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August 24, 2013

Light & White Washed Wood Floors


I am kind of obsessed with light wood floors lately. Last year I had dark hard wood floors put on the entire main floor, but in our next house I plan to go LIGHT! Here are 5 of my favorite ideas for inspiration.

1. Looks like a bleached pine wood floor with a few knots in the wood.

2. bleached white wood floors, wider planks. These floors almost look unfinished.

3. Super white washed, narrow wood plank floors

4. white washed herringbone wood floors

5. white washed pine floors LOVE that piano!

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August 20, 2013

Ways to Improve Your Home Without Moving

It is only natural for a homeowner to become less excited by their property if they have lived there for years or feel like they have outgrown their home. Although it is easy to think about moving, it’s a completely different prospect entirely actually doing it.

In these continually tough financial times and a somewhat stale housing market, moving house is a huge decision to make. It might be better for you and your family to consider ways of reinvigorating your property without the stress of selling, buying and moving your life to another location.

Here are some tips for improving your home instead of moving that can also add value to your property.


If you have the space, perhaps in the garden, then an extension is a great way of creating more space in your home. It will cost money and will reduce the size of the garden but could be a vital step to get more room without moving.

Think about which type of room you are lacking: if you need a new bedroom for a new arrival, then build a new bedroom but if your living room is tiny then the extension can act as an extended lounge space.

Choose a design suitable to your house – don’t go for modern when your property is Victorian, for example.

Loft conversion

When there is no space horizontally and you do not have a garden big enough to add an extra room, a loft conversion is a great idea. It is no small task and a proper building job will certainly be required but a converted loft can be one of the best ways to add value to your house.

If your loft is tall and already spacious it could be a prime candidate for a value-increasing conversion, but you need to make sure it is completed to a high standard. Get the professionals in if you don’t have the experience of doing this yourself.

Knock through walls

Sometimes a property can look small if there are a lot of rooms on a floor with many walls in between. Walls are bold and, depending on your point of view, obstructive; particularly as many modern homes are in the open-plan style.

Knocking through a wall or two to turn two smaller rooms into one large space is a good thing to consider if you feel your home lacks room. If you have a separate kitchen and dining room then this could be combined into one functional area.

Kitchen re-fit

Your kitchen might have been fitted when you moved in 10 years ago and that means it could be well past its use-by date. A kitchen re-fit doesn’t have to be too costly and is a great idea to pursue.

A new kitchen can really create a buzz about your home but remember it is one of the rooms which will suffer the most wear and tear so needs to be regularly maintained and decorated.

Whatever changes you decide to make, it is important that you spare a thought for the protection needed for your home. This means looking at important policies, such as The Co-operative home insurance, and taking necessary action.

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September 4, 2012

DIY Gold Bulletin Board

This is the bulletin board I picked up for $2.00 at a yard sale. I liked that it was nice and big even though it had some wear and tear to it. I had previously covered it with fabric, but was not real happy with the way it looked or worked. Whenever I pinned something up on it, it was so hard to push the tacs through the fabric.

So, I decided to try painting it with one of my favorite new paint finds, Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch Metallic Gold paint. You can purchase a 32 oz. can from Home Depot for about $8.50. This paint is fantastic and often goes on with only 1 coat. (I only used 1 thick coat for the bulletin board.)

Anyway, I love how the new board looks shiny and rich! I cannot wait to decorate my inspiration board. & I will as soon as I finish up my next DIY project… making my tacs a bit prettier.

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July 27, 2012

Putting Kid Decor to Bed!

They never want to go there when it’s time, but they certainly have opinions on what it should look like; it’s your children’s bedroom! Decorating a child’s bedroom can be frustrating when differences of opinion pop up, but there are some ways to make it enjoyable and cost effective. Here are ten ideas for tackling the bedding in your child’s bedroom!

For a cost effective option, consider basic bedding in a solid colour. Then, customize with stuffed animals or vinyl wall decals around the perimeter of the bed. This allows the flexibility of updating the style of the bedding by interchanging the accessories rather than buying new, costly bedspreads when your child’s tastes change.

Another idea takes the basic bedding idea and expands on it by using netting for the head of the bed or the entire bed. For girls, netting creates a princess feel and for boys, you can use camouflage netting instead. This creates a bed that feels like a hideout for your little one.

Some children adore a particular character or theme. Luckily for mom, there are many ways to cater to a child’s whim and have bedding from mattress, sheets, pillow cases and comforters in the character or theme of their choice and they can buy them online from for bedding and sheets and for mattresses and pillows visit website

Memories can last a lifetime and there are ways to include memories into your child’s bedding. Use your child’s old t-shirts and sew together a bed spread that will remind them and you of when they were little.

Another way to include memories into a child’s bedding is by utilizing photographs. Photos can be scanned in high quality onto bedspreads or pillowcases and make a unique place for your child to sleep!

A classic theme for a little girl’s bedding is flowers. They can be bright and funky or sweet and sophisticated. Let your little one help pick out the kind of flowers. Then, stop at a flower shop and pick out a small bouquet of the real kind for the night stand!


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June 8, 2012

UPVC Windows

If you are looking to invest in your family and home then home improvements are ideal. Making home improvements, such as installing brand new UPVC windows, can lead to a safer, warmer and more energy efficient home all year round. UPVC Windows UK, & their team of experts, will find you the best UPVC window prices on an eclectic range of UPVC windows which will increase the value of your property and even cut your energy bills!

If you like the sound of saving money on your energy bills whilst increasing the value of your property then why not make use of  the UPVC Windows innovative quote system? They will work to find you the best UPVC window prices on high quality products from tradesmen you can trust. You can also save up to 75% off of installation.

