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This post is sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart. Affiliate links for Better Homes & Gardens products are included where permissible. For all other sources in the room, please refer to my source page here. I’m so excited to reveal my husband’s masculine office makeover today! This room has come so far in such […]

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Looking for adorable Valentine’s Day ideas? Read ahead!    Valentine’s Day is soon!  I hope that you love these ideas as much as I do! Thank you to the bloggers who linked up their ideas at our weekly link party. If you’re a blogger and would like the opportunity to be featured in the future, […]

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of JELD-WEN. The opinions and text are all mine. The home office design plan is complete, the popcorn ceiling is removed, the room is mostly painted, and the new JELD-WEN Barn Door is installed. I’m so excited to share with you the progress we made […]

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So good to see you here this week! Welcome to the Tutorials & Tips Link Party! This is the place to link up your latest and greatest tutorials, tips, crafts, room reveals, furniture makeovers, recipes, etc. If you are new here, a special welcome to you. Please read the guidelines and party permissions before linking […]

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There is no shortage on the internet of fantastic DIY shiplap and faux shiplap tutorials!  I wanted to add mine to the mix in case someone is looking for a shiplap tutorial that doesn’t involve cutting plywood into strips. Granted, my shiplap method won’t provide you with the cheapest shiplap look, but it will produce […]

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 If you’re looking for yummy Valentine’s Day treats, you’ll love these ideas!  Valentine’s Day almost always includes some sort of treat – or at least it does in my house! 😉  I’ve linked up some great ideas for Valentine’s Day, and be sure to click the blue/gray links to be taken to the recipe. Thank […]

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Hi everyone! Welcome back to the Tutorials & Tips Link Party! I always look forward to visiting your links and seeing your latest and greatest tutorials, tips, room reveals, furniture makeovers, recipes, etc. If you are new here, a special welcome to you. Please read the guidelines and party permissions before linking up. As always, […]

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Blogging and photography go hand in hand, but I rarely share on the blog my portrait photos, or pictures that I capture of my family. In 2018, I hope to sprinkle in some more of my everyday passions with you–and photography definitely tops the list. As a disclaimer: I’m still learning photography (and have a […]

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Welcome to the Tutorials & Tips Link Party! I’m excited to see what you all have been up to these last few weeks. I’ve missed visiting your links and seeing your latest and greatest tutorials, tips, room reveals, furniture makeovers, recipes, etc. If you are new here, a special welcome to you. Please read the […]

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Love cement tile? Me, too! Read on for some great ideas using cement tile and cement tile look-alikes!  Cement tile has been all the rage for the last several years, and if you’re looking for some beautiful inspiration on ways to use it, you’ve come to the right place! This tile can be used in […]

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Step-by-step tutorial on how to build open shelves using just one board and some brackets! Also some helpful tips on how to flawlessly install level shelf brackets. If you own a drill and level, then you can do this project no matter what your DIY skill-level. How to Build Open Shelves the Easy Way Supplies […]

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Today my blog turns 10, and I thought it was important to take a moment to indulge in this online career milestone by giving you a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at some of my blogging accomplishments. Thank you so much for following along and making all of this possible! I started this blog on a […]

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Our informal dining room, affectionately referred to as the breakfast room, received a much-needed makeover. Come see how I transformed cube shelving and a blank wall into a fantastic storage display! This post is sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart.  As always, all opinions on the adorable products are 100% my own. Affiliate links […]

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Welcome to the Tutorials & Tips Link Party! After a much-needed break, we are back to our regularly scheduled program and I’m excited to see what you all have been up to these last few weeks. I’ve missed visiting your links and seeing your latest and greatest tutorials, tips, room reveals, furniture makeovers, recipes, etc. […]

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A review of 2017’s best and most frequently visited blog posts on Home Stories A to Z.   1. Farmhouse Bathroom Remodel  The beginning of 2017 began with one of my most proud achievements! My bathroom design won a complete bathroom remodel with Delta Faucet. At the time, I suspected that we may be moving […]

