Patio Makeover

I had so much fun at the first segment of my new series, “Unlock Happy in Your Home” with Action News Now. Every month I go into a new home, pick an area that needs some sprucing and a little personality, then I get to work some magic. Valerie and Rob Reddemann were my first victims and we unlocked some serious happy! It all started with a visit to their home to get a sense of their style and their interests. To my surprise, they are huge baseball fans, not only baseball, but Cub’s fans! Rob had these amazing vintage seats from Wrigley Field and unique vintage baseball items sprinkled through their home. What a perfect theme to inspire them to entertain and personalize their favorite spot in their home, their patio.  So, I went to work at creating a fresh space that reflected both of their personalities and a fantastic spot to gather with their friends.

Here’s the unveiling:


Rob’s Inspiration: Baseball Lover.

I scavenged his home for all his unique baseball paraphernalia. Here’s what I found.




Valerie’s Inspiration: Chalkboard’s with funny sayings that make people laugh!  She also loved the rich colors in her inspiration piece, the umbrella.



So, my challenge begins, how to create a baseball inspired, rich colored, chalkboard loving patio makeover?  Here’s how I did it:

1. First up, we needed an inspiration color, I took Valerie’s favorite umbrella and pulled a modern color that would move easily through the seasons. Grass green became our palette color. I gave Rob and Valerie the task to sand and paint their chairs green. Next, Valerie went on the hunt for some seat cushions that would tie together the colors in the umbrella. She was so cute, she texted me multiple times from the store until we found the perfect match.  We needed to ground the look, so we pulled in this fresh green and white outdoor rug that Valerie found for $20. SOLD, the perfect accent to tie our look together. We then stripped off the burgundy table cloth and gave the table a good cleaning.  I got very familiar with their kitchen and found some fun white dishes and accessories to set the table. Now, we needed a centerpiece, I found this wooden vessel in their bathroom that hosted all their bath salts and bathroom treats, I loved it and thought it would make a great accent piece outdoors.  I took it home with me and surprised them with an orchid centerpiece that had a fresh and simple look to enhance our patio makeover.


2.  Time to create our baseball corner and sprinkle baseball throughout our theme. We took the items we found inside and created a vintage corner that tied in with the rest of our look. I hung the vintage signs and the picture of Wrigley Field on the wall in a scattered pattern to create a casual look.  I mixed in Valerie’s chalkboard signs, enhanced with baseball sayings, and framed in white to tie in with the rest of our fresh look. Chalkboards are a great way to personalize a space, to show your personality and create a theme for entertaining.


3. I  added touches of baseball to the rest of the patio to keep our theme rolling.  An old apple crate I found on their side yard just needed a little dusting off and became a vintage concession stand stocked with beer and mason jars. One of Valerie’s chalkboards became the perfect place to announce to their guests that cold beer was served here. I hunted more in their kitchen to find vintage accents to enhance their concession stand look. Next, stock the old metal tin with beer, that was the easy part :)

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4. Peanuts had to make an appearance in our theme! They made a great accent piece and snacks for their guests. A simple chair and accent table painted in green sat nicely under their umbrella to seat more guests.


Want to watch the LIVE unveiling on Action News Now? Here ya go, just click here.

Thank you Rob and Valerie for letting me come into your home! Their playful approach to life and shining personalities was fun to duplicate on their newly enhanced patio. Now, they just need to have a party!


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Mexican Flag – 7 Days of Cinco De Mayo


Day 7:

Cinco de Mayo is almost here! There is nothing more festive than turning your food into a Mexican flag, plus it’s super simple!


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The Mexican flag is a vertical striped tricolor flag. It has green, white and red stripes. Make kaboobs using green grapes, marshmallows and strawberries for your first themed treat.


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Rice krispy treats with mexican flag frosting will go perfectly with your oreo tacos! The dessert table will be the talk of the party with these fun treats.

You can also get creative with sweet green and red peppers. Separate them with a line of white cheese and you have another delicious flag treat!


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All of these sweet treats will accent your amazing party decor making this the best fiesta yet! Very little prep time required for these treats which means more time for you to sip on a marg and enjoy connecting with your friends and family!

Time to celebrate!


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Cerveza Por Favor! – 7 Days of Cinco de Mayo

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Day 4: 

There is nothing more refreshing on a warm May afternoon than a cold cerveza! Yesterday we celebrated a great bottle of tequila, now let’s hand it off to a great beer. If you are looking for an awesome centerpiece for your Cinco de Mayo party look no farther than the cold beer in your hand!

Coronas make both the perfect beer to pair with a fresh taco and the perfect bottle to create a variety of centerpieces, here’s two options to WOW your guests:

Colorful Water in Corona Bottles 

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This way is easy and quick! Perfect for a last minute centerpiece. Just add some food dye to the water, pair with some beautiful flowers and you’re done! It takes longer to drink the beer than it does to create and you would not believe how many compliments I got!

Now on to the dificil (hard) way…

Painted Corona Bottles

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Painted Corona bottles takes your centerpiece to the next level. This version of the centerpiece just takes a little more time and patience!

Step 1: Pick out your favorite paint colors to match your party decor. Then drip paint inside, turn and roll bottle around until all sides are covered.

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Step 2: Place the bottles upside down so the excess paint can run out. Let the paint dry, this may take a few hours, then add a few more coats. Add as many or as few coats as you would like, the more coats the brighter the colors!

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Once they are all dry, add some water and flowers!

Now go out and FIESTA!


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25 Unusual Things That Are Compostable

featHappy Learn About Composting Day! (Yes, that is a day – and that’s today.) Believe it or not, food scraps we throw away are the number ONE thing that is sent landfills. We recycle paper and plastic already, why not food as well? Composting is easy and one of the best things you can do for the environment. Turn waste back into something usable! We did some research and dug up 25 unusual things that you can compost, besides just food, that you can compost that you may not have known. Enjoy!

  1. Dust Bunnies
  2. Coffee filters + used coffee grounds
  3. Magazines – as long as you shred them first!
  4. Old leather
  5. White glue
  6. 100% cotton anything (including tampons :O)
  7. Hair (cat, dog or human)
  8. Matches (and ashes)
  9. Tea Bags
  10. Cooked Grains
  11. Natural Wine Corks
  12. Aquarium Plants
  13. Jell-O
  14. Old rope
  15. Chewing gum
  16. Dead starfish
  17. Stale or Old Catnip
  18.  Organic tobacco waste
  19.  Granite dust
  20. Bamboo Skewers
  21. Old fish food
  22. Nail clippings
  23. Egg shells
  24. Olive Pits
  25. Popcorn Kernels

sagfWe know fourth of July is coming up, which can leave lots of leftover food from parties. Make it easier on yourself to compost the food when it’s served on these super cute, compostable party plates and cups! 


Buddha Buddies

zm45100754WE LOVE BUDDHAS! We both have buddhas scattered around the house and in our gardens. We’re always looking for unique buddhas, not the typical ones you see in Lowe’s or Home Depot…VivaTerra is a one-of-a-kind company that finds those special artisans and take creative design to another level.  VivaTerra believes that you don’t have to compromise style to help preserve the earth’s precious resources.

zm_enlight-buddhaThese lovely little buddhas are made from the volcano that erupted on Mount Pinatubo in 1991, which emitted 10 million metric tons of magma and devastated much of the Philippines. Twenty years later, the now solidified volcanic ash provides a creative resource for a group of resilient Philippine artisans.

zm_namaste-monk_ver2Thank you VivaTerra for caring about our planet! Click on your favorite buddha to find out where to purchase. :)