DIY Painted Pumpkin Vases

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I love to try different DIY home décor projects … Especially ones that are seasonal or holiday related. There is something so fun about being festive, and getting into the spirit of each season. Little home DIY projects are a great way to subtly make your home feel like it is decorated and embracing the time of year, without adding a bunch of expensive new décor.

That’s why I got so excited about this pumpkin flower vase! This simple project only takes about an hour to make from start to finish, and the final result looks adorable both indoors or outdoors! I used my vase as a table centerpiece, and then moved it outside to decorate my front porch.

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The steps are very easy, and totally customizable!

Simply start by cutting off the top of your pumpkin, and cleaning out the inside (exactly like you would if you were going to carve a Jack-O-Lantern). Next, you can paint the outside of your pumpkin however you would like to! I suggest that you use an acrylic based paint, so that it will adhere well to the outside of the pumpkin. There are literally endless possibilities on how you could paint and decorate — I went with a metallic paint, but pure white would look nice, or even a bright and bold color.

For my pumpkin, I chose to spray paint the outside with a metallic finish silver spray paint. Once the silver paint had dried (about 20 minutes), I then used a metallic rose gold paint marker to add little polka dots to the pumpkin. It was as quick and easy as that! The end result was an adorable pumpkin that doubles as a lovely flower vase.

Please let me know if you guys try this DIY, and how your pumpkin vase turns out! I would love to see your different artistic spins on this project!  

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Tamera

Smartening Up My Home Simplified Our Family Life

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As some of you may already know, my husband is a tech nerd. He can figure out any computer or gadget and generally just ‘gets it’ when it comes to any kind of technology. I, on the other hand, have never been very tech-savvy – I honestly don’t even know how to use my iPhone sometimes! So, when he brought up the idea of making our home smart, I wasn’t sure what that entailed, but I was open to new ways of making things at home easier (especially with two kids under the age of five). My only request to him was that the technology didn’t get in the way of our home’s bright and airy ambiance. Enter Control4.

The team from Malibu Wired came over, gained some insight on how we live day-to-day, and what features from Control4 would be best suited for our busy family. They created a custom installation plan based on how we live, and quickly got to work installing our system. Now it’s hard to imagine our life without all the convenience and functionality that Control4 provides. If you’ve ever considered investing in smart home technology, here are some features I really love.

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It makes us feel safe — We have everything at our fingertips wherever we are, and can easily see what’s going on in and around our house while we’re away. As busy working parents, this feature is essential to ensuring peace of mind. I can simply open my Control4 App and access all the security cameras around the house. Our door locks also have personalized codes that alert me with a text when our trusted helpers come and go.

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It entertains us (and our kids) — We have these really cool speakers wired around the house, and being able to control them through one system is one of my favorite smart home features. Sometimes I’ll put on music for the kids in one room, and different music for me in another room. Or, if I am getting ready in my bedroom, I can just click on my touch screen, and play my own music, without making the whole house listen to it. Our multi-room audio is also perfect for entertaining because it creates great ambiance!

It helps me stay warm — I’m one of those people who is always cold. My husband knows this, so he’ll open the Control4 App on our way home and adjust the temperature so that the house is warm. I love coming home to a comfortable home that isn’t too hot, or too cold. It also helps us ensure that we’re not running the AC or the heat unnecessarily, which saves money and energy.

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It keeps us energy-efficient — Speaking of saving energy, my husband is always reminding the family to shut off the lights when we leave the house. With Control4, I have a “Goodbye” button that I press when I leave the house and it turns everything off — All our lights, devices, and music. That means saving money on electricity, and it makes me feel good knowing that I’m doing my part to help our home be more ‘green’.

It makes the kids happy — We no longer have four or five remotes to control our TVs, satellite, music, or streaming video. Our Control4 remote lets me control Netflix, Hulu, satellite radio, everything. I just press one button and it all comes up. I scroll to what they want, click, and it’s done. The benefit to me is that I can quickly get a movie on for the kids, and it simplifies our morning routine of hanging out together in the playroom.

