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Book Lamp

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While we were at the Goodwill last month, Alberto came up with a few other ideas.  I’ve been wanting to make a lamp, and so Alberto decided to use books as the base for one.  We love books, so it’s little wonder how Alberto came up with this idea.  We found some very old hardcover books selling for a few cents (no first editions, don’t worry!) which were all perfect for the base.  Read more →

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Winter Glass Tile Wreath

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Maplewood has been getting pummeled with snowstorms this year, and all we see out the window is snow and ice.  I remember a time where I thought it was pretty, but no more…and it’s only January!   Read more →

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Carrera Marble Serving Tray

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Since the white marble tile tray from a few weeks ago was so easy to make and it looked so nice, we decided to do another one…albeit, a bit different.  We were walking through Home Depot, and Alberto saw a Carrera marble floor jam.  We put three silver handles on it, and it is now a great and interesting serving tray!  This is one of those projects that is quick and easy, and it can turn a nice affair into something really elegant.  And you don’t have to spend a lot of money!

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Extreme Makeover: Oil Painting Edition

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Several years ago, Alberto’s family gave us two oil paintings for our new home.  It was a very nice gesture, but they weren’t really our style.  They were in very chunky and ornate gold frames.  One of them was of a street scene, and we eventually found a home for it in one of our spare bedrooms.  But the other one was of a still life of a vase with flowers (possibly daisies or poppies?).  I’m not a big fan of still life to begin with, but this just reminded me of someone’s grandmother’s house.  Read more →

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More Glass Tile Christmas Ornaments!

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Because the glass tile Christmas tree ornaments were such a huge hit with everyone –and were super easy — Alberto wanted to do them again…but with a little twist.  We decided to use small square glass tiles and put the initials of the host on both sides on an angle — remember, even the smallest change can give new personality to an old idea!

Once again, we think they came out great!  We’re planning on doing a few more variations before the holidays are over…and we also have Chris and Lauren’s wedding coming up in a couple of weeks! We really love this idea…you should try it too!

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Christmas Napkin Holders (and Ornaments!)

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With our family here from North Carolina, we’ve been surrounded by family, which is always wonderful.  During the down time, I can’t help but wonder how crazy they must think we are with our Christmas decorations. I thought of this while I was looking at our tree in the dining room.  We have two silver ornaments of an A and B (for Alberto and Brent).  It made me smile because we made those ornaments years ago, for our second year in our first house. Here’s how we came up with them…  Read more →

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Candy Apple (red) Christmas Wreath

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Alberto and I had wanted to make something shiny and fun for our front door Christmas wreath, like the one we did for our first Christmas together.  It was made with metallic gift bows in gold, silver and copper.  (We don’t have a picture of the wreath, but the matching trees that we made for the center of the table can be seen in our gallery!)  So we were off to Michael’s! Read more →

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Our Christmas Trees

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Growing up, my family would always put up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. It was always the beginning of Christmas for me.  Today, Alberto and I still continue this tradition, and each year it keeps expanding.  We have three trees (yes, three): living room, family room and dining room.  However, they’re all artificial.  We love real trees.  But when we used to get them, they always got messy after a few days, and, quite frankly, they became a fire hazard by the time Christmas arrived.  Read more →

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Our Thanskgiving table is ready! All we need now is the food (we’re not cooking this year — we’re not that crazy!). Thanks everyone for the words of encouragement over the past weeks and we hope that y’all have a great Thanksgiving weekend!

Go [insert local NFL/NBA/NHL/NCAA team here]!!!

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Tile Chargers and Candleholders

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We were walking through Home Depot, and Alberto came across a really pretty terracotta-color porcelain tile. We had been looking for chargers for the holidays and realized that the tiles were perfect for what we were looking to do with our Thanksgiving table…and they were like $1 each! This is one of the easiest projects you can do!

In addition, we wanted to bring some natural elements to the table, so we decided to make our own candle holders….out of old logs.  Read more →

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