YOU VOTE! The Best "Home Expert Series" Post of the Summer

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The ultimate DIY. We want you to tell us your favorite home project from our Home Expert Series. We've compiled a list of every project, with (very) brief summaries, and amazing images. So take a scroll down the page and leave your top pick in a comment at the bottom- we're dying to know what you think! 

Vote by September 22nd at 11:59 PM.

The blogger with the most votes gets a prize!  May the best blog win.


And the nominees are: 

1. DIY Vintage Suitcase End Table by Jessica Bures

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As the brains behind Live Randomly Simple, Jessica has a knack for creating gorgeous DIY pieces like the vintage suitcase end table you see above. 

To vote for Jessica, write "1" in the comment section below. 


2. Homemade Apricot & Bluberry Cake by Mary Beth

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Not only is Mary Beth an expert when it comes to Cupcakes and Crinoline, but she can make a mean cake too. 

To vote for Mary Beth, write "2" in the comments below.


3. Thrift Store Landscape Painting Upcycle by Julie Grimmett

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Julie, from Coco and Cocoa, showed us how to create a beautiful piece of artwork in just a few easy steps.

To vote for Julie, write "3" in the comments below.


4. Stuffed Chicken Breast with Alfredo Sauce & Roasted Red Potatoes by Alicia Pileggi

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Bask in The Crafterglow. Alicia Pileggi showed us how to make a mouthwatering stuffed chicken breast that will please the crowds! 

To vote for Alicia, write "4" in the comments below.


5.  Make an Entrance! How to Create a Gorgeous Entryway by Gabrielle Anschau

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Gabrielle has certainly earned the name "Trend Mogul." In this post she gave us some tips on how to really make an entrance. 
 

To vote for Gabrielle, write "5" in the comments below.


6.  DIY Laminate Dresser Refurbish by Cassie Bustamante

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Cassie knows how to stay Primitive and Proper. She dissolved our laminate fears with this stunning dresser refurbish! 
 

To vote for Cassie, write "6" in the comments below.


7. Creating the Ultimate Guest Room by Bryn Huntpalmer
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Bryn can give you some killer tips to help you Modernize your home. She taught us how to create the perfect atmosphere for your house guests. 
 
To vote for Bryn, write "7" in the comments below.

8. DIY Forsythia Wreath by Courtney Hamby
 
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Courtney's home, known as The Hamby Home, is filled with gorgeous DIY projects. She showed us how to make this easy and beauitful forsythia wreath. 
 
To vote for Courtney, write "8" in the comments below.
 
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Carmen, from Viva Fashion, gave us the inside scoop on decorating you home with a tight budget. Her tips are helpful, clever, and simple! 
 
To vote for Carmen, write "9" in the comments below.
 
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As soon as Pamela, aka Brooklyn Farm Girl, showed us this post the Furniture.com office became drool city. These fluffy morsels take no time to make and look absolutely heavenly. 
 
To vote for Pamela, write "10" in the comments below.
 
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Karin, from Art is Beauty, has been writing for Pursuit of Home for a few months now and her projects never fail to impress! 
 
To vote for Karin, write "11" in the comments below.
 
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Mrs. Hines' Class has tons of fabulous interior design tips and tricks. Sharon taught us how to create the ultimate outdoor space to soak up the last few weeks of summer. 
 
To vote for Sharon, write "12" in the comments below.

13. DIY No-Sew Pillow Covers by Ada Gonzalez
 
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Ada, from Ada's Interior Design, showed us how to make these super cute pillow covers without having to sew a stitch! 
To vote for Ada, write "13" in the comments below.

Please place your vote by commenting with numbers 1-13 below. The winner will be announced on September 23rd.
 
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Delicious Caramel-Dipped Apples

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We're thrilled to announce that Tim & Mary Vidra from 17 Apart have partnered up with Furniture.com to share some of their mouthwatering recipes exclusively with Pursuit of Home. 


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Unfortunately, holding onto summer is not an option — as the temperatures cool in the mornings and evenings, and as the sun begins to set a little earlier each night, autumn becomes a beckoning reality on the horizon. With fall comes new beginnings and apple season, which, in our house, welcomes a seasonal ritual of making caramel apples. This is such an easy, fun,  and slightly messy way to spend an afternoon with the kids.

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Ingredients:

8 apples, washed, dried and stems removed*
8 craft sticks or chopsticks
16 ounces caramel squares
3 tablespoons milk
Assorted coatings for apples
(I used 1 cup dried cherries, 1 cup pistachios,
1 cup dried banana chips and maldon salt),
roughly chopped in a food processor  
*Some store bought apples have a wax coating —
try not to purchase these as the caramel
will not stick to the wax.
If you cannot avoid this here is
a good tutorial on removing the wax.
 

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(Having all of your ingredients prepped ahead
of time is super important because once the
caramel is warm you'll need to work quickly.)

Directions:

Combine caramel and milk in a bowl.
Fill a medium saucepan a quarter of
they way full with water.
 
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To make a double boiler, which will
help melt the caramel without
fear of sticking to the pan,
place a heat safe glass bowl on top of the pan.
The steam from the simmering water will
provide the needed heat to evenly
melt the caramel to a smooth consistency.

While you are waiting for the caramel to melt,
hold the apples firmly and push the craft sticks
about halfway through the top of the apples.
 
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Once the caramel achieves a smooth,
creamy texture remove the pan
from the stove and get ready to dip the apples.
 
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The steam from the double boiler will
continue to heat the caramel for
a few minutes once you start dipping.

Holding the apples by the stick,
tilt down into the melted caramel, rolling until coated.
Allow any excessive amount of caramel to
run off before adding toppings.
 
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Immediately roll or sprinkle the apples
with the various toppings and place
on a parchment-lined cookie sheet to set and dry.
Create different flavor pairings with various toppings
like a banana chips, a mix of pistachios and dried cherries.
Or, my personal favorite, a dusting of maldon salt.
 
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Enjoy immediately or wrap in parchment paper
to store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Don't these look amazing? Once you wipe the drool off your keyboard, try making this
delicious apricot & blueberry cake or head over to our Pinterest page for more DIY projects & recipes!
 
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DIY No-Sew Pillow Covers

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We're happy to announce that Ada Gonzalez from Ada's Interior Design has partnered up with Furniture.com to share some DIY projects exclusively with Pursuit of Home. Get ready to craft!


