Decorating with Natural Accents

Because of tight budgets and a desire to make a pretty home, I’m no stranger to using natural accents and being creative with plants and natural elements from our back yard by incorporating them into our decor from succulents in teacups to a nature-themed baby shower to my husband working on creating a log-handle for his beloved Big Green Egg as I’m typing up this blog post.

summer beach mantel @diyshowoff

There’s just something “real” about adding bits of nature to my decorating that make it feel alive.

rustic glam woodland centerpiece at diyshowoff.com DIY succulent planter tutorial tea cup succulent planters at diyshowoff.com spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

So I was so super excited when a) our sweet friend, Stacy from Not Just a Housewife, was publishing a book and b) when I found out it was all about bringing the outdoors in with natural accents! Beautiful, natural budget friendly decorating inspiration?! Yes, please! 

Natural Accents by Stacy Risenmay

My summer has been crazy but I finally had the time to enjoy flipping through the pages, losing myself in gorgeous staging and decorating and discovered so much inspiration.

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I loved that it’s more than a decorating book. It’s filled with beautiful photos, helpful tips, 35 tutorials and fresh new ideas. Natural elements can add texture to design and Stacy’s thoughts, memories and writing add an additional beautiful dimension to the pages of this helpful book. I love it! I think you’ll love it and want to add this book to your collection too!

I have my favorites DIY projects bookmarked and I’m already referring back to it for tips on keeping cut flowers and houseplants in tip top shape! 

You can get it here on Amazon (affiliate link) or here at Barnes & Noble or Books & Things

 

Red White & Blue DIY

Looking for some last minute patriotic, 4th of July DIY ideas? Here are some past projects and red, white & blue DIY highlights/round-ups from the DIYShowOff archives:

Celebrate America

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff Celebrations Challenge #MichaelsMakers

red, white and blue table markers

DIY red, white and blue table markers at diyshowoff.com

this Independence Day round-up from 2014

16 Patriotic 4th of July DIY highlights from That DIY Party at diyshowoff.com  

and this collection of 4th of July DIY highlights from 2013

11 Patriotic DIY Projects

Happy Celebrating, USA friends! 

follow the DIYShowOff patriotic Pinterest Board for more ideas from 2015

Follow DIY Show Off’s board Patriotic DIY on Pinterest.

Got something red, white & blue DIY to share? There’s still time to link up to this week’s That DIY Party!

Essential Oil Gift Basket Ideas Blog Hop

Gift giving can be a challenge sometimes, right? I love coming up with creative ways to give gifts. So I’ve gathered a few of my essential oil loving blog friends to create and share essential oil gift basket ideas. Follow the blog hop below for lots of essential oil gift ideas!

Essential Oils Gift Basket Ideas Blog Hop

I recently created and donated two gift baskets for a local humane society fundraiser. Both work for many different occasions:  “cheer up”, “feel better”, “thinking of you”, “Happy Birthday”, “Happy Mother’s Day”, etc. {some affiliate links below}

When Life Gives You Lemons….

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

printable gift tag:

(right click, save to your desktop, upload into a document, resize to fit your needs and print)

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

Materials and gifts I put together:

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

Stop & Smell the Lavender

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

printable gift tag:

(right click, save to your desktop, upload into a document, resize to fit your needs and print)

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

Materials and gifts: 

Add a DIY lavender linen spray.

lavender pillow and linen spray @diyshowoff #oilyfamilies

lavender linen spray recipe

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

*Most of my supplies were purchased at Michael’s Craft Store. Here’s a few more ideas:

citrus essential oils gift basket

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils gift idea @diyshowoff

holiday cheer gift basket

 

baby it's cold outside holiday gift set idea @diyshowoff

Get your premium starter kit + free gifts directly from me HERE! Give the gift of wellness to yourself and your family!

Young Living Essential Oils @diyshowoff

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More essential oil gift basket ideas from these sweet blog friends:  Essential Oils Gift Basket Blog Hop

 

Essential Oils Gift Basket Ideas Blog Hop

Summer Home Tour

Have you been following Marty’s Summer Home Tour series starting at A Stroll Thru Life? What an honor to be invited. 30 bloggers’ homes all decked out for summer, all week long! Welcome friends!

Summer Home Tours Blog Hop

We spend most pretty summer days on our patio and outdoor living areas which I’ve shared previously but let’s take another look, shall we?

Our grape arbor/gazebo is such a romantic, quiet and shaded spot, a secluded little outdoor getaway. 

gazebo @diyshowoff DIY brick patio recycled brick patio

Unless it’s raining, our patio is where you can find us on nice days…dining, relaxing, talking about our day, reading or entertaining. 

outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff

(That’s the grape arbor gazebo in the background and later this week I’ll share how our pallet garden shown below looks filled with blooms.) outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff  Update: here’s the flower pallet garden

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 and this is the third year for our chandelier planter

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

We haven’t de-winterized the barn patio area this year just yet, but we’re always have it completed before our 4th of July party…

barn party patio

I don’t go all out with summer decorating indoors, although after visiting these gorgeous homes, I’m inspired to crank it up a notch. Wow, right? But I do manage a few summer touches inside too…

the kitchen: a pretty runner on the dresser/island and a wooden bowl of lemons for fresh squeezed lemonade…

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a peek of the dining room…

Summer Home Tours Blog Hop @diyshowoff

and a beach themed mantel in the family room…

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a reading area for rainy days…

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Next up is City Farmhouse leading the way tomorrow morning. Miss yesterday? See the schedule below to catch up! Enjoy the beautiful summer home tours, don’t forget to grab your drool bib. 😉 

Visit everyone all week long! Here’s the line up:

 
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Decorating Outdoor Living Spaces

sensational summer blog hop, giveaway and link party @diyshowoff

Summer is my favorite season of all – warm weather, long days and relaxing outdoors.  We enjoy our patio, gazebo/grape arbor and barn patio area more than being indoors this time of the year. And I love decorating our outdoor living spaces just as much as I love decorating indoors. 

