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Summer Home Tour

How is it that we’re into August already? Didn’t it seem like summer just started? Before I start changing things around the home for fall, I’d like to share photos from the summer home tour I did as part Shelstring Blog’s “Summer Home Tour Series.” By the way, if you’re a regular reader of Beauteeful Living, you’ll recognize a number of these photos from previous posts. One of my photos below actually made it to Huffington Post‘s website! O-M-G FRONT YARD Our house is a split-level. What you will notice most about our front yard are the pavers in our driveway, front steps, and pathway leading to our backyard. We did a complete makeover of our front and back yards 2 summers ago. Replacing the old concrete driveway and patio with pavers made a huge difference! FOYER Since we have a small foyer, I try to keep the decorating at a minimum in this area. This bench seating set-up works for us for the summer. However, before fall starts, I’d like to replace this bench with a slender shoe cabinet. We keep our shoes off in our home. Shouldn’t everyone? FAMILY ROOM FIREPLACE The only fireplace we have in our home is situated in our family room. Currently this room serves as a playroom for our 2 daughters. Once our youngest turns 8, we plan on converting this room back to a family room. Right now, we use our basement as our TV/media room. For summer, I decorated our fireplace mantel with hydrangeas from our garden and added a “Love Summer” banner. LIVING ROOM One of my favorite things about our living room is the large bay...

Italian Themed Bridal Shower Decor

The day is finally here for me to share all the details from the past weekend’s Italian-themed bridal shower. If you missed last week’s post, you can catch up here. As someone who’s decorated numerous parties, I am always still so anxious for the actual day of celebration to arrive. I want to see all the projects come together! Before I share the decorations I did for this shower, I’d like to preface this post with something I truly believe in when it comes to special events: “Events are always about the people, not the things used to decorate the event.” – Tee @Beauteeful Living I’ll get back to that statement in closing. The bridal shower tour starts now! 1) Welcome Sign for Guests This idea came from the bride’s sister (matron of honor). She had seen a similar chalkboard sign on Pinterest and thought a “welcome sign” would be great to greet guests. I completely agree! But, instead of using a chalkboard, I used a black canvas for this sign. Chalk pens work well on this canvas. A close up of the sign (I used red and white chalk pens): 2) Photo Props Who can throw a party without photo props these days? I purchased this cute set from Paper Source. 3) Advice for the Bride-to-be Display Table I thought this idea would be fun for guests and also useful for the bride-to-be. Guests write advice for the bride in these pretty coasters (purchased at Michael’s). I used green, white, and red paper lanterns to go with the Italian theme. Notice my “keep calm and get married” sign? 😉 Want to know how...

Italy-themed Bridal Shower Projects

With summer in full swing the past few weeks, I hope all of you are enjoying these warmer days and evenings. A few posts back, I mentioned how packed this summer was going to be for me. One thing I didn’t mention in that post was the little road trip that my family and I decided to do…on a whim. On a whim in that we did not plan for it until just a couple of weeks before. We usually plan out trips months in advance. This is not a post about our road trip though. I’ll save that for next week. 😀 Instead, this post is about how since this Monday, I’ve been busy working on a special project. You may recall me mentioning I was decorating for a bridal shower a few posts back. Well, the shower is this Saturday and I cannot wait for the day to arrive! As you probably know, I love decorating for special events. Because of the party decor I’ve done in the past (see examples here, here, and here), I was asked to decorate for this shower. Yes, I’m up for the challenge fun! The theme of the bridal shower is all things Italian, since the bride and groom are honeymooning in Italy. I’ve got a number of projects planned for this theme. Here’s a sneak peek at some of these things: 1. Wine bottles with “Amore” spelled out – Can’t wait to fill them with pretty flowers! 2. “Mrs. To Be” Pennant Banner – Green, white, and red to go with “Italy” theme. 3. “Showering the Bride” Garland – I purchased this set from Paper Source and am so glad...

