Jumpstart June {The Finale}

Woah.  Did June just fly right by us or what?  And just as quickly, we are finished with Jumpstart June.

Jumpstart June: Pick one project that you want to get finished this month and get it done!

Since today is actually July 2nd, I should have posted my final project yesterday.  But, sometimes summer fun gets in the way of my blog’s editorial calendar, and you guys have to wait a day or two for a post.  The good news, though, is that I got finished with my Jumpstart June project.

Mary Blair Inspired Wall

YES!  I actually didn’t finish it until about 10pm on June 30th.  I went down to the wire, but I got it completed.

Sunday Pinterest Party Featuring You {Week 7}

Happy Sunday, my friends!  It’s time for the Pinterest Link Up Party!

Weekly Pinterest Link Up Party

Meet our team:
Allison from Two Thirty-Five Designs~Pinterest, Lindsay from Makely School For Girls~Pinterest, Kelly from Lily Pad Cottage~Pinterest, Adrianne from Dream Book Design~Pinterest, Jenelle from Nelle Creations~Pinterest, Sarah from Creative Ramblings~Pinterest, and Aimee from Captivating Corner~Pinterest.

If you missed the last few weeks, be sure to click here to find out what’s going on.

There were so many good pins from last week’s Pinterest Link Up Party that I ended up choosing three to feature!  The first is this DIY Clamshell Bowl that was pinned by Monica at Craftberry Bush.  My love of organically shaped bowls and trays is on super obsession high alert mode thanks to a webinar I watched last week from my friend Jackie, so this bowl caught my eye immediately.

clamshell bowl

Next up are these delicious indoor smores, pinned by Monica at Creative Gator.  I seriously want to try these out at the 4th of July BBQ that we are hosting next week for our friends and neighbors.

How to Clean Windows Without Chemicals + a HomeRight Steam Machine Plus Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed and a winner has been notified.

I can never seem to keep my windows clean. Between the pollen and the rain and the kids’ dirty handprints, the glass gets dirty about 10 seconds after I clean it.

But, have you ever noticed how much brighter your home is with clean windows?  It makes a world of difference!

So, with that in mind, I do try to clean my windows when I am bored enough or trying to avoid something else enough to actually do it (you feel me on that, don’t you?).  I try to avoid using chemical filled cleaning supplies where possible, but it’s been difficult finding something non-toxic that works as well as Windex does on my windows.

Well, until now.

How to Clean Your Windows Without Chemicals

I have started using the handheld portion of my HomeRight Steam Machine Plus (Amazon affiliate link) and a clean microfiber cloth to clean my windows, and the results are amazing.

How to Decorate With Color and Not Feel Like You Live Under the Big Top

Earlier this year, I got an email from one of my sweet readers.  She told me about her love/hate relationship with color.  Sara said that she has a series of different colors throughout her house and she loves them all, but she was having a difficult time focusing on pulling it all together.  As she put it, “How do I focus and not make it look like [I live in] a circus?”

I have been thinking about that question ever since then.  Sara isn’t the first person who’s approached me with questions about using color effectively in a room, but she is the first one who phrased the question in that particular way…and I loved it.

So, as part of the blog hop series on “How to Decorate” that is being hosted by my friend Beth from Home Stories A to Z, I am finally sharing my thoughts on putting together a colorful homr that doesn’t look like it belongs under the Big Top.  And welcome if you are joining me for the first time as part of this blog hop from Rhoda’s blog, Southern Hospitality.  I’m glad you are here!

How to decorate with color and not feel like you live in a circus tent

I use color in a lot of big ways around my home.  My creativity thrives when I am surrounded by saturated hues, so I made it a point to bring that saturation into my home.  You will find a lot of bold patterns and bright colors in every room.  I always sort of feel like my color combinations and styling just sort of come to me.  But, as I took some time to really consider Sara’s question to me, I realized that there were some key guidelines that I subconsciously follow when putting together a room.

The Only 5 Things You Need to Style Almost Every Surface In Your Home

A reader asked me last week,

“What’s your most versatile accessory? I love styling, but do not want to collect a lot of little things to change out. So, how can I have variety without a lot of different pieces?”

Great question, but I couldn’t just name one thing.  In the pursuit of making decorating practical and relatable, I narrowed it down to 5 essential accessories for styling almost any surface in your home. And I bet you already have all of them, maybe just not all together yet.

5 Styling Basics to Decorate Almost Any Surface | Jackie Hernandez for MakelyHome.com

With these 5 things in different combinations, you can style a nightstand, a dresser, an end table, a coffee table, a decorative shelf…almost any surface in your home.

 1.  Something Vertical

This will usually be the tallest thing in your arrangement.  Every surface you decorate needs height relative to the other objects in the grouping. It could be a lamp or a pair of candlesticks, vases, or tall objects that are two different heights.

Jumpstart June {Week 3 Check-in}

Leading a DIY life has a lot of benefits.  Depending upon what you are undertaking, you can save yourself a lot of money.  You can teach yourself a new skill.  You can work with your own schedule and budget.  Or take some time to do nothing at all, knowing that it will still be there when you are ready.

Jumpstart June: Pick one project that you want to get finished this month and get it done!

That’s exactly what happened to me this week, the third week of Jumpstart June.  I took a break.  I didn’t work on my Mary Blair inspired wall a single time.  But you know what I did do?

I swam with my kids nearly every day.

I had saw my sister three times.

I visited with two friends that I haven’t seen in ages.

I watched a ton of baseball.

I laid on the couch and watched Pitch Perfect.  And then The Breakfast Club.  And then Pitch Perfect again.

And my wall looked like this the entire time.

Mary Blair inspired wall (in progress)