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Pops of color: Because I love to change things up every year, I find that keeping larger furniture pieces neutral works best since we tend to use them for 10 years or more at a time and to decorate with colorful accents. 

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Planting flowers breathes life and color into outdoor living areas. This year it’s shades of yellows, oranges, pinks and reds. 

outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff

Colorful accent pillows are an invitation to get comfy and kick back with a frosty glass of lemonade. I like lots of pillows to soften things up.

outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff

Decorative accents: 

Fun planters add a whimsical touch. (pallet, chandelier, tire)…

outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff

I recently spray painted a colander to add balance to the planters displayed in our magnolia tree …

DIYShowOff Colander Planter

Repurposed items add interest. (bird feeder, bundt pan, birdie garland)…

DIY tea cup candle sconce bird feeder tutorial @diyshowoff patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff How to make a birdie garland at diyshowoff.com

Furniture placement:

I love creating different cozy conversational areas like under the grape arbor for catching up with friends on this little bistro set

Bistro Set Makeover @diyshowoff

swinging with the baby…

sensational summer blog hop, giveaway and link party @diyshowoff

or positioning our canopied porch swing into a daybed position for curling up with a good book or a sweet pup…

outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff

al fresco dining near the kitchen door and grill…

outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff  

areas to encourage conversation…

outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff

 The flowers in my pallet garden have sprouted but aren’t visible yet. 

outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff

For entertaining, we set up a buffet on the harvest table at our barn area with outdoor games in the yard near by. We add rental tables and chairs in the shade for large gatherings, a smaller comfortable area for more intimate parties. I haven’t tackled de-winterizing yet, but here’s now it usually looks all cleaned up…

barn party patio party patio

To celebrate the start of summer we have an AWESOME Sensational Summer Outdoor Spaces Cash Giveaway for you! Enter to win $300 PayPal CASH! 

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Visit more outdoor spaces/outdoor living inspiration from these talented blog friends: 

Setting for Four

Sand and Sisal

Domestically Speaking

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Cupcakes and Crinoline

DIY Show Off

At the Picket Fence

StoneGable

Debbie Doos

Redhead Can Decorate

On Sutton Place

Clean and Scentsible

Yesterday on Tuesday

Top This Top That

Town and Country Living 

And a link party too! Share your summer related blog posts, browse the links for more inspiration!  
OH! And you’re going to need this for your outdoor living areas too! Chemical-free DIY outdoor spray. I just whipped up a batch for my mosquito-magnet hubby and love that I can use it on the dog too! 

essential oils DIY outdoor spray recipe

 

Love Your Home Challenge

In 2007, we purchased a fixer upper farmhouse with the goal of creating our dream home and 8 years later, we’ve come a long way but it’s still far from being finished. Most times it’s finances that keep projects on the back burner. Sometimes things get a little out of hand and taking the time to care for our home becomes last priority. It happens. ::gasp:: I know. Lately, I’ve gone from seeing the potential and enjoying the journey to feeling like there’s never enough money, things are too cluttered and just feeling overwhelmed by it all. 

Love Your Home

This couldn’t have come at a better time. I was invited to complete a simple Love Your Home Challenge and recently had the opportunity to read through an inspiring new book by long time blog acquaintance, Melissa Michaels from the Inspired Room, called “Love the Home You Have”: Inspiration to embrace imperfections, a reminder to focus on the blessings and to embrace “home”, no matter what stage it’s in, no matter what life stage we’re in. It reminded me to look at the things I do enjoy about this home. Baking in the kitchen when it’s clean…

DIYShowOff kitchen

baby giggles on the bed in the sweet guest room/nursery…

Guest Room/Nursery reveal @diyshowoff

the lighting and thrifted charm of our family room…

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

an organized open pantry…

open pantry at diyshowoff.com

But it’s so easy to get caught up in what’s not finished, what’s not perfect, to lose sight of creating a dream home right where we are. And I couldn’t help but put the book aside to tackle an area that I’ve been putting off. Something simple. The dreaded drop zone that used to be our dining room table…

#loveyourhomechallenge

Yikes! #loveyourhomechallenge

“Love the Home you Have” is a simple reminder that one small step a day of taking care of the little things contributes to a happy home. Whether it’s simply wiping down the cabinets, decluttering, cleaning, rearranging furniture or clearing the dining room table. Something, anything – brings about a sense of accomplishment and contentment. 

Love The Home You Have from The Inspired Room on Vimeo.

My mission: organizing the mess, putting things away, a little light cleaning, shopping the house for a fresh touch. The room still needs painted. I still look at the built-ins and cringe. I have a completely different vision in mind but for now I can focus on the things I do love when I walk through this room. I can enjoy the beautiful barn wood trestle table. I have a clear line of vision to the sliding door that gives me a thrill and I can plan the first step to turning the entire room into a room I’ll drool over…someday. But in the meantime – it’s clean. It’s de-cluttered. It’s no longer overwhelming. It makes me happy. 

