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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10 Steps to a Beautiful Master Bedroom

10 Steps to a Beautiful Master Bedroom

Hello!  I hope you have had a great week and a good start to your weekend!  We had the stomach flu this week…sure makes me appreciate good health all the much more! As I mentioned in my home goals for the New Year post I want to finish updating my master bedroom this year so I’ve been busy lately looking through inspiration photos and for fairly priced bedroom decor. As I’ve been studying some of my favorite master bedrooms on Pinterest I’ve noticed some things they have in common. 10 Steps to a Beautiful Bedroom (at least for me) 1.  An Upholstered Headboard– Although there are some beautiful all wood headboards I find I am drawn more to upholstered headboards right now.  I recently made my master bedroom upholstered headboard for only $65, Here! via Victoria Hagan 2.  A Rug-  I have carpet in my bedroom so I haven’t needed a rug for comfort (functional reasons).  However, rugs are in all of my inspiration photos and I love how nicely it ties the decor in…

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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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Three Years Ago Today…

Three Years Ago Today…

Three years ago today I published my first blog post (you can check it out HERE if you are interested).;-)  I had no idea what I was doing, just that I wanted to share something that was bringing me a lot of joy in my life…something that I call the 3 D’s…Decorating, DIY, and Design. I am a visual person and I am very influenced by my surroundings.  If my home is dark, drab, and cluttered then I feel heavy and weighed down emotionally. On the other hand if my home is light and airy and uncluttered I feel uplifted and buoyed up.  No matter how petty this trait seems there’s no denying that it is a part of me (anybody else wired this way??). Being a full-time “stay-at-home” mom (and a home body at heart) it is even more important to me that my home is a place that is visually beautiful and encouraging because I am in it a lot!:-) When I first realized this about myself years ago I didn’t have much money…

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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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My Friday 5- Design Inspiration from the Week

My Friday 5- Design Inspiration from the Week

Hello!!  I hope you’ve had a great week!  School started back for the kids this week so we spent our days getting adjusted back to our normal routine. Today I’m sharing the 5 Decorating Ideas/Inspiration that stood out to me most this week!  I hope you enjoy!!   My Friday Five 1. I love the makeover Studio Mcgee posted this week on their blog.  They re-did their client’s dining room and living room and it is just gorgeous!  To see and read about the makeover click HERE. via Studio-Mcgee   2. If you like my Design 101 posts you will enjoy  THIS POST from Ballard Designs blog, How to Decorate.  They did such a great job explaining how to style a console table and coffee table.  I love how they talked about making sure to vary circle and squared decor pieces. via Ballard Designs   3.  I found this cute plaid tray clearanced at Meijers (a local grocery store chain) for only $7.   I have it on my kitchen counter right now.  The clear…

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New Year Home Goals!

New Year Home Goals!

Happy New Year!!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!  My siblings and their families were all able to come in town for Christmas which made it all the more special!!  Lots of cousin sleepovers and family fun! And now that everyone has gone and and the New Year is upon us I find myself looking back at my 2016 home goals to see what I was able to accomplish and what goals I want to make for 2017!   My Home Goals for 2016 Were: Foyer– -Add woodwork -Paint two story foyer (it was beige with an orange undertone) I’m happy to say I was able to accomplish this goal (it had been on 2015’s list too)!       HERE is the post that explains the process that got me to this point and for fun here is the “before” of how the space began.       Laundry Room – -Paint walls -New Light Fixture -Flooring?   At the beginning of 2016 I knew the laundry room was undeniably our most neglected room…

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