DIY Home Projects

Weekend Reading 11.19.23 | Centsational Style

We’re in full preparations for hosting Thanksgiving and I’m off to buy the staples and pick up the turkey tomorrow. We took on two home improvement projects last week, having the gutters and eaves and shutters of our house painted before the rains come. We...

Simple Holiday DIY: Picture Frame Boughs

Thanksgiving week greetings! We’re baking pies and brining the bird and in between we’re decking the halls. We still don’t have our tree but I’ve been adding touches of faux greenery here and there. These picture frame boughs are an easy way to add bits...

Gift Ideas from Small Businesses

I’ve enjoyed a few days off with family visiting from all over since we hosted the big feast this year. We said goodbye to everyone this morning and it was nice to take time away from work and projects to enjoy the Thanksgiving week with...

DIY: Hand Painted Ceramic Ornaments

I’ve been busy this week preparing for the Holiday Bazaar I’m participating in this weekend. In addition to holiday prints and ceramics I made a few ornaments to sell as well. I made ceramic state ornaments (similar to these) at my local clay studio in...

Wine on the Walls | Centsational Style

Whenever I consider a dark tone paint color, my eye always goes straight to the olive green or slate blue families. Rarely do I consider a dark red or deep burgundy as a color to layer on walls, but that’s a personal preference. I will...

The Art of Ikebana | Centsational Style

I’m always intrigued when I see creative artistic expression in forms unfamiliar to me. Last week, I was browsing Pinterest and happened across a series of floral arrangements in the Japanese style of ikebana. Ikebana dates back many centuries in Japan. It is the meditative...

Weekend Reading 10.15.23 | Centsational Style

Wow it was a hard week of processing the news, it’s a heartbreaking situation happening in the middle east. It’s difficult to focus on decorating and blogging when so many people are suffering in that part of the world. What did make me feel good...

Autumn in Amsterdam | Centsational Style

The Dutch are proud of their botanicals, their world famous tulips are not only a major export but bring crowds of visitors to their country to see them in bloom each spring. I decided to visit in the fall instead and arrived by train in...