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I love shopping for decorative pillows for my clients, but since I specialize in affordable decorating solutions I aim to shave costs whenever I can without affecting the quality of the design and comfort of my clients. A new decorative pillow can cost from approximately $15 to $275. So, a great solution is to keep your old pillow insert and replace your pillow cover.

Great, right? However, you still have to either spend good money on a pillow cover or sew your own pillow cover. Who has time to sew? I barely had time to chew my breakfast this morning. Also, sewing is not the easiest task for those of us who are enemies with their sewing machine. My machine spends most of it’s time giving me the evil eye (of the needle). 

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So, until my sewing machine and I become BFFs, my economical solution is to make pillow covers without sewing, in just one minute! Yep, it takes just ONE MINUTE to make these pillow covers using simple folding techniques.

Instead of having to buy tons of different pillows for every season, or holiday, or every time your pillow starts to fade, simply invest in buying fabric (you just need 1 yard!) to cover 14” to 16” pillows.

The pretty pink chevron pillow cover I created for this post cost me just $4.00. I know, amazing, right?!

Materials:
 
Just 1 yard (36” of fabric) 
Old 14” or 16” pillow 
 
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Directions:

Fold the yard of fabric into a square (36”x36”)

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Place pillow in the center and diagonal to the corner of the fabric

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Fold right flap onto the pillow

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Fold left flap onto the pillow

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Tuck in the edges (as if you were gift wrapping a present)

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Fold over the remaining flaps

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Tie the two visible flaps into a soft knot

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Now, admire your work.

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Bonus! You now have 2 designs. One side has a bow design, and the other is a beautiful flat design.

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For more interior decorating tips (with an economical flair of course!), head over to Ada's website. Or check out the rest of the Home Expert Series on Furniture.com's Pinterest page! 

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5 Tips for Creating an Outdoor Oasis

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We're so excited to announce that Sharon Hines from Mrs. Hines' Class has partnered up with Furniture.com to share some home decorating tips exclusively with Pursuit of Home. Enjoy!


With this sweltering heat minimizing the time I spend outdoors, I actually found myself looking forward to cooler fall weather so that I can tend to my neglected garden and spend evenings dining al fresco. I love entertaining outdoors; people scattered across the yard under the warm glow of party lights strung under the patio, helping themselves to beverages, roasting s’mores, and laughing. The atmosphere is so important when having and outdoor party, I thought I'd offer some tips to help you create your own outdoor oasis!

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With just a little imagination, creativity, and these 5 easy tips, anyone can turn a bare backyard into an outdoor oasis.


Space Planning

First, decide how you want to use the space. Do you plan on dining outside, growing an herb or vegetable garden, soaking in a hot tub, or napping under the trees?

Then, collect images of spaces you love to help you determine how you want your space to look. Consider the color palette, furniture construction (such as rattan, metal or wood), and hardscape materials (such as crushed granite, flagstone, or concrete). 

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Tip #1: Create "getaways" by tucking seating into the nooks and crannies of your space.

Design

Either sketch your ideas on graph paper (so that your drawing is to scale), or schedule a consultation with a landscaper. There is usually no obligation with a consultation, and you’ll benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a professional.

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Tip #2: The stepping stone at the end of a path should be larger than the rest, signifying a landing spot.

Now, it’s time to get to work! You can DIY or hire a professional. If you hire a professional, you can implement the design plans in stages, as you can afford it. If you are choosing the DIY route, there are plenty of online tutorials on everything from fire pits to pallet furniture to decking.

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Tip #3: Save money on outdoor furniture and accessories by repurposing items you may already have and shopping second hand.

Lighting

Light up the night. You’ll want to add plenty of lighting so that you can enjoy your space at night. There’s something so magical about string lights cascading across the sky or twinkling from the trees.

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Tip #4: If you lack the space to hang lights, you can achieve the same feel using stake lights, candles, lanterns or tiki torches.

Decorate

Personalize it! Add small details to make your oasis reflect your personality. 

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Tip #5: Use old board games as table tops. Hang your family monogram. Add birdbaths and birdhouses.

Creating the backyard of your dreams is easy! All you need is some time and a vision. 


Now that you've learned some tips for decorating your home's exterior, here are some tips for decorating your interior. For even more DIY ideas, check out our DIY Pinterest board

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Refurbishing an Old, Worn Out Desk

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Hello again my Beauties! In this post I am going to show you how to bring an old worn out piece of furniture back to life with just a few simple steps. 

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Here is a desk here that my sister had (generously) given to me for free but, to be honest, it had seen better days. It was outdated and worn out. Structurally it was in great condition, it just needed a little beautification! It just so happens that beautification is my specialty. 

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First things first, it needed to be cleaned. I used some hot water and light soap to scrub the whole thing down. Since I knew I was going to be using a gel stain on the top, I also lightly sanded the top with some 120 grit sandpaper. I want to scuff up the finish, but not bring it all the way down to the raw pine. Once I sanded it I lightly cleaned it again and let it dry.

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One of my favorite stains to use to on wood is General Finishes Gel Stains. They are easy to use and don’t require the full stripping of the wood. I used a foam brush to liberally apply the stain and then using straight swipes with the grain then wiped off the excess with a lint free cloth. Be sure to go in one direction like you would when putting on wood stain. (the General Finishes website has a ton of helpful advice and more in-depth explanation of the process for those who are nervous.) Now depending on how dark you want it you can leave it with one coat or let it fully cure and do another.I really wanted to darken it up so I did two coats. 

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While that was drying I removed the old blocky style hardware. I wanted to give it a much more updated and sleek style so I decided to use knobs instead of pulls. I removed the old hardware and filled in the old holes with wood filler. Once the wood filler was dry I sanded it down smooth, drilled new holes for the knobs, and the drawers and the base were ready for paint. I decided to go with classic blue for the base.

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I chose General Finishes Persian Blue Milk Paint. I like that this paint goes on a little more smoother than the mineral paints I normally use. I wanted to go for a sleeker finish and this type of paint gave me that feel. I brushed on my first coat and when it was dry applied the second.

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Now normally I like to shabby it up, but I liked how it looked in its pristine condition. I chose some sleek new hardware from my local craft store and attached them to the drawers. All it took was a little time and  patience to completely update this desk. I hope you enjoyed this latest makeover. Until next time, go make someone’s day beautiful! 

