Box Valance with Greek Key Design {Tutorial}

September 16, 2014


This post is overdue.  Way overdue actually.  3 years overdue to be specific. Why? Because this post is a tutorial on the box pleat valance that I made for my master bathroom makeover three years ago.  I've received many emails asking about a tutorial and after the recent post on the roundup of all my handmade window treatments + the feature of the bathroom in the current KBMO, a dedicated post was needed.  Better later than never, right? So here we go.  The details on how I made this super easy loose-style (no pleats) box valance with a stylish greek key design... >>> … [Read more...]

9 Ideas for DIY Window Treatments

September 10, 2014

9 DIY Window Treatments Ideas

Since the older kids have been back in school, I've been cleaning + organizing like a mad woman!  It's bittersweet not to have them home throughout the day, but it's been nice getting the house back in order.  As I've been making my way room by room, for some reason I've been paying extra attention to the window treatments and realized that almost every window "dressing" (with the exception of 2) have been DIY projects.  Either I made them from scratch or partly DIYed them making them truly one-of-a-kind. I'm a big believer that window treatments make (and break if not done right) a room … [Read more...]

DIY: How-To Reupholster a Bench

September 4, 2014


Projects in my corner of the world have been taking forever lately (for good reason, of course... aka, summer + a new baby),  BUT that doesn't mean my mind hasn't been working at full speed conjuring up new & great DIYs + decorating updates... Over the past months, I have thought of so much I want to tackle around the house.  One spot in particular is the dining room.  It really needs a pick me up!  I have it all planned in my head, but putting thoughts to work (like pen to paper) isn't always the easiest thing... Before baby #3 came along, I had all hopes to start the task of … [Read more...]

How-to Prep + Season a New Chalkboard Wall

August 1, 2014


It's August - WOW!  Where has the Summer gone?!  Obviously for me with a newborn (+ 2 older kids), it's been a busy few weeks, but I just can't believe the days are passing by so quickly.  For some of you back to school is only a few short days away.  For us, school doesn't start till after Labor Day so we get to enjoy few more weeks of late mornings, lazy days, and soaking up the sun! Since I have 3 kids now, lately I've been trying to be overly organized and prepared.  Thinking + prepping ahead of time is my M.O.  With back to school around the corner, Lowe's put the Creative Team to the … [Read more...]

Boy Bedroom {Reveal}

July 25, 2014


Hi All! I'm happy to have a few minutes to jump on the computer. The recent days with my 2 older kids out of school + a newborn to care for have been keeping me incredibly busy - I'm sure you can imagine if you're a mom. The Summer is zoomin' on by, but I really hope you have been enjoying my awesome friends who have been filling in during my absence. Creating a meaningful home is so dear to my heart and who better to share their homes, than my fellow bloggers. Thankfully, while the baby is napping and my 2 older munchkins are occupied with Legos, I can finally share the reveal of my … [Read more...]

Color Block Hanging Succulents {easy DIY}

July 3, 2014


I love a quick, wham bam thank you ma'ma kinda DIY project!  Yes, I love the gratification of a big ole' DIY challenge that takes brains + braun (hello honeycomb shelves), but at the same time something simple is just as satisfying (& takes a whole lot less time). Now that our baby girl has arrived and I have no free time to do anything, my mind is all for easy + fast...  I'm in git er' done mode.  I could never give up DIYing, even if I had 8 kids (which will never happen), so instead of tackling something difficult & timely, I'm going for simple.  My latest & greatest - Color … [Read more...]

DIY: Homemade Circle Crib Mobile

June 20, 2014


No baby yet.  Still waiting... In the meantime though, thank you all for the kind thoughts on the Nursery Nook that I created for our new soon-to-arrive (any minute) bundle! For the new 'nook' I created this adorable easy-to-make and completely homemade crib mobile too...  As promised, I'm happy to show you all the steps. This type of circle crib mobile is nothing new.  I'm sure you've seen it before in stores and/or created by others (I've seen a few here & there and of course on pinterest), but I've always adored the look and how much color + height it brings to a room.  Plus … [Read more...]

The Nursery Nook: Gallery Wall

June 10, 2014


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...]

Patio Paradise: Before & After Patio Makeover

June 6, 2014


For the past 2 months we've been plotting, planning, shopping, implementing, and transforming our outdoor patio.  It's been a labor of love to get this space to be an inviting oasis that we always envisioned and now can truly enjoy. We bought our home in the middle of winter when there was over a foot of snow on the ground.  Once Spring hit, the melting snow revealed what we were up against a lot of work - much more than we anticipated.  In the sideyard, there was an above ground pool, which had seen better days, plus 20+ overgrown trees that made the entire yard look dark & … [Read more...]

An Outdoor Deck for Outdoor Living

May 29, 2014


If there were no mosquitos and if there were a teeny-tiny bathroom, my outdoor deck would be just the spot for me to live for the next 3 months.  O, and maybe a small spot for me to cook - but wait, that's covered...  we have a grill! Our newly revamped deck is filled with many comfy spots to sit, relax, eat, and simply soak up the sun over the coming Summer months.  It's a vibrant and welcoming oasis for outdoor living.  But like I said, I'm not a huge fan of mosquitos - who is - so unfortunately I will have to come indoors, but not for long. Let me show you around.  Will you join me on … [Read more...]