"Seasonal Decorating"

With October just around the corner, it's time to start pulling out those holiday decorations.  For many of us, the thought of cooler temps and pumpkin spice lattes sparks all kinds of excitement.  For others, the thought of dragging out pumpkins, cornucopias, trees and twinkle lights brings on a serious case of the hives.  Whether you're giddy with excitement or dreading it all, the seasonal decorating season is upon.  Not sure where to begin?  I'm sharing a few tips and tricks to getting your holiday decor just right.  

Hop over to the Charlotte Home and Garden blog to read the article.

Happy Fall Y'all!!

"Wallpaper Weekend Warrior"

As busy as I've been, I'm not sure how I managed to squeeze in a little home improvement project of my own, but somehow I did.  

Yep, I finally tackled the wallpaper project in my guest bathroom a couple of weeks ago.  It began as a weekend project but soon spilled over into the week.  I worked on a little at a time and it took me about a week and a half to finally finish.  Honestly, with a little motivation, I totally could've done it in one day.  

If you follow me on social media, you may recall me posting about this wallpaper I scored at the Habitat Restore in High Point, NC.  I think I paid less than $5 per roll, so it was a total score.  They were double rolls, but I knew the amount would be cutting it pretty close.  But for less than $10, I was willing to take the risk.  

P.S. In case you're interested, it is made by York Wallcoverings (Metallic Scenic) and is available online for about $80 per double roll. 

The fact that the wallpaper worked perfectly with my existing decor was a huge added bonus.  I just needed to find the time to get it hung.   That time finally came...

Now, make no mistake about it, my wallpaper installer would likely cringe if he took a close look at the pattern match-up and seams, but for me...it works.  Believe it or not, wallpapering is actually easier than painting if you ask me.  There's no taping required and unlike paint, wallpaper offers a do-over factor that paint doesn't.  I mean, you can move wallpaper around easily (before it dries). 

I thought about replacing the builder grade mirror, but it came down to conserving wallpaper.  You may recall me adding the mirror frame many moons ago.  If not, read about it in the post entitled "Mirror on Mirror".  I knew that unless I planned to foot the bill for a large rectangular mirror (most standard options are a little smaller than I needed), then I'd need to utilize more paper to cover the portion of the wall currently covered by the massive simple mirror already there.

I decided to leave it for now, plus I can always add a Mirror Mate at a later date.  (Hey, that rhymes! 😊 Lol! )

I love wallpaper with a busy print.  Not only does it add so much personality to a space but it is extremely forgiving to those of us who don't have the patience for matching the pattern from row to row.   The pattern has so much going on that it's hard to tell where one scene ends and another begins.


This was particularly helpful around the corners and in those small spaces because I was literally able to use scraps without working so much about the pattern.  In fact, that's the ONLY way I had enough paper for the entire bathroom.

I love how it turned out, and I'm thankful to have another small home improvement project off my list.  However, be forewarned should you ever come to visit.  My installation isn't perfect and if you look for the flaws, you'll find them. And I'm completely ok with that.  😉

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