12 DIY Halloween Ideas

Here’s a catalog of DIYShowOff Halloween projects for creepy and fun inspiration: 

halloween DIY ideas @diyshowoff

witch hat tutorial for a Halloween centerpiece, candy dish, vignette or planter

Halloween DIY @diyshowoff #lowescreator

monster repellent Halloween party favor recipe

Halloween essential oils Make & Take ideas, graphics and printables @diyshowoff

Halloween wooden BOO blocks and super easy wall art tutorial 

DIY Halloween decor @diyshowoff  

DIY chicken wire/cheesecloth spooky skeleton ghost

DIY Halloween Ghost

DIY ‘Nevermore’ tree Halloween decor

DIY Halloween Nevermore Tree

The Raven inspired Halloween mantel

Nevermore Halloween Mantel

personalized trick or treat tote bags

DIY trick or treat tote bags  

DuckTape trick or treat bucket tutorial

DuckTape trick or treat bucket tutorial #halloween @diyshowoff #spookduckular  

DIY pumpkin/jack-o-lantern diorama

pumpkin diorama @diyshowoff

candy skull owl

DIY Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl Tutorial  

wooden candy corn decorations

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces  

I love this old Halloween display from quite a few years ago…

halloween decorating @diyshowoff


Share YOUR Halloween in this week’s That DIY Party. 

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.


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


Striped Gallery Wall

A little cabin fever with sub-zero temps had me looking at areas of our home to “clean” up which lead to painting a striped gallery wall. Strange how my brain works but once I cleared the bookcases (so much dust!), that inspired the idea to dress up the entire area. 

What I used: 

  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • paint – I used leftover paint from our laundry room. Color is Valspar Mineral Ash. Existing wall color is Benjamin Moore Smoky Taupe. 

What I did:

I cleaned the wall above our build in bookcases. I marked where the framed prints hang on the wall then using the level, marked light pencil lines horizontally. 

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

Then I applied the FrogTape.

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

I used my thumbnail to secure the edges of the FrogTape to the wall in order to get nice crisp paint lines. 

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

Then simply painted the wall two coats. 

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

While the second coat was still wet, I removed the FrogTape and let the paint dry. 

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

Then hung up my prints and restyled the bookcases. Paint is such an easy way to create a new look, add some interest and to freshen up the space.

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

Now to come up with some seating for this area. Stay tuned!

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

Eclectic Guest Bedroom Ideas

When I shared our family room and kitchen in the What’s Your Style Series, one style those rooms (and all rooms in my home) share is “eclectic”.

Visiting from the beautiful bedroom at Shabby Love? Welcome, friends!

When you do what you love, specifically on a small budget; thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales, yard sales and Craigs List become favorite sources for unique, eclectic decor. Our guest bedroom is no exception. 

blue orange and gold eclectic guest bedroom at diyshowoff.com   blue orange and gold guest room bed at diyshowoff.com blue orange and gold guest room bed at diyshowoff.com guest bedroom at diyshowoff.com eclectic guest room at diyshowoff.com

and a mix of old and new.

mixing old and new - eclectic guest bedroom at diyshowoff.com

Small budget? Wrap a canvas you already own with pretty wrapping paper to freshen up old decor. 

wrapping paper canvas art at diyshowoff.com

Layer the bed with a folded top sheet topped with a throw blanket. Cat optional. 

eclectic guest bedroom at diyshowoff

Eclectic: mismatched furniture, a mix of pattern and colors, collected-over-time gallery wall, DIY accents, a painted floor and flea market finds. 

blue orange gold eclectic guest bedroom at diyshowoff.com mixed media gallery wall at diyshowoff.com guest bedroom redo at diyshowoff.com eclectic guest bedroom DIY cat window seat

I’m in the process of planning a re-do on our other guest room/dressing room. Our master bedroom is a disaster since the day we moved in but always seems to get pushed further down the priority list. What’s your style and favorite bedroom in your home?