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We love this desk revival; it's so elegant and country-chic! For more DIY projects, check out our other DIY blog posts, or head over to our Pinterest page! 

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Top 10 Favorite Interior Design Regrams

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We love finding inspiration pictures on instagram and "regramming" them so our followers can enjoy them too. We compiled a list of our 10 favorite "regrams" for easy viewing all in one place! 

 


1. Dining Room via @harrisonandco

 

 

We love this photo, not only because of the layout, but because of the monochromatic color scheme as well. Adding small pops of green and blue to a mostly grey and white room is a brilliant choice. Obsessed. 

2. Patterened Floor via @elizaashe

 

These patterns immediately caught our eye when scanning Instagram and we had to regram and share with our followers. We like this post because it shows how easy it can be to combine patterns. This technique is great for pillows, upholstery, bedding, you name it! 

3. Wallpapered Bookshelf via @andreafoltraninteriores

 

We're in love. Wallpapering the back wall of bookshelves is such a different way to add patterns to a room. It's almost like wallpapering the wall, but less of a commitment. 

4. Photo Wallpaper via @oriente_designs

 

How cool is this?! Using a photo to wallpaper a wall is such an original, amazing idea. Of course, you'd have to choose a photo you really like, but the end result looks awesome. Or, as one of the commenters noted, "that's dope yo." 

5. Green Wall via @manu_albuquerque

 

This flat green wall color is phenomenal. Flat design is super trendy right now, so this photo tugged at our design-loving heartstrings. Everything in this photo is super well organized (even the bottles on the table!) and we love that.

6. All Pink Everything via @yonasoycandles

 

Because pink. That's why.

7. DIY Mural via @diyconfessions

 

This mural is beyond stunning. We love the bold simplicity and the color choice. Any kid would be lucky to have a nursery as funky as this one!

8. Symmetrical Seating via @local_milk

 

There's something strangely beautiful (in a Wes Anderson kind of way) about the angle and symmetry of this photo. It almost looks like it was taken inside of a dollhouse - so cool!

9. Bold Colors via @thechroniclesofhome

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Everything about this photo is fabulous. We love the arrangement, the colors, the patterns, the shapes...everything. 

10. Lime Green Accents via @unpackdesign

 

The lime green accents bring this whole picture together. We really like this green paired with the muted coral/beige wall. 


Aren't these pictures gorgeous? For more inspiration, follow us on Instagram and Pinterest

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Easy, Buttery Homemade Soft Pretzels

 

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We're happy to announce that Pamela Reed from Brooklyn Farm Girl has partnered up with Furniture.com to share some scrumptious recipes exclusively with Pursuit of Home. Dig in! 


As a kid one of my favorite treats were soft pretzels.  But we didn't make them from scratch in my house; Mom always had a box of frozen pretzels in the freezer.  These were easy to make: take them out and throw them in microwave for one minute and then sprinkle them with the tiny salt packet it came with.  Boom- soft pretzel.

Many years later, I still have cravings for  soft pretzels.  Because I live in New York,  I  often walk by a soft pretzel vendor and am immediately hit with a pretzel craving that lasts the rest of the day.  At a baseball game? Why yes, nice gentleman carrying a tray of soft pretzels on his head, throw me one for a reasonable $8.00. (It's the price you pay for love.)

Even when I'm at a home in my kitchen, I can satisfy my cravings and make my own soft pretzels.  It's so easy! You're almost guaranteed to already have the ingredients you'll need and they're ready in less than 45 minutes.   Although I loved those frozen soft pretzels as a girl, nothing beats a homemade buttery soft pretzel that is warm and fluffy.  Goodness, I'm getting all dreamy just thinking about it.

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When I’m craving a soft pretzel I don’t want to wait hours to let the dough rise, I kind of want them right now. Right in my belly. In this recipe we’re only going to let the dough 30 minutes and then let them bake for 10 minutes.  So simple.

So dive in, get your hands covered in flour and get ready to enjoy!

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Ingredients:
 
1 ½ cups warm water
2 and ¼ teaspoons instant yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar 
3 ½ cups flour
1 egg
Salt for sprinkling on top of these yummy pretzels
(coarse, pretzel salt or even regular salt if that’s all you have)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees (F).  
Line baking sheet with silicone
baking mat or grease the baking sheet.
Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl.  
Stir with a spoon to mix it around.
Add salt and sugar and continue to mix.
Add flour and mix good until dough is thick.  
If you feel like the dough is still too wet,
add ¼ cup of flour additional until you get it thick.  
While in bowl knead the dough for 2 minutes.
 Knead it good.  
 
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Form dough into ball and let sit for 30 minutes, covered.
Rip apart 8 sections of dough, approximately same size.  
Each section equals the size of your pretzel.
Flour counter surface and roll each individual section
out to a rope that is about 20-25 inches long.
Once ropes are made then wrap them up to make a pretzel shape.
(Lay the rope flat, curve the two ends up,
twist them together and seal to the bottom curve.)
 
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In a small bowl beat the egg and then lightly
brush all surfaces of each pretzel with it.  
Make sure to put some between the twist 
and the curve, to seal the pretzel shape.
Place on baking mat and sprinkle with salt.
Bake for 10 minutes and then turn your broiler on
and bake for 3-5 more minutes.
 
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 Keep a eye on the pretzels so they don’t burn.  
As soon as they reach desired brown/crispness on top,
remove from the oven.
Eat up!

Makes about 8 soft pretzels.


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These look delicious! These would be great with stuffed chicken breast and roasted red potatoes! For even more recipes and home decor tips, check out the rest of our Home Expert Series on Pinterest
 
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5 Tips for Decorating Like a Pro (on a Budget)

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We're so excited to announce that Carmen Ordonez from Viva Fashion has partnered up with Furniture.com to share amazing interior design tips exclusively with Pursuit of Home. Enjoy!

 


There’s something about flipping through interior design magazines that gets me all giddy.  I immediately start thinking “ooh, wouldn’t this look nice in my living room!”  or “I need to add more color.” But let’s be honest, many times decorating can be challenging and having a restricted budget doesn’t help. Well not to fret, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite tips to help you decorate like a pro, without breaking the bank.

