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Home Matters Linky Party #154

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Autumn has officially begun and we are loving all the beautiful fall inspired crafts, recipes and decor ideas! We have loads of talented bloggers sharing their inspiration and creativity. We know you will find things you love!

Come join the fun and link your blog posts at the Home Matters Linky Party. Find inspiration, recipes, decor, crafts, organize, home, garden, repurpose, upcycle -- Door Opens Friday EST.

Lorelai at Life With Lorelai:
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Lorelai shares a beautiful Halloween Mantel Decor in Orange, Black & Purple

DIY Farmhouse Stenciled Pillows that you will love from Michelle

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Customizing Cabinets shared by Emily

Sheena shares Fall Hard For Fall Design Themes

You will love this fall project with Pumpkin Painting brought to us by Nicole

Donna brings us Bless This Modern Home Canvas Sign

DIY Emoji Pumpkin Window Clings from Sahana

Nina shares great tips with Lessons In Frugal Living

Check out this yummy recipe for Slow Cooker Chocolate Mousse from Julie

Colleen shares her beautiful Farmhouse Fall Home Tour

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Happy Autumn! We’ve got you covered for Halloween and Fall with great recipes and decorating ideas!

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Slimy Slurpie from Liz @ Eat, Move, Make

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Darling Halloween Ghost Cookies from Maria @ Tinselbox

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Softer Side Of Fall from Yvonne @ Stone Gable

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Spiced Pumpkin Mousse from Aly @ Cooking In Stilettos

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Pumpkin Pillow Boxes from Lindsay @ See Lindsay

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Replacing Rotted Wood in your RV

Finding rotted wood in the RV has really slowed me down on my plans for renovating it.  However, I did find out there isn’t a currently leak in the RV, which is awesome!!  I just need to replace the rotted wood before I can move forward with my renovation.

In my last post about renovating the RV I was sharing some of the stuff I have removed from the RV and how I stopped once I found all of the rotted wood.  After some rain and learning the RV isn’t currently leaking I decided to get back to work.  I still had to take out this night stand

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and this closet to finish up my demolish work.

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Taking out the night stand wasn’t too hard once I figure out how it came apart.  Remember I am trying to take everything apart carefully to save as much of the wood as possible.  I do still have this one piece of wood that is screwed into the wall from the outside to remove.

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Once I started taking the closet out I found some previous damage that had been patched.  Since this wall is going to be exposed I decided that I wanted to repair it better than how the previous owners had repaired it.

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Originally my plan was to take down the wall to the right side and replace it with new wood, but leave the wood for the wall to the left up.  However, after taking off the trim I decided I am going to leave the wood up that is currently there and I am going to put new wood over the whole wall to give it an extra layer of insulation.

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The next repair I have to complete is the wood below this storage door.  As you can see it is completely rotted.

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I am planning to cut out the rotted wood and replace it with new piece of wood.  Also since I am not going to be using this storage door so I am going to figure out how to seal it off so that it is tightly closed and sealed.  Hopefully then there won’t be any issues with it leaking in the future.  We are pretty sure this storage door has previously had issues with leaking.

The final repair I have to make is the floor.  In front of the storage door and in front of what use to be the closet and below a window are some soft places in the wood.  I have debated back and forth on how I wanted to repair this.  Originally I wanted to peal the flooring back and take up the old wood.   The person we purchased the RV from had repaired the floor by laying new plywood down on top of what is already there.  However, after taking out the nightstand and the closet the plywood he had down won’t quiet work and I would prefer it to be one solid piece.  So I have decided I am going to put down new plywood over the existing flooring.  Where all the plywood will be is going to be a bedroom so making it look nice will be relatively easy.

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So lets see what all repairs I have to make:

  1. New wood for wall.
  2. New wood for wood under the storage door.
  3. New plywood for floor.

I am hoping to use as much of the wood that I currently have on hand as possible to make these repairs.  Then I will be ready to remove the staples in the walls, patch the walls and prime the walls.