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Need a little refresher course to remember to Love the Home you Have? Treat yourself by adding this easy, inspiring read to your collection of design books. Affiliate link:

What is it about your home that’s holding you back? Start with a small step, one small goal. Embrace your surroundings. Make it yours. Love what you have. What if you got up right now and took 15 minutes. Where would you start? 

  1. List three reasons you’re grateful for the home you have. 
  2. Start a special tradition or create a fun memory in your home. 
  3. Think of one area of your home you enjoy and why. 

Love Your Home Challenge

Share your own Love Your Home challenges on the new community site Home Love Stories. 

Love Your Home Challenge

See more Love Your Home Challenges from these blog friends: 

That DIY Party Highlights

Helloooo, friends! This past week I had some extra time when visiting the links from That DIY Party and wanted to share some of my favorites. Visit the links by clicking on the images and remember to pin your favorites from the original sources. 

THAT DIY PARTY HIGHLIGHTS - favorites @diyshowoff

Drooling over this gorgeous industrial work space at It All Started with Paint. Outstanding job, Linda!

work space at It All Started with Paint blog

Free chalkboard 2015 calendar wallpaper freebies at Vintage Zest…so generous and so cute! Thanks, Diane!

2015 iPhone & Desktop Wallpaper freebies @VintageZest

Or grab a pretty printable 2015 calendar (thank you, Amy!) at Delineate your Dwelling.

2015-Calendar-Graphic @delineateyourdwelling  

Pretty and inspiring living room updates at 11 Magnolia Lane. Love it, Christy!

Living Room Decor @11 Magnolia Lane blog

Jaime is filled with creativity. How cute is this wood block chandelier

wood block centerpiece @That's My Letter blog

Jill shares the plans for her gorgeous DIY coffee table at the Rozy Home (Restoration Hardware inspired). Wow!

DIY coffee table at The Rozy Home blog

Isn’t this clever? Easy DIY (recycled wax paper box) storage for your decorative tape collection via Carolyn’s Homework. 

Wax Paper Box to Washi Tape Dispenser via homework

You can link up your DIY creativity each week at That DIY Party for a chance to be featured and pinned. 

 

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

You can see more DIY linked up and visit original sources from the That DIY Party pin-board.

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DIYShowOff Holiday Home Tour {part 1}

Greetings, friends! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!

holiday housewalk DIYShowOff

Have been following the Annual Holiday Housewalk all week long organized by Jennifer Rizzo/sponsored by Balsam Hill? If not, then welcome…you have some catching up to do! Start with Day 1 and work your way through all of the gorgeous holiday eye candy from blog to blog. 

Grab a mug of cocoa and enjoy! Visiting from Number Fifty Three? I love Angela’s style (not to mention her gorgeous painted furniture and beautifully staged photos…so inspiring!). 

holiday housewalk Number Fifty Three

If you’re new to DIYShowOff, my tour started last month with a Michael’s Dream Tree Challenge. I always add a Christmas tree to our dining room and this year the theme is Succulents & Spruce {an enchanted evergreen} … 

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Using a few pretty pieces from Balsam Hill (mixed evergreen pine lighted teardrop, wood tabletop reindeer set, brown glen plaid ribbon) and adding in a candle, I created a pretty centerpiece…

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I rarely share photos of our living room but this year, I’m really in love with how it all came together…

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Next up on the Holiday Housewalk is a surprise home tour. Pop over to see who it is! I love her. She’s so sweet and you’re going to love her home as much as I do, especially during the holidays. 

holiday housewalk Surprise

Part 2 of my holiday home tour!

DIYShowOff Holiday Home Tour @diyshowoff #holidayhome

Enjoy the holiday home tours! I’m so glad you stopped by. You’re invited to stop back to visit my DIY tutorial page for more holiday ideas.  Christmas DIY @diyshowoff

Reminder: Get a free holiday e-book filled with recipes when you sign up with a premium starter kit at Young Living using member #1836762! 

holiday ebook

Thanksgiving Inspiration from That DIY Party

I love keeping up with your pretty and creative ideas linked up each week. Today I’m featuring some beautiful Thanksgiving inspiration from That DIY Party {in no particular order}. So many great ideas. So much talent. Visit the links for all of the details. Make some new friends!

That DIY Party Thanksgiving Highlights @diyshowoff

Simple Rustic Table Setting at Love Grows Wild

Holiday-Table-Setting @lovegrowswild

Thanksgiving table two ways at Frazzled Joy

Thanksgiving table @frazzledjoy blog

Glitter Indian Corn Place Cards at Oh My – Creative

Glitter-Indian-Corn-Place-Cards @ohmycreative  

Thankful tin can luminaries tutorial at Dwelling in Happiness

Thankful luminaries @dwellinginhappiness  

Thanksgiving Tablescape at Delineate Your Dwelling

and a Thanksgiving day clay banner

Thanksgiving-Table @delineateyourdwelling

Natural Leaf Charger at An Extraordinary Day

visit her beautiful Woodland Thanksgiving Tablescape too.

