2020 - Dimples and Tangles

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2020!



Merry Christmas
from our family to yours!


My prayer this Christmas is that each one of you know the peace and joy in any circumstances that only a having  personal relationship with Jesus Christ can bring!

Come let us worship the King!  Jesus the Savior is Born! 

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6


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HOW TO TIE A BOW THREE WAYS WITH VIDEO TUTORIALS


Hello friends, I hope your Christmas week is off to a great start!  Do you still have a million odds and ends left to do like I do?  Tonight is set aside for Christmas movies and wrapping presents, I'm happy to have a husband who wraps and I tie all of the bows!  Speaking of bows, I've had several friends from Instagram ask how I tie my bows, so rather than sharing there I thought I'd create some videos to stay permanently here on the blog showing you how I tie my bows.  I've made three separate videos showing you three ways to tie a bow for various uses.  

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CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR 2020- PART 4: LIVING ROOM


Hello friends, welcome to the final segment of this year's Christmas Home Tour!  I feel like my tour is completely backwards this year... I saved the Living Room for last!  Straying away from the norm... appropriate for 2020, no?  It really just took me a little longer to piddle and fluff in here and I enjoyed taking my time.  

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DIMPLES AND TANGLES FAVORITES: 2020 CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE AND STOCKING STUFFER IDEAS


I intended to get a Christmas Gift Guide together weeks ago, but it just never happened.  I seriously debated even sharing one with you now at this late date, but I thought maybe a few of you are like me and still have 90% of your shopping left to do!  Yikes!  I have a serious sit down date with some lists and my computer this afternoon! If you happen to be in the same boat as me, here are some gift ideas.  The vast majority of these suggestions are things we already own and highly recommend, and if they're not already one of our favorites they are things that are on my family's wish list this Christmas.  So here are my suggestions for her, for him, for teen boys, for teen girls, and for anyone else.  I'm also including some stocking stuffer ideas at the end, I hope you find some things that fill a gap on your list!  

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CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR 2020- PART 3: DINING ROOM


Welcome back for the next section of my Christmas Home Tour!  Today I'm sharing my Dining Room and a colorful Christmas tablescape with you.  

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IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE CHRISTMAS TOUR 2020 WRAP UP


Wow!  What a week packed full of wonderfully colorful tours!  I was so inspired as I soaked in each one, I got loads of ideas to pin for Christmases to come, and maybe even a few for this year's decorating that I'm not quite finished with yet!  Here's a recap with a sample from each tour in case you haven't had a chance to catch up on all of them yet, click the link above the photo to view more photos from that home.  Enjoy some festive, leisurely weekend browsing that is sure to fill you with some holiday cheer!  



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CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR 2020- PART 2: ENTRY AND BREAKFAST NOOK


Hello everyone, welcome back to Part 2 of my 2020 Christmas Home Tour!  I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my Christmas Tree that I shared earlier in the week, I'm still working away trying to get everything else decorated!  Today I have the Entry and our Breakfast Nook ready to share with you.  I hope you have a warm drink and get some Christmas inspiration as you scroll through the tour today!  

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IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE CHRISTMAS TOUR 2020: PART 1- CHRISTMAS TREE

Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas, friends!  I'm so excited to kick off our It's A Colorful Life Christmas Tour 2020 party today and share this year's Christmas Tree with you.  

Hobby Lobby wrapping paper, colorful Christmas decorations, DIY Christmas decorations

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GREEN, BLUE AND WHITE MASTER BATHROOM REVEAL PART 2

After over a year of working on it, I'm beyond thrilled to finally pronounce our Master Bathroom makeover 100% finished!  I've been working really hard to get the last details wrapped up and get the space photographed so I could share it with you before we step into the holiday season.  I can't tell you how pleased I am and proud of how our green, blue and white Master Bathroom turned out!  (All available sources are listed at the end, and don't miss the fun video recap of the entire reno process close to the end of the post too!)

