Outdoor Fall Decorating

The air is getting cooler, there is pot roast in the oven, I am dressing in layers, and there’s football on TV, must mean one thing…Fall is here!! And I love decorating for Fall! Well I love decorating period but Fall is so much fun too! Life has been pretty busy lately so I haven’t had a ton of time to decorate but now that I’m back into the rhythm of school and wedding season is starting to slow down I’m hoping to have more time to do some things around the house.  The one thing I did manage to get accomplished was adding some Fall flare to the front of the house.  I’ve always wanted a porch to decorate and now that I have one I certainly didn’t hold back! I was determined to have corn husks and hay stacks! Of course pumpkins and mums had to be in the equation but I was dead set on those corn husks. I was able to get a hold of all of it and I’m so happy with how it turned out.  The before shot was nothing but an empty space. There is no way it will go back to being so bare so even when the season/holidays are over there will certainly be something there to give it some pizzaz.  I also ordered a new light because well the one that was there was just way too old and it was time for an update. 


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Oh sweet stone mold how I loathe you! I’m hoping with the cold weather it will go away but if not you’ll find me out there scrubbing with some bleach.

And now for the Fall transformation!


I mixed some white and orange pumpkins with the hay stacks.  I also purchased one of those carveable pumpkins from Michaels and went to town on it.DSC_0453DSC_0449DSC_0451

The other side is full of mums. I used some left over wine crates I had from my cousins shower to help elevate some of the pots.


I even added a few pumpkins on the stairs leading to the front.


The front turned out exactly how I envisioned it and looks equally as pretty once the sun goes down.



We are both obsessed with how the hammered glass on the new light reflects on the house!


As far as the inside goes I’m slowly putting some Fall touches here and there and will hopefully have a post on that soon as well as my Fall wreath! In the meantime here is a sneak peek…

FacetuneFor some more Fall decor ideas don’t forget to check out the tab at the top of the page! 


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{Here Comes The Bride} Wedding Day Sign

Two weekends ago my cousin bit the dust and got married! Her wedding was so beautiful and so much fun! She had reached out to me and asked “Do you think you can make me a sign for one of the little boys to hold going down the aisle?” Of course I said, “I DO!”

This was a simple project that turned out super cute!! She wanted the sign to say “Uncle Frankie, Here Comes Your Bride.” To accomplish this I grabbed a wooden plaque from Michaels, a blue paint pen, a black paint pen (ended up using a Sharpie because the pen exploded), a cream acrylic paint, a brown stamp pad, and ribbon that matched the bridal party’s dresses.

{DIY} Here Comes The Bride Sign

I started by printing out the wording that I wanted to fit the plaque and then arranged the words on top.

IMG_5019 Next, using a pencil tip, I traced over the words with some pressure so that it would leave a crease in the wood.


IMG_5021Since I was going to be painting the wood I didn’t want to lose the wording so I went over it in pencil after tracing it and then started painting.


Once it was all painted I took a black sharpie and went over all the words except for bride which I used a blue paint pen for (you could use a blue sharpie as well.)


To give the wood an antique look I used a dry paint brush and a stamp pad.


Last but not least I stapled blue ribbon to the back of the sign.  Love the turnout!

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Photography By Alfonso

DIY Shoe Organization

Happy Monday everyone! Today marks one of the last Mondays before I head back to work and let me tell you I am not ready for summer to be over! I usually hit a point where I’m ready to get back to my normal routine but not this year. I want summer to go on forever! So while I sit here and cry about it I figured I’d share a super easy and functional project I did a little while ago. A few months ago I was at my cousins house and had my mind blown when I looked into her closet and saw her shoes hanging from the wall off of a curtain rod. I mean a screwed into the wall curtain rod that held shoes? Genius! Here’s a photo of what it looked like just to give you a visual (this is a picture found online, not from her closet!)

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When I was working on putting one of my closets together I bought some shoe cubbies but found that I had some empty space that wasn’t big enough to put another cubbie. I didn’t want the space to go to waste so I took a cue from my cousin and rather than drilling curtain rods into the wall I went out and grabbed some tension rods. I had the thought of staggering them to hold my shoes. Here is the space I had…


I bought 4 tension rods for the project.  I recommend measuring the width of the space you have when choosing tension rods since they come in a variety of sizes. I got mine at Target for about $4 each.


I started by placing the first rod as high as I could. I stuck it between the end of the shoe cubby and the wall. 


Next, I took one of my shoes and rested the heel on the rod and looked to see where the front of the shoe would sit. Once I did that I placed the other rod to hold the shoe up.


You could just put up the rods and have the heels hang like in that first picture (mimicking what my cousin also does) but the reason I chose to do it this way is because come Fall I may want to switch out these shoes and I own a lot of wedges that won’t hang and will need the front support. 

Here is how they turned out after I added the second row and the shoes!


Here are the shoe cubbies (Container Store


And the closet as a whole..


