How to survive your vacation

We are getting ready for a week long vacation to the Mountains.
I'm pretty sure the only time I went away with my kids for 7 days straight was to Disney.
Needless to say, I didn't worry about the dreaded "I'm bored" for that trip.
(and I don't need to go there again either)

So, in anticipation for SEVEN glorious "vacation days"...I'm putting together a box of items that might come in handy why we're away.
Nothing too fancy, and mostly stuff I already had laying around the house.

So, if your planning a trip, or if your just hangin' at home this summer.
Check out the Pinterest board I created to help me and my 3 kids stay active and entertained while were away from all the comforts of home...

Here's some of my favorite ideas...and ones my kids and I will be doing while we're away...

Don't forget the supply list...
(you're welcome)

If you're a Mountainy type of girl and wanna keep it cute...I also put together some campy outfits for your to wear while you're away .


Tips on a Garage makeover

When I saw Country Living's article on "she sheds", I knew what I had to do.
March straight out to the garage, still in my pajamas and start clearing out the space.
Who's idea was it to store bikes and rakes and crap in the garage??

After a day of sweating in my pajamas and some looks from the neighbors, I wound up with this.
I mean who wants to spend a perfectly good day doing what your supposed to be doing when you could be creating a she shed for yourself??
Although that word is really getting on my nerves.
It just sound creepy and weird and makes me think of She Crabs.
So we're gonna call it a Mom Cave from here on out.

A mom cave with a cocktail area.

When I tell you that I threw this room together with items I already owed,
I am 100% telling you the truth.
And these days...I don't own much.

But look at this! Wouldya'?  It's genius I tell ya'.
Pure genius.

You know where to find me.
Carry on.


7 Ways to show your porch some love this Summer

1. Fill your porch with textures...plants, painted wood, vintage items, candles. Treat it like any other room.

2. It's the perfect spot for that piece of vintage furniture that you just had to have, but really have no place in the house for.

3. Show off your gardening skills. Or in my case, lack of. There's nothing wrong with a little fake plant when they are as cute as these. (IKEA)

4. Layer your vintage finds. Adding a tray to your display makes you instantly look like a decorating pro.

5. Re purpose your collection of wood crates. (Think kids junk you don't want splattered across the porch floor)

6. No room for a garden? Use your railing to hold a selection of herbs.

7. Add something personal like photos or a chalkboard...a little reminder for the kids.


Design Ideas for a Cozy Bedroom

(pin me...duhh)

The bed is a $20. thrift store find that I spray painted. It's turning into one of my favorite things I've done.
And, duhh...you don't need to be me to spray paint a bed.
Do it.

This weirdo pop of yellow is growing on me.

Ahh...my old lamp with my handmade burlap shade and the very first fabric flowers I ever made.. One of the few things salvaged from a previous life. Good times.

Craigslist to the rescue...
Door - Craig's list.
Bar cart-thrift store


Once a leg on a door I made into a table.
now a jewelry holder.

I'm ridiculously lucky that my bedroom is large enough for me to fit a sofa, desk and TV area.

So...what's my point?
Do these 6 things and you'll be on your way to cozyville in no time.

keep it - monochromatic play with patterns

keep it simple

go vintage

add texture

use plants...real or fake

reinvent a thrift store find

Meet Denise

Denise Sabia, designer, DIYer and owner of The Painted Home, takes everyday items found in flea markets, thrift shops or simply along the roadside and turns them into unique pieces that freshen and warm your home … without breaking your budget. Denise began dabbling in design over 20 years ago and studied at Philadelphia University. Her client base continued to grow as did her portfolio of work, branching out to decorating entire homes. Denise lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. with her 3 kids, a dog, rabbit, 3 chickens, a gecko, and the oldest living hermit crab known to man.

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