2018 Spring One Room Challenge

Hi everyone!  I hope everyone had a fantastic Mother’s Day.  We had a relaxing day and the my kids tried to fight just a little less.  Has anyone been following Calling It Home’s One Room Challenge?  The reveals were last week.  Here are my favorite rooms from the designers.

I am loving the muted tones in this bohemian French bedroom by Jenna Sue Design Co.

One of my absolute favs is this little boy room by Marcus Design  The navy trim and grass cloth walls are perfection!

I love this multi-functional space by Bisou Design.  Finish your work and then have a relaxing cocktail- yes please!

 

The timeless design of this bedroom by Rambling Renovators hits the mark spot on.

This last room was by a guest participant Cait Waite Designs is so glamorous.

If you followed along, what was your favorite space from the challenge?  Do share in the comments!

Until next time . . .

xo,

 

It’s Spring Home Tour Season!!

Hi all.  Just popping in today to announce the kick-off of the 2016 Spring Tour of Homes.  A huge shout-out to Marty@A Stroll Thru Life for organizing the tour.  It is no small undertaking.  Monday was the first day of the tour and the full line-up is listed below.  The tour includes 29 other design bloggers who open up their homes to show you their Spring decor.  Each blogger has a totally unique design style, so there is something fore everyone.  My tour is on Thursday so be sure to check it out!

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Monday – Mar 21

A Stroll Thru Life – Marty

Cuckoo4Design – Julia

Life on Virginia Street – Sarah

Thrifty and Chic – Alicia

Snazzy Little Things -Jeanette

Rain On A Tin Roof – Jenna

 

TuesdayMar 22

Making Home Base -Chelsea

Claire Brody Designs -Claire

Driven By Decor – Kris

Eleven Gables – Emily

Bliss @ Home – Kristin

Hymns & Verses – Doreen

 

WednesdayMar 23

 

Style Your Senses -Mallory

Our Southern Home – Christy

Simple Details – Pam

Decor To Adore – Laura

Monica Wants It – Monica

21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara

 

ThursdayMar 24

Decorating Delirium – Jennifer

Simple Stylings – Summer

Remodelando La Casa – Cristina

Life Love Larson – Andrea

Our Fifth House -Carmel

No Minimalist Here – Sherry

 

Fri – Mar 25

Dimples & Tangles -Jennifer

Refresh Restyle – Debbie

Far Above Rubies -Anita

Talk Of The House – Kelly

Tidbits & Twine -Kim

It All Started With Paint – Linda

 

Hope you will join us this week!

xoxo

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Book Review: Learning to See Creatively

Hi friends!  Ever since I started blogging, I have been trying to improve my photography skills. To be a truly great blogger, you really have to be a jack-of-all-trades.  A creative, a writer, a photographer, and a tech guru all rolled into one.

Looking back at my first photos on the blog, I want to cringe.  There is so much more that goes into creating the perfect photos than most people realize  Things can look so great in person and just turn out ho-hum in a photo.  I am by no means an expert photographer, but I have picked up a few tricks along the way, mostly by trial and error.  I am always looking to add new skills to my arsenal.  I didn’t have the time to take a full-blown class, so instead, I picked up the book Learning to See Creatively by Bryan Peterson.

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This book completely changed my perspective on how I approach taking photos.  The book starts out challenging how we see photography  It distinguishes human vision versus what we see in “camera” vision.  It challenges you to move around, climb a tree, lay on the ground, or do whatever you need to do to have a different view of your subject.

Peterson also spends a considerable amount of time analyzing what makes for a striking photo. The elements of shape, form, pattern and color are all analyzed.  The most practical part of the book was the chapter on composition.  It details tricks of the trade, such as the rule of thirds that help the pros compose award-wining photos.

The book is filled with color soaked, beautiful images.  There are many side-by-side photos of the same shot explaining why one is a better photo.  Each image also details exactly what setting the camera was on, so it can be understood and possibly recreated.

I have to admit that the book is lacking in one regard.  It has a small chapter on Photoshop.  In my opinion, too small.  It is a very small chapter and really emphasizes that one should not be relying on Photoshop to create the perfect photo.  I suppose if you are truly an expert photographer, like the author Photoshop is not really needed to create the perfect image.  However, for me, who is sometimes taking in photos in less than ideal conditions, it can be a godsend.  At the end of the day, I suppose if you want a book all about Photoshop, you can read one of the hundreds on the subject.

