Decorating 101- How to Create a Mood Board

Decorating 101- How to Create a Mood Board

Hello!  I hope you had a great week!  This week I’ve started putting together an inspiration board (or mood board) for my upcoming laundry room makeover. If you aren’t familiar with what a mood board is– it is basically pulling pictures, paint colors, flooring samples, tile samples, furniture pieces etc. together in one spot to see how they all look in unison and to gain a clear vision for where your space is going. You can do this with actual physical materials or you can use the computer to get a virtual representation. Here are some examples of both kinds of mood boards   Real Life via Studio Mcgee via Studio Mcgee   Virtual via Young House Love via Young House Love Mood boards are fairly simple to make. 3 Steps to Creating a Mood Board 1. Search for Inspiration.  Pinterest and Houzz are great free resources for decorating inspiration.  I have Pinterest boards for each type of room in the house and when I find a space I like I pin it to that…

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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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Taking Stairs from Carpeted to Stained Hardwood

Taking Stairs from Carpeted to Stained Hardwood

Hello! I’ve been excited to share this tutorial with you because it has made such a big impact in my own home and for under $100! My stairway to the upstairs is the first thing you see when you come into our house. When we moved here it had the builder-basic carpet stairs with oak railings.  This isn’t an awful look but it wasn’t what I was hoping for. BEFORE   The first thing I did was paint the hand railings dark espresso and the railings white  (HERE is the tutorial on how to do this step which is SO worth it IMHO)!   PROGRESS     Next I got so disgusted with the carpet  on my stairs that never seemed to look clean no matter how much I cleaned it that one day I just started pulling it up (I’m not an impulsive person but once in awhile when it comes to home projects it happens).:-) My youngest was around 1 years old at the time so I still wanted some padding on the…

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Foyer and Hallway Makeover Reveal!

Foyer and Hallway Makeover Reveal!

I hope you’ve had a great week!  I am excited to finally be sharing my hallway and foyer makeover today!!  For those who have been here for awhile you know this has been a loooong time coming.  My foyer and main hallway that connects to the foyer were on my to-do list in 2015. In fact on December 17th 2014 I wrote THIS post on 20 white entries to inspire  (they are super inspiring..be sure to check them out if you haven’t yet)!  I loved each and everyone of them but couldn’t seem to pull the trigger in my own home. What was stopping me you may ask?  Fear (and indecision because of fear)!  After dragging my feet for awhile I finally made myself start the process by painting the hallway white, then I added the faux crown molding, then I painted the two story foyer Simply White, but the last part was the most difficult to decide. For the life of me I couldn’t decide what kind of trim to do in the hallway…

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DIY Cobblestone Boot/Shoe Tray

DIY Cobblestone Boot/Shoe Tray

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a good week!!  This week in Ohio the weather has gotten wet and chilly.  I can definitely tell Fall is here and that Winter is coming! In the past I have laid down an old towel by the door to protect the floors from wet boots and shoes during the Fall and Winter months. Our past couple of winters have been so snowy  that I’ve had the towel down by the door for weeks at a time. I’ll be very frank, it drives me nuts!  It ends up looking so messy and dingy and makes the dreary Winter feel even more dreary. So I was motivated this week to find a solution to contain the wet boots and shoes in a more attractive, upbeat way. Here is my solution below, a DIY Cobblestone Boot/Shoe Tray.     I’m sure I looked pretty silly taking the picture above as I was lying stomach down on the floor with  the camera out in front of me!:-) This project is super inexpensive and…

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My nuLoom Rug Crush

My nuLoom Rug Crush

So we didn’t get my friend Lolly’s laundry makeover done quite yet but we are close and will be sharing the reveal next week!! In researching out possible rugs for her laundry room as well as for my back patio makeover I’ve found a new love, nuLoom rugs (this is not a sponsored post, by the way, just sharing my new rug crush)! Sometimes I think it’s hard to find rugs that I like and that are affordable.  It seems that I can find a lot of very traditional rugs and a lot of very modern rugs but that it can be tricky to find something with a little bit of funk and personality that still goes well with an overall traditional or transitional style. I tend to go with white and/or neutral on my walls and in my furniture selections and so I like to add some spice in other mediums such as rugs, fabric, décor accent, or wall décor. Nuloom rugs seem to add just that right amount of color and personality and are overall priced well. Here…

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DIY Large Wooden Planters & Porch Makeover

DIY Large Wooden Planters & Porch Makeover

I’ve been busy, busy, busy this week working in the yard.  There is always so much to do outside after a long winter–weeding, mulching, watering, and raking leaves (yes, I have learned if you don’t rake your leaves all the way in the fall they will still be waiting for you come Spring).:-( But alas I am making progress and it is fun to see how a little (or a lot of effort) in the yard goes along way. I have even taken a stab at DIY landscaping which I will be sure to touch on sometime in the future. Today I want to share with you how to make large wooden planters.  I must admit that I was intensely inspired by these planters from my Design 101-Balance post (photo below). Historical Concepts via Houzz I am pretty much obsessed with them actually (as well as the whole porch). But unfortunately planters like this cost a small fortune, at least $300 for two of them which is too much for me. So what’s a determined girl to do…

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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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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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