Dining Room Updates {Home Décor}

I’ve been posting so many crafty tutorials that I haven’t given you all much of a dining room update lately.

For that I do apologize, but I have some news to share with you all. I know this makeover has been going on since…oh, February, but let’s be real: I am a wife who works full-time and only works on home improvement projects when I have time, money and the desire. So, if I have it done by February 2012, I’ll consider that a major victory.

As I said in a tutorial last week- I have curtains! Four of them, to be exact. And yes, they are the same ones I blogged about awhile back. I finally did 2 things. First, I caved and moved the curtain rod down to 84” and two, I bought the curtains I’d been wanting all along.


Best decisions ever. EVER. No joke. Luckily we saved 20% off on the curtains, plus now I know that 84” curtains will work fabulously, so I can easily/affordably buy more panels as my tastes change. No more having to commit to longer, more expensive curtains. Whew. I really, really loved my decision when I was at Target this weekend and scored these beauties for half off. So, 84” curtains for the win!

On Twitter last week, I asked a serious question…

How much would you pay for a sofa?

As in, the absolute max for a sofa that was perfect in shape, color and style for the space you needed it in. I got a range of responses from $1000 to $5000. I hemmed and hawed about it for the rest of the week, and then I decided I was going to just buy the sofa I’ve been lusting over for a year now (maybe more). It’s the perfect size, color and style for my office. It’s not an item I will be tired of shortly. I’m not going to lie—it took a lot of courage, nagging from the husband and growing a pair to call Macy’s and plunk over mucho dinero on ONE sofa.


But, it’s bought. I can’t cancel it (that I know of…) and she will be here on October 15th. Two weeks before Harry Potter cocktail party. Squee! I decided on the Chloe sofa in granite from Macys. There aren’t many pictures online that I could find of the sofa in that color, but I did find these 2:


Source: Taraesque


Source: Shelly Townsend Photography

I truly hope it looks good in my space. I’m sort of nervous about it, but I didn’t want the commitment of the ivory version (stains, gah!) or the higher expense of a custom color. What do you all think? Yay or nay?

Besides those 2 major items, I did get an awesome rug from Overstock and some gorgeous mirrors from Kirklands for $6 each. The major feature on the mirrors is a nailhead like finish, so I was instantly enamored with them. No pics of the mirrors yet because it’s late right now and any pictures I take would be not so good, but here’s a picture of Pee Wee on the rug.


He lays on it all the time. He is convinced I bought it just for him, and it’s impossible to convince him otherwise.

But besides all that, we still need to totally finish the countertops, touch up paint on the walls/mouldings, put everything in place, nap, eat and THEN I can post a full reveal.

Maybe by Christmas.

Which projects in your home have taken the longest? Is it hard to find time to work on your home?

Tomorrow I have 2 major announcements. One I already shared on my Facebook page and one you’ll have to read about tomorrow (or I may post it on Facebook later if I get the go-ahead). Any guesses? This is probably some of the biggest news/opportunities I’ve gotten to date, and it is killing me to not post it right now. I was elated when I got the news yesterday evening. But, I do want to share that my blog/projects have been featured on 3 websites lately!

{Babble.com} DIY Halloween Candle Cover Tutorial


{Celebrations.com Blog} DIY Thrifty Mercury Glass Pumpkins

Celebrations Blog 2

{Kmart’s 50 FT Party} #Kmarthalloween Frugal & Fabulous Party


I also want to take a moment and thank everyone for the tweets, comments and support. My blog is growing slowly (but surely) thanks to you. So spread the word about my blog, and let me know if there’s ever anything you want me to post about. xoxo to you all! <3



  1. Carolyn
    September 20, 2011 / 5:16 pm

    I'm commenting! Congrats on the Krylon contest… what do you get if you win the whole thing? I love that sofa… I've been trying to get DH to buy a new sofa for weeks now and we can't agree on anything. I really wish he was one of those husbands who just didn't care and would let me buy whatever I wanted.

  2. Monica @ MonicaWantsIt.com
    September 20, 2011 / 9:43 pm

    I win an iPad 2 which I desperately want and cannot afford. So, I'll be shamelessly begging for votes. :-/I don't know why I want one so badly, but I do!

  3. Monica @ MonicaWantsIt.com
    September 20, 2011 / 9:44 pm

    And tell your husband to just let you be and buy your sofa. You have fabulous taste. He needs to fork over the credit card and back away. 😉

  4. Go Against The Grain
    September 20, 2011 / 10:37 pm

    love love love the sofa!Hurray on your website appearances and congrats on the krylon contest so far! Will def. vote for you again!I wanna know the other news!!

  5. Kassi @ Truly Lovely
    September 20, 2011 / 11:23 pm

    That is a lovely sofa! I really like the color! And congrats on making the Krylon finals! Very cool!

  6. Melz
    September 21, 2011 / 3:56 am

    I love the Chloe! I have the Tory from Macy's and I get tons of compliments. They are made well. You're going to love it! Good choice!!