dips and salsa

Best Salsas and Dips

Summer is the perfect time for care-free entertaining – and the best salsas and dips are perfect for that! Copycat Chili’s Salsa Recipe on Real Advice Gal Everyone’s Favorite Guacamole on AKA Design Individual 7 Layer Dip Cups on A Cultivated Nest Guacamole on Love Grows Wild Cream Cheese Ball Recipe on Design Dining Diapers… 

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Easy Envelope Pillows (from Fat Quarters & Scrap Fabric)

I love throw pillows. I may or may not have a problem. At least I’m not alone. Throw pillows can add so much style and oomph to a room, not to mention comfort. But they can be costly too depending on where you find them. I’ve DIY’d several pillows and pillow covers for our house… 

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Classic Victorian Bathroom

Victoria’s Victorian house was built in 1890, and she wanted the design of her DIY bath remodel to be simple, bright, and modern while still keeping a vintage-aesthetic to complement the age of the house. When Victoria and her husband Paul began gutting, they discovered an entire other bathroom underneath—complete with concrete wet-bed and reinforcement-wire cementing… 

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Living Room Changes

Just a short couple of weeks ago, we showed you our living room, which had stayed pretty much the same since we moved in over 5 months ago. Well it doesn’t look like that anymore! Now it looks like this: It’s certainly not an impressive before and after. Mostly because it really isn’t an after, but… 

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Country Porch

Jennifer used to have only grapevine and Christmas lights hanging from the ceiling on her porch. That was until she discovered wide burlap ribbon at the craft store. It turned out lovely. And, in the evenings, it is magical. Visit Decorating Ideas Made Easy for more  of Jennifer’s Country Porch.


Simons – Home Decor, Home Accessories & Home Fashions

Okay, Canadian boys and girls – this is your lucky day! Why? Because I’ve found a fun new source for Home Decor, Home Accessories and Home Fashions called Simons. Simons Would you like to see a few stunning items I’m crushing on? How about this masculine Brit inspired Denim duvet cover set?  At only $75 – $130… 

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butterfly dreams sheet set giveaway

Butterfly Dreams Sheet Set Giveaway

*This giveaway is now closed and we’ve chosen our winner…check below to see if it’s you!* Okay, so last night we revealed our Rustic Chic Master Bedroom look… And in the P.S. at the end I told you to come back this afternoon for a giveaway of THE MOST AMAZING SHEETS EVER! I’m so NOT… 

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Rustic Chic Master Bedroom

Shannon and Dean loved some of the features of their last home’s master bedroom, but wanted a cozier, moodier vibe in their new house. So they reused or recreated what they could and added a few new twists. Visit AKA Design for more of Dean and Shannon’s Rustic Chic Master Bedroom.  

rustic chic master bedroom

Rustic Chic Master Bedroom Reveal

Welcome to our Rustic Chic Master Bedroom. There is a rustic headboard, burlap banner and industrial-esque lamps. But there’s also a trellis-inspired stenciled wall, a crisp white pin-tuck duvet cover, yellow ceramic knobs and vintage looking throw pillows. All combined with a color scheme of moody deep gray with splashes of sunny yellow. Rustic Chic…. 

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Taking a Family Day

Hello friends! Just popping in to wish you a happy Tuesday. The kids and I went on a mini adventure yesterday and took the bus and train to meet Dean after work for some shopping. It was fun, the shopping less fruitful than I’d like, but still fun. Unfortunately Miss Muffet (our littlest) got food poisoning… 

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French Country Kitchen

Christy built her home 9 years ago so she started with a clean slate. She knew we wanted a warm French country space. In her previous home built in the 70s, Christy had painted the dark stained cabinets white. She knew this time around that she wanted a very different look. Christy says, “To this… 

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Homemade Dining Room

This room kind of just happened on its own. Ashley found the table at Goodwill for $10, then the chairs on Craigslist for $10. She updated both the tables and the chairs and then the room just sat there. A few months’ later, Ashley found the credenza on Craigslist and after that she had to… 

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Writing Room

Shaunna’s once-forgotten dumping ground (through sweat, money, and more sweat), became a beloved retreat for her, the writing room. It looked a little different on the first reveal. Shaunna loved it, but here’s the thing: It didn’t really function as an office very well.  The little nook didn’t lend itself to major organization and storage…hence, she didn’t use… 

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Geometric Floral Girls’ Room

Brooke’s girls’ room has been a work in progress for ahem, three years. But, lately she’s started making progress. She painted the plaid walls, upholstered the headboards, and FINALLY found an affordable rug. Visit All Things Thrifty for more of Brooke’s Geometric Floral Girls’ Room.


Inspired Decorating Ideas For Summer-Creatively Made Home Summer Series

My sweet bloggy friend Jen from City Farmhouse is teaching an E-COURSE on Jeanne Oliver’s Creatively Made Home Summer Series-Decorating Ideas For Summer. Jen says: In this mini-course I will show you simple ways to use different materials to accessorize your home for the summer. I demonstrate how to create weathered & barn board finishes to picture frames and… 

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Landscaping (A Beginning)

Our little backsplit came with some very overgrown plants and gardens. As we understand it, the previous owners were an elderly couple followed by the lovely single lady we bought the house from. Judging by the overgrowth we’re assuming that they had neither the means, the knowledge or perhaps the time to maintain all the… 

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Grasscloth and Coral Master Bedroom

Imagine what a little competition can do for your creativity! Sarah and her hubby David created a feature wall and dramatic headboard as part of an online contest and were left with a stunning Grasscloth and Coral Master Bedroom for their efforts! Visit Sarah M. Dorsey Designs for more of Sarah’s Grasscloth and Coral Master… 

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