Decorating 101- How to Create a Mood Board

Decorating 101- How to Create a Mood Board

Hello!  I hope you had a great week!  This week I’ve started putting together an inspiration board (or mood board) for my upcoming laundry room makeover. If you aren’t familiar with what a mood board is– it is basically pulling pictures, paint colors, flooring samples, tile samples, furniture pieces etc. together in one spot to see how they all look in unison and to gain a clear vision for where your space is going. You can do this with actual physical materials or you can use the computer to get a virtual representation. Here are some examples of both kinds of mood boards   Real Life via Studio Mcgee via Studio Mcgee   Virtual via Young House Love via Young House Love Mood boards are fairly simple to make. 3 Steps to Creating a Mood Board 1. Search for Inspiration.  Pinterest and Houzz are great free resources for decorating inspiration.  I have Pinterest boards for each type of room in the house and when I find a space I like I pin it to that…

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BIA Parade of Homes Preview & What’s Trending Right Now

BIA Parade of Homes Preview & What’s Trending Right Now

I look forward to our local Parade of Homes every year and this year is no exception (16 builders are participating this year so lots to see)!  You can imagine my excitement when I got invited to attend the media tour of the Parade a month before it is opened to the public (it opens to the public September 3rd- September 17th). I had so much fun touring the homes that I wanted to share the experience with you!  You will see in the pictures that the homes were in varying stages of readiness.  Some homes were fully decorated (most weren’t yet) while others were still drywalling and installing flooring. I think it was pretty neat to see it in progress because it made the bones and architectural details of the home stand out even more. I will be sure to point out some of the common trends I saw amongst the homes. Let’s begin with my two favorite exteriors!  The contrast between light and dark colors really makes them pop.   Two cool ceiling features!…

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Taking Stairs from Carpeted to Stained Hardwood

Taking Stairs from Carpeted to Stained Hardwood

Hello! I’ve been excited to share this tutorial with you because it has made such a big impact in my own home and for under $100! My stairway to the upstairs is the first thing you see when you come into our house. When we moved here it had the builder-basic carpet stairs with oak railings.  This isn’t an awful look but it wasn’t what I was hoping for. BEFORE   The first thing I did was paint the hand railings dark espresso and the railings white  (HERE is the tutorial on how to do this step which is SO worth it IMHO)!   PROGRESS     Next I got so disgusted with the carpet  on my stairs that never seemed to look clean no matter how much I cleaned it that one day I just started pulling it up (I’m not an impulsive person but once in awhile when it comes to home projects it happens).:-) My youngest was around 1 years old at the time so I still wanted some padding on the…

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My Living Room Makeover Reveal!

My Living Room Makeover Reveal!

Hello!  I think I’m as ready as I’m going to be to share my living room makeover.  I truly believe there is no one way to decorate just A LOT of varying styles and opinions so you really can’t go too wrong if YOU love it. BUT I have to admit I’m human and sometimes I worry too much if my photos are “good enough” or if you will completely hate the way I decorated my home. It helps me to remember that even if you aren’t loving what I did with a certain space that you will at least hopefully be inspired by the money saving ideas I share. So… before we moved into our house and a few years after, our living room was the dining room.  After living in our home for a few years it dawned on me that (because of the location and shape) our dining room would make more sense at a living room and vice versa! Here is the dining room before we moved in.   And here it…

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DIY Ballard Designs Inspired Ottoman/Stool

DIY Ballard Designs Inspired Ottoman/Stool

Hello!  Today I am over at Remodelaholic sharing how to create your own ottoman/stool!  I was inspired by Ballard Designs version pictured below.   via Ballard Designs   Ottoman/Stools are so versatile!  They can be used as extra seating. via Sita Montgomery Interiors Stored under a console table. via Houzz Combined together as a coffee table. Sheila Rich Interiors, LLC via Houzz Used as foot rests. London Bay Homes via Houzz   And seating around a table. Photo by JayJeffers via Houzz I love all the ways I’ve seen them utilized in the design world! Come on over to Remodelaholic to see how my DIY version turned out, to get step by step instructions to make your own, and to get another little sneak peek of my living room (although I’ve restyled the shelving since).:-) Hoping you have a great rest of your week!!:-)

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The Look for Less- My 5 Most Recent Home Decor Deals!

The Look for Less- My 5 Most Recent Home Decor Deals!

For today’s post I’ve gathered up some of the recent deals I’ve found online for my home and wanted to share them with you! So without further ado! 1. Kitchen Faucet.  When we got our new countertops it came with an undermount sink.  I was planning on using the faucet we already had from the old sink but when we removed we found some crud and mold around the inside of it’s base. I had gotten the old cast iron sink and faucet from Craigslist and there was no telling how old they were.  After finding the crud we felt it was time for a new faucet especially since it would be sitting directly on the the marble countertops! I did tons of research for the new faucet.  I wanted the best faucet for the best price! I loved the goose neck feature of my previous faucet so I knew that was a must as well as a sprayer option and the convenience of one handle   Here was my inspiration faucet from Lowes for $469.…

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Why I Chose Marble Countertops & What I’ve Learned

Why I Chose Marble Countertops & What I’ve Learned

After four years of saving I recently got to purchase my dream countertops! But let’s first take a look back at where we started. A little over four years ago we moved into our home with a kitchen that was too dark and contemporary for my taste.   After several inexpensive DIY projects I was able to get our  kitchen to a point that felt light, bright, and airy (the way I like it).   One of the first projects in our home was replacing our dark laminate kitchen countertops with some light “faux stone” IKEA countertops.  They have held up pretty well with just a couple of small light stains.  They were super inexpensive so even though I have only had them for four years they were worth every penny!   But I’ve been in love with the beauty of marble and marble looking countertops for a long time!   And since I knew that the kitchen is a place in the home definitely worth investing in I began saving for them soon after we…

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38 Go-To Paint Colors for Your Home!

38 Go-To Paint Colors for Your Home!

The past several months I’ve been compiling a list of paint colors that I would call the best Go-To-Paint Colors around right now (and likely for very many years to come). I wanted to give you the cliffs notes version to paint colors!  Sometimes the number of paint color options can be enough to make your head spin (in rainbow colors)! It might sound easy enough to pick a paint color but then you have a billion different hues with a billion different undertones and intensities.  It makes me feel anxious just talking about it.:-) This post is meant to help save you time and headaches from paint color option paralysis by giving you 38 tried and true beautiful paint colors to begin with rather than millions! I hope it helps!!  Please feel free to ask questions and if you want to share your favorite go-to paint colors in the comment section I would love to hear them!   38 Beautiful Go-To Paint Colors WHITE 1 Behr Pure White–  This is what I use for all of my trim,…

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Going Coastal

Going Coastal

Hello!  I hope it’s been a great week for everyone!  I can’t believe next week will officially be Summer and that half of 2016 is almost over (time is flying)!! As I mentioned in my post on Finding your Unique Decorating Style one of the styles I love incorporating into my own home is the coastal style.  Whether you want to add elements of coastal decor all year long or just for the Summer this post will give you ideas (and lot of eye candy) on how to the achieve the look without going overboard (no pun intended).:-D Here are 5 Tips for Decorating Coastal Style (I’ve included some affiliate links for your convenience). 1. Blue.  The color blue in all variations almost always presents itself in coastal decor (soft blues, green-blues, and navy blues are most popularly used).  This definitely doesn’t mean the wall color has to be blue!  Blue can show up anywhere in decor such as; upholstered armchairs,  rugs, drapes, wall art, pillows, painted island or cabinet, etc. 2. Stripes.  The pattern of stripes…

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