Parade of Homes-House Tour #2 1/2

Welcome to another Home Tour!  Last week I shared an interesting house from the BIA Parade of Homes full of unique ideas.  I mentioned that my camera battery died right after we stepped out of that first house.  Thankfully, I was able to use the camera on my dad’s phone for  the pictures you will see today.  But ironically my dad’s phone battery died not too long after we saw the second home.  Hmmm, it appears we share a family trait of not charging our batteries well enough!

Anyways, I’m glad I got photos of what I did!  This next house is a 6,148 sq. ft. Christmas themed home, best described as “Christmas in July”.  It was so well executed that it made me kind of long for cold winter nights which is pretty darn shocking considering the brutal winter we endured not so long ago (you can read all about it here).

This farm-styled exterior offers a long covered porch and a blue barn garage (a first for me).  The front entrance occupies double glass, wood doors planked by two sets of friendly rocking chairs.

Coppertree Home

I love the idea of using poinsettias in hanging baskets for a cheerful winter splash of color (it sure is needed that time of year)!
front porch


The Family Room has a cozy vibe with a large, round stone fireplace surround and soft, fur pillows.  I love the drapes in this room!  They mimic the pattern in the coffee table and end table as well as the zigzags in the negative space between the stones.  They are subtle and sophisticated.
coppertree family room_edited-1

The stone and drapes were repeated in the dining room.  I love the bold blue-green color on the walls.  It looks so nice with the warm brown tones of the hardwoods floors.
coppertree dining room_edited-1


They carried the theme of winter out brilliantly in these kid bedrooms.

The Boy’s Room instills a outdoorsy, cabin feel.
Rustic Boys Room

The Girl’s Room resembles a magical winter fairy land.
girls bedroom

girls room deer picture

The staircase  located in the middle of the home was a lavish 3 story rotunda– this is a picture of it looking down from the main floor to the basement.   What would have been more impressive is if I would have gotten the shot from the 3rd floor looking down.
Round Stairway


This is a photo of what appeared to be the guest bedroom.  I’m pretending it’s the Master bedroom though because I thought  the Master Bedroom was such a disappointment.
guest bedroom


The Master bathroom was not disappointing however!  I love how the wainscoting runs all the way up the wall, the deep blue-green color. and the his and her bathroom vanities complete with towel holders.  The freestanding tub was a popular feature in bathrooms this time around.  I love the look but I can’t imagine they would be comfortable to bathe in.
Master Bathroom

And this was the view off the balcony in the Master bedroom.  Quite picturesque (well, that is everything past the port-a-potty)!
view from master balcony

This ends the “Christmas in July” Home Tour.  Like I mentioned before they definitely pulled off the Christmas/Winter theme well!  Do you feel like joining in on a rendition of “Deck the Halls” after viewing this home or are you hoping winter never finds us (at least anytime soon)?

I was able to snap just a few more pictures before my dad’s phone died.  These are spaces from three other homes in the Parade.


A Lovely Dining Space.

I love the size and colors of this floor to ceiling stone fireplace.  Isn’t it gorgeous??


A Fabulous Brick Entry Way!

brick entry_edited-1


A Calming, Casual Great Room

family room head on shot

family room

And, perhaps, I saved the best for last.  I LOVE this coastal inspired great room (minus the fish statues).  It is both cozy and beautiful!

gorgeous family room

It was definitely evident from the this Parade of Homes that the kitchen is taking a backseat to Master Bathroom in terms of upgrades and attention. The kitchens were pretty ho-hum and the Master Baths were extravagant with super large fancy showers. I also noticed there was only 1 out of 13 homes that had a 2 story great room but lots of homes with 10ft ceilings throughout the main level.

As usual I really enjoyed going and seeing how the homes were designed and decorated. I hope you enjoyed the digital home tour despite the fact the pictures were taken with a phone camera!

Do you have a favorite room or space from the Home Tour(s)?

