Front Door Make-Over, Blue is the New Black

“There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in”, stated the novelist Graham Greene.  It seemed a particularly good quote to remember as I perused the photos proud parents posted of their kids on Facebook this week.  Back to school is one of the best times to get fresh photos of kids wearing their newest fashion statements at the front door.  I’ve included a few from the Stewart, Kaufusi, and Colquitt families in my post.  Olivia’s striped blue & white backpack is available in our Tai Pan Trading stores!

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The front door is such a beautiful backdrop for so many of life’s special moments. I was inspired by these charming pictures to update my own front door, perfect timing to maximize the curb appeal of my Fall and Halloween decorating that is just around the corner.

Before: Satin White

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After: March Aquamarine

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My friend at the Home Depot paint counter also recommended these colors, many being quite popular:

Yacht Blue S490-4
Yacht Blue S490-
High Dive P480-5
High Dive P480-5
Blue Square S460-5
Blue Square S460-5
Rushing Stream P480-4
Rushing Stream P480-4

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My little ones are home schooled, but they do look great in front of the new blue front door!  Stay tuned to the blog in the coming weeks, we will have lots of front door & porch decorating ideas to maximize your curb appeal for Fall & Halloween!

Back to School Fashion from Tai Pan

You’ve had a summer full of fun in the sun and family vacations. Now it’s time for back to school and hunting down the best fashion finds and this year you can find them at Tai Pan’s fashion department.

This year, fashion is bringing back an 80’s favorite – overalls. These burgundy overalls from Tai Pan are the perfect addition to your back-to-school wardrobe.


Our fashion department doesn’t end at clothes. Complete your look with our accessories!

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Need a backpack? We have those too! Carry all your school supplies in style.

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And whether you need some frames to put those first day of school pictures in, or just some great fall décor, stop by TPT Deals for a great discounts.

3 Easy Steps for Perfect Faux Flowers


From the Brittany Maddux blog.

We know that the presentation of your home is important and feeling like you have to stay on top of everything can get overwhelming fast. So finding little tricks to ease up your load can seem like a life saver.

FauxFlowerTutorial11One trick we love is using faux flowers in your home. We know using faux flowers can have a bad reputation of looking “tacky”. But that’s not always true. If they are done right, they can look just a beautiful as real flowers – and they last forever with very little maintenance.

So we teamed up with blogger Brittany Maddux to show you just how great faux flowers can look in your home. She has written an easy step-by-step guide to creating the perfect faux flowers.

And when you’re done, don’t forget to stop by TPT Deals to get great deals on some other great décor to complete the look!


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