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WOW! So, another month has come and gone! At the end of every month, I like to recap and highlight our projects, decor, plans, and happenings. February was FREEZING! I am getting anxious for some warmer temps and being able to work on projects in my garage once again. Thanks for joining me on our DIY and design adventures!
I made this DIY Mondrian Inspired Art to add some more color to my living room. It is inspired by artist Piet Mondrian’s original abstracts and a print at Lulu & Georgia.
We had our annual Valentine’s Day family dinner and I shared some craft ideas, our tablescape, and tips on what to splurge and save on when it comes to your table.
Since it was Valentine’s Day, I shared some DIY gift wrap ideas to add a personal touch to your packages.
Entry ways are the first thing people see when they enter your home. I shared my tips for creating a budget-friendly yet chic entry way.
We have a new addition in our living room. You can read my review of our new rug from Rugs USA and get all the details.
I teased you a bit with a peek at my office that I am making over in our unused space in the basement.
I hatched my master plan to be sneaky and add in some pink into my living room for spring. I’m waiting to see if the boys say anything…
I love it when I can share the products and brands I love with you guys!! Best job ever! I have 2 giveaways going right now for you guys!
The fine people at moo.com gave away 2 sets of business cards to 2 lucky winners! I will be announcing and contacting the winners today! It may be YOU! You can read my full review of my moo.com business cards.
GOING ON NOW! I shared my review of the new HomeRight SteamMachine Plus Multipurpose Steam Mop. This thing is A-MAAAAA-ZING! You don’t want to miss a chance to win this baby!
I was featured in my area newspaper this month. It was so great to share how much I love what I do and be featured locally.
I also want to thank all of you for the nominations and votes in Apartment Therapy’s The Homies Awards. You guys make my heart so big! It is an honor to be recognized with so many talented DIY and Home bloggers.
I just finished looking at my plans for March. There’s some good stuff coming up! I have a couple more giveaways lined up for you guys and I can’t wait to share them.
I also will be working on…
OUR BATHROOM REMODEL
THE BOYS’ ROOMS
SPRING REFRESH IN OUR MASTER BEDROOM
MAKING OUR LIVING ROOM MORE COLORFUL
AND look what came today for our bathroom and kitchen…
I better get to work!!!!!
Let’s all wish that March is a much nicer month as far as the cold goes! Have a wonderful weekend buddies!!
I had some fun in the studio yesterday creating some art for my living room. If you weren’t here Tuesday, I shared my color inspiration for spring. Well, I tackled my first DIY for “project color”, this DIY Mondrian Inspired Art.
I studied a lot of art in college. When I saw this Mondrian Love Print on Lulu & Georgia while browsing– it took me back to those days. I just knew this was going to be my first DIY for this space.
Mondrian Love Print from Lulu & Georgia
Original Piet Mondrian art looks like this:
Print available on art.com
I love the color blocking and line separations. The Lulu & Georgia version is a fun take on a classic. I thought this would be a good way to bring some of my color inspiration into this room.
And, yo! All you need is a thrifted frame and paper…inexpensive!!!!!
To make this DIY art you will need:
(5) 8.5 x 11 sheets of colored cardstock
1 gold piece of poster board (I tried to find smaller shiny gold paper but this was all that I could find.)
2 sheets of art quality paper
scissors, glue, artist tape
1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 computer paper
pencil and ruler
Design the pattern. The first thing you will want to do is make a template for your shapes. I just used a 8.5 x11 piece of computer paper and drew out my design with a pencil and ruler. Then, I cut out each shape and taped it back in place with artist’s tape so I wouldn’t lose my design. I didn’t feel like putting the puzzle back together…
Cut it out. Now that you have all your shapes, you can trace them onto your cardstock. I just chose my colors as I was going. Do what feels right to you. Each time I cut one out I taped it back in place.
Glue it. I glued each piece in place on a piece of artist quality paper. It is thicker paper and good quality. Once that was done, I glued that paper to a larger piece of artist’s paper so I would have a white background.
Add separation lines. The final touch is to add your separation lines. I cut equal width strips of my gold paper and glued them on.
Isn’t that easy?! I love the color play and it looks pretty darn fab for just the cost of paper and a thrifted frame.
I will be doing a lot of inexpensive DIY art for my art wall that I am adding to the living room and I will be sharing it as I go.
Here’s where my DIY Mondrian Inspired Art is hanging out until the install is ready.
