Our Media Room Makeover Reveal

Our Media Room Makeover Reveal

Happy Weekend!!   About 2 1/2 years ago I published a post entitled Makings of a Stylish Man Cave where I shared my husband’s man cave, aka our media room.   Media Room Befores   Since that time the dark leather couch we had in there contracted a rare couch disease known as leather leprosy and has died!   Okay not really but in all seriousness the “bonded” leather on the couch started falling off.  I’d find inch size pieces of leather all over the place.  I still think the culprit was one of our children who liked to pick at it while watching t.v. but I have yet to get a confession. Anyways, this was the main reason we got the ball rolling on our media room refresh.   Goals for the room other than getting new seating was a light fixture that would give off more light (the previous light was basic and was so dim). and to lighten up the feeling of the room a little bit without having to paint any…

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Making a Case for Window Casings

Making a Case for Window Casings

Happy long weekend Everyone! I know my title for this post could be interpreted in two different ways so let me clarify.  Today we are not talking about making a physical case to store your window casings (trim) in.  I am sharing a step by step tutorial on how to case a window and why I think you should definitely consider doing this project!:-)   In preparing for this post I looked through all of the interiors I have saved on Pinterest and in my idea books on Houzz and almost every single window (about 95%) had white trim work  (casing) around the windows! I found this extremely interesting considering most homes these days are not built with window casings (I assume it’s a way for builders to save money)! via Cecyj Interiors   via Alice Lane Home via Brookes and Hill     There is a saying in interior design that states ‘design is in the details’ and this rings true for window casings!  Window casings although small in visual weight make a huge impact…

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2017 BIA Parade of Homes Sneak Peek!

2017 BIA Parade of Homes Sneak Peek!

Hello!  Yesterday I had the opportunity to go through my local Central Ohio 2017 BIA Parade of Homes a month before it opens to the public! Almost all of the homes were not decorated yet so it enabled me to focus on the bones and basics of the homes and I’m excited to share with you today the 12 current home trends I observed. (All photos in this post were taken by me while I toured the 2017 BIA Parade of Homes a month before it opened). A shot from the the only home that was decorated. Trend #1- Front Door with Lites.  Out of the 9 Homes in the Parade I believe all but one had a front door with a “window” in it.    Last year there were maybe a couple but this year it is a definite trend! Trend #2- Use of Black and White.  Many of the choices for kitchens and bathrooms and other design elements were black and white.  I especially noticed a lot of black leathered granite countertops in…

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How to Paint a Gray Weathered Finish on Furniture

How to Paint a Gray Weathered Finish on Furniture

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week!  Today I’m looking forward to sharing an easy way to update or change the appearance of undesirable or outdated wood furniture. I’ve noticed that gray weathered wood furniture has become very popular as of late! via Target A friend/client recently asked me to help her refresh her family room.  As part of the refresh she bought THIS Storage Cube Organizer (affiliate link) to replace a too small console with no storage. It’s from Amazon for $83. Since the console had a gray weathered finish we decided in order to tie room together that it would be great if the end tables on each side of her couch could have the same finish. Her current end tables had an orange-y oak top and an rubbed oil bronze iron base.  To save money (and because I love making over furniture) I suggested we try to re-frinish the tops of the end tables in the gray weathered finish and she agreed! Here is the BEFORE: And now the AFTER: This took…

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DIY Floating Bench

DIY Floating Bench

Hello!  I hope you doing well!  Last week I got in the mood to clean out my kids’ closets (all four of them) . It’s not something I get in the mood to do very often so I took advantage of this rare feeling and spent quite some time going through all of their clothes– putting aside clothes that don’t fit, have stains, or aren’t ever worn and organizing like a mad woman. It feels so good to have their closets organized again (we’ll see how long it lasts)! A couple of months ago I shared a bedroom makeover I helped design for my friend’s daughter.   One of the most fun parts of the makeover was creating a reading nook by adding a custom “floating” bench.  My friend’s handy husband built the bench for around $100.  Here are the steps he took to build the bench!   How to DIY a “Floating” Bench  Determine where you want the bench to go.  This was the perfect empty space for a little reading nook.  They did not remove…

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To Create Your Own Artwork or Not to Create Your Own Artwork?

To Create Your Own Artwork or Not to Create Your Own Artwork?

One of the easiest ways to save money on artwork for your home is to create your own.  It can be hard to find artwork that speaks to me personally and that comes with an affordable price tag. There is no other more personal wall decor than something you’ve created yourself.  It is extremely satisfying to be able to decorate your home with your own artwork. Today I’m going to share a couple of new paintings I did this past week in hopes that it will inspire you to consider (if you haven’t already) trying your hand at it. As usual I first found some artwork that inspired me and that I wanted to try and replicate.  I’m not an artist by training so I go into it knowing I’m not going to be able to paint it exactly the same but that I will use it as a direction to go in. I recently came across this artwork on Sarah’s blog, Life on Virginia Street, and loved it.  It has both a cheerful and…

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A Tiny Toilet Room Makeover & Painting Cabinetry Advice

A Tiny Toilet Room Makeover & Painting Cabinetry Advice

Hello!  Now that I’m done with most of the big projects and makeovers in my home (at least for now) I’ve been working on some of the smaller projects that I’ve been putting off. This week I was able to mark one of those projects off my “small project to-do list” (I had actually forgotten to put it on the list but you better believe I will put it on just so I can have the satisfaction of marking it off)! So what was the small project that I did?  I painted the tiny toilet room and the tiny toilet room’s cabinetry.  Do you guys  know what a tiny toilet room is (or maybe you call it by a different name like my friend who calls it “the pooper”)? I don’t know how common it is but in our master bathroom there is a sink, a tub, and shower and then a separate tiny room within the bathroom that holds the toilet (think airplane bathroom small). Although I’ve done a lot of work on my…

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Beginnings of a New Kitchen!

Beginnings of a New Kitchen!

Hello!  I’m excited to share a new project I’m going to be working on with a client friend.  She is interested in getting direction in updating her kitchen. As usual we will be working on a budget and I am confident we will be able to make this kitchen a beautiful, up-to-date space!   Here is our plan of attack:   1. Paint walls–Paint the walls Benjamin Moore Classic Gray     2. Paint cabinets –Paint the cabinets Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace (a bright white) or Sherwin Williams Alabaster (more of a creamy white).  I think we will be using the same method I used for my kids bathroom vanity to paint the kitchen.   I’ve always wanted to try it out on kitchen cabinets because I’ve loved the result in the kids bathroom–it’s so durable and has a lovely smooth finish.  You can find the tutorial, Here   Sherwin Williams Alabaster   We plan to paint the soffit area above the cabinets the same color as the cabinets and add trim to it to create…

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Tool Time with Tamara- Air Compressor and Nail Gun Kit

Tool Time with Tamara- Air Compressor and Nail Gun Kit

When It comes to learning how to use new tools it may seems like I am pretty fearless.  However, that’s not the case.  If it wasn’t for my determination in finding ways to save money in my quest to create a beautiful home then I would have never picked up a power tool. Power tools are a means to an end for me.  If creating a beautiful home on a budget is something you want to accomplish learning to use power tools will be a great asset to you too! Truth is everytime I’ve faced my fears and learned how to use a new tool I have felt empowered.  It’s a pretty awesome feeling to do something you never thought you would or could do! I think that’s why DIY can be addicting.  It feels so good when it’s all done to be able to say I made this!  I created this for our family and home and saved lots of money in the process (but let’s be honest in the middle of the project…

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