Posts related to this room/DIY in this bedroom:

diy luggage rack

easy DIY cat window seat

chevron Shape Tape tray

painted dresser tutorial at diyshowoff.com

See more of my style in the DIY Show Off Home Tour.

Ready for some more bedroom inspiration? Check out these bedroom beauties in the What’s Your Style Series:

what's your style series

Ready for a little inspiration to get started on freshening up your bedroom? Check out the giveaway using the widget below to be entered to win a $100 gift card to Online Fabric Store. Good luck!

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Eclectic Vintage Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

It’s time for the “What’s Your Style” series: Kitchen edition. Last month when discussing my style and our family room in the Living Spaces edition, I explained that my style can’t really be described in one word {unless the word “mutt” counts} so I’d describe our kitchen as a mix of classic, vintage, modern and eclectic and still a work in progress. 

DIYShowOff kitchen

Future plans include removing the bulkhead and replacing the upper cabinets and installing a real range hood. We’re saving for a new gas range and refrigerators. Yes, two refrigerators. My husband loves to cook and grill. And we have yet to come up with our kitchen island. Sometimes I use desks…

farmhouse kitchen

and because I like to change things up and rearrange, we’re currently using an old vintage dresser which provides storage for serving trays, paper plates and napkins, etc.

DIYShowOff kitchen

More vintage and eclectic: an old mail sorter is now somewhat of a butler’s pantry…

DIYShowOff kitchen

DIYShowOff kitchen

A small painted dresser next to the French doors leading to the patio stores grilling and Big Green Egg supplies as well as a ‘drop zone’ drawer right inside the door for hiding keys, mail, the contents of my husband’s pockets. 

DIYShowOff kitchen

We enter our home through the French doors in the kitchen…

DIYShowOff kitchen

so having a small coat rack and seat for putting on shoes is helpful (future location of 2nd fridge). 

DIYShowOff entry

DIYShowOff entry way

Here’s a look at our kitchen when we bought this old house…


and after some DIY (painting cabinets, installing marble subway tile, wide plank antique distressed bamboo floors (which are darker than the pictures show), Virginia jet mist granite counters, paint, etc.)…

DIYShowOff kitchen  

DIYShowOff kitchen

DIYShowOff kitchen

There’s a small pantry cupboard that we use for pots and pans with a clock embedded into the door, a sliding ladder for reaching the spices displayed on wall-mounted lazy Susans and an over-the-doorway the cook book library (repurposed old chicken feeder).

DIYShowOff kitchen

DIYShowOff kitchen

DIYShowOff kitchen sliding ladder

Modern: We have a super deep under mount stainless steel zero radius sink and a modern/vintage-industrial inspired faucet. 

DIYShowOff kitchen faucet

We replaced the old windows a few months ago. 

DIYShowOff kitchen

And hey, were’s the microwave? We recently expanded some kitchen storage into what we call the open pantry right behind the kitchen. More rustic, industrial and a little eclectic farmhouse style…

open pantry at diyshowoff.com

(You may have noticed a little switcheroo with the decorative accessories in the photos above. I do love to re-decorate and re-arrange every time I clean. It’s sort of a reward and motivation…whatever gets it done, right?) You can see more of my home here

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…


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

That DIY Party

Valentine’s Day Decorating {Vinyl Decal Glass Top Table Runner}

I’m not quite late in terms of sharing my Valentine decorating, am I? I don’t do much…just a little here and there, mostly in the dining room. 

Valentine dining room decor

More pictures after a little vinyl tutorial: Having a vinyl cutting machine is GREAT for last minute decorating! Our reclaimed barn wood dining table is protected by a beveled glass top. And a glass top table is the perfect spot for an adhesive vinyl table runner just in time for Valentine’s day!

Valentine glass top table vinyl decals

You’ll need:

  • Adhesive vinyl from Happy Crafters in pink and soft pink
  • Transfer paper

Tools I used:

  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette Design Studio software
  • scissors
  • credit card/gift card

Happy Crafters Adhesive Vinyl

Using the Silhouette Design Studio software, I used different fonts to create Valentine text along with a few shapes from the online store.  Because I wanted to have the text reading different directions, I used the rotate tool to flip some of the text and shapes. 

