The Look for A Lot Less

The Look for A Lot Less

Hello! I hope you are all doing well! Today I want to share with you some specific ideas for getting a designer look for less. I’ve been totally inspired by what I’ve been seeing around the blogosphere and will share a couple of projects as well as a few of my own finds! 1. First, I spotted this DIY gorgeous marble tray knockoff featured on Knock Off Décor. Isn’t it great? Remember the rectangle marble tiles I used for my DIY marble Console Table? Well, I think I would use those instead because I like the rectangle shape a little better than the square. The marble tray is just my kind of DIY– super easy an inexpensive! You get the full tutorial HERE. I’ve been trying to think of a good place in my home where I could put the tray. If and when I think of one I’ll be making it (my darn practical mind gets in the way of DIY fun sometimes)!:-) 2. Okay, now hold on to your seat for the next one!…

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DIY Pedestal Side Table

DIY Pedestal Side Table

I’m so excited to share this tutorial today! I have spotted these pedestal side tables everywhere and LOVE them. Ballard Designs/Ballard Designs/Ballard Designs/Joss & Main/Joss & Main/ Restoration Hardware   They are both handsome and pretty, elegant and casual, and just right!  I’ve wanted a pedestal accent table since I first laid eyes on one but haven’t found any I like in my budget price range. You can tell from these moodboards I created over a year ago that I’ve had quite the crush on pedestal side tables!:-)   Well….. now I have one (and soon two)!  I figured out a way to DIY them for a fraction of the cost of buying one and the best news is that it is easy to make–definitely even a beginner DIY-er could make one!!     I’m at Remodelholic.com today sharing the full step by step tutorial!  You can check it out HERE!  Let me know what you think!:-)  And, yep, at least one of them will be going in my living room makeover which is slowly but surely coming together!:-)

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More Spray Paint Magic

More Spray Paint Magic

As many of you know I am in the process of redecorating my living room right now.  We finally moved the grey painted couch from the basement to the living room and the sleeper sofa down to the basement thanks to the help of a kind neighbor. Now that the “new” couch is in the living room it has made it easier to take some strides in redecorating.  One small step (but every step counts):-) that I made this week is a new home décor accessory. I was inspired by these Ballard Designs’ $100 plus equestrian décor items. via Ballard Designs via Ballard Designs (out of stock) While looking for décor items at a local thrift store (I can’t wait to show you some of my other finds there) I followed my kids into the toy section and spotted this equestrian beauty. I immediately thought of the two things:  the ballard designs’ inspiration pieces and gold spray paint.     I had gold spray paint left over from making the kids DIY decorative ladder and so when I got home I went at it…and, Voila! It was…

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Pina Colada Cupcakes & More

Pina Colada Cupcakes & More

Hi All!:-) Based on the feedback I got from my blogging survey I’ve decided I will share recipes on the blog sparingly. So since I won’t be sharing too many you better believe that the ones I do share are the BEST!:-) Also, I will leave a link to an inspiring decorating or design related article at the end of all my recipe posts so that those who aren’t interested in recipes can still leave feeling fed.;-) I came across the recipe I will be sharing through a “dinner club/group” I’ve been part of for the past 9+ years.  In our dinner club we take turns hosting and the host picks out and assigns recipes to the rest of the group. I love our dinner group because it forces me to try recipes I wouldn’t have picked out on my own! Betty Crocker’s Pina Colada Cupcakes were assigned out to another group member for our dessert a few months ago.  They are so delicious and I could hardly believe they were made from a cake mix! So…

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4 Simple Ways to Update a Hutch (or Bookcase)

4 Simple Ways to Update a Hutch (or Bookcase)

To begin, I want to thank all of you who took the time to fill out my blogging survey (if you haven’t had a chance yet you still can, it’s at the end of this post)! I feel so blessed to have such kind and encouraging readers! Thank you so much for your feedback, it means a lot!:-) Recently, I was asked about the hutch in my living room.  Particularly if I had painted it and if so what color and how.   I wanted to share the answers to this question with you as well as a few more pointers to updating a hutch.  But before I begin here are some inspiring photos of hutches working both functionally and aesthetically in a space. Threshold Goods & Design, LLC via Houzz   Buckingham Interiors + Design LLC via Houzz   Adrienne Chinn Design via Houzz   Catherine Nguyen Photography via Houzz   Janette Mallory Interior Design Inc. via Houzz    Lisa Stevens & Company, Inc. via Houzz   Traci Connell Interiors via Houzz    Kelly Deck Design via Houzz    via Ballard Designs I bought my hutch many, many years…

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What I’ve Learned in my First Year of Blogging & a Favor to Ask

What I’ve Learned in my First Year of Blogging & a Favor to Ask

A year ago today I hit publish on my very first blog post ever entitled, Layers (not the hair layers;-)) and I haven’t looked back since!   Today I want to share 5 things I’ve learned in my first year of blogging.   #1  Blogging is a great creative outlet and there is always something new to learn!  I have learned that I am happiest in my life when I am learning something new and with blogging there is ALWAYS something new to learn or improve on.  For example, to even start this blog I had to learn how to set up a blog in WordPress (I am not a computer person).  I did not want to spend the money on a blog designer so I learned how to tweak the free template I use to make it appear more customized. I’ve gotten to learn photoshop elements (which is how I edit my photos).  I have learned more about photography and have a lot more to learn which I’m excited about.  There is always some kind of new plugin to try…

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Couch Makeover & DIY Chalk Paint

Couch Makeover & DIY Chalk Paint

If you would have asked me a year ago if painting a couch would be in my near future I probably would have responded, Please? (Which is a polite/strange way people from Cincinnati ask others to repeat themselves, aka What?) Having ruined lots of clothes with paint splatters I knew paint and fabric was not a good combination. In 2012 I came across a great blog where I learned that upholstery can be painted by mixing paint medium and latex paint.  So, when making over my family room ottoman I used fabric on the top and paint on the bottom! Then 2 years went by and all of a sudden I began to spot several pins on Pinterest about painting upholstery, especially upholstered chairs. I think I read every single one of them because I was so in awe of the idea (even though I had already done it with my ottoman it was not on a part you would sit on). About a month ago a friend texted me saying she was getting rid of her brown couch in their playroom…

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A New Rug for the Living Room

A New Rug for the Living Room

In my home decorating goals for 2015 I talked about getting a new rug for my living room makeover (more on why I’m making over the living room in a upcoming post) and to fit my budget I needed it to be under $150. Well, a few days after I made the goal I found a great rug for a great price online and pulled the trigger.  Remember how in my “Where to Find Deals on Rugs” post I shared that Rugs USA has lots of 75% off sales, especially around holidays? Well, on the last day of their New Year’s sale I found the rug I had been looking for. Drum roll…it is a 8×10 natural fiber jute rug.  This particular rug comes with a no slip backing so I didn’t have to buy a rug pad for it and it was only a not so whopping $113. It came with free shipping and arrived within a week of buying it.   via Rugs USA Natural fiber rugs are crafted from plant-based fibers such as Sisal, Seagrass, Jute, and Hemp tightly woven to create a rug.  I have seen these rugs everywhere in the design world…

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