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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES

Happy Friday everyone!  I've found some great things to share with lately, enjoy!   
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I found a couple of new sweaters on Amazon that I'm loving!  I'm SO excited to find this sweater , it's a near perfect dupe to one of my favorite $$$ Free People sweaters!  

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GREEN AND NAVY PLAID THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE


Although they might be a bit more challenging to find this year, we still have plenty of reasons to be grateful this Thanksgiving!  I would guess that most of us are ready this year more than ever for the holiday season, and although circumstances might look different this year, I for one still plan to make things as special as possible! 

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BRIGHT AND CHEERY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS (AND 15 DECORATING IDEAS FROM CHRISTMAS PAST!)


I generally use a good deal of the same Christmas decorations from year to year, but if inspiration is a bit slow in coming when it's time to decorate I find that one or two new things thrown into the mix help to get my creative juices flowing.  If your Christmas decor needs a little boost this year, I've been combing the web for bright and cheery christmas decorations to share with you!  I've selected a variety of items that are all inspired by my own Christmas decor from year to year, so scroll down and see if anything catches your eye.  

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IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE FALL TOUR WRAP UP


This has been such a fantastic week!  I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the It's A Colorful Life Fall home tours.  Jewel and I always enjoy gathering this colorful group of bloggers together, if you've arrived here via PMQ for two, welcome!   All of these ladies have shown up to inspire us with loads of colorful style in each one of their homes!  Today I'm posting a tour wrap up, with a peek of each home on the schedule all in one spot.  Over the next few days, I hope you enjoy stopping by any that you might have missed this week!  


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IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE FALL TOUR 2020- PART 3: DINING ROOM AND BREAKFAST NOOK


Welcome to Part 3 of my 2020 Fall Tour!  Today I'll be showing you around my Dining Room and Breakfast Nook.  I hope you're all enjoying the "It's A Colorful Life" Fall tours this week!

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IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE FALL TOUR 2020- PART 2: ENTRY AND LIVING ROOM


Hello everyone!  I'm so excited to welcome you today as we kick off the It's a Colorful Life Fall 2020 Home Tours!  Jewel of Jeweled Interiors and I are always so excited to organize this tour, we have an amazing group of color-loving bloggers lined up to share their Fall tours with you for the next few days.  I know you'll soak up every bit!  Today I'll be sharing my Entry and Living Room with you, all cozied up for Fall.   (*This post contains affiliate links, including Amazon. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Read my full disclosure policy here.)

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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES

Today I've got a few more than FIVE Friday Favorites, and I'm trying something a little different!  Today's favorites are all fashion finds, specifically Amazon fashion finds!  Y'all know I love decorating, but I love cute clothes too, especially when they're a bargain!  (*This post contains affiliate links, including Amazon. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Read my full disclosure policy here.)

First up is this sweater.  With almost 2K 4-star reviews, it is soft and true to size, but I wanted it a bit oversized so I sized up one.  I can't decide if I like it better with a front tuck or worn loose!  And there's the Amazon hat I shared last week again... 

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IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE FALL TOUR 2020- PART 1: FRONT PORCH AND MINI PUMPKIN WREATH TUTORIAL


Isn't Fall just the best???  When you can pull out your sweaters and the air turns crisp and the mornings and evenings are cool with warm days... my favorite!  I think Fall might be my favorite season to decorate for as well, it's not as elaborate or time intensive as Christmas and when I'm finished everything just feels like a big cozy hug!  Does that even make sense?!?  Ha!  I'm excited to kick off this year's It's A Colorful Life Fall Tour by sharing my front porch with you, and I'm even throwing in a little mini pumpkin wreath tutorial for the wreath that's on my front door this year.  So let's take a look!

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SATURDAY SOMETHING GOOD


Hello friends, Happy Saturday!  I hope you're having a great weekend.  I started this new little Saturday Something Good series a few weeks ago as an opportunity to just take a light hearted minute to focus on the good and beautiful things I've come across online.  Hope you find these things encouraging and inspirational!  (P.S.- my Five Friday Favorites post went up super late yesterday, catch it here if you missed it!)

