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31 Days: 15 Easy DIY Christmas Crafts and Projects

15 Easy DIY Christmas Crafts and Projects - Marty's Musings

When I started my series 31 Days to a Beautiful Home on October 1st I had no idea if I would finish on time, or even reach the finish line. Yet here I am! If you've been following along I'm so grateful for you! These last 31 days have been a labor of love. I've learned that I can reach beyond myself to achieve dreams that are just beyond … [Read more...]

31 Days: Simmering Homemade Poptpourri

Simmering Homemade Potpourri - Marty's Musings

When you walk into your home what do you see? Is it cluttered or clean? Messy or orderly? What sounds do you hear? Is it the sound of your beloved pets welcoming you home or the laughter (or bickering) of children? What do you smell? Pet odors or air freshener? Your spicy garlicky dinner or the scent of flowers? I almost … [Read more...]

31 Days: How to Stain Your Wood Deck

How to Stain Your Wood Deck - Marty's Musings

  I hope you've enjoyed following along on our journey as we've updated our 1950's ranch home with a deck on the front. If you haven't read the story you can start with Part One, go on to Part Two (where I rock a jackhammer!) and the deck reveal. Here's a reminder of where we started.   We don't have a garage so every … [Read more...]

31 Days: More Tips for Easy Fall Decorating

Easy Fall Decorating Ideas - Marty's Musings

  It's been an interesting process these last few days as I've committed to writing my series 31 Days to a Beautiful Home. I have so many projects, ideas, tips, parenting struggles, faith stories and recipes I want to share. I'm not sure I should tell you this, but I couldn't possibly run out of things to say! But since I'm wondering if … [Read more...]

31 Days: Inexpensive Fix for Your Decorating Challenges

Inexpensive Fix for Your Decorating Challenges - Marty's Musings

   Are you bored with your home?  Or do you think you're stuck because you can't afford to make changes? I want to encourage you to share an inexpensive fix for your decorating challenges! My weapon of choice? Paint! One of my favorite ways to change up my home decor is by the use of paint. Since my DIY husband is … [Read more...]

31 Days: Inspirational Home Projects

Inspirational Home Projects - Marty's Musings

  Have you ever thought about how your home appears to others? Do you think the cleanliness factor matters or is it more important that you have the latest decor and furniture? During these 31 days of October I'm sharing bits of pieces of not only my home, but my heart. To me, both of these are connected in a very real and tangible … [Read more...]

31 Days: Add a Touch of Fall Decorating

Add a Touch of Fall Decorating - Marty's Musings

  I realize that a lot of my posts tend to be fairly heavy in content so today I'm going to give you one for my 31 day series that is short and sweet! (I know I just heard my husband breathe a sigh of relief! As I'm churning out content this month I'm trying to have him proofread for me. I need help, y'all!) It's almost mid October … [Read more...]

31 Days to a Beautiful Home: Day One

31 Days to a Beautiful Home - Marty's Musings

    I'm going to share something with you today that scares me half to death. Are you ready? I'm joining The Nester and tons of other writers who are committing to writing 31 days for the entire month of October. I know I'm a little melodramatic. Why should this scare me so much? Because I'm an A personality who … [Read more...]

Beach House Decorating Ideas

Beach House Decorating - Marty's Musings

Our family spent last week in Emerald Isle, NC enjoying some good food, family fun and as much sun as we could handle! I find the older I get the less enthralled I am with hours on the beach burning to a crisp. Since this was our second year at this specific house I took several pics so I could share some great beach house decorating with … [Read more...]

Painted Side Table Before and After

Painted Side Table Before and After - Marty's Musing

Disclosure: Behr Paint provided me with product but the opinions are all my own.  When my DIY hubby and I decided to tackle our master bedroom makeover I had to do some convincing so that he would let me paint the furniture. It's not necessarily that Tim doesn't like painted furniture. He just sees one more thing on his "honey do" … [Read more...]

The Shabby Chic Style in Four Easy Steps

The Shabby Chic Style in 4 Easy Steps - Marty's Musings

  Many years ago when I was "merely" a stay at home mom (totally said tongue in cheek) I had no time, energy or money to keep up with the latest decorating trends. Yes, this was before Pinterest. ~horror~ My decor consisted of cross stitch pictures and handmade, cutesy seasonal items that totally either matched perfectly (uck) or was … [Read more...]

No Sew Fabric Cornice

No Sew Fabric Window Valance - Marty's Musings

Disclosure: The beautiful fabric was provided by OnlineFabricStore.net but all opinions are my own.  I am so unknowledgeable about window treatments and fabric. The best I can usually come up with is a yard sale treasure, which means it's not perfect but it will do. When my DIY hubby and I started talking about our master bedroom … [Read more...]

Yard Sale Tips: Trash or Treausre?

Yard Sale Tips: Trash or Treasure ?from Marty's Musings

  I have been yardsaling since my senior year in college, somewhere around 198_ (muffle, muffle).  I think my first purchase was a pair of amazing black patent leather high heel pumps for $.25 and I was forever changed! When my DIY hubby and I had our first baby (now 25 and expecting our first grandchild) we were young and poor … [Read more...]

How to Decorate a Bedroom (for Practically Nothing!)

How to Decorate a Bedroom for Practically Nothing - Marty's Musings

  When I shared my master bedroom makeover a couple of weeks ago I told y'all it was a budget makeover where everything except for one or two items  (and I mean EVERYTHING) was either a DIY project, a yardsale find or a hand me down. Now hopefully y'all know I'm a painfully honest person (just ask my family) but I thought … [Read more...]

5 Accent Wall Ideas and Tips

Accent Wall Ideas and Tips - Marty's Musings

Disclosure: I was provided with product from Behr Paint but the opinions are all my own. When you have a dad who is a painting contractor and handyman and you move into a new house, you are hopeful that your dad will do a few "little" projects for you.  And if your mom is a blogger who writes about all things home you want that room … [Read more...]