Updating Interior Door Hardware

January 30, 2012


Simple and inexpensive updates often make a world of difference. Thanks to the kind folks at Schlage, I was able to update a few of my interior doors over the weekend, and what a change!  Not only has the new door hardware completely changed the look of the space, the ease and feel of the new knobs when the door is opened / closed, is wonderful - I was thrilled to be able to make this easy, but high-impact update. Duration of Project: 20 minutes Project Difficulty: Easy How Many People Needed: 1 All the before hardware (on the doors, faucets, etc) throughout my house are brass - not … [Read more...]

Darling Valentine Decor

January 27, 2012


This year I declare that I am not doing any decorating for Valentine's Day (other than bring out the pillows that I made last year). It's not because I'm being unromantic or want to skip this lovely Holiday, but for some reason, I feel that I'm still getting my house in order from Christmas.  So instead of redecorating once again, I'm standing my ground and keeping everything the way it is. BUT I wouldn't dare deprive or disappoint my readers of some Vday lovin', so let's check out how others have decked out their interior decor for the upcoming romantic day! Love the red and white gingham … [Read more...]

Tips on Choosing and Preparing to Install a Ceiling Fan

January 23, 2012


As I mentioned last week, one of my Home Goals for 2012 was to change two of the ceiling fans in my home.  Wellll... I can now give a 1/2 checkmark to that task because due to being slightly house-bound during the early hours on Saturday, the mister and I took the opportunity to update the fan in our master bedroom  (the one in the family room will hopefully be done soon, which will give a full cross-off-the-list mark).  And can I say, I am a happy gal! I'll spare you the details on how to actually install a fan, but will share some tips and helpful hints for what to do before and … [Read more...]

The Power Struggle of Color Versus Neutral

January 20, 2012


I often struggle with what I like better... Neutrals, Via Or Colors. Via I enjoy a soft and serene oasis, Via but I also like a bold statement. Via I like tone-on-tone and quiet hues, Via but I also like to be daring. Via I like soft fabrics and subtle textures, Via but I also like vibrant, contrasting bursts of color. Via Why choose?  I just need to accept that I like it all! There's always a happy medium. Do you struggle with keeping a space neutral or adding color? What do you prefer - Neutrals or Color? … [Read more...]

25 Gorgeous Nursery Spaces

January 18, 2012


We're at the point with our family, that we'll soon be saying adiós, a.k.a ba-bye, to my little girls crib and "nursery".  She's almost at the age for a big girl bed (trying to hold back the tears), and as I am excited to make some changes to her room, I kind of wish she could stay in her crib forever.  In trying to hold on to every last bit of her baby years, I thought it would be fun to check out some nursery spaces.  Nurseries are one of my favorite rooms to design.  Not only is it important to many new parents because it's the first space for their bundle of joy to rest their head, but … [Read more...]

Home Goals for 2012 (and My Latest Mantel)

January 16, 2012


I know, I know...  It's the start of week number 3 of the New Year and I'm just NOW getting around to putting together my home goals for 2012.  I've had ideas brewing in my head for quite some time (which is typical for me, as you may know), but I'm finally putting my pen to paper (or should I say my fingers to the keyboard) to share them with YOU :) Upon thinking about my goals for twenty-twelve, I really want to focus on simply enjoying our home, since we'll be entering into our second year of living here next month.  My hope is to slow down and enjoy what we created (my husband and close … [Read more...]

Must Have Design Books for Your Library

January 13, 2012


I was so excited when I received this for Christmas... Design*Sponge Yes, Design*Sponge, the infamous design blog that truly started this whole home-decor-and-design-blogging-frenzy, now is in book form.  Grace Bonney, creator, writer, and founder of Design*Sponge takes her well-known home tour excursions and DIY creations from her blog to a book.  Grace is such a pioneer in the design world.  She's so amazingly creative and such an inspiration. As Jonathan Adler puts best in his foreword for the book, "Grace Bonney was too young (at the time) to realize how preposterously daunting … [Read more...]

Reader Projects Inspired by ME!

January 11, 2012

Reader Project

I love to see what my readers are up to, especially when I've inspired them to create something in their own homes after reading one of my posts. source Here are three Reader Projects that I thought would be enjoyable to share with you. I've received a huge response from my kitchen makeover and in particular the transformation of my countertops using the Rustoleum Countertop Transformations Kit.  Overall the makeover made a huge difference in this do-it-yourself-on-no-budget kitchen renovation.  The countertops have held up fairly well and really are a great solution for a quick and … [Read more...]

DIY: How to Install Groutable Vinyl Floor Tile

January 9, 2012


Did you know that you can grout peel-and-stick vinyl tiles to look JUST LIKE ceramic tile? You CAN and here's how... One of the presents for my parents for Christmas was to install a new floor in their foyer.  I know a little strange for a present, but it's what they wanted and needed, so I delivered.  They had looked into having this 40 square foot space retiled using ceramic, but with estimates by professionals for over $1000, it wasn't how they wanted to spend their money.  In doing some research and hunting around for floor options for my own foyer (which I intend to redo soon),  I … [Read more...]

Roadside Restoration: Distressed Turquoise Chair

January 6, 2012


I've got a few design clients that I am working on projects for right now, and one happens to be a good friend of mine.  Her style is traditional-eclectic and it has been enjoyable to introduce some unique elements into her space.  The latest part of her home that we've been transforming is her master bedroom.  Upon choosing a sunshine yellow for the walls and a floral patterned rug with bursts of color, I made the suggestion of introducing elements of turquoise!  A chair was a must for the space, and with my radar-alert always turned on, I actually found one on the side of the road.  Remember … [Read more...]