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Everything CHRISTMAS {all posts in one place}

Another Holiday season is upon us!  I didn't want to bombard you with Christmas posts before celebrating Thanksgiving, but I couldn't hold off anymore.  Since Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I thought some of you would be starting the holiday decorating over the long weekend and could use some inspiration.  To make it easier and be inspired by all the Christmas creations that I've made over the years, I am putting this post together with EVERYTHING … [Read More...]

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Bathroom Makeover: Tile Accent Border {Day 18}

Since the wallpaper, the last phase of the bathroom makeover, was fairly quick taking only a day from start to finish, I was able to move on the next step pretty quick.  With the completion of the dynamic + bold wallpaper, I am feeling so happy with how the bathroom is coming along.  There were a few points that I questioned my decisions + selections, but I feel the wallpaper really pulled it together and added the interest needed to make this … [Read More...]

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Bathroom Makeover: Installing Wallpaper {Day 17}

If you follow along with me on Instagram, then you may have seen a few sneak peeks of the next phase of the Bathroom Remodel... the WALLPAPER!  Tile is done (well mostly) and after 17 days of cutting, grouting, tiling, I never want to touch another tile again in my life.  Now we know that's not true.  But in all honesty, it was a big job.  Totally doable for any skill level, but just time consuming! As I move forward with this Bathroom … [Read More...]

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Holiday Gift Guide 2014: 15 Monogrammed + Personalized Gift Ideas for under $25

I am ready to shop, shop, shop for the holidays!  And I like nothing better than a great sale or deal, don't you?!  Even more so when I give or receive a gift, I feel it's so important to be meaningful.  Yesterday I shared 15 gift ideas for under $15 (perfect for a teacher, friend, hair dresser, or special person you want to extend gratitude to) and today I am sharing even more favorite gift ideas. This time... 15 Monogrammed + Personalized … [Read More...]

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Holiday Gift Guide 2014: 15 ideas under $15

The Holiday season is fast approaching.  This time of year is ideal to show your appreciation for those that are apart of your life in some way.  Whether a teacher, bus driver, hair dresser, or mailman, it's nice to give a little something to show thanks.  But is an affordable, but pretty (and useful) gift possible to find?  YES! I have found 15 perfect gifts for under $15... 1 - Kate Spade Set of 2 Notebooks >$12 2 - Fur Ear Muffs > … [Read More...]

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Bathroom Makeover: DIY Tips & Tricks on How-To Tile + Grout a Bathroom {Day 5-16}

It's Day 5-16 for the next phase of this Bathroom Makeover in 30 Days Challenge. The tile is done.  I could not be more happy.  It wasn't difficult, but it took a long time.  Rightfully so since this 5' x 8' space is almost completely covered in tile. Before this I had only tiled small areas - a fireplace surround, a kitchen backsplash, and a bathroom backsplash (and a few floors but that was using luxury vinyl tile). But this was a mega … [Read More...]

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Nature Inspired Holiday Decorating: Countdown to Christmas

Do I dare say it...???  Christmas is less than 7 weeks away.  Happy about that or not so much? I am excited about the coming Holiday season (especially since last year I was in my 1st trimester and feeling sick as a dog), but I am certainly not rushing the time away.  The Holidays are not only a time for gathering & giving, it's also about being thankful and reflecting on all our blessings (hence my latest DIY creation that I shared … [Read More...]

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Chalkboard Wood Garland

Can you believe it's November?  I'm breaking away from the bathroom for a bit (the remodel has taken over my life) to start thinking about this years seasonal decor. Every year, we enjoy displaying our Christmas favorites, but at the same time we like to introduce new elements & of course, make some fun festive creations (like last years pallet Christmas Countdown).  Even though we typically start the process of unpacking the holiday boxes … [Read More...]

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Bathroom Makeover: Demo {Day 2-4}

It just got real.  No more dreaming or fantasizing about a new bathroom, because it's happening NOW. So it's Day 2 for this Bathroom Makeover in 30 Days Challenge (day 1 was putting together the plan of action and by day 30 my goal is to be finished) and the DEMO HAS BEGUN! Instead of me jumping ahead and sharing what it looks like now (a hot mess with walls missing), let me show you what it looked like before... Yes, the space was … [Read More...]

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Bathroom Makeover: Plan of Action {Day 1}

I'm at it again...  another project!  And this is a biggie.  I know, I know.... I haven't even waited 0.05 seconds before starting something new, but this project has been in the works for over a year and I'm thrilled that my thoughts + ideas are actually coming to fruition!  So the next big remodel... the hall/kids bathroom. This bathroom got a mini DIY revamp about 3 years ago, but it's been used & abused by two kiddos, so it was time to … [Read More...]

