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Garage Sale Tips

I know there are lots of garage sale experts out there. I am not one of them, but...I have learned a few things from 4 garage sales in the last 10 years and I am here to share them with you in hopes of inspiring you… Read More

My Only Brother

In case some of you didn't know... Occasionally, I enjoy sharing personal posts.I am a real human after all, and I am also a woman, so that means I have lots to say! (ha ha) I am actually pretty quiet in person, and enjoy quiet,… Read More

Paint a Rug on Your Wood Floor!

My "rug" is finally finished! You're thinking I painted a rug aren't you? Well...I guess I did, but not really.I originally had visions of doing a large area on my kitchen floor, but I wanted to test it out first (my husband is very protective… Read More

Sneak Peak of “Painted Rug”!

  So...why am I killing my back like this?And what do you think the "rug" will look like?Final result coming tomorrow night!!  I am so excited to share this with you all!Love, Julie Read More

Julie’s Red Hot Tip #9

Hi guys!I am currently waiting for some paint to dry on a rug I am painting on the floor... I know it sounds crazy, but I think you will like the... "painted rug"!! It's almost finished! So, until then I wanted to share this idea… Read More

Easy Chore Chart!

This works like a charm! Even though I have a teaching degree, I have never been a fan of the charts that you hang on the wall at home keeping track of when Susie fed the dog, or Billy made his bed. They are cute… Read More

My First Feature…  

  This kitchen make over is so amazing...I asked Kim from "The Money Pit" a couple weeks ago if she would let me feature her kitchen makeover because when I saw her kitchen before, it reminded me of mine before we painted.Great job Kim!  … Read More

Happy 78th Dad!

My Dad turns 78 this Sunday! I wanted to come up with something special to do with his picture I recently came across. Here is the picture of my Dad when he was in the AirForce. I decided to use a tray that I found… Read More

Spray Paint Your Pendant Light! (Red Hot Tip #8)

  This is so cool guys!!!When we were doing our kitchen make over, I spent literally hours on line searching for the perfect pendant lights for over our island.I wanted something unique, and cheap... I finally found what I was looking for.  When they arrived, Rick installed… Read More

My Favorite Marinade

One of the most relaxing things for me to do is to read magazines and clip recipes I would like to try. Once I find one, I tear it out, (sometimes in the Dr.'s office). Then I put it by my shopping list, and I… Read More

Illuminated Photo Door

 I was inspired by one of my favorite stores, Pottery Barn. Here's the photo of inspiration from my catalog... Pottery Barn $399 I love mirrors and doors for decor so this instantly attracted me. The price, not so much. So...how can I make this, or… Read More

Chocolate Fudge Cake  (1975 Family Circle Recipe)

This is probably the best chocolate cake you will ever have!!! I wrote the original post to this wonderful cake a couple days ago (here), but had requests for the recipe... so here it is-thanks to my... Mom (she typed it out for me today)!… Read More

Perfect Cake

Since I was a little redhead (1970's), I remember my Mom baking this beautiful chocolate cake for my sister, Carolyn's, birthday!I just found out recently the reason she did it for onlyCarolyn is because she found the recipe in Jan. which is Carolyn's birthday month!… Read More

Julie’s Red Hot Tip #7 Baked Eggs

I was watching an episode of "Housewives" and came in on a kitchen scene where one of the housewives mentioned how she had to get her "eggs out of the oven."  She didn't get into specifics, but they were having breakfast. Hmm? I immediately asked… Read More

Maybe this will cool you off this Summer!

I was born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y. Us Buffalonian's are very tough people ... probably due to the fact we get shot down for the snowy weather constantly. When people ask me where I am from, they usually come back with a snow remark.… Read More

My (way) Leaded Glass French Door

I am a lover of leaded glass. I can't afford to have it throughout my home, so I have found my own little ways to help me feel satisfied. One of my first posts on RCD was about "Gallery Glass" which is a product I… Read More

Sun Tea Recipe

As long as I can remember my Mom and sisters have always made this simple sun tea recipe.  We lived in an apartment when I was in high school and my Mom would set it on the sunny balcony to brew 8-) . This is how we make… Read More

Not Just Any Old Placemat!