DIY Exaggerated Window Casings

I have always loved the look of a window encased in a plethora of white molding.  It is especially attention getting when there are 2 or more windows situated side by side and the molding wraps around all of it!  Having the molding fill in all of the space between the windows gives the windows the illusion of being one large window entity.


via Pottery Barn






Decorative Molding can be expensive especially as the width of the molding increases.  In an attempt to recreate this look in my boys’ room (without breaking the bank) I decided to try out a faux/exaggerated method that I had seen done on baseboards and crown molding but not windows.


Below is an exaggerated baseboard.

via Home Depot (tutorial found at this link)

This is where you paint above your existing baseboard white and then add another piece of smaller trim on top.  The paint gives the illusion of a taller baseboard without the price!

I have also seen this successfully accomplished with crown molding.

How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding: After the room makeover

via Home Depot (tutorial for at this link)

So I figured that this method should work for window casings too, right??  I’m happy to inform you that the answer is, yes, indeed it does!

diy exaggerated window casings

Before we bought our home the bedroom contained two windows with no molding or white paint.  The windows looked plain and uninteresting.

Soon after we bought our house I had so many projects that I knew that I wouldn’t be able to get to the boys’ room for awhile.  I did however quickly paint in between and around their windows in white to add some contrast and interest to their windows and room (shown below).

boys room

Now that I am in the process of tackling the boys’ bedroom head on (I’m about 78% done) I decided that it was about time I finished out my faux window casings.

I chose to use the cheapest option of shoe molding.  I found it at Lowes’s for $2.84 for 8 feet.  I needed 4 of them.  So the total cost of the molding was around $12.

shoe molding


Here is how to create faux window casings!

how to exaggerate window casings


cut mitered corners


Nail in shoe molding


caulk shoe molding


Sit back and enjoy your newly cased windows! :-)

DIY Faux Window Casings


Have you ever used paint to give the illusion of larger woodwork??  I love these kinds of projects where “the look” is achieved for less, a lot less!  If all goes well I’ll have the boys’ bedroom ready to reveal next week! We’ll see. :-)

diy exaggerated window casings

Parade Of Homes Home Tour #1

This past weekend I was able to go to our city’s annual Parade of Homes (aka Home-a-rama).  I’ve been looking forward to going for a LONG time!  I had been in 2011 and 2012 but last year I was 34+ weeks pregnant and not up for the super hot weather, walking up and down tons of stairs, and bumping people with my belly left and right so I just examined the homes from the comfort of my couch via the BIA Parade of Home App.

bia parade of homes


This Year I was rearing to go and decided to brave the crowds of the first day and hour of the show!  In an effort to experience the least traffic my dad (my date for the event) and I decided to go to the last house first.  I’m glad I did because it had a lot of interesting features and promptly after leaving this home my camera battery sadly went kaput!:-(

So Welcome to this Farmhouse styled, elegantly modern rustic home boasting a whopping 5, 514 sqft (built by M/I Homes).

MI Home


When you first enter there is a very small 2 story foyer followed by a apple green and gold accented dining room to the left.


Dining Room


To the right of the foyer is a french door that leads to an eclectic office.



Yes, that is nail head trim you see used instead of your typical wainscoting.  Definitely a first for me.

Nailhead Wainscoting Trim


The shelves were held up by leather straps.

leather strapped shelf


Onto the Family Room.  I find the muted tones of this room very comforting and relaxing.

Family Room

Family Room Head Shot


I especially love the brick fireplace painted in a calm medium gray color.  This really is a great option to painting your brick the typical white!

Gray Painted Brick Fireplace


Another feature in this home that was new to my was the two toned ceiling beams.  I’ve seen them white and I’ve seen them dark but not white and black together like this.

two toned ceiling beams


The family room lay open to the kitchen.  Please excuse the people in the following photos.  They wouldn’t leave the house even though I told them I had very important pictures to take for the readers of my blog. :-)

Family Room to Kitchen Flow



I love the soft grays and browns mixed together in the design of this kitchen.

