My Signature Style: Unique + Chic

Signature Style Decor Adventures

When someone asks me what my style is I always get the shakes. Umm, me? Have a style? For a DIY blogger I should be able to answer this instantly!

But the truth is, my style always changing. And I think that’s a good thing. But today I’m here to show you the things I love and how I finally figured that out.

My friend Carrie at Making Lemonade invited 22 bloggers to write about their Signature Style this week. It’s a fun process to find out what your style is. Have you ever tried? Maybe you already know and can describe what you love in 3 words? Or maybe you have Pinterest boards filled with things that are you go-to fashion, home and lifestyle favorites?

The secret about style is, you can find out what yours is and it’s OK if it changes. Like life, that’s bound to happen. Plus it’s fun!

If you are coming over from one of my style icons, Julia at Cuckoo 4 Design. When I met her at the Haven conference I asked her if I could move into her home. Really, I did! {She laughed politely}. Tell me you don’t think her home is gorgeous!

So let’s get down to it, what’s my signature style?

Modern, Unique, Classy, Thrifted, Neutral, Simple

There are so many words I use to describe my style, but mostly I describe it in what I bring into my home. I live a “Simplify” motto, meaning there must be a reason for me to own it. Like William Morris says,

William Morris Quote

Overall I call it Unique & Chic, and here is why. I’ve put together some pictures to help you know what you’ll find when you come to Decor Adventures.

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Building a Deck: The Project We Did Not Do Ourselves

ChoiceDek Makeover Decor Adventures

If you read a lot of DIY blogs, you probably have wondered at some time or another

How do these people make and build and do all of these things themselves?

I’m here to tell you a secret.

Sometimes we don’t do it all ourselves. There are certainly tons of home improvement projects that are way beyond my set of skills. And I’m a firm believer that there is no shame in hiring out. It only makes sense. Financially, time-wise, and experise-wise too. We did this for our front porch floor and more recently for our backyard deck.

We had our backyard makeover over the course of about a year and one major project was getting a new deck. The old one was falling apart. We took it apart – Ok Dan took it apart – in about 10 minutes with a hammer. And that’s when we discovered how not to build a deck. The wood was splitting, paint was peeling, it was a mess.

Old Red Deck

After it was all gone, we had this, the original concrete stairs that lead into the kitchen in the back of the house. It was not only unsafe but ugly, and the steps did not lead up to the house at the right height. We couldn’t really figure that out, how the cement stairs really even worked, but no problem since they were getting covered anyway.

Cement Stairs

In came our helper. Jeff, on the right. We had this built in October, so Jeff came over every day for a week after we bought the materials and got to work building something new so we could finally walk out the back door.

The deck was the last part of the backyard plan that was done. It went up after the flagstone and brick patio, but before we put in the new grass.

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Decorating with Paper at Redhead Can Decorate

Today I’m over at Redhead Can Decorate with my monthly DIY post about how you can decorate with paper. Did you know there are lots of uses for wrapping, decorative, wall and other types of paper that you can use in your home? Read the post here.

I never realized how many crafty ideas there are until I started putting them together. Let me know if you find new ways to use decorative paper in your home.

Decorating with Paper

You’ll also read that Julie and I got to meet the other week when she was in town visiting. It was so nice to spend real in-person time with her and her family. I love meeting blog friends. Dan had fun too. He got to talk hunting with Rick while Julie and I talked blogging of course. This is an an amazing rental property they stayed at. We might rent it for a staycation! It has a hot tub….

Photo by Redhead Can Decorate

Lately I’ve been doing lots of organizing at home and moving furniture around in preparation for the little one to get here. I’m officially 26 weeks and my little turkey will be here before I know it. I still have to put together a nursery – help! I’m working on some ideas for that and just de-cluttering in general. These days I’m getting rid of lots of stuff before other stuff moves in.

Hope all is well with you. Keep up with me on Facebook and Instagram.

How to Reupholster a Chair

How to Reupholster a Chair

A long, long time ago I made over a chair I found on the curb. Big surprise, I’m collecting items from the neighbors garbage again :-)

It was a great chair, and one of the first pieces I ever used a patterned fabric on. I tend to be a solid fabric kind of girl, but I’m trying to change my ways and use more colors and styles.

I’ve been meaning to write a post on how to reupholster a chair and here it is. I’ve tried to include some helpful information, if reupholstery is something you’ve always wanted to do, but never knew how. Hopefully this will guide you on your way. The only way to learn is just to get started! I once bought a chair at the Habitat for Humanity store with the intention to reupholster it, but had no idea how and if I can learn, so can you.

