Office/Desk area update

Office/Desk area update

Quite a few months back my cousin had asked for my help on ideas to update her mini office/ desk area. The both of us scouring Pinterest for inspiration & ideas, she figured she wanted to keep it simple and clean black & white theme with just hints of color; more so gold metallics.

Once some planning was ironed out, I was able to get over to her place to help make it happen. With just some black vinyl & items from Target we went from…….

This……. (sorry for the dark photo)


We just took off the cabinet doors, both top and bottom ones. Moved things around a bit and added some folders, bins, cork board frame & some cute quotes. We added vinyl to the back wall of the monitor just to add some black & white accents that she was going for. She had a cute white with black polka dot cup for her writing supplies. I made her an additional jar, for scissors, rulers etc, painted it white and dipped it in gold glitter.

These adorable little pins & clips were on clearance at Target so I couldn’t help myself.

Added these to her cork board for a little more pop and organization. Aren’t those owls too cute?!?!

Now her office space has some new life brought back to it. What do you think? Anyone recently do a mini revamp around the house? I’d love to hear stories and see pics!

Hope your still enjoying your space prima!!


DIY Friday – Candy Corn Bottles

DIY Friday – Candy Corn Bottles

I’ve been so caught up with planning for Thanksgiving that I’d forgotten to post about a DIY I did for Halloween. So for today’s DIY Friday here’s a quick and easy project found on Pinterest from blogger Marji over in Ashbee Design. She had gotten the idea from another and then enhanced on it. 

Here is my version with tutorial of recycling bottles into Candy Corn Decor. 

It’s really that easy!! It didn’t take much time at all. Just waiting for the paint to dry. I let the white paint dry overnight only because I got distracted doing other things around the house but this could’ve easily been done in half a day {if your a perfectionist like me giving it a couple extra coats will take longer}!!

Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving Tablescape

Hi Lovelies!! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving last week! Mine wasn’t too bad. I got to throw my first Thanksgiving dinner since the in-laws went away on a trip to Portugal for a relative’s 50th Wedding Anniversary. 

So stress was inevitable but I was soooooooo EXCITED to throw my FIRST Thanksgiving in my home and wanted everything to be perfect. Of course, that never happens with my luck! Our friend has quite a few food allergies and I did my best to accommodate them but sad to say the Turkey came out a little bland… and learn I guess. Hopefully I’ll have another opportunity too cook for Thanksgiving in the future (if I’m not visiting my family in Florida, then my mother-in-law usually takes over the holidays!).

Here is a peak at my table though…..that came out lovely!!

 I realized I took these photos before putting the glasses and utensils on the table  but by then our guests had already arrived. 

The centerpieces were made from the vases I had leftover from my wedding, with some dried acorns, string lights, and a floating candle for the ones on each end. The center one was just a simple fall bouquet of flowers on top of a tree slab I had kept from my best friend’s woodland themes babyshower. 

Hope you are all enjoying your week and continue to do so!! I’m spending a couple of days with the hubby at our nations capital, looking forward to posting all about it soon. 

XO ~ Maria

Laundry Room: A Mini-Makeover Reveal

Laundry Room: A Mini-Makeover Reveal

Hope you all are as excited as I am about my Mini Makeover Laundry Room Reveal……I’m ecstatic about sharing with you all in my chaos of this project that I had mentioned on Saturday’s – Sneak Peak post!!! YAAAAAYYYYY! Though it was only a mini makeover, I hope someday soon to finish my plans and ideas for the space in the very near future, but all good things take time.

I have been dying to get some sense of organization in this space and it would drive me nuts that I had to have everything on top of the dryer (in reach) because the shelves in here were simply too high for lil’ me. They may have worked for the previous owner of the home but not so much for me. Though I know I’ll need to make good use of this space even if I can’t reach things without a little help but at least for the laundry detergents and items I use often, I can have the space to make those within my reach.



READY?????………………..trumpets & drum roll please……………………………………………………….




…………………………………… TA DA!!!!


PicMonkey Collage (1)

Target & the Container Store (my 2 fav places to shop/get inspired). Here are some links to where you can find these things.

Elfa Easy Hang (white components) \\ Elfa Decor White Shelf and Drawer w/ frame \\ Devine Color by Valspar – Petal (Paint) \\ Devine Color Silver Dust \\ Drydex Spackle Kit \\ Baskets were already on hand and bought from the Christmas Tree Shop, I believe.



