Dining Room Makeover

It is pretty amazing what a few small changes can do! Today I took a look at our home when we first bought it. Without doing any renovations we were able to transform it into something totally new and fresh! I will be posting different rooms here, but today I will start with my favorite– the dining room!

I will admit, I love the aqua color, but it was the color of our bedroom in our last two homes so I decided we needed a change. I wanted a more neutral, rustic look for the dining area, so I went with a muted grey/beige paint.

Ever since I could remember I wanted a farmhouse table. I fell IN LOVE with this one from Pier 1. It is really so beautiful. The two side chairs and bench are also from Pier 1 and the end chairs are from T.J. Maxx.

My light fixture was something I had also been lusting after. Isn’t it pretty and unique? I loved the look of the floating candles. Plus, it was UNDER $200!!! Great find!

Finally my gallery wall is just dollar store mirrors and finds from Home Goods! I just collected them over the past few months. I feel like it makes the room look so much bigger!

What do you think of my before and after?! Scroll down for links to get my style!






Christmas Decor Tour

My favorite thing about Christmas is that you create this magical, beautiful world that you get to live in and enjoy for a few weeks! The softness of the lights combined wit the glitter accents and scent of pine from a fresh tree is heaven in your home.

This year I decorated two trees– one is an artificial simple pencil tree with poinsettias, plaid ribbon and just a few gold ornaments. The other is a fresh tree with a candy land theme.








For a simple centerpiece I found inexpensive ornaments and ball fillers at Michael’s and put them in a circle tray with a silk floral arrangement I already had in.


I love picking a theme for my tree each year. Although it may sound expensive to buy new ornaments year after year it really isn’t! Make an investment in some good quality ball ornaments in both red/green/white and gold/silver/bronze. These are versatile and can be used for many themes. Shatter-proof sets are fairly inexpensive and can be purchased at the beginning of every season in nearly every store that stocks holiday decor. If you are lucky you may even be able to snag some on sale after the holidays! I have seen really great sets at Kmart, CVS and Michael’s.

Picks, ribbon and other fillers are inexpensive enough that you can repurchase for your theme each year. I throw my ribbon away after the holiday since I cut it for the exact length of my tree and each year we get a fresh one, so size will vary. If you have an artificial tree you can save your ribbon– just store in a place where it will not get flattened.  I have a set of picks I like to use no matter what theme I am doing (feathers, beaded, curly) and then I add in themed-picks. This year it was the peppermint balls, last year it was bronze leaves.

CUPCAKE ORNAMENT from above [they are from Fortunoff, couldn’t find them online]… SIMILAR 

Ribbon is the quickest way to make your tree look fuller and more festive. I use green pipe cleaners (yep— the kid’s craft kind!) to secure each piece of ribbon in place. Sure, it takes a little extra time but the results are worth it!

Just a note— wired ribbon is BEST for trimming a tree. It will bend easily and allow you to get that pretty “wave” effect that you see in my photos. It  is also easier to handle and work with.

Try this order to make tree-trimming easier: Lights, ribbon, picks/stems (these are also great to fill in a sparse tree), decorative ornaments (like my cupcakes above), basic ball ornaments, large filler balls (see above, bottom right hand corner) and finally thin picks or feathers at the top to create dimension.


Mirrors and mirrored furniture will make any space look wider and larger. This gem was a sale find at Pier 1 last year. I will never grow tired of it!


I keep these branches in my entryway all year long. The basin, which you can’t see here, is a copper oversized milk can that I found at a garage sale over the summer. You can use any milk can or vase to hold your branches. The birch and thinner branches are TJ Maxx finds. The glitter branches were $10 each at Pier 1. I couldn’t find them on the website for you but I am sure if you bring this photo into your local store they can help you find them. If you didn’t want to mix the real branches with the glitter you could just do ALL sparkly ones. This is how Pier 1 had them displayed and it was GORG!!!




And finally my favorite ornament of the season— a reminder that in 2015 was the year we purchased our first home. Bonus, it fit the candy land theme of my second tree so well!

Wishing you a warm holiday that is filled with love, laughter, light and time spent with those you love the most!

From our home to yours,

The Paradiso Family


Labor Day Sale Picks: Pier 1

Nothing makes me happier than a great Labor Day sale. All this week I am scouting out my favorite finds from sales that have already started. Today we kick off the week with one of my main obsessions in life, Pier 1.

Pier 1 is offering 20% off select items. If you are a Pier 1 card holder the best day of the week to shop the sale would be tomorrow. You’ll save an additional 10% since it is Platinum Perks Tuesday! Click here to see all the offerings and keep reading to find out which ones I have eyes on! 

Addyson Chair, $314 

This chair is everything. It would add a pop of color to any room without being too overwhelming. In person the print is STUNNING. It would be beautiful in an entry way or reading nook.

Antler Wall Panel, $215 


Visit my house and you’ll quickly learn that my decor style is rustic-chic. I love this “reclaimed wood” wall art because it would make my husband happy (he’s a hunter) while still fitting in with the rest of our house.

Mr. & Mrs. Pillows, $24-$28

LOVE this set! Would also make a beautiful wedding or shower gift! They also come in a “His and Her” set and in black so you can match it back to your bedding. I just love anything champagne, so I picked this color way.

Happy Wall Decor, $40 

An inexpensive and sweet reminder of what is important! Everyone should have one of these signs in their home. Also a great gift for a housewarming or newly engaged couple that won’t break the bank!!

Words of Welcome Doormat, $30

Usher in the season with this pretty doormat. I love that the natural coir (which I find cleans off soles the best!) is surrounded by rubber, making this a mat that will last a while.

Pre-Lit Vine Pumpkins, $50-$80

Last year I bought a vine pumpkin from Michael’s but it was not indoor/outdoor like these are. I love the idea of stacking three and placing them right outside my front door. Perhaps with a few straw bales and real pumpkins later on in the season. These are a rustic and simple way to decorate for fall and can be reused year after year.

Witch Hat Wreath, $56 

Seriously… I just love this wreath! How cute?! I have a version from last year’s line sans witch hat. My husband calls it my “prized possession” because I take such good care of it. What can I say? I love Halloween! Pier 1 wreaths are exceptional quality. All of the outdoor items I have ever purchased from Pier 1 look brand new season after season.

There you have it! My favorites that I am sure to be checking out tomorrow! Did you shop the sale yet? See anything you know you’ll be adding to your cart? Let me know which pieces you are loving!