Tutorial-to-Create-a-Natural-Leaf-Charger @AnExtraordinaryDay

 Gilded Acorn Napkin Rings at Hello Little Home

DIY-gilded-acorn-napkin-rings @hellolittlehome

 

Wood Candle Holders at Love Create Celebrate

wood candleholders @lovecreatecelebrate

How to Expand a Dining Table at Tiny Sidekick

and glitter gold leaf garland tutorial

how-to-expand-a-dining-table @tinysidekick

 

Falling Leaves Art at Desert Willow Lane

falling leaves art work @desertwillowlane

 

Give Thanks Turkey Slat Sign at Home Made Interest

Give-Thanks-Turkey-Slat-Sign @homemadeinterest

Thankful Table at Lovely Livings

thankful table @lovelylivings blog

 

Natural Fall Tablescape at Restoration House Interiors

Natural Thanksgiving Tablescape @restorationhouseinteriors

 

Thanksgiving Place Card Napkin Wraps at Our Pinteresting Family

thanksgiving place card napkin wraps @ourpinterestingfamily

20 Thanksgiving Traditions at LouLou Girls

Thanksgiving Family traditions @loulougirls

Thanksgiving at Southern Seazons

Thanksgiving @southernseazons

 

DIY Harvest Sign at Decorating Cents

DIY harvest sign @decoratingcents

 

2 Thanksgiving Mantels at Patina Paradise

Thanksgiving mantel @patinaparadise

 

Gratitude Jar at Our Peaceful Planet

gratidude jar @ourpeacefulplanet

Thankful Sign at Clockwork Interiors

Thankful Sign @clockworkinteriors

Thanks so much for sharing your creativity, friends! xo You can link up at That DIY Party every Sunday through Friday here

That DIY Party - autumn

Remember to pin from the original source of visit the That DIY Party Highlights Pinterest board and re-pin from the original source there. Enjoy the day! 

That DIY Party Pinterest Board

Summer Spotlight

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Oh my gosh! Today I’m being featured on the Summer Spotlight hosted by Kenarry: Ideas for the Home, View from the Fridge, Oh, My! Creative and One Krieger Chick. The Summer Spotlight series has been showcasing great ideas from a different creative blogger each Friday throughout the summer months. Thanks to my sweet friend Susan from Oh, My! Creative for choosing me as today’s feature! What an honor!

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I encourage you to swing by their sites to check out the ideas they’re featuring from my blog (I cant stop smiling today!) as well as the entire Summer Spotlight series. Time to make some new friends! You can also follow the hosts online to see the great ideas they share year-round because there’s no such thing as too much creative eye candy, is there? Of course not!   

I chose a favorite project from each of these talented ladies to highlight and return the favor today:

Oh My! Creative

Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Google+ / Instagram

A DIY Waterfall & Pond

Diy-waterfall-and-pond at OhMy-Creative

One Krieger Chick

Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Google+ / Instagram

Poolhouse Decor: Watercolor Outdoor Wall Art

Splash-Poolside-Painted-decor-with-a-water-color-effect - One Krieger Chick

 

View from the Fridge

Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Google+ / Instagram

Bathroom Updates

bathroom updates - View from the Fridge  

Kenarry

Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Google+

Creating a Backyard Playground

backyard-playground - Kenarry  

Awesome! Thanks so much for including me in this fun series, ladies! Enjoy every last bit of summer! xo 

 

Haven Conference 2014 Photos

The Haven Conference has been an annual event for me for the past three years and each time, I have the best time meeting up with blog friends I’ve known for years and others I’ve known but finally get to meet face-to-face. I don’t really have a recap to write about: fun times, amazing talent and creativity, lots of laughter and hugs, good food, awesome sponsors and generous swag and beautiful friends.

haven conference

Here are some fun photos … I always realize after the fact that I wish I had approached more friends, I wish I had taken more photos. 

Got silly in the FrogTape photo booth with my friend Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage, Susan from OhMy! Creative and Serena from Thrift Diving…

Roeshel at diyshowoff.com

Always good to hug my group of long time blog friends…  Roeshel @diyshowoff.com  

Pretty Handy Girl, Beneath My Heart, All Things Thrifty, Home Stories A to Z, The Shabby Creek Cottage, Sawdust Girl, Just a Girl, Thrifty Decor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Vintage Revivals and DIY Show Off. 

Roeshel @diyshowoff.com

Big fan of Jen’s creativity and DIY at The House of Wood! It was so lovely to finally meet!

and so sweet to meet Shayna from The Woodgrain Cottage and Krista from The Happy Housie…

Roeshel @diyshowoff

Roeshel @diyshowoff.com

Angelique from Where the Piggy Toes Go, Abby from Just a Girl and her Blog and me

Roeshel @diyshowoff.com

Carrie from Making Lemonade, me & Beth from Unskinny Boppy

No idea what I’m saying above but loved hanging out with a few my Anna Maria Island getaway girls. There’s still time to enter to win a dream vacation getaway here!

Roeshel @diyshowoff

Carrie from Making Lemonade, Diane from In My Own Style, me and Karah from The Space Between

For the first time, I even sweetened up my business cards…

DIYShowOff business cards

And got all star struck meeting a few celebrities too (not pictures is Tom Bury from Restaurant Impossible who loves FrogTape just as much as I do!). 

Me with Mike Holmes…

Roeshel @DIYShowOff and Mike Holmes

and rubbing elbows with Chip Wade…

Roeshel @DIYShowOff and Chip Wade

I met so many more that aren’t shown above, missed photo ops…bummer! I also think I’ve lost a few photos and will update as I find them because I did have the chance to get to know more fabulous blog friends not mentioned above.  And there were still so many friends that I didn’t have the chance to meet. I may have spied a few I was too shy to approach. Thanks to the Haven Team for pulling off such an awesome event and to the amazing sponsors for the generous swag! 

I’m not sure that there will be another blog conference in my future but I always look forward to connecting with you online! xo

Anna Maria Island Getaway

Anna Maria Island, Florida – a fun and relaxing getaway! Enter to win a dream vacation!

