Live Pretty on a Penny: October 2016

Easy DIY Fall Centerpiece with Video Tutorial

Thursday, October 27, 2016

As we near Thanksgiving, centerpieces and tablescapes are perfect for entertaining. I got lots of questions about the centerpiece that I completed for my Fall Home Tour, which shocked me because it was so easy to do! So I put together a quick tutorial on how you can create a similar look on your own.


Quick and Easy DIY Wood Stained Shelves for the Kitchen

Thursday, October 20, 2016



After all teasing on Instagram, I am happy to announce that today is finally the day that I reveal the kitchen shelves! As you know, the kitchen has been a work in progress over the last several months and I am so close to putting all of the final touches in. You saw the reveal of the subway tile and even a full tutorial on how to do it yourself last week,  I am waiting to get my window treatment, and I just installed all of the new hardware. Just a few more little details, and we can call this project DONE!

In the meantime, lets check out the shelves. :)
 

DIY Subway Backsplash- Video Tutorial

Thursday, October 13, 2016



Hey guys and happy Thursday. Which means its almost Friday...which makes me a super happy woman! Thanks so much on all of your kind words regarding the subway tile reveal. Can you believe my husband was initially against it, but as it went up, he loved it just as much. But, we truly love it yall, so thanks for taking the time to check it out.

Ok, enough chat, here is the full video tutorial of how we installed the tile.

DIY Subway Tile Backsplash Reveal!!!

Monday, October 10, 2016




Hey guys and happy reveal day! So if you have followed along for a while, then you know that I have been working on my kitchen for the last few months with some updates to our backsplash, lighting, new countertop, and flooring.

Stained Stair Treads: Before and After

Thursday, October 6, 2016



Yall, my stairs have come a long way. I mean seriously. 20 year old carpet and attempting to update  décor around it definitely don't mix, especially in my case, with two dogs on top of it.

But gone are the days of the ugly carpet and I can finally love on my stained treads that I longed for since I pretty much moved in!

So last year, I posted a 6-month wish list on the blog. You gotta be careful of making wishes because you never know HOW they will come true. Basically from a broken supply line in the master, the old dirty carpet got damaged and had to be replaced. So sad:( Instead of replacing with carpet, we went ahead and got our stained treads done.

If you need a reminder, here is what they used to look like...

Family Room Updates Over the Years

Monday, October 3, 2016

Hey guys and happy Monday!! I hope that you had a fantastic weekend. Thanks so much for all of your kind words in regard to my fall home tour. I loved putting it together, and loved sharing it with you all even more. 

 My weekend was spent trying to get my house in order for Fall. Basically I cleaned and prepared for my yard sale next weekend. If you are in Atlanta, stop by!

Any who, as I was cleaning my family room I couldn't help but think about it has evolved over the last five years. It's amazing how one's style can change, and this is a lesson...if you feel like you are decorating and can't quite figure out what you like, give it some time. It will come to you.  


Here is our family room on the day we moved in... September 2011

The fireplace was burned, and the paint color was not my taste.