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China Cabinet Makeover {Reveal}

It's done!  What a journey it's been for this china cabinet. Upon finding this diamond-in-the-rough on Craigslist and rescuing it from a dilapidated garage that housed chickens, roosters, and a few other unknown animals (I was afraid to even look around), the once trash-bound cabinet now sits beautifully in my dining room with a vibrant new color & a complete designer makeover... It has been quite the task of getting her to this … [Read More...]

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The Art of E-Design {Online Interior Design Services}

I'm so bad at promoting myself, not because I'm bad at what I do, but because I never want to be pushy or come across as arrogant (because I'm really not a fan of the in your face, salesman-y, self-promoting type).  But after much thought, a need to work, and pushes encouragement from a few friends, I'm writing a post about something other than my blog, which is my Interior Design business. So along with my blog, you might not know/realize that … [Read More...]

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Details + Hardware + Styling {China Cabinet Makeover}

Yes, the paint color is unexpected, but adding a few other unique details to the china cabinet makeover has really made it a one-of-a-kind, perfect piece (in my eyes). Last week I finished the most tedious part of the makeover which was painting the cabinet.  It took a few days and lots of patience, but the effort was absolutely worth the result in my book!  Once the cabinet was complete and dry, I started styling the interior.  After living … [Read More...]

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10 Fabulous Fall Rugs

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kalaty Rug. All opinions are 100% mine. Here and there I've been sprucing up the house for the change of seasons. I haven't focused too much on decorating for the specific Fall season (except for my dining table centerpiece) but rather changing over the decor for warm weather living. Yes, winter is coming and in northern New York we get hammered. So by-bye to the the light linen throws and … [Read More...]

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How-To Paint Wood Furniture

Decorating my table for Fall was a nice break from painting!  But now it's back to the grind finishing up the last details of the china cabinet makeover - Yippee Skippee! Prep is done. Sanding is complete. >>> [tutorial here] Priming is finished. >>> [tutorial here] Now on to the painting.  This was definitely the longest + most tedious part of the makeover, but absolutely the most important step to focus on.  With … [Read More...]

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Fall Tablescape {Gourds Galore}

Howdy folks!  Fall is in full-swing in northern New York and as we've been enjoying the colorful foilage (did you see how we spent our weekend? I posted a peak on IG) , I'm finally feeling the urge to turn the house over for the season.   I still have my hands filled caring for my little 3 month old + transforming my latest Craigslist find, but that hasn't stopped me from adding in a few Fall touches.  My perfect spot for the ideal seasonal … [Read More...]

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Why + How to Prime Wood Furniture

It's been a busy few days around my neck of the woods.  With revamping the china cabinet + another BIG project coming down the pipeline (which I can't wait to share details about), I haven't had 5 minutes to sit.  No worries though, I'll sit when I'm old, ha. So my last post was all about the beginning steps of prepping & sanding a piece of wood furniture.  The next step, which is what this post is dedicated to, is priming.  Primer is SO … [Read More...]

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China Cabinet Makeover: Prepping + Sanding Wood Furniture {Step 1}

Last week I shared the latest + greatest project that I'm throwing myself into.  Since the baby arrived, I kind of lost my DIY mojo, but this project has me back!  I can not express how excited I am about this project because I've been thinking about it for so long.  Have you ever had a moment like that when you are thinking about something so much, but are unsure of how all the details could possibly come together?  Well that was me with this … [Read More...]

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Everything FALL! {all posts in one place}

I recently had a few readers reach out asking me about seasonal Fall projects.  In all honesty, other than my front porch, I've done nothing to spice up my home for Fall this year.  Lack of time I guess.  BUT, I have a slew of posts from the past on decorating for the Autumn season.  It is my favorite time of year after all, so this post is dedicated (and will be updated over time as needed) with posts of mine with all things FALL... Check out … [Read More...]

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China Cabinet Makeover: Backstory + Choosing a Color

In the past 2 days, a project that I've been dreaming about for months has magically come to fruition! Somehow the stars aligned and I'm freaking excited about this one... So a long while back, about 5-6 months ago to be specific, I had the itch to spice up the dining room.  At the time, I was in the last weeks of my pregnancy so no real action could take place, but I had lots & lots of thoughts brewing in my brain.  My mind immediately … [Read More...]