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How to Make Your Front Porch a Showstopper this July 4th

Posted in DECOR, HOLIDAYS, OUTSIDE
on June 22, 2017

Reusing many items you likely have around your home,  you can have the best front porch in the neighborhood this 4th of July. These ideas cost little and but are big on patriotic fun!

I’m so excited to be participating in Garden and Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop for the second year in a row! I had such a fun time creating a functional and charming outdoor seating area in my driveway last year. Many thanks to the always sweet Tara at Lehman Lane for hosting this fun hop and be sure to check out all of the other Garden and Outdoor spaces from my blogging buddies at the end of this post.

As for me, I’m talking about my front porch and the 4th of July.

For me, the 4th of July brings to mind a time gone by.  Parades, fireworks, apple pie, picnics and ice cream cones, cook outs with hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and corn on the cob – banners on every door and the flag flying high on every front porch, which by the way, has a pitcher of lemonade ready to serve! It’s America at it’s best, but with a nostalgic spin.

With the 4th quickly approaching, it is time to get into the patriotic spirit. What better way to celebrate than to decorate your front porch during this festive day?  Reusing many items you likely have around your home,  you can have the best porch in the neighborhood that’s little on cost and big on patriotic fun. *This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Please see our disclosure statement for further information. Thanks for supporting Knock it Off Kim! 

How to Make Your Front Porch a Showstopper this July 4th

START WITH A FLAG

An easy and inexpensive accessory, nothing says 4th of July more than Old Glory!.

ADD THROW PILLOWS TO YOUR SEATING

Adding red or navy throw pillows to our  DIY Upcycled Handwoven Rockers softened the modern style. These cushions are made with quick-dry filling and outdoor fabric to make sure they hold up to the elements.

ACCESSORIZE

What says Americana and summer more than a bicycle? It’s funny, this bicycle of mine doesn’t get a lot of use in the riding department, but it certainly makes an adorable planter.

The blue ribbons holding the basket add a nice pop of color. When my husband saw I’d parked the bike at the front door, he only shook his head. We’d recently decided I should get rid of it because I don’t use it, but clearly,  I’m a hoarder, and will do anything to keep it!

A few decorative signs, an antique-style wall planter, and plaques complete the look.

 PLANT FLOWERS

Red, white, and blue, with shots of yellow flowering plants add color and texture to an otherwise neutral front porch. I love how the colors pop off of the white and turquoise in the bicycle.

PUT UP A PATRIOTIC DOOR WREATH

I made this DIY Red, White, and Blue Swag Wreath years ago but it’s still one of my favorite things to ring in the fourth. The tea-stained fabric has a nostalgic look that I love.

 

ENJOY IT

With a few additions to your front porch, you’ll have an outdoor space to enjoy long after the 4th of July!

How are you planning to show your red, white and blue?

 

 

 

Be sure to check out my blogging buddies outdoor space ideas!  Thanks for stopping by!

Garden and Outdoor Spaces Ideas for your front porch

The Ultimate Fun and Quirky Father’s Day Gift Guide

Posted in HOLIDAYS
on June 3, 2017

Are you on the lookout for a fun and unique gift for the beloved fathers in your life? This fun and funky Father’s Day Gift Guide has ideas for everyone on your list at every price point! 

 

Hi! Does anyone else feel like this week flew by? With Memorial Day behind us and only one more birthday left to celebrate, it’s time to turn my attention to Father’s Day – the last gift-giving event in our home until October! Good thing because I’ve developed a nasty cramp in my check-signing hand over the past few months – birthday season is crazy around here!

I have a few ideas in the works for personalized and DIY gifts for my beloved husband, but I like to research before making any decisions.  While scouring the web for ideas I came across a slew of fun gifts, all slightly quirky, just like he is.

You won’t find the BB gun that he apparently needs to defend us against the squirrels in the neighborhood and the dreaded tin cans.

But.

Every other item listed resonates with our family personally, in one way or another. And, when I showed said-beloved the list, he assured me that nothing on the list screams “my wife thinks this is cute, but, in truth, it’s lame.” Yes, ladies, that’s a thing – or so I’ve heard.

I thought maybe some of you might be on the search for fun and quirky gifts, perfect for your favorite father or husband, and not wife-cute and thought I’d share my finds. I’ve provided a printable copy of the list, with sources, to my subscribers. If you’d like a copy, subscribe here!