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$100 Room Challenge ~ Laundry Room Week 3

Wow!!  I can not believe this challenge is almost over!!  In case you are just now joining us and have no clue what I am talking about, I am currently participating in the $100 Room Challenge that Erin from Lemons, Lavender and Laundry started about two years ago.  The purpose of this challenge is to make over a room (or area) in your house spending no more than $100 and and completing it within a month!!

I chose to make over my laundry room and I have been attempting to use as much stuff as possible that I already have.  You can check up on what I have done so far:

WEEK 1 / WEEK 2

This week I have focused on painting my laundry room.  When I first started this project I just “knew” I wanted to paint three walls light turquoise and an accept wall behind the washer and dryer a darker turquoise.  Then I went to the storage building to gather my paint I had on hand to find out “oops, I only have less than a quart of the light turquoise paint”.  One thing I am trying really hard to do is use up some of the paint I have on hand before I purchase more paint for this house.  So, what colors do I have on hand that will work…

PINK!!

Yes I totally said pink!!  I had almost a whole gallon of a light pink and about half gallon of a darker pink.  Alyssa’s room maybe next on my room make overs so I can use up some pink paint.  So I decided to paint three walls light pink and my accent wall light turquoise.

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If you follow my Instastories then you saw lots of behind the scenes pictures and videos of my projects from this past weekend!!  If you don’t follow my Instastories you really should!

Along with painting my walls this weekend I wanted to remove the copper for the gas line that runs through the laundry room for a fire place/stove that we don’t use, do a good deep cleaning of the laundry room including cleaning my washer and dryer and replacing the dryer vent.  The dryer vent in the laundry room from the previous home owners had a rip in it and we had purchased a new one to replace it and never did it.  Also I wanted to clean the floors well since I had the washer, dryer and refrigerator out of the laundry room.  Also, I had two projects I was working on.

The first project is a between the studs broom closet.  That project has been rather interesting to complete and I am actually still working on it.  But you can see a work in progress picture of it below.  I can’t wait to have it finished and I plan to share a full tutorial on it Monday, so make sure you don’t miss that.  I still haven’t figure out how to make the urinal work so if anyone knows anything about it let me know.  I have tried using a screw driver to turn the little slotted thing and it doesn’t work.

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My second project for this past weekend was a floating shelf above the washer and dryer.  The one thing we did differently than most of the tutorials online is we did not use paneling around the edge.  Instead we used pudding to fill in the holes and make everything smooth.  Then we sanded it well and I put a coat of white paint on it to match the baseboards.  Here is an in the process picture, we are not quiet done finishing it yet.  But I’ll show you finished next week during the reveal.

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I have a few more projects I am working on finishing up this week and then I will be back next week for a grand reveal!!  Lets see how I am doing so far on my budget:

  • Wood panel for between the stud closet:  $13.96
  • Flare gas cap:  $3.39
  • Light switch cover:  $0.47
  • Outlet cover:  $0.47

TOTAL:  $18.29

Be sure to stay around a while and check out what everyone else has been working on by clicking the link below!!

Home Tour

Fall Hard for Fall Design Themes

Fall brings out the best in my design desires because, to me, it feels like a time of transition more than any other season.  Filled with options for color, theme, and expression, I love to bring out the feeling of the changing seasons with the fall decor options I choose.

Looking for fall decorating ideas on the internet is a great way to get started and sites like Shutterfly have resources to help you augment your own designs.

Some ways I like to bring fall decor to my door:

Nature’s Splendor on the Hearth

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This starts with the feeling of bringing the season indoors. For the mantel, I like to use leaf garlands as a base for design along with decorative gourds in both classic pumpkin and other squash varieties. Then I top off the design with a fun photo or sign with an invitation to my guests to come in and stay a while.

Stylish Tablescapes

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While the bounty of fall explodes in oranges and reds, it’s also nice to take a breath from what can be an overwhelming amount of color and create an elegant and clean table that highlights the season in style. Simple white gourds on a white tablecloth is a gorgeous way to be able to focus on what’s really important at your table: your food!

