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Beautiful on the Outside,Decor

A Welcoming Front Door

If you don’t know it by now, I LOVE color! It draws me in like a moth to a flame. It can say a lot about a person, as you well know from my “Meaning of Color” posts.

No matter the time of year, colorful front doors can make such a statement for your home. Even better, it’s an expression of you and your family dynamic and makes people want to come in and learn more. Read More »

Beautiful on the Outside,Food

How to Safely Cut an Avocado

Oh, yes!  There is a correct way to cut an avocado!  And do you want to know why I feel it’s a good idea to share this?  Because after cutting avocados for years, and being pretty comfortable with cutting up an avocado very quickly… I cut my finger…  YIKES! Read More »

Beautiful on the Outside,Celebrate,Design

Thrifty Summer Party

I love a good party!  I especially love parties outside with lights and candles.  Honestly, it can be hard to look at some of the stunning party ideas on Pinterest.  Most people, including myself, don’t want to spend a ton of money on just one evening.  It’s likely for some of us to have only one party during the summer anyway.  Not to mention, if I’m going to spend money on a party, it will be spent mostly on the food!  Read More »

Beautiful on the Outside,Decor

True Blue

I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July!

Now, let’s talk about the color blue!

Fun Fact: Because blue is such a stable color, women love seeing men in this color. Who doesn’t love having a stable partner?  Blue is also very calming. Read More »

Beautiful on the Outside,Celebrate

Best Ideas for Your July 4th Celebration

Image via Maison de Pax

Looking for some good ideas for the 4th of July? Check out what I found to make your holiday a patriotic celebration that your family and kids will love! Read More »

Beautiful on the Outside,Decor

Gabe’s Room

Decorating and designing elements for our own homes can feel overwhelming and complex at times.  For me, it’s my creative outlet.  It’s also one of my ways of mentally escaping and relaxing.  I don’t know if that makes sense to you, but it works well for me.  You know how some people are extremely sensitive to fingernails on a chalkboard, or hearing people chewing food?  That’s how I am when it comes to having balance in my personal environment.  It doesn’t need to be perfect and not at all high end.  Those things aren’t important to me.  I realize that the decorating process isn’t going to be perfect regardless of the room or person.  I feel I do the most growing when things are a challenge.  I learn way more when I have to adapt, vs having a fixed, unchanging mindset.  Your environment had an enormous impact on your mood.  So. today’s post is about my youngest son’s room and how it makes him feel.  Read More »

Beautiful on the Outside,Decor

Design Tip: Hanging Art on Walls

Image above via Luxe

Hanging artwork at the wrong height is one of the most common mistakes folks make when decorating their homes.  I hear all the time, “You should hang artwork so the center of the picture is at eye level…”  Wrong!  We are all built differently. If we all hung artwork at our personal eye level artwork would be all over the place.  What if your partner was 6’4″ and you were 5 feet tall?  Where do you put it then?  Read More »

Beautiful on the Outside,Relationships

A Sweet Family Portrait

I love making people feel beautiful, both inside and out.  I love sharing my talents with others.  It’s a beautiful bonding experience.  For me it’s more than just dressing someone up and snapping some pics or redesigning a space for someone.  It’s creating a masterpiece with someone and for someone.  It’s an opportunity to spend time with a person, get to know them, look at them, study them up close and really see all their gorgeous qualities. Read More »

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