The shelves were already there.  I just moved them around to fit my needs and added the two hanging rods.  It still looks a little sparse but a majority of my clothes are still in boxes! I took out my summer essentials but before I know it Fall will be here and this whole closet will have to change again to fit those clothes! By the way those clear front containers are sold at Container Store but I found mine at Home Goods for much cheaper!

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I also added a string of rope light inside all around the door to give the closet light at night. I attached it to a remote so I only have to push a button to turn it on! 


Anyone else have unused closet space that could house some shoes?



Pantry Organization II

Operation organization is in full swing! One of the first rooms that I started working on was the kitchen.  I love to cook and I spend a good amount of time in the kitchen so I wanted to start integrating my things.  The first portion of the kitchen I wanted to work on was the pantry.  I knew there was going to be a lot of purging…I wasn’t aware of how much purging there was going to be! Here is the before shot:

Pantry MakeoverLooks like your typical pantry…stuffed! I worked shelf by shelf going through all the products and seeing what could be kept and what was getting tossed.  There were a ton of expired products in there! Of course there were a few products that made their way to the back and haven’t seen the light of day for…well let’s do the math…

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 1997-2014…17 years. Yup, scary stuff! 

So I went through and divided up what was staying and what was going. Here is the going pile:

Pantry MakeoverAnd the stay pile:

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Once everything was out, I wiped down each shelf and lined them all with shelf liners.


The next step was taking all of my things and adding them to the pile and then putting them in the pantry.  With the use of baskets and canisters I decided to assign each shelf a purpose. Here is the after! 

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The first shelf is all canned goods and condiment products. The second shelf is all pasta/grains.

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For the third shelf I placed all baking supplies there. And the last shelf is cereals, snacks, and a few boxed products like crackers and extras. The canisters are all from Ikea and the majority of the baskets were from Michaels that I already had. 

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One jar of Nutella is never enough! 

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And who doesn’t love a snack basket?

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So there you have it, all OCD’d out! Just how I like it!

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And believe it or not this makeover took place awhile ago (hence the peonies in that one shot, oh how I miss you!) and this photo above was taken just yesterday! Just goes to show if you have a home for everything it makes it so much easier to keep it organized! 

And here are some before and after shots of all the cabinets that hold the dishes and pots/pans. There were a ton of things that were super old and have made their way to the yard sale pile!
















The kitchen still needs a lot of work but I think it’s one of those spaces where a few little updates will make a huge impact for the time/money being! Here is what the space currently looks like:


My ideas consist of 

-removing the paneling

-getting rid of the yellow paint 

-adding a backsplash 

-changing the countertop (maybe Rustoleums Granite Kit?)

-replace the kitchen chairs! 

-redoing the kitchen table 

-change the molding around the sliding doors

-new stove!! 

See just a few changes haha! I mean if I had all the money in the world that list could go on and on but for now small steps! 


Laundry Closet Makeover

Hi guys! As promised, I’m back today to share the laundry room makeover!  I’m a little obsessed over how the space turned out! The washer and dryer sit in a closet behind two bi-fold doors.  I knew immediately that this space needed some freshening up so I got right to it! The before shot is pretty grainy (iphone) but there are plenty in process ones.

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So as you can see there are pipes and wires that are exposed behind the machines and my immediate idea was to cover those.  There is also a shelf above the machines which I was hoping to paint but after taking a closer look they were pretty warped and gross so they needed to be replaced.  

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There is also a chute that drops clothes from upstairs (love that!) so a basket for underneath to catch the clothes was a must. I began by taking everything off and clearing the space to be painted. That meant wiping down and vacuuming.

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Laundry Room MakeoverNext I got to painting.  I used Benjamin Moore’s Snowfall White in matte. If you think the walls were already white, don’t be fooled.  Here’s a shot proving that wrong! Laundry Room Makeover

After painting the space I went out to Home Depot and bought some new pine to replace the old wood shelf. The shelf was 23 inches deep so it was recommended that I use two pieces which was fine with me since the existing shelf came in two pieces as well.  I used the old shelf to draw out where my cut had to be for the dryer vent and then I used a jigsaw to cut it out.  Once that was done I painted them nice and white using the same paint.

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Laundry Room MakeoverThe part that I painted white is actually going to be the bottom of the shelf.  For the top I wanted to lay something down that would protect it and make it easy to clean if any detergent happens to spill so I bought shelf liners.  Since I would be pulling baskets on and off the shelf I needed the liner to stick so I used a little bit of spray adhesive to hold it in place.

Laundry Room MakeoverLaundry Room MakeoverThe next step was hiding the pipes.  The width of the space was about 64″ so I had the idea of putting up a tension rod and using a curtain. I happen to have a panel available that I planned on using so that I wouldn’t have to buy a new panel but it only opened up 54″.  ARG! I realized at this point that the average curtain opens to 54″ so buying a different one wouldn’t work but you know what opens even wider? Shower curtains! I ran out to Target and purchased a curtain and then using some heat and bond created a loop to run the rod through.