That being said, I also like to use cute place cards to make sure that everyone has all the feels at my Thanksgiving table.

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Outdoor Fall Fun

Though summer is over there are wonderful ways to keep your outdoor spaces fully dressed for the season. Along with the jack-o-lanterns on my porch, I fill my planters with fall foliage. Try some straw and mini-gourds to accent the fall feeling.

The important thing is to have fun with your fall design, but also to give your design some room to breathe. With all the wonderful ways to prepare for fall, it’s easy to overdo.

My big suggestion is to make sure you have some places for the eye to rest and to focus on a few elements rather than let the cornucopia of fall tumble all around your house. Statement pieces will tell your best fall story. Have a glorious autumn!

Linky Party

Home Matters Linky Party #153

Welcome to the weekly Home Matters Linky Party. A great place to come, share your blog posts, and make new friends.

Home Matters Linky Party #153!

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Autumn starts next Friday! Are you ready? Well, you are in the right place, so thanks for stopping by to party with us! We have loads of talented bloggers sharing their inspiration and creativity. We know you will find things you love.

Come join the fun and link your blog posts at the Home Matters Linky Party. Find inspiration, recipes, decor, crafts, organize, home, garden, repurpose, upcycle -- Door Opens Friday EST.

Lorelai at Life With Lorelai:
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Michelle shows us her Farmhouse Style Neutral Fall Mantel

Say, “Yum!” to this German Pancakes Recipe from Lorelai

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Sheena gives us a Home Tour – Decorating For Fall

Industrial Farmhouse Kitchen Lighting from Emily

Nina asks What’s Your Side Hustle?

Check out this DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath from Donna

Julie shares super tasty Crockpot Asian Honey Chicken

Make Ribbon Pumpkins with Sahana

Colleen shares her Antique Hutch Makeover

Get the flavors of Fall with Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe from Nicole

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Come join the fun and link your blog posts at the Home Matters Linky Party 153. Find inspiration recipes, decor, crafts, organize -- Door Opens Friday EST.

We have beautiful ideas for your Autumn decorating and some delicious seasonal recieps too. Enjoy!

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15 Fall Garden to Table Recipes from Angie @ Angie The Freckled Rose

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Easy DIY Leaf Stamped Dish Towel from Bev @ Flamingo Toes

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Thank you to all who linked up at last week’s party. We look forward to seeing what you will be sharing with us this week! Remember that every feature is shared on all Host’s and Co-Host’s blogs, as well as on the Home Matters Linky Party Pinterest Board! Don’t forget to follow…

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  1. Please link up no more than THREE posts each week–try to make sure that they are new links that you have not shared here previously. (Exception: Holiday/Seasonal specific posts may be shared once per year.)
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Home Tour

$100 Room Challenge ~ Laundry Room Week 2

In case you missed it last week I am currently participating in the $100 Room Challenge with Erin from Lemons, Lavender and Laundry along with lots of other awesome ladies.  I decided to make over my laundry room and my goal is to use as much stuff that I already have on hand as possible.  If you missed it make sure you check out week 1.

This week I decided to declutter my laundry room.  Like I said this room has been a dumping ground for lots of stuff that just doesn’t belong.  Surprisingly after taking out all the trash and putting stuff away where it properly goes I did not have anything to sell or donate. I do actually have a good bit of stuff that needs to be organized, but that will have to wait till after the painting is done.

Here are some pictures of how it looks after taking all the extra stuff out of it.

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Now that there isn’t anything behind the door it opens all the way and you can actually see the urinal.  It doesn’t currently work and we are hoping to be able to figure out what is wrong with it and how to fix it.  The girls really want to take it out, but surprisingly I don’t.  Having two sons with friends its kinda nice to have.  Especially since Noah’s bedroom is basically across the hall from the laundry room.

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I do still have a good bit of stuff on the shelf above the washer and dryer.  But it will all be staying in the laundry room.

