My nuLoom Rug Crush

My nuLoom Rug Crush

So we didn’t get my friend Lolly’s laundry makeover done quite yet but we are close and will be sharing the reveal next week!! In researching out possible rugs for her laundry room as well as for my back patio makeover I’ve found a new love, nuLoom rugs (this is not a sponsored post, by the way, just sharing my new rug crush)! Sometimes I think it’s hard to find rugs that I like and that are affordable.  It seems that I can find a lot of very traditional rugs and a lot of very modern rugs but that it can be tricky to find something with a little bit of funk and personality that still goes well with an overall traditional or transitional style. I tend to go with white and/or neutral on my walls and in my furniture selections and so I like to add some spice in other mediums such as rugs, fabric, décor accent, or wall décor. Nuloom rugs seem to add just that right amount of color and personality and are overall priced well. Here…

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The Trick to Hiding your Outdoor Uglies

The Trick to Hiding your Outdoor Uglies

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a good week!  Earlier in the week I was at Remodelaholic.com sharing the steps I took to make a Cornhole Set from a pallet.  I love how the  game turned out and will share some sneak peeks of it at the end of this post. Today though I want to talk about the uglies in our yards that we have no control over!  Yes, the water meters and other utility fixtures. I know they serve an important purpose and are functional but they sure don’t make them aesthetically pleasing (where was the landscape designer at that meeting?)!  As shown above I have one on the side of my house and one on my back patio. They’ve got to figure out a better way to do it (and not only for the aesthetic reasons)!  Earlier this month I was out in the back weeding the flower beds.  I was having a peaceful break from the kids until I heard a loud man’s voice right behind me from out of the blue.  I about had a heart attack and made an audible…

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Let’s Talk Best DIY Tools

Let’s Talk Best DIY Tools

I want to talk DIY tools today for two reasons. One is because we’re coming up on Father’s Day weekend when tools are often deeply discounted and two because from the blog survey feedback I received it appears you guys want to know more about which tools are necessary for DIY and which you can do without. I don’t blame you! The whole point of DIY is to save money but if the tools required to do the job cost an arm and a leg you may start to wonder if it is worth it to DIY. Because of this it makes sense in my mind that the best tools to buy are the ones you are going to use the most! Then you will be sure to save lots of money doing-it-yourself! Here are my Top 5 Recommended Tools for DIY based on how much I have used them. Tool #1–  A Drill.  This tool comes with a story. Like many married couples when my husband and I were first married we were very tight on money. My…

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Tips & Tricks to Getting Free Furniture

Tips & Tricks to Getting Free Furniture

Furnishing a home can be an immense expense but it doesn’t have to be. There are ways to save thousands of dollars on furnishings and still get a beautiful, high-end looking home. The purpose of this post is to share the tips and tricks I have employed in furnishing my own home with the hopes it can help you in creating a beautiful home on a budget. In this post I will share several of my furniture finds with you– I do this as an illustration of the possibilities and not in the least bit to brag. I feel very grateful and blessed for these deals and know from the bottom of my heart that you can be equally blessed! So that being said let’s start with the furniture throughout my home that I have received for FREE! I am hoping that sharing the details of how I received free furniture will help you be in positions to do the same. Tip #1– Start or be a member of an email or Facebook group for your church congregation,…

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The Trick to Growing Grass & Porch Update

The Trick to Growing Grass & Porch Update

If you are a homeowner or ever will be a homeowner in the future there is a good chance that at some point in time you will need to grow grass. We have only lived in our home for a little over 3 years and have already had to grow grass on two separate occasions. When I mentioned to my husband I was writing a post on growing grass he chuckled. Yes, chuckled! I asked him why he found that funny and he explained that it seemed like a no brainer topic, just read the directions on the bag! I kindly reminded him of the two bags of grass seed we wasted our time and money on (grass seed is not inexpensive) before finding our successful method and how I would like to help others in a balding lawn situation get the help they need right away instead of fiddling around with unprofitable methods. Because lets face it, when you plant grass seeds you have to invest time in watering them and there is nothing…

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Navy & White You Feel So Right

Navy & White You Feel So Right

 Hello!  I hope you’ve had a  great week!  I’ve had a lot of fun putting this post together to share with you today!  There is so much beautiful inspiration in this one post! There is something magical about the combining decorating powers of navy and white.  Together they exude feelings of timelessness, dependability, relaxed confidence, simplicity, elegance, refinement, cleanliness, beauty, optimism, and peace. As someone who is highly effected by her surroundings it is not a surprise that I love finding ways to decorate with navy and white in my own home. 10 years ago we had a navy painted accent wall in the kitchen of our condo.  I chose white floating shelves for my navy “visual family tree” wall and never grew tired of it.  In our current home I’ve added splashes of navy and white décor in my office/bedroom. In the nursery with this DIY navy and white whale art. In my boys bedroom with the Ikea white over-the-bed sconces and navy bedspreads and DIY bicycle wall art. With the dining room drapes and DIY navy and white striped thrift store vase. In living…

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Makings of a Stylish Man Cave

Makings of a Stylish Man Cave

Before my husband and I bought our current home we were planning on building our dream home (we had even picked out every single exciting detail with the builder).  When life took another direction we were both pretty disappointed (explanation found HERE). Hoping to lift my husband’s spirits and in a moment of weakness and sheer delirium I told him that the room off of the kitchen which would be our media room could be his man cave and that he would have free reigns to decorate how he would like. After we got settled into our current home I immediately got started DIY-ing–embellishing fireplaces, ripping down wallpaper, painting bannisters, etc and had forgotten all about my moment of delirium. After a few months of ignoring the forest green wall paint in the media room (media room sounds so much better than TV room) I was finally ready to start thinking about paint colors and décor for the room. One night as my husband noticed me scoping out the room and playing with paint samples he casually reminded me that I had said…

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Easy DIY Doorway Casings

Easy DIY Doorway Casings

Hi Guys!  I hope you had a great week and a fabulous Mother’s Day for the all Moms out there!!  Today I want to share a simple tutorial for installing casing (wood trim) around a doorway opening.  This is a very easy DIY that goes a long way to increasing a home’s architectural beauty! Below is a photo of our entryway before we bought our home.  There is a doorway opening into the living room on one side of the entry and a doorway opening to the dining room on the other side. As you can see in the photo above the doorway openings were not cased with wood trim.  Now they are!!   Before I trimmed the opening on the inside of the dining room: The After: Makes a big difference, doesn’t it??  Let me walk you through how very easy it is to do. The first step may be the most “intimidating” part and yet you can see in this 1 minute video how simple and not scary it is.  The first step is to remove about 4 inches of the existing baseboard on each side of your door opening. See how I…

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DIY Large Wooden Planters & Porch Makeover

DIY Large Wooden Planters & Porch Makeover

I’ve been busy, busy, busy this week working in the yard.  There is always so much to do outside after a long winter–weeding, mulching, watering, and raking leaves (yes, I have learned if you don’t rake your leaves all the way in the fall they will still be waiting for you come Spring).:-( But alas I am making progress and it is fun to see how a little (or a lot of effort) in the yard goes along way. I have even taken a stab at DIY landscaping which I will be sure to touch on sometime in the future. Today I want to share with you how to make large wooden planters.  I must admit that I was intensely inspired by these planters from my Design 101-Balance post (photo below). Historical Concepts via Houzz I am pretty much obsessed with them actually (as well as the whole porch). But unfortunately planters like this cost a small fortune, at least $300 for two of them which is too much for me. So what’s a determined girl to do…

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