Silhouette Design Studio software

Before sending the design to cut, I uploaded the vinyl into my machine color side up then changed my setting to cut adhesive vinyl. 

When cutting was complete, I removed and trimmed my vinyl design. Then inserted another sheet of vinyl and cut the design again. I used two sets of vinyl decals to create my table runner.  cutting adhesive vinyl

Next up is removing all of the negative part of the vinyl design. Simply remove all vinyl that’s not a letter or shape. 

weeding vinyl decals

Now it’s like a sheet of vinyl stickers. Not something you want to place letter by letter so apply a piece of transfer paper over top of the vinyl decals. 

Measure placement and alignment of where the vinyl decal table runner will go onto your glass top table. 

vinyl decal placement

Rub the vinyl decals with a gift card so that the adhesive vinyl transfer from the wax paper backing to the transfer paper. 

transfer paper

Remove wax paper backing. Sometimes I have to use my fingernail or thumbnail to help along the transfer. 

adhesive vinyl decal tutorial

Carefully align and place the vinyl decal with transfer paper onto the glass. 

glass top table vinyl decal

Rub with a gift card so that the vinyl transfers from the paper to the glass. 

transferring vinyl decal

Remove transfer paper. 

transfer paper vinyl decal

That’s it! Now the glass table top sports a sweet Valentine’s message!

adhesive vinyl Valentine centerpiece

Simply peel away the vinyl for easy removal.

Valentine table decor

More decorating around the DIYShowOff house: 

Valentine centerpiece


Valentine wreath

Valentine's day dining room decorating

Valentine Mantel


DIYShowOff Valentine Mantel


Valentine dining room decor


Valentine dining room decor


Valentine decor


See more Valentine’s crafts in the DIYShowOff project gallery


Valentine kitchen


Valentine decorating

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  I really love working with this vinyl. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 


Eclectic Family Room {What’s Your Style Series & Giveaway}

Today I’m discussing my decorating style as a part of the “What’s Your Style” series. What words describe the look and feel of your home’s decor? Sometimes it isn’t as simple as a one word definition or description. family room What I love about decorating for myself in my own home is that there are no rules, no titles, no terms, no laws. All that matters when it comes down to it is that we’re comfortable. And what makes me happy (in a decorating sense) is being surrounded by a mix and match of colors and styles and things that I love. colorful painted wooden candlesticks I’ve never been able to pinpoint one specific design style (see my home tour) to describe the look of my home. It’s always evolving, ever changing. I can easily describe my style in one word: “mutt”. You’ll find rustic charm, vintage but modern too, a touch of cottage style here and there mixed with flea market and farmhouse inspired decor with a bit of fun and colorful and even industrial elements. Quite a mix, right? greenhouse frame desk So it goes without saying that “eclectic” is one word that encompasses the mutt-mix of design style in my home. I really don’t give labeling my design style much thought. I just do what I love. diyshowoff eclectic family room  But after walking through my rooms, I’d call my style “intrinsic eclectic”, short for “eclectic-vintage-modern-farmhouse-country-fleamarket-cottage-rustic-charm”.  It really depends on which room you’re standing in around here and what time of the year it is.  eclectic decor As a part of the “What’s Your Style” series, we’re taking a look at living spaces. If you’re visiting from the fabulous Danika at Gorgeous Shiny Things, welcome! I’m so glad you’re here! C’mon in, make yourself at home! You can find a list of all 13 bloggers’ living spaces at the end of this blog post along with an awesome Mohawk rug giveaway. desk decor Our family room is casual, fun and definitely eclectic.  I’m never afraid to combine periods and styles and prefer to mix new with old and flea market finds to create a space that feels at home in our home.eclectic family roomSummary: Because of my love for decorating, I find that I’m drawn to flea market finds and DIY accents that fit my style (and budget) best… a fun challenge that drives my creativity and results in a unique look that I love. eclectic family room  “Intrinsic Eclectic” sums up my style. What about you?   Italian Greyhound Rosie Next up in the What’s Your Style series is Michelle and her beautiful style at Iron & TwineStart at the beginning and make your rounds using the schedule below:

