The Search For the Perfect Rug

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Has this ever happened to you? You determine that a certain room in your home requires a specific piece of furniture or decorative item.  Immediately, you drive, skip merrily or sashay down the street to your favorite housewares store.  Within seconds of entering the establishment, you find the exact item you were looking for.  It is one-of-a-kind, deeply discounted and simply fabulous.  You bring the item home and it looks absolutely perfect. … [Read more...]

Floral Arranging For the Non-Florist

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Flowers, florals, beautiful blooms. Whatever the moniker, these lovely gifts of nature are able to bring life, color and little pops of happiness into our homes. A few years ago, I brought home a bouquet of flowers from the supermarket.  For no specific reason in particular.  Perhaps I was dabbling in the fantasy that I was a cool, well-dressed New Yorker, strolling down the streets of Manhattan and picking up my weekly bouquet of fresh … [Read more...]

Design Crush: Half Baked Harvest

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One of my favorite visual treats is to peruse the lovely content from Half Baked Harvest. Beautifully styled eats in incredibly gorgeous photographs. Who could ask for more in a food blog? Tieghan, the young visionary, baker, stylist and photographer of Half Baked Harvest, has a genuine talent for creating visual works of art.  She has the ability to elevate each recipe she crafts into something truly amazing. I made her recipe for … [Read more...]

Valentine Pretzel Treats

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Valentine Pretzel Treats. Today as I strolled through the supermarket, casually tossing items into my shopping cart while attempting to remember the lyrics to the newest song of that artist whose name I can't recall, I came upon a delightful display of pink confections. Since another consumer-driven holiday filled with sweets, treats and goodies was just around the corner, the store was definitely working overtime at meeting its quota of … [Read more...]

Design Crush: Bliss At Home

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A few months ago, the lovely and talented Kristin from Bliss At Home, gave her son's bedroom a makeover. But not just any old makeover. An utterly fantastic, hand-clapping and cheering loudly makeover. Absolutely perfect for a young boy. An art desk in the closet, cool wall treatment, lounge area and of course, a magnificent indoor teepee.  Kristin worked closely with her son in designing and selecting all the items for the space. … [Read more...]

Easy Valentine Garland

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Easy Valentine Garland  I'm definitely a fan of over-the-top decorating. Pile on the glitz and the glam.  The more, the merrier. But every once in a while, something simple does the trick. A mini heart garland.  Perfect for a little pop of Valentine color. Now, I actually made this garland a few years ago.  (Tutorial here.)   But it's back again and ready to celebrate.  With the season of love and overindulging oneself with … [Read more...]

Hello, Spring Mantel!

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Hello, again! After a two month hiatus, Charming Zebra is back and ready to dive headlong into a creative pool of design, decor and DIY. Luckily, no awkward bikini photos were snapped, just a fresh take on a Spring Mantel. The decor cost me a total of zero additional dollars, since I only used items I already had on hand. I simply gathered together terracotta pots from former projects and filled them with my favorite faux … [Read more...]

Christmas Mantel: 2014

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. With baubles and balls, snowflakes and lights. I decided to go with a garland for the holiday mantel decor this year.  It started out looking like an extension of the Christmas tree with the same ribbon, snowflakes and silver ornaments.  I then added pink and red balls to punch it up a bit. For the top of the mantel, I ended up using what I already had on hand.  I try to incorporate the … [Read more...]

Christmas Tree 2014: A Column of Silvery Sparkle

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The first day of December has finally rolled in. Blustery, windy and cold. The perfect wintry weather to reveal my Christmas tree for 2014.  (Despite the fact that I've had it up and decorated since before Thanksgiving.) A bit of shimmer, glimmer, sparkle and shine. A little silver, white and a touch of snow. Each year, I plan a different design, color and theme for the tree.  (Here is a peek at last year's Pink … [Read more...]

An Ugly Christmas Sweater Party is a Real Thing

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*The embellishments of my ugly Christmas sweater are part of a paid campaign with I Love To Create and Blueprint Social. The Ugly Christmas Sweater party, reality or myth? Just this last weekend, I was talking to another soccer mom after the last game of the regular season and she mentioned throwing a Christmas party for the soccer team.  I immediately piped up with,  "It should be an Ugly Christmas Sweater party!"  She didn't say anything … [Read more...]

Autumn Tablescape: Flinging Pumpkins

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Autumn Tablescape. Lately, I've had a bit of an orange crush. Bright pumpkins and gourds in shades of persimmon, mango and tangerine. For the last few Autumns, it was all about pale pumpkins.  Washed-out, pretty pastels. Creams and whites were in, while any gourd sporting the unfortunate classic shade of orange was shamefully banished. But this Fall, the color orange is back with a vengeance and has become the perfect foil for an … [Read more...]

Style Zebra: Sephora Favorites Makeup Must-haves

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Usually upon perusing a DIY and home decor blog... may expect to find, well, DIY and home decor. But what about makeup?  Glimmery, shimmery, velvety makeup. And although home decor continues to have my blogging heart, I do happen to love all things cosmetic as well. So when I came across a wonderful makeup deal at Sephora yesterday, I just had to share. A collection of Makeup Must-haves beauty essentials.  Retailing at $145, … [Read more...]

DIY Faves That Have Packed a Lasting Punch

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Last night as I was finishing my extremely lengthy skin care routine, I happened to glance over at my necklace rack.   It has faithfully kept my necklaces untangled, organized and in line, but yet I have barely given it a second thought. Over the past few years, there have been some DIY projects that have exceeded expectations. Most have been small and simple (like the unnoticed necklace rack), but have packed a lasting punch. So here … [Read more...]

All Things Windows


This whole week, Remodelaholic has been going crazy with all things windows. So many wonderful tutorials, tips and tricks. And today, I'm joining in the fun by sharing my tutorial for a Super Easy No Sew Blind.  And here is a little secret:  It's hung with magnets! So be sure to pop on over to Remodelaholic for the full tutorial. Have a wonderful weekend! ~Gina … [Read more...]

When Your DIY is a Big, Fat Failure

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On DIY/ Home decor blogs, there is a tendency to show only pretty, fully completed projects. The successful ones.  The ones to inspire.  Because that's sort of the point, isn't it? But what about all the failures?  The mistakes?  The learning curve when trying something new? Doing It Yourself sometimes means lots of redos, readjustments and a bit of frustration.  And sometimes it ends up being just a big old mess.  An impossible failure. … [Read more...]