Sizzlin’ Hot 2015 Home Trends {pic heavy}

2015 Hot Home Trends in Palestine TX

It’s a new year and that means new trends! Styles always shift and it’s hard to stay on top of what is “hot” and what is “not,” but have no fear, I’m here to help!  I love watching how the home design trends are going, especially seeing what is going on in pinterest/internet land vs. what people are REALLY doing in their homes.  It’s an interesting mix, for sure.

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New Year, New Paint

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New Year, New Paint

I’m continually amazed at what a fresh coat of paint can do.  It can breathe new life into almost anything. Paint has remodeling power when you use it to emphasize a room’s best features or play down the flaws. It is one of the most economical upgrades for your home and can give it a whole new appeal. It’s cheap, relatively easy and it’s an instant gratification upgrade!

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Quick & Easy Hostess Gifts

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Holiday Parties are in Full Swing! Don’t forget to grab a hostess gift (or whip one up!)  Here are a few last minute “spiffed up” ideas, for the procrastinator in us all:

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Whisk (pickup the supplies from Dollar Tree)–quick, fast & inexpensive!–This tutorial even has a free printable From View From the ‘Ville

What a cute presentation for the culinary hostess! From:

What a cute presentation for the culinary hostess! From: Party Frosting

Wine or Champagne is always a classic hostess gift.  Here are two FAST ways to jazz it up a bit.  Other quick “go-to” ideas are candles, baked goods (cookies, breads, etc), yummy smelling soaps, nice bath products or a neat kitchen gadget.  Whatever your holiday plans have in store this year, I hope this gave you a quick idea to “spice it up” (easily). Enjoy your holiday parties with friends!  We are having our company Christmas party tonight and I can’t wait! 🙂 Merry Christmas, ya’ll! Continue reading

Cheap & Free Holiday Decorating with East Tx Plants!

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HOLIDAY DECORATING ON THE CHEAP WITH EAST TEXAS NATIVE PLANTS

So, I have been pulling out and dusting off my holiday decorations and I was just kind of uninspired by the same decorations that I put up year after year.  I wanted a new “look” and to give an update to some of the decorations that are a bit tired.  So, I started thinking about the basics.  I want something green and lively and less “plastic-y.”  Then, it hit me.  We are lucky that we live in East Texas. Why? Well, that is a very long-winded novel full of reasons that I will save for another day! One of them, however, is that there are FREE Christmas decorations everywhere! Whoohoo! I don’t know about you, but free is my kind of price!

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Making Up a Mud Room: if you’ve got it, flaunt it; if you don’t, fake it!

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There’s a hot new room that is high on buyer’s want lists–the mud room! A mud room is a “catch-all” entry room that is very functional and can be decorated to the nines, too!  Sometimes mud rooms are closed off and are separate rooms and sometimes they make a “room” out of previously dead space (like a hallway, walkway or entryway).  Many houses have an existing space that could be converted to the “mud room” aesthetic.  In an existing house, finding an unused space to transform into a mudroom is the most cost-effective way to get this look (and not have to remodel!).  If you don’t have one (and unless you’ve got a fairly new home or are really lucky), Make One Up! Continue reading