It seems lately I have been doing so many personal posts followed with a few recipes...enough already Jules...time for someDECORATING!! Woot Woot!!So...I was at Pier One Imports a couple weeks ago and I usually tend to navigate towards the clearance section at every store.Well...this wasn't… Read More

Rick’s Sauce Secret

Keep in mind I am writing this post while we are traveling North on I-75 heading home from our vacation! Don't worry...Rick is driving :) Pretty amazing what we can do in a car these days! You can even cook tomato sauce.Record temps where we… Read More

Julie’s Red Hot Tip #5

We have been using Turbie Twists at our house for years... They are so darn cute and work great!! (no I am not being paid to say this...I just think they are an awesome product) So much better than using just a towel...these wrap around… Read More

Happy Birthday!

It's my birthday today! I still love my birthday and think that birthdays should be cherished and celebrated no matter how old! As I begin my day today I felt compelled to share a few things I have learned in my 43 years! (remember these… Read More

You Asked For It, You Got It!

I thought I was all that and a bag of chips showing you guys my laundry room after I updated it a bit.Then...it hit me! Comments were flowing in on how good the cabinets would look if I painted them white.I couldn't deny it any… Read More

Red Hot Tip # 4 Low Fat Brownies

These brownies ROCK! Have you ever seen them in the grocery? Everybody loves a brownie. I have been baking these for years... they are easy to miss in the grocery store though. It's like they are hiding. If you look in the brownie section slowly… Read More

Our Kitchen Makeover (a more detailed look)

We have been blessed with two beautiful, healthy girls who light up our lives.I started decorating my bedroom as a young girl and it wasn't until I was on my own, married, and in my own space that I really became aware of this passion… Read More

Red Hot Tip #3

Have an exterior door that doesn't have a light??? I do! I took care of that without an electrician... "Dude", our Lab, seems very proud as well... Can you see him?? I love lanterns...they are CHEAP and they are versatile! I bought this pretty funky… Read More

Happy Fathers Day!

Happy Father's Day!!! Even though it's getting pretty warm up here in Michigan, I still want to share one of my all-time favorite recipes from my one and only...  DAD!! My Dad is 78 this year and I love him dearly! My Dad has called… Read More

Julie’s Red Hot Tip #2

I am lovin this new "Hot Tip" idea... You wouldn't believe some of things I come up with while I am a a sleep even! Poor Rick.  Okay, are you ready for Julie's Red Hot Tip #2?It's kind of a decorating tip too... Oh bananas,… Read More

Julie’s Red Hot Tip #1 Beer Bottle Soap Dispenser

    *** Some of the links in this post may contain affiliate links for your convenience.  Read full disclosure policy here. I first noticed this at my sister-in law's house years ago with a coke bottle.  I'm sure most of you have seen this, but… Read More

Bedroom Light Makeover

My family will agree that I am addicted to light fixtures.  If you shop around on line there are some very affordable light fixtures now a days that can update any room you prefer.  There is no need to spend a fortune.  I absolutely love… Read More

Best Rug EVER…thanks Dude!

The rain had come & gone, thank goodness, the candles were lit... guests had all arrived... the first sip of wine was enjoyed... we could finally relax. Then, these 2 rascals came running up to me whispering, "Mama!  There is a huge puddle in the… Read More

Rick & Julie’s Garden on Pung’s Lake

Happy Memorial Day!!It also happens to be my husband's 46th!Happy Birthday Pop! Rick & I have been married since 1994.  We lived in a couple  apartments  before we finally were able to purchase our first home in 1997.Oakmont...A cute little house that needed lots of… Read More

Laundry/Mud  Room

No one can escape laundry! It's just part of life. ***update on 05/23/2012 (For those of you just reading this post...after I read all the comments below about painting the cabinets white, I couldn't resist doing it last night. Almost finished and I will post… Read More

Daphne’s Room

I have to admit that when I noticed Thrifty Decor Chick was having a children's bedroom link party, I decided to finally do what I have been wanting to do for months... get upstairs... DUST! Yes...dust!  Does anyone else find it difficult to find time… Read More

