Entryway Design Idea

We are fast approaching our 5th month in our new home, and I keep wishing and hoping if I just budget a little bite more, cut back on my BAD Tim Horton’s coffee addiction daily and not go into a single store for those spur of the moment shopping runs of oh I ran out of toilet paper or milk then maybe I can put $$$ aside for my decorating projects I’ve been day dreaming&dootling in my design notebook which has grown to 5 or 6 books now, lol…

Then, it came to me.. After running into centsational girl and viewing all of her amazing diy projects she’s done (& makes it totally look so easy plus her simple tutorials) my hubz (which i am forever grateful for, he can make/fix anything) and I could so totally do this on our own.


I’ve been doing a lot of research on diy home improvements and I am very confident we can pull this off. Considering the fact as a little girl 4-5 years old while growing up I watched my dad build a 2 1/2 car garage with an attic & insulated it himself, also within that year he built a shed, within the following years remodeling the basement and re-doing the roof & siding.

I can’t hardly wait to try it out on my own. I swear I should’ve been an interior decorator. I love to look at the millions of possibilities a room can be done. I could sit for hours and look at different home decor & do it yourself magazines. You should see my collection…

Here is one of my personal favorite design of entryways/mudrooms I had found from centsational girl’s blog

This gorgeous entryway with white board & batten is a classic design

Just the basic board & batten has the feel of a Built-In look-a-like is very convincing..

Here these bronze hooks give this design a classic look to use for the whole fam

In this close-up the cove-molding builds one of this entryways characteristics of a built-in feel.

Simple floral decor is timeless approach

At this angle, the seamless ledge gives you added shelving for proud pictures to be displayed

Final pieces displays beautiful family photo’s (as art work)of the children that will enjoy this space for a lifetime to come.

Displaying photo’s of the family is the best part. I love the lil piggies…

Add a couple of jackets, toys and other outdoor essentials completes centsational girl’s basic board & batten project..

I can’t wait to re-do my entryway now, so much inspiration centational girl has given me, she did an amazing job, don’t you agree?



Decorate with Washi Tape

I just delivered a cool blog by p&g called homemadesimple.com I’m always into easy ways to quickly update anything…

Washi tape is a quick way to add a personal touch to practically anything, plus it’s cheap, and simple. You don’t need a ton of time, money, or not a bunch of materials either.

I can’t wait to try this

I found a great post on

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HGTV’s Household Mysteries

Ever get those stubborn milky white stain on your wooden table?

Well I have, and I’ve spent forever trying to find out how to get these stains out.

Like this one…


I accidentally say down a hot glass dish on there and once I went to clean up this is what the dish left for me to stress over every single day I walk past it, reminding me what I did. I was seriously thinking about getting a new table over this stain..


HGTV’s September 2012 came out with an article about household mysteries, in the article it says to use this to bring out milky stains from natural wood floors.


At first I skipped over the article thinking there was nothing saying you could use this on table tops, only the floor.

Then, as I thought about it over and over and after looking at these hideous stains, I thought this is enough I will not be haunted by these stains not another day.

I was stunned at the results, it worked… I’m dancing around in excitement all around my kitchen Sunday afternoon with my husband lookin at me like I’m a nut. Wondering why in the world is she ironing the kitchen table???

Take a look…


And now there gone….

I’m so happy there gone, no more stains slapping me in the face anymore as soon as I enter the kitchen and all it took was an old tee shirt and my iron…

Here’s the trick

All you need is

A thin cloth
(an old white tee worked for me)
Your Iron
(on the lowest setting possible)



1. Wipe down your surface with a damp cloth no cleaners only water

2. On low or warm setting
(I used linen setting)

3. Spred the cloth over the stain, then iron, I recommend not keeping the iron in on spot, just use a slow circular motion.

4. Gently remove the cloth and the stain is gone, no more milky white yucky stain.

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DIY No-Sew Roman Shade by BHG

I absolutely love the look of a Roman shade. However, the cost of them are surely not in my budget.
Only on my wish list!

I did a lil research on just how much these room changers can cost ones pocket book. My results were a surprise too me. I didn’t know my tastes were this expensive.

I just received there catalog from mail and looking at all of the pretty shades and they can do wonders to any room, with the right budget! For a ”30×54” around $270
They have tons of patterns and beautiful designs lots of colors too…
Aww I’m in love, each shade is custom made hand designed. I can see why they are in that price range…

Luckly, I found this easy way to create your own Roman shade by BHG’s magazine do it yourself weekend projects which I am a collector of… I don’t know what I’d do without this magazine.

No-Sew Roman Shade Made from a miniblind and midweight upholstery fabric, this Roman shade can be assembled in a matter of hours.


Materials Needed:
_Mini blind to fit the window
_Mid weight upholstery fabric cut 6 inches wider than the window and 12 inches longer
_Fabric glue
_Flat artist’s paint brush
_ Several clothespins

Step 1
First, lay the blind on your work surface with the front facing down.


(a) Set the length by adjusting the plug underneath the thick bottom slat according to the package instructions.

Step 2 snip away only the strings that connect the slats on both sides.
Maintain the slats at 7-inch intervals; snap off and remove the rest.

Place the fabric facedown under the blind.

Mark the fabric where it folds at the sides, top, and bottom of the slats.


(b)Remove the shade and press the fabric folds.

Place the fabric under the shade, and glue the sides of the fabric to each slat (c) and the top and bottom edges of the fabric to the top and bottom slats.