This delightful condo proves you don't have to have a lot of space to have a load of style!

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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES


I hope you're all having a great Friday!  I'm super late with my post today, but I wanted to get it out anyway!  We took our girl for her first college visit today and I didn't quite get this ready before we left, thus the delay.  We've got two more visits lined up this month, whew!  She's a Senior and we had planned to make these visits last Spring, but we all know that didn't happen.  We're playing catch up!  I've got some fun fashion and a few super practical things to share with you for Five Friday Favorites today, hope you like them!   (*This post contains affiliate links, including Amazon.  As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Read my full disclosure policy here.)


Last weekend I was at a ladies event seated behind a friend who had the most perfect hat on...  I've wanted a felt hat for a while but all I've seen have huge brims, way too big for me.  So, when I saw the hat my friend was wearing and noticed that the brim was just the right size, I couldn't resist asking her where she found it.   She said she would send me the info. and it was a bargain!   I ordered one immediately and it's the best $17 hat I could ever hope for!   The color I bought is "Camel" (a tiny bit darker in real life than it looks here) with a thin dark brown trim strap and buckle,  but it comes in tons of different colors and trim options. The material is a polyester/wool mix and it's a sturdy hat- the brim is stiff and not flexible.  Most hats do not fit me well (kid sized hats fit me great... ha!) but this one has an adjustable hat band inside that can be tightened if needed.  With a little adjusting it was just right for me and I am SO happy with this hat.  I think I've worn it 3 days this week, if you follow me on Instagram you've seen proof!  

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DIY FACE MASK NECK CHAIN


Let me start off by saying how much I hate that there's even a need for this project!  I never dreamed I'd be making a "DIY Face Mask Neck Chain" tutorial.  I know we're all so weary of dealing with this virus and I hope that you all and your families are staying healthy!  

I can't tell you how many times I've had my mask in my lap in the car, forgotten about it, and dropped it on the ground when I got out at my destination.  Or arrived at the door of a store only to realize that I left my mask in the car.  Or, left it looped on one ear while driving from place to place and having the wind blow it off before I reattach it to both ears!  This is a handy accessory to have, especially when running errands where you might be in and out of stores constantly putting your mask on and taking it off.  I do like the idea though, even after this threat has passed, for some who might still need to wear masks regularly for their job or personal health concerns.  Many thanks to my friend Carmel, I saw her mention making a mask chain on her Instagram stories and it started my wheels spinning to figure out how to make one of my own!

How to make a face mask neck chain 
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DIMPLES AND TANGLES TRAVELS: GULF SHORES AND THE USS ALABAMA


This time two weeks ago we were sitting on the beach in beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama.  Little did we know that just days later Hurricane Sally would blow through, bringing devastating winds and flooding to the entire region.  Today I'm sharing our trip with you, and as I composed this post I couldn't help but keep the people affected in my prayers as they work to clean up, rebuild, and re-open hopefully soon!  We also had a special event at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, which I'll share with you in the second half of the post.  I know many of you know and love this area, so I hope these photos remind you of good times spent there, but also that some of you are friends wanting to visit the area in the future, so I hope this is a good resource for you!  

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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES


Happy Friday, friends!  Here are a few things from around my home that I've been loving lately, and thought you might too.  Enjoy your day and weekend!  (*This post contains affiliate links, including Amazon. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Read my full disclosure policy here.)


Earlier this Summer I scored a great new pair of lamps from Homegoods, but had no hopes of sharing them with you because many things from HG normally can't be sourced online.  But then, I was so happy to stumble across these that are virtually identical, and for a great deal to boot (same price I paid at HG).  I like the hefty looking base (it's metal) and the ridged texture that almost resembles bamboo.  There's also a matching floor lamp version if you're in the market for one. 