Upholstery Tools

  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Pliers

Refinishing Supplies

  • Sand paper 220
  • Spray primer and paint
  • Painters tape
  • Newspaper
  • Wood fill or wood glue
  • Small putty knife

General Supplies

  • Camera
  • Knee pads, optional but helpful
  • Gloves

Reupholstery Supplies

  • Marking pen
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun and staples, 3/8- or 5⁄16-inch
  • ½-inch batting
  • Upholstery fabric (most chairs will require about 5 yards)
  • Straight pins
  • 5/32-inch welt cord
  • Sewing machine and upholstery-weight thread
  • Tack strips
  • Fabric glue, optional
  • Upholstery tacks or nailhead trim, optional
  • Fabric for underside of chair

1. Select something that will be relatively easy to work with, especially if this is your first time reupholstering. Simple lines without buttons or tufting can be great. In fact an ottoman is always a good place to start too. See how to reupholster an ottoman here. If it is your first time working with upholstery, try to get the item as cheap as possible, or even free, that way if things don’t work out as you expected, you won’t have invested too much into it.

This is the chair when I got it off the curb. It definitely needed a makeover.

How to Reupholster a Chair

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Can It Forward Day

Canning is something I watched my mother do when I was little. She would boil the tomatoes and go step-by-step to get them all ready to live in their large Ball canning jars until we were ready to cook with them. So now that I have my own house I get to plant my own vegetables to can.

This year was a big one for our garden. Not only did we plant pickling cucumbers for the first time, but also peppers, onions and two different types of tomatoes in preparation for me to make and can salsa for the first time. So we planted and have patiently waited for things to ripen and I got to make pickles for the first time the other day.

Today, Jarden Home Brands, makers of the Ball brand home canning products is hosting its first annual International Can-It-Forward Day with special guest renowned chef and Bravo’s Top Chef judge, Hugh Acheson.  While the day is primarily to celebrate home canning via a live webcast on www.freshpreserving.com, International Can-It-Forward Day will also be exploring alternative uses for Ball brand jars.

The event is taking place at the Brooklyn Borough Hall Farmers Market and, in addition to canning demos where viewer questions will be answered in real-time by Chef Acheson and other experts, there will also be segments on crafting, herb gardening and the brand’s new drinkware line.

You can watch the live webcast here. Below is the schedule of events for the day, so grab a cup of tea and learn how to can! They are also having lots of giveaways on the webcast too.

  • 10:00am – Pepper Jelly demonstration by Chef Sara featuring the FreshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker
  • 10:45am – Tips on urban gardening & herb preservation
  • 11:00am – Peach Siracha Jam demonstration by Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars
  • 11:30am – Crafting in Ball jars with staff from Martha Stewart Living
  • 11:45am – Hugh Acheson Preserving and Mixology demonstrations
  • 1:15pm – Special Mixology demonstration with local mixologists
  • 1:30pm – Salsa Verde demonstration by Chef Sarah featuring the FreshTECH Automatic Home Canning System

Canned Tomatoes

If you’ve ever been interested in canning or want to find out more about it, visit the Ball website here. These days you can find their famous (and blue or green!) canning jars and all the supplies you need to get started at stores like Target, the grocery and other specialty stores too. I even saw them at the Christmas Tree Shops the other day.

This fall I’ll be showing you how to can tomatoes, so come back to see how soon. And have a great weekend!

Disclosure: In exchange for writing about Can It Forward Day I have received canning products from Jarden Home Products. The opinions in this post are my own.

Make Your Own Clock + Acrylic Accessories for Home

Hi friends. Today I’m over at Pretty Handy Girl, showing you how to take a 99 cent thrift store tray and turn it into your own DIY clock. See how you can make a clock for less than $5 and you can paint it any color you want!

Read the post here

DIY Clock

And find my latest post on Houzz, which is all about acrylic decor or your home. Are you on the acrylic bandwagon like I am? There are so many ways to bring acrylic accessories into your home that you will love.

Read the post here

Acrylic Accessories

Tonight I plan to start my pickle canning. Wish me luck!

 

July DIY Projects Review

Looking back at last month’s DIY projects I shared with you gardening tips, a floor installation, tips on getting rid of stuff from your home and a very special announcement. Here are July’s post for you in one spot.

July DIY Projects

Read all about the posts at the below links.

And my favorite project to date :-) Our announcement that we’re pregnant and baby is on the way, set to arrive the week of Thanksgiving. Dan and I are brainstorming how to change my home office to a nursery. We’re thinking a wallpaper accent wall, or a stencil designed by Dan, or maybe something else? I’ll write more on that soon.

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