Guest Post – DIY Mason Jar Citronella Candle

Rounding out this week’s “Summer Entertaining Blog Hop” is a simple and incredibly useful DIY project from Reesa, my blogger friend from Momma Lew. This is such a great DIY project for summer since I love being out in my backyard but can’t stand the mosquitoes that circle about in the evenings. Reesa’s Guest Post If there is one thing I never have on hand during the summer, it is citronella candles. My family and I love to sit outside and enjoy dinner during the summer months, but we do not love the bugs it attracts. Being the DIY type of person that I am, I thought it would be fun to use one of the hundred mason jars I have on hand to create my own Mason Jar Citronella candle! Supplies needed to create your own Mason Jar Citronella Candle: Tiki Torch replacement wicks or 1/8″ candle wicks, A Mason Jar with lid, Tiki citronella torch fuel I opted to use one of my vintage mason jars and a lid I found in the dollar spot at Target. The lid is meant to transform your mason jar into a cup, but it worked perfectly for my purpose. Just keep in mind if you do this, to remove the rubber stopper. If you don’t use a lid like this and decide to use the mason jar lid, use a screwdriver and hammer or a dremel to poke a hole in the middle of your lid. Pull your wick through the hole, fill the jar with citronella and voila! A DIY Mason Jar Citronella Candle! Tip: Having trouble getting the wick through...

Summer Entertaining Tablescape

I’m so thrilled today to share how I decorated our dining room and created a tablescape for summer entertaining. Since I’m partial to bright and cheery colors, I couldn’t help but decorate my dining area with my favorite island-feel hues: turquoise, coral, green, and yellow. Let’s take a look at the 5 colorful elements that made my summer entertaining complete: 1. Coral + White Striped Curtains Out of all the curtains I’ve purchased for my home through the years, I think these may be my favorite purchase to date! At first, I was worried that the coral and white striped curtains would be too eye-catchy for our dining area but after 5 minutes, I knew these curtains were staying put! Without these curtains, the summer tablescape I created would not have been the same. I purchased them from Home Goods. 2. Pendant Light  You’ll notice that our pendant light is unlit in the photo below. You can see the pendant shades much better when unlit. The “turquoise” rims on the shades were created with Scotch Expressions masking tape. They peel off easily! I have a habit of customizing the look of the shades based on the occasion. You can see examples here and here. I purchased this pendant from West Elm several years ago. 3. Striped Table Runner I purchased this runner from Target a few weeks ago. I love all the happy colors on this runner and especially because the turquoise and coral stripes went perfectly with my curtains and dinner plates! This runner was certainly a key component in my summer tablescape. 4. Dishware, Drinking Glasses, Utensils, and Napkins  The best part of creating this summer tablescape was...

Guest Post – A Colorful Patio Living Area

As mentioned in a previous post, I along with 2 blogger friends are doing a “Summer Entertaining Blog Hop” this week! First up is a post from Lauren, the crafty blogger behind Mom Home Guide. Lauren’s Post I am so excited that summer is here — I have been out in my garden planting wonderful flowers and veggies, and I have been working on beautifying my home’s backyard patio! I am really looking forward to making the most out of my patio space this summer and hope to enjoy a lot of time outdoors. Lately I have been all about adding color to my home’s interior, so I decided to extend the fun to my backyard patio. I’ve found that adding color to my personal space really makes me a much happier person! I have been loving yellow lately in home decor — I recently decorated my home’s living room with fun accents and pops of yellow. So when I thought about decorating my patio space, I just had to include some more happy yellow! I found the perfect outdoor rug for my space: a yellow Tuscan trellis indoor/outdoor flatwoven rug. I really like the pattern and the bright sunny color! I think the yellow in the rug coordinates beautifully with my blue Adirondack chairs — I only spray painted the chairs a few weeks ago! The rug also goes well with the hand-me-down coffee table that I painted with yellow milk paint for the patio! My new outdoor rug is made from sturdy synthetic fiber that is made to repel water, so it should be able to stand up to the elements. I...

Chairish – Mix n Chic Style Challenge

Recently, I was contacted by Holly, community manager at Chairish about a Mix n Chic Style Challenge where bloggers were invited to create a style board displaying a room of their choice. The objective was to mix items from their “shabby chic” collection with different styles of furniture and decor to create a seamless look. This challenge was right up my alley because I knew the exact style that would be completely opposite from shabby chic but yet look great! Presenting modern contemporary — my signature style. The style you’ll notice most in the way I furnish and decorate my home. In case you’ve never heard of Chairish, it is an online marketplace (launched in 2013) where design lovers can purchase and sell vintage and pre-owned home furniture and decor. I love that they have a “make an offer” option on their website. POPSUGAR recently named Chairish as one of the Top 5 Sites Better Than Craigslist. Before showing you my styleboard, I’d like to discuss the shabby chic style for a moment. Although my style is predominately modern contemporary, I have to say that shabby chic has always been one of my favorite decor styles. There’s something about the “girly charm” and cottage-like feel that I love in homes decorated with the shabby chic motif. When searching for shabby chic items on Chairish’s website, I located 7 items that will go well with the room I was envisioning  – “My Magazine Reading Room.” If I had a moment of free time, I would love to spend it in a quiet room, reading my favorite home & garden magazines. Here are the 7 items I...

