MAD for PLAID: Christmas Decorating

MAD for PLAID: Christmas Decorating

Hello!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!  Have you started decorating for Christmas?? This year I’m taking it slower than past years and have only put the Christmas wreath out on the front door so far. One thing I know for sure though is that I’ll be incorporating plaid into my Christmas decorating again this year! I like plaid all year round but around Christmas time I love it!   via Ballard Designs   I first remember falling in love with “Christmas” plaid when I was around 13 years old.  My mom made me this adorable plaid skirt for Christmas and of course I had to have her make me a matching bow in the same plaid material as the skirt (somebody please get this girl some sunless tan lotion)! 🙂 (Me with my Dad) Then in high school around Christmas time all I wanted to wear were plaid flannel shirts. To me plaid at Christmas time means cozy, classic, fresh and stylish. Now instead of dressing myself in plaid (although I do…

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A Beautiful Bedroom Makeover for Zoe

A Beautiful Bedroom Makeover for Zoe

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week!!  I’m excited to share a budget bedroom makeover today, one I helped design for my friend’s 14 year old daughter, Zoe. Zoe is the youngest of four kids and the only one at home now.  The room we redid use to be her brothers. Zoe wanted her new bedroom to feel sophisticated and beautiful and have a subtle coastal vibe (she is 14 going on 28 no teeny-bopper bedroom here). Here is the BEFORE of the bedroom.     And the AFTER!   The paint color we painted her room is Benjamin Moore Ocean Air and made a huge difference in the space.  Equally important was that they painted all of the trim white (it use to be oak) and added white casing trim around the windows. This part of the makeover was only around $50 and made the largest impact (I love the power of paint)!!   The next most important change we made was how the furniture was laid out.  We took out the large…

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DIY Stone Feature Wall

DIY Stone Feature Wall

Hello!  I hope everyone has had a good week!  This week I invited a fellow blogger to share a tutorial on how to install an interior stone wall.   I LOVE the timeless character that a stone feature wall can create in a home! Dewson Construction Company via Houzz   And Chrissy from Mommy’s Tool belt did such a beautiful job installing one in her powder bathroom makeover!   She is here today to share how she did!  Take it away, Chrissy! *************************************************************************** Hi, my name is Chrissy and I’m visiting from my blog Mommy’s Tool Belt. I love to show readers how easy it is to DIY and create a beautiful home all on your own. At Mommy’s Tool Belt, I also throw in a little DIY craft and cooking when a project calls for it! I believe every person can have a sense of pride in their home and what better than to create it yourself! You can see projects like an entryway makeover with board and batten…   or a DIY Faux Shiplap tutorial.     I’m very excited to…

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Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Paint Color Forecast

Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Paint Color Forecast

Hello! I hope you guys are well!  Benjamin Moore recently announced their paint color trend forecast for 2017. These are the paint colors that they believe will be popular in 2017.   I always love talking about paint colors because I’ve seen just how powerful a change of paint color in a room can be in transforming a space from blah to beautiful and often for only $50 or less! I mentioned in last weeks post (all about how to paint a room) that although I don’t use Benjamin Moore paints I do often get their paint colors made in other brands. Benjamin Moore does an amazing job at creating beautiful, crisp, and on trend paint colors! I used their last year’s 2016 Paint color of the year, Simply White, in my 2 story entry way and living room and still love it.   This year’s 2017 Benjamin Moore Paint Color of the Year is Shadow. (Click Benjamin Moore Link Below to View Video) via Benjamin Moore What a contrast from last year’s light and…

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Everything you Need to Know about Painting a Room!

Everything you Need to Know about Painting a Room!