what's your style series  

Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof
Lucy from Craftberry Bush
Melissa from Shabby Love
Laura from Finding Home
Roeshel from DIY Showoff
Michelle from Iron & Twine
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DIYShowOff 2013 Project Recap

Always for looking at what’s NOT done with little to no regard to all that has been accomplished. Sound familiar? Well, this time of year, looking back at our DIY accomplishments reminds me…”Hey! We didn’t sit on our butts all of 2013!” Wow! What a year! Here’s a recap of some of my top DIY projects:

2013 DIYShowOff Recap

Wall Mounted Pallet Shelf diy-pallet-shelf

Globe Light Fixture Cover globe light cover

Patio Swing/Daybed Makeover how to add curtains to a patio swing

Free Standing Pallet Herb Garden free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden

Not DIY…but in spring of 2013, we rescued Rosie, our Italian Greyhound. She’s such a sweetie and easily transitioned to life in a DIY home CocoRosie - diyshowoff

She’s even inspired some DIY: 

DIY Dresser Drawer Dog Bed DIY Dog Bed

Summer Home Tour DIYShowOff Summer Home Tour

Covered Patio Transformation barn party patio

Chandelier Planter Tutorial how to make a chandelier planter

Giant LCR Dice Game DIY giant LCR dice game

Decorative Baseboard Trim easy decorative baseboard tutorial

Tire Planter Tutorial tire flower planter tutorial

Stacked Ombre Flower Pots Stacked Stenciled Ombre Flower Pots Tutorial

DIY Wire Cloche/Succulent Garden DIY wire succulent garden tutorial

DIY Removable Window Frame/Art DIY Removable Decorative Window Frame Tutorial

DIY Map Triptych Wall Art DIY wall art - map triptych tutorial

Recycled Brick Patio/Patio recycled brick walkway

Grape Arbor Gazebo Makeover grape arbor gazebo reveal

DIY Foldable Luggage Rack  diy luggage rack

Family Room Before and After family room makeover before and after

Christmas Home Tour DIYShowOff Christmas Home Tour 2013

Customizable/Interchangeable Monogrammed Mirror One decorative accent - UNLIMITED LOOKS: DIY Interchangeable/Custom Monogrammed Mirror Tutorial

2012, 2011

DIYShowOff Project Gallery

DIYShowOff Home Tour

Sharing here:

2013 Year in Review Link Party

Best DIY Projects of 2013

Top 10 Projects of 2013

Coming soon in early 2014:

  • Open Pantry Before & After
  • Bathroom Makeover
  • Laundry Room Transformation

DIYShowOff Christmas Home Tour

Hi everyone! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

DIYShowOff Christmas Home Tour 2013

The countdown to Christmas is certainly on! If you visited the home tour last week, this may feel like a bit of a dèjà vu moment but please bear with me…the pictures are different, there are MORE! and I’ve changed some things around for the Blogger Stylin’ Christmas Home Tour series hosted by the White Buffalo Styling CoLet’s get started! 

Welcome via the Back Patio

Lynch Creek Farm Wreaths

Christmas porch


polka dot door Christmas French Door Decor

Christmas Kitchen

farmhouse Christmas kitchen

(see full kitchen makeover here) christmas kitchen vignette Christmas kitchen nook   mason jar Christmas centerpiece   Christmas kitchen at DIYShowOff   Christmas kitchen   Farmhouse Kitchen Christmas

Enchanted Winter Wonderland Dining Room 

rustic glitter Christmas mantel natural Christmas tree Christmas mantel   Christmas dining room table