Anyone from a novice to a professional photographer can take something away from this book. For me, the best parts were the tips on how to think outside of the box when approaching your subject.  I still have so much to learn, but this book has inspired me to keep practicing and experimenting.

xoxo,

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**I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.  All opinions, as always, are my own

 

$100 Pottery Barn Gift Card Winner and Find Me On Periscope

Hi friends!  I wanted to pop in this weekend and announce the winner of the $100 Pottery Barn gift card.

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Karen Dunlap you are the lucky winner!!  I have e-mailed you the details.  Happy shopping!!

I also wanted to do a little public service announcement on a fun new social media outlet called Periscope.  Long story short, Periscope is a very new social media app that allows users to broadcast live anytime anywhere.  It is brought to you by Twitter.  Once you begin to follow people you will get an announcement that they are live and you can interact with them in real-time.  It is sort of like Facebook or Instagram with video.

You might be thinking- oh  no, another social media to learn and distract from my life.  But Periscope is actually really fun, and sort of addictive.  As a DIY blogger, I really like it in that I can live broadcast a DIY project or ask for opinions on decorating projects.

I am now on Periscope and the fun thing is it is so  new, no one knows what they are doing!  If you watch one of my broadcasts you will crack up.  I am trying to talk while focusing my camera and then trying to flip the screen all while responding to comments.  Hot mess.  I am sure I will get better, but definitely not for the amateur.

I have a feeling Periscope is going to catch on and become pretty big.  So my advice to you is to go here and take 5 minutes to sign up for Periscope.  Even if you don’t want to use it right away, you can snag your username of choice before it is taken!  Then once you are signed up, be sure to find me @Decordelirium.  I plan to broadcast lots of DIY tips and projects as well as some fun glimpses into our life.

PSA over.  Go back to your regularly scheduled programming and have a great rest of the weekend!

xoxo,

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Blogging Anniversary and a GIVEAWAY!!!

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Hi lovelies!  I almost can’t believe it, but this week marks my 2 year blogging anniversary. Blogging has been such a blessing in my life.  It give me an outlet for my creative side.  It gives me a chance to write about something I am passionate about (in case you are wondering, employment law does not do it for me!)  It has also given me the opportunity to meet some amazing blogging buddies that I would probably not met otherwise.  I love how a common interest can bring together people who are really very different based upon their passion.

I am also so thankful for my lovely readers who take the time to read and make comments.  There are a million other design blogs out there to follow and I am so honored that you take the time to connect with me.  In honor of my anniversary I am having a giveaway for a $100 Pottery Barn gift card.  Think of the cozy fall decor you could get?  They even have my favorite tortoise shell pieces.

I also have exciting news coming up that I can’t wait to share regarding some big changes ahead for us.  It is going to involve a ton of opportunity for DIY projects, so I can’t wait to share.

Just follow the Rafflecopter instructions below.

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Tips for Hosting A Dessert Party

Hello lovelies!  A few weeks ago I hosted a dessert and cocktail party for a few of my local blogger friends and today I am dishing all about it on the Tiny Prints blog.  Head on over and find out how simple and stress free this type of entertaining can be.  I promise, it looks like it was way more work than it was.  You can read all about it HERE.

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I hope you are having a wonderful week.  I am in Lake Tahoe this week enjoying some much-needed downtime with my family.

xoxo,

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Maker Mood Board Contest

Happy Monday everyone!  I am in the process of helping a friend put together a guest room.  I love using mood boards, as they help pull everything together and help people visualize the end result.  It was perfect timing as was recently nominated by Small Town Rambler to participate in the Maker Mood Board Contest with Porch.com and ATGStores.com.  Porch and ATGStores.com have teamed up to offer bloggers a chance to enter the contest by creating a mood board with a collection of their photos and products as a way to get inspired.

The idea behind the mood board was to create a sophisticated guest room using a combination of my friends existing decor, new products and a few DIY ideas.  Browsing through the items at ATGStore.com was a dream come true.  There are so many amazing products, I had a hard time choosing!  I also got some inspiration from some of my blogging buddies, who are featured in the board as well.  The room will involve some DIY striped walls and a bedroom fireplace.  How amazing does that sound??  Here is what we came up with.

