Holiday Decorations

We’re jumping ahead of ourselves, but when this time of season rolls around, it’s hard not to think of our holiday plans! And with those holiday plans usually comes decorating!!!!

Nina McCarthy from A Beautiful Room, LLC collects her inspiration for holiday center pieces on her pinterest page. Below are our favorite three!

For more design ideas by Nina, visit her pinterest page or better yet, give her a call for a free constulation and she’ll give your home a touch of holiday spirit! 

Winter Coat Drive + Promo | $5.00 Off a Gallon Of Paint



Join the Exeter Paint team in collecting coats for kids this fall + winter season! Stop by the store at 75 Portsmouth Ave. Exeter, N.H. to drop off any winter coats, boots, hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters, etc.

All donators will receive $5.00 OFF any gallon of paint!
Good until December 12, 2014

Donations can also be made directly at Wonderland Thrift Shop
at 28 Portsmouth Ave. Stratham, N.H.


Melissa’s Murals + More!

Ever wanted a mural painted on your wall to add a little something more? Melissa Morin may be the person you’ve been looking for!

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My name is Melissa Morin and I’ve owned a decorative painting business for over 10 years. I specialize in murals and faux finishing but also offer a full spectrum of painting services. I will paint ceiling to floor with a variety of painting styles and mediums, oversee your projects from inception to completion, consistently on time and within budget.

No project is too small.

Recently I’ve also added refinishing kitchen cabinets to my repertoire of services. The results are amazing and the response from clients has been unanimously positive and exciting. The cabinets are sprayed to leave a finish comparable to that coming out of a showroom! Call me and I can show you how we can transform your kitchen to look like a new room!

You may view samples of my work at or “Melissa’s Murals and More” on facebook.

Contact me at 603-321-7455 or

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For more of Melissa’s mural work, visit her website and / or facebook page!
Happy Painting! 

Holiday Food Drive 2014

 What better way to spread the holiday spirit by giving back to your community? At Wentworth Motors Volvo in Exeter, N.H.  they’re taking it upon themselves to collect food up until November 24th.

To our valued customers:

With the holiday season fast approaching, we, Wentworth Motors, as members of the Exeter Area New Car Dealers association are helping fulfill the needs of many deserving families this season by donating non-perishable items to The Seacoast Family Food Pantry – Portsmouth and the St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry-Exeter. We ask for your generosity this season and to help us make this a huge success. We have opened up a Routan in the showroom for this food drive. “Stuff the Routan” will be running up until November 24th 2015.

We understand times are difficult, but if you can please help, the following items are on the wish list:

Peanut Butter and Jelly
Cold Cereal: low sugar
Soups: Chunky with meat
100% Fruit Juice
Canned Fruit: no sugar added or low sugar
Condiments: ketchup, mustard, mayo, salad dressings
Rice: brown/white/boxed
Healthy Snacks
Oil: canola/vegetable/olive
Beans: dry and canned
Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate
Laundry detergent, dish soap, shampoo, deodorant
Toilet Paper, tissues, paper towels
Sun Block
Denture adhesive and cleaner
Baking supplies

Holiday Wish List
cranberry sauce
relish tray i.e.: pickles, olives

We thank you in advance for the gift of giving this holiday season.
Wentworth Motors

Interiors by Mandeville Canyon Designs

Reposted with permission from Renee at Interiors by Mandeville Canyon Designs, this blog post focuses on her Fall Recommendations to bring some sunshine into these shorter, darker, and colder days!

Keep an eye out for the future blog post Q+A with the local interior designer! And visit her page here to see more of her beautiful work! 

On Saturday it’s time to adjust our clocks and “fall back”. By now the trees are done showing us their beautiful array of colors and have lost their leaves.

Mandeville_Logo_circleonly Part of me dreads this time of year because it’s dark when I wake in the morning and it gets dark so early in the afternoon. For a girl from California who craves warm sunshine, this can very difficult. However, there is a part of me that loves the “snuggie-ness” of this time of year. Curling up under a soft blanket by the fire with a good book (or more realistically, my computer!) can’t be beat!

So what does an interior designer like me do to get her house ready for shorter days and long, chilly nights? Well, first I begin with a bit of a fall clean-up! And I don’t mean just the leaves outside. Take a look around your home and decide what your are done using for the season. By now you no longer need the lightweight jackets and flip-flops. Maybe it’s even your outdoor furniture (unless you can still use it to sit by your fire pit for a few more weeks). Sweep out the garage. Make room for shovels, boots and perhaps some sleds! Stack some wood, and if you live around me, get your generator ready for winter.

Inside, I like to change things up a bit with the onset of a new season. Simple ideas like changing out the photographs of my kids from summertime fun to pictures of them jumping in the leaves. I even like to change up my artwork around the house to something more fitting for the season. This way I don’t get bored with my décor, because it’s changing every season!Newfields Kitchen 6

I bring out lots of soft, warm blankets to throw on the couches and chairs in fall hues like  orange and red. Or, toss a fake-fur throw on the couch. On a chilly day, just the sight of a thick, plush fake-fur blanket is enough to warm the heart — and cuddling under it will certainly warm your toes! Faux-fur is classic and will never go out of style…just like snuggling!

Since orange is one of my favorite colors, I love to add pops of it all over my home. Right about now, I would love to be sharing a cup of coffee in this kitchen I recently completed with PK Surroundings in Exeter, NH.

Newfields Kitchen 1

Newfields Kitchen 4

Wall Decals . . or DIY Murals for those boring walls!


Ever feeling creative and want to try painting your own wall art? Take some inspiration from this guy (martinus via Imgur) who took it upon himself to add some pizazz to his boring kitchen wall. 

Follow his journey below through his photos revealing his how to diy secrets! And if you’re still not inspired to take on this project — come in to Exeter Paint to check out the wall decals we have availble for you to choose from to add to your plain walls!