{frosted mirror makeover tutorial}

Frosted Mirror Christmas Mantel rustic Christmas dining room

{dining room makeover} Christmas centerpiece Christmas tablescape rustic vintage Christmas tree Christmas place settings Rustic Glam Table Setting

and Sitting Room

rustic Christmas sitting room

{sitting room makeover} Christmas sitting room DIYShowOff

{painted upholstered chairs} Christmas candle centerpiece

{no sew drop cloth script curtains} tomato cage Christmas tree

{tomato cage Christmas tree} Christmas sitting room Sitting room at Christmas

a quick stop to the Bathroom (not in the literal sense)

Christmas bathroom decor

{bathroom makeover}

Christmas bathroom

Traditional Living Room

Red and Gold Christmas Tree Living Room Christmas Christmas decorating Christmas living room vignette Christmas in the living room Christmas living room Christmas living room mantel Christmas mantel

Just a little holiday cheer in the Guest Room

Christmas bed Christmas guest bedroom

{guest bedroom before and after} Christmas trunk night stand guest bedroom at Christmas blue Christmas

Merry & Bright in the Family Room

Christmas family room

{family room makeover}

eclectic colorful Christmas

{Michaels Dream Tree Challenge – ombrè Christmas tree}

Ombre Christmas Tree

 Easy velvet-y Christmas Tree Bell Ornaments

DIY Christmas Ornament Craft

non traditional Christmas family room

{no sew ruffled tree skirt}

ombre tree skirt Eclectic Christmas decorating

Ornament Frames Christmas ornament frame

Christmas office colorful Christmas decor

 tinsel ornament Christmas tree

DIY ornament tinsel tree tutorial  

Powder Room

Christmas half bathroom decorating  

{powder room before and after}

half bathroom Christmas vignette

and a sneak peek of the Open Pantry to be revealed in January…

Christmas pantry at DIYShowOff

Need more details on what’s shown above? Check out the DIY Project Gallery for detailed posts and tutorials or leave me a comment below and I’ll get right back to you! Thanks for taking another look at our holiday home tour. Let’s call it a ‘Holiday Home Tour 2nd edition‘ to participate in this awesomeness:

blogger stylin' home tours

Yep – hosted by the lovely Lindsay. Christmas inspiration all week long! If you’re stopping by for the first time today from all of the gorgeous inspiration from The White Buffalo Styling Co., “welcome friends!” It’s nice to e-meet you! I’m so glad you’re here!

Be sure to start the tour there, stop #1 to see Lindsay’s beautiful and inspiring holiday decorating.

Now I can’t promise that next week I won’t have a 3rd edition. I kid!  I think. haha! 

You’re also going to want to visit the next stop on the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours. It’s the awesome team at East Coast Creative. Head on over to see a gorgeous Christmas by Jess & Monica and tell the girls I said ‘hello’!

Merry Christmas!

See Christmas Home Tour Part 1 in the Deck the Halls {30+ blogger holiday tome tours here too.} Linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick’s Christmas Party.

Blogger Stylin’ Holiday Home Tour Full schedule: 

Roeshel – DIY Showoff 
Jess and Monica – East Coast Creative
Laura – Finding Home 
Jesse – Scout & Nimble
Sarah – Sarah M. Dorse
Angela – Number Fifty-Three 
Gwen – The Makerista 
Brittany – Brittany Makes 
Ashley – The Handmade Home  
Anneke – This, That, & Life 
Caitlin – Desert Domicile 
Sarah – The Thriftress 
Carolyn – Sweet Chaos Home 
Shavonda – A Home Full of Color 
Jamie – C.R.A.F.T. 
Lucy – Craftberry Bush 
Michelle – Decor and the Dog 
Whitney – The Curtis Casa 
Kristin – Bliss at Home 
Summer – Simple Stylings 
Sarah – Lacquer and Linen  
 Kelly – View Along the Way 
Jenna – SAS Interiors
Chris – Just a Girl 
Michelle – Iron and Twine 
Amanda – Our Humble Abode 
Julia – Cuckoo 4 Design 
Bethany – Dwellings by Devore
Lindsay – Makely Home
Jennifer – Dimples and Tangles 
Traci – Beneath My Heart 
Jennifer – The Chronicles of Home 
Kristin – Hunted Interior 
Eileen – A Creative Day 
Gabbi – Retro Ranch Reno 
Kristen – KFD Designs 
Jessica – Dear Emmeline  
Sarah – Royal Marigold 
Carmel – Our Fifth House 

