The Nursery Nook: Gallery Wall

June 10, 2014

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As much as we've been focusing + putting a lot of effort into transforming the outdoor patio & deck, we've also been working on the baby space. Note how I didn't use the word 'room'...  Why? Because my soon-to-be 2 girls will be sharing a room, so we've been referring to the new baby 'space' as The Nursery Nook. Take a look... We've put much of our efforts this year into making updates to the kids rooms (boy room evolution) + the 2nd floor space (new carpet + the new chalkboard wall).  After the decision was made that the girls would share a room once the baby arrives, I … [Read more...]

7 Savvy Tips for Finding Thrifted Treasures

June 3, 2014

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Once Spring hits, my brain goes immediately to the thoughts of garage sales & thrifting. We finally come out of Winter hibernation to get our feet wet and hands dirty in the garage by upcycling and transforming those blah finds to be beautiful. Hitting up a weekend garage sale or visiting a local thrift store is a great way to introduce unique, interesting, and inexpensive décor into your home. That “something special” is unlikely to be the same piece your neighbor picked up last week. Thrifting allows the opportunity to bring elements into a home that are meaningful and/or have the … [Read more...]

11 Unique Ideas for Decorating with Flowers

May 14, 2014

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Spring is here, finally right?!  After that horrific winter, we welcomed this new season with open arms.  Whether spring is drawn out or we jump right into Summer, it's nice to break out of hibernation to smell the fresh air of the warmer season to come. The first thought that comes to mind for me when I think of Spring is, flowers.  As the perennials are starting to peak their way through - it's always interesting to see what will come up each year - I've started to think of how I can create simple, but unexpected flower displays and vignettes throughout the garden (and indoors … [Read more...]

Design Solutions for the ‘Ugly Bathroom’ {Reader Submission Reveal}

May 12, 2014

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Not only has another Monday greeted us, BUT it's reveal day for the reader submitted bathrooms for the Ugly Bathroom Makeover challenge. I asked for bathrooms, and so many of you delivered! Thank you all who sent me pictures of your drear, in-need-of-love bathrooms.  I truly wish I could help ALL OF YOU with making over your bathrooms, but in the end Lowe's and I chose Melissa's "blah and uninspiring master bathroom". Hi Jenna I was so excited when I read your post about the ugly bathroom transformation because I have the most blah and uninspiring master bathroom! We moved into our … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Update a Bathroom on a Budget

May 7, 2014

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There have been some really qualified "entries" for the ugly bathroom makeover.  I'm not going to lie...  some of you are in desperate need of direction & a plan on how to jazz up your bathrooms.  Most of the bathrooms I received pictures for, have good bones and are similar in layout of many homes, but they need to be taken to the next level to be practical and pretty! Lowe's and I are going through the pictures and next Monday will be the day when you'll get to see what reader submitted bathroom we chose, along with a Creative Vision Board + 'plan of action' for the space.  In the … [Read more...]

Shopper Spotlight: MiraJean Designs

April 11, 2014

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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 kind online shop owner reached out to me.  I get tons of emails daily from companies wanting to partner with me or try/test new products.  Most … [Read more...]

New Stainmaster PetProtect Carpet + Why We Chose It

March 26, 2014

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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 with me and I am choosing to share my experience of the product with you.  Stainmaster did not require that I share anything specific with you; … [Read more...]

Decorating with Leaning + Ladder Shelves

March 24, 2014

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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) aren't higher than 30/36" off the floor, which often leaves pictures / artwork to be the only source of height in a room.  As much as it's important to … [Read more...]

Kitchen Revamp: Before + After

March 5, 2014

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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 Awards, where we got to mingle with representatives of some big brands.  It was so fun to "get out" and meet others who are just as passionate as I.  … [Read more...]

Master Bedroom Refresh {REVEAL}

February 26, 2014

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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 bed wall.  Before, all of the walls with the exception of the bed wall, were painted Berkshire Beige when we moved into the house.  The bed wall was … [Read more...]