Laundry Room Makeover Reveal!

Laundry Room Makeover Reveal!

Alas today I’m sharing my laundry room makeover reveal! I asked The Home Depot if they would be willing to partner with me on this makeover and I am thrilled  that they said yes!:-) I shop there all of the time but a few months back when my three year old needed to use the restroom (he’s at the age where he wants to check out the bathroom of every store we go into!) I noticed a bunch of beautiful unfinished cabinetry  against the back wall near the restrooms.   When I went to inspect them closer I was floored by how affordable and nice they were.  They are about half the price of the pre-finished ones and in the shaker style that is very classic and popular these days! I immediately thought of using them in my upcoming laundry room makeover. When we moved into our home 4.5 years ago  the laundry room was as basic as you can get with just a rack above the washer and dryer. I didn’t like all of…

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BIA Parade of Homes Preview & What’s Trending Right Now

BIA Parade of Homes Preview & What’s Trending Right Now

I look forward to our local Parade of Homes every year and this year is no exception (16 builders are participating this year so lots to see)!  You can imagine my excitement when I got invited to attend the media tour of the Parade a month before it is opened to the public (it opens to the public September 3rd- September 17th). I had so much fun touring the homes that I wanted to share the experience with you!  You will see in the pictures that the homes were in varying stages of readiness.  Some homes were fully decorated (most weren’t yet) while others were still drywalling and installing flooring. I think it was pretty neat to see it in progress because it made the bones and architectural details of the home stand out even more. I will be sure to point out some of the common trends I saw amongst the homes. Let’s begin with my two favorite exteriors!  The contrast between light and dark colors really makes them pop.   Two cool ceiling features!…

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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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Your Guide to Using a Paint Sprayer & a GIVEAWAY!

Your Guide to Using a Paint Sprayer & a GIVEAWAY!

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a good week.  Today I have a new tool friend I want tell you all about and also give you the chance to win one!  For years I have heard of other DIY-ers using a paint sprayer and to be honest I thought it sounded intriguing but even more so intimidating. Unlike some DIY-ers I didn’t grow up around power tools nor do I have husband who uses power tools SO if I’m to try a new power tool I’m on my own.  For this reason I can sometimes be reluctant. But as often happens once I get the tool in hand it is so much easier than I had imagined it would be.  This is how it went with my new tool friend, the Homeright HVLP Finish Max Fine Finish Paint Sprayer (reminds me of the “official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle”).:-) Since I have had it (3 months now) I have had a chance to use it on several projects.  I first used it to paint…

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Interview with Interior Designer, Lauren Liess!!!!

Interview with Interior Designer, Lauren Liess!!!!

Hello! I know I used a lot of exclamation points in the title but I truly am that excited about this post! If you are familiar with Lauren Liess and her work than you know why. She is a remarkable interior designer and all around person and I’m still awestruck that I got to interview her! It was about 6 years ago that I came across Lauren’s work on her blog, Pure Style Home (now www.laurenliess.com).  It was this photo below of the kitchen in her first home that captured my attention. In addition to the adorable pint-sized blondie I loved the chalkboard painted fridge, the green cabinets, the open shelves, and pretty much everything about the room. Over the past 6 years Lauren’s work has continued to inspire me and so many others.  Her work has been published in several well known magazines including– Domino, Luxe, Southern Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Country Living, Garden & Gun, and Washingtonian. via BHG via Country Living via Hooked on Houses   Besides being an accomplished interior designer and…

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Easy Dresser Makeover + Progress in the Bedroom

Easy Dresser Makeover + Progress in the Bedroom

Hello! Today I want share an easy way to makeover an outdated dresser. Distressed furniture continues to be a popular trend which is good for us because it makes re-doing a dresser even that much easier! Here is the dresser that inspired this furniture makeover. via Pottery Barn Side Note:  And if you like the mirror above the dresser I have a knockoff version that happens to be featured on the Better Homes and Gardens website (insert excited, nerdy squeal).  You can view it, HERE. 🙂 And back to the dresser notice how a warm wood tone shows through on the legs of the dresser.  If you are able to look even closer you will see that wood peeks through slightly on the drawer fronts as well. I have been helping my friend re-do her master bedroom.  This past week we focused on the wall across from her bed that needed redecorating. Although the piece of furniture she had was unique and pretty it wasn’t very functional for holding clothes and I felt a horizontal dresser…

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Gersby Bookcase IKEA Hack

Gersby Bookcase IKEA Hack

Hello! I love a good Ikea hack and I’m so excited to share one with you today! I’ve been admiring Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs decorative storage systems for years! via Pottery Barn via Pottery Barn Kids Whether they function to organize shoes and coats and backpacks in an entryway OR toys and crafts in a playroom or craft room it doesn’t matter–I love them all!  I haven’t met one I haven’t liked but I also haven’t met one that I can afford. Unfortunately, these organizing beauties come with a hefty price tag.  The one below was the inspiration for this Ikea hack costing $899 for the set of 3 and $399 for just one compartment! via Ballard Designs Sadly, they are too expensive for me.  Since I already turned my hallway closet into a “mudroom” I don’t need one for the entryway but I’ve been dreaming of a decorative storage system for our basement playroom (and boy does it need one). A Glimpse of our Hallway Closet turned “Mudroom”:-)   In mid-Summer I got a chance to stop by the Ikea…

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Painting Cabinets with Chalk Paint

Painting Cabinets with Chalk Paint

When James from Homey Improvements contacted me hoping to share a step-by-step guide for painting cabinets with chalk paint my answer was a resounding, heck ya! I’ve used chalk paint to paint a couch and to paint my DIY pedestal table but never to paint cabinetry. I hope you find this tutorial as helpful as I did! Bio:  James is a kombucha tea-sipping blogger who focuses on DIY projects and sustainable living via his family blog Homey Improvements. He enjoys pilates and loves his job as a green construction builder. Take it away, James! *********  Are you looking for a way to renovate your bathroom or kitchen cabinets without hiring a contractor? Hate priming even more than you hate sanding? Then this is the project for you. Chalk paint is a DIYer’s best friend, so grab a screwdriver and start taking apart your cabinets. It’s time for a cabinet makeover!   What’s the Big Deal? Is it really that wonderful? Well, chalk paint sticks to just about anything. We’re talking: concrete or wood metal matte plastic already painted…

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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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