Not everyone loves to read. I can’t imagine being one of those people. How sad for them! Garrison Keillor said that ‘A book is a gift you can open again and again.’ I read another quote (author unknown) that said ‘A home without books is like a tree without birds.’ In that case, my trees are full of birds and my shelves are overflowing with books. So much so that I need more shelves! Maybe that’s why I loved this collection of bookshelves from Diply. They are wonderful!

Did you get a look at #7? A bookshelf secret passage that leads to more shelves and books. Score! The sinking shelves sure would be a space saver! #15 has a secret message. The ring shelf is a riot. Reading and exercising. Lol. What could go wrong?! Which of these is your favorite? They’re all pretty grand.

Aha! Parenting has a fun and interesting article on how to turn your kiddo into a reader. There are some good ideas in there! Be sure and check it out!

Here’s the link to all 18 ideas…

Diply: 18 Incredibly Creative Shelves For Book Lovers


Do you ever want to just pack it all up and get away? I’m so jealous of those brave and fearless people that for the sake of an adventure can cut all ties and hit the road. My friends Paul and Fiona (and kiddos) recently sold their business and two cars, rented out their home, put everything they owned in storage, and bought a one way ticket to France for a three year adventure. So brave! Another brave soul is Vandog Traveller.

In October of 2013 he quit his job to travel Europe. There was only one problem. He didn’t care for any motor homes or campers that were on the market. If you’re going to travel the continent you need a cozy place that feels like home! It only took him five months to make his dream ‘house.’ I don’t know if me and mine will ever have the opportunity to get away from it all but I know we can do it in style after seeing cozy campers like this. Huffington Post has an article about people who gave it all up and started over in a new place. What an interesting read! Check it out here.

Here’s the link to see the entire amazing transformation…

DIY Camper – From Rusty Van To Cozy Home In 5 Months


Could you live here? Ummm…yes, yes, I think I could. For summer vacation anyways. This is like no tiny home I’ve ever seen. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t even fit the tiny home ‘requirements.’ Scenic Park Homes are really quite impressive. They sleep six people comfortably; that’s plenty of room for me and mine!

This would be perfect if you have property and are slowing building your dream house and don’t want to live in a shanty for years. I’ll have to tell my parents. This home has high ceilings, big open rooms, and full kitchens. There is even a porch, ceiling fans, and a tv. There are a few different models but they cost around $32-42,000, fully furnished. I wouldn’t want a furnished one. Decorating a new space is half the fun of getting one! Won’t you buy one and let me borrow it?

Less is more, right? Most the time. Here is another tiny house, featured at Tiny House Talk that is ‘tiny’ but not. If you know what I mean.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

If you are looking for a beach-style cottage, consider this tiny 387 sq ft home. Although small in size, its layout gives the house a spacious feel you often don’t find in tiny houses. Another great benefit is that this is a solar-powered home, so it’s energy-efficient in addition to being appealing. This well-designed tiny residence is manufactured by Palm Harbor Homes.

One of the best features of this tiny house is the storage areas throughout the cottage. There is room for everything you own. Another great thing about this house is that unlike many tiny houses that have a ladder to the sleeping loft, this cottage has a real staircase. One excellent design element is that the bottom stairs also double as pull-out drawers, so there is extra storage in surprising areas.

The main floor has the kitchen, living/dining area, bathroom, and master bedroom. A side door in the bedroom leads to a small porch for enjoying warm and sunny days. A sleeping loft serves as a second bedroom or guest room. Although the ceiling is low in the loft, it’s a bright and comfortable area for getting a good night’s sleep.

The kitchen is compact, but has everything you would need in a standard kitchen. The bathroom has glass doors around the shower so the room appears larger.

There are plenty of windows in this tiny cottage to let in natural light. The arched windows also add a distinctive charm to this tiny cottage. For anyone who loves tiny houses, this cottage is great choice for year-round living.

Tiny Cottage with Spacious Feel

Tiny Cottage with Spacious Feel

Storage Space in Entryway

Storage Space in Entryway

The Living Room

The Living Room

View from Loft

View from Loft

Staircase Doubles as Storage Area

Staircase Doubles as Storage Area

Under Staircase There’s a Built In Safe

Under Staircase There's a Built In Safe

Entertainment Area

Entertainment Area

The Master Bedroom

The Master Bedroom

Built In Storage in Bedroom

Built In Storage in Bedroom

Side Door in Master Bedroom

Side Door in Master Bedroom

Sleeping Loft as Bedroom

Sleeping Loft as Bedroom

The Kitchen

The Kitchen

The Bathroom

The Bathroom

Glass Doors for Shower

Glass Doors for Shower

Creative Displays

Clutter be gone! I’m not talking about throwing away all of your earthly possessions but rather showing them off in clever and creative ways that adds to your decor and not stifles it. You should check out these ideas from Diply. I am loving this roundup; these ideas are brilliant!

#4 is the best! I would love to display my pictures like that. There is only room for so many picture frames before walls and shelves start to look crowded. Photo wallpaper looks modern and shows off your favorite memories at the same time. Swoon.

This roundup is great for showing off things that have sentimental value and that you don’t want to toss, like decorative plates(#2) or old toys (#13). It’s also has some insanely practical ideas (#9-nail polish organization). The keepsake travel sand is such a fun idea. I wish I’d thought of that and saved sand from my tropical vacations.

A Beautiful Mess has some other fun decorating tips, perfect for renters. Find them here.

