plastic bags that most people use.

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Falling into Fall


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Pottery Barn
Make no mistake about it, I am a summer baby all the way. I love the lush colours of summer and I especially love the heat. Much to my dismay, I live in a country that unfortunately experiences four seasons, so I not only have to adapt my wardrobe to the temperature changes but also my home decor. My hubby loves the fall, and as soon as October hit he proclaimed it time to "fall the place up". Despite my seasonal preferences I do happen to have a few items geared towards the fall stuffed away in a tiny box; the first weekend in October I finally broke down and fished them out of storage.

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In the Mood{board}


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I'm in the mood for... sharing a moodboard! A moodboard (or inspiration/storyboard) is a wonderful tool used by many interior designers (and by many other professionals, in fact) to help visually experiment with a design. It is an excellent way to get a more concrete idea of how your room will look and the atmosphere it will create for you. Usually it's done by taking pages from magazines or catalogues - anywhere really - compiling textile samples and colour swatches and assembling them (either in an organized way - reflective of the rooms layout - or as more of a random collage). However, in this technological age there are more options for moodboards. Recently, I've been working on one for my den.

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Nailed It!


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Crate & Barrel: Colette Bed
What happens when you fall in love with a great upholstered headboard with nailhead trim that is just way out of your budget? Well, you try to convince your hubby it's a great investment - and when that fails, you start to consider his revelation that he could easily help make that headboard for you.

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Put a Pin In It ~ Custom Chalkboard Paint


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I recently started using a fantastic site called Pintrest which allows you to easily save, or "pin", items you find online, as well as organizing your selections onto specific boards. Not only is this an excellent tool for capturing and keeping all your inspirational goodies in one place but it is also a great source for additional ideas - and the board presentations are just lovely, too. If you haven't already happened upon Pintrest you really should take a peek at it {here} - but fair warning, it is addictive!

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A Tale of Two Homes


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Let me be perfectly honest – I am in no way, shape, or form a designer by trade or training. I am, however, an individual that is wildly perfectionistic, quite crafty, and typically on a budget. So, when my hubby and I bought a house just under two years ago with barely enough furniture to fill it, I thought, what a fantastic time to begin my experiments in decorating!

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