Wall Mounted Pencil Sharpener

Happy Labor Day weekend, everybody.  You know what that means… BACK TO SCHOOL.  I have mixed feeling about that.  Sad, happy, excited, sad again.  Mostly, I get sad.  I love having our girls home over Summer break, and I will miss them. Looking back on Summer while we were up North renting a get-a-way, I…

Affordable Fall Home Decor

Is it time to get your fuzzy slippers out for Fall cozy nights?  Well, I wouldn’t go quite that far, but we are heading that way again, aren’t we?  This Summer has flown by faster than a squirrel chasing his best friend!  So, with that being said, the 10 of us from the All Things…

Cottages & Bungalows Fall Home Tour

It was the week before Thanksgiving 2015 and I received an e-mail from the editor of Cottages & Bungalows.  Her name is Jickie Torres & wow is she a sweet lady (and yes it is spelled with an i).  She’s very pretty & smart, too.  You’ll see her photo on the inside cover when you…

DIY Wood Window Flower Box

We have this really pretty window on the left side of our house that is actually the window over our master bathroom tub.  Our cat, Sylvia LOVES it there and spends a lot of time there waiting for her friend to come over from across the street.  True story!  The only thing is, it was…

Salt & Pepper Shelf

There I am every morning in my skivvies, at my stovetop, cooking my fried egg.  About 1/4 of the way through, I look at the egg and it looks very unfinished.  Without even thinking about it, I open the cabinet to the right of our cooktop, and I grab one of which seems to be…

Vintage Picnic Basket Centerpiece

Vintage Picnic Basket Centerpiece Remember the days when picnics were packed inside picnic baskets like this one?  Fried chicken… potato salad…  raspberry pie…? Well, to be totally honest, I don’t remember it either, but I think there was a time when folks did things with out plastic coolers, right?  It sounds lovely, but we better…

Garden Lantern

One of the reasons I hoard love lanterns is because they are so versatile.  I use them all over the house, in every room, inside, outside, for holidays, for parties, for no reason at all.  They are affordable, easy to move around, and they make everything look prettier.  Lanterns are perfect for when you want…

100 Printables & Graphics

I have something really cool going on here today. 10 of us from the All Things Creative team joined together to bring you 100 Printables & Graphics.  By printables, I mean something you can actually PRINT OUT if you have a printer.  We have everything from printable recipes, holiday images, inspirational quotes, graphics, etc.  The…

Lemon Themed Tablescape

How rude of me.  I have this tiny little bistro table on our side porch, and I ignore her.  She really is so pretty. Shame on me. Well, today’s the day for her debut.  I dusted off all of the spider webs (we have a ton from our trees) and I dressed her up all…

DIY Sidelight Wood Shutters

{This is a sponsored post for CeCe Caldwell’s Paints and don’t miss the *giveaway at the bottom of this post.} Shut the front door. I can’t believe it, but we now have front door DIY Sidelight Wood Shutters (all for under $75)! For years I’ve been wanting to add a sliding barn door somewhere in…

Vintage Lamp Rewired

There’s this beautiful vintage lamp in my life I’ve never told you about.  Welcome to “Vintage Lamp Rewired”… I fell in love with it as a little girl in the 70’s.  My Mom bought it from “Kelly’s Country Store” on Grand Island, New York.  That’s were we lived and the store (which is still there)…

Pokemon Go Safety Tips

I am a Mom.  The safety of my children will always be my biggest priority.  Although this article has nothing to do with decorating or cooking, I felt this impromptu post about Pokemon Go Safety Tips was necessary not only for the benefit to my family, but for the benefit to other busy families as…

Olive & Celery Salad

During vacation a couple weeks ago everyone went fishing, but I stayed behind because my youngest daughter was ill.  While she watched a movie, I decided to start dinner prep.  I had a menu planned (yes, I am a meal planner when we camp), but I was rather bored with what I was supposed to…

Deck & Patio Maintenace

Welcome back to the 4th edition of the “DIY Housewives“.  I hope your Fourth of July weekend was relaxing.  I think I ate the largest chocolate ice cream cone I have ever had in my entire 47 years.  I told my husband I could eat one of those every day.  This was my daughter’s a…

Homemade Salsa

Happy Fourth of July weekend! Our tomatoes are not even close to being ready to pick, but time flies in tomato land and I know I have seen some beautiful Michigan tomatoes at the farmer’s market, so we better get ready.  My kids and husband LOVE this “Homemade Salsa” recipe.  It’s not spicy unless you…

Spray Paint It.

