Home Improvement

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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