Gray Painted Cabinets

Eating Area off of Kitchen


This room called “The Breakfast Room”  was located right off the kitchen and lead out to a relaxing outdoor living space.  If you look through the glass of the fireplace you can see that the fireplace can also be utilized from the outside.

Extra Room


The outdoor living space that I somehow failed to get a photo of consisted of a covered deck which wrapped around to the side of the house.

Side of MI Home

As we travel to the upstairs note how the stairs have two different entry points from the main level.



In the Master Bedroom the bed sits up against a wide almost headboard like window and is planked by matching nightstands and lamps.  The chandelier is quite ornate and a settee is at the foot of the bed rather than the more commonly employed bench seat.

Master Bedroom


Abstract Drawings are paired wonderfully with a traditional chair to create a cozy reading nook in this otherwise plain corner of the room—a great use of space!

Master Bedroom Sitting Area


This Master Bathroom boasted amazing floors, a fun light fixture, more nail head trim on the wall, and some more gold accents.  A very tranquil, yet interesting space.

Master Bathroom Full shot

Master Bathroom


I thought this Boy’s room was well orchestrated and provided a new take on wainscoting– metal.

Boys Bedroom

Metal Wainscoting


This Girl’s Room proves that painted stripes aren’t just for boy’s rooms.  Although some of the bedding is too loud for my taste I’m sure there a plenty of tween girls that would feel right at home in this space.

Girls Room


I loved this take on a kids bathroom.  The fun patterned wall paint and the tile bling in the shower make this bathroom.

Kids Bathroom

Kids Bathroom Painted Patterned Wall


Lastly, the upstairs contained a great loft area built for studying, reading, and relaxing.




You can see how the loft looks over the 2 story foyer.  I loved the white wainscoting they used ALL the way up the foyer wall.

Loft 2


This house was a biggie but provided lots of design inspiration.  Although this home isn’t 100% my style I enjoyed the spaces they put together and the level of interest and novelty involved.


How about you?  What design elements did you like?  Do you like how the home is decorated?  Which style of decorating do you think this home most resembles (modern, rustic, traditional, transitional)???  I hope you enjoyed the tour and maybe even got some ideas along the way!! :-)

DIY Faux Tufted Headboard

This week I’ve been working hard on my sons’ shared bedroom makeover.  Specifically I have been tackling their beds, one of which needed repair and both which needed some serious updating.  When deciding on how to update their beds I was inspired by the idea of a gray tufted upholstered headboard.


56" Deconstructed Chesterfield Sleigh Bed With Footboard

via Restoration Hardware

There is something so masculine and handsome about it.  I felt like something similar to this would really help the boys’ room feel more distinguished and sophisticated.  Of course, buying this one was out of the question!  The above bed runs between $2,000 and $2,600.

After reading Jen’s upholstered headboard tutorial  from Tatertots and Jello I decided to give the DIY a try and put my own twist on it!  I’m so glad I did!

Below is how my boys’ gray tufted (actually faux tufted) headboard turned out.

headboard full shot

diy  most inexpensive tufted headboardgray upholstered headboard

Would you believe it if I told you that two twin size headboards only cost me around $40 to make?  That’s only $20 per headboard!!  I love both the price and the look of this DIY!

Below is a full step by step process of how to make these headboards as well as a faux tufting trick I learned along the way!!!  You can do this!

Supplies- (1) 4×8 ft piece of plywood-  I got mine at Lowes for $7.35.   It was actually in a pile just outside the lumber door.  Most of the plywood this size is more expensive.  If you can’t find it ask a worker to show you where the plywood is that is under $10.

Full size Foam Mattress pad-  I got mine at Jo Ann’s for $22 (it was %50 off).

1-2 yards of fabric depending on the height you want your headboard to be.  I got my fabric at $5 a yard.

