10 Must Haves in My Next Home

10 Must Haves In My Next Home

Ok, so maybe these are my ten top wants in my next home.

A Laundry Room with storage on the same floor as the bedrooms.

Master Suite Bathroom and Large Walk in Closet

Mud Room/Drop Station

Kitchen Island

Blogging Office

Movie Room in the basement – with great acoustics 

Backyard with room for a hot tub and fire pit

Large Baseboards

Angled wall or something that stands out architecturally

and last but not least, a 3 Car Garage so we can fit both cars and outside maintenance equipment.

Home Made Decorative Wreaths

Every once in a while I get the creative bug and want to do some arts and crafts.  This time, I was going to make some wreaths.  One for Christmas, and one for every day to match my house colors.  So, I took myself to the Hobby store then to Walmart since they of course are a million times cheaper for most items.  I gathered enough to do two types of wreaths but quickly learned that I do not have the same patience as I did when I was younger.

Here’s the style of wreath  on making for the teal wreath.  This is a wreath I made back in I believe middle school.  I also believe it’s the best one I’ve made yet.  Something about the young creative mind.


Once I decided not to use the above method for the teal wreath, I had to find another way.  So, I grabbed the wired wreath and had to think a bit.  I ended up cutting the teal fabric into about 8″ x 1″ strips then tying them in double knots around the wire alternating sides.  I ended up with ends of these strips sticking out everywhere so I decided to pin them to the back of the wreath.

Here’s how the wreath turned out.  I added the ribbon and flower as an extra touch.  I’m quite happy with how the wreath turned out but of course ended up returning the extra supplies since I didn’t make as many wreathes as I had planned on making.


 Home Made Decorative Wreaths


How to Paint a Diamond Accent Wall

Diamond Accent Wall

Since I had moved from a one bedroom apartment to a 3 bedroom house with a loft, I had a significant amount of empty space and needed to find a purpose for each room.

The room of the day has mirrored doors, perfect for selfies and what else but an exercise room?!  Because of course, if I have an exercise room that means I will actually exercise.  Right?

Uhm.  No. Ok.  So the exercising didn’t really happen much upstairs.  It got way too hot and was better downstairs in the family room.  Although, who am I kidding?!  The exercising has only happened a couple of times anyways.

The room did serve as a great kids room for future roommates though since it had some fun colors.

Onto the painting…I’ve seen this design prepped many ways including making diagonal tape lines across the whole wall.  To save tape and be sure my diamonds were touching instead of having any space between them, I decided to go another route.

Step 1: Paint the Trim and Base Color
I chose to use white as the base color for my wall so the diamonds would not make the room look too dark.  Because of this, I was able to paint the trim and walls all at once without having to do any extra taping.  I again used my favorite America’s Finest paints tinted to Aspen White.

Step 2: Mark Your Dots
Before marking my dots on the wall, I measured the wall and drew an outline on a piece of paper.  I then divided to figure out how many diamonds I would need if I wanted 3 rows and I wanted the length to be double the width of the diamond. Once the diagram was complete, I put the dots on the wall, one dot for every corner of the diamonds.

Step 3: Apply the Tape
I used blue painter’s tape to outline the dots, making sure to put the tape on the outside of the diamond.


Step 4: Painting the First Set
I chose to paint pink as my first color. As soon as I finished painting the diamonds I removed the tape that way there was no chance of drying and peeling the paint off of the wall.  One thing I did notice is that because my walls are textured, there was a bit of a fuzzy line on all of the edges of the paint.  If I were to do this project again, I would caulk the inside tape lines of the diamonds prior to painting so the lines would be more precise.


Step 5: Taping for the Second Color
After painting the pink diamonds, I let the wall dry completely while heading outside to put together a new porch swing. Once the diamonds were dry, I was able to tape once from one pink corner to another making sure to tape over the pink so the corners would match up.
Step 6: Painting the Second Set
Then, I used green to paint the new diamonds, leaving a white row of diamonds every other row both horizontally or vertically. I did the bottom two rows first because after painting the pink diamonds I realized the paint was drying faster than I could get the tape off. So for the green, I did the bottom two rows first because I could reach them and finish them pretty quickly.  Then I removed the tape and finished the top row.


Step 7: Diamond Accent
I also added a diamond accent to the wall across from the wall I’d been painting to tie the colors across to the other side of the room.


Step 8: Finishing Touches
Once the paint was completely dry, I reapplied all outlet and switch covers.