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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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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3 Elements of a Stylish Kids Bathroom

3 Elements of a Stylish Kids Bathroom

Hello Friends! Right now I am gearing up to makeover my kids’ bathroom and have had a fun time searching for inspirational spaces.  I am looking to create a kids bathroom that is both stylish and fun.  Here are 9 Inspiring Kids’ Bathrooms that I found that fit that description! 1. via Pottery Barn Kids 2. via 2 Little Superheroes 3. via Pinterest 4. Tamara Mack Design via Houzz   5. vis BHG   6.  via Pinterest   7.  via Young House Love   8. All Design via Houzz   9. via Pinterest   In analyzing these photos I have pinpointed 3 elements that all of these spaces have in common and which I will make sure to employ in my kids bathroom makeover!   1.  First, is the use of a bold color.  If you scan through the pictures again you will observe that all of these bathrooms had 1 and sometimes 2 bold colors.  The pops of colors in these pictures included  deep blue, green, turquoise, aqua, yellow, and pink.  I am thinking about using green in…

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DIY Wood Bedframe in 5 Easy Steps

DIY Wood Bedframe in 5 Easy Steps

Happy Friday!  I was planning on sharing all the details and photos of our new floors today but then life happened!  It’s been a crazy week getting the kids back to school and finishing up the floors! And of course the night after the floors got finished being installed our refrigerator had a pretty major leak resulting in about  5 ft x 5 ft of the wood floors needing to be replaced.  Fun times (Boohoo cry)!  So I’m hopeful by the end of next week there will be a lovely wood floors reveal post.:-) Today I want to share with you a simple step by step tutorial to making a bed.  To clarify I’m not talking about the kind of bed making that refers to sheets and comforters being tucked in just right.  I’m no Martha Stewart and half the time probably don’t make our bed (and a 100% of the time I’m about sure I don’t make it the proper way)!  I am speaking of making an actual wood bed which is something I never thought I could do. Well, until I found Vintage Revivals tutorial…

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DIY Stretched Fabric Wall Art

Hey Guys! I’m here today with a tutorial on how to make the  DIY Fabric Wall Art I did in my Boys’ recent bedroom makeover. When I saw this fabric on Fabric.com I knew it would be perfect to use in my boys room because it pulled together all the colors  already going on in their room plus the bicycles sum up the stage of life my boys are in right now! Via Fabric.com At first I thought I’ll use the fabric to make decorative pillows. But as I went back and forth on how I should decorate the wall space between their beds I got the idea to use the much loved bicycle fabric (I ended up buying it on amazon because shipping was only $2)! In college (a scary number of years ago) I took one art class, Intro to Oil Painting. In the class we were taught how to build our own stretched canvases to paint on. I figured that the same method would work with any medium/heavyweight fabric. So the first thing I needed…

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Boys’ Shared Bedroom Reveal

Boys’ Shared Bedroom Reveal

Hooray! The boy’s room is done! As much as I enjoy the process of decorating I must say my favorite part is when I can say it’s DONE!  This room makeover took a lot of time and mental energy but all in all I’m happy with the results. The goal of this room redo was to make the room more personal to my sons’ interests and stage of life.  For example, my 8 year old’s favorite color is green and my 6 year old’s is yellow.  I learned Here that I loved the combination of gray, green and yellow.  Hence I decorated with 50 shades of gray and accents of green and yellow. Also, my boys are now big time bike riders.  We live at the end of a cul-de-sac and a good majority of their Summer has been spent riding their bikes around the cul-de-sac. It felt safe to use a subtle bicycle theme because if it is anything like my childhood they will enjoy riding bikes for years to come.  Okay, so on to the Before and After (the good stuff)!   Before…

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Parade of Homes-House Tour #2 1/2

Welcome to another Home Tour!  Last week I shared an interesting house from the BIA Parade of Homes full of unique ideas.  I mentioned that my camera battery died right after we stepped out of that first house.  Thankfully, I was able to use the camera on my dad’s phone for  the pictures you will see today.  But ironically my dad’s phone battery died not too long after we saw the second home.  Hmmm, it appears we share a family trait of not charging our batteries well enough! Anyways, I’m glad I got photos of what I did!  This next house is a 6,148 sq. ft. Christmas themed home, best described as “Christmas in July”.  It was so well executed that it made me kind of long for cold winter nights which is pretty darn shocking considering the brutal winter we endured not so long ago (you can read all about it here). This farm-styled exterior offers a long covered porch and a blue barn garage (a first for me).  The front entrance occupies double glass, wood doors planked by two sets of friendly rocking chairs. I…

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DIY Exaggerated Window Casings

I have always loved the look of a window encased in a plethora of white molding.  It is especially attention getting when there are 2 or more windows situated side by side and the molding wraps around all of it!  Having the molding fill in all of the space between the windows gives the windows the illusion of being one large window entity.   via Pottery Barn   Alan Mascord Design Associates Inc via Houzz   Feldman Architecture, Inc. via Houzz     Martha O’Hara Interiors via Houzz   Decorative Molding can be expensive especially as the width of the molding increases.  In an attempt to recreate this look in my boys’ room (without breaking the bank) I decided to try out a faux/exaggerated method that I had seen done on baseboards and crown molding but not windows.   Below is an exaggerated baseboard. via Home Depot (tutorial found at this link) This is where you paint above your existing baseboard white and then add another piece of smaller trim on top.  The paint gives the illusion of a taller baseboard without the…

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