Summer Happenings on Beauteeful Living

We’re only a few days into summer and I’m already wishing the days to proceed on a snail’s pace. Days are unfolding so quickly that I’m still trying to wrap my mind on things happening this summer. After all, summer is generally only 9 – 10 weeks long considering the “back to school frenzy” in September. Just like things happening in life, there’s also lots happening within the Beauteeful Living blog world. I’d like to keep you all in the loop of what you’ll be seeing during these summer days. Thank you for joining me! #Ourshelvies 6-week Instagram Challenge This is a weekly Instagram decorating challenge that just started last week. I’m co-hosting along with 19 very talented Home Decor/DIY/Craft bloggers. Participants will need to follow all 20 hosts on Instagram in order for their entry to be eligible. On Tuesdays, the theme for the week will be announced while the winner of challenge will be announced that Friday. Not a blogger? No problem at all. Anyone can join the fun! Winners will have their winning entry shared by all 20 hosts. What great exposure and talk about bragging rights! By the way, the hosts are not eligible to win. We will be casting the votes. Here’s what I did for last week’s challenge (Theme: Decorating with Mirrors): The winner of the first #Ourshelvies challenge (Mirror, Mirror) goes to Rhonda from Hallstrom Home! Be sure to check her beautiful Instagram feed here as well as her website here. This week’s challenge is all about decorating our shelves/mantels with “touches of gold.” Here is what I came up with for this challenge: Participating in this...

Kitchen Renovation – 5 Important Lessons

I’m so excited to share photos of how our kitchen looks today… 8 years since our kitchen renovation! You can see “before” pictures by clicking here in case you missed last week’s post. Along with showing how our kitchen looks, I’m also sharing “5 Important Lessons Learned from our Kitchen Renovation” in today’s post. Let’s get to the photos first: 1. Center view of our kitchen From our living room, this is the view you will see first. The white cabinets definitely give the illusion that our kitchen is bigger than its actual size. The black granite top gives a nice contrast to the light cabinets. As far as the backsplash goes, it is still one of my favorite elements in our kitchen. Like the yellow “Keep Calm and Dine Like Royalty” sign? It’s a ceramic plate that I painted at Color Me Mine. 2) Right Side View Since our kitchen is small, we could not have an “island” incorporated in our design. Instead, we settled on having a peninsula as our main “prep station.” It suits our needs perfectly! Notice how much light we get from the sliding doors in our dining room. We added these sliders during this kitchen renovation project. 3) View of our cooking area Our kids love sitting on the saddle bar stools pictured here (bottom of photo). This is where they eat quick meals. When the kids get older, I’ll be looking to replace these stools. I bought them for practical reasons (soft and cushion-y for young kids). My style would’ve been a little more modern. 4) Full view of kitchen Although small, the layout of our kitchen...

Enhancing Store Bought Flowers

I feel like I’ve been living in a flower shop for the past week and a half. If you’ve been following Beauteeful Living on Instagram, you probably notice that over half of my posts are floral related. I cannot help it! I….LOVE….flowers. When my kids had their first recital (link here), I knew that flowers will be scattered throughout our home for the next week. Oh…I was a happy girl. Today, I’d like to share easy ways of “Enhancing Store Bought Flowers.” Here are the bouquets our daughters received: 1) Yellow Rose Bouquet Since the rose bouquet only came with the roses, I added clippings from the shrubs in our garden for pops of green leaves. These were long stemmed roses that I cut short to fit in a small round vase. A pretty ribbon wrapped around the vase completes the look I was after. 2) Orange Rose Bouquet With the orange roses, I decided to pair them up with the peonies from our garden. Who says peonies and roses can’t co-exisit? I love the contrast of the pink and orange blooms. Look how fluffy! 3) Fuchsia Rose Tropical Mix I didn’t have to do much with this pretty arrangement. All I did was clip the ends to allow better water absorption. Instead of placing the bouquet in a clear vase, I decided to place it in a blue pitcher. The pitcher was the perfect height for this bouquet. 4) Hydrangea and Chrysanthemum Bouquet For the hydrangea and chrysanthemum bouquet mix, I decided to place it in a short, square-shaped vase. At the bottom, I added a leaf from our Hosta plant. It adds an...

