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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Design 101-Symmetrical & Asymmetrical Balance

Design 101-Symmetrical & Asymmetrical Balance

Hello, Friends!! I had planned to take photos of my living room and share them with you today but instead I’ve been cleaning up throw up and consoling my sick, sweet 20 month old.:-(.   Poor little guy! So photos of the living room reveal to come soon! In the meantime I have an important Design 101 principle to share today. As I’ve been putting together the living room the design principle of balance has come forefront in my mind. Source Every item you put in a room whether its a piece of furniture or a decorative accent has visual weight.  When the visual weight of each side of a room are the same then a room is balanced and hence pleasing to the eye. One way designers create this equal balance of visual weight is through symmetrical balance. Symmetrical balance is created when one side of a room mirrors the other side of the room. This method is a much simpler way to create balance because whatever you put on one side of a room you know will go in the…

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I Reupholstered My Side Chairs!

I Reupholstered My Side Chairs!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  This St. Patrick’s is a little more meaningful for me because I now know I’m 28% Irish!  You may be wondering how I know this exact percentage?? This past Christmas my Dad gave all my immediate family a present we didn’t ask for or expect but one we have all enjoyed!  He gave us an Ancestry DNA kit.  Basically you spit in a tube and send it off to a lab and then 3 weeks later they send you back your personal countries of origin percentages. I now know I am 40% German, 28% Irish, 16% Scandanavian, and 10% Great Britain (and trace percent of some others).   It’s been fun to see the similarities and differences I have with my parents and siblings (mostly similarities).  A long story (but hopefully interesting ) to explain why I know I’m Irish and 28% for that matter!:-) As I mentioned in an earlier post I lucked  out one day (my Irish luck perhaps:-) ) while scavenging a local thrift store.  Besides some décor items I found  two matching green vinyl chairs for only $6.50 a piece! The lines of the chair reminded…

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Favorite Interior Designers Series- Victoria Hagan

Favorite Interior Designers Series- Victoria Hagan

Hello, Friends!  I am back today with another interior designer favorite!  In the past I have showcased the work of the talented, James Radin and Martha O’ Hara. Today I will share some of my favorite spaces created by interior designer, Victoria  Hagan. Victoria Hagan started her design company, Victoria Hagan Interiors, over 20 years ago.  In 2004 she was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame (which I didn’t even know existed)!  Her work is exquisite!  I will stop talking and let you see for yourself…   Images via Victoria Hagan Interiors This last photo above is one of my favorites. So why is Victoria Hagan one of my favorite designers? She knows how to set a mood or tone for a space.  And it helps that the tone she usually creates is one of my favorites which I have coined, Casual Elegance. I love the height and fullness of the drapes she chooses for the spaces! I love how each space contains an element (a piece of furniture, artwork, etc.) that is unique and interesting (did you notice in the photo of the bathroom…

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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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