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Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Fixer Upper: Surpising Lessons Learned

For those of you familiar with my blog, you probably know the foundation of this site originates from me selling my new construction home for a fixer upper ( you newbies can read why here). Much of the content I produce on my blog generates from my experiences transforming my outdated 1980's home through DIY projects and interior design. And while I may make the experience look like rainbows, butterflies and the stuff that dreams are made of, I need to be honest.....we…

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Beginner’s Guide: Gallery Wall on a Budget

For the longest time, I have wanted to display a gallery wall in the hallway of my home. I love the idea of displaying a little piece of my family's story for all of our guests to see. Unfortunately, I knew the cost of frames and prints would add up quickly,  considering a single frame can cost up to $50. Not to mention, the thought of a project requiring so many measurements and precision overwhelmed me. Well folks, I finally…

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Indigo Abstract Art DIY

So I know it's October and I should be gracing you with fall inspiration posts and Halloween crafts, but I have to keep it real.... Ya'll know I am not much of a "crafter". It is still hot as Hades here in the dirty south, and  I am just not feeling the fall spirit. Not to be completely useless though, I do have an easy little DIY for you today. It seems anytime I go shopping for a specific item of…

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Summer Home Tour

So I know I am a little late in the game, but I wanted to share a mini-summer home tour with you guys today. Better late than never, right? As you all know, I love coastal, contemporary decor. Consequently, summer is typically my favorite decor season.   To my dismay, I recently had to replace my beloved white Ikea Ektorp slipcover with a darker and more stain resistant Nordvalla gray. While I preferred the white, my boys destroyed the white to…

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How to Paint Over Dingy Grout – DIY Gray Grout

If I ever took the time to devise an inventory of worst home decor ideas ever, I think white floor grout would be close to the top of that list (along with wallpaper and popcorn ceilings). While I love the look of dark gray tiles with contrasting white grout, I know it is a mistake waiting to happen between my dogs, kids and loathing of mops. When I completed the initial walk- through of my fixer upper before purchasing it,…

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Office-Mudroom Progress: “Moffice”

This weekend, my husband and I were able to make some progress on the "moffice", otherwise known as a multi-functional space that serves as a mudroom and office. My husband and I are quite the team. When we tackle home improvement projects, we alternate between watching our crazy two year old son and actually executing the given project. So, this weekend I watched our son, while my husband painted the walls in Sherwin Williams "Gray Matters". By the next day,…

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Rustic, Tribal Nursery- Sneak Peek

So it seems like this rustic, tribal nursery undertaking has been the most drawn-out project ever. Between our popcorn ceiling removal fiasco (which took us about 2-3 weeks to remove all signs of texture on the ceiling), and everyone in the family coming down with some sort of sickness, it has taken us forever to complete our second son's nursery (who is due in less than two months). To say I have had a rough week would be putting it…

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How to Make Kitchen Cabinets Taller

Not only do kitchen cabinets play a vital role in the functionality of your home, they actually impose a major impact on your kitchen's appearance.  In case you have been living in a cave for the past five years, tall cabinets are all the rage. Designers and contractors are implementing designs in which the kitchen cabinets go all the way to the height of the ceiling. I think tall cabinets have become a major trend because they create the illusion of…