So without further adieu, here are a few tips to help you get started.

Tip #1: Add plants

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If there’s one thing interior designers love, it a good plant. Adding plants is an easy way to add visual interest and freshness to your space. You can add them in a corner of your living room, in the kitchen, bathroom or on a coffee or dining table. Plus, you can find many designer favorites like a fiddle leaf fig tree or succulents for under $40 bucks.

Not only do they look stylish, but plants also help purify the air and remove toxins, which is great for your health too. However, If you’re like me and can’t keep any plant alive, try to look for plants that require very little maintenance (or water for that matter). I personally love bamboo palms and snake plants. They look beautiful, don’t require much work, and are non-toxic to pets and children (which is also something important to consider when picking plants).

Tip #2:  Add some artwork

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Artwork can immediately make any home look more sophisticated and it’s a great way to show-off your personality. Online flash sales sites like Gilt sell fabulous artwork that won’t break the bank and stores like HomeGoods have great options as well. 

If you’re looking to make a statement with your walls, you can also try a gallery wall. They don’t have to be expensive, you can go to IKEA or Target and find affordable frames for under $50 dollars. Simply fill them up with family photos, old letters, or your child’s artwork. I actually framed a drawing my 2 year-old made me for Mother’s Day and it sits in my home office. You can also get creative and frame green leaves or other items from nature.

Tip #3: Accessorize

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If you’re on a budget, but still want to find some easy ways to revamp your home, look for small, affordable accessories like decorative pillows or a throw for a couch. It’s crazy how these accessories can instantly change the look of a room.

Tip #4: Add Color

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When it comes to decorating we're often afraid of color, but that’s simply because we don’t know where to start. A rule many interior designers use is to start with a neutral color (warm and cool tones) and then layer on your accent colors. The accent colors should be limited to two colors. Again, you don’t need to splurge on these accent colors, simply look for accessories like we discussed in the prior tip.

Tip #5: Less is More

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Don’t feel like you have to over design! As with many things, when it comes to design, less is more. You want your home to feel curated and not like you  picked a bunch of random things and threw them all in one room. When in doubt, remove a few items.  As an added bonus, you can donate to charity or even have a garage sale while you're decluttering your space!


We hope Carmen's tips can help you design your home on a budget. To design the perfect guest room, check out this post by Bryn Huntpalmer! For even more design tips, check out our Pinterest page! 

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DIY Forsythia Wreath

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We're happy to announce that Courtney Hamby from The Hamby Home has partnered up with Furniture.com to share some amazing DIY projects exclusively with Pursuit of Home. Enjoy!


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Wreaths are a great way to add character to a home. I love switching mine up and moving them around my house. I have wanted a forsythia wreath for a while but never found one that fit into my budget so I decided to make one instead. You can do this with any long greenery stems as well.

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Supplies:   

Grapevine Wreath
Wire Cutters
 Floral Wire
 5 Forsythia Floral Stems


Directions:

Step 1:
Trim all the stems about 2 inches below the lowest flower.
 

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Step 2:
Lay the forsythia on top of the grapevine wreath,
you can wedge the end of the stem into the
wreath form or lay it right on top.
Cut a 4 inch strip of floral wire and hook it through
the wreath and around the stem, then twist to secure it tightly.
Clip the excess wire and tuck the ends into the wreath.
Each stem will need to be secured with floral wire
in 2 to 3 places to mimic the wreath shape.
 
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Step 3:
Repeat step 2 for two more forsythias.
You should have full coverage with three
flowers with a few thin spots.
 
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Step 4:
For the last two forsythias, cut them
in half to give you two short pieces to
fill in the bare spots.  
Wedge and secure with floral wire in
the areas where you need more blooms.
 
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Step 5:
I had a couple areas that were very full
so I trimmed on little branch here and
there and dispersed the trimmings to any bare areas.
There is no exact place, just try to evenly
arrange the pieces around the wreath.
 
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That’s all there is to it! There is no right or wrong way to arrange the stems which makes this a very simple DIY wreath! This one worked perfectly in our guest room to compliment accents of yellow, I just looped some green ribbon through the back of the grapevine wreath and tied it to a piece of old porch railing.

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We hope this wreath helps beautify your home! If you've caught the DIY bug, try refurbishing a laminate dresser! And for even more DIY projects, visit our Pinterest page.

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DIY Harlequin Dresser Makeover

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Hello again, my Beauties! It's time for another makeover! This time I am going to show you how to take a plain, old, boring nightstand and give it a makeover using some sample paint and a craft store stencil.

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I started with an old nightstand that had been given to me by my sister-in-law. She had no use of it and told me if I wanted it I could have it. Of course I wanted it; I never turn down free furniture.

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Lucky for me, it was in great shape and the top was in practically perfect condition. It was just a bit boring. This is where the fun begins!  I like to try all different paint colors and rather than buying a full-sized can, I buy the little sample pots so I can get a feel for the color before fully committing. The sample size was more than enough paint for this project.

I painted the base and drawer fronts with American Paint company’s Backyard Pond. It's a nice cool color. This paint is a mineral/chalk/clay based paint so it is water based.That means it has to be sealed with either wax or poly.

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I gave my table two thin coats of paint since I wanted a more distressed look. Before waxing the piece, I took a little sponge and wiped the edges where I wanted the old wood to show through. Then I waxed and buffed the piece to cure the paint and seal it.

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This piece would look great if you were to stop at this stage, but I like to add a little extra fun to my pieces. For that, I chose to add a fun and funky little harlequin pattern.You can find lots of choices of stencils at your local craft store. Now since its hard to paint a piece and explain I will demonstrate the stenciling technique on this board. 

My board has been painted, waxed and buffed just like the dresser. For the stenciling I simple use a flat stencil brush, some acrylic craft paint, and my stencil.The key to stenciling is to not overload your brush.You actually need very little paint. If you overload your brush the paint will bleed through the stencil. I keep a rag next to me when stenciling so I can blot the paint off the brush before stenciling. You can see on my brush how little paint is actually on it. 

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The best part of the dry brush stenciling is that it’s very easy to go over it with a second coat if you wish to darken up the paint. It also dries very quickly because of the small amount of paint. When the stenciled area is dry you can wax over that and buff that up to, to give it an even distressed look. Once the stenciling is done, your piece is ready to be displayed!