Spray paint is my GO-TO quick fixer upper best friend.  When in doubt, spray paint it. From tables, to sticks.  I spray everything.  I have an assortment of colors ranging from sparkly ruby red, to mint green.  I have loads of black, and hey, we even spray painted our refrigerator. View over 100 spray paint…

Teak Table Makeover

Teak Table Makeover

I have been wanting to do this “Teak Table Makeover” for weeks, but life gets crazy (see why here).  I purchased the products I needed, but after they arrived they sat outside on our deck for weeks.  Finally, my husband was able to help me get this done.  He ended up doing the majority of…

New Kitchen Runner & Foyer Area Rug

Summer break has officially begun for us!  It’s been a crazy crazy couple of weeks for me so this post is going to be straight to the point.  Besides…the quicker you know about these cute rugs the better. The first rug is this dark navy striped 100% wool runner.  I fell in love with it…

Mammogram Call Back

Last week was one of the scariest experiences of my life.  It should have been one of the best weeks of my life after being featured in Detroit Home Magazine.  However, it quickly changed after 1 dreaded phone call. I feel compelled to share what happened because I think (and hope) it will bring some comfort to…

Romancing the Rustic

We are super excited and honored to have our DIY made-over home in Detroit Home Magazine this Summer!  If you missed the “Detroit Home Photo Shoot” that featured a lot of the behind the scene photos, you can view that HERE. The best part about this magazine feature, is that they actually wrote the story…

Our Florida Home is for Sale!

Hi everyone…our beautiful, custom designed, by yours truly, Jacksonville, Florida home is currently up for sale.  We built this home in 2007 right before my husband was transferred back to Michigan.  It was a bitter sweet time in our lives because we loved our new home and friends in Florida, but we also knew we…

Top 12 Home Improvement Ideas

It’s time for the DIY Housewives to get together and inspire you try one of their Top 12 Home Improvement Ideas… I chose one of my favorites from a couple years ago when we decided to refinish our hardwood floors using a non-toxic, no-mess, no-sanding technique.  Here’s the after photo, and below that you will…

DIY Refinished Dining Table

Lets just take a moment to think about all that your dining room or kitchen table has done for you over the years…from chowing down some Chinese eating on it, to making Christmas cookies, to discussing what college your kids will attend…it’s been through a lot.  At least ours has. Boy if that thing could…

BBQ Recipes & Picnic Ideas

I am so ready to sit in the sun, eat ribs, and rub butter on my corn.  How about you?  My husband turns 50 on Memorial Day so we will be having some great fun & food this weekend. Of course, Memorial Day isn’t about BBQ’s, but it’s our country’s way of celebrating the freedom…

Summer Deck Style

This post is bitter sweet. You see…my 81 year old parents Bob & Joanne recently had to move back to NY, where we all are originally from.  It’s kind of a long story, but basically what it came down to is that we couldn’t find them senior living apartments close to our house here in…

Detroit Home Magazine Photo Shoot

This post is sponsored by BloomsyBox.com. It was 6am and Sylvia the cat had just scratched my side of the bed to let me know it was time for breakfast.  I quickly grabbed my phone to check my e-mails and I noticed there was a message on my redheadcandecorate.com Facebook page.  It was Megan, the…

Vintage Mason Jar Lamp

Big news! Eight of us have formed a new style team called the “Thrifty Style Team”…be sure to check out all of our thrifty styling at the bottom of this post. I have a sweet memory of lying on my Mom & Dad’s bed as a young girl watching my Mom “get ready” in front…

Teal Console

I was in the middle of preparing for the “Detroit Home Magazine” home tour shoot, and something, or someone spoke to me. They said, “Julie.  You need color.  Get in your car, go to Home Depot and buy a quart of paint to paint your beloved black console.  It’s time, Julie.  Don’t be scared, Julie….

12 DIY Summer Projects

This post is sponsored by Belgard, and all opinions are my own. About 2 years ago my husband’s brother & family were visiting and a dangerous storm came through our part of Southeast, Michigan.  It was so bad that I yelled for everyone to take cover in a storm room down in our basement.  After…

Hand Photo Card

Psst!  Mother’s Day is May 8th this year.  As a Mom for over 16 years, I want you to know a secret.  The best gifts are the ones that are homemade.  Forget about spending all of your savings on Mom, and take a few minutes to create something for her from your heart instead.  That’s…

All Things Flower Pots

I was walking into Kroger today with my 14 year old and I said, “Wow!  Look at all of those beautiful flowers.”  Her response was, “Sooo…it’s just flowers.”  She knew that response would get a rise out of me.  She knows how much I love flowers!  Oh, teens…they are so funny.  She finally admitted that,…

Repurposed Tea Kettle

If the tea kettle fits.  Use it.  Re-use it.  Repurpose it.  Like me. How do you like this little “Repurposed Tea Kettle”? I hoard go through a lot of tea kettles.  I keep 0ne on my cooktop, and it tends to get splashed with food so they all get crappy looking from all of the…

Thrifty Mirror Makeover

Welcome to my fun “Thrifty Mirror Makeover”! It was a huge show room full of thrift store items and I spotted this large beveled mirror in the corner hanging up with several other large wall art pieces.  When I walked up closer I noticed the fair price and the details in the wood.  I lifted…