Use clothespins to hold the fabric in place while it dries.

Great Organizing Solution by BHG

Simple solution for storing your families most frequently used items. Especially good for entry ways! Along with a colorful background, used with wallpaper. I love this idea.


These easy to make labels are just as easy to customize to your liking, and to specific needs of the fam and they come in 3 different colors also. Did I forget to mention they are also free!!  BHG did a great job….

To create a similuar version of this idea
Attach these rectangular labels on wicker bins with coordinating ribbon, and laminate them or put them inside luggage tags for durability. Perfect for making a place for everything and keeping them grouped together!


Take a look at this Pretty Pantry! Labels galore, lined with pretty wallpaper.. This is my favorite so far, im in love with these kitchen labels.

Pretty Pantry Here’s a pantry that packs a punch. Keep food organized by assigning a shelf to each group(grains, baking ingredients, snacks, etc.). Line shelves with laminated fabric — it’s easy to clean and adds a splash of bright color. Use clear add an adhesive label to each container for an extra measure of organization

Editor’s Tip: The rectangle labels are designed to be printed on Avery 2×4 mailing labels (#5163), available at office supply stores. The small round labels are designed to be printed on 2-1/2-inch labels are designed to be printed on 2-1/2-inch circle stickers and the large round labels are designed to be printed on 4-inch circle stickers, both from Paper Source (papersource.com)


On the Menu
Plan out your family’s weekly menu in advance and get all your groceries in one swift shopping trip.
Magnetic labels make meals simple — just mix and match dishes on the calendar and keep inventory on an organized board. Print these abels on magnet paper, which can be used in home printers and is available at office supply stores,
Print the menu planning labels


On The Go Make life easier with clear, zippered bags perfect for grabbing on your way out the door.
Pack one for each of your needs, such as kids’ activities or a first aid kit, and stick on a cute adhesive labe to keep things organized

Editor’s Tip: The small labels are designed to be printed on Avery 1×2-5/8-inch folder adhesive abels (#8160) and the large labels on Avery 2×4 mailing labels (#5163), available at office supply stores

Print the small on-the-go bag labels Print the large on-the-go bag labels


Canning Labels

Here is a great example of using these canning labels by bhg

Canned Goods
Keep canned goods orderly with decorative adhesive labels. Print playfully designed labels on sticker paper and adhere to a clear mason jar

Editor’s Tip: These labels were designed to be printed on 3-1/4×2-inch oval adhesive labels from Paper Source (papersource.com)

Dressed-Up Drawer
Drawer organization is a must for any office Steer clear of a nest of paper clips, pens, and other office supplies by keeping clear organizing trays labeled. Colorful borders keep things fresh and easy to find
Editor’s Tip: The rectangle labels are designed to be printed on Avery 1×2-5/8-inch folder adhesive labels (#8160), and the circle labels are designed to be printed on Avery booklet adhesive seals (#5278), both available at office supply stores

Print the rectangle labels
Print the circle labels 12


File Folders
Make managing paperwork less of a hassle. Store mportant notes and documents in brightly colored file folders with color-coordinated labels the file tab labels on heavy cardstock or matte photo paper
Editor’s Tip: The file folder labels (shown here on the green folders) are designed to be printed on Avery folder 2/3×3-7/17-inch adhesive labels(#8366), available at office supply stores
Print the file folder labels
Print the file tab labels


Desk Utensils
Repurpose a silverware caddy as a desktop storage organizer for your markers, pencils, and scissors. Here’s a DIY trick: Slip a block in the bottom of the marker caddy so you can see the id color clearly
Editor’s Tip: These labels are designed to be printed on Avery 1×2-5/8-inch folder adhesive abels (#8160)
Print the caddy labels


Shelf Labels

Organize a slender set of shelves with labels and fun hardware. These metal label holders (look for something similar on reproduction hardware websites) simply screw into the shelf and then labels slide into the holder. Print the labels on labels slide into the holder. Print the labels on heavy cardstock or matte photo paper, and laminate for extra durability.

Print the shelf labels

Get Clean, Get Organized
Keep toiletries in order with baskets and labels toiletries (or assign a container to each family member). Print these round labels on heavy cardstock or matte photo paper (laminate the labels for extra durability) and place inside metal-rimmed tags (available at craft stores, in the scrapbooking department, punch a hole in the label, and hang from the basket handle with ribbon.
Print the bin labels


Weekly Wardrobe
Avoid the what-to-wear fight in the morning with these helpful labels. Slip a day-of-the-week tag over a hanger with a complete outfit. Print the labels on heavy cardstock or matte photo paper (if desired, laminate for extra durability), and use a large hole punch to make a hole in the top of each tags Print the days-of-the-week labels



Orderly Toys
Give smaller toys a place in buckets suited to their size. These kid-friendly buckets are easy to tote from room-to-room. Print these square tote from room-to-room. Print these square labels on heavy cardstock or matte photo paper (laminate the labels for extra durability) and place inside metal-rimmed tags (available at craft stores, in the place inside metal-rimmed tags (available at craft stores, in the scrapbooking department punch a hole in the label, and hang from the basket handle with ribbon.
Print the square toy bucket labels

Hope this helps with ways to get clutter under control.. Please feel free to share what you’ve done to control clutter in your home!

These labels are so versatile and customizible for any house-hold! Happy labeling!

There are over 23 different labels at bhg.com so go check it out!