Havertys Holiday Hosting

I love decorating my home for the holidays for getting together with family and friends. As you know, we don’t currently have a front door or foyer but it’s on my wish list for 2014. I popped over to Havertys.com to do some virtual foyer decorating to ‘complete’ the vision I have of creating a welcoming entryway for future holiday hosting. 

Havertys Holiday Hosting


DIYShowOff Havertys Home Pinterest Board



Welcoming! Eclectic. I love that the apothecary chest has a rustic-look finish. The olive buckets are perfect for displaying party favors or a few small gifts. The chainlink mirror and silver antler candle holders add a touch of glam but also that repurposed theme I love so much. A neutral entry way rug softens and warms the area. Choosing neutral colors allows for easy swapping of seasonal decor. And the pop of red gives this area a festive feel.  A happy beautiful entryway will welcome guests and leave them with a good first impression. (Maybe they won’t notice the unfinished projects. haha!)

See if there’s a Havertys near you for some last minute holiday hosting home prep. 

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Whether you are looking for the perfect couch or an accent piece to tie the whole room together, Havertys has everything you need to prepare your home for guests this holiday season!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Havertys. The opinions and text are all mine.

Charlotte’s pretty tree for the Christmas Tree Contest.
Charlotte's Christmas Tree 2  

That DIY Party Highlights – Fall & Thanksgiving Ideas

One prominent theme to the links in That DIY Party this time of year is fall. I love these beautiful ideas and decorating for some perfect Thanksgiving inspiration:  Thanksgiving DIY

Fall Home Tour at So Much Better with Age

fall-table at So Much Better with Age  

Fall fun at Reposhure Studio

fall decorating at Reposhture

Cute felted acorns (no wool/no water) at Carolyns Homework

felted acorns at Carolyns Homework

Rustic pumpkins at DIY Swank

rustic pumpkins at DIY Swank

DIY Fall branches at Lilacs and Longhorns

DIY fall branches at Lilacs and Longhorns

Simple hydrangea pumpkin arrangement, setting a fall table at DaisyMaeBelle

Pumpkin-hydrangea-arrangement at DaisyMaeBelle

also, a DIY wheat wreath

fall wheat wreath at DaisyMaeBelle  

Paper Leaf Wreath at Nalles House

Paper Leaf Wreath at Nalles House  

Fall at the Wood Grain Cottage

fall at the Wood Grain Cottage

Fall decorating at the Turquoise Home

Fall-Dining-Room-Tablescape-at the Turquoise Home  

Free HARVEST printable at DIY Swank

Harvest.Banner.Printable at DIY Swank

Thanksgiving Table at Kathe with an E

thanksgiving table at Kathe with an E

Thanksgiving table at the Happy Housie


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And within the theme of being thankful, thanks to you and these talented blog friends for linking up their inspiring creativity and hard work each week. :) 

Colorful Eclectic Family Room Reveal

My family room finally feels just about complete and ready for a reveal! 

family room makeover

If you’ll remember, I shared the before photos a few weeks back. {Family Room Makeover Plan}. With some help from Overstock, welcome to the after: a happy colorful eclectic room.

I located more before pictures..

