Monday Funday!

Welcome to the Party!

We are so glad you came.

This week on Creatively Living, I showed you sometrendy new patterns from Kleenex. Check them out and find your fave!

I used them to decorate a few spaces in my house!

Kleenex Design Boxes

Work Space Design with Kleenex

Check out my post for more info on #Kleenexstyle!

I also posted on the NASTY entryway (renter’s common area previously) before we renovated it. Can’t wait to post the entire reveal this week!

Before After

Hope you all had a great week! Now onto the party!


Welcome to the PARTY!

Monday Funday Link Party

Welcome to our AMAZING Monday Funday Link Party! We are thrilled to have YOU join us! Each week your diy projects, crafts, and recipes will be seen on 6 blogs! Yep, one link and get seen in 6 places!

Our hostesses each week are…

C.R.A.F.T. ~ Lines Across ~ Uncommon Designs ~ That’s What Che Said~ Creatively Living

and our special guest hostess is…

Candace from Vintage News Junkie


This week’s features were chosen by Trish and Bonnie from Uncommon Designs

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Hey Ya’ll and Welcome!

Last week’s party was so inspiring and we had a great time going through all the links. You guys sure to make it hard to narrow down our favorite projects to just a few! With Spring just around the corner you guys already have already been creating some amazing Spring-themed crafts, recipes and helpful tips.

Here are our picks for our favorite Simple Spring Projects from last week’s party…

Simple Spring Projects from the Monday Funday Link Party

Spring Subway Art by Occasionally Crafty

Simple Lemon Syrup by Kleinworth & Co.

Spring Painted Mason Jars by I Should Be Mopping the Floor

Spring Wreath by Mommy Like Whoa

Simple Spring Projects from the Monday Funday Link Party

Frugal and Fast Spring Wreath by Feathers in Our Nest

Spring Fonts by A Typical English Home

Candy Bird Nests by Three Kids and a Fish

Simple Spring Centerpiece by Learning, Creating, Living

Ombre Spring Art by The Happy Housie

Spring Dining Room by Worthing Court

My personal fave from last week’s party was this Cottage Farmhouse Dinning Room by AKA Design…so gorgeous!



A huge “Thank You!” to everyone who linked up with us last week! And if you were featured today or throughout the week on our social media accounts… Please, grab a featured button!



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A few things to remember:

  • Please link to a specific post on your blog. Please no Etsy shops or items you are selling.
  • We’d love for you to pin the features, but please click through to the tutorial and pin from the original source!
  • By linking up to Monday Funday you are giving the 6 blogs, listed above, the right to feature one of your photos on all of our SM outlets and blogs.
  • Click on lots of links and leave some comment love on posts you adore! That puts the FUN in MondayFunday!
  • We love to pin your projects to our boards and to the MONDAY FUNDAY PINTEREST BOARD!

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The Entryway Before…

When you’ve worked on a space off and on for six months, there’s a lot to tell!

This isn’t one of those renovation stories of procrastination, or just forgetting about the space for a couple of months and coming back to it.

This isn’t a space that just needed a paint job, new hardware and some decorations.

It was a nasty long-term rental common space! The most dreaded rental spaces of all are the common ones! They are the shared spaces, the spaces that are everyone’s, which means the spaces that are NO ONES….

Here was the beginning…

Nasty Before Pic

Before the entryway reno

As you can see in the first picture, brown shag carpet, brown linoleum, some drywall and some places missing flooring all together!

The walls were dirty, beat up and the weirdest yellow-skin color. The closet smelt like animal urine….in a big way!

(the bottom pics were taken after I re-did the floor).

…and since the floor was such an ordeal, here’s some pics of that process!

Entryway Floors Before

Moving from top left to bottom right, you see the linoleum, you see that I tore it out (I masked up and used a Hepa filter), then I had to strip multiple layers of paint, then sand, and finish it!

It was a true nightmare, we’ll leave it at that. I pretty much did that to the entire house. In the end it was inexpensive wood flooring, but boy did I pay for it in manual labor!

You can see more about my refinishing floor process HERE.

After the floors, we were finally able to move into the house. This was the beginning of October. Since then we’ve painted the walls, and a TON of trim, added decor, fixed some electrical, we only had to add a little flooring and drywall (thank goodness) and we  made that unfinished under-the-stair space into a really cute coat closet.

Some fun finds:

Because in every old house, you need some fun finds to make your day!

When I went to take the paint off the hardware, I realized the original lock was from the 1890′s!

Finding papers from 1905

We found papers used as insulation dating all the way back to 1904! The year the house was built.


Here’s a peak of the “after”:

Eva in Entry

(Yes, Eva decided to wear her baby tights that morning)

I’ll leave all the other “after” pictures for the next post.

I felt doing the before and after pics together would be picture overload!



Spring into Style with Patterns and Graphics from Kleenex!

I LOVE a good vignette. I love stylized shelves, but sometimes there are everyday items (that we actually need to use) that should occupy the space on our vanity area more than spray painted porcelain owls or gold orbs!

In the past it has been an ongoing debate between my husband and I….visual -vs- practical.

Thank goodness there are companies like Kleenex that are getting on board, making those necessary items beautiful enough to incorporate into our decor.

Kleenex Design Boxes

Here’s a little vignette I set up yesterday. Those daffodils were calling my name at the store. I’m so in need of some spring that I thought a spring vignette, and some friends for tea would be good therapy.  Spring allergies aren’t in full swing here yet, but winter colds still are. This Kleenex box with it’s graphic pattern fit perfectly into my stylized spring set up, and I know my family and guests will appreciate it!

Spring into Style with Kleenex

There were A LOT of great designs and graphics to choose from. I snagged this cute owl design for my daughter’s room, and then ended up stealing it for my upcoming desk area!

Work Space Design with Kleenex

Did you know Kleenex uses over 100 designs!

I was pretty impressed with all their cool choices at the store!

Go see which designs fit your style-love on the Kleenex site.

Here’s a one minute video I’m going to include about what stylish designs Kleenex has included to help make those boring everyday items fit into our spaces in a stylish way.

Check out the Kleenex Style Studio for fun facts about Kleenex, check out their new designs, and even see if you can pass their Style Quiz, picking some of your fave patterns and graphics.
…and next time you go to pick up a box of Kleenex, think about what style would be fun to incorporate in your space!
You can check out how I think Kleenex fits my style on my Pinterest Board.
*A big thanks to Kleenex for promoting their products and designs on my site and financially promoting this post! The thoughts about Kleenex’s design and style in this post are 100% mine.

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