Details + Hardware + Styling {China Cabinet Makeover}

October 15, 2014

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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 with it for a few days (and sharing a peak on IG), I knew it needed something.  I loved the overall dramatic color, but I did want to pare it down a … [Read more...]

10 Fabulous Fall Rugs

October 13, 2014

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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 hello cozy wool blankets. Along with swapping the throws for the down comforters, this time of year is great for adding new rugs into the home or … [Read more...]

How-To Paint Wood Furniture

October 9, 2014

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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 all the work that has gone in to prepping this cabinet, or any piece of furniture for that matter, painting it right really makes all the difference in … [Read more...]

Why + How to Prime Wood Furniture

October 1, 2014

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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 important!  I can not stress enough that primer is a must when painting something. anything.  YOU NEED PRIMER. Why Prime. Whether a room or a … [Read more...]

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

September 29, 2014

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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 project...  I knew exactly the cabinet I wanted, I knew the color I wanted it to be, but no cabinet.  UNTIL, I found her. Somehow, someway the stars … [Read more...]

Everything FALL! {all posts in one place}

September 26, 2014

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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 these past posts to get your excited about the season. Autumn Log Centerpiece {DIY tutorial} 18 Easy Decorating Ideas for Fall {project … [Read more...]

China Cabinet Makeover: Backstory + Choosing a Color

September 25, 2014

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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 went to changing everything, but I decided to start off slow (truly the best way to makeover a space).  First up, the bench.  I snagged a gorgeous navy … [Read more...]

Inspirational Autumn Eye Candy {Gorgeous Fall Spaces}

September 17, 2014

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Aside from my favorite Fall things like wearing oversized cable knit sweaters, going apple picking, and Sunday football with the family, I love the changing over of blankets from light linen to heavy wool, and the swapping out of pillows from bright hues of yellow to deeper plums & emerald. Even though I am not completely ready to say goodbye to the long, warm days of Summer, Fall has a special place in my heart.   It's the season when I got married to my love, it's the time of year when my daughter was born.  Autumn is like no other when the days turn crisp and the leaves reflect the … [Read more...]

9 Ideas for DIY Window Treatments

September 10, 2014

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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...]

Cover Feature: Storage Magazine + Behind the Scenes Details

September 8, 2014

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Hi All! If you've been out and about lately shopping at stores like Target, Barnes and Noble, or your local grocery store, you may have come across a magazine featuring a vibrant blue room on the cover...  Storage Magazine to be exact.  And guess what, that's my home!  Yes, can you believe it?! Because I can't.  Another cover?  How is it possible? Here's the cover... Here's the story behind the cover... If you're a regular reader and have been following along with my blog, you may know that my kitchen and master bathroom were also recently featured in a magazine... Kitchen + Bath … [Read more...]