Win a Dream Vacation at diyshowoff.com

I recently met up with a small group of blog friends for a relaxing retreat on Anna Maria Island.

Sirenia Cove Beach Cottage at Anna Maria Island, Florida

The best part of any vacation for me (aside from fun times with friends) is the lodging. And this Anna Maria Island home rental named Sirenia Cove did not disappoint. 

Sirenia Cove, Anna Maria Island Home Rental

Let’s take a tour! Beautiful decor, four bedrooms (sleeps 12), three bathrooms…

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Fully equipped kitchen and comfortable living spaces…

beach house kitchen beach cottage living room beach cottage style beach cottage dining room

Plenty of quiet spaces…

beach cottage screened porch beach cottage reading room beach cottage shelving beach cottage crows nest

but lots of room for entertaining too AND right on the water (great location for boaters). 

Sirenia Cove beach cottage Sirenia Cove dock on the dock at Sirenia Cove

Beach cottage style. Happy, bright and colorful.

This driftwood whale is adorable...wanted to bring it home.

This driftwood whale is adorable...wanted to bring it home.
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Because I deal with anxiety and panic attacks, I was the fuddy-duddy who stayed behind house watching during some of the adventures; content to relax in this beautiful home and most days you could find me lounging and reading by the pool. No complaints from me. My kind of get-away. Few plans, low key, stress-free! Beautiful, comfortable surroundings. 

Sirenia Cove pool

It felt like a big birthday celebration with all of the gifts! We each brought some cute things to swap and Anna Maria Island businesses welcomed us with a surprise swag bag full of goodies! 

presents!

Plenty to do for my sight-seeing adventure seeking friends as well!

Anna Maria Island Beach The Anna Maria City Pier Anna Maria Island pier Anna Maria Island palm trees Anna Maria Island friend

Beautiful sandy beach, pier, shopping and restaurants within walking distance, kayaking and other fun excursions close by.

Anna Maria Island blogger retreat

Golf cart and bicycle rental for touring the island. Thanks, Fun and More Rentals!

Fun and More Rentals

Thanks SO much to Anna Maria Island Home Rental for the beautiful and tranquil accommodations.

Sirenia Cove Beach Cottage at Anna Maria Island, Florida  

Thanks to Ford for providing local transportation. 

Ford Fusion

Looking for more pictures and details or to make a few new friends? Visit:
Kelly from Eclectically Vintage
Diane from In My Own Style
Beth from Unskinny Boppy
Karah from The Space Between
Carrie from Making Lemonade
Denise from The Painted Home 

These girls are so sweet and so much fun! 

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So what do you think? Want to go?

AMI dream vacation

How would YOU like to get away to Anna Maria Island? Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win! 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. WINNER IS Jennifer Davis Schultz who won by liking AMIBL on Facebook. Congratulations, Jennifer!

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• Free use of Beach Chairs for 4 Days from Sirenia Cove
• 1 – Portrait by the Sea value of $100.00 from Photography by Billi
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16 Fabulous Leather Tutorials for the Home

Hello there friends of Roeshel! My name is Corinna and I’m the blogger behind For My Love Of. I love my home, and the process of making it a beautifully decorated home. For the past 2 years I’ve been learning and sharing different DIY home improvement and decor techniques on my blog. It’s a fun journey and I’m hoping it encourages others to take passion in their homes too. My most recent obsession in home decor is leather, so I’m pretty excited to be sharing today’s post with you- 16 Fabulous DIY Leather Tutorials for The Home!

*Please remember to pin from the original sources listed below.

16 Fabulous DIY Leather Tutorials For The Home Ugly Sofa Upcycled Into Leather Safari Sling Bench
Might as well start big or go home, am I right? Ugly Sofa Upcycled Into Leather Safari Sling Bench by Mandi of Vintage Revivals. Incredibly impressive, using the fabric from one couch to create a sofa from bare materials! DIY Leather Herb Labels DIY Leather Herb Label by Chris Loves Julia. If you’re growing your own herbs, dress them up with cute leather labels! leather studded stump Leather Studded Stump by Anythingology blog. Everybody loves a good tree stump stool, and you can amp up a raw one with leather and upholstery tacks!

DIY Stitched Leather Stool

DIY Minimal Leather Stool Cover by Meg Kemner for Design Milk. Another fantastic stool, and so minimalistic! Personally, I think it could look really neat with colorful legs too! DIY (faux) leather accent pillow DIY Leather Accent Pillow by For My Love Of for The Love Nerds. For an easy touch of leather, and minimal tools, try adding a leather accent pillow!

hand sewn leather pillow tutorials

Pump up a basic pleather pillow with neon embroidery floss and some time and create a Hand Embroidered Leather Pillow with Pop of Neon by For My Love Of. Wood & Leather Suspended Shelf Wood & Leather Suspended Shelf by Camille Styles. Add style and texture in one easy DIY shelf!

DIY Leather Coasters

DIY Leather Coasters by Carly of Create Live Blog. For all the remnant leather fabric from other projects, you could create these fabulous coasters! DIY Leather Plant Hanger DIY Leather Plant Hanger by Steven Soria of Make Smith Leather Co. for Design Sponge. The honeycomb pattern created by the cuts in the leather is too cool for words. DIY Braided Leather Hanging Planter Tutorial DIY Braided Leather Hanging Planter by For My Love Of. And because hanging planters are so practical, here’s another one using leather-like materials. DIY Leather Cabinet Handles DIY Leather Cabinet Handles by Veronica Loves Archie. Another great project for leather remnant pieces. Definitely takes the boring out of those basic white cabinets.

