Interview with Organizing Guru, Jane Stoller!

Interview with Organizing Guru, Jane Stoller!

Happy Friday!  Today I have an interview to share that I did with organizing guru, Jane Stoller, author of “Organizing for Your Lifestyle”.   The title of her book caught my attention because it states Organizing for YOUR lifestyle (not Bob, Sue’s, or your best friend’s lifestyle).  I liked that the title acknowledged that we all have different needs when it comes organizing our homes because we all have different lifestyles.   I think that organization can be frustrating at times because we try organization systems that work for other people but fail for us.  After this kind of repeated failure it is easy to have negative thoughts about ourselves and/or about organization in general.   Over the years I have learned that an organized home is not created by a one size fits all method.  It truly takes thoughtful pondering of your family’s needs, personalities, activities, and time capabilities.  Only then can you develop organizing systems that work for YOUR life. via @designers_of_insta   Systems are steps or actions that you set up to get…

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Making a Case for Window Casings

Making a Case for Window Casings

Happy long weekend Everyone! I know my title for this post could be interpreted in two different ways so let me clarify.  Today we are not talking about making a physical case to store your window casings (trim) in.  I am sharing a step by step tutorial on how to case a window and why I think you should definitely consider doing this project!:-)   In preparing for this post I looked through all of the interiors I have saved on Pinterest and in my idea books on Houzz and almost every single window (about 95%) had white trim work  (casing) around the windows! I found this extremely interesting considering most homes these days are not built with window casings (I assume it’s a way for builders to save money)! via Cecyj Interiors   via Alice Lane Home via Brookes and Hill     There is a saying in interior design that states ‘design is in the details’ and this rings true for window casings!  Window casings although small in visual weight make a huge impact…

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The Easiest Way to Add Brick to Your Home

The Easiest Way to Add Brick to Your Home

Happy Friday!!   I hope you’ve had a great week!  I first want to thank all of my local followers who entered to win a free ticket to this year’s BIA Parade of Homes.  I wish all of you could have won but such is life.  Winners were randomly selected and are as follows Debbie Y., Phyllis H., and Jennifer J. If you won please email me your address at providenthomedesign@gmail.com and I will mail you your ticket! For over five years now I have been working on making our builder basic (and a bit outdated) house a home that custom fits our family’s lifestyle (click HERE for my home’s before and afters).  Some of those changes have been functional but also many have been solely for aesthetic purposes. Most of us are not lucky enough to have had our home custom built for our family and our specific tastes. It may take a little elbow grease to slowly make your home a place you feel reflects your family and that brings you joy but…

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2017 BIA Parade of Homes Sneak Peek!

2017 BIA Parade of Homes Sneak Peek!

Hello!  Yesterday I had the opportunity to go through my local Central Ohio 2017 BIA Parade of Homes a month before it opens to the public! Almost all of the homes were not decorated yet so it enabled me to focus on the bones and basics of the homes and I’m excited to share with you today the 12 current home trends I observed. (All photos in this post were taken by me while I toured the 2017 BIA Parade of Homes a month before it opened). A shot from the the only home that was decorated. Trend #1- Front Door with Lites.  Out of the 9 Homes in the Parade I believe all but one had a front door with a “window” in it.    Last year there were maybe a couple but this year it is a definite trend! Trend #2- Use of Black and White.  Many of the choices for kitchens and bathrooms and other design elements were black and white.  I especially noticed a lot of black leathered granite countertops in…

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Designer Spotlight- Kelly Nutt Design

