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Numbered Dining Chairs – Take Two!

One of the best ways to update your home on a budget is to change up what you already own.  After all, why spend money on something new if you can make what you already own feel new?!  This could mean simply rearranging things to give the room a fresh feel, painting items to update their look, repurposing an item for a different use, or embellishing something to give it a new look.  {You can read more about how to use what you already own HERE}


Today’s post focuses on embellishing, and more specifically, an easy way to update your dining chairs like I did with my numbered chairs.  BONUS! There’s a fun giveaway for you at the end of this post!



My dining chairs are the Vintage French Round chairs in Sand Belgian Linen from RH.  To be honest, though, you can now get almost identical ones from World Market at a fraction of the price.  Anyway, the backs of the chairs are plain.

Restoration Hardware Vintage French Round Side Chair


About three years ago, I came across these wooden numbers at Michael’s and decided to add them to the backs of my chairs to give them a more unique, custom look.  This option worked out great for a while, but unfortunately, the pieces were just too tempting to my littlest one, who liked to pull them off and rearrange them.  Eventually, they broke and since they were a seasonal item, I couldn’t easily replace them.  At less than $1.00 per chair, though, this is a very budget-friendly option.  {You can read more about this update HERE.}



Recently, I decided to give vinyl decals a try and reached out to Miranda at Stone Creek Wall Decals to see if she could custom make some numbers for me.  As it turns out, the vinyl decals are proving to be a great option for updating chairs!  On fabric, they don’t stick as well as they would on a solid surface, but they certainly stick enough to keep them securely in place.  And what’s even better {at least for me} is that they aren’t permanent, so I can change up the design from time to time.


Aren’t these cute?!






The decals I asked for include an “N” and “O” that are 2″ tall, along with numbers 1-6 that are 4″ tall in a matte dark brown color.

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Vinyl numbers from Stone Creek Wall Decals


Since I was applying them to fabric, not a solid surface, I couldn’t follow the instructions exactly as provided.  Instead, here’s what I did:


 1.  Find the horizontal center of the chair and then measure down vertically from the top of the chair for where you want to place the TOP of the decal and mark it with white chalk or painter’s tape. {This allows you to have two hands free when working with the decal.  For reference, I measured down 5″ from the top on my chairs.}



2.  Rub over entire decal with a credit card, popsicle stick, hand, etc.

3.  Peel off the backing of the decal.

4.  Align the top of the decal itself {not the top of the transfer tape} with the mark you’ve made and press the decal firmly to the fabric.

5.  This step is the trickiest.  Peeling away the transfer tape is a bit challenging because the decal wants to go with the tape instead of sticking to the fabric, so I found it was easier to tear the transfer tape away in sections.


6.  Repeat steps 1-5 for all other chairs to ensure that your decals are aligned similarly from one chair to the next.

7.  Sit back and admire your handywork!

Alternatively, you could just peel off each piece of the decal from the backing and place each individual letter/number on the chair backs.  I wanted to keep the exact spacing and alignment as they were when delivered to me, which is why I didn’t go this route.


Using vinyl decals to embellish chairs gives infinite possibilities, whether you want to add writing, designs, or even use the decal for a pop of color.  A smaller version of this would be cute on chairs with just the first letter of your family’s last name.

Stone Creek Wall Decals Family Decal


This design {smaller and with just the initial} would also be cute on chairs, don’t you think?

Stone Creek Wall Decals Name Decal


You could also do holiday-themed decals for a really fun look!  Or you can request custom designs to match your decor.  Infinite possibilities…


Win a set for your home!

Here’s the good news.  Miranda created a listing specific to these numbers in case you want to order them for your own home!  You can find the listing {HERE}.  Also, I asked if she’d be willing to provide a complimentary set to give away to one lucky reader and she was kind enough to do so!

You can win a FREE set by using the Rafflecopter form below.  Simply log in with your email address {so that I can contact you if you win} and then choose one {or all three} of the options to enter!  One winner will be chosen at random on April 26th.  {See additional terms and conditions on Rafflecopter.} Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Even if you don’t win, you can still purchase this set directly from Stone Creek Wall Decals by clicking {HERE}.  If you don’t use them for chairs, I think they would also be cute to number cabinets, doors, or even on stair risers!



Good luck and if you purchase these from Miranda, please send pics of how you use them in your home!

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P.S. – This is NOT a sponsored post, I’m just sharing something I love with you in hopes you love it, too! :)

A Simple Spring Dining Table

Today I’m finally sharing with you a first look at some of the updates I’ve done to our home in the past year, starting with the dining room.

Are you ready for a Spring tour?


I wanted to create a simple spring table idea and this year, I decided my color du jour would be purple.  I don’t usually decorate for spring with typical Easter items, like bunnies and eggs, because they can’t really be used year-round and I prefer to own things that I can use any time of the year (Christmas and Halloween excluded, of course, because those are my kids’ favorite holidays).