Wood + Leather Magazine Holder DIY

Wood + Leather Magazine Holder DIY by A Beautiful Mess. A bit more skill is involved, but the end result is a stunning piece. Woven Stool Tutorial Woven Leather Stool Tutorial by Matt of Wood & Faulk. A great dose of leather and would make a fantastic footstool! Modern Leather Bench Tutorial

DIY Modern Leather Bench w/Hairpin Legs by Home + Style Report. I feel like this would be so practical for those of us with kids and it’s so stylish too!

 DIY Home Decor: How to Make a Leather Valet Tray

How to Make a Leather Valet Tray by Paul for Apartment Therapy. Couldn’t you find lots of uses for a leather tray like this one? DIY Leather Organizer Organize paperwork and add a dose of leather to your work space with this DIY Leather Organizer by Mandy Pellegrin for Design Sponge.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this collection of fabulous DIY projects and are inspired to try the material (faux or real) in one of your next home decor projects! Please share any of your leather projects in the comments below!

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The Nesting Place Book Giveaway

A phrase that fits our home and perhaps yours too: “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” That’s the mantra at The Nesting Place and one that applies to not only our decorative surroundings or our design style but imperfect beauty in real life. 

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The Nester has just released an amazing book that covers the topic of accepting imperfection: The Nesting Place. 

Here’s a description that says it so much better than I ever could since I’m only part way into the book: Perfection is overrated. Popular blogger and self-taught decorator Myquillyn Smith (The Nester) is all about embracing reality—especially when it comes to decorating a home bursting with boys, pets, and all the unpredictable messes of life. In The Nesting Place, Myquillyn shares the secrets of decorating for real people—and it has nothing to do with creating a flawless look to wow your guests. It has everything to do with embracing the natural imperfection and chaos of daily living. Drawing on her years of experience creating beauty in her 13 different homes, Myquillyn will show you how to think differently about the true purpose of your home and simply and creatively tailor it to reflect you and your unique style—without breaking the bank or stressing over comparisons. Full of easy tips, simple steps, and practical advice, The Nesting Place will give you the courage to take risks with your home and transform it into a place that’s inviting and warm for family and friends.There is beauty in the lived-in and loved-on and just-about-used-up, Myquillyn says, and welcoming that imperfection wholeheartedly just might be the most freeing thing you’ll ever do.

It’s easy to get caught up in focusing on what I don’t have, how my home compares to others, what’s missing. You too? This book helps change and redirect focus to appreciating what we do have, living and that creating a beautiful home not only doesn’t have to break the bank, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. 

Find a quiet space, put your feet up and read every word. You’ll walk away inspired to look at your home in a fresh new way by embracing imperfections and flaws (they can be good and comforting!), accepting that a lived-in home is a happy home, as well as gain tips for making the most of where you live. Now. Without waiting for perfect conditions, without maxing out the credit cards.

The Nesting Place

Here’s the story behind the cover —> http://www.thenester.com/2014/04/risk-of-imperfections.html And here’s more info about the book: http://www.thenester.com/landing/the-nesting-place-book.

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The Nesting Place is generously giving away a copy to THREE lucky DIYShowOff readers! Enter for a chance to win using the Rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway starts right now and ends Friday, May 9th at midnight EST. Winners will be announced shortly after. Giveaway is only open to US residents (sorry, international friends!). Good luck!

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DIY & Show Off: Fabulous Furniture Highlights

January was an awesome month for rescuing furniture. Check out these favorites from January 2014 That DIY Party links: 

That DIY Party Furniture Highlights January 2014

I have a cute copper desk lamp. It’s in the closet. All I’m missing is this gorgeous DIY Ikea desk hack at The Gathered Home. I love the copper detail paired with that luscious rustic plank top, Brynne!

DIY Ikea desk hack @TheGatheredHome

Furniture surgery. Melissa brought this old girl back to life. See more details on restoring a Queen Anne settee at The Whimsical Wife

restoring queen anne settee @TheWhimsicalWife

Rescued furniture. One of my favorites. And this desk and chair re-do at Brooke Eva is so, so, SO pretty!

desk and chair makeover @BrookeEva

 Wow! You won’t believe this DIY Ikea furniture hack at Songbird Blog. Marianne, you did an amazing job giving that plain old tv stand a beautiful new look!

DIY Ikea furniture hack @SongbirdBlog

Ikea hacks are so much fun. Ready for another one? Aniko’s DIY Ikea hack headboard at Place of My Taste is stunning! What a happy place to fall asleep and to wake up every day.

Ikea headboard hack @PlaceofMyTaste

Liz has invited us for coffee or tea. She’s all ready for our visit with her fully stocked coffee & tea bar at Create…awesome dresser re-do!

coffee bar @CreatedwithLove

Remember to pin from the original source. See more DIY highlights on That DIY Party Pinterest Board for easy re-pinning…

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Have a DIY project to share? Well head on over to “show off” your DIY…

That DIY Party

DIY & Show Off: That DIY Party Decorating & Home Accents Highlights

Looking for some DIY decorating and home accent inspiration? I’ve gathered some favorites from January’s That DIY Party: 

That DIY Party highlights - January 2014

Cute curvy coat rack {repurposed table legs} from Denise on a Whim repurposed table legs coat rack - Denise on a Whim

Brrr! Baby it’s cold outside! Embracing it with a winter mantel at the Happy Housie…love the pine cone pom pom garland!

winter mantel @theHappyHousie

Loving gold? Me too! The gold leaf tray at Homey Oh My is a great way to display jewelry. 

gold leaf jewelry tray @HomeyOhMy

Kim’s beachy neutral Valentine’s mantel at Sand & Sisal is sweet for all year long. 

neutral beachy Valentine mantel @SandandSisal

When your bedroom makeover is on a tight budget, check out Corey’s great tutorial for making your own duvet cover at Tiny Side Kick

how to make a duvet cover @TinySideKick

 

Who wants these? Yep, me too! See the great DIY rustic floating shelves tutorial at Tiny Side Kick. 

floating shelves tutorial @TinySideKick

Lisa’s DIY Ikea wall light hack at Shine Your Light – not only just as beautiful as her inspiration but way more budget friendly too!

