A Beautiful Master Bedroom Makeover for Lolly

A Beautiful Master Bedroom Makeover for Lolly

I’m excited to share Lolly’s bedroom makeover today!  Lolly is a friend who I’ve been helping makeover her house one room at a time. We started with the Powder Bathroom, then the Laundry Room, and now her Master Bedroom.  All of these makeovers have been done on a budget! I do the interior design planning and Lolly does most of the DIY.  It has been fun for me to see how her hard work has been paying off!! Here are the before shots.         And now the After!               There are several ways we saved money on this makeover.  To begin, the drapes were only $5 per a”panel” (they are made from flat sheets).  Hanging them 2-4 inches from the ceiling is a trick to making drapes look more expensive and the ceiling appear taller!     Lolly bought the bench at a stager’s sale for only $45 and the chandelier at a garage sale for $10.  It was super brassy.   We spray painted the…

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The Secret to Painting Tall Walls

The Secret to Painting Tall Walls

Hello!  I hope you all had a great week!  I have my friend, Cindy, here with me today to talk about how to paint extra tall walls! Cindy works as a part-time handy-woman and she is goooood!  In fact I hired her to help me paint my 2 story entryway a couple of months ago. I held the ladder and helped move it around etc. while she was the brave one who climbed the ladder.  Here is a bad phone photo of Cindy helping me paint my 2 story entryway.   Since helping me paint my foyer she has gone on to paint two other 2 story spaces. We worked together to create this tutorial for you on how to paint 2 story (or super tall) walls like a pro! Take it away, Cindy! **************************************************** Everyone loves a beautiful home with tall ceilings and lots of light, but when it comes time for a new paint color those tall ceilings can pose a problem. Most people end up hiring an expensive painter to tackle the…

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10 High-End Wall Art Look-Alikes for Under $10

10 High-End Wall Art Look-Alikes for Under $10

Hi guys!  I hope you’ve had a good week!  I’m excited to share a great source I’ve found for inexpensive wall art!  If you have been a reader for awhile then you know how much I LOVE looking through Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs catalogs for decorating inspiration. Once in awhile it can be discouraging though (like when I find beautiful piece of art that cost between $200-$1000+).  There is no way I could spend that much on wall art! Good news is that I have discovered an amazing place to find Pottery Barn and Ballard Design style artwork for a lot less.  Believe it or not it’s Etsy! If you are not familiar with Etsy it is an online store where people can sell their handmade items.  One of the many things being sold on etsy are printables.  Printables are artwork you can download immediately onto your computer and then print on your own printer OR have printed at places like Staples. I am in awe of the talent on Etsy AND how inexpensive…

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DIY Orb Ceiling Light Fixture

DIY Orb Ceiling Light Fixture

Hi guys!  Today I’m going to show you how I made the silver orb ceiling light for my sons bedroom makeover.   I’ve been a sucker for orb lights for a couple of years now.    This beauty was one that I fell in love with a couple of years ago when at a wedding reception.   Orbs are especially a great option in rooms that have a lot of linear lines like boxes and stripes.  The circular shape provide a nice contrast but is still clean and crisp. My friend Erin suggested the light below for my son’s recent bedroom makeover and I instantly loved it.  It is from Shades of Light.  The cost is $159 which is not horrible and I considered buying it for a little while. via Shades of Light   But the more I thought about it the more I became pretty confident that I could DIY something like it for a lot less. For the light part I used an old pendant (similar to the one below) that I…

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Boys Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Boys Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week!  This week I’m excited to share my youngest son’s “big boy” room makeover reveal!  My son is almost three years old and was ready to move from his crib to a big boy bed!  Can you tell he is proud of his new big boy room (or maybe he is just wondering if Mom is ever going to stop taking pictures of his room)?:-)   As a reminder below was his bedroom as a nursery.   And here is a photo of the bedroom before we moved in.   And here is the now!   The bed was free from a friend who was moving and didn’t want to take it.  It sat in my basement for a couple of years until we were ready to use it.   It had some screws showing and was kind of plain so I decided dress it up with some DIY faux drawer fronts.   I think it gives it a much more “expensive” look.   The knitted blanket at…

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The Importance of Architectural Details & DIY Media Wall Unit

The Importance of Architectural Details & DIY Media Wall Unit

Hello!  In the design course I’m taking right now I’ve learned that it is ideal (but of course not always possible) for each room you decorate to have an architectual feature.  Possible architectual features include fireplaces, woodwork, archways, beams on ceilings, crown molding, a bay window, built-in bookcases and the list goes on! Here are some examples! The ceiling woodwork, unique windows and window cabinets, and custom island. Photo by RLH Studio via Houzz   The built-in entry storage cabinetry and french doors. Photo by DLH Inc via Houzz   Woodwork above the mantel, fireplace, built-in bookcases, and the woodwork on celing. Photo by Alyssa Lee Photography via Houzz   The wood trim on the walls, crown molding, and coffered ceiling. Photo by Craftmaster Homes via Houzz   The alcove space, the wood trim on the walls and the trim around the front door. Photo by Tim Barber Ltd Architecture via Houzz   The upper arched window, the vertical planking on the wall, the wood trim above the stove and on the wall and refrigerator, the custom island, and trim…

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Painting Wood Furniture (without sanding or priming)!

Painting Wood Furniture (without sanding or priming)!

Hello!! I hope you’ve all had a great week! As you know I am in the middle of a handful projects right now (and in a variety of rooms). This week I unexpectedly added another room to my project list!  My youngest son’s crib broke last week!  We were planning on moving him to a big boy bed in the next couple of months anyways so instead of trying to fix it we decided to go ahead and make the transition. The timing actually worked out well!  My friend Erin (you can view her gorgeous home tour, Here) and I are taking an online interior design course.  In the course we have to design a bedroom as one of our assignments. I have been working on my friend, Lolly’s, master bedroom (which we only have one thing left to do–build a sliding barn door). And Erin is now helping me turn my son’s nursery into a “big boy’s” room. Here is a little mood board Erin put together for his room.   I love how…

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How to Replace a Hollywood Light with 2 Vanity Lights & How to Patch a Hole in the Wall like a Pro

How to Replace a Hollywood Light with 2 Vanity Lights & How to Patch a Hole in the Wall like a Pro

In homes built across America the builder-basic bathroom vanity light consists of a light coined, the “hollywood light”. Although they give off a great amount of light they aren’t what I would call elegant or stylish!  When trying to achieve the look of the following bathrooms you can imagine how the “hollywood light” would get in the way of getting the same look!   Legacy CDM Inc. via Houzz Veranda Interiors via decorpad via BHG For the past 4 years (since we moved into our house) we have had a large 8 bulb hollywood light in our master bathroom that has been a bit of an eyesore. I made sure our hollywood light didn’t show up in my home tour because I felt like it ruined the look (sneaky, I know).:-)   As I mentioned in a previous post I found some pretty Pottery Barn look-a-like vanity lights at Home Depot for just $29.99 a piece.  I really didn’t want to have to pay an electrician $200+ to change the hollywood light into two over the…

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