Category Archives: Around the House

Should you choose quartz countertops? Here are three reasons why I love our quartz countertops and why I'd never choose anything else!

Why I Love Our Quartz Countertops

Should you choose quartz countertops? Here are three reasons why I love our quartz countertops and why I'd never choose anything else!

Yes, I said love. That may seem like a strong declaration for countertops, but let me explain…

Both my parents and my in-laws are in the midst of home improvement projects right now—mine are updating their master bath and my in-laws are updating their kitchen. They’ve both asked our opinions on what kind of countertops they should get, and without hesitation, my husband and I both responded “quartz”.

We selected quartz countertops for our kitchen five years ago and we couldn’t be happier with them!

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Simple with a bit of rustic charm, these Valentine’s Day mantel decorations are inspired by Jane Austen's romantic and beloved novels.

Rustic Valentine’s Day Mantel

Simple with a bit of rustic charm, these Valentine’s Day mantel decorations are inspired by Jane Austen's romantic and beloved novels.

Do you ever start to plan out how you’re going to decorate something and then suddenly you get sidetracked by a new idea that takes you to a completely different place? This is exactly what happened to me while I was working on my Valentine’s Day mantel this year. The sketch I started with was pretty different than the photo you see above; but halfway through, I was struck with the idea of quotes from famous romantic novels and then my creativity took off running!

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How to decorate your home for winter / Winter Home Tour

Winter Home Tour

How to decorate your home for winter / Winter Home Tour

Does anyone else dread the day their Christmas decorations come down? I always loathe packing them away and trying to figure out what to display in their places. Last year was the first year I created a winter-themed mantel, and I loved it (you can see it here). The soft transition from holidays to snowy winter days was so nice, and I decided to do the same this year. I’m also teaming up with a bunch of my blog friends and we’re each sharing a winter home tour today! So grab a warm beverage and cozy up!

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2016 Year in Review - best DIY projects, crafts and home decorating ideas of the year.

2016 Year in Review

2016 Year in Review - best DIY projects, crafts and home decorating ideas of the year.

Hello friends! I hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season. I took some time away from Two Purple Couches to enjoy the days, and enjoy them we did. Lots of cheesy Christmas movies were watched, tons of sweets were eaten, and lots of memories were made with family and friends. In short, it was a fabulous and much-needed break to wind down the year.

When I was a kid, I used to steal away to my room on New Year’s Eve and recap the year in my diary. I’d create two columns and write down the good and not-so-good things that happened that year. While I haven’t done this in well over a decade, I still reflect back on the highs and lows that the year has brought, and this blog gives me a way to document and share it in a different way. I thought it’d be fun to put together a 2016 Year in Review and look back at the biggest and best highlights, projects and accomplishments of this year!

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Christmas Home Tour 2016 / Holiday Home Decor

Christmas Home Tour 2016

Christmas Home Tour 2016 / Holiday Home Decor

I don’t know why, but it felt like it took me forever to get our home decorated for the holidays this year! It seemed like every surface I set out to decorate, I’d get distracted five minutes later and move onto a different shelf or table. Or worse, I’d arrange a few things and decide the next day that I wasn’t satisfied with the placement. But I finally got everything in place, and I am feeling good about our holiday home this year. Won’t you join me for my 2016 Christmas Home Tour?

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