A Staple Gun

A jigsaw

Several buttons-  I already had my buttons from a large assortment pack I bought years ago.

DIY Upholstered headboard step 1

Diy upholstered headboard step 2

diy upholstered headboard step 3

diy upholstered headboard step 4

foam attached to headboard

uphostered tufted headboard step 5

extra fabric added to headboard

upholstered faux tufted headboard step 6

DiY faux tufted headboard step 7

faux tufted headboard tutorial

faux tufted headboard step 8

faux tufted headboard step 9

foam and fabric button

diy easy tufted headboard step 10

You can either prop the headboard up behind the bed if it’s the right height or you can use D-ring hooks and screws (into studs or anchors) to hang the headboard on the wall at the desired height.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful.  I know I could have probably figured out how to tuft the headboard with a needle and thread and drilling holes in the back of the headboard but this method got me the same result with less hassle!

I hope you have a great weekend!  Any big plans???

diy faux tufted headboard

DIY faux tufted headboard tutorial

DIY Decorative Boxes

Decorative Boxes have definitely become a trend in the design world as pieces of décor to adorn table tops, bookcases, and the like.



Surprisingly (at least to me) a set of 3 decorative boxes can ring in as high as $135+

Chevron Bone Boxes - Set of 3
via Home – $74 plus $11 shipping

Hadley Boxes - Set of 3
via – $135.99

You may remember in my recent Dining Room Update I added a grouping of 3 decorative boxes as a centerpiece for the dining room table.

Dining Room Summer Decor


I found the decorative box on the bottom clearanced at Homegoods for $9 (haha still boasting it’s price tag in the picture, oops).  The top two boxes I DIY-ed for $3!  Much less than the decorative box sets above!


Summer Centerpiece


You could easily DIY some decorative boxes for your home as well!  The idea started when my husband received a yummy Father’s Day present in the mail from my mom and dad.  They were Cheryl’s cookies and were tastefully enclosed in these cute plaid gift boxes.


decorative boxes

Realizing the cookies weren’t for me my brain went straight to “hmmm, is there a way I can use these handsome boxes as decorative boxes in my home”.  I couldn’t come up with a use for them as they were but I did envision them looking great in the dining room as a splash of coral and white!

Free boxes to use for this project could come to you in the mail (even as ugly brown packages) or as gift boxes when you buy clothing at a store.

I bet you have a few boxes laying around somewhere just waiting to become a home décor piece (think shoe boxes even).  You gotta think outside the BOX for this one (I know cheesy line.  It’s late here, it couldn’t be helped). :-)

All I did to create my decorative boxes was to use painters tape to establish the new design.

tape box

The areas I wanted to be white I painted first and then took off the tape and painted the unpainted areas coral.  I used wall paint samples for that paint but I’m sure you could also use craft/acrylic paints.

start to tape box

You can make any design you want.  If you google ‘free stencils’ you are likely to find some you could print out and use for this project or you could keep it simple and paint solids.  I love how the set of 3 decorative boxes on the bookshelf  are each a color in the same color family-they almost appear ombre.

Or for even more pop you could paint the lid and box different solid colors as shown below.

via The Hunted Interior

No matter how you paint yours I can bet 3 things  1) that it is a better version than what it looked like before  2) it was less expensive than buying a one at the store  3)  that your home just got more stylish with its addition.  :-)

I hope you enjoyed this DIY!  I am in the midst of more DIYs right now.  Can’t wait to share them!  I hope you have a wonderful day!

decorative boxes completed

An Old Favorite Paint Color & A New Favorite Paint Brand

Ever since my friend, Wendy, painted her laundry room Dolphin Fin by Behr a few years ago I have been in love with the color.  She paired it with white and yellow decor in her laundry room and it is oh so lovely!  It is a dreamy light gray color that has some subtle blue undertones.