 
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DIMPLES AND TANGLES FALL DECORATING IDEAS REVIEW: PART 2


Welcome back, I hope you found some good ideas for Fall with yesterday's post.  Today, let's continue with Part 2 of my Fall Decorating Ideas Review!


Painted Gingham Pumpkin Tutorial and other painted pumpkin ideas-



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DIMPLES AND TANGLES FALL DECORATING IDEAS REVIEW: PART 1

I'm just beginning to get some plans together for my Fall decorations this year, but I suspect some of you are already on the ball!  It almost slipped my mind, but a few weeks ago marked my 9 year blogging anniversary, and although I'm not sharing new decor quite yet, I realized I have quite a bit of Fall decorating ideas that I've shared over the years!  So, while you'll have to wait a few more weeks for this year's Fall Tour, today I'm sharing my favorite Fall decorating ideas from 9 years of Dimples and Tangles!  Each photo that I share has a link associated with it that will take you to that post with more information and details, and some of them that go back quite a while will show you how much things have changed around here through the years!   (*This post contains affiliate links, including Amazon. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Read my full disclosure policy here.)


Last year I actually didn't do a lot of Fall decorating, but I did go all out on one focal point


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SATURDAY SOMETHING GOOD

Hello everyone, Happy Saturday!  It's been exactly 2 years since my last "Sweet Saturday" post, and lately I've been wanting to start the series back up.  However, it has a new name!  In light of current and recent circumstances in our world, going forward with this series, I want to focus on good things I've seen around the web that have encouraged me or made me smile, and I think you'll enjoy them too.  It might be an Instagram post, home tour, DIY project, YouTube video, blog post, or something else but whatever I share will be uplifting, encouraging, heartwarming, inspiring, or motivating.  I hope you enjoy!

Jewel's Sunroom Makeover is dreamy... complete with DIY Canopy Swing Bed!  (This post was super interesting, too!)

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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES

Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone! Today for my Five Friday Favorites I'm focusing solely on all of the terrific sales this holiday weekend, and there's a few more than 5.   ;)   This is such a great time of year for sales because with most sites offering discounts site wide, not only can you pick up some amazing end of season deals, but you can also score some great sales on new pieces for the upcoming season.  And... if you find some really great deals, it's not too soon to start tucking away gifts or stocking stuffers for the holidays!  Have fun shopping and enjoy your weekend.  I'm going to resurrect my Saturday series tomorrow but with a new name... Saturday Something Good!  See you then.   

labor day sales, barrington bags, custom monogrammed tote bag
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READER TIPS: DIGITAL PHOTO ORGANIZATION AND STORAGE IDEAS


Recently I had a project that I needed a couple of specific older original photos for, and for the life of me I couldn't locate them!  I'll be the first to admit that organizing and storing my digital photos is not a strength for me, so I spent a good amount of time searching for those that I needed.  As you can imagine, I take a LOT of photos!  I've done a better job in the past few years of labeling and storing my blog photos in organized folders on my computer, but I have files and files of photos from before then that need to be dealt with and honestly I wasn't sure of the best way to go about it.  So, I asked my friends on Instagram to share their best digital photo organization and storage tips and I'm sharing those with all of you today!

photo organizing, digital photo storage, digital photo organization
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CUTE FALL WREATHS AND FRONT DOOR HANGERS


I'm not quite ready to start busting out my Fall decor just yet, but that doesn't mean I'm not starting to think about it!  You all seemed to enjoy the round up of door hangers I shared earlier this year, so I thought I'd scope out more but this time specifically for Fall.  Whether you want a touch of the season for your front porch, mantel, classroom, back door, or want a sweet gift for a friend, one of these super cute Fall wreaths and door hangers will get you in the mood for Fall in a hurry!