{when we bought the house}

family room before

{right after we moved in}

family room before makeover

 The details:

I wanted something narrow but a bit rustic to use as a coffee table. The height and length of this bench fit the bill perfectly. I love the “turnbuckle” detail too! The large size navy world map canvas is perfect for behind the couch.
family room makeover


This quote sounds just like something my husband would say. Love it!canvas wall art

Oh deer! Originally silver, I spray painted the deer an oil rubbed bronze with gold antlers for a custom look.
family room makeover

Workspace: We have a separate living room and I also have a home office/craft room upstairs but utilizing a small space of the family room to function as a workspace gives me an area to work on the main floor.
family room makeover

I fell in love with the chippy blue paint on this stool – perfect seating for my repurposed greenhouse frame desk (more on that later)!
family room makeover

eclectic home office

Keeping the walls and furniture neutral makes decorating with color fun!
family room makeover

Simply dropping our old mismatched planters into these braided baskets adds just the right amount of texture.
family room makeover

The fuchsia accent pillow covers are the perfect punch of coordinating color.
family room makeover

A dog crate that functions as an end table. I added gold Rub ‘n Buff detail to the scrolly metal design on the front door to give it more dimension.
dog crate end table

Don’t be fooled. My girls don’t share. The one on the right chased out the one of the left.

pet crate

Wall art to fill the blank wall space between the laundry room and bathroom doors.
wall art

family room makeover

Attention to detail…a DIY gold-dipped legs treatment adds a little something special to plain furniture legs of this criss cross side table.
family room makeover

Add a touch of glam to a boring chandelier with acrylic ornaments, dangly earrings and transparent vinyl decals.
family room makeover

Hideaway: Adding shower curtains to an old folding screen frame hides the cat tower for a more custom look and gives kitty more privacy. Easily removable for washing too!
family room makeover

That fish tank…ugh. One of the obstacles (along with the cat tree and plants) for this room but the beautiful hand-crafted tapestry makes it all tolerable. :) 

family room makeover

colorful painted thrift store candlesticks

colorful candlesticks

Source List:


  1. Will H. Bradley ‘Modern Poster’ Canvas Art
  2. Megan Romo ‘Fair V’ Canvas Art
  3. Fuchsia Mulberry Thai Silk Cushion Cover
  4. Goldtone Blue, Black and Brown Thread Earrings (India)
  5. Iron Wall Mounted Deer Head Figurine (India)
  6. ‘Spring Romance’ Cotton Wall Hanging
  7. Michael Tompsett ‘World Map – Navy’ canvas art
  8. Walnut Espresso Criss Cross Table
  9. TRIBECCA HOME Swindon Rustic Oak Turnbuckle Dining Bench
  10. Casa Cortes Vintage Adjustable Metal Bar Stool
  11. ‘Canyon’ 18-inch Tweed Braided Basket
  12. WallPops Kolkata Stripe Stairs Decal Pack
  13. White and Navy Hotel Shower Curtain
  14. Small Tesy Residence

I had a good start with painted walls, new bamboo floors, colorful DIY drapes, the area rug and a few pieces of furniture but finally with fun decorative accents from Overstock and a little DIY effort, my room is pulled together. It’s colorful. It’s eclectic. It’s pretty and fun and just my style.  I love it!


family room before


eclectic family room makeover

Now I have a space for gathering with friends, curling up with a good book, an escape from loud ‘man tv shows’ and a workspace that may keep me from cluttering up the dining room table.

Do you love a mix of old and new? Fun colors or more neutral? 

Disclosure: I was provided OverStock store credit to makeover an area in my home. All opinions are in my own words and my own experience. OverStock has been one of my go-to online shopping sources for years…just one of those places to check out when searching for home decor or gifts.

Family Room Makeover in Progress

I have been working on my family room for years. It keeps getting pushed to the back burner. Ever have one of those rooms?

repurposed coffee table

When we first moved in, we removed carpet. Then lived with plywood subfloors for a few years before finally installing bamboo flooring.


I painted the French doors a beautiful Benjamin Moore Pacific Ocean blue with glazing when I created a door pediment from an old headboard…

turquoise french doors.jpg

And the old hunter green striped LaZBoy sofa was great quality but I was thrilled when it got slipcovered…


hunter green striped sofa


Comfort Works slipcover, living room, beach theme

And then I saved my money to order the Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower fabric I had to have to make curtains. That fabric sat untouched for a year. I finally got the curtains sewn but not hemmed although you couldn’t tell in photos.

