Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kids At-Home Summer Camp Schedule - Printable Template

Well summer break is almost here and I can almost hear my kids telling me..."Mom! There's nothing to do!"   If your home like me during the summer and your kids are home with you, then a schedule is imperative for a smooth and happy summer.   Below I've created a very easy go-to schedule.  You can use these templates as guides and edit or simply print and go!   
Click the links below.  

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Kids At-Home Summer Camp Schedule Template PDF

Kids AT-Home Summer Camp Schedule Printable in MS Word

I hope you find these templates helpful!  Have a fun and productive summer!  

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Budget Friendly and Fabulous Kitchen Counter Stools...Pretty and Built to last!

Okay, so how many of you have bought stools for your kitchen and your kids have destroyed them.   Over the years we've went through 4 sets!  Either the legs weakened from too much leaning, the cushion split or they just looked so bad we just had to throw them out.   I've donated so many stools to GoodWill that they could probably furnish a bar!  I was so tired of replacing them.

So, I mentioned this to say that I finally found counter stools that are reasonably priced and actually look great!   I recently purchased these Linon Allure Counter Stools from Kohls Dept store.  They were initially $129.99 on sale for 50% off I got them for $64.00 each! A great deal!  I believe they are currently on sale for buy one get one 1/2 off. I noticed the sale fluctuates from week to week.   In the store you can get colors such as blue and red. However, online you have a wider range of colors available from grey, lavender and even yellow.  I chose the color, "rice" in the counter height....they are super cute! Also available in bar height. 

 A nice update for your kitchen! 

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The frame of these stool are extremely sturdy.  It is actually difficult to lean in these.
 The nailhead trim is sooo classy and the cushioned seat is very comfortable.   
Purchasing a stool in a different color can add that pop of color you may be looking for!


Definitely a keeper and a great deal..I think these will last,my kids agree.  :-)

Thanks for visiting A Pretty House Rocks!

Another Easy DIY Photo Accent Wall

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Well, last weekend I was in a painting mood and decided to paint another photo wall.  I didn't take on too much....actually it really was a very simple and easy way to update any space.  This is my morning room right off my kitchen, or some call it a sun room.  This wall is a great way for you to highlight family pics and even add a pop of color to any room in your home.

Painter's tape and a level tool is all I 

I used the first photo wall I painted to display my immediate family and decided to use this wall to display extended family members.   

If you don't want to display photos you can easily add some framed art pieces. The painted wall will accent whatever you want to highlight!

I hope these pictures inspire you to make one of your walls a artistic display of family, friends or even artwork! 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Few Easy and inexpensive Spring/Summer Decor for the Family Room

Break out the sunscreen and Maxi dresses...because spring has finally arrived and summer is right around the corner.   I love this time of the year, before it gets sooooo hot you don't even want to step a  single flip flop outside!   So now is the time to "spring" out your home...on a budget of course.  You need to save some money for that great summer vacation, right?    Anyway...there are so many simple way to add some spring decor, such as; incorporating some color, adding new pillows, flowers, replace your linens and draperies.   I usually get inspired by going online or visiting many of my favorite stores to get ideas and sometimes the latest trends.   It is often so easy to recreate some of the expensive decor with a budget friendly imitation that still looks good!

I bought these yellow artificial Forsythia flowers from Michaels....on sale for $2.90 a branch.   Another more expensive chain has a similar look for $12.95 a branch.   I love how the yellow flowers brightens up my family room below.

Yellow artificial forsythia flowers is a great way to add a pop of color!

You can't go wrong with Blue pillows one from Kohls and the other from HomeGoods. The accent table is from Target.  And I bought the white flowers from Joanne's last spring.   It's great and cheap to decorate with your own stuff sometimes!

The fireplace mantel is another tool to display some spring decor. 

Adding blue candles, silver candle holders and a plate I bought from HomeGoods looks pretty in blue. 

The blue and green artificial flowers were an item I bought a year ago from Joanne's Fabrics.

Replacing the pillows on my sofa is always a great way to change the decor every season.

I hope these pictures have inspired you to "spring out" your home!  Come back and visit, I'm working on my dining room next.   Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

DIY - Photo & Accent Wall

I love to display art and my family's pictures. But with the convenience of our camera phones I find that I have to make more of an effort to take pictures, print them out, etc.   I love the idea of "Photo walls" that have pops of color to showcase art work and family photos.  I looked on Pinterest and found dozens of examples of photo and accent walls/ So I grabbed some blue paint, a pencil, painters tape and my level...and got to work!   

 I used my pencil and a level to measure a square on my wall, then I lined it with painters tape.  I painted my blue square and then began to arrange how exactly I wanted my photos displayed.  I was torn between white or black frames, but ultimately I purchased black frames from Michael's and printed some black and white photos from my computer.  I loved the end result and can't wait to do this on another wall in my upstairs hallway.

Photo and Accent Wall

A hope this inspires you!  Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Kitchen Cabinet hardware upgrade/Easy Backsplash Touch-up

Cabinet pulls from Lowes

I never realized how much of an impact the addition or change of cabinet pulls/knobs can have on a kitchen.  Back in July, after sampling several cabinet knobs and pulls, we finally purchased these cabinet pulls from Lowes.   My husband installed them last month and I couldn't be more pleased.  They are exactly the change that I was looking for.

Kitchen Before new Cabinet Pulls and Glass mosaic tile outline

But I honestly could not stop there.  I was no longer pleased with my initial back splash choice once I upgraded my counter tops. However, I wanted a change that didn't require a huge wall demo.  Plus my initial backsplash was a DIY project that was Just Okay. So I outlined my back splash with this beautiful mosaic glass tile from Lowes....It complimented the dark granite.

Kitchen after with Tile Back Splash outline update

Kitchen after with New Cabinet Pulls

I really loooove how we have updated our kitchen but in the most cost effective way.  My updates included: Recessed lighting conversion pendant lights, Counter-top replaced with granite (our only splurge), Cabinet pulls, Paint, Glass mosaic tile outline.  See image below of our kitchen before these updates....a little goes a long way.  I hope these updates inspire you!  Thanks for visiting, A Pretty House Rocks!

Kitchen Before updates

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Decorating for the Fall Holiday Season - Table Settings, Fireplaces and More!

Now that summer's over it's time to get excited about fall and all the festivities that this season brings!  I love the holidays and I enjoy expressing this love around my home.   This year I decided to continue with my overall blue theme and add my fall decor.  I wasn't so sure about it at first but with the help of my dear grandmother, I think it turned out lovely!  

Sun-room Kitchen Table Setting 

I absolutely loooove the way these colors look on my kitchen table. I think that you can make a statement with any color and it doesn't always have to be the standard colors of autumn.

Dining Room Table Fall Decor

Pumpkins and leaf garland from Joann's Fabrics sets the fall scene in my dining room.  As Thanksgiving approaches I may add a few things but this decor has me wanting apple cider or pumpkin pie! I used my table runner in the sun room but these fall inspired table mats work perfectly as a faux runner! 

Fireplace Fall Decor

I simply added a few fall silk flowers from Michaels and Joann's and changed my candles to add a touch of fall decor to my fireplace in the family room.   

Fall stems from Joann's look good in my living room
I hope these designs have inspired you!   Thanks for visiting A Pretty House Rocks!!!!!