Hello!  I hope you all have had a great week!  This week has been all about getting ready for Halloween around here (and me learning how to edit video with the iMovie app)! With four kids ages ages 3-10 you better believe the energy level has been high with excitement for the big day! Tonight we went to our church Halloween Party and I couldn’t help but dress the puppy up too before we left!  We have a little division in our family this year of bad vs. good>:-)  Who will win???   A couple of months ago my friend Cindy did a guest post on how to paint tall walls (you can check it, HERE).  Today I am going to share a guide to painting any room! I’ve now painted 2800 out of 3000 square feet of our home.  Additionally, a few of those rooms I’ve paint twice.  I also painted much of the condo we lived in before we moved here.  I’ve learned a lot along the way and want to share all I…

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Laundry Room Makeover Reveal!

Laundry Room Makeover Reveal!

Alas today I’m sharing my laundry room makeover reveal! I asked The Home Depot if they would be willing to partner with me on this makeover and I am thrilled  that they said yes!:-) I shop there all of the time but a few months back when my three year old needed to use the restroom (he’s at the age where he wants to check out the bathroom of every store we go into!) I noticed a bunch of beautiful unfinished cabinetry  against the back wall near the restrooms.   When I went to inspect them closer I was floored by how affordable and nice they were.  They are about half the price of the pre-finished ones and in the shaker style that is very classic and popular these days! I immediately thought of using them in my upcoming laundry room makeover. When we moved into our home 4.5 years ago  the laundry room was as basic as you can get with just a rack above the washer and dryer. I didn’t like all of…

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DIY Beadboard Ceiling + The Fall Season

DIY Beadboard Ceiling + The Fall Season

Hello!  I hope this finds you all doing well!  I’ve been busy finishing up my laundry room makeover this past week which I will share with you this Friday (only two days away)!! It was about this time of year a year ago that I was finishing up my Basement Rec Room Makeover.     I promised a tutorial on how I replaced a section of the drop down ceiling with beadboard and I’m finally getting around to doing just that! I’m sharing the step by step tutorial on how to finish a basement ceiling with beadboard on Remodelaholic today (saved me so much money and looks great)!  Click HERE to view the post and tutorial! Also if you are newer here be sure to check out a couple of my favorite Fall posts from years past. 10 Simple Fall Decorating Ideas (most of these ideas are free) and get my Award Winning Crockpot Chili Recipe! I’ll be back in a couple of days to share my laundry room makeover reveal! Til then!  

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Peel and Stick, Removable Wallpaper Options!

Peel and Stick, Removable Wallpaper Options!

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week! I’m popping in today to share a cool “new” (at least it’s new to me) product that I came across this week!  I’m well into my laundry room makeover and was searching for some kind of backsplash or accent wall above my washer and dryer. I love the look of wallpaper especially in a laundry room! Martha O’Hara Interiors via Houzz via Sarah Bartholomew via Young House Love  David Hicks via Decorpad However the thought of installing wallpaper has always made me want to just keep it a thought and not a do!:-)  It sounds so stressful trying to line it up perfectly and not to mention it can be a messy process. Additionally there’s always the thought in the back of my mind of perhaps having to take the wallpaper down someday and although I know there is an easy way to take down wallpaper it still sounds like a pain. So when I came across Peel and Stick Wallpaper while I was searching for regular wallpaper I was…

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Design 101- 8 Tips to Becoming a Bookshelf Styling Pro

Design 101- 8 Tips to Becoming a Bookshelf Styling Pro

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a wonderful week! I’ve gotten some questions lately on how to style bookshelves and so today I’m going to share my 8 tips to becoming a master bookshelf stylist in your own home! This isn’t something that I intrinsically knew how to do.  It took a lot studying and some practice (and I’m sure I still have more to learn) but I am confident this post will help you decorate your bookshelves like a pro!   8 Tips to a Well-Styled Bookshelf   Tip #1. Layering–  Just like layering a room is important to creating depth and interest so is layering a shelf (the post about layering a room can be found HERE).  Layering a shelf is best achieved when you stack items on top of each other with the smallest item on the very top. via Ballard Designs   For example, if you have a beautiful decorative bowl you can add layers to it by adding a couple of large books underneath it and then another layer by putting decorative…

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