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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

we’re going to have the hap, hap, happiest christmas…

“And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse”-Christmas Vacation

i got an advent calendar this year…the first we’ve ever done…i tried to fill it with things we could do together, emphasizing on “free” things we could do together…it’s really hard to get everyone in the same place at the same time so i wanted to focus on together time…

of course some things were met with good ol’ fashioned christmas bitching and moaning, like “smile at everyone you see today” & “donate 3 toys to charity”…yeah, that went over real well…

but others have been a lot fun and the kids really got into…

005 some of the things we’ve done…

1. paper chains (i love a good paper chain)

2.  paper snowflakes

3.  make wrapping paper (big hit with the 5 year old!)

4.  drink hot chocolate

5.  roast marshmallows

6.  help mom make dinner (everyone gets a turn)

7.  breakfast for dinner

8.  watch a christmas movie

9.  read a christmas story

10.  go out for ice cream

etc,. etc…

what are your advent hits and misses??

Monday, December 15, 2014

1000 ways to dye…

my beloved green couch has seen better days…she’s looking dull and drab from sun & washing…i want to pimp her color but still want to have a green…

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i’m very nervous to pull the trigger so i went digging on RIT’s website to find more info about custom colors…i usually buy the dye at joann’s or micheal’s so when i clicked on the shop now link  i hit gold!

like a kid in a candy store i tell you…did you know that they have Pantone colors??  or at least the formulas to make the colors…emerald was a perfect match for my couch (even better than the original)

here’s a sampling of the past few years of Pantone Colors of the Year…

 

Pantone

Marsala |Radiant Orchid|Emerald|Tangerine Tango|Honeysuckle

of course there are SO many other colors to choose from…including archive colors   

the possibilities are literally endless…

Friday, December 12, 2014

christmas came early…

i was a little discouraged when i received an email saying my wallpaper was back ordered until december 18th!!

BUT, i must be on the nice list this year because last week it arrived…yippee…

i barely had it in the door before i called my paper hanger…

what started like this…

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is now this…

ta da…

F.Schumacher Birds & Butterflies 

F.Schumacher Birds & Butterflies

i absolutely love it…

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

holiday printables…

i feel like i decorate up until christmas…for some reason i keep finding things that i have to use before christmas comes…

so, i have a couple holiday printable hook ups for you…best part, they’re all free!!

have you all heard of  lindsay letters??

she’s a fabulous artist and i’m currently coveting this painting…

Peppermint Moss Abstract Canvas

peppermint moss

well, she is offering 12 days of downloads…you get an 8x10, 5x7 and six gift tags of each print

i have been collecting mine every day…i wasn’t exactly sure what i was going to do with them, i absolutely wanted to use the gift tags but i really wanted to do something with a print…

i had to go to staples to get something printed and so i picked up some washi tape

and voila…

Lindsay Letters 12 Days of Downloads 

i lined them up down the long wall in my hallway…they’re so fun!

and next up a chalkboard printable…i’m definitely still a fan of the chalkboard…nest of posies has four different printables for free…

Merry-Christmas-Deer-and-Antler-Chalkboard-Printable[1]

Have-yourself-a-Merry-little-Christmas-Chalkboard-Printable[1]

May-Your-Days-Be-Merry-and-Bright-Chalkboard-Printable[1]

Its-the-Most-Wonderful-Time-of-the-Year-Chalkboard-Printable[1] 

i chose the deer and had it printed as an engineering print at staples…then, i rolled the top and bottom on dowel rods and hung it from a ribbon…total cost around $8…

i hung it from one of many nails in the wall i have been too lazy to pull out …

Nest of Posie Merry Christmas Deer hanging by dowel rods and ribbon

 

Nest of Posie Merry Christmas Deer hanging by dowel rods and ribbon

Monday, December 8, 2014

there’s no place like home for the holidays

i think this is the earliest i’ve gotten my decorations up…i started right after thanksgiving…by new year’s i’m sure i’ll want to poke my eyes out from looking at them…

but for now…enjoy!

Chandelier and Apothecary

 

Apothecary Nutcrackers

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Doorway 

 Stairs my new pillows from tablecloths i found at home goods…easy & cheap…the lights in the bowl on the coffee table are from when i was growing up…not sure what my dad was saving them for after 25 years…

Pillows from tablecloths

the hubby always had a nativity set growing up…after a while it was held together with pounds of krazy glue…the manager is all that survived…i got the figurines a few years ago at target…it was cheap so if the kids broke it no biggie…of course last year i was the one who dropped joseph and broke his hand…go figure

Nativity

 

White Christmas tree 

white christmas tree  

Santa Pig

Monday, December 1, 2014

Colleen effertz interiors giveaway…

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

i’ve been hard at work getting my design business up and running since i finished my course in july…

i figured no better way to celebrate the official-ness of Colleen Effertz Interiors than with a giveaway…plus with the holidays upon us consider it a gift from me to you…

Auction Room Design

with this giveaway you have the choice of…

1.  a one hour consultation in your home.  you can ask for design advice in any area(s) of your home…styling, paint color, accessories, etc…for kansas city locals only

OR

2. e-design.  this can be done via email.  i will provide you with a custom design board for the room of your choice with all sources used.  this is great for someone who does not live in kansas city.

to enter leave a comment and which option you choose…

good luck!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

turning an ugly duckling into a swan…

home improvements can break the budget…especially when you’re like me and love expensive shiz  but have an empty wallet…

while there was a whole lot of ugly going on in my entryway most of it was easily changeable…paint=cheap, just like i like it…

i first tried to cover it up the floor  with a rug…

(this pic is from what i did we first moved in 9 years ago…don’t judge!)

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then i decided to paint the walls a pale color…

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it helped…but the floor!!  the floor was something that i knew i couldn’t afford to rip out and replace… and honestly i like the style…but the color?  hideous…

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this image served as an inspiration…black was not an option because our house does not get a lot of natural light…but i loved how shiny and modern it looked

i was really intimidated to tackle this…i read to use epoxy type paint but it also said you needed to have a well ventilated area…kansas city in november and open windows/doors don’t mix too well…

so i figured i’d give oil base paint a try first…

i whipped out a can of paint i used for our half bath trim, a can of Rustoleum black gloss and went to town…

black and white painted tile

HUGE difference…it’s been about a year since i painted it…it’s a fairly well traveled area and i have to say it has held up really well…

never doubt the power of paint!!