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It is now the perfect piece to accent a living room or a place to keep things next to your bed. So next time you see that boring, old, boxy piece of furniture, imagine it in a fun new color with a funky little pop of pattern!

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Creating the Ultimate Guest Room

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We're happy to announce that Bryn Huntpalmer from Modernize.com has partnered up with Furniture.com to share amazing interior design tips exclusively with Pursuit of Home.


For many homeowners, the guest bedroom is the last room to be furnished and decorated. As a result, any house guests you have to stay may be in for a less-than-stellar sleeping experience. Use these tips to convert your forgotten guest room into an oasis for friends and family.

Choose comfort. 
The best guest rooms have comfortable, large beds. Choose a neutral frame to suit every guest’s taste, but don’t be afraid to show your own style as well. Solid wood frames are durable and tasteful, so consider oak or pine frames when choosing your guest bed.

Spring for queen or king size beds if you can, because no one likes squeezing into a small bed after a long day of catching up and socializing. As far as mattresses are concerned, try to pick one with a medium firmness. A mattress that is either too soft or too firm will likely not suit one or all of your guests, so split the difference to be safe.

If you have money to spare, buy a memory foam mattress so everyone will have the ideal night’s sleep.

Lastly, if space allows, add a large armchair or chaise lounge for additional seating. Just because your guests are staying with you doesn’t mean they won’t need a little break once in awhile!

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Supply storage space. In order for your house guests to feel at home, it’s super important to have space for them to store their belongings while staying at your home. A large dresser is a must. If you're feeling extra fancy, a dressing table with mirror and chair would do double duty as a storage and vanity.

If your guest room doesn’t have a built in closet, a wardrobe would be an excellent addition for your guests’ more formal attire and larger items of clothing.

Don’t forget bedside tables with at least enough space for a lamp and a good book!

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Add accentsEven though you want your guest bedroom to be tasteful, you don’t have to hide all of your personal touches. A statement piece on a mantel and one or two framed photos of the local area, or somewhere important to you, can go a long way in personalizing the bedroom space without making it too cluttered and overwhelming.

Add a few vibrant cushions or throws to the bed to brighten up the space.

Surprise your guests and make the room even more inviting with a bunch of fresh cut flowers in a vase or water jug  to add a fresh element to the space. (Here are some accent wall ideas to help inspire you!)

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Provide amenities. Most homeowners know how to spoil their house guests, so furnishing and decorating your guest room should be relatively easy.

Make your guests’ space stand out from the rest by adding a few things they won’t have seen in other houses. A special amenity pack is a cute and original touch.

Use travel sized shampoos, conditioners, and soaps (in case your guests have forgotten their own), a selection of chocolates or other sweets, and a few good books or movies will have your guests coming back time and time again. 

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Now that you’ve created the perfect guest room, it’s time to get entertaining. Just don’t forget to tidy the house before your guests arrive!


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DIY Laminate Dresser Refurbish

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We're happy to announce that Cassie Bustamante from Primitive and Proper has partnered up with Furniture.com to share some amazing refurbishing projects exclusively with Pursuit of Home. Enjoy!

 


Something I have heard many times in my refurbishing journeys is, “Oh I had to pass because it was laminate.” The truth is that laminate is just a thick shiny coating, like a heavy coat of polyurethane on a solid wood piece of furniture.Like polyurethane, laminate can be painted.

Believe it or not, this dresser started out life with an ugly plastic looking speckled laminate top.

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Wouldn’t it have been a shame to pass this piece up simply because of it’s hideous speckled laminate top?  It had so much potential! 

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Here is a close up of the top so you can see its speckled glory….

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I am not really sure why the speckled look was ever a thing back in the day, but thank goodness we have products (and skills) these days to cover it up.

To prepare this dresser for painting the process was simple and similar to prepping any other piece.

First, of course, I put on a mask to prevent dust inhalation.  Then using an orbital sander with 180 grit sandpaper, I sanded the entire laminate area so that it lost its shine.  If I tried to sand the entire laminate off, I would be sanding all day, and I would uncover most likely composite wood underneath which is not as durable.  To give you an idea of how much to I sanded the laminate, here is a look at it post sanding; it’s pretty similar to the above photo, just duller.

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Once the laminate area was sanded, I continued with the rest of the dresser body.  I removed all of the existing hardware and put it aside, and used the orbital sander to lightly sand the body.  Because the drawers and legs had details that were inaccessible to the sander, I used a loose piece of sandpaper in the same grit and sanded those hard to reach areas by hand.

After the entire piece was sanded I used a damp rag to wipe away dust, allowed it to try, and was ready to prime. Because I prefer to keep things as clean as possible, I used a water based and low VOC primer.  I applied one coat with a brush, and allowed it to dry.  I then tested the laminate top by attempting to scratch the primer off, and found that it adhered beautifully.  (I do this on all pieces where there is a possibility of paint or primer not sticking; I call it “the scratch test”.)

With the primer sticking perfectly, this piece was ready for paint!  I created a custom mix with some General Finishes blues I had on hand and applied the first coat with a brush.

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After one coat it was clear another was needed, so I continued with a second coat.  Once the second coat was dry, I used my sandpaper to lightly distress the edges.  This dresser had so many great details and curves that I wanted them to pop.  Distressing the edges lightly allows for those features to really stand out. 

To protect the finish I had worked so hard to achieve, and ensure durability, I applied a coat of satin finishing wax.
Finally, the crowning touch was putting the hardware back in place.  While the dresser’s paint was drying, I had sprayed the existing hardware with a gold spray paint to freshen it up.  I knew it would shine beautifully against the darker blue.

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You would never know that hideous speckled laminate top is lurking underneath the new finish. 

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This piece now has an entirely new look and has been taken from 70’s faux-finish French to vintage hip.

 


 

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Make an Entrance: How to Create a Gorgeous Entryway

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We're happy to announce that Gabrielle Anschau from Trend Mogul has partnered up with Furniture.com to share amazing interior design tips exclusively with Pursuit of Home.


For such a small space, the entryway has pretty big boots to fill. It has to be practical and personable (plus, you'll want it to be aesthetically pleasing). Follow these tips for creating the ultimate entryway.

Functionality.