As I shared yesterday it all started with these roses…
Linking here: Be Bold Challenge, VR Rock What Ya Got, Best of Nest, TDC Before & After Party
Tomorrow we are sharing the Best of February…
….Ooooh! The State of my Living Room…that was very presidential of me!
One thing leads to another…
Being a design lover and DIY thinker, I find inspiration everywhere. Recently, I purchased some blush pink roses for my home to beat the winter blahs.
When I buy fresh flowers they migrate with me to whatever room I’m hanging out in. Does anyone else do this? Is it weird??
Well, this Saturday morning, I was hanging out in the living room with my roses and Dave reading the paper and inspiration struck. You may have seen my picture on Instagram.
It made me realize how badly I want to put some more color in this room. It also made me realize how it needs to be pink. I love a touch of pink with black, grays, and whites.
Then, we strolled over to the flea market to pick up the desk we purchased for Bman’s room and I got more inspiration.
Then, my friend Julia over at Cuckoo 4 Design shared her latest DIY art and it reminded me of an inspiration image I had pinned to DIY and totally haven’t gotten around to doing yet.
Artist Maurie Hartel via Bona Fide Amor
So, for spring I am adding in some more pinks, blacks, and grays, and even more gold to this room. I feel like the universe is telling me to do so.
And I don’t know if you noticed but my Lust List last Friday was full of rose, pink, and black inspiration…
I am seeing my living room through rose-colored glasses (which I think totally fits my optimistic nature). I have some DIY projects planned for this space to bring in some much-needed spring color! They are going to cost next to nothing because I am light in the decorating wallet right now due to some upcoming expenses. Pillows, an art wall,. and more…
Here’s some more DIY art ideas: DIY Black + White Abstract Art, DIY Placemat Art
Do you have something that recently inspired you to add something into your home decor?
Howdy! Today I am sharing the review of our new Rugs USA area rug. I’m being a little sneaky because this rug is meant for my office, but the office isn’t ready to share yet. I brought it up to the living room and I got to say I really like it in here! It might have to stay here, I don’t know.
I selected the Rugs USA Moroccan Diamond Shag Grey Rug. I chose this rug for a few reasons. I love the look of Moroccan shag rugs. They are so plush and beautiful. I wanted something plush for my office space since it is in the basement and it is cooler down there. I also needed a rug that had gray in it. I loved that this rug had a gray option.
Another plus to this rug is that it comes in a variety of sizes. I selected the 6’7 x 9 size based on my room measurements for the office. As you can see, it also fits nicely in my living room leaving about a foot border of the hardwoods. I love using rugs to anchor and define a space.
Sam is a big fan of this new rug too. Everyone in the fam has been walking on it barefoot because it is so comfy on the footsies!
I love the larger pattern too. It is a nice way to bring in some pattern without being too over-powering.
A lot of Moroccan shag rugs are wool but this one is 100% Polypropylene. So it is ideal if you have kids and pets. Easy to clean and vacuum. Zoey has spent many hours just laying and rolling on it.
Here’s just a few more shots of it in the living room. I am really considering leaving it in here now and doing something different in office. What do you think?
I think I am pretty sold on the fact that I may have to look for something else for the office now. These photos are convincing me!
I would highly recommend ordering from rugsusa.com you guys! They have a great selection and fantastic prices and sales. We are very happy with our new rug!
Plus, now until Feb. 19th thousands of rugs are 70% off plus free shipping!
This is a product review. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions expressed are 100% mine.
I’ve been a little design happy lately. I’ve put boards and layouts together for so many spaces in the past couple weeks. Today, I am sharing our bathroom design plans with you guys.
The oak-y-ness, mismatched toilet, bath, and sink, bad flooring, and all is on its way out the door! Some things I have already sourced and we have on hand, but there are still items I need to make a decision on.
Here’s my inspiration board:
The tile has been selected and ordered for the shower stall and floor. I have found a vanity I really like. The window treatment I may DIY, but I want it to look like the one above. I also have to source lighting, an étagère, and a garden stool. I am trying to decide if I want to keep a shower curtain or have some glass cut to fit with a door.
We have a lot to do!
Remove old baseboard and trim
Remove old floor, shower tile, and vanity, and cupboard
Source new mirror
Install new floor, tile, and vanity & mirror
Source and install new shower fixtures
Source and install new lighting
Install new baseboard and trim
Install window treatment
Source étagère, garden stool
Add finishing touches
That list seems a little daunting at first glance, but it is a small space so hopefully it won’t take that long. Our first big project will be the tile.