Ikea wall light hack @ShineYourLightBlog

Looking for some easy sweet DIY wall art? The DIY sweetheart hoop at Sugar Beans fits the bill. So cute!

Sweetheart Hoop Art @SugarBeans

for the little ones…

Oh.My.Goodness! Isn’t this the most darling thing ever? It’s a DIY retro play kitchen at Imperfectly Imaginable

DIY play kitchen @ImperfectlyImaginable

Need a place to hide away until spring arrives? I’d love to hole up in this DIY play tent at the DIY Mommy. Operation hibernation commence. 

DIY play tent tutorial @theDIYMommy

Remember to pin from the original source. See more DIY highlights on That DIY Party Pinterest Board for easy re-pinning…

thatdiyparty.pinboard

Have a DIY project to share? Well head on over to “show off” your DIY…

That DIY Party

DIY & Show Off: That DIY Party Room Makeover Highlights

I’ve been catching up on That DIY Party links, pinning and collecting some favorites. That’s over 600 links filled with your awesome creativity! I’ve split up the highlights into 3 categories that I’ll share this week. Here are some room makeover DIY highlights from January’s That DIY Party that you’ll want to check out or revisit: 

That DIY Party Highlights {beautiful spaces} January 2014

Awesome use of space in this charming little entryway closet at Creatively Living Blog…love the insulator coat hooks!

entry way closet reveal @CreativelyLivingBlog

Oh-la-la! Parisian chic bedroom at Quirky Cool! Magnifique!

Paris themed bedroom @QuirkyCool

Not only would I be inspired to get to work! in this gorgeous homework station at Classy Clutter by Savannah but I may be inspired to daydream as well (don’t tell the kids!)…

homework station @ClassyClutter

Speaking of daydreaming, Mallory did a beautiful job with this little reading nook at Classy Clutter. Housework, DIY can wait. Let’s take a break!

reading nook @ClassyClutter

Get your rustic – antique – vintage fix over Shabby Love’s beautiful home tour. So much charming vintage eye candy!

Home Tour @Shabby Love (VintageMellie)

Loving this modern boy’s bedroom makeover at Amy Krist…so many fun DIY accents!

boys modern bedroom @AmyKrist

Grab a tissue for your drool. Brandi’s farmhouse kitchen at Nest of Bliss is so inspiring. That ceiling! That light fixture! That island! and more! I’ll take a helping of each, please!

farmhouse kitchen @NestofBliss

I love every precious detail in this guest bedroom makeover at Tidbits and Twine…the cozy and pretty twin beds, the black beauty cabinet, the frames above the bed and especially those sconce lights. 

guest room makeover @TidbitsandTwine

Remember to pin from the original source. See more DIY highlights on That DIY Party Pinterest Board for easy re-pinning…

thatdiyparty.pinboard

Have a DIY project to share? Well head on over to “show off” your DIY…

That DIY Party

DIYShowOff Gift Recommendations

Who could use some cold hard cash to get a head start on holiday shopping? Or how about something for yourself just this once? (Hey, I know you and I’d say you deserve a reward!) I’m joining a talented group of awesome blog friends in sharing some gift recommendations AND we’ve gathered together to offer a fun giveaway too!

*** UPDATE 11/12/13: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Lisa F!

Earlybird Xmas giveaway

I LOVE LOVE LOVE giving! I spend a lot of time choosing just the right gift for each member of my family, so as I sat down to research my gift recommendations, I struggled with how to recommend something for someone I don’t know/something more generic. And after nearly 12 hours of browsing and editing a draft post 35902 times…I realized it just wasn’t going to happen or feel inspiring.

However! My family has already asked me for my Christmas wish list…so, here are some things I love and recommend (for me) but perhaps you’ll spy some great ideas for your holiday gift-buying (or your own wish list).

All year long our extra cash goes towards DIY home improvement and decorating and that wish list is loooooong, believe me! So for fun, I made a detour from the usual DIY theme. Each item listed is way below $250. Gotta love more bang for your buck! 

Winter Woodland Warmth

 
Roeshel's Wish List 1

H M pink sweater
$24 – hm.com

Boots
lucky21.com

Kate Spade earrings
lordandtaylor.com

Tube scarf
jcpenney.com

Wall art
urbanoutfitters.com

H M candles candleholder
$6.37 – hm.com

H M holiday decoration
$4.77 – hm.com
 
Or something a little more relaxing…
Comfort & Joy
Roeshel's Wish List 2

 

What’s on your wish list? How can you enter to win, you ask? 

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There’s a $100 Overstock gift card being given away to two lucky DIYShowOff readers too! 