An entryway is a hub for coming and going and, more often than not, becomes a disorganized dumping ground for coats, mail, and shopping bags. Ward away clutter with hooks for coats and hats, baskets for shoes and benches for heavy bags. Consider the kind of foot-traffic your entryway will endure - for families with lots of muddy feet and paws opt for stone, tiles, or hardwood. Hang a mirror. This will not only make the room feel bigger but it also allows for a last minute glance before you step out the door!

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Tip: If you don't like shoes being worn in your house and feel uncomfortable asking guests to take them off, set the example by providing a basket of shoes by the door - they will get the hint!

 

Personality.

Create an intimate and welcoming tone for your home with family photographs and memorabilia. This will create a sense of comfort and familiarity for guests. A gallery wall of photos is a stylish way to display family memories.
Don't be afraid to be bold! Incorporate bold colors and patterns in the form of wallpaper, rugs and artwork. Intricate tiles, an oversized lamp, or an abstract piece of art will add a stylish flair to the space. Pick a piece that represents and flows with the aesthetic of the rest of your home.

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Organization.

Try and keep this space as open and flowing as possible. It is ultimately a room that serves no other purpose than to be practical. It is not a living space - so keep the furniture to a minimum. Even in large foyers - let the grandeur of the space speak for itself.

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Colorization.

Make your entryway feel as large and refreshing as possible with bright, light wall colors. Create a subtle backdrop for artwork and other feature items with white, pastel, or pale grey walls. Additionally, try to incorporate as much natural light as possible.

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Optimization.

If you only have a narrow hallway to work with then don't try and jam in large pieces of furniture or overwhelm the space with extravagant artwork. Respect the size of the space. Wall shelves or suspended shelves are a storage solution that will ensure the space remains both functional and organized.

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I hope this post has inspired you to create a stunning entryway that wows your guests as soon as they walk in!


 

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Stuffed Chicken Breast with Alfredo Sauce & Roasted Red Potatoes

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We're happy to announce that Alicia Pileggi from The Crafterglow has partnered up with Furniture.com to come up with amazing recipes exclusively for Pursuit of Home. Bon appétit! 


Over Fourth of July weekend I finally found myself with a little extra time and decided to experiment in the kitchen and make something new for dinner. Lucky for me, I have a boyfriend who feels right at home in the kitchen, so we threw on a Beach Boys album to brighten up the rainy afternoon and poured ourselves a glass of wine and went to work. The following is my recipe which made about five servings (One stuffed chicken breast per person).

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Ingredients:

Chicken & Potatoes
1¾-2 cup of fat free ricotta cheese
1 bag of spinach (uncooked)
4 sun-dried tomatoes
roasted garlic (about 2 heads)
1 roasted red pepper
5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8-10 sliced white mushrooms
olive oil
¼  cup Parmesan cheese
¼ cup skim-Milk Mozzarella cheese
Parsley
Garlic powder
1 package of baby red potatoes (28 ounces)

 

Alfredo Sauce
1 ½ tablespoons butter
1 ½ tablespoons flour
¼ cup of Parmesan cheese
Leftover of roasted garlic/sun dried tomato from earlier
Leftover of ricotta/spinach mixture from earlier

Directions:
 
Preheat the oven to 350℉.
Then wash the mushrooms,
potatoes, and roasted pepper.
Slice the mushrooms and the pepper into strips
and either halve or quarter your red potatoes
depending on their size–you want them to be
about 1” size pieces.
Saute up the bag of spinach in a covered pan,
and slightly saute up your mushrooms
with a tiny bit of olive oil or butter.
Then make sure to drain out most
of the excess liquid from your sauteed spinach.
 
Prepare the chicken by thinning out the breasts.
You can do this by loosely wrapping each chicken
breast in plastic wrap then pounding them
with the smooth side of a meat mallet.
 
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Once everything is prepped you
can start getting your filling ready.
Mix your roasted garlic cloves
with chopped sun dried tomatoes.
This is easily done in a food processor,
but could be done even by hand if
you chop up the sun-dried tomatoes finely enough.
(I was feeling a little lazy about roasting
 the garlic so I cheated and picked up
a few heads from a local Italian restaurant,
but you can easily roast some up yourself!.
Next mix up your Ricotta cheese, sauteed spinach,
and mozzarella cheese, with the roasted garlic/sun-dried
tomato mixture that you just finished.
Now you can add the “stuffing” to your stuffed chicken.
Take your thinned out chicken breasts and spread
a generous portion of the mixture on top.
Then take your mushrooms and pepper slices and throw
them on top of the filling–this is the time to get creative,
feel free to add different cheeses to the mixture
and add any vegetables you want!
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Next you can roll up your chicken.
I folded one side slightly inwards and
continued rolling all the way around.
The stuffing held it together pretty well so I
just placed my rolled up breasts
side by side in a glass baking dish.
You may want to place a toothpick in them to
hold the roll together while it cooks to keep it
from  falling apart, but I didn’t have any problems without using them.
 
To finish it off  I made a quick Alfredo sauce
(this is an easy place to take a shortcut by
picking up a premade Alfredo from the
grocery store if you’d prefer).
 
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Making the Alfredo is very simple, but the key
is to take your time adding the ingredients
so it gets nice and thick.
First, you want to melt your butter in
a pan on the stove top.
Then slowly whisk in your flour.
This will begin to create a roux,
which you will then add your low-fat milk to.
Whisk it in, making sure not to leave lumps.
Whisk while the mixture heats up
for about 3 minutes or so.
At this point you can add the Parmesan cheese.
Again, add it slowly and whisk while it
gradually melts into the mixture.
I then added about a couple tablespoons
or so of the leftover ricotta mixture that we
stuffed our chicken with into the sauce.
Once the cheese is melted, your sauce is ready! 
Add a couple tablespoons of the sauce to the
top of the chicken breasts and
pop the pan into the oven.
 
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Cook for about 40 minutes until
the chicken is firm and cooked through.
After the chicken was cooked,  
I sprinkled about ⅛ cup
of Parmesan on top and
put it back in the oven on convection
for a few more minutes just to
get a little bit of that golden brown crunch.
 
