DIY Pet Feeder- 3 Different Style Options!

DIY Pet Feeder- 3 Different Style Options!

Today I am sharing a DIY that has been a game changer in our home (particularly for our laundry room)!  Ever since I laid eyes on a wooden pet feeder I’ve wanted one (but man they can be expensive)! Buckenmeyer Architecture via Houzz   I love their clean, streamlined, sophisticated look!  Before this DIY (for years and years) our cat used a mat with mismatching food and water bowls atop. Not to mention several half chewed food crumbs surrounding the outside of the bowl (I hope your not reading this while eating lunch)!:-) Whenever I came into the laundry room where we keep our cat “stuff” I was kind of “eh” about what I saw but now after making a feeder i’m like “oh, yeah”!   My cat must like it too because she no longer eats like a ravenous pig!  It’s so pretty that she must want to keep it clean because seriously overnight– no more gross crumbs!  Okay, or maybe the more plausible reason is because it’s height is now a more comfortable level to…

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DIY Painted Couch- A One Year Update!

DIY Painted Couch- A One Year Update!

Something I’ve been dreaming about doing for over a year (but have been too scared to do) is finally happening this week!! As we speak I have the first coat of Benjamin Moore Simply White painted throughout my entry and 2 story foyer and I am loving how it looks (huge sign of relief)!   I will definitely talk more about the foyer and hallway progress in the future! Today though I want to share a 1 year update on my DIY painted couch.   It’s been a year and 2 weeks to be exact and I still cant believe that I actually painted a couch!:-) I have received a lot of questions about this particular project and I really feel I owe it to you guys to do a 1 year follow up post on the subject! If you are new, you can find the original ‘How to Paint a Couch with Chalk Paint’ tutorial, HERE.  As a refresher this is what the couch looked like before I painted it. I’ve been trying to…

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DIY Faux Crown Molding & A Switch-a-Room

DIY Faux Crown Molding & A Switch-a-Room

Hoping you’ve had a great week!  Today I’ll be sharing a trick to getting the luxe crown molding look without having to learn how to crown mold! But first It’s been an eventful week here on the home front and I want to fill you in real quick!  Tuesday morning as I was pondering the deep matters of an eventual dining room makeover I had an “ah-ha” moment (which almost always means trouble).:-) It finally (after almost 4 years) dawned on me that my living room location and shape would work much better as a dining room and that my dining room made more sense being a living room. I knew my husband would not want to come home from a long day at work and help me move furniture around into different rooms… SO this impatient crazy determined girl took matters into her own hands and spent much of Tuesday single handedly moving decor, tables, chairs, a hutch, and a couch across rooms and foyers!! (Disclaimer: Don’t try this at home) Here is a sneak…

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21 Clever Home Decor Projects Made with Fabric

21 Clever Home Decor Projects Made with Fabric

Hello!  Last week I shared with you some of my go-to places for finding inexpensive, attractive home decor fabric (if you missed it you can find it, Here)!  As promised, this week I am back with a comprehensive list of home decor projects you can create with FABRIC! If you are not a sew-er that’s okay many of these projects do not require sewing and the one’s that do I made sure the tutorials were very thorough and easy to follow. So let’s begin!! 21 Home Decor Projects Made with Fabric 1. Roman Shades-  I found this tutorial for roman shades several years ago, before I had a blog.  When we first moved into our home and I was trying to make the cherry cabinets work.   I thought maybe some light colored window fabric shades would balance the dark wood cabinets out nicely. I used this tutorial and the roman shades turned out great!  However, I ended up not liking them for the space (and painting the cabinets white) and gave them to a…

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Budget-Friendly Home Decor Fabric

Budget-Friendly Home Decor Fabric

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week so far!  I’ve busy working away on my home goals for the New Year.  This week I’ve been installing “crown molding” trim in the foyer and hallway and I’m getting excited about how the space is taking shape! Here is a little sneak peek! Today I want to share with you where I go to find budget-friendly home decor fabric! If you follow my fabric board on Pinterest you may already know I have a slight obsession with fabric.:-)  When a fabric speaks to me I can’t help but speak back and it usually is something like “Hey baby, I want you”! Don’t know why I have this connection with fabric but I can’t deny it.:-)  So, basically i just try to stay away from it, unless I have a project that calls for fabric (it truly is a blessing I’m so practical/thrifty or I could easily become a fabricaholic)! So what do I consider a good price per yard for home decor fabric?  My frugally-minded self…

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Design 101- How to Define Your Own Unique Decorating Style

Design 101- How to Define Your Own Unique Decorating Style

Have you ever met those people (or maybe you are one of them) who knew exactly what they wanted to be when they “grew up”?  Knowing what they wanted to be provided them a clear path to achieve their goals.  It made the decisions of where to go to school, what to major in etc. a lot easier! Then you may recall others (or maybe you were one of them) who had no idea what they wanted to be.  They knew they were interested in health stuff, they knew they liked working with kids, they knew they liked helping others, and being creative but no profession stood out more than the others.  Picking a major was a lot harder for this person.   I can completely relate to the latter scenario and I was always envious of those who knew exactly what they wanted to be because it made their other decisions so much easier!   Similarly there are those “lucky” people whose decorating styles fall into ONE of the determined decorating genres: Farmhouse/Rustic, Traditional,…

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Home Decorating Goals for the New Year!

Home Decorating Goals for the New Year!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you’ve had some time off to relax and recuperate from the Holiday hustle. Each year as the New Year approaches I get excited about setting goals.  I try to focus on setting just a few goals that I feel would be most beneficial. I also try to make sure the goals are realistic and something I REALLY want, not just something I want but am not really willing to work for. Being a DIY blogger I make both blog goals and home goals.  One of main blog goals for 2016 is to help you create a beautiful home on a budget! I need your help in accomplishing this goal!  Would you be willing to answer a quick 6 question survey at the end of this post?  It would really mean a lot!!!   Last year I wrote a post about my home goals for 2015.  I thought you might want to see how I did, as well as my home goals for 2016!   Living room…

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DIY Topiary Tutorial –Easy & Inexpensive!

DIY Topiary Tutorial –Easy & Inexpensive!

Topiaries are a timeless decor piece and are extremely versatile! Fiorella Design via Houzz Studio Dearborn via Houzz Smith & Vansant Architects PC via Houzz   The only problem is they also can be super pricey.  For example these two small topiaries are on sale at Kohl’s right now for $66.39.  That’s $33 per topiary and it is not uncommon to see them go for much much more than that (clarification the extra much was not a typo)!:-) via Kohls   I recently spotted a topiary form on one of those rare occasions when I was without my kids and found myself meandering in the craft aisle at Walmart (oh the life of a mom with young kids).:-)   The topiary form was only $4.96 and the wheels immediately started turning on how I could transform it with just a few bucks.   I ended up buying two and as you can see below each has it’s own place in our Christmas decor right now.     I just love them!  If you haven’t read my post on…

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