Here it is – My Ultimate Fun and Quirky Father’s Day Gift Guide!

Ultimate Quirky and Fun Fathers Day gift Ideas 1-51. Acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree t-shirt and onesie | 2. Fruit Loops Air Freshener | 3. Darth Vader Book Set | 4. Soap on a Rope | 5. Charging Dock |

 

6. Crazy socks | 7. Voice Wave Art | 8. Golf Mug |9. Good Looking Babies Card | 10. Man Snacks Jar |

11. Hooked on Daddy Keychain | 12. Best Dad Ever Pillow | 13. Deleted Email Card | 14. Nintendo Controller Keychain | 15. Money Clip |

 

 

 

16. Tape Measure | 17. Dad can’t fix stupid t-shirt | 18. Shack up with Mom Card | 19. Some Heros wear Capes Keychain | 20. Pocket Poker Set |

 

21. Tie Clip | 22. Thanks, Dad Card | 23. The Walking Dad T-shirt | 24. My list of things I was right about Journal |

 

25. Barrel Aged Whiskey Kit |  26. Turntable | 27. Darth Vader Mug | 28. Great Again Card |

So, I will not be gifting my beloved a BB gun, and we’ll all remain defenseless against the neighborhood squirrels for yet another year. Wish us luck.

Luckily, more than a few things on this list tugged at his heart, and I’ve already decided what will be in my shopping cart. I hope you’ll be able to find the perfect gift for the beloved father in your life, too. Oh, and beware of the squirrels!

Don’t forget to grab your handy gift guide! You can get it here by subscribing to Knock it Off Kim!

 

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St. Patricks Day Tablescape

Posted in DECOR, FAMILY PARTIES, HOLIDAYS, KIDS PARTIES, PARTIES, TABLETOP
on March 6, 2017

Are you looking for timeless, inexpensive table settings and other home decor ideas for St. Patricks Day? If you are, you’ve come to the right place!

This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience

My friend Meg of Green with Decor invited me to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Home Tours(thanks, Meg!). Before you go, be sure to check out the other ideas from the other talented and fabulous blogs listed at the bottom of this post. But for now, let me show you what I came up with and share oodles of table setting pretty picture goodness with you!

According to Wikipedia, “table setting or place setting refers to the way to set a table with tableware—such as eating utensils and for serving and eating. The arrangement for a single diner is called a place setting. The practice of dictating the precise arrangement of tableware has varied across cultures and historical periods.” This definition is followed by 13 –  thirteen – photos of the different courses and service settings throughout a formal meal. It’s dizzying.  And if that weren’t enough to attest to the seriousness of table-scaping, Y’all, Amazon has a book on the “Art of Table Setting.” I’m not all about that. I’m honestly excited if I can put the utensils in the right place (fork on the left), and about using what’s around the house – well, save for a few gold and green coins that I picked up!

I do like to put together a beautiful table, especially for parties – my family loved the settings we put together for Halloween and our Spring Tea Party – and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception.

Clearly color played a huge part in this table setting. For a table runner, I pieced together three fat quarters of quilting fabric in coordinating colors and patterns.

The centerpiece is a combination of spring flowers and plants in yellows, whites and a shot of plum. I used two potted shamrock plants, one in purple, one in green – you can find them at most grocery stores at this time of year – daffodils from my yard, as well as a bouquet of Shasta daisies, green pincushion flowers, and freesia, all displayed together in a large basket. Like the table, it’s loose and informal.

The gold chargers are ones I’ve used for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The plates and silverware are those we use for every day – it’s so fun to dress up ordinary things for a holiday. No matter what you serve it looks fantastic!

The napkins are folded into a clover shape and topped with a gold coin embellished St. Patrick’s Day ribbon.

A few other inexpensive, festive touches make this table fit for any leprechaun who might want to leave his pot o’ gold!


While it’s likely this table setting will not end up on Wikipedia my family so enjoyed it, and I hope I was able to provide you with a few ideas for your table this St. Patrick’s Day!

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Huge thanks again to Meg for including me in this home tour.. it’s been so much fun! Please, be sure to visit the other links for more St. Patrick’s Day decorating inspiration!


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