Kitchen Collection

It’s about time, wouldn’t you say? I finally sat down and searched for my favorite kitchen products on-line and I listed them here for you in case you are interested, or if you want to “get the look”.  You won’t find everything from our kitchen here, and sometimes I had to substitute things, but I…

12 DIY Kitchens

12 of us have been sneaking around behind your back planning our new monthly series called “DIY Housewives”.  Don’t let the word “housewives” fool you.  This has nothing to do with the dramatic television show I live for, but we are pretty darn savvy in the DIY department and we will be sharing our very best…

Low Carb Quiche

I should buy some chickens or something because this is ridiculous. I intended on sharing just my “Low Carb Quiche” (no crust) recipe, but then once I searched my blog I realized I had 10 egg recipes.  What is up with that? Well…here’s to eggs and all the benefits they hold.  I eat one almost…

100 Thrift Store Makeovers

The All Things Creative Team has really outdone themselves this time… “100 Thrift Store Makeovers” are in the house and I mean that literally & figuratively.     This month theme is all about my favorite place to save money, and be inspired…the thrift store. 10 of us are bringing you our very best thrift…

Indoor Impatiens

When I was little I thought they were called “Impatients”. Patience is not something I hold.  When I want something, I want it now.  Or else.  Maybe that’s why my “Impatiens” and I get along so well.  They know I want pretty flowers, and I want them now! Indoor Impatiens.  Who knew?  I didn’t, it…

Magnetic Knife Strip

You didn’t think I could let that little black cabinet side to the left of my cooking area stay empty did you?  No way!  It’s the perfect spot for us to hang… Wait for it… This cute little “Magnetic Knife Strip“.  You can call me SOUS CHEF REDHEAD NOW! Honestly, it’s one of the best…

Decorating with Memories

With a heavy heart… About 20 years ago, my parents decided to move where my husband & I had began our lives together because they were searching for a fresh start, had visited often, and enjoyed what Michigan had to offer.  At the time I was busy with work, a new (old) house, and was…

Deviled Eggs Recipe

Deviled Eggs Recipe Today’s post is short but egg-a-licious! I am watching my carbs again-darnit.  Seems like I always do that this time of year (you can find all of my low carb recipes HERE.) I blame it on the cold weather and hibernation we do up here in the North every Winter.  I’ve been over indulging…

Natural Easter Centerpiece

Welcome to this month’s “Thrift Store Decor Challenge” where it’s all about going au natural for Easter. Before I get started, I wanted to ask if you have signed up for our free newsletter yet?  It’s easy to do, just click here: When I walk into our local grocery store, I am greeted by a…

DIY Napkin Wreath

Have you noticed how pretty party paper napkins have become?  I almost feel like wall papering a room with them! I see them in the dollar store and super markets and I am taking full advantage of it in my decorating.  This “DIY Napkin Wreath” is one of the easiest wreaths I have ever made…

Blue Accent Rug

My youngest daughter & I had a Target date last Saturday night, and boy did we have a ball.  I have to admit, I was acting a bit like a teenager giggling through the store, because honestly, when I hang out with my girls, they make feel good.  They bring out the silly in me….

Faux Birthday Cake

Faux Birthday Cake? I have to admit, when the idea of a “Faux Birthday Cake” entered my head it sounded a bit like a tease.  I mean, why not just make a birthday cake, light the candles, sing the song, devour the cake? *** Some of the links in this post may contain affiliate links for…

Brilliant Glass Jar Ideas

I call them Ball Jars.  My friends call them Mason Jars.  What do you call them? The word BRILLIANT definitely comes to mind. Glass jars are one of the most versatile household items ever created.  They have also been around forever and are still very affordable. *** Some of the links in this post may contain…

Gold Portable Office

The automatic double doors slid open at my local Salvation Army, and I slid in like a sly fox on the prowl. And there it was!  Shining like a gold star in the furniture maze I so often visit.  There was no way this gold portable gem was not taken yet?  I looked right, I…

Chicken & Crostini

My Dad makes the best chicken & biscuits. It’s very comforting, and I’m not just talking about the food.  It’s also the way he “sets the table” for the adults and the “little” table for our girls.  Their kitchen is really tiny so we have to split up.  The girls get to eat their chicken…

Romantic Bathroom Date

GHASP! YOU: “A ‘Romantic Bathroom Date’?  I mean really, Julie.  Is this really necessary?  Are you really going there???  You’ve already showed us your “DIY Wood Planked Wall” tutorial, and your “Romantic Master Bedroom“, how much more are you going to share? ME: “Just a little more {wink}.  Come on in…Rick’s not home yet.  I’ll…

Love Letter Platter

Am I the only one that saves greeting cards?  Especially the ones stuck in flowers with that little plastic fork thing.  Yah, those are my favorite. Maybe it’s seeing my name in his hand writing…or maybe it’s the thought of him taking the time to tell me he loves me on paper.  I just can’t throw…

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