Living Room Makeover Reveal

Living Room Makeover Reveal

  Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week!  We got hit by a nasty stomach virus this past week which left 5 out of 6 of us bed and toilet ridden.  But thankfully we are well on the mend and appreciate our good health all the more!  Update:  Make that 6 0ut of 6.:-( Before I get into the juicy photo dump (no pun intended):-) I want to take a quick trip down living room memory lane.   This is what the living room looked like when we came for a showing 3 years ago.  Not super impressive but had potential.   After we moved in, here is how I decorated the living room doing my best to work around a green sleeper sofa that I didn’t love.   Then we got wood floors at an amazing price and I added my bold DIY rug. The living room got an unexpected room-changing moment when a friend texted me inquiring if I would want her comfy but humble couch from her playroom (for free)!  After a lot of elbow…

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Design 101-Symmetrical & Asymmetrical Balance

Design 101-Symmetrical & Asymmetrical Balance

Hello, Friends!! I had planned to take photos of my living room and share them with you today but instead I’ve been cleaning up throw up and consoling my sick, sweet 20 month old.:-(.   Poor little guy! So photos of the living room reveal to come soon! In the meantime I have an important Design 101 principle to share today. As I’ve been putting together the living room the design principle of balance has come forefront in my mind. Source Every item you put in a room whether its a piece of furniture or a decorative accent has visual weight.  When the visual weight of each side of a room are the same then a room is balanced and hence pleasing to the eye. One way designers create this equal balance of visual weight is through symmetrical balance. Symmetrical balance is created when one side of a room mirrors the other side of the room. This method is a much simpler way to create balance because whatever you put on one side of a room you know will go in the…

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I Reupholstered My Side Chairs!

I Reupholstered My Side Chairs!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  This St. Patrick’s is a little more meaningful for me because I now know I’m 28% Irish!  You may be wondering how I know this exact percentage?? This past Christmas my Dad gave all my immediate family a present we didn’t ask for or expect but one we have all enjoyed!  He gave us an Ancestry DNA kit.  Basically you spit in a tube and send it off to a lab and then 3 weeks later they send you back your personal countries of origin percentages. I now know I am 40% German, 28% Irish, 16% Scandanavian, and 10% Great Britain (and trace percent of some others).   It’s been fun to see the similarities and differences I have with my parents and siblings (mostly similarities).  A long story (but hopefully interesting ) to explain why I know I’m Irish and 28% for that matter!:-) As I mentioned in an earlier post I lucked  out one day (my Irish luck perhaps:-) ) while scavenging a local thrift store.  Besides some décor items I found  two matching green vinyl chairs for only $6.50 a piece! The lines of the chair reminded…

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Favorite Interior Designers Series- Victoria Hagan

Favorite Interior Designers Series- Victoria Hagan

Hello, Friends!  I am back today with another interior designer favorite!  In the past I have showcased the work of the talented, James Radin and Martha O’ Hara. Today I will share some of my favorite spaces created by interior designer, Victoria  Hagan. Victoria Hagan started her design company, Victoria Hagan Interiors, over 20 years ago.  In 2004 she was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame (which I didn’t even know existed)!  Her work is exquisite!  I will stop talking and let you see for yourself…   Images via Victoria Hagan Interiors This last photo above is one of my favorites. So why is Victoria Hagan one of my favorite designers? She knows how to set a mood or tone for a space.  And it helps that the tone she usually creates is one of my favorites which I have coined, Casual Elegance. I love the height and fullness of the drapes she chooses for the spaces! I love how each space contains an element (a piece of furniture, artwork, etc.) that is unique and interesting (did you notice in the photo of the bathroom…

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The Look for A Lot Less

The Look for A Lot Less

Hello! I hope you are all doing well! Today I want to share with you some specific ideas for getting a designer look for less. I’ve been totally inspired by what I’ve been seeing around the blogosphere and will share a couple of projects as well as a few of my own finds! 1. First, I spotted this DIY gorgeous marble tray knockoff featured on Knock Off Décor. Isn’t it great? Remember the rectangle marble tiles I used for my DIY marble Console Table? Well, I think I would use those instead because I like the rectangle shape a little better than the square. The marble tray is just my kind of DIY– super easy an inexpensive! You get the full tutorial HERE. I’ve been trying to think of a good place in my home where I could put the tray. If and when I think of one I’ll be making it (my darn practical mind gets in the way of DIY fun sometimes)!:-) 2. Okay, now hold on to your seat for the next one!…

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DIY Pedestal Side Table

DIY Pedestal Side Table

I’m so excited to share this tutorial today! I have spotted these pedestal side tables everywhere and LOVE them. Ballard Designs/Ballard Designs/Ballard Designs/Joss & Main/Joss & Main/ Restoration Hardware   They are both handsome and pretty, elegant and casual, and just right!  I’ve wanted a pedestal accent table since I first laid eyes on one but haven’t found any I like in my budget price range. You can tell from these moodboards I created over a year ago that I’ve had quite the crush on pedestal side tables!:-)   Well….. now I have one (and soon two)!  I figured out a way to DIY them for a fraction of the cost of buying one and the best news is that it is easy to make–definitely even a beginner DIY-er could make one!!     I’m at Remodelholic.com today sharing the full step by step tutorial!  You can check it out HERE!  Let me know what you think!:-)  And, yep, at least one of them will be going in my living room makeover which is slowly but surely coming together!:-)

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More Spray Paint Magic

More Spray Paint Magic

As many of you know I am in the process of redecorating my living room right now.  We finally moved the grey painted couch from the basement to the living room and the sleeper sofa down to the basement thanks to the help of a kind neighbor. Now that the “new” couch is in the living room it has made it easier to take some strides in redecorating.  One small step (but every step counts):-) that I made this week is a new home décor accessory. I was inspired by these Ballard Designs’ $100 plus equestrian décor items. via Ballard Designs via Ballard Designs (out of stock) While looking for décor items at a local thrift store (I can’t wait to show you some of my other finds there) I followed my kids into the toy section and spotted this equestrian beauty. I immediately thought of the two things:  the ballard designs’ inspiration pieces and gold spray paint.     I had gold spray paint left over from making the kids DIY decorative ladder and so when I got home I went at it…and, Voila! It was…

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Pina Colada Cupcakes & More

Pina Colada Cupcakes & More

Hi All!:-) Based on the feedback I got from my blogging survey I’ve decided I will share recipes on the blog sparingly. So since I won’t be sharing too many you better believe that the ones I do share are the BEST!:-) Also, I will leave a link to an inspiring decorating or design related article at the end of all my recipe posts so that those who aren’t interested in recipes can still leave feeling fed.;-) I came across the recipe I will be sharing through a “dinner club/group” I’ve been part of for the past 9+ years.  In our dinner club we take turns hosting and the host picks out and assigns recipes to the rest of the group. I love our dinner group because it forces me to try recipes I wouldn’t have picked out on my own! Betty Crocker’s Pina Colada Cupcakes were assigned out to another group member for our dessert a few months ago.  They are so delicious and I could hardly believe they were made from a cake mix! So…

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