You can still enter to win a Home Right Steam Machine!! Enter here.
Today, I am sharing my organized and freshened up workspace. With a new year, I wanted to be on top of my game. I organized all my desk drawers and added a few things to keep me tidy.
On top of my desk, I like to have flowers– especially roses. They don’t cost much for 3 or 4 and I love the fragrance while I have to sit at the computer. I found some good things in the Target dollar spot like that pen you see there. I decided to use my DIY chalkboard as an inspiration board and hung a few things on it and will add to it as time goes by. I added my by Luciana print.
Another Target find is that striped basket. I am using it to hold my files right now. I don’t have a file cabinet and I’d like to keep it that way for now. That little vanity stool I picked up over the summer at a resale shop for $7. It is really comfortable and the right height. I don’t want anything too large for this desk. My brass Goodwill lamp works great here too. I just added the new shade and finial to it.
That little pencil holder was another Target dollar spot find. I like to have little things that make a more personalized space. Fun pencils, pens, and gold paper clips. I picked the clips up at Staples.
It’s not a huge space, but it works for what I need it for.
Have you refreshed your office space for the new year?
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Not going to lie…I feel like I just gave my living room Botox. It’s so fresh and vibrant and fun now. The blue was too dark and serious and moody. I am all happy and light in 2014! Hey! And now my walls match!! Can you tell I love it much?!
A coat of paint can just revive and refresh the soul of a room. Plus, it’s one of the cheapest upgrades you can do and only takes a few hours. The color is Sleek Gray by Valspar Signature. I may be guilty of choosing this off the name. I felt like I needed some “sleekness” in my life! I love this paint by the way. Valspar Signature is a paint and primer in one. The colors are amazing and the coverage is fantastic.
“Let the wild rumpus start!” Oh, and beware, Zoey is the photo-bomber this time. Now for the onslaught of photos…
Oh, wait! Did you remember the before…
After building the library wall and giving the fireplace a makeover, we had mismatched walls and it was NOT a good look. I loved our blue wall, but it wasn’t working for me anymore with the new additions. So, I selected a gray to give more flow with the colors throughout the rest of the house.
Here’s the north view of our room, looking in from the entry way…
Here’s the west view of the bookcases across from the window…
Looking from the back of the room towards the entryway…
I think someone got bored with me taking photos…
I really love how this room is pulling together. After some DIYing and some different design choices, it is looking like the vision I had for it. The only thing left is to finish the baseboards and this room is D-O-N-E. Unless, somehow I can swing a new sofa in the future…but my oven just died… so it looks like that will get bumped down the list. I was actually surprised that I don’t mind the color of ours so much with the change in the wall color. Work with what you got, right?
Monday, I will be sharing my workspace refresh. You have seen a peek of it on Instagram…
linking here: Thrifty Decor Chick Before & After Party
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Howdy! Today I am going to show you the design plans we have in place for our little guy’s bedroom makeover. I showed you Bman’s bedroom makeover plans last week. We will be doing his makeover first and then little Sam’s after.
I sat each of them down for a design consultation. For real, it was super cute! I loved hearing their ideas and I was a little surprised by Sam’s choices. For a 4-year-old, he has some serious style and he is really opinionated about it. I guess I should have known since he is so picky about what he wears, but I was still surprised none the less!
Here’s his little design board we put together with items that are definites.
It is all about neutrals and earthy vibes for Sam. As I had him look at different room styles it was really clear he was drawn to the clean and modern designs. He liked the creams, whites, and blacks and browns. I really thought he’d want a bright and colorful room but he kept pointing to the same colors and designs.
The most important things to him are having a cool bed, a teepee, and a place for all his buddies (all his stuffed animals). This kid loves animals!
To keep it young and fresh, we are doing a lot of textures and going to make his closet into a play nook or book nook. We’ll let him decide.
We have some key pieces already, like the teepee and sheepskin rugs. I would like to get him a cool ceiling fixture like this one:
Depending on the budget I may DIY something similar but I really like this one for his space. It is the Urban Outfitters Magical Thinking Geo Pendant. I already have an idea of how I would do my take on this, so we’ll just have to wait and see how much is left in the piggy bank at that time.
