Home Tour – Sitting Room

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Just in time for Christmas, 2014 – today’s post features our sitting room. (And can I say how proud I am of my hubby, who picked out our tree all on his own? It’s so fluffy and big!!)

Most of the items you see in here are a bit of my own creation, and I’m in love with how it came out. The leopard-print ottoman was my creation. Before, it was plain white and I thought it was pretty boring.

Below, you’ll see two really big paintings behind our couch. I made both of those, and it took forever, but I love the way they turned out.

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I am in love with bold prints and patterns. Mixing them to actually look good together is such a great feeling.

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Lastly, this is one of my favorite items in this room. As soon as I found this magnifying glass, I didn’t even look at the price tag, I loved it so much. Luckily, it was well worth it! 😉AprilsHouse05

Home Tour – Bedroom

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I take a lot of pride in decorating our home. I really love doing it, and I feel like I’ve developed a strong sense of what I like over the last seven years.

After all my house pictures were featured on [The Kindred Nostalgia] blog a few days ago, I wanted to release them to the public on my own blog! So, every week, I’ll be sharing a new section of our house with you!

Before you scroll through these pictures, though, I wanted to share with you that decorating is an ever-changing journey for me. What you see today may very well change tomorrow, as I rearrange things or find new pieces. So, keep that in mind! 😉AprilsHouse02 AprilsHouse03 AprilsHouse01 AprilsHouse05

(I had to include pictures of our ensuite, too. I love my orchid, and I love the masculinity of “Shawn’s side” of the counter…)AprilsHouse06

DIY: A Modern Twist on Fall Wreaths

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I am really on an Autumn kick here. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see the colors of the leaves and bushes change here in Colorado Springs! It’s going to be unreal.
Anyway, I really love the idea of a different twist on your average front-door-wreath. They can be boring and, often times, tacky if you don’t like spending over $200 on a really nice one. I’ve seen a few different versions of this wreath on Pinterest over the last few months, but I like mine the best, which is a sort of compilation of all my favorite knit wreaths.
It’s pretty easy, but it takes a while to make this bad boy. It took me a few tries to get the hang of the knit pom poms, and once I did, I finished the wreath over the span of a few days (my fingers would cramp if I made the pom poms for longer than 1 1/2 hrs). Every night, I’d put on a good movie and make pom pom after pom pom. It really feels like I accomplished something, though, when I finished it. FINALLY.
I’ve had it outside for the past week, and since our front door is covered under a roof, I’m not worried about this getting wet or dirty. If you’re concerned about your own front entry way, why not just put the wreath somewhere indoors? Bring it out every Fall with your other Autumn decor!
So, this is what you’re going to need (I got all of it from Hobby Lobby):
Wire frame wreath
2 large packages of yarn, in whatever color you’re feelingScissors
Patience
Endurance
A good movie (or three)

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Instructions:
Step 1: Remove the cardboard piece securing the yarn together and fold it in half (you can use whatever you’d like for this, if the cardboard is too flimsy for you).
Step 2: wrap the yarn around the cardboard piece about 60 times. Make sure it’s not too lose or too tight. Leave a little extra length at both ends. It should look like the picture below, on the right.

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Step 3: Carefully remove the yarn from the cardboard, securing the center with your thumb and forefinger so it doesn’t unravel. Tie opposite ends together around the center. Double knot it, and repeat, tying both ends together again, only this time, make it extra tight so it’s nice and secure. It should look relatively like the picture below after you’ve tied both ends together twice. NOTE: Make sure you are aware of where those opposite yarn ends are at all times. You’ll need those to safely secure the pom pom to the wire frame wreath. Don’t lose them!!

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Step 4: cut each end of the yarn, making sure you keep an eye on the ends that are knotted around the center. Like I said before, don’t lose them!

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Step 5: Your pom pom is all finished, and ready to be tied to the wire frame wreath. Remember how I said that you need to be aware of the knotted yarn ends around the center of the pom pom? Take those pieces and use them to tie the pom pom to the wire wreath. (Using any other pieces will result in them pulling right out). Since the pom poms are relatively small, which will end up making the wreath appear more voluminous, you’ll tie two side-by-side.
So tie that first pom pom to the outside edge of the wire frame, making room for your next pom pom, which will go on the inside. Make sure you tie each pom pom nice and tight to the wire so they don’t slip mid-process, making you very frustrated.

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Step 6: trim each pom pom as you put it on the wreath, making sure the ends of the yarn are somewhat similar in length. Once the wreath is finished, do an overall trim to any yarn ends that are sticking out far enough to be noticeable. I had to trim about 15 pieces, haha.
Step 7: Add a bow, or any kind of extra decor to make your wreath more personal, and unlike any other. If you don’t like bows, might I suggest adding a few gold (fake) berries here and there? Or how about adding a little foliage to the left side?
Step 8: Leave a comment below with a link to pictures of your own DIY wreaths (or anything Autumn-y that you’ve done yourself)! I love looking at DIY stuff, and I guarantee you that I’ll spend hours perusing through your blogs!

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