Welcome to my "Grinch" Dining Room.  I love and adore beautiful Christmas table settings, but let's be honest... when you have two kids, that's not going to happen.  HAHAH!!  And I don't mind one bit!

This year I opted for a Grinch Room.  It is fun, bright, cheery, and kid friendly.

We are not the type of family that eats at our dining room every night, so I purposefully planned a special lunch to use our Grinch setting.

One the menu: Pizza Trees, Green Applesauce, Green and Red Peppers, and M&M Cookies!!

We had so much fun!  

As you can see, the kiddos are coloring on the tablecloth and that's exactly what they were supposed to do!!  I used a white tablecloth we had and drew placemats on it with a Sharpie Marker.  The kids used Washable Markers to draw names and masterpieces.  I can was it and the drawings will disappear, but not my setting.

Charlie really got into it.  Quinny more more concerned about the cookies.  HAHA!!  That girl and her sweet tooth!  Once she saw big brother's, though, she added a little pink to her place.

To make the Grinch glasses I just used Starbucks glasses, polka dotted straws (Michaels), and green trim (Michaels).  I just hot glued the trim onto the glasses.  Super cheap and easy.

My kiddos!

 Another view from my side of the table.  

"Maybe Christmas (he thought) doesn't come from a store." - The Grinch

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday from my family to yours!!

Are you one of those who have not started Christmas shopping??  If so... I've got you covered.  FLOURISH BOUTIQUE in Granger is the place to go for all of your last minute shopping needs.  They have present options for as low as $5.00!  They even have a clearance room, yes ROOM, that includes pieces from designers:  NYDJ and Ya.  

Come with me on a quick tour of the store.  It is decorated like a winter wonderland with pops of color everywhere.

Today ONLY.... Miss Me jeans for $70.00!  That is a steal!!
The Lady in Red Dress is one of my favorites!!  It is even more gorgeous in person.

Who doesn't love fur??  When I was 5, I asked for a fur coat, a gold purse, and diamond earrings!  Bahahah!!  I had two fashionistas as Grandmas!  Believe it or not I did get a fur coat (not real- don't worry)!!  And yes, I bought the Cinnamon Coat with Fur Lining for myself for Christmas.  I hinted to the hubby, but a girls gotta have what a girls gotta have!!

Need stocking stuffers?  FLOURISH has you covered.  What girl doesn't want jewelry in their stocking?  Ummmm this one does!!  Check out the gorgeous displays of jewelry.  This is just half of their selection.

Here are a few of "My Favorite Things."  

Winter Wonderland Dress (Light Blue, Shiny)
Life of the Party Dress (Pink/Black Sequins)
Ice Queen Dress (White with Teal necklace)

My husband and I went to see "Straight No Chaser" last night and I wore one of the new patterned leggings with a brown tiered tunic.  They were so comfortable and I had many compliments!!  See...

I know it's not the best pic, but hey, I'm a furniture blogger.  I'll work on my selfies later!!

Head on over to FLOURISH BOUTIQUE.  First time web customers get an extra 25% off!  And if that's not enough... now through Sunday, it's buy any 1 item, get the 2nd 1/2 off! (Web code: BOGO)!  Go BOGO and Go FLOURISH!

Happy shopping!!
Mal :)

So my sister lives in this cute little house.  She has been making her house a "home" for a while now, but she couldn't quite put her stamp on the guest bedroom.  Finally, she threw her hands up in the air and just said, "Do it for me, but don't spend too much!"  I gladly took the job (with the help of my mom) and got to work.  My mom might be thriftier than me so I definitely needed her as my right hand woman.

Here is a panoramic view of the room!  
Her one request besides not spending too much was to make it "Irish" themed.

The only pieces she had in the room were the futon and white dresser.  The rest we found, painted, and created for less than $200.00.

So here's what we did.  As you walk in the door... to your left is a small collage of frames.  We purchased "The Doors of Ireland" online and bought a frame from Michaels (50%).  The other pictures were printables I found on Pinterest.  She already had the frames.

The focus wall is my favorite.  The state of Indiana/Notre Dame Song was purchased on Etsy and framed at Hobby Lobby.  The two jars (green and ND) were found at TJ Maxx, the shamrock was done by a local artist, the shelf was found at a garage sale for 2 bucks, and the IRISH art was purchased at Hobby Lobby.  We bought one of those frames that says, "Pray" and then bought the individual letters I-R-I-S-H and placed them on top.  It was cheaper than buying a matted frame.

We found this chalkboard at TJ Maxx.  I just used a chalkboard marker to write the quote.  Oh how I love this quote.  My sister's favorite, too...

