Home Improvement

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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Happy Memorial Day friends!  I hope you're enjoying the holiday today. I want to take a minute to remind everyone to thank a veteran today.  Although not all of our brave soldiers were lost in service, we owe them all a HUGE thank you for the service they provide our country.  Many men in my family have served, and I always think of them today.  My grandfather fought in World War II, my uncles have served, my brother served and spent a year in Iraq, and now my son in considering serving.  Let's keep them all in our thoughts and prayers today. Now, back to business ...
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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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The season of graduations is upon us.  Maybe you find yourself in the same place as me and have a senior graduating from high school this year.  As a matter of fact, two short years ago, my oldest was graduating, and I wanted to do something for him.  Something that was truly memorable.  I wanted to give him a gift that was meaningful; something he could cherish forever.  Ultimately, I think I hit on a great idea and today I'm sharing it with you. What I did was create a hardcover photo book using an online photo album service like Shutterfly or Mpix. However, instead ...
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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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Well friends, it's spring.  Its's time to start enjoying warmer temps and the great outdoors.  This is the perfect time for sipping cocktails on the patio.  On the weekends you can find me starting my day on the patio with some coffee, lounging in the sun reading a book, or chatting with friends and sharing wine in the evenings.  Consequently, that means I need to get my patio in shape so that it's a space we can enjoy.  A space I want to be in.  Let me show you how we brought life back to our patio set, and how you can do it too ...
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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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