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learning to decorate with confidence and create a home you love

learning to decorate with confidence and create a home you love


Learn the basics to decorate with confidence and create a home you love.  | www.andersonandgrant.com



Our homes can say a lot about us.  They are an incredible form of self-expression and creating that home is a very personal process.  Whether you are single or married, with kids or living in an empty nest, dwelling in a country farmhouse or an apartment in a bustling city, you want your home to be your safe place.....your sanctuary.  It is your haven away from work and the troubles of the world.  And it should be filled with things that inspire you, remind you of happy moments, and bring you peace.  Where you live should look and feel like somewhere you can't wait to return to.

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making a wood bead garland out of a thrift store bracelet

making a wood bead garland out of a thrift store bracelet


This easy tutorial will teach you to create a stylish wood bead garland to decorate your home.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



It has become very popular to use strings of wood beads in vignettes around the home.  Whether they are draped over a stack of books, falling out of a decorative bowl, or wrapped around the neck of a large glass jar, these bead garlands add texture and movement to any display.  You've likely seen them being used in your favorite blogs, magazines, or even the Pottery Barn catalog.
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how to choose a perfectly ripe melon

how to choose a perfectly ripe melon


Find out what you should look and smell for when shopping for a 
watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew melon this summer.


Is picking out a ripe watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew a hard job for you?  Check out this post filled with all the tips you need for choosing the perfect melon.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



One of the biggest dilemmas that you may be encountering this summer is how to choose a perfectly ripe melon at your local grocery store or farmer's market.  It is impossible to know what the fruit will be like when you cut into it, right?


There is nothing more disappointing that getting home with what you think is a perfectly ripe watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew, only to find that it is under or overripe....or worse yet, no good at all.  Sometimes you may feel like you just need to cross your fingers and hope for the best as you add the fruit to your cart!

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the simple tip that will have you arranging flowers like a pro

the simple tip that will have you arranging flowers like a pro


There is one simple idea to remember when putting flowers in a vase, and it will easily 
take your arrangement from looking basic to professional.....no formal education required.



Learn one simple tip that will take your flower arrangements from looking basic to professional, even if you think you don't have flower arranging skills.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



It seems like peony fever has hit Instagram once again this June.  You'd swear that just about everyone has fields of these gorgeous blossoms outside of their home.


Seeing them always makes me want to go out and cut a few of my own for an arrangement.    They are a flower that can pretty much stand on their own whether as a single bloom in a tiny vessel or amassed together as a bouquet.
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successfully grow shrubs and bushes in containers....even if you don't have a green thumb

successfully grow shrubs and bushes in containers....even if you don't have a green thumb


Faux shrubs and bushes are a great alternative to the real thing when planted in pots and containers for your porch.  Learn where to find these plants and how to make them look as real as possible to easily enhance your home's curb appeal.


Faux shrubs and bushes are a great alternative to the real thing when planted in pots and containers for your porch.  Learn where to find these plants and how to make them look as real as possible to easily enhance your home's curb appeal.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



An easy and cost effective way to add curb appeal to your front entryway is through planting flowers and shrubs on your porch.  Flowers add color and variety, while growing things like arborvitae or boxwood in containers adds natural beauty year round and creates height in your plantings.


But bushes and shrubs can be tricky to keep alive and thriving in containers.  These living things need adequate water and light in order to look their best.  And if there is anything worse than no curb appeal, it is curb appeal that looks like it hasn't been taken care of.

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start your morning right and prepare for a great day

start your morning right and prepare for a great day


The way that you begin your morning has an incredible impact on how you feel and what you can accomplish during the day.  
These seven tips will set you up for a calm and efficient start. 






More than ever, people seem stressed out and moving at mach speed before the day even gets going.  And as Emily Ley points out in her book Grace, Not Perfection , "The way you begin your day sets the stage for the rest of your day."  If your morning is rushed and scattered, your day likely will feel the same way.  And that could be one reason why many of us collapse into bed at night wondering where the day went and what we actually accomplished.






Since the beginning of the year, I've been trying to find ways to add a little more calm to my morning and ease into the day in front of me.  And honestly, it is making such a difference in my attitude, work ethic, motivation, and the mindset that I bring to the problems that may arise.


Couldn't we all use a little more of that in a day?
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updating a worn thrift store bowl

updating a worn thrift store bowl


A worn out thrift store bowl is given a distressed farmhouse style makeover.


See how a worn out bowl purchased for $3 at the thrift store is given a farmhouse style makeover with paint and antiquing wax.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com


I have a super easy before and after to share with you today!  As you may know, I'm all about painting thrift store finds and normally turn to white as my color of choice.  But today's technique could be applied to any "carved" item in whatever color fits with your style.  There are some metal ceiling tiles or wood candlesticks out there just calling your name.

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