My sister found this dresser at an antique shop for about 20 bucks. It had some simple brass handles on it, but a quick swap for some new handles and waaaalaaaaa!!  
A whole new look!!

Here's a closeup of my favorites.  Pops of color everywhere.  My mom made the pillows, too!  She just used some old pillows and recovered them.  Much cheaper than buying new!  

Jewelry as artwork??  Why not?!?!  You'll wear it more if it's out in the open.  That's my take on it anyways.  :)   We bought her two of them from Hobby Lobby at 50% off.

The vanity was my big portion for the room.  Believe it or not, this desk was MY changing table when I was little, then used as a desk in my big girl room, then as our "teacher desk" in our play room.  Now it is a vanity!!  The mirror was found for 5 bucks at a garage sale.  The stool was also 5 bucks at Goodwill.

The desk was time consuming because of the chevron, but so fun to do.  

I really antiqued this one to tone down the yellow.  Even the top is antiqued and distressed.

Here's another pic of the top!

The knobs are my absolutel favorite.  What girl doesn't like bling??

Here's the updated stool with bronzed legs to match the knobs.

My mom and I had so much fun putting this room together.  She (my sister) was quite pleased as well. It is the perfect space for a guest, a place to get ready for the day, as well as a perfect spot for a kitty to lounge.  

I'm still waiting for my sleepover invite!!

Happy Thoughts?
Mal :) 

This DIY does come with some tears.... just to give you a heads up.  The handsome man pictured below was like a brother to me.  He recently passed away from a long, but heroic battle to Cystic Fibrosis.  

Jonny and his family are still very dear and close to my heart.  Even though he is gone; I feel his presence with me every single day.  

I have felt his aura even more lately during this beautiful holiday season.  Christmas was Jonny's favorite holiday ever.  He loved the decorations, time with family, and of course the presents.  Oh and he took pride in making the silliest Christmas cookies in the house.

A few weeks ago, Johnny's mother had asked me to keep my eye out for a "Believe" sign.  I know they are everwhere, but she had her heart set on a certain one that she had seen a while back and could no longer find.  I decided I would try and recreate it!  I was honored to do it.  

It may sound silly, but I really felt like Jon was with me in the room while I did it.  At times I even caught myself smiling just thinking about him.

For the BELIEVE sign I used:

1. Scrap wood
2. White and Red Paint
3. Paint brush (big and small)
4. Vaseline
5. Stencils or cut outs from the computer
6. Sand paper
7. Spray Glitter
8. Spray Polyurethane
9. Hanger

In the first step, I simply sanded the wood, painted the board red, and let it dry.

Step 2 is where I used the Vaseline.  I just put it on the edges and in a few spots where I wanted it to look distressed.  I then covered the red paint with the white paint.  

This is so cool- wherever the Vaseline was placed, the paint did not adhere.  Once both the red and white were dry, I took a paper towel and wiped it down.  The white paint and Vaseline mixture came right off.  Cool huh?  This is a huge secret to distressing.

I traced the letters onto the wood with a pencil.  Easy!

And then I painted inside where I traced with the same red paint.  

I loved the way it turned out, but it was too perfect!  That's where the sandpaper came back in.  I simply let it dry and then sanded with my sand block.  It needed just one more thing... GLITTER!!  I sprayed it with glitter, let it dry, and then sprayed it with polyurethane to seal it.  The next day I put the hanger on the back and that was that!

I know Jonny "believed" in the magic of Christmas.  Do you?

Jonny, I love and miss you.  Sending you lots of hugs and kisses to Heaven.  I know you are with me every single day. 

This is certainly a project anyone can do.  The only thing holding you back would be the super cold weather right now.  I was lucky and had a pretty nice afternoon.  You could spray paint in your garage, but this spray goes everywhere so I don't personally suggest it.

All you need is a tarp, tree, and some spray!

I purchased my tree at Big Lots for 18 bucks.  I removed all of the lights first.  You cannot spray your tree with the lights on or the lights will be turned whatever color you decide to spray your tree.  Next, I sprayed my tree with the "Colortouch Spray" from Michaels.  You have to use this spray.  This is the only spray that will adhere to the needles.  I used two cans to completely cover my 4 foot tree.  Remember less is more when spray painting.  I let it dry overnight.
 As you can see, the spray took very well on my cheapo tree!  I love the way it turned out.  I decided not to put the lights back on because they were white on white and it stuck out like a soar thumb!

Instead, I wrapped my "Grinch" inspired tree with a green feather boa and lights.  It gives it a really cool effect!  Isn't it perfect?  I already had the polka dot ribbon... so I used that for garland.  I bought the funky ornaments at Target and that's all it needed!

There you have it!  This is just one DIY piece in my "Grinch" dining room.  There is more to come.  Stay tuned!!

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