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HOW TO TEMPORARILY COVER A LAMP SHADE WITH FABRIC


I've been toying with the idea of adding a pair of lamps to my mantel for a while, I had some there years ago and loved the look.  On a recent trip to Homegoods I came across the perfect pair- they had a slim enough profile to fit on the mantle and were tall enough to add some height.  And, the bases look like bamboo and were already the perfect color!  These are probably technically buffet lamps, that's the term you would use to search for a similar shape and size.  Although the shade was a perfect crisp white, when I put them on the mantle the shade totally disappeared... they needed some oomph!  Since the shades were so nice and we all know I like to move things around a lot, I didn't want to do anything to them that would permanently damage the shade should I want it to be white again in a different spot.  I've covered shades with fabric in the past using hot glue but they were always old shades that I didn't care about using again in their original condition.  So, I used this easy method and today I'll share how to temporarily cover the lamp shade with fabric so that it is removable and won't damage the shade should I want something different down the road.


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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES




Happy Friday, friends!  Thanks so much for your kind responses to this week's posts, if you missed them hop back and take a look.


But for today, here are some things I've been loving lately.  I hope you have the BEST weekend, it's our last one together as a family for a while as Caleb heads back to college in a few days.  With everything he missed out on last Spring having to come home early, we're actually thrilled and excited for him to go!  His small college is being very thorough in their planning and taking all possible safety precautions to allow a safe return to campus for students, and we are praying they will all be able to complete the semester on campus.

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We're always ready for a new family game, and these Tenzi Dice were a hit!  It's a set of 10 dice in 10 different colors, and with a quick google search you can find instructions for multiple variations to play the game "Tenzi".  So, you can have up to 10 players- everyone gets their own color.  One starter variation is that everyone rolls their dice all at the same time, and each player keeps all the 1s they roll, then quickly rolls the remaining dice over and over, keeping the 1s each time, until all of your 10 dice are 1s.  If you're first to get all 1s, shout "Tenzi!" and you're the winner!  Then, repeat rounds rolling for 2s, 3s, 4s, etc.  As mentioned, there are many variations and some make it a bit more challenging.  But, the beauty of the basic variation is it requires no thought-ha!, just speed, and any age can play.  If you can roll dice, you can play!  It's also easy to transport and take to a friend's house or on vacation to play.


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DIY PAGODA STYLE WINDOW CORNICE TUTORIAL


From the beginning design stages I had an idea of how I wanted to dress the windows in my Master Bathroom makeover.  (See the final updated Reveal Part 2 here!)  I knew that I wanted a pagoda style cornice and found a few inspiration images on Pinterest, but no tutorials on how to make one.  So, I got my creative wheels spinning and figured it out!  Today I'll share with you how I made my pagoda style window cornices, it's not too difficult of a project!

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IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE "SNAPSHOTS OF SUMMER" TOUR WRAP-UP


Did you catch all of the 19 It's a Colorful Life home tours last week?  This color specific tour is so fun and as I visited each one I was blown away by the layers and colors and patterns in these homes!

And just in case, if you haven't had a chance to visit, I shared my Summer home tour in two parts last week.  Here they are-


Kilim Pillow, Hicks La Fiorentina, white kitchen cabinets, coffee table styling, Savoy Alden Brass Pendants
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IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE SUMMER TOUR 2020- PART 2: DINING ROOM, MASTER BEDROOM AND MORE


Welcome back for Part 2 of my It's a Colorful Life Summer Tour! Thank you so much for your sweet response to Part 1 of my tour, and I'm glad you all are enjoying the other colorful Summer home tours this week.   Today I'll be sharing a few other spaces in our home with you, starting with the Dining Room.

This space got a pretty good refresh of most of the major pieces last year, but I recently repainted the china cabinet a slightly deeper shade of green and switched out the artwork. 


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IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE "SNAPSHOTS OF SUMMER" TOUR 2020- PART 1: ENTRY, LIVING ROOM, AND KITCHEN


Hello friends... both those who have been around for a while and those who might be first time visitors,  I'm so happy to be kicking off our It's A Colorful Life Summer Tour today!  This year has definitely been anything but predictable and timelines are seemingly irrelevant, so even though it's a late Summer tour my color-loving friends and I still wanted to take the opportunity to share a glimpse of our Summer homes with you.  And in keeping with the lazy days of Summer, we are just sharing some casual snapshots from around our homes... nothing especially fancy!