With their innovative quote system, UPVC windows can locate the best installers in your local area. Their suppliers are of the highest standard and their prices are competitive so that you can install stylish new windows without having to spend over the odds.

UPVC Windows UK requires that all of their suppliers hold FENSA and CERTASS qualifications. With these certificates, you can be rest assured that any work carried out at your home will be of the highest quality, with the best materials.

They will consult you through every stage of the process. & suppliers work with an air of professionalism so that you can relax throughout the installation.

UPVC Windows UK has a dedicated team of experts that work hard to make the installation process easier for you.

So, fill in the quick, free quote form at UPVC Windows UK and they’ll call you back within minutes with three free, no obligation quotes from suppliers you can trust.  Or call the local rate number today for all the information you need to make an informed decision on your installation.

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April 24, 2012


Some cheerful pink via Lilly Pulitzer’s Pinterest

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March 24, 2012

a colorful city

Robert Rausch photographed some colorful spots in Water Valley, Mississippi. His work is amazing and brightened up my cloudy Saturday morning! You can see the entire article/photoshoot here. These are a few of my favorite shots.

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January 1, 2012


Bookshelves keep getting more creative. The wall shelf made of pipes is one of my favorites. by Stella Bleu Designs

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October 17, 2011

Closet Lust

Have you checked out the website The Coveteur? The site focuses on curations, styling, and new ways of showcasing the personalization behind fashion’s elite. I am pretty much obsessed with it!

Sylvia Mantella has one of the most beautiful closets that I’ve seen. Her boots collection is particularly impressive and I love how she has little cubbies for all of her shoes.

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May 25, 2011

IKEA Barstool DIY

FROM this

INGOLF Bar Stool %59.99 & $69.99

TO this:

I saw these beautiful chairs on Don’t they look amazing with turquoise paint?

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May 6, 2011

Chevron & Striped Duvet & Shams

i finally found pretty, colorful bedding that i want. i love the first photo where they mixed the orange striped duvet with the blue striped shams.

i cannot believe that KING size is not available at Urban Outfitters! so frustrating. i actually left a message on their Facebook page and am anxious to see if they respond.

p.s. they also have the zigzag duvet cover in black. LOVE it!

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November 6, 2010

eat dinner in the trees in Thailand!

the Soneva Kiri resort in Thailand looks fabulous! i think i would choose to stay in the Eco Villa- the room looks so beautiful and relaxing. but i also love the Beach Villa Suite with it’s beautiful pool! (such a hard choice- so many unique villas)

and i love that you can eat an authentic Thai meal up in the trees! did you notice that the waiter zip lines down with the dinner. LOVE this!

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November 4, 2010

…and the winner is…

The winner of the $35 gift certificate to CSN Stores is Julie .

Congratulations! Be sure to stop by for more great contests this week :)

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September 13, 2009

a house in London

i love the antique looking artwork in this home. photographed by Shoot Factory

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September 2, 2009

pretty desk

i love the big white frame on this desk. it looks like it has strings attached to the back to hold pictures, notes, etc. what an awesome idea!

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August 18, 2009


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July 31, 2009

wall mounted pet bed

i don’t have a cat or a small dog, but if i did i would get a Curve wall mounted pet bed!

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June 11, 2009

…and the winner is…

The winner of the to Coco’s Greenhouse jewelry contest is joannaonthelake.
Congratulations to joannaonthelake!!

Be sure to enter all the new contests on and!

To the winner: contact to claim your prize.

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May 30, 2009

Etsy Contest – $25 Gift Certificate to 12fifteen


Attention all readers… In this Contest you have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate from 12fifteen

Here are just a few of the items in the shop:

Buy Handmade

* You can enter this contest up to 3 times:
1. Become a follower of Spearmint Decor, and post a comment about your favorite
item in the store.
2. Blog about this contest, and post a comment
3. Twitter about this contest, and post a comment.

* Contest will be open until Midnight EST on Sunday, June 7th. Winner must have a US or Canadian mailing address!

* The winner will be randomly selected (from and announced on this website on Monday, June 8th. Please check back to see if you won! The winner will need to contact to provide name and shipping address.

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May 6, 2009

Lavender Sachets

made from recycled vintage tablecloths…so cute!


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April 26, 2009

in my effort to find a cheaper car…

so, husband and i are thinking of getting rid of the BMW. the payments are just way too much and now that he has an office only 10 minutes from the house we just need a dependable vehicle. so….i found this, and i think it is really awesome, but i don’t know if he will go for it!

1975 AMC JEEP WAGONEER 360 (5.9 L) AMC Gasoline V-8, 4×4 or 4×2, Automatic Transmission, 2-barrel carburetor, All original. Rated at 19 mpg on the Highway and 15 mpg in the City. The vehicle started out as a National Parks Ranger Truck. You will notice the original Bumblebee Yellow in the interior. It was repainted to grey goose a few years back and it compliments the interior and it’s age very well. The seat are in very good condition and very comfortable but with a bit of wear just to the driver’s side bench. All belts present, original radio, dials, and insignias. Rust in all the expected and common places with these old AMCs.

New steel transmissions lines professionally installed, starter coil, as well as all fluids replaced. Motor and transmission running smooth and very strong, if you are not used to a 360 V8 it’ll throw you back in the sit. A great country estate car or beach cruiser, with lots of room for camping or whatever especially with the folded up rear seat. Great surfer car, functional for any lifestyle. Classic lines, and a major head turner.

$2500 Inquire to

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