Favorite Interior Designers Series – Martha O’Hara Interiors

Favorite Interior Designers Series – Martha O’Hara Interiors

Martha O’Hara Interiors is a Minneapolis based design firm which was started over 20 years ago by…let’s see if you can guess.  Yes, Martha O’Hara. Although Martha still works with each client she also has a team of designers that share her serious knack for putting together beautiful, well-orchestrated spaces. I first laid eyes on their work a couple of years ago as I perused Houzz.com.  The picture that caught my eye was of this family room.  I saved it to my “ideabook” on Houzz with the caption “I love the color of the room and the use of color and patterns.”   Martha O’Hara Interiors via Houzz   At the time when I first “met” Martha I was very comfortable with my almost all neutral décor palette.  Neutral walls, neutral accents, with a little bit of soft blue is what my ideal spaces consisted of (and which I still love).  But as I have studied the work of Martha and her team I have come to love the use of a bold color or pattern here and…

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My Rustic Christmas Mantel & A DIY Pallet Project

My Rustic Christmas Mantel & A DIY Pallet Project

It was about this time last year that I received a Ballard Design catalog in the mail which inspired my Rustic Mantel DIY. It was the photo below found on the front cover to be exact!   I loved the cozy cabin feel and wanted to create a similar ambiance in my family room for the Holidays! But, how?? The idea came to use a pallet. I had seen loads of pallet projects and had always loved the idea of doing one given the “free” nature of pallets. Here are the results!           This pallet project is fairly easy (the hardest part is probably locating a pallet). I found my pallet behind a strip of stores. It was leaned up against a dumpster 100 feet f rom the back door of the store. It was obviously being thrown away. There is almost always a back alley behind stores where the trucks go to deliver new products. When I drive back there I often see pallets discarded behind stores. Just be sure…

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Warm Wishes- Easy Crockpot Chili & 12 Cozy Spaces to Inspire

Warm Wishes- Easy Crockpot Chili & 12 Cozy Spaces to Inspire

Hi Guys!  I’m popping in this weekend to share a delicious recipe and some cozy design inspiration!  Temperatures outside plummeted this week and it got me yearning for my favorite chili (as well as my couch, throw, and design magazines)!  My husband was introduced to this recipe by a college roommate–it was a family recipe. 5 years ago my husband signed us up to bring a pot of chili to our church’s Chili Cookoff.  I told my husband that since he signed us up he would need to be the one to make it!!:-)  He was actually excited about it because he had an idea to add a bit of barbeque sauce to the already awesome chili recipe. The Chili Cookoff was held on a Friday night so I decided I would go ahead and make it since my husband would only have time to swing by from work and pick us up.  I added the bit of barbeque sauce trusting my husband wouldn’t lead me astray. Well,  I  we won the Chili Cookoff that night!!:-)  Out of 30 pots of chili 6 judges concluded that ours was the best!…

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DIY Christmas Countdowns

DIY Christmas Countdowns

As we are nearing the middle of November I am beginning to turn my mind towards preparing for Christmas.  One of the things I been working on is getting our family photo card ready.  I’m thinking some cute Christmas plaid may look good as a backdrop to the photo.  Any other thoughts??   Additionally, we are only a couple of weeks away before our Christmas Countdown begins!  We are Christian and so Christmas has deep religious meaning, however, there are traditions that we have adopted that we also associate with Christmas. One of the Christmas traditions we started with our kids about 5 years ago is the Christmas Countdown.   On the 1st day of December we get out our Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar and the youngest child (who knows what Christmas is) puts up the Day 1 marker.  Each morning the kids take turns putting up the next marker.  They know that Christmas is on the 25th and because there are 25 spots on the calendar they are able to visually see how as the calendar fills up Christmas gets closer!  It is a fun…

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Decorative Ladders in Design

Decorative Ladders in Design

Using wooden ladders in design has become quite a trend.  Not so much the A-framed type that most of us think of but more so the 1-sided lean up against a wall and start climbing kind.  However, in these cases there’s no climbing going on!  These ladders are being used for decorative purposes as well as functionally for hanging items. Here are some great examples:  A Magazine Rack  JMH Designs via Houzz   A Book Shelf via Ajaleesweetlife   A Towel Holder by the Sink   via West Elm    or by the Bathtub Vansant Architects PC via Houzz   A Blanket Rack in a Bedroom   via the little umbrella   Or in a Family Room via Pottery Barn   A Photo Displayer via Crafts by Amanda   To hang lights and lanterns from the ceiling Trickle Creek Custom Homes via Houzz   And Christmas Decorations  via Pottery Barn    A Wreath Displayer Mustard Seed Interiors via Houzz   And one of my favorites– by the door to hang Scarves and other Winter Items via Dreamy Whites   When I was decorating the…

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DIY Plantation Shutters

DIY Plantation Shutters

 I’ve admired plantation shutters from afar for years! They are classy, streamlined, and effortlessly beautiful. via Houzz   Conard Romano Architects via Houzz   Andrea Schumacher Interiors via Houzz    Frederick + Frederick Architects via Houzz   Heather Scott Home & Design via Houzz   Elizabeth Reich via Houzz   Rikki Snyder via Houzz My southern grandmother use to tell my grandfather (regarding other women) that he could look but not touch. From the moment I laid eyes on plantation shutters I was in love but when I learned of their hefty price tag it sadly became a ‘look but not touch’ scenario for me! You better believe I searched for budget friendly options though!:-)  For the size of my kids’ bathroom window (22 3/4 in. x 58 1/2 in.) even the ‘budget’ plantation shutters I researched  cost an upwards of $260 to $300 for the shutter! Some websites sell do-it-yourself kits where you receive the materials ready to be constructed and then you put them together.  I thought that these kits may be reasonably priced but after filling out a couple of online…

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Kids and Guest Bathroom Reveal

Kids and Guest Bathroom Reveal

Hey Guys!  The kids/guest bathroom is done and just in time as our house guests arrive tonight! As with all of the makeovers I do this one is no exception it includes lots of budget friendly ideas and DIYs that I  can’t wait to share! Let’s refresh our memory of what the bathroom looked like BEFORE.  Very builder basic! And here is the AFTER! So let’s talk about the room and what each element cost!  After studying the inspiration photos I had for the room  I knew I wanted to paint the vanity green.  You can view all 9 of my inspiration photos, Here. I ended up trying and loving Behr’s Alkyd Semi-gloss Enamel for painting the vanity.  I’m happy to report that unlike many special enamels this one only cost $32 for the gallon!  You can learn all about how to paint bathroom cabinetry like a professional, Here. The DIY board and batten wood trim treatment on the walls cost around $50 and creates a lovely backdrop that allows the colors in the room to really pop.  The upper section of the wall…

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How to Paint a Bathroom Vanity like a Professional

How to Paint a Bathroom Vanity like a Professional

Hello!  Today I’m here to teach you how to paint a bathroom cabinet/vanity like a pro! I just completed my kid’s bathroom vanity and I am so happy with how it turned out. This was my 5th bathroom vanity that I have painted and I have finally found a product and system that completely rocks! This was by far the best experience and since practice makes perfect better I want to save you the trouble of doing it the less effective ways and allow you opportunity to get the outcome you desire the first time you try! For years I have been trying to find a paint product that gives the look, feel, and durability of being professionally done. I’ve wanted a smooth, glossy, no brush mark look and a smooth, hard enameled feel. I have experimented with lots and lots of paints products and methods but I never felt any of them were “the one”. So, guys, I have found “the ONE” (and no this post is not sponsored in any shape or form)…

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