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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES


This is my first post since our Master Bathroom Reveal... THANK YOU for all of your support and sweet comments!  We are so very pleased with it and I'm working on getting it fully fluffed, new cabinets organized, and completely wrapped up.   I still can't believe how far we've come in there!  I also finally have a little bit of time to switch up a few things in the rest of the house, and will be sharing my casual Summer tour on Monday.  There's a fantastic group of color-loving decorators lined up to share too for our "It's A Colorful Life- Snapshots of Summer" tour.  It's going to be fun!  But for today, here are a few of my favorite recent finds-  (*This post contains affiliate links, including Amazon.  As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Read my full disclosure policy here.)


More times than not, I reach for a simple dress in the Summer rather than picking out an outfit.  It's easier to throw on and usually cooler and more comfortable!  I recently came across this $13 tiered ruffle dress and I'm a huge fan!  The fabric is a nice weight,  the length is generous and the quality is a great value.  I've been happy with everything I've bought from this brand.  With the loose design, I think this runs a little big.  I usually buy a Medium but this is a Small and it fits great.  Sizing is forgiving though, I got a M in a different color and it's fine too, just a little more full.


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MASTER BATH REVEAL POST IS LIVE!


Yippee!  It's done! The Master Bathroom Reveal post is updated and live now,  click here to come visit!



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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: WEEK 8- MASTER BATHROOM REVEAL


Well hello!  It's finally here, and believe me no one is more ready to see this Master Bathroom Reveal finished than me!  I just referenced my camera roll, and we started demo on this room in late September and have worked on it off and on until yesterday which brought us to this point.  I'm always thankful for the One Room Challenge and the push it gives to tackle a space and get it done!  So without further delay, let's take a look!

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: WEEK 7- WALLPAPER, LIGHTING, MORE PAINTING, AND ACCESSORIES


How in the world is it already Week 7 of the 8 week  One Room Challenge??  And how in the world did I get my rooms done in the past when the  ORC was only 6 weeks long?  Welcome back for this Week 7 update, let's get right to it.  Today we're talking about all of the exciting, pretty parts... wallpaper, lighting, paint, and accessories for the room!


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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: MASTER BATHROOM- WALLS, CABINETS, AND PAINT {WEEKS 5-6}


Hello everyone, did you think I forgot about you?  I didn't!  I literally have been so busy working on the room that I haven't had the time to sit down and put a post together.  Especially this one, it's a doozy and big catch up since we missed posting an update last week.  In light of the turmoil happening nationwide during the week that Week 5 updates were due to be posted, the One Room Challenge organizers decided to cancel that week so that everyone could focus on the more important issues at hand of racial equality and justice.  I for one as well as likely most of you have started to have our eyes opened about the racial injustice that is alive and well in our country.  I shared my thoughts here and here, but in a nutshell fully believe that the change we need in our nation begins in MY heart and in your heart, spreads to us influencing and teaching those in our own home, and then we can work together to change our communities.  Jesus is the only one who can truly change our inherently wicked hearts, then He will teach us how to live and love those around us as He loves them.  That's my goal, it starts with change in my own heart. 

There's no easy way to transition from the heart-breaking heaviness of our current events to talking about my bathroom makeover, so I'll just keep moving ahead.  A lot has happened in the past few weeks!   I don't think I have ONE "pretty" picture to show you, but I'll take progress and forward movement over pretty right now! 


Before we proceed, if you need to you can catch up on what you've missed in previous weeks here:


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First up, the wall got framed in for my single closet door (remember we removed sliding mirrored doors) and the new door was installed.  


