All posts tagged: home decor

Create a Little Magic in Your Life This Christmas With Simple, Elegant and Inexpensive Decor

It’s that time of year when we’re all supposed to believe in and create a little magic in our lives and the lives of others. One way we can do that is by decorating. I’m so grateful to have my own house this year. I’m also grateful to have all of my holiday decorations nicely organized, so it only took one day to put up my tree and put most of it in place.


Board with decorating?

If you want to liven up your walls, but don’t want to bother with hanging wallpaper or spending a lot on pictures or art, here’s an idea: Purchase pieces of foam board at a craft store or Lowe’s. (I think it cost about $10 for a paneling-size piece.) Then cut it in half or thirds. Cover it with fabric, decorate it and hang it in your wall. I covered the foam board I bought in burlap and used wallpaper sample guides that had been sent to me by a company. The result was a colorful, modern art display. You can also cover the foam boards in fabric, wallpaper or anything you think would look like a nice art piece. Depending on what fabric you use, you can draw, paint on the canvas or add photographs. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Birds in a tree

For about 20 years, I’ve had a tree bed. You can’t see the entire bed in this photo, but it’s a headboard and footboard made of tree branches that I bought over 20 years ago in Ripley, Miss. So if you use your imagination, it’s kind of like sleeping in a tree house. Growing up, my mother had a pair of metal peacocks on our wall, so I decided peacocks would be the vintage theme of my room. I bought a pair from eBay for around $20, then I found another pair at a thrift store even cheaper. Continuing the peacock theme, I had purchased a velvet jeweled peacock picture from a thrift store. I decided to place it on top of a canvas so it would be a larger art piece in the room. I bought a piece of foam board from a craft store and covered it in burlap. Then, I attached it to the wall with a nail and hung it over the foam board. I also added a string of white …

Old picture, new color

I enjoy finding things in thrift shops or at yard sales that can be repurposed or given new life, so I was excited to find these framed flower pictures. I wasn’t really feeling the purple, so I decided to paint them turquoise to match my bedroom. Just buy a .99 cent bottle of paint the color of your choice and carefully paint the areas you want to change. Here are the before, middle and after photos. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

How to party like ‘The Great Jay Gatsby’ without Jay-Z’s ‘$100 Bills’

I recently held a small party at my home for one of my dear friends who accepted a new journalism job and began packing her bags to move to North Carolina. I tried to plan ahead as much as possible to make sure I had enough food and activities to keep things moving from the afternoon to the evening. However, aside from the honoree’s closest friends from work, I wasn’t exactly sure who would show up, who would not, and how many would ultimately find their way to my house. Thinking it best to be over-prepared than under-prepared, I decided to put together a basic table of party food with chips, cupcakes, dip, fruit and the celebratory cake. I then asked those who came to bring an item to ensure we had enough. Everything seemed to be going smoothly in preparation, but around midnight before the party, I still felt like something was missing – an element that would tie everything together and make the small event more fun and interesting. That’s when it struck …

Decking the deck, bottle tree, door and halls

I moved into a new rental home several months ago, and became very excited about getting to use Pinterest for decorating ideas. While I’ve implemented some of the things I’ve found on the site inside, the exterior of the house remained on my mind. Because we’re all individuals, we like to change things around a bit so that the decor suits us. For a while, I’ve wanted to paint the shutters and front door to give the exterior of the home a different look. After getting permission from the landlord, I finally managed to get the paint supplies needed, and within a short time, (with the help of a family member), we changed the home’s light blue shutters to dark green. The door was also light blue, but I used two different shades of brown to try to make the metal look like wood. After changing up the color scheme, it was time to begin decorating for Christmas. First I started with outdoor lighting, converting my bottle tree into a Christmas tree out front for …