To my surprise, I guess I really have jumped on the tech bandwagon. Before, it wouldn’t have crossed my mind to make my home a smart one. I certainly didn’t think it would be possible for it to be so seamless and unobtrusive without disrupting our home’s look and feel.  Now I’m so used to it, I can’t imagine ever going back! Have to give it to my husband, he was right about how easy and seamless it would be!

Have you guys tried making your home ‘smart’? Let me know how the process was for you!

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Tamera

 

Sponsored post brought to you by Control4 | Photography: Courtesy of Alexis Adam Photography | Control4 Dealer: Malibu Wired

 

My Recent Etsy Finds

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I think one of the greatest places to shop online is Etsy! I can literally spend hours browsing unique items for my home, for gifts, or for my children on there. I think it is so brilliant that people from anywhere can showcase their talent, and sell their custom creations. I especially love to browse on there this time of year to get inspired and plan ahead for holiday gifts.

Last month, I was particularly excited because I bought things from two different Etsy stores, and both items turned out so incredible! I had to share with you guys because both things I got are great for either your own home, or would make fantastic personalized gifts.

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The first thing I ordered was this floral letter ‘A’ for Ariah’s room. Right now, we are in the process of transitioning her room from a nursery to a big girl room, and I wanted to add a few new touches to her décor. Viva from VivasFlowerShop made me the most beautiful floral letter! I was able to customize whatever colors I wanted (Ariah loves pink), and it arrived looking even better than her Etsy shop photos (and her photos look good). When I took the letter out of box, I was seriously blow away at how amazing it looked. The quality and attention to detail on the letter were absolutely perfect.

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My second order was this custom welcome mat for our front door from BlackButterflySigns. I ended up ordering a few of them so that we could have some at our home up in Northern California as well. They turned out amazing! I was so excited when they arrived and I saw how well-made they were. BlackButterflySigns will put anything you want on the mat, and they offer a lot of ideas on how you can customize yours. The quality of the custom lettering is gorgeous, and I get so many compliments on them from everyone who comes through our door!

If you guys are looking for unique gift ideas, I highly recommend hitting Etsy, and checking out these two stores for lovely and unique gift ideas!

What great things have you guys ordered on Etsy? Let me know if there is an amazing product I should check out!  

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Tamera

My Backyard Makeover

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Living in Southern California means that we are fortunate enough to be able to enjoy our backyard almost all year around. Recently, I decided to update my yard a little bit, and I am so excited to share the photos with you guys!

My family and I love spending as much time as we can outside, and so I really wanted to make some décor updates to the space for us to make it as cozy and inviting as possible. These small changes have made a huge difference! Proof that you don’t need to spend a ton of money, or do a major renovation to update a space.

With help from my amazing designer Shalena Smith (who I can always count on to bring my vision to life), I wanted to make sure that the yard was beautiful, and was also functional for casual hangouts and entertaining. The largest portion of my patio is taken up with a large outdoor sectional, and I so added new pillows and throw blankets to it so that it is truly someplace you can put your feet up and relax.

We also installed a beautiful little fountain (which my children love), to enhance the landscape of the yard, and blend in seamlessly with the foliage already growing along the fence. To maximize our space, on the smallest portion of the patio we added a high-top bar table for four which gives us the option of eating at the table, or around the sofa. To make entertaining a breeze, I created a little bar / serving table that is perfect for setting up food and drinks, and so that we can keep the coffee table clear.

Finally, I made sure to add little touches like lanterns, candles, succulents, and serving trays to really tie the space together, and give it a relaxed So-Cal vibe.

How have you guys used small décor changes to change a space? Comment below, I would love to know your ideas! 

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Tamera

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Tips For Creating A Gallery Wall At Home

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Interior design is a big passion of mine, and I especially love to take on new design projects around my home. One of my projects that seems to keep evolving is my gallery wall. When my husband Adam gave me an amazing wood plaque that was engraved with dates, names and places that were special to us, I knew that I had to do something other than just hang it on the wall. Instead, I decided to make it the focal point of my gallery wall!