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Love popcorn? Here are some great recipes to take a standard popcorn recipe up a notch!    Popcorn is such a favorite for movie night, and if you love popcorn, you’ll love these recipes! Some of these recipes are more for Christmas time, but they can definitely be served year-round.  1. CARAMEL CORN RECIPE BY […]

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Learn how to make whisky flavored toothpicks with this easy to follow tutorial! I made a last-minute stocking stuffer of flavored toothpicks for the men in my life! I thought you might enjoy seeing how easy these are to make and perhaps make some for yourself! Making flavored toothpicks couldn’t be any simpler and are […]

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Merry Christmas everyone and welcome to the Tutorials & Tips Link Party! Tonight I’m wrapping gifts and making sure I haven’t missed anyone on my list. I have one more cute DIY stocking stuffer to finish, and then I should be in good shape. I’m looking forward to seeing all of your creative holiday ideas […]

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I recently shared our Red Plaid Christmas Home Tour in all of it’s warm, cozy, and plaid  glory! If you missed viewing our house decked out in plaid, then please click here. There is nothing quite as welcoming as traditional red and greens at Christmastime; however, truth be told I equally adore creams, whites, and metallics for […]

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I realize that in blogger time, this Christmas home tour is coming to you extremely late! I honestly was not going to bother doing a Christmas home tour this year since it’s so late in the season, but I decorated everything–so why not show you, right? This is our first Christmas in our new home […]

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Create a beautiful focal point in your entryway or hallway today with this DIY Christmas art tutorial!  One of the first areas I decorated when we moved into our new home was this entryway. I really wanted to shake up the typical gallery wall that’s been done for years and years and do something fresh […]

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‘Tis the season for treats! I hope you enjoy these Christmas recipes!   December is a fun month for adorable treats. Bloggers have been linking up their Christmas treat ideas for a few weeks now, and today I wanted to share a few of them with you. Click the blue/gray links to be taken to the […]

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Merry Christmas everyone and welcome to the Tutorials & Tips Link Party! We had snow over the weekend and it was absolutely magical. This is my favorite time of year, and I love featuring your creative projects. Looking forward to see what you have to share with us this week! LINK PARTY GUIDELINES: What counts […]

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Well a Merry WHITE Christmas to us! We received snow this weekend in South Carolina and it was absolutely magical! It’s our first Christmas in our new home, and what a treat to experience something so rare the first year we are here. Some of my Pennsylvanian friends were even jealous that we received so […]

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Continue on for 25+ great ideas for Christmas ornaments! Christmas ornaments can be store bought, homemade, or semi-homemade and all be gorgeous! I’ve rounded up some ornament ideas for you to browse, and I hope that you pick a few of your favorites and click over to the site to get the source information and […]

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Welcome to this year’s classic red and green Christmas porch tour! If you’ve been following along on Home Stories A to Z for some time now, then you know how much I love to decorate my porch. This is our first Christmas in our new country home! I’m so used to decorating the porch of […]

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Christmas gifts do not have to cost a fortune to be beautiful and thoughtful! Here are 5 affordable Christmas gift ideas you can shop for and create today. I’m honored to be part of the BHG Live Better Influencer Network. As one of my monthly blog sponsors,  I’m compensated when sharing my favorite finds from Better Homes […]

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Happy December friends and welcome to the joyous Christmas season! Granted, some of you have been celebrating Christmas since October; however, the floodgates on holiday cheer (without the internet throwing any rotten cranberries at you) are now officially open! This is my favorite time of year and I love featuring your creative projects. Looking forward […]

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If you’re looking for some great ideas for decorating your kitchen during Christmas, read on!    Put on a pot of simmering Christmas potpourri, and let’s gather some inspiration together for the holidays!  1. CITRUS STOVETOP HOLIDAY POTPOURRI BY LOLLY JANE  This potpourri smells as good as it photographs!  2. COTTAGE CHRISTMAS KITCHEN BY TIDBITS  […]

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These Christmas Tree Pull Apart Bread Garlic Knots are a simple and cute holiday appetizer! The Garlic Knots taste amazing, look impressive, and are easy to make. I love easy and cute appetizer ideas for the holidays and these Garlic Knots taste amazing, look impressive, and are way easier to make than they appear! You can […]

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