Our Kitchen Renovation

Today, I’m sharing photos from one of the first major renovations we’ve done to our home since purchasing it 10 years ago. I’ve wanted to share these photos since I started blogging over a year ago. What took so long? Well, you can probably tell that these photos came from a camera from 8 years ago. Although not the highest of resolution, I’m still glad to have these photos to share. Let’s start with the “Before” photos. You’ll notice that our old kitchen was in need of a total gut job! No DIY with this project. While my husband designed the kitchen plan, we hired professionals to do this kitchen renovation. 1) We hated everything about our old kitchen: Old cabinets, lack of counter space, electric stove top, linoleum floors, non-working exhaust fan, and faux-brick backsplash. I can go on and on… 2) As you can see from photos below, our old kitchen did not have open views of our dining room and living room. That had to be changed! 3) Bye bye, old cabinets and pipe lines! What a scary photo. 4) We had “window cut-outs” on the walls facing our living room. On the wall facing our dining room, we halved that wall to allow for a kitchen peninsula. 5) Since we closed up our kitchen door (leading to backyard), we had sliding doors installed in our dining room. This let in so much more light into our living and dining space! 6) The AFTER PHOTOS now….Finally! Reminder: This renovation took place 8 years ago. 7) More photos of how our kitchen was completely transformed. We prefer the streamlined modern contemporary style....

Confessions of a First Time Dance Mom

And just like that, my newbie dance mom status is out the window. This past Sunday, both of my girls performed at their first dance recital. Through these 10 months of bringing them to their classes, I’ve experienced a host of emotions and thoughts. Here lies my 7 Confessions of a First Time Dance Mom: 1) I may be living vicariously through them. There was a time when I wished I was a ballerina. I was 6 and visiting some relatives on my mom’s side of the family. My mom’s aunt’s granddaughters were the same age as my sister and me. In their house, there were countless photos of these 2 sisters in their ballerina attire. I remember wishing I had the opportunity to take ballet. It was one of those things that would never happen. My parents’ idea of an “extra-curricular” activity was daycare after school. I was already enrolled… 2) Dance mom cliques don’t scare me. In every setting, there will be cliques. How do you break into them? How do you belong? How do you get accepted? Do you really care? I don’t. I guess it helped that I already knew 2 dance mom buddies there my 1st year. But if you know me, you probably know that I can make friends with a coat hanger. I’m an extrovert by nature. Essentially, dance mom cliques don’t scare me. It’s having to sit through mind-numbing conversations that do. That didn’t happen because I was too busy yapping myself to overhear any other conversations. 😉 3) Oversights happened more than once. You guys may have read a previous post (link...

Simple and Pretty Lilly for Target Tablescape

One of my closest buddies, “G” did the sweetest thing for me recently. She helped me snag more Lilly Pulitzer items from the Lilly for Target collection. You may recall my recent post (here) about how pretty much everything was sold out by the time I reached my local store. Almost a month after the collection has sold out, I get a call from my friend, “G” (sister from another mother) that the Target by her workplace had a small display of Lilly home items left. I almost spit up my Lobster bisque in excitement! So glad I heard my cell ring during lunch! Thanks to modern technology (aka: cellphone pic of goods on shelf), I asked G to help me buy the 3 items below: 1) Porcelain dessert plates with 18kt gold embossed rim – $25.00 2) Outdoor blanket with fringe trim – $30.00 3) Glass votive candle holders – $15.00 CREATING A TABLESCAPE USING LILLY FOR TARGET HOME ACCESSORIES Seeing that the items I bought were perfect for a dinner party table setting, I decided to come up with my own “Lilly for Target Tablescape.” Here is how I created a Simple & Pretty Tablescape: 1) I took some clippings from outdoor plants in our garden. So nice to have “greens” on the fly! 2) I placed the plant clippings into my votive holders. I love using votives as mini-vases. Since the dessert plates were so tiny, I used them as votive coasters. 😉 3) For a dose of “flower power” [It is Lilly Pulitzer, after all], I incorporated pink roses from our garden. They were FREE…Love it! Flowers just make everything look...