Hanging a gallery wall can be challenging, but with a little planning, you can get an amazing result that looks very polished. After my own trial and error, I wanted to share with you guys the tips and tricks that I learned to create this beautiful look at home.

  1. Choose the right location: Pick a wall that is large enough, and where the gallery will be the focal point in the room. I have mine on a big wall at the top of my stairs so it’s the first thing you see as you walk up.
  2. Pick a look: I like a clean white look for my gallery walls — Don’t get me wrong, eclectic gallery walls look lovely too, but I prefer simple and neutral tones in my home.
  3. Go for frames that have a matte: Frames that have nice big mattes give much more of a polished vibe.
  4. Make sure each side of the wall is balanced: You don’t want one side to be more frame intense than the other side. However, in design there is what they call ‘the rule of thirds’ that applies very well when you are  hanging art. Apartment Therapy has a great explanation on how to decorate using this rule.
  5. Repeat each frame size at least once: To create a cohesive feel with your gallery wall, make sure that you use each frame size at least once to create some consistency.
  6. Make sure your frames are evenly spaced: Even if you decide to have a misshapen gallery wall (which also looks awesome), ensure that your frames are all a relatively equal distance apart.
  7. Select photos that are hold meaningful memories: I personally like to have every photo on my gallery wall be a special memory. That way, each picture has its own little story.
  8. Add in something personal: I chose to make the amazing wood plaque the focal point of my gallery wall. I love the idea of the wall being very unique and personal to my family.
  9. Use paper to plan out your wall: If you aren’t totally sure where you want each frame to go, try using pieces of paper first to map out exactly where you will place everything. This also prevents making unnecessary holes in your wall.
  10. Use Pinterest for ideas: Pinterest is one of the best resources for getting ideas for designing a gallery wall, you can find a ton of different tips for layouts (like in the graphic below).

What are your design tips for creating an at-home gallery wall? Let me know in the comments below!

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Tamera

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Thoughtful Hostess Gifts For Every Budget

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I never like to go to show up to anyone’s home empty handed! Whether I am staying with a friend for the weekend, going to a dinner party, or just popping by someone’s house for coffee, I always try and come with at least little something as a thank you to my host for having me. Sometimes though, bringing the typical flowers or wine can feel a little impersonal.

Over the years, friends have brought me lovely hostess gifts (one of my recent favorites is a wine glass that says MOM FUEL), and I really cherish them because they always remind me of the person who gifted it.

When I am selecting host / hostess gifts, I usually try and come up with something that is meaningful, and well thought-out. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money! To me, I think what makes the gift a special sentiment is that it is something that you clearly put time and effort into selecting.

On that note, I know we all get busy, and finding time to shop for these types of gifts seems to be the kind of thing that gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. What I try and do is look ahead in my calendar, and purchase several gifts at once, so I have things ready to go.

Recently I was doing one of my host / hostess gift online shopping missions, and wanted to share with you guys my favorite finds for every budget! These are items that I would love to give, or receive!

What are your favorite gifts for a host? Comment below and let me know if you have any other great suggestions!

Xx
Tamera

 

GIFTS UNDER $30

first batch of gifts

Slant Collections Chance This Is Wine Mug, $18

Bag-all Wine Goodie Bag Set of 2, $18

Gift Boutique Heart Trinket Tray, $15

Umbra Pulse Wine Rack, $30

Marble Collage Large Square Tray, $45

GIFTS UNDER $55

second batch of gifts

Gift Boutique Pineapple Serving Bowl, $36

Beaches By Gray Malin Hardcover Book, $40

Books with Style How To Eataly, $35

Voluspa ‘Vermeil – Prosecco Rose’ Home Ambience Diffuser, $34

Freeform Decanter, $51.99

GIFTS UNDER $80

third batch of gifts

Rosanna Flamingo Appetizer Plates, $60

Sugarfina Faves 8pc Bento Box, $65

DIPTYQUE Baies Scented Candle, $64

kate spade new york Pearl Place Rose Bowl Vase, $75

RABLABS Ita Cheese Plate & Forma Spreader, $85