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5 Bits of Randomness

I'll tell ya, the last 3 weeks have been one big blur.  Ever feel that way?!   Along with Spring Break, a birthday, and a whole lotta sickness thrown into the mix, I've simply been overwhelmed and am trying to make my way out from under a heavy rock. Confession: I have no new DIY project to share + no inspiration for you to feel empowered by, but instead this post is about random things + an update on what's been happening on the homestead + … [Read More...]

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DIY: Jewelry Holder

This post brought to you by Elmer’s ProBond Advanced. All opinions are 100% mine. My latest DIY project has been one on my to-do list for a while.  I've been inspired by so many who have made their own jewelry holders that I even have a pinterest board solely dedicated to unique styles and creations that I admire!  And now the day has finally come for ME to share mine... This project was slightly involved to make, but the overall … [Read More...]

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Shopper Spotlight: MiraJean Designs

Happy Friday my fabulous friends!  Boy, it's been a rough week for me.  Once again, I am sick with a bad cold and at 30 weeks prego, it's been a bit rough.  On lighter + much happier note, the warm sunny skies have opened up and I am eagerly excited that Spring has arrived.  Aren't you? Even though I'm not feeling 100%, I wanted to jump on the blog to share something special with you before the weekend gets under way.  A few months ago, a very … [Read More...]

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DIY: Frame Turned Tray

This post brought to you by Elmer’s ProBond Advanced. All opinions are 100% mine. With the excitement of Spring finally here (our snow is almost all melted), I started spicing up the house with a few lighter + brighter elements.  The first area that I started with... The Foyer!  The entryway of the home is the perfect place to get the Spring time decor rolling.  Incorporating trays are a design-must in my book for styling tabletops + … [Read More...]

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Dip Dyed Easter Eggs using Food Coloring + $50 Target Giveaway

I am blown away by how many of you have read + pinned my Easter Egg post that I recently shared.  Over 100,000 so far and it's only been a week & a half.  Since y'all loved my alternative idea for dying eggs, I have another fun + inexpensive + super easy way to create Easter Eggs that will give you a vibrant + unique result! I was inspired to create these dip-dyed eggs when flipping through the pages of the recent All You magazine that … [Read More...]

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DIY: Wood Honeycomb Shelves

Even though we veered away from the original design for the revamped shared kids space, my son had his heart set on honeycomb shelves after I showed him the Land of Nod style.  And since this mama can't let her boy down, I had to pull through. But instead of buying, what did I do?  DIYed them, of course.  After a little research & this post by A Beautiful Mess, I was confident to move forward. Not only are these honeycomb / hexagon … [Read More...]

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DIY: Rolling Underbed Wood Storage Cart

I've been busy-busy on finishing up the details for my boys room makeover.  This room has taken quite the turn from it originally being a boy/girl, sister/brother shared bedroom, to a full-on boy hangout haven!  Even though my little guy is only 7 (just shy of 8), I feel it's a space he can grow with (until I get my hands on it for another makeover, hehe). So my latest and greatest DIY project in the room is something that holds stuff that I … [Read More...]

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New Stainmaster PetProtect Carpet + Why We Chose It

Disclosure: Before you start reading, this is important...  I was provided with this new Stainmaster carpet in exchange for featuring it on my blog. BUT truthfully, I really wanted this carpet and would have chose it despite.  I actually reached out to Stainmaster to partner on this project because I truly believe in their new PetProtect product and I wanted to share it with YOU, my fabulous readers.  Stainmaster was kind enough to collaborate … [Read More...]

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Decorating with Leaning + Ladder Shelves

Within the past two months, I've purchased 4 leaning shelves (a.k.a. ladder shelves). Obsessed? No. Great for storage? Affordable? Open + Airy?  Yes. For the same reason, I've been loving leaning shelves as of late, I've got my clients hooked too and I'd like to share with you why leaning shelves work so well for any room in the home. Any style shelf gives height to the room. Most pieces of furniture (tables, sofa, chair, bed, etc) … [Read More...]

Decorating with Eggs Using Melted Crayons

Creating Colorful Easter Eggs with Melted Crayons

In just about a month, another Easter will be upon us.  Along with focusing on the importance of Easter, creating colorful eggs is often a tradition that many kids enjoy as the holiday approaches, mine included!  A basket filled with eggs of varying hues can make a gorgeous centerpiece and is the ideal reminder that Spring is on it's way - I hope. A new and unique alternative idea that you may want to try this year is to use crayons instead of … [Read More...]