Below are some rooms decked out in Dolphin Fin by Behr

via Simply Inspired Design

Design Sponge - living rooms - Behr - Dolphin Fin - Powell Coffee Table, gray walls, gray paint, gray paint colors, powell coffee table, glass top coffee table,

via Décor pad


via Shay Cocrane

via Life on Virginia Street

via Indulgy

paint color: behr dolphin grey

via Pinterest

Dolphin Fin by Behr paint. Relaxed, light, comfortable, and casual. by callie

via Indulgy

It wasn’t until recently that I found an opportunity to use it in my own home.  I have officially started the makeover of my son’s shared room.  It was already painted blue when we moved in and I kept the color because it went fine with the decor they already had from our home before.


boys room

But now that we have had much of the decor for several years I am ready for a change (and I think they are too).  Additionally, one of my boys managed to break the wood frame of their bed.  I tried to fix it with gorilla glue but it broke again 3 days later.  Anyways, coming up with a solution to that problem will be part of this bedroom makeover.

To launch this bedroom makeover I painted 3 out of the 4 walls behr dolphin fin.  The wall behind the beds will be painted a medium dark color, mostly likely gray.  I’m excited for the vision in my head to transpire to life.  I picture the room being fun yet classy!  I’ve always loved the boys room below!


One of the first posts that I ever wrote was on my favorite paint brand.  In it I discussed how Pottery Barn had “broken up with” Benjamin Moore for Sherwin Williams.  Also, I shared all about my favorite paint brand (to read this post click HERE).

In the process of painting the boys’ room I discovered a “new love”.  I still like my old favorite paint brand but I love the new one!!  In our old home we lived closest to Lowes and I got very accustom to the store and their products.  Now I live closer to Home Depot and out of sheer convenience have been going there more often.

I finally decided to try a Home Depot paint brand for the boys’ room instead of hauling my 4 kiddos over to Lowes.  I approached the man at the paint counter and frankly asked “so do you guys carry any really good paint”.  He replied “why, yes, our Behr Premium Plus Ultra paint has been ranked #1 by Consumer Reports 5 years in a row” (I haven’t researched to see if this is true).  I was skeptical  but at $32 a gallon I thought it was sure worth a try.

Well, I couldn’t be happier with the results!  I only had to do 1 coat.  Enough said.

No, really I’ve never been able to get away with painting only one coat.  All the other brands I’ve tried I’ve had to do 2 or 3 coats.  It was amazing!  I am not getting paid or compensated in any way for this opinion I’m just wanting to share my experience.  It goes on nicely and did I mention I  only had to do 1 coat!! :-)  Definitely worth a try!

Do you have a favorite paint color or paint brand?

Easiest Way to Remove Wallpaper!

I’m back today to share a majorly helpful tip on taking down wallpaper! Before we even bought our home I knew the wallpaper in the dining room HAD to be addressed!

Our Dining Room Before

Dining Room


Sure, I had seen worse wallpaper but this was definitely not my style and although I love brown tones in decorating I prefer to keep them to wood furniture rather than the color of my walls.

I very seriously researched the possibility of painting over the wallpaper and almost chanced it to get out of removing the wallpaper.  But  my sensible side won out since the feedback from the research carried mixed reviews.

I bought a container of ‘special’ wallpaper removal solution that came in a spray bottle.  I followed the directions and sprayed an area of wallpaper with it, waited 15 minutes, and then began to use a putty knife scraper tool to gently pull off the wallpaper.   The results were unimpressive.  I was lucky to get more than 3 inches of wallpaper off at a time.  And since the progress was SO painstakingly slow I started to get impatient and less gentle resulting in some dings on the wall from the scraper.

My dad was in town at the time and was kind enough to take pity on me and join in the fun misery.  It took us over two hours to only do about 1/10 of the room.  I was not a happy camper to say the least.

We decided to take a break despite the lack of progress and I’m so glad we did because  in a desperate hope to escape what I thought was my next 20 hours of wallpaper removal reality I located the “Removing Wallpaper the Easiest and Fast Way” Youtube videos.  My rescue from hours and hours of frustration and dismay!

