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    How to Repurpose an Urn into a Side Table


    How to instantly transform a classic garden urn into a side table.
    Post updated: 09/01/2020

    This black urn sits in a corner of my living room. I have had it forever. It is one of those classic items that always is in style. It has made it through many of my decorating furnishing purges over the years.
    Over the summer I placed a fern in it.

    In the fall at my previous house I used it outside. I placed leaves and a pumpkin on the urn. In the spring and summer – I filled it with flowers.

    Now I am going to show you how to repurpose an urn into a useful piece of furniture that can work either inside or outside your home. I could have titled this post – My 2-Timing Urn. 🙂
    I love to find new uses for all kinds of objects.
    Many years ago when I started to experiment with transforming the urn into a small side table, I tried adding a round piece of glass on the urn. It looked nice, but the glass just sat on top and was not secure or safe.

    I then tried placing a round silver tray on the top of the urn. The tray was the type where the center section of the tray is lower that the rim. This made it secure in the urn, but it looked like an ash tray you would see at a bus station. Not the look I was after. 🙂

    I like to shop my house… so I kept looking through all the rooms and found this cake stand in my china closet.

    I placed it inside the urn…

    …Presto-O-Change-O!   It worked.
    It looked good and was secure in the urn.
    The stand part of the cake stand keeps it from moving back and forth in the urn.

    The repurposed urn makes a sweet little side table that is perfect for a glass of wine or a cup of tea.

    Or the perfect small table to hold flowers from your garden.
    And the best part of this little table. It can be as temporary as you want or need it to be. In less than a minute I can remove the cake stand and place the fern back in.
    I have repurposed many items in my house to make tables over the years, take a look at how I made these tables:
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    Thinking Ahead to Fall Decorating


    Notice the title of this post is… thinking ahead to fall decorating, as I am not quite ready to actually decorate my house for fall yet. It has been on my mind now that summer is slowly winding down.

    Fall Mantel DIY Ideas
    I have been reflecting on past fall seasons and how I decorated the house. This year, I want to make the fall season feel even more extra comfy-cozy… as if placing an extra blanket of calm and comfort throughout the house.

    Remember the catch phrase from the 90’s… Cocooning?
    Hunkering down in place, but with all your cozy comforts around you to make sure that you had everything you need to live a comfortable life right in your own home. This is what I am planning on doing.

    We have no trips abroad planned or party invites like we did last fall. Life this fall will be about sticking close to home.
    This fall, with uncertainty about the pandemic and more still looming, I want more than just decor to create a comfy fall home.
    I want the “whole lifestyle package” that fits my life, wants, needs, and budget. Life is too short not to make the best of every second of every single day, even if they are mostly spent at home.
    I am finding that this is what I am seeking more than buying new “stuff” to simply decorate the house.
    Decorating for fall this year is going to be more about making sure the decor feels just right for how I want to “be” at home.
    Being at home for you could mean setting up a desk in the least used room for your 9-5 job or a place where your children can learn at home.
    As fall arrives and the weather gets cooler we will find ourselves back inside more. Time for our inner homebody to shine instead of feeling stuck inside like many of us did back in the early spring 6 months ago. In the spring, we were in shock and not mentally prepared to be homebound.
    Now we have time to plan ahead to make sure we have everything we need to make the most of our time spent more at home this fall.

    Sourdough bread by Alexandra Cooks
    My youngest makes the best sourdough bread and guided me to Alexandra Cooks’ website to learn how to make it. She gave me a portion of her sourdough starter to get me started on my own bread baking journey.
    The smell of fresh bread baking brings back fond memories of simpler times that I want to embrace in my life.
    Good smells add to the ambiance of a home.Remember, creating a beautiful home is not just about the decorating.
    When Decorating for Fall I Am Going to Make Sure That:
    I have cozy comforts in reach – good books, good internet, favorite music, as well as good food and wine stocked in the pantry.

    Since Ed and I are not going out to the movies and dinner every week like we used to pre-pandemic. I want to make sure we can create some “special evenings” in our weekly schedule. For us, this is movies and good food. For you it might mean something entirely different.
    We are saving money by not going out to eat, which in turn gives us more money to splurge a little on better wines and better cuts of meats and fish for Ed and plant based for me to make at home to enjoy. We also order dinner from our favorite local restaurants to pick up every Friday night.
    TV shows this fall will mostly be reruns as TV show production was put on hold like everything else. So for me Netflix, Prime Video and streaming new release movies will be key for movie watching.
    I also upgraded my Spotify account so I could listen to music anywhere in the house that makes me feel good all day while both working and just hanging out.
    Making sure I have all that I need to do these pursuits in the style I want on a daily basis is what is important to me.
    My Fall Decorating Plans
    Decorating for fall this year has me thinking that it doesn’t necessarily mean using lots of pumpkins, gourds, and plaid blankets, but maybe something not so contrived.
    I did buy a velvet pillow back in June to use on my sofa come September. It has great texture and is perfect for my white and woodsy decorating scheme that I am trying to build upon.
    I made up a list of fall decorating projects that I plan to do around the house and post about. The first one you will be seeing involves this…