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BHG Kitchen + Bath Makeovers COVER Feature {behind the scenes}

Hot on the newsstands... I'm thrilled to share that a kitchen project I designed is featured on the cover of the Spring 2014 Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publication, Kitchen + Bath Makeovers.  It's a huge honor and a project that's been in the works for over a year.  The issue just hit the newsstands and I actually haven't even got my hands on it yet (I downloaded the digital copy, which you can do too if you want - you won't be … [Read More...]

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Best New Product Awards {recap} + Giveaway

A little over a week ago, I took a quick trip to NYC for the Best New Product Awards hosted by Better Homes and Gardens, along with BrandSpark.  Even though I was in New York for only 24 hours, which felt like 1 hour, it was a fun-filled, entertaining, and exciting day.  Let me share a little background about the Product Awards and then I'll get to the details of my adventures... The Best New Product Awards is a big deal!  Over 80,000 … [Read More...]

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How-To Hang Wallpaper Like a Pro!

If you follow me on Instagram - my favorite place on the web to share snippets throughout my day - then you know I had a busy weekend wallpapering. The kids room took a design turn after we found out a few weeks ago that baby #3 is going to be a girl.  In the end, as a family, we decided the kids will stay in the rooms they are currently in and the girls will eventually share a room once the baby is ready to move in.  So what does that mean??  … [Read More...]

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Publication Feature: SaratogaMama Spring 2014

Another Monday is here.  Are you ready?  The clock change definitely did a doozy on us this weekend.  We all woke up late this morning and my littlest didn't get to bed last night till 9 and woke up today after 8, which is so NOT typical.  Anyway, it's all worth it because Spring is hopefully on it's way...  cross fingers as tight as possible. I hope y'all had a great weekend.  Once again, with it being so cold, we mostly stayed indoors and … [Read More...]

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Imperfectly Perfect Vintage-Style ‘Dreams’ Quote Sign

Happy Friday!  I have a fun, imperfectly perfect project to share with you today.  Imperfectly perfect?  Yup, just as it sounds.  It's imperfect and that means it's perfect.  Sometimes something that is imperfect is better than perfect.  Ok, enough perfect / imperfect...  Let me just show you my latest creation that was quick and easy to create, and simply perfect (hehe, there is is again) for our family... - dreams will lead to your destiny … [Read More...]

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Kitchen Revamp: Before + After

Oh My, where are the days going?  I swear, I wake up and 5 minutes later it is night time.  I can not keep ahead, but thankfully all is good - NO complaints, except for the bitter cold temps.  Some fun news to share...  I was in NYC for a quick trip late last week and met up with some blogger pals - Diane, Kelly, and Denise - for a Better Homes and Gardens event.  BHG, along with BrandSpark, invited some local bloggers to the Best New Product … [Read More...]

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Master Bedroom Refresh {REVEAL}

The master bedroom refresh is finally complete. I've been sharing most, if not all, of the steps along the way and it's been an exciting journey.  I'm thrilled with the result and today I'm ready to share all the nooks + crannies of the room.  Ready? Let's go... Where it all began... The Creative Vision Board.  The idea + direction for the master bedroom refresh... The bedroom took on a new life with an inexpensive upgrade to the … [Read More...]

Master Bedroom Refresh {REVEAL} : Room transformation with inexpensive solutions + DIY projects!  You will surely be INSPIRED!

Master Bedroom: Picture Gallery Wall

One topic on the blog that I've shared inspiration on the most times, have received the most pins, and gets the most questions + comments, is creating a gallery wall. Gallery walls are one of my most favorite design elements in a home because it tells so much.  Whether putting together a collection of a few large black and white family photos or creating a wall from wall edge to wall edge filled with colorful instagram images + momentos from … [Read More...]

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Ideas for Breaking Up Matching Furniture

Pushing the limits and ditching the "rules" of decorating can sometimes be tough.  And even as a designer, I've fallen victim to "not following the rules". But honestly, what rules? There are no real decorating rules that must be followed to a T.   Instead I have tried to train myself and in turn share suggestions + ideas with you, my readers,  rules of thumb, helpful tips + tricks, and inspiration, but definitely no … [Read More...]

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Seven Series: Capiz Shell Chandeliers

Is it really Wednesday already?  With the kids off for winter break this week, the days have been flying by.  Plus I've been putting the final touches on the master bedroom and have started working on the kids room.  I even was busy over the weekend with a big build project (here is a picture peak). Before sharing another update on the rooms, I put together a collection of my favorite capiz shell chandeliers for another 7 series feature.  Last … [Read More...]