My New House: More Living Room Updates (and a HomeGoods Gift Card Giveaway)~

Do you remember a few weeks ago, when I posted about HomeGood's "Happiness Happens Day"?

Well, as part of the HomeGoods celebration, they gave me a gift card and asked me to use it to brighten somebody's day - anybody's day - with a little room makeover.

So I decided that brightening my family's day was a great idea.  Since we have just moved into a new house, I thought that making our family room cozy and comfy would be a great idea!

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Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

It's been a busy week around these parts.  School is back in full swing and we're trying to get in the groove of homework and schedules again.  For a little diversion, I had fun surfing through last week's Frugal Friday links.

For this week's Frugal Round-up, I'm sharing some fun DIYs!

First up, I fell in love with this DIY Industrial Pipe Stool shared by Love Grows Wild.  How creative is this?

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Warm, Cozy, Casual - The Shabby Nest's Curated Collection for Joss and Main~

I'm super excited to let you all know that I'm curating a sale for Joss and Main and it goes live tonight!!

There are all sorts of beautiful pieces that will be featured in my collection.   Check these beauties out...

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Decorating For Real Life~

I am extremely happy to announce that my book, Decorating for Real Life,  is now available for pre-order on Amazon!!!

The book is full of beautiful, family-friendly homes and DIY projects that are sure to inspire you!  Inside Decorating For Real Life I share spaces from wonderful interior designers, artists and some of my favorite bloggers like Shelley from House of Smiths, Michelle from 4 Men 1 Lady, Jen from Tatertots & Jello, Paige from Simple Thoughts, Aly from Entirely Eventful Day, Autumn from Design Dump and Yours Truly.

The book will be officially available on October 14...but you can make sure and reserve yours today!




Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

For this week's Frugal Round-up, I'm sharing a couple of fun makeovers...

First, Burlap and Lace shared a perfect IKEA hack.  I'm loving these wall shelves created using IKEA brackets and boards.  That's it and they look incredible!

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My New House: A Living Room Sneak Peek - New Slipcovers~

The house is slowly starting to come together.  Today I wanted to share a little sneak peek of the living room with you.  It's not done, but there are some fun things starting to take shape!

The most exciting thing for me is that we got new slipcovers for the sofas!!  I'm sure you all know by now what a fan I am of IKEA.  And especially of the IKEA Ektorp sofa.  I bought my first Ektorp sofa when we lived in Massachusetts.  And then bought another a couple of years ago.  The thing that I love so much about the sofas is the fact that they are slipcovered.  To me, that means that I can change them up when I change up my space rather than needing to buy all new sofas!  Hello savings!!

For this new house, I decided to finally try out the charcoal slipcovers I talked about in this post.  They are the Svanby Grey covers.  And I am in love.

Just so you can see how different my sofas have looked over the years...here's a little visual tour of my past three (yes, three!) residences...

First, in Massachusetts my sofa sported a tan slipcover.  It lent itself well to the autumn tones that were so popular around 2007

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Back to School Dinner 2014~

We have a family tradition that makes going back to school a little more special for the kiddos:  our annual Back to School Dinner.

Each year I let the kids choose the menu...and I throw them a fun dinner where I introduce a theme for the year, the kids each set a goal for their school year, and we just enjoy one another's company as summer comes to an end.

This year I took it easy on myself and  purchased the decorations at Target!  It made the festivities all that much more enjoyable (for me anyway - the kids had fun regardless).

I always like to give the kids a little bag of goodies.  When I first started this tradition, I gave them school supplies, but now that everyone's lists of supplies are so specific, and they don't usually get them until the first day, goodies it is.  

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