Decorating

Tiered stands are versatile decor pieces and easy to style. Here's a round up of inspiration and pics.
Have you seen all the tiered stands popping up on Pinterest and in magazines?  When I first saw one, I fell in love.  I love the idea of being able to have a staple accent piece that I can style for the seasons or holidays or use for entertaining.  The first one I saw was in a Pottery Barn catalog.  Pottery Barn...enough said.   I have been smitten ever since.  If you don't have one, let me assure that it is a versatile piece and there is so much you can do with one.  So, to inspire you, I've rounded up ideas of ways to ...
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Making a pillow isn't hard, but you should read on to find out what not to do.
Hey friends!  Today I'm talking about how to make your own pillow cover.  It's not hard.  You absolutely, positively can do it.  It doesn't even take much time.  And, I've learned a few lessons that you could use to help you get your own pillow cover done. However, first, I have a confession to make.  For six months I have struggled to figure out how to do this whole blog thing.  I am unsure of what I'm doing, but determined to keep at it.  In addition, finding my own voice while writing has been difficult as well.  Sometimes it just doesn't feel like 'Me' when ...
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Living room refreshed for summer.
Do you ever feel like you need to change things up a bit?  As the weather is warming up and we are full-on summer, I decided to make a change.  I wanted to refresh our living room.  Make it feel a little brighter and lighter.    One quick and easy way to bring a little new life to a space is through the use of color.  So this past week, I decided to insert a little color into our space and give it a quick refresh. In case you don't remember what it looked like, here is a picture of our living room when I ...
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Well hello there!  I'm so glad you're visiting today.  Today is the day I am going to show you how easy it is to make a wreath.  In this case, I'm making a spring wreath, but what I'm about to explain will work for any type of wreath.  it's so much easier than you might think and much cheaper than buying one.  And, the great thing about making your own is that you totally customize the look you're going for.  Ready?  Let's get to it! For this project, I picked up a simple grapevine wreath for about $5 at my local craft store. I also ...
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Hello friends.  How was your weekend?  Mine was quiet - at last.  I've got to say that I really needed some quiet, down time, and I am glad I got it.  So, nothing new to report on my end.  However, today, I am going to show you how to make an easy and inexpensive centerpiece for your table.  If you have a large table or perhaps console that needs a little somethin' somethin', I've got a super do-able DIY for you! So, I picked up this wood - what do I call this? - trough? at Round Top this year.  I love that it looks ...
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before and after furniture makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk paint
Do you have any furniture that needs to be rescued?  By rescued I mean refinished, remodeled, given new life, updated, made presentable?  Surely we all have some type of unsightly or dated furnishing.  It's not just me is it?   It might be tempting to get rid of it and replace it with something newer; however, I think many pieces (dare I say, all furniture?) can be rescued from the junk pile  with just a little bit of effort.  Okay, some pieces will require more effort, but you get the idea. I have such a piece.  It is dated (white wash finish) and, it is ...
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Isn't it great when you accidentally stumble on something great?  I mean by total accident?  Something you weren't even looking for.  That's what happened to me a few weeks ago.  I was out running around with Mr. Louise Marie and couldn't find this showroom we were looking for.  I pulled out Google to try to locate it.  One of the things that popped up on my search was Home Builders Auctions.  This is not what I was looking for, but upon scanning my search page I could see it was a model home auction.  I was intrigued, of course.  #Iloveagooddeal So, I gave up on ...
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blue grasscloth wallpapered wall
I have been married for quite a number of years.  In that time, I can honestly that my master bedroom has not been the haven I dreamed of.  Instead I spent my time and money decorating and improving on the areas in my home that were pubic areas.  The areas that our guests would see.  We don't always take people into our bedroom after all.  So, my master bedroom took a backseat to all the other endless projects, children's bedroom makeovers, and even landscaping plans.  Well, not anymore.  I decided to put other projects off a bit and instead work to make our master a ...
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Hello & happy Spring!  Aren't you so glad it's spring again?  I know I am.  I am ready for warmer temps and lots of sunshine.  Of course I live in Texas so that means I'll be complaining about those exact things in a few short months. Well, besides the weather the change of seasons also means it's time to refresh our homes.  Bring some outdoors in along with color.  That's exactly what I want to talk about today.  And get ready, there are lots of pics in this post. So, I don't claim to be an expert in this area; however, I have learned a ...
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Are you at all like me?  Do you look forward to each change of season because that means you'll be decorating?  I love changing out my decor and making things feel fresh and new.  And with each change of season, you can find me online searching for new ideas and new ways to do things.    Spring is one of my favorite times to spruce things up a bit. Well, this year is no different.  Of course, if you live in Texas like I do, it's felt like spring for a bit now and spring fever is running rampant!    I have been looking on ...