DIYShowOff family room tour.jpg

It’s a room that I tend to decorate here and there, one we rarely use so it gets cluttered up, but it’s never really been finished.

Until now. With the help of Overstock.com, this room is getting “polished”… i.e. “completed”. I also want it to function more as a studio/work space too since it has great lighting. It’s finally happening!

If you’ve ever shopped at Overstock, you know there’s a great selection of all things home related at great prices. And I love shopping the WorldStock section for beautiful handmade home decor and furniture. 60-70% of the purchase price goes back to the artisan and suppliers! 

Here’s a sneak peek at my Overstock order. Definitely eclectic…just the way I like it! Some things will have a bit of a DIY spin.

overstock makeover


  1. Will H. Bradley ‘Modern Poster’ Canvas Art
  2. Megan Romo ‘Fair V’ Canvas Art
  3. Fuchsia Mulberry Thai Silk Cushion Cover
  4. Goldtone Blue, Black and Brown Thread Earrings (India)
  5. Iron Wall Mounted Deer Head Figurine (India)
  6. ‘Spring Romance’ Cotton Wall Hanging
  7. Michael Tompsett ‘World Map – Navy’ canvas art
  8. Walnut Espresso Criss Cross Table
  9. TRIBECCA HOME Swindon Rustic Oak Turnbuckle Dining Bench
  10. Casa Cortes Vintage Adjustable Metal Bar Stool
  11. ‘Canyon’ 18-inch Tweed Braided Basket
  12. WallPops Kolkata Stripe Stairs Decal Pack
  13. White and Navy Hotel Shower Curtain
  14. Small Tesy Residence


THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Update: Winners are MINDY Y. who tweeted about the giveaway and BRANDY with this comment: Something I would add to my wish list is paint for every room in my house, including all the little things like tape, items to remove wallpaper, etc… Wallpaper…..the reason I have not painted before now!

CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES! Please respond to the email I’ve sent to claim your prize within 24 hours (updated due to previous winner not responding/new winner chosen). 

$100 OverStock Gift Card Giveaway

But wait! There’s more! Overstock is generously donating a $100 gift card to TWO DIYShowOff readers! Two ways to enter to win:

FIRST:  Visit OverStock.com. Come back here and leave a comment below sharing what you’d add to your wish list. One comment per visitor. One winner will be chosen at random from the comments on 11/14/13.

THEN:  For more chances to win, stay up-to-date with DIYShowOff and share the giveaway via the entries on the Rafflecopter form:

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Good luck! 

Disclosure: I was provided OverStock store credit to makeover an area in my home and to host an OverStock giveaway. All opinions are in my own words and my own experience. OverStock has been one of my go-to online shopping sources for years…just one of those places I check out when searching for home decor or gifts. :) 

One Room…Many Ways

This little room right off of the dining room really doesn’t have a function and gets a makeover more often than any other room in our home. As in…made over on a nearly monthly basis…since I like to re-arrange and move things around so often. Here’s a look at this room’s decorating history…

It started off looking like this when we bough our home:

sitting room before

We installed French doors, slate tile and a rescued a giant mirror…


Sometimes it displays my latest thrifty treasures…

sitting room

thrifty sitting room

Or acts as an extension to our dining space…

dining nook

Or a rarely used sitting room…



At Christmas time, it’s my favorite space to decorate…

christmas sitting room

And currently it’s a little work space…

DIY script drop cloth drapes

DIY no sew drop cloth {script} curtains.

office space

with a cute DIY globe light fixture cover

globe light cover

Here’s what the other side of the room currently looks like: {wall mounted pallet shelf}

eclectic hallway

It’s like playing with a life sized doll house. Do you switch it up routinely? 

I’m joining in the party:

restyled space link party