A better look at the sparkly paint! It’s very subtle but lovely to look at. You can see it right where the flash hit it.

I’ve only purchased bits and pieces of the shelves that I need for this space, and will be adding more as I go along the next few months. Here are a few inspirational ideas that I’m hoping to add to this little room/closet.



How do you all like it? Any other organizational ideas you love and could share for your laundry rooms??

Sneak Peak Saturdays – Laundry Room Upgrade

Sneak Peak Saturdays – Laundry Room Upgrade

Hi Lovelies!! 🙂

I know its been a long while since I’ve done any posting (SHOCKER!! But I’m seriously working on getting better….. I SWEAR!!). My full time job is always hectic INSANE this time of year, with barely any time for my husband let alone the blog-iverse (blog universe) and myself for that matter. So how can I make it up to you all?!?!? Why, with a mini-renovation with before & after pictures, of course!!! 🙂

Here is a quick look at this project for my segment, Sneak Peak Saturdays, this month. For those of you new to my blog, I try (keyword “TRY”) to post glimpses of a project (usually a large/major project or DIY) once a month in this segment I like to call SNEAK PEAK SATURDAYS……catchy huh?!?! Then later that week I’d post about the full reveal of said project.

So here goes……this months Sneak Peak!


This line of products can be found only at Target! I fell in love with their color choices and I thought I’d add a little bling glitter to the paint of course! It’s very subtle and you can only see it when the light hits it at certain angles. So since I’ll be the one looking at this space everyday then I figured go bold and glittery 😋

My laundry room is actually a laundry closet inside my half bathroom. So painting this small space will be easy but spackling has become the challenge.

Stay tuned for the reveal……

DIY Friday – Sand Dollar & Burlap Vase

DIY Friday – Sand Dollar & Burlap Vase

After my wedding a little over a year ago, not many people had taken home these lovely centerpieces…………

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they were all paid for through the florist and not rented or borrowed from our venue. We have been keeping them in our Office/Craft room ever since then. SOOOOO what to do with all these vases?!?!?! I (of course) searched Pinterest for ideas and inspiration, and felt a bit overwhelmed not knowing where in the house I could put it and find a home for, but I realized I didn’t need to make them all the same or use them all at once. I could make them seasonal or even get more creative and give them away as gifts. So here I go starting with one at a time……… today for DIY Friday we are doing a beach theme vase. Sand Dollar & Burlap!

As you can see I have 3 different sizes and plenty of each of them, so for this one I just chose the medium size.

burlap vase

I wrapped a wider burlap ribbon tightly around the vase and cut it accordingly leaving a little overlap to glue the seam; that way your not gluing all over the vase. I used E6000 industrial craft glue. This takes a bit to dry but will dry clear, and I had tied some twine a could times around it to hold the seam closed while it dried.


Then I just simply fed the twine through the sand dollar and carefully tied it into a bow!


And Voila!! The first of many more soon to come!

Moroccan Backyard Getaway

Moroccan Backyard Getaway

Hello Lovelies! It’s been a bit of a slow process and now this project has turned out to be sort of at a standstill. 😦 Since we haven’t had visitors or thrown a bbq this summer, my husband isn’t in any rush to put the canopy up (its such a pain in the you know what, and last year he pulled his back putting it up). 😦 We had his parents help take it down, but I don’t blame him for not wanting to have to deal with it if we aren’t using it. Needless to say I hope to get my vision for this project finalized eventually but money is always tight, so the major things like furniture and cushions will be bought in bits when on sale and such. I still have lots of missing pieces and (being the Gemini that I am) I’ll probably keep changing my mind on them until I get it right, but here is what I’ve gotten so far.


I bought this one last summer at Pier 1 when they had the Outdoor Furniture Sale (which I believe is still going on), so this summer a bought another piece here to go with it but I’m waiting to pick it up at my local store. And yes my puppy’s tail wanted to get in on the picture….haha

Don’t mind my pantry in the background!!

I love the vibrancy of Pier 1 but it can be too much $ on a budget like ours, luckily I have a wonderful husband who had gotten me a gift card there for Christmas (knowing how much I love the place).  So I waited until some of these items were on sale and bought most of these lanterns and the storage bin with that gift card 🙂 the tea cups and rest of the lanterns were bought there last summer. Though the blue candle holders were from Target but I’m still unsure about using them for this project.

I will keep you all posted on my journey with this since the summer is nearly over and hope to have something final by next summer!!

Do you have any outdoor projects you’d like to share or that have inspired you to try??