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Custom Lighting on a Budget – How To

The more I immerse myself in interior design, the more I become aware of what distinguishes a well-designed home from an average one. In particular,  I have noticed that most mediocre interiors skimp on lighting. Not only do I see many homes with boring, builder-grade  light fixtures. I also notice, from a practical perspective, many rooms are insufficiently lit. When renovating our 1980's rancher, I was sure to swap outdated, ugly-ass chandeliers and pendants for more updated statement pieces. However…

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Easy Statement Choker Necklace DIY

I am such a sucker for a good statement necklace and for the past year or so, I have totally been taking advantage of the fact that one of my favorite nineties trends, chokers, have made a major comeback. Statement chokers are such a great way to add interest and boho flair to an otherwise boring outfit. Problem is that I have a hard time finding them. What I have discovered is that there is a fine line between beautifully…

diy shibori beach towel

DIY Shibori Beach Towels

By now,  I am sure many of you are well aware of my love for Shibori. In fact, many of you are probably wishing I would shut the hell up about it.  Well, I am not going to stop gushing over it just yet, because I found a cost-effective way to incorporate this boho-inspired style into your summer attire.  Let me show you how I made Shibori beach towels on a super low-budget. So I had some white, cotton bath…

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How to Makeover Your Fireplace on the Cheap

I know it has been a little quiet around here the past week, but today I am back to share how I completely transformed my outdated, 1980's fireplace for around $100. So, I've played hooky from the blog for the past few days, but I have a relatively decent excuse. Excuse numero uno is that my one-year-old has really kicked my a$$ lately. You see, he is now a skilled biped who can no longer be contained (I really cannot…

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My Backyard Reveal with Sources

Just when my husband and I were growing somewhat smug,  feeling we had somehow played the system by selling our new construction cottage in cookie-cutter suburbia for a fixer upper home on a private lot which only needed some cosmetic adjustments(which we enjoyed more than our other home while also significantly reducing our mortgage), we received a major wake-up call...a homeowner's nightmare of sorts. In addition to the open-floor concept, one of the major selling points of our 1980's fixer upper home…

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DIY Cow Skull Sculpture for $10

Hope all of you fabulous mamas out there had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend. Today, I am going to show you how to make a faux cow (or technically steer) skull sculpture for just $10.   For the past few years, it seems taxidermy has been a popular accent in almost every genre of decor : Scandinavian, farmhouse, modern-rustic and bohemian aesthetics alike have all embraced this trend. As many of my DIY stories begin, I was browsing the isles of…

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How I Renovated My 1980’s Kitchen on a Crazy Low Budget

One of the driving forces of my blog, since its inception, has been to empower women. I want to inspire all of my awesome readers to  live fulfilling, inspired lives in beautiful surroundings..... regardless of financial inhibitions (believe me, the struggle is real). For many, the kitchen is the soul of the home where we domestic goddesses spend countless hours preparing meals for our families and entertaining guests. Today, I want to share with you how I was able to renovate my kitchen on…

diy no sew woven wall hanging under $10

No Sew Wall Hanging Under $10 – DIY

At times, I must admit that my inability to sew makes me feel like a DIY phony. But when I find short-cuts (ways to avoid sewing), I can't help but get a little giddy...like I am somehow cheating the system. Today I feel like a real damn rebel, because I am going to show you how I made this woven wall hanging without sewing. What is even better...I made it for under $10 (take that Urban Outfitters). For your convenience, I…

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DIY Custom Mudroom for Under $200 Reveal

This is a sponsored post written in conjunction with Minted. All opinions are 100% mine. Ever scrolled through Pinterest lusting after gorgeous mudrooms with built-in benches and custom millwork?... Or am I just a lone weirdo?     For quite some time, I had grandiose visions for our fixer upper home. Then , we ran into some major setbacks and our reno budget began to spiral out of control. But sometimes, problems can create practical solutions. Dreaming of a mudroom but…

my painted countertops 2 years later

My Painted Countertops: Two Years Later

Do any of you remember that time I painted my cultured marble countertops with epoxy paint? Well, this month marks two years that I have lived with my painted countertops and I am sure some of you are curious to see how they are holding up. Well, today is your lucky day.   For your convenience, I have included some affiliate links. That simply means if you click on one of the links and buy something, I receive a small commission,…