You are Amazing. Remember That.

“You are amazing. Remember that.” Those 5 words printed on a mug mean so much to me. It was one of the gifts I received this past Mother’s day. Who doesn’t like sweet and motivational sayings printed on things? You may not be able to tell from this photo but this mug is HUGE. I’m talking “3 coffee mugs combined” huge. I’m talking “nuke your coffee 10 times because it will get cold” huge. As you can see from photo above, I decided that this mug will better serve as a vase. The azaleas I clipped from our garden fit perfectly in it. I want to get back to the message on this mug: “You are amazing. Remember that.“ If you’re like me, you don’t walk around town thinking about how “amazing” a person you are and the impact you are making in the lives of others. In the midst of all our responsibilities and commitments, we (as adults) tend to brush over the positive things that we do and accomplish. I wish we would give ourselves more credit. In addition to my new “vase,” my 4 year-old said something recently that sparked the idea for this post: Lauren started softball this spring. She is probably the youngest and shortest most petite player on her team. Her bat weighs more than her. As far as her softball abilities, let’s just say she is far from being a star player on her team. But she LOVES playing and has the biggest smile on her face at the games. A couple of weeks ago, Lauren played her best game. She didn’t need a “Tee” during her 3 times at...

16 Amazing, Rescued, and Redone Chairs Curated for HomeTalk

There’s been some exciting things happening behind the scenes on the blog lately. Today’s post happens to be one of those things. Recently, I started contributing to Hometalk, an extremely helpful website where you can find amazing DIY ideas for improving your home and garden. Millions of homeowners, bloggers and professionals use Hometalk to share their tips and experience with one another. I was completely flattered when the lovely folks at Hometalk contacted me to curate a board featuring “Chair upcycles” after seeing my 1st post on their site (see here). Here’s a peek of the wonderful projects I found on Hometalk: You can click on the above graphic or here to check out all the chairs (in detail) that I added to this board. I love each of the 16 upcycled chairs I selected for various reasons. However, if I had to choose 4 that matched up most to my style, I’d select the following: 1) I just love the shape of cane back chairs. Visit Our Lake Life‘s project on Hometalk here. 2. There’s turquoise and yellow in this chair. Of course, I love it! Visit My Passion for Decor‘s project on Hometalk here. 3. I love how this chair looks like it came straight out of a Restoration Hardware catalog. Visit The Weathered Door‘s project on Hometalk here.  4) Naturally, I drooled over this beau-tee-fully reupholstered chair! Love the ornate details of the chair and the fabric used. Visit SASInterriors/Jenna Burger Design‘s project on Hometalk here. I hope you’ve enjoyed looking through some of my favorite picks. If you’re new to Beauteeful Living, welcome and thank you for stopping by! I would love to have you join me on...

Most Important Mother’s Day Gift to Yourself

There were so many ideas swarming around my mind as I thought about this post. After all, Mother’s Day is this Sunday. One of the most important days of the year. Be it, Hallmark holiday or not. If you’re a mother and are reading this, I hope and trust that you will be showered with love this weekend as well as each and every day. For ourselves (as moms), I’d like all of us to give ourselves the “Most Important Gift this Mother’s Day”: Compassion for ourselves when we experience those “pit in the stomach” moments.  You know those moments. The times when you think you have done the worst thing ever. That you are letting your child down because you have dropped the ball. Again. These moments can range from forgetting a picture day, missing a swim class enrollment, or forgetting the ever-important “school spirit” t-shirt day. I may be exaggerating. Slightly. 😉 As my kids get older and are involved in more activities, there seems to be higher chances for me to “drop” the ball on something. Anything. Example: Last fall, I enrolled the girls for Ballet for the first time. Other than 1 or 2 “Observation Days,” there were few opportunities for parents to see the girls dance. Well, my recent “dropping the ball” incident happened last month at my 7 year-old’s dance class. Every week at pick up, I would walk into a crowded waiting room. That day last month was different though. As I opened the entry door, a bunch of parents were walking out of the dance class. One by one, they walked out with toothy smiles. Why were they in there?...
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