Bathroom Makeover: Installing Wallpaper {Day 17}

November 20, 2014

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If you follow along with me on Instagram, then you may have seen a few sneak peeks of the next phase of the Bathroom Remodel... the WALLPAPER!  Tile is done (well mostly) and after 17 days of cutting, grouting, tiling, I never want to touch another tile again in my life.  Now we know that's not true.  But in all honesty, it was a big job.  Totally doable for any skill level, but just time consuming! As I move forward with this Bathroom Makeover in 30 Days Challenge, the walls are now adorned with pure beautiful. Take a look... Can we say dynamic?!  What do you think?? The … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: 15 Monogrammed + Personalized Gift Ideas for under $25

November 18, 2014

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I am ready to shop, shop, shop for the holidays!  And I like nothing better than a great sale or deal, don't you?!  Even more so when I give or receive a gift, I feel it's so important to be meaningful.  Yesterday I shared 15 gift ideas for under $15 (perfect for a teacher, friend, hair dresser, or special person you want to extend gratitude to) and today I am sharing even more favorite gift ideas. This time... 15 Monogrammed + Personalized gifts ideas under $25. 1 - Personalized Pillow > $24 2 - Kate Spade Business Card Holder >$24 3 - Repurposed Wood Block Art >$10 4 - … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: 15 ideas under $15

November 17, 2014

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The Holiday season is fast approaching.  This time of year is ideal to show your appreciation for those that are apart of your life in some way.  Whether a teacher, bus driver, hair dresser, or mailman, it's nice to give a little something to show thanks.  But is an affordable, but pretty (and useful) gift possible to find?  YES! I have found 15 perfect gifts for under $15... 1 - Kate Spade Set of 2 Notebooks >$12 2 - Fur Ear Muffs > $10.39 / Cable Knit Ear Warmers > $11.99 3 - Nose Eyglass Holder > $5.99 4 - Wax Seal Kit > $15 5 - Gold Earrings > $7.99 6 - Totes … [Read more...]

Bathroom Makeover: DIY Tips & Tricks on How-To Tile + Grout a Bathroom {Day 5-16}

November 12, 2014

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It's Day 5-16 for the next phase of this Bathroom Makeover in 30 Days Challenge. The tile is done.  I could not be more happy.  It wasn't difficult, but it took a long time.  Rightfully so since this 5' x 8' space is almost completely covered in tile. Before this I had only tiled small areas - a fireplace surround, a kitchen backsplash, and a bathroom backsplash (and a few floors but that was using luxury vinyl tile). But this was a mega job.  I was nervous and I got overwhelmed at times.  BUT it's complete and it feels so good.  And looks good too.  I'm still no expert, but I surely … [Read more...]

Nature Inspired Holiday Decorating: Countdown to Christmas

November 7, 2014

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Do I dare say it...???  Christmas is less than 7 weeks away.  Happy about that or not so much? I am excited about the coming Holiday season (especially since last year I was in my 1st trimester and feeling sick as a dog), but I am certainly not rushing the time away.  The Holidays are not only a time for gathering & giving, it's also about being thankful and reflecting on all our blessings (hence my latest DIY creation that I shared yesterday - Chalkboard Wood Garland). As the seasonal decorating fairies start to take over my brain, I am really feeling the urge to bring the outdoors … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Wood Garland

November 6, 2014

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Can you believe it's November?  I'm breaking away from the bathroom for a bit (the remodel has taken over my life) to start thinking about this years seasonal decor. Every year, we enjoy displaying our Christmas favorites, but at the same time we like to introduce new elements & of course, make some fun festive creations (like last years pallet Christmas Countdown).  Even though we typically start the process of unpacking the holiday boxes before Thanksgiving arrives, we certainly don't overlook the beautiful Holiday of giving.  For that tricky time when we're transitioning from one … [Read more...]

Bathroom Makeover: Demo {Day 2-4}

November 3, 2014

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It just got real.  No more dreaming or fantasizing about a new bathroom, because it's happening NOW. So it's Day 2 for this Bathroom Makeover in 30 Days Challenge (day 1 was putting together the plan of action and by day 30 my goal is to be finished) and the DEMO HAS BEGUN! Instead of me jumping ahead and sharing what it looks like now (a hot mess with walls missing), let me show you what it looked like before... Yes, the space was fine, but it needed updating.  All the fixtures had seen better days.  The tub was an insert style and very dated, while the shower/tub fittings were … [Read more...]

China Cabinet Makeover {Reveal}

October 23, 2014

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It's done!  What a journey it's been for this china cabinet. Upon finding this diamond-in-the-rough on Craigslist and rescuing it from a dilapidated garage that housed chickens, roosters, and a few other unknown animals (I was afraid to even look around), the once trash-bound cabinet now sits beautifully in my dining room with a vibrant new color & a complete designer makeover... It has been quite the task of getting her to this point, but she's complete! We can't appreciate the 'after' without looking at the 'before'.  Remember what she looked like a few short weeks … [Read more...]

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...]