I ended up modifying his method a little bit so I will describe the steps I used to easily take off the remaining 9/10ths of the wallpaper and leave links to his Youtube video at the end in case you still feel you want to watch the process in action.

Since the wallpaper removal solution was already completely used up in the first unproductive escapade I decided to fill the empty spray bottle up with warm to hot water.  I laid down towels at the bottom of the wall where I would be spraying to catch the water drips.  I sprayed about a 4-5 ft. (width) section of the wall all the way up and down the wall.  I made sure I sprayed the wall generously so that the water would soak through the paper completely.

After I sprayed the area I let it sit for 30 minutes.  Then I came back and sprayed the same area making sure it was nice and wet.  I again let it alone for 30 minutes.  Then when I came back after 3o minutes I gently pulled up the wallpaper from the very bottom and lo and behold it came off in one nice big sheet!!!  It comes off all the way from the bottom of the wall to the top of the wall!

As soon as you get all the wallpaper off the wall in that section take a towel and wipe down the wall.  Any remaining paste on the wall should come off onto the towel.  The paste may be hard to see so feel with your hands to make sure the paste has come all the way off the wall.  Warning:   If you wait to towel off the wall then the paste will dry on the wall and take more time to remove.

As you get the method down you can start spraying other 4-5ft. sections of the walls during the 30 minute waiting periods but you will need to be very attentive and organized with the timing of all the sections in order for the walls to stay properly wet.

I am SO grateful I found this method because who knows if I would have had the patience to go 20 hours longer slowing and painfully chipping away at my dining room wallpaper.  And I love that my version of the method is completely free (well, practically, I guess I do pay a water bill) :-)

Here is the before and after–

Before-Not my Style

Dining Room

After-It’s getting there

Dining Room Summer Decor

And here are the links to the “Removing Wallpaper the Easiest and Fast Way” Youtube Videos.

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4,

Anyone else been through heck and back trying to remove wallpaper??

4th of July Home Decor Deals

Happy 4th of July!!! I am popping in on this great day to share a few deals I’ve been spying around stores and online.

First, Hobby Lobby is having a huge sale on select home accents. I went by there yesterday and there was one full aisle of 80% off items, a half an aisle of 90% off items and 2 full aisles of 66% off items. There were several items at my local store that would be great to use for filling empty spots on mantles, consoles tables, bookcases, and shelves. Many were between $2-$8.

Remember these pretty blue and white porcelain pots from the Casual Elegance Post pictured below??  Well, Hobby Lobby had some smaller, similar versions of these pots for only $4 to $6 a piece!

casual elegance inspiration room


RugsUSA is having a 70%-80% off promotion at checkout (and free shipping) until July 7th.  This is just one of many stylish rugs offered.

via Rugs USA


Next, JC Penney is clearancing out a bunch of their drapes. And right now until July 6th you can get an extra 25% off of the clearance price when you checkout with the CODE: HOTDOG.

 Royal Velvet® Arden Stripe Back-Tab Curtain Panel

via JCP

There are some pretty ones like the serene, stripe one above.  With the 25% off code these are only $22 a panel for the standard 50 x 84 size.  They remind me a lot of Pottery Barn’s pricier Riviera Stripe Drape.

These are the deals I’m aware of, however, I know there are a lot more going on throughout the weekend.  So if you come across any feel free to share it in the comment section of this post!  Deal lovers UNITE!

Also, I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to share deals I come across.  Sometimes when I just see one deal I don’t feel I should post it since it’s just one deal–even if it’s a really good deal!  I’ve been thinking that in these cases it would be best for me to post it on Instagram.

So if you are at all interested in getting more frequent updates on deals I hear about or see you can go to my side bar below my picture and click the button, View on Instagram.  I believe that this will allow you to start following my Instagram feed.  Just don’t want you to miss out on any great deals!! :-)

Have a very Happy 4th!