Visit these sweet blog friends to see what’s on their wish list…

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Jen at City Farmhouse
Roeshel at DIY Showoff (you’re already here!)
Krista at The Happy Housie
Liz at Love Grows Wild
Rachel at Maison de Pax
Jenna at Rain on a Tin Roof
Jamie at So Much Better With Age
Corey at Tiny Sidekick
Laura at The Turquoise Home
Katie at Upcycled Treasures

That DIY Party Highlights

Every week, every link shared at That DIY Party inspires and motivates me. I love visiting and pinning and featuring and being inspired. Thank YOU for sharing your DIY projects!

THAT DIY PARTY HIGHLIGHTS

Here are a few favorites…

Amazing kitchen makeover...

Amazing kitchen makeover...
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Whoa! You have to see the 'before' and all of the gorgeous after photos of the kitchen reveal at Nest of Bliss. Every detail...delicious!

Got something to share? Come back Sunday at 9 a.m. EST to join THAT DIY PARTY!

That DIY Party

Or visit the links for inspiration for your next project. So.much.creativity! 

Follow along on Pinterest to see what’s being shared and to easily re-pin from the original source.

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DIY Halloween Highlights – Part 1

DIY Halloween Highlights: I’ve been collecting some awesome DIY Halloween features from the weekly That DIY Party. Looking for some last minute Halloween ideas? These are awesome! DIY Halloween

Witch’s Clothesline at 21 RoseMary Lane – so cute! 

witch's laundry at 21 RoseMary Lane

Paper Halloween Display at Design Sprinkle – fun free printables to create your own spooky vignette.

paper halloween display at Design Sprinkle

Scary Halloween Vignette at Fresh Idea Studio – I can almost hear the spooky organ music.

Scary-Halloween-Vignette at Fresh Idea Studio

Boogieman Repellant at On a Wing and a Prayer – so important and necessary for this time of year!

Boogieman Repellant at On a Wing and a Prayer

Glittery spidery candles from The Messy Roost – glitter, glam and 8 legs. 

spider candles - messy roost

a Halloween bedroom at the DIY Dreamer – sweet dreams. bahahahahaha!

Creepy-Crawly-Bedroom at The DIY Dreamer  

Halloween Ghost Feet at the Moody Fashionista – awesome sweet keepsake gift idea!

Halloween ghost feet at The Moody Fashionista

Halloween Jack O Lantern at Making Lemonade – so creative and festive!

Halloween Jack O Lantern at Making Lemonade

Repurposed grill rack spider web at Petticoat Junktion – clever and creepy! Love the simplicity too!

grill rack spider web at Petticoat Junktion

and three of my own most recent:

DIY skeleton ghost

DIY Halloween Ghost

wooden candy corn accents

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals  

trick or treat tote bags

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

I’ll be sharing more Halloween this week! Stay tuned! 

Please remember to pin from the original source by clicking the links above or easily repinning from the That DIY Party Pinterest board

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A BIG thanks to these talented ladies for linking up their spooky fun DIY!

Do you have a Halloween DIY to ‘show off’? Link up at this week’s That DIY Party!

DIY Highlights

I fell way behind in featuring some awesome THAT DIY PARTY highlights the last few weeks due to a busy schedule but I’m catching up! 

DIY Party Highlights

Here’s a shout out to some favorite do-it-yourself projects from some amazing blog friends: 

DIY HIGHLIGHTS

Kim shared a recent job and “wow”. Just “Wow!” Beautiful. See the process of this reclaimed beadboard installation at Living Vintage

Living-Vintage-our-completed-beadboard-project

Loving Stephanie’s eclectic bedroom makeover at The Styled Soul

bedroom makeover - The Styled Soul

Tracie did an awesome job with this gorgeous light fixture makeover at Cleverly Inspired

refinish-an-old-ceiling-light-cleverlyinspired

Andrea shares an inexpensive easy DIY – framed wrapping paper at Live Love Larson and I am drooling over her entire dining room…gorgeous!

framed wrapping paper at Live Love larson

When I grow up, I want to build like Jen at the House of Wood. Did you see the gorgeous DIY Pottery Barn inspired media console? Wow!

DIY media console at the House of Wood

Tanya proves that a pretty laundry room update doesn’t have to cost big bucks at Twelve O Eight.

laundry room update - Twelve O Eight

Rebecca’s DIY wreath bird feeder at the Garden Roof Coop is so pretty, isn’t it? 

bird feeder wreath - The Garden Roof Coop

Cristina shared her beautiful DIY chalkboard with tray tutorial at Remodelando la Casa. Not only do I want that chalkboard, but her laundry room is stunning! Love it!

DIY chalkboard with tray - Remodelando la Casa

Brandi’s fireplace makeover at Nest of Bliss – wow! Lovely!

FireplaceMakeover - Nest of Bliss

Remember to visit the links above to say “hi” and to pin from the original source or head over to the THAT DIY PARTY Pinterest board to easily re-pin these and more original DIY party links.

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Thanks to everyone for joining the party by sharing DIY! Surprise to the ladies featured above…I apologize for not having the time to leave you a note about showing off your awesome-ness. xo

Showing Off: Bed Slats to DIY Shutters at Vintage News Junkie

Meet: Candace from 

Vintage News Junkie blog

I had the pleasure to meet her in person at the Haven Conference. Candace is a former news girl who dabbles in antiques, crafts, paint, and DIY projects. She blogs about life, home, and her love for recycling more than old newspapers.

Project Description: She repurposed Ikea bed slats ( that she scored for FREE) and created kitchen shutters from them! So cool!

DIY-upcycled-shutters-before-after

For more details:

from-ikea-bed-slats-to-indoor-shutters-two-part-tutorial

Shutter Tutorial Part One

Shutter Tutorial Part Two

Victory!