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Make sure you come back next week so you can see how I decide to paint the laundry room.  My goal is to use paint I currently have on hand.  I have a good many different colors from all the projects I have done over the years and the accent wall colors the children have had.  So what color do you think I will use??

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Decorating for Fall

I am so excited to be decorating our new house for fall today!!  One thing that has really helped the children with making our new house our home has been seeing our season decorations put up!!  I decided before we moved that once we moved in I was going to start decluttering my holiday decoration boxes.  Now I only have two boxes for fall!!  I am excited to say that I have used everything I had on hand.

Lets check it out!!

Coming up the front porch I have my fall color pots I made a few years ago.  I am so happy with how they have held up over the years with the weather.  I still need some mums to put in them and then I will put my “FALL” letter picks in them, but when we were at the store the other day the mums did not look too great.  Anyone who knows me knows I am not too good at keeping my mums alive so we decided we probably shouldn’t buy those.  Once I get some mums, I’ll share a picture of them on Instagram.

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On my front door I have my mental pumpkin that I purchased at Hobby Lobby a year or two ago.

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In my dining room my table is all decked out.  It has my red table cloth with my leaf table runner and the placemats I made a few years ago.  I have one for each child and their handprints are on them as a turkey from the year I made the placemats.  I told the children we are going to add another handprint to the placemats this year.  In the center I have my flower holder Adam and I made several years ago.  Its actually reclaimed wood from the privacy fence that blew down at our old house after a tornado.  In the flower holder I have some fall leaves with some glitter pumpkins and some blue berries to give it a pop of color!

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Moving on into my office I have decorated the mantel above the fireplace.  I have a picture frame with a picture of the three big kids from the first Halloween Adam and I were together.  On either side of the picture frame I have some pumpkins that I made a few years ago.  They are just some little pumpkins that I picked up at either Dollar Tree or Hobby Lobby and then used stickers to put the children’s names on them.  Then I laid some of the lose blue berries between the pumpkins to tie in the color in my dining room.  I do want some fall color flowers to put in my vase Noah made me for my birthday.

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I have some pumpkins I am going to spray paint and put on the fireplace.  Once I get that done I’ll share a picture of it on Instagram, so make sure you keep an eye out for it.

This year I have two tables to decorate, and I am so glad!!  In my kitchen I have my tan table cloth with my orange placemats.  Then across the back of the table I have my cornucopia with some veggies in it and glitter pumpkins on either side.  I have had most of this decor for years!!  I think the veggies may need a freshing up this year or next.  Maybe I will get a chance to do that this year and I will share it with you.

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In my living room, I have my light up pumpkin sitting on the end table on a leaf placemat that matches the table runner in my dining room.  I have had this pumpkin since I was younger than the big kids.  I am so glad I still have it!!  I have not used it for several years, but this year I did!!

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Finally under our TV we have this gas fireplace/stove (its for sale if you want it) and on it I have used some of the leaf placemats to cover the top.  Then I have a picture frame with a picture of all four children from a photo shot we did a few years ago with Sarah Pharris.  I have this metal pumpkin with light up tea candles in it and a glitter pumpkin sitting between the two.

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I just love how our house looks for fall!!  Be sure to check by later this month or the first of October when I add in our Halloween decorations.  I like to put out my fall stuff in September and keep it out through Thanksgiving.  But for the month of October I like to add in my Halloween themed decorations.

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RV Renovations ~ Demolition

Projects never seem to go the way you think they will before you get started and renovating the RV is another true example of it.  Last week I shared a before tour of the RV and some plans I HAD for the RV.  Now my plans have completely changed!!

I went in the RV last week wanting to get started on a few things that I could do without my husband’s help.  I thought I wanted to make the benches in the dinette into dog kennels for my two little dogs.  After taking out one of the benches, taking down all the window treatments all my plans changed.

