Front Yard Holiday

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Ya, Casa de Hepworths is pretty LAME this year when it comes to Holiday decorating & the front of the house.

Well, the lights on the house (or lack thereof) is pretty pathetic, but I did do a few things to spruce up the front of the house so the neighbors don’t think Scrooge is living next door.

I was totally going to make the cutest Dollar Store wreath for Christmas (I was going to 1up my Dollar Store Fall Wreath that was so popular!), but I just got lazy and never made one.

Instead, I opted for a soft purdy wreath from IKEA and attached a big Dollar Store star on the front.

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I guess technically I could still call it a Dollar Store wreath since the red star is from the Dollar Tree. But somehow that just seems like cheating since the other 50% of the wreath is from IKEA.

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In spite of my sheer laziness, I still love the way it looks.

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Sometimes less-is-more.

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And that wreath! Can I just go off on a tangent for a sec and say how soft it is? I could seriously sleep with it smashed up on my face. It’s like a security blanket. I love it.

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I’ve got this window next to my door that is absolutely perfect for peeping Toms. Seriously. It doesn’t have any blinds or shutters on it, and at night when my lights are on, you can just slowly drive by my house and see clear to my back door.


So to help camouflage the view a tiny bit, the kids and I sat down and made some snowflakes!

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You can still totally see in the house, but your eye is drawn to the snowflakes instead of my couch.

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And last but certainly not least…

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The full view of the house.

I turned my Fall pillows around so they are only brown. Very dramatic effect.

And in closing, let me leave you with my Clampette-esque candy canes lining the sidewalk.

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They really are as crappy and trashy as they look. No, I take that back. They are more crappy and trashy than they look.

I bought them at a garage sale. They came in this huge box of crap (well, actually 4 boxes of crap) that I got for $10. I think they are from 1967.

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I pretty much put them out for the kids. The kids love them. And the kids begged to decorate the yard. So I gave them the box of lights. They wrapped the trees, strung lights on the bushes, and set up the candy canes (with my help). They were so excited about the candy canes that I couldn’t tell them no.

The candy canes will mysteriously disappear after Christmas. Hopefully next year we’ll have our act together enough to actually properly hang lights on the house.

So there you have it. The Hepworths take on the Clampettes, and we won!

Merry Christmas, y’all!


FOR SALE: Coppell, TX house

Looking for a home in the DFW area?

We are selling our home in Coppell, TX! SOLD


* 3 bedrooms
* 2 bathrooms
* 2 Living
* 2 dining (formal and breakfast)
* 1958 square feet
* Built in 1985
* Tons of updates!
* Award Winning Coppell ISD
* Alleyway


We lived in this home before we moved to Austin. We are only selling because of our relocation. I absolutely loved living in this home because of it’s location and great floor plan! It’s currently a rental property, but is being rented by our dear friends, so we know it’s been well taken care of.

The home has gone through enormous transformation over the past several years and is *mostly* updated with only a few exceptions.

Here are pictures and descriptions of the home. Some I took before we moved out, but most are current pictures that I pulled from the MLS Listing.

Front of house:




Formal Living Room:




I updated the Formal Living Room fireplace. You can read about it HERE.

Formal Dining:


Family Room:




We totally renovated the Family Room. You can read all about it HERE.

Here are a few pictures of the room after we renovated it while we lived here.

And just for fun, here’s the room BEFORE we renovated it.

We also added new chunky baseboards HERE.




In addition to removing all the paneling in the kitchen and texturing all the walls (not pictured or blogged about), we also knocked out a small wall hanging from the ceiling HERE.



Breakfast room:


I fixed the tile step from the breakfast room to the Family Room HERE.

Bedroom 2 (next to bathroom):


(Decorated for my daughter before we moved:)


Bedroom 1 (next to foyer):

(It was decorated as a University of Texas room for Travis – hence the burnt orange racer stripes.)

Bathroom 2:


I updated this bathroom HERE.

Here’s a picture of it after I updated it while we lived here.

And just for fun, here’s a BEFORE picture:

Master Bedroom:


Master Bath:



I renovated this bathroom. You can see the blog post about it HERE. Also, here are a few pictures from my renovation post.

Master Closet:

Click HERE to read about painting the closet.




In addition to all the renovations listed above, here are other features and updates to the house:

* At the beginning of 2009 we had a sprinkler system installed in the front and back yard.
* Scraped all popcorn off ceilings in all bedrooms, hallway, and entryway.
* Wired the family room for surround sound
* Painted every room in the house in 2009 including all closets – all fresh brand new paint on walls, baseboards, and all moulding.
* Removed a dead tree in the backyard
* Installed brand new ceiling fans in every bedroom and the family room.
* Brand new baseboards in breakfast area
* Completely decked out the attic with plywood for additional storage
* All wall switches, plugs, covers and plates were beige. We replaced all of them with brand new white ones.

Thanks for your continued support!


Fall wreath updated for Winter

Back in September I created a Martha knock-off wreath for Fall…

I was going to take it down now that it’s Winter, but I really like it and am not ready to hide it away until next Fall.

I went to Hob-Lob and bought two beady picks for .50¢ each. I took both of them and just wrapped them together so the beads faced away from each other.

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I literally just wedged the beady stuff in between the ribbon and the wreath. (I changed the ribbon out as well).

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Now I’ve got a wreath that will last through the Winter as well.

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It was an easy cheap fix to make my wreath last just a little longer.

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Maybe for Spring I’ll bust out the spray paint. :D

So there you have it – my Winter wreath.

Fall & Winter:

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