Laundry Room MakeoverOnce that was complete I hung it up and popped the shelves in.

Laundry Room MakeoverThe last thing that needed to be done was replacing the light.  The one that was there was a simple light bulb.

Laundry Room MakeoverWhen I was in HD I grabbed a pendent kit and glass pendant.  I’ve replaced lights before and thought it would be a breeze this time, you know, white with white, black with black.  Well not so much.  When I opened the light up there were so many wires that we had a friend of ours come and hook it up.  I was not about to burn the house down! 

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So much better! Ok now before we get to the final reveal let’s take another look at that before shot shall we…

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And now the after!

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Whaaat! Pretty crazy right? It just goes to show what a big difference just a few updates can make to a space! 

As far as sources go the “Laundry” sign and dark basket holding the detergents are from Home Goods and the laundry basket is from T.J. Maxx. I purchased the frame on the wall from Michael’s and made the “wash, dry, fold” signs on Print Shop.  The shelf liner is from Home Depot.

I have totally found myself looking for anything and everything to wash just to hang out in this spot! Do you guys have any spaces that can use a facelift? 



Cleaning Your Washing Machine

Every once in awhile we have to take some time to clean the thing that cleans things. For instance a vacuum cleaner needs to be emptied and a dishwasher may need some scrubbing. Another machine that can use some cleaning is a washing machine! When I moved in and started doing my laundry I noticed that the machine #1. smelled a little funky and #2. was dirty.  I couldn’t fathom how a dirty washing machine was going to make my clothes clean so I went ahead and cleaned the thing that cleans things.

Cleaning Your Washing Machine I Made2StyleCleaning Your Washing Machine I Made2StyleCleaning Your Washing Machine I Made2StyleIt’s pretty easy for washing machines to get to this point if you don’t maintain it so if you have this same problem then just follow these simple steps. All you need is Chlorine Bleach to help sanitize and White Vinegar to deodorize.

1. Fill the machine with hot water. Add 4 cups of chlorine bleach and let it agitate for 10 minutes. Then let the water sit for 1 hour.

2. After the hour, run the machine on the longest wash and spin cycle.

3. Once it is empty, fill the machine with hot water again. Add 4 cups of white vinegar. Agitate for 10 minutes then grab a rag or sponge and wipe down the machine. You can try to remove the middle piece and clean that out as well. Once you’ve cleaned every crevice allow the water to sit for an hour.

4. After the hour, run the longest wash and spin cycle.

That should help make it look and smell like new! It certainly did for me!

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The machines not only smell much better but the clothes smell so good now! You know, like detergent!

Now once the machines were all cleaned I took a look around and realized they weren’t the only thing within that space that needed some cleaning.  The machines sit in a closet and let’s just say that the space has seen better days. I decided to give the entire closet a little facelift! I’ll be sharing the transformation tomorrow so be sure to come back to check it out! For now I’ll leave you with a before shot as I was beginning the process! 

Laundry Room Makeover



Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream Sauce

It’s no secret that I enjoy cooking. I also really really enjoy eating. I have always been a meat and potatoes kinda girl and I love when the Fall swings around and the meals get really hearty but I also love the light fun cooking that takes place in the summer! A few weeks ago I made some chicken tacos in the crockpot (super easy!) It got me thinking about how I would love to try shrimp tacos.  Well let me tell you I am so happy that I did because these tacos are BOMB (that’s what the kids are saying these days right?) I went on Pinterest looking for a good recipe and true to form I found a bunch that I really liked and took ingredients from one recipe for one part and other ingredients from another to create the tacos.  I like to think that there are 3 flavor boosters in this dish and when you bit into it you will get an explosion in your mouth…no joke, it’s that good! 

Shrimp Tacos I Made2StyleI started with marinating the shrimp. Flavor booster #1

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream Sauce

Then I prepared the chipotle cream sauce. Flavor booster #2

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream SauceAnd then the fixings. I cut up some lettuce, I would normally recommend red cabbage for the crunch factor but I just used red leaf. I also chopped up some tomatoes. The last fixing is flavor booster #3. I cut up 2 avocados into cubes and then drenched them in lime juice and added 2 tbsp of chopped cilantro. YUM

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream Sauce Once all that is done just cook your shrimp in a skillet until it turns pink and put your tacos together. I’m telling you each bite will have you saying OMG. You’ll start talking like Giada being all “the bite from the shrimp paired with the heat from the sauce…” haha! So yeah, you’ve got to give this recipe a shot and you’ll have plenty of the chipotle sauce leftover to add to all kinds of dishes. Maybe even a dip for some sweet potato fries? Oh man, now I need to make sweet potato fries! 

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream SauceIf you’re on Instagram you can follow me at Cindy_Made2Style and check out the hashtag #M2Sinthekitchen for some dish ideas! If there is anything you want me to share a recipe on just let me know! You can also check out the recipe tab at the top of the page for more M2S recipes! Enjoy guys ;)