You see I LOVE the view from the bed of The Motor Home Memoirs.  I have been dreaming of the day I would sell this RV and purchase a motorhome so I could have that view.  I had no clue I had that view until I took down the window treatments on all the windows in the RV.  Then I looked out and realized from the bottom bunk I have that view!!  I was sold, that will be my bed!!!

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After taking out one of the benches in the dinette I decided I wanted to completely take it all out.  I mean in most small houses who really eats at the kitchen table anyway??  I decided I would rather purchase some TV trays to use or like we did for most of our meals when we lived in the RV, eat outside!!  After some measuring I realized the sofa will actually fit below the window so I decided I want to move the sofa to below the window.  Of course after taking the sofa out from its original location I am planning on recovering it before I put it back in.  Do you think regular cotton fabric would hold up because I totally have enough of that in my stash to recover the sofa?!?!?  But honestly I think I need some thicker upholstery fabric.

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Once we took the sofa out we were able to remove the heater.  I do still plan to remove all the gas from the RV.  When we lived in it the temperature dropped down in the 30s one night and we were plenty warm with our electric heaters so we are going to just use that instead.  But the process of completely taking out all the gas won’t be finished for a while.  I plan to replace the hot water heater with an electric one and take out the gas stove.  But I am still thinking about the kitchen renovations.  Right now my focus is on the sleeping arrangements and living area.

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So if I am taking over the bottom bunk where are the children going to sleep??  Great question!!  We are going to build two sets of bunk beds where the “bedroom” previously was.  So we took down the half way and we were going to take down the portion of the bedroom wall that goes all the way to the ceiling, but we decided its in the prefect location for building one set of bunk beds.  We will have one set of bunk beds on the back wall and one set on the front wall.  The ones on the back wall will be exactly 6′ so the smaller two children will sleep on those.  While the other two bunk beds will be slightly larger being the exact same size as the current top bunk (which is above my bed).  Then we will have a farm style door to close off the children’s bedroom.

After taking down the half wall we decided to take up the carpet in the bedroom.  We knew for some reason there was plywood under the carpet and we had debated on how to handle that.  We decided MAYBE we should take the plywood up and find out why it was down.  I really didn’t want to at first.  But it was really best that we did.  The floor in the back corner is soft and rotted.  Also we learned we have a leak somewhere.  =(  STOP WORKING!!  Now we have to find this leak and figure out how to fix it.  Then we can get back to the renovation.

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We do still plan on taking at the “night stand” and “closet” that is in what use to be the bedroom.

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But right now our focus is on the leak!!  If anyone has any tips about leaks in RVs I would love to hear them!!

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$100 Room Challenge ~ Laundry Room Week 1

As you all know we moved earlier this year and to say this house has been a disaster would be a huge understatement.  Did you hear our roof is leaking in two place also??  Yeah, something else to add to the growing list of problems.  But I am still trying very hard to make this house into our home as you have seen from my list in my Thursday To Do series.  So when I met Erin from Lemons, Lavender and Laundry I was super excited to join her in the $100 Room Challenge.

This month I am working to make over our laundry room and the budget is no more than $100!!  I am actually hoping to spend far less than that and to utilize much of what I already have on hand.

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As you can tell this room needs some major work.  I know you are thinking how can I possibly spend less than $100 to make this room look nice and inviting??  I am going to show you, I actually already have a plan for what I am going to work on each week this month to make this room look nice and inviting!!  I promise you will want to come to my house and do laundry afterwards or maybe use my urinal!!!

During this next week I plan to completely declutter this room.  Since we moved in this room has been a dumping grounds for lots of stuff that just doesn’t have a place.  So all of that extra stuff is coming out of the room this week.  I am going to start with a trash can for the trash, a donate/sell box and box for stuff that needs to go somewhere else.

If you aren’t familiar with the $100 Room Challenge check out Erin’s post sharing some of  her favorite reveals of the past $100 Room Challenge.  Make sure you check out everyone else’s work in the links below and come back next week to see what I plan on doing during the second week of making over my laundry room!!