Fall Yard Clean Up Checklist

Fall Yard Clean Up Checklist

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Happy September! Although it is really hot here today, I’m already thinking of all the projects I can get done while I am sill mobile and my big belly isn’t getting in the way. One of which is cleaning up our backyard and getting it ready for fall. We planted lots of vegetables this year and had our patio makeover, so we have a few things to take care of before it’s winter.

Since I love to share helpful tips I’ve come up with this Fall Yard Clean Up Checklist, so none of us forget what to do to our beautiful yards outside when the weather changes and we are ready to snuggle inside for a few months. I won’t mind if you sip a Pumpkin Spiced Latte while you read this!

Here are 10 items for you to get done before it’s too cold.

Trim, and Prune all Plants

There are sure to be plants in the yard that will die once the summer is over and all dead leaves, branches, etc should be clipped off and composted or thrown away.  I showed how to prune roses and fall is when all the leftover blooms and rose hips can be snipped off and discarded.

I’ve been using Rubbermaid Roughneck storage containers since they hold a lot and I don’t have to empty them too often.  Plus the handles make it easy for me to carry them around the yard. We use these all over the house, specially to store things in the attic.

Fall Yard Clean Up Checklist

Fall Yard Clean Up Checklist

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DIY Blogland Tour + How I Blog

Hello friends. Last week Maryann at Domestically Speaking invited me to participate in her DIY Blogland Tour. If you haven’t seen it, DIY bloggers are talking about what we do, kind of like a behind-the-scenes about our blogs. And we’re featuring some other bloggers for you to the read more about them too.

After last week’s Signature Style post and this, I’m kind of doing an all-about-me theme here, but actually this is all I got! So if you are a new or a long time reader of Decor Adventures, here are some things you might not already know.

Decor Adventures, the Blog

I live in Upstate New York in an old Colonial home built in 1900 with my husband, Dan. By day I’m a Ph.D. student, but by night I’m a knee-pad wearing, drill-wielding, spray painting do-it-yourselfer.

I started Décor Adventures in 2009 as a creative outlet and a way to share what I love – home decor, crafts and DIY. It is a place for you to find decorating resources, creative ideas and to read about my project fun and mis-adventures along the way. I hope to give you useful, practical resources for styling and enjoying your life and home.

Decor Adventures Blog

It’s my intention for my home to be simple, comfortable and environmentally friendly, not to mention meaningful, beautiful and unique. I named this blog as a reminder to have fun at home because we all know how adventurous home projects can get right?

Find out more about me here and see these posts about my home:

Now, here comes the fun part, some questions about what’s happening in my life right now.

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Signature Style Giveaway

Signature Style Series Giveaway

Thanks for the love on my Unique & Chic Signature Style post on Wednesday. I hope you got to visit the other 21 blogs and see their signature style too. Which do you love the most?

As part of the series, today we are hosting a huge giveaway of some lovely items from some of our favorite style makers. FIVE winners will get

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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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