Go here to see all 19 ideas…

Diply: 19 Amazingly Creative Ways To Display All Your Stuff

Home Decorating

This roundup of diagrams is a great guide if you are looking for some interior decorating help. Not all of us can hire a professional when it comes to decorating our houses and I bet not many of us actually are professional decorators/designers. Anyone? Stop by my house please if you are!

I found this very helpful because it’s hard for me to picture the finished project. These diagrams help give a nice idea of what the end result will look like without going through all the work. Perfect! That way I don’t have to do the project and then decide at the end that I don’t like it after all.

I like having all the info in one place too. If I were to search ‘tile designs’ a bunch of different sites would pop up and I would have to go to all of them before I found the right one. If I went to a home improvement store my tile selections wouldn’t be lined up this closely for me to compare. I like this much better.

The standard furniture dimensions and the dimensions for space planning would be super helpful when shopping if I forgot to measure. For pillow style, I’m rockin’ #8. My headboard is a cross between York and Hanover. I have the empire shades. That’s just cool info to know.

If this all is a little much for you I understand. It is a lot! But #23 and #24 are for everyone. Wall art and picture hanging is always helpful info to have. And HGTV has 25 other ways to dress up your blank walls if hanging pictures and wall art just isn’t for you. Super cute! Check them out here.

See all 37 diagrams here…

BuzzFeed: These 37 Diagrams Are Everything You Need To Decorate Your Home

epsom salts

Epsom salt is pure magic! Yes, magic! Anything that is so affordable and has so many practical uses gets filed under the ‘mystical and wonderful’ tab in my book. From relaxation to cleaning, it does it all. Natural Living Ideas has an excellent roundup on some of Epsom’s many uses and I’m really excited to feature it here today! Ready to be amazed? I know I was!

I always have Epsom salt in the bathroom. There is nothing more relaxing than taking a long soak with it in the water after a miserable day. These salts are proven to reduce stress! I didn’t know this before today but it’s technical name is magnesium sulfate. No wonder it’s so good for us! Magnesium does wondrous things to the body. Epsom is terrific! Not only can it help with our stress but it’s perfect for fixing our complexion, hair, and feet. Take it out of the bathroom and use use it to clean and in the garden. OMG! I am learning a lot and can’t wait to try these!

Another one of my fav things to do with Epsom salt? Make ice crystal vases! Crafts By Amanda has an awesome tutorial. Find it here.

See all 20 amazing uses here…

Natural Living Ideas:
20 Mind Blowing Reasons Why Epsom Salt Should Be In Every Home

DIY Family Tree

This is a brilliant idea! I love the idea of showing off family history and decorating all at once. It would also be a terrific way to show how your family has grown and changed over the years and where you’ve come from. Our family tree is written down (in great great great grandpa’s bible) but it would be fun to have it on a literal tree too! I have the perfect wall in mind…

This is perfect becaue there is an ‘umteen’ nuymber of trees to pick from. It doesn’t even have to be a traditional tree. There is one in this roundup from Shelterness that is made from bull reeds and another from a clothes line. I’ve even seen one made with real branches! My favorite would have to be the majestic live oak. It’s huge and takes up a whole wall but it’s my favorite tree and it just looks amazing will all the family pictures and different frames.

My house has one painted tree already and I love it and want more. I had a friend draw it because my free hand is scary. You could draw one yourself, use a stencil or a projector, or buy a vinyl decal. There are a lot of options if you are serious about making a fun family ‘tree.’ The more I fall in love with this idea, the more I think I will buy a decal instead of paint my own. Be sure to check out Amazon if you are feeling that way too. This one has captured my heart.

See all 25 ideas here…

Shelterness: 25 Inspiring Family Trees Ideas For The Wall

diy upgrades for home

These are such clever home upgrades! Maybe not everyone is sold on these DIYs but I certainly am. Buzzfeed’s home upgrades roundup is really amazing and I’m so glad to have run across it! Remodeling and adding ‘pizazz’ doesn’t have to cost a fortune and these 31 projects prove it. Whether you need to hide some eyesores or make your ceiling look taller, there is something here for you!

A little paint and some curtains can change so much. This roundup stole my heart with idea #1. Painting vinyl and linoleum floors? Yes please! I just painted my air vents a nice mocha and they look beautiful! Putting a frame around something can totally change things too.

#13 is my absolute favorite! I don’t want the television to be the focal point in my family room and I love the idea of disguising it as a picture. We only have one because we want to watch TV as a family and not have everyone off in separate rooms. This is the best! I really like #15 too. If you liked these you should check out Lynn Dean. She has so many ideas on her Pinterest board for remodeling. Find them all here

See the full roundup from Buzzfeed here…

Buzzfeed: 31 Easy DIY Upgrades That Will Make Your Home Look More Expensive

29 Creative And Unusual DIY Christmas Tree Ideas

Ladies and gents…it’s time to break out the Christmas tree and ornaments! So exciting! I’m sad to say that not everyone gets to have a traditional tree. Lame. It might be because of space or maybe that pesky landlord might is a naysayer. Whatever the reason, thanks to this article featured at Diply, everyone can have a tree. (And a super creative one too!)

I think the broccoli tree is the most creative. Sad that it won’t last the whole holiday but it will make a delicious centerpiece for your next dinner party. The wine cork one is right up my alley too. I have lots of corks left over from fabulous wines shared with friends. Christmas isn’t all about the tree, but theses ones make a pretty convincing argument and are oh so cool. Check out these other DIY trees from Architecture Art Design

Here’s the link to Diply’s full article with all the ideas…

Diply: 27 Creative And Unusual DIY Christmas Tree Ideas