Better Homes & Garden Pink Lemonade Cake

Original recipe by cookbook author & cake decorating innovator Karen Tack & Alan Richardson (Better Homes and Gardens May 2012) Wow!  That's an understatement for sure.  This cake was a huge hit with my Mom and the rest of the family as well...Valerie's exact words...… Read More

Happy Mother’s Day 2012

  First I would like to share these recent pictures of some babies we have right in our back yard!!!  Good timing guys!!! Happy Mother's Day to all of you wonderful, hardworking Mom's out there.  This means to all types of Mom's, not just biological… Read More

Painting & Distressing a Jewelry Armoire

And the winner of my face book "What color should I paint the dresser contest?" goes too...This was so easy...I hope you will try it with any piece of furniture you hate the color of. So many colors to choose from!!  Easy steps found below...… Read More

While I wait for the plumbers to arrive…

Well...finally the wait is over for me.  The Corian for our bathroom is being installed tomorrow (Home Depot), but the plumbers come today to take out the sink and faucet.  It's a 3 day process because we are also doing the girl's bathroom, the laundry… Read More

Vintage (energy saving) light bulbs

  I am obsessed with lights...no surprise that I am also obsessed with light bulbs.  I know...funny!  I see the light bulb isle in Walmart and I am drawn to it like a magnet.  Christmas time in Target is more like a kid in a… Read More

We Painted our Cape Cod Style Home Periwinkle!

Welcome to our Cape Cod style home during Spring in the Midwest!  It's still pretty cold here, but the sun is out today!  I thought it would be a great time to inspire you all with some paint!  We took a risk with periwinkle (at… Read More

Val’s Bird Feeder

Just made the cutest, easiest bird feeder with both my daughter's in honor of my little Valerie's 10th birthday tomorrow (she loves nature).  It's a great way to recycle as well, after all, it is Earth Day. We used an empty clean pop 2 liter… Read More

EASY Cupcake Ice Cream Cones

Been feeling pretty Betty Crock-er-ish around here lately.  I didn't plan on posting about these today, but when I was playing with the camera after we made these, I couldn't resist.  No wonder photographers like to take pictures of food!  These are so pretty-had to… Read More

Mama Mioni’s Pizza!

"...I love when Mama uses me as a taste tester!" "...Life is good people!" Pizza. . .Not sure about you, but pizza is a staple at our house. Sometimes I order it, sometimes I make it. Either way, every single time I announce we are… Read More

How we made our SMALL Master Bedroom work!

When I first began blogging back in February, I told Rick I would never do a piece on our master bedroom.  I mean. . . it is kind of private, right?  This was before we took a huge risk (meaning physically) and rearranged the furniture… Read More

My EASY Midweek LOW CAL Wonton (Ravioli) Soup

[printme] I am in love with ravioli's lately.  I haven't been cooking from scratch as much and am always looking for easy, low cal/fat dinners I can throw together even my little ones love.  We have these raviolis (did I spell that right?) at least… Read More

Every Blogger Needs Their Own Sign!

If you own your own business, or have a blog, this is perfect for you.  Hey, you could even do this for your daughter or son's bedroom.  I needed to personalize the dining room---> turned office with a sign of some sort.  I looked on… Read More

Dining Room—Turned Office (Completed Version)

Finally! I have something to share that isn't 1/2 way finished. This ended up being a lot of work, but well worth it.  Now my office is located directly off the kitchen instead of upstairs.  Sorry thighs, but your going to have to relax a… Read More

Linky Follower Party Hop!

  LINKY FOLLOWER PARTY HOPRULES:1. You MUST have the LINKY FOLLOWERS tool on your site to participate.If you see that your link has been deleted you need to add the LINKY FOLLOWER tool to your site and then come back over and re-enter your link{You can have both the… Read More

My “Fashionably Late” Blog Launch

My family calls me Mama Mioni! Hi!  My name is Julie and I am the redhead/stay at home Mom/decorator/ NASCAR fan (are there any NASCAR fans out there???) that developed redheadcandecorate.com back in February.  I have been participating in link parties for several weeks now,… Read More