I created a flower arrangement in purple, green, and white using stock, hydrangeas, and roses.  One main arrangement sits in a pitcher in the center of the table, with some ironstone sugar pots holding smaller arrangements.  And note that a bread board isn’t just for the kitchen!  It can also serve as a great base (or anchor) for a centerpiece, especially when you want to break up the look of white on white.



Don’t underestimate grocery store flowers, as they are often as nice as those found at a florist, but at a fraction of the price!   To get some tips on making the most of store-bought flowers, check out {this post}.



I used my everyday plates {from Target} and because they’re white, they coordinate with everything, no matter what color scheme I decide to use {just one of the reasons I have an affinity for white dishes}.  I had my heart set on using purple flowers in the centerpiece, but didn’t own any other purple items, so the one thing I bought for this tablescape was a set of these cute checked napkins to tie the look together.  {You can find them on Amazon HERE}



I tied the flatware together with some twine, just to do something a little different than a typical place setting.



For no real reason other than to add a little green to the table to balance out the purple, I stacked some limes in another ironstone pot.  I tend to like using natural elements, like fruits, nuts, pinecones, or flowers as “filler” along the table because they help to add dimension and texture and lessen the rigid formality of centerpieces.  Adding these unexpected items is a great way to create a unique look for your table!



Some of your might notice that this room has undergone some changes since I last photographed it (although that hutch has yet to be painted!).  Stay tuned to find out exactly what changes have been made, along with a source list.





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I hope you enjoyed the tour and can use some of these ideas in your own homes!


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Decorating: When Good Enough is Enough

Let it be known that when it comes to decorating, sometimes, good enough is enough!!

I was reminded of this concept as I sat in the ever-darkening evening light on Saturday frantically trying to compare various shades of white so that I could pick just the perfect white for my baseboards and door casings that will soon be installed.  This was of course after I had dragged the family around for an hour from paint store to paint store so that I could pick up swatches from each major brand of paint because of course, each one had a different set of whites from which to choose!  Kelly Moore’s Swiss Coffee? Or maybe Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee? What about Simply White or White Dove?  Decorator’s White looks nice, too and the name sounds promising, doesn’t it?!



Each white has a different undertone and would give a different look and feel depending on what I chose so I had to make the right choice!  As I sat in the dying light holding up one paint swatch after another, it hit me….this wasn’t fun.  And worse yet, the stress I felt was of my own creation.  Up until that day, I had always been happy with Kelly Moore’s Swiss Coffee and the way it looked in my home.  So if I was happy, what compelled me to think I needed to look at ALL the whites and make sure it was just the perfect one for me?  I liked Swiss Coffee and sometimes, isn’t good enough good enough?!?!

When I was little, my dad brought home a training video his work had provided about the differences between men and women in business.  I don’t remember the story exactly but the premise goes something like this:

Kill the Little Black Dress

A husband and wife go shopping for a black dress the wife needs to wear to an event.  At the first store, they immediately find a black dress that fits perfectly and looks nice on her.  The husband {foolishly} thinks their shopping trip is over!  They came, they saw, they conquered, right?  Wrong!  The wife likes the black dress but wonders if it’s the perfect dress.  Might there be another dress out there that is better than the one she found?  So she continues searching for hours at various stores trying on dress after dress to find just the perfect choice.  For the husband, his mission was to Kill the Little Black Dress.  For the wife, she needed to see all the choices available and compare each one before making a final decision.

And this was exactly what I was doing Saturday night…  I was comparing all the shades of white when really, I should have just Killed the White Trim!  I love decorating but even I have my limits.  Yes, often times my limit is dictated by budget, sometimes space, but one limit that is often overlooked is just the basic idea that sometimes, good enough is enough!!  When it comes to your home, it doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be trendy, it doesn’t have to look like a magazine, it just has to feel like you.


With the internet and sites like Pinterest, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and perhaps a bit envious.  Never before have we been able to so easily see what others have! And because I feel a bit hypocritical since I always show you pretty pictures of my home, let me be honest.  I have kids, a dog, a cat, and birds.  My house is NEVER clean except for when I’m photographing.  And even then, only the room I’m photographing is clean!  I don’t live in a magazine.  I live in a home with my family and our home is our sanctuary, sometimes clean and pretty, but often messy and disorganized in the chaos of daily life with kids who have busy schedules.  And I wouldn’t change it for anything.  This is my reality…after all, why should a guest room sit pretty and empty when according to my daughter and her friends, it makes the perfect fort!



Just remember that decorating should be fun.  Be yourself, decorate with things YOU love and accept the fact that sometimes, good enough is enough.


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