Designer Spotlight- Kelly Nutt Design

First of all I wanted to thank everyone who commented on my last post about what paint color palette would look best on my home’s exterior!  Your comments were super helpful and much appreciated!!:-) A few years back I had a little series going where I spotlighted the work of my favorite interior designers.  I did maybe 3 of them and then poof just like the latest kid’s trend (think silly bands, rainbow loom bracelets, soon fidget spinners) my designer spotlight series was gone. I’m not even sure why.   It must have been one of my notorious brain farts (I’m really good at those…not to brag or anything).:-) Well, over the past month or so the work of interior designer, Kelly Nutt Design, has caught my eye on Instagram (you can join me on Instagram HERE)!   Her style is best described as overall traditional with a definite light and airy emphasis and she has a serious knack for creating spaces that are both relaxed and sophisticated–not an easy feat See for yourself! Love…

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House Exterior Paint Refresh

House Exterior Paint Refresh

Well, if the past month is indicative of how the rest of the Summer will go posting-wise then it may be sporadic until the end of August (when the kids go back to school)!  Thank you for bearing with me til then!! l’ve had exterior paint and color schemes on my mind as of late because I am trying to decide if I should change my home’s exterior paint color. Our home is 15 years old and it’s exterior paint has never been refreshed.  It is pretty dirty/dingy looking up close so a paint job is inevitable. I don’t mind it’s current color which I would describe as a light/medium greige. CURRENT COLOR But if I’m going to paint the house I’m tempted to go white (because I love big, white houses and I cannot lie). This one’s a favorite right now. via Pinterest SHOULD I GO LIGHTER? A photoshopped depiction of our home lighter. However I don’t think this is our forever home and my hunch is that more people would want to buy…

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A New Brick Step!

A New Brick Step!

I’ve been crushing on the classic beauty of brick porch steps for awhile now.  So timeless! Photo by C Kevin Coffey Dwellings  via Houzz   Highland Homes Inc. via Houzz When we first moved into our house there was no step up to our porch and I noticed quickly that the distance was too large especially younger children and older adults. So, I created a little make shift step out of concrete 8″x12″ slabs stacked on top of each other and called it good for a few years (pictured below). However as time has passed a slab or two cracked and I was ready for a more permanent solution.  I of course researched making my own brick step and although I was intimidated by the idea it looked do-able so I did it! HERE’S THE RESULT: Note: The black stuff in the before photo is not mold, it is dirt and debris from the concrete slabs that laid there for years. AFTER Because the concrete around the porch was already stamped into brick shapes I decided to…

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Kitchen Makeover on a Budget Update

Kitchen Makeover on a Budget Update

A few months ago I shared the plans of my friend’s kitchen makeover on a budget.  I promised I would give you an update on their progress once they had painted the walls, kitchen cabinets, and added trim on the area above the cabinets (the soffit)! Well, they did it and I’m here today to share their progress so far! First here is a reminder of what their kitchen looked like before they got started on the makeover.   BEFORE   Here is the progress! PROGRESS   I had suggested a light gray color (specifically Benjamin Moore Classic Gray) for the walls, however, the hubby loves color so color they got! BEFORE   The black arrow in the picture below indicates that they will be replacing the countertops next (probably to a black countertop) and the gray arrow shows that a backsplash will be installed after that (probably a marble one). PROGRESS   My friend was nice enough to write out all of the steps she took to get from the Before to the Progress.…

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One Room Challenge Week 6- Master Bedroom and Girl’s Bedroom Reveal!

One Room Challenge Week 6- Master Bedroom and Girl’s Bedroom Reveal!

Hello!  It’s the One Room Challenge reveal day and I’m excited be sharing two rooms! Doing one room makeover in 6 weeks is a challenge enough so I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to complete two rooms. However, both rooms needed to be done and I’m happy to report they both got done (many thanks to my husband for cooking dinner and doing dish duty during this time or I probably wouldn’t have gotten them both done)!! If you are interested in seeing the Before photos and the Moodboards for these rooms you can HERE. My goal for the master bedroom was to create a serene space that my husband and I could both relax and work in.  The addition of a sitting area was an important part to accomplishing this goal.   MASTER BEDROOM   I loved the unique design the of this dresser and although it had awful knobs when I purchased it switching out the knobs for more simple ones did the trick. More DIY artwork! I really…

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