Why You Should Use a Rug Pad

Rug Pad

Our old house has beautiful floors. You wouldn’t be able to buy these floors now, and so I value them tremendously. They are irreplaceable to me, like many features of our 115-year old Colonial.

So you can imagine how upset I was when I went to sweep one day and found the rug in our guest bedroom stuck to the floor.

Yes, stuck. I had no idea why a rug would stick to the floor, especially one that has a backing on it, but apparently right then and there I learned my lesson of why I will never, ever, ever go without a rug pad again.

Floor Damaged by Rug Backing

Here is a quick lesson in how to remove the back of a rug from 115-year old wood floors.

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There’s a Frog on My Laptop + Life Updates

Hello! I hope the new year is treating you well and you wake up each day knowing this!

I’m long over due in writing this post. Long overdue, but I wanted to update you on how things are going behind the scenes here at Decor Adventures. I’ve always feared opening up my life online and mostly am hesitant to share personal info.

But I want to be friends! And so I thought I’d fill you in on what’s been happening around our casa these days. OK, these months.

The big news from last November is …. we had a baby girl! While I’m quite shy about sharing pictures of her online {I hope you understand}, I can assure you, the girl is totally cute. Her name is Cora Aimee and she’s a tall little thing at 22 1/4 inches at 7 weeks. She, Dan and I are doing great. We got some real smiles this past week and her little personality is coming out more each day. I love it.

Labor was no problem, I didn’t even know I was in it! We went into the hospital one morning at 4:00 AM after I was sick 3 times. I’ll save you the details, but I was 6 cm and 80% {you know what that all means ladies}, without knowing! Several hours later our little shrimpy turned out to be a girl. Dan was a super husband and we are catching up on our sleep when we can.

Now someone please let me know how to get her to nap longer than 20 minutes!

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A Fun Way to Label Binders

A Fun Way to Label Binders

Dear Washi Tape,

We’re breaking up.

Please don’t be sad Wash, we’ll get back together soon. It’s just that I’m cheating on you with my Silhouette.  It’s January and that means time for organizing, so I couldn’t resist a new project. Your green and white tape is fun, but it just wasn’t cutting it anymore.

A Fun Way to Label Binders

I got to make some great labels for my binders, finally. I feel so organized!

After using my new favorite craft machine to make New Year’s Eve countdown champagne glasses, I had about a dozen ideas of what I wanted to make so it was about time to get to work. Since I’m such a binder lover, (See my post on How to Organize Home Manuals here),  they were the perfect place to add some labels.

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How to Reupholster a Bench

How to Reupholster a Bench

Happy January friends! These cold months make me want to do more indoor projects and now is the perfect time to catch up your fabric crafts, furniture makeovers and indoor to do list that you’d rather not tackle on a sunny day. Today I’m sharing a simple no-sew project that you can do in under 30 minutes.  If you’ve ever seen a bench or chair at the thrift shop or maybe you have one you’ve been wanting to give new life to, here is a step by step on how to reupholster a bench.

First, gather your supplies. You’ll need:

  • Fabric of your choice. How much depends on what size your bench is, but usually a yard is plenty.
  • Flathead and Philips screw drivers
  • Pliers
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Hammer
  • Scissors
  • Foam and batting (optional)
  • A bench you want to makeover

We had this small piece that I stained in ebony a while back. I covered it with a script fabric and eventually grew tired of its look so I got in touch with my wild side and picked out a zebra fur to liven things up.

Bench Before

To get started, turn the bench upside down. It will have screws underneath holding the upholstered seat in place. Use a screwdriver to take those out and the seat will come apart from the frame.

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How to Organize Home Manuals

How to Organize Home Manuals

Happy 2015! I hope you are still enjoying a wonderful holiday season and are excited to see what kind of adventures I have planned for you over the next 12 months. Each new year I get excited about blogging and thinking about all of the fun projects I can do and things I can create.

Today’s project very easy for you. Easy but productive.  A new year always makes us want to be more organized and this project will start you off on the right foot in that department. Today you are going to organize all those manuals you have floating around the house. You know the ones you can never find when you need to? But have been meaning to organize? Check that item off the To-Do list, here is how.

There are a few options for getting home paperwork in order, but I’m a binder kind of girl. I tend to organize all of my must-find items in binders, that way I can move them around from room to room if I need to, and I can re-organize the items inside, plus binders can hide a great mess but look so pretty doing so.

Supplies

How to Organize Home Manuals

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New Years Eve Countdown Champagne Glasses

New Years Eve Countdown Champagne Glasses

While everyone loves Christmas and all the holidays that come before New Year’s, who can resist getting dressed up and drinking champagne all night? New Year’s Eve is such a fun celebration  and a way to start things fresh and new as soon as the clock hits midnight.

I made these countdown champagne glasses to celebrate the new year and enjoy some bubbly in style! I had the chance to try the Silhouette Portrait and I love how they turned out.

New Year's Even Countdown Champagne Glasses

These are so simple to make. All you need are champagne glasses, gold vinyl, transfer paper and your Silhouette. I typed out the words on my Portrait and cut them on the gold vinyl. Transfer paper puts them on the glasses and that’s it! Easy and chic for a fun evening until the ball drops.

Plus, you’ll never forget which glass is yours!

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2014 Year in Review + Link Up

2014 Year in Review

Welcome to the 2014 Year in Review! This is a collection of what’s been happening over the past year, a best-of blog posts, kind of like the Oscars. OK, maybe not, but at least you can see what kind of progress I’ve made at my home, or progress I haven’t made. You know, for all those DIY projects we’d like to get to but don’t. Below are links to some of my favorite projects of the year. Tell me which are your favorites!

At the end of the post is a link up for you to share your favorite posts of the year. If you’re not a blogger, then you can see all kinds of projects from those who do link up and get some ideas for what you’d like to accomplish in your own home.

Ready? In no special order, here are my favorite projects of the year.

Makeovers!

Upstairs Bathroom Makeover In this room we replaced the floor, vanity, toilet, painted the trim and door, ceiling, hung up art and made a fake roman shade. It’s amazing what a few small and inexpensive changes can make. Click on the link for all of the projects listed and see the transformation unfold.

Small Master Bathroom Makeover

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