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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No-Fail Abstract Painting Tutorial

No-Fail Abstract Painting Tutorial

Hello! If you’ve been following this blog for awhile you may know that I kinda love abstract paintings.:-) There is something beautiful about them, so unassuming, so raw. I love how they aren’t trying to be perfect, they just are. I was on a date with my hubby one rare school night evening recently and as we drove on the highway I couldn’t help but take a picture (with my phone) of this beautiful sunset in our path. As I marveled at it I thought to myself that really reminds me of an abstract painting and then I realized, of course, it’s God’s abstract painting! Maybe that’s why I love abstract paintings so much? I know I also love them because they are so easy to create and aren’t very expensive to do (they are very expensive to buy though). I wanted to let you know that I am over at Remodelaholic today sharing a no fail, 5 step tutorial on creating your own abstract painting. I use the painting I recently did for my living room…

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Restoration Hardware Knockoff Mirror

Restoration Hardware Knockoff Mirror

It was probably about a year ago that a friend was getting rid of some Restoration Hardware Catalogs and asked me if I wanted them.  Me being the design lover that I am said, yes!  I love to study spaces and furniture and all things décor. I knew Restoration Hardware was way out of my league price wise but I’m always looking for ways to get a high-end look on a low-end budget and this means searching high-end products for inspiration! I loved the clean lines of this classic Restoration Hardware mirror and immediately thought of a way I could replicate the look for A LOT less. via Restoration Hardware The price of this Restoration Hardware mirror is on sale right now for $739.  My version costs under $40 and is easy to make.  Big difference, right? So when I recently helped a friend makeover her powder bathroom I finally put my knockoff idea into reality and I’m so happy with the results! This is a great beginner’s project because it doesn’t require any special tools.  Any cuts made can be done at the store when you purchase the…

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A Powder Bathroom Makeover for Lolly

A Powder Bathroom Makeover for Lolly

Hello!  I excited to share my friend Lolly’s powder bathroom makeover today.  We started working on it a few weeks ago with the attempts to make it a bit more up-to-date and stylish. Lolly gave me free reigns on the designing front which was fun and she did all the hard work DIY-ing.  I definitely got the long end the stick.:-) So here are the Before and Afters: Before- Looking straight in from the hall After Before After Before After Big change, right?  So what did we do? First thing Lolly did was paint her bathroom walls Valspar Decadent.  I would describe Valspar Decadent as a cream with gray undertones.  We knew painting the walls a lighter color would be important in helping the tight space feel more spacious. Next Lolly moved her towel bar from the back wall to the side wall as it made more sense to have it closer to the sink.  But before re-installing we gave it a new chrome metallic sheen with the same spray paint used on the DIY mirror.     Then Lolly painted her cabinets Behr Liquid Mercury which definitely…

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Easy DIY Glass Mosaic Wall Art

Easy DIY Glass Mosaic Wall Art

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great start to your week!  I’ve been busy this week helping my friend, Lolly, makeover her powder bathroom.  I am thrilled with how it is coming along! Here is a sneak peek of the tile that is going up in her bathroom from sink to ceiling.  We will be placing a DIY mirror over it and I can’t wait to share the transformation (hopefully next week)! Does the tile from her bathroom look vaguely familiar to you?  If you’ve been following my living room makeover then it may… Have you ever fallen in love with a 12×12 sheet of mosaic tile? I have. There is something beautiful about stone and glass tiles that makes me want to find ways to put it all over my house.:-)   via Houzz via Houzz via Houzz This must be one of the reasons I was inspired to use it in my living room makeover as wall art. AND the fact that I found a stack of clearance mosaic tiles that I love at Home Depot for only $1.83…

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Living Room Makeover Reveal

Living Room Makeover Reveal

  Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week!  We got hit by a nasty stomach virus this past week which left 5 out of 6 of us bed and toilet ridden.  But thankfully we are well on the mend and appreciate our good health all the more!  Update:  Make that 6 0ut of 6.:-( Before I get into the juicy photo dump (no pun intended):-) I want to take a quick trip down living room memory lane.   This is what the living room looked like when we came for a showing 3 years ago.  Not super impressive but had potential.   After we moved in, here is how I decorated the living room doing my best to work around a green sleeper sofa that I didn’t love.   Then we got wood floors at an amazing price and I added my bold DIY rug. The living room got an unexpected room-changing moment when a friend texted me inquiring if I would want her comfy but humble couch from her playroom (for free)!  After a lot of elbow…

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