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Tiered stands are versatile decor pieces and easy to style. Here's a round up of inspiration and pics.
Have you seen all the tiered stands popping up on Pinterest and in magazines?  When I first saw one, I fell in love.  I love the idea of being able to have a staple accent piece that I can style for the seasons or holidays or use for entertaining.  The first one I saw was in a Pottery Barn catalog.  Pottery Barn...enough said.   I have been smitten ever since.  If you don't have one, let me assure that it is a versatile piece and there is so much you can do with one.  So, to inspire you, I've rounded up ideas of ways to ...
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Hey there.  How's your week going so far?  I feel like I am knee deep in projects, vacation planning, and trying to enjoy the 'lazy' days of summer.  I have to admit, I am enjoying a lot of pool time these days and loving every minute of it. 🙂  If you've followed along with me on Facebook, then you know that I have mentioned a desire to paint my patio.  Well, guess what?  I did it.  If you are wondering if painting a patio is something for you to try, I'm here to dish all about it. First of all, let me begin by reminding ...
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We transformed our patio. Here's how we did it.
Hey!  Glad to see you.  I am so excited that I finally get to share our newly improved patio!   That's right, today I will reveal my patio makeover that we've been working on for a while.  You might remember that I started my patio makeover a few months ago when I wrote about adding life back into your patio furniture here.  Well, after that was done, it was time to start making our patio more of an outdoor living space. That is exactly what I have done.  So, you want to see the transformation? First, let me show you what we started with.  First, we cleared ...
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Making a pillow isn't hard, but you should read on to find out what not to do.
Hey friends!  Today I'm talking about how to make your own pillow cover.  It's not hard.  You absolutely, positively can do it.  It doesn't even take much time.  And, I've learned a few lessons that you could use to help you get your own pillow cover done. However, first, I have a confession to make.  For six months I have struggled to figure out how to do this whole blog thing.  I am unsure of what I'm doing, but determined to keep at it.  In addition, finding my own voice while writing has been difficult as well.  Sometimes it just doesn't feel like 'Me' when ...
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Hi there!  I am so excited to finally be sharing this with you.  Excited because I finally got my printer to cooperate with my Silhouette.  Excited because now I am able to design my own personalized sticker designs to include in my planner or wherever.  Really the possibilities are endless.  So, today I am going to share with you exactly how to make your own stickers as well.  Your planner will thank me. 🙂 Okay, so I knew that my Silhouette was capable of doing a print and cut design.  This means you can create a design in the software, print it on a printer, ...
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Hello friends!  I am so excited to share this post with you today.  I've been working on it in my head for quite a while.  Now, I'm ready to 'go public' with it.  The truth of the matter is that this idea is straight out of my childhood.  Do you have any memories of gifts that for whatever reason were simply "magical" for you?  This balloon topiary was just that for me. So, my sister received a balloon, I'm calling it, topiary, or something like this when she was five years old and in the hospital.  See?  It wasn't even for me, but I still ...
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Do you by any chance have a stash of items on stand-by just in case you need a quick gift for someone?  I do.  I know.  You may think that makes it very impersonal; however, I would argue that sometimes an emergency arises and it's good to have some things on hand.  Also, if I come across an amazing deal on something that would make an excellent gift, I can pick it up and save it for later.  On the other hand, keeping all these items on hand does create a bit of a storage problem.  I was throwing all my gifts, gift wrap, gift ...
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Good morning & happy Monday!  I should have already had this post ready to go, at least according to my posting schedule.  However, for some reason I cannot seem to get myself on top of things.  Weird, right?  I've been at this blogging thing for 6 months and doing it while working full-time.  Now, it's summer break and I have more time on my hands.  Oddly enough, I cannot get it together.  I have a lot of irons in the fire and am not completing any of it.   So, though I had planned on working this out a little more, I am going to ...
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Living room refreshed for summer.
Do you ever feel like you need to change things up a bit?  As the weather is warming up and we are full-on summer, I decided to make a change.  I wanted to refresh our living room.  Make it feel a little brighter and lighter.    One quick and easy way to bring a little new life to a space is through the use of color.  So this past week, I decided to insert a little color into our space and give it a quick refresh. In case you don't remember what it looked like, here is a picture of our living room when I ...
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Hi there!  So glad you decided to stop by.  I am happy to report that I am full on summer mode here at Casa Louise Marie.  I am all about shorts and tees.  Which brings me to today's subject.  I was recently reading another blogger's post which showcased the cutest tee. That means I quickly clicked over to order it.  However, I found it was sold out.  I also found a $38 price tag. Now, I am clothes girl and I was tempted to go ahead and order it.  However, since I had to wait for it anyway, I decided to try to make a ...
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