Another design decision we have to make are the floor coverings. I would like a layered look for this and something really cozy on his little tootsies. Here’s some ideas I really like and am considering:
World Market Flokati Wool Rug
West Elm Souk Wool Rug
World Market Brazilian Cowhide Rug
Mohawk Tahoe Rug
I was happy to see another option for that the Moroccan shag rug on my friend Julia’s blog and it is a nice option because it is not wool but has the same look. Which might be a better option for my little person. See it here: Overstock.com NuLOOM Moroccan Trellis Rug
We still have some basics to decide on like paint colors and bedding, but this is the framework for his room so far. It’s going to be a fun room to work on!
You can enter to win a Mohawk rug of your choice. Just click on the image below:
B to the RRRRRRR! BRRRRRRR!!!!
For real, I feel sorry for Zoey (our puppy). It is painful to see her go outside to potty. This weather is putting a damper on my projects for this week. It is -17 degrees during the day with blowing snow. The kids’ school is cancelled for the next two days so we are just staying home and not going to brave the roads.
But, with that said I did get my paint and supplies last weekend so I am painting the living room right now. I had to stop abruptly because a reporter from our area newspaper came to interview me and see our house. So, I had enough time to clean up paint supplies and deep clean our house (that was necessary after a week of sickness), and shower (also necessary). My laundry I folded on my bed ended up here though…
Closets are wonderful for hiding things when you don’t have the time to put them away properly. The reporter was super nice and he braved the cold to come talk with me. We talked blogging, DIY, and design and it was super fun. I’ll share the article with you guys when it gets printed. So, I will be back to painting tomorrow (insert happy dance).
Another thing I wanted to share is that I am a brand ambassador for HomeRight this year. I fell in love with their product line after using the finish max sprayer and am happy to be sharing their products with you this year. So each month, I will be sharing a new HomeRight product with you. HomeRight is a really great company and I am happy to be partnered with them for 2014.
I shared our home goals for 2014 and a big part of that will involve tile. I am happy to be partnering with The Tile Shop for our kitchen backsplash and bathroom remodel this year. You can see our visit to The Tile Shop or our fireplace makeover that we did with tile and supplies from The Tile Shop.
Here’s my deal with sponsors and brands. I love to partner with brands I love and use. If I feature it on the blog, that means I love it. I will NEVER share anything with you guys that I don’t adore. HomeRight and The Tile Shop are companies that I have worked with and love so I am happy to share them with you. They also are sponsoring projects we already have on our minds, so that is awesome!
With those things in the works, 2014 is shaping up to be an exciting year already! I’ll be sharing our updated and refreshed living room on Friday. I finally got all the Christmas decor put away! I feel so ready to work on our home goals and start tackling those spaces in our home we haven’t touched yet.
Until we meet again, I will be spending some quality time with Downton Abbey and my fireplace…
The weekend is here! My kids are on the mend from being sick all week. Yes, that was a bummer! Not exactly how we envisioned spending our school break, but what do ya do?!
2014 Blog Redesign.
If you haven’t visited in the last day, you may be doing a double take to make sure you are at the right place. That’s right– the first big reveal of the year is the blog. Not a bad way to kick off 2014! With the kids not wanting to do much but sleep and blow their noses, I had the perfect opportunity to give my blog a makeover. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, but just haven’t had the free time until this week.
I also set up a new PROJECT GALLERY, HOLIDAY & SEASONAL GALLERY, and HOME TOUR. I want to keep things as up-to-date and as user-friendly as possible.
First Project of 2014.
My first thing to tackle in the new year is some painting. I am going to refresh our living room with a coat of paint and start working on Bman’s room makeover. So, this week I will be in my painting clothes!
Personal Changes in 2014.
One more thing that I have decided to try out is a new food plan. Starting Monday, I am starting the autoimmune paleo plan. I know that I don’t talk about my health much on the blog and that isn’t going to change. I do suffer from Crohn’s disease and this particular food plan has shown some healing results in many patients.
I’ve done elimination diets in the past, but have not had any insight into how to handle my disease. I wasn’t planning on sharing this, but I shared it on my personal Facebook page and so many people were curious. I had several private messages asking about it and I think the best way to talk about it will be the eventual check-in post. The book above I saw online while researching the autoimmune paleo plan and you can find it here.
I am in no way turning this into a food or diet blog, but this is going to be a part of my life for the time and I think it is something that people wonder about. Have you done paleo or autoimmune paleo plans? I would be interested in hearing your take on it.
You can still enter to win a Mohawk rug of your choice. Click on the image below to enter:
So, that is how I am kicking off the new year! A new look, painting projects, and paleo! How about you?