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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: MASTER BATHROOM- TILE AND COUNTERTOPS {WEEK 4}


Welcome back for another One Room Challenge update!  Lots of big things are happening, this week we have new tile and countertops and I couldn't be happier with how things are coming along!



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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: MASTER BATHROOM- DEMO! {WEEK 3}


Thank you all for sharing my excitement after seeing the design plan for my Master Bath makeover last week.  I'm so excited to see it all come to life!  I also appreciate your input about the chandelier and the rug situation.  I'm now certain that the chandelier will be centered in the room but am still undecided on a rug.  I love the idea of one large rug in the center, but not sure that I want to just cover up all of pretty new tile we put in.  I know something will work out in time...

If my amazing photos in today's post (ha, right!) caught your attention in the guest participant link up and you're visiting for the first time today, I'm so glad you're here!  Catch up on what you've missed here:

Moving on to this week's One Room Challenge update-  I have absolutely nothing pretty to show you!  But in this scenario, progress itself is beautiful, right?  So without further adieu... IT'S #DEMODAY!!!  (P.S.-I had some trouble yesterday with my last post not going out to e-mail subscribers, so if you missed it there IS something pretty to see there!)

I mentioned previously that we're hiring out the tile demo and installation, and that's the first thing on the list to get done.  But first, we had to prep for the tile work by removing the old whirlpool tub.


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I PAINTED MY CHINA CABINET {GREEN CHINA CABINET MAKEOVER}


There's been a project looming for several years that I've wanted to tackle, but other things kept jumping on the "to-do" list ahead of it.  However, since we've had so much time at home and I had all of the supplies on hand, I finally buckled down and painted my china cabinet!  But if you've been a fan of the green china cabinet, never fear!  It's still green, just a slightly different shade.


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TARGET OPALHOUSE FAVORITES


Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a nice weekend.  For the past few weeks we've been doing so many random (quarantine) projects around the house and taking advantage of some gorgeous weather to work outside.  Most of those  projectsnever make the blog, I usually just share quick snippets on Instagram.  Maybe I need to do a big round up post of all of those things to share with you here!  I haven't done much on my Master Bathroom One Room Challenge makeover though.  I need to get moving because that finish line is going to be here before I know it!


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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: MASTER BATHROOM- DESIGN PLAN {WEEK 2}


Hi friends, welcome back for my Week 2 update for the One Room Challenge!  This Spring my husband and I are finally tackling a long overdue Master Bathroom Makeover.  If you missed the proof of our dire renovation need, be sure to see all of the "before" photos in last week's post.  After scarring you eyeballs with those beauties, let's focus on prettier things this week as I share our Master Bathroom design plan with you!

I believe I mentioned last week that part of the reason this makeover has taken so long to happen is totally my fault, I just could not decide on a direction I wanted to go with the design.  It didn't help that I love so many different styles and designs, I just couldn't make up my mind!  I knew I wanted it to be classic, timeless, and traditional, but for me that includes a huge dose of color as well.  After years of browsing blogs, Pinterest (follow my Bathrooms inspiration board here), and magazines for inspiration, my creative wheels starting turning and things finally fell in to place.  So without further delay... here's the plan!


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GRADUATION GIFT GUIDE


Graduation season is upon us, and although our grads are tragically missing their graduation ceremony and parties, we can and should still shower them with lots of love!  Honestly, I've always been a little stumped for graduation gift ideas.  I mean cash is always an obvious choice (and very much appreciated if the grad is saving up for something big like a computer to use at school), but sometimes one might be looking to give something a bit more personal.  Well now that I've had a past graduate who received some super thoughtful gifts last year, I feel like I can pass along some great Graduation Gift Guide suggestions to you!