    Last summer, one of the patio umbrellas on my deck broke. We fixed it the best we could. This summer “our fix” broke and the umbrella is a goner.
    Instead of throwing the whole thing in the trash, I threw away the mechanical frame and kept the Sunbrella fabric cover you see in the photo above. Next week I will share with you what I am doing with it.
    Come September, I will start removing the warm weather touches around the house and will slowly begin to add items that will give a subtle ‘nod’ to fall since Fall doesn’t officially arrive until the end of September.
    I hope that I will inspire you to make the best home life you can for yourself in your own style this fall…
    Whatever this means for you, try to plan and make sure you add it to your home and life as the weather begins to transition into the Fall season of 2020… the year most of us will never forget.
    Let’s make the fall of 2020 unforgettable, not because of the pandemic, but by the ways we make the most of how we choose to live in our homes in the best way we can within our style and means.
    Staying home in your own style is the new lifestyle to embrace.

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    Add Fresh Summer Color to a Room In Minutes


    Happy Friday, my friends.
    I have a dose of summer color therapy for you to start your weekend off in colorful style.
    Could your home use a fresh pop of some happy color right about now to take your mind off the problems of the world? Or feeling like you want to look at something bright and cheery, but can’t get out and about for some retail therapy to purchase something new?
    If you answered yes to either of these questions, then these simple decorating ideas are easy to do using what you already own. A few can even be done in minutes… for real… minutes!
    Go In Search of the Most Colorful Book In Your Home

    Take a stroll through your house in search of the most colorful book you have. Place it on your coffee table. Add a small plate from your kitchen or dining room, a candle, matches and a small decorative item on top. A grouping of three objects is always pleasing to view.
    Bring Out Vacation Souvenirs

    If you have souvenirs from a past summer vacation, take them out of storage and put them on display amongst your things in a cabinet…

    … or even on an outdoor table that will add a summer vibe to your surroundings.
    Raid Your Clothes Closet

    Just because you may not be able to go on an exotic vacation to a faraway beach this summer, raid your clothes closet for a colorful Pareo or scarf. Use it as a summer throw on a chair or sofa.
    Head To Your Cardboard Recycling Bin

    Head to your recycling bin to find a large piece of cardboard to punch up a neutral color scheme for the summer. With all the online deliveries many of have been getting, make use of those boxes. 🙂 When you cover it with colorful fabric or gift wrap, prest-o chang-o – new look!

    Use smaller pieces of cardboard from your recycling bin to make a lid for a basket. Use colorful fabric or gift wrap to cover it. Once done, the basket is stackable.
    No Basket – line a serving tray to use as a decoration, not to carry something.
    Mix Up The Bathtowels

    Instead of having the towels in your bathroom match, hang a variety of colors. Don’t have any colors you like? How about hanging colorful beach towels for a summer change that won’t cost you a thing.
    See I told you… some of these ideas can be done in minutes and will allow you to start the weekend with fresh doses of happy colors all around the house.

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    Wicker Basket Side Table for My Living Room

    How I instantly made a unique side table to go next to one of the chairs in my living room. This DIY side table idea could not have been easier to make. In fact, it was assembled in an instant with no power tools needed. Side Table BEFORE This is a photo of the corner […] More

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    Decorating for Summer in Casual, Easy Style

    Summer is one of my favorite seasons of the year to decorate my home. This year I went with a slightly different color scheme to flow with the outdoor colors that surround my house. One year ago this month, the hardwood floors in my living room and kitchen were refinished with Bona by a Bona […] More

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    What These Houses Taught Me About Decorating

    What have the homes you have lived in taught you about decorating? If you think about it, it may be quite a lot. Over the last few months I have been reading many decorating books, both old and new. From how-to’s to high-end coffee table style decorating books. There isn’t a decorating book I don’t […] More

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    Decorating Tip When Using Large Baskets

    If you like the look of large baskets in your decor, but are not sure how to make items look full inside, then I have a quick tip for you. One that will make your decorating efforts using large baskets look decorating magazine worthy. A few weeks ago, after I posted how I used a […] More

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    Outdoor Deck Step Lighting Trick

    Inexpensive outdoor solar stake light hack for adding light to deck steps or all around the outside of a deck. No electrical skills needed. I can’t take credit for this clever outdoor deck lighting idea. It was in place when we bought the lake house. Outdoor Deck Lighting Trick: supplies needed: To light up the […] More