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Area Rug- ATG Stores / Ottoman – ATG Stores / Striped Wall – Away She Went / Lamps – ATG Stores / Headboard-This Crazy Thing Called life

Fireplace- Small Town Rambler / Lamp – ATG Stores / Dresser- Glamista Home / Mirror –ATG Stores / Art –ATG Stores

I hope you find something inspiring in the board!

xoxo,

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My Latest Finds and Where I am Featured Today

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day.

Today, I wanted to share with you some of my latest thrifted treasures.  As you can see below, apparently I am really crushing on brass.

First up, is a pair of brass peacocks I found at the antique faire for only $30.  They were in great condition and sets like them sell for hundreds on sites like Chairish and Ebay.

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Next up is a set of pyrite (aka “Fools Gold”).  I have been on the hunt for some so I can make some custom knobs.

I apologize for the blurriness of some of these photos, but I think I may have broken my camera. Don’t tell my husband 🙂

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Finally, I found these adorable brass swans at an estate sale for $2.  They made the mama and papa swans I already own so happy.  Their family is now complete!

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So there you have it!  I hope brass stays popular for a while as I am up to my ears in it.

Also, today I am being interviewed by Dagmara at Glamista Home.  Head on  over and check it out.  You should also check out Glamista Home.  She is all about glamour and is right up my alley!

xoxo

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Awfulizing

Hi friends!  Well, I have to share with you a “moment” I had yesterday.  I went, like I do most nights, to log into the blog to write a post or check comments.  When I hit the enter button to get to my site, I got redirected to this scary site with a screen of blue death that said:

http://sites.securepaynet.net/redirect_0.html

This site is currently unavailable. If you are the owner of this site, please contact us at 1-480-505-8855 at your earliest convenience.

I immediately ran to my other computer to see if it was the same on that device.  It was.  Ugh oh.  This did NOT sound good.  Of course, instead of being calm, I immediately panicked.  Like a sick person dangerously looking on Web MD for a diagnosis, I began to Google the issue.  What I found make my heart pound out of my chest.  I found things that said it meant my site was being falsely detected as malware and I found things saying I had been hacked.  I then searched for what to do when your site gets hacked.  Bad idea.  This list told me to:

#1 Stay calm- CRAP!!!  We are way beyond that!

#2 Install a firewall- WTF??  If I knew how to do that I probably wouldn’t have been hacked in the first place.

#3 Be mindful of website blacklists – just what I need, my barely surviving blog to be “blacklisted.”

#4 Take a back up of what you have left.  At that point, I and went and looked at where I believed my blog had been backing up.  Not much was there.  I felt myself having a very Carrie Bradshaw moment from Sex and The City.  “Did you back up your data?  Umm I don’t do that. Apparently, everyone is secretly running home at night and backing up their work.”

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#5 Find and remove the hack – Are there people you can pay to do this?  My blog that I basically pay to run is going to cost me hundreds to fix- I don’t think so!  The one thing about running this blog that is hard for me is the technology.  I am afraid to touch or change anything because I am sooo not technical!

At the end of the article, it proposed deleting everything and starting over from scratch.  I felt the weight of a ball in the pit of my stomach. All of the time and effort I put into this blog, gone to waste.  All of the DIY projects, photo editing and writing, all gone.

That is where I started “Awfulizing” as they call it.  Awfulizing is they by-product of irrational self-talk that turns everything into a worse-case scenario.  My blog and all of the hard work behind it is gone, I should just give up now, my dreams are never going to come true, I am silly to think I could have a successful blog, I will never be successful.  You see how it works.  This is the type of overreacting that I tell my children is unacceptable, yet there I was engulfed in my own impending doom.

Finally, my husband (aka the voice of reason,) told me to just try and call my hosting provider.  While lamenting that there was nothing they could do to help, I reluctantly picked up the phone and waited on hold (while continuing to have spiraling thoughts).  When I got someone on the phone and told them what I was seeing when I went to my site, they immediately told me, “your site has been suspended for failure to pay fees.”  Rarely, would I jump for joy at such news, but this was music to my ears.  That was it???  Apparently, the credit card I had on file for auto-renew had just expired so they could not process my payment.

Within minutes my site was back up online.  Crisis averted.  But this situation told me a lot about my ability to be irrational and envision apocolyptic scenarios.  There is something to be said about thinking positive.  Even if I had been hacked, it was probably fixable.

Have you ever been guilty of awfulizing?  I think it is my new favorite word!  If so, do you have any tips for talking yourself down from the ledge?

So, as they say, I am off to breath and reboot!

Have a wonderful weekend!

xoxo

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