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Take the previously quartered mini potatoes
and toss them in some olive oil and Parmesan
cheese and spread them out on a baking sheet.
Feel free to add more cheese or
some garlic powder as well.
Then pop those babies in the oven!
You can put  them in the oven at the same time as the
chicken because they will cook in approximately
40 minutes as well when cooked at 350℉.
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Now it’s time to serve!
Add some more of the Alfredo
sauce over top of the roasted potatoes
and chicken, and there you have it–a
beautiful and extremely delicious dish
sure to make any summer get-together a blast!
 
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As beautiful as it was, it didn’t last long–it was as fun to eat as it was to make! ! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did. Happy eating!

 


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DIY Thrift Store Dining Chair Upcycle

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Hello again my Beauties! I am so happy to be back with you again to show you how to update an old thrifted dining room chair. Today I will show you how with a little fabric, some paint, and a whole lot of fun you can change that ugly outdated chair into something fun and functional!


As you can see this chair had seen better days. The chair itself was structurally sound, just beat up and very outdated. Some of the veneer was missing and the fabric was a bit boring for my taste. The nice thing about these old chairs is that they are very easy to update.

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When you flip the chair over you see that there are just four screws holding in the seat of the chair. I used my drill and removed the screws, releasing the seat from the chair.

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This is where the difficult decision of choosing the fabric comes in. I love color and I love patterns, so picking what I thought would fit best with the style of chair was the hardest part of the whole transformation. After laying out some of my fabric stash (which also, by the way, was thrifted) I finally decided on the classic black and white fun pattern.

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To start, I laid the seat upside-down on top of my fabric and using my staple gun (about $20 at your local home store and worth every penny) I pulled  the fabric tight around the edge of the chair and stapled it in place. I start on one end lining up my fabric and then do the opposite side pulling it nice and tight.

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For the corners it’s like wrapping a present. Slowly make small folds one on top of the other and staple down. You don’t want to have big bunches of fabric sticking out on your corners.

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When you are done, trim off the excess fabric. Now for the rest ot the chair. Since it had seen better days, I decided I was going to paint it. 

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To give it an old world finish I decided to use a mineral/chalk based paint. This type of paint is water-based and can be found in almost all craft and home improvement stores. I chose a linen white color to coordinate with the fabric. In order to seal the water based paint,  you need to use a wax. The wax cures the water base paint and gives it that old-looking finish. You simply brush on the wax and buff it when it’s dry. (Depending on temperature it can take a few hours to dry.)

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buffed off the wax, giving the chair a more distressed look. Once the chair dries, use those same four screws you took out in the beginning and screw the seat back into place. Look at the difference! What once was a beat up worn out chair is now ready to be the center of attention.  I hope you enjoyed this simple and easy makeover!

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 I hope you enjoyed this simple and easy makeover!

 


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Style Defined: What is Shabby Chic?

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There are a lot of different names for decorating styles floating around and one we've been hearing a lot is "shabby chic." It's super trendy right now but may not be well-understood by everyone, so we thought we'd clarify the term for you!


Wikipedia defines shabby chic as, "a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique." 

 

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We think shabby chic style is a little more than just finding pieces of furniture that look old. That may cover the "shabby" part, but not the "chic" part. Shabby chic style requires finesse. If everything looks distressed the room won't look authentic, it will look staged. 

 
The above is cute for a little old lady in a fairy tale who frequently hosts extravagant tea parties, but to actually live in? Nope, too much. 
 
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Shabby chic style requires restraint. Sure, you could go to a thrift store or yard sale and furnish an entire room, but don't do that. The trick is selecting one or two large antiques (or faux-antiques) to be focal points in the room. Everything else should match those main pieces, but they don't have to be antiques.
 
In the above picture, the dining table is distressed, slightly, and that's it. The chairs aren't distressed, they just have a country cottage look that pairs well with shabby chic. The rest of the room is decorated in muted neutrals which give the same antique feel but aren't actually distressed. 
 
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Another important element of this style, as you've probably noticed, is the color selection. Shabby chic generally involves light pastels, whites, and ivories. Think about it, if you find an "antique" that is painted a bold color, it won't come across as an antique at all. The muted colors make the pieces look like they've faded over time.
 
Because of the somewhat limited color palette, it's hard to use dark wood in shabby chic decor. 
 
 
It's not impossible to use dark wood and achieve a shabby chic look, it's just more difficult. Dark wood can easily take a more traditional, classic route vs. chic and antique. The photo above, however, shows a very successful shabby chic room that uses dark wood. Notice, however, that the rest of the room uses light and airy colors to help contrast these dark pieces. 
Shabby chic takes a little bit of restraint and creativity, but, if done right, the results are beautiful. 

We hope this helps clarify shabby chic decor!
 
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Thrift Store Landscape Painting Upcycle

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We're happy to announce that Julie Grimmett from Coco and Cocoa has partnered up with Furniture.com and has come up with amazing DIY tips and tricks exclusively for Pursuit of Home. Enjoy!


Summer is for adventures. And spray paint. Embrace both with this DIY thrift store painting upcycle project.

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Begin by heading to your favorite thrift store. It’s good to have an idea of what you are looking for before you arrive. Based on the adventurer quote that I wanted to use, I knew that I was looking for a painting that featured a landscape. I also wanted a fairly good sized painting. My thrift store had all of the painting stacked on top of one another on shelves. It took some digging but I was able to find this landscape canvas that is 16”x20” for just $3!

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Once you find your painting you are ready to begin your upcycle. The other supplies that you will need for this project are: spray paint, vinyl letter stickers (you can buy them or cut them out yourself), paper, masking tape, and a place to spray paint.

Place the vinyl letter stickers down on your canvas. I used letter stickers that I purchased from a craft store. Take your time in applying the letters to make sure they are attached firmly.

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To preserve some of the original landscape, I decided to do a little color blocking with my quote. I used regular white paper and masking tape to mask off the top and bottom of the painting. I wanted the center of the painting to be solid white with only the color from the letters showing through.

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Follow the directions on the spray paint, using several light coats and allowing the canvas to dry between each coat. This will help keep spray paint from bleeding underneath the letters. When the final coat of spray paint is dry remove the letters.

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Once the lettering was finished, I covered that area of the painting and did one light coat of spray paint over the rest of the canvas. My canvas was slightly dingy and this brightened up the whole piece.

Allow the final coat to dry, which should take just a few minutes. Then your upcycled canvas is ready to be displayed!

