Budget-Friendly Home Decor Fabric

Budget-Friendly Home Decor Fabric

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week so far!  I’ve busy working away on my home goals for the New Year.  This week I’ve been installing “crown molding” trim in the foyer and hallway and I’m getting excited about how the space is taking shape! Here is a little sneak peek! Today I want to share with you where I go to find budget-friendly home decor fabric! If you follow my fabric board on Pinterest you may already know I have a slight obsession with fabric.:-)  When a fabric speaks to me I can’t help but speak back and it usually is something like “Hey baby, I want you”! Don’t know why I have this connection with fabric but I can’t deny it.:-)  So, basically i just try to stay away from it, unless I have a project that calls for fabric (it truly is a blessing I’m so practical/thrifty or I could easily become a fabricaholic)! So what do I consider a good price per yard for home decor fabric?  My frugally-minded self…

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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 Today I want share an easy way to makeover an outdated dresser.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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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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DIY Plantation Shutters

DIY Plantation Shutters

 I’ve admired plantation shutters from afar for years! They are classy, streamlined, and effortlessly beautiful. via Houzz   Conard Romano Architects via Houzz   Andrea Schumacher Interiors via Houzz    Frederick + Frederick Architects via Houzz   Heather Scott Home & Design via Houzz   Elizabeth Reich via Houzz   Rikki Snyder via Houzz My southern grandmother use to tell my grandfather (regarding other women) that he could look but not touch. From the moment I laid eyes on plantation shutters I was in love but when I learned of their hefty price tag it sadly became a ‘look but not touch’ scenario for me! You better believe I searched for budget friendly options though!:-)  For the size of my kids’ bathroom window (22 3/4 in. x 58 1/2 in.) even the ‘budget’ plantation shutters I researched  cost an upwards of $260 to $300 for the shutter! Some websites sell do-it-yourself kits where you receive the materials ready to be constructed and then you put them together.  I thought that these kits may be reasonably priced but after filling out a couple of online…

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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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A Bit of Everything- A Recipe & Halloween Decorating

A Bit of Everything- A Recipe & Halloween Decorating

This month has a bit of everything going on. Remember how I mentioned I was gearing up to work on my kid’s bathroom makeover (if not you can read  Here)? Well, I recently found out that my brother-in-law and sister-in-law are going to come visit us in less than 3 weeks! We are so excited to have them come and stay with us for a few days, however, since the kids’ bathroom is also a make shift guest bathroom the bathroom makeover now has a deadline of 2 and half weeks!  Eeek! I’ve been in full gear working on a window treatment for the bathroom that I’ve wanted to try for years–really it’s been years.  I haven’t seen it been done yet around the blogosphere so I’ve had to do a lot of research for this project.  I’m hopeful it will turn out well and that I can share it with you soon! On another topic, I belong to a ‘Dinner Club’ which I’ve been a part of for 9 years!  I want to share more about it with…

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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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Easy $8 DIY Curtain

When I first moved into our current home my goal was to lighten up the kitchen without painting the cabinets. My husband did not mind the cherry cabinets and asked if I would give them some time to see if they would grow on me. I really didn’t want to go through painting cabinets again (I had done it in our previous place) so I obliged hoping that I would warm up to them. One of the many ways I tried to lighten the kitchen up was with white kitchen window treatments. I had gone to our local Parade of Homes (aka-Homearama) and had been inspired by these kitchen window treatments below.  Sorry for the poor photo quality, I took the picture with my ipad camera.  This year when I go I will take my real camera so I can share nicer pictures! 🙂   I loved the fresh, clean, cheerful ambience of these over the sink kitchen window treatments.  There wasn’t a way for me to find out where they were from so I decided I would try to DIY them.…

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10 Steps to a High-end Kitchen on a Low-end Budget

When I moved into my home 2 years ago there was no room I despised more than our kitchen.  It was dark, outdated, and generic.  I wanted a kitchen that was light, welcoming, and sophisticated.  Not having much $ to work with made me have to stretch our dollars as well as my creative juices and DIY muscles.  It was not until I loved my kitchen that I loved my home. I created The Love Your Kitchen Series because I wanted others on a small budget to be able to achieve a kitchen and home that makes their heart happy too!  This post pulls together the 10 steps that enabled me to go from abhorring my kitchen to adoring my kitchen. The links below stating READ MORE will take you to posts I have written that go into that particular step in greater detail. I hope you will find this post as a great resource to achieving a kitchen you LOVE! 10 Steps to a High-end Kitchen on a Low-end Budget   1.  Painting cabinets can do amazing…

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