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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: MASTER BATHROOM- BEFORE PHOTOS {WEEK 1}


Here we go again... it's been years since I've participated in a One Room Challenge Project.  I think it's taken me that long to recover and get psyched up to take on another project with a deadline!  And obviously, if you followed along with me through the Kids' Bathroom Makeover that started last Fall and didn't wrap up until earlier this Spring, it's clear that I need a deadline to finish a big project in a timely manner.  In the past I've participated three times, 5 years ago with our Master Bedroom, 4 years ago with our Powder Bath, and 2 years ago with my daughter's room.  This time, I'm so excited to be renovating our Master Bathroom.  You'll see, it's a project that is way, way, way overdue!

Master Bedroom ORC (more recent bedroom refresh post here)

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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES


For me these days seem to drag on at times, today the same as yesterday, but boy it seems like Friday came quickly this week!   It helps so much when the weather is beautiful as well.  And, the peonies in my yard are blooming... what could be better??  I've been working on a paint project this week that you've seen if you follow me on Instagram.  I'm waiting on a few finishing touches and will be ready to share it here soon!  Also, another round of the One Room Challenge starts next week and I'm thinking of jumping in and participating.  I need a bit of accountability and a deadline to get a certain project rolling and finished.  I've been a little unmotivated to blog lately but feel that I'm getting past that hump and have several things that I just need to sit down and write up to share with you... some small makeovers, a little travel, a few tutorials and possibly some food and fashion.   However, I'd always like to hear any suggestions of what you'd like to see posts about here, too!  Just leave any ideas in the comments or feel free to message me on Facebook or Instagram


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DIY DYED FAUX ORCHID BLOOMS AND FAUX + REAL ORCHID ARRANGEMENT


Hello friends!  Today I'm sharing a simple, quick project with you of some DIY dyed faux orchid blooms and the faux  + real arrangement that I used them for that's pretty convincing if I do say so myself!  I almost hesitated to share it at all but thought it might get someone's creative wheels turning.  So we'll start with a pretty "after" picture...


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MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE 2020


The holiday will certainly look different this year, but the chance to celebrate Mom is sneaking up on us quickly!  Today I'm sharing my Mother's Day Gift Guide with some of my top picks from large as well as many small businesses.  I tend to sometimes be a last minute shopper, but with circumstances this year I'm trying to think ahead and get my game plan together.  Remember, shipping times are likely slightly delayed so don't wait too long to shop!  :)     (*This post contains affiliate links, including Amazon.  As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Read my full disclosure policy here.)

I'll start with a few of my go-to favorites that will always be on my gift guide lists...

Barrington Bags-  Always on the top of my list.  I own the Savannah Zippered Tote (pictured) and the  St. Anne Tote.  Use code "TOGETHER" for 20% off (I don't think I've ever seen that high of a discount, discount only for a limited time.)  The beauty of these bags is the vast variety of options available to customize your bag (I've got my eye on the Green Rattan or the Modern Leopard next!)  I carry one or the other most days and the quality has made me a huge believer.  It's my standard "trip" bag (used this one on our 16 day Boston Road trip last year) and on those occasions it's loaded to the gills with my big camera, computer, etc. After years of likely abuse, there's not a stitch broken and even the bottom still looks virtually brand new.  Definitely worth the investment in my book!



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CUTEST HOME AND FASHION DEALS THIS WEEK


Happy Friday everyone!  Yes, it's Friday.  :)   I really have not been doing too much shopping lately, but there were a few pieces this week that grabbed my attention with sale prices that were too good to pass up!  While perusing all of those great sales I found some of the cutest home and fashion deals to share with you today.  I'm truly a bargain shopper at heart and love to share those amazing deals with you!  (*This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure policy here.)

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DARLING FRONT DOOR HANGERS


If you're like me, you've had a steady stream of neighbors you never knew you had walk by your house trying to get some fresh air every day.  As they walk, they're likely looking at your yard, your home, and your porch (because I'm pretty sure most people are as nosy as I am like that!).  Most of us are limited to what we can do in the way of live plants and flowers on our porch while we're being encouraged to stay at home, but even the simplest little touch of a cute door hanger can perk up your front door.  So, if your porch needs a little pick me up, here are some darling front door hangers that will ship straight to your house!



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