Sunday, November 23, 2014

Decking The Halls–New Ideas For Old Treasures

Today I have a guest post for you from Paisley Hansen.
She has some great tips for keeping the holiday spirit alive in your home-take it away Paisley!
Decking The Halls–New Ideas For Old Treasures 

Halloween has come and gone. Thanksgiving is looming on the horizon, so Christmas must be fast approaching. For some people, decorating their homes for the holiday is the most enjoyable aspect of the Christmas season. But after many years even beloved traditions can become tiresome. This year, think about new approaches to holiday decorating that are fun and unexpected. Here are some tips to get you started:


Take a look at the decorations that you own and evaluate them with fresh eyes. Do all the hanging ornaments have to go on the tree? Consider hanging a garland, either real or artificial, as a window valance and hang tree ornaments to dangle in front of a window. This is especially effective if some lights can be strung also, making the glass ornaments sparkle.

Every year the angels go on the mantle. This year, take a close look at the angels to see if they might not be the right size and weight to hang on the tree. Tie some ribbon around their waists, and when they are hung from a tree branch, the slight forward slant will make them appear to be in flight. In the empty space on the mantle, place a large clear glass vase filled with the ornaments that normally would hang on the tree.

The front door always gets the best wreath but there are probably several doors in your house. Don’t overlook them!
Spray sliding glass doors with artificial snow, which takes up no space, and add some sparkle to barn door hardware by attaching a string of jingle bells to the handle so that they ring merrily when the door is opened and closed.
 Stephanie Lynn

Take a look around your kitchen. Some common cooking ingredients and utensils can brighten up your holiday for practically no cost. Cinnamon sticks or cinnamon-flavored red hot candies in a nice jar or bowl are festive and add a delicious fragrance to any room, as do shiny red apples. Attach a bit of ribbon to your Christmas cookie cutters and hang them on the tree. A decorative, holiday-themed serving tray can placed upright on a shelf and leaned against a wall.


If you are lucky enough to have trees in your yard, bring in branches that have fallen off or been trimmed. You can use them as they are or spray with paint. Arrange the branches in a large vase and decorate. Tie on bows or attach ornaments with hooks.
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Even supposedly old, worn out everyday items can add to the Christmas spirit. A discarded pair of rain boots, colored black with spray paint, can be decked with a ribbon and dressed up as Santa’s boots. Place them near the front door.


Look for glitter and sequins at hobby stores and use them to add new sparkle to older ornaments that have lost some of their glow. Glitter is now formulated in a variety of mediums including paint, markers and glue. If you have not been in a craft store for a few years, you will be astonished at all the new products available for crafting, most of which are very reasonably priced.


A plain cardigan sweater, in an appropriate Christmas color, can be spiced up with some new buttons. All fabric stores carry holiday-themed buttons along with seasonal fabrics and trims. Changing the buttons on a blouse or sweater is a great way to have a holiday look without the expense of a whole new outfit.


Christmas is a time for family traditions, but don’t let that keep you from reimagining your holiday décor this year. With a lot of creativity and a little paint, glitter and ribbon, you can achieve a fresh new look with your favorite old ornaments and decorations.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Random Things Friday

TGIF everyone!
This weekend the weather in KC is 'SUPPOSED' to be a little warmer so I am hell bent to get all of my painting done, along with my final clean out of the garage before winter sets in, and start decorating for Christmas.
But in the mean time, I wanted to share some random things with you like this desk organizer I found at TJMaxx.
It was the perfect size to use as a mini make up organizer. It holds just the basic everyday pieces that I most commonly use.
The flat slots where letters and mail would go hold my eye shadows, and the larger slot on the right is the perfect size for a mascara, a few eye liners, and some lip glosses.
I also did a little organizing and repurposed an ironstone creamer into a makeup brush holder.
I love repurposing things so they can be used all over my home!
And do you notice anything special? ............keep in mind we are in my bathroom....................
I will keep you guessing on that one but there will be a reveal of some sort (sshhhh-gotta keep it a secret) coming up soon.

Then I decided to take advantage of a little "ME" shopping before the holiday shopping is in full force.
So I ran by TJMaxx again and picked up a pillow
(which will make its debut later when I show you my Christmas décor), along with this aqua/mint colored purse that I fell in love with, and a spool of cream colored lace.

I told the check out clerk I wanted to take one more picture before they bagged it up so here she is.
Front and center.
Is she aqua? Or mint? You decide.

And Miss Layla has been hibernating under my desk since the temperatures dropped.

I couldn't resist and had to take her picture to show you!!!

And last but certainly no least, if you follow me on Facebook
you know that I recently attended a Christmas event
at a local nursery.
While I was there I picked up this dreamy smelling candle in Blackberry Vanilla.
Its such warm and clean smell. I love it!

Have you ever heard of Trapp candles and fragrances?
They are a Kansas City based company that was created by a designer, and they make the best smelling candles and home fragrances like reed diffusers and room sprays.
I mean, come on. An interior/floral designer created these they have to be good, right?! :)
This is not a sponsored post but you can read about them and see all of their scents HERE.

And speaking of candles, you can go HERE for my post on candle care tips that will make your candles burn longer and last throughout the  holiday season!
and lastly.......just a reminder to sign up for my
Bona my Bona floor care giveaway too.
Click HERE to sign up.
So that's all for my random things Friday.
I will be a busy bee this weekend taking advantage of the warmer weather, and will be back in a few days with some cool stuff to share with you too, along with the drawing for the giveaway.
Have a wonderful weekend,
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Get Ready for the Holidays With Bona Floor Care-Giveaway!

When the good folks at Bona sent me their products to try I wasn't sure what to expect.
After all, there are numerous floor cleaning systems out there so I was curious about the products that I had heard so much about and anxious to try them first hand in my home.
So I put the products to the test in none other,
my dining room!!!!!
You may remember that I started my dining room makeover this Spring with new paint, and then there was the
 Craigslist dining table I made over as well, so this room has been used and abused over the past few months and was in dire need of a deep cleaning. 
All the painting and sanding made for a messy room and dirty hard wood floors, so bring it on!
I started by sweeping up all the saw dust first, then used my new Bona floor mop to clean the floors.

 The floor mop has so many great features too.
It is light weight and the Bona cleaning pad simply attaches right on it with no clips or wonky parts to mess with.
Once the Velcro touches the cleaning pad, its connected!

Next just attach the cleaning solution bottle that's it.
You're ready to clean!
I love that you control how much cleaning solution to use by the number of squirts.

Once I started using the cleaning solution I was in awe!
It did not have a smell and it was gentle just like water.
The cleaning pad glided right over the solution and effortlessly cleaned my floors!
See that?
The sunshine bounces right off the floors! No more saw dust or smudges, just a clean floor that shines!

And my favorite part........look at the swivel head on the mop that can fit in all sorts of places.
This sucker can swivel and move around all sorts of things like your dining table or hutch, so cleaning your floors is fast and effortless!

Once the floors were clean, it was time to use the floor polishing solution.

These pictures are untouched.

I love how clean and shiny my floor is after using the polisher.

 I used the low luster polish and it gave a soft sheen that light bounced right off of.

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Impressive huh?
Now for the giveaway!
I want YOU to be able to spiffy up YOUR HOME for the holidays and so does Bona!
One lucky Decorated Chaos follower will win the entire floor care system below.
You will get the mop, the cleaning solution, and the polishing clothes and polishing solution just as I have shown below.
And you get to chose between the hardwood floor or vinyl and tile solution.
Just enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win this amazing package......just in time for the holidays!

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