How Will You Enjoy the Last Month of Summer?

Mid-August always brings about that moment of sadness, when we begin to realize that our dreams of long summer days and parties on the beach will soon come to an end. Luckily, we've still got a few more weeks until fall kicks in, and Laura Gaskill over at Houzz has some great ways to enjoy the last month of summer. A couple of great ideas I love? 

First, Gaskill says to have a "seaside fete" and "check off all of your favorite summer-beach-day traditions on one afternoon: Take a dip, build a sand castle, collect shells and treasures, and go for a walk," ending with a meal fresh from the sea.

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Or have a "Best of Summer Party" where you reminisce about your favorite summer moments among friends, family, and the last of that summer sunshine. She even suggests bringing out your scrapbook, a way to capture memories that is often missed as we don't often have our photos printed these days.

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For more ideas about how to end your summer right, view the full article here.

DIY Garden Fountains

I wouldn't normally equate an easy DIY project to something like a garden fountain, yet Christine Tusher over at Houzz assures that though they seem complicated, it can be quite simple to create tranquility in the garden. Not only does she outline the necessary time, materials, and cost, she also provides considerations and maintenance...a surefire way to successfully complete this great summer project! Check out here full list of tips here!

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Dining Room Organization

If you’re like me, sometimes staying organized can be difficult. Especially in rooms such as the dining room, where table space tempts us to put miscellaneous items like shopping bags or those books that need to be returned to the library. Luckily, Laura Gaskill over at Houzz has some great tips for organizing a dining room and the best part? First, she says it helps to start on a weekend and then slowly finish throughout the week, keeping the task from becoming overwhelming. 

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As you move from decluttering to deep cleaning and finally to setting the table and using it, her tips are really helpful. Here are a few that I loved:

Tarnished silver? Line a pan with aluminum foil, add boiling water and baking soda, then soak several pieces at a time.

Make space for your favorite everyday pieces.

Dimmer switches are a “must-have” for dining room lighting.

“Keep a bowl of blessings or inspiring quotes written on slips of paper for reading aloud before dinner."

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Happy Organizing!

Looking to Invigorate Your Home? Try Red!

Becky Dietrich over at Houzz put together some stunning ideas to incorporate what she calls "the power suit" of color palettes into your home: red. A color that truly pops, red is a versatile color with a number of shades and there are a number of ways to use it. A few of my favorite ideas are using it on the front door...

or encompassing multiple shades in a few accent pieces...

or going bold and putting it right on your walls!

Red is a powerful color that is sure to invigorate any home...so how will you use red?