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 You can use the same process to upcycle canvases for other parts of your home as well. Take a food still life, for example, and add a quote about eating. The possibilities are endless!

 


 

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DIY Old End Table into Funky Ottoman

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Hello again my Beauties! I have such a fun DIY project for you today.Have you ever had and old end table that just wasn't your style but you just didn't know what to do with it? Well today I am gonna show you how to upcycle that old end table into a fun and funky ottoman! 

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Now first things first.The easiest way to see if you can turn your old end table into an ottoman is to flip it over and see if the top is just simply screwed onto the base.You can see here that mine is. 

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I just simply used my electric drill to unscrew the top from the base of the table.Once I had that removed I could start on the fun part.

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Turning the top into the upholstered part of the ottoman. For this part you will need some batting (sold at craft stores), some fun fabric (also at craft or fabric store), scissors, and a staple gun. Lay your batting down and lay the table top face down on top of it. Now fold the batting over the edge pulling it taught and use your staple gun to staple it down.When you get to the corner fold it in like you are folding a present. Once you go all the way around just trim off the excess with your scissors.

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Now, using your fun fabric do the same as above with the fabric. Go all the way around stapling down the fabric and trimming off the excess.

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For the base I just chose and off white linen milk paint. 

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When its dry, use the same screws that you took out to reattach the top to the base. There you go! Now you have a brand new (kind of) upcycled ottoman.

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Homemade Apricot & Blueberry Cake

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We're thrilled to announce that Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline has partnered up with Furniture.com and has come up with amazing recipes exclusively for Pursuit of Home. Yum!


Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be here today sharing my first recipe.  This one is an oldie but goodie!

As it was told to me, my grandmother, my father’s mother, was an amazing baker. I never had the pleasure of eating anything she baked but she was a legend in our family.  When I come across old recipes, or as I like to call them, heritage recipes, I always get excited wondering if she had baked anything similar, if not the same exact thing. 
 
This recipe is one of those ‘heritage’ recipes.  Since summer is in full swing and farmer’s markets and roadside stands are starting spring up you can find some fresh ingredients for all of your baking and cooking.
 
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I chose fresh apricots and blueberries for this unique cake.  I doubled this recipe to have one for my family and another to take on a recent visit we had with some family and it was a hit!

 

Ingredients

Crust and Topping
1 ½ cups + ⅓ cup of all-purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 ⅜ sticks of butter, softened but not melted
 
Cake Mix
1 stick + 1 tbsp. butter
⅓ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup ricotta cheese
Grated rind of one lemon
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 envelope vanilla instant pudding mix (small box)
1 pound fresh apricots
1 cup blueberries
 
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Directions
 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Use shortening or
butter to grease 8 x 8 inch baking pan.  
For the crust, mix together the flour, granulated sugar,
vanilla extract and butter in a mixing bowl.  
Cut the butter into very small pieces and mix in by
hand to the previously mentioned dry mix.  
Be gentle ( and patient!) with this step!
You want to mix this in until it has a crumbly consistency.  
Spread approximately two-thirds of this mixture
into the bottom of your prepared pan pressing down firmly.
 Bake for 10 minutes.  
 
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Remove from oven and decrease oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
For the cake mix, place butter, granulated sugar and vanilla
extract into a bowl and beat on medium high until fluffy.
 Add the egg and beat until creamy.  
Stir the ricotta cheese, lemon rind and juice,
and pudding mix into the mixture.

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Spread the above over the crust.
 
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Halve and pit the apricots (no need to peel them)
and arrange on top of the cream layer alternating
with the blueberries in a diagonal pattern.  

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Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture on top of the fruit.
Bake for 30 minutes testing the center for done-ness adding
5 minutes to the time if it is not completely cooked through.  
 
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Let cool thoroughly and cut into pieces.  
Serve with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.
This is a warm, welcoming dessert 
for any occasion.
Enjoy!

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DIY Vintage Suitcase End Table

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A while back I spied this bar stool sitting on the side of the road, sadly waiting for the garbage man to come and take it away. I knew it had to come home with me and I ran out to save it before the garbage man tossed it into his truck. The seat was no longer attached, screws still in it, and who knows what all over it. It has seen better days for sure. So I stuck it in my stockpile until inspiration hit.

Then last week at a yard sale I found this old beat up suitcase and the light bulb sparked. I am pretty sure the nice lady having the yard sale thought I was crazy when I squealed with joy when I spotted it. She tried to convince me it was too old and beat up to be saved. Little does she know I had a big plan for this little gem and the fact that it was old and worn just made it even better.

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So I took it back to my shop and got to work. It was actually quite simple to put together and only took about 30 minutes total. Let's get started, shall we?


Start by giving the bar stool a once over with medium grit sandpaper. I originally was going to paint it, but after sanding all of the grime off I decided it matched the old worn suitcase perfectly and left it be.

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The stool was a little wobbly so I tightened up all of the screws with my handy drill. To pop off the screw covers I just used a flat head, pried them off, then stuck them back in.

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Next, I decided to add some extra support under the suitcase because even though it has a hard shell, I wanted to prevent any possibility of a collapse. (This step can be skipped if you find a hard shell suitcase that can be supported by the stool you're using.) I measured and cut a thin piece of board, to sit under the case. I recommend making the board about an inch smaller than the suitcase, on all sides, so it won't be visible.

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Then I laid the board down, flipped the stool over and centered it on the board. I then traced the stool and determined where I was going to add my screws. Once I had it traced out, i flipped the stool back up. I laid the board back in place and drilled holes through the wood and the stool. Then, I glued the board in place using wood glue so it wouldn't move when I tried to screw the suitcase down. 

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Next, I put the suitcase in place and screw it into the holes in the wood. I was so excited to see it finished that I forgot to take a photo of this step! The easiest way to line it up is to flip the suitcase upside down, lay the board on it with the holes already drilled. then drill through the suitcase. Once you set the board back in place you can eyeball through the tiny holes to line the suitcase up. Even if it is off a hair it wont effect the end result.

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Take it in the house, decorate it, and enjoy your new piece of upcycled furniture. I am going to cherish this piece for years to come. It was so easy to construct and turned out beautifully. I love everything about it!

Added bonus: you can use the inside for storage!

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So there you have it. A suitcase end table in just 30 minutes! Be on the lookout at your next yard sale so you can construct your own gem too!


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